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Limited edition Star Wars Xbox 360 unveiled at Comic-Con

LucasArts have just unveiled a custom Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 and Kinect console combo at Comic-Con. LucasArts presented it at a panel presentation at Comic-Con with the custom Xbox 360 design inspired by a brave little droid R2-D2 and it will, get this, play custom sounds! The package also includes goldenrod-friendly C3PO designs for the controllers. The LE Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 will set you back $449.99 and will include a 320GB HDD, pre-orders are available at select retailers.

 

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I'm personally not a fan of Star Wars but this does look absolutely insane! Such great detail.

 

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Battlefield 3 alpha videos, get ready to be impressed

Some of the lucky SOBs to have access to the Battlefield 3 alpha have been posting videos on YouTube and boy do they look good. Apart from the frame rate issues (I'm guessing it could be the users system) it looks very, very good. Let's hope that there's more realistic destruction in the game and not just the usual require-a-rocket-launcher-to-blow-things-up. I want to see little details like glass, lights, tires, bricks, etc fall apart and have realistic destruction.

 

 

I'm enjoying some of those death animations, the body movement looks great, the rockets don't seem to have that "punch" I expected them to... The other videos looks good, there's more on the channel for you to check out if you're keen, I suggest you do so!

The Darkness 2 delayed until Feb next year

If you're one of the many folks that enjoyed the 2007 comic-book tie-in shooer "The Darkness" and are holding out for number 2, some unfortunate news has come to light today that 2K Games has delayed it until next year. Apparently this is due to Digital Extremes being a little behind schedule and need some more breathing space to polish the game off.

 

So, in scrapping their original intent to have the title ready for release in early October this year, the new launch date for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be February 10th, 2012.

 

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As a brief rundown on it, you take the role of a mobster named Jackie Estacado who wields the power of Darkness; these big ugly tentacles and demonic entities that can be controlled at will. The second game is said to take a few steps away from the look and feel of the first, with the focus being to more closely link it to the comic book series that these games are based on.

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Futuremark announce Unstoppable Gorg, 1950's sci-fi styled tower defence game

Futuremark today announce their next game, Unstoppable Gorg, a thrilling space defence game inspired by vintage sci-fi from the 1940s and 1950s. Futuremark tell you to expect wholesome heroes, rubbery aliens and dodgy special effects as they pay homage to a great era of film. Unstoppable Gorg will be released on PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad.

 

 

In Unstoppable Gorg you defend our solar system from the relentless march of a fearsome alien race by sending satellites into orbit around planets, moons and space stations. Unstoppable Gorg is different to the usual tower defence games where you can move your satellites even after you have placed them allowing for different strategies and play styles. When the Gorg armada attacks you can move your satellites around their orbits to best defend against each individual wave, a convention defying mechanic that brings new vitality and interaction to the great tower defence genre.

 

Side note: How great is that trailer and music!

Battlefield 3 not coming to Steam? Say it ain't so!

A report from a meeting between GameStop and financial research firm Baird is suggesting that (sob) Battlefield 3 will not be making its way to Steam. According to Develop, the key quote from the report that comes directly from the GameStop executives is "the upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam."

 

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This is on top of the news from a little while ago now that EA published a list of retailers for Battlefield 3 in which Steam was missing. Other digital download sites such as Gamersgate, Direct2Drive and EA's own Origin were on the list. Another GameStop executive also told Develop that Battlefield 3 will be coming to digital retailers other than GameStop. This look as though Steam is just being ignored.

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AMD says next-gen Xbox graphics will look as good as Avatar

We'll keep this in the rumor bin for now but director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison says that gamers have a lot to be excited about in regards to the next-generation of Xbox. Claiming that the next-gen Xbox will be capable of graphical detail from the movie Avatar. Robison also mentioned that the AI and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will reportedly allow every pedestrian in a game like Grand Theft Auto to have totally individual mentality.

 

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This means that if you were to shoot a gun near someone or run them over, each NPC will react different. Gone will be the days of mob mentality where everyone acted the same, each character is capable of being an individual.

 

It's a bold statement, that's for sure.

Battlefield 3 screenshots out, thanks Alpha testers

EA and DICE are currently running through alpha/beta testing of their soon-to-be-awesome Battlefield 3. The testing is for the Battlelog service in which a number of third-party testers have been given access to the alpha version of Battlefield 3 for the sole purpose of testing Battlelog. The map in the screenshots is what we saw from E3 which is Operation Metro.

 

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The screenshots don't reveal much apart from we now get a decent look at the HUD as well as the server browser. Enjoy!

 

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Hard Reset, PC-exclusive, a mash up of The Matrix, Painkiller and Blade Runner

Well this came out of nowhere, I was looking through my Twitter feed when Logan Decker, Editor-in-Chef of PC Gamer Magazine tweeted about a new PC-exclusive FPS, Hard Reset. Polish-based developer, Flying Wild Hog, have released a teaser for their upcoming PC-exclusive, Hard Reset. Hard Reset is a cyberpunk, first-person shooter like no other, set for release in September 2011. Not much more is known about it, but it definitely looks cool. Being a PC-exclusive doesn't hurt either. Could this be the next Far Cry? Could Flying Wild Hog be the next Crytek?

 

 

We'll have to wait and see, but for now check out the official teaser!

ModernWarfare3.com leads browsers to Battlefield 3 website, many LOLs are expressed

I actually saw this yesterday and thought it was just a trick, but behold; visiting http://www.modernwarfare3.com actually leads you to Battlefield 3's website. The two battling shooters is set to be the biggest in history, and this is the latest warning shot in BF3's favor.

 

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Modernwarfare3.com is a domain one would think Activision would've scooped up, but the redirect to BF3's website just went live yesterday. ModernWarfare3.com was registered by GoDaddy in 2009. Some people have speculated that EA itself is behind this amazing move, but it is more likely that a devoted Battlefield fan (or possible Activision hater) registered the domain before Acitivion thought of it and put this into place just to piss them off.

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EA acquires PopCap games for a cool $750 million

After numerous rumors and hearsay, EA have announced an agreement to acquire PopCap Games. The transaction is expected to close next month subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The deal includes EA pay approximately $650 million in cash and $100 million in shares of EA common stock to be issued to certain stockholders of PopCap.

 

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PopCap employees roughly 400 people and makes casual digital games for mobile phones, tablets, PCs and social networking sites. Their games include smash-hit titles such as Plants Vs. Zombies, Bejeweled and Zuma. PopCap Games is a Seattle-based company which has more than 150 million games installed and played worldwide on a range of platforms: the Web, PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Zeebo, Cell Phones, PDAs, iPod Classic, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android.

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