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Acti reveal Brit launch event for Modern Warfare 2, has 'VIP party'

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is having a launch bash thrown in Leicester Square, "home of the 'Hollywood Premiere'". Activision say it'll "invade the capital" on November 9th.

The premiere will be "compered by a celebrity fan" and gives all a glimpse of the game "on the big screen" ahead of release. An "epic midnight opening" runs at HMV's Trocadero Store.

Datel: Microsoft restrains consumer "freedom" with third-party ban

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Microsoft recently announced that all unlicensed third-party storage devices for Xbox 360 are to be banned. This starts when the November dash board update hits Xbox Live.

Third-party manufacturer Datel has said how "disappointed" they are that Microsoft has taken these steps to prevent customers "exercising their freedom of choice." Cue the violin.

Free Killing Floor expansion tomorrow, pre-load free plays available

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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A totally free expansion called Level Up is arriving for Killing Floor tomorrow, and it adds new gear, maps, a new character class, new achievements and perks - for nothing!

In extra celebration, all gamers who don't own it can try it out for free from tomorrow by pre-loading Killing Floor right now. This weekend will also be running a 25 percent off sale on Steam.

Melbourne-based Transmission Games shuts, slips into liquidation

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Heroes Over Europe developer Transmission Games has been locked up for good as the developer struggled to secure funding from publishers; it had earlier cut its workforce.

Most recently the Australian studio worked on Ashes Cricket 2009, and before that: Heroes Over The Pacific and a number of ALF titles. The staff not let go earlier are now made redundant.

BBFC: Gay Tony has "some sex" that's "quite strong", slaps on 18

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The impending release of The Ballad of Gay Tony from Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto IV's latest episode, has naughty bits going on confirms the BBFC; strong naughty bits.

It's "always masked" though and involved characters are "invariably fully clothed." Naturally an 18 rating has been laid on it, with "very strong language" and "hard drug use".

Namco unveil Saber's Inversion, does things 'thought impossible'

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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An all new action game is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 called 'Inversion', a gravity-defying videogame from Timeshift developer Saber Interactive. It's a sci-fi alien invader romp.

Set in the near future, it's a co-op game featuring gravity manipulation "most people didn't think possible" on current consoles; it's due out next year. It's a "complete thrill" for Saber.

PS3 Slim response "tremendous", Sony "just begun" its onslaught

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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SCEA president Jack Tretton has claimed that Sony has "only just begun" their offensive of "relentless, rich content" for this fiscal. We've got Ratchet and Clank Future after all.

Not to mention God of War III, MAG, and ModNation Racers coming to PlayStation 3 too. The new PS3 Slim, apple of Sony's eye, "surpassed" one million in three weeks.

God of War III has DLC plans, 'makes sense' for new challenges

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Stig Asmussen, God of War III's producer, has said there are plans for downloadable content and it would "make a lot of sense" to have them as new challenges for gamers.

We'll maybe see God of War III ship with "a certain amount" of challenges, with a "download pack out" with more in later on. Asmussen says "all the new mechanics" allow variety in trials.

Infinity: MW2 'biggest PC investment', IWNet matches 'kept clean'

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has blogged to dispel "assumptions, and speculation" about the developer's new IWNet match hosting system, replacing PC dedicated servers.

He defends it, saying it takes the "benefits" of dedicated servers and lets them be "utilized and accessed" by all players. Still scant on mod support talk. IWNet features Valve-Anti-Cheat.

Halloween treats for NCsoft MMOs, six events revealed for users

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher NCsoft is celebrating Halloween in a big way this year, and all six of their western games will be getting in on it. While some enjoy a hunt and cook off, others face zombies!

The first of these events has already begun with City of Heroes dealing with a "Deadly Halloween Apocalypse" that started yesterday. The events run for a number of spooky days.

Konami revive Rocket Knight, "alluring" remake for XBLA and PSN

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher Konami has announced the revival of Sparkster in Rocket Knight, a 16-bit SEGA Megadrive classic, and they'll be sprucing up the 2D-scroller for Xbox 360 and PS3.

This 2.5D platformer will be debuting next year on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. It's got wall ricocheting, rocket drilling, burst projectiles from a sword... everything we need.

OFLC give MA15+ rating to Ghost Recon: Predator, Ubi's next title

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Those Australian bureaucrats have gone and spoiled Ubisoft's surprise on what their next Ghost Recon release is all about, which has only been half acknowledged by them.

It's due sometime in fiscal 2010 is all we have officially been told, but now we know it's subtitled Predator thanks to the OFLC. Rabbids Lab is also mentioned by Down Under red tape.

Death Rally released for free

Posted: 20.10.2009 by JamieSI

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Remedy Entertainment has re-released its 1996 top-down racing game Death Rally for free. The original game has been ported to run on modern PCs, for Windows.

Download it here.

Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi's new game is at the "final phase"

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Hironobu Sakaguchi had the mad dream of Final Fantasy, and he's now bossman at Mistwalker Corporation. Their latest project is super secret and it's finishing up now.

That's according to Sakaguchi-san's Mistwalker blog. Previously the developer has released Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, with the Cry On game cancelled last Christmas.

Halo Waypoint split into two sections, Intel to give, Career to track

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The upcoming mega destination for all things Halo related will be a coupling between Intel and Career, Microsoft have revealed. Each offer separate fixes for Halo junkies gamers.

Intel will house all manner of acquirable content like clips, images, tips and loads more stuff. Career will be stat track central for Halo players, converting achievements into ranks.

Gran Turismo 5 box packs three discs, clip shows Yamauchi with it

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Kazunori Yamauchi, GT5's producer, has been seen in a promo clip of a Mercedes SLS AMG holding a boxed Gran Turismo 5 with space for three discs contained within.

It's likely those are just bonus discs in some limited or collector's edition being planned. The clip pans to Yamauchi-san who holds the box set for mere seconds. Our first glimpse.

Infinity let "story dictate" games length, defends Modern Warfare 2

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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A criticism of the first Modern Warfare was that its singleplayer experience was far too short, clocking in at around 6 hours, but Robert Bowling defends Infinity's creative approach.

The studio "try and focus" on the experience and its delivery, and they let narrative decide "how long" it'll be. Won't make 20 hour game just because some "want a 20 hour game".

Assassin's Creed: Lineage series launches on YouTube soon

Posted: 20.10.2009 by JamieSI

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Ubisoft has announced that the first of the three episodes from the new Assassin's Creed: Lineage short movies will debut on YouTube. Starting from October 27th, 2009, YouTube will have the first episode of the short movies on its homepage in eight countries throughout the world for a period of 24 hours.

Developed by Ubisoft's Hybride Technologies, the visual effects studio behind 300 and Sin City, Assassin's Creed: Lineage combines live action and computer generated imagery (CGI) to explore the events that happen just before the Assassin's Creed II game starts. The short films revolve around Ezio's father, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, and give insight on the game's back story and universe.

Modern Warfare 2 PC petition nearly at 100k, Infinity 'won't ignore it'

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Robert Bowling is community man of developer Infinity Ward, he's also the messenger nearly blind folded and shot for delivering news that there's no dedicated server for PC.

Since that hydrogen bomb was dropped, PC gamers have already got a petition armed with nearly 100,000 signatures, which started up yesterday. It's "made a big wave" at Infinity HQ.

'Unofficial' storage devices "no longer" welcome on Xbox 360 soon

Posted: 20.10.2009 by Technet2k

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When next month's Xbox Live update hits, Major Nelson has revealed that non-Microsoft endorsed storage devices will refuse to work with updated Xbox 360 consoles.

All those "unauthorized" memory units will be blacklisted, so if you've backed up profiles and saves you'd best "move it back" or lose it all. Only those licensed for Xbox 360 will work.
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