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Sky Player to be relaunched gradually

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Microsoft has confirmed that the Sky Player for Xbox Live is being relaunched gradually for all Xbox 360 customers. The service was meant to launch last month, but problems prevented this due to high demand.

Some customers aren't able to access the service, but Microsoft says that "tens of thousands more will be added each day, until the service is available to all."

Marvel dates Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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In a press release detailing Marvel Entertainments third quarter operating results, release dates for Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America were mentioned, which are all in development by Sega.

Iron Man 2 for April 2010
Thor for May 2011
Captain America for July 2011

Product quiz reveals ambitious DLC for Mass Effect 2, new worlds

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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BioWare has already announced they have long-term DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, but now Mass Effect 2 looks to be getting the same.

A Microsoft Expert Zone quiz for retailers reveals big DLC coming to the sci-fi sequel, like new worlds, characters, gear packs and more.

GameStop let slip Bad Company 2 beta date, info "later this week"

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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US retailer GameStop accidentally boasted a pre-order treat for Bad Company 2, blabbing about the PS3 beta starting November 19th.

This promotion was pulled but the Internet has it now. EA are coy but pledge "more details later this week," are to be revealed for fans.

Valve declare Left 4 Dead/Team Fortress crossover with Bill's hat

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Yes, developer Valve has gone mad with power. They've promised Bill's L4D hat to Team Fortress 2 players if you pre-order L4D2.

This "momentous event" is already available for those who've pre-ordered already, so just fire up your next game of TF2 for Bill's hat.

Doom cover artist Don Ivan Punchatz passes away, he was aged 73

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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You may not know the man but his work won't be easily forgotten, particularly for gamers. Artist Don Ivan Punchatz gave us Doom.

He was the cover artist for the original shooter of hellish demons. Had Punchatz known it would make "a jillion smackers"...

Online CV hints at 'Family Guy Party Game' for next-gen consoles

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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According to the LinkedIn profile for Chris Kolmatycki, he was once a game designer at HB Studios, and worked on a Family Guy game.

It was pre-production work for a "Family Guy Party Game" on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. Another online profile corroborates a little.

Heavy Rain to get demo, difficult due to the "contextual gameplay"

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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David Cage of Quantic Dream has revealed a playable demo for PS3 Heavy Rain is in the pipe, but it's hard to "convey" to the player.

Scenes focus on action or exploration, showing either will make some believe that's what it's all about. Must find "best scene for it."

Modern Warfare 2 cheap thanks to retailer deals, smart consumers

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher Activision has been criticized for the high RRP of Modern Warfare 2, but some retailer deals cut its price by over half its tag.

What's more is that supermarkets in the UK are likely to slash the price deep, with ASDA already having done so with FIFA 10.

Final Fantasy XIII's level up system is Crystalium, earn CP not EXP

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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All that levelling up through experience won't do for Final Fantasy XIII, so they've introduced the Crystalium System, with Crystal Points.

After each battle you get CP which can be spent on 'growing' roles with new skills and abilities, like unlocking more powerful Fire.

EA announces new DLC Pack for Fight Night Round 4

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Electronic Arts announced today that it will be releasing new Downloadable Content for Fight Night Round 4 in early December for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The DLC pack will cost 800 MS Points and £9.99 on the PlayStation Network.

The DLC will add Bernard Hopkins, Sonny Liston and Evander Holyfield as playable boxers, while including two new game modes. The first, Old School Rules brings a new take to the traditional boxing experience, while the second, Ring Rivalries, allows you to re-create some of the greatest match ups in boxing history.

Sony "haven't confirmed" GT5's track edtior, won't comment on it

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5 has a track editor, by the developer's own admission apparently, but Sony won't budge on the silence.

Allegedly it allows gamers to tweak or rebuild "from scratch" all the tracks included, but it's unclear the extent of user freedom.

Xbox Live Rewards begin US pilot program, Gold user incentives

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Microsoft has flipped the switch to their Xbox Live Rewards scheme in the US, which offers things like MSP for renewed Gold subscriptions.

First time purchases on Marketplace nets users 100 MSP, with a full 200 MSP for 12-month Gold renewals. No word on Europe yet.

Microsoft: Retail is "critical component" for Sky Player on Xbox 360

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Neil Thompson, UK Xbox boss, has said how retail channels are vital for "educating consumers" what Xbox 360 and Live have to offer.

They unveil the Xbox Sky pack, which "would be great" as a holiday gift this year says Thompson. TV ads already running in UK.

Sony "re-energizing teams" in Japan for PS3, 'fruits of work' in 2010

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Japanese development studios for Sony have been lacking PS3 line-ups for some time, having been told to focus on PSP, but no more.

Sony are "now re-energizing teams" to work on new PS3 ideas for development, and will have things to show us "sometime next year."

Spector: Eidos refused sale of Deus Ex, 'were and are' stories left

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Warren Spector, creator of Deus Ex, reveals he hasn't quite moved on from the sci-fi series and even tried to buy it from Eidos.

They wouldn't part with Deus Ex though, with Spector saying there "were and still are" stories he'd "like to tell." Deus Ex 3 in 2010.

Left 4 Dead 2 Demo available for Gold Members on Xbox Live

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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The Xbox 360 Left 4 Dead 2 demo is now available for all Xbox Live Gold members.

Download it now.

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics announced for PS3 and PC

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Sony Online Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast today announced that they are developing Magic: The Gathering – Tactics, an online 3D turn-based strategy game for the PC, with a PS3 version coming later.

"The growing Magic: The Gathering community has an insatiable desire for great strategic game experiences. Sony Online Entertainment is the perfect partner to transform the best of Magic's story, strategy and competitive play into a fantastic ‘Tactics’ game experience for current and new Magic fans," said Greg Leeds, president, Wizards of the Coast.

Three Wallace and Gromit episodes on Xbox Live this week

Posted: 02.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Microsoft has confirmed that three Wallace and Gromit episodes will be released this Wednesday on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 MS points.

Wallace & Gromit Ep. 2: The last resort
Wallace & Gromit Ep. 3: Muzzled!
Wallace & Gromit Ep. 4: The Bogey Man

EA releases first American McGee's Alice trailer, reveals release date

Posted: 02.11.2009 by JamieSI

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EA has released a new trailer for the remake of American McGee's Alice, and it looks very creepy indeed.

This one is for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, but it won't be released until 2011.
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