November 30, 2008

Criterion Welcomes You to Surf Island


Criterion Games recently decided to shed some light on their new premium content titled, Surf Island. The new island is all about big jumps. Criterion even mentions they almost called it Big Air Island. New vehicles will be launching along site Surf Island's release.

If you want to learn more, head on over to Criterion's site. They have several screens and explain why this content wont be free.

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November 27, 2008

RACE Pro Track Reveal #1: Road America


SimBin has unveiled the first track from the upcoming RACE Pro, Road America.

"Road America is one of only a handful of road circuits in the world which has maintained its original configuration of 6.515 km in length and 14 turns since it first opened in 1955. The track is located in Wisconsin, USA, halfway between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay.

The track has many elevation changes, fourteen turns, and a long front straight where drivers can reach speeds up to 300km/h. Road America is a very challenging track with high speeds gained on the long straightaways offset by hard braking zones and subtle turns that can catch out even the most seasoned drivers. Finding the ideal braking zones takes time and practice, but mastering these can help gain crucial tenths of a second vital in winning races at Road America.

One of the best known features of this course is a turn on the backside known as the "kink” following the 180 degree turn called the “carousel”. The “kink” is a wild corner that should be tackled with caution and respect as it is sharper than it looks, has walls on both sides and no run off. Start by braking, and then work up to just lifting as you become familiar with it."

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November 26, 2008

Xbox Live Black Friday Sale


To go along with the PSN sale we posted earlier, the Xbox Live Marketplace is having a Black Friday sale with a bunch of good games on sale. Major Nelson has the details, and the full list is below:

RezHD - 500 points
Arkadian Warriors - 500 points
Assault Heroes - 250 points
Catan - 500 points
Brian Challenge - 500 points
Boogie Bunnies - 500 points
Golf: Tee it Up - 500 points
GH3 Metallica "Death Magnet" Full Album - 1000 points
Crackdown - Getting Busy Bonus Pack - 250 points
Rock Band All that Remains Pack 01 - 500 points
Lips - The Remedy Song - 100 points
Gears of War 2 Last Day Theme - 180 points
Sonic Unleashed Theme - 180 points
Castle Crashers Premium Theme - 180 points

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"Still Alive" Music Video from Mirror's Edge


For those wanting to know what the theme from Mirror's Edge was, we present to you this video. The song is called "Still Alive" (not to be confused with Portal) and is by the artist Lisa Miskovsky.

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Japan 360 Owners Getting Resident Evil 5 Demo Next Week


The most recent Famitsu magazine has revealed that Japan will be getting a Xbox 360 co-op demo of Resident Evil 5 (or Biohazard 5 as it is called in Japan) on December 5th.

The demo will feature two stages most likely from the same level as all the videos. Also Famitsu revealed that the release date fr the game has been moved up to March 5th in Japan, while U.S. owners will get it March 12th.

No word on a U.S. demo, or a Playstation demo so stay tuned.

Famitsu also mentioned a Japanese special edition with:
"The game, a 2GB USB drive shaped like a Tricell anti-virus vaccine capsule, a BSAA waist pack modeled after the one hero Chris is sporting in the game, and an exclusive 32-page artbook with staff commentary."

Stay tuned to GPU for any news on a U.S. demo or special edition.

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November 25, 2008

Select PSN Games Half Off


Until December 4th select PSN titles have been dropped in price from $9.99 to $4.99, the list is below.

Pixel Junk Eden
The Last Guy
Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

I would highly recommend picking up Pixel Junk Eden if you do not have it. All of the games are great for $4.99 though, Enjoy!

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Far Cry 2 DLC Out Now (Update 2)


Update: The pack is out now on the Xbox Live Marketplace, go download!
The pricing for the pack has been set at 800 Microsoft points (that's $10).

Ubisoft has announced today that DLC for Far Cry 2 will be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Store by the end of November. The "Fortune's Pack" DLC will be bringing new vehicles and weapons to the game for both the single and multiplayer modes. See the images below.

The Fortune’s Pack DLC for Far Cry 2 includes:

Single-Player Mode
Three brand-new weapons
- Silenced shotgun
- Sawed-off shotgun
- Crossbow
Two new vehicles
- Unimog
- Quad

Multiplayer Mode
- Four new exciting maps
1. Cheap Labor
2. Last Resort
3. Lake Smear
4. Fort Fury
- New single-player weapons and vehicles also available in multiplayer

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Halo 3: Recon now Halo 3: ODST


Not very exciting news, but news nonetheless. Bungie has announced that their stand-alone campaign expansion to Halo 3 will no longer be referred to as Halo 3: Recon and will be called Halo 3: ODST.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Halo universe ODST stands for Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.
"This special forces branch of the UNSC military force is called into action for highly specialized, small scale operations."

That is all for now, carry on.

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Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Announced


Bethesda has announced today a good amount of DLC coming to Fallout 3 over the next few months. The content starts out with the G.E.C.K. (Garden of Eden Creation Kit) which is the basic editor for Fallout 3 and will be coming to Games for Windows users sometime in December.

"The release of the G.E.C.K. provides the community with tools that will allow players to expand the game any way they wish. Users can create, modify, and edit any data for use with Fallout 3, from building landscapes, towns, and locations to writing dialogue, creating characters, weapons, creatures, and more."

Secondly the first pack of console DLC entitled "Operation Anchorage" will be available exclusively for the Xbox 360 in January, with "The Pitt" and "Broken Steel" coming later in February and March.

Operation: Anchorage. Enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders. An action-packed battle scheduled for release in January.

The Pitt. Journey to the industrial raider town called The Pitt, located in the remains of Pittsburgh. Choose your side. Scheduled for release in February.

Broken Steel. Join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all. Continues the adventure past the main quest. Scheduled for release in March.

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November 24, 2008

Batman Arkham Asylum Trailer


Before you get all excited, the trailer is only an environment trailer but it does show off some very impressive graphics.

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Sony Unveils Playstation Credit Card


Have you always wanted to show your Playstation pride while racking up copious amounts of unneeded debt? Well now you can! Playstation Blog has the details on Sony's new Playstation branded Visa credit card.

The card is decent by itself, but the deal you get if you sign up before December 31st 2009 is even better. Sign up before New Year's and get $150 off of a Playstation 3 console.

"There are a couple ways to do this. You can go to to to get instant approval for your card, and an immediate $150 credit when you purchase a PS3 directly through the website.

Or you can go to apply for the card and upon receipt of the card, use it at any authorized PlayStation retailer to purchase a PS3. The $150 credit will show up on your billing statement."

Looks like a good deal for those of you who are old enough and are in need of a PS3.

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November 21, 2008

Assassin's Creed's Altair in Prince of Persia


Ubisoft has announced that those who link their Xbox Live or Playstation accounts to will receive an in game costume of Assassin's Creed's protagonist Altair.

"'Prince of Persia is an incredible experience. We’re thrilled to give our loyal fans another way to journey through it,' said Ben Mattes, producer for Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia video game. 'This exclusive reward is a ‘thank you’ to our fans, who can easily unlock it when they link their accounts to their Xbox 360® or PLAYSTATION®3 gamer identities.'

Create your account now at, and when you begin your Prince of Persia adventure you will be able to immediately unlock this exclusive reward."

Prince of Persia is set to launch on December 5th for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

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Tomb Raider: Underworld "Beneath the Surface" 5


New Beneath the Surface video from Tomb Raider Underworld, this one discusses the environments in the game. Enjoy!

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Midway Woes Continue, Stocks Face De-Listing from NYSE


Midway Games just cannot catch a break these days. First the publisher posted loses of $76 Million, then Shari Redstone stepped down as the companies chairperson, finally they were forced to lay off 20-30 staff, and now this.

Midway received a warning today from the New York Stock Exchange that their stock had failed to meet the minimum closing price of $1 over 30 consecutive trading days. The warning stated that if the stocks did not rebound, they would be de-listed from the Exchange. Midway's stock will continue to be listed at least for the next 6 months where they must get the price about the $1 minimum.

In a tough economy it is not a good sign to see yet another developer struggling. Hopefully Midway can get their affairs in order and turn the business around.

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November 20, 2008

House of the Dead: Overkill Collector's Edition Announced


For those hardcore zombie shooter fans out there the Wii finally has a game for you. Sega plans to release House of the Dead: Overkill next February for the Nintendo Wii, and has announced a collector's edition of the game today.

The collector's edition will include special packaging for the game, an exclusive slipcase and an exclusive graphic novel.

"“Prelude to an OVERKILL” tells the fateful stories of Agent Washington and Varla Gunns, on the night before the violent and shocking events of the game. Illustrated by Steve Copter, of dissident punk band ‘Black Mekon’ (, this specially-commissioned comic is only available in The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Collector’s Edition."

So head out and pre-order if you plan on picking this up!

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GTA:IV DLC "The Lost & Damned" Coming Feb. 17th UPDATE


Update: Added four new screens and a character shot.

At long last we have details on the exclusive Xbox 360 DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV courtesy of USA Today. The DLC entitled "The Lost and Damned" will be availabe via the Xbox Live Marketplace on February 17th. The USA Today article mentions that the DLC will leave Niko behind and switch focus to a new character, Johnny Klebitz who is a memeber of the biker gang "The Lost."

Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games states that:
"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."

No word on pricing yet, but it looks as if the DLC will be more than just a few more missions. Stay tuned to GPU for more information.

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November 19, 2008

The Last Remnant Battle Trailer


New trailer for the upcoming 360 game The Last Remnant. The game is being produced by Square Enix.

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November 18, 2008

Capcom Announces Super Street Fighter Destination Experience


With the release of Microsoft's New Xbox Experience tomorrow everyone seems to be wanting a piece of the action. Capcom has just announced that it will have a specific "destination" for fans of the upcoming XBLA title Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix to view the latest information and media on the game.

"Launching tomorrow, the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix destination experience will provide a central place for Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers to learn about new content, view the latest trailers, and access downloadable content, including picture packs, and both Basic and Premium Themes. The new Street Fighter® Premium Theme features extensive high-definition graphical layers that take over your Dashboard, presenting a fully dynamic and encompassing package for the ultimate social entertainment experience on Xbox LIVE."

Full release after the jump.


Street Fighter® Branded Destination Experience to be featured in the New Xbox Experience!

SAN MATEO, CA — November 18, 2008 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is proud to announce that the much anticipated Super Street Fighter® II Turbo HD Remix for Xbox LIVE® Arcade will be one of the first games to be featured in the New Xbox® Experience with a Branded Destination Experience.

Launching tomorrow, the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix destination experience will provide a central place for Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers to learn about new content, view the latest trailers, and access downloadable content, including picture packs, and both Basic and Premium Themes. The new Street Fighter® Premium Theme features extensive high-definition graphical layers that take over your Dashboard, presenting a fully dynamic and encompassing package for the ultimate social entertainment experience on Xbox LIVE.

“With 1080p high-definition art and graphics, and the ultimate user feature set, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the perfect game to compliment the New Xbox Experience,” said Christian Svensson, VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom Entertainment Inc. “Capcom is dedicated to providing captivating content to the digital space and we’re proud to participate in this new era of Xbox LIVE.”

For a screenshot of the new Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Branded Destination Experience, visit:

For more information on the New Xbox Experience, visit

For more information on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, visit:

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Xbox Marketplace on FAQ


As most of you know, with the implementation of the New Xbox Experience comes the full Xbox Live Marketplace to As you can see by the image to the left the marketplace is not yet active, but should be up and running Wednesday morning. (You can find it here). A FAQ for the marketplace is available via and we wanted to share some of the answers here.

What are the computer and Xbox console requirements for purchasing from the web?

* A computer with internet access and a web browser (cookies and JavaScript need to be enabled).
* An Xbox 360 console with internet access.
* A storage device for your Xbox 360 console. For example, a 512MB memory unit or 20GB hard drive.
* An Xbox LIVE Silver or Gold account. If you don't have an Xbox LIVE account, you can sign up for a free Silver account here.

Please note: The account holder must be 18 years old or older to purchase from the web.

How do I purchase from LIVE Marketplace on the Web?

Once you've decided on the content you want, simply click the Download to Xbox 360 button to start the purchase flow. If you are not signed in, you will be asked to log into your Xbox LIVE account. If you do not have an Xbox LIVE account, you can create an account in a few easy steps. If the item you are buying requires points, you must first purchase Microsoft Points and will be asked to provide your billing and credit card information. If you have enough Microsoft Points, you can simply confirm your purchase and the item will be added to your Download Queue.

How long does it take to download items to my Xbox 360 console?

Download time primarily depends on the size of the item and your Internet connection speed. For some connection types, local network traffic can also affect download times.

Are downloaded items stored on my personal computer?

Items purchased from LIVE Marketplace on the Web are downloaded only to Xbox 360 consoles.
I play games on multiple consoles. Where will my downloads go?

Content will automatically download to the first console you sign into after completing a purchase on the web. If you decide to sign into a second console and you have content in the Download Queue, the items will appear in the console’s Active Downloads feature and you have the option to download content to the second console. If you choose not to download the content to the second console, the content will remain in the Download Queue until you sign into your first console.

Content that you purchased and downloaded to the second console can be downloaded again to your first console using the Purchase History feature.

Please Note: Changing the download location does not change the usage restrictions on the content. Usage restrictions are applied to the first console the download is started or played on.

Where can I see items I have purchased?

All items you have purchased from Xbox LIVE Marketplace (including free items and items you purchased using your console) will appear in your Purchase History. Your purchases are grouped under three categories: Games, Game Demos, and Videos.
How do I download items I previously purchased from the web?

Go to your Purchase History and select the Add to Queue button next to the item* you want to download again. You can also locate items* you own in Xbox LIVE Marketplace and click the Download to Xbox 360 button to add the item to your Download Queue.

*Please Note: Video rentals can only be downloaded again using the console, and only if it is within the rental period.

Hopefully once the marketplace is available tomorrow most questions will be answered!

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November 17, 2008

NXE: Intro Video & Facts


The New Xbox Experience is set to launch in less than 24 hours, transforming the system via software into an entertainment centerpiece. We have a list of facts below for those in need of more information as well as the video that will play when you download the New Xbox Experience this Wednesday. Very well done!

Xbox LIVE Party. Xbox 360 allows you to create a virtual party on your TV with up to seven friends. With LIVE Party, voice chat while you play games, share photos in real time and entertain friends all over the world.

Bring Your Personality to Life. Create a customizable, animated avatar and literally jump into the world of Xbox LIVE. Your avatar is your game-face throughout the New Xbox Experience and represents your personality — whether you are a LIVE Party host, playing a game of “Scene It? Box Office Smash” or chatting with a friend.

On-demand entertainment. Xbox 360 is home to the best High Definition movie entertainment, including a large online library of more than 15,000 on-demand high-definition TV shows and movies from global partners such as Constantin, Disney, MGM, NBC Universal Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Your Personal Game Room: Play revived classics like “PAC-MAN Championship Edition,” “Galaga Legions” and “Portal: Still Alive” alongside games that literally put your Avatars in the action like “Bomberman LIVE,” “Hardwood Hearts,” “Hardwood Spades,” “Kingdom for Keflings” and ”UNO,” exclusively for download from Xbox LIVE Arcade. Xbox LIVE members will also be able to access all of Xbox LIVE Marketplace, including Xbox LIVE Arcade, and even queue content to download straight from

Games for the community, by the community. For the first time in the history of console gaming, thousands of games developed by the creative community will be available to the public. The Community Games channel on Xbox LIVE will include games made by students, hobbyists, and maybe even your next door neighbor and will be exclusive to Xbox LIVE.

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Halo Wars Screenshots & Art


Halo Wars will be available early next year, to tide you over we have some new screenshots and cutscene art! More images after the jump.

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Metal Gear Solid 4 Meme Expansion Pack Dated


Those of you waiting to get your hands on more Metal Gear will not have to wait long. The newest expansion entitled "Meme" will launch November 25th as was announced by Konami.

The expansion adds two new playable characters including Liquid Ocelot and Mei Ling, the characters each have abilities to manipulate the game. Three new multiplayer maps will also come with the expansion, Silo Sunset, Forest Firefight, and Winter Warehouse. Finally, a tournament lobby has been created where players are but in battle situations to earn points to use for things such as character customization or new gear. Hit the jump for the full release.

Metal Gear Online gets MEME EXPANSION
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH reveals new MEME EXPANSION for Metal Gear Online
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced that the latest downloadable content for its Metal Gear Online title for PLAYSTATION®3 will be released on November 25th. Entitled MEME EXPANSION, the download adds new characters and gameplay elements to Hideo Kojima’s hugely popular online epic.

The MEME EXPANSION unveils two new special characters, which are playable for the first time. Liquid Ocelot enters the fray with the ability to manipulate the Sons of the Patriots’ lock system using his Guns of the Patriots skills, and can also deactivate the weaponry of a targeted for within Metal Gear Online’s multi-player modes. Similarly, Mei Ling comes into play with three unique attributes, including the Trench Mortar weapon, Soliton Sonar capabilities, and the means to transfix enemies.

Three new maps have also been created, with the rough, uneven industrial elements of Silo Sunset, the dense foliage of Forest Firefight and a snow-blown deserted factory called Winter Warehouse available for the first time. The download also implements a number of new rules, which are also now available without the MEME EXPANSION update. A new ‘No Headshot’ setting allows players to attribute the same level of damage when shot in the head to that of a regular body shot. ‘Stealth Death Match’ allows users to compete with the stealth elements switched on automatically; while the ‘Interval’ setting allows used to practice and chat with each other within the battlefield, without their ranking or records being adversely affected.

An official Tournament lobby has also been created to pit players in battle situations where points are up for grabs and can be spent on the customisation of a character or on new gear. Likewise, a series of familiar humorous elements can also be used within the customise field, including the Crocodile Cap made famous in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the Ghillie Suite camo from the same game, and an afro hair style.

Metal Gear Online fans will be able to pre-purchase the MEME EXPANSION elements for 7,99 Euro from November 18th, with a bundle containing both the new elements and the previous GENE EXPANSION update also available at the same date for 12,99 Euro. Users can access the new additions of the MEME EXPANSION after the official start on November 25th.

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November 14, 2008

NXE: Install


We are officially less than a week away from the launch of the New Xbox Experience. Major Nelson has just put up a video showing the ease of the install process that you all will go through Wednesday.

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November 13, 2008

Resident Evil 5 Screenshots


A great batch of Resident Evil 5 screens for your Thursday!

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