September 30, 2008

Mega Man 9 Coming to XBLA Tomorrow

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UPDATE: Gamerscore Blog has also confirmed that Mega Man 9 is indeed coming tomorrow.


Mega Man 9 came out on the Playstation Network last week but people have been wondering about the XBLA release of the game. Well wonder no more; Major Nelson has just confirmed via Twitter that Mega Man 9 will be available tomorrow on XBLA.

"I am on the road right now, but I just got word Mega Man 9 is coming to Arcade tomorrow. 52 minutes ago"

Good to hear, a lot of people have been anxious to give the game a try (including Jewel Man).

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Command & Conquer FPS "Tiberium" Canned by EA

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According to MarketWatch EA has officially cancelled the first person shooter based on the Command & Conquer RTS series named Tiberium. EA claims "design challenges" among other things caused the canellation. This move will result in an unspecified number of jobs.

""It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end to all work on 'Tiberium,' effective immediately," Mike Verdu, who heads the Electronic Arts studio creating the game."
Apparently the game was not living up to high expectations, and thus was forced to the chopping block. Joystiq has a full statement from EA, as seen below:
"EA has suspended work on Tiberium effective immediately.
The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label. A lower quality game is not in the best interest of the consumers and would not succeed in this market.

This decision will result in some individuals being released. However, EA will make every effort to place talented people on other projects. Eligible employees will receive severance and outplacement support."

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Force Unleashed Getting DLC Unleashed

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Force Unleashed executive producer Haden Blackman has confirmed to Kotaku that some new DLC will be coming to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed via the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the future. The DLC is planned to contain a new single player level in the Jedi Temple as well as new characters such as Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as new outfits.
""We had a list of 20 locations in our exploration phase," he said. "Those got whittled down. Which ones were viable and which weren't. The temple hung on and hung on and hung on. We had to make cuts right before production and it was one of those."

And Blackman said it's entirely possible that the internal development team working on this new DLC will continue to work on new episodes, that The Force Unleashed could essentially become a delivery system for episodic content."
Stay tuned for more information on a release date and pricing.

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September 29, 2008

Capcom's Age of Booty Release Dates Announced

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Capcom's upcoming RTS for the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network will set sail October 15th and October 16th respectively. 


"In Age of Booty, players team up with other online players or AI-controlled pirate ships to raid, pillage, sink, and destroy their way to dominance on the high seas. Manning the helm of their own pirate ship, apprentice pirates must raid villages, sink merchants, seize towns, and steal gold to stockpile their pirate factions with spoils of war and booty – all at the same time. 

Age of Booty introduces swashbuckling action for the RTS (Real Time Strategy) newbie, ridding gamers of all the complicated, time consuming aspects of the RTS genre and retaining only the fun.  Would-be pirate plunderers in Age of Booty won't have to worry about resource gathering, base building or giving multiple orders to unit groups, unlike a typical RTS game.  Age of Booty is built for the casual videogame player with action–packed gameplay, simple controls, and robust multiplayer capabilities. "

So get ready to plunder! The game will cost you a mere $10.

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Rock Band 2 Wii Will Have Online Play, Downloads

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The USA Today has re-published a story it ran last week that stated the Wii version of Rock band 2 will not have the same online and song downloading capabilities as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Apparently the USA Today was contacted by Harmonix and updated on the game's status.
"while "unannounced," MTV games has confirmed that Rock Band 2 for the Wii will "offer the same online functionality -- i.e. song downloads and Internet multiplayer modes -- as the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 versions."
Good to hear if you were considering picking RB2 up for the Wii.

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Gears of War 2 Pre-Order Goodies Revealed

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When deciding where to pre-order many factors can come into play, none seemingly more important than the goodies you can get. People love free stuff so much, that many will pre-order at more than one store just to get the goodies. Well if you were waiting to figure out where to pre-order Gears of War 2, we now have the pre-order goody list.


GameStop
- Those who pre-order Gears 2 at GameStop will get an exclusive new Gears 2 theme made specifically for the New Xbox Experience (is this a hint at the NXE's release date?).

Best Buy - Best Buy has one of the best pre-order goodies in a while. Pre-order here and you will get a remote control version of the Centaur Tank from the game. 

Blockbuster - Finally, pre-order via Blockbuster and you will get the first issue of the official Gears of War comic.

There you have it, now go out and pre-order!

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Call of Duty: World at War Beta to be 360 & PC Only

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PSU.com has uncovered a bit of interesting information regarding the beta for Call of Duty: World at War, apparently it will be run on PC and Xbox 360 only. PSU contacted Activision and Treyarch and they said the following:
""We are running the beta only on the Xbox 360 and PC," said the representative. He continued then to point out that most betas on the PS3 are run by first party anyways, and if Treyarch runs their testing on the Xbox 360 and PC they acquire more data on servers and connectivity."

So whether this means the PS3 version is already good to go, or that they are behind schedule on it we won't really know. Those of you PS3 owners looking forward to the beta need to find a friend with a PC or 360 quick.

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September 28, 2008

Reminder: Xbox Live, Xbox.com Down For Up To 24 Hours

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UPDATE: Xbox Live and Xbox.com are now down. They will be back up sometime within the next 24 hours (on or before 12:00am PST on September 30th).

Xbox Live and sections of Xbox.com will be down starting at 12:01am PST for up to 24 hours.Here is w
hat Major Nelson has to say:
"(Monday, 9/29/2008) from 12:01 AM PST for up to 24 hours, Xbox Live will be offline for maintenance. As a result, Xbox LIVE and the ‘My Xbox’ section of Xbox.com will be unavailable, and the Xbox forums will be in read only mode (you won’t be able to post.) The remainder of Xbox.com will be available with limited interruptions. When the service returns, you will not have any new features and you will not have the new Xbox experience update. That will happen later this Fall. "
Looks like a good day to get in some single player action.

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September 27, 2008

New NXE Page on Xbox.com

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Showing that we are finally getting closer to the New Xbox Experience, Xbox.com has added a bit of a demo page for the NXE. It contains demos and videos of how certain features will work as well as gives the overall feel of the NXE. Now we just sit back and wait for the actual update to hit.


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September 26, 2008

Mirror's Edge Gameplay

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It must be Mirror's Edge Friday today at GPU. First the bag was announced, then 1up had a rundown on their show, another story trailer was shown, and now finally a new gameplay trailer is ready. Enjoy!


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New Xbox Experience: A Look at Themes & Friends Channel

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Major Nelson has brought us this week's NXE update with a look at how themes will look and the Friends Channel. Enjoy!


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Mirror's Edge: New Gameplay & Story Trailer 2

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The 1up show this week has an exclusive look at Mirror's Edge including never before seen levels and gameplay. Check it out!


The next installment of story trailers is up from DICE and EA. This one give you a bit more of a look into Faith's backstory.


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September 25, 2008

Mirror's Edge Ultra Bag Collector's Edition

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Collector's Editions these days have just spun out of control. While I love the goodies, the prices that marketers think we should pay is up there. Nonetheless, I bring you the $130 Mirror's Edge Collector's Edition that comes with a very cool messenger bag along with the 360 version of the game. Sure you get a bag when you pre-order the game at GameStop, but this one is much cooler.

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Rumor: Xbox.com Update Tomorrow

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UPDATE: This Xbox.com Update was for the UK version of the site, sorry for any confusion.

DPad has a bit of news today on what we will take as a rumor for now, that Xbox.com will be recieving a face lift tomorrow. We would assume any facelift would come during the outage on Monday or at the same time as the NXE. Who knows, Microsoft has done things a bit differently before. 

"The announcement came during today’s revelation of Microsoft’s new “Live Your Moment” advertising campaign, the company’s single largest Xbox campaign investment to date that 'reflects the evolution that Xbox is bringing to entertainment, to gaming, and to the way we play together.'"

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Bungie Releases 'Keep it Clean' Teaser Trailer

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Well at long last the countdown is over and we have a brand new teaser from Bungie Studios. What is it? Well take a look over at BNet, or right here! The teaser is up on the Xbox Live Marketplace now. It looks to be an add to to the Halo 3 campaign, this is what the Marketplace description says:

"High action and deep mystery await players in this new Halo 3 campaign experience. Prepare to drop!"
 


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September 24, 2008

Once Again, Countdown Appears on Bungie.Net

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This time we have to assume it is for real. If you head to Bungie.net you will hit a screen with the image you see and a strange countdown that ends tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 7:07am PST. This looks to be finally the unveiling of the newest Bungie project which were were going to see at E3 but was untimely cancelled by Microsoft. What could it all mean? Hit up BNet or GPU tomorrow morning (or night depending where you are) and find out!  

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Reminder: Burnout Paradise Available on PSN Thursday

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Trophy support available Thursday as well!

Criterion's ever expanding racer, Burnout Paradise, will be available for purchase starting tomorrow (Thursday). The PSN version looks to include everything released up to this point. On top of that, Trophy support is being added and will be available tomorrow.

Those who already own a hard copy and haven't downloaded the bike patch, do so now. It's free and includes some cool features such as day and night cycles.

If you want to see more information, check out Criterion's site.

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Mirror's Edge "Proof of Concept" Footage

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In today's coverage of Mirror's Edge, 1up posted a "Proof of Concept" trailer. The footage shows what Dice was hoping to achieve with the game. In the early footage, the main character was actually a guy, which you can tell from the footage.

Be sure to check out 1up's story here.

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Reminder: Duke Nukem 3D on XBLA Now!

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"It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and i'm all out of gum." Duke Nukem 3D is officially out to the public today via the Xbox Live Arcade, so go pick it up and grab yourself some retro shooting action. I have played the game a bit myself and it already holds true to the PC version, go get it now!

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September 23, 2008

The Halo MMO That Never Was

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The news that Microsoft was closing Age of Empires and Halo Wars producer Ensemble shocked quite a few people, but it also allowed the press to do some digging through their skeleton-ridden closets, and Gamasutra found some very interesting things.


According to Gamasutra, from 2006-2007 Ensemble was working on a MMO based in the Halo universe. The studio had even been hirring for an MMO project in early 2006. According to the website, the MMO was most likely internally cancelled in mid to late 2007 for reasons unknown.

As you can see from the images and concepts, the Halo MMO had a very similar layout to most MMOs out now including World of Warcarft. Talents at the bottom, health and "mana" at the top left among other similarities. One can begin to wonder, what if this had been completed? I guess we will never know.

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The Punisher: No Mercy Coming to PSN

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Ready for another Punisher game? Playstation Blog has announced this morning that The Punisher: No Mercy will be coming exclusively to the Playstation Network. Zen Studios are bringing a multiplayer based Punisher game directly to PSN and here are a few deatils:





"For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action. Also, the game is being built from the ground up with some serious tech – yes, we are using the Unreal Engine 3 (the ultimate FPS engine) for this exclusive PSN release. Our main focus is to create an awesome online multiplayer experience with the style and grit from the Punisher’s world, complete with characters like Jigsaw, Bushwacker, Barracuda and even Silver Sable (been reading War Journal lately?…)."

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September 22, 2008

Halo 3 Achievements Showing Up on Xbox.com

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As we reported a while back, new achievements are coming to Halo 3. The first set of achievements are set to launch at 2am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning with Auto Update 2. This will give you the first 250 out of 750, the final 500 to come with the Mythic map pack.

As you can see by the images, the achievements are now shouwing up on Xbox.com profiles. Also you can see that the other 500 GS contains some information on the Mythic Map pack. Listed maps are Assembly, Citadel, Heretic, Orbital, Longshore, and Sandbox. No word on what exactly these maps are or when they are coming, stay tuned for more information.

Also on BNet, the Superintendent has made another appearence with this message,



"[SMN.ACTUAL]: “The situation on the ground isn’t my concern.”                 
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “I understand, Admiral. But I need --”
[EXPLOSION (4.0098s)]
[SMN.UNKNOWN]:[UNITELLIGIBLE > PANIC(?)]
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Empty archer pods six through twelve!”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Ready the MAC, and come about!”
[SMN.UNKNOWN]:[UNITELLIGIBLE > INSUBORDINATION(?)]
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “It may have passed us, Lieutenant, but it’s still in range.”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Come about. And shoot it in the ass.”
[EXPLOSION (2.3482s)]
[STATIC (3.8761s)]
[SMN.UNKNOWN]:[UNITELLIGIBLE > COMPLIANCE(?)]
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “Admiral, about my squad?”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “I’ve forwarded their NCO’s name to your --”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Enough, Captain!”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “If I survive this attack..."
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “I will deploy per my orders from Fleet HQ!”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “Sir. I don’t report to Fleet.”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “And the men I want? Now they don’t either.”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “Please. Read my request.”
[STATIC (2.8179s)]
[EXPLOSION (3.0194s)]
[STATIC (7.4501s)]
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Didn’t think you S1 types ever left your cave.”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “Desperate times...”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “Alright, Captain. You’ve got your squad.”
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “If I survive the attack."
[EXPLOSION (2.9016s)]
[SMN.ACTUAL]: “And right now? That’ll take a genuine act of God.”
[DARE.V.500341(S1)]: “I’ll see what I can do.” 

\ ~ REQUEST COMPLETE
\ DATABASE CLOSED \>"

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Reminder: Duke Nukem 3D Wednesday

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Officially confirmed by Microsoft through GamerscoreBlog and Major Nelson, Duke Nukem 3D will release Wednesday on the Xbox Live Arcade for 800 MS points. Duke 3D has 39 levels, 8 player co-op, online multiplayer, rewind features, and saved films features. So get ready to "Come Get Some" this Wednesday on XBLA!


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Wii Music Coming October 20th

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Since E3 2008 everyone has been a bit skeptical about Nintendo's latest creation, Wii Music. On October 20th people will finally have a chance to try it out for themselves. It looks to be a great game for those of you with kids, and some adults might find it fun after all.

"Players can improvise jams on the fly with more than 60 instruments. You will find rock favorites like the electric guitar; orchestra standards like trumpet, saxophone and clarinet; and even international instruments like steel drums, marimba and sitar. Players simply select their instruments, and then move their Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers as though they were playing the real thing. Wii Music turns players' movements into great music, even if you've never picked up an instrument before.

Budding musicians can play along to the beat of a diverse array of more than 50 songs from a variety of genres including popular, licensed, classical and Nintendo songs. Or players can improvise by adding new beats or creative twists to the songs. The combinations are endless, and it's all for the joy of creating fun new tunes."

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September 21, 2008

LittleBigPlanet Trophies Revealed

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PS3Trophies.org has the full list of trophies for the upcoming LittleBigPlanet. It seems that the trophy system has continued to evolve and these seem to bee some of the best trophies yet. Hit the jump for the full list of trophies.


Bronze Trophies

The Gardens - Complete all levels in The Gardens
The Savannah - Complete all levels in The Savannah
The Wedding - Complete all levels in The Wedding
The Canyon - Complete all levels in The Canyon
The Metropolis - Complete all levels in The Metropolis
The Islands - Complete all levels in The Islands
The Temples - Complete all levels in The Temples
Expert Creator - Complete all levels in the tutorials
Artist - Place a sticker
Homemaker - Place 10 stickers or decorations in your pod
Fashion Sense - Choose a costume for your sackperson with at least one item on your head, at least one item on your body, and a material
Forager - Collect 25% of the prize bubbles on the story levels
Sticky Fingers - Collect 50% of the prize bubbles on the story levels
Treasure Hunter - Collect 75% of the prize bubbles on the story levels
2X Multiplier! - Get a 2X Multiplier
8X Multiplier! - Get a 8X Multiplier
Incredible Speed! - Travel at incredible speed
Incredible Height! - Travel to an incredible height
Friendly - Complete a level with more than one player
Party Person - Complete a level online with 3 other players who are on your friends list
Socialite - Complete a level online with 3 other players who are not on your friends list
Top of the Class - Win a 4-player game
Traveler - Complete a community level
FIRST! - Be among the first 10 people to complete a community level
Opinionated - Tag a community level
Neighborhood - Watch Heart 5 community levels
Networking - Heart 3 authors
Talkative - Post a comment on a community level
Creator - Build and save a level with the thermometer more than 30% full
Team Creator - Build and save a level with more than one player with the thermometer more than 30% full
Publisher - Publish a level
Look What I Made! - A level you published was played by 5 or more people
Trendsetter (Hidden) - Place a sticker or a decoration on another player's sackperson
Cranium Collector (Hidden) - Kill 100 Creatures across all levels
Secret Stickerist (Hidden) - Unlock the race in First Steps
Sackbird (Hidden) - Spend 8 seconds or more in the air
Silver Trophies

Just Beginning - Complete all the main path story levels
20X Multiplier! - Get a 20X Multiplier
Hi Score - Collect 1,000,000 points over all levels you have played
Booty Master - Collect all the prize bubbles on the story levels
Dr Frankenstein - Create a living creature with at least 2 eyes, 2 legs or wheels, and a brain
Crowd Pleaser - A level you published was played by 50 or more people
Feel the Love - A level you published was hearted by 10 or more people
Celebrity - You were hearted by 5 or more people as a player
Gold Trophies

Play - Complete all story levels without dying, with the exception of those levels that only end when you die
Create - A level you published was hearted by 50 or more people and you were hearted by 30 or more people
Share - Play 150 community levels, tag 50 community levels and heart 10 community levels
Platinum Trophy

Earn all LittleBigPlanet trophies to unlock this platinum trophy

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September 20, 2008

Bungie Announcement Coming at Tokyo Game Show?

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Over at Bungie.net the superintendent has made another appearence with a random message and some insightful hints. Among the text the phrase "TOKYO RULES" shows up leading us to think that Bungie may be planning their big announcement for the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. What is the text? Jump over to BNet or see below.


            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “METROPOLITAN EMERGENCY!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “METROPOLITAN EMERGENCY!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “METROPOLITAN EMER--!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “We know. Personnel are en route. Can you--”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “DETOUR! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “--put Kinsler on the line?”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: [UNITELLIGIBLE > DOG GROWLING(?)]                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “Sorry, what?”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “BE A HERO! REPORT VIOLATORS!” 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “Oh, come on... ”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “METROPOLITAN EMER--!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “Listen. We have a report of core data corruption.”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “I need you to upload your--”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “PARDON OUR DUST!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER] “--logs for the last twenty-four hours!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “KEEP IT CLEAN!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “KEEP IT CLEAN!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “KEEP IT CLEAN!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: [UNINTELLIGIBLE > PROFANITY (?)]                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “We're sending a team, alright?”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “Until they arrive, all additional comm needs to route through me.”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “Repeat and acknowledge.”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “OBEY POSTED LIMITS!”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “YIELD TO UPHILL TRAFFIC!”                 
            [COMM.DUTY.OFFICER]: “I'll take that as a ‘yes’...”                 
            [SUPERINTENDENT]: “PLEASE REMAIN CALM!”

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September 19, 2008

NXE: A Look at Avatars

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Major Nelson brings us a new video about the New Xbox Experience showcasing avatars. Enjoy!


<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&amp;playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:af0e0dcd-5cff-43a2-bd32-4841fe6a89d1&amp;showPlaylist=true&amp;from=msnvideo" target="_new" title="Avatars in the new Xbox experience">Video: Avatars in the new Xbox experience</a>

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Rockstar and Microsoft Team Up for Live Weekend

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Want to win some prizes while playing GTA:IV this weekend? Well you are in luck, Microsoft and Rockstar have teamed up to bring an exclusive Live weekend where you can win prizes and play against Rockstar employees starting September 26th. To enter the main contest head to the Xbox.com registration page and sign up. To enter for exclusive prizes, you must be a member of the Rockstar Social Club and sign in during the contest period. You can also download an exclusive gamerpic and theme on Xbox Live. 

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LittleBigPlanet Goes Gold

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Not long now, Media Molecule has just announced that LittleBigPlanet has gone gold! The game's official release date is October 21st (Europe later that week), so it won't be long now until millions of sackboys and sackgirls fill the webz with their beatuiful and horrifying 
creations!

Want the high-res version of the image to the left? Head to MM's Flickr site



In addition to the golden news, Playstation Blog has announced that a bit of free DLC will be available for the first week after launch only. First up is something all LBP Sackboy/girl must have if they wish to explore the great beyond, a special spacesuit! Secondly a rare "I was there week 1" t-shirt for your sackboy/girl. So make sure you get the game the first week!


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September 18, 2008

Mirror's Edge Release Date Confirmed, Demo Coming

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Via a press release, EA has confirmed that DICE's first person parkour game Mirror's Edge will release on PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11th. The release also mentioned that the PC verison of the game has been delayed and will ship later this winter.

Their will be a demo coming for the game as well via the Xbox Marketplace and Playstation Store.

"Prior to launch, players worldwide will get an early peek at the game when the demo* becomes available via Xbox LIVE(TM) Marketplace and PLAYSTATION(R) Store. The demo will feature the prologue of the game including the tutorial and a segment of the single-player story mode. Starting September 26th, players who pre-order Mirror's Edge at selected retailers will get an exclusive code that unlocks the Time Trial mode in the demo."

No word on when the demos will be available, though with the codes coming the 26th we can assume it won't be far behind. Full press release after the jump.



DICE Announces Holiday Ship Date for Mirror's Edge

Award-winning Action Adventure Game Redefines First Person Genre

With New Heroine, New Perspective, New Freedom of Movement


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2008--Take a leap of 'Faith' this November! DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced that the highly acclaimed first-person action adventure title, Mirror's Edge(TM) will ship on November 11th for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360(R) videogame and entertainment system. The PC version of Mirror's Edge will ship later in the winter. Prior to launch, players worldwide will get an early peek at the game when the demo* becomes available via Xbox LIVE(TM) Marketplace and PLAYSTATION(R) Store. The demo will feature the prologue of the game including the tutorial and a segment of the single-player story mode. Starting September 26th, players who pre-order Mirror's Edge at selected retailers will get an exclusive code that unlocks the Time Trial mode in the demo.

Time Trial mode challenges players to find the fastest route across the rooftops and through the streets. Players can upload their best time to the Mirror's Edge leaderboards for their friends to download and compete against. Players can see their friend's 'ghost' run as they race their way through the course to the top of the leaderboards.

"Mirror's Edge is bringing something new to the action-adventure genre this holiday by putting the player in the shoes of the hero, seeing what she sees, feeling what she feels," says Owen O'Brien, Senior Producer, DICE. "We wanted to create an entirely new experience, with a different type of heroine and a world that not only looks fresh and new but has unique gameplay."

Mirror's Edge was recently awarded "Best Xbox 360 Game" at the recent GC Developers Conference in Leipzig, Germany. It also received the "Best Action Game" of Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by IGN and the Game Critics Award for "Best Original Game" at E3 in July. Mirror's Edge delivers players straight into the shoes of Faith, a modern day heroine who traverses the vertigo-inducing cityscape, engaging in intense combat, fast-paced chases and challenging puzzles. With a never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, players are drawn into Faith's dangerous world.

Mirror's Edge is being developed at EA Digital Illusions CE AB (DICE) in Stockholm, Sweden. The game is rated "T" by the ESRB and "16+" by PEGI. For more information on EA DICE or Mirror's Edge, please visit www.ea.com, www.dice.se or www.mirrorsedge.com.

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Life With Playstation Launched

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Do you wake up every morning wishing you could use your playstation to check news and weather as opposed to that stale, "so 1950's" newspaper? Well now you can. After a minor leak yesterday, Playstation Blog finally has the details on their newest unveil, a virtual weather/news/webcam interactive globe called Life with Playstation. 





The service is free to download and features a huge interactive globe that contains real cloud movements, weather courtesy of the weather channel, news from Google, and webcam images from the Earth Television Network. 

Also, as a neat side feature, while browsing the globe you will be conne
cted to Playstation's "Folding at Home" project via Stanford University.

"We’re also really excited to share that this new lifestyle service is running in parallel with our Folding@home project. Essentially, this means that while you’re taking a stroll on Life with PlayStation, you’re automatically helping Stanford University to work towards curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and various types of cancers. For those familiar with Folding@home, we’ve made some enhancements for more advanced simulations of protein folding and support for wider variety of simulations, in addition to adding a unique ranking system showcasing top contributors from around the world."

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September 17, 2008

Demon Energy Teams Up With Microsoft for Gears 2

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Remember Game Fuel? The Halo 3 Mountain Dew that tasted bad at first but yet drew you back like cocaine? Well now we have another step up, Microsoft and Demon energy drinks have teamed together to bring you specially themed Demon cans as well as a contest to win Xbox's and various prizes. Just head over to Demon's website to register to win!

"The game hits shelves on the 7th of November at Midnight - and we'll be giving away the first copies of the game then.

And if thats not cool enough - just take your Limited Edition Demon can or bottle into any Harvey Norman store before the 7th of November and you'll get $10 off your Gears of War 2 pre-order (we'll accept your hot girlfriend as a thank you, don't forget to wrap her in a nice red bow)."

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Call of Duty: World at War Coop Trailer is Awesome

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If you can't tell from the title, this trailer got me excited. Many people were not thrilled about the return to WWII but the gameplay looks very promising. Check it out for yourself. If you are on the fence, this trailer could be what it takes to win you over.

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Gears of War 2: Vidoc 2

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After the sound video from gears of War 2 (now on the Xbox Live Marketplace) we have a new video documentary from Epic discussing mortar weapons and executions. Enjoy!


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Want to be the First to Play Gears of War 2?

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Spike TV and Microsoft are bringing you the chance to be the very first in the world to play Gears of War 2. Spike is looking for diehard Gears fans to audition and tell them why they are the biggest Gears fan in the world. All you must do is head over to the official site and fill out a questionairre and send spike an e-mail with a photo telling them why you are the biggest Gears of War fan. Entrys must be recieved by this Friday, September 19th, so get moving!


"THE BATTLE STARTS NOVEMBER 7. WANT TO LEAD THE CHARGE?
Be the first in the world to play Gears of War 2, as you fight for human survival against the Locust Horde.

Microsoft and Spike TV are searching for diehard gamers to audition for a real-life televised Gears of War 2 adventure.

But just like in the game, challenges, tough decisions and sacrifices stand in the path of victory. In a fast paced reality show that feels like an alternate reality game brought to life, your team must work together to reach the ultimate goal: Becoming the first gamers in the world to play through the entire saga of Gears of War 2 in early October.

Do you think you have what it takes to have the opportunity to audition to be part of the first Delta Squad?"

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September 16, 2008

Resistance: Retribution Developer Walkthrough & Interview

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Playstation Blog brings us a developer walkthrough and interview of Resistance: Retribution coming to PSP. The video features Co-Directors John Garvin and Chris Reese. To see some questions about the game answered hit the Playstation blog link above.



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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Interview

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Courtesy of Gamerscore blog we bring you an interview with Rare's Salvatore Fileccia about the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie game for Xbox 360. Enjoy!


 

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Multiple Halo Titles on the Way? (UPDATE)

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In an interview with GI.biz, Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft Game Studios, let slip that there are more halo games coming being worked on by "more than two or three teams." Now whether this means separate games or one game is left to be decided but rest assured, Master Chief and the Halo universe are coming back.



"Q: So with the Age franchise, there's a strong echo of Halo, in that it's something you retain the rights to - you just don't need to own the company that's working on it?
Phil Spencer: Well, there's more than one team building Halo games right now. There are more than two or three teams building Halo things right now. Some of them we will own, some of them we won't. It's never been, for me, about who you own or don't own - it's about working with the best creative talent in the industry."

It seems by the phrase "some of them we will own, some of them we won't" that Bungie may be in on new Halo as well, and possibly the rumors of Gearbox making Halo 4 have some fesability. For now all we can do is wait and see.

UPDATE: Kotaku is reporting that according to their sources Ryan Payton, that left Kojima Studios after working on Metal Gear Solid 4, has been hired by Microsoft to work on the Halo project by Peter Jackson. 

"Our very reliable sources tell us that Payton has been hired by Microsoft to be the creative director on the upcoming, and still not dead, Peter Jackson Halo game.

The news, very reliable news, comes weeks after we broke the news that Gearbox Director of Technology Corrinne Yu had been hired by Microsoft Game Studios to be Principle Engine Architect for Microsoft's Halo Franchise Team"

Interesting stuff on the Halo front today. Let's see how it all pans out.

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Europe Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming September 19

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Finally it is your turn Europe. Announced today, Europe will be getting a price cut on the Xbox 360. The prices are about 30 Euro less;


  • Xbox 360 Arcade - £129 / €179
  • 60GB Pro - £169 / €239
  • 120GB Elite - £229 / €299

  • "From Friday, 19th September, Xbox 360, which includes a 60GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will have an ERP of €239.99/£169.99. The Xbox 360 Elite, which comes with a massive 120GB hard drive enabling consumers to store huge quantities of content downloaded from Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace as well as their own music, will have an ERP of €299.99/£229.99. The Xbox 360 Arcade console, perfect for those wishing to make their first foray into the gaming and entertainment world of Xbox, will have an ERP of €179/£129.99. "

    Full press release after the jump.

    Microsoft Lowers Xbox 360 ESTIMATED RETAIL Price in Europe

    With Estimated Retail Pricing From €179.99/£129.99 and the best line up of Games and Entertainment For Everyone, Xbox 360 is aiming to win in Europe

    LONDON – 16th September 2008 - Imagine if friends and families had the ability to instantly watch movies and share pictures, live out their musical fantasies through "Lips" (iNiS Corp./Microsoft Game Studios) and "Rock Band" (Harmonix/MTV Games) and star in their own Hollywood classics with "You're in the Movies" (Codemasters/Microsoft Game Studios) - all from one console, starting at an estimated retail price (ERP) of only €179/£129.99. That is the Xbox 360™, and Microsoft today announced the new lower ERP for its Xbox 360 family of consoles in Europe. Now with an entry-level ERP of €179/£129.99 and offering a plethora of exciting and broad entertainment in the living room, Xbox 360 is the true home of mass market entertainment with something to offer for every interest and budget. 

    From Friday, 19th September, Xbox 360, which includes a 60GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will have an ERP of €239.99/£169.99. The Xbox 360 Elite, which comes with a massive 120GB hard drive enabling consumers to store huge quantities of content downloaded from Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace as well as their own music, will have an ERP of €299.99/£229.99. The Xbox 360 Arcade console, perfect for those wishing to make their first foray into the gaming and entertainment world of Xbox, will have an ERP of €179/£129.99. 

    The new ERPs are part of Microsoft's ongoing strategy to open up the ultimate in high-definition gaming and entertainment to an even wider audience, with something for everyone. A major part of this strategy is a new Xbox LIVE online experience coming to Europe this autumn that will reinvent home entertainment from the inside out, with a bold new look and feel that is fun, social and simple to use. It's the first time in history that a mass market consumer electronics device has been reinvented through free software, changing the way we play games, watch movies, and even become contestants in game shows. Along with the new Xbox experience, the Xbox 360 platform is offering a stunning games portfolio for all ages and interests this Christmas, with new titles for music lovers, family-friendly games, and exciting blockbuster titles for the committed gamer. 

    "We're proud to be expanding the reach of Xbox as the first next-generation console to break the €200/£150 barrier, making the platform up to €200/£170 less expensive than competitors" said Chris Lewis, Vice President, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business Europe. "History shows that the majority of console sales happen after this price point has been breached, and we're well positioned to take advantage of this mass market pricing. We're passing on the benefits of being the first console to sell over 20 million units worldwide, and of the ever-expanding ecosystem of Xbox, to consumers. We offer a large library of games and family entertainment for Xbox 360, with 90 titles coming between now and Christmas alone, and we're redefining what people can expect from entertainment with the new Xbox LIVE experience debuting later this year. Plus, with well over five million consoles sold to date the combination of the strongest games line up this Christmas, really innovative entertainment experiences and these groundbreaking new price points will ensure we continue to enjoy fantastic momentum in Europe."

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    September 15, 2008

    Duke Nukem 3D XBLA Trailer

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    3D Realms has just released a trailer for the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade remake of Duke Nukem 3D that is set to launch next Wednesday. The trailer features various aspects of the game including a glimpse at 8 player co-op and online DukeMatch. Enjoy!



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    Wipeout HD Officially Dated, Priced

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    For those of you anticipating the upcoming Wipeout HD you are in luck. Playstation Blog announced today that the game will hit the Playstation Store on September 25th and cost $19.99. The game will be download only and feature:

  • Full HD Visuals
  • 5 Game Modes - Single Race, Tournament, Time Trial, Speed Lap and Zone Mode
  • Online play that supports up to 8 racers competing on a track at a time
  • 2-player split screen (horizontally and vertically) offline
  • 8 reversible tracks and 12 teams
  • Optional use of SIXAXIS motion controls to steer your ship
  • A great soundtrack remixed in Dolby 5.1 AND the option for custom playlists that allow you to race to whatever playlists you have on your HDD
  • And more, including Trophy support, which we’ll outline for you in a future post - so keep your eyes peeled.
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    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Dated

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    Blizzard has officially announced the end of your life. The date for the release to the newest expansion of World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King. The game is available for pre-order now and will hit stores November 13th. The regular edition of the game will run you $39.99. Acti-Blizz also announced a collector's edition of the game retailing at $69.99. The details are below:

    *World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King on DVD-ROM.
    *The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.
    *An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.
    *A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director’s commentary, and more.
    *The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.
    *A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.
    *Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion™ starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector’s Edition.

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    September 13, 2008

    Mirror's Edge FAQ

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    Mirror's Edge is nearly upon us and I have been running into questions about the game so I decided to put together an FAQ. Take a look and enjoy!

    FYI: Some of the material in this FAQ is quoted from external sources. If so, you will see the item in quotation marks and a source at the end. The reason for this is that some information is only available via exclusive interviews or stories (such as the EGM article from the October issue). A lot of the material is my own work, a piecing together of information put into my own words. If you have a question about a source, check the citations at the end of the FAQ or send me an e-mail and I’ll be happy to answer!

    1.    Who is developing Mirror’s Edge?
    Mirror’s Edge is being developed by Digital Illustrations CE (DICE). DICE is known for their Battlefield series of games on PC and consoles. The game is being published by DICE’s owner, Electronic Arts.



    2.    What engine is Mirror’s Edge running on?
    Mirror’s Edge uses the Unreal Engine 3. Many may know that DICE recently designed its’ own engine, the Frostbite engine, for Battlefield: Bad Company, but it was not finished when development on Mirror’s Edge began. The Unreal Engine has never looked so alive with colors and contrast.


    3.    What platforms will the game be available for?
    The game will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.  


    4.    When does Mirror’s Edge release?
    No official date has been set by EA, but many news sources including GameStop and IGN have November 11th as the release date for the United States.


    5.    Will there be any kind of beta for the game?
    As of now DICE and EA have no plans for a public or private beta. Mirror’s Edge is a mostly single player experience so they EA and DICE have been using more internal playtests in the place of a beta.


    6.    Who is the protagonist of Mirror’s Edge?

    The main character of Mirror’s Edge is an Asian-American woman named Faith. The only family Faith has is a sister; their parents were murdered at a protest against the government when they were kids. Since then Faith and her sister have lived their lives on the streets, avoiding confrontation and struggling to survive. Eventually Faith was trained to become a runner; the job of a runner is to carry information from point to point. Helping her along her journey is Mercury, a mysterious figure that offers advice and guidance.


    7.    What is the underlying plot?
    The city of Mirror’s Edge is heavily monitored at all times, the almost dictatorial government watches any and all information as well as the citizens of the city. In order to get information from point to point without it being tracked or seen runners must be hired. Runners stick to the rooftops and avoid confrontation with authority at all times.  The government would usually look past the runners and let them be, but now, after some unseen change, runners are criminals. Because of these changes Faith’s sister gets kidnapped. Mirror’s Edge follows Faith as she attempts to rescue her and outwit the government.

    A story trailer for the game has been released, you can find it here: http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/19848  


    8.    How did the concept of Mirror’s Edge come about?

    (From EGM #233, October 2008)
    “We started off prototyping this game in Battlefield 2,” according to Senior Producer Owen O’Brien, “We built this urban environment, and we saw these people jumping out of jeeps, running into the buildings or the underground. Vehicles became less important, and what we wanted to do was move up and down quickly on foot. That’s where the desire to do something with movement in first person came from. It kind of grew out of that.”


    9.    How will the gameplay work?
    The gameplay of Mirror’s Edge is what makes the game so innovative. It features parkour style first person gameplay. Parkour is defined as “an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. (Wiki)” Basing the game around this style DICE has widened the field of vision to 90 degrees and aimed to actually make you feel like you are Faith. The camera is tied much more to movement in the game; an example would be while doing a roll, the camera rolls with you. As you run, the camera bobs up and down.  As a runner you will traverse the rooftops of the city overcoming obstacles to make it to the destination.

    The gameplay is momentum based, as you run across rooftops you perform moves such as sliding under pipes or scaling a fence. As you perform these moves in succession without error you build momentum which in turn lets you move more fluidly and perform better jumps. The goal is to chin moves together and thus gather momentum, if you don’t you may find yourself falling off of a ten story building. There is also a “reaction time” feature that allows you to go into slow motion to help you perform risky jumps better.

    Another main feature of the gameplay is “runner vision.” Runner vision takes objects and turns them red as Faith nears them to let the player immediately recognize routes that are safe to run. These can be turned off for more skilled players and actually become less in number as the game goes on.

    There are guns in Mirror’s Edge and, while you can use them, the game is really more about avoidance.  Senior Producer Owen O’Brien puts it best; "this is an action adventure. We're not positioning this as a shooter - the focus isn't on the gun, it's on the person." Guns may be found on enemies in the game, and you can disarm them. Carrying a gun carries a price, it will slow Faith down. The bigger the gun, the more it hinders her movements. Rumor has been that one of the main achievements in Mirror’s Edge will be to complete the game without using a gun. So you can see how guns should play just a small role in the game.


    10.    I get sick easy, what about motion sickness in Mirror’s Edge?
    This concept has been one of the major worries for Mirror’s Edge, but DICE has you covered. At the basic level they have added a dot to the middle of the screen to help you have a focal point which keeps you from becoming motion sick. (As seen in this video: 
    http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/20934)  On the more in-depth level let’s look at a quote from DICE Art Director Johannes Soderqvist.

    “To me, it comes down to the amount of control that I have—the predictability of the moves. I’ve noticed it in games where the controls aren’t based around skill. The game does something for you while you’re running, or you have a lot of outside influences on the body or car or whatever you’re using. Then I have problems [with motion sickness]. But I think in Mirror’s Edge—what people don’t get from the trailers and so on—is how much skill is involved and how much you actually decide on your own. When I play the game, I decide what’s going to happen, and I know what’s going to happen. My brain blends in with what the game does, and it become predictable. I don’t get sick.” (EGM Issue #233, October 2008).


    11.    Is it an open world game, or more of a linear game?
    Mirror’s Edge is linear in an aspect, but then again not. You follow a path when going through levels, it is not like an Elder Scrolls where you can go anywhere, but there are a few ways to go about completing the levels. The press that has played the game mentioned that there are usually around five or six paths in the levels they have played. In spite of this, you can turn off the “runner vision” which will get rid of the red “guideline” and you can decide how to get through each level on your own.


    12.    What is the art style like?
    The best way to describe the art style of the game is bright and colorful. DICE wanted Mirror’s Edge to escape the trap that a lot of games have fallen into these days (which is not necessarily bad), that has a very dark and grimy look with a bland color palette. They wanted people to recognize the game easily and be able to distinguish it from the rest of the field. The main colors differ from level to level, with examples such as the city skyline that is bright white, blue, and red, to the sewer levels with a dark green tint. The color palate will help make Mirror’s Edge memorable. 

    "The art direction grew out of the gameplay. We wanted to give people a sense of the world very quickly and move through it very quickly. We initially stripped out all of the colors and then just put in red [to guide people to objectives]. But we needed more colors to break it up and also [because] the colors tell you how healthy you are. The brighter they are the healthier you are. When you start to take damage they start to de-saturate. So we needed more colors in the world. But it’s a very restricted and deliberate use of strong primary colors and orange."
    - Owen O'Brien (Via
    MTV Multiplayer Blog)


    13.    What are the achievements/trophies like?
    Not a lot is known about the achievements nor trophies for Mirror’s Edge. We can assume that there will most likely be some for completing levels, as well as some for the multiplayer time trail. One confirmed achievement/trophy is making it through the entire game without using a gun. More to come on the achievements as we get closer to launch.


    14.    Will there be a multiplayer aspect?
    Yes. DICE has been a bit sparse on talking about multiplayer but there has been one aspect confirmed a time trial mode. This mode will have you running smaller sections of levels to set a time and compete via leaderboards with other players. You can also download ghost data to try and compete with others above you on the leaderboards.

    DICE says:
    “We’ve taken all of our favorite sections, stretches, and parts of the game, and we’ve cut them into a whole series of courses that are unlocked as you play through the single-player game, but also as you play through the time-attack mode itself. If you want to unlock the more advanced and difficult tracks that have higher qualifying times you need to play both.

    Various media outlets that have played through the time-attack mode have said it is extremely addictive. They say that once you are actually running against a ghost it becomes much more intense, and that this is one of those modes that if you mess up even once “you’ll go directly to the menu and hit restart so you can do it over and over again until you get it right.”


    15.    Will there be DLC?
    There are currently no plans for DLC on the 360. The PS3 will be getting a bit of exclusive DLC but what it contains has not yet been announced.


    16.    Where is the best media for the game located?
    Here are some links for screenshots and videos.
    Xbox Live – Two Videos Up
    GameVideos.com:
    2D Story Trailer
    E3 2008 Trailer
    Escape Demo Clip
    GC 2008 Footage

    GameTrailers.com:
    SCEE Playstation Day trailer
    E3 2008 Developer Walkthrough
    GC 2008 Mechanics Interview
    E3 2008 Producer Interview
    GC 2008 9 Lives Montage
    GC 2008 Energy Plant Gameplay
    GC 2008 Evading the Popo gameplay

    GamePlay Unlimited:
    Mirror’s Edge Feed


    17.    I want to discuss Mirror’s Edge more, is there a fansite?
    If you are reading this you have made it to the first area for discussion, the
    Xbox.com Mirror’s Edge Forum, there is also a very good fansite called “On Mirror’s Edge.” The site has news, media, and forums to discuss the game in-depth. Finally, EA has an official Mirror’s Edge site, MirrorsEdge.com.


    18.    Are there any good pre-order or purchase deals for the game?
    Pre-ordering at
    GameStop will get you an exclusive Mirror’s Edge messenger bag (seen here). Also EA announced a partnership with DC Comics to produce a limited edition Mirror’s Edge comic, no word on availability yet.


    19.    Are there, or will there be, any gamerpictures or themes?
    Right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace there is a picture pack available for the game. As the game gets closer to release we may see another picture pack or a theme.


    20.    What are those sweet shoes Faith is wearing, and can I buy some?
    The shoes are officially called Tabi Shoes. They are an imaginative redesign of the shoes worn in martial arts (as seen in this photo). The martial arts versions are available at your local martial arts store or on
    Ebay.

    GameTrailers has an analysis of one of the Mirror’s Edge trailers and noticed that the logo on Faith’s shoes is that of a company called
    Loggo. The company does not sell any shoes like that at the moment, but it would be cool to see them do a promotional deal for the game. The closest thing to Faith’s shoes seems to be the Nike Air Rifts seen here.


    That wraps up the Mirror’s Edge FAQ. I will continue to update the thread as information becomes available. If you have questions you would like answered post them in the thread below or send me an e-mail and I will try to get them added to the FAQ. Thanks for reading!

    Sources:
    Electronic Gaming Monthly, Issue 233, October 2008
    GameTrailers.com
    GameVideos.com
    On-Mirrors-Edge.com
    MTV Multiplayer Blog

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    September 12, 2008

    New Xbox Experience: Part One

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    Gamerscore Blog has the first of a series of posts detailing the new Xbox experience coming this Fall. Part one of the updates shows off how the "games played" area will look on the new dashboard. 

    "The first card shows all of the Achievements you’ve unlocked and lists out your overall Gamerscore and the highest possible Gamerscore you could have based on the games you’ve played. To the right of that every game you’ve played will have its own card that fans out. If you’ve played 3 games (like this account has), you will have 3 cards. 500 games? All 500 will fan out on your screen. You can check out what Achievements you’ve unlocked per game and what you have left to work on."

    That is a lot of games on the screen! Look for more information on the NXE as it is released. 

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    September 11, 2008

    New Xbox Originals: Destroy All Humans & Intellivision Lives!

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    Microsoft (via Gamerscore Blog) has announced their latest addition to the Xbox Originals lineup, Destroy All Humans and Intellivision Lives! Both will hit Live September 15th and cost 1200 MS points. Details for each game are below.

    Intellivision Lives!

    Crave Entertainment, Inc
    ESRB E (Everyone)
    1200 Microsoft Points
    (CA, US, MX)

    Relive the eighties with Intellivision Lives! Play more than 60 classic Intellivision games all in one package. Check out the historical information and fun facts

     about the games, including interviews with the original Intellivision developers. View original Intellivision commercials and archival footage!


    Destroy All Humans!

    THQ
    ESRB T (Teen - Language, Sexual Themes, Violence)
    1200 Microsoft Points
    (WW except for KR and JP)

    In Destroy All Humans!™, use destructive weapons and innate mental powers to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy—mankind! You are Crypto, an alien warrior sent to Earth to clear the way for the Furon invasion force. Your mission is to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems, and ultimately destroy them. You choose the method—infiltration or disintegration.



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