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Bright Falls Episodes 3 and 4 FINALLY Released to Xbox Live May 11, 2010

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After a week’s delay, Episodes 3 and 4 of the Alan Wake live-action prequel miniseries, “Bright Falls” have been released to Xbox Live in HD, as you can remember from my previous editorial, the third episode should’ve been released over a week ago, and the fourth is two days late.

If you don’t have Xbox Live and still want to watch the series, you are more than welcome to watch them on their official site or right here:

Bright Falls Alan Wake Websiodes Behind Schedule on Live May 9, 2010

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I’ve been glued to my seat waiting for Alan Wake‘s release next week.  I was so happy when I read that the game’s prequel would be a weekly live action series released to Xbox Live.  Well, that series is seriously behind schedule.

After the first two episodes of Bright Falls were released the day after it was scheduled, and the third episode was never released last week.  Today, the fourth episode was scheduled to be released, and it has not been yet.

The official Bright Falls website however has seen its episodes released on a regular schedule, the Tuesday of the week after what was supposed to be the initial Xbox Live premere.  Well Xbox Live has not premered one episode of the series yet, usually someone else is able to get their episode up on time way after Xbox Live should’ve released it.  Who is the guy on Xbox Live managing this content?  Is he an idiot or something?

The fourth episode was scheduled to be released today on Xbox Live.  It has not been.  Currently the final two episodes are scheduled to be released next week, just prior to the release of the game.

LEGO Rock Band Music Transfer: Is ALL this Really Necessary? May 9, 2010

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I picked up LEGO Rock Band a few days ago at Best Buy for several reasons.  One was the low price, another was my nostalgia for LEGO, and the last was the ability to transfer the tracklist to Rock Band 1 and 2.  Being very familiar with the transfer procedure for Rock Band and RB: AC/DC, I excpected a similar procedure to transfer the songs.  Boy was I wrong, and let me tell you, the hoops they make you jump through just to be able to play “Ghostbusters” in Rock Band 2 almost makes it not worth it.

First off, there is no licence transfer option or disc download option like in Rock Band.  There also is no 25-digit Xbox Live key like in Rock Band AC/DC, what you have is something infinatly more annoying.

If you want to play LEGO: Rock Band songs on other Rock Band games, you have to first pull out a one time use key from the disc case.  Try redeeming it on Xbox Live and you’ll just get an error.  No, you have to take that key and register it to the Rock Band official website.  From there, you choose if you want the exchanged key for either Playstation 3 or Xbox Live (and if you choose wrong by accident you’re on your own), and you then get your 25-digit key.  Redeem that code.  Does that download you the songs?  No.  Does it patch the game so you can transfer your songs from the disc to your HD?  No.  All it does is patch the game so you can spend ten extra dollars to download the entire track pack from the Rock Band Store.  All 1.26GB straight from Xbox Live, which will probably take you about a half hour and you’ll need to be connected to the internet the whole time.

Does it really need to be THAT complicated for me to spend ten dollars to download the tracklist to my HD?  I paid five for the tracklist of Rock Band 1, and that downloaded from the disc, no codes were needed.  A patch sure, but that installed automatically.  Was this to prevent the rental market from swapping discs around?  There is no rental market for games anymore.  Was it to prevent resales?  Well I can assure you resale value of this game is probably zero now.

Please stop doing this, you tried it, it didn’t work, don’t put it in Rock Band 3.

The Force Unleashed II Coming October 26th, 2010 May 4, 2010

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Lucasarts has announced the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, The Force Unleashed II, will be launching multiplatform on October 26th.  The Force Unleashed II was announced a few months ago, but since that time no in game footage has been released about the game.

The Force Unleashed was an extremely hyped game promised to be a continuation of the Star Wars canon, when it was released it sold extremely well but reviews were mixed due to the frustrating gameplay at times due to issues with the physics engine.  The story and graphics were phenominal, detailing the story of a secret apprentice to Darth Vader, more powerful than any Jedi or Sith before.

We do know than the game will star the protagonist from the previous game, who DIED at the end of that game, and became more powerful than we could possibly imagine.

The Force Unleashed II will be released multiplatform (sans PC) on October 26th, 2010.

New God of War PSP Game Announced! May 4, 2010

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Ready at Dawn Studios have announced the next God of War game will be coming exclusively to the Sony Playstation Portable and PSPgo.

Entitled God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the game will follow after the first God of War, where Kratos will be looking for the secrets to his past in order to cure his nightmares.  Along the way we’ll learn the origins of his tattoo, his scar, and his family.

Ready at Dawn Studios has previously made 2008’s God of War: Chains of Olympus, considered to be by many to be the best game on the PSP.  I personally thought it was a fantastic game, but to me, the best PSP game was 2005’s Infected by Planet Moon Studios, and will probably continue to be until Planet Moon decides to make a sequel.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is expected for a release this year on the PSP and PSPgo.  Two God of War games in one year?  We gamers are spoiled!

Halo Reach Beta is Live! May 3, 2010

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Got copies of Halo 3 ODST around?  Boot em up because the Halo Reach beta is Live on Xbox Live!

The Halo Reach beta is about a 1.13 GB download, and because this beta is multiplayer only, to play you need to have an Xbox Live Gold account.  The beta also requires the Halo 3 ODST disc 1 to be in your Xbox while you play.

Oh and after you play some, make sure to check out the Halo Waypoint and download an exclusive T-Shirt for your Avatar.

iPad 3G Released May 1, 2010

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For those of you waiting on your purchase of the iPad until the 3G model was released, the wait is over. The 3G model iPad, able to run over a cellular data network, has been released.

The 3G iPad has a $130 premium over its WiFi only counterpart. Preorders have started shipping since earlier in the week. The model should be in stores as I type this.

Since it uses a cellular data network, the device will carry a $30 a month price tag for AT&T data plan.