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Star Wars: The Old Republic Taking Beta Signups July 9, 2010

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Want to play the highly anticipated MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic before it hits shelves?

Bioware, who is making the game, and is responsible for making such hits as the original Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Jade Empire, is now taking beta tester requests for Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online game which will continue the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic storyline.

In an MMO, beta testing is critical.  Problems need to be found and fixed before the game hits store shelves, and with the amount of users expected, the servers need to be stressed to make sure they’ll be able to take on a full load of users.  It will also clue the developers into just how popular the game is going to be, and allow them to plan ahead how many servers will be needed, and just how many copies of the game should be manufactered.

Go to this website, sign up, and get a good chance you can play this game before it hit store shelves!

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be released to the PC.

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Support gameXcess.net July 9, 2010

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You’ll probably be noticing a new link next to the “about maniac…” tab  marked “support gamexcess.net”.  Since I cannot advertise on this website due to WordPress guidelines, and because of that I make no income from it, a good way to keep up with the latest gaming releases I decided to go ahead and create a purely voluntary system the biggest fans can get involved with.

You can check out the Amazon Wish List here.  I’d really appreciate it if people took a look.  If you really like the website and all the content one guy working by himself can produce, please consider sending something on it my way.  It would allow me to put more content up on the site and I’d be more than happy to do a full video review and unboxing of anything sent.

Enslaved Coming October 5th, 2010 July 9, 2010

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Ninja Theory has announced the release date for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

This is the same company that worked on what was for at least a few days, the PS3 killer app, Heavenly Sword, a really underrated game that I enjoyed tremendously, which had fantastic graphics and a fantastic story along with God of War style gameplay that worked pretty well given the subject matter.

Enslaved is a whole new gameplay style, where you play as two completely opposite characters.  One has “enslaved” the other (get it?) so they both can survive this post apocolyptic wasteland reconquered by nature.  Graphics look phenominal and very colorful.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will release for PS3 and Xbox 360 October 5th, 2010.

Dead Rising 2 Website Launched July 9, 2010

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Capcom has activated their official website for the upcoming Dead Rising 2, a sequel to one of the first killer apps for the Xbox 360, and a game that really stood out to me early on in the HD Console generation as graphically incredible and with a unique gameplay style that has not been attempted again until now.

The mall is being replaced with Las Vegas, well not really Las Vegas, but a fictional town just like it.  With a new main character, more freedom, and more opportunities to slay zombies, it looks like a really fun game.

You can check out the game’s official website here.

Dead Rising 2 will be released  on September 28th for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.  A downloadable prequel which will chronicle the events between Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 will be released exclusive to the Xbox 360.

Want to Support gameXcess? July 9, 2010

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I made it no secret when I did my article on how to transfer data to a new Xbox 360 slim that I make no money whatsoever from this website.  I do this website not because I make money, but because I want to offer a better option for gaming news than what is currently offered by “larger” sites.  WordPress does not allow advertising on their websites (which I cannot understand if you own your own domain), and my YouTube videos are also devoid of advertising.  Because of that, I also do my best to pull any trailers or content the second they become sponsored in order to keep the playing field even, and also because I consider them pretty harassing.

The downside of this is without any income I’m not able to get all of the latest hardware I’d like to in order to do the content I’d like to do on this website.  I just can’t afford it.

To rectify this I was considering linking something like an Amazon wish list to the website, with a whole bunch of stuff I’d like to review or comment on but obviously can’t due to cost.  The kinds of things on the wish list would mostly just be games or the new Xbox 360 Slim.  Obviously nobody would be under any obligation to even look at the list, but I could assure you that I would happily unbox and video review anything sent to me for the site.

I think it would be the best option, it would allow me to keep new content coming on the website, and keep the site advertising free.  It also shouldn’t upset wordpress, but who knows.

PS3 3D Blu-Ray Support in September July 9, 2010

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You may have previously noticed Sony was promoting what they called 3D Support for the Playstation 3 back when Firmware version 3.30 was coming out, and then activated that functionality when they released 3D-Enabled Bravia HDTVs.

Well apparently, that 3D firmware did not include the full functionality of 3D, it only enabled native 3D in supported video games, not for 3D Blu-Ray as I had originally believed.  Blu-Ray.com sets the record straight and reports that 3D support for Blu-Ray is coming, but not until September.

Seriously?  Unless you really had your heart set on watching “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (and only that movie) in 3D you should be just fine.  However I just don’t think 3D is going to be as successful as all these companies think it’s going to be (because the price is just out of this world and content is still pretty non-existant).

3D photo support will come some time after Blu-Ray support, making the PS3 compatible with 3D images taken by the upcoming 3D Sony Cyber-Shot.