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Mortal Kombat Release Date January 24, 2011

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The next Mortal Kombat game, which is going to be a return to the 2D fighting perspective of the early sprite-based MK games but with fully realized 3D graphics, has a release date.

Since Mortal Kombat made the jump to 3D from it’s sprite based roots, it has been a 3D controlled fighting game.  This is the first 3D Mortal Kombat game that will stick to a 2D fighting perspective.  This is the MK that we all remember!

Mortal Kombat is coming April 19th, 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360.


Dead Space 2 Live Stream Event Tonight January 24, 2011

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This is just a reminder that the guys working on Dead Space 2 are doing a special live webcast tonight to promote the release of Dead Space 2 tomorrow.  There will be interviews, giveaways and prizes!

The live feed will be broadcast here at 4:30pm PST (which is 7:30pm EST).  All are invited to check it out.

Dead Space 2 releases tomorrow for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

UPDATE:  The live feed is starting up right now and should go fully up in about 5 minutes.  iPhone users can watch the feed using the free USTREAM app in the iPhone’s App Store.

UPDATE:  Missed the live stream?  You can watch the entire feed right here.  Enjoy.

History of Duke Nukem Forever January 24, 2011

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The trailer that Gearbox Software just released is certainly bringing about the end of one of the last major eras of gaming.  But many of you today don’t know this story, who Duke Nukem is, and why people have been waiting thirteen years for this game to come out.  So, in an exclusive video, Maniac narrates the 13 year development of Duke Nukem Forever from an outsider’s perspective.

Trailers and screenshots of the game over the years are included, as well as all the major news articles on Duke Nukem Forever’s development.

Duke Nukem Forever is coming May 3rd, 2011 to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Crysis 2 Demo Coming to Xbox 360 on Jan 25th January 21, 2011

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I was just emailed by EA to notify me that they will be launching an exclusive multiplayer demo for the highly anticipated game Crysis 2 on January 25th.

The catch is the demo will ONLY be provided for Xbox 360 users.  Since the demo is multiplayer only, it will require an Xbox Live Gold account in order to play it.

Even though the demo will currently be exclusive to Xbox 360 Gold Members, Crysis 2 is coming for Xbox 360, PC and Playstation 3.

Duke Nukem Forever Release Date January 21, 2011

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A moment I have been looking forward to for well over 12 years has finally come to pass…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the OFFICIAL release date trailer for Duke Nukem Forever.

In this heavily censored trailer (likely due to YouTube restrictions), you can see a lot of new gameplay footage, weapons, enemies, and a nice few tidbits of story.  I have to say I do like opening voice over a lot, about Duke disappearing after the events of Duke Nukem 3D, coupled with the obvious parallel when the aliens toppled over his statue (anyone have an Iraq War flashback there too?).  The art style reminded me a lot of Prey mixed with SiN Episode 1 (Prey came in whenever things looked organic, especially with the organic doors, the SiN Episodes whenever I saw building exteriors, especially rooftops).  Now since these were my two favorite PC games of 2006, I am really psyched about that.

I can’t believe I’m actually typing this out.  Duke Nukem Forever is coming May 3rd, 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Xbox Live Updates Getting Longer January 21, 2011

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When an update used to come to the Xbox 360 around the time of launch up until recently, it would download and install quite quickly. Obviously this was due to the fact that Xbox 360 updates were very small in file size given the low capacity of early memory units and the lack of internal memory in the low end 360s.

Occasionally a major seasonal update would come along and could take around a minute or two to download, but most smaller updates or firmware patches would take less than 30 seconds.

Recently the November update brought Kinect support and understandably, it took a while to download. It was (as far as I could tell) the longest update the Xbox 360 ever had. (I can’t compare file sizes, MS doesn’t provide them). It made sense, a new interface and a new control system was being added, so a lot of data was going to be expected.

Today, a smaller update was brought to Xbox Live, which (according to the release notes) added in only one simple feature, the ability to boot to disc, something the 360 was previously able to do. The update took much longer than earlier ones, around 2 minutes to download and install.

Is this the start of a new updating trend? Quick and small firmware updates were a smart move by Microsoft, as it leaves the system less vulnerable to firmware errors caused by power loss during an update. This was something the Xbox 360 holds over the Playstation 3 (and technically still does, a PS3 firmware update takes around 10 minutes), but things are changing.

I think this has started since the 360 now supports USB flash drives. Fine print says they require at least 1GB storage for “system files”. Has anyone with original 360s with no HDs lost compatibility with Xbox Live?

Time will tell if the trend will continue, but does anyone but me mind (or even notice) the longer updates? I want to hear what you have to say. Please post your comments!

Portal 2 to Support PS3/PC Cross-Platform Multiplayer January 19, 2011

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Big news for cross-platform fanatics.  Portal 2 has been confirmed to be a cross-platform multiplayer title.  Due to the new Steamworks integration to debut in the PS3 version of the game, PS3 owners will be able to link up with PC owners and play multiplayer games through Valve’s Steam Network.

Anyone who purchases a copy of Portal 2 for the Playstation 3 will get a free copy of Portal 2 for the PC simply for linking your Steam account to your PSN account.  So you PS3 owners, get to setting up those Steam accounts now, you never know what games might find your way if you do!  And if you’re a Mac owner, fear not, Steam’s Mac client will also support Portal 2 when it comes out.

Portal 2 is coming April 21st, 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.  The Xbox 360 version will not support cross platform multiplayer.

3DS Release Date March 27th January 19, 2011

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Nintendo’s highly anticipated next handheld, the 3DS, finally has a definite release date and a retail price.  It will be released March 27th, 2011 for $249 US.  The handheld’s major innovation is in its glasses-free 3D screen.  It will also have an analog stick, tilt sensors, 3D camera, and a built-in pedometer.

Two colors will be at launch, aqua blue and cosmo black.  They will also come with a 2GB SD card for memory.  It will also be compatible with SDHC cards (which you can buy separately).

The system will be backwards compatible with DS and DSi games.  Also, the system will be able to connect to an online store where you’ll be able to purchase downloadable versions of classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (something I’ve wanted them to bring to the Wii Shop Channel for a while now).  For those of you who already have DS or DSi software, system transfer of your data will be supported after launch.

Alan Wake: So What Happened? January 18, 2011

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Its the start of a new original series for!  So What Happened? is a new video series where we take some of the most complex stories in games and break them down for digestion.  Sometimes conjecture will be used, and a lot of reference to vaguely hinted upon backstory will be referenced but at the end of it, rest assured you’ll be told a story that you will be able to understand.

But be warned most of all, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

For our first episode of the series, we’re going to be talking about Alan Wake.  For those of you confused by the plot of Alan Wake, fear not, Maniac is here to tell you a story of several people, and explain exactly what Alan found himself in the middle of before he even arrived at Bright Falls with his wife.

Killzone 3 Gold January 17, 2011

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“Gold Master” is an older term which was coined around the glory days of PC CD-ROM.  A gold-master of a game was quite literally the finished product, which would have a gold finish to it, and would be the disc sent out for mass duplication.

Today that term lives on, as the Playstation Blog has confirmed that the heavily anticipated Playstation 3 game Killzone 3 has gone gold, and will be coming soon.  Killzone 3 will support Playstation Move., Best Buy and GameStop have their own exclusive pre-order incentives for the game.  There is also a collector’s edition of the game coming called the Helgast Edition which comes with goodies like a figurine, a helmet replica, and various DLC.  That will retail for $129.00 US.

Killzone 3 is a Playstation 3 Exclusive coming Feb 22nd, 2011.