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Xbox 360 Exclusive Trailers I Missed From E3 June 30, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Editorials, Game News.
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Well, to continue with the series I got going on, here’s a smattering of some of the most noteworthy Xbox 360 exclusive games which released trailers during E3 which I was not able to upload or link while I was in Los Angeles.

Let’s get the big one out of the way first, this is Halo 4.

For a teaser, the fact that it’s pre-rendered doesn’t really bother me at all, and even though it was pre-rendered, you can tell just where they’re going with for this story.  They’re continuing to tell the story of SPARTAN-117, the Master Chief, and just what happened to him and Cortana following the cliffhanger events of Halo 3.

The tidbits I’ve heard about this game so far is that this will be the start of a new Halo Trilogy (yes that means there’s going to be a Halo 5 and Halo 6).  Also, there was a reference to just what was going on between Cortana and the Master Chief while he was in stasis if you watched the Halo Legends video.  The segments that detailed the history of the Halo Universe were told from Cortana’s perspective while the Chief was frozen, and she was starting to show signs of rampancy, which is common among AIs which have gone past their seven year life span.  Don’t know if they’re going to go deeper into that factor in the final game, but it is something to think about.  It’s coming in Holiday 2012.

And since we’re in a Halo mood, how about this Halo Anniversary Edition trailer?

People have been mulling for a few months now that this game would be coming and that has all been confirmed with this E3 reveal.  The game will have all the geometry  and features of the original Halo game, retweaked with the technology that powered the Halo Reach engine.  You will be able to swap back and forth between the original look of the game, as well as the newer updated look.

I’m just glad that they’re finally bringing this game in some form to a widescreen format, which is something I’ve been demanding from the Microsoft developers to do to the original game for some time now (if you remember my video about widescreen problems with older games on a modern HDTV, Halo 1 was a game I featured).  The game will also have updated multiplayer maps, full Xbox Live support, as well as co-op through Xbox Live.

This is coming in November.

I know a lot of people were kind of hoping that I’d include a Gears of War 3 trailer in here, but I already posted that trailer up when it came out, and I also wrote an entire preview of the game while I was in Los Angeles, so no reason to retouch it, although if you are new to the site and did miss it, feel free to check those out.

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Uncharted 3 Beta Giveaway Tomorrow June 30, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Site News.
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Playstation Plus expire or just have no interest in signing up?  Don’t have a copy of inFamous 2 and want to get into the Uncharted 3 Beta test?  Maniac has got you covered.

At some point between 12 Midnight tonight and 12 Midnight tomorrow I will release a PSN key which will enable whoever redeems it first to have access to the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta, and all the fun that goes along with it.

The key will be valid for redemption until June 14th, but remember it will go to the first person who redeems it in the Playstation Store.  You will need a Playstation 3 with the latest firmware and a valid Playstation Network account to redeem the code.  Good luck to everyone!