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'Left 4 Dead' Intro Movie Runs Like Hell
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 6:55 PM

Valve would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween this evening by sending us a video treat. The following is the intro movie for the highly-anticipated (and heavily pre-ordered) zombie, co-op FPS Left 4 Dead. Join the 4 survivors as they make their way through the infested city 2 weeks after the first infection.

Left 4 Dead infects the Xbox 360 and PC November 18th.

Left 4 Dead Intro Movie 


X-Play Web Exclusive: 'Gears of War 2' Behind The Scenes - Voice-Over Sessions
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 5:54 PM

While you sit around all weekend waiting for X-Play's Gears of War 2 Special, check out this Web Exclusive behind the scenes video, which takes a look at what goes into a voice-over session for a project as massive as Gears of War 2.

You'll see the actors in the booth delivering the lines that you'll see in the game when it releases on November 7, 2008. The Xbox 360 exclusive is definitely one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Remember, the X-Play Gears of War 2 Special airs Monday, November 3rd at 8PM ET with exclusive footage and interviews. Check out the awesome teaser for the special right here.

SPOILER WARNING: This footage contains Gears of War 2 spoilers.


'Battlefield: Bad Company' Community Choice Adds Free DLC Maps
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 1:58 PM

In times of economic woes isn't great to hear the word FREE as much as possible?

Check out the 4 new battlegrounds released by EA yesterday for Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3, Xbox 360)Selected through the BF:BC community these babies won't cost you a penny. As you know this wily FPS has been out since June, but if you're a fan free DLC (w00t!) head on over to the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live marketplace to score your game a couple of freebies.

Battlefield: Bad Company Par For The Course Map

Battlefield: Bad Company Acta Non Verba Map



Battlefield: Bad Company Ghost Town



Battlefield: Bad Company Crossing Over

'Gears of War 2' Special On X-Play Monday!
Posted By: Mike D'Alonzo - Friday, October 31, 2008 12:15 PM

This Monday, X-Play's assault of new games and special events continues, as we finally get our hands on Gears of War 2, and see what Marcus Fenix is up against this time. There will be video, exclusives, and interviews, as we go deep inside the game and show you what it's all about.

Here's the official preview:

"G4 TV takes X-Play on location to Epic Games in Cary, NC for a behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster sequel and will officially premiere the opening cinematic of Gears of War 2 in full HD glory. The Gears of War 2 X-Play episode debuts on Monday, Nov 3 at 8pm EST and re-airs each night throughout the week exclusively on G4 TV."

In the meantime, check out this preview of what the show's got in it. We think you're really going to like it.

Obama And Palin Coming to 'Mercenaries 2' As Playable Characters
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:05 PM

Turns out that the rumors were true! Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are indeed coming to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames as playable characters in an upcoming update.

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in Mercenaries 2

Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb revealed the news just moments ago on X-Play in the Gaming Update.

Tom Stratton of Pandemic Studios gave the following statement to X-Play:

"Mercenaries 2 is a game seemingly ripped straight out of today's headlines and fueled with the same type of over-the-top action found in the best summer blockbuster films. It only makes sense we inject the game with a spin on current affairs. The timing was too good to let pass.

If you missed the Gaming Update where the story broke, you can find that video under the cut.

X-Play Exclusive: 'Mercenaries 2' New Character Details
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:20 PM

We began hearing rumors of two new characters in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames earlier this week and tonight, X-Play has the exclusive details straight from Pandemic.

Tune-in to an all-new X-Play at 8PM ET to find out who you'll be playing as in Mercenaries 2 along with exclusive footage of the characters in action. Let's just say, one has a very expensive wardrobe.

Who do you think it will be?

Also, Adam and Morgan will review Midnight Club: Los Angeles and get a Hands On with Tomb Raider: Underworld.

'Left 4 Dead' TV Spot First Glimpse Of $10M Marketing Campaign
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:00 AM

Valve shows off one of the first parts of their $10 million dollar marketing campaign, with the release of this slick new tv spot for Left 4 Dead.  Created with elements of the game's intro sequence, this spot is just a preview of the coming TV marketing campaign which begins November 8th.  Why so hotly anticipated? Zombies? 4-Player Co-op? Intense action?

Find out for yourself, when you're running and gunning for your life in the zombie apocalypse November 18th on the PC and Xbox 360.

Left 4 Dead TV Spot #1

'Gears of War 2' "Seriously 2.0" Achievement Already Unlocked
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 10:25 AM

Gears of War came with an achievement named "Seriously..." to get 10,000 kills in ranked multiplayer matches and most gamers never saw it unlocked. Gears of War 2 features an update to the achievement called "Seriously 2.0", which asks gamers to get 100,000 all-purpose kills.

These could be enemy kills in campaign, kills in Horde mode, or kills in ranked or unranked multiplayer. It's certainly less strict, but you'd think that 10 times the number of kills would take a long time, right?

Wrong. In fact, it takes less than 24 hours of played time to achieve.

Hit the cut for the details

Stefan Hobman sent OXM UK the following details about the achievement along with the picture proof:

  • There is NO gamerpic for getting Seriously 2.0, unlike the original Seriously achievement.
  • It's possible to get 100 kills a minute.
  • The achievement can be unlocked in under 24 hours actual gameplay time.
  • The easiest way to get the achievement is by repeatedly playing the last level of Gears of War 2's Campaign mode.

This is good news because we want that 1000/1000 on Gears of War 2.


Atari Crosses The Streams
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:03 AM

Variety has reported that Atari has picked up the rights to Ghostbusters and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. The former is slated for a summer 2009 release to coincide with the movie's 25th anniversary, while the latter is set for a spring 2009 launch. Variety's Ben Fritz writes:

"Deal is one of the most significant for Atari since it came back from the brink of bankruptcy earlier this year by securing new capital funds and recruiting an experienced team of videogame execs."

It's not surprising that these games, both of which sport high-profile licenses, found a new home. What's surprising is that they ended up with Atari. Ex-Sony executive and current Atari president Phil Harrison has indicated that the company would focus on online and social gaming experiences. Picking up two traditional console titles doesn't really fit into that strategy. That said, Harrison is a very smart and very tall (and very bald) man. He has a distinguished history as a videogame exec and knows what he's doing.


Metacritic User Scores Under Siege?
Posted By: James Elkin - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:48 PM

Fanboys have sabotaged Metacritic with thousands of negative votes for Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2, two unreleased games that almost nobody has played. As a result, userscores for both are in the basement, and there’s a growing sense that the newly released LittleBigPlanet is being targeted as well. 

Metacritic games editor Marc Doyle has responded to the problem in writing, promising to “upgrade the registration requirements… in the near future”. In the meantime, he urges users to focus on Metascores.

While painful to industry executives who believe Metacritic’s content can affect sales, it doesn’t seem to be all that surprising. With the site’s growth, some say this kind of behavior was never a matter of if, but when.

Do you read Metacritic user reviews?


'The Conduit' Team Looking For Alternatives To Wii Friend Codes
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:43 PM

High Voltage Software, the developers of The Conduit, are reportedly looking for an alternative to Nintendo's Friend Code System on the Wii.

The Friend Code System has come under fire from gamers and the press for being needlessly complicated. It makes multiplayer gaming with friends a chore on the Wii, unlike Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network.

Chief Creative Officer of High Voltage, Eric Nofsinger, says that, "It’s something where we need to continue to work with [Nintendo] closely, and figure out something that does hit what they need, but also hits what we need as gamers, you know?"

The Conduit: Shotgun Footage


Tags: Videogames, Wii
'Killzone 2' Helghan Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:18 PM

In this latest trailer from SCE and Guerrilla Games' FPS sequel Killzone 2, we are reminded of the dangers of underestimating the enemy. They said it would be a walk in the park... apparently someone forgot to tell the Helghast.

Killzone 2 is currently set for a release in Februrary 2009 exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

Killzone 2 Helghan Trailer


'Gears of War 2' Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:56 PM

Here we go fellas... finally! Epic Games drops a launch trailer which signifies the "home stretch" to release.  We would like to say it's been an honor waiting with you all and wish next Friday would get here sooner probably just as much if not a great deal more than you do.

15 years after Emergence Day the fight for survival continues in Epic Games' third-person shooter Gears of War 2 available exclusively for the Xbox 360 on November 7th.

Gears of War 2 Launch Trailer




Treyarch: "We Have The Best Shooter This Christmas" In 'Call of Duty: World at War'
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1:52 PM

Bring on the politely worded, inter-developer smack talk!! Noah Heller, a senior producer on Call of Duty: World at War over at Treyarch, has some words for all the other FPS & shooter games in town this holiday season.

“There’s a lot of competition this year, but I feel very strongly we have the best shooter this Christmas,” says Noah. “There [are] a lot of people new to the Call of Duty franchise following COD4, and they won’t be disappointed.

He drops the hammer, by adding, “I’m looking forward to Gears of War, Far Cry and Resistance 2, and I’m sure they will be great games, but I am confident the consumer will come back to Call of Duty.”

Cliff Bleszinski: Gears of War 2 just got called out, PR style! Anything to add, Ted Price? Or are you too busy releasing Resistance 2?

Come on, devs. Throw down!


'Gears of War 2' Soundtrack Details
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:06 AM

Rev up your chainsaw bayonets and make room on your iPod (or your Gears of War 2 branded Zune player), because those excellent folks at Sumthing Else Music Works have announced November 25th as emergence day for the official Gears of War 2 soundtrack album.

So, between Gears of War 2 dropping next week, the life-size Lancer gun shipping at the same time and now the soundtrack album a couple weeks later, November is turning into a full-on Gears 2 emergence month! Which we plan to celebrate with lots of hugs, chainsaws and other bloody finishing moves against online adversaries.

Composed by Steve Jablonsky (yes, the same Steve Jablonsky who did the music for last year’s Transformers movie) and performed by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the soundtrack, which will be available in both physical and downloadable form, features 27 pieces of music from the game.

Check out the full track listing after the jump.

WARNING: There could be some spoilerific things in the song titles.

Track Listing:

   1. Return Of The Omen
   2. Hope Runs Deep
   3. Green As Grass
   4. Expectations
   5. Finally, A Lead
   6. Armored Prayer
   7. Hold Them Off
   8. Derrick Chase
   9. Building Thunder
  10. Hell Breaks Loose
  11. Bedlam
  12. Breakneck
  13. Landown
  14. Racing To Extinction
  15. If They Can Ride Em
  16. Hollow
  17. Unexpected Changes
  18. March Of The Horde
  19. Highway
  20. Denizens Of The Deep
  21. With Sympathy
  22. Insurmountable Odds
  23. Bump In The Night
  24. Frenzy
  25. Outpost
  26. Finale
  27. Autumn Of Mankind