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PAX Prime 2011


David Jaffe PAX Prime 2011 Keynote -- How David Jaffe Got His Groove Back

The PAX Prime 2011 Keynote was delivered by Twisted Metal and God of War's David Jaffe. Hundreds of fans, myself included, lined up outside the Paramount Theater to hear what Jaffe had to say. Which actually wasn't, "Surprise! There's a copy of Twisted Metal under your chairs!"

David Jaffe started the keynote with a flashback to his days at USC. He didn't have the grades to get into film school but somehow he ended up with the keys to different rooms on campus. One day he used that power to sit in the front row of a speech from Jeffrey Katzenberg  This was the same day he wrote the memo that inspired the memo that got Tom Cruise fired in Jerry Maguire. The leaked document detailed how Hollywood needed to change, slamming the current climate of the industry.

People always ask Jaffe "How do I get in?" "How do I get where you are?" These were the questions 19-year-old Jaffe was sitting there asking. Katzenberg answered, "These people don't need a roadmap from you. They're going to make it and they're going to find a way to do it." That moment solidified the path Jaffe always knew he would be on.  "I deserved it, not because I was arrogant, but because why not me?"

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PAX Prime Live Events, on X-Play, and G4tv.com!

If you are currently wandering around PAX Prime this weekend, looking for G4, we're at Booth 125. Ignore the program. Due to a printing error, the wrong booth space was given out. In short:

G4's official booth is #125





Final Fantasy XIII-2 is coming to continue the long running series about which nothing is actually final. Here's a Final Fantasy XIII-2 cinematic trailer that contains a little bit about the story and some gameplay footage, direct from the floor at PAX Prime 2011, just for you.

Why not try a paradigm shift now, and watch it?

 

Final Fantasy XIII-2 PAX Prime 2011 Cinematic Trailer »


 


Twisted Metal "Dollface" Trailer »


This Twisted Metal trailer from PAX Prime 2011 should be a lesson for all you guys out there: mess up a girl's face and she'll seek revenge any way she can. Meet the pink haired Dollface in this gameplay trailer chock full of weapons like Murder Balls and the Meat Grinder. Twisted Metal is set to be released on February 14th, 2012 and may be the only time we're actually looking forward to Valentine's Day.

Razer kicked PAX Prime 2011 off with the announcement of their new Razer Blade laptop, which they're calling "the world’s first true gaming laptop". It's powered with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology video card sporting 2GB of dedicated video memory, 8 GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a multi-touch LED configurable "Switchblade Interface" trackpad panel that displays additional information when a mouse is used next to a full-size keyboard. All this on an aluminum chassis and weighing 6.97 lbs.

 

Razer Blade "Ultimate Gaming Laptop" Video Tour »


 

We checked out Razer's miniaturized, mobile gaming computer Switchblade back at CES earlier this year, but that still hasn't come out yet, and it looks like some of that tech has gone into this sytem. What will the Blade set you back? A whopping $2799.99. That's a lot of bucks for your gaming bang. Will it be worth it? We'll be putting one through the paces as soon as it's available, so be sure to check back. But, what do you think? Is that completely drool-worthy, or too steep in price? One thing is for sure, it certainly looks extremely sexy.

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Halo: Reach Multiplayer Improvements And Features Detailed

A title update coming in mid-late September to Halo: Reach will add 4GB consoles, but nerf Armor Lock.

Previously, Xbox 360 gamers with tiny drives were out of luck. Reach is just too big to run on those 4GB versions of the 360. The update  will allow even the low-end 360s to get in on the fun Expect new playlists to roll out in early October.

That's all the good news. Here's the other news (whether it's bad or good depends on your Reach playstyle). In the newly updated version of Halo: Reach, using the armor lock perk will no longer knock stick grenades off your armor.

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Quantum Conundrum Announced From Portal Creator Kim Swift

Kim Swift and Square Enix have just announced Quantum Conundrum, a downloadable puzzle game that features charm, wit, and engaging puzzles. It will be out on Steam, the PlayStation Network  and Xbox LIVE Arcade in early 2012.

“We wanted to create a fun, quirky puzzle game that anyone would want to play, regardless of age or gaming experience,” said Kim Swift, Creative Director at Airtight Games. "I've been working with an amazing and collaborative team on this project and look forward to coming into the office every day to hear new ideas, see what everyone has created, and dive in on my own pieces of the game. We've created something that we're all extremely proud of and hope that people will enjoy playing it as much as we are making it."

Hit the read more for the official feature list as well as a full picture of the epic poster for Quantum Conundrum.

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Dead Rising 2: Off The Record "Sandbox Mode" Trailer »


Finally, Dead Rising is getting a proper sandbox mode! Dead Rising: Off the Record will feature "do what you feel mode" when it releases on October 11. No more will our zombie slaying be bound by time limits, people. It's time to be free to kill zombies in entertaining ways!

According to Capcom:

"Players can explore the casinos, restaurants, malls and new Uranus Zone that comprise Fortune City without the obstacle of time. Challenges placed throughout the city offer players the chance to earn additional cash for use in the pawn shops and vending machines around Fortune City. Ranging from collection style challenges to vehicle-based challenges to zombie massacre challenges; the higher the rank of the player, the more cash they win."

If you're at PAX this weekend, you can check it out at Capcom's booth, #3425. Tell them Steve sent you. They won't care, but tell them that anyway!

All of the best people are following Stephen Johnson's twitter feed. Also, email me if you wanna.


Halo Anniversary Preview

Our crack team of literate gaming nerds are on the ground at PAX Prime 2011, seeing the sights, meeting the people and, most importantly, playing the games. Last night it was Halo Fest. This morning, we have Eric Eckstein, Nikole Zivalich, Jake Gaskill and Leah Jackson's impressions of Halo: Anniversary's Team Slayer and Firefight modes:

Here's a sample:

"Team Slayer is where the magic happens in Halo. Halo: CE Anniversary will have the option to play an updated version of a classic map and a version that has been tweaked to better handle new perks. Basically, 343 read my mind, knew I always go for jetpack, and redid a bunch of classic maps with more ledges, caves, and anywhere else I could boost up and hide. Camping is legitimate strategy. And using your jetpack to get to those camp spots is just smart. This is why I win wars, people."

Check out the rest of our Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary preview.


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary -- What You Don't Know

One of the improvements Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will have is AI marine allies to aid lone players in Firefight. The news was announced during HaloFest before PAX and revolves around the horde-style gameplay mode first introduced in Halo ODST with allows gamers and their friends to play together to fight off swarms of enemies including Grunts, Brutes and Elites. With Halo: CE Anniversary, gamers who don't feel like playing with other people will have a fighting chance thanks to the addition of AI marines. These soldiers will have your back as you take on the enemy as featured in the Firefall map, Installation 04 within Halo Anniversary.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be released on November 15, 2011 for the Xbox 360.



Halo 4 Warthog Featured In Forza Motorsport 4 Autovista Experience -- Get In The Driver's Seat Like Never Before

Players will be able to get their first in-depth look at the iconic Halo 4 Warthog as, surprisingly, it will be featured in Forza Motorsport 4's breathtaking new Autovista experience. Autovista is pretty incredible. It lets players interact, walk around, and learn about some of the world's most high class vehicles in a way no other game has been able to before. In Autovista, you can get inside of vehicles, turn them on, look at the dashboard, under the hood, and more.

The one downer: You won't be able to drive the Warthog in Forza. The gun-turrets might be a little unfair to the other cars, after all.

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Torchlight 2 Hands-On Preview

Runic Games has announced that the price of the dungeon crawling action RPG Torchlight 2 will be $19.99, and that the final class will be the Embermage.

The Embermage is a magic wielding class that joins the previously announced Engineer, Outlander, and Berserker classes. It's not too surprising that the final class is a magic user when you consider all of the other classes, but it's nice to know that it's finally confirmed. Also, as the original Torchlight was only $20, it's great that the second game, which brings with it tons of additions and new features over the first title, is still be released at a value price.

“It’s always been our goal to provide exceptional value for the price,” says Max Schaefer, CEO of Runic Games. “Everyone who wants to play Torchlight 2 will be able to comfortably afford to do so, and they’ll be able to play with their friend online or via a LAN, or play single player offline, all with no further purchases.””

We'll be getting some hands on time with T2's Embermage at PAX Prime 2011, so be sure to check back for our preview. Torchlight 2 is coming to the PC sometime in 2011.

OnLive Getting Wi-Fi Support, Half-Off Labor Day Sale

If you decided to miss PAX Prime this weekend, you're probably already regretting the decision, but I'm about to make your pain even greater: The makers of OnLive have decided to give one of their cloud-based gaming systems to anyone at PAX with an OnLive account.

From OnLive's twitter feed:

"Everyone who visits our booth and tells us their PlayerTag gets a FREE OnLive Game System! Be ready! Sign up now!"

"But I don't have a PlayerTag!" you may be whining. Don't sweat it. Check out OnLive's signup page to sign up.

Details are a little scarce on how, exactly, you'll acquire your free semi-console, but, hey, stop by Booth 258 during PAX and find out what the deal is. After all: It's a free console!














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Pax Prime 2011: G4 Presents Full Coverage Of the Show

PAX Prime 2011 is this weekend, August 26-28 in Seattle, Washington and G4TV.com will be there presenting full up-to-the-minute coverage of the entire event. While E3 is for game industry members only, PAX is for you guys, the fans!

We'll be on hand getting you interviews, hands-on previews of upcoming games like  Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Halo 4, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and so many others. We'll also be getting you instant news announcements, coverage of panels, commentary, videos, gossip, speculation, rumors, and more.

And, because we love you so much, we'll be exclusively livestreaming the Bioshock Infinite panel moderated by our own Adam Sessler, featuring Ken Levine (Creative Director, Irrational Games), Troy Baker (Voice of Booker DeWitt), and Courtnee Draper (Voice of Elizabeth) as they discuss Bioshock Infinite and the evolution of their characters Elizabeth and Booker. They will also discuss their in-game characters and their impact on the player's experience. You won't want to miss it!

Also, our amazing X-Play hosts will be at PAX Prime, signing autographs and meeting those in attendance. So, if you're going to be in Seattle, you should definitely come and visit the G4 Booth, #125, to meet them. Take a look at the full signing schedule to see when your favorite hosts will be available. 

Be sure to check back to G4TV.com all PAX Prime long, you won't want to miss all of the info from this awesome trade show. For a full list of all of the panels you can check out the PAX Prime 2011 website.

What I want to see from PAX Prime 2011 is eighth and final profession from Guild Wars 2, and the release date of Star Wars: The Old Republic. What about you?

PAX 2011: Get Zombie-Fied With All Zombies Must Die

If you're going to PAX Prime this weekend, we've got a treat for you. G4 and doublesix games (makers of  upcoming Steam, PSN and Xbox Live game All Zombies Must Die!) are teaming up to make three of you into zombies. No, we're not going to perform arcane Santeria rituals upon you, instead, ace zombie makeup artist Mark Rosenwald will perform his magic and make you into one of the shambling undead. Check out the ghoul above for a sample!

"How can I become a zombie?" you may be asking. It's simple:

  1. Be going to PAX this weekend.
  2. Leave a funny zombie joke in our comment section. With a working email address. Funniest jokes win. (Except "What do zombie vegetarians eat?" We've hear that one.)
  3. Stop by booth 6414 at Pax and get your hair and face did.
  4. Profit.

We'll email the funniest jokers with further details.

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