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EPICTOBER 2011


Enter Our Epic Gentle Giant Giveaway!

If you thought the Epic Giveaways were over, you thought wrong! Today we bring you this special prize from Gentle Giant, the one of a kind Shae Vizla mini bust. The assassin of the seemingly invincible Darth Malgus, Shae Vizla is an impressive character in the unprecedented Star Wars: The Old Republic video game. Deadly as she is attractive! Cast in high quality poly-stone and then hand painted, this Vizla bust is the original, unnumbered paint master. It is literally one-of-a-kind and comes without the window box. This is the source piece that the limited edition run is based on. The value of something like this cannot be understated. It is, in a word, priceless.

Click here to enter on our Epictober page!



Mortal Kombat: Ed Boon Tells Us The Story Behind The Game

Mortal Kombat has been around for nearly 20 years, and it continues to impress. This year alone provided us with a brand-new game, a miniseries, and the announcement that a new movie is on the way. This pillar of the fighting game genre has had some strange missteps, like Mortal Kombat Special Forces and Mortal Kombat Mythologies, but the latest game has proven that there is still a lot of life in the series.

We spoken to franchise creator Ed Boon at NetherRealm to get the story behind the development of the game, and to find out why the development team made certain choices. Check out the full interview where Boon talks about his desire to have the series cross over with Street Fighter or Tekken, and why the X-Ray hits was one of the hardest parts of the game to design.

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Diablo 3 Auction House and Gameplay Panel From Blizzcon

Diablo 3 has a lot of gameplay changes that different from the past games in the series, and plenty of changes that have been brought about by feedback they've been receiving from the beta. One of the best parts about Blizzcon is listening to the developers explain their games in great detail, often going into detail beyond what you'd ever see in a typical press release, or even be able to pick up in a gameplay session.

Here, directly from Jay Wilson and the development team comes a lot of gameplay details from Diablo 3.

How To Earn Achievements

  • Play-through Progression: The farther you play into the campaign, the more achievements you'll get.
  • Extreme Behavior: If you get a level 60 hardcore character, that's extreme. You get these for doing things that are tough in the game.
  • Absurd Shenanigans: There was a group of Germans who ran all the way through Diablo 2 without any armor. That's absurd. Beating a boss by punching it in the face and wielding no weapons is equally absurd.

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The Cosplay Girls of BlizzCon 2011 Sizzle Video »


It's Blizzcon time again, people, and we're kicking off Blizzcon 2011 in grand style, with over 20 photo galleries of Blizzard cosplay. Ace cosplay mistress Jo-Jo Chen and Lisa McKeever's burlesque group Aspects of Awesome (with their pimp, Mario) gathered their costumed pals for a Blizzard cosplay costume party that will keep you happy for a long, long time. Think of it as an epic-drop of photo-loot. Check out the video above and the photo galleries of cosplayers below the "Read More" tag... more as they become available!

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The Future of RPG Games: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 3, Diablo III And More

Your next year and a half with RPG games may add up to more gameplay hours than actual Earth hours. So, just when you augmented your Adam Jensen persona to the Praxis point max in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and died your millionth death in the insanely difficult Dark Souls, your leveling up isn’t done and your ridiculously long quests aren’t over. In fact, you have until the top of the month to prepare for the goriest-ever battle for Middle-Earth in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, the first - but hopefully not the last - Mature-rated game in the Tolkien series.

Take LotR’s 11.1.11 release date and add another one for 11.11.11 and you’ve got an even more expansive fantasy game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Softworks attempt to outdo Oblivion, their new open-world epic just might close off your real-world responsibilities and relationships until the end of the year. Our preview of Skyrim’s first three hours proved that the word “epic” may be obsolete for this RPG.

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Enter Our Alienware M14x Epic Giveaway For PC Gaming Week!

It's PC Gaming Week for Epictober! That means we've got the best Epic Giveaway for PC gamers everywhere with an Alienware M14x laptop. Want one? It's your final chance to win one so click the link below to enter.

Enter to win today's prize now on our Epictober page! And check out who won previously after the cut.

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In case you missed it, on Wednesday we talked some of gaming's best PC content delivery systems and how they might benefit gamers with different preferences. Today we're delving deeper into said systems (namely GOG and Steam) and running down some of gaming's overlooked gems of yesteryear, which are all available on either of the services, or in some cases both.

If you've got some extra cash lying around, you might want to reconsider that trip to the movies this weekend and plunk it down on one of these titles instead. Or do both, if you're ballin'.

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Is the strategy genre dead? Is it just too inaccessible alongside clean-cut modern games? I don't know about you, but when there's just been a convention holding a tournament with a $1.6m prize fund for an upcoming strategy game that probably won't even see light of day until 2013, something tells me that the strategy genre ain't dead, no way sir and madam.

From the makers of Half-Life, World of Warcraft, and Minecraft, this list houses games being developed and published by some of the biggest names in the industry, and it's that talent that's leading a charge of content across PCs, consoles, and even onto handhelds in the coming years. There are millions of players passionate about the genre, and millions devoted to the individual series listed here. Try asking all of them if they think strategy games are dead.

You might need a very thick notepad.

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Hawken: Mech Combat From The Outside In

If you're a fan of mech games, then you're going to want an inside look at Hawken. Last week we presented a brief history of the mech game genre to prep you for this new mech game in development. If you love mech games, then you probably already know what we’re talking about. For everyone else, here's a brief review:

In March of this year, a trailer popped up on the radar of the games press for a new mech shooter that looked incredibly polished. We were amazed to hear that the game was the work of only nine developers at Adhesive Games, using the Unreal Engine, and that the trailer was the product of only nine months’ worth of development. The level of polish on display was something that major studios could spend years to achieve on their AAA titles.

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Saints Row The Third will feature all sorts of wacky ways to get your street gang to household name status. However, I never thought that any game would go so far as having you launch hot dogs mascots in a game of human baseball like you do in this exclusive Epictober Saints Row: The Third moment. Yes, you launch hot dog mascots, and it's awesome.

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Saints Row: The Third is coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 15, 2011.

 


The upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will feature a full cast of interesting characters who will both help and hinder Drake throughout his quest across Arabia. In this Epictober exclusive clip from X-Play, we're introduced to Salim, a sheik voiced by TJ Ramini who appears to want to help Drake on his epic mission.

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Uncharted 3 is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 3 on November 1, 2011.

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The Next Batmam: Arkham City - Five Comic Books That Need Rocksteady

If you believe the reviews Batman: Arkham City might be even better than Arkham Asylum. Rocksteady's first Batman title was the surprise hit of 2009, selling millions of units and racking up numerous Game of the Year awards. Now Arkham Asylum is poised to repeat. Considering the Go-Go Checked past of both Batman and superhero games, this is a startling turnaround, and similar to the recent trajectory of the Batman film franchise.

By the end of the 1990s the Batman movie series was deader than Val Kilmer's career. Cause of death: Joel Schumacher in the multiplex with Batman and Robin. Schumacher veered hard from the dimestore goth of Tim Burton and straight into the camp fantasia last occupied by the Batman TV show of the 1960s, killing off a billion dollar franchise in the process.

Batman's cinematic corpse was eventually brought back to life by the human Lazarus Pit known as Christopher Nolan. The director of Memento brought the stern seriousness of Frank Miller's 1980s Batman comics to the movies, winning over America with a slightly more realistic and psychological look at the Caped Crusader. After decimating the box office with 2008's The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers asked Nolan to oversee the reboot of another beleaguered comics legend: Superman.

If Warner Brothers turns to Nolan to salvage other superheroes, they could very well do the same with Rocksteady. A publishing company with a history as long and varied as DC's features dozens of characters and concepts that are fertile ground for video games, and Rocksteady has proven themselves thoroughly capable of tilling that soil. Here are a few DC properties we'd love to see Rocksteady work on.

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G4 Films Epictober Film Festival: The Posters     G4 Films Epictober Film Festival: The Posters

The G4 Films Epictober film festival is coming for you, readers, like a vengeful Japanese ghost. Next week, we'll be rolling out three short films that masterfully mash-up horror and video games for your watching amusement. To whet your appetite, we've got posters for two of our movies, with a third to come. Click the "Read More" tag for a full-length look at the posters for "The Birds of Anger" and "The Hunt."  "Kart Driver's" poster is coming soon.

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When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle chair. Oh wait, yeah there is. Adam Sessler and Blair Herter have exchanged roles on Feedback. Adam has stepped down as host, allowing Blair Herter to take the throne. Stephen Johnson and Jessica Chobot evened out the rest of the royal court.

The show took an oddly metal turn from the get-go. Blair used his new power to allow Stephen Johnson to debut his "Feedback Video Games" music video. Viewers, I hope you're happy.

This week's news topics included Mass Effect 3's co-op, video games on iOS and updates from New York Comic-Con.

Game of the Week was Batman: Arkham City. Will Rocksteady's sophomore Batman game be a contender for game of the year?

Feedback has it all, dire wolves, dwarfs, and decapitation. (Disclaimer: No it doesn't.)

Feedback -- Batman: Arkham City Impressions »


The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

If you enjoyed this week's Game of Feedback, leave a comment and let us know.

Special shout out to Astro for those swanky new headphones.









Whether you like it or not, digital distribution is the way of the future. The rush of nostalgia that comes from admiring a shelf of pristine game cases should be treasured, for sure, but the convenience of purchasing, acquiring, and playing a game via digital distribution systems certainly has its pros as well. The PC game market is where this practice currently shines the brightest – with so many systems in place to bring you as many titles as possible at the lower prices than ordering a physical copy or even going to the store, and it's quicker too.

With PC gaming week in full swing, we've got some of the best digital services on display for you smart shoppers to think about snagging your next purchase from. Whether you're nabbing Batman: Arkham City or traveling back in time to pick up a PC copy of Arx Fatalis, there' s a service that fits your needs.

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