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EPICTOBER 2011

Enter Our Capcom Fighting Game Epic Giveaway!

Get your Hadouken on with our Epictober Ultimate Capcom Giveaway plus a Kidrobot Street Fighter Case! Have these little fighters ever looked so adorable?

As always, enter on the Epictober page and click the jump for more prize details.

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5 Ways The iPhone 4S Is Great for Gamers

That annual indecision of whether or not we should upgrade our iPhones is upon us. Carriers strong-arm you into new contracts, the feature-rich iOS 5 blunts the allure of some of iPhone 4S’ capabilities and there’s always the threat that an iPhone 5 is right around the corner (for real this time). Worst of all, you can’t let someone else determine your iPhone fate for you; asking for an one as a gift is impossible. The carriers have you personally tied down to that two-year contract so well that you end up getting a gift card from a loved one. Kind of a lame present to open. So, your only solution is to weigh your options carefully.

Luckily for gamers, iPhone 4S has the hardware to back up its hype.

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Enter Our Kotobukiya DC & Marvel Bishoujo Collection Giveaway!

Say hello to today's Epic Giveaway for Epictober, where you could win the Kotobukiya Giveaway DC & Marvel Bishoujo Collection featuring Jean Grey, Invisible Woman, Ms. Marvel, Supergirl, Catwoman and Batgirl. Basically, these are all the girls you've dreamed of and now they could be all yours!

Enter on our Epictober page and get a close look at each statue after the jump.

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Forza Motorsport 4 races into stores this week, delivering what is easily the finest racing simulation yet released for the Xbox 360 and an equal-footing contender to Sony's competing console-exclusive Gran Turismo series. Boasting a garage featuring 80 manufacturers spread across more than 500 cars of all types, not to mention a creative collaboration with the team from the BBC series Top Gear, Forza 4 is as much a celebration of the automobile as it is a test of how fast one can move over another.

That's the intended vision too, according to Turn 10 creative director Dan Greenwalt, who lifted the hood on Forza 4 for me in an interview last week. "We're in the racing genre but we're a car game and we're about car passion," he explained.

The evidence is written across the game's massive and widely varied assortment of cars, which covers everything from a fresh-out-of-the-workshop 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO to a sputtering, old 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI. The Rabbit, and other cars like it in the game, aren't necessarily what you'd think of as performance racing vehicles... and they're not.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning gives you the freedom to choose your fate. One way you can customize your experience is in deciding your faction. In the game you'll encounter six factions you can join and you can join one more. You can also decide how you want to play the game; whether its hack-n-slash or magic casting, or even a combination of the two. See everything you can do in the video below.

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While you're in a KoA: Reckoning mood, check out our Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning first few hours preview and our KoA: Reckoning "Abilities & Skills" Video.

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Why Does It Have To Be Sewers? Down The Drain In Video Games

What is it with developers always including a sewer level in their game? You’ve hit the midway point in the game you’re currently playing. Your abilities have grown substantially since the beginning and you nabbed the save before heading into the obligatory Basement of Doom. Who knows what waits down there, eh? Off to save the Beautiful Childhood Friend who’s been kidnapped by your Nefarious Nemesis? It’s dark down there. Probably some sort of hideous monstrosity awaits you. Oh, and lots of ammo or potions. Or rats. You descend into the inky darkness, pumped and prime for action, and familiar green water, steel pipes, and lighting greets you at the bottom. Yep. Another sewer. Filled with rats. You know there’s gonna be mazes.

Welcome to one of the most rampant video game tropes to have ever existed: sewers. Seemingly always popping up in the most inappropriate of places, even if it makes sense within the context of the plot, sewers can always be counted on to aggravate and obfuscate you into rage-quitting and tossing your controller into the wall. Whether it’s forcing you to navigate convoluted mazes or face enemies that inflict maddening status effects, sewers always seem to have evil ways of getting under your skin. Here are five of them, just in case you needed a reason to bathe your monitor in coffee out of pure rage.

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Enter Our Prototype 2 Jacket Epic Giveaway!

Move over, Alex Mercer because today's Epic Giveaway is all about Prototype 2! Enter to win a custom designed leather jacket, as worn by James Heller in the upcoming sequel from Radical Entertainment. We don't know whether or not wearing this jacket will give you shape-shifting superpowers but you'll just have to win to find out!

Click here to enter on our Epictober page and get a closer look at the jacket after the jump!

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G4 Films Epictober Film Festival Logo

We (the royal "G4" we) are proud to announce something special coming up for you in a few weeks: The G4 Films Epictober Film Festival. If you've been playing along at home you've seen us bring you two excellent, videogame-related films this year: 'FOCUS' and 'Against the Wall'. Well we're not quite done yet, as we're going to be bringing you three more (short) films the week of October 24th as part of this year's Epictober celebration.

We've somehow managed to rope in former G4tv.com Creative Director and current hot-as-sh*t Hollywood Director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom, Chillerama, Wrong Turn 2) to oversee the three films and he, in turn, has roped in three excellent horror directors. As we approach Halloween, this trifecta of terror will take on films inspired by Angry Birds, Mario Kart and Duck Hunt produced specifically for your enjoyment.

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Mech Games: A History from Battlezone to Hawken

Among the common genres we talk about in video games, like first person shooters, side-scrollers, and role playing games, we don’t often hear mech games listed as one of these basic staples of video gaming. We might blame this on the fact that mech games come in such variety, as genre is usually defined by mechanics. Some mech games are in-the-cockpit simulators, some are third-person perspective action games, and some are real time strategy games.

What they all share in common is a core concept of walking war machines with pilots. The history of mech games is surprisingly deep, with hundreds of titles that fit the criteria for inclusion into the genre, such that we’re only going to be able to give you the highlights! We’re also going to stick with North American releases, so as to limit ourselves to games you might have played, or could play if you wanted to take a trip back through mech video game history.

There’s an argument to be had that the arcade game Battlezone is a progenitor of all the mech games. You controlled a tank, not a mech with legs, but in terms of establishing the feel of a mech game you can see the fingerprints of Battlezone over the mech simulators which followed.

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X-Play had the chance to speak with Assassin's Creed:Revelations' creative director Alex Amancio about what to expect in the next AC game. Ezio and Altair will face zipline puzzles, a labyrinth and the Forum of Ox. This mode places gamers in a fast-paced Templar chase underneath the city. Check out the video below for an exclusive look at Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

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You can get further inside Assassin's Creed: Revelations with our exclusive look at the game's Den Defense gameplay, as well as take a look at our Assassin's Creed: Revelations hands-on preview.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations will be released on November 15, 2011.

X-Play got their hands on an exclusive, EPICTOBER Saints Row Moment with a mini-game in Saints Row: The Third. The game is called Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax. I can't tell you what's going on, because I have no idea, but you play as a cat who murders! And remember, no one likes it if you shoot a panda.

 

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Saints Row: The Third will be released on November 15, 2011.

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We brought you an Assassin's Creed: Revelations preview earlier this morning, and at 6:30 tonight on X-Play, you'll be able to catch an EPICTOBER exclusive video of a never-before-seen level of the game. That covers the past and the future -- as for the present, we've got an interview with Alex Amancio, Creative Director at Ubisoft, giving G4TV exclusive info on the new "Den Defense" gameplay mechanics in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

"It's sort of tower-defense like gameplay, which we felt fit in really well with the series," Amancio explains. "It was an interesting parallel to have him (Ezio) standing on a rooftop and placing his men like a general."

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations is coming out on November 15 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


Enter Our Gears Of War 3 Xbox 360 Epic Giveaway

Get ready to win again because our Epic Giveaways for Epictober continue with this Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 prize! We've got a Gears of War console, a signed Thrashball Cole statue, the Gears of War 3 game and a Gears of War 3 poster! If this prize package doesn't have enough Gears of War stuff for you then...something's wrong.

Enter at the Epictober page and check out the details after the jump.

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How To Spend $100 On Video Games

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or perhaps a very large Geodude, you know that the world economy sucks right now. But you’re still bound to net a healthy profit of gift cards over the upcoming holidays; friends and family never know what to buy tech-savvy gamers. We either already have it or it’s too obscure for anyone out of the loop to really know about. When I was a kid, this meant that gift cards from aunts, uncles and grandparents used to combine to cool $100 - a small fortune as far as I was concerned.

Today, the choices are much more complicated. Disc-based games are more expensive and there are a lot of smaller bite-sized titles to factor in. Keeping with that $100 theme, let’s review the best options out there to fit a Ben Franklin-sized budget.

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The Epic Continues Today on AOTS and X-Play!

As we sail into our second week of epic awesomeness in this month-long celebration of largesse known as Epictober, we'd like to call your attention to today's AOTS and X-Play, also known around these parts as the Axis of Epic. So, why not take a look at what's on offer on our flagship television shows today?

X-Play, for exampleis bringing the Assassin's Creed: Revelations exclusives, with a mission from the game that only we have. Also, there's a review of Forza Motorsport 4 and a Hands-On with the heavily-anticipated Battlefield 3. Plus, we've got another awesome moment from Saint's Row: The Third. Whew! That's a lot!

Then, not to be outdone, Attack of the Show is sending correspondent Grace Helbig to Toronto for one of North America's largest Oktoberfest celebrations. We're talking lager and lederhosen in a celebration of the original Epictober. We've also got Ashlynn Yennie from Human Centipede 2 in-studio.

Tune in to X-Play at 6:30 PM ET

Tune in to Attack of the Show at 7:00 PM ET

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