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Today on X-Play

Tune in tonight 6:30PM ET on X-Play as we continue All Access PAX East coverage with previews of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Spec Ops: The Line. Plus, BioShock cosplay. Full show details below:

  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier "Guerilla" Mode Preview
    Wave-based survival comes to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in the upcoming "Guerilla" mode.
  • Retrogame Roadshow Panel
    Hopefuls from all over brought their gaming collectibles to the Retrogame Roadshow, where Wired Editor Chris Kohler gave them the hard news on how much their items were really worth.
  • Will Work For Games: BioShock Infinite Lead Artist and Art Director
    Go behind the scenes with two of the people bringing BioShock Infinite's enemies to life, Irrational Games' Lead Artist Shawn Robertson and Art Director Nate Wells.
  • Infinity Blade: Dungeons Gameplay Preview
    Epic Games reveals details on their upcoming loot-heavy iOS game Infinity Blade: Dungeons.
  • BioShock Cosplay Contest
    We hit the show floor with Irrational Games on a mission to round people up for a BioShock cosplay contest.
  • Spec Ops: The Line Gameplay Walkthrough Exclusive
    At PAX East we got an exclusive look at the upcoming third-person modern military shooter Spec Ops: The Line.
  • Lollipop Chainsaw Gameplay Preview
    PAX East offered up the latest on cheerleading zombie slasher Lollipop Chainsaw.

Watch X-Play weekdays at 6:30PM ET, only on G4!

Kristin Adams walked the show of floor of PAX East 2012 to bring you the sights, sounds, and smells of the video game convention. She checked out dice, paintballs, geek chic, and a whole lot more. It looked like such a fun convention, but if you couldn't make it then check out our PAX East 2012 site for everything you missed.

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Borderlands 2

Randy Pitchford, Co-Founder at Gearbox, wants to make sure that you can satisfy your loot needs in real life by introducing new pre-order bonuses for Borderlands 2.

The man behind a billion guns showed off two of the new packages for this sought after shooter, The Deluxe Vault Hunter Edition and The Ultimate Loot Chest. If you’re not already excited for the game after reading our hands on impressions, then these might just sweeten the deal for you.

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Bioshock Infinite Mechanical Patriot Revealed: Meet Your Red, White And Blue Nightmare

After the reveal of Bioshock Infinite at E3 last year, fans have been foaming at the mouth to get any information that they can on the game. Ken Levine and the creative team talked through their process of creating villains in the game. They covered everything from new gameplay ideas that just didn’t work out to the sillier things that happened during the development of Bioshock Infinite. Be warned though, if you are hoping to stay somewhat in the clear spoiler-wise, proceed with caution.

Ken set the stage for everything that was about to be discussed with a simple question that ended up being their internal barometer for the characters that they were creating; What makes for a really good signature bad guy? We’ve been bombarded by a variety of villains for decades but even then, it’s a really hard question to answer. “It’s what scares me the most when making games – that it won’t be right.” said Ken. It’s easy to agree with a statement like that. Imagine the most iconic films or books that you’ve experienced and replace their villain with someone else; it just doesn’t work.

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Primal Carnage

Primal Carnage is the team-based online multiplayer game where you're fighting for your life against dinosaurs. But that's only one side of the coin, on the other, you actually get to play as dinosaurs who attempt to take out the pesky humans. Here's a snippet from Eric "Godzilla" Eckstein's latest preview:

"On the Dinosaurs side, there are also five classes though the Compys class was disabled for the demo. Available to play, we had Dilophosaurus (the Spitter, ranged spit that can blind foes at a distance), T-Rex (the Tank, which can kill humans just by walking over them), Raptors (which can pounce on their prey and rip them apart), and Pteranodons (flying beasts that can snatch humans from the ground). Dinos play from a third-person view, which can make targeting a little difficult, but avoids the weird POV claws view you typically see in games like this. Also, soaring over an outpost as T-Rexs plodded along followed by Raptors looking to steal some scraps was an impressive visual that's still in my brain."

Read on to our full Primal Carnage preview.

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Trion Worlds and SyFy Network have come together to bring you Defiance's first gameplay trailer. The third-person massive online shooter for the PC and consoles is based on the upcoming SyFy Network TV show of the same name. The show will launch when the game does and you'll see its story arcs develop in the game. You'll play as a citizen of a transformed Earth, in a time when we've been invaded by an alien bug race who, of course, have very sharp teeth.

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"Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance," said Trion Worlds.

If you watched the video I hope you wore a mask so you didn't get bug ooze all over yourself. I did...


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Lollipop Chainsaw

Would you kick the woman above out of your convention for being too sexy? This is reportedly what happened over the weekend at PAX East 2012, when Lollipop Chainsaw spokes-model Jessica Nigri was asked to leave the show floor until she changed out of a revealing outfit.

The outfit in question is below the "Read More" tag, courtesy of Lollipop Chainsaw creator Suda51's Twitter feed.

The costume change wasn't enough, apparently. After she changed back to her regular Juliet Starling clothes (shown above) she was asked to either change again, or leave the show entirely. Bye, Bye, Juliet.

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Far Cry 3

Oh, wow! A Far Cry 3 preview is up! G4's editors Jake "Classy" Gaskill and Nikole "Island Hopper" Zivalich got their hands on Far Cry 3's multiplayer over the weekend, and now they're acting all smug and superior at G4's offices. Jerks. But they also wrote a preview for you too. Here's a taste:

"The first thing I noticed when my match began was how stunning the game looks even in its pre-alpha stage. Hardly surprising give the graphics-melting visuals on display in single-player, but having that same level of detail in a multiplayer mode immediately gives FC3’s multiplayer a distinct look and feel. The texture work, the lighting, the physics and explosions, they all have an impressive amount of polish to them, even at this early stage."

Check out the rest of our Far Cry 3 multiplayer preview.



Fortnite Director Admits That Minecraft Was 'An Inspiration'

Epic Games is working on a PC-exclusive game of some kind, as Cliff Bleszinski and Mike Capps confirmed during a PAX East panel. Capps later doubled down on the confirmation to Joystiq, stating that work has already begun on the mysterious game and that the plans are to keep it exclusive to PCs.

It's a wide-open world for Epic right now. The developer confirmed Fortnite in December 2011 with a trailer, but that's really all we know about now in this post-Gears of War era. You can bet heavily on seeing more of the Gears-verse in future games, but the release of the trilogy-capping story in 2011's Gears of War 3 now opens up the playing field for Epic to look in other directions.

What could this PC-exclusive title be? A shooter, of the first- OR third-person variety, seems unlikely, since those genres are already so well-suited to console play. Could it be a real-time strategy game? An MMO of some kind? ...a Facebook game? Hopefully not that last one. Share your thoughts below.

Gears of War 3 Screenshots E3 2011: Characters Galore!

When asked about the once-rumored Gears of War tile, Gears of War: Exile, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski went on record to confirm to GameSpot that while the title was once in development, it was later canned. No further details were revealed.

"Let's just bury the hatchet now," Bleszinski said in the interview. "Gears of War: Exile was an unannounced game that I can't give any details about that has since been cancelled." It doesn't get much more concrete than that.

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Today on X-Play

Tune in tonight 6:30PM ET as X-Play descends on PAX East 2012! We'll get the latest on Borderlands 2 and League of Legends, and kick off Videogame Death Match: Best Story. Full show details below:

  • Borderlands 2 Gameplay Preview
    Gearbox was at PAX East showing off a new Borderlands 2 class, the collector's edition of the game, and more. We'll have details straight from the big cheese himself, Randy Pitchford.
  • Making A Monster with Irrational Games
    BioShock Infinite won't be out for some months yet, but Irrational's already given us plenty of enemies to lose sleep over. Ken Levine and the team were out at PAX East talking about their process for making a videogame monster great.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Gameplay Preview
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is not for your average PC. It takes a powerful machine. Now it's finding its way onto the Xbox 360, and we'll have an early look.
  • League of Legends Boss Preview
    Get a look at two new champions that Riot Games introduced at PAX East for battle in their popular and free online game League of Legends.
  • Videogame Death Match: Best Videogame Story
    Let the battle begin. It's time for you to vote and decide the best videogame story of all time. Details on today's show.
  • PAX East Sights, Sounds and Smells with Kristin Adams
    Kristin Adams hits the show floor to bring you the best of cosplay, tabletop gaming, and more from the wild blend that is the Penny Arcade Expo.

Watch X-Play weekdays at 6:30PM ET, only on G4!

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Borderlands 2 Adds Cosmetic Customization, Post-Launch Mechromancer Class DLC

Borderlands 2 will be getting a fifth character class -- the Mechromancer -- after launch as free DLC, as well as cosmetic character customization features and a special edition release, Gearbox Software confirmed during its PAX East panel. The bonus class will only be free to those who pre-order game, though it will also be sold as premium DLC.

The Mechromancer is a cyborg who is capable of calling her robot D374-TP companion -- Deathtrap -- to the battlefield, presumably as her Action Skill. You'll be able to customize her look, and those of the other four classes, using gear, costume pieces, and alternate heads unlocked from completing missions.

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Cosplay Pictures From Pax East 2012

It's PAX cosplay time, readers! We've got a ton of sweet photos of costumed fans at Pax East 2012, emulating and dressing like their favorite game characters.

Click the link for our Pax East 2012 Cosplay Gallery!

When you're finished with that, check out our Pax East 2012 Fan Photos and our Pax East 2012 show floor gallery too.

The Fans of PAX East 2012 Photo Gallery

If you want to check out how much fun everyone is having at PAX East 2012, then take a look at our The Fans of PAX East Photo Gallery. These aren't your typical gamers. These are the hardcore fans who can't even wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest games coming this year so they had to fly all the way to freezing cold Boston. That's dedication! Give them some credit and check out the gallery.

We've also got a PAX East Show Floor Photo Gallery and a PAX East Cosplay Photo Gallery for you as well.


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Charlie Murder Preview: Heavy Metal Gaming, Dude

You have not heavy metal enough for Charlie Murder. From the studio that brought you Dishwasher Samurai comes a game about head stomps, throwing knives, and fashion. Charlie Murder comes across as a Castle Crashers dipped in black ink, but behind that vampire smile lies a depth that only a few RPGs dare to touch.

The demo starts out simply with you in hell fighting demons. From there, Charlie Murder only gets crazier. As the medics bring your crew back to life, you find yourself in the middle of the zombie invasion. Punch, kick, and grab your shambling assailants with your typical light and heavy combos. Find a well-placed spike or electric pole to instantly kill your foe with a good throw.

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