Today, Morgan brings you the latest in gaming news, including Burnout Paradise, NBA Ballers: Chosen One, and Faith and a .45.
We know that you've been watching X-Play in the past couple of weeks, and we know that you watched our two-part series on the upcoming first-person shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War.
What we know that you don't is this new concept cinematic trailer inspired by Frontlines. In a world where petroleum fuel has run out and nations are fighting for the last vestiges of resources, warfare is a constant event. It's dark, dystopian, and depressing. But it also makes one hell of a setting for Pendulum Studios' work.
Take a look at the trailer; it's an original creation depicting what combat would be like in the world of Frontlines in 2024. Frontlines: Fuel of War is scheduled to hit stores on February 25.
Tonight's X-Play Gaming Update will be reporting that the latest cover of GamePro promises details on the sequel to Gears of War.
Not so fast.
It turns out that this lofty, glowing ambrosia may not be so sweet. Reports around the internet from people who have already gotten their copies of the publication indicate that the Gears 2 article is simple speculative in nature and contains no new information or details.
A shame for series fans, but look on the bright side: the Game Developers Conference is a mere two weeks away, and with a huge Microsoft and Epic Games presence, something Gears 2 related may emerge from the event. Stay tuned.
Senior Producer Constantine Hantzopoulos stopped by G4 to give us an exclusive first look at Condemned 2's Fight Club mode. Be sure to check out X-Play's Hands On demo of Condemned 2 with Mr. Hantzopoulos, Monday, February 4th at 8PM ET. Don't miss it!
Former model and converted bodyguard Anna Loginova was killed in a carjacking incident Sunday when a gentleman pulled her from a Porsche Cayenne in Moscow. She fought back grabbing the door handle but fatally damaged the ole skull as the car picked up speed and she was forced to let go.
This is sad, it's true. But we can't help but think of how awesome it was that she was first a successful model (see fig. 1) and then ran a company of hot female bodyguards who were highly trained in the martial arts to protect the Russian elite.
So, if you're keeping score, the world is down one hot, ass-kicking model. This is a sad day, indeed.
An golden era in American television will come to an end at the end of the season, when The Montel Williams Show will cease production after 17 long years on the air. And just when we'd started to believe that Montel would be with us forever, too. Just goes to show, we guess, that you can't count on anything or anyone sticking around in your life, especially when you need them the most.
We're sorry. It's a touchy subject around here. It's just that Montel himself promised us he wasn't going anywhere, but here he is, packing up and leaving us with all of the problems that he was always there to help solve. How do you replace a presence like his? It's pointless to try.
Yahoo! News: It's a wrap for "Montel"
Jared Hess, the director of both Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, has a new feature in the hopper, and it has a cast. Gentlemen Broncos will star Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano, and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement in the story of a fantasy novelist who steals ideas from a high school kid at a writers' camp.
Angarano (Lords of Dogtown) will play the teen, while Clement will play the novelist who steals the material, and Sam Rockwell will play the fictional character that inhabits both projects. It sounds kind of funny, and we're definitely looking forward to seeing it. Hopefully, it will worth the wait.
Variety.com: Cast saddles up for 'Broncos'
Namco Bandai sent over a heaping helping of new Soulcalibur IV media showing off some of the cast from the game.
SCIV is slated for a summer release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Aside from the traditional weapon-based combat and staple characters, the game will boast pretty graphics and a few new faces, most notable Darth Vader and Yoda from the Star Wars universe.
Click the banner for the complete screen gallery; in the meantime I'm going to go practice making lightsaber noises.
Sega's Ken Ogasawara, localization producer on the upcoming shoot-em-up The Club, stopped by the X-Play offices today to give an exclusive demonstration on how to play the game using "mad skills" as the kids say.
For those of us who have downloaded the demo and proceeded to get owned by the hordes of gun-toting enemies intent on our head, this video will teach us everything we need to know about stringing together combos, finding secret skull shots, and just all-around not sucking. It also gives a glimpse of a character and level not available in the online demo, so keep your eyes peeled.
X-Play also has a hands-on demo on tonight's show; don't miss it.
Grab your funny cardboard hats and tassels: Bully for the Wii and Xbox 360 is almost here. Now subititled Scholarship Edition, this version of the educational institution mischief generator features some new content and a couple of graphical updates to make everything shinier than before. Check out the trailer we've procured from Rockstar below.
There's a digital television conversion coming on February 17th, 2009. You already know that, right? Like, the FCC has mandated that networks won't be broadcasting in regular definition anymore after that date. So, it's going to be all HD broadcasting from now on. Now, you know what that means, don't you? No? Well, you're not alone. It's confusing and a lot of people don't know the deal.
First off, you don't have to buy an HD tv, though we're not sure why you wouldn't want to. Still, there will be converter boxes available at the time of the conversion that will allow you to watch the new signal on your plain old TV. And, no matter what anyone else tells you, those converter boxes are free. Yes, you can get a coupon for a free converter from the FCC itself, by going to the conversion site and applying for one.
Ok. Now you know. Don't say we never gave you anything.
Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) was slated to direct a remake of The Wolfman, but dropped out of the project yesterday, leaving the movie, at least temporarily, without a director. However, some new names are being bandied about in conjunction with the project. What names, you might ask? How about Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield? And a man named Breck Eisner, who was linked recently to a remake of Creature From the Black Lagoon?
Well, those are interesting theories, but neither of them really appear to hold any water. Why, you might be asking yourself? Well, Reeves is apparently busy with a Cloverfield sequel, and a project with JJ Abrams called The Invisible Woman, Eisner, on the other hand, will be working on Creature for a while. So, who knows? But it's fun to think about things sometimes, isn't it?
Ain't It Cool News: Mark Romanek leaves WOLF MAN!
You would think, that by this time, all of the Freddy Krueger story has been told, what with four hundred thousand Nightmare on Elm Street films and all. Well, you'd be half right. It seems as if New Line is going back to the future and taking the Nightmare franchise on a new track, "rebooting" it in much the same way they did with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
So, what does that mean? What it most likely means is that you can expect a "new" "grittier" and more "serious" Nightmare film, and then some dour sequels to finish it off with. Why, just look at the Halloween remake, and you'll get some idea of what you're in for. Oh, and we'd be very surprised to see Robert Englund wearing the claws, but you never know...
Variety.com: New Line sets up new 'Nightmare'
National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told the New Yorker that The federal government should be able to read all communications on the Internet. McConnell is working to make it possible too; he has developed a cyber security policy that would make total internet openness a reality, but President George W. Bush has not announced it yet.
McConnell feels the increase in governmental scrutiny of the web, your email, and everything else on the net is necessary in order to keep our information-systems safe from terrorists. Should McConnell succeed, the nature of privacy on the internet would be fundamentally altered, not to mention the relationship between our government and its citizens.
If McConnell is right that "sunshine is the best disinfectant" when it comes to security on the internet, we find it contradictory that the Bush presidency has been meticulously increasing the secrecy of the executive branch since at least 2001. Shouldn't the same rules apply to the rights of the citizens to watch the actions of the government it elects? You know, like the founders of the country intended?
Information Week: National Intelligence Director Wants To Monitor All Net Communications
We know that the writers strike has caused there to be all kinds of filler on television in the past couple of months, but this might be the all-time killer diller example of what happens when the ideas go away. National Geographic Channel is running a show called Dogtown, which will chronicle the rehabilitation of the violent puppies that were involved in the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal.
Not only will the show focus on the dogs' rehabilitation, but their 'resocialization' as well. Which is good, because we were a little worried about them becoming institutionalized over the course of their torturous incarceration. Of course, dogs are a little prone to Stockholm Syndrome, as well, so there's that to overcome. This is going to be delightful.
Yahoo! News: Series to chronicle retraining days for Vick's dogs
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