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Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will give Vita owners the ultimate handheld FPS experience. The game will bridge the gap between Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Obviously we're excited to see how this game is shaping up. Luckily, Eric Eckstein recently had the chance to check out Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for himself.

Of course, there are some unique Vita control methods to CODBOD, including touch screen interaction for melee, streak rewards, or grenades. The latter is actually very useful, as players can essentially point to where they want the grenades to be chucked. In addition, the back touch of the Vita will allows snipers to hold their breath more effectively as well.

Check out our full Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Gamescom 2012 Preview for more information.


Judging from our SimCity preview from Gamescom 2012, the first rule of sim civic planning is: Don't put your water tower near your sewage plant. Leah "Corgi" Jackson got her hands on SimCity at the German game show, and brought back many similar pearls of wisdom.

Enjoy a brief excerpt from Leah's SimCity preview:

"I even had to place a water tower in my city to get my Sims fresh drinking water. One of the developers told me that if I would have put the sewage plant and water tower near one another it would have caused a  chain reaction of epic proportion. Essentially the pollution from the sewage plant would begin seeping in to the water which was being distributed out in to my city. If my Sims drank this poop water, they'd get sick and be unable to work because of it. Personally, I found this scenario to be completely hilarious and genius at the same time."

Read the rest of our SimCity preview, from Gamescom 2012.

Borderlands 2

At Gamescom 2012, G4's Eric "EE" Eckstein got his hands-on Borderlands 2's Mechromancer class, and found its robotic pets and high-explosives very enjoyable. If you want an early look into this character class' abilities, weapons and overall playstyle, we've got you covered.

Here's a taste of Eric's Borderlands 2 preview.

"First off, the Mechromancer, a riff on the Necromancer class seen in other games. Borderlands 2’s take has her summoning a ‘pet’ as her action ability, however that pet takes the form of Deathtrap, a devastating robot that rips enemies to shreds and can be upgraded to cause explosive area attacks. While the Mechromancer’s skills are still to be honed, expect to see skill trees dedicated to boost Deathtrap as an offensive weapon, as well as other non-pet skills that yield different gameplay styles."

Check out the rest of our Borderlands 2 Mechromancer preview for a look sneak peek at Borderlands 2 boss Terramorphous the Invincible!

Gamescom 2012 Show Floor Pictures

We've been talking a lot about Gamescom 2012 this week, but in order to give you an idea of what the show floor is like, we took some snapshots of the show, and compiled them into a Gamescom 2012 showfloor photo gallery for your looking-at pleasure.

Gamescom 2012 Showfloor Gallery

When you're finished, click on this collection of Gamescom 2012 cosplay pictures.

Gamescom 2012 Cosplay Photos

You know what I love about video game conventions? The cosplay pictures! We've put together a gallery of photos of cosplayers and other attendees of Gamescom 2012. You should check them out. We just added a slew of new ones, for day two of Gamescom.

Our resident gaming expert Donell "D-Tuck" Tucker has informed me that the women above are portraying Helena Douglas and Lei-Fang from Dead or Alive, and who am I to dispute him?

Click here for our Cosplay photos of GamesCom 2012.

When you're finished with that, check out our photos from Gamescom 2012's show floor.


Army of Two: Devil's Cartel Coming In March 2013

At Gamescom, Rob "Read the effin'" Manuel was lucky enough to play Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. One of the announcements of the game that came out of the German game show was the game's overkill mode. Here's a description of it, from our Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel preview.

"One of the new additions comes in the form of an overkill system. As the bodies begin to pile up, a bar at the top fills in until you're ready to pull the trigger to activate overkill. Either person can activate it, and you don't need to do it together in order for it to work. You run faster, take less damage, and dish out more pain for a limited time. During my demo, I usually triggered it when things got a little too hot and I needed a little breathing room. A couple of times, a good overkill at the beginning of a new area can easily clear out the enemies as they come barreling out of the door."

Read the rest of our Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel preview.

Neverwinter Delayed Until 2013


Posted August 16, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

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Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter E3 Preview -- Saving Throw Success!

Neverwinter has been delayed until early 2013. The free-to-play MMO from Cryptic is being delayed in order to add, "even more time to add additional content and extra features that the developer team would love to have at launch”. “Such content includes a robust PvP system.”

The news of Neverwinter's delay comes from the game's publisher, Perfect World, at Gamescom 2012.

Are you bummed by the news?

Source: ShackNews

The Gamescom 2012 trailer for Rayman Legends shows the game's Wii U potential. But this isn't just a trailer to show off how the game could be played  with the Wii U tablet, it's a trailer confirming the Ubisoft title will be a Wii U exclusive. Rayman Legends is set to be released on the Wii U "Christmas 2012."

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Castle Crashers

The Behemoth's fantastic RPG-brawler Castle Crashers first came to Xbox Live Arcade in 2008, but the game's age shouldn't stop those who have never played from getting excited about the now-confirmed upcoming Steam release. There's no release date announced yet, but The Behemoth's Dan Paladin confirms the forthcoming PC launch in a... poem. Yes, a poem.

The Windows-only game will feature voice chat and gamepad support, and it will play nice with Steam Cloud. You'll also have a whole new library of Steam Achievements to unlock. The Steam version of Castle Crashers makes its debut this week at Gamescom 2012, though PAX Prime attendees will also be able to take a peek when the consumer show kicks off in Seattle, WA on August 31, 2012.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic »

If you're one of the many who are impatiently counting the days until the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft is released, find some solace in this newly released cinematic trailer. It's chock-full of kung fu pandaren action, which is kind of like a more photo-realistic take on Kung Fu Panda action.

Blizzard debuted the video as part of its Gamescom 2012 showing, and you can expect additional reports from our team on the ground in Germany as the show continues to unfold. For now, enjoy the quiet beauty of Pandaria and tick another day off your calendar in the long, slow march to the expansion's September 25, 2012 release.

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James Bond was cool before your dad was born. As evidence, check out the trailer below for 007 Legends in which iconic Bond moments and characters are displayed doing what they do best: Being awesome. This time around, Die Another Day and License to Kill are shown in 007 Legends. Yes, the great Jaws appears!


007 Legends Die Another Day, License to Kill Trailer »



Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

Jake "Tri-Corner" Gaskill like old timey music, cataloging exotic birds and Assassin's Creed 3. Instead of a review of the Louvin Brothers' Satan is Real or a discussion of his once-in-a-lifetime sighting of Micronesian king fisher, Jake has written a a preview of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation.

The game is handheld, but you might forget that fact if you're not careful. From Jake's Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview:

Paddling through the dense bayou swamp, soaking up the atmosphere as we moved into position to attack our targets, it was easy to forget that I was playing a handheld AC game. A few seconds after returning to shore, I had a chance to test out the game’s counter system, thanks to a rather large alligator hanging out on the river bank. Just as the beast lunged at me, I managed to hit counter, causing Aveline to unleash a precision death blow to the gator’s noggin (Trophy suggestion: “Chomp vs. Chop”).

Read the rest of Jake's Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview.


Gamescom 2012

Gamescom 2012 is the E3 of Europe. This year's show is jam-packed with exciting video game announcements, trailers, and news. We've complied a list of all that for your convenience below. Look below for an extensive list with media from all of your favorite publishers. Go on, learn something!


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GamesCom 2011: G4 Presents Full Coverage Of The European Game Show

Germany's GamesCom is rife with thievery! Well... maybe not rife... but there's at least one crook there, and he/she has made off with PCs containing builds of developer Larian's Divinity: Dragon Commander and Divinity: Original Sin, forcing the team to rely on backup PCs.

Larian wants their computers back enough to be offering a $5,000 reward for their return, so if you need 5K, head to Germany and start playing sleuth. Seriously, though, if you have any information on the theft, head over to Business Hall 4.2, Booth A-16 to let Larian know.


Train Simulator 2013 Release Date Announced

Get your overalls and conductor hats ready, everyone: Train Simulator 2013 will be released on September 20.

This is the most advanced train simulator in the world, and features improved graphics, new routes, simpler controls and even online multiplayer: Relay Play, will allow trainers to join forces to finish scenarios. Players will be able to make their own railroad and train based content with Steam Workshop.

"The huge community that has developed around this game is incredibly productive, and they have great ideas for new content that can be created," said Paul Jackson OBE, CEO of RailSimulator.com.

Get on the damn train, people! It's leaving the station on September 20! All Aboard! Chuggga-chugggga-CHOO CHOO!!!

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