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Far Cry 3 "The Tyrant: Hoyt" Trailer »


 
Take a peek at another one of the crazed modern-day pirates that you'll be facing off against in Far Cry 3 in Ubisoft's new "Hoyt the Tyrant" trailer. Preview coverage so far has largely focused on Vaas as the primary antagonist. That may well be the case, but Vaas is also just one cog in a larger organization of pirates. Hoyt Volker is another big cog, and it's his job to run the group's slave trade.

 

Hoyt was first introduced in the Far Cry 3 Island Survival Guide series of ads. He's the main antagonist once the solo campaign shifts the action over to the southern island, presumably during the second half of the game. This new trailer paints a more... colorful picture of Hoyt's personality. In short, he's crazy.


The just-released gameplay launch trailer for Halo 4 may lack the pizazz of the recent "Scanned" trailer from Hollywood heavies David Fincher and Tim Miller, but it makes up for this lack with plenty of in-game footage. 343 has been very quiet when it comes to plot details for the next Halo, and this trailer offers some insight into what's to come.

What is this ancient evil that's been reawakened? Why does it see humanity as the greatest threat to the galaxy? You can bet we'll have answers to both of these questions along with plenty of others when Halo 4 hits stores on November 6, 2012.

Forza Horizon Video Review »


Forza Horizon is more of an experience than a game. In it, you'll enjoy gorgeous Colorado backdrops while racing against 250 other drivers in some of the slickest cars imaginable. But none of that would be worthwhile if the driving wasn't perfect. Luckily, it is.

From our Forza Horizon review:

 

The driving is smooth and delivers the type of perfection people expect of a brand as storied as Forza. The rewind button actually feels more natural in this game as you’re trying to earn style points or set speed records. But beyond that is just how natural the game feels. I could intuitively feel every turn, every car, and every transmission. The customization menu is as deep as you want it to be, and I could customize my car to drive exactly how I wanted it to drive. To win certain races, I found myself adjusting the minutest details of my car so I could be competitive.

To learn more about Forza Horizon, throw on your seat belt, turn the radio up and head over to our Forza Horizon review.











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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies Mode Screens Shamble Forth

The coming of a new Treyarch-developed Call of Duty game can only mean one thing: more Zombies. The mode has come a long way since its inception as a bonus unlockable in Call of Duty: World at War. Map pack releases wrapped a fictional universe around the wave-based survival mode, with Call of Duty: Black Ops taking things further using an elaborate series of Easter eggs.

Now, Black Ops 2 arrives on November 13, 2012 with an even bigger take on Zombies. Survival returns, but it's joined in the new game by Grief, an adversarial multiplayer showdown, and TranZit, a story-focused mode in which players explore an open world as they fend off the brain-munching hordes. There are still many questions about how this new take on Zombies will work, and while we don't typically go for email Q&As here at G4, we couldn't resist this opportunity to pepper Zombies lead Jimmy Zielinski with questions about what to expect.

Read on for our deepest look yet into what the new Zombies mode looks like and how it continues to service the passionate community of fans that has formed around it.

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Insomniac announced Fuse back in 2010, when it was called Overstrike. Now that the game is closer to actually coming out, we've got a Fuse  preview. Morgan Webb and Creative Director Brian Allgeier take a look at this 4-player co-op game that features various weaponry powered by an alien substance called "Fuse."

 

Fuse Gameplay Preview »


 

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The interactive Assassin's Creed 3 trailer below allows you to choose Connor's adventure as he makes his way through the bloody battle of Bunker Hill towards his target Major John Pitcairn.

It shows off  the diversity that's featured in Assassin's Creed 3, and by simply watching and following along, you can choose to make Connor go in for kills with stealth or muscle, and even choose the path, weapons, and attacks he'll use against the enemy.
 

Xbox 360 Console Subscriptions Now Include 250GB Hard Drive, Kinect

Microsoft has apparently seen enough success with its subscription-based Xbox 360 console sales to up the ante with two new product offerings (via Polygon). The original $99 deal, which gives you a 4GB Xbox 360 console and Kinect for a two-year Xbox Live Gold commitment at $14.99 per month, is now joined by two other options.

A new $99 offer ditches the Kinect in favor of a 250GB hard drive, a package that is presumably aimed at the so-called "core" gamer audience. Those who want both the Kinect AND the 250GB can pay the higher up-front cost of $149. Both of the new offers require the same two-year, $14.99 per month commitment.

Microsoft's Major Nelson confirms that the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update rolls out to users today, October 23, 2012, just shy of the October 26 launch of Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass. Revealed at E3 2012, SmartGlass is Microsoft's move to offer second-screen functionality on your Xbox 360 console. In addition to basic menu navigation and the ability to control the new dashboard's Internet Explorer web browser, SmartGlass also aims to add value to the gaming and apps experience.

It sounds like the new feature will be pretty light at first, though support for a handful of items should be added "in the coming months." Forza Horizon, Dance Central 3, Home Run Stars, and the upcoming Signal Studios action game Ascend are all pegged for SmartGlass support, as is Halo community app Halo Waypoint. Karaoke, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and Prima Games are also listed under the "games" heading. Big-ticket sports apps ESPN, NBA Game Time, and UFC are all pegged for SmartGlass features, along with entertainment and news apps like Xbox Music, Xbox Video, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, and, for a few weeks at least, Elections 2012.

All of this functionality will unlock on the smartphone/tablet and Windows 8 PC side via a free app download. Stay tuned for more details soon.




Medal of Honor Warfighter

Danger Close worked on tuning and polishing Medal of Honor: Warfighter right up until the last minute, with the release of a day one patch alongside the game today. The fixes should be ready and waiting for download as soon as you fire up Warfighter for the first time, but Electronic Arts has posted the extensive patch notes online to let you know which issues and glitch you'll (hopefully) never run into.

Of most interest to multiplayer fans is a tweak that eliminates the possibility of "no scoping," in which snipers can take advantage of soft aim in multiplayer to score quick and easy one shot kills. The fixes span all categories, however, including campaign and multiplayer, specific weapons, menu navigation, graphics, and plenty more. Check out the source link for the full list.




Aftermath is the fourth expansion pack for Battlefield 3. It takes place in post-earthquake Iran, and comes with four new mid-sized multiplayer maps that are filled with carnage and debris from the quake. In the video below, Graig McLeod, Producer at Electronic Arts, gives us details about the maps, a new crossbow weapon, and a new game mode called Scavenger.

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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is all about working together and making decisions that will affect the world around you. In this Epic Mickey 2 "Oswald" gameplay trailer, you'll get to learn all about Mickey's new playable friend, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and find out how Oswald will be helping Mickey with his special remote control that can re-program robots and animatronics.

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Dragon Age 3: Inquisition Concept Art Revealed

BioWare revealed some Dragon Age 3: Inquisition concept art  at the Edmonton Expo, but if you didn't make it up to Canada, the pictures are on the BioBlog too.

Three images were released, and they showed of an interesting setting that may be in the game. Little is known about Dragon Age 3, but BioWare has promised they will listen to what gamers want, and learn from the mistakes of Dragon Age 2.

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Insomniac Games wants to take you on a ride through Fuse.

Watch as Ted Price takes you through Fuse's storyline, its main characters, gameplay mechanics and more. You'll also get the backstory on all of the members of Overstrike 9:  Dalton Brooks, Naya Deveraux,  Isabelle Sinclair, and Jacob Kimble.

This video also gives us more information on Fuse's Leap mode. Leap mode lets gamers jump between the different agent of Overstrike 9 while playing.

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The Walking Dead: Collector's Edition Is A GameStop Exclusive

Those who decided to wait for the December 4, 2012 release of Telltale Games' five-episode first "season" of The Walking Dead may want to give the newly announced GameStop-exclusive Collector's Edition a look. The $70 package PlayStaton 3/Xbox 360 includes all five episodes on one disc along with The Walking Dead - Compendium One, which collects issues 1-48 of Robert Kirkman's comics into a single book.

The cover of Compendium One is adorned with exclusive cover art from Charlie Adlard, the artist who replaced Tony Moore starting with issue #7 in the series. It's not a bad deal, especially if you've never taken the plunge with Kirkman's stories; the first 48 issues runs through roughly half of the still-ongoing series. You'll also have the option of picking up just the game and nothing more from the retailer of your choice for $30.




BioShock Infinite "Beasts of America" Trailer »


This right here is how you want to start your week: with a shiny, new gameplay trailer for BioShock Infinite. Set to the strains of Nico Vega's "Beast," the minute-and-a-half montage offers up a picture of Irrational Games' work on the February 26, 2012 release.

The thing that strikes me most watching this trailer is the abundance of people. For all of its deranged Splicers, BioShock was a very solitary experience. Columbia compares to Rapture in the sense that it is -- or appears to be, based on what we know -- a dying metropolis, but it looks like the new story plunges you much more centrally into the throes of that death. That certainly seems to be the case based on what we know of the warring Vox Populi and Founders factions.

There's plenty more to pick apart in the trailer, but pay close attention to that first bit of footage. Is a lighthouse the entry point for Irrational's latest ruined paradise as well?

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