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It's always fun to speculate about what the future of the gaming industry will look like. In this video from X-Play,  Polygon's Michael McWhertor and Gameological Society's Gus Mastrapa give their insight on the rise of social gaming, what the launch of the Wii U will mean for Nintendo, and how Microsoft and Sony are making smart moves when it comes to their online offerings.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us revealed several characters at New York Comic-Con 2012 including The Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and The Joker. In the video below, we speak with Hector Sanchez, Producer at Netherrealm Studios, to discuss the new characters and their abilities, as well as how Netherrealm put their own spin on classic DC characters.

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Max Payne 3 “Hostage Negotiation” DLC Release Date Announced

The Max Payne 3 “Hostage Negotiation” DLC release date has been announced by Rockstar. The pack, which was originally supposed to see a September launch, will now be available on all platforms on October 30 for 800 MSP or for $10 on the PlayStation Network and PC.

The Hostage Negotiation pack brings four new multiplayers maps to Max Payne 3, as well as new items and weapons, and a whole new avatar faction. Rockstar has promised more details on the new maps in the weeks to come.





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In Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, the choice will be yours to decide if you want to use paint to bring things into existence, or thinner to remove things from the world. The concept of paint and thinner is explained in the all new gameplay trailer for Epic Mickey 2 below, which shows Mickey and Oswald using the magical paint brush to access all new areas of the Wasteland, and to bring new characters to life.
 

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Forza Horizon

Microsoft and Playground Games have an elaborate DLC plan mapped out for Forza Horizon, whether you opted for the $49.99 Season Pass or decided to instead go for a la carte purchases. The latest announcement sketches out a rough plan for Horizon's DLC season, highlighted by the December 18, 2012 release of the Rally Expansion Pack.

The game-expanding content pack will sell for 1,600 MS Points on its own (it also comes free with a Season Pass), adding an as-yet-unspecified number of new cars and events to the mix (along with Achievements). You won't have to wait until Decembre for content drops, however. The game's first "Month One Car Pack" arrives on October 23, adding six new cars to the game for 400 MS Points (or, again, free with the pass).

Expect to see six monthly car packs, each one containing six cars, released from November 2012 to April 2013. Season Pass holders can also look forward to an additional bonus, in the form of one bonus DLC car per month from November to March. Lots of cars. So many cars. Can you possibly drive them all? Have you driven even one yet? The game is awesome; just check out our Forza Horizon review if you don't believe me.

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Dance Central 3 Video Review »


Dance Central 3 offers fresh tracks for players to enjoy and is far more accessible than ever before, at least according to our Dance Central aficionado Dana Leahy. The party game from Harmonix is back with an in-depth campaign mode and additional multiplayer features that will have you tapping your toes to the beat. Here's a snippet from Dana's Dance Central 3 review:

"Keep your fork, there's more! Crew throwdown mode lets up to eight players (two teams of four compete). You rotate through the different players, so everyone gets a chance to participate. Throwdown uses the same multiplayer games from Party mode, but it puts them in a series and crowns a winning crew at the end of the game. It's a more structured, competitive environment, and offers bigger groups a great way to play together. If you have a birthday coming up, I would highly recommend it."

For more, grab your crew and head over to our full Dance Central 3 review.

Microsoft's Xbox Music Tour Video »


Today Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Xbox 360, the company's brand new all-in-one music service that will also be releasing for Windows 8 devices and PC on October 26.

Xbox Music brings together features that have defined other popular music services such as iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify, and houses them under one cross-platform service that lets users control and access their music wherever they are.

If this sounds like Microsoft is setting its crosshairs firmly on these various industry-leading services, that's because, as Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson explained to us during a preview session last week, this is precisely the company's intention.

"This is competitive with iTunes. This is competitive with Spotify. This is competitive with Pandora. And yes we see it as a better consumer experience."

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G4 Extra Life Charity Drive - We Need You!

Extra Life, a charity-drive dedicated to Children's Miracle Network hospitals across North America, begins this Saturday, October 20th.  G4 is proudly participating, and in the spirit of giving, we will run a live-streamed 'telethon'-style event, starting Friday, 12pm Pacific at G4TV.com. We need you to contribute!

We'll play games, and you'll tell us what to play and how to play it. Some games we'll be running through: Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Dance Central 3 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron... and some surprises! If you have some suggestions for us, leave them in the comments.

We'll give you video games, swag, collectibles and more when you donate money to Extra Life. Giveaways will include:

  • Metal Gear 25th Anniversary collectibles, autographed by Hideo Kojima and the Platinum Games team
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Care Package, autographed by the Treyarch team
  • Dance Central 3, includes new game, t-shirt, cap and more plus Dance Central 2, signed by the Harmonix team
  • SEGA's limited edition Sonic collectibles, The Cave puzzle, Jet Set Radio cocktail shaker and more
  • Halo 4 collectible book, t-shirt and a McFarlane Toys' Halo: Reach Warthog
  • An EA Games bundle which includes Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, and Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
  • The Walking Dead season passes, Pinball FX 2 Marvel tables, Microsoft Xbox Summer of Arcade hits and much, much more on the way...

Be sure to donate now to be in the running for all this sweet swag, and definitely stay tuned for Friday, 12pm Pacific to see how you can get your hands on even more exclusive video game merchandise!



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Deadly Premonition

Rising Star Games announced that a new version of weird-ass horror game Deadly Premonition is on the way. Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, will be released in the US at the beginning of 2013, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.  This will be the first time Deadly Premonition will be released on the PS3, and I gotta tell you, you PlayStation 3 users are in for a strange treat.

Below the "Read More," you'll find a full list of the additions in the director's cut, but really, the original 360 version of Deadly Premonition is such an oddly beautiful game, it needs no improvements.

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Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC Review Verdict: Fight Pirates, Sandworms and Junk Robots

Borderlands 2 DLC: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty Review Verdict

Platform: PS3/Xbox 360

Price: $9.99/MS 800

Ask any gamer what they want out of DLC and they’ll tell you three things – more, more, and more. But there’s a delicate dance that any developer needs to be aware of while making new content. Move too far away from the original formula, and fans will quickly turn on you for not giving them what they want. Make more of the same and the gamers get bored quickly. Gearbox Studios played this game with the first installment of the Borderlands series. The results ranged from the divine (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx) to some better left on the virtual cutting room floor (Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot).

With the release of Borderlands 2 only a couple of weeks in the past, Gearbox Studios sets sails with their new content update in the form of Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. While not the game changer of Knoxx, the first DLC hits the gates running with plenty of new content and surprises for anyone still hungry for more Borderlands 2 action. If anything, Pirate’s Booty is culmination of many of the lessons learned through the first batch of DLC.

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer is here, showing off a fraction of the explosive action that awaits you in Activision and Treyarch's highly anticipated upcoming first-person shooter. Check it out below.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 follows the story of Alex Mason and his son David through two connected storylines between 1970 and 2025. Along with the single-player campaign, Black Ops 2 will also feature the biggest Call of Duty multiplayer experience to date, with all sorts of different zombie modes. Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer preview for a more in-depth look at the game.

CoD: Black Ops 2 comes out November 13 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

What do you think of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer? Let us know in the comments.

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Aliens Colonial Marines

Sega held an event during New York Comic-Con where gamers could see Aliens: Colonial Marines in action. The demo wasn't playable, but based on what we saw, Sega and Gearbox are working on a truly great Alien experience. Adam "The Riveter" Rosenberg does have a few concerns though.

Here's a piece of his Aliens: Colonial Marines preview.

I should have left the preview event raring to see more Aliens: Colonial Marines, but I didn't. I'm worried. There's a talented team at Gearbox Software, and it's clear that they're passionate about delivering a fun, canon-extending game within the Alien universe. That said, they have four months to polish off a game that looks great but feels woefully unfinished. Can it be done? I'll be rooting for them every step of the way, but I've yet to be convinced.

For more, check out the full Aliens: Colonial Marines preview.


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The groundbreaking Doom series has been remastered with Doom 3 BFG Edition and we've got the game's launch trailer here to get you hyped up for your return to hell.

Doom 3 BFG Edition
features an enhanced version of Doom 3 with enhanced graphics, a new save system, support for 3D TVs, the "Resurrection of Evil" Doom 3 add-on pack, as well as a new single player expansion titled "The Lost Mission." Before you hop in to Doom 3, with the BFG Edition you can even go back and play the original Doom as well as Doom 2: Hell On Earth.

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Doom 3 BFG Edition is now available for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.


Gamers, if you've ever wanted to put down your semi-automatic gun in favor of some dancing shoes, listen up. Dance Central 3 is now available for the Xbox 360. This Kinect game lets you be everything you've always dreamed of being: a secret agent sent back in time to dance America to freedom...or something like that. We have the first 15 minutes of Dance Central 3 story mode to give you a taste of what this game has to offer. Make sure to stretch!

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007 Legends is now available for all the MI6 hopefuls out there. Over 50 years of James Bond films have been implemented into 007 Legends. Gamers will get to live the legend as they become James Bond throughout some of the most iconic 007 films:  Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Moonraker, License to Kill, and Die Another Day. There will even be a extra mission inspired by the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall, which will be available later as DLC.

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I have to ask, which Bond is your favorite?

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