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The Crysis 3 web series from Electronic Arts and Crytek, titled The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3, is now officially live on the Internet. As we learned last week, the multi-part series is produced and directed by Albert Hughes, one half of the sibling filmmaker duo behind modern classics like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents.

The first episode, One Hell of a Town, sets up the basic story of Crysis 3 in the opening moments before shifting gears to a mixture of HUD-less gameplay and various establishing shots. "Pretty" is the operative word here, with the HD footage no doubt being processed by some monolithic beast of a gaming PC. 

It's not clear if this first episode is highlighting the "wonder" of beautiful visuals or multi-faceted combat. Hopefully we'll see more of a common thread emerge as this week's second episode arrives.




Borderlands 2 DLC Details Leak Ahead Of Release Date Reveal

We recently learned that the title of the third Borderlands 2 DLC pack is most likely Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, but further data mining over the weekend has led to some additional details as well. A Reddit user who took the time to dig through the game's recent PlayStation 3 update uncovered a load of info on the coming DLC pack as well as additional details of planned character customization content packs.

Some of this info falls into spoiler territory, so here's a text buffer for those who would prefer to be surprised by what's coming in the third Borderlands 2 DLC. If you absolutely can't wait and need to know more, hit the jump for the full rundown.

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Rage 'The Scorchers' DLC Is Out This Week, To Everyone's Surprise

Rage, the id Software-developed, Bethesda Softworks-published shooter released during the 2011 holiday season, will be the recepient of a campaign-expanding DLC pack this week. 'The Scorchers' adds six new areas to the game and sees you fighting alongside the residents of the Hager Settlement against the titular bandit clan.

In addition to the new storyline, The Scorchers also brings back more Mutant Bash TV and introduces a handful of new mini-games as well as the new Nailgun. Finally, the DLC also adds an Ultra-Nightmare difficulty mode and an Extended Play option that allows you to keep exploring the open world after the endgame credits roll.

There's no release date announced in the Bethesda Blog post, though you can probably expect the typical mid-week rollout on your platform of choice. The Scorchers will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC for $4.99 (400 MS Points).




Borderlands 2's Third DLC Is Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

The title of the third DLC pack for Borderlands 2 seems to be "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt." The news comes from data mined PlayStation 3 files pulled from a recent update, according to a Gearbox forum post. In addition to the DLC's title, three PS3 Trophies are revealed as well, awarded for completing the mission "The Fall of Nakayama," compleing all Hammerlock's hunt side quests, and discovering all of the new named locations.

There haven't been any announcements from 2K Games or Gearbox regarding the third Borderlands 2 DLC, though two content drops are still coming before June 2013 under the terms of the game's Season Pass. In a statement, 2K re-confirmed that two more DLC packs are still incoming, adding that "we are really looking forward to sharing news about our third add-on campaign and other downloadable content soon."




Metro Last Light

THQ has yet to set a final release date to Metro 2033 follow-up Metro: Last Light, but the publisher has detailed the innards of the game's Limited Edition release in a morning press release. The highlight for many fans is the inclusion of Ranger Mode, a more "realistic" difficulty setting that was released as DLC for the previous game.

The Limited Edition package also includes a few other bonuses, such as the Ranger load-out (ie bonus currency to start with) and a modded AKS-74U. Last Light's Limited Edition release doesn't carry a higher price tag; it's simply a first-run printing upgrade that you'll be able to get either by pre-ordering the game or buying it shortly after release.

As an added bonus for PlayStation 3 users, those who pre-order the game on or after December 18, 2012 will receive a free Metro PSN theme immediately and a download of THQ's Homefront when Last Light launches.

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Dead Space 3's latest trailer "Two Ways To Play" showcases the game's flexibility to tackle Necromorphs all alone or teamed up with a friend (via drop in/ drop out co-op). Is it just me or does this trailer make a co-op play through seem just as scary as a solo one? The trailer also makes it seem like Dead Space 3's story is a lot more robust when playing co-op.

Check it out for yourself (feel free to watch this trailer solo or with a friend):

How to do you plan on playing Dead Space 3? Me? I think I'm going to play it solo because most of my online friends are loot stealing, mood breaking bozos.




Albert Hughes, the Hollywood filmmaker behind modern classics like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, is teaming with Electronic Arts and Crytek for the upcoming The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 web series. The collaboration is teased in a series trailer that seems to suggest each episode will be focusing on a different environment inside of New York City's Liberty Dome.

This is, as far as I can tell, Hughes' first foray into the world of video games. He and his brother Allen are something of a filmmaking powerhouse, with Albert generally focusing on the technical elements of their projects while his brother handles the actors. It will be interesting to see how the Crytek-collaborating Hughes brother brings his talents to The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 web series.


God of War: Ascension hits stores on March 12, 2013, but PlayStation Plus members will only have to wait until January 8 to sample the game's series-first multiplayer mode. A new trailer offers a brief look at the gory action, concluding with word that the PS Plus beta launches in early January.

What's not clear at this point is what Sony's plans are for a wider beta rollout. The smart money is on the PS Plus-exclusive beta access being on a timer, with the general public being offered the chance to step up at some point after January 8. GodofWar.com even hints at the possibility, though the promised beta FAQ is currently listed as "coming soon." January 8 is right around the corner though, so expect more details to emerge soon.




Borderlands 2 Enemy Preview -- Meet The Monsters

The latest Xbox 360 title update for Borderlands 2 is out, and among the many fixes and balance tweaks it introduces is one that restores lost Badass Tokens to those who were affected by an earlier glitch. Shortly after Borderlands 2 was released in September 2012, a chunk of players saw their profile-wide Badass Rank progress stunted when upgrades purchased with Badass Tokens disappeared.

Records of completed in-game challenges remained, but the actual rewards for completing those challenges went away. The title update doesn't restore the upgrades that you purchased, but it refunds all of the Tokens that had previously been spent, which is just as great. It seems that affected players are also receiving a gift of 10 Golden Keys. Either that or the server gremlins at Gearbox decided to shower me with riches (UPDATE: Yep, confirmed-- it's a make-good gift from Gearbox).

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BioShock Infinite Cover Art Revealed

The reception that BioShock Infinite's cover art received from members of the fan community... wasn't very welcoming. The box art, which features protagonist Booker DeWitt in a fairly familiar "burdened hero" sort of pose, was deemed too generic for a game franchise that challenges the notions of what sorts of stories interactive narratives can impart.

Irrational's Ken Levine reassured fans about the cover, explaining that the official art is aimed at selling Infinite to a wider audience. In a move meant to appease fans, a number of alternate cover designs are being offered up now on Irrational's website. They'll be voted on by you, the fans, and the winner will be printed on the game's reversible inner jacket. I went with #6, but #4 seems to be the leading choice right now. They're both gorgeous though. Take a look and cast your vote.




XCOM Enemy Unknown

Countless friends and family have fallen in humanity's ongoing war against alien invaders in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and now Firaxis Games has a way for you to honor their sacrifices. An XCOM Memorial Wall has been established on Facebook, with a slick interface that allows you to quickly scroll through the names and details of the deceased. Clicking any name offers more detail, including a brief, player-written breakdown of what led to the death.

We've lost some very recognizable names in the ongoing war, includes former James Bond actor George Lazenby, the "Great Emancipator" Abraham Lincoln, and even Firaxis' own Sid Meier, who was "torn apart quite viciously." We thank you all for your noble sacrifices. Share your own war stories now on Facebook's XCOM Memorial Wall.

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Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials Gameplay Trailer »


 

Arkane Studios delivered one of the freshest video game experiences of 2012 in Dishonored, and now the game's first DLC pack is here. Dunwall City Trials adds 10 challenge maps to the game, with each one designed to test players' abilities to sneak, move, and kill.

The Trials pack is the first of three announced DLC releases for Dishonored, with a pair of story-driven content packs due to arrive in 2013. Few details have been revealed about the future content drops, though we do know that there's more to be revealed about the mysterious Daud character.

You can download Dunwall City Trials now from your content provider of choice for $4.99 / 400 MS Points.




South Park: The Stick of Truth Story Trailer »


There's still no release date confirmed for South Park: The Stick of Truth, though the latest trailer suggests that it'll be "coming soon." You might've missed that because you were too busy cackling at the ridiculousness of Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming RPG, which pretty much looks like a typical South Park episode rendered on a grand scale.

There's a poo tornado, a Moses summon, a machine gun-wielding Jesus, Mr. Slave doing unspeakable things, and a random, unasked-for Star Trek reference. Also, lots of NSFW language. Seriously: turn the volume down on this one if there are kiddies present. Let's try to keep the number of profane fourth-graders in this world locked to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's fictional take on South Park, Colorado.


The Last Of Us Story Trailer »


The Last of Us is looking mighty sweet, as you can see in this new trailer from Naughty Dog that was released over the weekend. The so-called "story trailer" gives us our most detailed look yet at the game's post-disaster world, including new peeks at the zombie-like post-humans that you'll be dealing with alongside bandits and martial law.

What's still not so clear, however, is what sort of game The Last of Us will be. The lone hands-off gameplay preview from E3 2012 showed off third-person stealth/action mechanics, but there are still plenty of questions revolving around the game's post-humans and scope. With a May 7, 2013 release date confirmed in the trailer, you can probably expect to hear more soon.





Ubisoft has some fairly ambitious plans for Assassin's Creed 3 in the three-part The Tyranny of King Washington DLC, which you can take a peek at in the newly released trailer above. The campaign content runs through an alternate alternate history in which America's first president succumbs to the allure of absolute power and must be stopped by Connor Kenway.

The trailer doesn't show off any of the DLC's gameplay, focusing instead on setting the scene for the multi-part story. Unfortunately, there's no indication of when part one of the download series will be released, with the tail end of the trailer simply touting the Season Pass, which includes access to all three King Washington releases along with an handful of other DLC.

Interestingly, there's no mention in the trailer of the upcoming content supporting the Wii U version of the game, nor is there a logo for Nintendo's console listed alongside the other platforms at the end..

 

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