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Tony Hawk: RIDE Feet-On Preview

I guess having one G4 editor preview Activision’s upcoming skateboard-peripheral-only Tony Hawk: RIDE would have been sufficient, but where’s the fun in that? With this in mind, our own Billy Berghammer, Sterling McGarvey, Andrew Pfister and Patrick Klepek secured some feet-on time at PAX 2009 with arguably one of the year’s riskier titles (due its peripheral-only controls and $100 price tag). And while none of the guys are completely sold on the title at this point, there appears to be enough in this much needed reboot to keep (most of) them intrigued to see the final product. Well, maybe not Patrick:

"Tony Hawk: RIDE feels like Top Skater for consoles. Whenever I played Top Skater in the arcade, I immediately wondered what it would be like to have Top Skater in my home. Now that I realize what that means, I'm not so sure I want Top Skater around. Look, would I love to play Tony Hawk: RIDE with a drink by my side at a friend's house? Sure. It's easy, it's fun, you don't have to put in that much effort, but as someone who couldn't handle a skateboard without a drink at their side, I don't understand the appeal."

To find out more about what our well-balanced editors thought of the game, be sure to check out the full preview.









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X-Play Fall Specials: BlizzCon Tonight at 6:30 PM!

This fall, X-Play takes you to the biggest gaming events in the world, and brings you exclusive, inside previews and information about the most highly-anticipated game titles before their release. We’re covering BlizzCon, Halo: ODST, Pax 2009, Modern Warfare 2, Tokyo Game Show 2009 and much more.

Don't miss any of X-Play's fall specials.  Next up is BlizzCon, which premieres tonight at 6:30PM ET. Get the scoop on the newest World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, and Starcraft 2 news straight from the source.

And then, make sure you stay with us through the fall, as X-Play brings the world of gaming home to you. Here's the schedule.

To get ready for tonight, check out G4tv.com's BlizzCon coverage here.




PAX debuts a new behind-the-scenes video detailing the different ways you can destroy your opponents in Activision and Bizzare Creations' Blur. 

This ain't your grandpas spiked blue turtle shell.

Blur PAX 2009 Behind the Scenes Power Up Trailer »

 









Blur

Patrick Klepek is hanging out at PAX 2009, rocking a mighty afro and playing all kinds of soon-to-be-released game. One of which, Blur, combines Mario Kart style play with Project Gotham style realism. Hmmm...interesting mix, but does it work overall? Here's the Klepek-preview:

Bizarre Creations' realistic take on Mario Kart didn't have a good showing at E3. When I showed up to Activision's pre-PAX event to check the latest build of the studio's debut at Activision, I wasn't optimistic. Last time I saw Blur, the frame rate was rough, the art was blurry and without a producer in sight, five minutes spent with the game provided little clarity on what was supposed to be happening on screen. Just a few months from launch, however, Blur may be coming together...

 To read the rest of the review, click here.

Seattle!

What I love about Seattle:  Coffee, Pearl Jam, the fervent local support of the Sounders, green trees everywhere you look, Pike Place Market on a Sunday afternoon, and every so often, the rain.

Oh yeah, Penny Arcade Expo is pretty cool, too.

We're on our way up north to one of our most favorite events of the year, not just because it takes place in one of America's best cities, but because PAX is all about the gaming community -- that's you guys and girls. The show has a very different vibe compared to something like E3 or GamesCom:  it's energetic, but still relaxed, and it feels like you're among friends that you just haven't met yet. And it's all for a good cause, to boot. Here's what we've got planned for you this weekend on G4tv.com:

Feedback Live!

We're recording a special live episode of our new weekly show Feedback directly from PAX. If you're at the show, stop by the Raven Theater at 11:30AM to see Billy, Sterling, Patrick, Adam, Morgan and Blair. We'll be doing a Q&A session at the end of the panel, if you're so inclined. For home viewers, we'll be putting up that edition of the show early next week, followed by next week's regular episode on Thursday.

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Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, break the three demandments of Hulkamania, and keep reading!
 
Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Nintendo Wii
 
Raymond Padilla: It's starting again -- the dreaded holiday-season rush. September kicks off the ridiculous deluge of game releases publishers always unleash in the last four months of the year. Between Muramasa, The Beatles: Rock Band, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and Scribblenauts, there are already too many games that will suck up my time this month (keep in mind that I'll be in Japan for two weeks checking out awesome stuff for you guys!). October and November are only going to make things worse.
 
As someone that's been writing about games since the '90s, I expect to be inundated with quality games this time of the year. My question today is how do you guys do it? How can you possibly play all the good to great games that are released for holiday rush? Don't you guys have work and/or school? In 2009, Capcom was able to generate great hype by releasing Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV early in the year. Would you want publishers to take advantage of the other eight months of the year? Would that make it easier to buy and play everything you want? (Wow, I have a lot of questions for you guys today!)
 

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X-Play Fall Specials: BlizzCon Friday, Sept. 4th @ 6:30 PM


This fall, X-Play takes you to the biggest gaming events in the world, and brings you exclusive, inside previews and information about the most highly-anticipated game titles before their release. We’re covering BlizzCon, Halo: ODST, Pax 2009, Modern Warfare 2, Tokyo Game Show 2009 and much more.

Don't miss any of X-Play's fall specials.  Next up is BlizzCon, which will premiere Friday, September 4th at 6:30PM ET. Get the scoop on the newest World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, and Starcraft 2 news straight from the source.

And then, make sure you stay with us through the fall, as X-Play brings the world of gaming home to you. Here's the schedule.

  • PAX 2009 - September 8 & 9
  • Halo: ODST - September 10
  • Brutal Legend - October 1
  • Tokyo Game Show 2009 - October 6, 7 & 8

In the meantime, check out G4tv.com's BlizzCon coverage here.















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X-Play Fall Specials: Gamescom

This fall, X-Play takes you to the biggest gaming events in the world, and brings you exclusive, inside previews and information about the most highly-anticipated game titles before their release. We’re covering BlizzCon, Halo: ODST, Pax 2009, Modern Warfare 2, Tokyo Game Show 2009 and much more.

Don't miss any of X-Play's fall specials.  It all gets started as X-Play presents Gamescom 2009, starting Monday, August 31st at 6:30PM. Catch a preview of Mass Effect 2, Castlevania, Star Wars: The Old Republic and a hands-on demo of Dirt 2.

And then, make sure you stay with us through the fall, as X-Play brings the world of gaming home to you. Here's the schedule.

  • BlizzCon - September 4
  • PAX 2009 - September 8 & 9
  • Halo: ODST - September 10
  • Brutal Legend - October 1
  • Tokyo Game Show 2009 - October 6, 7 & 8

In the meantime, check out G4tv.com's Gamescom coverage here.

TheFeed: Nightcap Logo

Going to PAX up in Seattle next month? Of course you are. We're going, too. And we are going strong.

The G4 Nerd Army is proud to announce that we will be taping a special live episode of TheFeed: Nightcap directly from PAX's Raven Theater on Saturday, September 5th, from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

Show host and moderator Billy Berghammer will be joined by X-Play's Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, and Blair Herter, in addition to G4tv.com's very own Sterling McGarvey and Patrick Klepek. We'll be talking about our experiences at PAX, debating the merits of the games on display, and making time for audience questions at the end of the program -- just make sure you ask a good question, or Blair will clobber you with the microphone.

And almost immediately following The Nightcap, head on over to the Serpent Theater at 1:00pm for the "Medium is the Message: Story Matters" panel, moderated by our own Mr. Sessler and starring Denis Dyack (Silicon Knights), Ray Muzyka (Bioware), Joseph Staten (Bungie), and Tim Schafer (Double Fine). After this panel, Adam, Morgan, and Blair will be sticking around for autographs, so make time for that too!

G4: We heart PAX. Hope we see ya there!

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