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F.E.A.R. 3 Multiplayer

We are all over PAX East 2011, meeting games, taking people, interviewing photographs, you know the deal. Our first preview off the PAX East block: Nikole Zivalich's touching description of one of the multiplayer modes in F.E.A.R. 3. In this mode, you'll f**king run. You'll f**king run so hard, they named it F**KING RUN mode.

"Go ahead and guess what the objective is. Give up? You run, fast. The mode is for up to 4 players to play cooperatively as a FEAR squad. Players start out in a room with weapons and a control panel. The control panel opens the door and once the door is gone you best start running."

Check out the rest of our F.E.A.R. 3 multiplayer preview!


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Hands-On: Battle: Los Angeles: The Game

Battle: Los Angeles: The Game is the downloadable movie tie-in game that goes along with the alien-invasion flick coming to theaters this Friday. Our own Leah Jackson got an early look at the first-person shooter for the PSN, Xbox Live and , and describes it like this:

"Battle: LA takes place in the present day Los Angeles during an alien invasion. In the game, you play as a variety of Marines from the movie, but they all play pretty much the same. Since the game takes you through a mirror of the movie, you play the actual character that was in the movie during crazy action packed scenes rather than some random character made just for the game."

Read the rest of our Battle: Los Angeles: The Game preview!

A pitcher, a comic book artist and a D&D novelist walk into a bar... and out comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a new single-player RPG designed by a dream team (Todd McFarlane, R.A. Salvatore and lead designer Ken Rolston of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion fame) of creators. We finally got our first look in this Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preview at GDC, but if the above screenshot doesn't wet your whistle, try this:

What's most interesting is how Reckoning takes the best parts of modern day RPGs (Dragon Age, Diablo and Fable) to craft a familiar, yet deep and exciting game world. Players can leverage "sagecrafting" to slot gems into equipment to bestow bonuses like flaming swords, gather dynamically generated loot, or chain magical and physical attacks seamlessly. In addition, the world isn't leveled, so players are free to roam wherever and will simply be turned back by tougher foes.

Got your attention yet? It should, so get some more out of our early look Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preview.




Dead Island

Dead Island. You've seen the trailer a dozen times by now, but you've probably been wondering if the game is going to be any good, or if it was a lot of hype for a trailer that won't look anything like the title. Steve "Walking Semi-Dead" Johnson got to lay eyes on this first-person zombie killer. See what he had to say:

The unique zombies we saw included flaming zombies -- stay away or take fire damage -- and The Suicider, a slow-walker that explodes, so he can be used for offense by getting him into a swarm and watching the explodey chaos happen. The game seems to reward strategy as well as reflexes. You can push zombies away, attack them from afar with thrown weapons, and even target specific body parts, so if you're faced with a fast-walker, take out his legs and slow that sucker down.

To find out more about this bloody game, read our full Dead Island GDC 2011 Preview.


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Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising -- Rises From The Dead And Takes You Into The Arena

God and Heroes: Rome Rising was killed a few years ago before it ever saw the light of day. But, it made a return at GDC 2011, rising from it's own ashes and managed to impress our own Stephen Johnson. 

The story: The player is a demi-god in ancient Rome, sent on a quest to destroy a pantheon of gods who threaten the traditional Roman god-family (Zeus, Poseidon, etc.).  That means killing. Lots of killing. You’ll progress through the game, growing more powerful and defeating a ton of bad gods, enemy soldiers and mythical monsters.

Fore more, read the mythological Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising GDC 2011 Preview and discover why it's returning from the dead.

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Hybrid's New Quirky Sci-Fi Squad Gameplay

5th Cell changed the way we thought about DS games with Scribblenauts, and now they're attempting to make you think differently about squad-based combat games with Hybrid. Here's a snippet from our Hybrid preview:

Hybrid takes the current cover-hiding trend in an entirely new direction. In Hybrid, it’s not just bad tactics to rush in and fire while exposed and running in circles, it’s impossible.  You don’t pilot your avatar from cover-to-cover, instead you play the game by choosing which cover spot to hide behind, do your shooting business there, and then jump to the next concrete barrier or other safe zone. In other words, Real soldiers don’t circle-strafe.

Does that sound like your type of game? If so, head on over to our Hybrid preview for more details on the upcoming Xbox 360, PC title.

Learn All About Bomb Squad, SOCOM 4's New Multiplayer Mode

Sony continues its PlayStation 3 onslaught with the pending release of SOCOM 4 in April, but at GDC, we got some hands-on time with a brand new multiplayer mode, Bomb Squad. From our SOCOM 4 Bomb Squad preview:

The flow of the Bomb Squad gametype quickly becomes obvious, with different players defending the technician by taking on the roles they feel most comfortable with. Those who favor sniping (the bastards!) can hang  back and blow off heads from across the map, while more gung-ho gamers can surround Mr. Technician and put holes in people from close range with a shotgun.

Learn how it works and how it plays in our SOCOM 4 Bomb Squad preview.

Guild Wars 2 Reveals Thief Class

Every time we see Guild Wars 2 we come away a bit more impressed than the previous time, and this time was no different. Check out our GDC 2011 Guild Wars 2 preview to see what has us so intrigued with GW2 this time, here's a sample:

The GDC demo of Guild Wars 2 also offered up our first glimpse of the thief. The thief is the latest of the eight professions to be revealed. Every one of the five races can play as a thief, and some of his abilities include stealth, shadow step and stealing.

For the full overview on GW2, check out our Guild Wars 2 preview.

Batman: Arkham City

Fans of the Batman are going to want to get ready now for the sequel to 2009's Arkham Asylum as it's shaping up to be one of this year's biggest games. Better combat, all new villains and an open city are just the least of what you'll learn in our brand new Batman Arkham City preview. Here's one more taste:

"The jump from the confines of Arkham Asylum to the open-world layout of Arkham City brings with it a wealth of technical and aesthetic changes to the overall design of the game, but this massive transition has also had a major impact on the gameplay as well. The first sign of this can be seen the moment Batman leaps off the building ledge he was perched on, as it gives us a chance to see Batman's snazzy new dive ability, which lets him generate enough momentum to keep himself gliding indefinitely. When combined with his upgraded grappling hook, this new move gives players the freedom to traverse massive expanses of the city solely by flight."

Whatchu waitin' for? Get in and read our Batman Arkham City preview now.



LittleBigPlanet 2 To Set Guinness World Records Next Week

Have “rules” and “professional oversight” turned you off from legally sanctioned ultimate fighting? Long to experience what it’s like to be an underground pugilist not beholden to rules or morality? We, and the team at Kung Fu Factory, hope so, because the developer’s new mixed-martial arts title Supremacy MMA looks to deliver a brutal and unflinching take on the ever popular sport. Our own Kevin “Southern Dandy” Kelly recently stepped into the virtual octagon to check out the game, and here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

"Kung Fu is stressing that the game will be 'Unauthorized. Uncensored. Uncompromising.' To that end, the game is brutally violent, and has extreme finishing moves, most of which would be illegal in any ring. Crushing heel stomp to the face? There are also leg breaks in the game, which we got to see in action. It's not for the faint of heart--seeing a fighter's limb sticking out at an uncanny angle--but it happens in real life, so it's in the game.

Check out our full Supremacy MMA preview for more details.


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Bloodline Champions Gameplay Preview Video »


 

Chris Monfette has the unique oppurtunity to play many video games before they are released to the public. Lucky. Today, Chris checked out Bloodline Champions, a brutal PVP game playable on PC.

Here's part of his preview:

"Bloodline Champions is something of a success story for those who worry that an academic game design program won’t lead to anything but a glorified testing gig. Originally developed as a class project, Bloodline Champions began life as a small, simplistic fantasy PvP adventure, and despite a number of refinements along the way, that focused experience remains intact. Impressive from it’s very first in-school showcase, the game made the rounds from festival to festival until publisher Funcom finally saw the title’s potential. And now, less than two months from its official release, this Little-PvP-That-Could is making one final media push before it drives players into a mouse-clicking frenzy." 

Read the rest of our Bloodline Champions preview right here.

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Yes, I'm super excited for the new TRON movie, having run out to the Disney store to pick up a diecast Recognizer recently, but I've also been curious to see how the gaming tie-in, TRON: Evolution, would turn out. Thankfully, Adam Sessler invited the team from Propaganda Games in during Epictober to share their progress and show off the never-before-seen drivable Light Tanks. Reap the rewards below:

TRON: Evolution - Light Tank Exclusive »


And for even more Epictober goodness, you'll want to look at some of our other red-hot exclusives like:


The Epictober video you see below gives you an exclusive look at Tomorrow City, a place of hope for the forgotten, rejected characters of Disney Epic Mickey. Creator and gaming legend Warren Spector walks Adam Sessler through this unique level as well as showing off never-seen-before gameplay video from the game. 

Disney Epic Mickey - Tomorrow City Level Exclusive »


And for even more Disney fun, take a look back at a brief history of Disney video games or check out any of our previous Epictober content:

 









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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas and More to Highlight

This week, something extremely exciting is happening here on G4tv.com. It's Epictober and every day, we're going to be rolling out monster exclusives for the upcoming games that everyone wants to get their hands on. You want Fallout: New Vegas? We've got it. A little Call of Duty: Black Ops action? No problem.

Below is a schedule of all of the totally awesome game content that you will only be able to see right here on G4tv.com, starting at 8am Eastern. Check it out below:

MONDAY

  • Fallout: New Vegas - an inside video look at the White Glove Society mission, one of Fallout's darkest quests ever!
  • The Future of Shooters: From Killzone 3 to Gears 3 to other non-3 games, what to look forward to, what games you'll want, and why you'll want them.
  • A brand-new episode of Bob & Steve! Hilarious machinima set in the world of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.

TUESDAY

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Two exclusive videos with Treyarch's Mark Lamia taking you inside the secrets of Kowloon in the campaign, and a brand-new multiplayer level that's set deep in the jungle.
  • The Future of Action Adventure Games: Bioshock Infinite, X-COM and more await you in this look at the upcoming year in entertainment.
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - We went to Ubisoft Montreal and snuck back some goodies across the border. Check it out as we talk in-depth with the creators of the eagerly anticipated, backstabbing sequel.
WEDNESDAY
  • TRON: Evolution - As if the new TRON Legacy movie doesn't have you excited, we bring you never-before-seen footage of the Light Tanks from the new game.
  • The Future of Platformers and Fighting Games: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 aren't the only games in town - see what's got us excited in these genres.
  • Disney Epic Mickey - Get your first peek at the new Tomorrow City as creator Warren Spector gives us a world exclusive tour.

THURSDAY

  • Fable 3 - Is it good to be the king? Come see as we go beyond Albion with a look at the world a long way from home
  • The Future of RPGs: Dragon Age 2 and Guild Wars 2 have captured our attention as we look at some of the most exciting RPGs on the horizon.
  • The MMO Report - Twin exclusives during this week's episode as we see a never-before-seen area from Rift: Planes of Telara and a nuclear detonation in End of Nations.
FRIDAY
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 - The cutest platformer ever returns, and along with it some new gameplay footage that will make you a Sackboy fan for life.
  • The Future of Strategy Games: Don't neglect the noggin, as we look at titles like Age of Empires Online and Shogun: Total War 2 in this future look.
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Cops and robbers has never been so exciting, especially in this exclusive gameplay clip.

Look at that schedule. Isn't it magnificent? I hope you're as excited as all of us are, because, we are really excited. Also, you have no excuse for not coming back every day to catch all of Epictober now that you know how incredibly amazing it's going to be.


 

Talkabouts: Gears of War 3 Multiplayer »


 

If you hear the sound of roaring chainsaws or terrified screaming, that'll just be us, checking out the latest Gears of War 3 multiplayer features...

"We recently went hands-on with Gears of War 3’s relentless multiplayer mode and emerged both surprised and impressed at all the obvious changes. Epic is absolutely aiming to create a more brutal, violent, strategic and oddly accessible experience this time around, and from our short time with the game, we get the sense that they might have succeeded. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the new weapons, modes and features offered up when the game finally launches next year."

Grab a meat shield, plant your grenade and kick him back into our Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Preview.

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