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Ubisoft sends in their most fearsome warriors from Rabbids Go Home, to this year's game convention in Germany. It's in Leipzig, right?

 

Rabbids Go Home GamesCom Trailer »


 

Electronic Arts announced plans today to reinvent the Need for Speed series. EA is launching three separate Need for Speed games: Core, casual and "Play 4 Free."

Need for Speed: Shift is EA's core take on the franchise. It's abandoning most of the "urban" vibe of the past few games in favor of a realistic simulation of both cars and drivers! According to EA, Shift is "Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed SHIFT is built by racers for racers." It comes out this fall for the PC, PSP, PS3 and 360.

Need for Speed: Nitro is an arcade racing game that will feature vibrant and eye-catching visuals. EA says, "Gamers can build up their boost as they drift and drag behind their opponents and use it strategically to change the course of the race, but watch out for the cops! It's a Wii and DS game, coming this fall.

Need for Speed: World Online is the 'Play 4 Free'  MMO to be released to Asia first. It will let players pick and mod licensed vehicles and take on the rest of the world in rubber burning races. Sounds pretty intriguing.

So which one do you want to play most? And what do you think are the chances of these game revitalizing the franchise?

Lucas Arts gives us the latest on their unique upcoming action title, Fracture, during the Games Convention 2008 at Leipzig Germany. And we say "unique" because of its impressive "terrain deformation" feature developed by Day 1 Studios.

Fracture's story is all about the political dispute between the Eastern region who favors cybernetic technology over the Western's focus on genetic engineering. Terrain deformation "allows the player to change the shape of the battlefield on the fly" by using it as cover, to catapult enemies and much more.

Fracture Leipzig Interview »


Fracture, published by LucasArts, will be out this October for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.

Midway Games shows off Scorpion going ol' school with his classic finisher in a couple of new images.  Check out the image gallery here or the latest cinema spot if you haven't already below.  Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will ask for your allegiance on the PS3 or Xbox 360 November 10th... be ready.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Cinema Spot

 

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Cinema Spot »


Microsoft and Rare drop some new images for the critically-acclaimed life-simulation series sequel, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise for the Xbox 360.  Like smashing open a piñata filled with goodies, fans of the original game will be frantic about the new features including:

  • 32 new animals
  • 2 new zones (specificially for caputuring)
  • New modes including online/offline co-op multiplayer for 2 - 4 players which you can drop-in/drop-out at any time
  • Xbox Live Vision support for visual downloadable content and the ability to digitize your animal creations available for friends to download and share.
  • a "perfected food chain"

And more.  Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise bursts onto the Xbox 360 September 2nd; so be sure to unwrap our image gallery below in the meantime.

Click the image below for the Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise image gallery

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Developers Spark Unlimited shows off even more of what goes into the conceptulization of the upcoming supernatural FPS Legendary.  Working for years on WWII shooters (you know what they are), the developers are striving to achieve a completely unique, seamless and fun experience where we will "lose ourselves" in the game.  Legendary goes live September 30th on the PS3 and Xbox 360, followed up by the November 4th release on the PC.

Legendary Behind the Scenes Episode 5

 

Legendary - Behind the Scenes - Episode 5 »


 

Here they are folks, the list of achievements to one of this year's highly anticipated titles, Gears of War 2. Epic Games have provided gamers a ton of stuff to accomplish this November. We've only listed a few of them below, mainly because the Achievement names do give some sort of spoiler to the game:

  • Tourist of Duty (25pts) - Complete all campaign acts on Casual Difficulty   
  • Guerilla Tactician (50) - Complete all campaign acts on Normal Difficulty 
  • Artist of War (75) - Complete all campaign acts on Hardcore Difficulty  
  • Suicide Missionary (150) - Complete all campaign acts on Insane Difficulty
  • Organ Grinder (10) - Kill 30 enemies with a cover mounted Mulcher (any mode)  
  • Shock and Awe (10) -Kill 30 enemies with the heavy Mortar (any mode)   
  • Said the Spider to the Fly (10) - Kill 10 enemies with a planted grenade (any mode)   
  • Crowd Control (10) - Melee 10 enemies down with the Boomshield equipped (any mode)  
  • Smells Like Victory (10) - Kill 30 enemies with the Scorcher Flamethrower (any mode)  
  • Dirty, Dirty Horde (20) - Survive the first 10 waves of Horde (any difficulty, any map)   
  • Hoard the Horde (30) - Survive all 50 waves of Horde (any difficulty, any map)  
  • Variety Is the Spice of Death (30) - Kill an enemy with every weapon in the game (any mode) 
  • Seriously 2.0 (50) -Kill 100,000 enemies (any mode)  

Head to IGN if you want to check out the rest of them. Gears of War 2, published by Microsoft, will be out this November 7 for the Xbox 360. And prepare yourself for the latest videos of the title after the jump.

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Bethesda Game Studios Exec. Producer Todd Howard, takes us through a five-part gameplay demo of their highly anticipated post-apocalyptic-action RPG, Fallout 3.  From the game's early beginnings to an explosive end to one of your possible quests, these videos detail the finer aspects of the game. 

Check out part 1 - Escape, with the following four other videos afer the cut.  Get your radiation sickness meds ready, the game goes live October 28th on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Fallout 3 Gameplay Demo - Part 1 - Escape  

Fallout 3 - Gameplay Video part 1 - Escape »


 

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Feast your eyes on the in game action of Tomb Raider Underworld as Lara picks a fighter with Tigers and familiarizes herself with Temple acrobatics.  This platforming action-adventure from Eidos is set to be discovered on the PS2, PS3, DS, PC, Wii, and Xbox 360 starting November 18th.

Tomb Raider Underworld Gameplay Video - Tigers & Temples

Tomb Raider Underworld Gameplay Video - Temples & Tigers »


Remember Traveller's Tales' LEGO fever? Well aside from the caped crusader's building block debut, game producer Rich Earl confirmed with GamesIndustry.Biz that a 20-minute Lego Batman cartoon is "being done by a separate studio in the states." He said:

"My understanding is that they will use the engine, the Maya files where the characters come to life, but they'll be creating animated... I think it's a 20-minute cartoon. I'm personally quite intrigued to see how it comes out. Lego, every time they've had a new brand out, they've done some CGI stuff as well, but I think this will be quite different."

Earl didn't disclose any further information on the project, since according to him, Traveller's Tales had no involvement in the cartoon's production. We just want to see the classic POW! KABLAM! SPLAT! pop-ups back in action.

Lego Batman, published by Warner Bros. Interactive, will be out this September 23 for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Nintendo Wii, DS and PC platforms. Check out the Bruce Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred, serving some whoop ass after the cut.

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X-Play At Leipzig: Day 4

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Posted August 27, 2008 - By Yodapollo

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. X-Play's coverage of the 2008 Leipzig Games Convention concludes tonight as we bring you some incredible All Access looks at highly-anticipated titles, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Champions Online. Also, we'll be bringing you a Floor Report with Sega and their Leipzig display. Our Leipzig Game Conference concludes Tonight @ 8PM ET!

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Executive producer Ben Bell gives the latest scoop on Electronic Arts's wildly popular simulation title, The Sims 3, during last week's Games Convention 2008 at Leipzig, Germany.

Bell said that this latest Sims installment allowed the developers to really open up a new world to everyone's favorite simulation population. He said that with the title's "truly unique characters...stories" and "quick and rewarding gameplay", players are able to explore a "seamless neighborhood" where there would be "freedom to interact with everything".

Leipzig EA Press Conference: The Sims 3 »


The Sims 3, developed by Maxis, will be out on February 2009 for the PC.

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The Sess is ranting and raving from Germany this week, while he's reporting from the Leipzig Games Convention. In this week's Sessler's Soapbox, Adam has found himself taken aback by the presence of large, expensive promotional booths and the babes to accompany them. The pageantry of Leipzig's Convention makes Adam yearn for the old days of E3.

What do you think? Should E3 open itself up the fans? Should it stay closed off and more industry-oriented than Leipzig and PAX? Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

 

Sessler's Soapbox: Lessons From Leipzig »


 

Despite some on-the-floor rumors that this year's convention would be the last, The Leipzig Games Convention will be back next year.

“The GC – Games Convention will be back in Leipzig again in 2009”, Wolfgang Marzin, CEO at the Leipziger Messe GmbH, announced on the last day of Europe’s biggest games fair. “The industry and visitors are giving us their clear support to continue with the fair in Leipzig.” He named August 19 to 23 as the dates for the next Games Convention.

Even Burkhard Jung, mayor of Leipzig City, was pleased: “Anyone who has experienced the enthusiastic mood in the exhibition halls over the last seven years knows: this fair belongs in Leipzig," he said. So happy excited Germans all around!

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For the rest of us who can't own one, racing-specialist developer Eutechnyx speeds some new images of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli our way.  Sports car racing fans rejoice as the game is available today for the DS, PS2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.

Click the image below for the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli PS3 image gallery

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