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The final multiplayer DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, called Reckoning, arrives today, February 26, 2013, and a new trailer is here to celebrate the occasion. BioWare livestreamed a look at the content a few days in advance of the release, and one NeoGAF poster took the time to hammer out all of the details, for those who are curious (via Destructoid).

The pack adds six new characters to the game, including a Collector Adept and an oversized Geth Juggernaut Soldier (think Geth Primes). There's also an equally massive hammer-wielding Krogan. The pack also adds six new weapons to the multiplayer mode and an assortment of new equipment that you can use to power up your gear. Check out that NeoGAF post for a full tally of what's been added to ME3's multiplayer for free since launch. It's pretty impressive.





Need For Speed: Most Wanted DLC Launches Today

If you're still playing Criterion Games' Need for Speed: Most Wanted and you love DLC, then today is going to be your FAVORITE. Electronic Arts just dropped three content packs on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, amounting to a pair of car five-packs and a chunky, new location to decimate in your supercharged automobile of choice.

The two car packs focus on Movie Legends and Need for Speed Heroes, respectively. The latter brings in rides from Smokey and the Bandit, Fast & Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the James Bond-verse. Legends gathers together whips from various NFS games of old, including NFS3: Hot Pursuit, NFS: Underground, NFS: Underground 2, NFS: Undercover, and the original NFS: Most Wanted from 2005.

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Conan O'Brien's latest Clueless Gamer review for Tomb Raider might have just single-handedly set back the "sexism in games" conversation by 20 years. Watch the entire segment as if it's satire (since it is) and it hurts a little bit less. 

Conan seems to like Lara Croft's latest adventure. He's terrible at PLAYING it, and manages to impale the shipwrecked explorer through the throat numerous times on an unfortunately positioned tree branch. But his review score is... positive? I think? See for yourself.

Bugbear Entertainment, the developer of the FlatOut series and, more recently, Ridge Racer: Unbounded, is teasing its next "car game" with a pretty but non-revealing trailer. The video up top shows off a symphony of vehicular destruction that is apparently all in-game footage, according to Bugbear.

FlatOut is the most likely contender for a revival from the studio, though that has always been a destruction-focused racing game whereas the above clip seems to be more in the realm of a demolition derby. A post on Bugbear's website specifically refers to the project as a "demolition derby racing game," coming to PC and "yet to be announced platforms."

Keep up with this one on its just-launched official website, at www.nextcargame.com.

Crysis 3 Is Out Now - The Reviews Are In!

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Posted February 22, 2013 - By G4 Staff




Crysis 3 Is Out Now And The Reviews Are In!

Crysis 3, the 3rd installment of Crytek’s always visually impressive, yet narratively murky, first person shooter series is out now and the game is getting favorable marks across the board.

We’re playing it here (on the Xbox 360) and it looks fantastic. So-so enemy AI seems to be the only thing really holding the single player experience back (although it never ruins the experience). Crysis 3 introduces a lethal compound bow to your arsenal. The bow can kill just about anything in one shot, and it allows you to remain cloaked when firing, so there’s never really any reason to use another weapon. For some, that’s making the game less enjoyable. Me? I feel like the Predator and isn’t that sorta what Crysis is all about? The multiplayer experience, in particular Hunter Mode, is a lot of fun and plays a lot better than the demo did.

We're really enjoying the game and if you’re an FPS fan that’s looking for something to play, this might be the game for you – but don’t just take our word for it:

IGN: “The biggest reason that Crysis 3 is such a consistent joy to play is because its control system is near flawless. The fact that you can quickly augment your weapons with different sights and grips without retreating into menu screens, or the ability to quickly pull out a grenade by double-tapping the weapon-switching button; it all works wonderfully and means there’s never any kind of artificial interface standing in the way of your natural instincts."

Game Informer: “From the gorgeous water effects and global illumination to the detailed character animations and photo-realistic environments, Crysis 3 is one of the best-looking games on the planet. I often found myself activating the cloaking device while in the presence of enemies just to watch a frog hop along the jungle floor or to regard the wind effects on a canvased shipping container."

Game Spot: “Crysis 3 is neither a pure linear shooter in the way popularized by Call of Duty, nor an open-world romp like Far Cry 3. Instead, its levels are sometimes large but always manageable, giving you freedom to put as much room between you and your foes as you like. The nanosuit encourages further experimentation, once again allowing you to activate the aforementioned cloak mode (which renders you invisible) and armor mode (which lets you soak up more damage). And once again, you can leap a good distance should you wish to reach higher ground in a hurry."

Destructoid: “While Crysis 3 boasts the usual offering of deathmatch and capture-and-hold modes, the Hunter gametype by far stands as its jewel in the crown. This mode pits two nanosuited players against a larger squad of Cell operatives, armed only with their basic weapons and innate wit. Hunters are perpetually cloaked and armed with deadly bows, and any Cell player they eliminate will respawn as a Hunter. The goal for the hunters is to wipe out Cell, while all Cell has to do is survive for the allotted timeframe. While such elimination modes have been present in other games, it's an absolute blast here."

Have you had a chance to play Crysis 3? What do you think?

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Mass Effect 3 DLC Teased In Screens

We've reached the end of all things (for Mass Effect 3). BioWare and Electronic Arts announced the final DLC blast for the 2012 RPG in a press release, with the multiplayer-focused Reckoning set to arrive on February 26, 2013 and the campaign-focused Citadel to follow one week later, on March 5.

Reckoning is yet another free Galaxy At War add-on, bringing an assortment of unspecified "new firepower and character kits" into the co-op survival mode. BioWare will offer a peek at the content on February 25 via its Twitch channel at 9:30am PT. Citadel is a $14.99 / 1,200 MS Points add-on that returns Shepard and his crew to the Citadel for one last hurrah.




BioShock Infinite Season Pass, DLC Plans Detailed

BioShock Infinite fans will have a chance to continue their adventures in the floating city of Columbia thanks to a newly announced BioShock Infinite Season Pass. Irrational Games and 2K Games are planning three DLC drops that "will provide hours of additional gameplay and continue the player’s journey in the sky-city of Columbia with new stories, characters, abilities and weapons."

Remember that BioShock Infinite has no multiplayer or co-op modes, so any add-on content will likely be purely story-driven. Season Pass holders will also receive the Early Bird Special Pack, containing four pieces of exclusive gear, Machine Gun and Pistol damage upgrades, a gold skin for both of those weapons, and five Infusion bottles that offer players the choice between boosting their health, shield, or Salt (used to power Vigors) capacity.

BioShock Infinite launches on March 26, 2013, and the Season Pass will be available that day as well for $19.99 / 1,600 MS Points.


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A Machine for Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs won't be making its previously promised early 2013 release, with Frictional Games confirming that the plan is now for a Q2 2013 launch. This is actually the game's second delay, after it was pushed out from a planned 2012 release. Don't freak out though. It's for good reason.

It seems that A Machine for Pigs had originally been planned as a "short, experimental game," but the team at thechineseroom went a little nuts and filled out a lot more content than was originally planned. So instead of waiting less time for a shorter, potentially less satisfying game, you're waiting more time for a full, proper GAMER'S game. Or something.

The point is... you'll be able to get your freak-out on a few months later than expected.

Murdered: Soul Suspect Teaser Trailer »


Square Enix hasn't even shown Murdered: Soul Suspect publicly yet, but the mystery game now has a release window set for early 2014, the publisher confirms. The game is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC platforms, and there's no hint in the press release that it might also be headed to other home consoles, perhaps unannounced home consoles.

The hook in Murdered is that you're trying to solve a murder mystery in which you yourself are the victim. It's not an entirely original idea, but it's a neat one with a lot of potential for cool ideas to emerge. Find out more about the game at its official website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.




Watch Dogs

There's been a flurry of unconfirmed news about Ubisoft's E3 2012 charmer Watch Dogs in recent days, including some indication that the game is coming in fall 2013 and news of a possible Wii U release. First came the release window, via marketing materials that were leaked to Kotaku. They even make reference to my own Watch Dogs preview for G4 from E3 last year.

The promo materials suggest that the game is heading to "all home consoles," a rather vague description when you remember that Ubi previously confirmed plans to release Watch Dogs on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. In related news, newly discovered product listings at GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy suggest that a Wii U version of the game is coming as well (via All Games Beta).

Ubisoft confirms none of this, though a statement released to Kotaku offers more than your usual "no comment," as you can see right here: "Ubisoft is pleased with the response for Watch Dogs from media and fans. The game is an original IP that has been created from the ground up at Ubisoft Montreal with inspiration from many titles and ideas the studio has worked on throughout the years."





Assassin's Creed 3 "The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy" Launch Trailer »


Today sees the release of The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy, the first of three episodes in a solo play-focused DLC campaign for Assassin's Creed 3. Ubisoft's alternate history story -- because, you know, that stuff with Connor Kenway is TOTALLY true -- posits that George Washington establishes himself as a monarch in the post-Revolutionary War America.

Two more episodes -- The Betrayal and The Redemption -- will follow on March 19 and April 23, 2013, respectively. They'll be available individually for $9.99 / 800 MS Points or as part of the $29.99 / 2,400 MS Point Season Pass. Get a peek at the first DLC episode in the launch trailer up top.

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BioShock Infinite "Lamb of Columbia" Cinematic Trailer »


Irrational Games has its marketing machine cranked up to 11 now on BioShock Infinite, with a new trailer to greet you today only days after the latest 'Truth From Legend' mockudoc appeared. This 'Lamb of Columbia' trailer is all about Elizabeth and her unique role in the floating city of Columbia.

This trailer is much more straightforward than the neat Truth From Legend shorts have been, but there's not much to complain about. BioShock Infinite is in stores on March 26, 2013 -- delayed a full month from the release that had been previously set -- and any fresh look helps to cut down on the pain of waiting.

Valve's Steam Logo

As of this week, Valve Corporation's Steam service is officially available to Linux users. The added OS support was announced in 2012, and an ongoing beta test of the new version transitions now into a proper release. Valve's Team Fortress 2 is also now officially supported by Linux, and those who grab it for the open-source OS will, until the end of February 2013, receive Linux mascot Tux as a free in-game item.

The launch of Steam for Linux also brings with it a sale on all Linux games that will run until February 21 at 10am PT. The list doesn't include many of the bigger games, but popular hits like FTL: Faster Than Light, Bastion, Serious Sam 3: BFE, and various Valve titles are all available. That list will only grow over time, but it's a good start.

The Linux-supported Steam client is available now as a free download from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Sega Launching Line Of Console-Themed Laptops In Japan

Sega may be out of the console business, but the spirit of the company's early days in video games lives on now with a new line of branded laptops that are available in Japan through online retailer ebten (via Kotaku). Each one embraces a different visual theme -- vanilla Sega, Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast(!) -- and each theme is available at four different price points.

The options, in ascending order, are Light, Standard, High Spec, and Premium. The minimum cost is just over $1,000 (converted from Japan's yen) and the maximum is north of $2,000, with the internal hardware obviously scaling up as you spend more cash. This is an import-only option for now, so it's probably look-don't-touch for most of us. These laptops sure do look lovely though, don't they?




BioShock Infinite "Columbia, A Modern Day Icarus?-Part 2" Trailer »


Irrational Games has an all-new episode of "Truth From Legend" to share today, the second of what seems to be developing into a mockumentary short series on BioShock Infinite. The format of this latest "episode" is the same, though the subject this time is the captive Elizabeth's guardian, Songbird.

This continues to be one of the cooler examples of Irrational's and 2K Games' ongoing campaign to convince everyone that lightning will strike a second time in this BioShock follow-up. All will be revealed on March 26, 2013 when the game is released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows platforms.

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