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Gears of War Judgment

Gears of War: Judgment arrives on March 19, 2013 with a Season Pass in tow. Surprise! (try to act surprised) The "VIP Season Pass" will be available at launch for 1,600 MS Points (which translates to $20 in real life money), and it includes a number of extras on top of the expected DLC subscription.

The DLC isn't detailed in full, but the plans seem to call for two post-release content drops, adding six maps, two modes, and new weapon/armor skins. Along with the DLC, Season Pass holders also get to enjoy early access to the add-on content, a permanent double XP boost for their profile, five exclusive weapon skins, and four exclusive armor skins.

PlayStation 4 Won't Block Used Games, Sony Confirms

Sony plans to make all available PlayStation 4 games accessible for purchase and download from the console's online store, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian. He explained that the PS4 is following the lead set by the PS Vita, which already offers much of its content as a download-only proposition.

Yoshida also hinted at some changes to Sony's current PlayStation Plus subscription program. "We could have gold, silver, or platinum levels of membership, something like that," he said. Reading what he had to say though, it sounds like this might not be in place until well after day one of the console launch. "With one subscription you have access to thousands of games," he said of supporting legacy titles on the non-backwards compatible console, adding, "that's our dream."

Sony will undoubtedly be revealing plenty more in the coming months. Check out The Guardian's Q&A for the full rundown of what Yoshida had to say.

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The Walking Dead Screenshot Shambles Forth From Telltale Games

It the wait for Telltale Games' second season of The Walking Dead is already feeling a little unbearable, then you'll be happy to hear that more is coming before the story proper picks up again. Story consultant Gary Whitta said as much in a recent chat with IGN, though he stopped short of offering any specific details.

"You won't have to wait for season two to play more Walking Dead," he said. He goes on to say that the second season is "way off," but that "there may very well be more Walking Dead from Telltale before season two." He also suggested that news on this front could be coming soon. Check out the video appearance on IGN for a more complete picture.

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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.


Uncharted 3

A now-edited PlayStation Blog post suggests that the multiplayer mode in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will be offered up as free-to-play content (via GamingEverything). The post specifically mentioned "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer (Free To Play)," though the fact that the post was later updated to remove that detail puts this news squarely in the "credible rumor" category until we hear otherwise from Sony.

Naughty Dog promised "some very exciting information about [Uncharted 3] multiplayer around the start of next year" in a late-2012 blog post, as Joystiq notes. There's been no confirmation from Sony, though if things are far enough along that a mention made its way into a PlayStation Blog post, then you can likely expect to hear more soon. Assuming, of course, that the information is accurate to begin with.

Kingdom Hearts HD Collection Announced For PlayStation 3

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is confirmed for release in North America on an unspecified date in fall 2013, according to a morning press release from Square Enix. The deceptively named release is actually a two-pack collection, packing together Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories.

Final Mix is a former Japan-only release, so it should be the star of the show for Kingdom Hearts fans in North America. The HD remake of Chain of Memories came to the U.S. for PlayStation 2 in 2008, though a subsequent Japan-only release for PS3 added enhanced visuals and story videos synopsizing Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

The now-confirmed North America release packs both of these games together onto one disc, adding in "enhanced gameplay mechanics" and PS3 Trophies this fall.




Dishonored

We haven't heard a whole lot about the upcoming story DLC for Dishonored, but a newly updated list of PlayStation 3 Trophies for the game offers some details (via PS3Trophies.org). Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios haven't confirmed anything beyond the initial announcement, which spoke of a Daud-focused pack called "The Whalers," pegged for a spring 2013 release.

The updated PS3 Trophy list offers up a different name for what is presumably the first of the two planned story-expanded DLC releases: "The Other Side of the Coin." No spoilers here, but it seems that the DLC will offer two or three story missions, and it will bring back the main game's High/Low Chaos scenarios. The Trophy list offers up a few other details, though nothing that suggests this is (or isn't) the Daud-focused DLC that was previously teased under a new name.


Sound Shapes Includes Three New Beck Tunes

Queasy Games will release DLC for Sound Shapes on March 12, 2013, along with a patch that, among other things, allows players to play through community-created levels offline. Sony confirmed its plans to issue the patch -- out the same day as the DLC -- to PSNStores.com when asked for comment on the DLC (via Joystiq).

The content of the DLC is something of a mystery at the moment for Queasy's Cross-Buy-enabled PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita game. The music-driven platformer unfolds in a series of multi-level stages, each of which is built around the music of one particular artist. Both Beck and Deadmau5 contribute their own work to the game, which makes many wonder which musical artist will be the focus of the upcoming content pack.

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.

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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?

Halo 4

The Halo franchise has a long history with map packs - some good, some bad - but ongoing and ever present. These map packs have been important in keeping players engaged with the franchise between new entries in the series. Yes, sometimes they’ve felt like filler, but fortunately for players, the Majestic Map Pack does not. In fact, it feels like some of the most “pure” multiplayer Halo mapmaking in years.

The pack comprises three extremely small maps: Monolith, Skyline, and Landfall, making for great small teams or free-for-all matches.

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It's always a great day when you get to see Freddie Wong working his magic, and this latest -- First Person Mario: Endgame -- is damn impressive. Think back to your days with the SNES and that time when you finally reached the late stages of Super Mario Bros. 3. Get that memory in your head and then watch this two-minute short.

You're looking at the final stage of SMB3 played from a first-person perspective, bolstered by graphics on par with what you'd expect from Unreal Engine 3. It's pretty. And dizzying. This would be tough to play, to say the least. You can follow along with original footage in the top left corner of the screen. Neat stuff. Give it a look.

One of the more tantalizing game reveals at Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2013 was Infamous: Second Son, and Sucker Punch Productions has a few more details to share now. Writing on PlayStation Blog, the studio's Brian Fleming shares the first concrete facts about the game's new protagonist and its near-future Seattle setting, picking up seven years after the conclusion of Cole McGrath's own adventures.

Our new superhuman is Delsin Rowe, a 24-year-old dude "who is absolutely convinced he's destined for greatness." He grew up on the outskirts of Seattle (the new game's setting), and was blessed with his abilities after saving passengers from a bus wreck. There's some suggestion that he might have absorbed those powers from one of the people he saved.

The seven-years-later story picks up in a world that is watched over by the bio-terrorist watch organization, Department of Unified Protection (DUP). Delsin falls into their crosshairs, and the latest Infamous adventure ensues, complete with the same sort of branching story that characterized the previous games.

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