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Comic-Con 2010

E3 2010: Star Wars The Force Unleashed II Screens

Who doesn't love Star Wars? And who doesn't want Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II to be a much better game than the original? If you answered, "Me" to either of those questions, you may want to skip our current liveblog on the new game, which as described by Comic-Con as...

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Exclusive Live demo - LucasArts's executive producer Haden Blackman presents a thrilling look at the sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game of all time. Blackman will share the latest scoop on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and show attendees how to use the Force at a devastating level never seen before.

Come on inside to take part in the live panel going on right now.

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Comic-Con 2010: Guillermo Del Toro Leaves Middle Earth For A Haunted MansionLet's put this out there and see what you think: Guillermo del Toro is remaking an Eddie Murphy movie. (*See updated info below.) Okay, we should probably elaborate on that. After finding himself forced to abandon a labor of love in The Hobbit, director Guillermo del Toro made a surprise showing at Comic-Con's Walt Disney panel where he unveiled to the 6,500 fans, his newest project: Disney's Haunted Mansion. (Admit it, you thought I was going to say Boomerang.)

Of course, the legendary Disney attraction was just treated to a big-screen adaptation in 2003 starring Murphy. However, coupled with del Toro's surrealistic vision, which made films like the Hellboy series and Pan's Labyrinth so epic, this will undoubtedly be a different kind of Disney picture.

According to Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross:

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Not in attendance at Comic-Con 2010? Afraid that not being smack dab in geek culture ground zero will put you at a disadvantage in terms of netting some sweet nerd swag? Well, fear not, because the Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, will begin selling the second print in their Star Trek poster series.

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Alice: Madness Returns

It's been a long, long time since American McGee's Alice. Some of you out there weren't even in kindergarten when it was scaring the crap out of PC gamers back in 2000. Since then, American McGee has dabbled in awful social commentary and episodic gaming, but as of yesterday, it's official that Alice is getting a sequel. Harold Goldberg sat down with McGee and executive producer R.J. Berg to discuss Alice: Madness Returns. I particularly liked this blurb about how the idea came to be:

"American McGee: Back in the day when R. J. and I were here 10 years ago, I was asked (by EA) to come up with an original idea for a game. This one was inspired, oddly enough, by a song. I was driving along the California coast, and this bit of music came on with the word 'wonder.' As this song hit me, I thought 'wonder' and 'wonderland' and then 'dark.' It kind of spun from there. What was the song?

AM: 'Trip Like I Do' by The Crystal Method. The introduction to that is a sampling, talking about a dark crystal and the crystal split in this land of wonder. When I came back, I looked into it and found out this is a direct sample from the movie, The Dark Crystal. But really, it was all about the word 'wonder.'"

There you have it. A rave anthem is why we got American McGee's Alice. To find out more about what's up with Madness Returns, read Harold's interview.

Comic-Con: New Photos For Red

Yes, that photo alone makes me want to know more about this movie and graphic novel. I could describe RED, or I could crib directly from Comic-Con:

Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek of exclusive footage from RED. They used to be the CIA's top agents -- but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren star in RED, an explosive action-comedy based on the cult DC Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis. Join him, director Robert Schwentke, and the film's stars as they share footage from the film and debut the final trailer before it's ever in theaters.

The stars are live as we speak, so bring your comments, questions and enthusiasm to our liveblog inside.

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Former Red Sox pitcher and longtime gamer Curt Schilling has assembled an impressive crew of designers and creators over at his development house 38 Studios, and while the team has been mum for quite some time about what they have been working on, they have finally pulled back the curtain a bit on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, their long-awaited first foray into the gaming space. Expect plenty more details to come out about the game during the Comic-Con panel that’s about to start, but in the meantime, here is the first official trailer to get you in the mood:

Comic-Con 2010: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Teaser Trailer »


 

Comic-Con 2010: New Slightly Sinister Fable 3 Screens

It isn’t much, but Lionhead Studios have released a couple new, somewhat sinister screenshots for their upcoming action-RPG threequel, Fable III.

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Comic-Con. To some, the word invokes sheer terror into their souls. To most, it brings love, joy and excitement. And to a very select few, it simply means now's the time I can spill out of my costume and no one will judge me... to my face.

Whether you are in San Diego or not, G4 is dedicated to bringing you the best info flowing from the show. You already saw the line-up of events happening on-air and on-site, but on G4TV.com, turn to us for your breaking news, game previews, trailers and gameplay clips, cosplay photos, video interviews and live blogged panels. 

To see the panels we'll be covering (which include TRON: Legacy, Thor and Captain America, Harry Potter and more), it's as easy as looking below or checking out our main Comic-Con 2010 site. As a bonus feature, sign up to be reminded when the panels start! Good luck, we're all counting on you.

With every new bit of gameplay that I see of Ninja Theory’s eye-catching adventure title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, the more I’m convinced that it has all the makings of a sleeper hit. The brawn and brains dynamic of the lead characters of Monkey and Trip, the setting, the platforming; it all looks spot on. Case in point: the following Monkey-centric gameplay trailer from Comic-Con 2010, which makes October 5 seem like a lifetime away.

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GoldenEye 007

Golden Gun Mode. I don't know about you, but it was the cause of many an argument over a decade ago on my Nintendo 64. Activision brought back GoldenEye 007's perennial friendship-killer at Comic-Con, and Steve Johnson was there to jump in. Thankfully, he and Kevin Kelly are co-workers and not buddies, so they're still forced to hang out even after shooting one another in the face repeatedly. Steve's pretty positive that the nostalgia factor's working in favor of GoldenEye, per this snippet from his hands-on time:

"While online shooters can be seen to provide a 'better' gaming experience to players who are really into their kill/death ratios, if you're more concerned with games being fun than hardcore, split-screen multiplayer is the only way to go. GoldenEye will offer 'modern,' fully online multiplayer, but the split-screen is better--Until last night, I'd almost forgotten how much more awesome it is to trash-talk in person as opposed to over a headset. Suffice to say, there was a lot screaming, good natured cursing, laughing and 'did you see that?' coming from our section of Activision's press event."

Plus, Oddjob's been properly nerfed. Sound like a deal? Read Steve's anecdotes from his play time to learn more.









James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Bond may be having trouble getting back on the big screen, but he's back on top in the world of video games.  First, there's the upcoming reboot of Goldeneye (our Goldeneye preview, if you missed it) which recast the lead with Daniel Craig on the Wii, and then Activision revealed their newest multiplatform attempt, James Bond 007: Blood Stone.  Now, on the eve of Comic-Con 2010, the king himself, Stephen Johnson, has seen the Blood Stone in action and shared this tidbit:

"While Blood Stone's shooting sequences seem solid enough, 007 really shines during the vehicle levels. The game was made by Bizarre Creations, the developers of Project Gotham Racing and Blur, and the company's many years of car-combat experience show in every second of the game's in-vehicle sections."

As a fan of Bond, shooting people and racing cars, this sounds great already.  For more classified intel, head over to our James Bond 007: Blood Stone preview.

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Comic-Con 2010: New Photos For Drive AngryDespite having a rather dubious reputation for turning one to the dark side, revenge can be pretty sweet. In fact, the concept tends to make some of the more satisfying movies. Case in point, these new still from the upcoming Nicolas Cage vehicle, Drive Angry. (See photos below.)

Nic's character Milton (literary reference?) goes on what will surely be a bloody revenge spree after some soon-to-be-dead men decided to kill his daughter. He ends up taking to the road with a beautiful young waitress played by Amber Heard, as they track the evil bastards down. It's kind of like Easy Rider except with muscle cars, hot chicks, no hippies, and an actual purpose. Also, to fulfill the quota of bad-asses, the film also stars William Fichtner, Billy Burke, and David Morse. ...Oh, and did we mention that the dish that's best served cold will also be served in 3D?!

Drive Angry hits theaters on February 11, 2011.

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Your G4 Comic-Con Survival Guide

Comic-Con is a mecca for the world of geeks, dorks, nerds, fanboys, fangirls, and people who just love dressing up in costumes. Every year, people prepare for the summer pilgrimage to San Diego so they can revel in their inner nerddom with tons of fellow fans. There's nothing like finding someone who understands exactly why you geek out on Tom Baker, and eschew every other actor to play the Doctor. Even David Tennant.

But, surviving the Con is not easy. There are plenty of obstacles and things to learn as you wind your way through the massive Convention Center, and you won't want to go in without some preparation. We've prepared this handy guide for you to use throughout your Comic-Con experience, which we've imagine would make a fantastic MMO game. Jump in, prepare yourself, and let the Con begin! Of course, you can always stay in the comfort of your own seat, and follow along from work, home, or elsewhere with all of G4's Comic-Con coverage.

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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

I knew there was something about Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions that reminded me of 2005's diamond in the rough Ultimate Spider-Man. Lo and behold, amidst the four different Spidey personas, Activision has unveiled the final Spider-Man you'll play as in this tale of parallel universes, and it's Ultimate. Steve Johnson jumped into some hands-on time with this newly revealed playable Parker, and here's a glimpse at how he'll play:

"If Spider Man Noir is kind of wimpy when he's not hiding in the shadows, Ultimate Spider-Man is the opposite. He takes on enemies full-on, dispatching swarms of bad guys with powerful attacks in a God of War, beat-em-up style. Ultimate has a rage-meter that allows him to unleash special attacks, as well as the ability to string together devastating combos. The controls are smooth, and while it's a bit button-mashy, that's the intention, and like in God of War, it works very, very well."

So he's like Kratos, minus the high blood pressure? Color me interested. And if you're a shade more intrigued, check out Steve's hands-on impressions from Comic-Con 2010!

Comic-Con: New Photos For RedKicking things off for Comic-Con, new stills have been released for the upcoming action thriller Red starring Bruce Willis.

In the film, Willis plays a former Black-Ops agent whose retirement has been cut short by some people we could safely classify as "not so nice." He then assembles his old team of Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren to get back into the swing of kicking ass and blowing s**t up. Much like The Losers from earlier this year, we have a guns-blazing action film that's loosely based off a limited-run DC Comic title. (Although, hopefully for their sake, it will fare better.)

If there's a few things we can take away from these photos, it's that John Malkovich is still awesomely insane, and that as she quickly approaches her 65th birthday, Dame Helen Mirren is still ridiculously hot. And if you've seen Age of Consent or Caligula, you'd know what I mean by "still." What magical alchemist's tonic or Faustian bargain did she come into? Yowza.

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