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Gears of War Judgment "The Guts of Gears" Campaign Trailer »


Microsoft confirms that Gears of War: Judgment will come packaged with a Games On Demand download code for the original Gears of War game. All copies of the game will include a download code, except for those sold in Germany due to the fact that the original game was never released there due to ratings restrictions.

A new trailer that accompanies the news -- The Guts of Gears -- breaks down the game's various changes to the series formula, including its tweaked campaign progression, randomized enemy spawns, and added weapons. You'll have an opportunity to pass sentence on Gears of War: Judgment when it hits stores on March 19, 2013.



StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic Trailer »


Blizzard Entertainment will at last unleash the Heart of the Swarm expansion for StarCraft 2 on March 12, 2013, and the developer has released the expansion pack's intro video to get you in the mood (via All Games Beta). The video sets the stage for the expansion's added story content, with players watching events unfold from the perspective of Sarah Kerrigan.

Geek alert: if you listen really carefully to the intro vid, you'll hear a slightly truncated Wilhelm scream.

In addition to expanding on the story, Heart of the Swarm also bulks up StarCraft 2's multiplayer potential with seven new units injected into the carefully balanced proceedings. Some of the older units will be updated as well. The release isn't all that far away anymore, so watch the video and start planning your strategies.

2013 Movie Preview: The Tomb

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Posted January 22, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: The Tomb

Release Date: September 13  *(Updated release date with new title, Escape Plan.)
Director: Mikael Håfström
Rating: Not Yet Rated

When the world's foremost authority on prison security design finds himself framed and put in a secret penitentiary that he designed, he'll need to team up with a shady cyberterrorist to plan what seems like an impossible escape.

What We Know:

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) might seem to be an innocuous engineer specializing in structural prison security, but apparently he's made a powerful enemy and winds up framed and convicted of a crime serious enough to land him in one of his own specialty prisons. In this case, Ray gets stuck in one of his masterpieces, a secret inescapable high-tech palace of penance that's designed to house a special breed of criminals. (He'll need to utilize his prison flick experiences from Lock Up and Tango & Cash to get through this one.)

While mulling over the question of what landed him there in the first place, he becomes unlikely friends with fellow prisoner, Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a shady and notorious cyberterrorist who landed in this clandestine clink after creating a code that could have potentially taken down the global banking system. (However, the "code" that is the English language is still something he's unable to crack.) After realizing that a collaboration is advantageous, the duo come up with a hail Mary escape plan. Enlisting the help of another inmate hacker named Hush (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), this plan will need a hell of a lot more than a cake-baked saw.

The plan, however, stands in perpetual danger, due to a ruthless warden named Willard Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) and his corrupt corrections officer henchman, Drake (Vinnie Jones). These old alpha dogs will need to utilize a different kind of teamwork to survive the ordeal and get to the bottom of the mysterious circumstances which have significantly altered Ray's daily showering strategy.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan, and Faran Tahir round out the cast of this action-drama.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week: 

GAME OF THE WEEK
JOE DANGER TOUCH
iOS ($2.99)

When we heard Joe Danger was getting an iOS port, it was a pretty exciting moment for us. After all, we’d played it on our consoles, and it seemed like a great port. We were right, as Joe Danger Touch has been crafted specifically for a touchscreen experience, and it’s done perfectly. You follow the ubiquitous Joe Danger as he performs daring feats of bravado on his bike, which is a lot tougher than it might seem at first. 

There are 50 levels in Joe Danger, but you’ll be playing through most of them more than once to pick up the coveted “Pro” medal for each. To grab it, you’ll need to run the level perfectly, and that often takes memorizing a certain section or pulling off a tricky maneuver. The controls are perfectly balanced, and it’s a lot of fun popping wheelies, ducking, flying over shark tanks, and racing opponents.

A healthy and robust challenge system is also in place, once again adding replay value to just about every part of Joe Danger Touch. Unlocking new costumes, challenging friends to beat your high scores, and pushing through the last 10-15 levels or so are incredibly satisfying moments in the game, making Joe Danger Touch a must-buy if you’re on iOS.

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Max Payne 3 Deathmatch Made In Heaven DLC Detailed

Rockstar Games revealed last week that Max Payne 3 would be getting its final DLC pack on January 22 -- that's tomorrow -- and now the studio has a rundown of what's there. The Deathmatch Made in Heaven DLC is all about multiplayer, with three new adversarial modes to choose from and the addition of cooperative option in the form of a wave-based survival mode called Dead Men Walking.

On the competitive multiplayer end of the spectrum, your three new modes are Run & Stun, Marked Man, and Time Attack. Marked Man and Time Attack offer variations on the game's Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch modes, respectively, but Run & Stun is an odd one. It's basically a variation on a zombies/infected mode, with one player starting as an overpowered goblin-thing named Saci, who is armed with a stun gun. As Saci takes opposing players out, they switch over to fight for his team.

Deathmatch Made in Heaven comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms on January 22, 2013 for $9.99 (800 MS Points).

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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, director John Hyams’ follow up to his successful 2009 film, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, is available tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD (check out our interview with director John Hyams here).

We had a chance to sit down with one of the movie's stars, action icon Dolph Lundgren, and talk about how his character, Sergeant Andrew Scott, has progressed throughout the series.

Check it out:

Dolph Lundgren Interview For Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning »


By the way, do yourself a favor and watch Day of Reckoning, it's great. Tell 'em Dolph sent ya.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Director Interview, John Hyams On Zigging When Audiences Expect You To Zag

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, director John Hyams’ follow up to his successful 2009 film, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, is available tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check it out yet, you’ve done yourself a massive disservice because the movie is fantastic. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, and burgeoning action star Scott Adkins, Day of Reckoning is a movie that isn’t easy to define; it’s an ultraviolent mood piece that skillfully blends multiple genre influences into something familiar yet wholly its own. The movie consistently zags when you expect it to zig and it was easily one of my Top Ten movies of 2012.

Last week we had an opportunity to sit down with star Dolph Lundgren (check out the video here) and director John Hyams to discuss the ever evolving Universal Soldier series.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Director Interview, John Hyams On Zigging When Audiences Expect You To Zag (Exclusive Clip Below)

When Hyams set out to make Day of Reckoning, he knew he didn’t want to simply rehash Regeneration. “The first thing you say is “well, I just don’t want to repeat what I did before,” not even just for myself, but for the audience. What’s the point?” said Hyams. “There’s no reason to just do the same movie again, and there’s really no way to succeed that way. It’s kind of like junk food, you can give them exactly what they want, but in the end it’s gonna go right through you and you’re really not going to appreciate it in the long run. So, the first thought was, “Look, we have to do something different here. Not just for the sake of being different, but also for the sake of honoring the direction that this story is going.” Regeneration ended with essentially posing a couple of questions. And one of the questions was, “What has become of the character of Luc Deveraux (Van Damme’s character)?” He’s taken off, he’s decided to not go back to the government, probably because he knows their intentions aren’t good, they’ll destroy him, enslave him, put him on ice, who knows what they’re gonna do? So, he’s taken off.” 

“First question is, “Where is he? We need to find him.” Well, the next movie should be about going and finding him. That, by that very notion, means that he really shouldn’t be the protagonist, you know? This movie should be about someone’s journey to find this guy. So, what is gonna inform that journey? Well, we also know that that movie posed the idea that now this is all moving in the direction of genetic engineering, it’s no longer about reanimating the dead soldiers; now it’s about cloning. Once you go down that direction you can’t really go back to reanimating dead soldiers, there’s no point. So, now we’re in this place where the government can kind of create their own weapons from scratch.”

Check out an exclusive clip from the movie after the jump.

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Leisure Suit Larry is on the prowl once again, with Good Old Games now offering all five of his classic adventures as the Greatest Hits and Misses Collection, for $10. It's a killer deal on classic Sierra adventure gaming, with both the original version and VGA remake of the first game as well as the four PC exclusives that followed.

Don't confuse this wonderful collection with the equally wonderful HD remake that Replay Games is currently developing in collaboration with Adventure Mob. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is an HD remake headed to multiple platforms -- including Steam, thanks to a successful Greenlight bid -- with the initial release expected to happen sometime in early 2013. 

Captain America Villain Confirms Sequel Return

It seems that next year's solo Avengers outing, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will see the return of a villain.

Actor, Toby Jones, who played the sinister scientist, Arnim Zola in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, has confirmed that he will be returning for the 2014 sequel. In an interview with Hey U Guys at London's Critics Circle Awards yesterday, Jones discussed his current projects before being asked about a possible return to Captain America, to which he candidly responded, "It looks like I will be."

The film will focus on Captain America's readjustment to the modern world before a harsh reunion with his old buddy, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who, also unfrozen from the 1940's, has become a brainwashed death-bringer known as The Winter Soldier. However, for Jones' Arnim Zola character, who we last saw in captivity of the Allies, the long years of survival may be explained by a metaphysical transfer of his consciousness into his powerful robot body; a process that he famously utilizes in the comic books. In fact, schematics for the robot body are quickly shown in First Avenger in a "blink and you miss it" Easter Egg moment.

For Jones, his impending return to Marvel's Avengers movie universe marks yet another coup as he also prepares for a return as Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this fall.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier tosses a vibranium shield at theaters on April 4, 2014.

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PlayStation Network Now Allows Users To Pay With PayPal

You can now throw handfuls of digitally transferred cash at PSN content available through the Sony Entertainment Network thanks to newly added support for PayPal (via NeoGAF). It seems that money can only be transferred to your Sony wallet via PayPal via the SEN website for the time being, though don't be surprised if the PlayStation Store follows suit in the near future.

Adding cash to your SEN wallet is a pretty simple process, though you'll need access to a web browser. Sign into PlayStation Store account, click the Manage Account link, then the Account tab at the top of the page. You can access you wallet at the left side of the screen from there. Once you opt to add funds to your wallet, the payment options prompt that follows will now include PayPal.

Simple. Some GAF users are reporting issues with transferring funds via PayPal, though this appears to be a temporary problem. Anyone out there have any luck?

Syndicate Studio Working On Sci-Fi Co-op In Storm

Starbreeze Studios is working on a co-op sci-fi first-person shooter called Storm, according to an update on the developer's website (via All Games Beta). The text-light announcement doesn't offer much more info about Storm, including only a logo and a brief statement that suggests the studio is betting big on this one: "It is our future," the page reads.

The studio found moderate success in 2012's Syndicate reboot, and a couple of upcoming 2013 projects hold plenty of promise. The Starbreeze-owned Overkill Software is currently working on Payday 2, a sequel to the 2011 co-op FPS. Starbreeze is also working with filmmaker Josef Fares on a narrative-driven, multi-platform game called Brothers -- a Tale of Two Sons, which is slated for a spring 2013 release via digital distribution platforms.

It looks like you'll have to settle for guessing and wishing right now, as far as Storm goes. Does that logo image up top give you any ideas?

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Atari At E3

Atari Inc. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in a bid to separate itself from French parent company Atari S.A. and focus on growing its business "primarily in the areas of digital and mobile games," according to a press release. The next 3-4 months will see the company liquidating "substantially all" of its assets, including the famed Atari logo as well as the rights to classic games like Pong and Asteroids.

Recent years have seen the corporate entity that we now know as Atari focusing on delivering polished reboots of its classic titles for mobile devices. The Atari brand has changed hands multiple times since the early days of home gaming, but the logo and the games that it represents still means something to longtime gamers.

The company currently known as Atari will continue to stick to the mobile-focused path that it has been in its post-sale days, but the fate of the actual Atari brand won't be determined until we know where the assets being liquidated end up.

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2013 Movie Preview: Riddick

Baxter

Posted January 21, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Riddick

Release Date: September 6
Director: David Twohy
Rating: R

The universe's most infamous eyeshining-assbeater is back for another round of against-the-odds action. This time, he's left stranded on a hostile, perpetually-sun-scorching planet with vicious creatures and killer bounty hunters on his tail.

What We Know:

Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) just can't seem to hold on to the good things in life. Apparently that whole "being crowned new Lord Marshall of the Necromongers" thing was short-lived. The fortune-deprived Furyan now finds himself stranded on a harsh planet with a weather forecast that would simply read, "blazing hot afternoon up until...forever."

Of course, what unforgiving alien planet would be complete without a set of indigenous creatures looking to make our hero their lunch? Indeed, the planet has forced Riddick to utilize his impressive repertoire of reaping as he maintains a marathon of massacres just to survive. The solution to this dilemma: Riddick must locate an emergency beacon which, contrary to conventional thinking, will not send for help, but rather, alert a group of angry elite mercenaries who have been looking for him so that he can fight a lopsided battle to jack their ship. -- Sounds like a plan, right?

Now, for Riddick, the pot of gold at the end of this proverbial rainbow involves tangling with the toughest, meanest, and generally unpleasant mercs the universe has ever seen who look to cash-in on our castaway. However, the arrival of another ship run by a man with a personal vendetta could make for rare serendipity when a bad guy battle royale ensues as each party fights to nab Riddick for themselves. Yet, with all the carnage, looms a serious storm in which no living being will want to be caught, so time is of the essence.

Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Matt Nable, Nolan Gerard Funk, Raoul Trujillo, Jordi Mollà, and pop star, Keri Hilson fill the cast. Additionally, Karl Urban reprises his role from The Chronicles of Riddick as Vaako.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance may be trading away stealth and lengthy cutscenes for highly technical third-person melee action, but the game will still stay true to the series' penchant for bizarro bosses. A new trailer highlights some of the main villains that Raiden will face off against along with their unique abilities.

Spoiler alert, I suppose, though more in the gameplay sense since there's nothing here that really tips you to what's going on in the story. It helps as well that all of the dialogue is in Japanese. Unless you can understand Japanese, that is. The wait for Raiden's latest solo adventure won't be much longer. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 19, 2013.


SimCity

Electronic Arts and Maxis will launch a beta test for SimCity next week, according to the game's official Twitter feed. Sign-ups are open on the SimCity website, though note that the beta is PC-only and that you'll need an Origin account in order to sign up. The test kicks off on Friday, January 25, 2013 and ends on the following Monday, January 28.

There's one important catch that you should be aware of: the beta caps all players at one hour of play. Sure, that's one more hour than you probably expected to play of SimCity prior to its March 5, 2013 release. You probably won't have enough time to build yourself a full city, but just think of how many curvy roads you can lay down over the course of 60 minutes.

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