2013 Movie Preview: Star Trek Into Darkness

Release Date: May 17
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise tangle with a seriously off-the-reservation Starfleet officer who is waging a solo tour of galactic damage, starting with Earth.

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Having settled into the captain's chair comfortably, James Kirk (Chris Pine) may have let success get to his head. (You try being humble when you're in charge of the Federation's flagship and have bedded exotic women of all shapes, colors, and anatomical makeups across the galaxy.) However, Captain Ego is about to meet Captain Pissed-Off, when a former Starfleet officer, known to us only as "John Harrison" (Benedict Cumberbatch) has somehow become a one-man weapon of mass destruction and does some serious damage back home on Earth.

Apparently lacking the proper resources and personnel to deal with this crisis back at the Federation's home territory, Kirk and the Enterprise head back the Terran System's blue pearl for a showdown with the man who could be generously described as the most disgruntled employee...EVER. The battle will turn psychological and personal real quick as close relationships are put through a trying crucible devised by the hot-tempered Harrison that won't be solved by Corbomite Maneuvers and time-traveling humpback whales.

Crew members, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg are all back.

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MLB 2K13 Confirmed For March 2013 Release

2K Sports has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and MLB Advanced Media (the league's Internet overseers) that will see MLB 2K13 released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 5, 2013. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, a recent winner of the American League's Cy Young Award, is confirmed as the cover athlete.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise since 2K's MLB license expired at the end of 2012 and that March release date is less than three months from now, but it's pretty likely that Visual Concepts was working on the game long before the license renewal was finalized. MLB 2K13 also brings back 2K's Perfect Game Challenge, a $1 million competition that sees players competing to pitch a perfect game.

With the release so close you can probably expect 2K Sports to spin up the preview machine on this puppy in the near future, so stay tuned for more details.

Company of Heroes 2

For as long as the RTS genre has been around, it's reassuring that talented developers working in it are still finding ways to stand out at all, let alone with all-too-familiar settings like World War II. Such is the case with Company of Heroes. It's been six years since the original game, and studio Relic Entertainment thinks it has had enough time with their new Essence Engine 3.0 to put it to work on a sequel that properly moves the series forward.

Company of Heroes 2 tackles a far more ambitious World War II timeline than the original game’s D-Day to Operation Market Garden schedule, here opening up the entire Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945, and all from the Russian perspective. No game could truly depict the WWII Eastern Front without the harshness of a Russian winter, and Relic makes it happen through their Essence Engine, by which snow is more than just a flat white texture with crunchy footstep sound effects layered over. Here in Company of Heroes 2, winter has a depth that demands tactical consideration, with snow that melts under the heat of grenades and flamethrowers, ice that soldiers can slip and slide on, bodies of water that can freeze over as bridges, and enemy ambushes that will seek to blow up these bridges.

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Dust 514

Starting tomorrow, January 10, 2013, Dust 514 officially becomes a part of the EVE Online single-shard MMORPG universe, according to an announcement on the official EVE website. CCP Games' PlayStation 3-exclusive free-to-play FPS launched in 2012 as a grand-scale multiplayer shooter with some ambitious ideas for the future.

In practical terms, Dust players are classified as "mercernaries" who can belong to any EVE corporation (you can also create your own), with each multiplayer match amounting to an assignment whose results ripple into the EVE Online universe. It's complicated and it's something that has never been done before, but the potential here is huge. Give the announcement post on the EVE Online website a read for more details.

2013 Games Preview: Aliens: Colonial MarinesRelease Date: February 12, 2013

Developer: Gearbox Software

Publisher: Sega

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Windows

In space, no one can hear you scream. In Aliens: Colonial Marines, all of your co-op friends can hear it, and they'll laugh at you mercilessly for being such a wuss. Unless they're screaming too, of course. That's what Gearbox Software is shooting for in this Sega-published adventure that has 20th Century Fox's series canon seal of approval.

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The story in Aliens: Colonial Marines is framed as a direct sequel to James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens, though it also occurs after the events of Alien 3 as well. The U.S.S. Sulaco has been discovered in orbit around LV-426 and players assume the role of Corporal Christopher Winter, a Colonial Marine who is a member of the search and rescue crew sent to investigate the unresponsive vessel.

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Who Played The Dogs Out? The Realistic Dogs of Gaming Fallout 3 Dogmeat

Today brings hints of a new Fallout game from a source who is actually in a position to know something: Erik Todd Dellums, the voice actor behind Fallout 3's ThreeDog (via All Games Beta). Dellums tweeted to Fallout 3 fans that "there may be more of the Dog coming! Fingers crossed!" 

Not exactly concrete info, but Dellums' follow-up tweet is encouraging: "I was given permission to release that tease," he wrote. The last Fallout game, Fallout: New Vegas, was developed by Obsidian Entertainment in 2010, but ThreeDog appeared in Bethesda Softworks' 2008 series revival, Fallout 3

I'd put the smart money on BethSoft being behind whatever the next Fallout is, given that the current hardware generation has seen the studio alternate between Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. Skyrim was released in late-2011. Will Fallout 4 be revealed, even released, in 2013? We'll have to wait and see.


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Injustice: Gods Among Us Adds Bane, Lex Luthor

The roster of fighters in Netherrealm Studios' upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us is now 15 strong, with the latest issue of @Gamer confirming the existence of villains Bane and Lex Luthor in the game.  Netherrealm's own Ed Boon -- also co-creator of Mortal Kombat -- tweeted an image from the mag's latest issue that offers a look at the two characters.

Bane is pretty much what a DC Comics fan would expect: a hulking brute connected to an assortment of hoses with his face covered by a mask resembling that of a Lucha Libre fighter. Lex Luthor may be a puny human, but he wears a hefty battlesuit that, if it's anything like what he's worn in the comics, increases his strength and gives him the power of flight.

You'll be able to pit DC's greatest heroes and villains against one another later this year when Injustice: Gods Among Us hits stores later this year.

Electronic Arts is sharing a new look at Maxis' SimCity in the form of the game's intro video. There's not much to it, really; you've likely played tons of games in your life and, as such, have seen tons of intro videos that offer a basic sense of what the game is like.

This refreshed take on SimCity arrives on March 8, 2013. The game's "always-on" Internet requirement has put a few fans off, but early looks at Maxis' enhancements to the series have largely been met with positive responses. Will you be building your own metropolitan paradise (or hellhole) come March?

2013 Movie Preview: Iron Man 3


Posted January 9, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Iron Man 3

Release Date: May 3
Director: Shane Black
Rating: Not Yet Rated

In the aftermath of The Avengers, Tony Stark tangles with a 10-ring-touting mastermind who has targeted him for torment.

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Beaten-down, sleep-deprived, and constantly worried about the ramifications his technology will bring upon the world and the woman he loves, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) isn't quite feeling the like the same randy, eccentric billionaire tech genius who, with extreme hubris, who once declared his identity of Iron Man to the world.

He knows he's in the center of several cross-hairs. However, he's about to discover that he's caught the ire of a powerful ringleader who will become his definitive nemesis: The Mandarin. (Ben Kingsley)

The plot thickens as a powerful nanovirus called Extremis developed by scientists, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall,) falls into the hands of the sinister bling-boasting-baddie, setting into motion events that turn Stark's life upside down. (Literally, in the case of his house.) Eventually, Extremis infects Tony's armor, giving it a mind of its own. -- Which, among other things, it uses to creep over him and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) while they sleep.

Rounding out the cast, Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes, sporting a new patriotic version of his War Machine armor. James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton are bad guy muscle-power, respectively as Coldblood and Firepower.

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Cloud Gaming Infographic - The Rise Of Cloud Gaming!

Cloud gaming is the future and although we're not quite there yet, very soon we will be. As cloud gaming becomes more and more prevalent, do you every wonder about when it all began? 1998? 2001? What if I told you the roots of cloud gaming could be traced all the way back to the 1950s? You wouldn't believe me right? You’d slap me in the mouth and send me on my way but it’s true! After the jump, check out this pretty impressive infographic titled “The Rise of Cloud Gaming" courtesy of Big Fish Games.

Read it closely, there are lots of interesting little nuggets. For example, I never knew that Local Area Networks (LAN) were developed in 1973. That seems ancient. After you check it out, let me know your thoughts on cloud gaming in the comments. You can also view an interactive version of the infographic here.

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2013 Movie Preview: Pain & Gain


Posted January 8, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Pain & Gain

Release Date: April 26
Director: Michael Bay
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Based on a real life story, a trio of Miami weightlifters come up with a lame-brained scheme to kidnap and extort the misbegotten assets of a shady businessman. However, what started as a simple plan goes awry.

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Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a down on his luck personal trainer whose obsession with pumping iron is only matched by his desire for avarice. He's sick of listening to the rantings of his wealthy criminal client, Viktor Kershaw (Tony Shaloub) and realizes that maybe bringing some brutal poetic justice to the fraudster might lead to a more jacked bank account for himself.

With the help of a hapless buddy, Adrian Doorbal (The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie, who will also play The Falcon in next year's Captain AmericaWinter Soldier,) and a newcomer to the gym named Paul Doyle (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,) Daniel comes up with a non-violent plan to empty Kershaw's coffers. Unfortunately, the whole "non-violent" part falls by the wayside real quick.

The nouveau-riche knuckleheads, now known as The Sun Gym Gang, think they've killed Kershaw and left him for dead. Unfortunately, these clean-and-jerking juicers are in for the surprise of their lives when Kershaw not only turns up, but sicks a tenacious private detective on them named Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) who is going to make them feel a burn from something other than lactic acid.

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Sin City Sequel Now Stars Josh Brolin

The upcoming sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has officially announced the acquisition of its main star. Playing the role of embattled protagonist, Dwight, is Josh Brolin.

Some who have been following this film's progress may be left scratching their heads, since Clive Owen was all but a lock, seeing as he played the role in the first Sin City film in 2005. (And played it well.) However, in true Sin City fashion of chronological chaos, this sequel, is, in part, a prequel.

Taking place well before his days of having discussions with dead bodies while night driving, Dwight, finds himself in an ordeal, torn between his feelings for a wicked woman named Ava, who always seems to bring trouble his way. -- Not to give away too much, but the lasciviously-manipulative Ava ropes Dwight into an tangled web of murder, making him a target for dangerous people, culminating in the need for a bit of facial plastic surgery.

...Which means, it could be the case that Josh Brolin plays Dwight for the majority of the film, before he goes under the knife and awakens as Clive Owen.

The news comes just after we've learned of the addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni to the already-stacked cast. As of now, they are still looking for the film's titular "dame" in the sexy, sinister, Ava.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Coming This Fall

As if Marvel's animated heroes weren't adorable enough with all their earnest earth saving and improbable outfits, now they're getting bricked out LEGO style!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that Marvel LEGO Super Heroes will be available this fall across major platforms, offering up an original storyline with Loki and Galactus out to harm the good people of earth, while Nick Fury sets out to stop them with the aid of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man and other Marvel Heroes.

“Players will brave the ultimate mission to save the world as they explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing.

This first LEGO video game to feature famous Marvel characters will allow players to unlock more than 100 characters from the the Marvel Universe, all within an epic, action-packed and yet delightfully playful LEGO universe. Already mentioned, albeit not confirmed, are appearances from characters in the Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy universe.

For more, check out Game Informer who go in-depth on the game for their February cover story.

ICO, Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection Available For Preorder

Sony has hired Hanna screenwriter Seth Locchead to work on a script written by Juston Marks for a film adaptation of Shadow of the Colossus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Marks was the original writer brought in back in 2009, and Lochhead steps in now to work with director Josh Trank (Chronicle) on polishing the story off.

Team Ico PlayStation 2-era classic should need no introduction with the G4 crowd. The game sends the young Wander and his trusty steed Argo off an adventure across a barren land populated by 16 towering creatures, the titular Colossi. Wander's goal is to defeat the inhabitants of the land so that he can free his lady love from a magically induced sleep.

Sony bringing in a second writer to polish of this long in development script is an extremely good sign. Be hopeful, Team Ico fans. Be very hopeful.

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2013 Games Preview: Sly Cooper: Thieves In TimeRelease Date: February 5, 2013

Developer: Sanzaru Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita

Sly Cooper returns! Sanzaru Games takes the reins from series creator Sucker Punch Productions for Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, the first current-gen offering for the series and the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's PlayStation 2 gem, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. In Sly's latest adventure, players hop back and forth through time as they take control of various Cooper ancestors.

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Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time picks up after the events of the previous game, with Bentley's time machine playing an important role in the story. After discovering that the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus are disappearing, Bentley gets Sly and the gang together for a time-jumping tour through the Cooper family tree. In addition to Sly, players will also take control of his Cooper predecessors in various stages, taking advantage of their unique skills to solve a variety of platforming, stealth, and exploration puzzles.

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