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2013 Games Preview: DmC: Devil May CryRelease Date: January 15, 2013

Developer: Ninja Theory

Publisher: Capcom

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows (on 1/25)

The son of Sparda is back! Capcom's veteran mercenary and demon hunter is setting out on an all-new adventure in just a few weeks from now, in DmC: Devil May Cry. Ninja Theory, a newcomer to the franchise, is set to deliver a rebooted take on Hideki Kamiya's creation. Early looks at the game have shown a lot of promise, with a combat system that appears to be just as deep and as complex as fans of the series would expect.

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DmC: Devil May Cry isn't the sort of full-on reboot that aims to erase the past. Dante's earlier adventures still exist within the series canon while Ninja Theory's tale picks up in a parallel universe. Our younger, shorter-haired Dante kicks off his adventure in Limbo City, an urban landscape that seems normal at first... until the demon overseers that run the place start sending all manner of nasty critters off to kill Dante.

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Winnie The Pooh Flash Game Confounds Reddit

Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby. That's the title of the Flash game that has sent Reddit users into hysterics. The charming little time-waster sees plays attempting to smack dingers as Disney's lovable Pooh bear, but the extreme level of difficulty has produced some comical responses, such sa the one above posted on the bluegartr.com forums.

The Reddit headline sums up the situation pretty succinctly: "4chan discovered this kids game last night, called Winnie the Pooh Home Run Derby. No one has been able to beat the game completely. Give it a try if you want, but be prepared to rage quit." Do you dare try it for yourself? Check out Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby right here.




Pre-orders are now open for NECA's beautiful Skyhook replica from BioShock Infinite. The handheld device is the first weapon you receive in the game, also doubling as a tool used to zip between the floating islands of Columbia along an elaborate rail system. The replica won't allow you to do any of that, but it's still really sweet.

Customers in the United States can place their pre-orders now for the $79.99 item, according to the official Facebook page (via MTV Multiplayer). You can see the thing in action in the video above. NECA is the same company behind the Portal gun replica, as you probably know. Expect this item to disappear just as quickly.


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Minecraft v1.3 Arrives On August 1

4J Studios received an extra-special New Year's Eve treat last week when Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition surpassed the 5 million sales marker on December 31, 2012. The studio revealed the news on its Twitter feed, giving fans yet another reason to be immensely proud of the little indie PC game that could.

The work that the UK studio put in on its console refresh of Mojang's world-building game over the latter half of 2012 was nothing less than impressive. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was released on May 9, and 4J was able to push out a total of seven significant, content-enhancing title updates before the year turned.

The best is yet to come too, based on what we've heard from 4J chief Paddy Burns. Minecraft on Xbox 360 is not seen as a port, and you can expect 4J to start trying out some new ideas for the game in 2013. Just check out our interview from late-summer of last year for a few hints.

2013 Movie Preview: Bullet To The Head

Release Date: February 1
Director: Walter Hill
Rating: R

The Expendables films have managed to rebuild the playground of the old-school, no-nonsense action hero and the centerpiece star, Sylvester Stallone is back with a new potential franchise in this hybrid between revenge movie and buddy cop comedy.

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Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo, a longtime hitman that's being pressured by his daughter (Sarah Shahi) to get out of the business while he's still intact. Unfortunately, his retirement will have to wait when his partner is murdered by a ruthless kingpin named Keegan (Jason Mamoa.)

Like any old-school alpha male that avoids skim milk and doesn't take crap from anyone, Jimmy goes on a quest for vengeance that will lead to this contract killer partnering-up with the most unlikely of allies: A cop!

Proving the old adage that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," NYPD detective, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) is also jonesing for a piece of Keegan after similarly losing his partner. Together, they go on a two-man spree of slaughter and prove that "nothing is over" until a lot of stuff blows up and the bad guy is beaten, bloodied, and killed.

Also filling out the cast are Christian Slater, Holt McCallany, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

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2013 Movie Preview: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

Release Date: January 25
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Yet another one of your childhood bedtime stories is getting a stylized, action-packed big-budget treatment. (At least, until Michael Bay decides to tackle Little Miss Muffet.) This time, it will feature Hawkeye and a Bond Girl that ended up bathed in black gold.

Here, we have a slick follow-up to the 1812 Grimm fairy tale that taught us the value of leaving breadcrumb trails and that witches who don't get proper education at Hogwarts end up living alone in an edible cabin in the woods, craving the taste of children.

Managing to avoid becoming the main ingredients in a witch's oven-baked kid pies, grown siblings Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) used their childhood trauma and went the Sam and Dean Winchester route, hunting these evil broom-bucking bitches wherever they may hide.

Now, it appears that the baddest of them all, Muriel (Famke Janssen) is lurking about and needs to be stopped. She's kidnapping children to be sacrificed at a massive gathering of witches on "Blood Moon" night. (Of course, this was before the Blood Moon sacrifice of children festivities got all corporate, charging high ticket prices and forcing you to pay $50 for just one eye of newt.)

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arctic Strike DLC Details

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is turning its attention now to the Tom Clancy-branded Ghost Recon series for a possible big screen treatment. The news comes from UMP chief executive Jean-Julien Baronnet, the former head of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Ubi started establishing itself as a Hollywood player in 2012, with news that Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy had been attached to big screen adaptations of Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, respectively. There's little to say at this point about Ghost Recon beyond the fact that it's in the pitch stage (which is very early in Hollywood terms); expect to hear much more first about those other two projects.

The LA Times interview is largely focused on profiling Baronnet and his work at Ubisoft. If you're at all curious to learn more about the company's efforts in the film world, this is well worth a read.




Tomb Raider

The rumors are true: Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will include a multiplayer mode for the first time in the life of the franchise. The news is confirmed by OXM US, with the next issue's cover story focusing entirely on how this new feature fits into the game.

The earlier rumor described a team-based setup that pits Lara Croft's fellow shipwreck survivors against "Yamatai's scavengers" in "a variety of modes." We now know that the multiplayer content is the work of Eidos Montreal, the studio behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The rest of the details will follow when the latest issue of OXM hits newsstands on January 8. Tomb Raider arrives two months later, on March 5, 2013.





Black Ops 2 'Revolution' DLC May Have Been Outed

You might have missed this if you were caught up in New Year's Eve revelry: the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, called Revolution, will reportedly arrive on January 29, 2013. Activision has yet to confirm anything officially, but a Reddit user shared what appears to be some real-deal promo art, as you can see above.

Assuming the posted image is accurate, it looks like Revolution will add four new multiplayer maps (Hydro, Downhill, Grind, Mirage), a new zombie map, and -- in a series first for DLC, a new weapon, the Peacekeeper SMG. The title of the zombie map -- Die Rise -- appears to be a play on the title of the World at War Zombies map, Der Reise.

It's not official until Activision confirms it of course, but late-January certainly seems like the right time for the latest Call of Duty game's first DLC.

2013 Movie Preview: The Last Stand

Release Date: January 18
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Rating: R

While he's made a notable comeback in The Expendables films, the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger will grace the top of a marquee for the first time in a decade, this time sporting a sheriff's shield, a grizzled demeanor, and a modernized take on the traditional western movie plot.

What We Know:

The Governator plays Ray Owens, a jaded ex-LAPD narcotics officer who now lives a quieter life as sheriff in a sleepy small town on the US/Mexican border. However, the town's sleepiness is about to receive a wake-up call when a vicious drug cartel head their way after a speed-heavy caper that freed their leader from FBI custody.

Now, circumstances have forced Ray to give his upstart deputies a quick lesson in badass action and even badder puns since their happy hamlet is the final geographic obstacle before the pernicious pushers can elude authorities across the border.

Aided by an eccentric sidekick in Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville, Ahnuld will truly be "back" and joined by a cast consisting of Rodigo "Xerxes" Santoro, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzmán, and Thor's Jaimie Alexander.

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On just another day way back when, X-Play staffers started noticing that an odd fellow had shown up to their office that morning. It was an NPC from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and while some people were concerned, others saw only the possibilities.

The X-Play Scrolls 5: Skyrim »


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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.

This week, we're talking about our five favorite games this year! Here's who made our "Best of 2012" list: 

GAME OF THE YEAR

THE WALKING DEAD
iOS (Episode 1 FREE - Limited Time)

Telltale Games has picked up a huge barrel of accolades for The Walking Dead, and we're adding one more to the bunch by naming it our 2012 Mobile Game of the Year. Participating in the gory, zombie-infested journey of Lee and his unplanned ward Clementine was both horrifying and heartbreaking. We can't count how many times we felt helpless as we made impossible choices affecting our entire party's feelings toward us, or how many times we weren't quite sure what to say to someone to quell their inner demons.

Attempting to shield Clementine from the perils of both zombie and human, and the gut wrenching sequences we experienced as each chapter played out was a perfect example of how mobile games don't need to mean simple, or childish; indeed, The Walking Dead served as a model for dramatic storytelling, beyond the platform. We could have watched this short story play out on our screens between seasons of the TV show (not unlike Battlestar Galactica's Razor), and it would have easily served as a parallel-timeline-slash-prequel.

There's no point in spoiling the story for you if you haven't played The Walking Dead, but there's no doubt in our minds it was the best of the best in both environment, character development, plot, and plain tugging at the ol' heartstrings. A well deserved accolade for Telltale Games, along with a hope that they'll continue to produce this type of polished, high-level content.

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PlayStation 2 Memories

We have quite literally reached the end of an era. After more than 12 years on the market, Sony is officially putting a stop to PlayStation 2 shipments in Japan, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku). The last-gen platform was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, and in the 12+ years that followed it managed to rack up a startling 150 million units sold. 

There's no official word from Sony on what this development means for shipments in other parts of the world, though it's probably safe to say that you'd better act quickly if you were planning to purchase a new PS2. The console had a great run, but you had to figure this was coming as Sony prepares -- along with everyone else -- for the next generation of gaming hardware.

What was the first PS2 game that you played? What was the last? Did you have a favorite? The answers to those questions for me: Grand Theft Auto 3, Rogue Galaxy (so great, so underrated!), and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Everywhere X-Play went, they'd get asked over and over what it was like spending working hours playing games, reviewing games, previewing games and beyond. It got so overwhelming, they decided to put out a video to answer the question once and for all. Find out what they had to say in this revisit of an X-Play Classic.

A Day in the Life of X-Play »


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Dune 2 RTS Is Free And Playable In Your Browser

Salty, old PC gamers remember Westwood Studios for many reasons, but it's mostly for Dune 2. Yes, this is also the same studio that created Command & Conquer, but its RTS predecessor that was responsible for establishing many of the genre's core conventions is the one based on Frank Herbert's fascinating sci-fi universe.

This '90s RTS is a topic of conversation today because it is now playable right in your browser. That's right: you can play Dune 2 in its entirety right now at play-dune.com (via Kotaku). The HTML5 app runs smoothly in your browser, though my iPad didn't want to make nice with it. It appears to be an imperfect port, with missing or slightly altered features and balance, but don't forget that it's entirely free.

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