Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer »

You've surely heard by now that Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines delivers a story that franchise rights-holder 20th Century Fox regards as official canon. The setup for that story is laid bare in a newly released trailer which is light on gameplay and heavy on exposition.

Colonial Marines is effectively a direct sequel to the events of Aliens, picking up not long after the events of Alien 3. A search and rescue force sent to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco steps into the aftermath of a Xenomorph bloodbath, both aboard the ship and on the surface of LV-426. The new trailer features lots of nods for franchise fans, so give it a look.

The outstanding Kickstarter success of the Android-powered Ouya console is now a real thing, with dev consoles shipping out to backers this week. The finished product isn't supposed to be arriving until March 2013; this first wave is specifically for those who paid extra for the ability to start creating games in advance of the console's release.

An official unboxing video features a first look at the unfinished product. The dev-specific Ouya isn't the prettiest thing out there, with a clear plastic shell housing the hardware and a pair of non-finalized gamepads. It sure is teeny tiny though. 

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Snolo Sled: Sledding Just Got Extreme


Posted December 28, 2012 - By G4 Staff


The Snolo sled is made of carbon fiber, has been tested at speeds of up to 40 mph and allows for unprecedented levels of control and maneuverability. Basically, the days of sledding being something kids do on sheets of cardboard are at their end -- this is one, serious sled. It's portable, and folds up to be carried like a backpack, allowing you to take the thing anywhere snowy adventure awaits. Rosebud.

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Diablo 3

Blizzard had been planning to add a Team Deathmatch PvP option to Diablo 3 in a coming update, though a new blog post from lead designer Jay Wilson confirms that the mode has been officially shelved. The big issues seem to be the mode's lack of depth and the fact that classes are tuned and balanced for PvE play first.

As Wilson writes, "our core problem is that our Team Deathmatch mode doesn't feel like a great addition to Diablo III. It's not up to the quality that Blizzard gamers expect or that we feel you deserve, and it doesn't really fit with our goals for the rest of the game." The mode has been shelved entirely as a result, and the team is "going back to the drawing board" to work on a TDM "replacement."

That replacement, along with the still-confirmed 1v1 dueling -- coming in patch v1.0.7 "sometime after the new year" -- will be completely free additions to the core game.

Dead Space 3

Electronic Arts and Visceral Games will be giving Dead Space 3 fans a chance to try the game early with a playable demo that will launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms next month. The official release date is January 22, 2012, just a few weeks short of the game's February 5 launch.

You've got options though. Those who would like to take an earlier crack at the demo -- on Xbox 360 only, unfortunately -- can do so by browsing over to demo.deadspace.com and following the directions there. It's easy; you just need to provide your birthday and sign in from there to your Origin account. You'll then be sent a download code that will allow you to access the demo a full week early.


Sure, X-Play might have started out small and humble, but once the good times got rolling, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb rode an international drug-fueled rocket ship of destruction that was completely unsustainable. When the huge crash came, you can bet E! True Hollywood Story was there to document it all. Watch the video below to find out what went down.

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Mega Man, SMB: The Lost Levels Come To 3DS eShop

It's a good day to be a Nintendo fan, with the latest 3DS eShop update making a pair of bona fide classics easily downloadable. Capcom's original Mega Man game is now available in the eShop, with the subsequent five releases in the series to follow in the coming months. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is also new in the 3DS eShop this week. Both games are available for $4.99 apiece.

Elsewhere in the world of Nintendo, Wii U owners can take advantage of an ongoing eShop holiday sale on the new platform. Three downloadable titles -- Little Inferno, Trine 2: Director's Cut, and Chasing Aurora -- are all available at reduced prices; $9.99, $15.99, and $7.49, respectively. For those who'd like to take a break from the new console's disc-based launch titles, this eShop trio is a solid bunch.

Retro City Rampage

The latest PlayStation Plus update is live, with both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Retro City Rampage now available for free to members as part of the Instant Game Collection. The update also lays out a number of member-only price drops as part of Sony's ongoing Holiday Essentials Sale.

PlayStation Network favorites Journey and Papo y Yo both fall under $10 now, with a price tag of $7.35 for each. Zipper Interactive's solid PS Vita shooter Unit 13 is also a lower-priced steal, at $12.94 for PS Plus members. Then there's Duke Nukem Forever, which is still way, way, WAY too expensive at $9.80. Check out the full list over at PlayStation Blog.

Borderlands 2

There probably aren't too many of you who missed out on Gearbox Software's outstanding Borderlands 2, but those who did can get it -- along with a few other things called "Borderlands" -- on the cheap for today only. Microsoft's ongoing Countdown to 2013 Xbox Live deals continue today with temporary price drops on a trio of Borderlands offerings (via Major Nelson).

The original Borderlands is selling via Games On Demand for $9.99, though it's not the DLC-loaded Game of the Year edition (which can be gotten elsewhere for $19.99). Borderlands 2 is also a Game On Demand offering, marked down 33 percent to $39.99 (from $59.99). Finally, the Borderlands 2 Season Pass that allows you to pre-buy four DLC packs for the game (two of which are already available) is selling for 1,800 MS Points (down from 2,400).

Memoto Camera: Document Everything That Every Happens To You

The Memoto camera is a tiny device that captures every moment of your life in photo keyframes. These spontaneous shots can be searched, shared and revisited at any time using Memoto’s web service and mobile application. Affix one of these postage-stamp-sized devices to your lapel and forget it, and it will document your life for you, taking a snapshot ever 30 seconds of every day you are above ground. The photos are tagged with GPS locations and times, so you can look back over your many exciting adventures or prove your alibi in court. 

Memoto $279 | More Info: Memoto

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Grand Theft Auto's Last-Gen Map Downloads

Rockstar Games has a nice gift for longtime fans in the form of downloadable high-resolution maps for some of its older Grand Theft Auto games. The GTA titles of the previous hardware generation -- GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas -- all included paper city maps inside the game box, and those maps are now available for you to download via Rockstar Newswire.

All three of these titles are now available on a variety of platforms, with Vice City's 10th anniversary mobile release being the most recent (that game is also coming soon to PlayStation Network as a PS2 Classic). The maps aren't any kind of replacement for actually learning the streets as you play, but they're cool relics from a bygone era that you can now pore over at your leisure.

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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider, which Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will release on March 5, 2013, may feature some sort of multiplayer component that pits Lara Croft's shipmates against "Yamatai's scavengers" in "a variety of modes," according to a now-edited GAME UK product listing (as reported by All Games Beta). We've reached out to Square Enix for comment, as there's been no official talk yet of anything other than the story-driven campaign that reboots the series.

UNofficially, this isn't the first hint we've had that Tomb Raider will deliver something for the multiplayer crowd. Way, way back in 2010, a Crystal Dynamics job listing sought a producer to "take on a major production role in the multi-player part of an upcoming action adventure title" (via MTV Multiplayer). The job could conceivably have been for a different game, though don't forget that the studio has worked on nothing but Tomb Raider since 2006 (as far as the public knows).

Stay tuned for an update from Square Enix as soon as we hear back.

Sure, most times gamers see Kratos, he can get away with stabbing first and asking questions later, but in domestic life, he's got to play by the rules just like everyone else. He doesn't always find the adjustment back to civilian life so easy though, as demonstrated in this video from the X-Play Classics vault.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Tokyo Game Show 2012 Reveal Trailer »


Spark Unlimited's ninja-themed zombie game, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, isn't officially confirmed for any specific platforms, though some new job listings at the studio suggest that this is a current-gen game (via Joystiq). Multiple listings state that Yaiba is a "3rd Person slasher with horror elements for the PS3 and Xbox 360." Still not official confirmation, mind you, but it's all we have to go on for now.

The job listings offer few other details, though we can infer a number of things based on what roles the studio is looking to fill. Many of the job listings call for experience building game content in Unreal Engine 3. There's also a single multiplayer-oriented listing, which is worded in a way that suggests Yaiba might include either or both adversarial and cooperative online play.

It's all speculation of course, but we'll take what we can get with so little revealed about the game thus far.

The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman Reveals Timeline

While Hugh Jackman is riding high from the solid holiday numbers for Les Misérables, it turns out the actor has recently revealed an important detail about the return of his signature character. (And no, I'm not talking about Van Helsing.)

In an interview with Parade magazine, Jackman let loose some details about The Wolverine, his return next summer as Marvel's adamantium-aligned ass-beater. Apparently, everything we thought we knew about where the film fits in the timeline of the X-Men franchise was wrong. According to the star, The Wolverine will actually take place AFTER the events of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. (You know, the one where a lot of important characters met lame, anticlimactic deaths? Yeah...)

As a result, The Wolverine is apparently not a prequel-sequel to the 2009 prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but is, in actuality, a spinoff sequel to the 2000-2006 X-Men trilogy. -- Does that make sense?

Check out what Jackman had to say about the matter below, as well as his hint of a cameo from another X-Men member.

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