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  • Browser-based Star Trek MMO Announced

    There is another Star Trek MMO on its way going under the name of Star Trek: Infinite Space set in the Deep Space Nine timeline (the one which had so many similarities to Babylon 5).

    Developed by Keen Games, the game will be a casual free-to-play browser based MMO that hopefully will have more exploration and less space politics.

    They are also working in conjunction with Michael and Denise Okuda, the usual consultants for the TV series.

    Star Trek is one of those franchises that every science-fiction fan would give anything to work on,” said Antony Christoulakis, Creative Director at Keen Games.

    “We consider ourselves very lucky to have this opportunity and we are highly committed to delivering a Star Trek experience fans can be proud of.”

  • Final Details of the New L4D DLC

    When a campaign poster appears you know Valve are going to release something soon. Dated for October 5, The Sacrifice DLC will coincide with the final part of the webcomics.

    For the hardcore fans the comic is being treated as the official canon, with the DLC being a pick your own ending deal.

    So far we already know that this will be the missing piece that details on how the original team is broken on their journey down south. However Valve were never clear on the differences between the Left 4 Dead’s version and Left 4 Dead 2’s version.

    If there ever were any hardcore boycotters, still playing the first game out of sheer outrage, then the new DLC offers campaign, versus and survival support for the new maps. It does look like they won’t be getting use of any melee, guns or new specials but does offer a new style finale, hunter pounce spots and five new achievements.

    Left 4 Dead 2 players are getting a better deal. Just like the original they get the new maps and new achievements but on top of that they get the No Mercy campaign, Scavenge maps and the opportunity to use the original characters in both The Sacrifice and No Mercy. Could Bill and Louis move on from their pill addiction to shooting up?

    Now comes the kicker. PC gamers get the DLC free for both versions but Xbox 360 users will have to pay 560 points each if they want to play the new content on both the original and its sequel. It’s your funeral.

  • Review – Halo: Reach [360]

    We’re a little bit later than other sites and publications with our review of Halo: Reach. Why are we a little bit late? Because that’s all we’ve been doing for the past week-and-change.

    The Halo franchise, despite its phenomenal success and brilliant drive has always been maligned by people who are typically described by Halo lovers simply as “haters.” It gets crap for its “lackluster story,” its “sufficiently mediocre” gameplay and its “not-the-best” graphics.

    Despite all the complaints, the Halo games have created a mascot for the Xbox in Master Chief, propelled Microsoft’s console to a staggeringly strong position this console generation and ruined many a GPA in the process.

    So what did we actually think? (more…)

  • Left 4 Dead The Sacrifice Webcomic Part 1 & 2, Reviewed

    Left 4 Dead is a game that puts gameplay and survival first, placing story on the backbenches. Originally there was going to be a story that linked all of the campaigns together in one neat and tidy package but that was later scrapped.

    In some regards this lack of a story made the game better; there’s no quest to cure the infection, you just struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Left 4 Dead 2 later went on to create some cohesion story-wise which has now led onto the only logical step: a webcomic to fill in the story gaps.

    So long introduction aside, is the webcomic worth reading? Yes. Yes it is.

    Each part introduces its own piece of story along with the backstory of one of the original survivors and it is fitting that the weaker of the original cast has the weaker part so far.

    Starting strong with the touching last moments of Bill and his sacrifice to save the others, this quickly descends into a totally unnecessary couple of pages depicting the finale to Blood Harvest. I say a couple, I mean half of part one is dedicated to it. (more…)

  • More Rock Band 3 Prep With Anthrax Tracks

    Like with the Dio tracks that have just passed, Anthrax are getting the RB treatment with five of their tracks making their way onto the Rock Band Store. Imagine these tracks as a metaphorical lube for RB3.

    Anthrax, one of the big four of thrash metal from the 80s, will be making an appearance on Rock Band 3 with the mosh-friendly and wholly brilliant “Caught in a Mosh” from their breakthrough album Among the Living.

    It comes as no surprise then that two of the five tracks come from that same album, “Among the Living” and “Indians”, along with the obvious inclusion of “Madhouse” (live version but it’ll do), “Metal Thrashing Mad” (also live) and “I’m the Man”. It’s just a shame that the Judge Dredd inspired “I Am the Law” didn’t make the cut.

    In Harmonix’s typical contrasting music genre picks, this week also sees the debut of wrist slashing extravaganza that is My Chemical Romance and the mellow The Doobie Brothers, who are also making an appearance on RB3 (less emphasis as I’m just more of a metal fan that’s all). 30 Seconds to Mars, Atreyu (also debuting) and Buckcherry are additionally being added.

    The full list of tracks available next week: 

    • Anthrax – “Among the Living”
    • Anthrax – “I’m the Man”
    • Anthrax – “Indians” +
    • Anthrax – “Madhouse (Live)” +
    • Anthrax – “Metal Thrashing Mad (Live)” +
    • My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
    • My Chemical Romance – “Welcome to the Black Parade”
    • 30 Seconds to Mars – “Closer to the Edge” +
    • Atreyu – “Coffin Nails”
    • Buckcherry – “Out of Line”
    • The Doobie Brothers – “Listen to the Music” +
    • The Doobie Brothers – “Long Train Runnin’” +

    (+ marked tracks are available in the LEGO Rock Band Music Store)

  • Halo: Reach Sales Numbers Sticky-Grenade your Mind

    Last Thursday, Microsoft announced sales numbers for Halo: Reach. The Xbox  360 flagship title grossed an impressive $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in the first 24 hours of its release.

    During the tail-end of a worldwide economic downturn.

    Comparatively, Halo 3 racked up $170 million in its first 24 hours in the U.S. alone in 2007.

    Microsoft didn’t break out numbers by country this time but they’re still impressive. Reach’s sales figures aren’t quite as impressive as Halo developer Bungie’s new partner’s last major release: last November, Activation’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took in $310 million during its first 24 hours on sale.

    That said, Halo: Reach is available on one console, Modern Warfare 2 was a large multi-platform release.

    Microsoft added said that based on U.S. sales alone Reach was the biggest launch of 2010 ahead of the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Iron Man 2′ and ‘Toy Story 3.’

    If we compare those numbers ($133 and $109 million respectively) with Reach’s overall numbers, it’s safe to say Reach pulled somewhere around $150 million in the US alone. Sales over the rest of the week are the next interesting set of numbers we’re waiting on.

    We’ll actually have a review on the game once we can actually put it down.

  • The Coming Month With Xbox Live Marketplace

    Here’s your monthly fix of what to expect on Xbox Live in September/October. This month sees Microsoft’s “Game Feast” season running from September 29 to October 20.

    Games worth checking out are the long awaited watery adventure Hydrophobia (the concept of water as a weapon is still intriguing), Super Meat Boy and downloadable content wise the Liars & Cheats pack for Red Dead Redemption as well as Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution for Borderlands.

    Also anyone who hasn’t downloaded The Passing DLC for L4D2 should take advantage of the Deal of The Week when it comes as the mere 320 MSP they ask for gets you a new game mode and a varied campaign that includes one of the best sewers in the series.

    On the subject of DotW, Microsoft want you to vote for what deals are to be included each week. To vote on what content you would like to see reduced, head on over to the Spotlight channel on the Xbox menu and click on Member’s Choice Deal of the Week Poll.

    Anyhow, onto this month’s content schedule:

    Xbox Live Arcade

    • September 22: Alien Breed 2: Assault Episode 2, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 22: DeathSpank 2: Thongs of Virtue, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • September 22: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • September 29: Hydrophobia, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • October 6: Comic Jumper, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • October 13: Pinball FX 2, free game download (tables purchased individually with free import from original Pinball FX)
    • October 20: Super Meat Boy, 1200 Microsoft Points

    Xbox Live Deal of the Week

    • Week of September 20: Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing, 320 Microsoft Points
    • Week of September 27: Toy Soldiers, 800 Microsoft Points

    Xbox Live Games on Demand

    • September 21: Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary
    • September 28: Assassin’s Creed II

    Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace

    • September 23: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
    • September 28: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

    Xbox Live Game Add-ons

    • September 21: Red Dead Redemption – Liars and Cheats, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 28: Borderlands – Clap Trap’s New Robot Revolution, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 29: Toy Soldiers – Invasion!, 400 Microsoft Points
  • Next Chapter of Alien Breed Series Imminent

    Team17 have announced that the next game in their Alien Breed trilogy, Alien Breed: Assault, will be released on September 22 for Xbox Live and PC, via Steam.

    The first chapter, Alien Breed: Evolution (XBLA) and the updated version Alien Breed: Impact (PSN, PC), were met with mixed reviews, most focusing on the lack of variety, something which the next chapter seeks to correct.

    In it the story continues on from the last, seeing Conrad, Chief Engineer of the Leopold, fighting his way through the dying ship in hopes of re-igniting the spacecraft’s engines so that he can escape a messy death.

    To achieve this he’ll just need to kill hundreds upon hundreds of aliens but, hey, what were you expecting in an isometric alien shooter.

    To add a little more spice to the gameplay new weapons, features and modes are being introduced. Take the new Survivor Mode. It might just be another version of the various horde mode incarnations but the top down shooting lends itself to this mode. Teaming up with a friend only makes this mode better.

    Weapon-wise there is the hyper blaster, a destructive chain gun, and the old faithful, the rocket launcher. More firepower means new meatbags to try them on with the new alien the Webber making an appearance along with “new and shocking bosses”.

    Throw in a couple of choreographed action sequences and some new armour and you may have some features that make co-op play that much more interesting.

    Don’t trust me? Then here’s what John Dennis, Head of Design at Team17, has to say:

    “We’re really happy with how much ‘Assault’ adds to an already strong gameplay formula. We’ve got some awesomely destructive new weapons to purchase and upgrade, monstrous new boss battles, and some really exciting set-pieces.

    “Add the stress-inducing, claustrophobic experience of moving ever deeper into a space station infested with blood-thirsty aliens, and you get a very strong offering that we hope will please both Alien Breed fans and players new to the game alike.”

    Currently there’s no word on when it will appear on the Playstation Network.

  • Wesker vs Spidey in Latest Marvel vs. Capcom

    It seems Capcom wasn’t content with just announcing X-23 and Tron Bonne for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 last week so joining them are Resi super villain Albert Wesker and of course Spider-Man.

    While it was always a safe bet to think Spidey would be included on Marvel’s roster, the inclusion of Wesker not only marks his first appearance but also makes me joyful at the prospect of beating the stripes out of Captain America.

    Spider-Man is said to have similar abilities to his character in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 only with more moves to get behind his opponent, in addition to a newly upgraded super move.

    Meanwhile Wesker will be donning his Resi 5 attire, the dark shades indoor look (because nothing is more practical than that), which also means that he has his teleport and dodging moves that we’ve come to know and hate about him. From footage his supers are just as over-the-top as his downfall in Resi 5.

  • Let the Halo Franchise Grow

    This is going to be simple – We want more Halo.

    Some people, PC FPS players especially, despise the Halo franchise. Say what you will about the games themselves, no one can doubt that the games have been a phenomenal success for Bungie and Microsoft and have been instrumental in launching the Xbox 360 to its current position.

    Worldwide the franchise has moved nearly 40 million units. That number doesn’t take into account the bundled units for the original Xbox, Xbox 360 or second-hand sales. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, Halo 3 grossed $170 million in its first 24 hours of sales. ‘Avatar’ grossed a little more than $30 million. Think about that. We’re still waiting on Halo: Reach numbers.

    So the question is why haven’t we seen more Halo? If we were to, what would be the ideal vehicle for such a pop-culture Trojan Horse? More books? A massive big-budget summer blockbuster? A TV series? MORE video games?

    Read on for more. (more…)