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Friday, October 31, 2008

Over 20,000 Worldwide Gears of War 2 Midnight Mayhem Events Will Usher in the Arrival of this Holiday’s Top Entertainment Release

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Xbox Press Release:

Fans will get to enjoy exclusive giveaways, special appearances and more at flagship events in London, LA and NYC

To celebrate the arrival of the much-anticipated action blockbuster, “Gears of War 2,” more than 20,000 retailers worldwide will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 7 to massive lines of eager fans.

In London, Los Angeles and New York, Microsoft and retail partners will host launch events featuring contests, special guest appearances and prizes, including Limited Edition “Gears of War 2” Xbox 360 consoles, Special Edition “Gears of War 2” Zune devices, DC Comics/WildStorm Productions’ comic books, art books, posters and more.

Marquee launch event locations and activities include:

  • London: GAME at 64-66 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1NP
    • “Gears of War” comic book artist Liam Sharp and Microsoft Game Studios staff will be on location to participate in the launch activities and give away “Gears of War 2” merchandise.
  • Los Angeles: GameStop at Universal City Walk, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, CA 91608
    • Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson will MC the event, which will feature special appearances and autograph signings by Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games. “Gears of War 2” voice actors including John DiMaggio (Marcus Fenix), Lester “Rasta” Speight (Augustus Cole) and Carlos Ferro (Dominic Santiago) will also be in attendance. Additionally, fans will have the unique opportunity to mug with a real life “Delta Squad” – costumed characters from Nightmare Armor Studios will be patrolling the GameStop, and tons of free “Gears of War 2” merchandise will be given away throughout the evening.
    • Please note that lineups will not begin before 11 a.m. PST.
  • New York: Best Buy, 622 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
    • Epic Games’ senior producer Rod Fergusson along with Epic Games team members will interact with the crowd and autograph copies of the game in addition to free “Gears of War 2” merchandise.
  • Bellevue: Best Buy, 457 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
    • “Gears of War 2” co-writer Joshua Ortega and Microsoft Game Studios staff will be on location to participate in the launch activities and give away “Gears of War 2” merchandise.

As part of the Midnight Mayhem launch activities in North America, everyone who purchases “Gears of War 2” at participating retailers will receive an Xbox LIVE token for an exclusive in-game gold-plated Hammerburst for use in multiplayer gameplay. These tokens will not be available beyond the night of launch and only while supplies last.

More information on Midnight Mayhem events can be found online at www.gearsofwar.com.

Mirror's Edge Out Now on the Xbox 360

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Faith has Jumped into the Xbox Live Marketplace with Mirror's Edge as a demo and is available NOW! This is one demo you don't want to miss.

What are you still doing here, RUN, Jump In!!!

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In a city where information is monitored, messengers called Runners are the only way to communicate freely.

You are Faith, a skilled Runner who’s uncovered corruption at the city's core. And now you are being hunted.

Grab the zipline on your way down.

Grab the zipline on your way down.

Download the free Mirror's Edge™ demo now from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and experience the exhilarating first-person action-adventure. Learn key Runner skills like wall-runs, leaps, and combat in the Tutorial, then use your speed and your skills to survive the Prologue of the game in the demo!

Race through the stage in Time Trial mode.

Race through the stage in Time Trial mode.

Use your speed and your wits to stay alive as you look to free your sister from being framed for a crime she didn't commit. Your speed and agility allow you not only to evade capture and perform daring escapes, but also to disable and disarm unwary opponents in a mix of fast paced chase, puzzles, strategy, and intense combat.

Time Trial Mode
Pre-order Mirror's Edge at your favorite retailer now to unlock Time Trial mode in the demo*! Find the quickest routes and prove you are the fastest Runner in the world by conquering the online Leaderboards. Mirror’s Edge sprints to store shelves on November 13.

*Good only for pre-order purchases of Mirror's Edge for Xbox 360®. Valid at participating retailers. Limit one offer per person. Time Trial access code will be provided by the retailer at time of pre-order. The unique code can be redeemed as long as the Mirror's Edge demo is available online.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Call of Duty World at War Beta Key Give Away

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I have 2 beta keys for the Call of Duty World at War beta for the Xbox 360. I will be posting them here in the next 24 hours:

Beta Key #1: B7JJ8-82929-HPF4C-PRDPM-WW9DG

Beta Key #2: KP27W-DQ6K6-YFDP8-R72F6-X47FG

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO ACTIVATE the KEY
To download the Call of Duty World at War multiplayer beta from Xbox Live® Marketplace:

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1. Sign in to Xbox Live from the Xbox Dashboard, and then select the Marketplace blade

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2. Select Redeem Code

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3. Use your controller and the on-screen keyboard to enter your beta code, then select Done

The beta will download to your Xbox 360 Hard Drive!

Please leave a comment when used.

Enjoy!

UPDATE: I just got one PC CD-Key for the Call of Duty: World at War Multiplayer Beta:

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Download Instructions:

1. Download the PC Beta Installer from the below mirror links.

a. FilePlanet
b. GameSpot
c. WorthDownloading
d. Big Download
e. GameZone
f. FileShack
g. Call of Duty HQ
h. Filefront
i. Gamershell
j. Planet Call of Duty
k. ComputerGames.ro

2. Install the game using the CD-KEY.

3. Download the in game instruction manual.

Please leave a comment when used.

Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

The New Xbox Experience Preview program

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Excited to get your hands on the New Xbox Experience, which will go live all Xbox LIVE regions wide on November 19th? Well, Major Nelson has announced that he has been working on a little project that I think may interested you.

Working with various teams across Xbox, The Xbox team has developed a program to allow a select few early access to NXE. How do you get chosen? The first step is to head on over to Microsoft Connect, sign in with your Windows LIVE ID and join the "Xbox 360 Fall 2008 Preview Program" by clicking on this link, Xbox Preview Program.

Once you do that, you need to fill out the "Xbox 360 Fall Flash Preview Sign Up" survey in order to be considered for receiving the Preview System Update. Their asking a few questions about where you live, your home network, ISP connection and a few other pieces of information. Their looking for a good cross-section of members in order to get the best feedback they can.

The LIVE Service team will then review all of the applications and if you’re selected they’ll send you an email notifying you of your acceptance in the program. A couple of points before you head off to register:

· there’re looking for a few thousand participants, so your chances of making it in are good

· This opportunity is open to all Xbox LIVE Members in regions where Xbox LIVE is available

· Just completing the survey does not automatically get you access to the NXE. They’ll be making final selections from from the completed surveys.

· Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up. Priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

If you are accepted, you'll hear from the Xbox team in about a week. Make sure your information on Connect is updated so they can email you.

Hope we all get in!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

20 Free DLC Tracks for Rock Band 2

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UPDATE: 20 Free Tracks Now Available

MTV Games and Harmonix Announce 20 Free DLC Tracks Available to Rock Band® 2 Owners on November 4th

Emerging Artist Lineup Includes All Genres of Rock Including Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Opiate for the Masses, Lesley Roy, Between the Buried and Me and more!

CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 22, 2008 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) announced details today regarding 20 free DLC tracks that will be made available to Rock Band 2 [1] owners starting November 4, 2008. The lineup ranges across all genres of rock from up-and-coming artists that the industry has recognized as new to thriving rock bands with a quickly growing fan base.

“The Rock Band platform is an unparalleled destination for music discovery – offering a broad cross section of rock, from iconic rock artists to emerging bands,” stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV’s Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music. “With the addition of the 20 new songs we’re announcing today, owners of Rock Band 2 will have the ability to experience music from over 100 artists - - ranging from the acts they already know and love to up-and-coming bands we think they will like.”

Featuring artists across the globe from the US, United Kingdom and Australia to Norway, Japan and Ireland, the 20 free DLC tracks are available exclusively to Rock Band 2 owners and can be accessed by using the DLC redemption code [2] located within the game’s retail packaging.

20 Free Rock Band 2 DLC Set List:

The 88 - “Sons and Daughters”
Authority Zero - “No Regrets”
Between the Buried and Me - “Prequel To The Sequel”
The Cab - “Bounce”
The Chevelles - “Get It On”
The Cocktail Slippers - “Give It To Me”
Dealership - “Database Corrupted”
Endeverafter - “I Wanna Be Your Man”
The Ghost Hounds - “Ashes To Fire”
Hollywood Undead - “Young”
Kutless - “The Feeling”
The Len Price 3 “If I Ain’t Got You”
Lesley Roy - “I’m Gone, I’m Going”
Opiate for the Masses - “Burn You Down”
Semi-Precious Weapons - “Magnetic Baby”
Shaimus - “Like a Fool”
Thenewno2 - “Crazy Tuesday”
Tickle Me Pink - “The Time Is Wrong”
Underoath - “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”
X Japan - “I.V.”

Rock Band 2 features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date. The 20 free tracks listed above combined with the 84 tracks already available on the game disc make for a total of 104 songs on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack, which features an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motörhead and more! With the addition of complete and immediate backwards compatibility for songs purchased from Rock Band’s ever-expanding online music store and the ability to export most songs from the original Rock Band disc, the Rock Band music library will feature more than 500 songs [3] by year’s end.

The Rock Band online music store recently surpassed 25 million paid downloads since the game’s launch in late November 2007. With more than 400 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/music), the massive Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks, packs and albums from the vast selection of offerings available as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Downloadable content for Xbox® 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is available for purchase via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the hard drive of Xbox 360. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system's version of Rock Band is available for purchase on the PlayStation®Store through the free PlayStation®Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive. Downloadable content for the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo is available for purchase through the in-game Rock Band music store using Wii points that can be purchased through the Wii Shop Channel. Additional storage in the form of an SD card may be necessary for Rock Band track downloads to the Wii system.

Rock Band 2 is rated “T” for Teen with descriptors of lyrics and suggestive themes by the ESRB.

For more information on Rock Band 2 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband2.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

[via Rock Band]

Portal: Still Alive is Out Now on the XBLM

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If you liked the first Portal from The Orange Box then you are sure to like Portal: Still Alive. It's the same great game with a whole lot more. Download it now from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Portal™: Still Alive features the full award-winning Portal single player game from Valve, plus a new challenge mode. Designed to change the way you approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in any given environment, Portal has earned over 70 industry honors for its innovative gameplay, with more than 30 "Game of the Year" awards.

Break the laws of physics using "portal" technology to solve puzzles and survive in this darkly comic story weaving adventure with brain-bending puzzles.

  • Innovative gameplay: Experience the first first-person puzzle-action-adventure game with hours of single player gaming.
  • Extras: The game includes fourteen brand new bonus puzzles to challenge even the most skilled test subjects. And, get a glimpse into the making of Portal: Still Alive with commentary from the developers.

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Go ahead, Jump In

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Xbox Live Team and Others as Avatars

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The New Xbox Experience that's dropping Nov 19th onto every Xbox 360 World Wide looks to be dropping the avatars right onto the web as well. Want to see the likes of the Xbox Team and others as avatars on the web? You will need IE to view them at the moment but every browser should work I would imagine soon enough. Here they are:

Xbox Team
Major Nelson - Larry Hryb, Xbox Live Director of Programming
mn_avatare - Eric,
trixie360 - Christa
BIGVIP - Aaron Greenberg
kugelblitz - Boris Schneider-Johne, PM at Microsoft Germany
Stepto -Stephen Toulouse, LIVE Services group

GameScoreBlog
CPaladino - Chris Paladino
Bastelyon - Tony Hynes
DirtyDiva - Sara Nicholson
stalalem - John Porcaro
don gorgon - Nelson Rodriguez, Inside Xbox: Pick Up & Play

Talking About Games
NatalieS - Natalie Sousa, Inside Xbox: Pick Up & Play

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If you find some others, let me know and I will add them.

Come Nov 19th, we will be able to drop them into our own sites, blogs, facebook, wherever, giving us a new face on the web.

Another cool thing is dropping a background image behind the avatars giving them more life, like e and Major Nelson here placed into Fable 2.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pre-order Halo Interactive Strategy Game

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Now available for Pre-order.

Halo Interactive Strategy Game captures the edge of your seat action and storyline of the video game as it gives players the chance to control UNSC marine and covenant forces in strategic battles for power. Featuring the same premise and characters as the video game including master chief, A.I. and covenant the Halo Interactive Strategy Game offers a modular board that can be re configured to create a virtually limitless game play experience. By recreating the video games signature three dimension graphic design, the game pulls fan favorite elements from Halo 1, 2, and 3 along with music from the video game's award winning soundtrack and features unseen exclusive DVD content to enhance game play. In the game players command armies of three dimensional collectible character pieces for two different levels of play Heroic for faster casual game play and Legendary for more strategic advanced gamers. Fans follow storylines that expand the Halo experience in campaign mode or go head to head in interactive battle sequences with slayer or capture the flag modes. The battle options are endless with future additions of new adventures, vehicles, characters and weapons to expand the experience. The Halo Interactive Strategy Game is suitable for people above the age ten.

Pre-order NOW!

Friday, October 10, 2008

H3R - A Little more of the same but Official Details

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Since Brian is still wearing his Sailor Moon costume and having his picture taken at the show and Shishka is overcome with jealousy at the costume’s authenticity, here’s a bit of information in yet another slow newsweek for Bungie.

Bungie happily announced Halo 3: Recon, earlier this week at TGS during the Microsoft Keynote speech to attendees of the Tokyo-based show. In the keynote’s wake there’s been a whole mess of questions about Halo 3: Recon that we’re going to clear up below.

What is Halo 3: Recon?
Halo 3: Recon is a standalone, disc-based campaign expansion to Halo 3. It will be available at fine retailers around the globe in Fall of 2009.

I read on some Liveblog that Master Chief got out of the drop pod?
Negative, ghost rider. Instead of playing as the Master Chief (like players did in Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3) in H3: Recon, players take control of an ODST (an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) who entered orbit just after the slipspace rupture on New Mombasa (that event, you recall, took place as Regret left the planet – and in Halo 2, you followed him as the Chief). Now, players will learn more about what happened on New Mombasa during some of the events of Halo 2.

Is Halo 3 : Recon a 3rd person / squad based shooter?
Nope. "Recon" is definitely first person and it's definitely still a Halo game as you've come to know it. That said, playing as an ODST in this new setting will bring some new twists to the gameplay.

How much will Halo 3 : Recon cost?
The price point has not yet been determined. While there will be a lot of content to enjoy and a great deal of replayability, this is still viewed as an expansion to Halo 3 more so than its equal.

We saw Assembly at PAX 2008, when will we get more downloadable content for Halo 3?
The Mythic Map Pack will be made available via Xbox Live Marketplace in early 2009. “Winter,” as they say. As soon as we have more details we will certainly share them.

Will the Recon campaign content or the other multiplayer maps be available through Xbox LIVE Marketplace?
Beyond the Mythic Map Pack early next year, there are no plans to release other portions of the Recon package outside of the retail box.

Is there a multiplayer component to Halo 3: Recon?
There are multiplayer maps that will appear as a part of the Halo 3: Recon package. This includes the aforementioned Mythic Map Pack in addition to a few others. You can also experience the entire Recon campaign cooperatively with up to 4 players.

Will we get to play as ODSTs in multiplayer now?
No. The multiplayer maps included with the retail package are straight up Halo 3 multiplayer maps. The ODST and other components that make up the Recon campaign are in a separate bucket and not crossing over into the competitive multiplayer realm. Think of it as two games in one.

Will the Halo 3 : Recon multiplayer maps work with "regular" copies of Halo 3?
If you purchase the Mythic Map Pack early next year via Marketplace and your friend waits and gets them with the Halo 3 : Recon retail package next Fall, you can still play together. The multiplayer maps are all part of the Halo 3 "title ID" family, regardless of where or how you get them.

What about other features from Halo 3?
Halo 3: Recon will still make use of Screenshots, Forge and Saved Films just like Halo 3 does.

Will Halo 3 : Recon have new achievements? Are these the same as the ones already "leaked" online?
There are actually two separate buckets for new achievements. The multiplayer achievements will be considered additive to your existing Halo 3 gamerscore. Some of these will be available when the Mythic Map Pack is released on Marketplace early next year. The Recon campaign will include a complete set of unique achievements and a full bounty of 1000 gamerscore to obtain.

This dude at 7-11 told me that there’s a new Campaign version of Forge coming?
Get your Slurpee somewhere else. The maps included with Halo 3: Recon certainly support Forge and the functionality it affords players. But, there isn’t a new Campaign Forge being added to the Halo 3 experience.

I read somewhere that this is the last Halo game Bungie is making. Say it isn't so!
We're not ready to discuss the other projects underway within the studio right now but Halo 3 : Recon does represent the final basket of goodness that we will be delivering for the Halo trilogy. There are no more offshoots or side stories in the works.

Is this the game that Bungie was intending to announce at E3?
Yes, we are happy to finally be able to pull back the curtain and share our latest project with our fans.

Will Halo 3 : Recon still use the Halo 3 engine?
Yes, this is very much an extension of the Halo 3 you have come to know and love complete with all the features included with the original game.

Is this all Bungie has been working on since becoming independent last October?
"Recon" represents one of several projects that we have underway within the Studio but it's the nearest to release and the only one we're able to talk about for now.

If this is an expansion built on top of the existing Halo 3 engine, why will it take two years to create?
Development of "Recon" actually just began in earnest this past Spring. This project is in the hands of a small team and represents our most ambitious release cycle yet as a Studio.

[via Bungie]

NXE: Marketplace on the Web

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Looking good is the Xbox Live Marketplace on the web. Now you'll be able to be at work or anywhere away from your Xbox 360 and search, purchase and queue to download anything on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

When the New Xbox Experience launches on November 19th, you’ll be able to browse the Marketplace on Xbox.com and queue up downloads. The next time you turn on your Xbox 360, the aforementioned items will begin to download.

Very sweet, great job Xbox team.

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Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack Date?

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There's still 20 Halo 3 achievement's to be had but we're forced to wait for the release of the Mythic map pack to drop before their obtainable. A date hasn't been release for the Mythic map pack just yet, or has it?

We learned this morning that the Mythic Map Pack would be released early next year of '09 and not with the release of Halo 3 Recon that will be released later in the Fall of '09.

What about the hidden date that was uncovered from the Halo 3 Recon teaser trailer? Could that still be something? We did just learn it wasn't the release date for the campaign expansion, Halo 3 Recon, so what is that date, if anything?

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The only thing left it could be is the release date for the Mythic map pack since they do tie in with H3R as well. What do you think?

Gears of War 2 goes Gold

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Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad move closer to saving humanity when the highly anticipated sequel launches worldwide on Nov. 7

Microsoft and Epic Games, Inc. announced today that “Gears of War 2,” the blockbuster action sequel to the five million unit selling original, has gone gold.

“After two years of pouring our heart and passion into ‘Gears of War 2,’ the team is immensely happy with what we’ve created,” said Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski. "This is Epic’s best work yet, and we can’t wait to see the response from fans and newcomers to the series alike.”

“Gears of War 2” tells the story of humanity's last stand against the nightmarish, underground Locust Horde, and is the follow-up to one of the most popular Xbox 360 games in history. “Gears of War 2” is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 with an M.S.R.P of $59.99 for the Standard Edition and $69.99 for the Limited Edition.

With just 28 days until the worldwide launch on Nov. 7, fans can immerse themselves in the “Gears of War” universe through a new experiential Web site, a “Gears of War 2” video documentary series, a “Gears of War” comic book series, novel and special merchandise:

  • gearsofwar.com/LastDay
    This online experience reveals events that transpired in the six months between the end of “Gears of War” and the start of “Gears of War 2.” Portions of the site are unlocked over time through the discovery of physical COG tags hidden all around the world up through Nov. 7. 'Every tag tells a tale.'
    http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/lastday/landing.aspx
  • “Gears of War 2” Video Documentary Series
    This seven-part documentary series, updated weekly, goes behind-the-scenes with Epic Games as they describe the influences and ambition behind creating the blockbuster sequel. Episodes one through five are available now at: http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/Media/videos.htm
  • “Gears of War” Comic from DC/Wildstorm
    The “Gears of War” ongoing comic book series, written by comic industry veteran and “Gears of War 2” scriptwriter Joshua Ortega, began its six story arc this week. The first story arc bridges the gap between the original game and “Gears of War 2,” plus introduces a new gear, Jace Stratton! The first issue is now available.
  • “Gears of War: Aspho Fields” Novel from Random House/Del Rey
    Written by New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss, “Gears of War: Aspho Fields” goes back to the pivotal battle of the Pendulum Wars, where Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago helped turn the tide for the Coalition. Available Oct. 28.
  • “Gears of War” Collectibles from NECA
    The second series of “Gears of War” seven inch figures featuring the men of Delta Squad and new adversaries from the Locust Horde are available now at: http://www.necaclub.com/gearsofwar.html

Fans should continue to visit www.gearsofwar.com for more news and announcements as release day approaches.

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Halo 3 Recon, Mythic Maps and More Details

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Joystiq had a chance to talk with Luke Smith and Brian Jerrard from Bungie during a group meeting in Tokyo this morning. Head over and read their right up and listen to the full audio.

Here's the high points I got from the audio:

  • Master Chief will not be part of this game
  • It will be a stand-alone disk sold in stores and boxes next Fall
  • It's also going to include some multiplayer maps, some of those maps will actually be part of the Mythic Map pack that will be released early next year on the Xbox Live Market place.
  • It will be a First Person Shooter not a squad base shooter. There was mention of Stealth, NOT splitter cell
  • As an ODST, compared to playing as in invulnerable Spartan, you are going to have to sort of pick and choose your encounters a little bit differently
  • Everything you have grown to love on Halo 3 will be on H3R
  • H3R is one of a few projects Bungie is working on
  • Working on H3R is a "small agile team" made up of a "bunch of elders" who started the Halo: Combat Evolved franchise.
  • 1000 Gamerscore dedicated to just the campaign for H3R with additional achievements for the multiplayer as well.
  • Pricing more value oriented
  • Still running the Halo 3 engine
  • There won't be a huge leap into presentations
  • More urban darker game a lot of night
  • Built from the ground up on Halo3 tech
  • Still will feel like a Halo game with game play differences, more fragile not a super soldier.
  • Multiplayer will be Halo 3 but with new maps
  • There are weapons, LOL
  • This was the project suppose to be shown at E3
  • Halo 3 and Halo 3 Recon multiplayer will play together
  • Superintendent is somewhat a guiding hand not like Cortana though
  • You won't bump into Johnson, all new people in H3R
  • There still will be melee

So, Halo 3 will be getting the Mythic maps early next year letting us finish up all the Halo 3 achievements before Halo 3 Recon drops.

Halo 3 Recon will have a more urban feel, more at night and a darker setting. An ODST, not a Super Soldier so the game play for the campaign will be more stealth using more tact. The Multiplayer side of it will be no different then the original Halo 3. This way Halo 3 and Halo 3 Recon disc play together on one network. Nice!

If something is missing worth pointing out, please let me know and I will add it. Thanks.

How much do you think it will cost? I say $40 to $45 tops.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Halo 3 Recon will not be Call of Recon or whatever

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On every forum out there has been some already complaining of the New Halo 3 Recon being Stealthy, giving it nicknames and saying Bungie is ripping off other games.

Luke Smith from Bungie posted over at neogaf saying:

"Microsoft's Press Release: While the feel of this new chapter greatly resembles that of previous Halo experiences, Halo 3: Recon will require you to employ more elements of stealth and cunning than ever before."

"The word "stealth" here isn't really a great word. This isn't a stealth action game like a Splinter Cell game. This is a Bungie-made Halo game where you will play as an ODST, which of course, is different (and no, I'm not talking about how it's different ;b) than playing as a Spartan super soldier. This isn't Halo Cell, Ghost Recon: Halo, Republic Commandalo or whatever."

"Edit: Forgot Call of Halo and Gears of Halo."

My favorite I have seen on the forums is "Rainbow Six Halo" but really, I don't feel Halo 3 Recon will be a rip off in anyway and if there are some similarity's, well you have that in every game, nothing wrong with that.

My only complaint is having to wait a year.

Halo 3 Recon Box Art Shown at TGS 08

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[image via joystiq]

Many thought the campaign expansion for Halo 3 would go digital distribution after Marty O'Donnell spoke to GamesIndustry.biz regarding the sale of pre-owned games effecting not only small studios but even larger titles like Halo, but clearly in this snap shoot from TGS 08 they already have box art for Halo 3 Recon due Fall of 09.

I am sure some are glad to see they haven't gone with digital distribution yet since most like trading in their games. I keep most of mine but the few I do trade I trade on Goozex, check them out!

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Update: Nice, just in, marketing image of H3R Box art

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[image via bornagamer]

NXE - HHD Install, Now or Later?

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The New Xbox Experience is about to drop, Nov. 19th for a matter of fact, and the one new feature the majority of us can't wait for is the ability to install games to our Xbox 360's hard drive. Being able to install the entire game on our console's Hard drive will give us faster load times while giving the ever noisy DVD drive a rest (the wife will be happy).

Here comes the dilemma. Looking to the future, you now have this new Xbox Experience running smoothly on your Xbox 360 Elite and you just rushed home with a brand new game you have been dyeing to get your hands on for months and months, let's say, Halo 3 RECON. What do you do first? Do you waist the time installing it on to the hard drive or play it? Well, you get right into the game and play it silly, because you can! You can install it anytime. You have in your hands right now, Halo 3 RECON!!!

There is no mandatory install on the Xbox 360 so enjoy the New GOTY Game and install it when you're just about to hit the sack or when you're about to head off to work but not right when you get home with it, that would be ludicrous. Hope this helps a few nail bitters.

November 19th can't come soon enough, neither can Fall of 09!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First Halo 3 Recon Stills

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Bungie has updated there site with a new Project, Halo 3 Recon!

Enjoy the stills.

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Halo 3 Recon Wallpaper

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Stills snapped from the TGS08 trailer

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