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Star Wars: The Old Republic gets three new characters … one gets his own book

April 30th, 2010 No comments
Ever since we were burned by the seemed-cool-until-you-heard-him-coughing General Grievous, we've been leery of new Star Wars characters -- old George doesn't really make them like he used to. But Star Wars:The Old Republic is a BioWare project, and that's a company that knows its characters, so we'll give these three new website reveals a chance. General Garza is a tough-as-nails Galactic Republic officer who's been accused of overseeing secret assaults throughout the galaxy, the Mandalore is a warrior-king who supports the Empire (and leads the Mandalorians -- Boba Fett's peeps) and Darth Malgus is -- well, with a name like that, you can probably guess.

Yup, he's a Dark Lord of the Sith, and we actually saw him in the trailer released last year. Guess which character is popular enough to get a book written about them? Decieved is a novel by Paul Kemp due out in December that will tell the story of "his rise to fame and glory as the Sith Lord who destroyed the Jedi Temple." Now that sounds like a character with some depth! It's not like you could write a whole book about General Grievous, right?

JoystiqStar Wars: The Old Republic gets three new characters ... one gets his own book originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 01 May 2010 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Taito shoots RayStorm HD at North America May 5

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Shooter fans in the mood for something with a bit more of a classical sensibility than the insane "bullet hell" shmups being made these days should look forward to May 5.

Square Enix just announced the North American release date for the XBLA RayStorm HD, the updated remake of a classic Taito vertical shooter (but not the one with the robot fish), and it's the same May 5 date at which Japanese Xbox owners (both of them) and PlayStation 3 owners will be able to get the game. Sadly, no PSN release date was included in the announcement -- something about which we're checking with the publisher.

JoystiqTaito shoots RayStorm HD at North America May 5 originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 01 May 2010 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SOE to show a PS3 version of Free Realms at E3 2010

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Ah, the console MMO. This elusive beast is often rumored, but rarely spotted in the wild -- lots of developers want the widespread crowd (and subscription fees) that a successful MMO brings, but have trouble adapting PC-centric gameplay to the stick-and-buttons console audience. Sony Online Entertainment is the next contender, apparently, as it has announced plans to show off a console version of the popular free-to-play MMO Free Realms at E3 this year.

The game just hit its first birthday, and has boasted over 10 million players already doing everything from the standard fantasy combat to an in-game trading card game to ... kart racing. As its title suggest, it's free-to-play on PC, with extra features available for a subscription price. SOE says the title is "very much in development," and we'll have to see at E3 if it can hunt down one of the gaming industry's rarest catches.

[Via Massively]

JoystiqSOE to show a PS3 version of Free Realms at E3 2010 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rockstar answers your Red Dead Redemption questions

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Rockstar answers your Red Dead Redemption questions screenshot

Gamers eager to get their hands on Red Dead Redemption have been throwing questions Rockstar's way. What does this mean for us? Answers! Answers to questions not submitted by psychopaths, because I hear the studio has a rigorous screening process -- hence why they won't return my emails.

The questions this week were almost exclusively related to multiplayer. Many were just about game mechanics and the like, which is perfectly fine, but I was more interested in the following: "will we be able to swim?," and "can your horse jump?"

"John has no problem wading," says Rockstar, "but if he gets too deep, he will drown." Huh. As for the second question, your horse can in fact jump and it will even "vault over low objects and avoid other obstacles" automatically.

No joke, the first thing I'm going to do when I get Red Dead Redemption is have my horse leap directly into deep water. Either the horse will A) float, B) drown, or C) glitch out and send us skyrocketing into the air. I sincerely hope it's that last one.

[Thanks, Martin]

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Fallout: New Vegas ups the ante with customizable weapons, hardcore mode and more

April 30th, 2010 No comments
Where Fallout 3 is involved, the idea of "more of the same" is never a bad thing, especially when we're still playing the game a year and a half after its 2008 debut. Fortunately, Fallout: New Vegas, due this fall, is more than more of the same. Here's how.

Picking up three years after the events that played out in Fallout 3's Capitol Wasteland, this full sequel casts players a courier left for dead in Nevada's Mojave Wasteland. As such, players will have the option to select their character's age during the initial creation (or, in this case, re-creation) process, in addition to choosing their starting S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. While they might not be a vault dweller, the game finds a way of outfitting them with the familiar Pip-Boy 3000 wearable computer.

The plot unfolds across a variety of high desert locales, from the New Vegas strip to the Hoover Dam and settlements beyond. The Mojave Wasteland is filled with things that want to kill you -- new and returning alike -- so you'll luckily have a refined combat system and expanded arsenal at your disposal. The V.A.T.S. targeting system from Fallout 3 returns more or less unaltered, save for new special move commands that should make melee fighting fans happy.

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JBO: Joystiq Box Office, April 26 – April 30

April 30th, 2010 No comments

We can't be gaming all the time, despite our best efforts, and from time to time we'll actually take advantage of the movie-playing abilities on our gaming systems. JBO features our top picks for XBL, PSN, Netflix's Watch Instantly and Blu-ray each week.

Recommendation of the Week:

Doctor Zhivago (Blu-ray: $35.99 MSRP, much lower at most retailers)
How do you follow up Lawrence of Arabia? If you're director David Lean, you do it by directing a film based on a contemporary popular novel of the same name, that's set in tumultuous Russia in the days of World War I and through the Russian Civil War. Lean also cast Lawrence's right-hand man Omar Sharif as Doctor Zhivago, and this is easily of one Sharif's best performances. My generation has mostly known him as the guy who gets crushed in the car in Top Secret!, and it's high time that this movie put him back where he belongs as a terrific actor ... and not a guy who hosts video games about bridge. Zhivago is a true epic, and Warner Bros. has done one of its meticulous restorations to this film and put it in Digibook format. The film looks truly gorgeous in high definition, and there are a ton of extras, including an eight song soundtrack sampler. The treatment of this movie, combined with the fact the Warner's just announced it'll be bringing Citizen Kane and Ben-Hur to Blu-ray in 2011, set the bar high for future classic movie releases.
Read on after the break for the rest of our recommendations, then chime in below!

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Mechwarrior 4 Released for Free by Community

April 30th, 2010 No comments
Mechwarrior 4 is now available as a free download for PC gamers along with numerous improvements and an automated patching and content delivery system.

"Studio MekTek, in association with Smith and Tinker, INC., Virtual World Entertainment, LLC, Catalyst Game Labs, and Microsoft Games, is happy to announce the release of Mechwarrior4 Free," reads the game's website.

The Mechwarrior IP is owned by Smith and Tinker, which gave community site MekTek.net permission to release the game for free last year. Microsoft, the original publisher, gave the all-clear last week and the rest is history.</...

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WRUP: Almost reaching the Halo: Reach beta edition

April 30th, 2010 No comments
The "official" start of the Halo: Reach beta is almost upon us. Next Monday, May 3, those with an ODST disc will gain access to the second-most (or is it the most?) hyped beta of all time. Considering the massive amount of folks expected to call in sick on Monday, don't be surprised if things don't go exactly smooth at launch. Now, Tuesday. Tuesday is gonna be awesome.

What's everyone playing this weekend?

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55 awesome character cameos (PlayStation 3)

April 30th, 2010 No comments

First Gears of War's Marcus and Dom showed up alongside Resident Evil's Albert Wesker in a trailer for Lost Planet 2. Then came the revelation that we'd see Monster Hunter creatures in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Videogames are an incestuous industry and all, but it seems like we're seeing more crossovers and familiar cameos than ever these days. It's not like any of us should be surprised by this stuff, though; after all, seeing characters pop up in series where they don't really belong has been a favorite pastime of gamers for decades now.

To celebrate the industry's rekindled love of crossovers and inter-company bromance, we've put together a list of some of the greatest instances of characters from one game showing up in another game. It's by no means complete, and we've purposely left out nearly all of the deliberate crossover-themed games, like the Capcom Vs. series; it'd take us ages to identify them all individually. Instead, let's start with an Easter egg that caught our attention just last week...

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RayStorm HD Launching Next Week

April 30th, 2010 No comments


Taito has spent the past couple years trotting out old arcade favorites for a new generation, including Bubble Bobble and Space Invaders. Their next update began life as an arcade game, but the remake will be based on the PSOne version, which launched in 1997.

Announced last August, RayStorm HD is slated to hit Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next week. It will feature an Arcade Mode, Extra Mode and Ranking Mode in addition to updated graphics.

RayStorm is actually part of a trilogy that includes RayCrisis and RayForce, the latter of which made it to the Sega Saturn. It's a fairly standard shooter with vertically scrolling stages.

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