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10 Horror-Filled Video Games For Halloween

October 29th, 2011 No comments

FROM MTV GEEK:

Halloween's right around the corner and you're looking for some games that might be fun to turn on with the lights off. Well, check out these ten titles that are definitely worth hunting down for some console-based thrills and chills!

10. Alan Wake (Xbox 360)

In this long-in-development from Max Payne developer, Remedy, you play as a world-famous writer who travels to the small town of Bright Falls to work on your latest novel when your wife turns up missing and you're beset by shadowy creatures and scenarios from the novel you haven't even finished yet. For much of the game, you'll be wandering around in the dark, using your trusty flashlight to fend off enemies and whatever firearms you can grab to take them out. You can find a few genuine scares while being attacked from all sides by former-people muttering crazy nonsense at you. However, the primary mechanic and the basic structure of this 2010 title quickly gets repetitive, and some of the intentionally... pulpy writing gets downright awful.

Continue reading at MTV Geek!

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‘The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ Limited Edition Comes With Gold Wii-Mote

August 29th, 2011 No comments

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

These might be quiet times for Wii owners, but there's always a new "Zelda" game to lift everyone's spirits. Yes, "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" will undoubtedly cause many Wiis to be dusted off for one last big hurrah before we settle into the pre-Wii U days, and in order to make the release slightly more special, Nintendo is putting out a limited edition of the game. For $70 ($20 more than the usual Wii game price), the limited edition of "Skyward Sword" will include a gold Wii remote with Wii Motion Plus built in. And, while they're at it, they're also throwing in a CD with performances from the upcoming 25th anniversary "Zelda" concert, which will be travelling around the globe in 2012.

The news made me realize that while just about every major release gets a limited edition, Nintendo has remained pretty adamantly against the concept. Sure, they've released limited edition bundles and given out pre-order bonuses, but when was the last time you saw a Nintendo game released with bonus goods from an added price? What's next, cloth maps of the Mushroom Kingdom for "Super Mario 3D Land"? An all-you-can-eat buffet voucher for "Kirby's Return to Dream Land"?

In addition to the "Zelda" news, Nintendo also revealed the release dates of two upcoming titles. "Tetris: Axis" will bring the Russian puzzle game to the 3DS for the first time on October 2, while Professor Layton's next journey, "Professor Layton and the Last Specter," will drop on the DS on October 17. That "Layton" game might be of particular interest as it includes a seperate RPG called "Professor Layton's London Life," which, Nintendo claims, has 100 hours of gameplay stuffed into it.

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‘NBA 2K12′ Brings Back Jordan, Adds Bird And Magic

July 21st, 2011 No comments

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This is looking to be a rather odd year for sports game franchises. While the NFL lockout looks as though it may start coming to a close as early as today, the NBA has only just begun to deal with their current labor dispute. Kobe Bryant is considering playing basketball in Turkey – no, really – and basketball fans could sure use a few heroes to help them weather what may turn into a game-less season. Where do they turn in this time of need? Why, to the power of limited-edition videogame covers, of course!

"NBA 2K11" performed exceptionally well last year, and one has to imagine that 2K may have started freaking out a bit when it looked like talks between NBA players and owners started heading south. It's an odd proposition, releasing a sports game during a season where the sport isn't even being played, but "Madden" has proven that fans are more than receptive to the idea of enjoying their favorite sport virtually. Today, 2K Sports has announced three covers for "NBA 2K12" that seem to say, "Who needs Kobe? We've got Magic."

"Bringing Michael Jordan to the virtual hardwood last year was a huge success for NBA 2K11," said 2K Sports vice president Jason Argent. "We’re bringing ‘His Airness’ back to the NBA 2K franchise as part of a multi-year extended partnership, along with two other legendary icons – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson – for a special cover athlete collection representing the NBA’s greatest heroes."

So, there you go. Instead of weeping about the "King of Queens" reruns that have replaced your favorite team's regularly scheduled game, pop in "NBA 2K12" and enjoy the sport virtually. 2K Sports didn't mention whether or not any of the three legendary players are actually playable in the game, though. Jordan made an appearance in "2K11," so I'm hoping we'll see a mode in "2K12" that lets us play with Jordan, Bird, and Magic. Otherwise, I guess you can just stare at them longingly on the cover.

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Subscription-Free ‘DUST 514′ Is Not-So-Free On PS3

July 11th, 2011 No comments

Dust 514

Free-to-play games like "FarmVille" have become enormously successful on PCs, social networks and mobile devices, but they haven't really dipped their toes into the world of console gaming. The reasons why are obvious: Console manufacturers don't want to discourage people from buying other, non-free games. But, at E3, we learned that Sony is stepping up to the plate, allowing CCP Games to create "DUST 514," a subscription-free shooter set in the "EVE Online" universe. It isn't however, an entirely free game.

In an interview with GI.biz, CCP's CEO, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, mentioned that "In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the 'cover charge.'"

He continued, saying that, "We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it."

In other words, the game's not free-to-play. It's more like a free Disney World admission, but instead of being actually free, you're forced to buy Disney Bux as you go through the main gates...which can only be used in the confines of Disney World.

It's an interesting method, something that really hasn't been tried before in the console market, and I wonder if it will pay off. The key, I think, is making people aware that there's valuable content to be found, even if you're unwilling to pay more than the initial ten or twenty bucks. The game is still a ways out, scheduled for 2012, but hopefully we'll get a better sense of the value as that date nears. Until then, you can still get hooked on the obscenely difficult "EVE Online," which will have some connection to the events in "DUST 514" and vice versa.

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‘Skyrim’-Obsessed Fans: Kill Time With This Promising ‘Oblivion’ Mod

July 6th, 2011 No comments

Elder Scrolls: Andoran

November 11, 2011. That's the day when "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" will hit store shelves, heralding weeks, if not months, of minimal sleep and unproductive work days. Unfortunately that's still about five months away, an eternity in video game time, and fans of the franchise have little to do, short of replaying the previous games over and over again. But wait, there might be another option. Seems that some "TES" fans have been working on a mod for "Oblivion" for the last few years and it's actually nearing release. And damn if it doesn't look impressive.

Titled "Andoran: Prologue," the mod is basically a fan-made expansion pack for "Oblivion." It takes place on a brand new patch of land (the island of Andoran) and adds completely new graphics, enemies, abilities, quests, and a whole host of other features which are sure to make your "TES"-loving bones aquiver.

Despite all these new additions, the team has gone to great lengths to keep things true to the universe, saying, "We hold strictly to the canons of the original 'TES' lore. The only pre-condition not from it is the archipelago itself, the rest is rooted deeply in the Elder Scrolls history." Yes, they said archipelago. As evidenced by the name, "Andoran: Prologue," this is just the beginning of the project. Apparently there are two other islands the team is saving for future releases.

Which brings us to the uncomfortable part. The mod isn't available yet. It's currently planned for release in the second half of 2011. Which is, um, when "Skyrim" comes out. I really hope, for their sake, they manage to beat "Skyrim" to market, but even if they don't, it could be years before we see any mod of this scale using the "Skyrim" engine, so after you complete Bethesda's opus, you can consider this something of an unofficial expansion pack.

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‘Uncharted 3′ Beta Now Open To Everyone On PSN

July 5th, 2011 No comments

Uncharted 3

Good news for people who don't like to pay for things! Last week we ran down all the relevant details regarding the "Uncharted 3" beta, including what sorts of modes are supported and how you can get access to it. The second part of that feature is officially meaningless now as the beta has now opened up to the world at large (or at least anyone with a PSN account).

All you need to do is boot up your PS3 and load up the PSN Store (which may or may not require a system update...but let's face it, it probably does). Once in there, you should see a giant banner for the "Uncharted 3" beta. Download and you're good to go.

Similar to other console betas, each week the developers will be changing up the modes and maps supported. This week (July 4 to July 9) features two new modes: Team Objective and Co-op Hunter. Co-op Hunter is particuarly devious, as it plays out like a standard co-op game, with one small change: Human players can take control of the AI combatants to give you something slightly more clever to worry about.

In addition to the mode changes, there were a few bugs fixed in patching, so you may need to update the game when you boot it.

Thus far it seems like the "Uncharted 3" beta has been a pretty big hit with fans, with an added level of depth to what Naughty Dog started doing with multiplayer in "Uncharted 2." Expect more to be revealed about the game as it nears its release in November.

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‘Limbo’ Heading To PlayStation 3, According to Ratings Board

June 29th, 2011 No comments

Limbo

One of the best downloadable games on XBLA was last year's "Limbo." It had everything we've come to expect from the indie space. It was creative, it was unique, it was artistic. If you haven't played it yet and own and Xbox 360, you owe it to yourself to do so. Unfortunately, if you only own a PS3, you've been out of luck, as the developer, Playdead, has insisted that the game will remain exclusive to the 360. But that exclusivity may in fact be nearing an end...at least if the Korean Ratings Board is any indication.

Yes, Korea's answer to the ESRB has put a page online detailing a game called "Limbo" for Sony Computer Entertainment which has a rating of MA15 +. Now sure, it could be another game called "Limbo." A Move-centric "Limbo" simulator, perhaps. But the nationality of the game is listed as Denmark. And, wouldn't you know it, Playdead is based in Copenhagen, Denmark! Seems pretty safe to assume that the game is the same as the XBLA hit.

There's yet to have been an official confirmation from Sony regarding the release of the game on PSN, so nailing down a release date is out of the question, but it's encouraging news nonetheless. Sony has been great about supporting indie development on the PS3, and "Limbo" is a perfect example of the magic a relatively small development team can produce. Also the color scheme matches that of the PS3 console perfectly! Who doesn't like really dark things?

Don't worry, 360 owners. You've got a new very dark game coming your way in just a couple weeks: "Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet."

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GSV Capital buys stake in Facebook ahead of IPO

June 27th, 2011 No comments

Facebook, MoneyGSV Capital Corp. has invested a stake in Facebook that values the social network at $70 billion, reports Reuters.

In an official statement Monday, Woodside, California-based GSV Capital said it purchased 225,000 shares in Facebook for a total of $6.6 million ($29.28 per share), according to the report.

Since GSV Capital is an investment fund for high-growth, venture capital-backed companies, it’s not shocking that it would put money down on Facebook. However, it does seem like a large risk. The $6.6 million amount represents about 15 percent of GSV’s total portfolio, according to the report.

Also GSV’s $70 billion valuation of Facebook means the social networking site, which has yet to make an initial public offering, is worth nearly as much as companies like Amazon, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard.

Facebook could be planning an IPO for the first quarter of 2012, with a potential $100 billion valuation. In January, Goldman Sachs valued Facebook at $50 billion. The investment firm is seeking to manage Facebook’s IPO.


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Anonymous plans to continue where LulzSec left off

June 27th, 2011 No comments

AnonymousEven though hacker group LulzSec supposedly disbanded on Saturday, its members may simply be joining the Anonymous hacking collective to give it more protection. According to tweets from Anonymous, LulzSec members haven’t gone on hiatus but did drop the LulzSec name.

“We like to clarify again: All LulzSec members are accounted for, nobody is hiding. Only a name was abandoned for the greater glory #AntiSec,” said @AnonymousIRC.

LulzSec has dominated the news for the past several weeks with hacks targeting the U.S. Sentate, CIA, Brazilian government sites, and games like Minecraft and EVE Online. As LulzSec went dark, it made one final information dump on 750,000 AT&T user accounts and thousands of users playing EA’s Battlefield Heroes.

Anonymous, on the other hand, has been around longer than LulzSec and has many members around the world, so it may be easier for LulzSec members to maintain anonymity as part of that group. On Monday, Anonymous released some documents that FEMA uses to educate smaller governments about hacking and counter-hacking and made an attack on the Tunisian government’s website, signaling that it will pick up where LulzSec left off.

We thought LulzSec could be laying low because its recent release of confidential information from Arizona police computers attracted more attention than most of its hacks. But it appears LulzSec will still continue to cause online chaos, now under the guise of Anonymous.


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DOJ clears Apple and Intel to bid on major Nortel patents

June 25th, 2011 No comments

Steve JobsThe Department of Justice on Friday gave the go-ahead to Apple and Intel to bid on Nortel’s highly valued patent portfolio. The two high-profile firms follow Google as potential bidders.

Nortel’s patents relate to all manner of technologies, including Wi-Fi, social networking, and 3G and 4G wireless capabilities—all things that could help better position whatever tech firm ends up winning. Patent ownership can also come in handy for fighting back when another firm sues over a patent claim.

Google’s opening $900 million bid on Nortel’s patents was accepted by the DOJ a week ago, with bidding starting on Monday. The auction was originally supposed to take place on June 20, but it was delayed as other firms waited for bid approval.

Nortel filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2009, and since then it has been selling off its assets. Google’s $900 million bid will act as the floor for all other bids, so players like Apple and Intel will be allowed to submit their own higher bids after that.

U.S. antitrust regulators had been reportedly looking closely at Apple concerning its bid on Nortel’s patents because Apple could potentially stifle competition with them. If Apple controlled wireless 4G LTE patents, for example, it could pressure carriers into meeting its demands.


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