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Gears of War 2 Limited Edition Detailed
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Gears of War 2 Limited Edition Detailed

Gears of War aficionados get ready to hand over your money to Microsoft and Clifford Bleszinski on November 7th. Gears of War 2 is quickly approaching and we now know what the limited edition package will entail. For an extra $10 you'll score: Collectible SteelBook DVD case. "Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2," a 48-page hardbound book including character profiles, exclusive concept art, and foreword by Design Director Cliff Bleszinski. Bonus DVD including exclusive making-of-the-game video footage, design galleries with audio commentary by Epic Games, and promotional videos including the E3 2008 trailer,"Rendezvous." An exclusive gold-plated Lancer Assault Rifle available during online play. Hardcore online players will definitely want to equip themselves with that golden bling for their Lancers. You'll definitely see me on the battlefield in Gears of War 2 sporting that hot gold-plated Lancer. Read More

Media: Five New Dead Rising Wii Screens, Plus Official US Release Announcement
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Media: Five New Dead Rising Wii Screens, Plus Official US Release Announcement

Well, we knew the game was coming, we found out what would be different, and we even got some screens. In fact, thanks to the new Nintendo Power, we knew it was heading our way before Capcom even laid out the official announcement. But now, Capcom has, and besides five new screens in our gallery, here's what's new: For starters, the title is now "Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop." That made me roll my eyes, until I remembered this takes place in a shopping mall. Then I realized we couldn't ask for a better title. We know it's set to hit shelves this Winter, but that's about as specific as it gets. Features include use of the RE4 Wii engine, improved save functionality (less drippage?), and my favorite, "consume food and drink to revive health." Now that is innovation. Christian Svennson of Capcom also notes that this is not a port, but a game rebuilt from the ground up for the Wii, leading to many more changes than simply graphics. And again, check out the gallery after the cut for the new screens. Read More

Portal: Still Alive Explained
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Portal: Still Alive Explained

So, we know now that a game called Portal: Still Alive is making its way exclusively to Xbox Live Arcade. But what is "Still Alive?" Is it a sequel? A remake? Something else? Quite simply, it's a stand-alone version of the original Portal which came in The Orange Box, and which can be purchased through the Xbox Live Marketplace. Beyond Portal, however, Still Alive also contains a number of new stages that are not a part of the storyline, and so lack the story-related elements that may normally be involved, such as GLaDOS voiceover. And though it's exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade (for now), PC owners can basically have the same experience, as the levels from Portal: The Flash Version can be ported to the game via the Portal: The Flash Version MapPack. Still Alive's bonus content contains 360-certified versions of those levels. Doug Lombardi of Valve says "So if you're a PC Portal owner who, like me, was feeling excluded by Still Alive's bonus content, fear not: you get to play that content first, and for free." Read More

Kaz Hirai Sets Lifetime Target of 150 Million for PlayStation 3
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Kaz Hirai Sets Lifetime Target of 150 Million for PlayStation 3

During an interview with the Financial Times, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kaz Hirai, has stated that he has set a sales target of 150 million units sold over the lifetime of the PlayStation 3. Recently, he had indicated that he predicts the platform's operations will become profitable by the end of Sony's next financial year, in March of 2009. Hirai also noted that the original PlayStation has sold 102 million units worldwide since its launch, and the PlayStation 2 remains the most successful video game console ever, with 140 million units sold after nine years on the market. And for the record, even the almighty Nintendo Entertainment System had reached but 61.9 million units sold as of March 2006. Still, 150 million is a bold number, and Sony sits at 15 million units sold presently, after 20 months on sale. 12.85 million were sold over the previous financial year, with 10 million expected for the current year. "It's not fun for me replicating the PS2 numbers. I've seen that movie already," Hirai stated. "I want to try to see if we can exceed the PS2 numbers after nine years, otherwise why are we in this business?" Wedbush Morgan Analyst Michael Pachter stated within the same piece that "It's highly likely that when the PS3 gets below $200, it will sell as well as the PS2." Read More

Wii-kly Update: Pirates: The Key of Dreams, Super Fantasy Zone, and Gley Lancer
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Wii-kly Update: Pirates: The Key of Dreams, Super Fantasy Zone, and Gley Lancer

Wow... as I believe the internet would say, "weaksauce." Coming off an E3 that didn't exactly inspire the imaginations of a lot of their fans (except maybe where Pikmin 3 is concerned-- everything but its existence is imagination right now), Nintendo has updated their WiiWare service and Virtual Console with three games that you might forget by the time you're done reading this. First up for WiiWare is Pirates: The Key of Dreams. For 1-4 players, this E-rated title from Oxygen games will run you 1,000 Wii Points, and is a "nautical shoot 'em up" that may at least appeal to those who have little taste for ninja hack 'n slash. The player takes control of a navy captain being sent deep undercover as a pirate in order to find a dangerous cursed artifact, the Key of Dreams, and in the process prevent Blackbeard from reaching it first. Collect weapons and rescue castaways to expand your crew, which will bolster performance in a number of areas. 35 levels with seven themes will your setting, as you face the computer or up to three friends. Super Fantasy Zone is a 900-point E-rated SEGA Genesis title for 1 player, and is the last entry in the series. Players take control of Opa-Opa, who seeks to avenge his father in this side-scrolling shooter. Defeating enemies gets you gold, which gets you better weapons and equipment, which gets you more gold, and so on. Finally, Gley Lancer would appear to be English at its finest. 900 Wii Points, 1 player, rated E10+, a side-scrolling shooter, and for the SEGA Genesis-- a few things in common with Super Fantasy Zone. Here, however, the year is 2025 (only 16 years away-- scary, huh?), and war breaks out between mankind and hostile aliens, with 16-year old Lucia hijacking a starfighter when her father is captured by said aliens. And that's pretty much it. Read More

Sonic & the Black Knight Confirmed
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Sonic & the Black Knight Confirmed

Oh, remember like 8 or so posts ago when we shared with you the leaked cover of Nintendo Power? You know, the one featuring Sonic sporting a sword. Well, make that leak official. Sonic & the Black Knight has been confirmed for release on the Wii in the Spring of 2009 by Sega. Players will be able to wield a sword as the fight some folk in medieval times. This game comes as a successor to the Secret Rings line. Expect to have Sonic style gameplay altered dramatically by the sword. Two Sonic titles in the works? What's next? Read More

Halo Wars - Play as Covenant, Spring of 2009
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Halo Wars - Play as Covenant, Spring of 2009

As the dust begins to settle after E3, there are some cold, hard facts that tend to leak through the cracks of journalism's tight grasp on the event. Halo Wars, for instance, has garnered a few new announcements regarding the title's gameplay and release date. The title will be available in Spring of 2009, and, as many have suspected since the beginning, Ensemble has made it official that players will be able to lead the Covenant into battle. Huge news. Here's a developer walkthough that Ensemble cites as most intensive, and it's one that didn't go up during E3 coverage. Read More

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