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L.A. Noire to be Revealed Next Month

by Tyler Treat Jan 21, 2010 8:12 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Rockstar's been pretty mum on their mystery title L.A. Noire. That's about to change next month. The game will be featured on the cover of a magazine in February with an accompanying in-depth look at the game.

"There will be something great to see soon," the developer said in response to a fan question, "a proper in-depth look at [L.A. Noire] and why it is so ground breaking and innovative, both in terms of the game's design and the amazing new technology to support it. Expect to see a long-awaited reveal via a big cover story next month."

It wasn't revealed which magazine has the scoop, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. February's not more than two weeks away. We're waiting, Rockstar.

[via Rockstar Newswire]

BioShock 2 DRM Explained, Specs Revealed

by Tyler Treat Jan 21, 2010 2:43 PM CST
filed under news, pc

2K updated its Cult of Rapture website explaining the DRM system used in BioShock 2 as well as the PC specs required for the game. Regarding DRM, they said:

"BioShock 2 is using a standard Games for Windows Live activation system, much like other games you have played in the past. That doesn't mean you always have to be online to play or save the game - you can create an offline profile for the Single Player portion of the game (you just won't earn achievements and you can't play Multiplayer, of course.)

"We are using SecuROM only as a disc check method for the retail copy of BioShock 2. That is its only use."

Check out the system specs after the jump.

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Infinity Ward: Rumored Modern Warfare 2 DLC Date is ‘Just a Rumor’

by Tyler Treat Jan 21, 2010 11:48 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, rumors, xbox 360

It was reported that the release date for Modern Warfare 2's first DLC pack, a 30-day timed exclusive for the Xbox 360, would be releasing March 1. Infinity Ward's community man Robert Bowling has responded to the rumor, calling it what it is, a rumor.

"We haven't set a date for our DLC," he wrote on his Twitter. "Once we have one, it'll be posted here and by me on other official outlets.

"We're still figuring out what the DLC will include, until we know for sure, I can't comment on what to expect yet."

Earlier this week, a video surfaced allegedly showing the new maps included in the DLC.

Braid Gets Boxed

by Tyler Treat Jan 21, 2010 11:07 AM CST
filed under news, pc

The uber-popular Braid by MumboJumbo is set to get a boxed retail release later this month. The packaged edition won't have any extra goodies, but it will cost an extra $10 because of the packaging. All major retailers are set to carry the game, including, "Walmart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon.com, Fry's, and a number of regional retailers as well."  How well can it possibly sell when the digital version is, as I said, $10 cheaper? As much as I love Braid, I don't think it will.

Fight for the Lost: Mass Effect 2 Launch Trailer

by Tyler Treat Jan 20, 2010 11:40 PM CST
filed under pc, videos, xbox 360

Mass Effect 2 is less than a week away, and the amount of videos developer BioWare has been putting out for the game has gone through the upper atmosphere. Here's the latest, and, dare I say, last video? Nah, probably not, but here it is, the Mass Effect 2 launch trailer!

BioWare: There Will be More Mass Effect After Trilogy Ends

by Tyler Treat Jan 20, 2010 6:10 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

Mass Effect will live on after the trilogy concludes with Mass Effect 3, according to BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk. The Mass Effect property is a "valuable universe," he said in today's edition of Kotaku Talk Radio, and Zeschuk noted that the end of the sci-fi trilogy does not mean the series is done. This doesn't come as a surprise by any means, considering BioWare has hinted at more Mass Effect outside the Commander Shepard story arc, but to see it explicitly spelled out is reassuring nonetheless.

"We're actually going to continue to use it for stuff and we're going to continue to make games there," Zeschuk said. "Believe me, we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after this. Don't worry if you love Mass Effect, there will be more Mass Effect in the future."

Mass Effect 2 releases next Tuesday, Janury 26.

Possible Earth DLC for Mass Effect 2

by Evan Volmering Jan 20, 2010 4:58 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

When asked about the possibility of visiting Earth or other planets in Mass Effect 2, Bioware programmer Casey Hudson revealed in a recent interview with GameZone that it may be possible with future DLC:

"They're there in the galaxy map, but currently they're not... it'll be like Mass Effect 1 where you don't land on any of them; in Mass Effect 1 you can go to the moon on some of your missions. So I think there's potential for that in some of the downloadable missions for the future."  When asked about Earth specifically, Hudson stated "we do plan to go there at some point, just not yet." Perhaps in Mass Effect 3?

Crysis 2 Takes Place in New York City

by Tyler Treat Jan 20, 2010 4:22 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Crysis took place in a lush jungle environment. Last month, Crytek hinted that Crysis 2 would take place in another type of jungle. It looks like they meant a concrete jungle. PlayStation: The Official Magazine revealed on Twitter today that its next issue will feature the sequel, which is taking place in New York City.

"Aliens invading NYC? No problem! Blast their faces off with the Nanosuit 2.0," the cover (shown after the break) reads.

Crysis 2 will be releasing on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this year.

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Irrational Games Set to Reveal New Title This Year

by Tyler Treat Jan 20, 2010 2:23 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Irrational Games boss Ken Levine has indicated that the studio will unveil its new game sometime this year. "This is the year we'll start talking about stuff, and we stop hiding behind the iron curtain of secrecy," Levine told GameSpot.

Levine didn't reveal when the announcement would be made, but he did say it will be after the Game Developers Conference, which takes place in March.

There's also no word on what type of game it will be, though speculation points towards a multiplayer first-person shooter.

[via Videogamer]

New Platform Allows Gamers to Trade In Digital Content

by Tyler Treat Jan 20, 2010 11:58 AM CST
filed under industry, news, pc

Gaming is going digital. No one can deny that, but that has meant that gamers can no longer trade in their games like they once did. Green Man Gaming is hoping to change that. They announced today a new digital retail platform that monetises the digital pre-owned market.

Unlike the usual method of "click buy, pay and download," they are proposing a new concept where gamers can trade-in their digitally purchased and downloaded games.

"Previously the minute you had paid and downloaded your game it had no resale value," explained Gian Luzio, COO for Green Man Gaming. "This is extremely expensive for the gamer and does not encourage the consumer to try new genres or franchises. Our leading edge technology gives downloaded games a value that gamers can trade-in at any time."

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