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New Art & Screens from Halo Wars

Microsoft has offered up a new sneak-peek. Enjoy ’em!

 

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Games, Screenshots | Leave a comment

Back to business…

I’d love to say that I’ve spent the last 7 months visiting the world’s most exotic vacation locations but, sadly, I have not.

Back in early May, I took a job with an international company and joined one of their local IT teams. Making the leap from a small, family owned business was not an easy task and the learning curve was huge. Not that I didn’t expect it to be, but when you come face to face with it, reality really starts to sink in.

I love my new job and, because of that, I really dove in deep, trying to learn as much as I could as quickly as I could in order to be a productive member of the team. This, of course, took time. Time that I had once devoted to being a part of the gaming community.

While I still have a long way to go, I’ve finally reached a point where I can get back online and do the things that I’ve enjoyed doing for so long. The wheels will be turning somewhat slowly at first, but no doubt, we will get it rolling again!

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe hits North American retailers today

Midway Games Inc. today announced that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has arrived on store shelves throughout North America and is available for purchase for the Xbox 360 and the PLAYSTATION 3. The standard edition of the game is priced at $59.95, while the Kollector’s Edition is available for $69.95. The special, limited-run North American Kollector’s Edition is delivered in special packaging and features an exclusive removable print designed by Alex Ross, one of the world’s most pre-eminent and respected comic book artists, as well as bonus video content and a 16-page comic book by DC Comics that chronicles the shocking, universe-shattering events that lead up to the in-game story mode.

Some of the most popular characters from the DC Universe, like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker, go toe-to-toe against Mortal Kombat favorites, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya and more. Featuring a brand new fighting system and unique intertwining storyline written by top comics writing team Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe combines spectacular multi-tiered fighting environments, such as Metropolis or the Batcave, with a compelling line-up of fighters to challenge and master.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe brings together iconic characters from both the DC Comics’ and Mortal Kombat videogame universes to give gamers the opportunity to take part in extraordinary battles,” said Scott Johnson, vice president, business development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Working with Midway, we are allowing fans to control the destiny of famous heroes and villains with enhanced graphics and combat.”

Midway is proud to have been able to work so closely with the artists and visionaries at DC Comics to bring you a unique fighting experience that stays true to the hallmarks of the Mortal Kombat franchise,” said Matt Booty, president and CEO, Midway. “With the broad market potential afforded by the T-Rating, the engaging story mode, the critical acclaim we are already seeing from reviewers, and enthusiastic support of the fans from both franchises, we expect this to be one of our most successful Mortal Kombat games.”

Although this is the first Mortal Kombat title to be given a “T” rating by the ESRB, the game embodies all the qualities that made the franchise such an integral part of gaming culture, including the ability to perform the unique Fatalities and Heroic Brutalities that are a signature of the Mortal Kombat series. The title also features a re-vamped fighting system that harkens back to the wildly successful early Mortal Kombat games.

For more information please visit www.worldscollide.com.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Games | Leave a comment

Assault Heroes 2 coming in May

Assault Heroes 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the XBLA hit Assault Heroes, has been given an official release date of May 14th and will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points.

With the far reaches of outer space as a backdrop, Assault Heroes 2 promises all the fast paced action of the original combined with new features such as hijackable enemy vehicles, more levels and enhanced on-foot and co-operative gameplay modes.

Keep an eye out for more details and screenshots as they become available…

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment

Judas Priest comes to Rock Band

Rock Band fans from the U.S. and Canada are the recipients of a new musical treat today as Harmonix and MTV Games released Judas Priest’s classic 1982 album Screaming For Vengeance on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Screaming For Vengeance, a heavy metal masterpiece, is the first full-length album to be released for Rock Band and features the original Judas Priest recordings. Here are the tracks included in the download:

“The Hellion”

“Electric Eye”

“Riding on the Wind”

“Bloodstone”

“(Take These) Chains”

“Pain and Pleasure”

“Screaming For Vengeance”

“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”

“Fever”

“Devil’s Child”

Gamers can now download the entire album for 1200 Microsoft Points or pick and choose their favorite tunes for 160 Microsoft Points each (Note: “The Hellion” & “Electric Eye” are offered together as 1 downloadable track).

For more info on Rock Band, and the 140+ songs available today, visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

We all got crabs!

That got your attention, didn’t it!

I mentioned in my previous post that there really wasn’t a whole heck of a lot I could share right now about last week’s Summit, however there are a few things that occurred that I can talk about and this happens to be one of them.

On Tuesday of last week, our hosts surprised us with a special dinner trip for some fresh seafood. What they didn’t tell us was they had made arrangements for us to tour the Deadliest Catch’s fishing vessel the Northwestern (which was docked for some routine maintenance) as well as a chance to go hands on with the upcoming Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm video game.

We were treated to some of the best salmon and king crab legs that I’ve ever had as we sat along the pier with crew members and their families. Afterwards, Matt Bradley, deck hand on the Northwestern, took us aboard for a close-up look within the ship. During the entire time we were there, they had 3 Xbox 360 units for us to experience the game.

I was able to get a short amount of time in playing one of the included mini-games which challenges players to maneuver a much smaller water craft along the choppy ocean, hitting check points as you go. Although this was still an incomplete build of the game, I along with others in the group, were very impressed with the way it looked and played. The “campaign” mode of DC:AS will allow players to manage all facets of their ship as they tackle the icy waters in search of the ultimate haul and the big payday. The game is on track for release in mid-May and after having had the chance to test drive it last week, I can say that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the final version.

Below are some photos that I took while aboard the Northwestern, more of which can be viewed on my Flickr page.

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Community, Game Companies, Games, Pictures | Leave a comment

Great community folks

“Dude, where you been?”

I know I haven’t been around all that much over the past couple of weeks, although there are a couple of good reasons as to why. The first has to do with a job change that I won’t bore you with, but the second may be of a little more interest…

Last week I flew out to Seattle to attend Microsoft’s MVP Summit, an amazing event which brought together people from all over the world to collectively meet, exchange ideas and share feedback from the communities we are all involved in. While I really can’t discuss the majority of what went on during the event, I can tell you without reservation that the group of Xbox community members I met during my stay were among the friendliest, funniest and most passionate gamers I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with.

Most of their websites, blogs and forums are linked under the “Xbox MVP Webring” listing here on TRB, but they all deserve an additional shout-out, so here goes (if I’ve missed anyone, I apologize. It wasn’t intentional):

Kamshaft

Peench

Morgon

Wiseguy

Mordeux (who I owe a dinner next year for taking all his $$ in poker)

Avid X3ro (who owes me an “optimal temperature coffee”)

Club 108

CraigN

MASTAglach820

BAPenguin

boid

litheon

El Hatton

MPDamon

Fatty Chubs

PMS Kitty

FragMaster B

Tbird

SpaceGhost2K

Knuckles Dawson

de menace

cjivan

And last but certainly not least: John, Tony, Chris, Nelson and Sara.

Thanks to all for a GREAT week!

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Community | Leave a comment

Capcom launches Okami art website

Although the majority of posts here on the blog are Xbox 360-related, there are occasions when something of interest comes along outside of that category that I think is worth mentioning. This happens to be one of those things…

Originally released for PS2 back in 2006, the critically acclaimed Okami will be coming to Wii later this month. In anticipation of the event, Capcom has launched a new website, http://www.okamiart.com, which features the unique artwork contained within the game (300+ images), downloadable wallpapers and fan-submitted art. The website also contains links to pre-order Okami for Wii and the “Okami Official Complete Works Art Book”.

For more information on the game, visit the official Okami website.

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Game Companies, Games, Pictures | Leave a comment

Battlestar Galactica Season Premiere Play & Win Sweepstakes!

My buddy Morgon at My GamerCard.net has joined forces with Sierra Online to host the Battlestar Galactica Season Premier Play & Win Sweepstakes where players will have a chance to win some very cool prizes including a die-cast mini model of the Colonial Viper Mark II and a script from an episode of Battlestar Galactica signed by cast and crew members!

The Sweepstakes runs from Midnight April 10th (Eastern US Time) through April 23rd 11:59 PM. For the complete list of rules and prizes, head over to http://www.mygamercard.net/bsgsweepstakes/.

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests, Xbox LIVE, Xbox MVP Webring | Leave a comment

One day sale on XBLA Battlestar Galactica this Saturday!

In honor of the new season of Battlestar Galactica which begins this Friday, April 4th on the Sci-Fi channel, Sierra Online will offer up their Battlestar Galactica Xbox LIVE Arcade game at half-off for a very limited time.

Normally priced at 800 Microsoft Points, Battlestar Galactica will be available on Saturday, April 5th at a reduced price of only 400 Microsoft Points. This is a 24 hour only sale so be sure to grab your copy this Saturday!

For more information on the game, head over to www.BSGarcade.com and http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/b/battlestargalacticaxboxlivearcade/.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 European charity event

 

In case you hadn’t noticed the RSS link to the story at XE, some friends of mine from across the pond, along with Gaming4Others.org, are working hard to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children by way of an online Rainbow Six Vegas 2 tournament:

XboxGameZone, in association with Gaming4Others, are pleased to announce the first ever European charity gaming tournament to be held across Xbox LIVE. The event, which will take place on Ubisoft’s newly released Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, will invite players and teams from across Europe to test their skills as they go head to head. But this time it’s not just about the winning – teams will be competing against each other to help raise money for NSPCC (registered charity – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), have some fun and maybe even win some prizes along the way.”

Registration is now open with full details listed here.

List of the participating community sites:

http://www.xboxgamezone.co.uk
http://gaming4others.org
http://www.matchbox360.co.uk
http://www.msxbox-world.com
http://www.play2compete.com
http://www.wonderwallweb.com
http://www.xboxliveaddicts.co.uk
http://www.xboxlivenation.com
http://www.xboxelite.co.uk

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Charity, Community | Leave a comment

This week’s Arcade Wednesday title revealed!

NAMCO BANDAI Games will be providing this week’s Arcade Wednesday title with the release of MR. DRILLER Online (800 Microsoft Points).

MR. DRILLER Online, a unique new puzzler, challenges players to…, well…, drill through colored blocks while avoiding a crushing collapse AND maintaining an adequate air supply. The game features single player Standard Driller and Quest Driller modes along with online multiplayer support for up to 4 players.

Head over to http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/m/mrdrilleronlinexboxlivearcade/ for more information on MR DRILLER Online.

Pinball FX fans should also take note since new downloadable content for that game will be available this Wednesday as well.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment