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The Video Game Release List of 11/6 - 11/12

Nov 06, 2010 2:00pm CST tags: Release List

I think some sort of Call of Duty game comes out this week... it'll probably be fairly popular. That's pretty much it for this week save a few counter-programmed titled like FlingSmash and The Sly Collection.

Are you getting Black Ops?

Highlights

If you're looking for a particular system, skip right to the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP sections or just click through to see the whole list.

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Weekend Discussion

Nov 06, 2010 10:00am CST
So, Kinect and Move are in stores now. Clearly you own both units and have a hard time figuring out which games to play.

If you're looking for realism, I'm going to have to suggest you stay away from both EyePet and Kinectimals. Now, I'm not saying those aren't good games, but they will not prepare you for any real-life scenario.

If you meet a real tiger, it--or one of its jerk buddies--will maul and kill you. If you meet that alien EyePet thing, it's going to "phone home" and its entire race is going to enslave us all.

Basically what I'm saying is stick with Sonic Free Riders. Hedgehogs aren't real.
You'll be fine.

  • Alice O'Connor: Whatever I'm told to. Flip Nick.
  • Brian Leahy: I'll be playing some more Fable III, Halo: Reach, and StarCraft II, but I'm sure most of my weekend will be eaten up by watching some eSports.
  • Garnett Lee: After watching Xav's stream last weekend and reading his review I want to play 007: Blood Stone this weekend. Vanquish is also there, beckoning me to play. And I continue to work through Battlestar Galactica. I'm at end of season 2.0 and enjoying it as much as I thought I would when I felt like I was missing out by not keeping up with it back when it aired. Netflix HD streaming for the win!
  • Xav de Matos: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Demon's Souls have been sitting on my desk looking lonely all week. Giving those a spin. Also, more Modern Warfare 2 on PC. (Note: Still not good on PC.)
  • Jeff Mattas: I'll be maxing out my "stab-o-meter" in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. When in Rome, amirite?

Daily Filter: November 5, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

The last Filter before the weekend features Test Drive Unlimited 2, Splatterhouse, Blacklight: Tango Down, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Raving Rabbids Travel in Time, Medal of Honor, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, The Sims Medieval, Front Mission Evolved, and Faery: Legends of Avalon.

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Evening Reading

Nov 05, 2010 7:00pm CST
Tons of eSports going on this weekend! MLG Dallas has already begun! Go watch! Do you enjoy eSports or even just gameplay footage/replays? Does it make a difference if the players are professionals? Are you a professional?

Gaming News o'the Day

Links from Morning Discussion

Field Report - Killzone 3 Beta (Part Two)

Nov 05, 2010 6:00pm CST tags: Killzone 3, Preview, Field Report
After spending time with the Killzone 3 beta for a number of days, I became obsessed with grinding and crafting my favorite classes. Unlike Killzone 2, the third installment of the FPS from Guerrilla includes five classes--Killzone 2 had seven--with a number of unlockable abilities I actually cared about.

Part of that is the fact that Killzone 3 controls much better than its predecessor.

In part one of the Killzone 3 Beta Field Report I looked at the modes, maps, and how the bots stacked up in the multiplayer beta. In the second (and final) installment of the preview, I'm taking a look at each of the multiplayer mode's classes... Read more

Infinity Blade Trailer Reveals Gameplay, Graphics

Nov 05, 2010 5:20pm CST tags: Infinity Blade, Trailer, iOS, App Store
Infinity Blade, the new action-RPG from ChAIR Entertainment and Epic Games, uses Unreal Engine 3 and runs on iOS devices. It looks amazing, but what about the gameplay?

This debut trailer shows off some battles with fantasy foes using swipes to strike. It also shows off an experience system, which generates points that are exchanged for items and upgrades. The live gameplay segments do seem to sport a bit of a framerate drop from the direct-feed, but we'll see for ourselves when the game hits the App Store later this year.

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Shack PSA: Weekend PC Savings on GTA and More

Nov 05, 2010 4:40pm CST tags: Shack PSA, Deals and Discounts
It's Friday, which can only mean there's terrible comedy on television and ace savings on PC games at digital distributors. Offers this week include Grand Theft Auto steals, strategy game savings, indie adventure game discounts and heaps more.


Shattered Horizon and Lead and Gold.

Don't forget that not only are Shattered Horizon and Lead and Gold - Gangs of the Wild West heavily discounted, they're also free to play this weekend. And certainly don't miss the tip-top space strategy game Flotilla for only $3.99 at GamersGate.

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Blizzard Sues Second Korean Network Over Unlicensed StarCraft: Brood War Broadcasts

Nov 05, 2010 4:00pm CST tags: StarCraft: Brood War, Blizzard, Gretech, GomTV, OnGameNet, Lawsuit
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Blizzard had filed a lawsuit in South Korea against MBCPlus Media, which operates the MBCGame television network and airs professional StarCraft: Brood War leagues and tournaments.

Now, Blizzard has sued OnGameNetwork (OGN) for broadcasting an unauthorized Brood War league. (translation via TeamLiquid.net). The situation is a bit different from the MBCGame lawsuit... Read more

Xbox Live Marketplace Adds Demos for Apache: Air Assault, Kinect Joy Ride and Rock Band 3

Nov 05, 2010 3:20pm CST tags: Rock Band 3, Kinect Joy Ride, Apache: Air Assault, Demo, Xbox Live Marketplace
Three new demos have appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace today, giving players a taste of the latest (and upcoming) titles to land on the Xbox 360.

Demos for the latest Harmonix music title Rock Band 3, the motion-controlled Kinect Joy Ride from BigPark, and Activision's upcoming helicopter action-title Apache: Air Assault are all available for download on the Marketplace now. Each demo is exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members.


Apache: Air Assault and Kinect Joy Ride

Make sure to download the trials and let us know what you think about the games in the comments.

Shack PSA: Weekend eSports Line-Up

This weekend, MLG will be broadcasting its 2010 Pro Circuit finals from Dallas, Texas. The events will be streamed for free at MLGPro.com, though an enhanced HD stream is available for $10.


Halo 3, the main event at MLG Dallas
The games being played at MLG are Halo 3, StarCraft II, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Tekken 6. A full schedule of events is available here.

On the Halo 3 and Halo: Reach side--if you can get over the sheer amount "bro"-ness--you'll see some amazing games. If you've never watched professional Halo, do yourself a favor and tune in for a little bit. MLG does a great job of following the action and explaining the tactics being used.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 33

Nov 05, 2010 2:00pm CST tags: Weekend Confirmed, podcast, Kinect, GoldenEye
NAME Microsoft unleashed the Kinect sensor add-on that brings controller-less play to the Xbox 360 and we've been playing with it and the first batch of games. But Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, and Kinect Sports aren't the only thing in Whatcha' Been Playin? The GoldenEye remake for Wii, Z.H.P., Fable 3, and more get in on the act as well. Your thoughts on videogame length, achievement systems, and the concepts of universal design spur the conversation in the Warning. We break down both sides in the challenge to California's law to prohibit the sales of violent games to minors heard by the US Supreme Court as well as rumors of a poker game headed to Xbox Live, the cancellation of NBA Elite, and more.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 33 - 11/05/2010

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We've got a handy player to listen to the show right here on the site if you like:
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Media Shows PvP Action in "Warzones"

Nov 05, 2010 1:30pm CST tags: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Trailer, Screenshots
New media from BioWare's upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic shows off some player-versus-player action in arenas called Warzones, which pit two sides against each other in what looks like an attack/defense scenario involving several objectives.

You'll see a mix of Jedi business and laser-blasting. While this doesn't quite sell me on the game, it's getting closer to something I'd play. In actuality, it just makes me want a new full-scale Star Wars multiplayer shooter on PC.

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Darkspore Player vs. Player Multiplayer Preview

Nov 05, 2010 1:00pm CST tags: Darkspore, Preview
A few weeks ago, I had a chance to play some player-versus-player (PvP) combat in EA and Maxis' Darkspore. PvP combat will take place in arenas and Maxis will offer matchmaking, player rating, and leaderboards for the game.

If you're unfamiliar with Darkspore, get up to speed with our Darkspore preview of the game's campaign component. It's basically a Diablo-esque dungeon-crawler which uses some technology from Spore.

Each player brings a set of three characters into battle. The contest then becomes juggling each of your character's life, energy, and abilities as you fight to eliminate all three of the enemy's baddies. Switching between characters comes with a lengthy cooldown, but it also breaks any crowd-control effects, adding some depth.

I squared off against one of the developers and the match quickly got intense. Since each creature provides a global ability, skill combos can be quite powerful... Read more

Square Enix Reports Profit Drop as Key Franchises Continue to Sell Over Time

Nov 05, 2010 12:30pm CST tags: Square Enix, Earnings
Since we've become some fans of financial reports, we were giddy when we noticed Square Enix released [PDF link] its earnings for the six-month period between April and September 2010.

In that period, the Japanese development and publishing giant reported net income of ¥1.723 billion ($21.4 million) versus ¥2.68B ($33.1M)--a 35.7 percent drop over the same period a year ago.

According to the report, net sales were below forcasts; however operating income was higher than expected due to "highly profitable carryover sales" of major titles released in March 2010. What was the big winner in March for Square Enix? Final Fantasy XIII, which sold over five million units globally during the last reported period [PDF].

In the six-month period (ending September 30), Square Enix released five major titles to market with varying levels of success: Dragon Quest Monsters - Joker 2 for the Nintendo DS led, selling 1.28M units in Japan; Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days sold 560 thousand (K) units worldwide; Final Fantasy XIV on PC sold 630K units worldwide since launching on September 21 in Japan; and Just Cause 2 sold 560K worldwide between April and September after launching at the end of March... Read more

Rock Band 3 DLC: Bon Jovi, New Order and More

Nov 05, 2010 11:50am CST tags: Rock Band 3, DLC
Next week's batch of Rock Band 3 downloadable content will bring some monsters Eighties classics, Harmonix has revealed, including New Order's iconic 'Blue Monday,' Talking Heads' 'Burning Down the House' and a dozen Bon Jovi tracks including 'Livin' on a Prayer' and 'You Give Love a Bad Name.' Plus some Deftones, just because.

    Bon Jovi Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition
    • Bon Jovi - "Bad Medicine"
    • Bon Jovi - "Blaze of Glory"
    • Bon Jovi - "Have a Nice Day"... Read more

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