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Ripten harvested a ton of intel from the latest issue of EDGE, including the interesting decision to cut the game’s map screen.
  • A mini-map will guide players to points of interest, but their main guide will be Instinct Mode; works like Assassin’s Creed’s Eagle Vision or Arkham Asylum’s Detective Mode, highlighting enemies as well as patrol routes, but will have gameplay effects that could increase the effectiveness of disguises.
  • Disguises are not fool-proof; in the demo EDGE saw, police questioned the player’s actions even while disguised, but after switching to instinct mode, 47 began using his radio and bluffed his way past the guards.
  • Crowds will be used differently in Absolution, but there will be designated safe spots for different disguises, such as doughnut boxes while dressed as a cop. While in a safe spot, 47′s threat meter will remain low, even when surrounded by enemies.
  • The threat meter now appears as a grey circle in the centre of the screen, flickering like a damage indicator to show enemy line of sight. It fills faster with more enemies watching.
  • The game is set in Chicago, and while no further location details were given, levels will feature lots of unique environmental weapons. A lamp cord garrotte is one example.
  • There will be checkpoints in levels, which will vary in size. Some levels will be small and tightly-focussed, while others will retain the series’ famous openness. Likewise, some will be story-driven and others will pack in lots of exploring.
  • On the tech side, IO seems very proud of what it’s doing with the Glacier 2 engine. Highlights include responsive controls, facial animations, and cover mechanics, but the AI has also seen a major overhaul.
  • IO can now edit the AI in realtime, so have been able to make it respond dynamically. Taking hostages will no longer result in the AI peppering everyone and everything with bullets, for example.
  • Finally, some changes to the voice cast. Diana, 47′s handler, is being played by Lost’s Marsha Thomason. David Bateson, the actor who both voiced and provided a model for 47, will apparently not be returning.
Hitman: Absolution is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.


 
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Brandon Lee was the best Crow
The Crow remake has picked up some momentum and is quickly getting into gear. 

First Relativity Media announced that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would be directing. 
Then came the cringe-worthy news of who would be starring as Eric Draven, Brandon Lee's break-out and final role, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover: Part II and Limitless)

Today Relativity Media's posted a press release excitedly announcing their new screenwriter: Alex Tse, who wrote Zack Snyder's adaptation of The Watchmen along with David Hayter.

[CRAVE]

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters' Seth Gordon, Deadline reported, is signed onto direct.

My theory in the idea behind this remake is the popular taboo of hacking. War Games followed a young Matthew Broderick and his hacking skills go head-to-head with a self-supported AI system computer that had the control to destroy the world with nuclear holocaust. 

The film is a classic that is in the same "hacking/hipster" clic as "Hackers."

[CRAVE]

 
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Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts have confirmed they will pull the plug on the Star Wars Galaxies servers on December 15.
All services related to the game including MMO play and the Trading Card Game will end on that date, seeing off one Star Wars MMO as Lucas seemingly makes way for another one: Star Wars: The Old Republic from BioWare.

"We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans. We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we've received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years," said an official statement on the matter.

"In recognition of your incredible loyalty, we are extending special Fan Appreciation offers to the current SWG community. We also plan to go out with a bang with a galaxy-ending in-game event in December and hope to see you all there," said SOE. 

 
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The insanely popular group known as The Black Eyed Peas, famous for ripping-off older music and remixing other peoples music, have decided to create their own game. 

Similar to The Michael Jackson Experience, The Black Eyed Peas Experience will have you flailing your arms and legs all over your room to copy-cat the movements of the on-screen dances.

Ubisoft is developing the game and their announcement was very light on details, saying only that its coming to Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360 "soon". But we expect the Kinect version to feature enhanced motion control mechanics that make it necessary to actually move your whole body, unlike the Wii games from Ubi so far, which have you wave around your arms and legs when the game can only detect the movement of the arm holding the Wii Remote. 

 
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At midnight on Saturday 26th June LulzSec, the notorious internet hacktivist group, has announced they are ending their spree of activity. After exactly fifty days of hacking attacks the group will cease to exist. An excerpt of their farewell statement is below:

Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we’ve gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.

So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.

Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.

Let it flow…

Lulz Security – our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe


Now that thats over we can discuss what they did as a final act; an info dump containing 550,000 batches of personal info from Battlefield Heroes beta users and a further 50,000 random game forum users. 
 
Entertainment Weekly has published three new photos from "The Hobbit" films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012 while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is coming on December 13, 2013.
 
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June
21 – Magicka PVP (free DLC)
28 – Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland (digital download expansion)

July
19 – Supreme Ruler Cold War

August
2 – Pirates of Black Cove
16 – Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter
TBC – King Arthur: Fallen Champions

September
13 – Sengoku September 13th
20 – King Arthur II
27 – Defenders of Ardania (PC, iPad, PS3, Xbox)
TBC – Hearts of Iron The Card Game (online)

November
15 – Hearts of Iron III Collection
TBC – Gettysburg: Armored Warfare (online) TBC

2012
January 17 – Crusader Kings II
Q1 – Naval War: Arctic Circle
Q1 – Magna Mundi: An EU Game
Q1 – Mount & Blade Collection
Q1 – Victoria II: A House Divided (digital download expansion)
Q2 – Salem (online)

 
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"We've always loved Nintendo"
"Wii U seems to be a lot more powerful than the previous generation," Gabe said, adding, "It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it'll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model." 

Speaking at the Games for Learning Institute's Games for Change conference in New York today, Valve boss man Gabe Newell spoke encouragingly of the prospect of Valve support for Nintendo's new console. 

"Now it's a lot easier to look at Wii U and have it fit within that framework."

Only time will tell how Valve will teleport their way over to Nintendo's new console.

 
 
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EB Games is asking the equivalent of $633 or £390 for the hardware, which Nintendo has said will not dramatically out-perform current consoles due to cost balancing issues. As one of the big things presented at E3 2011 and rumored about is the processing power of Nintendo's latest console.

No official pricing for the console has been set.

For comparison purposes, the Wii launched at AUD $400 and can now be had for under AUD $180. The 3DS is still sitting at around AUD $350.

The PlayStation 3 launched at AUD $999 as compared to the US’s $600. It has since dropped to $498, while the base model Xbox 360 currently goes for AUD $398 in a bundle.

Australian hardware prices are traditionally higher than international price points, even after accounting for currency conversions.

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Don't let these prices scare you however. To learn more about the Wii U visit this article. Wii U Full Details and Specs