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THQ today announced that the hugely anticipated sequel to 2010’s multiple Interactive Achievement Award finalist, Metro 2033, is scheduled for release in Calendar 2012, for the PS3, X360, and PC. 

Once called "Metro 2034," Metro: Last Light will immerse the player in the haunting, desolate ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, one of the most richly detailed and beautifully realised gaming worlds of modern times. Developer 4A Games will deliver a terrifying, atmospheric single-player adventure that fuses thrilling combat with exploration and survival horror to create a unique, memorable experience.

“We believe that Metro 2033 was a flawed masterpiece,” said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ. “It was a beautiful, original game that didn’t get the marketing support it needed. We won’t make that mistake with Metro: Last Light. This game improves on the original in every way – it will have more polish, deeper and more sophisticated gameplay, and satisfyingly visceral combat, without losing what our fans loved about the original. Metro: Last Light is another artful piece of game development from an Eastern European studio that will thrill and terrify anyone looking for a more cerebral experience than your typical first person shooter.”

Metro: Last Light pitches the player into the midst of a desperate civil war for control over a doomsday device that threatens to destroy humanity forever. The epic single-player campaign and unique multiplayer experience will benefit from the extraordinary lighting, physics and destruction made possible by Metro: Last Light’s bespoke 4A Engine technology.

Metro: Last Light will be unveiled to the public at this years’ E3 Convention with a live gameplay demonstration.

 
 
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E3 is right around the corner and rumors of Sony's NGP are flying about. According to a few sources the official name for the "NGP," Sony's newest handheld gaming device, is "VITA."

As in the Latin word for "life".

As in PlayStation Vita.

The rumors started when Games Pundit cited an anonymous source telling them Sony would announce NGP's final name at E3 next week: Vita. Most shrugged their shoulders, but some legitimate-looking presentation images leaked on another blog, Mega Rock. That blog's since taken itself down. Too late, though.

 
 
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New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece "The Hobbit." The first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

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Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The adventure of "The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Jackson's direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

 
 
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E3 is fast-approaching and the game list has just dropped via GoGamingGiant. Click READ MORE below to see the list in its entirety. 

E3 Starts on June 6th and Ends on June 9th.


 
 
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"All roads are covered, except for a few on/off-ramps that weren't very interesting," writes Adam from GTA4.net. "There's around 3,000 separate panoramas which were stitched together from almost 80,000 in-game screenshots (captured with a script) and the final set of tiles consist of over a million images."

The folks who run GTA4.net added an impressive new feature to their interactive GTA IVGoogle Map earlier this month, letting you revisit the boroughs of Liberty City from a Niko's eye view.

Dedicated fans, with the help of Google have put together an extremely detailed map of Grand Theft Auto's entire cities that shows everything from power-ups, pigeons, to easter eggs. 

GTA 4 MAP

 
 
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Respawn Entertainment (Created by former Infinity Ward executives Vince Zampella and Jason West) has hired a Iain McCaig, a concept artist behind such famous figures as Darth Maul and Queen Amidala along with characters in three James Bond games. He was part of the art design team for The Secret of Monkey Island.

Speaking with Develop, McCaig said that working with Respawn has been one of “the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had in my career”.

“Whether it’s military games or things set in space, it doesn’t matter, my huge burning passion is in designing people,” he added.

In an interview the site promises will be published soon, McCaig said that Respawn approached him for the game its currently working on, and he “simply couldn’t turn this offer down”.

There’s still no word on what exactlty the fellas are working on for EA at the moment, but whatever it is, it won’t be announced at E3.

According to a tweet from the developers: “For those asking, Respawn won’t be making any announcements at E3 this year. We will be wandering the floor though!”


 
 
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Hideo Kojima's answered many questions of the Metal Gear Solid fan base, including if he's going to show Metal Gear Solid 5 at E3.

Will you appear at the Microsoft E3 press conference?
NO
Will you announce Metal Gear Solid 5?

NO
Will MGS 3D be released at the end of 2011?

YES
Is Doctor Lautrec the new title from the Metal Gear staff?

NO (with a laugh)
Did Kojima Productions Not Work on Metal Gear Arcade?

YES
Is Gray Fox the main character in MGS Rising?

NO
Will MGS Rising's multiplayer be shown?

NO
Is MGS Rising's release date November 1, 2011?

NO
Will MGS4 be ported to NGP?

NO
Are you planning something big for Metal Gear's 25th anniversary next year?

YES

 
 
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Modern Warfare 3's rumoured Survival Mode has been confirmed and detailed, via a report in USA Today.

The mode, which comes as part of the new game's updated Spec-Ops suite, has players competing against increasingly difficult waves of enemies (in the Horde/Firefight fashion) across Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer maps.

USA Today teamed up with Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling on a map called Dome, described as a "derelict Cold War-era desert radar command bunker".

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"As we dispatched ever-increasing waves of enemies, I discarded my pistol for a shotgun. Rubin passed me some in-game currency and I bought and installed a turret to keep the evildoers at bay, while I watched for attack dogs," it explains.

"After a few waves, the attack dogs became suicide bomber dogs that exploded a few seconds after you shot them. The next wave brought the kamikaze soldiers who exploded similarly."

Modern Warfare 2's near-invincible juggernauts also return for the Spec-Ops mode, the publication says, and this time there will be several different types of them.

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"All that stuff really fleshes out Spec Ops and adds in a lot that we know our fans are going to love, some of the most addictive aspects of Multiplayer," Bowling said.

"You definitely have to change up your strategy as the enemy changes up. Obviously how you fight the kamikaze dudes is different from how you fight the normal dudes and how you fight a dog is different from a dude and how you fight juggernauts, they are not only big and armoured, so they will just brute force come at you. But they each have their own way of being taken out effectively."

In Modern Warfare 3, Spec Ops gains its own progressive ranking system, online matchmaking system and leaderboards. 

 
 
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On his official Facebook fan page, Jean-Claude Van Damme updated letting his fans know what’s going on about Regeneration‘s follow-up, Universal Soldier: A New Dimension.

“Greetings from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am on the set of Universal Soldier 4. We have quite a shooting schedule.
This film is pretty wild. I am having a great time with the rest of the cast. Keep an eye out for this one, I think you will love it.”


This was latter confirmed by martial artist Scott Adkins, who co-stars along with JCVD and Dolph Lundgren via his Twitter: “Van Damme kicked my ass today! Always a pleasure.”

The film will be in 3D, and is looking to be released in early Spring 2012.


 
 
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Dexter has just casted regular horror and comic book hottie Brea Grant.

Unfortunately, Variety fails to reveal who she'll play, but it will be a recurring role in the show's sixth season. Grant will join other Dexter newcomers Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown and Mos Def.

The actress previously starred in Halloween II and Heroes.




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