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This Week In Gaming
- (Terminal Gamer) Activision withholding royalties to keep Infinity Ward employees from leaving.
- (TG) Crackdown 2 confirmed for July 6th release:The open-world, superhero action game touts “cutting edge gameplay” and Microsoft also says that the game will “take multiplayer gaming to unprecedented heights, providing you and your friends with complete freedom to explore, destroy, and play your way as you restore justice to Pacific City.”A demo for Crackdown 2 will be arriving before the game’s release
- (Bioware ME2 Site) Bioware Announces new character for Mass Effect 2 :
The galaxy’s most enigmatic thief Kasumi has enemies everywhere, but only a few could put a face to her name. Not much is known about her, other than Cerberus has contracted her to assist Commander Shepard in the mission to save mankind. In exchange, she requires help with a dangerous heist to infiltrate the vault of a deadly criminal known as Donovan Hook. Kasumi is master of stealth and eluding her enemies, her unique skills and technical expertise will be a valuable assets to Cerberus and Commander Shepard.
- (joystiq) Modern Warfare 2 ‘Stimulus Package’ costs $15:
We’ve read all the available info about the new Modern Warfare 2 map collection “Stimulus Package,” but we still didn’t have an answer to the big question on everyone’s mind: “Is that the game with a bunch of guys or the one with the beards?” That, we still don’t know. However, we’ve gotten an answer to the second biggest question from Xbox Live’s Major Nelson: The five maps (three new, two remakes) will run you 1200 MS points or $15.
As a basis for comparison, the “Variety” map pack for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ran 800 points ($10) for four new maps. Whether or not the new offering is a stimulating enough value is a decision you’ll have to make for yourself when it arrives on March 30.
- (joystiq) Mystery Dragon Age project dated Feb. 1, 2011:
It would appear that the still-unnamed next project in the Dragon Age series has been given a date, as spotted by 1UP in an early retail box of Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening for PS3. Aligning with the release window hinted at by EA hinted earlier this year during a financial call, the scarcely-detailed game will arrive on Februrary 1, 2011 — or, in the graphic’s terms, “02.01.2011.”
We’re not exactly sure if this is part of the two years of promised content that BioWare outlined late last year, but at very least it’s an extremely early (possible) release date for more content in a critically acclaimed series. We’ve asked EA for more information on the date and will let you know more as soon as we do.
- Playstation Move
The Move consists of the Eye Toy (a camera pointed at the player) and a wand-like controller with a lighted ball at the end and a range of buttons on the shaft,,,
- (MTV Multiplayer) ‘Portal 2′ Features Co-Op Campaign, Coming To 360, PC As Full Release
Coming this holiday. Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Game of the Year and draws from the award-winning formula of innovative game play, story, and music that earned the original over 70 industry accolades. Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game.
Also interesting is the price ($60 for 360, $50 for PC), which implies that we’re looking at a full release. Compare that with the one- to two-hour long original, which was priced at $20.
- (joystiq) February NPD: Xbox 360 and BioShock 2 sales heat up
After being called a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, I was informed that the “plan” for Bioware’s The Old Republic is to have an In-Game store that the player can pay real world money to add points to their account for purchases, or they can earn points in-game for various feats (pvp, pve, ect…). Although they are still considering having a monthly fee, the game store would reduce the average monthly fee cost.
5 Deals in 5 Minutes
This weeks deals, well, they sucked. So I did some leg work to try and find you your 5 Tech deals in 5 minutes.
- Geeks.com offers the JVC SX-W6555S 5.1-Channel Surround Sound Tower Speaker System for $84.99. Coupon code “JVC” knocks it to $69.99. It includes five slim satellite speakers and a 150-watt 6.5″ powered subwoofer.
- Best Buy retail stores take 10% off one regularly-priced item in most categories via this printable coupon. Unlike similar coupons in the past, this coupon is valid on Apple iPods and does not require Rewards Zone membership.
- ThinkGeek.com takes up to 70% off items in its latest Clearance Sale. Plus, take $5 off orders over $25 or $10 off orders over $50 via coupon code “TOMSHARDWARE”. With about 230 items available. (Includes Donkey Kong Jenga SWEET)
- I had to through this one in here in order for Jobs to allow my Deathstar to continue functioning on its safari operating system. Apple is now taking preorders of its Apple iPad 9.7″ Touchscreen Tablet, with prices starting at $499 with free shipping,
- For “M” Club members, mwave offers the MASSCOOL 3.5″ SATA Hard Drive Media Player with HDMI and USB, model no. MP-1369S, for $64.99 with free shipping. This device allows you to install a 3.5″ Serial ATA hard drive (not included) and watch media files on a TV. It features support for hard drives up to 1TB, support for a wide range of audio and video files as well as subtitles, remote control, USB connectivity, and HDMI, S-Video, component, and other video outputs.