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South Park Gets a Video Game by the Show Creators and THQ

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

South Park Gets a Video Game by the Show Creators and THQ

Ever wanted to team up with Eric Cartman and run amok through South Park, CO? Well, now you can. At the Microsoft press event, we were told we could do just that, with Obsidian's latest project out of THQ, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Perhaps THQ can turn things around. If you care about South Park, this game will be perfect for you. If you don't, then this title probably won't change your mind.

The creators of the hit TV show Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out to show off the game. Instead of taking control of one of the four hellacious main characters on the show, you are now the role of some new kid who has just moved into the wonderful city and is trying to make new friends. Shortly into the game you run into your favorite characters from the show and proceed to save the South Park from characters spoofed from Lord of the Rings.

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Counter Strike: Global Offensive Launches Aug 21 for Just $15

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>Counter Strike: Global Offensive</i> Launches Aug 21 for Just $15

Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Valve decided to announce something right in the middle of the Xbox press briefing. The long-awaited rehash of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finally now has a release date! On August 21st, CS:GO will launch on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Steam for only $15.

For details and the video, check after the break.

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Xbox Music Ushers Out the Zune Branding for Good at E3

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox Music Ushers Out the Zune Branding for Good at E3

Microsoft announced at their E3 press conference the end of the Zune. We've known this was coming for a while now, with Microsoft's Windows 8 rebranding process and then confirmed when we learned that they were working on some sort of streaming service. At the conference, however, we found out that the Xbox branding would continue into the music world with Xbox Music.

Formally codenamed "Woodstock", Yusuf Mehdi from Microsoft announced that Xbox Music will be available on Xbox, Windows 8 and Windows Phones. No specific release date was given, however we did see a very nice presentation and demonstration video that was played for us at the event.

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Nintendo E3 Press Conference Liveblog

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Scott Ertz

At 9 AM Pacific (12 PM Eastern) Tuesday we go live with Nintendo's press conference. Hit the break for the liveblog.

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UFC Moves to Exclusive Deal With EA SPORTS

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Scott Ertz

UFC Moves to Exclusive Deal With EA SPORTS

What a difference a few years makes. In 2009, head of UFC, Dana White, made it clear he didn't like EA, and for good reason. He tried to have a meeting with them to discuss his idea for an MMA-based videogame. He thought it would work because the WWE had been successful for a long time with their games. EA, on the other hand, refused to meet with him because they claimed that MMA disgusted them. He, of course, later went to THQ, who produced the official UFC game from their San Diego studio.

EA went on to make their own MMA game, unlicensed. Needless to say, he was not happy about this, and threatened to ban any fighter who appeared in EA's MMA title. Suffice it to say, it was a pretty big surprise to see Mr. White standing on EA's stage announcing his exclusive partnership with the company that had stabbed him in the back. Obviously EA was not happy with their non-existent sales, so they purchased the contract away from THQ, who has much less of a sports background than EA. I would imagine we will see new EA-powered UFC titles later in the year.

So, what of THQ? They believed it was in the best interest of everyone involved to transfer the rights to EA. Everyone except the employees of their San Diego studio. Unfortunately, THQ has confirmed that they will be closing the studio. They plan to cherry pick the best of the best for other projects and let the rest of the team go. Maybe they can find a new home at EA.

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EA Shows Dead Space 3 Gameplay

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Scott Ertz

EA Shows <i>Dead Space 3</i> Gameplay

One of the highlights of EA's presser this year was the announcement of Dead Space 3. This is a franchise that has had lots of controversy, including the "your mom hates this game" ad campaign. Controversy leads to sales and sales usually translates into likes, especially when the games are as good as these. Getting to see gameplay from the next installment is enough to get anyone excited.

In the new game, you will be joined by a new companion: John Carver. The addition of Carver also means the addition of co-op play. The game is even smart enough to adapt the story to whether or not your companion is controlled by another human. A scene that might normally involve a conversation with the NPC Carver might become a fight scene with a co-op friend.

Carver will accompany you through new terrains, including a frozen planet. This is a stark contrast to the usual setting for this survival horror genre game, the black of space. It is a good idea to change so much of a game? Will it still feel like the same game when put into an entirely new surrounding? Other games have managed to do it successfully, but many fail. From what we got to see of this scene in the demo, this will be the former.

Amazingly Visceral Games has managed to brighten the landscape without losing the horror or the action. You can look forward to getting your hands on this game February 2013.

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