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In response to the pestering rumors constantly making headlines, with regard to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand - most recently from publisher bitComposer - the Kiev-based developer GSC Game World has just come out with a press release stating that it - together with Sergey Grigorovich - remain the sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and the brand overall, including all the trademarks, the game universe, the technology etc. "This can be easily verified with the trademark services online", the studio points out.



S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a survival/FPS game based on fictional events of the second accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a warning (...)

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That "Dementia" trailer from a few weeks ago did a great job at not showing the upcoming sequel Dead Space 2, so this fresh batch of screenshots issued by Electronic Arts should be a welcome addition - as should be the EA Showcase video interview with the game's executive producer, Steve Papoutsis, in which he talks a bit about the game. Yeah, they tend to do that in interviews...



The horror shooter sequel Dead Space 2 is once again developed by Visceral Games for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The story picks up three years after the original, with Isaac Clarke returning for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature plasma cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless Necromorph onslaught.

A release date for Dead Space 2 (...)

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Along with yesterday's new teaser trailer labeled "Leave A Message", Electronic Arts also revealed the release date for this year's Medal of Honor shooter: October 12, 2010 in North America, and October 15 in Europe. Being the first game in the series to completely change the theater of operations, leaving the battlefields of WWII for a more contemporary kind of conflict, EA saw fit to reset its title to Medal of Honor - period.



As the publisher's press-release-for-dummies explains, this "emotionally charged trailer" shows "a U.S. Army Ranger platoon heading into combat aboard a helicopter. The chaos and uncertainty of the mission is belied by the reassuring voice of one of the Rangers as he reaches out to his family back home" (insert crocodile tears). Aaanyway...

The setting chosen for this new Medal of Honor is that of war-torn Afghanistan, as seen though the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Players will be introduced to (...)

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Backtracking through four websites, all the way to a most obscure original source, I can only wonder what the hell am I missing here... Epic's CliffyB made it pretty clear some months ago that they're not doing a PC version "this time around" (unless he meant to say "at this time"), and yet some are desperately holding on to the hope of seeing Gears of War 2 ported to the PC. Conceivable as that may sound.

The rumor resurfaced last night over on IGN, whose syntactically-challenged report claims that "there were plenty of details [about Gears of War 2] that appeared to be pulled from an upcoming press release and even a preliminary box shot with the Games for Windows logo stamped on the front and limited edition details". Said source even offered pre-orders for Gears of War 2, with a release date allegedly set for December 4, 2009.

Bullshit? Oh, you bet! Right now, there doesn't seem to be any reference to the sequel's PC version on said website; not anymore, at least. Kotaku did catch a glimpse of it, though, and what they found out is rather amusing:
"(...) And then there's the fact that the retail codes are all for The Golden Compass. Yes, the UPC code, MPN number, and ASIN identifier all point to Sega's PC version of The Golden Compass, based on the theatrical version of the book, which did indeed feature a war, but instead of gears, we have bears. Bears of war.

Naturally, Microsoft's reps are still denying any plans for a PC version. Seriously, are people that desperate for gaming "news" after the E3 dried out the scene?
And in even more goodies-for-download news, yet another map pack was let loose over the world wide webs. Called "Armored Front", this is the second map pack released by Monolith and Warner Bros. for their shooting sequel F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. It only brings 2 new maps - "Conductor" and "Decoy" - and 4 unique character heads to swap out, but at least the pack's PC version is free to download.

You'll find it on the likes of FileFront, Fileplanet and wherever else you usually get your downloads from, either associated with the "Armored Front" title, or with patch v1.04. Oh and don't bother looking for it if you're running the Steam version: the pack was already released as an automated update via Steam last week.

The "Armored Front" pack follows the earlier "Toy Soldiers" that launched a few months ago, and it will be followed by a third F.E.A.R. 2 map pack later this summer. (...)

>  Continue reading 'F.E.A.R. 2 Map Pack, Armored Front Released'...
While on the topic of downloadable stuff, a quick mention is in order for the freshly released Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2, courtesy of publisher Activision and developer Treyarch. The pack brings 4 new maps, and is now available for download for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, costing 800 Microsoft points and £7.99 respectively. That would be $9.99, give or take...

For more info on the new maps, see the shameless copy-paste from the press release below.

Update: Or simply watch the 2 trailers we've just added for this map pack - here and here.

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>  Continue reading 'Call of Duty's Latest Map Pack Is Out [Update]'...
And they say world wide economy is going down the drain. What a bunch of horse bullshit. Take a look at this, it seems that Gears of War 2 sold, probably as expected, no less than 2 millions copies in the first weekend since its launch. Which isn't THAT bad, really.



Other than that, LIVE was also targeted and bombed by 1.5 million players who logged in to kick some ass in Gears of War 2, totaling some 15 million hours of game-fucking-play, unlocking 19 million GoW 2 achievements. How's that for a freaking console exclusive game? And I also heard it is actually good.
More stuff concerning Fallout 3 and it's soon-to-be Japanese release – and it doesn't look that good for our loli-loving friends out there. Especially not the ones who expected to enjoy he full gore compendium that is Fallout 3.

Several things will be missing, such as certain quests, or certain monsters (Ghouls come to mind), while the name of mobs and weapons have been... modified to respect Japan's rules in this area of expertise. Also, be prepared to experience less blood when you brutally convert an enemy into several little pieces of fresh meat.

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THQ is a big publisher. One of the bigger ones, actually. Yet, it is no wonder their financial income si starting to drop fast, in the light of the recent global economic events. Hell, even EA dropped around 19% at the stock market, from what I recall. Alongside the decline in sales, THQ sadly announces that two of its future projects will be postponed until further notice. Uh, oh.

The first one is Darksiders: Wrath of War, a game intended for the next-gen consoles, which is developed by Vigil Games, while the second one, more important to use due to... different reasons involving massive multiplayer maches (in which I won all the time, obviously), is Red Faction: Guerrilla (Volition, PC, PS3, X360).

Both games where pushed back in THQ's next fiscal year (ending March 2010), and were scheduled to show their face in public until March 2009. Too bad.
You know how we, human beings, love to estimate stuff? It's natural. Most of us will try to assume just how many Laetitia Castas we will have sex with until the end of the year, other will estimate the time it takes them to rule the world and make this shitty planet a better place. Yeah, right.

Capcom does not aim that high (neither when it comes to fucking Laetitia Casta, nor when it comes to take over the world), they just like to think in advance and bask in the glory of what their future titles might be. Or better yet, how they will sell.

So, let's see... Their very own Nostradamus thinks that, for starters, Resident Evil 5 will total a 3.2 million copies sold when the game finally reaches the open market (March, 2009), while Street Fighter 4, a game which we await with extreme and dedicated interest, will sell about 1.7 million units. Bionic Commando is last in place, with only 1.5 million units sold.

Nice estimations. I personally hope they come true, since I am a Capcom fan myself. Ooops, I said it.

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