Trending Topicks – May 16th, 2012

Halo 4 Limited Edition Revealed, PSN, Appstore,XBLM Updates, Bad Company 2 and Mirror’s Edge 2 Rumored,Mass Effect 3 DLC,Devil’s Third Canned by THQ,Call of Duty News and tons more!


PSN Store Update

PixelJunk 4am
Rock of Ages
Batman Arkham City
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($14.99)
Prototype 2 With Radnet Access Pack ($59.99)
Jam Live Music Arcade ($9.99)
PixelJunk 4am ($9.99)
Rock of Ages ($9.99)
Goldeneye 007 Reloaded ($59.99)

Red Faction 2 ($9.99)

Myst ($5.99)

Velocity ($4.99)


For more check it out here

Xbox Live Marketplace Update

Xbox Live Arcade
Sonic 4 Episode 2
Jam Party

Game Addons
Max Payne 3 Season Pass
Zumba Fitness Rush Bollywood Style Pack
Tiger Woods 13 Emerald Dragon Fantasy Course
Tiger Woods 13 Wolf Creek Gold Club
Tiger Woods 13 TPC Blue Monster at Doral

Games On Demand
Saints Row The Third
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Wipeout 2
Let’s Cheer

Halo Universe Update
Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Zumba Fitness Rush

Apple Appstore Update

May 15th
The Sandbox
Rage of Bahamut

May 17th
Bug Assault
Circus Atari
Extinction Squad
Keitai Guardian
Master of Maya
Missle Monkey
Non Flying Soldiers
Scotland Yard
Sonic the Hedgehog Episode II

Halo 4 Limited Edition Revealed

Credit: Lazy Gamer

  • War Games Map Pack Access – The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
    (A detailed release schedule for the map packs will be announced at a later time)
  • Specializations – Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options. Purchasers of the “Halo 4” Limited Edition will get access on launch day, while others will have to wait as Specializations are released over time.
  • The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armor customization schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
  •  Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
    Unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin
    Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
    An exclusive in-game emblem
    Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
    Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan-IV armor set
  • “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition – An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, and provide an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of “Halo 4.”

“Halo 4” Limited Edition also includes the following exclusive videos:

  • Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of
    “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
  • Special Featurette: Bringing Gaming into Reality
  • Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
  • “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” – A Groundbreaking Live-Action Digital Series

Darksiders 2 Release Date

Credit: G4
The release date of Darksiders 2 has been announced by THQ. You’ll be able to play with Death as he journeys to save his brother’s name on August 26,2012.

THQ has a lot riding on the success of Darksiders 2, as the company recently layed off a slew off employees and the company’s president took a 50 percent pay cut, signaling to investors a desire to be a lean, more focused company that puts out successful games.

THQ also announced that the game’s been pre-ordered five times more than Darksiders, which is great considering the state of THQ right now.

Bad Company 2 and Mirror’s Edge 2 Rumored

Credit: Wegotthiscovered

Multiple online resumes have recently been found that list both Mirror’s Edge 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 3, despite the fact that neither game has been officially announced by Electronic Arts.

Two LinkedIn profiles from former EA employees mention Mirror’s Edge 2, one is from a software engineer that claims to have worked on “the wandering of crowd system within Unreal 3 engine” between July and August 2009. The second resume states that its owner implemented “new gadgets and interactive features” into the game, including “leaderboards” and a “mini-game” inside Mirror’s Edge 2?s main story.

The last resume comes from Michael Joseph C, who claims to have “provided video game prototype, design and demo feedback on various AAA titles including the Battlefield: Bad Company 3, Dead Space 2, Devil May Cry 5 and other unannounced titles”, from 2009 to 2011

Mass Effect 3 DLC

Credit PikiGeek

The Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion opens two new fronts against the Reapers: Firebase Jade’s jungle reservoir and Firebase Goddess on Thessia. In-game reinforcement packs now include three new weapons as well as equipment, consumables, and six new classes: Quarian Engineer and Infiltrator, Vorcha Soldier and Sentinel, Phoenix Adept and Vanguard. The battle continues – hold the line!

Lost Planet 3DS Spinoff


Credit: Source: MTV Multiplayer by Andriasang via Eurogamer

Capcom has announced “EX-Troopers,” a spinoff of their Lost Planet series for PS3 and 3DS.

This information comes courtesy of Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu (translated via Andriasang), where it’s revealed that the game will be developed by Monster Hunter producer, Shintaro Kojima.

While EX-Troopers takes place in the same world as Lost Planet, it will have a completely different anime visual style and be centered around a school. Also, it will use “manga demo” cutscenes ala the forthcoming Gravity Rush. Despite this change in tone, EX-Troopers will still be a shooter, albeit one originally conceived as a “beginners’ action shooter,” according to Kojima.

You’ll play as a Bren Turner, a new recruit at the academy who’s recently arrived on planet EDN-3rd after coming from EDN-2nd. Another announced character is Teekee, a female snow pirate who can communicate the Akrid i.e. giant bugs the snow pirates are at war with. Finally, an AI vital suit named Gingira will come into play, calling Bren its master.

EX-Troopers is currently 60% complete and due for release in Japan later this year. It will be playable at the Capcom Summer Jam event June 30 – July 1 at Tokyo Big Site.

THQ Looking to get rid of Devil’s Third

Credit: Metro UK

THQ will no longer be publishing third person action game Devil’s Third, the first new game from Ninja Gaiden developer Tomonobu Itagaki since he left Tecmo. The troubled publisher has also been forced to delay South Park: The Game into next year.

First announced back in June 2010, little has been seen of Devil’s Third in public up till now – so characterising it as Ninja Gaiden with guns may now be unfair. Especially as it has a strong focus on multiplayer. It’s the first game from Itagaki’s Valhalla Game Studios, and although it hasn’t been cancelled it will not now be published by THQ.

Speaking to investors THQ boss Brian Farrell said Devil’s Third no longer ‘fits THQ’s profile’. More importantly it wasn’t likely to make them any money: ‘When we ranked all of our product releases when we underwent our restructuring, the profitability of Devil’s Third wasn’t comparable with our other franchises’.

Call of Duty News

A ton of new surrounded the Call of Duty franchise has recently come out from former employees finally getting payed out , to former company employees not being at E3 to the demand for better presentation in Call of Duty franchise.

Reports have surfaced today on both Polygon and Gamasutra claiming that Activision has paid a sum of $42 million to a group of 40 former Infinity Ward members implicated in an upcoming lawsuit with the Call of Duty publisher.

According to the reports–both of which cite an anonymous source close to the case–Activision paid the $42 million to the group representing former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella after reviewing the evidence for the ongoing lawsuit over West and Zampella’s 2010 firing, and subsequent establishment of Respawn Entertainment with Electronic Arts.

Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia is aware of the fan excitement for a “better-looking” Call of Duty and wants players to know that the engine running his studio’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II features advancements over the technology that ran the original Black Ops.

“Engines, each time they get touched, they change,” he said in an interview with Activision’s One of Swords blog. “The creators alter them; they don’t modify what they don’t need to, and then they alter what they need to. You can’t make a competitive product if you’re not upgrading that engine along the way.”

Concerning what is specifically new to the Black Ops II game engine, Lamia said the team focused on visuals and lighting advancements.

“I think what people are asking for is for us to push. They want us to make a better-looking game; they want things. I don’t think those are things people can’t ask for. We asked ourselves that very same question–we wanted to advance the graphics. I think the questions are valid. The answer may not need to be an entirely new engine, but you might need to do an entire overhaul of your entire lighting system. The trick is, we’re not willing to do that if we can’t keep it running at 60 frames per second–but we did that this time. So this is the Black Ops II engine.”

Gamers yearning for the first proper look at Respawn Entertainment’s first game won’t get it at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Speaking to Joystiq, Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe said, “We won’t be showing anything or doing any press related to the game” during the annual geek gala. Heppe confirmed this statement to GameSpot this afternoon.

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will be the second straight that the company has bypassed. This time last year, the San Fernando Valley, California-based studio announced it would skip the industry’s big summertime event.

Respawn has kept its first project out of sight thus far. Outside of a positively blurry screenshot and news that the game will be published by Electronic Arts, no further firm information is available concerning the studio’s maiden title.

Be sure to check back through ought the week as we will have our impressions of Max Payne 3 before on the single player and multiplayer experience. Plus tomorrow a review of a really fun Appstore game.

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