Gears Of War 3 Release Trailer Will Get Your Blood Pumping

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 9:00 am
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The Gears of War series has always been loaded with hard-hitting, ass-badding action. So, this new campaign trailer has no choice but to follow suit. It has a lot of grunting, explosions, and thick-voiced yelling. Ah, yes. Precisely what we longed for, and needed to see, in the Gears of War 3 trailer.

It also features "War Pig" by Black Sabbath -- a distinct tonal change from the typical ballads of Mark Kozelek or Gary Jules. But it works, and it is shout-worthy for fans of the series. Like me, I still play a fair amount of Gears of War 2 to this very day. So, when September rolls around, and this game is dropped, I'll be a very happy man. And until then, I'll just watch trailers and dance around in excitement.

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Mortal Kombat Klassic Kostumes Koming as DLC

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 8:30 am
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Reptile goes retro
Hope you're not one of those suckers who dropped a hundo on eBay to get your hands on Reptile's "Klassic Kostume" for the recently released Mortal Kombat reboot.

 

In what should surprise no one who has ever dealt with deciding between retailer specific pre-order DLC, NetherRealm Studios has officially announced all of the bonus threads will soon be made available as a single downloadable package.

 

Find out the details and check out the video post-break. You must be 18 or older to view. And no cheating!

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Call of Duty Elite To Launch Alongside Modern Warfare 3 With Monthly Subscription Fees

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 8:00 am
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Activision will wring even more money out of Call of Duty this fall.

According to the Wall Street JournalCall of Duty Elite is a new online service that will complement this fall's Modern Warfare 3. To subscribe you'll have to pay a monthly fee. In return you'll get access to downloadable map packs, advanced analytics about your Call of Duty performance, and other undisclosed features. Activision isn't sure how much Elite will cost, but the company expects to price it under the $7.99 a month that Netflix charges for its most basic package.  



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Happy Memorial Day From Joystick Division

Monday, May 30, 2011 at 8:00 am
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​Happy Memorial Day from all of us to all of you.

We're taking the day off, as we assume many of you are. Go out, enjoy the day and remember to say thanks to the brave men and women in uniform whose sacrifices make this day what it is.

We'll be back with our regular schedule tomorrow.

House Of The Dead: Overkill Comes to PS3

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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new house, same dead
Another zombie game? Yeah, that's overkill, alright. Although this game, The House of the Dead: Overkill, originally came out on the Wii in 2009. Sega's grindhouse-themed rail shooter garnered decent clips from the critics and won a Guinness World Record for most profane video game. Because that's certainly more interesting than longest fingernails or fattest twins. Hmm, that's the sort of digression you can't make in The House of the Dead: Overkill, since it's on rails, and everything.

Anyway, Sega's pumping a few more rounds into Overkill's rotting corpses with a PS3 port. The House of the Dead: Overkill -- Extended Cut turns the shy, overlooked Wii wallflower into a HD, 3D, Move-supported bombshell. At least that's probably what Sega hopes people will think after scrubbing up Overkill's visuals on the hard-charging PS3. 

Interested in a screenshot? It'll cost you a single click of the following link.
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Tecmo Bowl Throwback Tackles The iOS

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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Hey, there's a punny headline for ya. And, even better, it is the revelation of good news for sports fans, and owners of devices that contain the iOS. Tecmo Bowl Throwback is making the jump from Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network into our hands. We can now play an outlandishly over-the-top classic on our iProducts.

Except that the game will cost a steep $7.99, and features no online elements. That does indeed suck. But Tecmo Bowl is something we've all loved in the past. I've been macking on NBA Jam for the past three weeks on my iPhone, and it has been magnificent, so this new throwback game will need to be seriously good for me to make the jump. Speaking of jumps, why don't you bunny hop past this link and we can round out some more info on this bad boy?

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Alice: Madness Returns Screenshots Show Alice Going Apeshit

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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At Joystick Division, we rarely occupy blog spots with the news of screenshots. Frankly, screens from a game are almost never compelling, nor are they as exciting as, say, an awesome trailer or lengthy gameplay demo. But sometimes, we get a series of screens that really drop our jaws to the floor. A small example of this would be that picture right over there ->

Alice: Madness Returns has always looked pretty psychologically disturbing. Devilish, psychotic, and downright kinda hot, the titular character has always been a little off-kilter. But never have we seen her going murderously off the rails -- like a blood-spattered negative print. This is Hysteria Mode. And we think it looks pretty damn awesome.

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Sony Is Working On The PlayStation 4

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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PlayStation division of Sony Entertainment rocked da house financially over the past fiscal year, netting some handsome figures and earning the company about half a billion buckaroonies (as opposed to the $1 billion they lost the year before). They sold something like 13 million units in the last 12 months -- not bad for a system that is about 5 years old and competes with the Xbox 360.

But, in a public comment to investors issued by CFO/Exec VP Masaru Kato, there is some moolah in the budget for development on the next generation of platforms. This is the video game industry after all. Shit moves right quick. Hit the link for some more information and let the rumors commence!



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Disney Universe Brings The Charm with Lego Sensibilities

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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We really like Disney. We also really like playing games with our families. Fortunately, Disney realizes this and is making a family-friendly game for us to play. 

Disney Universe takes gameplay similar to the Lego games, but with the kind of magic only seen in Anaheim or Orlando. The game takes four blue characters, dresses them up like Disney (and Pixar) characters and sends them on their own magical journey. It's sure to make dreams come true*.

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Pre-ordering Call of Juarez 3 Earns Players the Second for Free

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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Call of Juarez: The Cartel
takes place in modern LA, and is about a caravan heading towards Mexico. 

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is about two brothers (and civil war deserters) hiding in the wild west, heading to Mexico.

We're sure these two games have a link beyond the overall objective, but we have no idea. These games may not even have similar mechanics or themes, but that doesn't stop players from getting a free copy of Bound in Blood when they pre-order The Cartel from Steam.
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