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Experience all the sights and sounds of fabulous New Vegas, brought to you by Vault-Tec, America’s First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Explore the treacherous wastes of the Great Southwest from the safety and comfort of your very own vault: Meet new people, confront terrifying creatures, and arm yourself with the latest high-tech weaponry as you make a name for yourself on a thrilling new journey across the Mojave wasteland. A word of warning, however – while Vault-Tec engineers have prepared for every contingency,* in Vegas, fortunes can change in an instant. Enjoy your stay.

* Should not be construed as a legally-binding claim.

Due for release towards the end of 2010. Let the hype begin! Trailer after the break….

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If it wasn’t for titles like California Games and Winter Games and Summer Games and World Games….. and Summer Games II, there would be a fairly substantial lack in mini-game titles in the world right now. These were a staple of every 80s kids gaming diet, and with some friends over enabled many people to appreciate the joy of group multiplayer gaming for the very first time. Type in your name, choose a country to represent and then take turns trying to best each others scores or times. We have a company called Epyx to thank for those memories, and it seems that because of them more and more developers have tried to take the torch and run. The problem is, it’s very rare for a game based on any of the world games events to actually knock it out of the park with a success. Sega is trying this year with Vancouver 2010……

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Not, not David Farrier’s weird TV3 gaming segment, I’m talking about the upcoming game from The Behemoth (Alien Hominid & Castle Crashers), which has now been officially announced as “BattleBlock Theatre”. I can’t be the only one hanging out for more information on this. At any rate, the official trailer is behind the break; it looks to be keeping with the great tradition of The Behemoth’s unique art style, with possibly an extra pinch of being a jerk to your friends (I can’t be sure if the video is player vs player or just solo). Continue reading

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Hot on the heels of Bayonetta’s release comes the announcement of the next project to come out of the collaboration between Sega and Platinum Games. As with all of the Platinum titles to date, the trailer for Vanquish oozes style, the game looks to be an action shooter with players taking the role of an armoured soldier of some description in a futuristic America. Looking like a cross between Masterchief and an iMac the trailer switches between live action and CG. No details on platform or release window yet but more details are promised in the upcoming months.

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Another feature that has been available in other countries for ages now has finally made it to New Zealand Xbox 360’s. Astute users may have already noticed the new ‘Inside Xbox’ tab but for those who haven’t you will find a plethora of videos and information. From hints and tips to Major ‘Larry Hryb’ Nelson’s ‘Majors Minute’, a bite sized video on what’s hot in the land of Xbox. A lot of fluff but also a mountain of useful little videos…

And with the ‘Inside Xbox’ archive, we here in New Zealand have a lot to catch up on!

More info on what we may see can be found here.

banner It must be hard, cultivating interest in a game about simulating a city, without being able to legally abbreviate it to a well known brand-name. Harder still, if you’re having to deal with the overheads involved with providing any kind of meaningful online experience. And that’s basically why Monte Cristo, the team behind Cities XL announced on January 26th, that it would be ending the “Planet Offer”, removing the ability to subscribe on February 1st (that’s today), and terminating the service altogether on the 8th of March. With Newsboys review still reasonably fresh in my mind, this news comes as a real downer. Nevertheless, it sounds like work is underway to develop the game towards more of a traditional single player city building affair. It’s unfortunate to see things go like this, but at the same time it’s probably best that Monte Cristo gets a hold of the games situation now, rather than holding on and hoping for an unlikely turnaround.