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Red Faction: Origins Movie Trailer

SyFy Channel and THQ have released the movie trailer for the upcoming SyFy film which is supposed to help bridge the story gap between RF:G and RF:A.

A few things about this clip:

The production values look, surprisingly, pretty good.

Robert Patrick looks ******* old. Guy is 53 years old and looks a rough 53. I know — movie magic. Still, those wrinkles look real. Judgment Day is officially old, isn’t it?

Does this game have enough story legs for a movie? It has to be better than that Wizard of Oz retelling, right?

A Trio of Fallout: New Vegas DLC on the Way

No High Scores

I just received a press release from Bethesda detailing the next three bits of Fallout: New Vegas DLC that are on their way from Obsidian and Bethesda. They’re slated to come out once a month over the next three months (starting with May) and will run $10 each (or 800 MS points in the case of the Xbox). Here’s the word from the release:

Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park. Things go horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave, you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.

In Old World Blues, releasing in June, you will discover how some of the Mojave’s mutated monsters came to be when you unwittingly become a lab rat in a science experiment gone awry. You’ll need to scour the Pre-War research centers of the Big Empty in search of technology to turn the tables on your kidnappers or join forces with them against an even greater threat.

Lonesome Road, available in July, brings the courier’s story full circle when you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of New Vegas. In his transmission, Ulysses promises the answer as to why, but only if you take one last job –a job that leads you into the depths of the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. The road to the Divide is a long and treacherous one, and of the few to ever walk the road, none have ever returned.

The History of Red Faction

UPDATE: You can now download the Red Faction: Armageddon demo off of Xbox Live.

I cannot remember the last time I was this “confused” about a game that I wanted to play and one that is so close to being ready for consumption as Red Faction: Armageddon.

I loved RF: Guerrilla with all of my building crashing heart and have seen demos of Armageddon, read previews, and even spoke to others who have also seen it and yet I still have absolutely no idea what to expect when it ships in June. Of course I’ll be at E3 when it’s out so I won’t be able to play it until I get back and then I’ll be on vacation the week after the show as the family travels to Yellowstone where I am sure I will be fighting bears with only my wits and a knife.

I doubt I’ll be allowed to bring the Xbox.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation DLC Now Available

You can now enjoy four new multiplayer maps (one with a zoo, hotel, a convey and a stockpile raid) for Black Ops and the “star studded” zombie level “Call of the Dead” for 1200 MS Points ($15).

The Call of the Dead zombie level stars Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker, Danny Trejo, and George A. Romero (as a zombie).

OK so Gellar is Zoey. I get that. After that it gets murky.

Of Orcs and Men

I saw this over at RPS today and thought it worth a mention.

Now, understand, every time I see Cyanide Studios in the name I get all tense and have Blood Bowl AI flashbacks and start to weep. I still have plans for Blood Bowl, but I still see Cyanide and think “damn it.” This is the same thing I feel about the Game of Thrones strategy title the company is making. They are going to have to show me they know how to program AI before I get excited.

This new RPG is developed by Todd’s favorite developer: Spiders. Seriously, the name of the developer is literally “Spiders” which has to be the best studio name ever. Cyanide is created with “Concept and Production”.

The game itself sounds like a two-person team, one playing the veteran orc soldier and the other the goblin. I have no idea if this in in fact a co-op game but I get that vibe from reading the website.

It’s still a ways off, but there’s some more pics here:

Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode Four – Shadow Sisters

Episode Four of the bloodiest web series around delves into the background of Kitana and Mileena, Mortal Kombat’s pair of scantily clad female fighters. This is the first episode that really gets into the more fantasy-esque parts of MK and I have to say, the combination of live action and animation works. I have no idea if any of the origins are canonical, if Mortal Kombat even has an established canon, but I am entertained, and that’s all I’m looking for.

Legend of Zelda 3D Trailer

Word on the street is that Nintendo is going to publish a small number of copies of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D so as to not repeat the fate of Spirit Tracks which apparently landed in bargain bins quickly after release. Spirit Tracks was a pretty damn good game, so this surprises me. However, Ocarina is, literally, the highest rated game of all time, so are they really concerned that it won’t sell? Well, any way, here’s a trailer to enjoy while you frantically dial up your retailer of choice to inquire about preordering.

Sony Security Breach: Round 2

No High Scores

UPDATE: And believe it or not, per Wired, it’s even worse than the Engadget report. The personal information of another 24.6 million SOE users? Good god, Sony.

Okay, now this is just getting silly. Per a post up at Engadet, is reporting that 12,700 credit card numbers have been compromised from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Engadget speculates that because the data “is said to be from 2007,” that it’s possible the card numbers come from an old backup. (I feel so much better now.) This, after I solemnly predicted this morning’s SOE shutdown was surely precautionary in nature. Shows what I know.

Mortal Kombat in Review

Yes, Mortal Kombat is back. And you know, I didn’t realize how much I wanted it back until after playing NetherRealm’s absolutely ace reboot of the franchise. It’s big, ridiculous fun that hearkens back to a time when video games had not yet gone all David Cagey profound with floating red balloons and all. It’s a reminder of a time when things like video game violence were actually shocking- mostly because it tended to occur in the darkened confines of arcades and not in the living rooms of practically every kid’s home in America. I think this game is every bit as good as Super Street Fighter IV or MvC3, and in some ways I think it actually surpasses them. The amount of content and number of ways included to enjoy the game are plentiful, and the system gets back to its simplistic, accessible roots. The game is just plain fun to play…but it also has great production value and one of the more entertaining story modes I’ve ever seen in a fighting game. It’s absolutely preposterous, with everyone standing around in silly costumes and carrying on about the politics of the Mortal Kombat world earnestly and without even so much as a wink. It’s hilarious.

Oh, and there’s new X-Ray attacks that call to mind the classic scene from Sonny Chiba’s karate picture The Street Fighter where you get a radiological view of a guy’s skull cracking. Except it’s way more extreme.

My review is back at the Hometree. If you don’t feel like clicking over, the short version: “Better than Portal 2″.

When gay dinosaurs ruled the earth

Since everyone around here is allowed to pimp their writing from other places, and because Bill mentioned that I should as well, I’m hereby linking my latest Getting Some Play column from, wherein I attempted to tackle the whole bizarro “issue” that came from IGN writer Jack DeVries writing “Fake or Gay”, a blog post that pondered the sexuality of both Yoshi and Turok (you know, the Dinosaur Hunter).

Now, I don’t think the post was meant to be taken as seriously as it was — but the whole thing was incredibly bizarre. While I do encourage you to go over to the site and give it a read (its pretty brief), here’s the main take away from my post:

“While it seems a little silly that it took a post about digital gay dinosaurs to get people talking about the representation of LGBT characters in games, it’s at least good to see some conversation on the topic. My hope is that other queer game writers at major sites will get the chance — and have the courage — to approach the topic in the future.”

On the top of my wish list for the next decade in gaming are a few stereotype-free LGBT characters in mainstream, well-liked titles. What better way to show an increasing maturity in the industry?

Do I want all games to be all things to all people? Of course not. But I certainly do think minority representation in a mainstream, large-scale entertainment form is a valid, worthwhile topic. Even though DeVries went about it in a rather strange way, I would like to see the topic handled in the future (maybe just with a little less prehistoric camp involved).