Driver San Francisco Car Reveal Trailer


I had a grand old time with this game at E3.

Here’s the full car list…complete with 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass and Bentley.

Abarth 500 (2008)
Abarth Fiat 695 ss Assetto Corse (1970)
Alfa Romeo 159 Ti (2009)
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (2007)
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 (1965)
Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010)
Alfa Romeo Mito (2009)
Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto (1966)
AMC Pacer (1980)
Aston Martin Cygnet (2011)
Aston Martin DB5 (1963)
Aston Martin DB9 Volante (2010)
Aston Martin Rapide (2010)
Aston Martin V12 Vantage (2010)
Audi A4 2.0 TFSI (2010)
Audi Q7 4.2 FSI quattro (2010)
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro (2010)
Audi RS 6 Avant (2008)
Audi S5 Coupe (2010)
Audi Sport quattro S1 – Rally (1985)
Audi TT RS Coupe (2010)
Bentley Arnage T (2005)
Bentley Continental Supersports (2010)
Cadillac CTS-V (2010)
Cadillac DTS (2010)
Cadillac Eldorado (1959)
Cadillac Escalade (2007)
Cadillac Escalade – Cop (2007)
Cadillac XLR-V (2009)
Chevrolet Bel Air (1957)
Chevrolet Blazer (2001)
Chevrolet C10 (1965)
Chevrolet C10 – Tow-Truck (1965)
Chevrolet Camaro SS (1968)
Chevrolet Camaro SS – Jones’ car (2010)
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (1986)
Chevrolet Chevelle SS (1970)
Chevrolet Corvette (1960)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – Drift (2009)
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (2010)
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Cop (2010)
Chevrolet El Camino (1973)
Chevrolet Impala (2006)
Chevrolet Impala – Taxi (2006)
Chevrolet Volt (2011)
DeLorean DMC-12 (1983)
Dodge Challenger R/T – Tanner’s car (1970)
Dodge Challenger SRT8 (2009)
Dodge Charger R/T (1969)
Dodge Charger SRT8 (2009)
Dodge Charger SRT8 – Cop (2009)
Dodge Grand Caravan (2009)
Dodge Grand Caravan – Taxi (2009)
Dodge Monaco (1974)
Dodge Monaco – Cop (1974)
Dodge Neon (2002)
Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie (2010)
Dodge Ram SRT10 – Jericho’s car (2006)
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (2009)
Ford Crown Victoria (1999)
Ford Crown Victoria – Cop (1999)
Ford Crown Victoria – Taxi (1999)
Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew (2010)
Ford F-350 Super Duty (2008)
Ford Gran Torino (1974)
Ford GT (2006)
Ford Mustang Convertible (2008)
Ford Mustang GT Fastback (1968)
Ford Mustang Mach 1 (1973)
Ford RS200 – Rally (1985)
Ford Shelby GT500 (2010)
Ford Taurus SHO (2010)
GMC C5500 (2008)
GMC C5500 – Ambulance (2008)
GMC Savana – News Van (2005)
GMC Sierra (1998)
GMC Sierra – Monster Truck (1998)
GMC Vandura (1983)
Hudson Hornet (1951)
Hummer H3X (2009)
Jaguar E-Type (1966)
Jaguar XFR (2010)
Jaguar XKR (2010)
Jeep Wrangler (1988)
Lamborghini Countach LP400S (1978)
Lamborghini Diablo VT (1994)
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (2009)
Lamborghini Jalpa (1986)
Lamborghini Miura (1972)
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 (2007)
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV (2009)
Lancia Stratos – Rally (1974)
Lincoln Town Car (2010)
Maserati GranTurismo S (2008)
McLaren F1 (1997)
McLaren MP4-12C (2011)
McLaren SLR (2008)
Nissan 370Z (2009)
Nissan 370Z – Drift (2009)
Nissan GT-R (2010)
Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33) – Drift (1998)
Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 (1970)
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (1972)
Pagani Zonda Cinque (2009)
Pontiac GTO The Judge (1970)
Pontiac Lemans (1971)
Pontiac Solstice GXP (2009)
Pontiac Solstice GXP – Drift (2009)
Pontiac Trans Am (1975)
Pontiac Trans Am (1977)
Pontiac Trans Am (1980)
Range Rover Sport Supercharged (2010)
Ruf CTR 3 (2010)
Ruf CTR Yellow Bird (1987)
Ruf RK Coupe (2010)
Ruf RK Spyder (2009)
Ruf Rt 12 (2010)
Shelby Cobra 427 (1966)
Shelby GT500 (1967)
Volkswagen Camper (1965)
Volkswagen Scirocco R (2009)
Volkswagen Scirocco R – Rally (2009)
Volkswagen Baja Buggy (1963)
Volkswagen Beetle (1963)
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (2009)

Don't Shoot the Food – Insect Armageddon Edition

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That lovable mug you see up there is me, several years ago, enjoying a tasty plate of fried crickets. There was an exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on bugs, complete with giant bug sculptures, hissing cockroaches and classes on how to cook with bugs. Now, when I say classes on cooking with bugs, I don't mean that you and your good buddy Donny Dragonfly whip up a pie, but I mean that you cook bugs. You cook them and then you eat them...

Not one to pass up such a culinary treat, I decided to partake of the cricket stir fry. No one else in our party did and my wife refused to kiss me until I got home and had given my teeth a thorough scrubbing. Crickets don’t taste like much of anything and with all of the vegetables and rice in the stir fry you wouldn’t have been able to taste them any way. They do break apart in your mouth like a bunch of tiny sticks though, so the dish isn’t a big winner on the mouth feel department.

Seeing how I’ve been playing a ton of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, I thought it would be nice to bust out a bug filled recipe. In the interest of full disclosure, I have not made this recipe, nor do I plan on it so I apologize in advance for putting forth something I haven’t made. The temptation was too great though and the only food I’ve seen in Avadon are mushrooms and beef jerky and frankly, I’d rather eat bugs.

This recipe for chocolate chip cricket cookies popped up quite a bit when I did my research on cooking with insects. I can’t imagine that there are a lot of insect based recipes floating around out there so if something ends up being good, I can see it floating to the top. For your cricket needs, you can buy live crickets at either bait stores or pet stores. When you get them home, place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes and that should take care of them. Rinse them off, pat them dry, place them on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 200 degree oven for about two hours. If you want to get rid of the mouth o’ sticks feeling, take the legs off of the bugs before baking with them.

Chocolate Chip Cricket Cookies

Ingredients
1. 2 1/4 cup flour
2. 1 tsp. baking soda
3. 1 tsp. salt
4. 1 cup butter, softened
5. 3/4 cup sugar
6. 3/4 cup brown sugar
7. 1 tsp. vanilla
8. 2 eggs
9. 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
10. 1 cup chopped nuts
11. 1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets

Cooking Steps
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. In a small bowl combine the first three ingredients.
3. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy.
4. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
5. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix well.
6. Fold in the crickets, chocolate chips and nuts and mix until fully incoporated.
7. Drop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, one rounded teaspoon at a time.
8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Serve with a cold glass of milk and enjoy. While you’re enjoying your crunchy treat, think of the brave men and women of the EDF that laid down their lives fighting the insect menace. They probably deserve better than bug cookies, but they’re not real so I’m not going to sweat it.

Still hungry? Check out the Don’t Shoot the Food archive.

BioShock Infinite E3 Demo

Here it is, courtesy of GameTrailers, the full 15 minute BioShock Infinite demo thing-a-mabob. Yeah, I’m pretty much all over this one.

Kohan Warchest Available on the Cheap


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Did you miss Kohan when it was released back in the day? You did? You make me sad.

This sale at D2D is worth checking out as you can get the Kohan Warchest for $7.95. Seriously, Kohan is one of the best real time strategy games ever made. If you missed it – buy this. Not sure how long this sale will last, though.

Burnout Crash! to Hit XBLA, PSN This Fall


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Top down Burnout. Woo hoo! Destroy stuff!

With Kinect support!

Wait, what?

PR ahead:

Criterion Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, today announced Burnout CRASH! The next installment in the internationally acclaimed Burnout series will explode (arrive) on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in Fall 2011. Criterion Games has gone back to its roots with Burnout CRASH! by bringing the series’ fan-favorite Crash mode to the forefront, adding new top-down gameplay, exciting (new) features and Autolog to let players compete with their friends while embracing their road rage…

In the game, players are rewarded for causing traffic chaos by crashing into cars, triggering explosions and destroying everything in sight. Powered by the acclaimed Autolog technology, players will be able to connect, compete and compare high scores to earn the master of disaster crown, as well as use the all new Autolog Challenges feature to go head to head with their friends.

“Burnout CRASH! is a crazy mix of pinball and game shows,” said Richard Franke, Creative Director, Burnout CRASH! “We’ve evolved the core gameplay which everyone loved about Crash Mode, and expanded the whole experience using music, style and Autolog to create what we feel is the most mindless fun you can have on any gaming platform.”

Burnout CRASH! packs countless hours of reckless chaos into an easy to pick up, but difficult to master gameplay experience. There are three explosive game modes available across 18 crash junctions in six unique locations, each requiring different skills and strategies to maximize damage and destroy everything in sight. With a variety of player vehicles to unlock, high-value targets to seek and destroy, and crazy surprise features to discover, players will be hooked on an adrenaline-fueled rampage to the top of the Crashwall. (hopefully like this game.)

Burnout CRASH! is also EA’s first Xbox LIVE Arcade title to feature a game mode designed exclusively for Kinect in which two teams use gestural controls to play on one television in a party battle.* For more information, please visit www.criteriongames.com.

*OK, that’s weird.

Dragon Age 2 Legacy DLC to Drop July 26


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So the Dragon Age 2 DLC is is ready to go on 7/26. Here’s the details from the Bioware website. Too tired to strikethrough, sorry.

Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that are hunting “the blood of the Hawke,” you must put an end to their relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall*, and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the DAII campaign, face all new darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror.
Features.

* Uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage
* Adventure through several new locations including a prison constructed by the Grey Wardens
* Obtain a powerful class-specific weapon to which you can apply upgrades of your choice

Details:

* Release Date: July 26, 2011
* Platforms & Pricing:
o Playstation 3 – $9.99
o PC/MAC – 800 BioWare Points
o Xbox 360 – 800 Microsoft Points

*GASP!

Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars in Review

This week in Cracked LCD I’m reviewing Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars, the first big-box game to be released by novelty stuffed animal company Toy Vault. For reasons unknown, they hired Richard Berg to design the game. Berg is best known for ultra-detailed, complex war games where historical accuracy is more important than fun or playability. He also doesn’t seem to particularly have much stock or interest in Godzilla and his cronies. The result is a disasterous, confusing, and poorly executed game that I’d easily rank among the worst that I’ve played this decade. It just flat out sucks, and I hate to report that but there it is.

I don’t suspect that I’ll be on the Toy Vault press list for long, but so it goes. I can’t in good conscience recommend that anyone spend seventy freaking dollars on this turkey for any reason.

Dungeon Siege III No High Scores Giveaway!


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**Contest is over folks. Thanks for entering!**

I think it’s high time for another sweet NHS giveaway, don’t you?

This week we are giving away a brand new, unopened and still shining with shrink wrap copy of Dungeon Siege III for the Xbox 360.

And how do you enter this nifty little contest?

You leave a comment below, telling us why you should win a copy of Dungeon Siege III and forever offering your devotion to No High Scores, even if Barnes ends up killing a LARPer at the next Dragon Con in Atlanta.

It’s just that easy.

It is NOT that easy if you live outside of the United States because you aren’t eligible. I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you. The contest ends Sunday.

From Dust to Hit PC on July 27


Ubisoft announced today that From Dust will be available for PC on most major download services on July 27 for $15. This game looks really, really cool. Check out our E3 write up here (http://www.gameshark.com/e3-2011/12/f.htm#fromdust) and watch that video because it’s a good one.

The game will also drop on July 27 on Xbox Live Arcade. This one’s high on the Abner Watch List, which as you know carries an unprecedented amount of weight. Just ask me, I’ll tell you.

Marathon Free on iPad Today, But Only the Low Res One

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Way, way back, back before there was a Halo, hell, back before there was a Myth, Bungie made a first person shooter for the Mac. Crazy, I know, but they did and it was called Marathon. It had dedicated voice chat in multiplayer, dual wielding, separate maps for multiplayer, all sorts of things that are common now but were far from it back in 1994. Those of you without access to a wayback machine can relive those high flying days of 1994 on their fancy new iPads today. Marathon is out for the iPad and all it will cost you is a whole lot of nothing. Well, that is if you’re ok with low-res textures. If you have a discerning eye, you can pay $3.99 for a high resolution texture pack. Now, that may seem somewhat shifty but seeing how this port is entirely fan made, I’m ok with it. Besides, I’m a low res kind of guy.