Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gears of War 2 Achievement List Released

The November 7 release date of Gears of War 2 is steadily approaching and that means that the hype train is steadily starting to pick up steam. As with every massive holiday release, Gears 2 has some serious expectations to live up to. The first game has sold more than five million copies and with Epic's Design Director, Cliff Bleszinski throwing around the phrase "bigger, better, more" at every turn, gamers the world over are expecting a lot from the second entry.

Gears of War 2 Achievements
Green as GrassTrain the rook (any difficulty)10
It's a Trap!Story progression in Act 1, Chapter 210
Escort ServiceStory progression in Act 1, Chapter 410
Girl About TownStory progression in Act 1, Chapter 610
That Sinking FeelingStory progression in Act 2, Chapter 410
Freebaird!Story progression in Act 2, Chapter 510
HeartbrokenStory progression in Act 2, Chapter 610
Longitude and AttitudeStory progression in Act 3, Chapter 310
Tanks for the MemoriesStory progression in Act 3, Chapter 410
Water SportsStory progression in Act 3, Chapter 610
There's a Time for UsStory progression in Act 4, Chapter 210
Better Wrapped in BeaconStory progression in Act 4, Chapter 310
Have Fun Storming the CastleStory progression in Act 4, Chapter 610
And the Horse You Rode in OnStory progression in Act 5, Chapter 110
You Are the Support, SonStory progression in Act 5, Chapter 210
Brumak RodeoStory progression in Act 5, Chapter 410
Does This Look Infected to You?Story progression in Act 5, Chapter 510
Tourist of DutyComplete all campaign acts on Casual Difficulty25
Guerilla TacticianComplete all campaign acts on Normal Difficulty50
Artist of WarComplete all campaign acts on Hardcore Difficulty75
Suicide MissionaryComplete all campaign acts on Insane Difficulty150
CollectorRecover 5 collectibles (any difficulty)5
Pack RatRecover 20 collectibles (any difficulty)15
CompletionistRecover all 41 collectibles (any difficulty)30
One-Night StandComplete 1 chapter in co-op on any difficulty (Marcus or Dom)10
Open RelationshipComplete 10 chapters in co-op on any difficulty (Marcus or Dom)30
Friends with BenefitsComplete all acts in co-op on any difficulty (Marcus or Dom)50
Once More, With FeelingPerform 30 perfect active reloads (any mode)10
Takes a LickingMelee 30 Tickers (any mode)30
Organ GrinderKill 30 enemies with a cover mounted Mulcher (any mode)10
Shock and AweKill 30 enemies with the heavy Mortar (any mode)10
Said the Spider to the FlyKill 10 enemies with a planted grenade (any mode)10
Crowd ControlMelee 10 enemies down with the Boomshield equipped (any mode)10
Smells Like VictoryKill 30 enemies with the Scorcher Flamethrower (any mode)10
Variety Is the Spice of DeathKill an enemy with every weapon in the game (any mode)30
Seriously 2.0Kill 100,000 enemies (any mode)50
Standing Here, Beside MyselfWin 3 matches of Wingman (public)10
Beat the MeatflagCapture 10 meatflags in Submission (public)10
It's Good to be the KingWin 10 rounds of Guardian as the leader (public)10
You Go Ahead, I'll Be FineWin three matches of King of the Hill (public)10
Back to BasicSuccessfully complete the 5 lessons of multiplayer Training Grounds10
Party Like It's 1999Play 1999 rounds of multiplayer (any mode)30
Around the World, AgainWin a multiplayer match on each map (any mode)30
Dirty, Dirty HordeSurvive the first 10 waves of Horde (any difficulty, any map)20
Hoard the HordeSurvive all 50 waves of Horde (any difficulty, any map)30

Saturday, August 30, 2008

PS3 Life Going to be Free

Sony's Life project for the PS3 is set to revolutionise the "get your news from a spinning globe on a console" market. And it was meant to do it this month, too. Now, it won't be, Sony announcing that due to some paperwork issues (ie some wrangling over rights with news agencies) it won't be launching in August. Instead, they're asking we all "hold tight just a bit longer", and are attempting to stem our rising fury at the delays by letting us know the service will be free, it'll launch directly from the XMB and can even work in
conjunction with Folding@Home.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Halo 4: New Xbox Launch Title?

Master Chief's next big outing could herald the launch of the next generation of consoles, with rumour abound that Halo 4 is to be amongst the first wave of titles for the Xbox 360's follow-up console.

Alluded to in the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine, which has been thumbed by Joystiq, Gearbox is said to be working on the fourth instalment proper in the bestselling series. Gearbox's own Randy Pitchford – currently doing the rounds extolling the virtues of the studio's imminent Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway – was recently quoted as saying of the company's next project, "When you find out what this is, you'll likely agree that I can't oversell this one."

Gearbox is also currently at work on Aliens: Colonial Marines, a full-blooded first person take on the film series that's proved such a rich inspiration for the Halo universe.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Left 4 Dead Boxart to change?

When Valve forwarded us the finalized art for the Xbox 360 and PC retail versions of Left 4 Dead, we were too excited by the visual pun to realize they'd missed out on a more complete version of box art literalism. But others wondered, "Why does it have a right hand?"

Believe it or not, we actually wasted breath asking this very question to Valve's Doug Lombardi at Games Convention.

"All I can say is 'stay tuned'", he said with a smile, noting that we weren't the first to inquire about the missing visual gag. As Valve is wont to do, Lombardi didn't elaborate, but it sounds like the finalized written earlier is more of a "finalized." We hope this long national nightmare of squandered puns on Left 4 Dead box art will soon be over.

[Source: Kotaku]

Head on over to my earlier post on the original box art to see what they're talking about.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

Today, the demo for the upcoming Star Wars game was released today to Xbox and PS3 gamers everywhere!

Whopping in at a 930MB file, this demo is nothing short of impressive. As you walk throughout the environment you can see every detail that went into this. It's absolutely phenomenal. But Graphics are what makes a game great. The gameplay is where this game shines. The main focus of 'The Force Unleashed' is well, the Force. Control anyone and anything with a touch of a button. Nothing feels better in the world as picking up an enemy and throwing him over the edge to his death. This game is pure fun and you guys owe it to yourselves to try it.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set to hit the US on Sept. 16th, the Asian/Pacific countries on the 17th and Europe on the 19th

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Saints Row 2 Gang featured in New Trailer

A new Saint's Row trailer shows off a new gang, Sons of Samdedi. Gets your hands on the game October 14th.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Free Xbox Live Tutorial

Oh so you want to know how to get free Xbox Live? Well do ya? Read on then sir :)

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In a nutshell, just complete some random surveys and earn points. Free surveys are worth anywhere from 10 cents to a $1.50 EACH. Do ten of these and you will be right on your way to getting your free Xbox Live membership code. Plus once you get sick of doing offers, you can earn points another way: by referring other people. So what is this referring thing-a-ma-bob? Well, on the website you get a unique referral link and have your friends sign up under there. You have them do some surveys and you get 20% of whatever they make!

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Have some people actually earned 400 points for a PS3 or Xbox 360?!
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

LittleBigPlanet Cover Revealed

Courtesy of, the boxart of the upcoming PS3 game, LittleBigPlanet, has hit the internet. Packed with a fuzzy alien and some cool color splatters, this cover gets an A+ from me. LittleBigPlanet is set to release sometime this October.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Xbox 360 60GB Hits UK Shelves August 15th

Microsoft has formally announced the coming of the 60GB Xbox 360 in the UK. This Friday the 15th, 20GB models will be being replaced with the larger models across the board, with the price remaining at the now rather modest £199.99. The announcement of course came with the obligatory hooray, go Xbox! statement.


Friday, August 8, 2008

Get your Hands on a Full Size Lancer Replica!

So I was surfing Amazon today, when I ran into something peculiar. It looked familiar, like deja vu. A closer look revealed the item to be a full size Gears of War Lancer Replica. Now this ain't your mom's typical gun replica. No this one contains a chainsaw built in on the end(not a real one of course :P) Plus if you order through Amazon you recieve Gears of War 2 for free!. So satifsy your GoW Fix and grab one before they sell out!

Order Yours Now!


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

GTA: IV PC Version Confirmed

The year may be far from over, but many analysts have already concluded that Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV will go on to be the biggest-selling game of 2008. The crime epic sold 631,000 copies in 24 hours in the UK, while Take Two's financial results revealed that the game had sold 8.5 million units worldwide as of early June.

For all its success, though, perhaps the game's biggest limitation was launching on only two formats--the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC owners have been speculating for a while about the possibility of a conversion, as all previous Grand Theft Auto console games have made it to the original gaming platform. Today, Rockstar put the rumours to rest by announcing development of a PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV, which will ship on November 18 in North America and on November 21 in Europe.

As well as featuring Liberty City's original backdrop, story, and soundtrack, the Rockstar North-developed PC version is set to receive an "expanded" multiplayer mode. "The whole team is dedicated to bringing an amazing gaming experience to the PC," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The game looks and plays beautifully on PC and we can't wait for people to play it."

[Source: Gamespot]

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Xbox Avatars: Nonviolent Games Only

As Microsoft figures out their game plan for how they're going to implement Avatars into the Xbox 360 community beginning this Fall, we're receiving a steady trickle of news surrounding their Avatar decisions. Most recently, Microsoft's Eric Kilgore confirmed with Develop that Avatars will only be allowed to be used in ESRB rated E10+ games which are seen as non-violent, family friendly games. So, we won't be seeing Avatars taking over our Gears or GTAIV worlds which, admittedly, is okily okay with us. Kilgore did say that their E10+ Avatar policy could change in the future depending on how things work out, but again, Microsoft's Avatar game plan has yet to be fully fleshed out.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Xbox Dev Found Dead in Murder-Suicide

"Very sad news from Redmond, Wash. Melissa Batten, 36, a software development engineer in Microsoft's Xbox division, was murdered by her estranged husband, who then shot himself to death, earlier this week.

Batten, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was a Software Development Engineer in Test for Microsoft, supporting Rare on its 360 titles work. She had worked for Microsoft since 2002, earning credits in Halo 3 and Gears of War as an SDET. Earlier, as a lawyer, she had been a public defender for the Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, N.C.) Public Defender's Office.

Her husband, Joseph Batten, was also 36. He had also worked for Microsoft but most recently worked for Wizards of the Coast, publisher of hobby games such as Magic: the Gathering. Melissa had obtained a restraining order against her husband on July 21. Another news story describes Joseph Batten as obsessive and verbally abusive, and when she learned he had obtained a handgun, she sought the protection order. "

You will be missed Melissa.

[Source Kotaku]

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Skate 2 announced!!!

The second installment in the Skate franchise will be released sometime in 2009. You can check out more info on the sequel over at IGN. Link is provided below.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Blizzard Plans Achievements for its upcoming games.

Blizzard, the company behind World of Warcraft and the Starcraft franchises, is planning to implement achievements into the next WoW expansion pack as wel as Starcraft II and Diablo III. More info on this can be read here:

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