This Week in Gaming – Week Ending on May 11th, 2012

  • ACTIVISION’S MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN CRISIS TEASER VIDEO
  • ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES E-MOVIE CASH PROMOTION FOR THE UPCOMING BATTLESHIP™ AND MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN CRISIS™ VIDEO GAMES
  • PRIMAL CARNAGE UNLEASHES NEW VIDEO
  • MOVE OVER MLG, A NEW COMPETITOR HAS ENTERED THE ARENA: VIRGIN GAMING
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA REVEALS NEW UR-DRAGON EVENT MODE
  • ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF ROCKSTAR GAMES CREWS
  • GAIKAI MAKES AIMS AT REACHING MILLIONS OF GAMERS THROUGH FACEBOOK
  • SQUARE ENIX, INC. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PRE-ORDER ITEMS FOR HITMAN: ABSOLUTION
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED III — WORLD GAMEPLAY PREMIERE
  • UBISOFT AND MARVEL ASSEMBLE THE AVENGERS IN NEW “BATTLE FOR EARTH”
  • SQUARE ENIX REVEALS NORTH AMERICAN PREORDER INCENTIVES FOR KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [DREAM DROP DISTANCE]
  • THREE TRACKS FROM PARAMORE’S BRAND NEW EYES HEADED TO THE ROCK BAND MUSIC STORE!
  • MAX PAYNE 3′S ARCADE MODES: SCORE ATTACK AND NEW YORK MINUTE
  • COMPLEX PRESENTS TEAM GHOST: COCO

Monday – May 7th, 2012

Activision’s Men In Black: Alien Crisis Teaser Video

Did you know that Men In Black: Alien Crisis releases really soon? Like on May 22nd? Yup, the Men in Black will be back soon and the only way to unlock more details about the upcoming game is to “LIKE” them on Facebook. Click here for all the details.

Tuesday – May 8th, 2012

ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES e-MOVIE CASH PROMOTION FOR THE UPCOMING BATTLESHIP™ AND MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN CRISIS™ VIDEO GAMES

And speaking of Men in Black, now there’s an added incentive to purchasing either the upcoming Battleship™ and Men in Black: Alien Crisis™ games. With any purchase of the game comes a promotional code that you may use towards the purchase of their coinciding movie tie-in.

Battleship™ will be available on May 15 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system at $59.99, the Wii™ system from Nintendo at $39.99, the Nintendo 3DS™ system at $29.99 and the Nintendo DS™ system at $24.99. The Nintendo versions are rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB, while the PlayStation®3 system and Xbox 360 versions are rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.battleshipthevideogame.com.

Men in Black: Alien Crisis™ will be available on May 22 for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation®3 system at $59.99, and for Wii at $49.99. This game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.MenInBlackGame.com.

 

Primal Carnage Unleashes New Video

Imagine if there was another sequel to Dino Crisis, you know that game where you were a bad ass chick fighting dinosaurs. Yeah, that was a great game. Ah, memories. Now where was I? Oh, Primal Carnage! Above is a gameplay video that highlights some of the cool things you would be able to do as either a part of the human or dinosaur class. Part Dino Crisis and part “Beast Mode” from Gears of War 3 but overall looking extremely intriguing. If you had the chance to play this at Pax East, what did you think?

Wednesday – May 9th, 2012

Move over MLG, a New Competitor has Entered the Arena: Virgin Gaming

A few weeks ago, Virgin Gaming hosted a gaming tournament with over one milliion dollars given away. Close to 900 participants and over 2000 spectators! Check out the video below for a quick recap of the spectacular event.

 

Dragon’s Dogma reveals new Ur-Dragon event mode

Legend tells of an immensely powerful dragon that appears in the Everfall beneath Gran Soren. Known as the Ur-Dragon, this is the challenge that awaits Dragon’s Dogma owners. Players and their parties of Pawns from around the world can compete collectively online in an asynchronous encounter against the Ur-Dragon via Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network. The effect of each party’s attacks will be combined, but be warned its immense strength means it will take multiple encounters before the Ur-Dragon finally falls. Be the one that deals the fatal blow and receive the maximum reward, but regardless all players can still obtain both common and rare items dropped by the Ur-Dragon when they inflict damage.

Players without an online connection can also take on the Ur-Dragon alone, but the rewards will be different to those received online. All slayers of the Ur-Dragon will have their names and play times recorded in a hall of fame for others to view and aim to beat.

The Ur-Dragon challenge is available when Dragon’s Dogma releases in North America on May 22 and across Europe on May 25.

 

Announcing the launch of Rockstar Games Crews

So first of all, I’m totally against EVERY SINGLE FUCKING GAME feeling OBLIGATED to add a multiplayer element to it. Max Payne 3 isn’t any different. Now you can play another online shooter with your friends. Yay? And on top of that you and your friends can create crews just like how MMOs have guilds. For more details on how to create your crew and the benefits of being in one, visit Rockstar Games for all the details.

 

Gaikai Makes Aims at Reaching Millions of Gamers Through Facebook

I have come to realize that many people don’t really read my posts. When I went to CES 2102 I fell in LOVE with Gaikai. So, again I will bring your attention to that article because this is what I feel is making most console makers nervous.

First, take a look Gaikai’s David Perry chat about the future of gaming and Facebook. In this video he talks about a future that consoles should be truly afraid of: a world where physical consoles aren’t necessary. Now gamers are able to demo many of today’s popular games through their browser without the need of a console. It’s truly a beautiful thing, folks!

 

SQUARE ENIX, INC. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PRE-ORDER ITEMS FOR HITMAN: ABSOLUTION

Customers who pre-order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION at the following retailers will receive the following:

Amazon®

High Tech Suit and Bartoli Custom Pistol – The advanced High Tech suit provides Agent 47™ with 50% increased armor paired with the Bartoli Custom, an engineered precision weapon, complete with sight and silencer.

Best Buy®

Public Enemy Suit and the Bronson M1928 submachine gun – The Original Assassin can dress in a stylish Public Enemy gangster suit armed with the Bronson M1928, a classic submachine gun with high fire rate and deadly stopping power.

Walmart®

High Roller Suit and the Krugermeier 2-2 Pistol – The High Roller suit dresses Agent 47 in a fancy tuxedo discreetly outfitted with the Krugermeier, an accurate, reliable stealth weapon with a built-in silencer.

About HITMAN: ABSOLUTION
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

Developed by IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will be available in 2012. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

For more information and updates about HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, please visit the official website at: www.Hitman.com.

Thursday – May 10th, 2012

Assassin’s Creed III — World Gameplay Premiere

UBISOFT AND MARVEL ASSEMBLE THE AVENGERS IN NEW “BATTLE FOR EARTH”

Today, Ubisoft® announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment, LLC to develop a video game based on the popular Avengers characters and other heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe.

Developed by Ubisoft Quebec, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth’s interactive environments are inspired by iconic Marvel comic artwork and the Secret Invasion storyline. This game will be released this fall for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect™ for Xbox360 and Nintendo’s Wii™ U™ system.

“We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming,” said Tony Key, US senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay.”

“For the last few years, Marvel has positioned itself to deliver the absolute best in entertainment, be it in film, animation, comics or games,” said Andreea Enache-Thune, senior vice president of games and digital distribution at Marvel. “Partnering with Ubisoft is a big part of that ongoing movement. We are confident that Ubisoft’s talent matches Marvel’s own commitment to making the Avengers: Battle for Earth the best in the motion-controlled gaming category.”

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth features 20 different characters, including Avengers such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor, as well as other fan-favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe.

For more information on Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, please visit: www.AvengersBattleForEarth.com

Friday – May 11th, 2012

SQUARE ENIX REVEALS NORTH AMERICAN PREORDER INCENTIVES FOR KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced that North American customers who preorder KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will receive a set of three augmented reality (AR) cards while supplies last. Using these cards will allow players to unlock rare Dream Eaters and a 360° viewing stand that allows players to take a closer look at their Dream Eaters from all angles.

One wild AR card will randomly unlock one of the three rare Dream Eaters: Ursa Circus, Sudo Neku or Meowjesty. The second AR card unlocks R&R Seal Dream Eater, and the last AR card unlocks the 360° viewing stand.

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be available in North America for $39.99 on July 31, 2012. KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+).

 

THREE TRACKS FROM PARAMORE’S BRAND NEW EYES HEADED TO THE ROCK BAND MUSIC STORE!

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (May 15th, 2012):

  • Paramore – “Ignorance” O
  • Paramore – “Brick by Boring Brick” O
  • Paramore – “The Only Exception” O X

Tracks marked with “X” will offer Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system May 9th)

 

Max Payne 3’s Arcade Modes: Score Attack and New York Minute

Max Payne 3’s Arcade Modes bring intense bonus shootout challenges to the single-player game experience – featuring “Score Attack” and the return of the classic “New York Minute” mode from the first two Max Payne games in explosive form. In addition to the thrill of besting your own top scores (and the scores of all your Friends and Crew members at the new Social Club), high scores also reward you with exclusive multiplayer avatars and XP benefits.

So after you’ve earned a Platinum ranking for your historic Score Attack and New York Minute runs from level to level, you will not only earn a boatload of XP, but also unlock coveted character avatars for Multiplayer Deathmatch like Fabiana Branco, Passos and more.

Score Attack: After you’ve completed any single-player level, you’ll be able to replay it in Score Attack mode, where you gun for the highest score possible – acquiring points for each shot that hits its mark and each adversary you vanquish.

New York Minute: This fan-favorite bonus mode from Max Payne and Max Payne 2 returns as a frantic battle that puts one minute on the clock and awards you with additional time for each enemy that you kill.

 

Check out www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3/features/arcade for more details on Arcade Mode scoring with bonus points for style, causing destruction, and more.

 

Complex Presents TEAM GHOST: Coco

 

 

GamerGal // Pop Culture Editor

GamerGal, more commonly known as Dani, is a Pop Culture Editor for Royal Flush Magazine. She is a lover of all things gaming. Her favorite game franchises include Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Kingdom Hearts, Halo, Dance Dance Revolution, and Rock Band. When not gaming, she's navigating the dangerous waters of Web Development while having a long lasting love/hate relationship with IE7.

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  1. June 28, 2012

    […] In case you aren’t aware of Gaikai and the effect that they may have on consoles, please check out their official site and my past coverage of when I fell in love with them at CES 2012. Or even this article where Gaikai announced that their games would be available via Facebook. […]

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