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If you saw the new Tomb Raider trailer, you’ll notice that things look a bit different. (And if you haven’t it’s at the bottom of this blog.) In an interview with Kotaku, Tomb Raider’s global brand director, Karl Stewart, said:

“We are not creating a character that just appeals to men. We want to have an effect that is deeper, that has highs and lows. You can see it’s not just about sex appeal. She can’t be huge chest and tight shorts. That was the vision of old Lara Croft. We needed to make substantial changes.”

He also mentioned that they were completely scrapping the back story from previous Tomb Raider games about Croft’s parents and her background. She no longer is wielding dual-pistols, no more of the signature look which we have all came to recognize. Stewart also said:

“We are very proud of the history that Tomb Raider has. But this will never tie into whatever she’s done before.”

Considering that Tomb Raider on the PS1 was the very first game I ever played, I have a bit of an interest in this series. However, over the years, my interest has faded, as the story has felt so repetitive to me. I felt as though Lara Croft was the same character, just rehashed each time. No growth as a character. If Tomb Raider’s reconstruction turns out for the best, this may just revive my interest in the series. We’ll have to wait and see. You can read the full interview at Kotaku


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Speaking of things that I’m interested in, the BioShock novel, titled BioShock: Rapture, has an excerpt that you’ll want to read here at Tor.com. I’m usually skeptical about video game books or movies. However, from the excerpt, this seems well worth reading the book. If you’re just as excited about this as I am, you can pre-order the book at Amazon.com. The book will be available on July 19th.

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I noticed recently in the searches for my blog, that someone requested a Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack release date. From my research, the Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack is not available for release on a physical CD, however a download from Amazon is available here. Or maybe you don’t want to buy it, but just listen to it. Luckily for you, a Youtube playlist has been made, which you can listen to here.  There’s about 130 videos, which all feature the MW2 soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. So have fun.

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Finally, it’s time for some free things on the web. Valve is now offering free-to-play games via Steam. The games available include: Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, and Alliance of Valliant Arms. You can find these games and more by accessing the Steam Store via the “Store” tab in Steam, then click on “Genres” and then “Free to Play” in the drop down menu. Or you could just type the name of the game you want into the search bar to make things easier.

Tomb Raider E3 2011 Trailer:

Thanks for reading,
–Taylor Paige

Sources:
Kotaku
Tor.com
& Amazon
MW2 Soundtrack via Amazon & Youtube
F2P Games via Steam News

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Since I’ve missed some days where I wasn’t blogging, obviously, I have a LOT of news for you guys.

On June 3rd the second MW2 DLC was released. IGN has released their review of the DLC. Despite the skepticism surrounding the new DLC considering the last disappointment with the Stimulus Pack. IGN claims that while the new DLC is pricey, it’s worth it. Are you planning on buying the Resurgence Pack? Or did you already buy it, and what do you think of it?

Some people say that video games can lead to violence, well this is one case where that is true. A 21 year old Virgina man, Bruce Jamar Walston, threw his girlfriend’s cat across the room and killed it after the cat pulled the plug on his video game console. Jamar was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor animal cruelty for throwing the kitten in front of his girlfriend’s young children. Obviously, this drew the attention of PETA, who have taken the initiative to have people write a letter to Commonwealth Attorney A. Lee Ervin to work hard to prosecute the case. I was personally disgusted by this story for two reasons: 1. the guy killed an innocent animal for a completely idiotic reason and 2. because this just gave people who have been trying to prove that video games lead to violence an example. Thanks a lot douche bag.

Game to movie transitions don’t have the best reputation and usually when you hear of a game being made into a movie, there is doubt surrounding it. However, the great people over at GameSpot have taken the time to make a list of the games that have been made into movies as part of their ‘History of Video Games’ feature. The list includes: Mortal Kombat(1995), Resident Evil(2002), Street Fighter(1994), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider(2003). You can check out the full list here.

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor has praised video games as ‘fabuolous’ teaching tools. She said that “We’ve had tests done, and the students go up 20% in their knowledge by playing those games.” While this is aimed toward students, why not let it help adults too? See, playing games are good. 🙂

Super Mario Galaxy 2 has topped the charts for Nintendo Wii in the United States and Japan. Red Dead Redemption takes the number one spot for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in the US and the UK, while Alan Wake won in Japan. The Sims 3 is number one in the US for PC, Mario Kart DS is number 1 for the DS, and FIFA World Cup topped for PSP. You can see everything at Gamasutra.

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Check out this psycho: http://www.chipchick.com/2010/06/video-game-kitten.html
Game Movies Are Bad: http://www.gamespot.com/special_feature/vghm2010_movies/image-feature/index.html?image=1
Good Games: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/28734/Justice_OConnor_Hails_Games_As_Fabulous_Teaching_Tools.php
Game Charts: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/28829/Saling_The_World_Mario_Galaxy_2_Heads_Charts_in_US_and_Japan.php

J ust Cause 2 has a new DLC Black Market ‘Boom” Pack available from the Xbox Marketplace. It costs 160 MS Points and adds three new items: Quad Launcher Launcher, Cluster Bomb Launcher, & an Air Propulsion. Expect some serious damage with all these weapons!

Rockstar, creators of Red Dead Redemption, said that if you bought RDR then you’re a “terrible parent.” “Our games are not designed for young people,” said Rockstar Games’ John Lazlow talking in an interview with the BBC last Friday. “If you’re a parent and buy one of our games for your child you’re a terrible parent. “We design games for adults because we’re adults. There’s a lot of kids games out there that we’re not interested in playing. Just like you enjoy watching movies and TV shows with adult themes and language and violence that’s the kind of thing we seek to produce.”

2K Games is going to release a Collector’s Edition for Mafia II. The special edition will be sold for $79.99 and will include two cars, a “vintage tux” for Vito, a 100-page art book, official orchestral soundtrack CD, and map of Empire Bay with marked spots. If you pre-order the game, then you’ll receive exclusive DLC content. Basically, depending on what place you buy it from then that will determine what DLC you will get.
GameSpot: Vegas Pack & War Hero Pack
Amazon: Renegade Pack
Best-Buy: Greaser Pack
Wal-Mart: $10 Gift Card
You can view the details for the packs here.
MW2 three-day weekend has been announced by Robert Bowling: Robert Bowling on Twitter:

“Memorial Day weekend is coming up, which means 3-DAY WEEKEND! We’ll be flipping on double XP for Modern Warfare 2 on all platforms!”

Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock will feature the following songs:
AFI – Dancing Through Sunday
Black Sabbath – Children of the Grave
Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
Children of Bodom – If You Want Peace… Prepare for War
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
Dethklok – Bloodlines
DragonForce – Fury of the Storm
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Kiss – Love Gun
Megadeth – Sudden Death
Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – Paranoid (Live)
Muse – Uprising
My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rammstein – Waidmanns Heil
Silversun Pickups – There’s No Secrets This Year
Slayer – Chemical Warfare
Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy
The Cure – Fascination Street
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Enjoy. I’m personally kind of sick of seeing Guitar Hero games. Not to mention that Sharped Dressed Man was on Guitar Hero 1. The only songs that I am remotely interested playing is the live version of “Paranoid” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Apparently, Nintendo of Australia received a letter from an 11 year old girl doing a school project requesting a Nintendo DS because “her parent’s did buy her one because the family already has a Wii.” In response, Nintendo checked the validity of the claim and sent the girl a free Nintendo DS to share with the class. But that doesn’t mean that Nintendo will just give things away for free, they contacted the principal. Good for them.

MW2 Resurgence Pack:

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Just Cause 2: http://www.gamerzines.com/xbox-360/news/black-market-boom-pack-out-now.html via David Scammell @ gamerzine
“Terrible Parents”: http://www.gamerzines.com/ps3/news/rockstar-games-terrible-parent.html via David Scammell @ gamerzine
GH6: http://www.whattheyplay.com/blog/2010/05/25/guitar-hero-6-will-be-warriors-of-rock/ via Nadia Oxford @ WhatTheyPlay
Mafia 2L http://www.nowgamer.com/news/3268/mafia-ii-collectors-edition-detailed via Dave Cook @ NowGamer
Mafia II: http://www.justpushstart.com/2010/05/26/mafia-ii-collectors-edition-pre-order-bonus-detailed/ via Mark Fajardo @ JustPushPlay
Mafia II AGAIN: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6263833.html?tag=nl.e576 via Tom Magrino @ GameSpot
MW2: http://playstationlifestyle.net/2010/05/26/celebrate-memorial-weekend-with-double-mw2-experience/ via Kyle P @ Playstation Lifestyle
Free DS: http://www.whattheyplay.com/blog/2010/05/24/nintendo-of-australia-receives-little-girls-letter/ via Nadia Oxford @ WhatTheyPlay (Original)

More Modern Warfare 2 details have been released:

“Carnival– A huge map set in an amusement park featuring all new art work and level design. The daytime map will feature wide open areas and several highpoints that will make it ideal for snipers and long range battles. The area will include a roller coaster, a fun house, and bumper cars.

Fuel– Based on the oil refinery level form the campaign, this map will have two distinct areas. One will be more of an open area for ranged battles, and the other a side is a warehouse with corridors for close combat.

Trailer Park– This map is based on the Boneyard level from the campaign. The area will be condensed, with corridors that become a maze, and sections that can easily become ambush points. The level is designed for close to mid range combat, as well as ambushes and traps.

Strike and Vacant– As with the “Stimulus Package”, the “Resurgence Package” will bring two maps over from the original Modern Warfare. Strike (pictured above) is a city block set in the Middle East, with a large courtyard, a street in the center, several open buildings and a pathway to flank opponents. Vacant is a map with an outside that features several metal containers, while the inside is a warehouse with two large rooms and a small courtyard in the center. Both maps should receive some visual tweaks.”

The Resurgence Package will cost the same as the Stimulus Package: $14.99.

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

MW2 Update: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/modern-warfare-2s-new-map-pack-detailed/?news=123

According to this week’s All Format Chart, Alan Wake has taken the #2 spot on the charts just below FIFA World Cup 2010. From what I have played of Alan Wake so far, I think it is a really excellent game. I think it should get the number one spot. I definitely think it is better than FIFA. Maybe because I’m just not really into that kind of thing, but I really enjoy the story for Alan Wake. I was a bit skeptical as to how this game would turn out, but I really think it came together nicely. Your opinions?
The top 10 list:

  • FIFA World Cup 2010: South Africa (EA Sports, EA)
  • Alan Wake (Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft)
  • Lost Planet 2 (Capcom, Capcom)
  • Just Dance (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Skate 3 (EA BlackBox, EA Games)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA DICE, EA Games)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, Square Enix)
  • Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Nintendo)

I think I forgot to mention the additional details about Modern Warfare 2’s new DLC due to be released to the X360 on June 3rd. In Major Nelson’s latest, “Mr. Modern Warfare”, Robert Bowling discusses the new maps in some detail. A new Trailer Park map will be added, which is narrow, cutting through trailers and is very maze like. There’s a Carnival based map, and another map that was described as “sniper heaven” which is set in an oil refinery.

Lately, I have seen a lot of topics focused around Photo Dojo, a fighting game released exclusively for the Nintendo DSi. Well, until June 11th, Photo Dojo is absolutely free. The game uses the DSi’s camera to take pictures of people and various objects and lets the player assemble a custom fighting game off those images. After the deal is over, you must pay 200 Points in order to get it from the DSi Shop.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Trailer

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Alan Wake: http://www.gamerzines.com/xbox-360/news/wake-fails-to-take-top-spot.html
MW2 Update: http://www.gamerzines.com/xbox-360/news/new-details-mw2-resurgence.html
Photo Dojo: http://www.whattheyplay.com/blog/2010/05/11/download-photo-dojo-for-free-on-the-nintendo-dsi-u/?utm_source=What+They+Play+-+Newsletters+and+Alerts&utm_campaign=1f377b1566-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email
Black Ops Video via gamerzines on Youtube

If you’ve heard about Sony’s recent idea to make a movie based off the PC game series, RollerCoaster Tycoon, then you probably had the same reaction I did. WTF. Sony obtained the license earlier this week and they plan to bring the game to the silver screen. I’m not sure how exactly they are going to base a movie off the game, but they claim it is going to be “”live-action/CGI hybrid.”” Personally, if and when this movie comes out, I am most likely not going to see this. Although I think that RCT is a fun game, but I think it should remain just that..a game. Comments?

This week in downloadable content(Prices and dates are for the X360):
-Forza Motorsport 3
-5.11: The Exotic Car Sample/Free/96 MB
-5.11: The Exotic Car Pack/400 MS Pts/96 MB
-Rock Band & Rock Band 2
-5.11: British Steel 30th Anniversary Album/1200 MS Pts/293 MB
-5.11: British Steel Individual Songs/160 MS Pts/20-41 MB
-Lost Planet 2
-5.11: Map Pack #1/400 MS Pts/63 MB
-Skate 3
-5.14: Time is Money Pack/400 MS Pts/172 KB
-BioShock 2
-5.11: Zigo & Blanche Characters/160 MS Pts/108 KB
-5.11: Rapture Metro/800 MS Pts/659 MB
-5.11: Kill ’em Kindly/Free/659 MB
Modern Warfare 2 will be receiving a new DLC June 3rd. It will include five new maps will debut on Xbox 360 first, then the Windows and PS3 add-on’s will be released later.

In other news, 2k Games has released another developer diary for Mafia II. This one discusses the games combat, cars, and explains the game a bit further. If you haven’t seen it, you can view it here:

And if you haven’t seen the first one, well here it is:

Additional videos:
BioShock 2 Kill ‘Em Kindly Trailer via IGNEntertainment

Lost Planet 2 Map Pack Trailer via SCRAWLfx

Rock Band 2 Breaking the Law(Live) via corporalgregg3

Forza 3 Exotic Car Pack via Machinima

Sony story info obtained from different resources.
DLC info obtained from marketplace.xbox.com
Developer’s diary and all other videos obtained from YouTube, credit is given to the users.
Modern Warfare 2 DLC info obtained from http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20005032-1.html


–Taylor Paige
© 2010 taylorpaige 09