Weekly Video Game News & Trailers – 05/11/2012
By Patrick Newman
“Face Off” in Modern Warfare 3
The ceaselessly popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has just been anointed with a new “Face Off” mode. Designed specifically for two new maps (“Erosion” and “Aground”) that have been scheduled for release May 16th, the new multiplayer mode is made for one-on-one or two-on-two death-matches. Developers Raven Software, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer announced this, as well as details regarding the Content Collection 2 DLC, which will not only contain two additional Face Off maps, (“Lookout” and “Getaway”) but two new Special Ops missions, and the multiplayer map “Oasis.” The Collection 2 DLC is due on Xbox Live May 22nd.
You Better Pre-Order Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts fans eager to consume every available morsel of content should be sure to pre-order Square Enix’s upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, for the 3DS. As a bonus, those early reservations will grant faithful players three limited edition AR cards. The first card unlocks one of three rare Dream Eaters, the second unlocks the R&R Seal Dream Eater, and the third unlocks a 360-degree viewing stand, which allows the acquired Dream Eaters from any angle.
Primal Carnage – Alpha Gameplay Trailer
Amazing Alex Details
Rovio Mobile, the developer behind the handheld gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, is already at work on their newest title, the details of which were finally revealed by CEO Mikael Hed on Finnish TV network YLE. Called Amazing Alex, the new game will be based on the physics-based puzzle game Casey’s Contraptions. The game will emphasize building, and will include a strong educational component. Hed was quoted as saying, “We want to maintain the high standard Angry Birds fans have come to enjoy.”
DSi & DSi XL Price Cuts Coming?
Price cuts for Nintendo’s DSi and DSi XL consoles are imminent, with the gaming juggernaut announcing a cut to $129.99 for the DSi XL, and $99.99 for the DSi. Starting May 20th, the retail for both consoles will sink to this level. The consoles are both packaged with Flipnote Studio, and the DSi XL arrives pre-loaded with Photo Clock, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters and Brain Age Express: Math.
London 2012: The Official Video Game – London Is Ready Trailer
Dishonored Shelf Date
Bethesda Softworks will be releasing Dishonored, a new steampunk first-person shooter, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC October 9th (North America), 11th (Australia), and 12th (Europe). A new iteration of the well-worn plot where a wronged hitman rushes to exact revenge on those who framed him, Dishonored’s story revolves around the assassin Corvo, and takes place in a stylized universe not totally unlike BioShock’s. The game, developed by Arkane Studios, has one of the principal minds behind Deus Ex (Harvey Smith) at the helm.
Lego Lord of the Rings Announced
The wearying quests of Gandalf, Aragorn and Frodo will soon be re-enacted in Lego form, since some leaked materials brought to light by MCV reveal that a new game based on the toys is in the works. Likely called Lego Lord of the Rings, as was revealed recently by a briefly posted listing for the product on Shop To, the game will be developed by Traveller’s Tales, a Warner Bros.-owned company. An official announcement from the developer and publisher is still pending.
End of Nations – Shadow Revolution Forces Trailer
Dead Space 3 Details
Perhaps in response to the flood of nightmares incited by those who played the last two Dead Space titles alone at night, developer Visceral Games is designing Dead Space 3 to be played through cooperatively. According to a source that recently spoke to IGN, Isaac Clarke’s new sidekick will sport a savage scar. Both players in the new campaign will traverse the story together, but there will be marked differences in the gameplay. For instance, if one member of the duo suffers hallucinations at a certain point in the narrative, those experiences don’t necessarily carry over to the other player. The new location for Dead Space 3 is being described as an isolated facility on a planet of ice, and for the first time, human foes are being brought into the game.
Sons of Anarchy coming to Consoles!
Kurt Sutter, the oft-outspoken creator of the hit show Sons of Anarchy, tweeted recently that development of his show as a console game is already in the works. One tweet read, “Yes, we definitely wanna do a real game. Console based. Not some slapcrap browser MP thing. It’ll take awhile, but it’s the right way to go.” No other firm details are available, aside from Sutter’s insistence that the new SoA-based title appeal to female gamers. “Nothing hotter than a girl with a controller in her hands,” he updated.
Batman: Arkham City – Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC Trailer
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