Star Trek The Game "Salvation" Gameplay Trailer »

The latest trailer for Star Trek is here! Titled 'Salvation,' this brief look at the game is actually a pretty dynamite assortment of gameplay clips the breathe and bleed Trek (via All Games Beta). You've got phaser blasts flying to and fro, and transporter moment, and Spock's iconic Vulcan Nerve Pinch.

Digital Extremes' Trek game attempts to fill in the narrative gap between J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot and this spring's Star Trek Into Darkness, which hits theaters on May 17, 2013. Star Trek (the game, not the movie) comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows platforms just a few weeks earlier, on April 23, 2013.

Bungie's Destiny Story Points, Concept Art Leaks

Brace yourselves, Bungie fans: Destiny is imminent. The long-in-development first post-Halo effort for the studio has been the subject of teases and leaks for some time, but it seems that a proper reveal may be less than a week away. A newly launched website at alphalupi.bungie.net appears to be part-countdown clock, part alternate reality game.

It seems that, starting yesterday, there will be seven days worth of puzzles posted. If the first day is any indication, each day's puzzle leads to a page bearing the Destiny logo and some text. The first day has already been solved over on Reddit (see the solution page right here), and a community effort has already mobilized to see the rest of this ARG through.

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Tags: Videogames

Chris Taylor's Gas Powered Games Announces New RPG

Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games made a valiant effort to save Gas Powered Games using Kickstarter, but the crowdfunding initiatve for Wildman has now officially been halted. With two days to go in the funding period and slightly less than half of the $1.1 million goal earned, the studio is calling it quits on the campaign.

All is not lost for Gas Powered Games, not yet. An update on the Kickstarter page announcing the cancellation lays everything out. "At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keeep Gas Powered Games running. Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site."

So it sounds like there's more to come from the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander studio. The final Kickstarter concludes with a somewhat cryptic thank you: "Your passion and hard work put us in a position to write this exciting new chapter in the history of GPG." Fans are invited to continue discussing Wildman in the Gas Powered Games forums.

Tags: Videogames

Tomb Raider "Monastery to Medical Helicopter" Walkthrough Video Part 1 »

Lara Croft isn't going to have an easy time in Tomb Raider, as this new 11-minute clip of gameplay footage demonstrates. She runs, she shoots, she sneaks, she leaps, scales, and shimmies, but she's also slowed down by nagging wounds and susceptible to hazards both natural and human-made.

Watch along above as Lara carves an unlikely -- and partially unintentional -- route down a mountain for herself, transitioning from typical running and platforming to being carried along by a rushing river to a last-minute parachute save. The descent ends up aggravating wounds sustained earlier, leaving the heroine hobbled and cut off from her traversal abilities.

Tomb Raider is shapping up to be quite an intense experience, twisting the core ideas of the series for a much darker and more hopeless adventure. Then again, this is Lara Croft we're talking about. Don't ever count her out. Tomb Raider arrives on March 5, 2013.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Some new information has come out about the platform-specific features in the upcoming Wii U version of Resident Evil: Revelations, a console port of the Nintendo 3DS release that is also headed to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A 10-page feature in the latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine (via Nintendo Insider) helps to set player expectations appropriately, which is to say: don't expect much beyond a direct port with some visual enhancements.

The Wii U version offers some hardware-exclusive updates thanks to the unique qualities of the tablet-like GamePad. The big one is support for off-TV play, which means that users can stream the content over to their GamePad screen via their local network. The Wii U release also offers touchscreen-based inventory access and map controls as well as support for the Wii U Pro Controller.

Producer Tsukasa Takenaka also says a bit about how graphics have been improved for the new platforms. "All of the lighting effects and filters have been rebuilt from the ground up, which improves the general quality of the environments. If you’ve played the 3DS version, the difference should be apparent in the first 10 minutes of the game." Resident Evil: Revelations expands to a whole new set of platforms on May 21, 2013.

Tags: Videogames, Wii U

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen "New Enemies" Gameplay Trailer »

Capcom's latest trailer for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen shows off some of the expanded game's new monsters in action. The backing voiceover is all in Japanese, but the trailer's gameplay clips speak the universal language of "hey, doesn't this nasty monster-thing look badass?"

There are fire salamanders, hopping maggot-like creatures, a nasty-looking minotaur, a super-sized reaper, and a towering giant that vaguely resembles Soulcalibur's Astaroth. Dark Arisen expands on Capcom's 2012 game with new content and gameplay enhancements that address criticisms directed at the original release.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen arrives on April 23, 2013 as a $39.99 release available at both retail and the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 online stores.

G4 To Be Rebranded As The Esquire Network On April 22nd

Beginning April 22, 2013, the G4 network will be rebranded the Esquire Network, the only television network aimed at the full, multi-faceted lives of today’s modern men. Esquire Network will expand on G4’s foundation of games, gear and gadgets to reflect the broad range of interests, passions and aspirations that define men today. Esquire Network’s programming will capture the classic voice, impeccable style and unmistakable wit that have come to define Esquire, the original men’s magazine and premier authority on contemporary man. Diverse program categories and genres will feature not only gaming and technology, but also entertainment, food, fashion, women, humor, travel, competition, danger and more.

The network will feature a blend of unscripted and scripted series, and movies and specials that appeal to today’s man. Partnering with the industry’s top producers and talent, the Esquire Network team is developing a slate of engaging all-new original series such as Knife Fight, a passionate celebration of food, executive produced by Drew Barrymore, Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. Hosted by "Top Chef" winner Ilan Hall, Knife Fight is an underground, after-hours cooking competition where talented chefs go head to head in front of a rowdy crowd of celebrities, critics and die-hard foodies. Another original series, The Getaway (working title), is executive produced by Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero and features travel-loving, well known personalities - people deservedly famous for excellence in their fields - who take viewers to their favorite city on the planet, giving the insiders’ track on their top spots to eat, drink, shop and hang out.

Fan favorite competition series American Ninja Warrior will return for its fifth season, to air this summer on Esquire Network and NBC. Additionally, Esquire Network will complement its slate of original programming with ambitious and witty scripted series that include NBC’s Emmy-nominated comedy, Parks and Recreation, and the critically acclaimed series from STARZ, Party Down. Additional programming announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Esquire Network will offer a full web and mobile experience, linked to the popular men’s destination website Esquire.com. The network’s new website will feature original web series that integrate with the network’s brand and programming, dedicated mobile apps that provide enhanced digital experiences for original programs, and a substantial social presence in support of the new network. Full episodes will be available via the TV Everywhere initiative and Video On Demand.

If you're looking for more insight, give this New York Times article on the Esquire Network a read. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on the Esquire Network, coming April 22nd.

Tags: TV


Crytek's goal is to fully embrace free-to-play business models for all of its games within the next two to five years, according to CEO Cevat Yerli in an interview with GamesBeat. The developer that earned its reputation from the first Far Cry and, later, the first Crysis sees potential for PC and console platforms both in the increasingly popular pricing structure that generates revenue via in-game microtransactions.

"We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play," Yerli said. "And out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction." The changeover won't be immediate due to the developer's current commitments, but the aim is to deliver high-quality F2P experiences for all platforms.

"So we have quite a few console titles in our pipeline that are [traditional retail games] while we investigate free-to-play on consoles," Yerli added. "But our primary goal is to make triple-A free-to-play games for the world market and transition entirely to that."

Tags: Videogames

Electronic Arts confirms that an apparent Dead Space 3 glitch allowing for easy resource farming is not a glitch and won't be patched out of the game. The publisher has taken some flak recently for the use of microtransactions in the Visceral Games release that allows players to spend actual dollars on in-game resources. An EA rep notes that resource farming is an intended feature, so there's nothing to fix.

"The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch. We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game," EA's Jino Talens said in a statement to GameFront. "We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game."

"For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3)."

Aliens Colonial Marines

The very telling evidence is accurate: Aliens: Colonial Marines will be supported by Gearbox Software with enough post-release content to merit a Season Pass (via Sega Blog). The $30 token will be good for four content packs in all, with the first one -- Bug Hunt -- coming in March 2013. The Season Pass will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC; no mention of Wii U.

Bug Hunt is a Horde-like co-op mode that plays out on three mode-specific maps. There isn't any mention of player count for this mode, but expect it to be four based on the way campaign and the No Escape co-op mode work. Three additional DLC packs will follow Bug Hunt, with the final one to be released by or before August 2013.

Epic Games Welcomes Infinity Blade: Dungeons Dev Impossible Studios

Sad news for yet another talented game developer: Impossible Studios, the Epic Games-owned team made up of former Big Huge Games staffers, is no more. Impossible had been put to work on the Diablo-esque mobile title Infinity Blade: Dungeons after it formed in 2012, but the closing of the studio means that the game is now officially on hold.

"It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn't working out for Epic," Epic founder Tim Sweeney said in a statement. "This means that Infinity Blade: Dungeons is now on hold as we figure out the future of the project."

Sweeney added that all Impossible staffers will receive three months of severance and the opportunity to continue using the Impossible name and logo in the event that they'd want to re-establish the studio independently.

Tags: iPad, Videogames

SimCity Beta Returns Next Week

Posted February 8, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

SimCity Limited Edition "Heroes And Villains" Gameplay Trailer »

Electronic Arts and Maxis are giving fans a second chance to give SimCity a whirl, with another closed beta set to begin on Saturday, February 16, 2013 and end the next day on Sunday, February 17. Just like the previous beta, participants will be able to sample a one-hour chunk of the game. It's enough to get a feel for the new face of the series, but many of the core features remain blocked off until release.

To get in on the beta, head over to the sign-up page on the game's official website. Act quickly though, as registration closes on February 11. SimCity makes its way to Windows PCs on March 5, with a Mac version to follow later this year.

The Last of Us Hands-On Preview:

We’ve finally been able to get our hands on Sony’s The Last of Us, to see if the hype around this survival horror game stacks up. The game comes from Naughty Dog, who has already established that they know how to provide action with the Uncharted series, but rather than focusing on loot plundering, The Last of Us is meant to be a terrifying escort mission, taking you across a dystopian United States.

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Xbox 720 Ad Spotted In Real Steel Trailer

Another day, another reputable media outlet doling out anonymously sourced information about Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor. The next Xbox console will come equipped with speech recognition technology, according to "sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans" speaking to The Verge.

The full extent of the feature isn't known, but it seems that the console will allow for voice activation, "natural language controls," and speech-to-text. The console maker is also reportedly looking into the possibility of having the console detect individuals when they enter a room and offer suggestions based on voice inputs. The report compares this functionality to Apple's Siri.

The rumor comes only a day after Edge's own report that the Xbox 360 successor will require an always-on Internet connection. This would allow Microsoft to block the use of secondhand games, just as rumors have suggested next-gen consoles would do for some time.

Star Trek Into Darkness Releases Suspenseful New Photos

Upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness has released a set of new photos exclusive to Entertainment Weekly's current cover story on the film.

While the film's release is quickly approaching in just a few short months on May 17, very little is still known about the specifics of the plot and whether or not there is more to the film's new villain, John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. (Shown in one of the new photos in "Red Shirt" custody.) However, what is known at this point is that he is a former Starfleet officer who, after some horrific event, has taken up a cause; something he is willing to destroy Earth to achieve. Yet, if you were to listen to Cumberbatch in interviews, while still necessarily evasive on details, the actor does seem to imply that his character will ultimately prove to be a tragic figure. *Check below for a major breaking update on this subject!

With the entire crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from 2009's Star Trek returning for this sophomore space epic, we will see the continued development of the relationships between this rebooted rank of recruits in more layman-friendly accessible drama, mixed with balls-to-walls apocalyptic action that this new J.J. Abrams-injected Star Trek franchise will be expected to bring.

Check out the new photos below!

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