THQ Starts

Yesterday was a sad day for gamers everywhere, with an auction seeing the most well-known assets of folding publisher THQ sold off to a variety of bidders. The good news is that if there's a THQ game you were looking forward to, it's almost certainly still coming out. Eventually. The bad news, of course, is that THQ will be no more.

The first confirmed purchase of the day was Koch Media/Deep Silver's acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Saint's Row and Metro series', as well as the Chicago-based Saint's Row developer Volition. There's no word yet on when the nearly finished Metro: Last Light will be released, but expect that we'll be hearing more info soon.

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BioShock Infinite "Industrial Revolution" Gameplay Trailer »

The latest BioShock Infinite trailer is all about showing off the bonus Industrial Revolution Pack content that comes with pre-ordered copies of the game. More precisely, you get a bunch of gameplay clips interspersed with screens detailing each piece of content.

The Industrial Revolution Pack includes three in-game gear items, a new feature for BioShock that effectively takes over the role of the first game's Gene Tonics. Players will also receive $500 worth of in-game currency, five lock picks to start with (very useful), and the Industrial Revolution puzzle game "which unlocks stories of Columbia and allows players to pledge their allegiance to the Vox Populi or Founders through Facebook."

Just hit play and watch the footage. That's what you're here for.

2013 Movie Preview: Oldboy


Posted January 24, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Oldboy

Release Date: October 11
Director: Spike Lee
Rating: Not Yet Rated

A man who was kidnapped and stuck into a hotel-like prison in isolation for 15 years, is suddenly released for unknown reasons. Seeking revenge, his investigation unfolds a bizarre and personal plot.

What We Know:

The 2003 South Korean cult classic film by director, Park Chan-wook (based on a late-90's Japanese manga series) is reinvented and westernized. Following the basic framework of the the manga and film, a man named Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) seems to prefer the sip of a booze bottle to familial obligations, specifically when it comes to being home for his young daughter's birthday. It would be a date he'd never make as he is apprehended in the streets and shuttled away.

He awakens in a somewhat aesthetically normal hotel room of sorts, except at this resort, checkout is sometime around...NEVER, and the concierge is more of a warden. Nevertheless, he's fed on a daily basis and still able to keep up with current events through the medium of television. Unfortunately, it's also through that medium which he learns that his wife has been murdered. 15 years go by and an older Joe, grizzled and unbalanced from a decade and a half of isolation suddenly finds himself freed in circumstances as mysterious as his initial capture.

After a rough period of readjustment with the outside world, he befriends a young woman named Marie (Elizabeth Olsen) and begins an investigation into the motives behind his long ordeal. -- And by "investigation" we mean a bit of sleuthing followed by a one-man marathon of brutal, bloody, cringe-inducing violence, against his former captors, including what promises to be a horrendous torture sequence with his former "warden," Chaney (Samuel L. Jackson), inspired by a famous scene in the original film involving a hammer.

Soon, enough, the mastermind of the machinations reveals himself as billionaire, Adrian Pryce (Sharlto Copley), who gives Joe five short days to continue his investigation and find out the true motives behind his imprisonment. If successful, Pryce will end his own life. However, failure will result in the death of his potential new flame, Marie.

Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, Max Casella, and Caitlin Dulany round out the cast.

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This morning's Nintendo Direct video stream brought little in the way of new information about PlatinumGames' ongoing Bayonetta 2 efforts, but it did bring a new trailer. Just to set your expectations appropriately: there's not much here in the way of gameplay. Bayonetta 2 apparently isn't far enough along in development, so instead you get this look at some of the elements that will shape the final game.

Specifically, get ready to see a bunch of appropriately bizarre enemy designs and a whole lot of wireframe environments. There's a bit of Bayonetta herself as well, but she's not at all the star of this advance look at the game. Expect to hear more -- and probably see some stuff too -- at E3 in June.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Looks To Sandler Or Carrey?

The colossal cavalcade of casting rumors for Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has taken a surprising, comedic turn. It seems that the galactic super-team could very well find itself with the addition of either Adam Sandler OR Jim Carrey.

According to a report from Latino Review, Marvel Studios apparently inquired about the availability of the two comedy icons, Sandler and Carrey. -- That, is pretty much the extent of the rumor at this time. For what role, you may ask? It's a good question for which no definite answer exists just yet.

The dominant subject when it comes to the vast array of Guardians casting rumors has surrounded who will play the lead character, "Star-Lord." In fact, the LR report throws the names of Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell, and Cam Gigandet into that already heavy mix. One might conclude that, given the names that have been thrown out there, that the Star-Lord role will go to an actor in his late-20's to early-30's, which makes it unlikely that Sandler and Carrey are up for that particular role.

However, Guardians has two notable slots for the more...let's just say, "exotic" members of the team. In fact, given their eccentric nature, it may be the case that the spot in question is more for voice work for an animated character.

Keep reading below, to see where we're going.

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Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations isn't going to be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS for much longer. The publisher confirms that the portable survival horror adventure from 2012 will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC platforms on May 21, 2013. 

The game will feature improved graphics, and Infernal Mode difficulty, and a new enemy "that changes the tempo of the game in a big way," according to Siliconera. Raid Mode will also return with some added improvements, including new playable characters (Hunk is named specifically), new weapons, and new customizable parts.

Check out the reveal trailer up top for a peek at the HD makeover.

Man Of Steel Lands Two More Villains

This summer's superhero revival, Man of Steel will apparently sport a larger rogues gallery than we originally thought. It looks like Michael Shannon's Kryptonian refugee war criminal, General Zod will have plenty of super-powered backup when he tangles with Henry Cavill's Superman.

According to ComicBook.com, Richard Cetrone (pictured left) has joined the cast as Kryptonian militant Zod loyalist named "Tor-An." Revard Dufrense (pictured right) has also jumped on board as "Dev-Em," an escaped Kryptonian criminal who has found himself with Zod's group. This ups the tally of "evil escaped Kryptonians" to a lopsided four-on-one affair, taking into account Zod and his female conspirator, Faora played by Antje Traue. Indeed, this new Superman is going to need better tricks than tossing "Super Saran Wrap" and taking out his aggression on hapless big-mouth yokels in local greasy spoons.

Both of these new acquisitions are relative unknowns, but may be recognizable to genre fans. Cetrone, a longtime stuntman, has been the "nameless bad guy" in numerous major films, such as The Book of Eli, Sucker Punch, and the Underworld films. Plus, he had a notable role as the Frost Giant Captain in Thor. Dufrense, on the other hand, has a significantly shorter resume, with roles in Sucker Punch, on TV with Supernatural, Eureka, and previous Superman property, Smallville. However, he was also one half of a memorable, "creepy-sexy" moment from TV's revival of V where he, playing a stoic super-soldier, conceives children with Morena Baccarin's evil lady lizard leader.

On another note, the film has been officially given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA, rendering it family-friendly, but intense enough.

Man of Steel takes karate classes anticipating many opponents at theaters on June 14. Also, check out our preview write-up.


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen "The Depths of Darkness" Trailer »

Capcom confirms that Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will be released on April 23, 2013 in North America. The rehash of the publisher's 2012 open world RPG introduces a number of updates to the game, both to address issues players had with the original release and to add some enhancements that make your return to Gransys worthwhile.

Dark Arisen adds a large new underground realm to the game, with 25 new enemies to encounter there as well as an assortment of new missions. Other new features include the addition of level 3 skills, more than 100 pieces of new high-level equipment, more character/Pawn augments, added equipment enhancement options, and more.

There's more too. Those who already own the original Dragon's Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals (used to create fast travel markers), unlimited Ferrystones (used to travel to those markers), and the Gransys armor pack. New content will also integrate directly with your old Dragon's Dogma save. Dark Arisen comes to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as a $39.99 physical and digital release this April.

X-Play Series Finale Airs Tonight @ 6/5c


Posted January 23, 2013 - By G4 Staff

X-Play Series Finale Airs This Wednesday, January 23rd @ 6/5c

After a decade of bringing you brutally honest reviews, interviews with gaming's brightest luminaries, and wanton displays of intern abuse, X-Play's time is coming to an end.

Tonight at 6/5c, we'll bid farewell with an hour-long show full of favorite moments from over the years, new comedy and surprise guests.

Plus, we'll auction off for charity three amazing items: a seven-foot Skyrim statue and cast-and-crew-signed Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 and final show script.

So gather around the X-Play fire one final time for old tales, new jokes, and a send-off for the ages. Tonight at 6/5c.

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Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda was one of the last topics covered during this morning's Nintendo Direct video stream, with company president Satoru Iwata confirming a pair of planned releases for the Wii U console. First up is an enhanced remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, boasting improved visuals, console-specific controls, and re-tuned gameplay.

The bigger news, of course, is word that a new Legend of Zelda title is in development for Wii U. Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma couldn't show off any content -- presumably because it's not ready for public consumption at this time -- but he did offer a few tidbits. 

Aonuma revealed that the big directive on this project is to "rethink the conventions for Zelda," specifically the fact that dungeons are tackled in a specific order and the fact that the games are all solo endeavors (Four Swords aside). Are you ready for a non-linear, co-op Zelda game, kids?

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The only thing you need to know going into this trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Revolution trailer is that it features Peter Stormare and a wood chipper. If the reference doesn't make sense to you, then clearly you need to see Fargo. Go on. We'll all wait.

The trailer is pretty light on gameplay, instead going for funny with the serious, thickly accented Stormare presenting himself as the Replacer, someone who can take over your life while you devote your time to Call of Duty. The birthing scene is the best. Who WOULDN'T want Peter Stormare by there side on such a memorable occasion?

The Revolution DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comes to Xbox 360 next week on January 29, 2013, with other platforms to follow at an unspecified future date.


2013 Movie Preview: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4
Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The murky, monochromatic, multiple-narrative world of Sin City is visited yet again. Among others, is the tale of a seedy man trying to turn a new leaf who is seduced into a sinister plot by a sexy, but wicked woman.

What We Know:

The intermixed seedy stories of Sin City get more gaps filled as chapters focusing on characters from 2005's original Sin City film dig deeper into the dank mythos inspired by Frank Miller's seminal comic book series.

The primary focus will be on the ordeal of Dwight McCarthy (a duel role played by Josh Brolin and Clive Owen.) An aspiring photographer, Dwight is forced to take jobs as hired muscle for a rotund sleaze merchant moonlighting as a P.I. While he is no stranger to beating down the scummiest elements the city has to offer, nothing would prepare him for the malicious machinations that would await him.

Dwight's old flame, Ava Lord (yet to be cast) has intruded her way back into his life after breaking his heart years earlier. Now desperately asking for his help, she claims to be stuck in a horrific and abusive marriage to a rich and powerful mogul named Damien Lord (casting yet to be revealed). Initially reluctant to help, Dwight finds himself seduced by the voluptuous victim and in the process of "helping," ends up a pushover patsy, ensnared into her web of sex and murder. He'll need the help of his part-time lover, Gail (Rosario Dawson) and the dangerous Girls of Old Town (aka, the back-alley hooker army) to take control of the situation and gain revenge.

Shifting focus to another story of the film, a chapter entitled "The Long Bad Night" focuses on an original story of a character named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a cocky gambler who utilizes his skills with chance to hoodwink the biggest villain in all of Sin City. Presumably, this is the mysterious Mob Boss, Wallenquist, whose criminal tentacles are firmly-affixed in all the various chapters of the Sin City mythos. For Johnny, however, it seems that his overconfidence was rooted either in delusion or ignorance, as he dares to beat this monolithic mastermind at his own rigged game. In doing so, extremely bad things are in the works for him.

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BioShock Infinite To Be Preceded By Prequel Novella

BioShock Infinite hits stores on March 26, 2013, but you'll be able to spend some time in Columbia a bit earlier than that thanks to the just-announced prequel novella, BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt. The e-book-only release heads to the Amazon Kindle store on February 12, 2013 for $2.99, though it also comes free with Amazon pre-orders of the game.

“Since we first announced BioShock Infinite, our fans have asked for more information about Columbia and the complex cast of characters that inhabit the floating city,” writer Joe Fielder said in a prepared statement. “After reading the e-book, players will have a better understanding of BioShock Infinite’s world, the struggle between its factions, and the motivations of key characters, like rebel leader Daisy Fitzroy, without spoiling the mysteries of BioShock Infinite.”

Sounds cool. Have you locked in a pre-order yet? Will this development get you there?

Dead Space 3 Preview: Frozen Space-Terror Is Better With Friends

As review playthroughs begin for Visceral Games' Dead Space 3, word has emerged that the game continues publisher Electronic Arts' trend of building microtransaction opportunities into its releases. Dead Space 3 does so within the game's new weapon crafting system, with players able to enhance their designs either by seeking out scrap materials or by spending actual dollars, according to Eurogamer.

As associate producer Yara Khoury told the site, "You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace. So you don't have to spend [real world] dollars." There's no word on how much this content will cost, though the news has left some -- such as Destructoid's Jim Sterling -- with a sour taste. Will you pony up real money on top of your $60 purchase for an easier time in the game?

Borderlands 2 Character Customization Packs Incoming

Borderlands 2 just put on a few pounds last week with the release of the Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC, but Gearbox Software has some more content to offer in the form of three new customization packs for all platforms. Each themed pack adds a new head and a new character skin to the game for each class. For the math illiterate out there, that means five new full-body skins per pack, and 15 overall.

The three packs are: Domination, Madness, and Supremacy. You can see the Madness pack in the image up top. Each pack is priced individually at $0.99 (80 MS Points). Unfortunately, there's no package deal here for buying all three. What's more, Season Pass owners: you'll have to buy this content separately if you want the new skins.


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