Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Mole: Digging those new Halo 2 maps

Take that Rockstar - A day after Rockstar unveiled its much anticipated "GTA IV" trailer, Microsoft announced that two new multi-player maps for "Halo 2" will be available for Xbox and Xbox 360 gamers starting April 17. The new downloadable content will set gamers back $4 for both maps. The top picture is of Desolation, a deathmatch oriented map that's a remake of the original Derelict. It has new graphics and various game play tweaks that make it faster paced and more balanced. The bottom below is of Tombstone. It was originally Hang'em High, one of the most popular maps for the first "Halo," but has been spiced up for "Halo 2" play. A tip of the hat to Bungie for continuing to add content to a great title while still working on its replacement.
E for All Expo - On Thursday Nintendo announced it has signed on as an anchor for the October "Entertainment for All Expo", a new event thats open to the public that gives gamers a chance to see upcoming games. Think of it as an E3 for the people. If you're interested in going to the event, which will be held October 18-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, go to
Snakes on a Motherf***ing Plane! - Last week Microsoft gave details of its new partners from whom gamers can now download new TV and movies from as New Line Cinema, A&E Network, ADV Films, National Geographic,, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. dole out new offerings for 360 owners. If you're a big fan of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" (and who isn't), today's your lucky day. Check out the new content below.
- Warner Bros.: Sublime and Babylon 5: The Lost Tales.
- A&E Network: Dog the Bounty Hunter, King of Cars, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Driving Force, Criss Angel Mindfreak
- ADV Films: Undisclosed top Japanese animation offerings
- National Geographic: Is It Real?, Taboo, 21 Days to Baghdad, Air Force One
- New Line Cinema: Snakes on a Plane, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Magnolia
- TotalVid.: Extreme skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding, motocross, surfing and mountain biking movies
Etc. - David Hayter (did you know he wrote the screenplays for the movie "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United"? Me neither.): has signed up for another tour of duty as the gravely-voiced Solid Snake in MGS IV. So have the original voices for Raiden, Roy Campbel and cry-baby/wuss Otacon...EA renewed its Lord of the Rings license to 2008. This means gamers can continue to make "You shall not pass!" jokes to other gamers while in line at GameCrazy..."Lego Batman" is set to come out on multiple platforms in 2008...the PS3 finally can brag about something as it became the highest selling debut console in the U.K. with its recent release. On its opening weekend, 165,000 PS3's were sold beating the old record of 105,000. The previous record holder? The Nintendo Wii.

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