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Dead Island movie in development

Dead Island was released earlier this month on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC to generally positive critical reception despite claims of sexism and corrupted PC files. The game–which has sold 2 million units to date–also spawned a novel offshoot. Now, Deep Silver’s zombie universe will tell another story, but this one will be on the big screen.

Lionsgate today announced that it had optioned the rights from Deep Silver to create a film based on the Dead Island video game. The movie is in the very early stages of development, with no plot details yet revealed.

However, Lionsgate did note that interest in the IP was sparked by the CGI trailer for the game that released in February. According to Lionsgate, the film will focus on “human emotion, family ties, and nonlinear storytelling.”

Development of the Dead Island film will be led by The Mummy producer Sean Daniel and his Sean Daniel Company. Accompanying Daniel on the project will be post production leader Stefan Sonnenfeld (Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men: The Last Stand). Today’s announcement did not mention a director or cast for the Dead Island film.

Set on a secluded resort, the game Dead Island tells the brutal story of everyday civilians caught up in a zombie apocalypse. Gamers can choose among four character classes, which break down into the leader, tank, jack-of-all-trades, and assassin archetypes. Every single character starts out the same way; characters are suddenly attacked by zombies at the island’s hotel, knocked out, and dragged to a nearby pool house converted to a shelter.



Gran Turismo 5 update, DLC inbound

Gran Turismo 5 was announced alongside the PlayStation 3’s unveiling in 2005, and it took developer Polyphony Digital five years to actually release the game.

The studio isn’t done tuning Gran Turismo 5 just yet, as series producer Kazunori Yamauchi today announced via Twitter that the “Spec 2.0” update for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive sometime during the third week of October.

While Yamauchi made no mention as to what the update will contain, he did say that new downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive a week after the update. Like with the “Spec 2.0” update, Yamauchi did not note what form the DLC will take.

Gran Turismo 5 has shipped 6.37 million units to date, with total franchise shipments tallying 63.15 million copies as of December 31, 2010.


L.A. Noire hits PC in November

Team Bondi may have hit the skids, but the Australian developer’s debut title has yet to finish up its patrol. Rockstar Games today announced that the PC debut of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition has been set for November 8 in North America, with a European launch following on November 11.

Justifying the package’s subtitle, the PC edition of L.A. Noire packs in a code to grab all previously released downloadable content from the console versions. The game is being ported over by Rockstar Leeds and supports both keyboard remapping and gamepads. The PC edition will also support Nvidia 3D Vision, something not found on the console editions of the game.

L.A. Noire follows Cole Phelps, a detective entangled in a violent web of vice, corruption, and crime in 1947 Los Angeles. Players jump into the seedy underworld of the metropolis and are tasked with solving a series of murders and other criminal offenses, ranging from arson and drug trafficking to racketeering.


Xbox 360 S 250 GB ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Bundle for Europe

Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City is easily one of the most anticipated games of the Fall. So anticipated, in fact, that some lapsed gamers might just be willing to buy a new console in order to play it. Convenient it is, then, that Microsoft will be bundling Batman: Arkham City with the 250GB Xbox 360 S in Europe. A North American release for the bundle has not been announced.

European gamers can expect to pay 279.99 Euros (roughly $383.87 U.S. dollars) for the Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle, which is scheduled to hit store shelves the same date as the game, October 21, 2011. North American gamers may not be getting the bundle, but at least they are getting the game three days earlier, on October 18, 2011.

The Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle’s existence came to light thanks to, which has the package listed for pre-order. This isn’t the first time a game has been bundled with the Xbox 360. However, unlike the custom consoles produced for Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3, or the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 and Kinect Star Wars bundles, the system included with Batman: Arkham City is a standard matte black Xbox 360 with matching controller and headset. Sadly, there are no custom graphics on the unit or the controller, and no Batman sound effects at start-up.

Still, players aren’t bound to care much once they’ve started in on Batman: Arkham City. Impossibly, the game sounds ever more exciting the closer we get to release. With multiple playable characters including Robin and Catwoman, a challenge mode, and extensive new game plus options, Arkham City is set to deliver a mountain of content. Players who opt for the system bundle will find plenty of room on the hard drive for alternate Batman skins and the four-hour Joker Carnival DLC.

What do you think of the Xbox 360 S 250 GB Batman: Arkham City Bundle? Would you like Microsoft to release it in North America?

The Xbox 360 S 250 GB Batman: Arkham City Bundle releases October 21, 2011 in Europe.


Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Video Review (PlayStation 3)

Gamespot review on Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

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Saints Row Topless Skydiving

9 Minute MGS Peace Walker HD Gameplay

Here’s a video that we shot of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The video features the Peace Walker demo. The game has taken nicely to the HD upgrade, oh and there’s Dualshock controls. Hallelujah!


Battlefield 3 Xbox 360 Beta Has Low-Res Textures

The Battlefield 3 Beta has gone live today, and early indications are that, if the beta screenshots are anything to go by, the console versions will severely struggle to keep up with the PC version of the game.

Take a close look at the images in this gallery – taken from the Xbox 360 version – and you’ll see a horribly low-res texture and a visible join on the sandbags screenshot, and low detail in the park foliage, as well a mysterious floating box.

It could well be that the texture quality has been turned right down in the beta in order to keep the download to a reasonable size, but these early indications are not good if BF3 on console is to match the brilliance of the PC game.


Witcher 2 DLC free on PC, not on Xbox (for obvious reasons)

The Witcher 2 has been very successful for CD Projekt — and it’s most certainly been deserved — so when it came time to figure out the DLC strategy, the company didn’t want to charge players on the PC. As for the Xbox 360, well … that’s not up to CD Projekt.

“All DLC for the PC version is and will remain FREE,” development director Adam Badowski told Rock Paper Shotgun. “That’s not likely to be the story for the Xbox version, because of certain Microsoft policies that need to be followed. But on PC, once you buy our game, you don’t need to worry about any additional costs – we will provide all updates, including those featuring new content, for free.” Badowski says no current expansion packs are planned, but if CD Projekt is to ask PC players for additional money, it’d be for “a more classic expansion pack along the lines of, say, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast.”

The “certain policies” Adam is speaking about have certainly thrown developers for a loop in the past. Who can forget Team Fortress 2 and the Left 4 Dead 2 DLC thing? Valve’s Gabe Newell has been one of the most vocal opponents of Microsoft’s restrictive policies.


Sony Trailer Teases PS4, New Game Or Service?

What does the trailer makes you think of? Looks like Medal of Honor to me.. 


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