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EA milks Dead Space with purchasable DLC

Later this week (November 13th to be exact), Dead Space will be receiving a bunch of downloadable content. Paid downloadable content that'll change the look and feel of your Dead Space gaming experience.

You can view the complete list of DLC after the break, which includes various armor and weapon content that ranges in price from 80 to 320 Microsoft points. We wish the content was free (like the Elite offering weeks back), but we have to let EA be EA and let them milk their Dead Space cash cow. Bleh.

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Infinity Ward goes off on Activision for 'bullshit quotes'


Well this was unexpected. Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling, known as fourzerotwo, recently posted some choice words about Activision producer Noah Heller. Specifically, Bowling asks Heller to "stop doing interviews," saying that he needs to stop comparing Call of Duty: World at War to Call of Duty 4 and that the game can "stand on it's [sic] own merits." Bowling then cites a "bullshit quote" from a recent CVG interview in which Heller states that previous Call of Duty titles required several shots with bolt action rifles to make a kill and says that Treyarch has corrected this in World at War. Responded Bowling: "WTF are you talking about?! ... First of all, you didn't work on 'previous Call of Dutys', so don't talk as if you're down with how / why things were designed the way they were. Second, you're completely fucking wrong."

Bowling concludes that World at War has many good features and that Activision would be better off promoting them instead of comparing the game to previous titles. He notes that the media should interview someone from Treyarch that "knows what the fuck they're talking about" and not "Senior Super Douche Noah Heller from Activision - who apparently has never played the game and doesn't even work at the developer." Yowch. Soap operas aren't this good.

[Via LockoutGaming]

Need more Gears 2? Check out the X3F Gears of War 2 page


A lot has been said about Gears of War 2, especially here at X3F. With a handful of exclusive features for the anticipated shooter, X3F is your source for reviews, previews and multimedia coverage. Can't play the game because you're at work or school? Kill the hours until you can wield your Lancer by checking out our extensive Gears of War 2 coverage.

Stranded launch Gears of War 2 in Toronto tunnels


The setting was hot, dark and dingy ... the perfect place to launch one of the most anticipated titles of the year. Deep beneath the blistering city of Toronto, Microsoft held an invite only event to introduce the world to Gears of War 2. Located in the closed off section of the Bay Street subway tunnels, dozens of people ranging from press to community had a chance to play Gears of War 2 on November 6. The setting felt perfect to launch a game based on the survival of the human race and everyone seemed to have a blast playing through the campaign, multiplayer and five-player co-op Horde mode. Don't believe us? Check out the images from the event.

Rare has a change of heart, will fix Nuts & Bolts' small text problem


After hearing the collective internet vent in anger regarding the tiny on-screen text in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts not being embiggened, developer Rare has had a change of heart.

Rare just announced that they will be fixing the Nuts & Bolts tiny text issue with a title update post launch. The update should be "released within the next 30 days" and "will fix it [the small text] for those with Standard Definition TVs". We say nice move Rare ... nice PR move. Now that we've won this tiny text battle, who's up for focusing our text embiggening efforts on Capcom and Dead Rising? Show of hands, please.

C'est la vie: 360 back on the bottom in Japan


Well kids, after nearly two months on top of in the middle of the charts, the Xbox 360 has been corralled into its previously assigned sales slot, also known as right smack-dab at the bottom. Through a miraculous confluence of events, most likely the release of several games aimed at Japanese audiences, the console had managed to outsell Sony's Playstation 3 on its home turf for weeks on end (once to the tune of over 10,000 units). We should note, of course, that the Wii, PSP and DS -- and even the PS2 at one point -- consistently topped the 360 during the same period. Alas, those heady days are behind us, and things are back to normal. A little more than normal, as even the hardy Playstation 2 managed to outsell the 360 during the week of October 27 - November 2. Also, the DSi, not unexpectedly, exploded onto the sales charts. Finally, the PS3, seemingly fueled by an Edmond Dantès-like sense of vengeance, boosted its sales by over 900%. Yow.

- DSi: 171,925 [New Entry!]
- PSP: 50,358 10,109 (16.72%)
- PS3: 39,587 35,656 (907.05%)
- Wii: 23,123 1,169 (4.81%)
- DS Lite: 16,369 6,596 (28.72%)
- PS2: 6,714 248 (3.56%)
- Xbox 360: 6,119 1,725 (21.99%)

[Via Joystiq. Original image: Delmonti]

Rockstar 'not sure' about GTAIV DLC release


Talking to Variety, Rockstar's own Dan Houser acknowledged he is "not sure" if the 360 exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable content will release this year.

"It's going well. But we don't know a date," Houser admitted, adding that "we hope to be announcing that [the DLC release date] in the next few weeks." Quite interesting, seeing that last we heard, the DLC was on track to release in November. Then again, there has always been some confusion regarding the DLC's release and a surprising lack of hype from Microsoft regarding the content's release later this year.

All said, we wonder if the GTAIV content is as big of a draw as it was back in the day or if the 360 gaming community has just, well ... moved on.

Weekly Deals: World at War and $10 gift cards


It's that time once again, time for a Sunday weekly deals roundup where we painstakingly search the internets for retailers' best Xbox 360 deals. So, why wait, let's get to the deal round-upping.

Circuit City is doing its gift card promotion again, offering $10 gift cards with purchase of either World at War, Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, LEGO Batman or PURE. They're also bundling a free artbook with Mirror's Edge. Best Buy has Hell's Highway for $30, is offering a free Enemy at the Gates DVD with World at War and a free $30 gift card with purchase of any Xbox 360 console, Gears of War 2 and a 3 month Xbox Live subscription. Finally, Toys R Us is giving out $15 gift cards with purchase of World at War (in store only.) Happy spending.

Video: Godfather II brutality and blood


EA's The Godfather II - the violent followup to the original Godfather game - will be releasing to retail early next year and for those who were worried that there wouldn't be enough bloody violent violence, then this trailer should squelch your fears. This latest "Brutality" trailer shows us exactly why it's so ... uh, brutal. Baseball bats to the heads, executions, bodies being tossed off the roof, and groin kicks. Now, ain't that a kick in the head?

Burnout Paradise's Legendary Jansen 88 Special


After numerous updates, free content and even motorbikes, Criterion will be bringing a set of paid Legendary Cars to Burnout Paradise in 2009. This week, they unveiled the first of four, the Jansen 88 Special which is based on the fan favorite Jansen P12. And the first thing you'll notice is that this Back to the Future inspired ride can hover. Yes sir, a hovering, flame trail creating Jansen 88 Special that (sadly) lacks the ability to travel back in time.

Keep on the look out for more Legendary Cars reveals in the weeks to come (Cavalry Bootlegger, Manhattan Spirit and GT Nighthawk) and remember to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles.

[Thanks, Cube]

NXE Preview: Second wave of invites sent out

For those of you who were saddened when you found out you were not selected to participate in the New Xbox Experience preview program, we say; keep your chin up. Microsoft just sent out another wave of NXE preview invites to those who signed up for the program last week (sorry, no new signups are allowed) and you may haz NXE.

Major Nelson just announced that the second round of NXE preview emails went out Friday evening and, for those who were selected, the NXE will be available for download sometime tonight, Saturday evening. So, check your inbox, junk mail folder and cross those fingers, because another round of NXE preview recruits are being added to the mix.

[Thanks, to everyone who sent this in]

No button 360 controller mod


We've seen lots of controller mods around here. We've seen voice recognition controllers. We've seen controllers with hidden buttons. Until now though, we hadn't seen a controller with no buttons. Okay, technically it does have the start, back and Guide buttons, but just follow along, mkay? The mod you see above -- created by one Mactastic Mendez -- uses tiny digital joysticks located under the controller for face button input. How does all of work? It's quite simple really: magic. Well, that, a soldering iron, and some handy crafting skills. Check out a video of the controller in action after the break. Then head over to AcidMods to see how it was made.

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Nintendo songs removed from GH: World Tour store

We hope you already managed to download your favorite Nintendo songs from the Guitar Hero: World Tour music sharing service, as MTV reports that they are being removed. Multiplayer guesses (as do we) that recreations of popular Nintendo themes from games like Zelda and Super Mario Bros are being removed for copyright violation. Of course, there are still plenty of other game tunes out there, including songs from Doom, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Bubble Bobble (does that one just loop forever?). You can even still download Portal's now famous "Still Alive," though multiplayer notes that it suffers from the lack of lyrics. Of course, you can always get your "Still Alive" fix on Rock Band, so it's all good.

If you've already downloaded any of these songs, fear not: Activision can't remove them from your hard drive. Just make sure you think about it before deleting one. Also, you should check out this Brinstar track from Metroid. It's sweet. That is all.

Halo 3 Team Flag double EXP weekend


All weekend long, Bungie is offering double experience points to those who want to play Team Flag in Halo 3. That's right, it's another Halo 3 Double EXP Weekend and this week we're being treated to Team Flag, a 5v5 flag'tacular playlist that's made up of flag gametypes

The big question is whether or not anyone is all that interested in a Halo 3 double EXP weekend when a certain curb-stomping game just released. Sorry Halo, this weekend you're taking the the back seat and letting Marcus drive the Xbox Live vehicle. Unless you're willing to offering quadruple the EXP ... then we'd think about it.

[Image Via Spartan Ninja 3]

Gears of War 2 golden weapon download issue supposedly fixed [NXE Update]


Update: As stated in the title the update was supposedly fixed and for some it was, others are still experiencing issues with the download.

You've sent in the tips, we've reported the issue and everyone involved has waited patiently for the gold-plated weapons download problem in Gears of War 2 to be fixed. According to the Gears 2 community manager the issue can be fixed by going through a relatively painless procedure. Here's what you have to do to get your golden guns downloaded:
  1. Launch the Xbox Dashboard
  2. Sign into your Profile
  3. Go to the Marketplace blade
  4. Select "Account Management"
  5. Select "Download History"
  6. Under the "Games" section, select "Gears of War 2 Gold-Plated Lancer Assault Rifle"
  7. When the blade appears, select "Download Again"
  8. Wait until the "download complete" confirmation toast appears
The process should also work for the gold Hammerburst weapon given to gamers during midnight launch events.

Jump in to find out to fix the issue if you have the NXE.

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