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Gears 2 COG tags hidden around the globe

Microsoft's viral Gears of War 2 Last Day campaign - where codes found on real life metal COG tags are entered online to unlock Gears 2 related media - is heating up, taking the COG tag discovery to fans worldwide.

When first "announced", the Last Day campaign was presented in a way where we figured that the metal COG tags were only given to select media members and the codes (CSIDs) would only unlock various wallpapers, icons and posters on the Last Day website. Well, things are a bit different now (and still confusing), because now COG tags are being hidden all around the globe and it's your mission to find them, enter the codes online and unlock video content on the Last Day website. COG tag locations are randomly popping up on the website in the form of longitude / latitude coordinates, which you can view right here. There's still a bit of confusion and lack of organization, but you can follow all the latest Last Day COG tag news by reading the epicforums, keeping an eye on Gears 2 community manager SixOkay's Twitter and by browsing the official Last Day website. Find those tags!

Source - Official Last Day website
Source - Last Day discussion
Source - COG tag locations (updated frequently)

Downer: The Flood not playable in Halo Wars

So, Joystiq put up an article summing up its impressions of Halo Wars. Sure, there are a lot of gameplay details to glean from the article, and Ensemble Studios explains why there are vehicles in Halo Wars that aren't in any of the Halo games. There are lots of things you can learn in the article, but there is one glaring thing that stands out like Cliff Bleszinski in a rainbow clown wig: the Flood is not playable. Again, the Flood is not playable in Halo Wars.

It's a sad reality, and one we're not willing to accept. Already, we're contorting Ensemble's promise of future DLC to mean that maybe, just maybe the Flood will be added in the future. If not, well, there's always Halo Wars 2.

Shipping this week: it begins edition

And here ... we ... go. We're halfway through October and it's finally started. The industry imposed holiday game torrent is upon us. We hope you've saved up some cash (or tidied up your GameFly queue) because, starting now, you're going to need it. Just look at all of these games:
Yeah, this is going to be a tough couple of months.

[Via Joystiq]

Rumor: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 headed to the 360 [update]

Update: Jonah F. pointed out that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a backwards compatible title, meaning there there's a possibility it will release as an Xbox Original versus the XBLA. We're cheering for the XBLA.

Marvel vs. Capcom
fanboys rejoice! Word on the collective internet street is that the old-school fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be releasing to the Xbox Live Arcade or as an Xbox Original in the not too distant future. The rumor stems from the game's listing on the ESRB ratings search website where the game was tagged with both Xbox 360 and PS3 descripters. Though, since its discover, the listing has mysteriously disappeared. No matter, we have enough photographic proof (see above) as we need. So, fanboys, how excited would you be for some HD Marvel vs. Capcom 2 XBLA action?

[Via Game Stooge]

X3F Impressions: Dead Space review

Way back (by internet standards) in September 2007 when EA announced a new space survival horror game game called Dead Space, we couldn't help but roll our eyes in expectation of mediocrity. But over the course of a year, things changed.

Over time, we heard more about its intriguing story, its gruesome dismemberment, stunning visuals and were introduced to the iconic look of main character Isaac Clarke. Suddenly, bloggers and reporters were coming out of E3 giving it praise and were actually excited for EA's survival horror game. That's when a sense of excitement spread as Dead Space's potential was realized. I'm proud to say that after playing through the entire Dead Space campaign, the game delivers a gaming experience as expected. But not based on those early, mediocre 2007 expectations. No, Dead Space delivers on the higher expectations that were set during E3, treating gamers to a solid survival horror experience as was promised.

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Age of Booty travels the XBLA seas this Wed.

Just as we were informed, Certain Affinity's pirate themed strategy game Plunder Age of Booty will be releasing to the Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, October 15th. For 800 Microsoft points, you can expect an almost board game-like strategy game that supports four player Xbox Live versus, eight player system link, comes packed with 25 multiplayer maps and even a map editor. It was also developed by the "designer of the multiplayer game for Halo 2 and Halo 3" which is a blatant name drop if we ever heard one. Now if only we could remember where we buried our Microsoft point treasure ...

Gallery: Age of Booty (XBLA)

Claim your free World at War beta code [update]

Update: All the beta code invites are gone, kids, nothing to see here.

Quick! Make like fox being shot at by an M16 and point your browser over to Eurogamer. That is if you're at all interested in Call of Duty: World at War. They're giving away a massive amount of World at War beta codes to anyone who registers on the site, but they're going fast. Enough reading already, make the jump and insta-join the beta fun. We hear there will be free orange juice and muffins at the sign in table.

Fanswag: Dead Space Launch Week Giveaway

Dead Space, EA's freakishly disgusting survival horror game (in space!) storms retail shelves this week and in celebration, we've partnered with EA for a Dead Space Launch Week Giveaway. Spread throughout the week, we'll be holding two huge Fanswag giveaways where we'll be awarding fanboys all kinds Dead Space prizes including copies of the game. It's going to be a Fanswag'licious week and it all starts RIGHT NOW!

To kick off the Dead Space Launch Week Giveaway, today we're awarding five fanboys Dead Space prize packs. Three winners will receive a Dead Space mini-artbook, mini-poster, and a hardcover graphic novel and two lucky grand prize winners will receive all those goodies plus a copy of Dead Space. Remember, this giveaway runs from now through Tuesday night, so be sure to enter once each day. Enough talk, it's time to win!
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us what excites you most about EA's Dead Space. Dismemberment, the game's plot, or Isaac's wicked cool helmet? Tell us!
  • You may leave one comment per calendar day (eastern time) each day the contest is live. Posters of multiple comments in a single calendar day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Tuesday, October 14th at 11:00PM eastern. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • This Tuesday, we'll pick five winners via a random drawing.
  • Two grand prize winners will receive (1) Dead Space for the Xbox 360, (1) The Art of Dead Space mini-book, (1) Dead Space hardcover graphic novel, and (1) Dead Space mini-poster valued at $95. Three second prize winners will receive (1) The Art of Dead Space mini-book, (1) Dead Space hardcover graphic novel, and (1) Dead Space mini-poster valued at $30.
  • Complete giveaway rules can be found here

X3F TV -- Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Review

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway marks the first time the critically acclaimed World War II shooter has made its way to the Xbox 360 generation. Known for a dramatic look at the relationships and emotions of war, Hell's Highway continues the story of Staff Sergeant Matt Baker as his squad of 101st Airborne Division veterans this time as they push through the ultimately flawed plan of Operation Market Garden. How does the latest from publisher Ubisoft and developer Gearbox Software stack up? Check out our full video review.

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Agile Mirror's Edge achievements revealed

The MGC crew just sent word that all 1000 Gamerscore worth of Mirror's Edge achievements have been revealed and most all are acrobatic in nature.

The achievements (viewable after the jump) include the standard mission completion and combat mix, but also include a handful of "Speedrun" and movement string achievements. We can already tell that earning 1000 Gamerscore will not be a given all because of the 80GS "Test of Faith" achievement that is only unlocked once you "complete the game without shooting an enemy." That's asking a lot from fanboys who have spent years and years finely tuning their headshot skills.

Hell's Highway demo burns up the XBLM

Newly available on the Xbox Live Marketplace is a Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway demo that (unlike the game's title sort of suggests) doesn't involve Satan or let you pave roads. The demo requires roughly 1.32GB of hard drive storage and should give you a taste of the look, feel and amount of violence the retail version of Hell's Highway has in store. Go ahead and give the demo a try because, really, what's the worst that could happen? A few gigs of your hard drive lost, a few hours of your life wasted and the corruption of your gaming soul?

Fallout 3 gameplay video overload

Over at, Bethesda unleashed a video flood of new Fallout 3 gameplay footage that'll more than satisfy your Fallout sweet tooth (if there's such a thing). The four new videos showcase a wide variety of Fallout 3 gameplay including tech, combat and some V.A.T.S. goodness. Watch the video above and make the jump for an additional three other videos. It's Fallout 3, 'nuff said.

Deals: Gift card with Dead Space, B2G1 at Toys R Us and more

If new releases are your aim and free gift cards are you game, then check out Circuit City, because they're giving away free $10 gift cards with purchase of Dead Space and Saints Row 2 (CE) and they're offering LEGO: Indiana Jones for $40. Even better, from now through Tuesday, you can save 15% on select 360 games over $39 using coupon code "PKACD5EARN" at checkout.

Over at Best Buy stores, they're selling the new red controller bundle and are giving away the movie Boyz N the Hood with purchase of Saints Row 2. Finally, Toys R Us earns the prestigious "Deal of Week" honor with their Buy 2 Get 1 FREE offer on ALL video games. Even new releases! Happy shopping!

Soulja Boy calls out Xbox Live gamers

Hey you, on Xbox Live -- Soulja Boy has called you out! That's right, every one's favorite game reviewer has made an official announcement via his YouTube page that he can destroy anyone at online gaming. Take your pick kids: Halo 3? You're done. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare? Don't bother. Gears of War? Put down the controller and walk away. Soulja Boy is so confident that he throws out the challenge to anyone willing to find him on Live. Want to go head-to-head with the artist? Check out the video after the jump for his Gamertag -- of course the video is NSFW. Good luck, kids.

[via What They Play]

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Activision calls in the budget Secret Service

Looking for a shooter to fill the genre's void on the Xbox 360? Luckily Activision has revealed their recently announced, bargain-priced shooter Secret Service. As an agent of the presidential protection unit your duty will be to eliminate a terrorist organization who decides attacking Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day is a good idea. Which seems about as smart as attacking a Dunkin' Donuts next to a police station during a 2-for-1 sale. We kid.

Interested parties may enlist on the Xbox 360 "later this year" for the budget price of $39.99.

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