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Pre-order Hail to the Chimp, get $10 in Onion bucks


Our fearless leader and overall cool cat Christ Grant, from the widely popular video game news site Joystiq, recently got a chance to chat with the crew working on Hail to the Chimp and, using his finely tuned negotiation skills, was able to setup a special deal for Joystiq network readers. If you pre-order Hail to the Chimp at Gamestop stores before June 15th, Gamecock will send you a FREE $10 gift card to the Onion Store. And we don't have to tell you how awesome the Onion is. Not too shabby of a deal, so make the jump and read all the fine print pre-order details.

[Via Joystiq]

Velvet Assassin sneaks onto Xbox 360 this fall

Coming this fall from Replay Studios and the wacky folks at Gamecock is Velvet Assassin. Taking place behind enemy lines in World War II, Velvet Assassin tells the story of Violette Summer who is tasked with facing off against the vicious German war machine.

Inspired by real life British secret agent Violette Szabo, the stealth-action game promises a unique combat experience when it hits the Xbox 360 and PC.

Clearly stealth games require a unique combat experience. Right?

[via Press Release]

Gallery: Velvet Assassin

Hail to the Chimp delayed to end of June


*Sigh* More delays. This time it's Hail to the Chimp, the arena-fighting, politically-charged, animal-filled cel-shaded game from Wideload studios. Originally set for release at the end of this month, Hail to the Chimp has been delayed a month for "polish." As former QA experience tells us, this is likely a good thing, as there was probably a choice between hitting ship with a certain amount of bugs or delaying the game and getting to fix the bugs. When it does finally hit on June 24th, Hail to the Chimp should hopefully be that much better.

[Via Joystiq]

PvN Dodgeball delayed for new traditional modes

Blazing Lizard has announced that the XBLA release of Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball has been delayed. The reason for the delay is that Blazing Lizard is "adding more traditional rules dodgeball modes where teams stay only on their side and multiple dodgeballs are in play." This is purely speculation, but it sounds like not everyone was happy with the free-form dodgeball rules that were originally crafted for the game. Just how long the game will be delayed is unclear, though the press release notes that the game will arrive "later this Spring."

Blazing Lizard's Chris Stockman told us earlier this year that Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball began as a traditional dodgeball game. So, hopefully the company already has some working code in place for the new modes and won't keep us waiting too long. Blazing Lizard also released a handful of new screenshots (perhaps to dull the pain). Peruse them in the gallery below.

Gallery: Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball (XBLA)

Dungeon Hero reemerges with dev diary

After apparently (and appropriately) going under ground after its announcement last June, it looks like Dungeon Hero is finally ready to come back on the scene. The game has come to light once again thanks to a new developer diary on GameTrailers. While the video doesn't contain much in the way of new gameplay footage, we do get to hear at least a little bit about the game's "gritty" combat and its "living, breathing" dungeon. The game is set to be displayed at GameCock's EIEIO in Austin, Texas next week, so we should be hearing more about the title very soon.

Gallery: Dungeon Hero

Exclusive: Meet the Robot team of Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball


Don't ask us how we managed it (we've done things of which we are not proud), but we've managed to snag the exclusive details behind the latest team in Blazing Lizard's Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball, Robots. We have concept art and details on each team member, including their background and special moves. Not only that, but we've got shots of the Robots' dodgeball court as well. We've piled all the shots and information into a special gallery that you'll find embedded below. Peruse them all and ponder whether or not the combined might of pirates and ninjas can topple the indomitable Robot army.

Gallery: Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball: Robots

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Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball's new team: Robots

Considering the fact that robots will one day rule us all, we're surprised we never figured out they would be playable in Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball. Honestly, we wish that Blazing Lizard hadn't forced this new choice upon us, as we're having trouble dealing with it. Pirates against ninjas, that was an easy fight (ninjas win, obviously), but robots put a whole new spin on things. Ninja versus robot is harder to call. Sure, one ninja versus one robot and the ninja could probably win. But the robot army of the impending robot apocalypse will be unstoppable. That's just a fact. Then again, there is the zombie team, which would only get larger as the robot army killed the pirates and ninjas. Maybe that would balance things out.

Nerdy rambling aside, there is still at least one more team to be revealed according to the official Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball website (in fact, the robots team hasn't even been revealed there). We're still holding out for the lawyers team because someone's going to have to sort out this mess. Also, you may want to check out a recent -- and fairly positive -- TeamXbox preview of the game. Hit the "read" link and check it out.

Pirates Vs. Ninjas site now live, new trailer

As you may have guessed from the headline above, the official Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball website is now live. The website includes some screenshots (most of which we've seen before), wallpaper, IM icons, and a new video. There are some "coming soon" features as well including forums and the ability to send the page to friends for "free pirate music mp3s." The new video, embedded above, is a cheeky live action affair involving a group of pirates searching for a ninja bandit. Frankly, we really hope Blazing Lizard can deliver on the gameplay here. If not, there are going to be some disappointed Xbox Live Arcade ninjas and pirates come early 2008.

Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball: first trailer

What better way to start your week than with the first official trailer for Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball? None better, that's what we say. But wait, there's more! Not only is there an awesome trailer -- complete with sea chantey -- but G4 is also hosting a rundown on several members of the Ninja team that includes each character's special move and background information. We're really digging the newly revealed characters, especially the cybernetic ninja. You gotta love cybernetic ninjas, right?

Gamecock reveals Section 8


It's not exactly like the Xbox 360 is short on futuristic first person shooters. Let's see, we've got BlackSite, Haze, TimeShift, and of course we can't forget about Halo 3. That isn't stopping the lads at Gamecock from announcing Section 8, though. Coming from TimeGate, developers of F.E.A.R. Extraction Point. Section 8. The trailer shows off some impressive graphics as shock troopers descend through a planets atmosphere. We're immediately reminded of Halo's Hell Jumpers, which isn't a bad thing. The game promises to give players command of special tactical maneuvers like on-demand vehicle deliveries. We don't know much more about the title, save that it is scheduled to arrive in 2009. With any luck, we may see something at E3 next week.

You there, Hail to the Chimp ... now!


If there's one thing we can say with absolute certainty, it's that the Xbox 360 is desperately short on games in the animals-fighting-for-political-power genre. Thank goodness for Gamecock and Wideload (of Stubbs the Zombie fame) and their upcoming title, Hail to the Chimp. 1UP recently scored a sneak peek at the game. Here's the story: the lion has been ousted, and now all the animals are competing to become the new king of the jungle. Thus, politics factor into the game, though the gameplay itself revolves around paw-to-paw combat. The game is laced with subtle satirical humor. For instance, clams play a big part in the game, though we're talking about actual clams here. Several of the gametypes award victory to the "candidate" with the most clams. We'll let you puzzle that one out for yourselves.

Wideload hopes the game will be available in time for the U.S. elections in 2008.

[Via Joystiq]

Dungeon Hero brings subterranean life to 360


Publisher Gamecock has revealed plans to bring the Firefly Studios developed Dungeon Hero to the Xbox 360 and PC. Dungeon Hero (referred to simply as Hero on the official website) is a dungeon crawler of a different sort. Rather than depicting dungeons as lifeless underground caves filled with monsters and treasure, Dungeon Hero paints them as living, breathing underground cities. In addition to the traditional ranged, magic, and melee combat, Dungeon Hero also employs "Close Combat" which the official site describes as "a totally new, brutal mode of fighting." The game also promises co-operative play, now a staple in most dungeon crawlers. If Dungeon Hero sounds like your kind of game, then we hope your patient: it's not scheduled to release until 2009.

[Via MyGamerCard.net]

Gallery: Dungeon Hero

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Serious Engine 3 unveiled by Croteam


Gamecock has announced that it will publish the upcoming "military tactical-action shooter" from Croteam, developers of the Serious Sam series. The game is heading to PC and "specific next-gen consoles." Lets hope the Xbox 360 is "specific" enough to warrant a port.

Along side the announcement is the unveiling of Croteam's Serious Engine 3. A handful of screenshots of the engine in motion have been released, and they do look mighty impressive. We'll have to agree with Joystiq though, we're waiting to see the game in motion before we call it good. Besides, these shots showcase a serious lack of enemies with bombs for heads. What's the deal with that? Check out the Serious Engine 3 gallery below.

Gallery: Serious Engine 3

The next big thing: Mushroom Men?


Published by the newly formed Gamecock and devloped by Red Fly Studio, a new title has been announced for new gen platforms. Entitled, ahem, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars, we know almost nothing about the game. The teaser (embedded at the top of this post) shows off some ... interesting concept art set to some very stirring music (is that mushroom firing a bendy straw like a gun?). We have to admit, the juxtaposition of mushrooms at war has us intrigued. According to TeamXbox, the game puts players in the role of a three-inch-tall mushroom man who uses common household goods as weapons against enemy spore factions. Wow. We get the feeling that mushrooms were definitely involved in the development of this game ... in more ways than one. You can bet we'll be keeping an eye on it.

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