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Obama and McCain team up in Saints Row 2

No, not really. Let's just get that out of the way. That said, there are obvious facsimiles of the two major United States presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, featured in this co-op trailer for Saints Row 2. For the record, there are also cops and robbers, rednecks and tree huggers, and let's not forget pirates and ninjas. Silly pairings aside, the video serves to highlight the drop in / drop out online co-op, which can be carried through the entire single player campaign. Anyone with a copy of Crackdown knows that open world destruction is more fun with a friend. Cooperative open world destruction complete with crazily customizable characters? That's even better.

Strangely absent from the video: pimps teaming up with whores.

Rumor: Warhammer 40K shooter in the works

With Warhammer: Battle March just released on Xbox 360, it's time for a new Warhammer rumor to start circulating. The rumor in question is that an unnamed developer is currently hard at work on a Warhammer 40K third-person shooter by the name of Warhammer 40K: Space Marine. It's not really a rumor so much at this point, as the video embedded after the break pretty much confirms it. The only question is who is developing the game. Joystiq has contacted THQ, the license holder of the Warhammer 40K name. We'll be sure to post any revelations they receive.

The Warhammer 40K universe is really perfect for this kind of game, and the video footage shows real promise. We're digging the "up close and personal" nature of the game, as well as the Gears of War-esque finishing moves. Check out the (very lengthy) video after the break. Oh, and be sure to take note of the Xbox 360 logo at the beginning.

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Huzzah! Gary Busey's back in Saints Row 2 vids

Is there anyone as delightfully insane as Gary Busey? We submit that there is not. Mr. Busey has returned for another round of Saints Row 2 videos, and we're pleased to report that they are as crazy as the last batch. The video above begins, quite eloquently we think, with the words "Let's be honest, who hasn't wanted to kill someone with a garden gnome." Who indeed, Uncle Gary, who indeed.

Find two more videos (one of them is NSFW, by the way) after the break.

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader learns XBLA in October

THQ has announced that Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Make the Grade will launch on Xbox Live Arcade this October. While we're eager to test our mettle against digital wunderkinds with the game's 6,000+ questions, we have one overriding fear. What happens when virtual Jeff Foxworthy inevitably attains sentience? We imagine he would come crawling out of the TV* like Samara in The Ring, only instead of destroying our soul with fear, he would do it with recycled stand-up. Just how many gold stars is that worth?

*Don't click this link. Seriously.

Video: Meet the Ronin gang from Saints Row 2

A new trailer has been released showcasing one of the new gangs in Saints Row 2, the Ronin. Hailing from the Far East, the Ronin have a penchant for flashy jackets and swords. Honestly, if people can walk around in broad daylight with swords on their backs, we'd say that the game's city of Stillwater is in bad shape. It looks like the Saints have their work cut out for them as well if all the action in the trailer is any indication. Check out the trailer after the break (NSFW thanks to some language and some pretty nasty violence).

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Rocket Riot launches on XBLA this fall

See, it's launching ... because it's a rocket. Get it? Anywho, IGN reports that THQ's Rocket Riot will hit Xbox Live Arcade sometime this fall. Developed by CodeGlue, Rocket Riot is a retro side-scrolling shooter with a very unique aesthetic. Oh, and it has rockets, and lots of other things that explode, all of which will aid you in destroying the fully destructible environments. To top that all of, up to 8 people can play over Xbox Live and up to 4 can play on a single system. So, basically, it's got everything we want in an XBLA game. Let's just hope the actual gameplay is as good as it sounds.

[Via Joystiq]

Gallery: Rocket Riot

Red Faction Guerrilla beta drops

Not too long ago Fileplanet announced that the Xbox 360 beta for Red Faction: Guerrilla was being offered exclusively to paid subscribers and we ignored it. Who wants to pay for a beta, anyway ... except for everyone who initially bought Crackdown, that is. Today we finally want to talk about the Red Faction: Guerrilla beta because it is now available for anyone who signs up for a free account and completes a short registration questionnaire on Fileplanet.

Download the 652MB beta today and let us know what you think!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is XBLA bound

Jeff Foxworthy fanboys (if there are any) listen up! THQ just announced that Mr. Foxworthy's trivia gameshow Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (AYSTA5G? for short) will be makings its way to the XBLA. Creepy game graphics aside (seriously, Cameron looks like one of the Children of the Corn) and on paper, AYSTA5G? doesn't sound too bad with features including online and local play and over 6,000 question spread across 21 categories. Yeah, the XBLA rendition of AYSTA5G? looks to be true to the gameshow and how it's played. For good or bad.

Tera Patrick takes it off for Saints Row 2

You may have heard that Tera Patrick -- do not Google her name at work! -- was "hired" as a "special" "producer" on Saints Row 2. It looks like we now have an idea of what she'll be "contributing" to the game's development: developer diaries. The first dev diary is really just a tease of future Tera Patrick dev diaries. She gabs about the game's features and takes off her clothes, all with the kind of forced sexiness that only a porn star can deliver.

We miss Gary Busey. Find the (slightly NSFW) video after the break.

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Video: Darksiders developer diary

An open world action-adventure game with some very nice looking graphics? How did we not see this before? Joystiq even wrote a preview, and yet somehow we missed it. Anywho, a new developer diary for DarkSiders has been released and the game is looking pretty nice. As stated above, it's an action adventure game with open areas, slick looking combat, puzzle solving and, of course, character upgrades. In short, it looks hot. The beginning of the video notes that the footage is taken from an E3 demo, so hopefully we'll be getting our hands on it when the show starts later this month.

Video: Saints Row 2 actually has a story

Even though Saints Row 2 and GTAIV are very different, Saints Row 2 isn't totally forgoing some sort of fleshed out storyline. Per the latest Saints Row teaser trailer, we're treated to a taste of what sort of story Saints Row 2 will follow, a glimpse at the characters involved and (of course) some in-game footage. It's a pretty interesting trailer at that. What's our favorite one liner you ask? "You definitely need a stripper pole in this b*tch" ... now that's classic Saints Row.

Supreme Surrender Episode 2

The second episode of Rooster Teeth's Supreme Surrender -- based on Supreme Commander, see what they did there? -- is now online. We think it's safe to say that this mini-series isn't as inspired as, say, Red vs Blue, but it's still worth a chuckle. This episode continues the saga of the first episode, as the incredibly large alien force continues to "surrender" to the much smaller force (much to their delighted surprise). The only problem is that surrendering appears to be worse than all out war. Enjoy.

Frontlines enables 50 players on all maps

With the release of the new (and free) multiplayer map "Boneyard", THQ flipped the magical Frontlines: Fuel of War multiplayer switch and enabled 50 player online multiplayer on all of the game's maps. A huge step up since launch, when only the map "Village" had 50 player versus enabled. Not only has multiplayer been opened up, but a patch has been released adding a "new spawn protection system, as well as expanded voice-over-IP communications, which includes squad to squad chat, proximity, and inter-vehicle communication." Enjoy your chaotic Frontlines gaming fun.

Grab your free Frontlines 'Bonyeard' DLC

If you are still playing Frontlines: Fuel of War's online multiplayer then we're going to have to label you as both "committed" and "obsessed". So, this post is for those fanboys, because they'll probably be the only ones using this nugget of DLC info to get their download on.

Available for FREE as a download off the XBLM is a new Frontlines Boneyard Map which is said to include "never before seen Automatic Shotgun, Rocket Jeep and Red Star Transport Helicopter" and "Shilnaya Balka missile silos" ... fun! This is the first of five (possibly free?) Frontlines multilpayer maps, so keep your eyes peeled for more DLC in the near future. That is if you're one of those "committed" or "obsessed" Frontlines fanboys.

THQ: Saints Row 2 and GTAIV are 'very different'

Saints Row 2 will be releasing on August 26th October 14th and THQ wants everyone to know that it isn't just a GTAIV clone, that Saints is its own creation and is an experience "totally different" than what Rockstar offers. Or so says THQ CEO Brian Farrell who, during a recent conference call, admitted that "we're always concerned about GTA as a competitor" but mentioned that with Saints Row 2 they "have a very differentiated product in this open-world genre" that has more "tongue-in-cheek ... silly, over-the-top gameplay." And we have no reason to doubt Mr. Farrell. We like Saints Row for what it is, not trying to be overly serious and focusing more on the gameplay shenanigans rather than a serious, deep storyline. Heck, with Gary Busey peddling your product, you have to have some amount of humor. Right?

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