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For those of you who have to keep your Spartan dressed in the latest styles, GameStop is offering exclusive armor and helmet configurations with pre-orders of Halo: Reach. Those who reserve the game will receive tokens for a Spartan Recon Helmet with Visor/Blast Shield and a UA Multi-Threat Mjolnir Mark V(B) Armor, which features a unique chestplate design and a grenade belt. Can’t you hear it? “Hey, (your name here)! Looking good in that UAMTMMVBA! ” You and your Multi-Threat, Blast Shield-sporting friends can mock the Spartans who dare to show up wearing default armor.

Of course, you also receive a $20 coupon, just like those offered by Walmart and Amazon.

JoystiqPre-order Halo Reach at GameStop for exclusive armor originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 07 Jul 2010 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wondering what Destination Arcade looks like — the Summer of Arcade browser for Xbox Live Arcade titles — yet lack the energy it takes to turn on your Xbox 360 and download it? It’s cool, we know how it is — life’s tough, so we’re here to help. Just beyond the break, you’ll find our HD video walkthrough of the new content delivery platform, as narrated by myself and my smart, talented and downright physically attractive boss, Chris Grant.

… what? Nothing more to see here — that’s your cue to go watch the video!

Continue reading Video walkthrough: Destination Arcade

JoystiqVideo walkthrough: Destination Arcade originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Odds are you were already planning to play some Uncharted 2 this weekend — it’s a great game and with the extra time off due to the holiday, why not? Well, Naughty Dog informs us that this weekend will yield players double the cash, upping the per-match ceiling for earnings to $150,000. Whoever said money can’t buy you happiness clearly never played Uncharted 2.

The cash faucet was turned on this morning and will flow until Wednesday, July 7 at 10am PDT. Now get out there and earn some ducats!

JoystiqUncharted 2 celebrates independence with double cash originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jul 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zelda 2 remade in …

If you just can’t deal with Zelda as a side-scroller, good news: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has been remade in 3D! Credit goes to one Michael A. Johnston, who designed this fan remake as a Unity-based game that you can play right in your browser. Zelda II FPS is an impressive feat, combining authentic 8-bit textures with brand new 3D models of all the creatures and environments.

It’s also freaking impossible. Even the once docile slime enemies are now dangerous, since you can’t tell when there are three of them right behind you. Enjoy being murdered repeatedly by weak enemies, for now, before Nintendo catches wind of this project — which it will, now that people like us are telling everybody — and likely shuts it down. Sorry!

[Via Kombo]

JoystiqZelda 2 remade in … first-person originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 04 Jun 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You’ll definitely want to watch this gameplay clip of inFamous 2. Not only does it show off Cole’s new look, it highlights the revamped graphics engine, improved “in your face” camera . .. and best of all, a new power.

Continue reading Video: inFamous 2 gameplay, now with more cyclones

JoystiqVideo: inFamous 2 gameplay, now with more cyclones originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 03 Jul 2010 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Promethium Marketing Group’s Twitter-enabled tower defense title, Tweet Defense, will be very on sale tomorrow for just 24 hours. Like, as on sale as anything could possibly be. Both the iPhone version and recently launched iPad version of the game will be downloadable for free from FreeAppaDay.com on Sunday, July 11.

The game usually retails for $2.99 on iPhone and $7. 99 on iPad, so we’d suggest taking Promethium up on this temporary offer. Unless, of course, you’re one of those people who thinks that every time you Tweet, part of your soul gets siphoned away. You guys should probably go play something else.

Continue reading Tweet Defense free on iPad and iPhone this Sunday

JoystiqTweet Defense free on iPad and iPhone this Sunday originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TechCrunch and VentureBeat both have sources claiming Disney is ready to purchase social gaming developer Playdom for over $600 million. There are currently obscene amounts of money being invested in the social gaming arena; just last year EA purchased Playfish, another big player in the space, for $300 million.

Disney Interactive Media, which continues to have annual losses, has been working on making or buying a mega-money maker. Split/Second obviously isn’t panning out, but Club Penguin seems to be doing fine. There’s also the question of how the company will eventually incorporate the Marvel properties, unless it opts to continue licensing those out. The Playdom purchase, if true, would give the company access to a demographic that its current mouse house of studios doesn’t directly service.

JoystiqRumor: Disney eyeing Playdom acquisition originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wow! Are we halfway through 2010 already? Time flies when there’s lots to write about in PC gaming, apparently. This week we thought would be fairly slow, but instead it turned out to be overwhelmingly busy. Let’s take a look at the past seven days at Big Download, shall we? We shall!

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Continue reading The Best of Big Download: June 28-July 4

JoystiqThe Best of Big Download: June 28-July 4 originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The NPD figures for June show that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 didn’t have a debut comparable to the previous year’s game. In fact, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 only managed to unload 32% of the copies sold during Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10‘s initial launch month, Venturebeat offers. We contacted the NPD, who told us the same thing: “The new Tiger Woods release sold only 32 percent of what last year’s release sold in its introductory month at retail. That said, last year’s game saw a huge sales increase over previous versions, but still, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 did not break into the top 10 games for the month. “

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is Tiger’s promiscuity — a likely factor behind Tiger’s waning popularity. But, EA’s Rob Semsey contributed that the slowing Wii market and Tiger’s performance on the course as of late are also contributors to the dip in sales. Now the real question is: with the drop in sales, will EA still stand by its man?

JoystiqNPD: Tiger Woods 11 sales way down compared to Tiger 10 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We didn’t think there was anything slower in the whole, entire universe than one of Gears of War 3‘s lumbering, impossibly muscle-bound protagonists. We were wrong — as evidenced by the two GameTrailers videos posted after the break, that honor goes to the new Beast Mode’s “Berserker” character.

Continue reading See how the other half lives in Gears of War 3 ‘Beast Mode’ footage

JoystiqSee how the other half lives in Gears of War 3 ‘Beast Mode’ footage originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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