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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed gameplay wrapped into one bundle of joy

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Inside of me the hype I feel for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is slowly reaching a boiling point which hopefully will explode this summer. After so many subpar Star Wars games could this new title be a wonderful next-gen experience wrapped in Star Wars lore?

The only thing that could possibly worry me is could levitating enemies get a bit boring once the novelty has worn off?

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 29th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In Game Screens of FFXIII & FFXIII Versus

Source: ps3blog.net

These games are coming along nicely, click the link at the bottom for all the scans. Me personally am more interested in FFXIII Versus at the moment. Something different in the final fantasy series. I like the dark tone of the game. But I wonder if they’ll be summons in versus.

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New FFXIII + vs XIII HQ scans

Translation of Pages 1 and 2

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“Fabula Nova Crystallis”: a Latin phrase meaning “A New Crystal Story”.

The newest edition in the “Final Fantasy” series has developed into a huge project of unprecedented dimension. The highest peak of RPGs will carve out a new history.

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After about a year of silence, we deliver to you information about these two titles underdevelopment for the Playstation 3.

New characters are revealed one after another!

Created by a large force, Cocoon, the floating shell in which society was shut away. Enormous machines and life forms borne by the Crystal protect this place, and it prospered. Regarded as a symbol of peace, the Crystal chooses individuals, attributes them their fate, and has created a world where it’s will is carried out. And, she was chosen. As the species of enemy who would destroy the world. She speaks nothing of herself, she is simply, “Lightning”.

A project which encompasses multiple titles.

The 13th edition in the Final Fantasy series has developed into multiple titles. Collectively, they are called “Fabula Nova Crystallis”. Each game’s setting, characters, and system are different. However, there is some similarities in their mythologies, and discovering these in different ways in the different titles is one of this magnificent project’s most attractive elements. Three titles are in development, FFXIII, FFversusXIII, and FF Agito XIII. Regarding FFXIII, within this year video footage running on PS3s is scheduled to be released to the public. Let’s satiate your appetite with some more information!

Published on January 23rd, 2008 under , , ,

FIFA Street 3 demo now available on XBLM

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In great wisdom raining down from the EA BIG overlords, FIFA Street 3 can now be tried out by way of a demo found on the Xbox Live Marketplace. As the EA BIG Street/Tour Series winds down its debuts on “next/current”gen hardware, there’s only one question left. Where is SSX? SSX will be seen in glorious HD, right?

Content: FIFA Street 3 Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (Everyone)] Download the demo for FIFA Street 3 and enjoy the ultimate arcade football experience! Take the worlds best players to the streets and experience all the style, flair and attitude of street football like never before. Visit www.fifastreet3.com for more info.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 17th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

LIVE Activity for week of 1/7

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Xbox 360 Top Live Titles ( based on UU’s)
1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Guitar Hero III
4 Gears of War
5 Rock Band
6 Assassin’s Creed
7 Madden NFL 08
8 Mass Effect
9 Forza Motorsport 2
10 FIFA 08

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Omega Five
2 Metal Slug 3
3 TRON
4 Bomberman LIVE
5 UNO
6 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
7 TMNT 1989 Arcade
8 Worms
9 Arkadian Warriors
10 Marble Blast Ultra
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Games
1 Halo 2
2 Battlefield 2: MC
3 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
4 Counter-Strike
5 Fable
6 Madden NFL 08
7 Call of Duty 3
8 Rainbow Six 3
9 Crimson Skies
10 Street Fighter Anniv.

Rhythm games it is. Rock Band and Guitar Hero III are in the top five. Aren’t peripherals supposed to be hard to sell? As far as Omega Five, has anyone bought and finish it here? If so, pat your self on the back. Ikaruga is up next whenever it releases if you haven’t already conquered that back on the Dreamcast or Gamecube.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FIFA STREET 3 video lot

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The next in line of the EA BIG Street Series of games is FIFA Street 3. Interested parties most likely will want to see what’s in store. After critical disappointment when regarding NFL Tour, hopefully this one is a bit better. 2 new videos are after the break.

Release Date:
US: February 18, 2008
Europe: February 22, 2008

[Via Totally360]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Want a Family Guy Faceplate? Bid for it!

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The always helpful “Hawty Mc Bloggy” posted about this super cool Family Guy faceplate that is for sale right now on Ebay. The starting bid is $9.99 so your bank account won’t feel it that much right now. “Lois must die!”

Family Guy Faceplate for Sale [ebay]

[Via Hawty Mc Bloggy]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 15th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Messenger Kit for $19.99…. do want?

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Haven’t picked up the XBox 360 Messenger Kit yet? Well Amazon has a pretty good deal for you. The online store is selling the messenger kit for $19.99 down from it’s original $29.99 price. It’s perfect for people who love playing and chatting at the same time. Oh, it also comes with a headset.

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit for Sale ($19.99) [amazon]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Duel-Wielding against Dinosaurs was never this much fun!

Source: thexboxdomain.com

IF you love dinosaurs and guns you might just have a love connection with the upcoming Turok title. Gaming Bits was kind enough to upload some footage of Turok from the demo which was released to people who pre-ordered the game.

Duel-Wielding and and cheesy one-liners are confirmed.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-


Published on January 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Editorial: Wal-Mart’s Big OOPS (and the legality of it)

Source: thexboxdomain.com

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I must preface this entry that the following sentiments are mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts of the other Xbox Domain editors (unless they agree, but that’s on them). Also, I am not an attorney. My writing constitutes no legal opinion or representation. My wife is an attorney, and my source of information, but this is simply an editorial meant to illuminate the litigious among us.

Friday, January 11th, Wal-Mart stunned the deal-hunting crowd and gamers alike by offering pre-ordered games for Xbox360, Wii, and PS3 at huge discounts. Seriously, I’m talking 40-60% off. I pre-ordered 5 different games for Xbox360 (obviously) and the total came to $140. Yes, it was that good of a deal. Now, I knew in the back of my head that this was probably a mistake on their part, but I went ahead and ordered the games anyway just in case it wasn’t. Oh boy was my intuition correct.

Approximately 6 hours after I made the purchase, I received an email stating that my cancellation was approved. Now, nobody in their right mind would cancel a deal as good as that. At the very least, the games, most of which were very high profile games (Condemned 2, Army of Two, Burnout Paradise), could easily be flipped on eBay for a profit. Me being the honest type legitimately wanted all 5 games for my own gaming pleasure. So I don’t particularly appreciate the canned, and very inaccurate, email stating that I requested the cancellation. Wal-Mart, if you mess up, at least have the courtesy not to blame me for it.  My hurt feelings aside, I know this is standard operating procedure for a mistake for an online retailer. I’m too pragmatic to think otherwise. So I’d like to look at the logic and legality of the situation in hopes that logical minds prevail.

Is it legal for Wal-Mart to cancel this pre-order? The short answer is, yes. Wal-Mart reserves the right to stop the sale of any purchase, be it retail or online, if the product is not in stock. Seeing as this was a pre-order, the money used in the transaction would not have been charged until the game ships. Now for the long answer. Purchasing anything constitutes a binding contract; however, for this contract to be legally binding, 3 things must happen:

1. An offer must be made: One party must offer another party some form of “payment” for a good or service.

2. The offer must be accepted: The offered party must accept the payment and agree to the terms.

3. The transaction must take place: This is called “consideration” in the legal world. The exchange of goods and services for payment must be made.

That third requisite is the clincher here. Wal-Mart must have accepted my payment and shipped my games for me to have any kind of “binding contract.”

I contacted Wal-Mart Corporate to get a response and a kind lady informed me that they were aware of the problem with the pricing and that Wal-Mart reserved the right to cancel any order that exploited the mistake. She also told me that they have canceled over 2000 orders. I took this directly from Wal-Mart’s website:

“Pricing Information

While Walmart.com strives to provide accurate product and pricing information, pricing or typographical errors may occur. Walmart.com cannot confirm the price of an item until after you order. In the event that an item is listed at an incorrect price or with incorrect information due to an error in pricing or product information, Walmart.com shall have the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any orders placed for that item. In the event that an item is mispriced, Walmart.com may, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation. We strive to provide you with the lowest prices possible on Walmart.com as well as in our stores. However, sometimes a price online does not match the price in a store. In our effort to be the lowest price provider in your particular geographic region, store pricing will sometimes differ from online prices. Our stores do not honor Internet pricing or competitor advertisements from outside of a store’s local trade territory.”

Now, does this suck? Yes. Is it shady business on Wal-Mart’s behalf? I think so. Should they honor their prices? Damn skippy. Do I fault them for protecting themselves from financial loss? No. Wal-Mart, the purveyor of all things cheap, would be crazy to offer games at these huge discounts. But I find it very interesting that the mistake was made in the first place and that they are not honoring their prices for the sake of good will. In the end, Wal-Mart did nothing wrong. They may have pissed a few already angst-ridden gamers off, but nothing was done out of malice. It was an honest mistake, and Wal-Mart has exercise its legal right to cancel a non-binding contract.

Now, can we please put down the pitchforks and just go back to killing people online?

David “Whet Wurm” Wetty

Sources: [Walmart.com] [Slickdeals Forums]

Published on January 12th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 Video Diary Ep. 4: World Design

Source: thexboxdomain.com

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Fable 2 is still being molded up at Lionhead Studio’s and what better way to remind all of us that it still exist than a video diary. This one is about world design. If only Peter Molyneux’s trance inducing voice could guarantee that he and his team won’t bite more than they can chew this time around. Check out the video after the break or head on over to Xbox.com for this video and/or the first three if you haven’t already seen them.

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 12th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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