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Saturday, January 30

Skate 3: Making the Game Video

Friday, January 29

Rumor: Star Wars Battlefront III in the Works?

The development of Star Wars Battlefront III has been rocky, to say the least. Work began at Free Radical before Crytek snapped up the company, then the game was rumored to be in Rebellion's care before it eventually dropped from the face of the earth. Meanwhile Pandemic, the recently shuttered studio behind the first two games, apparently had nothing to do with the title at all.

The latest rumor, courtesy of Kotaku, puts development of a brand new Battlefront project, entitled Star Wars Battlefront: Online, in the hands of Slant Six Games and LucasArts. Slant Six is the studio behind several games in the SOCOM tactical-shooter series, making it a reasonable candidate for a Battlefront developer. The game will reportedly arrive in 2011 on PS3 and Xbox 360. It will focus on online play and, presumably, Star Wars.

Deus Legend's Reaction: Sounds cool. The first two games were pretty good.

2K Awarding $1 Million for Perfect Game

2K Sports announced a contest that will award the first person to throw a perfect game in MLB 2K10 with $1 million. Gamers on the 360 and PS3 will be eligible by choosing a match-up from MLB Today mode and selecting to participate in the “MLB 2K10 Contest” which will default to all the official gameplay settings and rules.

Monday, January 25

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Single Player Footage

Sunday, January 24

NFL Picks: Conf. Championship Results / Pro Bowl/Super Bowl Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks. The stage is set for Super Bowl 44 in Miami in two long weeks.

Here's the results from the Conference Championship round alone. These were worth four points each:

T1.) Deus Legend / 8
T1.) JohnnyX77 / 8
T3.) Jerhawk / 4
T3.) Stopable / 4
T3.) KnightnBattle10 / 4
T3.) xxInspirationxx / 4
7.) BlazenHawks / 0

Our overall PowerRankings, presented by the motion picture Avatar. Watch it in Digital 3D:

1.) KnightnBattle10 / 218
2.) Stopable / 209
3.) Deus Legend / 207
4.) JohnnyX77 / 198
T5.) Jerhawk / 185
T5.) BlazenHawks / 185
7.) xxInspirationxx / 183
8.) JRC865 / 163
9.) IronHorse1995 / 131
10.) Finch865 / 61

The update on the remaining teams still alive for the Super Bowl picks:

BlazenHawks and Deus Legend: Indianapolis Colts (5 points)
JohnnyX77: New Orleans Saints (3 points)

We will be picking for the Pro Bowl, worth one point. Please have your pick in by kickoff of this game next Sunday if you want:


Also, if you wish to get your Super Bowl pick early, you can do so. The Super Bowl will be worth five points for everyone. Please have your pick in by kickoff of the game, but I'll make another post this time next week for the official Super Bowl picks:

Indianapolis vs. New Orleans

Thank you.

Mass Effect 2 Review

Games like Mass Effect 2 don't come around often enough. Look at any aspect and you can be sure it's great. It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups. The only real caveat I should mention is that some of the revelations and plot twists won't be quite as powerful if you haven't played Mass Effect 1, but that isn't any reason to skip this fantastic videogame.

IGN Ratings for Mass Effect 2 (X360)
out of 10

Clean and sophisticated. Brilliant and cinematic.
Exceptional artistic direction and a top notch-technical showcase.
Martin Sheen steals the show, even amidst all of the outstanding voice acting and music.
Tight mechanics, thrilling combat, and deep role-playing. The design is unparalleled.
Lasting Appeal
A remarkable achievement in adapting a story to your decisions. It creates amazing replay value.

(out of 10 / not an average)

Thursday, January 21

America's Game: Blazenhawks

Wednesday, January 20

Halo: Reach Screenshots Leaked From EBGames

Earlier today, EBGames released some screenshots of Halo: Reach then, they were quickly pulled. Don't worry, XBLN has things covered. ;) These screenshots are also in the February GameInformer as well. Continue after the jump for more screenshots.

Monday, January 18

America's Game: Hockey

I got hit while scoring this goal.

NFL Picks: Divisional Results / Championship Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks!

The standout picks from the Divisional Playoff round:
  • EVERYONE got Arizona WRONG in their loss to New Orleans.
  • Stopable was the only one to pick Baltimore and got it wrong.
  • Stopable and IronHorse1995 were the ONLY ones to get the N.Y. Jets CORRECT.
The results from the Divisional Round alone. Remember, these were worth 3 points each:

T1.) Deus Legend / 6
T1.) Stopable / 6
T1.) KnightnBattle10 / 6
T4.) Jerhawk / 3
T4.) BlazenHawks / 3
T4.) xxInspirationxx / 3
T4.) JohnnyX77 / 3
T4.) IronHorse1995 / 3

JRC865 and Finch865 did not pick.

Our overall PowerRankings, presented this week by Fifa '10.

1.) KnightnBattle10 / 214
2.) Stopable / 205
3.) Deus Legend / 199
4.) JohnnyX77 / 190
5.) BlazenHawks / 185
6.) Jerhawk / 181
7.) xxInspirationxx / 179
8.) JRC865 / 163
9.) IronHorse1995 / 131
10.) Finch865 / 61
11.) Castortroy4206 / 8

Here's our Super Bowl picks made back at the beginning of the season or in week 10.

Jerhawk (Minnesota Vikings): Still Alive (5 possible)
Deus Legend (Indianapolis Colts): Still Alive (5 possible)
BlazenHawks (Indianapolis Colts): Still Alive (5 possible)
Stopable (Philadelphia Eagles): Eliminated
KnightnBattle10 (Pittsburgh Steelers): Eliminated
xxInspirationxx (New England Patriots): Eliminated
JRC865 (New England Patriots): Eliminated
JohnnyX77 (New Orleans Saints): Still Alive (3 possible)
IronHorse1995 (Dallas Cowboys): Eliminated
Finch865 (Philadelphia Eagles): Eliminated
Castortroy4206 (Detroit Lions): Eliminated

The Conference Championship games. These will be worth four (4) points each. Please have your picks in by the kickoff of that particular game you're choosing for. Thank you.

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

N.Y. Jets @ Indianapolis Colts

This weeks player comparison is brought to you by Deus Legend, and in sticking with the Fifa 10 theme, this one is Larry Fitzgerald (left) and soccer star player Ronaldinho (right).

Sunday, January 17

America's Game: Soccer Edition

I recently purchase FIFA 10 and I had some nice goals with my Virtual Pro Character. Check out my shots in the videos below.

Saturday, January 16

Mass Effect Planetary Exploration Video

Wednesday, January 13

Splinter Cell: Conviction Delayed Yet Again

Ubisoft today announced the unfortunate news that Splinter Cell: Conviction would be bumped back from February 23 to "April 2010".

Deus Legend's Take: Well, I'll be taking this game off my radar til then I guess.

Mass Effect 2 Soldier Class Video

Tuesday, January 12

Army of Two: The 40th Day Review

A disaster movie in a game package, Army of Two: The 40th Day capitalizes on its co-op play to deliver an awesome action experience that's incredibly fun to play. Co-op moments feel more natural, and whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends, you’ll enjoy the fast paced action that doesn’t seem to slow down, even when you’re in the middle of a cutscene. The improved Aggro system (thanks to the inclusion of the GPS feature) and expanded weapons customization strengthens the tactics on the battlefield, which are much deeper than the previous title. Even multiplayer reinforces the co-op nature of the game, and its modes will keep you playing for a long time. The morality moments could have posed larger dilemmas and the AI still stumbles at times, but overall, The 40th Day is a great game to blast through.

IGN Ratings for Army of Two: The 40th Day (X360)
Rating Description
out of 10
8.5 Presentation
An interactive disaster movie from start to finish, The 40th Day throws Rios and Salem in a fight for their lives as an entire city falls around them.
8.5 Graphics
From the particle effects to the animations of Rios and Salem, The 40th Day is visually appealing. Texture pop-in and some camera issues hold it back from being outstanding.
8.5 Sound
Voice acting is excellent once again, although there should be more dialogue during the game. Sound effects are rich and vary based on modifications to firearms, giving the sound of a warzone.
8.5 Gameplay
Single player is stronger thanks to improved partner AI. Co-op is improved this time around, and just about every feature from the first game has been amended. The morality system could go farther.
8.5 Lasting Appeal
Again, co-op play makes this game engaging, and with a stronger set of multiplayer modes you’ll blast through Shanghai over and over for a while.


Monday, January 11

EA being sued over NCAA Football

Sunday, January 10

NFL Picks: Wild Card Results / Divisional Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks!

Here's the standouts from the Wild Card round:

  • Jerhawk got ALL of his picks CORRECT.
  • BlazenHawks and JohnnyX77 got all of their picks wrong.
  • KnightnBattle10 and Jerhawk were the ONLY ones to pick the Arizona Cardinals CORRECT.
Our results from the Wild Card round alone. Remember, these picks were worth 2 points each:

1.) Jerhawk / 8
T2.) Deus Legend / 6
T2.) KnightnBattle10 / 6
4.) Stopable / 4
5.) xxInspirationxx / 2
T6.) BlazenHawks / 0
T6.) JohnnyX77 / 0

DNP: JRC865, IronHorse1995, Finch865

Here's our results from those five BCS Bowl Picks that we made a few weeks back. The names listed are those that got the pick CORRECT:

Florida Gators over Cincinnati: Everybody
Ohio State over Oregon: Deus Legend, Stopable, JohnnyX77
Boise State over TCU: Jerhawk, Deus Legend, xxInspirationxx, JohnnyX77
Iowa over Georgia Tech: Jerhawk, Stopable
Alabama over Texas: Jerhawk, Deus Legend, Stopable, KnightnBattle10, JohnnyX77

T1.) Jerhawk / 4
T1.) Deus Legend / 4
T1.) Stopable / 4
T1.) JohnnyX77 / 4
T5.) KnightnBattle10 / 2
T5.) xxInspirationxx / 2
6.) BlazenHawks / 1

DNP: JRC865, IronHorse1995, Finch865

Our overall PowerRankings which include both our Wild Card and BCS Bowl games, presented this week by McDonalds. i'm lovin' it

1.) KnightnBattle10 / 208
2.) Stopable / 199
3.) Deus Legend / 193
4.) JohnnyX77 / 187
5.) BlazenHawks / 182
6.) Jerhawk / 178
7.) xxInspirationxx / 176
8.) JRC865 / 163
9.) IronHorse1995 / 128
10.) Finch865 / 61
11.) Castortroy4206 / 8

The Divisional Round matchups. Please have your picks in by kickoff of that particular game you're choosing for. Also, these games will be worth three (3) points each. Thank you.

Arizona @ New Orleans

Baltimore @ Indianapolis

Dallas @ Minnesota

N.Y. Jets @ San Diego

This weeks player comparison that I found on the internet is of Brad Childress (left) and Mr. Udesky from Jurassic Park III, played by actor Michael Jeter (right).

Friday, January 8

Ninety-Nine Nights Release Date For Japan Announced

Ninety-Nine Nights was previously released as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2006. The hack-n-slash has been dated for Japan.

The game will be released in Spring of this year. The sequel, which was announced at TGS in 2008, looks to prove itself after its poor performance with sales and reviews of the first. New screenshots and more information can be found on their main website.

Ninety-Nine Nights Main Website

Thursday, January 7

Xbox Game Room Details

The pricing structure for Microsoft's Game Room has been detailed in an online fact sheet. Players have three options: 400 ($5) grants a dual-platform license for one game (for unlimited play on Xbox 360 and PC), 240 ($3) gets you the virtual arcade cabinet on one platform (Xbox 360 or PC), or, for the old-fashioned types, 40 ($0.50) is just "two quarters" worth of playtime on a select title. Additionally, when visiting friends' game rooms, you can "try" their games before you pump in Microsoft Points of your own.

The Game Room itself -- developed by third-party outfit Krome Studios (Viva PiƱata: Party Animals, Star Wars: Republic Heroes) -- will be free for users to download. Customization options are mentioned in the fact sheet, but pricing for these features is not addressed. At launch the service will include 30 original arcade titles -- with "over 1000" planned for the future -- from multiple publishers, including Atari, Activision, Intellivision, and Konami. (A list of 31 confirmed titles is posted after the break.)

Games will be presented in 1080p and will support multiplayer for up to two players, as well as cross-platform leaderboards and Achievements. Microsoft's Game Room is slated to launch this spring.

The Latest Backbreaker Trailer

Wednesday, January 6

Project Natal Coming this Fall

Xbox Game Room Coming to XBL

Microsoft has confirmed the existence of a virtual arcade room for Xbox Avatars via this trailer unveiled at CES 2010. The Xbox Game Room is slated to hit the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows Live, allowing players to visit a virtual room filled with classic arcade titles. According to the video, users will be able to customize their arcade rooms and challenge friends to a plethora of original titles, such as Centipede, Outlaw, and Star Raiders.

This will be coming to an Xbox near you, this Spring!

Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno comes out 2/9/2010

Assassins Creed II Review

Imagine that you are sitting in a chair and wondering...man I want to go back in time where there are assassin in the 1500’s. Guess what? You were able to do it with the first Assassins Creed now, you get to do it again in Assassins Creed II. Thats right! The game is back and better then ever. This is going to be my review on Assassin Creed II in Review with Blazen.

Madden Ultimate Team Coming Tomorrow

Madden Ultimate Team, the downloadable game mode addition for Madden 10, will be available tomorrow on the Xbox 360. MUT will be free but because it is arriving as a patch and not downloadable content the exact time for when it is expected to go live is unknown.

EA Sports has also released a tutorial video which provides a good overview of the mode. Video is above this post. We'll see tomorrow how this plays out.

Chromehound Servers: Farewell

Chromehound's servers are officially down as of today. Chromehounds was an early release in 2006 and gained some positive ground because of the lack of 360 games on the market. With the game showing its age, it comes to no surprise the game's servers would be going down. Featuring strategy gameplay and a great game for buddies to come on Live and play, it is indeed sad for this game to go.

Farewell Chromehounds, you will indeed be missed.


Tuesday, January 5

Mass Effect 2 Vanguard Class

Mass Effect is coming soon!!

GCON GOW2 Casual Gaming Night!

GCON is back for its second weekend of community gaming! Join GCON2 for a fun day of gaming on January 9th! The Gib and Mix night will consist of lobbies running a variety of settings for a refreshingly new Gears experience. After a more than successful event last week GCON will return with the Gib N' Mix night this saturday!

Click here for all the information you need to participate.

XBLN Month Long Live Giveaway!

In celebration of the new year and our new forums, Xbox Live Network will give away 3 MONTHS of Xbox Live everyday til February 4th. Just sign up in our forums and post in the appropriate forum thread daily for your chance to win! Winners will be notified via PM with code when they are selected. Good Luck and thanks for visiting!

Here is the link to the first giveaway for today!


We Want You!

Hello everyone, Xbox Live Network is looking for a new member to join our great cast of people. If you are interested than leave a comment with you gamertag and we will contact you on Xbox Live.

Thank you and Have fun playing!

Army of Two: The 40th Day Multiplayer Trailer

Halo Reach Beta Coming in Spring

We all knew that the Halo Reach Beta would be coming sometime in 2010. Well, Bungie has narrowed that date down a bit more to "Spring 2010". It's not a lot to go on, but at least we're getting closer to finding out.

For those wondering, Spring technically lasts from Spring: March 21st through June 21st, so it could be anywhere in that date range.

Monday, January 4

Xbox Live To Windows Mobile

What if you could play all your favorite Xbox Live games on your mobile phone? You may soon be able to do just that, if a job listing from Microsoft offers any clue.

Based on recent job postings on Microsoft's site, it appears that Redmond is making moves to bring Xbox Live to Windows Mobile devices. The competitive differentiating capability may be available when Windows Mobile 7 debuts in late 2010.

NFL Picks: Week 17 Results / Wild Card Picks

Hello and welcome back to NFL Picks.

Here's the standout picks from Week 17:
  • EVERYONE'S CORRECT picks: Chicago and Minnesota.
  • BlazenHawks was the only one to pick both Indianapolis and New Orleans wrong in their respective games.
  • xxInspirationxx was the only one to go for the 2 point conversion with the St. Louis Rams over San Francisco, but got it wrong.
  • Deus Legend and BlazenHawks were the only ones to pick the Washington Redskins wrong.
  • Jerhawk was the only one to pick his Seattle Seahawks, but got it wrong.
  • Jerhawk, BlazenHawks and JohnnyX77 got the 2 point conversion with the Kansas City Chiefs CORRECT after they took down the Denver Broncos. That's the second (and only) 2 point conversion game picked correctly this season, both games against the Broncos (the Raiders were the first).
Our results from Week 17 alone:

T1.) Deus Legend / 13
T1.) Stopable / 13
3.) JohnnyX77 / 12
T4.) Jerhawk / 11
T4.) KnightnBattle10 / 11
6.) BlazenHawks / 10
7.) xxInspirationxx / 9

DNP: JRC865, Finch865, IronHorse1995

Our PowerRankings at the end of the regular season BEFORE the divisional winners are added in:

1.) KnightnBattle10 / 175
2.) Stopable / 171
3.) JohnnyX77 / 168
4.) Deus Legend / 163
T5.) Jerhawk / 161
T5.) BlazenHawks / 161
7.) xxInspirationxx / 152
8.) JRC865 / 133
9.) IronHorse1995 / 113
10.) Finch865 / 46

The results of our Divisional Winners made at the beginning of the regular season which were worth 5 bonus points each. The only people listed are those who got the pick CORRECT:

NFC West (Arizona Cardinals): Deus Legend, Stopable, KnightnBattle10, JRC865, JohnnyX77, Finch865
NFC North (Minnesota Vikings): Deus Legend, KnightnBattle10
NFC East (Dallas Cowboys): JRC865, IronHorse1995
NFC South (New Orleans Saints): BlazenHawks, Stopable, xxInspirationxx, JRC865
AFC West (San Diego Chargers): Everybody but Jerhawk
AFC North (Cincinnati Bengals): Nobody
AFC East (New England Patriots): Everybody
AFC South (Indianapolis Colts): BlazenHawks, KnightnBattle10, xxInspirationxx, JRC865

1.) JRC865 / 30
2.) KnightnBattle10 / 25
T3.) Deus Legend / 20
T3.) BlazenHawks / 20
T3.) Stopable / 20
T3.) xxInspirationxx / 20
T7.) JohnnyX77 / 15
T7.) IronHorse1995 / 15
T7.) Finch865 / 15
10.) Jerhawk / 5

Now our official overall PowerRankings AFTER the divisional winners have been added in, presented this week by the motion picture Sherlock Holmes. In theaters now!

1.) KnightnBattle10 / 200
2.) Stopable / 191
T3.) Deus Legend / 183
T3.) JohnnyX77 / 183
5.) BlazenHawks / 181
6.) xxInspirationxx / 172
7.) Jerhawk / 166
8.) JRC865 / 163
9.) IronHorse1995 / 128
10.) Finch865 / 61
11.) Castortroy4206 / 8

Here's the latest on our SuperBowl picks. Those with a (10) were ones made at the beginning of the season worth 10, the ones with a (5) were made in Week 10 after being changed. JohnnyX77's will be worth 3 since he changed his late.

Jerhawk: Minnesota Vikings (5) / Still Alive (1st round bye)
Deus Legend: Indianapolis Colts (5) / Still Alive (1st round bye)
BlazenHawks: Indianapolis Colts (5) / Still Alive (1st round bye)
Stopable: Philadelphia Eagles (10) / Still Alive (vs. Cowboys)
KnightnBattle10: Pittsburgh Steelers (10): Eliminated before playoffs
xxInspirationxx: New England Patriots (10): Still Alive (vs. Ravens)
JRC865: New England Patriots (10): Still Alive (vs. Ravens)
JohnnyX77: New Orleans Saints (3): Still Alive (1st round bye)
IronHorse1995: Dallas Cowboys (10): Still Alive (vs. Eagles)
Finch865: Philadelphia Eagles (10): Still Alive (vs. Cowboys)

The Wild Card matchups. Please have your picks in by kickoff of the particular game you're choosing for. These will be worth 2 points per game:

N.Y. Jets @ Cincinnati

Philadelphia @ Dallas

Green Bay @ Arizona

Baltimore @ New England

Thanks everyone, and have fun watching the games!

EA to Shut Down Old Game Servers

Publisher EA is to power down a host of servers used to run the multiplayer component of a number of last-gen and some early next-gen titles, it has revealed.

Titles in line to see their strings cut include Facebreaker, Fight Night Round 3, NASCAR 09, Burnout Revenge, FIFA 07, Tiger Woods 07, Marvel Nemesis, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun and Need for Speed: Underground 2.

“All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community,” a statement from EA read.

“We hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond.”

Here’s the complete list of scheduled shutdowns after the jump:

Friday, January 1

Happy New Years and Site Upgrades are Here!

We here at XBLN would like to wish all of you, a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

**Earlier today, it was revealed we would release some new site upgrades. These upgrades include the minor changes to the links in the navbar and a read more button after future longer posts. Also, we have a new header. And our last upgrade is our new forums. Enjoy our new upgrades and look for XBLN to be big in 2010!**