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Gary Oldman and Ed Harris join Black Ops

Treyarch, announced today that award-winning actors Gary Oldman and Ed Harris have joined the cast of Treyarch’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops, with David S. Goyer having come on board to provide script consultation and story development support. Oldman, known for his work in The Professional, Dracula, Batman: The Dark Knight and most recently, The Book of Eli, will reprise his role as Viktor Reznov from Call of Duty: World at War; and Harris, best known for his roles in films like The Abyss, A History of Violence, Pollock, Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff, will play one of the game’s main characters, CIA operative Jason Hudson. Filmmaker David S. Goyer’s writing credits include the blockbusters Batman: Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Blade and the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel.

PS3 update v3.42 puts an end to Jailbreak

We didn’t really think it would be long before Sony put an end to the hacker’s Jailbreak did we? When you turned on you console today, you will have been asked for an update [version 3.42]. Upon investigating it turned out that the update “includes additional security features” hardware marketing John Koller. So this got us thinking, the obvious thoughts was that…

Deus Ex: Human Revolution PAX footage

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the upcoming third game in the first-person role-playing game Deus Ex series and a prequel to the original gameIt is being developed by Eidos Montreal.

Human Revolution is set prior to both and instead features mechanical augmentations. These will be divided into four types: Combat, Stealth, Technology and Social. Using social skills, social augmentations, and stealth a player is able to play through the whole game killing only the bosses.

Here is some Deus Ex footage as shown at PAX in Washington this past weekend.

XBLA Deal of the Week features Resident Evil 5 add-ons

It’s a great time to dust off Resident Evil 5 and take advantage of Xbox Marketplace ‘Deal Of The Week’ which gives us the following add-ons until September 13, 2010: Untold Stories Bundle – 560 Microsoft Points Desperate Escape – 240 Microsoft Points Lost in Nightmares – 240 Microsoft Points Versus Mode – 240 Microsoft Points So 1300 Microsoft points for a whole lot…

Chime on Steam today… new levels from Xbox Live included

Zoë Mode Entertainment just announced the release of  their anticipated PC version of Chime, available exclusively through Steam®. The pc version of Chime contains all the levels that featured in the Xbox LIVE® Arcade version as well as an additional level using Jonathan Coulton’s cult song “Still Alive”, as featured in the hit game Portal. Zoe report that they have…

Gearbox confirm full ownership of ‘DUKE NUKEM’ IP

Gearbox has confirmed in a press release issued during Gearbox’s keynote at PAX, that they have acquired the outright ownership of Duke Nukem IP. Gearbox had “acquired the full intellectual property rights of the ‘Duke Nukem’ brand” and this would include any Duke Nukem future projects. More, seriously? The purchase situation was made simpler by the existing friendship between Pitchford and 3D Realms co-founder…

Kinect/Move won’t increase 360/PS3 lifecycle says Ubisoft executive

We have seen a lot of hype around the theory that Move and Kinect will help increase the current-gen consoles lifespan. It seems almost logical that it would help to do so. But is this really the case? If the technology ends up only appealing to casual gamers, would the rest of the gaming market not want to go forward on to the next best thing?

Both Kinect and Move seems to be tailor made for a casual market, but it does look like it has a chance of entertaining the core market to. There seems to be a division on whether this will be the case or not, will the core gamer take interest in them or not? It seems to be very game-based on whether it will in fact appeal to core gamers. If Sony and Microsoft manage to pull off titles that would generally appeal to the core market, then they stand a good chance of getting in with them. If they stick to the very casual stuff, this could alienate the core market and confirm the technology’s casual appeal.

Vanquish demo impressions [Xbox 360]

Vanquish is an adrenaline packed action-shooter from Platinum Games for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  It was developed by Shinji Mikami, who is famous for his western touch with Japanese games. Long before we played anything from the west, and when games were pure and always rated for all ages, we were playing everything from Japan. They might not have won awards for their dialogue or storylines, but they generally felt good. And before I delve into it, I just need to tell the less informed about the title – Mikami told his team that he wanted Vanquish to “feel good”… and my word did his team deliver!

Vanquish takes place in the near-future where Russia and the United States vie for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources, the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target – New York. [Platinum Games]