Pre-orders for Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Insomniac Games just announced the US based pre-orders for Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One and here they are:

  • Gamestop will get immediate access to our favorite sassy-mouthed synthoid: Mr. Zurkon. (Canada: Same)
  • Amazon.com for an exclusive Critter Strike weapon mod, that will turn enemies into Baby T-Rexes! (Canada: Same)
  • Best Buy, you’ll get early access to the Pyro Blaster! (Canada: Same + 5$ discount for online order)
  • Wal-Mart.com shopper will love the Sheepinator Mod they get for our Critter Strike.
  • Target , where buyers get a free voucher for a copy of our fun-sized download adventure: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (a $15 value!)

Some great deals on a Playstation Classic.

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle

Xbox 360 gets the Star Wars treatment with the R2-D2 blue-and-white themed console (including white Kinect sensor), Kinect Star Wars game and a custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controller inspired by C-3PO. The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle will include:

  • Kinect Star Wars game
  • Custom R2-D2-themed Xbox 360 Console with custom sounds
  • White Kinect Sensor
  • Custom C-3PO-themed Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • Xbox 360 Wired Headset
  • Kinect Adventures game
  • Exclusive downloadable content

The bundle is available now for pre-order through participating retailers. Priced at $449.99 CDN.

Looks like it’s time for me to start saving for that new console upgrade.

The Learning Company Announce Two New Facebook Games


Oh the childhood dreams of being an international man of mystery and later dying of dysentery while riding in a covered wagon are flashing through my mind… The Learning Company announced that two new facebook games, developed by Blue Fang Games, are coming in February; Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and The Oregon Trail.

I don’t know about you but these two games might just suck up what’s left of my free time (at least until the next childhood remake comes around).

Catch the trailers:

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? for Facebook: Official Trailer

The Oregon Trail for Facebook: Official Trailer

* Correction: Both games are coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s consumer division, The Learning Company, and were developed by Blue Fang Games.
* Found announcement on the Huffington post.

Killzone3 Trailer

Meet the Characters, some familiar faces; Sev, Rico and Narville, and a number of new ones… The female ISA member Jammer, Jorhan Stahl and Admiral Orlock (the potential heirs to Visari’s throne).

Are you ready to face off with the Helghast again?

Expect some great voice talent in this installment of Killzone with the voice talents of Malcolm McDowell (TankGirl, Entourage), as Stahl Arms CEO, and Ray Winstone ( The Departed, Beowulf), as the Helghast Admiral.

Source: PlayStation EU.

Battle Tag Now Available!

You read that right – Battle Tag is now Available exclusively at Zellers and personally I think it looks like alot of fun for kids of all ages. It takes whatever environment you’re in and turns it into a 300m playground complete with weapons, battle tag vest and ammo packs. I think this is a pretty hot item for the young gamer – it gets them off the couch and actively doing something outside in the summer of even a great rainy day toy. Regardless of how you use it, this is a pretty sweet looking product. More details below

UBISOFT LAUNCHES BATTLE TAG

Hybrid between video games and toys releases on November 22 exclusively at Zellers and on Ubishop.com

Montreal, CANADA – November 18, 2010 – Today Ubisoft announced Battle Tag will release in Canada on November 22, exclusively at Zellers and on www.ubishop.com

Battle Tag transforms your world into a real-life videogame: your living room and your backyard become your playground with a 300m range. Play alone or with your friends in teams. Using unique real world accessories, you will be able to recharge ammunitions and increase your life points. Discover all the fun of an immersive laser tag adventure!

THE WORLD IS YOUR PLAYGROUND!

2-Player Starter Pack: The starter pack includes 2 T-Blasters, 2 sensor vests, 2 T-Bases, 2 ammo boxes, the UbiConnect™ and the software.

Key Features:
•Plug and Play: Plug the UbiConnect™ directly into your PC. The PC will give you instructions & challenges, and act as your personal Game Master, tracking your scores and statistics. Follow pre-defined rules or invent new ones.
•Your PC is the Game Master: Uncompromising, the Game Master will be there to give you directions, challenge you and tally your results. You can’t fool the Game Master, it knows when you’ve been hit, or scored a hit!
•Up to 8 players in a Multitude of Activities: Play alone or with up to 8 players in a wide variety of adrenaline-filled activities and team matches, such as Team Frag, Free for All, Last Man Standing, Biathlon, Old Fashion Duel and more.
•Real Worlds, Real Objects: Take your T-Blaster and strap on the sensor vest. Reload your gun with ammo packs, increase your life points thanks to med-kits and go to your T-Base to respawn.
•Create New Free Content: Download new content or create your own and share with your friends and the Battle Tag community.

Also Available
•T-Blaster Expansion Pack: If you need to add friends to your game, the T-Blaster Expansion Pack contains an extra T-Blaster and sensor
·         Med-Kit Extension Pack: Need a medic while playing? The pack includes 2 med-kits and 2 extra T-bases for more fun and strategy.

“Battle Tag blurs the lines between toys and video games, and takes the experience of competitive and cooperative gameplay out of the couch and into the world around you”says Olivier Ernst, Ubisoft Canada General Manager. “We are thrilled to bring Battle Tag to the public in time for Holidays.”

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has teams in 28 countries and distributes games in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated sales of 1.058 billion euros. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com<http://www.ubisoftgroup.com>.

You can’t tell me that you don’t think this looks and sounds like fun.


Toronto: It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Country ReturnsThat’s Right Toronto This weekend come on down to the Donkey Kong Country Returns Launch Event!

Nintendo is going bananas! with Professional eater “The Tsunami” Takeru Kobayashi, the king of competitive eating, as he takes on the Donkey Kong Country Returns banana eating challenge.

Cant wait to get DKCR in your hands then head on down and get some hands on time with the Big Ape and his little sidekick, Diddy, as they launch their latest adventure this Saturday (November 20, 2010) between 1pm – 4pm… and make sure you stick around for the the Banana Eating Challenge with Takeru Kobayashi: 3:00 pm (sharp). See you there!

I almost feel like I need a Banana joke here…

This is certainly an event that will aPEEL to all ages

groan… it is early, give me a break 😀 Think you can do better – leave me a banana joke in the comments.

WHERE:
RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre
Upper Plaza Level in front of Toys ‘R’ Us
20 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8


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Halo Reach – Legendary Edition: Unboxed

Well folks – I braved a sweet thunderstorm last night to pick up my copy of Halo Reach Legendary Edition last night. Originally I pre-ordered it at EBGames in Brockville, but when I called yesterday they informed me that they wouldn’t be opening on one of the biggest launches of the current gen systems so, I opted to go across the road to Futureshop instead. Looks like EBGames

just might be losing a very good long-term customer now for reasons that extend beyond the annoyance that they have some of my money.

At any rate, here are some pics of the unboxing and let me tell you this thing is AWESOME. I know someone was hoping for videos, but at 1:00am I just wanted to take some pics and dig in.

The myth, the box, the Legendary Edition
Property of USNC? Property of Kaneda Gallon
Cracked it open just so slightly
Box open – Looking down into it. Some cool docs taking us further into the fable of Halo
Inside the sliding box – Yup I needed that coffee on the table so I could play
And there we have it – Halo Reach in all it’s glory
More cool documentation
The black package which houses Dr.Halsey’s Diary
The very cool diary inside the aforementioned black bag
One of the many awesome pages inside the diary with some great sketches
Another page from the diary
An awesome pic of ….Cortana?
What’s in the little envelope on the back cover of the book?
More docs, an iron on patch, a key card, map, and a variety of other information to further take you into the world of Halo Reach
Ohhhhh Jeebus – There they are all wrapped in plastic….Noble Team
The back of the stand
A close up
The rest of the team…sans weapons – I have a 1yr old what do you expect from me?
The weapons still wrapped in plastic until the man cave is finished and they’re out of reach of my little girl
The team in all their glory

StarCraft 2 Collectors Edition Unboxing

Today is the day that millions of gamers around the world have been waiting for. StarCraft 2, the long anticipated, often speculated and delayed title has finally come home. After a series of Midnight launch events last night across Canada, I waltzed into the nearest Futureshop and picked myself up a copy of the Limited Edition and I must say that it’s a damn fine package. If you can afford the extra moolah and can find one, I highly recommend this.

The Collectors Editon Box

Opening the box – reveals that the packaging is cooler than I thought

Replica of Jim Raynors Dog tags is pretty sweet – Actually a 2GB USB Stick with the original game and the Brood Wars Expansion

Another image of the dog tags plugged into the system

From left to right – StarCraft 2 Game, Soundtrack and Making of Video

4 Guest Passes 2 x StarCraft 2 for 7hrs of game time or 14 Days whichever comes first and 2x 10 Day guest passes for World of Warcraft
Comic Book Issue #0 and the unbelieveable Hardcover art book – A must have for anyone who appreciates game art.

 

Carmine the Redshirt Gear

Today the team over at Epic announced that the fate of Clayton Carmine, the third brother, in the upcoming “Gears of War 3” title. Control Carmine’s future by purchasing avatar gear on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, fans and gaming communities around the globe will decide the destiny of the newest Carmine brother set to appear in “Gears of War 3,” with all the proceeds going to the Child’s Play Charity.

The Carmine family is an unfortunate bunch, Loosing a bother in each of the previous titles makes the family the proverbial ‘redshirt’ of the Gears world – see below for definition. Take Clayton’s life in your hands, and support a good cause while your at it, by purchasing one of these two shirt the first reads “Save Carmine” and the other reads “Carmine Must Die.” I saw on twitter you can get these shirts at the Xbox Booth at the San Diago Comic Com… If you get one – send us a pic!

I’m sorry Clayton, third time is not the Charm #CarmineMustDie.

P.S. Proceeds from Avatar t-shirt purchases go to Child’s Play.

According to the WikipediaRedshirt is a slang term for a minor stock character of an adventure drama who dies violently soon after being introduced in order to dramatize the dangerous situation experienced by the main characters. The term originated with fans of the science fiction television series Star Trek, from the red shirts worn by Starfleet security officers and engineers, who frequently meet their demise during the episodes. Sometimes, the character is a sacrificial lamb.

Dragon Quest IX Events

Select GameStop/EB Games locations across Canada are hosting exclusive Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies events on Saturday, July 31. Join other players and start trading maps and download an exclusive map from the EB store. Attendees will also be eligible to to win a Midnight Blue Nintendo DSi XL.

No idea what Dragon Quest IX is? Well don’t fret we have you covered…

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies combines game play with social fun, setting players out on an epic adventure. Explore special dungeons, called grottoes, to find rare items and enemies. Or fire up Tag Mode, when you can exchange maps and greetings with other players who come within range of each other.

Find your nearest GameStop/EB Games locations hosting events by visiting: www.gamestop.ca/dragonquest