Achievement Glitching and Cheaters on Xbox Live

This afternoon both Major Nelson and Stepto posted on Twitter that the enforcement teams on the Xbox live network were out in full force catching up on score corrections for cheaters and achievement hackers.

Major Nelson writes

“As I post this, we’ve begun taking steps to reset the Gamerscores of the offending players. As I have mentioned in the past, this is something we do occasionally to keep the service free of cheating in order to maintain a fair and level playing field for everyone. If you play fair and earn your achievements without glitching or cheating, you have nothing to worry about.”

While Stepto cautions:

“the best way to avoid a Gamerscore reset is…earn your achievements!”

If your Gamerscore did get reset your probably going to want to read the Gamerscore correction FAQ

Can’t say I blame them… Get out there and play clean.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – Coming to PSN and Xbox Live!

Today, Capcom announced that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 would be coming to a PS3 and Xbox 360 by way of download. For only $15 on PSN and 1200 MS Points, it can be yours with a shiny new coat of HD visuals and online gameplay. The demo will be available on the PSN on April 30th with the rest of the world to follow shortly thereafter.

I’m not much for Street Fighter or those games but for $15 you probably can’t go wrong.

First Impressions: UFC 2009 – Undisputed

As a fan of all things UFC or MMA, I was overjoyed to hear that THQ would be taking the reigns to bring us a new UFC game. I immediately thought that THQ was a great fit to make UFC because they’ve had some awesome successes with the Smackdown series. Last week, finally THQ threw all of us UFC fans a bone in the form of a playable demo.

The 560MB download is available on PSN and Xbox Live! As a free download and if you’re a fan of UFC, you really shouldn’t miss the opportunity to whet your appetite.

The demo only features the ability to play an exhibition with 2 fighters, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Hua, and the interactive tutorial. As a fan of the WWE series, I decided to forego the tutorial and get into the ring cold. Being unfamiliar with the control schemes, I fumbled my way to victory with a flying superman punch in the 2nd round. Not yet content with my win, I instantly got into a rematch and continued to play around losing some and winning others. I managed to figure out the basic controls and began racking up impressive victories, but I wasn’t content with that so I made my way to the tutorials.

WOW is this game deep. The tutorials were both helpful and overwhelming all the same. The

sheer number of moves to learn is mind numbing but they all feel pretty instinctive after trying it out just a few times. The tutorial is broken up into separate sections from you basic movement to submission defense and everything in between. After spending some time with the tutorials, I felt that I was ready to really try and exact some revenge for the Iceman from his loss on the previous Saturday.

What a different it made. Immediately I was pulling off triangle chokes, arm bars and a variety of submission moves just messing around with the controlling. I still need to work on my submission defense but it’s coming along, After all, every fighter has to train hard to become the best. One of the other things I noticed is that the playability of both fighters is vastly different than the other which is likely to give this game some incredible replay value both on and offline

The Bottom line is the graphics look spectacular and the character models are near picture perfect (right down to the blazing hot ring girls in tight clothes), the animation was fluid and crisp and the controls although very deep, were instinctive. This looks to me like it’s going to be a huge success. I know it;s going to see alot of play time with me, so far I’ve logged a good 4 hours of the demo alone. Now my only decision is what system to buy it for.

UFC 2009 – Undisputed drops May 19, 2009 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The Wrestler Star to Voice New Title

Today Bethesda announced that they would be working with Oscar nominated actor Mickey Rourke to play the lead role of “Demo Dick” Marcinko in the upcoming title ‘Rogue Warrior’. Rogue Warrior is inspired by a New York time bestselling book of the same name and has you playing as spy “Demo Dick” Marcinko as he infiltrates Russia to try to change the path of the Cold War. Rogue Warrior is in development for Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows platform PCs

I saw the Wrestler and it comes as no surprise that Mickey is getting some long overdue attention. With a raspy hard edged voice he seems like a great candidate for this voice acting gig.

Click here to learn more about Rogue Warrior

A2M’s Wet finds a Home

The long in production game WET, from Montreal developer Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M), has finally found a home and is planed to hit the Xbox 360 and the PS3 some time this Fall. After being dropped by by their previous publisher in July of 2008, leaving the game’s release in limbo, Bethesda has announced that they will be releasing A2M’s WET.

Game play for Wet has been compared to that of games like Stranglehold, Max Payne and Bloodrayne. While the main character’s (Rubi Malone) likeness has been compared to that of Lara Croft and Bloodrayne.

Bethesda also announced that Eliza Dushku, star of Dollhouse, Bring It On, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) and Angel (TV) will be voicing the lead character Rubi. You may recognize Eliza’s voice from her other gaming work in Saints Row 2 (Shandi) and Yakuza (Yumi Sawamura).

Catch the trailer thanks to Game Trailers:

UFC 2009 Undisputed – Playable Demo available NOW!!

Here’s a little something for all you fans of the octagon. The UFC 2009 Undisputed playable demo is available now on PSN and Xbox Live!

UFC 2009 Undisputed comes to us from THQ and is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 19, 2009.

Exerpt from the official Press Release.
“The playable demo for UFC 2009 Undisputed will allow consumers to have their first taste of virtual Octagon™ action prior to our highly anticipated launch on May 19,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ. “We look forward to seeing how fans embrace this powerful mixed martial arts gameplay experience.”
“Fans around the world have been clamoring for a great UFC videogame for quite some time,” said Dana White, president, UFC. “We are pleased to offer a free sample of UFC 2009 Undisputed featuring two great athletes and competitors, Chuck Liddell and ‘Shogun’ Rua, prior to launch.”
Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Left 4 Dead – Survival Pack Review

As some of you may or may not have noticed, I kinda of take my Zombie killing pretty seriously so it should come as no surprise to you that I’m here posting a quick little review about the latest DLC for L4D. Yesterday, Valve released the 1st of what will no doubt be many download packs for Left 4 Dead entitled Survival Pack. The biggest additions this download provides is the addition of the campaigns Dead Air and Death Toll to the versus mode and a brand spanking new mode aptly named “Survival Mode” and a few other game play tweaks. Click here for a full list of gameplay changes. Survival mode gives you 15 levels from various locations in the games campaigns and an extra bonus level called “Last Stand”.

First off, I really have to give major props to the team at Valve. They gave this DLC to us free and they really busted their asses off giving us something to do in the L4D world again. Last night MVern, Slayer and I had the opportunity to hook up online and play through the survival mode and it is simply amazing. Survival mode is exactly what the title suggests. Survive as long as you can. You will die. You will die fast and the action is furious from the moment you set off the horde.

The addition of Death Toll and Dead Air to versus modes was a welcome addition. I think I can safely speak for all the Left 4 Dead fans when I say “About freaking time!” I can’t see myself going back to the original 2 levels in versus mode for a long time to come. The bottom line is Valve has delivered something pretty awesome in the pack. Some great changes to the gameplay takes away some of the cheese that was the constant melee attack, the tank is a more formidable opponent (did he need to be stronger?), we got 2 more levels to play and a whole new game mode. What more can you ask for when its free? Keep it up Valve. Let’s get some more levels out there.

Left 4 Dead PC now Available on Steam

As we announced earlier today the Left 4 Dead Survival Pack is available for the Xbox 360, free of charge to all owners of the game. Well we are pleased to announce that the PC update is also now available on the Steam Network.

The full change list for the PC release is below:

Survival Mode

  • New gameplay Mode
  • 16 maps including Last Stand
  • Leaderboards
  • 7 new achievements

Versus Changes

  • 2 new versus campaigns
  • Fixed a case where versus team score would continue to be recalculated after the score panel was displayed
  • Fixed an issue with recalculating the versus score health bonus for a player when they are rescued from being incapacitated
  • Fixed being able to start a swing as an infected, then teleport to the survivors and have the claw swing hit a survivor
  • Fixed a case where teleporting to the survivors would not reset the ability timer
  • Fixed an exploit where you could load the chamber of a weapon with bullets by holding down the melee key
  • Fixed a case where it was not possible to join a game while it was in a finale
  • Fixed a rare case where listen servers would speed up the game over time
  • Removed convars related to melee fatigue
  • Fixed a case where infected players would get a respawn time on their initial spawn into a map

Server Changes

  • Made ms_force_dedicated_server not require cheats
  • Add a message when queuing a heartbeat
  • Simplified setting of game mode
  • Removed convars director_no_human_zombies and director_holdout_mode
  • Added mp_gamemode [coop,versus,survival]

General

  • Added lobby join and leave messages

Get out there and kill some undead, there is no excuse if you own this one already – the DLC is FREE!

Gaming Reminder – Left 4 Dead update is Live on Live!

Just a quick little reminder to all of you Left 4 Dead fanatics who want more. The latest update is now officially out and available on Xbox Live! The FREE (that’s right I said FREE!!!)update is just a little over 100MB in size and gives you the ability to play through the Dead Air and Death Toll campaigns in 4 on 4 action as well as a new map for the new “Survival Mode” and a stamina meter for the melee attack. On top of that there are some other bugs/exlpoits they’ve changed that will make things very interesting and possibly alot more difficult for the survivors.

I for one will be on tonight playing through this tonight. Anyone who wants to join me should add me to their friends list and just let me know that you’re one of our readers. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there.

PSP software update (v5.50) comming soon

XMB InterfaceOver on the Playstation Blog they are reporting a new firmware update for the PlayStation Portable. From the release description this will bring the PSP interface one step closer to that of the PlayStation 3.

List of expected enhancements with the 5.50 update:

  • Updates to the PSP XrossMediaBar (shown above) will add news and updates ticker in the upper right-hand corner, similar to PS3 interface.
  • Memory Stick improvements – added features allowing the creation and access to sub-folders for music, videos and photos. In addition, the required space for downloaded files from PlayStation Store has been reduced significantly.
  • Internet search for games directly from the XMB. This same feature was added to PS3 in the v2.70 update.
  • Added protection and Internet security from Trend Micro to enhance your Web browsing experience. This update will provide access to a free trial of Trend Micro services:
  • 1 – Trend Micro Web Security – blocks PSP owners from visiting Web sites that may contain malicious content designed to steal personal information and confidential data.
  • 2 – Trend Micro Kids’ Safety – filtering technology to prevent children from accessing Web sites that feature inappropriate content.

All great new features in my book.