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Carmageddon: Max Damage, Dex added to Xbox Store; Red Dead Redemption joins Xbox One Backwards Compatibility List

Two new Xbox One games are now available to download through the Xbox Games Store, but it’s the addition of a much-requested Xbox 360 game to the Backwards Compatibility list that’ll get everyone talking this week.

But let’s start with the new releases, including Carmageddon: Max Damage for the Xbox One, the first new entry in the franchise in almost two decades. But in all that time, the vehicular violence is still the same as players will be asked to wreck their opponents in a destruction derby, chase down pedestrians, and cause maximum chaos. Also available for the Xbox One this week is Dex, a futuristic RPG that pays homage to the genre’s 1990s heyday.

While those titles will surely be interesting to many gamers out there, Red Dead Redemption‘s addition to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list is the big story this week. Rockstar’s epic western was an award-winning juggernaut back in 2010, and it’s just as well-loved today. To celebrate the game’s Xbox One debut, Rockstar has also decided to give away most of the game’s DLC expansions (including the Legends and Killers Pack, Liars and Cheats Pack, Myths and Mavericks Pack, Hunting and Trading Pack, and Outlaws to the End) for free. And while the Undead Nightmare expansion isn’t free, it’s price has been slashed to $9.99. Yee-haw!

More information on today’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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HBO’s Westworld looks to Red Dead Redemption and BioShock for inspiration

While many people only know Jonathan Nolan as Christopher Nolan’s less-famous brother, the younger Nolan has his own rather impressive career in Hollywood. In addition to co-writing The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Prestige, and Interstellar, he is also the creator of Person of Interest and the driving force behind HBO’s Westworld reboot. Originally released in 1973 (and parodied hilariously in the “Itchy & Scratchy Land” episode of The Simpsons), Westworld takes place within the walls of a futuristic amusement park where the life-like robots eventually run amok.

Before you ask, yes, the original movie was written and directed by Michael Crichton.

But in turning the story into a television show, Nolan wants to go beyond Crichton’s original concept and he’s looking to video games for his inspiration. Naturally, Rockstar’s classic western, Red Dead Redemption, is at the top of the list. However, Nolan told Esquire‘s Matt Patches that the underwater world of Irrational’s BioShock also informed his latest creation.

Finally, Nolan cited an “interactive play,” Sleep No More, as a third inspiration. A similar interactive theatre experience, Tamara, directly inspired Tom Zito to develop Night Trap, and other full motion video games, in the mid-90s.

HBO’s Westworld reboot will premiere sometime next year and will star Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright. The first teaser trailer, which was released yesterday, has been embedded above.

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Rockstar Games Collection includes Red Dead, LA Noire, GTA Episodes, Midnight Club LA

It’s just raining Rockstar news today! In addition to showing a trio of editors from Game Informer around Grand Theft Auto V, the publisher also announced that the four-game Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 6.

The compilation, which is priced at $59.99, is a stellar deal and includes such fan favorites as Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles – Complete Edition. If these games have somehow passed under your personal radar, here’s a quick overview of what you’ll find within the Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1…

Red Dead Redemption – Winner of over 170 Game of the Year awards, Red Dead Redemption brings the dying West to life with a vibrant open-world, powerful story, and intense single- and multiplayer action.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – The explosive conclusion to the highest-rated game of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV, featuring two complete games on one disc: The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony.

L.A. Noire – The revolutionary crime thriller featuring MotionScan, a breakthrough technology that captures every nuance of a real actor’s facial performance, providing a level of realism, detail and emotion never before seen in a video game. Featuring brand new gameplay and a dark, hard-boiled detective story, L.A. Noire became the first ever video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition – One of the highest-reviewed racing titles of this generation, featuring deeply customizable real world cars, non-stop open world street racing and intense multiplayer action. The Complete Edition also includes every downloadable real world vehicle and city section released since launch.

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PSN “Ultimate Editions” of Black Ops, Mortal Kombat, LA Noire, more on sale this week

Sony has added a new featured section to their PS3 Full Games store: Ultimate Editions!

Each Ultimate Edition is comprised of the original game and any available downloadable content, ensuring that gamers who use the PSN always have the complete game. To celebrate their new offering, Sony is running a weeklong sale on all nine Ultimate Editions. From now until June 4, all the Ultimate Editions will be 30% off with PS Plus subscribers getting a 50% discount.

Hit the jump to view the full list of PS3 Ultimate Editions. (more…)

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Jurassic Park, Red Dead Redemption added to PS Store

Following Microsoft’s lead, Sony has reorganized the PlayStation Store into PS3 Games (titles that were first released as disc-based games) and PSN Games (titles exclusive to the PS Store). Best of all, on the first day of this new store setup they’ve made one of the best disc-based PS3 games ever available to download. I refer, of course, to Red Dead Redemption.

The original redemption of John Marsten, as well as his cowboy antics battling the undead hordes in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, are now available to download for $39.99 and $19.99, respectively.

meanwhile, the new “PSN Games” storefront will receive three new games on its first day of existence:

Jurassic Park: The Game ($29.99)
Security systems have failed and the creatures of the park roam free. Now, a rogue corporation will stop at nothing to acquire the embryos stolen and lost by Dennis Nedry. Experience a brand new adventure and see new areas and dinosaurs in this landmark game set during the first Jurassic Park movie.

Hollywood Squares ($9.99)
Play with friends and family on the famous tic-tac-toe game board occupied by “center squares” Kathy Griffin, Brad Garrett, Martin Mull and Jeffrey Tambor! Host Tom Bergeron asks the celebrities questions, and you judge whether the answers are true or false.

BurgerTime World Tour ($9.99)
BurgerTime lives again! This culinary classic used to rip quarters from your pockets. Now it’s back but in Next-Gen form with 3D graphics on a rotating cylindrical axis in a whole new burger world. In fact, 4 new worlds! And 50 levels, four gargantuan boss characters, and up to 4-players, online!

Finally, a new PSone Classic, Vanguard Bandits, will be added to the PS Store. The availability of this JRPG has surely broken the hearts of eBay sellers everywhere as it’s been selling on the auction site for $100-$200.

To get the full flavor of this week’s PlayStation Store update, including more details on these games and all of the new add-ons, head on over to the PlayStation.Blog.

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Rockstar lassos a Red Dead Redemption GOTY edition on October 11

There’s gold in them thar hills! Gold that’s shaped like a Game of the Year trophy! And it belongs to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption.

After earning more than 160 Game of the Year honors, Rockstar has announced the Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Available October 11, and priced at $49.99, the GOTY Edition will include the original game and every piece of downloadable content:

  • Original Red Dead Redemption game with a brand-new hardcore single-player mode;
  • Undead Nightmare single-player campaign and multiplayer modes;
  • Legends and Killers Pack, featuring additional multiplayer map locations, multiplayer characters, and the Tomahawk projectile weapon;
  • Liars and Cheats Pack, including the Stronghold multiplayer competitive mode, Free Roam gambling games, multiplayer horse races with combat, and the Explosive Rifle.
  • Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack, featuring two outfits with corresponding gameplay challenges for John Marston;
  • Outlaws To The End Co-Op Mission Pack, including six co-op missions for up to four players;
  • All original pre-order content, including the Deadly Assassin Outfit, War Horse, and Golden Guns Weapon Pack;
  • Solomon’s Folly single-player gang hideout and challenges available for the first time on Xbox 360;
  • Just-released Myths and Mavericks Bonus Pack, featuring fan-favorite multiplayer characters and all-new locations to battle in.

That’s a lot of bang for your buck, pardner.

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Red Dead Redemption sells 11 million; still no release dates for Agent, Max Payne 3

Take-Two Interactive released their quarterly financial numbers yesterday along with a little (well deserved) bragging.

Calling L.A. Noire “a breakthrough for games as a whole” and a “stunning accomplishment” that “sets a new standard for storytelling,” the publisher revealed that the detective sim has sold four million copies since going on sale in May. However, this number is absolutely dwarfed by Red Dead Redemption, which has sold nine million copies since its release in May 2010 along with another two million copies of the Undead Nightmare expansion disc.

But there’s always some bad news in these financial reports and in this case it’s the continued absence of Max Payne 3 and Agent from the company’s future outlook. Within the report, Take-Two provided solid release dates or tentative dates for every one of their announced games through the end of 2012… except for Max Payne 3 and Agent.

So don’t expect to play either game for a very long time.

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The 2010-2011 Video Game Awards Season

Beginning with the Spike TV Video Game Awards in early December and culminating with last night’s BAFTA Games Awards, the 2010-2011 “video game awards season” has come to a close. And after four months of awards, acceptance speeches and arguments, we have a clearer picture of what really were the best games of the year.

The snobbier segments of the game community love to decry the Spike TV Video Game Awards as an embarrassment and not representative of the feelings of “real” gamers. Typically, the show’s world premiere trailers overshadow the actual awards themselves. But the event is spearheaded by Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers TV and the winners are voted on by a well-respected contingent of game journalists, so I guess it could be worse.

That said, this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards “Game of the Year” was awarded to Rockstar’s epic western Red Dead Redemption. Keighley and company spread the love as the remaining major awards all went to other games: “Best PC Game” StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty; “Best PS3 Game” God of War III; “Best Wii Game” Super Mario Galaxy 2; “Best Xbox 360 Game” Halo: Reach; “Best Handheld Game” God of War: Ghost of Sparta; and “Best Downloadable Game” Costume Quest.

If Spike TV’s annual awards attempt to reach the mainstream, Time Magazine‘s top ten is the polar opposite, reaching into corners of the gaming world that are often ignored. This year’s selections are no different, including Alan Wake being awarded the #1 spot with iOS phenomenon Angry Birds at #2. The rest of the list was pretty typical, but the lack of Alan Wake’s spiritual twin, Heavy Rain, was the baffling part. Also, Limbo received its first love of the year-end awards with a sixth-place selection. (more…)

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