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Global Agenda to Launch "Free Agent" Update

When Global Agenda launched a bit over a year ago (a game we thought had decent co-opability), Hi-Rez Studios originally planned for it to be a subscription-based game. This later changed when they decided they wanted to maintain a non-subscription based model where players had access to everything so long as they had purchased a retail version of the game.The subscription model never saw the light of day. The game also had a generous trial where people wanting to try out the game could have a fairly extensive experience for free with the usual limitations (e.g. level caps, chat restrictions, etc.).

by Andrew Gaskill 0
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LOTR: War in the North Mature Combat Trailer

The people working on The Lord of the Rings: War in the North have not been shy about courting an M rating. This latest combat trailer has plenty of decapitations and dismemberments.  The new title from Snowblind Studios will elaborate on the Northern Campaign mentioned in Tolkien's books.  While this game won't focus on the Fellowship, it will cover new heroes of Middle-Earth.  Will gamers appreciate the Coy and Vance versions of their favorite heroes?  We think so.  We really enjoyed our time with the game at PAX East.  Which just goes to show that it doesn't matter which character kills the orcs and trolls, what matters is that we get to kill them.  Game violence is like ketchup.  It makes everything better.  Check out the following trailer and see for yourself.

by Nick Puleo 6
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Streets of Rage Remake Shutdown by Sega Legal

The Streets of Rage Remake fan project we told you about last week has been shut down by Sega's legal department.  According to the game's official forums, "While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game for others to download. Any links posted on this site will be removed. Thank you.."  Of course, the cat is already out of the bag - so the proposed "damage" is already done for SEGA.  

by Andrew Gaskill 0
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Announcing Call of Duty: Black Ops Second Map Pack - Escalation

In news that comes as no surprise to anyone, new maps are coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops.  The new pack is titled Escalation, and it will be released on the Xbox 360 on May 3rd.  You can see the titles of the maps above.  (The map titles are Zoo, Hotel, Convoy, Stockpile, and Call of the Dead, if you can't read red ink.) The Escalation map pack will contain four multiplayer maps and one Zombie map.  I'm not a betting man, but I'd put my money on Call of the Dead being the Zombie map, even though the Zoo would be more awesome. Everyone loved the monkeys in First Strike's Ascension, right?   Call of the Dead may be interesting, as Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia said in the press release: "I don't want to spoil any surprises for Zombies fans, but Call of the Dead takes it to a whole new level."  The rest of the multiplayer maps should be available for co-op friendly Combat Training. 

by Jim McLaughlin 4
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Warner Bros Interactive's F.E.A.R. of Used Game Sales

The latest in a lengthening line of exploratory methods to reduce used game sales is rumored to be under heavy consideration at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and comes in the form of online access restrictions. Apparently the growing production branch will be using Mortal Kombat and F.E.A.R. 3 as its guinea pigs. My most recent brush with an anti-used game sales program was via Homefront, which allowed any player to reach rank level five in the online modes before requiring a unique code. These codes are available directly from THQ - for a price - or are boxed with all new copies of the game.

by Andrew Gaskill 1
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The Last Story May be Coming Stateside

It has recently been revealed that Nintendo of America has registered a domain name for The Last Story, which itself may be one of the the last co-op reasons to own a Wii.  Nintendo is still mum on the subject.  If you recall, we reported earlier in the year that they had "no plans" for a Western release of the JRPG title.  Nintendo may just be holding the domain name, which is smart on their part.  I would love to have The Last Story domain name.  I would sell old copies of Final Fantasy games with "The Last Story" sharpied over the title, since they've been selling the same JRPG story for over a decade.  But what do I know?  The game has done very well since releasing in Japan.  If Nintendo likes money, they may want to bring the title to the Western market.  

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