Daily News Roundup: February 5, 2009


First off, we’ve got a neat story here on TheGameReviews about Video Games Live. As it turns out, even Vermont is host to legions of video game fans. The story also discusses the show’s universal appeal and fundamental artistic merit with the shows creators, including the ever enigmatic Tommy Tallarico.

Demos for Halo Wars and Killzone 2 release today

If you didn’t agree with our take on the demo, you’ll have your chance to play it yourself and flame us mercilessly today now that the Halo Wars demo is available to the Xbox Live masses.

Additionally, the Killzone 2 demo will be available, though the offering is not as magnanimous as its demo date release buddy. Only gamers who’ve reserved the game through Gamestop or Gamestop.com have a voucher allowing them to play the demo. Everyone else will have to wait until February 26, one day before the retail launch of the game. I guess they didn’t want people blowing all their purchasing excitement for the game on the demo.

Left 4 Dead DLC (vaguely) detailed

Valve revealed expansion content for their co-operative zombie shooter Left 4 Dead today. The L4D Survival Pack should come out this spring and will include a new "survival" mode and two new complete campaigns for versus mode. They will also offer a "Critic’s Choice" version of the game in stores which will bundle the DLC with the original game.

Am I the only one that finds the "Critic’s Choice" title a little strange? Anyway…

For aspiring developers and depraved gamers that just can”t wait to write terrible mods involving Zoey and Alyx, the (free) SDK will also release for the PC version around the same time.



Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943 announced

Bad Company 2
an aptly named sequel to 2008’s Battlefield: Bad Company will be coming to the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game promises "more vehicles, more destruction and more team play." It’s currently slated for release next winter.
Battlefield 1943, on the other hand, will be exclusively digitally distributed through the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and, well, Windows. The game will allow up to 24 players to steal each other’s planes, run over other players while taking off, and then promptly crash into the ground. Look forward to that barrel of laughs sometime this summer.

Street Fighter IV costume DLC screenshots released

Capcom wisely realized people may not want to pay $4 a piece for costume packs they can’t even see, so they’ve released scads of screenshots showing the new content. In case you’re already tired of the default outfits, here’s the release schedule for the DLC:

2/17 – Brawler Pack DLC Pack will include alternate costumes for: Zangeif, E.Honda, Rufus, El Furete, and Abel.
2/24 – Femme Fatale Pack will include alternate costumes for: Chun-Li, Cammy, Sakura, Rose, and C.Viper.
3/3 – Shoruken Pack will include alternate costumes for: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, and Dan.
3/10 – Shadowloo Pack will include alternate costumes for: Seth, M.Bison, Sagat, Balrog, and Vega.
3/17 – Classic Pack will include alternate costumes for: Guile, Dhalsim, Fei-Long, Blanka, and Gen.

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