Chris Chester

Oh Microsoft, you are such a tease. The company sent out an email to the press earlier today sporting naught but the graphic you see here, as well as a date, May 11, with plans for an “exclusive preview” of the upcoming next chapter in the Halo franchise. the shindig will take place somewhere in San Francisco. Oooo…mysterious.


The duplicitous practice of selling the same game to consumers multiple times has become so pervasive that most people aren’t even inclined to acknowledge it anymore. It’s a low-cost, high-reward approach to game production, and its effectiveness is evidenced on the quarterly financial statements of all the publishers who actively employ the tactic. Sequels and rehashes come so fast and furious now that gamers may have trouble keeping up. UEFA Champions League walks along the edge of this precipice, with gameplay that feels entirely unchanged from FIFA A

One of our most hotly anticipated game for the Xbox 360 is now available for the sampling, as SouthPeak has announced that a demo of Artificial Studios’ Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. This on and off-line demo comes ahead of the game’s full release, May 15, for the Xbox 360 and PC.

The demo includes a single player version of the game’s first level, Zack’s House, as well as the Gym level for both same system and Xbox Live deathmatch. The Cemetary is also available for capture the flag style fun online. The demo is exclusive to Gold Members of the Xbox Live Marketplace for the first week, with Silver Members gaining access to the demo Thursday April 19.

You can check out our impressions of the game [url=]here[/url].

While unconfirmed, the online retail frontends for [url=]EBGames [/url]and GameStop have listed Namco Bandai’s Time Crisis 4 as a future release for the PlayStation 3 this November 2007. According to the listing, the game will ship with a PS3 version of Namco’s Guncom lightgun, which of course makes a good deal of sense. As said, Namco Bandai has not issued any sort of official announcement as of yet, though these listings are usually fed to retailers early on, but still take this with some salt. $89.99 worth, to be precise. Thanks [url=]Pro-G[/url] for the heads up.

Microsoft has finally confirmed the date for the highly anticipated multiplayer beta for Halo 3, announcing that the beta will kick off over Xbox Live on May 16 at 5 a.m. PDT and run through June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Beginning May 16, gamers who secured their admission to the multiplayer beta either through the “Rule of Three” promotion or by purchasing a specially marked copy of Crackdown will be able to jump right in using their Xbox Live Gold account and get a taste of what promises to be one of the biggest games of 2007.

According to Microsoft, the demo will launch with three different maps, including Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla, which represent a mixture of large and medium-scale combat environments and are new to Halo 3. Each Each map will also include the opportunity to test drive new Halo 3 vehicles such as the Mongoose all-terrain vehicle, as well as try out new weapons such as the Spartan Laser and Spike Grenades.

Gamers worldwide who did not participate in the “Rule of Three” promotion but are interested in joining the multiplayer beta of Halo 3 can still participate by picking up Crackdown, which acts as a key for gamers to download and participate in the Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Finally, in the march up to next month’s beta launch, Bungie has released a new behind-the-scenes video feature on Halo 3 available on Bungie’s website, or in HD from the Xbox Live Marketplace.