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Condemned 2: Bloodshot Teaser Trailer

Here's a brief teaser trailer from Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Monolith's supernatural hobo killing action game sequel that's due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year.

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F.E.A.R. Expansion Preview

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There's a F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate preview on IGN, going hands-on with the second expansion pack for Monolith's spooky first person shooter. There's also a F.E.A.R. Files preview.

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Rumble-compatible PlayStation 3 Titles Listed, Includes Rage, UT3, MotorStorm, Many More

Following last night's announcement of the PlayStation 3's rumbling DualShock 3 controller--which arrives in Japan this fall, then North America and Europe next spring--SCEA has issued a lengthy list of all current and upcoming titles that will support vibration functionality in North America and Europe. Particularly noteworthy games on the list include Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid 4, id Software's Rage, Epic Game's Unreal Tournament 3, Insomniac Games' Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Sony Liverpool's WipEout Wipeout HD, Capcom's Resident Evil 5, Monolith's Condemned 2: Bloodshot, and Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed. Already-released titles such as Evolution Studios' MotorStorm, Insomniac Games' Resistance: Fall of Man, Housemarque's Super Stardust HD, Ninja Theory's Heavenly Sword, and Incognito's Warhawk will be updated with rumble support through online patches. Those that will receive rumble functionality in this manner are marked with an asterisk (*) on the following list:

    Game Name / Publisher
  • AssassinÂ’s Creed / UbiSoft
  • BEOWULF / UbiSoft
  • Blacksite: Area 51* / Midway
  • Blast Factor* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Burnout Paradise / ELECTRONIC ARTS
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena / Vivendi Games
  • The Club / SEGA
  • Condemned 2 / SEGA
  • Cops (codename, title name TBD) / Pyro
  • The Crucible / SEGA
  • Dark Sector / D3 PUBLISHER
  • The Darkness* / 2K Games
  • Destroy All Humans 3 / THQ
  • Devil May Cry 4 / CAPCOM
  • Dynasty Warriors 6 / KOEI
  • echochrome / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Elefunk / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars / Activision
  • Fatal Inertia / KOEI
  • FIFA franchise (title name TBD) / ELECTRONIC ARTS
  • Folklore* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Go! Sports Ski* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • GripShift* / Sony Online Entertainment
  • HAZE / UbiSoft
  • Heavenly Sword* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Heroes over Europe / Red Mile Entertainment
  • High Velocity Bowling / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Highlander / Eidos
  • The Incredible Hulk / SEGA
  • Iron Man / SEGA
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men / Eidos
  • Legendary: The Box / Gamecock
  • METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS / Konami
  • MLB 08: The Show / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • MotorStorm* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • N-Cube / Creat Studios
  • NBA 08* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • NBA 2K8 / Take Two Sports
  • PAIN / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Planet One (codename, title name TBD) / Pyro
  • Prototype / Vivendi Games
  • RAGE / id Software
  • Rat Race / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Resident Evil 5 / CAPCOM
  • Resistance: Fall of Man* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Snakeball / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • SOCOM: Confrontation / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Soldier of Fortune / Activision
  • Stuntman: Ignition* / THQ
  • Super Stardust HD* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • TNA Wrestling / Midway
  • To End All Wars / Ghostlight
  • Tom ClancyÂ’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2* / UbiSoft
  • Tom ClancyÂ’s Rainbow Six Vegas* / UbiSoft
  • TOY HOME / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Turok / Disney Interactive
  • Uncharted: DrakeÂ’s Fortune / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Warbit / Creat Studios
  • WarDevil – Unleash the Beast Within / Ignition Entertainment
  • Warhawk* / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Wipeout HD / Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Wheelman / Midway

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot Diary

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GameSpy has posted the second Condemned 2: Bloodshot development diary. In this installment, Monolith's David Hasle talks about the main character Ethan Thomas.

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F.E.A.R. Sequel Becomes Project Origin

Maybe giving power to the people isn't such a great idea; The results for the Name Your Fear contest naming Monolith's F.E.A.R. sequel are in, and the project is now officially known as the rather unimaginative Project Origin. Due out on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Project Origin will follow the events of the original F.E.A.R. The game is not to be confused with Vivendi's planned F.E.A.R. sequel, which can not use the characters from Monolith's 2005 shooter. "Project Origin is the name we can stand behind since it was picked by the gaming community, and this game marks a new beginning for the franchise," said Samantha Ryan of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "With the consoles and the PC, we're dedicated to add a new game dynamic to the universe and build upon what the players loved about the original game."

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot Preview

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There's a Condemned 2: Bloodshot preview on 1UP today, asking the folks at Monolith about the new features in the hobo killing sim sequel.

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Condemned Film Guaranteed "Unforgettable"

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New details have surfaced on the film inspired by Monolith's creepy-as-all-hell first person shooter Condemned: Criminal Origins (PC, X360). Titled The Unforgettable, the movie, much like the game it is based on, will tell the tale of a grisly murder investigation. However, as the lead detective on the case is said to discover he's not human and stumble across warring extraterrestrial factions, it remains uncertain just how much more of the game's narrative will carry over. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project, at one point known as Species X, was written by The Shield veteran Kurt Sutter and will be helmed by Cell director Tarsem Singh. Monolith co-founder Jason Hall, who recently formed the HDFilms production company, will produce, alongside David Goyer and Basil Iwanyk. There is no word yet on a possible film adaptation of the upcoming Condemned 2: Bloodshot (preview), though early reports suggest Monolith's PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 effort could revolutionize the sagging hobo-murdering musical market.

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F.E.A.R. Sequel Q&A

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Embrace Your New F.E.A.R. on IGN offers a Q&A with Monolith producer Troy Skinner about the untitled F.E.A.R. sequel.

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E3 07: Condemned 2: Bloodshot Preview

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As Sega senior producer Constantine Hantzopoulos begins his presentation of Monolith's brutal PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 first person shooter Condemned 2: Bloodshot, he breathlessly runs through a list of all the fancy graphical effects the sequel sports, including high dynamic range, bloom lighting, depth of field, and pixel shaders. He's obviously excited about something, but it definitely isn't what bloom lighting brings to the game. A few minutes later, as Hantzopoulos demonstrates the new fisticuffs combat system, which gives players Punch-Out!-esque control over both fists, by assaulting an overly aggressive hoodlum, the grin on his face gets a little bigger. While he's showcasing the grisly variety of environmental finishes, which range from running an enemy's head into a television set to throwing his corpse in a dumpster, the grin becomes a smile. Later on, when he counters a punch with a well-timed button press and dislocates an opponent's shoulder in retaliation before chucking a television directly at another's head, Hantzopoulos, who has been playing through these same few segments all day, chuckles. The follow-up to Monolith's 2005 Xbox 360 launch title Condemned: Criminal Origins, which later appeared on PC, Condemned 2 retains much of what made the first so distinctive and expands upon it. As in the original, players can grab almost anything, be it an electrical conduit or a 2x4 with a nail sticking out, and use it to beat opponents senseless. However, combat is now expanded to provide a much larger variety of approaches, as demonstrated by the close-quarters brawling, counter moves, and environmental interaction. The murder investigation segments of the original return as well. However, instead of a simple linear puzzle, the revised CSI-esque bits require players to poke around a crime scene and answer a number of questions about the victim and the way he or she died. After discovering the body of a young cop and sending a picture of his face to HQ for identification, the game asks several questions about the way he died, where the wound was located, whether the body had been moved, and even if the visible wound was the entrance or exit point for the fatal bullet. Only by poking around the scene with a number of available tools, such as using the black light to discover a wiped trail of blood, can players come up with the right answers. The better a player performs in these sections, the more points they earn towards obtaining one of the game's 33 upgrades, ranging from spiked boots to a charged-up taser. In a nice touch, those who don't want to be bothered by such puzzles in a first person shooter won't have to bother, as these portions are entirely optional. Also completely optional are the story-building static-filled TVs that populate each level. If players so choose, they can stop and fiddle with the TVs' antennae to further their understanding of the game's overall narrative. Before moving on to his final section of the demo, Hantzopoulos quickly runs through one of the game's interactive cutscenes. Standing on a ledge above an alley, the producer tilts the camera down to discover two angry looking rottweilers are waiting for him. Jumping down, he knocks one out by landing on top of it and the other lunges for his arm. As Hantzopoulos taps the buttons indicated on-screen, his character lets his natural grappling techniques take over and fend the dog off, eventually grabbing ahold of its jaws and ripping its head apart. The last feature Hantzopoulos demonstrates is what he half-jokingly refers to as "Hobo Fight Club." Similar to survival mode in a fighting game, this portion allows players to fight against an endless stream of any enemies they have run across in the single player game, as well as choose the objects that populate the arena. Opting for a 2-on-1 drunken brawl in an alleyway filled with bottles of booze, the producer soon faces two stumbling hobos, one of whom throws a prosthetic arm at him. He intercepts the object and sends it shooting back with a well-timed button press, knocking his opponent to the ground. As for the other hobo, Hantzopoulos grabs a nearby bottle of booze and throws it at the fellow, soaking him in flammable liquid, before pulling out a taser and setting him ablaze. When I ask about a possible PC version, the producer says that Monolith is currently focusing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions. He also reveals that the PlayStation 3 version will use the system's motion-sensitive Sixaxis controller for certain actions, presumably throwing objects. As far as multiplayer goes, he refuses to say much, explaining that fighting from a distance with guns is "lame" and asking me to imagine the brutality of the close-quarters combat he demonstrated in a multiplayer environment. Monolith's Condemned 2: Bloodshot is set for a 2008 release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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F.E.A.R. 2 Preview

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Over at GameSpot you can find a preview of whatever Monolith ends up calling the F.E.A.R. sequel (story), saying there is "no shortage of blood, violence, and swear words".

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot Previews

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IGN and GameSpot both have Condemned 2: Bloodshot previews, taking a look at Monolith's first person action game sequel.

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F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate, F.E.A.R. Files Announced

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Sierra Entertainment today announced that more F.E.A.R. is on the way to PC and Xbox 360 systems. PC gamers will get F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate, a new expansion pack for Monolith's 2005 action thriller. The campaign features a parallel story allowing players to take the role of a different F.E.A.R. soldier, battling new enemies that the other team never saw. Meanwhile, F.E.A.R. Files for the Xbox 360 will include F.E.A.R. Extraction Point, released for the PC last year, as well as the new Perseus Mandate expansion pack. Both games will be released this fall.

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