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Microsoft Plans Free XBox Live Gold Functionality for GTA IV

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292w ago - Microsoft has announced that is will offer free access to Live Gold functionality for players of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV in February. Starting on February 17, anybody playing either Grand Theft Auto IV or its upcoming expansion, The Lost and Damned, will be able to play free of charge. The offer will expire on February 22.

The move is set to coincide with the release of the new DLC episode The Lost and Damned, which Rockstar hopes will revive interest in its open-world shooter. Hopefully they have also made some tweaks to the multiplayer modes in this new game. Heck, if it is free to go online and check them out, we will definitely give it a go.

This is the first time that Microsoft has extended such an offer. We can see this move potentially backfiring for the Redmond company, however. Like the days of Perestroika, once gamers get a taste of the good life, they might not be so eager to go back to the old gulag of paid online service.

Hopefully this opens the door for future online demo offers to coincide with the release of new titles, leading to the eventual liberation of Xbox live for all. Microsoft, tear down that wall!
 

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Demo Hits XBox Live & PSN This Week

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292w ago - Today Ubisoft announces that an official Tom Clancy's H.A.W.Xâ„¢ demo will be available for download for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network beginning on February 11, 2009 and for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on the PLAYSTATION® network beginning on February 12, 2009.

The demo will be also available for Windows-based PCs beginning on February 26, 2009.

Press Release: TOM CLANCY'S H.A.W.XTM DEMO AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11 ON XBOX LIVE® AND FEBRUARY 12 ON PLAYSTATION® NETWORK

In this demo, players will dominate the skies for the first time and battle planes, tanks and amphibious assaults and have the opportunity to dogfight with other elite pilots in a stunning panoramic boss scene.

Key features of the H.A.W.X demo:
• Co-op enabled for up to 4 players- Jump in/Jump out
• Gain experience points and unlock up to three real, licensed planes in the demo:
o F-16A Fighting Falcon
o SU-35 Super Flanker
o AV-8B Harrier II
• Choose between two different game modes:
o Normal- Default control type
o Expert- Allows full control over the aircraft in"Assistance Off" mode
• Two heart-pounding missions:
o Operation: Off Certification...
 

LittleBigPlanet Update 1.09 Going Live - Love is in the Air Edition

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292w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared another update on the world of LittleBigPlanet for PS3 today as follows:

"Update Love"
Going live later today is Update 1.09 - a bit earlier than expected, but we're sure you won't mind. This update contains some minor adjustments plus addresses the following bug fixes:

• 'Failed to save profile' message not being displayed when a user's profile is full.
• Object Capture Bug: switch connectors being deleted when an object is captured.
• Failed to load profile issue: where the user is thrown out to the XMB due to a texture that is not registered in their profile being present in their pod.
• Text not displaying in the text chat window.
• Slow rewind due to moderation check.
• Save file corruption which caused the game to crash when placing any object in an emitter in any level.

"Awards Love" from the development community
The past few weeks has been a humbling experience with news of numerous prestigious awards nominations from both the [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]. Congrats to the Molecules and SCEE.

AIAS nominations
 

Video: Live Headshot Killzone 2 Demo for PlayStation 3

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292w ago - In the Killzone 2 demo for PS3 you can do some serious damage to the enemy, but only if you acquire the special gun.

And here's just how you do that - throw a grenade at the guy that's standing on the roof of the building inside the warehouse. It will make him run and get blown up off the building and allow you to pick up his gun.

Below is a video of it courtesy of nublet06 via YouTube.. and the caption reads as follows:

"Footage of me killing some dudes with head exploding headshots with the sta14 gun in the demo of Killzone 2. Get this gun by throwing a grenade at the guy thats standing on the roof of the buildin..."




 

Microsoft Patches XBox 360 Audio Bug via XBox Live Update

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293w ago - An audio bug that got into the works when the NXE dashboard update was released has now been fixed.

To quote: Next time you fire up your Xbox 360 you'll download an update with patches a problem some users have had with audio since the release of the NXE several months ago.

"Starting Tuesday morning at 0200 Pacific when you sign into Xbox Live you'll be prompted for a mandatory dashboard update," Microsoft Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb explained. "The update addresses the issue that a few folks were having with audio and their HDMI connection."

"This update will be rolled out to all Xbox LIVE members around the world over the space of a few hours, so you may not get prompted for the update immediately. Thanks for your patience."
 
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