New Killzone 2 BETA Gameplay Video, BETA Invites on the Way!

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291w ago - A new Killzone 2 BETA Gameplay video is now available via YouTube courtesy of ps3teamfyre.

In related news, there several people are reporting that invites to the Killzone 2 closed BETA test went out today to a very limited number of European PlayStation 3 owners.

While there were no 'official' sign-ups being made for the Killzone 2 BETA, chances are SCEE is likely selecting users who applied for their BETA test initiative last July.

Needless to say, all details pertaining to the game are under NDA, and those selected are being asked to restrict sharing gameplay impressions only on Sony's European private BETA boards for the time being.

Video is below, enjoy!




 

New Killzone 2 StA-14 Battle Rifle Unveiled

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291w ago - Here is the scoop, from their site linked at the top!

StA-14 Battle Rifle
Description:

Still in service after fifty years, the StA-14 combines the ruggedness and reliability of the assault rifle with the accuracy and range of the sniper rifle. A symbol for the enduring nature of Helghast military ingenuity, it is considered an honor to wield this classic weapon into battle.

Features:

- Fires heavy-grain 7.62x51mm HSO rounds
- Distinct range advantage over StA-52 LAR
- Quicker target acquisition than StA-74 PSR
- Perfect for a defensive role from cover

Designing a Future Classic
The accepted classification of weapon types in most present-day military services runs the gamut from pistol, through submachine gun, assault rifle and sniper rifle, to support weapons like the machine gun. But there's an older, lesser-known weapon type that sits between the assault rifle and the sniper rifle. Known as the battle rifle, this saber-toothed forebear of the common assault rifle is much larger, and fires heavier bullets with a bigger charge.

In Killzone 2, the role of the battle rifle was assigned to the StA-14. Intended as a forerunner to other 'Stahl Arms' weapons in the franchise - notably the StA-52 LAR and the brand-new...
 

Man Steals Cheque, Kills Parents, Buys XBox

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293w ago - Sad story. In 2007, Russell Bramlage killed his parents, Dr. Terry Bramlage and Lynda Bramlage, after they confronted him when he stole two cheques from them.

Shot them both in the back, with a shotgun, in cold blood. Three days after the murders, seemingly without a care in the world, he cashed one of the cheques in and bought... an original Xbox.

Bramlage was later arrested by police, and pleaded guilty to murder charges, for which he'll face up to 20 years in prison without parole.
 

Killzone 2 Public BETA Test in October

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293w ago - Its been confirmed that the public beta will be open in October this year on PlayStation Network. The six classes available in the beta are:

* Rifleman: The default troop type. Starts wsith a variety of primary and secondary wepaons that include grenades. Bigger guns are unlockable as you progress up the ranks.
* Engineer: Allowed to set up automated turrets as primary ability. Can repair ammunition dumps, mounted guns and turrets damaged from weapons fire.
* Medic: Can revive teammates who have been shot down if they are reached in time. Can throw health packs which can be collected by other players.
* Assault Trooper: The Heavy Weapons class. Has thick armor thus they can take twice as much damage. Has a speedboost as their secondary ability.
* Tactician: The Captain of the group. Allowed to drop colored smoke grenades which serve as spawn points for his team. Can prove essential on the bigger Beta test maps as it can allow for a steady flow of friendly troops to the frontline. Can also call in air support (a sentry bot that flies low to tears into the enemy from above).
* Saboteur: Can assume the look of your opponents in order to infiltrate their camps. Can use sticky proximity-activated C4 charges. Making them lethal as they can...
 

TGR's Rumor Killers: Halo 4, Home, and GTA4 DLC

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295w ago - Gearbox making Halo 4?

Gearbox Software is no stranger to high profile games, particularly those of the shooter variety. The company behind the Brothers in Arms series has been hinting for a while now that they're working on something big, something huge, something so mind-blowing if they dared speak its name we would all prostrate ourselves and weep uncontrollably for weeks. The only problem is that we had no idea what this project was, until now.

According to Joystiq, who is in turn relying on the spies at OXM, the new double-secret game coming from Gearbox is none other than Halo 4, the next true sequel in the franchise. Furthermore, this latest edition of Master Chief's saga would be a launch title for the next Xbox, meaning that if the game faces a normal development schedule then we should be expecting Microsoft's next console to drop sometime in 2012.

So how realistic is this one? Gearbox is one of the preeminent FPS developers in the industry, so the idea of them doing a Halo game is completely reasonable. Also, Randy Pitchford, the head of the studio, is directing this game personally, and he has gone on record saying that he "can't oversell this one." With all that in mind, this seems like a nearly done deal; we'll go ahead and wait for official confirmation, but in...
 











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