PAX Prime 2011

10.06.11

“Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize.” Alright, alright, I didn’t write that. That charming prose belongs to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003). Awesome book. But in theme, these few lines apply greatly to your predicament in Rage, id Software’s heavily anticipated first-person shooter for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

08.29.11

Gears of War 3 left a huge presence on the show floor at PAX Prime this weekend, and though not everyone may be crazy about some of its features (like Microsoft's proposed and unnecessary Season Pass), it'll no doubt be a big seller for the game community.  Likewise, several peripheral makers are ready to back up Gears of War in full force, particularly Calibur, who showed off its upcoming Vault armor for Xbox 360 at the Triton booth.

08.29.11

Nintendo wasn't afraid to show off its latest stuff at PAX Prime this past weekend in Seattle.  Among the highlights of their booth were several playable kiosks for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a game that'll be thrashing its way to Nintendo Wii this November.  If you're a fan and can't wait to get the game, you might want to put down your money on the collector's edition coming your way.  It's got some cool goodies.

08.29.11

If you were roaming around the fourth floor of PAX Prime all weekend, then you might have missed out on what treasures were being harbored on the sixth floor, in a small indie pavilion of sorts.  Several companies showed off things here, including Mega 64 and its barrage of silly (but must-have) products, NoS with a fresh supply of energy drinks, and several card game makers.  In the back, several indie game companies had their products on hand as well -- including 24 Carat Games' unique music/rhythm game Retro/Grade.

08.29.11

PAX Prime may be over but the news keeps pouring in.  Gears of War 3 took a huge amount of attention at the show, attracting a huge line of players waiting to check out the multiplayer.  Along with that, Microsoft announced at the show that it would be introducing a new program for the game that would save them money on its upcoming downloadable content packs -- a "season pass", similar to what Rockstar Games did for L.A. Noire.

08.29.11

It's been a tough competition for indie game developers in the Dream Build Play program, Microsoft's devoted contest where dev teams go head-to-head with their creations, with the winners receiving some cash for their efforts.  A lot of the games were on display this year at PAX, and there were many inspired favorites to choose from.  In the end, though, it came down to Swing Swing Submarine and its brilliant Blocks That Matter.

08.28.11

It's not often you see a company reward its attendees when they come to their panel, aside from telling some great stories and entertaining them, of course.  We're talking PHYSICAL rewards.  But Gearbox Software actually turned a few heads at its panel, not only bringing 140 pizzas to feed its happy, hungry attendees, but giving them an unexpected bonus -- its upcoming 2K Games release Borderlands 2.

08.27.11

Ubisoft is no stranger to packng special edtiions with goodies.  Its Assassin's Creed Brotherhood package was nothing to scoff at, complete with a collectible figure and other goods.  But we've learned recently that Assassin's Creed Revelations, which is set to ship this November, will come with even more awesome stuff.

08.26.11

We've got good news and bad news regarding cars in the upcoming racing game Forza Motorsport 4.  The bad news is that you won't be able to drive Porsches in the game.  EA had the cars yanked from Microsoft's racer due to the fact they hold some rights for their Need For Speed series.  But fret not, for you'll be cornering in Forza with one of the better vehicles in Porsche's place -- the Warthog from Halo.

08.26.11

Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is considered a unique -- and likable -- role-playing adventure based in the crazy universe of Penny Arcade (c'mon, a robot SCREWS FRUIT), split into two chapters.  But then it was learned that the series wouldn't be continuing after the second chapter, and we got said.  Well, perk up, because Gabe and Tycho will return for an all new chapter in the series next year, under the direction of Zeboyd Games.

08.24.11

Welcome to the beginning of Gamerlive.tv's PAX Prime 2011 coverage.  The big show kicks off Friday but we're already ramping up to bring you the biggest and best from the show.  And what better way to kick things off than by looking at an exclusive item that you could win at the show?  How's a Batman-designed console sound?