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Monday, December 13, 2010

Scarface: The World is Yours Cheats ( XBOX)

Decrease Cop Heat:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Decrease Gang Heat:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Fill Balls Meter:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Increase Cop Heat:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Increase Gang Heat:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Kill Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Max Ammo:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Refill Health:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Black Suit Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Blue Suit Tony With Sunglasses:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Gray Suit Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Gray Suit Tony With Sunglasses:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Hawaiian shirt Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Hawaiian shirt Tony w/shades:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Music Track: "The World Is Yours":
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Repair Tony's Vehicle:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Sandy shirt Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Sandy shirt Tony w/shades:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Spawn Ariel MK III:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Spawn Bacinari:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Spawn Bulldozer:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Change Time of Day:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Toggle Lightning:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

Toggle Rain:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

White suit Tony:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

White suit Tony w/shades:
Pause the game, choose CHEATS and enter the following:

New Batman: Arkham City screenshots

Warner's released these two Arkham City screens following the debut airing of a new trailer for the game at the VGAs over the weekend. Like the excellent new trailer - which you can see here - one of the screens shows off Dr. Hugo Strange, a newly revealed villain in Rocksteady's highly anticipated sequel, which is due for release next year.

TRON: Evolution Review

TRON: Evolution mixes free-running platforming with simple but engaging combat and is a fun if slightly repetitive trip back into the digital world of the Grid.The silent system monitor known simply as Anon runs through the computer world of TRON: Evolution like a leather-and-neon-clad Prince of Persia, smoothly defying gravity in a digital display of free running. This movie tie-in title, too, shows some deft touches, mixing up extended sequences of wall jumping and chasm leaping with combat that's appealing if a little simplistic. It doesn't quite have the gameplay or visual variety to battle off feelings of repetitiveness, but for the most part, TRON: Evolution is a smooth ride through one of science fiction's best known worlds.

The Good
Some exciting free-running sequences   Good references to the original TRON   Light cycles are fun in multiplayer.

The Bad
Platforming and combat can get repetitive   The locales in the Grid all look the same.

TRON: Evolution doesn't tell the story of the new film, TRON: Legacy, but instead, it acts as a prequel, bridging the narrative gap between the original film and its sequel. The hero of the first movie--Kevin Flynn--now lives full time inside the computer world of the Grid, and it's a rocky time for him and the Grid's digital dudes. A new form of sentient life has appeared--the Isos--and many existing programs are distrustful of the new race. An aggressive virus led by the villain Abraxas is also sweeping the world, turning both programs and Isos alike into nasty, green-tinted creatures with an unexplained penchant for dreadlocks. You play through this corrupted code base as Flynn's trusted system monitor Anon, a completely silent avatar that lets his acrobatic moves and light disc carry him through most conversations. As a mute protagonist, Anon doesn't do much to pull you into the story of TRON: Evolution, and the narrative itself isn't that intriguing. Fans of the TRON universe, though, will get a kick out of references to the original film, and all of the voice actors (including an impressive Jeff Bridges sound-alike) do a good job of bringing the Grid to life.

Anon's only real expression in the game is through his actions, and when it comes to movement, Anon has a wide vocabulary. The system monitor is extremely nimble, and tight controls make it easy for you to take him on extended acrobatic runs along walls, over environmental hazards, and across wide gaps. Free-running takes up a large chunk of TRON: Evolution, and when you get on a smooth run, it's fun to take Anon though some seemingly impossible obstacle courses. The controls do a good job of making you feel like you're in charge of Anon's every movement, and when you do miss a jump or a ledge, you always feel like it's due to your own lack of skill rather than any control failing. That said, the challenge here isn't particularly hefty; there's never any confusion about which path to take as its clearly delineated via conveniently placed markers, the puzzles are all rather basic (find all the not-at-all hard to find switches to open a door), and there are only a few truly difficult platforming sections to clear. Even the tough sections won't bother most, thanks to TRON: Evolution's extremely generous checkpoint system. A mistimed jump usually results in instant death in the Grid, but frustration never gets a chance to set in because you're only a few leaps away from a save.

Combat is much like platforming; fun but light when it comes to challenge. Anon uses a light disc, a projectile weapon that gets imbued with different properties (such as more damage and the ability to explode on contact) as the system monitor gains levels. As you'd expect from one of the most iconic weapons in science fiction, the light disc is an effective damage dealer, and Anon wields it with a lot of panache, flipping, twisting, and twirling acrobatically with every combo. There are several combos available, but you can get through the game using only a few because most enemies don't offer much in the way of resistance. Some enemies near the end of the game do put up more of a fight, but for the most part, numerical superiority is the only advantage your foes have, and even that is diluted by the fact that health strips (sections of a wall that Anon can run across to regain health) are in plentiful supply throughout the Grid.

Easy as it might be, there's still some fun to be had in traversing the world of TRON: Evolution, even if the action gets a little repetitive about halfway through the five or six hours that the single-player campaign takes. Free-running routes seem to be echoed and enemy encounters start to blur, but to its credit, TRON: Evolution breaks up this flow with the occasional ride in a light tank or light cycle. Of the two, the light tank sections fare better, purely because of the wanton level of destruction you're able to cause when at the helm of this bulky vehicle. Light cycle levels, on the other hand, are dull, providing little sense of speed and even less challenge. Forget about the crazy 90-degree turns and edge-of-your-seat manoeuvring light cycles are best known for--these sections are simple point-to-point runs where the only challenge lies in avoiding fast-approaching obstacles in your path. For PlayStation 3 owners, you can use a Move controller to play through these light cycle sections by holding the Move on its side and steering it like a handlebar, but it feels far less responsive than sticking with a controller.

The only place to get some true light cycle action is in the game's online multiplayer. Up to 10 players can compete in TRON: Evolution's variants on classic Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill, and Capture the Flag modes, with four maps available. Two of the maps are small, while the others are larger and have both light cycles and the occasional tank available. Although you're not forced to use vehicles on the larger maps, matches on these typically end up being light-cycle-heavy affairs, with the ability to do quick 90-degree turns that force enemies to crash into your trailing light barrier making for a haphazard, fast-paced, and fun experience. But even on the smaller maps, the multiplayer in Evolution is enjoyable, if a little limited due to the small number of modes and maps on offer.

TRON: Evolution is a good-looking game, but like its gameplay, it suffers from a serious case of sameness. Anon and the various friends and foes he encounters all look good decked out in leather and various shades of neon piping, and Anon moves with an attractive fluidity. The way the system monitor leaps and lunges from platform to platform, shifting his weight and moving his limbs to gain momentum, is impressive to watch. The various environments of the Grid, though, all look rather similar, despite the different cities and locales through which the game moves. Tron City, Arjia, the Bastrum Colony, and even the innards of a gigantic ship all seem like they're the same place, albeit with different dominant color schemes.

You don't have to be a fan of the TRON universe to enjoy Evolution. Running through its digital world provides plenty of fun, and while its combat isn't too taxing, there are still enough good moments to make the experience worthwhile. It may lose steam well before its downbeat ending, but TRON: Evolution is a still worthwhile trip into the realm of the digital.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Cheats

Cheat List
See the keyboard? Type the cheats (displayed in CAPs) to get the effect. Note that Cap Sense does not apply to the cheats!
  • THUGSTOOLS ~ Weapon set #1
  • PROFESSIONALTOOLS ~ Weapon set #2
  • NUTTERTOOLS ~ Weapon set #3
  • ASPIRINE ~ Restore health
  • PRECIOUSPROTECTION ~ Gain/restore armor
  • YOUWONTTAKEMEALIVE ~ Increase Wanted Level
  • LEAVEMEALONE ~ Decrease Wanted Level
  • FANNYMAGNET ~ Female actors follow player
  • CERTAINDEATH ~ Tommy smokes a cigarette
  • DEEPFRIEDMARSBARS ~ Player model changed to fat
  • PROGRAMMER ~ Player model changed to skinny
  • STILLLIKEDRESSINGUP ~ Player model changed randomly
  • CHEATSHAVEBEENCRACKED ~ Player model is Ricardo Diaz
  • LOOKLIKELANCE ~ Player model is Lance Vance
  • MYSONISALAWYER ~ Player model is Ken Rosenberg
  • LOOKLIKEHILARY ~ Player model is Hilary King
  • ROCKANDROLLMAN ~ Player model is Love Fist rocker #1
  • WELOVEOURDICK ~ Player model is Love Fist rocker #2
  • ONEARMEDBANDIT ~ Player model is Phil Cassidy
  • IDONTHAVETHEMONEYSONNY ~ Player model is Sonny Forelli
  • FOXYLITTLETHING ~ Player model is Mercedes
  • PANZER ~ Spawns a Rhino Tank
  • TRAVELINSTYLE ~ Spawns a Bloodring Banger
  • GETTHEREQUICKLY ~ Spawns a Bloodring Banger (alternate)
  • GETTHEREFAST ~ Spawns a Sabre Turbo
  • GETTHEREVERYFASTINDEED ~ Spawns a Hotring Racer
  • GETTHEREAMAZINGLYFAST ~ Spawns a Hotring Racer (alternate)
  • THELASTRIDE ~ Spawns a Romero's Hearse
  • ROCKANDROLLCAR ~ Spawns a Love Fist Stretch/Limo
  • RUBBISHCAR ~ Spawns a Trashmaster
  • BETTERTHANWALKING ~ Spawns a Golf Caddie
  • BIGBANG ~ Explodes nearby cars
  • MIAMITRAFFIC ~ Aggressive AI driving on
  • AHAIRDRESSERSCAR ~ All cars become pink
  • IWANTITPAINTEDBLACK ~ All cars become black
  • COMEFLYWITHME ~ Flying cars cheat
  • GRIPISEVERYTHING ~ Vehicle handling improved
  • GREENLIGHT ~ All traffic signals green
  • SEAWAYS ~ Cars hover over water
  • WHEELSAREALLINEED ~ Only car wheels visible
  • LOADSOFLITTLETHINGS ~ Some cars have big wheels
  • HOPINGIRL ~ Actors get into player's current car
  • ALOVELYDAY ~ Weather sunny
  • APLEASANTDAY ~ Weather overcast
  • ABITDRIEG ~ Weather very overcast
  • CANTSEEATHING ~ Weather foggy
  • CATSANDDOGS ~ Weather stormy
  • LIFEISPASSINGMEBY ~ Time compression (speeds up game time)
  • ONSPEED ~ Time compression (alternate)
  • BOOOOOORING ~ Time expansion
  • CHASESTAT ~ Shows Media Level
  • FIGHTFIGHTFIGHT ~ Actors all attack (riot cheat)
  • NOBODYLIKESME ~ Actors attack player
  • CHICKSWITHGUNS ~ Female actors armed
  • CHASESTAT ~ Show media level (when 2+ stars):

Fallout: New Vegas Guide

Hint: Kill People with No Consequences
You can kill people without making them hostile or damaging your reputation. Pick up a barrel or any large object you push or pick up. Drop it next to a standing NPC that isn't leaning against a wall, doing push ups, or sitting on ground or in a chair. Run against the barrel or large moveable object, it will damage the NPC without becoming hostile and losing reputation. However, it can damage you a little and might send the object flying. I would recommend trying it on stationary targets until you get used to this trick. Note: Heavier armored or tougher NPCs will take a while to kill with this method.

Hint: Unique Armor
Here is a list of where you can find unique armor.

Gannon Family Tesla Armor: The Gannon Family Tesla Armor can be obtained during the personal quest for Arcade Gannon. When doing his quest and gathering all his allies, convince him to stay in Freeside for the duration of the battle. You need an INCREDIBLY high speech ability -- at least 80 speech. As a reward, he will give you the Gannon Family Tesla Armor, helmet and all. You need power armor training to wear this. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Chinese Stealth Armor: The Chinese stealth armor can be found in the Hoover Dam offices. It's in the room with the toxic barrels and green goop. Once you see the room, turn to your left. You should see a bunch of wooden crates. Inside one of these crates is two sets of Chinese Stealth Armor. Both weigh 20.00. Unfortunately, the invisibility thing the armor does in Fallout 3, is gone now -- all it does is give you +5 sneak. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

T-51b Power Armor: Armor or to be precise armors are located near HELIOS 1 . From there head west towards the cliffs. From the cliffs turn left and head to a small canyon, which by the way is full of scorpions, that leads to a "Scorpion gulch". There you have 2 options up left or up right. Up left is Brotherhood of Steels camp, but we head up right. When you detect small amounts of radiation you're close. Kill a few centaurs that are leaching the radiation and you see a possible meteor crater with large amounts of radiation. At the bottom you see two(2) dead Brotherhood of Steel Paladins who wear T-51b Power Armors. Armors are in pretty bad shape, but after repairing them you own possibly best armor of the game. Submitted by PhoenixFIN.

T-51b Power Armor (Non Faction): This armor does not have any faction effects, and is the only NON-BROTHERHOOD T-51b power armor in the Game. The Deathclaw Promontory is located across the river East of Ranger Station Echo. There is no map marker for this location. Look for a walkway that goes up a mountain right off the shore. You must defeat 20-25 Deathclaws including 2 Mothers and 1 Alpha male. There are 2 dead prospectors bodies lying on the ground on the far right side of this area. One of them has the T-51b Power armor and a Tri-Beam Laser Rifle and the other has the Remnants Power Armor and a Multiplas Rifle. Submitted by Zackari Graham.

Cheat: Kill Without Gaining Infamy
You need an anti-material rifle with incendiary ammo for this cheat. Equip your rifle and change the ammo type to incendiary. Use VATS on a target and quit the VATS after targeting. Now the target is on fire without you gaining infamy or agroing anyone. You may use this trick several times on stronger targets. Note: This cheat worked before later updates; it may be patched.

Max Wolstenholm
Cheat: Infinite Magazines
In Freeside, go to the Old Mormon Fort. Seek out Julie Farkes inside the Fort. Choose the dialogue option to help them get medical supplies. Click through the dialogue options to hear one that tells you that she just got a shipment of magazines. After all this you will need to choose the option "I have some medical supplies to drop off." There are three options; choose the Rad-Away as this is the easiest one of the three to find. You only need to leave one thing if you don't care about fame. Every time you give them something you will gain more fame. After you give them the supplies choose the option "I'd like to buy medical supplies." There are a few aid supplies here that you can get if you want although they will not regenerate. In the supply list you can find the Magazines. Buy up what you want and then exit. After that, choose the option to give med supplies again. This time you need not give them anything just choose the "Never mind" option. Go back to "Buy medical supplies" and you can repeat teh process for more magazines. You can do it infinitely as long as you choose to drop off supplies first. You can even come back to at a later time. Here are the magazines you can score:

Fix-in' Things - Repair +10
Lad's Life - Survival +10
Meeting People - Speech +10
Programmer's Digest - Science +10
Salesman Weekly - Barter +10
Today's Physician - Medical -10

Hint: Deckard's Gun from Blade Runner
The store in Novac has "That Gun," a gun that resembles Deckard's Gun from Blade Runner. This is also the name of a gun in previous Fallout games.

Hint: Don't Get Caught Stealing
1.You have to be somewhere where there is a spot out of the line of sight of all the surounding NPC's.

2.Figure out a good spot to hide in and save your game.

3.Click the right stick while you have selected the item you want to steal, but do not press the A button to steal it.

4.This will allow you to safely carry the item to your designated hiding spot.

5.Now crouch and when it says [HIDDEN] you can steal it without losing reputation, or having an NPC attack you.

You may lose karma so try it once to make sure you won't have an undesired karma effect. A great place for this trick would be the Van Graff energy weapon shop.You can do this with any of the items on the counter and there is a hiding spot on the back side of the room.Enjoy!

Hint: Unique Weapons

Each weapon type in Fallout 3 has a unique weapon with special capabilities. Here is a list of where you can find these unique weapons.

Abilene Kid LE BB Gun: The Abilene Kid LE BB gun is a unique BB gun. It can be found in Fields Shack on the shelf to the far left corner of the house. If you have the Wild Wasteland trait from the beginning of the game on, it will be located in Jimmy's Well, which is just outside of Fields Shack. If you have Rex the cyber dog, and you talk to him with the Wild Wasteland Trait, he might start howling and eventually he will mark Jimmy's Well on the map for you. You get a variety of guesses to figure out what's wrong, but the correct one is that someone fell down a well, which is a reference to Lassie. Fields Shack is located between Nellis Airforce Base and New Vegas Medical clinic, if your having difficulty, it's North East from the clinic, and South west of the airforce base. It's on the road to and from the Airforce base, you should see a guy named George, warning you about the Boomers and their artillery guns. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

AER14 Prototype: This laser rifle is located in Vault 22. This vault can be found between Westside and Jacobstown or by doing the side quest There Stands the Grass for the scientist at Camp McCarren. Once inside, you'll find the rifle on the fifth level-pest control, behind a (very easy) locked door leading into a blocked off area of the fourth level. Look on the ground next to a skeleton and there it is. Submitted by MetalHead896.

Alien Blaster: Find the crashed alien ship near top right hand corner of map. The ship is on top of the cliffs. Below are 3 aliens. Kill the captain for the blaster and ammo -- like Fallout 3 it's one of the best guns in the game. Submitted by haigy.

All-American: All American is a unique Marksman Carbine. You can find it at the armory in Vault 34. First, find the passwords from the drowned techies underwater -- it helps if you have the rebreather. Find the terminal that holds one of the passwords, that will unlock a door. That leads to another room with another drowned techie. Take that password to security sector A and there is another terminal that will control the pump to drain the water. This will give you access to another room that you couldn't reach before. Using the new found password, you will unlock the Overseer door and with that terminal. You unlock the armory door that holds All American and a crap ton of other loot. Beware of ALOT of feral ghouls. All American is found on a turned over table directly to your right point of view once you enter the room. Vault 34 is INCREDIBLY confusing. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Annabelle: Annabelle is a unique missile launcher carried by a super mutant sniper, on Black Rock Mountain, on Black Rock Summit, somewhere near Goodsprings and Jacobson Town. the mutant is on what looks to be a electrical tower or a radio tower of some sort. He's carrying Annabelle -- you can't miss him, he'll be the one shooting you on top of a radio tower. The place is SWARMING with nightkin and super mutant masters mostly and the place is HEAVILY irradiated, get armor and pop some Rad-X, this won't be easy. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Big Boomer: Big Boomer is a unique sawed-off shotgun carried by Old Lady Gibson in Gibson Scrap Yard, North of Novac. You must kill her -- preferably silently and undetected due to the amount of dogs with her. DO NOT kill her until you finish the "ED-E my Love" and "Come Fly with Me" quests, otherwise you will fail the quests. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Chance's Knife: Chances Knife is a unique combat knife located in Chance's Grave, which is located at the tribal village. The tribal Village is located north west of Goodsprings Cemetery and North and little west of Goodsprings itself. The place is pretty obscure since it's in a very mountainous region of the map. The village is dangerous in a sense, since they are usually some Cazadors and a few Fiends. Bring a good weapon just in case. You need a shovel to dig the grave, and the grave is pretty obscure too -- it's on a hidden hill, near the village. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Chopper: The Chopper is a unique meat cleaver found on the stove of Wolfhorn Ranch. Wolfhorn Ranch is located South East of the Prospectors Den, which is South East of Primm, and the ranch is also fairly close to Nipton, North East of Nipton where the road turns right and splits into a bunch of roads. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Cram Opener: The Cram Opener is a unique bladed gauntlet carried by Little Buster who can be found in Camp McCarren, punching a punching bag. If you hunt Fiend bounties for the NCR, they will point you to Little Buster. You must kill him to get the Cram Opener. He will disappear eventually, so be quick. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

CZ57 Avenger: Here is how to find the upgraded mini gun called the C257 Avenger. The easiest way to get to it is to find Ranger Station Bravo. If you've done the Return To Sender quest you've probably already found it. If not, it is six sections down from the top of the right side of the map, and between three and four to the left. Once you get there, travel east. You should discover a place called the Devil's Throat. It is highly radiated so have some Rad-X on hand as well as some Rad-Away. You can make pretty easy work of the Evolved Centaurs and the Centaurs there. Once you clear the area, this extremely fast mini gun is in the truck along with plenty of 5mm ammo for it. Submitted by Frankie Schaller.

Driver Nephi's Golf Driver: Nephi's Golf driver is a unique golf club, and is one of the "simpler" melee weapons to get. The golf club is located on Driver Nephi, who is a fiend, so either way, you will probably kill him. He is located around the area of Camp McCarren and New Vegas and is one of the three fiend bounties, so if you can't find him, activate the quest and it will point you in the right direction. You can activate the quest by talking to a guy located in Camp McCarren.. Submitted by gamerzgod123 .

Euclid's C-Finder: Euclid's C-Finder is a unique weapon that uses the power of the sun to burn your enemies to ash. It can only be fired once per day -- and only outside -- because the lasers must recharge. To use this weapon, during the quest "That Lucky Old Sun," you must program the Helios One power station output to ARCHIMEDES. You can find it in freeside, near the east gate -- a boy named Max carries it. You can either buy it for 1000 Caps (or 20 Caps with a barter skill of 45), pickpocket, or take it from his bedside while he is sleeping. He goes to sleep around 9:30. He sleeps on the second floor of the building on the right after coming into Freeside from the East Gate. Submitted by Zackari Graham.

Figaro: Figaro is a unique straight razor. You obtain this weapon by killing Sergio in the back of The Kings School of Impersonation. Try to be stealthy about it; everyone in that building has a gun. Sergio is the barber of the Kings. Submitted by gamerzgod123 .

Gobi Campaign Scout Rifle: The Gobi Campaign Scout Rifle is a unique sniper rifle found in the foot locker in the snipers nest overlooking Cottonwood Cove, a Legion hideout/base. You MUST have a Lockpick skill of 100 to open the footlocker. Submitted by gamerzgod123 .

Golden Gloves: If you want the Golden Gloves, look inside the Lucky 38 Casino in The Strip. Look in the Casino upstairs on the left side above the cashier station and look in the top shelf on the left side of the bar table. The Golden Gloves and the Boxing Times magazine will be right there. Submitted by FNV easter egg finder.

Holy Hand Grenade: The Holy Hand Grenades are exactly what they sound like; grenades. You can find them in the most eastern church of Camp Searchlight, which is somewhere in the southern part of the map. There is a catch though: You MUST take the Wild Wasteland Trait at the Beginning of the game or the grenades will be replaced with a mini nuke for a Fat Man. The basement does contain some golden geckos and high radiation, so pop some Rad-x before heading down. Submitted by gamerzgod123 .

Knock Knock: Knock Knock is a unique fire axe that can be found in Camp Search Lights Fire Station. You need to have a key to the building so first go talk with prospector leader who is stationed at the church basement. Go fetch few radiation suits for him and then you can follow him to the police station and after that to the fire station. Kill this massive Queen radscorpion and grab a couple fire axes with you (can be used to repair the "Knock Knock"). Go to second floor and advance to the toilets. Open the second booth from the door and grab "Knock Knock." Submitted by PnoenixFIN.

La Longue Carabine: La Longue Carabine is a unique Cowboy Repeater carried by Corporal Sterling whom you must kill if you want to obtain it. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Liberator: The Liberator is a unique machete carried by Legion officer Dead Sea who is located in Nelson. If you're friendly towards the Legion, Nelson is located near the South east corner of the map, west of the Giant River that separates from the mainland. If you're friendly towards NCR, follow the quest for the NCR in Camp Forlorn Hope and talk to the commander inside the tent. Eventually he will send you and 3 other guys to retake Nelson. You will probably kill Dead Sea by the end of it. Search corpses until you find the Liberator -- it will be found on dead Sea. Submitted by gamerzgod123 .

Love and Hate: Love and Hate is a unique spiked knuckles. You can get it from Bonnie Springs (located north from Goodsprings cemetery). Kill Viper gang leader and loot her body. Submitted by PhoenixFIN.

Lucky: Lucky is a unique .357 revolver. It can be found at the Steve Bison place in Primm. It's behind the cash register in the gift shop, in a safe that's in the floor. The gift shop is the the most North Eastern part of the first floor. You must have a lockpick skill of 75 to open the lock. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Maria: This pistol is really easy to get. When you get to meet Caesar (Caesar's legion) all you need to do is complete a short guest from Caesar and after that you are given a chance to kill Benny. Kill Benny and then loot his corpse. You find this pistol "Maria", which by the way is the same pistol that Benny used to "kill" you when the game began. Submitted by PhoenixFIN.

Mercy: Mercy is a unique grenade machine gun is THE most difficult weapon to obtain in the game. First, it's in a rather obscure location, it's located in Dead Wind Cavern, and no one would think to look in there. Second, the place is friggin SWARMING with Deathclaw (normal, couple of alpha males and mother) and the absolute most powerful enemy in the game, "The Legendary DeathClaw". Make sure you KNOW what your doing, before entering, or it'll result in an untimely death. Mercy is located at the end of Dead Wind Cavern, next to a dead Brother of Steel member. It's in the same room as the Legendary Deathclaw. If you have Holy Frag Grenades, use them; these things will usually result in a one hit kill, WITH power armor. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

The Mysterious Magnum: This unique weapon can obtained when you are doing a quest to bring in fresh talent for The Tops. One of the fresh talents is located east of the HELIOS Solar Power Plant near a roadside billboard next to the interstate road. If you can successfully recruit him and ask for a reward, he give you his dad's weapon, the Mysterious Magnum. Every time you draw out that weapon, you sound like you are the Mysterious Stranger, which we may now confirm the relationship. Submitted by Michael Charles.

Oh, Baby!: Oh Baby! is a Unique Super Sledge located in Charleston's Cave, located North East of Jacobson Town, just behind the gate, up the hills. Don't go to far, just around the town gate. The over powered weapon is on the ground next to the dead nightkin. The location is part of a quest, so activate it by talking to Doctor Henry. The place has some night stalkers in it, but they shouldn't give you much trouble. If you have the Wild Wasteland Trait on, there may be dead big horner corpses as well, it's easy to miss, but if you do, it could be under one of the big horner bodies, it helps to have Rex to help you spot it. If it is, just try to move the corpse, if that doesn't work, blow up the corpse using anything, guns, melee -- don't use explosives as that might send Oh, baby! flying somewhere and you can't find it. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Pew Pew: Pew Pew is a insanely powerful laser pistol and can be found on the body of Allen Marks. To get to Allen Marks you must complete the quest, "The Legend of the Star" to do this, you must collect 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla blue star bottle caps and turn them in to Festus, the goofy broken cowboy guy directly left when you enter the Sunset Sarsaparilla headquarters. Pew Pew may be powerful, but there is a downside. This beast of a gun eats up 15 energy cells per shot. You may say, "I have a lot of cells, it won't be a problem." Yes there will be, you will be reloading often which makes firefights tough. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Pushy: Pushy is a unique Displacer Glove that can be found in the Ruby Hill Mine, which is on the trail near Jacobson Town. You will find Pushy on the body of a dead Jackal member Near a giant pool of water. The mine is crawling with swamplurks, but they aren't too tough. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Q-38 Matter Modulator: Head to the REPCONN Headquarters (North of REPCONN Facility and Novac). This unique Plasma Rifle (and item that Marvin the Martian always looked for in Looney Tunes) is found on the first floor. The easiest way to obtain this weapon is to make your way to the 3rd floor and find (beside the pile of rubble the B.O.S. patrol is under) the suitcase a skeleton is holding. Open it and remove the security key. Go to the second floor and find its corresponding door to enter a room with a hole in the floor to find the rifle in the corner in a strange container. Submitted by Linkmelee 1993.

The Rat Slayer: In Freeside, go to The Atomic Wrangler Bar and talk to the female bartender. Ask about getting a room, but instead of paying the 10 caps, ask if you could work out a deal. She will give you a quest in which you have to collect the debt of 3 people throughout Freeside. One the them is named Lady Jane and can be found by the entrance to New Vegas in the day. When you question her about her debt she will say she doesn't have the money, but a carvan of her's in a place called Broc Flower Cave does. If your Speech/Barter is high enough you can convince her to cough the money up, but for the sake of the weapon you will want to go to the cave. She will warn you about the Rodents of Unusual Size (A Princess Bride refrence). Once you arrive at the cave go down the path to the right. A dead Brahmin on the left of the irradiated dead end has the money. To the right is a semi-hidden passageway upward to to 2 or 3 R.O.U.Ses and a stockpile of supplies including The Rat Slayer, an unique Varmint Rifle. Submitted by John Metcalf.

Recompance Of The Fallen: Recompance Of The Fallen is a unique weapon found in Cottonwood Cove. It is a pair of brass-knuckles/spike knuckles made of Dog-Tags. It can be found in the desk of the top floor of Aurelius de Phoenix's office building just inside Cottonwood Cove. It has high damage and diminishes slowly in condition. Submitted by Zackari Graham.

Tesla Beaton Prototype Weapon: This weapon is found at the site of the crashed Vertibird. It can be repaired for 11,000 to 12,000 caps and will do up to 108 damage. When trying to get to the weapon, be wary of the hardened Mister Gutsys and hardened Sentrybots. Submitted by InsertCashHere.

That Gun: That Gun can be found at Novac gift shop on a metal crate. Buy the storage key and you can steal it. Submitted by Humanoid97.

This Machine: This Machine is a unique rifle that uses .308 ammo. You can get this weapon at Camp McCarran by talking to Col.James Hsu about things going on around the base. Next talk to Lt. Carrie Boyd and help her find some missing supplies. She'll point you in the direction of Sergeant Contreras who is in the supply shack in back of McCarran. Hack his computer and report back to Boyd. She'll give you this weapon. Submitted by MetalHead896.

Thump Thump: At Nelson, after you get into the base, help the leader with the ant problem. Once your down there, look for two generators. Don't go to them, but go right to the other side to find a skeleton with the Thump Thump and around 20 or 30 rounds. Submitted by Devin Taylor.

Vance's Gun: From the ransacked caravan near the north of the map, head south and follow the road. On your right there will be a shack called The Wins Hideout, head inside and talk to the Vickie and Vance wannabees if you wish -- you will need to kill them in order to open their safe (and have a lockpick skill of 100). Inside is Vance's 9mm Sub Machine Gun. You can also steal Vance's Lucky Hat and Vickie's Bonet from the corpses. Submitted by mattoo alli.

YCS/186: The YCS/186 is a unique Gauss rifle and can easily be obtained by killing a group of mercenaries northeast of Jacobson Town and north of the ransacked caravan on the road to Jacobson Town. If you know where the aliens are, the mercenaries are nearby. There is a catch though: You must NOT take the Wild Wasteland Trait in the beginning of the game, if you do, they will be replaced by aliens. Submitted by gamerzgod123.

Easter Egg: Fun with Fisto the Sexbot
In Fallout 3 there was a upgraded power fist called "Fisto!" Fisto makes a return in Fallout: New Vegas as a sexbot that you must find for the quest "Wang Dang Automatic Tango." In the quest, you find Fisto in cerulean robotics. Once you release him from his tube, he gives you the option to test him out.

After completing the side quest to find a sex robot for the silver rush Fisto will make his way to the Silver Rush Casino. Inside next to the roulette table when you speak to him he'll offer his services but if you reply "No thanks" it will give you ten caps. This can provide an unlimited supply of caps if you're willing to activate the chat over and over again.

Submitted by G3n3ralee and Fallout-man3

Tim B.
Easter Egg: Indiana Jones Reference
If you head south on the road out of Goodsprings (about 100 yds) you will come across a refrigerator at the base of a hill with a skeleton inside. On the skeletons head? A fedora. This is a reference to the latest (lamest?) Indiana Jones movie The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Achievement/Trophy Hint: Snow Globes
The Globe Trotter Achievement / Trophy requires you to collect seven Snow Globes in New Vegas. Here are the locations of all seven:

Mt. Charleston Snow Globe - Jacobstown / In the lodge, search the entrance and reception area. This Snow Globe is sitting on a curved desk by some terminals.
Mormon Fort - Old Mormon Fort / Julie Farkas has an office inside a tower at the fort. The Snow Globe is on top of a bookcase here.
Test Site - Lucky 38 Casino / Head to the cocktail lounge and look for the cash register. It's across from the entrance. The Snow Globe is behind the register.
The Strip - Vault 21 / After you access Sarah's locked bedroom, grab this Snow Globe off of the table between the two beds.
Nellis AFB - Nellis Air Force Base / Pete's makeshift museum holds this Snow Globe. It's on a table in the corner under a mural.
Hoover Dam - Hoover Dam / Search the visitor center for a terminal near two curved desks. The Snow Globe can be found on a desk here.
Goodsprings - Goodsprings Cemetery / Near the water tower is a patch of upturned soil by a small, rectangular grave marker. The Snow Globe is sitting in front of the marker.

Richard Garza
Cheat: Free and Unlimited Caps, Items and More
Like Fallout 3, you can use this trading exploit to earn essentially infinite amounts of caps, items, repairs and ammunition. Here's how:

1 // Find any shop-based trader and sell him any stuff in your inventory that you don't need and complete the transaction. This will boost the amount of money he has.

2 // Find something in your inventory that you have two of or something that you and the shop keeper both have. Sell an item or two to the trader so he has two of them.

3 // Check that the two identical items are of different values once they are in the trader's inventory. The bigger the difference in value, the better.

4 // Now buy the cheaper of the two identical items and complete the transaction, but do not leave the trade session. Look for the item in your inventory. The item should have gone up in value dramatically and should be 100% repaired, even though when you sold the item initially it wasn't! If it isn't 100% repaired for whatever reason, sell the item back to him anyway and repeat steps 3-4, trying a different item if necessary.

5 // Now you will be able to sell the same item for a high price and buy it back at a low price until you have drained his money completely. If you want, you can hold onto the item as it will be fully repaired -- simply keep it on the final round which will leave him with a small amount of money. Either sell the item back to him again once he is out of money, or if you are keeping it, sell him something else of high value and he will owe you that amount. The transaction price will go dim and remain at whatever amount of money he has left.

6 // Search through the trader's inventory and find stuff you need. Stimpaks, ammo, miscellaneous item, weapons and armor are all fair game. Eventually, the transaction price will light up again and you may owe him a few caps depending on how much of his stuff you added to the deal. Complete the transaction.

7 // If you wait three days he will have new stock and around 650 caps. The longer you wait, the more robust his inventory will become and the more caps he'll have for you to take when you're ready to do this all over again.

Note: Be sure to save while using this method since the game is prone to crashing during the transaction.

Additions by Tyler

Matt Appleman
Easter Egg: Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen from Star Wars?
A scene resembling the burned corpses of Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen can be found within the town of Nipton out front of a burned down building (Moisture Farm?). It's a short walk to the right of the town hall's front entrance.

Cheat: Infinite XP
There are several ways to get XP through "devious means," here's a list of some of the most effective methods. Note: These methods are based on game bugs that may not be reproduce-able in every version of the game.

1 // You'll need to have a speech skill level of 50 or higher before attempting this trick. Approach Old Ben who sits by a fire near the King headquarters in Freeside. Persuade him to escort you to the local bar. For beating the Speech Challenge you'll get 61 XP. Follow him back to the bar and let him sit down. Speak to him again and you can do the Speech Challenge infinitely for unlimited XP.

2 // This trick requires 30 Speech skill or the Confirmed Bachelor perk and you must be friendly with NCR. Go to HELIOS One and the woman should automatically talk to you. Once she allows you access to HELIOS One, you should be able to start the "That Lucky Old Sun" mission. Proceed with the mission and talk to Fantastic and Ignacio Rivas. While talking to Rivas, make sure you get him to reveal that he is a Follower of the Apocalypse by using Speech or Confirmed Bachelor and agree with his ideals about peace or say you are neutral. Complete the mission regularly until you get to the point where you activate the Mainframe Terminal. Configure the Power Grid to "5 Full Region (Emergency Output Level)." Finish the mission by hitting the Reflector Control Panel outside on top of the tower. Go back to Ignacio Rivas, and choose the "I overloaded the plant. No one ..." option. That option will never disappear. Keep selecting that option to get 350 XP, 3 Stimpacks, and 2 Doctor's Bags. Submitted by Michael Gernhard

3 // Go to Vault 11 and you will get a small quest to find out what happened there. Once you get the overseer's passcode and enter it into her computer you will be led to the "sacrifical chamber." Use a stealthboy to get past everyone and when the walls on the left open (as you walk in) go into the door and access the computer mainframe. You will be given 3 options, "Override" and "Download" for 2 conversations. Click on the second download and you get 500 XP. DO NOT EXIT THE MAINFRAME. Simply click it again... another 500 XP. You can do this repeatedly to max out your character. Submitted by Mike Avant

4 // You will need a Barter skill of 35 or higher for this. In the southeast corner of the map you will find Cottonwood Cove (alongside the river) you will meet a man named Aurelius of Phoenix (he sometimes wanders off out of the camp). Speak to him and choose to barter with his camp for ammo and supplies. Clicking on this nets you 35 XP but it does not stop conversation and can be continuously clicked for rapid XP gain. Even if you have Vilified yourself with The Legion this exploit still works. Submitted by Sinner

Cheat: Cheat List
The cheats for Fallout: New Vegas are the same as Fallout 3. To bring up the cheats console during gameplay, hit the tilde (~) key. Then, insert the cheat listed below on the left for the corresponding result on the right.

addspecialpoints X - Add indicated amount of Special Points (X = amount)
addtagskills X - Adds indicated amount of Tag Skill Points (X = amount)
advlevel - Level up your character one level
coc DevArmory - Access the developer test room type
GetQuestCompleted - Complete current quest
getXPfornextlevel - Gain one level
help - List all console commands
kill - Kills your character when selected
killall - Kills everyone
modpca Y X - Add indicated amount of points to your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats (Y = stat type, X = amount)
modpcs Y X - Add indicated amount of points to your skills (Y = stat type, X = amount)
movetoqt - Instantly travel to the location of your quest marker
player.setlevel X - Set player level (X = level)
player.additem XXXXXX # - Enter a six-digit code, XXXXXX, for an item or weapon using our complete list of item and weapon codes. You must also enter a digit (#) or nothing will appear.
player.additem 000000F X - Get indicated amount of caps (X = amount)
removefromallfactions - Remove player from all factions
rewardKarma X - Add indicated amount of Karma Points (X = amount)
resurrect - Resurrects your character when selected
setpccanusepowerarmor X - Toggle Power Armor use (X = 0 or 1)
setspecialpoints X - Set Special Points (X = amount)
settagskills X - Sets Tag Skill Points (X = amount)
tcl - No clipping mode
tmm 1 - All mapmarkers
tdt - Toggle debug display
tlv - Toggle leaves
tgm - God mode

Allods Online Volume 3: The Fury of War Release Date Revealed

gPotato Europe has announced that Volume 3: The Fury Of War for the free to play Massively MMORPG Allods Online will go live on December 14th 2010. Backing up the launch date confirmation is the release of full patch notes on Friday noon detailing all the changes, fixes and new content in Volume 3: The Fury Of War and a new trailer showcasing the expansion's new zones.
As several character classes will undergo changes as part of the update, all players will receive, via in-game email, the 'Droplet of Death' - an item that allows a character to reset all talents and rubies as many times as they wish for a 48 hour period after receiving the item.
Volume 3: The Fury Of War for Allods Online has a focus on content for high-level players and an expansion of features for guilds. PvP and raiding fans will get access to entirely new instances and guilds will gain per-level rewards and the chance to contest control and ownership of new, specially-designed allods and astral sectors against rival guilds.
Two trailers have been released for Volume 3, which show off the Melting Isle and the Junes Catacombs instances. They can be watched at and
Full patch notes can be found from Friday noon at
Volume 3: The Fury of War for Allods Online will go live during the evening of December 14th 2010 for all servers. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Allods Online, and other titles from gPotato Europe.

VGA 2010 Reveals: The Hot, the Not, and What We Thought

Spike TV’s 2010 Video Game Awards are done and dusted. In case you’ve missed them or just want some recap, we’ve decided to highlight the most important moments as well as give you our impressions of the event. When you're done, don't forget to check out our new feature, which includes all 12 trailers plus trailer reviews.

The first big trailer was for Batman: Arkham City, where we got to see a bit more background and came face to face with villain Hugo Strange and his army of goons. Batman: Arkham City will launch in Fall 2011.

The next teaser trailer was introduced by Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard. The rumors were true, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is deep into development and scheduled for release on 11/11/11.

We all already knew Kratos was coming to Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation 3 version, but speculation surrounding a possible Xbox 360 exclusive character proved to be false.

The next world premiere got us worried for both the upcoming movie as well as its video game tie-in. Disappointingly, Marvel’s Thor: God of Thunder looked pretty weak and will most likely go the way of so many other superhero movie video games – to the bargain bin of shame. According to the trailer, “Mighty Thor Will Rise” May 3, 2011.

On a better note, speculation was put to rest when the Mass Effect 3 announcement trailer premiered. It looks like BioWare's RPG shooter will see the return of Commander Sheppard, this time coming to planet Earth to save humanity. The announced released window is vague, but I guess Holiday 2011 isn't too far away.

The Resistance 3 trailer got a lot of play and lead up. The video clip itself wasn’t particularly impressive, but the dark, hopeless feel the developers at Insomniac Games are going for is definitely coming through. We’ll be able to take on the role of Joseph Capelli starting September 6, 2011.

The next big reveal was Prototype 2. The first game had a lot of promise, most of which was fulfilled in the PS3 version. Disappointingly, the Xbox 360 version was crap, never letting the fledgling Activision IP take off. That hasn’t stopped the mega-publisher from taking another crack at it. It looks as though we’ll be taking on a new character, Sgt. James Heller, who’s hunting the illusive and destructive Alex Mercer. “To kill a monster you must become one”, so expect even more bad-ass abilities in 2012.

Guillermo del Toro’s game, Insane, which is supposed to have a very Lovecraftian feel, was finally officially announced by the man himself with the blessing of THQ. Volition will be the developer, and elements such as terror and horror will be accentuated by deteriorating mental health. This “first taste of craziness” didn’t reveal much other than the fact del Toro says “hopefully you’ll shit in your pants”. Insane is TBA 2013.

Hot on the heels of Gran Turismo 5, Forza Motorsport 4 was announced alongside its first teaser trailer. Attention to detail and sim racing will once again be pivotal when the racer launches in Fall 2011.

The world premiere trailer for SSX: Deadly Descents from EA Sports was odd to say the least. We’re not sure what’s up with the Call of Duty / Mission Impossible vibe that’s been injected into the series, but the inclusion of every major mountain range in the world backed by real-life topography does have us interested.

The last major trailer was for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. To be honest, it was kind of a let-down, mostly because the screens and info released before the weekend already told the tale – nothing new was left for the VGA presentation. The official release date of 11/1/11 does have us excited though. It looks like next November is going to be a huge month for gaming… start saving now!

The big mystery on everyone’s mind was where did the big Gears of War 3 gameplay demo go? Bleszinski commented via Twitter that this delay wasn't up to Epic. I guess Microsoft has some explaining to do. The announcement was supposed to be cool, unexpected, and knock our socks off! In the end, it made no appearance and wasn't even mentioned.

Spike TV’s 2010 VGAs were, if nothing else, entertaining. Little bits such as the ‘In Memoriam’ skit that said goodbye to NBA Elite were pretty funny, and there were a few good jokes made by the presenters in spite of the dreadful dialog forced into their mouths by the teleprompter. The production crew running the event was awful, though, as cues were missed and effects were delayed, leading to a pretty amateurish presentation.

Oh yeah… I almost forgot. There were also awards handed out. Only a handful of categories were actually represented during the show, including 'Studio of the Year', 'Best Character', 'Best Action Adventure', 'Best Shooter', 'Best Performance by a Human Male', 'Best Independent Game', and, of course, 'Game of the Year' (GotY).

Other categories, such as 'Best Soundtrack' and 'Best RPG' were relegated to little more than passing mention, and most others were not given any air time whatsoever. To be fair, a lot of great games were chosen to represent their respective categories, and good (if somewhat predictable) final decisions were made all around.

Unfortunately, the VGAs aren’t nearly as prestigious as they aspire to be. A big reason for this is, as hinted at earlier, that only a handful of awards were actually given out during the program. Instead, the 2010 VGA “ceremony” was mostly a platform where the highest bidders got their games and products the most air time. From Verizon reminding us of mobile gaming to Microsoft making sure the word Kinect was dropped a half-dozen times at the top of the show, the VGA’s credibility is suspect due to its blatant commercialism. As a result, nominees and winners definitely played second fiddle to the world premiere trailers.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the nominees and winners in all the categories... in case your interested.

The nominees and winners in each category are:

Game of the Year:
Call of Duty: Black Ops
God of War III
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2
Red Dead Redemption *Winner*

Studio of the Year:
Bioware, Mass Effect 2 *Winner*
Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Bungie Studios, Halo: Reach
Rockstar San Diego, Red Dead Redemption

Character of the Year:
Ezio, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Kratos, God of War III
Srgt. Frank Woods, Call of Duty: Black Ops *Winner*
John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

Best Xbox 360 Game:
Alan Wake
Fable III
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2 *Winner*

Best PS3 Game:
God of War III *Winner*
Heavy Rain
ModNation Racers
Red Dead Redemption

Best Wii Game:
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Metroid: Other M
Super Mario Galaxy 2 *Winner*

Best PC Game:
Fallout: New Vegas
Mass Effect 2
Sid Meier's Civilization V
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty *Winner*

Best Handheld Game:
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops *Winner*
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Super Scribblenauts

Best Shooter:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BioShock 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops *Winner*
Halo: Reach

Best Action Adventure Game:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood *Winner*
God of War III
Red Dead Redemption
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best RPG:
Fable III
Fallout: New Vegas
Final Fantasy XIII
Mass Effect 2 *Winner*

Best Multiplayer:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Halo: Reach *Winner*
Call of Duty: Black Ops
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Individual Sports Game:
EA Sports MMA
Shaun White Skateboarding
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 *Winner*
UFC Undisputed 2010

Best Team Sports Game:
Madden NFL 11
NBA 2K11 *Winner*
MLB 10: The Show

Best Driving Game:
ModNation Racers
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit *Winner*

Best Music Game:
Dance Central
DJ Hero 2
Def Jam Rapstar
Rock Band 3 *Winner*

Best Soundtrack:
Def Jam Rapstar
DJ Hero 2 *Winner*
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Rock Band 3

Best Song in a Game:
"Basket Case" by Green Day, Green Day: Rock Band
"Black Rain" by Soundgarden, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
"Far Away" by José González, Red Dead Redemption *Winner*
"GoldenEye" by Nicole Scherzinger, GoldenEye 007
"Won't Back Down" by Eminem, Call of Duty: Black Ops
"Replay/Rude Boy Mashup" by Iyaz/Rihanna, DJ Hero 2

Best Original Score:
God of War III
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2
Red Dead Redemption *Winner*

Best Graphics:
God of War III *Winner*
Heavy Rain
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Red Dead Redemption

Best Adapted Video Game:
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game *Winner*
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Downloadable Game:
Costume Quest *Winner*
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Monday Night Combat
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

The best 2010 games you never played (but totally should)

Each year there are a slew of high profile games developed by the biggest names in the gaming industry that gamers absolutely go nuts for. We mark our calendars, salivate over screen shots and eat up every second of gameplay footage released during the months before its release, and when that glorious day finally arrives, we rush off at midnight so we can play it for a few hours before reluctantly trudging off to school or work.

And then there are the awesome games that don’t get half the love they deserve. They’re excellent titles, crafted with exceptional love and care by their makers, but ultimately, they slip through the cracks largely unnoticed. Here are ten titles from 2010 that suit that description, games of such stellar quality that they demanded to be played, but due to one unfortunate reason or another, simply weren’t.

EA Sports MMA (EA Tiburon)
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Without the UFC brand or mainstream fighters like Brock Lesnar or Rampage Jackson, it’s debatable whether “EA Sports MMA” ever really stood a chance. It had plenty of advertising through Strikeforce events and periodic television spots, and even though it was warmly received by critics, it suffered from lackluster sales that seemed to clearly indicate that it was largely the recognisability of the UFC licensing that helped THQ’s line of MMA fighting games reach commercial success.

This is unfortunate because “EA Sports MMA” was genuinely a terrific video game. It focused on the smaller promotions and explored facets of MMA that THQ’s “UFC Undisputed 2010” didn’t. The controls worked well, the fighting was fun, and its slew of online and single player features made it one of the most complete representations of the sport. Fortunately, even though it didn’t sell as well as expected, EA Sports is still developing a sequel that (hopefully) will be received a little better by both gamers and true fans of MMA.

The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Namco Project Aces)
Platform: Nintendo Wii

If you enjoy the “Ace Combat” franchise, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t have checked out this awesome (though inconspicuous) flight simulator for the Nintendo Wii. It has all the aerial dogfights and jaw dropping airborne acrobatics of an “Ace Combat” game, and its story, which revolves around a twisted, alternate universe where combat pilots duel to death for entertainment, does a terrific job of keeping gamers engrossed in the action. Project Aces might have rose to prominence with their line of critically acclaimed “Ace Combat” titles, but “Skycrawlers: Innocent Aces” is absolutely no slouch either and is well worth considering for any gamer who dreams of one day taking to the skies.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (GSC Game World)
Platform: PC

All eyes might have been on THQ's “Metro 2033” this year, but it had absolutely nothing on the latest installment in GSC Game World's long running “S.T.A.L.K.E.R” franchise. Once again set in the apocalyptic wastelands of Russia, you play as government agent tasked with discovering a helicopter that crashed deep in the untamed wilderness where raiders roam, mutated beasts lurk and anarchy rules. You'll need to take on jobs to outfit yourself with gear and weapons, and even once you gather the supplies needed to complete your mission, the odds are still stacked against you. If the radiation doesn't kill you, pillaging marauders and blood thirsty monsters will. It's a fight for survival in this open world first-person shooter, and unlike “Metro 2033”, it genuinely makes you feel very alone and very afraid of the unknown.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (Game Arts)
Platform: PlayStation Portable

Yet another remake of the original “Lunar” (which saw its debut on the Sega CD and then its more popular remake on the PlayStation), “Lunar: Silver Star Harmony” is one of those games that veteran gamers knew they probably should have bought but ultimately didn't. It's understandable in a way –after all, many already beat “Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete” years ago, and “Lunar: Silver Star Harmony” is more or less the same, only with minor revisions to the story and some gameplay modifications. However, there's an entire generation of gamers who haven't had the chance to play one of the best RPG's ever made, and prior to “Lunar: Silver Star Harmony's” release, you would have to pay exorbitant rates on Ebay for the PlayStation version.

Now you don't have to. Seriously, if you own a PSP and love RPG's, there's absolutely no reason why you should have skipped out on this one. “Lunar: Silver Star Harmony” is awesome. The story is charming, the characters are memorable, the music is gorgeous, the writing is hilarious, and the gameplay is old-school, turn-based role-playing.

Resonance of Fate (tri-Ace)
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

If you allowed “Resonance of Fate” to slip through the cracks, don't feel too bad about yourself. First, the JRPG genre has seen better days and it's not unusual at all for casual gamers to give them a pass, especially if they don't have “Final Fantasy”, “Dragon Quest” or “Persona” as a part of their title. Second, “Resonance of Fate” is difficult enough to deter all but the most hardcore of RPG fans, a fact that I only began to fully appreciate after I died for the tenth time and was prepared to hurl my controller at the wall.

Even though “Resonance of Fate's” storyline never quite lives up to the the uniqueness of its setting, its incredibly original (albeit challenging and insanely complex) combat system is thoroughly enjoyable and very rewarding provided you invest the time in mastering its intricacies. On top of that, when was the last time a RPG allowed you to flip through the air and shoot handguns? Sega's dystopian RPG is a bit rough around the edges, but it also provides something new in a genre that's become progressively staler over the years.

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West (Fatshark)
Platform: PC

There's a good chance you never even heard of this western-themed “Team Fortress 2” clone and that's because it was only release via download for the PC. While this means that it never received the benefit of being able to sit on store shelves, it also meant that gamers got a really awesome game for a very reasonable price.

A class-based, third-person shooter that takes more than a few pages from “Team Fortress 2's” book on how to craft a competent multiplayer gaming experience, “Lead and Gold” is an absolute blast to play online. Each of the classes have their own strengths and weaknesses, and you and your team mates will have work as cohesive unit if you want to dominate the opposing faction. It's not the most original game ever made, but if you love “Team Fortress 2” but want a change of scenery, “Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West” is a terrific alternative.

The Whispered World (Daedalic Entertainment)
Platform: PC

During the 1980's and 1990's, there were no shortage of classic, adventure games like “King's Quest”, “Monkey Island” and “Grim Fandango”. However, since then, the genre has largely faded into obscurity with only games like “Sam and Max Hit the Road”, “Machinarium” or “Broken Sword” reminding gamers of its existence. The German developed The Whispered World is proves that old school, point-and-click adventure games are not only still relevant, but thriving.

A gorgeous game featuring beautifully hand painted backgrounds, The Whispered World tells the story of a sad clown, Sadwick, who finds himself embarking on a dangerous adventure in a world doomed for destruction. The Whispered World is everything an adventure game should be. The story is gripping, the art direction stunning and the puzzles and riddles that Sadwick must solve are as varied as they are deviously challenging.

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Namco, tri-Crescendo)
Platform: Nintendo Wii

If you're the kind of gamer who appreciates art, “Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon's” presentation will enthrall you. The anime-inspired graphics look terrific, and the soundtrack is pleasing to the ears and soothing to the soul. On top of that, the game's tragic story, which revolves around a young boy searching for survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, is as emotionally powerful as it is endearing.

The gameplay, unfortunately, pales in comparison to “Fragile Dreams'” stellar combination of beautiful visuals, extraordinary music and engaging narrative. It's kind of stale and repetitive, and it clearly wasn't too high on the developers' list of priorities. That said, even Fragile Dreams' weakest aspects are still worth soldiering through to experience everything else that it has to offer.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Ninja Theory)
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Despite boasting a story written by Alex Garland (the writer behind films like “The Beach” and “28 Days Later”) and the acting talents of Hollywood veteran Andy Serkis, Ninja Theory's latest action-adventure title barely made a blimp on anyone's radar when it was released earlier this year. It was a phenomenal game that seamlessly mixed the platforming of “Uncharted” with the action-packed brawls of “God of War”, but presumably because it was released almost simultaneously with a slew of other top-tier video games, gamers failed to notice “Enslaved”, resulting in terrible sales.

While poor sales is never anything to wish upon a gaming developer or publisher, there is one upside to this unfortunate turn of events -- “Enslaved” will undoubtedly be in bargain bins sometime in the near future. Unlike all the other crap that see massive discounts early on, “Enslaved” is actually a quality game that any gamer should definitely consider picking it up. If you can catch it on sale, that's just a bonus.

Guilty Party (Wideload Games)
Platform: Nintendo Wii

At first glance, “Guilty Party” doesn't look like anything exceptional. In fact, with its Disney licensing and penchant for mini-games, it appeared to be little more than a shameless “Mario Party” clone catering to the youngest and most casual demographic of gamer. This assumption couldn't be further from the truth. While “Guilty Party” certainly does borrow certain elements from “Mario Party” (like its board game nature and selection of mini-games), it does so without compromising its original premise of being first and foremost a brain-teasing mystery game.

A crime has been perpetrated and it's up to you to solve it. Work alone or with your friends (or against your friends in competitive multiplayer) to uncover evidence, interrogate witnesses, and participate in a slew of challenging activities that will help you crack the case. Yes, it's definitely a game aimed towards younger and casual gamers, and yes you probably won't appreciate it if you're the type of gamer who plays “Halo” and nothing else. However, if you're looking for an incredibly fun game to share with friends and family over the holidays, “Guilty Party” is certainly an excellent selection.