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Pinball FX 2 Model and Pricing Information

Pinball FX 2 - Secrets of the Deep

It seems Zen Studios, the team behind Pinball FX, is doing something new for the sequel which will see the first wave of content slamming the Xbox Marketplace October 13th. Basically Pinball FX 2 will be a platform for purchasable tables. The base platform will be free, similar to the infamous Game Room on XBLA which allowed you to download playable classic arcade cabinets and store them in your personalized arcade.

The new tables arriving in a couple of weeks are Pasha, Rome, Biolab, and the newly revealed Secrets of the Deep and will be made available as a pack priced at 800 MS Points (Or $10 USD). Each additional table will cost 240 MS Points (About $3 USD). The classic pack will also be available for 800 MS Points which include Speed Machine, Extreme Agents, and Buccaneer. These tables will even be playable on a preview basis to ensure that’s what you want to buy because they’re cool like that.

The developers have also mentioned how they want to take care of those who purchased the original Pinball FX and its DLC. Those tables will be imported into Pinball FX 2 so you will not have to buy them twice, and will come with graphical enhancements, physics updates and new achievements.

Source: [Press Release]

Metroid: Other M Game Breaker, A Cautionary Tale

Metroid Other M Bug

It’s fortunate this hasn’t been a major problem for Nintendo’s big releases until now, which we can assume is all thanks to extensive play-testing, however what happened finally happened. A major game-breaking bug has been identified in Metroid: Other M that’ll hinder the player’s ability to progress through the campaign. Nintendo has posted the following information on their website to serve as a warning on how to avoid the bug, but if it happens to you, they’ll also fix your game save. This however, is not a quick process; it’s probably easier to just start over.

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PC Open Beta for Medal of Honor Multiplayer Nears Deployment

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As Medal of Honor gets closer to the end of its development cycle, Electronic Arts will be giving PC gamers a chance at an early look as they are rolling out an open beta this October 4th, ending a short time later on the 7th. Though, people who participated in the closed beta back in June already got a taste, this will give you a delectable slice of what the full game will feature. Two real world based maps will be included, Kunar Base and the Shahikot Mountains.

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Hydro Thunder Hurricane Gets a DLC Booster

HTH - Tempest DLC - Castle Von Boom

Microsoft Game Studios and Vector Unit unleashed word of an upcoming content pack heading to Hydro Thunder Hurricane titled, the Tempest Pack. The Xbox arcade game that was launched during the Summer of Arcade back in July will be seeing three new tracks, two expert class rocket-powered speedboats, a new set of skins for existing boats, and additional single-player events for the Championship, Ring Master and Gauntlet modes.

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StarCraft II 1.1 Patch on the Loose

StarCraft II Terran Siege Tanks

Blizzard Entertainment dropped the long awaited and much talked about version 1.1 patch today. With it comes several significant balancing tweaks and bug fixes. You will also see enhancements to the editor and support for nVidia 3D Vision for those equipped to use it—I’m still trying to wrap my head around whether that’s a good idea. Below are the major unit balance modifications.

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Halo: Reach Statistics Galore

Halo: Reach Statistics Galore

The folks at Bungie Studios decided to drop some knowledge on us as they posted a whole slew of random statistics. Though it’s only been less than a week since the retail launch of Halo: Reach, this is nothing short of impressive, even if we saw it coming anyway.

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Interplay Introduces a Publishing Program for Indie Devs

Tommy Tronic Screenshot

The reestablishing publisher recently announced a program that isn’t entirely unfamiliar to that of a music record label; it would promise to introduce indie developed games into the mainstream market. The program, appropriately titled Interplay Discovery, has already announced two newly discovered titles and will be launching them to the masses next month, Pinball Yeah and Tommy Tronic. If you want to get discovered, Interplay is looking for games that are either finished or close to.

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Unsurprisingly, Copious Amount of StarCraft II Sold

StarCraft II - Tychus

Yo dude, I guess it pays to put all your eggs into one basket. The lengthy time between the two releases of StarCraft installments has paid off for Blizzard Entertainment as they’ve moved 3 million copies from store shelves within the first month. We expect that this game will undoubtedly continue to be a goldmine well into the future; it certainly solidifies Blizzard’s bright future and devotion to quality over quantity.

Starcraft II Logo

Starcraft II Logo

Source: [blizzard.com]

What Your PC Will Need To Run Hot Pursuit

NFS: HP - News: System Specs - Porsche-Cayman-S-C

With the anticipated reboot of Hot Pursuit still a couple months out from its November 16th release date, Criterion has disclosed the minimum PC system specs you’ll require to enjoy the basic visual spectacles the game has to offer.

Min Specs:
OS: Windows® XP SP 3 (32-64 bits) / Windows Vista® (32-64 bits) / Windows 7® (32-64 bits)
CPU: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
RAM: 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® – Windows 7®
DISC DRIVE: DVD-ROM, 8 speed
HARD DRIVE: 6.5 GB
VIDEO CARD: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0 compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
COMPATIBLE VIDEO CARD CHIP SETS: ATI® RADEON® X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series NVIDIA GeForce® 7/8/9/100/200 series
ONLINE: 2 – 8 players, 512 Kbps or faster

Source: [needforspeed.com]

Still in the Toaster – A Tiny Hardtoast Update

Toaster

I want to personally issue a quick statement. This site is not 100% functional, and is missing features that we still plan to introduce down the road. We’ll try to get more articles and content live, but it will pick up at a gradual pace. For anyone who has found us, we would like to personally extend a hand and welcome you. We hope that you find our content informative and entertaining.

We have a few more types of content in the pipeline and we’ll get them up when we can.

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