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Epic's shooter gets new achievements; City of Heroes/Villains Issue 10 details released; S.T.A.L.K.E.R. multiplayer update incoming; Air Zonk and Tak rated on Wii.

Gears of War gets new achievements
In April, Epic Games updated its phenomenally successful sci-fi shooter Gears of War for the second time to include a new multiplayer gametype called Annex. Today, the company announced it would be adding 250 achievement points to the mode, spread over eight different achievements, this Thursday, June 14.

Aliens reinvading NCsoft's City of Heroes and Villains
NCsoft announced the latest update to its massively multiplayer online superhero games City of Heroes and City of Villains today, and it continues to blur the lines between the two. The latest update focuses on an invasion of Paragon City by the alien race known as the Rikti. To ward off the invaders, heroes and villains above level 45 can now join forces against their common foe. Also added in the update will be new inventions, missions, and enemy types, as well as a new Rikti-focused combat zone for players above level 35. A date has not yet been set for the latest issue.

"Big update" headed to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Last month, GSC Game World announced it would be augmenting the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe with several new projects, with a promise of further details to come at this year's E3 Media and Business Summit. However, the company doesn't seem to be done with its original title. In an interview with UK-based CVG, the company revealed a "big update" was on the way for its postapocalyptic shooter that would include a new multiplayer gametype named freeplay. Talking to CVG, Anton Bolshakov, project leader for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., says of the new mode that there will be "no story tasks, including only the A-life driven ones, where the goal is to gain ranks, climb up in rankings, so as to become the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the Zone." GameSpot has confirmed with THQ that a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. update is indeed on the way, but representatives were unable to comment on its specifics.

ESRB rates unannounced Air Zonk, Tak
As it is wont to do, the Entertainment Software Rating Board slipped hints at two unannounced games today. Hudson's side-scrolling shoot-'em-up Air Zonk is the first of these, and it received an E for Everyone rating. The game was initially released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1992, and it appeared on the Japanese Virtual Console last May. Also appearing on the ESRB's chart is THQ's Tak and the Power of Juju: Mojo Mistake, which also received an E for Everyone rating. Though prior Tak iterations have seen multiplatform releases, the newest Tak received a rating only for the Nintendo DS.

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Discussion

61 comments
andalore
andalore

I think STALKER is becoming a MMORGPFPS which is fine by me! i hope they expand the playable areas, i hate the way you can only visit about 25% of the map

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

ICY WIENER 225, REMEMBER IT OR I'LL LANCER YOU HARDCORE!!

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

haha i like how people who use the shotgun ALL GAME complain how my lancer is TOO STRONG. go cry somewhere else freakin' losers ^_^

DLUX85
DLUX85

new achievements are awesome, you can get them in local matches, its just too bad i wont be able to get 4 of em till september

-Sniper99-
-Sniper99-

Man, the Lancer is WAYYYYY too sttrong now

Brimskull
Brimskull

AH, This is awesome! I only had 2 acheivements left for Gears and I wasabout done....now more new reasons to play it again!

bigmick07
bigmick07

awesome now when i get my 360 i will be able to get alot more achievment points right away!!!!

AceCometh
AceCometh

Boo City of Heroes/Villains. Hurray GEARS!

racerx737
racerx737

now if I could only get on Live for Gears...

azizrulez
azizrulez

MP update for stalker is really awesome, i bet if it wouldve shipped with the update the game wouldve scored better

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Good reason to play Annex. I'm afraid we won't get any new modes since all of the 250 extra points will be wasted on Annex.

ocdog45
ocdog45

time to play more gears

SP33doh
SP33doh

I'd like a stalker update that allows HDR+AA, I have an 8800gts here, let me use it!

SP33doh
SP33doh

spoilers, packernation31 isn't actually black.

packernation31
packernation31

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prioritymail
prioritymail

Yes!!!!!!!!! More opportunities to up my gamerscore!!!!!!!!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cool new things for gears

OmGitsEDV
OmGitsEDV

Now, just need Super Air Zonk and Magical Chase!!! :)

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

stalker - saves converter in the next patch please, thanks.

HALOISTHEBEST26
HALOISTHEBEST26

ill wait till september cuz i got the last map pak and i wasnt impressed

nutcrackr
nutcrackr

sounds almost like mmo stalker cool :P

Monkz
Monkz

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mumotuma_man
mumotuma_man

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kdt55
kdt55

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Ministry4390
Ministry4390

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Metalhead8282
Metalhead8282

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NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I didn't really care for STALKER... I can't quite put my finger on it. I guess it may be they made a FPS have RPG elements to it. I dunno...

Gaara79
Gaara79

As long as you have to play ranked to get them I won't care. Take a clue form PDZ and give AC points for unranked too.

zeecorner
zeecorner

I still want to play stalker real bad, I'm in to wow though right now, so thats probably not gonna work...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

September 3rd isn't that far away...Well it kind of is. Oh well..The achievements should keep me occupied for the time being.

firebreathing
firebreathing

Cool to see the map pack will be free this time after a certain period :D Also, the STALKER update interests me quite a bit. Hopefully they will find a remedy for the lag issue.

abu123
abu123

I hope that they include the shotgun issue I hate it when I hit them with a shotgun right infront of them and they don't die or fall.

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Looking foward to the new maps for Gears (if I can ever get my copy back from my bro) and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R update.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I wonder if they will also address some glitches with this update?

kornkixass1
kornkixass1

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homiebo
homiebo

hope they fix that chainsaw glitch and the remote glitch, also weapon sliding..... that wicked weapon sliding

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

I don't care about the new Achievement points, but I'm definitely looking forward to the new maps for the glitchiest game of all time, Gears. (Edit: I just remembered: Gears is the second glitchiest game of all time, the first being Big Rigs on PC - check out the GameSpot video review, it's hilarious.) This should tide me over until Halo 3 on 9/25.

DLUX85
DLUX85

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DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I love achievements, they sound good to me.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Going to have to wait till the new maps become free

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

CoH/CoV is an awesome game! Can't wait for update 11!