NewsSpots: Gears of War, Fatal Fury Special, Actraiser, 360 steering wheel

Epic Games preps another update for Xbox 360 shooter, the ESRB rates games previously unconfirmed for US release, and Microsoft drops the price of its driving peripheral.

Next Gears of War update adds achievements
Gamers who think they've done everything in Epic Games' sci-fi third-person shooter Gears of War will soon learn better. Epic Games' Mark Rein posted a note about the game's next update on the company's official forums yesterday, mentioning that it will add new achievements to Annex and the Hidden Fronts downloadable content. In addition, the update will fix exploits and improve the "roadie run," the head-down dash players can use to quickly get behind cover. Rein did not give a time frame as to when the update would be released.

Fatal Fury Special rated for Xbox 360, Actraiser rated for Wii
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has updated its Web site database with several listings (most notably the Halo 2 Vista rating of M for Mature with "brief nudity" in the descriptor list), and the latest batch includes a couple of games previously unconfirmed for domestic release. Fatal Fury Special for the Xbox Live Arcade and Actraiser for the Wii Virtual Console have been confirmed in Japan for some time (Actraiser is actually already available there), but neither game has been confirmed for a domestic release. Fatal Fury Special has been rated T for Teen, while Actraiser is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

Microsoft drops Xbox 360 steering wheel price
With Microsoft Game Studios' Forza Motorsport 2 set to arrive in stores next week, the price of the official Xbox 360 steering wheel peripheral has dropped $20. Previously set at $149.99, the wireless wheel-and-pedals set is now available for $129.99. For more on Forza 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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167 comments
lobos5000
lobos5000

Wait, what? "Brief nudity?" Where? Cortana's hologram? The Arbitor? If there's a T&A shot anywhere in Halo 2 I definitely missed it. Maybe that's what makes the Vista release special. Looks like ol Jack Thompson may be getting some people to listen to him afterall. .... plus I don't see why points are so ijportant. Just play the game and enjoy it.

BMAN0201
BMAN0201

.... plus I don't see why points are so ijportant. Just play the game and enjoy it.

BMAN0201
BMAN0201

I think the brief nudity is some guy mooning the user when vista screws up or something. Not entirely sure but I think it's something like that. And I bet a thousand bucks there are sickos out there who were hoping it was Cortana...

Smoov_B
Smoov_B

Wait, what? "Brief nudity?" Where? Cortana's hologram? The Arbitor? If there's a T&A shot anywhere in Halo 2 I definitely missed it. Maybe that's what makes the Vista release special. Looks like ol Jack Thompson may be getting some people to listen to him afterall.

miiiguel
miiiguel

"kdt55: wake up and smell the urine" A real punch in the face for "pro-life" supporters...

miiiguel
miiiguel

dupe576: have you been under a rock or something ? Haven't you read the updated rules for Achievements. 1000G for retail games + 250 for its expansions. It has rules you know. Even the gamesave cheaters (do spit on them!) are tracked.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

actraiser has been on EURO VC for a while, finished it ages ago, great game, well worth 800 points

RiseFM
RiseFM

guardianlegend7 on Gears of War MP: "...and the cover system is fairly useless." Try Cooking Mama.

NND1
NND1

The wheel is HOT cant wait to use it with Forza it Rocks with NFS Carbon and PGR3

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

People complaining about the price of the wheel should go buy the Mad Catz wheel. The Microsoft wheel is nice and wireless to boot. I'm getting one with my Forza 2 preorder.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

if it were 129.99 with the game I'd be ok with it but that is just too much money for me to be wasting on only 1 or 2 games!!

supersonic125
supersonic125

When is sonic the hedgehog coming to xbox live

TriiiME3
TriiiME3

dang it...after i already bought it! dang it

stripeknight
stripeknight

Actraiser was just released on the Wii today and it's a perfect translation!I can't waite for Fatal Fury.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

shinrock_live, where does it say that they dropped the price for the force feedback wheel to $70? I agree that the wheel is awesome but even 120 is expensive for a peripheral.For that price I'll just buy 2 360 games and use my controller to race until they drop the price a little more.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

yeah gears has some funky bugs glad they are fixing the one that bothers me most

thekey
thekey

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DJTOPKO
DJTOPKO

ppl i think this is one of the best games for XBOX360

shinrock_live
shinrock_live

$70 4 a real forcefeedback wheel.ireally wish cheap people would STFU!if you can't afford it then you cant get it.dont hate on the people who can afford it.

GrimBee
GrimBee

"Gran Turismo HD, which owns forza 2 in terms of graphics)". I agree, but not fully. You see, Forza 1 was at its best when you went along the dusty offroads when you spin out, and when you bash against another car, and the opponents a.i... etc etc... Its not just about how pretty, sharp or shiny the game looks, forza 2 seems to of gotten a lot of things over gthd. From what I can see - damage is a real biggie over gthd, that has NO car damage. And also, car physics is better on forza 2 when the car takes up some air on small jumps (landings look more realistic) and spin outs etc look a lot better on forza 2. Either way, its a shame both games arent on both systems as they both should have unique enough motifs and elements which make them good. Its a shame we always have to decide on one all the time :(

prioritymail
prioritymail

the steering wheel is still to pricey, drop it to around $70 and I may be interested...

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

@guardianlegend7, the cover system is useless? That's half the game. I can see why you'd get frustrated with the shotgun though.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Actually the dropped the price $60 on the 360 racing wheel in Canada. Futureshop Best Buy and others are selling it for $99 Canadian and it comes with a special PGR3 (basically drivers and updates included).

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

nice. im already 1000GP trough GoW

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

I sold my Gears of War today. If they made the shotgun a weapon you had to pick up, instead of something you automatically got when you spawned, the multiplayer would be 10x better. Instead the game seems silly, and the cover system is fairly useless.

flowingluc
flowingluc

wiiiiii just pwns every console.

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Well all good news for X360 fans out there ... !!! not me ... i go for PS3 !!! :D

microwaveman
microwaveman

"damn traded gears of war for Viva pinata" haha, awesome.

gmayronne
gmayronne

forza 2 looks good but it badly needs to get rid of the jagginess in the graphics to make it looks alot smoother ( a la Gran Turismo HD, which owns forza 2 in terms of graphics) but lets face it, forza 2 is gonna have some killer gameplay and online play as well. designing and tuning cars to be sold to other online players is very cool and the idea of possibly seeing and racing against your own creation is very interesting.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Still too much for a steering wheel

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

meh forza 2 is worth a buy i guess but not too amazing.

ryan-man
ryan-man

damn traded gears of war for Viva pinata :X

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

guess i will be playing gears of war more often

hex_ten
hex_ten

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The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Fatal Fury Special? Wow. that's retro!

benx350
benx350

1 word GEARS OF WAR ROCKS MY xbox360

Matti9845
Matti9845

I want gow to have vehicles and 8vs8 and more objective based gametypes on multiplayer. The graphics for it are fine.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

gears 2 won't have graphics that much better than 1. i know its off-topic but i think they will refine it clean up graphics a little and add more story, because there isn't much you can add to gears, except vehicles or some large team battles

lobobizarro
lobobizarro

"Swedish_Chef wrote: Huh? I think you guys might be taking the new achievements the wrong way, they're most likely going to all be worth 0 points and just be for show. Every other game that's added achievements after launch has done it like that. " Dude, what are you talking about? Marvel Ultimate Alliance added 250 points to the achievements, Crackdown added 350 to the achievements, Gears will most likely add 250 as well.

alpowerfull
alpowerfull

They had better make a shotgun ahievement, and make it like 250 kills because it's too easy otherwise

miketuck3r
miketuck3r

"they're most likely going to all be worth 0 points" Wrong MS recently allowed additional content to have upto 250 additional points..

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

Huh? I think you guys might be taking the new achievements the wrong way, they're most likely going to all be worth 0 points and just be for show. Every other game that's added achievements after launch has done it like that.