Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

In case you missed the news at the VGAs, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us will be hitting PS3 on May 7th. And, as part of its membership of the AAA video game club, it needs to be bundled with pre-order bonuses. Reservations at "participating retailers" will entitle you to the "Sights and Sounds Pack," which includes the game's official soundtrack, a PS3 dynamic theme featuring the box art (pictured above), and two PSN avatars.

Pre-ordering at GameStop will net you the aforementioned bonus as well as the "Survival Pack," which includes bonuses for the game's not-yet-revealed multiplayer mode. You'll get bonus XP, a melee attack booster, in-game cash, and special skins for multiplayer and single-player.

Here's the brand new trailer from the VGAs, in case you missed it:

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Next week's another quiet one for new releases as we head into the holidays, but a few items of interest are coming out. We'll see sandbox build-o-FPS Ace of Spades, Darkfall: Unholy Wars, Grasshopper's Black Knight Sword, Big Sky Infinity, Tale of Tales' latest, and a few more.

Here's our list of next week's new releases:

PC

Xbox 360

PlayStation 3

Wii U

Vita

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo DS

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

December 7, 2012 gets some Late Night Computing action to help remind you its the weekend.

I'll be spending the weekend adventuring through Assassin's Creed Revelations since Far Cry 3 was re-routed to a jungle island on its way to my house. It almost seems like the game doesn't want me to play it. That's what I get for not buying a digital copy or just hauling my enormous rear end to a retail location. Oh well!

News bits:

  • Bring Star Trek to life with your very own medical tricorder, aiming to materialize at the end of 2013. [via Gizmodo]

  • A look back at every zombie death over three seasons of The Walking Dead. Spoilers are everywhere, beware. [via National Post]

  • Tyler-Smith says you're a mutant. And you, too. Prove him wrong. [via NPR]

  • Andy Serkis discusses how new motion capture technology improved The Hobbit and his character Gollum. [via Wired]

  • Taiwan's Next Media Animation presents its twisted take on the John McAfee saga. [via The Guardian]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • "FTL Late-To-The-Party-Type-People. I unlocked the Rock Cruiser last night and now I need to figure out how best to use it. I have a pretty bad-assed Rock-man boarding party, but I also have this fire laser too. How do you employ fire lasers effectively? I feel like if I've got enough control of their shields to let the fire laser blast through, it's already game over for the other side. So. Fire lasers? Yes or no? What makes a good combo there? " [by Caboose]

  • "Planetside 2. I've warmed to this game. Though I have little patience for the straight trolling, I wanna earn some [certifications]. Gonna be hard pressed to split my time between this, MWO and LOL now." [by squigiliwams]

Nightly file.

  • Planets under Attack demo 1.0."'Planets under Attack' is an upcoming project from the same Targem Games development team responsible for the famous chess simulation title, 'Battle vs Chess.' This strategy-minded team has ditched the chess board in favor of the wide and wild expanses of space, taking the battle to new frontiers that will challenge both strategy newbies and veterans alike." Download the demo for Windows or Mac.

Media.

Mars: War Logs teaser trailer:

Dive into the cyberpunk world of Mars: War Logs as Roy will ultimately determine the fate of the entire colony.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance unveils two new gameplay trailers for Raiden and Mafutisu to go along with our preview, Big Boi and B.O.B. preview their theme for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, get funky with Kinect Party, and Ace of Spades details the commando.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards, a new trailer debuted for Dark Souls 2. The short cinematic look at the game didn't seem to feature any gameplay, but set the tone for another brutally difficult game set in From's fantasy universe.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Naughty Dog's hotly anticipated The Last of Us is coming May 7, a new trailer from the VGAs has revealed. The new video brings back the fungal-infected pseudo-zombies first seen in the game's original VGA debut trailer, in addition to a wide variety of environments that go outside the city.

Update: Skip to 2:35 to see the full release date trailer.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards, a trailer premiered for new game, "The Phantom Pain." The game is coming from a developer called Moby Dick Studio, and revolved around a hospitalized patient hiding from a group using lethal force against the patients. And then things get weird.

The one-armed man is led by another patient with a bandaged face, and the situation progressively gets worse and more dreamlike. It culminates in what we have to assume was a flaming whale, which may make sense of the whole "Moby Dick" thing.

According to its official site, Moby Dick is a developer based out of Stockholm, Sweden. The company Web site specifically mentions PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so it's a safe bet those are the target platforms for Phantom Pain.

Update: Skip to 10:45 to see the debut trailer.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Andrew got about two hours in with BioShock Infinite and came away impressed with the gameplay. If you're worried Infinite's PC version won't live up to the consoles, don't fret. It appears developer Irrational Games is included all sorts of adjustable sliders and such for you to tinker with.

PC Gamer dove into the graphics options and found adjustable settings for (among other things) anti-aliasing, FOV, object detail, light shafts and dynamic shadows. The FOV entry was a slider with no listed values.

Unsurprisingly, the game ran without issue on a Windows 7 machine with an octo-core AMD FX-8120 and a single AMD Radeon 7900 series card, with 16GB RAM. But, we'll have to wait until Irrational releases official min specs to see how other rigs will be able to deal with the Unreal Engine-powered game.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Tale of Tales has proved curiously controversial for a two-person team, attracting a remarkable amount of fury because of games like The Path and The Graveyard. Are games art? Are art games pretentious? Are Tale of Tales games games? Will you stop these inane questions? We've all grown up a little since, haven't we, so let's quietly await the launch of Bientôt l'été next week.

Bientôt l'été ("Summer Soon," roughly, in French) is a two-player date game of sorts, where you go for a stroll then chat with a stranger online. Tale of Tales says on the official site, "Take long walks at the seaside, thinking about love. Meet a stranger. Go to the café, sit and drink wine and talk. And then you are silent. And you start longing for the sea."

Tale of Tales' games don't always live up to the dreams they conjure, but they're usually quite pleasing, and I'm glad they're making them. The return to multiplayer is interesting, following several single-player games. ToT's last online game was The Endless Forest, a deer frolicking simulator with no goal and only a few honking calls and gestures to interact with other deer. Once again, communication between strangers within constraints seems to be a theme.

Bientôt l'été will hit PC and Mac next Wednesday. Look, a short trailer:

Shacknews - Steve Watts

The Ong Bak Thai action films have earned a devoted fan following, prompting Studio Hive and Immanitas Entertainment to pay homage in video game form. We've gotten our first look at Ong Bak Tri in motion with a new trailer.

The 2D action game is said to focus on fighting, free-running, and cinematic quick-time action sequences, and we see each of them on display here. The game stars Tony Jaa in the lead role, and boasts input from the movie's director (Thossaporn Poonnart) and fight choreographer (Panna Rittikrai). It's slated for PC, consoles, and smartphones this winter.

Shacknews - Ryan Calavano

BioShock Infinite stunned game critics at E3 2011. And the first two hours of the game stun again. From our preview: "Irrational has crafted something truly extraordinary with Infinite. Even after two hours with the game, I know I'm barely scratching the surface, and I cannot wait to see more. It's going to take quite a lot to make all these disparate elements come together--but if Irrational succeeds, the payoff will be truly extraordinary."

Then, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance may be cut from a different cloth from the Solid series, but it is unquestionably a Metal Gear title, through and through. Beyond the heavy-handed story, over-the-top boss encounters, and surprising stealth sequences, you can see the Metal Gear DNA in nearly every aspect of the game, from Raiden's Codec to the cardboard boxes scattered in the environment. Eleven years after MGS2 introduced the world to Raiden, Rising finally makes him feel like a worthy successor to Snake's mantle.

Finally, this month's top 10 software sales are quite predictable, with Call of Duty, Halo, and Assassin's Creed rounding out the top three spots. However, how has the launch of Wii U changed this year's figures? Apparently, even Nintendo's new hardware couldn't stop the video game industry from contracting from last year.

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