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Run Run Run Jump. Run Jump. Look At The Pretties.

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It seems the parkour trend has finally made it to gaming.

If you’re not familiar with parkour, it’s a version of freestyle running, with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, and also a style that’s been used pretty often lately in action movies (see the opening of Casino Royale, the henchman in Live Free or Die Hard, or all of the parkour tour-de-force District B13.)

In any case, impressions went up today over at Wired’s Game|Life blog of the forthcoming EA title Mirror’s Edge. This unique first person title is ALL about the parkour, and from the impressions, looks to be one of the most exciting action titles this gaming generation.

Between the (already) astonishing graphics, innovative gameplay, and overall risktaking design, this is a title to watch for ’09. Click the story for full impressions and additional screenshots.

Snake? SNAAAAAAAAAKKE!

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Hands down, my favorite videogame series of all time goes to Metal Gear.

With the bizarre plotting and direction of Hideo Kojima, plus some of the most innovative bits of gameplay and design ever to hit consoles, I’ve been hooked with every single release.

So now that Konami’s announced Metal Gear Solid 4 as hitting on June 12th, you better believe I’m counting the days. The official press release follows, which includes details on exclusive pre-order goodies (DVD recap, online game beta), so I suppose Gamestop is getting my cash…jerks.

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS DETAILS FOR METAL GEAR SOLID®4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS

EL SEGUNDO, CA – February 28, 2008 – Following opening remarks made during the General Session at the 2008 Destination PlayStation retailer event in Scottsdale AZ, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. confirmed several new initiatives related to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, including a North American street date, online multiplayer, and pre-sell program.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the final chapter in the saga of Solid Snake which sends him around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Solid Snake must shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the Earth to foil Liquid Ocelot’s plans for total world domination.

Street Date

Opening remarks revealed that the final chapter in the saga of super spy Solid Snake is expected to arrive in stores in North America on Thursday June 12th, 2008. “Blockbuster events and premieres are a tradition of the summer,” said Kazumi Kitaue, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. Chairman and CEO. “We anticipate that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots fits that bill perfectly, and consumers will be waiting in line to get their copy of the game just like it’s a hit Hollywood movie.”

Metal Gear Online Starter Pack

It was also confirmed today that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch with the Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack” supporting online gameplay. In addition to the single player experience, gamers will also be able to take the action online with up to 16 players and battle it out using the latest weapons and stealth techniques.

Pre-Sell Program

Beginning April 2008, consumers that pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will receive the Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD, containing a Prologue that recaps the Metal Gear franchise, a 20th Anniversary retrospective, character bios for Big Boss, Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and Solid Snake, plus a collection of international trailers of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. This pre-order package also contains an insert with a download code and special instructions for accessing the Metal Gear Online beta test when it goes live in late April. This special pre-order package will only be available while supplies last.

Would It Kill Them For An Action Shot?

This is getting ri-goddamn-diculous.

We’re now on the 3rd official promo shot for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (thanks to Cinematical by way of IGN for it, btw)

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And we have NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. Would it kill them to announce some semblance of a plot for this flick? Sure, we know there’s a smattering of mutants appearing, ranging from obscure characters like Beak, to well knowns like Gambit and Deadpool…but WHAT IS THE STORY, FOX?

Although, at least we can add ‘smug’ to Hugh Jackman’s range of emotions in this movie. Look, I saw The Prestige. We know you can do better than this, Hugh.

Maybe I’m just asking too much for a flick that’s still a year away from release.

His Chest Thingy Is Shiny

Not too surprisingly, the net’s all a flutter about the new Iron Man trailer which premiered tonight during Lost.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s freaking AWESOME.

But why overlook another great comic trailer? Sorry Shellhead, I think I’m looking forward to this movie (trailer embedded below) more.

Seriously, How Adorable Can One Robot Be?

It’s bad enough they’ve been teasing this movie for almost a year, but now the official poster for Wall-E has been released.

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Clicky-Clicky for Big McLargeHuge.

I really hope they release the flick digitally.  I ended up seeing Ratatouille twice in theatres, once projected traditionally, the second time projected digitally, and the difference was mindblowing.  Sure, there’s a slight premium, but anyone who has seen a digitally projected movie knows…the additional level of clarity is completely worth it.