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3 Flavors Of HALO: REACH – No Cat Helmets, Though

Ever since the Halo franchise became such a cash cow for Microsoft and Bungie, they’ve found ways to pack extraneous merchandise with the sequels.

Halo 2? Came in both standard and limited edition flavors.  The (not-so) limited edition came with an extras disc, and was in a snazzy steelbook case.

Halo 3? Came in three separate editions. Standard, of course, was just the game.  The Limited Edition (which I own) came in a metal case, with a fancy dan artbook and an extras disc.  This was trumped by the “Legendary Edition”, which came with 3 discs, exclusive bonus video content and the infamous “Cat Helmet”, a giant plastic Master Chief helmet which housed the whole shebang.

Halo: ODST? Had kind of a lame Special Edition which just came with a controller.  Maybe that’s why it didn’t sell too well?

Any way you slice it, Halo: Reach, the final Bungie title in the Halo saga is aiming to be one of the biggest games for Fall 2010, and Bungie is once again pulling out all of the stops to maximize profitsmark the occassion.

What versions will you see in stores when it releases this Fall?

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First, we have the plain and simple standard edition. $60 gets you the game. Period.

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For those with a little extra cash and more love for Halo? Dropping $80 gets you the Limited Edition release, which comes in special ONI black box packaging, along with an exclusive multiplayer in-game Elite armor and an “artifact bag” containing “Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the Halo universe.”

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Not enough? Ready to blow $150 goddamn dollars on a game you’ll be bored with after a few months? Great! ‘Cause Bungie is ready for you to bend over and accept the Legendary Edition release, which comes with everything you get with the Limited Edition, exclusive USNC packaging, a 10 POUND hand painted and numbered “Noble Team” statue from McFarlane Toys, plus a very special multiplayer effect for your Spartan armor – your god damn head is on fire.

Of course it would be, as you just spent $150 on the game. Bra-vo.

So, readers…what version are you buying?

Source: Joystiq.

Yub Yub The Night Away!

More than the #1 Thing I want to see restored in the Special-Special-Special Edition of Return of the Jedi, the Ewok song from the end of the film might just be one of the greatest musical moments ever captured on film.

But if you’ve wanted to sing it with your drunken friends at a Karaoke night, you never had the option…UNTIL NOW.


Source:  Nerdist & Samtaters

Marvel Studios: Starting Big – Then Aiming Small

If anything, it has to be said that Marvel Studios came swinging right out of the gate, starting with the Iron Man film.  And since the successful release of this film, they’ve worked diligently to build their film universe, with (as well stated) the film versions of The Incredible Hulk, and future releases of Captain America, Thor and Avengers.

But Marvel’s in this for the long haul…so how do they intend to keep the gravy train a-rollin’?

Can you say by thinking smaller?

If the scoop exclusively picked up by CHUD is true, Marvel Studios is now plotting out a series of films to feature, well, their B-list heroes.  The catch – these movies will be budgeted in the range of $20-40 mil, versus the ~$100 mil budgets of the A-list pics.

The characters rumored to be featured in such flicks? Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Dazzler, Ka-Zar and yes, even everyone’s favorite pre-teen superheroes – Power Pack.

While some of these movies are absolutely ripe for film interpretation (Iron Fist in particular is perfect, and has me drooling), I can’t help but wonder if there’s a state of burnout which has yet to be reached with comic based films which we’ll eventually encounter.

If Marvel Studios has their way – it won’t happen.  But I remain skeptical.

Source:  CHUD.

Yep, Another IRON MAN 2 Poster

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You know, I thought with Iron Man 2 hitting theaters in FIFTEEN! days, I thought we were done with the posters.

I was wrong. We got another today, a really nice poster featuring the Mark V/Suitcase Suit armor, this time for the IMAX release of the film.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I love the look of this poster.

Iron Man 2 hits theaters in both standard and IMAX on May 7th. Be there or don’t!

Source:  Superhero Hype!.


Remember a few months back when a voice actor accidentally released details on a Young Justice animated series coming to Cartoon Network?

Earlier today Cartoon Network, alongside Warner Brothers Animation confirmed plans to produce a series based on the younger version of the Justice League of America, and the first official promotional image was released above.

Here’s what Cartoon Network had to say in their official press release on the series:

YOUNG JUSTICE is an all-new series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon the characters from DC Comics. In YOUNG JUSTICE, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over – to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? The members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—are about to find out.

Loosely based on the comic book series of the same title, I’m hoping that the cartoon keeps the comic’s same feel of a light hearted, enjoyable fun romp with superheroes, mixed with just a touch of teen drama.  I’m not sure how I feel about the new Aqualad look or the random addition of the never before seen Miss Martian*, but with Superboy, Impulse (as Kid Flash), Robin and Artemis in the roster, the series should retain some of the feel of the 90’s comic.

No set premiere date was announced.

Source: DC Universe: The Source

*As pointed out to me by my good friend Kevin, Miss Martian is actually an existing DCU character. Whoops!