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Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega sues over his portrayal in Call of Duty

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Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega sues over his portrayal in Call of Duty

Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision for using his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Noriega features in the Suffer With Me level of Black Ops 2. In it, Alex Mason and Frank Woods track and capture Noriega in outer Panama City.

Noriega, 80, was the military dictator of Panama from December 1983 to December 1989, when he was captured by invading US forces and removed to America as a prisoner of war. In the US, he was tried on eight counts drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. Following his sentence in the US, he was extradited to France where he served a further seven years on money laundering charges. He is now serving another 20 years in a Panama jail.

The lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, contends that, "In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2, defendants used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in Black Ops 2.

"Defendants’ use of plaintiff’s image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff’s image and likeness. This caused plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received."

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The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected

The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected

Bethesda will release Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game The Evil Within a week earlier than was previously announced.

Speaking at QuakeCon, Bethesda PR and marketing boss Pete Hines said The Evil Within will now be released on October 16 in New Zealand. It had previously been confirmed for October 21.

The change in date will mean The Evil Within is no longer being released on the same day as 2K's Evolve, which is on a hot streak after picking up numerous accolades at E3.

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Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One

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Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One

Bungie's much anticipated shared-world shooter Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One when it releases in September.

However, the game's beta will not run at 1080p, claims fansite Destiny Blog, reporting on an IGN Live segment.

Running Destiny at 1080p on Xbox One has only been made possible after Microsoft released a new software development kit (SDK) that freed up 10 percent more GPU power that was previously reserved for Kinect.

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Visceral makes 10 more changes to Battlefield Hardline

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Visceral makes 10 more changes to Battlefield Hardline

Visceral has compiled a list of 10 changes it has made to Battlefield Hardline based on gamer feedback it received over the course of the beta.

Key changes include longer rounds, fewer explosives and a rebalanced Mechanic class.

Read up on all the changes below.

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Destiny beta is a real beta, not a demo, stresses Bungie

Destiny beta is a real beta, not a demo, stresses Bungie

Just ahead of the Destiny beta this week, Bungie has reminded players that it is a test, to expect problems and how to report them.

"The Destiny beta is a test. Make no mistake. This isn’t some circus stunt. This is science – and you’re the lab rat," Bungie said on its official blog.

"We’d love to tell you that everything will go according to plan, but that wouldn’t be any fun. That wouldn’t teach us a thing. Even if the beta is working perfectly, one of the alpha-geeks in the operations center is gonna kick it to see if it still works. Fortunately, we’ll be going to great lengths to keep you informed and keep you in the game."

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Alien: Isolation DLC not just for pre-orders

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Alien: Isolation DLC not just for pre-orders

Alien: Isolation's downloadable content missions based on the original 1979 movie have captured the gaming public's attention and renewed the debate around pre-order incentives.

Yesterday, publisher Sega announced that gamers who pre-order Alien: Isolation will receive two bonus missions based on the 1979 Alien movie. Excitement around the announcement soon gave way to discussion around the dubious practice of ransoming content to drive up pre-orders.

Today, Sega has announced that the DLC is not for pre-order customers only, but will become available to all at a later date.

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Bungie reveals extensive Destiny beta content

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Bungie reveals extensive Destiny beta content

The Destiny beta kicks off on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 this weekend. Ahead of the launch, Bungie has gone into some detail as to what players can expect.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Bungie community manager David Dague said those who participated in the alpha will also discover new content.

"In many ways it is the beginning of your Destiny adventure," said Dague. "It has more of the story to experience. We've got more of the Crucible to experience. And obviously there is the exploration of Old Russia."

"We're expanding on the portions of the story. We're giving you more opportunity for leveling up and earning promotion. We started you very much on your adventure in progress in the alpha. With the beta we're starting you from square one, so you can really understand what it's like to take your first steps in the boots of a Guardian."

As an example of the kind of feedback Bungie elicited from the alpha, and the kind of feedback it hopes to source from the beta, Dague pointed to the Galahad-C assault rifle.

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Every Destiny beta key yields three download codes

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Every Destiny beta key yields three download codes

Gamers who have pre-ordered Bungie's upcoming shared world shooter Destiny have also been granted access to the beta.

It appears that Bungie has been keeping a pleasant secret: each beta key yields not one but three download keys, meaning players can invite two friends to join them. As Bungie notes, this means you'll have "enough to field a full Fireteam on the console of your choosing!"

The codes will then be emailed to players when the beta goes live.

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Get a first look at Alien: Isolation's take on the 1979 movie

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Get a first look at Alien: Isolation's take on the 1979 movie

Yesterday, Sega announced that the downloadable the content for Alien: Isolation would focus on the events of the original 1979 film. Now the publisher has released a trailer, which you can watch below.

At this time, the downloadable content is only available to those who pre-order the game. In it, players will get two additional missions featuring Ellen Ripley, Dallas, Lambert, Brett, Parker and Ash.

In addition, players who pre-order and upgrade to the Collector's "Nostromo" Edition will get the Crew Expendable content in which they must lure the alien into the ship’s airlock.

News Index


The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected
The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected
NEWS By a week.
PC, 360, PS3
Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One
Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One
NEWS But probably not during the beta.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
18
Visceral makes 10 more changes to Battlefield Hardline
Visceral makes 10 more changes to Battlefield Hardline
NEWS Longer rounds, Mechanic overhauled.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
24
Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega sues over his portrayal in Call of Duty
Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega sues over his portrayal in Call of Duty
NEWS "Unjust enrichment".
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Action: First-Person
4
Bungie reveals extensive Destiny beta content
Bungie reveals extensive Destiny beta content
NEWS On moon wizards.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
5
Destiny beta is a real beta, not a demo, stresses Bungie
Destiny beta is a real beta, not a demo, stresses Bungie
NEWS "This is science – you’re the lab rat."
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Every Destiny beta key yields three download codes
Every Destiny beta key yields three download codes
NEWS Get your fireteam on.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
1
Alien: Isolation DLC not just for pre-orders
Alien: Isolation DLC not just for pre-orders
NEWS You can buy it later.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
4
Get a first look at Alien: Isolation's take on the 1979 movie
Get a first look at Alien: Isolation's take on the 1979 movie
NEWS A pre-order trailer appears.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
Alien: Isolation includes 1979 movie cast as pre-order bonus
Alien: Isolation includes 1979 movie cast as pre-order bonus
NEWS Classic missions reimagined.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
10
There are some good deals in the latest Xbox Live sale
There are some good deals in the latest Xbox Live sale
NEWS Dishonored, Skyrim, and many more.
360
Second Mighty No. 9 crowdfunding effort underway
Second Mighty No. 9 crowdfunding effort underway
NEWS For bonus content only.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Vita, Mac
Destiny beta times confirmed
Destiny beta times confirmed
NEWS Twice as long on PlayStation.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
2
Bethesda on Doom: "We need to prove ourselves all over again"
Bethesda on Doom: "We need to prove ourselves all over again"
NEWS Agreed.
PC, 360
2
Murdered: Soul Suspect studio shuts up shop
Murdered: Soul Suspect studio shuts up shop
NEWS It's over for Airtight Games.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
6
Visceral makes changes to Battlefield Hardline based on beta feedback
Visceral makes changes to Battlefield Hardline based on beta feedback
NEWS Less camera shake, for starters.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Lindsay Lohan sues over Grand Theft Auto V
Lindsay Lohan sues over Grand Theft Auto V
NEWS Claims trashy digital celeb is her likeness.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
16
Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member
Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member
NEWS Hey, progress.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
32
Escape Dead Island is a third-person singleplayer spin-off
Escape Dead Island is a third-person singleplayer spin-off
NEWS Bridges Dead Island 1 and 2.
PC, 360, PS3
MachineGames knows what it wants from a Wolfenstein: The New Order sequel
MachineGames knows what it wants from a Wolfenstein: The New Order sequel
NEWS MechaSatan?
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Games are violent because devs underestimate their audience – Levine
Games are violent because devs underestimate their audience – Levine
NEWS Games are maturing, though.
PC, 360, PS3
Action: First-Person
9
Anger as Rebellion deactivates "stolen" Sniper Elite 3 keys
Anger as Rebellion deactivates "stolen" Sniper Elite 3 keys
NEWS The fix is in?
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
14
Visceral responds to accusations that Hardline is just a Battlefield 4 expansion
Visceral responds to accusations that Hardline is just a Battlefield 4 expansion
NEWS Beta isn't the full story.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
24
Sniper Elite 3 to get 10gb day-one patch on Xbox One
Sniper Elite 3 to get 10gb day-one patch on Xbox One
NEWS Total installed size comes down, however.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Watch the first 15 minutes of Sniper Elite 3
Watch the first 15 minutes of Sniper Elite 3
NEWS Coming soon.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
EA CEO reflects on "unacceptable" Battlefield 4 launch
EA CEO reflects on "unacceptable" Battlefield 4 launch
NEWS Wilson outlines new development processes.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
14
Over 6 million games played in the Destiny PS4 alpha
Over 6 million games played in the Destiny PS4 alpha
NEWS 60 million Dregs dispatched.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Ubisoft warns against "Watch Dogs 2012" mod
Ubisoft warns against "Watch Dogs 2012" mod
NEWS Use at your peril, says developer.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
6
Battlefield Hardline campaign will not be a "linear roller coaster"
Battlefield Hardline campaign will not be a "linear roller coaster"
NEWS Visceral talks up its writing chops.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls patch 2.1 is massive
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls patch 2.1 is massive
NEWS Substantial changes inside.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
6