•••• BioWare used their panel as an opportunity to address the month-long dungstorm that has embattled "Mass Effect 3." Among the announcements this weekend was a free "Extended Cut" add-on to clarify the controversial ending, as well as the free "Resurgence" multiplayer DLC pack. Just more crimes from the "worst company in America." [VentureBeat]
•••• UbiSoft unleashed their playable "Assassin's Creed 3" demo, and it looks like the Revolutionary War-enveloped installment in the series is living up to the hype. October is certainly a long way off, but for now it seems that "AC3" is worth the stir it's caused so far off from its release date. [GameZone]
•••• People got their hands on "Max Payne 3" for the first time and it looks every bit as polished and trigger-happy as the series' previous installments. It's worth noting that "Max Payne 3" probably had the most riding on its reactions from PAX, given that it's the next mega-release on the calendar. [Blast Magazine]
•••• Epic Games (of "Gears of War" and other titles) has a cryptic PC-only project in the works. [Joystiq]
•••• In industry coverage news, Vox Games became Polygon and less ceremoniously, The Onion A.V. club recently branched its gaming coverage onto its new site, The Gameological Society.
On Shelves This Week
•••• "Fez," a platform-style Xbox Live Arcade game, will be available for purchase and download on Friday. "Fez" comes on the heels of a strong demo, visually exciting presentation and a groundswell of intrigue as one of the featured titles in"Indie Game: The Movie."
•••• With all of the dodgypress fighting games have received in recent months, this is either the best or worst possible time for "Skullgirls," a female character-focused fighting game available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this week.
•••• With the hype around "Max Payne 3" in full effect, new and faithful fans of the hardboiled DEA agent's adventures can literally have Max Payne in their hands on April 12 (iOS) and April 28 (Android). "Max Payne Mobile" will give the shooter's enthusiasts plenty to chomp on until "Max Payne 3" is released on May 15th.
Fair warning that the accompanying Twitpic is somewhat racy. So racy in fact that according to Destructoid, Nigri was asked to cover up or leave. You be the judge if the model promoting the upcoming game "Lollipop Chainsaw" was too, ahem, exposed:
I must admit that I got absolutely hooked on last week's challenge "Geared" and am still grinding away on level 39. Still, I did find time to hunt down a new free game to put in the same folder I keep my copy of "Skee Ball" in. Enter "Coin Dozer," a replica of the game that was an integral part of going to an arcade back in the day. This is that game where you drop quarters into a machine and your quarter becomes a part of a pile of change that's pushing prizes and more change into a reward slot. Just like the real thing, this iOS is highly addictive ("just one more, it's soooo close!") and preys on that addiction by encouraging you to spend more (real) money. The challenge this week is to simply see if you can play "Coin Dozer" for a few days without coughing up any real cash.
Really Important Video
Here's the commercial for the aforementioned "Lollipop Chainsaw," a collaboration of noted director of bizarre films James Gunn and Japanese game development legend Suda 51. It's hard not to assume that "Lollipop Chainsaw" is "Buffy" with zombies swapped for vampires. See, it's empowering to women because she's in charge of killing all the zombies, right? Yeah, probably not.