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HALO ODST Live Action Trailer Rules All this Week

And the title for best trailer this week keeps getting passed around like a cheap hooker but, this time, I think we have found a winner! Microsoft and Bungie have released a live action trailer for their upcoming HALO ODST which blew my socks right off. As if this was not enough, you can see an extended, two minutes and 30 seconds version of the short on September 7th at 10:30 PM ET/PT on SPIKE TV during Band of Brothers.

Blizzard Announces Fourth Diablo III Class to be the Monk

*UPDATE – See the Monk gameplay footage here.

At the 2009 BlizzCon today, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the fourth playable class in Diablo III to be the Monk (the rightmost class pictured). The class is said to be a master of hand-to-hand combat and looks to be a blast to play.

What we do know about Mr. Monk (no, not Tony Shaloub although we like him too) is that he will have a mastery of hand-to-hand techniques as well as staff and mace combat. He will also be able to use minor magics and abilities such as casting a mystical shield to protect himself (considering he will not be a heavily armored class).

More to come as we get our chance to play Mr. Monk later at BlizzCon!

Bungie’s Last Xbox 360 Halo Game Will Be Halo: Reach

In a recent interview with CVG, Bungie senior designer Lars Bakken said that Halo: Reach would be their last Halo title developed for the Xbox 360:

‘In terms of a platform for Halo games made by Bungie, yes. I can’t answer that question for Microsoft though. Whether they have something in the works or not, I don’t know if they’re actually ready to talk about it yet, but in terms of Bungie-produced Halo games, ODST and then Reach is probably all you’re going to get.’

Microsoft still has the right to develop Halo games on the platform, and they most likely will until 3D television technology develops enough for their next console.

Halo Legends Anime Series Debut Trailer Released

Halo Legends will be a series of seven short anime-style films that will be released next year on DVD. However, if you checkout the Halo Waypoint this Fall on Xbox LIVE you will be able to get a sneak preview. Halo Legends is being overseen by the director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina, Shinji Aramaki.

The Halo Waypoint will be the Xbox LIVE epicenter for all Halo-related news and information and will be launched later this year.

New District 9 Trailer Makes Me Wish Bloomkamp Was Directing Halo Right Now

Okay, so it is not gaming news, but I could not help brighten your otherwise slow news-day with the new theatrical trailer for Neil Bloomkamp’s upcoming alien-refuge epic: District 9. Due out in theaters August 14th, District 9 tells the documentary-style tale of aliens who are refugees on our planet.

For those of you who remember, director Neil Bloomkamp also did the amazing Halo – Landfall videos prior to Halo 3’s release. Between those and this film, a movie studio would be plain stupid not to give him the Halo feature.

New Halo: ODST Screenshots Drop in for Your Enjoyment

Bungie has released some new screenshots from its upcoming Halo 3 expansion, Halo: ODST. Due out September 22nd on the Xbox 360, we learned during Microsoft’s E3 press conference that if you purchase the expansion you will be eligible to take part in the multiplayer beta test for the next big Halo project – Halo: Reach.

Check out the three new screenshots After the Break…because Sgt. Johnson says so and you better listen up as he will be a playable character in the upcoming expansion! *UPDATE: He is playable only if you pre-order ODST and only in one of the new multiplayer modes.

Halo: ODST Declared Winner in Hording Post-E3 Consumer Interest

Nielsen Company blog, the Nielsen Wire, reports that in the study they did measuring Post-E3 consumer purchase interest of a variety of software products, Halo: ODST was on top of the heap. The upcoming Halo 3 expansion scored a 53% rating. This was followed up by God of War III which garnered 49% interest. One surprising finding is that the Beatles: Rock Band only garnered 30% of post-E3 consumer interest.

The full list (with release date and % interest):
53% – Halo ODST (9/22/09)
49% – God of War III (March 2010)
45% – Wii Sports Resort (7/28/09)
42% – Guitar Hero 5 (9/1/09)
37% – Final Fantasy XIII (April 2010)
35% – Madden 2010 (8/14/09)
34% – Guitar Hero: Van Halen (12/1/09)
32% – Assassins Creed 2 (11/17/09)
32% – Need for Speed: Shift (9/22/09)
32% – Need for Speed: Nitro (10/17/09)
32% – NCAA Football 10 (7/14/09)
30% – Beatles Rock Band (9/8/09)

Via NielsenWire

Microsoft E3 2009 Presser Completed, Up Next is EA at 2pm pt

Microsoft really had some strong announcements this time around. We learned not only about the announcements of Halo: Reach, Metal Gear: Rising, Left 4 Dead 2, and Project Natal (Milo demo was interesting), but we also learned that the Xbox LIVE system will be getting Facebook and Twitter functionality.

Also, we learned that Halo: ODST would be released come September 22nd and if you purchase it you would be eligible for the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta when that project is ready. In other game news, Final Fantasy XIII will also be coming to the Xbox 360.

While Microsoft saved their Project Natal announcement for the end, I have been a big fan of Halo for a while and thought that and the L4D2 announcement were more exciting. Overall, I would give Microsoft a big two thumbs-up for their presser this year. It was entertaining as well as showed a lot of variety of products off.

Stay-tuned to our LIVE coverage of Electronic Art’s press conference at 2PM, pt.