Halo 4 is out next week and of course, it includes with the whole grand return of the Master Chief and the usual host of multiplayer modes. But it's also getting episodic DLC. Free episodic DLC, to be precise with the Spartan Ops mode. Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive video reveal and provided some details on the new onslaught on Spartan super-soldiers in the Halo universe.

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April 23rd, to be precise, or about a year and a half after the release of Dead Island proper. The sequel sees the four survivors the outbreak from the first game making their way to safety on a military ship, only for that pernicious virus to infect the crew, and generally making the whole island vacation a total wash.

Developer Deep Silver has added a fifth character to the group with new skills, and they're promising new multiplayer communication features as well as "hub defense missions" (which sound a lot like an additional survival mode).

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From the Snatch and Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels director comes this live-action trailer for November 13ths Call of Duty: Black Ops Ii. Ritchie's even brought along with his Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. for a brief cameo (although I suppose you could call every appearance here a "cameo" given their brevity) for this "Surprise" ad.

And you know what? The overall joke is kind of funny, a slight reprise on the previous Call of Duty live action trailers under the "There's a soldier in all of us" theme they've been running with for the modern-ish entries in the series. "Modern-ish" here because as you know, Black Ops II's whole deal is its near-future weaponry and setting--some of which gets play here in the trailer.

So what do you think? Fun? Funny? A rehash of the old ads?

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Composer Jack Wall has a slew of credits to his name in game music, going all the way back to the PC classic Myst. Since then, he's worked with BioWare on the Mass Effect franchise, Ubisoft with Splinter Cell and picked up both BAFTA and Spike TV nominations for his work on Mass Effect 2. His next big gig: Treyarch's Black Ops II, which hits on November 13th from Activision.

Wall and I spoke (well, by e-mail) about his work on the near future shooter, about getting the sound just right, and composing in the legendary Abbey Road studios. You can also check out some of his previous work on his site.

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Even Spartan super-soldiers aren't safe from season pass setups, as Microsoft announces a bundle for the next few months of Halo 4 DLC. Detailed on Major Nelson's Blog, it's the War Game Map Pass, which will bundle together the next three content drops for the shooter through the spring of next year.

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Directed by Tim Miller and making its worldwide debut last night during Jimmy Fallon, "Scanned" depicts major bits of the Chief's history that we've never actually seen in games, and have only really been told through the novels and comics.

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The winged menace of the Songbird can be yours along with a host of other extras as Irrational and 2K Games announce two special editions for Bioshock Infinite's 2013 release.

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After announcing last month that maps from the upcoming shooter would be based on the film based on the Hunt for Bin Laden, EA hopping the line between gritty realism and action fantasy with... Linkin Park?

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The Fight Club and upcoming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea director is shepherding a two-minute launch trailer for the November 6th release, with frequent collaborator Tim Miller on as director.

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The Croteam-developed shooter is on the way to XBLA next week.

Priced at 1200 MS Points, the shooter remake (it appeared last year on PCs) will include single player and local/online co-op action from the team behind last year's Serious Sam HD: The First and Second Encounters, which also appeared on Xbox LIVE.

From the synopsis:

Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs, and pulling the trigger made things go boom. Brutally fast-paced action, massive shootouts, and thrilling cooperative play make for the most explosive Serious Sam game ever! Contains the full single-player and cooperative campaign modes.

You can download Serious Sam: BFE next Wednesday on Xbox LIVE, or get it now on Steam.

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