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Call of Duty Black Ops gets pre-order bonuses from GameStop and Amazon

The November 9 release date for Call of Duty Black Ops is getting ever closer and today publisher Activision announced that two retailers, GameStop and Amazon.com, will offer up some exclusive pre-order bonuses for the upcoming first person shooter. Amazon.com pre-order customers can get a Black Ops Laser Cell featuring the image you can see to the right. The Laser Cell is limited to the first 100,000 pre-orders and comes with a certificate of authenticity. All pre-orders will get access to a PC wallpaper with the same image.

GameStop pre-orders will get access to an exclusive high altitute flight suit multiplayer avatar. You can check out a funny YouTube video promoting the pre-order offer after the jump"

[Via email press release]

Hunted: The Demon's Forge pre-orders announced

Publisher Bethesda Softworks is prepping for the future release of Hunted: The Demon's Forge by announcing some pre-order specials for folks who put their money down early for the upcoming fantasy action-RPG. The inXile entertainment-developed title, which is due for release sometime in 2011, will have many different pre-order offers from several brick-and-mortar and digital download outlets.

The retailers include Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Amazon.com with Steam and Direct2Drive also offering digital pre-order specials. The in-game items include new levels and new monsters that are used in Hunted's dungeon creator system along with exclusive character items and weapons. You can check out the full list of pre-order specials after the jump:

Doom pre-order special for Brink revealed [Update]

At QuakeCon 2010, the development team from Splash Damage showed off playable versions of its upcoming sci-fi shooter Brink. But at a special presentation held at this show on Saturday it was revealed that folks who pre-order the game at GameStop will be able to get some exclusive and very cool in-game items related to id Software's Doom series.

Specifically, the GameStop pre-order will get players some Doom related clothing items for your Brink player character such as a hat with the classic Doom logo, a "Hellspawn" tattoo and t-shirts with the Doom logo and one that looks like your character is wearing the game's light armor. You can also get Doom related skins for your character's machine gun. Brink is currently due for release in 2011.

[Thanks to the official QuakeCon 2010 Flickr page for the heads-up]

Update: IGN reveals even more pre-order bonuses for Brink including special in-game items exclusive for Amazon.com, Direct2Drive, Steam and Best Buy. Best Buy has Fallout-based in-game items.

Fallout: New Vegas PC gets special download pre-orders offers

While folks can purchase Fallout: New Vegas as a boxed retail version, the PC port of the upcoming post-apocalypse RPG will also be available via download. If you swing that way publisher Bethesda Softworks has teamed up with several retailers to offer special pre-order offers if you buy the game via download.

GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will all have their own unique pre-orders specials for the PC download version (Steam's pre-order offer will be the same as Walmart). Each consist of exclusive in-game items (armor, weapons, etc) that will become available when the game is released this fall. Check out the specifics of each pre-order offer after the jump:

Two Worlds II gets pre-order bonus level and in-game item

Publisher Southpeak Games is likely expecting big sales from Two Worlds II, the sequel to the fantasy RPG from developer Reality Pump. Today the company announced a pre-order offer for those folks who want to put down their money for the game early at retailer GameStop before its schedule release in September.

The pre-order offer will include adding a special in-game item, the two-sided sword Luciendar, to the game that will give players an increase in their resistance skills. Pre-orders will also get an extra level to explore, the Labyrinths of Hatmandor, where players will get to go "in search of exquisite treasures."

Gallery: Two Worlds II

GameStop announces better than expected sales

While retail game sales are supposed to be suffering overall, the game specific retailer GameStop seems to be doing OK, thank you very much. This week the company announced that revenues for their full fiscal year, which ended on January 30, were $9.08 billion, a 3.1 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.

Not everything was all wine and roses in the financial report, though. Comparable store sales decreased 7.9 percent in the last fiscal year and net profits were
$377.3 million, down 5.3 percent from a year ago. GameStop predicts that their current 2010 fiscal year will see overall sales go up between 4 and 6 percent. The company also expects to open 400 new stores this year.

GameStop's web site leaks Portal 2 details (including multiplayer co-op)

Looks like GameStop's web site may have leaked some of the first concrete details about the just announced Portal 2 before they quickly pulled most of that info from their product listing. Currently the listing for Valve's upcoming puzzle-action game sequel just has this description:

Coming this holiday. Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007's Game of the Year and draws from the award-winning formula of innovative game play, story, and music that earned the original over 70 industry accolades. Features single and multiplayer co-op modes.

The addition of a co-op mode for Portal 2 is a big reveal right there. But before they pulled their more detailed description here is what GameStop's product listing for the game also said:

The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game. The game's two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.

Very interesting. But again we still have our big question: Will Portal 2's total gameplay length be worth the $49.99 that Valve is asking for its PC version? By the way, GameStop is listing an October 26 release date for the game but we have to consider that to be a very tentative date at this point.

GameStop to hold Battlefield Bad Company 2 midnight launch event Monday

If you are one of those old fashioned types that actually goes to the store and buys a game off something called a . . . what are we thinking of . . oh yeah, a shelf and you want to get Battlefield Bad Company 2, them GameStop might be the place to go get your copy of the upcoming first person shooter.

The retailer will be holding midnight launch events for the Digital Illusions-Electronic Arts game at selected GameStop locations on Monday. Those stores will open at 10 pm and some stores will be holding special events such as a commando dress up contest. By the way we think they mean "commando" as "dressing up as a military person" and not as . . .oh, you get the idea.
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