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Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter Out This Week

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter revealed in September will hit North American shelves this week with a recommended price of $99.99.

The revision adds support for the 802.11n wireless protocol which Microsoft says will offer up to "two times the range and a speed seven times faster" than the previous adapter when used on an WiFi-n network.

First Prince of Persia Movie Trailer Debuts

The debut trailer for Disney's game-inspired Prince of Persia film has arrived, offering a glimpse of the Jake Gyllenhaal's antics as the titular (and time-traveling) prince. Partially written by franchise creator Jordan Mechner, directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean), the film rolls out to theaters in late May. A higher quality version of the trailer is expected tomorrow--for now, uou'll have to make due with this blocky YouTube embed:

Just Cause 2 Trailer: It Will Grab You

"Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime," the old commercial jingle used to declare. "When pizza's on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime." And while this trailer for Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2--coming to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2010--certainly isn't as catchy, you'll notice that if you replace "pizza" with "grapple" and "on a bagel" with "in the game," the resulting ditty is oddly appropriate.

The Saboteur Media: The Sights and Sounds of Paris

New The Saboteur screenshots and a trailer show the full range of Pandemic's open-world World War 2 stealth-action shooter, from sneaking around in disguise and sniping Nazis from the rooftops of occupied Paris to racing through the streets and exploding airships.

Army of Two, Midnight Club, Sonic Unleashed Become Games on Demand

Three new old games were added to Xbox Live's Games on Demand download service today. EA's co-op shooter Army of Two can be had for $20, while Rockstar's racer Midnight Club: LA and Sega's Sonic Unleashed are each going for $30. The pricing of Midnight Club and Army of Two appears to be on par with current retail stickers, though Sonic Unleashed can certainly be had for less at other outlets.

Modern Warfare 2 Won't Have Dedicated PC Servers, New Footage Emerges

Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 maker Infinity Ward recently told us that "PC [multiplayer] will be the same as it always was," the company has now revealed that the war-torn shooter will not make use of community-run dedicated servers. "We've been building up this system on the backend called IW Net, to allow matchmaking for our PC users just like you have on the console," Infinity Ward community manager Robert 'fourzerotwo' Bowling explained on podcast BASH 123.

CryEngine 3 Released to Devs

Crytek today unleashed the third iteration of its CryEngine graphics platform in announcing the official release of CryEngine 3. The engine is the Crytek's first stab at a cross-platform solution, allowing developers to work with a single editor and output the results to a PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in real-time. Other, more flashy features are outlined in the following video:

Left 4 Dead 2's New Multiplayer Mode Revealed

While Valve has remained rather quiet regarding Left 4 Dead 2's new multiplayer mode, the developer took the wraps off it tonight at a press event in San Francisco. Dubbed "Scavenge," the mode essentially combines Left 4 Dead's Versus and Survival modes. One team, the survivors, is tasked with retrieving scattered gas canisters and using them to fill up generators. As in Versus, the other team takes control of "special infected" and attempts to stop the survivors alongside legions of regular zombies.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Launch Trailer

Codemasters' Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising launches today, and as such we've got new screenshots and a launch trailer to share. The military shooter is currently making its way to stores on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As for digital distribution, the PC version can be found on Steam as of today.

Left 4 Dead 2 Pre-orders Get 10% Off

Throwing yet another pre-order incentive into the mix, Valve today announced that those who pre-order Left 4 Dead 2 from "participating retailers" will get 10% off the game.

The offer brings the PC version to $45 and the Xbox 360 edition to $55. Of course, the company's own PC digital distribution outlet Steam is among those participating.

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