WOW. That's all you'll say when you see the video below. This is where the teaser footage came from, but it full gameplay footage. The one thing in this video that brings a tear to my eye? A guy gets shot and from the your point of view, you walk up and pick up him to drag him to safety... this is where a WASD graphic comes up, telling you to press "S" (which is obviously, reverse/backwards).
Compared to the disappointing Crysis 2 PC demo, this looks absolutely, hands-down, new-pair-of-jocks worthy of your money. The video shows off the insane character models and movement animation, environmental and lighting detail (smoke and debris fly when bullets hit walls). I've been really pushing Battlefield 3 to crazy levels of anticipation, but believe me, I'll be taking the day off work when this puppy comes out.
Crytek and EA launched the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo yesterday and after playing it, I found myself quite under-enthused. It was okay graphically, but there are only a few drop down menus for graphics, no way near the customizability of the first. There's barely any destruction (which was a big feature of the first game) and no sound through my USB-powered Logitech G35's.
Motion blur is too annoying in the sequel, and it is only DirectX 9. News is leaking that the full game will ship with DirectX 9 only and DirectX 11 support will be added later through a patch. This is a very big blow as CEO Cevat Yerli has put his name on the line saying this will still be a huge hit on the PC and they have spent considerable time on PC making sure PC fans are not disappointed.
Voodoo founder and ex-HP guru, Rahul Sood has loved controversy. Short of turning up to an event in an Egg ala Lady Gaga, he has always loved causing quite the stir. Today is no different, he expressed his pure love for Apple hardware by saying "Every executive in the PC industry should use an Apple notebook".
He later tweeted that the real meaning behind that comment was that they were of higher quality than those that come with Windows by default. It sounds like a death stare toward his current employer, Microsoft, but it seems like it is a dig at his previous employer, HP.
G.Skill has shown off their latest and greatest SSD at CeBit, the Phoenix II series. Phoenix II is based on the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller which pushes the Phoenix II to the wall and posts some of the highest transfer speeds for the chipset.
550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write. G.Skill even went as far as validating these speeds using a session of ATTO disk benchmark to get their message across. Pictures above of the benchmark and a picture below of the actual SSD. Looks like it might be time for me to retire by G.Skill Falcon SSD...
The company behind the Killer line of gaming network gear has introduced their new Killer Wireless-N laptop network adapter. Bigfoot are making claims that the Wireless-N adapter offers transfer speeds of up to five times faster than competing WiFi adapters.
Bigfoot says this will give laptop gamers an advantage over opponents who don't have a comparable networking kit as it cuts down on latency and lag. Bigfoot Networks' CEO Michael Howse also said that other wireless connections that are usually unsuitable for other online activities that are sensitive to wireless packet loss such as VoiP and HD video streaming would benefit from these new Bigfoot products.
Our Download of the Day today is Orbit Downloader 4.0.7.
Orbit Downloader, is a download manager specifically designed for the new generation Web (Web 2.0). You can use Orbit to download video/music/files from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, and Rapidshare, or on any site to make general downloading easier and faster.
Main Orbit Downloader Features:
Download social music, social video and streaming media
Extreme download acceleration.
Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly
Supports RapidShare download.
Supports IE, Firefox, Maxthon, and Opera.
Supports Metalink download.
Supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols.
Supports Proxy server configuration.
Supports download, pause and resume.
Provides general download management.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 4.0.7
* Fix: some errors when downloading files.
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The latest happenings from around the web - March 1st, 2011
- ASRock P67 Extreme 6 Motherboard @ Overclockers.com
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 Motherboard @ Aphnetworks
- ECS Sandy Bridge Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
- Sparkle ONE GTS 450 1GB OC Single Slot @ Hardware Canucks
- Samsung PN58C6400 58" Plasma HDTV @ SilentPCReview
- Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 @ Overclockers Club
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC @ Pureoverclock
Crytek and EA have released the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo early, the PC demo gives you access to two multiplayer maps: Skyline and Pier 17. There's also two game modes from the full game included.
Team Instant Action which is a deathmatch style option where your main objective is to kill as many opponents in a certain amount of time. The other mode, Crash Site, which is similar to King of the Hill modes where you fight to control alien drop pods and rack up points in the process.
MSI have been teasing their 10-inch Android based tablet for a while now but have finally shown the device off at CeBit in the form of the WindPad 100A. It's set to be a dual-core Tegra 2 based unit that will include Honeycomb.
The hardware is identical to what was seen at CES, no pricing is out on it yet but they should be hitting shelves in a store near you by the second half of the year. MSI is among a dozen or so companies offering either Tegra 2-based tablets or Honeycomb-based tablets, but most people would agree, there can never, ever be enough competition.