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.
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.
It's a... SONY. It's a legal dispute. Sony are in deep water now as shipments of PlayStation 3's have been seized as LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle between the two companies. The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PlayStation 3's have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.
Tens of thousands of PS3's were seized by customs last week in the Netherlands, with more damage to Sony to come. If the injunction is extended it could mean PS3's vanishing off store shelves. Sony, which reportedly imports around 100, 000 consoles per week is frantically trying to get the ban lifted.
Valve are not a company afraid of change, they've dominated digital distribution in the past near-decade or so and now are expanding out into the lounge rooms of gamers worldwide. The announcement is not detail heavy, but it does give a few facts.
"Big picture" mode will provide "controller support and navigation designed for television interaction", it will also allow players to "enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house." This probably means they've re-jigged the Steam interface to fit a large TV or projector setup and have it accessible via controller.
Remember Gran Turismo? Well, you won't after watching the below video. Shift 2: Unleashed has its eyes on the prize and judging by this video it looks like it's going to take the #1 position on the podium.
The trailer features some insane eye-candy, and even more insane levels of realism. You can see the depth the team as gone into to make Shift 2 Unleashed a near-realistic driving game. For those of you who don't own steering wheels, I'm pretty sure Logitech just saw me posting this news and have started production on some new steering wheels.
The trailer to Bethesda's latest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, has been released and boy does it look impressive. We finally get to see the game in action with it's brand-new, built from the ground up graphics engine.
Impressive, huh? The UI looks very slick with nothing to interfere with your fight for survival. It really increases the atmosphere (for me at least, and just in a video) as you're not constantly checking stats. The trailer shows off some impressive fighting (you versus a freakin' dragon!) and shows off some of the levels in which the graphics are fantastic.
Microsoft's Graeme Boyd has tweeted "Gears of War 3 will launch worldwide on September 20, 2011 (except Japan, which will be 22/9). More Gears stuff to come I think." This has been the sweet, sweet music to many Gears' fans worldwide.
The latest installment of Gears of War now has a release date, fans are free to celebrate. Although, Japan-based fans will have to wait an extra (surely to be) excruciating two days. Gears of War 3 continues the story of Marcus, Baird, Dom and others versus the Locust invasion. Expect major new additions to the game in the form of four-player campaign co-op, new multiplayer modes and dedicated mutliplayer servers.
The first in-game Battlefield 3 gameplay footage has hit the internet and has sent shockwaves through the gaming industry. It looks to totally redefine the Battlefield series and features a brand new engine in the form of Frostbite 2.0
The gameplay trailer shows upgraded graphics, character models, upgraded lighting and shadows and the ability to drag injured team mates to safety from the cover of fire, rockets or debris. The video also teases that anyone who pre-orders Battlefield 3 Limited Edition will get the "Back to Karkand" expansion pack for free.
It was rumored earlier this year but now it has been confirmed - Microsoft are releasing the Kinect for Windows SDK. Microsoft have said "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system-such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."
Commercial licensing details will arrive sometime after that. The blog also goes on to say "The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education."
Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have each been leaked out to the internet and now Bulletstorm has joined them. Elaborate marketing stunt or behind the scenes leaks? Are leaked games the new cheap marketing stunt? These AAA titles will still sell in the millions so a few leaks isn't going to hurt them, right?
EA has taken another hit with Bulletstorm making its way to torrent sites, with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions popping up online with only the former being confirmed to work. The PC version has not made its way out. 2011 has started with quite a few leaks, is it a coincidence? Or is it a different form of marketing? Instead of spending $30 million on an advertising campaign, maybe having 1 million people download your game is less of a hit? It gets the game into peoples hands and lets them brag about it to friends who might in turn not want to risk getting hit by the ban hammer for their consoles and rushing out to buy it?
Taipei Game Show 2011 - When I said in an earlier post that there was lots of cool technology at Taipei Game Show 2011, I meant it, but it was all being hogged by loads of lovely Taiwanese girls. That's not necessarily a bad thing, maybe just a reason for all the girlie videos today. Sorry ladies.
So, besides Sony having a kick ass Gran Turismo 5 five screen simulator at their booth, they were also actively promoting PlayStation Move - the gaming controller competitor to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect that actually requires a controller. Booth babe ladies were scattered on a stationary merry-go-round setup with loads of PS3's and the Move motion controller.
Sure, Move is far from new, but it's still kind of newish in Taiwan and the first I have really seen it in action for a considerable amount of time.
Taipei Game Show 2011 - Sony had a massive presence at the Taipei Game Show 2011 with it's large PlayStation booth going toe for toe right next to Microsoft and it's Kinect gaming stations.
One of the cool things Sony was showcasing was an awesome Gran Turismo 5 racing simulator setup with no less than five Bravia HDTVs, racing chair and Logitech gaming hardware. The setup was made that little bit sweeter with a Taiwanese booth babe girl that even knew how to drive.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to sit down and have a play, I think Sony wanted more attractive people than I sitting down and enjoying it. Nonetheless, a pretty cool setup by Sony who in my opinion had the best booth at TGS this year.
Sony's cracking down on the PS3 pirate world. In a statement released in the Playstation Blog today, Sony has stated that use of "circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently."
With all of the back and forth between PS3 firmware patches and jailbreak features being constructed to foil the new security measures, Sony has made it clear that they're not fans of the act. Lockdown of PS3 devices from the Playstation Network is their way of trying to keep cheaters off of online servers and was the focus of the statement. Watch out wallhacker, Sony's coming for you.
Battlefield 3 is now available for pre-order through the EA Store. The upcoming super-soldier FPS title is set to hit in Q4 of this year and is currently available for pre-order of the Limited Edition.
The pre-order includes Limited Edition content which is set to be unveiled at the end of the month. I'm hoping this "Limited Edition" content is moulded in the form of a multiplayer beta like Bad Company 2 included. Hit up the EA Store for your pre-order![U][/U]
Dead Island is set to be the next Zombie game we all fall in love with. It's a non-linear first-person shooter which finds you on an island which gets overrun by a horde of zombies. It turned out to be the holiday, from hell! Pardon the pun.
Dead Island allows the player to use anything they find in their surroundings as a weapon and looks to have a bit more heart than the usual zombie, invincible-hero type of games. Check out the trailer above, it's quite the trailer!
Crytek seem to be unaffected by the recent leak of their latest soon-to-be blockbuster FPS title, Crysis 2 by still keeping to their word and releasing a multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 on PC come March 1.
The download page gone live teasing some of the stuff you'll see in the demo. The Crysis 2 multiplayer demo will include two maps, two modes and hours of insane action and fun. Crytek explain it as:
In amongst the leak of Crysis 2 and the inevitable tears of rage Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli would've had this week, he has stepped out into the spotlight that is the internet to release a statement.
He assures everyone that PC gaming is still very important and will always be important to Crytek (that must be why the Xbox 360 had an exclusive multiplayer demo) and that they are still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. He says that he hopes everyone enjoys Crysis 2 as they think it's their best PC game yet.
A full, final version of Killzone 3 has hit the internet a full two weeks before it's planned launch. The download is a whopping 41.5GB and is reportedly genuine and even includes Killzone 3's 3D mode. There's also a 'half-fat' version without the 3D support.
Killzone 3 is the second AAA title to be leaked after last weeks crisis which involved the leak of Crysis 2 on PC. The Killzone 3 download will only work on hacked PlayStation 3's which should halt a fair amount of people from playing it before the release.
Cevat Yerli is surely through two or three bottles of some very expensive scotch. Crysis 2 has been leaked in some very poor form, Direct X9-only, 64-bit only, audio does not work through USB.
But the good things is it runs at roughly 60fps on a GTX570 at hardcore graphics settings, so minimum requirements should be much better this time. This is to the benefit of consoles, but might work against us PC-gamers for ultimate eye candy if a single GTX570 can give 60fps.
Fake guitarplayers everywhere are mourning today as Activision released that they are discontinuing their popular Guitar Hero franchise after a six year run. Slipping sales are the most likely culprit, with the latest release "Warriors of Rock" setting a new low in sales for the $2 billion gaming franchise.
While it may be the first game people think of when you're naming music-based video games, new competition from the likes of Rock Band and others have severely bitten into Guitar Hero's fanbase. Activision said in a statement that "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011." Well, it's easy to make millions when you're the only game in town but when the competition comes you've got to step it up and Guitar Hero just wasn't able to do it. Reports are stating that Activision may continue to make new downloadable content available for current Guitar Hero games; although there is no timetable on how often or how long it will continue.
Owners of PS3 consoles and PCs have been licking their chops to get their hands on the release of First Strike, the new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops since it was released for Xbox 360 owners. The folks at Sony have some news for the console side; a firm release date.
Black Ops fans with a PS3 will be able to get their hands on First Strike on March 3rd, which is around the end of the 30 day window that Microsoft owns for exclusive rights for the DLC. Berlin Wall, Discovery, Stadium, and Kowloon are the four new multiplayer maps that will be included as well as Ascension to continue the Zombies saga. The expansion will cost $15. No word on an arrival date for the PC as of yet.