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There was once a time when many of the big game developers said that Valve's Steam gaming network would never succeed and that no one wanted to buy a digital copy of a videogame. Fastforward a few years and Valve has just announced that Steam now has a record breaking 65 million users accessing and playing games on its platform.
Over the last year, Steam has seen over 15 million new accounts registered which equates to a rise of about 30-percent over the previous year. With 65 million users, Steam is now a bigger social and gaming platform that Microsoft's Xbox Live service. Sony's PlayStation Network is still larger with about 110 million users though. With SteamOS and Steam Machines coming in 2014, it appears that only the sky is the limit for what Steam can grow to in the next 12 months.
We just reported that Grand Theft Auto has sold over 29,000,000 copies (yes, 29 million!) but Take-Two's other juggernaut, the Gearbox Software-designed Borderlands 2, is headed toward its own record-breaker, with over 7.5 million copies sold.
Take-Two President, Karl Slatoff, said: "Borderlands 2 has sold-in over 7.5 million units and counting, and is on track to becoming the highest-selling title in 2K's history." We can pretty much count on Borderlands 3 being developed, and I'm sure they're already knees-deep in development of the title as we speak.
If you thought Titanfall might eventually make it to the PlayStation 4, you'll be sad to hear that it will not, ever. During EA's quarterly earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen said that Titanfall "is exclusive only for the lifetime of the title on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC."
This might disappoint future PS4 owners, but it should not come as too much of a surprise. Titanfall will hit the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in March 2014 and should be reviewed "very highly" according to COO Peter Moore.
Wow. Grand Theft Auto V has been out for just six weeks and the open-world game has sold an amazing 29 million copies - yes, 29,000,000 copies of the game have been sold, a staggering number!
This number doesn't represent actual games in consumers' hands, but copies shipped to retailers, but I'm sure that nearly all of them would be sold, or will be sold in the coming weeks. Rockstar has said that GTA V has exceeded "the lifetime sell-in of Grand Theft Auto IV on console in less than six weeks after launch."
It has been almost exactly two years since Battlefield 3 was released to the world, and today, EA and Dice have officially launched the next-generation of Battlefield. Battlefield 4 is built upon the revolutionary Frostbite 3 engine, and features an immersive single player mode, and a multiplayer mode that can only be described as "EPIC."
Since its announcement earlier this year, Battlefield 4 has managed to win more than 40 industry awards, and has received nothing but rave reviews in the past 24 hours. With revolutionary features such as "Levolution" where players are able to destroy key locations that change the layout of the entire map, Battlefield 4 is truly a look into the future of first-person shooters. An excerpt from the official press release can be found below.
"Battlefield 4 features an engaging single-player campaign and epic multiplayer online action. In the single-player, Battlefield 4 puts players in the boots of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, member of the Tombstone squad. The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and the player is the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. Navigating the turmoil around them as they fight to save the final hope for peace between U.S., Russia and China, players will engage in combat on foot and by operating land, sea and air units."
It looks like EA Sports' relationship with Tiger Woods is over, after a mammoth 15 years. Vice President and General Manager of Golf, Daryl Holt, took to the EA blog to explain that the divorce between EA and Woods was a mutual decision, where he wished Woods continued success.
Now that Woods is out of the EA golfing picture, it doesn't meant the company isn't working on a next-gen PGA game, something that it has just teased. The work-in-progress screenshots look nothing short of jaw dropping. The one above looks mind-blowing, but look at a comparison between current generation in-game graphics and the next-gen in-game work-in-progress image below.
It's only hours away from being played, where productivity around the world will plummet and people will rack up all sorts of kills and memories in DICE's Battlefield 4. Well, reviews are now here, where it seems, as usual, the single-player is pretty crap but the multiplayer side of Battlefield 4 is where it's at, as always.
Reviews for BF4 range in the 80-90% mark, which is what I expected. I wish DICE would just drop single-player altogether and release it as some form of free DLC, and just concentrate all efforts into the multiplayer side of things. Hopefully we see something like this with Battlefield 5. On with the reviews!
The reviews cover the current generation consoles and PC, with next-gen console reviews of BF4 coming once the consoles officially launch next month.
While it may have had some hiccups on launch, Grand Theft Auto Online can be considered nothing but a smashing success at this point, and today Rockstar has announced the first DLC pack for the game. The all new Beach Bum pack will be released early November and will be available for download at the unbeatable price of Free!
The Beach Bum pack will add new weapons as well as beach-themed vehicles that will be available for use in both GTA Online as well as GTA V. The update will feature several new jobs including Survivals, parachutes, deathmatches, races, and much more. New Tattoos, hairstyles, and clothing will also be included as well. Additionally users will be able to create custom deathmatches and races with the included Content Creator which is free to download as well.
NVIDIA has just updated its "GeForce Experience" software to version 1.7 and with the update, has launched the all new ShadowPlay gameplay recording module. ShadowPlay enables gamers to easily record video of their most exciting moments and quickly share them with the world.
ShadowPlay is a hardware-based encoder that reduces the impact that recording has on in-game performance and limits the frame rate reduction drastically over other recording methods by encoding to H.264. This reduces the exorbitantly large multi-gigabyte file sizes we are use to seeing, which equates to more space for additional videos, as well as a less taxing experience on the computers storage medium.
ShadowPlay is compatible with GeForce GTX 650 or higher cards, has two different modes, Shadow Mode and Manual Mode. Shadow mode constantly records gameplay for up to 20 minutes in Windows 8 (10 minutes in Windows 7) at full 1080p resolution. This feature allows you to press a pre-defined hot-key when something epic happens and the footage will be saved to your hard drive. Manual mode is what many of us are use to, and will record 20 minutes of continuous footage to the hard drive.
We're days away from the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, with our own Trace Hagan preparing himself by getting his kennel into order, but now there's a rumor that there will be a new game mode featured in the latest iteration of Activision's first-person shooter.
The new mode will be called "Extinction" with the picture a tease, above. It looks like some kind of alien beast, a nice departure from the zombie mode of previous COD titles. Rumor has it that "Extinction" mode is unlocked once you finish the first five single player missions. There's some extra news to sprinkle on top here, with news that there will be 14 multiplayer maps included, and a 40GB installation on the PC, which has lead to the Xbox 360 version of the game coming on two discs.
The PC version has some steep requirements, such as a 64-bit OS and 6GB of RAM. Hopefully the in-game graphics can justify its steep requirements because the early words from gaming outlets is that Frostbite 3 on Battlefield 4 completely slays Call of Duty: Ghosts in the graphics department.