Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.
Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.
Tron was the coolest film ever when I was a kid and the movie is still really cool. I spent many a Saturday in the arcade in the mall playing the Tron video game when I was a kid. I loved the light cycle game and the one where the face was inside all the swirling tiles you had to destroy. I recall there were several different games you could play on the arcade game, but I forget what the others were now. Disney Interactive Studios has announced a new Tron: Evolution video game to go with the flick launching this month.
The game is on every game console and on Windows as well. Not surprisingly considering it's based on what will be one of the biggest flicks of the year, the title is offered in a few versions for other game systems. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will sell for $59.99, which is the typical price of a new game. The Wii Version is $49.99 and is called Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The DS and PSP versions are $39.99 and the Windows game is $29.99.
Angry Birds - it's in the hearts of casual gamers virtually everywhere. iOS, Android and now Nokia. Nokia's Ovi Store has just gotten Angry Birds and it is already popular.
Nokia have also announced they've been pushing out 3.5 million downloads per day with 250, 000 users signing up to the store daily. Angry Birds is currently the #1 downloaded app in Australia.
Finally! Australian gamers might soon find themselves unshackled by the current limitation of the MA15+ rating for video games, whilst movies can hold an R18+ classification, games in Australia are limited to an MA15+ classification.
Even if you're 18 or 118 you cannot buy an R18+ game in Australia as they do not currently have an R18+ classification for video games, but this is hopefully... all set to change.
Here at TweakTown we like to get our game on, and Angry Birds is part of that - with the game being one of the most successful mobile games ever, it is paving the way for a new market in mobile games, the team over at Rovio Mobile keeps hitting new milestones every few days it seems.
Angry Birds has been downloaded over 30 million times across various platforms, 12 million of those being paid downloads on the iOS platform. Google's Android platform famously has Angry Birds for free - which supports advertising. Angry Birds on Android has been downloaded more than 5 million times since it launched just 2 months ago.
One of the coolest games to play with a group of friends if you ask me is Rock Band. I know I have spent more than one night with a group playing Rock Band on the PS3 and I have the game on my iPhone too for the times when I get really bored. If you are a fan of the franchise and have an iPad or iPhone, a new version of Rock Band has been unveiled.
The new game is called Rock Band Reloaded. Reloaded is on the app store right now to download and it has a set list of songs that players should like. Artists include Nirvana, Billy Idol, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails and Vampire Weekend. There are over 20 songs total on the game and new tracks will be launched. The big new feature of the game isn't tracks; it's a new fifth way to play the game.
Yes! Beta! The team over at Valve constantly tune Team Fortress 2, it's a constantly evolving thing of love for them. The game has now gone into a public beta.
The beta is available to anyone who owns Team Fortress 2 - to install, open/launch Steam, open the Library and install "Team Fortress 2 Beta" from your games list.
Here at TweakTown we've posted a few things about Kinect - mainly because it's been such a success for Microsoft and it looks to represent a large change in how we use technology in the future. The broadness of it's tech from hacking has also interested thousands of people.
It is still successful weeks after launch selling 125, 000 units every single day for the past week in the run up to the end of year holiday season. Microsoft have been quite proud (and so they should) be of this achievement, where Sony has been quite as open about their sales numbers - Move is popular, but Microsoft seem to be much more confident in their sales numbers.
Maximum stealth, maximum power, maximum... reading? Yes, there is a Crysis book coming out. Crysis: Legion will be the official game novelisation written by Peter Watts - a Canadian science fiction author who was recently involved in an incident with US Border Patrol.
Crysis: Legion tells the story of the upcoming Crysis 2 - New York has been invaded by armoured aliens, a plague is wiping out the human race at an alarming rate and it is only a nano-suit wearing super-soldier that steps in to save mankind from extinction.
Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.
It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.
Microsoft's next-generation XBox is obviously being worked on and while the externals (the look and packaging) might be nowhere near finalised, hardware is having to be done right now and locked in with various companies with AMD looking like Microsoft's BFF for the new XBox.
The original XBox launched in 2001 with an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. At the time it was more or less a PC in a new shell. At the time Intel complained that no money was being made from the CPU's being sold to Microsoft so they were scrubbing the entire project off as a marketing and brand awareness exercise (but we all know Intel is now the king of the CPU market, so maybe it worked?).
For the gamer who hates getting his [or her] killstreak on in COD, or during their 4 hour raid's in World of Warcraft, I present to you the following disturbing image.
Yes, people have gone there. According to Amazon, customers who purchase an Adult Reusable Cotton/Poly Snap Diaper are also fans of Call of Duty 4.
And that's about all. Sony have shipped the units to retailers, this number does not refer to actual units sold to consumers.
As this story broke, updates were hitting hard and fast, with Engadget confirming with Joystiq (who talked to Sony) that these units did indeed represent shipped units and not consumer sales, Joystiq's actual words on the situation?
Well, Microsoft - well played good sir. The Kinect has been introduced with warm hugs into 2.5 million homes within 25 days globally. I'm sure the ability to hack them and the air time that has gotten them hasn't helped...
The sales numbers include Black Friday sales from the weekend just gone. Microsoft are well on their way toward their goal of 5 million units through the holiday season - ho, ho, ho.
Sony have gone for a bunch of patent applications this week - all of them describing a single device with an interesting touchscreen interface. Obviously from the picture provided and no further detailed information, only guess work is at play.
The applications suggest sliders, clamshells and slates. The inventors of these devices have a touchpad that is separate from the main screen - possibly on the back of the device as it's rumored on the PSP2.
Sure, it feels like most game console makers are looking to get your butt off the couch and into motion when it comes to gaming. PS Move, Kinect, the Wii; active gaming is becoming all the rage. But prizes for getting active? That will definitely grab some attention. HopeLab, a non-profit game lab founded by Pam Omidyar, has introduced Zamzee; a point based system designed to track your amount of activity and give you points that can be redeemed for virtual goods or real world goodies like gift cards.
Zamzee, which is looking towards a beta launch in Q2 next year, is providing a game that tracks how much activity the wearer has been through during their day. The more active you are, the more points you score. Zamzee's early research is showing a 30% increase in activity for Zamzee users which they state is the equivalent of running an extra marathon in a month. It's an interesting idea; kind of like a pedometer that pays you back? Check out TechCrunch's interview Richard Tait of HopeLabs at the Source Link for more info.
Well - just as I was losing faith in the high end PC phenomenon, my socks have just been blown off and my hair looks like I've just stuck a fork in an electricity socket. Crytek have announced "Warface" - it will use Crytek's proprietry graphics engine, CryEngine 3 and will be a PC exclusive multiplayer shooter.
Coop missions will be a key-feature, right now there's no mention of a single player campaign. More interesting though - is that they plan to release Warface as a free-to-play shooter and is looking to target the Korean and Asian markets specifically.
I don't know about "a generation" ahead, as every generation of GPU's is "next-gen", and I would put it at close to 6 - 7 generations ahead in terms of what the consoles can process versus a top of the line PC with multiple GPU's, etc. But, Cevat Yerli from Crytek has stated that PC is a "generation ahead" of current generation consoles and has discussed the impact console development is having on the PC market.
"As long as the current console generation exists," claims Yerli, "and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both."
Ah Angry Birds. It now has it's own day. Some sources of TechCrunch have been flung into their offices and said that there's going to be something big happening, specifically in London's Trafalgar Square. Which has supposedly become a big venue to launch big games - especially console games.
There's speculation Angry Birds will get a Windows Phone 7 announcement on the day, there's also speculation that Rovio Mobile will launch a console version or that it will spin out into a movie.
Rumors are beginning to surface again of Activision implementing a subscription based model for their kinda popular Call of Duty. Supposedly Activision is waiting until the backlash will have less of an effect from the current sales of Black Ops.
There are claims that the subscription will begin with cheap membership that provides virtual goods such as special weapons and armor. This would of course increase to more expensive subscriptions that would give access to map packs which would then lead to eventually offering (when the time is right) they will then offer an "all access pass" to play games like COD, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2.
Think that just being a 3D gaming platform is enough for Sony and their Playstation 3? No way. Mike Hocking, SCEE studio director, stated in an interview with Develop that Sony is looking towards using new techniques to expand 3D gaming.
"We also have techniques like holographics for the PS3 that I think will be very interesting for the future 3D games," stated Hocking. But single player 3D gaming is not the only thing in Sony's pipeline. Hocking continued on to add, "we have some new technology that we've shown to developers that uses 3D techniques, it allows two players to play full screen multiplayer games but without each being able to see the others view, and they have been massively keen on them." Split-screen 3D multiplayer is an interesting concept; we'll probably have quite a wait before we see it in action, though.