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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.
I might be showing my age here, but Myst was one of the most amazing games I ever had the chance of playing when I was young. When I first got the chance to test out the Oculus Rift, one of the first games that I thought would be amazing to play in the VR world was, Myst.
Well, the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven are on Kickstarter right now trying to fund their latest title: Obduction. Obduction is an "all-new, real-time, first-person adventure that harkens back to the spirit of Cyan's earlier games Myst and Riven. Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of."
One of the most interesting parts of the Obduction Kickstarter page, is in its FAQ, where the question "What about Oculus Rift support" to which the answer is: "We are excited about Oculus Rift (we have a dev kit) and VR in general, and we'd love to have a stretch goal that heads that direction."
At the time of writing, Obduction was at $624,887 of its required $1.1 million goal. I'm sure it'll hit that goal, and continue to the $1.5 - $2 million mark, which should ensure Rift support. Obduction will reach Windows and Mac OS toward the middle of 2015, if it reaches its $1.1 million goal, of course.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will see a proper, large increase in the graphics department versus its predecessors, but from what we've heard this will be happening at 720p on the Xbox One from Microsoft.
News is breaking now that COD: Ghosts will run at 1080p on the PS4, which is an interesting turn of events. The news was confirmed by VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Adam Boyes, when he spoke at the Brazil Game Show. Boyes confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts is "native 1080p on the PS4."
So those in-game dogs are going to be looking mighty, mighty fine. Remember that COD: Ghosts requires a 64-bit OS and 6GB of RAM on the PC, so we should expect some high-fidelity graphics from the COD series, which will be a nice change.
Bioshock fans who are having withdrawals from their favorite underwater utopian society will be happy to hear that a return to Rapture is coming on November 12th in the form of a new DLC for Bioshock Infinite. The new Burial at Sea Episode 1 takes gamers back in time to the night before Raptures fall.
Booker and Elizabeth explore Rapture where new weapons are introduced, but gameplay heavily relies on the players stealth capabilities and how well one can manage resources. Burial at Sea is just part one of a two part series, with the second installment taking the title of "A love letter to fans." Not much is known about it yet, but we expect it to launch sometime in the spring of 2014.