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Star Citizen has been in the news quite a lot, but that's what you get for being a game developed by the mastermind who made Wing Commander. Cloud Imperium Games will add a first-person combat mode if Star Citizen passes $20 million in funding.
If it reaches the $20 million goal, Cloud Industry Games will add "First person combat on select lawless planets. Don't just battle on space stations and platforms ... take the fight to the ground!" Star Citizen kicked off on Kickstarter in October last year, and just last month reached $15 million in total funding.
Right now total funding sits at $18 million, and was $17 million last week - adding $1 million in crowdfunding in just a week is something worth talking about. Hitting $20 million should be no problem, so Cloud Industry Games has said that it will continue adding goals once it hits $21 million in funding.
EA has some truly gigantic franchises behind them, but they know to not just stand still in this ever-evolving gaming market, especially with next-gen consoles right around the corner.EA Games executive VP, Patrick Söderlund, told MVCUK during an interview: "We have six to eight completely new IPs in the works. The day we stop making new IP is when we go onto life support."
What exactly does 'new IP' mean to EA? Well, Söderlund explains: "We are working on a new Mirror's Edge game, and although that's not a new IP, it is a revival done in a new way. We are developing Star Wars: Battlefront, which to us is a new IP, even though it isn't technically."
Bungie's latest and greatest game that is having gamers waiting with anticipating is Destiny, which has a new gameplay video that you can check out below.
The later trailer showcases fans' reactions to and press acclaim for its appearances at shows such as E3 and Gamescom. The latest video also shows off some new footage which features what looks like player-vs-player multiplayer as well as the cooperative player-vs-AI. Destiny launches in 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Activision has announced it is going to release Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS, a mobile-exclusive first-person shooter set in the Call of Duty world for $7.49. Call of Duty: Strike Team offers a full story campaign that takes place in 2010, as well as a survival game mode with leaderboards.
Where Strike Team does things differently is by offering the usual first-person feel, but it also offers a tactical top-down view, too. The top-down view gives you a much better look at the map, which lets you control your squad mates better. Call of Duty: Strike Team also offers up the usual leveling up system, which lets you access new weapons, perks and armor.
In-app purchases are also here, which can let you skip past the levelling process, which gets your hands on better equipment, faster.
I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we all enjoy a good hardware teardown video, but I really believe that we all enjoy a destruction video even more. The stars of the video you're about to watch do something magical and combine the two to show us what NVIDIA's SHIELD is really made of.
After drilling some holes with a cordless drill, this demolition team packs an ordinary NVIDIA SHIELD handheld console with explosives, lights the fuse, and films the resulting explosion with a high-speed camera. As the bits and pieces of the SHIELD are flying through the air, the guys do their best to name all of the individual components.
While this is not as technical as a teardown from someone like iFixIt, I think that everyone will have just as much fun watching it take place. If you want to see a more comprehensive and detailed teardown, head over to the iFixit source below to see images of the inner workings of an NVIDIA SHIELD.
Valve continue to refine its digital distribution platform, Steam, by introducing a new feature called Trade Offers. Trade Offers allows gamers to suggest trade deals for inventory items, which can be accepted, countered or completely declined.
Trade Offers can be done without both friends being online at the same time, and it's also accessible through web browsers, so you're not just limited to being on your PC and in Steam. Trade Offers can be used only between Steam friends, but it could reach further than that in the future. Users who set their inventories to "private" will not be eligible to receive trade offers.
We've all played Battlefield 3 (or previous titles in the franchise) with novice gamers hopping into a helicopter, taking it into the air, and flying you and your teammates into a building, killing you all.
But, it looks like DICE is trying to get out of this issue by training up potential Battlefield 4 soldiers. Creative director Lars Gustavsson said during an interview with IGN: "We've definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that's not our intent. We've added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you."
This means that gamers can test our their flying chops before getting into a real battle, which is a nice touch from DICE. The developer is also working on the Battlefield 4 server system, with the new setup offering "pre-defined scales" with gradual levels of rule sets separating official servers (normal settings), ranked servers (some tweaked settings) and unranked servers (completely customized settings).
Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games coming out this year, so to add onto this excitement Ubisoft has released a 14-minute developer walkthrough of the game.
The video shows off how gamers can hack into each others games, where we see Aiden Pierce takes control of a district by hacking into its central operating system's control room. You can do this by hacking into security cameras to check out the terrain, reading access code panels to discover passwords, sneaking, shooting and using forklifts to operate remotely.
Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.
Tomorrow, the makers of Minecraft will launch a new DLC pack for the Xbox 360 called the Mass Effect Mash-up pack. The DLC will cost $3.99 and will add a custom, Mars-themed map to the game. Users will also be given Mass Effect theme skins, textures, music, and several interface tweaks.
Unlike the original Mass Effect games, this version will feature all of your favorite Minecraft goodness such as chickens, creepers, skeleton archers, and Even Herobrine may even make an appearance to hit you with a bolt of lightning or two. Head over to the PlayXBLA source listed below for the full breakdown of the new DLC pack.
Microsoft is in the news today for at least half of the right reasons, where the Redmond-based software giant just acquired Nokia's Devices and Services Division. This news on the other hand, is all about its IllumiRoom technology.
It looks like the proof-of-concept technology won't be making it to the consumer market, as it has been deemed too expensive. The let down happened during Gamescom 2013, where Xbox One director of product planning Albert Penello said that he wouldn't expect gamers to see IllumiRoom. He said that it was awesome if you're in the lab and have Microsoft money to have it all setup, but this would cost thousands of dollars for the average consumer to set it up.
While it wouldn't sell in the millions, there would still be some high-end gamers that would kill for this technology. Kinect isn't really the expensive part either, it's mostly the investment that needs to be put into the projector setup. Boo.