Remedy have an interview online which shows off the creators of the original Max Payne and its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It discusses the development of the original games as well as their reactions to the Rockstar games produced version. The original face of Max and Max Payne writer, Sam Lake, says that Max Payne 3 is "worth the wait" and is like "coming home to an old friend", check out the video below:
Just days after I posted about Pepsi sponsoring Activision's upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, news pops up of Subway sponsoring the upcoming Naughty Dog title, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The promotion is called "Taste for Adventure", with a promotion that's never been done anywhere else, ever according to Naughty Dog and Sony.
Beginning a few days ago, you can walk into any Subway restaurant and purchase one of the specially marked Uncharted 30 oz drinks, you'll receive a code that gives you access to the full competitive multiplayer experience throughout the month of October. Even Nathan Drake himself tells you, as shown in the video below:
It seems like the PlayStation Vita will have its 3G-based downloads limited to 20MB, this is a move to obviously stop huge bills from downloading games from the PlayStation Store. 3G file downloading is limited to 20MB at launch, which means all you can really download over 3G will be Minis or (real talk) system updates, but not the full retail games that will be downloadable over Wi-Fi.
These restrictions could change over time, but for the launch the limit will be imposed.
Battlelog is currently experiencing a love/hate relationship with gamers - some love it, some hate it. But the below trailer shows that there's more to Battlelog than just a server browser and front end. Battlelog expands on the franchise's history of stats tracking, combining it with new social networking features that look like they're ripped right out of Facebook. Another major benefit of Battlelog is that its free, absolutely free. Where the competition (Call of Duty) charges a monthly charge to use the "Elite" service.
Battlelog displays so many options its hard to list them all here, but stand-out displays show different stats on weapons, accuracy, awards, time spent on weapons, win/loss ratios, you're able to comment on games after you've played them (great feature!) which makes Battlelog a serious addition to the Battlefield 3 universe. Battlelog can be used on not only the PC, but consoles and even mobile devices.
A big fan of the Alien movie franchise and also happen to be an avid FPS gamer? - Then no doubt you're pretty pumped about Gearbox Software's upcoming title, "Aliens: Colonial Marines", in which the events of the game are set after those of the film, Alien 3.
We've seen a few tid bits in the form of short trailers and impressive detailed screenshots over the past few months, but there's definitely been nothing as awesome as the new 11 and a half minute gameplay video that's just been posted on YouTube by Sega.
Sit back and check this out! :-
A leaked e-mail from PayPal employees of all places reveals that Microsoft is planning to launch the new Xbox dashboard come November 15. November 15 marks the 10-year anniversary since the original Xbox launched back in 2001. The memo asks PayPal employees to test the new dashboard ahead of the Nov 15 launch. I bet you're wondering why PayPal employees are being selected for testing. Remember Microsoft added PayPal payment options in Xbox Live back in May, allowing users to buy Gold memberships, games and Microsoft Points using PayPal.
Previous dashboard updates went live in November in previous years (2008 and 2010), which would make this rumor quite the possibility. Also coinciding with the 10-year anniversary really makes this diamond in the rough another strong possibility. The planned update is set to allow users to browser content faster and use the Kinect motion-sensing device to navigate and interfact with the dashboard. The growing library of content is pushing the update which indicates that Microsoft is committed to the user experience on the Xbox 360.
New features are set to include game invites that don't expire as well as Bing integration. Visually, the new layout mimics the look of the Windows Phone 7 UI, the same interface that Windows 8 will sport. Microsoft has also confirmed Xbox Live integration in Windows 8, but has been scarce with more details.
For those who pre-ordered Battlefield 3, you (like me) have enjoyed the beta for a couple of days now. But, if you have yet to have pre-ordered and would like to try-before-you-buy, well now is your chance. Battlefield 3's multiplayer beta is now open to all, on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There is no registration requirement, you just download the beta from Xbox Live, PSN or if you're on the PC, EA's Origin service.
The beta features the map, Operation Metro, and features the game type, Rush where one team must attack two M-Com stations while a defending team tries to prevent them. The map features 4 full unlocked areas that allow up to 32 players to duke it out at once. It clocks it at around 3.9GB for the PC version. The beta lasts for just a week and a half, ending on October 10. You'll have to sit in a pool of your own tears afterwards, right up until the games full release on October 25 in the US and October 28 in Europe.
Activision exploits Modern Warfare 3 by featuring Pepsi sponsorship, eat Dorito's and drink Mountain Dew to receive Double XP
I don't understand the point of this, and it crosses some very questionable lines for Activision, but to steal Battlefield 3's thunder; it requires thinking outside the square. Activision have teamed up with Pepsi and have announced a promotion called "Rank Up XP". What Rank Up XP offers is, whatever Pepsi products you buy, Mountain Dew and Doritos, players can redeem codes found in the packaging for Double XP time in Modern Warfare 3. A 20 oz gets you 15 minutes whilst a 12 pack gets you 45, and so on.
No, I'm not kidding around. The problem with this is, the XP in Call of Duty is a form of currency. Currency in the game buys you weapons, perks, attackments, killstreaks and so on. For a game that is already over-priced, a re-hash of the older titles, no new graphics engine or technologies built in, charging for the "Elite" service, on top of your monthly Xbox Live membership (PSN is free), this is just a step in the direction of overboard.
Activision are willing to exploit fans even [more] through this promotion. Considering that Activision sold $360,000,000 worth of copies in 24 hours of the last COD title... do they really need to cash in with this type of exploitation? What do you think?
L.A. Noire has enjoyed much success on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now PC gamers will be able to get their hands dirty in the 1940s-based crime drama adventure game. L.A. Noire is headed to PCs in November with US gamers being able to grab it on November 8 and it's released in Europe on November 11, for $49.99. No word on the Mac edition yet, but Mac-based users will be able to access the game via OnLive.
It's received a name change also, now dubbed L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, the package includes all of the downloadable content previously released on consoles. It also includes support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision and will be controllable with either a mouse and keyboard, or a gamepad. System requirement wise, it's not too bad:
· Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive for PC or Mac
· Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz
· RAM: 2GB to 8GB
· Hard drive space: 16GB
· Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB
· Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible
Tim Sweeney; you might know this man as the founder of Epic Games and as the father of games such as Unreal, Gears of War and the mind behind the Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine 3 for example, powers a slew of todays AAA titles such as Gears of War, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Mass Effect. IGN interviewed Tim and asked him some interesting questions, one that perked my interested regarded the next-gen Unreal Engine 4, which Tim says is due sometime around 2014:
I spend about 60 percent of my time every day doing research work that's aimed at our next generation engine and the next generation of consoles. This is technology that won't see the light of day until probably around 2014, but focusing on that horizon enables me to do some really cool things that just aren't practical today, but soon will be. Some of our most productive work in the industry was on the first Unreal engine back in 1996, when I wrote a software vendor with a bunch of new features that hadn't been seen before. I feel like that's what I'm doing now on Unreal Engine 4 in exploring areas of the technology nobody else is really yet contemplating because they're still a few years away from practicality. But I see a huge amount of potential there and so it's very, very fun work.
This is something I hope to continue on TweakTown, a gaming-related round up instead of multiple gaming-related bits of news. So please do comment and let me know if you like it. First up we have the big 3, all sequels, all third sequels. I hope you enjoyed my pun. First up we have a new full-length Battlefield 3 TV ad, which features not only never-before-seen gameplay footage, but Jay-Z with "99 Problems" as the track choice.
Next up we have Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. What we have here is the first footage in the while of Drake's desert-based adventure. The footage is off-screen and can be annoying, but if you want to take a glimpse of some in-game footage, take a look. You might want to skip on past the 4:00 mark to hit the gameplay footage. Even as an off-screen video, Uncharted 3 looks unbelievably beautiful and it is the one console franchise I will buy on launch day. The footage shows off some new skills, with the Steel Fist ability allowing you (playing as Drake) to catch an enemy's gun in midair.
This is what I wanted to see - insane amounts of customization of graphics options in Battlefield 3. A kind Beta player has leaked out a screenshot showing off some beautiful news to my eyes, ears and pants. We get the usual resolution options, vertical sync, but most importantly: field of view. Stereo 3D is included and convergence options are in the menu itself. As for video details we get a huge amount starting with graphics quality which seems to be a pre-determined option that sets the following options (or allows you to use custom to set your own).
Texture quality, shadow quality, effects quality, mesh quality, terrain quality, terrain decoration - can all be set (from what I'm guessing) low, medium, high and then finally, ultra. Antialiasing deferred, antialiasing post, motion blur, motion blur amount, anistrophic filter and finally, ambient collusion.
Is that enough graphic options? I think so. I look forward to seeing a few walk throughs of the difference between them all. I'm so very happy to see that we get a slew of options, compared to the last bring-your-PC-to-its-knees console port and spit on PC users, Crysis 2. That was an excuse of a sequel with no graphics settings. It's great to see DICE sticking to its guns and providing PC users with a million graphics options.
Neo said it in the Matrix Reloaded, "hmm, upgrades" and now I think he was referring to the release of Battlefield 3. DICE Community Manager, Daniel Matros, has come out and said that the PC built around the Battlefield 3 recommended system requirements is only able to run the game at Medium settings. This came about after a Twitter-based question and answer session where Matros stated that "recommended is usually medium".
He was also asked if a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 would have enough power to run the game at Ultra settings with Matros saying if you were aiming for that level of detail from the Frostbite 2 engine, you'll probably want to have two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI. There was no mention of the resolutions Matros was referring to but after looking at the videos, screenshots and now the Twitter question and answer session, one thing is for sure: Battlefield 3 is going to push your PC.
But this time, not because it's unoptimised. It's because it is a true next-gen game with next-gen graphics, sound, physical movement and destruction. I'm guessing Medium settings would look better than consoles with High and Ultra just looking uber-amazing. Bring it on.
A new extended trailer has gone up on YouTube from Capcom showing off its next upcoming Resident Evil title for the 3DS; Revelations.
The trailer premiered at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) where Resident Evil producer, Masachika Kawata announced that Revelations will be taking the series back to its survival horror roots and should be seen as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5.
A little earlier in the year, Kawata said :-
Unlike Mercenaries, which is all about shooting action, Revelations is all about survival horror, the very genre Resident Evil established. We actually think of Revelations as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5 and it will be full of new, innovative ideas and characters.
Could this get any better? All you have to do to go into the draw to win a free copy of the super-amazing upcoming FPS, Battlefield 3, is to choose which game you think is better: Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. That's it. Enter in your e-mail address and you're done. You can also post a link to the competition to gain yourself more entries into it, so post it on forums, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you can think of.
The PlayStation.Blog has received some interesting news from Timmy Rydling of DICE, that beginning with the first expansion pack for Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand and all other full-blown upcoming expansion packs for BF3 will appear one week early exclusively on the PS3. This is a shock of a move, considering DICE have been pumping that the PC is the lead development platform. But, the console users have to get some form of exclusivity. The 360 had it's exclusive piece of the pie by having Microsoft delay the Beta for BF3 because of the launch of Gears of War 3.
The PC has the best graphics, 64-players and now the PS3 gets exclusive one-week early access to the expansions for BF3! PS3 owners should be happy with this news!
Fans of Batman: Arkham Asylum will be disappointed to hear that the PC version of the sequel, Arkham City has been delayed. The console versions will see a US launch on October 18, but PC users will have to wait to an undefined day in November. Boo. Batman: Arkham City picks up roughly one year after the events of Arkham Asylum and introduces some classic villains such as Catwoman and Mr Freeze (hopefully there's a voice over from Arnold).
Arkham City is built on Unreal Engine 3 and has support for both PhysX and 3D Vision. Gameplay is set in the same open-world, stealth action elements as well as throwing in new weapons and improving on the old ones.
Diablo 3 Closed Beta is officially a go, the thrash-clicking of a million mice can be heard worldwide
Diablo 3 has been in a "friends and family" beta for quite a while now, but today that changes. Blizzard have announced that the closed beta test for the game has officially begun, with the first wave of invitations being sent as we speak. More beta invites will fly out over the course of the beta, so refresh your e-mail inbox every 35.2 seconds!
The closed beta test of Diablo 3 has players fighting their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes. Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter are all up for play and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing co-operatively with other adventurers. You'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers and other key characters from Sanctuary and try out the game's skill and crafting systems.
Homefront creator KAOS Studios shut down during the summer and it left fans and THQ wondering what would happen to the sequel without its developer and especially after its cliffhanger ending. THQ has now hired Crytek to develop the sequel which is expected to be out in 2014 for PC and console platforms. Crytek only recently launched their DX11 upgrade for Crysis 2 to spruce up the console-ported games graphics so we should see the next Homefront game get a visual polish to define it well.
Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games from THQ says:
Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent. Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand.
Battlefield 3's open beta begins on September 29. Yes, you read that right - it's nearly here. Those who pre-ordered through EA's Origin service will have access to the beta 48 hours before the rest of the people who didn't pre-order. Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also get access to the beta. EA also say that "ORIGIN WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE BETA INSTALLATION AND RUN THE GAME AND THEREFORE NECESSARY TO PLAY." Not my caps, that's EA's work.
If you're one of the millions of folks glued to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the moment, you may have noticed with the new patch that came out toward the end of last week, while it did address quite a large number of reported issues and roll in a number of tweaks, it also brought with it a bunch of in-game ads that you may have noticed during the loading screens in particular, with the current products being promoted including the Blu-ray re-release of Star Wars. It's been rumoured that adverts also appear on in-game billboards as well, but this is yet to be confirmed.
As I'm sure there would be very few of you happy about paying out for the game only to then start having advertisements pushed onto you, especially considering there is no warning about these intrusive ads when purchasing the game, you will be glad to know that you can get around it thanks to the ever lively hacking world, at least for now.