I just stumbled across this footage of Battlefield 3 and if the previous footage wasn't enough to clamp down on the uncontrollable wet dreams that BF3 has been causing fans (myself included) then this won't help one bit. It's almost as if DICE are trying to excite people too much - well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
The above footage looks absolutely incredible and I have said this before but I will make an official statement: this game will be like Half Life 2 was to the gaming industry. A benchmark, an absolutely phenomenal looking game (not just graphics) but lighting, shadows, body movement, destruction, etc.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has received some great press and reviews and has the proud feeling of shipping 2 million copies since release in North America, Europe and PAL territories. Now remember, this is shipped copies, not sold copies. An impressive number nonetheless.
DLC hits in October in the form of "The Missing Link" and should extend the story of my current favourite game to play.
The excitement behind Max Payne 3 is already building and while it's still a while from release (said to be March 2012), we're all itchin' to see where Rockstar is at with it and to see some long overdue Bullet Time goodness.
Up 'till now, all we've seen are some screenshots, but Rockstar's own site has just announced that the first trailer of the game is scheduled for release on Wed Sept 14th at Noon (Eastern U.S. time).
Just head over to this link anytime after noon Eastern on Wednesday and you'll find it available in high definition goodness folks.
Max Payne 3 has been slated for a March 2012 release, I guess they knew it was the month my birthday is in and decided it would fit well. The release will include both console and PC versions and the most surprising news is that Rockstar is including Multiplayer with Max Payne 3. The multiplayer is said to have "a deep reward and levelling system" and will deliver an experience that "dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match".
Why do games require multiplayer and levelling up? Why can't they just make amazing single player games and especially with Max Payne 3, nail down that Slow-mo. Two new screenshots for your pleasure are included!
When the Xbox 360 and PS3 games launched, we were told it would usher in a new era of "1080p gaming", that has really never taken off. Apart from a few games, most AAA titles run at sub-HD or HD (720p) resolutions. Battlefield 3 will be no exception. DICE's rendering architect has tweeted that the game will run at 1280x704 as it saves good performance and memory for the game. While this is not surprising, I don't see how console owners can get angry at this. The consoles are 5 - 6 years old now, hardware of that day could never run games at 1920x1080 at 30fps consistently with constantly upgrading game engines and graphical details.
The tweet says "BF3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us." It can also be seen in the picture below:
This is why it pays to have a PC that can be upgraded over time. New consoles have never needed a better excuse to be launched - come on Microsoft and Sony, do it now.
The Hard Reset demo is now available for you to download and enjoy, the PC-exclusive "old school" shooter has been getting a fair amount of press lately in the sea of console ports and console-centric game development, this is a great change to see. The demo is available through Steam, if you'd like to check it out.
Nerdgasm. Diablo 3 is about to run out the door of Beta heaven and be upon us. Until now it was only open to family and friends of Blizzard employees, and within the next few days it'll be in the hands of everyone. The beta client comes in at 1GB and a patch is already available for the Beta!
You can start grabbing the Beta right now from here.
PAX 2011 - NVIDIA had a great chat with DICE Producer, Patrick Liu at PAX last month and they went over some of the technical bits of Battlefield 3 and what fans about expect from the PC version. Of course DirectX 11 was bought up and then onto the tasty subjects of tessellation, compute shaders and displacement mapping being key points of the discussion. The video can be found below:
Apart from that, we have Day 1, 2 and 3 wrap-ups from NVIDIA @ PAX 2011 with the Battlefield 3 competitions being quite close. The first 2 days the games came down to 1 kill (99 versus 100 and 98 versus 99). Winners walked away with ASUS Transformers for first prize and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 for second place. I would settle with just being able to play Battlefield 3!
3 million Steam activation codes for DIRT 3 have been leaked online today, with confirmation from AMD that the codes were intended for vouchers that were meant to be shipped with Radeon GPUs. A database file containing them was hax0red and leaked online. AMD says:
These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, http://www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD's website. Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.
I'm sure Steam can just ban the keys anyway, but heck, 3 million keys stolen.
Our latest poll had over 5,500 people who answered, what is the Hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release?
With an overwhelming 42% of the votes, the winner voted by TweakTown readers for the hottest upcoming game release of 2011 was Battlefield 3.
In second place with a still respectable 17% of the votes was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and in third place with a decent 14% of the votes was Diablo III.
I'm sure all you Deus Ex: Human Revolution players (including me) hate the splash screens before the game loads up... Scaleform, Dolby Digital, AMD, but there's no way of disabling these screens from within the game. A modder who has done mods similar to the DX:HR one is responsible and it lets you mess with a bunch of settings. Here's what it can do:
Instantly spawn any items, like weapons, ammo, weapon mods, and consumables,
Instantly unlock any augmentations,
Disable auto health regeneration,
Auto-hack any terminal,
Turn off all NPCs,
Hide the HUD,
Disable intro (this stops all the logos loading, you just see a quick wall of text, and then straight to the main menu).
And loads, loads, more.
Nifty, huh? I'll be grabbing this one and testing it out shortly! But I do love the splash screens, only because of the music... the music is so awesome.
Xbox, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have joined forces to create a Limited Edition Modern Warfare 3-themed Xbox 360. The console will be customized (as shown below) with MW3 graphics, two custom wireless controllers, a 320GB HDD, a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as well as custom sounds when the console is turned on. On top of the bundle is a one month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription as well as an exclusive avatar that shows your friends you're the proud owner of the LE MW3-branded console.
The console is launching on November 8 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for a US ERP of $399 and pre-orders are available today at participating retailers. In addition to the console itself, Xbox 360 will be releasing two limited edition accessories which will hit shelves October 11. The first is a MW3-branded Wireless Headset with Bluetooth which will be priced at $69.99 and the second accessory is the MW3-branded wireless controller at a price of $59.99.
DICE has confirmed that their upcoming COD killer, Battlefield 3, will be limited to 30fps on consoles. There's a mixed reaction to this, console fans are upset that they're not getting 60fps and PC fans are saying "well, if you want 60fps, you buy a PC." Considering that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was limited to 30fps on consoles and still looked great (for a console), then the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine, with much more advanced graphics, detail and destruction with more FPS than a console-tweaked Frostbite 1.5 engine that powered Bad Company 2 - is not surprising.
DICE's general manager discusses the frame rate, AI, environmental destruction and tips for success in the video below from IGN:
There has been 14 minutes of leaked Borderlands 2 footage that someone has caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. You can see a fair bit of stuff going on in the game and while I don't want to spoil much - I seriously can't wait for this game. It's looking good and the improvements they've done (even to something like the HUD) look pretty darn cool. Check out the 14 minutes of wobblecam footage below:
Word from Digital Reality lets us know their upcoming aerial racing game, SkyDrift will be soaring its way onto the PlayStation network and Xbox LIVE Arcade on September 7th. It's described as a fast paced, arcade-heavy title which gives players an addictive racing experience with smooth, light and quick flight style.
There are eight modern high-tech planes to choose from, tuned to be the ultimate killing machines, and there are over 30 racing skins to choose from, 33 racing events from exotic locations around the globe and single as well as multiplayer challenges with up to eight players.
SkyDrift is more than your typical arcade style racing game," says Peter Nyester, SkyDrift Producer, Digital Reality. "Our team worked hard to deliver realistic, cutting edge graphics that are visually stunning, which really transform the overall feel of the gameplay. Skydrift combines all the best elements of arcade-heavy games with stimulating graphics and smooth game play - creating the ultimate racing experience.
The World Premiere of the
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I mean, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out and whilst it looks good [for a COD game], it really brings nothing revolutionary to the FPS genre, or to the COD series whatsoever. To COD fans, it'll be great - but boy do those graphics look dated. Maybe it's because Battlefield 3 just looks so over-the-top phenomenal. Keep in mind I'm a COD fanboy at heart.
Anyway, check out the trailer below!
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have today revealed that the PlayStation 3 sales have surged over 400% in the week following the price drops across the 160GB and 320GB models in Australia. This information is from the official NPD Group Australia sales data from retailers nationally. Michael Ephraim, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia says:
This new price point really represents fantastic value for money as PlayStation 3 delivers full HD games, Blu-ray capability, plus music, movies, catch-up TV and more on demand. Australians love not only games, but also the quality home entertainment PS3 provides. Sales are booming because PlayStation 3 is the best device to connect to your TV, at incredible value, to provide the ultimate home entertainment experience.
The new RRP of the PlayStation 3 is AU$349.95 and $449.95 for the 160GB and 320GB models respectively. This represents a $150 saving on the former recommended retail pricing. Sales momentum is expected to continue with huge AAA releases such as Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Resistance 3 and even PlayStation Move enabled games such as DanceStar from the people behind SingStar.
Rockstar have teased us all with new screenshots of Max Payne 3 and as a huge fan of the series, I cannot be more excited. These screenshots show that Max has had a shave and lived on just his pain pills alone, as he's lost a fair amount of weight. We can also see, what looks like slow mo bullet trails in one of the shots. Please, Rockstar, release some gameplay movies on this - show off the next-gen slow mo, now.
The upcoming CounterStrike: Global Offensive is not only cross-platform compatible between Mac, PC and PlayStation 3 but it will also support mouse and keyboard play on the PS3.
Now, both of those news tidbits might have taken your breath away, but we are talking about Valve here. PS3 owners will have the choice of the standard Dual Shock 3 controller, PS Move and the keyboard and mouse. Gabe Newell has also said he'd love to have Steamworks on the Xbox 360, but Microsoft are not playing ball.
The beta of GO starts in October and the trailer above should get you excited if you're a CS fan.
Escape From City 17 - Part Two has been released and it shows a story about the connection that grows between two people during the battle for City 17. It uses the same gritty, guerrilla style of the original movie and was made on just a $250 budget, previously owned/donated software, time and an HVX200 camera. It's impressive to watch, and whilst it doesn't look as good as the latest Transformer movie for example, you can't complain or compare a $250,000,000 budget to a $250 budget.
Did anyone else notice the G-Man at 4:18? I did! :)
While not yet confirmed, rumour is circulating that Microsoft is planning another bundle deal for its 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, said to start arriving in stores as early as today. The new bundle will apparently come with five games as opposed to the usual two. People are suggesting it could be an early jump on the upcoming holiday season, but that's not likely this soon.
The titles rumoured to be included (in the form of download tokens) are pretty sweet choices, if true. We've got word of Alan Wake, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Fable 3, and Gears of War 2. You would have to take into account the almost 30GB of space it'll eat from your 250GB drive, however, but with some 200GB remaining I doubt that will bother many folks.
The bundle is also said to include a single wireless controller and wired headset and will apparently sell for $299. At that price it would be quite awesome value really, given all the aforementioned games included.