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.
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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.
Gearbox may have dropped the ball with the gum-chewing, ladies man and macho man himself, Duke Nukem Forever. But, don't think for a second that's the way they go. Gearbox are tweaking and working on Aliens: Colonial Marines right now and by the looks of the trailer below, they've hit the nail on the head. There's no HUD, the constant beeping of motion trackers and poorly lit environments which are set to scare the hell out of you at every corner.
The third instalment of one of the most action packed, crazy as hell FPS titles ever, Serious Sam is nearing completion and on track for an October (19th) release.
Publisher DevolverDigital has just made available via YouTube a fresh trailer showing off some Serious Chaos to whet your bloody appetites :-
Portal 2 fan? Heck, a fan of quality game to movie adaptions? Jeez, fan of anything cool? Well, take a look at Portal: No Escape, a short-film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The short-film is set in the Portal universe with a woman waking in a cell and tries to find her way out. Of course she finds the Portal gun and then the fun begins. It's a very well done clip and the ending was actually impressive. If the various directors and teams who have made these Half Life universe videos got together and made a feature-length film, I would pay good money to see it.
I can't believe I'm about to type the following words: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is OUT. Yes, released. Below I have the launch trailer which looks absolutely delicious. I've pre-ordered the game and if you haven't, I urge you to do so. It looks absolutely amazing.
Oh no, please leave it alone now Gearbox. We've all been through enough false promises followed by eventual (catastrophic?) disappointment that has deeply tarnished an iconic memory of our gaming past.
Would you believe guys, Gearbox is already looking to reboot Duke despite no doubt taking notice of all the negative reviews and feedback following DNF's recent launch. In actuality, they were already working on the "Duke Begins" project before they took over development of DNF; and as an agreement was made to hand ownership of the Duke Nukem IP to the studio, they can do whatever they like with it now. Once they've wrapped up development on their current title - Aliens: Colonial Marines they'll be waking the poor bastard back up for more.
Whatever they have planned, obviously they must think they can somehow make it up to us very unsatisfied, crippled fans. The real question now, however, is whether or not us fans are willing to give it the slightest of attention, after an over 15 year saga filled with broken promises and what some say was the final nail in the coffin when Gearbox offered up a rather weak result, worsened by the extended wait and frustrating hype we all had to endure.
Razer is really stomping their foot on the the console versus PC argument with a viral site saying PC gaming is not dead. I'm loving it, they shout out about "shoddy ports", "closed systems", and they state there is something "terribly wrong with gaming today." "Lack of innovation" is a key point, which I love. Razer push on the open system of PC gaming and that there are more than 300,000,000 PC gamers worldwide, which is much more than all of the console-based gamers combined.
On the 26th of August, Razer claim they will "remind the world that PC gaming is not dead." The 26th of August can not come soon enough!
Although I'm sure the (many) fans are already well aware and actively watching the hours tick away to launch, this serves as a quick heads up that the much anticipated prequel to Deus Ex, Human Revolution is scheduled for release at midnight tonight (or Tuesday morning we should say) for the U.S. folks (other regions to follow soon after).
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set in the year 2027 and follows the exploits of Adam Jensen when the practice of human augmentation is still in its infancy. The developer, Eidos Montreal has been promising to deliver in spades right from the get go, hopefully making up for what was a not quite so impressive sequel, Invisible War.
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't already, start pre-loading it via Steam now and get ready for action!
The ongoing bitch-slapping between Valve and EA has resulted in (what my opinion will be) the biggest FPS title of the year being blacklisted from Steam; Battlefield 3. EA have decided to launch Origin, their own digital distribution service and ditch Steam in favor of it.
Valve boss, and leader of the resistance of releasing Half Life 3, has sais that [in response to EA pulling a bunch of games from Steam":
I don't think Valve can pick just one thing and think that the issue would go away if we fixed that," he said, noting that it was Valve's responsibility to prove that EA stands to gain by having its games on Steam. "We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it's to EA or Ubisoft or whoever. We want EA's games on Steam and we have to show them that's a smart thing to do.
I think at the end of the day we're going to prove to EA they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. It's our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don't have a natural right to publish their games.
GamesCom 2011 - News is flowing through for Borderlands 2 and it's sounding like its coming along well. Details from the Borderlands 2 livestream are that it includes (new in the sequel); Splitscreen online, trading items with others in a "reasonable way".
The UI has been "nearly entirely reworked. The splitscreen skill tree is way better". There are also now "no problems with eligibility for multiplayer". Gearbox are aiming for more diversity in the environments and there will be a new game+ mode.
Gearbox also talked of "refined" vehicle controls, inclusive of power-sliding and "independent suspension", Randy Pitchford also teased they might try to support Halo-style point and go controls and direct steering, he says "as a gamer, I want both."
GamesCom 2011 - NVIDIA has hinted at GamesCom that they could be working on technology that would allow users to stream games from their PCs to other devices within the home.
Bit-Gamer talked to "an NVIDIA representative" who wouldn't offer any concrete details [of course], but did give some hefty hints towards such a device:
Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted
GamesCom 2011 - If there's something I don't want on consoles, it's two things. Half Life (at least release it exclusively for PC, Valve, that's all you can do) and Diablo games. Well, it looks like Blizzard weren't listening to me and are now wanting to push Diablo onto consoles. Blizzard all but confirmed that it's preparing Diablo for consoles at GamesCom. Diablo 3 lead designer Josh Mosqueira said that Blizzard "is very, very serious about bringing the Diablo 3 experience to the console."
He noted that Blizzard are already assembling a team to handle the project with Josh continuing:
We're looking for programmers, designers, artists who think their dream job would be to bring Diablo to the console. Trust me, it is a dream job. All I can say is, it's going to be awesome. Stay tuned.
Gabe Newell, founder and all-round awesome sauce man at Valve has confirmed that DOTA 2 will not see the light of day until 2012 at the earliest. Right now, the only thing close to a release is an invitation-only beta that is planned to follow the GamesCom 2011 show in Cologne, Germany. Newell has been quoted saying:
We'll just go into progressively wider and wider distribution. I don't think it'll be shipped until next year. [But then] with a game like this, you just keep shipping. You add new heroes. You try out new game modes. You are constantly tweaking item and hero balance. It's very much an ongoing thing.