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If you are a gamer that likes to play games on your Nintendo Wii or DS portable game console, Nintendo has announced something this week that won't leave a good feeling in your stomach. As of May 20, Nintendo will be ending the online gaming functionality of the Wi-Fi Connection service for legacy devices.
That means that Wii and DS gamers will no longer be able to play games like Mario Kart online against other players. Nintendo says that the games will still work in offline mode. Once you get used to racing against other people online, it's hard to go back to playing offline.
Nintendo is also clear that the online gaming support for the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will continue to work. That means if you want to play online with Nintendo games you will need to upgrade hardware.
Activision launched Call of Duty: Elite back in 2011, an online service dedicated to the game and its players, but come tomorrow, it will be shut down for good.
Elite launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, then went free when Black Ops II launched, and from there, it has been a downhill ride. In-game stats will still be shown for both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, but Elite will be gone as of 1pm Eastern time tomorrow.
Roberts Space Industries has just pushed out Star Citizen Patch 11.1, which has enabled support for Oculus Rift within the Hangar Module. This is quite the surprise, but something that was promised when the game hit its $12 million stretch goal.
All you'll need to do is make sure your game is up-to-date with the latest patch, and then create a file named 'user.cfg' in your Star Citizen/CitizenClient folder, and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8' and voila, you have virtual reality support thanks to the Oculus Rift, in Star Citizen.
There are various issues of course, as this is just early days yet:
- KNOWN ISSUE - To enable Oculus Rift mode create a file named 'user.cfg' in your 'StarCitizen/CitizenClient' folder and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8'
- KNOWN ISSUE - You may be able to get a better picture by setting the resolution to the native Oculus Rift resolution (1200-800)
- KNOWN ISSUE - When in-game, your look direction is independent from your travel direction. The player's body can be turned using the mouse to adjust the player's movement direction.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There are some camera pops and camera direction changes when entering vehicles and during other animation-driven movements.
- KNOWN ISSUE - During some player animations the camera may stop being updated by the Rift.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There is some stereo separation when looking at objects close to the player, eg. ship controls when in cockpits.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There can be some render skewing/warping when viewing the game at extreme angles.
- KNOWN ISSUE - Rift head tracking only functions in 1st person mode.
- KNOWN ISSUE - Some animations can cause the Rift view to become offset from the player's body.
- KNOWN ISSUE - UI elements such at the "Use" icon are doubled.
John Gotti was taken down by a mobster's daughter, who is now suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, alleging that a minor character in the game is based on her life story, and that it was used without her permission. She is seeking a massive payment of $40 million.
In GTA V, "Antonia Bottino" is someone you rescue in a random encounter called "Burial", at the far north of the map. Karen Gravano says that this is part of her life story. Gravano's father was Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a Gambino family underboss who back in 1991 cooperated with federal prosecutors in the trial of Gotti, one of the most notorious latter-day American gangster.
Gravano provided evidence that saw Gotti receive a life sentence, while her father received a five-year sentence. He then went into the federal Witness Protection Program, moving out to Arizona. Karen Gravano ended up appearing on the first three seasons of VH1's "Mob Wives" reality TV show, and is currently publishing another book about her life soon.
At the beginning of the year, it appeared as if the Dr. Freeze DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins may never make it to release, but today the games developer confirmed that the Cold, Cold Heart DLC featuring Mr. Freeze will release on April 22nd of this year. The DLC will be available for PC, PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game, but no official word was given on what the downloadable content will cost gamers.
Cold, Cold Heart explores the history between the Dark Knight and Mr. Freeze, an icy super villain who's main goal is to put Batman in the deep freeze so he can take over Gotham City. Mr. Freeze first appeared in the Batman Franchise during the 90's in Batman: The Animated Series where he often teamed up with Joker, Clay Face, and Two-Face to clip the bats wings. The DLC also gives Batman a new suit, the "XC" or "Xtreme Cold" suit which helps him thwart off sub-zero attacks from Mr. Freeze.
If you are a fan of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, you might recall the console game that we talked about at E3 last year. That game was called Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare and it was promised to land for console gamers this spring. This spring is here, even if it's cold in your neck of the woods.
PvZ Garden Warfare is now available for gamers on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One to purchase as a download. PopCap says that the PC version of the game will come later. Exactly how much later PC gamers have to wait is unknown.
The game has several multiplayer modes including two different 12 v 12 modes. Those modes are Garden & Graveyards and Team Vanquish. One of the coolest parts about Garden Warfare is that the player can choose to be a zombie or a plant. The mobile games always put you in the plants camp.
We know that South Park can be crude, but just how far will Trey Parker and Matt Stone push South Park: The Stick of Truth? The answer is pretty far, at least on consoles where it had to be censored in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the PC version of the game completely uncut.
For those in the US, you'll receive the full frontal version including swearing, poop jokes, and much more. The censored scenes from the consoles include:
- A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
- A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
- Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.
The reasoning behind this is from Ubisoft, which says it is simply a "market decision". The consoles' censored parts will be replaced with some words from Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Red Dead Redemption was one of the biggest hits on the last-generation consoles, so it would be inevitable that developer Rockstar Games would be working on a sequel, right?
The latest rumor is from Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian, who says that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be announced before the end of the year, with a release window of Q3 2015. Better yet, it will be released on next-gen consoles, which should really open up the already open-world of RDR thanks to the increased horsepower on next-gen platforms.
If you thought Max Payne 3 had a mammoth installation on PC, prepare yourself for Titanfall. Respawn Entertainment's mech-based first-person shooter will see an installation of 48GB.
Compared to Call of Duty: Ghosts which took up 40GB of HDD space, Titanfall really takes the cake here. Titanfall's minimum system requirements have also been released, which are pretty moderate:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
GPU: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, is planning to step down as the lead designer of the game. He has explained his desire to leave Bohemia Interactive, something he will do before the end of the year, after which he will set up a new studio in New Zealand.
Hall said: "I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it. Eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role".
The DayZ creator said that he had no plans to be around this year, but claimed "it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community". Don't fret though, as Hall will "always be involved" with DayZ, in either a leader or creative role. Hall said that DayZ is a "fundamentally flawed" concept, and that it is "not the perfect game, it's not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it".