Good news Nintendo fans! Nintendo have finally unveiled the pricing for the 3DS handheld, with a retail price of $350. This is a $100 premium of the US pricing, but compared to other price discrepancies (I'm looking at you, Apple), it's not bad at all.
March 31 is not far away so the question to you is, will you buy one? At a $100 premium over the US, it could be a bit of a sting to people but I'm sure this will still sell like hot cakes.
LG doesn't want life to be good (all pun intended) for Sony. LG has filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming that the PlayStation 3 and Bravia line of television models infringe four Blu-ray Disc patents.
LG is seeking a permanent ban of the PS3 from the US market. They've also filed a separate lawsuit with the US District Court in the Southern District of California which covers other non-PS3 devices such as PCs and digital cameras. This lawsuit seems to stem from Sony's complaint about various LG smartphones last December in which the ITC is already investigating.
Battlefield 3 pits you in a battle within Paris, Tehran and New York - also limits consoles to 24 players
Battlefield 3 features DICE's brand new DirectX 11-capable Frostbite 2.0 engine and will really flex it's graphical prowess on PC where it's capable of pitting 64 players in a match versus the console being capable of only 24 players.
Not only is it including a super-increase on players in a match together it will also have those battles in "Paris, Tehran and New York." EA had this advertised on their own pre-order site but quickly pulled it and replaced it with "diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America."
If you haven't heard about or played Dead Space 2 yet, I seriously urge you to do so. It is an absolute magnificent game on any platform you play it on and definitely worth a spot in your gaming library. I'd go as far to say it stacks up in my personal top 5 and I've been gaming for well over 20 years.
For those of you who haven't read a review yet and need a little bit of convincing, check out our in-house review of Dead Space 2. But the news doesn't stop there! Dead Space 2 is available on Amazon's Deal of the Day for just $40, 33% off the usual retail price.
When it comes to making geeky gadgets and game consoles, even geekier Ben Heck is right up there at the top of the list of modders to watch. Heck made portable systems out of PS3s and more for a long time before he got his own show with element 14. Heck's latest episode had a cool portable conversion for a Sega CDX machine.
Apparently Heck routed the parts used for the case and everything else needed for the project on the episode. The final product looks pretty darn cool, even if it is big by portable console standards today. Heck said, "It was a blast taking something as awesome as the Sega CDX and making it even easier to use with a smaller footprint so I can bring it with me everywhere. Not only that, but I reminisced about Full Motion Video games from the early '90's and a few diamonds in the rough like 'Snatcher' and 'Lunar: The Silver Star.'"
The episode covers everything for the portable though the design to the final construction. If you really like the finished product, you can even register to win the thing at element14. "This latest episode is a must-see, not only for Sega Genesis fans, but also techies at heart," said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. "While the show is aired in English, it caters to enthusiasts around the globe."
Fans of PC shooters will know the Battlefield name and we also know that the next installment of the franchise, Battlefield 3 has been in development for a long time. EA and DICE haven't really said much about the long development cycle and all I can say is that the game had better be good after the long wait.
The first official trailer for the game has surfaced and NVIDIA has the video over on the GeForce site for you to check out. Keep in mind the video is just a teaser and as such, everything is hazy and you can't really make out much detail. What you can see looks realistic.
The game will land this fall and has some cool tech to make it look more realistic called Frostbite 2.0. EA describes the game like this, "One moment you may be marching down a hilltop listening to the hypnotic sound of a firefight in the distance or admiring the way the light reflects off the smoke plumes of ground to air missiles rising from the city you're about to engage. The next you're on an urban street, surrounded, claustrophobic, fighting for your life and looking eight ways at once with all your senses on high alert."
The best bit of this news article is not just the fact that the XIM3 mega-adapter can now be purchased (at quite a steep $149.99 I might add) but the huge uproar in the gaming community it will cause.
Check out the video and you'll see that a WASD keyboard + mouse setup is just absolute domination over a controller on a console. The guy racks up more kills in those 3 minutes than you'd get playing BLOPS on the 360 for an hour. Makes the consoles more appealing in my opinion!
Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) who is a market research firm that produces monthly and annual reports for bunch of gaming markets such as Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare & Virtual Console and mobile markets - Valve pulled in an estimated revenue of US$970 million in 2010.
Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research and Analysis said "Steam's growth has been remarkable during the year. Over 180 titles were estimated reaching over $1 million USD in revenue for the year, painting a very healthy market for developers and publishers, with more room for growth in the future."
My six year old son got Little Big Planet 2 a couple of weeks ago and I'm surprised that my PS3 hasn't gone up in flames with the amount of time he's spent playing it. If you or someone you know and love has the same addiction, it could net you a new Sony Bravia 46" 3DTV and a Playstation Move bundle.
Here's how you can win. First, download the level called "LittleBigPrius 2" via PSN. Play the level and collect items hidden throughout, then use those items to build your own level inspired by the LittleBIgPrius. Make sure it's good, because this is a popularity contest; Sony will be checking out community feedback before choosing a top ten. Those ten will be whittled down to five, with the #1 level winning the TV with a Playstation Move hardware bundle and the four runner ups scoring a PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle.
If you need me, I'll be with my son so he can teach me to play LBP2.
Battlefield 1943 and Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled - all efforts put into Battlefield 3
The news could be sad to some, but it is also a sign of greatness for the potential of Battlefield 3. Karl Troedsson, GM of DICE has stepped forward to tell the eager community that Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled.
He mentions that there was a crossroads where a decision needed to be made - putting effort into those 2 (and now older) games or going full steam ahead and putting all concentration into Battlefield 3. I think the decision was a good one, as BF3 is using the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine which should really shine on PC given that it fully supports DX11.
Interstellar Marines is an indie title made by Zero Point Software, they are also the publisher and are self-funded (independent obviously) and partly funded by the gaming community.
IM is an AAA, FPS, Sci-Fi, action and adventure game that is set to differentiate itself between the constant flogging the FPS genre receives at the moment. The above video looks quite impressive for an indie-developer and I'm looking forward to seeing more on it.
Viral campaigns, where would we be without them? This latest viral campaign is no different, leading up to the release of Epic Games' Bulletstorm, they've released a Call of Duty parody called, Duty Calls.
The parody is quite excellent and really hones down on what makes the Call of Duty series a near joke in todays world of "serious gaming" where budgets of games have ballooned out to $50 - $100 million. In Duty Calls, it shows the first kill as a one-two shot kill, enemy down and you level up to "Master Sergeant Shooter Person".
This video is the perfect way to get people excited about the PSP2, it shows off actual gameplay and the device itself. The graphics are actually pretty amazing for such a small device, this should really impress current handheld-gamers.
The video shows off a range of games such as Killzone, Hot Shots Gold, Gravity Daze and more. Let us know what you think of the video in the comments section!
If you are a PC game that likes shooters and games with awesome storylines and game play, you are familiar with the original Crysis. The game was one of my all time favorites and I am really looking forward to the next installation, Crysis 2. Crytek has offered up the minimum system specs for the game so you can answer the "will it run" question early.
Crytek says that the game will require a web connection for activation. It will run on XP, Vista, or Windows 7 OS' and you need at least an Intel Core 2 Duo at 2GHz or an Athlon 64 x2 at 2GHz. Your rig will need at least 2GB of RAM and at least 9GB of free space on your drive. That is a lot of drive space needed.
Your DVD drive must be at least 8x, and you need an audio device that is DirectX 9.0c compatible. The real spec we want to know is the video card required. You will need an NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB or better solution or an ATI 3850HD with 512MB or better. The game will hit the US on March 22 and Europe on March 25.
In it's efforts to fight piracy and the jailbreaking gear that has come out lately, Sony has updated the PS3 to 3.56 firmware. The update has a glitch, it makes hard drive upgrades impossible on most PS3 models.
The problem seems to stem from Sony's latest update which was rushed, an explanation from a post on NeoGaf below:
Zynga's CityVille is an unstoppable train that is just exploding out in all directions. It's the largest Facebook application ever and has only been around for just over a month after launching in December 2010.
Zynga have added 20 more levels to CityVille bringing the game up to a maximum level of 80. Currently I'm Level 31 (yes the game is addictive, I'm playing it because I told my mate that I'd beat him, haha). You might think this means nothing, but it's rumored that Zynga are paying Facebook $30 million per month for their 30% cut.
After the Xbox 360 had it's supposed exclusive Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, the PC is now getting it's turn. Confirmed by Crytek over Twitter, they've said: At this time, Crytek & EA are glad to confirm that we'll be releasing a pre-launch Crysis 2 multiplayer demo on PC! Stay tuned for details.
The demo should have the same level of content if not more, but no date is known yet. There's also no news of a demo for the PlayStation 3. Crysis 2 goes on sales March 22, 2011 in the US and March 25, 2011 in Europe.
When the Wii hit the market it didn't take long for accessory makers to flood the market with a hoard of accessories that made the games you played a bit more realistic. You could get steering wheels for Mario Kart, gun controllers for shooters, and sports gear for golfing and other games. It's was pretty cool really. That same sort of controller to increase the realism is coming to the iPhone.
A cool new gun accessory has turned up for a company called Apptoyz. It is a plastic gun that has a case to hold your iPhone on it and a trigger. The gun and associated app turns your iPhone into an augmented reality shooter.
Everywhere you point the gun the iPhone camera puts little aliens into the real world for you to shoot. It appears that the trigger pulls on the gun actually make a couple plungers that touch the iPhone screen activate to fire. The app for the gun is free, but the gun will set you back £20. This is a really cool setup.
Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.
8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.
Engadget are smashing it today with another exclusive look at the PlayStation Phone. Sony will be calling it the Xperia Play, it features a four-inch, 854x480 multi-touch LCD screen, Android Gingerbread (2.3), single core processors that clocks between 122.88MHz and 1GHz, an Adreno GPU and 512MB of RAM.
The Xperia Play includes a DualShock-style control pad which slides out from the bottom of the device, it also includes the regular setup of buttons - bu there are two shoulder buttons instead of the usual four. Also, touchpads replace the usual analog sticks. More info and the official unveiling will happen at the Mobile World Congress which starts on February 14 in Barcelona.
id Software have released 3 screenshots for their upcoming game, RAGE. The screenshots accompany their official websites redesign. Nothing else has been released bar these 3 screenshots, but they're enough to get people talking.
The screenshots show off some of the vehicular gameplay, another shot shows the insane amount of character detail while the third shot is actual gameplay in the first-person perspective. RAGE is due on PC and consoles on September 13 - breaking the usual tradition of id Software saying their game would be released "when it's done".