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Crysis 3 gets released in just over 48 hours, and is looking to do some good business as usual. First up, we have some download numbers on the beta, which was downloaded over 3 million times.
Most beta players will end up buying the full game, so we should expect at least 2-3 million sales just there. Crysis 2 sold 3 million units, so we should expect more sales this time around. Pre-order numbers are looking great too, where according to EA's end of January financial report, pre-orders for the third Crysis game are sitting at 40% higher than its predecessor.
Crysis 3 gets released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 19 in the US, and two days later in Australia and Europe. Japan will have to wait until March 7 to get their nanosuit soldier gaming on.
Are you getting excited? I'm a huge fan of PCs, but next-gen consoles are always exciting and they should push the bar of games up much higher since games are developed on consoles and ported on PCs.
What should we expect from the next-gen console from Sony? Sony are holding an event this week where they've said we'll "see the future" - most people, myself included, are expecting an announcement of the PlayStation 4. If this is true, here's some things you should expect from the PS4.
5.) Price. This is one of the most important parts of the PS4. The original PlayStation 3 launched for $600, where we saw 60GB included. The PS4 should hopefully hit the $300-$400 price, and include 500GB of storage. We should hopefully see a decently fast HDD inside, or some form of flash storage - maybe 64-128GB of SSD to help the OS feel snappy.
For a game that has been stuck in development hell forever, news of The Last Guardian is coming out and it's finally exciting - it will end up as a PlayStation 4 release and has been for "a long time now".
This is all according to a former Bigbig developer who posted on the NeoGAF forums, where he added "I don't know, but I know it's been in development on Orbis for a long time now. Its platform has been questionable for nearly two years, but the last time it was restarted (it's been restarted a number of times), it was moved to Orbis."
We should hear about the PlayStation 4 in a few days time, so hopefully we see this game as one of the teasers of its next-gen capabilities!
Nintendo has announced that they are running a 3DS eShop promotion for the next six weeks. Six eShop games will be discounted, one at a time for a week at a time. The first sale runs until February 21 and will see users being able to buy BIT.TRIP.SAGA for just $9.99.
The full list of sales is as follows:
- BIT.TRIP.SAGA - $9.99 until 21st February
- Crashmo - $5.99 from 21st February to 28th February
- Fractured Soul - $7.99 from 28th February until 7th March
- Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword - $4.99 from 7th March to 14th March
- Ketzal's Corridors - $4.99 from 14th March to 21st March
- Mutant Mudds - $5.99 from 21st March to 28th March
In Europe, retail games will also be put on sale with the first game being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D being available for just 19.99 pounds or 29.99 euros until February 21.
The discounts aren't huge, but they may be enough to tempt users into perusing the eShop and possibly picking up some games. Nintendo's digital distribution efforts are still in their infancy and this may be the result of Nintendo trying to grow their digital distribution efforts.
The highly anticipated Android powered GameStick is now available for pre-order through GameStick's online store for $79 today. The base price will land you the USB drive sized GameStick as well as a single Bluetooth controller.
The online store which appears to be powered by Amazon.com is also offering up a multi-functional docking station which is used to wirelessly charge the controller and also serves as an additional external storage device for the GameStick. The dock can be had for a mere $24.99 and includes an Ethernet port, HDMI port and three USB ports.
PlayJam, the creators of the GameStick, already finished up a very successful Kickstarter campaign to the tune of $647,658 back in the beginning of this month. The company says that they are working with more than 250 developers to bring you a wealth of games configured just for the device.
If you've been one of the early birds using Steam for Linux, you can safely get your game on now that Valve have released the now free-to-play Team Fortress 2 to Linux.
Team Fortress 2 being released on Linux couldn't come at a better time, being February 14, or Valentine's Day. So for those of you without a significant other to play with, you can always get your game on with TF2 for Linux.
We're not hearing much about Aliens: Colonial Marines other than its abysmal reviews - but there are some out there voicing their opinions on Gearbox Software's latest flop.
I purchased the game after watching videos months ago, getting just a little excited that we might have another cool game to play - but after the first few minutes of playing it, I felt like I had been robbed of my $50. The demos shown off months ago were of much better quality in terms of graphics and physics within the game, with the final version feeling like it has gone back in development time.
The video above does a very good job of walking you through some of the different parts that have been changed - from the dynamic lighting to the explosions and pre-scripted scenes. I ran the game on my EyeFinity setup and it is so poor with its field of view it's unplayable.
Sony have said we'll see the future on February 20, but before that we're seeing leaks of a purported PlayStation 4 prototype controller. The photo comes courtesy of an unknown source who sent it in to Destructoid.
As you can see, it looks quite familiar to the current controllers, but the directional pad buttons are placed further apart - with what seems like a touchscreen slapped in between. If you can see that glowing part on top of the controller, this could be a Move-related part of the new controller.
There's also a small button to the left of the touchscreen, in the upper right hand corner of the d-pad. This could be the rumored share button, or something associated with the Move part on top of the controller, or the touchscreen. Just above the PlayStation button in the bottom center, looks to be a speaker and underneath the PlayStation button is an audio jack for some headphone connectivity.
I'm sure there are a bunch of you out there that have the same fond memories of playing System Shock 2 way back when games were actually difficult and you didn't have a three-hour baby steps through the game tutorial.
Over the years, it has gotten harder to acquire System Shock 2 as every iteration of Windows piles on top of Windows XP, but now it's coming to GOG.com's catalog on Thursday morning. A Steam release is also coming, but there's no ETA on that version just yet.
Next-gen consoles are nearly here, not including the Nintendo Wii U, and we're hearing that the next-gen Xbox might not be capable of playing used games. Just how much does this piss off gamers? Well, according to the GameStop CFO, a lot.
Rob Lloyd, CFO of GameSpot during his recent speech at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference said that 60% of customers said they would not buy the next-gen consoles if they meant they couldn't play used, or second hand games. Lloyd told those at the event that consumers like the ability to play pre-owned games, as well as having the portability and physicality in games.
Not having these abilities, such as buying a pre-owned game, would stop consumers - nearly 60% of them - from buying a next-gen console that isn't capable of playing used games. Lloyd noted that around 4% of GameStop's used game sales are for games that had been released in the last 60 days - this is a huge fact for used games.