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Microsoft's next-generation console is not only long overdue, but has been rumored for a while now that it be unveiled at E3 2012. But, now we have the product logo in a trailer for Hugh Jackman's upcoming sci-fi robot fighting movie, Real Steel. The Xbox 720 logo is seen during a futuristic scene set in a sports arena, where it is a digital banner ad alongside other popular brands such as Cafillac, Budweiser and Coca Cola.
Microsoft has previously stated that the life-cycle of the current Xbox 360 would be 10 years, but we all know it needs to be much sooner than that. Considering that Real Steel takes place in 2020, it would make the next-generation console only five years old, and with a 10 year life-cycle, this would make sense. The fact that the logo is there at all, puts some validity to the rumors of not just a next-gen console from Microsoft, but to the name "Xbox 720".
I don't particular like the name, as it would seem as if it were held back to 1280x720p output, something like "Xbox Next" would be great. Ditch the numbers, but ditching the numbers would confuse the masses too... however, it has worked for Nintendo.
Some new screenshots of the upcoming Max Payne 3 have surfaced online, the three screenshots accompany some interviews from GameSpot and IGN over the past week. The screenshots show some melee action (it looks like Max can fly-kick!), some dual-wielding action in fat, bald Max form as well as the old-school Max we're all used to. It looks as though we might get some flashback action, or maybe some form of memories or dreams? There's Max with hair, in his old-school clothing as well as the fatter, older, balder Max.
Whatever it is, I can't wait. The new screenshots look insane. I can't wait for some gameplay footage.
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It was just yesterday I was posting about the negatively reviewed, RAGE from id Software, but today is another day and there are some things you can fix if you'd like to read below. RAGE suffers from tearing, massive texture pop-in, and just a total lack of graphical options to tweak and adjust. For the once great id Software to fall to their knees for some of that console pie... it's just very, sad.
But, if you've picked up the title and want to get things running smoother, there are some things you can do. First of all, if you're an AMD Radeon user, you can grab the latest RAGE-optimized Radeon drivers here. If you're an NVIDIA user, you can grab the green team Battlefield 3 driver (which also optimizes RAGE) if you click here.
If you're going to not grab Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on launch day like I am, then you will have to be prepared to purchase an online pass to access the game's multiplayer content. Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed that all future Sony titles will require the single-use pass.
Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality. We will provide further information in the future.
The quote above sums it up quite well. Also, this isn't the first time we have seen a Sony title with the "PSN Pass", Resistance 3 was Sony's first title to require it. This just follows the footsteps of EA, THQ and Ubisoft, all of which have introduced an online-pass-based scheme.
Valve did promise to release free downloadable content for Portal 2 and have followed through with that promise today by releasing the new gear for Portal 2 across all platforms, PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The new DLC is called "Peer Review" and continues the co-op story as players navigate P-Body and Atlas through a fresh set of test chambers, which would have been constructed by the ever-so-evil AI, GLaDOS. The DLC also contains a single-player and co-op "Challenge Mode", as well as leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with your friends.
There were a fair amount of complains with how short the campaign was in Portal 2, but this update (as well as future DLC) should help the community continue their fanboy love for Valve and Portal. Despite the complaints about the length of the game, the user score on Metacritic has actually improved over the last few months and the game has reportedly sold over two million copies. The fresh DLC is readily available and is free of charged on all supported platforms, even the PS3 and Xbox 360.
On top of the free DLC, Valve have also sliced Portal 2's price in half with a single copy of Portal 2 now available for just $14.99 and two-pack for just $27.49. A bundle pack of Portal 1 and 2 is going for a crazy $17.49, so if you haven't gotten yourself into Portal, now is a great time to do so!
GeForce LAN 6! NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang and Battlefield 3's visual architect, Johan Andersson will be there
NVIDIA are set to host the upcoming GeForce LAN 6 Gaming Event which will have a few celebrities included, such as NVIDIA CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo man himself, Jen-Hsun Huang as well as Battlefield 3's Lead Designer and Visual Architect, Johan Andersson who will be at GeForce LAN 6 to talk about the "making of" Battlefield 3. There will be plenty of contests, workshops and other goodies for attendees.
GeForce LAN 6 will be held between October 14 - 16, 2011 on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, in Alameda, California and will feature 48 hours of non-stop PC gaming, fun contests, amazing prizes and special stage presentations. For those who can't make it, NVIDIA will post video footage from the event on GeForceLAN.com.
Our latest poll had over 4,600 people who answered, which platform do you use for the majority of your gaming?
With a massive 81% of the votes PC took the prize for the gaming platform of choice by TweakTown readers.
Coming in for a tied second place was both Xbox and Playstation with the other options such as Wii not getting much love at all.
Four years of hype, all gone in a single day. Most reviews have not been that great for id Software's latest FPS offering, with reviews mixed at best. Most agree that Rage fails to deliver the goods, with most reviews saying its a shallow, corridor shooter with gaping craters in its story, dialog, quests and mechanics. Ars Technica does not hold back saying Rage is "creatively and mechanically bankrupt, it feels like a group of people had to create a game because they were under contract, not because they honestly enjoyed any aspect of their own creation".
Joystiq is just as harsh, being quoted:
RAGE is pretty at times, but it's not enough to paint over the truth -- that id's labor feels like a scaffolding for a game of bolder ideas, ideas which, for whatever reason, aren't realized. And the game that is there just isn't enough to compete with other, better shooters we've seen this year.
Ecko|Code and Showtime Networks have just announced the launch of a new Facebook game called 'Dexter Slife of Life', based on the hit Showtime series, Dexter. The Facebook app is supposed to introduce new game episodes the day after the airing of the episodes of Season 6 of the show. If you have your own Dark Passenger, and would like to live out your Dexter fantasies, well, this is the perfect way to do so.
Firing up the game brings up the Dexter theme music, which is music to my ears. I let it play out as I typed up this news post - putting me in the "Dexter" mood. It makes me want to watch all of the seasons over again. If you haven't watched the show before - I highly suggest you do, it is one of the best shows to grace television screens. And any fan would definitely want to check out Dexter Slice of Life.
Oh, and as you'll see in the first image - I have my own Miami Metro Police Department ID, now I can go and hassle LaGuerta.