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This is something I hope to continue on TweakTown, a gaming-related round up instead of multiple gaming-related bits of news. So please do comment and let me know if you like it. First up we have the big 3, all sequels, all third sequels. I hope you enjoyed my pun. First up we have a new full-length Battlefield 3 TV ad, which features not only never-before-seen gameplay footage, but Jay-Z with "99 Problems" as the track choice.
Next up we have Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. What we have here is the first footage in the while of Drake's desert-based adventure. The footage is off-screen and can be annoying, but if you want to take a glimpse of some in-game footage, take a look. You might want to skip on past the 4:00 mark to hit the gameplay footage. Even as an off-screen video, Uncharted 3 looks unbelievably beautiful and it is the one console franchise I will buy on launch day. The footage shows off some new skills, with the Steel Fist ability allowing you (playing as Drake) to catch an enemy's gun in midair.
This is what I wanted to see - insane amounts of customization of graphics options in Battlefield 3. A kind Beta player has leaked out a screenshot showing off some beautiful news to my eyes, ears and pants. We get the usual resolution options, vertical sync, but most importantly: field of view. Stereo 3D is included and convergence options are in the menu itself. As for video details we get a huge amount starting with graphics quality which seems to be a pre-determined option that sets the following options (or allows you to use custom to set your own).
Texture quality, shadow quality, effects quality, mesh quality, terrain quality, terrain decoration - can all be set (from what I'm guessing) low, medium, high and then finally, ultra. Antialiasing deferred, antialiasing post, motion blur, motion blur amount, anistrophic filter and finally, ambient collusion.
Is that enough graphic options? I think so. I look forward to seeing a few walk throughs of the difference between them all. I'm so very happy to see that we get a slew of options, compared to the last bring-your-PC-to-its-knees console port and spit on PC users, Crysis 2. That was an excuse of a sequel with no graphics settings. It's great to see DICE sticking to its guns and providing PC users with a million graphics options.
Neo said it in the Matrix Reloaded, "hmm, upgrades" and now I think he was referring to the release of Battlefield 3. DICE Community Manager, Daniel Matros, has come out and said that the PC built around the Battlefield 3 recommended system requirements is only able to run the game at Medium settings. This came about after a Twitter-based question and answer session where Matros stated that "recommended is usually medium".
He was also asked if a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 would have enough power to run the game at Ultra settings with Matros saying if you were aiming for that level of detail from the Frostbite 2 engine, you'll probably want to have two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI. There was no mention of the resolutions Matros was referring to but after looking at the videos, screenshots and now the Twitter question and answer session, one thing is for sure: Battlefield 3 is going to push your PC.
But this time, not because it's unoptimised. It's because it is a true next-gen game with next-gen graphics, sound, physical movement and destruction. I'm guessing Medium settings would look better than consoles with High and Ultra just looking uber-amazing. Bring it on.
A new extended trailer has gone up on YouTube from Capcom showing off its next upcoming Resident Evil title for the 3DS; Revelations.
The trailer premiered at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) where Resident Evil producer, Masachika Kawata announced that Revelations will be taking the series back to its survival horror roots and should be seen as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5.
A little earlier in the year, Kawata said :-
Unlike Mercenaries, which is all about shooting action, Revelations is all about survival horror, the very genre Resident Evil established. We actually think of Revelations as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5 and it will be full of new, innovative ideas and characters.
Could this get any better? All you have to do to go into the draw to win a free copy of the super-amazing upcoming FPS, Battlefield 3, is to choose which game you think is better: Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. That's it. Enter in your e-mail address and you're done. You can also post a link to the competition to gain yourself more entries into it, so post it on forums, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you can think of.
The PlayStation.Blog has received some interesting news from Timmy Rydling of DICE, that beginning with the first expansion pack for Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand and all other full-blown upcoming expansion packs for BF3 will appear one week early exclusively on the PS3. This is a shock of a move, considering DICE have been pumping that the PC is the lead development platform. But, the console users have to get some form of exclusivity. The 360 had it's exclusive piece of the pie by having Microsoft delay the Beta for BF3 because of the launch of Gears of War 3.
The PC has the best graphics, 64-players and now the PS3 gets exclusive one-week early access to the expansions for BF3! PS3 owners should be happy with this news!
Fans of Batman: Arkham Asylum will be disappointed to hear that the PC version of the sequel, Arkham City has been delayed. The console versions will see a US launch on October 18, but PC users will have to wait to an undefined day in November. Boo. Batman: Arkham City picks up roughly one year after the events of Arkham Asylum and introduces some classic villains such as Catwoman and Mr Freeze (hopefully there's a voice over from Arnold).
Arkham City is built on Unreal Engine 3 and has support for both PhysX and 3D Vision. Gameplay is set in the same open-world, stealth action elements as well as throwing in new weapons and improving on the old ones.
Diablo 3 Closed Beta is officially a go, the thrash-clicking of a million mice can be heard worldwide
Diablo 3 has been in a "friends and family" beta for quite a while now, but today that changes. Blizzard have announced that the closed beta test for the game has officially begun, with the first wave of invitations being sent as we speak. More beta invites will fly out over the course of the beta, so refresh your e-mail inbox every 35.2 seconds!
The closed beta test of Diablo 3 has players fighting their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes. Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter are all up for play and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing co-operatively with other adventurers. You'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers and other key characters from Sanctuary and try out the game's skill and crafting systems.
Homefront creator KAOS Studios shut down during the summer and it left fans and THQ wondering what would happen to the sequel without its developer and especially after its cliffhanger ending. THQ has now hired Crytek to develop the sequel which is expected to be out in 2014 for PC and console platforms. Crytek only recently launched their DX11 upgrade for Crysis 2 to spruce up the console-ported games graphics so we should see the next Homefront game get a visual polish to define it well.
Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games from THQ says:
Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent. Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand.
Battlefield 3's open beta begins on September 29. Yes, you read that right - it's nearly here. Those who pre-ordered through EA's Origin service will have access to the beta 48 hours before the rest of the people who didn't pre-order. Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also get access to the beta. EA also say that "ORIGIN WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE BETA INSTALLATION AND RUN THE GAME AND THEREFORE NECESSARY TO PLAY." Not my caps, that's EA's work.