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Rumor has it that Crysis 2 is set to finally get its DX11 patch any second now with rumors flying out of Germany. A thread on the Crysis-HQ forums have an alleged Tweet from Crytek staff member Tiago Sousa who has reportedly said:
Cooking some great DX11 tech bits for C2 fans, be patient guys. All I can say, is that we have 16 ms or more to have fun with pc hardware...
The problem with that is this Tweet doesn't show up on Sousa's Twitter feed. However, there is a separate thread on the MyCrysis forum that is suggesting that Sousa's Tweet was pulled as well as the threads discussing DX11 additions to Crysis 2.
Following up on their first support initiative the week of the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, EA will be donating all of the proceeds from FIFA Ultimate Team pack sales for tomorrow only. The FUT packs are virtual "packs" of trading cards that translate to players you can manage and add to your team. You can also trade items and actions with other players, much like actual trading cards. EA hopes to utilize the international passion for Football (re: Soccer for all you Americans) to promote and provide further aid to Japan after the series of tragic events that befell the country last less than two weeks ago:
We know that football is a unifying force around the world, and we hope that our fans will join us in harnessing this positive force to help raise money for those that need help.
The promotion begins at 00:01 GMT Saturday March 26 and will continue for the following 24 hours. You can see the original post and learn more about how to give back with FUT on EA's blog.
New Yorkers: if you're partying around the Union Square area of Manhattan tomorrow night, you would be remiss to not consider video games and food trucks.
If you've been following us, you know that we had a chance to check out the Nintendo 3DS at both the 2011 Game Developer's Conference and the Pier 39 Nintendo Pod.
At midnight tomorrow, the 26th of March, Nintendo will go live with its brand-new hand-held game system and its active 3D engine. To celebrate the event, Nintendo is hosting a gigantic party at the Best Buy in Union Square in Manhattan, starting at noon tomorrow. Nintendo will be set up in Union Square Park during the day, providing the crowds with live music and even more opportunities to test out the 3DS before it becomes available for sale that night. Players will have the chance to play nintendogs + cats, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Madden NFL Football, LEGO Star Wars III, and Asphalt 3D. Nintendo has also said that they will be featuring their augmented reality games like Face Raiders. Be assured that lots of Nintendo SWAG will be given out, and I imagine even a few raffles. Who knows? Also, the first 300 people to buy a 3DS once the clock strikes midnight receive a "special" carrying case.
Food trucks? Live music? Video games? Free stuff?
I smell a cheap date night...
The good folks over at Raptr have designed a cool info-graphic to inform you of some nifty stats regarding everyone's favorite fighting game. I love seeing how many hours it takes on average to complete a certain task, especially if you've been playing for the past few weeks and haven't really kept track of how often.
Excited you unlocked all the achievements? It probably only took you 40 hours. Then again, I've certainly logged 3x-4x more on certain SNES & PlayStation Original RPG's. (That's right kids, RPG's existed before World of Warcraft, and you didn't play them online).
Unsurprisingly, the top played team is Wolverine, X-23 and Deadpool. Wolverine has been the easiest and most efficent Marvel fighter character since the days of Marvel Superheroes (Also PSOne); Deadpool is the coolest character ever, medium notwithstanding; X-23 has a certain novelty, and she rounds out the "Weapon-X" theme.
My personal preference is Deadpool, Sentinel, Dante. What about yours?
I digress; here's the infographic (after the break):
Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed. Again. Yes, after a 15 year development period, Gearbox then taking over the development, it has been delayed a month.
The above video features the Gearbox man himself Randy Pitchford talking about the release and then someone coming in and changing the release date. Tears, absolute tears. But, one month shouldn't be too bad. Let's hope that month is filled with polish, polish, polish.
Today I bring you a seriously in-depth machinima in the world of Grand Theft Auto 4, the video goes for around 15 minutes but is one of the best machinima clips I've ever seen. It's a hectic car chase scene where the laws of physics are completely torn apart, but hey, it's all in the name of fun!
What surprises me more is the guy behind it says he did it all from single player gaming, no mods or multiplayer - quite the achievement!!
Rumor has it that Valve is considering bringing its ever-so-popular gaming download portal, Steam, to iOS and Android-based devices. The rumors started when a meeting between Valve lead Gabe Newell and a steampowered.com forum member.
During this chat he confirmed that Steam will get a video recorder very soon, also he said they were looking into the iOS/Android platform for possible expansions with Steam.
Crysis 2 has launched and has gotten some huge attention because of it's multi-platform release. It has been released on Xbox 360 and PS3 and of course for PC. Console gamers have bragged that it's some of the best graphics ever on consoles while PC gamers are saying the original (with mods) looks better.
The game (on PC) does not include any intricate detail adjustments apart from different "modes" of graphics. It's quite disappointing as things like motion blur on a high-refresh screen just look ridiculous. The game however has gotten some good talk about the single player campaign and the multiplayer has actually been 'dumb-fun' for me. It's an obvious Call of Duty clone, but in a world of Call of Duty clones, it stands apart.
Earlier this month, Blizzard Execs Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce and Allen Adham celebrated the anniversary of the iconic gaming powerhouse they had founded 20 years ago by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ in New York on March 7. There's a lot to celebrate for the company that originally brought us "The Death & Return of Superman" and is now the proud father of their 7 year old baby, the 5 million large MMORPG, World of Warcraft. How exactly, you might ask, does such a team rejoice in their financial success and fame? By playing StarCraft II on those giant NASDAQ displays, of course.
If you were lucky enough to be in Times Square that morning, you would have been treated to 7-story cinematics projected on the NASDAQ tower from popular Activision Blizzard titles like World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It was like The Today Show, but instead of Al Roker "predicting" the weather (you're outside already Al. How hard can it be?), it was a 7-story-high to-scale Deathwing forecasting Awesome. With a chance of Awesome. I know there's a Blizzard / "wintry mix" joke in here somewhere.
The Nintendo 3DS launches in a few short days, and with it comes the wonderful augmented reality experiences, already demoed at GDC 2011 and the Nintendo Pods available in a major city near you. One of the downsides to the AR games and experiences in the Nintendo 3DS is relying on those AR cards that the player has to carry around with them if he or she wishes to shoot a dragon with arrows or hold an adorably "uncanny valley" cat or dog in hand.
An enterprising individual named Andrew Wilson has developed an Android App (am I allowed to call it an "app" anymore?) that has screenshots of all six AR Cards that come with the 3DS. Players will be able to launch their 3DS AR experiences using only their Android phone, making the augmented reality fun far more portable and accessible. Even better, you can download the app for your Android Tablet as well, making the AR models even bigger!
Here's hoping Nintendo lets this one go- it's not as though people will be able to access the games without a 3DS anyway.