If a tweet from Spike GTTV's host, Geoff Keighley is to believed, we should expect the first glimpse of footage from the upcoming Crysis 3 to feature on the show, tomorrow night. Yes, tomorrow as in around 24 hours from now.
Crysis 3 is expected to feature Crytek's CryENGINE 3, but we don't know the exact details of the engine the game itself uses, or whether it'll be ported from the console to PC (which is what I expect). We shouldn't expect any gameplay footage, that's just my opinion, but probably some pre-rendered footage.
There's not much else to add, as this news is quite short on info, but we should expect to see something from Crysis 3 tomorrow and you can be sure we'll post it up as soon as possible!
Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for Android.
Cut the ropes, deliver candy to Om Nom, collect stars, and unlock new levels.
The follow-up to the award-winning mobile game Cut the Rope has arrived for Android! ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope: Experiments features the familiar and loveable little monster Om Nom who is discovered by a mad (but not bad) scientist determined to study his candy-loving behavior through a series of experiments.
Cut the ropes, release candy into Om Nom's mouth, collect shiny gold stars, and unlock new levels.
Join millions of people around the globe and help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments!
- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!
- 5 level packs: Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, and Bath Time
- New gameplay elements like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, and water!
- New characters
- New storyline featuring commentary from the Professor
- New social integration: find hidden evidence for the Professor's photo album to share on Facebook.
- Scoreloop achievements and leaderboards - compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world!
The debut trailer for Dishonored is out, and for those of you who haven't heard about it (like me until just now) it's a new first-person stealth action game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Bethesda and Arkane Studios explain Dishonored as:
Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.
Dishonored features a creative, and flexible combat system where you can combine many supernatural abilities, as well as weapons and unusual gadgets to take our your foes. You can go after your enemies under the cover of darkness, or go head-on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each missions plays out based on the choices you make throughout the game.
Halo 4 now has a release date, Microsoft have announced that Master Chief will return with a worldwide launch beginning on November 6. Halo 4 is set four years after the events in Halo 3, with Master Chief returning to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.
Halo 4 will be the first outing in the Halo universe to be developed by a company other than Bungie, with 343 Industries taking the wheel. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios says:
We are beginning a new saga with 'Halo 4' and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of 'Halo' games and experiences. Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with 'Halo 4' leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.
That's not all. Tonight, Conan O'Brien will help celebrate this fall's launch of Halo 4 with a special segment on CONAN on TBS at 11pm PDT/10pm CDT.
Dead Space 3 is coming, and I'm quite excited about it. The series has been amazing so far and the new game enters some great new territory by the sounds of it. But, up until now, not much news has popped up about it. South African retailer BT Games has begun accepting pre-orders for the game.
EA haven't officially announced Dead Space 3 yet, but EA have talked about expanding the Dead Space series into a trilogy, with EA president Frank Gibeau commenting that the company wants to reach a broader audience with the sequel. Usually, "broader audience" means simplifying the game down and making it easier - I'm guessing with QuickTime Events (QTE), let's hope not, shall we?
BT Games, I'm sure you're thinking, wouldn't reveal something like this and be the first to do so, right? Well, previously, BT Games revealed the Jak and Daxter HD Collection, as well as Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component. BT Games also provided more evidence of God of War IV by playing pre-order boxes in stores.
In an undeniable attempt to gain more paying Xbox Live Gold customers, Microsoft will be offering it for free for five days. Commencing on Thursday, April 19, and running until Monday, April 23, users will gain access to Xbox Media Apps. Online multiplayer gaming will still be reserved for paying players only.
Additionally, partners such as Hulu Plus and Netflix will be opening the doors and offering free access at the same time. This should allow both services to compliment each other and both should gain subscribers during this event. There are a few limitations of the free access to these apps. For example, the free Netflix trial is only available to those who haven't yet used a free month's trial.
Depending on where the customer lives, they will get a varying amount of free apps during the trial. In the US, the free apps will include CinemaNow, Crackle, Dailymotion, EPIX, ESPN, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, MSN, Netflix, Syfy, TMZ, Today, UFC, Verizon, VEVO, Vudu, Xfinity TV, and YouTube. I'm already a subscriber, so I wonder if I can get the Hulu Plus trial for free for a month.
It seems like the creators of the eye-candy that is Crysis have caved, at least somewhat, to demands that the series return to the jungle for this third installment. Instead of returning to the jungle, they have turned New York City into 7 unique environments dubbed the "7 Wonders." From raging rivers to urban rain forest, this new game is sure to have some incredible eye-candy, that is if your computer can run it!
Due to the new environments, new weapons have been developed. Prophet, the protagonist of the series, will be equipped with a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech. An excerpt from the announcement of the game:
Players take on the role of 'Prophet' as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.
The game is set to be a cross platform release meaning that it will be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 when it releases next spring.
EA's rebooted again first-person shooter, Medal of Honor: Warfighter has received some gameplay footage. The Frostbite 2-powered FPS is shaping up quite nicely after the mess that was the last MOH title.
The new gameplay trailer shows off some of the single-player campaign, its gorgeous graphics which definitely have been taken on PC if the sharpness and AA are anything to go by. The gameplay looks like the same old thing, with nothing really changing which isn't exciting me one bit.
How about we change things up from the usual first-person shooter formula? I'm going to be very disappointed if next-gen consoles launch and all we get are prettier first-person shooters. Yes, I want graphics, but I also want the beefed up hardware to bring better gameplay. New gameplay. Reinvigorated gameplay. Something that every single person plays and goes "Yep, this is THE shiznit".
Tribes: Ascend is officially out of beta and has landed for the general public's consumption. The beta was enjoyed by more than 500,000 people, and the free-to-play first-person shooter is now here to enjoy!
Developer Hi-Rez Studios have also released a new developer diary which goes over the custom server options, and the new games take on the classic Raindance map from the old, very popular Tribes games. The video above doesn't feature too much gameplay, but it does show off a very nice looking user interface.
Ok, now that you've read all of this, you want to know where you can get this bad boy and start getting into it? Well, you can create an account here, and I'll also let you know that the client comes down at around 2.6GB.
We all know that Valve could be working on a gaming console dubbed "Steam Box", we've covered it with news, and even an editorial. But now Valve are actually posting job vacancies where they're preparing to offer consumers "whole new gaming experiences".
They're posting jobs wanting experienced electronics engineers, where they've said "for years Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences". The ideal candidiate for the job definitely requires the goods:
Work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware
Hands on prototyping experience
Lab and measurement skills
System level design experience
Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers
Experience with high speed serial interfaces
Experience with schematic entry
Experience with circuit simulation
Four years relevant experience
Max Payne 3 is nearly upon us, and today the developers have decided to tease us with a new trailer showing off Max's signature Bullet Time. If you're not aware, Max can enter Bullet Time, which is exactly the same type of thing that was featured in not only the movie The Matrix, but the previous two Max Payne titles.
The trailer shows off various methods of using it, with various different styles of moves, and guns being used whilst in the slow-mo glory. The new trailer doesn't show off too much of the game, but we do get to see some of the environments, etc.
I do wish that we could get a demo of the game first, especially since it was a PC-exclusive with the original two games and only hit consoles a few years later. This new game looks OK, but not mind-blowing. This doesn't mean I'm not excited for it. But, because I'm based in Australia, I have to wait until June 2 to buy it, and at AUD$90, too. Bit of a slow-mo kick to the balls if you ask me.
Fighting fans will love this, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arriving in September on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, according to publisher Namco Bandai, where they announced the news at a Las Vegas event today.
The game will feature a bunch of extra characters in addition to the 44 that are featured in the arcade version. No names have been mentioned yet, but Namco has confirmed that we should expect over 50 fighters in total. But that's not the best bit, we can expect to have a bunch of game modes made available in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
We can expect 1-on-1, 2-on-1, and 2-on-2, as well as a new Fight Lab feature that will help beginners learn the ropes, and get their skills up by versing a customizable bot fighter. This will get people into the game much quicker, or you could just be like me and button mash until you own it. What's the block button? I don't use it.
Resident Evil fan? Like collecting Collector's Editions? Well, you might want to put away some of your money, now, because Capcom are going to start waving an insane Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition right under your nose.
The upcoming Premium Edition of Resident Evil 6 will include a copy of the game, four different Resident Evil 6-branded tablet covers (which come in a Chris, Leon, Jake and Secret version), as well as a Leon leather jacket. An actual replica of the in-game jacket that Leon wears, which comes in small, medium, large, and extra large.
But, the pricing here is the kicker - ¥105,000 or US$1,293. Wow. Just wow. The Premium Edition is being made through Capcom's online site, e-Capcom. There is a sprinkle of good news here before you shut up and give Capcom your money, is that they generously offer free shipping. Thanks, Capcom.
The crew over at Pixel Enemy had some serious hands-on time with Adhesive Games' free-to-play mech game, Hawken. They spent just over 20 minutes with the game, and uploaded a video onto YouTube so we can all check it out.
There are some seriously cool sequences in this game, and it just makes it want it more and more. The video does have an audio issue, where there are a few minutes that the gameplay footage audio overpowers the commentary, but it passes.
What do you think? Will you play this? It is free-to-play after all.
I love it when companies screw up and release information on upcoming releases. Notably, the GTX 680 was posted for sale several times before the official launch. This time it is EA that screwed up. They posted Crysis 3 artwork on EA's digital download service Origin which gives us a first look at the yet unannounced game.
The image was only published briefly before being redacted, but someone saw, and saved, the image and it has since started circulating the internet. The details on the game are pretty unclear since nothing has been announced, but the image gives us a small insight into what could be in the next game.
Mainly, the image shows a crossbow being used by someone in the iconic nanosuit. This is the first time a crossbow or something similar has been used in any of the Crysis games. It appears to be set in a city, against many people's cries to return to the jungle. I would like to see it return to the jungle as well.
The game is expected to retail for $49.99 and be available for PC, Xbox, and PS. A release date is not set, but an announcement of the game is expected to come later this month. I loved the first Crysis and subsequent Crysis: Warhead but I haven't gotten a chance to play Crysis 2. I look forward to Crysis 3.
This is one of the more ridiculous rumors that I've heard regarding the upcoming Xbox 720/Next, so let's start off with some traditions and superstitions. First, the tradition: get out some salt and throw it over your shoulder. Second, the superstition: knock on some wood, because if this rumor is true, the next Xbox could be one beast of a gaming device.
The latest issue of Xbox World reports that the devkits for the upcoming Xbox were sent out after some secret meetings were held in London. The devkits don't look like the final product, but the hardware included is supposed to be representative of the final consumer product.
XBW's sources suggest that the devkit is powered by a state of the art 16-core IBM Power PC CPU with a GPU that is in the range of the AMD HD 7000 series of GPUs. The 16-core CPU is the interesting piece, and the most curious part of the upcoming Xbox. Most games only take advantage of a max of 4 cores. Additionally, 16-core CPUs are still in the future for desktop gaming rigs.
XBW explains: "It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power." Both Sony and Microsoft have denied showing the next-gen console at E3. Game makers, however, are looking towards an LA debut for their next-gen software.
After Capcom's recent "Captivate" event, in which it spilled out the details on current and upcoming projects, Capcom has announced that it is well into development of the third installment of Lost Planet 3. Lost Planet 3 is Capcom's third-person shooter line of games and is pretty good, or so I hear. I've never actually played them.
Lost Planet 3 is set to be a prequel to the previous two games. Capcom provides us with a brief story line: "Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) who are preparing the planet for colonization, Jim joins his fellow pioneers at the Coronis base and begins surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet's energy supply - Thermal Energy."
Our Mobile App of the Day is Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iOS.
SOUND THE ALARMS! THE TROLLS HAVE ESCAPED!!
Join TRIGGER HAPPY and the rest of the SKYLANDERS as they patrol the Skylands for escaped trolls! Grab your favorite Skylander and take to the skies in your flying gunship to put those troublesome trolls in their place - Skylanders style.
The Press is loving Skylanders Cloud Patrol!
- Kotaku's "Gaming App of the Day"!
- "One of the coolest things about mobile gaming is the surprise apps no one saw coming. Case in point, Skylanders Cloud Patrol." - Gametrailers
- "Skylanders Cloud Patrol has just surpassed Cut the Rope as my favorite smartphone game and promises to be another hit for the makers of the popular Skylanders." - GeekDad
Not familiar with Skylanders? No problem! Cloud Patrol is an easy to learn, action-packed game that everyone can enjoy.
In this unique arcade shooter, tap to shoot or slide your finger across targets creating amazing combos to knock the trolls out of the Skylands. Score the highest combo per area to get more points and collect more loot. Complete goals to level up and earn gems to unlock more Skylanders and Magic items that help you power through your adventure. Dominate the leaderboards and show your friends who rules the skies!
One game I'm so very anxious for is Max Payne 3, and today developers Rockstar Games published a list of the Max Payne 3's achievements and trophies. A few of the secret badges have been held back, so we don't get all the goodies at once.
I've never really been one for achievements/trophies, but there are some very keen, very dedicated gamers out there who will love this list. There seems to be quite a bit to do in the game, and it's such a change to the original two Max titles, where you just dived in and played. Now you've got a bunch of achievements and trophies to acquire.
Rockstar proved themselves on the mobile market with their port of Grand Theft Auto III, where they provided the full Grand Theft Auto experience, including cut scenes and their iconic radio stations, in the mobile version of GTA III.
Rockstar Games wants to hit the same note with Max Payne Mobile, where the full bullet dodging craziness finds its way into the mobile world. iOS-based users with an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4, and all generations of the iPad will be capable of playing it.
Android-based users won't know where they stand until April 26, when the full device compatibility list will be available. I think I might pick this up for the new iPad.
Epic Games seem to be getting back to their roots, developing a game for PC, and exclusive to the platform. Creative lead Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski and president Mike Capps announced during the PAX East panel "we might be working on a PC-only title".
CliffyB took the mic and said "Let me say that again: we are working on a PC game." After the panel, Epic Games president Mike Capps told Joystiq that the unannounced PC project is currently underway, and the current plans are to keep the game exclusive to the PC platform.
Excited? I am. Let's just hope they keep it exclusive to the PC, and push the engine as far as it can go. Release a next-gen Unreal Engine-based game, and release it with the next Unreal game. That would be, well, unreal. Excitement is now forming within my body.