Ever wanted to create a mod for Skyrim? Come on, we know you have. Today you can. Bethesda have released their Creation Kit, which really lets Skyrim loose, and sets the boundaries to virtually infinity, and beyond.
The Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit are free for anyone with a copy of Skyrim and a Steam account. Finding mods for Skyrim is as simple as visiting the Skyrim Workshop in the Steam Community. From there, you can browse the most popular, newest or highest-rated mods of all time. On top of this, you can specifically search for content via tags such as "Armor", "Quests", "Dungeons", and so on.
Creating your mod is a litter harder, of course, you'll need to install the Creation Kit, from the Tools section of your Steam Library. If you run into any problems, the wiki over at http://www.CreationKit.com is an amazing resource for modders of all skill levels. When you've polished your mod and want to unleash it to the world, just choose "Upload plugin and archive to Steam", from within the File menu of the Creation Kit.
You'll be asked to name your mod, add a description, content tags and a thumbnail. Once your upload is complete, the Creation Kit will notify you.
Go forth, Skyrim fans! Mod, mod, mod!
Our Mobile App of the Day is Mine Gold 2 (Gold Miner 2) for Android.
Mine Gold 2
Use the claw and reel to mine gold and other treasures out of earth.
Collect as much money as possible before time run out in each level.
Between levels you can buy some items that can help you in next level.
*Tap the screen to release the claw when it swings back and forth.
*Tap the screen to throw bomb(amount>0) when reel up target.
* Bonus mechanism
* Up to 10 props
* More funny targets
Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced through Twitter, a release date for Microsoft Flight. Microsoft Flight is a free-to-play title, that will launch on this leap years day on February 29th. Microsoft Flight was developed by Microsoft Studios, and is being made available on the Games for Windows LIVE service, and is being marketed toward experienced enthusiasts, as well as novices.
This is a step in a different direction, as previous Flight Simulator games were serious simulations, but Microsoft promises fan of the original will "feel right at home." Microsoft Flight introduces region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Games for Windows LIVE intros access to achievements, additional free content such as missions, an online pilot profile, and an extra plane: the Bowing Stearman.
Additional purchases are possible, like new aircraft and regions, which is made possible through your LIVE account. Interestingly, Microsoft Flight is not a replacement for the discontinued Flight Simulator franchise, but a new take on the game.
Team Fortress 2 went free-to-play last year, and with the game to never really stop gaining momentum, the TF2 team have kind of announced their working on something "brand new" for 2012. They can't say what it is, but it's said to be "really cool."
We should also expect the last "Meet the Team" short, where this year, Valve finally unleash the Pyro story. What to expect from that? We don't know, but in Valve fashion, it should be pretty epic. Finally, there's also The Second Annual Saxxy Awards, with this years awards being bigger and better, due to the imminent unveiling of another secret.
What do you expect from Team Fortress 2? Maybe an announcement of a new game mode? The announcement has to be contained within TF2, in my opinion. I wouldn't mind seeing a next-generation Source engine with Half-Life 3, as well as sequels/huge upgrades to their famous games such as TF2, Left 4 Dead, etc.
BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has enjoyed some decent launch numbers, and now its time to find out just how many subscribers the reportedly $200 million MMO has.
Since launching in December last year, SW:TOR has sold over 2 million copies, and now has a very nice 1.7 million subscribers. Compared to World of Warcraft's launch, this is nearly twice as strong for launch numbers. But, we all know WoW has really taken off since then, it's latest expansion, Cataclysm sold more than 3.3 million copies in just 24 hours.
EA CEO John Riccitiello has said:
Star Wars: The Old Republic is developing a committed community of players with more than 1.7 million active subscribers and growing.
We reported about the Half-Life 2 protest that was going on over the weekend, so that Valve would hopefully take notice, step up and release some information on Half-Life 3. How did this go?
Well, Half-Life 2's numbers went from the 3000-mark, to over 13,000 during the protest. This pushed Half-Life 2 into the top 20, and just short of the top 10. At its peak, it sat at number 11. Very nice for a protest.
Of course, 30,000+ members were touted to take part in this protest. The organiser has said:
I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today. We're nowhere near done - in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.
GFACE launched back in 2007, and until now it has been in "MAXIMUM STEALTH" mode. GFACE has been formed as a separate company headed by Crytek chief, Cevat Yerli. GFACE is designed to offer gamers a social networking site where they can communicate, collaborate, and play. GFACE's motto? 'Play. Together. Live.'
GFACE doesn't really bring anything new to the table, and it has some seriously hard competition in the form of Facebook, Google+, Steam, etc. Members do have the ability to view ongoing games live within their browser, all while they chat in both voice and text modes.
GFACE will be a freemium business model, where the core functionality of the new social networking service to remain free.
Yerli has explained in a statement:
GFACE enables its users to discover and experience entertainment together in real time. "Play. Together. Live" encompasses our mission to re-imagine the way we play, the way we interact with each other - live in an entirely new way. We want everybody to play everywhere for free
THQ are going through some rough times, and those tough times are now pushing back to sequel to Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light. The game has been pushed back to an early-2013 release.
Developer, 4A games has said in a statement:
[The release] may be a little later than you were expecting, but trust us - the wait will be worth it! You'll be hearing a lot more about Metro: Last Light closer to E3, so please be patient. We can't wait to show you what we've been up to.
Are you mad? It would've been nice to have a Metro game this year, but waiting until next year might anger some fans. On top of this, if there's a next-gen console release next year, like it has been rumored, then this game might look dated by the time the game comes out. This is going to be something most game developers/companies are going to have to remember.
Our Mobile App of the Day is GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective for iOS
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◆ This Story Starts with Your Death
In an obscure corner of the city, a single bullet takes your life, but that's not all it takes. When you awaken as a spirit, you realize you have no recollection of who you are. Thus begins your search for the answers to these questions: "Who am I?", "Who killed me?", and "Why was I killed?"
One night is all you have to answer these questions before your soul vanishes at dawn's first light, and your only lead is the female detective who witnessed your death...
◆ "Possess" and "Manipulate" Your Way to the Truth!
As the main character, you can possess and manipulate objects, such as a guitar or an umbrella, using your "Powers of the Dead". A variety of actions will be available to you depending on what you possess. Strive to possess the truth itself!
Alan Wake on PC has finally gotten a firm release date, just two weeks from now. February 16th is the day you should buy some batteries for your flashlight, and it has a decent price of just $30. Remedy have been putting a nice amount of polish on Alan Wake for PC, where it includes not just improved graphics, but multiple monitor support, and 3D.
Remedy's CTO, Markus Mäki has said:
We've done our best to do justice to the PC version and do things the way they should be done for PC. The PC version looks absolutely beautiful. We're bringing the game to life in a whole new way.
What can you expect in the PC version? Check out this list:
- Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before
- Refined and fully configurable mouse and keyboard support (or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!)
- A wide selection of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios
- Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs
- Additional options our fans have sought after, such as field of view adjustment as well as "hide HUD".
- Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode
- Works with NVIDIA NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D
In a conference call with EA's Vice President of Investor Relations, it was said to analysts:
You're going to hear some announcements from us on Battlefield actually as early as next week in an event we've got in New York. We've got plans for all of our major franchises to turn them into more of as we're seeing with FIFA and with Battlefield more as games for service that have constant flow of downloadable content.
The rumor of an 'all-American DLC' has come from some YouTube comments where they've stated:
I have a source telling me that there will be an all American DLC, based on New York City, Miami, New Jersey, and I think it was San Francisco.
Now, with Frostbite 2, this would be an amazing thing. It would look truly gorgeous, and give us a change to the current maps we have in Battlefield 3/Back to Karkand. Inner-city NYC fights would be amazing, with destructible environments and what not. Give me "enhanced destruction" that we saw in B2K, but amplified, and I'll get back into BF3.
In their latest financial call, EA have confirmed that blockbuster titles, Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 have both passes the 10 million sales milestone since launch. Battlefield 3 launched in October last year, FIFA 12 launched a month earlier in September.
These are some great numbers, and shows that when developers sit down and make a great game (Battlefield 3 for example), that people will buy it. Yes you're going up against the "zomg it's another COD game, we must have it, my preccciooouuussss," that means diddly squat when it comes to the super-intense, hyper-real Battlefield 3.
Now we need an announcement of a next-generation Battlefield 4, PC-exclusive. Split Battlefield 3 into "Battlefield: Bad Company 3" and have it multi-platform. DICE/EA, you would be a pioneer and reinvigorate a dying enthusiast/DX11 gaming market. You could be the new id/Epic with graphics engines since they've sold their souls to consoles.
Our Mobile App of the Day is: Fragger for Windows Phone.
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I'm one of these people. Where in the hell is Half-Life 3. My latest editorial even covers it, where the last words are "Where are you, Gordon Freeman?" We need him, and we need him now. There seems to be a push from the community, too, which is great.
A quote from the group:
The entire trilogy of episodes was supposed to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things for the time being, that is fine; all that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time.
In addition: This message is in no way, shape or form attempting to rush the development of the Half-Life series; in fact, most members agree that Valve should take the time needed to deliver a complete and polished product.
A bunch of gamers dubbed from the "Call For Communication Steam Group" plan to play Half-Life 2 this weekend, hoping to send a message through the Steam servers to Valve itself. The group has gotten quite the amount of press, with some of the largest websites talking about it, which is bought us to this point where we at TweakTown want to join in.
Doing a bit of Reddit surfing between news posts when I spot this laughable news piece. "The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer" is a piece by Bloomberg, where they've quoted Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, where he discusses hardcore gamers.
He says "PCs are the hot rodders of game play." Which, is fine. Bloomberg did also say Warren said that hardcore gamers "often soup up systems by adding motherboards, boosting RAM and optimizing graphics." Adding motherboards? As in plural, multiple, more than one? Wow. Really?
'Hardcore' PC gamers 'optimize' graphics, why not get some actual facts and state that they add more than one graphics card (or GPU) in their system. But, I thought I'd just point this article out, I have to go now though, I've got to spiff up by PC and install another two motherboards. I never realised being a hardcore gamer since the early 90s on PC, that having one motherboard makes me unl337. BRB adding motherboards.
I won't even go into the rest of the article, you should really take a look for yourself, it's a great read.
In a curious move, Valve have made some of their titles available through a rival digital distribution platform, Impulse. Impulse was acquired in 2011 by GameStop, which is another curious move. When your main source of income is from selling games, it would make sense to have some of PC's biggest games available on your platform.
Valve's games are now available through Impulse, which include Left 4 Dead and its sequel, Portal 2, The Half-Life Complete Collection and The Orange Box. Strangely, all games require Steam activation, which means you'd have to be using Steam at the end of the day. This hasn't affected Impulse, where they've said in a blog post:
Some of the greatest, most creative games of the past decade (and the one before that) are now available! Legendary developer/publisher Valve is now available! Whether you enjoy hitting things with crowbars, the power of gravity, making holes in walls or making large holes in the undead, Valve's games will suck you in and won't let you go! There's more quality gameplay here than you can shake a crowbar at!
I do like the last bit, "there's more quality gameplay here than you can shake a crowbar at!" Nice skills there, Impulse.
Our Deal of the Day is: Amazon - Star Wars: The Old Republic - $46.89 Shipped Free!
The price of this latest MMO set in the Star Wars universe has finally dropped. Star Wars The Old Republic is now a more reasonable $46.89 shipped free!
Our Mobile App of the Day is: Infinity Blade II.
**2011 IGN Mobile Game of the Year!**
**Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Video Games of 2011**
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TOUCH GEN - 5 out of 5 - Editor's Choice
TOUCH ARCADE - 5 out of 5
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G4TV.COM - 5 out of 5
APPOLICIOUS - 5 out of 5
MODOJO - 5 out of 5
SLIDE TO PLAY - 4 out of 4
GAMESPOT - 9 out of 10 - Editor's Choice
IGN - "Infinity Blade 2 is a must own"
Touch Arcade - "An iOS Masterpiece"
INTO MOBILE - "The King of iOS Gaming Continues its Reign."
IGN - "The Perfect Sequel"
USA TODAY - "A masterful mobile epic!"
Sony will be the last to announce their next-gen console, PlayStation 4 probably won't make it until sometime between 2013-2016
According to the leader of Sony's French gaming division, Sony will most likely be the last to announce its next-generation console. Philippe Cardone, CEO of PlayStation France, told Le Point that they are in no rush to reveal details on their next-gen console.
This is fuelling rumors that Sony aren't even at a prototype design stage for the PS4, which means it can't be shown off to developers or at gaming events such as E3. Sony claims that there is "no pressure", but considering that Sony's console ranks third behind Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, you would think they would be out of the "meh" stage and into the "we need to have another console out in 2 years, max."
With the Wii U launching this year, Microsoft's next-gen Xbox launching next year, Sony will be in a lot of trouble. Wii U won't have the best graphics, but once the next-gen Xbox comes out and stomps all over the PS3 in terms of functionality, features, and graphics... what will Sony do? Sit back and let Microsoft take all the glory? Sony needs to let the PS4 prototypes loose to companies, now.
10-year life cycles, in this world of technology, is pathetic. Smartphones and tablets pounce over themselves every 6 to 12 months, gaming consoles are now stagnant, old horse, less-than-720p-output machines which are in today's standards of Full HD/120Hz, etc - pathetic.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Jelly Defense.
Finally something worth defending!
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You can download Jelly Defense from the Android Market, or check it out, here.
A new trailer has for Gearbox Software and SEGA's new Aliens-themed, Aliens: Colonial Marines is out, this time it's a cinematic trailer. The trailer features a decent music track in the background as well as a tease of things to come.
Watch it above, but if you want to just read about it, then don't blame me for spoilers: The trailer shows off a couple of different floors of a structure, where we can see marines lock 'n' loading, preparing to fight an onslaught of near-unkillable aliens.
Acid drops through the levels, through the metal and lands on a nasty looking alien. It of course opens its mouth and reveals its second chomper. Anyone who is an Alien/s fan and says they're not excited about this, needs to be checked out. Let's hope Gearbox do well with this game.