Do you like to have options? Enjoy portable gaming? Was looking forward to Sony's NGP, Vita? Well, games capable of saving directly to their own cartridges, won't offer gamers the option to save to an external cards. This means you will never receive a choice. Games that can save internally, will always do so.
Kotaku Japan also learned that you'll have to have a memory card in the Vita at startup to operate games that require external storage. Sony also told Kotaku Japan that in addition to save data, some games may use the memory card for DLC.
Disappointed? Hurt? Well, Sony have doen this before... but people were thinking that they might play the game differently with the Vita. People might have wanted to save a few dollars on not buying external memory, but you'll require this for DLC and the like. Frustrating? Yep!
Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming MMO/FPS hybrid, Planetside 2 is set to go insane on 'map' sizes (can we even call them maps now?). Planetside 2 is said to take a "Halo-esque" spin on its sci-fi universe, where it aims to combine the persistent world of an MMO, with the visceral, responsive mechanics of a first-person shooter. Planetside 2's creative director, Matt Higby talked about the staggering size of the new battlefields:
"We have enormous, enormous gameplay space," says Higby. Planetside 2's settings which are based on continents on the planet Auraxis, measure an insane eight kilometers square, with weapons capable of firing a full kilometer in distance. Higby continues saying "One of our largest development efforts on this project has been hand crafting every single area of those eight-by-eight kilometer continents".
In these eight-by-eight kilometer environments, three factions duke it out: The Terran Republic, The New Conglomerate and The Vanu Sovereignty. The battles are set to be epic, with Higby stating that "you're going to be fighting in battles sometimes when it's 200 people fighting against 30 people, because there's only 30 people defending that base and then suddenly 200 people log in from teh other ground and go do it".
Batman: Arkham City, one of 2011's most hyped games has done very well for itself. It was released last week for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and has since then, shipped 4.6 million copies. All in a week! This is both a surprise, and not a surprise. It's a surprise because it has only launched on the consoles and has enjoyed successful shipping numbers.
For it not being a surprise, is because the first game, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a smash hit. Batman: Arkham City has received rave reviews for both versions (PS3 and Xbox 360) and looks to be one of the biggest sellers for 2011. I haven't played it yet, as I'm waiting for the PC version which launches in a little under two weeks time. The PC launch will only expand these numbers, so too will sales between now and the end of the year.
4.6 million copies shipped is a very good milestone for Batman: Arkham City as it makes it one of the (if not the most) successful comic-book-to-game adaption ever. Now all we need is a really good Superman game, and I'll be one super happy camper. Please, please make a great Superman game. Maybe the guys behind Batman and Just Cause should get together for it?
Skyrim is only 2 weeks away and Bethesda have just confirmed the system requirements for the upcoming title. The requirements aren't too bad, but they're a tad higher than the 2006-based Oblivion, so if you're still chugging along on older hardware and want to get the most out of Skyrim, you might want to start an upgrade, now.
Recommended system requirements:
Quad-core Intel/AMD CPU
DirectX 9 video card with 1GB RAM - Nvidia GTX 260/AMD Radeon 4890 or better
6GB hard disk space
DirectX compatible soundcard
For everyone who reads TweakTown, and more specifically, my news posts, you'll know that I've been waiting for Battlefield 3 for what feels like, my entire life. I've posted everything from screenshots, to launch trailers, alpha footage to beta/full release footage, interviews, details and everything in-between. I found out on a forum last night that the game can be unlocked for some who change some VPN settings, so I did so...
I have a 3 screen (Alienware AW2310's) in Portrait, backed up by 2 x GIGABYTE GeForce GTX570's and a 4GHz Core i7... the beta, I had a few little issues, but they somehow worked themselves out and I was bug-free for the rest of the beta. The full game on the other hand... doesn't even work on my 3 screen setup. Yes, that's right: the beta worked and the full game does not.
My issue is, I launch the game, and it goes full-screen. Once its in full-screen, I can hear it load up and finish, if I move my mouse I can hear the cursor going over menus, but I cannot see the menus. If I alt-tab and go to a window, the menus appear and it's OK. If I click a menu, it goes back to full-screen. So I have to click a menu, alt-tab, full-screen, click a menu, alt-tab, full screen, etc until I get to video and change it to run in a window.
The first piece of official artwork for Rockstar's next iteration of its biggest game series, Grand Theft Auto V has shown up on their website today, along with a date mentioned for when the first trailer will be released - that date being early next month on the 2nd of November.
So, this certainly puts any doubts to rest about whether or not a fifth installment was on the cards anytime soon and we can all start getting excited about what direction Rockstar will take the story in now. While there's no confirmation of any finer details on it at this early stage, it has been hinted that the possibility of basing the next story outside of the U.S. has already been considered, but the chances are the game will remain true to its roots with the following statement being made from Dan Houser just recently.
In just a week from now, Nathan Drake will feature on people's TVs across the world in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Uncharted 3 has made its way to game reviewers across the world and it seems its yet another home run smash-hit for Naughty Dog. Reviews are mostly between 90 - 100, but these days - reviews can be somewhat, deceiving. If a rehashed COD title can usually score 90+, how does a stand-out game like Uncharted deserve the same score, shouldn't it be more?
Anyway, the reviews are very, very favorable and it just makes me want to play the game even more. If you haven't played the previous two Uncharted titles, I really suggest you grab them and play them both this week, then purchase Uncharted 3 when you're finished. I'm sure you won't need to play the previous two, but for one, they're amazing games. Two, it'll help with the characters, and story of the third game, which is just one week away!
Rumor has it that Microsoft and several industry partners are working toward a 2013 launch of the next-generation Xbox. Multiple sources from across the industry, such as processor chip manufacturers to middleware firms, have told Develop that they expect the next-gen Xbox to be fully unveiled at E3 2013, months before its release.
The collection of data points to a 2013 release across all main regions, but it could also slip to an early 2014 release. There are a handful of people in the industry who expect Xbox Next to hit store shelves before the holiday side of 2013 - this Christmas and the next will likely see Microsoft marketing software for Xbox 360, Windows Phone and its Kinect motion-based controller.
Develop understands that Lionhead is working on a project internally named 'Fable Next', which will launch on Xbox Next. Epic Games' new Unreal Engine is also reportedly set to be available sooner than the 2014 date recently given by studio founder Tim Sweeney. One source also insists that an EA studio already has rudimentary Xbox console technology on desks. Of course, EA has flatly denied this claim.
Blizzard is losing players interest in the now seven-year-old MMO, World of Warcraft and to keep things fresh, Blizzard are promising a free digital copy of the upcoming loot-fest, Diablo III to anyone who signs up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.
The deal was announced at BlizzCon last week, where the Annual Pass gives users a twelve-month subscription payable in monthly instalments of $14.99 or by another billing plan of your choosing. Annual Pass subscribers also gain access to a new flying mount when the next patch is available to the Beta for the next WoW expansion.
A few hours ago the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch trailer hit the Internet and now, we have more details on how the PC version of the game will benefit over its console counterparts. From anti-cheat systems to dedicated servers, there's a lot there!
Infinity Ward dropped some details in a recent Q&A on the Call of Duty forum. Community Manager, Robert Bowling said:
We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths in providing a more rich experience for our players. We keep our ear near the ground and try to deliver items most requested. The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a server browser, voting, RCON, and more. Lastly we are embracing the Steam platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, Steam achievements.
It was only a day ago that EA and DICE launched the amazeballs Battlefield 3 launch trailer and today we have the competition over at Activision and Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Raven Software launching the trailer to the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3.
The trailer would be good, in a pre-Battlefield 3 world, but we live in a post-Battlefield 3 world now. For COD fans, the game will obviously be great, but it just looks... dated. Very, very dated. Like, 2005 dated. Where BF3 looks like its grabbed graphics by the balls and thrown them across a football field and then picked them back up and kicked them through the goals winning every football game forever.
Valve have just announced that the second downloadable content package arriving for Portal 2 is an 'in-game editor'. Valve released a PR statement declaring that the second DLC package is currently "in development and targeted for release early next year."
As we all know, Valve love community-created content and this new DLC is set to have some form of community functionality attached to player creations allowing players to "view, play and vote" on various levels. The editor will also allow players to create and share both single-player and co-op levels. At the moment, it is unknown how the editing will work, and whether it'll make a splash on all platforms, PC/Mac and consoles.
With Steam support on all platforms apart from the Xbox 360, the Portal 2 DLC should be released everywhere. But, we'll have to wait a little while for some clarification. Exciting news and hopefully a sign of things to come for Valve titles.
Ever since Battlefield: Bad Company 2 came out and DICE went in a different direction with their Frostbite engine, with destruction, etc... I knew the real "Battlefield" title would blow everyone away. I just didn't expect it to be this friggin' good. I'm just going to leave this Battlefield 3 launch trailer here, ok?
The launch trailer is just hands-down orgasmic. This just shows off the single-player, but by the power of grey skull; does that Frostbite 2 engine look jaw droppingly good.
Battlefield 3 launches in just 72 hours! Yes! 3 days from now!!
BlizzCon 2011 - The ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 was getting a lot of attention with plenty of ROG based systems on display running popular Blizzard gaming titles.
One of the most popular systems setup was running Diablo III on a large screen with an ASUS system running an Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard and MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. D3 was running very smoothly on this system.
We'll be back with more BlizzCon 2011 tech coverage real soon.
Fan or not of Uncharted 3, it looks bloody impressive. I loved the first two games and I fondly remember two Christmas's ago sitting there for an entire day bashing through the Uncharted 2, finishing it over the Christmas break. It was such an amazing game. It's almost like playing a movie, but better than most actual Hollywood movies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception continues Nathan Drake's story and without spoiling the game, if you haven't played the previous two, I highly suggest you do.
This is my most anticipated console game of the year, and the trailer really pumps me up for the full thing. As you can see in the above trailer (don't read any further for spoilers), it shines in its character development, action set pieces, graphics, and charisma. Uncharted 3 is less than two weeks away, arriving on the PlayStation 3 on November 1.
Executive Producer at DICE, Patrick Bach, has said that the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 is running the game without the high-resolution texture pack (which is found on the second disc) by default, and is the "standard def" version of the game. What the texture pack does, is bring the Xbox 360 version up to the same standards of that found on the PS3 and PC. Bach elaborates:
So what it does is it gives you the same abilities, kind of, as the PC and PS3. You can actually stream information from the hard drive. That's new for Xbox 360, but it's not a new idea for the gaming industry as a whole. No one has really tried to do it properly, so us doing it will create question marks.
Oh my god. First up, there's not even a damn week until the beast itself, Battlefield 3, is released and secondly, EA and DICE have just released another change-your-underwear worthy trailer that shows off footage from all nine of the multiplayer maps in Battlefield 3, including Back to Karkand. The new footage shows off some totally insane action, and makes me (and I'm sure, you) want it just that bit more.
I still can't believe were within a week of release... but here we are. I definitely suggest checking out the above trailer: it really is just pure 1min 42sec of awesomeness. I do apologise for the short news post, but theres not much more I can say but watch this video, now!
Microsoft has confirmed what the Xbox 360 Holiday bundle for the North American market will come with. The bundle will be priced at $299 which includes a 250GB 360 Slim, wireless controller, wired headset, three months of Xbox live and a couple of games - those being Halo Reach and Fable III. It's been indicated that Fable III will be included on a disc, while Halo Reach will be provided via a download token.
A Kinect bundle will also be on offer throughout the holiday season costing $399. It will include a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset and of course, Kinect. Games wise, it includes Kinect Adventures and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do. There's three months of Xbox Live with this one as well.
Not much of a price drop there, but analysts have said that the console is still selling well enough at the current pricing that Microsoft is confident it will see continued strong sales of its console well into the holiday season.
400 million. Just think about that number, its huge. Absolutely, huge. Today at the Web 2.0, Rovio's GM Andrew Stalbow took the stage, shooting off some Angry Birds stats that has given us an idea at the growth of the [now] franchise over the past few months. At Disrupt, Stalbow stated that Angry Birds has pushed past 350 million cumulative downloads across platforms (and was selling 1 million t-shirts and plush toys each and every month - myself included), and today, Angry Birds has ballooned out to more than 400 million downloads.
If that number wasn't impressive enough, heres some more: Angry Birds is seeing 130 million monthly users, 30 million daily active users, and 300 million minutes of game play... wait for it, each and every day. That's not per month, thats 300 million minutes of game play every single day. Wow, wow, wow. On the scale side of things, we've had up to 400 million, but what would $0 give us? That's Rovio's total marketing budget. $0. Yes, nothing.
Waiting anxiously for the NGP from Sony; the PlayStation Vita? Well, wait no longer. There's finally some details today with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand confirming today that the PlayStation Vita will launch on February 23, 2012. This follows an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirming that the PlayStation Vita will launch through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australisia from February 22, 2012.
The Wi-Fi model will be available in Australia from AUD $349.95 and New Zealand from NZD $449.95. If you're after a 3G model it will set you back $100 more than the stock models at AUD $449.95 and NZD $549.95.
This pricing is a bit of a kick in the nuts, at roughly $150 more than it is priced in the US, even though our dollar is doing very, very well at the moment. I suspect sales on the Vita will be quite low in Australia, with people importing them. $150 more is a bit rich, and this isn't the 90s anymore, Sony. Give it a $50 premium and I'm sure you'll keep your Vita customers much happier.
EA and DICE have revealed some interesting stats regarding the open beta of Battlefield 3 with some impressive numbers indeed. Over 47 billion shots were fired, 2.2 billion regenerated health contributed by Assault players.
19 million people "lost their dog tags at the end of a knife" (I think I only took two people down with a knife, boo), 21 million M-Com stations were destroyed, 635.6 meters was the longest recorded headshot (I did one at around 550m, so I was close!), 1.5 billion kills were registered and finally, 8,125,310 users participated in the Battlefield 3 open beta.
Impressive numbers to say the least. I'm very surprised at the number of players though, over 8 million! That is a huge chunk of gamers. I would love to know the split on what platforms they used too... was it more on PC? Xbox or PS3?