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?
Well, my dear wife: I have now found what I want for Christmas. One of these, please. Fan of Battlefield 3? Want some 360-degree, almost real life FPS simulation? Well, on Monday the 24th of October, watch The Gadget Show at 8PM on Channel 5.
This is a [truly] unique FPS simulator in which it turns gaming to near reality as you move, aim, fire and get shot within a 360-degree immersive environment. The team used a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3 and poached a team of top technology experts from across Europe to built a true one-of-a-kind simulator.
While Australians have generally been jealous of the expos around the world such as E3 in the US and GamesCom in Europe, we now have had our taste of a Games Expo in the form of EB Game Expo 2011. Gaming is a huge deal these days, with the industry worth a crazy $74 billion, with the industry generating more incoming that Hollywood does making movies - if that's not big enough, I don't know what is!
13,000 tickets were sold to EB Games Expo 2011, this was even before the event had started! The only way to get in after that was to line up at the door and see if you could try your luck there. Tickets were available to Australian gamers months before the event itself, with general admission tickets purchased online setting you back $29.95. VIP experience tickets were available (limited to 400 per session) at $99.95. The VIP tickets gave you access to the "VIP-only" lines to try out games.
Which FPS was more popular? Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3? Well, if you guessed MW3, you were wrong. Activision's queue, while long (wrapping around their huge stand) was just no match for EA Games' queue for Battlefield 3. Another huge line was seen, which was for, of course, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Well... this is just mind-blowing. Gamers Gate is offering the entire Grand Theft Auto series for just £8.74. This includes, GTA 1, GTA 2, GTA III, GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, and GTA Episodes From Liberty City. Keep in mind that GTAs 1 and 2 are already free, but that is still an absolutely incredible deal. Gamers Gate's website has it usually listed as £34.95, where its 75-percent off down to £8.74.
Gamers Gate's website also offers the game to be gifted, so if you want a cheap Christmas present for a friend or family member, a bit (well, a lot) of GTA action can be had for a very low price. The offer lasts for another 6 days and 2 hours, so if you want to get in, I suggest you get in quick. This price is an absolute steal!
DICE's very, very highly anticipated FPS, Battlefield 3, has been leaked to various torrent sites, over a week from the official launch. The PC version sits at just under 10GB in size, at 9.96GB, and its single-player portion of the game is fully playable. The only thing that would make sense on how its leaked, is if a retailer got their mits on a copy, and leaked it. But then the next question is, why did the retailer break the street release date?
Usually we see leaks of the console versions, so this does mark one of the first times a triple-A PC title has been leaked before release. Of course, it means the multiplayer side of the game can't be accessed, as this requires a valid Origin account. With the game not yet released, this won't happen. But it will effect sales on PC for sure, and will definitely get those frowns turned upside down over at DICE.
Our Download of the Day today is Xfire 1.140 Build 44598.
Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.
Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.140 Build 44598
- Improved client support for both DirectX 10 and 11
Zynga have been central to Facebook's plan to take over the world by getting people obsessed about their great casual games. But now, Zynga has new plans. Zynga are planning a new gaming portal dubbed "Zynga Direct" which will host the usual Zynga games without having to go to Facebook. Even through this mammoth effort, the games will still use Facebook Connect for the multiplayer type games, allowing you to play on either Direct or Facebook without issues.
At the same time, Zynga has announced the casual medieval-themed MMO called CastleVille. They've also announced Zynga Bingo (what!), Dream Zoo, Hidden Chronicles and Mafia Wars II. Zynga just won't stop the casual gaming thing, but why would they? They produce some great games, have hundreds of millions of gamers and now are looking to branch out. Gaming is a'changin' people, we have to get used to it.
I for one, will definitely check out CastleVille, but I'll have to stop myself from being addicted to it like CityVille. Those games suck too much of my spare time away and with a near 7-month old bub at home, I can't do it anymore!
Sony's motion-based gaming accessory for the PlayStation 3, Move, has shipped more than 8.3 million units worldwide. Gabe Ahn, developer support engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that software wise, there have been more than 7 million Move-based games shipped in North America alone. By the end of 2011, there will be more than 80 games available, and Ahn also said that SCEA expects continued growth through the remainder of the year.
He thanks third-party publishers and name-checked EA, Activision, Capcom, Konami, as well as upcoming titles like BioShock Infinite and Ninja Gaiden 3 as examples of continued support for the Move controller. Ahn also stressed the diversity of games available for Move, from hardcore shooters such as Killzone 3 and MAG to more casual games like EyePet. Ahn also showed off a clip on "the future of gaming", which featured a Move player with a head-mounted display turning his world into an augmented reality version of Resistance.
Today is Team Fortress 2's "Manniversary" and to celebrate, Valve have released the Steam Workshop. What is the Steam Workshop you ask? Well, dear reader, it is an improved submission hub for community-created content that makes it much easier to upload entries, check on their status and get feedback from Valve. On top of all of this whiz-bang stuff, the Team Fortress community will be able to look at, comment on, and rate all item submissions in a single place.
Valve haven't stopped there, though. The in-game Mann Co. Store has of course turned one today, and in just 365 days, item-creators have made more than $2,000,000 in profit from their creations. Crazy, right! Valve, in celebration of this, are releasing the massive Manniversary Update and Sale! There is just so much included in this, as a Team Fortress 2 fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out!
It includes new features, items and improvements. Almost everything is on sale between now and Monday, October 17th, so get on over and check it out. Also, any store purchase automatically upgrades a Free account to a Premium account, winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Square Enix has shown off their next-generation game engine at a press conference held in Tokyo, where they've said their goal is to build what they call 'quality live action' graphics. The screenshots below show off what they've achieved, with Square Enix trying to get as close as absolute true fidelity thanks to DirectX 11 and their new engine, Luminous.
Square Enix displayed some of the source material pictures and side-by-side pictures with in-game shots. Luminous has allows engineers to build navigable spaces rendered in real-time, as shown in the video I have placed below. The tech is not available to studios outside of the Square Enix network, and for good reason. The Japan-based publisher wants to push this tech and scale it across small casual games right up to triple-A titles.
In a great move by SEGA, they have just announced they are bringing the great racing game, Daytona USA back. Daytona USB will receive a staggered North America and European release with it hitting North America on October 26 and Europe on Xbox Live, and on October 25 in North America on PSN. European PS3 gamers will have to wait until "late November" for the game, unfortunately.
Even though its a new release, Daytona USA will retain most of its original form, including untouched graphics and soundtrack. Added features include Leaderboards and online support. Daytona USA will be going for 800 MSP or $9.99 USD. A list of features for Daytona USA is belowwwww*:
-Relive your glory days of racing to the sounds of the original Daytona USA soundtrack, also available in Karaoke Mode
-Support for the Logitech GT Driving Force steering wheel controller on PS3, and all Xbox 360-supported steering wheel controllers
-Arcade Mode, race the clock in Survival and Time Trial Modes with up to eight players in online multiplayer to place on the worldwide leaderboard
Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, believes that Apple may be in the middle of preparations of launching a games console in the near future, he explained to The Seattle Times. Gabe gave some of his thoughts on the subject, with quotes like:
Our business is growing very rapidly both on the content side and on the service platform side so in that sense, business has never been better. The challenges we see looking forward are very rapidly evolving model for how value is created for customers.
He also says there are "dark clouds forming", where he raised concerns of the closed-garden approach with platforms such as Apple's iOS. Gabe says "On the platform side, it's sort of ominous that the world seems to be moving away from open platforms." Platform providers that used to use their role to enable developers "instead view themselves as more rent guys who are essentially driving their partner margins to zero," he said.
Yesterday I reported that the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard would drop on November 25th, but if you are one of those people who like to live on the bleeding edge then you can sign up for the Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program. Microsoft have announced an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in the preview program to help them test the system.
They say that this is an important program as Microsoft are continually striving to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. They can't do this without you, the users. Once the program starts, an update will be pushed to your Xbox 360 console that will contain the new features, including:
New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation
New Beacons to play online with friends
Deeper Facebook integration
New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile