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DICE has just released the official trailer for Battlefield 4's upcoming Naval Strike Expansion, and WOW was it worth the wait. Naval Strike brings in four new maps, a new game mode, and a new vehicle plus a treasure trove of new weapons, assignments, and achievements to Battlefield 4. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Carrier Assault game mode which is reminiscent of the old Titan Mode found in Battlefield 2142.
The trailer above illustrates the new maps well, and we can even see that some ancient cannons are able to be fired from some of the map's fortresses. Only in battlefield are you able to take down a modern fighter jet with a historic cannon! Naval Strike is expected to drop next week for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, and two weeks later, arrive to the rest of Battlefield 4 players.
Valve's highly anticipated documentary, Free to Play, launched this morning to great fanfare. The documentary follows three aspiring professional gamers as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in a video game tournament. The game of choice is Dota 2, one of the most popular online games in the world with over 7 million active monthly players. We went into detail about Free to Play earlier this year, and you can find that article here.
Valve says that more than 600,000 viewers pre-loaded the documentary last night in anticipation of the launch, and that public viewing parties were organized all over the world, including the Crest Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can find Free to Play on Steam, Twitch, YouTube, and iTunes for free beginning today. I haven't had the chance to watch the documentary yet, but it will be queued up before I head to bed tonight.
Grand Theft Auto V hasn't even been announced for the PC yet, but there is a scam going around acting as the beta for GTA V, with some people unfortunately falling for it.
An e-mail has been going around teasing people to click a URL and download a .zip file, which contains the Grand Theft Auto V beta... or what it wants people to think. Instead, they're downloading malware. The e-mail itself uses Rockstar imagery, and a fancy banner, but comes in plain text explaining: "You invited beta tester GTAV to Windows."
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes may be short, with most gamers finishing it within 2-3 hours, but Eurogamer YouTube editor Ian Higton finished the game in just 10 minutes.
Higton did playthrough the game multiple times, so he knew exactly where to go and what to do. He also skipped all of the side missions and cutscenes in order to finish it in under 10 minutes. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes takes place in a single location, which consists of a two-stage rescue operation. So it wouldn't be hard to finish that quick, especially if you had a few times running through it. But 10 minutes? Wow, that's fast.
GDC 2014 - Sony only took the wraps off of its VR headset for the PlayStation 4, Project Morpheus, earlier today, but the company will be walking attendees through four demos on the conference floor using the VR goods.
EVE: Valkyrie will be one of the big playable demos, and so will the recently-released Thief, a special build created specifically for virtual reality. Sony will also be showing off two demos: The Deep and The Castle, the former allows you to experience a shark infested lagoon, while the latter sees you exploring a medieval fortress.
Blizzard said back in September 2013 that it was going to close the Diablo III auction house, something the developer has just done. Blizzard closed it in preparation of Reaper of Souls.
Completed transactions can still be claimed through to June 24, 2014, but the developer has disabled searching and bidding. If you want to find more gear, you'll now have to find it, or craft it.
About a year ago, Electronic Arts launched SimCity to great fanfare, but just as quickly as the excitement grew, disappointment quickly took over as the game was plagued with weeks of issues surrounding its "always online" requirement. This method of DRM caused the game to crash frequently, and for some, made it impossible to play as firewall, network, and downstream issues prevented the game from authenticating. During this time, fan who paid more than $80 for the game begged EA to remove the online requirements, but the company never did.
Eventually the issues were resolved, but a call to remove the online requirement remained. Today EA has finally taken note of its customers cries and has issued an update that lets users play SimCity offline from any PC that it is installed on. Unfortunately, update 10 only allows the game to be played without an internet connection, users will still have to launch SimCity through Origin if they wish to play.
Trading in video games is something most of us have done before, and until now, we have been limited to stores such as EB Games and Gamestop. Today that ends as Walmart has announced that it has began rolling out a new Video Game Trade-in program that will let customers trade in used video games and receive a Walmart gift-card in exchange. This means that customers can use the credit they received for the games on anything that Walmart sells, from food, to car tires and even clothing.
"Gaming continues to be an important business for us, and we're actively taking aim at the $2 billion preowned video game opportunity," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walmart U.S. Walmart says that the gift-cards will be normal Walmart gift-cards that can be used at any Walmart, Neighborhood Market, or Sam's Club in the US, and that the program will be handled by the same company that oversees its smartphone and tablet buyback program that launched last fall.
Ghost Recon Online is an online-only, free-to-play shooter that has just had a name change to Ghost Recon: Phantoms. Ghost Recon: Phantoms is reaching the PC next month, according to Ubisoft.
Producer Corey Facteau explained in a Q&A post: "With all the changes the game has undergone since its conception, the team felt it deserved a 'fresh identity'." Phantoms has been in beta testing for 21 months now, has a new look, and will continue the franchise's showcase of "a realistic depiction of tomorrow's battlefield."
Ghost Recon: Phantoms will also include new character classes, new gear, and plans for "even more" additional content once it is released next month.
Battlefield 4's upcoming expansion pack 'Dragon's Teeth' includes a two-handed ballistic shield, according to a GDC talk that was given by an EA DICE animator. The team was hoping to see gamers use the ballistic shield in the game, while shooting from behind it with various hand guns.
But, the team realized that the best way to deliver the bullet-stopping shield into the game was to make it two-handed, to provide teammates with a moveable piece of cover - something you can shoot with while using. The ballistic shield will be included with the Dragon's Teeth expansion that is expected to drop sometime in the summer.
There's not much known about the upcoming Dragon's Teeth, but it will be centered around urban warfare - and the awesome new ballistic shield. During the animation bootcamp talk "Using the Power of Layered Animation to Expand Premium Content in Battlefield 4," Senior Animator, Ryan Duffin, explained how the team tried different things with the shield, while using a hand gun. These approaches failed, as the team didn't have the time required to create needed for animation changes, or they were limited by the last generation consoles and their memory.