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The Nintendo Wii U has just been struck another blow. Nintendo has had to delay both TiVo and Google Maps integration beyond their original January launch. Well, Google Maps was originally slated to launch in January 2013. TiVo, on the other hand, has already been delayed once before.
TiVo was originally supposed to launch with the TVii service, which was set to launch with the console. TVii didn't come until late December and, when it launched, it was missing Netflix and TiVo integration. TiVo integration has now been pushed back to "early 2013," which isn't a very solid time frame.
Google Maps integration was announced back in December with a January 2013 launch. It has also been pushed back, though it has the more solid time frame of "first quarter of 2013." The Wii U is already said to be having sales below expectations, and these delays are certainly not going to help sales, or Nintendo.
Warface, a new free-to-play FPS from Crytek, the makers of Crysis 3, is set to enter closed beta very soon and as a result, the company is now taking applications for gamers wanting to join the closed beta. Signing up is as simple as entering an email and your desired gamer tag.
Normally I do not get very excited over a free to play FPS game as they usually lack in quality, features and realism, but Warface just might be the exception. Warface was developed on the CryEngine, the same one used on Crysis 3, and was given a budget in the $10-$30 million range.
Crytek will make its investment back by offering paid content and personally I am hoping that content is in the form of extra maps, camo and other non-critical gear. Being able to buy a more powerful weapon just takes the fun out of things. The game will offer combative and co-op modes. You can apply to join the closed beta by clicking the Source #2 link below. Who knows, maybe I will see you in-game!
The Android-based gaming console, Ouya, hasn't even been released yet, and they're already hosting 'game jam' events in order to get developers interested in making games for the Kickstarter-funded platform.
Before you think that something like this wouldn't be popular, it sees as though the game jam event saw 166 different game prototypes produced in just ten days - a huge milestone for any platform. The games will now go on and be judged, and awarded prizes. The team at Ouya have said that their software kid for developing games has already been downloaded over 22,000 times.
The console isn't even released yet, and we're already seeing some huge numbers. Let's just hope that this early buzz can continue when it's released, and after its released. I'm looking forward to getting my Ouya console with my username etched into the controllers, oh boy.
Skyrim is one of those games that you can never seem to get enough of. Well at least that is the case for me anyway so whenever I hear of a new DLC for the third installment in The Elder Scrolls series, my ears perk up and my eyes get wide.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn is the latest DLC and officially launches on February 5th, but impatient users can pre-purchase it now on Steam for about $20. You will still have to wait until next month to install and play it, though.
The Dragonborn story line takes us beyond Skyrim to the island of Solstheim, just off the coast of Morrowind. The place is home to Dark Elves and some native Nords called the Skaal. It is packed full of new dungeons, creatures, weapons, and more. Bethesda says there will also be new shouts that will let you "bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons." If the screen shots and video are any indication Dark Lord Cthulhu himself will make an appearance as well.
If you're one of the unlucky souls trying to game on Mac OSX, Valve has your back. They have finally brought the original Half-Life game to Steam for Mac, just 15 years after it originally launched for PC. Half-Life was the game that brought Valve to the forefront of the PC gaming industry.
The game originally launched in 1998 and has not been available on Mac until now. The game will set Steam for Mac users back $9.99, which seems like a slightly steep price, considering the age of the game. It has also been bundled into several different value packs, if that is the way you want to acquire it.
Interestingly enough, the Mac version of the game was actually developed back when the Windows version was released. However, Valve had some disagreements with Apple, which eventually led to the Mac version being canceled. The game is available in the Steam store.
Based upon Crytek's announcement today, it appears that the THQ bankruptcy hearing was accepted by the judge. Crytek has come out to say that they have acquired the rights to THQ's Homefront intellectual property. This means Crytek will now be able to develop games in the Homefront franchise.
Crytek was actually already working with THQ on a second Homefront game, which it announced back in late 2011. Due to the recent bankruptcy filing by THQ, Crytek decided to buy the rights to the Homefront franchise. They submitted the high bid at the THQ assets auction and have purchased the rights.
Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, said: "Since we first reached an agreement to develop Homefront 2, we've been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players. Our cooperation with THQ was always positive and we would like to thank them for all their support over the last two years and express our sympathy to those affected by the recent events at the company."
"From day one, the Homefront 2 team has been committed to creating a game that takes the series to new heights and features the level of quality and innovation associated with Crytek," said Nick Button-Brown, General Manager of Games at Crytek. "Nothing has changed with regards our development of the game, and we look forward to sharing the finished product with players."
Users keen on trying out NVIDIA's GeForce Experience can now try out the public beta by downloading the software from NVIDIA's website. For those who don't know, GeForce Experience aims to optimize graphical settings for a wide variety of games by using the cloud.
Want to know the best settings to play your games? GeForce Experience will figure it out for you. GeForce Experience connects you to NVIDIA's cloud datacenter to download optimal game settings tailored to your PC based on your CPU, GPU and monitor. Optimal settings maximize image quality while maintaining great performance so you get the best experience. A built-in interactive screenshot viewer helps you learn more about each setting and their benefits.
Looking forward to the PlayStation 4? After seeing this set of rumored specifications, I'm thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Of course, these are rumored specifications, with the source being fairly confident in them, though nothing is solid until the company decides to confirm these.
The system memory is said to be 8GB coupled with an AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPU. Video RAM is pegged at 2.2GB and the GPU is said to be an AMD R10XX. The system will feature 4 USB3.0 ports and 2 Ethernet ports. Sony is, of course, including a Blu-ray drive again. HDD space is said to be 160GB, which seems a bit small, considering the price of storage these days.
These specs are said to be the latest for the development kit. A production model will likely have a larger HDD and only one Ethernet port. The controller is said to feature a touchpad surface on the back of the controller, which can accept two-point multi-touch and also be pressed down as an additional button.
Things could change before Sony launches the final device, but the current working specifications seem top-notch. What are your thoughts on them?
Want to get a sneak peak at the upcoming Crysis 3 game? Well, Crytek and EA are giving everyone just that opportunity by offering an open beta of the multiplayer version of Crysis 3. Starting January 29, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to participate in the beta.
The beta is designed to give you just a taste of the full Crysis 3 multiplayer experience, and help the development team collect your valuable feedback.
In the Crysis 3 Beta, you'll be able to suit up, team up with your friends, level up to rank 10, and customize your Nanosuit with different weapons, attachments and suit modules.
It will feature two beta multiplayer modes: Hunter and Crash Site. The Hunter game mode is best described by the Crysis team: "This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked "Hunters", and up to fourteen CELL troopers awaiting extraction. Each trooper slain respawns on the Hunter team to prey on their former allies, building to a frenetic climax. If any of the troopers survive the round, the hunters lose. Whichever way you play, Hunter Mode delivers a heart-pounding test of strategy and survival."
The Crash Site mode is the ultimate King of the Hill type game experience. It's just like it sounds: an Alien ship drops a pod at a random spot on the map. Members of each team attempt to gather around the pod in order to capture it and accumulate points.
Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, announced that the company is developing some of its biggest franchises into new games for the Wii U. Unfortunately however, the information mostly stopped there.
We will see a new 3D installment to the Super Mario series, along with a similar edition of Mario Kart, but Nintendo has only confirmed their existence, no images have been released. We are expecting more details and maybe playable demos at E3 later this year.
We have also heard that there is not one, but two new additions to the Zelda series being developed as we speak. Reports are that one will be an enhanced port of the GameCube classic Wind Walker, while the other is a brand new entry that is said to take the series "back to the basics." Ending the string of new game reports, is a new game staring Yoshi, but details on it are almost nonexistent.