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Counter-Strike is one of those games that really "started it all" with team-based, first-person shooters, and this is all thanks to a team that Minh Le was involved with.
Minh Le has a new game coming out, Tactical Intervention, and it launches on Steam next month. Tactical Intervention is like Counter-Strike, but on steroids: offering intense team-based tactical shooting gameplay, but throws in car chases, realistic locations including shopping malls, industrial parks, subway stations and skyscrapers.
Tactical Intervention arrives on Steam this August, and will be a free-to-play title. I don't think it looks that great, in the world of Battlefield 4 and the like, but CS fans might want to take it for a spin.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but it looks like PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are going to have to do some spring cleaning on their consoles before installation, as it will require an 8GB installation before you can get into the game.
This is going to take quite sometime to get installed, more so on the Xbox 360 which will have GTA V arriving on two DVDs. The PS3 version will come on a single Blu-ray disc, which will make things a little easier. Xbox 360 owners with just 4GB or 8GB are going to be in trouble, where they'll need external storage before they even consider purchasing Rockstar Games' latest open-world title. Rockstar are already on damage control, preparing gamers to install GTA V so that they avoid disappointment.
Mortal Kombat is on the PC thanks to Steam, with NetherRealm Studios' title hitting other digital distribution services too, with all of the DLC in one handy package dubbed Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition.
There's a retail version planned, which should arrive on August 6. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition includes all of the DLC that arrived in the months after Mortal Kombat's launch on consoles in 2011 including playable characters Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain and Freddy Krurger (yes, the one from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series).
PS3 owners can purchase the digital copy of the original, non-Komplete Edition of Mortal Kombat for just $9.99 this week, and just $5 for PlayStation Plus members.
Facebook have a million tricks up their sleeves, with the latest one sliding out and onto their hand is the news of the largest social network in the world entering the mobile gaming industry.
Instead of making the games themselves, they would simply act as the publisher where they would offer marketing capabilities and services to independent game developers. Facebook would in return take a cut of the revenues. According to a piece on TechCrunch, Facebook would distribute and promote the games using targeted advertising on mobile devices.
In just the first quarter alone, Facebook generating $373 million from the mobile ad industry, a very nice number. It will be hard to fight against the juggernauts that are the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, but Facebook have over one billion users, it will be interesting to see where they are in twelve months from now if this turns out to be true.
Saints Row IV was banned in Australia because of at least one reason: it featured an alien anal probe. After the ban, a "Low Violence Version" has appeared on Steam.
This version is available to Australian customers, with an explanation of what was changed in order to become the "Low Violence Version" as well as escape the ban. Publisher Deep Silver will most likely modify the game enough so that the Australian Classification Board will accept it, but what exactly will they compromise on?
Telltale Games have announced the availability of The Walking Dead: 400 Days, the latest addition to the smash hit game. It hits PC, Mac, XBLA and North America's PSN this week. Next week, it'll arrive on iOS and Europe's PSN. If you're after some dates, we have them below:
- Tuesday, 2nd July - PlayStation Network (North America)
- Wednesday, 3rd July - PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
- Friday, 5th July - Xbox Live (Worldwide)
- Wednesday, 10th July - PlayStation Network (Europe)
- Thursday, 11th July - iOS (Worldwide)
What is The Walking Dead: 400 Days? The new addition is set between season one and two of the game, covering five new characters in short vignettes. Each character's story can be played in any order you like, as they'll all cover the same terrain over the span of 13 months.
PlayStation Plus members are getting a good deal this month with the July list of free games available to Plus members. Sony Computer Entertainment announced through the PlayStation Blog that beginning on July 2, DICE and EA's first-person shooter, Battlefield 3, will join PS Plus' instant game collection.
Four more games join BF3, and will hit the PS3, PS Vita and PSP in North America this month:
- Battlefield 3 (PS3)
- Metal Slug XX (PSP, Compatible on PS Vita)
- Jet Set Radio (PS3)
- Dokuro (PS Vita)
- Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PS3)
The amount of hours I poured into this game as a youngster was ridiculous, and with the Steam version hitting last month, the retail copy will reach store shelves later this month.
Publisher, Replay Games, said that the June release date for the retail version was "somewhat less certain". Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded was on Kickstarter, where it passed its $500,000 funding goal with the help of over 14,000 backers.
The unstoppable Minecraft has a new update available, which is known as "The Horse Update". The Horse Update pushes Minecraft up to version 1.6.1, which - you guessed it - includes horses in the game now.
Mojang have also provided donkeys and mules, which can be bred and spawned naturally. These animals do require taming before you can ride them, but once you do you can ride them around in the game world, adding chests to their saddles. You can also name your horses like other 'pets' and add all sorts of armor like iron and diamond.
The Horse Update also includes improvements, such as a conversion tool that lets you convert texture packs to resource packs, which will allow you to add sounds to different items. This update includes the usual performance and stability fixes, as well as improvements in riding mounts, respiration enhancements, extra tooltips, carpets in different colors which can be added on blocks, and like you can do stain wool you can now do stained clay.
Weeks upon weeks of bad publicity may have just taken their toll on one of Microsoft's top officers. This afternoon, reports are beginning to emerge that the man in charge of all things Xbox for Microsoft, Don Mattrick, is apparently leaving the company. AllThingsD is reporting that Mattrick will be headed to a top leadership role at Zynga, the once king of mobile gaming.
This move is quite sudden and unexpected as we have seen Mattrick push the Xbox One console harder than he ever did for the Xbox 360. Some industry insiders expect Mattrick's resignation to be the result of weeks of negative sentiment and massive backlash generated by the Xbox One's previous DRM policies.
During his time at Microsoft, Mattrick molded the Xbox 360 from being just a gaming console into an entire home entertainment system. He jockeyed for the integration of Netflix as well as dozens of other streaming services. Mattrick also headed up the development of the groundbreaking Kinect sensor, but also had to deal with massive overheating issues and inherent console flaws that caused irreversible damage.