TweakTown NewsRefine News by Category:
Duke Nukem Forever is still cranking along, and a second DLC pack is now out called "The Doctor Who Cloned Me". It's available through Steam for $9.99 US and includes a bunch of new material including four new multiplayer maps, a full new single player campaign which includes brand new weapons, all-new enemy types and bosses, more Achievements, and brand new interactive items within the DNF world.
A detailed run down of what is included is below (or in the full story):
This is some of the best gaming-related news I could hear. I'm a huge fan of Remedy and remembered Alan Wake as a tech demo for quad-core processors on PCs years and years ago. Microsoft took it as an Xbox 360-exclusive and crushed my dreams.
But, it has now been confirmed that Alan Wake is coming to PC and will include both The Signal and The Writer DLC packs. The game is coming with some high-resolution polish, thankfully. Remedy have given their explanation as to why they changed their mind about a PC version of Alan Wake by saying:
We weren't going to release a PC version...then we took an arrow to the knee.
Valve have always been masters of secrets, as we all know Gabe has been playing Half-Life 3 for a few years now and just wants to master it completely in every way possible before releasing it. Until, that is, the Spike Video Game Awards over the weekend.
The VGA's saw quite the number of teases, and announcements and this nugget of info is no different. Steam's message boards have been going absolutely crazy trying to figure out if Valve actually teased the upcoming game, with theories heavily relying on a half-speed YouTube video of Portal 2's AI "Wheatley" giving a speech.
Blizzard have thrusted upon the salivating fans of Diablo, the "opening cinematic" for Diablo III. The trailer first teased the world over the weekend at the Spike Video Game Awards. The cinematic is quite amazing, with some very impressive animation and 3D work. Check it out below:
Diablo III marks a change for the RTS game, with nearly 12 years since the previous game, it has been a very long wait. A central auction house is set to really change things up, where users can use real-world money to buy in-game objects and vica versa. "Gold farming" will no longer take place.
The development team responsible for the amazing Uncharted series of games on the PlayStation 3, have some good news for the world. Shortly after Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out, Naughty Dog split its focus into two separate projects.
One team handled the sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, while the other tem handled a new IP, "The Last of Us" and have been working on this new title for the last two years. The Two uf Us is a PS3-exclusive game, about an apocalyptic Earth, in which you'll find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. The population has been decimated by a modern plague, There are survivors killing each other for food, weapons, or whatever they can get their hands on.
Did you hear that? That girly squeal of excitement? Yeah, sorry, it was me. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand goes live in just a few hours on Xbox 360 and PC. It goes live on the Xbox 360 starting at 09:00 GMT (4 AM EST) or for PC-based gamers like myself, 08:00 GMT (3 AM EST).
The Battlefield 3 systems will also be receiving an update at the same time that is expected to take about an hour. Server owners have been warned to prepare for a server update, with R12 hitting sometime around the launch of B2K. Battlefield 3 players will have access to the expansion pack in their respective platforms store's.
Not long now, soldiers!
The studio responsible for S.T.A.L.K.E.R have reportedly closed down, with Ukrainian developer GSC Game World closing their doors. The company was founded back in 1995, and have had quite the run of success with S.T.A.L.K.E.R., their first-person shooter game.
There were multiple games in the series, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was being developed and was looking to have a release next year.1C Ukraine's Sergey Galenkin blogged about the closure, with 1C being one of the publishers of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The blog states the shut down has been confirmed, with Galenkin attributing this to a combination of things including a failed publishing deal for a console version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and the difficulties in self-publishing a PC game in Eastern Europe.
It's a sad, sad day and I'm truly disappointed that GSC Game World have gone. What next?
Skyrim to have multiple DLC releases, developers say that the game's popularity has gone "above and beyond" their expectations
The Spike Video Game Awards happened over the weekend, where Game Director Todd Howard accepted an award for Game of the Year for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, he also said to Joystiq that the game's popularity had surprised even the development team.
He said "We thought it would do well, but it has gone above and beyond." One of the more surprising effects of that popularity, are the many YouTube videos. Howard says one of the favorite videos at Bethesda is the one where people put buckets on the heads of in-game characters. He said:
It was like day two, and we went, what? Do we fix that? Our lead programmer is pissed and wants to fix it, and I said I'm not sure we should. That's one of those where maybe we leave it in.
OK, let me collect myself here. Bioware, check. Frostbite 2-powered, check. Command & Conquer, check. PC-only, check. That's all I need to say, enjoy and goodbye. But really, At the VGA 2011 awards, it was announced that Bioware are making an RTS, they have an RTS studio under their label.
Announced, was Command & Conquer Generals 2, which will be powered by the same engine that drives Battlefield 3, Frostbite 2. It will be PC-only, but excites me more than I can express through my keyboard with Dr Ray saying:
We're bringing BioWare's vision for emotionally engaging gameplay and great attention to quality to the strategy genre and the Command & Conquer franchise. I am excited to welcome BioWare Victory to our label. They are a great addition and the team is working hard to make sure Generals 2 truly immerses and engages players into this intense, gritty, modern war experience.
Of course, Battlefield 3 fans want a movie, but do we really need it? It's not like the story of Battlefield 3 is some tightly-knit group of heroes with personalities, we already have that with Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Band of Brothers, and more.
But, Reddit reader GregWester caught the DVD above at his local supermarket for just $3. It has the image of Battlefield 3, but is actually a movie called Project Shadowchaster 3. Those sneaky buggers!
Bit of a fun post, I would've grabbed the DVD myself if I saw it and posted it all over the interwebs, too. A trailer is available below for your viewing pleasure.