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Borderlands 2 picks up its extra character a week early, should bring back players that already beat the game
Borderlands 2 was released on September 18 to wide acclaim. The game was extremely popular and called a better version of the original. At launch, players could play as four different classes, each with its own special skills and benefits. However, none of them were well suited for new players.
This is where the new Borderlands 2 character comes into play. The Mecromancer class was designed to be suitable for both new players and seasoned veterans. Its skill trees contain features which make it easier for a new player to start getting into the game, as well as features that make it a powerful class for old players.
It should bring back some players to the game who have already beaten it and should help keep interest for those who are still playing. The Mecromancer character controls a robot named Death Trap. Death Trap is a powerful robot capable of dealing heavy damage in battle along with taking heavy damage.
The new class is available for $9.99 or for free to those who preordered Borderlands 2.
Fox news, you have surprised me - news has hit the web that the TV network behind huge hits like American Idol and 24 are working on a TV series made from popular first-person shooter title Battlefield: Bad Company.
Bad Company really focused on the single-player campaign, and for those who played the game you might remember that little smiley face pin on the grenade, too. This was the game's sense of humor and it is looking like this humor will turn the game into an action-comedy series.
Fox has put in development Bad Company, an hourlong action comedy based on EA's bestselling video game from Alias alum John Eisendrath, Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison.
Written by Eisendrath, Bad Company features the main characters from the game. It follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks. Eisendrath is executive producing with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson and EA's Patrick Bach and Patrick O'Brien.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3 are seeing an update that removes Favella from the online map rotation while Activision works on an update to remove a texture. The texture in question is the picture frame that is located in a bathroom on the map. The picture frame is written on in Arabic script from the Qu'ran that reads, "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty."
This has upset several Muslim gamers as Islamic law states that holy writings are not allowed to be in a bathroom. Not exactly unreasonable, but also a somewhat obscure law, I'm sure. The response discussed above regarding removing the map from rotation is in response to several Muslim gamers placing complaints regarding the writing being located where it was.
The map will be back in rotation as soon as Activision can release an update removing the text from the picture frame.
"We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive," an Activision spokesman told Kotaku, "Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries. We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favella multiplayer map from online rotation."
Don't get me started on how much time I wasted during my school years on SimCity. I remember we were one of the first schools in my state to receive a suite of computers, back in the day of the Pentium and CRTs, and mice with balls in them.
I played SimCity on those systems so much, and made my parents get SimCity 2000 which I played for countless hours - but there's a new, PC-exlcusive SimCity coming and boy does it look great. The video above is a 10-minute gameplay unveiling, where we can get the basic idea of how the game has changed, and just how much scope there is built in.
From building residential areas, to dumps, to casinos - SimCity has it all. It looks like a huge time-consuming city-building game, and I think it's going to appeal to a lot of people. SimCity will hit Windows and the Mac in February 2013.
Max Payne 3's next foray into the DLC world, Hostage Negotiation, has been well, held hostage from gamers. The DLC was meant to drop last month, but Rockstar delayed Hostage Negotiation until "later this fall". The new DLC will cost $10 on PSN and PC, and set you back 800 MS Points on the Xbox 360.
Hostage Negotiation brings four new multiplayer maps: the nightclubs Club Moderno and Estádio Do Galatians, and the favelas of O Palácio Strip Club and Favela Heights. The DLC pack also sports two new rifles, Explosive Burst booby traps, the Bomb Suit, Intimidation Mask and Filhos De Ogum avatar faction. Rockstar feel bad, writing:
Our apologies to Max Payne fans who've been waiting for this one and the other upcoming packs - we're working hard to bring you this and all the other DLC and should have a release date to announce for this next pack very soon.
If you're based in Australia and haven't bought an Xbox 360 yet, or wouldn't mind grabbing a second, or third, or fourth (hey, I've seen people with four or more Xbox's) then this news is for you. Microsoft Australia have just announced that they're lowering the recommended retail price (RRP) of the Xbox 360 and its Kinect bundles.
This price drop is between AUD$50 and AUD$150, where starting October 4, the new pricing will be:
- Kinect Sensor, $149 (save $50)
- 4GB Xbox 360, $199 (save $50)
- 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, $299 (save $100)
- 250GB Xbox 360, $299 (Save $150)
- Limited edition consoles (existing consoles only), $399 (save $50)
Microsoft have stated that this is the biggest price drop on record for Australia. Microsoft also took the time to unveil the RRP of Halo 4, which will cost $89.95 for the Standard Edition, and $129.95 for the Limited Edition. Both copies drop on November 6th.
When Valve's Left 4 Dead first launched onto the scene, most people probably didn't think it would be the runaway success it was - but look at what it has turned into. A huge series, sequel, DLC, fan films and more.
The Left 4 Dead series has passed 12 million copies sold, direct from Valve write Chet Faliszek during an interview with VG24/7. Faliszek talked about Valve's approach to promoting their games, where he said the company doesn't really need marketing that much because "when a game does really well at pre-release, they're going to know that you're not just talking a bunch of PR crap".
We just let the game speak for itself because the internet has made this thing where you can't pull the wool over people's eyes any more. They're going to know you're hyping.
The Xbox 360's Gamerscore has been around for such a long time, it has really lost its bragging rights - until now. Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards program is now offering gamers special perks if they have higher Gamerscores.
The rewards are then split into three categories, Contender, Champion and Legend. The first category, Contender, rewards gamers with a Gamerscore of 3,000 to 9,999 with a "special gift" during their birthday month - this gift is valued at $0.25 and would most likely be an Avatar item.
Champion level is higher, with Gamerscores between 10,000 and 24,999 and these Champion's will receive a special gift, as well as a 1% rebate on Xbox Live Marketplace purchases every month. Finally, Gamerscores exceeding 25,000 and higher get access to Legend status, which includes everything the Champion levels get, but an increased rebate: 2% versus 1%.
Computer, Android. Android, Computer. Now that you two have met, maybe we can move on to bigger and better things, such as allowing Android's games to play on the computer. Well, that's exactly what AMD has done with the help of BlueStacks. The two have worked together to produce AMD AppZone Player, which will enable hundreds of thousands of Android apps to be used on AMD PCs.
The new app is a really cool program that uses BlueStack's "award-winning LayerCake Technology" to bridge Android and x86 application ecosystems. I'm pretty confident that the AppZone Player features an Android emulator, though I can't be 100 percent confident. If you want to check it out, the apps, and player, are available on AMD's AppZone website.
Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks said "As the engine behind the AMD AppZone Player, we are providing a potent combination of award-winning software optimized for AMD's industry-leading hardware. Consumers can now enjoy their favourite mobile apps on the larger, more immersive screen of their PC"
Mr Sharma added, "This helps AMD leapfrog Intel by making Windows 8 more attractive on their tablets and PCs. We've worked closely together to optimize the performance of the apps for AMD's unique 'graphics and computing on one chip' setup. The result is awesome - mobile apps run beautifully on their machines."
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I don't finish many games, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the Dead Space series, and the third outing in Isaac Clarke's work is nearly here - with the game shipping February 2013. Visceral Games, the developers behind the game, have teased us with a 17-minute video of Dead Space 3.
The video is narrated by Dead Space 3's Creative Director and Senior Audio Artist and give an insight into how some of the game is made, and how the audio immerses the player in the environment. The core gameplay doesn't seem to have changed all that much - which is a good thing, as Dead Space, and its sequel, were both great games.
Dead Space 3 drops in February 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. I might add that the series is quite awesome on a triple-monitor setup - and works pretty much flawlessly.