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Watered Down Edition is coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in October and will be a 'modified and enhanced' version of the single-player campaign from Crysis 1. It also includes new-and-improved Nanosuit controls, all-new lighting, all-new effects and includes full support for stereoscopic 3D. Crysis will cost 1600 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360 and US$19.99 on PlayStation 3.
What do you think of Crysis coming to the consoles?
I just stumbled across this footage of Battlefield 3 and if the previous footage wasn't enough to clamp down on the uncontrollable wet dreams that BF3 has been causing fans (myself included) then this won't help one bit. It's almost as if DICE are trying to excite people too much - well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
The above footage looks absolutely incredible and I have said this before but I will make an official statement: this game will be like Half Life 2 was to the gaming industry. A benchmark, an absolutely phenomenal looking game (not just graphics) but lighting, shadows, body movement, destruction, etc.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has received some great press and reviews and has the proud feeling of shipping 2 million copies since release in North America, Europe and PAL territories. Now remember, this is shipped copies, not sold copies. An impressive number nonetheless.
DLC hits in October in the form of "The Missing Link" and should extend the story of my current favourite game to play.
The excitement behind Max Payne 3 is already building and while it's still a while from release (said to be March 2012), we're all itchin' to see where Rockstar is at with it and to see some long overdue Bullet Time goodness.
Up 'till now, all we've seen are some screenshots, but Rockstar's own site has just announced that the first trailer of the game is scheduled for release on Wed Sept 14th at Noon (Eastern U.S. time).
Just head over to this link anytime after noon Eastern on Wednesday and you'll find it available in high definition goodness folks.
Max Payne 3 has been slated for a March 2012 release, I guess they knew it was the month my birthday is in and decided it would fit well. The release will include both console and PC versions and the most surprising news is that Rockstar is including Multiplayer with Max Payne 3. The multiplayer is said to have "a deep reward and levelling system" and will deliver an experience that "dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match".
Why do games require multiplayer and levelling up? Why can't they just make amazing single player games and especially with Max Payne 3, nail down that Slow-mo. Two new screenshots for your pleasure are included!
When the Xbox 360 and PS3 games launched, we were told it would usher in a new era of "1080p gaming", that has really never taken off. Apart from a few games, most AAA titles run at sub-HD or HD (720p) resolutions. Battlefield 3 will be no exception. DICE's rendering architect has tweeted that the game will run at 1280x704 as it saves good performance and memory for the game. While this is not surprising, I don't see how console owners can get angry at this. The consoles are 5 - 6 years old now, hardware of that day could never run games at 1920x1080 at 30fps consistently with constantly upgrading game engines and graphical details.
The tweet says "BF3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us." It can also be seen in the picture below:
This is why it pays to have a PC that can be upgraded over time. New consoles have never needed a better excuse to be launched - come on Microsoft and Sony, do it now.
The Hard Reset demo is now available for you to download and enjoy, the PC-exclusive "old school" shooter has been getting a fair amount of press lately in the sea of console ports and console-centric game development, this is a great change to see. The demo is available through Steam, if you'd like to check it out.
Nerdgasm. Diablo 3 is about to run out the door of Beta heaven and be upon us. Until now it was only open to family and friends of Blizzard employees, and within the next few days it'll be in the hands of everyone. The beta client comes in at 1GB and a patch is already available for the Beta!
You can start grabbing the Beta right now from here.
PAX 2011 - NVIDIA had a great chat with DICE Producer, Patrick Liu at PAX last month and they went over some of the technical bits of Battlefield 3 and what fans about expect from the PC version. Of course DirectX 11 was bought up and then onto the tasty subjects of tessellation, compute shaders and displacement mapping being key points of the discussion. The video can be found below:
Apart from that, we have Day 1, 2 and 3 wrap-ups from NVIDIA @ PAX 2011 with the Battlefield 3 competitions being quite close. The first 2 days the games came down to 1 kill (99 versus 100 and 98 versus 99). Winners walked away with ASUS Transformers for first prize and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 for second place. I would settle with just being able to play Battlefield 3!
3 million Steam activation codes for DIRT 3 have been leaked online today, with confirmation from AMD that the codes were intended for vouchers that were meant to be shipped with Radeon GPUs. A database file containing them was hax0red and leaked online. AMD says:
These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, http://www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD's website. Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.
I'm sure Steam can just ban the keys anyway, but heck, 3 million keys stolen.