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Max Payne 3 is receiving some great reviews, if you didn't want to play it before, you'll want to now
One of my favorite series ever is Max Payne, and the third outing, this time by Rockstar, is nearly here. The game releases later this week on the consoles, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC release slated for two weeks from now.
Whilst that's bad news for PC gamers, the game itself seems to be getting quite positive reviews. Ranging from 90- to 100-percent. There's a few niggly reviews where they've reviewed them at lower scores, but the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones. G4TV smashes out of the gate with a 5/5 review, so I'm guessing they loved it.
G4TV's final words:
Max Payne 3 is a technological tour de force that will have you screaming "Dear lord!" more times than midnight mass. The performances are top notch, the action plays out with unrivaled fluidity, and the multiplayer is deep and rewarding. Silly distractions aside, Max Payne 3 is an action lover's wet dream that also happens to employ some of the slickest direction and transitional trickery this side of a David Fincher box set. Lock and load. It's bullet time...time.
Our Deal of the Day is Xbox 360 4GB Console Bundle w/ Extra Controller and Free Game - $238.97 Shipped!
Awesome Xbox 360 Bundle from Walmart! You get the Xbox 360 4GB Slim Console, Extra Wireless Controller, and your choice of game for just $229 + $9.97 shipping! You can choose from 11 games, but I would recommend these: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Skyrim, or Batman: Arkham City.
We here at TweakTown hope to really embrace Diablo III, so you should see some more Diablo III-related content over the coming months, and more. But for now, you should be preparing for the release, if you haven't already purchased it!
If you haven't, then head down to your local retailer now, or if you're like me and love digital games, then you should scoop up the game directly from Blizzard as a digital pre-sale. Next up, you will need to create your BattleTag. This is a requirement of Diablo III, and displays both in-game and on the website, so choose wisely.
Next up we have launch times! The launch time of Diablo III has had Blizzard break down the launch time of the game per region. The Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers all open at 12:01am PDT, May 15.
Have you seen that movie that everyone is talking about? Well, Ubisoft has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a new game based upon the Anvengers. The new game will be released on WiiU and Kinect and is touting the motion controls that it will come with. This isn't a surprise since it's launching on two of the biggest motion control platforms.
The new game, dubbed Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, will showcase interactive environments inspired by Marvel's comic artwork and the Secret Invasion storyline. The game features a massive 20 characters including popular Avengers like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor. The super villains aren't left out, though.
Super villains, along with other super heroes from the Marvel Universe not mentioned above, will also be included in the game."We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming," said Tony Key, SVP of US sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay." The game will launch in the Autumn.
Are you an owner of an Aqua Blue 3DS? You may just happen to own a piece of history as Nintendo Japan's website states that the Aqua Blue 3DS is "Scheduled to end production shortly." Why? No reason was cited on the website, so it is time to do some guessing. Online people are speculating that it could be due to a lack of popularity.
Furthermore, it could be that the recently launched Cobalt Blue 3DS has impacted sales. This idea goes along with the lack of popularity idea. Last year when the 3DS launched, it was available in just two colors: Auqa Blue and Cosmo Black. I happen to own Cosmo Black. It is now available in 6 colors. Well, soon to be 5.
Since this is a Japan website announcement, it could just be ending in Japan, however, since it states it is ending production, I imagine they will no longer be available in the United States. Of course, this portion is unknown, so take it with a grain of sand. I will update you as soon as I know something concrete.
Happy Friday everyone! Bethesda and id Software would like to help you get just a little bit less done on this Friday. They have released an official browser port of the the game Wolfenstein 3D to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said game's release. The port is full featured and has all of the original levels and assets as the original.
The game is playable on pretty much any recent browser and looks to be using HTML5. Head on over to http://wolfenstein.bethsoft.com/game_NA.php if you would like to play the game and waste some time. Controls are pretty easy to learn: arrows to move, X to shoot, Z to strafe, and space for doors and secrets.
Since it's Friday, I'm sure we all could use just a wee bit more stuff to help us procrastinate, so they released a Director's Commentary video. In the video above, John Carmack talks about the history of the game along with some of the technical details. The first half of the 25-minute video is in still images, with the second half being Carmack actually playing through a few levels while still talking.
Max Payne 3 is mere days away, and now we have the Max Payne 3 launch trailer available one week early. It doesn't show off much in-game footage, but it fleshes out the story a little bit more. I'm just a little excited for this game.
Max Payne 3 launches on May 18, and hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The launch trailer is something you should definitely watch, especially if you're a fan of the series. The only fail here is that the PC version launches nearly two weeks after the consoles versions in the US... boo!
What did you think of the trailer? Are you picking it up on the console, or on the PC?
Diablo III isn't even here yet, and it's already doing some amazing things for Activision Blizzard. During yesterday's Q1 2012 financial results report, it has been noted that Blizzard's Diablo III has "set a new all-time pre-order record for Blizzard".
Considering the game has been over a decade of waiting and torture for all of our souls, it has been good business for Blizzard, which in turn, is great for us. The only thing is that Blizzard didn't give out any specifics on the pre-order figures. I'm guessing it would have to be in the millions, but how many exactly, no-one knows.
I've pre-ordered it, and I don't pre-order many games, so that's telling you something. Have you pre-ordered it? Did you get the Collector's Edition? I wish I did, but I can't bring myself to pressing the 'purchase' button on it, it's quite expensive. I think I'll play it first, get into it, go to Computex, come back and hack'n'slash my way into the CE purchase.
Let's talk some Call of Duty numbers, shall we? The first-person shooter launched its Elite service to mixed opinions, but it now sports over 10 million registered users, with two million of these paid-up premium subscribers.
As of March 31, COD has 40 million monthly active users, with players logging in a total of 1.6 billion hours of online gameplay in Modern Warfare 3 alone. These numbers were released alongside Activision's quarterly financial report. On top of this Elite news, there's also talk that the COD: Modern Warfare 3 sales have been quite a bit lower than the Black Ops at equivalent times in their respective life cycles.
But, Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin has told Eurogamer that the way people are buying COD is changing. MW3 has a shorter tale than its predecessors because sales of new COD launches are now more front-loaded than ever. He explains:
What we're seeing is bigger and bigger spikes earlier on. Sales aren't less, they're more, but they're just front-loaded. People are getting more and more excited about the launch and more aware of when it comes out. Pre-orders are crazy, through the roof. Every time we come out with a game it breaks the record of the previous game.
Black Ops 2 could be pulled, due to Infinity Ward still holding the rights to "modern day, near future or distant future"-based COD titles
Activision are already enjoying the (probably) comfortable seats in court with ex-Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella over their dismissal from Infinity Ward back in 2009, but, a clause in a Memorandum of Understanding filed with the lost wages and royalties suit in 2010 could shake up the recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
According to Game Informer, Activision still holds the rights to the Call of Duty franchise, but any Call of Duty games set in "modern day (post-Vietnam), the near future or distant future" would be retained by Infinity Ward. Considering that the upcoming Black Ops 2 is based in 2025, Treyarch have put a fair amount of thought into their futuristic setting. One would think Activision would know this, too.
An intellectual property attorney has said that if West and Zampella win their suit, Activision could be forced to pull the game. Yes, not release it, period. But, we're most likely going to see a fair amount of $$$ enter the bank accounts of West and Zampella in damages if the court awards them so. But, there's always a but, remember. Clause 4(D) at the end of the memorandum specifically states that if Infinity Ward management, Ward and Zampella in this case, are no longer employed by Activision, then the terms of the memorandum are no longer in effect.