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Call of Duty Vita confirmed, PlayStation Vita could change things up

According to Sony's Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing, Guy Longworth, we should expect a Call of Duty title for the PlayStation Vita. Longworth didn't go into much detail regarding the game, saying only "we're still working on it".

 

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Activision haven't confirmed whether the game will be a sequel within the COD franchise, a brand new experience, or even the development team behind it. We should expect the usual late-October to mid-November release schedule, as with the previous Call of Duty games since they began launching in 2003.

 

Just an hour ago we talked about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and now we have a Vita-exclusive title? Could Call of Duty be making a comeback? Entire new engine built from the ground-up? Or am I just day dreaming here?

Next Call of Duty to be Black Ops 2, more evidence surfaces

The Internet has done it once again and has pieced together a puzzle of sorts. It's all in relation to a man called Hugo Beyer, who has worked on some big games over the years, including Beatles Rock Band, Anno 1404 and the unreleased Doom 4, and Aliens: Colonial Marines at a variety of game studios such as Terminal Reality, and Liquid Development.

 

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According to his LinkedIn page he's working at Nerve Software, as an Artist, and has listed as his projects "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" as well as "TBA project". Nerve has previously completed contract work for Activision, including the Treyarch-developed James Bond title, Quantum of Solace, as well as the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.

 

This information is much more concrete and what helps the situation is Beyer has since taken down his LinkedIn page, where the information was found. Both Activision and Nerve Software have yet to respond to this news.

Battlefield 3 gets some more gameplay balancing soon

Alan Kertz, Core Gameplay Designer at DICE, has let the world know that the Battlefield 3 team has been working on some gameplay tweaks. It was then talked about by the Symthic forum, where the data was combed through.

 

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The new tweaks might not all make it in, but you can bet your bottom dollar at least some of them will. Once the members of Symthic unleashed their view of the data, Alan Kertz then confirmed this via Twitter, where he said:

 

yes symthic has authentic update info, your feedback on these preliminary changes will be hugely valuable for a future update.

 

Check out the gameplay balances here.

Mobile App of the Day: Portals 2D for Windows Phone

Our Mobile App of the Day is Portals 2D for Windows Phone.

 

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Can you think with portals? Open a gateway to a new and exciting type of game, this Portal-inspired platformer will test your portal-toting, cake loving avatar in a world where even your existence is tested. Beautiful HD graphics, wonderful sounds, ingenious gameplay, and silky smooth animations make this game a must have.

 

Now you're thinking with portals.

 

Update 1.2: Fixed some bugs, added robots, doors, buttons and grinders, improved graphics, added more levels, tweaked controls.

PlayStation Vita gets the iFixit teardown

iFixit are great, they truly are. Most people in the technology industry love to know how thinks work, and what is inside of them, and iFixit know this. They've got the latest and greatest Sony portable gaming system, PlayStation Vita, and have torn it apart.

 

Spec-wise, the PS Vita sports a 4-core ARM Cortex-A MPCore Processor, 4-core SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB of RAM backed up with 128MB of VRAM, a 5-inch OLED Touchscreen running a 960x544-pixel qHD display with 24-bit color, and rear capacitive multi-touch pad, front and rear 0.3-megapixel VGA cameras and two analog joysticks.

 

Now that we have those detailed specs out of the way, have a quick look at the innards of the PS Vita:

 

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To check out the full teardown, click here for the PlayStation Vita teardown.

Max Payne 3's Official Trailer #2 is here

The latest trailer to Max Payne 3 is here, where it unveils more of Max's story. It seems as though whilst under Max's protection, Rodrigo Branco's wife, Fabiana, is kidnapped. Max then goes on a journey of slow-mo, gun-slinging, bodycount-crazy fest, where he uncovers the truth and returns her to safety.

 

 

All while dodging bullets from lawless stress gangs, ruthless paramilitary units, and of course, his own personal demons. The latest trailer is made from all in-game graphics, and I think it's actually looking worse than previous teases of the game.

 

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I really expect this to be, sadly, a console port, without much being put into the PC version. I could be wrong, but from what I've seen, it's very console-centric, where the first two Max Payne games were PC-exclusive. However, I'll still be grabbing this game, just because it's Max Payne. Bring it on! Max Payne 3 arrives for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15, 2012 in North America, and on May 18, 2012 in Europe. The PC version doesn't arrive until May 29, 2012 in North America, and June 1, in Europe.

Skyrim already hits two million mod downloads

Bethesda were kind enough to release their Skyrim Creation Kit last week, with the key word there being "last week". In just under a weeks time, the Skyrim Creation Kit has allowed users around the world to release over 2,500 mods already, with those mods seeing a very tidy two million-plus downloads.

 

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People are definitely loving the Skyrim mods, and if this is how it gets treated a week into its life... imagine 3-6 months from now. Could this be the edge Skyrim needs to catapult it into a new stratosphere of success? It seems so, with the modding community so strong, this is why the PC will never die.

 

It seems as though Bethesda know how to please their fans, and with the thousands of mods being created, well, every week, it should be interesting to see where this goes when it comes to future game announcements from Bethesda. Will the next Elder Scrolls outing involve more of the community? Will there be a stand-out modder who gets scooped up by Bethesda? I think we'll see that in the coming months.

Alan Wake is now available on PC!

Alan Wake was first teased as a PC-exclusive, running on Intel's first quad-core processors, but eventually found its way onto Microsoft's Xbox 360 console as an Xbox 360-exclusive. Now the time has come for the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated, TIME Magazine Game of the Year, Alan Wake, to find its way through the dark, dimly lit forest, and onto the PC.

 

 

The game ships with both DLC packs, The Signal, and The Writer. It's not the usual run of the mill third-person action adventure game, Remedy have crafted this game into a grand, Hollywood-style story, with tonnes of atmosphere, and have crafted a game where the world feels real, you are Alan Wake.

 

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The PC version does ship with some exclusive features:

 

Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes "The Signal" and "The Writer"

Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than the Xbox360 version.

Fully configurable mouse and keyboard support, or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!

Lots of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios!

Continue reading 'Alan Wake is now available on PC!' (full post)

Far Cry 3 trailer is mature, game arrives in September

The Far Cry 3 trailer is below for your viewing pleasure, and the game is shaping up to look good. The trailer below is pre-rendered CG, so there's no in-game graphics or gameplay shown, but what is shown definitely looks cool.

 

 

The storyline, from the trailer at least, does not look too bad at all. It looks as though you and two friends are on an island together, enjoying yourselves, having fun, drinking, what not. You get captured, one of your mates gets killed, and you escape, barely. There's a bit of running-through-the-jungle Lost style, as well as gratuitous amounts of swearing, which seem really forced.

 

The game is due in September, so the wait is not long now. It will hit multiple platforms, but at the moment it's unknown of the PC will get anything extra. If previous games and ports are anything to go by, I doubt the once PC-exclusive Far Cry will receive a better-than-usual PC port. Wake me up when the graphics get as good as the pre-rendered stuff in that trailer. Oh yeah.

Continue reading 'Far Cry 3 trailer is mature, game arrives in September' (full post)

Mass Effect 3 PC Demo is now available

Mass Effect 3 is set to be one of this years biggest titles, and with EA's new Origin digital distribution service to kick-start it, it should be a big change for the game itself. Little did I know, that a PC demo had arrived for Mass Effect 3.

 

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So now that the excitement is building for the demo you've just found out about, how about I throw you another surprise? On the 17th of this month, the multi-player gets unlocked and lets you try it out however you want. Wait, there's more! If you have a Battlefield 3 online pass activated you can play it, well, right now!

 

I'm not able to test it right now, but if you're keen to try it out, comment below and let us know your thoughts on the game! Graphics! Sound! Acting, gameplay, mechanics, all of it. Remember that Mass Effect 3 launches with four-player co-operative play. Something that old-school PC gamers will enjoy.

 

Grab the demo, here.

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