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In amongst the leak of Crysis 2 and the inevitable tears of rage Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli would've had this week, he has stepped out into the spotlight that is the internet to release a statement.
He assures everyone that PC gaming is still very important and will always be important to Crytek (that must be why the Xbox 360 had an exclusive multiplayer demo) and that they are still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. He says that he hopes everyone enjoys Crysis 2 as they think it's their best PC game yet.
A full, final version of Killzone 3 has hit the internet a full two weeks before it's planned launch. The download is a whopping 41.5GB and is reportedly genuine and even includes Killzone 3's 3D mode. There's also a 'half-fat' version without the 3D support.
Killzone 3 is the second AAA title to be leaked after last weeks crisis which involved the leak of Crysis 2 on PC. The Killzone 3 download will only work on hacked PlayStation 3's which should halt a fair amount of people from playing it before the release.
Cevat Yerli is surely through two or three bottles of some very expensive scotch. Crysis 2 has been leaked in some very poor form, Direct X9-only, 64-bit only, audio does not work through USB.
But the good things is it runs at roughly 60fps on a GTX570 at hardcore graphics settings, so minimum requirements should be much better this time. This is to the benefit of consoles, but might work against us PC-gamers for ultimate eye candy if a single GTX570 can give 60fps.
Fake guitarplayers everywhere are mourning today as Activision released that they are discontinuing their popular Guitar Hero franchise after a six year run. Slipping sales are the most likely culprit, with the latest release "Warriors of Rock" setting a new low in sales for the $2 billion gaming franchise.
While it may be the first game people think of when you're naming music-based video games, new competition from the likes of Rock Band and others have severely bitten into Guitar Hero's fanbase. Activision said in a statement that "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011." Well, it's easy to make millions when you're the only game in town but when the competition comes you've got to step it up and Guitar Hero just wasn't able to do it. Reports are stating that Activision may continue to make new downloadable content available for current Guitar Hero games; although there is no timetable on how often or how long it will continue.
Owners of PS3 consoles and PCs have been licking their chops to get their hands on the release of First Strike, the new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops since it was released for Xbox 360 owners. The folks at Sony have some news for the console side; a firm release date.
Black Ops fans with a PS3 will be able to get their hands on First Strike on March 3rd, which is around the end of the 30 day window that Microsoft owns for exclusive rights for the DLC. Berlin Wall, Discovery, Stadium, and Kowloon are the four new multiplayer maps that will be included as well as Ascension to continue the Zombies saga. The expansion will cost $15. No word on an arrival date for the PC as of yet.
2K hosted an awesome Duke Nukem Forever press event at a high end strip club in Las Vegas this past Monday. 2K flew in editors from outlets around the world to get some hands dirty with some Duke Nukem Forever goodness.
Because of this, there are now a huge amount of sites showing off previews, thoughts and impressions on the famously overdue, close-to-vaporware Duke Nukem Forever. Some of them seem impressed, some not. Some say the graphics and levels seem dated but the game is "fun". Check out the below links to see for yourself. I do ask 2K, where was my invite! :(
Team Bondi have a very special game coming out that I've covered a few times over the past couple of months now and there is some actual gameplay footage of the game now. L.A. Noire now gets some fresh footage in the form of "Orientation".
The footage looks great, the motion capture, facial animations, lighting all look amazing. You can really feel the emotions of the characters in subtle facial movements which adds an entire new level of realism and depth to the game to make it stand out. L.A. Noire is getting a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 release in May 2011. Not long to go, folks!
Good news Nintendo fans! Nintendo have finally unveiled the pricing for the 3DS handheld, with a retail price of $350. This is a $100 premium of the US pricing, but compared to other price discrepancies (I'm looking at you, Apple), it's not bad at all.
March 31 is not far away so the question to you is, will you buy one? At a $100 premium over the US, it could be a bit of a sting to people but I'm sure this will still sell like hot cakes.
LG doesn't want life to be good (all pun intended) for Sony. LG has filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming that the PlayStation 3 and Bravia line of television models infringe four Blu-ray Disc patents.
LG is seeking a permanent ban of the PS3 from the US market. They've also filed a separate lawsuit with the US District Court in the Southern District of California which covers other non-PS3 devices such as PCs and digital cameras. This lawsuit seems to stem from Sony's complaint about various LG smartphones last December in which the ITC is already investigating.
Battlefield 3 pits you in a battle within Paris, Tehran and New York - also limits consoles to 24 players
Battlefield 3 features DICE's brand new DirectX 11-capable Frostbite 2.0 engine and will really flex it's graphical prowess on PC where it's capable of pitting 64 players in a match versus the console being capable of only 24 players.
Not only is it including a super-increase on players in a match together it will also have those battles in "Paris, Tehran and New York." EA had this advertised on their own pre-order site but quickly pulled it and replaced it with "diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America."