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id Software have released 3 screenshots for their upcoming game, RAGE. The screenshots accompany their official websites redesign. Nothing else has been released bar these 3 screenshots, but they're enough to get people talking.
The screenshots show off some of the vehicular gameplay, another shot shows the insane amount of character detail while the third shot is actual gameplay in the first-person perspective. RAGE is due on PC and consoles on September 13 - breaking the usual tradition of id Software saying their game would be released "when it's done".
I have tried out a lot of racing wheels over the years and they are not all created equal. They may have force feedback in common, but the Logitech G27 and G25 racing wheels have stood a step above everything else I have tried. If you are a serious racing game fan on the PS3 and have either of those racing wheels, you already know how good they are. If you are an Xbox 360 player, only you might not since the Logitech gear only supports the PS3 and PC.
A new adapter called the F-1 Converter has surfaced and it plugs in between the Logitech racing wheels and the Xbox 360. It takes the incompatible nature of those racing wheels and tweaks them to work with the Xbox console. That means you can get your drive on with Forza using the Logitech wheels. The converter is more than just for allowing the G27 to work with the Xbox though.
The F-1 Converter is also able to store a number of button commands to execute combos and other things in a game and can play them all back at the press of a single button to allow you to execute the combos flawlessly. The downside is that seems like cheating to me.
It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.
Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.
If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.
Killzone 3 gets its beta started on February 2nd. Within the next month we have betas of Crysis 2 and now Killzone 3, on 360 and PS3 respectively. Come February 2, North American PlayStation 3 owners are able to try out the multiplayer portion of Killzone 3.
The demo includes one map called "Frozen Dam" but includes four different modes of play. The beta winds up on February 14th just in time for Valentines Day.
Beyond Black Mesa is a short indie fan film based in the Half Life universe. It's quite action packed and centers around a few resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
The short film had 2 years in the making and was done for $1200, the results are absolutely incredible. I was wishing for more. Even Valve "favorited" the film on YouTube - check it out, it's well worth the bandwidth!
A demo for Crysis 2 is hitting the Xbox 360 as an exclusive on January 25. The multiplayer demo will be available to any XBLA Gold Member and includes multiple game modes and a single map to play on.
The Crysis 2 Demo will feature two game modes, "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site". Team Instant Action puts players into two teams fighting against each other to kill as many of the other team as possible to earn higher ranks. Where Crash Site pits the players against each other for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding the pods and keeping enemies away.
Shake it, baby. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have today announced that the vaporware-close-to-never-being-released Duke Nukem Forever is to be launched May 3, 2011 in North America with an international release on May 6th.
"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"
Razer has been one of the biggest names in mice and keyboards for PC gamers for a long time. I would bet that most gamers are aware of the brand and a bunch of you might be using Razer mice and keyboards right now. At CES 2011 earlier this month Razer unveiled its first Xbox 360 controller and the thing was really cool.
The controller is called the Onza and it comes in tournament and normal versions. The difference is that the tournament version has a rubberized non-slip covering, backlit buttons, and more adjustability for controls than the standard version. Both of the controllers share the same major features.
They both have two programmable buttons, a precision D-pad, hyperesonse buttons and enhanced ergonomics. The standard controller has a textured surface for better grip and both have a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard Onza is on pre-order for $39.99. The tournament edition is $49.99 and pre-orders on it are sold out right now.
Cue all the DRM haters: there's a nasty little rumor floating around that Sony is considering implementing serial keys and requiring activation of games and Blu-ray movies. While it's all speculation at this point, it's quite a blow for those of us that like to trade games with friends or even sell used copies.
The recent unveiling of a root-key hack that completely shuts down PS3 security measures could be the reasoning behind Sony considering such actions on future releases. According to a "very reliable source" at the Dutch site PS3-Sense, the new serial key process would pair software with specific Playstation 3 consoles and authenticate them with Sony's servers. Games and such would be able to be activated on up to five different machines before becoming useless. This would not only put a huge dent in the resale of used games, but could also make having an offline PS3 almost impossible. Here's hoping the rumor mill churns this one into a deep hole where it belongs.
It's clear that geeks do not intend to let the Kinect be solely for use with the Xbox 360. We have seen all sorts of hacks and mods that use the Kinect already and the thing hasn't been on the market for long. I can see hacks to let the Kinect work with a computer or control a toy robot. What surprises me is seeing some students at the University of Washington hack the Kinect for surgery.
Robotic surgery is common today for some procedures since it allows the patient to recover faster and results in fewer scars. The remote controlled tools that docs use will stop working when they hit a solid object inside the body preventing the doc from cutting something vital accidentally. The catch is that the controls for the robotic tools keep moving providing the doc with no tactile feedback.
Some engineering students and a teacher at UW took a Kinect and used it to throw up virtual force fields around vital areas of the body and give the doc some feedback. Using their system the doctors will be able to get tactile feedback that will have the controller stop when the surgical tools hit bone and the doctor can then use the tactile feel to run the tools along bone and other body structures.