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Neo said it in the Matrix Reloaded, "hmm, upgrades" and now I think he was referring to the release of Battlefield 3. DICE Community Manager, Daniel Matros, has come out and said that the PC built around the Battlefield 3 recommended system requirements is only able to run the game at Medium settings. This came about after a Twitter-based question and answer session where Matros stated that "recommended is usually medium".
He was also asked if a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 would have enough power to run the game at Ultra settings with Matros saying if you were aiming for that level of detail from the Frostbite 2 engine, you'll probably want to have two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI. There was no mention of the resolutions Matros was referring to but after looking at the videos, screenshots and now the Twitter question and answer session, one thing is for sure: Battlefield 3 is going to push your PC.
But this time, not because it's unoptimised. It's because it is a true next-gen game with next-gen graphics, sound, physical movement and destruction. I'm guessing Medium settings would look better than consoles with High and Ultra just looking uber-amazing. Bring it on.
A new extended trailer has gone up on YouTube from Capcom showing off its next upcoming Resident Evil title for the 3DS; Revelations.
The trailer premiered at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) where Resident Evil producer, Masachika Kawata announced that Revelations will be taking the series back to its survival horror roots and should be seen as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5.
A little earlier in the year, Kawata said :-
Unlike Mercenaries, which is all about shooting action, Revelations is all about survival horror, the very genre Resident Evil established. We actually think of Revelations as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5 and it will be full of new, innovative ideas and characters.
Could this get any better? All you have to do to go into the draw to win a free copy of the super-amazing upcoming FPS, Battlefield 3, is to choose which game you think is better: Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. That's it. Enter in your e-mail address and you're done. You can also post a link to the competition to gain yourself more entries into it, so post it on forums, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you can think of.
The PlayStation.Blog has received some interesting news from Timmy Rydling of DICE, that beginning with the first expansion pack for Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand and all other full-blown upcoming expansion packs for BF3 will appear one week early exclusively on the PS3. This is a shock of a move, considering DICE have been pumping that the PC is the lead development platform. But, the console users have to get some form of exclusivity. The 360 had it's exclusive piece of the pie by having Microsoft delay the Beta for BF3 because of the launch of Gears of War 3.
The PC has the best graphics, 64-players and now the PS3 gets exclusive one-week early access to the expansions for BF3! PS3 owners should be happy with this news!
Fans of Batman: Arkham Asylum will be disappointed to hear that the PC version of the sequel, Arkham City has been delayed. The console versions will see a US launch on October 18, but PC users will have to wait to an undefined day in November. Boo. Batman: Arkham City picks up roughly one year after the events of Arkham Asylum and introduces some classic villains such as Catwoman and Mr Freeze (hopefully there's a voice over from Arnold).
Arkham City is built on Unreal Engine 3 and has support for both PhysX and 3D Vision. Gameplay is set in the same open-world, stealth action elements as well as throwing in new weapons and improving on the old ones.
Diablo 3 Closed Beta is officially a go, the thrash-clicking of a million mice can be heard worldwide
Diablo 3 has been in a "friends and family" beta for quite a while now, but today that changes. Blizzard have announced that the closed beta test for the game has officially begun, with the first wave of invitations being sent as we speak. More beta invites will fly out over the course of the beta, so refresh your e-mail inbox every 35.2 seconds!
The closed beta test of Diablo 3 has players fighting their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes. Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter are all up for play and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing co-operatively with other adventurers. You'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers and other key characters from Sanctuary and try out the game's skill and crafting systems.
Homefront creator KAOS Studios shut down during the summer and it left fans and THQ wondering what would happen to the sequel without its developer and especially after its cliffhanger ending. THQ has now hired Crytek to develop the sequel which is expected to be out in 2014 for PC and console platforms. Crytek only recently launched their DX11 upgrade for Crysis 2 to spruce up the console-ported games graphics so we should see the next Homefront game get a visual polish to define it well.
Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games from THQ says:
Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent. Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand.
Battlefield 3's open beta begins on September 29. Yes, you read that right - it's nearly here. Those who pre-ordered through EA's Origin service will have access to the beta 48 hours before the rest of the people who didn't pre-order. Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also get access to the beta. EA also say that "ORIGIN WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE BETA INSTALLATION AND RUN THE GAME AND THEREFORE NECESSARY TO PLAY." Not my caps, that's EA's work.
If you're one of the millions of folks glued to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the moment, you may have noticed with the new patch that came out toward the end of last week, while it did address quite a large number of reported issues and roll in a number of tweaks, it also brought with it a bunch of in-game ads that you may have noticed during the loading screens in particular, with the current products being promoted including the Blu-ray re-release of Star Wars. It's been rumoured that adverts also appear on in-game billboards as well, but this is yet to be confirmed.
As I'm sure there would be very few of you happy about paying out for the game only to then start having advertisements pushed onto you, especially considering there is no warning about these intrusive ads when purchasing the game, you will be glad to know that you can get around it thanks to the ever lively hacking world, at least for now.
Spitfish just recently launched their PS3 mouse that is compatible with PC and Macs, but have now launched their mouse controller for the Xbox 360. It includes XYAB buttons that the Xbox 360 obviously has and places them right near your thumb. On the nun chuck, there's a d-pad, analogue stick and trigger buttons.
The setup works wirelessly through the USB dongle, and sports lag-free gameplay, is customisable, and lasts up to 50 hours on just two AA batteries. Spitfish say the mouse is the "world's first super precision mouse hybrid gaming controller for the Xbox 360". The PS3 version is available in the US for US$90.