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In a move which should help bring Nintendo back to profitability, they are looking to start selling some WiiU and 3DS games as digital downloads. Their implementation of this differs from other console manufactures in that they are going to distribute the digital download codes via retailers so that they still get their share.
This will give shoppers the choice when at retailers to choose whether they want a digital copy or a physical copy. This move also helps Nintendo combat the used game market, which could result in an increase of games sold. This is one of the company's first steps into the digital distribution. Previously, they had sold only smaller games for download through WiiWare, DISiWare and the 3DS eShop.
The first title offered for digital download will be New Super Mario Brothers 2 for the 3DS. This should be released sometime in August. The brain-training game Onitore, part of the Brain Age series, is also set to be available digitally. The WiiU will use a similar, if not the same, system when the console launches later this year.
Valve are set to release a free Portal 2 DLC pack dubbed "Perpetual Testing Initiative" for PC and Mac which is due to hit on May 8. Valve have said you'll be able to "easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles" with the new DLC.
The new level creator will let you publish maps directly to Steam. Yes! Other players from there, will be able to browse, vote, and download user-created maps to play in their own versions of the game.
There's not much more on this until May 8, but you can sure it will be featured as our Download of the Day.
Battlefield 3 DLC is nearly upon us in the form of 'Close Quarters', which moves the combat from outside, to inside, to give us more Call of Duty-style gameplay. Destruction plays a key part in it, and the destruction does look just as delicious, if not more so, when it's done inside.
EA and DICE recently held a European and US media event, where they teased four maps including Close Quarters, dubbed Donya Fortress. The new gameplay trailer (above) shows off a bunch of HD Destruction, as well as the new game mode Conquest Domination.
Conquest Domination is a mash-up of the tactical Conquest mode and the instant action gameplay in Close Quarters, which delivers it in droves with its tight level design and frantic close quarters combat.
Diablo III, sequel to Diablo II, has been in development for a long time now. Often when players are made to wait, their expectations grow larger and larger as time passes by. Often times it is hard to please the users who have waited in anticipation for the game to release. 300,000 simultaneous users logged into the game over the weekend to give it a test run.
While we don't know if everyone liked the game, from what I've heard from people who played it is that they loved it. Blizzard hasn't said how many total users logged in over the weekend beta, however, Blizzard community manager Bashiok said on Twitter that Blizzard's servers saw 300,000 simultaneous players.
The number could have been higher if Blizzard hadn't run into some problems over the weekend. But, then again, wasn't that the point of hosting this? Many beta players reported issues logging in. This could be due to the fact that Diablo III requires a constant internet connection to play the game. This is a sticking point between Blizzard and its audience. Hopefully Blizzard can work these problems out before the May 15 launch.
Crysis 3 will differ from Crysis 2 in that it won't be a console-port running on the PC. Rather it will be a PC-port running on consoles, including some of the graphical features that are available in DX11. The programmers at Crytek don't want the experience to differ between the PC version and the console versions of the game.
"We want to make sure as much as is humanly possible can translate from a DX11 variant into a DX9 variant, that will work almost as good on an Xbox console to whatever extent we can, because we don't want the experience to be different between the platforms," Rasmus Højengaard, director of creative development at Crytek, told Eurogamer.
"It is very, very difficult, but it is possible. It just requires a lot of effort. Some of the stuff these guys are making work on consoles now is absolutely amazing. It's render features that shouldn't theoretically work on consoles, but they've managed to construct code that can emulate a similar thing from a...hack and slash sounds wrong, but they don't have the same streamlined pipeline you would have with a DX11 structure, but they can get to a similar result just by experimenting and using tips and tricks."
Valve are successful because they don't run their company in a traditional sense, in more ways than one. Valve attract the best talent from across the world, and this talent produces some of the best product in the form of Steam, games and more.
A PDF of Valve's Handbook for New Employees has made its way onto the Internet, and you can take a read at just how awesome it is to work at the company. A traditional job would have you go in, take a job title, a desk and start your job. You work a normal 9-5, Mon-Fri, at your desk, with someone higher than you telling you what to do, and not do.
This can work well, if everyone is treated equally, but we all know this doesn't generally work. Valve's way is that they give you a desk, on wheels, so that if you're not liking the department, or area where you start, and you feel you'd be more efficient in another area, you can move freely. You're not stuck into a single "X" position. You're just 'working at Valve'.
EA has graced us with another Crysis trailer. This one is much longer than the teaser that was released last week and has actual gameplay included in it. We also learn some more of the backstory with this trailer and get to see that the graphics are as incredible as one would expect from the Crysis series.
As previously reported, the game will take place in New York City just like Crysis 2 did. However, this time the city has been covered by a Nanodome created by the now-corrupt Cell Corporation. Because of this Nanodome, the city will feature 7 unique districts which are called the Seven Wonders. Each will provide a different, treacherous environment.
Watch the video above and start to get excited like I am. I love the first Crysis game, so I'm excited to see it, at least somewhat, return to the jungle. Prophet will have an updated Nanosuit, composite bow, and alien tech to help him in his quest. The game will be released sometime in 2013 and be available on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.
Batman: Arkham City has not only been popular with shipping numbers, but it now has confirmed DLC. Warner Bros. have confirmed that the Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC will add more than two hours of completely new gameplay to the campaign.
Also included on the disc are all five previously released DLC packs. Warner also added that anyone who already owns the game can download the Harley Quinn's Revenge Pack which will be available to all international markets starting on April 30 from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace.
Warner Bros. also confirmed a Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham City, which will sport:
- The DLC included on disc includes the Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack.
- Maps: Wayne Manor, Main Hall, Freight Train, Black Mask, The Joker's Carnival, Iceberg Long, and Batcave.
- Playable Characters: Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing.
- Skins: 1970s Batsuit, Year One Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Earth One Batman, Batman Beyond Batman, Animated Batman, Sinestro Corps Batman, Long Hallowe'en Catwoman, Animated Catwoman, Animated Robin, Red Robin and Animated Nightwing.
The GOTY Edition hits on the 7th of September for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the UK, over three months after the US has it made available to them.
Player Affinity is reporting that a group of users from 4chan have sent an e-mail to Valve boss himself, Gabe Newell, which was very NSFW, but Good Guy Gabe still responded, with quite the tease:
I don't suppose it would ease your wrath if I told you we're announcing all your favorite things at E3 2012?
Some people over at Reddit then sent Gabe an e-mail asking him to elaborate, where he responded:
I can see how the wording caused some confusion there. Yes, we are announcing something with a three in it.
So, if this is all real, and not a troll, we can expect many games with a '3' in it from Valve. Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3, Portal 3, Half-Life 3, Half-Life 2: Episode 3, just to name a few. Now, let's break it down. Portal 2 only came out this time last year, Team Fortress 2 is now free-to-play and doesn't really require a sequel right now (but it could), Left 4 Dead 2 is still receiving DLC lovin', and Half-Life is really the only game I can see being announced.
Anything else is a tease.
We all know Max Payne 3 is nearly here, but what are the PC specifications for it? How high does it scale? Rockstar have unleashed some more information on the painkiller-addicted, slow-mo-flyin' Max Payne 3. Max Payne 3's PC System Specifications:
Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3
Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ - i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ - FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
2GB - 16GB
NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM - NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM - Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM