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Bad News for BioShock2 fans. It looks like Take 2 Games is delaying the new installment of the popular game until early 2010. This pushes it back at least three months from its original release date.
The delay on this is due to a "development issue" but CEO Ben Feder was quick to say that the issue was not console specific and the decision to move the game back was also due to possible financial benefit from releasing the game outside the Christmas season.
The delay will also affect Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption.
There was no firm date given for the new launch but they should be out sometime between January and June in 2010.
I am not sure about any perceived benefit from waiting. After all it is during the Holiday Shopping season that the most is spent on games and consoles. After that you have the tax return season in the US and not much until back to school. Unfortunately Back to School usually involves PCs and traditionally has very little benefit to the gaming industry.
Ok this has to be the coolest accessory to ship with a game ever.
According to a YouTube video the new Game Modern Warfare 2 will have a Prestige Edition that will come complete with a working set of night vision goggles.
But that is not all, inside this awesome edition of what is going to be one of the best games to hit this year. You get the game, the ability to download the original game, a handy head for displaying your new NVGs, a book full of artwork that is only found on the limited editions and a steel box to keep your DVD in.
The Prestige Edition is available for both XboX 360 and PC. There is no word on pricing yet but you can bet that once they hit the streets they will go fast so on November 10th 2009 I would highly recommend you have cash in hand to grab one of these amazing kits.
If Command and Conquer is your thing you will be happy to know that the slip-up by EA was not a mistake.
It is now official that Command and Conquer 4 will be coming to an overpriced game shop soon. Ok it won't be until 2010 but it is still officially coming.
The new installment is the final chapter in the Tiberium Saga. We can only hope that this one will be up to the rest of the series.
GameSpot what appears to be some nice screen shots up on their site although it is too early to tell if they are actual game play or not.
EA has also announced a rather nasty surprise for console fans, this one will be PC only.
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The story of Command & Conquer 4 takes place after the events of the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. The year is 2062 and humanity is at the brink of extinction. With only six years left until the mysterious crystalline structure Tiberium renders the earth entirely uninhabitable, the two opposing factions - Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of Nod - inevitably find themselves in desperation for the same cause: to stop Tiberium from extinguishing mankind. The unthinkable becomes reality and Nod's enigmatic leader Kane takes off for GDI headquarters. What is Kane planning in the heart of his enemies' base? Command & Conquer 4 draws the epic conclusion to the beloved Tiberium universe, where fans will learn the fate of Earth, Nod, Tiberium, GDI and most importantly, Kane's motivations behind his decade-long plan.
Photo courtesy of GameSpot.com
Remember when we told you that Activision was considering dropping Sony if they did not lower some pricing? Well Sony has spoken up about the original comment and it is not a very nice comment either.
It seems that Howard Stringer (Sony CEO) feels that Robert Kotic (CEO of Activision Blizzard) "likes to make a lot of noise". Now I don't know about you but that does not sound like we are going to see a price cut and in the world of poker you just heard "I'll see your twenty and raise you fifty".
In fact when asked if Sony would consider price cuts Stringer said that is they did that they would "lose money on every PlayStation I make -- how's that for logic".
Now we wait to see who has what cards it could be that Activision is only holding a pair of twos looking to bluff, but on the other hand with some popular titles under their belt, coupled with growing XboX, Wii and PC game sales Activision could be holding aces over kings and Sony could be the ones bluffing.
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It is a bad day for Microsoft, as rumors get to us that MS is adding Silverlight based ads to Xbox Live. This is not something to approach lightly as many Xbox 360 users are angry over this possible move by MS.
After all if you pay $50+ per year for access why would you need to have more ads thrust at you? This move raises the whole question of ads in gaming.
As it stands many companies want to stuff ads into your average game that you buy off the shelf (or download from a content provider). Doing this will earn the game developer (and the distributor) more money per unit but it will not drop the price of the game you buy one bit.
To me the idea of stuffing these ads in is just not right. I have to suffer through inane ads on my TV and Radio as well as ads all over the websites I go to, I do not want them in my games
For Microsoft's part they are trying to say that the ads will enhance the gaming experience not take away from it.
Rumors have been flying around like crazy lately concerning the PS3 and it looks like Foxconn has confirmed at least one of them, maybe more.
Foxconn and Pegatron have landed a contract with Sony, each getting 50% of the orders on a new PS3. This would be the newer, slimmer redesign that many have been eagerly awaiting. Pictures of the slim PS3 were spotted and Sony swiftly sent a cease and desist notice to have them removed, adding some credibility to the spotting.
There have also been many rumors about a price drop and this could very well be where that is coming from. Not only would a redesigned PS3 be cheaper to produce, but to eliminate existing stock of the soon-to-be older PS3s, a price drop would help bring the slimmer PS3 to the maket sooner. Foxconn is supposed to be shipping the new PS3s sometime in July so that price drop could be just around the corner.
This leaves the rumor of Sony bringing back backwards compatibility to the PS3. This one will have to wait until later, perhaps officially from Sony. It might come with the new PS3s or as a firmware update down the road, or never at all.
According to Siliconica Sony filed for a patent on PS2 emulation for the PS3 Cell processor.
Now this is what is confusing, I had thought that Sony already had this some time ago (like when the PS3 came out). But it would seem that the patent was only filed back in December 2008 and only published about a week ago.
This new finding has added credibility to the rumors of a new PS3 coming soon, and now it would seem that it will have backwards compatibility.
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PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU. What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine? Theoretically, all PlayStation 3s would be able to play PS2 games even if a console didn't have the proper hardware. According to a recent patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment in the US, Sony has the code and technology ready to do this.
CyberPower has just announced the availability of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook which they are claiming to be the world's fastest gaming laptop.
the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook is powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, Intel X58 chipset, and NVIDIA's GTX 280M GPU. The base model starts out with a Core i7 920 CPU, but there are options for the 950 and 975 as well.
It also comes with 6GB of DDR3, a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, A/G/N WLAN, FireWire, 3.0MP webcam, Bluetooth, and HDMI. There are a ton of hard drive options from 5400 RPM SATA150 HDDs to MLC based SSDs and those wanting the HD experience on the go can add a Blu-Ray drive and X-FI audio.
The base model of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 starts at $2335.00 but can easily go over the $4000 mark if you go for all the goodies. Check out the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 here.
At last, the hugely popular Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset has made its way to the notebook platform. The Xtreme S1 notebook gives you the best of both worlds with the raw power found on current i7 desktops and the mobility and portability of a notebook. Combined with Nvidia's GTX 280M, the Xtreme S1 allows gamers to frag away at the most graphical intensive games without skipping a beat. The Xtreme S1 is perfect for professional graphic designers yet ideal for LAN goers and students.
The Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and can be ordered direct from CyberPower with further customizable options to suit your needs from the company web site.
Computex Taipei 2009: One of our final stops for the show was Antec who was showing off its usual extensive range of cases and power supplies, but the one that caught our attention was the Antec 200 gamer case.
It's been newly launched at Computex and carries the same type of style and design as the more expensive and larger Antec cases, but manages to hit a price point which is more suitable for other markets such as China.
Antec gave us a video introduction to the product - watch it below:
We'll have one in for review soon!
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