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Max Payne 3 - Official Trailer

I have waited so long for this day, as a huge fan of Max Payne 3, it's great to see the slow-mo man himself back in action. The trailer shows him a bit heavier, more facial hair, pissed off and hopefully still has the magical ability of slow-motion awesomeness. The trailer is [apparently] composed of in-engine footage and looks quite good so far. Take a look below:

 

 

The game looks different, it looks a bit darker and doomy than the previous titles. It almost feels like you're playing the cut scenes of some action movie with a cheesy, cliche plot. I wouldn't mind seeing some in-game gameplay footage, with them showing off the slow-mo and graphics, etc. But, an official trailer will do for now. Bring it on.

 

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Microsoft Xbox 360 to gain Blu-ray support?!

This isn't the first time we've heard such rumours, but this time it does sound a little more convincing. It would appear the possibility of Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaining an add-on Blu-ray drive is stronger than ever with some leaked news about it showing up on the Official Xbox 360 Magazine in Italy. The news made it apparant that Microsoft has now committed to producing the unit.

 

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However, whether it's released to market or not, it's not as big of a deal as one might be quick to think, with the drive said to be confined only to Blu-ray movie playback and not used as a means for additional game storage. In any case, it can be argued that if there is any truth to this, it is nonetheless somewhat late to the party now with Xbox 360 heading towards the end of its cycle and Blu-ray players being so cheap these days. At the least, it would have to be rather aggressively priced to warrant Microsofts efforts in rolling it out.

 

More details on said rumour at the source.

Monkey Island to receive a FPS reboot

Monkey Island fans, are you ready? One of the most beloved PC games from the 1990s is set to receive a fresh slap of paint and go into the first-person mode as a reboot of the classic point and click adventure The Secret of Monkey Island. LucasGames chief modernisation officer (nice title...) Ian Koticiello said that "Time has moved on", which he elaborates:

 

 

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We're big fans of the original Monkey Island(TM), we're definitely paying as much homage to it as we can - bringing across the essence of the world, the core essence of what it is to be an inept wannabe pirate with a glock safe action pistol.

 

The reboot is titled "M.O.N.K.E.Y." and is not only annoying to type, but will be out in Q3 2012 and "takes that viewpoint from the original game and zooms into Jack Threepwood's head." M.O.N.K.E.Y. features visceral pirate and zombie-shooting action, a recharging Grog system and (of course) a multiplayer mode which enables gamers to take control over six beloved Monkey Island series characters in brutal deathmatch arenas.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution making its way to the Mac

Exciting news! Square-Enix have just announced that their hit title Deus Ex: Human Revolution is going to receive a Mac release. The Mac-based version will be available in "Winter 2011/12", with London-based Feral Interactive responsible for making it Apple-friendly. Feral Interactive have had hands-on experience with porting games to the Mac with titles such as BioShock, Borderlands, Rome: Total War, LEGO Star Wars and Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

 

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Pricing, system requirements and release date for the OSX-based DX:HR will be announced "later this year".

Crysis is coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in October

Crysis - Watered Down Edition is coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in October and will be a 'modified and enhanced' version of the single-player campaign from Crysis 1. It also includes new-and-improved Nanosuit controls, all-new lighting, all-new effects and includes full support for stereoscopic 3D. Crysis will cost 1600 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360 and US$19.99 on PlayStation 3.

 

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What do you think of Crysis coming to the consoles?

Battlefield 3 - Operation Guillotine footage, the excitement is beginning to be a little too much

I just stumbled across this footage of Battlefield 3 and if the previous footage wasn't enough to clamp down on the uncontrollable wet dreams that BF3 has been causing fans (myself included) then this won't help one bit. It's almost as if DICE are trying to excite people too much - well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

 

 

The above footage looks absolutely incredible and I have said this before but I will make an official statement: this game will be like Half Life 2 was to the gaming industry. A benchmark, an absolutely phenomenal looking game (not just graphics) but lighting, shadows, body movement, destruction, etc.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution ships 2 million copies

Deus Ex: Human Revolution has received some great press and reviews and has the proud feeling of shipping 2 million copies since release in North America, Europe and PAL territories. Now remember, this is shipped copies, not sold copies. An impressive number nonetheless.

 

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DLC hits in October in the form of "The Missing Link" and should extend the story of my current favourite game to play.

First official trailer of Max Payne 3 premieres this Wednesday

The excitement behind Max Payne 3 is already building and while it's still a while from release (said to be March 2012), we're all itchin' to see where Rockstar is at with it and to see some long overdue Bullet Time goodness.

 

Up 'till now, all we've seen are some screenshots, but Rockstar's own site has just announced that the first trailer of the game is scheduled for release on Wed Sept 14th at Noon (Eastern U.S. time).

 

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Just head over to this link anytime after noon Eastern on Wednesday and you'll find it available in high definition goodness folks.

Max Payne 3 to slow-mo dive onto shelves in March 2012, includes Multiplayer

Max Payne 3 has been slated for a March 2012 release, I guess they knew it was the month my birthday is in and decided it would fit well. The release will include both console and PC versions and the most surprising news is that Rockstar is including Multiplayer with Max Payne 3. The multiplayer is said to have "a deep reward and levelling system" and will deliver an experience that "dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match".

 

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Why do games require multiplayer and levelling up? Why can't they just make amazing single player games and especially with Max Payne 3, nail down that Slow-mo. Two new screenshots for your pleasure are included!

 

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Battlefield 3 to be sub-HD on consoles, will run at 1280x704

When the Xbox 360 and PS3 games launched, we were told it would usher in a new era of "1080p gaming", that has really never taken off. Apart from a few games, most AAA titles run at sub-HD or HD (720p) resolutions. Battlefield 3 will be no exception. DICE's rendering architect has tweeted that the game will run at 1280x704 as it saves good performance and memory for the game. While this is not surprising, I don't see how console owners can get angry at this. The consoles are 5 - 6 years old now, hardware of that day could never run games at 1920x1080 at 30fps consistently with constantly upgrading game engines and graphical details.

 

The tweet says "BF3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us." It can also be seen in the picture below:

 

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This is why it pays to have a PC that can be upgraded over time. New consoles have never needed a better excuse to be launched - come on Microsoft and Sony, do it now.

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