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Owners of PS3 consoles and PCs have been licking their chops to get their hands on the release of First Strike, the new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops since it was released for Xbox 360 owners. The folks at Sony have some news for the console side; a firm release date.
Black Ops fans with a PS3 will be able to get their hands on First Strike on March 3rd, which is around the end of the 30 day window that Microsoft owns for exclusive rights for the DLC. Berlin Wall, Discovery, Stadium, and Kowloon are the four new multiplayer maps that will be included as well as Ascension to continue the Zombies saga. The expansion will cost $15. No word on an arrival date for the PC as of yet.
2K hosted an awesome Duke Nukem Forever press event at a high end strip club in Las Vegas this past Monday. 2K flew in editors from outlets around the world to get some hands dirty with some Duke Nukem Forever goodness.
Because of this, there are now a huge amount of sites showing off previews, thoughts and impressions on the famously overdue, close-to-vaporware Duke Nukem Forever. Some of them seem impressed, some not. Some say the graphics and levels seem dated but the game is "fun". Check out the below links to see for yourself. I do ask 2K, where was my invite! :(
Team Bondi have a very special game coming out that I've covered a few times over the past couple of months now and there is some actual gameplay footage of the game now. L.A. Noire now gets some fresh footage in the form of "Orientation".
The footage looks great, the motion capture, facial animations, lighting all look amazing. You can really feel the emotions of the characters in subtle facial movements which adds an entire new level of realism and depth to the game to make it stand out. L.A. Noire is getting a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 release in May 2011. Not long to go, folks!
Good news Nintendo fans! Nintendo have finally unveiled the pricing for the 3DS handheld, with a retail price of $350. This is a $100 premium of the US pricing, but compared to other price discrepancies (I'm looking at you, Apple), it's not bad at all.
March 31 is not far away so the question to you is, will you buy one? At a $100 premium over the US, it could be a bit of a sting to people but I'm sure this will still sell like hot cakes.
LG doesn't want life to be good (all pun intended) for Sony. LG has filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming that the PlayStation 3 and Bravia line of television models infringe four Blu-ray Disc patents.
LG is seeking a permanent ban of the PS3 from the US market. They've also filed a separate lawsuit with the US District Court in the Southern District of California which covers other non-PS3 devices such as PCs and digital cameras. This lawsuit seems to stem from Sony's complaint about various LG smartphones last December in which the ITC is already investigating.
Battlefield 3 pits you in a battle within Paris, Tehran and New York - also limits consoles to 24 players
Battlefield 3 features DICE's brand new DirectX 11-capable Frostbite 2.0 engine and will really flex it's graphical prowess on PC where it's capable of pitting 64 players in a match versus the console being capable of only 24 players.
Not only is it including a super-increase on players in a match together it will also have those battles in "Paris, Tehran and New York." EA had this advertised on their own pre-order site but quickly pulled it and replaced it with "diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America."
If you haven't heard about or played Dead Space 2 yet, I seriously urge you to do so. It is an absolute magnificent game on any platform you play it on and definitely worth a spot in your gaming library. I'd go as far to say it stacks up in my personal top 5 and I've been gaming for well over 20 years.
For those of you who haven't read a review yet and need a little bit of convincing, check out our in-house review of Dead Space 2. But the news doesn't stop there! Dead Space 2 is available on Amazon's Deal of the Day for just $40, 33% off the usual retail price.
When it comes to making geeky gadgets and game consoles, even geekier Ben Heck is right up there at the top of the list of modders to watch. Heck made portable systems out of PS3s and more for a long time before he got his own show with element 14. Heck's latest episode had a cool portable conversion for a Sega CDX machine.
Apparently Heck routed the parts used for the case and everything else needed for the project on the episode. The final product looks pretty darn cool, even if it is big by portable console standards today. Heck said, "It was a blast taking something as awesome as the Sega CDX and making it even easier to use with a smaller footprint so I can bring it with me everywhere. Not only that, but I reminisced about Full Motion Video games from the early '90's and a few diamonds in the rough like 'Snatcher' and 'Lunar: The Silver Star.'"
The episode covers everything for the portable though the design to the final construction. If you really like the finished product, you can even register to win the thing at element14. "This latest episode is a must-see, not only for Sega Genesis fans, but also techies at heart," said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. "While the show is aired in English, it caters to enthusiasts around the globe."
Fans of PC shooters will know the Battlefield name and we also know that the next installment of the franchise, Battlefield 3 has been in development for a long time. EA and DICE haven't really said much about the long development cycle and all I can say is that the game had better be good after the long wait.
The first official trailer for the game has surfaced and NVIDIA has the video over on the GeForce site for you to check out. Keep in mind the video is just a teaser and as such, everything is hazy and you can't really make out much detail. What you can see looks realistic.
The game will land this fall and has some cool tech to make it look more realistic called Frostbite 2.0. EA describes the game like this, "One moment you may be marching down a hilltop listening to the hypnotic sound of a firefight in the distance or admiring the way the light reflects off the smoke plumes of ground to air missiles rising from the city you're about to engage. The next you're on an urban street, surrounded, claustrophobic, fighting for your life and looking eight ways at once with all your senses on high alert."
The best bit of this news article is not just the fact that the XIM3 mega-adapter can now be purchased (at quite a steep $149.99 I might add) but the huge uproar in the gaming community it will cause.
Check out the video and you'll see that a WASD keyboard + mouse setup is just absolute domination over a controller on a console. The guy racks up more kills in those 3 minutes than you'd get playing BLOPS on the 360 for an hour. Makes the consoles more appealing in my opinion!