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This is something I have covered in my editorials, forums and Facebook, that games should be created and developed on the much more powerful PC platform and scaled down to consoles that are no way near as fast. Instead of being developed on ageing hardware and then ported across to PC where they don't scale up in graphics or use DX11 properly, or multi-GPU setups properly, etc.
DICE have come out and said that the biggest difference between the PC and console versions are shown in the multiplayer side of things, down from 64 players on PC to just 24 on consoles. DICE studio head, Patrick Bach says:
The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on PC and 24 players maximum on console. The rest is more or less the same: we use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system, the same lighting system. Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version. If you want the same quality of game, I would say it's really, really hard. We tried to get more players in [to the console version] but then you need to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and sometimes you need to scale down all the map sizes. Everything is a compromise on: where do you cut?
Announced on MajorNelson's blog, the new remote for the Xbox 360 will be available in November at a cost of $19.99. Also announced is a Bluetooth-based gaming headset which will set you back $59 and in the below video, Major Nelson himself shows it off. The Headset will also be available in November. The new media remote features a redesigned look and is no longer white, featuring a black design with stylish buttons, it kind of looks like the Boxee Box remote actually.
Futuremark has an awesome deal lined up for its zero gravity FPS game, Shattered Horizon, shaving a massive 75% off the normal cost for the next day, making it just $4.99.
Their generosity comes after NASA wrapped up its 30 year space program last week when the Shuttle landed for the final time.
According to industry analyst firm Cowen & Company, Battlefield 3's pre-order numbers are "roughly comparable" with the pre-order numbers on Call of Duty: Black Ops. The results of these pre-order numbers is that the firm has now decided to increase its first year sales estimate from eight to 11 million.
Black Ops sold around 20 million copies in its first nine months on sale. Battlefield 3 may be keeping up with Black Ops, but can it compete with Modern Warfare 3? From a game point of view, yes. From a sales point of view, I think no. I think the Modern Warfare series has become a shadow of its former self.
The Federal and State Governments have reached an in-principle agreement to provide an R18+ rating for video games. There was a meeting in Adelaide (oh my hometime, yay) and the proposal has been debated by various attorney-generals. The New Sales Wales Attorney-General abstained from the proposal. South Australia had previously said it would scrap its current MA15+ rating, meaning that all violent video games will be restricted to adults.
Federal Justice Minister, Brendan O'Connor welcomed the in-principle agreement by saying it is a:
Big step forward in the long running debate on classification. The introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games will provide better advice to parents and help prevent children and teenagers from accessing unsuitable material. Once introduced, the new classification will also afford adults the opportunity to view material designed for adults. It is a credit to all jurisdictions that the meeting has now been able to achieve agreement over what is a complex matter in classification policy.
LucasArts have just unveiled a custom Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 and Kinect console combo at Comic-Con. LucasArts presented it at a panel presentation at Comic-Con with the custom Xbox 360 design inspired by a brave little droid R2-D2 and it will, get this, play custom sounds! The package also includes goldenrod-friendly C3PO designs for the controllers. The LE Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 will set you back $449.99 and will include a 320GB HDD, pre-orders are available at select retailers.
I'm personally not a fan of Star Wars but this does look absolutely insane! Such great detail.
Some of the lucky SOBs to have access to the Battlefield 3 alpha have been posting videos on YouTube and boy do they look good. Apart from the frame rate issues (I'm guessing it could be the users system) it looks very, very good. Let's hope that there's more realistic destruction in the game and not just the usual require-a-rocket-launcher-to-blow-things-up. I want to see little details like glass, lights, tires, bricks, etc fall apart and have realistic destruction.
I'm enjoying some of those death animations, the body movement looks great, the rockets don't seem to have that "punch" I expected them to... The other videos looks good, there's more on the channel for you to check out if you're keen, I suggest you do so!
If you're one of the many folks that enjoyed the 2007 comic-book tie-in shooer "The Darkness" and are holding out for number 2, some unfortunate news has come to light today that 2K Games has delayed it until next year. Apparently this is due to Digital Extremes being a little behind schedule and need some more breathing space to polish the game off.
So, in scrapping their original intent to have the title ready for release in early October this year, the new launch date for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be February 10th, 2012.
As a brief rundown on it, you take the role of a mobster named Jackie Estacado who wields the power of Darkness; these big ugly tentacles and demonic entities that can be controlled at will. The second game is said to take a few steps away from the look and feel of the first, with the focus being to more closely link it to the comic book series that these games are based on.
Futuremark today announce their next game, Unstoppable Gorg, a thrilling space defence game inspired by vintage sci-fi from the 1940s and 1950s. Futuremark tell you to expect wholesome heroes, rubbery aliens and dodgy special effects as they pay homage to a great era of film. Unstoppable Gorg will be released on PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad.
In Unstoppable Gorg you defend our solar system from the relentless march of a fearsome alien race by sending satellites into orbit around planets, moons and space stations. Unstoppable Gorg is different to the usual tower defence games where you can move your satellites even after you have placed them allowing for different strategies and play styles. When the Gorg armada attacks you can move your satellites around their orbits to best defend against each individual wave, a convention defying mechanic that brings new vitality and interaction to the great tower defence genre.
Side note: How great is that trailer and music!
A report from a meeting between GameStop and financial research firm Baird is suggesting that (sob) Battlefield 3 will not be making its way to Steam. According to Develop, the key quote from the report that comes directly from the GameStop executives is "the upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam."
This is on top of the news from a little while ago now that EA published a list of retailers for Battlefield 3 in which Steam was missing. Other digital download sites such as Gamersgate, Direct2Drive and EA's own Origin were on the list. Another GameStop executive also told Develop that Battlefield 3 will be coming to digital retailers other than GameStop. This look as though Steam is just being ignored.