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The Hard Reset demo is now available for you to download and enjoy, the PC-exclusive "old school" shooter has been getting a fair amount of press lately in the sea of console ports and console-centric game development, this is a great change to see. The demo is available through Steam, if you'd like to check it out.
Nerdgasm. Diablo 3 is about to run out the door of Beta heaven and be upon us. Until now it was only open to family and friends of Blizzard employees, and within the next few days it'll be in the hands of everyone. The beta client comes in at 1GB and a patch is already available for the Beta!
You can start grabbing the Beta right now from here.
PAX 2011 - NVIDIA had a great chat with DICE Producer, Patrick Liu at PAX last month and they went over some of the technical bits of Battlefield 3 and what fans about expect from the PC version. Of course DirectX 11 was bought up and then onto the tasty subjects of tessellation, compute shaders and displacement mapping being key points of the discussion. The video can be found below:
Apart from that, we have Day 1, 2 and 3 wrap-ups from NVIDIA @ PAX 2011 with the Battlefield 3 competitions being quite close. The first 2 days the games came down to 1 kill (99 versus 100 and 98 versus 99). Winners walked away with ASUS Transformers for first prize and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 for second place. I would settle with just being able to play Battlefield 3!
3 million Steam activation codes for DIRT 3 have been leaked online today, with confirmation from AMD that the codes were intended for vouchers that were meant to be shipped with Radeon GPUs. A database file containing them was hax0red and leaked online. AMD says:
These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, http://www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD's website. Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.
I'm sure Steam can just ban the keys anyway, but heck, 3 million keys stolen.
Our latest poll had over 5,500 people who answered, what is the Hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release?
With an overwhelming 42% of the votes, the winner voted by TweakTown readers for the hottest upcoming game release of 2011 was Battlefield 3.
In second place with a still respectable 17% of the votes was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and in third place with a decent 14% of the votes was Diablo III.
I'm sure all you Deus Ex: Human Revolution players (including me) hate the splash screens before the game loads up... Scaleform, Dolby Digital, AMD, but there's no way of disabling these screens from within the game. A modder who has done mods similar to the DX:HR one is responsible and it lets you mess with a bunch of settings. Here's what it can do:
Instantly spawn any items, like weapons, ammo, weapon mods, and consumables,
Instantly unlock any augmentations,
Disable auto health regeneration,
Auto-hack any terminal,
Turn off all NPCs,
Hide the HUD,
Disable intro (this stops all the logos loading, you just see a quick wall of text, and then straight to the main menu).
And loads, loads, more.
Nifty, huh? I'll be grabbing this one and testing it out shortly! But I do love the splash screens, only because of the music... the music is so awesome.
Xbox, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have joined forces to create a Limited Edition Modern Warfare 3-themed Xbox 360. The console will be customized (as shown below) with MW3 graphics, two custom wireless controllers, a 320GB HDD, a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as well as custom sounds when the console is turned on. On top of the bundle is a one month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription as well as an exclusive avatar that shows your friends you're the proud owner of the LE MW3-branded console.
The console is launching on November 8 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for a US ERP of $399 and pre-orders are available today at participating retailers. In addition to the console itself, Xbox 360 will be releasing two limited edition accessories which will hit shelves October 11. The first is a MW3-branded Wireless Headset with Bluetooth which will be priced at $69.99 and the second accessory is the MW3-branded wireless controller at a price of $59.99.
DICE has confirmed that their upcoming COD killer, Battlefield 3, will be limited to 30fps on consoles. There's a mixed reaction to this, console fans are upset that they're not getting 60fps and PC fans are saying "well, if you want 60fps, you buy a PC." Considering that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was limited to 30fps on consoles and still looked great (for a console), then the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine, with much more advanced graphics, detail and destruction with more FPS than a console-tweaked Frostbite 1.5 engine that powered Bad Company 2 - is not surprising.
DICE's general manager discusses the frame rate, AI, environmental destruction and tips for success in the video below from IGN:
There has been 14 minutes of leaked Borderlands 2 footage that someone has caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. You can see a fair bit of stuff going on in the game and while I don't want to spoil much - I seriously can't wait for this game. It's looking good and the improvements they've done (even to something like the HUD) look pretty darn cool. Check out the 14 minutes of wobblecam footage below:
Word from Digital Reality lets us know their upcoming aerial racing game, SkyDrift will be soaring its way onto the PlayStation network and Xbox LIVE Arcade on September 7th. It's described as a fast paced, arcade-heavy title which gives players an addictive racing experience with smooth, light and quick flight style.
There are eight modern high-tech planes to choose from, tuned to be the ultimate killing machines, and there are over 30 racing skins to choose from, 33 racing events from exotic locations around the globe and single as well as multiplayer challenges with up to eight players.
SkyDrift is more than your typical arcade style racing game," says Peter Nyester, SkyDrift Producer, Digital Reality. "Our team worked hard to deliver realistic, cutting edge graphics that are visually stunning, which really transform the overall feel of the gameplay. Skydrift combines all the best elements of arcade-heavy games with stimulating graphics and smooth game play - creating the ultimate racing experience.