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It has been previously reported that Rockstar would only launch one game this year, and that game launched today in the form of Max Payne 3. But, with the phenomenal reaction the third-person, slow-mo shooter has received, why would Rockstar want to wait? Strike while the iron is hot, right?
Well, according to Internet retailer Amazon, Grand Theft Auto V could be released as soon as December of this year. This is coming from Amazon listing GTA V for pre-order, giving gamers something to aim for in terms of a release date. If it is made available in December, it would be perfect for the pre-Christmas rush.
Why December, though? Well, if we look at October and November, they're both filled with some insanely large titles such as Assassin's Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, Halo 4, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Waiting a month would let players finish their game/s of choice, and snap up Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V (in my opinion) would sell as much as those games, if not more. Exciting news anyway you look at it!
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that their reboot of Tomb Raider has been delayed until 2013. Head of Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, said that the studio had two aims when it decided to make a new Lara Croft title, firstly to create a "modern" Tomb Raider, and secondly, to make the "best game of our careers".
It's the second goal that has caused them to delay the reboot, from its original Autumn release date, to sometime in Q1 of 2013. This delay will fly right past the lucrative Christmas shopping season. Gallagher adds:
We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. believe that this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.
Showing it off at E3 means that the company at least has some solid code to display, and with E3 only weeks away, we'll see it soon enough.
Diablo III launched last night, and for some, it was OK and working. For others, Error 37 plagued many. The various server load issues stopped people from creating characters, starting the game, joining others, or launching into the game at all.
My game launched with one issue where I couldn't create a character, I logged out, logged back in and I was ok. The game crashed a few times, but I put that down to my NVIDIA Surround setup, and requiring new NVIDIA drivers. The game is delicious. Sexy. Addictive. Awesome. It's PC gaming, and it's here, right now.
But there's a new error on the block, Error 3003 which says "Unable to connect to the service or the connection was interrupted". This is the problem with Internet-required games, is that if there are any server-side issues, like most people have experienced with Diablo III, then it pisses a lot of people off. Let's hope it only gets better from here, shall we?
Diablo III is here, and whilst a lot of you probably aren't even reading this because you're raiding dungeons and levelling up characters, here's some very cool news. Team Immunity from Australia is live streaming their event in HD playing Diablo III non-stop.
There are a bunch of gamers at the RedBull HQ in Sydney, Australia, right this very second, who are taking shifts to get their time on the mouse and keyboard to slay baddies in Diablo III. Oh, what's that? You want to see it, sure - there's a live stream link, right here!
Rovio Entertainment has constantly been pushing milestones for their super-popular Angry Birds, but this milestone is quite significant. The Angry Birds series has now been downloaded over one billion times. Rovio celebrated the occasion with a video:
One billion downloads... did you ever think it would reach this far? A feature film, cartoons, pyjamas, and everything in between doesn't seem like such as stretch now, does it? I wonder what milestone Rovio will hit next.
The company said on its blog:
Angry Birds games have now been downloaded more than a billion times. THANK YOU to all of our incredible fans! This is only the beginning of our story, keep your eyes peeled for what's coming up next from Rovio!
Rovio does tease in the video that "more amazing things are coming soon", so we should keep our eyes peeled for more Angry Birds-related news!
Max Payne 3 is receiving some great reviews, if you didn't want to play it before, you'll want to now
One of my favorite series ever is Max Payne, and the third outing, this time by Rockstar, is nearly here. The game releases later this week on the consoles, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC release slated for two weeks from now.
Whilst that's bad news for PC gamers, the game itself seems to be getting quite positive reviews. Ranging from 90- to 100-percent. There's a few niggly reviews where they've reviewed them at lower scores, but the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones. G4TV smashes out of the gate with a 5/5 review, so I'm guessing they loved it.
G4TV's final words:
Max Payne 3 is a technological tour de force that will have you screaming "Dear lord!" more times than midnight mass. The performances are top notch, the action plays out with unrivaled fluidity, and the multiplayer is deep and rewarding. Silly distractions aside, Max Payne 3 is an action lover's wet dream that also happens to employ some of the slickest direction and transitional trickery this side of a David Fincher box set. Lock and load. It's bullet time...time.
Our Deal of the Day is Xbox 360 4GB Console Bundle w/ Extra Controller and Free Game - $238.97 Shipped!
Awesome Xbox 360 Bundle from Walmart! You get the Xbox 360 4GB Slim Console, Extra Wireless Controller, and your choice of game for just $229 + $9.97 shipping! You can choose from 11 games, but I would recommend these: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Skyrim, or Batman: Arkham City.
We here at TweakTown hope to really embrace Diablo III, so you should see some more Diablo III-related content over the coming months, and more. But for now, you should be preparing for the release, if you haven't already purchased it!
If you haven't, then head down to your local retailer now, or if you're like me and love digital games, then you should scoop up the game directly from Blizzard as a digital pre-sale. Next up, you will need to create your BattleTag. This is a requirement of Diablo III, and displays both in-game and on the website, so choose wisely.
Next up we have launch times! The launch time of Diablo III has had Blizzard break down the launch time of the game per region. The Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers all open at 12:01am PDT, May 15.
Have you seen that movie that everyone is talking about? Well, Ubisoft has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a new game based upon the Anvengers. The new game will be released on WiiU and Kinect and is touting the motion controls that it will come with. This isn't a surprise since it's launching on two of the biggest motion control platforms.
The new game, dubbed Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, will showcase interactive environments inspired by Marvel's comic artwork and the Secret Invasion storyline. The game features a massive 20 characters including popular Avengers like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor. The super villains aren't left out, though.
Super villains, along with other super heroes from the Marvel Universe not mentioned above, will also be included in the game."We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming," said Tony Key, SVP of US sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay." The game will launch in the Autumn.
Are you an owner of an Aqua Blue 3DS? You may just happen to own a piece of history as Nintendo Japan's website states that the Aqua Blue 3DS is "Scheduled to end production shortly." Why? No reason was cited on the website, so it is time to do some guessing. Online people are speculating that it could be due to a lack of popularity.
Furthermore, it could be that the recently launched Cobalt Blue 3DS has impacted sales. This idea goes along with the lack of popularity idea. Last year when the 3DS launched, it was available in just two colors: Auqa Blue and Cosmo Black. I happen to own Cosmo Black. It is now available in 6 colors. Well, soon to be 5.
Since this is a Japan website announcement, it could just be ending in Japan, however, since it states it is ending production, I imagine they will no longer be available in the United States. Of course, this portion is unknown, so take it with a grain of sand. I will update you as soon as I know something concrete.