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Deus Ex: Human Revolution patch also includes in-game ads

If you're one of the millions of folks glued to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the moment, you may have noticed with the new patch that came out toward the end of last week, while it did address quite a large number of reported issues and roll in a number of tweaks, it also brought with it a bunch of in-game ads that you may have noticed during the loading screens in particular, with the current products being promoted including the Blu-ray re-release of Star Wars. It's been rumoured that adverts also appear on in-game billboards as well, but this is yet to be confirmed.

 

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As I'm sure there would be very few of you happy about paying out for the game only to then start having advertisements pushed onto you, especially considering there is no warning about these intrusive ads when purchasing the game, you will be glad to know that you can get around it thanks to the ever lively hacking world, at least for now.

Spitfish launch mouse controller for Xbox 360

Spitfish just recently launched their PS3 mouse that is compatible with PC and Macs, but have now launched their mouse controller for the Xbox 360. It includes XYAB buttons that the Xbox 360 obviously has and places them right near your thumb. On the nun chuck, there's a d-pad, analogue stick and trigger buttons.

 

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The setup works wirelessly through the USB dongle, and sports lag-free gameplay, is customisable, and lasts up to 50 hours on just two AA batteries. Spitfish say the mouse is the "world's first super precision mouse hybrid gaming controller for the Xbox 360". The PS3 version is available in the US for US$90.

Portal is free until September 20

Fancy a free copy of Portal? Well, Steam users on both PC and Mac can download and install the game for free up until September 20. The question that needs to be answered is: is it 100% free or simply a free trial? Well, you'll be happy to know that as long as you download and install it before September 20, it is free, indefinitely.

 

 

Valve is giving away Portal to help promote their "Learn with Portals" program, an education-based initiative to teach school-aged children about science. The program allows kids to design their own Portal levels, meaning they need to use physics, math, logic, probability and spatial reasoning to succeed.

 

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New screenshot pack for Metro sequel - Last Light

A bunch of screenshots have just been handed out from 4A Games and THQ helping to gain more interest in the upcoming post-apocalyptic FPS sequel, Metro: Last Light.

 

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The shots show off some pretty impressive lens flares and atmospheric detail, but if you really want to be roped in, you should definitely check out this full 12 minute gameplay video showing it off at E3 :-

 

 

To view all the screenshots, just head to our gallery section below. Metro: Last Light is scheduled for a 2012 release, most likely in Q2.

Blackwell Deception: 90s nostalgia just kicked you in your happy-pants covered nuts

Until today, I had never heard of the Blackwell series of games, but that has changed. Blackwell Deception has been announced and is going to be out on October 12th and I'm going to be grabbing this ASAP. Wadjet Eyes Games are behind the title and a trailer is below.

 

 

How great does that look? I was an avid fan of Leisure Suit Larry, Police Quest, Space Quest, Maniac Mansion, Sam and Max, Full Throttle, well you get the picture. It defined my childhood and I spent countless hours nerding away at those games. Leisure Suit Larry in particular taught me how to type fast, as you had to type "change channel" like 1.3 billion times to get that guy interested in the TV. I still remember this nearly two decades on!

 

It doesn't feature next-gen graphics, physics, or anything we're used to in today's world of gaming. But it does feature nostalgia in a way I haven't seen in years.

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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?

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