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If you're going to not grab Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on launch day like I am, then you will have to be prepared to purchase an online pass to access the game's multiplayer content. Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed that all future Sony titles will require the single-use pass.
Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality. We will provide further information in the future.
The quote above sums it up quite well. Also, this isn't the first time we have seen a Sony title with the "PSN Pass", Resistance 3 was Sony's first title to require it. This just follows the footsteps of EA, THQ and Ubisoft, all of which have introduced an online-pass-based scheme.
Valve did promise to release free downloadable content for Portal 2 and have followed through with that promise today by releasing the new gear for Portal 2 across all platforms, PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The new DLC is called "Peer Review" and continues the co-op story as players navigate P-Body and Atlas through a fresh set of test chambers, which would have been constructed by the ever-so-evil AI, GLaDOS. The DLC also contains a single-player and co-op "Challenge Mode", as well as leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with your friends.
There were a fair amount of complains with how short the campaign was in Portal 2, but this update (as well as future DLC) should help the community continue their fanboy love for Valve and Portal. Despite the complaints about the length of the game, the user score on Metacritic has actually improved over the last few months and the game has reportedly sold over two million copies. The fresh DLC is readily available and is free of charged on all supported platforms, even the PS3 and Xbox 360.
On top of the free DLC, Valve have also sliced Portal 2's price in half with a single copy of Portal 2 now available for just $14.99 and two-pack for just $27.49. A bundle pack of Portal 1 and 2 is going for a crazy $17.49, so if you haven't gotten yourself into Portal, now is a great time to do so!
GeForce LAN 6! NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang and Battlefield 3's visual architect, Johan Andersson will be there
NVIDIA are set to host the upcoming GeForce LAN 6 Gaming Event which will have a few celebrities included, such as NVIDIA CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo man himself, Jen-Hsun Huang as well as Battlefield 3's Lead Designer and Visual Architect, Johan Andersson who will be at GeForce LAN 6 to talk about the "making of" Battlefield 3. There will be plenty of contests, workshops and other goodies for attendees.
GeForce LAN 6 will be held between October 14 - 16, 2011 on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, in Alameda, California and will feature 48 hours of non-stop PC gaming, fun contests, amazing prizes and special stage presentations. For those who can't make it, NVIDIA will post video footage from the event on GeForceLAN.com.
Our latest poll had over 4,600 people who answered, which platform do you use for the majority of your gaming?
With a massive 81% of the votes PC took the prize for the gaming platform of choice by TweakTown readers.
Coming in for a tied second place was both Xbox and Playstation with the other options such as Wii not getting much love at all.
Four years of hype, all gone in a single day. Most reviews have not been that great for id Software's latest FPS offering, with reviews mixed at best. Most agree that Rage fails to deliver the goods, with most reviews saying its a shallow, corridor shooter with gaping craters in its story, dialog, quests and mechanics. Ars Technica does not hold back saying Rage is "creatively and mechanically bankrupt, it feels like a group of people had to create a game because they were under contract, not because they honestly enjoyed any aspect of their own creation".
Joystiq is just as harsh, being quoted:
RAGE is pretty at times, but it's not enough to paint over the truth -- that id's labor feels like a scaffolding for a game of bolder ideas, ideas which, for whatever reason, aren't realized. And the game that is there just isn't enough to compete with other, better shooters we've seen this year.
Ecko|Code and Showtime Networks have just announced the launch of a new Facebook game called 'Dexter Slife of Life', based on the hit Showtime series, Dexter. The Facebook app is supposed to introduce new game episodes the day after the airing of the episodes of Season 6 of the show. If you have your own Dark Passenger, and would like to live out your Dexter fantasies, well, this is the perfect way to do so.
Firing up the game brings up the Dexter theme music, which is music to my ears. I let it play out as I typed up this news post - putting me in the "Dexter" mood. It makes me want to watch all of the seasons over again. If you haven't watched the show before - I highly suggest you do, it is one of the best shows to grace television screens. And any fan would definitely want to check out Dexter Slice of Life.
Oh, and as you'll see in the first image - I have my own Miami Metro Police Department ID, now I can go and hassle LaGuerta.
Remedy have an interview online which shows off the creators of the original Max Payne and its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It discusses the development of the original games as well as their reactions to the Rockstar games produced version. The original face of Max and Max Payne writer, Sam Lake, says that Max Payne 3 is "worth the wait" and is like "coming home to an old friend", check out the video below:
Just days after I posted about Pepsi sponsoring Activision's upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, news pops up of Subway sponsoring the upcoming Naughty Dog title, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The promotion is called "Taste for Adventure", with a promotion that's never been done anywhere else, ever according to Naughty Dog and Sony.
Beginning a few days ago, you can walk into any Subway restaurant and purchase one of the specially marked Uncharted 30 oz drinks, you'll receive a code that gives you access to the full competitive multiplayer experience throughout the month of October. Even Nathan Drake himself tells you, as shown in the video below:
It seems like the PlayStation Vita will have its 3G-based downloads limited to 20MB, this is a move to obviously stop huge bills from downloading games from the PlayStation Store. 3G file downloading is limited to 20MB at launch, which means all you can really download over 3G will be Minis or (real talk) system updates, but not the full retail games that will be downloadable over Wi-Fi.
These restrictions could change over time, but for the launch the limit will be imposed.
Battlelog is currently experiencing a love/hate relationship with gamers - some love it, some hate it. But the below trailer shows that there's more to Battlelog than just a server browser and front end. Battlelog expands on the franchise's history of stats tracking, combining it with new social networking features that look like they're ripped right out of Facebook. Another major benefit of Battlelog is that its free, absolutely free. Where the competition (Call of Duty) charges a monthly charge to use the "Elite" service.
Battlelog displays so many options its hard to list them all here, but stand-out displays show different stats on weapons, accuracy, awards, time spent on weapons, win/loss ratios, you're able to comment on games after you've played them (great feature!) which makes Battlelog a serious addition to the Battlefield 3 universe. Battlelog can be used on not only the PC, but consoles and even mobile devices.