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Zynga's CityVille is an unstoppable train that is just exploding out in all directions. It's the largest Facebook application ever and has only been around for just over a month after launching in December 2010.
Zynga have added 20 more levels to CityVille bringing the game up to a maximum level of 80. Currently I'm Level 31 (yes the game is addictive, I'm playing it because I told my mate that I'd beat him, haha). You might think this means nothing, but it's rumored that Zynga are paying Facebook $30 million per month for their 30% cut.
After the Xbox 360 had it's supposed exclusive Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, the PC is now getting it's turn. Confirmed by Crytek over Twitter, they've said: At this time, Crytek & EA are glad to confirm that we'll be releasing a pre-launch Crysis 2 multiplayer demo on PC! Stay tuned for details.
The demo should have the same level of content if not more, but no date is known yet. There's also no news of a demo for the PlayStation 3. Crysis 2 goes on sales March 22, 2011 in the US and March 25, 2011 in Europe.
When the Wii hit the market it didn't take long for accessory makers to flood the market with a hoard of accessories that made the games you played a bit more realistic. You could get steering wheels for Mario Kart, gun controllers for shooters, and sports gear for golfing and other games. It's was pretty cool really. That same sort of controller to increase the realism is coming to the iPhone.
A cool new gun accessory has turned up for a company called Apptoyz. It is a plastic gun that has a case to hold your iPhone on it and a trigger. The gun and associated app turns your iPhone into an augmented reality shooter.
Everywhere you point the gun the iPhone camera puts little aliens into the real world for you to shoot. It appears that the trigger pulls on the gun actually make a couple plungers that touch the iPhone screen activate to fire. The app for the gun is free, but the gun will set you back £20. This is a really cool setup.
Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.
8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.
Engadget are smashing it today with another exclusive look at the PlayStation Phone. Sony will be calling it the Xperia Play, it features a four-inch, 854x480 multi-touch LCD screen, Android Gingerbread (2.3), single core processors that clocks between 122.88MHz and 1GHz, an Adreno GPU and 512MB of RAM.
The Xperia Play includes a DualShock-style control pad which slides out from the bottom of the device, it also includes the regular setup of buttons - bu there are two shoulder buttons instead of the usual four. Also, touchpads replace the usual analog sticks. More info and the official unveiling will happen at the Mobile World Congress which starts on February 14 in Barcelona.
id Software have released 3 screenshots for their upcoming game, RAGE. The screenshots accompany their official websites redesign. Nothing else has been released bar these 3 screenshots, but they're enough to get people talking.
The screenshots show off some of the vehicular gameplay, another shot shows the insane amount of character detail while the third shot is actual gameplay in the first-person perspective. RAGE is due on PC and consoles on September 13 - breaking the usual tradition of id Software saying their game would be released "when it's done".
I have tried out a lot of racing wheels over the years and they are not all created equal. They may have force feedback in common, but the Logitech G27 and G25 racing wheels have stood a step above everything else I have tried. If you are a serious racing game fan on the PS3 and have either of those racing wheels, you already know how good they are. If you are an Xbox 360 player, only you might not since the Logitech gear only supports the PS3 and PC.
A new adapter called the F-1 Converter has surfaced and it plugs in between the Logitech racing wheels and the Xbox 360. It takes the incompatible nature of those racing wheels and tweaks them to work with the Xbox console. That means you can get your drive on with Forza using the Logitech wheels. The converter is more than just for allowing the G27 to work with the Xbox though.
The F-1 Converter is also able to store a number of button commands to execute combos and other things in a game and can play them all back at the press of a single button to allow you to execute the combos flawlessly. The downside is that seems like cheating to me.
It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.
Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.
If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.
Killzone 3 gets its beta started on February 2nd. Within the next month we have betas of Crysis 2 and now Killzone 3, on 360 and PS3 respectively. Come February 2, North American PlayStation 3 owners are able to try out the multiplayer portion of Killzone 3.
The demo includes one map called "Frozen Dam" but includes four different modes of play. The beta winds up on February 14th just in time for Valentines Day.
Beyond Black Mesa is a short indie fan film based in the Half Life universe. It's quite action packed and centers around a few resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
The short film had 2 years in the making and was done for $1200, the results are absolutely incredible. I was wishing for more. Even Valve "favorited" the film on YouTube - check it out, it's well worth the bandwidth!