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That title is correct, no errors. $100 for a virtual car, in a virtual game, in a virtual world. One-hundred real dollars. EA's free-to-play MMO racer, Need for Speed World, has added a buyable DLC to its collection - a virtual car.
This isn't no Prius, it's a Koenigsegg CCX Elite Edition, and can be purchased for the tidy sum of $100. But wait, there's more. Steak knives move aside, EA are feeling generous and have slashed that $100 price to a nicer, $75.
Really, EA? Really, gaming world? Are we getting to the point of people actually purchasing $100 in-game items. There aren't many actual, full, AAA+ titles out there that are even $100. Let alone a single car, within an entire MMO world of cars.
Rejoice Australian Star Wars fans! While the just-released MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic has not been released locally, we now have not only a date, but some better news for you.
Bioware are hoping to launch the game on March 1st down under, with Bioware's Stephen Reid being quoted:
We can confirm that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in the spring of 2012. Right now we are targeting March 1st, but that could change as our number one priority is making sure that customers have a great service to play on.
48 hours is all Sony needed to push more than a quarter million PlayStation Vita's. It doesn't sound like a lot, but 321,400 is a great achievement for Sony.
Comparing them to Nintendo, they should be proud. Nintendo's much advertised 3DS only sold 50,000 more units, but then sales dipped. The sale numbers were only saved with a price cut. For the PS Vita to continue its success long-term, it's going to need some smash hit, killer apps. Something that hasn't been done before, something that pushes mobile gaming boundaries. If I were in charge of the Vita, that's the kinda target I'd have.
Have you managed to get a PS Vita? If so, please do let us know how you've gone with it!
I noticed this over on Kotaku and thought I'd share it here for those of you who haven't seen it. But we have a fan film of Left 4 Dead that is actually, very well done. It has a very serious tone to it, which I enjoyed and I've love to see a few short films on this.
The video goes for just under 9 minutes, and when it hits the 6 minute mark, you'll want to come back and comment here to tell me what you thought. It definitely takes a turn that you won't expect, and I think some of you will love it, and some will hate it.
I was half and half. Enjoyed the film though, it was done very well.
Just a heads up to those of us who are obsessed about Battlefield 3 right now, that there's an update happening to Battlelog tomorrow at 10:00 CET, where they'll be throwing in a fourth update to Battlelog.
The downtime is estimated to be 15 minutes, where during this time, Battlelog will be down for all players. The fixes include:
Add PWP license by default to all BF3 PC users
Fixed description on Service Stars
Fixed missing vehicle unlocks on stats pages
Fixed minor caching issue regarding B2K-entitlement
B2K icon now better aligned in forum/server browser
DICE like to tease us all with Easter Eggs on their maps, especially little, vague ones that tease upcoming games. For example, DICE included some Easter Eggs back in 2006 with Battlefield 2: Euro Forces and Armored Fury map packs, which at the time hinted at "2142", way before Battlefield 2142 was officially announced.
If we look at the above picture, it would seem a sequel to Battlefield 2142 is in the making. You've got to remember, that number would've been put there, it can't be randomly generated or imagined. Battlefield 2143 done on the Frostbite 2 engine would look very impressive indeed.
Sony have released their next-generation portable, PlayStation Vita, in Japan over the weekend. This is something Sony are really hoping scrapes back some of their lost market share, not to just Nintendo, but mainly to Apple and Google with their smartphones and tablets getting into the mobile gaming market.
PlayStation Vita will launch in the U.S. and Europe next February, but over the weekend saw thousands of PS Vita future-owners lining up to grab one at launch on Saturday. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said that pre-orders of Vita in Japan had sold out as customers lined up at retailers to make reservations.
My good friend Chris posted this on my wall today, and while the title "Most Epic Battlefield 3 kill EVER" caught my eye... I thought it would be some trick shot, or long headshot. But no. I'm pretty sure Chuck Norris or Bruce Willis have gotten onto Battlefield 3 and played out the most epic kill you've ever seen.
It starts off with Rendezook/Stun Gravy in a SU-35BM FLANKER-E fighter jet, where he blows up a helicopter, he then takes vertical flight at a 90-degree angle into the air, ejects out of his plane... looks down at another fighter jet flying up on his six, and fires a damn rocket launcher at the incoming plane. The rocket flies directly into the plane killing the pilot and scoring him some sweet, sweet points in one of the best things I've seen in the game yet.
This deserves your 30 seconds, for sure. Multiple watches from me already!
Codemasters have just announced another Dirt game, that isn't Dirt 4, it's Dirt Showdown. It's a spin-off from the main series that is said to have more destruction and less of the speedy driving.
Dirt Showdown has all of the 'extreme events' that were in Dirt 3, but now in a spin-off series instead of being one of the features in a game that wasn't completely enjoyed. Dirt 4 will continue to concentrate on the racing side of the game.
Duke Nukem Forever is still cranking along, and a second DLC pack is now out called "The Doctor Who Cloned Me". It's available through Steam for $9.99 US and includes a bunch of new material including four new multiplayer maps, a full new single player campaign which includes brand new weapons, all-new enemy types and bosses, more Achievements, and brand new interactive items within the DNF world.
A detailed run down of what is included is below (or in the full story):