Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii U, is only a few months away from our grubby little paws. With this thought, The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a "full-blown app store" for the system.
At the moment, Nintendo mainly use repositories that act as "light" app stores: The DSi Shop for its portables, and the Wii Shop for the current Wii console. Most of the apps found on the 'stores' are just quite basic, and don't serve customers what they want like the Android Market and App Store on the smartphone/tablet devices.
The Wii U's as-yet-unnamed store will definitely offer more, proferring a wider variety of apps, according to a person familiar with the matter. Wii U owners will be able to use apps that operate on the Wii U itself, such as MLB.TV, and others that run independently on the Wii U's controller. Considering that the Wii U's controller is a beast in itself, sporting a 6.2-inch touch screen, one can imagine the possibilities it can bring to the table.
15 years. Fifteen years. It has been that long since Blizzard's crazy click-your-mouse-until-your-finger-drops-off Diablo came out and has since then, turned into one of the most successful PC franchises, ever.
It was originally released on December 31, 1996, when I was just 13 years old and turns 15 today. Blizzard seem to be going on this celebration of 15 years with, well, nothing at all. You'd think with Diablo III to be [hopefully] released this year, there'd be more fan fare.
Diablo was the creation of Dave Brevik and Max and Eric Schaefer whilst they worked at Blizzard North. All three of them resigned in mid-2003 under interesting circumstances and went on to found Flagship Studios. From there, we had Hellgate: London which was the only game released and after that Max and Eric started Runic Games and released Torchlight.
In the January 2012 issue of UK magazine PSM3, they suggest that the fourth major instalment in the PlayStation-exclusive God Of War series is coming at the end of this year and will feature online co-op play.
Co-op has been popular lately, with Resistance 3, Dead Island, Gears of War 3 and Portal 2 all sporting the amazing feature. Not that it's new, but it seemed to disappear when next-gen consoles and their seemingly watered-down games started coming out.
GoW IV's development news is nothing new, but the co-op nugget is. GoW IV will see players breaking out of Hades, with the two protagonists will be a dearly-departed Kratos and his equally undead brother, Deimos. I hope to see some more on this soon.
If you're like me, you'll have very fond memories of the original adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, Full Throttle, Maniac Mansion and Space Quest. I remember pumping hours upon hours into Space Quest with my brother and now I have just found out that the game has been 'remade'.
The team over at Infamous Adventures has re-built the classic game and whilst Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge wasn't the best in the series, it's great to see these games being re-released for today's gamers. Whilst it won't show you "kill!" or "take cover, you've been shot", or "100 points, you're a good gamer, *pat on back*", it is a great old-school adventure game.
Infamous Adventures' reproduction features "hand-drawn backgrounds, hand animated characters, a full voice pack featuring over 4,000 recorded lines and a whole lot of extras," according to their website. What's better, the game has been re-polished or that it has been released for free? You choose not just one, but both and enjoy the game!
Be sure to ensure you meet the system requirements: the PC version requires 1MB of RAM.
And people say Consoles aren't ruining the PC industry. On consoles, it's virtually impossible to mod games like the PC has allowed since the birth of it and now we have smartphones and tablets, with mods being allowed into games such as Grand Theft Auto III.
GTA III on the iOS, Android smartphones and tablets came out a few weeks ago and now there are users who have discovered that modding the port of the game on iOS and Android is just like modding the PC version, it just requires files to be added to the directory on the SD card.
What this allows is the usual custom cars, and a souped-up taxi like the video shows above. If someone is familiar with modding the PC version, modding the iOS and Android versions are no different, it even uses the same directory structure the PC install does: sdcard/android/data/com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3/.
This is one game I hope doesn't get affected by consolitis, where Gearbox have shared some information about the next Borderlands title. It has already been reported that the four playable characters would be either replaced, or drastically altered, but one of them was already teased: a bearded dwarf named "Salvador" is a "Gunzerker" who can dual-wield any two weapons, and acts like Brick the Berserker from the original Borderlands.
Back in August, two of his abilities were teased. The first one increases the fire rate of any gun the longer the trigger is held, while the second boosts accuracy when dual-wielding same class weapons or doubles damage with mixed class weapons.
But now, we have some backstory to this character, with Gearbox saying:
Everybody in the first game was implied to have just come to Pandora looking for the vault. Salvador is actually a native of Pandora and the idea is that he sort of protected a town wherever he lived out in the sticks. Once Hyperion came to the planet they've been on this quest to eradicate all the 'bandits' from Pandora, but in their mind that's everybody who is not part of the Hyperion corporate family.
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We all know the next Grand Theft Auto outing is going to be huge, but when EEDAR's Jesse Divnich spoke to IndustryGamers as part of his feature on the top five predictions for 2012 (other than the world ending), he noted that GTA V will generate the most sales next year. and not the next Call of Duty game.
He's been quoted:
It goes without saying that GTA V will be one of the year's biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012's biggest release. Don't get me wrong, Call of Duty will undoubtedly be huge, as it is every year and it may even grow, but if I had to call what will be a photo finish race, I will go with GTA V.
If you consider that the couple of latest Call of Duty releases have set entertainment records, beating out movies like Avatar for profits in a certain amount of time, it's hard to believe how big Grand Theft Auto V has to be to top it. I'm sure it's going to be a great game, but Rockstar are going to need to throw GTA into an entire new universe of amazingness if they want this prediction to come true.
An update to the popular Infinity Blade 2 is coming soon, with lead designer Donald Mustard teasing that the update includes "Clash Mobs" which will let players all over the world play Infinity Blade 2 and fight enemies together in real-time.
Clash Mobs will appear in an update of the game and incorporate players from all over the world. Right now, you play the game by yourself, but Clash Mobs will let you partner with thousands of other players in real-time to help you reach a goal in the game. If you're fighting a giant monster, there's only so much one player can do alone," Mustard said. "We want to make big challenges a group effort, so after you're done shooting the monster, another player can step in and work to finish him off. This could even take 24 hours, with lots of players stepping in to help.
It was only two weeks ago now that we reported the development team behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R., GSC Game World, closed their doors. But it seems now, there is a slight, slight glimmer of hope amongst all this doom.
There has been a tweet from GSC's official Twitter feed, which is offering some hope to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans:
Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!
What does this mean? Could we still see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2? Could we expect a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related announcement? Well, I'd expect as much from that tweet. As soon we hear something, you can be sure we'll report on it.
I've had a very Merry Christmas this year, and we at TweakTown hope you have, too. Onto the news, Western Digital have released an Android application, WD TV Remote, which connects to your Western Digital set-top box over a WI-Fi connection, and lets you control it from any Android-powered device.
The app includes one-touch access to every online service available, keyboard entry using Android's on-screen keyboard, a gesture pad for quick navigation and the ability to connect to multiple Android-powered devices at once.
WD TV Remote has a couple of requirements: Android 2.1 or later, a Wi-Fi connection, and third-generation WD TV Live Hub or TV Live system in order to work. You can grab the WD TV Remote Android application here.
Our latest poll had over 3,800 people who answered our question... Game of the Year (PC - released) for 2011.
Battlefield 3 was well out in front when we first launched the poll with almost 40% of the votes, but as we closed up the poll, it still ended up being the Game of the Year for released PC games in 2011 for TweakTown readers with 29% of the votes.
In a very close second place was Skyrim with 28% of the votes. COD: Modern Warfare 3 took third place with 6% of the votes.
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.
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.
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!
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.