Blizzard have thrusted upon the salivating fans of Diablo, the "opening cinematic" for Diablo III. The trailer first teased the world over the weekend at the Spike Video Game Awards. The cinematic is quite amazing, with some very impressive animation and 3D work. Check it out below:
Diablo III marks a change for the RTS game, with nearly 12 years since the previous game, it has been a very long wait. A central auction house is set to really change things up, where users can use real-world money to buy in-game objects and vica versa. "Gold farming" will no longer take place.
The development team responsible for the amazing Uncharted series of games on the PlayStation 3, have some good news for the world. Shortly after Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out, Naughty Dog split its focus into two separate projects.
One team handled the sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, while the other tem handled a new IP, "The Last of Us" and have been working on this new title for the last two years. The Two uf Us is a PS3-exclusive game, about an apocalyptic Earth, in which you'll find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. The population has been decimated by a modern plague, There are survivors killing each other for food, weapons, or whatever they can get their hands on.
Did you hear that? That girly squeal of excitement? Yeah, sorry, it was me. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand goes live in just a few hours on Xbox 360 and PC. It goes live on the Xbox 360 starting at 09:00 GMT (4 AM EST) or for PC-based gamers like myself, 08:00 GMT (3 AM EST).
The Battlefield 3 systems will also be receiving an update at the same time that is expected to take about an hour. Server owners have been warned to prepare for a server update, with R12 hitting sometime around the launch of B2K. Battlefield 3 players will have access to the expansion pack in their respective platforms store's.
Not long now, soldiers!
The studio responsible for S.T.A.L.K.E.R have reportedly closed down, with Ukrainian developer GSC Game World closing their doors. The company was founded back in 1995, and have had quite the run of success with S.T.A.L.K.E.R., their first-person shooter game.
There were multiple games in the series, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was being developed and was looking to have a release next year.1C Ukraine's Sergey Galenkin blogged about the closure, with 1C being one of the publishers of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The blog states the shut down has been confirmed, with Galenkin attributing this to a combination of things including a failed publishing deal for a console version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and the difficulties in self-publishing a PC game in Eastern Europe.
It's a sad, sad day and I'm truly disappointed that GSC Game World have gone. What next?
Skyrim to have multiple DLC releases, developers say that the game's popularity has gone "above and beyond" their expectations
The Spike Video Game Awards happened over the weekend, where Game Director Todd Howard accepted an award for Game of the Year for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, he also said to Joystiq that the game's popularity had surprised even the development team.
He said "We thought it would do well, but it has gone above and beyond." One of the more surprising effects of that popularity, are the many YouTube videos. Howard says one of the favorite videos at Bethesda is the one where people put buckets on the heads of in-game characters. He said:
It was like day two, and we went, what? Do we fix that? Our lead programmer is pissed and wants to fix it, and I said I'm not sure we should. That's one of those where maybe we leave it in.
OK, let me collect myself here. Bioware, check. Frostbite 2-powered, check. Command & Conquer, check. PC-only, check. That's all I need to say, enjoy and goodbye. But really, At the VGA 2011 awards, it was announced that Bioware are making an RTS, they have an RTS studio under their label.
Announced, was Command & Conquer Generals 2, which will be powered by the same engine that drives Battlefield 3, Frostbite 2. It will be PC-only, but excites me more than I can express through my keyboard with Dr Ray saying:
We're bringing BioWare's vision for emotionally engaging gameplay and great attention to quality to the strategy genre and the Command & Conquer franchise. I am excited to welcome BioWare Victory to our label. They are a great addition and the team is working hard to make sure Generals 2 truly immerses and engages players into this intense, gritty, modern war experience.
Of course, Battlefield 3 fans want a movie, but do we really need it? It's not like the story of Battlefield 3 is some tightly-knit group of heroes with personalities, we already have that with Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Band of Brothers, and more.
But, Reddit reader GregWester caught the DVD above at his local supermarket for just $3. It has the image of Battlefield 3, but is actually a movie called Project Shadowchaster 3. Those sneaky buggers!
Bit of a fun post, I would've grabbed the DVD myself if I saw it and posted it all over the interwebs, too. A trailer is available below for your viewing pleasure.
Bethesda have been very quick on patching their dragon-slaying, you-can-do-everything RPG, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They've released Patch 1.3 which brings general stability improvements, optimized performance for Intel's Core 2 Duo processors and resolves the following problems:
Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles
Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly
Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes
Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading
Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate
The fun doesn't stop there, though. Bethesda have also discussed another incoming patch coming next week which brings support for 4GB Turning (Large Address Aware). This let's Skyrim address up to 4GB of memory instead of the current cap of 2GB.
Say what you want about Call of Duty, but it's a near unstoppable juggernaut of a game. Graphically, Battlefield 3 may better it, but it doesn't stop the production of yet another COD game being thrown into production.
Even during the Infinity Ward drama, they managed to pump out a game - even if it may have included virtually the same graphics and even some buildings that were featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Through all of this, Treyarch have job offerings, which would lead us to believe there will be another COD game coming out in 2012.
A number of positions are open, including a Gameplay Combat Designer and a Scripter. During the production of COD: Black Ops, studio head Mark Lamia said the team is, "100-percent Call of Duty studio." There are no details on the new game, but expect it to be virtually the same as what we have now, but a new campaign, maybe some new modes and hopefully by then COD: Elite for PC is fully-featured and alive.
I could sum this news up in just four letters: ROFL. But, I'll explain what is going on here... the Red Cross are investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.
Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised their concerts over the potential "International Humanitarian Law" violations, which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva.
The Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin:
Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games. While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.
By platform, I mean a dress. And by ported, I mean made into a dress for Rovio CMO's wife Teija. Rovio's CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, was invited to an event at the Finnish Presidential Palace (my invite was lost in the mail, obviously) where he required to dress up and not don his usual Angry Birds sweatshirt.
His wife looks quite the Bird in her dress, as one of the birds from the super successful game, Angry Birds. The eye is in the perfect position for her, uh, Janet Jackson legal issue area. For someone not familiar with Angry Birds, it would just look like a styled dress. But to anyone who has played the most awesome game, you'll instantly recognize it as soon as your eyes land on it.
It's a great move from Vesterbacka, the more marketing and PR this thing gets, the better for Rovio. I think she pulled it off pretty well, I'd just like to know if she was flung at a bunch of pigs later in the night...
Want to see a comparison of Strike at Karkand between Battlefield 2 and the current Battlefield 3 - Back to Karkand? Well, look no further. Sure, back when Battlefield 2 was out, the graphics were great... but a smartphone or tablet could do that now.
How does Frostbite 2 help? Well, a lot is an understatement. The video flicks between BF2 and BF3 and the differences are just mind blowing. It's not subtle, it's huge. Colors, particle effects, destruction, animation, body detail, gun detail, the atmosphere of the game is completely different.
Am I excited? Well, think of a little kid at Christmas and then multiply that by eleventy trillion.
Rockstar have just come out of nowhere it seems with the announcement of a Grand Theft Auto III re-release for iOS and Android-powered devices. The re-release is not just some thrown together release, it is a full re-release of the original game.
The game goes on sale on December 15 for $4.99 and is compatible with a bunch of smartphones and tablets which I have a list of below:
Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation
Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive
PC fans may miss out on Back to Karkand this week to PS3 gamers, but they gain a 2GB patch that fixes and balances so much of the game. The changelog includes the tactical lights which have been way OP (over-powered) and have now (with the patch) been scaled down at a medium distance.
The patch also includes most of the content for the upcoming Back to Karkand DLC, as well as dozens of other tweaks. The IRNV scope is now limited to close range, certain weapons are properly suppressed and conceal your minimap location, stealth air vehicles are less effective, firing a weapon on full auto is now less accurate, miniguns have been made weaker against jets and helicopters, and 12g FRAG ammo is now less effective and not so OP with auto and semi-auto shotguns.
[edited] - actually 3.9GB. Thank you Blair McClelland for pointing this out on the Facebook feed. Also, restart Origin for the update to intialize!
Good news PlayStation 3 Battlefield 3 gamers! Back to Karkand launches tomorrow for the PS3, a week ahead of when PC and Xbox 360 games will get the B2K love. Back to Karkand features four old-school Battlefield maps reimagined using the Frostbite 2 engine.
It also includes three new vehicles (the VSTOL fighter jet, Desert Buggy, and an APC), ten new weapons that you can bring back to the base game, and a new layer of persistence with DICE's all-new "Assignments" make this a must-have for any Battlefield fan. DICE have also included some of the best maps such as Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike at Karkand.
We knew it was coming, but wow has the time gone by fast. Tomorrow is the day Microsoft's new Metro-powered UI theme for the Xbox 360 goes live. Kinect is still a central part of the update, where users can now speak naturally to the Xbox, this will change the way a family or household uses the Xbox, instead of a clunky controller to navigate menus and such, a simple voice command is all that's required.
Let's say you want to run a search, if you're Kinect-powered, you could just say "Xbox: Bing, 'Fast and the Furious'", the results will show all of the content that matches the searched criteria across games, music, video and other categories.
The new Metro styling is instantly recognizable to anyone who has played with or owns a Windows Phone. This format will also be taken across to Windows 8. Microsoft are also trying to make the Xbox a set-top box, and is set to have a fair amount of live TV and movies on offer with companies such as Verizon FiOS, YouTube, HBO GO and Xfinity On Demand, TMZ, UFC, Wal-Mart's Vudu service and others lending a hand.
Fan of Minecraft? Fan of Super Mario? Get ready for your worlds to collide. Three guys have spent over 500 hours recreating the first two minutes and twenty four seconds of Super Mario Land. In their quest for insanity, they used more than 18 Minecraft blocks.
The above movie was made by carpenter James Wright, Joe Ciappa and a gamer known as Tempusmori, had the game running through an emulator and then replicating it pixel-for-wool-block-pixel inside a giant Minecraft Game Boy.
Microsoft's Flight Simulator series has enjoyed some great aerial highs in its time, but Microsoft have retired the name and refreshed it all by removing one of the words. Now dubbed "Microsoft Flight", Microsoft Game Studios have been whispering about the game for a while now, and have said they're opening it up to beta testers next month.
In order to get into the pilots seat of the beta test, you'll need to sign up with multiple tiers of Microsoft online service, but most of you would already have half of those accounts required. What could we expect from the new game? A huge increase in performance and scaling is something I hope.
MS's Flight Sim has always been a Crysis-like game that is happy to suck down all of your PCs power... but hopefully Microsoft get the scaling done well in this, scaling between dual, quad, hex and eight-core CPUs, as well as the multiple levels of GPUs and SLI/CFX options of today's GPUs. The teaser trailer above didn't really do much to tempt me personally, but fans of the series should be starting up their engines and putting on their flying boots in anticipation.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's beta went live last week and its just days later we have our first taste of gameplay footage. CS: GO looks much prettier than the previous Source-powered Counter-Strike. Check out the video of gameplay below:
It doesn't look too bad, but compared to next-gen shooters like Battlefield 3, it just feels so... old. But, for fans of Counter-Strike, they'll look past these things. Below is also a comparison between Counter-Strike: Source and Global Offensive.
I do like the improved buying system, it looks much better than the old CS/CS:S versions. Graphics look much better than CS:S and the original CS [of course], and all of the old-school sounds are back. "Lock and Load", "Fire in the Hole", all of the gun sounds, all make it back.
Someone on the NeoGAF forums have gotten their mits on the South Park edition of Game Informer and have released details on the upcoming South Park-themed RPG. The RPG will be the first game that South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone have directly participated in, where they've written the script and dialogue.
As the protagonist, you will be silent. Parker has always preferred silent protagonists, so his wishes will come true. The character you play has a smartphone which acts as the primary game menu and has a Facebook-like app which shows the number of friends you have and your current standing with the various kid factions. Five classes are said to be included, wizard, paladin, adventurer, rogue, and a fifth unannounced class.
The latest entry in the Syndicate universe is coming out next year, but today brings another video showing off some if its arsenal of guns. These 19 featured guns have all forms of ways to take down your foes.
The above Agent Tools trailer shows off 19 weapons in total, but there will be 25 weapon upgrades as well as an insane 87 attachments which should keep even the most gun-swinging FPS player happy.
If you're a fan of the original Syndicate, you'll be feeling right at home as the new game pulls a lot of inspiration from the original's arsenal. With weapons like the menacing minigun, the raging inferno of a flamethrower as well as a gauss gun. Syndicate will hit PC on February 21.