Battlefield 3's open beta begins on September 29. Yes, you read that right - it's nearly here. Those who pre-ordered through EA's Origin service will have access to the beta 48 hours before the rest of the people who didn't pre-order. Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also get access to the beta. EA also say that "ORIGIN WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE BETA INSTALLATION AND RUN THE GAME AND THEREFORE NECESSARY TO PLAY." Not my caps, that's EA's work.
If you're one of the millions of folks glued to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the moment, you may have noticed with the new patch that came out toward the end of last week, while it did address quite a large number of reported issues and roll in a number of tweaks, it also brought with it a bunch of in-game ads that you may have noticed during the loading screens in particular, with the current products being promoted including the Blu-ray re-release of Star Wars. It's been rumoured that adverts also appear on in-game billboards as well, but this is yet to be confirmed.
As I'm sure there would be very few of you happy about paying out for the game only to then start having advertisements pushed onto you, especially considering there is no warning about these intrusive ads when purchasing the game, you will be glad to know that you can get around it thanks to the ever lively hacking world, at least for now.
Spitfish just recently launched their PS3 mouse that is compatible with PC and Macs, but have now launched their mouse controller for the Xbox 360. It includes XYAB buttons that the Xbox 360 obviously has and places them right near your thumb. On the nun chuck, there's a d-pad, analogue stick and trigger buttons.
The setup works wirelessly through the USB dongle, and sports lag-free gameplay, is customisable, and lasts up to 50 hours on just two AA batteries. Spitfish say the mouse is the "world's first super precision mouse hybrid gaming controller for the Xbox 360". The PS3 version is available in the US for US$90.
Fancy a free copy of Portal? Well, Steam users on both PC and Mac can download and install the game for free up until September 20. The question that needs to be answered is: is it 100% free or simply a free trial? Well, you'll be happy to know that as long as you download and install it before September 20, it is free, indefinitely.
Valve is giving away Portal to help promote their "Learn with Portals" program, an education-based initiative to teach school-aged children about science. The program allows kids to design their own Portal levels, meaning they need to use physics, math, logic, probability and spatial reasoning to succeed.
A bunch of screenshots have just been handed out from 4A Games and THQ helping to gain more interest in the upcoming post-apocalyptic FPS sequel, Metro: Last Light.
The shots show off some pretty impressive lens flares and atmospheric detail, but if you really want to be roped in, you should definitely check out this full 12 minute gameplay video showing it off at E3 :-
To view all the screenshots, just head to our gallery section below. Metro: Last Light is scheduled for a 2012 release, most likely in Q2.
Until today, I had never heard of the Blackwell series of games, but that has changed. Blackwell Deception has been announced and is going to be out on October 12th and I'm going to be grabbing this ASAP. Wadjet Eyes Games are behind the title and a trailer is below.
How great does that look? I was an avid fan of Leisure Suit Larry, Police Quest, Space Quest, Maniac Mansion, Sam and Max, Full Throttle, well you get the picture. It defined my childhood and I spent countless hours nerding away at those games. Leisure Suit Larry in particular taught me how to type fast, as you had to type "change channel" like 1.3 billion times to get that guy interested in the TV. I still remember this nearly two decades on!
It doesn't feature next-gen graphics, physics, or anything we're used to in today's world of gaming. But it does feature nostalgia in a way I haven't seen in years.
I have waited so long for this day, as a huge fan of Max Payne 3, it's great to see the slow-mo man himself back in action. The trailer shows him a bit heavier, more facial hair, pissed off and hopefully still has the magical ability of slow-motion awesomeness. The trailer is [apparently] composed of in-engine footage and looks quite good so far. Take a look below:
The game looks different, it looks a bit darker and doomy than the previous titles. It almost feels like you're playing the cut scenes of some action movie with a cheesy, cliche plot. I wouldn't mind seeing some in-game gameplay footage, with them showing off the slow-mo and graphics, etc. But, an official trailer will do for now. Bring it on.
This isn't the first time we've heard such rumours, but this time it does sound a little more convincing. It would appear the possibility of Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaining an add-on Blu-ray drive is stronger than ever with some leaked news about it showing up on the Official Xbox 360 Magazine in Italy. The news made it apparant that Microsoft has now committed to producing the unit.
However, whether it's released to market or not, it's not as big of a deal as one might be quick to think, with the drive said to be confined only to Blu-ray movie playback and not used as a means for additional game storage. In any case, it can be argued that if there is any truth to this, it is nonetheless somewhat late to the party now with Xbox 360 heading towards the end of its cycle and Blu-ray players being so cheap these days. At the least, it would have to be rather aggressively priced to warrant Microsofts efforts in rolling it out.
More details on said rumour at the source.
Monkey Island fans, are you ready? One of the most beloved PC games from the 1990s is set to receive a fresh slap of paint and go into the first-person mode as a reboot of the classic point and click adventure The Secret of Monkey Island. LucasGames chief modernisation officer (nice title...) Ian Koticiello said that "Time has moved on", which he elaborates:
We're big fans of the original Monkey Island(TM), we're definitely paying as much homage to it as we can - bringing across the essence of the world, the core essence of what it is to be an inept wannabe pirate with a glock safe action pistol.
The reboot is titled "M.O.N.K.E.Y." and is not only annoying to type, but will be out in Q3 2012 and "takes that viewpoint from the original game and zooms into Jack Threepwood's head." M.O.N.K.E.Y. features visceral pirate and zombie-shooting action, a recharging Grog system and (of course) a multiplayer mode which enables gamers to take control over six beloved Monkey Island series characters in brutal deathmatch arenas.
Exciting news! Square-Enix have just announced that their hit title Deus Ex: Human Revolution is going to receive a Mac release. The Mac-based version will be available in "Winter 2011/12", with London-based Feral Interactive responsible for making it Apple-friendly. Feral Interactive have had hands-on experience with porting games to the Mac with titles such as BioShock, Borderlands, Rome: Total War, LEGO Star Wars and Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
Pricing, system requirements and release date for the OSX-based DX:HR will be announced "later this year".
Watered Down Edition is coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in October and will be a 'modified and enhanced' version of the single-player campaign from Crysis 1. It also includes new-and-improved Nanosuit controls, all-new lighting, all-new effects and includes full support for stereoscopic 3D. Crysis will cost 1600 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360 and US$19.99 on PlayStation 3.
What do you think of Crysis coming to the consoles?
I just stumbled across this footage of Battlefield 3 and if the previous footage wasn't enough to clamp down on the uncontrollable wet dreams that BF3 has been causing fans (myself included) then this won't help one bit. It's almost as if DICE are trying to excite people too much - well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
The above footage looks absolutely incredible and I have said this before but I will make an official statement: this game will be like Half Life 2 was to the gaming industry. A benchmark, an absolutely phenomenal looking game (not just graphics) but lighting, shadows, body movement, destruction, etc.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has received some great press and reviews and has the proud feeling of shipping 2 million copies since release in North America, Europe and PAL territories. Now remember, this is shipped copies, not sold copies. An impressive number nonetheless.
DLC hits in October in the form of "The Missing Link" and should extend the story of my current favourite game to play.
The excitement behind Max Payne 3 is already building and while it's still a while from release (said to be March 2012), we're all itchin' to see where Rockstar is at with it and to see some long overdue Bullet Time goodness.
Up 'till now, all we've seen are some screenshots, but Rockstar's own site has just announced that the first trailer of the game is scheduled for release on Wed Sept 14th at Noon (Eastern U.S. time).
Just head over to this link anytime after noon Eastern on Wednesday and you'll find it available in high definition goodness folks.
Max Payne 3 has been slated for a March 2012 release, I guess they knew it was the month my birthday is in and decided it would fit well. The release will include both console and PC versions and the most surprising news is that Rockstar is including Multiplayer with Max Payne 3. The multiplayer is said to have "a deep reward and levelling system" and will deliver an experience that "dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match".
Why do games require multiplayer and levelling up? Why can't they just make amazing single player games and especially with Max Payne 3, nail down that Slow-mo. Two new screenshots for your pleasure are included!
When the Xbox 360 and PS3 games launched, we were told it would usher in a new era of "1080p gaming", that has really never taken off. Apart from a few games, most AAA titles run at sub-HD or HD (720p) resolutions. Battlefield 3 will be no exception. DICE's rendering architect has tweeted that the game will run at 1280x704 as it saves good performance and memory for the game. While this is not surprising, I don't see how console owners can get angry at this. The consoles are 5 - 6 years old now, hardware of that day could never run games at 1920x1080 at 30fps consistently with constantly upgrading game engines and graphical details.
The tweet says "BF3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us." It can also be seen in the picture below:
This is why it pays to have a PC that can be upgraded over time. New consoles have never needed a better excuse to be launched - come on Microsoft and Sony, do it now.
The Hard Reset demo is now available for you to download and enjoy, the PC-exclusive "old school" shooter has been getting a fair amount of press lately in the sea of console ports and console-centric game development, this is a great change to see. The demo is available through Steam, if you'd like to check it out.
Nerdgasm. Diablo 3 is about to run out the door of Beta heaven and be upon us. Until now it was only open to family and friends of Blizzard employees, and within the next few days it'll be in the hands of everyone. The beta client comes in at 1GB and a patch is already available for the Beta!
You can start grabbing the Beta right now from here.
PAX 2011 - NVIDIA had a great chat with DICE Producer, Patrick Liu at PAX last month and they went over some of the technical bits of Battlefield 3 and what fans about expect from the PC version. Of course DirectX 11 was bought up and then onto the tasty subjects of tessellation, compute shaders and displacement mapping being key points of the discussion. The video can be found below:
Apart from that, we have Day 1, 2 and 3 wrap-ups from NVIDIA @ PAX 2011 with the Battlefield 3 competitions being quite close. The first 2 days the games came down to 1 kill (99 versus 100 and 98 versus 99). Winners walked away with ASUS Transformers for first prize and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 for second place. I would settle with just being able to play Battlefield 3!
3 million Steam activation codes for DIRT 3 have been leaked online today, with confirmation from AMD that the codes were intended for vouchers that were meant to be shipped with Radeon GPUs. A database file containing them was hax0red and leaked online. AMD says:
These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, http://www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD's website. Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.
I'm sure Steam can just ban the keys anyway, but heck, 3 million keys stolen.
Our latest poll had over 5,500 people who answered, what is the Hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release?
With an overwhelming 42% of the votes, the winner voted by TweakTown readers for the hottest upcoming game release of 2011 was Battlefield 3.
In second place with a still respectable 17% of the votes was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and in third place with a decent 14% of the votes was Diablo III.