Escape From City 17 - Part Two has been released and it shows a story about the connection that grows between two people during the battle for City 17. It uses the same gritty, guerrilla style of the original movie and was made on just a $250 budget, previously owned/donated software, time and an HVX200 camera. It's impressive to watch, and whilst it doesn't look as good as the latest Transformer movie for example, you can't complain or compare a $250,000,000 budget to a $250 budget.
Did anyone else notice the G-Man at 4:18? I did! :)
While not yet confirmed, rumour is circulating that Microsoft is planning another bundle deal for its 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, said to start arriving in stores as early as today. The new bundle will apparently come with five games as opposed to the usual two. People are suggesting it could be an early jump on the upcoming holiday season, but that's not likely this soon.
The titles rumoured to be included (in the form of download tokens) are pretty sweet choices, if true. We've got word of Alan Wake, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Fable 3, and Gears of War 2. You would have to take into account the almost 30GB of space it'll eat from your 250GB drive, however, but with some 200GB remaining I doubt that will bother many folks.
The bundle is also said to include a single wireless controller and wired headset and will apparently sell for $299. At that price it would be quite awesome value really, given all the aforementioned games included.
Gearbox may have dropped the ball with the gum-chewing, ladies man and macho man himself, Duke Nukem Forever. But, don't think for a second that's the way they go. Gearbox are tweaking and working on Aliens: Colonial Marines right now and by the looks of the trailer below, they've hit the nail on the head. There's no HUD, the constant beeping of motion trackers and poorly lit environments which are set to scare the hell out of you at every corner.
The third instalment of one of the most action packed, crazy as hell FPS titles ever, Serious Sam is nearing completion and on track for an October (19th) release.
Publisher DevolverDigital has just made available via YouTube a fresh trailer showing off some Serious Chaos to whet your bloody appetites :-
Portal 2 fan? Heck, a fan of quality game to movie adaptions? Jeez, fan of anything cool? Well, take a look at Portal: No Escape, a short-film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The short-film is set in the Portal universe with a woman waking in a cell and tries to find her way out. Of course she finds the Portal gun and then the fun begins. It's a very well done clip and the ending was actually impressive. If the various directors and teams who have made these Half Life universe videos got together and made a feature-length film, I would pay good money to see it.
I can't believe I'm about to type the following words: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is OUT. Yes, released. Below I have the launch trailer which looks absolutely delicious. I've pre-ordered the game and if you haven't, I urge you to do so. It looks absolutely amazing.
Oh no, please leave it alone now Gearbox. We've all been through enough false promises followed by eventual (catastrophic?) disappointment that has deeply tarnished an iconic memory of our gaming past.
Would you believe guys, Gearbox is already looking to reboot Duke despite no doubt taking notice of all the negative reviews and feedback following DNF's recent launch. In actuality, they were already working on the "Duke Begins" project before they took over development of DNF; and as an agreement was made to hand ownership of the Duke Nukem IP to the studio, they can do whatever they like with it now. Once they've wrapped up development on their current title - Aliens: Colonial Marines they'll be waking the poor bastard back up for more.
Whatever they have planned, obviously they must think they can somehow make it up to us very unsatisfied, crippled fans. The real question now, however, is whether or not us fans are willing to give it the slightest of attention, after an over 15 year saga filled with broken promises and what some say was the final nail in the coffin when Gearbox offered up a rather weak result, worsened by the extended wait and frustrating hype we all had to endure.
Razer is really stomping their foot on the the console versus PC argument with a viral site saying PC gaming is not dead. I'm loving it, they shout out about "shoddy ports", "closed systems", and they state there is something "terribly wrong with gaming today." "Lack of innovation" is a key point, which I love. Razer push on the open system of PC gaming and that there are more than 300,000,000 PC gamers worldwide, which is much more than all of the console-based gamers combined.
On the 26th of August, Razer claim they will "remind the world that PC gaming is not dead." The 26th of August can not come soon enough!
Although I'm sure the (many) fans are already well aware and actively watching the hours tick away to launch, this serves as a quick heads up that the much anticipated prequel to Deus Ex, Human Revolution is scheduled for release at midnight tonight (or Tuesday morning we should say) for the U.S. folks (other regions to follow soon after).
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set in the year 2027 and follows the exploits of Adam Jensen when the practice of human augmentation is still in its infancy. The developer, Eidos Montreal has been promising to deliver in spades right from the get go, hopefully making up for what was a not quite so impressive sequel, Invisible War.
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't already, start pre-loading it via Steam now and get ready for action!
The ongoing bitch-slapping between Valve and EA has resulted in (what my opinion will be) the biggest FPS title of the year being blacklisted from Steam; Battlefield 3. EA have decided to launch Origin, their own digital distribution service and ditch Steam in favor of it.
Valve boss, and leader of the resistance of releasing Half Life 3, has sais that [in response to EA pulling a bunch of games from Steam":
I don't think Valve can pick just one thing and think that the issue would go away if we fixed that," he said, noting that it was Valve's responsibility to prove that EA stands to gain by having its games on Steam. "We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it's to EA or Ubisoft or whoever. We want EA's games on Steam and we have to show them that's a smart thing to do.
I think at the end of the day we're going to prove to EA they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. It's our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don't have a natural right to publish their games.
GamesCom 2011 - News is flowing through for Borderlands 2 and it's sounding like its coming along well. Details from the Borderlands 2 livestream are that it includes (new in the sequel); Splitscreen online, trading items with others in a "reasonable way".
The UI has been "nearly entirely reworked. The splitscreen skill tree is way better". There are also now "no problems with eligibility for multiplayer". Gearbox are aiming for more diversity in the environments and there will be a new game+ mode.
Gearbox also talked of "refined" vehicle controls, inclusive of power-sliding and "independent suspension", Randy Pitchford also teased they might try to support Halo-style point and go controls and direct steering, he says "as a gamer, I want both."
GamesCom 2011 - NVIDIA has hinted at GamesCom that they could be working on technology that would allow users to stream games from their PCs to other devices within the home.
Bit-Gamer talked to "an NVIDIA representative" who wouldn't offer any concrete details [of course], but did give some hefty hints towards such a device:
Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted
GamesCom 2011 - If there's something I don't want on consoles, it's two things. Half Life (at least release it exclusively for PC, Valve, that's all you can do) and Diablo games. Well, it looks like Blizzard weren't listening to me and are now wanting to push Diablo onto consoles. Blizzard all but confirmed that it's preparing Diablo for consoles at GamesCom. Diablo 3 lead designer Josh Mosqueira said that Blizzard "is very, very serious about bringing the Diablo 3 experience to the console."
He noted that Blizzard are already assembling a team to handle the project with Josh continuing:
We're looking for programmers, designers, artists who think their dream job would be to bring Diablo to the console. Trust me, it is a dream job. All I can say is, it's going to be awesome. Stay tuned.
Gabe Newell, founder and all-round awesome sauce man at Valve has confirmed that DOTA 2 will not see the light of day until 2012 at the earliest. Right now, the only thing close to a release is an invitation-only beta that is planned to follow the GamesCom 2011 show in Cologne, Germany. Newell has been quoted saying:
We'll just go into progressively wider and wider distribution. I don't think it'll be shipped until next year. [But then] with a game like this, you just keep shipping. You add new heroes. You try out new game modes. You are constantly tweaking item and hero balance. It's very much an ongoing thing.
GamesCom 2011 - Whilst Battlefield 3 is bringing people to their knees making them beg for a quicker release date because it just looks so, bloody, awesome. Activision and Infinity Ward have had to do something to bring a little candle of light toward their behemoth franchise, Call of Duty. The next instalment, Modern Warfare 3 has now been confirmed at GamesCom 2011 to include dedicated servers.
Noah Heller, who works at Beachhead Studios on Call of Duty: Elite said to Eurogamer:
And of course we're working really hard right now on the customised version of Elite for the PC [versions of Call of Duty games], because it's an open platform and has some challenges.
Razer, the world's leading high-end precision gaming brand along with EA are smashing through some serious gaming hearts right now with the announcement of the Battlefield 3 co-branded peripherals and gear line. The Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition Peripherals line includes a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard, a Razer Imperator gaming mouse, Razer Scarab hard mouse mat and a Razer Onza Tournament Edition Xbox 360 controller.
Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President of Razer USA says:
Everyone at Razer is eager for the day Battlefield 3 launches and we're going to be right there next to every other gamer immersed in the most hardcore military game to date. And we'll be doing it with the Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition peripherals and gear line by Razer - the best hardware to complement one of the most hotly anticipated shooters of 2011.
GamesCom 2011 - This is one of those times where we don't need to give you much text. Let's just say: Battlefield 3 + jet + Mig-21.
Sony have not only had a price drop on their PS3 today, but Australian-based customers now get a taste of their new 3D display with multi-screen support, designed for the PS3 which will be available later this year for AU$699.95. The PlayStation-branded TV is a 24-inch monitor that looks like a PSP and includes two pairs of 3D glasses.
The overseas version did include a HDMI cable as well as a copy of Resistance 3 (due to land in September), but no bundle has been announced for Australia. The monitor does not include a PlayStation or an on-board tuner, in case you thought it was a PlayStation in a TV, or a usable TV. Compatibility with PCs is also unknown. So right now, it's just a waiting game!
Sony has officially cut the price on the PS3 in all markets. The 160GB system will now be $250 in the US, 250 euros in the European territories, and 24,980 yen in Japan. The new price drop is effective immediately in all territories except Japan where it'll receive the price drop on August 18. The 320GB model of the PlayStation 3 will see a drop to $300 in the US, 300 euros in the European market and 29,980 yen.
SCEA's CEO Jack Tretton says:
In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus. Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011," Sony said in the statement. "Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.
The latest trailer of Battlefield 3 shows off the 64-player PC goodness, on the Caspian Border map. It shows off a tonne of aerial combat, FPS combat and tonnes of absolutely, mind-blowing, gorgeous graphics. I had goosebumps the entire time and I think that's the first time I've had those kinds of goosebumps since the original Half Life 2 trailers/gameplay footage.
GamesCom 2011 - During the EA press conference in Cologne, Germany today we got a demonstration of the co-op mode of Battlefield 3 on the PS3.
The 8 minute video below runs you through an interactive co-op demo with two of the developers. It shows a city scene and how the new mode works. I personally love the sniper scope mode as well as night vision - the graphics are incredible. Enough talking though, watch the video below.
We also uploaded some stills for your viewing pleasure that you want see below.