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Today, a demo video that showcases some of the special effects that NVIDIA's PhysX API powers in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins video game popped up online. The video covers the PhysX used to animate Batman's cape, but honestly the soft shadows and particle-based weather are much more interesting to me.
Unfortunately, the video features pretty poor quality even when set to 720p resolution and does little to show the minute effects that NVIDIA's PhysX will bring to the game. Honestly, this video actually makes me feel little let down as I was looking forward to some killer graphics and a massive new level of real-time rendering. The textures appear to lack detail and I really cannot tell that much difference in the hand-to-hand combat between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum.
It appears that Amazon UK has accidentally shipped out copies of Grand Theft Auto V days earlier than the official launch date of September 17. A new report from the BBC suggests that not all Amazon pre-order customers got a copy of GTA V early, but more than a few did.
This release has caused some problems for Rockstar as videos and spoilers have already began popping up online. This mistake marks the third strike for GTA V in content leaks over the last month. Earlier in the month, Sony offered pre-order customers a link that led to the game's soundtrack online as well as some gameplay secrets. Additionally, last week we saw the game's map leaked onto the web from yet another industry insider.
GTA V will be available for in-store purchases and online ordering tomorrow, September 17. Rockstar has disclosed that GTA V was the most expensive video game ever made, costing a whopping $265 million. Many of us here at TweakTown expect this to be one of the greatest games released in the history of gaming, but are still a little miffed by the title not been released on PC.
Today, Rockstar Games released a new companion app for Grand Theft Auto 5 ahead of tomorrow's launch. The aptly named Grand Theft Auto: iFruit app is an apparent jab at Apple's iDevices, but it does actually serve a purpose within GTA V.
The new iFruit app allows users to create and customize vehicles that can be used in game, with the ability to make changes to almost every aspect of the vehicles in the game. Vehicle appearance as well as performance is upgradable via the app and users can even customize license plates that can be used in the online portion of the game.
"The Los Santos Customs app offers players the freedom to create their ultimate vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V from anywhere. At the bar, on the beach, on the toilet. This is the future, we're almost sure of it." Said Rockstar. "Depth of content, high production values, defecation. It's the app that has it all. Because who doesn't love tending to a virtual pet? Chop is Franklin's canine sidekick in Grand Theft Auto V. Look after him well in the "Chop the Dog" app and you will reap the benefits when playing as Franklin in Grand Theft Auto V. Pet him, feed and water him, play fetch and tug-of-war, teach him tricks."
Additionally, the app features options for caring for Chop the Dog, the player's in-game sidekick in GTA V. This virtual pet system reminds me somewhat of the Tamagotchi's of the mid 90s, but by taking good care of Chop, he can perform tricks and locate hidden items within GTA V. Additionally, the app provides access to the Rockstar Games Social Club. For the moment, the Grand Theft Auto: iFruit App is only available on iOS, but Rockstar says that Android support is coming soon.
During an interview with TechRadar, the Art Director for GTA V, Aaron Garbut, said that Grand Theft Auto V is so packed with Easter eggs and references that he feels that it is impossible for anyone to find them all. He was asked about the fabled Yeti rumored in the first visit to San Andreas and he said that "players would be wowed" by the stuff they find in GTA V.
"There's stuff that's so obscure that most people will never see it," said Garbut. "I love the connection that social media has given us to the people that play our games... We can see what they like and what is interesting them as it happens, and this really has helped push more of these things into the game. I think everything in IV has been found, I'm not sure if the same thing will happen for 5."
For our readers who see these quotes as a challenge, you are in luck as GTA V goes on sale tomorrow! I, for one, will be picking up my copy and starting my hunt for Easter eggs. Have you pre-ordered GTA V or are planning on purchasing it tomorrow? What place will you visit first? Let us know in the comments.
Rockstar Games' $265 million sure fire hit Grand Theft Auto V, has been getting a thrashing across pirate sites in the last couple of days, but one of the biggest benefits of this is that hackers and modders have their hands deep inside of GTA V's source code.
What did they find? Evidence of GTA V to reach PC and the PlayStation 4. The evidence was buried in an XML file that has been posted on PasteBin for the world to eyeball, but we could be looking at a fake here, so don't get your hopes up just yet. We can see in the above XML file references to "Orbis" which is the codename of the PS4 dev kit OS as well as the PC. If Rockstar play their cards right, they could release the game to PC alongside the next-gen console releases, which would keep everybody happy.
Even though I write news on the daily, it becomes an ocean of content that sometimes I forget that certain things are coming... like the Battlefield 4 Open Beta which opens up on October 1 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Next-gen consoles will see the next-gen first-person shooter open its doors up on November 12 for the PS4 and November 19 for the Xbox One. Console gamers who use the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the retail BF4 version, where they can build their stats and then transfer them over to the PS4 or Xbox One when those consoles launch in November.
How do you get into the Battlefield 4 Open Beta? Well, you could do what I just did and pre-order Battlefield 4: Digital Deluxe through Origin, or if you've already purchased Medal of Honor: Warfighter in its Limited or Deluxe Editions, then you're ready to go.
A recently leaked screenshot popped up on Reddit today that appears to confirm the question on everyone's mind. If the photo is real, then we will see not only nudity in Grand Theft Auto V, but you will be able to grope and fondle the strippers in the game.
We have blurred out the image for obvious reasons (which can be found after the jump), but I can assure you that the image above contains anatomically correct nudity. You can also see a prompt in the image that warns you to not get caught by a bouncer while fondling the stripper.
After the major Hot Coffee controversy that surrounded GTA San Andreas, the decision to include nudity in GTA V is quite unexpected. How do you feel about nudity in GTA V? Let us know in the comments.
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure sees its second trailer released, with Big Finish Games connecting the dots to the previous Tex Murphy games, introducing new characters, and more.
Tesla Effect starts off from where Tex Murphy: Overseer ended in 1998, with gamers on the edge of their seats thanks to its cliffhanger ending. The trailer isn't short, either, running for a hefty 8 minutes. Tesla Effect takes place in the same post-apocalyptic future that the previous FMV-based Tex Murphy series of games was based in, something I truly love.
Big Finish Games raked in close to $600,000 on Kickstarter for Tesla Effect, and has planned an early-2014 release on both Windows PC and Mac.
Prepare yourselves for a tie-in novel for Diablo 3, which was announced by Blizzard Entertainment yesterday. The novel will be called Diablo 3: Storm of Light, with the novel being the fourth Diablo 3-related book to be released.
Storm of Light will bridge the gap in story lines between Diablo 3 and the upcoming expansion Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, which will be released early next year. Storm of Light will concentrate on two characters: Shanar and Jacob, who were featured in the DC Comics series: Diablo: Sword of Justice.
It's no doubt that GTA V is the most highly anticipated game of the year, maybe even the decade. With over $250 million in production, Rockstar has put a lot of effort into the games online mode. During an interview with website Game Informer, Rockstar Games CEO Leslie Benzies said that Grand Theft Auto Online would feature over 500 missions on launch day.
Benzies went on to say that Rockstar plans to utilize GTA Online to create an entire Grand Theft Auto universe that will incorporate everything Rockstar has done, and will do in the future with the series, and then let players freely move between the different worlds. This means that as time progresses we could see other GTA maps pop-up such as Liberty City, Vice City, and even London could make an appearance.
"We've always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players. We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over," said Benzies. "I think we've managed to achieve something very close to our dream."