Some of the lucky SOBs to have access to the Battlefield 3 alpha have been posting videos on YouTube and boy do they look good. Apart from the frame rate issues (I'm guessing it could be the users system) it looks very, very good. Let's hope that there's more realistic destruction in the game and not just the usual require-a-rocket-launcher-to-blow-things-up. I want to see little details like glass, lights, tires, bricks, etc fall apart and have realistic destruction.
I'm enjoying some of those death animations, the body movement looks great, the rockets don't seem to have that "punch" I expected them to... The other videos looks good, there's more on the channel for you to check out if you're keen, I suggest you do so!
If you're one of the many folks that enjoyed the 2007 comic-book tie-in shooer "The Darkness" and are holding out for number 2, some unfortunate news has come to light today that 2K Games has delayed it until next year. Apparently this is due to Digital Extremes being a little behind schedule and need some more breathing space to polish the game off.
So, in scrapping their original intent to have the title ready for release in early October this year, the new launch date for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be February 10th, 2012.
As a brief rundown on it, you take the role of a mobster named Jackie Estacado who wields the power of Darkness; these big ugly tentacles and demonic entities that can be controlled at will. The second game is said to take a few steps away from the look and feel of the first, with the focus being to more closely link it to the comic book series that these games are based on.
Futuremark today announce their next game, Unstoppable Gorg, a thrilling space defence game inspired by vintage sci-fi from the 1940s and 1950s. Futuremark tell you to expect wholesome heroes, rubbery aliens and dodgy special effects as they pay homage to a great era of film. Unstoppable Gorg will be released on PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad.
In Unstoppable Gorg you defend our solar system from the relentless march of a fearsome alien race by sending satellites into orbit around planets, moons and space stations. Unstoppable Gorg is different to the usual tower defence games where you can move your satellites even after you have placed them allowing for different strategies and play styles. When the Gorg armada attacks you can move your satellites around their orbits to best defend against each individual wave, a convention defying mechanic that brings new vitality and interaction to the great tower defence genre.
Side note: How great is that trailer and music!
A report from a meeting between GameStop and financial research firm Baird is suggesting that (sob) Battlefield 3 will not be making its way to Steam. According to Develop, the key quote from the report that comes directly from the GameStop executives is "the upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam."
This is on top of the news from a little while ago now that EA published a list of retailers for Battlefield 3 in which Steam was missing. Other digital download sites such as Gamersgate, Direct2Drive and EA's own Origin were on the list. Another GameStop executive also told Develop that Battlefield 3 will be coming to digital retailers other than GameStop. This look as though Steam is just being ignored.
We'll keep this in the rumor bin for now but director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison says that gamers have a lot to be excited about in regards to the next-generation of Xbox. Claiming that the next-gen Xbox will be capable of graphical detail from the movie Avatar. Robison also mentioned that the AI and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will reportedly allow every pedestrian in a game like Grand Theft Auto to have totally individual mentality.
This means that if you were to shoot a gun near someone or run them over, each NPC will react different. Gone will be the days of mob mentality where everyone acted the same, each character is capable of being an individual.
It's a bold statement, that's for sure.
EA and DICE are currently running through alpha/beta testing of their soon-to-be-awesome Battlefield 3. The testing is for the Battlelog service in which a number of third-party testers have been given access to the alpha version of Battlefield 3 for the sole purpose of testing Battlelog. The map in the screenshots is what we saw from E3 which is Operation Metro.
The screenshots don't reveal much apart from we now get a decent look at the HUD as well as the server browser. Enjoy!
Well this came out of nowhere, I was looking through my Twitter feed when Logan Decker, Editor-in-Chef of PC Gamer Magazine tweeted about a new PC-exclusive FPS, Hard Reset. Polish-based developer, Flying Wild Hog, have released a teaser for their upcoming PC-exclusive, Hard Reset. Hard Reset is a cyberpunk, first-person shooter like no other, set for release in September 2011. Not much more is known about it, but it definitely looks cool. Being a PC-exclusive doesn't hurt either. Could this be the next Far Cry? Could Flying Wild Hog be the next Crytek?
We'll have to wait and see, but for now check out the official teaser!
I actually saw this yesterday and thought it was just a trick, but behold; visiting http://www.modernwarfare3.com actually leads you to Battlefield 3's website. The two battling shooters is set to be the biggest in history, and this is the latest warning shot in BF3's favor.
Modernwarfare3.com is a domain one would think Activision would've scooped up, but the redirect to BF3's website just went live yesterday. ModernWarfare3.com was registered by GoDaddy in 2009. Some people have speculated that EA itself is behind this amazing move, but it is more likely that a devoted Battlefield fan (or possible Activision hater) registered the domain before Acitivion thought of it and put this into place just to piss them off.
After numerous rumors and hearsay, EA have announced an agreement to acquire PopCap Games. The transaction is expected to close next month subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The deal includes EA pay approximately $650 million in cash and $100 million in shares of EA common stock to be issued to certain stockholders of PopCap.
PopCap employees roughly 400 people and makes casual digital games for mobile phones, tablets, PCs and social networking sites. Their games include smash-hit titles such as Plants Vs. Zombies, Bejeweled and Zuma. PopCap Games is a Seattle-based company which has more than 150 million games installed and played worldwide on a range of platforms: the Web, PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Zeebo, Cell Phones, PDAs, iPod Classic, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android.
I was going to post this yesterday but the sources for this news were not what I would deem trustworthy. The news has popped up again that Microsoft might be including Xbox 360 compatibility in Windows 8. This would mean that anyone who purchases Windows 8 (and has a minimum requirement in hardware) should be capable of running Xbox 360 games! This is obviously a very, very bold move by Microsoft and if true, could really shake up the entire gaming industry.
As you can see from the above picture, in the Windows 8 source code is a line with "XBOX360_SYSTEM_CRASH", gee, I wonder what that could be for. If you look at the source (Engadget) and its comments, most people don't understand why this would be beneficial. Well, let's look at it this way. Microsoft have 400 million Windows 7 licenses out in the wild, 50 million plus Xbox 360 users and hundreds of millions of other customers who may not yet be on either platform.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Sony DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 3 (Blue) - $35.99.
Offer: Get the Sony DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for just $35.99, which is WAY cheaper than retail. Pick it up in-store to save on shipping.
The Nintendo Wii U will make its way to your hands [literally] after April 1st, 2012. It's looking to have a Q2 2012 release and whilst the Wii U is Nintendo's next-gen console, the current-gen Wii will not be disappearing off store shelves anytime soon. The two consoles will be sold side by side for a while yet, how long exactly, no one knows. Also announced is games will be entirely playable on the controller itself, bu technologically, there's nothing stopping the controller from displaying other things like media, NetFlix, etc.
With Nintendo releasing their next-generation console next year in the form of the Wii U, it must be making Sony and Microsoft shake in their boots. Their consoles are getting old, cannot handle AAA titles in 1080p and are beginning to age, fast. With the underdog (in terms of hardware) coming out with a next-gen solution, it seems Sony are already looking at the PS4 for a possible 2012 release.
Taiwanese component makers have told DigiTimes that Sony are prepping a new home console for a 2012 release, which will feature body-movement controls ala Microsoft's Kinect. Unexpected? Well, yes... after the time, sweat, tears and money into their Move technology, it's a strange move indeed. The report states that both Foxconn and Pegatron Technology will assemble the PS4 for Sony, as they did with the PS3.
The latest game to get thrown onto torrent sites [way] ahead of release is Gears of War 3. Not due until September 20 (!) and considered by many as the biggest Xbox 360-exclusive title of the year, a leak this early of a game this big is very surprising. The build is near-final and a poster on the website NeoGAF says that it includes the full single-player campaign and all of the multiplayer options and adds "Buggy as hell, but it seems like it's all there."
Of course, Epic are doing damage control and are trying to contain the leak and go after those who are responsible, claiming they are working with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. Epic have said that the leak does not represent the final experience players will have with the real thing.
The leak whilst bad, can also be good for Epic. First, it's not the final build so it does not represent retail quality, secondly it's only playable on the Xbox 360. Gameplay videos have made their way to YouTube and other streaming video sites, so fans of Gears of War 3, start looking for some gameplay footage!
Jaap is a 66 year old Grandpa who still cranks online gaming and since his retirement at 59 years of age has gotten himself into the world of online FPS gaming in the form of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PS3. His YouTube video has seen what Borat would call "great success" with half a million views in the first week alone! His wife thinks he spends a little too much time playing games whilst his two sons are actually part of the BF:BC2 squad he is part of and are proud of him.
When Jaap retired at 59 he first stated playing Call of Duty and has now evolved up to BC2 on the PS3. His normal day consists of 2-3 hours of gaming and since the video has gone viral he spends most of his day playing games because of all the supportive attention he has received.
Steam are running yet another sale, this time it's dubbed the Steam Summer Camp Sale. Featuring big savings on both Featured Packs and Publisher Catalogs, the sales run from today until July 10th. Today's deals include Oblivion with 66-percent off, down to $6.80 USD, The Witcher 2 with 33-percent off down to $50.24 USD, Medal of Honor down 66-percent to $23.79 USD and Test Drive Unlimited 2 with 50-percent off at a nice $9.99 USD.
Every day will bring new sales so be sure to open not only your wallet, but your heart.
Sony is currently hyping the return of virtual reality devices for gaming during an interview the upcoming b.tween 3D event, claiming that virtual reality could be the future of 3D content. Sony's Mike Hocking says "Another thing that's coming back which I'm very excited is the notion of virtual reality. You can see that we can now get back to where we really wanted to get with virtual reality in the 80's."
We've now got the power to do it, we've got the screen resolution to do it, we've got the processing power to update fast enough so we can have very immersive experiences on head-mounted displays in gaming in the not too distant future. Being in a virtual world where I can see my virtual hands or a virtual gun with all the things we can do in the gaming world is going to be absolutely amazing.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out!
As promised Crytek have released the "DX11 Ultra Upgrade" patch for Crysis 2 and also the high-resolution texture pack is now available. The update intros DX11 as well as graphical improvements to not only the DX11 version of the game, but the stock DX9 version. There are three packs available, patch 1.9 enables DX11 support but there will be separate downloads on top of patch 1.9 in the form of "DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade," DX11 Tessellation Pack," and "High Res Textures."
The DX11 patches will obviously give higher-fidelity visuals, but the patch also includes graphical and performance improvements under DX9. After the patch 1.9 is installed, DX9 users will gain real-time local reflections and contacts shadows. DX11-based gamers will gain hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping along with various shadow, water, particle, depth of field and motion blur enhancements.
Huge news! Valve have just announced that Team Fortress 2 is now a free to play game, permanently. The game will solely be supported by in-game item purchases only. Team Fortress 2 was in the middle of a "free week", and has now become amazingly, absolutely, free!
Valve's Robin Walker said "We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update, the data we got back from that update leads up to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product."
Team Bondi's 1940's themed crime thriller is making it's way to PC in the fall. The PC version is being developed by Rockstar Leeds and as of yet, does not have a concrete release date. Details on the game are out though, the PC version will feature customization such as keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality. It will also sport 3D compatibility, as well as increased fidelity and graphical enhancements versus the console variants.
I've played 30 or so minutes of the game and absolutely loved it, but now that I know it's coming out on PC with 3D support (!), I think I will wait and grab myself a copy via Steam. I'll keep you all posted on news of the PC release of L.A. Noire.
Gabe Newell spoke to Joystiq at the 2011 Games for Change Festival and gave some thoughts on the upcoming next-gen Nintendo console. Gabe said that the Wii U console "sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance". He added that the advantages can help 'fit it' into Valve's own model for development scalability. I'm guessing this has something to do with the newly-released Intel Sandy Bridge-based tech, which is surprisingly powerful and when coded right (especially for a company like Valve) can help increase the minimum specs enormously.
What Gabe meant exactly is not known, but it looks like he would like to start (or has started?) developing a game for the Wii U. Will it be a new game, or a port of a current game we don't know. It could even be an exclusive for the Wii U. Nintendo's goals of winning the hearts of game developers is paying off, there's not many bigger than the Gabenator himself!