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A single image from Comic Con has just injected a very tasty amount of goodness into the rumors and talk of Metal Gear Solid 5, now revealed as Project Ogre. The image is simply a logo, but OGRE stands for Open Ground Reconnaissance Endeavors.
OGRE is the sub-title for Metal Gear Solid 5, with the text under it reading "The moment we were cast out of heaven, we became monsters". MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima has previous talked of the game, and stated that Project Ogre "is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very wide entrance". Kojima adds "rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free".
When the first screenshot for Project Ogre was shown, Kojima said that the title is:
A little bit different to what I've done up until now. On the surface it will look similar, but once you get into it, it will be a different experience.
The University of New South Wales housed competitive gamers and PC enthusiasts over the second weekend of July 2012. Nearly 300 gamers were competing against their friends to win a share of $20,000 AUD of cash and prizes. ESGN Winter had arrived!
Games that were featured at this event;
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (XBOX360 & PS3)
FIFA 12: XBOX360 & PS3
Call of Duty 4 Promod v1.7 (PC)
League of Legends (PC)
Attendees were also treated with exhibitions from the various hardware and gaming sponsors. Hardware highlight of the show was definitely the Eyefinity table, powered by a tiny mITX computer housed in a sexy black BitFenix Prodigy case!
Specs of the PC:
CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K (overclocked to 4.6GHz)
CPU HSF: Corsair H100
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX
RAM: G.SKILL ARES 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX680
SSD: 2x Patriot WildFire 240GB (RAID0)
PSU: Corsair HX850
Case: BitFenix Prodigy mITX case
Another interesting demo was a special enclosure for the XBOX360 and PlayStation 3 Slim, which included a 15.5" 60Hz screen inside a hard case for transporting your laptop interstate or overseas! The GAMES G155 is a self-contained unit; it looked like some sort of alien square egg when it was closed and is TSA Approved for travel...
Those great Steam Summer Sales are on right now, where you can pick up some seriously cheap games, either individually, or in packs. But, a Reddit user has revealed what looks to be the full list of the Summer Sales for this year.
The list is unconfirmed, but it looks like 55 games will be up on offer over a period of 11 days, but we have no idea of pricing or any other details. The data reportedly comes from the team behind the Open Steamworks Database, which is a site that provides a description record database for every Steam game and subscription offered by Valve.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 may have been cancelled, but it seems from survival MMOFPS, Survarium, will definitely suffice. Considering Survarium is from the same developers, Vostok Games, and the fact that it's destined to be a free-to-play, massively multiplayer first-person shooter that's all about, er, surviving, it should be the goods.
Of course, it all takes place in a post-apocalyptic environment (what else, it is 2012 after all), the developers have teased the world with a bunch of screenshots, and a developer's diary video talking about the game. The video goes for a nice eight minutes, but unfortunately doesn't feature any in-game footage.
So, what is Survarium, what do you do? Well, players in the game have to complete missions for different factions in order to earn money and status, pretty much how S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was played. Players can also work together for co-op missions, form teams for player-versus-player action, or play in "free play mode", where they'll be able to enjoy the freedom of interacting with human counterparts in the game. RPG elements will also be at play, such as leveling up and skill specialization.
[UPDATE: They've just hit $2 million!] If there's anything we know about the world, and technology, and everything around it, is that its in a constant state of change. Kickstarter is here to help that, and so are the guys and girls behind Ouya. What is Ouya?
Ouya is a kickstarter project, and a "new kind of video game console". Ouya love gaming on a bigger TV screen, they know that smart devices like smart phones and tablets are the current in-thing, but they also know that some of the best are abandoning the traditional platforms and moving toward where "it" is, and "it" is in smart devices. Ouya want to change this.
Ouya have raised (at the time of writing) $1,772,876 of their $950,000 goal. They have 14,144 backers, and 29 days of Kickstarting to go. Kickstarter has confirmed that Ouya has achieved the biggest first day ever for one of their hosted projects, and it's the eighth project ever to crack the $1 million mark.
The best quote they use, in my opinion, is "it's time to upend console gaming", and I'm totally with them there. Ouya say "it's time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let's make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn't costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!" Hooray! Someone gets it! Finally!
Valve are a company that don't like to stay the same, and I love them for it. The company that are known for Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and many, many more amazing games, have announced a new feature that will see users voting for what titles appear on Steam.
At the moment, Valve has an internal group that decides on what launches on Steam, but since Valve don't really employ psychics, it can be very hard to please the entire community. Valve wants to stop this, so in late-August, the company will launch "Steam Greenlight". Steam Greenlight will use the system introduced by the Steam Workshop from last October.
The Workshop lets players rate and comment on content, such as Team Fortress 2 items, Skyrim mods. Valve have said:
The community should be deciding what gets released. After all, it's the community that will ultimately be the ones deciding which release they spend their money on.
What I imagine is probably the coolest person ever, has just sold their insane catalog of video games for Nintendo home systems from the NES/Famicom through to the GameCube, as well as the full lineup of every game released on any Sega system.
All of this comes in their boxes, with original instructions. It amounts to more than 5,000 games, with the collection mounting up cartridges for the NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube and Virtual Boy, as well as anything published (!) for the Sega Master System, MegaDrive/Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn and Dreamcast. The Dreamcast collection is a stand out, funnily enough, which includes 550 games, and is advertised as factory sealed, all of it.
The seller also states "all games ever released on NEC systems, all factory sealed!" and included a buy-it-now price os just 999,999.99 Euro, or at the current exchange rates, US$1,238,099.99. Not bad, considering the seller would need to have some very exclusive industry access, or the ability to walk through walls in order to build this type of a one-of-a-kind library. The seller does state "you can email me asking the presence of a specific title in a fullset, but you can be 99.9% sure it is present".
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, has some words to say against his competitors Nintendo and Sony. First off he has stated that the Wii U is graphically equivalent to the current-generation Xbox 360, and he's got some even nicer words for Sony, saying that Microsoft's top 4 franchises outsell the top 11 franchises from Sony.
He told GamesIndustry:
We have always been about trying to create hits that really push our platform and reach millions of people. I've never looked at our first-party mandate as trying to simply pump out content that only a few select people will go out and buy. If you look at our top franchises in our first-party, they do incredibly well relative to other first-party franchises. If you rank our top four franchises against the other franchises, our top 4 outsell like the top 11 Sony franchises or something like that. In the end, it's about creating something to scale and something that matters.
What do you think? Sony have some powerful IP, but I personally think Microsoft have it this generation. Halo, Gears of War, etc. Sony will need to try very hard to win with the next-gen of console wars, as Microsoft seem to be on a roll right now with Windows 8, making hardware (tablets), and more.
The PlayStation 3 is quite old now, and was refreshed for the first time back in 2009 as a slimmed down version of the popular console, and right now, it's the only model that is in production. But, according to some documents that were filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we could expect a "super-slim" version to be announced at next months Gamescom in Germany.
When Sony announced the current slim model, they did so at Gamescom three years ago. The above FCC sketches don't really show much, but they do show a different FCC label position as well as confirming that Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and 802.11 g/n have become standard once again.
Eurogamer took some time at E3 to speak to Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida, where they asked him if Sony had any plans to release a super-slim PS3. Yoshida told Eurogamer to never say never, which is a strong hint toward the move to a super-slim PS3. Considering that the PlayStation 4 could be out within the next 1-2 years, this would be the perfect time to cash in on the ageing console. What could its name be?
PS3 Mini? Mini PS3? Super-slim PS3? What are your thoughts? What would you name a super-slim PlayStation 3?
Ever wondered what the interior of a ship from the super-famous first-person shooter Halo would look like, if rendered using Crytek's CryENGINE 3? Well, a DICE artist currently working on Battlefield 3 has put together a mockup, and what a mockup it is!
See that? That to me, is amazing. That to me, is next-gen gaming. The lighting, the detail, the anti-aliased everything, is just perfect. If this could be done with next-gen physics, particle effects, A.I. and a flat 60fps minimum, I'd be excited for gaming again.
Halo 4 will end up looking good, but it won't look anywhere near this good. 343 Industries should be able to squeeze a few extra goodies out of the now aged Xbox 360, but if it were to look like this, it'd have to debut on the next-gen Xbox.