New Guns, Abilities, Enemies, and the Return of Master Chief for Halo 4

IGN was able to score an inside look in the demo for Halo 4, and it’s all about a return to form. Master Chief and Cortana are back and are immediately thrust into new, unfamiliar territory. Armed with just a battle riffle, our hero is forced to deal with not only Covenant hostiles, but also a new, mysterious race called the Promethians.

Check out some of the new stuff in store.

 

A Mysterious Sphere appears, is it Covenant?  Promethean?  or an entity of it’s own?

 

An almost Zergling-like flanking unit of the Prometheans: The Crawler

 

The Promethean Knight looks like a faster, stronger Elite, but can also teleport and spawn Watchers to help him also

 

Watchers are small, aerial units capable of catching your grenades and throwing them back

 

A new Promethean-class gun called the Forerunner Light Rifle – capable of a 3-round burst or sniper rounds

 

The Promethean Scattershot: a shotgun class weapon capable of firing around corners

 

Just some random tidbits: I love the new minimalist HUD; the easier it is to take in the surroundings, the better.  Also, with Promethean Vision you’re able to see around corners, and with the Promethean Scattershot you’re able to shoot around corners… can you say broken?     I’m absolutely stoked at what a new race brings to the multiplayer aspect of Halo 4.  The two previewed weapons are crazy enough, so can you imagine what the Promethean tank would look like?  Or a Promethean Banshee?   Or any vehicle for that matter?  Oh, that’s another thing… we need more multiplayer info preeze and thank you.

(thx IGN)

Blizzard’s Response to Community Demands

News released about updates coming into Blizzard’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft. This was a direct response to the gaming community’s demand for a better online experience. One particular and big update is the StarCraft II‘s “resume game” option that would fix the online disconnect problem. For those of you reading this and not quite sure what that means, it is an update that basically fixes the automatic loss some players experience when unintentionally disconnecting from a game. You know? The one where you’re playing your game then that lag screen pops up and tells you to wait for 60 seconds while your opponent reconnects? Supposedly they’ll have a solution to that so that when they actually do pass that threshold, they’ll still be able to relog and join. Great! Maybe. That brings up several questions: what will happen to the dropped player’s army while they’re waiting to reconnect? If they don’t return, when will the player still in the game be declared a winner? Etc. This is supposedly coming in around the time Heart of the Swarm is released.

Next is Multiplayer Review, where multiple people can sit and watch a replay together. This would definitely make the entire multiplayer experience feel more involved as far as team play goes.

Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure:

Killzone 3 Multiplayer Offered FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony is offering Killzone 3′s online multiplayer for free to celebrate the titles year anniversary.

Now you can play any map or mode until you reach the Sargent rank. If you get sucked into this awesome game and want to keep ranking up then you can unlock the rest of the online mode for only 15 bucks. This will also open more features like the ability to set up clans and custom games.

(thxeg)

New Mario Tennis Open Trailer!

Mario Tennis Open, on the Nintendo 3DS, will launch May 20th! This game will support local and online multiplayer modes and can support up to four players, at once. Teaser trailer below.

Mass Effect 3 Demo coming to you February 14


If you thought about giving your sweetheart another $4.00 stale box of chocolates this year, boy do I have a better suggestion, Mass Effect 3 will be available February 14, 2012! This kick-ass demo will not only allow you to experience an epic galactic war against ‘an ancient alien race known as the Reapers’ but do so while getting a feel for the new co-operative multiplayer mode! The real deal launches on March 6, 2012 but this demo should prepare you for the the insanity of being Commander Shepard and having to save the entire galaxy! Are you up for the challenge? Available on Xbox360, PS3 and PC; the Xbox 360 demo will also feature full voice recognition on the Kinect.

(ty EA)

Thief 4 Using Unreal Engine?

Remember this game?

Yeah, way back in the PS2 days, back when Xbox controllers were bigger than your torso, we had this. A bit later, there had been hints of Thief 4 but the game has since then gathered dust. Until now. Thief 4, or… THI4F (wouldn’t that be pronounced “thiaf” in leet speak?), has revived and we are once again hearing rumors about its development, most notably about the game using the Unreal Engine.

“As for the game’s graphical engine, a few employees mention “working with the Unreal-Engine” while developing Thief 4. This is the same engine that has been used to power Batman: Arkham City and Mass Effect 3, among others.”

(thxgs)

So all we really know is that there may be some sort of multi-player or co-op in Thi4f and the Unreal Engine is going to be used.

Star Wars: the Old Republic over a million players


Well, it looks like this game was well worth the risk! EA shelled out a lot of bones, in a risky move to challenge its biggest competitor, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, and according to EA over a million players were spending their holiday in front of their computers.

Here are some stats from EA:
Over 60 million in-game hours — equivalent to watching all six Star Wars movies over 4 million times
Over 850,000 Sith Warriors and over 810,000 Jedi Knights created
Over 260 million quests completed
Over 44 million PvP battles
Over 9 million space combat missions completed
Over 3 billion NPCs killed

Looks like it’s gonna be a green Christmas for EA this year.

Australia’s Syndicate ban “regrettable” according to EA

I'm not violent, I'm just misunderstood


We found out yesterday that our favorite land down under, simply refused to classify EA’s Syndicate, stating that,”the game’s focus on dismemberment and gunplay as some of the main reasons it exceeds the country’s 15+ maximum rating requirements.” Earlier today, EA issued a response.

“It’s regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate,” said an EA rep in a statement to press, adding, “The game will be not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans.”

I’m not at all surprised with this, again this is the same country that banned Silent Hill.

(TYGamesradar)

Pre-Order Max Payne 3 at GameStop & Get Early Access to the Cemetery Multiplayer Map

Max Payne 3

Rockstar Games has just announced on their site that anyone who pre-orders Max Payne 3 at Gamestop in store or online and either the Standard or Special Edition (scroll below to see what’s in the Special Edition)  will get early access to the Cemetary Multiplayer Map weeks before it is released officially and at no extra cost.

Max Payne 3 Cemetary Multiplayer Map (thx Rockstar for the photo)

What’s so cool about this map? First of all Max Payne 3 multiplayer mode just sounds insane & here are the map features as described by Rockstar Games.

The final resting place of Max’s young wife and daughter, Cemetery represents the tragic past Max cannot forget. With a wintry New York City skyline, sniping positions amongst the monuments, destructible tombstones, circular fighting arenas in a rotunda garden and a looming mausoleum, it makes a fitting final home for your enemies.

Not too bad of an incentive to pre-order Max Payne 3 before the game releases in March.

Details about the Max Payne 3 Special Edition Set. 

The Special Edition Set will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC - available for pre-order only until January 15th, 2012 while supplies last.

Max Payne 3 Special Edition

Contents Include:

•    A copy of Max Payne 3.
•    10” tall Collectible Max Payne Statue created in a collaboration between TriForce and Rockstar Games.
•    Series of game-inspired Original Still Life Art Prints that depict some of Max Payne’s inner demons and vices.
•    Copper and brass-plated iron, bullet-shaped Bullet Keychain featuring a screw-off back.
•    Classic Multiplayer Character Pack of eight playable multiplayer characters for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, including fan favorites from the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 like Max Payne from Max Payne 2, Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem.
•    Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer that includes the Hammerhead Auto Shotgun, G9 Grenade Launcher and Molotov cocktail.
•    Max Payne 3 Official Soundtrack featuring the game’s instrumental score.

Pre-Orders Available At:

Rockstar Warehouse: Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC
GameStop: Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC
Amazon: Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC
Zavvi: Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC

Not enough to tempt you into pre-ordering Max Payne 3?

How about learning more about the new advancements this game is implementing to get you excited.

Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Life in Constantinople

Ubisoft released a beautiful and sexy trailer for Assassin’s Creed Revelations. This historically altered trailer not only shows you the rich and stunning environments that is Constantinople but also tells a story. Narrated by Suleiman the Magnificent, who sounds oddly similar to Malik Al-Sayf from AC1, this trailer should not be missed!

Battlefield 3 Gamespy Review

Gamespy has just posted a review for the upcoming game Battlefield 3, giving it 5 stars and a press average of 9.5.

Things go from good to great in the game’s co-op mode, which can only be described as short and sweet. Comprised of six missions, playing through on normal should see you breeze through them all in just a couple of hours. Cranking it up a notch to hard sees the challenge spike massively, and due to the lack of any in-mission save, makes the experience last a lot longer. This is a good thing, as the missions within are resoundingly fantastic. From the opening level, where you and a pal fly over-watch in a Cobra, to the finest co-op level ever created, a sniping mission in the heart of Paris, it’s just a shame that more of these kinds of experiences weren’t included in the singleplayer campaign. I’ve already put my credit card aside for the inevitable DLC co-op downloads; if they’re anywhere near as good as the six included at launch I have no hesitation in paying for more. (thxgs)”

There’s a lot more in-depth analysis on the game’s pros and cons. Follow the link here to check it out.