Diablo 3 News: Monk and Wizard fixes, more RM-Auction House delays

The love-hate relationship between the people of the world and Blizzard just won’t ease up.  Yes, millions of us love our Diablo 3, but boy does this game heat our blood sometimes.  Do we have any Monk users?  Well, Blizzard has just deemed you class OP and has decided to nerf you bastards.  The Wizard also got a couple of tweaks to a few spells that were deemed “issues.”  Check out these changes along with the rest at Blizzards official hotfix  page HERE.

 

Fixes and nerfs were to be expected, but the one thing fans of the game did NOT want to hear is  that the real money auction house will be delayed again… indefinitely.

In light of the post-launch obstacles we’ve encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame. As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live. While we don’t have a new launch date to share just yet, we’ll have more information soon.

 

A bummer for sure, but it only gives people more time to hoard those epics when the RMAH does finally go live.  Check out the official post by Blizzard in its entirety HERE.

 

(thx GS)

Black Cat Pounces into Spider-Man’s World

Black Cat is coming to “The Amazing Spider-Man” universe with a thirst for power. Via the official “The Amazing Spider-Man” video game siteActivision has revealed Felicia Hardy (AKA Black Cat) as the newest villain clashing with Spider-Man in the upcoming game based on Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot.

Characterized as “a stunning, deadly thief who thirsts for power comparable to Spider-Man’s,” The “Amazing Spider-Man” version of the Black Cat is known only as Felicia Hardy: popular cheerleader, respected athlete and straight-A student with a dark family secret, She was born into wealth – her family’s fortune was earned during her father’s career as a cat burglar. After her father disappeared “under mysterious circumstances,” Felicia chose to follow in his footsteps and become a cat burglar. Black Cat is described as “a stunning, deadly thief who thirsts for power comparable to Spider-Man’s.”

Felicia Hardy is the most recent in a number of villains revealed for “The Amazing Spider-Man” game including the Rhino and a reimagined version of the Iguana. The game has already been revealed to include an open world reminiscent of “Spider-Man 2″ and a new mechanic known as Web Rush, which allows players to more fully get into the acrobatics of Spider-Man. Furthermore, players will have a chance to take control of Marvel legend Stan Lee during the course of the game.

So far Activision and Beenox’s promos for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man game have been all about the animals, showing off images and video of Spidey foes the Rhinothe Iguana and a giant bug-like robot or two. Newly released images of Black Cat continue this animal trend, although instead of being a crazy killer mutant, this potential frenemy seems animal in name only.

This new design marks the third “movie” version of Black Cat, following an appearance in the Spider-Man 2 game and an action figure in the Spider-Man 3 toy line. Though this design isn’t necessarily going to see play in a sequel to the relaunched movie-verse, it’s the closest thing to canon Felicia Hardy’s alter ego might get considering this game’s plot follows the events of Andrew Garfield’s onscreen Spider-Man debut.The images arrive more or less alongside the launch of the official The Amazing Spider-Man Website, which currently hosts new images and character descriptions of Spidey allies (and regular ol’ humans) Gwen Stacy and reporter Whitney Chang.

A new set of screenshots of Black Cat has been showcased for the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man video game, confirming the character for the movie tie-in.

Having played a role within Spider-Man 2 on the PlayStation 2, the heroine, who was created in the comic book series decades ago, makes a return in the movie tie-in. Black Cat, played by Felicia Hardy, will be joined by fellow villains Rhino and Iguana. Developer Beenox said the character “may not have Spidey’s best interests in mind.”

The Amazing Spider-Man is based on the upcoming Spider-Man reboot film of the same name. It’ll release on June 26th in North America and 29th in Europe for the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, DS and Wii.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer

Words can’t even express how every video game fan is feeling when they got the wind of this. I won’t even bore you with words coming from a genuine nerd. I’ll just let you drool.

(Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 official website)

The Walking Dead: The Game Finally Bites Its Way Into Your Console

I’ve been talking about The Walking Dead since I started working here, only because it’s worth all the words. You might think, “Oh, not another zombie game.” Well, it isn’t actually. What sets The Walking Dead: The Game apart from almost every zombie game out there is its unique way to emphasize character development and its character-driven stories. You see, back in 2003, The Walking Dead comic book started its inevitable rise to mainstream America thanks to writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. That’s right, it was a comic book first before becoming a tv show. Since then, The Walking Dead was and still to this day praised by millions of fans, not because of the hack and slash, gory, and violent depiction of zombies and ways to kill them. Which, by the way, current artist Charlie Adlard and inker/colorist Cliff Rathburn are doing an exceptional work. It is because of the story of a man and his struggle to survive. Questions like “what if a man is put in a certain situation, what will he do to survive and keep everyone around him safe?” was clearly studied extensively by the series’ writer Robert Kirkman.

The same goes for the video game, eerily similar to the award-winning book. A man whose past must not delve into the present, is put in tragic and self-contemplating circumstances, now must find his way to endure everything that is being thrown at him. You still want to sink your teeth into this game? No worries. The first episode of the five-episodic series is out today on Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS for only $4.99. Also, you will be able to pre-purchase the entire season for as low as $19.99 which would give you a savings of $4.99 and an exclusive theme for your PlayStation 3 console.

Here are the themes:

 

(PlayStation.Blog)

Also, the next episodes are released one month after the other. Expect to enjoy your summer with blood and gore.

If you want more information on this batboy to slightly lean you towards into buying this game, I have dug this up from Youtube and have made them available for you to watch right here on our site. Thanks to Machinima, we are given an inside look at the gameplay of this game, which is not included in my previous The Walking Dead: The Game post. The guys from Machina have sat down with one of the game’s developers from Telltale games and gives us and in-depth summary of the things to come. Highlighting some key issues and character cameos and supporting roles. Be sure to watch these videos.

 

WE’RE BACK BABY!

After a weekend full of cursing, blaming, and generally having a bad time, Gamevain is now free of any bad code and up for business again.

Of course, the truth isn’t very interesting, so just imagine the site admin was attacked by wild boars and had to be saved by the power of Iron Man using a golf club made of titanium alloy dug from the deepest caves of Mt. Fuji assuming Mt. Fuji actually has anything of the sort shut up.

Edit: I have just been informed that I should probably note this had a lot to do with Google registering bad code as malware. Or, at least that’s what I’m being told. I should probably start paying attention at meetings.

Kratos Is Back… Or Is He Really?

Remember the last scene of God of War III, right after Kratos impales himself with the Sword of Olympus? It seemed that he died and wasn’t coming back. You were hoping for a better ending weren’t you. An ending where Kratos is alive and well. And the post-credit scenes gave you a little hope huh? You see a trail of blood starting from where Kratos lay dead, leading out into a possibility of sequels for the God of War franchise. Well, a fourth God of War game was teased way back. Now, the trailer has arrived. But wait, the title of the game is God of War: Ascension. That just sends out mixed signals. Is he really coming back, ascending from his previous run-ins with the gods? Or is this something else? A Prequel perhaps? Just take a look and see for yourself.

(PlayStation.Blog)

Rockstar Games And Marvel Comics Join Together For Max Payne 3 Comic Series

 

Hey there gamers, if you’re a fan of both Comic Books and Max Payne 3, you’re in for a heck of a surprise. According to their website, Rockstar Games has partnered with Marvel Comics to produce a 3part comic series based on the game Max Payne 3, which is coming out on May 15th for both PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 and May 29th for Microsoft Windows users. Although it will be in digital graphic novel form, the website assures there will be a limited print copies. The comic book is written by Dan Houser, who is also the head writer for notable games from Rockstar such as the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption.

Here’s what the actual article stated (Rockstar Games Website):

“Announcing a 3-part original Max Payne 3 comic series created in partnership between Rockstar Games and Marvel Custom Solutions – to be released as a digital graphic novel and in limited print editions.”
“Written by Dan Houser and Remedy’s Sam Lake, and featuring cover art from Greg Horn and pencils and inks by Fernando Blanco, this original Max Payne 3 comic series will delve into Max’s troubled past – exploring the events that occurred in and around both Max Payne and Max Payne 2, leading up to Max Payne 3 while also shedding new light on Max’s early years.”

“Look for Issue #1: ”After the Fall” to be released in the next few weeks for free via the Rockstar Newswire, the Max Payne 3 Official Site and additional digital comic channels. Stay tuned for more updates.”

Nintendo Looking to Obtain Streaming Rights from Cable Companies


Nintendo may be looking to turn their next generation console into a media machine.  This comes as bit of a shock because at the time the original Wii was announced some seven years ago, Nintendo execs seemed adamant about keeping it a gaming console and nothing more.  Fast forward to today…

the word is that Nintendo wants to take a page out of Xbox’s playbook for Wii U, which is expected to be the only major console launch in 2012. One source said that Nintendo is even considering a similar deal with Comcast to become a cable TV distribution.

Per multiple sources, Nintendo executives did arrange meetings with “a select number of top content companies” including multiple cable networks and Web video producers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, focusing on sports and music content.

(source ADWEEK)

Can you imagine (if Nintendo were able to pull this off) being able to stream cable television from the Wii U to the tablet controller?  How sick would that be?  At the very least, I’m just glad to see Nintendo is looking to potentially expand their hardware’s capability and get with the times. It’s still a long road if they’re looking to catch up to rival Microsoft’s Xbox Live in terms of functionality, but this is a great step.

(thxJS)

Mass Effect Never Say Die

Recently reported in an interview in PSM3 Magazine, Mass Effect producer, Casey Hudson, has stated that Mass Effect 3 will not be the end of the series.

In the article he says, “”We’re probably too busy to feel sad it’s over right now. I don’t think I’ll be sad. We’re not done yet, and I don’t know what the final experience will be, but I’m pretty sure Mass Effect 3 is the best in the series.”

Although he goes on to say that there are not any specific plans for our favorite womanizing commander, but he does insist that Mass Effects fans will not be disappointed.

(thxcvg)

In a Post SOPA/PIPA World: Halo 4 Gameplay!

Please excuse the deceptive headline, but now that I got your attention…

There’s an elephant in the room and it’s making a lot of noise. It’s time to take a moment and ponder the consequences of ignoring SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and its lesser known sister bill PIPA (Protect I.P. Act). If this unwanted pregnancy of legislation passes, then you can kiss 90% of the internet goodbye. SOPA will make it illegal for sites like Gamevain to host and link to gaming news from all your favorite companies.

Do you like having choices and keeping up to date with video games? Do you like watching game streams? Do you like discovering music from random blogs? Do you like watching porno?

If you gave an emphatic yes to any of those questions, then now you know what liberties are at stake here. Both SOPA and PIPA will decimate the way you surf the web. Besides the termination of game streams, re hosted music, and porno; SOPA will set back online innovation for generations. It’s bad enough that our infrastructure and internet speed is way behind Japan’s internet, but if these bills were to pass we would be light years behind.

I’m sure most of you have heard something about GoDaddy and their senseless support for SOPA around the web. To condemn this reckless philosophy, Major League Gaming has transferred their entire network away from GoDaddy to Namecheap. Thanks to social websites like Reddit, a mass exodus from GoDaddy has been implemented. Everybody is making noise to ensure their livelihood, their freedom of speech, and their right to a free and neutral internet.

If they aren’t big enough to rattle your cage, consider that Wikipedia is in the process of transferring their domain from GoDaddy as well. Fucking Wikipedia! You know something is wrong when the site you have used in the past to do your homework (and the sixth most visited site on the web) is preparing to make the move out of protest towards GoDaddy’s absurd opinion.

So if SOPA/PIPA passes January 18 and I post a pic of Chun Li’s rocking thighs, Capcom can easily have it ordered to be taken down and press charges on us without much of an investigation or any wrongdoing. We always give credit to our sources. SOPA and PIPA are pieces of corporate sponsored trash that should be aborted ASAP!

Everyone should grab their fucking pitchforks and shove it up the governments snatch. Free speech and the Freedom of the Internet are at stake here.

Thanks for reading. I apologize again for the headline and I would hate to leave you guys empty handed, so here are a few inside peeks for the upcoming games: Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3, and Far Cry 3…

in a post sopa/pipa world…

*Editorial Edit:

As of today, SOPA has been subdued for the time being. Its sister-bill PIPA is alive and just as dangerous. Make your voices heard! Sign petitions, write your congressmen, tell your friends, read about it, do something! The Patriot Act was also subdued before it became a law.

**Ninja Edit!!

SOPA is back on the road. Time is running out. The Senate will vote on the 24th of January, not the 18th. The protest is still on, a few popular websites will go dark on the 18th. Read this and have a good night.  

(thx4picMB38)

 

Diablo 3 will use Paypal

Blizzard has given the word from their community site, Battle.net, that they will be partnering with Paypal for their in game transactions for Diablo 3. It will be used for Diablo 3′s “auction house” and will be available in most regions.

Paypal will also be included with Blizzards Battle.net service. Which is always cool. The option will open the doors for safe transactions within the cruel world of Diablo 3.

(thxgs)

The Legend of Zelda: With a Portal Gun (VIDEO)

The amazing people over at Dorkly  created this video to showcase what it would be like if you had a portal gun in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  I am going to put this out there and say, it would make a much better video if you had a portal gun in Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer.  Not that Call of Duty is better than Zelda, it would just be hilarious to hear people on the mic yell at you. They would probably call you a fucking nOOb for using the portal gun.