December 16, 2012
Coming next year: Games to look forward to
Christmas is coming and if you’re anything like me some of that time that I get off work is going to be spent totally submerged in gaming – I’m already looking forward to it. What I’m also looking forward to are the titles that are coming up in 2013, these are the ones that we’ve seen at events like E3 and Gamescom this year. I’m particularly interested in seeing The Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out next year, The Elder Scrolls goes from single-player to MMO, I have a feeling it’s going to be good.
Dead Space 3
Developed by Visceral Games this title is the highly anticipated sequel to Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter, Dead Space 3 sees Isaac Clarke pitted against the Necromorphs in a struggle to end the scourge forever. You will also be able to fight in co-op mode now or run solo, which is even easier with the drop in drop out functionality, so you can team up with a partner at any checkpoint in the game.
– Release date: 8th February 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines
They’re back! Developed by Gearbox Software this first-person shooter is cross-platform and is set after the events of the film Aliens 3. The game employs drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to 4 players online or 2 players locally. If the recent prequel in the Aliens series has peaked your interest this will be one not to miss next year.
– Release date: February 2013
In this, the third installment of the Crysis series, take on the aliens in New York City’s Nanodrome where you become the hunter. Crysis 3 will be utilising the CryEngine 3 game engine giving you stunning graphics and an amazing gameplay experience.
– Release date: February 2013
Carmageddon is back, this time more gory than ever! This game was covered a lot over the course of this year and if there’s a more exciting vehicle combat game waiting in the wings I’d like to know about it. This game is the fourth in the series following Carmageddon, Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon: TDR 2000.
– Release date: Febrary 2013
Company of Heroes 2
If real-time strategy games are your thing, why not try this WW2 sequel coming next year. You are in command of the Soviet Red Army, your goal to free Russia from the Nazi threat of 1941 on the Eastern Front. The game runs on the Essence 3.0 game engine, which the publisher THQ claims will bring “new technological advancements” to the game.
– Release date: April/May 2013
Capcom’s cyberpunk release for 2013. Interesting concept here, the game uses ‘memory remixing’ which is entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. By doing this you can then change the target’s memory of the outcome of any event. You play Nilin whose memories have been erased and the aim is to retrieve those memories and find out why.
– Release date: May 2013
The Elder Scrolls Online
One of my favourites for next year, The Elder Scrolls is going MMORPG! The game will be set on the fictional continent of Tamriel a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it will have a storyline that is not connected to any of the previous games. After a lengthy development period it will be great to see what this game brings to the MMO market.
– Release date: 2013
September 9, 2011
Crysis Coming to XBL and the PSN!
PC gamers are going to shed a tear for this one but Crytek and EA announced on September 9th that the original Crysis will becoming to Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks for digital download in October. But don’t be too sad it’s only going to be an “enhanced and modified” version of the single player campaign.
Crytek will be using the new CryEngine 3 to remaster the graphics with new lighting, effects and visual optimizations. Crytek also stated that the controls for the Nanosuit will be optimized along with a fine tuned combat system and full stereoscopic 3D support for total immersion into the world of Crysis!
Cevat Yerli CEO of Crytek said:
“We are extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish with Crysis. We set out to create a next-generation FPS and delivered a PC experience that became a benchmark for quality – and still is for many gamers even four years later. By bringing the single-player campaign to console, we believe we are again setting a new standard for quality in downloadable gaming.”
Back in 2007 when Crysis was released on the PC it was (and is still) used by many to benchmark their rigs and see just how high the graphic settings could be set before their system would choke! The game was a graphic masterpiece although the A.I. was a little on the short bus side the original Crysis was a classic sandbox shooter with all the trimmings that garnered a huge following and community that still exists today.
Just incase you’ve lived under a rock for the last few years and never heard of Crysis here’s the reader’s digest version of the plot:
In 2019 a team of Scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the SouthChina Seas. All contact is lost with the team when the North Korean government quarantines the island. The US sends in a squad of elite Delta Force Operatives to recon the situation. When tension arises between the two nations a massive alien ship reveals itself, previously hidden on the island. Now with all hope fading, the two Nations must join forces to destroy the alien menace before it’s too late.
So for 1600 MSP on Xbox Live or $19.99 on the PlayStation Network you can save the world that is Crysis on the consoles. Not a bad price considering that the full game sells for $29.99 on Steam and Origin for digital download on the PC.
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So what’s your opinion? Is Crytek selling out even more or what? Leave a comment and be heard!
June 16, 2011
Crysis 2 Gone From Steam
Steam recently removed Crysis 2 from it’s online store. This is rather suprising considering that Crysis 2 is one of it’s top selling titles. The game was apparently removed a few days ago when some steam users who frequent the site realized that it was no longer available for sale.
EA released a statement saying ”
It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis II from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.
Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis II from Steam.
Crysis II continues to be available on several other download services including Amazon, GameStop and Origin.com.”
It’s interesting that Crysis 2 is also listed as an Origin exclusive even though it is still available on other DD services. Recently EA has been pushing their new Origin service, Origin, and for those of you who don’t know what that is it is a digital distribution service just like steam. Whats most interesting is that not all EA titles were removed from Steams catalog, only Crysis 2 was removed from the Steam catalog.
Steam is by far the most popular online digital distribution provider today. With over 33 million accounts and rising it has the largest user base and the largest number of games currently available for download. It’s the biggest rival to EA’s new origin service which has very few titles available to it.
Contrary to EA’s statement this seems like a ploy to pull users from it’s biggest competitior over to it’s Origin service. Using it’s top title such as Crysis 2 gives credit to that theory. It will be interesting to see what they do with the next 2 biggest releases Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3. I suspect these will be Origin exclusives as well because of a “undisclosed” Steam policy. What do you guys think? Do you think removing their title from Steam was a good business decision or a bad one?