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May 19, 2014

Reaper of Souls is coming to a console near you

On the 19th August 2014 Diablo III’s Ultimate Evil Edition will be available to play on your console, that’s PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You will be able to battle the Angel of Death either solo or with a team of four players ia PlayStation Network or Xbox Live and it includes all the content from the latest expansion ‘Reaper of Souls’ as well as Acts I to IV from the original Diablo III. This is a great release for console players, the price comes in at 69.99 EUR/59.99 USD for the PS4 or Xbox One and 39.99 EUR/39.99 USD for the PS3 or Xbox 360.

Additionally, if you pre-order you also get the ‘Infernal Pauldrons’, this piece of shoulder armour provides vitality, life per second and cooldown reduction bonuses and can also be transmogged.

The good news for those who played the original PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III is that they will be able to continue their journey without starting again. PS3 characters from the original game can be transferred to either the PS3 or PS4 Ultimate Evil Edition, and Xbox 360 characters can be transferred to the Xbox 360 or Xbox One version.

For anyone who hasn’t played the PC version of Diablo III this is a must have for the console, it really is full of fast-paced action, awesome heroes (crusader, barbarian, witch doctor, demon hunter, monk, or wizard) and legendary drops and unlike the PC version, you get all this from the comfort of your couch.

For more information about the world of Diablo III visit the Blizzard website: http://www.battle.net/d3.

July 9, 2011

Mass Effect 3 to be an Origin Exclusive

We now know that Mass Effect 3 will be an origin exclusive on the PC along with The Old Republicand will not be available on any of the other DD platforms such as Steam, Direct2Drive and Impulse.  This will most likely be one in several upcoming exclusives to the Origin platform.  Other title that are expected to be Origin exclusives are Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and any future AAA title releases that will come from EA.  

Mass Effect 3 will of course be available on PS3 and Xbox 360 for those of you who do not wish to play on the PC.  What do you PC  guys think about Mass Effect 3 being Origin exclusive?  Will this be bad for business?  Good or bad?

July 7, 2011

Thought of the Week: Despite reception we hold on…..

Time for this week’s thought that has been bouncing around my head for two weeks since the Mirror’s Edge and lack of creativity topic; are there games that were either met with mixed reviews or panned by critics that you still hold dear or diligently hope for a sequel? Advent Rising is mine. I love this game and will defend it till the day I die (not to be overly dramatic). It had a story that sucked you in, a unique visual style and one of my favorite soundtracks of all time; but it was plagued by bugs and a shoddy frame rate, and the “flick” system didn’t work as advertised but what game is perfect? This is another game that sits in the categories of “best game no one played” and “creative game that gets buried amongst the tide of sequels”. There was also the blunder of Majesco and its million dollar give away that went sour, but that is not the games fault. I had followed the game from production to release getting my hands on any article and watching everything I could on G4 (back when they actually ran shows 24/7 about video games instead of running 24 hours of pure crap). It also helped that one of the composers, Tommy Tallarico, was on Judgment Day at the time. The game received mixed reviews, but I still bought it day one, and loved every minute of it. I still regard it as one of the best games of the previous generations despite what other critics think. If they ever threw around the idea to make this game a movie I would lose weight, buff up, grow my hair, take acting lessons, and petition to have the role of Gideon Wyeth. So know that I have confessed my undying love for Advent Rising, are there any games that despite their critical reception, you still love and adore?

Editor’s note: The two master minds that created the game Donald and Geremy Mustard are still in the industry at their dev studio, Chair Entertainment. They are responsible for three hit downloadable games; Undertow, Shadow Complex, and Infinity Blade. There is still hope for a sequel to Advent Rising, I would even settle for a XBLA sequel. No I am not desperate, just passionate.  

Here is a two songs off it’s fantastic soundtrack, the game is not back compatible on the 360 (outrage!) but is available on Steam for a steal of $9.99.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ_hgmGEhsw

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbTviFhHI4

June 28, 2011

Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Released and Comparison

Today Crytec released it’s long awaited DX11 patch for Crysis II.  The DX11 content, high res textures, and updated visuals have been a source of much debate within the PC and even console communities.  PC gamers argue that the content should of been released with the game instead of waiting several months after it’s release to be put out.  Many PC gamers claim that the DX11 patch is to little to late and that by “alienating” their core audience, the PC community, that they have lost the following that they might of otherwise had. 

Regardless of where you stand on the matter the DX11 patch is available for you to download here and it is a free download to those who have purchased the game.  There are several different content packs that you can download depending on what you want.  Each one has different system requirements so be sure to check them before you download them. 

What do you guys think to little to late?  Or just a great addition to a good game?  Let us know! We want to know!

The patch features are listed below:

Crysis 2 Patch 1.9

• Added Contact Shadows
• Added DX11 support for Crysis 2 (the following features only work when downloading the optional DX11 package here):
• – Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
• – High Quality HDR Motion Blur
• – Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
• – Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
• – Parallax Occlusion Mapping
• – Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
• – Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
• Added Realtime Local Reflections
• Added support for Higher Res Textures Package
• Added various new console variables to whitelist
• Fixed bullet penetration, which had been broken by a bug introduced with the DLC 2 patch
• Fixed issue in MP where player stats weren’t always saved at the end of a game
• Fixed issue in MP where player stats would sometimes randomly reset
• Fixed issue with MP time played statistic, which would sometimes be too low on leaderboards and in stats
• Fixed issue with JAW rocket not firing through window’s containing broken glass
• Fixed rare issue where a user could not access MP with a valid CD key if they had previously used an invalid CD key
• Improved advanced graphics options menu
• Improved anti-cheat measurements: fixed exploit which could prevent vote kicking working against a user
• Improved multi-GPU support
• Improved Tone Mapping
• Re-added possibility to enable r_StereoSupportAMD via config file (unsupported)

I’ve also snagged some side by side comparisons of DX9 vs DX11:

June 27, 2011

Sound The Alarm

Hey guys I have a friend who also has a nerd site. His name is Adam and he does up the geekness over at http://stashow.net/. Sound The Alarm brings you news in gaming and other fun things as well. They also do weekly podcasts chatting about anything going on in gaming, sports, or random stuff around the house. They just hit the 25th episode mark so gratz to them. So give them a checking out and tell them AceOfNades sent ya. Oh and be nice.

June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Video Game Industry

In a milestone event today, the Supreme Court ruled today against the Violent Video Game law presented by California law makers.

“Like protected books, plays, and movies, communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium. And ‘the basic principles of freedom of speech . . . do not vary’ with a new and different communication medium,” said the court.

“This country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence. And California’s claim that ‘interactive’ video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its out- come, is unpersuasive.”

This is landmark event in that it sets a precedent for any future entertainment industry laws.  This ruling protects video games under first amendment rights thus extending them the protecting that the Literature, Music and Video industry already have.

“Esthetic and moral judgments about art  and literature… are for the individual to make, not for the government to decree even with mandate or approval of majority”

While it may be true that children should not be playing Violent or sexually explicit games it is most definately not the responsibility of the courts to decide this.  The responsibility of protecting children falls on the hands of their parents.  Parents and lawmakers that are angry with what children are viewing should not be targeting the industry but perhaps targeting themselves or parents of these children who are failing to protect the children from such content?

What does TGB think?  Do think the court made the correct decision?  Does anyone here think it should of gone the other way?  Should the government regulate the video game industry?

June 26, 2011

Subscriptions VS Microtransactions

 

With advancements in gaming come new ways for the industry to get our money. However with EA giving way to the “online pass” codes trend we see gaming heading in a new direction. Now we see free to play, pay to play, and all thats in between popping up all over.

Subscriptions – Ahh the familiar feelings. Pay for a month? Three months? A year? Two years? Hopefully this game lasts that long. Subscription based games rode the MMO wagon to become a standard for a lot of games and gaming services. I am sure the first guy to see a pay to play game said, “Ha! That will never work.” Now that same guy does his best to scrape together enough money to get another month of WoW access like a crackhead getting his fix. Success in the MMO world led Micrsoft to charge a subscription for its Xbox Live content. Even Playstation Network finally  jumped on the bus when they saw how successful it was. More and more we are starting to see new games released with pass codes or codes for add-ons. Now whispers are being heard of possibly charging a flat subscription fee and getting access to all the new content as it comes. Will you want to pay for Xbox Live, a new game, and a subscription for playing that game? Seems a bit much to me.

Microtransactions – The other side of the coin. Microtransactions are the newest fad in the gaming world but they actually aren’t as new as you think. Xbox Live charges microtransactions everytime a user buys Microsoft points. What is newer is the way these transactions are presented. They are wrapped secretly in a “free to play” game. A perfect example is League of Legends, a top down action real time strategy tower defense game. It is absolutely free to download and play. Everything can be unlocked in game by simply putting in time to the game. However for a few dollars here and there you can speed up the process to get ahead. The success this in PC games like League of Legends has gotten Steams attention. Steam announced a new direction of free to play games using the microtransaction method. Even Xbox is rumored to be getting new games as well.

As with everything it all has to do with money. How much can they get from us and how much are we willing to pay? Some like the idea some don’t. Prices will be the biggest issue. If I have to pay for a game, pay for a service to play it, or pay for in game content to be able to contend in game, what will that cost me?

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?

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Sony

Well Day one of E3 is in the books and it ended with Sony. Now Sony had a ton of pressure to be great this year due to the PSN hack. Well lets just say I think they hit a homerun. They had to step it up and they did just that. After the apologies and thanks for support here’s what they gave us:

Uncharted 3 – Beta June 28 – Full game Nov 1 – We got a look at Uncharted 3 which looked amazing. The gameplay had Drake sneaking around a cruise ship during a terrible storm. As you navigate the ship you and object around you continuously sway with the choppy seas out side. Eventually the ship gets a hole and starts flooding and then all of the sudden the ship rolls onto its side adding a whole new level layout. It was a very impressive sneak peak.

Resistance 3 – Sept 6 – This installment takes place 4 years after the previous game and its all out war again. All new weapons and great graphics add to the lure. Also Resistance 3 will be capadable with the PS Move. On Sept 6 there will be a special bundle that will include the game, the PS eye camera, Navigation controller, PS move controller, and the sharp shooter controller all for $150.

God of War, Ico, and Shadow of Collossus – All these games games are getting remasterd collections in 3D.

Playstation will box a 24 inch 3D display, 3D glasses, 6ft HDMI cord, and Resistance 3 for $499.

NBA2K12 – This title will include a new NBA on the Move feature that uses the PS Move.

Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest – Fall 2011 – This will be a PS Move game set in a fantasy world. There will be no inventory or weapon select. The gestures you make with the Move controller will select the weapon automatically. The game will feature different branching paths all filled with puzzles to get through them.

Infamous 2 – Gave us another trailer and later this year there will be an update to customize gameplay and the addition PS Move capability.

Little Big Planet 2 – Will get an update this year for the PS Move functionality

Star Hawk – this is the sequal to War Hawk and they gave us a trailer which looked fairly good.

Sly Cooper Theives in Time – 2012 – All we really got to see was a little trailer, hopefully more to come

Dust 514 – closed beta late 2011 – full game spring 2012 – Dust will be a Playstation exclusive. It’s a first person shooter that will be connected with the PC MMO Eve Online. It will also have a PS Move function as well as PS Vita functionality.

Bioshock Infinite – Bioshocks new trailer looked fantastic and it will have uses for PS Move. The PS3 version of the game will come with Bioshock 1 on it.  Also as a side note there will be a game based in the Bioshock universe for the PS Vita.

Saints Row – All we got was a release date of Nov 15

Star Trek – 2012 – This will be a co-op based game with PS Move functionality based on the J.J Abrams movie. It will also be in 3D. There will a prequel to the game as a digital download. There will be a special phaser Move controller that you will be able to buy as well.

SSX – Playstation 3 will have and exclusive Mt. Fugi course.

Need for Speed The Run – PS3 version will have seven extra cars to choose from.

Battlefield 3 – PS3 version will include Battlefield 1943.

NGP/ PS Vita – Holiday 2011 – It has been officially named the Playstation Vita. Includes dual cameras, dual control sticks, dual touch pads, axis controls, and a five inch touch screen. There will be two versions. One with Wi-Fi and one with 3G capability. Playstation will partner with AT&T for the 3G version. Wi-Fi version will cost $249.99 and the 3G will cost $299.99. There are 80 games in development and it will have cross play functionality.

Uncharted Golden Abyss – PS Vita game. Will use touch screen for more simple controls. It had good visuals.

Ruin – Ruin is an action based rpg for the PS Vita. It will use a class system in a fantasy setting. It will use the cross play function for the PS3 version. You can save on the Vita and then load from the same spot on the PS3.

Mod Nation Racers – This will be a brand new Mod Nation Racer exclusively for the PS Vita. You will have a new track customization using its touch screen. Using the touch screen you can create banks for turns, jumps, mountains and lakes. There will 2 million created items already for use on day one.

Little Big Planet – There will be a PS Vita version with tons and tons of online/ community features.

Street Fighter X Tekken – We got to see a small trailer and found out Cole from Infamous will be a playble character. There will also be a PS Vita version with Cole as well.

We did not see Kevin Butler which bummed me a little, but Sony did a great job in my opinion. Sony needed a good showing and I felt they did just that. We got dates and prices which is always good. I have a feeling they took a leap away from the PSN hack and now people will be getting back on board with Sony.

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- All things Halo

What would E3 be wit out the franchise that created the Xbox? We know Bungie departed the series with Reach and the reins would be handed over to 343 Industries, which is ran by former Bungie member Frank O’Connor. During Microsoft’s press briefing not one, but two Halo games were announced; making the screaming fan boy inside me cry tears of joy.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is just what we expected and has been waiting for. The game is the original Xbox hit with a shiny new coat of paint with online co-op and multiplayer. I was able to catch the interview Spike/Gametrailers had with Frank O’Connor. From what I gathered the game is essentially the Xbox game down to its core. There has been no tweaking of level design, or how the game plays; it was just a graphical overhaul to show the game some modern love. In the interview they tried to get the pricing out of Frank but to no avail they could not. He did how ever say that it will not be $59.99. $39.99 for a beautiful remake and an online suite with re-mastered multiplayer, I’m in! The game will hit retail on November 15th 2011.

If that was not enough Halo for you, Microsoft and 343 had one more surprise; Halo 4. The Master Chief is back in all his green glory. No game play was shown but we did get one hell of a teaser trailer from the directorial mind of Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, “Starry Night” Halo 3 ad). The trailer, as beautiful as it was, is short and didn’t offer much in the way of story but the Chief and Cortana end up on that planet that was shown at the end of Halo 3s legendary ending (yes I spoiled it, it’s been 4 years if you haven’t beat it by now, tough), thought by the internet’s to be Marathon. There is not much info at this time besides the trailer but the game isn’t due out till fall of 2012. Until then keep an eye out as this Halo nut will bring you any further information.         

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