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Crytek announced Crysis 3, which claims to be the first blockbuster shooter of 2013 and the premier sandbox shooter on 2013. As with other Crytek games Crysis 3 will run on the CryENGINE which will give Crysis 3 unmatched graphics and dynamic shooter gameplay. Crysis 3 takes the player back to New York which has been enclosed inside a Nanodome which was created by the evil corporation, Cell Corporation. Crytek describes the New York City Liberty Dome as “a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers”. Within said dome are seven different environments, the Seven Wonders. These dangerous environments call for advanced weapons and tactics. The player controlling Prophet will use a bow, an advanced Nanosuit and alien tech in order to become the best hunter on the planet.
Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek said “Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love. Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.”
Crysis 3 takes place in 2047, where you take control of Prophet who is on a mission to uncover the truth behind Cell Corporation’s building of the Nanodome. The citizens of New York were told that this dome would protect the inhabitants and would get rid of the remaining Ceph forces. When in reality this is just a step in Cell Corporation’s plan for world domination. Alien Ceph are around every corner and humans on the attack, no one is safe from Prophet and his path of revenge.
Crytek also announced that pre-orders for the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition are open. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition give the player the tools they will need to become be ultimate hunter in Multiplayer, giving them access to the new bow and some additional attachments, as well as the Hunter Nanosuit module. If you pre-order now you will also get an experience bonus boosting you up to level 5, a unique skin for your bow and some exclusive dog tags. The Hunter Edition is available for pre-order from Orgin.com and other retailers.
In addition to the items you will get with the Hunter Edition, some retailers are offering other pre-order items for customers who pre-order from them. These packs are the Stalker, Overkill and Predator packs.
The Stalker Pack will give you everything you get from the Hunter Edition as well as early access the Jackal shotgun a custom weapon skin and two themed dog tags. This shotgun comes equipped with a silencer for those who want to get stealthy. The Overkill packs also give you everything you would get in the Hunter Edition as well as early access to the Typhoon assault weapon and weapon skin, and two themed dog tags. The Predator Pack gives you everything you would get with the Hunter Edition as well as early access to the Feline submachine gun, and exclusive camo. Crysis 3 will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC spring 2013.
Square Enix recently announced the release date for Sleeping Dogs, an open world undercover cop video game, as well as the pre-order items. Sleeping Dogs will be released on August 14th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
They also announced that Best Buy, GameStop and Amazon customers who pre-order Sleeping Dogs will get special items. People who pre-order from Best Buy will get the ‘Georges St. Pierre” pack which contains the GSP “flying punch”, an exclusive GSP outfit which unlocks the “flying punch” and increases your grappling and throwing damage. GameStop customers will get the “Police Protection” Pack which consists of an exclusive “High Speed” Mission, Hong Kong SWAT outfit, assault rifle and SWAT vehicle.
The last retail place that had pre-order incentives announced was Amazon. If you pre-order from Amazon you will get the “Martial Arts” pack which consists of a Shaolin Showdown mission, a Shaolin Warrior outfit, and bonus Triad experience, and Wing Chun decorations for your safe house.
Square Enix has stated that they will announce the pre-order items for the digital versions of Sleeping Dogs at a later date.
Sniper Elite V2’s demo went live on Xbox Live Marketplace recently, and I decided to check it out because it is a game that I have literally heard nothing about. Rebellion developed Sniper Elite V2, and their most recent game is Never Dead which you all know how I feel about.
Just from the demo, I can tell you that Sniper Elite V2 is already one million times better than Never Dead, but it still does not seem enjoyable. Since this is a demo there is no story; you’re placed in some WWII town as a sniper and given simple objectives. The gameplay seems like early Splinter Cell in that if you get caught, you are pretty much boned. There are stealth mechanics in play here as you are a sniper and getting your job done without being seen is the number one objective.
Sniper Elite V2 Playthrough
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The problem is the WWII snipers. The Springfield 1903 in this case are as loud as any other gun. So if you fire once, everyone will know where you are.
There are three different difficulties in this demo which specifically affects the difficulty of the enemies as well as the bullet ballistics. In English, this means harder enemies and more realistic bullet physics. I first played on the middle difficulty, which takes some getting used to. This isn’t Call of Duty. You can’t go for 360 no-scope headshots; you MUST take time and aim as well as take into consideration the bullet drop and wind speed. Also if you line up a shot just right you will get a follow cam that will follow the bullet to the target, sometimes going into an x-ray mode. And that, is pretty freaking awesome.
There is only one level in the game so these conditions didn’t change, but it can be interesting to see what they do with different levels, times of day and weather conditions. Overall, if you like sniping in video games I would suggest you check out this demo. I for one will probably not be playing the full game as I do not like sniping and the mechanics that were presented. This demo felt fun for the 20 minutes I played, but got old pretty fast.
The two members of one of the best tag teams of all time, the Road Warriors, are now in WWE Wrestlefest. In addition to these two Hall of Famers, the Tag Team Champions pack include current WWE superstars, Big Show, R-Truth and Christian. Rounding out the pack, you also receive the WCW Nitro Arena. This pack is available now and you can buy it from the App Store for $0.99.
Zen Studios has just reveled a new detailed look at one of their newest virtual pinball tables. Zen Studios made Pinball FX2 which is a free shell that allows Zen to release virtual pinball table packs, and their latest one is Marvel Pinball: Avenger Chronicles. The pinball table that Zen Studios is giving fans a look at today is the World War Hulk table. The story behind this table is that Hulk has been banished to space, and after this he comes back to Manhattan to get revenge against the group of people who are responsible for getting him banished, The Illuminati. He is also on the path to start a war with the X-Men, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange.
The Marvel Pinball: Avenger Chronicles table pack comes with four tables that tell a story from comic book or movie material. This pack will be releasing in spring for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, compatible with both the PS3 as well as the Vita.
2K Games and Yager Development have just released a Narrative trailer for Spec Ops The Line. The trailer focuses on Captain Walker as he and his team go to Dubai to find survivors and to learn about what happened to John Conrad. It also shows off a handful of environments most of which are the type of buildings that we have come to expect from FPS, and the others like those buildings, but with different degree of sand damage.
From what was explained in the trailer it seems like a section of the US military has went rouge and Walker’s team is sent to Dubai to handle them. I hope what was revealed was actual gameplay, because if it wasn’t it is a pretty poor excuse for a pre-rendered cut scene. The game graphically does not look great (from what was shown in the trailer), but the story does seem interesting. Spec Ops The Line is said to becoming out June 26th for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Nintendo has just announced that it is bringing the Mario Sports franchise to the 3DS in the form of Mario Tennis Open. Mario Tennis Open is said to have a “special games” mode which lets players improve their tennis skills while still enjoying the Marioness of Mario Tennis. Fan favorite levels will be available for long time fans of the game, and as you make your way through these levels, you can hit Goombas and Koopas with your tennis racket.
As with all other Mario Sports games you can play as all of your favorite Mario characters, as well as your Mii. To help your Mii fit in you can customize him/her with special Mushroom-Kingdom tennis gear, which makes you look cool as well as a better player. If singles matches bore you, you can play with up to three other players online, fighting for leaderboard spots. If you want to stay traditional you can use the buttons or you can switch to the brand new motion controls.
Mario Tennis Open will be available on the Nintendo 3DS on May 22nd.
For the first time in the history of the franchise EA is allowing console plays to rent multiplayer servers for Battlefield 3. In the trailer they showed that you can rent the server right from the main menu, and it only takes a short period of time to get your server up and running. With this ability of renting a multiplayer server comes the ability to customize every aspect of your game as well as promoting friends for VIP status and blacklisting players who you do not want on your server. Elements that you can customize which can be seen in the trailer are; toggling the minimap and other HUD elements on or off, as well as choosing maps, modes, respawn times and ticket limits. Server rental options are 1 day, 7 days, 30 days or 90 days. The prices in the trailer were all in pounds but the exchange rate for a 90 Day server comes out to be around $76.
Harmonix had plans to announce their new game at PAX East, but things changed when they got the chance to do it on X-Play. Matthew Nordhaus and Eric Pope, the master of lamb chops, were on X-Play yesterday to announce Rock Band Blitz. Rock Band Blitz is not the traditional Rock Band game we think of, it seems like a mix between a Harmonix oldie, Amplitude and Rock Band Unplugged, a Rock Band game that was exclusive to PSP.
It was announced that Rock Band Blitz will come with 25 songs, which will export into other Rock Band games, and all existing DLC will work with Blitz on launch day. Rock Band Blitz is not played with the plastic instruments I’m sure we all have lying around, but with a standard controller. Rock Band Blitz will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this summer.
These are the songs that have been announced so far.
Blink 182 – Always
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Quiet Riot – Metal Health
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Robot Entertainment has just announced the sequel to the critically acclaimed, Orcs Must Die! The main problem that critics and fans had with Orcs Must Die! was that there was a lack of co-op play; Robot Entertainment has fixed this in Orcs Must Die! 2 and they also announced that Orcs Must Die! 2 will be playable at PAX East.
Orcs Must Die 2 will put the player back into a battle against the titular Orcs, but this time with backup. Robot Entertainment said they have redesigned the spell book which will give players a wider array of options to kill Orcs, and defend themselves and their base. With a new upgrade system players will be able to take their hard earned currency and put it to work for them by upgrading the skills and towers that they use most.
Robot Entertainment’s CEO Patrick Hudson said “In 2011, we implored players to kill the orcs, as many as possible. Yet, only 3.4 billion orcs have been slaughtered to date. “He seems upset with these numbers and because of this his, and the teams, focus has been on adding another orc killing machine. The ending of the first Orcs Must Die! lead right into its sequel and the War Mage finds himself in another battle against hordes of mindless orcs.
Orcs Must Die! 2 will be exclusively available on PC through digital distribution and if you are one of the lucky people who are going to PAX East head over to booth 1172 and kill some orcs with your friend, foe, or complete stranger.