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Friday, December 2, 2011

Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand DLC Available Dec 6th

Back to Karkand, the first digital expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Battlefield 3, will be available December 6th for download on the PlayStation®Network and December 13th on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and the PC. Building on the biggest launch in EA history, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is a full-feature digital expansion pack giving gamers more of the explosive multiplayer that called "mesmerizing," and gameplay that has won over 60 industry awards and continues to delight gamers across the globe in what Seth Schiesel of The New York Times declares, "the most visually realistic shooter on the market."
Utilizing the power of Frostbite™ 2, the Back to Karkand expansion pack remasters four of the most popular Battlefield multiplayer maps in the franchise's history all with enhanced levels of destruction, including Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula. In addition to these four new maps, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand marks the return of the classic Conquest Assault mode from Battlefield 2™. A twist on the beloved Conquest mode, Conquest Assault starts one team in command of all control points on the map while the opposing team must assault and take the flags over in order to stop their tickets from bleeding down to zero. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand also features three new vehicles, ten new weapons, five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies and an added layer of persistence where players complete assignments to unlock items and earn rewards.
"Free for those that pre-ordered or purchased the Limited Edition of Battlefield 3, Back to Karkand is another way for us to say thanks to our fans and show our continued support for the game," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games Label. "The launch of Battlefield 3 was only the beginning as we vow to keep the game alive with additional content and gameplay improvements in the months ahead. We're excited to recreate and share some new Battlefield moments on these beloved maps that only Battlefield games can provide."
Available exclusively for one week on the PlayStation Network, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand will be available December 6th at no extra charge* or for $14.99. The expansion pack will be available on December 13th for $14.99 on PC at or for 1200 MS points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Battlefield fans can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at For the latest news on Battlefield please visit, follow us on Twitter® at or sign up for the official Battlefield newsletter at

Monday, November 7, 2011

Win Prizes Over the Weekend of November 11th by Playing Battlefield 3

Yes that's right play Battlefield 3 for a chance to win. Today DICE, announced that it is thanking fans for their passion and loyalty by hosting a Battlefield 3 "Says Thanks" Sweepstakes weekend where gamers who play from Friday, November 11th at 12:01am GMT through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm GMT will have a chance to win one of three amazing prizes. The Grand Prize is a round-trip visit to DICE in Stockholm, Sweden for one player and three of their squadmates for three nights. Included in the visit is a tour of the state-of-the-art studio and an introduction to the development team behind the award-winning game. The second prize is $5,000 USD in cash, or equivalent local currency, with the third place winner taking home a brand new game system with the full catalogue of corresponding Battlefield games. Complete sweepstakes rules can be found at

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Golden Eye Reloaded Offers New Game Engine and Story That Won’t Disappoint

GoldenEye 007™: Reloaded is now available in retail stores nationwide, allowing Xbox360® and PlayStation®3 system gamers to experience the modern re-telling of the legendary GoldenEye film for the first time ever on their HD consoles.  GoldenEye 007: Reloaded was built on a brand new engine that delivers the gritty, lethal action of Daniel Craig's James Bond at 60 frames per second with stunning visuals, lightning fast gameplay and the ability to play using the PlayStation®Move sharp shooter.
"This is the epitome of a classic reborn," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing.  "We know that fans love the original GoldenEye film, so our team worked closely with the original screenwriter and film talent, along with the devoted developers at Eurocom, to create a modern reimagining tailor-made for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers around the world."
Based on the original screenplay, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded introduces brand new 'Mi6 Ops Missions' — new, distinct levels additional to the single-player campaign that span the varied environments from the story.  The game challenges players to complete different Assault, Elimination, Stealth and Defense objectives all showcased in HD and running at a smooth 60-frames per second.  GoldenEye 007: Reloaded takes multiplayer to new heights, maintaining and improving its renowned four-player split-screen action and adding full, adrenaline-pumping 16-player online matches with more maps, weapons, characters and game modes than ever before.
The game is brought to life with an updated story penned by the Hollywood screenwriter from the original GoldenEye film, Bruce Feirstein; the voices of Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as 'M'; and combat animations motion-captured by Daniel Craig's film stunt double, Ben Cooke.
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is being developed by Eurocom under license from EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Battlefield 3 Sells 5 Million In First Week Of Sales

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that based on internal estimates, Battlefield 3™ has sold through five million units in the first week globally, making it the fastest-selling game in EA's history. The outstanding retail performance is driven by critic's reviews averaging above 85 on console and above 90 on PC.* Word-of-mouth from gamers is also driving sales — Battlefield 3 now has more than 2.5 Million "likes" on Facebook®. Following the tradition of all games in this storied franchise; Battlefield 3 includes a superior multi-player experience. Consumers have logged-on in unprecedented numbers to team up and join the battle. Server stability was solid in the first weekend, delivering EA's highest-ever usage rates. While some players experienced intermittent disruption of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service uptime stabilized to roughly 98.9% throughout the weekend, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game. With a commitment to support the game as a software service, EA is listening to consumer feedback and is making daily updates and improvements to ensure an optimal online experience for all.
Battlefield 3 continues to set new EA records this weekend**:
  • 2.5 Million Facebook "likes" with hundreds of thousands of fans actively engaged
  • Over 200K followers on Twitter®
  • Battlefield 3 fans executed 73M savior kills, 48M revives and destroyed 67M vehicles
"From Tokyo to Los Angeles, Sydney to London, millions of fans have been playing all weekend long -- we are overwhelmed by the global response to Battlefield 3," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games Label. "It is extremely gratifying to deliver an entertainment experience that delights our fans, and to have the opportunity to introduce new people to the franchise. Already, we are seeing unprecedented play times and online activity which is very rewarding. This launch solidifies Battlefield as a leading entertainment brand."
Battlefield 3 employs the state-of-the-art Frostbite™ 2 game engine that creates a massive sense of scale, completely destructible environments and enables players to pilot a range of vehicles from jets and tanks to choppers and jeeps. With the addition of Battlelog, the Battlefield social network service, fans can stay connected as they rise to the challenge to become one of the world's best soldiers. To accompany the game, Orion Publishing released a novel called Battlefield 3: The Russian written by the highly decorated ex-SAS operator and best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab, with co-author Peter Grimsdale. McNab worked with the creative team at DICE to ensure the authenticity of today's warfare is experienced in the single player, co-op and multiplayer campaigns.
The Battlefield franchise began in 2002 and has risen to international acclaim over the last decade. Developed by DICE in Stockholm, Sweden, the series has sold 50M units life-to-date. Since the launch of the first title, Battlefield 1942™, DICE has released 17 games and expansion packs in the Battlefield franchise; all with the series' signature open sandbox gameplay, vast array of military vehicles and an emphasis on social multiplayer with friends. With the release of Battlefield 3, DICE takes the franchise — and the shooter category — to new heights with the introduction of the advanced Frostbite 2 game engine technology and the Battlelog social network.
Battlefield 3 is available now in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 3 is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB. Fans of the game and DICE can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at For more information on Battlefield 3, please visit, and for the latest news on Battlefield please visit or follow us on Twitter® at
* According to Metacritic as of October 31, 2011.
** As of October 30, 2011.s

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saints Row 3 Takes On A Bold New Game Play

Saints Row the Third, THQ and Volition Inc latest game in the Saints Row series will be Released on Nov 15th 2011. Saints Row the 3rd can be described as, “The most ridiculous over the top experience in gaming” According to
Drew Holmes, Writer for Saints Row The Third at Volition Inc. And he is right; this is not the Saints Row you might have been expecting from the past series. The Saints Row gang is still the central part of the story but then the game takes a different direction because your game is your Sand Box and that means you can play or do anything you want in the Sand Box including brutally beating up pedestrians, running naked through the game or beating people with a giant purple dildo. Ok maybe that’s not the weird part, I can appreciate a few laughs. What is corny is the pink cat cartoon Professor Ganky that is introduced into the game. Its like an 80’s version of Japanamation. You basically have a chance to play an episode of Professor Gankys reality climax mini game. I don’t know if I’m watching or playing a Japanese cartoon or playing Saints Row. Other added features in the game play just don’t make sense like the battle tanks and fighter jets. You can grab a tank and destroy stuff or use a jet and laser cars or drop air strikes. Again am I playing Call of Duty or Saints Row?  Maybe the guys at Volition and THQ did not know what to feature in a game so dumped everything that was popular into the pool to see what happens. I think the only thing missing from the madness is some Zombies. Not everything from Saints Row series is gone. Saints Row 3 still has the customization capabilities for your character we all liked. Only fuzzy bunny suits and space costumes are just part of some of the available options. Saints Row the third will either be either over the top flop or hot. It’s to early to tell if mixed bag of ridiculous game play is what gamers are looking in this title.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get A Virtual WingStick For Free And Deystroy Any Web Page

Those of us who have a copy of Bethesda Soft works and ID Software latest video game RAGE, you probably are familiar with boomerang like weapon called the Wing Stick by now. You just chuck this baby at an enemy and either take him out or take off his head. Well here is a great link offered by the guys at GameZone that allows you to drag and drop a wing stick into your bookmarks page. Once you click on the bookmarked wing stick you can throw a wing stick at any page and it will explode across any page. Just click on this link and
Get your free wing stick HERE!

Monday, October 17, 2011

BlizzCon Sold Out Event Available Live via Virtual Ticket

Blizzard Entertainment's two-day festival celebrating the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® game universes and their global player communities, begins on Friday, October 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The sold-out show features a wide range of events and activities, including discussion panels with developers of Blizzard Entertainment games; intense eSports competition featuring top pro gamers from around the world; costume and dance contests hosted by comedian Jay Mohr; and an epic rock concert headlined by the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters.
While tickets to BlizzCon sold out in seconds, viewers can watch at home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering over 50 hours of comprehensive live HD coverage of the event (including Foo Fighters' performance) across four channels globally over the Internet. Those who order a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year's BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft® in-game pet, the fearsome-ish Murkablo, as well as a yet-to-be-revealed StarCraft® II in-game gift. DIRECTV® customers in the United States can also order BlizzCon 2011 as a Pay Per View event and receive a Virtual Ticket for free. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free. More information on the Virtual Ticket can be found at
"Every BlizzCon, we look forward to meeting up with our players and sharing the latest news about our games with the world," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We've put together a great lineup of events this year, capped off with an awesome Foo Fighters show, and we can't wait to provide attendees and everyone joining us from home with an unforgettable weekend."
Previous BlizzCons have featured a variety of exciting events and announcements, including the unveiling of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm™, the first-ever public hands-on with Diablo III, and epic rock performances by Ozzy Osbourne and Tenacious D.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Silent Hill Downpour Release Possibly Delayed

Silent Hill returns for both Xbox and PS3 bring an all new story line for our favorite horror game. I don’t think the fans who enjoy psychologically disturbing games will be disappointed.  This game is a must have for freak show enthusiast so turn out the lights put on a gaming headset and get your spook on.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Activision will give away $250,000 for Independent Games Competition

Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the development of new talent and creativity, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced a call for submissions for the second Activision Independent Games Competition — an award program designed to foster innovation.
Open to all independent developers with headquarters in the United States, the Activision Independent Games Competition, to be administered by IndieCade, offers the winning studio or individual funding for game concept, titles in development or completed works. Ownership of submission remains with the creator.  Submissions will be accepted from October 3, 2011 through December 31, 2011.  
The first place winner will receive a cash award of $175,000 and the second place winner will receive $75,000 to assist them with the development of their game.  
IndieCade, the preeminent organization supporting the indie community, will promote the competition and vet jury submissions to determine semi-finalists.
"This competition underscores Activision's commitment to fostering creativity in the independent development community," Dave Stohl, Executive Vice President of Studios, Activision, said.  "Many of us began our careers as indies, so we are very proud to offer this kind of support and encouragement to a couple of the industry's young visionaries."
The partnership between Activision and IndieCade for the award program acknowledges the important role IndieCade plays in fostering opportunities for young, creative and independent game talent.  
"Working with IndieCade is allowing Activision to bring our message of support directly to the community," explained Stohl.  "The programs IndieCade offers — conferences, awards and the annual IndieCade Festival, a celebration of independent studio success — touch the community core."
For a copy of the official rules and submission instructions, as well as more information on the Activision competition, visit

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Crysis remastered for Playstation 3 and Xbox

September 9, 2011 – Electronic Arts and award-winning developer, Crytek GmbH, announced today that the critically-acclaimed Crysis® franchise will debut a new experience on Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network. In October 2011, shooter fans will be able to download a modified and enhanced version of the award-winning single-player campaign from the original Crysis, remastered for console players using Crytek’s state-of-the-art CryENGINE®3 with all new lighting, effects and other visual optimizations. For just $19.99 SRP or 1600 Microsoft Points, gamers will download the most robust and exciting Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network game to date.
In 2007 and again in 2011, critics around the world hailed Crysis and Crysis 2 as titles that ushered in the next-generation of gaming with jaw-dropping visuals, industry leading technology and groundbreaking sandbox gameplay, featuring the super-powerful Nanosuit. Today, the original, award-winning 2007 single-player campaign has been remastered for Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network with optimized Nanosuit controls, fine-tuned combat and full stereoscopic 3D support.
“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,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek. “By bringing the single-player campaign to console, we believe we are again setting a new standard for quality in downloadable gaming.”
In Crysis, gamers will travel to 2019 where a team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea. All contact with the team is lost when the North Korean Government quickly seals off the area. The United States responds by dispatching an elite team of Delta Force Operators to recon the situation. As tension rises between the two nations, a massive alien ship reveals itself in the middle of the island. Now with hope rapidly fading, the US and North Koreans must join forces to battle the alien menace, fighting epic battles through stunning, photorealistic tropical jungles and frozen landscapes.
For more information on Crysis, please visit or and follow the game on Twitter at or “Like” Crysis on Facebook at

Friday, August 26, 2011

Call of Duty XP event hits Los Angeles Sept 2nd & 3rd

Activision lights up Los Angeles this Labor Day weekend with the first ever Call of Duty® fan experience, Call of Duty® XP. Thousands of hardcore and casual fans alike will pack a hangar somewhere in the urban confines of L.A. for two days of complete Call of Duty immersion. Be the first to challenge Call of Duty®:Modern Warfare® 3 multiplayer. Run real-life recreations of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2's The Pit and Scrapyard. Explore the revolutionary and innovative new digital platform Call of Duty® Elite and qualify to compete in The Call of Duty $1 Million Tournament Presented by Xbox 360® with a staggering million-dollar prize pool at stake.

The Call of Duty XP will be held on September 2nd  and  3rd  and is the first of its kind.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, it definitely will be worth getting a ticket for. Yes that’s right you gotta purchase a ticket to attend this event. This 2 day event will feature “Drop Kick Murphy’s” performing on opening night with Hip Hop artist Kane West headlining the show. The will be lots to check out as other top artist will also be performing during the weekend.

You not only will be the first to play Call of Duty Modern Warefare 3 on a massive 3D screen, all attendees attending the show will receive a Call of Duty 3 hardened edition and an attendee exclusive goodie bag. If you got something to say about the COD franchise this is your chance, game developers will be at the show to speak with COD fans and listen to your feedback.  Need to work out your game moves on a live playground then the live paintball battleground designed as the Modern Warfare 2 "scrap yard' should do it for you. Go ahead and camp out and plug someone in the head and see it it for real. In addition to this madness there is nothing like getting a chance to be part of a 32 team single elimination tournament for 1 million dollars. You can register to take part in the competition at the event.  Not a bad prize for an awesome weekend of gaming. This event comes at a  steep price of $150 and is good for both days of the event. For more information and ticket purchase check out Call of Duty XP.  You can also check out Treyarch's website for a chance to win a golden ticket to this event here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sept 27th new DLC for Fallout NV

The Courier’s journey ends this September.  Bethesda is excited to share that Lonesome Road, the fourth add-on pack for Fallout: New Vegas, will be available for download on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and Steam on September 20th.
In Lonesome Road you are contacted by the original Courier Six,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kill Zone 3 Challenge winners

Last June Virgin Gaming and Edge Shave Gel announced the Kill Zone 3 challenge for a pot of 40,000 for the best 3 man teams in Kill Zone 3. Well it looks like the prize was split across all winning teams ranging from 1st place to 20th. Not bad for a few hours of gaming. Congrats to the winners keep up the good work.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Battlefield 3 pre-order exclusives not really exclusive

Getting excited about the pre-order exclusives for Battlefield 3 that you can receive for pre-ordering from selected retailers? Unfortunately there has been a change of plan. Dice has announced they will not make the exclusives solely available to pre-order customers. The original offer was to allow pre-order customers who bought from selected retailers, special weapons and abilities the game does not include when you buy Battlefield 3 on September 6 when it is released. Apparently many customers complained that it favored customers who have more disposable money then those those whom were on a budget and had to wait until the release date. The controversy forced Dice to agree to not make the pre-order exclusives, "exclusive." That means that all of the pre-order weapons and abilities will be available for download after a short period of time for all users to download. Dice decided everyone should be able to enjoy equal game play regardless when you are able to purchase the game.
If you really want to get a freebie for buying early, Dice has something for it's customers. They are offering a free BF 3 tee for all early birds.  Check out this link for details

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Anonymous ties to Sony's network shut down do not add up

In April, hackers broke into Sony's online network, gaining access to the personal information and passwords of some 77 million PSN and Qriosity accounts. The attacks were believed to have been performed by Anonymous, a group of hackers who's aim is to punish global companies involved with supporting censorship on the internet.
For these hackers, it appears they might not have been as anonymous as they thought.  According to the New York Times, Spanish police Friday June 10th confirmed that they apprehended three men in connection with the Sony security breach. The police believe they were involved not only with the attacks on Sony, but with other strikes against government websites the world over, and characterized the trio as the local heads of Anonymous.
The three men--all in their early 30s--were apprehended in Almeria, Barcelona, and Valencia, and released pending formal charges. According to the paper, the expected charges will be forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate websites, with each facing a prison sentence of up to three years.
What is not clear from the report from Spanish authorities is whether or not they are the actual perpetrators involved in the Sony case. This could be a misguided attempt to blame known anonymous leaders residing in Spain.
The reason that arresting anyone in connection to the Sony hack may prove difficult is that Anonymous is a large organization of hackers world wide according to the the New York Times. They are an internet activist group largely in opposition of the arrest of Julian Assange head of Wiki Leaks.  Anonymous seeks to punish corporations or governments that aim to silence communication on the internet.
Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 8 attack on MasterCard, which had stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks. Other targets included PayPal, which stopped accepting donations for Mr. Assange’s group. was also affected by the attacks, as were the Web sites of the Swedish prosecutor’s office and the lawyer representing the two women who accused Mr. Assange of sexual misconduct. The group said the actions were part of an effort called Operation Payback, which began as a way of punishing companies that attempted to stop Internet file-sharing and movie downloads.
There seems to be no connection why hackers would want to infiltrate video game networks when they have made their protest against censorship public.

"Sometimes not everything is as it seems"......from the movie V for Vendetta."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tomb Raider has a whole new look check out the trailer!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bethesda Soft works releases trailer for Prey 2 at E3

Insomniac launches new games and pre-order extras at E3

Insomniac announced their launch plans for 3 of their latest games, Resistance 3, Ricochet & Ratchet, and their brand new title Overstrike during their opening presentation at E3. Overstrike revolves around an elite team of outcasts. Overstrike 9 is comprised of a reformed mercenary, a mischievous lifelong thief, a gifted but rebellious young scientist, and a temperamental decorated detective. Using an arsenal full of fringe-tech gadgets, this team of elite agents are ready to save the world in an epic adventure that spans the globe. Overstrike is a four-player co-op action experience, and is the first multiplatform release for Insomniac. What I like about this title is that it offers a choice of 2 female players and has the same feel as Gears of War. Check out the trailer for a better idea of the game play.
As for Resistance 3 fans, the pre-order has started and Insomniac has a few good reasons why pre-ordering your game may be worth while. Here is what’s on the table for pre-order early birds:

Game Stop pre-order: Exclusive Capelli Necklace & Multiplayer-booster
Joseph Capelli wears a necklace of Chimeran teeth during Resistance 3. Show that you are the resistance, with this authentic replica that symbolizes the battle against the Chimera. Pre-ordering at Gamestop grants access to a unique multiplayer-booster, which allows you to start Resistance 3 multiplayer at Level 5. This also offers immediate flexibility and character customization options from the moment you begin the online competitive game.

Amazon pre-order: Exclusive In-game Air Fuel Grenade
The No. 60 Air Fuel Grenade has been issued for combating Chimera in tight spaces commonly found in urban conflicts. The grenade will adhere to almost any surface, biological or otherwise, and deployed a cloud of flammable vapor. Once released, the cloud ignited, creating a massive explosion. Preorder at to bring this fan favorite grenade to your Resistance 3 campaign.

Best Buy: Exclusive Multiplayer Skin w/ Purchase
Lt. Nathan Hale skipped his viral inhibitor treatments in the final hours of Resistance 2, in order to continue the fight against the Chimera. Play as him in his final hours with this special multiplayer skin, letting you bring Hale to the battlefields of Resistance 3.

Walmart: Exclusive 5 Custom Name Titles w/ Purchase
Show off your Resistance 3 fandom in competitive online play with this pre-order package that offers a special set of five custom name titles, including Sentinel. The Sentinels are an elite group of soldiers in Resistance, and the only way to obtain these exclusive multiplayer PSN tags is by pre-ordering at Wal-Mart

If you pre-order at any other retailer, you receive a special R-FORM skin. They were backbone of the U.S. effort against the Chimera during the war, Black Ops troops were a common site at SRPA facilities and during special operations. Mostly killed and destroyed, this special multiplayer skin lets you return as one of the most mysterious soldiers from R:FOM and R2.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Add Rock Star's new release LA Noire to your collection

Rock Star the developers for addictive games like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, recently launched it's newest title LA Noire.  This game has the same sort of feeling during game play as Grand Theft Auto only the player gets more involved with the story by solving cases and trying to understand characters rather then spending hours driving around aimlessly. But for auto enthusiast, dont worry they got you covered, snatch as many cars as you want if you want to earn that medal. LA Noire's story takes place during the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what’s right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core.

LA Noire is a violent crime thriller and does contain scenes that are definitely adult content. I would not recommend this for children under 16. What you will find unique about this game is the entertainment factor beacuse you feel like you are controlling a movie not playing a game. In addition, each character has their own facial expressions and you have to figure out if the person is lying to you or telling the truth as you try to solve cases and advance the story. This game is definitely addicting if you enjoy role playing games that host a challenge. If you are the kind of person who must grab all the trophy's and medals and solve the cases 100% correct then, Rock Star added a Social Club to the game play that allows you to connect online with other players and grab advice on how to interrogate your suspects that will help you solve the crimes.

As a native from LA I'm giving this the thumbs up, Rock Star really did their homework and gave us a game that really looks and feels like post World War 2 LA. The amount of details both in the script, map and game play really make this game out of the ordinary.

Friday, May 20, 2011

PlayStation Network users get a delay in downloading

Ok finally we have a memo released from Sony PSN stating that PSN is planning on fully restoring service on Tuesday May 24th. That means that the PlayStation Store will be available for downloads and business as usual.  According to the Sony memo, there will be a delay in content available for downloading. The scheduled dates for available content are May 27, 31 and June 3rd. Sony may adjust the schedule but for now this is what is planned. It was not mentioned in the memo if this included the 2 Free games available for users to download as part of the Welcome back package. It may be possible that this is the release dates for the games and expansion packs that users were not able to download in the down time.  Again check the store frequently from May 24th on in order to be sure you dont miss out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PlayStation Network official Welcome Back package

PlayStation Network users are going back to gaming as usual after the long network shut down nearly a month ago. The Network began restoring service last weekend to N. America, Europe and Australia. The good news is, Sony is offering a welcome back package to all PSN users as a way to say they are sorry for the downtime. So lets just jump to the good part, the goods right? For the next 30 days all PSN users can choose 2 games from the following choices:
  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury
For all PSP users: For the next 30 days you can choose 2 from the following options:
  • LittleBigPLanet(PSP)
  • Mod Nation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Kill Zone Liberation
A selection of movie rental titles will also be available for 'one weekend' only and the dates and title selections will be announced soon. But that's not all, All PSN users will be upgraded to the PlayStation Plus subscription service for 30 days at no charge. For PlayStation Plus users you will receive 60 of free subscription service. What is good about the PlayStation Plus service is that it will allow you to download free content. 
Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription. Check the PlayStation Store regularly in the next 30 days beacuse Sony will also be giving away 100 FREE virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag's Alien Casino, an exclusive game.
To grab the free goods, just log on to your PSN and check out the PlayStation Store. The exact content and games available for the PlayStation Plus subscription will vary per country and has not yet been determined. After nearly one month of down time, you would think that as Sony's network was restored they would have had this information available by now. I would advise users to visit the store regularly so you dont miss out again.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kill Zone 3 Championship offering 40K

The first ever KZ3 online tournament - the Get Your Edge KZ3 Challenge. PlayStation, Edge Shave Gel, and Virgin Gaming are looking to crown a champion, and they are offering up a $40,000 prize pool to find out who is the best of the best. This tournament is a 3 player event so grab some budies. To register to play go to and sign up.
Sorry, the game will only be offered to US players. So be warned if you are not residing in the US, Virgin games is collecting your information, and new PlayStation user ID and registering you as a member to their website without a way to back out of their marketing e-mail list. Membership only means you will receive their marketing information. So only register if you think your up for the challenge.

PSN Update: Game On!

That's right the PlayStation Network is up and running. Sign in and create a new password and your done. Join me on line goldcrusaider007.

Fan site worth checking out

Every now and then we run across sites that are worth a mention and is generally entertaining.
I have picked two for this week’s websites worth mentioning. Both of these sites were chosen based on the ‘keeping it real factor’. The content was created by game fans who just purely love what they do and have created video and content for our enjoyment. The first video is a trailer for Half Life created by the Purchase Brothers. These guys made the video on a budget of $500. I personal think Valve could not have done a better job. Both ‘Fall Out’ and ‘Kill Zone’ fan made videos are worth watching, way to go guys.

The Second site worth a browse is Lethal Frag by Matt McKnight. Matt is a serious gamer who created his own video walk through and game tricks.

GGP is all about serious game fans and sharing the love. If you or someone you know has a site worth a mention e-mail me and I’ll try and post it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

'Brink' Bethesda's latest release

Monday May 9th Bethesda Soft works latest first person shooter, 'Brink' was released. Bethesda is well know for some of the best game titles we loved in the past such as Doom, Quake, Fallout and Wolfinstien.  Brink, Bethesda newest FPS is beginning to look pretty promising. Brink is an immersive first-person shooter that blends single-player, co-op, and multiplayer game play into one seamless experience, allowing you to develop your character whether playing alone, with your friends, or against others online. You decide the combat role you want to assume in the world of Brink as you fight to save yourself and mankind’s last refuge. Brink offers a compelling mix of dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system that will keep you coming back for more.

Some of the customizations that include designing your own player’s body build and appearance are factored into its performance ability. For example, the larger the body the stronger it may be however he can also be slower and less agile. The weapons and controls are nothing to new. Some people might find this easier to get into the game. But I think this really comes down to personal choice. The game host single player campaign, co-op and Multi-player with up to 16 players at a time. Sorry to say, this game won’t offer you a mosh pit if that is what you’re expecting. Other development includes “play Smart” which gives you intelligence and direction to help you complete a mission.  

The game does have the feel of other FPS like Kill Zone and Call of Duty with nothing incredibly new or unseen. For FPS fans I would say this is worth getting. Bethesda so far has done a pretty good job on developing games we like with an original look and feel. It is to early to tell if this will be a huge success but I don’t think FPS fans will be let down.

Monday, May 9, 2011

PlayStation Network customer update

Well another week has gone by and PSN services are still unavailable. Service was supposed to have been restored to the PlayStation Network customers last week as promised by Sony’s executive deputy president Kazuo Hirai in his press speech given on May 1st.  Apparently Sony was unable to restore service and stated they are 'undergoing further system checks'. As of the last official communication from Sony on March 5th, PSN does not have a confirmed date as to when the service will be available. However according to Mariko Yasu from Bloomberg, Sony plans to restore network service by May 31st.  Meanwhile, many users are expressing frustration from the unfulfilled promise to restore the network services during the promised time frame.

Sony PSN has faced a firestorm of negative press since the network went down from malicious attacks by suspected hackers calling themselves "Anonymous" who infiltrated the Network on April 22nd stealing 70+ million members’ identities. At last there is some good news for PlayStation users. Sony has released a plan to take care of their customers while they make further adjustments to secure their network. On Sony's update on May 5th Sony is offering free ‘All Clear ID Plus’ service to all of its United States customers. Sony is currently working on a deal to have the service available in Europe and other countries shortly. The program information and activation codes will be sent to its US customers shortly via e-mail and you have until June 18th to sign up.

What will the ‘All Clear ID Plus’ do for me? How does it work?
1.                  By signing up for the all clear ID plus you are protected by the industries best cyber monitoring and surveillance companies. This is a 3rd party surveillance program that will detect the use of your identity and monitor that against criminal websites and look for any suspicious reports where your identity might have been used. It checks police or law enforcement agencies reports to identify if someone has used your identity and you will be alerted immediately.
2.                  It offers a staffed licensed private investigator that will investigate any unauthorized use of your information and if necessary help you restore any damages that might have occurred.
3.                  All Clear ID Plus will offer you $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user

The All Clear Identity Plus service will be free for one year and is a good step for Sony to quickly offer a plan to put its customers first. We can all understand that any company, who does business focused around a large global network, faces chances of a criminal hack attacks. Learning from your weakness’ can only make you stronger in the end.  Its no doubt when Sony Entertainment goes back into service and within the next year we will see some big changes that will put them back into leadership position in the game industry.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Resistance 3 update

It looks like the release date for Resistance 3 is set for September 6, 2011. For resistance fans this can not come soon enough. No worries, the Resistance 3 beta version will available shortly. For those who have bought Socom 4 the "full deployment edition" you are guaranteed a hook up to Resistance 3 beta version. Check the bottom left corner of your game sleeve for the access code.  You can also get access to the beta version if you pre order Resistance 3 in certain stores.

It was announced last Sunday that we will see Sony PSN back online. As part of Sony's 'welcome back' initiative, Sony has announced that it will offer the PlayStation Plus subscription free for one month.  Currently PlayStation Plus subscribers automatically receive free beta game testing. Who gets to test and what games will be available to test will very from region to region according to Sony. It will be interesting to exactly how this plays out as 70 million users gain access to PlayStation Plus.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sony PlayStation to restore service

In an official press conference this morning Sunday May 1st, Sony’s executive deputy president Kazuo Hirai bowing deeply, addresses the press saying, “I am deeply sorry for worrying and inconveniencing our users,”. He announced Sony PlayStation Network will restore partial services this week. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its customers for their patience and loyalty. The network hack is now being called the largest attack ever in history. The undergoing investigation includes the help of the FBI and many legal enforcement agencies worldwide.

Most of the network services will be restored with the exception of the PlayStation Store where users can purchase and download games and content. This will not be restored until later this month due to security upgrades. When the network is restored, users will need to change their pass words upon immediate sign in to network services. The launch of the 'Welcome back program' will be different based on your location and will include the following:

  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Q Music Unlimited subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Sony is making a serious move toward strengthening its online services and had been working on a new data center in a different location that has been under construction and development for several months. Sony has decided to expedite the move and is also creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation, to add a new position of expertise in and accountability for customer data protection, and to supplement existing information security personnel.

Sony has a lot of work to do to regain customer loyalty but will be making every effort to regain its leading position in the video gaming industry. “Sony continues to place utmost priority on its network strategy,” Mr. Hirai said. “We intend to continue our global expansion.” I for one am looking forward to seeing Sony get back into the game.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PX5 Wireless Headset Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound

PX5 Wireless Headset Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
he Turtle Beach PX5 is the most technologically-advanced headset ever designed for PS3 and XBOX 360 gaming, incorporating a programmable digital signal processor to allow independent customization of the chat, game and microphone signals. Custom presets stored in the Turtle Beach PX5 headset can be selected during specific parts of the game to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads that might otherwise be difficult to hear. It can even be programmed to disguise your voice or to enhance the voices of online players so you can hear them more clearly during intense parts of the game.
The Turtle Beach PX5 is also the first headset to incorporate dual radios—one for immersive, Dolby Digital surround sound game audio and another for chat on the PlayStation Network via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature also supports stereo audio streaming for listening to music while playing a game and can also be used to accept phone calls while playing the game.
Although optimized for PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming, the Turtle Beach PX5 is also perfect for watching movies and listening to music, with its impeccable audio performance, large, deep, fabric cushions, soft headband, and twist cup designed for resting the headset on your shoulders. The Turtle Beach PX5 marks the beginning of a new breed of wireless gaming headset that serves as the ultimate “secret weapon” in the arsenal of serious gamers seeking unmatched audio quality, sonic control and a competitive advantage.

Playstation Network hack confirmed

It looks like another loss for Sony Entertainment fans. This time I am afraid Sony will possibly suffer a loss in their market share in the video gaming industry as one of the worst online hacks in history was confirmed today by Sony Entertainment. On April 17th the PlayStation Network database was hacked by an unknown source. All of the 65 million users subscribed to the PSN have had their personal data stolen. Sony this morning issued a warning to all of its PSN users stating, "To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports." Even if you have been using network cards as payment, if you have at anytime given your credit card information to the PSN store in the past your credit card information may have been stolen.

As of today it is still unknown when the PSN will restore service to the gaming community. Sony has issued a statement in this mornings press release claiming, "We are taking the investigation seriously.  We decided to keep the service down to allow us to conduct a thorough investigation and verify smooth operation of our network services."

This event is not the first frustration PlayStation users have had to deal with this year. With the launch of "Black Ops" new map packs available for purchase online in March, it created a spike in sales that apparently Sony failed to plan for. The Black Ops expansion map packs were only available through PSN online or X-Box online stores. During the months of February though April many European countries including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany could not get PlayStation Network cards. Users were forced to either use their credit card online or wait for Sony Network cards to be restocked at an unknown time. The question remains, 'did the hackers use strategic timing in performing a hack just after the sales cycle of Black Ops, the highest selling game of all time? No comment from Sony.

Playstation 3 network shut down

On the evening of April 20th many Sony PlayStation 3 network users saw the "network error" message as they tried to log on to play their favorite online game. Yeah so what, you gotta do a little maintenance once in a while to keep things running smoothly right? We have all see this happen once or twice a year for a network upgrade. But six days later Sony's Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold posted the following message on the PlayStation Network Website, "An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th."  Apparently at the same time PSN went down was hacked by an unknown party.  Sony will not confirm they were officially 'hacked' or if there were similarity's, but commented that a "Networking event occurred that interrupted their services."

Since the launch of PSN in 2006 we have never seen the network go down for a long period of time. As of the posting of this article Sony does not have a time indication on when the network service will be restored. This is not good news for the fans that have remained loyal to the Sony game consoles. Most owners of PS3 have chosen to pay a little more money for their box beacuse of the free online gaming network and the great performance of the previous PlayStation consoles. We have even stood loyal to our brand when Xbox took flight and we missed out on a few titles that were not offered to PS3 users. Yes we have stood by our brand through the thick and now the thin. I suppose we will wait a little longer.

Women in Gaming

Christina Coffin: "Digital art is like creating worlds out of thin air"
When Christina Coffin was 9 she got her first computer, a VIC 20, and started typing her first game. She has never stopped typing since, and today she is Senior Engineer at DICE focusing on Battlefield 3.
Christina recently gave a talk at GDC and received the "Women in Gaming" Engineering Award from IGDA. This is her story how she entered the industry, why more women should come to it, and how you too (man or woman) can get a job in it.......

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