Tuesday, 7 June 2011

E3 2011: Skyrim Footage Released

After watching the latest Skyrim preview, I'm going to back myself in stating that this game could overthrow the success and popularity of Oblivion. Yes, I just said that. Once again we get to see the sheer magnitude of the world of Skyrim, with confirmation of at least 300 hours of gameplay. Hold on, the developers even mentioned that they "stopped counting" so factoring in side-line quests and extras, there's bound to be much more gameplay available. Skyrim is certainly looking magnificent and this latest walkthrough justifies it.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

E3 2011: The All Important Schedule

The ultimate week is just beyond the horizon; the week that decides the future of gaming. From June 7th to June 9th, E3 2011 will be held in Los Angeles, California. It's a heavily anticipated event with many games on display provided by developers from around the world. Both Nintendo and Sony are expected to announce the specifications for two new consoles: Sony's Next-Generation Portable (which is now called PS Vita) and Nintendo's new console (codenamed Project Café). E3 will also offer a plethora of gaming announcements like usual, with many bearing significant expectations. Games such as Call of Duty MW3, Battlefield 3 and Gears of War 3 are just a minuscule selection of games which one can lick his/her lips over. On top of all the preempted goodness, there are also bound to be a few surprise announcements. Who knows, maybe Microsoft will bring out the big guns along with Nintendo and Sony. Click read more for a schedule with all the main events...

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Minecraft Pocket Edition: Gameplay Trailer

Minecraft will be coming to Android first as an Xperia Play exclusive. The game will be released onto the iOS in the foreseeable future as well. As of right now, we still don't know the price or the release window. However Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten recently confirmed multiplayer support for the Pocket Edition- in "LAN environments" only, meaning WiFi. Bergensten later added that "Bluetooth support may come later". As for the gameplay experience, Bergensten only offered that it is "creative mode in a limited world". More shall be revealed next week as Minecraft will be playable on the Xperia Play at E3.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Tomb Raider Reboot; Stunning Trailer Revealed

Tomb Raider is ready to take the franchise in an all new direction for the new year and re-invent Lara Croft in the process. After much teasing, the debut trailer for the highly anticipated reboot has been released. The CG trailer has stunning visuals and sets the mood for a tale of survival. Let's just hope gameplay comes close to the atmosphere of the trailer. Click read more below for more information and screenshots of the upcoming game.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Maplestory New Job: The Cannon Shooter

Brace yourselves. It's a new pirate class. No this swashbuckling hero doesn't carry a gun. Nor does the pirate use a sword, instead the pirate hones his skills with a hefty cannon! The Cannon Shooter is an Adventurer class which will utilise a new type of weapon: the 2-handed cannon. Information is limited at the moment however I can provide some of the skills which have been translated. Word of warning, this is an awfully long post. Click read more below.

THQ announces Darksiders II

Game informer gets the first sneak peek of Death
in its July 2011 issue
Darksiders II will be portrayed through a different perspective. Unlike the original game which featured War, Darksiders II will focus on Death (one of the dread Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) as he fights to clear his brother War's name who was made to take the blame for the apocalyptic events of Darksiders. THQ has confirmed it will ship the next instalment of the action-RPG series in 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Darksiders II will boast a dramatically larger world than the original, a weapon and armour upgrade system and better dungeons.

THQ's Executive Vice President of Core Games, Danny Bilson, said: "We have taken the best parts of Darksiders and improved on them with a host of new mechanics and features. You will see great things from this epic game." Bilson tweeted earlier that a big reveal about the sequel is coming soon; expect more information on this game in E3 next week.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Paying for CoD online-play?

The answer, thankfully, is no. The premium service will not be a cheap attempt to hoard money from avid gamers trying to experience online-multiplayer. Instead the service offers new content for players, content which should enrich and enhance online gameplay. This fall, Activision will officially launch Call of Duty: Elite alongside Modern Warfare 3. It's currently being developed by Beachhead which is a new studio formed by Activision.

The service will require a monthly-fee. In return, the players will have access to new map-packs and analytical tools that will improve a player's gameplay. First of all, Elite will compile a combined profile which will be compatible with any game within the franchise with Elite support; this should help a lot as the current community is split between Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare. The service will be accessible from various platforms such as web browsers, mobile devices, through the game console itself and within the game interface. The service is predicted to go public beta by this summer on Black Ops. Many of Elite's services will be available to players free of charge and as mentioned before, the (basic) multiplayer experience will remain free.

The service has been designed to engage the community in four key ways:

Career: Here you can view a summary of every CoD match you play in the entirety of your lives. You'll be able to pick out specific details from individual matches from all of the games supported by Elite in one, handy interface.
The career interface

Connect: Basically it's Facebook for Call of Duty. It offers unprecedented control over a player's multiplayer experience, transforming it into a social network. Players will be allowed for extremely meticulous match-making and group creation. Elite will also support private clans.

Compete: Competition is the heart of this game. Players will be able to participate in a multitude of Activision events which will offer both in-game and real-life rewards. The system will tier players to opponents of similar ability.

Improve: Better, better, better. It's all we want to do: become better. Elite will offer countless tutorial videos for every single weapon and map providing an in-depth analysis of each so a player can take truly hone his/her skill. Not only that, but it will also provide tips for perks and kill streaks.
Extensive information for any weapon or map available
Finally, the service will include any future map packs gratis; non-subscribers will have to pay the regular price but subscribers to Elite will receive it for free. At the moment Activision hasn't revealed the exact pricing of the system but it claims it will be "less than any other comparable online entertainment service". So what do you think? Do you think that we should be entitled to all this for free? Let us know in the comments below.