Expect customisation and cop chases
Ahhh, Mass Effect
A series we enjoy for its intense gun-fire and high octane shootouts... Wait a minute. Wrong game. Mass Effect. Yeah, that's not a game we enjoy for its shooting at all. Quite the opposite in fact. So you can probably imagine how delighted we are that Mass Effect 3's getting a needless multiplayer component. It's been on the cards for some months, with Bioware never comitting to..
We think it's pretty much set in stone how much fans want another Mirror's Edge game (we're right there with you
), but with DICE heavily involved in this year's first-person shooter showdown with Battlefield 3, you could be forgiven for thinking the series is off-limits for the time being. Realistically you'd probably be right, but that's not stopped DICE's Patrick Liu from making some noise about..
Battlefield 3 producer Patrick Liu has told The Guardian that the game's current beta test is lacking vehicles because it is
.. well, a beta — the insinuation being that it's a real test rather than a glorified demo. "We ran the alpha tests with a Rush map and we wanted to have some sort of reference so we could compare results so we needed to have more-or-less the same map," he..
We like a bit of online multiplayer from time to time, but we're primarily single-player people
We enjoy spending time with a great narrative and being involved in a story. So while we think Battlefield 3's multiplayer actually looks pretty cool, it's certainly not the highlight for us. That accolade belongs to the campaign. And when the campaign is as visually stimulating as Battlefield 3, we..
The air around People Can Fly's potty-mouthed shooter, Bulletstorm, was blue
But the hilarious thing is, the Polish developer didn't even realise it. Chatting in the October edition of Game Developer's magazine, Adrian Chmielarz said that he couldn't believe the extent of the game's expletives once he saw the game's Polish translation. "Do you know any swear word in a foreign language?..
Back when Crysis was the graphical benchmark for every PC gaming enthusiast out there, one very specific question was passed between fans: "Can it run Crysis?" Well the PS3 can, as an updated version is now available from the PlayStation Network
There's a trailer after the jump.
In an effort to prove Battlefield 3 is a much bigger deal than Bad Company 2, DICE has revealed that the threequel's current open beta has six times the number of simultaneous players than its previous release
The news should stop there really, but Videogamer decided to do a bit of digging. The website reports that Battlefield: Bad Company 2's beta had about 230,000 simultaneous players. By..
FIFA 12 has enjoyed the largest first-week sales than any other sports video game to date
Electronic Arts estimates that the soccer sim scored an impressive 3.2 million sales between September 27th and October 2nd. The company added that sales are up 23 percent over last year, and that October 1st was the busiest day for online gaming in EA Sports history, with some 10 million games played..
Dead Space 3 hasn't even been announced yet, but we're already massively familiar with it
The game's previous leak was huge, detailing settings and characters. But now Siliconera's uncovered more on protagonist Isaac Clarke's deteriorating mental state, confirming that the beleaguered engineer will now be haunted by a secondary personality. The "Shadow Isaac" will hunt players throughout..
Just get on with it EA
You're not fooling anyone. We know Mass Effect 3's going to have a multiplayer component of kinds. You may as well just announce it. It's pretty much confirmed anyway. A scan of a South African magazine lists the contents of a Mass Effect 3 collector's edition, with a "multiplayer pass" being amongst the goods. Rumours suggest that the upcoming sequel includes a..
FIFA 12 has topped the UK sales charts for the week
No real surprise there. Expect it to maintain its position at the top until Battlefield. The new arrival sees F1 2011 pushed down into third, with Zumba Fitness, Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a pleasing start too, landing seventh position..
We really like the Battlefield 3 beta, and to be honest we haven't had that many issues with it
But the whole point of these kind of multiplayer stress-tests is to isolate issues that might not have occurred during standard QA testing. And so naturally DICE has sifted through feedback from across the web to prepare a list of fixes that will be readied in time for the full release of Battlefield 3..
EA's always been great at cross-promotion
Play a game of FIFA 12 right now and you can't move without seeing an SSX logo. And the same will be true of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. Kinda. The publisher has announced that three characters from its arcade snowboarding title will be jumping out of the snow and into the fire, as Elise, Kaori, and Mac all...
Portal 2's heavily anticipated debut DLC pack -- 'Peer Review' -- will bend minds from October 4th, Valve has announced
The DLC will be available for free and continues the tale of P-Body and Atlas as you attempt to make your way through a new set of co-operative levels — and come into contact with the devious GLaDOS once again. The DLC also boasts a new single-player and co-operative challenge..
As the eager eyes over at VG247 noted this morning, EA's narrowed down the release date for its upcoming FIFA Street reboot from "early 2012" to the more specific "March 2012"
The date is mentioned on a pamphlet included inside new copies of FIFA 12. EA's been pretty secretive about FIFA Street up until now, but we expect the publisher to raise the curtain now its premier football title is on store..
SSX is back to its outlandish best in its latest 'Defy Reality' trailer
The footage depicts a variety of stunts and drops, all set to the delicious back-drop of shap synth pads and wobbly bass hits. Exciting stuff.
The Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3 'war' has been getting on our nerves
We feel like gamers have been acting needlessly contrary, probably in response to the popularity of Call Of Duty and the lingering assumption that the series needs to evolve. Competition certainly can't hurt, but its irritating watching fans praise a laborious Battlefield 3 demonstration while they chastise an infinitely..
Put it down to the amazing music or great editing if you like -- but we reckon Starbreeze and EA's Syndicate reboot actually looks pretty amazing
The game's first trailer is available after the jump, and shows off a variety of gameplay mechanics in addition to some pretty amazing futuristic environments. The game's due out February 21st in North America and February 24th in Europe.
EA's trotting out a demo for Need For Speed: The Run on October 18th
The demo will land ahead of the game's formal November 15th release. The demo will put you behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni (phew!) in a desert setting. Y0u'll get access to a 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S if you recommend the demo to a friend. Oh...
The Battlefield 3 beta is now available to everybody via the PlayStation Store
Just head to Sony's online digital market place and you'll find the client in the 'What's New' section. No need for activation keys, the beta will download immediately. It's just over a gigabyte in size. The Battlefield 3 beta includes access to the Operation Metro map and one game-type, Rush. It's set to run through to..
EA's confirmed that its Starbreeze developed Syndicate reboot will launch on February 21st in North America and February 24th in Europe
The dates were announced during a showcase in Las Vegas, where the publisher also revealed Shank 2.
EA's announced it's teamed up with Sports Illustrated to include hotties Irina Shayk and Chrissy Teigen in upcoming racer, Need For Speed: The Run
The two ladies have been digitised as characters in the game. We're not going to pretend we're outraged by this. As one of the ladies points out in the "Behind The Scenes" interview below, Need For Speed and Sports Illustrated are aiming at the..
EA's pretty serious about this whole Battlefield 3 lark
So much so it's offering console competitors $1.6 million worth of cash prizes in a Worldwide Conquest Tournament in conjunction with Virgin Gaming. The tournament — which is set to open in early 2012 — excludes PC gamers and is subsequently the biggest prize pool in console gaming history. The Battlefield series has always been a very..
Stylish side-scroller Shank is to get a sequel, publisher EA has announced
Original developer Klei has been hard at work behind closed doors, preparing the follow-up which once again emphasises on the events of its titular hero. Details are scarce, but it seems the game's big new addition will be an arcade survival co-op mode. "Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give," said Klei founder..
What are you doing sitting here? The Battlefield 3 beta has gone live on the PlayStation Network, significantly earlier than expected
All you need to do is search 'Battlefield 3' on the PlayStation Store, and you'll find the relevant download. Remember, you'll need to have registered a PS3 copy of Medal Of Honor in order to download it. The download's 1173MB on PS3. It opens up access to one map..
Visceral Games is hard at work on Dead Space 3, surprise surprise
According to sources, the game is not set on a spaceship this time around. Instead the action takes place on a new planet called Tau Volantis, an arctic world in which protagonist Isaac Clarke must front blizzards and icy conditions. Isaac crash lands on the planet at the start of the game and quickly finds he's not the only..
Just a reminder in case you'd forgotten (as if
) — the Battlefield 3 beta kicks-off today for those who purchased Medal Of Honor: Limited Edition on PlayStation 3. EA has said that keys will be sent out from lunch-time, but obviously there's a lot to get through so don't expect it bang on noon. "Please don't ask about 'when do I get my email' etc," gameplay designer Gustav Halling said..
This is brilliant. EA's released the full, final commercial for Battlefield 3. It still features Jay-Z, but it's much better cut than the teaser we posted late last week. But the real kicker is the tag-line: "Above And Beyond The Call". They don't even need to finish that phrase do they? Brilliant. The first-person shooter war kicks off proper next month.
There was a time not too long ago when Pro Evolution Soccer ruled the digital football roost
Not anymore. FIFA is an absolute monster in almost all of the territories it is released, with PES struggling to maintain market-share. EA believes its upcoming Battlefield 3 has the potential to claw back market share from competing shooters in the same way. One of my favourite sayings is Rome wasnt..
EA's slapped an October 4th release date on the PlayStation Network version of Crysis
A European release will follow on October 5th. The remastered game boasts a "modified and enhanced" version of 2007's campaign, with optimised Nanosuit controls, stereoscopic 3D support and more. The whole game's been reworked using Crytek's brand new...
Battlefield 3 looks absolutely staggering on PC
The game looks decent on the PlayStation 3. But in a recent interview with EDGE magazine, producer Patrick Liu insisted that console owners are not drawing the short straw, with Battlefield 3 every inch comparable to its PC counter-part on PS3. "[Console owners are] definitely not getting less of a game," Liu said. "It has the same..
EA's trying to steal market share from Call Of Duty with Battlefield 3, so it's no surprise to see the publisher go with a socially acceptable artist like Jay-Z for the game's first TV commercial
It doesn't matter that the song '99 Problems' adds absolutely no context to the footage at all. It's all about selling units at this point. The game's out next month.
Could this war get any hotter? With video game forums awash with discussion over the relative advantages and disadvantages of Battlefield 3 versus Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3; Sony's stepped in and snapped up timed exclusivity for each of Battlefield 3's DLC packs
The move's interesting because Microsoft has traditionally heavily associated...
Infinity Ward creative strategist has hinted that he leaves sales figures for the big-wigs, as the studio is only concerned with creating the best game possible
Our 100 per cent focus is making a game that were going to love to play, that were going to be proud of, and that we know that our fans are going to play," he told IGN. Whether fans are in the single digits or millions means..
All racing games need a good story right? Err, right? Perhaps not, but that's the vibe EA's gunning for with Need For Speed: The Run
Having had some hands-on time with the racer, we've concluded that the game itself actually plays pretty damn well. But we're not so sure about the "wanted man must drive across America in a winner takes all competition" storyline. Hit the jump for the..
EA's finally announced that the heavily, heavily anticipated Battlefield 3 beta will kick off on September 29th for everybody
Those that picked up Medal Of Honor will, as promised, get access a couple of days earlier on September 27th. Participants will be able to play on the Operation Metro map set in Paris. The map will be locked to Battlefield's...
Starbreeze has a great pedigree, but then so does the Syndicate franchise it's decided to reboot
Those that still hold nostalgia for the original Bullfrog series are disappointed with reboot's first-person direction, but director Neil McEwan believes "time has moved on". "It was always going to be an FPS," he told OXM. "The original nub of the idea was to take that..
We've known about EA and Starbreeze's Syndicate reboot for a while now
It's what the industry would like to describe as a "poorly kept secret". So it's apt that after the latest glut of leaks, EA has finally got around to revealing the project which has been known as "Redlime" for some time. "We are excited to finally reveal what we've been working on the past couple..
We know Starbreeze has been working on a secret project -- entitled 'Redlime' -- for months now
That project has long been believed to be a reboot of Peter Molyneux's classic strategy series, Syndicate. A leak within EA's own Origin website has confirmed the rumours. Someone at EA's getting a ticking off right about now. Unlike the original title, Starbreeze's Syndicate will take the shape of a..
The PlayStation 3 may already play host to Crysis 2, but EA and Crytek has announced this week that that the original Crysis game will retroactively accompany it
The game is said to be 'remastered' on PS3, with new lighting effects and Nanosuit abilities. At the time of writing, no price has been announced.
In real life if you prang your car your in for an expensive bill
But in Battlefield 3, if your tank gets hit by a rocket launcher, it's not much of a big deal. See, vehicles in Battlefield 3 are set to support replenishing armour. The armour will only replenish if the vehicle is kept out of the line of fire however. If it passes a specific damage threshold, it will be disabled, left to smoke and..
Call it a coincidence if you like, but it's not a coincidence
Just hours before Activision's expected to spill the beans on Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer campaign, EA's decided to release a brand new Battlefield 3 trailer. Boom.
EA's confirmed a September 20th release date for its crash-heavy PlayStation Network title, Burnout Crash
</a>. The game will launch for $9.99 on PSN. The Criterion developed digital title will include three game modes, 18 crash junctions and Autolog support. The one big problem is that the game doesn't look very good. Whoops.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has expressed some interesting opinion relating to Battlefield 3's single-player campaign length, and how the not so friendly rivalry with Call of Duty fares
"I would say its a pretty decent length. Its not Skyrim, but its not three hours, or anything like that," said lead designer David Goldfarb. Inquiring as to Battlefield 3's campaign length as..
DICE isn't giving up on the Mirror's Edge series, is the message from the developer's creative boss Lars Gustavsson in an interview with VG247
No, the dream is definitely still there, he said. Its a game loved by the studio. Its one of those games where you miss the universe, such as Shadow of the Colossus. I really liked Alan Wake, for example; I miss being in that universe. I miss..
Ray Muzyka of Bioware has solemnly announced that Mass Effect 3 will be the last time you see Command Shepard
What will happen to the now legendary protagonist? After this, Commander Shepards story is complete," Muzyka says. Further confirmation came when asked to confirm that Shepherd will appear in no more Mass Effect games past 3. Correct. Well, two sides to this story. Upside:..
EA Sports (and PlayStation) aired the first FIFA 12 commercial over weekend
The spot popped up during Manchester United's demolition job against Arsenal. It's after the jump for your viewing pleasure. The commercial itself focuses on the love of football. It gets the message across. Expect the game to do absolute gangbusters when it launches next month on PS3 and PSP.
Despite being totally customisable, Bioware's always portrayed the 'official' Commander Shepard as a bald-headed male
But with the fanbase for female Shepard (or FemShep as she's lovingly referred to) growing, Bioware recently held a public vote on its Facebook page to decide the official look for Miss. Shepard once and for all. The winner — with 19,726 votes — is the red-headed Shepard..
Yet another FIFA powerhouse has been chosen to represent FIFA 12
West London's own Chelsea will assume a place of importance in showcasing and enhancing EA Sports' FIFA 12. The Blues' native home of Stamford Bridge will soon house a hub of FIFA 12-related activities such as tournaments and handouts on chosen matchdays. Fans will also be able to head on over to the official Chelsea page to download..
We know EA is working on a PlayStation Vita conversion of FIFA, but outside of that the publisher has been very quiet about its support for Sony's new handheld
Seemingly now favouring mobile development, top EA executive Frank Gibeau was cautious in his discussion about Vita with CVG. "We're going to publish a few games on it and see how it develops," he said, presumably grudgingly. But..
Tennis games have always suffered from poor character models
So much so, we have fond memories of writing into Official Dreamcast Magazine about the 'Resident Evil Tim Henman' in the original Virtua Tennis. It's been a few weeks since EA announced Grand Slam Tennis 2, but the publisher's been keeping a lid on its character models, prompting some concern about their quality. Thankfully, there's..
President of EA Games, Frank Gibeau, has set forward the industry powerhouses' intention to continually produce new intellectual properties as well as rehashing some tried and true past developments
Speaking in an interview with CVG, Gibeau comments "we're always going to be in the new IP business". Following up with, "I figure we'll probably be doing one to two new IPs a year as far..
Valve's gaffer Gabe Newell believes that Sony should be commended for allowing third-parties to integrate services through the PlayStation Network
Chatting with Develop, Newell said that allowing Valve to integrate Steam into the PlayStation Network will eventually benefit Sony in the long-term. Theyve done the scary thing and I think its up...
Let's be honest, Criterion's first foray into the downloadable game market doesn't look like it lives up to the usual high-standards that the developer has set itself
If we're honest, Burnout Crash looks a bit, well, trash. But there is a glimmer of hope at the end of this trailer, with asteroids and hurricanes taking hold of the crash arena and...
Demonstrated for the first time during GamesCom this week, Battlefield 3's co-operative component will offer players six unique campaigns to play through separate from the main campaign
Unfortunately, those expecting to play the co-op objectives in split-screen multiplayer will be disappointed, as "you'll have to be online" to play the mode according to DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson..
EA and Bioware's "high octane alien adventure" Mass Effect 3 got a new batch of footage as part of GamesCom today
The game's showing — which focused mainly on the game's combat and squad tactics — proved that Bioware's looking to beef up the experience as a third-person action game, focusing on gunplay and AI collaboration. The game's due out in North America on March 6th and Europe on March..
DICE decided to use EA's GamesCom press conference to demonstrate Battlefield 3's co-operative campaign running on the PlayStation 3
While the footage was tense and exciting, it was quickly blown away by the multiplayer trailer that concluded EA's press conference. Clearly running on a souped-up PC, the footage showed jet gameplay on a 64-player multiplayer map called Caspian Border. It's..
As part of today's GamesCom 2011 presentation, EA's Todd Batty discussed in detail how SSX's multiplayer will provide a unique, social experience
Influenced by EA's recent racing titles — such as Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit — SSX will allow players to record ghosts which can then be shared with friends for instant competition. Players will be able to participate live in..
We're almost certain the next iteration of the FIFA franchise, FIFA 12, will be a brilliant slice of sporting simulation, but the amount of buzz-words being tossed about by EA Sports' David Rutter during the game's GamesCom presentation were a little bit worrying
In the old days of FIFA mediocrity, buzz-words and gimmicks were what EA Sports used to get people to upgrade to the latest game —..
EA opened its GamesCom conference earlier today with the announcement of a reboot for the FIFA Street franchise
The game — which is due on PlayStation 3 early next year — is gunning for depth, boasting twice as many moves as big-brother title FIFA 12. FIFA Street will also connect to EA Sports' Football Club service, allowing interoperability between Street itself and FIFA 12. EA Sports Season..
Despite the anticipation being nowhere near E3, we always enjoy the muted build-up to the GamesCom press conferences
You're never going to see a megaton announcement at GamesCom, but because the anticipation is lower, those muted surprises are all the more impactful. The PlayStation 3 Slim announcement in 2009 was huge, and we'll never forget the furore surrounding Resistance 3 last year. This year..
Following Sony's decision to stream its GamesCom press conference to every corner of the Internet, EA has decided to follow suit
The mega publisher has announced plans to stream its press conference live on its website tomorrow. The company's briefing kicks off at 15:00PM BST, and will be streamed through here. Expect some Syndicate, a lot of Battlefield 3, and presumably a couple of nods towards..
Starbreeze has been quiet for far too long
The Swedish developer known for its work on the Riddick series has long been associated with a reboot of Syndicate, using the codename Project Redlime. Despite frequent rumours teasing the game's announcement, Syndicate is still unannounced. But according to reports it's likely to make an appearance at GamesCom next week. A hastily deleted Tweet from a..
Regular readers will expect us to be going nuts right about now
We are. We're considering climbing onto our office roof and screaming words such as, "Yes! EA's making Grand Slam Tennis 2 for the PlayStation 3," but we suppose that would be a bit weird. Here's the hot news though: EA's making Grand Slam Tennis 2 for the PlayStation 3. The sequel to the Nintendo Wii game — which played..
It will take players "years" to unlock Battlefield 3's array of unlocks according to the latest Battleblog
Developer DICE is promising ten-times the number of unlocks than Battlefield: Bad Company 2, with enormous unlock trees for vehicles, weapons and weapon attachments. The game's big marketing line is "play it your way", which is always nice so long as the game doesn't overwhelm you..
You can't stop Bioware at the moment
Electronic Arts has announced that its EA2D studio has been renamed Bioware San Francisco, joining the other four Bioware branded studios across the US. EA2D was previously responsible for Dragon Age: Legends and Mirror's Edge 2D.
This isn't a rumour, but until we get official word from EA in our inbox, we'll tag it as such
Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer. We're not entirely sure why — Mass Effect 2 was easily one of the worst third-person shooters we've played on PS3. Terrible shooting mechanics, a hokey cover system and boring AI made it a shoddy experience in combat. The only reason Mass Effect 2 was such a good..
Burnout developer Criterion is staffing up for a new open-world racer on "new systems"
Job listings for both a lead software engineer and AI programmer spilled the beans, stressing that the roles will involve "creating a new extension to the existing Criterion team focusing on developing on new platforms". We wonder if Criterion's talking PlayStation Vita or... Burnout's open-world. We're..
EA's announced Battlefield 3's variety of retailer exclusive pre-order bonuses
There's no official word on participating retailers in the US or UK just yet, but expect the usual outlets: Amazon, GAME, GameStop, etc. The goods themselves come in addition to the Back To Karkand expansion pack, which is included with all Limited Editions of the game. If you've pre-ordered Battlefield 3 then you're..
Battlefield's series producer, Patrick Bach, has reiterated that the developer has no plans to annualise the Battlefield franchise, citing that treating it like Activision's Call Of Duty would effectively kill the series
The business goals for us are not to release a game every year, Bach revealed in a chat with Gamerzines. If we were to release another big Battlefield title next year, that..
EA Sports has talked about subscription services for its roster of annual franchises for a while, and today its launched the first stages of that vision -- EA Sports Season Ticket
For an annual fee of $24.99 — the service is not currently available in Europe on PS3 — EA Season Ticket will allow you to get early access to EA Sports titles,...
Ex-SAS operator turned author, Andy McNab, will pen an original Battlefield 3 novel to tie in with the game's release this October
The book, subtitled The Russian, will focus on a character named Dima, one of two characters featured in the game's single-player campaign. McNab's working alongside Peter Grimsdale on the novel. [Thanks VG247]
It's Mirror's Edge 2 rumour time, and this time the Official PlayStation Magazine's got the goods
According to inside whispers, DICE's first-person parkour adventure will return in the near future, leveraging the power of the developer's new uber-gorgeous engine, Frostbite 2. "The Frostbite 2 engine will pave the way for Mirror's Edge to make a free-running return," the magazine teased..
EA's CEO John Riccitiello isn't hot on 3D gaming in the slightest
The company executive told shareholders overnight that it'd rather invest in social gaming than 3D technology at the moment. Frankly, we have not seen a big uptake for 3D gaming, he told Gamasutra. We havent seen a big uptake for 3D televisions in the home, at least not yet. And were not here trying to drive the market,..
England stars Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere will appear on the front-cover of FIFA 12, EA has announced
The Arsenal midfielder will join Manchester United's forward for the UK, Ireland, Scandinavian and Middle East versions. It's Rooney's seventh appearance on the game's cover.
During the furore of E3, most peope were too enamoured by Need For Speed: The Run's (admittedly silly) on-foot sequences to notice how great the actual racing looked
Packed with superb visual effects, weighty arcade-handling and some glorious camera angles, the thrill of the racing got completely overlooked by the QTEs that followed. But while EA was probably wrong to focus so heavily on The Run's..
EA's founded a new studio that's working on a PlayStation 3 exclusive first-person shooter, according to some clever detective work by the folks at SystemLink
The website cites the resume of an employee contracted to do work on an unnamed PlayStation 3 first-person shooter at an unknown developer named Black Troll. The project has apparently been in development for around 10 months, and so the..
Battlefield 3 will not be the same experience on PC as on consoles
It's just not technically possible, with PC's packing much more potential horse-power than the PlayStation 3. As such, the console version of Battlefield 3 will be much more refined, limiting player-counts to just 24-players compared to the PC's 64-player cap. The biggest difference between the PC and console version of..
We don't know if you've heard: there's a war on
EA and Activision each want to dominate the first-person shooter pie, and that means Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are preparing for a head-on collision later this year. It's a ballsy move from EA given Call Of Duty's mainstream popularity, but it's a battle that's thus far been fairly evenly matched. Battlefield 3's obviously..
EA's released some new footage for Battlefield 3's hotly anticipated multiplayer component
It looks great. Admittedly we're struggling with the hyperbole some folks are showering this game in. Don't get us wrong, the game looks fantastic. But we can't help but feel that if this trailer concluded with a big Call Of Duty logo, it would be met with complete apathy. On the specifics of the trailer..
Today has been the best day for video game news in a long time
Seriously, we've been sitting here grinning like cats all afternoon. First we got some behind-the-scenes chatter from Media Molecule. Moments later we got word that Sasha Grey would be lending her voice to THQ's Saints Row: The Third. Then we learned about GoldenEye 007: Reloaded for PS3. Finally, ju
Shadows Of The Damned director Massimo Guarini has left Grasshopper Manufacture to set-up a new studio
Guarini's upstart, Ovosonico Productions, will be based on "games, music and films with an attitude" according to the company's website.
EA's announced another batch of multiplayer titles that it is to cease supporting as of this coming August 11th
The original Army Of Two, Skate and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 will all get the boot across PlayStation platforms, with Madden 10 and NHL 10 set to be closed at the start of October. We've included the full list of shutdowns after the jump. August 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown Army of..
EA executives were clearly hard at work this afternoon
"Damn," one EA employed businessman suddenly declared, "It's such a slow news day, we need to do something about it." "Well we have always courted the idea of purchasing Plants Vs. Zombies developer, PopCap Games," came the response of a stern looking businesswoman, "Maybe we should get around to that."..
Activision's not been keeping on top of its website domains
The URL for ModernWarfare3.com takes you to Battlefield 3's homepage. Given that both titles are currently engaged in a deadly war to the grave, that's pretty funny. The website was registered by an anonymous owner in the US. We suspect it's the work of a long-time Battlefield fan, rather than a sinister EA marketing plan. Hilariously,..
EA's confirmed that Burnout Crash
</a> will release next month on the PlayStation Network. The isometric, downloadable spin-off being developed in-house at Criterion, was previously confirmed to have an Autumn release date. Now it's dead-set for August. Of course, the game looking a bit rubbish is best left for another discussion.
When Burnout Crash
</a> was rumoured, we were expecting a bite-sized PlayStation Network release of Burnout's popular crash mode. We weren't necessarily expecting the isometric, cartoon spin-off that Criterion actually announced. The British studio has now revealed that Burnout Crash! started life as a Nintendo Wii game. We can't say that we're surprised. The original version started on the..
Sounds like there's a Mass Effect 3 demo on the horizon
Bioware's Casey Hudson told fans to "stay tuned for demo plans" in a Tweet over the weekend. Mass Effect 3 was delayed into 2012 earlier in the year, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of a pre-Christmas demo release to keep fans engaged. And with multiplayer hotly tipped for the franchise, perhaps Casey's referring to some..
Over the last three weeks I've played two niche games which I thoroughly enjoyed
Neither of the games were particularly successful at retail, but both enhanced my appreciation of EA as a publisher. Alice: Madness Returns was scorned for being derivative and classical in design, while Shadows Of The Damned was dismissed because of some poor gameplay decisions and an over-emphasis on mediocre..
Sony is bundling up a Move package for all you naysayers and non-owners out there
Next week is set to see the release of the a $99 limited edition Move bundle, featuring (you guessed it) a Playstation Move Wand, a Playstation Eye, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. The bundle has not yet received an official UK price, and is currently on track for a release into stores everywhere on July 11..
Criterion's finally confirmed its long rumoured Burnout spin-off, entitled Burnout Crash
</a>. The isometric riff on Burnout's popular crash mode is set to launch on PlayStation Network later in the year. The game promises to offer rewards for "traffic chaos by crashing into cars, triggering explosions and destroying everything in sight". There will be a total of 18 junctions..
Legendary Pictures has chimed in to reveal that the long-rumored Mass Effect movie is in production
Writer Mark Protosevich (of I Am Legend fame, if anyone's hoping for a Will Smith Shepherd) and creator series Casey Hudson will take to the tables at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22nd to discuss the upcoming Mass Effect flick. When's it coming? No word. No other major players in the film production..
EA's holding its annual Summer Showcase today
Expect new information and details on a number of high-profile titles including Battlefield 3, Need For Speed: The Run and FIFA 12. Also don't rule out some big new announcements. We wouldn't be overly surprised if we saw something new from ex-Call Of Duty developers Respawn Entertainment too. The event kicks off at 1PM PDT — that's 9PM BST. You can..
It always baffles us how people talk about Mass Effect 2 being one of the greatest games of all time
When we think of that game, we can't help but think of naff combat. It's not just naff combat though, it's the worst. Seriously, we can't think of a bigger blockbuster shooter that has worse combat than Mass Effect 2. Of course Mass Effect gets away with the gameplay being rubbish because of the..
We suspect most gamers that played the original Mirror's Edge live in hope of a sequel
While the original title was far from perfect, but it always felt like it was teetering on the edge of brilliance, in need of a little more iteration to fulfill its potential. Of course, Mirror's Edge succumbed to the new IP syndrome, selling poorly and being pushed to the back of EA's plans. The company has said..
EA's promising some bombs for the company's summer showcase this week
The publisher's senior media manager has said that "big announcements" will appear at the event on Thursday. Big games such as Alice: Madness Returns were announced at last year's showcase. Any guesses for what will be shown this year? It would be cool to see something announced for the PSVita.
Our anticipation for DICE's Battlefield 3 is a more a situation of curiosity
There's a venom in the gaming community that's wishing Call Of Duty would fail. The philosophy behind that sentiment is clear: Call Of Duty is a mainstream hit and people really dislike that. Battlefield is a popular alternative — an underdog if you will. Everything we've seen of Battlefield 3 thus far suggests DICE..
DICE has told PSM3 magazine that Battlefield 3 will boast ten co-op maps when it launches later in the year
The co-operative mode will be playable by up to two-players. No details on what those maps will contain yet, but with ten maps on offer it sounds like Battlefield 3 will boast a seriously robust co-op component.
We couldn't care less about DeathSpank's lastest adventure, The Baconing, but apparently some people are still desperate for more of the spectacularly unfunny series
The Baconing will take DeathSpank to a number of new locations, including The Fires Of Bacon, Spanktopia and The Throne Room. We're assuming the latter is a toilet because DeathSpank is...
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