A few hours before Activision wanted to go public with it, the news has leaked about the next Call of Duty game. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 appears set for a November 13 release, and despite the first game taking place in the 1960s, the sequel will find the warfare has moved to the future. The early info came from the game’s UK site, which has now been swamped, but the full reveal will take place tonight with a trailer during the NBA playoffs.
The latest Far Cry 3 trailer features more drugs and death than a Grateful Dead concert in a piranha pool. Yes, that’s a Grateful Dead reference you just read. Looking at the trailer, it appears mushrooms of some sort are on the menu here for the protagonist, and yes, just as in real life, they do make killing blood-thirsty mercenaries more difficult. The game is set for a Sepetmber 4th release.
After years of development time rumors about release dates, the hell of Diablo III will finally be unleashed in just two months, May 15 to be exact. Blizzard Entertainment says the digital version of the long awaited hack and slash sequel is available for pre-order right now through Battle.net for $59.99. A boxed release and a $99.99 collector’s edition will also be available come mid-May.
GameStop will host Mass Effect 3 Midnight Launch events across the U.S. on Monday, March 5. Over 3,600 stores will be open to sell the latest EA game priced at $59.99 for the standard version, and $79.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition.
When many of us last saw Curt Schilling, he was making baseball history with his (bloody) Red Sox. But did you know since he hung up those plasma-stained cleats that he started his own video game company? 38 Studios’ first game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, an action-packed role-playing adventure, is now available for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. This week Schilling sat down with late night laugh-maker Conan O’Brien to talk about the game, and he previewed a custom-made clip featuring a fairly lopsided duel between the pitching ace and the string dance champ. Enjoy.
Late yesterday the Mass Effect 3 demo launched on PlayStation Network, allowing PSN members to download the single-player demo.
Multiple online pubs are reporting on a rumor that Star Wars: Battlefront III will release this year. PlayStationLifeStyle.net cites several job postings and tweets from insiders which point to a 2012 release of a “3rd person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise.” Talk about digging through clues, the sources also found a LinkedIn post from a developer who claims to have been working for three years on a “AAA third person shooter using Unreal Engine and Kynapse AI middleware,” and another post that refers to an “Unannounced third person sword fighting game.” If it’s not Star Wars what could it be? It’s been almost seven years since the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II for PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox, and Windows. An upgraded HD version of the game would certainly get a warm welcome from Star Wars game fanatics.
An ol’ school classic comes to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as Syndicate is dropped onto download servers in the form of a demo. Syndicate was originally released from Bullfrog Productions in 1993, and classified as a tactical isometric game. But Syndicate (2012) was developed by Starbreeze and converted to a first person shooter (not without controversy), with both single-player and co-op multiplayer modes. (FYI, co-op is playable for free on the PlayStation Network.)
Gamefly has launched their public beta for a new PC gaming client. If you’re a subscriber, you can download titles from Gamefly’s “Unlimited PC” library and play unlimited times at no charge. Assassin’s Creed, Jewel Quest, and Deus Ex are mentioned as titles free-to-play for subscribers. The PC client also provides news, screenshots and game videos (in HD quality) to users.
Over the weekend Spike TV hosted its ninth annual “Video Game Awards” (VGA) ceremony, announcing the winners for 2011. The two-hour event was broadcast to over 100 countries and territories around the world. Zachary Levi of NBC’s “Chuck” hosted the ceremony, which gave Bethesda Studios “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” the Vector Monkey — naming it 2011’s Game of the Year. “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also won Best RPG.
Check out this video of YouTube user KinectFAAST who uses Kinect technology to control gestures in Skyrim on the PC. The program, called FAAST, is middleware that runs on the OpenNI framework. The OpenNI framework doesn’t support voice so the guy uses VAC (Voice Activated Commands) software to convert spoken words to keystrokes via a RazorFish bluetooth headset.
the recent public testing phase of the Star Wars: The Old Republic brought in 2 million volunteers. According to the game’s publisher, EA, a whopping 725,000 unique players joined the game over the Thanksgiving weekend, making it “one of the biggest beta tests in history.”
Electronic Arts has committed the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand digital expansion pack to release on December 6 for PlayStation 3, and December 13 for Xbox and PC users. If you remember, the PlayStation 3 “Limited Edition” of Battlefield 3 promised a free copy of the ‘Karkand’ pack one week before Xbox and PC users are able to get it.
From Best Buy to Amazon to Gary, the neighborhood “merchant” who sells Atari games out of the back of his ’94 Taurus, it seems like everyone is tearing video game prices to shreds this week. And while searching through site after site – or Gary’s Sunny D-stained trunk – can be half the fun, we’re going to go ahead and give you the other half right here. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Top 10 Video Game Deals for Black Friday 2011.
If you’re looking for a new game to check out id Software’s Rage demo is now available on Xbox Live. With plenty of blood, violence and gore Rage takes you into a post-apocalyptic world called the Wasteland. For gamers who get excited about detailed environments, Rage is loaded with texture. According to id Software President Todd Hollenshead, the extensive details in the game are possible because textures are streamed in to avoid being constrained by system memory. If you haven’t seen Rage yet here’s your chance to get a look. And, those of you with PS3 consoles should be able to download the Rage demo from the PlayStation Network on December 6. Rage carries an MSRP of $59.99 but this Black Friday weekend you’ll be able to find it from various retailers for $29.99. Rage is published by Bethesda Softworks and was released for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PCs on October 4, 2011.
Once again, the juggernaut that is Call of Duty has carpet-bombed the entertainment industry with its first-day sales. Activision says Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million copies in the U.S. and U.K. last Tuesday, earning some $400 million dollars.
Several retailers will host Midnight release parties for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, release date November 8, 2011. Most Best Buy stores will open at 12:01 am to sell the game — here’s a link to find a Best Buy location nearest you. Gamestop is opening earlier at 9:00pm if you want to pre-order (to avoid lines) or trade-in other games — you can find a Gamestop location closest to you.
As if the masses needed any more reason to flood the stores for Tuesday’s release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the stakes have just been raised by Best Buy. For a limited time, buyers of the game can …