November 29, 2011
Skyrim Map App
Sometime soon (hopefully sooner rather than later), we will be getting an app called “Dragon Shout”. This app looks to be an excellent addition to any Skyrim fan’s app collection. What it is is an interactive hand drawn map of Skyrim for either your iPhone, Android or tablet. The app allows users to mark discovered locations and make notes about said locations and any area the user wants to mark on the map. Find a dragon but want to finish your current quest before killing it? no problem, simply mark where you saw the dragon and make a note of it. Want a hand held depiction of your exploration efforts as bragging rights on the go? Awesome! just mark where youve been and what youve found and show it off to everyone. Keep track of where you found items, whereRead more…
November 28, 2011
Need for Speed: The Run Review
Its November again, and we all know what that means for racing fans; another Need for Speed. This year we got something just a bit different. Last year, Criterion gave us a superb game in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. A simple racer full of speed and cop chases that hit you primal racing instincts while making you smile every time you hit the turbo button. EA Black Box finally gets to take the NFS reins again after the horrid NFS Undercover. Could EA Black Box redeem itself with The Run or will we get something more miserable and broken than Undercover? The answer is yes, but not an enthusiastic yes. Need for Speed: The Run is an unusual experiment. Mix one third action movie, one third racer, and one third action game, bake, and what you have is somethingRead more…
November 28, 2011
Gears of War prequel trilogy?
There are rumors floating around that there may be a Gears trilogy set before the events in Gears 1, 2 and 3. People Can Fly, the devs who brought you Bulletstorm, is said to be working on another Gears trilogy focusing on the events prior to the original Gears and will tell the story of how the COG got into a war with the Locust, and more specifically the roles of Marcus and Dom. Personally I hope this goes through, I would love to see more expansion on the background and future of Gears and especially the pendulum wars. Thoughts? who wants to see another gears trilogy?
November 28, 2011
With our new partners IntKeys behind us and us behind them it seems that it is time to do some investigative reporting. Well I did just this by making a purchase under an unknown name and got all the service that I expected and then some. When I took it upon myself to go through with what I had hoped was a good deal I looked everywhere and IntKeys is still the best place to pick up keys. Let’s get into the process and how I was left very impressed. You start out by choosing the game that you are wanting to purchase. The details are given straight out of the box and onto the page so that you can see exactly what it is you are thinking about purchasing. Price is given plus the retail cost that you wouldRead more…
November 27, 2011
Understanding The Numbers: PC vs Console Sales Figures
Recently I have seen a great deal of confusion when it comes to understanding sales numbers between Consoles and PC. Compared to 10 years ago there have been some major changes in the PC gaming industry, changes I consider for the better personally. The biggest change in the PC gaming industry is the shift towards digital distribution. Digital distribution began to pick up around 8 years ago in 2003 with the release of Valve Software’s digital distribution client steam. This was really the first time you could get major PC releases online and be able to access, download and purchase them entirely digitally. While it was slow to start the DD industry has taken off. According to Techcrunch as of 2010 it was estimated that over 57 percent of PC gaming sales are done digitally and that numberRead more…
November 26, 2011
Batman: Arkham City DX11 issues
Batman: ArkhamCityreleased for PC on Nov. 22nd roughly a month after its console counterpart. Many were excitedly awaiting the PC release only to be disappointed with the games performance on the PC. The game itself isn’t the problem, the issue lies within the games DX11 features. To be exact the problem is with the way the game handles a DX11 environment, essentially the game is conflicting with the utilization of DX11 causing intense stuttering and lag, and on some systems renders the game unplayable all together. The good news is that Rocksteady is aware and currently working on a fix. When the problem will be resolved is unknown but it would behoove Rocksteady to appease their paying customers by making the fix a priority and releasing a patch sooner rather than later. In the mean time if you bought ArkhamRead more…
November 24, 2011
Happy Turkey Day Everyone!
First off, I would like to say Happy Turkey Day to all the readers on this holiday and Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow editors as well. This is the time of year were we remember all the great things we are thankful for and appreciate the little things in life. This year alone we have Nintendo struggling to turn a profit, Activision and EA going head to head for the modern shooter crown, the 3DS and Vita trying to keep portable gaming alive and out of Apples hands, Bungie had handed off the series that put them in the spotlight for so long, watching Kaos Studios, Blue Tongue Entertainment, and Team Bondi become defunct as well as other studios, PC and console gamers continuing to bicker back and forth, the catastrophic tsunami that hit Japan, and losingRead more…
November 23, 2011
MechWarrior coming to a PC near you as a Free to Play MMO
Alright MechWarrior fans, here it is. The MechWarrior universe is being created as a Free to Play MMO. How much the game will cost hasnt been disclosed as far as I can tell, probably the traditional $50, but it will be free to play online creating some stiff competition for Guild Wars 2 when it releases. All your basic knowledge of the original games will be incorporated and you will have complete customization control over your mech such as paint and weapon upgrades and load out. MWO will also include classes such as scout, attacker, defender and commander, to suite the players preferred game style. And for an MMO this will probably be the best looking out there as it will run on CryEngine 3, and as it is a PC exclusive game it will utilize DX11 to show itRead more…
November 22, 2011
To Skyrim and beyond
Its not secret that the world of skyrim is freakin massive. It has been discovered that the world of skyrim goes beyond its own realm and into morrowind and cyrodiil. by default these areas are unreachable but by entering in a console [~] command you can enable no clip mode which allows the player to go through walls thus bypassing the invisible barrier that surrounds the world of skyrim. Its unclear as to why these land masses were included but it would be my guess they are for DLC purposes. They are not however done like the rest of the game, they are said the be low texture recreations of morrowind and cyrodiil and I have yet to find out if there is any content, i.e. wild life, giants, monsters, dragons, people etc., in these areas. Ill make a pointRead more…
November 20, 2011
Skyward Sword is here!
The fall rush is upon us and game after game is being released in a flurry for the consumer’s dollar. This is also a season of being thankful, and I would like to give my thanks to Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto for 25 wonderful years of Zelda titles. To commemorate this feat they have given their widely popular Wii a proper swan song in the form of the much anticipated Skyward Sword. I made sure I was up this morning to head to my local game shop to pick up my personal copy of the collector’s edition of The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword. Unlike what Kotaku received in the mail, mine was in pristine condition and would safely cradle this elaborate (for a Wii title) box home, so that it would not receive any imperfections. To start offRead more…