XBox 360

July 9, 2011

Mass Effect 3 to be an Origin Exclusive

We now know that Mass Effect 3 will be an ori­gin exclu­sive on the PC along with The Old Repub­li­cand will not be avail­able on any of the oth­er DD plat­forms such as Steam, Direct2Drive and Impulse.  This will most like­ly be one in sev­er­al upcom­ing exclu­sives to the Ori­gin plat­form.  Oth­er title that are expect­ed to be Ori­gin exclu­sives are Bat­tle­field 3, Cry­sis 3 and any future AAA title releas­es that will come from EA.   Mass Effect 3 will of course be avail­able on PS3 and Xbox 360 for those of you who do not wish to play on the PC.  What do you PC  guys think about Mass Effect 3 being Ori­gin exclu­sive?  Will this be bad for busi­ness?  Good or bad?

July 7, 2011

Thought of the Week: Despite reception we hold on.….

Time for this week’s thought that has been bounc­ing around my head for two weeks since the Mirror’s Edge and lack of cre­ativ­i­ty top­ic; are there games that were either met with mixed reviews or panned by crit­ics that you still hold dear or dili­gent­ly hope for a sequel? Advent Ris­ing is mine. I love this game and will defend it till the day I die (not to be over­ly dra­mat­ic). It had a sto­ry that sucked you in, a unique visu­al style and one of my favorite sound­tracks of all time; but it was plagued by bugs and a shod­dy frame rate, and the “flick” sys­tem didn’t work as adver­tised but what game is per­fect? This is anoth­er game that sits in the cat­e­gories of “best game no one played” and “cre­ative game that gets buried amongst the tideRead more…

June 28, 2011

Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Released and Comparison

Today Cry­tec released it’s long await­ed DX11 patch for Cry­sis II.  The DX11 con­tent, high res tex­tures, and updat­ed visu­als have been a source of much debate with­in the PC and even con­sole com­mu­ni­ties.  PC gamers argue that the con­tent should of been released with the game instead of wait­ing sev­er­al months after it’s release to be put out.  Many PC gamers claim that the DX11 patch is to lit­tle to late and that by “alien­at­ing” their core audi­ence, the PC com­mu­ni­ty, that they have lost the fol­low­ing that they might of oth­er­wise had.  Regard­less of where you stand on the mat­ter the DX11 patch is avail­able for you to down­load here and it is a free down­load to those who have pur­chased the game.  There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent con­tent packs that you can down­load depend­ing on what you want.  EachRead more…

June 27, 2011

Sound The Alarm

Hey guys I have a friend who also has a nerd site. His name is Adam and he does up the geek­ness over at http://stashow.net/. Sound The Alarm brings you news in gam­ing and oth­er fun things as well. They also do week­ly pod­casts chat­ting about any­thing going on in gam­ing, sports, or ran­dom stuff around the house. They just hit the 25th episode mark so gratz to them. So give them a check­ing out and tell them Ace­Of­Nades sent ya. Oh and be nice.

June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Video Game Industry

In a mile­stone event today, the Supreme Court ruled today against the Vio­lent Video Game law pre­sent­ed by Cal­i­for­nia law mak­ers. “Like pro­tect­ed books, plays, and movies, com­mu­ni­cate ideas through famil­iar lit­er­ary devices and fea­tures dis­tinc­tive to the medi­um. And ‘the basic prin­ci­ples of free­dom of speech … do not vary’ with a new and dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion medi­um,” said the court. “This coun­try has no tra­di­tion of spe­cial­ly restrict­ing chil­dren’s access to depic­tions of vio­lence. And Cal­i­for­ni­a’s claim that ‘inter­ac­tive’ video games present spe­cial prob­lems, in that the play­er par­tic­i­pates in the vio­lent action on screen and deter­mines its out- come, is unper­sua­sive.” This is land­mark event in that it sets a prece­dent for any future enter­tain­ment indus­try laws.  This rul­ing pro­tects video games under first amend­ment rights thus extend­ing them the pro­tect­ing that the Lit­er­a­ture, Music and Video indus­tryRead more…

June 26, 2011

Subscriptions VS Microtransactions

  With advance­ments in gam­ing come new ways for the indus­try to get our mon­ey. How­ev­er with EA giv­ing way to the “online pass” codes trend we see gam­ing head­ing in a new direc­tion. Now we see free to play, pay to play, and all thats in between pop­ping up all over. Sub­scrip­tions — Ahh the famil­iar feel­ings. Pay for a month? Three months? A year? Two years? Hope­ful­ly this game lasts that long. Sub­scrip­tion based games rode the MMO wag­on to become a stan­dard for a lot of games and gam­ing ser­vices. I am sure the first guy to see a pay to play game said, “Ha! That will nev­er work.” Now that same guy does his best to scrape togeth­er enough mon­ey to get anoth­er month of WoW access like a crack­head get­ting his fix. Suc­cess in theRead more…

June 16, 2011

Crysis 2 Gone From Steam

Steam recent­ly removed Cry­sis 2 from it’s online store.  This is rather supris­ing con­sid­er­ing that Cry­sis 2 is one of it’s top sell­ing titles.  The game was appar­ent­ly removed a few days ago when some steam users who fre­quent the site real­ized that it was no longer avail­able for sale.  EA released a state­ment say­ing ” It’s unfor­tu­nate that Steam has removed Cry­sis II from their ser­vice. This was not an EA deci­sion or the result of any action by EA. Steam has imposed a set of busi­ness terms for devel­op­ers hop­ing to sell con­tent on that ser­vice — many of which are not imposed by oth­er online game ser­vices. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Cry­tek has an agree­ment with anoth­er down­load ser­vice which vio­lates the new rules from Steam and result­ed in its expul­sion of Cry­sis II from Steam. Cry­sis II con­tin­ues toRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — Sony

Well Day one of E3 is in the books and it end­ed with Sony. Now Sony had a ton of pres­sure to be great this year due to the PSN hack. Well lets just say I think they hit a home­run. They had to step it up and they did just that. After the apolo­gies and thanks for sup­port here’s what they gave us: Unchart­ed 3 — Beta June 28 — Full game Nov 1 — We got a look at Unchart­ed 3 which looked amaz­ing. The game­play had Drake sneak­ing around a cruise ship dur­ing a ter­ri­ble storm. As you nav­i­gate the ship you and object around you con­tin­u­ous­ly sway with the chop­py seas out side. Even­tu­al­ly the ship gets a hole and starts flood­ing and then all of the sud­den the ship rolls onto its side adding a whole newRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- All things Halo

What would E3 be wit out the fran­chise that cre­at­ed the Xbox? We know Bungie depart­ed the series with Reach and the reins would be hand­ed over to 343 Indus­tries, which is ran by for­mer Bungie mem­ber Frank O’Connor. Dur­ing Microsoft’s press brief­ing not one, but two Halo games were announced; mak­ing the scream­ing fan boy inside me cry tears of joy. Halo: Com­bat Evolved Anniver­sary is just what we expect­ed and has been wait­ing for. The game is the orig­i­nal Xbox hit with a shiny new coat of paint with online co-op and mul­ti­play­er. I was able to catch the inter­view Spike/Gametrailers had with Frank O’Connor. From what I gath­ered the game is essen­tial­ly the Xbox game down to its core. There has been no tweak­ing of lev­el design, or how the game plays; it was just a graph­i­calRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- Tomb Raider

Crys­tal Dynam­ics came out on to Microsoft’s stage to present their new reimag­in­ing of Tomb Raider. This is vast­ly dif­fer­ent than we have seen her last in TR: Under­world. Lara is 21 and just begin­ning her adven­tures, the tone is much dark­er and grit­ty to the point dur­ing the demo Lara pulled out a piece out met­al out of a wound like a pro; albeit much whin­ing and moan­ing. The game play they showed looked like a mix of clas­sic Tomb Raider and Unchart­ed. There were script­ed playable sequences that looked very rem­i­nis­cent of Unchart­ed 2. Not to say that Lara’s new makeover is a bad thing and all they did was copy and past­ed from Naughty Dogs opus, there were some orig­i­nal ideas amongst the demo. Using Lara’s “sur­vivor skills” you can locate things in the envi­ron­ments to useRead more…

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