Archive for the ‘PC’ Category

Release Dates Aplenty

September 19, 2008

This past week, due to school, I was unable to frequently post, causing me to miss out on some big release date announcements. While I have been shifting from class to class, most people have been finding out when SackBoy will be running, jumping, and sacking into our hearts. The complete mini-rundown is below.

Mirror’s Edge: EA’s parkour-esque, free-running spectacular will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11th. It is rumored that the PC release date has been delayed, considering that it was conveniently left out. A demo for the game will be out before launch, and PS3 owners can expect exclusive DLC, which is a relief compared to the next announcement.

Grand Theft Auto IV (360 DLC): Microsoft confirmed that the “exclusive episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV will be available on Xbox 360 starting fall 2008.” Fall has already started, so we might be continuing Niko Bellic’s epic adventure soon.

LittleBigPlanet: Anxious gamers will finally be able to make their own SackBoys and levels on October 21st. The game that might convince me to buy a PS3 is out in almost a month; I better start scraping some cash together.

Prince of Persia: On December 2nd, the cel-shaded, AI-redefining chapter in the Prince of Persia series will be in stores. The game will be out on 360, PS3, and PC, alongside a DS counterpart, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.

Wii Music: The game that brought us all ear aches at E3 2008 will be flying onto shelves and into the homes of North American five-year-olds, on October 20th. If you want your games to be more like toys, Wii Music might be for you!

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Portal: Prelude, An Unofficial Prequel

September 18, 2008

Video game modifications sure are something, aren’t they? The Unreal Tournament series, as well as Half-Life 2 have had some amazing mods, but Portal: Prelude raises the bar to a whole new level.

Portal: Still Alive was unveiled at Microsoft’s E3 2008 press conference, but that will not continue the story and will have miniscule new content. Hardcore Portal fans need a big experience to tide them over until Portal 2 is released, and that is just what Prelude will deliver.

While this may not be an official release from Valve, it will actually be longer than the original Portal, and have it’s own story-line, in which test subjects are observed by Aperture Science employees, meaning it is the pre-GLaDOS era. A main team of three people are developing the game, which will include “8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps,” already more than the original game, “and more than 400 lines of speech.” The game will only be available for PC Portal owners, but the soon-to-come download is said to be free. GLaDOS? No. Amazing offer? Yes! 

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Diablo III’s Art Director Resigns

August 8, 2008

On August 5, and new job opening appeared on Blizzard’s employment page. The post says that an art director is needed for Diablo III, one of Blizzard’s key franchises. Kotaku asked Blizzard about the job opening and found out that art director, Brian Morrisroe, had quit. Blizzard fully responded to the inquiry by saying:

“Regarding Brian, he recently resigned to form a startup company ‘outside the game industry’, which is why we posted about the open position. That change won’t impact the game…we’re really pleased with the look and feel that Brian helped create for Diablo III, and the new person we bring aboard will work with other artists on the team to maintain the art style moving forward.”

You don’t have to be too upset…or maybe you do? Many fans have been complaining about the art style, and Blizzard confirmed that Brain’s resignation would not affect the visual style. Diablo III is for babies, I mean just look at the graphics. [/sarcasm]

Mass Effect DLC Coming To PC

July 29, 2008

The DLC mission Bringing Down the Sky has been avaliable for all console Mass Effect owners since March, at 400 Microsoft Points, or $5. If you held out and purchased the PC version, you’re in for a treat. Not only do you have improved graphics and a better interface, but you can play Bringing Down the Sky for free. All you have to do is start up your game and follow the directions on the launch screen. Have fun kicking some Batarian tail, FOR FREE!

Diablo III Formally Announced

June 28, 2008

First of all, I am by no means a PC gamer. Not that I don’t like PC games, I just have a PC that would throw up all kinds of metallic odds and ends if I tried to run anything video game related on it. That said, I have never played Diablo or World of Warcraft, unless you count about ten minutes of playing at my cousin’s house. I never really understood the appeal of these games, but I know they have their fanbase, and a monstrous one at that, so here you are: a PC gaming post. 

While this has been expected for a long time now, Blizzard has officially announced Diablo III. There was some speculation that it would be confirmed when there an odd “icy” splash screen was posted on Blizzard’s main site. Rumors started spouting out from everywhere, but Diablo III seemed to make the most sense. Over time the splash screen changed, revealing more pieces to the mystery. That splash screen has now been replaced with a Diablo III graphic, after the game’s confirmation at the 2008 Worldwide Invitational. The official site has been launched containing the debut teaser trailer, a twenty minute gameplay demo, over 60 screenshots and concept art, character class information, and more. The teaser and gameplay demo are posted below, but you can go to the Diablo III website to see everything else.

Teaser Trailer

Gameplay Demo Part 1

Gameplay Demo Part 2