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John Carmack of id Discusses Blu-Ray Advantage


Carmack has discussed the advantages of the format, saying their upcoming titles Doom 4 and RAGE will most certainly be released on multiple DVDs versus one blu-ray disc. According to Camrack, here’s what’s going on with the game RAGE:

“We would love to set the thing up where it filled one Blu-ray disc versus three DVDs, which is about the right mix, but the game just…we can’t cut it into a third like that,” said Carmack.

“We can cut it into two pieces. We’ve got two large wastelands on there. We just couldn’t make an arbitrary cut.”

So, in other words, RAGE will be shipped on 2 DVDs and 1 Blu-Ray. The same can’t be said for Doom 4, which will definitely ship on 3 DVDs versus 1 Blu-Ray. Also mentioned was that, no surprise here, it’s definitely a lot easier to work on the 360 version, and it involves more “sweat equity” to develop for the PS3, but they did mention that the PS3 has more theoretical raw performance than the 360, giving id Software a little more headroom for optimal performance tweaks.


Published on July 22nd, 2009 under , , , , , , ,

Rage – ID Software’s New Multi-platform Title



A multiplatform title release by ID is featured on the cover of Game Informers August edition magazine.

Bullet Point Info

-Open World FPS using Id’s new Tech 5 engine.

-Takes place 80 years after a devastating asteroid collides with earth and kills most of civilization.

-The player controls a character that was part of Project Eden, a program that buried hundreds of pods or “arks” containing 12 people in cryosleep that would aid in rebuilding society once they emerge from cryosleep. The players ark opens sooner than it was supposed to due to an earthquake.

-The asteroid caused mutations to some people so there will be mutants and stuff.

-You get a vehicle that you get to keep throughout the whole game (it appears that way anyways), that you can upgrade and personalize. “Unlike in other games where vehicles are disposable, in Rage, we want your vehicle to be an extension of you first-person avatar”.

-The hero will be a nameless silent protagonist.

-There appears to be quest like structure to the game, you get quests from people and complete them.

-No good/evil mechanic in the game.

-You can build stuff like weapons and sentry bots with an engineering mechanic, or you can purchase them.

-Regeneration health system so no med packs.

-There are races that you can compete in to get certificates used to purchase exclusive upgrades and parts. There will also be race leaderboards. You can do vehicle combat during the races as well and get bonuses for destroying opponents.

-There will be the ability to play stealthy if that’s what you prefer over guns blazing. The article describes a mission that involves guiding a remote control car with a bomb on it to infiltrate an enemy hideout.

-There is a show called Mutant Bash TV that you can participate in, it’s like a battle arena that is televised.

Developing info

PC: more anti-aliasing, higher resolution, faster graphical page in times for textures.

PS3: took a lot more time early on learning it to ensure that it is up to speed with other versions, essentially. Carmack says more “sweat equity had to be put into” it and “there’s a little bit more theoretical raw performance” that gave them “a little bit more headroom.”

X360: easier to get where they are now.

Game is being developed with controller first in mind (X360 pad on PC version demo’ed) because Carmack says, ” . . . the largest chunk of our market’s going to be on the consoles.”

Multiplayer planned, but unrevealed because they don’t want to promise something and have to cut or change it before release.

The Blu-ray issue

Since Rage is running on the powerhouse id Tech 5 engine, the developer is having a tough time squeezing everything onto strandard DVDs for the PC and 360 releases.
“We would love to set the thing up where it filled one Blu-ray disc versus three DVDs, which is about the right mix, but the game just… we can’t cut it into a third like that,” Carmack says. “We can cut it into two pieces. We’ve got two large wastelands on there. We just couldn’t make an arbitrary cut. But Doom 4 is being set up so that it’s almost certainly going to be cut up to three DVDs versus one Blu-ray. At least they’ve got the ability because of the way it’s structured.”

Replay Value

“[Rage] won’t be like Doom 3, where you killed the bad guy and that was it — turn the game off and you were done,” says creative director Tim Willits. After the main story is complete, players can continue to explore the world, earn all of the upgrades, go for achievements, and compete for the best times on the racing leaderboards.

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Published on July 18th, 2009 under , ,

An Opinion on Sony’s Face Recognition, the Eye and Marketing


I know it was mentioned earlier, but we have slightly more details.

Anyway, the controller apparently is able to perform facial recognition. Not only that, but it can do a variety of other things as well. IGN reports:

it was revealed that the technology can detect the position and direction of player’s heads, as well as their gender, age and certain facial gestures

Sony’s stated that the technology is already there. Not only that, but they also claim that their technology is more accurate than XBox 360’s as well. So now my question is, if this technology is so grand and spectacular, how come we never see anything beyond novelty games? In all truthfulness, I honestly believe it’s how this Eye was revealed to the public and the lack of advertising.

The PlayStation Eye never really had a ridiculous trailer showing the camera in “action” and magically scanning a skateboard deck, including the areas behind the fingers (watch the Natal trailer). Most of what Sony had were just a bunch of tech demos and only pushing Eye of Judgment really. Most of the software released seems like they’re only tech demos as well. Not only that, but has anyone seen any commercials, or ads, for the PlayStation Eye?

If Sony really wants to push this technology, they need to come up with some brilliant ideas to convince consumers (and developers) to buy and invest in these kinds of games. Hopefully, that’s what we’ll start seeing soon, because, since Microsoft revealed ‘Project Natal’, Sony finally seems to be pushing the technology. But is it too late? Sony attended the Develop conference in Brighton, England yesterday. Maybe they convinced developers to start developing these types of games? I hope so. Hopefully, third party developers who have started working on games for Project Natal will also develop the games for the Eye as well, so all of those won’t wind up being 360 exclusives.

In the end, though, I still feel this entire type of fad gaming is a bit overrated and will not last for very long. There will most likely be loads of shovelware (junk games, usually for a quick buck). The Wii, for instance, has lots of titles to play, but about 96% of them are shovelware! I still don’t know why it’s so popular! But here’s hoping Sony can pull this off and compete with both the Wii and 360 on a more successful level, but considering their lack of advertising and bad marketing as of thus far into the PS3’s cycle, it’s going to be a very steep climb. The nice thing is, 360 and PS3 have about even footing in sales, so I feel if Sony pushes the marketing and advertising of their products, sales would boom (especially if they released the Slimline models soon and introduced them with a price cut). They better do it soon, because the Holiday season will be here faster than you think!

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The PSEye:Natal


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Sony said, here, that the PS Eye already has facial recognition just like Project Natal.

“We’ve got a wealth of libraries available,” explained head of developer services Kish Hirani.

Like most gamers out there, I’m left wondering, “Where are these games that support this camera.”

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Published on July 16th, 2009 under , , , ,

Riddick: Dark Athena debut trailer


The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a game that will expand on the critically acclaimed original game in the series that released for the Xbox and PC in 2004 as The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

The new game not only brings the entire original to next-gen consoles with upgraded graphics, effects and audio, but an entirely new game that’s just as large as the original has been added in addition to numerous gameplay enhancements and features.

Starring Vin Diesel as the titular anti-hero Riddick (who has heightened sensory abilities that allow him to see and hear beyond normal human ranges), you must break out of the galaxy’s most deadly prison in this compelling 1st person action experience. Check out the all new trailer for the game.

Call of Duty: World at War starts Double XP Week


World at War on Xbox 360Activision has started “Double XP” Week for Call of Duty: World At War for those Xbox 360 and PC users who have the Limited Collector’s Edition.

Those who qualify will have the opportunity to earn double the experience points with access to the “Double XP Officer’s Club” playlists. It will end at 11:59AM Pacific Standard Time in the U.S. on Friday, December 12th. So you have the rest of today and all of tomorrow to rack up those points!

Call of Duty: World At War is the latest game in the first-person war series and the 5th game in the franchise. For this title the setting was brought back to World War II after the huge success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was set in modern times. The game recieved great reviews across the board.

It is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at a price point of $60, on the Wii for $50, the PS2 for $40 and the DS for $30. It’s rated M for Mature (Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore).

Here’s the awesome launch trailer for the game.

On Xbox Live today: Meteos Wars and PowerUp Forever


1600 Microsoft Points Card for use on Xbox LiveFrom today, at 9AM GMT (2AM PDT), you can play Q Entertainment’s Meteos Wars on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. Meteos Wars will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

In Meteos Wars you take a ride through an intergalactic journey where you slide, stack, and ignite your blocks to blast away the world-ending Meteos. Only you can stop them from falling and crushing your planet! Master combo links and power-ups to challenge your friends in intense multiplayer sessions.

Also available today is Namco Bandai’s PowerUp Forever on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. PowerUp Forever will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

Survive! Assimilate! Evolve! In PowerUp Forever, you must grow to survive, and to grow you must destroy! Hunt and defeat enemy Guardians to harvest their glowing energy cores, gaining power to grow your ship and expand your weaponry. As you evolve, you attract the attentions of ever-larger enemies, and your fight for survival goes on.

PS: You can also download a free Winter Holiday Theme!

Published on December 10th, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Gears of War 2 hits 3 million sold in its first month worldwide


Gears of War 2 for Xbox 360Gears of War 2 has hit an astounding 3 million units sold, a major milestone, in it’s first month on store shelves. Just for comparison’s sake, the original Gears of War that released for the Xbox 360 in November of 2006 took ten weeks to reach 3 million units sold. And Gears 2 did it in four.

This was confirmed by Edge who spoke with Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein via an e-mail where he stated that “Microsoft [the game’s publisher] confirmed to me this afternoon that Gears of War 2 sell-through surpassed 3 million units as of last week.”

To date the original Gears of War has sold close to five million copies.

As for the sequel, Gears of War 2 has consistently been one of the top played Xbox Live games online since it’s release on November 7th.

Don’t forget to check our Gears of War 2 cheats page as well as this interview with Gears of War 2’s Marcus Fenix voice actor John DiMaggio, as well as the awesome Gears of War 2 Last Day Trailer and Gears of War 2 Rendezvous trailer and finally, this interview with Gears of War creator Cliffy B. about Gears of War 3 and the Gears of War movie.

Published on December 9th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Street Fighter Special Collectors Edition announced for Xbox 360 and PS3


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Pre-Order Street Fighter IV on PS3Capcom has announced the Special Collector’s Edition version of Street Fighter IV for Xbox 360 and PS3. It will release alongside the normal game on February 20, 2009, although it’s so far only been announced for Europe.

Along with the game itself, everything from the Special Collector’s Edition is snugly housed in a classic Street Fighter scene outer case!

The Street Fighter IV – Special Collector’s Edition includes:

* Limited edition figurines of all time favorite character Ryu and the all new character Crimson Viper, positioned within the familiar settings of the ‘crowded Chinese downtown’.
* A bonus disc containing a feature length HD quality anime movie, created specially for the launch of Street Fighter IV and a selection of the best game trailers to date.
* A mini strategy guide created in the style of a comic art book detailing the moves and biographies of four of the new characters to the series; Viper, Abel, El Fuerte and Rufus
* Exclusive downloadable game content

Gamers in the United States will not get both character figurines at the same time as in Europe. Rather, the Xbox 360 version will come with the Crimson Viper figurine (as well as the anime on DVD disc) and PS3 gamers will get the Ryu figurine (with the anime on Blu-ray disc).

Additionally, you can pre-order the game to snag a replica of Ryu’s headband.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed receives mission and character downloads


The Force Unleashed Darth Maul ScreenshotStar Wars: The Force Unleashed has gotten it’s latest downloadable content (DLC) update in the form of a new mission along with a new set of character skins for players to try out.

Called the “Jedi Temple Mission Pack”, it’s priced at 800 Microsoft points ($10) for the Xbox 360 version and brings Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice to Coruscant and the ruins of its Jedi Temple as the protagonist searches for more information on his father.

The stage itself, the Jedi Temple, appeared in the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii versions of the game but ended up getting cut from the Xbox and PlayStation 3 versions. So now next-gen console owners will be able to see what they were missing out on.

The Force Unleashed on Xbox 360New costumes from the Mission Pack include: Temple Exploration Gear, Cybernetic Reconstruction Apprentice, Sith Training Gear, Mace Windu, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Dark Stalker, Lightsaber Training Droid and Combat Training Droid.

A separate 400 Microsoft Point ($5) Character Pack adds a variety of new player skins, including: Republic Trooper, Tatooine Luke, Ben Kenobi, Jedi Master Plo Koon, Count Dooku, Jango Fett, and C-3PO along with three new costumes: Utility Combat Suit Apprentice, Animated-style Apprentice, and Spirit Apprentice.

Note that the PlayStation 3 version of the “Jedi Temple Mission Pack” will be available on December 11th.

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