Latest Video Games News and Updates

  • Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Maps comparision

    Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand map pack will be included in the Limited Edition of the game when pre-ordered. The map pack includes four maps Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula, and all these are re-imagined using the Frostbite 2.0 game engine.

    Battlefield 3

    The map pack is developed by the same team that brought us the Bad Company 2: Vietnam expansion pack. Want to know  the different are the maps looks from their previous iteration, then have a look at the screenshot below:

    Wake island Battlefield 3 Karkand Battlefield 3

  • PSN not online in Japan due to demands from Credit Card company

    Sony has restored Playstation Network (although partially) throughout the world, but not in its home country in Japan. The company till now hasn't given any indication as to when the service will be back online.

    Many reports claimed that PSN is not restored in Japan due to demands from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and now thanks to Japanese news paper Asahi Shimbun daily, we came to know what those demands are from METI.

    PSN logo

    Credit card companies in Japan and METI wants Sony to details all the new protection measures company has taken for credit card users in Japan.

    The reason for this concern of credit card companies, if a credit card is used illegally in Japan card companies would generally have to compensate its users, whereas in United States, Sony has a deal with insurance company to compensate upto 1 million dollar as damage compensate. No such deal is there in Japan.

    As per our knowledge Sony till now has not provided card companies in Japan with the requested information. Sony in its response says that the company cannot rule out the possibility that credit card data has been leaked, investigation is going on to know whether it has.

    Seeing the response of Sony, we can say, GOD only knows when PSN will be restore in Japan.

  • Capcom may or may not show DMC at E3 2011

    Capcom's Christian Svensson has said that DmC fans should keep their expectation and hopes in check as the game may or may not make an apperance at E3 2011 this June.

    DMC screenshot

    During a live Q&A session this week, Svensson teased fans, “Maybe, we’ll see,” adding, “you’re going have to wait and see.”

    Svensson further added that company almost shared all their big reveals during last month Captivate, so fans should ”keep expectations in line”.

    “I don’t know that we’ll be shocking anyone with what we’re talking about at E3. Most of our major announcements were made at Captivate. There’ll be some light shed on things that we previously announced that we didn’t show much of at Captivate, updates for some things we did show at Captivate.”

    “But keep your expectations in check and everyone will probably come out happy. That doesn’t mean that we won’t have more things to talk about in the not so distant future, just to set expectations.”

  • No online pass for Mortal Kombat until Playstation Store is restore

    Mortal Kombat publisher has announced that until Playstation Store is restore, Playstation 3 version of Mortal Kombat will not require online pass. Once Playstation Store is back up and running (this Tuesday as reported), players must redeem or buy the online pass in order to play online.

    Mortal Kombat

    Due to the recent PSN outage, Mortal Kombat for PS3 will now be playable online without need for the Kombat Pass. This is a temporary solution that will only be available while Playstation Store is unavailable. Once PlayStation Store is back up, users will be able to enter the Kombat Pass code included with Mortal Kombat or purchase a Kombat Pass for $9.99.

    In simple terms if you have Mortal Kombat, then you will have until Tuesday to play the game without buying the $10 online pass.

  • Huge blow to Rockstar, L.A Noire working with patch on PS3 custom firmware

    A huge blow to Rockstar and Team Bondi, A third party reports claimed that hackers have released a new patch update that allow open world detective game "L.A Noire" to run of custom firmware for Playstation 3.

    L.A Noire PS3 box art

    To be more clear, the patch allows copy of L.A Noire to run on S3 Custom Firmware including Kmeaw and Rebug CFW.

  • New Brink patch will be available next week, details revealed

    Splash Damage has revealed the details regarding the next patch update for PC and console version of Brink. This new patchis expected to be launched for all versions at somepoint next, exact date will be reveal in coming day.

    Brink screen

    Check out patch note for all three version of Brink below:

    Xbox 360

    • Completed modifications to improve network performance.
    • Fix an isolated freezing issue reported by some German players who should no longer experience that problem once the update has been installed.

    PC

    • The cause of sound dropping out on certain maps when playing networked games for a prolonged amount of time has been identified. This will no longer occur.
    • Graphical performance has been improved, especially when using Ambient Occlusion. Closely worked with both AMD and NVIDIA, folks should see performance and stability improvements in future driver revisions from both parties.
    • The server browser is tweaked in this update, as well; among other things, a new filter allows you to display only servers with a certain number of players on them, and full servers will no longer be filtered out completely.
    • There are some smaller fixes for minor issues including your character’s voice occasionally resetting when deleting another character, and a memory leak when alt-tabbing out of the game.
    • The dedicated server is set to get an update at the same time as the main game, which will result in improved CPU performance. Certain cvars are protected that previously allowed server admins to accidentally break objectives involving NPCs.
    • The full changelog will be released alongside the update.

    PS3

    • With PSN back online, multiplayer testing will resume. Changes in the upcoming Xbox 360 title update will be applied to the PS3 version quickly.
  • Naughty Dog commented on why company not using L.A Noire facial tech in Uncharted 3

    Rockstar and Team Bondi's open world game L.A Noire features MotionScan technology which capture actor's facial expression and accurately renders the movements in the game. This new technology has received many positive response, but Naughty Dog has decided to still make use of hand-crafted facial animations for their upcoming game title Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

    Uncharted 3 screenshot

    On Playstation Blog, Sid Shuman, Senior Social Media Specialist for Playstation explained the reason behind Naughty Dog's decision to make use of hand-crafted facial animations.

    SId Shuman said, "That’s an interesting point that we discussed with the team as well. In short, they prefer having the ability to create the facial animations by hand (based on HD footage of the actor’s face as they perform the lines) because it gives them more flexibility. We asked them whether they had considered using the cool facial tech in L.A. Noire, and they had but ruled it out because they couldn’t edit the resulting facial animations — they would literally have to run the full take without any edits. So they prefer doing it their way, but good question!"

    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is slated to launch exclusively for the Playstation 3 in US on November 1.

  • Playstation Move Support coming to NGP and PSP?

    If all goes well then PS Move support will be coming to PSP and upcoming handheld NGP. According to recent published patent from SCEE, the company is planing to bring Move support to NGP and PSP.

    Sony's Playstation Move has seen relatively less success as compare to Microsoft's Kinect and Nintendo's WiiMote, and reason for this weak library of games and less marketing. Now Sony is trying to revive PS Move by bring it to another platform.

    PS Move

    The patent was filed by company way back in 2009, it has been published just and it's titled as "Portable Device Interaction Via Motion Sensitive Controller".

    PS Move Patent Stereo Camera Stand NGP Move Demo

  • Canadian Videogame Awards: Mass Effect 2 named GOTY

    The winners of this year's Canadian Videogame Awards has been announced, and its Mass Effect 2 that has bagged GOTY beating Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Dead Rising 2 and many more.

    Mass Effect 2

    The Bioware game won three other awards also, Best Game Design, Best Writing, and Console Game of the Year. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood won for Best Audio and Best Visual Arts, whereas ModNation Racers got its hand on Innovation Award, and DeatSpank won Best Download Game.

  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Platinum and Classic Edition announced

    Ubisoft has announced a launch date for two new special addition of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for PS3 and Xbox 360. These two special edition of the game will be released on June 17 in United Kingdom, and will carry a price tag of £13.61.

    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood screen

    The publisher has not yet revealed the details regarding the content of these two special edition, and neither confirmed whether they will be available in US also.

    An update is expected soon from Ubisoft. So Stay tunned.