August 19th, 2009
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2K Sports makers of most of the American regional games like MLB (Major League Baseball) and NHL (National Hockey League). 2K Sports are the only contenders to EA Sports giants of Sports Games. National Hockey League or better known as Ice Hockey is a popular sport in natural cold countries like Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and northern part of United States. NHL 2K series was started by 2K Sports in the year 2000 and till date have nine games released in the series. Tenth game NHL 2K 10 is under development of Visual Concepts and like the previous games of the NHL series it will be published by 2K Sports. NHL 2K 10 will be released for the platforms of PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Specialty of the game will be different feature for each version on different platforms. Genre for the game will be Sports and Hockey. NHL 2K 10 is scheduled to release on September 15, 2009 on all the four consoles. Cover athlete for the game will be All-Star left winger Alexander Ovechkin of Washington Capitals.
Better Graphics: The player looks and styles will be more accurate, realistic pre-game introductions and brighter arenas.
Smarter Hockey: Game will be more authentic in defensive and offensive zones because of improved A.I. multiplayer will be more exciting because of the NHL-caliber playmaking feature.
Online Multiplay: Online teams can be created and you can play in leagues. By joining tournaments you can test yourself against best NHL 2K 10 players in the world
Better Control: with improved controls it will deliver better handling and new defensive moves like stumble shots, and stick lifts you can always get puck on the net.
All these feature will be common for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 for Wii controls will be different as it will use Wireless input Wii Remote. Get ready for this action packed game with lots of adrenaline.
August 18th, 2009
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Most famous fictional feminine character is Nancy Drew, in the year 1930 for the first time she appeared in books and still continues in almost every media culture. Five movies, two television shows and various games are created with Nancy Drew as the main character. One of the famous games is Nancy Drew Dossier series. New game in the Dossier series is Resorting to Danger. The game is basically a mixture of point and click, finding puzzles, and taking puzzles. Her Interactive company behind more than 22 Nancy Drew games will develop the Resorting to Danger. The game will release in August 2009, although nothing has been confirmed by the developers. According to the official page of the game plot of the game revolves around Nancy Drew on her way to stop a bomber. The bomber intends to ruin Redondo Spa clients relaxation. These high society clients wont be happy if they will come to know that there retreat is about to explode. Loss will be high even if the bombing is just a threat. Nancy on a trail to stop the bomber is working undercover as the Spa gopher. She is catering to the customers eccentric requests and trying to defuse the bomb. From the celebrities to the receptionist everybody is suspect. Nancy has to find who is sabotaging the spa before spa loses all the clients.
There are many characters and each of them will appear suspicious because of some specific reasons. Main characters of Resorting Danger are :
Helfdan Helgason: he is a genius with all kind of cosmetics, creams, and liquids at Redondo. Question is if he is such a genius then why is he still stuck at the spa?
Jasmine Ivy: A well respected actress in Hollywood, who stops by Redondo to rejuvenate her beauty. Obviously she doesn’t want her fans to know about all these treatments.
Cassidy Jones: a receptionist at Redondo, he dislikes his job. He is highly suspicious as why would a intellectual graduate from Brown University is working as a receptionist?
Nick Bleski: he can do anything for money and the situation is perfect. As a general manger of the Redondo he wants to make as much money as possible. He can plat bomb for insurance money.
Once again Nancy Drew is in the situation with lots of suspects and she got only once chance to reveal about the real culprit. Lets see where this adventure takes our dear girly detective.
August 14th, 2009
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Red Steel 2 an upcoming game under the development of Ubisoft Paris. Red Steel 2 is a direct sequel to the 2006 game Red Steel. Just like its sequel Red Steel 2 is a game from First person shooter, where player can use gun and a katana sword alternatively. The game is designed to be played on Nintendo Wii. Red Steel 2 will be published by Ubisoft. Releases dates are not sure but the game may release early in the year 2010. Only playable mode in the game will be single player. Red Steel 2 will use a special game engine developed by Ubisoft known as LyN engine. LyN is designed to act effectively on both old and next generation equally. Other games to use LyN engine are Rabbids Go Home and Beyond Good & Evil 2. LyN specially suits Wii as it helps in maximizing graphic capabilities without limiting the imaginations of the developers using it. In April Ubisoft revealed in a press release that game’s story is based in a high tech, desert bound metropolis. The Swordsman is the name if the main protagonist of the game. He will be a silent character and a member of a clan called “The Protectors”. According to a prequel in the game all the members of the group were killed while saving The Swordsman. As the last surviving Protector, The Swordsman sets off on a revenge for his fallen clan.
Red Steel’s development started in summer of 2008 and on July 28 the same year existence of Red Steel 2 was confirmed by Alain Corre, executive director of Ubisoft. Red Steel will also use Nintendo’s new accessory Wii MotionPlus. It is said by the developers that Wii motion plus create a strong single player experience. Multiplayer was not considered as the part of the game, because Ubisoft believed it would distract player from enjoying the single player in Wii gameplay. Instead of using more realistic graphics, Red Steel will use stylized cel-shaded graphics. Visuals are styled like XIII Ubisoft’s own game released in the year 2003. As the game will release on the family console Wii, it will not include bloodshed in the game. Ubisoft is aiming for ‘T’ rating for Red Steel 2. Red Steel 2 will be played in the First person shooter perspective just like Red Steel. Player can alternate between sword fighting and shooting. At their disposal players will have both gun and katana and they can switch them at any point. As you will progress further in the game you will receive new abilities and weapons, which you can either earn or purchase.
August 13th, 2009
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Racing gaming genre evolved a great way, from traditional circuit racing in the earliest games to drift and drag racing of modern times. A new genre evolved from racing is action-racing with some best known games as Burnout and Ridge Racer series. These games are known high risk gameplay mechanics and high quality collisions. A new game in the genre is Split Second. It is developed by Black Rock Studio, previously released other such games like Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge, MotoGP ’06 and ‘07 and Pure. Split Second will be released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, with the Microsoft Windows version to be published by Disney Interactive Studio. Publishers for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are still to be announced by the developers. The game was revealed in March 2009 for the first time and will be released in Q1 of the year 2010. As the game is from the genre of action-racing main feature of the gameplay will make use of special actions and destructive environments. Split Second will have two playable modes as single and multiplayer.
The game is about fictional reality TV program where participants race for money and glory. Player takes part in the program in order to earn money. A “powerplay” meter fills up while performing stunts in the race such as precision driving and passing very close to objects, stunt jumps and drifting. As the meter builds up special events will be triggered and they will further create obstacles in the race. Not just obstacles these special events can alter the race course entirely and create shortcuts. In order to stop the player from wining the race these triggers can also be used by AI opponents. These events can include airplane crashes, building collapse and huge explosions. Frequency of the trigger will depend on how full players meter is. Even if only one bar is full from three bars on HUD first level of events will be available and the most extreme events will be available only when the three bars are filled. Difficult y of the races will very greatly, first level races will be extremely easy to play and the races on the other end will be extremely difficult to play.
Vehicles, and locations that will affect the gameplay will be highlighted with a blue glow and the player must time action accurately in order to hamper the opponents to the extreme level. Once an event is triggered the powerplay meter will reset itself. Now the decision will be on players whether to choose the less affective first level, which will be available as soon as the meter resets itself or they can save powerplay points for longer and build them further to use the top tier actions. There will be several powerplays that can be used in the next level like the bombs dropped from the police helicopters. Opposite to this there will be few powerplays which never will reset unless and until you quit the race or restart it. To make the HUD as simple as possible Black Rock Studio removed many unwanted items from the HUD like Speedometer, Map e.t.c. Only elements on the HUD will be powerplay meter (most important of all), lap and position of the player in the race. Using the reality TV shows premise the game is broken in 24 episodes and one episode will have three races each. Multiplayer mode of the game will have online and offline versions.
August 11th, 2009
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Salvation is an upcoming game by Black Wing Foundation and N-Game Studios. Not to confuse with the name Salvation has nothing to do with Terminator: Salvation, a game and a movie released this summer. Salvation will be an action game played from third person shooter perspective. The game will release for the consoles of Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. No released dates are confirmed by the developers, only info. on the release date is that it may release in the end of the year 2009. Main concern for the developers of the game is publisher, which is yet to be signed. Valve Corporation’s Source engine is used as the game engine. Salvation will have single and multiplayer as the two playing modes, co-operative multiplay mode is also expected. Genre for the game will be action game played in third person shooter perspective. Subject for the game is different and strange and have to do something with communication with god.
The game is based in the future world in the year 2026. To face Judgment Day major government of the world resorted to genetic engineer and stem cells. Genetic replicas of Christ and Antichrist and destroyed them to describe many fundamentals on Earth. Supported by the idea of communication to God through machines. These machines are also used to communicate with an army of clones called Angels. In this disturbed future every human movement is in the hands of technocrats. With the help of several super servers linked up to heaven, they make it sure that every decision is right and the only decision in the world. Technologies are prohibited to use and the population is under constant stasis. Every one has to undergo a brain scan called “repent” every week. If the technocrats find any wrong thoughts the person will be executed or worst send to hell through a cybernetic virtual environment system that makes a man suffer immensely. Against this a group of rebels intensely individual people from throughout the globe came together and try to overcome the Technocrats. They are fighting a gorilla war, but their strength is far less then the regime. The role given to the player is Narumi Amano. Player assumes three roles in the game, first one is Narumi Amano. Second character is Alexander Geist – a cynical psy powered smuggler, and the third and the final character is Sergei Thor – captain of the east European resistance. The game is described as a mixture of Action of Stealth with some settings of cities like London and Tokyo.
August 7th, 2009
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To increase the fan base game developers are trying new concepts. One of the best and oldest concept is fusing two game genres. Best example is fusing and FPS (First person shooter) with Real time strategy. This is a unique work because FPS and RTS are two of the best genres of gaming also they are two different end points of the gaming line. Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger is an upcoming game of this fused genre. The game is under the development of Atomic Motion, an independent Hungarian company. Publishing job for Raven Squad is assigned to Evolved Games along with SouthPeak Interactive. Some of the best game from all genres and on all consoles are allocated to SouthPeak Interactive for publishing, like Velvet Assassin, Edge of Twilight, X-Blades and many more. Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger will be released on Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Release date as confirmed by the developers is September 1, 2009. Another game with such fusion is Nuclear Dawn, under the development of Valve Corporation. One major difference between the two games is that Nuclear Dawn also fuse Survival horror with FPS and RTS.
The game starts with a devastating plane crash in the Amazon rain forest. The plane is said to be carrying top secret data. The top secret is dangerous and if it is captured by the enemies millions of lives will be in danger. A group of mercenaries are called for this dangerous job of rescuing any survivors and retrieving the top secret. This team is expert in these kind of missions. They set out to the field but the fate is against the team and their pane is shot down on route. After the smoke clears the team learns that there are only eight members left and rest of all dead in the crash. Now the team has three targets, rescue, retrieve and survive. The plot of the game follows there search for the targets and the adventures through the most dangerous jungle of the world with most dangerous enemies. First they try to complete the assigned mission as planned and later they switch to survival as an civil war breaks out between two factions in the jungle.
Gameplay as told is a fusion of RTS and FPS, you will be free to use any of them. You can play the game in zoomed in classic RTS overhead view or in typical First person view. RTS overhead view is a provided through a group of satellites positioned overhead (Geo-stationary orbit). You can get an 3D view of your surroundings with the help of the satellites. When you zoomed out the view you will be able to control two squads individually with four members each. Two squads will be expert in two distinct combats. One is an in infiltrator and members of the group prefers long range attacks. Other group is an assault squad and they are perfect for close combat. In the infiltrator mode you will have an advantage of far view. This will help you to get an advance view of what lies ahead and using this you can jump on enemies camped out behind buildings or around the corners. Playing in both the views is not compulsory and one can play the whole game ion FPS. At any point of time you can switch to and from the two views. Best option of switch is between the eight players with each one of unique style and qualities.
According to SouthPeak Raven Squad will concentrate more on tactics. The game is said to be difficult as it will be very simple to end the game. Environment of the game is of highly detailed and you will experience lush jungle visuals, dynamic weather, haunting ambient sounds. An co-operative multiplayer mode is also available for the game which can be played friendly online or locally. Players are given with campy dialogues making the game like 80’s classic movies. Featuring the best of both genres, Raven Squad combines both FPS and RTS gameplay for a blazing action experience. Visuals effects of the game are awesome and a matter of discussion all over. All over Raven Squad will be fun to play with best points of fused gameplay, choice between eight players, and beautiful jungle environments. You have to rescue, retrieve and survive.
August 6th, 2009
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Far Cry is one the four game that are regarded as pillars of First person Shooter (FPS) genre. Developed by Crytek, German game developers and published by Ubisoft, it hit the market on March 23, 2004 and within the period of four months is sold more than 730,000 units. A sequel to the game was released on October 23, 2008 and it changed the history of gaming. Instead of Crytek Far Cry 2 was developed and published by Ubisoft. Development of the game took place in the Montreal studio of Ubisoft which better known as Ubisoft Montreal. Although Ubisoft marked Far Cry 2 as a true sequel of the previous one, but there was no similarity in the two games, even the protagonist of the game was changed. Dunia and Havok Physics were used as the game engine. Dunia was developed specially for Far Cry 2 by Ubisoft Montreal. It was because of Dunia and Havok that the game is so unique about its graphics and dynamic weather. The game was released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Genres of the game are First person shooter, action and Sandbox. So it can be said that Far Cry 2 is played in first person shooter perspective with lot of action in sandbox style of gameplay.
Experts and game enthusiast often call Far Cry 2 as a GTA in jungle. As the Far Cry 2 is an open ended first person shooter. You can play with one or more mercenaries and factions. Sandbox style of gaming and progress in the game as you want, ensuing the sandbox style settings in the game. There many options for the weapons and vehicles in the game. You can use wide range of vehicles like boats, trucks, cars, and the above all hand gliders. Depending on the situation player can choose playing styles like stealthy infiltrations or head on assault. Far Cry 2 is a unique game because it takes place in an open world instead of maps like most of the FPS games. Background for the game is beautiful and dangerous Africa. Topography of the game includes savannah, jungle and desert with an total area of 20 sq miles. Actions performed by player will effect the environment. Soldiers will try to kill the player as soon as they saw him, in spite of the factions he is working with. Only firing free zones in the game are ceasefire zones near all the big towns in the game. The sci-fi creatures from the previous installment are replaced by human mercenaries.
Weapon inventory of Far Cry 2 is one of the largest of all, including weapons in set of primary, secondary and special. Other than weapons from these categories a machete is carried all times along with set number of grenades and Molotov cocktails. Battle rifle, an assault rifle, MP5, MGL grenade launcher and sniper rifles are depicted as primary weapons. Special weapons will include light machine guns, recoilless rifles, a mortar and a flame thrower and mortar. A gas powered tranquilizer is included in the game in order to control wild animals. In the secondary section semi-automatic pistols, SMG (submachine guns) and flare guns are included. The weapons will have an interesting feature of degradation, making the game more real and interesting. When weapons are used continuously they will get susceptible to jamming, dirty and ultimately leading to terribly fail becoming unusable. Weapons can be bought from various gun shops, in the exchange of money, gold and diamonds. Weapons in the gun shops will be brand new and will cam along manuals to use them. Weapons picked up from dead enemies will be found in bad conditions and can fire only for few time before going useless.
Far Cry 2 is based in a fictional troubled nation in Central Africa in the year 2008. The nation is involved in an civil war and many mercenaries have been called by the two main factions of the country fighting for power. Two faction in the game are APR (Alliance for Popular Resistance) lead by Oliver Tambossa and UFLL (United Front Liberation and Labour) lead by Addi Mbantuwe. Both of the factions are corrupt and their only interest is money and power. To win the war both sides have hired many mercenaries and protagonist of the game is one of them. Adding to the woes is the discovery of diamond mines with all the factions and foreign mercenaries without payment are fighting for them. Player has to fight against all these factions and soldiers and also the major villain of the game the Jackal. He is arm dealer providing weapons to both to the factions and increasing the war. Aim of then player in the game is to find Jackal and kill him. Most of the soldiers in the game will be enemies except few friends which will include mercenaries. The game is divided in 4 acts with each having two endings. Be a mercenary and fight for money, diamond and blood.
August 5th, 2009
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Jumpgate Evolution or more commonly known as JGE is a game from the genre of massively multiplayer online game (MMOPG). Jumpgate Evolution is a direct sequel to the 2001 video game Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative. The game will be completely different from the previous game with all new graphics engine used along with more accessible gameplay and game play. The game is developed by NetDevil and Codemasters oldest game developers of United Kingdom will publish the game. The game will only release for the platform of Microsoft Windows. Initially the game was scheduled for the release on June 23, 2009, but developers delayed the release for some unknown reasons. A beta test is also planned for the release but again release date is not confirmed. Using the official websites those who are interested can apply for the beta test. The beta test is quite popular and since November 10, 2008 150,000 applicants had registered for the beta test.
Gameplay of Jumpgate Evolution or JGE is twitch-based combat in an MMOG. If you hit your target the damage caused will be steady. Everything in the game will have a limit damage caused by the ordinance will be limited and armors and shields will have a set amount of damage. In the start players will have to choose a nation, however it is not necessary to play in the same nation through out the game you can change it later. Once the country is selected you can buy a ship which suits you most. However, they will need to obtain a pilot license first. Jumpgate evolution will offer both PvP (player versus Player) and PvE (player versus environment) content. PvP will be the centre focus of the game but PvE will have its own Instance dungeon with own experience points and rewards. Risk rewards environment is also being implemented in the game, like death sentence for the people who prefer more hardcore gameplay. Realm versus realm (RvR) gameplay, like players claiming a sector for their nation by building up a sector control station. Squads are limited to players from nations in the previous game and will play a more important role.
Factions or nations in the game will be the same as in the previous game of the series. However the conditions of the nations are changed a lot because of the an event called the shift an space distortion event. Till now only three nations are playable, Quantar Paths, The Octavian Empire and The Solrain Commonwealth. Conditions of these nations are changed, Quantar Paths an unified in the previous game is now a group of more than twelve sects known as Paths. All these sects are different from each other and only thing common between them is the belief that human destiny is somewhere in the stars and a jumpgate network called as Skein will guide the enthusiasts. The Solrain Commonwealth was once a generous nation now what is left is corruption and fraud. It is now ruled by smugglers, powerful corporations, crime syndicates and many mercenaries. The Octavian Empire an militaristic and destructive nations struggling for its former glory. Seat for the empire of the nation is vacant and it is the most important reason for the struggles in the nation. Other nations under development are The Conflux, The Amananth and The Hyperial Protectorate.