August 3rd, 2009
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Grand Theft Auto is the brightest star in the sky of gaming world. There are four main games in the series and several other spin-off games in the series. Starting from GTA or Grand Theft Auto latest game in the series was to be released was Grand theft Auto IV, one of the best. Shortened as GTA4 or GTA IV it is a sandbox style game with action adventure settings. GTA IV is developed by Rockstar Toronto and Rockstar North, both parts of Rockstar Games. Rockstar Games are considered as one of the best game makers in the world. Grand Theft Auto IV was published by Rockstar in the whole world except Japan where it was published by Capcom. The game was distributed on the retail by Take Two Interactive and online it was distributed by Steam. RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine) is the engine used in the game. The game was released for the platforms of Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3. Genres for the game selected for the game was Sandbox, third-person shooter, action-adventure. Single and the multiplayer mode are the two playing modes for the game. Grand Theft Auto was released on 29th April 2008 on the platforms of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 worldwide and the Microsoft Windows version was released on 2nd and 3rd December 2008.
Protagonist of the game is a war veteran for the Bosnian War and an illegal immigrant and his name is Niko Bellic. Niko arrives in America from Eastern Europe in order to forget his criminal past and live a new life. Liberty City is used as the background city in the game. However, on his arrival he learns that his cousin Roman is working in illegal gangs. Niko helps Roman in the hope of figure out a new life for himself in the city. Later in the game, it is revealed that Niko arrived in Liberty City to search Florian Cravic. Niko blames Florian for the betrayal of his old army unit. Niko starts working for Mikhail Faustin one of the drug lord of Liberty City. Niko is ordered to kill Mikhail by Dimitri Rascalov, he is an associate with Mikhail and Rodislav Bulgarin. Only after killing Mikhail, Niko learns that Dimitri also ordered his men to kill Niko once he finishes job. Niko escapes with the help of Little Jacob an arms dealer he befriended earlier. Niko and his cousin Roman flees to some other part of the city. Niko desperate for money works for several other gangs, including Playboy X’s gang, McReary Irish Mob, Pegorino Crime Family. While working as a gangster Niko finally finds Florian only to discover that Florian is not the one who betrayed him. Darko Brevic is revealed to be the person who betrayed Niko in the Bosnian War. Niko earlier worked for an undercover agency and in return, they locates Darko in Bosnia and brings him to Liberty City as a Final reward to Niko. Niko finds that Darko has become a drug-addicted, guilt-ridden wreck. Now Niko is left with two choices either to kill Darko or leave him. Niko is called by a mob boss Jimmy Pegorino to obtain a shipment of drugs for him to be sold to a buyer: Dimitri Rascalov.
To give the game a twist and make the ending more classic players are left with two options Revenge or Deal. The game will end how the players want it to be. If the player choose revenge then Niko ambushed Dimitri on the tanker and after a long gunfight he kills Dimitri. Furious after the betrayal Jimmy Pegorino attacks Roman’s wedding and Niko’s girlfriend is killed. Niko tries to kill Pegorino but he escapes using a boat to the Happiness Island. Niko follows him in helicopter and finally kills Jimmy Pegorino. Now of the layer chooses to play the game in Deal then Niko makes the drug deal silently. But Dimitri disrupts his part of the deal Niko still retrieves money and drugs. Pegorino calls Niko to congratulate him and reveals that he is now befriended with Dimitri. A killer send by Dimitri to kill Niko unintentionally shoots and kills Roman during a struggle. Confounded Niko follows Pegorino and Dimitri and kills them both. Grand Theft is the best ever game in the history of gaming, both commercially and critically. It sold more than 3.6 million copies in single day making almost $310 million in revenue. GTA IV broke the pervious record, which was hold by Halo 3. Grand Theft Auto IV scored an awesome score of 10/10 on nearly every game ranking website and magazine.
July 30th, 2009
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Last game from Arkane Studios Dark Messiah of Might and Magic was well received by the critics and it went for some good business. It was the only game released by the developers so far. After the gap of five years Arkane Studios is back with a new game known as The Crossing. Valve Corporation is providing support to Arkane Studios in the development of the game. The Crossing will make use of the Source engine so the Valve Corporation. The Crossing will be played from the First person perspective. Fusion of the single and the multiplay gameplay will be the best part of the game. The fusion is coined as Crossplayer by the developers. No release dates are confirmed by the developers. Once release the game will be available on Steam for download. As of May 15th 2009 The Crossings is considered “On Hold”. This announcement was made by CEO and creative director of Arkane Studios Raphael Colantonio. Later he also announced that the development of the game had been put on hold because of some unanticipated financial challenges.
The game add in the idea of parallel universes. It will be set across two completely different version’s of modern day Paris. The first one universe shares many similarities visually to the Modern day Paris. The city is fell into chaos after the collapse of the governing body. Second universe is based in the year 1307, here instead of being scattering the Knights Templar are controlling the French town. The story will swap amid the two universe continuously. Gameplay of the game is a fusion of the single and the multiplayer mode. External players will be allowed to play as enemies in the single player mode. For the players in the multiplayer mode they will try to avoid a more powerful character or to assassinate him in the single player mode. Skirmish is the name of a team-based multiplayer mode in the game. Just like the normal multiplayer mode this mode is also incorporated into the single player campaign. The main player will try to avoid the team based gameplay i.e. Skirmish. This unique gameplay will drive you crazy and you have to be at your best when playing the single player mode as you will not be against the bots, instead you will be against the humans, most wicked creature on earth.
July 29th, 2009
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Valve Corporations name behind some of the best gaming experience like Half Life, Counter Strike, Team Fortress and unlimited modifications of these games. The Half Life series specially was modified into several games like Day of Defeat and another spin off as Codenamed Gordon. Some of the best gaming engines like Source are also developed by Valve Corporations. Nuclear Dawn an upcoming game is the answer to the fantasies of the gamers. Set in the post-apocalyptic world Nuclear Dawn is developed by Dutch video game developers InterWave Studious. Until now the developers has announced that the game will release only on Microsoft Windows. However, as the time advances we may hear about the development of the game on other famous versions like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC version of the game will be distributed by Valve Corporation. First announcement for the game dates back to February 2006. That time Nuclear Dawn was set to be an amateur mod for the Source engine like may other games. Later in April 2009 it was revealed that the game is now a commercial project, but it will still use the Source engine as the game engine and will be aimed for the PC users.
Nuclear Dawn is one of the most awaited game. Why Nuclear Dawn is considered as the game to fulfill gamers fantasies? Because Nuclear Dawn will provide you the precious gameplay that will be the mix of Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, Natural Selection, They Hunger: Lost Souls, & The Ship. All of them previously are Valve products later became commercial products. Nuclear Dawn is a first person shooter that will provide you the conventional thrills of action along with fast-paced tactical features of time strategy titles. It will be different from other FPS games and will provide you many kind of tasks. Like assault the enemy emplacements or you can use your adaptive camouflage to creep into the enemy territory. The multiplayer option is excellently inserted into the game. While you are busy in ambushing enemy your commander will secure the base. The energetic and volatile tactical experience will soon give you the feeling of World War III and you will find yourselves in an unwanted race against your former friends. Multiplayer mode will be the only playable mode of Nuclear Dawn. Once released the game will be available for download from Steam, Valve Corporations’ own digital distribution, digital rights management, communications and multiplayer platform.
One of the player from each of the team will be a ‘Commander’. He will direct the rest of the squad from an overhead view. So he will play the game in the RTS settings, rest of the team will play in the typical FPS settings. There will be there classes in the game to choose from. Each of them will have their own weaknesses and interdependent strengths that will support collaborative tactics, intelligent strategy and cooperative teamwork. You can choose weapons from a huge arsenal. It will include almost every kind of modern day weapons like snipers, assault rifles, miniguns, shotguns and explosives. Environments of the game will be perfect for the bloody battles. Detailing of the game is extremely high. Some of the fighting environment will include Russian nuclear installment, abandoned Japanese city and may such post-apocalyptic sites. Other than traditional fighting with the opponents you can also engage them in the battle for the hidden treasures. They will have importance, as money will be a big factor in the nearly destroyed world.
Playing as a commander will complete the RTS part of the game. The commander play will be an objective-based gameplay and will stress on coordinating tactics. You will be tasked to construct strategies according to the situation. Strategies for the objectives will include creating defensive points and chokepoints. Other than leading the soldiers the commander will be assigned with the job of expanding your territory using well-placed structures that will help your team in the battles. Structures will include bunkers, turrets and barracks. The commander can also unlock new technologies to turn the battle in your favor. Securing resources will also be assigned to commander. Development of the game is going on a war level. However it was not the same as the game suffered a prolonged development cycle and many media sites criticized the game calling it a vaporware. Nuclear Dawn will be released somewhere in the year 2009, just wait for the right time and you will have the chance to play a game in two of the best-known genre of the gaming world.
July 29th, 2009
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Invizimals is an augmented reality video game. You can say it is not just a game but an innovative use of technology in the world of gaming. Invizimals will be released in PAL regions in the month of November this year. The game is developed by Novarama for the platform of PlayStation Portable. As the game will only launch on PSP Invizimals will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The game is a collectible creature game like Pokemon. It will be bundled with PSP’s Camera attachment on launch. PSP is loaded with a camera and fiduciary marker. Because of the technological approach of the game it received many awards at E3 2009. Some of the awards Invizimals received at E3 2009 are Special Achievement for Technological Excellence, Special Achievement for Innovation, Best New Gameplay Mechanic and runner up in Game of the Show.
Gameplay of Invizimals will have many similarities to the gameplay of Pokemon series. Just like the Pokemon series players will be assigned with a job to capture animals from various species. Once player’s got enough and powerful animals they can battle with these animals against each other using wireless facility of PSP or against an AI. But one difference that makes it completely different from Pokemon series and from any other game is the use of augmented reality. Unlike the Pokemon series players will have to hunt and capture these creatures within the real world, utilizing the concept of augmented reality. Especially for the game a camera is attached for PlayStation Portable and a device used as fiduciary marker is also attached with PSP. Physical Trap is the name coined for the device. Creatures are named simply as Monsters; they can spawn at different time and in different environments like air, water and land. The physical trap is used to capture these monsters. After capturing the monsters players can raise their and level them and teach them new attacks and techniques that can be used in battle. The trap can also be used to view and interact with their monsters. Keeps your finger crossed a wait for the game as soon you will be seen capturing real world monsters in your PlayStation Portable.
July 28th, 2009
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Homefront is long awaited game by Kaos Studios, who are famous for their 2008 game Frontlines: Fuel of War. Homefront will be published by THQ. The game will be played from a first person shooter prospective. The game is written by John Milius, famous for writing scripts of movies like Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn. The game will be release for the platforms of Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Scheduled release date for the game is March 27, 2010. Homefront will release in two modes: single and multiplayer. The game engine used in the game is Unreal Engine. Any system requirements are still to be announced from the developers.
Gameplay of the game is almost similar to Frontlines: Fuel of War, previous game of the Kaos Studios. Many of the game models are taken from the Frontlines: Fuel of War, as shown in the first trailer of Homefront. Some of the game models to feature in Homefront are AA Rocket Launcher and Red Star Alliance Jeep, both of them can be found on the Hindsight map of Frontlines: Fuel of War. These maps were released in the game third and final patch 1.3.0. The game is based in the year 2027 and after suffering a decade long energy crisis, finally nations are falling. Most of the economics of the world are collapsing. United States of America, one time super power is not more than a shadow. This is a great chance for North Korea long time enemies of America and they target an American takeover. From a pleasant and developing country, America is forced into a battleground. American suburbs, malls and city streets are filled with civilian resistance fights for freedom. Homefront promise to submerge gamers in a cinematic and interactive First person shooter experience. Players will be given a chance to take command of wide range of ground and aerial vehicles or assume an infantry role. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home.
July 28th, 2009
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FIFA series is the best game series based on the most popular game on our planet Earth. FIFA series is totally developed and published by the largest publishers and the gaming giants of the world Electronic Arts, under the label of EA Sports. FIFA 10 will be the latest installment in the FIFA series. FIFA 10 is under the development of EA Canada. The game will be available for almost every gaming platform in the world. Starting from giants it will release for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 2. For the first time any FIFA game will be release on Nintendo Wii. Other versions of the game will also be release on Sony PSP, Nokia N-gage, Nintendo DS, Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and other Mobile phones. EA has announced that FIFA 10 will be the last game of the series to be released on PlayStation 2. It was believed that the demo of the game will release on 21 July, as it was announced on the official website with the countdown timer. However, it was later explained by the moderator of the EA forum that this is just a count-down to the game showing at some German gaming convention. Another game to follow FIFA 10 next year will be 2010 FIFA World Cup video game. It will feature all of the national teams associated with FIFA. Confirmed release date for the game is October 2, 2009. The UK cover for the game will feature Wayne Rooney, famous football player of England and Manchester United.
Many changes are made in the game, but the one mode to be changed the most is the Manger mode. According to EA Sports, it previously got several issues. Improvements count ore than 50, some the improvements are: The Transfer system will be more real. Money will no longer be a dominating factor in acquiring a player. Other factors will play important role like performance in European league outside your domestic league and amount of other players at the same position. Signing a player will be more real as the manger will have to deal with competition from other clubs to sign the same player. The matter of budget is also shifted from the sponsors to the hands of board of directors. There will be two budgets provided by the directors: Wage Budget and Club Budget. Later will deal with the amount of money provided to the players. Club Budget will help players to buy and sell players. Board Difficulty setting will help players to choose how generous the board is financially towards you.
Pre-season friendlies are introduced in the series. They will be arranged by the assistant manger. Pre-season friendlies are a good way to find out any flaws in the team or in the selection of the team. Fatigue of the players will be more realistic compared to previous games of the series. The problem of lower level teams suffering from very low levels of energy is removed from the game. A completely new and unique feature known as Total Football Experience is also included in the game. In this feature, football news around the Manger Mode world will be visible and it will include player’s transfers, results and game fixtures in foreign languages. Assistant Manager will be implemented as the new feature to help the manager. Once you activate the assistant manger mode, he will take care of everything including line up and rotation of the players according to the matches. Soundtrack for the game was announced by EA Sports on July 25, 2009. There will be 43 songs in the featuring in the track, eight less than the previous game FIFA 09. So Football is just got real enjoy not only playing but also managing the team.
July 27th, 2009
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Electronic Arts is considered as one of the most innovative game developers. Their new game confirms this statement. EA Sports MMA or EA Sports Mixed Martial Arts is the new game from the genre of Mixed Martial Arts. This one of the rarest genre in gaming world. EA Sports MMA is under the development of EA Tiburon and will be published by Electronic Arts. Although the release dates are not confirmed, but the game may release in 2010 for the platforms of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game will exciting to play as games from this genre very rarely. First details for the game were released on June 1 2009. Electronic Arts announced that this new fighting game would be developed by EA Sports brand. Peter Moore president of EA Sports referred in a press conference as saying “Fans have been begging EA Sports to get into the cage, and EA Sports MMA will put them in control of the sport’s unique combat experience. He further explained the game is an interactive capture of the raw intensity of the mixed martial arts, is why it is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. As of 14 June, 2009 no updates were revealed on the official site of EA Sports MMA. There is only one link, which directs you to EA Sports MMA forum and other for the sign up of EA Sports newsletter.
Some of the most famous mixed martial arts fighters are linked with the game. Some of the fighters to be featuring in the game are Bobby Lashley, Gegard Mousasi, Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture and Benji Radach. Leaving the above fighters some other fighters are also rumored to be with the project like, Muhammed Lawal, Renato Sobral, Jake Shields and Jason Miller. Mauro Ranallo is enrolled for the commentary. There is a war going on between EA Sports and UFC, a US based mixed martial arts organization, which controls over 90% of the mixed martial arts industry. Dana White president of UFC declared that the war is over the development of the game and any UFC fighter who sign with EA will be blacklisted from UFC. Only exception is Randy Couture because of the pre-existing contractual arrangements between Couture and UFC. White blamed EA of acting in bad faith as previously EA refused to accept UFC branded MMA as a real sport and later they got motivated by the commercial success of UFC 2009 Undisputed, published by THQ. EA is quite on all these comments by UFC. However, leave all the wars behind and get ready to fight, coz EA Sports MMA will give something not given by any fighting game.
July 24th, 2009
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Endless Ocean gave the players to enjoy scuba diving and explore the ocean. A Sequel to the game will continue the legacy of sea exploration with some newly added features. Just like the predecessor of the game Endless Ocean will be developed by Akira and published by Nintendo. Endless Ocean 2 will be released only for the platform of Wii. The game was announced at the Nintendo conference on October 2, 2008. Endless Ocean 2 is expected to release in September in Japan. For North America it may releases in early 2010. The game will feature two playing modes single and multiplayer. The co-operative mode from the previous game is missing from Endless Ocean 2. Some new sea animals will make a debut. Sea animals included in the game are Beaked Whale, Gray Whale, Arapaima, Otters, Leopard Seal, Greenland Shark, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Crocodiles and Electric Eel. Graphics of Endless Ocean are highly enhanced compared to Endless Ocean. Exploring areas are also increased. Endless Ocean offered only one location to explore, whereas Endless Ocean 2 will have diving spots from all over the world. Some of the unique areas will include polar and river locations.
Main plot of the game is about a woman named Oceana and her search for an artifact known as Dragon Stone. However, players will be given a choice to ignore it when ever they want. Following the legacy of the first game option of diving with a dolphin returns to the game. Not only diving players can now be able to ride them and use them to travel rapidly through water. You can customize the reefs and aquarium with the help of the money earned by selling recovered treasure. Shark and Crocodiles, potential dangerous animals are now be considered as illicit warning for players. These kind of animals can now also attack players. A new tranquilizer-like tool called the Pulsar will help players to drive off these animals. Once you fire Pulsar on them they will be calmed down. For the multiplay part of the game you can use Wii Speak peripheral. A new and wide ocean is waiting for you get ready for it.