Thursday, 18 July 2013

New Arma 3 Beta Trailer

Bohemia Interactive have release a new trailer for Arma 3, showing off the new vehicles, weapons and scenarios that are soon to come to the beta.

You can currently gain access to the beta by pre-ordering Arma 3 on Steam (as part of their 'Early Access' initiative). The full game is set to release at the start of March.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy Source Code Released

Raven Software have released the source code for both Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. 

“Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years, we wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry. We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with." said Raven talking to Kotaku Australia.

Both games were made on the Quake 3 engine. Whilst Raven have stated that it may take some work to get the source code working with all of the retail assets, it should be relatively easy for dedicated modders to add or improve upon the single player portion of the game.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Editorial: On LucasArts

Today, Disney announced that it's shutting down LucasArts and laying off staff. LucasArts have been responsible for publishing one of my favorite games of all time - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - and follows Studio Liverpool, another one of my favorite studios, being shut down. The last few months haven't been great in gaming for me.

My first LucasArts game was Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast. This was one of the games that originally got me into PC gaming. At the time, the large open environments and the detail of the lightsaber combat were outstanding. Before Jedi Outcast, I viewed the PC as strictly for office work and internet browsing. Jedi Outcast introduced me to hundreds of awesome games and franchises, such as Myst and Half-Life. For a long time, Jedi Outcast was my favorite game.

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts

Disney has decided to shut down the LucasArts development studio, causing layoffs across the company.

LucasArts have been responsible for publishing some of the highest rated games of all time, such as the amazing Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knight series of games.

Disney stated that "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," claims the company. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

Killing Floor for £1.92, Includes Red Orchestra 1 & 2

This week's Humble Weekly Sale includes Killing Floor and all 11 DLCs, plus copies of Red Orchestra 1 & 2.

You can grab the deal on the Humble Weekly Sale page. Paying a minimum of $1 (about 69p through PayPal) will give you Steam keys for both Red Orchestra 1 and Red Orchestra 2. Paying $2.91 (about £1.92) will give you both Red Orchestra games, along with Killing Floor and all 11 available DLCs.

Bethesda Restarting Doom 4 Development

W89RSSRQBXKE Bethesda have announced that they are restarting development of the once thought cancelled Doom 4 in a statement made to Eurogamer.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Bethesda stated that "An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect As a result, id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise."

Doom 4 now aims to be released on next-generation consoles. You can read Kotaku's summary of Doom 4's history here.

Sega Admits 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' Trailers Misleading

This is the sort of stuff that happens when you make the internet angry.

Sega have responded to an inquiry from the Advertising Standards Agency after a member of Reddit (subpardave) contacted the ASA about "the absurd differences between the 'in game' and 'playthorugh' footage that was widely used to advertise A:CM".

Sega stated that they acknowledge the objection towards the trailers and that they will be adding a disclaimer to their website and YouTube videos explaining that the footage shown is from a demo version of the game.

You can read the full statement here.

Checking Out: Arma 3 Alpha

Arma 3 has been one of the most anticipated sequels to hit our PC's in 2013. The much loved combat simulation Arma 2 has been a massive hit all over the world – attracting military enthusiasts and casual gamers alike.

Although Bohemia Interactive weren't exactly generous in the graphics department in Arma 2, they really stepped up their game in Arma 3 – with a titanic view range which makes it understandable why the Arma series is classed as a simulation instead of a game.

When I launched the Arma 3 Alpha for the first time I was struck by the intensity of the main menu alone, with a birds-eye-view of an intense gunfight in a compound, the game gives the player a taste of the action before they even click 'play'.

Preview: Killer is Dead

Suda51 is making another game. Get ready for another acid trip.

Killer is Dead
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: Summer 2013

If you've never played No More Heroes - one of Suda51's previous games - then you missed out on one of the most interesting games of the generation. The entire game was built around over-the-top bloody and gory cel-shaded graphics, with a ludicrous plot line and mental (often mentally ill) characters. If you did play No More Heroes then you are probably thinking of buying the game just by looking at the picture above. Killer is Dead follows a very similar art style, what with fountains of blood spurting out of every enemy.

First SimCity DLC is an Advertisement

After a very rocky release, EA has released some DLC that consists entirely of product placement.

Interestingly, the Nissan LEAF Charging Station produces no garbage along with a boost in the overall happiness of nearby businesses. It also requires no power or workers to operate, essentially making it a no-brainer to the average player.

In-game advertisements have been around for a while now, with games such as Burnout Paradise displaying adverts on billboards around the city. Even games such as Gran Turismo 5 show a sort of brand loyalty, with about ten million Nissan cars (although the head developer does drive for Nissan).

I'm sure that we can all look forward to the upcoming Ronald McDonald infantry unit in Company of Heroes 2.