Microsoft debuts the “Xbox One” for its next gen console!!

After months of speculation, Microsoft finally revealed its next-generation console today: the Xbox One and now that the event is over and the console is officially here, what have we learned from this event?

It’s a Entrainment Box!

Once again Microsoft is focusing on being a entertainment console instead of a gaming console

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The user interface is similar to the Windows 8 layout making it simple, instant and interactive for gamers users will now be able to instant switch between TV, Internet and gaming with a voice and hand gesture input, with new ‘Snap Mode” users can now run multiple programs at once without closing. In other words you can watch and movie and surf the Internet at the same time. Mircosoft stated that the Xbox One will have 300,000 servers on launch day compare to the 15,000 Live runs on as of now.

The specs the console has an eight-core CPU,USB 3.0, WiFi direct, Blu-ray, 500GB HDD, HDMI input and output and 802.11n wireless, these specs make it possible for multitasking and for making more powerful games in the future.

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Like Ps4 gamers will be able to record and edit their own in game footage and share it with friends. Microsoft also promises that Smartglass will be more instrumental for the Xbox One

As for games only a handful were shown COD Ghost which we all knew was going to available during launch day, Creators of Max Payne gave us a glimpse of their Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. EA also debut some footage of FIFA, Madden, UFC and NBA Live! Yes I said it NBA Live is making a comeback. Forza Motorsport 5 will also make its debut on the Xbox One

With so few games shown at the event, Microsoft promises to announce more games and exclusives for the Xbox One at E3 2013

For more info checkout IGN

The Only Painkiller A Doctor Can’t Prescribe Celebrates His Comeback

The Only Painkiller A Doctor Can’t Prescribe Celebrates His Comeback

Painkiller Hell & Damnation – the most painful experience for Hell’s demonic population since ‘04

 The legendary Painkiller series experiences its biggest leap ever with Nordic Games’ upcoming installment: Painkiller Hell & Damnation.

Painkiller Hell & Damnation is under development by The Farm 51, an experienced Gliwice/Katowice (Poland)-based development studio.

Powered by Epic’s world-renowned and highly-respected Unreal Engine 3, Painkiller Hell & Damnation recreates the sensations and hardcore gameplay of the original Painkiller. Released in 2004, Painkiller won high praise and many accolades and fans for its fast and unique gameplay. Keeping true to the old-school FPS ideology, lightning-fast movement enables skillful players to get into the heart of the fast-paced gameplay, topped off with stunning enormo-boss fights requiring sneaky tactics.

“We’re proud of the shiny new splendor of the game’s graphics, but we’re doubly proud we’ve made player skill the most important part of the game. In addition to the single player campaign, we’re putting a tremendous emphasis on the game’s multiplayer component” said Reinhard Pollice, responsible for Business & Product Development at Nordic Games.

A first build of Painkiller Hell & Damnation will be showcased to exclusive media partners at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, California.

More information on the game will be released in due time.

E3 2012: The Big Games List

 

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is quickly approaching. Press conferences begin on Monday, June 4thfollowed by the show on June 5th through June 7th, expect a ton of surprises to be revealed during the show.

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2K GAMES
Spec Ops: The Line (360, PS3, PC)
Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (360,PS3, PC)

ATLUS
Persona 4 Arena (360, PS3)
Persona 4 Golden (Vita)

BOHEMIA INTERACTIVE
ArmA III (PC)
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission (360, PS3, PC)

CAPCOM
Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC)
Lost Planet 3 (360, PS3, PC)
DmC (360, PS3)
Street Fighter x Tekken (Vita)

CCP
Dust 514 (PS3)

ELECTRONIC ARTS
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill (360, PS3, PC)
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (360, PS3, PC)
Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, PC)
Madden NFL 13 (PS3, 360, Wii, Vita)
Medal of Honor Warfighter (360, PS3, PC)
NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
NHL 13 (360, PS3)
SimCity (PC)
Outernauts (Facebook)
World Series of Poker (iOS)

HARMONIX
Rock Band Blitz (XBLA, PSN)

LARIAN STUDIOS
Dragon Commander (360, PS3, PC)
Divinity Project

MAJESCO
NBA Baller Beats (360)
Zumba Fitness (360)

NAMCO
Star Trek: The Game (360, PS3, PC)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (360, PS3)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (360)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PSN)

NINTENDO
Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Super Mario Wii U (Wii U)

PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT
Neverwinter (PC)
Raiderz (PC)

SEGA
Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Vita)

SNOWBIRD GAME STUDIOS
Eador: Masters of the Broken World (PC)

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
DC Universe Online (PS3, PC)
Free Realms (PS3, PC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (PC)
EverQuest (PC)
EverQuest II (PC)
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC)

SQUARE ENIX
Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3, PC)
Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)
Sleeping Dogs (360, PS3, PC)
Quantum Conundrum (360, PS3, PC)
Heroes of Ruin (3DS)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)

TECMO KOEI
Dead or Alive 5 (360, PS3)

THQ 
Darksiders II (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Metro Last Light (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)

TRION
Defiance (360, PC, PS3)
End of Nations (PC)
Rift (PC)

UBISOFT
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
Rayman Legends (Wii U)
Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Rocksmith (360, PS3, PC)
ShootMania Storm (PC)

ZEN STUDIOS
Zen Pinball 2 (PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (360, PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS)

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Source: IGN

Portal 2 @ E3 2010 Parts 2 & 3

It’s here! It really is! The latest videos from the Portal 2 E3 2010 demo are up and ready for viewing. Take a look at the dynamic world that Valve is developing, with live fluids and portals mixing it up the results are endless!!! I might be a little too hyped for the videos but I’m just happy to see another connection to the Half Life universe again.

I’ll save the spoilers for the videos, click below the jump for the final two sequences from the demo at the show this year.
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Yakuza 4 is relentless, unforgiving

While Yakuza 3 has just been released in the US, the development team has been working on the 4th iteration of the franchise. At E3 2010 they had the game on the floor showing off the latest combat. For those who played the Shenmue franchise or even Virtua Fighter, the motions and control should feel similar. Yakuza 4 brings a new package of stories, crossing between police and crime bosses from around the region.

While it wasn’t possible to play through the story itself, the combat was enough. As a king of the streets fights aren’t easy, group battles are all over and it’s up to the sword / barrel / nunchuk, spear wielding boss to settle it. Combat was simple and fast, quick button presses threw out kicks and punches with power moves to finish each enemy, some attacks able to strike down multiple enemies. For those wondering, the combat tree exists so any player can tailor their character to their tastes; close combat and weapons training are only the tip of the iceberg.
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Left 4 Dead 2 – The Updates

Sure it has been a little while since Comic-Con and news has been dead but we’re here to kick game back up a little while we wait for the latest info from Valve. Unfortunately future play testing for us does look limited. I managed to get a hands on at E3 and at Comic-Con, but I don’t think we’re going to see a preview build in our Steam list this year as the game has so much attention already. We will have a review once it lands though.

Anyway, lets jump into some fun media. First up the Left 4 Dead 2 E3 trailer:

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At E3 we hit the French Quarter with guns blazing, health packs equipped and fire axes ready to rumble. The game was fast paced with large swarms operating from multiple angles. The melee option was troublesome and slow with large groups making it hard for one to pull their own weight in a fight. One false move and a player was zombie bait hoping to escape to their friends before they got mowed down.

At Comic-Con things spiced up with the “I hate you so much for this” Mudmen, why do I hate them so much? The reason is simple, Mudmen attack with melee and eventually clog up the screen with a film making it incredibly hard to figure out what you’re doing and in the event of a swarm this means the player has to shove like crazy hoping that in the end their friends will have protected them and that they don’t get mauled in the process as the screen clears up. For some this may feel like a move out of an arcade shooter but really it works in the moment. The other big shift was that the melee in the game seemed to take a back seat, weapons were there but the swarm response seemed slower and staggered for those packing melee special items to allow players to have a chance while maintaining their rules about recharging energy. Lesser attack groups and a focus on accuracy to survive works for the game but really I could do without it, in a zombie outbreak I think it would be funner to let the silly person with the frying pan get eaten while the survivors escape loaded to the teeth with ammo and grenades.

Let’s hope we see some more news for Left 4 Dead 2, right now Crash Course is slated to arrive this September to hold Left 4 Dead players over until the sequel hits this November.

E3 update-Left 4 dead 2 dated!

A sequel to the most amazing left 4 dead is not only official, it has a release date!

Mark your calendars for November 17th as the day the infestation hits! PC and 360 owners can look forward to new characters and an updated arsenal including chainsaws, baseball bats, axes and your trusty skillet. No word yet if the George Foreman grill will make an appearance.

E3 update- twitter and Facebook coming to the 360

Big social networking news on day 1 of E3!

Twitter and facebook are coming in the fall to a console near you! As long as that console is an XBOX 360 that is.

Twitter works how you expect it should. You follow updates from your friends while posting your current goings on, all from the comfort of your couch.

Facebook was announced by none other than my wife that doesn’t know she loves me, Felicia Day(the guild, Dr. Horrible). It works along the same way facebook users have become accustomed to. The added bonus is that it uses the xbox’s own menus! As if that wasn’t enough it also includes a feature called FaceBook connect that enables user to share screen grabs from in game and share them with your fellow gamers!

Let the parade of halo tea bagging profile pics begin!

Where did he go

Hey there everyone, it’s been a really busy month for things. E3 planning is always a death trap and on top of that I’ve been reviewing a ton of things for the mothership.

We’ll have some shorthand reviews here of the good the bad and the ugly soon for these items.

Terminator Salvation
Antec P193
Antec Skeleton
E3 2009
Klonoa
The Munchables
Battlestations: Pacific

and more most likely. Sorry about the lack of updates, but yeah, my sanity only goes so far for writing things at times. Enjoy the awesome fan made green lantern trailer and I’ll catch up soon with tales from LA.