Microsoft has launched a digital version of Gears of War for PC at $19.99. Gears of War for PC can be purchased and played using LIVE Games on Demand.
Gears of War has been a popular Franchise on Xbox 360 and has amazing tactical action and multiplayer excitement. Gears of War has already sold more than 3.5 million units for the Xbox 360 platform and is a very popular multiplayer game. The game includes new multiplayer maps, multiplayer game type and a Game editor which will allow games to create new user generated content.
Gears of War can be purchased for PC using the LIVE Games on Demand client for a price of $19.99. For more information and purchasing details visit this page.
NASA has teamed up with the US Army game development studio (the makers of America’s Army) to deliver an almost-realistic lunar base simulation. Moonbase Alpha is a pretty neat looking game that has you (and up to five more players) restoring NASA’s lunar base – Moonbase Alphaafter it was damaged in a critical meteorite impact. Using cutting-edge lunar technology and varied tools and robots, you and your friends must save the colony before the oxygen runs out in the base.
The lesser the time you take, the better your score is and in the near future I would expect a lot of competition to pipe up on this game. The game is well integrated with Steam with stats and leaderboards supported. Also, Valve’s Anti-Cheat (VAC) system is also integrated into this game.
The best part about this game is that it’s free. Yes, it’s rated E for Everyone and is great for family gaming and is also entirely free!
The single player action adventure game Darksiders which was originally known as Wrath of War will be released for the PC platform by THQ in September.
THQ has confirmed that Darksiders will be available for PC on September 24th. The game will be available in a special "Hell Book" which will include a comic book and art cards along with a soundtrack CD.
Darksiders has been available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 platform since earlier this year and has become a big hit amongst action adventure players. The pricing of the PC edition of the game is not yet available.
EA Sports is releasing a new beta of Need for Speed World today to participants worldwide. The new NFS World beta introduces 11 new cars, including the Audi R8 and Nissan 370Z, bringing the total cars in the garage to 25.
In addition to the new cars, EA has also added new performance customization packs for every car and increased the number of progressions levels to 50. NSF World beta also introduces Private Matches and a Meeting place for car shows.
You can download the latest NFS World Beta by visiting this link. Please note that you will require to have an EA account in order to be able to download the Beta Client.
Nokia had released QT 4.6 back in December a cross-platform application and UI framework which would now make it easier than ever for developers to create great applications for Symbian, Maemo, and other platforms.
Tamoggemon a company which creates apps for Palm OS and the S60 platform have created the first QT-based Symbian game named BallZ using the platform.
BallZ for Symbian is a port of the evergreen JezzBall, which has been an extremely popular, un-violent action game. Our port contains 30 colorful levels and can be played without a stylus – thanks to their innovative user interface.
Tam Hanna, Tamoggemon’s CEO, states the following:
We have always been strongly committed to Symbian as a platform. Working with Qt wasn’t always easy. Even though the development environment is fantastic, shipping apps was not possible so far.
BallZ has already been submitted to the Ovi store, and is expected to become available in the next few days. The product will cost 3 Euro. A free trial version, containing five levels, will also be provided.
EA has announced that they will be hosting the Beta client of Medal of Honor PC version on FileFront. The closed beta of Medal of Honor starts from June 21, however, you can get in on the PC beta through FileFront if you are a Gun Club Member.
However, the file requires you to have a beta key to play, which can be acquired by becoming a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIP or joining the Gun Club. The beta key will also be available if you pre-order the game. (Pre-order Medal of Honor)
EA will be releasing the beta client for PS3 and PC users on June 21st. The Xbox 360 beta has been slightly delayed for now.
More info and the Medal of Honor Beta Client download for PC can be found here.
EA will be releasing a new refresh for the Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit this November. The game will go on sale on November 16, 2010 and pre-orders are available right now.
EA recently demoed the game at E3 2010 and a preview of the game is available to watch online.
The game has some stunning graphics and hot new cars and will challenge you to become Seacrest County’s top cop or most wanted racer. The unique part of this game is that this is the first time you can choose to play on either side of the law, which means that you can either play a cop or a top racer. NFS Hot Pursuit is available for pre-orders, you can pre-order a copy at Amazon for $49.95. Pre-order NFS Hot Pursuit at Amazon.
Watch the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit trailer revealed at E3 2010 in the video embedded below.
THQ has renewed their agreement with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and will be launching not one, not two, but three WWE related titles in the near future.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is the centerpiece of THQ’s WWE offering. The latest edition will boast of one of the largest rosters in franchise history, with more than 70 of today’s prominent WWE superstars and divas. Among other things, it will also feature an improved physics system and enhanced graphics to pump up the realism. It will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PlayStation(R) 2, PSP and Wii on October 26.
THQ will also launch an online edition of its wrestling games for North Korea. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online will be available only for the PC and is scheduled to ship in early 2011. Players will have the option of creating their own characters or selecting from the in-game roster of current WWE Superstars, including John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio.
Finally, THQ WWE All Stars will pit today’s most promising superstars against the yesteryear’s legends. THQ claims that All Stars will have a distinctive, fluid, intuitive and original gameplay style for an over the top and exhilarating gameplay experience. This game will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PlayStation2, PSP and Wii in early 2011.
Microsoft caught us by surprise and literally swept us off our feet with their unveiling of the futuristic “Project Natal” in E3 2009. Here is the ubercool launch video, in case you had missed it earlier.
In brief, Project Natal is the codename for an Xbox 360 add-on that would provide a controller free gaming and entertainment environment. With Natal you can ditch your gamepad and remote control. You will be able to play games, watch movies and do more using just your body.
Tonight Microsoft is organizing a special pre-E3 event dubbed the World Premiere Project Natal’ for the Xbox 360 Experience at the Galen Center. The event is scheduled to begin at 7PM PST. Although cameras are strictly prohibited, you need not worry, since Microsoft is going to stream the entire event live. You can find the links to watch the Project Natal launch and other E3 events live in our previous post.
E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo is an annual extravaganza where pretty much all the big names in the video game industry converge. This year’s E3 promises to be a spectacular one. Microsoft will be unveiling Project Natal (Xbox Wave) later tonight, while Sony is expected to demonstrate Playstation Move and Nintendo will be launching the 3DS.
Other big attractions include Gears of War 3, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Killzone 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Gears of War 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Gran Turismo 5, Dead Space 2, Portal 2, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Halo: Reach and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
The good news is that you can track most of the action online, Live and Free. Here are the links:
Looks like Yahoo is on a deal signing spree these days, and they have just snapped another deal with Zynga, the creators of the popular Farmville game for Facebook.
Zynga who is rumored to be worth $5 billion and also in plans to launch Zynga Live, which is their own social gaming platform will now be available on Yahoo properties, like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Games, Yahoo Messenger and others.
Yahoo users can also share their gaming updates across multiple social sites while playing their favorite game. Hilary Schneider, executive VP of Yahoo said that:
Zynga will bring top notch social game experiences to Yahoo!, including through our open platforms such as Yahoo! Application Platform and Yahoo! Updates. Yahoo! will also continue to work with other partners, developers and publishers to bring compelling innovations and experiences from across the web to our users.
On the other hand Mark Pincus, founder and CEO of Zynga had this to add:
With over 35 million unique users playing our games every single day, social games are fast becoming a leading source of entertainment worldwide surpassing most television shows,
Yahoo is no doubt one of the most famous websites in the world and a social gaming partnership with Zynga will definitely be fruitful for both Yahoo and Zynga.
A few days ago, Google featured a new Doodle on their search page to celebrate the 30 year birthday of Pacman. Unlike other Google Doodles, this one was actually a real game that you could play right on the search page.
Lots of people enjoyed playing the game and lots more people were annoyed at the game sounds that played when the page loaded. Those who enjoyed playing the game might have been disappointed to see that it is now gone from the Google search page.
Earlier today, I saw a post by Shankar Ganesh which told me how I could download a copy of the Google Pacman page. I wasn’t satisfied with a downloaded copy and I decided to look around for the original page and after a few minutes, I found it.
Sony has just released its financial statement for the Fiscal year ending March 31st, 2010, and things don’t look good. The company posted a loss of $439 million, down from the $1 billion loss it faced in the 2008-09 financial year. Sales of the various Sony products were down except for the PS3. Sony managed to sell 13 million PS3s compared to the 10.1 million units in the 2008-09 financial year.
The number of PSPs sold fell from 14.4 million units to 9.9 million units. The Sony PS2 sold 7.2 million units, down by only .5 million units from the previous financial year. Quite surprising for a console whose timeis now over. The sale of games of the various consoles from Sony also fell this year. Sony sold 44.4 million PSP games, down by 5.9 million units. The sale of PS2 games saw a huge decline, going down to 35.7 million units from 2008’s 83.5 million units.
The only good news here for Sony fan boys is that the Sony PS3 has finally become profitable for the company. The profit margin will now continue to increase thanks to the shift to a 40nm Graphics card. Hopefully, the launch of PSP2 and the PlayStation Move at the E3 Expo will turn things around for the company.
While I bought this game for $9 (and no regrets, thank you), Sleep is Death is worth at least $15. There is a special level of pixelated charm that this storytelling device (as it does not entirely fit into the common definition of video gamein my opinion), and from all accounts this game is awesome. The games stories I played/made on this platform had a whole new level of new-ness attached to them.
So when Jason Rohrer, the creator of this game, tells you that you can buy this game for as much as you are willing to pay for it, you know it’ll make your day. Yes! Though you have to pay the minimum price ($1.75) that covers the cost of the bandwidth for download and payment processing, you get two copies of the game (since this game is two-player only). So, if you will take our advice, GO BUY IT!
The Humble Indie Bundle is a is an initiative by Wolfire Games in association with Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to sell a one-of-a-kind indie bundle. Adopting the pay what you want payment method, they are sellingfive great indie games with a cumulative price of $80 for as much as you wish to give them. These are all cross-platform games (work great on Windows, Mac or Linux!) and are DRM-free. The catch is that you can decide where the money you pay goes. Either it can be split evenly among the seven participants (the five developers and two organizations), or you can choose to give it all to the developers or all to charity.
The five games that you get in this bundle are:-
World of Goo: 2D Boy’s innovative physics-based puzzle game where you control squishy goo globules to build platforms, bridges and the like. One brilliant game!
Aquaria: An underwater platformer where you control Naija a lone undersea dweller in search of her family. Singing magical songs and attacking dangerous sea creatures, this beautiful and arty platformer was well received.
Gish: Play a ball of tar. Oh yeah, this game is fresh, but not literally. Play a dynamic ball of tar in a destructable physics environment. Have fun too!
Lugaru HD: Anthropomorphic rabbits fighting against corruption? I don’t like furries too much, but it is the predecessor of the upcoming Overgrowth, so I’m in!
The Penumbra Series: There is something about horror that draws gamers into it. When a horror game dev decides to make a game completely and utterly atmospheric and tie up immersion as the most important part of the game, it delivers something unimaginably terrifying and brilliant.