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“Crysis 3 First Images” or “New York as a Wasteland”

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

The first Crysis was an amazing game. It set the bar so high for visual achievement, that only Crytek’s own CryEngine 2 was able to surpass it. Then came Crysis 2, the technological aspect of which was dumbed down a little to make the transition for the franchise to the console counterparts easier. This move was frowned upon by the CEO himself, and he vowed not to allow it to happen again with Crysis 3. If the early screenshots are in any indication, Crysis 3 is shaping up to be one of the most visually stimulating games of the contemporary gaming age.

The “sandbox shooter” is set in new York City again, in the year 2047, which has metamorphosed from an urban jungle to a literal one, courtesy of the massive dome that covers it. The exact plot details are sketchy at best, but the set up is certainly very exciting. The third game in the series will release in the spring of 2013. The game is already available for preorder though! The only downside is, you guessed it, Origin!

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Categories: Crysis 3, Teasers

“Epic Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings Cinematic” or “The Best Cinematic You Will See All Week”

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Wait what? Didn’t Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings come out almost a year ago on the PC. Yes it did, but the Xbox 360 version is just coming out, and this new cinematic sets that up.

And boy is it glorious. The game stands out as my favorite title of 2011 (yes, even above Skyrim), and if you haven’t played it yet, I highly recommend it. Enjoy the trailer below

Categories: Teasers, Witcher II

“Borderlands 2: GameInformer Scans” or “Pandora Won’t Know What Hit It!”

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I managed to dig up these scans of the 15-page exclusive Game Informer had on Borderlands 2. All images are legible, so take a gander!

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Categories: Borderlands 2, Teasers

“The Motherload of Skyrim Information” or “Say Goodbye to Your Loved Ones in November”

July 25, 2011 5 comments

Following the The Motherload of Skyrim Screenshots, it’s only appropriate that I share this great post from Gameranx which details, uh, details from the French edition of the PS3 magazine about Skyrim and it’s game mechanics, features and plot.

I think it is safe to say that come the 11th of November, I will be saying goodbye to my friends and family for an indefinite period of time!

Here we go:

  • Once King of Skyrim was found dead, it sparked off a civil war
  • Quest givers can give you either more or less information regarding a quest
  • Taverns will play great role in the game since they will be locations whre players will overhear conversations, start quests, gain information and much more
  • Player can boost all perks to level 100 but can’t get all perks
  • Players will be able to cook, woodcut, mine and blacksmith
  • A settlement called Riverwood can be found in game
  • Some weapons will have concealed effects as long you don’t try them yourself
  • Magnetism will allow you to prevent friendly fire in combat
  • Each settlement will provide an unique feel
  • Wind will effect water stream
  • Dragon encounters won’t be scripted
  • One of the cities of Skyrim will be dedicated to the Dunmer while Haafingar will be the largest port available in game
  • Dwemer Ruins will be available in Skyrim
  • Weather effects will be a part of the game
  • Equipment can be repaired
  • Player can break into NPC houses or silently stalk them
  • Block mechanism can’t be used in combat as long player has a spell equipped to one of his character hands
  • Various different colors, rituals and other features will be added to each of the Nord factions available in game
  • Archers can hold their breath to boost accuracy
  • Ice Trap freezes an enemy when he walks over trap similar to WoW’s Ice Trap
  • Circle of Protection spell pushes surrounding enemies from player
  • Detect Life allows player to detect life in his vicinity most likely similar to tracking spells of hunter class in WoW
  • Fury makes enemies go berserk and fight each other
Categories: Skyrim, Teasers

“The Motherload of Skyrim Screenshots” or “Most Anticipated Game o- *drool*”

July 22, 2011 6 comments

Courtesy of Attack of the Fanboy, here is a collection of a ton of screenshots from the latest Elder Scrolls title: Skyrim. Considering I played Oblivion and Morrowind more hours than I thought were humanly possible to spend in one game, I am guessing Skyrim will be the end of me.

The following two screenshots are the latest ones, as pointed out to me via this tweet, the gallery below is all the images  could find up to now.

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Categories: Skyrim, Teasers

“Ottoman’s Creed” or “A Little Detective Work”

May 4, 2011 2 comments

The latest trailer on the teaser Facebook page for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game is short and sweet. Before we talk about anything else, watch the trailer below. It’s fairly short, only 10 seconds or so.

There are three interesting pieces of information in this video.

1. The Hagia Sofia

The first is the Hagia Sofia. Construction on the building first started in 562 A.D., it’s original purpose was to be an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, which it remained (with a little break in between to be a Roman Catholic Church for about 57 years in-between) till 1453 A.D. It was converted to an Imperial Mosque by the Ottomans in 1493, and it served this function until 1931. It now stands as a museum.

2. The Numbers – 24061459

At first I though this would be a reference to the future of some sort, the year 2406, and something to do with Constantinople/Istanbul in 1459. But then I thought what it the numbers were actually 24.06.1459? June 24, 1459.

A quick search on Google revealed that to be the birthday of our favorite protagonist Ezio Audotore di Firenze.

Ezio was thus born a good six years after the Hagia Sofia was converted into an Imperial Mosque. This also implies that the Assassins had time to explore and uncover the secrets of the Templars buried inside Hagia Sofia for the near millennium it was a church. All of this transpired immediately before the birth of the chosen Assassin who would eventually speak to Minerva.

3. The Tughra

The Tughra is an calligraphic Ottoman seal, one made for each Ottoman ruler. Each king had one. Each seal had identical features called the

Straight from Wikipedia: “The tughra has a characteristic form, two loops on the left side, three vertical lines in the middle, stacked writing on the bottom and two extensions to the right. Each of these elements has a specific meaning, and together they make up the form that is easily recognizable as a tughra.”

  • Sere (name): Name of the Sultan, written on the bottom.
  • Beyze (egg): Two left loops, the outer larger loop signifying the Mediterranean and the inner, smaller loop signifying the Black Sea.
  • Tuğ: (flagstaff):  Three vertical lines up top.
  • Zülfe: The S-shaped lines crossing the tuğ.
  • Hançer: Lines on the right-side, signifying power.

This is where things get interesting. In 1459, the Ottoman ruler was Mehmud the second. The following is a list of Ottoman rulers from the 15th through the early 17th centuries. Mehmud II is marked in red, as the Hagia Sofia was converted to an Imperial Mosque in his reign, as well as the birth and upbringing of Ezio. Ezio would be 22 years old when Mehmud II’s reign ended.

  • Interregnum
  • Mehmud I – 1413 – 1421
  • Murad II – 1421 – 1444
  • Mehmud II – 1444–1446
  • Murad II – 1446 – 1451
  • Mehmud II – 1451 – 1481
  • Bayezid II – 1481 – 1512
  • Selim I – 1512 – 1520
  • Suleiman I – 1520 – 1566
  • Selim II – 1566-1574
  • Murad III – 1574 – 1595
  • Mehmud III – 1595 – 1603

Like all other Ottoman rulers, his has a Tughra, but his Tughra looks nothing like the one depicted above. I have pasted it below, take a look:

A little more investigation revealed a Tughra that was closer in shape and structure to the one depicted in the video above. This Tughra belonged to Suleiman the Magnificient, the fifth successor after Mehmood II, who ruled between 1520 and 1566. His Tughra is below:

See the similarity?

Conclusion

  1. The next installment of the Assassin’s Creed will feature Ezio in some capacity.
  2. Some of the game’s timeline will occur between 1520 and 1566.
  3. Suleiman the Magnificent will have something to do with it.
  4. The Assassins will have uncovered something of significance from Hagia Sofia, perhaps another Piece of Eden or something even more powerful. But the Hagia Sofia plays into it somehow.

Your thoughts?

“Trilogies Make You Fat and Bald” or “Max Payne’s Continued Downward Spiral”

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

A ton of new screenshots reveal that Max Payne 3 will occur over a significant period of time. The fat and bald Max was released quite some time ago. He looks nothing like the protagonist from the first two game. Remedy is no longer making is. The setting isn’t New York. Is this really the third in a trilogy, or a new game altogether?

Categories: Max Payne 3, Teasers
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