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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?


  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

“Mass Effect’s Mass Information” or “And So Begins the Feeding Frenzy”

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

A plethora of new information seems to be out on Mass Effect 3, one of the year’s most anticipated titles that will wrap up the Shepard trilogy and open the doors for (keeping my fat fingers crossed) for a Mass Effect universe MMO. Game Informer had a couple of never-before-seen screenshots, and their latest issue details some of the changes in the third title below:

  • Shepard can kick some serious butt now, thanks to an all new Heavy Melee class that can kick and punch through the Geth, Cerberus goons or your mom.
  • This new-found physical dexterity has been extended to his physical abilities. he can now roll and jump small gaps. Yes. Shepard can jump. Wow.
  • There is a possibility of some zero-G space battles.
  • Some of the new locations include New York, London (both of these likely in ruins), the Salarian home planet, a Quarian moon and the red planet itself: Mars.
  • Cerberus now comes with more Vitamin C and ‘ninjas’. They out for Shepard’s blood, which isn’t exactly a shocker for some who made certain rational choices at the end of the second game. They are, however, well-armed, equipped and manned.
  • The combat is even faster. Something labelled ‘game rhythm’ is 10-15% faster.
  • Reapers’ sizes can vary from half a kilometer to two kilometers, such as The Sovereign from the first game.
  • The technology is improved considerably, which also allows for larger locations and more versatile and populated environments.
  • No vehicles return from previous games.
  • There is still a (new) scanning system in place (*sigh*).
  • RPG is being expanded further with deeper skill trees and multiple tiers for abilities that can ‘evolve’ with each iteration.
  • Apart from Shepard, Liara T’Soni, Kaidan Alenko/Ashley Williams (depending who you let die in the first game, you dick), Garrus, Wrex, Mordin, Legion and Anderson all return in some capacity.
  • “Mass Effect 3 starts as Shepard stands trial for his actions in recent ME2 DLC Arrival. Part-way through the hearing the Reapers invade earth. Mass Effect 3’s prologue involves Shepard escaping to the Normandy, before rocketing off to put the old team back together. He’ll fight Reaper-controlled husks of all species along the way.”
  • The Illusive Man returns, as do his cigarettes, and he is apparently a bigger asshole.

Categories: Mass Effect 3, Teasers

“Deus Ex: Sexy” or “CGI is All The Rage”

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The “new” trailer for Deus Ex 3: Human Revolutions is out. It isn’t necessarily anything brand new, primarily a mashup of older CGI mashed together in a much more coherent but lengthy trailer. The original is one of my favorite games of all times. The sequel is on the “must shoot developer repeatedly in the face” list, next to Medal of Honor (the reboot) and Command and Conquer 4  (*shudder*). Here’s to hoping it turns out to be as good as the (trailer) first game.

“Titanic Leaks” or “That was a Double Entendre”

December 2, 2010 2 comments

MMO-Champion yesterday revealed a leaked document from Blizzard detailing their release schedule through 2015. At the risk of re-iterating something which has already been summarized quite nicely by Boubouille, allow me to list the highlights (just listing the main IPs and their expansion):


  • Q4, 2011 – Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
  • Q4, 2011 – Pheonix (no idea what this is)
  • Q1, 2013 – Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void


  • Q4, 2011 – Diablo III
  • Q2, 2013 – Diablo III: First Expansion
  • Q4, 2014 – Diablo III: Second Expansion

World of Warcraft

  • Q4, 2010 – Third Expansion: Cataclysm
  • Q2, 2012 – Fourth Expansion
  • Q4, 2013 – Fifth Expansion


  • Q4, 2013 – Possible New IP

Chronologically we will get:

  • Q4, 2010 – Third Expansion: Cataclysm
  • Q4, 2011 – Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
  • Q4, 2011 – Diablo III
  • Q4, 2011 – Pheonix
  • Q2, 2012 – Fourth Expansion
  • Q1, 2013 – Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void
  • Q2, 2013 – Diablo III: First Expansion
  • Q4, 2013 – Fifth Expansion
  • Q4, 2014 – Diablo III: Second Expansion
  • Q4, 2013 – Titan

We’ve known for a while that Blizzard is hard at work on a new MMO, one that has nothing to do with any of their primary, and existing IPs. The Q4, 2013 date is approximately three years away. So it makes sense that in the next three years the game will be teased, announced, trailer’d, beta’d and launched. Knowing Blizzard’s normal release schedules I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this was actually pushed into 2014 or even 2015, but my point is that it is entirely possible. According to this schedule, the next few years are going to be quite exciting for people who have played and loved all three of Blizzard’s flagship IPs, and may, in fact, be able to get their hands on the brand new MMO.

Three possibilities exist.

1. It is this a clever ploy by Blizzard. Why? Well, to generate some buzz for Titan, or perhaps to save themselves from the perpetually asked “when will it get released” question for the next five years. Possible, but unlikely. One thing Blizzard is notorious for, is remaining tight-lipped about information, and releasing it in the smallest possible morsels, just enough to salivate the fans, but not to be their salvation. So why start now?

2. It is an actual leak. That is more likely, but they haven’t had such a major leak in, well, actually I can’t remember if they’ve ever really had a leak! So how did they slip up now? Additionally, it seems, at least to me, that it is highly unlikely that someone would create a document of this nature and freely float it with in the organization.

3. It is a fake. Most likely scenario. Someone is pulling our leg, peppering the document it with near-authentic information to make it seem like it is real. For example, the Q4 release date for Cataclysm (that’s accurate), and the Q4, 2011 release date for  Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Here is a statement released on October 24, 2010:

“According to Blizzard’s Chris Sigaty, the second chapter int he SC2 trilogy “probably” won’t be ready until 2012.”

Starcraft 2: Heart Of The Swarm a 2012 release – Blizzard,

This is just after Q4, 2011, and since the document itself is 8 months old, it can be argued that initially they were aiming for Q4, 2011, but since then they have revised the dates. Heart of the Swarm “probably won’t be ready before 2012 now”.

Then again, the same evidence and argument could be made for the document being authentic. Geekyleaks indeed!

On to Titan though. Blizzard has the futuristic genre covered, the fantasy and goth horror genre covered, so where/when will “Titan” be set? Some rumors indicate it will be an MMOFPS, which might imply the game is set in modern times, or at least in the ballpark. Blizzard is working hard at it, and I honestly, sincerely doubt we will get any additional information any time soon, but as ScaryBooster says, one way or another, we’ll know soon enough. Till then, salivate your Titan hunger with this tiniest morsel of rumored and in-all-likelihood-completely-fake information!

Edit: Did you know there already is a Titan Online?

“Deus Ex: Revolutions Trailer” or “Why I’m in Love With the Dentons”

November 20, 2010 2 comments

Deus Ex Machina was one of the greatest RPG games ever made. It’s open-ended approach to any problem made it stand out head and shoulders above the crowd. When I saw the trailers for gameplay footage of the third installment in the series, I was ecstatic, but also a bit concerned. It seemed like the core gameplay, which made the original special and the first sequel a complete flop, was not particularly evident.

Then they released this trailer below, and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Whew!

MMO Crock-Pot: “$335,000 is a Small Price to Pay” or “‘Who You Gonna Call?’ ‘Authenticators!'”

November 10, 2010 1 comment

The MMO World is abuzz with a whole bunch of news.

Entropia Universe: $335,000 Sale of Virtual Items

Via Kotaku. It seems that every time this niche MMO makes the news, some rich guy has bought (or sold) hundreds of millions of dollars worth of virtual property. Jon Jacobs, the same guy who made headlines last year by purchasing a virtual space station for $300,000, has now broken that record by making a sale of his own.

Another player, John Foma Kalun, purchased $335,000 worth of cirtual property from Jon Jacobs in a single transaction. The virtual estate includes a mall, a stadium, a club and a number of bio domes.

World of Warcraft: Race Change on Launch Date

World of Warcraft will allow people to change races to Worgen or Goblins pretty much on launch date, which is kind of crazy. That means that the server-first worgen and goblin dings would not take a few weeks as players plod through the lower level content, it could very well be the first level 85 ding!

World of Warcraft: Dial Authenticator

Only available to U.S. accounts for now (shocking really!), you can now dial a toll-free number to authenticate your account in addition to the mobile phone authenticator, and the physical authenticator.

“Who you gonna call?!”


Sorry about that.

TERA: Screenshots and Info

TERA is an upcoming fantasy MMO from En Masse Entertainment is shaping up to be quite the visual experience. Doling out small portions of information with painstakingly methodical patience and deliberation, En Masse has revealed the achievement system in the game, as well shed some additional light on a race (the dragon-descended Amani) and a class (Lancer, not by Mitsubishi). You can read more here, or ogle at the screenshots below.

Lord of the Rings Online: Tradeskill revamp

The latest dev diary explains the upcoming changes, especially to the UI and efficiency of the tradeskill window. The Farmer profession has also undergone some considerable changes and tweaks to enhance gameplay, such as common seed ingredients for certain Expert Farmer recipies. Some other minor changes have also been made to most other professions. You can read the full list of changes in the 3-page dev diary right here.

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“Holy Crap the New Beyond Black Mesa Trailer is Here” or “Just Watch the Damn Thing!”

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: Beyond Black Mesa, Teasers