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Gametrailer Review – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Does Drake’s latest installment bound over the high franchise standard set by its predecessors? Find out in our Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception review.



Are These Modern Warfare 3’s Multiplayer Maps?

Several outlets this morning have posted what appears to be the layouts of the 16 multiplayer maps for Modern Warfare 3, giving fans a glimpse at their size, exploits, bottlenecks and what have you.

The images have been attributed to this user on the site The Tech Game. The images’ provenance is unknown, though German language menu options are visible in some shots.

The sixteen maps all conform to the names listed on the Modern Warfare wiki and would appear to be the maps included at launch. Eight of them conform to the list of multiplayer maps first leaked in May and reported by Kotaku, though it’s likely names on that list have since been changed.

This week it was reported that someone at a Fresno, Calif. shipping warehouse stole one of the two discs for the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 and pirated its contents online. The menu options in these shots, taken of someone’s television screen, show PS3 controls, so this is something different.

The game is due on shelves Nov. 8. We’ve contacted an Activision rep to ask if these are legit.


Battlefield 3’s five biggest failures

You’ve read about Battlefield 3’s high points – now, witness its lowest moments. None of them make this a game worth ignoring, but they do make it a game worth occasionally screaming at.

Close the curtains and read on. Our review paints a more well-rounded picture. Beware spoilers.

1. The villain’s pathetic
There’s a bit towards the end of Battlefield 3 when Solomon, Sergeant Blackburn’s balding, finely accented nemesis, appears to be on the verge of explaining why he’s decided to kill everybody with nuclear bombs. “It was never about victory,” he screams. Then you hit him with a brick. Shame, because we have literally no idea what the man’s beef is. Fearful, presumably, of appearing too interested in the mass-murderer mindset, DICE has left Solomon’s backstory and motivations up to guesswork. He’s a blank tablet with the word “terrorist” scribbled at the top.

2. EA’s fudged the Online Pass feature
We have mixed feelings about EA’s Online Pass system. On the one hand, we accept that developers have server and on-going game maintenance bills to pay. On the other, we still cling to the wholly unreasonable, laughable belief that when we buy something we’ve actually bought it, rather than the capacity to buy it again if we don’t have a box code. The latter complaint picks up pace when the code in question doesn’t actually work – as seems to be the case with many copies of Battlefield 3. Being told we should ask the shop for a new code is… unhelpful.

3. Enemies are hyper-accurate, or completely oblivious
Battlefield 3’s levels are vast, and generally awash with effects like grenade blasts, muzzle flashes and clouds of brickdust. This makes the presence of enemies who become aware of your presence milliseconds after you enter the scene more aggravating than usual. If I can’t see that guy standing behind the explosion two hundred metres off, how the hell can he see me? The only exceptions to the rule are the bogies the game wants you to kill stealthily, like the man in Operation Guillotine who manages to spend a whole 10 minutes with his back to a raging shoot-out.

4. The bottlenecks make our blood boil
Later in the campaign there’s a sequence where you’re assaulting a villa at the head of a Russian special forces squad. Passing the security checkpoint, you exit onto a road full of black Range Rovers. Explodable black Range Rovers. Not by you, though. You can’t explode the Range Rovers. There’s an RPG wielder at the top of the slope, an RPG wielder who blows up the cars in scripted sequence. And there are men with shotguns. And they can’t be killed while they’re getting out of their cars. All these elements are maddening enough by themselves, but crammed onto a single 50 metre curl of tarmac? Damn you, Battlefield 3.

5. It won’t let you do stuff
Can I open the door this time, DICE? Can I? It’s not like I’ve got a flesh-and-blood co-op partner to wait for. Why can’t I open the door by myself, DICE? I want to open the door, DICE. You need to let me open the door, DICE, or I’ll run off and write a feature about how you wouldn’t let me open the door. THE DOOR. HOW IT MOCKS ME. I’VE GOT HANDS, DICE. FINGERS TOO. SEE HOW I FLEX MY FINGERS, DICE? YOUR THROAT, DICE, MY FINGERS ROUND YOUR THROAT.


In-Game Uncharted Series Comparison Proves PS3’s Graphical Power

Naughty Dog’s upcoming title – Uncharted 3 has been in the news for a long time, and today we take a look at what exactly the developer’s achieved with its latest iteration of the title by comparing it with previous iterations from the developer.

The evolution the character models have seen in the series is nothing short of extraordinary, and the overall upgrade is remarkable as well. Let’s take a look how the best PS3 developer has managed to make full use of the PS3′s power.


Meet the guy from the Battlefield 3 cover

The grim-faced soldier gracing the packshot of Battlefield 3 has a history with the series. He’s Dennis Lennartsson, a motion-capture actor selected by DICE to star on the cover of this year’s game.

Lennartsson wore about 65 pounds worth of gear for the cover shoot (more than 500 images were taken). During motion capture for the game, which released Tuesday, he wasn’t as encumbered. Lennartson told that he recalled sitting in his underwear with motion-capture balls on his body and face, and seeing himself in a monitor in full combat gear.

He didn’t say how much he was paid for the cover appearance, but it evidently was substantial enough that he can continue with the nonprofit work he does in Sweden. Lennartsson, a former military policeman, is a co-founder of a sign-language teaching center in his home country.


Battlefield 3 Online Pass Not Working? Get a New One, EA Says

Battlefield 3 utilizes EA’s increasingly ubiquitous Online Pass program, which requires you to input a single-use code to access online multiplayer features. If you’re buying a used copy of the game, you’ll have to shell out $10 for your own code, allowing EA to reap a bit of profit from the resale market. That’s all well and good, but what happens if the code you get with your brand new copy doesn’t work?

That’s what’s happened to many gamers who purchased Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360. Apparently a mix-up caused many retailers to recieve shipments with invalid codes, leaving paying customers unable to access what is arguably the game’s biggest draw, online play.

EA’s official support has now weighed in on the matter, and their advice is simple: go get a new one. “We are aware of the invalid code issue and we apologize for the inconvenience. Since certain retailers are affected by this issue, please check with the retailer where you purchased Battlefield 3 in order to receive a replacement code.”

While it’s admirable in its simplicity, the response seems to leave many lingering questions unanswered. What happens if you purchased the game online or from a reseller on eBay? What happens if the retailer doesn’t have any replacement codes to give? Hopefully the publisher will have a more exhaustive solution in place soon.

EA isn’t the only company to suffer a mix-up with Online Pass codes. Warner Bros. Interactive recently sent out several copies of Batman: Arkham City with blank code sheets, forcing those affected to go through a cumbersome confirmation process to get a viable replacement.


The fake GTA 5 trailer that got 3 million views

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City chasing down Leon on March 20, 2012

Grab your vial of T-Virus antidote and a swath of bullets, as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is set to launch just five short months from now on March 20, 2012. Unfortunately for PC owners, the wait will be a bit longer, as the game will initially launch on just Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC version launching at an unnamed date after that.

Beyond revealing the launch date, Capcom also ran down the contents of the game’s “Special Edition,” which contains a “Steelbook with exclusive art,” an “Umbrella Security Service” patch, a “stylized foil sleeve” (what?), a “Spec Ops Field Unit” patch, and eight bonus weapons. And hey, if you pre-order at GameStop, BestBuy, or Amazon, you’ll snag yourself a bonus outfit for each of the game’s playable characters. Maybe it’ll make Bertha look less creepy, eh?


11 gameplay videos for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

First Soulcalibur 5, and now Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3? We don’t know what the French have done to get into such good graces with Japan’s fighting game developers, but we’re going to start taking notes. We want in on some of this pre-release expo-match lovin’.

While we’re out buying cigarettes and complicated foods to up our Frenchness, take a long gander at these 11 UMvC3 videos from a recent expo-match event at Paris’ Manga Cafe, lovingly captured and uploaded by YouTube user Pharaon92i (with permission from Capcom France). Most of the new characters are represented, including the very best new character, so head on through for a look at the many punches you’ll be receiving come November 15.


Halloween Sale Megapost: Namco, EA, GoG, Direct2Drive, OnLive

This Halloween weekend, many major game distributors are treating us to some massive sales on games they consider “scary,” “dark,” or that include zombies. To make the scavenging easy while you put the final touches on your Pyramid Head costume (you freak), we’ve compiled the Halloween-weekend deals from EA, GoG, Direct2Drive, Namco Bandai and OnLive right here.

The trick? We’re eating all the candy ourselves, and you get none. Boo-ya.

EA Mobile has dozens of games for iPad on sale, some up to 80 percent, including Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space and Tetris. For Android, The Sims, Tetris, Madden NFL 12, FIFA 10 and Need for Speed: Shift are on sale, and Plants vs. Zombies is cheap on iPhone and iPod Touch.

Most of Namco Bandai’s iOS and Android titles are 50 percent off or more, except for Puzzle Quest 2, which is 20 percent off (Figure out that puzzle, brainiac).

Direct2Drive wants you to get costume ideas from its sale titles, which include Dead Space 2 for $9.95, Borderlands for $4.95, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for $19.95 and the Penumbra Collection for $4.95.

All of GOG‘s sale titles are 50 percent off, including three Gabriel Knight games for $2.99 each, Sanitarium for $4.99 and Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption for $2.99.

OnLive is handing out the jumbo Butterfingers, allowing users to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent, F.E.A.R 3, Metro 2033 and Orcs Must Die! for free all weekend long.


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