News for the Week of Sept. 26

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2011
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This week Ubisoft gives PS3 owners a bonus for their biggest game of the year, Team Ninja making huge changes to one of its franchises, Crytek’s working on a sequel no one asked for and Dark Soul’s excessively punishes early players.


Diablo III Coming Early 2012

While gamers got their first glimpse at Diablo III when the beta launched last week, it seems we won’t be seeing the full-version of the highly-anticipated sequel this year.

Blizzard announced the game will be hitting store shelves in “Early 2012.”  No concrete release date has been given, but if you know how Blizzard Software operates this will come as no surprise.  They don’t tend to release their games until they’re 100% done.

To accommodate saddened gamers the Diablo III beta will be extended and will now be accepting more testers.  No information on how long the beta will be extended or how many new testers will be added, but if you have a Battle.Net account I highly suggest you login right now and opt in for the beta.

Sources:  http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/23/diablo-3-to-launch-in-early-2012-beta-period-extended/

http://kotaku.com/5843221/blizzard-diablo-iii-hits-early-2012

Microsoft Wants More of Your Money for Forza 4

Xbox 360 racer Forza 4 is just a few weeks away from release.  With the release begins Microsoft’s attempt to take more money out of our wallets.

A “Season Pass” was announced for the game which will add an additional 60 cars to the 500 which will be in Forza 4 as well as continuous DLC from release day until April 2012.

How much will this you back?  On top of the game’s $59.99 price tag the Season Pass will cost an additional $30.  That’s right, you’ll be paying over $90 (with tax) to have everything in the game.

For those of you who want to drop that kind of dough you’ll be getting some day-one DLC titled “The American Muscle Car Pack” for free.  The cars included are:

  • 1964 Fod Fairline Thunderbolt
  • 1965 Pontiac GTO
  • 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS
  • 1967 Dodge Cornet W023
  • 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi Super Stock
  • 1968 Pontiac Firebird
  • 1969 Shelby GT 500 428CJ (my dream car)
  • 1970 Buick GSX
  • 1970 Dodge Cornet Super Bee
  • 1971 GTX 426 Hemi

 

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Forza series.  The last game got me back into realistic racers with its amazing car-customization (my custom 2009 Ford Mustang decked-out in Mega Man decals in a matching Blue-Bomber blue is the most stylish car ever made by the way) and very tight racing mechanics.  But I’m seriously getting tired of these publishers holding back game content in order to nickel and dime us to death and this “Season Pass” is just the latest attempt to get you to pay even more.

Forza 4 will be on my holiday wish-list for sure, but I won’t be spending an extra $30 to get a complete game, even with my Shelby GT 500 being held hostage.

Forza 4will be released October 11th.

Sources:  http://kotaku.com/5842868/30-forza-4-season-pass-adds-cars-to-to-your-xbox-360-through-april

Battlefield 3 DLC Coming to PS3 First

Continuing on the DLC topic, it seems EA is combating Activision’s Call of Duty Xbox 360 timed-exclusives by giving Battlefield 3 DLC to Playstation 3 users a week before everyone else. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as the month-long exclusivity for Call of Duty content on Xbox, but really this is just getting silly.

Along with this DLC announcement, game developer DICE said Battlefield 3 will be getting an open multiplayer beta starting September 29th and ending October 10th on all platforms.  The beta will feature the Rush game mode on the map titled Operation Metro.

However, if you bought the Medal of Honor: Limited Edition and got the Tier 1 Edition pass you’ll have 48 hours of exclusive access to the beta starting September 27th.

The full version of Battlefield 3 is releasing October 25th.

Sources:  http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-22-ps3-gets-battlefield-3-dlc-first
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-20-battlefield-3-beta-release-date

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/22/battlefield-3-expansions-to-arrive-one-week-earlier-on-ps3/

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Getting an Awesome New Mode

Valve announced a new mode called “Arsenal” will be making its appearance in the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.  The mode is based on the popular “Gun Game” mod from the original Counter-Strike.

For people unfamiliar with how the Gun Game works, each player starts with a pistol.  With each kill you’re rewarded with a new weapon.  First person to get a kill with all weapons wins the game.  The mod will be featured eight maps and is currently being made in collaboration with the creators of the Counter-Strike mod.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is expected to be available in early 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstaion 3 and PC via Steam.

Sources:  http://pc.ign.com/articles/119/1195971p1.html



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