PC, PS3, X360
- Release date
Oct 25, 2011 (US)
Oct 28, 2011 (EU)
The ever-popular Battlefield series of first-person shooters will see a new addition this year. Titled Battlefield 3, the game will use a next-generation engine called Frostbite 2, which takes full advantage of DX11 and 64-bit CPUs. The new engine is said to deliver improved dynamic lighting, destructible environments and highly realistic character animations.
BF3 will re-introduce fighter jets and the prone position which was absent from Bad Company. The multiplayer mode is going to feature a kill cam similar to that in Call of Duty games. Battlefield 3 will support up to 64 players per server on the PC, but only 24 on consoles due to hardware limitations. Multiplayer is, of course, the main focus of Battlefield games, but BF3 will still have a single-player campaign, which is going to take place in year 2014.
GameStop has announced their popular Power Saver Sale promotion which will run until April 24th. This is a great chance for gamers on a budget to save some money on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, and DS games, as well as gaming accessories and consoles. Up to 60% savings are offered on some items, and you can see the whole list on the Power Saver Sale homepage.
PC, PS3, X360
- Release date
May 10, 2011 (US)
May 13, 2011 (EU)
Brink is a new first-person shooter under development by Splash Damage, the British game studio that brought us Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. It will feature class-based single player, co-op and multiplayer modes, which will be integrated seamlessly. For example, experience can be earned both in single player and multiplayer, and your friends can join your game even in the middle of a mission.
Brink is set in a post-apocalyptic world, with two factions (Resistance and Security) fighting for control over a floating city called the Ark. The city can’t support a growing population due to the limited resources available, so the Ark is on the brink of a civil war.
The game will allow the players to perform various freerunning moves using a single SMART (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain) button which predicts what you’re trying to do depending on your position. As a result, complex moves can be executed with simple controls, similarly to Mirror’s Edge. However, experienced players will be able to accomplish the same thing manually, which will take less time and give them an edge over the others.
Epic Games is currently working on the third (and final) part of the Gears of War trilogy, which is scheduled for a September 2011 release. The upcoming Gears of War 3 will introduce a four-player co-op campaign, new playable characters (including three female ones), and new weapons. Furthermore, a Silverback mech suit armed with a rocket launcher and a machinegun will be available in certain parts of the game.
If that got you excited, just wait till you hear about the additional Locust and Lambent enemy types, as well as new executions you can finish them off with – such as the Bayonet Charge. There will be new multiplayer modes as well, like the Beast mode: a reverse Horde mode where you and up to four other players fight as Locusts against waves of COGs.
Gears of War 3 will take place one-and-a-half years after the end of the second game. Cliff Bleszinski, the design director at Epic Games, has said that GoW3 will “answer the majority of the questions that players have about the history of the world and what’s going on” and “be the conclusion to a trilogy”.
One of the most popular fighting game franchises in the world is getting a new installment on April 21st this year. Titled simply Mortal Kombat, it is going to be a reboot of the series, retelling the events of the first three MK games.
In a future after the Armageddon, Raiden is about to be dealt a finishing blow by Shao Kahn, but manages to send a warning to his earlier self before he’s killed. Thus, Mortal Kombat 2011 will take place in an alternate timeline where Raiden is trying to understand his visions and prevent the events that would lead to the destruction of the universe.
The new MK is a 2.5D fighting game with 3D graphics and a single 2D fighting plane. It is also the most violent Mortal Kombat title yet. The developers are bringing back proper fatalities, as well as adding brutal X-ray moves. The game will feature at least 26 playable characters, and three single-player modes (Training, Story Mode and Tournament). It is also going to have a Challenge Tower with 300 different missions and mini-games.
GAME.co.uk has recently launched a promotion called PERK UP, which stands for “Preorder / Everyday low prices / Rewards / Killer Deals”. You can now save money on some great games, consoles and accessories when buying from this popular video game retailer. Remember, you get free UK delivery on everything, and if you live in any other part of Europe, you can buy games from them and have them delivered for £2.95 per order:
Let’s look at some of the deals offered. First of all, you can now get the GAME Reward Card (UK-only) for one penny. With this card you will be earning triple points on select video game preorders, for as long as PERK UP campaign is going on. These points are basically store credit, and you can use them later to pay for your next purchase.
Dungeon Siege III is an upcoming action RPG game set for release in June 2011. It is the first Dungeon Siege game to be developed by Obsidian Entertainment (the makers of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas). As such, it’s going to be quite different from its predecessors.
While the game will still take place in the Kingdom of Ehb (the same setting as the original DS), the gameplay, leveling, and dialogue systems have undergone numerous changes. We’ll talk about them in a minute, but for now, let’s see what kind of goodies you can get if you reserve a copy of this game before the launch date.