Our field report after playing the first few hours of Batman's latest adventure
There's a point early on in the third installment of Warner Brother's Batman Arkham series when our hero is unable to save someone from getting murdered. The victim is a completely corrupt menace to society, but Batman still attempts to save the man's life. Gotham City would clearly be better off if the guy wash pushing up daisies, but the Caped Crusader knows that we can't just go around murdering the bad guys, or look the other way and let someone else do the dirty work. At the same time, Batman (especially in this early phase of his career) wouldn't hesitate to break your face or crush your larynx if he decided that you were a bad guy who is in the way of him doing good things. Since he's conditioned himself to peak of physical fitness, it's not a difficult task...
Razer Surround: Can virtual surround sound software do the job of a real 7.1 headset?
Razer Surround is a program for gamers to get surround sound in any pair of headphones, be itRazer or otherwise. That’s right, install it and Razer claims that you’ll have “the best virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience [possible] with any stereo headphones.”
If you've long since switched to Chrome or Firefox and have been flirting with the idea of giving Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser another glimpse, now is a good time to do so. Microsoft released the preview version of IE10 to Windows 7 today, keeping with the mid-November time frame the Redmond software maker announced a month ago in an MSDN blog post.
Razer Blade looks sharp and cuts deep (into your pocket book)
The saying, "You get what you pay for" gets tossed around a lot, but sometimes this proverb doesn't always ring true. At $2,500, the new 17.3" Razer Blade gaming laptop certainly is expensive, but is it worth it?
Can you tell that GPU makers are totally stoked about the release of Battlefield 3? Both Nvidia and AMD have made available pre-release graphics card drivers for the Battle 3 beta, the former of which we detailed yesterday (catch a recap of Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta release here), and the latter we'll break down after the jump.
AMD just announced the Radeon HD 6990 video card, which combines the guts of two Radeon HD 6970s on a single board. We've got a preview of the card, including hands-on benchmarks. Spoiler: It's fast. Really, really fast.
Think eBooks are just for dedicated readers like the Kindle and handheld tablets? Think again. Everyone seems to want to get into the eBook software game, including Toshiba, which just introduced its Book Place platform designed specifically with laptops in mind.
"Toshiba Book Place is the type of entertainment option that out customers are looking for from their laptops," said Terry Cronin, vice president of Business Development and Channel Marketing, Toshiba. "What sets Toshiba Book Place apart is that it takes advantage of the PC experience and offer an immersive reading environment for the consumer."
Toshiba said it's partnered with some of the world's largest publishers to deliver more than a million free public domain titles and thousands of non-free eBooks. More than just an ordinary reader app, however, Book Place comes with a few notable extras, including a read-aloud feature for fans of audio books. And for those with small children, synchronized word highlighting will follow along as the book is read.
Books are preserved in their original layout, including fonts and images in full color. Integrated Web search is part of the package, and publishers can even embed author commentary and background music.
Obsidian's taking Fallout to the wild, untamed (or “tamed but then subsequently re-untamed thanks to a nuclear holocaust,” if we're being technical about it) west, so we're doing the same with our preview. Well, kind of. In the spirit of classic Sergio Leone spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” we're breaking down Fallout: New Vegas' opening hour – which we had the privilege of taking for a test run during QuakeCon – into thematically appropriate, self-explanatory categories.
Before we dive into the meat of things, though, let's set the scene. You're... a person. We can say that with a fair deal of certainty. You come to in a doctor's office, which – thanks to wasteland sanitation standards – is about as sterile as your average convenience store toilet, but you've got bigger things to worry about. Apparently, you nearly bit the big one at the hands of some pretty shady customers, but you don't know why. The doc, thankfully, patched up that pesky organ leak that tends to come as the result of bullet wounds, but unfortunately, he can't fill the gaping hole in your memory. He does know this, however: the bastards who did their darnedest to turn you into Swiss cheese were headed toward New Vegas. Well, there are certainly worse places to go for a vengeance-fueled vacation, eh?
QuakeCon may be named after, you know, Quake, but this year, a different multiplayer shooter stole the show. Yeah, Brink’s always sounded great on paper, but so did the N-Gage -- and then it was a taco. So obviously, we walked into our hands-on session with some trepidation. Watching a game stand on the – oh, what’s the word – cusp of greatness, only to fall backward into the Mortal Kombat-style spike pit of mediocrity is generally enough to brew up a tiny storm cloud over our heads, and we wanted so dearly for Brink to be awesome.
Fortunately, we weren’t disappointed. Put simply, Brink works. It’s ambitious, yet practical – complex, yet incredibly accessible. We got to play a couple matches in an area called Container City, and here’s why – days after the fact – we’re still aching to play more.
When you're at the forefront of an emerging trend, you're bound to have imitators. Such is the case with Fallout, a series that's been wandering wastelands and mutilating mutants since long before videogaming came down with an incurable case of post-apocalypse fever. Imitation's a sticky subject, though. Sometimes, it's just a sh**-eating grin away from outright flattery, but other times, it's a lawsuit and a career-in-tatters away from bold-faced plagiarism.
So, the question arises: where, exactly, does RAGE stand? Well, we saw the game in action at QuakeCon, and we decided to run a little DNA test on the post-apocalyptic shooter in order to find out how it stacks up against its closest living – and also Bethesda-published – relative. So, without further ado, let's see what makes RAGE tick.