The third installment in the Max Payne series is set to ship for PC on May 29th in North America and June 1st in Europe, but is your system ready? To help you determine that, Rockstar Games has coughed up a list of system specifications, including hardware and software, with what appears to be both minimum and recommended configurations (the list's layout is a bit vague).
Could it actually be that adveture gaming is seeing a resurgence in an era where first person shooters and MMORPGs reign supreme? In actuality, adventure games have always been available, including continuations of classics picked up by Telltale Games, but let's face it, the genre doesn't enjoy the same mass market appeal that it once did. Regardless, familiar faces in the adventure gaming industry are starting to pop up, including those Two Guys from Andromeda who created the Space Quest series by Sierra On-Line.
Xbox 360 gamers will soon have reason to rediscover The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda today announced plans to release a free title updated later this month that will integrate Kinect support, allowing gamers to yell out over 200 voice commands, including dragon shouts. From bartering to battling, the Kinect update adds a new dimension to Skyrim that previously didn't exist, and there will also be a handful of new functionality to go along with the voice commands, such as special map features, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort items by name, weight, and value.
A class action lawsuit has put the onus on GameStop, not videogame publishers, to warn buyers of used games that they will be unable to access certain downloadable content (DLC) and online features unless they pony up an additional $15 for an online pass. GameStop could have fought against the measure, but opted for a settlement that requires the world's largest games retailer to post warning signs on shelves where used games are sold in California stores, as well as online, for the next two years.
If you weren't quick on the draw earlier this week, you would have missed out on a firmware update for your PlayStation Vita. Sony issued a system software update to version 1.65 on Tuesday and then pulled it down yesterday because of a "technical fault." Don't fret though, there's a new software update -- version 1.66 -- that includes all the previous fixes, plus a handful more.
Barring any last minute surprises, Nintendo will be the first of the big three console makers to come out with a next generation living room game system. It's the Wii U, and it will ship with HD graphics support, a funky new tablet controller, and updated guts that, in theory, should have developers excited. It is, after all, a new toy to play with. So why are a handful of developers dissing the Wii U?
I was exposed to Leisure Suit Larry and his many sultry shenanigans before I should have been. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't fresh out of diapers clicking through adult humor I couldn't possibly understand, but as a teenager closer to 13 than 18 when I first set virtual foot in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, my parents probably would have pulled the plug on my home brewed IBM clone with an upgraded Intel 386DX processor if they knew what was going on. I'm glad they didn't.
The reason I bring this up is because somehow, someway, series creator Al Lowe and Replay Games managed to pluck the Leisure Suit Larry license from Sierra's deathgrip and are planning to create a 2012 "Reloaded" version with updated graphics and jokes. They've reassembled the original team that created the first Larry game, which means it will be nothing like the bastardized versions -- Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust -- that were created without Al Lowe's involvement, but only if enough funds are raised.
Sony has been understandably tight-lipped about its next generation game console, most obviously because the company is still trying to move PlayStation 3 hardware. But could another reason be that Sony doesn't yet want to reveal its planned participation in killing off the used games market? It's a subject that was touched on earlier this week, and now new information about "Orbis," the codename for Sony's next gen console, seems to suggest that Sony's all-in with the idea.
Coming out of left field (from a 'fowl' hit? *groan*) is Rovio Entertainment's announcement that it has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of benchmarking software developer Futuremark. Rovio, of course, is the developer behind the hugely popular Angry Birds franchise, which was just recently launched into space in the latest multi-platform installment, Angry Birds Space.
GameStop's cash cow is its used game business. Sure, you can also buy new titles, game accessories, and even tablets at your local GameStop, and you can't purchase a game without the guy behind the counter pressuring you into pre-ordering half a dozen upcoming titles. But used games are the fuel that makes the company's engine run. You can imagine, then, why GameStop refuses to believe that next generation consoles will try to kill off the used game business model by linking software to your specific hardware. Sounds unfathomable, doesn't it?