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Considering that the original Crysis games were PC shooters to begin with, it shouldn’t be big news that a demo for Crysis 2 is coming to the desktop but here we have confirmation via Twitter as though it’s something we should be surprised by or thankful for.
It was nice of Crytek and EA to remember their roots, I suppose. We’ll just ignore the fact that it took serious outcry from the community in order for it to happen.
This is almost as bad as BioWare announcing DLC for Dragon Age II before its release.
Mere days after the retail release of the game, EA has already revealed some of the details on the first DLC pack for Dead Space 2. It’s called Severed and it will follow both of the main characters from Dead Space: Extraction, Gabe and Lexine, as they attempt to escape the Sprawl right around the time that Isaac Clarke goes after the Marker.
Players will assume the role of Gabe, fighting Necromorphs and protecting Lexine as the pair try to escape the Sprawl.
Mothers are always going to complain about the level of violence in video games. It’s just a fact of life. Instead of fighting them, however, EA has chosen to embrace them. In fact, an absolute genius in their marketing department came up with the idea of exposing several actual mothers to footage from the game. They then produced this commercial:
Oh, and they also bought http://www.yourmomhatesthis.com and turned it into a big ad for the game, which comes out in just a few days.
EA is finally sharing some actual gameplay footage from Shift 2 Unleashed in this short but pretty trailer. The game is due out on March 29th.
People Can Fly and Epic Games just announced that a demo for the upcoming over the top shooter Bulletstorm is due out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on January 25th!
The demo will allow you to play through part of the game’s score-based Echo mode using the Skillshot system. You’ll be given access to several guns including the Peace Maker Carbine, the Flail Gun (fires grenades linked together by a chain), and the Screamer, “a powerful revolver that turns enemies into human fireworks.”
A total of 45 different killshots will be available in the demo, giving you an idea of what to expect in the final release. Playing the demo will unlock “platform-specific upgrades” in the final retail game, for use in the game’s Anarchy mode, including the Crimson Leash and Stealth Armor. The retail copy of the game releases on February 22nd.
EA is pulling out all of the stops for the Game Developer’s Conference this year. They plan to unveil Battlefield 3, share the first actual in-game footage from American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns, and we should get our first glimpse at Battlefield Play4Free. It all starts with the exclusive premiere of Battlefield 3 on Tuesday, March 1st.
This game just keeps looking cooler.
John Riccittiello, the CEO of video game publisher EA, believes that digital distribution of games will overtake retail sales in 2011. He also thinks that publishers are soon going to have their entire libraries available as digital downloads – a move that could place heavier strain on the already ailing Internet backbone in the United States.
Riccittiello also thinks that publishers will soon sell retail packages in pieces ala StarCraft II and some of the digitally distributed Xbox 360 titles like Fable II. He’s not alone in his visions, either. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has echoed those sentiments in the past.
Gone are the days of free map packs, player skins, and bonus campaigns. It’s only a matter of time before they start charging us for patches.
I was looking forward to Fight Night Champion when the debut trailer hit the web. Now, however, it’s near the top of my list of most anticipated games of the year. A sports game with a storyline? Count me in! (Pardon the pun.)
It’s been a relatively drab year for PC shooter fans. Aside from solid ports of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, there were no real standouts – especially in the area of platform exclusives. Virtually anything worth playing was also available – and more popular on – the Xbox 360 and/or PS3.
Fortunately, 2011 is shaping up to be a different story entirely. In fact, it may turn into one of the biggest years in PC shooter history. Below is a rundown of games that we can expect to see released as well as games that are likely to be announced. (You can click the name of a given game to run a search on What The Christ? for past coverage. Trailers for a lot of these have been posted before.)
2011 New Releases
- Portal 2 – Valve
- Crysis 2 – Crytek
- Battlefield 3 – DICE
- Duke Nukem Forever – Gearbox
- Red Orchestra 2 – Tripwire Interactive
- Bulletstorm – People Can Fly
- Homefront – Kaos Studios
- Brink – Splash Damage
- Rage – id Software
- F.E.A.R. 3 – Day 1 Studios
- Max Payne 3 – Rockstar Games
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Eidos Montreal
- Prey 2 – Human Head Studios
- Dead Space 2 – Visceral Games
- Red Faction: Armageddon – Volition
- Saints Row 3 – Volition
2011 Expected Announcements
- Doom 4 – id Software
- Quake 5 – id Software
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Unknown (Treyarch?)
- Hitman 5 – IO Interactive
- Grand Theft Auto 5 – Rockstar Games