Want more GTA IV PC gamers? Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City is now available on Steam for about $29.99. The package includes both of the critically acclaimed Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC add-ons developed by Rockstar North.
Rather than simply adding more content to Grand Theft Auto IV's single player mode, Episodes of Liberty City focuses on two individual story threads. The Lost and the Damned follows Johnny Klebitz, a member of a Liberty City biker gang called The Lost, while The Ballad of Gay Tony follows Luis Fernando Lopez who acts as a body guard to Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince who owns a string of nightclubs in Liberty City. Each episode plays outs different from one another and is just good content in general.
Currently the pack is only for sale in North America and Brazil on Steam but will later become available world wide on April 16th.
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Little over a month after former Infinity Ward and Modern Warfare 2 chief men Vince Zampella and Jason West were given the pink slip from Activision, the two are now setting up shop with the aforementioned publisher's biggest rival, Electronic Arts. The two formed a new company, Respawn Entertainment, and will produce video games under the Electronic Art's label but still enjoy a level of independence from the publisher. Kotaku broke the story earlier this morning:
"Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me," Zampella said in a statement. "For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We're very proud of what we built – and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again — open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA"
Zampella and West previously worked for EA before leaving the publisher for Activision and forming Infinity Ward. During their previous employ with EA the two were part of 2015, inc. where they helped develop Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Now that the two are returning to EA one could say they've come full circle, though admittedly, they have a much better deal going for them now than previously:
"We're excited," West said. "Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve."
Don't expect any new game announcements from the new studio for a while. The two report that they have a few ideas for their next big game but no new announcements have been made.
Anyone whose followed Playstation Move will remember the distinctive "lollipop" orb that sits on top of the wand-like primary controller, but what about that nunchuck esque complimentary controller that is now pictured with every promo ad surfacing for the Playstation Move? What is that thing called?
Thanks to Endgadget's habbit of pouring over FCC documentation we now know that the secondary controller is called..."Navigation Controller." Okay. That, well, conveys its purpose quite blatantly I suppose. Not as identifiable or memorable as the "Nunchuck" attachment sported with Nintendo's Wii, but I guess it gets its intended purpose across.
Did you ever wonder if Shigeru Miyamoto, main man at Nintendo, was starting to reach the peak of his creative career? Wrong!
Mr. Miyamoto recently interviewed with GameTM, a UK based gaming publication, where he stated that having worked on "unusual titles" like Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort has left him with the impression that his creative output will only continue to grow as Nintendo continues to devlop new and interesting ways to play video games:
“In the past five years I’ve been working on such unusual titles like Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort. Ten years ago I could never have been able to imagine that I would be making games like that. That’s why I can say that the best is yet to come to me.”
Outside of this discussion GameTM also prodded about the highly sought after Wii HD console to which, unsurprisingly, Mr. Shiggy provided a non-affirmative answer:
“Technology is always evolving and Nintendo, just like other companies, is going to integrate those technologies into our new products as they develop. Whether that be a Wii HD, Wii 2 or an entirely new console, I am not in a position to say at the moment."
Good to see that one of the most iconic men of the video game industry is still optimistic about the future of his career. We hope to see many more Marios, Zeldas, and other creations from him in the near future.
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is coming to Steam April 28th but if you pre-order the game now you'll be able to get some extra goodies by way of a 10% discount off the $19.99 price point and access to Ugh-Zan, the end boss from First Encounter, as bonus content. For those of you lacking proficiency with simple math 10% off of $19.99 saves you a couple bucks.
What other games can have the sheer ludicrousness pictured above? What would you do if a guy with a buzz saw for a head came for your flesh and blood? Good thing video games train us to be natural born killers, eh? Eh? Eh?
Epic's Cliff Bleszinski was supposed to make a big reveal on the Jimmy Fallon show this Monday, but it looks like someone at Microsoft dropped the ball. The announcement for Gears of War 3 appeared for a brief moment on Xbox Live confirming the games intended release date and the conclusion of the series. You won't find the announcement now as its been taken off, but chances are it will reappear when Cliffy B. has his now arguably empty reveal this Monday.
Apple had a media summit today to talk about iPhone OS 4, the next operating system for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Steve Jobs was on stage touting the new features to be expected from OS 4, including much needed multitasking, iAd, Mail and enterprise improvements, and a new game oriented feature called Game Center.
It looks like Apple is eying Windows Mobile 7's Xbox Live integration as the details announced about the feature sound pretty familiar. You can earn achievements for games you play on your iPhone and an online matchmaking system can let gamers pair off against other iPhone users much like modern matchmaking systems in Call of Duty and Halo do today. There's also social networking involved and leader boards. The intent of the feature is to provide the service for developers to use for their games. If nothing else this shows Apple's really in it to win it in the portable games industry.
iPhone OS 4 is currently available to developers but won't hit mass market till this summer, likely with the launch of the iPhone 4G. If you want to enjoy all the new goodies the new OS has to offer you'll need at least an iPhone 3GS or 3rd generation iPod touch. iPhone 3g and 2g touch users can have, as Steve Jobs put it, "some" of the new features in iPhone OS 4, but will miss out on multitasking. In addition, iPad users won't get the OS till this Fall. Suck.
Game Center should really make things interesting for the iPhone. The platform has been steadily creeping in on Sony and Nintendo's territory and is sure to only grow from here. Endgadget and Gizmodo covered Apple's press conference extensively so if you want to learn more about the other none game industry related announcements then stop on by.
Modern Warfare 2 has one sweet multiplayer component that's almost worth the price of admission on its own merit. Still not convinced? Why not play it this weekend to see if you'll change your mind? Starting today steam users can get in on some newb-tube cheapness with Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer which will be free to play through this weekend only.
It's a shame that all the hub-bub taking place at Infinity Ward could (operative word is could) make this one of the last great Call of Duty multiplayer experiences we'll see in a while. If you have the PC power to run the game it may be worth it to download and play even if you're already playing it on other platforms. Free is free after all.