It seems as though Blizzard is opening its beta for StarCraft II up to more people. Early this morning I received an email from Blizzard, a legitimate one, mind you, telling me that I can now invite a friend into the beta.
"Congratulations! This is an additional invitation to the beta test for Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ for you to share with a friend!" the email reads. "You are receiving this email because you are currently participating in the StarCraft II beta test, and we want to encourage you to test out some of the social features of the revamped Battle.net® online-gaming service by inviting one of your friends to play with you. This email contains your additional beta key for you to send to a friend, along with instructions to help your friend get started."
It's hard to say of these friend invites are going to ALL participants or only a select few. I guess it won't be long before we know. Hopefully I'll see you online.
Sam Fisher goes on the loose in North America April 13th and if you're planning to get the game on the PC here is the list of recommended specifications:
- Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core2 Duo or 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon X2 64
- RAM: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c–compliant video card (512 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
- Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c–compliant sound card
- DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
- DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM drive
- Hard Drive Space: 10 GB
- Peripherals Supported: Mouse, keyboard, headset, 12-button gamepads with analog sticks
- Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection
*Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
- NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / 7900 / 8 / 9 / GTX series
- ATI RADEON X1800 / X1900 / HD 2000 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series
- Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
Note: A permanent high speed internet connection and creation of a Ubisoft account are required to play this video game at all times and to unlock exclusive content. Such content may only be unlocked one single time with a unique key. You must be at least 13 to create a Ubisoft account.
Not much out of the ordinary here. Make sure you have an internet connection though, otherwise Ubisoft won't let you play.
In case you haven't noticed by now, I've been trying to figure out just what InstantAction has secretly been working on these past few months for a while now. Thankfully they've started to reveal what they have in store for the future of InstantAction.com, and it's quite big. But first, a quick recap to bring everyone up to speed:
InstantAction is a website created by GarageGames that features games playable within the browser. However, instead of being merely yet another Flash-based gaming site with countless Asteroids clones, the games on InstantAction boast the one thing most browser games lack: great graphics. Take a look at Fallen Empire: Legions to see what I mean.
In July of 2009, Louis Castle, of Command and Conquer fame, hopped on board as the new CEO of GarageGames and InstantAction. Shortly thereafter the company went silent, and the InstantAction studio was split in two. One in Portland, OR., the other in Las Vegas. All we were told is that whatever Castle was working on, it was big. If things go as planned, I believe they're right... (more...)
Well, technically not so much "new maps" as "now widely available" maps. The four bonus maps included with the special edition version of the game will be available for all as DLC March 18th. Price of entry is $7.
Regarding the maps themselves, two are designed for the games competitive multiplayer modes and two are designed for cooperative modes. The competitive maps are called "Docks" and "Machine". The cooperative maps are called "Outpost" and "Hive". The latter two take place in an overrun human colony and Alien breeding ground and are designed for human versus alien gameplay.
I haven't played the game yet, but the latter coop. maps sound right up my alley.
Title says it all. For a limited time you can get your mits on Mass Effect 2 at Amazon for a good thirty to fourty percent off depending on which platform you go for. You can get the Xbox 360 version for $39.99 (over $59.99 retail) or the PC version for $29.99 (over $49.99 retail).
No word how long the deal lasts so don't hesitate if you are interested. Its a pretty good game after all.
Ubisoft's draconian DRM, which requires legitimate PC gamers to have an internet connection at all times to play their games, has successfully displayed its ineptness by locking legitimate customers out of their games when the authentication servers went down over the weekend.
There is currently a twelve page long thread at the Ubisoft forums full of gamers detailing their inability to play their games. As a result, gamers who took their chance with the DRM have had a rough time being able to log in and play the games packaged with the DRM, Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V. According to community managers from Ubisoft, the reason for the outage is a result of the over whelming demand the servers are currently facing. At this time it appears the servers are still experiencing issues.
In other news, piraters don't need to deal with this dilema because they already cracked the DRM measures the day after the games came out, rendering Ubisoft's whole point of shipping games with the DRM utterly pointless.
2K issued a press release earlier today detailing the first add-on pack for BioShock 2. Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack will be releasing worldwide on March 11 for 400 MS Points or $4.99. The DLC pack will include the following:
- Rank increase to level 50 with Rank Rewards
- New playable characters - Louie McGraff and Oscar Calraca
- 20 new trials
- A third weapon upgrade for each weapon
- Five additional masks
More announcements for BioShock 2 DLC will be arriving "in the coming weeks."
Need we say more?
Update: Apparently we do need to say more. Expect to get your hands on Portal 2 this holiday season.