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BioShock 2 Doesn’t Support Controllers

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 10:54 AM CST
filed under news, pc

Although it's not necessarily news (considering 2K said it prior to the game's launch), BioShock 2 on the PC does not support controllers out of the box. This has spawned a 15-page thread about it over at the 2K forums where gamers are expressing their rage. Some have started a petition to add an update even.

2K Marin has said they dropped controller support "in order to ensure that we got the mouse and keyboard control absolutely right."

It's also worth nothing that the original BioShock has Xbox 360 controller support right out of the box.

[via Destructoid]

Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 Bundle Coming to North America

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 1:22 AM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

There hasn't been any word on whether or not a limited edition of Final Fantasy XIII will be coming to North America, but we do know we'll be getting an Xbox 360 bundle for it. The Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII Special Edition Bundle will feature a 250GB hard, a wired headset, two controllers and, of course, the game itself. However, unlike the Japanese PS3 bundle, it won't have an image on the console itself.

There hasn't been an official announcement from Microsoft or Square Enix as the revelation comes in the form of a retail listing, but it's likely we'll find out at this week's X10 event.

Final Fantasy XIII releases March 9.

[via Kotaku]

Ubisoft Reaffirms Splinter Cell: Conviction Exclusivity

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 12:46 AM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

In its recent financial conference call, Ubisoft reiterated the fact that Splinter Cell: Conviction will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PC, despite previous Splinter Cell titles going multiplatform.

"…this time it's going to be PC and Xbox 360 exclusive," the company noted during the call.

It was also revealed that the franchise's lifetime sales have exceeded 19 million units since its inception in 2002.

Splinter Cell: Conviction releases April 13.

[via TVGB]

Blizzard Previews New Battle.net

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 12:33 AM CST
filed under news, pc

The StarCraft II beta is edging closer and closer. With its release imminent, Blizzard has given us a look at the changes coming to its online service, Battle.net.

"Battle.net is about to undergo the greatest update in its long and storied history as one of the world's most successful online gaming services," writes Blizzard.

The overhauled service will feature competitive ladders, server-hosted games, online-stored characters, automated matchmaking, cross-game chat, a user-mod marketplace, and a slew of other things. Most noticeably, its new look is pretty damn sleek.

The preview over at Blizzard features a bunch of new screenshots as well as an interview with Battle.net project director Greg Canessa, so head over there for the full scoop.

More Details on Fallout: New Vegas Spill

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 12:15 AM CST
filed under pc, ps3, xbox 360

The latest issue of PlayStation 3 Magazine dropped, and it gives us a bunch of new info on Fallout: New Vegas. Our friends and fellow Fallout fiends Duck and Cover have compiled a bullet-point list of all the new details about the game spilled in PSM3. Check the full list after the jump.

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US Army Tried to Buy Xbox 360s, Turned Down

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 12:07 AM CST
filed under microsoft, news, xbox 360

In 2006, the US Army approached Microsoft with an offer to buy a massive amount of Xbox 360s to train soldiers. Microsoft declined the lucrative deal citing some pretty ridiculous reasons. The report comes from a recent Wired article in which Roger Smith, the man responsible for the Army's training equipment, explains why Microsoft made the decision. According to Smith, it came down to three reasons:

  • Microsoft was afraid that the military would buy up lots of Xbox 360s, but would buy only one game for each of them, so MS wouldn’t make much money off of the games.
  • A big military purchase could create a shortage of Xbox 360s.
  • If the Xbox became an Army training device, it could taint its reputation. Microsoft was concerned that "do we want the Xbox 360 to be seen as having the flavor of a weapon? Do we want Mom and Dad knowing that their kid is buying the same game console as the military trains the SEALs and Rangers on?"

How could these three reasons be valid enough to force Microsoft to turn down a boatload of upfront cash (after all, this was a contract deal)? Does this make any sense at all? To me, it seems like Microsoft made a huge mistake here.

More Steamy Hotness: Trine 75% Off

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 11:48 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, news, pc

So if Total War isn't your thing, maybe this Steam deal will tickle your taco. Frozenbyte's intriguing platformer Trine (which won our editors' choice award, mind you) is on sale for 75% off. Normally retailing for $19.99, you can now pick this slick game up for just $5.00. I would highly recommend it.

If you're not convinced, maybe our review of it will help sway you.

2K: BioShock 2 is ‘Only Pure Shooter Out Right Now’

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 11:22 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

According to 2K Marin's Michael Kamper, BioShock 2 is "the only pure shooter which has come out right now." Kamper, who is the audio lead for the game, says it stands out from the flood of Q1 2010 games thanks to the "depth" and "complexity" of its narrative.

"First off, it's really the only pure shooter which has come out right now," he told CVG. "Fans of the first person shooter experience should really enjoy how we have enhanced that part of the experience.

"I would also put the depth and complexity of our main narrative on par or above any other game coming out right now, and that includes all of the mini-stories the player can discover through exploring all the nooks and crannies of Rapture.

"Plus, there are so many different ways to play our game that a gamer could find himself immediately replaying BioShock 2 once they polish off their first pass."

Look for our BioShock 2 review coming soon.

Get Your BioShock 2 Avatar Gear

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 10:19 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

BioShock 2 released today (look for our review coming soon), so 2K has put out a bunch of new BioShock-related Avatar gear on Xbox Live. The gear includes Big Daddy outfits, Big Sister outfits, a Big Daddy doll, Rosie, and Bouncer. It ranges from 160 to 320 MS Points, so if you've got money to blow, here's some useless stuff!

Dedicated Servers and Deathmatch ‘Right Around the Corner’ for Serious Sam HD

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 8:56 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Devolver Digital announced that the patch adding dedicated server support and deatchmatch for Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter is "right around the corner."

"Dedicated servers and deathmatch Steam patches are right around the corner for Serious Sam HD:TFE," they tweeted.

As if 16-player co-op wasn't enough madness...



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