On a home console, Dante’s Inferno offers players a view of hell never before witnessed in gaming, much less any other form of digital media. Only literature has managed to captivate our minds so brilliantly, even though the console version of Visceral Games’ reinterpretation of the first segment of Dante Aligheri’s Divine Comedy failed in bringing audiences to hell. So too does its portable sibling so blatantly miss success, this time by Artificial Mind and Movement, known more recently for such titles as WET and, well, many a PS2, Wii and portable console ports. (more...)
EA has released an all-new co-op campaign map pack titled ‘Chapters of Deceit’ on Xbox Live for Army of Two: The 40th. The map pack will be available on April 1st on the PlayStation Network. Chapters of Deceit puts players back amidst the disaster in Shanghai where they will stumble upon new information that could help end the invasion by Jonah and his 40th Day Initiative army. However, they quickly learn that everyone is out for themselves and no one can be trusted. The lives of this iconic two-man private military team are at risk, forcing players to rely on each other to get out alive.
Chapters of Deceit is available for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points.
Ever wanted to be in a videogame? Visceral Games, developers of Dead Space and Dante's Inferno, is making it easy. Just kill Dead Space and Dead Space 2 protagonist Isaac Clarke and record it, either on video, on paper, or in text. Then sit back and watch the magic happen...or, more likely, look at other submissions and rework yours.
The contest, completely on Facebook (which means you'll need an account, on the off-chance you don't), is simple: upload your video/picture/text, and wait to see if you're a winner. All submissions are open to the public to see, and the ten best ideas go online to be voted on. Should you be the proud winner, you'll be featured in Dead Space 2.
Hopefully as some poor engineer who gets speared in the throat.
Just four days away, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is one of the many games I'm looking forward to in March. EA is kicking its marketing campaign for the shooter into high gear. Today, the first TV spot for the game has appeared.
We knew that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 would have some sort of DLC on or around its launch next Tuesday. Today, EA sent out a trailer confirming this notion as well as providing us insight into what it will be and how we'll get it. Bringing the total count to ten, the DLC will include two new multiplayer maps, Laguna Alta, playable in Conquest mode and Nelson Bay, playable in Rush mode. As part of EA's initiative to screw over used-game retailers, it will be free to anyone who purchases the game new or purchases separately the VIP code, which costs $15.
Coming later in March will be another free map pack, giving players a chance to experience the Arica Harbor map in Conquest mode and Laguna Presa map in Rush mode. This will be available in the same manner as the day-one DLC.
Speaking with Inc Gamers, EA LA's Sean Decker explained that Medal of Honor follows in the path of films such as The Hurt Locker, which depicts the story of the men on the ground. It's not about politics, it's about soldiers' stories.
"I think, again, it was trying to stay out of all the politics," Decker said.
"There's been a lot of really good movies – the Gotham Awards just came out and Hurt Locker was the top one," he continued. "It has nothing to do with the war in Iraq and why it started, or anything else – it's just about the men on the ground, what they go through on a day-to-day basis, and their emotions."
Decker added that Medal of Honor does not address the reasons we entered the war. "That's not the story we're trying to tell."
"It's not going to be a big propaganda piece where we wave the flag, or anything like that. It's literally about the people that're on the ground."
Medal of Honor is expected to release this fall on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
While the PS3 and Xbox 360 have seen significant price drops since their respective debuts, particularly the former by way of the PS3 Slim, the price points are still not where EA would like them to be. Even four to five years after their launches, the publisher would like to see lower prices on console hardware.
"I think pricing has not come down as much as we would have expected at this point in the cycle compared to the last," said EA's CFO, Eric Brown, at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. "We do have a long way to go with respect to pricing. Last cycle, approximately 48 percent of PS2 units were sold at a price point of $149 or less. Clearly at $299, we're nowhere near that price point."
When asked about the lifecycle of this generation's consoles, Brown explained how we likely won't see a quick transition to a new generation like we did when the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii released.
"It's a possibility that we don't see a sharp and distinct console transition like we've seen in the past. Today, we have two of the three consoles operating at full, high-definition and are running games at 60 frames a second," he continued. "If you have a multi-billion capital investment to develop the next generation hardware, the question I would ask is, 'If you were to produce that, what would you display it on?' There's really nothing in terms of broadly available consumer viewing technology other than 1080p televisions. You could upgrade in theory, but you wouldn't get the obvious graphic benefit that we saw that drove the transitions in the prior cycle."
EA sent out a note that Army of Two: The 40th Day is getting some DLC in April called Chapters of Deceit. It will offer up two new co-op campaign maps. We also received a trailer for the DLC, which you can check out above.
"In the new chapters, players stumble upon information that could lead to ending the invasion by Jonah and his 40th Day Initiative army. However, they quickly learn that everyone is out for themselves and to trust no one but their partner."
Chapters of Deceit will be available April 1 for 800 MS Points or $9.99 on XBL and PSN.