Call of Duty: Black Ops gets Double XP this Weekend

January 31, 2011

In order to help celebrate the new “First Strike” map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops (That is currently exclusive to Xbox 360 right now), Treyarch is kicking off a double XP weekend from this Friday to Sunday to help celebrate all the new maps.

No word when the maps will come to PC and PS3, but undoubtedly it’ll be soon, that way Activison can make even more money. The map pack lands on February 1st for 1200 MSP ($15).



Final 3DS Release dates and information

January 19, 2011

Today Nintendo finally announced the release dates for the rest of the world, and we can expect it to release in the US on the 27th of March, and in the UK on the 25th of March. So there isn’t to much of a difference here as Nintendo are obviously trying to get them to launch as close together as possible, and only a month or so after Japan. Which means the wait is almost over, only a couple of months before we can finally experience glass-less 3D gaming! Most importantly though, the 3DS will cost approximately $250 in US and whatever game stores think appropriate in Europe. For the moment, HMV and Game are taking preorders for £229 which is a hefty amount, especially considering that Wii at launch was £179.

Also, Nintendo seem to be changing the online system for the better as they are getting rid of Nintendo points altogether! Instead, you can buy games for their exact price straight from a credit card without having points leftover on their newly named eStore. And for those without credit cards, don’t worry, you will be able to buy money cards and load them onto your consoles in pre-determined denominations much like iTunes. The eStore will also allow for the viewing of trailers, seeing other player’s ratings and allow you to download both DSi and 3DS exclusive software. Friend Codes for each game are also being abolished apparently, in favour of a much better system where you can share one code with friends and no longer have to swap codes for every game.

We can also tell you that in US and Europe the colours will be “Aqua Blue” and “Cosmos Black”. Those hoping for a white one to match your launch day Wii may be disappointed, but the available colours look stylish nonetheless. The UK packaging is shown below, and it looks pretty sweet. I can’t wait to get my hands on one, and inevitably waste the whole of March and April playing with it.

There will be roughly 8 games on launch, with Nintendo promising that there will be at least 30 retail games available by their E3 conference in June.


Japanese 3DS Launch Lineup

January 8, 2011

Whilst America and Europe still long for an actual release date for the console, Japanese gamers have been told what to expect when the 3DS launches next month in terms of retail software. It’s probably a little disappointing to those of us expecting the Ocarina of Time remake on launch, but then again, having that as a launch title may have given third-party releases a slightly harder time. The list is as follows:

  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Nintendogs + Cats – Following versions will be available:
    Toy Poodle & New Friends
    French Bull & New Friends
    Shiba & New Friends
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Sengoku Musou Chronicle
  • Super Street Fighter IV
  • Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble
  • Winning Eleven 3DSoccer
  • If you played Nintendogs on the original DS, chances are you’ve probably had enough of that game and the only people buying it will be those who either want to experience it with cats or those who missed out the first time. And of course those who want a first party title on launch to show off their new console at its best.

    However, it could be worse, there are some strong titles like Super Street Fighter, Professor Layton and Puzzle Bobble. All of which are usually big hitters in Japan. Lets just hope strong third party development continues for a while to come.


    3DS box packaging contents revealed

    January 8, 2011

    Today was a day many avid handheld gamers have been waiting patiently for, a day where so much was revealed about the 3DS. Japanese gamers now know what to expect when buying their 3DS from Feb 26 for approximately 25000 yen, and we also found out how long the battery might last if we were going to use wireless and the brightest setting.

    In the box, there will be the

  • Nintendo 3DS Console
  • Nintendo 3DS Charger Stand
  • AC Adapter
  • Nintendo 3DS Stylus
  • 2 GB SD Memory Card
  • 6 Augmented Reality Cards
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Booklet.
  • 3DS will have already have the following software installed:

  • Nintendo 3DS Cameras
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound
  • Mii studio
  • Mii Plaza
  • AR(Augmented Reality) Games
  • Kiro Book(some sort of bulletin software)
  • Shooting and Face
  • So it looks like Nintendo aren’t letting day one purchasers go without as there is probably enough in there to last for a few days just to play around with.


    The 3DS will have 3-5 Hours of Battery Life

    January 8, 2011

    All time low? I think so.

    The 3DS, Nintendo’s latest handheld that will ship later this year, has been reported to have only a battery life of 3-5 hours (A battery life that is lower than most smart phones these days). While this probably due to the fact that the system needs to render in 3D, this is really, REALLY low. So if your gonna want to get your 3D on the go, best to bring a charger, everywhere.

    On another note, the 3DS will be able to play normal DS games for about 5-8 hours, so thats always good, right?


    AvatarKinect makes you so you never need to leave your house again.

    January 6, 2011

    You know that big room? That one right outside your house? You never need to go there again. With AvatarKinect, Microsoft is letting you sit and talk with your friends in a virtual room, using only your Avatar and Kinect. No more needing to get up and go see someone, and can just join in a room on Xbox and start talking! Look at this GREAT video showcasing how amazing this is!

    Oh yeah, just kidding, this is actually really ridiculous. The only good thing about this feature is that you can record your conversations as talk shows and upload them to the internet.

    Killzone 3 Campaign Trailer “Finish What We’ve Started”

    January 6, 2011

    If you’ve never played Killzone 2, you should. Its great. Like REALLY great. And Killzone 3 is looking even better. Take a look at the new campaign trailer, that shows off all kinds of awesome stuff you’ll get to blow up in the single player mode.