Battlefield 3: Gulf of Oman Gameplay Trailer


The kind folks at DICE have released another gameplay trailer for their Battlefield 3: Back to Karkrand expansion, this time showcasing a re-imagined version of the Gulf of Oman map. The video also features 3 vehicles that they’re bringing back from Battlefield 2 namely the STOVL fighter jet, the desert buggy, and one of the APC’s. No information on the exact release date yet but DICE has said that they’ll be releasing more trailers and information on the expansion including the weapons from the Back to Karkrand expansion that players will be able to use even in the base BF3 game.

Players who pre-ordered their copies of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition get the expansion for free when it comes out sometime in December. Everyone else can purchase the expansion when it launches for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points, or the equivalent in their local currency.

And remember, Playstation 3 players get the expansion 1 week earlier than others.

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Skyrim 1.2 update now available for PS3 (Xbox and PC on the 30th)

The 1.2 update for Skyrim is now available for PS3 players. XBOX and PC players will have to wait until Wednesday for their patch. Here’s the list of changes/fixes in the patch:

UPDATE 1.2 NOTES (all platforms unless specified)

  • Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)
  • Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)
  • Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away
  • Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player’s wedding dead
  • Dragon corpses now clean up properly
  • Fixed rare issue where dragons would not attack
  • Fixed rare NPC sleeping animation bug
  • Fixed rare issue with dead corpses being cleared up prematurely
  • Skeleton Key will now work properly if player has no lockpicks in their inventory
  • Fixed rare issue with renaming enchanted weapons and armor
  • Fixed rare issue with dragons not properly giving souls after death
  • ESC button can now be used to exit menus (PC)
  • Fixed occasional mouse sensitivity issues (PC)
  • General functionality fixes related to remapping buttons and controls (PC)
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The Latest Battlefield 3 Patch Has Dropped

The latest patch for Battlefield has been released. The patch deals with a few client-side fixes, a few adjustments server-side, a lot of balancing and gameplay changes, and big changes/improvements to the squad system. The patch, although, does not include the fix/changes to the Tactical Light that was previously announced but all in all, the changes are a good improvement and just shows how much DICE listens to its community.

Here is the complete list of changes:

—- Client-Side Changes:

— Visuals, Stability and Performance Fixes:

• General performance and loading time improvements
• “Black Screen” fix for an issue occurring on some PC Configurations
• Stereo and Rendering Support for Nvidia and AMD Graphics Cards
• Adjusted the “stuttering” encountered on some PC configurations.
• Fixed several Crashes when joining MP and Co-Op sessions
• Fixed multiple problems when using multiple monitors (Eyefinity / Surround).
• Fixed visual corruption issues on certain Nvidia Cards
• Improved loading times for certain textures
• Added console command “GameTime.MaxVariableFps” to limit max FPS
• Added console command “UI.DrawEnable” to hide UI for screenshots / videos

— Balance and Gameplay Adjustments (PC)

• Fixed a problem with high speed mouse movement
• Added back some missing Growlers on Kharg Island Conquest Large
• Added back EOR sound for SQDM and TDM
• You should no longer be able to damage a friendly vehicle when sitting in an open position
• Grenades now drop to ground if you get killed while attempting to throw it(note the affect this will have on Hardcore mode!)
• Spawn protection now should work in Conquest. You should no longer spawn on points too close to enemies
• You should no longer spawn too close to enemies in TDM and SQDM
• Combat areas on Kharg Rush tweaked in order to disallow defenders to access the carrier ship after 1st base is taken and being able to enter the AA gun
• Fixed a problem with revived players not suffering suppression
• Fixed a problem with the camera when being revived in COOP
• Added joystick deadzone setting
• Fixed sound for when climbing ladders
• Fixed an issue with some weapon sounds in first person
• Fixed a swim sound loop error
• Increased the damage of Helicopter Miniguns, AA guns, and Jet Cannons against infantry
• Increased the damage of Helicopter Miniguns against jeeps.
• Reduced the physics impact of AA guns and Jet Cannons, players under attack from these weapons should no longer lose control.
• Increased the damage of the 44 Magnum slightly.
• Increased the range and minimum damage of the .357 Round from the MP412 Rex.
• Increased the range of all .45cal and 9mm weapons.
• Slightly increased the range of the P90 and MP7 and PDW-R.
• Slightly increased the range of the 5.56mm PDW-R and decreased the minimum damage at long range.
• Slightly increased the minimum range of the Mk11, SVD, and M39 EMR 7.62mm rifles.
• Decreased the maximum damage and maximum range of the G3 and SCAR-H 7.62mm weapons.
• Reduced the damage from FIM-92 and SA-18 IGLA missiles against aircraft.
• Increased the damage and range of the 40mm BUCK rounds.
• Reduced the damage .50cal weapons do against Helicopters.
• Updated T90 canister shell tweaks to match Abrams canister shells
UI Changes (PC)
• Added round duration and ticket summary at EOR
• Advanced squad polish – should be more intuitive
• Significant changes to the Join Squad functionality (see below)
• Fixed a problem regarding keybindings while playing
• You should now get a better error message when being disconnected via Battlelog

—- Server Update Highlights

• EOD Bot exploit fix
• Several crash fixes
• Anti-stat padding measures taken, disallowing ranked servers to run obscure settings
• Improved team kill kick configuration
• Support for unranked servers. Unranked servers do not report players’ scores to Battlelog, but server administrators can freely control all settings

— Share your profile and stats with new Battlelog functionality

• Ability to share your Profile and Stats pages to Facebook, Google+, and Twitter
• User Profile and Stats pages on Battlelog can now be accessed without being signed in to Battlelog if you know a user’s URL
• Single sign on from Battlelog to Origin. If you’re not logged in to Origin and join a game server, Battlelog will automatically sign you in to Origin in the background and join the game server

— Quick notes on Squad changes in the Nov 22 update

• Removed FIND ME A SQUAD option
• Allow players to join empty Squads alone, thus having 1/4 squad members
• Change order of options to LEAVE SQUAD, INV A FRIEND, SWITCH TEAM
• Disable Privacy flag when 1 man squad
• Reset Privacy flag from Private to Public when squad drops to 1 player
• All occupied Squads will now show up colored blue on the Squad Selection screen
• Players who choose not to join squads will also show up as Blue in the “Not in a Squad” line
• Squads that are currently empty will display as white — if you wish to join an empty Squad, you can choose the first one marked with white text

— A detailed look at Squad refinements

A detailed look at Squad refinements

Today’s PC client patch features numerous tweaks to Squad functionality and is part of our ongoing efforts to make it easier to play with friends and Platoon mates. These changes will also be implemented for consoles when we release the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 updates shortly. Stay tuned for the exact date of the console updates.

First, we need to look at how joining with Squads and Platoons affects the balance of teams. Initially, servers are commanded to equal out each side, so joining with friends can impact that balance while joining with Platoons further hinders this. As a result we have made some adjustments to the in-game Squad management screen.

For PC, you are now able to highlight the various Squads and select which one you wish to join by selecting a Squad and then clicking the Join Squad button. Please note that the Squad Privacy option still allows 2 man Squads which, during 64 player sessions, can lead to players with no squad position –- the number of people with no Squads will be shown at the bottom of the Squad selection list.

After the patch is applied to consoles (in the near future) you will be able to join Squads by cycling through the list and selecting which Squad you wish to join.

You can also read the full list of changes over at Battlelog.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Launch Trailer


The launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations sets the tone and gives us a glimpse of the setting and story of the concluding chapter of Assassin’s Creed’s renaissance series. If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series then this game is something you shouldn’t miss.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011. While the PC version will be released on November 29, 2011.

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Skyrim System Requirements Announced

Bethesda has announced the recommended and minimum PC requirements for Skyrim:

Recommended Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD space
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • 2GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD Space
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation

With Skyrim coming in less than 3 weeks, is your PC Skyrim ready?

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BlizzCon 2011 – Diablo 3 Collector’s Edition, New Trailer


Blizzard showed off a new trailer for their highly anticipated RPG game during their Diablo 3 presentation today at Blizzcon. It introduces a character who could be one of, if not the main, antagonist for the game.

They’ve also revealed the contents of the Collector’s Edition of the game:

Diablo III PC/Mac Game – The full version of the Diablo III game on DVD-ROM.

Diablo Skull and 4GB USB Soulstone – Shackle your PC into unholy slavery with this 4GB USB soulstone and Diablo skull base. The USB also includes full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction so you can retrace the sinister path of the Dark Wanderer once more.

Exclusive In-Game Content :

Diablo III – Aesthetic Artifacts – Call forth glowing angel wings, unfurl an exclusive banner, and dye your armor sets with the Bottled Cloud or Bottled Smoke items.

World of Warcraft – Fetish Shaman Pet – Journey throughout the World of Warcraft with the fetish shaman at your side.

StarCraft II – Battle.net Portraits – Display your status as a hero of the mortal realms with an exclusive army decal and three Diablo-themed Battle.net portraits.

Behind the Scenes Blu-Ray/DVD Set – Meet the teams behind the creation of Diablo III with this exclusive Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set. Enjoy over an hour of interviews detailing how the world of Sanctuary came together from the combined efforts of artists, writers, programmers, designers, musicians and animators.

The Art of Diablo III – Delve into the game’s stunning artistic development with this 208-page art book, which catalogues countless pieces, from early concepts to final 3D renderings.

Diablo III Soundtrack – Experience twenty four original pieces from the Diablo III soundtrack on CD and deepen your music collection with a sound as timeless as the Eternal Conflict itself.

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BlizzCon 2011 – WoW: Mists of Pandaria Revealed


As expected, Blizzard has revealed their fourth and latest expansion, Mists of Pandaria, for their World of Warcraft MMORPG.

The new expansion introduces a new race, the Pandaren, as a playable race for both Alliance and Horde as well as a new class, Monk, that can be played as either a healer, tank, or damage dealer.

The level cap will also be raised to 90 from the previous 85 and a whole new continent, Pandaria, will be unlocked for players to explore and level up.

Challenge mode dungeons, PVE scenarios, a new pet battle system, and a revamped talent system will also be introduced in the upcoming expansion.

Here’s a more detailed list of changes and new features that Blizzard will be making and introducing in the new expansion:

New features coming in the game’s fourth expansion include:

  • New Playable Race — Pandaren: Adventure through Azeroth as World of Warcraft‘s first neutral race and decide whether to side with the Alliance or the Horde.
  • New Playable Class — Monk: Unlock the secrets of pandaren martial arts and do battle as a damage dealer, healer, or tank.
  • Level Cap Increased to 90: Learn potent new spells and abilities while exploring uncharted zones and taking on challenging new content.
  • New Zones: Explore the lush Jade Forest, treacherous Kun-Lai Summit, and other exotic areas of Pandaria designed for high-level characters, and uncover the mystery of the Wandering Isle.
  • Scenarios: Join up with some friends to achieve a common goal, such as mounting a defense against invading monsters, in a flexible new type of PvE challenge.
  • Dungeon “Challenge” Modes: Master the ultimate five-player time trial to earn prestige rewards in a new dungeon mode that will put your resolve and coordination to the test.
  • Pet Battles: Challenge other players’ companion pets with your own collection in a new tactical mini-game, and find out who’s king or queen of the pint-sized battlefield.
  • New Talent System: Customize your character to suit your play style with the newly overhauled and improved talent system.

 

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