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BioShock 3: Infinite announced

BioShock Infinite

Irrational Games has just announced the third game in the popular BioShock series: BioShock Infinite. The franchise goes back in time and up in the skies, breaking with the first two titles by setting the game in a sort of American Cloud City in 1912. The game is currently slated to be released a century after the fictional events of the game, in 2012. For more information, read IGN’s take on the announcement event.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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PS3/Xbox 360 – Which Game Do You Want To See Brought Back From The Retro Afterlife?

I though I’d throw this out to the masses as I recently had a debate with a friend regarding games you’d like to see being re-developed for the consoles of the HD age.

We started off by looking at games that have already been given the HD treatment and I of course mean given a new lease of life. The first game which sprung to mind was the Street Fighter series – quite an obvious one due to it being a massive 2D beat-em-up back in the early/mid 90s. SF always had a huge following, and with Capcom making tons of different versions (anyone remember the Rainbow Edition of SF2? ), they decided to make the jump and give it a next-gen life by bringing out Street Fighter 4 and Super Street Fighter 4.

NBA Jam is another one that’s due to hit the shelves soon, along with Lemmings which was released on the PSN when the Ps3 was launched back in 2006/2007, and whilst you can look at a long list of games being brought back from the Retro afterlife we decided to switch our attention to just one game we would like to see brought back from the dead and one that we’d love to see in full hi-def glory.

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Loads of New Black Ops Details From OXM

The Official Xbox Magazine was recently released, with a huge feature on Call of Duty: Black Ops. To check out the details hit the tabs.

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OXM reckons, unsurprisingly, that this will be ‘one of this year’s very biggest, and best’ games

  • The graphics, as we saw in the teaser trailer, are amazing – in particular buildings are demolished brilliantly and include ‘dynamic shadows’ that build tension
  • ‘Black Ops has a different, grubbier vibe to MW2′
  • Treyarch is approaching the game as ‘3 games in one’ – single player, co-op, and multiplayer
  • There’s ‘dedicated co-op’, suggesting a departure from WaW – Treyarch ‘changed the subject’ when asked about zombies :)
  • Treyarch has taken ‘creative risks’
  • There are more than 200 people working on Black Ops
  • The difference between World at War and Black Ops is similar to the difference between CoD2 and CoD4
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  • You’re a member of SOG (Studies and Operations Group) working in deniable ops during the Cold War – we knew that.
  • There’s fighting in ‘Vietnam, the frosty Russian mountains, the Laotian undergrounds and everything in between’
  • Naturally, you’ll be fighting the North Vietnamese Army
  • In ‘WMD’, the mission USA Today played, you are, indeed, controlling the SR-71, and you issue orders to soldiers down below
  • In ‘Victor Charlie’, you start off in a crashed helicopter in the Huong River, and make your way upstream; swimming, with only a knife
  • In ‘Payback’, you’re in a fully-controllable helicopter – you drive it and shoot it
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  • ‘Stealth plays a big part’
  • Rappelling: you’ll be able to feel ‘each crash back into the cliff side with a bone-jarring thud’
  • You can call in air support to decimate NVA buildings
  • Your player has a voice, unlike other CoD games
  • [tab:Weapons]

  • The crossbow was confirmed
  • As was the ‘dragon-breath’ flame-throwing rounds for the SPAS-12
  • The M202 ‘Grim Reaper’ rocket launcher was name-dropped
  • And, (thanks to WePlayCoD), the guy in the full-page picture is holding a MAC-10
  • Vehicles return, ‘but not the way you remembered them from WaW’
  • [tab:Multiplayer]

  • Multiplayer began development early on, such that some single player levels are based on multiplayer maps
  • A beta is ‘being considered’ (though, since it’s in a 360 magazine, it may be 360-exclusive)
  • We’ve heard it before, but Treyarch will be improving multiplayer from suggestions, and acknowledged the under-the-map glitches that plagued WaW’s launch
  • Matchmaking for consoles has been improved (although as we learned earlier, PCs will almost certainly get dedicated servers)
  • Create a Class 2.0 – improved character customization includes kit and appearance items!
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    [tab:Summary]

    So, overall, a few bits we knew before, a few we kinda guessed, and a few genuinely exciting prospects. I’ve always liked the stealth missions, so I’m hoping stealth really does play a ‘big part’ like they say. Customization for Create A Class sounds great, as does a fully controllable helicopter. I honestly can’t wait.

    New video release with a few seconds of new footage, the world premiere should be interesting.

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    PS3 has biggest percentage of internet-connected consoles in the US

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    The Wii, the Xbox 360, and the PS3 all have online capabilities. But according to this report, the PS3 has the biggest percentage of units that are connected to the internet.

    Research firm The Diffusion Group polled 2,000 adult broadband users in the US and found that 78% of PS3 owners have their console hooked up with internet. The Xbox 360 follows with a close 73%, while the Wii barely jumps the halfway hurdle with 54%.

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