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Crysis developer said to have new “big budget” game in development for consoles and PC.


Crytek already has a full slate, what with work ongoing on the Kinect-enabled title Ryse for Microsoft, THQ’s Homefront 2, and its first iOS title, Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll. However, the German game company has one more product in the pipeline as well, and it’s one that it expects to begin talking about next month.

Speaking to CVG, Crytek general manager Nick Button-Brown confirmed that the studio plans to announce a new “big budget” game for consoles and PCs in April.

“You know about Homefront, you know about Ryse,” Button-Brown said. “We are working on another project… [laughs] all three of which are looking really good…The other project looks absolutely fantastic–I mean, genuinely the best of that kind of project we’ve ever done.”

The obvious assumption would be that the new project will be a new installment in the Crysis first-person shooter franchise. Following on from 2007’s highly regardedoriginal, Crysis 2 scored a solid critical reception upon its release in 2011.

However, the studio has also been rumored to be reviving the TimeSplitters franchise. Crytek picked up franchise creator Free Radical in 2009, after that studio went bankrupt following the unsuccessful release of Haze. Though Free Radical officially announced TimeSplitters 4 in 2007, the franchise has lain dormant since 2005’s well-regarded TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.

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HP’s New Gaming PC – HP HPE h9 Phoenix


HP tries its hand at another gaming desktop PC with the HP HPE h9 Phoenix line. Now that HP’s Voodoo PC division is for all intents and purposes in cryogenic freeze, the h9 Phoenix is Hewlett Packard’s answer to the mid-level Acer

Predators and Dell XPS 8300 systems in the high-end multimedia and gaming desktop PC space. It has some aggressive styling cues and (some) high-end components, but it’s still more sedate than systems from Alienwar

e or the old HP with VoodooDNA brand.

Design and Features

The HPE h9 chassis uses the same internal structure as the multimedia-oriented HP HPE h8 tower, though the h9 has newly styled exterior panels that give the system a more assertive look. The side panel is perforated and lit so you
The h9 Phoenix has a plethora of options for AMD FX or Intel four and six-core processors, four DIMM slots with a capacity of 16GB of DDR3 system memory, support for 250W graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, up to three hard drives, options for SSD, top mounted USB 3.0 ports, HP Beats Audio, HP LinkUp software, 7.1 surround sound capability, and optional liquid cooling. Other options include HDTV tuner, wireless keyboard and mouse, Bluetooth, and up to two DVD or Blu-ray drives. can show off the liquid cooled processor, the front panel comes with menacing red accent lighting, and the top panel features a “landing pad” on the top of the system to park your smartphone or media player and headphones. The top also features a pair of super speed USB 3.0 ports for syncing and charging. It will certainly stand out on a store shelf compared to the basic HP Pavilion PCs, but the h9 Phoenix is still understated compared to systems like the Acer Predator. To really stand out, HP needs to take a page from their history and release a truly stunning system like the HP Blackbird 002 or the Firebird.

The HP HPE h9 Phoenix starts at $999.99 for a system with an eight-core AMD FX-8100 processor, 8GB of system memory, 1TB hard drive, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7670 graphics card, Blu-ray reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 15 months of Norton Internet Security, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Look for a review soon.

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4 Battlefield 3 beta annoyances a CoD player will notice


After experiencing Battlefield 3 server issues for around six hours we finally managed to get some time getting to know the Battlefield 3 beta for Xbox 360 quite intimately. Personally I have favored Call of Duty games over Battlefield in the past, therefore I thought I would share some things with you which Call of Duty gamers might get annoyed about the first time they pick up BF3.

Before we get started please listen to us when we say that these are not all necessarily problems which need to be fixed, however when someone is used to CoD gameplay the things we speak about in this article are a little annoying to say the least.

Let’s start with something which might be a bug that’ll be fixed by developers before the game’s official release. The image below clearly shows a slightly raised area on the map which is only a little higher than your average curb, however you can’t just simple walk over this, instead you have to jump – now that’s overkill in our opinion – do you agree? (Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a video showing this particular issue).

In most CoD games and multiplayer game modes it is quite easy to spot an enemy as your crosshair changes color when aimed at an enemy, BF3 doesn’t do anything like this so you really have to keep and eye on your surroundings when trying to spot an enemy – this is much more realistic in our opinion, what do you guys think?

Grenades are massively different in BF3 when compared to any CoD game, firstly let’s start by saying we have only thrown about 50 so far (and we have not unlocked a lot yet), however as a MW3 and Black Ops gamer I have noticed that you can’t seem to throw grenades as far, nor can you cook them in your hand before you throw them – finally it is worth knowing that the BF3′s grenades take longer to explode than they do in CoD. One other odd thing we noticed about BF3′s grenades is that when thrown they do not always smash through windows, we have embedded a video at the end of this post which shows how knifing and shooting a subway train’s window will shatter it, but a grenade simple bounces back at you.

The last thing we must mention is that sniping is a lot harder in BF3 than it is in CoD, firstly in the beta it is hard to get a one shot kill, most of the time two shots are needed and the general technique takes some getting used to. It is hard to explain what’s so hard about it, but running targets which would be easy to pick off in CoD are hard to hit in BF3 and quite often require two shots, which means your enemy can quite often get away with brave runs.

These are just a few of the things we spotted after playing the Battlefield 3 beta, are you a CoD gamer who is trying out the BF3 beta? If so, have you spotted any annoying differences which take some getting used to? Let us know in the comments section.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Achievement List Is Out


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With the November 8 release date for Infinity Ward and Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 getting closer and closer, this newly revealed list of Achievements for the game comes as no surprise. The 50 available cheevos span the game’s Campaign and Spec Ops modes but not multiplayer, which has been the standard for a number of years now.

A warning to those interested in checking out the full list: the descriptions for the core story-related Achievements are surprisingly explicit in terms of what they reveal. If you want to stay spoiler free, either cruise past the first 15 or so Achievements or skip the list (after the jump) entirely. After all, it’s not like we’ll be waiting much longer for the game.

  • Back in the Fight – 5G: Start the Single Player Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Too Big to Fail – 10G: Destroy the Jamming Tower. Complete “Black Tuesday” on any difficulty.
  • Wet Work – 10G: Take back New York Harbor. Complete “Hunter Killer” on any difficulty.
  • Carpe Diem- 10G: Escape the mountain safe house. Complete “Persona Non Grata” on any difficulty.
  • Frequent Flyer – 10G: Defend the Russian President. Complete “Turbulence” on any difficulty.
  • Up to No Good – 10G: Infiltrate the village. Complete “Back on the Grid” on any difficulty.
  • One Way Ticket – 10G: Make it to Westminster. Complete “Mind the Gap” on any difficulty.
  • Welcome to WW3 – 10G: Save the US Vice President. Complete “Goalpost” on any difficulty.
  • Sandstorm! – 10G: Assault the shipping company. Complete “Return to Sender” on any difficulty.
  • Back Seat Driver – 10G: Track down Volk. Complete “Bag and Drag” on any difficulty.
  • We’ll Always Have Paris – 10G: Escape Paris with Volk. Complete “Iron Lady” on any difficulty.
  • Vive la Révolution! – 10G: Reach the church. Complete “Eye of the Storm” on any difficulty.
  • Requiem – 10G: Escape the city. Complete “Blood Brothers” on any difficulty.
  • Storm the Castle – 10G: Discover Makarov’s next move. Complete “Stronghold” on any difficulty.
  • Bad First Date – 10G: Find the girl. Complete “Scorched Earth” on any difficulty.
  • Diamond in the Rough – 10G: Rescue the Russian President. Complete “Down the Rabbit Hole” on any difficulty.
  • The Big Apple – 25G: Complete “Black Tuesday” and “Hunter Killer” on Veteran difficulty.
  • Out of the Frying Pan… – 25G: Complete “Persona Non Grata”, “Turbulence”, and “Back on the Grid” on Veteran difficulty.
  • Payback – 25G: Complete “Mind the Gap”, “Goalpost”, and “Return to Sender” on Veteran difficulty.
  • City of Lights – 25G: Complete “Bag and Drag” and “Iron Lady” on Veteran difficulty.
  • The Darkest Hour – 25G: Complete “Eye of the Storm”, “Blood Brothers”, and “Stronghold” on Veteran difficulty.
  • This is the End – 25G: Complete “Scorched Earth”, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, and “Dust to Dust” on Veteran difficulty.
  • Who Dares Wins – 40G: Complete the campaign on any difficulty.
  • The Best of the Best – 100G: Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.
  • Strike! – 20G: Kill 5 enemies with a single grenade in Single Player or Special Ops.
  • Jack the Ripper – 20G: Melee 5 enemies in a row in Single Player or Special Ops.
  • Informant – 20G: Collect 22 Intel Items.
  • Scout Leader – 35G: Collect 46 Intel Items.
  • This Is My Boomstick – 20G: Kill 30 enemies with the XM25 in “Black Tuesday.”
  • What Goes Up… – 20G: Destroy all the choppers with only the UGV’s grenade launcher in “Persona Non Grata.”
  • For Whom the Shell Tolls – 20G: Destroy all targets during the mortar sequence with only 4 shells in “Back on the Grid.”
  • Kill Box – 20G: Kill 20 enemies with the Chopper Gunner in a single run in “Return to Sender.”
  • Danger Close – 20G: Take down a chopper with an AC-130 smoke grenade in “Bag and Drag.”
  • Ménage à Trois – 20G: Destroy 3 tanks with a single 105mm shot in “Iron Lady.”)
  • Nein – 20G: Kill 9 enemies with A-10 strafing runs in “Scorched Earth.”
  • 50/50 – 20G: Complete a Special Ops Mission Mode game with the same number of kills as your partner.
  • Birdie – 20G: Kill 2 enemy helicopters without getting hit in a Special Ops Survival game.
  • Serrated Edge – 15: Finish a Juggernaut with a knife in Special Ops.
  • Arms Dealer – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Weapon Armory.
  • Danger Zone – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Air Support Armory.
  • Defense Spending – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Equipment Armory.
  • Get Rich or Die Trying – 25G: Have $50,000 current balance in a Special Ops Survival game.
  • I Live – 10G: Survive 1 wave in a Special Ops Survival game.
  • Survivor – 20G: Reach Wave 10 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.
  • Unstoppable – 40G: Reach Wave 15 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.
  • No Assistance Required – 20G: Complete a Special Ops Mission Mode game on Hardened or Veteran with no player getting downed.
  • Brag Rags – 10G: Earn 1 star in Special Ops Mission Mode.
  • Tactician – 20G: Earn 1 star in each mission of Special Ops Mission Mode.
  • Overachiever – 40G: Earn 48 stars in Special Ops Mission Mode.
  • Secret Achievement – 20G: Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement

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Rockstar’s $105 Million ‘Max Payne 3’ Debut Trailer


Rockstar Games’ “Max Payne 3” which is scheduled for a March 25, 2012 release has just revealed its first trailer.

The new game’s development has been led by Rockstar Vancouver in collaboration with the New England, London and Toronto studios, and is the first game in the series not to be developed by Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment and is not being written by series creator Sam Lake.

According to Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the developers intend to start a new chapter of Max Payne’s life with the game.

“This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever,” Houser said.

Max has acquired a new bald look. However, the grumpy face, that the gamers are so used to from the original “Max Payne” and “Max Payne 2” still remains. The story pattern more or less remains the same, a dark tale of a broken man who has lost it all. Max isn’t a cop anymore and has now left New York. Currently, he is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he works in the private security sector for a wealthy local family. The game is set 8 to 12 years after the events of the second game.

The fans, however, have made themselves heard on video sites like YouTube. Their discontent can be clearly seen from the comments that have been posted after viewing the video.

“These producers seem to fail to understand what we, the fans, loved about Max Payne 1 & 2,” said DRmuckey, a fan, in a YouTube comment post.

“This is so bad. This is not a max payne game, it is missing the most important elements of the game. Why are they even using the original max payne voice?” said Kutahh, another discontent fan.

According to a whatculture.com report, “Max Payne 3” developer Rockstar has spent about $105 million to design the game. Analysts, however, believe that the game should do well.

According to Sterne Agee’s Arvind Bhatia, “Life-to-date, the Max Payne franchise has sold through 7M units between the two prior versions — Max Payne and Max Payne 2. We think the latest iteration, Max Payne 3, has greater potential for success than either of the two prior versions.”

Max has been voiced by American actor James G. McCaffrey who was also associated with the 2008 movie that was based on the original game. “Max Payne 3” will arrive on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.