Tagged: simulation

Arma 3 trailer looks at awesome lighting and explosions

Arma 3 is shaping up to be quite a graphical powerhouse it seems. They’ve released a new trailer that looks at some of the advanced lighting techniques present in the military shooter sequel.

The video particularly focuses on the game’s day/night cycle. The game is due out in Q4 2012 exclusively on PC.

Zombie mod increases ArmA 2 sales by five times

dayzlogoZombies are a recipe for success, or at least that’s what has happened to ArmA 2, which has had its sales spike to five times its norm, thanks to DayZ. It is a recently-released mod that adds zombies to the hardcore military simulation game. While it goes against the game’s ethos, developer Bohemia Interactive believes that it “creates an experience so addictive that [we] believe it can stand as a gaming experience of its own.”

The studio noted that it’s going to support the mod in the game’s next update. DayZ is still in alpha stage and was released as a tech demo/proof of concept by its maker.

ArmA 3 is already in the works. Will the mod be ported to it? The studio estimates that support for the mod could be “one year or more from now.”

You can download the mod and test it out for yourself right now. All you’ll need is a copy of ArmA 2.

The Sims 3 to Feature Simple DRM, No Online Activation

Writing on the official Sims 3 website, The Sims label head Rod Humble announced that The Sims 3 will feature greatly simplified copy protection with no online activation.

The game will have disc-based copy protection – there is a Serial Code just like The Sims 2. To play the game there will not be any online authentication needed.

We feel like this is a good, time-proven solution that makes it easy for you to play the game without DRM methods that feel overly invasive or leave you concerned about authorization server access in the distant future.

EA was recently criticized for its use of DRM in Spore where users had to call the company to activate their game if it was installed more than three times.

Need for Speed Shift Dated

Seeing as how the Need for Speed franchise has become an annual one, what would 2009 be without a NFS game? EA sent out word that Need for Speed SHIFT, the latest entry in the series, will hit stores on September 18.

Deviating from the arcade gameplay of the series, the game will offer simulation gameplay, featuring some of the world’s most iconic racing tracks, including the storied Brand’s Hatch in the UK. It will also include high-performance cars such as the Pagani Zonda, Porsche 911 GT2 and Lotus Elise.

The game is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios in collaboration with Black Box and Patrick Soderlund. Slightly Mad consists of people who worked on the critically acclaimed games GT Legends and GTR 2.

NFS Shift is due out on PC, PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Pikmin 2 and Donkey Kong Join Wii Play Control Series

Nintendo just won’t stop milking its favorite cash cows, as they announced Pikmin 2 and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat have been added to the Wii’s new Play Control family.

The Play Control series sees classic games recoded to take advantage of Wii’s unique motion-sensing controllers. Other games in the series include the original Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis.

Pikmin 2 is due out across Europe on April 24 and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is scheduled for release this summer. Both will support the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, along with widescreen graphics, new enemies and more.

Spore v1.03 Patch Adds 24 New Limbs

A v1.03 patch for Spore is now live, offering a couple of bug fixes and some free parts in the Creature Creator.

The design team has included 24 new exoskeleton limbs in the patch, all of which can be combined with parts from Creepy & Cute Parts pack to create new creatures.

The patch will be downloaded automatically when the game starts. It can also be downloaded manually using the EA Download Manager.

Football Manager 2009 Released, Patched

Football Manager 2009, the latest installment in the long-running football simulation series, has launched today along with a day-one patch that updates the game to v9.1.0 (build 26064).

Patch notes can be found in this forum topic. The patch itself can be downloaded from our very own Rapidshare link using a download manager.

LittleBigPlanet Costumes Going Live Today

lbpcostumes Sony has announced that a couple of animal suit costumes are coming to LittleBigPlanet today. This includes shark, gorilla and plant costumes, along with a special MotorStorm costume, all of which you can view to the right.

Prices vary from free for the plant costume (which was designed by a fan), 99c for the animal costumes and the “holy shit” cost of $1.99 for the MotorStorm costume.

Wii Voice Chat Later This Month

Looking forward to speaking with someone thousands of miles away using your Wii? Then mark your calendars for November 16 when the function will launch alongside Animal Crossing: City Folk, the new game in the long running series.

Those looking to chat independent from the game will have to wait till December, though.