Gaming News October 2007

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Crysis Demo ‘Very High’ Settings Hack
NGO HQ :: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
If you are stuck with a DirectX 9 GPU or you are too lazy to install Windows Vista, then here is a nice tweak for you. Apparently, you can enable some cool Crysis DirectX 10 features without having a DirectX 10 GPU, DirectX 10 or Windows Vista, all you have to do is to edit the configuration files inside Game\Config\CVarGroups. You have to modify all files and replace the Very High variables [4], with the high [3] variables. If you find it too hard, then I have done it for you, just download this file and extract it the CVarGroups directory and pick ‘High’ settings inside the game. Credit goes to LennyRhys for the great discovery.

Company of Heroes – Opposing Fronts Review
Game Pyre :: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The more I’ve played Opposing Fronts the more I’ve loved it. Honestly, at first, I hated it (by comparison to the original). Yet for review purposes I had to play enough so I can write about it accurately. That right there did me a favor; now it is one of my favorite games. When debating purchasing this game ask yourself this question: do I enjoy playing WWII RTS games? If the answer is YES or even a MAYBE then this is a must purchase for you. If you enjoy strategy and hate the zerg aspect of RTSs, then once again this is a game for you.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC) Review
Gaming Illustrated :: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Final Word: For non-team FPS people, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars just might be for you. For you BF2 fanatics, this is a must-see game.

Neverwinter Nights 2 Expansion Pack: Mask Of The Betrayer
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
If you take a look back at the original Neverwinter Nights youll probably notice that while the vanilla version of the game wasnt bad, it lacked polish and had a campaign that was mediocre at best. Its expansions however ended up fixing pretty much all of the shortcomings of the original and brought forth singleplayer campaigns which are amazing even by todays standards. Fast forward a few years Neverwinter Nights 2 came out and although a solid game it suffers from a poorly optimized engine and a decent, but slightly boring story. Can Mask of Betrayer repeat the success of the originals expansions and be what NWN2 should have been from the get go?

LOTRO wins best PC title at The Golden Joystick Awards
YouGamers :: Monday, October 29, 2007
“For 25 years, the Golden Joystick Awards has been UK’s premier award ceremony, giving praise to everything to do with video gaming. We’ll have a full report on the event very shortly but this brief news post is just to point out that the winner of the best PC title is Codemaster’s The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.”

Savage 2 Initial Impressions
Gamepyre :: Monday, October 29, 2007
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is looking like they will have a great product that will hopefully catch more publicity than the original. The original was a great game, despite its flaws. S2 seems to be going at things a bit better this time, despite some humps in the road along the way. Here’s to hoping this game gets more polished and to a bit of balancing of the teams to make this game make an impact. So far it seems pretty fun, we’ll get back to you with more information as things go along. Keep checking bbck for more Savage 2 info.

The Battle For Wesnoth
Phoronix :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
“The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features. For starters, the game offers nearly 200 forms of units along with 16 variations of races and six factions to choose from. The game allows the users to become creative and embark on their own personalized journeys. From conceiving your own units and characters to forging the worlds you dream of being in, the Battle for Wesnoth is a must-have download for any gamer out there.”

The Witcher review
YouGamers :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
“Fixed cells can often give the impression in a game of a lack of things to do or a world with life, beyond the standard quests, but The Witcher enlivens the adventure by offering several mini-games to try in the main locations: drinking competitions, fist-fights in pubs, dice gambling almost anywhere and sleeping with women. Yes, that’s right, no deep love affairs for monster hunters who fire blanks: just rampant nookie at every possibility. Honest, the game actually “rewards” successful… ummm… ahhh… “conquests” with a heavily blurred movie, furnished with what can only be described as a Top Trump set of semi-naked women. And don’t just think skimpy tops: this is an 18 rated game for a very good reason. One does have to assume that Witchers are particularly resilient to all forms of STDs, given some of the ladies one can entertain, but could you imagine Nintendo doing such a thing in a Zelda RPG?”

Portal Songwriter Jonathan Coulton on ‘Still Alive’
Primo Technology :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
We caught up with the writer and creator of Portal’s legendary end-game credit track, geek troubadour extraordinaire Jonathan Coulton, who filled us in on conceptualizing ‘Still Alive,’ what it was like working with Valve, and his fine appreciation of cake.

Portal PC Review
Tweak Town :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
TTGamer have today posted a review of Portal for the PC. This apparent small and minor addition to The Orange Box package just may end up being the best part.

Super Nade interview
YouGamers :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
“YG: Do the results generated by the overclocking and benchmarking community have tangible value to hardware companies? If so, do companies recognize that value and are they appreciative of the community?


SN: Things are changing. From a niched group of enthusiasts,now, even Dell is offering overclocked computers! Are they appreciative? I believe so. Companies like ASUS are giving the enthusiasts what they want, be it excellent motherboards or server core PSU’s [power supply units] from Ultra and Silverstone. Quality of products that matter to enthusiasts has risen across the board. Now is the best time to get into the mix of things!”

Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (PC) review
YouGamers :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
“There’s no question that Valve packaged Team Fortress 2 and Portal with the initial release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 to counter the long wait and brevity of the saga’s continuation. Although they’re all available as individual releases, it’s quite frankly not worth it. Just by the darn thing and enjoy! Valve’s biggest problem now is how the heck to they top this or even equal it?”

Crysis demo performance in-depth
Tech Spot :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Crysis is a highly anticipated first person shooter developed exclusively for the PC by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning Far Cry. The demo offers PC gamers a quick look at what will possibly be the most advanced FPS ever created, you just have to swallow the huge 1.8GB download first. I’m sure many will agree that the demo is well worth the download though, offering the entire first level of the game which represents “roughly 45 minutes” of pure gameplay.

Today we are going to see how the various mid-range and high-end graphics cards handle this new and exciting first person shooter. There will also be some brief visual quality comparisons along with some CPU scaling and DX9 vs. DX10 performance charts. The single-player demo supports both DX10 and DX9 rendering in Vista while Windows XP users are limited to DX9. While the game has been said to include 64-bit support, the demo can only be run in 32-bit mode, so there are no 32-bit vs. 64-bit comparisons just yet.

Saling The World: Ratchet & Clank Future Rockets to Top of U.S. PS3 Chart in Debut Week
Gamasutra Columns :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, with this week’s charts showing Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction leading in PS3 software popularity in North America, while Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 dominates multiple platforms in the UK.

Critical Reception: Sony’s/Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Gamasutra Columns :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction a PS3 franchise debut that has been praised as “the best game in the Ratchet & Clank series thus far.”

High School Musical: Sing It!
Sony Games :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Published by Disney Interactive Studios, High School Musical: Sing It! PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system is the all new karaoke videogame based on the phenomenally successful Disney Channel original movie, “High School Musical.” Allowing fans to interact with the movie’s characters for the first time on any gaming console, High School Musical: Sing It! extends the “High School Musical” experience by offering players the chance to immerse themselves in the world of the hit movie. Fans show off their creativity and skills by mixing together their favorite characters, songs and scenes as they sing their way to stardom. Featuring motion-captured-choreography from the original movie’s dance routines, the games provide hours of fun for the entire family as they get to interact with some of their favorite movie stars. Featuring three play modes, Story, Party and Quickplay, fans choose their character with either their favorite cast member (Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad or Taylor). In Story Mode, players live the movie through song and dance, performing “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2” songs, from “Start of Something New” to “We’re All in this Together,” solo or as a duet. In Party Mode, friends compete against each other. Players can also choose their favorite backdrop and belt out hit songs from other popular tunes sung by familiar Disney Channel stars. In Quickplay mode, players can jump into any song and pick from any characters, outfits, and environments they’ve unlocked.

Dancing with the Stars
Sony Games :: Sunday, October 28, 2007

EyeCreate™
Sony Games :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
EyeCreate™ is the first video editing software for the PLAYSTATION®3. Using EyeCreate™ and the PLAYSTATION®Eye camera, you can capture video, audio and even photos which can then be edited into a movie. An extensive list of special effects such as Color Filters, Distortions, Art Filters and Motion Trails can give your video a professional touch. There are even advanced features such as Time Lapse and Stop Motion to experiment with. Once you’re done creating and editing your masterpiece, Export it to watch it on the Video folder of the XMB. EyeCreate™ will let you express yourself and get creative!

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary Prima Guide
Xbox 360 Games :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
A Prima Guide sample for Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary is now available for download from Xbox.com.

Party Animals: Viva Party Time
Xbox 360 Games :: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Viva Piñata: Party Animals is a veritable party in a clamshell case, from the antic-filled races to the dozens of different mini-game challenges.