288w ago - It appears Sony is itching to get PS3 owners signed up for its newly launched Qore magazine.
For a limited time only, those who purchase an annual subscription ($24.99) to the online-based magazine can download David Jaffe's debut PSN title Calling All Cars completely free of charge. That's a $10 dollar value.
Most casual online users still are far from sold on Qore, but offering incentives for signing up is always a great move.
290w ago - The realm of online first-person shooters isn't exactly sparsely populated. Since last fall we've been given Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Team Fortress 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and Call of Duty 4, to name a few, all of which featured excellent online competitive modes.
Compared to that, this year has been relatively light for first-person shooter releases, something Nexon is hoping to address by bringing their free-to-play, pay-per-item online shooter, Combat Arms, to North America.
To get a better idea of what the game is and how it works, we had a chance to send a few questions to Herb Yang, product manager on the planning and design team. These questions were submitted and answered via email. Our screenshot and video galleries have been updated as well.
IGN: Who is developing the game? What projects have they worked on before?
Herb Yang: The developer is called Doobic Studios, and is based in Korea. Their previous project was a FPS online game called Heat Project which was released in Asia.
IGN: What are some of the main ideas behind this game's design? What type of
experience are you hoping to offer players?
Herb Yang: Combat Arms is geared to provide a flexible online FPS action experience. At its heart, Combat Arms is a fast-paced, multiplayer...
290w ago - There has been much debate over the actual resolution for Haze, especially because some hands-on experiences with the demo have been in contrast to the previously reported 720p resolution. Well, Ripten confirmed this once and for all with Free Radical's Derek Littlewood, creative lead for the upcoming PS3 FPS.
Littlewood said the final product will "indeed render at 1024x576," which is a different story than what Ubisoft recently said on the official PlayStation blog. Thing is, Haze will run at 720p because the PS3 is capable of upscaling, but this is not the same as the game's native resolution. Littlewood talks more about the situation, and why the team decided to adopt a less-than-HD resolution:
"We prioritize a nice smooth framerate over a different res. Personally, I don't really buy the whole thing. People did the same with Call of Duty, they did the same with Halo, and they say with those games 'It's not running at true HD!' And it's like, I don't care. If the game looks good and it runs smoothly, those are the important things to me."
When asked if the decision to use a lower resolution for gameplay came later on in the development phase, Littlewood talked about the process of creating an engine. He said that "as all the pieces slot into place, you end up realizing...
293w ago - Today I got my latest issue of PCGamer where they played over 60 different free MMOs and selected 9 as worth playing. I figured you guys could get some good use out of this list so here it is.
Sort of like GTA except with more crime and less driving around. It uses the Unreal Engine 3 and isn't set to be released until Spring of 2009, so its about a year away but it'll be free to play.
No suprise to see Mythos making the list. We've covered Mythos before, but if your not familiar with it it's a Diablo2 clone, but a MMORPG instead of a regular RPG.
An extremely gory and bloody horror MMORPG that lives up to its name. Originally created in South Korea the game has made its way to western audiences. Currently the game is in Beta, but will be released shortly.
A comical MMORPG that is a lot of fun to play and is free as long as you allow them to run an ad banner while your playing. However for only $4.99/month you have the option to remove that.
Sword of the New World: Granado Espada
An MMORPG with an anime look that at one point had a monthly fee but...