Archive for February, 2012

IOS: iPad 3 Info March 17

Posted: February 29, 2012 in iOS
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Image Courtesy of GamingUnion.net

News has just come in the Apple have started to send around information to the media about the press release for the iPad 3 on March 17, in San Franciso. In the invitation, Apple stated: “We have something you really have to see. And Touch.” Traditional Apple style, if you ask me…

As for what to expect in terms of hardware, rumour has it that the iPad 3 will feature a 2048×1536 Retina display, along with a Quad Core A6 Processor, which is considerably more powerful than that of the iPad 2. That’s about all anyone knows for now, although be sure to stay tuned to The Gaming Aperture for more leaks and speculation. In the mean time, be sure to comment, follow and subscribe to all the latest content!

World renowned game developer Bethesda are now hiring for a new title that is to be released on the ‘next-gen’ on consoles due to be announced later this year. Following the release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it appear Bethesda are jumping on board the new generation.

The fact that Bethesda are not known for making new titles has caused people to begin to think that the ‘Mystery Title’ may be new entry in the Fallout, or even possibly Elder Scrolls franchises. Despite the success of Skyrim, I believe that it would be unwise to be making a new Elder Scrolls game just yet. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as Skyrim did after Oblivion…

The advert asks that applicants “be well versed in DirectX 11,” meaning it would be made with PC gamers in mind. We’ll have to wait  a while to see what happens, but I’ll be reporting everything right here on The Gaming Aperture, so be sure to stay tuned. In the mean time, follow, subscribe and comment and be sure to check out the rest of the site.

 

Uncharted: The Golden Abyss has been ranked as the best selling game in the ‘All Formats Charts’ ranking alongside FIFA Football, also on the Vita, which took 2nd place. Of the 23 games released on the new Sony consoles, these two titles have account for 50% of sales.

Rayman: Origins also rose up to No. 5 due to it’s port to the Vita. Wipeout 2048 came in at No. 11, barely missing out on the top ten. This  seems to me like the Vita launch was somewhat successful, having already shifted 400,000+ units in Japan alone. The launch titles alone were more than enough to make me want to get one, which is more than what could have been said for 3DS.

We are beginning to know more about the new games from EA in the Medal of Honour series- Warfighter. New details on the single player, multiplayer and co-op are beginning to come from various sources, giving us a glimpse at what’s to come.

It has been reported that there will be a number of real life Special Forces squads featured in multiplayer such as the British SAS, Australian SASR (about time we got a mention!), Polish GROM and German KSK. This should make for some fun and interesting gameplay. There is also some speculation about a ‘one shot kill’ mode and also a co-op system, all developed by EA in house developer ‘Danger Close’.

As for the single player, all of the fan favourites are returning, including Mother, Preacher and Voodoo. The game is being powered by the almighty Frostbite 2.0 engine, which was used in Battlefield 3 for some amazing results. There is also meant to be more player choice in the campaign- instead of being linear, players can choose how to do things- like how to breach a door, for instance, reports OXM.com.

I have been think about the possibility of making servers for some of the more popular online games. Things like 100% uptime Minecraft , Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield 3 servers for everyone to play on. Battlefield servers cost money buy space from official companies and I will also need donations and such to be able to build a PC as a capable server rig and such. I would like to see this happen. In the near future, I will be posting a page for donations to help the project along. I would start a Kick Starter page, although that is limited to US residents only (I’m Australian)

Please tell me what you think in the comments below.

The much loved Japanese Pokemon franchise, Pokemon has two new titles on the way. Pokemon Black and White 2 were announced on the TV show Pokemon Smash in Japan, by series producer Junichi Masuda. It has been given a release date somewhere in the month of June this year in Japan. There is currently no word on release dates for the rest of the world, but given the world-wide popularity of the series, I don’t expect there to be much of a delay.

The title is going  to be released on the Nintendo DS, which is surprising given the push for the 3DS to become more popular. Nonetheless, due to the names currently given to the games, it is believed that they are going to be direct sequels to Black and White. There is a good chance that they are going to be renamed at a later date, although for now Black and White 2 sounds just fine.

Image Courtesy of IGN.com, via Pokemon.co.jp

As for story twists, all we can be sure of is that there is going to be two new legendary Pokemon, which seem to look like an updated sprite from Reshiram and Zekrom. I am pretty pumped for these new titles- I’ve been a Pokemon fan since I was about 8.

Nowadays, almost every new title released for consoles has the option of a Collector’s Edition. They all offer unique extras- DLC, limited edition case, statues, art book etc. But what is the point of all these things? Would these even be worth it for the casual gamer?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector's Edition

In short, no. Things like art books and statues are really designed for long-time fans of games. I for one am going to buy the Mass Effect 3 art book, because I have played the other two games in the series, and loved them. And I’m a collector of art books. I’m actually going to purchase the Collectors Edition copy for $50 AUD. But for someone who isn’t a huge Mass Effect fan, I wouldn’t recommend it or the Collector’s Edition of the game- it’s not worth it.

On the other hand, there are ‘Special Editions’ sometimes available at launch for the price of a standard edition copy. Mass Effect 3 ‘Omniblade Edition’ is similar- it offers in game unlockables, and inflatable Omniblade and a MetalPak case. Not a whole lot more, but for the price, preordering is certainly worth it. But for just $20 less than the Collector’s Edition, it is debatable as to wether or not you should just cough up the cash for a superior copy.

Basically, if you love the game and you have a place for the included memorabilia in your collection, then go for it, but be prepared for the extra costs. If you are a casual gamer with money to burn, then chances are a ‘Collector’s Edition’ is not for you.