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The long awaited title, Mass Effect 3 has recorded sales of over 890,000 copies on day one in North America, according to a statement issued by EA. Sources such as IGN and GameInformer have given the games near perfect scores, so it’s little wonder that it has been received so well. This is also the first time that EA are shipping a Mass Effect game on XBOX 360, PS3 and PC.

I should have had my copy by now, but a stuff up at EB Games left me empty handed. I am going to get a copy though and I’ll be delivering a review ASAP.


New SimCity Info

Posted: March 3, 2012 in PC Gaming
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As reported previously on this site, there is a new SimCity game on the way from EA and Maxis. The game, which is known as just SimCity, brings a lot more tot he table in terms of detail and graphics capabilities. Thanks to IGN for the info, as they’re the ones who translated it from German.

Detail is key in this game, with different views, you can see the hustle and bustle of city life up close, or have tranquil overview of the entire region. Also new is the new info charts instead of graphs to track city progress, as well as new building progressions.

Multiplayer is also receiving an overhaul, with the ability to trade good by land, sea and air with other players and new online leader boards. The German magazine GameStar also reports that in-game economy is based around the online world- whether or not that means online in game or online real world is left for you to decide.

That’s it for now, but be sure to stay tuned for more news and info. Be sure to follow, subscribe and comment here on The Gaming Aperture for more news and reviews.

The creators of games like Spore and The Sims are back again, ready to release a new title at the Games Developers Conference next month. There isn’t much confirmed info, or even many rumours, although many people are beginning to think it may be Sim City 5.

We’ll have to wait and see, but in the mean time, remember to follow, subscribe and share The Gaming Aperture with your friends to find out more news and rumours on this new title and much more.

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.

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

Awaiting the release of Farcry 3, I believe that this is a good time to look back on it’s predecessor- Farcry 2. As a game, it proved the be fun and addictive, and having completed the game on PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 5 times in total (over all 3 platforms), I can vouch for it’s playability. The intense ‘mission’ based gameplay and huge open world created the perfect backdrop for a game that left you feeling venerable and ‘in danger’ at all times. It made for an unparalleled atmosphere of hostility and cemented it the place as one of my favourite games of it’s time.

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Following it’s release in late 2008, many people jumped to the conclusion that after all of about 2 hours of playing it that it was boring and repetitive. Reviews said that guard posts and patrols were tedious to take down and far too common. I actually found my experience to be quite different. The fun part for me was sneaking around the enemies and making the most of the stealthy weapons. I’d rather drive around a guard post than through it, or jump up on a rock and pick off the guards. Sniping is definitely the way to go in this game- close quarters engagements often turn bad when enemies shoot you through walls with shotguns…

For it’s time, the game had great graphics. They even boasted having “the most realistic fire in any video game”. I’ not sure on that one, but it did look pretty damn nice, and the flamethrower and Molotovs made the most of the engines capabilities. Let’s face it, a game form 4 years ago isn;t going to be a match for Frostbite 2.

In the end, I know this game is a love and hate affair, but with copies selling across all platforms for as low as $8 in Australia, it’s certainly one to pick up if you’re at the game store with a few dollars to burn on something different.

The Mass Effect 3 ‘From Ashes’  DLC has been confirmed by Bioware. The pack is going to be made available to players on the day of the game’s release, which has sparked much controversy as to why it was Downloadable Content in the first place- wouldn’t it make sense to package it on the disc?

A Bioware spokesperson has said:

“‘From Ashes includes the Prothean squad mate, an adventure on Eden Prime, a new weapon, and an alternate appearance for every squad mate,” said producer Mike Gamble on the BioWare Social Network. “The Collectors Edition has been advertised from the beginning as containing a bonus character/mission, but we were not at liberty to provide the details. The Prothean is optional content that is certainly designed to appeal to long-time fans, which is why he is part of the CE offering (the version many fans would be likely to purchase). Mass Effect 3 is a complete – and a huge game – right out of the box.” 

As a long time fan of the series, I tried to buy the Collectors Edition, although all stores in my area that stocked it were sold out. I ended up settling for the Omniblade Edition, which is an EB Games exclusive in Australia. It costs the same as the standard edition, although comes packaged with the following:

-Collectable Metal Case

-Inflatable Omniblade

-Unlock code for M55 Carbine in game

That being said, I would have preferred the Collectors Edition, although not enough to order it. I want it on the launch of the title. I’ll be doing an in-depth review on here, so look out for it soon after launch.