From now until tomorrow, April 24th @ 10:00am PST, Tripwire Interactive will be running a fan promotion giving away Red Orchestra 2 for free. The first person shooter can only be downloaded via Steam free of charge and as long as its installed before tomorrow's deadline, it is permanently free to keep. This is a great way to try out Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad which was one of the top shooters released in 2011.
The game will require the Steam client and Steam game page can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/35450/
Titanfall has been one of the most talked about video games since its E3 2013 reveal and multiple awards. It has been out for just over two weeks and all indications are that it is selling well, but now we've had a couple of weeks to play it ,was it worth all of the hype? Or is it just your standard multiplayer first person shooter we've seen over and over the past few years? You can read more about Titanfall and what sets it apart from your typical shooter in my review of the PC version of the game.
Activision and Infinity Ward announced that they will be offering a free trial weekend for their latest Call of Duty Ghosts DLC. Beginning on Friday March 21st and ending Monday March 24, Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers will be able to try out Call of Duty Ghosts Onslaught DLC free of charge. The free trial will include the four new multiplayer maps called BayView, Containment, Fog, and Ignition, the new Maverick weapon as well as the first episode in Extinction Episode 1: Nightfall, which is the first of a four part episodic storyline.
Players will need to own a copy of Call of Duty Ghosts in order to take part in the trail weekend and then download the Onslaught DLC Pack 1 from the in-game store after being signed into Xbox Live. The PC and Playstation platforms will receive a free trial weekend of Onslaught at a later date.
Xbox 360 owners were hit with some disappointing news today when Electronic Arts announced that the Xbox 360 version of it's new first person shooter Titanfall will experience an additional two week delay. The new launch date for the game has been set for April 8th in the US and April 11th in Europe. All three versions of the game were originally scheduled for release on March 17th, but the Xbox 360 version was bumped to March 28 last month and is now getting a second bump into April.
The development of the Xbox 360 version is being handled by a different development company and EA's Patrick Söderlund posted that
"...we see a few things that can be made even better, so we're giving Bluepoint a little more time to do just that and deliver an epic Titanfall experience for Xbox 360 players."While this two week delay is disappointing, it is probably for the best that they spend more time trying to make as good as can be prior to release rather than having to issue hot fixes and patches right out of the gate.
Titanfall for the PC and Xbox One has been out for just over a week and stellar reviews for the game are still pouring in with a average rating on Metacritic of 88/100 it's one of the top reviewed games of the year so far.
It is not know how many gamers were impacted by these bans or if any of the bans were, in fact, valid. One gamer has taken to change.org to voice his frustration and request for transparency of the Call of Duty banning practices used by Activision/Infinity Ward.
We understand some players were incorrectly banned over the weekend and we have since corrected the issue. Try playing again now.— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) March 18, 2014
Yesterday Activision and Infinity Ward released the Official Call of Duty Ghosts Customization Items Trailer #2 which unveils some new customization options in the Call of Duty Ghosts multiplayer game. These options allow players to play as some of the most famous villains and characters from the Call of Duty Series.
The new customization options include:
- Makarov Legend Pack - allows players to play as Vladimir Makarov, one of the primary antagonists form the Modern Warfare sub-series (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3).
- Zakhaev Special Character - allows players to play as Irman Zakhaev, leader of the Ultranationalist Party and main villain from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
- Rorke Special Character - play as Rorke, the former leader turned villain of the Ghosts
- Hazmat Suit Special Character - Allows players to don a hazmat suit, doesn't provide any protection but will make suer you stand out from the rest of the soldiers in a multiplayer game.
All of these customizations are available for purchase in the in-game store and you can view the visuals in the official trailer.
The release of Titanfall, the years first potential blockbuster, is less than a week away so it's probably a good time to check to see if your PC will be up for the challenge of running the game. The game's minimum PC system requirements were released back in late February and shows that the game is a monster. Taking up nearly 50GB of HDD space and requiring 4GB of RAM.
Titanfall Minimum PC System Requirements:
OS: Windows 7, 8. 8.1 64 Bit
GPU: Radeon HD 4770+ or GeForce 8800GT+
GPU RAM: 512MB
In my opinion these higher "minimum" requirements are a good thing for the PC since many PC rigs have technical specs that exceed the next gen gaming systems. Its also something we should get use to now that the next generation of console gaming is upon us since the release of the Xbox One and Playstation 4.