DiRT 3: "Biggest Rally Game Ever Made"
Yesterday's explosive debut trailer revealed the next iteration of the DiRT franchise with a range of terrains and , but the latest issue of EDGE magazine has managed to obtain the inside scoop. According to chief game designer Matt Horsman, we're in for one of the most comprehensive Rally games to date.
"[DiRT 3 Will feature] snow and ice, dynamic weather, YouTube uploads, fierce rides and epic tracks, splitscreen support, party modes, an open-world playground and more real-life sponsors and stars than ever."
"[It's] the biggest rally game ever made".
Let's take a closer look. DiRT 3 will boast a selection of 100 routes and an enormous car selection featuring a mix of old, classic and legendary vehicles (Morris Cooper, anyone?). A new selection of super buggies and RAID trucks will round out the lineup, which will also be far more detailed this time around. We'll be able to edit, trim and upload our replays to Youtube- as well as using a combo metagame that'll give us a score depending on how dangerously we drive and how closely we manage to miss obstacles.
The new career mode casts us as a 90s privateer, driving contemporary cars and working as part of a close-knit team. Apparently the divisive menus from DiRT 2 have been stripped down to a accessible stylised GUI...and according to Codemasters, they've managed to tweak the atmosphere to suit both British and American fans in terms of VA and narrative. I'll believe it when I see it.
On the whole, the DiRT series has managed to successfully toe the line between hardcore satisfaction and the need for mainstream appeal- and we're looking forward to taking this one out for a spin.
[EDGE Magazine via Eurogamer]
Blizzard Drops Hints About New Starcraft 2 Updates
Starcraft 2 is currently dominating the UK sales charts, but Blizzard aren't going to sit back and rest on their laurels. As well as the two full campaign expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legend of the Protoss, Blizzard personnel have been dropping forum hints about possible new updates for the series. According to community posts directed at inquisitive members, future updates may bring "new challenge missions," shared replay uploading/viewing functionality and an increase map size for fan-made content.
This is just grapevine gossip at the moment- and we don't yet know if these features will be implemented in free patches, integrated into the two official expansions or will ever actually see the light of day. We'll keep you posted. [BigDownload]
Reach is Finished; Will Penalise Habitual Quitters
That's it. Done. Finito. Bungie have officially finished Halo Reach- and with it, their involvement with the Halo series (bar aftermarket server and community support). Executive producer Joseph Tung stated that Bungie are "incredibly proud" of the game; and as far as we're concerned September 14th can't some soon enough. [Noble Actual]
To combat the constant and staggering annoyance of pathetic, weaselly multiplayer quitters who haven't quite grasped the "team" part of team-based gametypes, Bungie has implemented a new system to punish habitual dropouts. Accidentally leaving or losing connection will still result in a small penalty (a la Halo 3), but the new software actively allows those who frequently leave their teams in the lurch to be banned from the online community altogether!
“We actually have new tools now to detect that and eventually, people who do this habitually will actually be penalised. We want to be able to remove them from the population so they can’t make everyone else keep having a bad time.”
Awesome. It's about time. [Xbox360Achievements]
Live Action Medal of Honor Trailer
EA has released a new Medal of Honor non-trailer featuring big-budget live action gunplay and a dubious soundtrack. Check it out below courtesy of D'Toid.
Finally, Linkin Park and Medal of Honor are together at last; the partnership that literally no-one ever wanted, ever. Ever. Still, it's a nifty trailer that's worth a look- though personally, I'd take actual gameplay footage over live action any day.