Hello! Welcome to the relaunching of Game Buzz as a weekly half-hour podcast centred round the week's news. Every Saturday we'll be aiming to provide plenty of comment-laden wafflings and lashings of opinionated banter as we dissect the hottest stories of the week. We'll still be broadcasting the PWNCAST on Sundays, though that will maintain a focus on games themselves, gaming culture, and broader topics.
For our inaugural Game Buzz podcast we take a look at the good Doctors Muzkya and Zeschuk and ask what now for BioWare; we look at BioWare's future projects and discuss the potential of the now-officially-unveiled Dragon Age III; we chat about the impending release of the PS3 Super Slim; and get a bit nervous about Halo 4's campaign.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
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Just a quickie: during a panel at the Valencia eSports Congress (reported by PCGamesN), Starcraft 2 design lead Dustin Browder stated that Blizzard are "looking at free to play as an option for the multiplayer." However, getting the monetization balance right could be an issue.
"We don't know how we would monetise it," he elaborated. "While it might be good fun for me to play against someone with only half the units available to them, that's not going to be an enjoyable experience for them."
Starcraft 2 (and its predecessor, notably) is a legitimate eSport, but its competitors such as League Of Legends and DotA 2 are either free to play or relatively inexpensive; allowing them to reach a wider audience. Would you get involved if Starcraft 2's multiplayer went freemium?
Sony exec John Koller believes that the PlayStation 3 is benefiting from "lapsed" Xbox 360 owners who are looking for a second console in the sunset of this generation.Click here to read more...
In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl proves that he is capable of life beyond Guild Wars 2 as he guides us through the first 20 minutes of active gameplay in Gearbox Software's FPS sequel Borderlands 2. We get a look at the initial snowy area, listen to Claptrap go increasingly insane, and hear Carl get over-excited about the revolver he finds whilst playing as Zero the Assassin. See it all for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
Square Enix and United Front Games have revealed some DLC goodies coming next month for Sleeping Dogs (find out why you need to play this game here), with a number of content packs for players to choose from, and a community-oriented download that will be completely free of charge.
There's story-based DLC incoming on, with an official reveal set for Comic-Con International on October 14th, but if you're a petrolhead or wanted some more cop-based missions, hit the jump for some downloadable goodness.Click here for full DLC details >>>
Capcom and Dontnod's intriguing sci-fi action title got a new walkthrough video at TGS, taking a closer look at the Combo Lab, a feature that will allow players to customise Nilin's fighting style to suit their own methods of gameplay. There are four combo slots, and four different types of "pressen" to augment your combos: regen, power, cooldown, and chain. There'll apparently be around 50,000 different combinations for the player to tinker with.
The game is out next May for PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
CIA operative, Agent Huntley, spills the beans of Hoyt Volker and his extremely well trained bunch of private hire soldiers in the lastest Far Cry 3 video. Tasked with eliminating Volker and his goons, and busting his “depraved drug and human trafficking operations" wide open, the player must parachute in solo, without backup, and learn to survive in a jungle that really, really wants to kill you, shoot you, or eat you.
Far Cry 3 is out on November 30th for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360Click here to read more...
Sony has announced that Okami HD will release on Halloween (October 31st), costing £15.99 on the PlayStation Store. Not only will this conversion of Clover Games' cel-shaded adventure feature remastered HD visuals at 1080p, but it's also fully compatible with the PlayStation Move. Definitely a tasty sugary treat.
We've got a new TGS trailer after the break, just in case you weren't already going to buy it for some reason.Click here to read more...
Blizzard have released the full patch notes for Diablo III v.1.0.5, which adds a new monster power system that allows players to control how challenging enemies are on different difficulty levels. Upping their health and damage to different "power levels" (over 9000?) will result in boosted XP, as well as increased magic find and gold find for Inferno players.
A new event for level 60 players will also be included, alongside a big fat nerf for the Trail Of Cinders skill rune and numerous tweaks. You can read the full patch notes on the Battle.net forums... unless you're too busy playing the exceptional Torchlight II.
Dynasty Warriors producer Akihiro Suzuki reckons that the Wii U can produce markedly better visuals than the Xbox 360, despite having a "little bit less" under the bonnet in terms of CPU performance. Dealing with the potential performance hit is apparently a "challenge."Click here to read more...
F1 2012 launches today amidst stiff competition, so here's a launch trailer to celebrate. The latest iteration of Codemasters' officially licensed F1 series packs some new modes, improved visuals and all the new features of the 2012 season (which has been amazing).
On that note, I reckon I might quickly go have some launch myself. I'm starving, and there ain't no rest for the wicked today.
A reboot of classic vehicular combat game Spy Hunter is headed to the 3DS and Vita next month, from Cheshire-based studio TT Fusion. This latest trailer shows off the enemies you'll be hunting and the weapons you'll take them down with.
The G-6155 Interceptor definitely deserves another day in the sun. Fingers crossed that this will do the classic game (and its surprisingly good last-gen remake) justice.Click here to read more...
Gravity Rush director Keiichiro Toyama was pleased as punch to collect the TGS Game Of The Year Award yesterday, and naturally received many messages of congratulations from fans.
“Thank you! I’ll do my best on the sequel,” Toyama tweeted to the well-wishers, followed by "it's a secret" as the responses inevitably started pouring in. Was this a slip of the tongue or a figure of speech?
We rated Gravity Rush as an exciting burst of creativity on the PS Vita platform (check out Matt's 9/10 Gravity Rush review), though personally, I feel that the innovative mechanics deserved a less repetitive gameplay experience overall. Hopefully the sequel will spend less time finding excuses to remove Kat's powers and more time finding exciting and different ways to use them. [via Gematsu]
Fighting words from Sony today, who lashed out at Nintendo's upcoming console by suggesting that the GamePad Peripheral offers nothing that the Vita and PS3 can't already do via cross-control.Click here to read more...
Funcom has announced another three day trial initiative for brilliant-yet-floundering MMORPG The Secret World. You can register and play the three free days at your convenience rather than being tethered to a specific weekend, and even unlock two extra days by completing thirty missions.
Get involved here.
Carl described Funcom's MMO as a "brave new world" in our 8/10 Secret World Review, but subscription fees and stiff competition (not to mention an Origin-only launch) has led to a slow uptake. Perhaps this trial will convince people to stick around and p(l)ay?
Experimental horror phenomenon Slender will be receiving an official remake courtesy of creator Mark "AgentParsec" Hadley and Blue Isle Studios. The Arrival won't be free, but it pads out the original game with new levels, enhanced visuals and a meatier storyline.
"With more levels, improved visuals, and an engaging storyline, the commercial release takes Slender to all new heights," reads the blurb on the new website. "Mark Hadley’s next installment The Arrival is even more terrifying than his original creation."
Oh great. I could barely handle the Eight Pages...
To celebrate Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary, Square Enix are rolling out a frankly ridiculous Super Box that contains all core 13 games for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP, a soundtrack, loads of extras and a code for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In an attempt to make you incredibly envious, they've released a new unboxing trailer.
The Super Box has only been announecd for Japan, but you'll feel better knowing that it costs about £350 at the current exchange rate. Anyway, you can torture yourself below.Click here to read more...
Dragon's Dogma, the severely addictive open-world RPG from Devil May Cry's producers, will be receiving a "major expansion" entitled Dark Arisen. Details are thin on the ground, but they've confirmed that you'll be able to transfer your save data into it, suggesting a standalone storyline.
A Speedrun and Hard difficulty mode will be patched in soon via free updates.
Check out the teaser trailer after the break. I'm in the current again. I feel the blood in my veins.Click here to read more...
A bunch of incredibly talented modders, including many of the chaps behind the Morrowind mod that saw The Elder Scrolls III recreated using the Oblivion-era toolset, have set about trying to do much the same thing once again, only this time using Skyrim's Creation Engine.
The early results are pretty impressive.Click here to check them out >>>