It's been a fair few months since Obsidian dropped Dead Money - checked out Jon's review yet? - the first crest of what is set to be a wave of New Vegas' DLC. But now, thanks to Duck and Cover, we have a few screen-grabs from a teaser trailer Bethesda has subsequently removed from the web, rumored to be for the next piece of New Vegas DLC, dubbed 'Honest Hearts'.We've got much more inside!
This isn't an April Fool, folks. Microsoft have slashed the prices of two games and a piece of DLC for today only, meaning that you need to get involved sharpish.
The most important reduction is that Dead Money, Fallout: New Vegas' first expansion pack, is now 400 Microsoft Points. You absolutely should buy it. Seriously. Check out my review if you have any doubts.
Comic Jumper and Deadliest Warrior are also down to pocket money prices, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend either of them. For all of its pretension, Comic Jumper is a repetitive and ultimately boring twinstick shooter - and Deadliest Warrior is extremely mediocre. Still, they're also extremely cheap.
Click the links to check out the savings and queue up the downloads!
Welcome to this week's Playstation Store roundup, where the big news is that Fallout New Vegas: Dead Money expansion pack is no longer a Microsoft exclusive. This store update has now added the DLC to the marketplace- which we highly recommend checking out.
As far as new games are concerned, relaxing (and completely inexplicable) casual hit The Undergarden has made it to PSN- along with the third Alien Breed Title. However, PSP owners are in for a major treat with Tactics Ogre: one of the best tactical RPGs of all time.
In terms of deals, this latest update has brought another massive saving on PSP minis (a smorgasbord of which are down to 99p) as well as a slew of more traditional offerings. Alien Breed: Assault and Impact are both down to a bargain price, as well as a continuation of the £19.99 DC Universe Online 90 day subscription offer.Click here to see the deals- or click the banner to take a look at the blog
And there goes another exclusive. Fallout New Vegas: Dead Money has released today on Steam and the PSN, though it's likely that European Playstation owners will need to wait until tomorrow for the store update. This marks the end of three months of Microsoft exclusivity for New Vegas' first DLC pack.Click here to read more...
Here we go again. Fallout 3 spawned more than its fair share of downloadable content packs, spanning the sublime and the ridiculously bad. Dead Money is New Vegas' first piece of DLC... and right from the start, everything appears to be business as usual. A radio message (as always) will lead the Courier into a disturbing standalone tale of intrigue and discovery. Waking up alone, without any gear and and strapped into an explosive collar, players will soon find themselves fulfilling the whim of an enigmatic villain who covets the hidden treasure beneath the legendary Sierra Madre hotel. It's time to round up a team... and discover the deadly secrets hidden within the abandoned resort.
First things first. Yes, Dead Money is just about long enough to warrant its price tag. The main quest is fairly hefty and there's a lot of exploring to do. I'd urge you to rummage through every inch of the levels to make the most of your money (remembering that you can't go back once its completed). If you blow through the story as the crow flies, don't come complaining to me that it didn't last long enough!
Dead Money brings a lot of refreshing new challenges into the New Vegas package. Most obviously, scavenging makeshift weaponry and waging desperate guerilla warfare against your mysterious foes makes a real change from lording it over the Mojave. The brutal 'harvesters' are extremely durable and can only be killed through dismemberment, adding another gory new dimension to the basic combat. Without wanting to give the game away, a number of audial hazards and combat holograms also make the exploration a lot more methodical than just running and gunning.Read on to see if Dead Money is worth the money!
We recently featured some pictures of a purposed Playstation Phone protoytype... and whilst the jury's still out over whether Engadget's report is completely kosher, it's certainly based on solid intel if recent comments from upper management are to be believed. Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericsson CEO, has waded into the debate with an extremely inflammatory statement.
There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere. Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting. - CEO Nordberg to the Wall Street Journal.
Clang. This could possibly mean that better games firmware or even PSN functionality might be headed to future Sony Ericsson handsets... but it's far more likely that the PSP branded phone is indeed in development. Considering Microsoft's latest venture into the mobile marketplace, it would be odd for the hardware-oriented Sony to shy away from a confrontation. [Wall Street Journal via Games Industry]
Fallout: New Vegas will receive its first DLC pack on December 21st. Dead Money is an Xbox360 exclusive for the time being (we assume that the PS3 and PC versions will be announced in the new year), but to whet your appetite, senior designer Chris Avellone has dropped a huge amount of exciting new details in Bethesda's latest blog entry.
You can read up on the massive info dump here, but here's what you need to know. Dead Money will be set in Sierra Madre, an opulent casino resort that fell into legend after only one exporer ever returned to talk about it. Players will be lured to the resort by a radio broadcast and the promise of treasure, only to encounter heavy resistance from the mysterious Ghost People and the Casino's formidable defence systems.
Much like Fallout 3's DLC packs, Dead Money can be accessed by loading up a any save file after installation. [Bethesda Newsletter via Wikia]
Microsoft has been put up a huge amount of flak and bluster in the wake of multiple Kinect hacks hitting the homebrew scene. Microsoft's new peripheral has been used to create entirely new PC user interfaces and even allows a robot to see... and despite threatening the "hackers" with multiple lawsuits, a recent interview with senior Microsoft developers has revealed that the software giant doesn't plan to take them to court. Microsoft's Shannon Liftis and Alex Kipman have stated that no-one will get in trouble over the hacked drivers.
INTERVIEWER: So you have no problem with Microsoft, with the people using the open-source drivers then?
Ms. LOFTIS: As an experienced creator, I'm very excited to see that people are so inspired that it was less than a week after the Kinect came out before they had started creating and thinking about what they could do.
INTERVIEWER: So no one is going to get in trouble?
Mr. KIPMAN: Nope. Absolutely not.
Ms. LOFTIS: No.
INTERVIEWER: You heard it right from the mouth of Microsoft.
We're still of the opinion that the PC homebrew crowd represent an entirely new and unexpected target audience for Kinect. Hire these guys and open up your market, Microsoft! [NPR]