Battlefield 3 - 20% Coupon

A 20% off coupon for every game from the Origin Store, works only Today.

Exclusive at, you get the chance to get 20% off for your next order. I got this coupon during the Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany. It says you just have to visit, order any game and enter the following code to get 20% off:


Modern Warfare 3 - Steam Support

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be fully supported by Steam, meaning you're forced to use Steam on PC.

Valve has confirmed the news, that Modern Warfare 3 will be Steam only on PC. So Activision has decided to cooperate with Valve, unlike Electronic Arts who stopped all their cooperation with them.
MW3 will feature Steamworks, too, meaning the game can be pre-ordered via Steam to pre-download it. That means you can instantly play on release day and patches will be downloaded automatically as well.

Disadvantage is, if Steam is offline or similar, the player can't start the game. Further will VAC be used as anti cheat tool.

Good news is, that Modern Warfare 3 will support dedicated servers. MW3 will be released November 8 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.


Batman Arkham City - The First DLC

A pre-order DLC called "Joker's Carnival Challenge Map" was announced for Batman: Arkham City, including four hours of gameplay.

Batman: Arkham City will be released October 18, 2011, for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

If you pre-order the game, you'll be able to download the Joker's Carnival Challenge Map. So far, only the retailers Tesco from UK and  Gamestop from the US are involved in this bonus DLC. A German retailers wasn't mentioned yet. Even Robin will appear in Batman: Arkham City, but only in the challenge mode like this one.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment described the map as crazy challenge, set up as TV show, with a playtime of four hours. Whether this stand alone mission will be downloadable later for everyone else, wasn't revealed yet.



Battlefield 3 - The Weapon Customization

Dice explained the weapon customization in Battlefield 3 to create your own weapon of choice. BF3 will be released October 28, 2011.

On the left, the rifle has been equipped with a bipod heavy barrel, and a 4X magnification combat scope to aim for medium to long range targets, or even suppressive fire to help your team.

On the right, the scope was removed for a quick acquisition holographic scope. A suppressor and foregrip were added as well to fit your combat role and play style in small maps and close combats for example.

There are 50 weapons in Battlefield 3 with some basic values like muzzle speed, energy, and fire rate. But each gun has three main accessory slots to change. The more you play with a weapon, the more weapon accessories you'll unlock to customize your weapon to be prepared for every situation. Your arsenal contains thousands of options for different weapons to create, a 12X scope for long range snipers, or suppressors for stealth operations.

The weapon modifications include different optics, suppressors, bipods, barrels, underslung grenade launchers, underslung shotguns, flashlights, foregrips, laser sights, and even more.


I played Battlefield 3 twice at Gamescom 2011, here's the story.

Before and after the opening

The first day we went really early to Gamescom so the booth of Battlefield 3 wasn't opened yet. We made the left picture you see above. 10 AM the Gamescom opened their doors for normal people without press card and 5 minutes after the booth was very crowded, as you can see in the right picture. To entertain all the people in the queue, some EA girls gave iPad 2s to play Monopoly. The problem was that you had to wait up to eight hours to play 20 minutes of Battlefield 3. Fortunately, I just had to wait 30 minutes.

First of all the twelve minutes long Fault Line trailer was shown, followed by an instruction video of the different classes and the conquest mode. After that we were able to play on 64 PCs the multiplayer map Caspian Border in Iraq, with jets, helicopters and a lot of tanks. In my opinion, the helicopters are a bit overpowered so far because soldiers on foot could be killed in seconds without greater aiming.

Jet Flying was awesome. With speed and strength combined you had the feeling that the map wasn't limited and you would just fly over the world shooting people and helicopters. These could be taken down within seconds with the jets - without being unbalanced because against single soldiers the aiming was really tough.

Battlefield 3 will be released Octiber 27 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

[Review] Gamescom 2011 - Diablo 3

I was lucky to play Diablo III twice at Gamescom 2011 with every character.

First, I chose the Demon Hunter to battle through the fitst dungeon, which looked like the picture above but with more fire creatures, for example the "Inferno Zombie". The demon hunter had a Damage-Over-Time single arrow, including 125% weapons damage, and an explosion arrow, which really blowed the zombie's head off, and after a level up I could learn the Multishot to shoot at several enemies with a single ability. So far, the demon hunter uses Mana like the Wizard.

The Barbarian was pretty slow and agressive to play with high damage but slow attack speed and movement speed, just like you would imagine him to play.

The Wizard had the most damage output but with very low hit points to survive. After a Frost Nova you could explode the area around you to send the zombies back to hell or you were able to shoot with your wand at a single target.

The Witch Doctor was the easiest character to play with his pets. You could create them from corpses and send them to attack your enemy and you were shooting with poisoned arrows, no problem to survive a huge number of enemies.

The Monk is an excellent melee fighter with his skills to kill several enemies at once. There were no problem to survive ten Inferno Zombies or more without even noticing getting any critical damage.

Finishing the Inquisitor as final boss completed your quest and you went on fighting at the surface. After some bridges like above you entered "Leoric's Hold", the next dungeon which had a lot of prison cells and ghosts in them. To free them you just had to unlock the doors and fight the final endboss of the dungeon, the Warden. Unfortunately, this was the end of the Gamescom 2011 demo of Diablo 3.

Mit dem Dämonenjäger spielte ich als erstes auf der Gamescom, also der neusten Klasse aus Diablo 3. Das erste Dungeon sah auf wie auf dem obersten Bild, nur mit mehr Feuer und Inferno Zombies gegen die man kämpfen musste. Der erste Zauber des Dämonenjägers war ein Damage-Over-Time Schuss, der ein einzelnes Ziel traf und 125% Waffenschaden verursachte. Der zweite Standardzauber war ein Explosionspfeil, der nach wenigen Sekunden explodierte und wirklich den Zombies die Birne weggeschossen hat. Damit war das schnetzeln durch die Massen kein Problem. Mit dem Multishot nach dem Levelup ging es auch ganz gut voran, da er, wie der Name schon sagt, viele Pfeile auf einmal verschoss. Übrigens benutzt der Dämonenjäger bis jetzt Mana wie die Zauberin.

Der Barbar war sehr langsam und aggressiv zu spielen, wie man es aber auch erwartet bei dieser Klasse. Viel Rüstung, langsame Schläge, viel Schaden. Die typische Hau-Drauf-Klasse, aber so richtig als Tank soll er nicht funktionieren, eher auch als Schadensklasse.

Die Zauberin hat am meisten Schaden verteilt, aber da sie nur sehr wenig Leben hat und somit auch leicht stirbt, ist das kämpfen durch die Hallen eher erschwert. Mit der Frost Nova konnten die Gegner für einige Sekunden eingefroren werden und sie danach mit einer Explosium um die Zauberin herum zerplatzen zu lassen. Die Klasse spielt sich genau wie von Blizzard beschrieben, als "Gläserne Kanone", viel Schaden, wenig Leben.

Der Hexendoktor spielte sich am leichtesten, da er seine Begleiter aus Leichen erschaffen konnte und so selbst keinen Schaden nahm. Während die Pets kämpften, schoss man im Hintergrund mit vergifteten Pfeilen.

Der Mönch ist ein extrem guter Nahkämpfer, der auch mit vielen Gegnern auf einmal kein Problem hatte. Er hatte kein Mana, sondern eine Art von Wut, die sich beim Kämpfen aufgeladen hat. Je mehr man davon benutzt, deto stärker waren die Zauber. Durch die Massen zukämpfen war kein Problem, da man wenig Schaden aufgrund des hohen Schadens kassierte.

Nach dem Inqusitor als Endboss des Dungeons ging es erstmal an die Oberfläche um über einige Brücken und Felder zu kämpfen, siehe das zweite Bild. Man kam schließlich in "Leoric's Hold" an, dem zweiten Dungeon, das ein richtiges Verlies mit vielen Zellen war. Die Geister in solchen hieß es zu befreien um am Ende den Endboss "The Warden", also den Wächter, zu töten. Leider war nach dem zweiten Dungeon Schluss mit der Demo von der Gamescom 2011.

Batman Arkham City - New Villain

Batman: Arkham City's newest villain is Mr. Freeze, who is presented in this new gameplay trailer by Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has released this gameplay trailer featuring Dr. Victor Fries, better known as Mr. Freeze, a new villain from Arkham City. He was once a scientist of cryology, the physical aspects of snow, ice, hail, and sleet for example. But after an accident it's necessary for his surviving to wear a refrigeration suit to keep his body temperature below zero degree Celsius.

Batman: Arkham City will be released October 21, 2011 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.


Counter Strike 2 - Offically Announced

Valve has officially announced Counter-Strike 2, called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The release will be in 2012 for PC, Mac, Xbox and PS3.

Valve's press release says they are working on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in cooperation with Hidden Path Entertainment and CS:GO will be released in early 2012 for PC via Steam only, but there will also be a version for Mac, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. Available through Xbox Live Arcade or Playstation Network.

Doud Lombardi, spokesman at Valve, said further that new editions of old maps like de_dust are in development. Of course, new feature will be incuded as well, as new maps, characters, weapons, game modes, rakings and matchmaking services. The game will not be playable at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, but at PAX Prime and at London Games Festival.


Dead Island - Gold

Dead Island has gone gold. The release of the zombie shooter is September 9, 2011 for PC, Xbox and PS3.

Techland has announced that their first person zombie shooter Dead Island has gone gold, which means the game is finished and is ready for production. Conclusion is the game will be released in time, September 9, 2011. Unfortunately, Dead Island will NOT be released in Germany due to massive violence and blood. But an Austrian (österreichische) version will be made, said publisher Deep Silver.
The game is set on Banoi, a famous island for holidays full of infected zombies. The difference between games like Left 4 Dead is the amount of zombies. In Dead Island there will be less but stronger and more challenging zombies. The single player campaign can be finished in 25 hours.

Another feature of Dead Island is the variety of weapons available, and even whole new weapons can be created by the player himself, electrical machetes for example.  Special slots are implemented for faster access to them. The player is also able to choose between different characters who can be specialized as you want. Each of them has their own abilities, advantages or disadvantages in a battle.
A co-op mode will be incuded as well.


Driver San Francisco - The Demo

The demo for Driver: San Francisco is out now on Playstation Network and Xbox Live, though only for gold members.

To the story: Gangster boss Charles Jericho escaped from jail and after several crimes San Francisco is full of fear. The only man who could stop him is John Tanner but he got injured in a car accident. In his coma he is chasing after Jericho to stop his crimes and to wake up again.
This free single player demo includes three missions:

1. Execute stunts and tricks in a cop chase
2. Shift between your cars to finish the race as first and as second in the same race
3. Escape the police with your VIP passenger


EA wants to buy Minecraft

Electronic Arts are interesting in buying Mojang, the developer of Minecraft.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EA, John Riccitiello, met Markus "Notch" Persson in Sweden to offer him a deal. EA wants to buy Mojang, like they have already bought the game developer PopCap Games.
Markus "Notch" Persson said in an interview with Develop-Online that he has no interest in this deal at all. Their both intentions were way too different to work together, although Notch likes EA's games and would play them, too. The deal is off.


Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Collector's

The content of the Collector's Edition of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim were revealed by Bethesda.

A limited edition of TES 5 will be available for 150 Euro on November 11, 2011, for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. A special DVD including "The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim", as well as a 200 page artwork book.
The main feature of the Collector's Edition is the statue of Alduin, 30.5cm tall.


DotA 2 - The Release

Valve has announced that their DotA 2 will be released this year, meaning late 2011, for PC and Mac.

DotA 2 will be first shown to public at the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, 2011. A huge DotA 2 tournament for the 16 best teams of the world takes place there, too, and the prize will be one million US-Dollar for the winner.
I will travel to Cologne to watch this tournament, for everyone else it will be streamed in four different languages: German, English, Chinese and Russian.

For people who don't know what DotA is about: DotA stands for Defense of the Ancients, it's a custom map from Warcraft III – Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III – The Frozen Throne. The date of the first appearance was sometime in 2003. A summary of its history and gameplay can be found here: Defense of the Ancients