Modern Warfare 3 - First DLC In January

Infinity Ward was announced that the first DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released on January 24, 2012. The pack will also include content for Spec Ops.

Robert Bowling from Infinity Ward added at the Call of Duty: Elite show that this date is only for Xbox 360 players with a premium membership of CoD: Elite.
About one whole month later, PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 players without premium membership can download the package. Robert explained that this downloadable content will include several things the fans have never seen before, such as content for Spec Ops. Unfortunately, further details are unknown yet, so exact content and price will be revealed in January.
Certainly, the pack contains some new maps, I think.


[Guide] Skyrim - How to Play Online Mode

The online modification of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released, so you are able to complete quests together, trade your items, or just chat with another player in the game.

This trailer gives you an impression on how the mod looks like, if you're indecisive. Just follow this tutorial with five steps to play Skyrim online, it's easy and quick:

1.  Visit and click on the download link there to get the mod.

2.  Before you go on with this guide, back up your whole config files of Skyrim because this mod will overwrite them!

3.   Now unzip the downlaoded file into your Skyrim root folder.

4.  Create a shortcut for SkyrimOnline.exe on your desktop. Run it. The game will automatically update itself with the mod so you can play it.

5.  Finish! When the game has started, it asks for a username. Pick any name you want, there is no authentication yet. If you want to switch between the UI mode and the Game mode, simply press F3.

The modder AwpSoLeet has developed this mod for Skyrim, simply called "Skyrim Online".
But don't overhype the mod yet, it's not final so there are several bugs included, for example, animations are missing and friends are shown as naked prisoners in the game.

Nevertheless, the dream of almost every Skyrim has has become true: Play Skyrim online with others. Trade, explore, fight, everything included.

Risen 2 - Official Release Date

Piranha Bytes had set the release of Risen 2 to the first half of 2012 - until now. The exact release date will be April 27 for every platform, meaning PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

There are several key features of Risen 2. First of all, the game is set in an environment full of pirates. Due to these scoundrels, the player is able to use fire arms and steal small items as monkey. I've played Risen 2 on the Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany, and this little monkey is an item in your inventory.

If activated, you slip into the role of the small monkey who has the ability to steal everything you want. A new pair of boots? use the monkey. A new money bag? Use the monkey. I recommand Risen 2.


Diablo 3 - Official Cinematic Trailer

During the Video Game Awards 2011 Blizzard has released the official cinematic intro of Diablo 3.

This trailer for the action RPG as opening is really impressive. Unfortunately, an official release date wasn't mentioned so far by Blizzard. Amazon had listed the game - unofficially - to be released in July but the date was removed shortly after.


Skyrim - Patch 1.3

The PC version of The Elder Scrolls 5 - Skyrim was patched to 1.3 with several bug fixes and performance improvements. The patch can be downlaoded via Steam.

Today, the newest patch version 1.3 was released via Steam for Skyrim. You can find the changelog below. By the way, the werewolf tutorial can be found here: How to Become A Werewolf in Skyrim.

Another patch was announced for the game coming next week which will include the correct usage of CPU bigger than 2 GB ram. I'll look forward to the patch but first, here are the patch notes of the 1.3 hotfix:


[Preview] South Park - The Role Playing Game

Recently, an official role playing game of South Park was announced by THQ. The game is developed by Obsidian Entertainmen and will be released in the second half of 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

The newest Gameinformer magazine features this picture and a big preview of the upcoming role playing game South Park. I quote directly from the neogaf forum where a hardworking user has submitted several infos of the RPG, such as story line, gameplay, playable classes, and much more.

Further information about South Park's story, its combat system, a weapons list, and an extensive interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone can be found here at the forum of

Battlefield 3 - Patch Next Week

Dice and Electronic Arts have announced that Battlefield 3 will be patched next week, on December 6. The patch will be 2 GB big and will already include several content of the first DLC of BF3 called 'Back to Karkand'.

If you're interested, here is a list of all changes including bug fixes and blalancing issues. But beware: The list is very long due to a huge changelog from DICE.


Battlefield 3 - DLC Release Date

The first DLC of Battlefield 3, called 'Back to Karkand', will be released December 6, 2011 for Playstation 3. For PC and Xbox 360 player the expansion pack will be available one week later, December 13.

The pack includes the maps Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqui Peninsula. If you've been playing Battlefield 2, you should recognize these maps. They're rebuild for Battlefield 3 so the maps should be known by a lot of players. In addition, ten weapons from BF2 were included in Back To Karkand, as well as four brand new verhicles.

Players who have bought the limited edition of Battlefield 3 can download the DLC at no extra charge. That was one of the main reasons I've bought this edition because for everyone else, the pack will cost around 15 Euro.


Counter Strike 2 - Beta Gameplay

Counter Strike 2, also known as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, has started its closed beta yesterday. This is new footage of real gameplay taken from the beta.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is a whole new game but the gameplay of CS will stay the same. It's a very team based shooter including new maps, weapons, game modes, characters, rakings and matchmaking services.

Valve developes Counter Strike: Global Offensive together with Hidden Path Entertainment and CS:GO will be released in early 2012. There will be a version of the game for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 featuring the DualShock 3, the PlayStation Move Controller, and even mouse and keyboard on PS3.

In my opinion, the gameplay footage looks really good. The graphics may not be as good as in Battlefield 3 but who cares? It's CS as everyone loves it, fast, close combats with the AK or other weapons, and graphics are negligible. Look at CS 1.6. Low graphics but awesome gameplay and great for pro players and clan wars.

Electronic Arts has revealed the number of sales of Battlefield 3 which reached the eight million mark. As a comparison, Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million units on its first day.

This information was given by Eric Brown, the Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Arts, during the Baird Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday.

Twelve million units were sold to the retailers but 'only' eight million were sold so far. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was sold 6.5 million times the first 24 hours only in UK and US so the real numbers are way higher due to sales in the rest of Europe and Asia.
The release of Battlefield 3 was EA's most successful release ever so they can be very happy about this number of sales although they've lost to Modern Warfare. I personally have seen that coming.

The famous Minecraft was modified for Windows Phone 7. It's not the original game because it was develpoed by Candy Rufus Games but the gameplay is the same.

This app for Windows Phone 7 is called Survivalcraft and, as said before, it was developed by Kaalus from Candy Rufus Games. Survivalcraft is based on Minecraft regarding its graphics and gameplay though Survivalcraft is only in alpha status.

For everyone undecided, there is a test version of Survivalcraft in the marketplace so people can play the full game for a limited period only. Thereafter, if you're interested in the game, the price was set to 1,99 Euro. As a comparison, Minecraft for PC costs 19,95 Euro.

My Review of Survivalcraft:
I've downloaded the game for my Windows Phone and played couple of hours. First thing so say is that Survivalcraft can compete with Minecraft if you consider it as alpha version of a newly developed game.
The main gameplay is the same, you can mine blocks like stone, soil, or wood to build a shelter for the night for example. Crafting is also included in the game although not every recipe of the full released Minecraft was taken to Survivalcraft - unfortunately. The maps are beautiful as in the original and you even get the same addiction as playing the original Minecraft because you can build whatever you want. This principle made Minecraft famous and is for Survivalcraft a guarantee of success, too.
However, the game is still in alhpa version as said before but updates are coming. Some new tools and blocks are added and other features like a screenshot function is a nice addition for the game.
All in all, I'd say that Survivalcraft has potential. The developer managed to get me addicted to the game because I'm a huge Minecraft fan as well and there is no competition for a Windows Phone 7.

For everyone with an iPhone: The original Minecraft app costs around 6 Euro and can be downloaded in the AppStore.


[Guide] Skyrim - How To Visit Morrowind

In The Elder Scrolls 5 - Skyrim are the continents Morrowind and Cyrodiil included, beside the main continent Skyrim. This is a tutorial how to get to these secret places.

Using this guide, you'll be able to visit the lands of The Elder Scrolls 3 and 4, meaning Morrowind and Oblivion, but with Skyrim! Unfortunately, only for PC players. Nobody knows why the continents were added to the game, however, follow the steps below to get there:

1.   Open My Documents and My Games. Thereafter, open the Skyrim folder and look for a file called Skyrim.ini. Open it using the Editor.

2.   Search in this document for [General] and add the following below this:

3.   Afterwards, open the game as usual. You have to travel to the far north-east end of Skyrim. Follow the valley eastbound until you reach this gate:

4.   Because of the addition in the .ini file, you can step through this gate and welcome! You're in the continent Morrowind! When you walk around in the new continents, you should type in the console the cheat "tcl" so you don't fall through the ground. Enjoy the secret places!


[Review] Global Agenda - Free Agent

Global Agenda - Free Agent is a third-person shooter developed by Hi-Rez Studios and is set in the future. I've recently started to play this free-to-play game and I'd like to share my first impressions with you.

What the game is about:
As mentioned above, Global Agenda is a third-person shooter which is set in 2155. The world is at war because there is a huge fraction who wants to control the world. Of course, you're a good soldier and member of one of the left independant fractions. With full equipment, you fight your way through the enemies using jetpacks and high-tech weapons.
The story of the game is not world first but well done so you have the feeling to be a true soldier in this war.

Gameplay and Features:
This game is class-based, which means that you can create and customize your own elite soldier. I'm a fan of all this customization features, I have to admit. A normal shooter where everyone looks the same is too boring for me so a new skin or hat or boots or whatever is always a motivation to play the game even more. Global Agenda doesn't have to hide behind games like TF2.

The key of the game is the multiplayer. You can play co-op with three others to complete your mission, for example killing a huge and agressive boss but I haven't been playing co-op so far so I can't talk much about that so far.
In addition, there is a normal multiplayer including five different game modes like objevtive-based ones to test your team work. In the newest September update, there were several new features added to the game, a New Open Zone with several instanced missions and quest chains for example. As well as new pets or a new PvP map were included in this update. Frequent updates are coming for the game, a huge, huge advantage compared to other games.

All in all:
Global Agenda is comparable to TF2, for example. If you're looking for a new and free third-person shooter, you can try it out.

Rage - Demo Released Today

Although RAGE was released October 4, 2011, now a free demo of the game was released to give people an idea of what the game is about.

If you're undecided about RAGE, this is your chance. The Xbox demo can be downloaded for free via Xbox LIVE but the Playstation 3 demo won't be released until December 6, 2011.
Bethesda has developed this ego-shooter. The story deals with the hostile Ghost Clan who want to destroy the water reservoir of a small and peaceful village. You're there to stop them. Beside the main story you can explore the huge world of Rage or drive on the highways and fight a vehicle fight there.


Skyrim - Use LEGO To Level-Up

This new and clever guide is taken from Youtube user comicsacrifice who has built a LEGO construction upon his dualshock Playstation 3 controller while playing The Elder Scrolls 5 - Skyrim. See for yourself:

This constuction allows him to level-up without any need of him playing. The right trigger of his dualshock controller is pressed every few seconds to heal him up because he is trapped in a fire trap. Comicsacrifice gets small damage every second through this trap so the heal will constantly heal him.
Therefore, he can level without any need of playing although this might be the main reason someone is playing the game, including me.
The Elder Scroll 5 - Skyrim was released on November 11, 2011, for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.


MineCon - Watch The Livestream

The guys from IGN set up a livestream at the MineCon in Las Vegas. For everyone who can't be there, this live stream of the event must be enough: Link to the Stream at IGN.

Live at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Markus 'Notch' Persson will give a keynote speech about Minecraft and thereafter, the launch of the game is celebrated. The keynote begins in about three hours, meaning 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
If you can't watch the stream, no problem: IGN will upload the whole MineCon live stream. By the way, all tickets were sold out months ago.
Today, the official Minecon has opened its doors to celebrate the release of Minecraft. For anyone who doesn't know about Minecraft's very own fair, visit this MineCon site.

Mojang has released the official Minecraft version for iOS today, too, meaning iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The game can be downloaded in the AppStore for 5,49 €, but beware: This version is not like with the PC version because there is a huge lack of features.

You can't really mine any blocks and can't build any objects. The whole survival mode including all monsters like spider or skeletons is missing, so this iOS and Android version is comparable to the first Alpha version of the original PC version of Minecraft. If this doesn't scare you, you should buy Minecraft via AppStore. For everyone else, just get the PC version for 20 €.


[Guide] Skyrim - How To Get Married

After the guides How to become a Werewolf and the How to level-up skills super fast, now you'll learn how to marry someone in The Elder Scrolls 5 - Skyrim. Yes, marriage.

In general, the player is able to marry everyone in the world of Skyrim. Even same sex marriage is possible so if you play a man and might have met a nice man, you can marry him! Here is the tutorial how to do a heterosexual or homosexual marriage:
After the How to become a Werewolf in Skyrim guide, this guide shows you a bug so you can level-up the skills onehanded, twohanded, archery, destruction, sneak, restoration, and speech very fast.

How to level-up your skills very fast using this guide:
1.   Go to Riverwood and enter Alvor and Sigrid's House.
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to become a werewolf in The Elder Scrolls 5 - Skyrim so you can savage your enemies.

Just follow these five easy steps to become a werewolf in TES 5 Skyrim.

They can even wear armor and boots and as weapons, your claws are more than enough to kill your enemies and tear them to pieces. You can also use your howl to scare enemies so they'll run away from battle. This is the tutorial:

1.   You have to join 'The Companions' fraction by doing one of the following:
  • Find members of the Companions fighting Giants and help them so they'll guide you to Kodlak Whitemane in Jorrvaskr.
  • OR you can apply at their main guild hall in Whiterun.

2.   After finishing Kodlak's quest, ask other members for things to do. At some quest, you'll notice your mate transform into a werewolf and you'll discover the secret of the fraction: Almost everyone is a werewolf.

3.   Confront Kodlak with it. He'll respond it's bad to be a werewolf, however, Skjor and Aela say it's cool and you're supposed to meet them underneath the Skyforge tonight. (It's called the Silver Hand Quest)

4.   Go there and speak to Skjor. Now drink Aela's werewolf blood in front of you. Congratulations, you're a werewolf!

5.   Thereafter, you're invited to attack a Silver Hand camp nearby. It's done! Enjoy your bloody meal!

Source: Joining the Companions

Modern Warfare 3 - 6.5 Million Copies

Modern Warfare 3 was sold 6.5 million times on its first day - only in UK and US. That's the biggest entertainment launch in history.

Call of Duty knows what 'biggest entertainment launch in history' means. Looking back:
  • 2009: Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million units, making $310 million the first day
  • 2010: Black Ops sold 5.6 million units, making $360 million its first day
  • 2011: Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million copies, generating $400 million its first 24 hours
There has never been another entertainment franchise, except for Call of Duty, that has set release day world records three years in a row, said Bobby Kotick, the boss of Activision. These numbers only regard the US and UK market but there has also been millions of sold copies in Asia and in the rest of Europe. At least, there are 6.5 million and 1 units sold so far because I've bought Modern Warfare 3 myself.

MW3 was released worldwide on Tuesday for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and even Wii, which version was made by Treyarch.


The Minecon Fair - Official Trailer

Minecraft very own fair will be on November 18 and November 19, 2011, in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. At this event Minecrafts release will be celebrated but unfortunately, all tickets are sold out.
For everyone who has to stay at home like me, Markus 'Notch' Persson has released the official trailer for the Minecon 2011. For further information to the Minecon, visit Minecon info page.


LoL Season Two - All Changes Listed

In the second season of Riot's League of Legends there will be two main changes, ranked teams and summoner spells.

1.   The first new feature of Season Two are the ranked teams. You can build up a permanent team including your own team name and ELO Rating. This ELO Rating is just a special number given to you to determine your ranking compared to other players. One could say that it displays your skill.
For better organisation, each ranked team will need an own captain with the power to invite or kick new members.

2.   The second big update include the summoner spells like Flash or Heal, here are the changes listed:
  • Flash: Gets reduced range
  • Clairvoyance: Will get increased cooldown
  • Heal: Will be more useful in late game (for example Heal could restore 10% of your health instead of just 200)
  • Ignite and Exhaust: Will be removed by Cleanse
  • Fortify and Rally: Completely removed by new options, futher info is unknown so far
  • Surge: NEW SPELL. Activation gives your champion an aura, increasing combat effectiveness for you and your allies 
  • Promote: NEW SPELL, but known in Dominion. You can use it to buff a single minion, increasing its range, armor, and magic resistance, and health. 


    German AndroidForum Sweepstake

    There is a new sweepstake from the german website. The first prize is a Samsung Galaxy S2, meaning the biggest rival to the new iPhone 4S. If you're lucky to be German, you should join this event instantly because the chances are good. I've just personally participated to the sweepstake, wish me luck.

    The first prize
    By the way, the forum itself is interesting, too, even without any kind of prizes or events. I own a Samsung cell phone myself but a way cheaper version of the S2 which you can win at the androids forum.
    Therefore I'm a true fan of this forum, without it I'd despair with my android cell phone.

    This is the link to the sweepstake, good luck: Gewinnspiel (German word for sweepstake)

    Gamescom 2012 - Bigger Than Ever

    The Gamesocm 2012 will be bigger than ever with more than 167,000 square yard. That's 16% more than last year, so overcrowding shall be prevented. Three months ago, in August, the Gamescom 2011 cut a new record with 275,000 visitors within five days. Due to this big number of people it's a good decision to enlarge the event.

    Gamescom 2011 - Before and After the opening

    Looking back on the Gamescom 2011
    I was there as a journalist so I could enter the event before opening to take pictures like the one above. To play Modern Warfare 3 for example, you had to wait almost 4 hours but Battlefield 3 was the worst with over 6 hours to wait - just to play it for 20 minutes. If you are interested, here is my Gamescom 2011 Battlefield 3 Review.

    What is the Gamescom?
    The Gamescom is the world's biggest trade fair for video games with 275,000 visitors. It's held on Cologne, Germany.

    Minecraft - 16 Million Users Reached

    Yesterday, Marcus "Notch" Persson has revealed via twitter that there are 16 million registered users in Minecraft and 4 million of them have actually bought the game although it's still in beta phase.

    Minecraft is one of the most successful independent games of all time. As a comparison: Four months ago, meaning July, there had been "only" 10 million registered users in Minecraft, the news for the 10 million Minecraft milestone.


    10 Ways To Die In Rayman Origins

    Rayman Origins is Ubisoft's newest game and  will be released November 24 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. If you are undecided whether to buy it or not:

    Its demo version will be available in four days already, meaning November 9, and includes three levels from the worlds Jungle, Food, and Ocean. However, Rayman Origins demo can be downloaded via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network.
    In addition, here are the top 10 ways to die in Rayman Origins, it's not for the faint-hearted.


    GTA 5 - First Details and Trailer

    A first trailer and infos about Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Five were revealed today. In the trailer below you see first impressions of the game and its city Los Santos in South Calidornia, the weather is good and the women easy.

    Rumours say that a possible release is set to summer 2012, Rockstar themselves set a huge goal for GTA V: 16 million sold copies and a profit of 746 million US-Dollar. This game is not just a new GTA, it's whole new world with many innovations around it so the player will be able to feel and live in this world. The Grand Theft Auto series gets a whole new invention with its 5th title, Rockstar said.

    Even a online multiplayer part was announced. Be ready for more news regarding the game.


    Minecraft - The MineCon Fair

    Minecraft will have its own fair on November 18 and November 19, 2011, in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There are only 19 days left until the fair starts but the problem is: The tickets are already sold out, even the price was set to 99$.

    Minecraft is extremely successful, that's for sure. Now Minecraft's founder Markus 'Notch' Persson had the idea of an own fair just for minecraft and its fans in Las Vegas. The ticket also includes a special Scrolls alpha code and the Cobalt game.

    If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, congratualtions. The doors will open each day at 10am.

    Official MineCon FAQ:

    [Solved] Battlefield 3 - Kicked by Admin

    Problem: After joining a server in Battlefield 3 multiplayer, you get kicked from it instantly or after a short time with the popping message KICKED BY ADMIN.

    Solution: The problem is not the admin as you might have already noticed. It's the anti-cheat tool Punkbuster that kicks you out. Follow these steps to solve the issue:

    1. You have to download the latest version of the anti-cheat tool Punkbuster from their official website. Open the zip file and extract it somewhere, on your desktop for example.

    2. Next you run Punkbuster by clicking on the pbsetup.exe in the extracted folder. When the Terms of Agreement appear, click I Agree.

    3. When the Punkbuster program has started, click on the top left-hand corner on Add a Game and Battlefield 3.After that make sure to click on Add Game to add Battlefield 3 to the list.

    4. The last thing to do is clicking on Check for Updates so Punkbuster updates for Battlefield 3 and the anti-cheat tool is up to date.

    These four steps solve the kicked by admin problem many players have, thanks to for this solution.

    Diablo 3 - Console Release Is Official

    It's official now. During Blizzcon 2011, Josh Mosquiera from Blizzard Entertainment has revealed that there will be a console version of Diablo 3.
    A possible console version of D3 has only been a rumour - until now. After Destructoid has interviewed Josh as Blizzard's Lead Console Designer, the news was offical.

    But if only three people are working on this title, the game will be released somewhere far in the future, while the PC version of Diablo 3 will be released early next year. Its official release date was changed about a month ago. Unfortunately, Blizzard denied a public beta for D3 so only PC gamers can explore the world showed by the map you see on the right.



    World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria

    The fourth addon of World of Warcraft was announced - Mists of Pandaria, including three main features. To keep it short:

    1. The Pandaren are the new races, cute and nice ones to the Horde, and dark and rough Pandaren to the Alliance
    2. The level cap was raised to level 90. The old one was at 85.
    3. A new class, the Monk. He's a Tank, Healer, or Melee DPS, depending on your skills
    4. A Pet Battle System, meaning you can level your pets and fight each other. Just like in Pokemon.


    Battlefield 3 - The First 10 Minutes

    This trailer shows the first ten minutes of Dice's upcoming ego-shooter Battlefield 3. THIS IS A SPOILER WARNING, watch the video only if you want to spoil the intro and first impressions of the singleplayer campaign for yourself.

    The game will be released next week, October 25, for PC, XBox 360, and Playstation 3 but for impatient like me, enjoy the video. For another official trailer including tanks, jets and all the other vehicles, see this Jet Gameplay trailer.

    Spoiler Warning:


    Battlefield 3 - Vehicles and Jets Trailer

    This new and official trailer of Battlefield 3 shows the vehicles in-game, including are tanks, buggies, helicopters and tanks. EA demonstrates why Battlefield 3 is the ultimate game regarding vehicle warfare in huge battlegrounds and flying top speed jets fighting each other.

    Battlefield 3 will be released next week, October 25, for PC, XBox 360, and Playstation 3.


    Ubisoft announced 3D support for their new Assassin's Creed: Revelations for every platform.
    So the game is playable in 3D with your Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 using the TriOviz Inficolor and 3D glasses, or playing with your Nvidia 3D Vision capable PC.

    If you own a special 3D TV, Revelations is compatible if it supports top/bottom, side-by-side, and frame packing via HDMI 1.4. Side Note: It's the first time for the series that every platform get their own 3D effects!
    Assassin's Creed: Revelations will be released November 15 for consoles and December 1 for PC.


    Battlefield 3 Maps Revealed - Part Two

    After these three new maps which were revealed Friday, today another four maps are presented here: Grand Bazaar, Seine Crossing, Noshahr Canals, and Kharg Island.

    Grand Bazaar
    This map is set in Teheran, Iran. As Russians and US Forces reach the ancient city of Teheran, they fight at this control point so tight and close urban combats can be expected by the player.

    On top of that, the city is already halfway destroyed because the war here started two weeks ago so you jump right into the battle. Huge tank fights or big vehicle warfare is most likely missing here although every game mode is supported by this map. Grand Bazaar is built like a mirror, meaning both Russians and US Forces have similar bases, pathes and possibilities to climb heights to get the best view of the battlefield.

    Seine Crossing
    As a geographer you might know that the Seine, the river, flows through Paris. Meaning this map is set in Paris, France.

    The whole of Paris is occupied by the Russians but the US Army invades the city to get it back. They fight right in Downtown in the rich and exclusive streets of Paris with tanks, smaller vehicles but also tight infantry clashes are included. Like Grand Bazaar, the map is split in the middle by the river Seine. The special: There are big pathes for tanks and other vehicles but also small alleyways for infantry, or small staircases to get into the buildings. As tank, your only chance is to blow up thw whole building.

    Noshahr Canals
    This battlefield is set at the Iranian coast, at the most important harbor of Iran's coast. By this Noshahr Canals, the setting of the map is very industrial and dirty.

    It's cruicial for winning the war to get control over this port because of the strategically important location. Essential ressources and materials can be offloaded there and transported further into Iran. Key feature of the map is that you can fight as infantry, driving land vehicles, or fast boat gameplay.
    If you play the Rush mode, you attack the map coming from a carrier ship and reach the beach by amphibious vehicles, boats, or even helicopters. So get your RPG ready!

    Kharg Island
    This island is the most important oil reserve and under Russian control. This export terminal must be obtained by the US to deny the access of the Russians to the oil.

    As Noshahr Canals, this map features boat and other amphibious vehicle gameplay but compared to the Canals map, the map is bigger and more concepted for vehicle war. To get onto the island you have to break through a well defended beach outpost and once this goal is achieved, a beachhead must be destroyed before the map shifts further into the island.

    For a review of the map Caspian Border, you can read this Battlefield 3 review.


    Battlefield 3 - Three New Maps Revealed

    Dice has revealed three whole new maps of Battlefield 3: Teheran Highway, Damavand Peak, and Operation Firestorm. Here they come:

    Teheran Highway
    This map is set in a small area of Teheran, Iran. Infantry units are fighting a real close combat fight because the streets and highways are disputed by both sides, Russia and the US.
    Niklas Åstrand, the designer of the map, says:

    One of the inspirations for this map was a photo of a night time skyline of Tehran which now is basically the same vista that is available in the game. You start up on the hills above the city outskirts and eventually work your way into town. This atmospheric night-time map, where you can see rockets lighting up the sky, has a balanced mix between vehicle and infantry focus. It plays length-wise and starts semi-open with plenty of room for vehicles, but ends on a much more urban and tight note with less focus on vehicles and more on infantry.

    Damavand Peak
    This rough and wild maps is set in cold winter mountains with strategically important radar installations, meaining this point is crucial in defending the whole area. By the way, all game modes are supported by this map.
    Niklas Åstrand thoughts about DP:

    Damavand Peak, internally known as Base Jump, is built on the idea that we want players to be able to base jump, and features our most extreme height differences ever in a Battlefield map. Attackers in Rush and Squad Rush will start high up on a mountain ridge above a mining facility. The only way down into the valley is to somehow make the 500 meter descent. The further the attackers progress in the map, the more vehicle warfare will be present. There is also a large tunnel section dug into the mountain side at the bottom of the map, and the view when you look up at the starting location is spectacular.

    Operation Firestorm
    Set in Iran, the soldiers fight at a oil station and like Damavand Peak, controlling this point means controlling the whole sector and its facilities. This map is huge and due to the desert special vehicle warfare including helicopters are included.
    Niklas Åstrand describes the map:

    One of our largest and most vehicle-friendly map, Operation Firestorm is the classic Battlefield gameplay taken to the extremes. Size-wise, and with some puzzle skills, you could actually place three Atacama Deserts -- one of the largest maps from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 -- within the playable area of Operation Firestorm. This is a wide-open desert map where the burning oil fields in one direction are contrasted by clear blue sky in the other direction. Construction sites dotting the area bring interesting possibilities for infantry to hide in elevated positions, spot vehicles, and take them down by mortar or RPG.


    Diablo 3 - Win 2000 Beta Keys

    This official sweepstake by Blizzard begins October 17 and ends December 12, 2011. Everyone are able to win 200 Diablo 3 beta keys each week (all in all 2,000 keys) by easily doing these four steps below. If you have already used this how to play Diablo 3 beta tutorial, this is your second chance:

    1.  You need some Facebook account. Enter the official Diablo 3 Facebook Page as seen in the picture above and click "Enter Now".

    2.  Click on "Enter Sweepstakes", sign in with your Facebook account and allow Blizzard's "Request for Permission"

    3. Fill in your first and last name and e-mail adress in the official entry form to join in and maybe win one of the 2000 beta keys! Blizzard will announce the winners via e-mail.

    4. Last thing to do is click on the Like button, seen now in the center.

    Note: This is an official sweepstake. Blizzard needs your real name to make sure that YOU get your beta key, and not someone with a similar e-mail if you have mistyped it. Here are their FAQ for this whole contest: FAQ

    Minecraft meets Diablo 3

    The famous YouTube-User Haasth22 has made a new "Minecraft meets..." video. After Mine of Worldcraft, meaning Minecraft meets World of Warcraft, and Metal Gearcraft (Minecraft meets Metal Gear Solid), this is his newest mod. Even the auction house of Diablo 3 is included, see for yourself.
    Currently, Minecraft is in beta status 1.8.1 and costs 14,9 Euro but its price will raise to 20 Euro when it's released. The game will be released November 11, 2011 for PC.

    Another interesting news is that Dragons will be implemented into Mincraft. First screenshots of these flying monsters can be found here at


    Battlefield 3 - Too Controversial?

    Battlefield 3 was rated by the ESRB who say BF3 is highly voilent and controversial. Here are three main points, quoted from ESRB:

    1. "characters sometimes scream and emit large splashes of blood when shot"
    2. "In one sequence, a restrained character's throat is slit (off-screen)"
    3. "In another, players shoot police officers to complete a mission objective."

    These controversial situations where even civilians are killed, remember of the airport level scandal in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. A small reminder: You played together with a bunch of terrorist killing hundreds of civilians in and airport. Not for completing the mission but for no reason.

    Some months ago, DICE made clear that there would be no civil victims in Battlefield 3.


    Battlefield 3 - The Beta Tutorial

    Here is an official tutorial video by EA explaining the maps, the classes, weapons and the objective in the beta. It's very useful for all interested or beta players themselves.
    A second news is that Battlefield 3 Beta players on PC can now access the new map "Caspian Border". This 64 player map was already playable at the Gamescom 2011, here is a Review for this map - including tanks, helicopters and jets.


    Diablo 3 - USK 16 Rating

    Diablo 3 has been rated for Germany: The game is suitable for people who are at least 16 years old relating to violent or sexual content. Due to massive blood and gore in D3 Blizzard wasn't sure whether to cut the game or release it uncut.
    Fortunately, the Germans are lucky to get the whole game content with exploding zombies or burning monsters. The hack 'n' slay is now ready for a release in Germany. Although Diablo 3 is still in the progress of developing, this barriers were broken.

    As said before, this is only important for Germany. The German "Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle", meaning Self-Monitoring of Entertainment Software, is like PEGI, the Pan European Game Information. They rate computer games regarding the suitability for children, from 0 to 18 years of age.


    Modern Warfare 3 - The Survival Mode

    This new gameplay video shows the Spec-Ops Survival Mode of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - set in Paris, France. The Survival Mode is easy to explain: You fight against waves of enemies, the longer you last, the better you score.

    Most likely, this mode will replace a campaign co-op mode although I would personally prefer co-op. By the way, the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be set in twelve different cities all around the world, besides Paris there are New York, London, Berlin, and even the famous Dubai as last mission included.

    CoD: MW3 will be released November 8 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. However, further information and impression of the survival mode can be seen in the video below.


    Battlefield 3 - The Battlelog Explained

    Yesterday was the start of the open beta of Battlefield 3 for everyone with a Xbox, PS3 or a PC - even without key. Regarding today, the Battlelog is explained, which will replace the in-game menu of BF3 at all.

    The Battlelog is a free social network just for BF3 but it can be confusing if you're new.

    The huge amount of features with game creation, servers, campaigns, co-op, multiplayer statistics, weapon unlocks and upgrades are explained in this video. As said before, the Battlelog is a free social network in BF3 replacing the whole menu and can be reached in-game, using your PC, or mobile. It will ease the communication with your friends to set up a game for example. If you're a new soldier at the front, this video could help you.


    Battlefield 3 - Open Beta has Started

    Today the beta of Battlefield 3 has begun for PC, Playtsation 3 and Xbox 360 - exclusive for pre-order at Origin and owner of the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor. For normal people, the open beta starts the day after tomorrow, Thursday, September 29.

    If you haven't already downloaded the beta via Playstation Network for example, be fast! The capacity is already at its limited but fortunately Dice is working on that.

    You might also be interested in a guide for BF3's Weapon Customization.


    Diablo 3 - Armor Sets Detailed

    There were different armor sets of each class in Diablo 3 revealed because these armor sets were found and pictured in the beta client of Diablo 3 itself.

    These 23 armor sets aren't included in the beta but in the full game, while in the beta there are only one or two sets for each class. Blizzard wants to save up their content. If you wondered how your class will look like in the early or even in the late game, this is your chance to do so. My opinion is that the Barbarian looks best with his third set, and that's why I'm going to play a male Barbarian when Diablo 3 is released.

    Diablo 3 - Auctions with Paypal

    Blizzard confirmed the partnership with Paypal so players can buy and sell items using the Paypal service.

    There are two different auction houses in Diablo 3 while the first works just as the one in World of Warcraft with in-game gold and auctions. The second one works with real money, as confirmed earlier by Blizzard, meaning players who have found rare items could either use them or sell them for 5$ for example.

    Now the partnership with Paypal was revealed so players can buy and sell items using Paypal and their services.These are good news due to the security brought by Paypal. The Diablo 3 real money auction house could have been abused but now fraud is prevented.


    Battlefield 3 - Multiplayer Guide

    Five different multiplayer game modes will be playable at launch of Battlefield 3, for a first review, read this Battlefield 3 Review.

    First of all, Conquest and Rush are back with several tweaks and additions to suit your deep and realistic fights in multiplayer. Team Deathmatch and Squad Deathmatch are included as well, especially for close quarters infantry fights and fiercely disputed, small maps.

    Conquest is the last mode to add, with huge vehicle warfare as nearly unstoppable weapons - including jets, tanks, and helicopters. For clan wars and clan clashes the "Squad" modes should be prefered.
    At launch, there are five different game modes and nine different maps, meaning 45 diverse options to choose between.


    Diablo 3 - Skill and Spell Calculator

    Here is the full and official calculator for every spell and skill available in Diablo 3 - for every class.

    What are the options for a build?
    How many skills are included in D3?
    How can I skill my wizard?
    What about passive skills?
    An answer to all these questions can the found in the official Skill Calculator of Diablo 3.

    You are able to choose between every spell, skill, or ability available and test you favorite build or guide for your class. For example, you pick the demon hunter with her grenades, a spike trap and cluster arrow. Now the calculator shows you have to reach level 23 first to unlock all these three skills.

    Furthermore, there are 13 different passive skills in Diablo 3 but you can only use three at a time. Once you reach level 10 you are able to use you first. Level 20 and 30 must be achieved to use you second, respectively all three. An example: You are level 10 so you can choose between "Brooding" or "Thrill of the Hunt" as passives.  
    Brooding: As long as you have not taken any damage in the last 5 seconds you gain 2% of your maximun health per second. 
    Thrill of the Hunt: Every 10 seconds your next normal attack will immobilize your target for 3 seconds. 
    Nintendo has published this new trailer for Super Mario Land 3D which will be released November 18, 2011 for Nintendo 3DS.

    During the Tokyo Game Show 2011 in Tokyo, Japan, the trailer was shown to the public. Old-fashioned Mario jump & run action combined with whole new concepts of 3D, new level designs and challenges. If you're interested in watching the video in 3D, it will be available soon in the eShop.


    Diablo 3 - How to play the Beta

    Blizzard has created the FAQ for the Diablo 3 beta test, including how to join it. The Beta has started today.

    1. To enter  the Diablo 3 beta test, you need an active account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. You can create a new account if you don’t already have one.

    2. Access it by visiting and clicking the Account button on the upper right.

    3. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu.

    4. Next you’ll have to download the System Check beta opt-in application. Running it will get you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system may change, you can run this System Check application again to update your information.

    5. Unfortunately, running the System Check doesn’t guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta. But you have a chance, use it. Good luck.

    Good thing is, the beta doesn't include any NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), meaning if you play the beta, you can talk about it anywhere you want. The press can post any pictures or videos taken from the beta, so you are able to see brand new footage from D3 soon.

    These information are directely from Blizzard, the FAQs can be founds there as well, see

    Diablo 3 - Beta Video Leaked

    This video shows the beta of Diablo 3, which start was this September.

    In the video above you can see how the character creation works in Diablo 3. Further the whole menu with tutorial videos of each class, meaning the barbarian, wizard, witch doctor, monk, and demon hunter, with their individual skills and specifics are shown - everything with 3D models of the classes.
    To join the BETA of Diablo 3, just follow these 5 Steps: play Diablo 3 Beta

    Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 3 will get an addon, its name and content is unknown so far. Moreover the beta will start this month.

    Rumors say that invitations were already sent out, but that's not true, though Mike Morhaime explained that the Beta of Diablo 3 will definitely start in September. When exactely the invitations are sent wasn't revealed.

    Blizzard has confirmed that the first addon for Diablo 3 will be released during the first three years after release of the original game. First, the beta is important.
    Interested people can watch this Diablo 3 Review for a review of all playable characters and the gameplay of Diablo 3.

    To join the BETA of Diablo 3, just do these 5 steps: How to play Diablo 3 Beta


    Runes of Magic - Poffy Pet for Free gives away several codes for the Runes of Magic in-game pet Poffy, for free.

    If you want one of the codes, just write a friendly e-mail to me.

    Normally, you have to buy this pet from Ebay, but here, I'll just give them away. Poffy will give you an experience, talent points and higher drop rate buff for two whole hours a day.


    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


    Battlefield 3 - Mythbusters Episode 1

    Battlefield 3's first episode of the famous Mythbusters series was released.

    After the four episode of Mythbuster for Call of Duty: Black Ops ( Episode One -- Episode Two -- Episode Three + Four ) the first Mythbusters was released for Battlefield 3 with facts and myths about kills and weapons - in high definition.
    Ever wondered if you can blind an enemy with an attached laser on your weapon? Or if you can disable enemy C4 explosives? Is it possible to shoot in your own legs? For the answers, watch the video. Battlefield 3 will be released October 27 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.


    Fifa 12 - UK Cover revealed

    The UK cover of FIFA 12 was revealed by EA. It's showing Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney.

    For this year's edition of Fifa EA has chosen the cover stars for the UK version. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, who already had this honor last year, and Jack Wilshere from Arsenal London can be seen in the picture.
    For the German cover, there will be Mats Hummels but the second players wasn't revealed yet.


    Prototype 2 - Release Date

    Activision has confirmed the released date of Prototype 2 in April 2012. Here is the newest CGI trailer of the game:

    Prototype 2 will be released April 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, so the epic battle between James Heller and Alex Mercer might end. This game is the successor of Radical Entertainment's open-world game Prototype with the infected Sgt. James Heller as the ultimate weapon.


    Resistance 3 - The Multiplayer Beta

    During ComicCon 2011 a multiplayer beta was announced for Resistance 3 in August. Here is some ingame footage.

    Developer Insomniac Games announced this beta for the first half of august. People from North America who have bought SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs were promised early access to the multiplayer beta, meaning early August. For Europe PlayStation Plus subscribers are invited.
    Whether there will be an open beta for everyone was not clarified.
    The sci-fi shooter Resistance 3 will be released September 6 in North America. A few days later, September 9, in Europe.


    Battlefield 3 - Open Beta Details

    An open beta for everyone - even without key - was confirmed by Community Manager zh1nt0 in September.

    If you buy the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor, you'll get a key for the beta of Battlefield 3. This beta is a different from the open beta!
    First, there will be a seperate beta for purchaser of Medal of Honor, but no exact date were mentioned. Somewhere in August is most likely.
    Second, there will be an open beta for everyone interested in September, without key. Community Manager zh1nt0 said via Twitter they "confirmed that during E3 and across all platforms".

    Source: -

    iPhone 5 - Release not in 2011

    The iPhone 5 will not be released in 2011 but the iPhone 4S, as well as an improved iPhone 3GS as low-budget mobile phone.

    BGR reported that there will be no iPhone 5 release this year but changes are expected by Apple nevertheless:
    The iPhone 3GS will be improved, maybe with an Apple A5 singlecore CPU, and will cost $350 as low-budget mobile phone. For people with moderate income, the iPhone 4 shall be the best choice and for the high-end sector there will be the whole new iPhone 4S. Differences between 4 and 4S are only rumors so far, for example a bigger display from 3.5" to 4" and the new A5 CPU.

    Next year for the iPhone 5 there are other possibilities such as NFC, LTE, and the Apple A6 CPU to be one of the best high-end smartphones available.


    Minecraft - Details on Xbox 360

    Markus Persson, also known as "Notch", the creator of Minecraft, revealed the first details of the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft.

    At E3 this year Microsoft announced an Xbox 360 version of Minecraft. Although it will base on the PC version, this Minecraft will be a whole new game to play on the Xbox 360. Also Kinect will be used to simulate the chopping down a tree for example. By the way, an iOS and Android version is in developement but PS3 and Wii U is not confirmed.

    The whole interview here @ IGN

    Source: gamecity

    PlayStation VITA - Cross-Play Trailer

    Cross-Play, party features and near for the new PlayStation VITA are explained in this trailer.

    The "Near" feature lets the owner see who else is playing around him on his VITA, also shown in this trailer are short gameplay scenes from different games like Hotshots Golf, Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet.


    Modern Warfare 3: Color-Blind Mode

    A Color Blind Assist option for Modern Warfare 3 was announced by Sledgehammer Games, the game development studio of Activision, so players will have the same chances in multiplayer.

    Michael Condrey, Vice President and COO of Sledgehammer Games, has answered a community question about a pissible color-blind mode in Modern Warfare 3.

    So they implement a Color Blind Assist option for Modern Warfare 3 so you can play even with a red–green color blindness without disadvantages. A lot of players will thank him because not many games have such an option.
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released November 8, 2011.


    Battlefield 3 - Knife & Sniper

    The killing with knives is changed from Bad Company 2. There are also changes in the multiplayer to prevent the sniper camping in BF 3.

    In addition: DICE confirmed that there will be no modding tools in Battlefield 3 due to the complexity of the Frostbite 2 Engine.

    The knife:
    In Battlefield Bad Company 2 the player was able to kill an enemy with one single stab with the knife. The reward was a dogatag of the killed enemy, a bronze, silver, or a golden one, depending on his rank.

    In Battlefield 3 only a direct stab in the back of the enemy causes an instant kill and a dogtag. If you try to stab him in the chest, you'll need two stabs to kill him but without a dogtag.

    Sniper camping:
    Everyone hates the sniper camper. In BC 2 the player couldn't lay down but in BF 3 he can. To prevent camping DICE implements a new feature. The rifle of every sniper, who's laying too long at the same spot, will reflect the light. So if you think you know his location perhaps, you will see his reflection which revealed his exact location.


    Battlefield 3 - Multiplayer Gameplay

    The map is called "Operation Métro" and it's shown with gameplay from the multiplayer of Battlefield 3.


    Minecraft - 10 Million Users

    The open-world-game Mincecraft is only at beta phase but has just passed ten million users nevertheless.

    Marcus Persson, founder of the popular game Minecraft, has tweeted the news.

    This is no full press release, only a tweet. So we don't know about active/inactive accounts or further details. The game is only during beta phase but has already this huge amount of players, the exact release date is set to November 11, 2011. For people who don't know Minecraft: You can place blocks to build anything you want but the first thing should be a simple shelter because at night monsters come out.

    If you want to purchase Minecraft, it's now on 25% sale due to beta phase. So the current price is 14,95€.


    Crysis 2 Ultra Upgrade - Released

    Crytek has released the 1.9 Patch and the Ultra Upgrade for their shooter Crysis 2.

    First of all, the patch can be seen as requirement for the Ultra Upgrade, which features new graphic elements in the main part. The HDR motion blur will be improved, as well as the water rendering.
    The High-Res-Texture-Pack is only available for DirectX 11, so DX10 or even DX9 user won't see these new graphics.


    Battlefield 3 - The Squad System

    The Squad System in Battlefield 3 will be different from the one in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. See below for the changes.

    As said by Alan Kertz from DICE, the squad spawning has changed compared to Bad Company 2 though the basic four man squad system will stay the same.
    In Bad Company 2 every squad member can spawn next to every other squad member being alive but in Battlefield 3, they can only respawn at their squad leader. The only exception from this feature is the leader himself who can spawn like in BC2, choosing from an current position of a squad member on the map and spawn there.

    The system is made simpler to prevent an old problem from BC2. If one player could make in through enemy lines and would camp there, the whole squad could spawn there and stab the enemies in their backs.


    Team Fortress 2 - For Free

    Team Fortress 2 is free to play from now on, if you had already payed for it, you'll be a premium member and will get extra featues. On top, here is the "Meet the Medic" trailer:

    Valve has announced a huge free update pack for Team Fortress 2. Beside weapons and clothes for the player, TF2 is from now on free to play, so Valve can conquer this market against games like Ghost Recon Online or Battlefield Free2Play. You can download the game via Steam.

    If you have already paid for the game in the past, your account will be updraded to a premium one. So the veterans get several extra features like rare items or more space in your backpack for items you find. New player have to pay for these features, but there will be NO gameplay difference. Only because you have a lot of money invested, doesn't mean you have an advantage against new player.

    The Uber Update contains:
    Especially the Medic profits from this update with the new "Quick Fix", a medi-gun with 40% faster healing. If you activate "The Overdose", you'll be way faster than normal. The third new thing for the medic is "The Solemn Vow". With these the Medics can see the remaining hit points of their enemies.

    In addition the DLC contains the new Payload map "PC-Barnblitz" and several gameplay tweaks and bugfixes.


    Battlefield 3: PC-PS3 Comparison

    A new video shows a direct comparison of the graphics of Battlefield 3 on the PC and Playstation 3. The PC version performs better.

    Developer DICE said in the past that the PC would be lead platform for Battlefield 3, meaning the importance for the developer. After many rumours, this video shows the almost identical gameplay scenes and proofs thus the better graphics on the PC compared to the Playstation 3.

    The first thing to mention is the different lighting in the game. Also the background, number of calculated enemies and level objects, or whole buildings differ completely. But this could only point at the different stages of development for the two versions.
    Battlefield 3 will be released: Fall 2011.


    Halo 4 uses Old Engine

    Halo 4 will use the same engine as Halo 3 but with several improvements.

    Microsoft announced at the end of their E3 press conference the new Halo 4, and that's not everything. With it a whole new Halo trilogy was announced, so a fifth and sixth sequel are for sure.  
    Rumours say that Halo 4 is being developed for years now and will be released at christmas time 2012. Phil Spencer, vice president of the Microsoft Studios, talked in an interview with IGN about the new title and revealed that there would be no new engine included but the old Halo 3 engine with some improvements by 343 Industries. If you expected much better graphics, you could be disappointed. 

    Phil told IGN also that if the HD remake of Halo 1, called "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary", would be a moderate success, the chances of a remake of Halo 2 are very good. Further Microsoft announced their plans about the releases of new Halo titles. There will be no new Halo game every year which could hint to the new Xbox 720 with Halo 5 or Halo 6 as launch titles, to demonstrate the power of the new console. Information will be revealed at the E3 2012.


    CoD Black Ops - Map Pack 3 Leaked

    The 3rd map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops was leaked, but it's only a rumor so far. This image shows the content of the new map pack for Black Ops, included are 5 new maps :
    • Hangar 18
    • Drive-In
    • Silo
    • Hazard
    • New Zombie level
    Although this is only a rumor, it could be possible. The second map pack, The Escalation pack, was also leaked (which you can see here) about a week before its official announcement by retailer GAME via a promotional advertisement. The new image above comes most likely from a GameStop due to the text "Downloadable Content is better at GameStop" on the ad.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3:
    The Beta start July 14, if you're interested you must own Black Ops. Over two million players have already signed up for it.

    Far Cry 3 - Demo Gameplay

    This is a demo gameplay trailer from Far Cry 3 during the E3.

    You play the role of Jason Brody who stranded on a mysterious island full of crazed people trying to kill you, but to find your lost girlfriend you'll have to face those beside pirates and drug dealers as well. Most likely, Voss is your antagonist in the game.

    Ubisoft has presented these first impressions of Far Cry 3 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The game will be released in 2012, four years after Far Cry 2, and is set in the jungel like Far Cry 1 and not in Far Cry 2's Africa. To finish this huge projekt in time Ubisoft Montreal, Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft Shanghai, all three, are working simultaneously at this "First Person Adventure", like they call it, not a "First Person Shooter". The shootings and guns will not be the main part but the setting and to explore the world, of course with some violence, blood, knifes and guns as well.

    So far, Far Cry 3 will be released 2012 for PC, Xbox 360and Playstation 3.