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[Solved] GTA 5 crashes on Xbox 360

A lot of players encounter game freezes and crashes while playing Grand Theft Auto V on their Xbox 360. Here are some tips that may fix it:

1. Delete all GTA V game data.
2. Clear your system cache three times.
3. Delete all marketplace data from storage system items.
4. Unplug the console for three minutes.
5. Install disc 1.
6. Power off, do not insert disc 2.
7. Restart.
8. Now install disc 2.
9. Play.

These steps are from the Xbox Live Support, which one user contacted. Unfortunately there is no official statement or hotfix from Rockstar but they are gathering data and try to make GTA V work again.
Especially older Xbox360 consoles from the years 2006 to 2008 are involved. The problem seems to be the console itself, not the small HDD of 20 GB, although after installing GTA there are only a couple of mega bytes left.
If you have encountered the same problem, or even have another solution, please write a comment below.

Source: kotaku.com

GTA 5 - Whole Map Revealed

The in-game map of Grand Theft Auto 5 was unofficially leaked to the fans. Rockstar has not confirmed this but the map looks very trustworthy.

It is official that the accessable area of GTA V will be a lot bigger than in Rockstar's previous game GTA IV. For the first time in the series, you can even play under water. Included are also different landscapes from sheer deserts to mountains and forests, and Los Santos, of course. The capital city in GTA 5 is based on Los Angeles, with some modifications for the game.

Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released September 17, 2013 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: gamereactor.de


Comparing Internet Speeds for Gaming

Upload speed and latency, also known as "ping time," are the two most important factors in Internet speeds for gaming. Either a slow upload speed or a high ping time causes the player's game response to lag. The slow upload speeds of dial-up Internet access and the excessive ping time of satellite Internet do not work well for competitive gaming.

Online games that require players to compete against each other need Internet speeds of at least 0.5 megabits per second, or "Mbps." Ping time, the delay from the time a player makes a move until the signal reaches the server and returns, is measured in milliseconds, or "ms." Look for Internet services with ping times that average less than 120 ms. Lower numbers are better.

Another factor in choosing Internet service for gaming is dependability. One needs to know whether the upload and download speeds quoted by the company are accurate. Other considerations are the quality of the provider's servers and other equipment, what fluctuations in upload and download speeds are normal, and whether the service is subject to interference from weather or other causes.

Types of Internet Access for Gamers

DSL, cable and fiber optics provide Internet access for gamers. Because cable modem access services usually are shared among subscribers, speeds slow down during times of peak use. A digital subscriber line, or "DSL," provides high-speed Internet access using a regular phone line that connects to a broadband modem. Because a typical phone line is not shared, DSL speeds do not fluctuate during times of peak use. Faulty electrical connections, old wiring and interference from devices such as cordless phones, microwaves and shortwave radios, however, sometimes lessen the dependability of DSL. Bad weather affects both DSL and cable services.

Fiber-optic Internet access does not experience interference from the weather or electronic devices. Signals do not degrade as rapidly as those traveling through copper wires. Fiber-optic cable, usually made of thin strands of coated glass, carries digital signals very effectively. Instead of electricity, light passes through the fibers to transmit signals. International players who both have fiber-optic cable and whose systems connect to the transatlantic fiber-optic cable system enjoy smooth game playing with clear transmission and rapid response.

DSL usually is the least expensive option for Internet gaming. The connection is faster for receiving data than it is for sending data, and it works better when the user is in close proximity to the provider. The signal gets weaker when distances increase between the customer's system and the location of the DSL central office. There are several types of DSL providers available. Maximum upload speeds range from 800 kilobits per second, or "Kbps," for ADSL to 16 Mbps for VDSL.

Although fiber-optic plans usually cost more than either DSL or cable, they provide the fastest speeds available. Certain fiber-optic plans outperform all competitors with regard to upload and download speeds. Verizon's new FiOS Quantum technology provides customers the opportunity to experience upload speeds reaching 25 Mbps. Regular copper cable's top upload speed isapproximately 20 Mbps. There is no one best choice for all gamers. Not all services are available in all areas. Costs vary, and some plans limit the amount of monthly usage. Gaming habits, budget and availability of Internet services determine what is best for each individual.

[Guide] LoL - Aatrox Item Build

Aatrox, the Darkin Blade, is the newest champion in League of Legends. He plays best in top lane due to his high-sustain combined with a lot of melee attack damage. To cast his abilities, Aatrox uses health points instead of mana so no mana items or pots are necessary for him, which makes him an even better top laner.

Heavy Attack Damage Aatrox

You start your lane with a three health pots and a sword which gives you +10 attack damage. This way you can do early damage to your enemy and also lane a very long time due to your pots. Just poke your enemy champion to make him leave the lane so that Aatrox can farm some minions without disturbance.
             When you go back to the shop, go for boots and the Brutalizer. Both makes Aatrox very aggressive. You can chase the enemy much easier and get a kill. The Black Cleaver reduces the enemy's armor, provides you with 200 health, and adds 10% cooldown reduction. The Bloodthirster can be bought even earlier to really just do huge damage without caring about defense. Risky, but sometimes worth it.
This build gives you incredibly high damage output and a little sustain with Warmog's Armor. Aatrox is a bruiser, meaning he combines damage with health like Kha'Zix, Darius, or Jax.

Hard Lane / More Defense Build

If you're facing a really hard champion like a fed Jax for example, you should prefer this build. The same when your jungler failed to gank your lane but the enemy jungler has already killed you a couple of times.
The early hextrinker gives you magic resist and a shield which can often save your life. Followed by Mercury's Treads and Warmog's gives the enemy champ no chance to kill you because of your high-sustain. Against heavy AD like Darius you should buy Randiun's Omen.
This build gives you more defense like the one above but you do less damage, of course. This way, your whole team is more tanky, maybe giving you the advantage to win the map. Especially when you don't have other tanks, you shouldn't go for pure damage output.

As said above, Aatrox needs defensive and offensive runes as well. This way you are prepared for everything that could happen on your lane or in later teamfights.

Marks: 9x Greater Mark of Armor Penetraion = 12 Armor Pen
Seals: 9x Greater Seals of Armor = 13 Armor
Glyphs: 9x Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist = 24 Magic Resist at level 18
Quints: 3x Greater Quintessences of Attack Damage = 7 Attack Damage

Picture Source: leagueoflegends.com
There are uncountable MMORPGs or massively multiplayer online role-playing games that interest kids and adults alike. Most of these appeal to them because they offer some sort of adventure that keeps players on moving from one phase to another. MMORPGs are kind of thematic in the sense that each focuses on a particular type of quest. It could be about a fight to save someone or something, an adventure towards reaching a specific goal, or even a battle to defeat the evil. Among the most popular online games today, I particularly like one horse game which is not just for kids, but actually for everyone who is fond of equestrians.

The online horse game on Starstable.com is considered one of the best, if not the best, primarily because of its perfect story which excites its players. The plot basically centers on the efforts of the characters to protect the equines from greedy corporate gods who aim to destroy their stables. As the adventure goes on, players face more difficult challenges at each level. Not only that, every stage of the game gives them an opportunity to explore the areas of the field and socialize with others in this common world of horses.

The game starts with the player constructing his/ her own character or avatar. This period is certainly thrilling since each player would have the chance to design and personalize his/ her own appearance. The best thing about Star Stable is that the characters, players, and even the horses are created in such a way that they carry some cartoon effects but at the same time, somehow real. It is actually quite hard to categorize if the horses are cartoonish or real but since their movements are amazingly graceful, the combination of animation and realism fits the horse game perfectly; and in fact, invites many players to explore the world of Star Stable even more.

After doing the avatar, the players may start enjoying Star Stable. As mentioned earlier, at every level, a specific goal must be achieved. There are also other things that can be done while at the level—discovering the field; enjoying some horseback riding; and others. They can also collect coins every so often which may be used to buy decors, horse feeds, and other materials for the avatar. For those playing the paid version, collecting coins is easier as there are regular weekly supplies provided.

It might be an understatement to say that the graphics of Star Stable are good because its color combination, brightness, and vividness are more than just appropriate and appealing to the eyes—they are astonishingly great that they match the mood and atmosphere of the game. They surpass every shade of color MMORPG players can imagine.

Upon looking at this horse game, many people hastily think that it is just for kids, but they are actually not. It is not surprising that even adults who are big fans of horses and horseback riding truly enjoy playing Star Stable. It also opens them an opportunity to interact with other individuals who share the same interest through the game’s chat feature.

So, at the end of the day, what really makes Star Stable the best horse game online? Well, the fact that it pleases players of all ages through its great storyline partnered with well-thought of and excellently executed graphics is one big reason more and more players are drawn into it. In addition, the chat box allowing the players to share their stories and concerns with one another also makes the total gaming experience more fun.

The Sims 4 - Playable Offline

Electronic Arts and Maxis have revealed their newest project - The Sims 4. The game will be released in 2014 for PC and Mac, the exact date is unknown so far.

 One of the most popular game series, The Sims, gets another sequel including new houses, decorations, people, animations, interactions, in short: everything the fans love their Sims for. Do you remember playing The Sims for hours building a house, and just set furniture in is as if it's your own house?

One of the best news is that The Sims 4 can be played completely offline, meaning you don't have to have a permanent internet connection to play, which is great! EA has shocked many fans with SimCity because the players were forced to play it online the whole time due to copyright piracy of the game. But even players who bought the game legally wished to play it offline, maybe on their laptop somewhere without WiFi.

However, the news are great that The Sims at least can be played offline.

Source: thesims.com/en_US/home

Have Spare Time? Try Playing Online Games

Do you like arcade and online games just like me? Well, there are thousands of websites where you can play them, and today I'm going to show you the one, where I like to play.

The website I'm talking about is playberry.com. Of course, popular games like Angry Birds can be played, which everyone of you should know from your smart phone. If you're one of the people who don't have and iPhone or similar, this is your chance to play. There are also so many other good games to play, the variety is what makes fun. Racing, shooting, strategy, what is your favorite genre? Mine are racing games, and that's why I've already played a lot Desert Drift. Your bike needs to climb that hill and of course you have to drive it there while avoiding to flip it all over.

Mean aliens try to destroy your base in Gear of Defense 2
For example Gear of Defense 2 is a game where you have to shoot aliens who are trying to kill you by running towards your base. The game feature three difficulties and several weapons to unlock while reaching higher levels.

If you're a classic shooter fan, try Turret Head. You just have to shoot everything that moves - simple as that. But the enemy is quick, so be quick, too. In my opinion there are better games to play, such  as the mentioned Gear of Defense. Try what you like by just browsing through the list and choose what looks nice or you already know.
I like trying out new games every day, and fortunately I can still explore a lot. Taking a break from work and play some games, this never gets boring.


[Review] Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is Ubisoft's newest shooter and will be released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 1, 2013. Although Far Cry 3's engine was used, Blood Dragon is a stand-alone downloadable game.

The Setting
First of all, Blood Dragon takes itself not too seriously, it even reminds me of Duke Nukem. It's set in a near apocalyptic future, including cyborgs, mutated dragons and dinosaurs with laser eyes and guns. Tons of guns. You are Sergeant Rex Power Colt, a cyborg himself, and here to save the world from all evil creatures and cyborg soldiers. The game could've been made in the 80s because of its bright colors, huge explosions, and great features such as showing the enemy your finger.

Gameplay and Graphics
The game begins by requesting you to play A only to prove that you can read! Haha I really had to laugh for that. However, Far Cry 3: BD is an open world shooter where you can walk around completing missions or just shoot the f*** out of everyone. Of course, there are several weapons you can choose from, a bow for example, as well as grenades or vehicles. You can even distract an enemy by throwing a role playing dice near them, for example. 
The graphics and animations are pretty good due to Far Cry 3's engine. AI and difficulty of the game are well done, too. Although the brightness and colorful explosions, as well as the 80s music are in need of getting used to in the beginning.

All in all Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a freaking arcade shooter with modern graphics, including 8 hours playtime. You can run, shoot, drive, melee kill enemies, such as you like. That's the true core of shooter games. Definitely worth it, rarely laughed so much playing a shooter.
After my general guide to Zac for League of Legends, especially on how to use his abilities, I'll give you now several item builds for him playing solo top lane or jungle lane. Zac's abilities scale with Ability Power, so it's better playing him with an AP building order than AD.

Jungle - Full Tank
Zac profits a lot from health because his passive allows him to drop a blob which can be picked up to restore a percentage of his maximum health. When you're low life, don't just teleport back to the base, just go into the jungle and spam your abilities. Each time you'll recieve this percentage of your maximum hp, and you'll be easy recovered. Zac is also able to jump directly into the enemy team, or engage with his ultimate. When built as tank, the enemy champs can't take you down.

Jungle - AP

As said before, Zac's abilities scale with ability power, meaning you build a lot of AP to make damage. Rylai's and Liandry's give Zac a lot oh health, too, so he still profits from his passive as explained above in the full tank build.
Note: I prefer playing him full tank because he's not this great damage dealer as other AP champs (Lux, Kassadin, etc.).

Solo Top - AP/Health

When playing him solo top lane, early health is essential. This way even a high damage dealer as Teemo or a really annoying champs as Yorick can't kill you, and you can simply lane forever because he heals himself very quick and doesn't use mana. Spirit Visage gives Zac additional 20% on his health regen and self-healing effects which makes him such a good laner.

Counter and Negative Aspects about Zac
The negative part about him is that he isn't doing great damage. Simple as that. Although he is very sustain and a great tank in my opinion, even when fed with 5-0-0 for example the game is not lost yet for the enemy team. Due to this aspect, I really recommand you to play him as a tank, wherever you play him. Of course, as top laner he gains a lot more gold and can easily counter a Shen or Singed who give the enemy a good tank, too.
To play against Zac you need high damage in short time. Kassadin, LeBlanc, Teemo, or any AD carry. When Zac's passive is activated (because you killed him), you still need to shoot down his four parts, else he doesn't die. 

Pictures: leagueoflegends.com
Zac, the secret weapon is the newest champion in League of Legends. Many players have already bought him, he's incredibly strong. Maybe the most overpowered champ ever made? Or perfectly balanced yet? I've played him and this is my guide about Zac.

General Features
Zac looks like a green version of the villain Boo from the anime Dragon Ball. In game, he can be played best in top lane or jungle because Zac combines very good mobility and can sustain a lot of damage, which is one of the reason many players find him too strong. Let's have a quick overview about his abilities:

Abilities and how to use them
1. Cell Division: His passive. If Zax uses an ability, he drops a blob which can be picked up to recover health. When Zac dies he splits into four parts which slowly moves to the point where he died. If one or more reaches this point, Zac is revived with a percentage of his maximum health. The passive has a pretty high cooldown and these parts when he died can be shot down very easily. For example: Zac dies is a teamfight, splitting into four parts. The enemy carry just needs four quick shots and Zac is dead, or maybe an area of effect from Nasus and he is no more.
How to use: When you're low at health, just spam your abilities. Each time you're using one, you loose a percentage of your current health by dropping a blob. But! When picked up you recover a percentage of your MAXIMUM health, meaning you can regain very quick your health points.

2. Stretching Strike: His Q is his main ability to slow and damage your enemies. Because of his long distance, use it from bushes or across walls to hit your targets.

3. Unstable Matter: Your W should be learnt first when going to the jungle. It's Q simple AoE damage attack, very useful for team fights.

4. Elastic Slingshot: The ganking ability. Zac charges up and jumps a huge (!) distance and can easily jump from the river bush in mid lane over the half lane and stuns your enemy when hit. How to use: There are also new ways to jump for him, meaning new possibilities to gank. Here are two examples:

5. Let’s Bounce: Zac's ultimate allows him to bounce three times on the ground, damaging and slowing enemies in your way. How to use: Either you can follow your enemies quite easy because even stuns can't stop you from bouncing, or run fast like hell to escape everyone.

Useful combos:
1. Ganking

Jump from the bush to you enemy using Elasting Slingshot and do a lot of damage with Unstable Matter. When the enemy champion wants to flee, slow him with Streching Strike and finish off with your ulti Let's Bounce. You can even dive him because your passive will almost every time save you from dying under the tower.

2. Fight and Follow, Teamfights

Start with Unstable Matter to do a lot of AoE damage, and use Streching Strike to hit enemies standing behind (like the carry). Elastic Slingshot allows you to follow the champs if the want to run, and immediately thereafter use your ulti to stun the enemies. This way your whole team can catch up, even the slow ones, and your team scores the ace.

Pictures from: leagueoflegends.com

[Preview] Merc Elite - Modern Browsergame

Merc Elite is the new browser game by Bigpoint. It's a fast-paced multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) set in a near future scenario, including modern weapons and team fights. This is an overview about the game, its characters, and gameplay.
Heavy gun fight, the superior tactics win
The Classes
1. The Juggernaut: He's the tank of Merc Elite. Of course, he is equipped with high armor and health and should be the first one to engage a team fight although he has a low range. His shield can also protect your teammates from incoming damage which makes him just the perfect tank.
2. The Assault: The damage dealer. Do you need someone taking down the enemies? That's your class. The Assault is not tanky but he doesn't need to! He just takes down what's in his sight with a huge selection of weapons.
3. The Recon: This class is not as quick explained as the first two. Speed and intelligence is what makes this class my personal favorite by killing enemies with tactics and not just huge guns (although this is fun, too).
4. The Heavy Gunner: This gunner can shoot over long distances across the half map. Perfect for sniping the enemy soldiers or giving your team curtain fire.
5. The Tactician: He's quite the chief of your team because the Tactician can track where the enemy is and call an airstrike for example. Arms and shields are other ways for him to help your team win the game.

The browsergame Merc Elite is a tactical co-op shooter featuring several maps which I like very much. The details are what makes a game.
Ten soldiers are on the battlefield at the same time which gives a lot of possibilites for strategy combats. While you're playing you unlock new feature of the game, meaning weapons, abilities, and even new soldiers.  

Definitely something new. The combined power of modern shooter games and free-to-play browser games is what makes Merc Elite interesting. Five classes are enough to fit your personal gamestyle and preferences, but not to much to lose an overview about the game, especially for new gamers to this genre well done. 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 "Ghosts". That's the new name of the upcoming shooter, says an insider of Infinity Ward via youtube. But there are more details.

Setting and Gameplay
CoD MW4 will be officially presented May 1, 2013 by Infinity Ward. Even the setting of the game was leaked: The future, meaning they probably ran out of wars and made up a whole new. The future setting also means that there will be future weapons and vehicles, maybe flying tanks and laser guns? Most likely, future means 2030 and current weapons and vehicles.
There are several leaks about the gameplay and movement. You can destroy buildings and the whole landscape, in singleplay and multiplayer as well. Furthermore, the way the player prones will be changed and sliding on your knees, while shooting your gun, will be featured. Rock 'n' Roll war.

Official statement? Release Date?
The release date of the game is in late 2013 for Xbox 720 and Playstation 4, but unfortunately these are all only rumors by an insider on youtube.
Although these infos in Call of Duty: Ghosts sounds realistic, we have to wait for an official statement by Activision or Infinity Ward. In my opinion, MW4 will definitely be released for the next-gen consoles this year.

Source: vg247.com

[Guide] Skyrim - How To Max Skills To Legendary

Bethesda Softworks have released the 1.9 patch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This patch includes the new legendary difficulty setting, and this is my guide how to max your skills to legendary.

 How can I play/unlock the legendary mode?
1. Open Steam and log in.
2. In the top left-hand corner, in the menu bar, click on "Steam" -> "Settings".
3. In the account tab, click on "Change".
4. Now you can download the Skyrim beta patch 1.9 including the Legendary Mode.

What is the Legendary Mode all about?
This is new feature for Skyrim and it's included in the newest patch 1.9. Besides many bug fixes, there is this setting called Legenday Difficulty. If you're one of the players who played the game in hard mode and it was no challenge for you, or if you just wants new features for your Skyrim, this is for you.
The patch gives you the possibility to improve your skills to legendary, meaning maxing your skills above 100.

How can I make my skills legendary?
Step by step explained:
1. You need one or more skills of 100 to make them legendary.
2. This will reset your skill to 15 again and its perks will be returned.
3. But don't worry. The skill is affected by leveling again because the whole level cap is removed from the game.

For the whole changelog visit the official Bethesda forums
Today Blizzard has released the new Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm featuring the zergling campaign, but there are already several installation problems for many players. Here are the solutions for you:

The progress bar is moving extremely slowly / is stuck at 0%. What to do? 
This may be a display problem, meaning the game is installing but it's only not showing. Before trying the other solutions below, please wait one hour for the optimisation to finish. If it still doesn't work, try the installation solutions for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm below.

Deleting your Battle.net-Tools folder
1. Close all Blizzard programs (like the launcher, installer, or the agent)
    To close the agent:
         1a.  Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to bring up the task manager.
         1b.  Select the processes tab.
         1c.  Click the agent.exe process and click on end process.
2. Display your hidden folder by clicking on:
Start -> Control Panel ->  Appearance and Personalization -> Folder Options -> Click the view tab -> Select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" -> Click apply and Ok
3. Open:   
    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\
    Windows Vista/7: C:\ProgramData\
 4. Delete the "Battle.net" folder and restart the game by clicking on its normal shortcut or launcher.
Running the launcher as administrator
1. Right-click on the program icon and select "Properties".
2. Select the "Compatibility" tab in the window that appeared.
3. Click on "Change settings for all users"
4. Now check the box to run this program as administrator
5. Click apply and ok

Disable you anti-virus software
1. Right-click the icon of your security software in the taskbar in the bottom right-hand corner.
2. Click on "Close"

Disable the "Read-only" settings of the game
1. Open the game installation directory (mostly C:\Programs\ )
2. Right-Click on "Properties"
3. Uncheck "Read-Only" and "Hidden"
4. Check the "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files"
5. Click Ok.

Source: https://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/patch-optimisation-issues

Nowadays, younger children are using computers from an earlier age. This is because they help children to learn, to become more accustomed to technology and explore the world that we live in today. There are many different games for children to play. There are educational games which are based on a wide array of subject topics, including; maths, foreign languages, the economy, geography, the environment, and much, much more. There are also other games which are based on cartoon characters, such as Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo, whilst the sole purpose of these games is to have fun, they also possess several advantages because they have learning aspects and are good when it comes to helping children explore the world.

Develop specific skills (e.g. map reading)
Online games help your children to develop specific skills. For example, if your child is playing an adventure game then they may need to use a map in order to get to the place they need to be. This is something which may prove to be extremely beneficial and thus can aid them with map reading which then consequently helps with regards to maths and geography.

Learning a foreign language 
Learning a foreign language is something which is very much recommended in today’s day and age. This is because it presents children with a wealth of job opportunities for when they grow up. Lots of people underestimate the importance of learning a different language, because they take the fact that most people know English for granted. Nevertheless, languages prove to be extremely beneficial and children are better off learning them as early as possible because they will find it a lot easier. There are lots of online games which are focused on teaching languages. These can be both fun and educational. Moreover, as your child gets better you can actually find their favourite games, e.g. Tom and Jerry games, in the language they are learning, e.g. Spanish. This progresses their learning because the instructions and the storyline will be in Spanish.

Learn more about the world 
In general games can broaden your child’s general knowledge. This is because the more that they are exposed to, the more they learn. After all, your child may be playing a game which is based in a certain country; this alone will enhance their general knowledge as they will discover a new place; where it is situated and what it is like.

Embrace history 
There are lots of games which help children to explore history. Some of the games you find will be set in a certain time frame, this will lead them to ponder further and thus they will be likely to ask you when this was and probably if you were around then to (so try not to get offended!). They may also get to enrich their knowledge with regards to certain artefacts and history pieces, the Greek gods are often featured in a lot of games for example. Moreover, there are games whereby your child makes their own mosaic and alike.

As you can see, there are lots of benefits to be had by allowing your child to explore the games which are available on the internet and thus consequently explore the world we live in today. And the best thing is, your child will be learning and absorbing information without even realising that they are doing so because they will be having so much fun.
Author bio – Kerry Harrison is a qualified multimedia journalist. She played various cartoon games, including Tom and Jerry and Batman, in order to research for this article.
Electronic Arts officially announced Battlefield 4 for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 720 but there are only some further information about the next-gen shooter known.

Battlefield 4 will use the Frostbite 2 engine using 80% of its possibilities. As a comparison: Battlefield 3 is only using 30 to 40%, meaning the graphics will improve a lot. The Xbox 360 and PS3 were released 2005, and a new console with whole new hardwear is really necessary in my opinion. Last week, Gamestop had their eyes on an alpha version of the game - and they said it's awesome regarding gameplay and graphics. Unfortunately, the release date of Battlefield 4 is unknown.

Source: demonews.de

Crysis 3 - Top 5 Multiplayer Weapons

Electronic Arts has released a new trailer for the upcoming Crysis 3, featuring the top 5 dealiest weapons of the game. A detailed beta multiplayer review of Crysis 3 was already written by me. Crysis 3 will be released on February 19 in North America, and February 22 in Europe for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

5th - The Predator Bow
This weapon is not just a simple bow, it's a lethal and quit weapon for the stealth players. It can be modified by different ammunition types, for example electric arrows for shooting into a river.

4th - The Scar Mod 2
This allround weapon exists since the original Crysis in 2007. In Crysis 3, there will be a modified version including new attachements like scopes, laser pointers, barrels etc. The gun suits for every fight, from close combats to long distance shoots. I had a lot of fun playing with it in the beta.

3rd - The Typhoon
The Typhoon is a machine gun which shoots 500 bullets per second. Death guaranteed. Lighter than the Scar, but I recommand it in close combats. For example you step through the door of a huge building and suddenly you face an enemy. The typhoon is there for you.

2nd - The Predator
It's an alien flame thrower. Sounds scary? It is, but only for your enemies. Especially for short distance fights, or when facing a couple of enemies at the same time, the predator will bring you some double or multi kills.

1st - The Reaper Cannon
The reaper cannon is an alien weapon, too, but as the name says, a hand cannon. It reminds me a bit of Halo 4. You shoot bullets like crazy at the enemy team, once you see a soldier, he's already dead. No chance for them to escape or fight.

[Review] Crysis 3 - Multiplayer Mode [Part 2]

After an detailed review of the hunter mode in Crysis 3, now it's time to review the crash side mode, the graphics and the nanosuit of the beta. You can still play it via Origin until February 12, 2013.

The Crash-Side Mode:
In contrast to the hunte rmode, here everyone is equipped with a nanosuit on the battlefield. There are two teams fighting each other, and in the beginning of the map you choose between premade classes or your own. For example, you want to be sniper, you just grab the class with the sniper gun. Of course you can't choose two or more primary weapons at once because the balance would be gone.

All over the map there are the so called crash-sides which you can compare to a normal conquest-mode point. When your team captured a crash-side, your team earn points over team and the first team to reach 200 points win. Furthermore, there are different vehicles on the map but you can only use them in a short period.
In my opinion, these vehicles are cool to use but not necessary like in Battlefield 3 for example. Neither they are over powered, meaning Crytek did a good thing not to copy BF3 and their vehicle system.

Graphics and the Nanosuit:

Within the first seconds of the game, you notice that the nanosuit has improved. Crytek did a lot of research on it since the beginning of the original Crysis 1 back in 2007. The game ist very fast paced, you can run across the whole map in a few seconds if you want, for example. Or run to a crash-side, jump and grab the edge of the building to climb it up. These movement options make the game fast and fluent, but not hectic.

If you want, you can just grab the sniper, climb a mountain and shoot the enemies in peace.

The graphics are impressive, just as expected. The only negative to say about is that it's sometimes too colorful. There are pop-ups, explosions, the HUD, everything too much at once. It's getting better when you're used to it but in the beginning it was distracting to me.

If you dn't play it, you'll miss it because it's definitely worth the price. I haven't played the singleplayer so far but the multiplayer is done right. Play it for yourself if you're not sure, there are still some days left to play the open beta via Origin.

[Review] Crysis 3 - Multiplayer Mode

After the whole crysis 3 achievements list were revealed, now the open beta of Crysis 3 has begun and I'm going to analyse the whole multiplayer part with its modes, weapons, its graphics and the nanosuit, of course. By the way, the multiplayer beta can the played via Origin until February 12, 2013.
The beta contains two maps and two modes to play. First, there is the Hunter mode and second the Crash-side mode including an XP system like in Call of Duty and several pre-order weapons. I've played both modes intensively, so you can get a good impression whether to play, too, or not.

The Hunter Mode:
This is a new mode in the Crysis series and I'm surprised how good Crytek made it. The idea behind it is, that in the beginning of the map two hunter are determined and the rest of the players are CELL operatives.

The hunters have nanosuits with unlimited cloak, as well as a compisite bow, which is one of the new weapons in Crysis 3. The CELL soldiers can choose between three classes, but have no nanosuits themselves. Now the hunters have two minutes to kill every single CELL soldier on the map. Of course, CELLs try to survive at all costs. You can hide in a dark corner, run like crazy through the whole map or organize a team to beat the hunters. If you get killed you turn into a hunter yourself, meaning the last CELL soldier must survive against a whole team of nanosuit killer machines.

The goal is to earn points. For each second you survive, you get points, but you can also earn extra points for killing a hunter with a counter attack. Of course, as a hunter you get points by killing the enemy soldiers, turning them to hunters themselves.

I really enjoyed this mode because it's very quick and thrilling. There's no time to operate in complicated strategies, you just kill or survive. The only criticism is, that the points for killing a hunter are to low because the risk of getting killed is extremely high and you earn more points just by hiding or running away. On the other side a very good feature is that the soldiers are not defenseless. First, they have weapons but second, they see hunters on the map if they get too close to the CELLs. Meaning the hunters only have big advantages in big, open areas where they have a big range.

The Crash-Side Mode:
For the review of the crash-side mode, read the second part of my review of Crysis 3.

Black Ops 2 - Zombie Movie by Jason Rosete

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was released on November 12, 2012 for all consoles and PC, and everyone might have played it so far. But here's something you've not seen. Something new. Fans of the game made a live-action fan movie on youtube called "Black Ops 2 Zombies: Revolution", featuring guns, blood, a huge load of action and - of course - zombies. But not just zombies, they're nazi zombies! Credits for this film go to Jason Rosete Film, check out his youtube channel for more.

By the way, three days ago on January 29, a new DLC was released for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. This downloadable content - called "Revolution" - features four new multiplayer maps, a brand new weapon, and the new zombie game mode including one map. So the Black Ops 2 fan movie featuring zombies is no coincidence, as you can see. Below you can see the first part of the movie.


[Preview] Warcraft 4 - Unofficial Version

When the whole world is expecting the release of Warcraft 4 from Blizzard, a small group of Starcraft modder is working on an unofficial version of Warcraft 4. The project is called Warcraft: A New Dawn and they're using the Starcraft 2 engine to develop it.

Their goal is to carry on with Warcraft's epic story line in several new campaigns, including new heroes, items and many other features. Whether they'll continue the story of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos directly and ignoring the story of WoW, or just carry on after WoW is unknown so far. However, the fans cn be excited. Besides, a melee mode is announced, but without further information about it.

So far, the game is still in alpha version but the team has already launched a video featuring some buildings and units, as well as the famous blademaster from Warcraft 3. Of course, you can see icons and the whole interface is still from Starcraft 2, but the game is still in pre-alpha version, so many changes to the final release version can be expected. You can watch the video below. Unfortunately, the PC release date of this unofficial Warcraft 4 aka Warcraft: A New Dawn is unknown. But he hope it'll be soon.

Source: warcraftanewdawn.com

Crysis 3 - All Achievements Listed

The whole Xbox achievement list of Crysis 3 were revealed, read them at exophase.com. Now you can check out what you have to do in the single player campaign or the multiplayer part to unlock them all.

Crysis 3 is the newest sci-fi shooter of develpoer Crytek, it's the third and last sequel of the series. Some time ago, a 6 minutes long gameplay trailer were released, showing the singleplayer campaign. Crysis 3 will be released on February 19, 2013 in North America, and February 22 in Europe for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
The horror game Painkiller Hell & Damnation will be released April 5, 2013 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Its developer Nordic Games has revealed this news today. If you don't know the Painkiller franchise yet, it's a very violent and scary shooter game. 

 The PC version was already released in October, 2012 but now the console versions are coming, too. The game features a singleplayer campaign, a co-op modus and several online options, so every player gets what he wants. A huge load of weapons are included so one can kill all the monsters and creatures who came from hell just to see the world burn. Not with you!

The original version of the Painkiller series was released in 2004 but as you know, the graphics are way better nowadays. So behold! This is a very, very scary game. It's bloody, violent and full of gore, not suitable for children.

Source: ps3inside.de

Xbox 720 - Revealed at E3 2013

Everyone is excited about the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. So far, there are no official information about these two, we only know two things:

1. Both consoles have been in development for months.
2. On their release date, there will already be several games to play.
But now! There appeared a new countdown on Larry Hybird aka Major Nelson's blog which is ending exactely on Microsoft's press conference at the E3 2013 in Los Angeles. The only comment is "And it's on", meaning there is plenty of space for rumors. Most likely, this will be the new Xbox console, called Xbox 720 or Xbox 3.
The picture is taken from klamm.de and it's a possible design for this console. Other innovations could be 3D sound, 4K resolution and blu ray player.

Source: majornelson.com

Torchlight 2 - One Million Copies Sold

The famous Torchlight 2 was sold one million times so far. Its developer Runic Games reported this huge success via twitter today. If you consider the release date of Torchlight 2, it is an even bigger success: It was released september 20, 2012, meaning the game is only three and a half months old.

 Torchlight 2 is a famous hack and slay adventure like Dialo 2 and it's a PC only game. Whether there will be a console version in the future is unknown.
Diablo 3, the biggest rival of Torchlight 2, was a big disappointment for many players and Torchlight is just a good alternative. That's why Torchlight 2 is called the Diablo 3 killer.

Source: twitter.com/RunicGames