L.A. Noire’s troubled development, detailed

Before finally hitting shelves in mid-May, Team Bondi/Rockstar’s L.A. Noire had been in development for an astounding 7 years.

Now, thanks to Brisbane based journalist Andrew McMillen, we may finally have some idea why. Continue reading


Team Fortress 2 is FREE!

Speaking with the website Develop, Valve’s Robin Walker has revealed that the massively popular, insanely awesome Team Fortress 2 has gone free-to-play, forever and ever (amen).

Good news, surely, for folk who have never played Valve’s lovely little FPS. The new F2P model is split into Free and Premium accounts, the latter being for players who had purchased the game prior to the switch or who have made a purchase of any amount in the Mann Co. Store.

The Team Fortress 2 Free-2-Play FAQ, detailing everything, can be found HERE.

Source: Kotaku

New mod adds head-tracking, steadicam-like movement to Half Life

A gentleman called Torbensko has created a free game called Faceoff Paintball, which uses head-tracking and steadicam-like movement through the use of any standard webcam.

The game itself is fun enough, but the real bonus is the built-in mod adding the motion-tracking features to Half Life 2 (as well as Episodes 1 and 2). Continue reading

Playstation Vita dropping Nov. 4? (Also, Skype confirmed!)

Online UK retailer Shopto.net are currently listing the release date of the Playstation Vita as November 4th, so, take that for what it’s worth.

I’ve personally never heard of the site, and highly doubt the legitimacy of the date, but thing like this do happen. Companies often release information like this to retailers early, though one would imagine if Sony were to start sending out official dates they would make sure to caveat it with a “wait for our internal announcement before posting” clause. Or something.

Sony addressed the date when speaking to Gamespot UK, “No one has communicated any release dates to retail partners, that date is not official as we haven’t announced anything yet.”

We’ll see.

In other Vita news, it has been confirmed that the system will, like the PSP before it, be Skype enabled.

Many believed the Vita would not support Skype, as Microsoft recently purchased the company, so fans of the feature should be happy.

Source: GameInformer

Super Pokéfighter II Turbo Championship Edition Ultra EX Alpha

Yup, that’s a Pokémon fighting game. A beautifully animated, fan-made Pokémon fighting game, no less.
Continue reading

Every Single E3 Trailer (Almost)

So, I attempted to pull together the trailers for every single game shown at E3 2011. That wasn’t possible, as a small handful of games just didn’t have trailers or quality gameplay footage ready (cough*Wii U*cough).

Regardless, with a little help from the fine folk at GameInformer, Machinima, IGN (and a few others), I present to you the (mostly) complete list of E3 trailers, all embedded in one spot.

Continue reading

(UPDATED) Robin playable in Arkham City, with a catch.

(UPDATE) Hit the drop to see the official first look at Robin in Arkham City straight from WB GAmes/Rocksteady.

Ever since Batman: Arkham Asylum came to be one of the biggest games of 2009, fans have been clamoring for more characters.

While developer Rocksteady last week confirmed that Catwoman would be playable, today brings news that the boy-wonder himself, Robin, will be too.

But, there’s a catch, there’s always a catch. Continue reading