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Ubisoft has confirmed that the new Assassin’s Creed game will take place during the revolutionary war and will see a new protagonist donning the series iconic hooded ensemble. The company has also released the official boxart for the game set to be released this October.

The news began as a rumor earlier, this week when a Best Buy employee leaked some concept art of the new protagonist standing in front of a colonial flag. More evidence appeared Wednesday night when Game Informer briefly posted a banner ad promoting the game featuring the same as-yet-unnamed main character standing next to George Washington.

Not much has been revealed about the new game besides the setting, but Ubisoft has confirmed that it will continue to follow the secret war between the Knights Templar and the Assissins that was established in the earlier titles of the series. Ubisoft has scheduled a press conference for next Monday where we’ll presumably learn more about the game before it’s launch later this year.

By David Daw

Sometimes a game is so good, you don’t even need to play it to praise it. At least that’s how the staff of China’s IT community portal (and general tech news hub) Yesky seems to feel about Crytek’s new free-to-play game Warface. According to Yesky’s “2011 annual horizontal evaluation,” the game’s graphical fidelity makes it the most-anticipated online first-person shooter in China. The editors at Yesky have singled out this otherwise-unkown game for its visual effects, notably the flashy lighting, shading and motion blur, and have gone so far as to compare it favorably with the visually stunning (and decidely not free to play) Crysis 2.

Warface is being developed by Crytek Kiev, a subsidiary of Crytek proper. If that studio name sounds familiar, it’s because Crytek are the creators of the award-winning Far Cry and Crysis, popular PC games with a distinct hyper-realistic visual style courtesy of the proprietary CryEngine game engine. Warface itself is built with CryEngine®3 tech as a military shooter set in the near future, and based on preview coverage it seems Warface players will be able to cooperate against AI in Player vs. Environment (PvE) situations, massive boss fights and competitive, fast-paced Player vs. Player (PvP) action. The base game is free, but we don’t have any details yet on what players will be asked for. We do know that Warface players will have the ability to customize weapons in real time to adapt to changing battlefield conditions, so it seems likely that weapon and armor customization will be a service you’ll need (and perhaps even want) to pay for.

To watch the trailer (and to see if you agree with assessments made by Yesky), check out the Warface website. While impressive visuals, customizable weapons and co-op/competitive FPS gameplay couched in the language of an MMO have built some hype for Warface, its success will ultimately come down to how players perceive its gameplay and the community that develops around it. We expect Warface to be released in North America later this year.

as said by By Joe Salina.

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After the success of Call of Duty: Black Ops, it seems sensible for Treyarch to use their next turn developing CoD to turn out a sequel. Gamesradar mention a Fusible report indicating that publishers, Activision have managed to secure the Black Ops 2 domain name.

Activision bought up a series of domain names up to Blackops6.com, but Black Ops 2 was held by a private owner until now. Fusible mention that the Call of Duty publisher has managed to buy it up through brand protection agency, MarkMonitor, suggesting that Activision are keen to secure rights to a site for the sequel. They could be protecting the Black Ops brand in the long term, but given the first game’s sales figures a second game would be no surprise. Would you be interested in more BLOPS?

as said by Tom S.

10 Must-Have iPhone Games

If you’re a gamer, these are the must-have apps for you to play on your iPhone.

Scored an iPhone this holiday season? Or perhaps just delicious iTunes Store credit? We’ve assembled this list of the best iPhone games; if you’re a gamer, these are the must-have apps for your device. Loosen your thumbs, loosen your wallet, and start playing.

10 Must-Have iPhone Games
Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio
– Angry Birds Rio is a sequel to Rovio’s award-winning physics puzzler,Angry Birds. Though it’s a tie-in to the animated film Rio, the game is surprisingly compelling in its own right, with dozens of stages to solve and a more polished bird-flinging mechanic. Though the fiendish green pigs are nowhere to be found, merely saving your feathered friends also proves to be a persuasive reason to keep playing.

Dead Space
– Malevolent aliens called Necromorphs confront you at every turn in this harrowing action/survival-horror title from Electronic Arts. Adapted from the iconic console series, Dead Space for iOS is a surprisingly intuitive and fun game that proves that your iPhone has a few good scares in it.

Contre Jour

10 Must-Have iPhone Games – There are few platformers as original and visually distinctive as Contre Jour. Instead of manipulating a character across a variety of obstacles, you’re instead tasked with manipulating the ground itself to guide your character to its destination. The app’s unique use of contrasting color and lighting also ensures that Contre Jour is one of the more aesthetically pleasing apps out there.

Cut the Rope
– The point of this adorable physics-based puzzle game is to help Om Nom the dinosaur eat a piece of candy. Sound simple? It’s not. Cut the Rope throws all kinds of tricks and obstacles in your path—including spikes, spiders, and a surprisingly realistic physics engine. While it’s easy to “cut the rope” with a quick swipe on your iPhone, timing your actions and planning your moves are the ultimate keys to success.

Infinity Blade
– There is no game on the iPhone more “epic” than the fantasy action title Infinity Blade from Epic Games. Empowered by the graphically stunning Unreal Engine, Infinity Blade lets you see every dodge, slash, and block in brutal detail.

Tiny Wings
10 Must-Have iPhone Games– There are few games on the App Store as elegantly simple as Tiny Wings. Using a one-touch control scheme, the easily-accessible and brightly-colored app is a breeze to learn, but nearly impossible to master: Guiding your little flightless bird through multiple islands before the sun sets will keep players coming back time after time.

Tiny Tower – Tiny Tower is exactly what it sounds like: You play as the landlord of a small skyscraper who seeks to augment his bustling tower with businesses and citizens. With many different “bitizens” to satisfy and tons of shops to unlock, Tiny Tower is the definition of “time sink.”

Flight Control
– The first game to pioneer the line drawing mechanic on the iPhone platform, Flight Control is a surprisingly clever puzzler with millions of fans (and many, many imitators). You play as an air traffic controller who needs to draw a route for every airplane on the screen to land safely, ensuring that each plane avoids the others in an increasingly-crowded sky.

Real Racing 2
– Despite stiff competition, there’s really only one marquee racing franchise on the iPhone platform, and that’s the Real Racing series. With its licensed cars, realistic graphics, and multiple controller options, Real Racing is a joy to drive and only gets better when you speed into the game’s rigorous multiplayer for a match against your friends.

Plants Versus Zombies
– PopCap’s Plants Versus Zombies is a tower defense game with a sense of humor. You play as a homeowner with a green thumb and a zombie problem. You must fend off wave after wave of resourceful undead as they try to invade your home and, as zombies are wont to do, eat your brains. Luckily, you have a full arsenal of peapods, fungi, and vegetables at your disposal. The zombies don’t stand a chance.

As said by Chris Holt

 

We’ve tip-toed through the minefield of spoilers, and tried to reveal only facts anyone would want to know. That ends here.

What follows is a detailed summary of what we understand are the events of Modern Warfare 3 described to us by those in possession of dozens of images from the game, as well as voice over recordings. While we haven’t seen the game in action ourselves, we believe that the imagery and this plot description is accurate. That doesn’t mean things can’t change before release. Levels could be altered or completely cut before the game gets into your hands.

While we’re still keeping some major, pivotal moments close to our chest—let’s just say we know some things we wish we didn’t know—we’re about to lay the whole story out for you from beginning to end. Don’t read on if you want to experience the narrative of Activision’s bombshell shooter free from spoilers.

There are spoilers here. You’ve been warned.

Modern Warfare 3 opens as Modern Warfare 2 closed: The United States under siege by Russian forces, ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov on the loose, Captain John “Soap” MacTavish and Captain John Price wounded and on the run with the Russian informant known as Nikolai.

Fleeing to a safehouse in Dharmasala, India, the three are attacked by Makarov’s men. In this firefight players take on the role of Yuri, a loyalist who works for Nikolai. Their safehouse compromised, the group flee the area in a helicopter.

The game then cuts to Manhattan where Russia is launching an attack on the city from a fleet of ships parked in the Hudson River. (It appears the famous U.S.S. Intrepid may be destroyed.) The U.S. calls in Delta Force to repel the attack. You take on the role of Frost, a Delta Force operative under the command of Sandman. Your goal is to take out a jamming tower on top of the New York Stock Exchange to open the area for a U.S. counterattack.

Following the mission, Delta flies out of the city on a Blackhawk, gunning down enemy choppers as they make their way to the harbor where they have to infiltrate and take down a Russian sub which is coordinating the attack.

The Campaign Settings of MW3

  • Dharmasala, India
  • New York, New York
  • A plane transporting the president of Russia
  • A town in Sierra Leone
  • London, England
  • Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • A castle in the Czech mountains
  • Berlin, Germany
  • The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Washington. D.C.

As the New York missions wrap up the game jumps forward in time half a year, thrusting players into the role of a Russian agent tasked with protecting the president of Russia as he flies to sign a peace treaty with the U.S. The plane is attacked by hijackers mid-air who attempt to kidnap the president and his daughter. The daughter manages to escape. The president of Russia in hand, Makarov vows to prevent a peace treaty by getting the launch codes out of the president and launching an attack against the U.S.

The game then returns us to Price, Soap and Yuri, now in Africa in a search for Makarov. They meet with a local South African arms dealer who tells them about a shipment of chemical weapons that Makarov is trying to buy. The group make their way to Sierra Leone to secure the weapons from African militia.

Next, players take on the role of an SAS operative who is tasked with stopping a delivery of weapons of mass destruction at a London dockyard. A gun battle ensues, and the agents are chased through the London subway. The mission culminates with a series of unmarked trucks exploding in front of the house of Parliament, releasing a deadly chemical agent.

Several other European cities and military bases are hit by similar terrorist attacks backed by Russia, and the death toll rises to the tens of thousands. The series of chemical attacks opens the door for a Russian military blitz strikes across the continent.

Price discovers that the South African arms dealer who tipped them off about the chemical weapons deceived them and travels to Somalia to find the man and interrogate him. Through the arms dealer, Price discovers that Makarov’s right hand man, Volk, is hiding out in Paris.

The game’s attention next shifts to Hamburg, Germany where players take on the role of a U.S. tank gunner fighting to push back a Russian advance backed by armored divisions.

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As Hamburg falls, the game shifts us back to the story of Price and his crew. Now in Paris, players control Delta Force operative Frost who, with the help of the French special forces, leads an assault on Volk’s location in the underground catacombs of the city. Next, players take to the sky supporting Frost’s ground movements as a gunner in an AC-130.

After capturing and interrogating Volk, Frost learns that Makarov has a meeting in a Prague hotel. Players control Yuri as he and Soap slip into the Russian-controlled city and set-up an ambush for Makarov in a church bell tower. Makarov somehow catches wind of the trap and escapes. Soap, Yuri and Price then have to fight their way out of the city.

Yuri leads the team to one of Makarov’s headquarters in the Czech mountains and the group infiltrates the location, looking for clues. They discover that the ultranationlist has the president and is trying to get the codes out of him. Makarov has also discovered the location of the Russian president’s daughter. The group move out to Berlin to try and prevent her kidnapping. Playing as Frost, gamers must find the daughter and protect her, while making their way through war-torn Berlin. The daughter, however, is captured and flown away.

Frost next makes his way to the Kremlin where a task force of operatives attack and free the hostages, but Makarov manages to escape again.

The game’s final mission occurs in Dubai, where Yuri, Price and Sandman launch an assault on a heavily guarded hotel, eventually finding Makarov and, yes, finally killing him.

It also appears that the game may also include a post-credits level that features the burning of Washington, D. C.

The stage seems set for a passing of the torch: from player-controlled members of Task Force 141 to the new characters from Delta Force.

We’ve contacted Activision for comment and will update the story when and if they provide reaction.

*Note, the audio in the video above comes from what we’re told was something created for the game’s presentation at the upcoming E3 show in L.A. next month.

 

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as said by Brian C from Kotaku

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