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Monday, Apr 23, 2012


Max Payne 3 Specs

Rockstar Games now offers digital preorder details for Max Payne 3, along with some new screenshots as well as PC system requirements for the upcoming third-person shooter sequel. Here are the specs, which are not specifically minimum or recommended:

Developed in parallel with the game's console versions, Max Payne 3 for PC supports DirectX11 including tessellation, as well as a number of additional advanced graphics options and is optimized to run across a wide range of PC setups.

Max Payne 3 PC System Specifications

Operating System:
Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3

Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ - i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ - FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ

2GB - 16GB

Video Card:
NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM - Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM

Anno 2070 Deep Ocean Announced

Ubisoft announces Anno 2070 Deep Ocean, an add-on for Anno 2070, the real-time strategy sequel expected this autumn. As the name implies, this takes the game under the water, and we have a pair of screenshots showing what this will look like. Here's a feature list:

  • New Civilization Level
    For the first time in the history of the Anno series, an add-on brings a new civilization level: the Tech faction is expanded by the Genius population class.
  • A Deeper Game Experience
    The new population class grants access to the new Tech Monument, new corresponding production chains and consumption goods. Furthermore, this new class features all-new vehicles and new items allowing players to develop industries, strengthen economies and exploit new resources.
  • Additional Content and Challenges
    Players will also be able to:
    • Acquire enemy territories without military force using the Hostile Takeover feature.
    • Resolve energy problems by building the new underwater geothermal power plant.
    • Optimize energy supply through Energy Transfer between islands.
    • Face a new dangerous disaster: the Tsunami!
    • Unlock new rewards for each faction's career ladder.
    • Take advantage of new underwater trading routes.
    • Experience over 150 new challenging quests.
    • Unlock over 30 new achievements.
    • Access player comparison via new leaderboards.

Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars Patch

A new patch is now available for Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars to update the newly released Mount & Blade DLC to version 1.002. The patch and an updated version 1.002 dedicated server can be found on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

IL-2 Sturmovik Patch

A new patch is now available for IL-2 Sturmovik to update the World War II flight combat simulator to version 4.11.1. The patch is accompanied by a new dedicated server, and the downloads can be found on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch

The latest unofficial patch is now available for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, updating Troika's action/RPG to version 8.0 beta. The patch is on its unofficial home on The Patches Scrolls, and here is the change list.

Evening Previews

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Cosby Intervention.

Call of Duty Reveal on May 1st

The Call of Duty Website now offers a countdown clock, ticking off the 700,000+ seconds until May 1st, saying this is when we should expect a Call of Duty world premier during the NBA playoffs here in the U.S. It seems there will be more teasing about the future of the military shooter series between now and then, as the site also has a bunch of thumbnails listed as "classified," with some of them indicating they will be unlocked between now and May 1st. One of the images is already unlocked, but if it contains a clue about all this, it's pretty well obscured.

Valve on Half-Life 3 Ricochet 2

Develop has some excerpts from the Seven Day Cooldown podcast where Valve's Gabe Newell addresses the uncertain state of Half-Life 3, though he coyly calls the sequel he's hypothetically discussing Ricochet 2. The context makes it pretty apparent he's not actually discussing a sequel to this Valve created Half-Life modification, but rather the next full Half-Life game, though this is never explicitly stated. He uses this codename to explain the corner Valve has painted itself into at this point in terms of announcing and creating a third Half-Life (or second Ricochet, if you prefer). Here are the pertinent quotes:

“In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance,” Newell said.

“We end up changing our minds as we're going through and developing stuff, so as we're thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you're saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we'd like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2.”

“The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we're going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what's happening next,” he said.

U.K. Charts

The new GfK Chart-Track list of the top 20 bestselling full-priced PC entertainment titles in the U.K for the week ending April 21st. It's a pretty quiet chart this week, but The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition enters the chart at number 10. The all platforms chart sees The Witcher 2 join at number one.

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Out of the Blue

We got a good bit of rain yesterday, and there's more forecast for this week. It made for a chilly dreary Sunday, but I got my grilling in on Saturday. More importantly, this should bring some relief to the drought conditions in this area, as we have had very little rain this spring following a winter where we got almost no snow. Hopefully this will help significantly with this, as a couple of weeks ago we were starting to see reports of brush fires.

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