Monday, May 29, 2006

Halo 2 PC DX9 cards Windows Vista

Work on Halo 2 PC is continuing apace, but players looking forward to the game should know a few things. The game looks to be Vista only and, despite the promise of the 'Live Anywhere' concept, will not be interconnected in the way that the Shadowrun game will be. The Bungie update clarifies on these announcements. From the article: "Will I need a DirectX 10 graphics card to run Halo 2 on PC? No. Although you will require Windows Vista to play Halo 2 on a PC, you won't necessarily need to upgrade your graphics card to do it. Halo 2, like some other Vista titles, will work just fine on a wide range of graphics cards, including DX9 cards. We will provide far more detailed minimum hardware requirements closer to the game's completion."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Xbox 360 port of Battlefield 2 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Here are the most recent results of the top ten games currently being played over Xbox Live. I have played the original until my fingers fell of the controller.
Halo 2 continues to prove its popularity as the top played game, followed by Activision and Infinity Ward's World War II first-person shooter Call of Duty 2. Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter ranks as the third most played game over the online community service.
2K Games and Bethesda Softworks' role-playing epic The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the forth most popular game being played, followed by Electronic Arts and Digital Illusions' Xbox 360 port of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat in fifth. Surprisingly, the recently released Xbox Live Arcade game Uno ranks as the sixth most played game over Xbox Live, beating out both the demo for MotoGP 06 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI, which rank as the seventh and eighth most played games, respectively.
The top ten list is rounded out by EA Chicago's boxing game Fight Night Round 3 in ninth, and the demo for Capcom's E3 centerpiece Lost Planet as the tenth most played game over Xbox Live. We are still waiting on the release of Halo 3 next year.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Halo 3 Halo 2 for Windows Vista

"Halo 3 will utilise features and technologies that Bungie thinks are cool and appropriate to our game. No more, no less." We are, however, promised "some graphical features that you haven't seen yet, that sort of blow stuff away."
Games for Windows, about the upcoming version of Halo 2 for Windows Vista. Unangst told GamePro that he expects Halo 2 to be released "a little beyond [Windows Vista's] launch," and Donahue reaffirmed this, adding that the hit Xbox game would be released on PC "just after" the launch of Windows Vista.
The chances of cross platform online play between Xbox and PC gamers looks unlikely in Halo 2, with Unangst informing GamePro that such functionality would require "somebody to re-code the Xbox version." Halo 2 on Vista is, however, said to be an improvement on the Xbox original, boasting DirectX 10 visuals and an inbuilt map editor and modding system.
With Vista now scheduled for release in Q1 2007, the wait for Halo 2 on the PC will have to go on a little longer.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

'Halo 3' trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight

The third installment in the highly successful 'Halo' series has been confirmed for release on the Xbox 360 next year.
Microsoft confirmed at the E3 conference in Los Angeles that the much anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed 'Halo 2' is in development and is expected to hit the shelves some time in 2007.
The games giant showed a 'Halo 3' trailer at the E3 conference, but details for the final installment in the trilogy remain sketchy at the present time.
A Microsoft spokesman said: "In this third chapter of the 'Halo' trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax."
'Halo 2' was one of the top-selling video games of all time, with around seven million copies sold worldwide since November 2004. It is also the most-played game on Xbox Live to date.I hope this is the last one can't take it any longer.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Halo 3

Although details are sketchy, Bungie has said that cinematics are going to be as vital a part of Halo 3 as they were in Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved.
"As before, they will use the game engine to keep the player feeling like a part of the action."
Although not telling you much, the trailer shows off the level of detail gamers can expect when it is launched on Microsoft's Xbox360 games console
The epic saga ends with Halo 3, the hugely anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo 2. In this third chapter of the Halo trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax. If this is indeed the end for the series, the more significant issue is the death of the multiplayer community, which was somewhat wounded with changes in Halo 2 but still representes one of the largest console-based competitive FPS scenes. Timing is some time next year.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Halo 3 hitting stores in the Spring of 2007

Microsoft had a big showing last year when the Xbox 360 was finally shown to the masses. MS knows they've got to pull out the big guns if they want distract attendees from their competitors big announcements. The biggest of these guns is undoubtedly Halo 3. Expect gameplay footage and a tentative release date for the game, possibly as early as this fall. While MS and Bungie have long said that, much like Halo 2, Halo 3 would "be out when it's ready", it's also no secret that MS, or at least Bill Gates, wanted to throw Halo 3 up against the PS3's launch. It's also been rumored that Bungie was forced to cut a large amount of content, including a large portion of the campaign, from the final version of Halo 2. With loads of finished content already laying around, and over two years of work, I wouldn't be shocked to see Halo 3 could be making an appearance on shelves this holiday season. However, most reports have Halo 3 hitting stores in the Spring of 2007, at the earliest. Hurry up I can't wait for Halo 3.