Weekly Video Game News & Trailers – 06/29/2012
By Patrick Newman
Black Ops to the Mac
Call of Duty: Black Ops is finally coming to the Mac, after experiencing two years of astounding commercial and critical successes on PC’s, consoles and mobile devices. According to publisher Aspyr’s executive vice president Ted Staloch, Black Ops will be the biggest software debut in its 17 years of business. In addition to the retail game, fans will be able to download four of Black Ops’ DLC packs upon the title’s release this fall, for a price.
More ME3 DLC in the Works!
Mass Effect 3 producer Mike Gamble teased future downloadable content for the sci-fi RPG on Twitter recently, insisting that the just-released Extended Cut is just the beginning. “Would now be a good time to talk about how we’re doing more DLC in the future? That was a trick question. We’ll save the future DLC for future chats,” Gamble said, also insisting that BioWare is planning “much more.”
Bruce Campbell in the Amazing Spider-Man Game
Expendables 2 Game Announced
Sure to please fans of face-punching and general mayhem everywhere, upcoming action blockbuster The Expendables 2 will have a downloadable game based on it to serve as a prequel to the events of the film. Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this summer, the game will be a cooperative, squad-based shooter in which the Expendables struggle to rescue a captive billionaire. The Expendables 2 is due in theaters August 17th.
Halo 4 Nearly Done
Though Halo 4 won’t see release until November, developer 343 Industries is closing in on the final touches of the sci-fi shooter. A Halo Bulletin report was released recently, describing the game’s campaign as being playable start to finish, save for some bug fixes minor polishing. The Spartan Ops mode missions are in a similar state of repair, as are the 10 multiplayer maps that come in the box.
Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation – Reveal Trailer
Guild Wars 2 in August
Guild Wars 2, the fantasy MMORPG that has experienced a manic following since even before its March beta period this year, has finally found a release date. Developer ArenaNet announced the stateside release date as August 28th, information that surfaced in a new trailer for the game. Though Guild Wars 2 doesn’t require a monthly subscription, a fee is required up front to join the game’s community.
Max Payne 3 DLC Next Week
A DLC pack for the gritty third-person shooter Max Payne 3 is due on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next week, and on the PC July 17th. Included in the pack are three new maps (55th Battalion HQ, Imperial Palace, and Departure Lounge), as well as the Sao Paulo Police multiplayer faction, and the M4 Assault Rifle. The pack is being offered at two dollars less than its original asking price, and can be downloaded on Xbox Live as well as the PSN for $6 (480 MS points).
Max Payne 3 – Local Justice DLC Trailer
Tomb Raider Sequel?
In a Videogamer interview with Crystal Dynamics’ global brand director Karl Stewart, it was recently revealed that the new Tomb Raider game, still eight months away, might only be half of Lara Croft’s proposed origin story. A sequel might already be in the mix, all things considered, as Stewart said “You have to look at the future, you have to look at where… It’s not just one game. I have to be careful because I know exactly where she’s going.”
SFM for Amateurs & Professionals
The Source Filmmaker tool (SFM) used to make the Team Fortress 2 “Meet the Team” videos is being offered to amateurs and professionals by Valve, initially through a beta that gamers can apply for today. SFM offers a collection of applications under a single umbrella, such as a renderer, 2D video clip editor, keyframer, sound editor and motion capture editor. Using this technology, artists can use Valve’s Team Fortress 2 assets to craft fan videos, or, if employing user-created assets, they can create content to potentially turn a profit.
Spec Ops – Behind the Line Part 2 Trailer
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