Are the PC users missing the Madden NFL franchise?

Written by igcompany on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:07.

Are the PC users missing the Madden NFL franchise?

There are almost 5 years since the last Madden NFL (Madden NFL 08) has been released on PC. From my perspective i still miss this franchise on PC. I really enjoyed the last one. It was the best from the whole series and we really need this game back on PC.

Unfortunately EA and other big game companies are deciding that the piracy is stealing a lot of money from them and they often end up with poor sales.

The game has grown a lot since then. Many features have been introduced and people are enjoying playing it on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, chatting with their friends and establishing new tactics.

Of course that's possible for EA to do it as well for the PC version of Madden NFL but their are pretty much 'playing' with a big - in the PC gaming industry so they are making more and more games for consoles where they get more profit. Another example of cancelled games on PC are NHL and NBA Live.

The FIFA series still makes the highest sales and PC users can stay chill or at least for a while.

Madden NFL 13

Still no news if the next Madden NFL will be featured on PC but EA feels no stress about this and chooses the player that will featured on the cover of Madden NFL 13:

Madden NFL 13 Cover

They set a record of sales with Madden NFL 12 so at least not for the next year we will not see unfortunately this great game on PC. This is somehow a free promotion for console manufacturers since i know a lot of people willing or who already bought a console just to play a specific game.

When GTA IV everybody was freaked out that it won't come on PC as well so they bought consoles just to play that game. Few months later the game came out on PC but Rockstar kept the secret well.

We will wait and maybe we will get again these sports games on PC again. So less piracy!

Are you missing the Madden NFL franchise on PC?

Crysis 3 to be released in 2013

Written by igcompany on Monday, 16 April 2012 19:08.

What? Did you think that after it's huge success we won't see another one? EA released some new updates on Crysis 3. I'm pretty excited about this. Even though after finishing Crysis 2, for me it wasn't as good as the first one, i can't wait to see what CryTek's technology will be capable of.

In my opinion Crysis 2 had the best graphics (and still has in the whole gaming industry).

The story in Crysis 3 seems to be almost the same as in the last game, you will have to bring down Cell Corporation's plans of domination. The same city - New York set in 2047. Some new technologies and a new nano suit will be available.

EA already presented the PC cover for Crysis 3:

Crysis 3 PC Cover

The cover already shows how the main weapon will look like. But what does that mean? Will Crysis 3 be more tactical than the pervious ones? We may see a more silent assassin and a much harder game.

In Crysis 2 i had to empty a whole charger so i can eventualy get rid of only one creature. But i 'developed' my own tactic and cloacked until i got beside the alien. Then i was simply pressing a button and the character was doing the dirty work. I strongly believe that in Crysis 3 we will have to do this thing more often.

So as the title says no more waiting (at least not in terms of looking for the release date) ... Crysis 3 is coming out in the spring of 2013 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Anyone thinking that we will play Crysis 4 on Playstation 4 and Xbox 720?

You can already place a pre-order and you will get the hunter edition for no extra charge, which is pretty normal since there will be around one year until Crysis 3 will be released.

The other editions of the game as EA states:


  • Stalker Pack – Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: For players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows, the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin, and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
  • Overkill Pack – Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: The Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
  • Predator Pack – Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: The Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60-round magazine, the Feline is highly effective and deadly at short range.
  • We will have to wait a lot but hey, it's pretty good that EA finally released an article stating that they are going to release a game, one year before doing so. We still wait for game developers to take full advantage of the Xbox 360 Kinect and make us feel the real power of the nano suit in our living room.

    CryEngine 3.4 Unveiled: Trailer

    Written by igcompany on Sunday, 15 April 2012 18:03.

    The CryEngine did wonders with the Crysis series. Crysis has with no doubts the best graphics in the gaming industry, even though this makes it pretty boring in my opinion because it's too close to the real world.

    The meaning of the video games is to give you the sensation that you are playing a video game. Right?

    Anyway let's stick to the new CryEngine. The new CryEngine 3.4 has been unveiled in a trailer by the Crytek studios based in Frankfurt, Germany. Here is the press release:

    Crytek Places More Power at Developers’ Fingertips with the Arrival of the next free CryENGINE 3 SDK Update

    Frankfurt (Germany) ,April 13, 2012 – Further increasing the creative power at developers’ fingertips, Crytek today announced the arrival of a feature-filled update to its award-winning game development solution, CryENGINE 3. The CryENGINE 3 SDK now presents users with brand new tools to tap into, including revamped DirectX 11 tessellation, advanced character rendering options, improved AI system and much more.

    Among the key enhancements free CryENGINE 3 SDK users can look forward to in version 3.4 are:

    · Revamped DirectX 11 Tessellation
    DX11 support and tessellation has come a long way since Crysis 2. Phong, PN triangles and displacement maps, along with no need for pre-tessellated assets, makes CryENGINE's DX11 support among the best in the industry.

    · Multi-layer Navigation Mesh
    The multi-layer navigation is a powerful new and easy-to-use navigation system that AI agents utilize to path-find through game maps.

    · Improved Skin Rendering and Eye Shader
    New scattering approach gives more realistic rendering with fewer artifacts. New settings, checkboxes and sliders for things like oiliness, iris control, colors, pupil dilatation, tessellation and parallax support make CryENGINE character rendering more advanced and customizable than ever before.

    · Advanced/Improved/Extended Glass Shader
    The glass shader is a specialized tool for rendering glass-based surfaces. It can represent a wide range of glass types, including regular windows, stained glass, leaded glass, beveled glass, some crystal types and some types of transparent plastics as well. The improved glass shader now also boasts features such as a dirt layer designed to produce extremely realistic-looking glass surfaces complete with dust and dirt, differential fog and refractionblur.

    On top of these key updates, version 3.4 of the free CryENGINE 3 SDK addresses a number of bugs from previous releases and gives developers access to further improvements that include:

    - Improved glass rendering
    - Geometric light beams
    - Point light shafts
    - Time of day based filmic HDR tone mapping
    - Curves and key tangents for time of day
    - User controlled per cascade shadow bias through time of day
    - Improved transitions between levels of detail
    - Volumetric fog features extended and improved
    - Improved distance cloud shading

    The game developers have something new to play with now. Let's hope they will do a good job just like they did with the pervious versions of the CryEngine.

    The official trailer for CryEngine 3.4:

    The gaming industry keeps amazing us and i can't wait to play the games that will be using CryEngine 3.4.

    MoH: Warfighter gets a new trailer

    Written by igcompany on Friday, 13 April 2012 17:22.

    EA's latest Medal of Honor game, Warfighter got a new trailer:

    What do you think about it?
    Seems to me that it didn't evolved too much and looks like a slightly modified Battlefield 3.

    World of Tanks - Free to play MMO by Wargaming

    Written by Mattimaster on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:42.

    Maybe you have already heard about it or maybe you have seen an advertisement from this game. I'm talking about World of Tanks - the free to play award winning game - which is created by the Wargaming team. This game is all about the second World War in which you have to shoot the enemy with your own tank in teams of 15vs15. But this isn't only just about shooting each other with your crosshair: without tactics and a good well-oiled machine you'll never achieve victory.

    When I first heard about this game i was very excited. While I actually downloaded their game i saw some video tutorials and beautiful pictures of all different kind of tanks from the game. We can divide the tanks in 3 main nations: The Germans (Germany, The Russians (Russia) and the Americans (America). But since they are working on new updates the French tanks have been added too and still a lot of extra tech-trees (new trees of tanks one can research) are added by time.

    First of all I have to tell you guys something about the Tech-tree. The Tech tree is a place where you have a good idea of which tanks belongs to which nation and which different trees you can get to starting with the first vehicle. It shows all tanks from a current nation and when you right-click it you get information about it like its speed, turning speed, the gun etc..

    All tanks are divided in different tiers: by example everyone starts with tier I and can eventually reach tier X (heavy tanks), tier IX (medium tanks), tier VII (artillery) or tier IX (Tank Destroyers).

    There are also barracks in the top corner if the main screen and when you click that button you see all the personal that you currently have. When you want to put over a crew from by example a PzKpfw IV to the VK3601H, because you have earned a lot experience on that crew, you will need to retrain them to 100% with 200 gold per person (when you have gold), I believe 85% if you use credits (20k credits p.p.) and 75% if you want to spent nothing. When the crew is new you can get 100% crew for 200 gold, 75% crew for 20k p.p..

    In the store you can buy all the different tanks within a list of all of them. Furthermore we have a Depot which contains old ammunition not used, old modules which are not used anymore or other items. Most of the times you can sell these because you are already using the better ones but if you can transfer them to your new tank it's a good thing to keep those in the depot.

    There are a LOT of different types of tanks and they differ in playstyle. Lets start with those types: we have Light tanks which are usually the very first tanks you start with. As you play more battles and gain experience and credits you can research new different parts like a cupola, tracks, guns, radio's, and the next tank from the Tech-Tree. They first tanks Germany starts with is the Leichtetraktor (also called Loltraktors), Russia starts with the MS-1 and America with the T1 Light tank. They are all showed in your garage where you can load them with ammunition, buy modules and change the crew or add crew skills which you get after a lot of battles when they gain experience. At first they all start at 50% but as you continue your conquest they will eventually reach 100%. This means they are much better than they were on 50% and they can now train crew skills that can boost your crew skills or give your tank advantages towards your enemy.

    There are also medium tanks which are known for their fast agility, speed and mobility. These tanks are very fun to play as you can get to safe places faster and can pop-out faster to shoot the enemy in their armor to eventually get back without getting hit.

    The real tanks are the Heavy Tanks which are mostly in the end of the tech-tree. Those have of course the biggest guns, highest armor and are pretty slow compared to the other ones.

    The TD's are known for their good base-defending capabilities. They have a long body with no cupola on it and have a higher camo rate than the usual tanks. These tanks are usually useful if you like sniping and staying in the bushes till the enemy appeares on your screen.

    There are a few light tanks which are scouts and can change the tide of the battle. These have no to little armor, low penetration gun but their speed, agility and firing rate is incredible compared to others. This means they are very handy when scouting the enemy or mostly used for killing the enemy artillery (SPG's are Self-Propelled guns).

    The SPG's are very different comparing to the other tank types because they use long range firing and go into a special mode which survey the map. When the enemy is spotted you should get your circle around the enemy tanks so you will shoote more accurate and eventually when the round crosshair is not changing anymore fire! They do a LOT of damage when hit and can also do splash damage. Their only big disadvantage is that the reloading time is really long (because of their dangerous big guns).

    I've seen that you will always die if you rush the enemy. Because there is artillery in the game the best thing to do is to stick together with your teammates and to get cover before others spot you and you get arty bait. It's pretty annoying that there isn't a choise for a game-type without arty. Because of this you will always (mostly) try to camp. This is not really realistic to me because in the real World War II this wasn't always happening. You won't like this game if you wont to be independant from others because team-play is the only way to defeat the enemy.

    When i began to play I tried the German tech-tree because their tanks just looked awesome to me but that is just my taste. The graphics and gameplay are truly amazing and when i continued i learned how to play and what to do in different situations. There is however one thing you should keep in mind - it's a FTP MMO, but it's very hard to reach higher tiers without having premium. A premium account for a month is 2500 gold which is 10,00 euros; you should keep that in mind.

    So if you like real big beasts and have interests in the World War II, maybe this is just the game for you! See you on the battlefield!


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