Ubisoft have released a developer diary video of Tom Clancy’s HAWX. The diary discusses one of the key gameplay features titled “Assisstance”. I know it sounds weird, but do you have to do anything in this game or does the computer do it all for you? Also, is it just me or does Thomas Simon enjoy fondling? Check it out below.

On my way to work this morning I was listening to the always entertaining (but never frequent) Bungie Podcast.  As you are probably aware, “Bungie Day” was a couple of days ago and a lot of the discussion was about that and the free (ish) Cold Storage map.  However at the end of the Podcast an interesting little exchange happened.

Brian Jarrard: “Isn’t there something going on July 14th, or something like that?”

Luke Smith: “Yeah, around then.”

Brian Jarrard: “Somehow that’s sticking in my head for some reason. Guess we’ll have to see,”

Luke Smith:  “Yep, we’ll just have to.”

July 14th just so happens to be the day Microsoft will hold its E3 press conference.  Will this be the Peter Jackson Project mentioned so long ago?  Or perhaps a new project altogether?

With Diablo 3’s existence (if not its release date) confirmed, the intertubes have been becoming clogged with discussion on this new iteration of Blizzard’s classic action RPGs.  Just not how I’d expected.  Fans are having massive arguments on message boards around the world about the quality of the graphics in the videos and screenshots released thus far.

There are even photoshopped versions of official screenshots showing how it “should” be done.  Never mind that the title is still at least a year away from release, and that all the old school Diablo and Diablo 2 players appear to be looking back at those games through rose-tinted glasse…  er…  brown and grey tinted glasses, at any rate.

The complaints are that Diablo 3 is too bright, cartoony, and overall WoWish.  I feel they’d have to scale the happy tree of hippy elves a fair bit higher to approach the levels of happy-go-lucky gnome-bopping that’s prevalent in World of Warcraft, but that hasn’t stopped Diablo fans from going fairly batshit in their condemnation of the latest instalment.  There’s even a petition, as reported by Kotaku.
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projecto While that may not be the exact name of Cing Inc’s upcoming Wii title it is at least a hint at something those lucky bastards at IGN recently discovered. The American publisher, Xseed, recently disclosed a whole bunch of information to Matt and the gang. The most exciting thing, well it’s exciting to me, is that there are seven kingdoms you have to overthrow/punish, one of which belongs to King Duvroc from the Kingdom of Drunkards.

King Duvroc believes it should me Mardi Gras every day of the year and for some reason keeps his daughter inside a pot. Add this to the fact that the game will play like a beautiful mixture of Pikmin and The Settlers with the fact that I loved Cing’s last title — Hotel Dusk on the DS — and I can almost guarantee that this will be a must have title for the Wii, and about time too.

I imagine the Vodafone head office was a tense place to work yesterday.  With some of the most extortionate iPhone pricing in the world announced, and an impending interview on Campbell Live, who would draw the short straw?  Who would have to face John Campbell and be torn to shreds on television for the overpriced plans?

It was Mark Rushworth who drew the short straw.  He turned up to Campbell Live with a grim face, a clenched jaw, like a soldier marching to war; determined to do his duty, hoping but not expecting to survive.

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buttonmasherbutton Greetings friends and welcome to Button Masher, New Zealands newest, sexiest and most dedicated gaming site. Many here already know who we are and what we stand for but let’s start off from the top for the benefit of those that are not sure what they have stumbled across.

Button Masher is currently comprised of nine very dedicated writers and a great community of gamers that is very active in the New Zealand gaming scene. We often get together to play online matches and when possible meet up for more gaming and sometimes a beverage or two. This site is dedicated to these people, who like ourselves want to know what is happening in the gaming world at large.

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CIV REV 360 FOB AUS Seventeen years ago, back in 1991, a developer called Sid Meier (one of the founders of Microprose) created a little game called Civilization. It went on to become one of the most loved games of all time, winning the best strategy game of the year, and in 1996 was named #1 in a list of the top 150 games of all time published by Computer Gaming World. Each one of the sequels has been met with high critical acclaim – these include Civilization II, III, IV, and the brilliant Alpha Centurai. You can also play the board game (Highly recommended), and even download Civilization III onto your phone. This review is dedicated to those few poor souls who have not experienced the totally addictive – ‘…just gotta have one more turn before I go to bed’ gameplay which is a hallmark of all Civ games. Enjoy…

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topspin The battle for tennis videogame supremacy mirrors the real life rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both the Top Spin and Virtua Tennis series are excellent in their own right. 2K Sports served up Top Spin 2 on the Xbox 360 in 2006, and like its predecessor was a highly playable and realistic tennis simulator. Sega returned with Virtua Tennis 3 in 2007, raising the bar in terms of next-gen graphics, and continuing in the arcade traditions of the series. Can Top Spin 3 hit a winner and take the victory spoils?

Top Spin 3 will be the first game in the series to be released on the PlayStation3, but this review covers the Xbox 360 version only. A Wii version also exists but is built on a different engine to the PS3/360 version.

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