Author - MondoPest

‘Second Earth’ Found 20 Lightyears Away

The Guardian is reporting that scientists have discovered a planet roughly 20 lightyears away that is the most earth-like ever discovered.

From the article:
‘The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth’s nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.’

Gods and Heroes Canceled!

The G&H Community is in shock today as official word has come from Perpetual that the upcoming MMO Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising has been canceled.

From the official statement:
‘The Perpetual team is faced with a unique challenge of simultaneously developing both Gods & Heroes and Star Trek Online in addition to growing our Online Game Platform business. After assessing all of Perpetual’s opportunities, we have made the decision to put the development of Gods & Heroes on indefinite hold.’

Now that is a shame, the game looked very interesting!

BioShock Music List Posted

Joystiq has posted the music list used in BioShock. Obviously these are standards used in the game, not the score masterfully crafted by Garry Schyman.

From the article:
’20th Century Blues — Noel Coward
Academy Award — Stanley Black
Avalon — Django Reinhardt
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (means you’re grand) — The Andrews Sisters
Best Things in Life Are Free — The Inkspots
Brother Can You spare a Dime — Bing Crosby
Danny Boy — Mario Lanza
God Bless the Child — Billie Holiday
How Much is that Doggie — Pattie Page
If I didn’t care — The Ink Spots
It Had to Be You — Django Reinhardt
It’s Bad For Me — Rosemary Clooney
Jitterbug Waltz — Django Reinhardt
Just One Of Those Things — Lee Morgan
Just Walkin’ in the Rain — Johnny Ray
La Mer (Beyond the Sea ) — Bobby Darin
La Mer (Beyond the Sea) — Django Reinhardt
Let’s Fly Away — Lee Wiley
Liza — Django Reinhardt
Night and Day — Billie Holiday
Papa Loves Mambo — Perry Como
Please Be Kind — Django Reinhardt
The Party’s Over Now — Noel Coward
The Waltz of the Flowers — Pytor Llyich Tchaikovsky
This Is A Changing World — Noel Coward
Wild Ride — Faux Frenchmen
World Weary — Noel Coward
Wrap your troubles in dreams — Bing Crosby
You’re Getting To Be A Habit — Harry Edison Bing Crosby
You’re the Top — Cole Porte’

Unreal Tournament 3 Demo Available Soon

Fileplanet subscribers rejoice, for you can pre-load the Unreal Tournament 3 demo now so you can play it when the demo is officially released today at 12pm pst.

Unreal Tournament 3 is the next installment in Epic Games’ popular sci-fi shooter series and apparently, the game looks incredible.

From a Gamespot preview:
‘Not enough can be said for the visuals. The game looks spectacular, and it’s quite possibly the best Unreal Engine 3 game that we’ve seen to date. Considering that this list includes last year’s Gears of War, that’s high praise indeed.’

Call of Duty 4 Demo Released

Yahoo Videogames now has the Call of Duty 4 demo available for download. The demo is 1.4Gb and features a full level of the single-player campaign. This mission has you fighting through a Middle Eastern town beset with insurgents, as you try to free a trapped tank from a bog that it’s become mired in. Since Call of Duty started out as a PC franchise, this demo is a nice little nod to the fan base that supported the series in the first place.

Halo 3 Review

Lets start by prefacing this review with the fact that I am a huge Halo fan, mostly of the story itself. I could care less about multiplayer features, and am focusing on the single player experience in this review. Halo 3 picks up with the Master Chief hurtling towards a Covenant-conquered Earth in a Forerunner ship and Cortana located with the Gravemind. Without going into spoilers about the story, I will say if you are a fan of the Halo story thus far, you wont be disappointed. While the story is good, one problem is that the battle for which the diorama in the Microsoft ‘believe’ campaign was made for is featured so little in the game itself. That series of commercials hype up this climactic battle when it does not take place in the actual game, at least in the manner the commercials make out.

The gameplay is very much in the same vein as the previous games, which is to say, fun. The level design is much better this time around however you still run into some ‘uninspired’ areas here and there. There is a greater selection of weapons including a very powerful Spartan Laser cannon as well as the original Assault Rifle from Halo, slightly upgraded of course. Now you also have the ability to use ‘gadgets’ such as portable force shields, which adds an additional layer of planning to the game without, thankfully, becoming mired down by it. One thing that has never felt right to me in Halo games was jumping. For some reason the acceleration has never felt fast enough, almost like you are jumping on the Moon, and that issue also presents itself here but at this point you should be used to it.

There has been some controversy over the graphics of Halo 3. First, it was the graphical quality of the demo and now it is what resolution the game runs in and if there is any anti-aliasing. Aside from noticing ‘jaggies’ here and there I have no issue with the graphics (except for the field of view used by the camera) and think they are pretty enough to do the job. The field of view seems a bit ‘off’. It looks like it is a bit too narrow and needs some opening up slightly.

The music in this game is truly epic and Marty O’Donnell has outdone himself by creating a score even John Williams could appreciate! I am definitely purchasing the soundtrack when it is released on November 20th. In addition, the sound is excellent in this game, from secondary effects to ambient noises the sound design is incredible.

The performance of the actors is excellent and the cast list reads like an episode of some Firefly-Battlestar Galactica crossover with the likes of Adam Baldwin, Nathan Fillion, and Katee Sackhoff to name a few. Steve Downes does a good job with his lines, as ‘spartan’ as they are and Jen Taylor is great as always.

As for the conclusion of Halo 3? You will just have to play it yourself. A note to the players out there, some additional ending information is presented when played on Legendary. Also, do yourself a favor and watch past the rolling of the credits!


Call of Duty 4 Demo Available

Yahoo Videogames has the Call of Duty 4 demo available for download. It clocks in at a whopping 1.4Gb but all indications point to it being worth it.

From the site:
‘IMPORTANT: FREE YAHOO! USER ID IS REQUIRED TO DOWNLOAD

Due to this content containing mature subject matter, age verification is required. Please sign in to your Yahoo! account to complete the process. Age restrictions vary by region.
Required (minimum) Specs

CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or AMD(R) Athlon(TM) 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8Ghz Dual Core Processor or better supported
RAM: 512MB RAM (768MB for Windows Vista)
Hard Drive: 8GB of free space
Video card: NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 6600 or better or ATI(R) Radeon(R) 9800 Pro or better
Recommended Specs

CPU: 2.4 GHz dual core or better
RAM: 1G for XP; 2G for Vista
Hard Drive: 8GB of free space
Video card: 3.0 Shader Support recommended. Nvidia Geforce 7800 or better or ATI Radeon X1800 or better’

Valve’s Gabe Newell Lambasting the PS3. Again.

Joystiq is reporting via CVG that Gabe Newell is lambasting the PS3 again. In an interview with Edge magazine, Newell said the console is ‘a waste of everyone’s time’ and that ‘Investing in the Cell[processor], investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There’s nothing there that you’re going to apply to anything else. You’re not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they’ve created. I don’t think they’re going to make money off their box. I don’t think it’s a good solution.’

Zune 2 Interface Inspection

Engadget has reported on ZuneRama’s inspection of the nuances of Zune 2’s user interface. Notable differences include the volume setting reaching 40 (versus 20 on the existing models), album artwork when browsing by Album looks bigger than on the current firmware and when advancing from one track to another, the album art for the new track slides in from the right in a ‘wipe’ transition.