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All Articles: Crysis 2
It’s a slow week for the PlayStation Network as only two new games (along with three re-releases) were added to the PlayStation Store yesterday.
The highlight of the week is Dyad, a psychedelic tube racer that’s also part puzzle game. If that description didn’t blow your mind, watch the trailer above. I can wait.
The second new addition to the PS Store, Record of Agarest War 2, is just as wild, but in a different way. The latest game in the sexy RPG series includes a revamped battle system and Move-based minigames.
Finally this week, Sony has added a trio of re-releases to the PSN. The two games included with the Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, are now available separately. And Crysis 2: Maximum Edition goes the other way, bundling the first person shooter together with its two DLC packs, “Retaliation” and “Decimation.”
More information on all of these games, as well as a list of this week’s new game add-ons, can be found at the PlayStation Blog.
Ever since launching their “PS3 Full Games” section of the PlayStation Store, Sony has been filling it with the PS3’s biggest and best Blu-ray disc games. And today is no different.
Last Fall’s Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection has been a big hit with gamers. But if you preferred one more than the other, Sony is giving you that option by splitting the collection up into two separate downloads. And that’s just the beginning of what was added to the PlayStation Store yesterday.
Hit the jump for the full list. (more…)
TorrentFreak has posted a list of the five most pirated games on the PC, Wii, and Xbox 360 (apparently, PS3 games aren’t pirated enough to be counted). Congratulations Crysis 2! You’re the most popular game that no one wanted to pay for (but still wanted to play) in 2011!
In addition to Crysis 2’s “victory” over the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as the most pirated game of 2011, we also learned that Super Mario Galaxy 2, Gears of War 3, and Xenoblade Chronicles were popular with pirates. Arr matey! Nintendo should have announced a North American release date for Xenoblade a tad earlier.
Notably absent from the list is GOTY stalwarts Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
But here’s the full list:
Top 5 Pirated PC Games
1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000 downloads)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000 downloads)
3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000 downloads)
4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000 downloads)
5. Portal 2 (3,240,000 downloads)
Top 5 Pirated Wii Games
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000 downloads)
2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000 downloads)
3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000 downloads)
4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000 downloads)
5. FIFA 12 (860,000 downloads)
Top 5 Pirated Xbox 360 Games
1. Gears of War 3 (890,000 downloads)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000 downloads)
3. Battlefield 3 (760,000 downloads)
4. Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000 downloads)
5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000 downloads)
If you’ve been dying to one-up Crytek at their own game by creating some of the best maps for Crysis 2 (or just Counter-Strike recreations), now’s your chance. Tomorrow, PC players can download the Map Editor Pack at My Crysis for free. This builds off of the Ultra Upgrade, available now, which brings DirectX 11 support, sporting “higher quality visuals and features including tessellation, water rendering improvements, high quality HDR motion blur, and many other special effects and higher quality texture formats with the optional high res texture pack.”
If you’re a PC fan looking to dive into this new content, you probably don’t want to read our review of the console version of Crysis 2.
Crysis 2 Retaliation map pack out today
Crysis 2’s first chunk of DLC, bringing Transit, Shipyard, Park Avenue, and Compound to all multiplayer playlists, is available today for 800 MS Points on Xbox 360 and $9.99 on PC. The PlayStation 3 will get this content once the PlayStation Store comes back up at a later date. The single player may not have been my cup of tea, but I might be giving this new pack a shot in my multiplayer rotation now that it’s open season on the PSN.
You can watch the DLC trailer here.
It’s no secret that the video game community has responded to NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat reboot with a resounding “I love it.” But like Shao Kahn taunting a clearly inferior kombatant, the game also emerged on top of The NPD Group’s April 2011 sales report. And according to a tweet from Kombat creator Ed Boon, the game sold over 1,000,000 copies during the month. Flawless victory indeed.
April 19’s other big release, Portal 2, teleported its way to the top of the list with a strong #2 showing. Of course, it’s important to point out that a good portion of Portal 2’s sales were digital downloads through Steam, which isn’t counted by the NPD.
But the biggest surprise from last month’s top ten might be the absence of Sony’s SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs. The online shooter was also released on April 19th, one day before hackers took down the PSN. The service has yet to return and its offline status definitely contributed to SOCOM 4’s lackluster sales.
Hit the jump for the complete top ten of April’s bestselling games. (more…)
Crysis 2 was far from perfect, but you can’t deny that it had a strong multiplayer component. Well, that component will be getting a little stronger come May 17 when the Retaliation Map Pack drops for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 (hopefully). It’ll cost you $9.99 and come with four new maps: Park Avenue, Transit, Shipyard, and Compound. While most of the footage above contains the awkward character animations reminiscent of Halo (which is probably why Bungie always used live action to hype up their games), the first-person gameplay looks glorious as ever.
I might actually have to grab this when the PlayStation Network gets back up.
The NPD Group has revealed the list of bestselling games for March and the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Black/White, has caught the top of the chart.
Pokemon White Version came out on top with Pokemon Black Version just behind it in the number two slot. According to Nintendo, both games combined to sell nearly 2.5 million copies (over 1.3 million for White and another 1.1 million for Black).
New releases were well represented among last months bestsellers with Homefront (#3) and Dragon Age II (#4) both taking up residence in the top five. The bottom half of the top ten was also almost completely made up of new releases including Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (#6), Crysis 2 (#7), MLB 11: The Show (#9) and Fight Night Champion (#10).
Hit the jump for a complete look at the NPD Group’s top ten for March. (more…)