Insight: Should betas be exclusive?

12 10 2010


As is the case with most recent upcoming titles for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 games, betas are often the way a developer tests its game with the public and gets gamers talking.

The Assassin's Creed Brotherhood beta was recently made available to Playstation Plus users this month.

Much like a soft opening, a beta is a period in which gamers can play a (generally) multiplayer facet of a given game before the game is actually released. This is different from a demo in that the gamers actually are testing the software being put out, rather than just sampling the finished product. Betas are a way for developers to stress test servers, find any potential bugs in the game play, and overall get a feel for how well the game works with a large quantity of players.

These betas are often exclusive to certain gamers through pre-orders of a certain game, contests for beta keys, or being apart of a certain subscription service.

But should these betas be exclusive at all? Read the rest of this entry »


New Uncharted GOTY edition announced

28 09 2010

The official US Playstation 3 blog posted an announcement on Tuesday that Sony would release a Game of the Year edition of the blockbuster videogame, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

The box for the Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 2, as posted on the Playstation Blog.

The new edition of the Playstation 3-exclusive game will be released on October 12 in North America¬†and will cost approximately¬†$49.99 USD, according to the press release. Read the rest of this entry »

Uncharted 2 Multiplayer “Siege Pack” DLC Review

24 04 2010

The latest DLC for Uncharted 2 has definitely brought the multiplayer modes to a new level of gameplay than the past expansion. The “Siege Pack” adds in two new maps, six new skins, 11 new trophies, and a new co-op mode called Siege.

The Siege DLC features new skins (like Baseball Drake pictured above) AND new maps such as this one, The Highrise.

With the two newest maps: Highrise and The Museum, players are afforded a multi-tiered area for matches ripe with tight corners, high sniping points, and large plateaus perfect for every kind of mode within the multiplayer. Read the rest of this entry »