, the third installment in what is now the BioShock
series, sees the return of Ken Levine to the helm. Along with one or two others, Levine is arguably the closest thing the video games industry has to an auteur. With metascores of 96 on both PC and Xbox 360, BioShock
is held up as the pinnacle of the current gen, and so it was inevitable, given Levine's return, that expectations for Infinite
would be sky high. It's fitting, then, that a city in the sky is the backdrop for the game's snaking narrative. Gizmag took a rocket ship to Columbia to find out if BioShock Infinite
could possibly live up to the highest of expectations.
Lenovo stole the show today at the CES Unveiled event with its brand new IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. It's a 27-inch multi-user PC that looks to change the way you engage and interact with a PC. It allows users to play game together, while sitting around the touchscreen. We had the chance to play with the new computer on the show floor, it definitely felt unlike a computing experience we've had before.
Taking to the stage at this year’s CES
, graphics hardware giant NVIDIA has announced Project Shield: a portable gaming console that plays both Android games via Google Play and some
PC titles – provided there’s a PC located on the local network to stream the game from.
The sky is the limit for tablet gaming. As technology advances, the devices can eventually combine the power of PC/console gaming with the portability of a PS Vita. More often, though, we see Angry Birds and Tiny Wings: great casual titles, but a far cry from Skyrim or Batman: Arkham City. Enter Razer, with its concept tablet dubbed Project Fiona. One of the hottest demo items at CES, the company just announced that it will be moving forward with the device.
Earlier this year, PC game developer, Valve caused quite a stir in the gaming community when rumors began swirling that it was working on its own video game console
that would run its popular Steam service. It's still unclear just how valid those rumors are, but the company's latest announcement certainly confirms that Valve has its eyes set on gamers' living rooms. The developer recently released a beta for Big Picture, a version of the Steam game client formatted specifically for use with home televisions and game controllers.
In an emergency, every second counts, and communication between various emergency services and government agencies can be of critical importance. While proven to be effective, current systems such as Land Mobile Radio (LMR) can still leave gaps in the lines of communications. However, a new mobile app developed by U.S. defense contractor and industrial corporation Raytheon
aims to close some of those gaps by enabling first responders to communicate without LMR. The app is part of the company's Interoperability Communications Suite which aims to enhance interoperability between LMR radios, landline, VoIP phones, and P25 systems via ISSI, and 4G/LTE.
The largest annual video game trade show in Germany, Gamescom 2012, kicked off recently with dozens of publishers and developers presenting what they have in store for the coming year. Sadly, since it's only been two scant months since E3
, most game companies in attendance don't have many surprises to reveal aside from additional features for some already-known titles. Luckily, that just gives some developers a chance to show off their projects that don't fit into the usual shooter, RPG, racing and dance categories. Here are a few titles revealed at Gamescom 2012 that are poised to change the way games are played.
DayZ, a zombie survival horror mod for PC military simulator title ArmA II that has attracted rave reviews, has been given the green light by developer Bohemia Interactive to make the step up into a fully-fledged standalone title. The mod, which according to its New Zealand creator Dean Hall has attracted over one million users in the four months since its release, has propelled ArmA II back to the top of the Steam sales charts a full three years after that title's release and it's expected the standalone game will enjoy the same kind of success.
When it comes to real world action shooters, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon
series has stood head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. Tense tactical squad based combat where your demise is one ricochet away, is what this series has always been about. Following its release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
has landed on PC and the third person tactical shooter hits the bulls eye more often than not.
Staying cool under pressure is important for professional gamers, and Thermaltake seems to be taking that notion literally with the latest accessory from its Tt eSPORTS line. The new BLACK Element Cyclone gaming mouse is not only designed for high performance, but also features a detachable fan that cools the user's hand to keep it from sweating.