Battlefield 2 Booster packs and patch update

Breaking News! EA have issued quite a lot of information about the so called “Booster packs” and the new 1.2 patch. Most of it looks very promising, especially some of the patch fixes. The Booster packs also look like they are going to add a lot of cool stuff to the game.

Here it is, straight from the horses mouth:

Today we have some big announcements that we’re excited to share with you! First of all, news about 2 new booster packs that will expand the battlefields of Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2: Euro Force and Battlefield 2: Armored Fury. Euro Force will be released on February 8th and sees the introduction of the all-new European Army in 3 new maps. Each Euro soldier will come equipped with a new primary weapon, from the FNP90 to the Benelli Tactical Shotgun. There will also be 4 new vehicles, including the (in)famous Eurofighter. The 3 maps are “Operation Smoke Screen”, “The Great Wall of China” and “Taraba Quarry”.

Armored Fury will be released on March 28th and the focus is on large mechanized battles, harking back to the El Alamein style maps on BF1942. There will be 3 new maps – “Midnight Sun”, “Operation Harvest” and “Operation Road Rage” – but also 2 new vehicle classes. Attack Jets and Recon Helicopters, which can spot nearby enemy units, will make their debut.

Both packs will be available exclusively online at at $9.99 each (€9.99 in Europe and £5.99 in the UK).

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Half Life 2: Aftermath

Some of you may have heard of this, the expansion to one of the best games of all time. Well, we now have a date :o.

We’re currently targeting April 24th for the release of both Aftermath and Platinum. Platinum will include HL2, HL2 DM, CS: Source, DoD: Source, and Aftermath.

Because of this special occasion, I have uploaded some screenshots and you shall bask in the wonderfullness that is – More Half Life 2! (screenies after the jump)

I have also just uploaded the teaser trailer for your enjoyment, right click the link, and choose “Save target as…”.

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Microsoft releases more propaganda; some surprised

The folks at Microsoft’s “Linux and Open Source Lab” have done a ‘study‘ (and I use the term as loosely as possible here) to “dispel the myth that Linux will run on legacy hardware”. They claim their sudy shows more or less that Windows runs as well as Linux on legacy hardware. Interesting. Continue reading “Microsoft releases more propaganda; some surprised”

CES 2006

Continuing the previous posts line of though, I decided to make it offical, and post some of my favourite things from the CES 2006.

Got your own favourite new product? Or heard of soemthing wacky? Post a comment and it might get added to The List.


InPhase says “Mine's bigger”

In the upcoming format war, the winner will likely be decided by capacity, speed, coolness of name, and avaliability. So InPhase’s 300Gb Holographic drive is likely to cause a bit of a stir.

The drive seems designed for industrial-grade backups – and a write speed of 20Mb/s confirms those backups could take a while. But if we can get DVD collections like this or this on just one disc, that would be cool too.

PC Shooters you MUST play sometime.

Here is the list of games that must be played, start to end. I will include only Single Player based games, multiplayer can come later :P. 

  1. Half Life 2 – Probably one of the best overall experiences you can get from your PC. A solid storyline is backed up by good graphics, the occasional piece of atmospheric music and challenging AI.
  2. F.E.A.R. – One of the scariest games I have played, mainly due to the very creepy little girl, and has a solid story to keep you guessing till the end (and what an end). Also got some of the best graphics you will be able to find in current games (in slow-mo looks even BETTER!)
  3. Far Cry – Although quite an old game (relatively) it still supports some of the largest and most detailed maps ever found in a game. Loading screens are few and far between. This dense environment supports eaither stealth or “run in guns blazing” approachs, although a mix of the two usually works best. Add together some tough AI and an interesting story, and you got yourself a fine game.
  4. Call of Duty 2 (plus original+expansion) – If you like WWII shooters, you can’t get much better than this. It really makes you feel like you are fighting an an army, and not solo, like most shooters do. The graphics are top notch and the sound effects really makes this game exciting (especially with surround sound). The varied campaign as playing as British, US or Russian forces lets you say all sides and keeps you itnerested in the people involved.
  5. Darwinia – This is one of the most innovative, absorbing and emotional games I have seen in a while, and although not a shooter, it doesn’t  really fall into any genre. Seeing the little Darwinians mourn the dead, and jump for joy at victory, makes you really feel for them by the end. And yes, the graphics are meant to look like that! (They DO live insde a completely digital world…)

I only have the 5 games at the moment, mainly because I am very picky. More will eventually come as I think of them, and feel free to give your ideas in the comments section.