In its current state WoT is a perfectly enjoyable, robust multiplayer shooter. Most of what makes the PC original such a compelling experience has been retained, and there's been some changes that perfectly suit its transition to the control pad.The main thing that you need to know is that the core remains. Two teams of tanks from the Second World War era take each other on across maps inspired by the period. Each tank has but one life, and players build up experience by completing successful actions on the field of battle (capture objectives, spot enemies, cause damage). Earning enough XP allows players to research and buy better tanks, building up their options and advancing through World of Tanks' leveling system. That's the game, in a nutshell.There's two experiences to be had; one that costs and one that doesn't. Both are fun, but there's significant differences between the two.On the free-to-play side of things you need to start from the bottom of the pile, upgrading your … [Read more...] about World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition
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Digital Foundry's Skyrim Face-Off is currently in production, and we've spent some time getting to the bottom of the texture streaming problem that's currently being reported and discussed in the wake of a fairly damning YouTube video published at the end of last week. The issue only seems to manifest if you have the Xbox 360 version of Skyrim installed to the hard drive - a process that is entirely optional. In this case, the highest resolution versions of the textures appear to stall and not load, meaning that you're definitely not seeing the game at its best. If you remove the install, and run the game directly from the DVD, the best quality artwork returns to the game. Here's a quick comparison of the issue as we see it. In the first picture, we see the game running from the hard disc. In the second, we delete the install data and run it directly from the DVD - viola, full resolution textures. Next up, we try installing it again to ensure that it's not a one-off problem, but … [Read more...] about Texture problems hit Xbox 360 Skyrim
Things haven’t been easy for Xbox 360 owners this year, especially after a string of stolen accounts left many without their games for weeks. Brace for more bad news: apparently, hackers can extract credit card information from old 360 hard drives.The hack was discovered by researchers at Drexel University, who used a variety of mod tools to pull credit card info from refurbished 360s. The tools they used are said to be common, making it relatively simple to secure sensitive information.What’s most shocking is that this can even be done on systems that have been reformatted to factory settings. Even though one assumes all of their data is wiped when they reformat the system, it seems some of it still left on the hard drive. “A lot of them [hackers] already know how to do all this […] Anyone can freely download a lot of this software, essentially pick up a discarded game console, and have someone’s identity.”The ease of use certainly makes this … [Read more...] about Hackers Can Pull Credit Card Info From Old Xbox 360s [UPDATE: Microsoft Responds]
Does being the most powerful even actually even matter?For as long as the various big gaming hardware companies have been battling it out for the hearts and minds of gamers there’s been an obsession with power. The resolutions may have grown and chatter about bits may have been replaced by talk of teraflops, but the story is pretty much the same: who is the most powerful?We are, Microsoft holler. Practically every promoted tweet I’ve seen in the last month or so has screamed that: the Xbox One X is the most powerful games console ever made. And y’know, after testing it for a week – yes, it is. So much so it’s actually a little mind-boggling.This is the thing I need to emphasize about the Xbox One X right off the bat: it’s a box of wonders. When I first hefted it out of the box I was taken aback by its weight – it’s nearly the heaviest Xbox ever made, only lighter than Microsoft’s original, beefcake entry into the console market by … [Read more...] about Xbox One X Review: does Microsoft’s super machine live up to the hype?
It's coming. We know it's coming. Microsoft is priming for a big reveal in the next few months leading up to E3. They may even wait until E3, the big video game industry conference in June, to make their first move of the next-generation. Amidst rumors and anticipation and expectations, Microsoft has a lot to live up to with the success of the Xbox 360 at their backs. Most importantly, the Xbox 720, or whatever it's called, needs to match what Sony's PS4 offers, and then some. PS4 Parity Sony is pushing the whole, for the games, for the developers bit with the PS4, hoping to encourage innovative games published on their console while promising the same for gamers. Whatever Microsoft's sales pitch for their next Xbox, they need to match the PS4 in some basic ways. First and foremost, Microsoft needs to match the PS4 specs, through and through, especially that amped up 8 GB RAM space. Beyond the specs, however, are the games, and every title already announced for PS4 that could be … [Read more...] about Xbox 720 Reveal: The Details We Need To Know
Microsoft is investigating a possible Xbox 360 security breach whereby hackers are able to gain access to personal information--like credit card numbers--even after a system has been reset to factory settings. Researchers at Drexel University and Dakota State University told Kotaku this week that they purchased an Xbox 360 through an authorized retailer, downloaded a "basic modding tool," and were able to use it to uncover personal information like credit card numbers stored on the system. Jim Alkove, general manager of security for Microsoft's game business, told GameSpot that the researchers' claims are improbable. "Xbox is not designed to store credit card data locally on the console, and as such seems unlikely credit card data was recovered by the method described," he said. "Additionally, when Microsoft refurbishes used consoles we have processes in place to wipe the local hard drives of any other user data. We can assure Xbox owners we take the privacy and security of … [Read more...] about Microsoft investigating Xbox 360 credit card theft claims
Rockstar recently hit town with an updated, work-in-progress version of Grand Theft Auto IV and gave us a look around the promising new entry in its acclaimed series. The game was running on the Xbox 360 and featured a slew of upgrades since the last time we saw it in action. While we still weren't able to get our hands on the controller and get a feel for it ourselves, we got a meaty look at a handful of the game's missions, as well as some of the requisite showcases of its richly detailed environments. Given our familiarity with the game, our demonstrator just hopped into our first mission demo, which featured a character named Brucie, who was seen briefly in the last trailer released for the game. The mission kicks off with a cinematic that finds GTAIV's mysterious protagonist Nikolai entering a garage asking for Brucie, who needs some professional whacking done (the murderous kind). Niko is tasked with stealing a police car and giving Brucie a phone call once he's done so. … [Read more...] about Grand Theft Auto IV Updated Impressions: Missions, Mayhem, and Drunk Driving?
Return to Pacific City a decade after its intense war on crime. A new threat has arrived in the form of the Cell terrorists and their Freak virus. Our Game Guide will show you how to take over Absorption Units, detonate Beacons, and bring order to Pacific City. Here's what you'll find inside: Walkthrough: A full walkthrough to help you locate Beacons and complete Project Sunburst Secrets: Learn about hidden items, orbs, and vehicles Agency Deployment: A full chart of weapons and vehicles earned by collecting orbs Achievements : A full list of Achievements to boost your Gamerscore The Agency helicopter will drop you off at the docks. The area is under Cell control and it's your job to quell the situation. You'll start off armed with a standard machinegun and shotgun. Your melee attacks are also a powerful means of dispatching enemies. Move forward to the Cell tactical location. Use this spot to call in Agency backup. As a friendly chopper zooms to your location, more … [Read more...] about Crackdown 2 Walkthrough
Last year, I asked some members of the editorial team to write about their favorite games of the year. It gave a chance for us to speak from our hearts, and allowed the games that meant the most to us take the stage. This year, even more of the GameSpot staff participated, and we are excited to share our individual thoughts with you. Each day this week, we will unveil top ten lists from the GameSpot staff so that we might celebrate our favorite games of 2012. Mind you, there is a difference between "favorite" and "best," and it's an important distinction to make. I don't believe that a few of my entries represent the best of 2012, but they nonetheless mean something to me, and sparked a part of me that made that game remain in my consciousness well after I had moved on to others. Of course, such personal lists are always a reminder of all the wonderful games that I haven't played this year. I am still only halfway through The Walking Dead: Episode 1 - A New Day and Halo 4; I … [Read more...] about Personal Perspectives: The Top Ten of 2012
Devil's Third is a bloody shooter. A game obsessed with perfecting the close kill. And now it's a Wii U exclusive. The shooter's creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, is a man best known for games that titillate with skimpy clothing, or lopped limbs. He's a to-the-point game maker, not shy with his criticism. So it's not surprising that in bringing the game to Nintendo, there were some arguments.What might be surprising, though, is the idea that this developer — a man who is rarely seen without his dark sunglasses and worn leather jacket; a developer seemingly so different from Nintendo's famed creators — discovered within the Japanese game company not just strong allies, but what he describes as a fundamental design lesson."There are also cultural differences between the way that I've worked and the way Nintendo works, which is when it comes down to the basic grammar of games, the method of game creation," Itagaki said through a translator. "And so we certainly fought some, but I … [Read more...] about Why Itagaki brought his hyper-violent THQ shooter to Wii U as an exclusive