By Griffin McElroy on Jul 31, 2014 07.31.14
We gave PlayStation Now a test run after the launch of its beta on PS4 earlier today, and despite a perplexing pricing model and a minute or two of network wonkiness, the platform is performing surprisingly well. In the video above, you can watch our attempt to stream and play two PlayStation 3 titles — Just Cause 2 and Final Fantasy 13 — on our PlayStation 4. During the test, we experienced just one session-ending error while starting a new game in Just Cause 2. Initializing a game through PlayStation Now took us a little over half a minute; a pause we experienced only when launching a game, but not during play. That period was extended significantly when launching a game through PlayStation Now after immediately ending another streaming game — seen as a nearly two-minute transition...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Mar 19, 2014 03.19.14
Open-world games are designed to allow players to explore and interact in it at will; creating compelling AI characters and enemy types for these games can be difficult when everything is built to scale and adapt to what the player does. Jeet Shroff, senior programmer at Avalanche Studios, addressed this topic in their GDC 2014 talk, "Free-Range AI: Creating Compelling Characters for Open World Games." He discussed how open-world titles present the challenge of needing dynamic non-playable characters to help players immerse themselves in the game. Design decisions had to be made that allowed NPC behavior to accommodate player choices as well as emergent and open-ended gameplay segments. Open-world games are sandboxes — they want players to have the power to craft their own...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 09, 2014 02.09.14
A new mod created by Just Cause 2 Multiplayer community member Jman100 allows users to create their own buildings and more within the game's severs. The Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod expands on the game's typically single-player adventures with an online server. According to the creator of this latest mod, Build World is a sandbox-style game mode. "In it, players can, as a community, build their own creations using hundreds of props in a spawn menu," Jman100 wrote on JC2M's forums. "This allows the creation of anything from houses, to small towns, to whatever you can think of." For a look at how Build World works, watch the video above. To play the mod, users can connect to Jman100's server. The Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod is available to download on its website.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 27, 2013 12.27.13
Mod DB's readers have spoken, and the consensus among them is that Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, the community-made multiplayer addition to Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2, is the best mod of 2013. Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, which was released on Steam earlier this month, also took the top spot on Mod DB's editors' choice list last week. Over the course of a 22-day campaign, Mod DB received a total of more than 141,000 votes. Voting wasn't restricted to mods that were released this year; rounding out the top three on the readers' choice list were No More Room in Hell, a cooperative survival horror mod for Half-Life 2 that debuted in 2011, and Rise of the Reds, a 2008 mod that added the Russian Federation to Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour. Here's the full top 10: 10. W...
By Emily Gera on Dec 02, 2013 12.02.13
The popular multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 will launch on Steam, according to the mod's developers. Once launched, the mod's client and server can be downloaded with complete Steam integration. While no launch date is available, the title will release by the end of 2013, according to its developers. The final beta will run from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, after which its official release will be announced. The Avalanche Studios' developed Just Cause 2 launched as a single-player title in 2010.
By Colin Campbell on Jul 26, 2013 07.26.13
Square Enix is holding a summer sale on its e-store, offering both older and more recent games at discount. Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs will be available for up to 50% off from today through Sunday, August 4. Tomb Raider PC download is down from $49.99 to $24.99. Sleeping Dogs PC download is down from $29.99 to $14.99. Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is down from $39.99 to $29.99 Deus Ex on Xbox 360 is down from $29.99 to $24.99. Dead Island PC download is down from $19.99 to $9.99. Just Cause 2 on PlayStation 3 is down from $19.99 to $9.99. More information at Square Enix e-store.
By Samit Sarkar on Jul 01, 2013 07.01.13
Sony's annual PlayStation Network summer sale runs begins tomorrow with two weeks of discounts on games such as Just Cause 2 and movies including The Dark Knight, the company announced today. Each of the two weeks — July 2-9 and July 9-16 — will offer different video game sales, and as always, PlayStation Plus members will enjoy deeper discounts. The movie sale from the PlayStation Video Store will run the same sales for both weeks. Check out the full list below. July 2-9 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3) - Regular Price: $59.99, Sale Price: $41.99, PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79 The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) - Regular Price: $49.99, Sale Price: $29.99, PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99 Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) - Regular Price: $19.99, Sale Price: $9.99, PlayStation Plus Price:...
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 12, 2012 12.12.12
Publisher Square Enix is meeting your video game gift-giving needs with a holiday sale in its online store that cuts prices on nearly every available game by 50 percent. The discounts don't apply to upcoming titles — you can't pre-order Tomb Raider at half price — or the company's most recent release, Hitman: Absolution, which is on sale for $39.99 (33 percent off). But everything else, including games such as Sleeping Dogs ($29.99), Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($14.99), Final Fantasy 13-2 ($9.99) and Just Cause 2 ($9.99), is available at a 50 percent discount. In addition, customers in the 48 contiguous United States who spend more than $100 will receive free shipping on their orders. The sale is only available in North America, and it runs from now through Jan. 2, 2013. Square Enix...
By Chris Plante on Dec 07, 2012 12.07.12
From a cursory glance, a lost classic might appear to be straightforward genre fare. But beneath the surface, these games tend to twist what we expect from a shooter, a role-playing game or an action-adventure title. On this list alone, there's a Tony Hawk-inspired gore fest, a literary post-apocalyptic puzzle-platformer and a spaghetti western melodrama. Time has passed since the release of these lost classics. Their prices have dropped by the month. Now you can grab most of these oddballs for less than an Andrew Jackson. They're perfect for the budget-conscious secret Santa — far better than a forgettable gift card. The lost classics The lost classics Just Cause 2 Just Cause 2 Just Cause 2 is my favorite game of this console generation. The open-world sandbox...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 12, 2012 11.12.12