Daily Archives: 27 August, 2012
We have heard your wish for more official DICE servers. As of now, we have effectively quadrupled them on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Note that you will still be able to get quick matched into any ranked server. For the best results if you want an official DICE server, please refer to the manual server browser and enter “DICE” as a search term. If you go to the Server information screen, all official DICE servers will have the owner set to “DICE”. Remember that you can favorite servers that you like so you can easily find them again on your next session.
Have a great gaming weekend!
In an apocalyptic future, join either the humanoid Paladins or the invading Variants and battle it out in 3-on-3 mini-matches over the Earth’s continents in an effort to gather a resource known as Dark Matter and win the overall war. Summer of Arcade continues with the release of Hybrid, a multiplayer-only arena shooter from developer 5th Cell and published by Microsoft Studios. After a couple of hiccups when the game first launched, the servers are now up and running beautifully and you owe it to yourself to check this out if you’re into multiplayer shooters.
Before jumping into the fray with accomplished gamers, I strongly suggest you go through the Battle Tutorial (it’s easy and you get an achievement for it) and spend some time in the Practice Arena where there are enough drones and targets for you to get a feel for the game. The action is fast and furious in this one, so be prepared.
Controls and movement are similar to other third-person shooter games that limit your movement from available cover to available cover. Without complete freedom of movement, you must move from cover point to cover point. Highlight an appropriate place to take cover, then press A to fly there. While in flight, you can still strafe, aim weapons and fire (but it slows you down). You automatically take cover when you arrive. The B button lets you automatically retreat to your previous cover spot, in case you managed to fly into an enemy ambush (press it again to go right back to where you were, allowing you to draw the enemies out). This aerial shooting can become tricky; keep an eye out for your enemies!
Abilities and Drones
Each character also has a special Ability, activated by pressing RB. For instance, if you have the Ability to throw grenades (and who doesn’t want that?) you see the path your grenade will take. Move the path around (it works just like a golf game), then throw your grenade and watch the baddies go boom.
Drones are a unique feature of the game. After one kill, you earn a Stalker Drone which will help you by shooting your enemies. Three kills in a row earns you a more powerful Warbringer drone, and five kills grants you the heat-seeking missile Preyon. Use these drones for kills to earn achievements.
Specialization and Side Missions
This is where it gets interesting. Each district has a specialized base which you can level up during play with five tiers of performance boosts available in each specialization:
- Strategist (increased experience points)
- Armored (better defense)
- Assassin (increased weapon damage)
- Spec Ops (decreases cooldowns on Abiilities)
- Commander (increases both armor and weapon damage for deployed Drones).
Also, make sure to check out the side missions listed before battle. As you fight through the area and complete side missions, your character acquires experience points for new weapons and other goodies. Performing well in the various missions gives you more outfitting options in the Armory and a higher rank.
Gameplay and the Armory
Hybrid is a persistent online world constantly at war with all Xbox LIVE players worldwide on the same server. When you Login, you’re asked which faction you want to join: Variants or Paladins. You start off at the first rank then must choose the continent and the district in which you want to fight. As you move around the districts, you can see whether the battle is going well, poorly or even near victory. Pay attention to the gameplay tips you’ll see on the arena loading screens; they can be mighty helpful.
To get to the Dark Matter, engage in a series of small battles across ten different game maps and seven game modes. The first team to reach the goal gets two Dark Matter samples, the second team gets only one sample. The first faction overall to reach 100 Dark Matter wins the overall Season, and the world map is reset but you maintain all the perks and ranks you’ve acquired. Post-battle, visit the Armory to deck yourself out in Helmets, or choose new Weapons (submachine guns, shotguns, heavy pistols, sniper rifles, light machine guns, assault rifles and more are all featured), select different Abilities, and even do other things in the Extras category. For instance, you can buy XP boosts with what you have, or even append a Clan tag to your player name (a feature that should please many shooter clans out there). And thus another Season starts.
It’s a tactical shooter game (your individual team-based 3-on-3 battles) mixed with a strategic meta-game (all players of your faction worldwide are helping determine the outcome of a Season). While you’re playing with everyone else in the whole world, you can also organize Squads to keep you and your friends together.
One of the nice features includes the ability to vote on which map to play (Airfield seems to be my favorite). Eventually you’ll deploy and then watch out! The action is highly chaotic. Keep moving! Move from cover point to cover point and seek out the enemy. Soften them up with grenades or just go in guns a-blazing. Don’t forget to use your drones because they can absorb some enemy fire while you’re sneaking up on them from behind.
After the battle, check out a couple of robust statistics pages on your performance (let’s just say my K/D ratio is laughable) and how much experience you’ve acquired. Then jump right back into the action for another battle. You can keep going like this all night long.
The End Result
Hybrid adds a frenetic multiplayer shooter with unique gameplay elements to the Summer of Arcade lineup. Its gameplay and features should spark an active community where Squads of friends spring up and take the battle to the masses as either Variant or Paladin clans. If you want a quick blast of fun, be sure to download the demo or the full game today.
The Summer of Arcade closes out with a bang, with the release of the much anticipated Dust: An Elysian Tail developed by Humble Hearts and available now on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 1200 points. Why the anticipation? Because this is a near perfect melding of two very distinct genres: 2-D side-scrolling beat-em-up, and the role-playing game. It’s certainly one of the most gorgeous games we’ve seen in a long time, as it looks like you’re playing right in the middle of a lush Disney cartoon (lush yes, but still populated with monsters that will rip you limb from limb).
In the interactive opening, you are introduced as Dust, a warrior who has claimed the talking Blade of Ahrah in order to restore an endangered civilization, and at the same time, rediscover your own past which seems lost in the mists of time. Along with the sword comes Fidget, a nimbat, a strange flying cat fox that is the sword’s guardian and who will be your companion throughout the adventure.
AUSTIN, Texas - August 21, 2012 - Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC announced today that it plans to invest about $4 billion to meet the rapidly growing demands for logic products. The funds will be used to renovate its existing fabrication operations to accommodate full System LSI production.
The remodeled fabrication line will mainly produce state-of-the-art mobile SoCs on 300mm wafers at the 28nm process node.
Starting work this month, the project is scheduled to initiate mass production within the second half of 2013. About 2,500 construction workers and equipment vendors will be at the site to retrofit the facility and set up the equipment.