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[UPDATE] THQ's RTS gets DX10, WWII shooter gets mapped, Midway demo reposted, Eidos remakes Steam'd, 2K slugger soundtracked.

Company of Heroes gets DX10 treatment
While the title for first playable game sporting Vista's DirectX 10 goes to Capcom's Lost Planet, THQ can now tout the title for first commercially available DirectX 10 game. The publisher announced today that Company of Heroes has been patched to support Microsoft's latest API. The patch includes graphical enhancements aimed at improving textures, models, shadows, and lighting. From internal studio Relic, Company of Heroes was met with widespread critical acclaim last year and was named GameSpot's 2006 Strategy Game of the Year. An expansion for the historical real-time strategy game, Opposing Fronts, is slated to hit PCs this fall.

Five more Call of Duty 3 maps hit XBL
Last August, Activision announced nearly $1 million in sales from downloadable content for its WWII first-person shooter Call of Duty 2. Looking to build upon that success with Call of Duty 3, the company released the Valor Map Pack in January, and today its second map pack of the year is available. The Bravo Map Pack includes a map from the original Call of Duty and one from United Offensive, as well as three new ones set in various locales across Europe. The pack is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Tomb Raider: Anniversary heating up Steam
Two and a half months after it announced it would distribute some of its catalog games via Valve Software's online distribution service, Eidos has revealed Lara Croft's latest will also be available on Steam. Next week, Tomb Raider: Anniversary--Eidos' remake of the 1997 original--will become the second game in the series to enter the Steam pipeline, after Tomb Raider: Legend. To coincide with the game's retail release, the $29.95 title will be available on Steam on June 1, except the Western hemisphere, where it will go up on June 5.

Hour of Victory demo pulled, reloaded
Though it was supposed to be out Wednesday, the demo for the forthcoming World War II shooter was not on Xbox Live Marketplace as of Thursday night. A rep for its publisher, Midway Games, said some last-minute technical adjustments had to be worked through, and it should be up "soon." By early Friday, the free 938MB demo was indeed up.

The BIGS gets rock-heavy soundtrack
Superhuman superstars won't be the only monolithic draw for 2K Sports' upcoming arcade-style baseball game, The BIGS. Slated to score The BIGS soundtrack is a who's who list of power-chord-abusing rock demigods, with notable tracks including Motorhead's "Ace of Spades," White Zombie's "More Human Than Human," Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush," and Primus' "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver," to name a few. "In The BIGS, everything is to the extreme, from the colossal baseball players to the surreal stadiums, so we wanted a soundtrack that would capture the magnified nature of the game," said Tim Rosa, 2K Sports' director of brand and lifestyle marketing.

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rebel-six
rebel-six

the hour of victory demo was disapointing, to say the least. the graphics and gameplay reminded me of cod 1, and the sound fx were worse. there was one thing that made it stand out, and that was the abilty to jump in a tank if u run across one.

Robertwelsh2
Robertwelsh2

This game looks this the first Call of Duty, it appears that someone paper ma-shied some crudley made paintings and slapped them together to make this.

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

The demo sucks, don't even waste your time buying it. It's worse than Allied Assault (good game for its time) which came out years ago...

barom
barom

I don't get it though why was the demo pulled? If it was because it sucked. Shouldn't they have pulled it permanently? I mean it came back up. Did they apply anything to the demo? I haven't tried the demo but if they indeed pulled it because of bad feedback, it doesn't make sense that they would put it back up (unless they don't wanna look bad, which they already are).

okassar
okassar

Can't wait for Companyy of Heroes,Call of Duty map additions have always been worthless,and Hour of Victory looks like another bad WWII game(in other words,wait for the next Medal of Honor).

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

My brother and I live only about half an hour away from each other and he had the HoV demo since Thursday morning while i didn't have access to it until today (not that it matters because that demo sucks). Before that i had the Two Worlds trailer available one day before he did. Nothing major but just thought that was a little wierd esp. considering we are practically neighbors.

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

Hour of Victory was boring. Not enough people to fight and no blood. Just a boring demo.

barom
barom

So the HoV demo was bad?

blackace
blackace

Melinda should have won as she sang better then both Blake & Jordan through the whole competition. The whole thing was rigged anyways. Jordan met the judge and the executive sponsers of the show 2 years prior. They had her set to win before the show even started. ______________________________________________________ CharmedGamer The Season Finale of American Idol went just as it should have. Blake sucks. All that beat box crap, he isn't even doing it right.

yyr
yyr

Heh, GS did the same thing for when the Halo 3 beta mishap occurred. The real issue was that there was a bug in Crackdown causing the "Download Halo 3 Beta" button not to enable, but GS reported that there were technical issues with the beta itself, and that the beta was delayed (which it wasn't...anyone who got into the beta with a different method could log in and play). I don't know if it's that GS is being a lapdog, or if they just don't do the research...

dogsounds
dogsounds

It was removed here, I'm in the UK.

Decibyte
Decibyte

Well, I don't know maybe its just the US. The download has been up on the Canadian server and not removed at all. I have a friend with a bad connection (dial up) who I was just talking to and hers is still downloading and hasn't stopped as she's been waiting ever so patiently playing games offline. it has not been removed from the server either as it is still available for download. So either it was removed off of the american server or it wasn't, but if it was, it's not an issue with the company as its available in other countries.

dogsounds
dogsounds

Heh, Sabazios, I did get a little carried away there I guess :) It just seems that when youare discussing something that so many people know about, it's probably good to make sure you have the right information so that you don't come across as a bit foolish. Simply put, either Gamespot totally dropped the ball, or are pandering. I woud prefer to assume that they simply dropped the ball...we shall see what gets mentioned on the Hotspot (if anything). However, you can bet that most gamers, when they sudenly realised that the demo had mysteriously dissapeared, went onto Xbox.com forums to find out why. That's what I did, and then rummaged around in other places to see what I could find. Yeah, GS wouldn't do that for everything that happens, but like you say, this IS a high-profile game, and it IS unusual for a demo to dissapear of of XBL ;)

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

HoV kinda sucks, even COD 3 plays better, and that is saying quite a bit, for that game was phoned in, as well.

sabazios
sabazios

dogsounds, step down! Your expectations of Gamespot are way too high. No journalist is ever on top of all that's going on, don' t blow it out of proportions. Interesting what you say though, and I agree Gamespot should have verified prior to posting - it's not like Hour of Victory is low-profile.

Decibyte
Decibyte

I agree, It was a bad game and I had it on my console way before this article was published. Like I said before, get people who know what they're doing to write the articles.

dogsounds
dogsounds

Come on, Gamespot! This doesn't seem like you, to not tell the truth properly! Hour Of Victory was listed on XBL for around 24 hours (after a short technical delay). I have it on my 360. Lots of people downloaded it. Its removal from live strangely coincided with the negative feedback it received - most all the comments I could find across the intarwebz were slating it (mine included). Please don't try to smoke and mirror us to spare the developers' feelings - we know it sucked, and we know it was pulled because of that. Hopefully they will go away and fix the game, and come back next year with a finished product. But it is a shame that you simply quote the Midway company line there, and don't actually state any of the other facts. C'mon, you do this for us! Not for the developers! I am dissapointed in you. Don't worry about hurting their feelings, or feel sorry for them - there is no way they can have expected gamers to see anything good in the demo, and therefore bring it upon themselves. With the high standards expected by current-gen gamers nowadays, there is simply no excuse for shoddy work by developers, and if they have the gall to bring unmitigated nonsense like that demo online, a month before launch, when there is obviously another year of work left to be done on the game at least, then they should roll with the punches and take it like a man. And you should be giving ALL the facts. Your story just makes it look like none of the slating of the demo ever happened and that no-one downloaded it because it was not available anyway - it makes it looks like it was just "delayed" whilst they tweak it. That's bad reporting, it changes the whole stry to someone who is not aware of what has gone on. I am dissapointed in you Gamespot, you are supposed to be staunch and independent, fearless in your reporting of the facts to your readers. Sadly, this just makes you look like a lapdog - your readers are acutely aware of what ACTUALLY happened, and your own forums should tell you this without much effort. You need to at least discuss the other aspects of the story, to provide as many facts as possible to redeem yourselves. Midway's reputation has taken a beating with this demo - don't do the same thing to your own. Way to go, ace.

WarGameJunkie
WarGameJunkie

Missed another one Gamespot! The Hour of Victory demo was up and down all day yesterday and now it's off XBL completely because it's so bad. Of course you couldn't do an article on the fact it's so bad could you? No that would be criticizing Midway for producing a really extraordinarily poor demo that very likely indicates a really horrible game and we know you're getting paid to pimp this game for them.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

They should re-release the original Call of Duty for the current-gen systems, offer it at a low price-say $20? It originally came out on CD-ROM too-I bet they could compress it like they did Castlevania: SOTN and make it a kick-ass XBLA game. It's a thought...

n8berman
n8berman

Heck, "Ace of Spades" was released on vinyl. Is this the soundtrack to the BIGS or the next Guitar Hero?

n8berman
n8berman

The BIGS...arcade-style baseball game...hmmmm...Is there any reason its soundtrack is "so, like, 1995"? I like the songs, but I honestly can't remember the last time I heard any of them.

dukerav
dukerav

"Hour of Victory demo delayed Though it was supposed to be out yesterday, the demo for the forthcoming World War II shooter has not yet been appeared on Xbox Live Marketplace. A rep for its publisher, Midway Games, said some last-minute technical adjustments had to be worked through, and it should be up "soon." The game, set for release solely for the Xbox 360 in mid-June, will let players enter the ever-popular conflict as one of three characters: a stealthy saboteur, an American sniper, or a British commando" Err am I missing something ? Delayed when? I had it downloading late Wednesday night, anyway not really worth the time unfortunately. Wish I could play CoH in DX10, but I have neither the card nor Vista to run it in DX10 :(

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

"imperial_agent: What's "Steam" that Tomb Raider is being released on? Will the anniversery ever come out on 360? I enjoyed Legends a lot." Ever heard of Valve? Creators of Half-Life, Half-Life 2? I'll let you wonder more.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Map packs are really not that worth it anymore.

dupe576
dupe576

what do you mean hour of victory demo isn't out yet? i already downloaded it and it blows balls. You can tell they got some pro's down there at midway. They put the game on XBL and then taking it off imediately afterwards to fix it. I wonder if by making "last minute technical adjustments" they meant to say, "try not to make the game such a crappy CoD knockoff".

epking
epking

i played the hour of victory demo in the middle of last nigtht, I was looking foward to this game, as i actually love WW2 shooters, but i gotta say..... this game is the suckage. the ai is absolutely horrid. the production values are sub-par, this game basically reaks like one of those bargain bin PC shooters crappy developers turn out all the time. Anyways, the visuals are almost good, it uses unreal3, aside from that, the game comes off as a poorly coded p.o. $. i really hope no one pays $59.99 for a game like this.

CharmedGamer
CharmedGamer

The Season Finale of American Idol went just as it should have. Blake sucks. All that beat box crap, he isn't even doing it right.

0dazubeN
0dazubeN

Whats with all the negativity from you people....god...it's more of a downer than the season finaly of American Idol.

Homes225
Homes225

And the Ultima Online Reborn Beta is open!

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

What's "Steam" that Tomb Raider is being released on? Will the anniversery ever come out on 360? I enjoyed Legends a lot.

the_end101
the_end101

i startin to get sick of ww2 games. they all seem the same now.

hotspotdude25
hotspotdude25

Call of Duty 3 sucked compared to Call of Duty2 cause of its terrible storyline and slimy graphics

natebayne
natebayne

agreed Hour of Victory was lame

acarrillo
acarrillo

Lara its have more skills! but continue with other bugs but i like it

ElJuego07
ElJuego07

i played hour of victory yesterday. didnt like it tho so i deleted it. plus it slowed down my 360 while dl it

battlemen
battlemen

i tried to dl hour of victory yesterday but it took about 7 hours to reach 68% so i just canceled it; and it wasnt my internet connection, i dl forza before it and it only took about 5 minutes so it was definetly technical diffuculties

devilbuster
devilbuster

I was struggling trying to download Hour of Victory demo on wednesday but failed to do so. I sort of had the same problem when I downloaded DiRT demo.

the_end101
the_end101

They released the hour of victory demo for a small period of time on wensday i happended to be online and downloaded it. i checked again today and it was gone.

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

Hour of Victory-Fair enough but what a waste of Time Call of Duty 3 maps-I would like to play the original maps but disappointed that they ain't free. Company of Heroes-Nice a great looking game get even better