X-Play initiates Operation 7


Forget 21 guns . . . this game can give you a thousand.

Barely a week after taking gamers on a trip to the mystical world of Taborea in Runes of Magic, E-games now gives FPS lovers a heavy-dose of realistic combat action as it commences Operation 7 (OP7). Developed by Korean game development company Mgame, OP7 challenges the current lineup of MMOFPS (massively multiplayer online first person shooter game), and promises the most action-packed and realistic gaming experience.

Gil Edeza, COO of X-Play, said that OP7’s pedigree is undeniable and said that this game was developed and built with Counterstrike players in mind. “OP7 is several notches up in the FPS ladder. It is undeniably the next step in the evolution of the FPS world. The game is geared towards the creative thinkers who know the artistry required in gun modification.”

Steven Choi, Director of Mgame’s International Business Department is excited about the partnership with X-Play. “We are thrilled with our partnership with X-Play. With its 3 million strong gaming community, the support they give them, and the dedication to their game titles, we believe OP7 will become a great hit for Philippine market.” Choi said.

Following the tried and tested formula of successful first person shooters, OP7 gives online players a lot of great gaming features, priding itself with the sheer amount of gun customization options. Guns can be modified in the game offering a wide selection of parts such as Dot Sights, Scopes, Kobs, Silencers, Gun Body, Barrels, and more to create a gun unique to each player. There are over 1,000 gun customizations that can be created allowing players to design the perfect gun to suit their style.

In addition to gun customization, OP7 also allows players to customize the appearance of their avatar as the game progresses. The progress is dependent on skill level so you will really need to put on your thinking caps to create your perfect character.

OP 7 also uses maps based on real locations that offer an interesting insight into how combat unfolds. There is a map for instance of New York City’s Ground Zero that actually corresponds with the real location. Re-enactments of historical escapes and warfare then become possible with OP7. For players hankering for PVP, OP7 gives them just that and more with Clan Vs. Clan PVP.

Sonny Carlos, Product Manager for OP7 promises that even FPS veterans will find something new and will be in for a surprise with some of the games’ features that cannot be found on any other existing shooters. “The experience of the player is more realistic with screen blurring to mimic dizziness after an explosion, and the physics in OP7 are just realistic. Games of this caliber obviously had a lot of thought put into its development. We are extremely excited to see how this unfolds once the public tries it out,” Carlos said.

In addition, OP7 imitates reality with gameplay and require the players to have realistic battle tactics. Although not unique to OP7, the gameplay’s peek feature is much more like real life. This means that players have to think before they even peek. The radar at the bottom left of the screen is an extremely helpful addition for the players that are more alert and able to think on their toes.

Thanks to the out-of-the-box thinking, thrilling missions, and the demands of warfare, OP7 has something for every first person shooter out there looking for a game created to exceed the rest and finally meet their standards.

George Royeca, X-Play VP for Casual Games, claims that OP7 will mark the beginning of a new era of MMOFPS. “This new game is the sophisticated gaming experience for those who have played other first person shooters. With most others, aside from gaining experience to get to the next level, there is no real reason to keep playing. But with OP7, the thrill is in the artistry of the weapons.”

OP7 made its grand launch yesterday at the SM City North Edsa Cyberzone, and true to E-games and X-play tradition, gamers were treated to a day of free play and freebies. OP7s elite Advanced Military Assault Tactics and Strategies or Team AMATS showcased the games features in exhibition matches and performances by top-caliber bands like Greyhoundz and Urbandub made the day even more memorable.
For details, http://op7.e-games.com.ph.
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BBC show reports about the PS3s “Yellow Light of Death”

Just when you thought it was safer to get a PS3 instead of an Xbox360, a long-running consumer affairs show called Watchdog reported that more than 150 of its viewers have likewise experienced a fatal error of their PS3 console.

Labeled as the “yellow light of death” (in contrast to the Xbox360’s red lights of doom) the error renders the PS3 inoperable, and is unfortunately not going to be paid by Sony. “More than 150 Watchdog viewers have contacted us to say they’ve experienced [the yellow light of death] and by Sony’s own admission, around 12,500 of the 2.5 million PlayStations sold in the UK have shut down in this way since March 2007,” the Watchdog blog says. The problem predominately affects launch-model PS3s, which are already outside Sony’s 12-month warranty period.

The show attributed the PS3’s issue to gas bubbles in its solder joints, an allegation which Sony denies. According to the report, Watchdog was able to repair 16 broken consoles using a process called “solder reflow,” which involves heating the console in a specialized oven to melt and re-set its solder joints.
Unfortunately, five of the 16 failed again shortly after completing the procedure.

Before the show aired, Sony already issued a letter that the show’s methods were faulty and its conclusions inaccurate. Ray Maguire, Sony UK’s managing director expressed his serious concerns as to the accuracy of the allegations and the likely tone of the Watchdog report. “The information that you have provided suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of the technical issues and a mischaracterization of SCEUK’s Out of Warranty repairs policy.”

Sony, however, did not give the overall failure rate of the machine, but did say that fewer than one half of one percent of PS3 owners had experienced the “yellow light” failure.

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System Requirements: Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista; CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or faster, AMD X2 3600+ or faster; RAM: 1 GB (1.5 Vista); Disc Drive: DVD-ROM Drive; Hard Drive: 6 GB free Hard Drive space; Video Card: DirectX 9.0c 256MB support pixel shader 3.0. Nvidia Geforce 7800. ATI Radeon X1800 or better; Others: Multiplayer requires one disc per PC and a 512 Kbps or faster connection

RESIDENT EVIL 5

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Co-producer and series veterans Jun Takeuchi (Lost Planet) and Masachika Kawata (Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles) unleash an unprecedented level of fear for the new generation in Resident Evil 5, the sequel to one of the highest-rated videogames in history according to Metacritic.com and Gamerankings.com. Promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control, Resident Evil 5 is certain to bring new fans to the series. Incredible changes to both the gameplay and world of Resident Evil make this a must-have game for
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System Requirements: Operating System: Windows XP / Vista; CPU: Pentium D processor or Athlon XP 64X2 or higher; RAM: 512 MB (1GB for Vista); Disc Drive: DVD-Rom drive; Hard Drive; 8 GB free Hard-drive space Video Card: VRAM 256 MB or higher, Nvidia Geforce 6800 or higher, ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro or higher DirectX 9.0c, Shader 3.0 or higher.

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