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]
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?