Battlefield 3's Caspian Border map opens up to PC Beta players this weekend, but our own Hamza Aziz got to take to the sky on a few other maps. Also, we've got new details on Skyward Sword, an eyes-on preview of Max Payne 3, and much more.
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Throughout the last preview, little was discussed about the real meat and potatoes of Skyward Sword -- what makes this new Zelda game so exciting and novel compared to previous Zelda titles. Sure, the concept of intuitive motion controls was teased, and a more fluid way of navigating the world was discussed, yet sorely lacking was a look at one of the key elements that has defined every single Zelda game from the very first adventure on the Nintendo Entertainment System. (Casey Baker)
If you have been longing for tiny versions of animals to romp around in Minecraft, then today is your lucky day. Minecraft developer Jeb posted on his Twitter that you can now download and install the pre-release version of the 1.9 patch, which adds baby animals to the game. I (Joshua Derocher)
In case you never read our preview of the mode, Exterminatus is a four-player survival mode in which players take their existing multiplayer characters and face off against hordes of increasingly challenging Orks and Chaos Marines. The three character classes from the competitive mode are features, with all your unlocked perks and customizations. (Jim Sterling)
This year is just ridiculous. There have been so many huge titles released in 2011 already and there are still many more on the way. I have a hard time trying to keep track of all them so you'll forgive me if I haven't really given much thought to the games of 2012. (Hamza Aziz)
DICE has defended Battlefield 3 from criticism among gamers, claiming that the fans have misunderstood what the term "beta" actually means. Some people expected a proper demo, but Producer Patrick Liu says that the beta existed so DICE could test its backend. (Jim Sterling)