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Thursday, Dec 20, 2007

  

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Trailer & Details

New details, screenshots, and a teaser video from Rainbow Six Vegas 2 shed more light on plans for the next installment in the tactical shooter series. This press release has some new Xbox 360 screenshots as well as new gameplay details, while the video is mirrored on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, eXp.de, FileFront, FileShack, and Gamer's Hell. New features highlighted in the press release include increased emphasis on multiplayer play, enhanced customization, improved co-op mode, a larger portion of Sin City to explore, and more.

Hellgate: London Patch

The Hellgate: London Website has word that version 0.7 of Flagship's action/RPG is now alive, offering tweaks, fixes, and changes, and some key memory management issues have been cleared up. They also express their goal of getting their first major content delivered before the end of the year will not be met, as the lesson learned from the game's rocky launch is that "releases should be a question of 'what' and not 'when.'"

New ATI Drivers

The AMD Website now offers new version 7.12 Catalyst reference drivers for ATI accelerators running under Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux. Here's the highlight of the Windows release: "This release of Catalyst™ introduces an enhanced version of ATI Overdrive for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series. Users can now Overclock both GPU engine and graphics memory clock speeds in Crossfire mode (and over-clock single ATI Radeon graphics accelerators as well). This version of ATI Overdrive also includes a new stress test application to verify any over-clocking speeds users may have configured (either manually or through the auto-tuning tool) on their ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series of graphics accelerators."

Team Fortress 2, Steam Updates

Steam now offers new automatic updates for Team Fortress 2 as well as the Steam client. The Steam client update is fairly minor, but TF2 gets a number of tweaks, changes, and fixes.

Neverwinter Nights Beta Patch

Neverwinter Nights Forums offer a new beta version 1.69.8101 patch for the D&D RPG along with a revert patch. Word is: "The 1.69 Beta 2 patch addresses some issues with the videos not playing under Windows Vista, as well as prompting the user for elevated privileges when running Neverwinter nights under Windows Vista." Thanks Neverwinter Nights 2 Vault.

Galactic Dream: Rage of War Patch

RageofWar.NET offers new patches for Galactic Dream: Rage of War, updating this space strategy game and its playable demo to version 1.1H. The downloads are mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Mac Guitar Hero III Patch

Aspyr now offers a new patch for the Mac edition of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, updating the rhythm/music game to version 1.1. The new version includes the same batch of changes as the recent PC patch (story).

EverQuest II Q&A

EverQuest II Q&A on TenTonHammer hears from former SOE producer Scott Hartsman who answers questions about mob bosses in the Rise of Kunark expansion.

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Duke Nukem Forever Q&A

3D Realms' George Broussard Tosses Out Duke Nukem Forever Information Scraps on ShackBlog features some answers from the 3D Realms mainstay about Duke Nukem Forever upon the release of the new trailer for the long-in-development shooter. Along the way George clarifies where their engine development parted ways with the stock Unreal II engine, how environmental puzzles and dismemberment are his favorite features so far, how they've restarted development at least three times over the years, and more.

Free Stranger Add-on

The Stranger Website now offers downloads of a free Christmas add-on for The Stranger, Fireglow's fantasy-themed RTS/RPG. The add-on includes a pair of new multiplayer maps: "Once upon a Time in Mokkosa" and "Heritage of Muneks." The new content is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Czech.

The Witcher Patch

A new patch for The Witcher is now available to update CD Projekt's action/RPG to version 1.2. The new version does not add any features; bug fixes and tweaks are the order of the day, as outlined in the change log. The download is available from ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, FanGaming, FileFront, FileShack, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and PixelRage.

Combat Mission: Shock Force Patch

The Combat Mission: Shock Force Demo and Patch Download Page now offers new version 1.05 patches for the Paradox Interactive and GamersGate editions of the military combat game, not to be confused with the recently released patch for the Battlefront edition, in spite of efforts at making this more confusing than it should be. A number of changes and fixes are included in the patch, which includes a warning to back up custom hotkeys.txt files and that old save games will not be compatible with the new version.

Space Empires V Patches

A new patches for the US and European editions of Space Empires V update Malfador Machinations' 4X strategy sequel to version 1.66. The US patch is available on AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls and the Euro patch is on AtomicGamer, FileFront and The Patches Scrolls.

Eschalon: Book I Linux Demo

The official Linux demo for Eschalon: Book I is now available, following the recent release of a beta Linux demo for the RPG (story). The download is available on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Vaporware Awards

This year's edition of Wired's annual Vaporware Awards are live (thanks nin), subtitled "Long Live the King," a tribute to their obvious #1 choice, Duke Nukem Forever, which tops the list in spite of yesterday's teaser trailer (which almost seems timed to coincide with this announcement) and its "lifetime achievement" designation in the 2004 Vaporware Awards (DNF has been a fixture on this list since it first appeared in 2000 (story)). The list also includes another two games in a pair of odd entries, as Spore comes in at number two even though the ambitious game was only announced a couple of years ago (story) and the even odder inclusion of Diablo III at number seven, in spite of the fact that a third installment in the RPG series has not yet been announced at all. At one point vaporware was a term used to describe products that would never appear, but these "awards" seem to have evolved into a simple list of products that have taken a while to develop; past honorees include Windows 2000, Windows NT, OS X, Half-Life 2, Diablo II, high-speed net access, Bluetooth, Warcraft III, and many other products that were not only eventually released, but were quite successful.

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