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TrackMania 2 Revealed

TrackMania 2 has been unveiled at the Paris Game Festival, as a number of comments on the TrackMania Forums indicate. This post has links to pictures of the racing sequel's unveiling on Twitter, while some tweets from this French Twitter feed indicate the game is expected next year. Last but not least, there's a ShakyCam video of a game trailer on YouTube that's pretty impressive, considering it is fairly washed out and frequently out of focus. This thread on TrackMania 2 Forum has an ongoing collection of links with details as they emerge. Thanks Frans.

Empires of Steel Beta Demo

A beta demo for Empires of Steel is now available, offering a sample of upcoming global domination strategy game, which you can check out between now and when the demo expires on October 31. Word is: "It will allow you to explore and test many of the unique features EoS has to offer first hand. While there are some limitations in place, the beta demo does allow for largely unrestricted multiplayer games (up to 8 players) on a special DemoMap, and does allow peeks at some of the advanced game features such as the full featured map and unit set editor, the in-game mod and scenario sharing system, the built-in game updater and much more." The demo is available for download from Battlefront.com, FanGaming, and Gamer's Hell.

Call of Duty: World at War Linux Server

The new Linux dedicated server for Call of Duty: World at War corresponding to the newly released version 1.6 patch for Treyarch's World War II shooter is now available. The download can be found on The Patches Scrolls.

APB Trailer, Interview

The All Points Bulletin Gang War Gameplay Trailer on GameTrailers.com offers another look at Realtime Worlds' upcoming multiplayer action game. The clip demonstrates violence with guns, violence with cars, and even violence with guns in cars. Also, there's a new E.J. Moreland Interview video on GameTrailers where APB's lead designer talks about the game, saying it centers on three elements: "creativity, conflict, and celebrity." Along the way he reconfirms the note found in the game's FAQ back in August that they "aren't requiring a subscription." He also reiterates their release roadmap, saying: "It's coming out Q1 2010," and pushing back the expected start of closed beta testing from weeks to "a couple of months."

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Ships, Demo

Ubisoft announces that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is now available in North America for Windows and various consoles, offering a tie-in with the animated movie of the same name. A playable demo for the PC can be downloaded from Ubisoft's Fun Zone, and here's a bit on what the game offers: "Players assume the role of Flint, the hero-inventor of the movie, and immerse themselves in an interactive re-creation of the movie's exciting and hilarious story. Using Flint's new and exclusive wacky gadgets to defeat massively mutated food enemies and ultimately to stop the machine that is causing food to rain from the sky, players will run, climb, dodge, melt, punch, slice and dice and puzzle-solve their way through more than 20 levels spread out over 7 different environments taken from the movie; everything from Ice Cream Falls, to Jelly Castle Land! Play single-player, or team up with a friend to play as Flint's pet monkey Steve, to drop-in/drop-out at anytime, in a hilarious co-op mode! Hurl hamburgers with the "Bigacious Pow” punching glove gadget, sling spaghetti with the 'Forkamajigger!', or launch burritos in the "Outtasighter” vehicle!"

Majesty 2 Launch Trailer

The release trailer for Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is now available on the YouTube for the just-released RTS sequel. Word is: "Behold as the champion, approached by a sleeping troll, must weigh his options and decide whether to slay the monster and collect a sizeable cash reward or flee and keep his bones and internal organs intact. Of course, our courageous hero could just opt for a couple of pints down at the local tavern."

Diablo III Interview

The Road to Diablo III on Gamasutra interviews Julian "Courtney" Love and Kevin "House" Martens about Diablo III, Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG. Along the way, they give up the "secret" to Blizzard's success: "Here's the secret to Blizzard games, and this is a secret that won't help any of our competitors: endless iteration. We'll take something, we'll put it in the game. Maybe we'll like it when we put it in, maybe we won't. We'll leave it in there for a while, we'll let it percolate. We'll play it and play it and play it, and then we'll come back. We might throw it all out, or we'll throw half of that out and redo it."

Left 4 Dead 2 Interview

The Left 4 Dead 2 Interview on Planet Half-Life is their PAX conversation with Chet Faliszek about Valve's upcoming zomificated shooter sequel. They discuss the community backlash to the initial announcement, gameplay changes, mod support, the New Orleans setting, new characters, the Crash Course DLC, and more.

Borderlands Interview

The Borderlands Interview on Skewed & Reviewed chats with Chase Sensky, Associate Producer on Borderlands, Gearbox Software's upcoming role-playing shooter. Topics include the game's setting, featured locales, weapons and more of the basics, as will as a discussion of storytelling in a shooter, obstacles they overcame during development, and more.

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