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Friday, Sep 24, 2010

  

Ships Ahoy - Lost Horizon

Deep Silver announces that Lost Horizon is now available, offering an "epic point and click adventure title" set in the pulp fiction days. Here's word: "It’s 1936 and agents of the Third Reich roam the world seeking powerful artifacts to aid in their quest for world domination. Fenton Paddock, former soldier turned rogue smuggler is pulled into a web of intrigue and adventure when he is tasked with finding a lost expedition, deep in the Himalayas. On his journey, he discovers that the Nazis are seeking the greatest secrets of humankind – located in the fabled city of Shambala! Now, Fenton must not only find the lost expedition, but stop the Nazis and save the world!" The game is now available on GamersGate and at a 10% discount on Steam.

Delve Deeper on Steam

Delve Deeper is now on Steam, offering another way to get this indie strategy/adventure, which is available at a 10% discount for the first week. Here's a bit on the game: "Delve Deeper is a turn-based Adventure/Strategy game for Windows that combines HD pixel art, tile placement, and RPG elements in a bright and humorous atmosphere. Up to four players take command of Dwarf mining teams in this fast and furious dungeon adventure meets devious puzzler, building the map as you play for an ever-changing, endlessly replayable strategy experience for you and your three best friends, or three devious AI teams."

The Old Republic Smuggler Details, Webcomic

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website has a new update about the Smuggler class in BioWare's upcoming Star Wars MMORPG, starting off by saying no two Smugglers are alike, before going on to describe how each one will have a Wookiee companion (and presumably a vest). They describe the advanced class between the shooting Greedo first Gunslinger, or the princess-seducing Scoundrel, as well as the option of creating a Twi’lek Smuggler, and cap things off with a new Smuggler class gameplay video. They also offer Blood of the Empire #12, the next installment in their back story webcomic.

Global Agenda Patched

Steam now offers a new automatic update for Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios' MMO shooter. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Clone Wars Recruits a Million Clones

Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts announce that Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures registered one million users in the week following its launch of this free-to-play, MMOG based on the Cartoon Network animated series. "We are thrilled to have hit the one million player mark in Clone Wars Adventures so quickly and look forward to seeing the player community continue to grow," said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. "Combining the technology, design infrastructure and lessons learned from Free Realms with the amazing Clone Wars brand, we knew we could make a great game, and we’re happy to see that fans of all ages are enjoying the content as much as we enjoyed creating it."

On Ubisoft's Cancelled Modern Day PoP Game

Computer and Video Games relates an interesting story of a cancelled Prince of Persia spin-off game that was to use cel-shaded graphics and a modern setting. Ex-Ubisoft art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête tells them about this game, which he says was cancelled at the outset of the current console cycle. Here's his description: "So I had this little team, and [our PoP] was actually in the contemporary world. Think a bit Day After Tomorrow, but replace the snow with sand and everything. It was really wicked. But it got cancelled, and then we did all the Far Crys."

Left 4 Dead 2 Survival Versus Mutation

The Left 4 Dead Blog announces this week's mutation for Left 4 Dead 2 is Survival Versus. Here's how this is described: "The first Survivor team sets the time. The second team tries to beat it. Then the first team tries to beat the second team's time. Then the second team tries to beat the first team's time. And then the... you get the idea. Rounds keep switching until someone fails to beat the previous time." Steam News announces the new mutation is live.

On Sale

Between now and the end of September, receive a $5.00 discount from Direct2Drive on all purchases over $15.00 by using the code "PAX" at checkout.

  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising on Direct2Drive. Save 75%.
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  • Front Mission Evolved on Steam. Save 10% on preorders and get two free DLC items.
    Still on sale.
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Halo: Out With a Whimper

Indie DB now offers a demo of Halo: Out With a Whimper, a 2D side-scroller based on the Halo universe. Here's the deal: "It is the year 2552, Earth has fallen to the Covenant, and the Human mining colony, Atlas, remains mankind's last stronghold - but not for long. A Covenant invasion force has begun its ruthless assault on the planet. Their only hope for survival rests in the hands of SPARTAN Red Team, but will this be enough to lead the UNSC to victory, or will Atlas become another orbit of glass? Find out when Halo: OWaW hits the net this year! - - - - - - Halo: Out With a Whimper was created under Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules, using assets from Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars and Halo: Reach, copyright Microsoft Corporation." Thanks Shacknews.

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Into the Black

Links of the Day: Restored Print of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis Now In Theaters. Excellent news. Thanks dakslf.

PC Medal of Honor MP Beta Next Month

EA announces a four-day PC multiplayer beta test for Medal of Honor that will get underway on October 4, saying: "The Open Beta will allow players an opportunity to sample Medal of Honor’s rich multiplayer mode before the full game launches on October 12." This page has details on the beta, with system requirements, outlines of the two maps and two gameplay modes the beta will offer, descriptions of the included weapons, as well as some tips on tactics. Here's a bit more on those elements from the announcement: "Kunar Base is played in the Sector Control multiplayer mode where two sides fight to control tactical sectors of the map. Shahikot Mountains is played in the tactical and objective-based Combat Mission multiplayer mode where gamers battle through a series of objectives to defeat the opposing team. Both modes pit teams of 12 players (total 24 players) against one another with realistic destruction, tactical support actions and a weapon customization system that generates hundreds of combinations." Accompanying the news are a pair of Medal of Honor multiplayer screenshots, and a new Medal of Honor 'Experience' trailer, the fifth such clip from the game. The trailer depicts a new "Objective Raid" multiplayer mode set on the Kandahaar Marketplace, showing the attacking and defending roles in a fierce firefight. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

On Microsoft Games Studio's PC Recommitment

MCV has the latest mea culpa from Microsoft Games Studio on their failure to live up to past promises to support the PC as a gaming platform. "There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well," MGS GM Dave Luehmann tells them. "Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up." He repeats their recent announcements of PC initiatives, and promises further progress going forward: "We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform. We’ve spoken of the first three, Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. However we are not going to stop there."

Alien Breed 2: Assault & Demo Released

Alien Breed 2: Assault is now available on Steam, offering "the second chapter in the Alien Breed series, and is an explosive science fiction arcade-shooter with an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weaponry, highly detailed and rich environments, developed using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3." The release is accompanied by a playable demo. Here's more on the game:

Take control of the hero, Conrad, the ship’s Chief Engineer, and continue your fight for survival across the fatally damaged space vessel, against a ruthless assault by an alien horde. Your only hope relies on reigniting the alien space craft’s monstrous engines to rescue you from impending annihilation. Deep inside the bowels of the unfamiliar craft, and with time rapidly running out, ready your weapons and begin to claw your way through the darkness in a fight for survival. But you are not alone. The ship is home to the carnivorous alien horde and something else ... something yet to reveal its true intentions ... something biding its time. In addition to the thrilling single-player campaign and all new “survivor” modes, the game also offers relentless, action-packed, two-player online co-operative battle modes.

Spaceships Ahoy - Star Ruler and Demo

Steam also now offers digital distribution of Star Ruler, Blind Mind Studios' indie strategy game. In addition to the full game, which is currently on sale at a 20% discount, there is also a playable demo to sample. Here's a bit on the game: "Take command of a vast interstellar empire and safeguard your species from total extinction in a procedurally generated 3D galaxy (with the option to flatten it) from 1 System to 10,000+! Prove your species' ingenuity through a deep and intricate combat system where anything (from individual components on ships to the stars themselves) is a target of opportunity." Thanks Frans.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Patch

Frictional Games now offers a new patch for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, updating the survival horror game to version 1.0.1. The patch is available on this page, where they warn: "This update should work with all Amnesia releases that uses [sic] our serial system. If you have bought the game on for example Steam, use Steam to update the game." They say the main purpose of the patch is to make sure the Radeon X1000 Series of cards work as intended, though they say it also adds a bunch of changes and bug fixes. They have also updated their mod tools to support the new changes, saying: "So far the tools have spurred interest beyond what we anticipated, if interested to see what's cooking check the forum." The patch is mirrored on AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying, and there's also an updated version 1.01 demo for the game, which can be found on AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying.

StarCraft II Manual Patch

Manual versions of the recently released version 1.1.0 patch for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty are now available, for those having trouble updating automatically through Battle.net. Some or all of the various localized PC and Mac patches are available on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls, with the latter collection being more comprehensive.

New UK Truck Simulator Patch, Demo

The UK Truck Simulator Website offers an updated version 1.32 patch for this transport sim, which is available on this page. There is also an updated trial version of the game here, which can be played for one-hour, and can be unlocked with a key that can be purchased online.

Fallout: New Vegas Video Diary

A second video developer diary from Fallout: New Vegas is now available, offering more on the upcoming post-apocalyptic role-playing game. Word is: "This time around, the team at Obsidian discuss the tech and weapons of Fallout’s world, as well as how they approached sound design and music for the game." Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Bulletstorm TGS Trailer

The trailer of the Bulletstorm demonstration at this year's Tokyo Games Show features gameplay footage and an explanation of what we're seeing from Tanya Jensen, producer on the upcoming shooter in development at Epic's People Can Fly studio. The embedded version of the clip follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Command Conquer 3: The Forgotten

The Forgotten mod for Command Conquer 3 is now available, offering a community-created campaign for the real-time strategy sequel that was three years in the making. This launch trailer offers a look at the mod, and here's a bit from their write-up: "Our mod tells the story of The Forgotten, a group legendary in Command and Conquer lore from their appearances in Tiberian Sun and its expansion Firestorm. Afflicted with Tiberium-based illnesses, their determination, resourcefulness, and shared anger make them a potent threat to the superpowers that have shunned them for so long. Yet after C&C Firestorm, their fate remained uncertain, as their story was never continued in Command and Conquer 3. We have sought over the last three years to rekindle their tale, enlivening it with high definition full motion videos (produced in conjunction with the talented team at Broken Wall Films), a unique set of units and structures, and an immersive campaign replete with a variety of beautiful environments and challenging missions. To further enhance replay value, we have created five additional battlefields for skirmish and online play." Thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

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Out of the Blue

To follow-up once more on our tree situation, things have ended up dragging out a little after it turned out we needed a permit to remove the mulberry tree that is destroying my neighbor's fence. The good news is that the ensuing delay allowed us to consult an arborist about the maple tree that has the ominous looking damage to its bark. While he agreed the tree may have suffered a lightning strike, he told us it is not in any real danger of falling at this point, and we do not have to consider taking it down. This is a huge relief on a number of levels, as the tree keeps our house cool, creates privacy in our backyard, and seems to be home to several bird families. The bad news is, I ran into my neighbor yesterday, and apologized of how long this has taken to resolve, and had to deal with his fairly irrational response, as no matter how I tried to reassure him that the delay was due to being caught in the village bureaucracy, his responses all took the tone of how good a neighbor he has always tried to be (which is certainly true), so he doesn't understand why we were so callously disregarding the plight of his damaged wall and fence. You ever have one of those conversations where you think the other person isn't hearing a word you say? This is how I felt. Hopefully this will all blow over when the tree is finally removed, but in the meantime I feel like I've been on a vacation to CrazyWorld.

R.I.P.: '50s pop singer Eddie Fisher dies at age 82. Thanks Mike Martinez. Papa Organa.

Crazy Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Heart of Ice. Thanks Jay is Games.
Oozy and the Tower of WULU.
Shattered Colony.
Stories: Green Party Senate candidate fatally struck by SUV while biking.
50 years later, Bill Mazeroski and 'best game ever' headed for TV. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Fort Lauderdale man's home sold in foreclosure mistake. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: First Human-Powered, Wing-Flapping Aircraft Successfully Flown.
Cocaine and ecstasy detected in waters of the L'Albufera in Valencia, Spain.
Novel X-ray machine is unveiled.
Images: (LEGO) Thor Is Here!
Media: The Size of Your Gun Matters.
Tantrum FAIL.
Daddy! Daddy! Ur hoam! Sniff.
Follow-up: Heavy metals go untested in Gulf seafood.
What is a harvest moon - and why this year's is special?



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