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Monday, Dec 13, 2010

  

Fallout: New Vegas Patched

Steam News announces the automatic availability of the promised version 1.02 patch for Fallout: New Vegas, addressing a number of issues with Obsidian's action/RPG sequel. The patch notes were released last week and the abridged version from Steam follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Minecraft Beta Next Week

The Word of Notch has the announcement that Minecraft is nearing the beta testing stage, saying the beta for this indie sandbox game will begin a week from today on December 20. Minecraft is available at a 50% discount while it is still in alpha testing, and once the beta launches the price will change to 14.95 Euro, and in addition, Notch says: "We will also change the license to remove the line that promises all future versions of the game for free. Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, so if you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise. Buying the game during beta will include all updates up until release, of course, and bug patches will be free."

Zombie Driver Patch

A new patch is now available for Zombie Driver to offer a tune up for the game of undead motoring. Here's word from the Zombie Driver Website: "Holiday time is coming and with it, lots of presents, Christmas trees, snow and of course... zombies! To celebrate that special time we have a gift for you all in the form of a self-unwrapping, automated, shiny new update. Some say that this is the time when animals talk with a human voice... well... we are not sure about that... but instead we are dead certain that with this update you can hear the characters in Zombie Driver speak! The voice over was created by Tori Kamal and Sara B. Moore for which they should be thanked. On top of that, the update features text localization for German, French, Italian, Spanish and some small tweaks and fixes." The patch is mirrored on AtomicGamer, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying.

On Sale

Two or more eligible games on the EA Store are 50% off. GamersGate has a buy four, pay for three promotion. There are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games.

  • Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • AquaNox on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • AquaNox 2: Revelation on Impulse. Save 75%.
  • Back to the Future: The Game on Direct2Drive. Save 15%.
  • Chaser on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Freak Out: Extreme Freeride on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Future Wars on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Gothic II Gold on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Gothic 3 Game of the Year Edition on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Medal of Honor on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller Black Edition on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller: Heaven's Got a Hitman on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller: Overdose on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller: Resurrection on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Safecracker on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Shatter on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV on Impulse. Save 75%.
  • SpaceForce Captains on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Space Rangers 2 on Impulse. Save 75%.
  • Spellforce Platinum on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • SpaceForce Rogue Universe on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • SpellForce 2 Shadow Wars on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Guild 2 on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Guild 2 Collection on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Guild 2: Pirates of the European Seas on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Guild 2: Renaissance on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Guild 2: Venice on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Treasure Island on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • War Leaders - Clash of Nations on Impulse. Save 50%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers

New version 10.12 Catalyst reference drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards are now available from GAME.AMD.COM, where there are drivers for Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit. The new drivers feature DivX video acceleration (pending the release of an updated DivX player in a couple of days), support for OpenGL version 4.1, and more. Some of those download links also offer a new Catalyst 10.12 preview package with a brand new Catalyst Control Center.

Dungeons & Dragons Online Updated

The Dungeons & Dragons Online Website has details on the new Update 8 that's now available for Turbine's MMORPG to add new Assault on Summerfield, Blockade buster, Undermine, and Siegebreaker scenarios, as well as new cosmetic gear. Word is: "In Update 8, the continuing saga of the siege on Lordsmarch Palace in Stormreach continues as the plot expands to include the powerful green Hag, a primary leader from Droaam, the kingdom of monsters. Four adventures launching from the Lordsmarch plaza will send players to over, under and around Stormreach eventually leading to an ancient giants' ruin where monstrous deeds are underway."

del Toro's inSANE Trilogy Announced

THQ announces inSANE is the long rumored upcoming video game project from Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro is a trilogy of horror-themed games being developed by Volition, revealing the first chapter will debut in 2013. They also announce THQ and del Toro will collaborate on potential "transmedia projects" surrounding the games. "With this new series of video games, I want to take players to a place they have never seen before, where every single action makes them question their own senses of morality and reality," said del Toro. "THQ and Volition, Inc. are equally excited to make this vision of a completely new game universe into a reality." The inSANE Website is online, and this inSANE trailer offers a brief creepy trailer for the game, which is also embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Cataclysm Sells 3.3m in 24 Hours

Blizzard announces sales figures for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, saying the third expansion for their MMORPG sold through more than 3.3 million copies during its first 24 hours of availability. They say this makes the add-on the fastest-selling PC game of all time (including digital pre-sales), "based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners." They say: "This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King." On a semi-related note, the new UK game sales chart from GFK Chart-Track is online, where Cataclysm is number three in a chart that's still dominated by Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Batman: Arkham City Trailer

A new Batman: Arkham City trailer shows off more of the setting for Rocksteady Studios' upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum sequel, as well as Dr. Hugo Strange, one of the many villains in the game. The clip is accompanied by a pair of new screenshots, and the embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer

The Deus Ex: Human Revolution Extended Trailer offers an expanded cinematic from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the upcoming action/RPG prequel. The clip runs a bit over five minutes, showing an Icarus-themed dream sequence, augmentations, combat, and background on the game's dystopian setting. The embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Ars Technica - Gaming has nothing to fear from the Spike TV Video Game Awards.
The Video Game Awards are an excuse to announce new games, to reveal trailers that rarely show actual gameplay, and to get people hyped about games that have been released. The usual suspects won awards, reminding gamers who tuned in that they need to put Call of Duty: Black Ops on their Christmas list, because it is, of course, an award-winning game.

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