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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011

  

Ships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas: Lonesome Road

Steam now offers the new Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout New Vegas, Obsidian's action/RPG sequel. Their description of the game reads "#app_72760_content," so obvious they're playing a stealth or action build, rather than hacking, so we'll grab that from the Fallout Website, where they also offer a new developer diary from Chris Avellone titled "Lonesome Road: Beginnings and Endings." Here's the description:

In Lonesome Road you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of Fallout: New Vegas. Ulysses promises the answer as to why he didn’t take the job, but only if you make one last journey into the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. It's up to you whether you take the job or not.

Dead Space 3 Sighting?

IGN has a video clip from an Israeli news show featuring a tour of EA's Redwood Shores offices that seems to reveal a logo and concept art for Dead Space 3. The idea that the survival/horror shooter series is a trilogy surfaced more than two years ago, but a third installment in the series hasn't been officially announced. IGN reached out to Electronic Arts for comment, and were told: "We don't have any news about the Dead Space franchise at this time."

A Game of Thrones RPG Screenshots

The Cyanide Studios Website has a couple of screenshots from the company's semi-announced upcoming Game of Thrones role-playing game. Thanks Entropy, who mentioned this in our forums after thismorning's story about the game.

New UDK Beta Adds Mac OS X Support

The Unreal Development Kit Website now offers the September 2011 UDK beta, the latest version of this free toolkit for unreal-engine projects. This offers several improvements, including the addition of Mac OS X support as well as Foliage Instance Selection and Editing, Multi-Display Support for iOS, and more.

Minecraft to End Endermen Block Theft

Minecraft creator Notch tweets that endermen block stealing will be removed from the sandbox adventure game: "By the way, I will nerf the endermen block carrying. It was a horrible idea." Thanks Robert.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 in November

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces November 11 is the North American release date for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, TT Games' upcoming continuation of the series that pits the minifig who lived versus the minifig who must not be named. The game will be available for Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, DS, and 3DS. They also announce the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a PS3 demo for the game.

Panzer Corps Patch

Matrix Games announces a new patch is now available for Panzer Corps, updating The Lordz Games Studio's World War II strategy game to version 1.01. Word is: "The update includes a few data tweaks, a way to restart battles without reloading saves, windowed mode, a fix for a PBEM++ server issue, and many other bug fixes and scenario rebalances." This forum post has the full change list.

GOG.com Interviews

An interview on truepcgaming talks with Lukasz Kukawski, PR and Marketing Manager at GOG.com, discussing this online store for vintage video games. Topics include the origins of the service, its successes and failures, their criteria for adding games, the reception from publishers, how they negotiate deals, digital distribution in general, the role of retailers in the current environment, Origin and GameFly, "pay what you want" promotions, and more.

Quoteworthy

“But at the same time, there’s a give back the other way too because everything we do in the game and the scope of the game has also been like, RAGE is the deepest game we’ve ever done. And part of that is that we want to make sure we’re not just appealing to a hardcore PC audience, but also to the console audience as well," says Todd Hollenshead in a video interview on RipTen. "So as much as the consoles may take away, I think they actually give back more in terms of what we’re able to do just to build out the game." Thanks PC Gamer.

New Via Digital Distribution

Games

  • ArmA: Cold War Assault on GOG.com.
  • F1 2011 on Steam.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles on Impulse.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles - The Parasites on Impulse.
  • Rusty Hearts on Steam.
  • Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress on Direct2Drive.

Patches

On Sale

  • Trainz Simulator Games on Impulse. Various discounts.
  • Indie 2D Bundle on Steam. Save 80% on Swords & Soldiers HD, Bit.Trip Runner, World of Goo, NightSky, and NyxQuest.
  • Indie Strategy Bundle on Steam. Save 82% on Anomaly Warzone, Earth Defense Grid, Revenge of the Titans, Sanctum, and Sol Survivor.
  • Two Worlds II on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Two Worlds II - Pirates of the Flying Fortress on Steam. Save 10%.

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Diablo III Closed Beta Begins

The Diablo III Website announces that closed beta testing of Diablo III is now underway (thanks Nomaar and Nathan). Blizzard warns those eager to participate in testing the action/RPG sequel to be on guard against phishing attempts and to log in to Battle.net to see if they are invited. They also offer a beta opt-in announcement and FAQ to help sort through this. Here's word:

The fiery gates leading to the Burning Hells have begun to swing open, and the Diablo III beta test is officially underway. Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being delivered to the chosen heroes. As with beta tests for other Blizzard Entertainment games, the testing process for Diablo III will occur in phases. In addition to selecting players who have opted in via their Battle.net accounts, we’ll also be providing keys through beta promotions and giveaways -- stay tuned for more info. We welcome those invited to provide feedback or report bugs on the official forums.

If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.

Ships Ahoy - F1 2011

F1 2011 is now racing onto North American store shelves for all platforms, announces Codemasters, saying the Windows PC edition of the Formula One racing sequel is also available via digital distribution. The news is accompanied by a launch trailer described like so: "Capturing how Codemasters Birmingham has authentically reproduced the unique physics and visual detail from the most advanced racing cars on the planet, the video features key racing moments including dynamically changing weather, the new DRS (Drag Reduction System) in action and the 2011 Safety Car." Here's the party line on the game:

F1 2011 will challenge players to “be the driver, live the life, go compete,” with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus eight AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend to play through a full season in a new co-op Championship mode or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode.

Continue here to read the full story.

PC Arkham City Delayed Until November

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment offers a terse announcement that the Windows edition of Batman: Arkham City will miss the planned October release dates for the superhero sequel, though the console editions are still on track for release in North America on October 18th, in Australia on October 19th, and in Europe and other territories on October 21st. Here are some new screenshots, and here's the announcement:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios are releasing the PC version of Batman: Arkham City in November. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game will be available on 21st October in the UK.

On a semi-related note, Joystiq notes that GameStop has word that the Batman: The Animated Series skin is a PowerUp Rewards member exclusive (thanks nin via Shacknews), though it was recently revealed that the preorder skins will also be offered as post-release DLC.

Game of Thrones RPG "Won't Be Along for a While"

Not A Blog, the journal of author George R. R. Martin, mentions the unannounced Game of Thrones RPG that's known to be in development at Cyanide in addition to Game of Thrones: Genesis, their upcoming RTS game based on the A Song of Ice and Fire books (thanks Gamer's Hell). It's just a passing mention, but it does make it clear the game is a ways off:

(Just to be clear. This is the RTS game, designed and developed by Cyanide's studio in Montreal. A second videogame, an RPG, is also under development at Cyanide's studio in France, but that one won't be along for a while yet. The two games are very different, so please don't get them confused).

Crytek Developing Homefront Sequel

THQ announces a Homefront sequel, saying development of the first-person shooter follow-up is being handled by German developer Crytek following their closure of Homefront developer KAOS Studios. Presumably the game will be powered by Crytek's CryENGINE, as the announcement references "Crytek's industry leading technology." The game does not yet have an official title or a set release date. "Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ. "Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand."

Battlefield 3 Beta This Month

As announced on the Battlefield Blog, the Battlefield Website announces open beta testing of Battlefield 3 will commence on September 29th, allowing early access to DICE's military shooter sequel for all three of its target platforms. There is a brief FAQ confirming that EA's Origin service will be required to acquire and play the Windows beta, and explaining how and when to qualify for early access, which commences on October 25th. They also offer system requirements, confirming reports that the game will not support Windows XP: Continue here to read the full story.

Orcs Must Die! Next Month

Robot Entertainment announces release dates for Orcs Must Die!, saying their upcoming action/strategy hybrid will arrive on Windows on October 12th, a week after the Xbox 360 version, which is due on October 5th. "The slaying hour is nigh upon us," said Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment. "We can no longer restrain the enemy at the gate. We will soon turn the rift defense over to Xbox and PC gamers to beat back the mob and save the Order!" This is a setback from the release window revealed during E3, when Robot said the game was tentatively due in late August/early September. Here's a reminder about the game: "Orcs Must Die! is an action-strategy game that challenges players to defend fortresses under siege. With a wide variety of traps and weapons to choose from, Orcs Must Die! dares players to find the best ways to hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate an endless army of filthy orcs and their vile allies. Orcs Must Die! features a vibrant look, addictive gameplay, and a blatant disregard for the welfare of orcs."

Unstoppable Gorg Beta Signups

Futuremark Games Studio announces they are now accepting signups for closed beta testing of Unstoppable Gorg, their upcoming tower defense style-game. Those interested in participating can either sign up here or "like" the game's Facebook page. "This is no marketing beta. We need enthusiastic players to take part in a proper, old-school beta - one where players' suggestions and ideas will actually influence the final game," says Jaakko Haapasalo, Director of Defense at Futuremark Games Studio. "We are looking for players who will join in, speak up, and help us grow a great community around this exciting new game." Here's a reminder about the game: "Unstoppable Gorg is a thrilling space defense game inspired by vintage sci-fi films from the 1940s and 50s. The game builds on the core tower defense mechanics that fans love while breaking the genre's conventions with a unique orbital layout and the unmatched ability to move towers by rotating orbits."

Immortal King Beta Opens Thursday

The Immortal King Website semi-coherently announces this MMORTS game based on Greek mythology will enter open beta testing on Thursday. There are three accompanying posts outlining events that will accompany the launch. Here's a rundown on the game: "Immortal King plunges you into a world steeped in Greek mythology, challenging you to command a powerful army of troops, govern an empire, become a legendary figure, and even conquer the infamous Greek gods themselves: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, who have divided the world between them. The game boasts a technically proficient browser-based experience, drawing on the latest scripting technologies to immerse players in highly visual, epic-scale battles. "

Morning Previews

  • Minecraft Adventure Update on GameSpy.

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Under the better late than never file, over the weekend MrsBlue and I finally got around to finishing Game of Thrones, which was backed up on our DVR since it first aired. Its debut was right around the time of another medieval-style fantasy piece, Camelot, and another period piece, The Borgias, and by the time we decided those two were big old bags of meh, we got sort of burnt out on the whole thing for the moment, though we knew GoT was a keeper. Boy did that pay off, as that was some impressive television. It was also nice to be able to watch multiple episodes back-to-back at will, though now that we're caught up in it, we'll surely watch season two as each episode comes out.

Game of Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Siege Hero: Viking Vengeance.
Dungeon Cleaner.
Links: 6 Things the Film Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About. Thanks Neatorama.
Top 10 Worst Changes Made to Star Wars. Thanks Digg.
Constellation Reformation.
Stories: UFO reports spiked over the summer. Thanks brother19.
IKEA introduces MANLAND, the creche for retail-weary men. Thanks Neatorama.
Boxing champ Valuev joins hunt for Siberian yeti. Thanks brother19.
Images: Hinting At Something FAIL.
Media: Stunning timelapse of the Earth from the ISS. Thanks Krovven.
Simpsons Apollo 13 Trailer of the Day.
Tom Selleck's moustache improves EVERYTHING.
The Funnies: Virtual Shackles: Game Ender.



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