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Monday, Sep 26, 2011

  

Rumored Dead Space 3 Details

There are some rumored details about Dead Space 3 on Siliconera, which they say come from the same source as their Syndicate details link. Word is the game is not set within the confines of a spaceship, but rather on "Tau Volantis, an icy planet where Isaac Clarke has to wade through white-out blizzard conditions." No word on whether your tauntaun will die before you reach the first marker. Be warned, there are spoilers within, albeit unverified.

Afterfall: InSanity in November

The Afterfall Website announces a November release for the Windows PC edition of Afterfall: InSanity, the post-apocalyptic, third-person, survival/horror shooter from Polish developer Intoxicate Studios which was originally planned for release earlier this year. Here's a new teaser trailer from the Unreal Engine 3 game, and here's a bit from the announcement:

It is 2032 – 20 years after the end of World War III. To survive the nuclear holocaust, humankind fled from the contaminated surface to find safety in vast bunkers, cities created deep underground. Decaying shelters and hideaways set the stage in mankind’s struggle for survival where they battle horrible mutants, bloodthirsty mercenaries and other threats.

In Afterfall: InSanity you won’t only face the aftermath of the nuclear fallout, but also the dark shadows of the past in the role of the mysterious psychologist Albert. As Albert, the player will be part of a team of medical scientists in charge of monitoring the fugitives' mental stability. If Albert does not confront his greatest weaknesses and deepest fears, he will not survive the claustrophobic depths of the underground from which there is no escape and where the darkness hides more secrets than simply the growing madness of its inhabitants. Defy everything that‘s in your way to solve the horrible secrets that exists in the dark.

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WindSlayer 2 Closed Beta Signups

Ignited Games announces they are accepting signups for closed beta testing of WindSlayer 2 on the official website of the upcoming North American launch of this 2D side-scrolling, multiplayer RPG. "WindSlayer 2’s fast side-scrolling action provides a compelling RPG experience that players around the world currently enjoy, and we can’t wait to introduce the game to players in North America," said Peter Kang, CEO of Ignited Games. "Each of our games will provide what our players expect, a fun gameplay experience and stable service. WindSlayer 2 is a fun online RPG and we expect our players will enjoy it as much as we do."

On De_Dust Changes for Counter-Strike: Global Operations

The Reticule has an explanation from Valve's Chet Faliszek of the changes being made to the venerable Dust map for its inclusion in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:

Oh there is a problem with T spawn a lot of times, we will move that up. One of the things we have done is standardised the spawns, so they are the same all the time. We’ve also opened up another path so the choke point is a bit more expanded. When you go down into the underpass to make sure that is a viable solution for T’s as well, while before, you pretty much get sniped if you go that route. We’ve given it a lot more things for you to hide behind, and ways to move down that area.

Battlefield 3 ShakyCam Footage

Footage of DICE's Battlefield 3 presentation at the Eurogamer Expo is now available as a six-part ShakyCam series on the YouTube. The clips, which are off-angle and extra-shaky at times, offer a look at some single-player play from the upcoming military shooter sequel (thanks Sam). Here are the links: 1 of 6, 2 of 6, 3 of 6, 4 of 6, 5 of 6, and 6 of 6.

The Darkness II Trailer

A new "What Is The Darkness?" trailer from The Darkness II offers some background on the upcoming horror-themed shooter sequel. Here's word: "2K Games released today an all-new ‘What Is The Darkness?’ video trailer for The Darkness II, which highlights the origins of the Darkness entity, as well as Jackie Estacado’s relationship with that demon throughout the video game series. This gritty video introduces a new character in The Darkness II – Johnny Powell. He explains The Darkness’ beginnings, how the Darkness has helped to establish Jackie’s role as the Don of the Estacado family, his connection to past girlfriend Jenny and showcasing the unique Quad-Wielding, combat mechanic that allows gamers to simultaneously dual-wield two guns, and two Demon Arms during battle." Continue here to read the full story.

Orcs Must Die! Video Developer Diary

A new Orcs Must Die! video developer diary offers more thoughts on Robot Entertainment's upcoming action/strategy game. The developers explain some of the reasons that orcs must die, and outline the importance of the studios' first original IP. It also shows off some concept art and the gameplay portions show off previously unannounced enemies and upgrades. Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Island Director's Cut Mod

The Steam Users' Forums offer a new version 3.2 of the Director's Cut modification for Dead Island, Techland's zombie game. Word is: "Version 3.2 adds more challenge and tactical depth, and includes some fixes/modifications from player feedback." Thanks PC Gamer.

New Via Digital Distributor

Games

  • Civilization V: Game of the Year on Steam.
  • Nuclear Dawn on Impulse.
  • Nuclear Dawn on Steam.

Patches

  • Ben There, Dan That! on Steam.
  • Dead Horde on Steam.
  • RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Deluxe Update on Steam.
  • GoldSrc Dedicated Server Update on Steam.
  • Trine on Steam. Save 75%.

On Sale

  • Sanctum DLC on Steam. Save 10%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

  • RAGE on IGN. A look at the racing mode.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Assassin's Creed Revelations Extended Story Trailer

A new trailer from Assassin's Creed Revelations offers an extended cinematic look at the upcoming continuation of Ubisoft's stealth/action series. Word is: "The latest trailer shows the climactic moments following the award-winning cinematic debut trailer for Assassin's Creed Revelations at E3 2011. Assassin's Creed Revelations launches on November 15, 2011." The trailer is guarded by our gullible Templar gatekeeper. Continue here to read the full story.

Skyrim Race Abilities and Perk Trees

The official forums for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim now offers race abilities and perk trees, offering more detail about the next installment in Bethesda's RPG sequel (thanks the unofficial Skyrim site via PC Gamer). These are part of a post from someone who has played the game, who also offers impressions of a weight slider, the game music, and how the races start with different baseline stats. Here are the race abilities and perks: Continue here to read the full story.

Half-Life 2 Buggy in Steam Renegade Ops

The SEGA Blog has word that Gordon Freeman's buggy from Half-Life 2 will be included in the upcoming Steam release of Renegade Ops. This trailer offers a look at the buggy in action, including the ability to use antlions as a special weapon. "Working with Steam and the Half-Life team makes this game extra special," said John Clark Director of PC Digital. "Gordon Freeman is a deeply-established character in the gaming world and we are proud to have him included in Renegade Ops." The steam edition of the Avalanche Studios' top-down driving action game is due on October 14th.

League of Legends: Dominion Launches

Riot Games announces the launch of Dominion, a new gameplay mode for League of Legends, their free-to-play MOBA game. Dominion is a capture-and-hold mode offering faster action and tactical gameplay on the Crystal Scar, an all-new map. This trailer shows off the mode, and here's a feature list: Continue here to read the full story.

A Valley Without Wind PC/Mac Demo

A playable demo is now available for A Valley Without Wind, offering the chance to check out this procedurally generated side-scroller from Arcen Games. This is playable up to level six as a trial version of the full game, unlockable with the purchase of a game key, which can be had for a 50% discount during its early beta testing phase (the game's full release is planned for early next year). The demo is available for either Windows or OS X on the game's download page, and both are mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

On PC Batman: Arkham City

Following the completion of development of the console editions of Batman: Arkham City, Eurogamer has word from Rocksteady on what to expect from the Windows PC version of the action/stealth sequel that was recently delayed until next month. "We're really aware of all the different SKUs," says game director Sefton Hill. "What's great for us is we have gamers who are real console gamers and gamers who are PC gamers. I guess, generally, I would consider myself more of a console gamer. I do play more of my games on console. But then we have people in the office who are really hardcore PC players, and they will always pull me up and say, we need to sort this out, we need to sort that out." Here's specifically what he says about the PC edition:

"We got a lot of credit on the first one, about how well it played on the PC, and how well-refined the controls were," Sefton said. "It's because part of our attitude is always to listen to those people. We want to make the best game we can for all SKUs."

"If you do have a super powerful high-end PC, you are going to see higher detail textures," Hill explained. "You are going to see a more richly realised world. But having said that, given there are so many console gamers in there, we're always fine-tuning to get the game to run super smooth on Xbox and PS3. The console versions look great as well.

"All of the source textures and assets are done at a very very high res and we make them work on all the different SKUs. People will really love the PC version when it comes out.

ESRB Rates I Am Alive

The Entertainment Software Rating Board now offers a "Mature" rating and a content summary for I Am Alive, another indication that the survival horror game is, in fact, alive (thanks Destructoid). This follows the recent rating for the game by the Australian Government Classification Database which was later updated and a leaked gameplay trailer from the game. Here is the ESRB's rating summary:

Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Rating: Mature

Content descriptors: Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

Rating summary: This is an action game in which players assume the role of a man who must find his family in a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a machete to kill human enemies in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, slashing sounds, and cries of pain; characters emit brief splashes of blood when hit. Players have the ability to kill or knock unconscious wounded/vulnerable enemies via finishing moves (e.g., throat slashing, impaling, pistol-whipping); these scenes are highlighted by close-up camera angles and increased player control (e.g., on-screen prompts with button-press sequences). During the course of the game, players encounter women who can be saved from nearby enemies; sexual mistreatment is sometimes implied in the dialogue (e.g., “These guys kept me as their pet, or mascot, or something.”). One sequence depicts the background silhouette of a man fondling and threatening a captured female survivor; the exchange includes phrases such as “Do you hear me? Don't touch me!” and “Don't be like that. You know I can make your life a lot easier if you would just cooperate.” The words “p*ssy,” “f**k,” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.

The Witcher 3 and Witcher 2 DLC Teased

Saying they are "not announcing anything" and they "don't know if it's going to be The Witcher 3 or something else that covers the story," CD Projekt RED basically announces something and says it's going to be The Witcher 3, reports Eurogamer from the Eurogamer Expo. They also have hints at either DLC or an expansion for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. "All I can say is we're planning on releasing something. [The Witcher 2.0 is] not the last update for The Witcher 2," says designer and writer Jan Bartkowicz:. "That's what I can assure you." Here are the quotes about the sequel:

"We still have at least one big title ahead of us in The Witcher franchise."

"All I can say is - outside of when the pre-production starts and finishes - with the story team we were probably in pre-production for The Witcher 3 during making The Witcher 2."

"Just because even while we were doing The Witcher 2 it was all about, you know, there's got to be probably something after."

"Of course we're not announcing anything," he added. "We cannot say, I cannot say - I don't know if it's going to be The Witcher 3 or something else that covers the story, but there's probably going to be some releases in the future."

NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta

NVIDIA offers new beta version 285.38 drivers for GeForce GPUs, which are specifically for the Battlefield 3 beta (thanks Charles). Word is the drivers increase performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38% while improving overall stability and image quality in the military shooter sequel. They also add new or updated SLI profiles for Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Diablo III, Dragon Age 2, Need for Speed: The Run, and Saints Row: The Third and fix a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 in DirectX 9. There are drivers for Windows Vista/Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 7 64-bit/Windows Vista 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit.

Gone Gold - Nuclear Dawn

Nuclear Dawn is officially gold, and the now complete real-time strategy/first-person shooter will be released via Steam tonight (the game still offers a 10% pre-purchase discount), and via other digital distributors "at a later date." Iceberg Interactive is also offering a 10% discount on preorders of a boxed edition for some European territories, saying: "Iceberg will be rewarding buyers of Nuclear Dawn “Plutonium Edition” (the name of the retail version) with two must-have bonus materials: a gorgeous full colour art book and a soundtrack CD." Here's word on the game:

In Nuclear Dawn, you take the role of a soldier and explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes, modelled on modern cities. Take the fight to your enemies as armoured, assault or stealth infantry, using various weapons across ten distinct load-outs to accomplish your objectives. The first person shooter action in Nuclear Dawn is hard, fast and unforgiving, with weapons that rely on skill and tactics more than on twitch reflexes and map memorization.

Then, take Nuclear Dawn above the action, and play as the commander. Organize your fellow players in squads, and assign them to tactical objectives. Plan the resource routes for your army, and production of your structures for forward deployment. Exploit the terrain and resource point locations to block your enemies’ advance, and crush their plans in an iron fist. Research and implement new technologies to give your soldiers the edge on the battlefield, and set up forward bases to lead the assault on your enemies, with a full complement of defensive and offensive structures to choose from, to build your perfect fortress.

End of Nations Delayed

Trion Worlds is delaying launch of End of Nations until next year, reports Eurogamer from the Eurogamer Expo. That's all that's known about the release of Petroglyph's MMORTS game, as when next year is not specified. They say Trion showed off some purchasable aesthetic upgrades at the show, and offer reassurances from Trion community manager Lance James that: "It is not a pay to win game."

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track offers their list of the top full-priced 20 PC entertainment titles for the week ending September 24. This week F1 2011 debuts at number one, and Portal 2 re-enters the chart at #12. On the all platforms chart, Gears of War 3 enters the chart at the top spot and F1 2011 is number two.

Wizardry Online Beta Next Month

Closed beta testing of Wizardry Online begins on October 7, reports VG247 via Famitsu. They say those with a working knowledge of Japanese can sign up now on the Wizardry Online website and that testing will last several months. Here's their attempt at working through the language barrier: "The auto-translation is a little unclear, but it looks like the full, free-to-play game will release in May next year. The Japanese retail release will go for ¥3,990 and include 30 days premium subscription including expanded inventory, increased experience gain and unique equipment and items. "

Op Ed

truepcgaming - Where Have The PC Demos Gone?
If you are a gamer in general, you know demos are also available via consoles. There are many examples of multi-platform releases that will include a PS3 and XBox 360 demo, but the PC gets left out. The recent announcement from EA stating that Crysis 2 will have a demo exclusive to Xbox Live is just another slap in the face to PC gamers who supported Crytek and other companies who have their roots in PC gaming. With the lack of PC demos being released and the increase of console demos, one has to wonder if developers simply no longer care about the PC as a gaming platform.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

After waiting a bit for a Diablo III beta key through normal channels, I gave in to temptation and asked Blizzard for entrance into the closed beta of the action/RPG sequel based on being the esteemed member of the gaming media that I pretend to be. Having received a key under that pretext, I sort of feel obligated to write a preview of the game at some point, helping make up for the dire shortage of such early looks at the game.

Beta Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Free The Fish.
Crystal Story.
Links: Gabe Newell Dota 2 Hero Guide.
Arrested Development Paper Dolls.
Stories: Three arrested in bungled beer heist in Covina. Thanks Boing Boing.
Images: Mazda π. Thanks reddit.
Media: Real Life Dead Island. Thanks TDW Geeks.
Awkward Double Dragon.
Slinky Drop Answer. Seemed visible at full speed to me.
The Funnies: xkcd: Sharing.



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