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Friday, Dec 09, 2011

  

Duke Nukem Forever DLC Next Week

Gearboxity has the announcement of The Doctor Who Cloned Me, new DLC coming to Duke Nukem Forever on Tuesday, imbuing the first-person shooter sequel with a new single-player campaign, multiplayer maps, and more (thanks Gamer's Hell). The Duke Nukem Forever: The Doctor Who Cloned Me Page has some screenshots and details, and here's the announcement:

A brand new downloadable add-on is coming to Duke Nukem Forever next Tuesday, December 13, delivering a new single-player campaign, new multiplayer maps and more!

Titled The Doctor Who Cloned Me, the new campaign pits Duke against Dr. Proton deep in the heart of Area 51. Alongside new enemies and bosses, the add-on packs new weapons and new interactive objects across the new environments, plus new achievements and trophies.

Four new multiplayer maps are also included, which can be played across all of the multiplayer modes including those of the Hail to the Icons Parody Pack:

Continue here to read the full story.

Bastion DLC Next Week

Supergiant Games announces The Stranger's Dream, a new DLC pack for Bastion. This is expected on December 14, and while they have to charge 80 MS points on Xbox LIVE due to Microsoft's anti-free policy, it will be free of charge on Steam for PC users. Here's word on what this will offer:

  • The Stranger’s Dream: a new fully narrated Who Knows Where sequence, bigger and more challenging than the others. You’ll gain a bit more insight into Rucks’ backstory as well as the history of Caelondia if you can survive this fight.
  • Score Attack Mode: a challenging new way to play through the story! You start at level one with all Spirits and Idols unlocked. Your combat performance is rated for efficiency, and all areas are repeatable.
  • No-Sweat Mode: for those who just want to experience the story of Bastion, this mode provides unlimited chances to carry on from where you left off if you’re defeated in battle.

Battle.net Balance Coming

The World of Warcraft Website announces "Battle.net Balance," a new system coming soon to Battle.net to provide new payment options for Blizzard products and services. Here's the deal:

Soon, we’ll be introducing a new feature called Battle.net Balance that will give players an alternate way to purchase Blizzard products and services directly through their Battle.net account. Players will be able to “charge up” their Battle.net Balance using a variety of payment methods, and then use their Battle.net Balance to buy services like World of Warcraft character transfers, digital products like pets and mounts, and more. Players will also be able to use their Battle.net Account Balance to buy items and store their earnings from Diablo III’s currency-based auction house once the game is released.

We’ll be rolling out the new Battle.net Balance feature in the weeks ahead -- but in the meantime, check out our Battle.net Balance FAQ to find out more about how it’s going to work.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Premium Editions Detailed

GameSpot has word on plans for three different special editions for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, 38 Studios' upcoming RPG: An $80 Special Edition, a $200 Collector's Edition, and a $275 Signature Edition. Each edition includes the game, while the Special Edition adds a parchment map, a seven-piece dice set, a soundtrack, a set of 40 Destiny Cards, and a downloadable content pack of nine weapons with experience point boosts. The Collector's Edition is limited to 700 copies, offering all the contents of the Special Edition as well as an individually numbered 12.5-inch solid resin Prismere Troll figurine designed by McFarlane Toys and one of 1,000 lithographs signed by designer Ken Rolston. The Signature Edition of Reckoning is limited to 300 bundles, and includes all the contents of the Collector's Edition except the troll figurine will be signed by either Todd McFarlane, R.A Salvatore, or Curt Schilling and it will also include an individually numbered sketch screen print by Todd McFarlane.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Trailer; Launch Events

This new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic shows off Sith Inquisitor character progression in BioWare's imminent MMORPG. Word is: "Even within the Empire, Sith Inquisitors are respected and feared for their deception and control over the Force™. Channeling their hatred, they bend the Dark Side of the Force to their will to crush their enemies while manipulating their allies. See for yourself just a few of the many paths of advancement for this wielder of the Force in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™." There is also a new Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Blog to support the game. Finally, they also outline launch events in New York and Austin as well as prelaunch events in London and Paris.

Saints Row: The Third DLC

Steam News announces the release of the first two DLC packs for Saints Row: The Third for Windows. Here's what they add to the open-world action sequel:

The Saints Row: The Third Z Style Pack and Explosive Combat Pack are now available on Steam!

The Z Style Pack has a pimpalicious outfit and a super flashy Bling Shotgun and the Explosive Combat Pack has a M2 Grenade Launcher and the Future Soldier Outfit is perfect for any battle.

NPD: November Sales Up

The Associated Press has this month's retail report from the NPD Group, who say sales of video game hardware, software and accessories for the month were up 0.4% to $3 billion on strong sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and they call this the best November on record for retail game software sales. Here's more:

The results give a mixed picture of the holiday sales period that is a make-or-break time for video game companies.

Hardware sales, which include game consoles and accessories, fell 9 percent from a year earlier to $982.4 million, mainly because last November's figures were boosted by the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect motion controller for the Xbox.

Sales of software — that is, of the video games themselves — rose 15 percent to $1.67 billion. That's much more than the 3 percent increase Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter was expecting.

"Modern Warfare 3," a military shooter from Activision Blizzard, was the month's best-selling game, beating last year's "Black Ops," also from Activision Blizzard, by about 7 percent.

Continue here to read the full story.

New Via Digital Distribution

On Sale

Today's Daily Wishlist Giveaway sale item on Steam is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year for 75% off.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Parallel Parking. Thanks dakslf.

GSC Game World Closing?

Ukranews has a story (in Russian) reporting GSC Game World is closing down, saying founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich attributed this to personal reasons, which are not disclosed. Word is employees will be paid through February. NeoGAF has a story on this that seems to handle the article better than our machine translation, saying it mentions unconfirmed speculation that Grigorovich was not happy with progress on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, and that there was danger that Ukrainian law enforcement would seize the company and its assets. There's also a post on The Ascian Gaming Blog with some leaked screenshots and concept art from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, the planned first-person shooter sequel with a now-cloudy future. They also have a link to a tweet they say confirms GDC's closure (it translates to "GSC Closed"), though Dmitri Bourkovski, who tweeted that, subsequently clarifies: "To everyone reading this because of #GSC & #stalker2 news - I have no connection to GSC and I'm not Sergei Grigorovich (CEO of GSC). Cheers!" Thanks Joao.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock Revealed

Doctor Who TV has word on Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, a new game in the works at Supermassive Games based on the British television series coming to Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Vita (thanks GamesRadar). They include a teaser trailer and this press release:

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be the first of a series of Doctor Who console games developed by BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games marking a significant movement into gaming for this business. Two further Doctor Who console game titles are planned to follow this release with details to be announced next year. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is being created in full high definition for digital download platforms and is set for release in early 2012, initially on Playstation 3 ®; Playstation Vita ® and PC platforms.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

Continue here to read the full story.

Bastion in a Browser

The Chrome Web Store now offers a web-based version of Bastion, the Windows/Xbox 360 action/RPG (thanks Joystiq). Here's word:

Bastion is an action RPG experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move.

Try this award-winning hit for FREE right in your Chrome browser! Upgrade to the full-length experience for $14.99 to complete the story.

Unrated Postal III by Christmas

The Running With Scissors Website has word that Postal III will be released before Christmas, offering the latest installment in their outrageous shooter series. Their release plans apparently include an unrated version, as word is: "The RWS unrated edition of POSTAL III with masterpiece box artwork is now available for pre-order at www.postalgames.com. This is the ONLY place you can get the boxed hardcopy edition." Here's word, including some of RWS' signature humor:

Not even an Al Gore weather forecast could have predicted the difficulties in seeing this project through. When we started development, Cheney was President, Bin Laden was rubbing his magic lamp to bad Pakistani pr0n and Obamacare wasn’t but a dream of an inexperienced community organizer. “Oh how the world has changed” Desi continued; “Peace, Joy and POSTAL III to everyone around the world”.

Namco Bandai Wins Witcher 2 Lawsuit

Edge Magazine has word that Namco Bandai has triumphed in a lawsuit over distribution of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. They sued CD Projekt parent Optimus SA claiming they had rights to distribute the Xbox 360 edition of the RPG sequel, rather than THQ. Word is: "The verdict requires that CD Projekt gives Namco Bandai a publishing agreement within 15 days, or face a fine of €15,000 for every day thereafter that it fails to do so. Speaking to Polish news site Parkiet, CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwinski said he was 'not satisfied' with the verdict but was relieved the dispute was over."

Tribes: Ascend Beta Patched

Hi-Rez Studios now offers a new patch for the Tribes: Ascend closed beta, updating the upcoming multiplayer shooter sequel to version 0.1.601.0. Word is the new version: "contains a brand new version of the Bella Omega CTF map, a number of weapon balance changes, significant updates to vehicles, an increased “first win of the day” bonus and much more." Here are the major highlights: Continue here to read the full story.

Unstoppable Gorg Trailer; Details

This trailer promotes Unstoppable Gorg, the outer space tower defense game in the works at Futuremark Games Studio for release early next year on Windows PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and iPad early next year. Here's word:

HELSINKI, FINLAND - DECEMBER 9, 2011 - Get ready to experience a revolution in tower defense when Futuremark® Games Studio brings Unstoppable GorgT to PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad in early 2012. A new trailer and screenshots released today showcase the unique orbital gameplay in Unstoppable Gorg, an upcoming tower defense game that challenges you to defend the solar system from fearsome aliens by sending satellites into orbit. Unlike other tower defense games, in Unstoppable Gorg you can move your towers by rotating the orbits that surround planets, moons and space stations. It's a new gameplay experience that teleports the tower defense genre into unimagined territory.

Unstoppable Gorg is a lovingly crafted homage to vintage sci-fi films from the 1950s. Flying saucers, rubbery aliens, dodgy effects, it's got it all. The game's story scenes were shot on film using models, miniatures and live action actors and then edited together with genuine archive footage to create a classic sci-fi experience that is out of this world.

Jaakko Haapasalo, Head of Futuremark Games Studio, who also plays the role of Radiant Beem in the game, said,

"With Unstoppable Gorg, we embraced the film techniques used in the golden age of sci-fi to create an authentic visual style that has never been seen in a game before. It's the difference between the Star Wars films that people love, with their special effects created with models, and the unpopular prequels with their heavy-handed CGI."

Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

All day Wednesday I couldn't shake the feeling it was Friday. Now it's Friday and I have no such sense at all. I think I need to calibrate my calendar.

R.I.P.: Pusuke, the World’s Oldest Dog. Thanks Ant.

Friday Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Invertion.
Boom Bugs.
Tulula.
Links: An Eighth "Saw" Movie On The Way?
Science: Rats show empathy, will come to the aid of other rats.
Images: Cédric Delsaux’s Photographs of ‘Star Wars’ on Earth.
Ghost.
Cannot Tell if Secret to Beating Ganon or Unnecessary Plot Device.
Media: Pugball Team’s Looking Strong this Year.
Oh My God! Trampoline! Trampoline.
LEGO Super Star Destroyer built in one night. Thanks Jim.
Miyamoto's Angels INTERACTIVE.
Follow-up: Cruise Says "Top Gun" Sequel Still Flying.



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