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Thursday, Apr 05, 2012

  

Fallout Free on GOG.com

The original Fallout is being offered on GOG.com for free for the next 48 hours:

GOG.com is giving away Fallout: A Post Apocalyptic Role Playing Game free for 48 hours until 23.59 GMT on 8 April, courtesy of Interplay. The grand ancestor of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas amazes to this day with extensive story, unbeatable gameplay, and doomed “atompunk” universe. GOG.com is giving the game that created the biggest and most captivating post-apocalyptic world in gaming history away for free as a thank you to all the gamers that helped GOG.com become the #1 destination for DRM-free games.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion in June; Preorders Get Beta Access

Stardock announced today that preorders for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion are underway at the Sins of a Solar Empire Store, GameStop PC Downloads, and Steam. They also announce a release date for the standalone strategy expansion, saying it will launch on June 12th. Word is that anyone who preorders will gain immediate access to the second beta, which is now live.

Shadowrun Returns Funded; Mac Threshold Reached

The Kickstarter Page for Shadowrun Returns announces this project achieved its $400,000 funding goal in a bit over 24 hours. Their update indicates that if they hit $425K a Mac version would be added, and they are closer to the $500K mark now, so presumably that's a go too.

Botanicula Preorders Begin & GOG.com Premium Editions Announced

GOG.com is now taking discounted preorders of Botanicula for a dollar off between now and the April 19th release of the next project from the folks who brought us Machinarium. They also announce a new "GOG.com Premium Edition" line:

Botanicula, available now on GOG.com for a special preorder price of $8.99, is a gorgeous adventure game from the makers of Machinarium. This charming point & click game stars five friends on a perilous journey to save the last seed of their home tree from an infestation of parasites. With lush visuals and a soundtrack composed by Czech alternative band DVA, this game is sure to wow all of the fans of Machinarium and adventure games in general. The preorder price only lasts until the game is released on 19 April, so anyone looking to pick the game on GOG.com at a discount--and get the wallpapers, artworks, demo soundtrack, and other goodies right away--should pick it up soon.

GOG.com is also announcing a “GOG.com Premium Edition” line of game releases, starting with two massive games from Ubisoft: Assassin’s Creed: Director’s Cut and the Heroes of Might & Magic V Bundle (which includes the both expansion packs “Hammer of Fate” and “Tribes of the East”). With about a gigabyte of goodies between the two titles, these games have a phenomenal line-up of extras, with a combined total of over 400 minutes of soundtracks, dozens of different artworks, official artbooks for both games, and more, these games are the best editions for sale on the ‘Net, and they’re available on GOG.com for a special introductory offer for these Premium Edition titles: buy one and get the other one free for a total price of $19.99 by 12 April or miss out on some of the best gaming values on GOG.com.

John Romero's Shooter Plans

Former id Software designer John Romero indicated earlier this year he still has plans to design a first-person shooter, and now Eurogamer has word from the Loot Drop CEO this will probably be a PC-first "MMO-ish" persistent world game, though this is not anywhere near development at this point. "Yes, I'm definitely going to be making another shooter and it will be on PC first," he tells them. It's a persistent game, it has persistent player data, the character grows and gets better over time. I think most gamers expect that now anyway, but this was a design I'd done a while ago. I think it's pretty valid. "You will be playing the game as you would expect a shooter to feel, but the specifics of your situation, narrative wrapper and reward system are all unique. I wouldn't want to give out any specifics until I'm close to shipping it. I've learned my lesson about talking too soon about specific game features and release dates."

New Via Digital Distribution

On Sale

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Awesome product label.

R.I.P.: Ferdinand Porsche, 911 sports car designer, dies. Thanks Dirwulf.

ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

BioWare announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 they hope will address widespread unhappiness with the conclusion of the action/RPG sequel. Here's word on the free DLC, which does not yet carry a release date:

BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge*.

“We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.” “We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series added, “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”

Wasteland 2 Status Report - Editor Possible

Update #8 on the Kickstarter Page for Wasteland 2 address the fact that fundraising for the RPG sequel has hurtled past the 200% mark, and is heading to the $2.1 million threshold InXile says will trigger the participation of Obsidian in the game's development. Since they seem sure to hit that mark as well, they set out some additional fundraising goals, saying if the game reaches the $2.5 million mark they will bring in a couple of additional designers, and if they reach the $3 million mark, they will be able to provide a mod kit to customize the game. They also outline the current state of the project, as preproduction has begun.

Ships Ahoy - Top Gun Hard Lock

505 Games announces the release of Top Gun Hard Lock, offering all the high flying, towel-snapping action of the cinematic journey to the danger zone. The game is available in stores for all platforms in the U.K. and the Windows PC edition is also available worldwide through GameStop PC Downloads. Here's word on the game:

Top Gun Hard Lock lets fans fly into the danger zone as an all-new crew of elite naval aviators taking air combat to new heights. Players engage in adrenaline-fuelled dog fights to tailgate MiGs at Mach 2 and master the game’s Hard Lock feature to perform high-G aerial combat manoeuvres in order to destroy enemy pilots.

Ships Ahoy - King’s Bounty Games for OS X

1C Company announces the release of King's Bounty: The Legend and King's Bounty: Armored Princess for Mac OS X in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. The Legend is available on the Mac App Store and Steam and Armored Princess is available on the Mac App Store and Steam. Here a quickie reminder about both games:

King's Bounty: The Legend is an adventure RPG with turn-based Strategy battles. In a fairy tale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses the player controls a hero. Leading their character through the game world, exploring it, commanding armies in battle and accomplishing various quests can mean great reward or huge defeats.

King's Bounty: Armored Princess is a sequel to the critically acclaimed King’s Bounty: The Legend. Players will take on the role of Princess Amelie who travels around the world of Teana and searches for the renowned knight, and her mentor, Bill Gilbert.

Spec Ops: The Line Trailer

The PAX East trailer for Spec Ops: The Line is now available, promoting this weekend's showing of Yager Development's upcoming third-person shooter. The simple accompanying description reads: "This trailer focuses on the strong narrative and intense combat that takes place in Dubai after the city was struck by a series of cataclysmic sandstorms." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Today is opening day for the New York Mets. Sorry, I can't even get excited enough to put an exclamation point there, the hard work the team has been doing to remain mediocre seems to be paying off. As a fan, I actually can't suppress the optimism of opening day, but it's next to impossible to rationalize that. One preview of the season I saw opined the team's best case scenario this season was not losing 90 games. If they manage that, I wonder if there will be a parade.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Canary Games.
FireBoy and WaterGirl 3: The Ice Temple.
Stories: TSA screener at JFK 'hurled hot coffee at American Airlines pilot. Thanks Boing Boing.
Pilot turns back after snake pops out of dashboard. Say it!!!!!
Science: Robotic squirrels to battle it out with rattlesnakes. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Teenage physics wonder turns to nuclear safety.
Face to Face with "Weird Al" Yankovic.
How To Turn FAIL into WIN.
The Funnies: Dilbert.
Funny Tweets Twaggies.
Follow-up: Study suggests rising CO2 in the past caused global warming.
First "Avengers" Clip - Boobs & Boffo.
Craig Talks & Babe Joins -Skyfall.



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