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Saturday, Apr 07, 2012

  

PC Dark Souls for August?

NeoGAF reports that the latest issue of German print gaming magazine PC Action confirms long-standing rumors of plans for a PC edition of Dark Souls, saying it is expected this August. This also states the PC edition of the action/RPG will have some new bosses, but will otherwise be identical to the console editions. PC Action's new issue tease has no indications the magazine offers any such announcement, but and image of the cover seems to confirm the news. Thanks VG247.

Starlight Inception Kickstart

This Kickstarter from Escape Hatch Entertainment seeks to fund Starlight Inception, "a space combat experience with modern elements of strategy and tactics." Escape Hatch is headed up by Garry Gaber, formerly of LucasArts, and the post contains quotes verifying his long-standing passion for this type of game:

Our goal is to create a descendant of the space combat genre - it's a game about flying space fighters, bombers and other spacecraft, but it's also about managing the ship's power usage between shields and stealth generators, engines, and weapons. Plus, as you get further in the game, you amass quite an arsenal to pick from for missions. The game's art style is photoreal and gritty - you'll feel like you're in the middle of a big battle amongst the planets, moons and asteroids, making decisions that affect your life and the life of your wingmen, whether human or autonomous drones.

Ravaged Kickstart

A new Kickstarter campaign is underway for Ravaged, 2DawnGames' recently announced vehicular first-person shooter (thanks Gamer's Hell). The game has been in development for some time, so they are seeking a $15,000 kickstart to finalize marketing and publishing materials for Steam, finish producing a game trailer, set up beta testing equipment, as well as to develop more vehicles/weapons and add other finishing touches. Supporters will get access to the game's beta on Steam. Here's word:

As video game developers we often get pulled into the land of publishers. While its good to have someone backing your game, it also tends to focus games towards trends, numbers and executive goals. This has sucked the life out of most games and killed off many good studios.

Well here is your chance to be part of a game where the fun is the focus. To do this, we are going to need your help to put the finishing touches on the game, join our beta and help us get the word out.

Grimrock Editor Plans

The Legend of Grimrock Website has some of Almost Human's impressions of the impressions reviewers are offering for their new dungeon crawler. They also offer a status report on adding level editing capabilities to the game:

Also, a bit of development related news: we have started working on the level editing capabilities. There’s not much to report yet since the whole thing is still pretty much undergoing some planning and early prototyping but we should be on the right track. Anyways the current plan is to release the editor in stages: initially the editor will be rather simple but more advanced features and scripting capabilities will be added in incrementally in later releases. That way you can get your hands on the editor more quickly and we can get useful feedback from you already in the early stages.

Arma III Animations Trailer

The Arma III Website has an update from Bohemia Interactive Studios on the animations in their upcoming military shooter sequel, describing how they are using three optical motion capture systems, including high-end Raptor-4 cameras from Motion Analysis Corp (thanks Slippery_Jim). They offer an interview with Zdeněk Vespalec, talking with the game's animation lead, and offer this trailer showing how this all looks in the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview

An interview on Neogamr talks with Beamdog's Trent Oster for some general background on the upcoming Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. They discuss how Beamdog is doing as a distributor, lessons learned from creating MDK2 HD, the reasons for the Baldur's Gate revamp, how it will compete with original versions of the RPG still on sale, planned improvements, and more.

The Secret World Interview

An interview on Ten Ton Hammer chats with Joel Bylos and Ragnar Tornquist of Funcom to attempt to uncover some secrets of The Secret World, the upcoming conspiratorial MMORPG. They discuss the game's unusual theme and gameplay, what sort of play styles are supported, and the game's whole air of mystery, and how this will not be spoiled through casual Google searches.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
  • ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard on Bjorn3D.com.
  • Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset & Vengeance C70 PC Case on pcGameware.
  • ECS Z77H2-AX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets.
  • Enermax ETD-T60-TB CPU Cooler on HardwareLook.
  • Monmount LCD-1930 Triple LCD Monitor Stand on Legit Reviews.
  • Sapphire 7970 OC Graphics Card on PureOC.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I have my new man-stove all assembled and broken in, though it's sadly still on the lawn, as MrsBlue remains adamant that putting a grill on the deck would be as safe as flying the Hindenburg through, well something really fiery to make a good Hindenburgh analogy. The assembly was pretty straightforward, and I only had two pieces left over when I was done... Naturally they were part of the casters underneath, so I had to find a way to jack the whole thing up to add them on, but it all worked out. We have a family gathering today, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow for my first real meal on it.

Gathering of Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3.
Stories: "Captain 2" Sets Date.
Images: Those pumps were fast as lightning.
Goggie Slumber Party.
Media: Call of Duty: Teenage Girl Edition.
Chuck Norris vs Tetris.
2012 And You: Surviving The Coming Mayan Apocalypse. NSFW.
Hermit Crab in a LEGO Shell.
The Funnies: Dilbert.
Brevity.
Easter Gift Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers. Thanks Glen.

Friday, Apr 06, 2012

Free Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Pack Next Week

The BioWare Blog announces Resurgence Pack DLC for Mass Effect 3 coming to the action/RPG sequel next week for free, adding new maps and more. Here's a trailer and here's word:

Join the war for Earth in Mass Effect 3! Owners of Mass Effect 3 can download the first multiplayer expansion for no additional cost. The Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Pack adds new unlockable content: deadly weapons, new consumables, and powerful characters for each class in multiplayer, including the Asari Justicar, Batarian, Geth, and Krogan Battlemaster. Additionally, the Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Pack also includes 2 new maps, Firebase Condor and Firebase Hydra. Download this pack on April 10th and take the battle online in the critically acclaimed Mass Effect 3 multiplayer experience.

Battlefield 3 Patch Next Week

DICE's Gustav Halling tweets a response to a question about an AA missile fix for Battlefield 3, indicating the military shooter sequel will be patched next week: "fix is in next server patch that is aimed to be release late next week." Thanks BF3Blog.

Mass Effect 3 Patch Next Week

BioWare also announces plans for a new Mass Effect 3 patch on the BioWare Blog. They say the new version is coming to the PC edition on April 9th and to consoles the following day, and provide the following change list: Continue here to read the full story.

Captain Morgane and Adams Venture 3 Demos

Just Adventures offers a couple of recent free trials of new games. There's a new Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle demo, and from a couple of weeks ago, an Adams Venture 3: Revelations demo (thanks Gamer's Hell). Here's word on each game:

Join Morgane as she grows up from an innocent 8 year old girl to become the most famous Pirate of the Caribbean! Seek out the treasure of the Golden Turtle, help Morgane to solve mysteries and puzzles and outwit her enemies along the way. Explore over 50 locations on 5 beautiful and exotic islands in the Caribbean Sea, but above all try to keep her out of trouble… she is a pirate after all!

Adam’s Venture is an adventure game franchise that is focused on non-violent gameplay set in the early twenties of the 20th Century. With state of the art Unreal 3 graphics providing colorful and lifelike 3D environments, a gripping storyline and many puzzles to solve varying from easy to difficult, Adam’s Venture supplies everything that an adventure gamer is looking for.

Defiance Gameplay Trailer

Trion Worlds any Syfy offer the first gameplay trailer from Defiance, their upcoming multiplayer MMO shooter. The footage debuted at PAX East, and they say that attendees of E3 2012 will get the chance to play the game firsthand. Here's word on the game and its related television tie-in:

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the disparate survivors of a universal war who endeavor to build a new society among the devastation. The game combines the intense action of a “AAA” console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dungeon Blitz Launch

Dungeon Blitz is out of beta, offering a free-to-play browser-based MMORPG. Here's quick word from the developers at Blue Mammoth Games (no relation). Here's their short outline of the game: "We want Dungeon Blitz to be fun for people who love MMOs, but don’t have the free time they did in college. It’s free to play, and anyone can create an adventurer and be in the game in well under a minute. We think it’s a cool and different take on the browser MMO, and we’re excited to announce its wide release."

New Via Digital Distribution

On Sale

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

PC Ms. Splosion Man This Summer

Twisted Pixel Games announces they are bringing Ms. Splosion Man to Windows PCs this summer via Steam, confirming indications to that effect that surfaced last July. They are also bring the XBLA platformer sequel to mobile devices, and promise attendees of this weekend's PAX East the chance to play an early sneak peak build for iPads. Here's a trailer promoting the news, and here's word on the PC edition:

The PC version will include 50 single player levels, 50 co-op levels for up to four players locally or online, ghost replays, achievements, unlockables like ‘2 Girls 1 Controller Mode’, and more. The iPhone and iPad versions will be a unique experience built specifically for those devices with familiar content but all new features, objectives and gameplay modes, brought to you by a new version of the BEARD engine that takes utmost advantage of the latest and greatest hardware to make the game look stunning.

“This will be our first mobile game, and only our second Steam game,” explains Twisted Pixel’s Michael Wilford. “But it’s very important to us that we have great content on these high-end platforms, so these new versions are being painstakingly crafted to be as awesome as possible. We’re planning a lot of post-launch updates and support to make sure we get it right.”

Two Worlds II Free DLC

TopWare Interactive is offering new DLC for Two Worlds II, offering free new Easter content for the role-playing sequel, along with a new playable demo to show off the newness. The DLC and or demo versions for Windows and OS X are mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls. Here's word on the new game mode this adds:

In this new Defense Mode, the old-school gameplay of classic castle-defense games is given new life. Since 1992 this gameplay mechanic has never degraded of its addictiveness and interest to gamers worldwide. Now, in Two Worlds 2, the game-design has been pushed forward once more. The player must team-up and defend Gandohar - the main villain of the Two Worlds 2 campaign - against constant waves of AI enemies. Tactical moves and solid teamwork, while using all the necessary skills, is paramount to survive these thrilling battles.

Mass Effect 3 Weekend Underway

BioWare announces this weekend's bonus operation is now underway in Mass Effect 3, their action/RPG sequel:

Last weekend the Mass Effect community rallied to promote a record breaking 350,000k+ operatives in the field. This weekend we’re bringing you Operation Beachhead, which will run from 6PM PST Thursday April 5, to 5AM PST Tuesday April 10 on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.

Allied forces have matched krogan mercs and batarians with asari justicars for unconventional warfare. Their mission: to create resistance on Reaper-occupied planets to tie down local Reapers.

All N7 Forces will receive a +25% Experience Bonus for participating in Operations in any Theatre of War against any foe.

Please be sure to set “Upload Gameplay Feedback” to “on” in the online options to be able to participate in Operation Beachhead.

The Repopulation Progress Report

An End of March 2012 Update for The Repopulation offers the latest on this science fiction MMORPG by Above and Beyond Technologies. Here's their wrap-up of their busy month of March: "From GDC to a new video release, and then the alpha testing announcement and signups, we had plenty to keep us busy. PR aside though, development continues at a rapid pace as we attempt to ready the game for outside testers."

Max Payne 3 Trailer

Max Payne calls shotgun" in a new trailer on the Rockstar Games Website from Max Payne 3, the upcoming third-person shooter sequel. Word is: "The latest video in our special look at Max Payne 3's weaponry features the uncompromising power of the shotguns. These close-quarters specialists are just as great to make a noisy entrance as they are at dropping bad guys with their ferocious heavy rounds."

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Today is an eventful day: In the non-secular world, it is Good Friday and Sundown marks the first day of Passover. In the (decidedly, apparently) secular, not to mention gaming, world, today kicks off PAX East in Boston, and is also opening day for all the Major League Baseball teams who didn't play yesterday who need to scramble to keep pace with the undefeated Mets. It's also arrival day for my new man stove, so the festivities just keep on rolling. Speaking of festivities, here's something I forgot: Happy belated birthday to my niece Chloe and to Batman!

Festive Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Tank 2012.
Urban Rivals Solo.
Stories: Tonia Sotiropoulou cast as Bond girl in ‘Skyfall’.
Science: MIT study predicting ‘global economic collapse’ by 2030 still on track. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Pimp My Horse.
What happens when you dance like no one is watching.
Doggy Does The Helicopter. Bitches be crazy.



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