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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."

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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."

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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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