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Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012

  

Mass Effect 3 Resurgence DLC Released

The Mass Effect Twitter Feed has word that the free Resurgence Pack DLC is now available for Mass Effect 3, with the PC edition available through Origin. The official website for the action/RPG sequel has details on the pack and the previously released launch trailer.

Nexuiz Beta

THQ and Machinima today announce the launch of public beta testing of the Windows edition of Nexuiz, Illfonic's upcoming CryENGINE 3 first-person shooter. Keys are being distributed through the Alienware Website, and the PC edition is expected to launch on May 3rd for USD $9.99. "PC is the home of the arena shooter," said Kedhrin Gonzalez, creative director at Illfonic. "We've been working hard to make the PC version of Nexuiz the best we can, and add the features and support that the discerning PC audience expects. This beta will help us fine tune our online service, and we hope players will have a blast with it." The news includes an outline of enhancements in the PC version compared with the previously released console version:

  • Dedicated server support and game browser
  • Enhanced, CryENGINE 3 powered graphics with DX11 support
  • Advanced custom controls, new HUD and a 15 percent increase to player speed for ultimate twitch-shooter experience -- and immersive feedback utilizing Alien FX by Alienware!

Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes Beta

BioWare announces the launch of beta testing for Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, offering free-to-play online PvP teamplay set in the Warhammer universe:

Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes is advancing online PvP games by delivering instant, fast-paced and competitive three-sided 6v6v6 PvP arena gameplay – for free! As the latest entry in EA’s Play4Free portfolio, the game throws three teams into battle against each other, where players can choose from a wide range of unique heroes from the Warhammer universe on the fly. This cutthroat setup creates highly dynamic matches where teams constantly live on the edge of victory or defeat and alliances are quickly formed and just as quickly forgotten. With the instant playability of battles that last an intense 15 minutes, a small download size, and no cost to enter, Wrath of Heroes can scratch the competitive PvP itch for gamers of any type.

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters Unveiled

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is an upcoming action/RPG in development at American McGee's Spicy Horse described on American McGee's Website as "a Japanese retelling of the Red Riding Hood story, turned on its ear." A Akaneiro: Demon Hunters placeholder website and a Facebook Page are online, but the most details on the game at this point can be found in an article on Kotaku, where they say the game will be free-to-play on "PC, the web, and tablets," but Spicy Horse promises it won't be "naggy" or "spammy." They offer a look at the game's lore and setting, describing "a hand-painted world inspired by ancient demons and late Edo era Japan."

Ships Ahoy - Naval War: Arctic Circle

Paradox Interactive announces the release of Naval War: Arctic Circle, the naval RTS game from Turbo Tape Games. They celebrate the news with this release trailer, and here's the announcement:

Paradox Interactive and Turbo Tape Games give you the opportunity to decide the fate of the world in two scenario-driven campaigns – play as either the NATO forces pulled together to combat a rising threat or as the Russian Navy, hungrily pushing out of her Northern bases to secure badly needed resources. Meticulously researched ships, planes and submarines are at your disposal, along with their powerful weapons systems. Realistically modeled weather and radar systems further enhance your experience. Naval War: Arctic Circle challenges veteran wargamers to a fatal game of hide-and-seek, where the first one to be spotted could be the first one to go down.

Continue here to read the full story.

Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus

Gearboxity has a follow-up to the news from PAX East about plans to add a fifth playable class to Borderlands 2 via post-release DLC. This clarifies that this Mechromancer content will be a preorder bonus for the role-playing shooter sequel, and paid content for everyone else:

As a special thank you to our early supporters, the Mechromancer will be available as a free download to members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, which you can gain access to by pre-ordering Borderlands 2 from a participating retailer. The Mechromancer will also be available as premium downloadable content for those who aren't Premiere Club members at the same time. For more details on the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, please visit this thread and borderlands2.com/preorder.

Diablo III Barbarian Video

The Diablo III Website shows the way to a preview on the Barbarian class in Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. The preview has some details and includes a trailer showing off some barbarism. Continue here to read the full story.

Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Video Diary

A new video developer diary from Elemental: Fallen Enchantress takes a look at the magic in Stardock's upcoming turn-based strategy follow-up. The clip focuses on the game's magic, showing how mastery of the arcane arts is essential to success. Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Scotty Can Be a Real Prick Sometimes. Thanks Ant.

Dungeonbowl Announced

Cyanide Studio announces Dungeonbowl, an online game expected to launch for Windows PCs before the middle of this year using characters from Blood Bowl, as it transports this fantasy game based on Warhammer and American football to the inside of a dungeon. A preliminary Dungeonbowl Website offers forums, and the game also has pages on Facebook and Google+. We have some screenshots, and the following announcement:

Dungeonbowl is the next exciting Blood Bowl experience, set in the fantasy American Football inspired game world already adapted as a video game by Cyanide. The key difference between Dungeonbowl and Blood Bowl as is rather obvious from the name, is that Dungeonbowl is played in a dangerous dungeon!

The wizards created the Dungeonbowl as they wanted to know which Magic College was the most powerful. The game introduces some subtle modifications to the standard Blood Bowl rules. A match is still played between two teams, but each side is composed of three races. For example, the roster of a Rainbow Wizards team contains Wood Elves, Halflings and Humans. The second difference is that the first team to score a touchdown wins the match. This task is made significantly more difficult by the fact that the ball is hidden in one of six treasure chests, five of which are booby-trapped with an explosive spell. Last, but by no means least, movement within the dungeon is both facilitated and complicated by teleporter pads. These allow players to magically zap from one position to another; a mishap, however, can lead to a player being zapped out of the match. As with Blood Bowl, the game is driven by dice and each player plays in turn.

Dungeonbowl continues Cyanide's successful collaboration with Games Workshop and their rich and varied Blood Bowl world. The gameplay should therefore delight existing Blood Bowl fans as well as offer a gateway to this zany parody of Warhammer®and American Football for fans of tactical sports gaming.

Bulletstorm Sequel Cancelled; PC Piracy Mentioned

In spite of EA saying the original "under-performed," a sequel to Bulletstorm was in the works at People Can Fly before being cancelled by parent company Epic Games reports GameSpot, who hear from Epic president Mike Capps on the topic. Mike indicates they have put the Polish developer on a different project they will "be announcing pretty soon," though there is no clue if this is the recently revealed PC game Epic is planning. "We thought a lot about a sequel, and had done some initial development on it, but we found a project that we thought was a better fit for People Can Fly," he said. "We haven't announced that yet, but we will be announcing it pretty soon." He goes on to praise Bulletstorm and says he'd love to go back to the property, "but right now we don't have anything to talk about." Just to stir the pot a little, the story concludes with Capps' comment that sales of the PC version may have been harmed by piracy: "We made a PC version of Bulletstorm, and it didn't do very well on PC and I think a lot of that was due to piracy. It wasn't the best PC port ever, sure, but also piracy was a pretty big problem."

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Animations

A S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tweet points the way to a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 animation video that shows some character animations from the upcoming shooter sequel. Subsequent tweets indicate this was created by a former employee and that the game, which has faced rumors of cancellation amid the possibility that developer GSC Game World may close, still does not have a release date. Thanks Eurogamer.

Resident Evil 6 October/November Release

A Resident Evil 6 Captivate Trailer 2012 has found its way online, offering cinematics from the upcoming continuation of the survival/horror series. The clip concludes displaying 20-11-2012 which morphs into 02-10-2012, suggesting we're looking at an October/November release (thanks VG247). For more, it looks like there's a little viral marketing for the game happening on NoHopeLeft.com.

Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchases Grant Beta & Early Access

NCsoft is now accepting pre-purchases of Guild Wars 2, saying these will entitle customers to participate in weekend beta events and to get a three day head start in the MMORPG sequel when it launches. Pre-purchases are being accepted through the Guild Wars 2 Website and the retailers listed on this page. The occasion is also being promoted with this trailer.

Lost Planet 3 In 2013 From Spark Unlimited

Lost Planet 3 is in development at Spark Unlimited for release next year, reports Siliconera, where they have a leaked cinematic trailer from the third-person shooter sequel. The trailer does conclude with a 2013 date and the Spark logo, along with badges for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network, though no hints about a PC edition.

Game of Thrones: The Game Details

The Game of Thrones: The Game Website (the website) now has a new section with new details on how King's Landing is displayed in the upcoming role-playing game based on the fantasy property. This offers some details on this area, and we have some new King's Landing screenshots as well.

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

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Morning Tech Bits

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Game Reviews

  • Legend of Grimrock on IGN.

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Well, just as I start using my new extra-hot man-stove, the county where we reside has issued a "red flag" warning based on the possibility of wildfires due to the dry windy conditions in the area, where the drought condition has been upgraded to "severe." This does not actually prohibit grilling, but it does give pause. I wonder if I could actually spin this as a reason to move the grill on the deck to *prevent* a fire hazard? Probably not. Well, at least the forecast calls for the possibility of showers this week, so maybe that will help.

Dry Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Clear Vision 5.
Links: Your Nickname Guide. NSFW. Thanks Devicer.
Student, 13, Drives Bus to Safety When Driver Faints.
Stories: Bryan Cranston: 'Breaking Bad' will split final season.
Science: It wasn't your imagination- US experienced warmest March ever.
6 Ingredients You May Not Want In Your Food. The last is the payoff.
Images: RPGs.
Coffee is good. Sleep is better.
Media: Largest Rube Goldberg Machine. Thanks dakslf.
Laziest Invention Ever.
Mario Goes Berserk.



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