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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012

  

The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Announced

The Sims 3 Website announces The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion, offering a trailer showing off the spooky new content this will provide. Word is preorders will receive a limited edition with some sort of Plants vs. Zombies content:

EA announces The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack! Enter the mysterious town of Moonlight Falls, where strange things happen by the light of the moon. Create supernatural beings from menacing werewolves and cackling witches to mischievous fairies and newer, more intriguing vampires. You can mix dozens of elixirs, turn Sims into zombies or even transform them into gold! Then, share your enchanted brews with any friends who have The Sims 3.Check out the spooky new video here and preorder now to receive the Limited Edition version featuring content from Plants vs. Zombies!

TERA Free Trial

En Masse Entertainment is now offering a free playable trial for the North American edition of TERA, offering the chance to try Bluehole Studios' MMORPG free of charge. The trial is offered on this page along with a playable demo offered through Gaikai that allows you to check out the game's combat instantly. Here's word on the trial:

The TERA trial is good for seven calendar days from the time a player enters the trial code. Players can level up to eight characters to level 23 on one server during the trial. There are some additional restrictions—trial players cannot vote in TERA elections, for instance—but for the most part, players can enjoy the full benefits of the game during their week of free play. All players need to join the world of TERA is an En Masse account. Then they can enter the code “TERATRIAL” to download and play TERA.

SC WW2 Global Conflict GOLD Patch

Battlefront.com now offers a new patch for Strategic Command WW2 Global Conflict GOLD, updating the military strategy game to version 1.02. Here's word: "The latest patch for Furysoftware's Strategic Command WW2 Global Theater GOLD, v1.02 GOLD is here! It includes dozens of improvements, fixes and tweaks to both the GOLD game engine as well as the GOLD editor - many based on feedback from the fan community forums and email - and even a completely new bonus campaign, 1942 Brute Force, which is a alternative map Europe and Pacific 1942-1945 campaign."

It Came from E3 2012, Part 13

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Rockstar on Max Payne 3 Cheaters

Rockstar Games announces plans for those who use hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits to gain an unfair advantage in Max Payne 3 multiplayer. Word is cheaters will be condemned to a "cheaters pool":

Anyone found to have used hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits to gain an unfair advantage in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, or to circumvent the leaderboards will be quarantined from all other players into a "Cheaters Pool", where they'll only be able to compete in multiplayer matches with other confirmed miscreants. In the event we decide to absolve any of these cheaters for their past transgressions they may re-enter play with the general public, however a second offense will result in their indefinite banishment. In either case, we will be removing invalid leaderboard entries to ensure that the players at the top of the charts have earned their spots fairly.

"38 Studios Spouse" Speaks

Gamasutra has a story from someone they're calling 38 Studios Spouse in the vein of the "EA Spouse" whistle-blowing incident several years back. They have verified the author is married to one of the developers displaced by the studio's move to Rhode Island and closure, and her story puts a human face on the upheaval this all caused in a lifestyle that's unsettled to begin with due to the mercurial nature of game development work. Here's a portion of her account of what this has put them through:

Again, they knew the problem existed and chose to not tell us or give us any notice. On the 24th of May, my husband was laid off officially after six days of wasted gas, with no payment of wages for all of May (1st-24th), no insurance, slim chances of ever seeing any money since the State of Rhode Island would be paid first by all asset sales, and had to drive in once more to get his belongings and attend a meeting on unemployment benefits.

Ok, so time to lick our wounds, get back on the horse, and find a new job. At least we stuck it out and won't have to pay back our relocation costs according to the Chief Operating Officer. Wrong! On June 1st, we get a letter from Atlas Van Lines with 10 days to pay our overdue moving bill of a sizeable amount. Six months has gone by since our move. There was no notice at any point that this had not been paid and now we get a bill with 10 days to pay. Why now? Haven't they had 6 months to collect this? Didn't the company say we would be let out of our contract since they folded? Couldn't they have given us a head's up at any point before we were broke and our savings gone to feed our children? After all, a head's up on this might have alerted us to a problem with 38 Studios before we got to this point. Well on one page in a series, of approximately 45, we signed a document stating in tiny print that we would be responsible if the company does not pay. I don't know if most people are aware, but moving with three kids, a dog, and a cat from one coast to another is a bit tiring and this document was of course presented on the day our stuff arrived in Rhode Island, which was chaos.

So, there goes our credit rating no matter how hard we are trying to still pay for all bills with no income. We have no income, no time to prepare, and I will not let my children starve to pay for a move that did not exactly work out. Why hadn't Atlas collected from 38 Studios? We were told by an Atlas representative that they had a special working relationship with Curt Schilling, therefore they were trying to work with him. Must be nice to have at least 30 days, let alone six months to pay for this bill.

Am I angry? You bet! I have been taken for a ride and am having to take a handout from the government for the first time in my life. Who do I get to direct my anger at? Nobody! The ones responsible aren't around to chat with or pay for the consequences of their actions. At moments I think Curt Schilling trusted the wrong people, but at least he is having to deal with this mess too. At other times, I am angry and think Curt Schilling is a smart man and should have done better!

Gratuitous Tank Battles Demo

The Gratuitous Tank Battles Website now offers a playable demo for this RTS/tower defense hybrid follow-up to Gratuitous Space Battles. There are no details on what this sample of the game includes, so here's a reminder of what the game itself involves:

Gratuitous Tank Battles is the spiritual successor to indie hit 'Gratuitous Space Battles', the 'hands-off' battle simulation set in a universe at perpetual war. GTB is set in an alternate earth history where World War I never ends, and Axis fights Allies across Europe in the year 2114 complete with a mix of Tanks, Infantry and futuristic mechs.

Jagged Alliance: Crossfire Announced

Kalypso Media and bitComposer Games announce Crossfire, a standalone expansion for Jagged Alliance: Back in Action that will revive the strategy revival this summer. Here are some screenshots, and here's word:

In Crossfire, players are transported to Khanpaa, a peaceful country suffering under the brutal attacks of mercenary troops. To save his country from these bloody massacres, Ambassador Behnam Atiqullahs has no other choice but to hire his own mercenary teams to get to the bottom of these inexplicable and bloodthirsty attacks and to put an end to Khanpaa’s agony.

Features of Jagged Alliance: Crossfire:

Continue here to read the full story.

The Expendables 2 Game Revealed

Plans for a video game for The Expendables 2 have been revealed by the Australian Government Classification Website, where they list a game based on the upcoming movie sequel with an MA15+ rating that references multiplayer support, saying: "Gaming experience may change online." Thanks Player Attack, where they say listed publisher Ubisoft is not yet commenting on this news.

Endless Space Beta

A beta version of the Windows edition of Endless Space is now available on Steam as a bonus to those who pre-purchase the 4X space strategy game. Pre-purchases come at a 10% discount, and the game's full release is expected in July. Here are a few features of the beta:

  • 8 playable factions: The previous 5 plus the new Amoeba, Sowers and Pilgrims factions
  • Multiplayer enabled! You’ll be able to play against 7 other players online
  • English and French language versions (German should be available later this week)

Resonance Demo

Wadjet Eye Games now offers a playable demo for Resonance, their retro-styled adventure game that's due for release next week. Here's an outline of what the game is about:

When a brilliant particle physicist dies unexpectedly, the race is on to secure his terrible new technology before it falls into the wrong hands. The lives of four playable characters become entangled as they fight against the clock to find the dead scientist’s secret vault.

The suspicions they harbor, the memories they guard, the connections they share - all will converge as these four ordinary people work together to prevent a potentially cataclysmic disaster.

Diablo III Game Limit Dropped - EU RMAH Friday

Eurogamer has word that the European version of the Diablo III real-money auction house will launch on Friday. Also, Blizzard announces that they have temporarily dropped a recently added limitation on the number of Diablo III games a player can start during a given period. The limit was intended to reduce server strain and improve overall game stability, but apparently this was not working as intended:

After looking into some reports from players it seems the limit may have not been working exactly as intended. Working properly you really shouldn't see it, even in fairly normal 'farming' conditions, or reasonable amounts of character swapping. We're shutting off the limitations off until we can take a better look at it tomorrow.

Civilization V: Gods & Kings Trailer

This trailer from Civilization V: Gods & Kings shows off the turn-based strategy expansion that's expected next Tuesday. The clip features producer Dennis Shirk and lead designer Ed Beach discussing new features, including rebuilt religion and espionage systems and new civilizations and leaders. A second trailer in this series is expected later this week. Continue here to read the full story.

Getting the Potatoes Back Together

The Potato Sack Reunion on Steam is a sale mashing together 13 indie games for one low price. As noted on VG247, the last time Valve played the potato card it was part of an ARG for Portal 2, so please feel free like Notch to raise your hopes, but please don't blame us if they are dashed.

It Came from E3 2012, Part 12

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

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