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Sunday, Jun 24, 2012

  

Risen 2 Demo

The Steam page for Risen 2: Dark Waters now features a playable demo for Piranha Bytes' role-playing sequel (thanks Frans). Here's an outline of the game's pirate theme:

Set several years after the end of Risen, raging titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.

With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. A third-person role-playing game set in a dark and gritty universe, Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character. Together with a highly interactive environment and a full day/night-cycle affecting countless aspects of the game world, Risen 2 will be set in the most immersive RPG game world so far.

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, the latest installment in the computer game series based on the collectable card game. There are no details on the demo, so here's word on the game itself: "In the latest version of this hit franchise, play with friends or the AI as you travel across fantastic planes, take on new encounters and opponents, solve challenging puzzles, and face up to three other players in the Planechase multiplayer format. After honing your skills, pit yourself against the ultimate villain of the Multiverse, the dragon Planeswalker Nicol Bolas. Featuring ten customizable decks, Magic 2013 offers new features including individual records for your game play, new game items to unlock, and, for those already skilled in slinging spells, the option to choose what lands to tap when you cast your spells." Thanks Frans.

The Repopulation Funds Raised; Trailer Released

The official website for The Repopulation now offers a new trailer offering "a closer look at the crafting system used in The Repopulation and how resources are extracted from corpses. Also, the game's Kickstarter page indicates it has reached its $25,000 funding goal, and outlines what they plan to do with any extra money. Continue here to read the full story.

DCS: P-51D Mustang Trailer

This trailer features in-game footage from an early build of DCS: P-51D Mustang, the upcoming World War II aerial combat game from Digital Combat Simulator. Here's a bit on what to expect from the game: "The DCS: P-51D Mustang offers both highly-detailed simulation and easy-to-play "game" mode options for both hardcore and casual gamers. When in simulation mode, this is the most authentic simulation of the P-51D Mustang that has ever been done for the PC." Continue here to read the full story.

New Left 4 Theft: San Andreas

Mod DB now offers a new version 2.1 of Left 4 Theft: San Andreas, the undead modification for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This is a quick update to address issues with the recent version 2.0 of the mod. Thanks Ant.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the 10 bestselling games on their Steam service for this past week:

  1. Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings
  2. Arma II: Combined Operations
  3. Deus Ex: Collections
  4. Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 2
  6. Max Payne 3
  7. The Elder Scrolls V" Skyrim
  8. Deus Ex: Human Revolutions
  9. Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013
  10. Torchlight II

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Out of the Blue

Looks like today will be the last day of our heat wave. The heat has no impact on Manstovia, as we will be cooking a chicken on the rotisserie later. I had a yen to do a pork loin or some pork chops, but after a Flintstones-style batch of ribs last week, MrsBlue suggested holding off a bit before another pork project (if only the government had such discretion).

Discreet Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Snakes on a Cartesian Plane.
Ovum Defender 2.
Cards Wars.
Science: Why are schizophrenics starting to respond better to placebos? Thanks Digg.
Images: Amazing Princess Zelda cosplay.
Stunning View from the Top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Thanks nin via Digg.
Media: See Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night recreated with 7,000 falling dominoes. Thanks nin.
Woman Angrily Demanding Price Check Was Once Carefree Youth.
Dancing Robot at Dolores Park.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Making Of- Minecraft: Diamonds Are Forever.



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