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Monday, Jul 30, 2012

  

Steamships Ahoy - Orcs Must Die! 2

Robot Entertainment announces that Orcs Must Die! 2 is now available on Steam, offering their sequel to last year's AIAS Strategy Game of the Year. Word is: "Orcs Must Die! 2 thrusts players and their friends back into battle against a terrifying mob of orcs and other monsters. With a redesigned spellbook, players will have a broader range of options to build a deadly arsenal of defenses. Investing hard-earned skulls in an enormous new upgrade system will allow players to cater to their favorite methods of burning, grinding, tossing, or dismembering orcs." A playable demo was released last week, and here's more, including a feature list:

Orcs Must Die! 2 begins days after the ending of the original game. With the rifts closed and the magical Order dead, the War Mage finds himself suddenly thrust into a new battle against the mindless orc mob. He has a powerful, if questionable, new companion in the Sorceress, an ex-War Mage responsible for the destruction of the Order.
Orcs Must Die! 2 Features:

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Ships Ahoy - Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic DLC

The Bohemia Interactive Store now offers sales of the Army of the Czech Republic DLC for Arma 2, BIS's military shooter sequel. This is the only place to get this for now, but this will show up on Steam in mid-August. Here's the deal:

The stunning new DLC features a variety of authentically modeled units and vehicles together with detailed environments, demonstrating the various roles and deployments of modern Czech Armed Forces across different theatres of war. All brought together in an exciting and engaging new singleplayer campaign as well as a number of standalone singleplayer and multiplayer scenarios.

Uplay Patched

The security flaw siacovered today in Uplay has been patched by Ubisoft, reports GamesIndustry International, though the Uplay Website remains mum on the whole topic. "We have made a forced patch to correct the flaw in the browser plug-in for the uPlay PC application that was brought to our attention earlier today," reads an official statement from the company. "We recommend that all uPlay users update their uPlay PC application without a Web browser open. This will allow the plug-in to update correctly. An updated version of the uPlay PC installer with the patch also is available from uPlay.com."

Symphony Pre-purchases

GameStop PC Downloads now offers pre-purchases of Symphony, a music rhythm game from Empty Clip Studios due for release next week. Pre-purchases include a GameStop exclusive item, and if that gives the impression the retailer/etailer is upping its game, that will be further reinforced by this article profiling "The Men Behind Symphony."

MechWarrior: Living Legends Open Beta

The MechWarrior: Living Legends Website now offers version 0.6.0 of this Crysis Warhead modification. Here's their assessment of where the project stands at this point:

Easily being the largest single content release for MechWarrior: Living Legends since our initial beta release in 2009, the MechWarrior: Living Legends 0.6.0 open beta includes 9 new playable assets, 4 new maps, revisions and improvements to the TAG laser designation system, weapon convergence and procedural arm animation for the ‘Mechs and an almost innumerable list of additional enhancemenets, bug fixes and optimisations to existing game features. One of the key features of 0.6.0 is actually the result of the cummulative asset set being released with this patch, that being that 0.6.0 is the first MWLL release that achieves a reasonable assset partity between the Inner Sphere and Clan faction vehicle selections. This will allow for an accurate assessment of the Clan vs. IS game mode options and balance as we go forward.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: 60 Second Let's Play- Half-Life 2. Thanks nin via Kotaku.

Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead Announced

Publisher Headup Games and developer Silent Dreams announce Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, which is coming to PCs in September as a spin off of their "irony-peppered fun-RPG" Grotesque Tactics series. Here are a few screenshots, and here's word:

Headup Games and the indie studio Silent Dreams are making the continuation of their successful collaboration public today. Following the success of the press- and community-praised Grotesque Tactics franchise with Grotesque Tactics: Premium Edition and Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts, Headup Games and Silent Dreams will release a spin-off of the popular irony-peppered fun-RPG in September of 2012. Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead will be released in September of 2012 exclusively for PC.

To get a bit of relaxation after the last big battle of Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts Holy Avatar decides to take a trip off-the-cuff with his Guild of Maidens on a Caribbean island, his recently purchased “Holy Island”.

After a rather ungently arrival on the beach they made a gruesome discovery: numerous dead maidens, horribly mutilated, are scattered all over the path to the inside of the island. The Guild of Maidens is afraid that something horrible happened in the maidens camp on the island. Holy Avatar – secretly happy about this twist – is going to investigate what exactly happened with a part of his group, looking for new adventures, not knowing what kind of scale this disaster has already taken and what hazards are waiting for him and his companions inside the dense woods and caves…

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PC Dawnguard Info "This Week"

Last week Bethesda's Pete Hines tweeted "Just sit tight. We'll have info soon" in response to concerns that the Xbox 360 exclusivity of Dawnguard had ended without word on plans for a PC edition of this DLC for The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim. Today he follows this will another tweet suggesting news on should come this week, saying: "Nothing has been said/announced about it. We should have info later this week." Thanks MCV.

Ubisoft uPlay Security Flaw

Computer and Video Games has follow-up on reports of a vulnerability in Ubisoft's uPlay service that could possibly allow the access of files on user's PCs. The story reflects initial impressions that this may have been included intentionally as a rootkit DRM, but they have subsequent comments from researchers indicating they think this was more likely an unintentionally security mess-up (thanks Joao). There's a follow up note on Kotaku on how to clean this out of your system if you are "infected" (thanks nin).

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track has this week's list of the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. This week Diablo III slips to number two as The Sims 3 slips back into the top spot. On the all-platforms chart London 2012 vaults past LEGO Batman 2 into the number one position.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

My floods of urine in the kitchen have been supplemented the past couple of mornings with poop, which is actually the good news containing the bad news, as there seems to be blood in it. As I say, the blood is obviously bad news, but it would have been much harder to discover had it not been on the kitchen floor, so I'm thankful at least that I was able to notice it this way. The dogs are due for a trip to the vet anyway, so we'll see what comes of this, and cross our fingers that perhaps the reason this is happening is not as dire as we are imagining.

Bloody Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Awesome Tanks 2.
Clausus.
Links: Largest Game Map.
Babes of the 1970s.
The World's Most Expensive Hot Dogs.
Science: Future foods: What will we be eating in 20 years' time?
Media: Reporter Gets Unexpected Kiss at Olympics.
Orchestra Teacher Loses It.
The Funnies: Twaggies.
Work Porn Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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