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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012

  

Remember Me Announced

Capcom announces Remember Me, a "sleek" sci-fi action/adventure featuring a female protagonist named Nilin due for release on Windows and PlayStation 3 in May 2013 (apparently this is the game once known as ADRIFT). An announcement trailer gives a sense of the game (the top commenter calls it "Mirrors Edge meets Total Recall") and this remixed trailer features a whole bunch of gameplay footage inspiring this top rated comment: "It's like Assassin's Creed, Deus Ex and Watch Dogs had a baby." The Capcom Website notes they will be streaming some gameplay footage from gamescom, and in the meantime, here's word:

Today we're revealing the newest addition to our catalog: Remember Me, a sleek action/adventure set in Neo Paris, 2084, and starring Nilin (seen above), who's a memory hunter on the run.

As you can see from the trailer, this proposed future for humanity has basically done away with secrecy - memories can be bought and sold, and people can know anything about anyone for the right price. Nilin was the apparently one of the best at this, but somewhere along the line, wouldn't you know it, someone wiped her memory and now she's determined to figure out why.

Remember Me blends quick, acrobatic traversal with some equally nimble combat. However, one of the game's unique additions to the genre is the idea of "memory remixing," which can be seen in the video below:

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Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Tomorrow

The Guild Wars 2 Facebook Page has word that ArenaNet is conducting another stress test for Guild Wars 2 tomorrow (thanks nin). Also, the Guild Wars 2 Website has a list of the game worlds that will be available for the game's head start later this month. Here's word on how you can help them stress out over their MMORPG sequel:

We will be conducting a stress test tomorrow Wednesday, August 15 from 12:00 Noon PACIFIC Time to 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time.

We will be actively working on the game during the event, so you might experience connectivity problems or discover features that are not working as designed.

Any issues you experience are a result of the rigorous conditions of the stress test, and are in no way representative of the state of the game at launch.

By participating in this stress test, you’re helping us make Guild Wars 2 a better game. Thanks for your cooperation—we’ll see you in-game!
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Please note:
* The stress test is open to anyone who has pre-purchased Guild Wars 2.
* Characters will not be wiped from the previous Stress Test.

DC Universe Online Hand of Fate DLC Announced

The DC Universe Online Website announces Hand of Fate, saying the upcoming fifth DLC pack for SOE's superhero MMORPG will add utility belt attachments, story driven operations, new magical legends characters, and new side missions, and more. A new producer's letter explains how this is different from their previous DLC, and here's part of that:

I'm pleased to announce DC Universe Online's next DLC Pack – Hand of Fate! This marks our fifth DLC Pack, and it is unlike anything we've offered to date. It brings a whole new type of gameplay designed from the ground up to draw players out into our iconic, open-world cities, Gotham City and Metropolis. Featuring loads of side missions and a whole new type of group mission we call Operations, Hand of Fate will enrich our massive open world areas in unexpected ways, deepening and enlivening the game as players encounter not just the world and its challenges, but each other along the way. We are also excited to introduce Utility Belt Attachments. This handy item greatly expands loadout options and makes it viable to use more trinkets, toys, and consumables – ultimately opening the door to more fun and deeper tactics. Personally, I could never justify keeping a toy equipped when I played, no matter how fun it was, but now it's easy to have one at the ready. Read on for details!

FINAL FANTASY VII PC Rerelease

The FINAL FANTASY VII PC Website now offers an updated version of Square Enix's RPG for Windows with all-new online features (thanks Gamer's Hell). Here's word:

Whether you’re a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Into the Black

Diablo III Starter Edition

Battle.net announces the release of a free starter edition of Diablo III, allowing the chance to sample Blizzard's action/RPG sequel through level 13 and up to the encounter with the Skeleton King. Word is: "Any progress and achievements you earn while playing the Starter Edition will automatically carry over if you decide to upgrade to the full version of Diablo III, and the Starter Edition restrictions will be removed." This FAQ has more details.

Dead Space 3 February Dates Narrowed

The Dead Space 3 Website now offers a release date for the next installment in Visceral Games' horror-themed shooter series. The game was announced with a February 2013 release window, and the site now narrows that down to February 5, 2013, which is for North America, and word is the game will follow on February 8th in Europe.

Half-Life 3 at gamescom Denied

This document (Adobe Acrobat format) from the gamescom Website includes an entry many gamers might find interesting, to say the least. According to this, one of the new games to be shown at the trade show is a title called Half-Life 3 from a developer called Valve. Unfortunately, Kotaku has word from Valve's Doug Lombardi that this listing is in error, and the long-awaited shooter sequel will remain a pipe dream for at least one more major trade show. Thanks nin.

Mars: War Logs Announced

Focus Home Interactive announces Mars: War Logs, a science fiction-themed action/RPG in the works at Spiders Games (heavens to Ziggy!) that will allow players to get their asses to Mars some time next year. This trailer offers a look at the game, and here's word:

Mars: War Logs, the action RPG developed by Spiders for Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and PC download, has been unveiled today in video! Mars: War Logs offers a wide variety of quests, tactical dynamic combat, and extensive character specialization through different skill trees and a complete craft system.

The Silk Engine, the powerful graphics engine built by Spiders, breathes life into the Red Planet. The in-game sequences in today's video give a glimpse of the exciting quest that awaits players on Mars in 2013! Mars: War Logs will be presented at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne next week at the Focus booth in the business area (Hall 4.2, Stand I-050a), alongside another undisclosed game from Spiders that will be unveiled for the first time.

Mars: War Logs takes you to the red planet over a century after the catastrophe that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid planet with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control. In the middle of this struggle, players take on the role of Roy Temperance, a renegade with multiple talents, and plunge into a thrilling cyberpunk RPG on the Red Planet! Players develop Roy and his combat style by choosing among dozens of skills and perks, and fight for his life in dynamic real-time combat against the fearsome creatures of Mars. The crafting system lets players create and modify equipment to maintain an edge over enemies. Dialogue choices as well as actions and decisions made will influence the destiny of the people Roy crosses paths with...and perhaps the fate of all colonies on Mars.

Dishonored PC Specs

The Bethesda Blog now offers system requirements for the Windows PC edition of Dishonored, Arkane's upcoming stealth/action sequel:

Below you’ll find both the recommended and minimum system requirements for the game.

Minimum Spec:

OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better
Memory: 4 GB system RAM
Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Enhanced for:
64-bit
multi-core

Recommended Spec:

OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 2.4 GHz quad core or better
Memory: 4 GB system RAM
Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 768 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Want to learn more about the PC release of Dishonored? Be sure to read our UI feature that includes discussion of unique PC options in the game.

Sanctum for OS X Released; DLC Reworked

Coffee Stain Studios announces that Steam now offers a Mac OS X edition of Sanctum, offering the chance to play the action/tower defense hybrid while still thinking different. "We’re tremendously proud of how Sanctum has performed on the PC," said Anton Westbergh, CEO of Coffee Stain Studios. "Creating a Mac version is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and we couldn’t be happier to now be able to bring our unique blend of hybrid gameplay to a brand new audience." This is accompanied by word that they have repackaged the game's DLC into one free and one premium pack:

In celebration of the Mac launch, Coffee Stain Studios has restructured Sanctum’s downloadable content, including three tower DLCs (Violator, Penetrator, and Killing Floor) completely free of charge, and grouping others together in the affordably bundled “Sanctum Map Pack 1”.

SimCity Mac Plans

Electronic Arts announces plans for a Mac OS X edition of SimCity, saying this will come to their Origin service in February 2013, offering cross-platform support in the urban-planning remake: "The king of city-builders is making its triumphant return to the Mac! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced that SimCityTM will be coming to Mac as a digital download via Origin™ in February 2013. With development being led by the creative team at Maxis, the Mac version of SimCity will feature the same deep, rich gameplay that will define the PC experience as players on both platforms compete or collaborate to create a new world, together."

Star Trek & Star Wars Game Trailers

The gamescom trailer from the new Star Trek game is now up on IGN, showing more Kirk and Spock co-op action from the upcoming movie tie-in. In other iconic sci-fi tie-in news, IGN also offers a new clip from Star Wars 1313, saying this offers the first look at combat from LucasArts' upcoming Star Wars platformer (though some combat footage was also released during E3).

New X-Motor Racing and Demo

The X-Motor Racing Website now offers a new version 1.39 of this racing simulator, as well as an updated demo for your test driving pleasure. Here's a change list for the new version: Continue here to read the full story.

BioWare on the Importance of Day One DLC

There's an interesting quote on Joystiq from a GDC Europe talk by BioWare director of online development Fernando Melo, who says that a majority of the profit they saw from Dragon Age DLC was from sales of day-one DLC packs Stone Prisoner and Warden's Keep, saying this accounted for 53% of their DLC income from the game (thanks nin). Word is:

This figure accounts for those who bought Stone Prisoner for $15 in a used copy of Origins, and those who purchased Warden's Keep for $7 outside of its inclusion in the Digital Deluxe Edition. Since these two DLC packs, Dragon Age: Origins has had seven additional iterations of downloadable content, which account for less than half of the total DLC revenue from Origins.

Op Ed

games.on.net - Supporting the PC: It’s okay to get upset about poor console ports, but do the right thing anyway.
This is why, if you support PC gaming, and especially if you’re one of the people who actually signed the petition, you should do the right thing and buy the game. If the game sells well, it’ll encourage other publishers to think about doing the same. It might convince more publishers to take their games to our favourite platform, and, hopefully, they’ll take the time to properly optimise them.

If it sells badly, it’s just yet another nail in the coffin of publisher confidence in the platform. And that’s the last thing we need.

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Out of the Blue

Was doing a little poking around the archive and found a Paul Steed letter from 1997 where Paul was walking back from a little of his signature outrageousness, and noticed a tidbit that I want to share which takes on a different meaning in light of his untimely death:

To quote a song from Aerosmith: Life is a journey, not a destination.

Go for it and have a kickass trip. I'll be somewhere up ahead waiting for you.

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