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Monday, Aug 20, 2012

  

Dungeons & Dragons Online Patched

A new patch is now live in Dungeons & Dragons Online, bringing update 15 to Turbine's free-to-play MMORPG. The Release Notes have all the details, including word on a new adventure pack: "Trace the origins of a corrupting plague back to the dark and twisted depths of King's Forest. Seek out the powerful druid Halsaime for answers but tread carefully, for you are not the only one searching for him. Contains 4 hand-crafted adventures for characters Level: 17 (Heroic)/23 (Epic). Head for the east bridge in Eveningstar to begin your adventure!"

Ships Ahoy - The Expendables 2

Steam news announces that The Expendables 2 Videogame is now available, offering a gaming tie-in with the new action movie sequel. Here's word on the game's co-op action:

Four Expendables (Barney, Gunner, Caesar and Yin Yang) are hired to rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped Chinese billionaire. It’s all business, until all hell breaks loose and the explosive mix of testosterone and kerosene detonates in a massive fireball that never lets up as the relentless action concludes where the new movie begins.

The Expendables 2 Videogame is a way for fans to experience all of their favorite explosive moments, as their favorite stars, in Four-Player Co-op action.

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Into the Black

Diablo III 1.04 New Paragon Endgame Detailed

The Diablo III Website announces a new Paragon system for Diablo III which will add new endgame content to Diablo III when the version 1.04 patch goes live for the action/RPG sequel, which is currently expected by the end of this month. This will add 100 paragon levels to player development with new stat and magic find rewards. There's also this forum post outlining how the auction house will be changed in the new version. Here's the outline of how the new Paragon system will work:

  • After you hit level 60, any further experience you earn from killing monsters will begin to count toward Paragon levels
  • There are 100 Paragon levels
  • Every Paragon level will reward you with:
    • Core stats such as Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Vitality in amounts similar to what you’d gain from a normal level
    • 3% Magic Find and 3% Gold Find
  • In addition, a distinctive increasingly-impressive border will surround your character portrait in the in-game party frame to denote your Paragon progression, with a new frame earned after every ten levels. Your Paragon level will also be visible to other players wherever your normal level is shown

Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Next Year

PopCap Games announces a Plants vs. Zombies sequel is in the works, and they expect to release the real-time strategy follow-up next year, offering "hordes of new plant and zombie types and mulch more." Here's word:

PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video game franchises and a division of EA, today announced that the underground growth of the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies™, one of the world’s most popular video games, is germinating and advancing with rigor.

The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world. No other details of the highly anticipated new installment in the franchise are available at this time, beyond the following comments from some of the game’s denizens.

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we're freee anytime. We'll find you.”

“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning,” said Sonny F. Lower, a representative of the Flora Forever Foundation. “But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”

Iron Sky Game Plans

A video game is in development to tie-in with Iron Sky, reports The Hollywood Reporter, saying this adaptation of this sci-fi comedy film from Finnish director Timo Vuorensola described as "Nazis on the moon." is expected this November for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 from Polish developer Reality Pump and publisher TopWare, a German company, which is a bit of surprise given Germany's general unwillingness to allow the use of Nazi symbols in media such as video games. Here's word:

The game will follow the pulp fiction plot of the film, in which a colony of Nazis living on the dark side of the moon begin an invasion of the earth. Players will act as a space pilot in the intergalactic battle, joining forces with either the Nazi invaders or earth's defense force. The Polish studio Reality Pump will develop the game for Topware. Samuli Torssonen, visual effects supervisor on the film, will provide visual effects for the game through his Helsinki-based Troll studio.

Iron Sky Invasion will be available for Mac, PC, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 and Topware said it plans to release both a standard edition for around €40 - €50 ($50 - $62) and a special "Gotterdammerung" edition for between €60 - €70 ($74 - $86).

Grand Theft Auto V Screenshots

The Rockstar Games Facebook Page now features three screenshots from Grand Theft Auto V, the next installment in their open-world action series. Featured are the latest model of the Cheetah, an F16-looking fighter jet, and a Venice beach-looking backdrop for some spandex-clad man-ass. Thanks nin.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track outlines the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending August 18th. This week Football Manager 2012 and The Sims 3 swap places atop the chart, and Sleeping Dogs enters at the number three position. On the all-platforms chart Sleeping Dogs lies at number one and there's also a new entry at number two, where New Super Mario Brothers 2 debuts.

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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue is off to her new job today, and with no ties remaining to Disney, I no longer have a potential conflict of interest to disclaim related to reporting Disney-related game news. With their disinterest in the PC platform there was nothing to be conflicted over during that span anyway, but it makes life easier for everybody if there's no potential for that to worry about. She is back with a more traditional book publisher now, so there is no gaming connection to acknowledge going forward.

R.I.P.: British director Tony Scott dead after jumping from California bridge.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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Close Call at a Rally Race.
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