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Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012

  

Spec Ops: The Line Coop Released

2K Games announces the release of the promised free cooperative multiplayer update for Spec Ops: The Line, the sand swept first-person shooter. Here's what to expect from the update, which is available for Windows and consoles:

2K Games’ previously announced, free cooperative multiplayer game mode is now available for Spec Ops®: The Line, the exciting third-person military shooter set in a sandstorm-ravaged Dubai. The free bonus content is the perfect complement to the provocative single-player narrative campaign and is available for download* now for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. This two-player cooperative multiplayer game mode is free of charge to everyone who owns or purchases a copy of Spec Ops: The Line.

The cooperative bonus content in Spec Ops: The Line features a series of objective-based cooperative multiplayer scenarios set in Dubai after a series of cataclysmic sandstorms have wrecked the city. It includes four fast-paced missions, each with its own unique objectives, environments and playable characters. The two players must work together to fight through waves of enemies and blinding sandstorms to complete their objectives, emphasizing teamwork and utilizing a variety of weapons and explosives.

In addition to the two-player cooperative multiplayer game mode, Spec Ops: The Line also features an engaging single-player campaign and a competitive online multiplayer game mode. Developed by YAGER, Spec Ops: The Line features an intense single-player narrative that unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Playing as Captain Martin Walker, gamers fight through the city in search of Colonel John Konrad and his missing battalion, The Damned 33rd. Spec Ops: The Line also features an expansive, class-based online multiplayer experience that includes squad-based games.

Future Soldier Raven Strike DLC Announced

Ubisoft announces Raven Strike, a second DLC pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier coming to the console editions of the shooter sequel next month and to the PC edition at an unannounced later date. Here are the details:

WHAT: Today Ubisoft announced the Raven Strike DLC pack, the second Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier DLC package. A throwback to traditional Ghost Recon gameplay, Raven Strike features larger maps, complex missions and an increased level of difficulty. It contains three campaign missions and a new Guerilla Mode map, each playable with up to four players. Raven Strike will be available on September 11th for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. It will be available on Windows PC at a later date.

Additionally, Ubisoft disclosed that the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier development team is hard at work on further DLC content planned for release later this fall.

Raven Strike DLC content includes:

3 new missions in Campaign Mode

  • Secure Dawn: a foggy marsh in Kazakhstan where the Ghosts will not be allowed access to advanced technology (no optical camouflage, drone or sensor grenade)
  • Cold Walker: a train depot on the Russian countryside
  • Argent Thunder: a nighttime urban setting in Moscow

1 new map in Guerrilla Mode

  • Sawmill: face 50 waves of enemies on a foggy Russian countryside

Raven Strike will be available for purchase for 1200 Microsoft points on Xbox Live or $14.99 on the PlayStation Network. It can be pre-ordered at GameStop and Best Buy.

WHEN:

  • September 11, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system

Max Payne 3 Disorganized Crime Next Week

Rockstar Games offers new screenshots from Disorganized Crime, saying the free DLC for Max Payne 3 is coming to the third-person shooter sequel next week. Here's word:

Coming next week on August 28th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, the FREE Disorganized Crime Pack for Max Payne 3 features the Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map, letting you battle it out throughout the remains of Max's dilapidated Hoboken apartment.

This pack also includes several new modifiers for Score Attack in Arcade Mode like Explosive Rounds (bullets detonate on impact), Lone Wolf AI (much more aggressive enemies) and Headshots Only mode as well plus a new Noir Mode which lets you play through the game's singe-player in the signature black & white style of classic film noir.

Today, check out the first screens from the Disorganized Crime Pack and stay tuned for more details including a detailed layout of the Hoboken Rooftops map.

Cuts at PopCap, THQ, and Funcom

As noted on Kotaku, tweets like this one point to layoffs at EA-owned PopCap Studios, which PopCap confirms and explains. On VG247 they have details from an email purportedly from THQ saying 20 marketing and production jobs are being cut. Finally, Polygon has word of cuts at Funcom, saying the developer of The Secret World confirmed the layoffs, but would not comment on reports that this impacted about half their staff.

Drox Operative Beta Patch

A new patch for Drox Operative can be found on this page to update Soldak entertainment's action/RPG to beta 0.916. The change log has all the details, and in short: "This patch makes the monster types, rarities, and enhancements more unique and fixes a few other little things."

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Link of the Day: Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum. Success! Thanks nin.

Steamships Ahoy - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve announces that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available on Steam, offering the Windows and OS X editions of the new installment in the teamplay shooter series which will also come to consoles over the next day or so. Here's word:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available via Steam, with the North American PSN launch and worldwide Xbox launch happening later tonight and tomorrow morning. .

CS: GO expands on the classic team-based action gameplay that Counter-Strike pioneered. Featuring an arsenal of over 45 weapons, loads of maps, new game modes, new visuals, leaderboards and over 165 Steam Achievements.

For more information on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive visit counter-strike.net

Diablo III Patch Rolling Out

The Diablo III Forums have word that Blizzard's action/RPG is currently offline in North America for maintenance as the promised new version 1.04 patch is installed, bringing the new Paragon endgame to the action/RPG sequel (no word on whether this patch will fix the Server Status Page which could be helpful at times like if it worked properly). The post includes the full version 1.04 patch notes to check out while waiting for the game to come back online, which is currently slated for around 4:00 pm EDT today. The European servers are scheduled to start updating tonight and the Asian servers will be patched tomorrow, and this will prevent global play until they are all once again running the same version.

Ships Ahoy - Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Activision announces that Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is now available in North American stores for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, hopefully delivered by trucks that then became giant robots. Here's word on the "deep, emotional tale" in the latest game based on the toy/cartoon/movie franchise:

Fight through some of the most pivotal moments in the TRANSFORMERS saga with Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI)TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON video game available now at retail outlets nationwide. Created by acclaimed developer High Moon Studios and serving as the official canon story for Hasbro's legendary TRANSFORMERS property, TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON gives gamers the opportunity to experience the final, darkest hours of the civil war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS, eventually leading to the famed exodus from their dying home planet. With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, players will embark on an action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic, war-torn world designed around each character's unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK's fire-breathing DINOBOT form and the renegade COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS character.

"This is where it all began, it's the epic story of the TRANSFORMERS leaving their home planet," said Peter Della Penna, Studio Head, High Moon Studios. "From day one, we knew we were going to create the definitive TRANSFORMERS video game, a phenomenal action experience combining a deep, emotional tale with one-of-a-kind gameplay that lets you convert from robot to vehicle whenever you want."

"This is the fall of their homeworld, and by far the biggest scale we've ever seen in a TRANSFORMERS game," said Mark Blecher, SVP of Digital Media and Marketing, Hasbro. "We could not be any happier teaming up with the great talent at High Moon Studios to deliver the official backstory of the colossal battles that led to the TRANSFORMERS' exodus from Cybertron. We can't wait to have fans and gamers experience this amazing title."

War of the Human Tanks Next Month

Fruitbat Factory announces plans to release an English-language version of War of the Human Tanks next month, with a release on September 14th preceded by a playable demo on September 4th. Here's word on their translation of this Japanese tactical simulation:

War of the Human Tanks series pits the group of Human Tanks commanded by the player against the opposing Commanding Officers and their forces in a campaign fought on a series of grid-based maps. Players will have to use their wits to upgrade their units and utilize them to the best of their abilities in order to progress throughout the game.

Features of the full game will include: Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I slipped on the stairs and hurt myself yesterday, breaking from the cliché by suffering my injury while going up the stairs, rather than down. In saving myself from falling, I managed to stub my big toe very nicely, causing me to consider the surprising number of years it's been since I've suffered one of these surprisingly painful owies. This surprise continued on into the night, as the intense pain and inability to put weight on it left me fairly convinced that I had suffered my first-ever broken bone. The pain has abated this morning to the point where I'm not as certain of this expert diagnosis, so I'll see how it progresses today. Fingers crossed that I don't decide I need an X-ray.

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