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Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012

  

Max Payne 3 Free DLC Released

Rockstar Games announces the release of the promised Disorganized Crime Pack for Max Payne 3, their third-person shooter sequel. Here's word on this free DLC:

The FREE Disorganized Crime Pack for Max Payne 3 is available today for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Featuring the new Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map, this free DLC lets you battle throughout the remains of Max's dilapidated Hoboken apartment.

This pack also introduces new modifiers for Score Attack in Arcade Mode: Explosive Rounds, Lone Wolf AI (much more aggressive enemies) and a Headshots Only mode. There's also a new Noir Mode which lets you play in Arcade Mode in the signature black & white style of classic film noir.

World of Warcraft Patched

Version 5.0.4 is now live in World of Warcraft, adding account-wide achievements, a new world event, AOE looting, BattleTag support, and more to Blizzard's MMORPG. These patch notes have all the details, and there is also this handy version 5.0.4 Survival Guide that tells you more of what you need to know about all this.

SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance for PC

Brain Shape Games announces SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance is now available for Windows via Desura following the space action game's launch on consoles with a new version adding "enhanced graphics, mouse and keyboard support, and several other enhancements only available on PC." Word is: "SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance comes packed with 36 story based missions, as well as 9 survival missions, 4 ship classes, dozens of ship upgrades, and plenty of couch co-op action for up to 4 players. Yes, there is such a thing as couch co-op on the PC. Players will battle hundreds of on screen enemies as they span the universe."

Quantum Conundrum DLC

Steam News announces the release of The Desmond Debacle, a new DLC pack for Quantum Conundrum, Airtight's puzzle game:

Just when you thought you were done with rescue duty, it’s up to you to save Ike! In this all-new adventure, rescue Ike and leap seemingly endless chasms as you travel through an all-new wing of Quadwrangle Manor. More puzzling challenges await, so download this puzzle pack today!

LUFTRAUSERS Announced

Devolver Digital announces LUFTRAUSERS, an arcade shooter set in the sky they say will be released this year for Windows and OS X and next year for consoles, though they also say it will cost $5,000, humorously noting: "Release date and price subject to change. Here's word:

The skies will be set aflame as indie development thugs Vlambeer and worldwide gaming cartel Devolver Digital join forces on the upcoming stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS. Ace pilots around the world will be able to customize their very own “rauser” and battle wily enemy fighters amongst the clouds or charge colossal battleships scattered across the open seas.

“LUFTRAUSERS is the only game in which players can build and fly a LUFTRAUSER - the most interesting engineering achievement of mankind ever. Flying one is said to be the most amazing feeling and we wanted to bring that experience to everyone,” said Rami Ismail, co-founder of Vlambeer.

Developed by Dutch duo Vlambeer (Super Crate Box, Radical Fishing) LUFTRAUSERS will revolutionize the arcade-style aerial combat shooter genre with simple controls and deep gameplay.

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Indie Royale Getaway Bundle

The Indie Royale Website now offers The Getaway Bundle, featuring six indie games at a low minimum price which goes up with every minimum purchase and down when customers choose to pay more. The bundle includes Shattered Horizon, Analogue: A Hate Story, Da New Guys, Waves, miniFlake, and Super Amazing Wagon Adventure. Word is: "Patrons who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent will also receive Handheld Heroes Volume One, a video game chiptune project directed by Saskrotch that consists of 41-tracks from leading chiptune artists." Additionally, they tell us: "Developer Futuremark has offered the top 10 contributors a Shattered Horizon t-shirt and the top 5 contributors get an authentic meteorite from outer space!"

Fuel Overdose Trailer

This trailer offers look at Fuel Overdose, a tactical/action/racing game coming to Windows and consoles. Here's word on the game and the trailer:

As great fans of the top-down/isometric view racers of the 80’s and 90’s, we wanted to bring the driving experience of these games back to life. From the very beginning our ambition has been to reconnect with a racing experience that would be fun and easy to learn, and at the same time deep and challenging.

But we also wanted to introduce innovative game features such as the grappling hooks that you can use to grab other vehicles, to get back on track, or to perform perfect turns. Hardcore racers will also have the opportunity to test their driving skills and improve their performance with very advanced techniques such as skidding, drifting and spins.
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Into the Black

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire Announced

The Bethesda Blog announces Hearthfire, a DLC pack coming to the Xbox 360 edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on September 4th. The announcement does not mention other platforms, but this and Dawnguard were both announced as 30-day Xbox exclusives, so this is not unexpected. This short trailer accompanies this announcement:

With Skyrim’s newest game add-on, Hearthfire, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

Hearthfire releases on Xbox LIVE next week (September 4th) for 400 Microsoft Points.

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome Announced

A new Legacy of Rome expansion is coming to Crusader Kings II, bringing new features and content to Paradox Interactive's action/RPG by the end of this year. The announcement includes a few screenshots, and the following outline of what to expect:

  • New Faction System: Join a royal faction and use your allies in the party to enhance your strength and tear down rivals
  • Raise Standing Armies: You will now be able to use retinues to have standing armies in your domain: the size of which is determined by technology
  • Experience Factional Revolts: No more easily defeated rebellions. Disgruntled vassals will now band together in revolt against your rule through their faction
  • Appoint Orthodox Patriarchs: Orthodox kingdoms and empires can now control their own heads of religion and their powers, instead of being dependent on the patriarch of Constantinople
  • Streamlined Mobilization: You will always raise a single, larger levy from your direct vassal; no need to worry about the opinions of the lower vassals
  • Leader Focus on Combat: Appoint your generals wisely, their traits and skills are now of vital importance on the field of battle. More commander traits are now added to increase the importance of your choice of military leaders
  • Byzantium Comes Alive: New sets of decisions and events specifically designed with the Byzantine Empire in mind
  • Improve your ruler: You can now actively strive to improve your skills or traits through the new Self-Improvement Ambitions

Guild Wars 2 Launches

GuildWars2.com announces the official launch of Guild Wars 2, following a few days of early access to ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel. For those getting underway, this post has links to the game's Online Manual and a tutorial video to help you out. Word is:

Enter the ever-changing fantasy world of Tyria, where you control the story and your actions shape the world around you! With action-oriented combat, deep personal storylines, epic dynamic events, world-class PvP, and no subscription fees, Guild Wars 2 defines the future of online roleplaying games.

Miner Wars Arena Released

The Miner Wars Arena Website now offers Miner Wars Arena, a fast-paced Windows and OS X top-down arcade game inspired by the classic Tunneler that serves as a "little brother" for Miner Wars 2081. If this comes as a surprise, that's intentional, as this has apparently been a "super secret" project all along. Here's the deal:

Keen Software House is pleased to announce the release of super-secret project: Miner Wars Arena, “little brother” to Miner Wars 2081.

I am delighted to announce the release of Miner Wars Arena, our new fast-paced arcade game inspired by the PC gaming classic, Tunneler. It features a state-of-the-art top-down view, 2.5D gameplay in a fully destructible environment, and on the edge split-screen out of the box. It’s a total blast! You really need to try it: http://arena.minerwars.com

Miner Wars Arena was a bit of a surprise to everyone. It wasn’t planned at first. But I was tempted by an idea of making a little brother to the six-degrees-of-freedom Miner Wars 2081. I figured that 2.5D top-down gameplay would be easier for players to understand and orient themselves within.

In the end we decided it would be best to create two completely separate games: 2081 and Arena. I believe this was the right decision, because now we have the best of both worlds.

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U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track has their accounting of the top 20 bestselling full-priced PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending August 25 (delayed from yesterday due to the U.K. Summer Bank Holiday). 30 percent of the list is Sims games, and there are two new entries in the top five: Darksiders II at number five and Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition at number three as Football Manager 2012 maintains its stranglehold on the number one spot. Darksiders II enters at number two on the all-platforms chart where Transformers: Fall of Cybertron joins at number five and Sleeping Dogs continues to lie on top.

Natural Selection 2 Exosuit Reveal; Beta Access Ending

This new trailer offers a reveal of the Exosuit from Natural Selection 2, a new set of power armor that will soon be added to the beta version of Unknown Worlds' upcoming action/strategy sequel. They also warn that only about a week remains to gain instant access to the beta by preordering, saying: "As we speed towards an imminent but as yet unannounced release, we are opening up a Steam Store page on September 4 for pre-orders. On that day, instant beta access will cease. So if you would like to get in on the Exosuit carnage before release day, head on over to naturalselection2.com to pre-order!"

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Out of the Blue

There was a commotion outside in the wee hours of the morning, which turned out to be a bunch of fire engines, one of which settled right in front of our house, since we are guardians of a fire hydrant. We haven't found out what happened yet, but it must have been pretty routine, as they didn't hang around too long, and it's obvious nobody's house burned down. The weird thing is that someone hit a siren as they drove off, which seemed like an odd way to depart the scene of such a call, especially at 2:00 am, but if I had a siren like that I'd be using it whenever I could too.

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