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Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012

  

Assassin's Creed III Specs

Ubisoft support now offers minimum system requirements for the Windows edition of Assassin's Creed III, Ubisoft's stealth/action series (thanks Shacknews). Here goes:

In order to run Assassin's Creed III properly, your PC MUST meet or exceed these minimum requirements:

Minimum System Requirements

Supported OS:
Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8
Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6700 or 3.00 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better recommended
RAM: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher (see supported list)*
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compliant (5.1 surround sound recommended)
DVD-ROM: Dual-layer drive
Hard Drive Space: 17 GB
Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
Multiplayer: 256 kbps or faster broadband connection

Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
AMD Radeon HD 3870 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series or better
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 600 series or better

Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

Mass Effect Trilogy Announced

The BioWare Blog announces the Mass Effect Trilogy. a bundle of the three games in the sci-fi action/RPG series they will release in time for this year's holiday season for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, which brings the original Mass Effect to the PS3 for the first time. Here's more on the contents of the bundle:

  • Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3
  • Over 75 hours of story content, plus Mass Effect 3’s online co-op multiplayer
  • Create and customize your own character with his or her appearance and skills, then play your Commander Shepard through all three Mass Effect games.
  • Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome.
  • Build a personalized arsenal with powerful weapons complete with their own upgrades and modifications
  • Unleash devastating abilities and skills as you command and train an elite squad.

Steamships Ahoy - Orcs Must Die! 2 - Family Ties Booster Pack

Steam News announces the release of the promised Family Ties Booster Pack for Orcs Must Die! 2, the action/strategy sequel. In celebration all DLC for the game is on sale for 20% off, and there is also a new Orcs Must Die! 2 Complete Pack with the game and all its DLC. Here's word on Family Ties:

Ever wonder where all the orc women are? Wonder no more! This second booster pack for Orcs Must Die 2 introduces deadly new enemies and fortresses. It’s a family reunion you won’t want to miss!

Key Features

  • Three exciting new levels!
  • Three additional Endless Mode conversions!
  • Two new weapons - Stone Staff and Teleportation Ring!
  • One new trinket – the mysterious Jar of Ghosts!
  • The most frightening enemy yet – the Ball and Chain – and her consort, the Hobgoblin Healer!
  • New “Zero Mana Use” skull award!
  • New Character Skin!

Steamships Ahoy - Castle Crashers

An announcement on Steam News heralds the availability of Castle Crashers for Windows and OS X. Here's word on this action/adventure/RPG:

Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth! Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers delivers hi-res visuals like nothing you've seen before. Four friends can play locally or online to save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles!

Star Wars: the Old Republic Patched

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website announces that the version 1.4 update is live in the Star Wars MMORPG, bringing new "Terror From Beyond" content, new weapons and armor, an improved group finder, and more. There are also a bunch of "minor" bug fixes, which are all outlined in these patch notes.

World of Tanks Patched

Update 8.0 is now live in World of Tanks, drastically changing the appearance of this MMO armored combat game by implementing new physics, new tanks, and new rendering. Word is: "It may mean some hectic early days while everyone is taking their tanks off some sweet jumps. Let them have their fun, it'll just give you time to gain an edge by carefully studying the layout of the new maps, devising new strategies, and finding new uses for old tricks." The 8.0 Update Notes have all the details.

Star Supremacy Expands

The Star Supremacy Website announces the promised content expansion is complete in this MMORTS game. This post has all the details on what's new, and this post outlines a giveaway they are conducting in association with the expansion.

League of Legends Under Attack

Riot Games announces League of Legends is facing DDoS attacks, as GamesIndustry International has word from the MOBA's forums. "As some of you have recently experienced, a handful of players have been attacking our live service to kill games that are in-progress. They're doing this through a form of Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) and not a hack," a producer named Bellissimoh explains. "We have taken steps to identify these attackers and remove them from our service permanently. Additionally we are pursuing legal avenues and working with the proper authorities." In other LoL news, this post offers late-September patch notes.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Interview

An interview on Strategy Informer catches up with Scott Mercer and Darren Williams of Blizzard to discuss World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the just-launched MMORPG expansion. Topics include maintaining their own interest in the game, creating compelling quests, the emphasis on story in the new add-on, whether Pandaria is more light-hearted than previous content, and more.

On Sale

  • Nexus: The Jupiter Incident on GOG.com. Save 60%.
  • Syberia Bundle on Steam. Save 75%.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Humans must move to space in 100 years or face extinction- Hawking (thanks Cutter). In that case it sounds like we have a big election year issue for 2112!

R.I.P.: Legendary crooner Andy Williams dies at 84.

Tryst Demo

The Steam Page for Tryst now features a playable demo of Blue Giant Interactive's recently released real-time strategy game. Here's the outline of how this will allow a sample of the game's multiplayer action:

In the demo, you can join the multiplayer lobby and host games on the Inginus map. You can join any game being hosted by someone with access to the full version of "Tryst". Demo players are limited to playing the Human faction. There is no single player component in the demo.

Project Eternity Passes $2M; Adds $2.3M Goal

Having surpassed their $2 million stretch goal, Obsidian Entertainment has posted a new update on their Project Eternity Kickstarter revealing a $2.3 million stretch goal for the already-funded RPG. In this Josh Sawyer explains how if they hit that mark they will include three gameplay modes that will create a greater challenge for hardcore fans, who would be able to choose any or all of Expert Mode (disabling ease of use elements), Trial of Iron (permadeath like Diablo Hardcore mode or Temple of Elemental Evil's Ironman Mode), and Path of the Damned (with customizable enemy levels like Icewind Dale's Heart of Fury mode). They would also add "Godlike" races, saying: "These folks have been described previously as being similar to the humanoid 'planetouched' in D&D: aasimar, tieflings, and genasi." Thanks nin.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies Trailer

This trailer shows off the zombie mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, as the undead are now an expected part of Treyarch's installments in the Call of Duty series of military shooters. Word is those who preorder the Hardened or Care Package version of the game's Collector's Editions will receive the exclusive Nuketown Zombies map, but there is only a standard edition for PC users, and this map is a preorder bonus for that as well. Continue here to read the full story.

AMD Catalyst Beta Drivers

AMD Support now offers new beta version 12.9 Catalyst reference drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards. The new drivers address some issues, boost performance, and add AMD Catalyst Mobility support for AMD Enduro technology. The beta drivers are accompanied by new version 12.9 Catalyst Application Profiles.

The Secret World Patched

A new version 1.3 update for The Secret World is now live, bringing issue #3 "The Cat God" to Funcom's MMORPG. The patch notes have details on what this adds, including two new missions and a "full set" of new Lair missions. The update also brings a bunch of bug fixes and paves the way for Halloween-themed appearances from the Cat God:

The Cat God himself, after whom Issue #3 is named, will make his appearance in October as we are getting closer to Halloween. The Halloween event will run through the end of October and into the first week of November, and will include several missions which set off a brand new storyline including a new villain. So there'll be plenty of opportunities to take on the challenge and learn what's behind this new, dark threat to The Secret World come October!

Darksiders II DLC Released

The Darksiders II Website announces the Argul’s Tomb and the Death Rides DLC packs are now both available for the Windows and console editions of Vigil Games' action/RPG. Here's word:

Argul’s Tomb is a new gameplay zone, which includes two challenging new dungeons, new enemies to best, and unique legendary loot to collect. Any new purchaser of the Limited Edition version of Darksiders II will find a unique code in their game box entitling them to download this first content pack for free. For all other customers Argul’s Tomb is available to download for 560 MS Points / $6.99.

As well as Argul’s Tomb, players will be able to purchase the Death Rides Pack, previously available only as a pre-order incentive. The Death Rides Pack adds around an additional two hours of side-quests to the main game and is available for 560 MS Points / $6.99.

Ships Ahoy - Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour

Paradox Interactive announces the release of Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour, the latest expansion to their World War II strategy game. This trailer celebrates the launch, and here's word:

The time has come to test your mettle in the furnace of war again, as Paradox Development Studios and Paradox Interactive bring you “Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour” the latest expansion pack to “Hearts of Iron III”, their best-selling World War II grand strategy game. With new units, new tools and new ways to play with the map setup, “Their Finest Hour” dares you to take on history's greatest military challenges.

Break into Fortress Europe with elite troopers. Island hop across the Pacific with new amphibious war technologies. Draft and share your plan for winning a land war in Asia. The most destructive conflict in human history demands your attention so you can wake the world from its darkest nightmare – or choose to prolong it.

The expansion Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour is released today on all major digital download portals for the suggested retail price of 19,99 USD.

Miner Wars 2081 Enters Closed Beta

The Miner Wars Website announces the launch of closed beta testing of Miner Wars 2081, following extensive alpha testing of the upcoming first-person space action/simulation game. Like the alpha, the beta is open to customers who preorder the game, and here is word on where development stands:

Miner Wars 2081 has left ALPHA phase and is now officially in BETA. This is an exciting time! We've currently packed in 31 missions, which is about 10-15 hours of straight game play, but could take you much longer considering the free-roaming / sandbox gameplay, in-game editor and multi-player!

Only first 6 missions are dubbed and tested by our team. Remaining missions are in the process.

Project Giana Next Month

Black Forest Games announces an October 23rd release date for the Windows edition of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, the platformer they recently Kickstarted under the title Project Giana (the console editions are expected next year). Here's word:

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a challenging fast-paced platformer with a twist. Players can warp Giana’s dream into a nightmarish world of wonder, changing her abilities and interactions. Players must use their skills, speed, brains, and powers to defeat the dangers that populate her twisted dreams!

Cute Giana moves with speed and grace, twirling past hazards and adversaries with a light touch and gentle heart. With a quick morph her punk side comes out to play, full of raw attitude and a powerful dash to crush obstacles that block her way!

Key features of the final game will include:

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website has updated its list of hotfixes applied on the server side of Blizzard's MMORPG since the launch of the recent version 5.0.5 patch. Included are tweaks, balance changes, and bug fixes, including the ability for all players to participate in pet battles, even if they don't have the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Ships Ahoy - Desert Stormfront

Japanese developer Noble Master Games now offers Desert Stormfront, a real-time strategy game set in the middle east, based on a conflict over control of the areas oil fields. The game is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux on the Operation Stormfront Website and for Android from Google Play, and a playable demo is available for your sampling pleasure.

Ships Ahoy - Blue Libra 2

Orator Games announces the release of Blue Libra 2, their real-time space strategy sequel that's now available via digital distribution for Windows, OS X, and iOS, saying this offers deeper economy management than the original and adds multiplayer support, among other things. The game is for sale on their site as well as Desura.

NBA 2K13 Interview; Trailer

This trailer for NBA 2K13 promotes the upcoming hoops sequel, featuring the Lucas Brothers getting in touch with their inner Mars Blackmon(s) to discuss the greatest dunkers of all time, settling on Blake Griffin. This results in a correction from the man who is both the greatest dunker of them all as well as the greatest underwear pitchman. Also, there's an interview on Gaming Nexus discussing the game with its developers. Continue here to read the full story.

Thief 2, System Shock 2, and Homeworld 2 Unofficial Patches

This French Website offers new unofficial patches for Thief 2 and System Shock 2, updating these Looking Glass classics to version 1.19 and 2.4, respectively. As noted on Kotaku, these patches allow each game to be played on modern systems in high resolution, though of course, use of homebrew patches is done at one's own risk. In other unofficial update news, Kotaku also notes a the release of Complex version 8.2.4, a mod that likewise modernizes the space-based strategy of Homeworld 2. Thanks nin.

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Out of the Blue

Today is Yom Kippur, which began at sundown last night. This is a day of atonement, so "happy" Yom Kippur is not appropriate: I think the proper sentiment is to wish all of you commemorating this a good an easy fast. While this is not my holiday, I'm sure I have some atoning to do, so I'll try to keep this in mind along the way.

Fast Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Shape Fold.
Links: 8 Bit Books.
Stories: Global bacon shortage 'unavoidable'. Thanks Slashdot.
NBC Is Stocking Up On Its Moneymaker The Voice: Here Come Two More Seasons.
Science: Tesla promises free solar-powered travel with new ‘Supercharger’ tech.
Fox News Climate Coverage 93% Wrong, Report Finds. An optimist would say 7% right.
Cancer death rates set for a 'dramatic fall'.
Fast-Food Logos 'Imprinted' in Children's Brains. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: The Best Contraption - Brilliance Unleashed.
“…Two Kinds of People In This World…” Thanks scorcese.fan.
Is This Truck Driver the Luckiest Man on Earth? Thanks nin.
The Funnies: The Power of Flight Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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