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Friday, Dec 14, 2012

  

RAGE DLC Next Week

The Bethesda Blog has word that The Scorchers DLC will arrive next week, bringing new content to RAGE, id Software's post-apocalyptic first-person shooter. Here's word on the content, which includes a new gameplay mode and the ability to play past the original game's ending:

Return to the Wasteland in The Scorchers, an all-new RAGE add-on from id Software – arriving on 360, PC, and PS3 next week for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

In this brand-new adventure spanning six all-new areas, you will fight alongside new allies to defend the Hager Settlment from a maniacal bandit clan known as The Scorchers. Along the way, you’ll participate in a new season of Mutant Bash TV, encounter new mini-games, and wield the overpowering and brutal Nailgun.

In addition to the new content, this DLC includes ‘Ultra-Nightmare’, a new high difficulty mode, as well as an ‘Extended Play’ option that allows you to play past the original ending of the game – giving you the opportunity to finish collecting items and achievements.

Yerli on Crysis 3's Superior Graphics

An interview on VentureBeat talks with Crytek boss Cevat Yerli who expresses great confidence that Crysis 3 will set a new bar for PC game graphics when the first-person shooter sequel is released in February of next year. In face he goes so far as to say that no game will be able to compete visually for the following two years. Here's what his high-resolution crystal ball tells him:

Crysis 3 on PC is going to be a benchmark experience for at least two years. When I see what’s happening on the PC market, and even what we do. The PC market is not going to grow vastly more before a lot of games catch up. We had the same thing with the first Crysis on PC. When Crysis launched, it was the high-end benchmark for a good three years. I think Crysis 3 is going to do that again.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, the hardcore platformer. There is also a standalone version of the demo for download from AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. Word is: "Giana runs, jumps and ice-skates through a captivating snow-covered winter wonderland, which morphs into a nightmarish barren wasteland at the press of a button. To get into the spirit, the designers created a ton of morphing holiday objects to be discovered by the players, and it requires all the skills that players can muster to make it through and to bash the vicious Santa-Owls."

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Into the Black

DmC Devil May Cry for PCs Next Month

Capcom Unity has word that the Windows edition of DmC Devil May Cry will be released on January 25th, offering not one but two videos showing off PC gameplay, some screenshots from the Windows edition of the action/RPG, along with these details and system requirements:

Yes, the gorgeous PC version of DmC is coming on January 25th, 2013, just ten short days after the console versions. It'll be available at retail across Europe, and digitally via Steam and EA Origin for both North America and Europe.

As you might expect, the PC version will be compatible with both keyboard and mouse, Xbox 360 controller and all third party direct input controllers. It will also be capable of running at 60 FPS and beyond, for those counting. DLing via Steam will allow you to take advantage of Cloud saving, achievements, friends support, and leaderboards.

Hit the jump for required specs and some screenshots!

Continue here to read the full story.

Asheron's Call 2 Returns

The Asheron's Call Forums have the surprising announcement that Turbine is reviving Asheron's Call 2, over seven years after shuttering the MMORPG sequel (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun). At this point this is considered a beta, which is being offered for free to active paid Asheron's Call subscribers, though apparently they've misplaced the floppy disc with previous account information:

Asheron’s Call 2 has returned! We have opened up a new server for anyone who has an active Asheron’s Call subscription to play Asheron’s Call 2 for free! Although we would have loved to revisit some of our old characters with you, we were not able to bring over any of your old characters. We do, however, present this new Asheron’s Call 2 server, Dawnsong, to all active Asheron’s Call players with a paid subscription or who purchase an ACTD retail key and subscribe.

A Valley Without Wind 2 Alpha Footage; Beta Next Week

The Games By Design Blog has word that A Valley Without Wind 2 is now in closed alpha testing, offering the first screenshots from Arcen Games' upcoming platformer sequel along with a trailer showing off alpha gameplay footage. The post also explains this alpha period will be brief, and that a public beta may begin as soon as Monday or Tuesday, allowing preorder customers the chance to get to play the game (the sequel will be free to those who bought the original, and vice versa). There is also a rundown on how the sequel will differ from the first A Valley Without Wind. Continue here to read the full story.

Shadows on the Vatican Act II Nears

The Shadows on the Vatican Website now offers a new trailer celebrating the imminent release of Act II: Wrath, the second chapter in this adventure series based on Papal conspiracy theories. They don't offer a specific date, simply saying the new chapter is "about to be released" (presuming Templar assassins don't put a stop to all this first).

Valve San Francisco

Tod Semple's LinkedIn Profile is updated revealing that Valve has acquired his startup developer Star Filled Studios which will be the basis for a new San Francisco-based office for the developer: "My recent startup was acquired by Valve and we are opening a new office on the San Francisco peninsula." There are no further details on what this portends. Thanks nin via ValveTime/Kotaku.

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Out of the Blue

Just 10 more shopping days until Christmas! Where does the time go? (Answer: The Internet).

Shopping Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Deep Sea Hunter.
Links: Driving The World's Only Official Street Legal Speed Racer Mach 5. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Stories: Man's Marriage Proposal, Plowed Into a Field, Has 150-Yard-Tall Typo.
Science: Could Climate Change Make Mars Suitable for Human Life? Thanks j.c.f.
Media: Mistletoe Kissing Prank.
Australian Hurdler (Michelle Jenneke) Is Back.
Honest Trailers - The Lord of the Rings. Thanks nin.



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