Ubisoft is eyeing THQ assets that are in play as part of THQ's bankruptcy
, reports MCV
, citing "sources." Their sources tell them Ubisoft is looking for bargains, and is willing to wait until specifics assets are sold.
The Battlefield 3 Website
has details on Battlefield 3 End Game
, a new DLC pack said to be coming to the military first-person shooter sequel (thanks BF3Blog
). Word is:
Battlefield 3: End Game delivers some of the most high-speed warfare to date across four vast maps. Race through enemy lines using the new dirt bike, bringing speed and agility to the Battlefield, or fight back aerial assaults with new lightweight AA vehicles. Coordinate lightning fast attacks and defenses in the return of the classic Capture The Flag game mode. In the skies, the new dropship introduces the ability to turn the tide with rapid deployment air drops of troop transports.
Power came back a bit ago. We'll be able to watch the end of the world on TV!
Jagex announces the release of free DLC for Ace of Spades
, their recently
launched voxel-based shooter/construction game:
Jagex, Europe’s largest
independent games studio, today announced the launch of their first free update
for the innovative shooter, Ace of Spades. The game, which launched on 12/12/12,
has stormed the Steam charts and has cemented itself in the Top 10 Sellers list.
The first DLC update for the game launches today and includes four new maps, a
new game mode and a new weapon. This free pack brings the map count up to ten,
adding new sandbox environments for players to create and destroy. The DLC also
add the classic Capture the Flag multiplayer mode, which will be available
across original and new maps, as well as a brand new winter themed weapon, the
Jagged Alliance Online Website
announces plans to expand the
browser-based online installment in this series of tactical role-playing games.
The update brings a bunch of new features, including 17 new missions, new
weapons and armor, and new crafting recipes. The level cap is also raised to 50
in the new version.
Immanitas Entertainment announces the digital release of Uprising 44: The
, their World War II action game, saying a boxed edition of
the third-person shooter/RTS hybrid will follow in the first quarter of next
year. The game is available through
and here's word on what to expect:
Uprising 44 brings gamers closer to the
stories of struggles of civilians and insurgent forces against the Nazi
aggressor. It is a universal tale of heroism, patriotism and heroic struggle of
inhabitants of a city occupied by Nazi troops. The whole story is set in 1944
during an outbreak of one of the largest guerrilla operations in World War II -
the Warsaw Uprising.
TPS and RTS gameplay modes are smoothly switched depending on the development of
the game action. In TPP mode the player is the commander of a four-person party
– The Silent Shadows. With the tactical command system, he can command both the
entire squad, as well as its individual members. The advanced AI of the soldiers
allows for a tactical game, where an order may be given to an individual
soldier, depending on the situation, or a game with activated “Auto-behavior”
mode, where the player controls only his own hero and members of the squad act
according to their own assessment of the situation.
Immanitas Entertainment also (see story above) announces the release of Deep
, a new arcade space shooter. The game is available on
here's a bit on what it offers:
Deep Eclipse is the ultimate space
thriller in the best tradition of the genre. The mission is clear: You're the
pilot of a space fighter, accidentally catapulted into a parallel universe
populated by hostile alien creatures; and they're not happy to see you! To get
out of this hell, do your best, to destroy hordes of enemies.
Deep Eclipse features all the best of the traditional arcade shooter, but is
definitely requesting the player’s ability of strategic planning by upgrading
his spaceship with useful extra-weapons and technologies. Destroy to survive!
Survive to return home!
has word to expect the U.K. release of Star Trek: The Video Game
on April 26th, abut a month ahead of the movie upon which it is based. That's a
Friday, but could still possibly be the game's North American release date,
since it is being distributed online. Word is: "Namco has also detailed its
pre-order scheme which will be rolling out via retailers in the next few weeks.
Trek fans who order the game will recieve [sic] the Elite Officer Pack, which
will include extra weapons and uniforms for both Kirk and Spock.&
- Asus Vulcan Pro on
- Kingston HyperX Beast 32GB 2400MHz DDR3 on
- MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T.3 Red Gaming Mouse on
Not being one for cockamamie theories, I have not spent a lot of time planning
about today being the end of the world. On the other hand, maybe I should have
seen it as a sign of the apocalypse that Verizon worked out my FiOS issues
yesterday. Anyway, amid heavy rain and high winds, the power is out here in the
BlueTower, and what's worse, is I can't get online with FiOS even with my UPS,
so apparently power is out a local substation. In more bad luck, my laptop was
without a charge, but I've managed to fire it up using an inverter and a car
jumper box with a battery in it for this makeshift update (I won't have access
to the mail on my other machine until the power returns, so there may be some
catching up to do after this). The one lucky turn is that I am managing to
connect to an LTE tower right now, which you can't usually do around here.
Perhaps another sign of the end of days. Anyway, I'm not sure how updating will
go the rest of today if the power stays down, so we'll just have to play it by
Paradox Interactive announces that the the promised
new content is live in War of the Roses
, Fatshark's melee combat game. Also, the game is half-off right now on Steam
as part of their holiday sale. This announcement
from the other day has details on the new content and a trailer
showing it off. Continue here to read the full story
A "Holiday Update" on GOG.com
announces the addition of some free expansions to some EA games offered on the service:
A while back, we started to sell EA games--great classics such as Wing Commander, Privateer, and Alpha Centauri. A few people--just a few!--noted that we didn't have the expansions and that made them sad panda.
Well, panda, be sad no more! As a holiday gift from us to you, we're bringing everyone who bought (or buys in the future!) the expansions for Wing Commander 1 + 2, Wing Commander Privateer, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri for you today! These expansions are free updates, so just download the new installers for each game from your account and start playing now! Note that these EA games will not be part of any Daily Deal bundle, so go ahead and pick them up now for only $2.99 each.
The annual holiday sale is now underway on Steam
, offering a bunch of games on sale, with new additions daily, community choice voting, and flash deals to be announced along the way between now and when the event concludes on January 5th. Today's specials are Save 50-75% on the Borderlands Franchise
, Save 75% on Mirror's Edge
, Save 50% on the Hitman Franchise
, Save 75% on the Prince of Persia Franchise
, Save 33% on Scribblenauts Unlimited
, and Save 75% on Wargame: European Escalation
. Word is the new-and-improved sale features an easier way to see when the games you want go on sale:
The Steam Holiday Sale is on now and runs until January 5, 2012. There are huge savings throughout the store, with daily deals, flash sales, and catalog discounts. Additionally, every twelve hours there will be a chance for gamers to vote on a select game to go on sale.
This year, we've taken some of the guesswork out of when your favorite games will be on sale. You may now organize your Steam Wishlist and be notified via Steam Mobile and/or email when a game from the list goes on sale as a Daily Deal. The Steam Mobile App is available for both iOS and Android.
Complete information on all the savings, daily deals, featured publisher game packs, compilations and more may be found on www.steampowered.com.
The Ubisoft Forums
have an indication that Ubisoft is moving forward with another installment in the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
series of futuristic Tom Clancy shooters. A user posted a photo of a slide from an internal Ubisoft Kiev presentation saying the "'GRFS: Next' team wants to work with us," seemingly confirming a sequel. The PC edition of the first Future Soldier received lukewarm reviews
, which explains the slide's mention of "difficult working conditions," but this does not prevent them from patting themselves on the back for releasing "a really great game," and the "great job" they did on the PC version's DX11, online multiplayer, and UI. Thanks Charliebrownau.
The Gearbox Software Facebook Page
has word that the Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt
DLC for Borderlands 2
will arrive on January 15th to add new content to the RPG/first-person shooter sequel. They point to this trailer
on the pack, which sports the following caption: "Come out and enjoy an exciting hunt with Sir Hammerlock in the wild continent of Aegris!." Thanks nin. Continue here to read the full story
The Black Isle Website
offers a new trailer
(NSFW) introducing their "Mayan Apocalypse Replacement Program," a humorous take on the humorous notion that an ancient civilization would be able to pin down the end of humankind to the precise day. This is all part of a fundraising effort for PV13, the upcoming project from the recently revived
developer. The clip concludes with the developers introducing themselves and their pride in having participated in development of
. The campaign differs from Kickstarters by not making any sort of commitment on how user contributions will impact development of the game, as all the backer rewards involve forum privileges. Thanks Eurogamer
Saber Interactive (Inversion, TimeShift) announces God Mode
, a third-person shooter coming to Windows and Consoles early next year. There are details about this on IGN
along with an announcement trailer
which includes the most excruciatingly odd voiceover we can recall in such a clip. That tone supports the quote they provide from developer Matthew Karch saying the game "doesn't take itself too seriously." Here's more:
Playing as the descendant of an ancient-God-turned-mere-mortal by Hades, you and up to three co-op mode friends (online or offline) must blast your way through the Maze of Hades and its denizens in order to avoid eternal damnation. All the while, you'll be egged on by a goofy narrator, similar to a wackier version of the "Double Kill" announcer from Halo.
iEntertainment Network announces
the release of WarBirds 2103
, the continuation of this long-running series of combat flight simulations. The new version is offered on this page
, and it includes a 30 day subscription to the MMOG version of the game as well as a single-player game. They also announce plans to follow this early next year with a free version of the game to be supported by microtransactions. Here's word on the new content in the new version as well as OS X Lion support:
For Apple Macintosh players, a brand new Mountain Lion OS version, with advanced graphics is now available. Thirteen new aircraft have been added to WarBirds 2013 including the two ground attack aircraft, the Hawker Sydney Typhoon and the Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik. Other new simulation aircraft include a new Lancaster bomber, the tank busting Hurricane IID, and Mitchell B-25D- “Strafer” low level attack aircraft.
New features added include updated damage models on over 50 aircraft, new weapons loadouts adjusted to more exact historical options, and new fragmentation, incendiary, and tank busting weapons. IENT expects to release a FREE MicroTransaction version of WarBirds 2013 early in 2013. Players get basic aircraft and can win or purchase upgrades with microtransactions.
- Asus Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU TOP CrossFire on eTeknix.
- CM Storm Ceres-400 gaming headset on Examiner.com.
- Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W on Technic3D. In German.
- Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 1.35v on ocaholic and ProClockers.
- Intel Core i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition on iXBT Labs.
- Lenovo Yoga 13 on TechSpot.
- Logitech Wireless Tablet Keyboard on Technology X.
- Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless Portable Drive on Legit Reviews.
- Samsung 9-Series NP900X4C-A02 15.1-inch Ultrabook Laptop on PCSTATS.com.
- Samsung's 840 Pro Series SSD on The Tech Report.
- Seasonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply on TweakTown.
- Xigmatek Dark Knight - Night Hawk Edition on Technic3D. In German.
Q: How many Verizon customer service reps does it take to change a phone number? A: We don't know, we haven't gone through enough of them yet. After three full working days, Verizon has still not managed to assign the right number to one of our phone lines. Here's a paraphrase of an actual conversation (an hour after I started by asking for a supervisor and getting roped into letting him try): Him: "We have to send another technician to fix this." Me: "If you had to change the number of the line I'm talking to you on, would you have to send anyone?" Him: "No." Me: "Okay, I need to speak to your supervisor." Him: "Mr. Jones will call you back in 24-48 hours." Me: "I need to speak with your disconnection department." Disconnection department: "Please give us thirty minutes and we promise to get this all taken care of." (without having to send a tech). So far they are about 18 hours over and counting on their 30 minute fix. I'd like to think they care that I am recounting their incompetence online, but it really seems like they don't really care much about anything.
Here is what I can piece together of the disorganized postings of last week's NFL picks: Verno 12-4, Creston 11-5, Mag 11-3-? (skipped a pick and selected Dolph Lundgren), Blue and Jivaro 9-7, Cutter 9-6 (skipped a pick), Rigs 8-8, and Batman 8-6 (can't find two of his picks). Here's what my dartboard came up with for this week: Falcons, Packers, Texans, Buccaneers, Redskins, Saints, Chargers, Panthers, Dolphins, Steelers, Patriots, Colts, Broncos, Giants, Bears, and Seahawks.