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Friday, Dec 21, 2012

  

Ubisoft Eyeing THQ?

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.

Battlefield 3 End Game DLC Announced

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.

On Sale

Evening Consolidation

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Power came back a bit ago. We'll be able to watch the end of the world on TV!

Ace of Spades Free DLC

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 Snow Cannon!

Jagged Alliance Online Updated

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.

Ships Ahoy - Uprising 44: The Silent Shadows

Immanitas Entertainment announces the digital release of Uprising 44: The Silent Shadows, 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 Desura, GamerZ Rebellion, and McGame, 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.

Ships Ahoy - Deep Eclipse

Immanitas Entertainment also (see story above) announces the release of Deep Eclipse, a new arcade space shooter. The game is available on GamersGate, Get Games, and McGame, 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!

Star Trek: The Video Game in April

MCV 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.&

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Asus Vulcan Pro on pcGameware.
  • Kingston HyperX Beast 32GB 2400MHz DDR3 on Vortez
  • MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T.3 Red Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

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 ear.

Makeshift Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Links: Updated Spoiler Alert: Super Bowl XLVII ads you'll see.
Stories: Mayan ‘doomsday’ sweeps across the world, no casualties.
Mayan Calendar prediction flops- Experts say Maya never predicted doomsday.
Media: 38 End Of The World Movies Supercut.
The Crappiest Ways The World Could End.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Official Trailer #1. Thanks nin.



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