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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013

  

BlizzCon Ticket Sales Tonight

Battle.net reminds us that BlizzCon 2013 tickets go on sale at 10:00 pm EDT tonight on this page:

Just a reminder that the first batch of BlizzCon 2013 tickets will be going on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24) at 7 p.m. PDT through the online Blizzard Store—visit the ticket sales page at that time for the chance to buy yours.

If you’re going to try for tickets, we recommend reading through our earlier ticket sales information article and the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website for helpful tips to ensure your ticket purchase goes smoothly.

If you don’t get tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT. In addition, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT (BlizzCon admission included). Don’t forget that if you want to attend the StarCraft II 2013 World Championship Series Global Finals in-person, you’ll need a ticket to BlizzCon. For those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—further details will be announced at a later date.

BlizzCon 2013 will take place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $175 USD each. Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $500 USD each and include BlizzCon admission. For further information, check out the official BlizzCon site.

Piercing Fortress Europa Announced

Matrix Games announces Piercing Fortress Europa, the next addition to their seemingly endless supply of World War II turn-based strategy games, which their website says is "coming soon." Here's word on "the latest work of veteran game designer Frank Hunter":

This new engaging strategy wargame covers the Allied invasion of Sicily and campaigns for the Italian peninsula from 1943 through 1945. The title relates to Hitler’s “Festung Europa” which referred to the plan to fortify the whole of occupied Europe in order to prevent invasion from the British Isles by the Allied forces.

The player will have the chance to relive all the steps of the Italian Campaign, with historical orders of battle and freedom of action limited only by realistic logistics. All the units from Axis and Allies are represented (Britain, America, Canada, Poland, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Germany, Italy, etc.) and the player can choose to challenge the AI or a human opponent via PBEM.

Wit, speed and a long view will be required skills to execute a successful plan with your brigades and divisions and secure victory in the campaign and the “what if “ scenarios featured in Piercing Fortress Europa

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods Next Month

Paradox Interactive announces a May 28th release date for Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, the Crusader Kings II expansion in development at Paradox Development Studios. A new trailer celebrates the news with the first look at gameplay from this fourth add-on for the strategy sequel. Here's the deal:

NEW YORK – April 24, 2013 – Soon Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studios will welcome you to a past darker than you can imagine, where there are few shining knights or mighty castles and the kings of Europe are more petty warlords than imposing rulers. We stand only 400 years from the fall of Rome, and a mere 200 from the revelations of Mohammed and much of the world still clings to an ancient code written with iron and blood.

This is the world of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, and it is yours for the taking on May 28.

The latest trailer for The Old Gods is the first trailer to show gameplay from the expansion. Feast thy eyes on river-going vessels, the new map and brand new powers that will compete for prestige and prominence.

Pray to the old gods or risk the wrath of Odin - watch the trailer here

The Old Gods is the fourth full expansion for Crusader Kings II, Paradox’s critically acclaimed strategy/RPG of medieval scheming, dynastic fortunes and crusades against the unbeliever. The Old Gods expansion lets the player start two hundred years earlier than the Crusader Kings II base game, at the height of Viking power and when the light of Christianity had yet to penetrate many of the dark forests of the continent, and the power of Islam was still on the rise.

New AMD WHQL & Beta Drivers

The AMD Downloads Page now offers new WHQL version 13.4 Catalyst drivers for AMD graphics cards along with beta version 13.5 drivers, saying the beta "includes additional performance improvements and fixes not found in AMD Catalyst 13.4."

Legend of Grimrock - Master Quest

Legend of Grimrock - Master Quest is an unofficial user-created add-on for the Legend of Grimrock. The mod is available through the Steam Workshop, where it was recently updated to version 1.3. Here's word on what this is: "A full-length add-on to the original PC/Mac/Linux game Legend of Grimrock, in the spirit of the Master Quest versions of some Zelda games, where the entire game can be played again with new changes and challenges for a fresh updated experience. - A complete re-working of the entire original PC/Mac/Linux game with tons of new puzzles, updated dungeon designs, unique story elements, and more. It has been referred to as 'Grimrock on Steroids'."

On Sale

  • Fable III on Steam. Save 75%.
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  • Six Days of Action Games on Origin. Save up to 50%. Thanks Dealzon.

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

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Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Simception. Thanks Ant.

Total War: Rome II Gameplay Footage

Here's a new trailer showing off Total War: Rome II, The Creative Assembly's upcoming sequel to the RTS game that came back when the title was written as Rome: Total War. They warn that this is from the alpha (calling it "pre-alpha footage," which is not a thing), and is therefore "not fully representative of the final game," but it does offer a full ten minutes of gameplay. Word is: "Experience one of history’s most astounding ambushes in The Battle of Teutoburg Forest, recreated in the Total War™ ROME II battle engine. Narrated by Creative Assembly staff, this battle depicts the Roman Army caught in a carefully calculated assault by the massed tribesmen of Germania." Continue here to read the full story.

Battlefield 4 Commander Mode Rumors

BF4Central has a poster they say they obtained from an EB Games store in Sydney Australia that lists some of the features in Battlefield 4, including the return of Commander Mode to the military first-person shooter sequel along with mention of Battlelog 2.0, and an expansion called "Drone Strike." The poster has an October date, coinciding with their post about the upcoming shooter sequel being shown off in October at Australia's EB Games Expo. The part about Commander Mode coincides with a recent rumor that we skipped suspecting a hoax, and October is the release date mentioned in a another sketchy rumor, but a skeptic would note that if one hoax begat the other then this is not a confirmation, and it seems odd to create a poster eight months in advance of the event. The poster also has some oddities like a missing PC logo, PS3 and Xbox logos placed on areas with deliberately poor contrast, and a lack of TM symbols anywhere but the EB Games logo. However, the site says the got the poster from the store, so it may be legit. We shall see.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep This Fall

WBIE and Turbine announce Helm's Deep, an expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online coming to the Tolkienesque MMORPG this autumn, raising the level cap to 95 and "bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale." Here's the deal:


(NEEDHAM, MA – April 24, 2013) -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95.

“With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.”

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES:

  • Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!
  • Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan - Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.
  • Advance from levels 85 to 95 - Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil of Saruman.
  • Continue the Epic Story - Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.

XCOM Shooter "Fresh Look" Reveal in "Days"

2K Games blogs about plans to unveil "a fresh look at the long-awaited squad-based tactical shooter in development at 2K Marin" in the coming days. This is to clear up the status of their XCOM shooter, a game they refer to in the headline as [redacted], which plays into recent implications the game was being rebranded and the recent disappearance of its website. The XCOM shooter has been a lightning rod for criticism due to its departure from the roots of the series, and though it says "the game has undergone an evolution since we last showed it to you at E3 2011," the post also indicates that whatever changes are afoot, this will still be an XCOM game on some level, as they refer to it as "a new experience within the world of XCOM" and a game which has "evolved into a high-stakes narrative experience imbued with core XCOM concepts."

Capcom: No Announced Games Were Cancelled

A CAPCOM financial presentation follows up on recent word from CAPCOM some games were being cancelled based on the Japanese publisher's financial situation. Word is that most of the games being axed were not expected in the coming year, and none of them have been announced: "There were a few titles scheduled for the current fiscal year, but most of the cancelations were for releases planned in the fiscal year ending March 2015 and subsequent fiscal years. No titles that had already been announced were canceled." Thanks Siliconera.

Lost Planet 3 Multiplayer Trailer

Here's a new trailer from Lost Planet 3 showing off multiplayer action from the upcoming continuation of the sci-fi shooter series. Translating the Japanese page on which this is posted doesn't shed much light on this other than to say the images shown are still under development. The clip also includes no PC branding among the logos at the end, in spite of Windows support for the game already being confirmed, so presumably this is an oversight. Thanks VG247. Continue here to read the full story.

Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer?

Batman: Arkham Origins will include multiplayer support, according to a rumor on Kotaku they say they can "confirm" after verifying their anonymous source's tip with a second anonymous source. They also describe how this is supposed to work, but this is only from their first source, though they are comfortable sharing it because the source previously predicted how the cover art for the Batman stealth/action sequel. They say one aspect of this will involve playing as a gang member working for The Joker or Bane fighting Batman and Robin, since in the comics and movies those henchmen are never effortlessly dismissed by the heroes.

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

New AMD graphics card reviews today.

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Out of the Blue

Playing the Knicks last night, the Celtics pulled their starters when they were down by 14 points with four minutes left in the game. I'm pretty sure I've never seen an NBA team surrender like that during the regular season, much less the playoffs, so that was pretty shocking. But I'm not going to complain, as it prevented Knicks killer Paul Pierce from pulling off some sort of miracle comeback. If Reggie Miller could score eight points in 11 seconds (actually, according to almost all accounts it was eight points in 8.9 seconds) to win a playoff game against the Knicks in 1995 after the Pacers were losing by six with under 19 seconds remaining, then I imagine the whole Celtics team should not have ruled out the possibility of coming back.

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