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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013

  

Ships Ahoy - Ride to Hell: Retribution

Ride to Hell: Retribution is now available in North America for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and the action game will roll out in Europe on Friday. A launch trailer offers a look at the game, and here is the announcement:

Larkspur, Calif., June 25, 2013 - This summer is going to be hot, as Deep Silver today unleashed Jake Conway's burning desire for revenge - the action game Ride to Hell: Retribution is now available across North America for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows® PC and PlayStation 3. In Europe, the game will be available from June 28, 2013. Players who want to know what sparked Jake's anger should have a look at the launch trailer, which was also released today. The video available here: http://youtu.be/yH30imyOHDw teases the motivation for his pitiless fight against the brutal Devil's Hand biker gang.

The game soundtrack is also now available. The theme song, "Pressure and Time" is composed and performed by Rival Sons, winner of the Breakthrough Artist award at last year's Classic Rock Awards show in London, UK. The soundtrack contains 27 tracks, which were composed and performed by the team at Pitstop Productions, using real instruments to emphasize the game's Rock 'n' Roll attitude. The soundtrack can be purchased via Sumthing Else Music Works at www.sumthing.com/p/ride-to-hell-retribution/

Ride to Hell: Retribution tells the story of a lone rider, Jake Conway, a man with either a gun in his hand or a girl on his lap (and on more than one occasion, both!). He's on a merciless path of revenge against a brutal biker gang called "The Devil's Hand," armed to the teeth with an arsenal of deadly weapons to enact his vengeance on foot and on bike. The only law Jake answers to is his own. Hit hard, ride fast and leave 'em in the dust. Ride to Hell: Retribution is developed by Eutechnyx.

For more information about the Ride to Hell universe, please visit www.ridetohell.com.

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Ships Ahoy - GRID 2 Super Modified DLC

Codemasters now offers the Super Modified pack for GRID 2, adding some new rare cars to the Windows and console editions of the racing sequel, saying the Windows edition is now on Steam, though we can't find it there yet. Here's a trailer from the pack, and here's word: "The Super Modified Pack includes four rare editions of cars available to race in GRID 2’s single player, split-screen and multiplayer modes. Each new vehicle has been modified to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of the car by some of the world’s leading tuning specialists to compete in time attack events, and deliver a unique racing experience across GRID 2’s game modes." Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Deadpool

Marvel announces the Deadpool game is now available for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, offering the chance to wade into battle wearing the tights of the merc with a mouth. They say: "Play as Deadpool as he sets out to take down Mr. Sinister, along with a little help from some friends including Cable, Wolverine, Psylocke and more!"

Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3 Island Paradise

EA announces the release of The Sims 3 Island Paradise in North America for Windows and OS X, saying the latest expansion for their lifestyle simulation is available in stores and via Origin. In spite of all the sequels and add-ons, this carries the usual promise of new experiences, as it offers the chance to live on a houseboat, snorkel and scuba dive, and even own a resort:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Summer is officially here and it’s time to make your escape in the hottest expansion pack to release from The Sims™ Studio. Today, the Maxis™ Label of Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: EA) announced that The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack* for PC/Mac® is now available across retailers in North America and on Origin.com. For the first time ever, players can dive beneath the waves and explore what lies on the ocean floor, build and cruise along on their very own houseboat to discover uncharted islands or create and run a five-star resort experience. With so many innovative features introduced for the first time in The Sims PC gaming franchise, The Sims 3 Island Paradise truly opens up a world of new possibilities for players to discover on land and in sea.

MechWarrior Online Preorders

Infinite Game Publishing has launched Project Phoenix, a preorder program for MechWarrior Online in advance of the official launch of the MMO mech game later this summer. Here's word:

Starting today, fans can pre-order up to four different Project Phoenix BattleMech packages with prices ranging from $20 USD up to $80 USD for the top-of-the-line ‘Overlord’ package that includes a whopping 12 `Mechs!

Each of these unique Project Phoenix packages will be delivered on October 15th and come fully equipped with:

Unique Project Phoenix BattleMech(s)* featuring:
30% C-Bill Boost
10% Loyalty Point Boost
Exclusive Custom-Designed Exterior
Two Bonus Standard Variant `Mechs
Up to Four Faction Cockpit Medallions
Custom In-Game Title and Forum Badge
Matching Mech Bay slots
Plus more! Full details and FAQ can be found at www.mwomercs.com/phoenix

*Dependent on package.

Beamdog: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Pulled By Atari

Though he repeats that he cannot really comment on the matter, Beamdog and Overhaul Games president Trent Oster informs GameInformer that Atari is the previously unnamed publishing partner that is preventing Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from being sold. That said, the situation otherwise remains as vague and confusing as before. "At the request of Atari legal we removed the game from sale on Beamdog and the App stores," Oster told them. "Atari is still selling the game through their channels. We're trying to remedy the situation and I'm hopeful we can come to an arrangement."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance 'Replacers' Trailer

A new trailer from Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance features a return of the Replacers, aka Peter Stormare and J. B. Smoove, promoting the new Vengeance DLC coming to the Xbox 360 edition of the military shooter sequel next week and to other systems after that. In addition to the Replacer shenanigans, the clip also includes gameplay footage of the new maps and other content in the pack. Word is: "Vengeance includes four new Multiplayer maps (Cove, Detour, Rush, Uplink), the new Zombies adventure 'Buried,' and a new bonus Zombies weapon, the Ray Gun Mark II." Continue here to read the full story.

Indie Royale Spiral Groove Bundle

Indie Royale now offers The Spiral Groove Bundle, an all-action installment in their flexibly priced bundle series. Word is: "Sniper Elite V2, Gatling Gears, Bloody Trapland and Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death are available in this week’s bundle. All the games are Windows only. In addition, beat the $8 target and you also get the chiptune album: Lost Beats & Found Friends from legendary video game music producer Dj CUTMAN."

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Chicago Blackhawks win 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in wild Game 6. Exactly how it all went down, farts and bears and all. Thanks Ant.

Arma 3 Beta Begins

The Arma 3 alpha has concluded, and closed beta testing is now underway on Steam, accessible to anyone who pre-purchases Bohemia Interactive's military shooter sequel through Steam's Early Access program. There is a Steam Community Announcement about this with details on the game and the beta, and here's a bit:

Supporting the development of its upcoming tactical military shooter, Bohemia Interactive has released the anticipated Arma 3 Beta. The Arma 3 Beta expands the game’s diversity by focusing upon heavy firepower and military logistics. Combined with the playable content from the Arma 3 Alpha, the complete package features the 20 km² island of Stratis, 20 weapons, 18 vehicles, 3 factions, 8 showcase missions, 4 multiplayer scenarios, 4 challenges, the scenario editor and modding support.

Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

2K Games announces the release of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, the final DLC pack for Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software's role-playing shooter sequel. Here's the launch trailer, a new Inside the Box feature on the DLC's development, and here's word:

Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep features the popular Tiny Tina as she takes on the role of Bunker Master in a game of “Bunkers and Badasses.” Players join the vault hunters on an epic quest of revenge and redemption through dynamic and fantastical settings filled with castles, dungeons and magic forests. Borderlands fans will also fight off more new unique enemy types in Dragon Keep than in all three of the previous add-on campaigns combined, including sorcerers, wizards, orcs, dragons and more.

“The Borderlands franchise has set a high bar for the quality and value of add-on content,” said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. “Today, that bar is raised even higher with the release of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, the most substantial add-on campaign in the franchise’s history.”

“As Bunker Master, Tiny Tina can change the game scenario however she wishes, making Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep the most dynamic add-on campaign Gearbox Software has ever produced,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “The Borderlands 2 development team here at our studio really pulled out all the stops to create what we think is the best value in DLC ever offered.”

Saints Row IV Refused Oz Classification

Though Australia recently added an adult-oriented R18+ rating to their game rating system, Player Attack reports that Saints Row IV has nevertheless been refused classification in the terrirory, being deemed too much for delicate Aussie sensibilities. This means, pending a potential appeal, while it will be legal to own, it will not be permitted to publicly sell or display the next installment in Volition's open-world action series. The site cites how the game violates the R18+ specification, as games are not to "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified." Here are the specifics of how Saints Row IV runs afoul of this:

In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.

WoW Security Warning

A World of Warcraft Account Security Warning from Blizzard about a recent increase in unauthorized World of Warcraft account-logins:

There’s been a recent increase in unauthorized World of Warcraft account-logins via our website and the World of Warcraft mobile armory app.

We’re in the process of notifying any account holders who were not using an authenticator and whose account showed signs of unauthorized access (e.g., logging in from an unusual IP address). If you are among this group, you will receive an email describing how to reset your account.

As a result of these activities, access to the World of Warcraft auction house via the mobile app has been taken off-line temporarily. Upon request, our customer support team will restore in-game items and gold for any accounts impacted.

Avellone: Kickstarter Inspiring Old School RPG Renaissance

Strategy Informer has comments from Obsidian Entertainment Creative Director Chris Avellone, who states the recent success of fundraisers for old-school-style RPGs like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Obsidian's Project Eternity have opened they eyes of publishers to the commercial potential of this genre they long ago decided do not hold the desired potential for profits. He seems surprised that this would attract this kind of attention, but it seems no more surprising that the big guys would find these upstart kickstarts of interest after we saw a couple of major publishers issue "indie bundles" once those became a thing. Here's word:

We have actually had companies reach out to us and go 'you know what, for that price point, which is a much smaller risk than a lot of our AAA titles where there's a lot more at stake, that's much less risk for us and we wouldn't mind exploring the idea of doing old-school RPGs that are set up like this'. That totally floors me, I did not realise there would be that sort of sea change from publishers, but apparently there are a number of publishers that realise that doing an Eternity-style game is a good fit for them, and I am thankful for that.

New GeForce Beta Drivers

The GeForce website now offers new version 320.49 beta GeForce drivers, offering the latest performance and gaming optimizations as well as support for their new GeForce GTX 760 cards (see today's Hardware Reviews). Word is: "The new GeForce 320.49 beta driver is now available to download. Including the latest game and performance optimizations, the new 320.49 beta drivers are recommended for players of GRID 2 and other recent releases. For users of 320.18 WHQL, today’s new driver fixes the majority of the reported issues."

NoLimits 2 Trailer

The NoLimits Website offers a Tango Tech Demo trailer from NoLimits 2, an upcoming roller coaster simulation sequel. The first 35 seconds include a very grating transition effect and sound between scenes, but thankfully they dispense with this, though the entire clip indulges the creativity of its editor more than the game (in spite of the statement that "Hardly any post processing was used to make this video"). The accompanying update says the project is about 95% done, and that "the ToDo list gets smaller each day." Thanks Chron.

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Out of the Blue

The last couple of years our resolve has shaken that we can survive summers here in the BlueTower with no air conditioning. There's been an AC unit in my office all along, as the converted attic has always been crazy hot, but the rest of our shady brick house with its high ceilings has been generally comfortable except on a couple of the very hottest days of the year. The trouble is lately there have been far more of those. It's generally around seven or eight degrees cooler inside than out, but yesterday with the internet saying it was 90°F outside it was 88°F in the house: I went out back with my instant-read cooking thermometer and got a reading of 95°F, which made more sense. Anyway, with this coming on the third day of summer, it was obviously time to surrender, and I got on Amazon to order an AC. There was a note about the one I ordered warning that it might take extra time to ship, so it didn't seem worth a rush order, but in typical fashion, Amazon under-promises and over-delivers, as I later got an email saying it will be delivered today instead of tomorrow, so it will actually arrive before the brace to keep it in the window.

R.I.P.: 'I Am Legend' writer Richard Matheson dies at 87.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Night Lights.
Pandora - Epic Battles.
Stories: Wallenda walks fine line high, high above river gorge. Thanks brother19.
Britain's 'real-life Lassie' hangs up her lead. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Gut bacteria may be key to crop pest’s resurgence.
Media: Kenichi Ebina - Matrix Robotik Dancer. Thanks TheFlyingPenguin.
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