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Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013

  

Ships Ahoy - The Walking Dead 400 Days

The Walking Dead 400 Days is now available, offering the promised DLC for Telltale's The Walking Dead Game. This should appear eventually in the Telltale Games Store and it is now available on Steam. Here's word:

Centered on a truck stop on a Georgia highway, this DLC episode for Season 1 of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games tells five linked stories of survival in the wake of the zombie apocalypse. From day 1 of the undead plague to 400 days later, The Walking Dead: 400 Days offers more of the horror and human drama of Robert Kirkman and Telltale’s award-winning series. Echoes of the choices you made in Season 1 will carry over into '400 Days' and the choices you make in '400 Days' will resonate into Season 2.

Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

WBIE announces that Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is now available for Windows via digital distribution, offering PC gamers the chance to play the latest installment in the fighting series. Here's word on the release, which will be followed next month by a retail version:

Burbank, Calif. – July 3, 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is available for PC from Steam and other digital download portals. Originally developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat co-creator and creative director Ed Boon and adapted for PC by High Voltage Software, the game will also be available through select North American retailers on August 6 for Windows PC.

Featuring all of the previously released downloadable content (DLC), Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for PC includes fearless warriors Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain, and the nightmarish Freddy Krueger, as well as the 15 Klassic Mortal Kombat Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile).

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for PC delivers action-packed single player gameplay through the full feature length story mode and the Tag Team and Challenge Tower modes. Multiplayer modes, including traditional 1 vs. 1 matches and King of the Hill mode, allow players to choose from an extensive lineup of iconic warriors from the Mortal Kombat legacy and challenge their friends to intense competitive showdowns. The Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Fight Stick and gamepad functionality are supported on Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for PC. Players will also be able to access achievements and leaderboard stats online on www.mortalkombat.com.

Black Ops II Double Weapon XP

One Of Swords has word that a double XP weekend is underway in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Treyarch's military shooter sequel. This tweet has the details: "This holiday weekend, expect 2xWeaponXP, running from Wednesday, July 3 (6pm/PDT) through Monday, July 8 (10am/PDT) on all platforms."

MechWarrior Online in September

Piranha Games announces a launch date for MechWarrior Online, saying the MMO mech game will officially go live on September 17th of this year, adding that over 1.1 million test pilots have signed on for the beta so far. Also, these patch notes detail a new update that's now live, providing fixes and new content, including a Dragon Slayer Hero Mech shown off in this video. Word is: "Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing unleashed a fury of new content in today’s MechWarrior Online update as the Dragon Slayer Hero Mech becomes available in the Mech Lab. Fans who jump in to this free-to-play universe today can also choose between four new Trial Mechs as the Commando COM-2D, the Blackjack BJ-1X, the Catapult CPLT-C4 and the fan-favorite Atlas AS7-RS(C) are now available to try at no cost in the game as part of the popular Trial Mech feature." Continue here to read the full story.

Saints Row IV Independence Day Trailer

A new Independence Day Trailer NSFW from Saints Row IV features Keith David (or is it David Keith?) offering an inspirational speech to the public in classic Bill Pullman style (or was it Bill Paxton?). The clip features gameplay and some strong language, but hey, we're talking about fighting an alien invasion here, so there's no time to worry about delicate sensibilities. Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Tactical Intervention on Steam Next Month

The elite folks at 1337 Games announce that Tactical Intervention is coming soon to Steam, offering wider international distribution of this free-to-play first-person shooter from Counter-Strike co-creator, Minh "Gooseman" Le. In all modesty, they explain how Le "has deeply influenced a whole generation of players and an entire industry" with Counter-Strike before creating his new "stroke of genius":

Berlin, July 3 2013: With Counter-Strike, Minh "Gooseman" Le has created one of the biggest phenomena of the video game world. He co-developed the Half-Life mod which - until today - is one of the most successful tactical shooters and has deeply influenced a whole generation of players and an entire industry.

Having honed his skills for the past seven years at Valve, Minh Le has now partnered with developers from Fix Korea to present his latest stroke of genius: Tactical Intervention. Focused on adrenaline-fueled, action-packed combat, Tactical Intervention is a consistent advancement of the team-based tactical shooter genre. This August, the game will have its worldwide release via Steam, where players can download and play it for free.

World of Warcraft Movie Status

Dark Horizons has an update on the state of the proposed World of Warcraft movie, as Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull answered a question about the MMORPG adaptation at a Pacific Rim press conference. We haven't heard about the project since the news that Duncan Jones will direct, and Tull admits "we don't know how to make a movie out of 'Warcraft," and the time they are taking is "because we absolutely don't want to screw it up." He also says the idea of some studio execs that the movie will succeed if everyone who plays buys a ticket is "an incredibly poor way to make a movie." It's also a problem that will solve itself if they continue to hesitate, as the game's population is down to 8.3 million as last we heard after peaking at 12 million in 2010. Here's were things stand as of now:

And I think we're getting close to a place where we're ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, 'Does this stand on its own, and is it great?' Then we'll start filming. We're not quite there yet. The next two years are going to be pretty exciting."

NPD Digital Tracking Coming

GamesIndustry International has word that NPD Group plans on addressing the criticism that their monthly game sales estimates are inaccurate by attempting to better capture data on digital sales. "The NPD games leader panel is currently comprised of nine leading games publishers. The initial focus will be on full-game downloads and downloadable content for consoles, PCs and portables," says NPD president David McQuillan. "We aren't at liberty to say who is participating at this time, since we are in the beta (proof of concept) stage." And though their monthly reports have focused on North America, McQuillan tells them their digital data will be international, which may be one of the reasons they say that they are not set on when digital figures will be incorporated into their monthly reports.

Runescape 3 This Month

Jagex announces plans to officially launch Runescape 3 later this month, saying the browser-based MMOG sequel will go live on July 22nd. Here's a bit:

The biggest upgrade in the game’s acclaimed 12 year history, RuneScape 3 brings next generation browser technology, new gameplay features and heralds in ground-breaking player-driven content.

RuneScape 3 will mark the massively multiplayer online game’s transition to the cutting-edge browser technology of HTML 5, enabling any player to embark on the world’s biggest adventure without the requirement for Java nor any other plugins. The use of the proprietary HTML 5 engine allows for significant enhancements to the player experience such as improved graphics, longer draw distances, an upgraded camera system and superior audio. The addition of seasonal high scores will allow all players in the community to compete on weekly and monthly leader boards.

Kingdoms Rise Greenlight Campaign

The Kingdoms Rise website is home to an upcoming multiplayer game of fantasy sword fighting being developed by a two-person team for Windows and OS X. They are hoping to get the game on Steam via a Greenlight campaign, which offers a trailer from the project. Here's a bit:

Kingdoms Rise features a 360° melee system which enables players to swing their sword in any direction. With this melee system players engage in intense, tactical sword fights, opponents must read each other for opportunities and weaknesses.

To complement the sword system players can equip magic spells and fantasy abilities to fight and platform in unique and interesting ways. There are no classes, instead we let players be creative in choosing everything from their weapons, appearance and abilities. Your look and fighting style is unique to you alone.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Video

This video from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a "making-of" feature for this video released during E3 for CD Projekt RED's action/RPG sequel. The clip shows the video's on-location shoot in Scotland, which would seem like a giant boondoggle were it in some other location, but watching the developers trying to avoid frostbite suggests otherwise. The clip doesn't really touch on the game as much as offer background and outtakes from the prior video.

Final Sven Co-op for Half-Life

The Sven Co-op website now offers version 4.8 of Sven Co-op, the original co-op mod for the original Half-Life. The new version adds support for Half-Life: Blue Shift along with a bunch of tweaks and fixes, and the full change log explains it all. Word is that this will likely be the final version of the mod, but we will end with a cliffhanger, as they say: "After 14 years of development, version 4.8 will most likely be the final Sven Co-op mod release. It will not mark the end of Sven Co-op, however. The team has a major announcement to make within the next few weeks."

It Came from E3 2013, Part Whatever

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Out of the Blue

Something weird has been going on lately when I try to embed videos in stories here. For me, at least, there is a blank where the embedded video should appear. I'll try to figure out what's going wrong here, as this should be a straightforward process, but in the meantime I'll avoid causing confusion by refraining from embedding clips.

Embedded Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Thing Thing Arena Pro.
Ultimate Waterfalls.
Science: A “bionic eye” renders the world in 6×9 resolution for the blind.
Media: What a Sword Really Sounds Like Being Removed from a Sheath.
Dance Of The Concrete Slabs. Don't worry, be slabby.
Very Funny Vines Compilation - (July, 2013). NSFW.



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