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Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013

  

Tomb Raider Reboot for OS X This Year

The recent Tomb Raider reboot is coming to OS X later this year, reports GameSpot, saying Feral interactive is once again handling the port. "We're excited to bring Tomb Raider to the Mac, and in doing so introduce a new audience to Lara Croft's original story," Square Enix head of product development Darrell Gallagher said. "This is one more step on the road to achieving everything we wanted with the game." Other details such as pricing and DLC inclusion are not being provided yet.

Dogs of War Online Closed Beta

The Dogs of War Online website has word that Cyanide's upcoming MOBA game is now in closed beta testing. They have a list of websites that are handing out keys to the beta, none of which are English, as they say: "French and US websites will come soon !" Word is: "Dogs of War Online is now in official Closed Beta. If you wish to join the arenas of the world of Aarklash to joust against other players, you should hurry to get a key ! About 10 000 keys will be made available Online, so everyone is given a chance to participate, enjoy a refreshing strategic free to play game, and help us making it even better. Join the beta and take part into intense turn based tactical battles, in which strategy and tactics will lead the way to victory."

Infinite Crisis Trailer

A new behind-the-scenes trailer from Infinite Crisis shows off more of the upcoming DC Comics MOBA in the works at Turbine. Word is: "In this video, the Turbine development team discusses the catastrophic event system and the destructible environments contained in the maps in Infinite Crisis – and how they change the game entirely!" Those interested are encouraged to sign up for the closed beta. Continue here to read the full story.

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Thief Gameplay Trailer

Here is the first gameplay trailer from Thief, Eidos Montreal's upcoming return to the first-person sneaker series. The clip is narrated by stealthy master thief Garrett, who says, "I've been away, but I couldn't tell you where." Here's the description: "In this gameplay trailer, get your first in-game look at Garrett's hideout, the dark alleys of the City, and your old friend Basso. See all the pillars of Thief gameplay in action - Infiltration, Theft and Escape - as Garrett enters the Baron's manor, grabs the shinies and leaves without a trace." Continue here to read the full story.

Far Cry 4 Outed?

An interview with Cliff Martinez on Lost in the Multiplex talks this former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and soundtrack composer. There is a question about his current work with a benign answer, but according to Polygon (via Reddit), this has been edited to remove his indication that he's working on an unannounced next installment in the Far Cry series. They report that before it was changed, his answer included this: "I'm working on a video game called Far Cry 4." This is unconfirmed, but if you want to be optimistic, deleting the reference without correction or comment suggests it was removed for secrecy rather than accuracy. Thanks nin.

ShootMania Storm Elite Demo

Ubisoft and Nadeo announce a playable demo for ShootMania: Storm Elite is now available via ManiaPlanet and Steam, offering the chance to sample this multiplayer first-person shooter. This includes other promotions, two lotteries and a 50% discount, here are the details:

Today Ubisoft® and Nadeo are pleased to announce the release of the ShootMania: Storm Elite demo. This demo, featuring a full mode from the retail product, can be downloaded through ManiaPlanet, shootmania.com or via Steam.

ShootMania : Storm is defined by its fast-paced combat and rich fantasy setting. The new Elite demo allows even more PC gamers to experience the thrill of ShootMania’s immediate, competitive and fun online matches. With a tight focus on team play, the demo offers the Elite 3vs3 game mode, matchmaking, dedicated rankings and progression levels.

Strongly supported by Nadeo and the community since the beta, ShootMania is continually evolving and this demo yet another step in that progress. “At Nadeo, we like to make games that last for years. This is the next part of the ShootMania story and I am very excited to allow new players to discover one of the exciting game modes of ShootMania for themselves for free. This demo should give a strong flavour of what the full title delivers in terms of emotion, intensity, competition and fun,“ said Nadeo Live Operations Director, Jérôme Châtelain. To celebrate the release of the demo Nadeo is running two lottery competitions until October 31st: Players who play ShootMania Elite mode can win one PlayStation 4 and up to 50 ShootMania Storm games per day. Finally, interested gamers can take advantage of a special 50% discount off the usual price, making the ShootMania experience more affordable than ever.

Tactical Intervention Officially Launches (Again)

1337 Games announces the official launch of Tactical Intervention, about five weeks after re-entering open beta testing, though the game had previously already gone through the beta and launch routine in March. Here's word:

After a successful open beta phase Tactical Intervention is now live! Since the beta began at the end of August, a lot has changed in-game: four major updates were introduced implementing the feedback and suggestions of the beta testers, which made many improvements to the game. For the official start of the tactical first-person shooter, players now have access to additional content: various weapons, items and two new maps are waiting to be explored.

Steamships Ahoy - Chainsaw Warrior

Steam now offers online sales of Chainsaw Warrior, the video game adaptation of the boardgame of the same name from Games Workshop (thanks Andrew). Here's word:

Chainsaw Warrior from Games Workshop is the classic nail-biting game for one strong-nerved player! It's the year 2032 and spatial warping has opened a hole into another dimension in the midst of the old municipal buildings at the heart of Manhattan. Bizarre and dangerous creatures are flooding into our dimension, intent on destruction. Behind their actions is a controlling intelligence known as 'Darkness', who intends to drag New York back into the warp – destroying it utterly!

Chris Taylor Hints a Return to Total Annihilation

PC Gamer has extracted some quotes from Chris Taylor on the CnC-Inside.de podcast where he answers questions about the RTS properties originated by Gas Powered Games now that the studio is owned by Wargaming. He explains that the Supreme Commander series is the property of Square Enix before throwing out strong hints that they may be pursuing a new installment in the Total Annihilation series. Here's word:

“In so far as other RTS properties that I am capable of working on – and I think you know what I’m talking about, I don’t even need to be coy – I think that nerd is alive and well.” Remember, the nerd in question is a metaphor for Taylor’s love of deep, complex strategy systems. Add that to the phrases “RTS properties”, “I am capable of working on” and “I think you know what I’m talking about”, and I think we know what he’s talking about.

(A hint: he’s talking about a follow up to Total Annihilation.)

Of course, this isn’t an announcement by any means. In fact, when pressed for confirmation later in the interview, he returned to maximum coyness. “I can’t, I won’t, I shouldn’t. It’s just not an area I’m ready to talk about yet. But you can use your imagination, even though you’re not on the project. You’re welcome to use your imagination, your imagination will serve you well in this case.”

Randal's Monday Trailer

This trailer offers a look at Randal's Monday, an upcoming adventure they call a point-and-geek in acknowledging it as a tribute to geek culture. Word is: "Discover an inimitable revision of the good old Graphic Adventures, and join a zany interactive tragicomedy from the hand of Randal Hicks, the best antihero you can come across from here to The Tannhauser Gate. But be careful; if you meet him, don’t lose the sight of your wallet." The game is due next year for Windows PCs and possibly other platforms. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Today is the anniversary of this site moving to its own domain back in 1996, making for 17 years of fun and games here. I try to avoid thinking whenever possible, but this has me thinking about the future of things here and how to improve things going forward. Of course I try to avoid doing things like that too, so nothing may come of this, but I have been known to surprise myself. In the meantime, here's a heartfelt thanks for all the support over all these years.

Heartfelt Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The King of Dragons.
Jack the Zombie.
Stories: Benjamin Franklin gets a face-lift; redesigned high-tech $100 bill. Thanks Slashdot.
Harrison Ford Back For "Blade Runner 2"? My Prometheus rage is returning. Thanks nin.
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Media: This Might Be The Worst Driving I've Ever Seen. Thanks nin.
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