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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013

  

Ships Ahoy - Air Conflicts: Vietnam

Kalypso Media announces that Air Conflicts: Vietnam is now available in North America for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Here's a MiG15 & MiG21 video and an F4 Phantom II video showing off the game, and here's word:

Are you ready to enter the cockpit and throw yourself into battle across the deadly skies of Vietnam? Well it’s time to do your duty, as Air Conflicts: Vietnam launches today for retail in North America and Canada. Experience the explosive conflict of Vietnam by piloting incredible fighter jets and helicopters, destroying enemy artillery and guiding your squadron to victory.

View the trailers below for a look at the fearsome combat aircraft you’ll encounter in the game and see how they tear up the skies in action-packed flight combat.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam is out today for PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Vietnam. 1965. A long-simmering conflict escalates into a full-fledged war, and you are about to become a big part of it.

Jump into the cockpit of some of the finest combat aircraft as young Joe Thompson, a newly minted U.S. military pilot. He is brave, talented and ready to do his duty, but his experiences during this war will change him forever.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam is an arcade-styled air-combat game that immerses players in the harrowing skies over Vietnam. Take to the air in screaming fighter jets or grab the controls of devastating helicopter gunships as you shatter enemy encampments with explosive ordinance, decimate North Vietnamese ace fighter squadrons, escort bombers as they deliver their deadly payload, or rescue stranded soldiers and deliver support troops to the ever-changing front lines of the vicious battlefield.

Key Features of Air Conflicts: Vietnam

  • Live a thrilling wartime narrative. In an epic single-player campaign, filled with heroic moments and the darker side of war, your performance in air combat and support missions drives the story from the initial escalation of tension, through key battles of the Vietnam War and, ultimately, the fall of Saigon.
  • Jump into the cockpit for instant action. Pilot and customize more than 20 planes and – for the first time in the Air Conflict series – helicopters, including the workhorse UH-1 Iroquois, fire-breathing AH-1 Cobra attack gunships, the devastating F4 Phantom and F104 Starfighter jets, plus fearsome enemy MIG fighter jets.
  • Lead your squadron to victory. Command up to four jets or helicopters, maximizing their unique abilities to complete challenging objectives, while earning experience, leveling up and improving your leadership and air combat skills.
  • Challenge your friends for air supremacy. Play up to eight online opponents in nail-biting, fast-paced capture-the-flag, deathmatch and team deathmatch air battles.
  • Get your groove on. As you test your pilot skills against AI or human opponents, treat your ears to a cool rock soundtrack in the style of vintage Vietnam-era tunes.

Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2: Headhunter 2: Wattle Gobbler Pack

GameStop PC Downloads and Steam news announce the release of the Borderlands 2: Headhunter 2: Wattle Gobbler pack:

Now serving you seconds with this festive Headhunter add-on for Borderlands 2; you won’t be starving for action when battling the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. Fight off his hunger and finish him off, leaving you full with stories from Grandma Torgue plus delicious head and skins!

Quoteworthy - Curt Schilling on Amalur

Curt Schilling tweets about the misstep the world is making by not pursuing the Amalur franchise that ate so many of his quarters and gave him a heart attack (thanks nin): "If someone were to buy Amalur, put team back on it, it's a billion dollar franchise, 2 years later and still no ones done what we were doing."

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Double Fine Regains Rights; Will Re-release Games

Double Fine has regained the rights to Costume Quest and Stacking, and both games will be re-released along with Psychonauts at retail next year for Windows and OS X. Here's what went down:

Double Fine Productions and Nordic Games have announced that Double Fine has reacquired all the publishing and distribution rights to its games Costume Quest and Stacking. Additionally, Double Fine has decided to partner with Nordic Games to bring retail release of Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking for Windows and Mac in North America and Europe during the first half of 2014.

"I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and Stacking, following a daring and top-secret midnight raid on the Nordic Games headquarters in Vienna," said Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer.

"We can't wait to partner with Double Fine for this upcoming retail launch of three of its most excellent games," said Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games. "However, I feel compelled to point out that we were happy to transfer distribution rights for Costume Quest and Stacking back to Double Fine in an entirely non-secretive and heist-free manner."

Nordic Games previously acquired the distribution rights to Stacking and Costume Quest upon the bankruptcy of former publisher THQ in early 2013.

Continue here to read the full story.

Wasteland 2 Beta for Backers Next Month

Brian Fargo tweets his confidence that inXile will be done creating the demo for Wasteland 2 within the next few weeks, saying "Feeling very confident that #wasteland2 beta will be ready within 2.5 weeks. Knocking down the list of annoying things very fast." He follows with another tweet clarifying that this doesn't mean they are ready to set a general release date just yet: "We won't set a full release date until we work through the beta with our backers, ultimately we are making this game together." Thanks Strategy Informer.

SMITE and 100K Launch Tournament in March

Hi-Rez Studios announces a March 25, 2014 release date for SMITE, their MOBA game that's currently in beta testing, as the proudly add the game has registered more than 2.5 million players during the beta. They also announce a $100K tournament to launch a couple of days later in case you need to clear your schedule. Here's word:

The $100,000 SMITE Launch Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia in front of a live audience. The tournament will include the top four teams in Europe and the top four in North America who will have qualified from the SMITE Weekly Tournament Series beginning on January 4, 2014. The event will also be live-streamed worldwide via twitch.tv/smitegame.

Night of the Rabbit Game and Demo on Steam

The Night of the Rabbit is now available on Steam, offering this point-and-click adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment for both Windows and OS X. In addition to the game, this also includes the chance to sample a playable demo for either platform. Here's word: "Daedalic Entertainment releases The Night of the Rabbit demo on Steam. Players can enjoy the game's beginning and also venture to Mousewood, solving the first mysteries of this enchanted place and the magical world of The Night of the Rabbit."

Ashes Cricket 2013 Incinerated?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has details on the release, and perhaps un-release of Ashes Cricket 2013, saying the game is no longer available on Steam following its recent release, something the game's Steam page reflects. They explain the glitchy, buggy behavior of the game may be the cause of this, noting that the game's Facebook page has also been closed after apparently being filled with user videos of broken gameplay. They have not yet gotten an explanation from publisher 505 or Steam of why the game was removed. Thanks nin.

Star Citizen Picks Up Another Couple $ Million

Another day, another million. A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website reveals the crowd funding for Star Citizen has hit $31 million, which triggers a stretch goal they hadn't warned us about. Word is:

Hitting $31 million means you unlock the first of the player-selected role ships, the RSI Orion! Like the Starfarer, the Orion is the kind of ship you probably wouldn’t have flown in Wing Commander… but we intend to make it just as interesting as a fighter or a bomber!

  • RSI Orion – Roberts Space Industries’ goal has always been to make the stars available to individual Citizens. Now, with the RSI Orion mining platform, RSI is letting individuals take over a process formerly controlled by megacorporations. The Orion’s features include high-grade turret-mounted tractor beam arrays, durable exterior-accessible ‘saddlebags’ for mineral storage and a cabin designed by the team that brought you the Aurora and Constellation!

The voting is a lot closer now, but it looks like “Explorer” has edged out the crowd to be our next ship!

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Still a bit off schedule after all that's been going on, so the Thanksgiving holiday is coming at a good time to help me regroup. Hopefully things will be back on track following the weekend.

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