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Monday, Aug 27, 2007

Orange Box Nears

Opening The Valve: The Gabe Newell Interview on GamesInformer talks with the Valve honcho about the upcoming Orange Box Half-Life 2 release, discussing the reason for the demise of the Black Box, plans for Steam packages, mobile games, console games, and a laugh over the idea they could pin down an Episode Three release date this far in advance. The conversation also confirms they are on track to ship on October 9, with Gabe offering a brief "yup" to the question about whether all three games (Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal) are "pretty much finished."

Warhammer Online Q&As

The Warhammer Online Q&A on WarCry takes the opportunity to question the members of the Warhammer Online team who attended the Penny Arcade Expo, discussing recent changes to the beta for the upcoming MMORPG, public quests, quest rewards, the morale system, and more. There's another Warhammer Online Q&A on The MMO Gamer conducted at recent gamer's day event, chatting with Adam Gershowitz about his role as Combat and Career Strike Team Lead.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Crysis Demo Next Month

EA announces September 25 as the release data for a single-player demo for Crysis, Crytek's upcoming first-person shooter that's due for a full release on November 16. The news is accompanied by the release of a new trailer highlighting the usefulness of the game's nanosuit. This FTP directory is where to find the trailer, which is mirrored on ActionTrip, ComputerGames.ro, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell. Here's word on the demo and the trailer:
Consisting of the entire first level in Crysis’ epic single player campaign, “Contact,” gamers will get to finally experience first-hand the stunning visuals, revolutionary Nanosuit gameplay and open-ended level design that make Crysis one of the most anticipated shooters and PC games of all time. The demo is also poised to include a huge surprise from Crytek, but for now you’ll just have to wait and check out the latest Crysis Nanosuit trailer…

Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge Demo

A Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge demo is now available, providing an opportunity to check out the turn-based strategy game that was recently renamed from Jazz: Hired Guns (story) and a bit less recently renamed from Jagged Alliance 3D (story). The demo is about 732 MB, and the download can be found on 3D Downloads, ComputerGames.ro, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, PixelRage, and StrategyCore.

Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn is Born

EA announces they are now offering their reborn ultimatum to UO players, as Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn is now available as a free expansion to the old school MMORPG:
Pioneering MMORPG Receives Massive Graphic and Gameplay Update Via Free Downloadable Expansion - New 14-day Trial Available

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - August 27, 2007 - Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment company, today announced that Ultima Online(TM): Kingdom Reborn, the latest expansion to Ultima Online, is now available for free download at UO.com and IGN's popular game download site FilePlanet. Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn introduces a stunning graphic update, all-new user interface and updated new player experience to Ultima Online, the MMO that ushered in the modern MMO era. Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn is available for free to all players at:

UO.com www.uoherald.com/kingdomreborn/gamefiles

FilePlanet http://www.fileplanet.com/promotions/uo

For newcomers to Ultima Online, a free 14-day trial of Kingdom Reborn is now available for download at: http://www.uoherald.com/kindomreborn/trial

With Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn, the legendary kingdom has been redrawn, reengineered and rebuilt for the next decade of players seeking an epic, fantasy MMO experience. The revamped new player content welcomes those who have never adventured through the celebrated lands of Ultima Online. Additionally, enhanced visuals and brand-new user interface present the game in a whole new light to veteran players.

"As the tenth anniversary of Ultima Online's launch approaches, Kingdom Reborn introduces an entirely new experience while preserving the spirit of the classic MMO," said Mark Jacobs, VP and General Manager of EA Mythic. "Kingdom Reborn represents EA's ongoing commitment to MMOs and Ultima Online's dedicated and loyal community, some of whom have been playing the game since its launch almost ten years ago."

To learn more about Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn, visit www.uo.com/kingdomreborn. This game is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB.

World in Conflict Q&A

The World in Conflict Q&A on 2404 is a conversation with John Björling of Massive Entertainment about World in Conflict, their alternate history Cold War RTS game. They discuss the game's setting, units, resource gathering, graphics, multiplayer, weather, campaigns, and more.

Morning Previews

  • Aion Tower Of Eternity on Games32.
  • Dead Island on Games32.
  • Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness on Kotaku.
  • Warhound on Games32.

Monday Game Reviews

Monday Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Today I will have the second bout of oral surgery I mentioned the last time I went under the knife a few weeks ago. This reminds me of something a dentist once told me: That he can think of a couple of things you don't want even if you are offered them for free, one being brain surgery and the other being gum surgery. True that, and what's worse, this will not be free either. Oh well. Anyway, brace yourself for narcotics-influenced updates later.

Narcotic Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Stories: Currency change aimed at adding security.
Artist sets sail in life-size paper boat.
Beer runners' trail a recipe for trouble.
Science!: Total Lunar Eclipse Early Tuesday (registration required).
Smart soap can save water.
Human stem cells heal the hearts of rats. Cue Celine Dion.
Images: Dopefish Lives!
Space Invaders Car.
Media: ZunePhone; Coming Soon from Microsoft.
Uhhh...what did she just say? Miss Teen South Carolina 2007.
Argument to Beethoven's 5th Sid Caesar w/Nanette Fabray.
Follow-up: Dunkin' Donuts dumping most trans fats.
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