the Linux server for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, though running a CoD4
server on a penguin-powered server will also require some of the files from a
Windows install of the game. The download is mirrored on
A patch for Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare is now available, updating
the strategy expansion to version 1.01. The patch is accompanied by an updated
version 1.01 demo to allow a sample of the latest edition of the add-on. Word
is: "This v1.01 Patch includes a number of user requested changes, bug fixes and
editor enhancements. We have also added a great deal of material to the game
manual itself since many players have asked for more details on all the new
changes in the expansion." The patch is available on
, and Gamer's
; while the updated demo can be found on
, and Gamer's
now offers a new
patch for Eschalon: Book I, updating the old-school RPG to version 1.02.
has the details on what's changed. The download is mirrored on
Aspyr announces the Mac edition of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is now gold,
and set to ship on December 10 as a PC/Mac hybrid bundle:
(November 27, 2007) - Aspyr Media, Inc. today announced the Mac version of
Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock has been declared Gold Master and is scheduled
to begin shipping to retail stores December 10, 2007. Released in partnership
with Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the renowned Guitar Hero® franchise makes
its debut on Macintosh computers and gives even more gamers the opportunity to
unleash their inner-rock star.
Developed and published exclusively by Aspyr, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
for Mac matches its console counterparts with a killer set list that includes
many of the most popular rock songs ever recorded. Explosive content and
features include a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss
battles, a host of unlockable content and visually stunning rock venues.
Expansive online multiplayer game modes also allow aspiring axe-shredders
worldwide to compete head-to-head for true legendary rock status with PC and Mac
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will be available as a hybrid PC/Mac bundle.
- Dead Island
Dead Island Q&A on Primotech chats up Adrian Ciszewski from Polish
developer Techland to learn more about Dead Island, their upcoming
zombie-themed action game.
- Fantasy Wars
Vault's Fantasy Wars Q&A is a talk with Alexey Kozyrev of 1C Company
about their recently released turn-based strategy game.
A new patch is now available for Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific,
updating the submarine combat sequel to version 1.4. The 220 MB download is
, Gamer's Hell
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics announces plans to team up with Perspective
Studios to create new intellectual properties for multiple media, including
games. There are few details, but one of the projects will be an MMOG for SOE
based on the Ramayan 3392 A.D. comics:
NEW YORK & GLEN COVE, New York -
November 27, 2007 - Virgin Comics today announced a partnership with Perspective
Studios, an industry-leading computer animation production house, to co-create
and develop a diverse slate of original intellectual properties. The goal of the
collaboration is to create a compelling portfolio of new characters and
franchises for exploitation in multiple formats, including comic books, mobile
content, video games and feature films. Virgin and Perspective will initially
launch each new franchise as graphic novels and short-form episodic animation
for online and mobile distribution, taking advantage of Virgin's substantial
relationships in these markets.
The partners expect to focus on content properties that are likely to resonate
with online and console gamers. Virgin announced last August that their popular
Ramayan 3392 A.D. comic book series has been licensed by Sony Online
Entertainment (SOE) as the basis for a new massively multiplayer online
role-playing game. Perspective has provided animation for many noteworthy and
highly-anticipated game titles, including Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto
series and Ghost Recon for Ubisoft.
"Perspective is bringing a great deal of experience and versatility to the
table," said Sharad Devarajan, Virgin Comics' CEO. "With Perspective's growing
animation capabilities and particular expertise with video game animation, we
have full confidence that they'll go above and beyond when it comes to fully
realizing a unique creative vision."
"Our past experience with many memorable properties has long inspired us to see
what we could accomplish with original content," said Steven Lehrhoff, CEO of
Perspective Studios. "The Virgin Comics team, with such a unique creative
vision, will make the ideal partner for this undertaking."
Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios will be making additional announcements
regarding the specific franchises resulting from this collaboration, as well as
the talent involved with the properties, in the near future.
DARKNESS WITHIN: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder is now available in the US and
, as the Lovecraft-inspired horror/adventure game began shipping on
Halloween. Here's a bit on the game:
As police detective Howard E. Loreid,
players are tasked to solve the murder of Clark Field, a wealthy man involved in
the occult. At the top of your list of suspects is Loath Nolder; a highly
respected private investigator who mysteriously abandoned his last case for
reasons unknown. Rumor had it that he ventured to several exotic places around
the world learning from tribe shamans and sorcerers. It remains a great mystery
as to why Loath Nolder disappeared so suddenly, resurfacing five years later and
resuming his investigations just as abruptly as he had left them. Why does this
venerated P.I. now sit on the other side of the law?
Your seemingly routine investigation takes a dramatic twist as strange and
terrifying happenings begin to plague your psyche. You experience lucid
horrifying dreams and are tormented by paranormal happenings. Why do days pass
instead of hours when you sleep? What's real and what's not? As you pursue
fugitive murder suspect Loath Nolder, you must face dire truths hidden deep
within a haunting darkness and the recesses of your mind.
• Built-in Hint System with 3 Difficulty Levels -
Players can choose to play in Standard, Detective or Senior Detective modes.
• Unique Inventory System - Utilizing the 'thinking
screen' allows players to collect and examine items, and thoughts. Clues can
also be researched, combined or used.
• Dynamic Puzzles and Features - Traditional
adventure game puzzles are complimented by deciphering dreams and underlining
excerpts in documents to garner critical clues.
• Enhanced Gameplay Experience - The proprietary
game engine enables compelling special effects, stunning visuals, and dynamic
lighting and shading, in a panoramic first person game environment.
• Eerie Gameplay Atmosphere - An immersive
experience is created by a fascinating story, chilling real-time cut scenes, and
reports that the Australian OFLC has reevaluated Soldier of
Fortune: Payback after the removal of some of the gore that caused them to
originally refuse the game classification for sale down under
). Word is: "According to the publisher, the tweaked
version has reduced ragdoll physics and blood effects, and no dismemberment."
The game is now rated MA 15+ (Strong violence, Coarse language and sexual
references) for its 2008 Australian release.
The Fury Website
word on plans for a free content update for Auran's PvP MMOG dubbed Age of the
Chosen, planned for release December 14. Highlights of the change list include a
new 'Carnage' game type with three maps, a one-vs-one Elimination game type with
four maps, and improved tutorial, a streamlined interface, and more. The update
includes screenshots of the new content.
The Matrix Games Website
has news of a new patch for Guns of August is now available on
to update the World War I strategy game to version 1.20. Word is: "This latest
update brings over 60 changes and improvements. Most notably, the AI has been
improved, new higher game resolutions have been added to increase support for
widescreen displays, and a variety of interface improvements and rule or data
improvements have been incorporated based on player feedback."
The temperatures in this area are back up in the 50s again. I'm not that eager
for it to get too wintery, but we really need a good freezing to wipe out
whatever it is that's provoking such allergies in Hudson the wonder dog.
Perpetual Entertainment has been acquired by newly formed Perpetual LLC. This is said to likely be a way of dealing with the company's credit situation, as
the report was spurred by information in an
by Ragnarok Online creator Gravity Co., Ltd where the Korean firm
says it thinks its $9 million investment in Perpetual is lost. In an interesting
twist, a later update to this story with information from an anonymous source
suggests that the new owner of Perpetual envisions a more casual business model
for Star Trek Online, which suggests the MMOG may follow the free-to-play route
that includes optional cash transactions.
has some translated skinny from the German-language
where they have some scant details from Crytek's
Steven Bender about plans for a Crysis sequel. Believe it or not, the main focus
for Crysis 2 will be to beef up the game's graphics:
According to him, the
developer's attention will be even more focused on graphics. There will be
numerous improvements regarding textures (especially facial textures) and
3D-animations. Their ambitious aim is to push the game's visuals to an advanced
level, that could be considered near photorealistic movie quality.
Announces Deus Ex 3, Talks New Montreal Studio on Gamasutra
offers a Q&A
with Eidos Montreal general manager Stéphane D’Astous about the new studio and
their just-revealed plans to create a new installment in the Deus Ex series. The
Q&A discusses the smaller development teams the studio will use to concentrate
on AAA titles with development cycles of 18-24 months.
The Hellgate: London Website
has word on plans for patch 0.6 for Flagship's action/RPG, saying they expect
the update to go live some time this week. They list a number of changes
and fixes, with this highlight: "Patch 0.6 has one very notable fix – the
invisible group member bug has been slain. This was a crafty, fierce thing with
rows of nasty sharp teeth, but we believe it has now fallen into the mists of
legend. We’ll stay vigilant in case it raises its ugly invisible head again."
The Building & Co Website
offers a playable English demo for this game from French studio Creative
Patterns that simulates the process of creating a building from a ground up,
allowing you to get in touch with everything from your inner Costanza as an
architect to your inner village person as a construction foreman.
has word that a new update for the Source engine is now automatically
available, addressing a Half-Life 2: Episode Two issue that could crash the
game: "Fixed a crash in Half-Life 2: Episode Two when exiting This Vortal Coil."
Release 169 Beta Page
offers new version 169.12 beta drivers for NVIDIA
GeForce accelerators (thanks
The update offers the same fixes as the Crysis beta driver, and also "fixes a
resume from Sleep/Hibernate issue with GeForce 8800 GT."
Eidos Montreal Website
now offers a teaser trailer for Deus Ex 3 (thanks nin), an upcoming installment
in the action/RPG series that was hinted at earlier this year
) but never actually confirmed, though its existence was
supported by a report about an earlier DX3 prototype which got cancelled
). The teaser is true to its teasing nature by being a bit
vague, with no hints at platforms or release dates. It does offer some sci-fi
footage with an existential voice-over: "For centuries, man has struggled to
understand his true nature. What is it that makes us who we are? Soon one answer
will override all others." This is culminates a caption reading: "Who we are is
but a stepping stone to what we can become."
Well, another Thanksgiving weekend is in the books, which makes today "Cyber
Monday," at least in the minds of online retailers. We had a fine old time, and
hope you did as well if this is a holiday for you, or even if it isn't for that
matter. My one regret is failing to stock up on pumpkin pies for the occasion;
MrsBlue quite rightly finds the boxed supermarket pies distasteful, so when I
didn't get them, they didn't get got. Oh well, the life I saved may have been my