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Thursday, Nov 06, 2008

All Aspect Warfare Announced

The All Aspect Warfare Website reveals development of All Aspect Warfare, a new game from 3000AD that departs from the studios' favored space combat genre by featuring first- and third-person ground and aerial combat, though science fiction is still the order of the day. The game is due by the middle of next year, with beta testing to precede the release. Here's a bit from the Adobe Acrobat-format press release:
All Aspect Warfare chronicles the adventures, mishaps and all around tomfoolery of an “elite” team of combat marines who crash landed on the enemy planet they were sent to completely destroy. Stranded and left for dead on a planet with a deployed thermo-nuclear weapon ticking somewhere, their only chance of escape lies deep within hostile territory. With no way of locating the weapon, their's is a race against time to get off the planet before detonation.

Set on a remote four hundred square mile stretch of a near desolate planet, the game features fast and furious action in first or third person perspective, vehicular and aerial combat with a vast array of player controlled air, ground and naval assets. With six playable classes, over twenty first person weapons of mass destruction, thirty player controlled units and breathtaking vistas, this open world game is best in class. Instant action missions for quick engagements, an involving multi-branching campaign storyline that never plays the same way twice and various multiplayer modes, the game offers something for every action gamer. Whether you are a first or third person gamer or a flight combat jock, the game has something for you to excel at and enjoy with your friends.

Steamships Ahoy - Silent Hill Homecoming

Steam now offers digital distribution of the Windows edition of Silent Hill Homecoming, a bit later than was predicted when the delay to this edition of the survival/horror game was announced. Here's a bit about the game: "In Silent Hill Homecoming, Alex Shepherd has returned to his hometown of Shepherd's Glen to investigate the sudden disappearance of his brother. From Shepherd's Glen to the foggy streets of Silent Hill, Alex will face the darkest of horrors while struggling with his own grip on reality. Alex must unravel the mystery behind his nightmares, discover the truth behind his brother's disappearance, and confront the evil that has taken hold of his soul."

Heroes Game Axed

MTV Multiplayer has word from Ubisoft that they've dropped the plans for a game based on the Heroes television series that was announced in July, 2007. Word is: "The rights to the ‘Heroes’ video game have reverted back to NBC Universal. Ubisoft will no longer produce a video game based on the TV series."

Frontlines Patch

The Frontlines Website now offers a new patch for Frontlines: Fuel of War, updating Kaos Studios' military shooter sequel to version 1.3.0. The new version addresses issues with the leaderboards and server browser, and also adds four new maps.

zOMG! Open Beta

Open beta testing is now underway for zOMG!, a casual MMOG from the folks behind Gaia Online. Word is: "zOMG! is a new casual MMO that takes the millions-strong community of Gaia Online and brings it to life in the form of a huge virtual with plenty of interesting characters to meet and monsters to battle. Inanimate objects are coming to life and threatening to overwhelm all of Gaia, and it's up to you to stop them! Forge alliances with others, collect and trade powerful rings, and get silly in fun social mini-games."

Godfather II Movie

The Godfather II Website now offers a new "black hand" trailer from the upcoming gaming return of the Corleone family. The NSFW clip can be found on the game's media page, and it offers glimpses of the making of offers that can't be refused, or maybe it's the outcome of having refused such offers.

Evening Previews

  • Call of Duty: World at War on IGN.
  • The Chronicles of Spellborn on Eurogamer.
  • Left 4 Dead on GameSpy.

Evening Screenshots

  • The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria on FileFront.

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Into the Black

Fallout 3 Patch

Bethesda Softworks now offers the first patches for the Windows edition of Fallout 3, updating the post-apocalyptic RPG sequel to version 1.0.0.15, with separate patches for the North American English edition and the international English editions of the game. The links to the patch notes are broken as of this writing, so there's no word on what's changed. Thanks Bill.

Cobra 11- Burning Wheels Demo

A demo for Alarm for Cobra 11- Burning Wheels offers a sample of the next installment in this racing series based on a German television series. The 286 MB download is available on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, and Gamer's Hell.

DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road Patch

A new patch is now available for DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road, updating Codemasters' rally racing game to version 1.2.2. The patch can be found on this page, where word is: "This update will resolve errors, experienced by some users, reported during the disc check. No other fixes or updates are included. You must have downloaded and installed patch 1.2 before installing this update." The 3.3 MB patch is also mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Warstorm Declared

Challenge Online Games announces the launch of Warstorm, a subscription-free MMOG based on collectible card strategy games. Word is: "Warstorm simplifies the complex deck building required by typical collectible card games by introducing an innovative squad concept. A player, known as a warlord, selects a hero card which can support a squad consisting of up to six units, artifacts, or spells. The player can then engage in battles with one or more squads against other players or through various quests."

LOTRO Welcome Back Weekend

A Welcome Back Weekend kicks off today for The Lord of the Rings Online, as they prepare for the launch of the Mines of Moria expansion for the Tolkien-inspired MMORPG. The welcome back event offers free play to former players whose accounts were in good standing when their subscription ended, but there's also good news for current players, as Turbine is also offering an XP bonus between now and the 17th: "From November 6-10, we're offering free LOTRO access to our former players*! Returning players are invited to patch up, jump in, and start playing on their old characters to get them ready for Moria. And from November 6-17, there's +25% bonus experience gain on mob kills** for everyone who logs in and plays! ** The bonus XP stacks with rest XP as well!" Thanks Massively.

Fallout 3 Sells Big

Bethesda Softworks Announces Successful Launch of Fallout 3 is the press release with some very large numbers from the launch of Fallout 3 that make it hard to dispute their use of the word "successful." Bethesda announces having shipped approximately 4.7 million copies of the post-apocalyptic RPG sequel for Windows and consoles, saying this represents $300 million in sales: "Released on October 28 in North America at midnight store openings in over 2,000 retail outlets nationwide jammed with fans eager to get the game, Fallout 3 quickly became one of the industry's top sellers around the world. For example, in the United Kingdom where it was not released until Friday, October 31 the rapid sales of Fallout 3 have led the game to be ranked number one among all video games, as well as being the number one game on each of its three platforms."

Grim Fandango Design Doc

The Double Fine Website has a gift from Tim Schafer, who is offering downloads of the design document from Grim Fandango, the adventure game he wrote that was released by LucasArts just under a decade ago. The document is in Adobe Acrobat format, with the 96 pages weighing in at around 2.3 MB. Tim's accompanying description comments on how design docs have changed since this was written, how surprisingly fiendish some of the puzzles are in retrospect, and a vey amusing confession about the game's conclusion: "We didn’t have the last puzzle designed when I wrote that document, so I wrote two nonsense paragraphs and then overlapped them in the file so it would look like the final puzzle description was in there, but obscured by a print formatting error. That way I could turn the document in by the deadline. As if anybody was going to read it all the way to the end anyway. Ha ha. Obfuscation triumphs again! I delight in Evil!"

Ben Judd Interview

Judd and Plenty- An Interview With Capcom's Ben Judd on Crispy Gamer talks with Capcom's Ben Judd, Producer on Bionic Commando, talking about the project, digital distribution, and more. An interesting aspect of his life he mentions is dealing with the different approach to game development in Japan and the US: "[This is] the biggest problem that I face right now: I'm supported by the Japanese side. But in order to get the game sold, I need to market it ... to U.S. gamers. Right now, the thing that U.S. gamers seem to respond to is a community approach. They like to connect, to be a part of the process. It's 180 degrees different from the Japanese approach, where they censor information; they lock it down, and keep it away from the public. So I often find myself in a place where I let too much information get out. And I find myself getting in trouble for it."

Left 4 Dead Early Access Today

Valve sends a reminder that early access to the Left 4 Dead demo begins today for those who have preordered the multiplayer zombie shooter for either Windows or Xbox 360. These customers will be able to play the demo for several days before it opens up to general access for seven days starting November 11:
Early access to the Left 4 Dead demo begins Thursday, November 6 on both the PC and Xbox 360. The early demo access is scheduled to begin around 2 am PST on the Xbox 360 and 7 am PST on the PC. This promotion is being offered in addition to the 10% savings for those who pre-order and applies to all Steam PC pre-orders and all PC and Xbox 360 pre-orders from GameStop and EB Games in North America. On November 11 the demo will be made available to all PC and Xbox 360 gamers worldwide, with no obligation to purchase. The demo concludes on November 18, when Left 4 Dead will be made available at retail outlets across North America and worldwide via Steam.

Cryptic Account System Maintenance

Crypic Studios announces scheduled maintenance on their account system for a chunk of today: "On Thursday, November 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST, we will be performing scheduled maintenance on the Cryptic Account system. During this time you will not be able to create any new accounts on any Cryptic web site; this would include the Champions Online and Star Trek Online official web sites. All forums will not be affected, and will remain available during this time."

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Out of the Blue

Ever-industrious Frans has worked a little more of his magic, in this case it is magic of the mobile variety, as he's ironed out the mobile feed for the site. You road warriors can point your mobile device at either wap.bluesnews.com or m.bluesnews.com and you'll be, as The Who once put it, going mobile.

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