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Friday, Jun 11, 2010

Rockstar: No Current PC Red Dead Redemption Plans

A comment from Rockstar Games to a post on their website has the latest on plans for a Windows edition of their western shooter Red Dead Redemption, or more accurately, the lack of such plans. Word is: "As of now, there are no current plans to bring Red Dead Redemption to the PC platform. If that should change, we will let you know." Thanks Big Download.

PC MW2 Resurgence Package Next Month

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling Tweets the release schedule for the PC edition of the Resurgence Package DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: "The Resurgence Package DLC for Modern Warfare 2 will hit @playstation (US) and PC (worldwide) July 6th! For @playstation (EU+) its July 7th."

Fallout: New Vegas Digital Incentives

The Bethesda Blog offers details on "Digital Pre-sell Packs" for Fallout: New Vegas, which are now on sale for the upcoming installment in the post-apocalyptic RPG series. They outline the contents of several different packs, as different online retailers are offering different packs. Each pack offers in-game items as well as distinctly different armor sets, not all of which make you head look too large. They also point to discounts on their other game for buying the game from Steam and remind us their E3 trailer will debut on tonight's/tomorrow's installment of GameTrailers TV.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Feature

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website now has a feature on The Jedi Civil War with more of the history of the Old Republic, paving the way for the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. There is a The Jedi Civil War Timeline as well as a video, once again voiced by Jedi Master Gnost-Dural (actor Lance Henriksen). By the way, the feature is also available in French and German, though Lance Henriksen does not do the voice-overs in those clips.

Team Fortress 2 Patched

As noted on Steam News, another new automatic patch is now available for Team Fortress 2, Valve's teamplay shooter sequel. The list of changes follows. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Into the Black

Link of the Day: 22 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don’t Know. Thanks Ant via Neatorama. I knew #15, 16, and the first part of 18.

Duke Nukem Forever Lawsuits Settled

3D Realms/Apogee and Take-Two have filed to dismiss the lawsuits over Duke Nukem Forever, the still incomplete first-person shooter that's been duking it out in the courts. Word is the matter is now settled, as Shacknews has a filing saying: "The above action, including any and all claims that were or could have been asserted by the parties, is dismissed with prejudice in according with the terms of the Settlement Agreement executed by the parties on May 14, 2010." Take-Two sued 3D Realms over their failure to complete the game in May 2009, which was followed by a 3D Realms countersuit the following month over development of a separate Duke Nukem game. Details of the settlement are not revealed, though Shack notes that "dismissed with prejudice" means that neither company can file another lawsuit in this matter.

Civilization V in September

Sid Meier's Civilization V is due in North America on September 21, 2010, announces 2K Games, saying the international release of the turn-based strategy sequel will follow on September 24. They also say they will be showing the game off at E3 next week, so we can expect more details and such soon. Also, the Civilization V Website has re-launched. Here's the latest party line on the game:
Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to a heightened tactical combat system; vast, realistic landscapes to explore; deeper diplomatic interactions; and an array of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience providing hours of entertainment as players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Additionally, the new in-game community hub allows Civ fans to share content and compete against each other without leaving the game, marking a new era that will forever change the “one more turn” addiction of the franchise.

Dungeon Fighter Online Launches

Nexon of America announces the official North American launch of Dungeon Fighter Online, their free-to-play, online side-scrolling action/adventure. They are offering some events and rewards in conjunction with this, as well as new features, described here: "The official launch offers new content, including a sixth character class—the Female Gunner—as well as new Awakened super skills, perilous challenges in Hell Mode, an expansion of the Guild system and a whole line-up of launch events."

AoC Rise of the Godslayer Soundtrack

Funcom announces the availability of the orchestral soundtrack from the Rise of the Godslayer expansion for Age of Conan, their barbaric MMORPG. This page has details on the release, links to purchase the soundtrack, and word on an in-game item that accompanies the OST. They also have a behind-the-scenes trailer showing the music being recorded.

Crysis 2 Trailer

A new "Cloak And Dagger" gameplay trailer from Crysis 2 on GameTrailers shows off some stealth gameplay from Crytek's upcoming shooter sequel, as well as some decidedly non-stealthy combat involving shooting everything in sight. The clip concludes with a boss encounter where stealth would probably have been a better approach. Here's the embedded clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Front Mission Evolved Delay, Trailer

GameTrailers now features the E3 trailer for Front Mission Evolved, the upcoming giant robot combat game. The clip includes a number of cinematic scenes showing these giant robots in action, blowing things up real good, and sliding around as if on ice skates. The trailer also reflects a delay, as last we saw the game was due Spring 2010 (which only lasts 10 more days), but the clip concludes with a release date of 9.14.10. The embedded version of the trailer follows. Continue here to read the full story.

XCOM Trailer

IGN now offers a new trailer from XCOM, the upcoming first-person shooter based on the classic UFO combat strategy series.The clip features cinematics and gameplay, showing the games serene retro setting and how it is disrupted by the presence of aliens. The clip concludes saying the game will arrive in 2011. Here's the embedded clip. Continue here to read the full story.

StarCraft II TV Commercial

A new TV commercial is now airing for StarCraft II, and has posted it online for your viewing pleasure. The clip features brief cinematic snippets, and concludes reiterating the July 27 release date for the real-time strategy sequel.

Battlestar Galactica Online Trailer

The Official E3 Trailer from Battlestar Galactica Online shows a massive cinematic space battle in the upcoming browser-based MMORPG set in the universe of the science-fiction series. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Homefront Trailer

There's an E3 back-story trailer from Homefront on GameTrailers featuring live-action footage in a newsreel-style clip to tell the tale of the Korean aggression that drives the story in Homefront, the first-person shooter in development at KAOS Studios. There are also new previews of the game on 1UP, Joystiq, and Kotaku (thanks Joker961). The clip is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

With E3 kicking off next week, I've been wondering when the now traditional pre-show flood of media from the show would begin. My curiosity is now satisfied, as the answer is obviously today. Enjoy.

Flooded Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Light-Bot 2.0.
Link: The 37 or so Ingredients in a Twinkie. Thanks Neatorama.
Stories: World Cup Referees Learning English Swear Words. Thanks brother 19.
UK teens taught to wear high heels. Thanks Slashdot.
The Thrill of Harry Potter Rides On. Thanks j.c.f.
Science: Seal whiskers sense faraway fish.
Japan unfurls Ikaros solar sail in space.
High meat diet 'linked to early periods'.
Media: Top 10 Videogames Biggest Busts. Lara Croft?
Stop-motion Super Mario made out of sticky notes.
Fully Functional Lego Sniper Rifle.
Follow-up: ABC Reporter Hassled By BP- Days After Thad Allen Directed Open Access.
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