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Monday, Jun 28, 2010


Bad Company 2 Patch Wednesday

Electronic Arts Forums have word that the long-awaited patch for the PC edition of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has passed quality assurance and is being readied for release at 1:00 am EDT (7:00 am GMT+2) Wednesday and that the updated servers should go online at 5:00 am EDT (11:00 am GMT+2) Wednesday, for you early birds. Here's word from DICE's Mikael Kalms: "The client patch is approximately 890MB large. The list of changes is pretty much the same as is listed here. I'm going to write a post which explains some of the background behind the delays later tonight." Thanks Charles.

Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters

A Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters Website is online, with info and media about an upcoming modern combat flight simulator in the works at Trickstar Games, the developer recently formed from the remnants of Transmission Games (Heroes of the Pacific, Heroes Over Europe). Word is the game will take place in a large-scale fictional battlefield, offer a diverse array of fighters, and 16-player multiplayer and a full co-op campaign for 2-4 players. The game is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and while they do not seem to offer a release date on the site, Big Download says the game is due this summer.

IGF Submissions

The 13th Annual Independent Games Festival is now accepting submissions for their 2011 awards, also announcing the addition of a new mobile category, and an expansion of their experimental focus. Word is: "All games selected as finalists will be available in playable form at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC show floor, and will compete for nearly $50,000 in prizes, including the Nuovo Award, Excellence in Design, Art, Best Student Game, the Audience Award and the $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Winners will be announced on stage at the high-profile Independent Games Festival Awards on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco."

Steam Summer Sale, Day 5

The Perils of Summer Steam Sale: Day 5 is underway. Here are the one-day specials: Oddworld Pack (save 75%), DogFighter (save 50%), Joint Operations: Combined Arms (save 75%), King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame (save 66%), Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (save 85%), Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack (save 66%), Order of War (save 66%), and Europa Universalis Series (save 66%).

Direct2Drive Mystery Sale

Direct2Drive's The Quest For The Chosen One Scavenger Hunt kicks off a series of one-day sales where you must hunt for a mystery game based on some clues they've provided. Today's mystery game is an EA RPG. We won't spoil it if you want to hunt, and if you do, you can get started here. If you just want to cut to the chase, the sale game is here.

Aliens vs Predator Patched

A new Aliens vs Predator automatic update is now available, announces Steam News. The new version enables XP gain, leaderboard updates for non-ranked games as well as Ranked Matches, overhauls low-level networking code for player-hosted games, and more, as detailed below. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam ARMA II Patched

Steam News announces the release of the automatic Steam version of the recent ARMA II patch that updates Bohemia Interactive Studios' military shooter sequel to version 1.07.

Gary's Mod Engine Upgrade

Steam News announces a new automatic update is now available for Garry's Mod, updating the Source sandbox to use the Source Engine 2010.

It Came from E3 2010, Part 26

Impulse Top 10

Here are the 10 best-selling games on Impulse for the week of June 20-26:

  1. Sins of a Solar Empire - Trinity
  2. Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy
  3. Sins of a Solar Empire Expansion Bundle
  4. Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition
  5. Reign: Conflict of Nations
  6. Disciples III - Renaissance
  7. Sins of a Solar Empire - Entrenchment
  8. Hearts of Iron III - Semper Fi Bundle
  9. Making History II - The War of the World
  10. Demigod

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: We can rebuild him. Thanks Ant.

Portal 2 E3 Trailer, Part 1

The first-part of the direct-feed version of Valve's Portal 2 E3 Trailer is now available, as the clip will be issued in seven parts this week. The clip introduces Wheatley, a Personality Sphere, one of the new characters in the upcoming platformer sequel. The embedded clip follows (you bastard). Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Rising 2 Delay has word that the release date for Dead Rising 2 is now September 28, after the zombie action sequel was previously announced to have an August 31 North American release date (September 2 in Japan and September 3 in Europe, so we're guessing this means it's due on September 30 in Europe). No reason for the setback is offered, but as the old joke goes, it certainly wasn't to make the game worse.

StarCraft II Korean Distribution, Beta to Resume?

StarCraft: IncGamers has a write-up of a Korean Blizzard Press Event held on June 24, where more details came to light about StarCraft II, Blizzard's upcoming real-time strategy sequel. One tidbit is an unconfirmed rumor that the game's closed beta test may resume within a few days. Another is a confirmed report on one of the alternate distribution methods for the game in Korea, where the game will be digitally distributed, as they say that World of Warcraft players with active payments in their WoW accounts will be able to play StarCraft II at no further cost.

Super Street Fighter 4 PC Still Coming?

A post on highlights a few tweets from Super Street Fighter 4 series producer, Yoshinori Ono, who leaves open the possibility a PC edition of the enhanced version of the fighting game is still being considered, as they attempt to overcome the piracy that plagues the original, saying. "The PC version has some problems. In [Street Fighter 4], a large amount of illegal copy appeared on the market all over the world. Please Wait...," and "We are solving various problems now. Time is necessary for this." Thanks Ant via Voodoo Extreme.

NFS World Beta Details

Another round of closed beta testing is to get underway today for Need for Speed World, the MMO installment in the racing series. To pave the way, there are World Beta Release Notes and Known Issues on the Need for Speed Website outlining the new region, new cars, and other additions, as well as known issues in the beta. If you are interested in playing, they are still accepting sign-ups.

UFO: Alien Invasion Patch

A new patch is now available for UFO: Alien Invasion, updating the freeware UFO strategy game to version 2.3. Word is: "The UFO:AI development team is proud to announce the release of UFO: Alien Invasion Version 2.3. Two years in the making, this version features loads of new content, a dramatically improved rendering engine and extensive improvements to nearly every aspect of the game's campaign and battle systems." Thanks Derek.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Alpha/Beta Comparison

A FINAL FANTASY XIV Alpha/Beta Comparison trailer shows the graphical improvements in the beta version of Square Enix's upcoming MMORPG, compared with similar scenes from the alpha version of the game. Here it is embedded. Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2010, Part 25

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


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