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Saturday, Feb 19, 2011


Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned

Mark Rein tweets: "Bulletstorm PC demo is in the works! Won't make it in time for ship date but should be available shortly after." Thanks BeyondUnreal.

Medal of Honor Sequel Announced

The Medal of Honor Blog has word from Medal of Honor executive producer Greg Goodrich that Danger Close is currently developing the next installment in the military shooter series. This follows the developer's recent call for a Lead Gameplay Engineer "to work on an unannounced AAA first person shooter title," and EA CEO John Riccitiello talking about about their desire to take back leadership in the shooter genre. Goodrich's blog entry goes on to describe the positive reaction to the recent MoH reboot, but there's not much more about the sequel other than this: "Since our launch last October, we've studied, listened and absorbed much of your feedback and are very excited to be marching forward on the next title. We can't wait to tell you more about it, so check back often to the website and the fan page on Facebook."

Two Worlds II Review Flap, Sequel Revealed

A post on Destructoid reports on accusations that TopWare threatened UK outlets with blacklisting over negative reviews of Two Worlds II, describing one instance where they pushed for a score to be bumped up to 7/10. There's a follow-up on BeefJack where a TopWare rep explains that this is "all quite blown out of proportion," as it was a dispute over scoring systems, saying: "This is untrue, the only thing that was said is that a 7 is average in public eye and not a 5 – their scoring system is their scoring system and that is that. They are not blacklisted and no one asked them to increase their score." Big Download notes that TopWare's U.S. marketing head James Seaman made several comments in the Destructoid forums about this, including this: "My team needs to take a step back as the UK has been pretty harsh on our game, but such is life. I will make sure that nothing like this ever happens again, but some of my guys have put their heart and soul into this game and just need to take a step back." Moving forward, he also reveals that in spite of all this, they are working on the next Two Worlds game for release next year: "We are trying to do a better job every time and have brought in a brand new 3D modeling, animation and CG team for the next Two Worlds game coming out in 2012."

BioShock 2 DLC Mess Up

The 2K Games forums have a number of posts indicating that the long-awaited Protector Trials DLC for BioShock 2 mistakenly showed up in the Games for Windows Marketplace, and while players were able to purchase it (in spite of the fact that it was supposed to be a free release), it does not work at this time, likely because the underwater shooter sequel will require a patch before it will work. There are posts from community manager 2K Elizabeth apologizing for the error, but there's no word yet on any recourse for those who have purchased the DLC. Thanks Big Download.

Dead Island & Call of Juarez Film Plans

Union Entertainment and producer Sean Daniel (Wolfman and Mummy) own the film rights for Dead Island, reports, saying this transaction actually took place in 2009, which makes more sense than some reports we've seen saying this happened in the couple of days since the cinematic trailer from Techland's upcoming zombie game 'caused a bit of a sensation. The story also notes: "Union also has the rights to the game "Call of Juarez," and executives from the company will be at the upcoming Game Developer Convention looking for new projects." Thanks Big Download.

Magicka at Retail; Soundtrack Released

Paradox Interactive announces that Magicka is now available in U.K. and French retail stores, adding that this action/adventure game from Arrowhead Studios that's also available via digital distribution will be showing up in additional countries over the coming weeks. Celebrating the news, they have also released the game's soundtrack. Here's word:

Have you run out of music to prance to on your iWand? Need something uplifting to help motivate you to crawl out of bed and into your robes? In time for the retail release of Magicka, the mages of Arrowhead Studios want to give all Magicka fans something a little extra! The official Magicka soundtrack has been released, and is available for immediate download at Featuring 26 tracks, you can now experience more "Magick" in every part of your life.

Iron Grip: Marauders Open Beta

ISOTX announces open beta testing of Iron Grip: Marauders is now underway, offering the chance to check out this free-to-play browser-based strategy game. A new teaser trailer promotes the game, though it features no gameplay, so here's a bit on that: "As captain of a pirate airship, players roam the vast regions of Kathos in search of settlements to loot. The captured settlements are easily turned into pirate strongholds which provide additional building and training options in the game. From their headquarters in the sky, gamers can strategically plan their army’s size and composition. By researching new technologies, stronger units can be trained and new structures created."

World of Warcraft Hotfixes lists still more hotfixes now live in World of Warcraft as Blizzard continues their compulsive nerfing and buffing of their fantasy-themed MMORPG. The list includes changes to battlegrounds, classes, dungeons & raids, as well as to the dungeon finder. Thanks Ant.

MLB 2K11 Trailer & Diary

A new MLB 2K11 'Premiere' Trailer shows off gameplay from the upcoming installment in 2K Sports' baseball series. In addition there's a new MLB 2K11 diary on the game's Facebook page on the topics of pitching and hitting. The trailer is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Chocolate Strife

Chocolate Strife Beta 1 is now available, offering a community created remake of Strife, the DOOM engine action/RPG released by Rogue Entertainment in 1996. The Strife source code was never released, and this game is based on the Chocolate Doom port of DOOM. They offer the source, but the compiled binaries they provide are for Win32-only, XP or higher. Thanks Ant.

On Sale

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    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

We enjoyed last year's Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as its over-the-top sex and violence and stylized green-screen effects made for a great guilty pleasure. For some reason I wasn't really holding out much hope for its second season, much less Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel that's currently airing. Boy was I wrong about that, as it has turned out to be excellent, and I think it's arguably better than the original, and I'm sad that it will end so soon. Presuming the new Spartacus actor works out, this has greatly raised my expectations for the next season of the show, though John Hannah and Lucy Lawless will be sorely missed.

Blood and Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Neil the Nail.
Bicycle Drag.
Links: This is not porn - Rare and beautiful celebrity photos. Thanks Neatorama.
10 Truly Awful Fake Accents In Film. Thanks Digg.
Stories: MGM Moves Forward With Remakes.
'Record-breaking' chili is hot news. Thanks Snodge.
Science: Dogs share their owners' emotions. Thanks Digg.
Images: Back to the Future. NSFW. Clever. Thanks dakslf.
Hand-drawn D&D maps of yesteryear goes with Giant dice.
135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Thanks Neatorama.
Media: The Monster: The Cookie Monster - Robot Chicken.
'Apollo 18' Trailer Hits Web. Thanks Digg.
Kim Jong-il turns 69 in style.
Follow-up: Mr. Plinkett Updates and More. NSFW.

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