The THQ Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results mentioned earlier
include word to expect a Windows edition of MX vs. ATV Alive
when the off-road game is released in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. No other details are mentioned. Also, Joystiq
has word from THQ's post-earnings conference call that the upcoming Metro 2033
sequel will be titled Metro: Last Light
now offers the promised
Windows edition of Avadon: The Black Fortress
, kicking off their new fantasy series. A playable demo is available on this page
, and here's word on the game: "This is the first chapter in our new, epic fantasy saga. You will serve the keep of Avadon, working as a spy and warrior to fight the enemies of your homeland. Your word is law, and you must battle a conspiracy to destroy your people."
This new interview on AtomicGamer
chats with Obsidian's George Ziets and Rich Taylor about Dungeon Siege III
, the upcoming action/RPG sequel. The subjects they discuss include the Dungeon Siege movie, the obscure story of the first game, creating and conveying lore, story elements, the console version bringing in players unfamiliar with the series, items, their development cycle, gamepad controllers, tactical views, adult content, and more.
A new patch is now available for Geo-Political Simulator 2: Rulers of Nations
, updating the strategy sequel to version 4.24. The download is available on AtomicGamer
and The Patches Scrolls
, and the change list follows. Continue here to read the full story
This new trailer
for Red Faction: Armageddon
promotes the upcoming third-person shooter with a look back at the history of the Red Faction series, offering a retrospective on Red Faction 1, 2, and Guerilla, touching on some elements from those games that will appear in the new one. The game's developers also discuss new enemies, the latest take on the franchise's signature destructible environments, new weapons, and more. The embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story
This Superteams Pack trailer
from DiRT 3
promotes a bonus that will be available from some retailers as a preorder incentive for the upcoming rally racing sequel. Word is: "The Superteams pack unlocks the Texaco Racing Team, Brembo Racing Team, Team Yokohama and Mobil 1 Performance Team, allowing players to drive for those teams, boosting their driver rep and giving them exclusive team liveries. It will also give gamers immediate access to a wide range of cars including the Ford RS200 Rallycross, Fiat 131 Abarth, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Jun and the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale." Here's the embedded clip. Continue here to read the full story
Thanks for all the interest in the giveaway, but our supply of beta keys is finally exhausted. Okay, at least we've put a dent in our supply of beta keys for Age of Empires Online
, but there are still more where those came from, so if you are interested in checking out the upcoming online variation on the real-time strategy series, reply to this thread, and we'll send a key to the address connected to your account. Games for Windows LIVE is required. Update:
Thanks for all the interest in the giveaway, but our supply of beta keys is finally exhausted.
THQ's losses for fiscal 2011 total $136 million USD, reports Gamasutra
, a huge leap from the company's $9 million loss in 2010. This does not quell the optimism from the THQ boss: "THQ posted strong fourth quarter results primarily driven by the success of Homefront
," said THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell. "We have already shipped 2.6 million units, a solid start for this new franchise, which kicks off the strongest pipeline of AAA core games in our history." The report says THQ anticipates "significant growth, profitability and cash" in fiscal 2012, driven by releases from a bunch of their franchises: Saints Row
, Red Faction
, Warhammer 40,000
, MX vs. ATV
, and uDraw
. "We are creating a digital ecosystem for each of these games that will continue to keep consumers engaged and generate additional revenue opportunities beyond the initial retail sale," said Farrell. "We also continue to aggressively invest in our digital initiatives, including online social and mobile offerings as well as our Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online
MMO." Thanks Joao.
The Elemental - War of Magic
has word that the new version 1.2 patch for Stardock's fantasy-themed strategy game is now available automatically through Impulse
. This forum thread
has the full changelist, while this one
has the short version, which is reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story
offers the minimum and recommended system requirements for Duke Nukem Forever
, Gearbox's upcoming first-person shooter:
- OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
- Memory: 1 Gb
- Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
- Video Memory: 256 MB
- Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
- Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
- OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz
- Memory: 2 Gb
- Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
- Video Memory: 512 MB
- Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
- Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Continue here to read the full story.
Paradox Interactive announces
the release of Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
, the next installment in the Mount & Blade (or Mount&Blade depending on mood) series of action/adventure/RPGs. The release is accompanied by a launch trailer
showing off the game, and a playable demo offering a chance to check it out firsthand. The demo is available on AtomicGamer
, Gamer's Hell
, PC Games Forever
, Strategy Informer
, and WorthPlaying
, and here's a bit on the game:
With Fire and Sword, the third stand-alone title in the acclaimed Mount & Blade series, gives players the freedom to decide who both their allies and enemies are as they create their own world inspired by Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1884 cult classic novel "With Fire and Sword." Players will plan tactical takeovers, scheme which castles to siege, and battle rival armies with traditional weapons found in previous Mount & Blade titles, as well as newly introduced firearms such as muskets and pistols. With plenty of new quests for players to partake in and a deep, immersive campaign mode, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword continues the tradition of giving players an open-world experience like no other.
Keldyn Interactive announces
the release of Dead Meets Lead
via digital distribution, as the single-player zombie-slaying game is now available on Desura
, and GamersGate
(and eventually on Impulse
, though it's not listed there yet). The Challenge
is the recently launched
demo for the game, and there's a launch trailer on the game's official website
. Here's word on the game from Keldyn Interactive CEO Fredrik Norén:
We wanted to create something new, challenging and entertaining. This is it. Dead Meets Lead is all about being challenged, being empowered to overcome that challenge and then, after a hard battle, beating the challenge. All wrapped in a casing of good old zombie slaughter to the max and set in an intriguing 18th century environment on the mystic Caribbean island of El Mirando. We are very proud and excited with this game, and we hope players will feel the same.
The Derek Paxton interview on Gaming Nexus
talks with the lead producer and lead designer of Elemental: Fallen Enchantress
, the upcoming standalone expansion for Stardock's Elemental - War of Magic
. Topics include his role with the company, changes that have been implemented since he joined on, the impact of selling off Impulse
, expectations for Fallen Enchantress based on the rocky Elemental launch, the plot of Fallen Enchantress, changes to the combat system, and more. He also addresses the original game, saying a version 1.2 patch will be released soon for Elemental - War of Magic, and they are already looking ahead towards a version 1.3 patch, saying "Stardock is still committed to supporting and improving War of Magic."
The Bethesda Blog
has details on three upcoming DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas
, Obsidian's action/RPG sequel, saying all three will receive simultaneous releases for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 for $9.99 USD (or 800 space bux) each. The three packs are the previously revealed Honest Hearts
, which will be released on May 17, and two packs revealed via a trademark filing earlier this year
, Old World Blues
, which is due next month, and Lonesome Road, which is expected in July. Here are details on all three:
Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park. Things go horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave, you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.
In Old World Blues, releasing in June, you will discover how some of the Mojave’s mutated monsters came to be when you unwittingly become a lab rat in a science experiment gone awry. You’ll need to scour the Pre-War research centers of the Big Empty in search of technology to turn the tables on your kidnappers or join forces with them against an even greater threat.
Lonesome Road, available in July, brings the courier’s story full circle when you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of New Vegas. In his transmission, Ulysses promises the answer as to why, but only if you take one last job –a job that leads you into the depths of the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. The road to the Divide is a long and treacherous one, and of the few to ever walk the road, none have ever returned.
On the brink of the release of Brink
, the Bethesda Blog
offers the latest in their "Get SMART" series of trailers. This installment shows off the game's heads up display, and its application on the battlefield in Splash Damage's upcoming first-person shooter.
The APB-Reloaded Website
announces May 18 as the launch date for formal open beta testing of the upcoming resurrection of the APB: All Points Bulletin
, the online sandbox shooter. That said, they also announce that most everyone interested in being a tester will probably be offered access to the beta before then:
However, between now and the Open Beta date (ie for the next two weeks), we will progressively permit access to MOST PEOPLE (17 or older in the US and 18 or older in the rest of the world) who do two things (1) creates (or already has) a GamersFirst Account with the appropriate info (see the link to the right of the blog) and then (2) submits his/her email (matching the G1 account) at the front of the APB page (www.gamersfirst.com/apb) in the "Newsletter Signup Email form." This will let us slowly turn up "the heat" on our servers before going fully "open."
offers the top 20 bestselling full price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending April 30, 2011. Things are fairly stable on the chart this week, with Portal 2
retaining the top spot for a second week and only one new entry, Darkspore
entering the chart at #13 (though Fallout: New Vegas
reenters at #20). The biggest positive mover is RIFT
, which jumps six spots to number seven, and the largest drop is Call of Duty: Black Ops
, which drops seven spots to #14, followed by Crysis 2
, which drops five spots to #13. MCV
has details on the all formats chart, where Portal 2 also holds the number one position for a second week. Oddly, Homefront stands at number nine on the all formats chart, but is completely absent from the PC chart.
Focus Home Interactive announces Rotastic
, an "addictive" 2D arcade/puzzle game in the works at Dancing Dots for release "soon" on Windows, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and PlayStation Network. The Rotastic website
is online, these screenshots
show off the game, and here's a bit on what to expect:
At its core, Rotastic innovates with a one-button gameplay mechanic that’s both fun and accessible for all types of players. Navigating each course is quite simple – press any button to hook your rope to the nearest anchor point, spin around, gather momentum and release the button to fly from point to point. While the controls are dead-simple, Rotastic features a wide range of levels and gameplay to challenge your skills! Various goals include collecting gems, escaping deadly traps, battling other players, smashing bricks, perfecting acrobatics, smashing chickens and flying through speed-runs! The solo campaign features nearly 70 levels, offering hours of swing ‘n’ fling fun. Replayability is another big feature; do you have what it takes to earn a gold helmet on each course? Pit your skills against your friends around the world by competing in the leaderboard challenges!
The first monthly update is now live for Black Prophecy
, adding new content to the space-based action MMOG. Word is: "The highlights of this patch are the ten new missions in open sectors, available to players on different levels. A number of other smaller improvements have also been made." This change log
has a complete outline of all the changes.
lists more hotfixes applied to the servers for World of Warcraft
to follow up on the recent version 4.1 patch for Blizzard's MMORPG. They outline all the new changes, and also offer an updated version 4.1 change list
The Grand Chase Website
announces the launch of Chaos
, described as a major update to this side-scrolling brawler. Word is: "The update, which officially re-brands the game, constitutes a comprehensive revamp with new featured additions such as a dual weapon system, artificial intelligence tweaks for more challenging tactics by computer-controlled opponents, new animations, and a real-time rewards system that improves the awarding of items and experience."
Games By Design
has a tenth development update for A Valley Without Wind
, Arcen Games' upcoming side-scrolling survival game. The update describes new soft focus graphics, changes to overworld maps, NPC changes, and more. This is all illustrated by this new pre-alpha gameplay trailer
New CPU day:
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU on AnandTech, Benchmark Reviews, Bjorn3D.com, Guru3D, Hardware Canucks, Hardware Heaven, HotHardware, Legion Hardware, Legit Reviews, Neoseeker, Overclockers Club, PC Perspective, PureOC, The Tech Report, and TechwareLabs.
- Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
- ASUS K53 Laptop on PC Perspective.
- BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone on t-break.
- CoolerMaster Centurion 5 II PC Chassis Japanese Red Edition on OverclockersHQ.com.
- Dell Precision T1600 Workstation on AnandTech.
- GIGABYTE H67A-UD3H ATX Motherboard on OCIA.net.
- HIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB IceQ X Turbo Graphics Card on TweakTown.
- Icy Dock MB991IK-B HDD Mobile Rack on Hardware Bistro.
- InWin BUC ATX Computer Gaming Case on Modders-inc.
- Motorola Xoom on HotHardware.
- MSI GTX560-Ti OC SLI Graphics Card on Overclock3D.
- NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and AMD Tri-Fire Graphics Cards Redux on [H]ard-OCP.
- Plantronics Gamecom X-40 Xbox Headset on XSReviews.
- Quantum Force P67 Rattler Motherboard on Ninjalane.com.
- Razer Carcharias Headset on pcGameware.co.uk.
- Roccat Kone [+] Mouse on t-break.
- Thermal Compound Roundup on Hardware Secrets.
- Thermaltake Level 10 Full-Tower Case on eTeknix.com.
- Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161 Laptop on TechReviewSource.com.
- Triple Monitor Gaming- GeForce GTX 590 vs. Radeon HD 6990 Graphics Cards on TechSpot Reviews.
Hudson the wonder dog spent the night in the backyard again last night. This one is much more MrsBlue's fault, but Hudson is obviously complicit herself, which means she really did want to be out there, so I guess assigning blame is not really an issue here. If she really wants to do that more often I suppose I should start looking into a doghouse.