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Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011

Ships Ahoy - Red Faction: Armageddon

The Red Faction Website has word that Red Faction: Armageddon is now available in North America, offering the latest installment in Volition's groundbreaking shooter series, now with 100% more Mr. Toots. There is a playable demo of the game for Windows and OS X, which is an OnLive exclusive.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer has a video demo from E3 of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where Bethesda's Todd Howard shows "really, really big chunk" of the 30 minute presentation of the upcoming RPG sequel being given behind closed doors at the show. The clip features the game's new graphics engine, the UI, a horse armor joke, and more.

New Via Digital Distribution


  • MX vs ATV Reflex on Impulse.
  • Pride of Nations on Impulse.
  • Pride of Nations on Steam.
  • Red Faction: Armageddon on Impulse.
  • Red Faction: Armageddon on Steam.


On Sale

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Dark Void Zero on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Cities in Motion on Direct2Drive. Save 30%.
  • Frozenbyte Collection on Steam. Save 85%.
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 on Steam. In-game TF2 items with Pre-purchase.
  • Wings of Prey on Steam. Save 75%.

    Still on sale (previously reported):
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Evening Previews

Into the Black

It was this week I was thinking of, right?

TrackMania 2: Canyon E3 Trailer

The TrackMania 2: Canyon E3 Trailer is composed of gameplay footage from Nadeo's upcoming racing sequel, showing some stunts familiar from the series along with new elements like detailed realistic environments and wheel-to-wheel racing. Here's the embedded clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine E3 Trailer

The Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine E3 Trailer is now available, promoting Relic's upcoming action/RPG set in the futuristic Warhammer 40,000 universe. No orks were harmed in the filming of this trailer. Below is the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

King Arthur II E3 Trailer

The E3 trailer is now available from King Arthur II, Neocore's upcoming sequel that the clip refers to as King Arthur II: The Role-playing Wargame, the first time we've seen the subtitle from the original game attached to the follow-up. The cinematic trailer shows large-scale warfare pitting huge groups of humans versus fantasy creatures, including more dragons than you can shake a stick at (which it not advisable, as dragons are very easily riled). Here's the embedded trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Trek E3 Trailer

The E3 trailer for Star Trek is now online, offering a look at pre-alpha gameplay from the recently announced co-op Star Trek game in the works at Digital Extremes (thanks VG247). The clip includes lots of action and plenty of orange explosions. The embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

ARMA 3 Trailer

A new ARMA 3 E3 teaser trailer shows off a bit of Bohemia Interactive Studios' upcoming military first-person shooter sequel. The clip is pretty brief, and doesn't offer any gameplay, but there is a big badaboom, and it is accompanied by these screenshots, which do appear to be in-game. Here's the accompanying description: "Arma 3 will provide players with a unique experience of sandbox-oriented combat gameplay set in the most detailed and vast environment of the series. Players will fight through a story-oriented campaign by taking control of a multitude of aircraft, vehicles and ships; shooting anything from pistols to sophisticated weaponry." The clip is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Dungeon Siege III Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Dungeon Siege III, providing the chance to check out this action/RPG sequel developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Here is what they have to say about this:
The Dungeon Siege III Demo is now available via Steam. Experience a small taste of Dungeon Siege III in single-player and 2-person local co-op play modes. (co-op requires two controllers)

Click Here to download and start playing. Must have Steam installed.

Pre-Purchase your copy of Dungeon Siege III today and be ready to play when it launches this month.

World of Warplanes Announced announces development of World of Warplanes, a free-to-play multiplayer game "based on military air dominance ranging from the 1930's through the 1950's." This is a standalone game from the developers of World of Tanks, and there's more in the announcement about World of Tanks than the new project, even the quote about World of Warplanes: "We are proud to be able to develop another high quality Free to Play game for the world's gaming community," said CEO Victor Kislyi. "World of Tanks has been extremely succesful [sic] and we look to bring the same high quality if not better to World of Warplanes."

Top Gun: Hard Lock Announced

Get ready to re-enter the (Archer voice) danger zone, as 505 Games announces Top Gun: Hard Lock, which will offer gamers another chance to strap in for all the dogfighting, towel-snapping action of the 1980s Tom Cruise movie. The game is expected in the spring for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and word is: "In development under license from Paramount Digital Entertainment, Top Gun: Hard Lock is aerial dog-fighting at jet speeds and tailgating MiGs at Mach 2, while offering a unique 'Hard lock' mode where players perform air combat maneuvers that deliver an explosively satisfying visual payoff that brings them right into the action. Featuring the legendary F-14 Tomcat fighter jet and a number of additional licensed planes and weapons, and more than enough enemy MIGs to turn into smoldering rubble, the game is carefully mixed with just enough nostalgic references to remain true to its action movie roots." And if you have the need... the need for screens, well, here are some screenshots from the game, and here is a trailer offering some gameplay. The trailer is also embedded here. Continue here to read the full story.

MicroVolts Launch on Thursday

Rock Hippo Productions announces that MicroVolts will launch on Thursday, though the free-to-play cartoony multiplayer third-person shooter is currently in open beta, which already allows access for all. The official launch will be followed on Saturday, June 18 with a free-for-all "Free The Hippo" tournament. "Our team has been working very hard to create a unique blend of action and strategy in the midst of a toy war, and the moment all fans have been waiting for is finally here," said Howard He, President and CEO of Rock Hippo Productions. "We're delighted to announce the release date for this one-of-a-kind title and invite newcomers and veterans of shooter games to check it out come Thursday."

Op Ed

Cliffski's Blog - Lets kill the cheap, and begging myth right now ok?
The implication is that the games are worth a dollar each (or less!). I get the idea that people try and make an offer that you’d be mad to turn down, and for a limited time, as a one-off way to grab some press that you can’t get any other way, maybe there is some merit to that, but increasingly it seems to be the case that people think that charging more than $5 for a game is ‘cheeky’ and that indie games should be $0-$5, and of course half of it goes to charity, but even if we get $0.01, we really thank you for your payment etc etc…

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

My new monitor arrived yesterday, Newegg did a good job of getting that here quickly, especially since I didn't upgrade to the cheapo shipping. I suffered a pang when I peeked at their new flyer this morning and saw this monitor is now on sale for close to $50.00 less than I paid. Oh well, it wasn't hugely expensive to start with (I'm pretty sure it was the least expensive monitor I've ever bought), and the joy of not having one of my monitors constantly flickering feels priceless.

Priceless Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Dibbles: For The Greater Good.
Armored Fighter.
Links: This Caller Is Incredibly Unhappy With Movie Theater's No-Texting Policy {NSFW}. Thanks nin.
The cost of being on American Idol.
Science: CERN traps antimatter for long enough to do serious science on it.
Two Ultraheavy Elements Added to Periodic Table. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Cool Guy of the Day.
Fox News uses Tina Fey photo for Sarah Palin report.
Media: The CW's Seinfeld.
Dog takes playing dead to a whole new level.
FPV RC Helicopter Crash.
The Funnies: xkcd- The Cloud. Thanks j.c.f.
Follow-up: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (beating a dead horse).
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