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Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011


BF3 Free Physical Warfare Pack

The Battlefield Blog announces the free release of the Physical Warfare Pack for owners of the PC and Xbox 360 editions of Battlefield 3. Here's a trailer from the pack for the military shooter sequel, and here's word:

Today, you can access the Physical Warfare Pack for Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 and PC (PlayStation 3 players received this previously). As promised earlier, this pack is now available at no extra charge for all players.

Physical Warfare Pack grants you instant access to the powerful DAO-12 shotgun, if you haven’t unlocked it already. It also features custom flechette ammo for the DAO-12, a flash suppressor for the SKS sniper rifle, plus the Type 88 Light Machine Gun.

This pack was previously only available as an exclusive pre-order item. Now we are making this available to all Battlefield 3 players at no extra charge.

On Xbox 360, you can find Physical Warfare Pack at no extra charge in the in-game store. On PC, the content should be automatically available in play and visible in Battlelog.

Now go grab your new hardware and take them to the battlefield!

Skyrim LAA Patch

A new patch is now automatically available on Steam for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, updating the RPG sequel to version Word is this adds native support for Large Address Aware memory, and according to the Bethesda Blog it adds a bug-fix, as well:

  • Support for 4-Gigabyte Tuning (Large Address Aware)
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line

Free Dungeon Defenders DLC

Trendy Entertainment announces the release of Dungeon Defenders - Etherian Holiday Extravaganza on Steam, new free DLC for their action/RPG, and that the game itself is now on sale for 50% off. This trailer shows off the DLC, and here's word on what it offers:

  • 4 brand-new, holiday-themed character skins for the Apprentice, Monk, Squire and Huntress
  • 4 all-new, holiday-themed weapons for the Apprentice, Monk, Squire and Huntress
  • A new Holiday mission where you must deliver Christmas presents to random locations and defend them, ending in an epic boss fight with the evil Mega Snowman!
  • Dungeon Defenders will also be on sale for a whopping 50% off from today all the way through Monday, January 2!

NPD Reports Down Quarter

GameSpot has word from NPD on their tally of U.S. game sales for the third quarter of this year, saying the $4.2 spent on games in the quarter is down 11% year-on-year. According to their summary: "New sales of physical games totaled $1.3 billion for the quarter, with nontraditional gaming sources like used games, downloadable add-ons, subscriptions, and social game revenues combined to reach an estimated $1.64 billion. The remaining amount was accounted for by hardware and accessory sales."

Saints Row: The Third DLC

Steam News announces the availability of a new Warrior Pack for Saints Row: The Third. Here's word on the third DLC pack for the open world action sequel:

The Warrior Pack adds four combat-ready outfits to your wardrobe. Antiques never go out of style with the Knight of Steelport Armor, or go for something a little more revealing with the Warrior Princess outfit. Bring out your inner samurai with the Kabuki Warrior Outfit or choose the Intergalactic Warrior Outfit for an out of this world look.

Humble Bundle #4 Adds Humble Bundle #3

The Humble Indie Bundle Website now has news that those who pay more than the average price for the fourth bundle (currently $5.15) will receive all the games in the third bundle as well. Bundle #3 includes Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. Thanks Halo.

Indie Royale Adds Elfsquad7

The Xmas Bundle on Indie Royale now includes the world premiere Elfsquad7, as Stardock's Christmas-themed game is now included for previous and future buyers of the current Bundle. Word is: "Indie Royale is the only place that you can play Elfsquad7 on Windows PC this holiday season. The fun, seasonally themed title (also currently available on Xbox Live Indie Games for Xbox 360) allows players to go solo or team up with family and friends for two-player local co-op, as you wrap toys, stuff Santa's sack, demolish freakish un-toys and battle Kevin - the haywire toy-building robot of the North."

Australia Syndicate Classification Refusal Explained

GamePron follows up on reports that the upcoming Syndicate shooter is Refused Classification for sale in Australia, offering the classification board's reason for not allowing the game's sale:

In order to complete the missions, a player has to engage in intense combat with swarms of enemy combatants who are clad in light armour. A variety of weapons is available and these often cause decapitation, dismemberment and gibbing during frenetic gunfights. For example, an intense sequence of violence commences when a player collects a “G290 minigun”, which operates much like a Gatling gun. A player moves through a building rapidly firing at enemy combatants. Combatants take locational damage and can be explicitly dismembered, decapitated or bisected by the force of the gunfire. The depictions are accompanied by copious bloodspray and injuries are shown realistically and with detail. Flesh and bone are often exposed while arterial sprays of blood continue to spurt from wounds at regular intervals.

DCS Patches

The DCS Patches Page now offers new patches to update DCS: Black Shark 2 and DCS: A-10C to version Here are the full patch notes, and here's brief word on the new version of the combat flight simulations:

  • Bug fixes
  • User requested features
  • Options to improve fps
  • In parallel with these updates, improvements have been made to the master multiplayer server to improve stability.

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Link of the Day: Kim Jong-Il looking at things. Thanks Ant.

Two Batman Arkham City DLC; Free Skin

WBIE announces the release of two new DLC packs for Batman Arkham City, as well as a free Batman skin for Rocksteady's superhero stealth/action sequel:

The Arkham Bundle brings together the Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack and the Arkham City Skins Pack for 1,200 Microsoft Points, or $14.99 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace.

Also available for download today is the Challenge Map Pack, which includes The Joker’s Carnival Challenge Map, Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, and a brand new invisible predator challenge map, The Batcave. The Challenge Map Pack is available for 240 Microsoft Points, or $2.99 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace.

Fans of the game will be treated to the new Batman Inc. Batsuit Skin at no cost. This skin can be worn in the story campaign upon completion of the main story and in the challenge maps.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Launches

The official website for Star Wars: The Old Republic announces the launch of BioWare's Star Wars MMORPG is underway as planned. The site also offers a launch documentary called Your Saga Begins to mark the occasion. Here's word from the announcement:

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story-driven, massively multiplayer online (MMO) game from BioWare and LucasArts, breaking new ground in online gaming by delivering high quality, fully voiced storylines with personal choice and consequences. Set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies, players will be immersed as they team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets and experiencing visceral Star Wars combat. Players will be asked to join forces with either the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire and choose one of eight iconic Star Wars characters, including the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, Trooper, Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent. Set against a sweeping musical score, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the most emotionally engaging online gaming experience ever.

Company of Heroes 2?

The rumors section in the new PC Gamer magazine says that THQ's Relic studio is working on a new Company of Heroes-related project, in addition to work on another Dawn of War game. This unconfirmed report offers no details on the nature of this continuation of the World War II real-time strategy series. Thanks Kotaku.

Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I Announced

Indie Turkish developer Vivec Entertainment announces Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I, a first-person survival/horror adventure game in the works for Windows and OS X for release by next Halloween, to kick off a planned trilogy. The game is currently available for preorder at a 20% discount, and they offer a teaser trailer to set the spooky stage for the game. Here's portion of the announcement:

12/20/2011 - Vivec Entertainment announce the release of their first game, Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I - a first person-survival horror game that immerses the player in a story rich in riddles, enigmas and terrifying horrors. In the first trailer, The Room, we are witnesses to the confusion and horror faced by a man as he records his final moments on tape.

“Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I” is the first in a planned trilogy. In the vein of traditional adventure games, players will need to solve puzzles, search for clues, and uncover the mysteries while hiding from various manifestations of ghosts.

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Tanks Patched announces the launch of the promised version 7.0 update for World of Tanks, saying the ensuing version 7.1 update for the MMOTPS is already in the works. Here's a bit:

World of Tanks' most anticipated update includes numerous camouflages visible to all players. Tankers will be able to ride their roaring monsters across new maps - Fjords and Swamp. In addition to the scenery of the new battle arenas, updated special effects including salvos and explosions will add realism to the gameplay.

Tank Company mode has also been improved to fit players' requirements and abilities. Tankmen can now choose the division of battles with different tier caps: Junior (tier 4), Medium (tier 6), Champion (tier 8), and Absolute (tier 10).

The company also announced the upcoming release of Update 7.1 featuring the French tech tree. 18 new vehicles will introduce the first three branches of the French nation; light, medium, and heavy steel chariots will enrich the combat and bring all-new tactics into the game. These will later be followed by SPGs and tank destroyers.

Syndicate Refused Classification in Australia

Though it seems Australia will soon be getting their long-awaited R18+ rating for adult games, this apparently will not arrive in time for Syndicate, as GamePron has word that the upcoming first-person shooter reboot has been refused classification for sale down under. In effect, this means the game will not be legal to sell, distribute, or display in the region. It is not clear at this time what game content caused this decision.

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