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Thursday, Feb 16, 2012


Wasteland Sequel Kickstart Coming

An article on IGN has word that, inspired by Double Fine's success, Brian Fargo's inXile Entertainment is planning a Kickstarter campaign to launch a Wasteland sequel for PCs and possibly other platforms, though this may not actually called Wasteland 2. Here's a bit:

He doesn't know if it'd be straight up called Wasteland 2, but he repeatedly emphasized that, despite having thought about it for only 48 hours, it wouldn't be a crazy genre change up. Wasteland, whatever its called, will be "100% faithful to its roots." This means a Wasteland game that "would be focusing on top-down, probably isometric, party based, skill based -- where if you'd just finished playing Wasteland and moved onto this you'd feel comfortable."

Ships Ahoy - PC Alan Wake

The Alan Wake Website announces the PC edition if Alan Wake is now available on Steam, where the Collector's edition is available for the standard edition price, offering the soundtrack from Remedy's psychological thriller along with all its DLC, an offer that's good until a week from today (and is also available through Impulse Driven). Here's an overview of the game:

When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A Dark Presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love.

Presented in the style of a TV series, Alan Wake features the trademark Remedy storytelling and pulse-pounding action sequences. As players dive deeper and deeper into the mystery, they’ll face overwhelming odds, plot twists, and cliffhangers. It’s only by mastering the Fight With Light combat mechanic that they can stay one step ahead of the darkness that spreads across Bright Falls.

With the body of an action game and the mind of a psychological thriller, Alan Wake’s intense atmosphere, deep and multilayered story, and exceptionally tense combat sequences provide players with an entertaining and original gaming experience.

Men of War: Assault Squad GotY Demo

The Men of War Website now offers a new playable demo for Men of War: Assault Squad Game of the Year Edition, the deluxe version of the real-time strategy sequel that's now available on Steam. Word is the demo "features two skirmish missions from original game with all released updates together with two new levels from DLCs." The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

Modern Warfare 3 Free Weekend

Steam news has word that the promised free weekend for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now underway, accompanied by a sale for the military shooter sequel:

Kick off the weekend by playing Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time.

Additionally, pickup Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 this weekend only at 33% off the regular price! Sale ends Monday, February 20th at 10AM Pacific Time.

Dawn of War II: Retribution Patched

The Dawn of War II Website has word that a new version 3.19.1 patch is now live in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, Relic's real-time strategy sequel (thanks Gamer's Hell). The new version is available automatically through Steam, and while it goes unmentioned there, this forum post has these full patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

Max Payne 3 Trailer

Rockstar Games now offers a new official trailer #2 for Max Payne 3, the upcoming third-person shooter sequel. The clip is a cinematic look at the events leading up to the new installment in the series.

Guild Wars 2 PvP Details

ArenaNet Blog has an update from Mike Ferguson on World vs. World conflict in Guild Wars 2, or as George would put it: When world's collide (thanks Cutter). In this post, Mike goes into great detail on the large-scale PvP they have planned for their upcoming MMORPG sequel:

From the earliest days of development, we knew that we wanted to include some form of large-scale PvP combat in Guild Wars 2, but how would it work? We knew right away that we wanted three teams fighting against one another on a series of huge maps in the Mists (our world vs. world battleground) and that each team would be composed of an entire server full of players. Including three forces in world vs. world acts as an excellent balancing factor, preventing one team from growing too powerful and ruining the competitive balance of the game. Two teams can gang up to counter a more dominant third team, a dynamic that simply isn’t possible with only two opposing factions.

Pre-certified Catalyst Reference Drivers

AMD/ATI Support now offers a new version 12.2 pre-certified Catalyst reference drivers for AMD/ATI GPUs. These offer a number of changes and enhancements, along with the following explanation of what pre-certification represents: "The AMD Catalyst™ 12.2 Certified driver (It is the same driver as the Catalyst 12.2 Pre-Certified, but will be officially Microsoft® certified) will be posted in late February or very early March 2012."

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Into the Black

Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring

The 2K Games Blog unveils plans for Gods & Kings, a new expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V coming to the turn-based strategy sequel this spring.

It will come as no surprise to those of you who are familar with expansion packs for previous Civilization games that Gods & Kings will add more techs, units, buildings, Wonders, and playable Civilizations. But what about the big brand new game elements that will change the way you conquer the world? Let me lay it out for you:

Continue here to read the full story.

Jagged Alliance Online Open Beta

The Jagged Alliance Online Website announces that beta testing is now open to all for this upcoming browser-based online installment in the Jagged Alliance series of tactical strategy games. This forum post has details on what the test involves, and how to get started playing. This trailer has a walkthrough for the game, and here's a bit on changes from the closed beta:

The advent of open beta testing will also bring a number of new features to the game: Defeated opponents now drop loot that can be collected by the mercenaries during the mission. When a player aims at an explosive barrel or crate, the explosion radius will be shown, making it easier to judge to results of one’s actions. Aiming at an opponent will now show which direction he is most vulnerable from.

2012 BAFTA Nominees

The BAFTA Website has the list of the 2012 nominations for their prestigious Video Games Awards. The candidates for Best Game are Batman: Arkham City, FIFA 2012, L.A. Noire, Portal 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Here are a couple of other categories:


Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Artistic Achievement

Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
LitteBigPlanet 2
Raymans Origins
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Tactical Intervention This Spring

OGPlanet announces that Tactical Intervention will launch this spring to offer the latest in tactical first-person shooter gameplay from Minh "Gooseman" Le, co-creator of the original Counter-Strike modification. Here's word:

Torrance, Calif.-February 16, 2011- OGPlanet, an innovative provider of Free-to-Play, multiplayer, online games, announced today it will be publishing the new tactical, team-based, first-person shooter, Tactical Intervention, developed by FIX Korea, in spring 2012. Tactical Intervention marks the return of one of gaming's most legendary creators, Minh "Gooseman" Le. Le co-created the iconic and legendary first-person shooter (FPS), Counter-Strike, which is arguably the origin of the modern, military, tactical, team-based FPS genre.

"I'm excited to share my latest project with my fellow gamers," said Le, lead developer on Tactical Intervention. "As my latest tactical team-based shooter, Tactical Intervention builds off of what I tried to accomplish with Counter-Strike. I think players will be excited about the innovations we've implemented in the game, especially the vehicle missions and new team focus."

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It seems Linsanity has gripped the country, so you can only imagine how Linsane it is at this point in the New York area. It's to the point where my buddies have raised the concept of actually attending a Knicks game, a prospect we haven't entertained since the days of Ewing and Oakley. The kid is a turnover machine, but he also looks like a real player, and if it turns out he isn't, I hope you can forgive the hysteria from a basketball loving town that hasn't had the chance to root for a champion since Nixon was in office.

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