The Mass Effect Twitter Feed
has word that the free Resurgence Pack
DLC is now available for Mass Effect 3
, with the PC edition available through Origin
. The official website
for the action/RPG sequel has details on the pack and the previously released launch trailer.
THQ and Machinima today announce the launch of public beta testing of the Windows edition of Nexuiz
, Illfonic's upcoming CryENGINE 3 first-person shooter. Keys are being distributed through the Alienware Website
, and the PC edition is expected to launch on May 3rd for USD $9.99. "PC is the home of the arena shooter," said Kedhrin Gonzalez, creative director at Illfonic. "We've been working hard to make the PC version of Nexuiz the best we can, and add the features and support that the discerning PC audience expects. This beta will help us fine tune our online service, and we hope players will have a blast with it." The news includes an outline of enhancements in the PC version compared with the previously released console version:
- Dedicated server support and game browser
- Enhanced, CryENGINE 3 powered graphics with DX11 support
- Advanced custom controls, new HUD and a 15 percent increase to player speed for ultimate twitch-shooter experience -- and immersive feedback utilizing Alien FX by Alienware!
the launch of beta testing for Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes
, offering free-to-play online PvP teamplay set in the Warhammer universe:
Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes is advancing online PvP games by delivering instant, fast-paced and competitive three-sided 6v6v6 PvP arena gameplay – for free! As the latest entry in EA’s Play4Free portfolio, the game throws three teams into battle against each other, where players can choose from a wide range of unique heroes from the Warhammer universe on the fly. This cutthroat setup creates highly dynamic matches where teams constantly live on the edge of victory or defeat and alliances are quickly formed and just as quickly forgotten. With the instant playability of battles that last an intense 15 minutes, a small download size, and no cost to enter, Wrath of Heroes can scratch the competitive PvP itch for gamers of any type.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
is an upcoming action/RPG in development at American McGee's Spicy Horse described on American McGee's Website
as "a Japanese retelling of the Red Riding Hood story, turned on its ear." A Akaneiro: Demon Hunters placeholder website
and a Facebook Page
are online, but the most details on the game at this point can be found in an article on Kotaku
, where they say the game will be free-to-play on "PC, the web, and tablets," but Spicy Horse promises it won't be "naggy" or "spammy." They offer a look at the game's lore and setting, describing "a hand-painted world inspired by ancient demons and late Edo era Japan."
Paradox Interactive announces the release of Naval War: Arctic Circle
, the naval RTS game from Turbo Tape Games. They celebrate the news with this release trailer
, and here's the announcement:
Continue here to read the full story
Paradox Interactive and Turbo Tape Games give you the opportunity to decide the fate of the world in two scenario-driven campaigns – play as either the NATO forces pulled together to combat a rising threat or as the Russian Navy, hungrily pushing out of her Northern bases to secure badly needed resources. Meticulously researched ships, planes and submarines are at your disposal, along with their powerful weapons systems. Realistically modeled weather and radar systems further enhance your experience. Naval War: Arctic Circle challenges veteran wargamers to a fatal game of hide-and-seek, where the first one to be spotted could be the first one to go down.
has a follow-up to the news from PAX East
about plans to add a fifth playable class to Borderlands 2
via post-release DLC. This clarifies that this Mechromancer content will be a preorder bonus for the role-playing shooter sequel, and paid content for everyone else:
As a special thank you to our early supporters, the Mechromancer will be available as a free download to members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, which you can gain access to by pre-ordering Borderlands 2 from a participating retailer. The Mechromancer will also be available as premium downloadable content for those who aren't Premiere Club members at the same time. For more details on the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, please visit this thread and borderlands2.com/preorder.
The Diablo III Website
shows the way to a preview on the Barbarian class in Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. The preview
has some details and includes a trailer
showing off some barbarism. Continue here to read the full story
A new video developer diary
from Elemental: Fallen Enchantress takes a look at the magic in Stardock's upcoming turn-based strategy follow-up. The clip focuses on the game's magic, showing how mastery of the arcane arts is essential to success. Continue here to read the full story
Cyanide Studio announces Dungeonbowl
, an online game expected to launch for Windows PCs before the middle of this year using characters from Blood Bowl
, as it transports this fantasy game based on Warhammer
and American football to the inside of a dungeon. A preliminary Dungeonbowl Website
, and the game also has pages on Facebook
. We have some screenshots
, and the following announcement:
Dungeonbowl is the next exciting Blood Bowl experience, set in the fantasy American Football inspired game world already adapted as a video game by Cyanide. The key difference between Dungeonbowl and Blood Bowl as is rather obvious from the name, is that Dungeonbowl is played in a dangerous dungeon!
The wizards created the Dungeonbowl as they wanted to know which Magic College was the most powerful. The game introduces some subtle modifications to the standard Blood Bowl rules. A match is still played between two teams, but each side is composed of three races. For example, the roster of a Rainbow Wizards team contains Wood Elves, Halflings and Humans. The second difference is that the first team to score a touchdown wins the match. This task is made significantly more difficult by the fact that the ball is hidden in one of six treasure chests, five of which are booby-trapped with an explosive spell. Last, but by no means least, movement within the dungeon is both facilitated and complicated by teleporter pads. These allow players to magically zap from one position to another; a mishap, however, can lead to a player being zapped out of the match. As with Blood Bowl, the game is driven by dice and each player plays in turn.
Dungeonbowl continues Cyanide's successful collaboration with Games Workshop and their rich and varied Blood Bowl world. The gameplay should therefore delight existing Blood Bowl fans as well as offer a gateway to this zany parody of Warhammer®and American Football for fans of tactical sports gaming.
In spite of EA saying
the original "under-performed," a sequel to Bulletstorm
was in the works at People Can Fly before being cancelled by parent company Epic Games reports GameSpot
, who hear from Epic president Mike Capps on the topic. Mike indicates they have put the Polish developer on a different project they will "be announcing pretty soon," though there is no clue if this is the recently revealed
PC game Epic is planning. "We thought a lot about a sequel, and had done some initial development on it, but we found a project that we thought was a better fit for People Can Fly," he said. "We haven't announced that yet, but we will be announcing it pretty soon." He goes on to praise Bulletstorm and says he'd love to go back to the property, "but right now we don't have anything to talk about." Just to stir the pot a little, the story concludes with Capps' comment that sales of the PC version may have been harmed by piracy: "We made a PC version of Bulletstorm, and it didn't do very well on PC and I think a lot of that was due to piracy. It wasn't the best PC port ever, sure, but also piracy was a pretty big problem."
A S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tweet
points the way to a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 animation video
that shows some character animations from the upcoming shooter sequel. Subsequent tweets indicate this was created by a former employee
and that the game, which has faced rumors
of cancellation amid the possibility that developer GSC Game World may close
, still does not have a release date
. Thanks Eurogamer
A Resident Evil 6 Captivate Trailer 2012
has found its way online, offering cinematics from the upcoming continuation of the survival/horror series. The clip concludes displaying 20-11-2012 which morphs into 02-10-2012, suggesting we're looking at an October/November release (thanks VG247
). For more, it looks like there's a little viral marketing for the game happening on NoHopeLeft.com
NCsoft is now accepting pre-purchases of Guild Wars 2
, saying these will entitle customers to participate in weekend beta events and to get a three day head start in the MMORPG sequel when it launches. Pre-purchases are being accepted through the Guild Wars 2 Website
and the retailers listed on this page
. The occasion is also being promoted with this trailer
Lost Planet 3
is in development at Spark Unlimited for release next year, reports Siliconera
, where they have a leaked cinematic trailer from the third-person shooter sequel. The trailer does conclude with a 2013 date and the Spark logo, along with badges for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network, though no hints about a PC edition.
The Game of Thrones: The Game Website (the website)
now has a new section
with new details on how King's Landing is displayed in the upcoming role-playing game based on the fantasy property. This offers some details on this area, and we have some new King's Landing screenshots
- Legend of Grimrock on IGN.
Well, just as I start using my new extra-hot man-stove, the county where we reside has issued a "red flag" warning based on the possibility of wildfires due to the dry windy conditions in the area, where the drought condition has been upgraded to "severe." This does not actually prohibit grilling, but it does give pause. I wonder if I could actually spin this as a reason to move the grill on the deck to *prevent* a fire hazard? Probably not. Well, at least the forecast calls for the possibility of showers this week, so maybe that will help.
Rockstar Games tweets
about plans for a sample of their upcoming third-person shooter sequel, or lack thereof: "There are no plans for a demo of Max Payne 3." Thanks GameSpot
Alexander O'Dwyer's LinkedIn Profile
and a now deleted C.V.
each apparently offered an October release window for Grand Theft Auto V
. Whether this is accurate or not, it was quickly remedied, as the details for this Rockstar North character animator no longer mention the next installment in the open-world action series at all. Thanks Joystiq
has details on plans to add a fifth playable class to Borderlands 2
via post-release DLC. The class is called the Mechromancer, a play on its ability to control mechanized units. Word is this will be launched for free a couple of month's after the role-playing shooter debuts in September, though it's added that this is a "day one purchase incentive," so it may not be free for those who dally in buying the game.
now offers new NVIDIA GeForce beta version 301.24 drivers, adding new gaming features and promising a performance boost in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Here's a bit on what the new driver family introduces:
With the release of the GeForce 301.24 beta driver, a high-speed, shader-based anti-aliasing technique can be applied directly to hundreds of games through the NVIDIA Control Panel. Called NVIDIA FXAA, this technique is up to 60% faster than 4xMSAA, and can produce results equal to or better than the ageing anti-aliasing solution. Furthermore, FXAA is able to anti-alias increasingly-popular transparent textures, as shown in our Batman: Arkham City Graphics Breakdown and Performance Guide, making it the clear winner in many of today’s games.
Analyst outraged by outrage: "I am certain that the ‘fan outrage’ has not hurt sales, and perhaps has helped sales," says Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter
. "Unfortunately, appeasing the whiners here will only encourage fans to be even more vocal next time, so the lingering issue is that gamers will feel even more entitled and empowered than they have in the past, and will be even more demanding about changes to future games." Thanks Joao.
is a new entry on The Repopulation Website
with lore from this upcoming MMORPG. This includes this developer-narrated video
which uses pre-alpha footage to demonstrate various aspects of city and nation building, showing multiple players constructing buildings, showing off the nation GUI, discussing alliances and more. As was recently announced
, they are currently accepting Alpha Test signups
for the game. Continue here to read the full story
We had a great time over the weekend, getting to see loads of friends and family at two different gatherings. The new man-stove's debut was glorious, and its performance in the key areas I was hoping to improve upon from my old grill was outstanding: In terms of capacity, I was easily able to manage six hamburgers and eight chicken breasts all at once, and in terms of temperature, it handled being pushed to the 800 °F range to sear the burgers without a hitch. Just awesome.