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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

March On Oz Announced

The March On Oz Website is now online to show off this new project from City State Entertainment, the developer founded last year by former Mythic standby Mark Jacobs. This is an RTS game set in L. Frank Baum's fantasy world, as shown in this trailer. Here's word on plans to bring the Unity-engine game to PCs by the end of the year:
March On Oz™ is a RTS-style Road Defense™ game. Currently with over 50 levels (with 2 difficulty settings), mini-games, full musical score and sound effects, and with over 50 3D models and effects, it is a “AAA” game in all but the price tag. Initially released for the iPad 2 & 3, the game will move to PC, Android and other platforms later in the year, based on demand. Updates, add-ons and other DLC will also be made available through our distribution platforms.

Crysis 2 Steam Crisis Ends

Steam News announces the availability of Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition. a return of Crysis 2 to Steam after the game was removed from the service almost a year ago. Kotaku has word that Crytek brought the game in-line with Valve's terms of service: ""Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game in compliance with Steam's terms of service," an EA spokesperson told them. Here's word on the new edition:
Already own Crysis 2 on Steam? As an existing Crysis 2 customer you can upgrade to the Maximum Edition for 50% off the purchase price! Offer ends June 12 at 10am Pacific Time.

Aliens are decimating New York City, only you have the technology to survive. Adapt in real time using the unique Nanosuit 2 Stealth, Armor and Power abilities, then tackle the alien menace in ways a regular soldier could only dream of. Crysis 2 redefines the visual benchmark for PC platforms in the urban jungle of NYC. Be The Weapon.

Strategic War in Europe Trailer

This new trailer offers a look at gameplay in Strategic War in Europe from the German side. This is a turn-based strategy game, so of course this is not Michael Bay material.

On Sale

Because We May Indie Sale: "our games will be deeply discounted to celebrate online stores that give us control over pricing."

CD Projekt RED's RPG Tease

CD Projekt RED sends along this image to tease the new RPG they plan on unveiling at their summer conference tomorrow (no it's not actually summer yet). They offer this invitation: "Join us tomorrow for the live stream on at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm GMT." Here's word on plans to unveil this fully: "Hey folks... lots of speculation about what CD Projekt RED and will talk about tomorrow during their Summer Conference. One thing's for sure... there will be an announcement about the new AAA RPG in development at the studio."

Far Cry 3 E3 Teaser

Saying simply: "Step into insanity this E3 as Far Cry 3 takes you into the depths of your psyche in this lawless and disturbed jungle island," Ubisoft has released their E3 teaser trailer for Far Cry 3, paving the way for showing off the shooter sequel at E3, which officially begins a week from today. Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III Patch

A new patch is now being applied to Diablo III, to update Blizzard's action/RPG sequel to version with some fixes with the update Blizzard promised before they begin implementing balance changes. The game may remain offline for another hour or more as part of the patching process. Here are the oddly organized patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

Mass Effect 3 Patch Today

The BioWare Social Network offers details on a new version 1.03 patch for Mass Effect 3 that's to go live today for the PC edition of BioWare's action/RPG sequel (thanks Shacknews). They say the console versions of the game should be patched on Thursday. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

Divinity: Original Sin Announced

Larian Studios announces Divinity: Original Sin, a top-down RPG in the works for release next year for Windows and OS X that will serve as a prequel to their Divinity series which began with Divine Divinity and followed with Beyond Divinity and Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga. There's already a first-hand preview of the game on RPGWatch, there's a trailer with a look at the game on the official website, and here's word from the announcement:
Larian Studios, the independent games developer from Belgium best known for the critically acclaimed "Divine Divinity" and "Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga" role-playing games, has unveiled "Divinity: Original Sin," a game that offers pretty much everything you could ever want in a role-playing game, set for release on PC and Mac in 2013.

"Divinity: Original Sin" is the next game in the Divinity universe, and tells the tale of two unlikely heroes - a condemned warrior released from his chains and a mystic heroine restored to life.

Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Details

ArenaNet announces details on the next weekend beta event for Guild Wars 2, saying this round of testing for the MMORPG sequel will kick off on Friday, June 8th. This blog update has all the details, and here's an overview: :
NCsoft and ArenaNet, the developers of Guild Wars 2, are thrilled to announce the second public Beta Weekend Event for Guild Wars 2. From 21:00 CEST (20:00 BST) Friday 8th June, until 08:59 CEST (07:59 BST) Monday 11th June, hundreds of thousands of fans who have pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 will have another chance to explore the world of Tyria.

ArenaNet’s Lead Producer, Chris Whiteside, provides further information on the ArenaNet blog, including that “existing characters have not been deleted, and you will be able to continue right where you left off!”.

Zenimax TMs "Hearth Fire"

Fusible notes that ZeniMax Media has added "Hearth Fire" to the list of terms they are trademarking for future game projects. Like their recent filings for "Dragonborn" and "Fus Ro Dah," this seems related to The Elder Scrolls series, as it refers to a skill book in Skyrim. Thanks Strategy Informer.

Renaissance Heroes Closed Beta Tomorrow

The Renaissance Heroes Website is accepting applications for the North American closed beta testing of this multiplayer first-person shooter, saying testing will commence tomorrow. Here's the deal: "Select beta participants will be the first to experience arena-styled competitive multiplayer action in several popular game modes across a variety of elaborate Renaissance environments. Players can choose to participate in large scale skirmishes with up to 12 players, or test their prowess in the one versus one duels on maps specially designed for this unique mode. In addition, closed beta will offer a preview of four playable heroes, each showcasing unique abilities and skills that reflect each character's motivation for joining the battle."

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Arctic Freezer Xtreme Rev 2 Heatsink on
  • ASRock Z77E-ITX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets.
  • ASUS Sabertooth X79 Mainboard on Technic3D. In German.
  • Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Case on
  • CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
  • EK Water Blocks EK-FC7950[EN] Full Cover GPU Water Block on TweakTown.
  • EPSON WorkForce Pro WP-4540 All-in-One Printer on Test Freaks.
  • GALAXY GeForce GTX 680 GC SLI - GALAXY GeForce GTX 680 GC SLI Video Cards on HARDOCP.
  • Hazro HZ30Wie Monitor on pcGameware.
  • HIS Radeon HD 7850 iCooler 2GB Graphics Card on Nikk Tech.
  • HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo Graphics Card on PureOC.
  • Huntkey X-MAN 90 W PSU on techPowerUp.
  • Icron USB Ranger 2211 Range Extender on Benchmark Reviews.
  • MSI GTX680 Twin Frozr 3 OC Graphics Cards on Overclock3D.
  • MSI Z77A-GD80 Motherboard on t-break.
  • PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ 2 GB Graphics Card on techPowerUp.
  • Samsung Green DDR3 8GB 1600MHz 30nm RAM on Vortez.
  • Samsung SyncMaster S27B750 Monitor on t-break.
  • Samsung UN46ES6500F Monitor on Tech Review Source.
  • Sitecom N750 X6 WLR-6000 Wireless Gigabit Router on Mad Shrimps.
  • Thermaltake Dr. Power II PSU Tester on RBMODS.
  • Thermaltake Frio Extreme Cooler on TechwareLabs.
  • VisionTek Racer 120GB SSD on Neoseeker.
  • Xigmatek Praeton CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.

Out of the Blue

Okay, it caught us a little off guard, but summer has reared its head in these parts, and it's expected to reach 90 today. I'm not ready for this... I think I'll tell my broker that if it reaches 92 he should sell (hard to believe there's a joke that old that I've never used here before!).

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