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Friday, Aug 09, 2013


Sword of the Stars: Ground Pounders Revealed

This trailer is a brief teaser for a game called Sword of the Stars: Ground Pounders, an extension of the SotS series which, as far as we know, has not actually been announced by Kerberos Productions (thanks Gamer's Hell). There's not much to go by in the trailer except indications that this is a sci-fi wargame using virtual cards, and word that it's "coming soon." According to the description, we should: "Stay tuned for info on PC/mobile demos and more about the game itself!" They also have a link to a preliminary website where you can sign up for alerts. Continue here to read the full story.

GRID 2 Getting Mod Support

The Codemasters Blog has the news that GRID 2 will officially incorporate modification support, which is a first for Codemasters. The post describes what they are calling "Mod Support V1.0," basic support for PC gamers that will be separated from the version of the game used for competition with other players. This is a previously unannounced inclusion in their upcoming Community Patch and they also include an update on that patch with the latest details, though an ETA is not yet offered. Here's word:

Previously, some of our game's files were protected against modification. This was intended as a defence against cheating, mostly during online play, but also when setting lap times or earning achievements. When the modification of a protected file has been detected the game would disable online access, achievements and would also prevent any saving from occurring.

However, we understand that many mods are made with absolutely no intent of inconveniencing other players. These guys want to play the game in their own way, but as it stood the game would not save their progress if they were to modify a protected file.

So we’ve decided to assist these players by adding some basic support to the game that allows modified data and when enabled the game will now save your progress. Please note that the save file is separate to the one used by the unmodified game and online play, leaderboards, achievements and RaceNet functionality will all be disabled to protect the integrity of the main game.

Gone Gold - Splinter Cell: Blacklist; System Specs Revealed

IGN has word that development is complete on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Ubisoft's now-gold stealth sequel is off to manufacturing for its August 20th release (thanks DSoGaming). Also, the Ubisoft forums now offer minimum and recommended system specs for the Windows edition:

One difference you may notice from here and what you'd see on steam is the min spec for Processor.
It's 2.13GHz, not 2.53GHz.

Otherwise... here you go:

OS:Windows® XP (SP3) / Windows Vista® (SP2) / Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8
Processor:2.13 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 or 2.80 GHz AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ or better
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:512 MB DirectX® 10–compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher
Hard Drive:25 GB HD space
Sound: DirectX 10–compliant DirectX 9.0c–compliant
Additional:Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

Processor:2.66 GHz Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8400 or 3.00 GHz AMD Phenom™ II X4 940 or better
Memory:4 GB RAM
Hard Drive:25 GB HD space
Sound: (5.1 surround sound recommended)
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Additional:Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

Strike Suit Zero for Linux and OS X

Born Ready Games is now offering OS X and Linux editions of Strike Suit Zero are now available on Steam, as both included with purchases of the Windows edition of the space action game. "Strike Suit Zero has seen great success on PC," says James Brooksby, Born Ready Games CEO. "It’s been great to see space combat fans getting back into the genre. Now we’re excited to bring that experience to both the Mac and Linux communities." To celebrate, the game is on sale for 50% off for the next week.

Total War: ARENA Access with Total War: ROME II Preorders

Creative Assembly announces that those who preorder Total War: ROME II will be entitled to future "privileged access" to Total War: ARENA, the upcoming free-to-play installment in the strategy series. Here's word:

Announced today, owners of Total War: ROME II will receive privileged access to Creative Assembly’s in-development F2P title Total War: ARENA when it becomes available.

Including advanced beta access, exclusive in-game Legion Armoury bonuses and approximately $15(USD) of in-game currency (terms and conditions apply, see for details), ROME II players automatically earn ‘Legion’ status and will be able to experience the massed battle MMO before the game opens up to all.

Total War: ARENA was revealed to be Creative Assembly’s first F2P title in production at this year’s GDC in San Francisco in March, during Lead Designer James Russell’s talk on strategy mechanic design.

Total War: ROME II is released on September 3rd.

Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Diary and Video

The Battlefield Blog kicks off a new series of articles called "The Road to Battlefield 4" with a first installment called "Dialing Up The Team Play" with an in-depth look at multiplayer support in Battlefield 4, DICE's upcoming military shooter sequel. On the topic, a new trailer from the game shows off the game with a French narration that's all Greek to us. Here's a bit from the diary for those who say they want a levolution:

Levolution is an overarching design concept incorporating a lot of features both big and small, that all affect gameplay in some way. You’ve probably already seen what it can do to skyscrapers but it also includes features like changing weather conditions that affects visibility, car alarms and metal detectors alerting players of enemy presence, or the ability to completely shroud a building in darkness and take out the enemies within using your IRNV scopes. Much more than just massive feats of destruction or pretty graphics, the exciting thing about Levolution is how it affects gameplay. From bringing down a skyscraper to securing a zone from enemy vehicles by raising bollards to block entry, Levolution will let you dynamically shape every game. And like so many other elements in Battlefield 4, Levolution also ties into the team play aspect of the game.

Continue here to read the full story.

Saints Row IV Video Diary

A new video developer diary #2 (NSFW) for Saints Row IV called "What Happens in Space..." discusses in detail the intricacies of the plot in the upcoming installment in the open-world action series. Just when you think they're drinking their own Kool-Aid, they break out the crazy and start anal probing aliens. Here's the official party line: "This week's exclusive 'behind the scenes' video will center on the story and the endless possibilities inside the game. Jim Boone, Senior Producer, Steve Jaros, Creative Director and Chris Claflin, Lighting Lead, from Volition and two actors Terry Crews (voice of Ben King) and Troy Baker (default player voice) share their thoughts on how the virtual world of Steelport allowed them to cross even more boundaries than before." The game is due in North America on August 20th and in Europe on August 23rd. Continue here to read the full story.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse Trailer

This new trailer shows off Apocalypse, the just-announced new DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. In the video, Treyarch game design director David Vonderhaar animatedly describes the gameplay in the four new multiplayer maps in the DLC as well as the new zombie scenario it will include. Continue here to read the full story.

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Free-to-Play FIFA World Announced

EA SPORTS announces FIFA World, a free downloadable association football/soccer game for Windows PCs, though this is only being announced for two territories at this time, Russia and Brazil, where it will be released in November. Here's word:

FIFA World will be available free* to soccer fans and gamers in Brazil and Russia with a broadband internet connection and an average spec laptop computer or desktop personal computer. The new game will be built around FIFA Ultimate Team, the most popular game mode within EA SPORTS FIFA that reflects the best recent real-world performances of the world’s best players. In Ultimate Team, fans have the freedom to build their own unique squads to play their own style of soccer, re-shaping their teams based on the real-world performances of their favorite players.

J.U.L.I.A. Crowdfunding Retrospective

An article on the J.U.L.I.A. website is part one of a retrospective from CBE Software called "Surviving IndieGoGo," chronicling their experiences as indies "in the chaotic crowdfunding world." You may recall they publically dumped their publisher before going the crowdfunding route for their upcoming J.U.L.I.A. Enhanced Edition. The tale of their success is interesting, and may provide help for other developers, as word is: "I don’t think of myself as a “crowdfunding expert”. But as one indie who has gone through a very difficult process successfully and considering the kindness that was given to me; I can only hope that my experiences and lessons learned might be helpful to those out there hoping that crowdfunding can make their creative dreams come true."

Aaru's Awakening Trailer

A new Domain of Day trailer from Aaru's Awakening offers a look at this upcoming platformer from indie developer Lumenox. The game will include four domains, and the clip takes a look at how the "Day" mode works (the other three are Dawn, Dusk, and Night). The game is due this fall, and a playable demo was released earlier this summer. Continue here to read the full story.

$1MM Saints Row IV Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition

True to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the Saints Row series, Volition announces the Saints Row IV Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition, a one-off version of the upcoming Saints Row game with a one million dollar price tag. Here's word on the contents if you decide to whip out the black card for this:

Deep Silver today unveils a very special edition of Saints Row IV. The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition aka The Million Dollar Pack will contain a selection of very Presidential items and activities for the ultimate Saints Row experience.

One Saints Row fan will be able to purchase this limited edition package which contains:

  • Saints Row IV : Commander in Chief Edition
  • A full sized replica Dubstep Gun
  • A full day of spy training
  • A trip to space with Virgin Galactic
  • One year’s membership of E25 Super Car Club and a Lamborghini Gallardo to make it worthwhile
  • Plastic Surgery of the purchaser’s choice
  • A shopping spree with a personal shopper to create the ultimate Planet Saints capsule wardrobe
  • 7 nights for two at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington
  • Hostage rescue experience
  • A brand new Toyota Prius and insurance to give something back to the environment
  • 7 nights stay in the Top Royal Suite at the Burj-al-arab with flights for two

The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition is available for pre-order through Game now, and will be delivered to the purchaser in a truly Presidential style.

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Out of the Blue

Ugh, another downside of using a smartphone as an alarm clock: A dead battery means no alarm. This actually struck me this morning after hitting snooze, so I came this close to avoiding being tripped up by this.

Trippy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Mechanical Soldier.
Yummy Panda.
Stories: LEGO Announces Simpsons Line, LEGO Fans Go Insane. Insane-r.
Face of a burglar who got on the wrong side of a 72-year-old former boxer. Thanks Flying Penguin.
Media: Biggest bicycle jump into a lake. Thanks reddit.
Not who you might expect to see behind the wheel.

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