Archive for July 2009
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Preview
There’s something about flight simulators and consoles that doesn’t quite work. Despite the genre being focused primarily at the PC market, or even the Mac market, the simulator balance is never quite right. This doesn’t mean there aren’t good arcade flight games out there with simulator aspects, but it does mean those that are used to the anal micromanagement systems find it hard to find any depth in console “simulators”.
Trine PS3 Delayed
Frozenbyte has announced that the PS3 version of Trine has been delayed once more.The physics-based platformer was initially supposed to be released online simultaneously with the PC version, which launched at the beginning of the month, and has also hit store shelves.Since then, PS3 owners have been left waiting, and this week’s release window has again been missed.Writing on the official forums, “FB_Lauri” – presumably Frozenbyte’s CEO, Lauri Hyvärinen – stated “Trine isn’t coming to PSN this week, and this time it’s our fault as there was discovered yet another small bug which needed to be fixed.
FEAR 2 Getting Single-Player DLC
Monolith Studios is developing another DLC pack for FEAR 2: Project Origin, but this one will be single-player.The DLC, titled “Reborn,” will contain four all-new single-player levels that cast you as Replica soldier Foxtrot 813.In an interview with IGN, associate producer Lucas Myers stated each of the levels “are designed to offer approximately the same play-time as their retail counterparts,” which apparently puts the new campaign “at more than two hours on average.”Expect “more open and vertical spaces,” according to Myers, a new plot, and “new combat situations and combined enemy types.”Colour us an intrigued shade of blue.
Dawn of War II Patch 1.5 Tonight
The huge “There Is Only War” patch/update for Dawn of War II, taking the game to version 1.5, will be released tonight.The patch, which contains a staggering amount of balance changes and fixes, is set to improve and revitalise the RTS game’s multiplayer community.Expect to see observer and referee options, in addition to retuned multiplayer balance, and a staggering eight new multiplayer maps – plus the ability to create your own with the included map editor.The full release notes can be found here, while you can check out our review here.The patch should go live on 30 July, at “11:00 AM PST (19:00 GMT)” so that’s 20:00 BST.
New Dungeon Fighter Online Screens
To celebrate the news that the Beta test for Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Online is now up and running, a new batch of screenshots for the MMO action-adventure title have been released.
Blueside Working On New MMORPG
Developer Blueside has revealed it is working on a new MMORPG title with a working title of Project T.Better known for its work on the popular Kingdon Under Fire series, Blueside is planning to release its new MMORPG some time in 2010/2011.
Compound Bow Now Available In The Hunter
Emote Games has announced it will add a new weapon, the compound bow, to its online hunting game The Hunter.The new weapon will encourage hunters to be even more stealthy and the developer hopes it will add a new dimension to the game.
Cities XL Preview [PC]
I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a beta version of Cities XL and after our recent interview with the CEO of Monte Cristo, Jerome Gastaldi, I was really looking forward to this game.
Zeno Clash SDK Hits Internet
Ace Team has released the SDK for Zeno Clash.The kit will allow users to create their own levels and mods for the incredibly weird first-person beat ‘em up game, made using Valve’s Source engine.You can pick it up here, as noticed by Shacknews.
Champions Online Open Beta Details
Cryptic has announced that the open beta client for Champions Online will be available to download from 5 August.
New Features for PC Red Faction: Guerrilla
The PC version of Red Faction: Guerrilla will come with additional features but will not support DirectX 11.While speaking with PC Games Hardware, Matt Toschlog, president of Reactor Zero, confirmed the PC version will include new features.”The PC version supports everything that’s in the console versions, plus some extra graphical features such as Sun Shafts (God Rays) and Screen-Space Ambient Occlusion,” he said.Apart from the inclusion of a few new graphical features he assured gamers the PC game will play exactly like its console counterparts.”We added some graphical features that take advantage of the latest and greatest PC hardware.
Twilight MMO Announced
A new development studio has announced that it is developing an MMO based on the popular book and film series, Twilight.
Aion Doing Well On PC Sales Charts
Pre-orders for Aion: Tower of Eternity have bumped it to the top of the Steam sales charts.The forthcoming MMO’s collector’s edition has taken the top spot in terms of Steam sales by revenue, which maybe isn’t too surprising considering it only hit Steam a few days prior to the week these charts are taken from, and the fact that it costs £44.99 GBP.If you’re interested in Aion, or confused by all the fuss, then check out parts one and two of our own Bill Vaughan’s ongoing Aion preview.Aion doesn’t have such a strong showing on Direct2Drive, with the pre-orders coming in ninth, but enough preamble: on with the charts, courtesy of Shacknews.Steam Top Ten (by revenue) (19/7 – 25/7)Aion Collector’s Edition (Pre-Order)Left 4 DeadThe Secret of Monkey Island: Special EditionCounter-Strike: SourceARMA 2Tales of Monkey Island Complete PackDawn of Discovery (ANNO 1404)Street Fighter IVTeam Fortress 2Killing FloorDirect2Drive Top Ten (19/7 – 25/7)The Sims 3ARMA 2Dawn of Discovery (ANNO 1404)Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIThe Sims 3 (Mac)Civilization IV: The Complete EditionSupreme Commander GoldAion (Pre-Order)Fallout 3Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Although we were lucky enough to see Borderlands in action at this year’s E3 event, a hands-on session with the role-playing-shooter somehow evaded us.
Ubisoft Outlines Thoughts On Piracy
Ubisoft’s recent earnings call brought up mention of the impact of piracy, and the way the company plans to deal with it.According to Shacknews, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot outlined the impact of piracy on each platform, with PC and DS users being the worst offenders.Surprisingly, Ubisoft appears to be working on something that will prevent PC piracy, although there’s no word on whether it’s a new form of copy protection or something entirely different.
Land Of Magic Treasure Chest Event
NeoFun has announced that it is introducing a new Treasure Chest event into its MMO, Land of Magic.
Overlord 2 DLC Available
Codemasters has announced the release of the Battle Rock Nemesis DLC for Overlord 2.The DLC adds the Battle Rock arena to the Netherworld, granting you a series of combat challenges with more becoming available as the game progresses.Training rounds let you build up life force through murdering Nordberg hunters and gnomes, while other battles take on the form of boss fights, with the Satyr, the Empire’s Champion, and the Phoenix mentioned.
Modern Warfare 2 Killstreak Suggestions Welcome
Infinity Ward has opened up the floor to suggestions for new killstreak rewards in Modern Warfare 2.In a multiplayer trailer released earlier in the week, Infinity Ward showed off the new customisable killstreaks available in the sequel, focusing on the AC130 streak, which allows the player to take over as the gunner in an AC130 attack plane.Now, Modern Warfare fans can pass their suggestions onto the developer on its Twitter page.