Archive for October 2009
Warhammer Online Free Trial Extended
Mythic’s latest newsletter has alerted fans to an upcoming change in Warhammer Online’s free trial period.
Direct 2 Drive Halloween Deal
Digital distributor Direct 2 Drive has announced a special Halloween deal on horror titles.
New Metro 2033 Shots
THQ and developer 4A Games sent over new shots for Metro 2033, the recently announced shooter for the PC and 360.Based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the game is set in post-apocalyptic Moscow following a catastrophic event in 2013 which annihilated almost all of humanity.
New Just Cause 2 Trailer & Shots
A new set of screens and a new trailer for Eidos and Avalanche Studios’ Just Cause 2 have been released.The trailer, entitled ‘No Ordinary Mission’, demonstrates how diverse and action-packed the missions will be in the game.
IncGamers PodCast 30/10/09
The IncGamers team discuss all the hot topics in this week’s podcast including the Modern Warfare 2 leaked video, Amazon pulling MW2 reviews, MW2 third person mode, news on the Splinter Cell Conviction sequel, Molyneux’s picks for most revolutionary games in the past 20 years, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more.
MMO News Wrap-Up
All the MMO news from the last week, in one place.
SWTOR: Jedi Knight Unveiled
We all knew it was coming, but today finally saw the unveiling of the Jedi Knight class in BioWare’s upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.Jedi are, first and foremost, protectors of the galaxy.
MMO News Wrap-Up
Halloween is well and truly upon us, as almost any MMO gamer will know this week.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40% Off On Steam
The first Modern Warfare game is 40% off on Steam.That’s the fourth Call of Duty game and not the sixth one, I’m afraid, but £17.99 GBP for a game of Modern Warfare’s quality isn’t bad at all.Modern Warfare was Infinity Ward’s baby the revitalised the slightly stagnant Call of Duty franchise by catapulting it into the modern day and adding in all sorts of fantastic setpieces, cinematic action, and a multiplayer segment that is absolutely brilliant.£17.99 is pretty good for Modern Warfare, considering it tends to retail at regular price even now, despite it being two years old in a week.
Lobby Group Calls For Modern Warfare 2 Ban Down Under
An Australian children’s lobby group has called for the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) to reverse its decision to award Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 an MA 15+ rating.
Champions Online: New Features On The Way
Champions Online developers have put heir heads together to update players on a number of upcoming features in the game, and to remind them on what’s on offer in-game right now, in the latest State of the Game report.Executive producer Bill Roper attempts to put out some of the fires that have sprung up in the community recently, regarding costume pieces.
Football Manager 2010 Review [PC]
Confession time: I’ve been somewhat estranged from the Sports Interactive series of management titles.
LOTRO: New Scuttledells Screens
Turbine has released five new screenshots of a new area in the upcoming expansion for Lord of the Rings Online.The images are of an area called Scuttledells in Mirkwood.
Champions Online: Levels 1-20 Review
Check out our Champions Online: Levels 1-20 review.
Aion: Last Chance To Get Collector’s Edition
Players of NCsoft’s Aion have a last chance to upgrade their account to a Collector’s Edition, thanks to a 48 hour offer open until tomorrow.The original offer ended early due to an internal error, but starting from 00:01 PDT today until 23:59 PDT tomorrow, Friday 30 October, players can once again upgrade their accounts and claim the exclusive items that come with it.The upgrade costs £10.00 GBP or $10.00 USD and includes the following:Black Cloud Wings (gives 40 seconds of additional flight time)Black Cloud Earring (gives an HP and an MP boost)Special character title (Settler of Aion) with stat boostRich purple dye to tint 10 in-game items Two character emotesVisit the NCsoft store to take advantage of this offer.
WAR Client Mac Client Launches
Eureopean players can now obtain the full Mac client for Mythic’s MMO, Warhammer Online.The client is available to download from the official Warhammer Online site.
Champions Online: Levels 1-20 Review [PC]
MMOs have been around long enough now for everyone to have figured out what’s important to us gamers in this genre.
Bioshock 2 Multiplayer Trailer
2K Games has released a new trailer for Bioshock 2.The video focuses on the Capture the Sister mode in the multiplayer game in which two teams compete to capture Little Sisters, with points earned for depositing them in the Little Sister vents.Team play looks to be crucial in Capture the Sister as once you have picked one up, you cannot shoot, leaving only one hand free for using plasmids. Your teammates will need to have your back and help to clear a way to the vents before the enemy, or a Big Daddy, intervenes.We got the chance to take a look at the multiplayer game at E3 this year, find out what we thought here.
Rockstar Teases Next GTA?
Rockstar may be teasing the next GTA game in the manual to Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City.Eagle-eyed fans over on GTAForums.com spotted an advert in the manual which depicts the artwork from the GTAIV boxes arranged into a broken heart, with the text “Liberty City, It’s Over!”Below this are the words “Next stop” – and then the page is torn.
Activision Confirms Modern Warfare 2 Terrorist Video
Activision has confirmed that the controversial Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video which hit the net yesterday is genuine.
Left 4 Dead 2 PC Demo Released
Valve has finally unleashed the PC demo for the zombie shooter sequel.Following a slight delay, much to the disappointment of PC Left 4 Dead fans, the PC demo has now been released by Valve.
Borderlands Review 
Borderlands has a lot to live up to. Earlier this year, Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford told us that if you like Fallout 3 “you should absolutely get Borderlands”. Many hours of gameplay – and a gazillion weapons – later, it’s safe to say that there are elements of truth in his statement. But only elements.
Runes Of Magic Patch 2.1.2 Live, New Screens
Frogster’s free to play MMO, Runes of Magic, was updated with yet another patch today which introduces a new zone, new skills and the Halloween Pumpkin Festival.With patch 2.1.2 – Storming of the Acropolis, players can now access the huge Naga Acropolis in the unlocked area, Aotulia Volcano.
Champions Online Blood Moon Trailer
Champions Online developers, including executive producer Bill Roper, talk about the new in-game event, Blood Moon, in a new trailer.
Champions Online: Blood Moon Screenshots
The in-game event, Blood Moon, launched yesterday and, to celebrate, Cryptic Studios has released a series of screenshots of the spooky goings on.Players will battle against the armies of the Arch Lich Takofanes as he mounts an assault on the Champions Universe.
‘Leaked’ Modern Warfare 2 Vid Shows Terrorist Atrocity
A leaked video, reportedly from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in which the player massacres unarmed civilians has appeared on the net.
Torchlight Launch Trailer
Runic Games has released a new trailer to celebrate the launch of Torchlight on PC.
Harry Redknapp Signs On As Mentor For Football Manager 2010
Sega has revealed UK football manager Harry Redknapp will personally advise one lucky Football Manager 2010 fan.
AvP Dev Ducks Dedicated Servers Question
Aliens vs Predator developer Rebellion studiously avoided questions on whether or not the forthcoming horror-shooter will have dedicated servers for its multiplayer.CVG, speaking to Rebellion’s assistant producer Eric Miller and senior producer David Brickley, asked “Are you guys going to have those dedicated servers the community so clearly expects?”I imagine there was silence, for a time.
Obsidian Talks Sexy Time In Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol developer Obsidian Entertainment has revealed why it chose to include sex scenes in the upcoming espionage RPG.“I don’t see sex in games as an achievement to be earned, but as an experience, and I think Alpha Protocol delivers it as an experience first,” Obsidian’s Chris Avellone told VG247.“There’s a lot of emotional depth in Alpha Protocol from bonding over mutual respect, friendship, questioning traditional loyalty (at points, quite extreme), and even what I would call “no-mances,” which are devoid of romantic feeling entirely but provide a nice character arc for the player and the target, regardless.”He goes on to criticize developers which add sexual content for shock value only.“I think the focus on sex solely as sex (or more specifically, the taboo it has) is pretty ridiculous.”Elsewhere in the interview, Avellone explains why the traditional black/white morality system in RPG games does not apply to Alpha Protocol.“In Alpha Protocol, however, rather than you being marked as good or evil (which is a weak classification for the spy genre, in my opnion), individual people’s perceptions of you change,” he said.“We do allow the player to offer motivations and commentary on their own actions in the game (which may not mesh at all with their motivations at the end-game, with great results), but NPCs react to the player based on the NPC’s own morality judgments, not the player’s – or ours as game designers.”Alpha Protocol is due for release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Spring 2010.