Archive for October 2009


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.

By Paul Younger | 29 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 29 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Borderlands Review [360]

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

‘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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Torchlight Launch Trailer

Runic Games has released a new trailer to celebrate the launch of Torchlight on PC.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

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.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Pirates Of The Burning Sea Free To US Army

Flying Lab Software is offering members of the US Army the chance to play the MMO, Pirates of the Burning Sea, for free.The offer, open to all branches of the United States military, waives the $19.99 USD purchase price of the game and includes six months of free play, which usually sets players back $14.95 USD per month.“The idea to do what we’re calling the Care Package initially came about as a result of some posts in our Pirates of the Burning Sea community forums,” said Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Tales Of Monkey Island Episode 4 Out On Friday

Telltale Games has announced the next episode in theTales of Monkey Island series is out this Friday.Episode four, titled The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, sees Guybrush double-crossed by pirate hunter Morgan LeFlay who returns him to Flotsam Island to face trial.However, confronted with an angry mob of poxed-up pirates and a wily prosecutor, Guybrush will have to work hard to prove his innocence.Be sure to check out our reviews of episodes one, two and three.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Left 4 Dead 360 Demo Released – PC Tomorrow

The pre-purchase demo for Left 4 Dead 2 on the PC has been slightly delayed.XBox 360 pre-purchasers have nothing to fear, the demo is now available and you can get stuck in.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

US League of Legends Released

Riot Games has today released its new strategy title League of Legends.Inspired by the hugely popular DOTA, the game is now available for purchase via www.leagueoflegends.com in North America and a collector’s pack is also available with a whole host of extras including  20 Champions, a selection of Runes and $10 USD worth of Riot Points. With the launch of the game, the pre-tournament season is now underway allowing players to get to grips with the game before the real tournaments start early next year.”I am excited to welcome all gamers to join us in League of Legends, which builds on the fast-paced, team based, player vs.

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

World of Warcraft Race Change Service Available

Blizzard has announced that the long-awaited Race Change Service is finally available to all World of Warcraft players who wish to change the race of their characters.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Age Of Conan Update 5.6 Live

Funcom has announced that Update 5.6, the latest content patch for its MMO, Age of Conan, is now on live servers.Update 5.6 introduces a number of new features including the high level instance ‘The Iron Tower‘, the seasonal event known as Nights of the Lost Souls, the long awaited Veteran System and more.Check out our previous coverage, which goes into detail on update 5.6 and beyond.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off