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Archive for October 2009


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

Sins Of A Solar Empire GOTY Edition Out This Week

Stardock has revealed a Sins of a Solar Empire Game of the Year edition will be released on Friday.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Bill Roper On Champions Online Launch

Champions Online has been out for almost two months now. Things are starting to settle down, changes have been made to key aspects of the game and players are finding their feet, but how does Cryptic Studios’ design director, Bill Roper, feel the launch went?

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Bill Roper On Champions Online Launch

Champions Online has been out for almost two months now. Things are starting to settle down, changes have been made to key aspects of the game and players are finding their feet, but how does Cryptic Studios’ design director, Bill Roper, feel the launch went?

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Champions Online: Blood Moon Launches, Free Retcon

The Champions Online in-game event, Blood Moon, kicked off today, opening up new quests, items and an all-new powerset – Celestial.Players logging on today will discover dark skies and a sinister red moon looming overhead.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Race On Preview [PC]

Andy Alderson heads to the track to try out SimBin’s latest, Race On.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Race On Preview [PC]

While the console gaming world may be focusing its attention on the Forza vs Gran Turismo 5 debate – which, by the way, is completely academic until they are both actually released – PC gamers are due another hardcore racing sim next month in the form of Race On.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Star Trek Online: Latest Batch Of Screens

Cryptic Studios has released another batch of screenshots of its upcoming MMO, Star Trek Online.These shots feature space battles as well as ground combat, there’s even a borg or two, and isn’t that a Cardassian?Check them out below, and drop by our Star Trek Online gallery for many more.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Assassin’s Creed 2: Lineage Episode 1 Goes Live

The first episode of Assassin’s Creed 2: Lineage has debuted on YouTube.The Lineage series tells of events that happen before the beginning of Assassin’s Creed 2, setting the stage for the game, and focusing on game protagonist Ezio’s father, Giovanni Auditore.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Fort Zombie Breaking Free On Halloween

Kerberos Studios has announced that Fort Zombie will be breaking loose for Halloween.The title, billed as a “lite action/RPG” title, asks players to scour a deserted town, find survivors, secure weapons, food, and fuel, and build up your defenses in one of the town’s buildings in preparation for the final zombie assault.Sounds alright, but we’ll see how well it does when it launches on 30 October – this Friday – at the RRP of $9.99 USD/€9.99 EUR, on all major digital distribution networks.You can check out the latest trailer below and see whether you think it’s worth your ten units of currency.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Dragon Age Origins: Wardens Quest Trailer

Trailer for the Dragon Age: Warden’s Quest event in London.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

MMO Weekly: The Healer

Jeff Hollis ventures into the world of part-time healing in this week’s MMO Weekly.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Modern Warfare 2’s Third-Person Mode Confirmed

Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling has confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 will contain a third-person mode.Yesterday, there were a few rumours floating around that Modern Warfare 2 would have a third-person mode, and now Robert Bowling – better known online as fourzerotwo – has confirmed it.”It’s not something you can toggle on and off in ANY game,” Bowling told Joystiq.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

STALKER Cheap On Steam

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is 75% off on Steam until 2 November.This rather good deal drops the price of the superb open-world first-person RPG-shooter to £3.50 GBP, which is a bit of a bargain.The most recently-announced STALKER title, and yes I’m going to spell it like that, is Call of Pripyat.

By Paul Younger | 27 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Dragon Age: Origins Preview [PC]

IncGamers’ Tim McDonald gets back to basics and details the City Elf origin of Dragon Age: Origins in our preview.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Killing Floor: Level Up Launch Trailer

  A brand new trailer from Tripwire Interactive and Iceberg Interactive to showcase the new features and content added to Killing Floor in the “Level Up” content pack.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Dragon Age: Origins Preview [PC]

It’s my wedding day.I imagine that surprises a few of you.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

WoW Expansion To Launch In China Next Month?

World of Warcraft players in China may finally get to play Wrath of the Lich King soon, around one year after players in the west got their hands on the expansion.An unnamed source from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China told uuu9.com that Wrath of the Lich King may be available by the middle of November.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

The9: Shareholder Claims Groudless

In response to the news that The9 shareholders are to sue the company for allegedly misleading them, The9’s CEO has said he believes the claims lack legal basis.As we reported last week, shareholders in The9, former operator of World of Warcraft in China, are suing the company after they were apparently not informed of the impending loss of the WoW contract.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate Re-Releasing This Week?

A load of old Interplay titles – including Planescape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate – may be seeing re-releases later this week.The news comes partially from Amazon and partially from PEGI.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Amazon Modern Warfare 2 Customer Reviews Deleted

A number of negative customer reviews of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have been removed from Amazon.co.uk.According to one poster on the Amazon forums, over 170 one star reviews of the game have since disappeared from the game’s listing, prompting concerns over publisher interference in the Amazon review process.“170+ one star reviews were here this afternoon.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Elder Scrolls V Accidentally Revealed?

The setting for an unannounced Elder Scrolls game may have inadvertantly been revealed in a book description.A blurb on the Waterstone’s website for Greg Keyes’ forthcoming Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City” apparently contains text mentioning a fifth Elder Scrolls game.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Activision Chooses Steamworks For Modern Warfare 2

Activision has revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will ship with Valve’s Steamworks features.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Dark Elves Coming Free To Blood Bowl

Dark Elves will be added to Blood Bowl, free of charge, in November.Blood Bowl initially shipped with eight playable races, but – as was promised when the game launched – additional races will soon be added to the violent sports strategy title.The first addition will be the Dark Elves, the “evil cousins of the Wood Elves,” who will get their own model designs and animations in addition to new cheerleaders and their own Star Player.Dark Elves have all of the Elven agility, but combine it with some serious damage.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

New League Of Legends Screens

Riot Games has released several new images if its upcoming DotA based game, League of Legends.LoL is currently in open beta, so gamers can get playing now and keep their accounts when the game officially launches on 30 October.

By Paul Younger | 26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off