Archive for April 2011


How to make stuff bleed in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

CD Projekt want to keep you informed about all the different ways you can bring pain to people, creatures or vegetables in The Witcher 2, which is why they’ve released this handy video guide to combat.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Turbine will operate Lord of the Rings Online EU servers from 1 June

Codemasters will cease to run the Lord of the Rings Online servers in Europe from 1 June onwards, as Turbine announce they will be taking control.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Notch reveals plans for Minecraft mods

There are already Minecraft mods, of course, but these plans involve a full source code release.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Layoffs at Obsidian

At least eight people have been laid off at Obsidian, developers of Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, and the forthcoming Dungeon Siege III.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Artist’s Perspective

Just what does an Art Director do? Unlike other creative industries, there’s often a lot of confusion surrounding just what each member of a videogame’s creative team actually does.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

New multiplayer maps available for Men of War: Assault Squad

Publisher 1C Company has announced a DLC package for Men of War: Assault Squad, “Supply Pack Alpha,” which will add five new multiplayer maps for an undisclosed price.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

THQ and Games Workshop agree license extension

A new “multi-year” extension to the videogame license agreement between THQ and Games Workshop has been announced today, granting THQ continued use of Warhammer 40,000 properties.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

BRINK Get Smart Trailer #1

Before the game is released, here;s ome tips from the chaps at Splash Damage.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Outland Review

Outland was one hell of a pleasant surprise. On the surface, it’s a phenomenally pretty platform game in the Metroidvania style: you jump and hack your way through a series of levels, all of which have branching paths and opportunities for backtracking.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Hydrophobia: Prophecy to enhance the game further

Dark Energy Digital didn’t get off to the best of starts with their water themed action title Hydrophobia but they did listen to the community and came back with Hydrophobia Pure.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Volition: Destruction is painful, frustrating and expensive

Other developers tend to shy away from designing destrucible environments because ‘it’s expensive, it’s painful and it’s frustrating’.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

EA tease us with 2 new Mass Effect 3 screens

New screens show… nothing. But we’re excited anyway.
Two new screens released by EA show the default male version of Commander Shephard (PS.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Red Faction Armageddon Producer Interview

Apparently, creating destruction is hard work – which is why we recently sat down to talk with Red Faction: Armageddon’s Associate Producer, Dan Sutton, about the difficulties in allowing players for reign to destroy the environment, how to keep a game’s online components popular over the long term and the concern being voiced by players about the franchise’s u-turn from open-world, back to a linear structure.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Red Faction Armageddon can ‘tap into’ Gears market

Red Faction: Armaggedon aiming for ‘unique’ multiplayer, not trying to compete with Call of Duty.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Incoming! Week Ending 30 April

Darkspore, Jurassic Park and Virtua Tennis lead the way in this week’s release list.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

UK All-Format Chart: Portal 2 Edition

Valve’s space-mending puzzling secures top spot. Mortal Kombat enters in second.
A good week for new releases sees Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and Operation Flashpoint: Red River work their way into the top five. 
SOCOM: Special Forces (our review here) didn’t far so well, only managing a rather meagre 28th spot.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Torchlight 2 Max Schaefer Interview – Part 2

Last week in part one of our interview with Runic Games co-founder Max Schaefer he discussed his work on the Diablo series and this week he talks about their upcoming action RPG sequel Torchlight 2.

By Paul Younger | 26 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Latest Fallout: New Vegas patch released on Steam

The latest patch for Fallout: New Vegas has been released on Steam, with updates to follow on Xbox LIVE next week and PSN whenever it returns from the abyss.

By Paul Younger | 25 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Max Payne holds some guns in latest screenshots

Max sure does like those guns.
After substantial delays, Max Payne 3 does now seem to be creeping towards a release.

By Paul Younger | 25 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

A Communal Evening With: Portal 2

By now, you’ll have read John’s praise for Portal 2 (have you not?

By Paul Younger | 24 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

The Week That Was…

Our weekly round-up of the biggest news, reviews, previews, interviews and features of the past seven days.

By Paul Younger | 23 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

CryENGINE SDK to be released for free in August

Crytek has updated its official modding page with a lengthy message, informing prospective PC modders that the Crysis 2 Editor and CryENGINE SDK will be released soon.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Ice-Pick Lodge’s Cargo! released on the sly

Cargo!, the latest game from Void-developers Ice-Pick Lodge, has been released on Steam with very little fanfare.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Fate of the World patched, adds two new missions

Tough-as-heck world saving simulator Fate of the World is celebrating Earth Day with a patch to version 1.04 and two new missions.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Dungeon Siege 3’s Anjali is on fire

Obsidian keep gamely releasing character-focused trailers for Dungeon Siege 3, so it’ll be no surprise that here is another one of them.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

SOCOM: Special Forces Review

Credit where credit’s due: SOCOM did wonders for pushing online console play.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

RIFT Charmer’s Caldera Shots and Lore

Shots and lore from the high-end dungeon in TRION’s MMO have been released.

By Paul Younger | 22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

Driver: San Franscisco will get September release

Ubisoft has sent through its forthcoming release schedule, which confirms that the previously-delayed Driver: San Franscisco will be with us sometime in September.

By Paul Younger | 21 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

New Serious Sam 3: BFE images

Serious Sam 3: BFE could be a key ingredient in this year’s shooter-pie banquet (alongside Duke Nukem Forver, Rage and all the rest), so we’re happy to show you some more delicious screenshots from the title.

By Paul Younger | 21 Apr 2011 | Comments Off

US retailers keep ‘mature’ titles away from 87% of minors

A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study which sent ‘secret shoppers’ to US game retailers has found that 13% of children were able to purchase an M-rated title.

By Paul Younger | 21 Apr 2011 | Comments Off