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Archive for May 2012


Heroes & Generals manoeuvres into closed beta

Developer Reto-Moto has announced today that eager recruits can sign up for the Heroes & Generals closed beta and lead their respective countries (as long as those countries are the USA or Germany) to victory.

By Peter Parrish | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Saints Row 3 expansion puts you in control of porn stars, screens…

The latest content pack for Saints Row: The Third, the Penthouse Pack, is available now, featuring real-life porn stars that have appeared in Penthouse publications. 
Nikki Benz, Justine Joli, Ryan Keely and Heather Vandeven, all former Penthouse Pets, can be added to your troop to go gang bang the evil Syndicate.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

New Company of Heroes 2 screenshots show Russia’s power

Some turned their noses up when it was announced that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 would see you playing as the Soviet Union and fighting off the German invasion.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier [Review] – Faux-tactical shootings

Genuine stealth-based shooters are becoming an endangered species. Since the explosion in popularity of high-octane, balls-to-the-wall military outings typified by the likes of Modern Warfare and Battlefield 3, the gently-does-it approach has been dying a rapid death.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Relic acting as documentarians for Company of Heroes 2′s eastern front

Company of Heroes 2 is all about authenicity and providing a realistic backdrop for RTS gameplay on the surface.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

XCOM release date confirmed, pre-order bonus detailed

2K Games has confirmed that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be released on 12 October, 2012, in the UK on PS3, 360 and Windows PC. 
“As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognising what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Dirt 4 will aim at ‘hardcore audience’

With the destruction-focused Dirt Showdown on the verge of release, many long-term Dirt fans are worried that the series is abandoning its traditional rally roots.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Sid Meier playable in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

We all know Sid Meier as game designer extraodinaire and founder of both MicroProse and Firaxis. 
Now, thanks to a sneaky reveal that 2K Games were good enough to show us, we will soon know him as videogame character.

By Paul Younger | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Blizzard responds to Diablo 3 account hacks

Yesterday we reported that Diablo 3 players have complained that their accounts have been hacked, a problem that carries particular significance thanks to the game’s inclusion of a real money auction house.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Diablo III [Review] – Bloody hell

I want to say that Diablo III is polished to a mirror sheen, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate.

By Tim McDonald | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

Lost Planet 3 [Preview] – Looks a lot like a reboot

Lost Planet is suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

By John Robertson | 22 May 2012 | Comments Off

XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Preview] – Space Invading

Turns out that shooting aliens in a turn-based strategy game from an isometric viewpoint with soldiers that look like muted versions of Buzz Lightyear is a lot of fun.

By John Robertson | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

‘Just Cause 4′ domains registered by Square Enix

After reading the headline, you could be forgiven for thinking “wait, did I blink and miss a game somewhere?” No, Just Cause 3 wasn’t sneakily released while you weren’t looking.

By John Robertson | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Max Payne 3 slow-dives to top of UK charts

The return of Max Payne has been well-received by the UK public, who’ve sent Max Payne 3 to the top of the all-format charts this week.

By John Robertson | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Last chance for Torchlight 2 beta keys

The Beta test for Torchlight 2 will be wrapping up soon so now is your last chance to grab a key.

By Paul Younger | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Aliens: Colonial Marines bursts from chests next year [Video]

Originally due sometime in late 2012, Aliens: Colonial Marines has joined the growing list of titles (Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite) shunted into early 2013 instead.

By John Robertson | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Hack ‘n Stash: Diablo 3 accounts being compromised

Keep a close eye on your loot, because there are multiple reports of hacked Diablo 3 accounts coming in just five days after the game was released.

By John Robertson | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Snipe hunt: special Ghost Warrior 2 editions announced

If you’re planning to purchase Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 when its released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this coming August, you’ll probably want to know about these two special retail versions that have popped up in our news-sights.

By Paul Younger | 21 May 2012 | Comments Off

Dirt Showdown [Interview] – Crafting destruction

With Dirt Showdown out later this week, we took the chance to sit down with producer Iain Smith and have a chat about the new route for the series and where the feature rests.

By John Robertson | 20 May 2012 | Comments Off

Indie devs unite for end of May promotion

Ron Carmel (of developer 2D Boy) has put together a week-long indie games promotion that will run from 24 May to 1 June.

By John Robertson | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

38 Studios makes loan payment, proves MMO project exists

After it emerged yesterday that Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios had bounced a $1.125 million USD cheque to Rhode Island as part of a loan-repayment plan, it seemed the company was in deep trouble.

By John Robertson | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

Omerta: City of Gangsters will pull heists on Xbox 360 too

The mob management title Omerta: City of Gangsters will be coming to the Xbox 360 as well as PC, according to developers Haemimont Games.

By Paul Younger | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

Assassinate Hitler’s dog in Iron Front – Liberation 1944

Where next for the ‘assassinate things related to Hitler’ sub-genre? After Sniper Elite V2 opted for shooting the man himself, the tactical shooter Iron Front – Liberation 1944 is hoping to go one better, by including a multiplayer mode where you assassinate the Fuhrer’s favourite dog.

By John Robertson | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

Quadrophilia: Mad Riders due in late May

Techland’s quad-bike based racer Mad Riders will be released on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and through digital channels for the PC on 30 May, according to this latest trailer from Ubisoft.

By Paul Younger | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

Red Frontier is now Starvoid [Video]

Zeal Studios’ real-time strategy Red Frontier has undergone a name-based makeover, emerging with cucumber slices on its eyes and a desire to be referred to as Starvoid from now on.

By Paul Younger | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

Come stress out Torchlight 2 this weekend

Runic Games has announced that there’ll be a stress test of the Torchlight 2 servers this weekend, which means more beta invites will be going out to interested parties.

By John Robertson | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

ARPG devs discuss Diablo’s influence on the genre [Video]

Earlier this week we held a special launch night event and thousands of Diablo gamers joined us for an online live show. 
During the show we aired four interviews with ARPG developers Crate Entertainment, Runic Games and Grinding Gear Games who discuss the influence of the Diablo franchise on their game development. 
The developers also talk about their upcoming titles Grim Dawn, Torchlight 2 and Path of Exile.

By John Robertson | 18 May 2012 | Comments Off

38 Studios unable to pay its workforce

Financial troubles are deepening for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios, as the latest reports from Rhode Island suggest that the company’s workforce is going unpaid.

By John Robertson | 17 May 2012 | Comments Off

Activision settles with EA in Modern Warfare case

Activision has reached a settlement with one of the parties in the complex Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 case, putting an end to the $400 million USD claim against fellow publisher Electronic Arts.

By John Robertson | 17 May 2012 | Comments Off

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission docks in September

Bohemia Interactive’s remake of the classic 1988 title Carrier Command will be released on 27 September for both PC and Xbox 360.

By John Robertson | 17 May 2012 | Comments Off