Archive for September 2012


Runic releases trippy Torchlight 2 development visualisation video

A new video from Runic Games shows the development of Torchlight 2 visualised in what can only be described as a weird trippy video.

By Paul Younger | 29 Sep 2012 | 1

Blizzard patches Diablo 3 PTR with doubled legendary drops

As Blizzard continue to experiment with the game’s itemisation since launch, the latest PTR v1.0.5 update notes mention that they are to double the the amount of legendary drops.

By Paul Younger | 29 Sep 2012 | 3

Choose your fate in this XCOM: Enemy Unknown interactive video

The magic of youtube makes such things as ‘interactive trailers’ possible.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Rocksmith finally serenades PCs in October

It’s taken a fair old while for Ubisoft’s guitar learning and training tool Rocksmith to make it to PCs (hell, it came out on Xbox 360 and PS3 in the US last year), but October is the month when prospective string-botherers can give it a go.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Hitman Absolution’s ‘Contracts’ mode explained in 18 minutes [Video]

‘Contracts’ mode may have seemed a little confusing when it was first announced for Hitman Absolution, and text didn’t necessarily seem to be the best way to put the concept across.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Total War: Shogun 2 gets ‘Assembly Kit’ and full Steam Workshop support

As well as holding a Steam sale event for the series, Creative Assembly seem to be building some sturdy bridges with their modding community.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Very Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise has day zero DLC [Video]

I think if I were a developer trying to reinvigorate a series that was pretty poorly received the first time around, I’d probably try to avoid the impression that I was attempting to sell you extra bits of the game before the main part had even been released.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Aventurine shares more Darkfall Unholy Wars images

If you’re looking for the lowdown on Aventurine’s follow-up to the Player-vs-Player heavy MMO Darkfall, then you should have a read of yesterday’s news post.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Cut the crop: It’s Farming Simulator 2013 [Video]

One thing you won’t be short of in Farming Simulator 2013 is tractors and combines.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Taleworlds is working on Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

The tremendous medieval-style RPG sandbox that is Mount & Blade (and latterly Warband) is getting a full sequel, according to an announcement today by developer Taleworlds.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

DayZ creator on The War Z: “What they’re doing is not cool”

The console version of DayZ looks as though it will be released this year, at least in alpha form.

By John Robertson | 28 Sep 2012 | 2

Xbox Gamerscore is now worth real money… a little bit of real money

If you’ve been hard at work building up that Xbox Gamerscore then you’ll be excited to hear that your points are now worth something other than the minuscule amount of kudos it has garnered from your friends.

By John Robertson | 28 Sep 2012 | 1

Analysts say Mists of Pandaria sales performance disappointing

It’s only been out a few days but initial sales figures are said to be disappointing according to investment bank Lazard Capital Market.

By Paul Younger | 28 Sep 2012 | 8

Pre-order Football Manager 2013 and start playing two weeks early

Those that decide to pre-order Football Manager 2013 will be able to play the game two weeks early, Sega has explained.

By John Robertson | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Total War sales bonanza on Steam this weekend

Sega has kicked off a “Total War Weekend” on Steam, with the entire series available for 25 per cent off the usual price.

By John Robertson | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Halo 4 [Preview] – Can 343 Master the Chief?

Halo’s new craftsman, 343 Industries, is playing a bit of a no-win game.

By John Robertson | 28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

EA cancels NBA Live 13

EA Sports has no trouble producing an excellent football or NHL title, but for the last couple of years its been struggling with the concept of a decent basketball game.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Darkfall Online followup coming to PC in November

Having never played the original Darkfall MMO, I can’t really offer definitive comment about that game.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Fifa 13 doing extremely well in the US, sales up 42% from last year

Fifa 13 has got itself to a good start in the US, according to the day one sales figures revealed by EA.

By John Robertson | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

A double dose of Grid 2 gameplay [Video]

Some pre-alpha gameplay footage from Grid 2 has been released by Codemasters, offering a first look at the upcoming racing sequel.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | 1

A name of dwarves: Zeal wants your ideas

Paradox and Zeal have launched a dedicated website for their dwarf-management and interior design sim A Game of Dwarves, accompanied by a call for names.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

GoG’s Carmageddon pack brings maximum splatter

As trailed yesterday, GoG.com now has the original Carmageddon available to purchase and download, DRM free and playable on modern PCs.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Starbreeze’s next game is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Starbreeze has made an important business decision regarding their next title; it’s not going to be a first-person remake of a beloved Bullfrog game (Syndicate didn’t go so well).

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Madness abounds in the third of Dishonored’s Dunwall tales [Video]

This third and final animated short about the backstory to Dishonored is titled “In the Mind of Madness” and, indeed, its protagonist Piero is not a well man.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Time for some tea in Assassin’s Creed 3 [Video]

As every student of British history knows, the Boston Tea Party was the event at which British rule was peacefully handed over to the American colonists and a lavish tea reception held in honour of the birth of the United States.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Bungie thought Halo Wars was a “whoring out” of the Halo franchise, never supported idea

Bungie, creators of the Halo franchise, were never interested in an RTS set in the same universe as Master Chief, Cortana and co.

By John Robertson | 27 Sep 2012 | 1

Notch doesn’t like Windows 8, doesn’t want Minecraft on the OS

The outspoken creator of Minecraft, Markuss ‘Notch’ Persson, has stood in the way of Microsoft’s attempt to certify the game for Windows 8.

By John Robertson | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Steam Linux beta coming next week

1,000 testers will be able to check out Steam Linux next week.

By John Robertson | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Torchlight 2 for Mac in “a couple months at least”

While PC gamers have been thoroughly enjoying darting around Torchlight 2 with their characters for a week or so now, Mac gamers are going to have to wait a while until the game gets ported over.

By Paul Younger | 27 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

Obsidian’s Project Eternity passes $2.0 million USD mark

Some form of player housing will be present and correct in Obsidian’s ‘Project Eternity’ RPG when it sees release some time in 2014, as the Kickstarter campaign has now surpassed that $2.0 million USD ‘stretch goal’.

By Peter Parrish | 26 Sep 2012 | Comments Off