Vanguard: Saga of Heroes update

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

WHAT: Vanguard: Saga of Heroes®, fifth game update titled “Telon Rides On”, introduces unique land mounts customized for each one of the player races in the game. With the launch of the game update, a citizen’s favor can now earn them great rewards and is of high importance to those throughout Telon. Residents of each town are seeking adventurers to help spread the city’s influence across the land. Those heroic enough can don the banner of the city they favor and battle against the enemies of Telon.

“Telon Rides On” features include:

Racial Mounts: Unique land mounts are available for players between levels 30-50 for those willing to earn their mounted reward. Racial land mounts can be obtained through a series of faction based quests starting in each race’s home town.

Citizen Favor: By seeking out a faction registrar players can don the banner of a city, gaining favor with its citizens, while battling the enemies of Telon. Each creature slain will offer a chance to receive tokens bearing the symbol of the registered city and can be returned to the city in exchange for citizen faction recognition which can then be used towards valuable rewards.

Class Updates: Blood Mages and Psionicists received updates aligning them with their intended vision in terms of power and utility.

Anti-Hitching: A new anti-hitching code is being introduced to help increase the performance of Vanguard, leading to a better game play experience.

New Particles: New and improved particle effects are being applied to various adventuring class spells or and/or abilities. The new effects add more excitement to the game play of multiple classes such as Blood Mages, Disciples, Dread Knights, Druids and Necromancers.

For the full update notes visit www.vgplayers.com

WHEN:
“Telon Rides On” game update is live.

Games Convention Shows the Most Attractive PC Cases

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Award for the Best Remodels of 2008

With its exhibition Casemodding@GC, this year’s GC – Games Convention brings the most creative gamers to Leipzig. From 21 to 24 August 2008, more than 30 entrants are at Europe’s benchmark fair for interactive entertainment with their innovative converted PC cases. The Leipziger Messe awards the best presentations in the fifth GC CasemodMasters (GCCM) championship. Interested casemodders have until 27 July 2008 to enter for the exhibition and competition at www.gccm.de.

“No more boring PC cases!” This is the motto for more and more computer modellers who take their unremarkable PCs out from under the desk to create a worthy feature for their home furnishings. It’s tuning with no holds barred. Whether with fascinating light effects or completely new functions, the main thing is to be nothing like the mass produced original. At the Games Convention 2008, the socalled casemodders will demonstrate again how a PC can be styled. From elegant media systems for the living-room to garish game PCs with special-effect painting, the Casemodding@GC show has the right model for every visitor.

Modellers are not the only ones to benefit from a tour of the special exhibition in Hall 4. Several times a day, professional casemodders show the basic manipulations for PC tuning and answer questions on technical and optical tricks. Throughout the entire weekend, the owners of the exhibits on display are here on the spot to explain their special characteristics.

Once again this year, the GC CasmodMasters is the highlight of the exhibition, with the best casemodders competing for what is now the fifth time. When all the applications have been received, 15 entrants each in the categories “Casemods” and “Casecons” will be invited to Leipzig to show their pieces to the judges and the public. Whilst casemods are conversions of existing series production cases, casecons are individually designed PC cases built from scratch. Alongside creativity, clean execution is what mainly counts in this contest. The winners will be announced at 3.00 pm on the Sunday of the fair.

The closing date for applications is 27 July 2008. Further information on participation is provided on the GCCM website www.gccm.de. The competition is organised by the Leipziger Messe and the experienced casemodding community team, casemodder.de.

Shadowgrounds Survivor – invading the UK in June

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under News, Shooter · Comment 

Meridian4 are pleased to announce the UK release of the Sci-fi shooter Shadowgrounds Survivor, the sequel to the underground PC hit Shadowgrounds.

Shadowgrounds Survivor tells the story of three survivors who join forces with the last remaining human resistance in the heated battle against the ongoing alien onslaught. The acclaimed atmosphere and gameplay mechanics of the original Shadowgrounds make a triumphant return armed with a new feature set!

In Shadowgrounds Survivor, gamers are dropped on Jupiter’s Ganymede moon as one of three surviving humans in the midst of an all-out alien onslaught. It’s up to them to take up arms and blast through legions of alien scum to save their own lives and humanity itself, increasing their skills and weapons through the game’s RPG-like character-upgrade system. The mighty Mech and devastating Sentry Gun will help players mow through hundreds of bloodthirsty extraterrestrials in the campaign or
the all-new Survivor mode.

Gear Up and Get Ready!

“Shadowgrounds Survivor” will be released in the UK on 13th June 2008.

Fulfil your fairy-tale fantasy and play Ceville

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under Fantasy, News · Comment 

Kalypso Media are pleased to announce their next popular title – “Ceville”. The action-packed Point & Click adventure will be hitting the shelves in the UK later this year.

Ceville, the tyrant and ruler of the fairy-tale realm of Faeryanis is in danger, the peasant and citizens have revolted against his authoritarian regime and have driven him out of the realm. The kindhearted Queen Gwendolyn now reigns over the kingdom with a council of noble and wise counsellors to assist her.

But the peace is not long-lasting, the treacherous Basilius – counsellor of Gwendolyn and of Ceville before her – plans to murder queen Gwendolyn, take the crown and subdue the realm with the help of murderous beasts he summons from the planes of eternal darkness. All seems lost! But hope resides with the one most unlikely person imaginable to save the kingdom and restore peace to the realm: Ceville, the realm’s former despotic ruler…

Choose to play Ceville himself or alternatively select, Ambrosius, the pompous and self-important knight or Lilly, a quirky, but kind and gentle girl…

Ceville is developed by the young & enthusiastic “Boxed Dream” studio, based in Munich, Germany

For more information please go to: http://www.kalypsomedia.com/downloads/trailers

Kalypso Media launches SINS OF A SOLAR EMPIRE website

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Go to http://www.sins.kalypsomedia..com and you’ll not only find general information about the game, but also a variety of screenshots, a fansite kit, the trailer of the game as streaming video, as well as a discussion forum. A demo version will be posted shortly.

The survival of humanity stands on the edge of utter ruin as three powerful factions vie for control of the galaxy. Take command of one of three space-faring races as you work to establish your domination of the galaxy in Sins of a Solar Empire. Fighting for the survival of your entire race against relentless foes, your success will depend entirely on your ability to manage your empire and command your vast fleets of starships to victory. Through a combination of diplomacy, economic skill, cultural influence, and sheer military might you will establish order over your corner of the galaxy!

The teaser can be downloaded here:

http://www.kalypsomedia.com/downloads/sins-teaser.zip

Sins of a Solar Empire sold approx 100,000 copies over two months following its US release earlier this year and hit number one in the USA charts. Sins of a Solar Empire will be released in the UK on the 6th June for £29.99. The European retail box will contain an additional bonus of six exclusive maps, a techtree poster and a comprehensive manual.

For more information please go to: http://sins.kalypsomedia.com/en/

EU III expansion, In Nomine, now available exclusively on GamersGate

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Paradox Interactive is thrilled to announce that the much-anticipated expansion to the award winning Europa Universalis III – In Nomine – is now available for download exclusively from GamersGate.

Europa Universalis III – In Nomine

Start in October 1399, at the time of the coronation of Henry IV of England, and experience over 50 more years of game play, adding the Byzantine Empire, Tamerlane and the end of the Hundred Years War.

Choose exactly when to make major decisions that will shape the future of your country. Strive to Create Great Britain, Establish the Spanish Inquisition, or Institute the East Indian Company. Act rather than react, on both country and province level, with the new Decision System, including hundreds of different situational decisions.

Experience the new Mission System, where the player and AI alike will be given goals to achieve, providing endless replayability by guiding history along different tracks every time.
Rebels with a Cause: there are countless types of rebels, all with different goals, and different abilities. You may get colonial rebels overseas, striving for representation or independence, or you may see reactionary nobles rise up to put the serfs back where they belong. Crush the rebels by force, negotiate with them, or even worse; watch them enforce their demands on your country.

Religious tolerance now depends on the ideas and decisions you take, adding a new layer of strategy. As cardinals stay loyal longer, the power of the Papal Controller has grown, as he can now excommunicate rulers, and call crusades against infidels.
Improved AI, focusing on long-term strategic goals, with support for fully scriptable logic.

Buy and Download NOW from GamersGate: http://www.gamersgate.com/index.php?page=product

New Multiplayer Demo Released for Sword of the Stars: Collectors Edition

May 28, 2008 · Filed Under Demo, News · Comment 

Today leading Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and accomplished developer Kerberos Productions released a new demo in honour of the recent launch of their critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition. This demo was taken from the gold master code, which is the very latest version of the game, and represents the Sword of the Stars universe as it is now.

Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition began hitting store shelves across the UK earlier this month. It brings the entire Sword of the Stars universe together by including the official add-on Born of Blood and further upgrades. The Collector’s Edition is also packed with exclusive bonus material and a 150+ page Sword of the Stars paperback novel entitled, The Deacon’s Tale, penned by renowned science fiction author Arinn Dembo.

Chris Stewart, Producer at Kerberos Productions said, “This new demo covers gameplay leading up to the Cruiser/Fusion era and is based on version 1.5.2 – the most awesomest version – of the game! We also created a comprehensive tutorial video pack to help ease new players into the Sword of the Stars universe. With multiplayer action for up to three players and two wicked maps, new players will get a taste of what Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition has to offer. Our goal is to leave players drooling for more!”

Demo Features:

• Created from the gold master version of Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition, version 1.5.2
• Play as Human, Liir or Tarkas races
• Two maps (2D and 3D sphere)
• Limited to 150 turns
• Features just a few of the fun and devastating weapons in the full version of the game
• Single player and multiplayer campaigns (against other 1.5.2 demo players) Leads up to the Cruiser/Fusion era
• Tutorial video pack can be downloaded separately and installed into this new demo

Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition Includes:

• The popular base game Sword of the Stars*
• The highly acclaimed add-on Born of Blood*
• The first ever Sword of the Stars paperback novel, The Deacon’s Tale written by renowned science fiction author Arinn Dembo (150+ pages)
• A Bonus CD with stunning concept art, video interviews, trailers, music tracks, and extensive backgrounds on each of the five races

  • Updated to version 1.5.2 featuring standalone server capabilities and the ability to create custom maps.

To download the version 1.5.2 demo and the tutorial video pack, visit: www.lighthouse-interactive.com

For more information about Sword of the Stars, please visit: www.swordofthestars.com or www.lighthouse-interactive.com

Stronghold Crusader Extreme Gold

May 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Prepare Yourself For The Medieval Mayhem

Indie-publisher Gamecock Media Group announced today that Firefly Studios’ ‘Stronghold Crusader Extreme’ has gone gold. That means fans of the series have less than a week wait before they can get their hands on all new Stronghold gameplay, now, more extreme than ever.

Stronghold Crusader Extreme takes all the medieval mayhem of its predecessors and kicks things up a notch. With new features like opponent AI and maps, an all new extreme trail, and full-scale epic warfare with over 10,000 units, gamers won’t want to miss out on any of the action.

Stronghold Crusader Extreme releases May 28 at a PC retailer near you.

For more, visit www.fireflyworlds.com.

Nexon America Ignites Thrilling First Person Shooter, Combat Arms

May 27, 2008 · Filed Under Beta, News · Comment 

Closed Beta frags away on May 30

Nexon America Inc., the U.S. division of Asia’s leading online game company Nexon Group, announced today the launch of Combat Arms, its free-to-play, online first person shooter. The highly-customizable game is slated for commercial release later this summer, but a select group of players will get a chance to fire away in the closed beta test starting May 30th.

Combat Arms deploys players into a dangerous war zone teeming with soldiers of fortune looking to make a mark. The online shooter will advance the FPS genre by offering a rich free-to-play experience and introducing customization features unavailable in the current generation of online FPS games. Players have the ability to tailor their gaming experience by customizing how their characters look as well as which guns and equipment to carry into battle. A large arsenal of deadly weapons can be modified with attachments such as silencers, scopes and extended magazines.

The game is beginner-friendly while providing great depth for veteran gamers. By rewarding players who win matches and make kills with in-game currency and experience points, Combat Arms extends the game beyond an individual match. Accumulating both will help soldiers rank up to unlock and acquire new weapons and equipment. Further, the game extends beyond the battlefield through an extensive set of community features with a focus on clans. Players can recruit, manage, and communicate with their clan members, all within the game. Additionally, players can maintain a persistent profile to track their experience and performance to see how they rank within the Combat Arms community.

“Competition in video games among friends is always fun, but Combat Arms takes it to another level by letting gamers frag for free,” said Min Kim, vice president of marketing for Nexon America. “Combat Arms delivers all the great socialization elements found in other popular Nexon Games and presents them in one of the most popular gaming genres in North America.”

Combat Arms focuses on improving accessibility and community while maintaining a high fidelity combat experience. The free-to-play offering combined with low system requirements will encourage new players enter the traditionally hardcore space.

The upcoming closed beta test will run exclusively at FilePlanet.com for one week beginning May 30th. The beta test gives players a first chance to experience the heat of battle in realistic 3-D environments. Combat Arms will offer players the opportunity to face off in multiple theaters, including a junkyard, industrial plant and weapons factory, through multiple game modes. Players will experience regular content updates, such as new weapons, gear, maps, and more free game modes.

The closed beta will last for a short time and interested players can learn more at http://combatarms.nexon.net.

Regnum Online 1 year anniversary

May 27, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

The virtual fantasy world known as Regnum Online
(http://www.regnumonlinegame.com) is about to become one year old, since its commercial launch, this upcoming may the 24th.

In this first year of life, our world that to many is considered a
second home, has grown, matured and become a true free alternative in the MMORPG universe for both Windows and Linux.

Among the most important highlights we could mention that the game has reached a quarter million registered users, peaked with more than 2000 simultaneous players, an official launch in Germany along with Gamigo (the entire game has been localized to Deutsch) and countless improvements, features and changes on every aspect of the game.

To commemorate this day, an special one-time event will take place for a week. New features have been incorporated such as the ability to dance with your friends, enjoy several new quests (some created by the players!) and others with a special prize.

To continue with the partying, NGD Studios will give away 50% Ximerin, our virtual currency, for every purchase made between friday the 23rd (12:00 PM, GMT-3) to friday the 30th (12:00 PM, GMT-3). So with the same amount of money, you will get more and while you are at it you may check the new premium items and services.

About Regnum Online

With more than 5 years of development, Regnum Online is one of the most important games in the local videogame industry.
The game is a MMORPG that exposes the conflict of three realms and their constant struggle for supremacy. Thousands of players can interact in real time, defending their realm, socializing, commercing and getting into parties and clans to make friends and allies.

Playing Regnum is free. However, there is the possibility to obtain Premium items that enhance the game experience and provide some uniqueness to your character.

The official Regnum Online site can be found in the following address: http://www.regnumonlinegame.com

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