Voyage Century: Raiding Ships Show

October 31, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Last time, the folks at Voyage Century talked to us about armed ships, this time they are going to be talking about different levels of raiding ships.

Generally speaking, a raiding ship does not have the same large capacity as a merchant ship, nor does it have the same high attack power as an armed ship. It is a combination of these 2 kinds of ships.

Level 1 raiding ship: Requires little material and money to build, and has a streamlined body. A unique feature of this ship is the lateen sails it’s equipped with, which enable it to maintain a relatively fast speed even when against the winds.

Level 2 raiding ship: Looks like a seabird flying against the surface of the sea. After being upgraded, this ship has an extra sail in the front, which offers it a bit more horsepower. Players with Level 2 raiding ships will definitely be able to explore more secret areas and to find the findings in the vast ocean.

Level 3 raiding ship: Players who have it must have a good understanding of the Treasure Hunter class, and also have found the findings near the newbie city. With its stability and speed, this ship is great for exploring the vast ocean. Sometimes it can also help you earn some money by running errands for a merchant fleet.

If you are a veteran player, do these little ships remind you of the old times? Take a trip down memory lane and take one out for a spin, you might be pleasantly reminded of how good they are.

For more info about Voyage Century Vessels visit:
http://vc.igg.com/screenshot/de_ss.php?id=1071

GameSpot Breaks Down its List of Scary Videos into Different Flavors of Fear

October 30, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Over the years, video game developers have tried to “one-up” each other on their video game scare tactics, making titles more gory, bloody, frightening, or just plain weird. To commemorate Halloween, GameSpot (www.gamespot.com), a leading source for trusted gaming information and a property of CBS Interactive, gives the fans of fright a rundown of the best titles to play this October 31 for consoles and PC.

“While horror movies have been a longtime staple of the Halloween season, we also realize that games have the potential to match and even surpass them,” said Ricardo Torres, Editor in Chief at GameSpot. “Besides offering the scares of a movie, games offer an interactive experience that can’t be beat when done right.”

GameSpot editors have structured the titles in categories, highlighting the different flavors of fear for any game fanatic. Be warned, you shouldn’t play alone.

ABRUPT SCARES (games that make you jump out of your seat with a sudden scare)

  • Doom 3 (PC, Mac, Xbox)
  • Resident Evil (PS, SAT, PC)
  • Resident Evil 2 (GC, PS, N64, PC, DC)

ATMOSPHERIC TENSION (games with excellently tense, spooky atmosphere)

  • BioShock (PC, 360, PS3)
  • System Shock 2 (PC)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)
  • The Thing (PS2, PC, Xbox)
  • Alone in the Dark (PC)

GROSSOUT HORROR (horror-themed games that are just super-disgusting)

  • Silent Hill 2 (PS2, PC)
  • Dead Space (X360, PS3, PC)
  • Clive Barker’s Jericho (X360, PS3, PC)
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming (X360, PS3, PC)

ADRENALINE RUSH (horror-themed games with fast-paced action elements)

  • Resident Evil 4 (GC, PS2, PC, Wii)
  • Resident Evil 5 (PS3 | 360)
  • Doom (SAT, PC, GBA, 3DO, 32X, JAG, SNES, PS, X360)
  • Clive Barker’s Undying (PC, Mac)
  • Left 4 Dead (PC, X360)

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR (games that get in your head)

  • F.E.A.R. (PC, X360, PS3)
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GC)
  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC | Xbox)
  • Condemned (X360, PC)
  • Condemned 2 (X360, PS3)

Source: CBS Interactive

GTR EVOLUTION

October 27, 2008 · Filed Under News, Racing · Comment 

SimBin has released the official demo for GTR Evolution including Brands Hatch 07 and the Sunred Sr21 race car.
Following the success of GTR Evolution, SimBin has decided to release a demo to share the success with a wider audience. In the demo players will also experience the new Race-line and track map functionality.

Sunred is a Spanish built supercar hailing from Barcelona that aims to become a serious threat to the more established teams in current GT racing. A Judd V10 delivers around 500 horsepower, enough to propel its 1100 kilos around any track at breathtaking speeds. In this demo the Sunred Sr21 is available in the distinct Logitech green or in the blue and white of MotorsTV.

Brands Hatch is an old favorite and any SimBin fan will have driven it countless times in search of the perfect lap. Drivers new to Brands Hatch will note the feared first dipping turn; get that one wrong and you’re in big trouble before the lap has even started. Brands Hatch is a driver’s track and a true challenge of skill and nerves when attempting to tame it in a powerful GT car.

When you feel confident in your ability to power the Sunred around Brands Hatch, then jump online and show the world your skills! The demo has full online capability, and you’ll face great drivers from all over the world when you decide to take the next step into multiplayer gaming.

For a download link please visit www.simbin.com or the official GTR Evolution website at   www.gtrevolution.com/downloads.htm

About GTR Evolution for PC:

GTR Evolution contains 5 new classes of the finest cars with a total of 30 new models to race.

In the GT classes players can experience legendary cars like the Corvette C6R, Aston Martin DBR9, BMW M3 GTR, Koenigsegg CCGT and Spyker GT2R.

Even more exciting are the all-new WTCC Extreme cars. These are pumped up fictional WTCC car designs developed by SimBin in cooperation with the FIA WTCC, and are exclusive to GTR Evolution.

The racing thrills continue with the Production Car Class featuring the street versions of the Audi R8, Dodge Viper SRT/10, Koenigsegg CCX and Gumpert Apollo.

Overall, GTR Evolution offers 49 unique cars in 12 classes with more than 500 variations as well as 19 tracks in over 40 different layouts including the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Features:

  • In-game file sharing lets players upload and download settings and ghost files
  • Online scoreboards and ranking is available for all the new tracks and classes
  • Updated and improved Race-line in Time-Trial featuring distinctive brake-markers, multiple race-lines to compare and follow, and more
  • The Replay system has been upgraded with the possibility to not only save the full replay after the race but also the instant replays that can be viewed during the race.
  • New R-cade ExtremeTM mode shifts the emphasis from realism to pure action by implementing more intense backfires, damage, and debris along with easier physics for tearing up the course
  • Championship functionality allows full integration of the GT cars to run an endurance championship as well as a touring championship

GTR Evolution is distributed by Viva Media in the US, Atari in Europe, Akella in Russia, QV software in Australia, and Zoo in Japan.

Championship Manager 2009

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under News, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

New version benefits from longer development time
Eidos and Beautiful Game Studios are pleased to announce that the next version of Championship Manager, the leading name in football management simulation, will launch in April 2009.

Championship Manager 2009

With a complete graphical and engine overhaul, Championship Manager 09 allows users to lead their teams to glory in a completely new version designed to give managers a true feeling of ‘total control’ over their teams and clubs.

“We have a whole host of new features which we’re incredibly proud of,” said Roy Meredith, General Manager of Championship Manager. “This is a new beginning for the Championship Manager franchise and we are 100% focused on getting it right, that’s why we have had a longer development time than any previous version of the game.”

Championship Manager 09 has dramatically improved navigation for the user and the game features an entirely new fully animated 3D match engine. Designed and developed to reflect and enhance a management experience, the engine uses over 500 motion-captured animations per player and has been built and developed specifically for a PC football management simulation.

Developed by Beautiful Game Studios, Championship Manager 09 will provide a totally authentic football management experience where every decision a user takes has a direct consequence on the success or failure of their club.

“This is our opportunity to give consumers a reason to believe in Championship Manager once again,” continued Meredith. “After 4 years of mid-table mediocrity, we’re making great strides to become genuine title contenders. We want everyone to test this out by trying the demo which is out in March. Try the demo and make up your own minds.”

www.championshipmanager.co.uk

The Sims Label Announces Steve Jablonsky As The Mastermind Behind The Creative Sound Of The Sims 3

October 23, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Renowned Composer Steve Jablonsky Sets Classic Sound to the Sequel of the Best Selling PC Franchise of All Time
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that award-winning composer Steve Jablonsky will score the theme music for the highly anticipated next-generation flagship PC game from The Sims Label, The Sims™ 3. Recently honored with a BMI Film Music Award for his work on The Transformers soundtrack, Jablonsky has been repeatedly recognized for his contributions to film, TV and videogames. Now, his talents will be used to infuse a rich, orchestral sound into The Sims 3 to reflect the game’s new seamless open neighborhood.

We are very excited about the new direction of the music in The Sims 3. We really wanted to convey the significance of the seamless open neighborhood with each aspect of this game because it is a key innovation from the previous game and Steve has done that beautifully with the sound,” said Ben Bell, Executive Producer of The Sims 3.

In addition to the theme music, Jablonsky’s score is featured throughout key areas of the game. For instance, in Create A Sim, the music will reflect the creative nature of choosing from a selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits. There will also be a unique sound to distinguish build and buy modes in which you can create your dream home and design the neighborhood. In The Sims 3, you are able to visit many areas of the town for the first time such as the beach, gym, bistro or even a friend’s home. The music will also follow suit. For instance, when you are walking by the beach, the sound will coordinate. You might hear seagulls, waves crashing and the music will reflect the breezy feeling of being near the ocean. The gym will also feature appropriate music suited for that specific environment such as fast paced disco tech.

The Sims 3 offers you unparalleled opportunities for customization with each aspect of the game including music. You have the freedom to choose the ambient sounds of your game. The stereo feature offers you a wide range of genres to choose from or you can load your own music! In addition, now you have the freedom to completely customise the sound of your Sims voice. You can choose from a wide variety of voices and then alter the pitch to create unique sounding Sims.

It is extremely exciting to be involved in a blockbuster project like The Sims 3, where the music sets the tone for the entire user experience,” said Jablonsky. “Working on one of the most anticipated games in the world, not to mention the best selling PC franchise of all time, is quite an honor and I’ve had a blast getting to know The Sims 3 team of talented individuals.”

Jablonsky was first introduced to music at the age of twelve, when his grandfather bought him a clarinet as a birthday gift. He quickly developed a passion for music, performing in several orchestras during his teenage years and graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Music Study. His interest in film music started at an early age, influenced in particular by film composers Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer. He went on to score, compose or direct the music for such films, TV shows and videogames as Transformers (2007), The Island (2005), Desperate Housewives (2004-2007) and Command and Conquer™ 3: Kane’s Wrath (2008).

We are very excited about the innovations of The Sims 3, and even more thrilled to have a composer of Steve’s caliber crafting the sound of what is clearly the most globally anticipated game of the year,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Audio at EA. “We hold our games’ original music to the same creative standards as major movie studios, and Steve Jablonsky has both a remarkable talent for scoring blockbuster entertainment as well as an innate understanding of the interactive opportunities of the videogame medium. We are thrilled that he has now brought his unique expertise to the dramatic, energetic and playful world of The Sims.”

For more information about The Sims 3, please go to www.TheSims3.com. For assets related to this story, please go to www.info.ea.com.

About The Sims
The Sims franchise celebrates an impressive over 100 million units sold since its launch in February 2000. Now translated into 22 different languages in 60 different countries, The Sims has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. For the latest information about The Sims and to check out the hottest creations for The Sims 2 made by our community members, please visit www.thesims2.co.uk. To stay up-to-date on The Sims 3 news and information, check out www.thesims3.com.

Zu Online: Halloween Gifts

October 23, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

With the release of version 1.5.06, two Halloween events have been added to the game so players can enjoy Halloween in Zu Online (http://zu.igg.com/). Players can now gather materials for making a Jack-o’Lantern, one which can even serve as a powerful weapon. Players can also play with naughty little Jack and may even get an unexpected gift from him. But watch out, he is a tricky fellow…

Event 1:Jack-o’ Lanterns
Event Duration: Oct 20th—Nov 3rd, 2008

Content:
During the event duration, Monsters can drop Pumpkins, Strange Wooden Sticks and Cracked Jack-o’ Lantern Patterns (I, II, III). Also, Delicate Candles and Perfect Jack-o’ Lantern Patterns will also be available from the Item Mall. Players can make an Intact Jack-o’ Lantern Pattern after gathering Cracked Jack-o’ Lantern Pattern (I, II, III). After getting a Pumpkin, a Strange Wooden Stick and one Perfect Jack-o’ Lantern Pattern/Intact Jack-o’ Lantern Pattern, players can make a Perfect Jack-o’ Lantern /Intact Jack-o’ Lantern which can be exchanged for lots of experience and Bones from NPC Lemon.

For more info about this event please click here:http://zu.igg.com/news/newscon.php?aid=1328

Event 2:Trick or Treat
Event Duration:
00: 00am-01: 00am, 06: 00am-07: 00am, 0: 00pm-01:00pm, 06: 00pm-07: 00pm EDT (GMT-4), Oct 20th-Nov 3rd

Content:
During our special event, naughty little Jack will be wandering around Holy City, Desert City and the Hexad Region with a Jack`o’Lantern in his hand and saying “trick or treat” to everyone who approaches him. Will you give him a trick or a treat? But bear in mind if you treat him well you may be pleasantly surprised!

Though Jack is very naughty, he is not greedy so if you impressed him with your kindness then he will not ask you again.

For more info about this event please click here:http://zu.igg.com/news/newscon.php?aid=1330

Expand your universe – 4 Add On packs coming for Sins of a Solar Empire!

October 22, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Kalypso Media have today announced they will be publishing 4 Add On packs for the hit space strategy PC game Sins of a Solar Empire. The first of these Add On packs will be published in Q4 2008 for £7.99 and available via download from Impulse.

Sins of a Solar Empire, which was brought to Europe by Kalypso Media has been a huge hit throughout Europe reaching second place in both the British and French PC game charts.

Sins of a Solar Empire has provided gamers with real-time strategy gaming in a new dimension. In Sins of a Solar Empire the future survival of the human race is at threat, with three mighty races fighting over control of the galaxy. Players have the opportunity to command one of these three races and attempt to survive and dominate the galaxy. Your success depends on your ability to govern your empire and to command your star-fleet. A finaly balanced combination of diplomacy, economics and military power are vital for gaining the upper hand and becoming Master of the Universe!

The first Add On will include:

  • Star Bases, which can be customized and upgraded over time
  • Race specific Star Bases which will have a unique variety of upgradable characteristics. The ability to upgrade your Star Bases is limited so players will have to think strategically and plan carefully!
  • The number of Star Bases each gamer can control will now be limited by a new research feature.
  • More Star Base goodies – both race specific and generic.
  • Mine field designs specific to each race and essential for hindering and endangering enemy forces.
  • More types of mines.
  • More defence systems both race specific and generic.
  • New artifacts and planet properties.
  • And much more…

The first Sins of a Solar Empire Add On will be available via download at the online platform Impulse in Q4 2008.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

October 22, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

LucasArts and BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. announced the development of Star Wars®: The Old Republic™, a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™ franchise. Star Wars: The Old Republic, being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, represents an innovative approach to interactive entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat and intelligent companion characters.

In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players will explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players will befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history and a preeminent example of our company’s interactive storytelling heritage,” said Darrell Rodriguez, President of LucasArts. “For a long time, we’ve wanted to return to the franchise in a grand way, and we felt that the best setting for it was an online world that would allow millions of people to participate in the experience together. We knew that the developer capable of working with us to deliver an engrossing story with a fully-realized online world was BioWare.”

“Traditionally, massively multiplayer online games have been about three basic gameplay pillars – combat, exploration and character progression,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder and General Manager/CEO of BioWare and General Manager/Vice President of Electronic Arts Inc., “In Star Wars: The Old Republic, we’re fusing BioWare’s heritage of critically-acclaimed storytelling with the amazing pedigree of Lucasfilm and LucasArts, and adding a brand-new fourth pillar to the equation – story. At the same time, we will still deliver all the fun features and activities that fans have come to expect in a triple-A massively multiplayer online game. To top it all off, Star Wars: The Old Republic is set in a very exciting, dynamic period in the Star Wars universe.”

Added Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Co-Founder and Vice President Development Operations, BioWare and Vice President, Electronic Arts Inc., “Star Wars: The Old Republic is set roughly 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, a timeframe that is completely unexplored in the lore. BioWare has been able to add to the Star Wars history in developing the game’s story and has created an overarching narrative that players can enjoy, regardless of their play style. Our goal is to offer players an emotionally rewarding experience that combines the traditional elements of MMO gameplay with innovations in story and character development.”

Additional details on Star Wars: The Old Republic features, gameplay and release date will be announced at a later time. For more information about Star Wars: The Old Republic and to sign up for future product updates, please visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com.

EGOSOFTs X³: Terran Conflict Now Ready for Purchase on Steam

October 21, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Final installment in the popular X series brings tons of new features

EGOSOFT, a renowned developer of acclaimed computer games for PC, Mac and Linux, announced today that the latest game in their popular X series, X³: Terran Conflict, is now available for purchase via Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games and digital content with over 15 million accounts around the world.

“Now that gamers can go and grab X3: Terran Conflict off Steam, we here at EGOSOFT couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Bernd Lehahn, managing director of EGOSOFT. “The vision we had for the X game series back in 1999 with X: Beyond the Frontier has been completely realized with X3:TC, and we’re confident that players will enjoy and appreciate all we’ve added to this final installment.”

As with the previous titles in the X series, X³: Terran Conflict is a combat and intergalactic space trading simulator set in the fictional X Universe, where different races compete against each other and travel to a wide variety of worlds and systems connected by jump-gates. This single-player science fiction experience features fast-paced first-person space combat, free-form, open exploration of a huge dynamic universe, and large-scale management of the player’s own intergalactic corporation, leading to the series’ phrase, “Trade. Fight. Build. Think.”

New to the X series with X³: Terran Conflict are:

  • A brand new user interface allow full control using only the mouse
  • New and improved mouse flight controls
  • Several new races and factions, including Earth’s primary military force, the Terran United Space Command
  • Independent, non-player owned corporations, complete with unique ships and stations, offering new friends or foes to players
  • New group management system allowing for better control of large numbers of ships in your fleet
  • Over 100 new ships and several new ship classes
  • Double the amount of distinct weapons
  • The ability to board and capture huge capital ships with your own mercenaries and soldiers

For more information about the X series, X³: Terran Conflict or EGOSOFT, please visit www.egosoft.com.

For more information about Steam or to purchase X³: Terran Conflict, please visit www.steamgames.com

Warrior Epic

October 21, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Publisher Adds Another High-Profile, High Quality Development Partnership and Product To Its Upcoming Free to Play Portfolio

True Games Interactive, an international multi-player online game publisher announced today that is has acquired the global publishing rights for the highly anticipated free-to-play MMORPG Warrior Epic developed by Possibility Space. Per the agreement, True Games and Possibility Space will work closely together to launch Warrior Epic in spring 2009 with top syndication partners around the world.

“This partnership demonstrates True Games’ commitment to bringing quality triple-A gameplay, traditionally only seen in retail releases, to the free-to-play game space,” said Jeff Lujan, Founder and Chairman of True Games Interactive. “Not only is Warrior Epic a visually beautiful MMORPG, it also offers some incredibly innovative gameplay features that, combined with the free-to-play model, will ensure a big hit with gamers around the world”.

Warrior Epic is an online, action role-playing game set in an original fantasy world. In the game, players will assume command of a Warrior Hall from which they manage their characters’ adventures. They can recruit a wide array of character classes, each with its own style of play. The warrior classes and the Hall itself can be upgraded visually as well as functionally. Players adventure together in multiplayer campaigns, adventure mode, solo quests, and PVP. True Games and Possibility Space will soon release full product details for the game.

“The free-to-play business model is ushering in a fresh and welcome change to how games are developed and the relationship between developer, publisher and player. We welcome this change, and were looking for a publisher who felt the same,” said Gage Galinger, CEO of Possibility Space. “True Games’ progressive attitude toward online gaming and dedication to working with the next generation of top developers on truly high-quality game content made them the right choice for us and for Warrior Epic.”

“As our lineup grows and the quality of our upcoming products becomes evident, we are raising the bar for the free-to-play space,” said Bob Drobish, CEO of True Games. “With each unique product we sign, we continue to attract key talent and partnerships and this is just the beginning of what we have in store for gamers.”

For additional details on Warrior Epic and for continuous updates on the game, please visit: www.warriorepic.com.

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