Racing Instinct Given the Green Light for Beta Testing

November 30, 2008 · Filed Under Beta, News, Racing · Comment 

Waygate Publishing Limited, a London-based company specialising in the localisation and operation of Russian online games for the Western market, today invited beta testers for its latest project: Racing Instinct (www.racing-instinct.com and www.racinginstinct.com), an action-packed, thrill-filled, nitro-fuelled racing game with more than just fast cars. There are 30 beta testing places up for grabs, so contact Waygate Publishing on beta-1@waygate-publishing.com now for your registration code!

Join the race
Take on racers from all over the world, take your place on the podium and assume your position at the top of the leader board…all via your keyboard! Start out with an old banger, soup it up and show off your skills with the best car on the track.

Mini-games galore
And it’s not all about burning rubber…if you’re short of cash to splash on your motor, earn some money by cleaning windscreens at the local petrol station. The canaries have been eating something that has greatly upset their stomachs and everyone’s been driving down to the car wash… Or you could get your hands dirty by searching for useful junk in the scrap yard. And if you really want to make a mess, throw some eggs in the classic Egg Wars!

Fireworks
Once you’ve proven yourself the undisputed champion of the world, or the race track, at least, you can celebrate by letting off some fireworks in the city centre to show the world that you’re number 1!

Minimum requirements

  • 64Mb Direct X 9 video card
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 1.9GHz processor
  • Windows XP SP2 (generally works in Windows Vista but some users may experience compatibility problems with the Virtools plug-in which are being resolved)
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or above (not yet available on Firefox)
  • Virtools plugin

Contact beta-1@waygate-publishing.com for further details.

An in-depth view of Runes of Magic’s crafting system

November 29, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Besides exciting PvE and PvP adventures, Runes of Magic offers lots of activities for crafters and traders as well. Players can accept gathering professions already in the starting areas, to collect materials for the crafting of weapons, armor, potions or nourishing meals.

Later on, the professions of carpenter, blacksmith, armor crafting, alchemist, tailor and even cook are available. Alchemists mix potions, cooks prepare strenghtening food, carpenters and blacksmiths produce the best weapons in the country, while armor crafters and tailors are catering for the protection needs. Having taken the first steps in their profession, players can hire out as apprentice. Just like in real life, they can learn more than one profession in the fantasy-world of Runes of Magic and specialize later, depending on their interest. A new web article on the official website explains many more details: http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/crafting.html.

At first, the apprentice artisan has moderate skills only, but they are rising with each of his creations. Altogether, there are four ranks to master: apprentice, craftsman, specialist and master. The gathered resources can be refined into valuable items near the tools of the crafters. In the cities all of those tools are marked by a green arrow and the appropriate symbol for the profession. Crafters who’d rather want to work in the safety of their own home can build their personal workshop there or work in their guild house.

The magical runes that grant the world of Taborea their power can be combined by skilled craftsmen in the most different ways, taken apart into their components and integrated into manufactured products. That way, players can equip themselves with valuable items or earn a little extra money selling their crafted goods. It is even possible to extract attributes from one item and transfer them onto other items. This way, the most inconspicuous weapon can adopt the might of a powerful artifact or a gorgeous evening gown can be furnished with the resistance of an unsightly piece of armor. When the personal requirements are met, it may be advisable to boost the economy. The auction house is the right place to dispose of the produced surplus or to supply yourself with cheap resources.

Runes of Magic is currently in closed beta. Interested players can still apply for access to the beta test on www.runesofmagic.com. The ambitious MMORPG project is scheduled to go into open beta with further polishing and completely localized in the course of December.

Runes of Magic – a world full of wizardry and adventure
With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Right from the launch Runes of Magic will convey its absorbing story through more than 1.000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world. Players can choose between six main classes. Combined with a secondary class they dispose of 36 individual character classes over all. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts. A particularly attractive feature for guilds and players is the possibility to arrange their own virtual homes with individual furnishing.

Thanks to an extensive crafting and reputation system, thrilling PVP as well as demanding dungeons and boss-monsters, no wishes remain unsatisfied. The Taiwanese developer Runewaker has developed Runes of Magic according to western MMO standards within a time frame of three years. The studio will provide new challenges for players every three to four months with free add-ons and updates. MMO fans can find more information, pictures and videos on the official website www.runesofmagic.com.

Runes of Magic features

  • Free2play, no monthly fees, free download
  • Dual class system with switchable primary and secondary classes
  • Enthralling background story
  • Already over 1.000 quests and level comprehensive quest series on launch
  • Instanced and persistent dungeons
  • Individually developed skills and spells
  • Armor sets with special bonuses
  • Dynamic item system: Upgrades with hundreds of runes
  • PvP system, to be activated with a PvP flag (Player vs. Player duels, arena combat, ranking system)
  • Epic crafting system with the possibility to improve existing items
  • Individual coloring of clothes and armor
  • Housing: personalization with individual furniture for players and guilds
  • Special zones for guild houses
  • Reputation system
  • Scalable user interface based on the users preference (development of your own add-ons possible)
  • In-game map and radar system to easily find dealers, resources and quests
  • Auction house: auction and purchase items
  • Teleporting possibilities via runes, different and unique mounts
  • Controlling with mouse (Point & Click) and keyboard (WASD or arrow keys) possible

Codename: Panzers – Cold War

November 28, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Cold War Sequel in Award Winning Codename Panzers Real-time Strategy Series to be Published Worldwide by Atari for Windows PC

It’s time to reshape cold war history as Atari announce the forthcoming launch of Codename Panzers: Cold War, the latest PC real-time strategy title in the acclaimed Codename Panzers series from developers Stormregion and InnoGlow. The tense period in history when a word out of place could lead to all-out war provides a chilling backdrop for the real-time strategic action of Codename Panzers: Cold War, scheduled for release worldwide in February 2009 for Windows PC.

During the Cold War conflict the status quo between the occupying Allied and Soviet forces rests on a knife edge, when an aircraft accident over Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin Blockade threatens to tip the scales towards full-blown conflict. The tragic collision of an American cargo plane with a Russian fighter costs not only the lives of both crews, but proves to be all the encouragement Stalin and his Red Army needs to wage all out bloody war against the NATO forces.

“The intensely realistic scenarios of the cold war era make it one of the richest and dynamic periods in history to set a game,” said Phil Harrison, President, Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. “With the added benefit of Stormregion’s online gameplay innovations, Codename Panzers: Cold War will continue the success of its predecessors.”

Codename Panzers: Cold War represents the pinnacle of Cold War era conventional warfare including real world post-war heavy armor battles between heavy tanks like the American M103 and the Russian Troyanov. To take the gameplay beyond build-and-rush tactics the game uses a Point of Interest system, with distinctive structures on the map that teams must occupy to gain additional Prestige Points. Depending on the location and type of structures you occupy, Prestige Points can then be used to call in special attacks like napalm or helicopter support, or to produce additional units. Infantry can employ special urban warfare tactics like building and taking cover, constructing fortifications or tunneling, while the dynamic weather conditions affect unit behaviour and limit sight range creating even more tactical gameplay depth.

Taking the Cold War online, Codename Panzers: Cold War features extensive multiplayer gameplay options including coop, deathmatch and domination modes. A high level of customization means that entire armies can bear their own unique livery and that every single unit including tanks can be customized with equipment including flamethrowers, amphibian devices, camouflage nets and more. The title is undergoing extensive fine tuning and balancing of the gameplay prior to launch to ensure the most satisfying RTS experience possible.

With highly detailed visuals generated by Stormregion’s next-generation engine and online multiplayer for up to 8 players, Codename Panzers: Cold War brings the full cold-blooded chill of war to RTS fans, scheduled for release in February 2009.

Home Sweet Home: Christmas Edition is out

November 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Big Blue Bubble is proud to present “Home Sweet Home: Christmas Edition”! Christmas spirit has faded away in the town of Good Tidings. It’s up to you and your expert team of builders to help them out!

Make your clients happy by solving their riddle based requests and designing their dream room! You can design rooms in an infinite number of ways because you pick the type of furniture, its color, style, and where it goes. It’s going to take all of your New Tools and New Furniture to bring Style and Christmas Cheer to the Living Rooms, Offices, Basements, Kitchens, and Bathrooms of the townspeople.

The remarkably easy and intuitive drag and drop system and helpful tutorials will allow you jump right into designing rooms and making your clients happy. Santa needs you – so get designing!

Features ALL NEW…

  • Picture riddles!
  • Animated Furniture!
  • Christmas Riddles and A Christmas Story!
  • 175 brand new pieces of furniture – including Christmas Furniture!
  • Singing workers!
  • Extra Large Map!
  • Carol-oke Machine Tool!

Download it now from www.bbbarcade.com

Home Sweet Home: Christmas Edition supports 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista.

Voyage Century: Thanksgiving Events Preview

November 26, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

With Thanksgiving almost here, Voyage Century will be holding some captivating events with big rewards!

Event 1: Turkey Mobilization
During the event, Players can buy pet food to tame a pheasant, improve it to Level 5, and then exchange it for a pumpkin and turkey from the other Thanksgiving envoy. By clicking on them, players will be pleasantly surprised by what they get.
In addition, the GM will ask for some pheasants. Every level 5 pheasant whistle can be exchanged for 1 candy. There are 30 pieces of candy in total. If all the 30 pieces of candy in a server are exchanged for, then all of the players on that sever will enjoy double Exp and triple drop rates for 1 day.

Event 2: Treasures of the Lost Crusaders
During the event, there will be a large group of Lost Crusaders at the suburbs of Alexandria. Players can obtain a “Treasures from the Heaven” box from them. This box contains many precious items. To open the box, players need a key which can be bought from a GM at the Alexandria dock. Players will have a chance to obtain Thalassocrat, Oceanic Fairy, Certificate of overlord, Commander-in-Chief Certificate, Flawless Black Diamond, Special Refining Items and so on. Every single item is precious!

For more info about these events visit the official Voyage Century website.
http://vc.igg.com/news/newslist.php?ac=4

Kalypso Media Titles On Steam Now

November 26, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Kalypso Media UK have announced today that many of their back catalogue, current titles and future titles will soon be available via download from Steam, a leading platform for PC games with over 15 million accounts worldwide.

“We are delighted to be working globally with Valve Corporation as a strategic partner both now and going forward. Kalypso Media view Electronic Software Download as a vital part of our ongoing business strategy and the establishment of this strategic agreement with Valve Corporation is a key step forward. We are looking forward to making our games available to the game playing public on Steam,” said Charlie Barrett, Business Development Director Kalypso Media

The first Kalypso title to be released on Steam will be Imperium Romanum: Gold Edition. New titles, such as Ceville and Grand Ages: Rome, will be coming to Steam in the coming months.

AdventureQuest

November 25, 2008 · Filed Under Adventure, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Site getting 400,000 daily hits rivaling WoW; Retention rate unheard of 33%

Artix Entertainment, which four weeks ago added a browser-based MMORPG called AdventureQuest Worlds to its three-title lineup, has revealed their site is getting 400,000 unique hits per day (12 million per month), a stunning number which compares favorably with Blizzard’s World of Warcraft’s recently announced 11 million subscribers.

Artix, a small, Florida-based family-owned studio that offers three other RPG titles AdventureQuest, MechQuest, and DragonFable, has enjoyed a high success rate in the past five years with over 60 million accounts created for their games.

“Our small web games have consistently attracted a lot of players,” said Adam Bohn, founder of Artix. “The 12 million unique hits per month is the average. We’ve actually hit an all-time monthly high of 17.6 million unique hits.”

Bohn also revealed a site retention rate which may be one of the highest in the games industry. “Of the unique visitors to our website, about 33% of them have an active account with us in at least one game.”

Why are these numbers so huge?

Bohn cited a mix of three possible reasons. “First is customer loyalty. We’ve worked hard to build a very loyal and sizable player base who followed us into the online world when we released AdventureQuest World,” said Bohn. “Second is the combination of quality games and the fun factor. The third reason, which we think is unique in the world of MMORPGs – including browser-based MMORPGs – is our commitment to updating every one of our games every week., which is the hallmark of all Artix games. We’re proud of our consistent track record of listening to our players and responding quickly to their input.”

AdventureQuest Worlds provides players with exciting adventures battling armies of monsters in real-time combat and enjoying new weekly quests alongside thousands of other real players. Players can customize their characters with armors, capes, helms, and custom-crafted weapons from the Blacksmith’s Shop at any level. Players have the freedom to change among different character classes at any time, and can level-up all of the classes to the max to unlock new skills and specialty shops along the way.

Players can visit www.AQ.com to sign up for an account and play online for free. No downloads required. Other Artix RPG titles include MechQuest at www.mechquest.com, DragonFable at www.dragonfable.com, and AdventureQuest at www.battleon.com.

Ubisoft Announces Fan Reward for Prince of Persia – Unlockable Skin of Assassin’s Creed hero Altair

November 24, 2008 · Filed Under Consoles, News · Comment 

There are many secrets hiding within the quiet places of our Prince’s world. Link your Ubisoft.com account to your Xbox LIVE® or PlayStation®Network account, and you will gain access to the skin of Altair from Assassin’s Creed. Continue your exploration of the fantastic places of ancient Persia clad in the white and red of Altair’s ancient order.

“Prince of Persia is an incredible experience. We’re thrilled to give our loyal fans another way to journey through it,” said Ben Mattes, producer for Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia video game. “This exclusive reward is a ‘thank you’ to our fans, who can easily unlock it when they link their Ubisoft.com accounts to their Xbox 360® or PLAYSTATION®3 gamer identities.”

Create your Ubisoft.com account now at www.princeofpersia.com, and when you begin your Prince of Persia adventure you will be able to immediately unlock this exclusive reward.

Prince of Persia is currently scheduled for release on December 5th 2008 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Zu Online: High level Monsters in Watercloud Palace Overview

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

In Zu Online (http://zu.igg.com/), players can play an apprentice of one of the five clans and then enter the epic battle between the Gods and Devils. To maintain justice, they have to fight various monsters in the game. Today, some high level monsters and NPC in Watercloud Palace will be shown as below:

Shark Soldier:

Davy Jones General quietly trains Shark Soldiers as his trusted subordinates. They are brave and battlewise but fierce and ruthless so they have gradually taken the place of the Chess Army.

Dragon Elder:

It is a sea dragon. It was sealed by the Boulder Immortal in the sea chess for its evil deeds.

Chess Elephant:

It’s a sea elephant that has become a talented monster after years of hard training. It looks simple, honest and even a bit slow. But actually, it is of great wisdom like a military counselor. It was sealed in the sea chess by the Boulder Immortal.

Dragon King:

The Dragon King is the leader of the sea dragons. No one knows his age and no one has ever gotten a full view of his appearance. He resides deep in the Sea Dragon Cave but always cares for his clan and oversees the world using his sagacious eyes.

Huoshen:

Huoshen (NPC) is a talented master who possesses supreme power and has created tons of awesome creatures as well as guarding Watercloud Palace preparing to fight the Blood Demon. No one knows his history. No one knows his purpose either. People only know he is an excellent leader and guides the Resisting Army to fight against the Evil Chess Army without any complaints, even though he has suffered much hardship. However, he may keep a secret connection with the Evil Chess Army.

For more information, please click http://zu.igg.com/news/newscon.php?aid=1444

Voyage Century: Treasure Map Overview

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

Today the folks at Voyage Century are going to talk to you about treasure maps.

Do you still remember the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves? Have you ever dreamed that one day you can find abundant treasure like Ali Baba? Well, while X usually does not mark the spot, and “Open sesame” probably won’t open many doors, the team at Voyage Century knows that there is a lot of treasure just waiting to be discovered.

A treasure map is the key to your dreams of fortune and fame, however, it’s not easy to obtain a complete map, because it is usually made up of several little pieces which are obtained from monsters, quests, etc… If you are lucky enough, sometimes you may find some right under your nose. After obtaining enough map fragments, you can find a treasure hunter to make a complete treasure map.

The complete treasure map will tell you the location of the treasure, and then you must go directly to the location to pursue your treasure!

What does the treasure contain? Money, rare blueprints, jewelry, gems, diamonds, high-level gear, valuable items… Basically, it contains whatever you want! J

In Voyage Century, the treasure not only exists on ground, but also exists on the high seas. You will definitely find these treasures as long as you have patience and fortitude. Glittering treasure awaits those that seek it out, my friends!

Navigate your way to adventure…and treasure, with Voyage Century Online!

For more info about treasure maps and Voyage Century visit:
http://vc.igg.com/getting/index.php?ac=205

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