Angels Online: Holy Battlefield in New Expansion

December 30, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

As one of three PVP systems in Angels Online (http://ao.igg.com), the Holy Battlefield, from the newest expansion, offers players even more PK fun. Players can PK freely here and capture materials just like in the Outpost Battlefield and the Totem Battle systems. Today, the Angels Online team is talking about Holy Battlefield in m ore detail.

When the new expansion “The Lost Atlantis” was released, Holy Battlefield became available to all players. Different from the Totem Battle, it is held on an appointed map and all participants are randomly divided into two groups. That means players from different factions can fight shoulder to shoulder. Not only guilds but also newbie players who haven’t joined any guild can take part in this event. The Angels Online team will be holding the Holy Battlefield four times each week.


Sign-up

During the 15 minutes before the event starts, players must go find the NPC Battle Angel in the four cities and then be teleported to the Sign-up Office. They can sign up to take part in the event from the Holy Battlefield Clerk. The Clerk will randomly divide all participants into the two armies and teleport them to their relative Rebirth Preparation Area.

About the Battle
The system announcement will announce the start of battle. Players from different armies can then freely PK. Remember, it is better for players to make a complete battle plan while they are enjoying the PK. Only the army who captures the most crystals can win the battle.

About Points

1. Kill an enemy: Each player can earn points by killing enemies.

2. Destroy a City Gate: City Gates are the main fortification on the battlefield. Players should work together to destroy the opponent army’s City Gates and earn the corresponding points.

3. Destroy a Statue: Each army possesses 25 Statues. If these statues can be destroyed, then there are a lot of points to be earned.

Also, in order to earn more points, production players can increase their army’s defense by building City Gates and Statues. Crystals will be captured if these defensive structures are destroyed. So each production player in the battlefield should try collecting materials and building defensive structures. The Holy Battlefield means fun for everyone!

In Holy Battlefield, players from the winning army can obtain abundant exp as reward. Don’t worry! Players can still obtain exp according to their point totals, even if they are not a winner.

For more information about the Holy Battlefield visit: http://ao.igg.com/act/glory/.

Global Crisis is Upon Us – Strategy Expansion Pack Now Available

December 29, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Paradox Interactive is proud to announce that Global Crisis, the eagerly anticipated expansion to the geo-political, military strategy game Supreme Ruler 2020, has been released today and will be available via digital download on GamersGate.

David Thompson, Lead Designer and Co-Founder of BattleGoat Studios, said, “We wanted to make sure that there would be plenty of additional content to increase the enjoyment and replayability of the original game. Although the new campaign and scenarios are the main emphasis of the expansion pack, it’s really the many subtle improvements such as flags on unit HUDs and allowing players to rename Battle Groups, that I think our players will appreciate the most.”

Global Crisis includes many new features:

  • 20 new scenarios which more than double the number of scenarios that originally shipped with the game
  • Additional new multiplayer scenarios
  • New campaign/sandbox map along with a new storyline leading players towards World War III
  • New scenario features including scripted and random events
  • Improved unit control and grouping
  • Expanded tech tree
  • New units and unit meshes
  • Additional game lobby options
  • Graphic improvements
  • AI enhancements
  • More tutorials and in-game tips
  • User interface improvements

The expansion requires Supreme Ruler 2020 and is available exclusively via digital download via GamersGate and Direct2Drive. Suggested retail price is $19.99. A gold pack including both Supreme Ruler 2020 and Global Crisis will also be available at GamersGate.

World of Warcraft Subscriber Base Reaches 11.5 Million Worldwide

December 28, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Wrath of the Lich KingTM expansion fuels growth with record first-month sales of more than 4 million

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced that World of Warcraft®, its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, is now played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. This new high was reached following the November 13 release of the game’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich KingTM.

Within its first 24 hours of availability, Wrath of the Lich King sold more than 2.8 million copies, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time. In addition to winning a number of editor’s choice awards from major gaming publications, the expansion has now gone on to sell more than 4 million copies in its first month, setting a new record for monthly PC-game sales. Both sales records were previously held by World of Warcraft’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade®.*

“We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s global community has continued to show,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. “We look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment experience for a long time to come.”

“Not only is Wrath of the Lich King still doing well, the base World of Warcraft game and the World of Warcraft Battle Chest® are performing better than last year,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “That type of traction is very impressive for a game that is going into its fifth holiday season and speaks to the enthusiastic player base Blizzard Entertainment products have.”

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs. More information about the latest World of Warcraft expansion is available at the official Wrath of the Lich King website: www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath.

World of Warcraft’s Subscriber Definition

World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees’ territories are defined along the same rules.

Wonderland Online: Treasure Boxes Strategy

December 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Except for the Gold Box, there are still 3 other Boxes in Wonderland Online (http://wl.igg.com/main.php). Players must complete several different quests to get these keys. Additional rewards will be given to players after finishing all the quests.

Key of Red Box*3
1.
Quest: Easy Mission (Shading Puppet Lord: Earth, Level 160, HP: 35000; Small Shading Puppet Lord: Water, Fire, Level 70, HP: 1xxx)
Target: Villager in Kyoto market
Condition: None
Rewards: Key of Red Box*1, Star*1
2.
Quest: Helios (1st round: Ayatollah: Fire, Level 90, HP: 27850; Yatumu Guardian: Water, Fire, Earth, Level 70, HP: 12350) (2nd round: Ayatollah: Fire, Level 90, HP: 27850; Messenger’s Guard: Water, Fire, Earth, Wind, Level 130, HP: 13000)
Target: Villager in Kyoto market
Condition: None
Rewards: Key of Red Box*1, Cyan Devil’s Spar*1
3.
Quest: Take it easy!
Target: Villager in Holy Village
Condition: It costs 20,000 Gold
Rewards: Key of Red Box*1

Red Box Location:
1) The 2nd cave on the left of Oslia Island
2) The middle cave in Japan
3) 1st Underground Pathway in Japan

Key of Green Box*2
1.
Quest: Inchon Vendor
Target: Inchon Vendor
Condition: Costs 20,000 Gold
Rewards: Key of Green Box*1, Cyan Devil’s Spar*1

2.
Quest: Female Doctor Chang Jin
Target: Chang Jin or the ill boy
Condition: It costs 10,000 Gold and the Oh! Ginseng! quest should have been done.

Digital Eel Opens Up The Brainpipe

December 26, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

A Psychedelic Endurance Run Through Your Third Eye!

BRAINPIPE, from the wild and weird minds of Digital Eel, is a game about transcendentalism, unhumanity, ganglia, and Jonathan Winters. It is a game that answers the question, “If Timothy Leary had designed a computer game, what would it look like?” Unfortunately it does not answer the question, “Why do drive-up ATMs have Braille keypads?”

BRAINPIPE is a mindblowing virtual trip through your subconscious, rendered in bedazzling three dimensions and made possible through your computer. Using a one click interface and rated 33.13-TOXIC on the Pangborn scale, Brainpipe commands you to navigate the twisted passages of the mind in your ultimate quest to awaken your inner self and become more than human.

Experience your mind’s eye from the first person perspective, swooping through its glowing neon tunnels (who knew the subconscious looked so much like Las Vegas on acid?) while collecting glowing glyphs and avoiding dangers that will shatter your psyche and unleash the dreaded brain drain-whereupon your skull implodes. Imploding skulls are usually never enjoyable, so try to avoid the bad things, ‘kay?

Published by Shrapnel Games (and as publisher we feel it is our duty to warn you that after prolonged exposure to Brainpipe many testers found that reality was a pale shade of what Brainpipe offered, creating an addiction that was only kept in check by seeing if their previous high score could be beat) BRAINPIPE is available as an immediate download for Windows. Fear not Mac users, with your much cooler television commercials (Mojave experiment? Really Bill, that’s the best marketing billions of dollars buys you?), a Mac version is in the works and will be available soon.

Of course all this talk about glowing glyphs, navigating your mind, and Jonathan Winters may be leaving you going, “Hunh?” Or perhaps, “What?” Maybe even, “Corn flakes!” So strap yourself in, grab the demo, and let the Brainpipe flow! Download it by heading on over to the BRAINPIPE game page.

BRAINPIPE can be purchased for only $14.95 from the Shrapnel Games online store, the Gamers Front. Trip the light fantastic within minutes of purchase!

For more groovy gaming from Digital Eel be sure to check out www.shrapnelgames.com, home to their award-winning galactic funhouse, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. You’ll also find their complete catalog of freeware titles to enjoy, along with an entire catalog of the best independent strategy gaming on the ‘net. From fighting the entire Pacific War in about three hours in the recently released War Plan Pacific to fighting twenty other players for godhood in Dominions 3: The Awakening, there’s something for everyone at Shrapnel Games, independent publisher of fine titles since 1999.

Velvet Assassin

December 26, 2008 · Filed Under Consoles, News · Comment 

OUTFITS
From day one the developers at Replay Studios knew they didn’t want to simply sensationalize one of the most tragic wars in human history, but to give gamers one of the first true-to-life experiences. An integral part of that mission was to provide players with an intriguing view of the war by portraying a strong, yet normal woman, not only in physique – but also in the reality of her abilities. Violette is a woman who has lost everything dear to her and now has but one goal – to disrupt and destroy the Nazi regime. Completely alone behind enemy lines, Violette has to do whatever it takes to complete her missions with what she has on hand. Everything Violette has must have a meaning and a use, including her clothing. Depending on the mission, Violette has a few sets of clothing that she can use to her advantage.

OUTFIT EXAMPLES
Below we give three examples of some of the outfits available in Velvet Assassin

Pilot Outfit – Violette’s mainstay is her standard brown leather jacket and blue canvas cargo pant set. While not exactly all the rage in Milan, this is a very likely outfit of the times; providing the wearer with the storage of cargo pockets, durability of canvas and toughness of the leather. This outfit gives Violette a solid set of threads to get by with. There isn’t too much to be said for these duds, but they get the job done.

Leather Sneaking Suit
– The all-leather suit gives Violette a slight edge in darkness. For obvious reasons she’s able to blend in with the shadows much better in this suit. Made of supple leather, this is the ideal outfit for Violette, with the tough, yet soft feel of the leather offering her great flexibility in both combat and stealth.

Nazi Officer Uniform
– As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Isn’t it funny how they never seem to find the things right under their noses? With one quick wardrobe change, Violette takes on the Nazi Officer uniform and can easily infiltrate enemy ranks. The minute Violette dons the uniform, she takes on the persona of a Nazi officer, walking and saluting to keep the other soldiers completely fooled. As long as Violette doesn’t have any close face-to-face encounters and doesn’t behave suspiciously, she should be able to fool any soldiers she comes upon.

Night Dress – This outfit is completely unsuited to any of the exploits that Violette will undertake, but that’s the point. The entirety of Velvet Assassin is actually a flashback, with Violette remembering her efforts while in a coma. Whenever players get into a tight spot in the game, they can go into Morphine Mode which simulates Violette getting an injection of the drug from her nurse to calm her down as she lives out the horrific memories of war in her violent dreams. When this happens, the action slows down and the world around her becomes more of a dreamscape, and whatever Violette was wearing is temporarily exchanged with the nightie she’s garbed in at the hospital.

Velvet Assassin will be released for Xbox 360 and PC in early 2009. For more information about Velvet Assassin please visit www.velvetassassin.com.

Audere Semper

December 25, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

PLOT
It is a bright October day. And Rome, the eternal city, wakes up. The bars and stores open for business, the tourists gather at the museums and the sounds of traffic blankets the streets. For Elisa, this seems like another typical day. First, she attends her university journalism class, grabs a quick chat with friends, and then races off for her work at a small local newspaper, the Eco di Roma. Unfortunately, her time there is split between boring odd jobs and reprimands from her boss. None su of this suits the ambitious young intern, who yearns for a real assignment and the chance for “the story” that will make her name as a reporter. But this October day will be anything but typical for Elisa. Her adventure begins with what she thinks is nothing more than a way to pass time at the newspaper. A mysterious coded message turns up and Elisa decides to try her skills at deciphering its meaning. What she uncovers is just the first piece of a deeper intrigue. As she follows its trail, Elisa will have to choose between the scoop of a lifetime and her own ethics. And she will find herself trapped in a series of tangled events deep in the heart of Rome. For this ancient city, known for its culture and art, also has a history of dark secrets and esoteric movements.

To survive these challenges, instinct and skills will not be enough. Elisa will have to learn to face her fears, belonging to a past that was perhaps better left alone…

FEATURES

  • A dark, thrilling and original story of the adventures of a young wanna-be journalist, Elisa Flavi.
  • Over 35 locations and 20 characters created by 10th Art Studios, featuring Fabrizio Fiorentino (Marvel, DC-Comics).
  • Interactive play, dialogues and challenges for a 15+ hours gameplay experience.
  • The story is set in Rome, whose most important monuments and square will be perfectly reproduced and used as part of the game.
  • Special double cut-scene techniques for fully realized dynamic visuals: Full Motion Video combined with pre-rendered hand drawn cutscenes are creatively integrated within the game so players will experience a full emotional range for main characters.
  • Unique Gameplay by the use of “Interactive Ideas” Elisa will add notes to her diary during the game, which can be used as inventory objects to solve riddles or talk with other NPC.
  • 60 minutes of original soundtrack.

Tales of Pirates: Christmas Carnival Preview

December 24, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The Christmas is quickly approaching as well as the coming of New Year, so Tales of Pirates (http://top.igg.com) will be providing a grand Christmas Carnival to give something back to their warmhearted players.

Event I: Daily Christmas Fun

Marriam, the Innkeeper in Argent City, has a flourishing business during the holiday season. She is busy preparing gifts for guests, but she is all alone in the inn. Players who can help her to collect the required materials will obtain generous rewards, 100,000 gold and 2 Level 3 Sand Bags!

Event II: Summoning Santa

This being season of giving, Wynne at Icicle Castle has kept herself busy delivering Christmas presents for Santa Claus, but she’s been so busy that she forgot to set one aside for herself. She is a girl as kind as Santa Claus who always brings us joy and happiness. Players, who want to help her, can go to find Wynne at Icicle Castle and take the quest. You will obtain 8000 EXP and a Santa Clause summoning scroll as rewards.

Event III: Christmas Wishing Tree

It is said that Adam and Eve erected a beautiful tree in the Eden long time ago. The tree has a magic that when kind people make a wish under the tree, their wishes may come true. It only appears at Christmas holiday every year. If you come across the magic tree, don’t miss your chance to make a wish for yourself!

Players can buy the Christmas Greeting Card in the Item Mall and go to find NPC at Deep Blue (1220, 550) to take the quest. Click the Christmas tree to send out the wishes in the system announcements, also they will see the Xmas Carnival Fireworks above the tree. Players who are Level 40+ will also have a chance to choose one wish from among the wish list.

For more details about the events, please visit the official site http://top.igg.com.

The Sims 3 Fact Sheet

December 23, 2008 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Life is What you Make It!

Product Description
Get inspired by the endless creative possibilities and unexpected moments of surprise and mischief in The Sims 3! Customize your Sims’ appearances and choose up to five traits to create individual personalities. With over 60 personality traits—including kleptomaniac, insane, and evil—you can create millions of unique Sims! New goal-oriented game play enables you to choose which short or long-term objectives you want your Sims to pursue and even determine your Sims’ destinies in life. Create and edit your own movies by capturing your gameplay moments or select from a library of clips. Then join The Sims 3 online community where you can show off all of your creations, get free bonus content, hear the latest news, and more!

Key Features

  • Create any Sims you can imagine and give them personalities! Design your ultimate Sim by choosing up to five traits from more than 60 and numerous body characteristics in the Create-a-Sim feature. Customize your Sims body type, facial features, hair styles, and more. Create an evil, handsome, ripped kleptomaniac that wreaks havoc on those around.
  • Control your Sims’ destinies. From a rock star or world leader to an expert thief, you choose whether or not to pursue the Lifetime Wish of your Sim. Choose whether to fulfill their destiny, giving them a lifetime of happiness and rewards—or not and be devious!
  • Customize everything! You are the designer! From clothing to houses, customize patterns, colors, or create any house you can imagine. Customize any aspect of your Sims’ style…even down to the style and color of their shoes!
  • Be the Director of your Sims’ movies! Never before have you been able to make your own movie with a cast, a set, soundtrack, a story and editing without leaving the game. Now you can with the movie making mash up tool set. Make a movie and share it with the world!
  • Share like never before! Join The Sims 3 online community where you can show off your creations from Sims and houses to objects, movies, and more. Download tons of exclusive content and hear the latest news of The Sims 3 world first. (www.TheSims3.com)

The gPotato team announces a series of in-game Christmas events in the free-to-play MMORPG FlyFF

December 23, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the vibrant world of the free-to-play MMORPG Fly for Fun (FlyFF) is all set to host a ton of extraordinary events. Between December 22 and January 5, the gPotato team hosts a wide range of activities and events for players enjoying the Christmas holidays. There are a whole host of exclusive awards and items on offer for adventurers who can complete the challenges we’ve set in-game.

A special event commences Monday, December 22 to celebrate the arrival of Christmas in the world of FlyFF. Adventurers of all levels can use their investigative skills to overcome the quest proposed by the gPotato team. The most valiant defenders of the Christmas Spirit will be rewarded with wonderful gifts, including the very rare Lawolf Sledge. The few lucky winners of the new permanent flying mount will be able to fly in the sky of Madrigal at any time – Santa style, comfortably seated on this legendary sledge.

From December 23, the town of Madrigal will be redecorated in a festive way to celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus. This iconic character will provide many rewards to the most courageous players who are searching for Golden Apples to feed to Rudolf. The adventurers will have until the 5th of January to find those apples stolen by the monsters of FlyFF and redeem them for a variety of great rewards!

By organising regular in-game events for the FlyFF community, the gPotato team hopes to offer a vibrant and constantly evolving environment for players of all levels. These events range from the addition of new themed in-game quests, a regular schedule of community events and competitions to see how creative our playing community can be with screenshot contests and creative writing competitions.

Please find enclosed the exclusive screenshots of the special FlyFF Christmas event. For additional information, please visit the official website http://flyff.gpotato.eu

The gPotato team is also happy to announce a new payment method in association with “PaySafeCard”. PaySafeCards are prepaid cards available across France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany in many retail outlets, and can be redeemed on all games available on the gPotato.eu portal. The full announcement is available in French at the following link.

Flyff
FlyFF: Fly for Fun is a free-to play MMORPG featuring a “manga-ish” atmosphere and is operated in French and German by Gala Networks Europe Ltd. Become an adventurer and discover the world of Madrigal, flying above hordes of monsters and resolving intriguing mysteries. On more than 120 levels, FlyFF offers players a diverse and thrilling adventure, allowing them to fly freely on a brush or a magical hoverboard! For more information, please visit the official FlyFF website at the following address: http://flyff.gpotato.eu.

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