Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Now Available

February 28, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Wage total war across Europe and build an empire in Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition!

Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) and Western Civilization Software (www.west-civ.com) are thrilled to announce that Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition, the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Crown of Glory, is now available for immediate download! Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition offers gamers an opportunity to test their strength in an age of legends.
The original Crown of Glory won a series of accolades, including the Charles S. Roberts award for best Pre-20th Century Wargame, the War-Historical Group’s Wargame of the Year 2005, 8/10 from IGN and 9+/10 from Wargamer.com. Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a major step up from the original in nearly every area, with new detailed Naval Combat, a streamlined economic system, a much stronger AI, beautiful new strategic map, new scenarios and significant interface improvements, just to name a few!

To mark the release of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition, three of the tutorial videos included with the game are now available to give gamers a feel for the addicting gameplay and in-depth game system headed their way! The topics of the three tutorials are The Basics, Land Combat, and Naval Combat. Be sure to check them out on YouTube or download a higher quality version from our website.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a very worthy sequel to the original classic. The new features, improvements and additional scenarios as well as engrossing strategic and tactical play make this an experience that Napoleonic fans should not miss. Anyone with an interest in the Napoleonic period as well as fans of beautifully designed strategy game should give this game a look!”

The initial release is download-only, with options for boxed copies with printed manuals planned to be available next week. Customers who would like a boxed copy and printed manual should wait for those options to show up in the Matrix Games Online Store before purchasing. Also, customers who already own the original Crown of Glory are entitled to a $10 Discount Coupon off the price of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition. This discount coupon can be retrieved by following the links on the product and store pages.

Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever…

Two centuries ago, Europe was in the midst of one of the most gripping periods in human history. It was an era that saw cobblers become princes and emperors become exiles, an age of legendary diplomats and brilliant tacticians. Listen to the roll of the drum, the call of the bugle, and see the banners unfurled above the divisions and corps. Wide-eyed recruits march next to battle-scarred veterans, sabers clatter alongside the bags of grapeshot, the wheels of hundreds of caissons rattle, as generals plan and diplomats plot, and all of Europe grasps with desperate hands for… The Crown Of Glory.

This new Emperor’s Edition is a sequel to the acclaimed Crown of Glory and improves on the original in every area, immersing the player in the epic events of the Napoleonic era. A beautiful strategic map with more than 200 provinces covers all of Europe and North Africa, with scenarios and campaigns from 1792 up to 1820. Stronger AI, a streamlined interface and a new simplified economic model to allow players to focus on the aspects of the game they most enjoy. Players take the role of one of the crowned potentates of any of the eight Major powers as well as having the option to play as a minor power such as Poland, Denmark or Portugal.

A turn-based structure allows you to play at your own pace, deciding on the military, diplomatic, economic and social paths of your nation, including treaties, trade routes and levying and supplying military units. While your armies march across a worldwide map with monthly turns, detailed land and naval battles allow you to play at a smaller scale, where your brigades, divisions and ships can be commanded with historical tactics. All battles can be resolved quickly or fought out on a detailed battlefield map.

Each unit has its purpose on the battlefield, with such diverse troops as Jagers, Cossacks, Janissaries and Horse Artillery all modeled for individual strength and morale ratings and each beautifully rendered and animated. Similarly, ships ranging from Frigates to massive First Rate Ships of the Line clash on the seas in battles ranging from skirmishes to decisive fleet engagements, all modeled in great realistic detail.

The eight major powers (France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Sweden) and over ninety computer-controlled minor nations are modeled in rich historical detail. Every effort has been made to bring you as thorough a simulation of the Napoleonic Era as is possible, from the dockyards of Lisbon to the frozen wastes of Holy Mother Russia.

Historical leaders, special abilities, fleets, upgrades, reinforcements, colonialism, guard units and over 100 historical events, give Crown Of Glory: Emperor’s Edition a unique and engrossing style. Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown Of Glory: Emperor’s Edition offers you an opportunity to test your strength in an age of legends.

Emperor’s Edition Improvements:

• New strategic map including a network of roads connecting provinces
• 70 new movement areas on the strategic map
• New “Simple Economy” mode for players who want to concentrate on military / diplomacy
• 6 new minor powers
• 101 new historical events such as “Reign of Terror,” “Janissary Revolt,” and “Assassination of Paul I”
• Map zooms in and out smoothly on strategic and detailed combat levels
• Nations gain Experience and Naval Experience and use these to purchase national upgrades, advanced units, and special training for units
• Improved orders of battle in all scenarios with historical names for hundreds of divisions and ships
• New scenarios for 1803 and 1812
• New scenarios that allow Portugal, Bavaria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Poland to be player-controlled
• Changes to strategic A.I. to create more historical decisions for certain nations
• New “Path of Napoleon” victory condition in which player must try to accomplish all of Napoleon’s goals
• New rules for inflation and mobilization limits to better model wartime effects on the economy and to limit army sizes to historical levels
• New rules for march attrition
• New interface screens for strategic overview, unit and province lists
• Ability to fight detailed battles at division or brigade level
• New system of in-game help
• New music and sound effects

Get more information on Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition from its official product page and be sure to watch or download the new tutorial videos!

Beta For New Mmo Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins Launched Today

February 27, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Uforia Brings One Of The Most Renowned Asian Novels To Life Online at http://threekingdoms.uforia.com

Uforia, Inc., a new online game publisher specializing in massively multiplayer online games, today announced that the Beta for Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins launches today at http://threekingdoms.uforia.com.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins is a new free-to-play MMO based on one of the most well-known Asian novels of all-time.

“We strongly encourage players to join the beta for Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins so they can be among the first to experience this exciting game.” said JK Kim, CEO of Uforia.

In the beta all players will be able to experience the cash shop mall.
Players will be able to increase the amount of experience and gold they gain, purchase powerful armor, and have access to special mounts.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins, developed by G-rex Soft, chronicles the tragic last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), when the Chinese empire was divided into three kingdoms at battle. This important period in Chinese history became a subject of extreme and continuing interest to historians, poets, and dramatists. Three
Kingdoms: The Battle Begins narrates this account and provides players the opportunity to choose from 4 gripping and distinctive character classes to help battle through 200 extraordinary levels packed with boss monsters and their relentless followers. As players undergo the world of Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins, they can reshape the story by carefully planning and executing political assassinations.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins offers a one-of-a-kind quest system that delivers missions to players while they are still in the battlefield, maximizing the player’s enjoyment of and involvement in the battle. This unique feature enables the player to continue their travels while having the benefit of receiving items from completing quests. Player vs. Player (PVP) battlegrounds are available on the hour every hour 24/7, allowing the winners of the battle to become Lords who are granted access to exclusive skills and items. Honor points are awarded during these battles and can be used to purchase unique items and equipment from special merchants.

An exciting Player Kill (PK) system is also part of this epic adventure which includes a unique “Death Note” feature. This element exists so if a player is killed by the same opponent multiple times, the opponent is added to the player’s death note. The opponent’s location will be specified on the player’s map as a blinking signal, enabling the player to execute revenge more easily.

For more information about Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins and to sign up for the Beta visit http://threekingdoms.uforia.com

Ea Los Angeles Releases The Lost Mission Of Command & Conquer Generals

February 27, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Attention generals! You have been requested to report for duty one more time.

In celebration of the sixth anniversary of the award-winning real-time strategy classic Command & Conquer Generals, EA Los Angeles released an exclusive gift to the Command & Conquer fans– the lost mission of Command & Conquer Generals. The never-before-seen and controversial Global Liberation Army mission was not included in the game’s original 2003 release and has been hidden and securely stored away in a secret location at the EA Los Angeles development studio until today. Command & Conquer fans can now download the mission Black Sheep for free on www.commandandconquer.com and unleash their inner General.

Black Sheep was originally slated to be the third mission in the Global Liberation Army campaign where players were given command of the Toxin Tractor, a slow-going farm vehicle modified to spray a deadly corrosive agent, and ordered to eliminate a town that had been “corrupted beyond salvation” by the USA’s propaganda. While the mission was ultimately removed from Generals, the Toxin Tractor was available in other campaign missions, as well as in multiplayer and skirmish modes.

Command & Conquer Generals is considered a genre-defining RTS of its time. The first fully 3D real-time strategy game, Generals put the player’s trigger finger on the pulse of modern warfare and let gamers command massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of destruction. With three unique factions, each with customizable high-tech arsenals ready to deliver unprecedented firepower on land or in the skies, gamers could wage real-time war in more ways than ever before, with thrilling air-to-air duels, urban combat, and an enhanced veterancy model.

Black Sheep will require Command & Conquer Generals to play. For more information on Command & Conquer Generals please visit www.commandandconquer.com.

The gPotato team announces the launch of the seventh European server in the free-to-play MMORPG Rappelz

February 26, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Rappelz is a free MMORPG that takes place a dark and fantastic world, and is published in Europe by Gala Networks Europe through the www.gpotato.eu gaming portal. Launched in February 2008 in German and French, Rappelz has set itself apart from competitors by offering even more entertainment, events and competitions to our vibrant and growing community of players. To accommodate the growing number of French players, a 7th European server named Cerberus opens its doors today.

The epic battles and fantastic creatures that populate the world of Rappelz over the past year have contributed to the success of this free MMORPG in Europe. The arrival of the Epic V extension last summer offered the players brand new content via the new Bear Dungeon instance and the introduction of mythical creatures such as Kerberos and the White Dragon. With the most recent update, Epic V part 2 which was released in October, Rappelz continues this trend by bringing lots of new innovations, the emergence of a new creature, the Carbuncle, and much more content with the implementation of new objects that grant different bonuses to players.

The gPotato team had our community involved before creating this new server, and allowed players to vote for their favorite name. The name Cerberus refers to one of the rarest and most sought after creatures in the world of Rappelz: the powerful three-headed Cerberus. Celebrations are also planned to celebrate the opening of the 7th European server: Cerberus players will receive an experience a bonus of 150% for the first week, and players across all servers are more likely to collect quality items from monsters during this time.

At the same time, to celebrate the first player who reaches the 150 level on the server Kentauros, all players of this server will experience a bonus of 150% during the same week. And since good news never comes alone, new updated content is being prepared and should arrive very soon.

Please find enclosed artworks of the Cerberus, the Rappelz fantastic creature that inspired the name of the new server. And for more information, visit the http://rappelz.gpotato.eu.

EA’s BATTLEFORGE Game Gives Away Music Pack For Free

February 25, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Just Five Weeks Until March 24th Launch of Epic Action RTS and Fantasy Gamers Are Gearing up to Play Online With Friends

EA announced that Phenomic, the team behind BattleForge, is giving away in-game and remixed music for free in a track pack called MetalForge Bonus Trax Pack. The music in this RTS trading card game adds to the gameplay experience with its epic score and grandiose instrumentation. Phenomic teamed up with the Dynamedion Music Group, a 40-piece orchestra, to give each faction its own unique sound – fire, frost, nature, and shadow. The MetalForge Bonus Trax Pack includes three tracks called, “Giantsbane”, “Viridia’s Demise” and “MetalForge” – which are available now for free at www.battleforge.com for a limited time. To accompany the MetaForge music giveaway, players can also download a special behind-the-scenes trailer that captures the making of the BattleForge soundtrack. The full BattleForge soundtrack is available for purchase at www.ea.com/eatrax and other digital music retailers.

BattleForge combines strategy, fantasy, trading cards and magical spells in a dynamic online environment. The game gives players use of virtual trading cards to build the perfect army and lay waste to their foes. Combining the strategic, real-time gameplay of classics such as Command &ConquerTM with a fully enabled, online collectible community, BattleForge is a breath of fresh air in the strategy genre. With an all-new style of play that is more accessible for casual gamers, BattleForge still offers the depth of gameplay that more sophisticated RTS players seek. The collectable cards are the tools of war – each representing a spell, building or unit that is conjured directly onto the battlefield.

BattleForge features single-player and cooperative scenarios, as well as Player vs. Player (PvP) ranked and unranked duels. With co-op play, guilds, chat rooms, and a robust marketplace featuring direct trade, an auction hall, and in-game mail, BattleForge is the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS. Let the battles begin!

BattleForge ships March 24th, 2009 for the PC. Sign up for the Beta at www.BattleForgeCardHunt.com. For more information visit www.battleforge.com.

Introducing Dragonica’s combat – the Archer and the Thief

February 24, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Bows, crossbows and gatling gun meet triple blades, stealth and speed

Introducing Dragonica’s Combat – the Archer and the Thief

Dragonica is the brand new free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG. It will be available to download across Europe, this Spring from the www.gpotato.eu gaming portal. As the gPotato Europe team prepares for the game’s launch, we are proud to release information on the dynamic combo-based combat system and take a look at the special moves of the Archer and the Thief.

As an Archer, you can tailor your appearance during you journey through Dragotaka with a variety of bows, armour, hats, jewellery and magical items. With your trusty bow in your hands, you can also expect to have access to nine special moves by the time you reach level ten.

Archers are nimble and powerful ranged fighters. They can unleash a torrent of arrows to knock multiple enemies off their feet, and then somersault kick them on the ground to send them skyward. Their quick reactions allow them to juggle opponents in the air with multiple arrows, before unleashing a powerful shot to hit them while they lie on the ground. When surrounded or in a tight corner, Archers can moonwalk their way out of harm’s way and still deal damage to their opponents.

As you progress to a Hunter or Arbalist, a wide variety of new skills open up. These include a wide range of new archery skills and give you powerful new shots which can pierce the armour of multiple enemies. Gain the ability to capture your enemies in nets, call rockets from the sky or launch grenades to devastate large groups. Send a flurry of lead into your enemies with the Gatling gun or a mini-tank and summon an ice wolf to freeze your foes. You can also develop a range of skills which will give you a temporary boost to your main attacking and defensive attributes.

As a Thief, you can tailor your appearance with a variety of claws, armour, bandanas, jewellery and magical items. With your trusty claws on your hands, you can expect to have access to ten special moves by the time you reach level ten.
The Thief is agile and powerful, allowing them to dip in and out of combat. They can launch a flurry of attacks with double hits, hold enemies in mid air as they spin with their claws extended, before smashing them into the ground with a powerful crash. From a distance, they can launch a fireball to knock down multiple enemies, or launch a giant boxing glove to clear a route through. Pulling out an exhaust pipe, they can poison multiple enemies to slow them down and deal damage, while slipping on a joker’s hat allows them to increase their health or speed, as well as giving a boost to any party members nearby.

When you progress to a Jester or the Assassin, brand new skills open up. Increase your evasive abilities by going invisible, burrowing or hiding into a noodle box to evade your enemies and stay out of harm’s way. Summon a fiery wolf and send multiple opponents flaming into the air, or electrocute your enemies to the bone. Dip your claws into poison for additional damage, slip into your ninja suit and develop a wide range of powerful new skills to let you unleash a flurry of powerful attacks on groups of enemies.

As with all gPotato games, you will be able to download and play Dragonica for free, for life! The official European website has lots of additional screenshots, artworks and videos and is available at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu.

The assets accompanying this press release can be viewed at ftp://195.27.0.144:30009/Dragonica

About Dragonica
Dragonica, the upcoming free-to-play arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG is developed by Barunson Interactive and available to download this Spring at the www.gpotato.eu gaming portal. It is available in English, German and French. With original keyboard-controlled gameplay, a vibrant 3D universe and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour along the way, Dragonica has universal appeal. By attracting all types of people the game has lots of fun and interesting content to keep players busy. For more information about the game, visit the official European website: http://dragonica.gpotato.eu

The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena Coming April 7 In North America And April 24 In Europe

February 24, 2009 · Filed Under Consoles, News · Comment 

Xbox Live and PLAYSTATION Network Demos Coming March, Official Website Now Live

Featuring the brand new full-length ‘Assault on Dark Athena’ campaign, an HD remake of the classic ‘Escape from Butcher Bay’ and multiplayer options including the unique Pitch Black mode all on one disk, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena will deliver an incredibly rich experience to gamers following its worldwide release this coming April.

Renowned developer Starbreeze Studios has effectively combined stealth, vicious hand-to-hand combat and ferocious gunplay in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, creating an irresistible game with something for all fans of action gaming. With playable demos coming in March to both Xbox Live® and PLAYSTATION® Network, fans won’t have to wait long to take their first steps as the galaxy’s most notorious bad-ass, Riddick.

For more information visit the game’s official website at http://atari.com/riddick/ with localized French, German, Italian and Spanish websites coming soon.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena will ship for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC on April 7 in North America and April 24 in Europe.

Galaxy Online: Limited Alpha Key Giveaway

February 23, 2009 · Filed Under Business, Guides, MMO, News, Online, Strategy · Comment 

The GO Team has another exciting opportunity for our players. We are very happy to announce that we have given away a group of Activation Codes for the Galaxy Online , the upcoming free-to-play strategic online game (MMOG) designed by IGG. All players are welcome to claim a code now and activate the game on the activation page.

Get Your CD-Key at http://go.igg.com/event/activation/.

Key Instruction:

1. Go to http://go.igg.comand either login or register for a free new account
2. Use the CD-Key to activate your Galaxy Online account at http://www.igg.com/member/actigame.php
3. Each Key contains an additional 30 Mall Points as a gift for new players. Enjoy!

NOTE A: The alpha test does not begin for this game until Feb 23rd, 2009.
NOTE B: All characters created during the Alpha Test will be saved for future use.

What is Galaxy Online?

Galaxy Online, designed by IGG, is a strategic online game combining a powerful battle system and abundant battle expressive force. The game is set across the vast universe, and players from different forces can PK freely. Battles rage constantly and in this galactic sphere, the law of the jungle rules. Players must promote their strength ceaselessly to maintain their position, and only the bravest and wisest commander can be the King! Players may like the many thoughtful design elements in the game, such as smart client, convenient galaxy trustee system, individual and intelligent Plug-ins system, all of which let players experience wonderful feelings whilst playing the game!

Land of Magic: NeoFun’s new title’s official site is now open

February 22, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

New addition to free online game portal NeoFun is now ready for closed beta test.

Lizard Interactive announced that official website for Land of Magic (lom.neofun.com) has opened. Land of Magic is a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMORPG) developed by Penguri Entertainment.

Land of Magic is a classic 2D massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with unique story of ancient battle which took place between God and Dragon. It offers unique features such as;

  • Immortality / Rebirth

When a character reaches the highest possible level, the character may choose to reborn with another profession. In the System of Immortality, players can take all of their learned skills from their last profession to the new profession.

  • Growth Weapons

A growth weapon literally grows with you every time you hunt a monster. Currently you can change all weapon into a growth weapon by visiting NPC enchanter Karra located in Sorres. Future patch will enable the weapon to talk to the player.

  • Race and Sex are all changeable

There is no impossibility where magic dwells. The Land of Magic is a world where devastating magical warfare had been waging on for thousands of years. It is a world where changing race and sex is possible through completing quests.

  • Fast Level Up Speed.

No more spending 5 days for leveling up your character by 1. Compared to other games, The Land of Magic has unusually fast leveling up speed. This was only possible because of the Rebirth system

  • Magical weapons

Among the unique weapons, there are weapons that cast magical spells at random during battle.

  • Level blessed Items that reduces the required level of items according to the player.

Closed Beta Test for Land of Magic will commence on February 26, 2009 and Lizard Interactive is confident that its retro feel and simple/easy play will appeal to nostalgia of older generation of gamers and also offer younger generation a unique experience.

For more information, please visit the website lom.neofun.com.

The Last Remnant

February 21, 2009 · Filed Under Adventure, News · Comment 

Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announces that the forthcoming Games for Windows® version of THE LAST REMNANT™ will be released across all PAL territories on 20th March.

From the makers of the FINAL FANTASY® series comes an epic new adventure. THE LAST REMNANT is a completely original adventure title, benefiting from the finest creative talent to build a lush, real-time fantasy world. The game’s battle system has been carefully crafted to deliver a brand-new experience for gamers, as they control forces in massive cinematic battles.

The Games for Windows version boasts a host of new features, these include; giving the player the choice to select Japanese or English voice-overs, improved character animations, the ability to allow multiple leader units to form unions and faster gameplay during battles.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “We hope to reach a new audience with the Games for Windows version of THE LAST REMNANT. The work that has been put into this version of the game is truly stunning and I hope that fans enjoy this exciting new adventure.”

For more information about THE LAST REMNANT and to find out about the new benchmark software and downloadable demo, please visit the official website at www.lastremnant-game.com

THE LAST REMNANT

Story
In ancient times, mysterious artefacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. Offering incredible power, they soon came into the hands of the covetous few, and thus was the world’s delicate equilibrium shattered. The people were divided into those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. Our story begins a thousand years later…

Rush lives with his sister Irina on the secluded Eulam Island, a place far removed from the ceaseless battle for control over the Remnants which rages on the mainland. However, his peaceful life is shattered one day when he witnesses his sister’s abduction by a mysterious group of soldiers. He immediately sets off after them, ill-prepared for the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

Features

  • A new adventure from Square Enix and the creators of the FINAL FANTASY series
  • Innovative new battle system that allows for large scale battles delivered with an unrivalled cinematic intensity
  • Selective Encounter System allows you to engage the enemy your way, eliminating random battles
  • Fully localised for PAL territories with French, German, Spanish and Italian subtitles and menu screens, Games for Windows version includes the option to select Japanese or English voice-overs

New features not included in the original Xbox 360 release version include:

  • Ability to form unions with multiple leader units
  • Autosave and normal save functions available between consecutive battles
  • Graphical weapon previews assist players with weapon selection
  • New allied characters to aide players in battle
  • Improved character animations
  • Increased speed of gameplay in battle sequences

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