Activision to Showcase Several of the Most Anticipated Games of the Year at the 2009 E3 Expo

May 31, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Company’s Powerful Slate Features Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare® 2, DJ HeroTM and Guitar Hero® 5

For the First Time Attendees Can Play Bizarre Creations’ BlurTM and Tony Hawk®: RIDETM; and See New Presentations of MarvelTM: Ultimate Alliance 2, TransformersTM: Revenge of the Fallen, WolfensteinTM, SingularityTM and PROTOTYPETM

Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will debut a robust slate of new titles based on some of the largest video game franchises at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 2 – 4, 2009.

Headlining the slate is Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated sequel to Call of Duty® 4: Modern WarfareTM, Modern Warfare® 2, which is expected to be one of the best-selling games of the year. Additionally, the company will debut its groundbreaking new DJ HeroTM game and rock-based title Guitar Hero® 5, both of which will once again transform the way consumers enjoy and engage with music by offering the largest array of contemporary artists ever featured in music-based games.

Attendees will also be able to play Bizarre Creations’ BlurTM which marries intense wheel-to-wheel racing action with spectacular power-ups and real-world cars and locations, as well as Tony Hawk®: RIDETM, which will redefine skateboarding through an innovative motion sensing skateboard controller that allows for unprecedented freedom and movement.

“At this year’s E3, we will debut the largest and strongest lineup in our company’s history,” said Mike Griffith, President and CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. “Our innovative slate features games based on some of the industry’s largest franchises, as well as exciting new offerings in the music, racing and action-sports genres that are poised to redefine the interactive entertainment experience. We are also very excited to showcase two new intellectual properties SingularityTM and PROTOTYPETM which are already garnering a tremendous amount of interest and excitement.”

Activision’s Full E3 Game Slate Includes:

Blur is set to revolutionize the racing genre as the ultimate wheel-to-wheel racing action experience with spectacular power-ups, real-world locations and over 60 licensed cars. The pick-up and play game drops players into heart-pumping, electrified racing action with 20 cars on track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed and more. Gamers can also engage in competitive and team-based multiplayer with up to 20 racers online, or on a single console via 4-player split-screen; plus create custom groups to design their own complete game mode. (Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows®; not yet rated by the ESRB).

In DJ Hero, faces in the crowd are transformed into the life of the party as the game’s turntable controller – created exclusively for DJ Hero and featuring familiar DJ tools including a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and cross fader – immerses fans into the authenticity of DJ culture and a sea of music. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and WiiTM system from Nintendo; not yet rated by the ESRB).

Guitar Hero 5 features the strongest, most varied set list to-date comprised of master tracks from 85 of the hottest bands of today and the biggest classic acts including Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, plus more than 25 artists from a variety of music genres that will be making their music video game debut. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii and PlayStation 2 system; not yet rated by the ESRB).

The greatest Super HeroTM action/RPG of all time is back with the world’s largest army of heroes and villains in MarvelTM: Ultimate Alliance 2. Incorporating elements of the acclaimed Marvel Civil War storyline, the game allows players to choose their side and team up with revered heroes and villains, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, Deadpool, Venom, Green Goblin and Captain America. Players can combine characters’ powers and unleash astonishing new attacks. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii, PlayStation 2 system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system and Nintendo DSTM; not yet rated by the ESRB).

On November 10, 2009, Infinity Ward will make its return with the release of Modern Warfare 2, the most-anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time, Call of Duty® 4: Modern WarfareTM, which has sold more than 13 million copies to date. Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Games for Windows; not yet rated by the ESRB).

An all-new, third-person open-world/action game, PROTOTYPE lets gamers feel the power of being the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. You are the PROTOTYPE: Alex Mercer – a genetically mutated man without memory, armed with amazing shape-shifting abilities, hunting your way to discover what created you and determined to make those responsible pay. As Alex, gamers tear through a densely populated contemporary New York City with Parkour-style agility, consuming anybody that gets in their way…assuming their physical identity, memories and abilities. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Games for Windows; the game is rated “M” by the ESRB).

Singularity pits shooter and sci-fi fans against a devastating fracture in time. As players attempt to unravel a conspiracy, they must fight their way through ever-shifting epic sci-fi environments, occupied by Russian soldiers and time-ravaged creatures, while sudden time waves hurl them back and forth between 1950 and the present day. Use time as a weapon as you attempt to unravel the mystery and prevent a catastrophic event that threatens all humanity. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Games for Windows; not yet rated by the ESRB).

Featuring an innovative skateboard-shaped controller, Tony Hawk: RIDE redefines the sports genre by offering a dynamic hands-free gaming experience. Using full motion sensing technology, players physically control the action by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly translate into amazing tricks in the game in a variety of settings and half pipes. The new wireless skateboard controller provides an accessible and social gaming experience that allows players to feel what it’s really like to skate. Without complex button combinations or analog sticks, gamers can literally step on the board to play the game. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii; not yet rated by the ESRB).

Based on Hasbro’s legendary TRANSFORMERS property and Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ upcoming feature film, TransformersTM: Revenge of the Fallen, the video game thrusts players into a battle for supremacy across the globe as either AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS to drive, fly, fight and blast their way through intense, pressure-packed levels. Delivering more control than ever before, players can select from an extremely diverse range of playable TRANSFORMERS characters and jump straight into action as they instantly switch between robot, vehicle and weapon modes to fight for the preservation or annihilation of all mankind. Players can also fight the epic war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS online in explosive, multiplayer combat. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii, PlayStation 2 system PSP system, Nintendo DS and Games for Windows; the game is rated “T” for the console and PC versions and “E10+” for the handheld versions by the ESRB).

WolfensteinTM brings the Nazi’s dark obsession with the occult to life, by intertwining fast-paced, intense story-driven combat with a diverse sci-fi experience. As BJ Blazkowicz, a highly decorated member of the Office of Secret Actions (OSA), you are sent on a special mission into the heart of the Third Reich to investigate evidence that the SS hierarchy may possess a new and mysterious power. Wolfenstein is scheduled to be on store shelves on August 4, 2009. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Games for Windows; not yet rated by the ESRB; the game is rated “M” by the ESRB).

TOMY’s E3 line-up

May 30, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

TOMY Makes First Appearance at E3 Showcasing Its High Quality Portfolio of Video Games for Gamers of All Ages

Consumer software and entertainment company, TOMY Corporation, announced it will be unveiling two new titles based on the popular NARUTO™ Shippuden series, NARUTO™ Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 for Wii™ and NARUTO™ Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 for Nintendo DS™ at the upcoming 2009 E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 2-4. As a first time exhibitor at the show, TOMY will also showcase new games from its growing line-up of titles across multiple genres including PANGYA™: Fantasy Golf for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 for Nintendo DS™.

“This is a very exciting time for TOMY Corporation, as the company continues to flourish and gain momentum as a publisher of original and licensed IP, such as the beloved NARUTO franchise,” said Mark Shinohara, executive vice president and COO at TOMY Corporation. “Being a new exhibitor to E3, we look forward to showcasing our new titles and supporting the industry with our dedication to delivering high quality video game experiences.”

NARUTO Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is an exciting new fighting game based on the hit NARUTO Shippuden series from VIZ Media. Exclusively for Wii, the classic 3D fighting game features new and improved gameplay mechanics and multiple gameplay modes, and for the first time, includes Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities. The game follows the storyline of NARUTO Shippuden and features over 30 characters who have been upgraded with more sophisticated new looks and character-specific jutsu moves. The game offers more than 40 3D environments to choose from, including nine completely new stages. NARUTO Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is scheduled to release in fall 2009.

NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2
features fast paced NARUTO Shippuden 3D fighting action with the addition of an all-new Quest Mode, new characters, jutsu and a storyline based on the NARUTO Shippuden animated series. The title also features wireless multiplayer gameplay, offering NARUTO fans and newcomers to the series competitive 3D fighting on the Nintendo DS.

Scheduled to release this summer exclusively for the PSP system, PANGYA™: Fantasy Golf lets players practice and perfect their swing on the nine fantasy fairways of Pangya Island. Combining golf gameplay, endless customization options and a slew of sassy female characters set in beautiful environments, PANGYA: Fantasy Golf boasts an original storyline with new, exclusive features for the PSP system. Players can utilize the in-game Pangya Shop to customize as many as 18 playable characters and their golf equipment with thousands of unlockable accessories, outfits, gear and power items to improve their golfer’s stats and land that hole-in-one.

For more information on NARUTO and for free streaming episodes of NARUTO Shippuden animated series, please visit www.Naruto.com.

For more information, please visit www.TOMY-USA.com/videogames.

Majesco’s E3 line-up

May 30, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Unique Concepts, Proven Franchises and New Brands Highlight Company Presence

Majesco Entertainment Company, an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced the company’s slate of titles that will be shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, CA from June 2-4. Offering fun for the entire family, the lineup features a range of highly-anticipated Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ titles, including the return of a boy and his blob, the first look at the just announced Flip’s Twisted World, the sequel to the best-selling Jillian Michaels’ fitness game, and the company’s My Hero brand of aspirational titles.

“Majesco has a lot of exciting games in development and the titles we’re showing at E3 just scratch the surface of what’s to come in holiday 2009 and beyond,” said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. “From best-selling sequels to classic NES nostalgia and new brands like Go Play and My Hero, our E3 showcase reveals our commitment to providing high quality entertainment for the entire family.”

A boy and his blob (Wii):
Marking the 20th anniversary of this NES classic, a boy and his blob is a rebirth of this fan favorite title that expands upon the original platform adventure. This Wii exclusive is a heartwarming story of friendship that challenges players to work together with their new blob friend to solve puzzles, defeat monsters and escape danger on Earth and Blobolonia. By feeding the blob jelly beans, players can activate his special abilities to transform him into helpful tools – including a ladder, trampoline, parachute, cannon, shield and many more. Every different blob form aids the boy as he navigates 40 side-scrolling levels filled with hidden treasures and unlockable bonus content.

Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2010 (Wii):
The Biggest Loser fitness expert follows up her best-selling debut in Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2010. Players enter a Hell Week-style boot camp packed with new features and energetic workout modes that fully utilize the motion capabilities of the Wii Remote™ and the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. Under Jillian Michaels’ expert guidance, players engage in one-on-one workouts featuring all-new core exercises in Cardio Training, Strength Training, and Balance Training superset routines.

Flip’s Twisted World (Wii):
A unique gameplay mechanic is at the center of Flip’s Twisted World for Wii™. This puzzle platform game puts the world literally in the palm of your hand as you navigate topsy-turvy landscapes where up and down, and left and right are only a matter of perspective. Players will help the curious magician’s apprentice Flip rotate the environment 90 degrees at will to solve puzzles and ultimately help Flip escape his cube prison.

Go Play City Sports (Wii):
As part of Majesco’s new motion-based Go Play family brand, Go Play City Sports lets players experience six classic street games in their living room. The all-new sports compilation includes stickball, kickball, handball, rooftop hockey, shootout soccer and jump rope. Players use the intuitive movements of the Wii Remote™ and Wii Balance Board™ to dodge obstacles like manhole covers, fire hydrants and parked cars as they compete with up to 4 players to earn trophies and unlock new courts and equipment.

Our House: Party! (Wii):
Our House: Party! is the only game that lets players build and remodel their homes into their own unique customized creations. Players use their Wii Remote™ to hammer, saw, paint, tile and much more as they assemble and decorate their family dwelling in this unique four-player party game. Compete with friends in “build-off” mode or share creations with others via WiiConnect24. If you dream it, you can build it!

My Hero Firefighter (Nintendo DS):
The Nintendo DS™ stylus becomes a hose, ax and extendable ladder in My Hero: Firefighter, another game within Majesco’s new My Hero line of aspirational products. Players must drive fire engines swiftly and safely through crowded city streets and react quickly to house fires, chemical explosions, and forest fires in 13 hazardous missions. As they move up the ranks to Captain, players can acquire upgraded trucks and equipment and learn real fire safety tips along the way!

Majesco’s line up will be on display in meeting room #514 at the E3 2009 Expo at the LA Convention Center from June 2nd through 4th. For additional information about Majesco’s exciting line of products, please visit www.majescoentertainment.com.

Eidos Confirms E3 Line-up

May 30, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mini Ninjas and Just Cause 2 at South Hall Booth, #2422

Eidos Interactive Ltd, creator of some of the world’s leading videogame properties, announced the three major titles that will be on show at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), June 2-4, 2009. The Eidos booth, located at South Hall Booth #2422 will feature Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mini Ninjas™ and Just Cause 2™.

“Eidos is proud to offer three very innovative and unique products at this year’s E3. These games are a reflection of Eidos’ commitment to deliver compelling characters in rich and expansive environments, allowing players to immerse themselves in engaging gameplay,” said Robert A. Lindsey, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Eidos Inc. “Heading back to the Los Angeles Convention Center is a big deal and Eidos is striving to make the return to the show floor unforgettable.”

Featuring the world-renowned characters of DC Comics, Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios, will be playable on The PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, offering show visitors a journey into the depths of Gotham City’s psychiatric asylum for the criminally insane as Batman faces his greatest challenge yet. Visitors will have the chance to experience a selection of the game’s extensive FreeFlow™ Combat and Invisible Predator™ Challenge Maps. Also playable for the first time will be one of the eight maps that will allow fans to play as The Joker, a character that is playable exclusively in the PLAYSTATION®3 Challenge Maps that will be made available as a free download for owners of the game through PlayStation®Network. Rated “T” for Teen, Batman: Arkham Asylum will be co-published in North America by Eidos, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows®, and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game will be available in North America August 25th and throughout Europe August 28th.

Mini Ninjas, from IO Interactive, will take you on a journey to feudal Japan where you’ll join Hiro, Futo, and the rest of the ninja clan on their biggest ninja adventure ever, as they embark on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos. Rated “E10+” for Everyone 10 and older, Mini Ninjas will be playable on Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game will be co-published in North America by Eidos, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and made available in September 2009.

Just Cause 2, from Avalanche Studios, will be showcasing the latest code demo of the hotly tipped action sequel. Set on an Island Paradise, Just Cause 2 is an explosive open-world adventure of insane, adrenaline-fuelled stunts and action. Using the grapple and parachute combo, Just Cause 2 has no vertical limit and takes to the air like no other game. Just Cause 2 will be behind closed doors and strictly by appointment only. Rating pending, Just Cause 2 will be available on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows®, and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

The Sims 3 Fact Sheet

May 29, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Let There Be Sims!

Create lifelike Sims with a unique personality and take them anywhere in the neighborhood. The powerful Create-a-Sim tool allows you to create Sims that are more realistic than ever. Select from dozens of personality traits such as brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid and romantic. With Create-a-Sim, you can create a limitless number of truly unique Sims. The Sims 3 allows for infinite possibilities to design the interior and exterior of your Sims’ surroundings using the Create-a-style feature. Enjoy the challenge of short and long-term goals and then reap the rewards! Based on personality traits, skills and career choices, your Sims have Wishes that provide constant fun challenges and so many things to do and achieve. You have the ultimate freedom to choose whether to fulfill their destiny, giving them lifetime happiness and rewards or not!

The Sims 3

Register your copy of The Sims 3 for PC and Mac at www.TheSims3.com to enjoy the robust online and community features unique to your game including an all-new town called Riverview that you can download for no additional charge once you register.* You will also gain access to 1,000 SimPoints to purchase items from The Sims 3 Store including exclusive outfits, hairstyles, furniture, home décor, and architectural items to customize your Sims appearance and houses in all-new ways. Visit The Store each month for new, never-seen-before themed items. Additionally, be the director of your Sims’ movies by capturing clips during your gameplay, visiting the official site, and editing the soundtrack, story, and transitions, then share it with the world! These easily accessible tools inspire creativity and allow you to share your masterpieces with your friends and other players on The Sims 3 official website, personal blogs, or any social media network. See what you can create with The Sims 3.

Key Features

  • Create any Sims you can imagine! Design your ultimate Sim by choosing up to five traits 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. Make a movie with the Create-a-Movie tool and share it with the world!
  • Connect, Share and Shop! Register with The Sims 3 online community and receive a second town, as well as 1,000 SimPoints to be used at The Sims 3 Store. Show off your creations from Sims to houses. Download exclusive content and hear the latest news of The Sims 3 world first.

Trainz Simulator 2009

May 28, 2009 · Filed Under News, Simulator · Comment 

The latezt and greatest version of Trainz!

Just Trains is pleased to announce that the download version of Trainz 2009 is now available. The Trainz series of standalone train simulators has now sold over a million copies and the latest version is set to break a few more box office records.

Developed by Auran, Trainz 2009 comes with a huge range of enhancements and new features and virtual rail fans are set to feel the power of five generations of rail simulation!
• Drive using full in-cab realistic controls or simple ‘speed’ controller.
• Issue “Driver Commands” to operate multiple locomotives simultaneous.
• Keep to a passenger schedule, deliver freight, decouple wagons and much more.
• Add additional “Session Rules” to customize your living railroad.
• Download 1,000’s of routes, locos and more from the Trainz Download Station.
• Send goods and trains to your friends and chat online.
• Even create your own 3D models or powerful TrainzScripts for unlimited flexibility.

New features in Trainz Simulator 2009
• The largest ever collection of quality routes, locos, rolling stock and scenery.
• Twice the detail – trains, terrain and textures in higher resolution.
• Optimizations allow twice the scenery detail as well.
• New ground clutter and decals add gritty realism to your world.
• More tools in Surveyor to allow easier terrain deformation and track laying.
• Improved physics and easier re-configuration of locos and rolling stock.
• New user interface and Help system putting Trainz power into the hands of everyone.
• Improvements to Content Manager Plus to make organizing your content even easier.
• Embedded web browser allows more interaction, more information, more immersion.
• Trainz Exchange Community Portal for online chat, blogs, wikis and ‘scrapbooks’.
• Screenshot and video capture functions to help capture and share your experience.
• Enormous content update to ensure maximum compatibility between versions

Just Trains’ production director, Alex Ford, commented “We’ve published the last four instalments in the Trainz series and the combination of fantastic content and unique features has made it a winner for us. We are really looking forward to bringing Trainz 2009 to the UK’s virtual rail enthusiasts.”

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Windows Vista or XP

MINIMUM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS: PC with 3.0 GHz or any dual core processor, 1.0Gb RAM, 256Mb video card, 3.0Gb hard drive space

Legendary football club, FC Barcelona, opens virtual club house in Empire of Sports

May 27, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, Sport · Comment 

Empire of Sports, the first massively connected multisport 3D game, is delighted to announce its partnership with one of the most legendary and prestigious football clubs in the world: FC Barcelona.

The partnership between Empire of Sports and FC Barcelona provides FC Barcelona with an opportunity to reach out to its supporters through the newly designed FC Barcelona virtual club house. Here, in-game fans and supporters of this world famous football club can freely meet online in a virtual 3D environment and chat about football, as well as find out more about the club and its players. The club house also hosts an in-game character who offers football missions which have been specially created to reflect the Barça’s very unique style of play.

In order to welcome fans of FC Barcelona to Empire of Sports, a special football contest has been specifically designed. Starting today, the “Barça Opening Contest” will be open to all players with a newly created avatar, and will run over the next three weeks until Saturday 13th, June 2009. Progress of all new avatars will be recorded each day and at the end of the three weeks, one date will be drawn at random. The player who achieved the highest number of football ranking points during this time will win a real life collector’s item: a Barça shirt signed by Lionel Messi!

The virtual Barça Club will soon provide Empire of Sports’ players with some exciting new opportunities: a big Barça competition will be organized for all in-game football teams to take part in, and an in-game annual membership will be available for subscription, which will not only grant avatars access to a virtual VIP suite, but will also offer them additional privileges. Full details of the VIP membership and the big Barça competition will be announced shortly.

Joan Laporta, President of FC Barcelona, said: “We are delighted to partner with Empire of Sports and work closely with our fans online. The idea of having a FC Barça virtual club house in an online world dedicated to sport is mind blowing. It takes our motto ‘more than a club’ to a whole new level – and we hope that our presence in Empire of Sports will continue to increase the level of support for both FC Barcelona and football.”

Alexis Galley, CEO of Empire of Sports, said: “We couldn’t ask for a more prestigious partner than FC Barcelona. We are really proud to welcome them into our virtual world of sport and give them the space to work closely with their fans and supporters. Empire of Sports has limitless potential and offers amazing opportunities to our ever-growing list of partners – the fact that worldwide brands such as FC Barcelona see this opportunity, only serves to strengthen our confidence in making the first worldwide sports-based gaming platform.”

Empire of Sports is currently in the Prologue phase: this phase allows the game to expand progressively, with the help and feedback of its vast community of online players.

If you are keen to explore the FC Barcelona virtual club house in Empire of Sports and fancy a chance to win a signed Messi shirt, all you need to do is download the game client from www.empireofsports.com, register and look for Sergi in the grand-place in front of the welcome area.

More information on the “Barça Opening Contest”, can be found at: https://www.empireofsports.com/community/en/evenements/special-events/barca-opening-contest/index.html?logintype=login

If you would like to learn more about FC Barcelona, you can do so at: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/club/temporada08-09/05/n090526105236.html

OGPlanet to launch first game in Europe – Gamers Get Ready to RUMBLE

May 26, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, Sim, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

Leading MMO publisher OGPlanet expands presence into Europe and announces its plans to launch Rumble Fighter as its first game.

OGPlanet, a leading publisher of free-to-play Massively Multi-player Online (MMO) games, has  announced the extension of its gaming platform to European players with the launch of its first European game in July, casual Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA) fighting game Rumble Fighter.

Looking to capitalise on the company’s success in North America where it currently has four free-to-play MMO games available on the market, OGPlanet has also announced the opening of its European office, based in London, to drive its presence in the region.

“Following its great success in the US, Rumble Fighter, with its rich graphics and exciting game play, is the perfect title for European players of all ability and ages,” said Stephan Ansari, VP of European Operations, OGPlanet. “The European market is one of largest MMO markets in the world and it gives us great pleasure to be expanding into such a passionate and interactive gaming community.”

Inspired by Japanese animé and developed by Nimonix, Rumble Fighter throws players into a battle zone of good versus evil. The game is free to download and available to PC users, who can choose to enter the melée and play by themselves, or join forces with friends and other community players.

Rumble Fighter’s rich gaming content enables players to customise their character’s appearance as well as choose from a wide variety of fighting methods, each with its own distinct style and special combo moves: from Classic boxing to Kungfu, Taekwondo or Ninjitsu and many more. With the introduction of its unique “ExoCore” system, players can undergo transformations during battle, transforming into werewolves, giant knights and other creatures. All of these elements create an easy to learn and visually exciting gaming experience.

For more information, trailers, images and to have the chance to be one of the first UK players of Rumble Fighter, sign-up at http://rf.ogplanet.eu

Victory: The Age of Racing

May 25, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comments Off on Victory: The Age of Racing 

Free-to-play MMO take on 1960s-era motorsport set to debut at E3

Prepare for Victory

GamersFirst introduces Victory: The Age of Racing. Victory will make its debut at the E3 Expo June 2nd – 4th.

A world inspired by the 1960’s Formula One racing scene, sets the stage for Victory, a Fantasy Formula One MMO Racing game. The Racing Authority organizes the racing movement in the world of Victory as it converts old industrial locations and cities into high performance race tracks. Players complete quick competitions to gain experience, collect performance points and customize their cars to increase their effectiveness in a style unique to each driver. The mix of esthetics from the past and the modernization of new technology give Victory a unique feel amongst other racing games. With realistic and detailed car physics, Victory gives you the thrills of driving without ever having to leave your home.

“Our goal is to deliver top quality games to the Free2Play market and Victory is one of these titles we are proud to have on our site,” said Carlo Natividad, Associate Producer, GamersFirst. “Victory is a fun and exciting game that everyone can enjoy.”

With an innovative multiplayer mode, Victory is based on quick competitions giving experience points to increase the cars characteristics and ascetic appeal.
Victory’s car physics engine is derived from the full-featured Net Kar Pro physics engine. Victory uniquely blends a realistic and detailed car physics simulation to deliver an unprecedented car handling racing game. The car customization system starts with an innovative blocks system that provides players with different car parts to choose from to create a unique car model. Endless combinations allow players to choose the car’s features and looks they truly value.

“GamersFirst is the perfect partner to publish Victory; not only are they one of the best free- to- play publishers out there, but they also share with us the great passion for gaming and for the integration between games and social networks,” stated Antonio Moro, Creative Director, Vae Victis. “The GamersFirst Connect platform permits us to realize what we just dreamed one year ago; a fully featured social network behind our game and this collaboration will bring players a whole new level of gaming.”

The European Closed Beta of Dragonica ends as Open Beta dates are announced for June 10th

May 24, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Three weeks rest for the Dragonica team before everyone can play for free

The European Closed Beta of Dragonica ends as Open Beta dates are announced for June 10th

Dragonica’s Closed Beta Test draws to its conclusion today as players wrap up the ten day preview in the world of Dragotaka. The free arcade-style 3D side scrolling MMORPG won’t be offline for long though, and the gPotato Europe team is proud to announce that Dragonica enters Open Beta Testing across Europe on Wednesday 10th June.

Dragonica has received positive previews in the games media, and the thousands of players who have participated in the European CBT have given us fantastic feedback about the game. Players who have reached level 20 when Closed Beta servers close will have their character’s appearance and names kept for June’s OBT, as well as having a surprise gift when they log in.

A number of features have been held in reserve during the Closed Beta, and we are happy to announce the brand new features that will be available to players when servers reopen. Players who have explored the continent of Elyades in May will have a brand new continent called Melanathos to explore, filled with a ton of new locations, enemies, weapons and bosses.

Dragonica will also feature brand new class intro movies, complete with localised voiceovers, giving players a background to their characters and why they embarked on their journey to join the Dragon Fellowship. Players will also be able to go all the way to Level 60, with the second job change unlocked, allowing players to pick between a total of twenty unique playable classes. There will also be a number of bug fixes that have been highlighted by players.

Last but not least, members of Guilds will be delighted to hear that a brand new multiplayer feature is to be introduced in June as Emporia Wars, Dragonica’s fifty player 25v25 battlegrounds open.

Playing Dragonica free for life is simple. Just sign up for a free gPotato.eu account at the official European website at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu and then download the game client from any of the partner mirror sites listed at http://en.dragonica.gpotato.eu/Downloads/Client.aspx. When servers reopen on Wednesday 10th June you will be able to log in with your gPotato.eu account details and start playing on your desktop, notebook or netbook computer.

Dragonica
Dragonica, the free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG, is developed by Barunson Interactive and is available this June in English, German and French from the www.gpotato.eu gaming portal. With original keyboard-controlled gameplay, combo-based action that rewards skilful players, a vibrant 3D universe and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour along the way, Dragonica has universal appeal. It has lots of fun and interesting content to keep players busy including four evolving classes, several PvP modes, over a thousand quests, in-game achievements, an auction house to trade your excess items, pets, housing and wedding systems and much more to come!

Dragonica is available in Open Beta across Europe from June 10th 2009. For more information, visit the official European website at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu

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