Trickster Online Revolution – Episode 4: A New Discovery

June 30, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Players Will Be Introduced To A Secret Underground Room and An All-New Shocking Revelation As More Secrets of The Megalo Company Are Revealed

Ntreev USA, Inc. announced that it has launched Episode 4 of its popular MMORPG known as Trickster Online Revolution at http://trickster.ntreev.net/. Trickster Online’s Episode 4: A New Discovery offers players a chance to explore and adventure in an all-new secret underground development room where they will meet the game’s new non-playable character, Don Danihen, while more information behind the Megalo Company’s secrets and mysteries are revealed.

Trickster Online: A New Discovery will be unveiled to players through three different Chapters. In Chapter 1, players will meet a new non-playable character, Lead Developer, who will be pivotal in guiding players through the exploration of the back story behind the deceased eccentric billionaire, Don Cavalier’s, Company: the Megalo Company.

In Chapter 2, players will find an all-important CD that contains the key to Trickster; however, accessing the information will not be easy!

In Chapter 3, players will meet the mysterious new non-playable character Don Danihen and finally find the truth behind the Developer’s Ghost Story; the haunting of the halls of the development team’s offices.

“Trickster Online: A New Discovery is at its heart a story of intrigue, secrets and mystery so it stands to reason that our players are always looking for the next big secret to be revealed,” said Chris Lee, CEO of Ntreev USA. “Trickster Online: A New Discovery will reveal some of the all-important secrets of the Megalo Company through interesting quests, secret letters, mysterious acquaintances and much more.”

Trickster Online: A New Discovery
Trickster Online: A New Discovery is a free-to-play, full-featured MMORPG that appeals to the casual gamer. It follows a group of adventurers trying to solve the mystery set forth by the death of the eccentric billionaire Don Cavalier and the mysteries of who would inherit his immense fortune. The environment features bright, anime-styled 2D graphics and a vast, epic landscape. Players can completely choose how they want to play the game, from simply exploring the environment and interacting with friends to fighting monsters and other players in an attempt to reach an impressive level 400. The game also features unique and exciting mini-games which allow players to gain special items and experience without battling enemies.

With no limit to the number of users, players can interact with people from all over the world while chasing the Cavalier fortune! For more information, visit the Trickster Online website: http://trickster.ntreev.net/.

Empire: Total War – The Soundtrack

June 29, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Epic Original Score Performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing relationship with SEGA®, proudly presents Empire: Total War™ – The Soundtrack featuring the musical score from the latest installment of The Creative Assembly’s multi award winning Total War™ PC gaming franchise. Empire: Total War – The Soundtrack will be released on June 30th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com and iTunes®.

Empire: Total War – The Soundtrack features the epic orchestral score composed by Richard Beddow (Viking: Battle For Asgard), Richard Birdsall, Walter Nair, Simon Ravn and performed by The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava. The score was orchestrated and conducted by Nic Raine (Viking: Battle For Asgard) and the soundtrack was produced by lead composer Richard Beddow.

“Undertaking the challenge of the music production for Empire: Total War was no simple task,” said composer Richard Beddow. “The game needed music to convey its size and breadth, covering the various countries at war, delicately accompanying campaign gameplay and underpinning the various cinematics and events in the game.”
Empire: Total War is set in the 18th century, a turbulent era that is the most requested by Total War’s loyal fan base and a period alive with global conflict, revolutionary fervor and technological advances. With themes such as the Industrial Revolution, America’s struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalization of war on land and sea, Empire: Total War delivers one of the richest and most dynamic PC RTS game experiences of all time. For more information on the game, please visit www.totalwar.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit www.sumthing.com and www.sumthingdigital.com.

Zu Online: The First PvP Arena Coming

June 28, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Soulfight Altar, the first PvP arena in Zu Online, is now in its final phase of testing. With the completion of Soulfight Altar, players will have a place to go where they can settle things honorably, instead of in the street, so to speak. This new arena significantly improves the core PvP system and will make battles more fun, exciting, balanced, rewarding, and as PK so often is, unpredictable.

Balance

Once players enter Soulfight Altar, the system will reset players’ stats. Use of armor or items that used to have a big impact on PvP will be also limited. For example, Epic equipment will have reduced resistances and Urgent tablets which can teleport the losing side to a safe area will not function in the arena. These changes are designed to balance out PvP, and to minimize the gap between armed and unarmed players.

Soulfight Stones
Soulfight Stones are introduced to make the PvP more fun and entertaining. They will be scattered around the arena offering sudden boosts to players that pick them up. They may assist players to vanish from sight or have their movement speed dramatically increased or even see their attack power go through the roof. There are a total of 9 beneficial effects, and when a fight seems to be dragging out or heading for a stalemate, quick thinking players may be able to grab a stone and steal the win.

What do you gain from “Soulfight Altar”?

Now, let’s get down to the rewards. What could they give out that would make such unpredictably exciting PK worth the time to go to an arena? Well, anyone taking part will earn Soulfight points that can be exchanged for some awesome equipment, including Epic sets.

Zu Online
Zu Online (http://zu.igg.com/) is a 3D MMORPG that is based on an oriental culture devoted to power through extreme meditation and cultivation of the inner spirit. It is a game that is in constant evolution, changing and improving itself towards perfection, just like the spirits that reside within heroes. Eastern style music and graphics, combined with this spiritual game philosophy has resulted in a unique game world that has captivated its passionate community of players.

Tropico 3 – Sign up now for the closed beta – due to go live on the 13th of July

June 27, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, News · Comment 

Kalypso Media are offering a select group of gamers the opportuity to pay an early visit to their tropical paradise, Tropico Island. Closed beta testing of Tropico 3 will provide the opportunity to visit Tropico Island at the start of summer.

Tropico 3

Tropico 3, published by Kalypso Media and developed by Haemimont Games is the sequel to the hit title Tropico series and follows closely the storyline of the original title in the series, Tropico.

The beta testers will be the first El Presidentes of the modern Tropico Island, with new features such as secret police, a lucrative oil industry, additional edicts and much more. Applicants for the position of El Presidente can sign up here:

www.haemimontgames.com/tropico3/betatest.php

The first mandate to rule the people of Tropico will begin on the 13th of July. Selected candidates will be provided with further details by e-mail.

PC Classic Serious Sam HD to be released by cdv this autumn

June 26, 2009 · Filed Under News, Racing, Strategy · Comment 

cdv Software Entertainment AG is working with Croteam and Devolver Digital to bring Serious Sam HD for PC to retail and digital download in all worldwide territories excluding Russia.

Originally released in 2001, Serious Sam won numerous accolades including Game of the Year on Gamespot and Editor’s Choice on IGN. Developed on Croteam’s proprietary Serious Engine 3; Serious Sam HD stays true to the source material, as our hero takes on Lord Mental’s forces across a variety of battlegrounds set in various ancient civilisations. The gameplay remains as intense as ever and the humour intact, all this in glorious high definition!

Roman Ribaric, CEO of Croteam said “We have been really excited to see Sam being recreated in stunning high definition and to have the opportunity to truly update our hero. The fans of Sam have never gone away and have been lobbying us hard to do this, so we are really excited to be able to confirm that Sam will be back as big, bold and bad as he ever was and we are really stoked about introducing Sam to new gamers as well as his loyal fans.”

Arne Peters, COO of cdv Software Entertainment AG commented, “cdv are very excited to be involved in bringing Serious Sam HD to market. The game has an outstanding heritage and is still talked about today in reverential terms. Therefore, this HD version of a classic can only be great news for PC gamers everywhere.”

For more information about cdv Software Entertainment AG please visit www.cdv.de

Nexon America launches Dungeon Fighter Online Beta application program

June 25, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Nexon America is now accepting Closed Beta tester applications for its upcoming action-adventure title Dungeon Fighter Online. Interested gamers should visit http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net and click on the Apply for Closed Beta button to get started. The deadline for applications is July 6. (Nexon will release the dates of the Closed Beta test at a later time.)

Dungeon Fighter Online pairs classic arcade-style action game play with an immersive RPG fantasy world and brings both online for one incredible free-to-play experience. Individuals who are selected as Closed Beta testers will be among the first in North America to venture into the mystical world of Arad, a peaceful land beset on all sides by the forces of darkness.

To beat back the sinister tide, players choose to be one of five character classes – Fighter, Gunner, Mage, Priest or Slayer – each with its own abilities and devastating attack combinations. From there, it’s off on a fantastic journey through Arad’s towns and villages, where a colorful ensemble of quirky characters send players on increasingly perilous quests. Along the way, players can fully customize themselves with weapons, armor and, of course, the most killer threads.

Playing online further enhances the experience, as players can chat and message with friends, trade and auction items, form parties to tackle dungeons as a team, and much, much more.

For more information on the game and how to apply for the Closed Beta, gamers should visit http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net.

First Hearts of Iron 3 BETA after action report

June 25, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Paradox Interactive released the first BETA “After Action Report” for the upcoming WWII strategy title Hearts of Iron 3. A long standing tradition at Paradox Interactive, the “After Action Reports” reveal key gameplay features and allows gamers to “live” the strategic gameplay and its effects through the words of the writer.

In anticipation of the release and the opening of the official “After Action Report” forum where gamers from all over the world are invited to share their “After Action Reports,” Paradox hopes you’ll enjoy this look into how the new automation system is used and how an Italian campaign is used to conquer Yugoslavia.

To read the complete entries, please visit http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?t=409547 or http://www.giantrealm.com.
Hearts of Iron 3 is currently scheduled for release on August 4, 2009. To read more about Hearts of Iron 3 and Paradox Interactive, please visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com.

Hearts of Iron 3
The Hearts of Iron series has become renowned for being the biggest, most detailed and complete strategic game series on World War 2 ever made. Hearts of Iron 3 will follow that tradition closely while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of brand new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces. Recent recognition includes Readers Choice for “Best PC Strategy game” at E3 and nominations in the same category at IGN and Gaming Excellence.

Play Atlantica Online this Summer – Drive Away in a New Car

June 24, 2009 · Filed Under Competitions, News, Online · Comment 

Win Gaming Consoles, Computers, LCD Monitors, Graphics Cards and a New Car Just by Playing

NDOORS Interactive announced details of a Mega-Event for their hit MMORPG Atlantica Online. Starting today, the contest, ‘Unlock Your Way to Atlantica’, will reward one lucky player with a brand-new 2010 Scion tC and other lucky players with various real world prizes, totaling over $30,000 in giveaways! To enter, players must create a free Atlantica account, or use an existing character, and spend time playing the 100% free-to-play game. Users will play the game to earn keys that can then be redeemed for valuable in-game items. Players who are eligible will be entered in a raffle drawing for real-world prizes including game consoles, LCD monitors, computers, high-end graphics cards and a brand-new Scion tC sports coupe. Certain restrictions apply.

Once ‘Unlock Your Way to Atlantica’ kicks off, players will immediately be able to start earning keys. Players will earn one key for spending one hour of time playing Atlantica Online. Players can earn a maximum of one key per day. Once a key has been earned, it can be redeemed via the Atlantica website to unlock a treasure chest containing a random in-game prize item. Some of the in-game prize items will only be offered during this exclusive promotion.

• The Mega-Event has seven phases known as ‘milestones.’ Each milestone represents a chance to win real prizes.
• When all of the game’s players redeem a pre-determined number of keys, the milestone will be hit and a raffle drawing for real world prizes will take place.
• Players must redeem one key during each phase
• The server whose players redeem the most keys will receive a 200% experience boost
• Certain restrictions apply. Please visit the official website for details.

The event ends when the players hit the final milestone and redeem all 2,000,000 keys. There are a finite number of keys for each phase so it’s important for users to play early and play often to increase their chances of winning in-game prizes and to be eligible for the raffles. Check the Atlantica website for information on when milestones have been hit and when raffle drawings will take place.

The full prize list for the Mega-Event includes:
• 1 – Grand Prize: 2010 Scion tC sports coupe
• 5 – Alienware 750i*
• 5 – BFG Tech GeForce GTX 295
• 5 – Playstation 3 80GB
• 5 – XBOX 360 Pro
• 5 – Acer H233H bmid 23″ LCD Monitor
• 5 – Nintendo DSi Systems

‘Unlock Your Way to Atlantica’ begins June 23rd. For more information, or to sign up and play, visit: www.playatlantica.com/ao

Fernando Torres signs for PES 2010

June 23, 2009 · Filed Under Consoles, News, Sim, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

Liverpool and Spain striker joins Lionel Messi as the face of PES 2010, as Konami lifts lid on even more gameplay advances

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced that Liverpool FC and Spanish international striker Fernando Torres is to join Lionel Messi as the cover stars of PES 2010.

Torres, 25, has enjoyed an incredibly successful season both at club and international level, and will now join UEFA Champions League winner Messi on the front of PES 2010’s packaging and marketing materials. Fernando Torres was born in Madrid in 1984, and gained acclaim by helping Spain win the Under 16 UEFA European Championships in 2001 scoring the only goal in the final against France. His pace and prowess in front of goal saw him signed by Atlético de Madrid as an 11-year-old, making his mark in the first team from the age of 17 and scoring 82 goals in 214 league appearances for the club. This form took him to Liverpool for a £26m fee in 2007, where his prolific strike rate has continued and has seen him cement his place in the senior Spanish national squad. Torres was a pivotal figure in Spain’s successful EURO 2008 campaign where he again scored the only goal in the final against Germany.

“Everyone knows that when it comes to football simulation, Konami’s PES series is by far the most realistic title available,” commented Torres. “The new game looks absolutely stunning, and I look forward to seeing myself in action in PES 2010.” “Fernando Torres has established himself as one of the most exciting strikers in the game,” added Jon Murphy, PES European Team Leader. “He encapsulates everything that is good about the modern game, showcasing both pace, skill and vision – three elements that play a major part in PES 2010 as a football simulation.”

In addition to the announcement of Torres’ involvement, Konami has also unveiled key new additions to PES 2010’s content:

Enhanced Realism: PES 2010 delivers a pace of game in tune with football played at the highest level. Triangulation of passes and use of off-the-ball runs are key to breaking down the opposition, forcing the player to use the strengths of their team mates to create scoring opportunities. Gone are ‘soft’ goals that can be used to break the deadlock; instead, only working the channels and the precision play expected of great players will make a difference.

Player Characteristics: Key skills of the many players have now been attributed names, allowing users to incorporate them into their play strategy. Cover star Torres, for instance, is renowned for his ability to receive a pass in the penalty area, and to drop the ball to a teammate in a good position for a goal-scoring opportunity. As such, he is labeled a ‘Fox in the Box’ and Goal Poacher’, in line with his prowess in both scoring and setting up goals. Player characteristics are more vividly reproduced by these names.

Instant Tactical Switching: Konami has already unveiled its new tactical bar system related to PES 2010’s attacking and defensive elements, but can now reveal additional information. Each team has unique settings matching their real-life playing styles. Torres at Liverpool, for instance, will recreate the Merseyside club’s sophisticated play and high numbers in attack, their pressing from midfield, strong defensive line, and width across the pitch. For the offense, the default settings support wide attacks and the aim to move in the back of the opponent’s defense line. The user can summon the bar instantly during a match to adjust team tactics to enhance their defence or strengthen attacks.

Master League: The Master League now incorporates both the Champions League and Europa Leagues in its content, offering a complete season for players to enjoy. Success in the Master League will see players streamed into these competitions. The lure of European football can also be used to attract stronger players to your side, with transfer dealings and contracts now significantly more realistic in their use.

Commentary: PES 2010 reunites Jon Champion and Mark Lawrenson in the game’s virtual commentary box, but in a more effective way than before. The commentary is now more tied to the action, with comments detailing player ability, significant match history and analysis, within a more concise and detailed delivery designed to mimic the presentation of games.

Konami is committed to delivering the most realistic football to date, and will make further announcements regarding PES 2010’s exciting, innovative content in the run-up to the game’s Autumn launch. Key details on the game’s DLC, online elements and options will follow shortly.

PES 2010 will be released for PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360, PC-DVD, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PlayStation®2 and mobile phones in the autumn.

GigaMedia and Mythic Entertainment To Launch Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Taiwan on June 25th

June 21, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau Join the Realm Waras WAR Continues to Spread Across the Globe!

GigaMedia Ltd (GIGM) and Mythic Entertainment™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. , announced that the highly acclaimed fantasy MMORPG Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR) will launch in Taiwan on June 25th. The game will be available on GigaMedia’s game platform, FunTown, in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, where players will now be able to choose a side in the growing battle between Order and Destruction and help decide the outcome of the WAR across the globe!

“Since launching WAR last fall, we’ve been dedicated to introducing the Warhammer Online universe to gamers the world over,” said Jeff Hickman, executive producer for Mythic Entertainment. “We are pleased to invite Taiwanese recruits into the fight between Order and Destruction – the battle is far from over, so choose a side and join the WAR!”

“We are thrilled to bring the exciting world of WAR to Taiwan and have had great success introducing the game,” said Yautian Chen, General Manager of FunTown. “Now that the Realm War is finally here, we look forward to lots of fun special events as players jump in and the action builds.”

Launched in North America, Europe and Oceania in September of 2008 and in Russia in February of 2009, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is an epic fantasy MMORPG based on the popular tabletop game from Games Workshop. Featuring innovative Realm vs. Realm™ gameplay and Public Quests™, players are immersed in a world of perpetual conflict between the armies of Order and Destruction. Novice MMO players and veterans alike will appreciate the incredible depth and variety available in WAR.

Subscription Rates:
• Monthly Subscription: 450 NTD
• Hourly Time Deduction Fee: 5 NTD

For more information about the Taiwanese launch of WAR visit: www.warhammeronline.com.tw

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide players with an engaging battleground for years to come. Available now for PC, WAR is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.warhammeronline.com.

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