Christian Video Game Tribulation Knights to be released Q2 2010

December 30, 2009 · Filed Under Action, News · Comment 

The open world game can be played in both the first and third person point of view. The player must use non-lethal weapons in the course of completing missions. This makes the game much harder than typical action games.

Tribulation Knights™ is a video game for the PC, the first installment is to be released in Q2 of 2010.

It was written, produced, and developed by John Nelson. It is an entirely indie effort to develop a game for gamers who may or may not be religious. The story line is based on Biblical interpretations of the book of Revelations.

What Technology is being used?
The game series is being developed using the Torque Game Engines from Garage Games.
The first installment is using TGEA, and the following installments are using the new T3D engine.
The Bullet Physics engine is being used, along with the FMOD Ex sound system which is a revolutionary audio engine.

Gameplay
The open world game can be played in both the first and third person point of view. The player must use non-lethal weapons in the course of completing missions. This makes the game much harder than typical action games. The player is tasked with obtaining food, medical supplies, salvageable materials, and enemy intelligence. In addition there are missions to rescue rebel citizens from thugs, and Enforcers. Maintaining a level of faith is necessary since the events of these apocalyptic times can be dishearting. This requires the player to find a house of worship to bring the faith levels up after spending time engaging the enemy.

What is the story plot of the game?
The plot of the game is that in the not too distant future a variety of disasters hit at the same time throwing the planet into turmoil. Millions of people are dead in only a short time.
A deadly virus kills quickly as the economies of all countries fail in days, famine hits leaving everyone starving in weeks.
Now chaos rules as people fight to live and survive.

A single politician and his allies gain control of the world, and recruit everyone who will join them to restore order. He promises food and shelter, and protection, so many abandon their allegiance to their countries and join. They will be fed, and taken care of, but they will be required to be chipped.
This is the integration of a bio adhering technology that permanently modifies a person.
At that point they are forever tracked, monitored, and controlled.
Their Brain functions actually change along with their DNA, and it is irreversible.
These converts are no longer the people they once were.
The process will only work on willing subjects.

Those people who refuse to become a member of this new society fighting to control everything, are labeled rebels. The rebel citizens are not allowed to buy, or sell food, own a home, or receive the protection of the new police force, only known as Enforcers.
A secret group of extraordinary people who recruit the best agents send them out to help people. They are known as Knights.
These Knights must gather intelligence, retrieve supplies, and protect the innocent.
The code of the Knights forbids them from killing, but they do have a variety of technological devices to defend themselves with.
In the game they interview refugees who all have different opinions about what is happening to the world. Some believe it was the rapture that took so many people away, others believe it was a coordinated attack by a organization with the goal of world domination.
The knights move in the shadows of alley ways in the cities, they are in the country side protecting farms from plunder, and they are taking refugees to safe zones where they can be free people for as long as they can.

The life of a Knight is not long, but it will be a glorious life spent in the service of God, country, and in service to those around them.

Release Date: A Q2 2010 release date has been announced. The exact day will be posted in the near future.

Ragnarok Online Cares Campaign launch

December 26, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Due to the current economic climate many people have unfortunately been laid off or let go from their jobs and have been under a lot of stress trying to find a job and pay their bills.

To help reduce this stress on our community Gravity Interactive, a world renowned massively multiplayer online game publisher, is proud to launch its Ragnarok Online Cares Campaign. Starting Dec. 22nd Gravity is providing Free three month subscriptions to Ragnarok Online subscribers who have been laid off or let go any time since June 1st 2009.

Gravity acknowledges the recent economic hardships and wants to help reduce the stress on its community by providing its users the opportunity to continue playing Ragnarok Online without having to stress about paying their subscription cost along with their other bills.

“Playing Ragnarok is a great way to relax with friends and wind down from a stressful day….” said Yoshinori Kitamura, Chief Executive Officer of Gravity Interactive. “….the last thing we want to do is take this away from our users due to something that’s completely out of their control. All of us at Gravity deeply feels for our community and wish them all the best of luck through these tough times.”

Designed with fantasy and anime themes, Gravity’s title, Ragnarok Online, engages it’s users in epic quests, battling monsters, worlds to explore and the ability to socialize with friends while engaged in special events and activities. Gravity’s games offer user controlled PVP and Clan combat systems, enhanced item upgrading systems, customizable stats, unique skills, pets, customizable characters and numerous events and community outlets.

More Information about Ragnarok Online and Gravity can be found at: http://iro.ragnarokonline.com

Entirely new Valkyrie Sky ready to open

December 23, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Official Launch of Much Upgraded Version on December 28th

Online PC Game Portal GameKiss announced the official launch of Valkyrie Sky at 00:00 (PST) on December 28th. Valkyrie Sky, based on the Norse mythology, is a vertical-scroll shoot’em-up game combining community elements of an MMORPG and the instant action of a shooting game.

The biggest change in this newly launched version is its improved graphics and the camera angle control. Furthermore the users’ line of sight is widened and character skills have become even more dazzling. The character visuals are a key enhancement and the rotating 3D camera is possible thanks to the graphic engine renewal work.

The PvP system, which previously received the most criticism, was also significantly upgraded. Users have pointed out unwanted match-ups when the PvP automatically started as soon as the PvP mode was chosen. The current improved system changed to the duel mode system which is expected to provide users more fun.

Classes became more diverse thanks to the addition of the post-changing system. When users reach Level 15, they can switch their post after having mastered the skills of their current class and finished the quests. Nearly 20 improved and new game systems were added – for instance the dungeon system was newly added and the life system got upgraded.

“In the last three weeks of the closed beta service between October 28 and November 10th, we checked every single comment and survey response. We tried to reflect them on the open beta test as much as possible,” said RomaN, GM of Valkyrie Sky, “After the CBT, the developer’s note was posted everyday, and we received plenty of great and helpful feedback which was applied to the game with excitement.

“Many users have waited for the official launch date. We are very pleased to announce good news to our users before the end of 2009. To celebrate the launch, we are planning various in-game events. We look forward to many users participating”, RomaN added.

Registration, download and playing of Valkyrie Sky are provided worldwide, and can be enjoyed free of charge.

More details of Valkyrie Sky can be found at the official website: http://valkyriesky.gamekiss.com

For the Glory: A Europa Universalis game patch 1.1 now available

December 21, 2009 · Filed Under News, Patch · Comment 

Crystal Empire Games has today released the 1.1 patch for the acclaimed grand-scale historic strategy game, For the Glory: A Europa Universalis Game.

Some of the fixes and improvements in the 1.1 patch include:
• Code optimized for increased performance
• Fixed several bugs including colonization for Spain and Portugal and multiplayer annexation bug
• Enhanced AI decisions for investments, trade and warfare
• Reworked some game features, including transport capacities, colonists value, growth rate during war and constructions in progress for annexed countries
• Extended settings for interface and color-scale options
• Added information for badboy and estimated yearly income
• Added eight sprite sets for naval and land
Game Vortex hails, “For the Glory gives you everything you could ever want in a history-based strategy game,” while GameSpot urged that, “fans of Europa Universalis 3 should pick [For the Glory] up immediately.” With the 1.1 patch, it’s a great time to see what all the fuss is about.
The patch is available at all major digital retailers. In order to avoid compatability issues please download the patch from the same place the game was purchased.

For the Glory is available at all digital major retailers. For more info please visit: http://www.paradoxplaza.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=609&Itemid

Vacation Mogul

December 20, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Build Your Resort, Solve Mysteries and Learn the Tourism Trade in this New Real Estate Management Game

Take a trip to your uncle’s tropical islands this holiday season, as Alawar Entertainment, one of the world’s leading publishers of casual games, launches the latest addition to its widely popular building simulation series, Vacation Mogul. This engaging real estate management game is available for download immediately at http://www.alawar.com/game/vacation-mogul/ and is sure to draw in gaming sightseers and veteran players alike for the price of only $9.95.

In Vacation Mogul, your rich uncle has died and left everything to you and your sister. You immediately take possession of his estate and businesses, only to discover your sister missing and your uncle’s lawyer has stolen her part of the inheritance! Become one of the rich and powerful as you expertly buy and sell land, turn bungalows into ritzy hotels and erect specialty shops and other attractions to lure in tourists. Only by building your beach-front empire can you earn enough money to buy back your sister’s bequest and solve the mystery of her disappearance!

Key features include:

• 38 challenging and engaging levels on five idyllic islands
• 16 different building types, including karaoke bars and catamaran rentals, to draw in clients and rake in the cash!
• Over a dozen bonuses and mini-games to further your quest for clues
• Eye-popping graphics to sweep you into the seaside real estate management experience

Vacation Mogul is currently available exclusively at www.alawar.com and will launch on other major download portals, including Big Fish Games, RealNetworks, Boonty and PlayFirst®, in January 2010.

Download the trial version: http://www.alawar.com/game/vacation-mogul/download/

Dungeon Fighter Online Dawn of Retribution update

December 18, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Dungeon Fighter Online offers up big changes—that promise even bigger victories for all our Dungeon Fighters—with its Dawn of Retribution update.

This new update to the game’s open beta features three major game play changes, as well as Christmas events to celebrate the holiday season.

Players may now enjoy faster leveling, easier dungeons and an improved, revamped tutorial as part of this update. A newly implemented experience curve allows players to make more rapid progress through the game, opening up more quests, more dungeons and more skills even sooner than before. The difficulty level has been brought down for some of the creatures in the lower leveled dungeons so as to aid beginning Dungeon Fighters. An added benefit to players just starting out in the Land of Arad are enhanced lessons from Seria and Linus, two important NPCs (non-playing characters) who all Dungeon Fighters meet at the beginning of their adventures in the game.

On top of these improvements, players can take part in the holiday spirit with the Holly Jolly DFO Christmas Celebration. From Dec. 16 to January 5, players will be singing, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” Every day for one randomly selected hour, a nice, crisp layer of soft powder will fall on the land. When it does, players will receive a 20 percent EXP bonus when clearing dungeons. Seria has decorated her sanctuary for Christmas, spreading holiday cheer to the dungeon fighters that visit her. After visiting Seria, players venture into the dungeons hunting for the Christmas goblins who robbed the respected citizens of Arad of their Christmas knickknacks. One particular goblin, Snowblin, also drops the special Snowball item. This throwing item delivers water damage and could freeze an opponent…or fellow partymates, if it isn’t used with precision.

For more information on the Dawn of Retribution and holiday events, go to http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net.

The Sims 3 free Create a World Tool now available for download

December 17, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Robust Tool Available as Free Download Today Plus New Game Update for The Sims 3 Introducing Shop Mode Available Now

EA’s The Sims Studio is putting the power of world creation directly into The Sims 3 players’ hands!

The Sims 3 Create a world tool beta

Available today as a free download on www.TheSims3.com, The Sims™ 3 Create a World Tool – BETA allows players to create and share unique new worlds that they design. Registered The Sims 3 players will be able to step into the shoes of The Sims 3 development team by using the same robust world-building tools the team uses to create worlds and towns for The Sims 3.

This massive, creative tool allows players to design and build entire worlds for their Sims or begin their creations with pre-made Sunset Valley or Riverview terrains. Once players are satisfied with their brand new world, they can then share their creations online through The Sims 3 Exchange. The tool allows for endless creative possibilities and countless new stories to be told using a brand new world, designed by the players, as the canvas!

FEATURES
Design Entire Worlds – Players can choose terrain patterns, vegetation and neighborhood accents like water towers and lighthouses, then place lots and roads to create something totally unique.

Players Choice – Players can start with a blank canvas, or modify the terrains that formed the basis of Sunset Valley or Riverview.

For Advanced Designers – Those with design skills can bring creativity to life by creating and importing designs from Photoshop and other programs into their world.

Trees Galore! – Combine objects and items from The Sims 3 World Adventures expansion pack or items from The Sims 3 Store to create a one of a kind landscape.

Share with the World – Created worlds can be shared and downloaded through The Sims 3 Exchange. Sims players will now have additional worlds to choose from beyond the extra town of Riverview, which has been downloaded 2MM times.

The Sims 3 Create a World Tool – BETA is a robust tool for avid Sims players that want to expand their gameplay experience and create an entire world. Players can build anything from mesas, mountains, and waterfalls to their favorite The Sims 2 neighborhood, their own home town, or even the Moon! A walk-through guide is located here to help players get started creating their own worlds. Now The Sims 3 players can be game designers and take their creativity to a whole new level.

Also available for download today on www.TheSims3.com, players can update their copy of The Sims 3 and for the first time ever, shop from The Sims 3 Store right inside their game with Shop Mode. As items are purchased, they will be added to the player’s catalog, while the game is running. Players can browse the full The Sims 3 Store catalog directly from their game and purchase exclusive furniture, décor, hair, and clothing – without ever closing the game. The Game Update will also provide further updates to The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 World Adventures such as an uninstaller for the Mac, some support for recovering saved games and much more.

Play Age of Conan for FREE, forever

December 15, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Unlimited Free Trial of the first 20 levels in Age of Conan now available

Funcom is delighted to announce a unique holiday offer for its massively multiplayer online game ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures‘. Anyone who downloads, registers, and starts playing the trial before January 1st 2010 will be able to enjoy all of level one to twenty – the entire Island of Tortage experience – without ever having to upgrade to a full account or pay a subscription fee.

Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures

This unique Unlimited Free Trial campaign is only available until January 1st as a special holiday offer to anyone who wishes to experience the sexy and savage world of Conan.

“Our original seven day trial has been very successful so far,” says Morten Larssen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Funcom. “But with the holiday season coming up this is the perfect time to shake up our trial offer a bit and try out something new. So everyone who downloads the trial before January 1st will be able to play the first part of the game for free, forever. We are confident that many of those taking advantage of this offer will choose to become permanent players, allowing them to experience all of what the game has to offer including all the additions and improvements introduced since launch.”

Celebrate the holiday season by downloading the trial today, and experience ‘Age of Conan‘ in all its savage, sexy and brutal glory. Go to http://www.ageofconan.com/trial to download the client and start your barbaric adventures today. Players can level up as many characters as they want before choosing to move on and explore the rest of the game. Players will be able to enjoy all of what Tortage Island has to offer, complete with player vs. environment and player vs. player gameplay. Users must take advantage of this offer before January 1st, and will need to log in to the game for the offer to take effect.

Launching in May last year ‘Age of Conan‘ quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies around the world. In North America, the most prominent online gaming market in the west, ‘Age of Conan’ became the third best-selling PC title of the year in 2008. In the weeks after launch ‘Age of Conan’ simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. ‘Age of Conan’ is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and is being prepared for launch in Korea as well.

Spec Ops: The Line

December 14, 2009 · Filed Under News, Shooter · Comment 

Narrative-driven military shooter features intense combat and gut-wrenching decisions set against the backdrop of the sandstorm-ravaged city of Dubai

2K Games announced that Spec Ops®: The Line™ is currently in development at YAGER for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Spec Ops: The Line is a provocative and gripping third-person modern military shooter that challenges players’ morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made.

“At the heart of the 2K DNA is the creation of intellectual properties that provide consumers with compelling narrative, heart-pounding action, and worlds that come to life around them,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Spec Ops: The Line is the epitome of a 2K Games title and incorporates all of our gameplay values: immersive experiences that draw you in, unique and innovative features that make you rethink the way you play them, and an amazingly high quality bar that is synonymous with the 2K name. By meeting these core values, I’m confident that Spec Ops: The Line will be a great experience that people will enjoy playing for years to come.”

Spec Ops: The Line unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Once the playground for the world’s wealthiest elite, Dubai has fallen victim to a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. The city’s ultramodern architecture lies half-buried under millions of tons of sand. The very sand that blankets the city plays a marquee role in altering combat situations and serves as a powerful but unpredictable force that will both help and hinder players throughout the course of the game.

While most people have fled the now-barren wasteland before the sandstorms swept through, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and his loyal squad remained behind to protect those incapable of escape. Unable to reach anyone in Dubai after the storm hit, the U.S. Army feared Konrad and his team dead until they picked up a weak distress signal and launched a rescue operation. As U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you and your elite Delta Force team are sent to infiltrate the treacherous region to bring Konrad home. Players will experience “The Line”, that razor’s edge known only to men who deal in war. It is the line they cross when death and duty become one and the same. It is the end – of self and sanity – when their duty is done and only they remain.

“The production of Spec Ops: The Line has been a tremendous experience for YAGER,” said Timo Ullman, managing director at YAGER. “Our close collaboration with 2K Games over the course of this production has allowed us to achieve our goal of giving players a unique and exciting gaming experience in Spec Ops: The Line. YAGER’s goal is to always push the boundaries of what is possible and exceed players’ expectations in every production.”

Spec Ops: The Line underscores 2K’s commitment to deliver original and innovative single and multiplayer experiences to current generation consoles and PCs. Spec Ops: The Line will take that commitment to the next level by providing players with a new and exciting multiplayer experience that offers a unique perspective on the single-player storyline.

Spec Ops: The Line is not yet rated by the ESRB. The title is planned for release during Take-Two’s 2011 fiscal year, which begins on November 1, 2010. For more information, please visit www.specopstheline.com.

Futuremark Games Studio announces Shattered Horizon Competition

December 11, 2009 · Filed Under Competitions, News · Comment 

Contest offers players 16 ways to win PC hardware prizes from sponsors MSI, FSP Group, Enermax and Patriot Memory

Futuremark® Games Studio announced a new community competition for Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter. The contest starts Monday 14 December and with 16 different challenges over 4 weeks there are plenty of ways for players to win one of the many PC hardware prizes on offer from competition sponsors MSI, FSP Group, Enermax and Patriot Memory.
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/competition/

“With 16 different ways to win this competition gives all Shattered Horizon players a chance to win one of the great prizes on offer, not just those who top the leaderboards,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.

The prize pool includes:
– MSI Big Bang Trinergy motherboards
– FSP Group Epsilon 88PLUS 700W power supplies
– Enermax Apollish Vegas 12cm cooling fans
– Patriot Memory DDR3 Viper II ‘Sector 5’ Series memory modules
– Shattered Horizon t-shirts, sticker packs and Arconaut memberships

For further details of the challenges, prizes and how to take part visit the competition page on the official Shattered Horizon website:
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/competition/

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