Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

July 28, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Highly anticipated sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s sci-fi real-time strategy game launches around the world

Following several years of development and an extensive beta test that resulted in focused feedback from thousands of players worldwide, Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now on sale in North America, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. To celebrate the launch with players, Blizzard Entertainment hosted retail launch parties in 12 cities around the world. For video assets from these events, visit www.newsinfusion.com/starcraft2.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II once again centers on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types. Unparalleled online play for StarCraft II is available through a new version of Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s world-renowned gaming service. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more.

“We’ve worked hard to deliver an epic continuation of the StarCraft story line as well as the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Combined with the next-generation online environment of the new Battle.net, we believe players will agree that StarCraft II offers an experience unlike anything we’ve ever created, and we’re excited to finally be able to share it with them.”

The solo campaign for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty picks up the saga where it left off in StarCraft: Brood War®. The story line chronicles the exploits of marshal-turned-rebel-leader Jim Raynor and features both familiar faces and new heroes. Players can tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign. Several challenge missions are also included, with focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies. Read more

Fairy Story Online

July 26, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Get swept up in a romantic game setting like no other, thanks to Ngames anticipated upcoming MMORPG, Fairy Story Online.

Winner of 9 industry awards, including PC Editor Choice award (2009) and Gamespot China’s world’s most anticipated online games (2009), Fairy Story Online is exciting beta players with it’s unique mixture of romantic nostalgia and real-time combat.

Fairy Story Online, Ngames’ latest MMORPG, is set in a beautiful, warm, romantic world that instantly evokes memories of classic childhood fairytales. The game is filled with distinctive characters, hundreds of pets and dozens of fun mounts – it’s the type of wonderland Alice wishes she’d fallen into.

The delicate interface and interactive environments are complemented by ambient music and automatic path-finding, meaning you can sit back and drink in the setting while talking and interacting with your gaming friends.
Who knows, you might even find ‘the one’ for an in-game marriage along the way…

Ever played an MMORPG where you raid a giant clown house, packed with colourful but vicious jack-in-the-boxes, toy soldiers and a wicked witch to defeat?

Fairy Story Online takes raiding to a new, unexplored level, expertly mixing childhood sweetness with a robust real-time combat system. The aesthetics may be fairytale-sweet on the eye, but there are challenges waiting for even the most hardened MMORPG players.

Raid groups in Fairy Story Online are full of charismatic characters, each using their own items – personalised through a deep item enhancement system – to take on the fantastical bosses awaiting them.

You’ll even have fun simply riding to the raids, thanks to the game’s wonderful selection of mounts, including: giant Praying Mantises; friendly Tigers; and udder-ly brilliant big yellow Cows. Read more

King of Kings 3

July 23, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

gamigo will introduce one of the most important features of the upcoming clan warfare MMORPG King of Kings 3: town building. After all, is it not every guild’s dream to build a thriving metropolis and take advantage of everything such a town has to offer? But the path there isn’t easy. Once guilds have joined to form a legion, they can lease land to build a camp. Only after a kingdom is founded can players also found their own town, earning them not only prestige but also a number of special in-game advantages.

The construction site is nearly empty at first. Only the main building is there, and the high walls all around to protect the town. There are plenty of options for building to choose from. From the barracks and the alchemist’s hut all the way to trees, statues and fountains, the choices are nearly endless. Each object can be placed and its appearance changed to suit player’s preferences. If they have the right resources, that is.

Barracks are one of the most important buildings to have. Here one can hire up to three personal guards to protect players in PvE combat against monsters as well as during PvP combat against other players. Warriors, mages and rangers can be recruited, equipped and sent for training in the barracks.

Need for Speed World

July 21, 2010 · Filed Under Action, MMO, News, Online, Racing · Comment 

Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio  announced that Need for Speed World, the massively multiplayer online action racing game, is available for digital download on July 27 for the PC.

Need for Speed World combines the rush of illicit street racing, deep RPG style progression and vehicle customization into an immersive, socially-connected Need for Speed experience.

Players can compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world.

Players can pre-order the Need for Speed World Starter Pack* today to gain early access to the game on July 20. Gamers will also unlock exclusive cars, earn double XP, reserve their driver names and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile before the game officially launches.

On July 20, the Need for Speed World Starter Pack will be available for £14.99. Read more

Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge free playable demo

July 19, 2010 · Filed Under Demo, News, Strategy · Comment 

Matrix Games and Panther Games are thrilled to release a free playable demo for the critically acclaimed WWII strategy game, Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge. The demo includes the fictional scenario called “Return to St. Vith” which depicts Patton’s 4th Armored Division launching a fierce counteroffensive behind enemy lines to cut off the supply route for German units still in the Bulge.

The demo is available is available from here.

You can also find some tutorial videos to help you out: Getting Started, Game Concepts, and Assess, Plan, and Order.

Battles from the Bulge has seen some impressive critical reaction since its release, scoring a 9 out of 10 on Eurogamer.dk, winning a Silver Award from Gamer’s Hall, and taking home a perfect score of 8 from Out of Eight!

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Critics and gamers alike have poured on the praise since the release of Battles from the Bulge. We believe that the unparalleled historical realism and playability found in Battles from the Bulge speaks so loudly for itself that releasing a demo makes perfect sense!”

Assess, Plan, Order and React – The Decisions are Yours!

Acclaimed developer Panther Games brings us to the bitter cold of Western Europe during the Winter of 1944 with Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge. Although the Battle of the Bulge is ground that has been visited by wargamers before, it has never been done with this level of fidelity and historical accuracy. The most advanced and realistic model of command decision-making implemented to date in a commercial wargame, combined with thorough historical research on the battlefields and forces involved in this campaign sets Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge apart from the competition.

Set during the hard fighting of the Battle of the Bulge, Command Ops lets gamers assess, plan, order and react at the operational level just like a real Corps, Division and Brigade commander. Hundreds of hours of gameplay await armchair generals who will be challenged to fight their way across 27 scenarios that stretch from the initial German surprise offensive to the powerful Allied counter-attack. Read more

Prepare for Battle as Disciples III Arrives in Stores

July 14, 2010 · Filed Under Fantasy, News, RPG, Strategy · Comment 

The fantasy tactical RPG/strategy is now available in North American retail stores and via global digital download

Kalypso Media and Akella announced that Disciples III: Renaissance is available in North American retail stores and via global digital download today. In the world of Disciples III: Renaissance, players will enjoy three distinct campaigns as they battle to capture an artifact of great power while being immersed in a rich story crafted by renowned Russian fantasy authors.

Players will engage in combat with a diverse variety of enemy creatures – on both a global map and tactical battlefield – challenging players to make the best use of the variety of character classes they can recruit into their adventuring parties. For more information about Disciples III: Renaissance, please visit http://www.disciples3.com.

Disciples III: Renaissance is the next title in the award-winning Disciples series and represents a huge leap forward in the evolution of the turn-based RPG/strategy genre. Building on the successes of the first two games, Disciples III: Renaissance introduces a host of new features as well as the compelling gameplay that made the previous titles so popular.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V Special Edition

July 12, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Sid Meier’s Civilization V Special Edition, a robust retail package that contains collectable items and exclusive access to behind-the scenes content, will be available starting September 21, 2010 alongside the standard retail edition in North America for $99.99.

In development at 2K’s world-renowned Firaxis Games studio, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the next entry to the original turn-based strategy franchise that reinvents the addictive “just one more turn” formula with a plethora of exciting new additions and enhancements.

In addition to a copy of the highly anticipated game, the following elements are included in the Civilization V Special Edition:

  • 5 metal figurines based on units from Civilization V, manufactured by Reaper Miniatures
  • 2-disc CD soundtrack of game score selections
  • DVD “Behind-the-Scenes at Firaxis on Civilization V”
  • 176-page hardcover art book Read more

Shrapnel Games discounts

July 5, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Cool Savings To Beat The Summer Heat At Shrapnel Games!

It’s the beginning of a new month which means two new titles are being discounted at the Gamers Front, the official Shrapnel Games online store. All month long in July gamers demanding the very best in their independent strategy titles can snag Dominions 3: The Awakening and the Enhanced Edition of winSPMBT at reduced prices.

Remember your first kiss? First job promotion? First car? First time you buried the body in the crawlspace? Dominions 3: The Awakening is the digital equivalent of all those euphoric feelings exploding all over your monitor in a gooey puddle of delight. It is, without hyperbole (umm…), the single greatest fantasy turn based strategy game to be played on a computer. It inspires threads hundreds of pages long across the Internet, is praised by even the most hardened critics, and continues to be played years after its release. It’s so freaking amazing that there are even rumors that a woman in Northwest Canada married her copy of Dominions 3: The Awakening, declaring that “unlike every man I’ve known it keeps me satisfied night after night with new and exciting ways to play.”

Dominions 3: The Awakening is a game that is in it for the long haul with you. This is a turn based strategy game of expansion and conquest that features scores of nations, hundreds of units, spells, and magical items, and limitless strategies for them all. This is a game in which years after its release discussion of tactics is still a fresh topic. This is a title that still receives continual support by the developers and community. This is not a game that goes quietly in the night, Dominions 3: The Awakening kicks the night’s ass and then parties with dawn. Read more