Astral Storm Rocks Allods Online

May 31, 2012 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Gala Networks Europe and Gala-Net one of the leading free-to-play games publishers and operators of the gPotato portals, has announced that Astral Storm, the latest content update for Allods Online, will go live today across all servers. Astral Storm coincides with the first anniversary of Allods Online’s launch as a full title and brings a range of tweaks, adjustments and improvements, alongside major additions such as the highly anticipated Mentor system and the Astral Treasure Hunt and a special launch event.

The Astral Storm launch trailer can be viewed on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/zTzxis-xVvU.

The mentoring system in Allods Online allows characters over level 30 to form a special bond with any newly created, non-reincarnated character over level 6 and the entire process is managed within the game’s UI. Mentors will receive a range of rewards, including a commission of the gold and loot earned by their apprentices, based on the amount of time a player spends mentoring their apprentice. The mentoring relationship ends when an apprentice reaches the same level as their mentor. Read more

AION free-to-play: new instances in update 3.0

May 29, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

With the upcoming AION update 3.0, NCsoft and Gameforge have brand new challenges in store for players level 55 and upwards. Numerous opponents lie in wait for brave heroes in exciting instances, which can be entered via the new territories of Tiamaranta and Sarpan.

Join forces to fight the hoards of monsters
The Tahmes instance can be entered by factions from level 56 and offers five diverse zones. A boss monster lurks at the end of each of these zones. The aim here is to prevent the resurrection of dragon Raksha, who was once exiled from Tiamat. As a reward for successfully completing the quest, you will receive unique equipment items and/or epic accessories.

The Rentus Base is aimed at players from level 58 and has a total of nine boss opponents. Players have the opportunity to interact with siege weapons and can use them not only to fight monsters, but also to influence the gaming environment.  The fortress of the Reians lies between Tiamaranta and Sarpan and belongs to the Balaur. Players can enhance their equipment with useful, class-specific items. Read more

Witness the Rise of the Dwarves in Runes of Magic: Chapter V – Fires of Shadowforge

May 28, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

With Fires of Shadowforge, the fifth chapter of the successful MMORPG Runes of Magic, set to release on June 12, a new race will be introduced to the world of Taborea.

The Shadowforge Dwarves, with their homeland in the Kingdom of Taffrock, will begin their adventure in the new starting area, the Yrvandis Hollows. Here players will find the beginner instance, the Outskirts of Taffrock, particularly challenging.

Taffrock, the subterranean kingdom of the Dwarves, was created long before the Great Banishment and the historic battle between the demons and the peoples of Taborea.

However, through a failed experiment, the Dwarves fell in to a prolonged slumber and slipped away into oblivion. Yet, when the royal scouts discovered them, they were awakened to new life, and the grandeur of their once forgotten kingdom unfolded once again. Read more

World of Tanks: In a world full of tanks, the 7.4 update is king

May 24, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Wargaming.net announced Update 7.4 for their distinguished free-to-play MMO World of Tanks introducing a wide range of new gameplay features.

The key innovation of the update is the introduction of two new game modes – Encounter Battle and Assault. The Encounter Battle mode invites two sides to fight for one base. The Assault sets the players in the roles of attackers and defenders where the former have superior combat capabilities.

“With the current version we are proud to introduce two unique game modes, which could be really exciting and challenging for those who prefer complicated combat assignments”, noted Mike Zhivets, producer of World of Tanks project. “The fans of French armored vehicles will also be pleasantly surprised with a rich collection of long range SPGs and tank destroyers, which definitely will make the game more tactically oriented and strategically planned.” Read more

Hidden Mysteries: Royal Family Secrets

May 21, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Focus Multimedia announced the forthcoming release of Hidden Mysteries: Royal Family Secrets.

Royal Family Secrets is the exciting new title from the acclaimed and hugely popular Hidden Mysteries franchise of hidden object adventure games.

The adventure places you in the role of a faithful royal servant, falsely accused of stealing from Her Majesty. Sentenced to death in the Tower of London, you are doomed to wander within the walls of “The Bloody Tower” for eternity. Unless you can find help and fashion your escape…

Set in England, with locations including the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey (where, on 12th March 2012, The Queen celebrated Commonwealth Day Observance), Royal Family Secrets is uncannily themed and brilliantly timed to coincide with the excitement and public fanfare of The Diamond Jubilee as The Queen celebrates 60 years as Monarch. Read more

New Survey Reveals Significant Interest in Video Games That Encourage Physical Activity

May 16, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The majority of consumers believe video games should encourage physical activity and that “physically active” video games can complement traditional exercise, according to a new survey released by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH).

The survey of 1,015 adults, age 18 or older, found that nearly 75 percent of respondents believe that video games should include a component that encourages physical activity. Also, 70 percent said that physically active video games – defined in the survey as video games that require body movements to control the activity on the screen – can complement or supplement traditional exercise.

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More than half (54 percent) said that physically active video games would encourage them to be more active, while 60 percent of survey respondents with children in the household said children should be encouraged to play physically active video games as a complement to traditional exercise. Read more

Gemini Wars has gone gold and ready for pre-order!

May 14, 2012 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Mission-based space strategy game Gemini Wars (PC/Mac ) has gone gold and is now available for pre-order on a multitude of digital download portals and in the Iceberg webshop. The boxed edition of Gemini Wars will be released on 8 June 2012 in various European English speaking territories, while localized versions will be released in the course of June 2012 as well.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder says : “Iceberg Interactive is no stranger to space strategy games, having successfully released ‘4x’ games such as Armada 2526 and Star Ruler and recently having signed up the highly anticipated upcoming games Endless Space and StarDrive. With Gemini Wars, we are bringing space strategy gamers a great looking, more structured strategy gaming experience that still has  a lot of ‘4x’ elements, but is focused on a multitude of increasingly challenging missions set in the Gemini universe and a great storyline that develops during the campaign. The game features great voice acting and to top it of, it includes a cool printed comic book set  in the Gemini Wars universe!”

DC Universe Online: Fourth DLC pack, “The Last Laugh”, arrives next month

May 9, 2012 · Filed Under Consoles, News, Online · Comment 

The battle between heroes and villains in DC Universe Online (DCUO) continues as Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced that The Last Laugh, the fourth downloadable content (DLC) pack for DCUO, will be available in June for download on the PC and PlayStation 3.

The Last Laugh will pit players against each other in high-intensity multiplayer brawls, feature an all-new weapon, and introduce new Light-Powered Legends PvP characters.

“We created this DLC purely for the players that like to take the fight to each other in DCUO’s amazing PvP combat,” said Jens Andersen, creative director on DC Universe Online. “Our community has continuously asked for more multiplayer action in DCUO, and we wanted to deliver content that fully meets their expectations and pushes PvP to another level. The Last Laugh is the first DLC that we’ve created that focuses almost entirely on player versus player battles, and it adds an exciting new element as some of DC’s greatest heroes and villains join to fight alongside you. Players will have even more opportunities to prove to the world whether heroes or villains will be triumphant.” Read more

Class Acts: Worms Revolution to feature worm classes!

May 2, 2012 · Filed Under Consoles, News · Comment 

Team17 are proud to announce that the forthcoming release of Worms Revolution will feature a class system for the first time. This addition introduces four different classes, Soldier, Scout, Scientist and Heavy, into the game. Players will eventually be able to unlock a total of 16 worms (4 of each class) to choose from to go into their teams, which makes it possible for a player to take any combination of classes into the game. Players will be able to use a team of all four of the same class if they prefer, or mix and match classes to get the best results.

About the Classes:
The Soldier
The Soldier is like the standard worm from the previous Worms games, and is the most well rounded worm in the game. The Soldier is good at attacking and getting around the landscape, though he is not specialised in any particular area. Read more