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

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!

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.

Shattered Horizon Moonrise content pack

November 16, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Free content pack will double the number of levels in the game

Futuremark® Games Studio revealed plans for the first content pack for Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter. The “Moonrise” pack, which will be free to all players, will include four new levels effectively doubling the number of levels in the game.

In Shattered Horizon, a catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. Teams of players fight in zero gravity to control the limited supplies that mean the difference between survival and death in the cold of space. The Moonrise content pack includes four new levels set around the shattered Moon, taking the fight deeper into space and showing a new side to the conflict.

Although a release date for the Moonrise pack has not been announced, players who pre-ordered Shattered Horizon will be invited to start play-testing the new levels this week.

“Selected players will help us test the new Moonrise levels from a very early stage,” said Antti Summala, lead designer. “Level design for zero gravity combat is a big challenge and we are looking forward to having real players help us create new experiences that cannot be found in other FPS games.”

About Shattered Horizon
Shattered Horizon is the innovative first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space.
• Multiplayer first-person shooter set in near-Earth space 40 years from now.
• Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of movement. Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space then land on any surface.
• Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles fighting to control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the ruined remains of the International Space Station.
• Dedicated servers hosted by Futuremark Games Studio with server code for the community coming soon.

Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7.

There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.

Suggested retail price: €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95

Available now from Steam and the official website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow

Prometheus available now as free downloadable game

November 9, 2009 · Filed Under MODs, News · Comment 

Winner of multiple awards in $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest released today

The Prometheus Team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Version 4.0 of its critically acclaimed and award-winning “Unreal Tournament 3” mod, “Prometheus.”

Thanks to the release of Epic Games’ Unreal Development Kit, anyone can now download and play “Prometheus” without the need for any additional game to be installed.

Prometheus is a mission-based, single-player co-op game in the spirit of “Portal” and “Mirror’s Edge.” By using the Prometheus Device, players bend the laws of Einsteinian physics using the theory of quantum states, meaning that goals are accomplished by completing missions with your past, present and future selves. You’ll need to keep your wits about you and your memory sharp in solving puzzles presented with this unique game play mechanic. Progression through the story introduces new challenges, with tasks increasing in difficulty, and a final dramatic conclusion questions present loyalties and even your own existence.

“Prometheus” Version 4.0 includes:

• A full circle storyline with three new levels
• New awards for tracking progress
• Additional custom textures, meshes and animations
• Bonus original weapon
• New custom layering music system and new voiceovers
• Seamless cutscenes
• New Epimetheus menu with active previews of individual quantum state histories
• Dramatic improvements to the quantum state character movement and firing accuracy

“Prometheus” is available for download through FilePlanet at www.fileplanet.com/promotions/mod/prometheus.aspx, and additional download mirrors will be posted on the UDK forums (www.udk.com/forums).

Double feature free add-on pack available for Ship Simulator 2008

November 8, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Continuing its weekly release of free download packs for Ship Simulator 2008, game developer VSTEP announces a special double feature Pride of Rotterdam and Portoferraio Angel Super Pack, the fourth new free download pack for Ship Simulator 2008 now available at “The Shipyard”, the online vessel & environment shop for Ship Simulator 2008.

All Ship Simulator 2008 and Ship Simulator 2008: New Horizons users will be able to download this new add-on pack for free and sail the widely favoured Pride of Rotterdam Ferry as well as the Portoferraio Angel yacht (Portoferraio for New Horizons users only). The add-on brings new gameplay features and exciting new missions to the game. The Pride of Rotterdam and Portoferraio Angel Super Pack is created by the dedicated Ship Simulator Creator’s Forum.

VSTEP will continue to release new high quality free add-on packs for Ship Simulator 2008 at the Shipyard on a weekly basis leading up to the release of the new Ship Simulator Extremes game in 2010.

To download the free add-on pack, visit the Shipyard: http://www.shipsim.com/shipyard/shipyard.php

Ship Simulator 2008
Available in 20 countries and 7 languages and with over 450,000 copies sold to date, the Ship Simulator Series is the leading naval simulation series for pc users. In Ship Simulator 2008, players will need to perform a multitude of tasks, all set within stunning 3D environments and world renowned harbours like San Francisco, Rotterdam, New York and Marseille. Players will take control of a wide array of vessels – from massive cargo ships and ferries, to speedboats, yachts, water taxis, personal watercrafts, and even the mighty Titanic! Ship Simulator 2008 incredibly recreates real locations from around the world and presents players with the challenges of commanding the vessel of their choice on the open sea. For more information about Ship Simulator 2008, visit www.shipsim.com

Endless free trial for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

November 6, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Warhammer Online Further Enhances Accessibility with New Streaming Free Trial Client and Introduction of New User Journey Features

Mythic Entertainment™  announced that the critically-acclaimed MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR), has replaced its 10-day time-limited free trial with a new, endless free* trial program which is now available for download. The new streaming client for the endless free trial enhances the game’s accessibility and greatly decreases the download time, making it easier than ever for new players to experience the never-ending battles of WAR for themselves.

The new WAR endless free trial replaces the original 10-day time-limited trial program, and gives new and returning players the opportunity to create and play any of the 24 different careers to find their perfect character match for use during extended gameplay if they purchase the game and/or subscribe. The endless free trial limits players to progress through character level 10 as they explore the tier one Empire vs. Chaos zones of Nordland and Norsca. In addition, players can explore the newly added tier one dungeon, Hunter’s Vale, or battle other players in the instanced scenarios Nordenwatch, Khaine’s Embrace and Gates of Ekrund.

Endless free trial players will embark on the recently introduced New User Journey, which features enhanced tutorials and new community elements, such as a “new player” guild, to streamline the transition of new players into WAR and its vibrant community of players.

“With the introduction of the endless free trial and streaming client, we are making it easier than ever for a new player to join the WAR,” said Jeff Hickman, executive producer, Mythic Entertainment. “We’ve worked hard to create a more informative and community driven new user experience, and now we are giving players an unlimited amount of time to explore the early parts of the game at their own pace. We are confident that players new and old will find all the enhancements we’ve made to WAR over the past year worthy of their time and commitment.”

Available now, the new streaming endless trial client is a seamless way for new users to get into the game. After an initial download of just over 1GB, additional content streams in the background as required while playing. All closed 10-day free trial accounts have been converted to open endless free trial accounts and are ready for returning players to resume their journeys across the frontlines of WAR.

New users and returning players can download the Warhammer Online endless free trial by visiting http://www.warhammeronline.com/trial.

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, 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 and Mac®, WAR is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.


Haunting Tricks and Treats are unleashed in GamersFirst titles to celebrate the Season

October 28, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

GamersFirst, today’s most popular free2play online game destination, is embracing the spirit of Halloween by unleashing special holiday features for its titles; Knight Online, Runes of Magic, Sword of the New World and War Rock. In addition, the Turkish language channels will be commemorating Turkish Republic Day with the release of symbolic Turkish flags in-game.

This special holiday promotion will begin on October 29th and end on November 5th. The Halloween Haunt features will include:
– Halloween themed in-game maps
– Themed Halloween costumes (featuring Jack-o-lantern heads in some games)
– Various in-game Zombie invasion/release and Game Master events with holiday-only prizes
– Special holiday bonuses that include; 25% discounts on various items, experience increases and Halloween-themed weapons
– Pumpkin carving contests (entries can be viewed on game forums)

“We have linked our flagship titles to mirror real-life celebrations for many years; nurturing a connection between our gamers and their in-game personalities,” says Joshua Hong, CEO of GamersFirst. “The value of identifying with our gamers in and out of game has proven to be a bond that creates consistency and loyalty in our community relationships.”

To see specific features that will apply to individual titles, you can visit each game’s respective news alerts at the following links:

Knight Online – http://knightonlineworld.gamersfirst.com/news_archive.php?n=2

Runes of Magic – http://www.gamersfirst.com/runesofmagic/?q=ToplulukHaberleri

Sword of the New World – http://www.gamersfirst.com/swordofthenewworld/?q=News

War Rock – http://www.gamersfirst.com/warrock/?q=News

Free Killing Floor Level Up content pack released

October 26, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Premier videogames publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Tripwire Interactive have yesterday released a huge free content pack for Killing Floor named ‘Level Up’, as well as the Defence Alliance mod. Killing Floor was released over Steam earlier this year and has been one of the its best selling shooters, triggering Iceberg Interactive to take over European retail release for the exciting co-op horror shooter.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder said: “Our friends at Tripwire Interactive really deserve a lot of credit for caring for the community so much. They keep supporting their game and keep releasing great new content for the addictive 6 player co-op shooter that is Killing Floor. It is uncanny that such a huge update with so many extra’s is released for free and I believe this is not even the end of it. At Iceberg we’re very excited to play this update and recommend that anyone who has a taste for horror survival and co-op shooters, does exactly that as well. I may not be objective but I really recommend this very, very highly: it’s actually inexpensive, guarantees months of fun and enjoys continuous support and expansions.“

In celebration of the Free Content Pack a Free Weekend will run from Thursday 22nd through Sunday 25th October and will allow anyone to play the full game, including all the additional free content, all weekend. If you already own the game, the ‘Level Up’ content pack will update automatically. If you have never tried Killing Floor, get it now from your local retail store or click here to start the pre-load: http://store.steampowered.com/app/1250/.

The details for the Free Content Pack:
• 3 New maps: Bedlam, Wyre and Waterworks.
• New specimen: the Husk. Adds more tactics to the game as this is a long range attacking enemy.
• Introduction of a 7th Perk: Demolition. With this new Perk you become a specialist in proximity charges and grenade launchers, adding even more tactical depth to the team’s ability to stop the advancing hordes.
• A new perk level for all perks increasing the max level from 5 up to 6 including new benefits for all classes.
• 7 New Weapons, varying from the medic gun to cure teammates from a distance, to various automatic guns and shotgun additions, as well as several weapons for the all new Demolition Perk.
• 20+ New Steam Achievements, upping the total to 60+. Getting them all feeds the need to play.
• Revamped User Interface.
• The first ever total conversion mod for Killing Floor entitled “Defense Alliance 2” released over Steam as an official mod for KF.

Killing Floor
Killing Floor is a co-op game mode for up to six players obliterating multiple waves of specimens, with the following features.

• Persistent Perks system, allowing players to convert their in-game achievements into permanent improvements to their character’s skills and abilities
• Watch those crucial and violent creature deaths in slomo “ZEDtime”, even in multiplayer
• Solo game mode for offline play
• 10 different monster types trying to eat your face off, armed with everything from teeth and claws, through to chainsaws, chainguns and rocket-launchers
• Over 20 weapons for the players to chose from, ranging from knives and fire-axes up to pump shotguns, rifles and a flamethrower. Add in a welder, medical tools and body armor to help the players survive
• 9 official maps included and more than 100 custom maps created to date!
• 14 player characters to chose from (including additional DLC characters available)
• Players choose one of 7 Perks to play with, so they can best balance out a co-op team to survive the horrors
• Open, non-linear play areas: choose when and where to fight – or run; weld doors closed to try and direct the monster horde
• Fully-configurable, allowing players to change things as simple as the difficulty level or number of creature waves, or go so far as to set up their own favorite waves of monsters
• Includes SDK for the creation of new levels and mods

Join us for the closed beta of FrontPage Sports Football

October 6, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Focus Home Interactive launches a closed beta for its Free2play American Football Management Game

Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studio would like to invite you to join the closed Beta of FrontPage Sports Football, their American Football management simulation game! As a member of the beta test group, you will have the chance to test the game and share your thoughts with us – and give the developers a chance to make the best game possible.

With FrontPage Sports Football you will be able to manage football teams and make all the decisions that a real manager or coach would make during a season. A few clicks will let you become a new virtual head coach. Take charge of recruiting and transferring players, manage training sessions, deal with your players’ injuries, set a game plan, write your playbook and win one of the three proposed championships – Non-professional, University or Professional.

To be the best, you will have to make key decisions: draft choices, recruit free agents, and take risks with your finances! But the decisions will also concern the action on the field: plan your tactics, watch 3D replays to improve your team moves and anticipate the reaction of your challengers, and much more!

Don’t wait! Visit the official website to sign up and join the BETA of FrontPage Sports Football. Get ready for a shot at becoming the best virtual head coach ever!

Join the BETA of Frontpage Sports Football: http://www.frontpage-football.com/

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