Assassin's Creed III website live with a countdown

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3 days, so that means it’s counting down to Monday and the official announcement for the game. I hope to get a trailer out of that announcement or some screenshots would be nice too right. I don’t think there were many tall towery buildings to leap from in America at that time in history not at least anywhere near the battles that took place so it will be extremely interesting to see how the combat and getting away from bad guys is handled.  I expect lots of native-american nature tricks to happen.

Also I absolutely LOVE that there is snow in this game.

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Dead Space 3 screenshots

I’ve completed Dead Space and started out on Dead Space 2 while incredibly creepy games they never really scared me beyond the occasional cheap “jump scare” So perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that Dead Space 3 looks more like a co-op shooter than a truly scary horror game.

Either way it has always been a visually amazing and visceral experience.

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Blacklight: Retribution now available on Steam - Free to play!

Blacklight: Retribution has been available for a while and has been free to play for some time, now it’s also availabele via Steam. I think its absolutely awesome for free-to-play games to make themselves playable on Steam. Its so much easier to find and get noticed there. I’ve played a bit of Blacklight: Retribution and it’s a competent, good looking shooter I only wish I had more time to play it.

Check out the Steam Hero Montage trailer and screenshots, I have to say those screenshots that they released do not do the game justice, the game looks actually much more better, it’s quite beautiful actually.

Gothic series switches distributors, two new CE-s announced!

Epic freaking news, if you are one of the few gamers who have had the pleasure of experiencing the Gothic games. I absolutely love those richly detailed German RPGs.

Nordic Games GmbH is doing something absolutely wonderful for the occasion, they are bringing out two new collectors editions. One for Gothic 3 and another for the original Gothic series (I and II) 

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Here’s a mockup of the Gothic Complete Collection:

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I’m really excited about this, look at this complete edition. Really cool posters, some small pictures, possibly stickers, huge awesome box. I need it.

Here’s what’s in the box:

  • High-quality packaging
  • 3 DVDs: 2 Game Discs and 1 Making of DVD (well I’m sold just for this)

  • 1 Gothic Art book (100 pages) (YES, freaking awesome)
  • 2 separate posters (A3)
  • 1 sticker sheet with 7 stickers (on transparent foil)
  • 6 Post cards

Here’s the mocup for the Gothic 3 Gold Enhanced Edition:

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Even though Gotic 3 wasn’t all that well received and it wasn’t quite up to the bar with Gothic 2, it was still an epic open world RPG that deserves to be played.

Here is what is included:

  • High-quality steel-book packaging
  • 2 DVDs: Disc 1: Gothic 3 Enhanced, Disc 2: Gothic 3 Add-On Enhanced
  • 1 poster
  • 1 sticker sheet with 6 stickers (on white paper)
  • 1 post card

Two new editions of the Gothic Universe will be published on 2 April 2012 

Medal of Honor Warfighter gets it’s first image ever. Looks very much like boxart and features very little from the game it would seem. Would like to see the team come out with something more substantial, that would help rise the hype level for this game.

We did like the first Medal of Honor game reboot, nothing but hope remains that this title will be at least equal if not better then the previous.

Here is what the team working on the game says:

We’re proud to bring you the next Medal of Honor, titled Medal of Honor Warfighter. We’re dedicated to delivering an aggressive, gritty, and authentic experience that puts gamers in the boots of today’s most precise and disciplined warrior powered by the revolutionary Frostbite 2 engine for the most immersive and engaging experience we can possibly deliver.”

#HL3

I pride myself on not going with every rumor and unconfirmed story that pops up on the feed but I have possibly just this one weakness and that is Half-Life. Something scary happened, someone tweeted a mo-cap session image with Alyx Vance actress and it was tagged with #HL3. This is very straightforward and kind of leads to believe that someone somewhere is working on HL3.

There is no doubt there is going to be more Half Life games but its just that Valve has not said ANYTHING. It’s their absolute right to not talk about it until there is something to say but in the mean time lets see how this works out. Enjoy:

StarForge

Starforge is a wonderful work-in-progress free to play game project that is another step towards what I’m sure is the future of all gaming - open world sandbox masterpiece. The visuals might not be the thing that jumps out at first, nor is the rich lore/story. It’s the endless ideas and inspirations that start bubbling in the players minds that makes this game amazing.

Watch the trailer first to understand what we are dealing here:

Planetside meets minecraft? Something like that. Its a long video but it shows us why we should be excited about this game and all games like this. It gives the players the tools to make what they want. Total freedom, you can go into space!

Understandably the homepage is overrun with press and gamers alike looking for more info about the project. This game is worth checking out and I hope they exapand and keep perfecting this great thing they are doing.

If you’d like to give the game a try:

Direct download: http://www.codehatch.com/StarForge_V0.1.zip 

Official torrent: http://www.starforge.com/StarForge_V0.1.torrent 

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

- Go to http://www.forgeforums.com to view game fixes. They will be reported in the Feedback/Bugs section: http://www.forgeforums.com/viewforum.php?f=12

- When the game launches you will be immediately greeted with a blank screen. This is normal behavior, as the level is building during this phase, including procedural texture generation. It may take a couple minutes on some computers. This is something we plan to fix in the near future.

- Some the features shown in the video are not yet included in this build but they will be playable soon.

- The game may not run on your computer, has performance issues and playability problems. We strongly apologize for this and we are set on fixing these issues over the next few weeks.

We hope that these temporary problems will not create a bad impression and we are unsure if we revealed our game too soon. Nonetheless we will work hard to make the game as it ought to be.”

Shiny new Xbox 360 controllers shown

Earlier this week Major Nelson (the xbox blog guy) showed off some shiny, really shiny xbox 360 controllers. They come in 3 colors and all are chromed. They call it “special edition chrome series”

The controllers will have an estimated retail price of US $54.99 each and will be available mid-May.”

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Battlefront 3 assets found on a Resident Evil game disc?

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Apparently the guys over at http://www.betagames.org/ discovered some Battlefront 3 art assets on the Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City discs, which is weird but not really. Since Slant Six Games were rumored to be working on the next Star Wars Battlefront 3 game, this makes perfect sense. Well not really but the company also made the new Resident Evil game so maybe someone just accidentally copied some files they were not suppose to? Maybe Betagames.org is just yanking everyones chain? Who knows, the images look real enough though and after this horrible thing, a good Star Wars game is everything we need.

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Dark Souls is getting ready to tear down the wall

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Metaphorically and literally. There is an actual wall on the Dark Souls Facebook page and fans can help bring it down and reveal something..something. So an announcement then, but for what? The popular word is - Dark Souls PC version. That would be great but they don’t really need all this show to announce that, people are already pumped to hear that news. Bloggers and journalists have the story written already, we now just need the confirmation that it’s really happening. Hopefully, maybe it’s something a little extra then just a PC version.

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Hitman Absolution has a living, dying world

IO interactive have crafted a living world for their Hitman game. There are people with their everyday problems and situations. Presumably 47 can affect those events and peoples lives.

I think a believable and interesting world is key to making a good game so I’m very glad Hitman Absolution is all that it can be and not just a crazy murder simulator. IO Interactive is keeping their eye on the ball that is for sure.

Arkane Studio's Dishonored first DLC details revealed

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Dunwall City Trials is the name of the first pieace of downloadable content to be offered for Dishonored. The DLC will feature 10 challenge maps including an arena challenge with waves of enemies to fight against.

More details are also revealed about future DLC plans and release dates:

Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, being released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points), will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

The second and third add-ons for Dishonored will be coming in 2013 and will each feature story-driven campaigns. Pricing on these two packs will be revealed closer to launch.

Daud, the leader of a group of supernatural assassins known as ‘The Whalers’, will be the focus of the second add-on pack, scheduled for release in early Spring 2013. Make your way through new Dunwall locales and discover Daud’s own set of weapons, powers and gadgets in this story-driven campaign. How you play and the choices you make will impact the final outcome…

Additional story details on the third add-on pack will be revealed closer to its launch next year.”

Valve release update for CS:GO includes new maps!

Valve is great we all agree on that. So not only do they release CS:GO for 10€,they also include updates with new maps completely free. This first meaty update includes two new maps: the good old classical Vertigo and a new arms race Monastery. The monastery map has snow, I love snow in my games.

Here is the official trailer showing off the new maps:

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Playing LA Noire

LA Noire by Team Bondi and Rockstar Games is a really interesting take on videogames and film noir style story telling. I have owned LA Noire for quite some but didn’t have a chance to start playing because it required a pretty decent computer to run it on and I always assumed it would take up a lot of time to play this game. 

It’s kind of true. La Noire is a big game with lots of interesting cases but they are all cut up into neat little bite sized pieces. I can usually start and finish a case in one evening, sometimes even two and that is really about as much as I want to experience LA Noire at one time, it works out perfectly.

You start out as a small time cop in LA and move up the department to traffic and then murder and then who knows what. I’m only just solving my first gruesome murder case and it’s all very interesting.

Since this is a Rockstar game, it comes as no surprise that La Noire is an open world game. The city is yours, you can drive anywhere you want and even though there isn’t much to do in the city its still very nicely detailed and full of life. So far I quite enjoy driving around and pissing off each of my partners.

I think I accomplished that pretty well. It never gets old for me to hear those guys whine and complain how bad my driving is but I want to see the city form every possible angle 

But these were the easy times, the time off with doughnuts and coffee. On duty it’s actually very gritty and serious. People die, accidents happen and cases need solving. There are murders disguised as accidents, thievery, sabotage, bank robberies and everything else. 

Most bad guys, be they murderous or petty thieves, they all try to make a run for it. All of them fail in the end.

At times the stakes get really high and things can go wrong really easy. Cole will have to keep his cool and solve each situation to the best of his abilities but everyone makes mistakes.

No matter how bad it gets out there, crime never pays on Cole’s watch.

- henri

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