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QuakeCon 2010 Announced

by Evan Volmering Mar 5, 2010 11:09 AM CST
filed under industry, news, pc

id Software has released details for this year's upcoming QuakeCon event.

What: QuakeCon is a free convention held yearly in Dallas, Texas brought to you by id Software, Bethesda Softworks and their parent company ZeniMax Media Inc.. Thousands of gamers gather in one location to play with their friends on a giant gaming network, see the latest in cool technology, hear about upcoming games and compete in world-class tournaments.

Who: Fans of computer and videogames. The event is FREE to all attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2010 event sponsors and exhibitors.

When: August 12-15, 2010

Where: Hilton Anatole Hotel - Dallas, Texas

Why: Play in world-class tournaments, meet and interact with game developers, be the first to learn new information about upcoming computer and videogames and have the opportunity to frag with friends on QuakeCon’s massive Bring Your Own Computer network.

More details about QuakeCon 2010 will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Black Rock: Split/Second the Call of Duty of Racing Games

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 11:33 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Call him crazy, but Black Rock Studio's Jason Ried, producer of the upcoming racer Split/Second,  likens his new game to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Uncharted 2 more so than the traditional racing game.

"It's a tough one. [Activision's] Blur is obviously competition -- it's racing and it's doing things slightly different as well. But we almost feel we're closer to Call of Duty or Uncharted in what we do than other racing games," Ried told CVG. "Animation-wise, Split/Second is the most ambitious thing that's ever been done in a racing game. So that is where we come down to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 comparison -- because of these huge set pieces."

Split/Second: Velocity is due out May 21.

Civilization V Announcement Trailer

by Tyler Treat Feb 27, 2010 3:27 PM CST
filed under pc, videos

2K Games announced Civilization V last week, but missing in action was the obligatory announcement trailer, until now. Here's the trailer in its full CG glory. There might not be any gameplay footage, but it's still pretty sweet.

Colony Defense Review

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by Tyler Treat Feb 26, 2010 8:52 PM CST
filed under features, pc, reviews

The tower-defense genre seems to be vastly under-represented within gaming. The only titles that immediately come to mind are Plants vs. Zombies and Defense Grid: The Awakening. I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new entry in the genre from Mana Bomb Games Studio, Colony Defense. While PopCap’s quirky tower-defense game seems like a far cry from Colony Defense, both in art style and gameplay (and budget), the two games do share one thing in common: they are both unique.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Gets New Action-packed TV Spot

by Tyler Treat Feb 26, 2010 2:30 PM CST
filed under pc, ps3, videos, xbox 360

Just four days away, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is one of the many games I'm looking forward to in March. EA is kicking its marketing campaign for the shooter into high gear. Today, the first TV spot for the game has appeared.

StarCraft II Still on Track for Release in First Half of 2010

by Tyler Treat Feb 26, 2010 2:21 PM CST
filed under news, pc

With its beta starting last week, Blizzard revealed that StarCraft II is still targeting a release in the first half of 2010. The latest word comes from yesterday's BlizzCast in which lead producer Chris Sigaty dropped some information on the beta as well as the release plans for the game.

"We were targeting three to five months for the beta. We're really at a three-month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year...[for release.]"

The beta received its first full patch yesterday, addressing numerous bugs as well as making a slew of balance changes. I can tell you firsthand that it's pretty damn awesome, so it's good to see that Blizzard is still on track for its original release schedule.

[via ShackNews]

Just Cause 2 Demo Arriving March 4th

by Evan Volmering Feb 26, 2010 10:59 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Square Enix today announced the demo for Just Cause 2 will release on March 4th, 2010.

Available for the PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 and PC, the Just Cause 2 demo will feature 35 square miles of the Lautan Lama Desert, taking up just one of the many islands in the 400 square miles of the Panau archipelago, including towns, villages, military installations, mountain ranges, missions and more.

Hunt down and assassinate one of the game’s 50 military colonels; devastate military bases, bio fuel chambers, government infrastructure and more; hijack tuk tuks, military 4x4s, armoured vehicles, mopeds, helicopter gunships, light aircraft, mini vans and numerous other military and civilian vehicles; freefall from desert outcrops or from burning planes at 20,000 feet; and unlock one full, multi-stage mission, traversing the mountains to a heavily fortified government radar station and ending in an unforgettable desert car chase.

“The Just Cause 2 demo is simply massive and with so much to do, the replay value is enormous,” said Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studios. “It’s easily one of the biggest freeroaming demos of all time and for fans of openworld games, it’s unmissable.” (more...)

Arkham Asylum on Games for Windows for Only $12

by Kyle Lehtinen Feb 26, 2010 10:48 AM CST
filed under cool stuff, news, pc

Batman Arkham Asylum is an excellent game that any fan of Batman or action games in general should get their hands on. Lucky for PC owners the Microsoft online store is selling the game for a peasley $12 through their games on-demand service. Simply create a gamertag, add $12 to your plastic, download and your ready to go. The offer is only available till March 1st so if your intereseted don't procrastinate.

For anyone on the fence about the game I actually created a video review thats posted on my personal blog. You can view it here.

Sigh Fest: Worms Reloaded a Rehash of Recent Console Iterations

by Tyler Treat Feb 25, 2010 2:29 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Here's some disappointing news. A couple days ago, word went out that a new Worms game was headed to Steam, supposedly a 2D, back-to-basics take on the series. Today, we've learned that it's merely going to be  "an extended edition of the console versions."

Team 17 made the clarification on its Facebook page, writing, "Just to clear up some confusion, the new PC Worms release on steam will be called "Worms Reloaded" which is a an extended edition of the console versions of late. More details soon."

The console versions of course being Worms and Worms 2: Armageddon on XBLA and PSN. It sounds like it's just going to be a rehash of those, so my excitement just diminished for Worms Reloaded.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Day-one DLC Confirmed

by Tyler Treat Feb 25, 2010 2:20 PM CST
filed under dlc, news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

We knew that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 would have some sort of DLC on or around its launch next Tuesday. Today, EA sent out a trailer confirming this notion as well as providing us insight into what it will be and how we'll get it. Bringing the total count to ten, the DLC will include two new multiplayer maps, Laguna Alta, playable in Conquest mode and Nelson Bay, playable in Rush mode. As part of EA's initiative to screw over used-game retailers, it will be free to anyone who purchases the game new or purchases separately the VIP code, which costs $15.

Coming later in March will be another free map pack, giving players a chance to experience the Arica Harbor map in Conquest mode and Laguna Presa map in Rush mode. This will be available in the same manner as the day-one DLC.

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