Sunday, 20 May 2007

StarCraft 2 Announced



It’s not just any event that would get us to do a weekend report here at GNews, but this was worth getting out of bed for....

http://starcraft2.com
After much hint dropping and speculation, the official word is finally out that yes, there will be a StarCraft 2! Not only do the graphics appear to have had the upgrade to 3D, but also gameplay has received many updates, such as new units for all the races. To go with the announcement, Blizzard released two trailers and here’s the first one. Have fun. I know I did.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Lost Planet DirectX 10

A demo of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the PC has been released, and is the first demo to take advantage of NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series DirectX 10-compatible graphics processors.
The game will feature Extreme High Definition (XHD) support with up to 2560x1600 resolution (sounds larger than life itself), and better effects all round. It's a big wank for Microsoft and Nvidia but that doesn't mean it won't be good. Those not yet in the DX10 race need not worry cause there'll be a DX9 version too, though obviously not as hot, for Windows XP.
Those interested can find the demo at:
http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_lostplanet_downloads.html
The final version of the game is scheduled for release on June 26th.

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New Team Fortress 2 facial animation abilities



Valve has given the public a look at the next iteration of facial animation technology for the Source engine. Provided Team Fortress 2 doesn’t carry on down the Duke Dukem Forever path, it will be the next of Valve’s games to feature the technology....
Depending on the ease of implementation, this could have further benefits for the Valve loving portion of the Machinima community. At the very least it should help bring games ever closer to the levels of cinematic excellence which are in so much demand by current generations of technology.

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Friday, 4 May 2007

Spider-Man 3 game swinging to a shop near you


Today the wait is finally over and wall crawler fans across the world will no doubt be donning their virtual spandex and taking up the role of Spider-Man once more, as the Spider-Man 3 game comes out on almost all the major platforms today....

building on the great elements of the game tie-in for the Spider-Man 2 movie, Spider-Man 3 features the same free-roam game play style but this time with a much larger city to explore. Not only do you get the chance to websling through the city heights, but also the sewers and subways as 3 new rival gangs and a host of Spidey super-villians all want a piece of New York City.

The famous black suit finally makes it's way into the story, and players will get a chance to harness it's greater strength, agility, and durability. Of course you don't just get to have all this power at no cost to the tax payer! As time goes on the suit becomes harder and herder to control, but I'm sure nobody's thinking that far ahead right now.

Also seeing a big change is the fight system, which has been re-built from the ground up, allowing you to do a flurry of newer and more advanced attacks, which you'll need to take down the smarter enemies with their revamped AI.

But enough of all this talk! My virtual slacks are on, and I now leave to play my own role as Spider-Man on the Xbox 360!
The game is available on all major platforms, though the PS3 version has been delayd for release later this month.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Best PC games of all time?

In the latest issue of PC Zone Magazine the results of a poll have been released, crowning Deus Ex as the number 1 PC game of all time in the universe. The survey questioned a number of games journalists (I would have maybe preferred a consumer poll, then again I don't trust anyone's opinion) for the special feature of the 101 best PC games. We don't have em all for ya, but here are the top 10.
Click for list

1. Deus Ex
2. Half-Life 2
3. Civilization IV
4. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
5. Half-Life
6. Rome: Total War
7. System Shock 2
8. Doom
9. Battlefield 2
10. The Secret Of Monkey Island

It would be interesting to see if consumers would agree with it on the whole. While I love some of those games, I've always been one for the great games that slip by the wayside like Hardwar and Startopia, so these lists always grind my gears just a little. Maybe they are on there somewhere (they better be!)

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Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Lord of the Rings Online Hits Europe

In follow-up to our last LOTR report, the game, The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar has come out of beta and has been officially released in Europe.

“The release of The Lord of the Rings Online marks a momentous occasion for MMO gamers and Tolkien fans around the world... Countless adventures await gamers eager to experience Middle-earth in an entirely new way and we’re confident that once they’ve visited this epic world, they’ll never want to leave.” -Jeff Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc.
The standard version is available at a RRP of £34.99 / €49.99. The Lifetime membership has now gone up to £179.99 / €249.99.

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Monday, 23 April 2007

Virtual market for the Toribash bloodfest


Toribash, the unique online fighting game received a virtual market place, letting players purchase new heads, blood splatters, and secret moves.
But before you rush off to Google to find out exactly what Toribash is, let us explain in a bit more detail (watch video)....

http://www.toribash.com

Toribash is a turn based fighting game which uses rag doll physics to control the characters. Fighting moves are executed by manipulating joints, specifically by holding, extending, relaxing, or contracting them in order to whack your opponent.
This is of course utterly different from conventional fighting games such as Tekken, Dead or Alive, or any of the billion other examples in existence. Those games are real-time, so character control on such a level is unfeasible.
In Toribash the aim of the game is to score points by making your opponent touch the ground with a body part other than the hands or feet. Through the setting of game rules, this can be done by knocking your opponent down, or severing limbs entirely with a well placed kick or punch.

The market place allows Toribash players to buy customized assets such as new heads using ToriCredits, the in-game currency which can be earned by winning matches or deposited using SMS.
For further information, and a demo of the game, you can visit Toribash.com

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Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Theatre of War opens tonight


Theatre of War, the latest offering from war experts, Battlefront.com is finally being released after years of waiting. Most famous for their Combat Mission games, Battlefront strived to make yet another highly authentic war game, with realistic tactics, AI, and missions built using the help of historical documents....

http://www.battlefront.com/products/tow/demo.html

To celebrate the impending release of the game, on the 19th (which is tomorrow), Battlefront have released the Theatre of War demo, which offers 5 tutorial missions covering basic gameplay, unit control, and camera behavior among other elements.
Of course it’s not all just a learning exercise as there’s also one whole playable mission available from the German campaign.

The game isn’t sold in stores due to Battlefront’s independent publisher policy so it’s only available for purchase online at battlefront.com, with a $10 saving on pre-orders to help get some of you fence sitters to fork over your money.
If you’re sure or even have just a weak feeling that you missed your calling as a WWII general due to the fact that you were born way too late, this should be right down your street.
www.battlefront.com



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Monday, 16 April 2007

'Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar' has arrived


The head start has begun for those who pre-ordered the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar MMORPG. Today servers across Europe were fired up to allow the tens of thousands of preorder customers to see what waited for them in the land of Middle Earth....
www.movetomiddle-earth.com

As well as the head start, the preorder packs give players access to the Founder Program offering two membership options, one of which is a lifetime subscription for £99.99 (EUR 149.99).
This is the first and only MMO based on the books of J.R.R Tolkien and as expected features locations in the novels while giving you the chance to meet characters like Gandalf and the rest of those in the fellowship.
Apparently the preorder packs are still available so if you want to “move to Middle Earth” as the campaign says, there’s still time as the final release of the game is on April the 24th.

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TV Station Manager hits the virtual airwaves

For those of you who don't like the current state of television and fancy yourselves at doing a better job, the recently released ‘TV Station Manager’ from Winter Wolves games offers you the chance to take control of a small independent television station where you can arrange weekly schedules and generally manage the areas that make you money.
Most interesting to us at the moment is the ability to make your own shows in the “Production Studio” which actually sounds very similar to Lionhead’s “The Movies”.
The game is available from $19.95 from http://www.tvstationmanager.com



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Big Brother online game in the works

Endemol and EA have hugged over a deal which might see game versions being made of popular TV shows like 'Fear factor', 'Deal or No Deal', and 'Big brother'.
The deal is specifically for the development of 'Virtual Me' which we're told will provide some next-level capabilities in avatar creation, allowing you to "form real relationships with other virtual avatars on the web". Apparently the line-up will debut with Big Brother.
I'm sure many people have already thought about a Sims style Big Brother game. At the moment we don't have too much reason to believe this is exactly the case here, but the outcome should be interesting. We'll keep you posted.


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Friday, 13 April 2007

City Life Vista Patch


Keen not to be left out of the Windows Vista revolution (cough!), CDV Software Entertainment USA has released a new pacth which allows City Life (but not 'World Edition') to be played under both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.

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Thursday, 12 April 2007

Everybody was Kung-fu Fighting



www.martialheroes.eu

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Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Age of Barbarians

Apparently the 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ beta test which started last weekend has proven very popular with 100,000 people having signed up. Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom is convinced that the game has great potential to be a major player in he MMO field.
Anyone interested can still sign up but they're looking for serious people, so apparently you gotta fill out a serious form.
www.ageofconan.com

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