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Capcom Announces Remastered Resident Evil and Resident Evil Revelations 2

By : Amanda Dyar on Monday, September 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Monday, September 1, 2014

Capcom has announced some great news for horror fans that includes a remastered version of Resident Evil for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC! On top of this great news, the company has also confirmed Resident Evil Revelations 2 with a new concept teaser! Read on to learn more.


From the Press Release
Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced Resident Evil® for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. Resident Evil will be available to purchase digitally across North America and Europe in Early 2015.

The hugely popular Resident Evil® series, having sold over 61 million units to date, returns to its roots with a remastered version of the critically acclaimed masterpiece, Resident Evil. Originally released in 1996, Resident Evil was then “remade” in 2002 from the ground up with new visuals, gameplay elements, environments and story details while retaining the survival horror atmosphere the series had become synonymous for. Both fans of the franchise who want a trip down memory lane and those who have yet to experience the game that coined the term survival horror for the gaming world will appreciate this definitive re-visit of that iconic 2002 Resident Evil title.

Using the latest resolution enhancement and 3D model technology, game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, resulting in characters and backgrounds coming to life in greater detail than ever seen before in Resident Evil. Not only will the graphics impress but the tense sound effects have been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support for a greater gaming atmosphere. Players are now able to choose not only between experiencing the terror at the classic 4:3 ratio or a stunning 16:9 widescreen mode but also the type of control scheme they play with. The classic control scheme remains for fans of the original play style or there’s an alternative scheme where the character moves directly in the direction of the analogue stick, utilizing the standards of the current generation of gaming. Both the control scheme and the display options can be toggled between at any time during gameplay.

The intense horror fans first experienced with the release of the original Resident Evil is back. Taking place in the now notorious Raccoon City, players will choose to take on the role of either S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) team member Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, who have been sent into the city to find the missing Bravo team. When the team is suddenly attacked by a ferocious group of mutated dogs, desperate for an escape they take shelter in the Mansion, but will they ever get out alive again? Players will need to be brave as they adventure through the dark, enclosed spaces searching out the horrors that await them. With limited ammo and survival items available gamers will need to keep their wits about them to survive the various traps and puzzles that greet them at every stage.

To learn more, visit the official Capcom website.



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Event Wrap-Up: Dragon Con 2014

By : Amanda Dyar on Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BGG's Amanda Dyar as TED
Dragon Con 2014 took fans for a wild ride at the Hyatt Regency, Marriot, Westin and Hilton in Atlanta, Georgia for the weekend of August 29-September 1, 2014. The event features plenty of exciting guests from the iconic Patrick Stewart to the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio. Dragon Con 2014 also held numerous events from Q&A panels with the various guests at the event to movie screenings to gaming tournaments. Needless to say, there is something for everyone at the event, and if you happened to miss the first few days of the convention or simply didn't have time to see everything at the event over the weekend, we've got you covered with the details that follow.

Dragon Con has rose to popularity since the convention's introduction in 1987 thanks in large part to the ability of the convention managers to bring together some of the best guest lists for fans of pop culture in the world. Dragon Con 2014 was no exception, and the headlining guests for the show seemed to all come from different forms of media. Some of the famous movie actors at the show included the previously mentioned Patrick Stewart of the Summer 2014 hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, Karl Urban from films such as Judge Dredd and Star Trek and Adam Baldwin, who rose to fame in films such as Full Metal Jacket and Predator 2. Television was well represented at the show as well including Doc Hammer, Dana Snyder and others from the animated series The Venture Bros., various members of the Mythbusters television show, Julie Benz from the television series Dexter and a couple of cast members from the video game themed The Guild. No other event we've attended in 2014 has featured as many well known guests as Dragon Con 2014, and it was impossible to walk around the show floor without bumping into some celebrity an attendee would recognize from their current work or as a childhood hero.



Dragon Con is the first convention we've heard of that holds its own annual parade to kickoff the festivities at the show, and this year's was bigger and better than ever. Fans were in for a treat with the various costumed characters, floats and even some guest appearances during the parade. Dragon Con 2014 also hosted some brand new events this year including the Cosplay Life Drawing, where aspiring artists competed by creating art work of two cosplay models for a chance at some cool prizes. The show also featured The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live to present fans with an awesome reenactment of one of the biggest cult films of all-time. Dragon Con 2014 was a very cool event to say the least, and there was never a dull moment at the convention through the entire weekend.

There were several great moments from the show floor at Dragon Con 2014. One of our favorite moments at the show had to be the special women in the gaming industry panel. The special session included some of the most prominent, female voice actors and developers in the video games industry. A couple of unique costume contests for both Star Trek and Star Wars also stood out with some of the most unique and well put together cosplay costumes of the entire event. Dragon Con 2014 was an event that should not have been missed, and is the last few conventions are any indicator, fans should already be making plans to attend Dragon Con in 2015 as well. If this sounds like fun then fans must check out Dragon Con on Labor day, which is the final day of the event, for a chance to attend You Know More That We Do (A Mystery Science Theater trivia game), Comic Book Quick Sketch Contest, TMNT 30th Anniversary, live performance by Emerald Rose and much more.

For more information on the event and full programming, check out the official Dragon Con 2014 website.

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PlanetSide 2 Gets The Making of the Valkyrie Trailer

Sony Online Entertainment has announced the arrival of the Valkyrie in PlanetSide 2 with new "Making-of" video. Read on.

Get ready to ride the Valkyrie, the first new vehicle to enter the skies of Auraxis in Sony Online Entertainment's PlanetSide 2 since 2013. Packed with a front-facing turret for up-close-and-personal air support, the Valkyrie is a fast-attack gunship that serves as a nimble transport for up to six soldiers (pilot, forward gunner and four rumble seat passengers). Whether it is flying over the dense swamplands of Hossin or through the narrow canyons of Indar, this fast-moving versatile aircraft is sure to change the war on Auraxis.


To learn more, visit the official PlanetSide 2 website.

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SPACECOM Closed Beta and Multiplayer Tournament Now Underway

11 bit studios has announced the launch of the SPACECOM closed beta alongside the multiplayer tournament where gamers can win great prizes that include Alienware PC and NVIDIA graphic cards and gaming gear from Razer. Are you ready to learn more and win some valuable prizes? Read on.
 

From the Press Release


SPACECOM has been in development for many months now, and we believe it’s high time to show it to the players as the premiere is getting closer and closer. Because of that we are launching a closed beta for all the strategists out there. But it’s not just any old beta Today we start the first SPACECOM Multiplayer Tournament, where all participants can win valuable prizes, including an Alienware PC, NVIDIA graphic cards, Razer gaming gear and PC parts from GOOD RAM. The tournament lasts from the 29th of August till the 11th of September. Detailed info about the tournament, its rules and general conditions can be found at www.spacecom-tournament.com . Getting access to the beta is pretty simple – you can get it from the official SPACECOM page on Facebook.

More info about the game can be found at www.spacecom-game.com.

About SPACECOM
SPACECOM – a strategic-to-the-bone, starfleet command game with a heavy focus on multiplayer. Spacecom is a battle of strategists in which deception, smart movement, and choices to battle decide victory or defeat.

No coincidence, no luck. Spacecom pushes your ability to strategize with a focus on real-time tactics and planning. Use proven maneuvers learned from military legends or devise your own plans. Dominate your enemies in planetary systems with up to six players per campaign. Most of all, you'll need a bright mind, cunning, and sound tactics.

When the war begins, leave the little things behind and dive into austere soundscapes as you immerse yourself in starfleet command. From now on, what matters is your grasp of tactics and strategy, not how fast you can click. Spacecom is about creativity in planning, not complexity of game mechanics.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Introduces Players To Ratbag In New Story Trailer

By : BGG Staff on Saturday, August 30, 2014 | 5:47 AM

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Warner Bros. and Monolith Productions has revealed the release of a new Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer entitled "Meet Ratbag" for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor which is set to release on September 30th for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and a later release on PC. Ready to learn more? Read on.

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Meet Ratbag. While Uruks are dynamically generated through the Nemesis System and unique to each player, Ratbag is a special Uruk who plays a critical role in the story as Talion goes on his journey to destroy Sauron’s army. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch in the Americas on September 30, 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; and on October 2, 2014 for PC and Steam.


To learn more, visit the official Shadow of Mordor website.

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Pre-order This War of Mine Today and Save 10%

11 bit has announced that gamers can now pre-order This War of Mine at the Games Republic store that will allow them to save 10% and have the ability to play the game on day one. Read on.

We have some good news for everyone who’s waiting for 11 bit’s much-anticipated game, This War of Mine. Starting today, you can pre-order the game exclusively at the Games Republic store. Buying the game during this pre-order phase guarantees that you’ll be able to play the game on day one, with the added bonus of saving 10% on each copy! The regular price of the game is set for $19.99, coming to $17.99 with the pre-order discount.


Buy your copy of the game today here

The exact date of the launch will be revealed in upcoming weeks. Along with the pre-order, we are revealing a pack of news screenshots taken from the game. You can expect more info on the game soon!

About This War of Mine
This War of Mine is the first game that lets you experience war not as a soldier, but as a group of civilians in a besieged city, struggling with a constant threat of disease, starvation and death, either from hardship, a sniper's bullet or at the hands of bandits. Do whatever it takes to survive - without destroying your souls, if possible.

The pace of the game is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

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Dying Light Receives New Developer Diary Showing Off The Game's Natural Movement

By : Amanda Dyar on Friday, August 29, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Friday, August 29, 2014

Techland has announced the release of a brand-new video for Dying Light that focuses on the game's natural movement. Dying Light will release in February 2015 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. Are you ready to learn more? Read on.

About Techland

Techland is a leading Polish developer, publisher and distributor of PC and console games. Its proprietary Chrome Engine 6 technology is among the world's most advanced game engines, with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 compatibility and full DirectX 11 support. With a staff of about 260 specialists in four offices in Wroclaw, Warsaw, Ostrow Wielkopolski and in Vancouver, Canada, Techland is committed to delivering top-quality titles for worldwide markets.



To learn more, visit the official Dying Light website.

Developer: Techland
Publisher: Various (Warner Bros. in North America)
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Open-World, Free-Running Survival
Release Date: Feb 2015
Price: TBA

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Costume Quest 2 Gets New Pre-order Incentives On Steam

Midnight City and Double Fine have announced new deals for Costume Quest for those pre-ordering the game on Steam. Players can pre-order the game with the $14.99 and/or $19.99 offers which include exclusive costumes and DLC. Are you ready to learn more? Then read on!

From the Press Release
Midnight City and Double Fine have cooked up two killer deals for Costume Quest fans on Steam. Starting this weekend, good boys and girls can pre-order in two ways. The first at $14.99 features Costume Quest 2 and four classic costumes, or for $19.99 get the exclusive costumes plus the original Costume Quest game & Grubbins on Ice DLC. That’s a crazy good deal!


The four classic costumes making a return from the original include Robot, Unicorn, Eyeball and Pumpkin – each featuring their signature moves! Mow through Kronys with the Robot’s ‘Missile Barage’ or bring back KO’d friends with the Unicorn’s ‘My Pretty Panacea.’ Pumpkin can devastate groups with an ‘All Hallows Eve’ wind attack, while the Eyeball unleashes tears of fury via the ‘EYE-agra Falls’ ability.

Check the details below and creep over to our new splash site at www.costumequest2.com for the latest news and watch the new trailer to get a first look at Costume Quest 2 gameplay.

$14.99* Bundle

  • Costume Quest 2 (PC/Mac/Linux)
  • Exclusive Costumes from original: Robot, Unicorn, Eyeball & Pumpkin

$19.99* Costume Quest 1 & 2 Bundle

  • Costume Quest
  • Grubbins on Ice DLC
  • Costume Quest 2 (PC/Mac/Linux)
  • Exclusive Costumes from original: Robot, Unicorn, Eyeball & Pumpkin

We’re up in Seattle, WA at PAX Prime 2014 this weekend offering the first Costume Quest 2 hands-on, so if you’re at the show stop by the Midnight City Booth (#6808) or the Double Fine Booth (#117) and check it out! You could win a sweet Midnight City Shirt or a Limited Edition Costume Quest Tote! Costume Quest 2 is rated E10+ and is expected to launch on Steam and consoles this October. For more information on Midnight City or any of our games, please visit our website: www.midnight-city.com

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MAINGEAR Reveals New Intel X99 Express Chipset

MainGear has announced their new custom PC options with the Intel X99 Express chipset offering improved performance across all desktops. Read on to learn more.

MAINGEAR – award-winning custom gaming PC builder of custom desktops, laptops, and workstations – today significantly expanded its custom PC options by adding the new Intel® X99 Express chipset, offering improved performance and unlocking significantly enhanced potential, across all MAINGEAR desktops.


MAINGEAR desktops featuring the all-new 8-core 5960X Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor will provide up to a 45 percent performance increase over previous 4 core processor systems. It is also the first unlocked desktop processor that supports up to 4 channel DDR4-2133 memory, giving more overclock options for gamers and professional users for flawless gameplay and dramatically reduces editing time for RAW photos and HD videos.

The MAINGEAR FORCE is the most powerful member of the high performance EPIC line, offering a liquid cooling solution with Intel’s new chipset. It allows gamers and gaming PC enthusiasts to maximize all game settings and run multiple applications, while keeping their system running incredibly cool and quiet. The new SUPERSTOCK cooling system includes premium cooling blocks for all components, new chrome fittings, unbreakable PETG hard tubing, and parallel cooling loops. Every aspect of the FORCES’s liquid cooling was engineered to offer the highest overclocks and look incredible. Its unique BiTurbo dual pump system maximizes performance and offers redundancy that gives the reassurance that if one pump does happen to fail, the other pump will continue to run. Its low maintenance massive reservoir and an easily accessible detachable drain design eliminates the hassle of a typical liquid cooled machine. With up to one 480mm and one 420mm premium high performance radiators and quiet high airflow fans, this gaming PC system will stay constantly cool.

The MAINGEAR FORCE comes with plenty of space for customization with room for up to 4 graphics cards from AMD or NVIDIA. With up to 6 HDDs (or 12 SSDs) with numerous SSD and mechanical drive options, and up to 64GB of memory, the FORCE with the new Intel X99 chipset is perfect for those looking for the best of the best with extreme performance and upgradability.

The updated MAINGEAR FORCE doesn’t just perform at top level while staying extremely cool and quiet, it is also the most visually stunning custom PC that MAINGEAR has ever offered. The new SUPERSTOCK cooling system offers a beautiful hand crafted hard tubing design, customized pastel coolant options, and an expertly wired interior. A custom automotive paint finish option rounds out gamer's ability to truly customize their PC to their heart’s desire.

“MAINGEARs update to the FORCE and other desktops with the new 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, drives home the point that you can have it all and achieve top notch liquid cooled performance without skipping a beat.” said Laura Crone, Intel Vice President and General Manager, PC Client Group. “Utilizing DDR4 memory combined with Intel’s 8-cores of processing power, MAINGEAR desktops offers these great options for gamers looking for an advantage over their competition. Also, creative professionals looking for faster speed and reduced times to compile photos or video edits, will love MAINGEARs new Core i7 Extreme Edition systems.”

“The MAINGEAR FORCE featuring Intel’s new X99 chipset showcases what a true top performance contender should be,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. “With the unlocked Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor, the MAINGEAR FORCE will effortlessly handle anything that gets throw at it, with plenty of power left over to outperform any task at any level.”

MAINGEAR will offer this updated chipset across their desktop and gaming PC lineup. For more information, please visit http://www.maingear.com/x99.

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Sega Reveals Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition

SEGA has announced Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition which collects all the free content to date with the new Campaign Pack expansion and more. Read on.

SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced Total War™: ROME II – Emperor Edition, the definitive edition of the best-selling game in the Total War™ series from Creative Assembly. Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’. Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.


The new ‘Imperator Augustus’ Campaign Pack adds hundreds of hours of sandbox gameplay across a new campaign map reflecting the geopolitical boundaries of the Second Triumvirate War. Players will determine the outcome of a vast civil war, which saw Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus vying to become the very first Emperor of Rome.

Alongside all feature updates from launch (including Twitch.tv integration, touch controls, new factions, new units and now the Mac version), Emperor Edition also features an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles, and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.

Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War team, said: “ROME II was far and away our most ambitious game. We see more people playing, and playing for longer, than any other game in the Total War series. However, we take our players’ feedback very seriously. Through the multitude of improvements and free content updates we’ve brought to ROME II since its launch, we’ve worked hard to try and meet their expectations. We want Emperor Edition to be remembered as one of our finest games.”

The design of Emperor Edition was led by Jack Lusted, Development Lead of CA’s New Content Team. “With the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack, we wanted to recreate the vast civil war which erupted after Julius Caesar’s murder,” said Lusted. “You can tackle the campaign as various Roman and non-Roman factions, including Armenia for the first time. Our aim was to represent the titanic power struggle that led to Octavian becoming the first Emperor of Rome. It’s a pretty epic campaign, and it’s great that we can offer this to existing ROME II players for free as a thanks for their support”.

To learn more, visit the official Total War website.

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