Evening Reading - Fallout 3 in October! - briefly|
(hx) 11:36 PM CEST - Aug,21 2008
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|Tom Clancy's HAWX (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)|
|Call of Duty: World at War (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)|
|World of WarCraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)|
|Diablo III (PC)|
- Ubisoft announces ANNO 1404 - Ubisof sent out
a press release announcing ANNO 1404,
the publisher's first ANNO offering after acquiring the popular PC
"building-strategy" property and its German publisher in 2007. In ANNO 1404
- scheduled for release worldwide in March 2009 anno domini - "players will
get to know the culture and technology of the ancient Orient while learning
the tricks of local trade, diplomacy and economy in order to build their own
metropolis." In related news, a
video interview about the game is on GameStar that is conducted in
German, but offers English subtitles as well as some gameplay footage.
- Gothic 4 - GC Previews -
PC Games and
GameStar had a look Spellbound's Gothic 4: Arcania aka Arcania: A Gothic
Tale. These german preview reveals that the new graphics engine looks great
and is lightning-fast, detailed weather simulation, for example: rain -> wet
or dry areas -> puddles -> sun dries them up slowly, "light exposure
control" (basically HDR), much more graphical details on characters.
Example: Lester -> tattoos, skin details, skin folds, ranged combat (bow):
Zoom over the shoulder, up & down movement (-> breathing), different target
zones, aiming costs stamina, experience with a weapon category increases its
precision and hit percentage; only as a small modifier on top of standard
Gothic character development though.
- Hollenshead & Carmack Interviee - Part One -
The main topics are engine licensing, digital distribution, and piracy:
Todd Hollenshead: There's lots of things that they could do but typically
just they just line up on the wrong side of the argument in my opinion. They
have lots of reasons as to why they do that, but I think that there's
been this dirty little secret among hardware manufacturers, which is that
the perception of free content - even if you're supposed to pay for it
on PCs - is some sort hidden benefit that you get when you buy a PC, like a
right to download music for free or a right to download pirated movies and
- Sacred 2 trailer reveals 500 quests and four player co-op -
Ascaron has released
new trailer for Sacred 2 at the Games Convention in Leipzig and we
reckon it looks pretty decent
- New Grimm Episode -
GameTap offers the
latest episode of Grimm, Puss in Boots, which will be free for the first
24 hours, after which normal pricing and subscription fees apply
|Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason (PC)|
|Death Track: Resurrection (PC)|
HoMM 5 - Tribes of the East v3.1 Patch - HoMMV: Tribes of the
East has been patched
to v3.1, adding widescreen support among other tweaks and fixes
|MotoGP 08 (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)|
- World War II: Road to Victory Patch v1.201 - Matrix Games has
the first patch for World War II: Road to Victory to update this
military turn-based strategy game to version 1.201.
- Fallout 3 in October - Bethesda Softworks announced today that
its post-apocalyptic RPG sequel,
Fallout 3, will
be available on store shelves and online in North America on October 28,
2008 and in Europe on October 31, 2008.
- Bully Heads to PC in October - Following Bully's debut on
PlayStation 2 and later arrival on Xbox 360 and Wii, Rockstar has confirmed
the academia-themed open-world game will ship for PC in October.
- Silent Hill: Home-coming to Steam - Konami's US branch has
announced that the PC version of Silent Hill: Homecoming will arrive via
Steam in September, suggesting the delayed November release for all three
versions is just for Europe.
- Beyond Protocol Delayed - Dark Sky Entertainment announces it has
pushed back the release of the upcoming sci-fi MMORTS game
Beyond Protocol to November 21
- Heavy Rain demo planned (PS3) - Quantic Dreams is working on a
demo of its bold new "emotion-based" adult thriller, Heavy Rain,
it confirmed to CVG today.
- Duke Nukem 3D coming to XBLA 'sometime in September' - In an
interview with Xbox representative Jason Ing, it was
revealed to Joystiq that Duke Nukem 3D, developed by 3D Realms, has
passed certification and is expected to release "sometime in September.
- Xbox 360 Sold Out (in Japan) - Fueled by the popularity of
Namco's title, Tales of Vesperia,
the Xbox 360 has sold out in Japan.
- 160GB PS3, Wireless Keypad & New PSP Announced - First up is the
new PSP-3000, which launches in European territories October 15th. The
changes are not drastic on the surface - a new and improved screen as well
as a built in microphone - but according to SCEE boss David Reeves will
provide a lot of new functionality. Next up is
the new 160GB PS3 model. Launching October 31st, this new 450 euros
model will have the same features as the 80GB SKU, but include L70 of
additional, but unspecified, downloadable content. Also announced was a
wireless keypad for the PS3, which Eurogamer described as "look[ing] a bit
like a Blackberry keyboard". The 160GB PS3 will be coming to the US in an
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune bundle. For $500 you'll get the system,
Uncharted, a DualShock 3, and a PSN voucher for PAIN. The Wireless Keypad
will also be available in the states in November, but no price was given.
- UK Game Developers Sue Illegal Downloaders - Topware Interactive
won a case against a filesharer for sharing a copy of their game, Dream
Pinball 3D. Following this, Topware and four other companies (Atari, Reality
Pump, Techland & Codemasters)
are taking it one stage further.