Koboldy: Kingdoms of Amalur Due Feb 2012

Kobolds vs Wizards, yesterday.
38 Studios’ fantasy RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be swooshing its magical weapons in our direction on Feb 7th 2012, according to today’s announcements from its publisher, Electronic Arts. What does that mean? Well, it means ‘epic’ fantasy action, much of which will involve hitting monsters in the face with the aforementioned tools of chopping. 38’s bossman Curt Schilling apparently claims that the game will be an experience half way between God Of War and Oblivion. That sounds like quite the marriage.

I can also confirm that it has kobolds in, because they’re picture above. A trailer, meanwhile, is below.
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Might & Magic Double-Whammy

I wish I knew what they were all looking at.

Here’s a Might & Magic two-news-stories-for-one for you. Below we have the latest trailer for Might IV Heroes Of & Magic or whatever it’s called this time. But then there’s a surprise – the formerly console-only Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes is now making its way to PC next month. There are details about that below as well.

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Get Your Bastion On: Bastion Out Now

Released today is Supergiant Games’ gorgeous looking action-RPG, Bastion. It’s available to purchase from Steam at a price of £11.49/€13.99/$14.99, and you can take a poke at the launch trailer here. Despite being temporarily wrapped up in a web of Xbox exclusivity, Bastion has always been PC bound. As you can see if you compare PC screenshots to Xbox screenshots, the PC version has access to far higher quality assets for those of you with grown-up sized monitors. There is a demo available and you can read Jim’s hands on impressions here.

Check back tomorrow for a full review.

Gamescom: Six New Mass Effect 3 Shots

I like this one best.

Gamescom has produced six new screenshots of Mass Effect 3. Want to see them? Do you? I bet you do! Well… go on then. Being from BioWare there’s a bloody stupid logo obscuring half the picture on all of them. BioWare? Grow up. No one’s going to pretend it’s from their game. (Until Limbo Of The Lost 2, I suppose). And extremely disappointingly, despite the announcement of the official FemShep, ManShep continues to appear.

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Friendly: Battlefield 3 Reveals Co-Op Mode

Some not co-op.

The headline says it all, really. The single-player game of Battlefield 3, which hasn’t had much attention so far, will be playable with a chum. The demonstration was shown on PS3, meaning it looked nowhere near as good as the trailer that followed, with the two developers pretending to not know what they were doing (and to be playing). They totally rescued a hostage! They drove a tank together! They revived each other! But there you go – co-op. In Battlefield 3. Got it? Good. And new screenshots! Added below.

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The Secret World Release Date: April 2012

Ragnar when he gets back to the office.

Oopsie – Funcom’s PR machine has accidentally spat out the big news The Secret World project lead Ragnar Tørnquist was about to announce at Gamescom. The release date will be April 2012, with the game’s beta registration beginning this month, on the 26th.

Warhammer Online: Wrath Of Heroes Trailer

More cartoonish?

Freshly announced at Gamescom from EA comes Warhammer Online: Wrath Of Heroes. It’s an attempt by Mythic to take their MMO tech and reinvent it as a three-way, 6 v 6 v 6 battle game. It will also be free-to-play. The graphics are changed, with a more cel-shaded theme, which you can see in the trailer below.

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Fantasy Publisher Announcement League

That's the actual box art for Dark Sceptre 2.
It is, as you may have noticed, Gamescom this week. There probably won’t be many truly breath-taking surprise announcements, not least because the unblinking eye of the internet usually spots these things before they officially happen, but one or two things of great might just get revealed… We should not tease, though, because what this post is about is asking you what you’d like to be announced this week. It could be anything, but it must be a surprise. Don’t say Half-Life 3, and don’t be boring. Is it a new IP? A turn-based FPS? An inside-out simulator? A sequel to a turn-based RPG from 1986? What? If anything at all could be announced this week, what would you have it be?

I even have a special prize for the most entertaining suggestion, so get fantasizing! (The title image was Gillen’s suggestion. Not bad. Personally I am hoping that Excalibur will announce of a English port of that classic German simulation title, Sitting Alone In A Room Blogging About Games Simulator.)

Otherland Is A New MMO That Looks Pretty


Here’s a new, visually splendid, science fiction action MMORPG from Singaporean dev RealU and free-to-play types Gamigo. Based on the “cyberpunk Lord Of The Rings” book series by Tad Williams, Otherland seems to mash up abstract sci-fi visuals with more traditional fantasy MMO guff, as well as some entirely abstract things. Crazy whirling fly-through announcement trailer details all this, below: Read the rest of this entry »

Full Ahead: World Of Battleships Announced

Always a bit of a shame when announcements are made without accompanying images.
Those cheeky chaps at Wargaming.net first announced that World Of Tanks would be followed up by World Of Warplanes, and today they’re saying it will also see a free-to-play sequel in World of Battleships. Wargaming.net’s disembodied PR voice explained: “The large assortment of available warships will give various tactical opportunities, as all the machines have a unique combination of firepower, speed, armor, and endurance. Various naval maps with changing weather conditions will enrich the gameplay, and the realistic graphics will transport players into the epic battles that changed the course of human history.” This apparently “completes” the World Of trilogy, although there’s no clear indication of when it will arrive.

Reboot: Hard Reset Footage


The big K has gone and recorded seven Imperial minutes of video footage of Hard Reset, the P.C. O.N.L.Y. FPS from newly formed Polish super-dev, Flying Wild Hog. It’s full of explosions, environmental interactions (usually involving explosions), fights with baddies, some explosions, some spectacular looking explosions environments. This is one to watch, says I. Read the rest of this entry »

Epic Working On “PC As A Primary Platform”

METAPHOR.
Eurogamer have a brief and mysterious news story sourced from Mike Capps of Epic Games who was speaking at Gamescom/GDCE today. Epic are apparently working on five new games, none of them Gears Of War related. Could one of them be Samaritan? Probably not, as it sounds like these are small-scale projects. Anyway, here’s the important bit:

“It’s nice to target the PC as a primary platform again,” teased Capps, “not just for ports.”

Cargasm’s Tech Is The Interesting Bit

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I really cannot fathom what’s going on with Cargasm. As we’ve said many times, the way it’s being promoted is foul, with awful allusions toward gathering some sort of harem of scantily clad women and so forth. And we’ve also pointed out that its claims of “photo-realistic graphics” for its iOS version are, well, nonsense. But the biggest issue of all is despite some really impressive-looking screenshots, we’ve still yet to see the game actually show any driving. And that continues in the latest video, with yet more of what I’m pretty certain is an awkward, juddery fly-through in the level creator rather than actual in-game footage, which is clearly trying to look like a driver’s view. However, I don’t post it for Cargasm at all, really. Rather for the extremely interesting tech that’s discussed coming from Near Global. It’s well worth a look.

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