The Cursed Crusade Demonstrates Ambitions

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 8:52 pm.


Atlus send word that their forthcoming melee-combat game, The Cursed Crusade, has a new trailer out, and hot damn, it’s looking fine (below). The game features dudes getting stabbed, hacked, and impaled, but in a good way, you understand. Good because this is a violent game about medieval manstabbing which sprawls across Europe through besieged castles and other splendid locales. You play a cursed Templar in the game – there’s a big dollop of supernatural power under his hood – allowing you to enter a powered-up hellvision mode and kill people up with even more enthusiasm, as you can see from about one minute into the trailer.

The game – which is being developed by French dev house Kylotonn – will apparently feature online co-op and will be out this summer. Hmm, I might retroactively add this to the 2011 list, although Kylotonn did make that awful Speedball 2 rehash, so maybe not…
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The Starting Line: Bloodline Champions Out

By Quintin Smith on January 13th, 2011 at 6:15 pm.

All you need is blood.

Out, and still doesn’t have any good screenshots. STUNLOCK STUDIOS! Stop making my life difficult. I could make your life difficult, you know. “Stunlock Studios Celebrate Bloodline Champions Going Gold With Rare Nordic Tradition Of Eating Forty Kittens”. That’s a headline. I could do that. Actually I couldn’t do that, it wouldn’t fit on one of our posts. But you get the idea. I am a powerful man.
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Shogun 2 Trailer Shows Campaign Features

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 5:08 pm.


You probably have a decent idea of how Total War plays already, but this new trailer is also full of in-game footage, and details stuff like the XP system for agents, which allows you to unlock new skills for them, as well as a bit about the agent types themselves, such as ninja and geisha assassins. There’s also a selection of campaign map action and some spectacular battlefield sequences. Whatever your grumbles about the series, there’s no denying this looks seriously impressive. Take a look, below.
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Tight(s): DC Universe Online Basically Out

By Quintin Smith on January 13th, 2011 at 4:58 pm.

Nana nana nana nana BAT-MAM

I appreciate the enormous advert on our site says that DC Universe is out tomorrow, but that’s in the UK. In America, it was released two days ago, and it won’t be arriving in Australia for another week. Therefore I’ve checked our readership statistics and, using the globally accepted ratio that an American is worth 0.5 Europeans and an Australian is worth 1.15 Americans, determined that 5pm, Jan 13th is the mathematically perfect time for us to post that DC Universe Online is basically out. Look, there’s a launch trailer and everything.
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SC2 Master & Grandmaster Leagues Exist

By Quintin Smith on January 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm.

Some winners, yesterday

Are you a bit of a StarCraft 2 contender? Do you keep build orders in your wallet, eat nothing but egg whites and speak not of your poops, which have started resembling shaving foam? If so, I suppose you’ve probably heard this news already. Nevermind.

With the new 1.2 patch Blizzard has introduced a Master League for its sci-fi RTS, comprised of the top 5% of the game’s Diamond League (or the top 1-2% of the total players in a region). Blizzard has also revealed plans for a Grandmaster League, made up of just the top 200 players in a region. Personally, I’m hoping for all these numbers to keep extending in such a way that the very top of the league table somehow ends up linking with the very bottom in an ouroboros loop. I think that’d be swell. Thanks to BigDownload for the tipoff.

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Hardware: The Infinite Conundrum

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 3:05 pm.

COMPUTERS COMPUTERS
So I am going to rebuild my PC soon, and that got me thinking about the infinite variations of hardware, and I wondered how many of you guys are planning to upgrade or get a new PC, given this year’s avalanche of PC games. I mean, clearly it’s not the same as it was a few years ago, when the march of graphics cards went hand-in-hand with software that supported them, and we all started moaning about it costing £7000-a-month to run a PC, but I am still considering how top-notch I want The Witcher 2 to look, and whether I could get Call of Pripyat running at even higher detail levels on a fresh, rather more resplendent, machine. I can wait no longer for the computational newness. So…

EDIT: Argh, I can’t get polls working. Something has made the buttons stop working! This internet science is beyond me. Instead, I’ve posed some questions, below, that you can consider in the comments.
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RPS Game Club: Sunday Night Manshoots?

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 2:05 pm.


How is everyone fixed for some shooting of men from around 7pm GMT on Sunday 16th? We shall play Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The Team Fortress 2 Server: 85.236.100.107:27315, and you can find the RPS BFBC2 server by searching for “Rock”. I’ll create some Steam group event reminders and see you lot there.

Also, a splendid, selfless community type has volunteered a server for some games of Warsow. Anyone interested in that (for another night)?

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Balloon Head Dead, No Redemption

By John Walker on January 13th, 2011 at 11:54 am.

Sad pinata donkey thing.

Well this sucks. Those stupid idiotholes at Zombie Cow turn out to hate everyone in the whole world and have shelved their Time, Gentle,men, Please, follow-up, Revenge of the Balloon-Headed Mexican. SADFACE. I hate them.

Boo – it seems they’re doing it for the very sensiblest reasons. Dan Marshall explains, “It felt like we were going over old, worn ground. Again and again. We’ve done all this. We’ve seen it all before. There’s nothing fresh or new and exciting about it.”

Harsh thoughts. RPS chatted with Zombie Cow and we have the details of what the game would have been below. Cue funereal music.

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Pre-Order Dragon Age 2, Get Pretend Objects

By Quintin Smith on January 13th, 2011 at 11:25 am.

Bioware has revealed the plethora, the deluge of imaginary items they will be gifting to first-hand buyers of Dragon Age 2 and the game’s pre-order customers. Are you sitting down? Are you reading this on an empty stomach? Because if not you may fall down and vomit simultaneously.
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr: Dead Space 2 Launch Trailer

By John Walker on January 13th, 2011 at 10:36 am.

It's for its own good, poor thing.

How would you, Simon Hawthorne*, like to see the official Dead Space 2 launch trailer? Well, today is your day in which you can do a thing that you are interested in doing! It’s below. It’s rated M for My Goodness, What A Lot Of Scary.

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No F3AR: Not Until May, Anyway

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 10:29 am.


Here is the news about F.E.A.R. 3: it has been delayed. Warner Bros confirmed last night that the spooky shooter sequel would not arrive until May. We are going to assume that is because Day 1 Studios are making it awesome. Also, did everyone know that Jon Carpenter was helping with the cutscenes? I’d missed that somehow, but there it is.

I really liked the original game, but the subsequent stuff has been a bit tedious. I’m rather hoping this, with its superstar plot people and “evolved cover system” might be a bit better. It’s troubling me a bit that the trailers have all been live action rubbish and stuff.

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Let’s Start Every Day With Cartoon Violence

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2011 at 10:23 am.


A GTA4 video which features “frictionless cars” has been doing the rounds. I post it here in case you’ve not seen it already. It’s moderately amusing in an ouch-but-haha-ragdoll-horror sort of way.
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Minecraft Enters Million-Sellers Club

By John Walker on January 12th, 2011 at 11:25 pm.

Outside Notch's house, this afternoon.

Minecraft has sold a million copies. This is a game that’s only just entered Beta, that comes out later this year. A million. PC exclusive. All the money going directly to one very happy developer.

A million.

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