Totting Up My Team Fortress 2 Transactions

If anyone wants to trade me a Strange Sniper Rifle, Flame Thrower, or Ambassador, btw...).
After looking at the cost of Guild Wars 2 and feeling a muscle in my eyeball involuntarily spasm, I started considering my spending habits. I’m currently splitting my money in three ways: indie games, Steam, and funding in Kickstarter. I don’t have any MMO subs, as I’m mainly action focused, and obviously my Steam account is already crammed with games. But none of this made me twitch. Instead it’s because as PC gamer I’ve never had to spend much on games, and in this odd, new free-to-pay future, in my eyes the cost of games feels like it’s getting cheaper. At least that’s what I thought. The one consistent expenditure I have is when I want to buy something in Team Fortress 2’s store, which saves every transaction. Going over my purchases I realise it’s not cheaper at all, and, in comparison, £50 on Guild Wars isn’t that bad.
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Baldur’s Gate To Get “Enhanced Edition” This Summer


A countdown over at BaldursGate.com has revealed that Atari and Beamdog intend to produce an enhanced edition of the original game for release this year. Some tweets from Beamdog’s Trent Oster suggest that the game will feature new content by some of the original team, and will also contain the Tales Of The Sword Coast expansion. We’ll try and find out a few more details soon.

Hindsight Is 10.99: Take On Helicopters: Hinds Launches

Other gags included 'In hindsight this Hind sight was inevitable', and 'What a nice be-Hind'
Bohemia Interactive’s chopper-centric sim was always going to drop in some angry war tech. That’s what they know, and that’s what we love about them. So we’re here to celebrate the addition of the Hind to Take On Helicopters with a fairly warry trailer. I don’t know about you, but to me the Hind in this DLC launch trailer looks pissed off. Probably because it’s having to do its rarr-war-rarr thing in what’s considered a civilian flight sim. He was born for war, forged in steel, headbutted into aero-dynamic shape, his blades sharpened on the screams of the ghosts of conflict. He’s here to bring more sky death to the mostly sedate world of Take On Helicopters.
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The Wait Is Over: Anachronox Is On GoG.com

It looks soooooo Ion Stormy
My wait, actually. The best bit of the PC Gamer Top 100 meetings was listening to Gamer’s secret weapon Tony Ellis (if you’ve ever laughed at a caption or dark dark bit of humour, it was probably from Tony’s sick mind), talking about Anachronox: we’d all stop flushing heads down the toilet and pause mid-Chinese burn as he told us about the insanity of Ion Storm’s other game: all I remember now is that you could have a planet as a companion. A planet! I’ve been waiting for it to appear on GoG, and this morning it did. In addition to the planetary buddy, it’s a combination of Japanese style RPG and western sensibilities, but thanks to a rushed production (lots of content was removed then Ion Storm closed a month after release), it’s also rather buggy.
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Ragnar Tørnquist: The Secret World’s Myths & Mechanics

Scenes turned ugly during the interview.
Last week I sat down to play some The Secret World for the first time. But not before I’d chatted with project lead, Ragnar Tørnquist, in the rather creepy location of a 90th floor bedroom in a vast hotel suite. It’s an interview in which he threatens to kill me. We also talk about how people are getting bored of MMOs, why the game has XP after all, and the role of religion in a game based on myths.

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Meet The Dragons: The Latest On The Secret World

It's hard to see how things this big are going to stay a secret.

The Dragon certainly seem the most intriguing of the secret societies that make up The Secret World. But perhaps that’s because they’re the group we’ve so far heard the least about. At a recent demonstration of the game, a little bit more was revealed, along with some news about the character creator, dungeons and the game’s intriguing crafting. Oh, and the oral sex.

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Stumbling Out Soon: The Walking Dead Out In April

What's a zombie's favourite button on an ipod? Shuffle.
Like that one ankle-biting zombie that can hear and you know is out there, but you don’t see until it’s molar deep into your favourite tendon (that’s the right for me), the Telltale Walking Dead game has just leapt out from the dark. Except: Aha! I was standing behind a window of invisible zombie proof glass, you stupid dead jerk. In this little scenario, the leap is the release month announcement, and the zombie proof glass is the time between them telling us “early April”, and the dead-head eventually breaking through the glass and consuming my flesh, that bit being the actual release.
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Orbitron: Revolution Is Out, Rather Circular


Firebase’s side-scrolling shooter Orbitron: Revolution has turned up on the personal computer format, over here. It’s a fine-looking piece of retromancy, although I am have been playing it and am not fully convinced. While the pace of the Defender-meets-Uridium-on-a-ring sort of play is excellently paced and suitable explody, I found the visuals a bit tricky to read. Perhaps it’s down to the game being more slanted towards TV play than Jim’s-face-in-monitor play, but I found myself losing track of what was going on from time to time. That said, I am rubbish at retro-styled shooters, so perhaps the talents of those humans with brains attuned to side-scrolling will have a better time. Update: It’s also on Impulse.

Behold! May 15th Is Diablo III Day


May 15th 2012 is the release date for Diablo III. Blizzard said this: “Starting that day, gamers with a thirst for fast-paced action and adventure will be able to purchase Diablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard’s Battle.net® website.” The Russian version of the game is delayed until June 7th, that’s for digital and retail.

So that is who can buy Diablo III on 15th of May. Are YOU going to buy it on release? Or not? Speak!

Wot I Think: Combat Mission: Commonwealth Forces

Rocked by mortar blasts and raked by small-arms fire, the heavily-laden Bren Gun Carrier comes barrelling down the track towards us. Any second I’m expecting it to explode like a Roman candle, or lurch, mortally wounded, into a ditch, but somehow it keeps coming. A cheer goes up as it finally bounces into our shrapnel-strewn farmyard and the driver – a dusty sergeant major from the 9th Cameronians – clambers out. “I believe you gentlemen require 6pdr ammo and PIAT bombs. Private Stone?” When I step forward, the visitor tosses me a battered canvas bag. “What’s this, Sir?”. “It’s your old passion for Combat Mission, laddie. Don’t you recognise it?”

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Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Is Playable Now


Electronic Arts send word that their browser-based spin-off from the C&C series, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, has entered playable beta. Phenomic, who did EA’s other F2P (EA cleverly called it Play4Free) titles, BattleForge and Lords of Ultima, are behind the project, which allows players to play old school C&C action in the browser, and work together to capture territory on some kind of global map. The beta only has GDI for now, but you can still harvest some Tiberium and poke about in the game’s surprisingly complicated interface.

Trailer beloooow.
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Battlefield Heroes Does The Robot

Or don't.
Battlefield Heroes has always felt like the poor man’s TF2. But it keeps on fighting on, and today has just added the option to play as a robot. Accompanying this comes a new video, explaining the story behind this. Dr. Doktor (wacky!) is determined to beat the Royals by bringing in a robotic army, after winning the gold medal for cycling at the Olympics… Huh?

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16,000 People Chase The Apocalypse: Wasteland 2 Is Go

Kickstarter just went down. Bet Brian Fargo is F5ing it like crazy.
It’s a Kickstarter miracle! Top-down post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2, has managed to earn its Kickstarter funding goal in 42 hours and 30 minutes. With 33 days left until the end of the world begins, Brian Fargo’s dream project has scooped its $900,000 target and is closing in on that first million. Impressively it’s sold out all eight of the offered $10,000 reward packages, including a donation from Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, who did so as an apology for pirating the original game.
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Mass Effect 3: The End Of An Epic

I'm Commander Shepard and this is my least favourite ending on the Citadel
Mass Effect 3 closes off Bioware’s epic sci-fi series with a bang, and one of the most controversial endings of the last few years. Many fans have been clamouring for an update that outright changes it, and not simply because the war with the Reapers didn’t end quite as they wanted. Bioware maintains that it just wanted to get people talking.

So let’s talk a little about That Ending, shall we?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. ABOUT SPOILERS.

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Cube World Dinosaur Takes A Promotional Beating

You are blocking my path!
Just a couple of years ago saying “the graphics are a bit blocky” was a way to put down a game, but now it seems it might just as likely be an indication of indie-success. It’s been almost a month since we last saw something from the cheerily blockular Cube World, but now it’s back with a “Monsters” trailer. That clever title should give you some clue as to what it contains, which is some monsters. A huge blocky dino-thing gets a beating from our sword-wielding block-protagonist, and there’s a strong, strong whiff of things Nintendo in there. Go take a look, this is looking really impressive.
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Form(icidae) A Queue To Kickstart The Ant Experiment

Adam? Is that you?
The Ant Experiment is one of the more bizarre ideas out there: an MMO in which players will form an ant colony, which means large scale co-operative mandible-ing and ant-based problems, like “Who signed this release form saying David Attenborough was allowed to film us having sex?”, and “How did we get in this person’s pants?” Indie studio BlackCherry are looking for your help to Kickstart the game.
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