Posts Tagged ‘multiplayer’

Shooter Nexuiz Being Remade, Published

It sure looks pretty.

Edit: The video is below now.

Perhaps not the most catchy of names, Nexuiz has just been announced as receiving a publishing deal from THQ Partners and Machinima. And thus into the public gaze it heads. IllFonic’s CryEngine 3 game is an FPS “reimagining” of the game’s previous incarnation when released by Alien Trap in 2005. Then it was intended to be a GPL shooter, free to play, and free software, available on PC, Mac and Linux. Original designer, Forest Hale, has moved over to IllFonic for the project, currently suggested to cost $10 on release, which we can probably assume won’t be equally as Free with Crytek’s code underneath. And it’s a properly mind-bending concept.

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The Insurance Will Cover It: KarBOOM

I've just realised I'd really like to see student drivers attempting banger racing.

KarBOOM is a bitesize freeware treat about some lovely little cars indulging in a spot of sumo wrestling on a high plateau above a bottomless drop. It supports internet and local multiplayer, the latter a ridiculous attempt in trying to fit four desperate hands on one keyboard, each sweating to control the adorable wind up bumper cars as they fight their way through a bevvy of game mutators that work much in the same way as Unreal Tournament handles things.

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Overbooked: No More Room In Hell Imminent

When I said we should redecorate the walls, this wasn't what I had in mind, dear.

Say, do you remember No More Room In Hell? It was one of the first zombie source mods announced after Half Life 2’s release, way back in 2004. Cancelled twice, it still shambles on. Tomorrow Edit: actually, 31st October – finally sees the release of the re-imagined original concept. In development for three years, this new version is going to be an 8 player co-op survival shooter. 8 player co-op! That’s twice as many as Left 4 Dead. That means it’s going to be twice as good. That’s how it works, you know.

A meaty release trailer lurks, ravenous, in the shadows below.

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Fear The Reaper: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

What if the multiplayer were actually... good?

More details have emerged about Mass Effect 3’s surprising decision to include multiplayer. This time they’re talking about what Galaxy At War might be, and much more information has arrived from elsewhere.

And it seems that the single player game could well be affected by playing not just the multiplayer, but any number of side-projects BioWare tack on to the release of the game.

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Mass Effect 3 Gets Massier With Multiplayer

This is not cooperative play.

You know what single-player RPG trilogy Mass Effect was missing? Multiplayer! Of course. The poorly kept secret has now been confirmed to exist by Aussie mag, PC Powerplay, as noticed by Eurogamer. Although it looks like it might be a bit early to start getting to wound up in any particular direction, since the information contained within the magazine is still unknown. It seems likely that there’s going to be some manner of co-op mode, but as something separate from the main game (where two Commander Shepards might be a touch strange). In other words, any multi-wooing elements shouldn’t effect the core game. BioWare are smarter than to let that happen.

There’s No Fe: Iron Cross Open Beta

I think it's trying to spell out something.

Firmly in the category of Mr Timothy Stone and his acolytes is Iron Cross, a new multiplayer strategy from indie Croatian developers, Panzer Division. Focusing on the North African element of Mega War II, you can play as the Goodies or the Baddies, and it’s free. It’s also now in open beta, which makes it ultra-free. Being in beta, the developers explain, “you can expect game upgrades and occasional problems. Come on, download it and have fun!” You can get the beta from right here.

Tiny Team Fortress 2D: Masjin

It will bring your computer to its knees

More games should receive updates like this. “Mucus grenade buffed significantly, maybe even too significantly!” The fact that there is a mucus grenade in the first place is startling and compelling, the fact that it may have become too powerful demands research and investigation. The game with the possibly overbuffed mucus grenade is free indie team-based shooter Masjin. The best way I can describe it is the sidescrolling bastard child of Team Fortress, Worms and Minecraft. With vehicles. It’s a fantastic example of a game that promotes proper teamwork while also finding time to celebrate chaos and destruction. However, there are problems. This is a game in need of a stronger online community so, to herald its latest and potentially final update, I point you in its direction to bolster those ranks.

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Call Of Duty: MW3 Allows Multiple Players

It's all so modern
There’s a lot to be gleaned from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer World Premiere Trailer, though after typing out the cumbersome title I’m loathe to write anything else due to intense fingercramp. I’ll say this for it though: it manages to make combat look exciting, dramatic and bloody horrible, sometimes simultaneously. There’s lots of shooting, which I expected, lots of killing, which I also expected, but also large, spinning fuchsia dogtags, which I certainly didn’t expect. Admittedly, it is mostly man-shooting though. There’s evidence of all kinds of new as yet unexplained details, from strike packages to proficiency. What does it all mean? I’m going to say that men will use packages to strike other men in their proficiencies. Or some other combination of those words. You heard it hear first. Discuss and dissect below. Oh, and do look out for the particularly unpleasant Claymore-alike, the Bouncing Betty. Ouch.

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Double The Dinosaurs: Orion Prelude Grows

Actual screenshot at last!

I really wish Orion: Prelude would hurry up. I feel like we’ve been posting about it for six hundred years. It’s actually only been about eight months, making me massively unfair. But still. The exciting news today? TWICE AS MANY DINOSAURS! Spiral’s FPS multiplayer will now include the T-Rex, raptor, rham-phorynchus (as everyone was expecting), stegosaurus, argentinosaurus, and crowd favourite, triceratops. There’s pictures of them below, and some screenshots (at last), along with an amazing new video.

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Don’t Toy With Them: MicroVolts Beta, Trailer

TF2 Babies!

MicroVolts, a third-person multiplayer shooter, has been rumbling along in beta for a few months now. It’s a hybrid of TF2 and MicroMachines, teeny little toys waging war in your back garden. Why do they fight? For battery resources, of courses. And for supremacy in the Micro World. Which is presumably just the world, but seen from lower down. It’s entering its second closed beta on the 28th, accepting applications for that now. And there’s a fresh new trailer of the frantic action to see below.

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Eww! Dead Space Multiplayer Trailer Is Gross

Oh dear, I couldn't tell the difference between the Dead Space 2 shot and the RF Armageddon shot. GAMES!

Where does a Necromorph keeps its eyes? According to the latest Dead Space 2 multiplayer trailer, about four feet behind its head. See, what I’m doing here is mocking the title, “Through the eyes of a necromorph” in a game viewed from a third-person perspective. Everyone involved now feels incredibly silly, and will probably quit their jobs, lose their families, and become destitute. That’s the power I wield. Games industry: think more carefully before you title your videos.

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Command Carriers: Orion: Prelude

He's very interested in our adverts.

An email arrived from Orion: Prelude developers, Spiral Game Studios, asking us if we miss Starsiege: Tribes. Which I misread as “Miss Starsiege: Tribes”, which would be the strangest beauty contest ever. It is, in fact, the multiplayer shooter Alec mentioned a couple of weeks back, based on the success of their previous Orion: Source mod experiment. Oh, and it contains dinosaurs of course. And humans (called Carriers). Which have had something of a makeover. So they don’t look like Master Chief any more. There’s new artwork and the old video below.

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War, In Your Face. It’s Crytek’s Warface.

Men with guns! WARFACE!

Talking of Crytek, they’ve just announced a new game. It’s looking to be aimed at Asian markets, a multiplayer shooter with the eminently shoutable name, Warface. And that’s about all we know just now. It’s in the CryEngine 3, as you might imagine, and if my Chinese is up to scratch, it’s emphasising “positive versus” gaming. I’ve no idea what that means, but I imagine it’s some sort of tactical co-op. The Taiwanese site, GNN, that has the info is here. We picked up on this story from VG247. You can see the two new screenshots in full size by clicking below.

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DINOFIGHT! New Primal Carnage Footage

It's jaw was covered in bloody logos.

Primal Carnage, the dinosaurs versus humans multiplayer project from independent developers Lukewarm Media, has released some awesome new footage. It’s accompanied by quite a change – the team has switched from Ungine to the Unreal Development Kit, and what was already looking spectacular now looks super-spectacular. Below, along with lots of new details and screenshots, is an epic dino-fight, in realtime in-game UDK footage. I checked.

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Medal Of Honor’s Taliban Multiplayer

What if a real member of the Taleban plays? What then?!

Medal Of Honor, the forthcoming series restart from EA, was revealed in June by Eurogamer to allow players to play as the Taliban in multiplayer gaming. A tabloid sensation with young people being encouraged to join terrorist organisations? Perfectly normal online gaming that doesn’t represent real life? Or simply awkward taste?

“It’s a game.”

say developers DICE.

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Prettisaurus: Primal Carnage GDC Trailer

Pausing YouTube can't really do this justice.

We mentioned Primal Carnage last month, the mod-gone-commercial multiplayer FPS that pits humans versus dinosaurs. Which is awesome even just to type. At the time we had a couple of videos of dinosaur movement, and some impressive screenshots. We all got appropriately excited about it. And now, crikey. You really should watch the video below. Twice.

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DICE: Not A Bad Company

This looks just like the entrance to Lulworth Cove. Except with soldiers.

I think it might be a sign of the utter beating the PC gamer has been taking over the last couple of years what a relief the Battlefield Bad Company 2 PC trailer proves to be. I want to hug DICE’s leg and never let it go. The PC version of the game (and let’s remember, a sequel to a game that never even had a PC version) appears to have been optimised for us in a thousand ways. From the obvious (and yet so rare) reworking of the UI to properly support the mouse, to the significant superiority of the graphics, the PC version is looking like the definitive port. There’s multiple monitor support, retuned weapons to support twitch combat, DX11 support with remarkable lighting and shadows, and perhaps most of all, 32 player battles over the Xbox’s 24. On the dedicated servers. Accessed via the PC-specific server browsers.

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Multiplayer In Crysis

Can’t get Crysis multiplayer to work? Crytek know your woes.

No one to shoot

For everyone struggling to get multiplayer to work properly, Crytek are on it. And while the connectivity issues are being hit with a thousand spanners, the company offers some helpful workarounds for those affected.

“Word from Crytek: We just would like to let you know that we are aware of the currently occurring issues regarding playing Crysis Multiplayer online. We are already in touch with Gamespy, EA and the world-wide server provider to resolve the problems. This topic has the highest priority for us now and we hope to come up with a solution as quickly as possible.”

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Teewars

During this drought of online multiplayer games, we were grateful for a tip-off from reader Aleksander Kiin, linking us to Teewars.

FEEL MY HAMMER

Despite appearances, it’s nothing like Worms, so no need to worry there. It is in fact a super-cutesy 2D shmup, with four standard weapons, one very cool bonus samurai sword, and a grappling-hook-chain-thing on the right mouse button for making those awkward leaps.

Once the chain is mastered moving around the maps is lots of fun, making it all the more satisfying when a rocket lands smack-bang in your opponent’s chirpy face. And then you realise you can fire the chain at other players. It’s free, and there are a people playing on the servers even first thing in the morning. Certainly worth checking out.