M&B: Fire and Sword Trailers Released

By Published March 02, 2011 at 9:37 am

If you've been following our coverage of Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, then you know that the next addition to Mount & Blade: Warband will include firearms, grenades, and new maps. You can see all of the newest additions in action in the two trailers released by Paradox Interactive and Taleworlds Entertainment at GDC today. There is a trailer showcasing action and another showing off the ambiance and new graphics, so be sure to check them out below! Hey, maybe we'll even analyze these like our Skyrim one...

Stacking Review

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Published March 01, 2011 at 10:16 pm

When it gets announced that Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions is going to release another one of their quirky titles, people start to sit up and take notice. When it's also announced that this new title is about Russian Nesting Dolls, people start to settle back down a bit, not because they're not interested any more but because they can't see how anyone could make a game out of that. At least, that's how I felt. After a couple of failed attempts at trying to wrap my head around a possible concept, I settled on the fact that if anyone could make a fun, humorous, and highly entertaining game out of something that's a little vague and, if I'm honest, very weird, then Tim Schafer and his doubly fine staff could do it. Probably.

Magicka Devs Embrace Glitches, Release DLC + Song

By Published February 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

When we first noted Magicka's buggy launch (which initially delayed the review process), we were certain that the developers would stick to their guns and work out the kinks. We've been following the updates closely, and in addition to our Top 7 Magicka Visual Spell Effects, we recently wrote about the free distribution of the game's music.

Earlier today, the Magicka team uploaded a new song to their site -- sort of an acoustic duel between an upset gamer and Vlad (the developer's representation) -- and it's fantastic; while nothing complex, the song perfectly mirrors the team's ability to take issues and turn them into something humorous and promotional. More interestingly to Magicka owners is the free DLC. According to the press release, the latest update includes 'free DLC' (as a reward for sticking with them through the bugs), and is detailed below:

TES V: Skyrim Gameplay Trailer Analysis

By Published February 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

We took the time to analyze Skyrim's latest gameplay trailer and explain exactly what hidden artifacts were present in the video. Check out our audio/video commentary below to get prepared for Skyrim!

Our coverage of Skyrim will pick up as PAX nears and the launch date approaches -- so keep checking our YouTube channel (Subscribe!) and the site for more.


Dungeons Review

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Published February 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

The ruthless dismemberment of materially-satisfied heroes, the crunch of elven bone under the weight of an oppressive iron gavel, and the cries issued forth by pertinent champions as they are subjected to the treacherous will of beholders are all sounds that make up the clockwork of a dungeon. Day-in and day-out, dungeon lords very rarely receive the attention that their adversarial adventurers do; rather than resort to anti-depressants, one particular dungeon lord has decided to strike out into the world and create the deadliest, most magnificent dungeons ever to grace a generic fantasy setting. Dungeons is the virtual representation of a tabletop Game Master's dream environment for quick dungeon-crawl assembly.

Setting out to remake one of the world's most venerated RPGs is a daunting task, but despite the number of failed attempts over the years, the Baldur's Gate 2 Redux mod for Dragon Age: Origins hit the ground running. The BGR team has been steadily releasing their remake of Baldur's Gate II through a system of modules -- in essence, teasing us with playable content until the full release -- so that they can better pace the time investment required for this undertaking. I had the chance to talk with Lorne "Cuv" Ledger, the team's current leader, about the progress made since our our in-depth play-through of Irenicus' Dungeon. In addition to the interview with Cuv, I was given a small pack of screenshots to release for you guys - and they look fantastic. Keep reading for more information on the Baldur's Gate II remake on the Dragon Age: Origins engine.

As if prancing around the forest in a bathrobe could ever grow boring, Magicka has now announced that you -- yes, YOU -- will be able to don a bathrobe, load the game's soundtrack onto your preferred mp3 player, and do some real life forest-prancing.

As if murdering families in the Sims, Majesty 2, and Magicka weren't enough, we can now look forward to the dismemberment of our closest robotic allies; hey, the trailer even alluded to shooting "your toaster" (something that I consider blasphemous, for the record). Shoot Many Robots is a whimsical, side-scrolling style co-operative robotic murder fest that is due as a downloadable release this year. The first gameplay trailer has gone live alongside some new screenshots, all of which will be posted below.

The Holy Land of video gaming culture; nay, the pantheon of characters embraced by cosplayers; nix, the... the... PAX!!!!!!!

Every part of me squirms when recollecting the joys and pains (very physical ones, at that) of PAX Prime last year -- from the resounding echoes of fanatical gamers to the "meh." of defeated Enforcers, everything about PAX is truly original and inspiring. Alright, maybe not everything. The stench-saturated walls on day 3 were not necessarily enticing, but they were certainly... uh, unique. The two PAX events are major gaming conventions -- each has a draw of at least 50,000 attendees, more likely 60,000, and each has its separate influence on the gaming universe. The meaning of gamer is not only explained, it is embodied by PAX and its respective goers; developers unveil their new spawn, gamers collect and collaborate, and speakers give their best to educate and entertain the hardcore enthusiasts present at the event. God speed to them.

Fallen Earth, the studio named for its same-named game, announced that they will be giving away a massive amount of gear as part of their "Epic Gear Giveaway." The giveaway uses what Fallen Earth has called a "battle test" related to their post-apocalyptic MMORPG, with the winners able to win numerous top-notch hardware. The entirety of the giveaway is listed in depth below:

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