A podcast dedicated to Dragon Age: Origins has featured an interview with the Baldur's Gate 2: Redux mod team, focused on recreating the original Baldur's Gate 2 experience using the Dragon Age engine. The modding group has had great success so far in recreating parts of the Irenicus Dungeon, screenshots of which can be found on the team's site. The Dragon Age Podcast group's interview reveals all the secrets behind the modding effort, including how others can get involved and some very ambitious release dates.
Here's an excerpt from the Podcast:
"We've actually had this interview on hold for quite a while... Besides myself, we had six members of the BG2 Redux present for this interview." The podcast host continues, "Anyone interested in doing modding of their own will probably find a lot of interest to them in this interview."
You can find the full interview and all of the information surrounding the remake at the Dragon Age Podcast website. The interview begins at around 49:19. Some screenshots of the mod are below.
Rev the chainsaws and cook those grenades, Epic and Microsoft have announced the next (and final) installment of the popular Gears of War.
In this morning's press release for Gears of War 3, Epic's design director Cliff Bleszinski, more commonly known as CliffyB, said the following: "This is definitely the biggest and most dramatic chapter yet in the ‘Gears of War’ saga, and we can’t wait to deliver it".
As well as the announcement of the game itself, Microsoft and Epic also released an announcement trailer. It feels very reminiscent of the original 'Mad World' trailer for the original Gears of War.
Exor Studios, creators of massively addictive Zombie Driver has just announced a 50% price drop of Zombie Driver on all major distributions networks. Most notabley Steam and GamersGate.
On top of that news, Exor Studios has also updated Zombie Driver through free DLC, available to both new players and old. The new DLC adds a "Slaughter Mode" to the game, enabling players to drive around slaying ever-increasing waves of Zombies in arena-style gameplay. The only rule? Survive. As if that isn't enough, the new version of Zombie Driver included Twitter and Facebook integration and a handful of new achievements on Steam. What more could you possibly ask for?
“Achtung gave us no mercy as players, so we shall give it no mercy as reviewers.” World War 2 is no new theme to the RTS genre (or FPS, I’m looking at you, Treyarch), so how can Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 make its dent in the war gaming universe? In short, it doesn’t.
One of the most mocked games in video game history, Shaq-Fu, has vowed to return to "prove its concept was strong," says a PR rep. EA announced that they are publishing a "secret project" on March 28th, and just a few days later, several leaks pushed the group to make an announcement:
"We have decided to fully disclose our newest title in the best interest of the gaming community." The PR rep continued, "...Due to the recent success of the television show Shaq Vs., we are moving to renew the Shaq-Fu title, published originally in 1994 by EA. We cannot make a commitment to any platforms for the time being. We are aiming for a holiday launch in 2011."
Next to the infamous Battletoads, Shaq-Fu is a common joke among gamers. If I were to review it today, I would make note of its corny dialogue, horrific gameplay, and degredation of Shaq's name. What do you think about this? Could it be a worthwhile venture for EA? Comment below.
The EA Store is currently hosting a promotional deal that can get you $20 off of any game over $40 (OK, fine, technically $39.95). By using the super-secret coupon code (PAXEAST842) you can get a nice discount. If you feel like buying more than one game, get them in separate orders and continue using the same code. The deal is likely to end around the time PAX East does. Need some help picking a game to use this for? I've done it for you:
BF:BC2 is already $10 off, so it works out to $20
ME2 on sale for slightly less than $40, so to get it you'll have to add something else. Cheapest is probably the $5 ME1 Pinnacle Station DLC, otherwise there are quite a few $10 games, you might be able to find one that's semi-decent to add.
Dragon Age: Origins
Crysis Maximum pack, if you feel like benchmarking.
There is a note in the EA store terms that says the ability to download only lasts a year. People who have bought games previously have confirmed that they can still download over a year later, however this may no longer be the case. It is recommended that if you buy something, you back-up the install files someplace safe.
Paying full price should infer that you receive a full game, no excuses.
The recent release of games like Bioshock 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have revealed a horrible truth: development houses are spending an increasing amount of time producing DLC pre-launch with each year. Content that would typically be included with the launch is being shelved for a rainy day. Get out your umbrellas.
The fact has recently emerged that publishers are including this DLC on the actual retail version of the main game, essentially selling activation codes as DLC instead of the actual content itself.
Most consumers would expect to have access to all aspects of the content which comes on the disc they purchased. Even the content which is flagged as future DLC. If it's on the disc, which they paid for, they should have it.
Imagine buying a new album only to find out that you can only listen to 10 out of the 12 tracks. It's unethical and should be unlawful to restrict content that was rightfully purchased, but this is not a first in the consumer electronics industry, Apple has been doing it for years.
~Martin 'CyberGrim' Baker
Successor to smash-hit Operation Flashpoint, the sequel (dubbed Dragon Rising) will be rising on Steam's top-sellers list this weekend. You will be able to find it for 75% off from now until Monday. Dragon Rising is produced by Codemasters and follows up on the original Operation Flashpoint, published in 2001. The original game was credited as being one of the most realistic shooters of its time. If you want to see the game before shelling out the $7.50 bones for it, you can always nab a demo from Steam.
For those who couldn’t tell by the big, red ‘2’ at the end of the title, Mass Effect 2 is the sequel to the highly acclaimed Mass Effect. Mass Effect 2 requires an unorthodox amount of previously existing knowledge in order to play through it – if you haven’t completed its predecessor, do so before starting ME2.
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