Monthly Archives: May 2011

Heroes of Ruin to bring co-op questing to 3DS

Heroes of Ruin Announcement screenshot 1

A new four-player action-adventure title is set to hit the 3DS next year from Square Enix. Developed specifically for the system, Heroes of Ruin will support online play, complete with drop-in/drop-out functionality, as well as both StreetPass and SpotPass. StreetPass will be used to maintain an in-game Traders’ Network that will give players the chance to buy and sell items looted in battle, with inventory changing as players pass by fellow adventurers in public. SpotPass will be used to offer players the opportunity to score rare items and unlock unique challenges through local wireless hotspots, while the official community site will include access to in-game daily challenges and quests. The site will also serve as a platform for players to meet up, trade items, and team up for battle.

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3DS

Sony eyeing full PS Network restoration by end of the week

PlayStation Network logo

Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be fully restored in several territories by the end of this week. The Americas, Europe/PAL territories, and parts of Asia will gain full access to the network; unfortunately, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea will have to wait a bit longer. Music Unlimited will also resume for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs. Partial restoration has been ongoing since May 15, including online play and account management, while full restoration will include in-game commerce, full functionality of the PS Store, ability to redeem vouchers/codes, and full functionality of Music Unlimited and Media Go.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Portable News

Dungeon Siege III demo now available on Live Marketplace

Dungeon Siege 3 Demo Launch Announcement screenshot

Xbox 360 gamers eager to try out Square Enix and Obsidian’s upcoming action role-playing game Dungeon Siege III are in luck. Starting today, Gold Live members can download a 1.21 GB demo to give it a go for themselves. The full version will be available later this month, on June 21, for the 360, PC, and PS3.

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Xbox 360 News

Rockstar launches DLC-centric L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass

LA Noire Rockstar Pass Announcement screenshot

Rockstar and Team Bondi’s 360 and PS3 gumshoe sim, L.A. Noire, is about to receive a wave of DLC. Both systems will be receiving a host of downloadable standalone cases, collectibles, and challenges in the coming months. Diehards looking for a discount can sign up for the recently launched L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass, which will allow gamers access to all of the seven paid DLC packs—four cases, two suits, and a collectible challenge—that will be released from today until July 12. The Pass is available for a discounted price of $10.00/800 MS Points until June 14, a savings of $2.00/160 MS Points. As an added bonus, members of Rockstar’s Social Club also receive a free download of the Chicago Lightning Detective Suit and access to the Chicago Piano machine gun.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Activision to launch Call of Duty Elite service next fall, to enter public beta shortly

Call of Duty Elite Announcement screenshot

Activision will be launching a new online service later this year for the Call of Duty franchise dubbed Call of Duty Elite. Set to go live on November 8, the day Modern Warfare 3 hits store shelves, the service will be put through the wringer later this summer when it enters public beta via Black Ops. Currently in development at Beachhead, the service will keep track of players’ histories with career records and be accessible on several platforms, including web browsers, mobile devices, and the games themselves. While many of the features are said to be free, there will be a premium membership that will offer “state-of-the-art services, exclusive entertainment programming and all-inclusive game content for less than the cost of any comparable online entertainment service currently in the market.”

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge now available, time to co-op it up

Hunted Demons Forge Launch Announcement screenshot

inXile returns to gaming today with the launch of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. The co-op action fantasy title, published by Bethesda, is now available for the PC, 360, and PS3. Players get to control two adventurers, the ranged weapon expert E’lara and master swordsman Caddoc. The duo will have to work together to make their way through co-op puzzles while using spells, blades, and cover tactics to battle their way through hordes of enemies.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

The Witcher 2 – Patch 1.1 released, DRM gone, DLC fixed, frame rate upped, and more

The Witcher 2 Patch 1_1 Update Announcement screenshot 1

CD Projekt RED has announced details of the recently released 1.1 patch for The Witcher 2. The update includes a host of fixes, as well as the removal of the DRM protection, which will allow players “to install and play the game on any number of computers” with no activation code required. Available at thewitcher.com (the patch will not download via the auto-patching system from the launcher), players can also expect an improvement in the frame rate (up to 30%), increased stability, easier installation of DLC, the ability to invert the mouse, and the ability to re-map direction controls on the keyboard. In addition, the first free DLC pack, Troll Trouble quest, is included in the patch.

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PC News

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – box art revealed

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 box header

Call of Duty fans chomping at the bit to see how Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer are going to handle the follow-up to Black Ops will have to wait a bit, but until then, Activision has released the box art. Check back soon for more info.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Section 8: Prejudice – Overdrive Map Pack launching next week

Section 8 Prejudice Overdrive Map Pack Release Date Announcement screenshot

Section 8: Prejudice, TimeGate Studios’ latest team-based shooter, is getting its first DLC pack next week. Set to launch on June 1 for the 360 and PC, the Overdrive Map Pack will include two new multiplayer maps that will be playable in all modes. Abaddon will have players protecting a power cell facility amidst the planet’s craters and streams of lava, while Sky Dock features a disputed military base and space port set on the frozen tundra. The pack is set to go for 320 MS Points ($3.99).

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PC News, Xbox 360 News

CDP Summer Days event announced, GOG, RED, and The Witcher 2 news incoming

Good Old Games GOG Logo

The CD Projekt machine has been busy lately, with the recent launch of CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 and the continued growth of Good Old Games. The company has announced that both divisions will reveal some “big news” live from Los Angeles at their CDP Summer Days event. The Witcher 2’s current status will be discussed, as well as RED’s plans going forward, as well as new information on the studio’s next title. Good Old Games, the DRM-free digital delivery platform focusing on older PC titles, will be revealing which of the five biggies currently not signed on with the service—Microsoft, Lucas Arts, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, and Take2—has got on board, and how many of this summer’s upcoming 25+ titles will be from their catalog.

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PC News