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Friday, November 13, 2009

New Star Soccer 2010 Videos Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New Star Games has release two new videos showcasing New Star Soccer 2010. The latest version of the soccer game features gameplay improvements, a new match camera, a faster database, a new interface, and changes to artificial intelligence.

New features in NSS2010:

  • Improved Gameplay
    Player intelligence is vastly improved and there are enhancements in all areas of the game. Passing, heading, tackling, shooting... Everything feels much tighter and more fun to play.
  • New Match Camera
    The new match camera gives you a much better view of the action and there is even a new 'isometric' angle that you can choose. Do you remember the original FIFA game?
  • Faster Database
    Improvements to the database means much quicker processing times allowing you to get on with your gaming rather than waiting for the results to be calculated! The database has also been updated for the 2009-10 football season.
  • Tweaks and Twitter
    An enormous amount of work has gone into improving all areas of the game. It has a new look interface, the manager AI has been tweaked, the loans and transfers system has been improved - you can even update twitter when your player gets a new achievement! It's quite simply the best New Star Soccer game ever!
Update and voucher details:
    UPDATE FOR FREE! Existing NSS4 customers can update for free. Simply download, install and use your NSS4 license key to unlock the full version!
    SAVE 50%! If you are a new customer then you can save 50% by using the coupon code IWANTNSS2010. That's the best NSS game ever for just £8.99 / $12.49 / €9.99!

To view the new videos click over to the links below.

New Star Soccer 2010: What's New Video
New Star Soccer 2010: Promo Video
New Star Games
New Star Soccer 2010

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Warhammer Online Producer's Letter Addresses EA Turmoil
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Warhammer Online executive producer Jeff Hickman recently posted a new letter to reassure fans that Mythic Entertainment is committed to maintaining its current game franchises. The statement comes on the heels of reports about Electronic Arts' planned layoffs from its various studios, including Mythic Entertainment.

With all that is going on within Mythic Entertainment and EA, I would like to take a moment to reinforce the studio’s dedication to both our games and our players. At Mythic, we remain committed to our games and the passionate people who play them – we’re going to continue to deliver the content and service that keeps you playing. We want to assure our community that we will maintain the same high level of customer support you’ve come to expect and continue to improve our games with an exciting schedule of patches, live events and new content.

At Mythic, we are the torchbearer of three great gaming franchises that we love and nurture:
-Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has had a solid first year despite some issues that we’re working to address every day. We’ve seen a great response to 1.3.2, which introduced tremendous performance improvements. A flood of new players are discovering the game every day thanks to the recently released Endless Trial and New User Journey. Moving forward we remain committed to releasing more great patches, continued performance improvements, and changes based upon your valuable feedback!

We want to thank you again for your continued commitment to our games. In return, we remain committed to providing you with the best possible gaming experiences and customer support both now and in the future. Be sure to keep an eye open for more information about upcoming patches and the exciting plans we have in store for your favorite MMORPGs.
Read more at the page linked below.

Warhammer Online Producer's Letter
Mythic Entertainment
Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning
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Diablo III Not Coming In 2010
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

During a recent presentation in New York Activision Blizzard CFO Thomas Tippl revealed release date plans for its upcoming games and expansions. StarCraft II, an updated Battle.net, and WoW: Cataclysm are planned for 2010 releases while Diablo III, the unannounced MMO, and further StarCraft 2 expansions are slated for the "next few years."

While StarCraft II, an upgraded Battle.Net and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm are all firmly pinned down to 2010 releases, Diablo III, StarCraft II expansion packs and Blizzard's next MMO still show a release date of the "next few years".

During a presentation in New York today, Thomas Tippl, Activision Blizzard chief financial officer, raved about the strong business done by Blizzard games. He said the division has a full pipeline of content, which he presented in the slide pictured here.

While the lineup confirms continued World of Warcraft support and a Starcraft II launch in 2010 (with expansions to follow after), Diablo III was marked to be released in 2011 at the soonest.
Head over to Kotaku at the link below for more information.

Kotaku: Blizzard Game Release Plans
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm
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Torchlight Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

Werit has posted a new interview with Runic Games Matt Lefferts about the company's action RPG, Torchlight. The game gives players the chance to choose a character and venture from the safety of the town of Torchlight into randomly generated dungeon levels. Once inside they find a variety of monsters, a large selection of loot to find, and quests to complete.

Werit: What sets Torchlight apart from other Action RPG's, like Diablo II?
About 10 years for one. As kidding as that is, there’s a lot of truth to it. D2 has been around for a while now as one of the most fundamental games in the ARPG genre. It set and reset the bar many times over. Since then, the genre has had time to evolve in different ways but at its heart remains pure kickass fun. When we set out to make TL that was the number 1 thing we tried to keep in mind. Let’s not get bogged down with attempting to create a new innovations, let’s stay true to the roots and make it a badass click fest.

Werit: The infinite dungeon sounds interesting, how does it work?
The Infinite Dungeon is something that becomes available to the players after completing the main story quests. New quest givers and appear in town, near the graveyard, where there is an entrance through a mausoleum. Levels and monsters are randomly generated. This is where someone can really put their skill to the test because as they go deeper, the difficulty ramps up.

Werit: What kind of benefits and perks can your retired character give? Can they ever come out of retirement?
Currently there’s no way to get a character out of retirement. The benefits of it are tied to that. The whole point of retiring a character is to pass down an heirloom item to one of your descendants, the next new character you create. The item’s requirements are decreased, while it’s damage and bonus effects are increased. Just like the infinite dungeon it opens up after you beat the game.
A recent Runic Games press release confirmed that a Mac version of the game is planned for release in 2010.

Follow the link below to read the full interview.

Werit: Torchlight Q&A
Runic Games
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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 12, 2009

City Of Heroes Mission Architect Contest Underway6:00 AM
Lunar Rover Simulator Available6:00 AM
New Pirate Missions Arcs In EVE Online Discussed6:00 AM
Spore Galactic Adventures Reviewed6:00 AM
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