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A Valley Without Wind Blog, Trailer, Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Arcen Games has revealed some more information about its upcoming game, A Valley Without Wind. The updates include a new blog about the game's current development, a new gameplay video, and a collection of screenshots.

Arcen Games is excited to pass along the latest media and developments for A Valley Without Wind, a procedurally-generated action-adventure game that takes place in an ever-expanding world. Much has been added since last week, with AVWW now boasting a new Junkyard area, the addition of shadows, and more robust particle effects; but wait...there's more!

The HUD has been introduced along with an inventory that allows the collection of scrap and other new objects. The bear trap-the game's first trap- new spells, improved behavior for the Skelebots, and a spell targeting system have been implemented as well. Not to mention a new story reveal that won't spoil anything, but should get the synapses firing.
Check out the links below for more information.

AVWW Development Blog: Shadows, Traps, And Particles
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YouTube: AVWW Gameplay Trailer
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LEGO Universe Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld recently posted a new review of LEGO Universe. The game allows players to create their own custom LEGO minifigure and venture forth to combat the Maelstrom, join with friends to complete missions, and collect bricks to build imaginative creations. Macworld gave the game a score of 3 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The Lego Universe is currently a handful of worlds and several hundred missions. The worlds are divided up loosely by the four militarized factions of the Lego people: you choose between joining up with the knights and samurai of The Sentinels, the high-tech builders of Assembly, the ninjas and dark wizards of Paradox, and the Venture League’s pirates. It’ll take you about 10 to 20 hours to complete most of the missions, but it’ll take you much longer to max out your character. Earning faction-specific gear requires acquiring faction tokens—in-game currency usually found after defeating Maelstrom foes.

Some of the larger set pieces, like Paradox’s Forbidden Valley, demonstrate an imagination and creativity that is worthy of the franchise. Advancing up the huge tree and earning the respect of the various ninja masters is one of the cooler segments of the game and even surpasses some of the moments in Lego Indiana Jones on my personal favorite Lego game moments. The fruits of your labor are equally compelling—Ninja mask, gi, sword, and skills are all pretty fun to play with. Seeing your little brick Ninja unleash throwing stars is also a really geeky and adorable moment.
Read the full review at the page linked below.

Macworld: LEGO Universe Review
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The Sims Medieval Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hooked Gamers recently posted a new preview of the upcoming The Sims Medieval. The game, scheduled for a March 25 release, will allow players to create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every Hero Sim character in the land.

At the heart of the game, you will be telling a story, and just like in every sims game, you will be creating, controlling, and nurturing these characters to build up their stories. EA have stated that they are using a modified version of The Sims 3 engine and they have changed a great deal of it to produce a totally new art style. They are trying to keep roughly the same specifications as The Sims 3, but are at the same time attempting to balance their goals of having the medieval world be visually stunning, and yet make sure that the majority of players out there will be able to play the game.

This time around, we will play God in a totally new scenario as we overlook a medieval setting. Delve deep into the middle ages and begin to build up your kingdom by placing heroes and completing quests. Of course, along side the quests, your heroes will have to go about their daily lives with their professions and relationships. Each hero will have different attributes, so different heroes will fit certain quests more than others. You can build up your heroes' skills and send them out to complete quests, earning you kingdom points which you can use to expand your kingdom and make it look better. Your kingdom will have a “kingdom ambition” and some of the confirmed ambitions include "Best In Show", "Busy Builder", "Efficient Expander", "Fame", "Filled Coffers", "Hard Workers", "Imperial Domination", "Legendary", "No Quest For The Weary", "Safe And Sound", "Thoughts And Prayers", and "Wealthy Populace".
The Sims Medieval comes to Mac gamers courtesy of TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine. Head over to the links below for more information.

Hooked Gamers: The Sims Medieval Preview
Electronic Arts
The Sims Medieval
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Hunting Demons In Diablo III
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Gamespot recently published a new interview with Diablo III art director Christian Lichtner and senior game designer Jason Bender about Blizzard's upcoming return to the action RPG franchise. In the interview the developers discussed the Demon Hunter class and the recently revealed male version of the avatar.

GS: How does the demon hunter differ from the rogue and amazon classes from previous Diablo games?

JB: The demon hunter has some similarities with the amazon, with the bow and whatnot, but focuses a lot more on traps. It goes back and forth between the mainstay of ranged attacks--dual crossbow-pistols and flipping through the air…highly mobile stuff--and control. [The control aspect] is a little bit more like the assassin's traps. To manipulate where the monsters are, you might set a spike trap in one area and then backflip out away and multishot into that area while the [enemies] are trying to get through it. It takes a little bit from both styles and combines them into something that's completely different with the way the skills and resources interact.
Check out the links below to read more.

Gamespot: Diablo III Demon Hunter Q&A
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Mac Games News for Monday, February 21, 2011

Captain's Quarters Coming Soon To EVE Online6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Amnesia: The Dark Descent6:00 AM
Telltale: Jurassic Park Trailer, King's Quest, New Games6:00 AM
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