Gamefront: Weekly Network Update 08 (week 52, 2010) - News - FileFront News Posted by: Danny on 12-26-2010 @ 17:11
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Welcome to all for the eigth version of the Gamefront Network Update - News Section the first part of the weekly news post. The news part of the Weekly update includes the latest news that has been posted on the Network Sites over the past week as well as some of the latest news from the Gamefront Main Site. There has been a fair bit of news from both the network sites and the main Gamefront site including new games, interesting stories, Free DLC and a lot of trailers this week!. Not as much from the network sites for the news this week it seems, although hopefully more for the next week. (the network news covers Sunday - Saturday!)
Lots more news can be found from Gamefront News - Here
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Well, it’s the holiday season, and we’re going to be celebrating it here just like you are at your place. But before we go pull dinner out of the oven and start opening gifts, we just wanted to thank all of you for the support and feedback you’ve given us through all the changes in 2010.
We’ve changed owners, changed names, and I’m pretty sure a few of these guys even changed clothes once or twice this year. We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but thanks to you, 2010 has been a great year.
So, from all of us here at GameFront and Break Media, have a safe, happy holiday season. Once you get your gifts open and your eggnog drunk, we’ll see you back here for the rest of our year-end roundups on Monday, December 27.
Once again, happy holidays from all of us here at GameFront to all of you out there!
It’s great news that the good people behind the Humble Indie Bundle came back with the Humble Indie Bundle 2, but the news just got even more good newsy. The second bundle – Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos and Revenge of the Titans – has already been a huge success. 187,752 people have spent $1,392,587.77. That’s a lot of money, and to thank everyone for their purchases (and entice more people to donate), they’ve sweetened the deal by adding the Humble Indie Bundle #1 to every purchase that exceeds the current average donation.
Here are the deets (from their statement):
For new purchases of the bundle, the Humble Indie Bundle #1 is unlocked if you pay more than the current average. If you’d like to pay under the average and increase your payment later on your download page, that will work too. You just need to increase the average at some point to permanently unlock the first Humble Bundle. This is not possible for gifts though, as the order amount is secret.
XBLA members who also own Rock Band 3 are about to have a very happy New year indeed. After endlessly flogging the Beatles canon, it seems that Harmonix has finally decided to thow some love to Paul McCartney’s solo career. They’ve also blown a wee kiss to Souxsie and The Banshees too!
OK, before we go any further, first of all, shut up Paul Haters. Paul’s career does, in fact, have some amazing stuff. McCartney, though uneven, is on Par with anything released by the other Beatles in the wake of their split. Ram is one of the best albums of the 70s, period, and ditto Band on the Run. It’s conventional wisdom that Paul McCartney was the shallow, uninventive one, but we are talking about the guy who wrote Penny Lane around the piccolo trumpet, kickstarted the ‘important’ phase of the Beatles career with Elenore Rigby, and conceived of the concept behind Rock’s first concept album. Sure, he’s a major pothead and that breeds a kind of happy laziness, but haters need to step off. Musical Genius: He haz it.
When Fallout Online was announced more than 3 years ago, it sounded like a great idea. Sure, Interplay had just sold the general Fallout IP to Bethesda, but they successfully obtained the license to Fallout Online from Bethesda – under ‘limited circumstances’. That should have made everyone pause, but then Bethesda went and made the best game in the history of the series. Suddenly, an MMO set in the incredible Fallout 3 universe, Pip Boy radio station magic and all, seemed like a very real possibility.
Unfortunately it turned out that Bethesda and Interplay didn’t get along as well as everyone thought, and things quickly devolved into a bitter court battle over the rights to use Bethesda’s original Fallout universe content. And as reported today by Gamasutra, that court battle just went in an unfortunate direction:
According to the latest round of court documents — obtained by Gamasutra — Bethesda aims to make it exceedingly difficult for Interplay’s Fallout Online to contain any references to the known Fallout universe at all, in both marketing materials and the MMO itself.
If you were a game in the late 1980′s then you played or owned a Commodore 64 system. In the era before the home console, there was no better gaming system than the C64 with its floppy disks and massive 64k memory space. Well, if you’re a gaming enthusiast looking to relive the heyday of the “me” generation the Commodore 64 is available once again.
Except, this time it’s actually packed with modern computer parts. The Commodore 64x is an Atom based PC that is built into the design of the classic computer. The beige chassis includes a motherboard, memory, integrated keyboard and video card.
The Commodore 64X is basically a fancy Netbook system sans screen, leaving it underpowered as a modern gaming system but the company is including its Workbench 5 OS that allows those classic programs to run on the modern system alongside Windows.
The Dead Space 2 Demo when live today on XBL and PSN. Here is a trailer that will help you “Get Caught Up” with the Dead Space universe. You can download this video in either MP4 or MOV format or watch it below.
Dark forces continue to imperil the Frogotten Realms in Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale this spring. Atari and Hasbro have the first ever D&D downloadable game slated to appear in Spring 2011 on Xbox Live!, PSN and PC.
Centering around the Dalelands, Daggerdale puts players in the path of an evil wizard names Rezlus, one of the Cult of Zhentarim. Up to four players can cooperate to rebuild the Nentir Vale by exploring the Mines of Tethymar or scaling the Tower of the Void to defeat the arch-wizard.
Little detail is available at the moment for long time fans of the Forgotten Realms. The Forgotten Realms received a pretty big shakeup in its fiction a few years back when Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition launched and if set after the Spellplague, this would be the first 4E era game for this setting.
EA’s not having much of a holiday. First, they were sued by a group of college athletes alleging that EA illegally used their likenesses in football titles. Then, they were added to a $400 million lawsuit filed against former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella. Now, a U.S. District judge has certified a class-action anti-trust lawsuit against the publisher that alleges EA has used its NFL licenses to artificially increase the price of its Madden NFL games.
According to Hagens Berman (the firm representing the suit) partner Steve Berman,
We believe EA forced consumers to pay an artificial premium on Madden NFL video games. We intend to prove that EA could inflate prices on their sports titles because these exclusive licenses restrained trade and competition for interactive sports software.
You can read the full complaint in PDF form here. In particular, it cites the pricing battle between NFL 2K5 and Madden NFL 2005. With NFL 2K5 retailing at $19.95, Madden was reduced to a price of only $29.95 by November of that year.
You know, you can always find some really creative folks over at Reddit.
Reddit user Annyeongbluth said that his wife was complaining about how much time he spent using the TV to play GT5 and Fallout: New Vegas. In an effort to keep the wife happy, he created something he calls “The Ottoconsole.” Upon seeing these pictures, we just call it awesome.
Personally, I’d be wary of the ventilation in that system, but maybe I’m just paranoid ever since my launch PS3 went all YLOD on me. You can see more picture of this awesome furniture mod right here.
We’ve all been watching the news, waiting to see how Viacom’s plan to sell Harmonix would end up. Today, we finally have our answer, and it’s a good one.
Harmonix has announced on their forums that it has purchased itself from Viacom, and that it will once again be an independent studio going forward. Harmonix Developer John Drake had this to say on the sale:
We’re happy to confirm the news today that the sale of the company is complete. We appreciate all of your support, comments and warm wishes in the preceding few weeks.
Viacom and MTV Networks have been an amazing home for us over the past 4 years. It’s where we launched both Rock Band and Dance Central, worked with The Beatles, Green Day, AC/DC, The Who and thousands of other artists. We want to take a moment to thank everyone in that organization who helped make these awesome games possible.
Heavy Rain was lauded by critics when it was released back in the spring, earning it an 87 rating on Metacritic. There are a few dissenting voices in the midst of the chorus of praise, however, and Phil Owen has been one of them all year. Ross Lincoln, however, took exception to Phil constant bitching about the game, and the powers that be at GameFront decided it’s time for these two mortal enemies to have it out in front of everyone with a debate over the year’s most talked-about game.
Phil: Let me start this off by saying that I think Quantic Dream put together the framework for what could be a really great and powerful game. Unfortunately, the game they made with that framework, Heavy Rain, fails to fulfill its potential because Quantic Dream f–ked it up in a few very basic ways.
Ross: And I’ll start by saying that I don’t think Heavy Rain is a perfect game, and I can think of a few missteps, (which I’ll talk about below), but overall, I think Quantic Dream ended up creating one of most original and in some cases, genuinely thrilling games I’ve ever played. Even with the stupid sci-fi sunglasses wearing FBI agent, it was a pretty revolutionary.
I know you’ve talked about this one with your friends before. When you’re playing that first person shooter, where the hell does all that stuff go when you’re not using it?
The folks over at RoosterTeeth (Pro Tip: they’re the guys behind Red vs. Blue) have a new video that shows them testing the real-world feasibility of FPS inventory systems. It’s good for a laugh, and as a bonus, there’s a full-size replica of a BFG 9000 in there.
Here is a funny chart about how developers create characters for their games. As a professional working in the games industry, I would say this chart is accurate at least half the time, though a lot of female characters are less explicitly full of boobage these days (not all the time, though). This chart and the bonus chart below come from I Love Charts. You will now look at the charts above and then spend the rest of your day browsing that website. Enjoy
Crystal Dynamics is proud to present the Raziel & Kain character pack for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The stars of the Legacy of Kain games replace Lara and Totec (character models and voices) as the two iconic characters embark on a wild adventure that requires them to work together to defeat a new threat in an unfamiliar world. The Raziel & Kain character pack is available now on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network. You can download this video here or watch it below.
The new video offers plenty of raw monster meat to feed any slayer’s soul. Watch out for splatters of blood as these plump beasts explode onto the screen. You can download this video here or watch it below.
If you read our wish list for next year, you know that I’m wishing for a resurgence by PC gaming next year. It seems that Microsoft is thinking along the same lines as I am.
TechRadar has a source that tells them Microsoft is targeting the next version of Windows squarely on gaming. The unnamed source said,
Windows 8 will represent a real new push into PC gaming. Gaming will be a key component for the whole OS.
We knew MS was starting to look PC gaming’s way again, what with the announcement of Age of Empires Online, Fable 3 for PC, and an updated Flight Simulator. The big question is this: How will Microsoft plan to dethrone Steam from atop the PC gaming heap, especially with the failure of Games for Windows Live to reach a substantial number of gamers?
When Portal was delayed from its planned February release, Valve said it’d be out “the week of April 18th.” Since the 18th is a Monday, one would only assume that means the game is coming Tuesday the 19th. That is not so, however; EA Partners said today that Portal 2 will be released worldwide on Thursday, April 21. And now you know what day on which you’ll need to plan to call in sick. Mark it down.
If you’ve got a PS3 in your living room, this is a great week for you. This week’s update to the PlayStation Network brings not only the Mass Effect 2 demo, it also adds the demos for LittleBigPlanet 2 and Dead Space 2.
As if that’s not enough, you can also get the Vietnam expansion for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Echochrome 2.
That’s not all of the stuff in this update, but really, do you think you’ll have time for any more over Christmas? Those three demos are nice little stocking stuffer from Sony. I think I’ll go get to downloading.
If you’ve been playing Eugen Systems’ latest strategy title, R.U.S.E., here’s a little Christmas gift for you. There’s a free DLC pack now available on Steam, XBox Live and PlayStation Network.
Titled “The Manhattan Project,” this DLC includes three new multiplayer maps and two new multiplayer modes. We’ve got a few details for you.
* Twilight of the Gods, 2 vs 2
* Vesuvio, 2 vs 2
* Guns and Tulips, 3 vs 3
* Nuclear War: all the prototypes factories, researches and upgrades are unlocked from the beginning.
* Total War: the player starts in 1939 with the units and the specificities of that time. He will then unlock 1942 units and 1945 units step by step.
If you haven’t played StarCraft 2 yet, here is your chance. By the way, what is wrong with you? Just kidding, kind of. Grab the demo from the link below and download the file from GameFront’s FAST and FREE servers!
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the long-awaited sequel to the original StarCraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed sci-fi real-time strategy game. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is both a challenging single-player game and a fast-paced multiplayer game, and it also taps into Battle.net – Blizzard Entertainment’s fully-featured online gaming service. So, what exactly is StarCraft II? Check out Blizzard’s official StarCraft 2 page.
Want more StarCraft 2? Yes, of course you do. Check out the following links:
Tecmo Koei – still a babe of less than 2 years old – aren’t slacking just because it’s almost New Year’s Eve. They sent out a press release today announcing their slate of Q1 games, and if you like JPGs, Japanese action games, or fighting games with actual historical figures, you’re probably going to be pretty damned happy. From the release:
Tecmo Koei America has announced its official first-quarter software release schedule for 2011. The lineup includes many exciting new titles, as well as sequels to fan-favorite franchises.
Trinity: Souls of Zill ‘Oll – PS3 Exclusive – February 8, 2011
Warriors: Legends of Troy – PS3 and Xbox 360 – March 8, 2011
Dynasty Warriors 7 – PS3 and Xbox 360 – March 22, 2011
Take a tour behind the scenes of 2011’s hottest racing game as developers walk you through the key elements of what went into creating the world of the highly anticipated racing game. Hear from Atari Executive Producer Vince Farquharson, Eden Games Executive Producer David Nadal, Senior Producer Eden Games Nour Polloni and Game Director Alain Jarniou as they walk you through the next iteration of Test Drive Unlimited 2. From a look at some of the licensed cars in the game, to the open online world, to what makes TDU2 different from the original, this series will answer all your questions. You can download this video here or watch it below.
(This is another edition of “,” a weekly opinion piece column on GameFront. Check back every week for more).
Usually I reserve this space for some of my more insightful (by my standards) writing with a focus on long-form opinion. However, it’s almost Christmas, and many of you are too busy stocking up on beer to pay attention to any of that heavy crap. With that in mind, I thought I’d use my soapbox as an excuse to pimp out some of the lesser known surprises of 2010, looking back at the games that perhaps didn’t generate as much press as they deserved, or didn’t quite earn the critical acclaim or retail success that they needed.
I like to champion the underdog, and while sometimes that can be a lost cause, I hope that this little article helps you consider something a little more unique and strange when it comes time to spending your gift card money, or while purchasing gifts for the family. By all means, get your hands on Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, but remember the little guys who kept this industry flavorful throughout the year.
* Red Steel 2
* Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
* Chaos Rings
* Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
* The UnderGarden
* Deadly Premonition
Hidden in the jungles of the Jagged Coast, Pirate Grotto is a haven for corsairs, pirates, and fiends, who lurk in the caves and shadows. Fearsome pirates populate the area, sworn to defend the massive hoards of treasure, wealth and ancient relics stashed within. Visitors to the Jagged Coast beware—the pirates offer a menacing welcome for any who dare enter their territory.
Valley of Titans
Gargantuan monuments—relics of a bygone age—grace the land and grant the region its name: Valley of Titans. What was once a thriving agricultural base now harbors a mysterious band of cultists who seek to destroy the landscape. The few surviving ranchers depend on the Valkyon Federation to defeat the vicious kulkari and sinister cultists to preserve not only their home but their very way of life.
The release of an HD update for the classic X-Men arcade game was guaranteed to get a certain segment of the gaming press in a tizzy. Those of us born around the year 1985 have fond memories of the Konami cabinet, a staple at Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties and mini-golf lounges across the country. My friends and I still occasionally amuse ourselves by shouting the various Engrish catch-phrases, and I have a distinct memory of beating the game thanks to my Aunt Julia and her unlimited supply of quarters, which at the time seemed to me the most appealing aspect of being an adult. Now that I am (hypothetically) an adult and have access to large, but not unlimited amount of quarters, the question presents itself: is X-Men Arcade worth $9.99?
Short answer: no. The game is exactly the kind of nostalgia cash-in you’d expect, offering an HD graphics update of the original and little else. Sure, being able to play through the game in one sitting with unlimited continues is fun for about an hour, but then what? If you think about it, having to pony up for another three lives was pretty foundational to the gameplay.
Battlefield 1942: Bad Company 2 Steam Sale Now through January 2nd.
Well gents, it's Christmas time again and as usual, Steam is showcasing their game deals. So, from December 20th through January 2nd Bad Company 2 is going for the low price of $6.79. So, if you haven't yet purchased it, now's the time because these kinda deals, like Christmas, only come once a year
Read: Bad Company 2 Steam Sale Now through January 2nd.
More Battlefield 1942 News: FileFront's Battlefield 1942 Files Bridge Commander: Christmas Releases will begin shortly
Over the next few hours, many, if not all releases will automaticly start appearing on the site. Most are already uploaded on a timer. If you didn't already get yours submitted, be sure to do so asap. If you need a free host for a large mod, dropbox.com works great. Simply install and use the public folder, this works well with out server to server transfer system where as sites with download timers such as megaupload do not.
For those wondering, you can expect releases from Starforce Productions as well as Dj Curtis, and others.
Read: Christmas Releases will begin shortly
More Bridge Commander News: FileFront's Bridge Commander Files Flight Simulator X: Platinum Airways plans Conquest of the Snowy Mountains for January
Platinum Airways plans Conquest of the Snowy Mountains for January
Platinum Airways, the very Open Skies virtual airline, is planning a very special month of January for its pilots. For a full month, the airline’s Destination of the Week will be dedicated to the most difficult mountain airport approaches in the Northern hemisphere. Platinum Airways’ Conquest of the Snowy Mountains promises to become a great challenge for new and experienced pilots.
Ever since its launch in July this year, Platinum Airways (www.platinumairways.org) has always paid special attention to its Destination of the Week: the Oktoberfest in Munich, the airport closest to the Equator, the floods in Pakistan, the Pirates in Paradise event in Key West, etc. As snow is getting a firm grip on the Northern hemisphere, Platinum Airways’ management decided to dedicate the entire month of January to the most difficult and dangerous approaches in the snow, dubbed the Conquest of the Snowy Mountains. The series will kick off in the week leading up to 2 January 2011 with Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE). Due to its rapid descent, high altitude and frequent turbulence, KEGE was rated as the ninth most extreme airports by the History Channel. The Conquest of the Snowy Mountains DOTW list further includes Innsbruck (LOWI), Hailey / Friedman Memorial (KSUN), Sion (LSGS) and Aspen (KASE). The first DOTW for February will be equally challenging, with Isafjordur (BIIS).
Pilots will receive ample information to land safely at their DOTW’s. A trial run into the notorious Toncontin Airport (MHTG), with embedded YouTube videos, approach charts and links to scenery, proved a very popular DOTW and the information supply will be repeated for the upcoming Conquest.
Earlier this month, Platinum Airways liberated the airways by implementing an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice. This decision led to a sharp increase in its membership, although some Platinum Airways pilots prefer to stick with the hub network. Early next year, the very virtual airline intends to expand its current hub network by adding Newark International Airport (KEWR).
Read: Platinum Airways plans Conquest of the Snowy Mountains for January
More Flight Simulator X News: FileFront's Flight Simulator X Files Grand Theft Auto San Andreas: Mario Brothers in GTA IV? (Video) - Not what you think!
Imagine if Edgar Wright and Martin Scorcese teamed up to adapt the plot of Super Mario Bros. That’s what these guys calling themselves The Country Club did, and they mangled GTA IV to make that dream a reality. Enjoy the trailer for The Brothers Mario.
It’s hard to decide what the best thing about this video is. The clever repurposing of Mario catch phrases? Yoshi as an Asian car modder? “The Minus World” as a strip club? Actually, I got it, and you will too about 2 minutes in. The theme from Super Mario World will never sit right with you again.
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Total comments: 1 | Last comment: 12-27-2010 at 13:45
#1 - 12-27-2010 at 13:45
JulioC From: (The Shivering Isles.) Joined: October 27th, 2009 Posts: 1536
What on Earth is Bethesda thinking of? Interplay have all the right to use Fallout 3 assets. Otherwise, how are they expected to be able to make an MMORPG that relates to Fallout 3?
Looks like Beth's just turning into another greedy company...
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