Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion

Atari has announced Storm of Zehir, a second expansion for D&D beast Neverwinter Nights 2.

The 15-hour campaign, due for release in Q4 this year, promises a massive inventory of improvements and focuses on a quest-line directly after the original’s conclusion.

Probably the key change is the ability to explore a “vast” overland map, which basically translates to being able to move around the faithful old Sword Coast and new “xenophobic jungle nation” Samarach in a non-linear fashion, using skills such as ‘Spot’ and ‘Survival’ to pre-empt ambushes and discover hidden treasures and locales.

Storm of Zehir will also revert to a party model similar those seen in Icewind Dale and Baldur’s Gate, allowing full-party customisation rather than sticking you with the pre-rolled troupe of adventurers that populated NWN2.

EuroGamer.net

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Devil may cry 4

Sure, Devil May Cry 4 has been out on consoles since last February, but PC gamers have been forced to wait until July for their version of Capcom’s latest dose of demon-slaying action. Well, if you’re one such PC gamer, at least you can get a taste for how DMC4 will run on your rig right now — Capcom has released a new demo, which you can download now at FileFront. The demo comes in at 804.05 MB, and presents a 10 minute chunk of the game that culminates in a boss fight.

And you may well want to test the game out on your rig, because Capcom is going out of their way to ensure that you’ll get as much out of DMC4 as your PC will allow. When they announced the PC version back in April, Capcom revealed a few new additions, including “turbo mode,” which will boost the speed of the game to the limit of what your processor can handle, and “legendary dark knight” mode, which will “fill the screen with an unbelievable number of enemies for extra difficulty.”

Yeah, you can probably assume a 360 controller will be mandatory to play this thing.

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Video Game Industry

I just saw the National purchase group diary, and OMG 😮 we spend so much money on video games.

NPD:

2007 U.S. Video Game And PC Game Sales Exceed

$18.8 Billion Marking Third Consecutive Year Of

Record-Breaking Sales

PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, January 31, 2008 – According to leading consumer and retail information provider, The NPD Group, U.S. sales of video games, which includes portable and console hardware, software and accessories, generated revenues of almost $18 billion, a 43 percent increase over the $12.5 billion generated in 2006.

Retail sales in the PC game software industry reached $911 million in 2007, bringing the total console, portable and PC game industry to $18.8 billion, a 40 percent increase over the $13.5 billion generated in 2006.

All video game categories experienced double-digit percentage increases, led by console hardware, which generated $5.12 billion in sales, a 73 percent increase over the $2.96 billion generated by that category in 2006. Portable game software, portable game hardware and video game accessories categories saw respective dollar sales increases of 18 percent, 19 percent and 52 percent when compared to 2006.

Including PC games, total industry software sales reached $9.5 billion, a 28 percent increase over the $7.4 billion generated in 2006.

“NPD’s consumer data uncovered some interesting trends to follow during the current console transition,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “For example, the 35 years of age and older demographic realized the greatest percentage growth, driven by software and accessories acquisitions, while the greatest increase in hardware sales came from the ‘core’ 18-34 year old demographic.”

2008 is not any different from 2007, in March ’08 the total amount of money payed on video games – games consoles and hardware- is 1.1Billion that is insane, and the best selling console was the Nintendo DS which sold  about 700 000 units.

Turok

RELEASE DATE: 28 APRILE 2008

With only days until the release of the game everybody is pumped up aobut it. The creators of Turok had some nice insides about the game.When asked about the game Josh Holmes, a man who had a huge contribution in the creation of this game, said the following:

Josh Holmes: Turok is a classic FPS franchise that remains well-loved despite some of the shortcomings of the later games in the original series. We were able to acquire the rights for Turok and have made a game that pays homage to the elements that made the first games on N64 so special. Turok drops you into a dangerous living jungle and forces you to face off against terrifying predatory dinosaurs as you struggle to survive. The game offers a truly unique experience, blending elements of action and stealth in a prehistoric world.

We were able to acquire the rights for Turok to make an entirely new game based on the Turok licence but with an entirely reworking of the series. This game is not a sequel or an updated version of past Turok games. This is an entirely new Turok set in a futuristic world with dinosaurs and other dangerous creatures. The only elements that carry over from the original series are a main character named Turok – Joseph Turok in our game – and dinosaurs. Everything is brand new.

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This Is Vegas

PS3,Xbox 360,PC
Release Date: Q4 2008

This is Vegas is the upcoming action game from Midway that drops you into a stylized version of Las Vegas and lets you live a virtual life. The game is being developed by Surreal Software, of The Suffering fame, and takes an open-world approach. While this may sound like a setup that’s been done to death (albeit not set exclusively in Vegas), Surreal’s going in a unique, ballsy direction with the game. Rather than try to outdo the cinematic take of the gold standard for the genre, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto games, This is Vegas is taking a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach. Surreal has tapped writer Jay Pinkerton, a former Cracked magazine editor, to help craft the game’s story. Surreal representatives say the result falls somewhere between Ocean’s Eleven and a Will Ferrell movie. As far as gameplay goes, we got a general overview and the chance to try out three short sequences from the game that gave us an idea of where it’s headed.

Mass effect official system requirements.

From my point of view, the hardware requirements aren’t too steep; if your PC can handle pixel shaders 3.0 (or Unreal Engine 3), then you can handle Mass Effect.

Note from Derek French:

The Mass Effect Config program will automatically adjust your settings on first run, to attempt to give you an optimal play experience. As with all PC games, computer performance varies from system to system and adjustments can be made via the Config or through the in-game options to tailor your experience.

Jay Watamaniuk Community Manager at Bioware posted this requirements on their blog:

Operating System:
Windows XP or Vista

Processor:
2.4+GHZ Intel or 2.0+GHZ AMD

Memory:
1 Gigabyte Ram (XP)
2 Gigabyte Ram (Vista)

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 6 series(6800GT or better)
ATI 1300XT or better (X1550, X1600 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements)

Hard Drive Space:
12 Gigabytes

Sound Card:
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
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Recommended System Requirements for Mass Effect on the PC

Operating System:
Windows XP or Vista

Processor:
2.6+GHZ Intel or 2.4+GHZ AMD

Memory:
2 Gigabyte Ram

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or higher.
ATI X1800 XL series or higher

Hard Drive Space:
12 Gigabytes

Sound Card:
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers – 5.1 sound card recommended

Mass Effect for the PC.

You’ve heard me right, MASS EFFECT FOR THE PC, yeah baby! After hearing about Thief 4 this news brought even more joy to my heart as Mass Effect is a game very dear to me.

Leading video game developer, BioWare™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) company, has announced that the award-winning space epic Mass Effect™ will be released for the PC in May 2008. Published by EA and re-designed for the PC, Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline.

Optimized for the PC, Mass Effect for the PC incorporates the following features:

  • Optimized controls designed specifically for the PC.
  • High resolution visuals – Mass Effect for the PC features highly detailed textures, characters and environments.
  • Fully customizable controls – PC gamers can re-map the control scheme any way they like.
  • Run & Gun Control – Players can assign biotic powers or skills to ‘hot keys’ allowing them to play Mass Effect with a heavier focus on action.
  • New decryption mini-game.
  • New inventory screen GUI and functionality – The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor.

Mass Effect serves as a powerful example of video games as an art form, delivering new levels of emotional intensity, realistic characters and a gripping storyline – all set in a compelling new universe,” said Ray Muzyka, General Manager, BioWare and Vice President, Electronic Arts. Frank Gibeau, President of EA’s Games Label added, “EA has struck an agreement with Microsoft to handle future publishing for Mass Effect. We are looking forward to releasing Mass Effect on the PC this Spring and brand new titles in the future.” Originally released for the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, Mass Effect has received critical acclaim throughout the world with more than 70 awards including Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year and Role-Playing Game of the Year. Mass Effect combines a deep story with intense combat and challenges the player to make difficult decisions that can significantly impact the course of events. An innovative conversation system allows for lifelike interaction with some of the most realistic digital actors, voiced by Hollywood actors such as Seth Green, Marina Sirtis, Lance Henriksen and Keith David. Mass Effect for the PC has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

So It seems well have Mass Effect on our tables in May, or if you live in Europe in June, but I can assure you all PC games fans that this game is worth the wait, and I can bet that you’ll love this awesome RPG