May 31, 2011

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

We last saw Sarah Kerrigan’s fragile human body cradled in ex-marshal-turned-pirate-renegade Jim Raynor’s arms after the climactic battle on Char that saw the Swarm dispersed and the Queen of Blades finally defeated. Today, we finally have a sneak peek of the second act of the StarCraft II trilogy.

May 30, 2011

Does Mythos Deserve a Second Chance?

What do you get when you band together the former team responsible for Diablo series and the 2005 well-received RPG Fate? It's an amazing team responsible for one of this year's MMORPG sleeper hits: Mythos. Developed first by Flagship Studios, Mythos was made with the notion of the Diablo and Fate games combined in a multiplayer perspective. After Flagship Studios closed down, all the rights were bought and carried over to Hanbitsoft. Taking over Mythos's development, Hanbitsoft picked up where Flagship Studios left and retained the what the original team had in mind. Though Flagship did launch a closed beta test of Mythos, it wasn't until 2011 that the game was once again launched under a different developer and publisher. So, is Mythos deserving of a second chance?

Are 18+ Games Moneymakers?

In the first half of this year, the Korean game market is almost flooded with adults-only MMOs, such as TERA, Dragona Online and Dark Blood. Recently, mobile games have also been promoted for adults only. Can developers really shake money from adult games?

In point of adult games' advantages, freedom is their greatest feature. Since the release of Korean game rating system and the late-night gaming ban, game developers have begun to aim at male adults aged 20-40 with more 18+ games, because those players will keep stable and have stronger purchasing power. In this way, game developers and publishers won't worry about their profits. That's the main reason why adults-only games are very popular now.

May 26, 2011

Download Portal 2 Soundtrack For Free

The Portal franchise has always placed an emphasis on memorable music, and now you can download the first volume of the Portal 2 soundtrack for free.

In what the Think With Portals blog calls the first of "three downloadable aural stimulus packages," they've dropped bevy of tracks from the game. Sadly, it does not include Jonathan Coulton's "Want You Gone." Still, with two more volumes promised, we expect it will at some point.

Portal 2 Soundtrack Volume 1 download link

Credits: GameInformer

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Envision's Android Powered Game Console

Ever wished you could play Android games on your big screen? Neither have we, but Envision is giving consumers an opportunity to do just that with their new Android-powered game console, the EVO 2.

Square Enix Has Another MMO Coming

Square Enix chief Yoichi Wada says the company has another massively multiplayer online game scheduled to be announced during its current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2012.

According to a new investor transcript, translated by Andriasang, Square Enix wants to operate two to three large-scale MMO titles simultaneously in hopes of maintaining a stable cash flow.

The company currently operates Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV, and co-publishes the free-to-play MMO title Wakfu. No word if this new MMO project is related to Final Fantasy or what platforms it will launch on.


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May 23, 2011

Lucent Heart: The Uplifting Social MMO

Many MMO games, especially 'free to play', are played by casual and hardcore gamers who invest time in them, enjoy them, meet new people then move onto the next game which catches their eye. There's nothing wrong in an MMO being part of this mix, but some games do warrant greater attention than others.

Lucent Heart, the MMO from leading publisher Gamania, has been designed from the ground up to provide players with extraordinary depth, background, lore, charactisation and adventure coupled with an all encompassing social experience.

May 21, 2011

Replacing Your Laptop with an iPad

There were tablets before the iPad, but the runaway success of the Apple release is without a doubt the chief instigator behind an entirely new consumer hardware market slotting in comfortably between smartphones and laptops. The iPad offers the best of both platforms while making a few notable feature sacrifices; they're not as portable as your average smartphone and they don't have the software or hardware flexibility that laptops or netbooks do.

Still, that hasn't stopped the iPad-using world from looking for ways to cast aside laptops in favor of tablet computing. We're still not there yet – Apple's stubborn refusal to embrace Flash support is a considerable obstacle, for example – but the dream of an iPad-as-laptop-replacement can be achieved, as we'll lay out for you now in this little primer.

The Online Gaming Blockbuster Battle

TERA can be expected to remain hot in the South Korean game market throughout this year. This is just why Blade & Soul and Diablo 3, which both strive to conduct OBTs this year, and ArcheAge choose to enter the market almost at the same time. In the second half of 2011, three blockbusters are very likely to shake the South Korean game market, which indeed deserves paying attention to.

Hellgate Global CBT Sign-up Starts

T3Fun and HanbitSoft have officially announced North American closed beta dates for Hellgate, with the kickoff scheduled for June 3rd to June 5th. The game will launch later this year according to a press release.

Project R1: The Ragnarok Online Sequel?

NHN, one of the biggest game companies in South Korea, made public six new online games in one go at Hangame EX 2011 which was grandly held on May 13. Project R1, the first to be unveiled, is a brand-new game by IMC Games which was founded by the "Father of Ragnarok Online"-Kim Hak Kyu. Thanks to Ragnarok Online's outstanding achievements worldwide, Project R1 is deemed as an orthodox sequel to Ragnarok Online like Ragnarok Online 2 by lots of game workers.

E3 2011 Featured Games

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (you might know it as E3) is only a few weeks away. Things kick off June 6 with a flurry of press conferences.

This is a list of all the titles confirmed by publishers or developers. There are plenty more games we know or expect - this list isn't for those. These are the things that have been promised publicly or told to on the record.

May 20, 2011

Feel the Asda 2 Evolution

If getting married, fishing, or fighting over mining rights sounds like a pleasant diversion from your typical MMO fare, then you may want to check out Asda 2. It features endless variety, hard-core PvP action and numerous customization possibilities, and will soon host a series of events to celebrate the OBT.

May 19, 2011

MacBook Air Upgrades Coming in June

If Apple is to keep to their typical yearly release schedule, it's just about that time for a new iteration of MacBook Airs.

As with any Apple release, morsels of information are making their way out prior to launch. In this case, it looks like you can expect the new MacBook Air to include a Sandy Bridge processor and Apple's Thunderbolt port, following the lead of the recently released iMacs and MacBook Pro line. The ultra-thin laptops are expected to retain their 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch screen options.

The report comes by way of Digitimes, who cites a Taiwanese manufacturer with knowledge of the project.

The new MacBook Air line appears to be on schedule for a June/July release.


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May 16, 2011

Dragon Nest Global Now Officially Dragon Nest SEA

Shanda Games International (SDGi), the publisher of Dragon Nest, has announced that their game servers will be located in South East Asia. More relay servers will be set up around the region in time to come.

This decision is made in line with the demographic results of Dragon Nest Closed Beta account sign-ups thus far, with South East Asian players making up 70% of the total share. European sign-ups make up 19% while sign-ups from America and other regions take up 5% and 6% respectively.

Final Fantasy Developer Square-Enix Hacked

Another victim of being hacked after Sony is the Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square-Enix(SE). This MMO developed and published tycoon SE is now suffered a very tough time.

Alice: Madness Returns

Alice: Madness Returns marks American McGee and Spicy Horse’s return to the twisted, gothic reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland that served as the backdrop for the team’s cult classic, American McGee’s Alice. It's been more than a decade since series creator fist introduced his twisted take on the story of Alice in Wonderland. Taking the angle that Wonderland is an alternate reality manifested from Alice's fractured mind, McGee's vision of Lewis Carrol's classic novel is a bloody, beautiful, and psychologically disturbing tableau.

Madness Returns takes place ten years after the events of the first game. Alice has been released from Rutledge Asylum, and is working at the Houndstitch Home for Wayward Youth in Victorian London. She's still dealing with repressed memories and survivor's guilt surrounding the mysterious fire that killed her entire family years ago.

Sony PlayStation Network Going Back Online

After three weeks, Sony finally announces the PlayStation 3's online service is being restored; Sony Online Entertainment also coming back.

For fans of Sony Online Entertainment's dormant MMORPGs, after 25 days of outage, you're now able to game online. All the company's online games, forums, and related websites have officially begun service restoration. Games such as DC Universe Online, EverQuest and Free Realms should now be playable again.

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May 15, 2011

AIKA Global May In-Game Events

May is a month of true mayhem in AIKA Global, as T3fun and Redbana reveal a staggering amount of in-game activities taking place this month. Four major events are lined up for May: "Nation Wars II," "Legionnaires of May," "Friend in Need" and "The Auction House". Along with these events, exciting new game and website updates will be revealed. Get your arms and armor ready for the incredible and wild month of May!

May 14, 2011

Animals Living In Computer Monitors

Gone are the good old days of cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, an old style of TV-looking set of computer monitor. It's big, it's bulky, it occupies a lot of space on the PC table, and once you're through with it, it just gets thrown out the window as you set up your new slick slim LCD monitor.

But some people choose to do something else with it.

Diablo III: Virtual Friends with Benefits

The world of Diablo is a hostile one. You can't seem to take more than ten steps outside of a town without being mobbed by spiny imps, fanged horrors and singed by spheres of hellfire. It's a tough life trying to cut through all these beasts alone, so Blizzard's implementing Followers to help out.

May 10, 2011

Blade and Soul: Intro to PVP

After Blade & Soul's first CBT day, many players got curious about its PvP system, which is novel to the extent of allowing only those wearing doboks to fight. Today, let's make a study of the system that is subject to players' garments!

Blade and Soul Closed Beta Review (Part 2)

Excellent Graphics and Unimaginably Low System Requirements

Blade & Soul realizes excellent graphic effects and low system requirements at the same time. Art Director Kim successfully flesh out all characters in the game, and NCsoft's powerful R&D team presents players impressive graphics and visual shocks, and in return, receive great praise from players.

May 7, 2011

Dragona PH CBT Postponed

A recent post in the Dragona PH Facebook fanpage announced the postponement of Dragona PH's closed beta testing.

Here's the notice they posted:

We apologize for not being able to get in touch regarding the CBT phase of Dragona PH that was scheduled to start this month.

Please be informed that the CBT launch of the game will be moved to June 2011. We have decided that this would be best for the players and the game. Providing a stable online game experience for players is our top priority. Thus, we want to release a game that would have the highest quality possible.

We will announce the exact date and details of Dragona's CBT phase within this month. You may check out our website for updates and watch out for our CBT countdown events.

Thank you for your continuous patronage.

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May 6, 2011

Blade and Soul Closed Beta Review (Part 1)

Formalism, plagiarism and nudity, have become the biggest characteristics of new online games in the current South Korean market. To be frank, games of western fantasy style in the current South Korean market usually involve too many unreal factors, which are against the thoughts of eastern players. But on April 27th, when NCsoft's Blade & Soul, the most anticipated game in South Korean began its first CBT, it refreshed the real meaning of "the most anticipated".

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Officially Revealed

Assassin's Creed: Revelations has finally been given a proper reveal and it'll feature within the pages of the next issue of Game Informer, with a 12-page exposé on Ezio's final chapter in the saga, with a story that's set to show how Altair, Desmond and Ezio all fit into the overarching narrative.

The Game Informer cover

Each will be playable in the game, with Ezio's portion of the game taking him to Constantinople to explore the Ottoman Empire and Desmond's part picking up directly after the shocking events that concluded Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

New gameplay features are promised for the upcoming AC sequel, including a brand new weapon and a new tool that will apparently transform the way in which you navigate your way around the game world. Multiplayer will also be making a return, with all new customisation options and more besides.

Game Screenshot

Assassin's Creed: Revelations is due to release this November 2011.


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May 4, 2011

Up to P50,000 Cash Prize Await Filipino Kids at Sqwishland

After its proverbial success of Sqwishland in the US, Canada, and Australia, Sqwishland will finally open its virtual doors to Filipino kids.

As a welcome party to Filipino kids, Sqwishland will be giving away cool prizes including: 100 different collection of Sqwishland toys worth P2,000 each; 10 prizes of P5,000 cash; three prizes of Apple iPod Touch 8GB courtesy of Mobile 1, and a whopping P50,000 cash.

Aika Global Hauls in Big Changes

After today's server maintenance, the Aika Global Team posted an announcement in the official website. The future update features huge changes that will bring in more fun and excitement.

Dragon Nest Global CBT Scheduled on July 2011

Dragon Nest Global just announced that the closed beta will start in July, 2 months later than the NA version. The game's facebook page revealed the CBT month after it got 10k likes. And according to the announcement, a series of activities will be hold before the CBT starts.

We hear your voice! With the 10,000 heroes gathered in front of us, Dragon Nest has declared the Closed Beta date as: JULY 2011.

A range of activities has been planned for you over the next two months and will be revealed in due course. Once again, we sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding :)

Players who have signed up for their Dragon Nest Global Closed Beta accounts can expect to begin their adventure this July 2011. Those who have not signed up for their Closed Beta accounts may still do so at There will be 10,000 confirmed slots and 5,000 balloted slots available for this Closed Beta release.

Since the developer Eyedentity Games has released quite a lot of updates for Dragon Nest, new dungeons and other features have been added. So will Dragon Nest Global include any update when it launches closed beta? The publisher Shanda Games International hasn't said anything about it yet.

Credits: MMOsite

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Cabal Legacy of Darkness Trailer

Credit goes to tomaboy21 for sharing it in Youtube

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May 2, 2011

Which Class Will You Play In Dragon Nest?

While Dragon Nest Global is still waiting for 10,000 facebook likes to reveal the CB date, the game is keeping on releasing new screenshots. Now the game has given out bundles of screenshots for the 4 basic classes. Which class will you play?

May 1, 2011

Mortal Kombat: Rated "M" for Mutilated

After years of spin-offs, 3D fighters, and other efforts, the developers at the newly coined NetherRealm Studios are bringing the series back to its core: violent, 2D fighting with an outrageous aesthetic.