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World of Darkness Cancelled

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:43
Why am I not surprised:

Quote: CCP Games announces they have halted development of World of Darkness, the MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG of the same name. The announcement does not make it sound like the project will be resumed, and includes word that 56 employees at their Atlanta, GA studio have lost their jobs, and that the remaining staff there will focus on games in the EVE Universe, which they say is the first time the entire company has been focused on EVE since 2006. I think with games like Elite and Star Citizen on the horizon, CCP is very worried about the future of their company.
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Sovereignty: Crown of Kings

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:30
This is the first fantasy 4X game that sounds really interesting to me:

Quote: Take up the mantle of power and rule your realm. The victor writes History. May the promise of glory and immortality go to you, sovereign. Long may you reign…

Sovereignty is being developed by The Lordz Games Studio, Illustrious and Gothic Labs.

The Game in 8 Words: Risk meets Master of Magic meets Panzer General.

Sovereignty is a turn-based fantasy strategy game for the PC. It combines a kingdom management campaign game with a general’s level tactical battle game.

In the campaign game, Sovereignty offers rich historical rivalries, backstabbing intrigues, magical research, trade routes, naval escorts, unique units, heroes, and of course, WAR. Each Realm is hand-crafted with its own culture, history, complement of units, spell trees, and diplomatic relations.

But Sovereignty is not just a campaign game. It is also a tactical game. In times of war, heroes serve as generals of armies. And where hero armies meet, we zoom into a tactical hex-based battlefield. Move individual units. Destroy your enemy. Take objectives. Win the day!


Campaign Game

Turn-based province system
Rule one of 35 Realms, each with its own culture and play style.
Multiple Races: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and Undead.
Recruit Heroes, lead mighty armies. Build a navy to rule the seas.
Resources, Trade Routes and Landmarks enrich the basic Economy of a Realm.
Research and cast powerful Realm Magic. Each Realm has its own Spell Tree.
Campaign Missions
Conduct Diplomacy
Automated micro management

Tactical Game

Turn-based hex maps. Zoom into the actual province straight from the campaign map.
10 unique Units for each Realm
Units may be awarded medals for valor in battle and gain new abilities
Special Unit abilities such as Mobility, Mariner and Dragonslayer
Play a Battle Card at a key moment to swing the tide of battle. Seeing the great work this studio did with Panzer Korps, this could be quite good!

EDIT: Wow, I just see that this was originally scheduled to be released in 2012! That's a tortured development history. I hope it was only delayed by the success of Panzer Korps and not due to something more fundamental.
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:52
A return to Alpha Centauri????

Quote: Firaxis announced the next stage of Civilization's evolution at PAX today. Civilization: Beyond Earth will take Sid Meier's classic turn-based strategy formula to an alien world for the first time since Alpha Centauri. About time!

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Announced

Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:57
One of the few bright spots in recent gaming years has been the Borderlands franchise. The original was great, and I am thoroughly enjoying the second game. Like Stalker, Borderlands is just one of those rare games where great mechanics have combined with a great (and original) lore to make something greater than the sum of its parts. So I am thrilled that in addition to the forthcoming RPG from Telltale games, we are going to get a new title to hold us over until the inevitable announcement of Borderlands 3. I present:


I can't wait to play as a Cl4P TR4P! :cool:

There are some really good ideas in this game. I love the moon-setting! I am a bit nervous that the game is being farmed out to 2K Australia, though. Clearly, Gearbox is a bit busy working on something else.

I do find it interesting that the game ISN'T being released for the next gens, just PC, XBox 360 and PS3. Strange decision, that.

Regardless, more please! :supper:
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A bit of advice needed

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:53
Alex has now saved up a substantial amount to spend on a gaming PC. I'm so far behind in my understanding of them I can't give him much advice. He's looking to spend in the region of £1000 on it. What should he go for? i7 or AMD (and which one?)
Graphics card-wise, just go for the newest one?
Are SSD drives worth the extra and if so should he get a combination of smallervSSD and standard big back up drive?

He shouldn't need to spend on the keyboard or monitor as we have them.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Out of the Park Baseball

Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:59
Now that I have tired myself out on post-apoc gaming, I have begun to look around for something lighter. :) Quite by coincidence I discovered that the premier PC baseball game, Out of the Park, is now available on Steam! Way to go, guys! Even better, last year's edition OOTP 14 is 50% off!

I haven't played a baseball sim since I purchased ProSim Baseball back in 2009 (I think) from Matrix! I liked ProSim because I am not a hardcore sports guy. I like to watch the occasional game, but I don't follow trades, line-ups, and all that front office stuff. ProSim was nice because while it did have all that stuff, you could completely automate it and just focus on calling the plays, which I liked. I've always heard that OOTP was the better sim, but every time I looked at the screenshots, it suggested to me a way more complicated game.

Anyhoo...I discovered that there is a nearly full featured demo for OOTP 14 available from the website. I DLed it but I really didn't think I would like it because I feared a big learning curve. I was right :), but I was also pleasantly surprised that the game also allows you to automate as much as you want. I started with a minor league team and before too long was having fun with the game. Again, there is a lot to learn about the game, but it wasn't as steep a curve as I feared.

Anyway, just wanted to give a heads up. Not sure yet - I want to play around with the demo a bit more - but I think I might pick up a copy.

PS: I was reading that starting with this years OOTP 15, the devs are going to start implementing 3D graphics for the individual baseball games! Great!
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Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:07
This looks interesting: a procedurally generated horror game. The devs are Zombie Studios, the guys who made the solid F2P shooter Blacklight: Retribution. Having played that game a lot, I know these guys have talent, so this might actually be good. I like the Stalker-vibe:

Quote: About Daylight

Waking up in an abandoned hospital with only your cell phone for illumination, you explore the institution’s dark criminal past as you attempt to escape. In Daylight no two experiences are the same, and it is best played alone in the dark.

Daylight introduces gamers to a procedurally generated world that replicates the horrifying nature of Daylight over and over again, but creates a different environment for each new game. Each time the player begins a new game, they experience a new world with new content and encounters; from the layout of the building and the things they seek to the events they encounter, it is never the same experience twice. Keeping an eye on this one. The game was supposed to be out this week, but the devs delayed it three weeks because they weren't happy with some of the procedural stuff. That is a good sign that this is going to be slopped out there.
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My Little Pony: Cavalry Commader

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:03
I actually think this would be the most refreshing wargame in a long time. At least it shows some imagination! :devious:

Quote: My Little Pony: Cavalry Commander Announced

We are pleased to announce that the Slitherine Group has gained the exclusive rights to the critically-acclaimed ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ license and that we are currently working on a series of games under the My Little Pony Franchise.

Armed with this powerful license, we are currently working hard to bring you the first game in an exciting new series. In My Little Pony: Cavalry Commander, the player will have to manage the Pony armies both on a strategic and tactical level for the ultimate My Little Pony experience!

“Signing the My Little Pony franchise was the next logical step in our overall strategy.” Said JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine Group. “We are always looking for new opportunities to expand the wargaming community and reach new markets. With My Little Pony, we can do just that!”

In MLP:CC, the Golden Valley of Dreams has been attacked by the legions of the Unicornfederacy (Confederacy of Black Unicorns). In response, the Ponies quickly suspend their playtime and organize the Free Pony Militia. While the Ponies have the will and determination to defend their valley, they lack the military organization and technology to effectively challenge the Unicornfederacy. And that is where YOU come in.

As the player, you will be put in command of the Free Pony Militia and you will have to organize your Ponies into an effective fighting force and command them in the many battles against the Unicornfederacy. At the same time you will be in charge of modernizing the cavalry force. Starting with the unarmed ponies, you will have to fund technologies to unlock armoured cavalry units, or ‘Heavy Ponies’ (see pic). Will you be able to command the determined Ponies and save the Golden Valley of Dreams?

- Immerse yourself in the world of My Little Pony with the epic story-driven campaign
- Learn the game with the help of four comprehensive tutorials
- Improve your tactics in over 20 scenarios
- Command the Pony nation on a strategic level, manage the economy and prioritize research
- Fight tactical battles against the hordes of unicorns, use the terrain to your advantage and target them with experimental weaponry to clear the battlefield of the Unicornfederate invaders!
- Meet all your favourite Pony characters and help them save their world
- Find new Bronies in the online multiplayer lobby

My Little Pony: Cavalry Commander is currently under development and will be presented at Home of Wargamers. The game is planned for release this fall.

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Crusader Kings 2: Claws of the Meowans Announced!

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:52
Much better than that last Rajas of India expansion:

Quote: Introducing Crusader Kings II: Claws of the Meowans, the highly anticipated next expansion of the critically acclaimed grand strategy RPG by Paradox Development Studio! Claws of the Meowans adds cats, cat events and the delicate art of CAPSLOCKING EVERYTHING FOR EMPHASIS into your game of historical deceit and murder.

Cats have always played a major part in historical conflicts, but have never really received proper recognition or internet-appreciation, until now! 1010138_756600367691807_1872020487_n.jpg


Sadly, though, that last patch that came with Rajas has seemed to break the game. Lots of people haven't been able to play. :( Attached Images
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What Campaigns Have You Completed?

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 21:24
As I wrote elsewhere, I rarely complete campaigns in a game. Usually, it is because I just don't have the patience, nor attention span, to stick with one of these multi-hour epics. I get bored to easily, or distracted by another shiny game. :)

Maybe it is because there are so few good games coming lately, but suddenly I find myself reversing this trend and actually sticking with a game to completion. Anyhoo, I just thought it would be interesting to make a list of games I completed to the best of my memory. Feel free to share yours!

1) A Mind Forever Voyaging - the only Infocom game I ever was that good!
2) Castle Wolfenstein - the original!
2) XCOM - the original!
3) Medal of Honor + All DLC - I am talking about the original WWII shooter. One of the best ever made!
4) Call of Duty - the original WWII shooter. By the numbers WWII action, but still a solid experience.
5) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 - very cinematic. A true landmark shooter.
6) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - One of the best narrative-driven depictions of World War III that I ever played. Really regret skipping MW2.
7) Call of Duty Black Ops 2 - First half of the campaign was great, largely due to the 1980s - 1990s references, but the second half was a fizzle.
8) Dawn of War I - Solid RTS campaign
9) Dawn of War II - not as much fun as the original, but a better campaign overall.
10) Torchlight: just the right length for a campaign
11) Borderlands 1 - Great campaign, right up to the awful conclusion.
12) Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl - fantastic game, solid campaign if mediocre conclusion.
13) Fallout 3 - Great game, solid campaign.

I think that is it!
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Alpha Centauri

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 14:37
I found Alpha Centauri/Alien Crossfire real cheap and started playing again on my Linux desktop. It's so cool to be able to play this game again and on Linux taboot. :)

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Goat Simulaltor

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:30
This is the frontier of modern Goat Simulation.

Pre-orders with instant early access can be done at:

The game will be released the 1st of April on Steam!

Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! WASD to write history.

Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you'll earn even more points! Or you could just give Steam Workshop a spin and create your own goats, levels, missions, and more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

Disclaimer: Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.

Key Features
You can be a goat
Get points for wrecking stuff - brag to your friends that you're the alpha goat
Steam Workshop support - make your own goats, levels, missions, game modes, and more!
MILLIONS OF BUGS! We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it
In-game physics that spazz out all the time
Seriously look at that goat's neck
You can be a goat

System Requirements
OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 2.0 GHz or better
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit

OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible, 512MB VRAM+; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or better
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit

Best wishes,
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Shadowrun Returns

Forums: Latest Threads - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:14
I am thinking of continuing with my SP orgy with this game once I get Fallout 3 completed. Is it any good? I recall it arriving in something of a WiP state when it was first released. But I now see that they added a second campaign and a lot of bug fixes. So, is it ready for prime time? Or should I wait yet?
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Armored Warfare

Forums: Latest Threads - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:17
I just like to play with tanks, any kind. Armored Warfare is the next tank game I want to play. Tired of waiting for War Thunder tanks. This is just announced but I'm in. lol

From Blues News: Obsidian Entertainment and, the subsidiary of Mail.Ru Group, the largest Internet company in Russian-speaking countries, today revealed Armored Warfare, a massively multiplayer online tactical military video game. Armored Warfare features stunning next-gen visuals, dynamic destructible environments, customizable vehicles and intense team-based gameplay where players work to crush each other with the power of modern combat vehicles in a free-to-compete experience.

“Armored Warfare gives players two deep levels of upgrading and progression through a huge array of both military vehicles and their own personal military base. Each giving players a diverse and wide-ranging path of strategies,” said Richard Taylor, Project Director of Obsidian Entertainment. “We are incredibly excited to bring Armored Warfare to players around the world, so they can enjoy the strategic and destructive potential of modern fighting vehicles.”

In Armored Warfare, players will take on the role of private military contractors who are called into action throughout a modern virtual world. Overseeing their own personal command base, players will expand, enhance, and customize their headquarters, manage and upgrade their military convoy of vehicles, and train and develop their crews through a robust reputation and experience system. Dynamic environments in Armored Warfare require players to change strategies on the battlefield at a moment’s notice keeping them ever vigilant to the tides of battle.

A variety of team-based tactical and competitive gameplay modes in Armored Warfare will not only test the mettle of players in PvP, but will have them pulling together group strategies in order to overcome grueling player-versus-environment (PvE) scenarios. Players will also be able to join Clans and participate in large scale Territory Wars in the power struggle for world domination. Armored Warfare will continue to be updated and supported for years to come with new weapons, vehicles, base elements, and battle modes.

Armored Warfare will launch into closed beta in 2014 for PC. To learn more about Armored Warfare and to sign up to receive more information and a chance to experience the game in closed beta, visit For instant updates, follow the Armored Warfare team on Twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to the official YouTube channel where you can watch the Armored Warfare announcement trailer.
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Ski Jmping Pairs

Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:00
This is serious stuff....

What a game.

Best wishes,
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Misery mod

Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:50
Installed this today. It definitely ups the realism and makes the game totally unforgiving. Stalker has always been a bit on the brutal side, no doubt about that. However, this but this makes it creepier, more lethal, and a lot more intense. You have to watch out for every little thing or the zone will kill you.

I played the Stalker: Complete mod in the past and that is pretty good as well, but not as dark and dangerous as Misery.
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Fallout 3 What A Nightmare to Install

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 16:23
Wow, I never expected reinstalling Fallout 3 would be such a nightmare. I mean, I just re-installed Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, and the Complete mod, with absolutely no issues. It ran perfectly with not a single crash during a 32 hour campaign. Having just completed the game (woohoo! :coolban:), I decided to move on to the American version of Stalker - Fallout 3! :) This is another game I regretted never completing (I think I got it 75% done - that is usually when I abandon a game. I think it is stems from a psychological fear of completing things :D) and wanted to head back and finish it.

But what a nightmare in getting it to work!

I have been working on installing this game for about an hour now and I am still not done getting it working the way it should. Just google 'Install Fallout 3 on Win 7/8' and you will see what I mean. There are all sorts of issues getting this game - a game that is two years newer than Stalker, and made by a much bigger company - to run on a multi-core, post-Vista machine. I've had to edit config files, use windows troubleshooter twice (once to set the OS back to Vista, another to fix a display issue), and I am now off to get some needed mods for other issues.

Oh, and then there are all the issues the demise of Games for Windows Live brought with it! You need the new zombie version of Live (that is what I call it because even though it works, it is only a shell of what Live use to be), and then need to try and get your DLC downloaded (took me three tries before an error didn't crash the client)...and I am still not done getting it installed.

Like I said: over an hour getting this game to work! I am really disappointed that big bucks Bethesda hasn't released one more patch to solve some of these issues.

Anyway, I think I am almost done installing this game. Here's hoping it actually runs! I hear that if you can make it out of the vault and all the way to Springfield, you should be okay from that point on. I think I will cry if it starts crashing after all this work....:(
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Distant Worlds: Universe Announced

Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 16:30
Long overdue!

Quote: Distant Worlds: Universe Announced

Distant Worlds: Universe is the newest chapter of this critically acclaimed sci-fi series, adding incredible new features and an exciting new storyline. Universe is also the ultimate collector’s edition, the first time all previous Distant Worlds releases have been included in one package, along with an updated manual and greatly expanded modding support.

Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.

Vast galaxies are made to order: up to 1400 star systems, with up to 50,000 planets, moons and asteroids. Galaxies are so deep, fun and immersive that you won’t want to finish the game. Build, expand and improve your empire while playing through one of the storylines, with victory conditions or in an open-ended sandbox mode.

Each galaxy is packed with life and activity. Encounter other empires, independent alien colonies, traders, pirates and space monsters. Explore star systems, asteroid fields, gas clouds, supernovae, galactic storms and black holes. Discover evidence of civilizations long since past, uncovering secrets about the galaxy's troubled history...

Best of all, you can play the game your way: enjoy a quick, intense game in a crowded sector of space or take your time in an epic game spread across a vast galaxy!

Put it on Steam, darn you! It deserves a wider audience! :D
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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Anniversay Edition Released

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 00:35
Awesome! I still have my boxed edition! :D

Play the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure

Babel fish. Enough said.
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Homeworld: Remastered

Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 02:24
Well, the website it up, and there is a survey as to what you would prefer in a collector's edition:
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