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Repulse Has Entered Closed Beta

By Mike Nelson | PC News | Jan 6, 2012 10:12 AM | Comment

Looking for another free-to-play game to keep your eye on this year? Blue's News brought our attention to Aeria Games' Repulse, and the news that it has recently entered a closed beta. Read More »

Repulse Has Entered Closed Beta

Promising Indie QUBE Hits Steam Today

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 6, 2012 8:42 AM | Comment

If you've been hankering for a new first-person brain teaser (hand raised), today is your lucky day: 2011 Indie Game Challenge finalist QUBE is set for launch on Steam. Start-up studio Toxic Games announced that its promising logic, physics, and platforming game will be available on Valve's digital platform at 10 a.m. PST. Read More »

Promising Indie QUBE Hits Steam Today

McMillen Announces Binding of Isaac Expansion

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 6, 2012 8:03 AM | Comment

Warm fuzzy nostalgia violently juxtaposed with a deluge of over-the-top grossness. That about sums up Edmund McMillen's RPG, rouge-like shooter, The Binding of Isaac, and we love every minute of it. That's why today's news has us itching to return to the basement: The Wrath of the Lamb, the first and only expansion for the game, is on the way. Read More »

McMillen Announces Binding of Isaac Expansion

Legend of Grimrock Preview

By Nathan Meunier | PC Previews | Jan 5, 2012 5:52 PM | Comment

Drawing a wealth of knowledge from the good book of 1980s-era dungeon crawling 101, the folks over at Almost Human, Ltd. know their chops when it comes to exploring dank corridors, sticking it to drippy-mawed beasts, and scavenging for scraps of gear needed to survive. Read More »

Legend of Grimrock Preview

MechWarrior Online Blog Divulges Intel Warfare

By Dan Stapleton | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 5:00 PM | Comment

As the old saying goes, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes." However, in the giant-battle-robot dominated future, you'll see the whites of their electronic eyes a lot better, from much further away, in the dark, and through solid objects if you're using a handy gadget like MechWarrior Online's Magnetometer Assisted Targeting Mode module, as detailed in the Information Warfare update on the MWO blog. I admit, that does sound like something I wouldn't want to leave home without first plugging into my BattleMech's cigarette lighter outlet. Read More »

MechWarrior Online Blog Divulges Intel Warfare

Finalists Named for Game Developers Choice Awards

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 9:34 AM | Comment

You've heard our opinion on the year's best in GameSpy's GOTY Awards, but what about the people that actually created 2011's stellar lineup? Those talented guys and gals started to make their opinions known today with the list of finalists for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. See the full list of finalists within. Read More »

Finalists Named for 2011 Game Developers Choice Awards

Developers' Diary: PlanetSide 2

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 9:23 AM | Comment

If you thought the 64-player grudge matches in Battlefield 3 were big, you ain't seen nothing yet. SOE's upcoming sci-fi MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2, will feature open-world online battles with hundreds of simultaneous players. See the dev team detail the engine powering the game, its factions, and show off fresh gameplay footage in the trailer within. Read More »

Developers' Diary: PlanetSide 2

2K Gets it Right: Firaxis Making XCOM Strategy Game

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 8:42 AM | Comment

Game Informer promised to surprise and delight old-school gamers with its February cover, and holy **** did the publication deliver: Firaxis, the studio best known for the Civilization franchise, is developing XCOM: Enemy Unknown. And yes, this one will be a squad-based strategy game and not a first-person shooter. Read More »

Firaxis Games Announces XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Choplifter HD Completes Take Off Checklist

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 7:57 AM | Comment

Choplifter HD will be ready to transport old-school gamers to nostalgia lane next week. InXile Entertainment announced today that their re-imagining of Borderbund's 30-year-old Apple IIe classic will be ready for liftoff on January 10. Rescue the jump for details. Read More »

InXile Announces Release Date for Choplifter HD

One to Watch For: Sauropod's Castle Story

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 7:26 AM | Comment

If Minecraft married Stronghold and the couple conceived, the resulting game would look a helluva lot like Sauropod Studio's debut, a promising, in-development, voxel-based indie called Castle Story. Explore, mine, craft, build, and defend within. Read More »

One to Watch For: Sauropod's Castle Story

Free-to-Play Star Trek Online Gets Launch Date

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 5, 2012 6:32 AM | Comment

Players will be able to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and civilizations for free in less than two weeks. Publisher Perfect World and developer Cryptic Studios are putting the finishing touches on their free-to-play business model for Star Trek Online, and it's set to go live on January 17. Read More »

Perfect World Announces Release Date for Free-to-Play Star Trek Online

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

By Leif Johnson | PC Reviews | Jan 4, 2012 6:30 PM | Comment

I've spent the majority of my many hours in Star Wars: The Old Republic playing alongside a spunky Jedi Shadow named Kira, whose stealth and damage-based talent specialization neatly complemented my Jedi Guardian's tanking. When she wasn't backing me up in a fight, she'd often drag me along on missions of her choosing, badmouth me for some silly decisions I'd made, and helpfully run off to gather raw materials I needed to craft new lightsaber hilts. I've met few friends in MMORPGs who've been so reliable.

The thing is, Kira isn't human -- she's an AI companion character, and the way that she and her ilk are integrated into both my character's combat and storyline is just one of several aspects that set this ambitious MMO apart from its competition. It's not without its shortcomings, to be fair, but I've had more fun in The Old Republic than in most other MMOs over the last decade -- and I'm not even a diehard fan of the Star Wars universe. Read More »

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Damn It Feels Good to be a Gamer

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 4, 2012 11:45 AM | Comment

BioShock, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, The Witcher, Crysis, and The Orange Box. That murderers' row of titles, among others, made 2007 my own personal best year ever in gaming. The writing in BioShock and its setting in the underwater city of Rapture were among the very finest I'd ever seen in a videogame. CoD 4 pushed the shooter genre forward like no FPS before it with the introduction RPG elements and killstreaks. The Witcher proved that hardcore RPGs are alive and well. Crysis became the benchmark for rig building. And The Orange Box delivered a package of games that will likely never be matched. Collectively, they made 2007 my instant response when asked to name gaming's best year. And then 2011 happened. Read More »

Damn It Feels Good to be a Gamer

Razer Set to Unveil Project Fiona

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 4, 2012 11:00 AM | Comment

It appears Razer has settled on a design for its Switchblade concept computer. The peripheral maker has announced that Project Fiona will be unveiled at CES 2012 next week, a product that will deliver PC gaming in an "all-new form factor." Read More »

Razer Set to Unveil Project Fiona

TOR Dancing Exploit [Fixed, Doesn't] Get You Banned

By Mike Sharkey | PC News | Jan 4, 2012 6:54 AM | Comment

Update: BioWare has checked in with Massively to claim that the ban story is a hoax created with a doctored image of a ban email. You may safely resume dancing in combat like a fool.

Update 2: The game has now been patched, and dancing will no longer render you immune to damage.

Yesterday, the Illum loot exploit in Star Wars: The Old Republic was BioWare's Ban Du Jour. Today, making like Young MC and busting a move in the face of enemy attacks is your quick ticket to bandom. Yes, dancing will make you invincible to enemy attacks in SWTOR. And no, you shouldn't try it for yourself because BioWare has labeled it an exploit worthy of a ban. Read More »

TOR Dancing Exploit [Fixed, Doesn't] Get You Banned

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