Download The Lost Vikings for Free (Rock N’ Roll Racing too)

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Something really great happened today: Blizzard decided to offer as a free download a couple of their older games, because the previously listed Blackthorne was feeling kind of lonely there. Therefore, starting today, gamers can taste a bit of gaming history by downloading for free The Lost Vikings, as well as Rock N’ Roll Racing. Because, yes, Blizzard used to be more than “that company that makes Diablo, Starcraft and WoW”.

In case you didn’t have the chance to play the games, you should know that The Lost Vikings was one of my favorite games as a kid, so you have to download it. If this still doesn’t matter, learn that we’re talking about a side scrolling action/puzzle game in which you control three different vikings, each with his own specialization. And the game is extremely difficult, because that’s how they used to make games back in the day. Oh, and you’ll surely have a favorite out of the three vikings.

And if you want to party like it’s 1993, then you have to download, also for free, Rock N’ Roll Racing. Created by Blizzard back when they were named Silicon & Synapse this is a battle racing game running on heavy metal and rock songs from big names such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple or Steppenwolf. It will also make you love George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone in case you’re not a fan already.

So, yes, some really nice weekend surprises coming from Blizzard today, and if you want to download any or all of the games offered for free, all you have to do is head over to Battle.net and hit the download buttons!

Killer Is Dead System Requirements Revealed

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The beautiful Killer Is Dead game coming to PCs this month finally has some system requirements for those who are looking into purchasing the game, but they don’t know yet if their computer has all what it takes to run the game. A little hint: if you’re still running on Windows XP, you’ll have to really consider upgrading!

Here are the official Killer Is Dead minimum system requirements:

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
Processor: 2.0 Ghz or above
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GPU that supports Shader Model 3.0
DirectX: Version 10
Hard Drive: 13 GB available space

Here are the recommended system specifications for the game:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz(4 CPUs)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 13 GB available space

So, we’re talking about some pretty decent specs for a game running on Unreal Engine 3. I don’t think that there is any serious gamer who still rocks on Windows XP (or Vista for that matter), so the requirement for a 64-bit OS shouldn’t be too crazy. I guess.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Date, Pre Order, Details, Screenshots & Trailer

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It was over 10 days ago when the first leaked details about the next Call of Duty game started to surface (with the first screenshot) and now Activision decided to put an end to the speculations and offer official details about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the upcoming title in the series. We have gathered all the pieces in one single article, so we have here the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release date, first in-game screenshots, trailer and all the details unveiled so far. A must read and see for all Call of Duty fans out there!

We’ll start with what is probably the most important thing: the release date. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since all CoD games are launched at a similar date, but this particular one is coming on November 4th. You can already pre-order the game on Amazon here for the platform of your choice. It should be, again, no surprise to hear that all major consoles are covered: PS 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developed by Sledgehammer Games (involved with Modern Warfare 3), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings in the game some really big names: actor Kevin Spacey, starring as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world. You can see him in the trailer below.

But until then, let’s check out all the details we have on the upcoming CoD Advanced Warfare title! You can’t help but say “hmm… Crysis!” when you hear about the use of exoskeletons in the game, which in terms of gameplay will enhance the player’s movement (think boost jumps and grappling, covert cloaking abilities, and biomechanics that provide unparalleled strength, awareness, endurance, and speed). The developers promise that this changes “fundamentally” the way people play Call of Duty.

We also have improvements and changes in the arsenal area: new weapons and abilities are prepared for the launch day, all-new equipment and perks, as well as vehicles (like hoverbikes, yay!) and specialized drones. There will also be a new type of ammunition used in the game, “directed-energy weaponry” that Sledgehammer Games promise to enable new gameplay mechanics, but exact details are not offered.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer you can watch below offers a lot of in-game action, although very little, actual gameplay. However, it’s easy to see that the graphics will be really nice and the new exoskeleton element will work great. We can also see some other features, like building our own cover, climbing on walls like Spiderman and the nice hoverbikes:

And if the trailer is not enough for you, Activision has also released a few official screenshots you can enjoy below:

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So, what do you think about this upcoming Call of Duty game? Do you like the new ideas behind this year’s release or you would’ve preferred something more traditional?

Bound by Flame: ‘Companions are Real Assets in Combat’

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Focus Interactive revealed today, in great detail, the importance of companions in Bound by Flame. More than battle heroes, companions will have the power to alter the course of events, depending on players’ decisions. As previously announced, there will be five distinct companions, two female (Sybil and Edwen) and three male (Mathras, Randval and Rhelmar). Each one will be specialized in a different combat area, which enables multiple combat synergies and tactics. Companions can’t be controlled, they have their own will and personality, however they’re still indispensable assets in battle, as Focus Interactive stated:

Companions are real assets in combat and will prove crucial in the more advanced difficulty modes. Consider carefully who you want to fight alongside you, and combine their skills and your own abilities to achieve a flawless combat synergy, but remember to bear the nature of enemies you are confronting in mind.

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Bound by Flame will feature interactive companions, building relationships with them won’t be exclusively for mere entertainment, as they can alter the outcome of several events or even change the course of the entire story. Companions will have personalities of their own, which includes thoughts, opinions and feelings. As the story progresses, players will be able to forge different types of relationships with each member, as Focus Interactive explained:

You will gradually develop friendships, rivalries and even romances with them along the way, and your actions and decisions will influence your relationship with each one, so make sure you don’t upset your best friend.

Disappointing or even betraying a certain companion might lead him/her to abandon the party and that will have devastating consequences in the future. On the other hand, friendship and romance relationships will enable new and unexpected opportunities. In this choice-driven RPG every decision seems to count, so if you really need or like someone, then you should consider  how your actions and decisions may affect that same companion.

Bound by Flame willbe avaiable for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 on May 9, 2014.

Check Out the Wolfenstein: The New Order System Requirements Here!

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I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to get my hands on Wolfenstein: The New Order, as it pretty much feels like the original game in today’s technology. Minus the limited hit points. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about the Wolfenstein: The New Order System Requirements which have just been published and I am sure you can’t wait to check them out too, in order to make sure that your rig is powerful enough to run the game when it’s released.

So here are the Wolfenstein The New Order minimum system requirements:

– 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
– Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD
– 4 GB System RAM
– 50 GB free HDD space
– GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
– High Speed Internet Connection
– Steam account and activation required

It’s pretty interesting to see an i7 processor listed as a minimum requirement, which makes us curious to see how much more demanding will the recommended specs be. Or maybe they’ll just up the RAM a little bit, the GPU and we’ll have a nice life. Well, this would be optimal, but probably the reality will be a bit different. I guess we’ll find out soon anyway, as the game is set for release on May 20 on all major platforms.

Dragon Age Inquisition: New Inquisitor Concepts Revealed

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BioWare has just revealed two new concept images of Dragon Age Inquisition featuring the game’s protagonist, the Inquisitor. The image expose two individuals, one from each genre, displaying their skills. The male Inquisitor appears to be some kind of mage-warrior, using one hand sword powered by elementary magic (possibly light magic). The second image presents a female Inquisitor whose specialization is clearly a mage. Small rock fragments can be seen floating around her body; she appears to be casting a earth gravitational spell.

The enemies displayed in the first image might be a direct effect of the veil’s breaching. They appear to be some kind of undead corpses but they don’t resemble any darkspawn models seen in the previous two games. Instead, they seem to be magical summonings, demon souls descending on the grounds of Thedas.

Dragon Age Inquisition will be available on October 7th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

New The Walking Dead Screenshots Build Hype

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Telltale released the first screenshots for the next episode of The Walking Dead this morning, and the hype metre on my anticipation scale is going into the red!

Even though the screenshots themselves show the usual zombie killing, helpless protagonists, and conflict-ridden world that Robert Kirkman so beautifully crafted, it is the idea that Episode 2:  A House Divided left us on such a terrifyingly suspenseful cliffhanger that really gets the hype going.  Couple this with the fact that these screens are a stark reminder that you’re never safe in The Walking Dead, and you have gone from hype to “I’m ready to mail Telltale a basket full of tasty treats to get any details I can.”

If my gift basket is a success, you will be the first to know. In the meantime however, take a gander for yourself, and let the hype boulder chase you gracefully through a cavern of conveniently placed traps.

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&What do you think about the new screenshots? Don’t they make you want to play the game like… right now?

Tom Clancy’s The Division: ‘There is No Great Organization Without Great Individuals’

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Ubisoft published an analogy regarding Labor’s Day today via twitter, affirming that all types of remarkable organization need distinguished individuals. Just as in the real world, the virtual version of New York City in The Division will depend exclusively on great individuals and Ubisoft is counting on everyone’s greatness to create a better world in the upcoming game:

There is no great organization without great individuals. Happy Labor Day agents! 🙂

But greatness can be used in multiple ways and with different purposes. The Division will allow players to choose their path, which means they can become heroes and work towards organization or instead, they can become villains and conduct negative operations that will inevitably lead into ceaseless entropy.

Tom Clancy’s The Division doesn’t have an official release date yet but it will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dragon Age Inquisition: Special Edition Will Be Announced Soon

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Dragon Age Inquisition will have a special edition ready for pre-purchasing in the months to come, ensured BioWare Creative Director Mike Laidlaw. The edition will be physical and it will most likely include itstatues, books and other unique and limited items resembling the series. For now, players can only choose between the standard and the digital deluxe editions. But as Laidlaw said, there will be a third option soon:

[quote]Hold tight. We’re looking at details about a physical special edition and should have them out soonish.[/quote]

Additionally, Lailaw unveiled another spoiler relating Inquisition’s characters. Apparently, at least one unidentified personality from the novel book Dragon Age: the Masked Empire will appeard in the upcoming game: “I’m on the record as saying that at least one Masked Empire character appears in DAI, so, yes!”

it will be available on October 7th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Hellraid Coming To PS4, Xbox One

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Techland’s previously delayed Hellraid has officially come back to the land of the living.  The game is now being developed for next-gen consoles on Techland’s Chrome Engine 6, and can be expected to release digitally in 2015.

I think it’s obvious that the game is heavily inspired by Skyrim, but its focus on co-op could make it a very unique experience if done well. My worry, like with Techland’s Dying Light, is that their track record isn’t the greatest. Their previous games have been full of bugs and unpolished mechanics that detracted from the experience, but not all hope is lost.

Here’s a trailer showing Hellraid in action:

The move to next-gen provides Techland with a myriad of opportunities to make their next releases fantastic games. Whether or not this is the case, only time will tell. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic in the meantime.