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Friday, January 13, 2012

01/13/2012 - Tropico 4 Modern Times Expansion Announced
Kalypso Announces ‘Tropico 4: Modern Times’ Expansion

El Presidente in space? New expansion will force El Presidente to modernise Tropico!

Bracknell, UK – 13th January 2012 - It's a new year, and with that, come new challenges - especially to the beloved El Presidente and his regime! Today we are pleased to announce a new expansion for Tropico 4 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. The expansion, dubbed "Tropico 4: Modern Times," will offer players a huge variety of new challenges as El Presidente must modernise his island nation while battling sinister underground forces that threaten the future of Tropico itself in an extensive new single-player campaign.  New buildings, fresh challenges, additional presidential edicts and more will all be part of Tropico 4: Modern Times when it is released in March 2012 priced at £19.99/€29.99 for Windows PC and 1200MSP on Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace.

El Presidente himself is also pleased to release a teaser trailer to go along with this exciting announcement. Head to the link below to take a quick peek at Tropico 4: Modern Times!

View the trailer on You Tube here - 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRbcmgUlDAE

Download the trailer here – download.kalypsomedia.com/T4AddOn-Teaser-PEGI.zip
The times are changing and the island nation of Tropico is evolving. The Internet, a New World Order, terrorists, global financial markets and space exploration are on the rise and pose new challenges to El Presidente and his regime in Tropico 4: Modern Times.

Old buildings and structures are becoming obsolete and need to be upgraded or even replaced by their modern counterparts. Cars and transportation need modernisation to meet the needs of a changing economy; and now El Presidente can even send people to the International Space Station! El Presidente and his ministers must now join the war against terror and control Internet regulation and freedom of speech on Tropico.

Key Features:
  • Make Tropico fit for the 21st century: Evolve the island from the Cold War era to modern times and even into the future
  • 30 new buildings become available as time progresses, including condos, skyscrapers, organic ranches and biofarms. Replace obsolete buildings with these modern and inspiring designs.
  • Upgrade old buildings to new variants – modernised apartment buildings, banks, museums and much more
  • 10 new edicts allow even more control over your citizens’ lives. Block or limit citizens’ Internet use, create a police state or be a “good guy” and launch the Festival of Love edict.
  • New single player campaign comprised of 12 comprehensive scenario missions. Protect Tropico from unseen and sinister forces.
For more information on Tropico 4: Modern Times please visit the official Tropico site at www.worldoftropico.com

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

01/12/2012 - Armored Core V To Release on March 20
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES TO RELEASE ARMORED CORE® V ON MARCH 20, 2012

The Fight for Humanity Comes to the U.S. This Spring

SAN JOSE, Calif., (January 12, 2012) NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced ARMORED CORE® V will be released on March 20, 2012 in North America and on March 23, 2012 in Europe for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.  Developed by the acclaimed FromSoftware, Inc., ARMORED CORE V will bring the most intense and strategic mech battles yet to the veteran series.

The ARMORED CORE® franchise is renowned in the mech action genre for its intense battles and customization options. ARMORED CORE V revolutionizes the series with massive online multiplayer battles designed around huge team-based skirmishes on a grand scale, a robust offline mode, and a completely new atmosphere. Featuring mechs or “Armored Cores” that are customized for more strategic gameplay, ARMORED CORE V focuses on tactics and effectively utilizing the geography of a level to maximize the devastating effects of attacks. Players will be able to customize their Armored Core with countless unlockable parts creating their own personal weapons of mass destruction.

“Gamers have been eagerly anticipating the release of ARMORED CORE V, which will bring strategic mech combat to new heights,” said Eiichi Nakajima, studio head, FromSoftware, Inc.  “With cooperative missions, a persistent online world battling for territories and epic team battles, ARMORED CORE V is the complete action shooter package.”
The all new Operator Mode gives one player a leadership role by being able to supply his Armored Core teammates with enemy positions, movements and details.

“A quick trigger finger and razor-sharp reflexes won’t always turn the tide of battle in ARMORED CORE V,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America.  “The Operator adds a new layer of strategy orchestrating his team of Armored Cores to victory by finding the enemy’s weaknesses.”

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. also confirmed today that ARMORED CORE fans pre-ordering the title from GameStop® stores across North America, as well as GameStop.com, will gain exclusive access to the ‘HEAVY ASSAULT PACK’ while supplies last.  The pack will include additional weapons and parts that will help give players a competitive advantage on day one in the innovative and sophisticated online multiplayer battles of ARMORED CORE V.

ARMORED CORE V will be available throughout North America on March 20, 2012.  For more information on the game, as well as information on additional pre-order promotions, please visit:
http://namcobandaigames.com/console/armored-core-5 and http://www.facebook.com/armoredcore.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at
www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.

ARMORED CORE® V ©2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. ©1997-2012 FromSoftware, Inc. All rights reserved

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Press Release © 2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.  

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

01/11/2012 - OnLive Coming to GoogleTV
OnLive Console-class Gaming to be Integrated into All Google TV Devices

OnLive Viewer Available Now for All Current Google TV Devices

Full OnLive Gameplay Coming Soon as Standard Offering

OnLive Gameplay Showcased on VIZIO VAP430 Stream Player at CES

Current and Future Google TV Devices Support OnLive Wireless Controller

Palo Alto, CA – January 11, 2012 – OnLive, Inc. announced today that Google will be integrating the revolutionary OnLive cloud gaming service as a standard feature of the Google TV platform on all devices from all manufacturers. OnLive brings to Google TV users instant on-demand gameplay from a rapidly growing library of the latest high-performance console-class titles, as well exclusive social features such as worldwide massive spectating and Brag Clip® videos with full group voice and text chat. The OnLive Viewer, enabling OnLive social features, is available immediately on all Google TV devices currently in the market and is compatible with standard Google TV remote controls as well as the OnLive Wireless Controller and standard USB game controllers. Full OnLive gameplay is coming soon to all current and future Google TV devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and Media Streamers, making Google TV the first integrated TV platform with console-class gameplay capability, and bringing OnLive capability to most major TV manufacturers.

OnLive instant on-demand gameplay of about 200 console-quality titles, including top-tier recent releases, such as Saint’s Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, is being demonstrated on the VIZIO VAP430 Stream Player with OnLive’s Wireless Controller in Las Vegas during the CES show this week. Simultaneously, OnLive is demonstrating soon-to-be-released full OnLive gameplay capability on current Google TV devices. Over 50 game publishers, including virtually every top console publisher, is supporting the OnLive game platform.

“We’re excited that OnLive will be making the highest-quality videogames available to all Google TV users,” said Shanna Prevé, Google TV Content Partnerships. “OnLive’s groundbreaking instant-play service truly demonstrates the versatility and power of Google TV.”

The OnLive Game Service is currently available on TVs, via Google TV or the OnLive MicroConsole, PCs, Mac®, tablets and smartphones, and soon will be available on Blu-ray players, media streamers and set-top boxes. The just-announced OnLive Desktop service, delivering a seamless, full-featured, media-rich PC desktop with full collaboration capability, is based on the same patented OnLive instant-action cloud computing technology, and will also be available on Google TV as well as all of the above platforms, enabling business presentations, sharing of family of videos and photos, as well as other media-rich PC applications.

“OnLive integration into Google TV is a huge leap forward for videogames,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “Consumers have come to expect instant gratification with music, movies and video. Now, with OnLive, players in the US and soon in the UK can just as easily stream the highest-quality games to their Google TV devices for play instantly on demand, without discs or downloads.”

About OnLive
OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-action cloud computing and instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver full-featured, media-rich applications and the latest, premium game titles to tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs and HDTVs via the OnLive® Game System or Google TV or connected TVs. OnLive is available in North America and the UK and will continue expanding into Europe and Asia. OnLive’s technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT), The Belgacom Group, HTC and Juniper Networks. More information is available at 
www.onlive.com and www.onlive.co.uk.

OnLive and Brag Clips are registered trademarks of OnLive, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

01/10/2012 - Metal Gear Solid 3D Coming in February
METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D BREAKS COVER

Hideo Kojima's Epic Game Heads to Nintendo 3DSTM This February

Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today announced METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D Nintendo 3DS™ will be released on February 21, 2012. METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D is a reworked update of the original best-selling PlayStation®2 title, bringing the immersive jungle setting to life using the Nintendo 3DS glasses-free 3D imaging system. KONAMI has also confirmed that the new game will also make use of the new Circle Pad Pro accessory, and has revealed the packshot for the first time.

METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D is set during the Cold War of the 60s, and sees series hero Snake infiltrating the Soviet jungle to bring back a scientist being held against his will. Starting on the outskirts of a military base, the player must use Snake's stealth skills along with the foliage and shade that the jungle offers as cover to infiltrate unseen. As the game progresses, old faces make unwelcome appearances and a series of terrifying boss characters must be defeated before leading up to a dramatic twist that brings Snake face to face with a key figure from his past.

Concealing one's self and sneaking up on guards is central to METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D,  but the 3D elements are what truly make key boss battles and exploration all the more incredible. Springing to life in an immersive experience, the jungle's dense foliage and craggy outcrops realistically brush past as Snake moves through them and the many creatures that inhabit the terrain interact and attack if disturbed by Snake. Adding to the jungle habitat, creatures within the world can also be killed and stored as rations - highlighting how Snake must also overcome his surroundings while undercover on his mission.

Another addition exclusive to METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D is an all-new camouflage photography system. Within the game, Snake can alter his ensemble to match and blend in with his immediate environment and the possibilities can range from brick-colored fatigues within buildings, to the classic camouflage khakis of the jungle. Users can now take a picture of real-life items and create a camo suit based on them – although the extent of its effectiveness will vary depending on how well your pictures blend with Snake's environment!  

The game also takes full advantage of the split-screen format, enabling easier access to Snake's inventory, which is now located below the main action and also supports gyro synchronization for special actions like balancing on narrow ledges that will draw players further into the world of MGS. Similarly, targeting enemies is now made simpler with the addition of Circle Pad Pro-compatibility, with the second Circle Pad allowing users to target distant foes with ease.

METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D will be released for Nintendo 3DS on February 21, 2012 in 
North America. 

For more information, please visit
www.metalgearsolid.com.

Nintendo 3DS is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2012 Nintendo.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

01/09/2012 - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Announced
MORTAL KOMBAT KOMPLETE EDITION ANNOUNCED

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to Release Expanded Version of Award-Winning Fighting Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, a content-rich version of 2011’s award-winning Mortal Kombat videogame. The 2011 iteration of the legendary fighting franchise sold more than three million units worldwide and was recently named Fighting Game of the Year by Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game and all previously released downloadable content (DLC).  The DLC includes fan-favourite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile).

Developed by NetherRealm Studios and led by Mortal Kombat co-creator and creative director Ed Boon, the game will be available from March 2nd on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat was a triumphant return to the game’s original mature presentation offering over-the-top fatalities and wince-inducing X-ray moves. Going back to a 2D fighting plane, this latest iteration in the franchise introduced a number of new gameplay features including Tag Team, Challenge Tower, and a deep story mode. Players can choose from an extensive line-up of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several players in the innovative online King of the Hill mode.

For more information about Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, please visit
www.themortalkombat.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mortalkombat or on Twitter @MK_Mortalkombat

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