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Friday, November 8, 2013

11/09/2013 - Get Games and Relic Entertainment Join Forces to Support Veterans
Get Games and Relic Entertainment join forces to honour the real company of heroes.


LONDON, 8th November 2013- Get Games and Relic Entertainment, the award-winning developers of Company of Heroes, are proud to present the Veteran Support Packs promotion. Purchase Company of Heroes 2 between 8th- 12th November on the Get Games website and you will have the opportunity to nominate either the United States Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA) or the Royal British Legion to receive a donation of £5 / €8 / $10 courtesy of Get Games & Relic Entertainment.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is the government-run military veteran benefit system which provides care to veterans of war and their families in the US. The Royal British Legion provides support to those serving and ex-Service communities and their families in the UK. All you have to do is choose which of these two organisations receive the donation. It really is that simple to make a donation to either of these amazing institutions that do so much to look after the welfare of veterans and their families.

Andy Payne of Get Games explained “Company of Heroes is a fantastic game made by one of the best developers in the world and we are delighted to support the VA and the Royal British Legion. The video games industry is always seeking ways to support causes that are close to its members hear and find ways to honour those who serve. We are immensely proud to be involved in this initiative.”

Between 8th- 12th November visit:
www.getgamesgo.com/COH2vets to purchase Company of Heroes 2 and choose which of the two important causes you wish to receive your donation. Get an amazing game and support amazing people.

Submitted by: E. Thomas


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

11/08/2014 - Company of Heroes 2 DLC Launching Next Week
COMPANY OF HEROES 2 ‘VICTORY AT STALINGRAD’ DLC LAUNCHING NEXT WEEK, TODAY READY FOR PRE-SELL AT 10% OFF


SEGA today announced that ‘Victory at Stalingrad’ premium content will be launching next week for Company of Heroes™2’s Theater of War mode and is available for pre-sell on Steam from today until Monday for 10% off. ‘Victory at Stalingrad’ will go live on Steam on November 12, 2013, for $9.99 as part of the ‘Turning Point’ update. The ‘Victory at Stalingrad’ mini-pack includes the following content: 

Co-Op Scenario: Kalach Pincer
70 kilometers west of Stalingrad, Soviet forces must move rapidly to secure key locations and resources about the town of Kalach before mounting the final attack on the vital bridge across the River Don.

Solo Challenge: Tatsinskaya Raid
The Red Army's 24th Tank Corps is headed deep into enemy territory to take the German airfield at Tatsinskaya and destroy the aircraft that keeps trapped German forces supplied in Stalingrad.

Solo Challenge: Bridge Defense
Forced to wait for air units to be ready, the Red Army has had to delay Operation Uranus at the last minute. Irregular and Partisan forces have already moved to secure a key bridge across the Don River and must now hold out against determined German attacks.

AI Battle: Winter Storm
The Wehrmacht has launched Operation Winter Storm in an attempt to relieve their Sixth Army in Stalingrad. Soviet forces must block this attack to prevent the fascists from escaping the city.

AI Battle: Stalingrad Resistance
The Soviets defend the blown out Stalingrad inch by inch, all the while looking to the skies as the German Luftwaffe drops bombs on any target they can find.

AI Battle: Stalingrad Encirclement
Months of bloody close-quarter fighting have led to a decisive turning point for control of Stalingrad. Most of the German 6th Army has been left cut off and surrounded in the city. The Red Army must repulse a breakout attempt by the exhausted German forces.

As well as the ‘Victory at Stalingrad’ mini-pack, the ‘Turning Point’ update also includes new premium commanders ($2.99) and skins ($1.99) which will be available to purchase on the Steam store.

As previously announced, free content for ‘Turning Point’ includes the strongly requested community feature Company of Heroes 2 World Builder, a total of four Commanders new to the game’s multiplayer and skirmish modes, two community created and two additional Commanders, as well as two new multiplayer maps, ‘Rails and Metal’ and ‘Lazur Factory’.

Company of Heroes 2 is available now on PC. For more information check
www.companyofheroes.com

Submitted by: E. Thomas 


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

11/07/2013 - Contra Inspired Game Bullet Bros Launches New Kickstarter
Bullet Bros - A Tribute to Contra and Other Gaming Classics


A one man team bites the “bullet” and decides to make his dream game.

If you’ve been a gamer for a while now, you might have fond memories of Contra. Luckily, Bullet Bros, a new Kickstarter project created by Jason Stokes, aims to breathe new life into the classic shooter genre.

Inspired by his love for games like Contra, Super Mario Bros 3, Bionic Commando, and Blaster Master, Stokes wanted to start a project that combined some of his favorite game mechanics together to see if they could co-exist. "I wanted to create a game where the player has all the tools at their disposal to play creatively." says Stokes. The vehicle linking mechanic, which lets players link vehicles together into wacky new combinations, is a great example of this creative gameplay Stokes is shooting for. If you’re flying a helicopter, for instance, you can swoop down and airlift your friend driving a battle tank. You can help him out and carry him over large gaps and obstacles, or you could just fling him off into a pile of enemies and let him fend for himself. “Sorry Bro!”

Stokes has been self-funding the project thus far, and he is looking for help from the Kickstarter community to take the game to PC and other platforms. Bullet Bros needs $80,000 to hit its minimum funding goal. Hitting this goal will see the game through its PC release, equivalent in size to the old Contra games; 10 levels, each with a unique “big bad” boss, 10 vehicles, unique music for each level, and local co-op. The Bros will have access to different utility items such as Grappling Hooks, Parachutes, Sandbags, Grenades, with more to be added along the way.

With the help of the community, Stokes is hoping to reach some stretch goals, including a huge world map with 90-plus levels, secret objectives, mini-games, more robust vehicle linking, Bro Links (who wouldn’t want to link up with their best friend and battle bad guys together?!), and more. At the $120,000 level we see online co-op added, and at the $490,000 level we’ll see a 4 vs. 4 team deathmatch!  

If Bullet Bros can make its fundraising goal by December 6th, you can expect to see it on PC in November of 2014. To check out the project, watch some gameplay footage, and/or contribute funds to the project, visit Bullet Bros at its
Kickstarter page. Let’s make it happen, bro!
 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

11/06/2013 - BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Available March 2014
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Available March 2014

Limited Edition Will Be Available for Pre-Order at $79.99

November 5, 2013 Torrance, CA - Aksys Games is excited to announce that BlazBlue (pronounced “Blaze-Blue”): Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition, the highly anticipated newest installment of the BlazBlue 2D fighting game series, will be available for pre-order in retail outlets for $79.99! The BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition will include not only a 40-page art book, official soundtrack CD, and small figurine of Rachel Alucard (“nendoroid”), but will also contain two North American exclusives! BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be available in March 2014!
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma brings the very best in 2D fighting to a new level on the PlayStation®3 entertainment system featuring new characters, redesigned moves, and an incredible networking mode to play against fighters around the world! Even for those unfamiliar with the series, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation®3 system provides an extensive tutorial and special beginner’s mode (“Stylish Mode”) to get everyone in on the action.

Be sure to check  www.blazblueuniverse.com regularly for more information regarding BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma!
 
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition Includes:
  • 40-Page Full Color Art Book – Featuring art from the game as well as specially created art by a variety of artists, the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma art book is a must for any BlazBlue fan!
  • Official Soundtrack CD – Composed by famed game creator and musician Daisuke Ishiwatari, listen to the sounds of this new BlazBlue with totally new music!
  • A Rachel Alucard Nendoroid – Every LE comes with a nendoroid of everyone’s favorite vampiress with an attitude - Rachel Alucard! Only sold with the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition!
  • A Fighting Moves Poster - The BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition will include a reference poster with all of the playable characters and their moves! Just for the US!
  • Truly Exclusive Special Features Blu-ray - Featuring interviews with Toshimichi Mori, creator of BlazBlue, the Special Features disc will take you behind the scenes of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma! There may be some other unannounced goodies on the disc as well, so stay tuned for more information.
 
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Summary:

With the Cauldron shattered and the cycle broken, Ragna begins his final mission: Hunt down the villainous Terumi. Noel's life and the fate of the entire world hang in the balance as the Bloodedge marches toward one last confrontation.
  • New and Redesigned Characters - BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma adds five new playable characters to the original cast, as well as two downloadable characters, the scientist Kokonoe and the villainous Terumi. Characters from the past are also redesigned and rebalanced, and each have new moves.
  • Delve Deeper into BlazBlue - BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma’s story mode contains more than 30 hours of gameplay, pushing further into the epic journey of Ragna and the others than ever before.
  • Modes of Glory – Featuring traditional BlazBlue modes such as Arcade, Unlimited Mars, Survival, and more, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma offers hours of gameplay for experienced hardcore players as well as new fans.
  • Networking Capabilities - Revamped and enhanced, the networking mode for BlazBlue allows you to battle players from around the world. A newly added rank system allows you to know beforehand who you will battle.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). For more information, visit www.esrb.org

About Aksys Games

Founded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a localization studio and visionary video game publisher specializing in the Japanese-to-English translation of games and committed to publishing unique, multicultural, high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms with its talented staff. Its lineup of games includes the Record of Agarest War series , Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (Winning “Best Story/Writing” Awards from IGN and Nintendo Power), Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (2012 GDC Awards “Best Story” Nominee), the acclaimed BlazBlue fighting game series, and Muramasa Rebirth. More information about Aksys Games and its products can be found on the company’s website,
www.aksysgames.com.
 
Submitted by: E. Thomas


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11/04/2013 - Lego Minifigures Online Open Beta Registration Now Open
LEGO® MINIFIGURES ONLINE BETA REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!


Gamers everywhere can now register to participate in the Closed Beta for 'LEGO®Minifigures Online'; first phase slated to begin early November 2013

Oslo, Norway – November 4th, 2013 –  Funcom is excited to announce the launch of the official registration website for the 'LEGO® Minifigures Online' Closed Beta test. Fans of all ages can now register for a chance to participate in the Closed Beta and receive access to the game before its release in order to help developers fine-tune the gaming experience.

Visit  http://www.playminifigures.com to register for the Beta!

The Closed Beta will be an ongoing process leading up to launch next year, and over time Funcom will invite a growing number of testers to participate as more content and more gameplay features are introduced to for players to test. Funcom will also hold an Open Beta test with an extended number of participants prior to launch, and anyone registering for the Closed Beta will also be eligible for access to the Open Beta.

"We are heading into very exciting times," says Executive Producer for 'LEGO  Minifigures Online' at Funcom, Lawrence Poe. "Closed Beta is first and foremost an incredibly important tool which allows us to receive valuable feedback from our audience, feedback that we can use to improve the experience and make it the best possible game before we launch it to the masses. The whole team is looking forward to opening the door and letting players come in and experience some of the great stories, content and gameplay that we are creating."

In  ' LEGO  Minifigures Online' you once again get to visit Pirate World, Space World, Medieval World and many others, as you play together with thousands of other players while collecting minifigures and developing their unique and powerful abilities. Smash, build and collect - thousands of exciting adventures are just a brick away in 'LEGO  Minifigures Online'!

More information about the game is available on both 
Funcom.com and  LEGO.com

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