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Hothead Games & Ron Gilbert Announce DeathSpank
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Hothead Games has announced plans to publish Ron Gilbert's RPG-Adventure game, DeathSpank. Described as "Monkey Island meets Diablo", the game will be released in episodic format and feature Gilbert's unique style of humor and storytelling. In a related move, Ron Gilbert will be joining the company's Vancouver-based studio as Creative Director.

Speaking from his secret game design cave, Ron Gilbert said, "I've spent over four years trying to find the right publisher for this strange little game. Now that I've done it, you just know that somewhere four horsemen are saddling up."

The episodic game follows the thong-tastic adventures of a misguided hero named DeathSpank, a character that first appeared on Gilbert's Grumpy Gamer website in a series of animated comics he penned with long-time creative collaborator, Clayton Kauzlaric.

Hothead prepared for Gilbert's arrival by ordering the finest morsels of jellied moose meat and lager brewed with water from the nearest available glacier. "We're all huge fans of Monkey Island and we love Ron's unique vision and sense of humor," said Joel DeYoung, COO of Hothead Games. "Ron shares Hothead's goal of bringing much-needed humor and innovation into games, so having him here in Vancouver as our Creative Director is an excellent fit."
The first episode is titled Orphans of Justice and should be available "soonish." There is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version.

For more information head over to the websites listed below.

DeathSpank
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StuntMANIA!pro Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sector3 Games recently released version 2.1 of StuntMANIA!pro. SM!P is a fast paced car stunt driving game that allows players to perform tricks and stunts with a selection of stunt cars on a variety of tracks. Version 2.1 introduces a variety of changes and bug fixes including two new vehicles, the Zorg and the Hummer.

What's new in 2.1:

  • New ZORG Car
  • New HUMMER Car
  • Added Arrow Guide in Bubble Bonus
  • Adjusted Car Spawn Points
  • Added some new car sounds
  • New Camera Settings
  • Can set default camera position in game options
  • Improved Game Performance
  • Head over to the website below to learn more about the game.

    StuntMANIA!pro
    Sector3 Games



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    Apple Games Features Commander: Europe At War
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Apple Games latest feature takes readers to the battlefields of World War II in a review of Slitherine and Freeverse's Commander: Europe at War. The strategy game allows players to take the side of either Axis or Allies. Apple's article provides an overview of the game's features as well as a brief history of the war.

    The game map covers a large section of the world, from the United Statesí Eastern seaboard to the Soviet Unionís Ural Mountains, with Scandinavia and Africa bracketing the geography in the north and south, respectively. Twelve types of units, from infantry and tanks to destroyers and subs, await your commands each turn. Before you engage a battle, you can survey the odds, which are based on not only unit strength but also terrain, morale, training, equipment, and other realistic factors.

    Specific units gain strength as they win battles, allowing you to assemble your favorite ones into a formidable army. In addition, you can upgrade your units by directing your countriesí research in five different areas, with 15 inventions, such as better ground attacks and enhanced strategic operations, to discover.

    Opposing nations must surrender when the other side occupies their capitals, except the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, which each have two capitals. At the conclusion of the war, the winner is the side that controls the most capitals ó to earn a Major Victory, you must conquer all of the oppositionís capitals before then.
    The full feature article is available at the link below.

    Freeverse
    Commander: Europe at War



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    Siege Tank Added To StarCraft II Website
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment has released another update for its growing collection of units on the official StarCraft II website. The latest addition is the Terran's Crucio Siege Tank, an updated version of the popular Arclite Siege Tank from the original game. The unit update features a brief description of the tank as well as some images and animations.

    The Crucio is the Dominion update of the immensely popular but aging Arclite siege tank. The Arclite was renowned throughout the Confederacy for its devastating firepower and stalwart emplacement/advance tactics. Originally designed to serve as a "final defense" security cannon, the siege tank adopted a two-stage configuration in its final form: a mobile assault mode and a deployed siege mode that brought its massive shock cannon to bear. The immense flexibility of an armored battle tank that could advance and then deploy itself as heavy artillery was a huge success, and the design was widely copied.

    Although the Arclite was supremely effective in the artillery role, it suffered some shortcomings as a battle tank. It was a superb defensive unit, but in offensive operations it required substantial support to get to a forward emplacement. Enemies would often make strenuous efforts to get close to an emplaced siege tank battery so they could exploit its "deadzone." If they were successful, this tactic usually meant destruction for the Arclites because even in assault mode the machines were too undergunned and poorly armored to fight off a determined close-range assault.

    The Crucio has been designed for increased survivability with an enlarged, reinforced turret and hull. The new turret layout also features an upgraded assault-mode armament package so that the Crucio can fend for itself more successfully in an open battlefield. Force deployment costs for the Crucio have increased over the older Arclite, but the increased versatility of the powerful new siege tank more than compensates for the additional expense.
    Blizzard has also updated the StarCraft II website with two new pieces of artwork and one new screenshot. To check out all the new content follow the links provided below.

    StarCraft II: Crucio Siege Tank
    StarCraft II Screenshots
    Blizzard Entertainment
    StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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    Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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    Living Items Now Available In Dofus6:00 AM
    Sonic The Hedgehog For iPod Reviewed6:00 AM
    WoW: Wrath Of The Lich King Q&A6:00 AM
     
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