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City Of Heroes: Going Rogue Coming August 17
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCsoft and Paragon Studios have announced that City of Heroes: Going Rogue will be released on August 17th, 2010. The second paid expansion for the super hero themed MMO franchise features a new alignment system which will allow heroes and villains the chance to switch sides, two new primary fictional characters, and the new threat of the parallel universe known as Praetoria.

For the first time in any super-powered MMORPG, the moral choices players make will affect their characters' game play experiences. Heroes can fall from grace to become Villains, while Villains can redeem themselves to become Heroes. In addition, players can now access the alternate universe of Praetoria where they can enjoy new missions, zones, costume sets, fight new villain groups, and play with new power sets including Demon Summoning, Dual Pistols, Electric Control and Kinetic Melee.

"I was proud when we launched City of HeroesŪ back in 2004 and even prouder when we unveiled the City of VillainsŪ expansion in 2005, but Going Rogue is by far the best work that this team has ever done. Paragon Studios has distinguished itself as a premier studio committed to excellence with every issue and we've raised the bar on this expansion. I'm so honored to be a part of this team and I believe that our players will be absolutely amazed when they see what we've done." - Melissa Bianco, Lead Designer of City of Heroes.

City of Heroes Going Rogue will be available as an expansion-only, or as part of the City of Heroes Going Rogue Complete Collection, which includes both City of HeroesŪ and City of VillainsŪ. Both versions of City of Heroes Going Rogue will be available from the NCsoft store.
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Blood Of The Cybermen Coming Soon To UK Mac Users
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The BBC has revealed the second of four titles in its Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series for Mac and PC, a downloadable series of 'interactive episodes' based on the popular British sci-fi television show. In Blood of the Cybermen The Doctor and his companion Amy Pond must solve a mystery at an abandoned Arctic research center while fighting an old enemy.

'Blood of the Cybermen' has been executively produced by Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, has been written by Phil Ford, and is developed by BBC Wales and Sumo Digital. The games have been designed to complement the TV series, giving players the opportunity to finally 'be' the Doctor. The first episode 'City of the Daleks' received over 525,000 download requests in its first 12 days.

"Blood of the Cybermen is classic 'Who," says Phil Ford, Writer, Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who Waters of Mars and The Sarah Jane Adventures. "From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode - only this time you control the action. It's an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We've ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era."

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and gaming. The interactive episodes are executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and with Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales Interactive), alongside Charles Cecil, one of videogaming's most revered creators. The games are being developed by Sumo Digital, one of the UK's best game designers. Stories and scripts are from Phil Ford (co-writer Doctor Who 'Waters of Mars') and James Moran (Severance, Torchwood Children of Earth). The project has been commissioned forBBC Online by the Vision Multiplatform team, headed up by Simon Nelson and is being driven by BBC Wales Interactive.

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have been digitally recreated in-game, and have provided full voice-overs. Music has been provided by TV series' composer Murray Gold. An additional cast portray original characters and classic enemies.

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games episode two 'Blood of the Cybermen' will be available to download for PC for UK users at no additional cost from the BBC Website from Saturday, 26th June 2010. A Mac version will follow shortly afterwards. International availability will be announced soon.
Blood of the Cyberman will be available free for PC users in the UK on June 26, with a Mac version following shortly after. Gamers outside the UK will have to wait a bit longer. The first episode, City of the Daleks, will be released for residents outside the UK in July.

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Soccer Cup Solitaire Released
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Anawiki Games has announced the release of Soccer Cup Solitaire, a new game which combines card-matching gameplay with the action of an international soccer tournament. Players choose an international soccer team to compete in a 32-team tournament, consisting of a group stage and eliminations. Gameplay draws from both soccer and classic solitaire games.

"I have a feeling this is going be a great season for soccer fans," says Anawiki owner Roman Budzowski, "and I wanted to do my part to help fuel the excitement. Meanwhile, solitaire card games are perennial fan favorites, so it seemed like a match made in heaven."

Players choose an international soccer team to compete in a 32-team tournament, consisting of a group stage and eliminations. The teams the player will face are chosen randomly, and each team has its own set of levels, so the experience will change with each play-through.

The core gameplay consists of finding matching pairs of cards to remove, but unlike most solitaire titles, clearing the table isn't the primary goal. Rather, points are scored with every match made, and the player's team will score a goal for every 4500 points earned. A single soccer match consists of several levels, and the player's objective is to score more goals than the opposing team before the end of the match.

Simply removing pairs of cards at random won't usually result in enough goals to win a match, so advancing through the tournament requires strategic play in order to maximize the points scored. The main way to do this is to chain together "passing sequences," consisting of identical or adjacent cards, for instance 7-7-8-9. Pairing cards of the same color or suit is another way to earn more points.

"Soccer is both a physical game and a mental one," says Budzowski, "There are plenty of sports titles on the market, including soccer games, but they mostly tend to be action- and reflex-oriented, emphasizing the physical side. I wanted to explore the strategy and tactics more, and the solitaire mechanics provide a good metaphor for that side of the game."

Further perks for the game include a variety of bonus cards, which add to the game's strategic depth, as well as random events to add a touch of uncertainty. Some of the random events even allow the player to take play a mini-game, to keep things fresh. Another big draw is the game's soundtrack, featuring studio-recorded rock music and a realistic, voice-acted commentator for each match.

Requirements:
  • Mac OSX 10.3.9+
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 400 MHz or faster processor
Soccer Cup Solitaire costs $6.99 for the full version. A demo is available at the link below.

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New Amnesia: The Dark Descent Video Available
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Frictional Games has released a new video from Amnesia: The Dark Descent, its upcoming new adventure horror title. The game is described as a title which will take players on a "thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of human emotions." It follows the tale of a protagonist on the run from a horrifying foe.

The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.

Awake...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.

You stumble through the narrow corridors as the distant cry is heard.
It is getting closer.

Explore...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring the eerie pathways, you must also take part of Daniel's troubled memories. The horror does not only come from the outside, but from the inside as well. A disturbing odyssey into the dark corners of the human mind awaits.

A sound of dragging feet? Or is your mind playing tricks on you?

Experience...
By using a fully physically simulated world, cutting edge 3D graphics and a dynamic sound system, the game pulls no punches when trying to immerse you. Once the game starts, you will be in control from the beginning to the end. There are no cut-scenes or time-jumps, whatever happens will happen to you first hand.

Something emerges out of the darkness. It's approaching. Fast.

Survive...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent throws you headfirst into a dangerous world where danger can lurk behind every corner. Your only means of defense are hiding, running or using your wits.

Do you have what it takes to survive?
Check out the video at the link below.

YouTube: Lost In The Dark
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Din's Curse Expansion: Demon Hunter Class Discussed6:00 AM
More Details Emerge About Eschalon: Book II Expansions6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Promotional Website Unveiled6:00 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Blog Update6:00 AM
 
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