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Trine 2: Goblin Menace Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Frozenbyte has announced Goblin Menace an upcoming new expansion for its action adventure title, Trine 2. Planned for a Fall release, Goblin Menace will feature an all new six level campaign, improved visuals, and new skills that will also be playable in the original game.

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte is proud to unveil the upcoming expansion to its action adventure game Trine 2 at gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany. A new trailer has been released to show how Trine 2: Goblin Menace is an all-new campaign spanning six unique levels, further improving the award-winning visuals of the original Trine 2. In addition, Goblin Menace features new skills that are also playable in the original game, and all the general improvements and tweaks will be available to all players.
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Trine 2: Goblin Menace
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WoW: MoP - Cinematic, Scenarios, Professions, All Races Free
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released several new previews, and a new cinematic trailer, for its upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. The updates include information about the new Scenario option for level 90 characters, improvements to professions, and an announcement that as of patch 5.0.4 players will be able to use all the game's races even if they don't own all the expansions (once the expansion is released pandarens will also be included).

Scenarios:

My favorite example is the concept of a ship that you want to destroy by setting it on fire. So you could storm the ship, kill everyone on-board, and then burn it down. But what happens when you decide to sneak on to the ship, leave everyone alive, and set the fire while they're all standing around? In Scenarios, we have a lot of flexibility to imagine the different ways that players might choose to play, and have the NPCs and the environment react to that more naturally. The result is -- you're going to see all those NPCs on the ship jump off because it's on fire, and then look back at it in amazement. Other NPCs that were making deliveries to the ship before it became a floating inferno are going to react to the change in their world. Instead of trying to put the box that they're carrying on the boat, or despawning and disappearing before your eyes, or something else unrealistic, they're going to stop and gawk at the flames.

Professions:

As with any new expansion, we often find that we have an opportunity to take a closer look at a variety of game systems within World of Warcraft and explore new ideas or improvements to the game. One system in particular is held near and dear to the hearts of the community: professions. With Mists of Pandaria, the designers were able to seize upon an opportunity to look at the role of materials and refine their purpose and their usefulness. In the end, they came up with Spirit of Harmony as the new resource du jour.

All Races Available:

With the release of patch 5.0.4, we’re making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.

Click over to the links below to read more.Se

Mists Of Pandaria Cinematic
Mists Of Pandaria Scenarios
Mists Of Pandaria Professions
All Races Available In Patch 5.0.4
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Diablo III Patch Previews: Monk, Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Continuing with the informational blitz leading up to the release of patch 1.0.4 for its Diablo III action RPG, Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled three more class change previews. This time the Monk, Demon Hunter, and Witch Doctor take the stage as designers describe the thought processes behind the adjustments to each class.

Monk:

The original intent for Seven-Sided Strike was for it to be a solid damage dealer that you could use for a quick burst. Where Serenity granted you an amazing period of invulnerability, and your other combat skills could put out some damage, Seven-Sided Strike would ideally exist somewhere in the middle by offering some invulnerability and some damage. Unfortunately, the way it currently plays out, Seven-Sided Strike feels more like a bad version of Serenity, and the damage just doesn’t seem worth it. To address this, we’ll be doing a straight damage increase to Seven-Sided Strike to make it an attractive option for those who are looking for a skill that really packs a punch. 

Demon Hunter

Our general philosophy for resource-spending skills (and this applies across all classes) is if you take the time to spend your resource, we want you to feel like you got a good return for it. Elemental Arrow is currently the most popular Hatred Spender in the demon hunter's arsenal and a good example for what works -- given how quickly you can fire off each arrow, you can deal a lot of damage to nearby enemies. Unfortunately, many of the other Hatred Spenders fail to meet this benchmark in terms of DPS output, so we're buffing them up to match.

Witch Doctor

One of the core play styles for the witch doctor (and indeed the reason many people chose to play a witch doctor to begin with) is to have pets. Unfortunately, while witch doctor pets do pretty well in Normal difficulty, their survivability has been virtually non-existent in Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno. From our perspective, this isn't acceptable, so we're making some significant buffs to pets in 1.0.4. The goal of these buffs is to make pets not only more viable in those later difficulties, but also more enjoyable for players who prefer to base their builds around them.

Head over to the pages linked below to read more.

Monk Patch Preview
Demon Hunter Patch Preview
Witch Doctor Patch Preview
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Mac Games News for Friday, August 17, 2012

Diablo III Patch 1.04 Changes Revealed6:00 AM
Macgamestore Announces Feral Summer Sizzler Sale6:00 AM
PopCap Unveils Plants Vs. Zombies Store6:00 AM
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Adds Co-Op Option6:00 AM
Wasteland 2 Sample Music Available6:00 AM
 
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