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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Video Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Overhaul Games recently revealed a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. BGEE is an updated version of Bioware's fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms. The game will feature an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, new adventures, and new party members.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will include the following enhancements:
  • New Adventure: The Black Pits
  • New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
  • New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
  • New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
  • A new collection of player character voice sets
  • Native support for high resolution widescreen displays
  • Over 400 improvements to the original game
  • Improved multiplayer support, with connectivity between all platforms
The Black Pits is one of the enhancements that make up Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition that allows you to create a full party and battle through fifteen hellish battles in a desperate bid to escape. Difficult challenges, unique battles, and a bizarre cast of characters await you within the Underdark!
  • A stand-alone adventure set deep within the Underdark
  • Fifteen levels of arena-style combat challenges
  • Full control and customization of up to six party members
  • Over 6 hours of additional gameplay
The Black Pits are your new home... enjoy your stay while you can!

Dorn Il-Khan is a half-orc Blackguard whose otherworldly patron grants him terrible powers in the form of his black sword and unholy spells. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and inflict evil to the last corpse.

Dorn adds the following Enhancments to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Blackguard Dorn II-Khan, a new NPC to join your party
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • The Blackguard kit to create your own champion of evil
Betrayed by his former companions, the half-orc Dorn Il-Khan lusts for revenge and glory in equal measure.

Neera the Wild Mage is a half-elf wild mage slowly coming to terms with her enormous magical potential. Add her to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience and ignite your wild side.

Neera adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Wild Mage Neera, a new NPC to join your party
  • An engaging romantic adventure
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • New area: a secluded hideaway northeast of Durlag's Tower
This half-elf wild mage finds both delight and terror in her capricious magic while fleeing both her past mistakes and the merciless Red Wizards of Thay.

Rasaad yn Bashir is a Calishite Monk demonstrating his monastic arts to the people of Nashkel. His quest ultimately leads into the highest reaches of the Cloud Peaks, where he must face an unexpected nemesis. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience to unleash the Monk's extraordinary power.

Rasaad adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Monk Rasaad yn Bashir, a new NPC to join your party
  • A new playable adventure
  • New area: the Cloud Peaks
Rasaad's adventure through the never seen before Cloud Peaks adds up to four hours of additional gameplay.

Enhanced Interface
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition features an updated and improved interface that has native support for high resolution and widescreen displays. The iPad and Android Tablet versions both contain platform specific interface enhancements.

Improved Multiplayer
Online multiplayer has been upgraded to include matchmaking functionality, and games can be played across multiple platforms. Adventurers on iPad, Mac, PC and Android Tablets can all play Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition together.

Core Game Improvements
The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate has been given an extensive overhaul. The original source code has been cleaned up and improved, sped up, and now has support for modern platforms. Over 400 issues from the original game have been found and fixed.

Baldur's Gate 2 Features
All of the additions and improvements from Baldur's Gate 2: The Shadows of Amn have been brought to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Now you can use class kits, new subraces and classes that were previously unavailable.

New Cinematics
All of the Baldur's Gate cinematics have been replaced with beautifully hand painted animated cinematics, directed by Nat Jones.

Ongoing Support
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will continue to receive improvements after release, along with continued support for the vibrant mod community that has helped it remain so popular for so long.

Check out the new video at the link below.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer
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Full EVE Online: Retribution Feature Site Now Live
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games recently announced that its EVE Online: Retribution feature site is now available with a full list of things the upcoming December 4 expansion has to offer players of the sci-fi MMO. Among other things Retribution will feature a new bounty hunting system, several new ships, overhauls for existing craft, and Crimewatch - a new way to track player behavior.

Retribution's main features will:
  • Open up the possibility of a new “profession” in bounty hunting allowing players to hold their enemies responsible for their actions
  • Simplify the interstellar law and punishment system known as Crimewatch
  • Rebalance all Tech I frigates, cruisers and destroyers in a massive effort that should refresh gameplay at all levels
  • Add a fresh and dynamic soundtrack with all new sound effects
  • Bring four new destroyers, a mining frigate and salvage drones into the players hands,
  • Overhaul combat UI and NPC AI, making them respectively more intuitive and more interesting
Learn more at the links below.

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Guns Of Icarus Online Version 1.1 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Muse Games has announced the release of an update for its post-apocalyptic airship combat game, Guns of Icarus Online. Version 1.1 offers a variety of additions including improved matchmaking, death cams, balance adjusted field guns, and speedier squids. The co-operative airship combat game mixes together first-person shooter action with team-based strategy, and is available now for Mac and Windows PCs.

Guns of Icarus Online Version 1.1 Is Here!

Has it really been three weeks since launch? How the time does go by when you’re blowing up airships! We’re very excited to release the first version update to Guns of Icarus Online, v. 1.1, which rolled out earlier this week. This release includes a few bugfixes and performance improvements, and introduces a number of new features. For details, read on.

(Already playing in 1.1? What do you think? Stop by the forums and add your voice to the conversation!)

What's New: Smoother Matchmaking, Death Cams!

Get into matches with your friends faster and spend more time playing! We’ve made a bunch of tweaks and additions to the match browser and matchmaking systems to make it easier than ever to get and stay in the game.

Matches now display the location where the server is hosted, so you can choose games where you’ll get the best performance, as well as easily find and connect with other players in your region. Captain counts are also shown in the match listing, so you can avoid those awkward all-Pilot boats (unless you're into that). Want a rematch? When the match is over, you’ll be rolled over into a new lobby with the same teams, so you can keep on playing without having to reform your crew.

While it’s still a bummer when your ship blows up (won’t somebody please think of the hull?!), at least now you can sit back and enjoy the sights with the new patented Death Cam. Because there’s nothing finer than watching the wreckage of your once-grand airship drift down to the ground in a million little flaming pieces. Except watching it happen to your enemies, of course.

What's Changed: Reined-In Field Guns and Squids Unleashed!

Ending its dominance with some balance adjustments including a decrease in turn speed, rate of fire, and turn radius, as well as an increased reload time and the addition of a slight bullet drop, the Mercury Light Field Gun is less of a long-range ship-killer and is back in its place as a challenging skill-based weapon for cracking open armor at range. These changes should raise the skill ceiling and bring the gun more in line with its intended support role, making for a more rewarding experience when using the weapon effectively, as well as a greater diversity of weapon loadouts in the field.

Love the speed and maneuverability of the Squid? Wish you could fly it even faster, zipping past your opponents and doing circles around them before they even get their engines spun up? The Squid just got a little more get up and go, with a speed boost from 37 m/s to a sweet 47 m/s, and it even got a bit of a health bump to boot, so all your kiting, harassing, speed demon dreams can come true!

What's Fixed: More Stability, Better Performance, Voice Chat Without a Hitch!

In addition to improving game stability and performance, we knocked out voice chat glitches, tracked down a particularly nasty source of framerate drops, and crushed some weird bugs besides. (Sorry, fire extinguishers no longer rebuild broken parts!)

For a full list of changes and fixes, check out the release notes!

What's Still To Come: More Bang for Your Rank, Social Features, New Guns and Maps!

There’s lots more coming down the pipe for v. 1.2 and beyond...here’s a look at some of the features and content that we're still working on and will be adding in future updates!

  • Earn free costumes through achievements and leveling!
  • Your level title displayed in more places — wear your rank with pride!
  • Tally up the fortunes of battle with per-ship stats on the scoreboard!
  • Keep track of your shipmates and find trusty friends and worthy opponents with a Recent Crews list in the Social tab!
  • Steam achievements!
  • Fell your foes from the sky with the new heavy gun codenamed “The Lumberjack” — this upwards-firing long-range cannon topples balloons with ease!
  • Two new Deathmatch maps in the labyrinthine steep-walled Canyons and the treacherous straits known as Serpent’s Point!
This game is a labor of love for us and an ongoing work, and we want you to know that we listen to your feedback and welcome any and all suggestions, ideas, and comments. Talk to us at feedback@musegames.com and let us know what you think!
Click over to the pages below for more.

Guns Of Icarus Online Patch 1.1 Notes
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Reimagined Shadowgate Reaches Funding Target
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Zojoi has announced the successful completion of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a new version of the team's classic point-and-click adventure game, Shadowgate. The new game is described as a "re-imagining" of the original rather than a port of the old title to new platforms, and will feature more than 60 rooms, new and updated puzzles, first person adventuring, an improved user interface, and a new soundtrack.

"The last thing that you remember is standing before the wizard Lakmir as he gestured wildly and chanted in an archaic tongue. Now you find yourself staring at an entryway which lies at the edge of a forest."

So begins the legend of Shadowgate, the grandaddy of all 'point and click' fantasy adventure games - a title that paved the way for a host of fantasy games to follow. In Shadowgate, you move from room to room through the labyrinths of the living castle, confronting the devilish denizens and confounding the fiendish traps laid by the Warlock Lord. Your quest is to fulfill an ancient prophecy by gathering various objects of power along with three ancient artifacts. Once assembled, these relics of old comprise the Staff of Ages - the only weapon that can stop the traitorous sorcerers' plan of unleashing the Behemoth, a titan of tremendous power, on an unsuspecting world.

We are proud to announce that we are creating a new Shadowgate! While we published the original game on over ten different platforms, this Shadowgate is NOT A PORT. It's a re-imagining that includes a lot of new features, exciting updates and ingenious additions that will add even more to the mythology and expand upon the original story of our fantasy classic. This is the Shadowgate that we always wanted to make and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to capture the unique excitement of the original while expanding on the world and mythos like never before. And if you've never played a first-person adventure title, this is the one to start with!

Shadowgate will contain many cool features and options:

  • Rooms: More than 60 beautifully illustrated rooms featuring both new and familiar locations, offering a new play experience
  • Puzzles: Lots of new and updated puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game
  • First Person Adventuring: Utilize your inventory, spell book, mapping system and on-screen help to complete your quest
  • Commands: Intuitive command-based UI allows you to interact extensively with the environments
  • Storytelling: Features the same great storytelling you expect from a Shadowgate adventure
  • Cinematic Score: A full, digitally-orchestrated soundtrack by composer Rich Douglas
  • 8-bit Score: A second retro soundtrack featuring Hiroyuki Masuno's original NES composition
  • Soundscapes: A complete atmospheric and puzzle-based sound design
  • Animations: Environmental and object-specific animation bring each location to life
  • Platforms: Supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android tablets
For more information follow the links provided.

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