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Shadowrun Return First Gameplay Footage Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Harebrained Schemes recently revealed the first gameplay footage from the upcoming Shadowrun Returns RPG, as well as a collection of screenshots. The approximately 20 minutes of footage shows the action surrounding one of the game's side missions. The mission was created using the same Shadowrun Returns Editor players will have access to once the game is released.

Since our story is about secrets and lies, we decided that our video should walk you through a side-mission so you can get a clear sense of how the game is played without revealing any spoilers. In this mission, you’ve accepted a job from a reliable Fixer (who’s totally fronting for Aztechnology) to locate a rival corporate test lab and terminate the test (with extreme prejudice).

Remember as you watch the video that all the environments, conversations, and tactical situations you see were created using the Shadowrun Returns Editor - the same editor that will ship with the game on OS X and Windows. For us, re-energizing Shadowrun doesn’t just mean making a game for you to play and enjoy (although that sounds GREAT). It means creating a set of tools for YOU to experiment with, express yourself with, and share.

View more at the page below.

Shadowrun Returns Gamplay Video
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Combat Mission Fortress Italy - New Gustav Line Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Battlefront.com has released a collection of new screenshots from the upcoming Combat Mission Fortress Italy - Gustav Line, the first module for the CMFI family of World War II tactical ground combat simulations. The add-on focuses on the battle for the Italian mainland and introduces the German Fallschirmjäger, Commonwealth nations, AA guns, and seasonal weather.

Fortress Italy: Gustav Line depicts the desperate battle for the Italian mainland, revolving around Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino, and culminating in the capture of Rome on June 4, 1944. The Commonwealth side of Operation Husky in Sicily is also depicted.

German Fallschirmjäger
    The Fallschirmjäger make their long-anticipated jump into Fortress Italy: Gustav Line! Command this elite airborne force starting on the Plain of Catania in Sicily, to the blasted heights of Monte Cassino, and beyond.
Commonwealth Nations
    Fortress Italy: Gustav Line also introduces the combat formations of the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, and New Zealand to the Italian Front, painstakingly researched to be as true as possible to the Italian Theater.
AA Guns
    Antiaircraft weapons are finally here! Gustav Line introduces German Flak and Allied Bofors, as well as self-propelled AA guns mounted in halftracks.
Seasons (Snow!)
    The Gustav Line module depicts July 9, 1943 to June 4, 1944. That's almost a year of combat through all four seasons! Snowy weather is here, as well as dynamic spring, summer, autumn, and winter terrain changes based on the date.
New Major Formations
    In keeping with historical change, formations in Fortress Italy: Gustav Line will change their internal organization over time as the various militaries applied their combat experience to the structure of their combat formations.
Combat Mission Fortress Italy - GUSTAV LINE is currently in development and will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks for only $35. Gustav Line is a module and requires the base game, Combat Mission Fortress Italy, in order to play. In fact, if you have the Tin Case edition of CMFI, Gustav Line will fit snugly into the same box ;-)
Check out the links below to learn more.

CMFI - Gustav Line Screens
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Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter Begins
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Richard "Lord British" Garriott has unveiled a Kickstarter campaign for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, a return to the RPG genre which promises to "reinvent the classic fantasy role-playing experience." Featuring both multi and single player action, the game will feature a classless character system, player housing, a crafting system that avoids busy work, meaningful PvP, and scene based encounters.

Richard Garriott guided the Ultima Series from its inception in 1980, through the "trilogy-of-trilogies" of solo player games and later, the highly successful Ultima Online. Under his leadership, RPG's evolved from simple dungeon crawls to immersive worlds where you could easily suspend your disbelief. You cared about the world and its people, and you cared about the actions and deeds you accomplished within that world.

Since then, most every other RPG has focused more on level grinding than on “role playing”, which has been reduced to a few initial character choices. While advancements in graphics and sound have been phenomenal, in many ways the virtual worlds we play in have become less real. Less open. Less immersive.

With Shroud of the Avatar, Richard and his team will again reinvent the classic fantasy role-playing experience. Using state-of-the-art tools and technology, the game will focus on what made his seminal Ultima Series great. Once players are introduced to the game, they will discover their own story woven into the immersive world and lore surrounding them. Players may choose to follow the life of the adventurer or, if they prefer, focus on exploration and discovery. Players may even choose the life of a homesteader; either nestled within the safety of the settled lands, or on the dangerous but potentially lucrative frontier. The world is full of opportunities and challenges!

The familiar psychological profiling used to create your character, organically derived game-play responses to player behavior and fundamental virtues and consequence of actions will all play a huge role in Shroud of the Avatar. Players will be free to choose their path, but must then live with the consequences of their actions.

The Kickstarter target for Shroud of the Avatar is $1 million, and will be available to Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs if released.

Head over to the page below for more information.

Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter



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Control The Light In Reflexions
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Reflexion from YoYo Games Ltd is now available for download and purchase from Mac Game Store. The puzzle title challenges players to complete levels by navigating a ball of light past obstacles using mirrors on the playfield, all while collecting as many diamonds along the way as possible.

Simply rotate each mirror to reflect your ball of light around each level, avoiding obstacles whilst collecting diamonds to unlock the exit.

With its simple controls and beautifully styled visuals, Reflexions is the perfect distraction at work, home or anywhere you happen to have a couple of minutes to sit down, relax and unwind your mind.

So move into the light and download Reflexions today!

Features:

  • Simple Single click controls
  • 40 levels over 4 Worlds to progress through
  • 20 Achievements to unlock
Reflexion requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available now for $4.99 (USD).

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