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LEGO The Hobbit Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group have announced LEGO The Hobbit, the latest addition to the popular LEGO videogame series that brings to life the movies from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy, based on Tolkien's classic novel. The game will be available in 2014 for a variety of platforms including Mac OS X, will be based on the first two films in the series, and will give players the chance to play as LEGO versions of Bilbo, Gandalf, and all of the dwarves.

“We are thrilled to depict the characters and environments of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth in LEGO form with the LEGO The Hobbit videogame,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Our family-friendly take on these thrilling adventures will have kids and parents playing and laughing together as they build and explore in LEGO Middle-earth.”

LEGO The Hobbit will be based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), opening worldwide beginning December 13, 2013. Following the storyline of the first two films, LEGO The Hobbit will take players on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.

In LEGO The Hobbit, kids and families will be able to take on the form of their favorite Hobbit characters, including Bilbo, Gandalf, and all of the Dwarves: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori. Each has his own special – and quite hilarious – ability: For instance, Bombur can be used as a trampoline that enables his companions “belly-bounce” out of danger!

Players will visit key locations from the films, including Bag End, Bilbo’s Hobbit-hole in Hobbiton, trek through the treacherous High Pass over The Misty Mountains, and explore the depths of Goblin-town, Mirkwood and Rivendell. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls and fouler things. They will also be able to mine for gems, discover loot from enemies, and craft powerful magical items or build immense new LEGO structures.

LEGO The Hobbit is currently being developed by TT Games and expands on the play themes introduced in the brand new LEGO® The Hobbit toy collection.

More information about LEGO The Hobbit will be released in the coming weeks.

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Moebius Comic, Trailer & Screens Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pinkerton Road has released a new trailer, new screenshots, and a digital prequel comic for Moebius, Jane Jensen's upcoming adventure title funded by a $435K Kickstarter campaign back in May 2012. Scheduled for a 2014 release the third-person mystery adventure game centers around the exploits of Malachi Rector, an antiquities expert asked by a mysterious government agency to investigate the death of a politician's wife in Venice.

Malachi Rector, a prestigious antiquities expert with an uncanny knowledge of history, travels around the world evaluating antiques for auction houses and private collectors. He can tell at a glance whether a varnish is 14th century Venetian or a 21st century imitation, where a particular hinge was forged, and what tomb an Egyptian artifact came from.

The game begins when a mysterious government agency named F.I.S.T. offers Malachi an odd job: instead of evaluating an antique, he will travel to Venice to investigate the death of a politician's wife. Though this is far outside the scope of his usual work, Malachi is curious, so he agrees.

What Malachi doesn't know is that his photographic memory and genius for history is of extreme interest to not only F.I.S.T. and the U.S. government, but to other top-secret agencies as well. And Malachi's about to meet a man in his travels who holds the key to it all...
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Moebius Trailer
VG247: Moebius Goodies Revealed
Moebius: Empire Rising (add to watch list)
Buy Moebius: Empire Rising



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The Banner Saga Travel Trailer Rolls Out
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Stoic recently released a new trailer focused on travel in the company's upcoming The Banner Saga. The game will combine elements of turn based strategy, role playing, and adventure games, and will follow the exploits of a band of vikings.

Check out the new "Rough Guide to Travel" tutorial trailer which summarizes the key attributes you'll need to take into consideration when deciding the travel strategy during your journey in the game. The trailer explains how managing morale, supplies and population can greatly affect your personal experience, as well as each other. Watch it to find out more
Read more at the page below.

The Banner Saga: Travel Trailer
The Banner Saga (add to watch list)



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Wasteland 2 Beta To Begin Soon, New Screenshot Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

InXile Entertainment has offered a new screenshot from the upcoming Wasteland 2 RPG, and has revealed that beta testing could begin in a couple of weeks. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, Wasteland 2 will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots."

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.

Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.

Learn more at the links below.

Wasteland 2 Screenshot
Wasteland 2 Beta Status
Wasteland 2 (add to watch list)


Mac Games News for Monday, December 2, 2013

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Reviewed6:00 AM
Farming Simulator 2013 Titanium Edition Released6:00 AM
GODUS Early Access At Mac Game Store6:00 AM
New Space Hulk Campaigns Released6:00 AM
 
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