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Runemaster Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Paradox Interactive has announced the upcoming release of Runemaster a new role-playing game in a setting based on Norse mythology. Players take the role of a champion and must explore procedurally generated maps and complete quests based on the six worlds of Norse myth, with each choice defining their champion. To succeed they will also need to recruit and command troops in tactical combat.

“Creating an RPG is something new for Paradox Development Studio, and it’s been a dream project we’ve wanted to undertake for a long time now,” said Johan Andersson, Studio Manager at Paradox Development Studio. “We’re always playing RPGs in our spare time and discovering new things we love about them as a game genre; it was only natural that sooner or later we’d have to design our own. Runemaster is the result, and we know our fans will love it.”

Runemaster is an RPG set in a fantasy realm based in the rich, majestic traditions of Norse mythology, casting each player in the role of a unique champion in a time of chaotic upheaval. Procedural maps and quests will ensure that no two playthroughs are identical, allowing players to tell a saga that is uniquely their own. Explore vast vistas through the six worlds of Norse myth, command troops in tactical combat, and define your champion through the choices they make.

Features:

  • Vast vistas to explore: Wander the six worlds of Norse myth, from the lofty forests of Midgard to the fires of Muspelheim. Each time you start a new campaign, the world is procedurally generated to ensure each adventure is a venture into the exciting and unknown.
  • Rich tactical combat: Recruit and command an expansive range of units with unique abilities. Learn to use your troops – and the terrain of the battlefield – to crush your enemies.
  • Emergent storytelling: Who you are and the choices you make have a direct impact on the journeys you embark on. The game’s procedural quest system will take note of your deeds and challenge you accordingly. No two playthroughs will ever be the same.
The game will be available for Mac, Linux, and Windows PCs sometime in Winter 2014.

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Hearts Of Iron IV Rolls Out In 2015
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Paradox Interactive recently announced Hearts of Iron IV, the upcoming next installment in Paradox’s World War II strategy series. Promising "the most authentic real-time simulation of World War II to date" the game will give players the chance to take command of any nation in World War II to relive or rewrite events using a variety of armies, vehicles, newly discovered weapons, diplomacy, and trade tactics.

Hearts of Iron IV challenges players to face the brutal conflict of World War II in a multifaceted grand strategy game, where history can be fully relived or rewritten from the perspective of a global superpower attempting to change the world, or a small nation simply trying to survive. Strategy fans will discover the most authentic real-time simulation of World War II to date, with authentic historical figures battling on land, sea, and air with period-accurate armies, vehicles, and newly discovered weapons of mass destruction – along with plenty of diplomatic and trade tactics.

You are now in command of World War II! Your ability to lead your nation is your supreme weapon, the strategy game Hearts of Iron IV lets you take command of any nation in World War II; the most engaging conflict in world history.

From the heart of the battlefield to the command center, you will guide your nation to glory and wage war, negotiate or invade. You hold the power to tip the very balance of WWII. It is time to show your ability as the greatest military leader in the world. Will you relive or change history? Will you change the fate of the world?

Features:

  • Total strategic war – The war is not only won on land, on the seas and in the air, but also in the laboratories, the factories, the backrooms, in international trade and in the hearts and minds of men and women.
  • The most authentic real-time simulation of the war – Let the greatest commanders of WW2 fight your war with the tools of the time; tanks, planes, ships, guns and newly discovered weapons of mass destruction.
  • Fight as any nation in the greatest human conflict of all time – Chose from the greatest powers striving for victory, or the small nations trying to weather the storm.

Hearts of Iron IV is currently scheduled for an early 2015 release on Mac, Linux, and Windows PCs.

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The Stars Give Voice To The Elder Scrolls Online
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A post on the Bethesda Blog recently revealed the voice cast for Elder Scrolls Online, the upcoming MMO adaptation of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls universe. Some of the actors involved in bringing the game's characters to vocal life include John Cleese, Kate Beckinsale, Alfred Molina, and Malcolm McDowell.

The Elder Scrolls® Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:

  • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2″) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
  • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.
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Pre-Order Tomb Raider & DLC Collection Now
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Feral Interactive's Tomb Raider and the Tomb Raider DLC Collection are now available to pre-order at Mac Game Store. Scheduled to release on January 30 the game serves as the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. The DLC Collection includes all previously released DLC for Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider:

A survivor is born.

When a young Lara Croft is shipwrecked on an uncharted island, she enters a fight for survival armed with nothing but her instincts. Help Lara perfect her natural gifts as she embarks on a perilous journey to save her friends and escape the island’s murderous inhabitants.

Scavenge vital resources, upgrade Lara’s gear and improve her exploration, combat and survival skills to fight back against vicious enemies. Jump and climb through dense forests, treacherous mountains and WWII bunkers to discover how an ordinary young woman became Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

Take control of Lara Croft and guide her progress from amateur archeologist to seasoned adventurer.

From death-defying leaps to grueling climbs, harness Lara’s athleticism to carve a path through the untamed wilderness of a mysterious island.

Confront Yamatai’s deranged inhabitants with a motley assortment of weapons - Lara will need to find new parts to turn them into truly devastating armaments.

Acquire advanced survival skills to forage for extra supplies and navigate almost impassable terrain.

Enhance Lara’s combat prowess by mastering brutal takedowns to dispatch stunned enemies.

Salvage scrap to upgrade your equipment, such as rope arrows and the pry axe, then use them to access new areas and discover concealed treasure.

Delve into the island’s disturbing past by hunting down lost diaries and defeating devious puzzle tombs.

Explore Yamatai’s stunning locales; leap between rooftops in sprawling villages, creep through eerie caves and traverse the precarious bowels of ancient shipwrecks.

Take up arms as Lara’s shipmates or the Yamatai scavengers and survive together in exhilarating online multiplayer.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.9.1 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 14 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
  • Intel HD4000 series cards require an Intel i7 CPU or better
Tomb Raider DLC Collection

This bundle pack, containing all DLC previously released for Tomb Raider, enhances Lara’s formative first adventure with all the single-player DLC and ups the ante online with six weapons, four characters and eight maps for the multiplayer game.

New challenge tomb:

Explore the final resting place of an intrepid adventurer and solve a puzzle involving a crashed plane in the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer.

Six new outfits:

Suit Lara up in classic 1930s adventurer attire with the “Aviatrix” outfit, give her the grapples and harness of an expert climber with the “Mountaineer” outfit and dress her to kill in the “Guerilla”, “Sure-Shot”, “Demolition” and “Hunter” outfits.

Five new upgrades

Help Lara become the adventurer she was born to be! Scale sheer mountain faces with ease using the “Agility” skill, find animals more easily with “Animal Instinct” and become a more deadly combatant with the “Headshot Reticle” “Pistol Silencer” and “Pistol Burst” upgrades. The skill and weapon upgrades can also be unlocked through gameplay without purchasing this DLC pack. The DLC gives you the option of manually enabling them early.

Six new weapons:

Take out your adversaries with a deadly selection of shotguns, pistols and submachine guns used by Agent 47 in Hitman: Absolution.

Four new multiplayer characters:

Join the battle for Yamatai as the stalwart Fisherman, the crafty Scavenger Bandit, the wily Scavenger Scout and the deadly Scavenger Executioner.

Eight new multiplayer maps:

Fight amongst relics from Yamatai’s turbulent past in the “Dogfight” and “Lost Fleet”, ride ziplines across the “Shanty Town”, avoid the flames in the “Burning Village”, lay traps throughout the “Forest Meadow” and “Cliff Shantytown”, and take the battle to the island’s dark heart in “Scavenger Caverns” and “Himiko’s Cradle”.

Tomb Raider is can be pre-ordered now for $49.99 (USD), while the DLC pack can be pre-ordered for $19.99 (USD).

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