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LEGO The Hobbit April Release Dates Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed an April 8 North American released date for LEGO The Hobbit, the latest addition to the popular LEGO videogame series that brings to life the movies based on Tolkien's classic novel. Gamers in Europe will have a chance to buy the game starting April 11. LEGO The Hobbit 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.

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.

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Get The Particulars At MGS
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Particulars from Sudden Attack is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The unique game features a combination of arcade action and puzzle solving, putting players in control of a single quark struggling to negotiate the fundamental forces of the universe.

Particulars is a game with a unique combination of arcade-action and puzzle gameplay, set in the mysterious world of subatomic particles.

Taking control of a single quark, you must negotiate the fundamental forces of the universe. Other particles will push and pull at you - you'll always be on the brink of losing control and being dragged towards annihilation!

Woven through the game is the story of Alison, a young physicist with a troubled past. Her journey through the subatomic world is drenched in memories (both good and bad), and will ultimately lead her to some surprising revelations.

Current Features:

  • Absorbing combination of arcade and puzzle gameplay elements
  • Physics-based mechanics built on real-world physics research
  • The beginnings of a deep, character-driven narrative
  • Meditative soundscape
  • Over 50 challenging levels across four chapters
  • Future Plans:
  • More levels
  • New gameplay elements, including black holes
  • Numerous additional story elements (cut-scenes, in-game narrative and voice acting)
  • "Examination mode" and "Particlepedia" will put information about gameplay elements and subatomic physics at your fingertips!
  • Improved audio and additional music
  • Improved menus and user interface
  • Steam achievements
  • Steam trading cards
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 300 MB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
Particulars is available now for $8.99(USD), 10% off the regular price.

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Blizzard Dev Explains Paid Level Boosts For WoW
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

In an interview with Eurogamer, World of Warcraft lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas recently offered an explanation for Blizzard Entertainment's plans to offer the chance to boost a character to level 90 for $60. The game's next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will offer a free boost for one character to level 90. Hazzikostas said the company wanted to offer gamers the chance to boost more than one, but didn't want to devalue the work required to level in the normal fashion by offering a level boost for a lower price.

"We realised as soon as we came out with Warlords of Draenor boost to 90, we knew that there was going to be demand for more than 1," he said.

"It's tremendously awkward to tell someone that you should buy two copies of the expansion just to get a second 90. That's odd. So we knew at that point we were going to have to offer it as a separate service.

But why go for $60, a price point that came in higher than many were expecting? Because Blizzard didn't want to "devalue the accomplishment of levelling"

"In terms of the pricing, honestly a big part of that is not wanting to devalue the accomplishment of levelling," Hazzikostas said.

"If our goal here was to sell as many boosts as possible, we could halve the price or more than that - make it $10 or something. And then hardly anyone would ever level a character again.

"But levelling is something that takes dozens if not over 100 hours in many cases and people have put serious time and effort into that, and we don't want to diminish that."

Read more at the link below.

Eurogamer: Blizzard Interview
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Win Civilization V Complete & Get Up To 75% Off On BioShocks
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Mac Game Store is giving away a free copy of Civilization V: The Complete Edition. To enter to win, visit the MGS Facebook page and enter the giveaway. In addition, the store is offering up to 75% discounts on all the BioShock games including BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: The Complete Edition is the definitive Civilization V collection for Mac gamers who have yet to experience the famous “just-one-more-turn” addictive gameplay that has made Civilization one of the greatest game series of all time. The Complete Edition includes the original 2010 Game of the Year award-winning strategy game Sid Meier’s Civilization V, plus the two critically-acclaimed expansion packs (Gods & Kings, and Brave New World) and all of the released add-on content in one complete package for an amazing value.
Check out the links below for more information.

Mac Game Store Civilization V Giveaway
MGS BioShock Sale


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