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Two Worlds II: Teleportation, Armor, Beware The Scythe
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The eleventh edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's teleport system, storyline lore, a description of armor components in the game, and a feature article on the Scythe monster. Two Worlds II will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

The bigger the size of an RPG world, the more sophisticated the methods of travel have to be. So, in addition to offering you ordinary riding, sailing, etc., “Two worlds II” also gives you a truly fantastic method of long-distance travel... teleportation! One particular type of special portal enables you to travel directly from your location to your desired destination - but the teleport station you will probably come across first on your travels is the “standard” model. Each of these standard stations has a specific destination and just one mouse click will get you there fast. And of course it works in the opposite direction too. This kind of portal is very often found in multistory dungeons and buildings in which there are no steps and ladders for direct connections. The standard portal will transport you from one place to another, just like walking through a door – except that your destination could be a heck of a long way from the other side of that door!
The second kind of portal can be just a little more dangerous: OK, they are standard teleporters, but sometimes (just sometimes), they might not function very efficiently and that can be nasty. There’s another snag too... you can only travel in one direction - you can't return!
These one-way portals were built to replace the standard teleport stations which were damaged and destroyed during the Great War in Antaloor. You can never know what kind of dangers to expect when you re-materialize at your destination!
Then of course there are the King's portals. These teleport stations form a network throughout which you can explore all of Antaloor. The good thing about the King’s portals is that one single station gives you access to the entire network. However, you can only dial up a station on the network if you know its exact location. This information can be obtained from an NPC or from the right book - and of course you could come across one of these networked portals on your travels.
And last but not least - there still are a few portable teleport stones which can be docked into the King's portals network - but you can count yourself lucky if you find one of them - they’re very well-hidden!
Read more of the newsletter at the link below.

Two Worlds II Newsletter
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Spirited Heart Deluxe Now Available
12:47 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves Software has announced the release of Spirited Heart Deluxe, and upgraded version of its fantasy life simulation game in which players chose one of three female protagonists to help find success and happiness during a ten year span of time. Deluxe features a new interactive job system, titles for reaching high skill levels, extended 30 year game length, an optional easy mode, and three new Goddess endings.

The deluxe version is a major improvement over the original game, featuring a completely new interactive job system based on a game of dice: players are challenged to get as close as possible to a target number without going over by rolling up to four dice. This gives the player more control over their fantasy alter ego as they now have a direct influence on job results.
Other features include earning Titles upon reaching certain high level skills, playing time extended up to 30 in-game years, romance encounters that can be toggled on and off, an optional easy mode, revised text, and three new Goddess endings in which players earn a blessing by completing a task ordained by a Goddess.
The deluxe version replaces the old version and existing users can get it for free simply by redownloading the game using the links they got in the original purchase emails.
To read more about the game click over to the Winter Wolves' site below.

Spirited Heart Deluxe
Winter Wolves

baKno Introduces New Solitaire Title For Macs
12:47 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Florida based game developer baKno today announced the release of baKno Solitaire. The game is a collection of the most popular solitaire games, with handcrafted card sets that are showcased and controlled in a 3D view with card manipulation, board rotation, and zoom. It includes games such as Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Cruel and Canfield. Gamers can choose from five different card sets.

baKno Solitaire includes some all-time favorites such as Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Cruel and Canfield. Featuring original relaxing music that enhances the experience. Gamers can choose from five different card sets. Each card set is a work of art designed with its own table and inspired by an art movement such as Classic, Medieval, Modern, Roman or Renaissance.

baKno's software games are offered directly to customers as free-to-try downloads, along with free upgrades, secure payment, a 30-day money back warranty and diligent customer service.

baKno Solitaire is available as as free-to-try download from baKno Games website. Single seat licenses can be purchased for $19.95 (USD), and a promotional two-seat license is available for $29.95 (USD). Alternatively, baKno Solitaire can be fully played by either purchasing Game Coins, or a Subscription Service.

baKno Solitaire

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Insectoid Updated, Holiday Discount
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

ActionSoft has announced an updated for Insectoid, the company's new Galaga-inspired space shooter. Among other things the latest version fixes some issues where the game would not be visible after starting up on some systems. In development for over two years, the game includes over 50 levels, four unique ships, a variety of enemies, and three difficulty modes.

Insectoid is for anyone who grew up playing classic arcade shooters such as Galaga in the 80's. Featuring fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing gameplay, over 50 unique levels, four custom ships, stunning high-res graphics that look great even on a 30" display, and a professional musical score, Insectoid is a retro shooter fan's dream come true. Three finely tuned difficulty levels ensure anyone, from novice gamer to expert, can enjoy the game.

Collect power-ups and use special weapons, including split ship, laser beam, fireball, and a shield, as you fight back swarms of angry insects. Advance behind enemy lines and try to catch the enemy off-guard as you aide human forces in galactic war.

  • MacOS X 10.4 or newer or Windows 7, XP or Vista
  • 1.2 GHz processor or faster (1.8 GHz recommended)
  • 160 MB free RAM
  • Univeral Binary runs on both Intel and G4/G5 Macs
Action Soft has also announced a special holiday discount for the game, making it available for $7.99 from now until Jan. 1st, 2010. The game, which normally sells for $19.95, can be bought at the discounted price only at the web address listed below.

For those who still want to pay even less, ActionSoft is offering the game for only $4.99 to anyone who emails 50 friends about the promotion. Full details are given on the web site.

Insectoid Holiday Discount

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Diablo III: The Morlu Caster Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Diablo Wiki site has been updated with new information about the Morlu Caster, a monster seen in videos of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo III Monk class. Diablo III will wrap up the action RPG trilogy which takes place in the war torn world of Sanctuary.

A new Diablo 3 monster has been revealed in further detail. It's the Morlu Caster, and was actually part of a hidden reveal at BlizzCon 2009 that has not been properly figured out until today.

The diligent contributors of the Diablo Wiki figured out which monster it really is by going through the hundreds of concept art and gameplay screenshots available, finding it in the Monk Cinematic intro and have built a proper information page about it.
Click over to the links below to read more.

IncGamers: New Diablo 3 Monster
Diablo Wiki: Morlu Caster
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The Path Language Update Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Tale of Tales has release a new update for The Path, the unique artistic horror title which takes place within a world crafted from the well known Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The patch translates the game to Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. Arabic, Czech, Japanese, and Korean translations are planned for a future patch.

Tale of Tales releases translations of their indie horror game The Path, thanks to the help of many volunteers. The freely available patch translates the game to Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian or Spanish. Next to the initial release that contained English and Dutch, and the recent retail releases in Polish (by Topware in September) and Russian (by 1C last week), this means that The Path can now be played in 12 languages. Four more translations are on their way (Arabic, Czech, Japanese and Korean). The patch is a continuously evolving project.

Tale of Tales is an independent game development studio based in Gent, Belgium, and headed by media artists Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn. The Path is a short horror game for PC and Mac inspired by Little Red Ridinghood, with music by Jarboe and Kris Force. It was released in March of this year on, Steam and Direct2Drive. The Graveyard was released in March 2008. In it you play an old lady who visits a cemetery and dies, maybe. Both The Path and The Graveyard were finalists in the Independent Games Festival. Fatale was released last October. It's an interactive vignette that explores the biblical legend of Salome and features character designs by Takayoshi Sato (of Silent Hill fame).

Next to the collaborators mentioned above, Tale of Tales regularly works with Laura Raines Smith (animation) and Gerry De Mol (music).
The translations of The Path were made by Tobias Kosmos and Nicklas Beck Jřrgensen (Danish), Yann Cossiaux(French), Susanne Laws (German), Kiss Helga, Dékány Csilla and Ország Tibor (Hungarian), Matteo Sarnari (Italian), Bruno de Figueiredo (Portuguese), Andra Andrei (Romanian) and Ricardo Oyon (Spanish).
In celebration of its sixth anniversary Tale of Tales is offering its digital downloads at discount prices until December 26th.

Visit the page below to download the patch and learn more about the games.

The Path Downloads
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Heroes Of Newerth Goes Open Beta For Christmas
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In celebration of the holiday season S2 Games has opened up beta testing for Heroes of Newerth to those who sign up between now and Christmas. In the multiplayer action RPG game two teams of up to five players take on the roles of heroes and work with AI controlled armies to destroy an enemy team's base. HoN features upgradeable skills, powerful items to purchase, VOIP controls, Clan Support, and dozens of playable Hero characters from which to choose.

In Heroes of Newerth, two teams of up to five players each take on the role of a special Hero unit. With the assistance of AI-controlled armies, each team sets out with the sole objective of destroying the other team’s base. As a match progresses, players can earn experience and gold which can be used to upgrade skills or purchase items to make their character more powerful. The team-oriented design of HoN coupled with unprecedented in-game Voice-Over-IP controls and Clan Support allow for an incredibly deep, tactical team-based experience.

S2 Games is best known for its critically acclaimed online multiplayer Savage franchise (Savage: The Battle for Newerth and Savage 2: A Tortured Soul), which created the RTSS (real-time strategy-shooter) genre. Heroes of Newerth is the vision of S2 Games CEO and Founder, Marc DeForest, who after years as a die-hard fan, set out to create a standalone version of Defense of the Ancients (DotA) that would incorporate all of the features he felt were lacking, while still remaining true to the frenetic, yet heavily team-reliant style of gameplay that had kept him hooked for so long.
Head over to the page below to sign up for the beta test.

Heroes Of Newerth Beta Sign Up
Heroes Of Newerth

Quake Live Update Adds Holiday Map, Santa Skin
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

id Software recently announced a new holiday themed update for Quake Live, the company's browser based first person shooter. Among other things the update includes the new Silent Night holiday map and Santa and Vixen skins. Based on the Quake III engine, the game challenges players to master their shooting and dodging skills as they battle with others.

More information about the update:

Game Changes
  • Removed support for legacy network protocols. This should resolve issues some players were having when IPX was installed,
    New Map!
  • "Slient Night" was originally "Distant Screams" from the Team Arena missionpack. It has been updated and decorated for the season. The servers running the new map are set for up to 32 players.
    New Skins!
  • Added Santa and Vixen skins. You can select them from the in-game menu, the web game configuration menu, or by typing "model santa" and "model vixen" in the console.
  • Follow the links below to learn more.

    Quake Live Update Change List
    Quake Live
    id Software

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