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Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming recently released a new trailer for Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne, the third expansion for EU III. The game gives players the option to play as one of eight major European powers between the turbulent years of 1492 and 1550.

Requested by the fans, Heir to the Throne is the third expansion to the preeminent historical strategy game Europa Universalis III.

The expansion takes the hugely successful game beyond complete, with improvements across the board

  • Intriguing Casus Belli system, where wars have specific aims from start to finish
  • Monarchs now belong to dynasties, with far-reaching effects on the diplomatic model
  • More involving and powerful Holy Roman Empire and Papacy options
  • Special diplomatic options for Merchant Republics
  • Set your National Focus in a province to enhance growth and strengthen your hold in the region
  • Permanent Terra Incognita removed and replaced with impassable regions
  • Cultural Tradition allows better advisors in the same way that Military - Tradition allows better generals and admirals
  • OS X 10.5.8 or higher
  • Intel CPU
  • GeForce 7300, Radeon 7X1600 or newer (Intel GMA cards are not supported)
  • 128Mb VRAM, 512 MB RAM
  • 700Mb free disk space
  • Europa Universalis 3 Complete (New Version)
  • Broadband connection for Internet play and registration
Note: If you have an older version of EU3 Complete, please download the latest version (from where you originally made your purchase) and then migrate your old code at:
Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne costs $19.95 (£14.95, €19.95). To check out the new trailer follow the link below.

EU III: Heir To The Throne Trailer
Paradox Interactive
Virtual Programming
Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne

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Mini Ninjas: Suzume Video Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has release a new video showcasing one of the ninjas from the upcoming Mini Ninjas game. The trailer features Suzume, and is the fourth of several videos to reveal characters from the game. The trailers will be released every Wednesday and Saturday before the game's release.

Developed by Io Interactive, Mini Ninjas follows the young ninja, Hiro and his friends as they travel through spellbound lands to do battle with a magical army of animals-turned-samurai.

Greetings, followers of the Ninja way! From your training here at Feral’s private mountain you’ll know that Mini Ninjas follows Hiro’s quest to defeat the Evil Samurai Warlord, but he’s not going to get very far without help from his friends! The problem is, his friends have been missing for quite some time now.

But who are these half-pint heroes? Just as the Ninja Master sent them out one by one to investigate the strange occurrences throughout the land, we’re going to be introducing the Ninjas one-by-one, each with their own trailer – you’ll find a new video every Wednesday and Saturday until we release the game.
Mini Ninjas is scheduled for release on June 11. Check out the video and learn more about the game at the links below.

Mini Ninjas Trailers
Feral Interactive
Mini Ninjas
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Two Worlds II Trailer Showcases Action
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently posted a new trailer showcasing gameplay from upcoming fantasy RPG, Two Worlds II. 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.

Two Worlds II presents a totally new gamer experience, one in which 2 years of intensive development has enabled quantum leaps in all spheres: completely overhauled AI and balancing standards, experienced authors, the active combat system and the brand-new engine all combine to provide an unforgettable experience where excitement, sheer enjoyment and graphics rule. “Two Worlds II” simply sets new technical benchmarks in the RPG genre, thanks not least to its seemingly unlimited number of dynamic light sources, micro-detail Parallax Mapping, 24 Bit HDR Post Processing, Space Ambient Occlusion and Human Eye Accommodation.

Rescued from prison by former enemies, the player once again assumes control of the unnamed hero, only to find the world of Antaloor has been forever changed in their absence.

Boasting a diverse, living world and a limitless open narrative, Two Worlds II could very well be the next sleeper hit of the genre. Antaloor is a mythic world of pristine savannahs and mordant swamps, celestial cities teeming with life that will rise or fall entirely depending of the player's actions, as the reign of the implacable despot Gandohar threatens to throw the world into a state of irreversible decay.

Featuring the all-new GRACE game engine, Two Worlds II seeks to offer an immersive blend of two of the most important role playing elements - strong atmosphere and dazzling visuals. Incorporating cutting-edge technology features such as Real Eye Adaptation, HD Dynamic Motion Capture, and Multi-Source Dynamic Lighting, the world of Antaloor comes alive like never before as a true role-player’s paradise
Follow the link below to see the trailer.

Two Worlds II Debut Trailer
Two Worlds II
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StarCraft II Single Player Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

IncGamers has posted a new preview of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the upcoming sequel to Blizzard Entertainment's popular sci-fi RTS. The preview focuses on the single player content in the game, which will include a new storyline and a variety of unique units. StarCraft 2 will pick up a few years after the end of Broodwar and will follow the story of the Terrans.

11 years of game development later, StarCraft II is arriving with the same premise (as the original): A well polished multiplayer experience, with a single player game mode on top. However, this time Blizzard is a multi-million dollar company and a lot more resources have been pushed into the single player aspect this time around. The two gameplay experiences are now completely separated to make sure neither makes any compromises in terms of gameplay enjoyment.

StarCraft II's single player comes with more content and units, including molotov-cocktail-throwing unarmoured civilians, race cars, trucks, massive transport ships, gigantic mining lasers and a host of units from the original game that were cut from multiplayer development.

Blizzard has stated that the single player campaign is not a tutorial for the multiplayer game. The single player campaign, which is split into three parts, will deliver the story and immersion of the universe as almost its own game all together. If you need help, separate training scenarios and guides will be available instead of "dumbing down" the story mode campaign.
Check out the full article at the page linked below.

IncGamers: StarCraft II Single Player Preview
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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IMG Reviews The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition from LucasArts and Aspyr Media. The game is a "reimagining" of the original 1990 title, updated with contemporary art, remastered music, full voiceover, and a new hint system.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

If you are a little leery about playing an 8-Bit game, however, you don't need to worry. One of the main improvements over the original game is an increased resolution, remastered sprites, and a lush set of backgrounds that look much better than the pixelated screens of the original. This has even allowed you to see a closer look of the characters, like Meathook, that you had to imagine before based on a sprite of under a few dozen pixels. It has definitely enriched the experience quite a bit.

The sounds and music have also been improved greatly. All the music tracks are improved, the sounds are crisp and clear, and all the dialogue is now both read, and read by professionals. One of the strengths of all the modern Lucasarts games is the quality of their voice actors, and that definitely shines in SM:SE. From the insulting French acrobats to the slightly depressed ghost crew sergeant, all the voices are excellent and a welcome addition to the game.
Click on the link below to read the full review.

The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition Review
Aspyr Media
The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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