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Avernum: Escape From The Pit Coming Next Week, Trailer Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming Avernum: Escape From the Pit. Planned for release next week, the game is a "ground-up rewrite of Avernum" which will include a new engine and new graphics. As in the original, Avernum: Escape From the Pit follows the adventures of individuals exiled to a mysterous underground realm.

Spiderweb Software returns to its epic creation, to tell a story of imprisonment, rebellion, and the struggle for freedom against overwhelming odds. Avernum: Escape From the Pit is the first chapter in an Indie fantasy role-playing saga, the tale of desperate exiles and their battle for survival and a land to call their own.

Avernum: Escape From the Pit features:

  • Epic fantasy adventure in an enormous underworld.
  • Huge outdoors and eighty towns and dungeons.
  • Three separate game-winning quests. Seek safety, escape or revenge. Do just one of them or all three!
  • Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any adventure out there.
  • Dozens of side quests and hundreds of magical artifacts.
  • Rich game system with over 50 spells and battle disciplines and a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from.
You have been banished to the underworld, never to see the light of day again.

The surface is ruled by the cruel Emperor Hawthorne, master of the Empire. All of the known lands are subject to his brutal command. Everyone who speaks out, who misbehaves, who doesn’t fit in is cast into the dark, volcanic pits of Avernum, far below the surface. There, you are expected to die, a victim of starvation, horrible monsters, or simple despair.

But not all of the Avernites have surrendered. With magic and steel, they are forging a new nation deep underground. You can join them and fight for safety. Or freedom. Or even, if you dare, revenge on the surface-worlders who tried to destroy you.

Check out the new trailer at the link below.

Avernum: Escape From The Pit Trailer
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Avernum: Escape From The Pit
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City Of Heroes Issue 21 Special Update Media Blitz Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced the release of the Issue 21 Special Update: Media Blitz update for the company's comic book hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The patch will give VIP players the opportunity to enjoy new Incarnate Trials as well as new abilities for Alpha, Destiny, Interface, and Judgement Incarnate slots.

In the first Incarnate Trial, you will have to fight your way into the TPN Campus complex in the heart of Imperial City, in order to broadcast the truth about Emperor Cole to the citizenry and gain their support against him. Cole, for his part, sees an opportunity of his own, and sends his elite IDF and DUST forces to TPN, under the leadership of Maelstrom!

After the successful broadcast at TPN Campus, however, the people of Praetoria become more loyal to Cole than ever before. Then, members of the Resistance begin turning to support Cole. Soon, nearly all of Praetoria is enthralled in support of Cole, leaving you and a small band of those resistant to the control to investigate the problem. When it is eventually discovered that Mother Mayhem has perfected Mindwashing and is using powerful psychics to project it upon the entire world, you resolve to stop her in the second Incarnate Trial available now!
Head over to the links below to learn more.

City Of Heroes Issue 21
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Buy Neverwinter Nights 2 Digital Download From MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has expanded its list of digital download titles with the addition of Aspyr Media's Neverwinter Nights 2 to its catalog. The RPG sequel returns players to the Forgotten Realms, this time following the adventures of an orphaned hero dealing with an evil spirit known as the King of Shadows.

Rise from a peasant to a full-fledged hero as you defend the Realms against one of the greatest threats of the age!

Build a character that suits your style of play – good or evil, chaotic or lawful, with any number of skills, feats and professions available at the click of a button. Whether lobbing fireballs and researching forgotten spells as a powerful Wizard, hacking a trail through legions of Orcs as a Fighter armed only with a battle axe and your courage, or taking on the role of a Rogue that can slip into the shadows at a moment’s notice, the choice is yours. Choose your alignment, your allies, your companions, and how you want your character to develop… design the character you want, role-play the way you want, and carry the battle to the enemy.


  • Choose your Alignment, Allies, and Enemies – Design the character you want, role-play the way you want, and carry the battle to the enemy.
  • Use new spells, feats, and prestige classes from the existing Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition rules.
  • Explore the Forgotten Realms, rendered in breathtaking detail.
  • Play your way - your actions and interactions, the companions you travel with, and the way your build your stronghold all change the course of your adventure.
  • Operating System: 10.6.8 or later
  • CPU Processor: Intel
  • CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
  • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon 2600/ (NVidia): GeForce 8800
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
Neverwinter Nights 2 is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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Neverwinter Nights 2
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The Sims 3: Showtime Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts has announced that The Sims 3: Showtime expansion pack for Mac and Windows PCs is in development and will launch worldwide in March 2012. The latest expansion pack from The Sims Studio, brought to Mac by TransGaming, allows players to live the rags to riches story with their Sims and share these experiences with their friends. The expansion features new social features such as individual in-game news feeds and live updates.

Those who pre-order the game now will have the chance to be upgraded to a special Limited Edition version of the pack which features the Ultimate Stage venue, an additional stage on which Sims can perform. The Limited Edition offers is available while supplies last.

“The Sims 3 Showtime is a huge step forward for The Sims franchise,” explains Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “For the first time, we are introducing social features that allow you to send your Sims to a friend’s game, perform at their venue in front of their Sims where you both will earn rewards, and capture and share these in-game moments of your rise to fame.”

The Sims 3 Showtime allows players to connect and share with their friends and fellow fans of The Sims without ever leaving the game. Players will venture into a new world and live the dream as singers, acrobats, magicians and DJs. Using the all-new SimPort feature, players can send their Sim into a friend’s game to perform in their world, book gigs in their friends’ town, go on tour, and be reviewed. Along the way, players can earn rewards for achieving goals and accomplishing special challenges that can be tracked and shared via in-game social wall posts. Players have the opportunity to post their Sims’ successes, share gameplay techniques, create wishlists and send gifts, search for new friends and share memories through their in-game news feeds and as e-cards.

Players who enjoy building can customise their Sims’ stages using props and special effects to create unique venues such as a swanky concert hall, a massive stadium or an indie club. How the stage is built will directly influence a player’s Sim’s performance and career progression. For players who love a challenge, they can earn in-game rewards and accomplish goals such as performing a legendary show in a high-level venue. For players who enjoy experimenting, an endless amount of gameplay opportunities and choices within the game provide a vast array of situations for cause-and-effect play and hilarity to ensue.

The Sims 3 Showtime is currently available for pre-order. Those who pre-order now will be automatically upgraded to a special Limited Edition version, which features the Ultimate Stage venue. Players can place this fully customisable venue in their world and will be able to use it as an additional stage for their Sims to perform on, complete with in-game props, backgrounds, lights and special effects. This bonus venue is available through pre-order and while supplies last.

Key Features:

    Rise to Stardom: Venture into a new world and live the dream as a singer, acrobat, magician or DJ. Watch your Sims rise to fame—or go down in flames as they perform for other Sims.
    Create New Sims: New traits and Lifetime Wishes give you more tools to tell stories the way you want to.
    A Whole New World: The new expansion pack includes a brand new world called Starlight Shores, with new venues and new objects to hone your Sims’ talents.
    Rise to Fame: Build your own custom stages and see your Sims perform in sold-out arenas and in front of packed crowds.
    Book or Host Gigs: Using the innovative SimPort feature, send your Sim to a friend’s game to perform in their world, book gigs in your friend’s town, go on tour and even be reviewed.
    Be Connected: Make new friends, connect and share your stories and experiences without ever leaving the game. Using the new individual in-game news feeds and live updates, post your Sims’ successes, share gameplay techniques, create wishlists and gifts, search for new friends and share memories.
    New Achievement System: Earn rewards for achieving goals and accomplishing special challenges that can be tracked and shared via in-game social wall posts. New achievements will be introduced on a regular basis.
For more information follow the links below.

Electronic Arts
The Sims 3: Showtime
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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