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AC IV Black Flag True Golden Age of Pirates Trailer


MAY 13th, 2013 — “It is now the dawn of the Eighteenth Century…” Assassin’s Creed games have always been designed with real history as its backdrop. In the latest Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag trailer, gamers get a glimpse into the Golden Age of Piracy, when men of fortune sought riches and pirates of legends like Benjamin Hornigold, Calico Jack, Charles Vane and Blackbeard ruled the treacherous high seas.

Included with the trailer is an infographic riddled with facts about the Golden Age of Pirates in the 18th century. We’ve referenced multiple sources to provide a visual introduction to the period. You’ll learn about the events that made this Age of Piracy possible, get a taste of the living conditions that might make an honest sailor turn pirate, and uncover some of the key places, people and events that you will experience in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag will be released on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo’s Wii U™ system, Windows PC and other next generation consoles. The game will be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system on October 29, 2013.


Vendetta Online Review (iOS)


For PC gamers this game probably rings a bell even if you haven’t played it.  It has been around for about a decade and has been on my to play list for most of that time.  I like a game with space battles, especially with ship customization, and Vendetta Online has built a reputation for this.  Instead I got myself distracted by the games like Star Trek Online and the possibility of customizing my own Federation ship only to find their on-planet battles felt less exciting than the space battles.  Fast forward a bit and the opportunity to try out Vendetta Online comes up, this time while I traveled on vacation with my iPad, and it is an opportunity I can’t pass up on.


The storyline is huge and rich, I don’t think it can be easily summed up into a couple of paragraphs but if you need at least a vague idea of what is in store there are different factions you can join, guilds you can join and create, all that developed over a long history.  For the full chronicled storyline which details the fate of humanity from 2140 to 4432 follow this link and settle in for some nice reading.


Vendetta Online is a space MMORPG, including major gameplay elements of combat, trading, piracy, scavenging, and a variety of missions. As a pilot for one of the three major nations, you will control various space craft depending on the task at hand. An Atlas-class ship will allow you to carry large shipments of cargo to the best-paying customer, though you’d make easy prey for a pirate in a much lighter Vulture.


The game first gives you two choices of controls, the thumb control setups that a lot of games use or motion control which can probably be as entertaining to watch someone play as it is to play itself.  Long term the thumb control system is likely to give more end game PvP control but motion is much more fun to learn, a bit more challenging and feels more like a ships control.  You quickly find yourself leaning and turning with the iPad and you need to be in a good sitting position with mobility otherwise this mode of gameplay will prove frustrating rather than entertaining.  If you are resting go with the thumbs otherwise your rest will end quickly.


You are taken through a series of tutorials to give you basic understanding of running your ship as well as space battle and cargo collecting.  To keep players learning the basics and getting a feel for the game there is very little customization to start with which is completely understandable though to a player somewhat familiar with the system model it is a bit frustrating.  Having three different starship classes with very different builds on STO and then only being allowed to change out two sections of a single ship with only a couple of very small variations felt almost claustrophobic in gameplay.  They just really want to make sure you master your gameplay before moving on and make sure that you feel you earned your new ships and upgrades but the process requires a decent amount of patience.

Those who have played full dimensional flying or underwater games will get a feel for the movement quick whether thumb or motion, but players should still take their time to master it because many of the NPC ships are pretty tough and when it comes to PvP there are players that have been around a long time and have mastered the nuances of space battle and are more than willing to take your cargo rather than earn their own.  Pirates, privateers and just plain killers are out there in the galaxy and they probably have ships a lot better than your starting junker.  In the beginning you are better off running when you see another player ship coming, and probably most NPCs when you start.

One of the great things about this game is the variety of choices you have in what roles you take.  You can be in a guild or you can be a lone wolf, you can be a transporter, a space trucker of sorts and just haul things around.  You can be a miner collecting the most valuable minerals or you can be a miner’s bodyguard, keeping them alive while they get the goods.  Or you can get handy with the guns on your ship and make a name as a fighter throughout the universe.  Play style is limited to your imagination and fancy.  All players regardless of their platform are in the same continuous universe too so you can take your same ships for a run regardless of whether or not you are on your computer, your iPad or even your Ouya when it comes out.


Last Call:

Vendetta Online is a great, long haul play. It takes a little warming up and a bit of time investment to really get your ships up and running but it is worth it.  Subscriptions are “lite” with level caps, guild limitations and ship building limits and only run $1 a month.  Full subscriptions range from $9.99 or lower depending on the length purchased and give you uncapped, unlimited play.  Whichever choice you go with it is a good deal and allows you to play the account on any of the system choices which makes it an amazing versatile subscription that someone could easily get their monies worth out of in the great wide open of space.

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Kartuga to Enter Closed Beta Testing


Kartuga, the upcoming pirate actioner from InnoGames, will be entering closed beta testing starting on February 27th, 2013. The beta will see all three classes available as well as full customization for each. InnoGames has also revealed that more than 20 of the game’s 40 ship types will be available in the game as well.

Official Press Release

Hamburg, February 21, 2013. InnoGames just announced the closed beta start of its upcoming pirate action game Kartuga. From the 27th on, Players will be able to test Kartuga for the first time – InnoGames will start with a small group of dedicated fans and then expand player numbers as the beta proceeds. The closed beta can be accessed by pre-registering on www.kartuga.com or visiting the InnoGames-Facebook page, where keys will be given out daily.

With the start of the closed beta, InnoGames has released additional information on the features already implemented. All three classes will be playable, along with full customization via 9 skill branches. Also, more than 20 of the game’s targeted 40 ship types will be implemented. Players can already try out both PvP-modes: Domination, a variation of classic king-of-the-hill, and Destruction, a mode where a bomb has to be detonated in the enemy team’s base. Furthermore, five areas of the large open world of Kartuga are accessible, enabling players to encounter NPCs and solve various quests in between PvP-matches.

Kartuga is an Action-MMO with RPG-elements, designed in Unity 3D. At the core of the game, developed by Ticking Bomb Games, is cooperative PvP.  Players can pre-register for closed beta at www.kartuga.com.

With more than 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal WarsForge of Empires and Grepolis.

Kartuga UI Screenshot and Details


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Hamburg, February 13, 2013. InnoGames just released initial user interface visuals and character screens from the upcoming pirate action game Kartuga. As the closed beta nears, additional information on the use of items was also presented; through leveling up as well as killing enemies, players obtain numerous objects of varying rarity – equipment as well as consumables.  Since ships are the game’s main characters, those items won’t be swords and mana potions, but, among others, cannons, crew members and ammunition.

While leveling up, players unlock an increasing number of consumable and equipment slots on their ships, which can then be filled with various items. Several types of cannons, special ammunition, and a number of offensive and defensive consumables are just the beginning – ship layouts can also be equipped. Therefore, it is even possible to change ship types on the fly to another stored in dock slots. On top of that, five types of crew members can be equipped and provide ships with additional bonuses, according to their role on board: Carpenters for example make the ships more durable, while Gunners improve weapon and skill properties.

Kartuga is an Action-MMO with RPG-elements, designed in Unity 3D. At the core of the game, developed by Ticking Bomb Games, is cooperative PvP.  Closed beta will begin in the coming weeks. Players can already preregister at www.kartuga.com.

With more than 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal WarsForge of Empires and Grepolis.

New Kartuga Trailer Reveals Ship Types


Hamburg, February 1, 2013. As InnoGames’ pirate-action game Kartuga nears closed beta, the first detailed information about the title’s ship types are announced. Players have the choice between light, medium and large layouts – overall there are more than 40 types selectable in the game. InnoGames presents some of them in a brand new video.

Depending on the chosen categories, ship properties differ vastly from each other. Light ships are fast and agile, but have few health points. Large ships are near unsinkable, but very slow and portly. Medium ships offer a balance mix of strengths and weaknesses. Rare and high-level ships give players bonuses for various specifications – for example more powerful attacks. In addition to the many properties, the ship types also differ visually from each other. Because of this, a great optical variety on the oceans of Kartuga is guaranteed.

InnoGames plans to start the closed-beta at the end of February. Players can already preregister at www.kartuga.com.

Kartuga is an Action-MMO with RPG-elements. The 3D pirate game invites players to choose from three ship classes, and develop their unique play style by leveling up and combining various skills and equipment. At the core of the game, developed by Ticking Bomb Games, is cooperative PvP. Players challenge each other in teams of four in intense, fast-paced matches.

With more than 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal Wars, Forge of Empires and Grepolis.