Battlefront.com has announced the release of the Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy demo on the Windows and Mac PC platforms. The demo allows players to take part in three missions as well as get a taste of the scenario editor (although some functionality is disabled). The Windows PC build weighs in at 571 MB while the Mac version comes in at 622 MB. The retail version of the game is expected to hit gold status any day now.
LINK: Demo Link
Akella has released the backstory of the now-playable Undead Horde faction in their upcoming fantasy-strategy title, Disciples 3: Resurrection.
Undead Horde Background
For ten years the Empire of Men had prospered. Their triumphant wars had won them new lands and multiplied their wealth. For ten years had Emperor Ferre the 1st ruled his land with an iron hand, rewarding his loyal vassals and chastising the disliked ones. There were rumors about his ascension on the throne, but no one dared to openly express discontent. But the black clouds on the East have already risen, foreshadowing great sorrow and pain. Sir Lambert has disappeared, and his fate after the fall of Izerel remained uncertain. From the depth of the seas Undiguillash, the Queen of the merfolk, emerged on the surface. A strange artifact gave her great powers, almost divine. It was then, when Gallean’s distorted mind recognized familiar features of his former wife in the youthful mermaid. He dreamed that there never were darkness, death or grievous losses. Inhabitants of the Tola archipelago, who had witnessed the appearance of the fair maiden, dubbed her the new Soloniel, and love and tenderness embraced Gallean’s tormented soul. But there were darkness, and death, and losses. The warriors of the Undead Hordes rose from their ashes to punish the deceitful impostor and to defend the defied honor of their Lady. The undead army took the field in the North, where a great warlord of the past was brought back from Oblivion to answer the calling of Mortis. Very soon the earth will start to tremble, and the citizens of the Empire shall once again know what terror is.
City Interactive has announced its 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo lineup of games beginning with their highly-anticipated Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 as well as an upcoming arcade air combat titled called Combat Wings: Great Battles of WWII.
City Interactive will be offering developer interviews as well as playable versions of the following titles at E3 2011:
* Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (Xbox/PS3/PC) – Takes the bulls-eye precision of its best-selling predecessor to new and exciting heights. Powered by the CryENGINE®3 engine, the missions of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 are graphically stunning and more challenging as you once again step into the ghillie suit of a special ops sniper to take down the enemy.
* Combat Wings: Great Battles of WWII (Xbox/PS3/Wii/PC) –Piloting a wide range of aircraft, players engage in aerial dog fights and dangerous fighter missions across the major theaters of war during WW2. Featuring realistic WW2 aircraft and an unprecedented multiplayer experience, Combat Wings introduces cutting-edge multiplayer features allowing players to challenge each other in different multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Racing, Team Racing, Bomb-Target Hunting, Mission Survival and Fleet Escorting.
SEGA of America has announced that they are bringing CRUSH, the 2007 platformer, into the third dimension with CRUSH3D for the Nintendo 3DS platform. The game is due out on September 6th in North America and will allow players to switch back and forth from both 2D and 3D viewpoints in order to solve multiple puzzles over several levels of play.
“CRUSH3D gives all gamers a chance to experience this critically acclaimed concept in full 3D,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing of SEGA West. “With features specifically designed for this exciting new platform, CRUSH3D is right at home on the Nintendo 3DS.”
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OnLive has announced that 2K Games upcoming Duke Nukem Forever will be making its debut on the OnLive service beginning June 14th, the same day the game will appear in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC platforms.
“The satirical and action-packed gameplay of the Duke Nukem brand makes it a fantastic fit for next-level, easy-access gaming on the OnLive service,” said OnLive VP of Games & Media John Spinale. “Members can laugh, taunt and quote Duke-isms in real-time as they battle alien invaders stealing Earth’s women. This title is all about laugh-out-loud, engaging action—and we’re excited to bring the ‘King of all shooters’ to our members.”
Additionally, OnLive has stated that anyone who pre-orders the game will receive a coupon for one free OnLive game.
Namco Bandai Games has announced the next in the Soulcalibur series of fighting games. Soulcalibur V is due out in 2012 and picks up 17 years after the events of Soulcalibur IV. It will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.
“The SOULCALIBUR® series continues to be one of NAMCO BANDAI Games’ most cherished franchises,” said Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “SOULCALIBUR V will continue to advance the series’ legacy of white-knuckled weapon-based combat, gorgeous graphics and groundbreaking features that will amaze newcomers and long-time fans alike.”
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You can find out more about Soulcalibur V over at their official Facebook Page.
Bethesda Softworks has released some new screenshots from the upcoming Honest Hearts DLC pack for Fallout New Vegas. Honest Hearts takes players deep into the Mojave as well as Utah’s Zion National Park where they get caught up in a battle between missionaries and someone called the “Burned Man”. Honest Hearts is due out on May 17th, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms.
Rockstar Games has released the official launch trailer for their upcoming crime-thriller, L.A. Noire. Due out May 17th, L.A. Noire puts players into the shoes of a cop on the trail of a serial killer in Los Angeles.
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For those of you interested in Hector: Badge of Carnage, but don’t want to play it on the Windows PC platform, Telltale Games has announced that the game will be hitting the iPad platform this Thursday for a price of $6.99. If you missed it, you can read our full review of the game for the Windows PC platform. Telltale also annoucned that episode 2 and 3 of the series will be released later this Fall on the Windows PC, Mac, and iPad platforms.
Square Enix and IO Interactive have unveiled the teaser trailer for the next in the Hitman series of video games, Hitman Absolution, which once again puts players in control of the elusive and highly-skilled Agent 47 as he is put into a dark conspiracy where he is the one being hunted.
“For the first time we are taking Agent 47 on a personal journey which allows us to explore other parts of the Hitman® fantasy,” said Tore Blystad, game director, IO Interactive. “This is both a familiar and yet significantly different experience from other Hitman games; something our silent assassins will relish, as will all those new to the Hitman world.”
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