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East vs. West: ​A Hearts of Iron Gam​e Revealed

A Cold War simulator that is attempting to make political tundras cool again, East vs. West: A Hearts of Iron Game is a Grand Strategy game from BL-Logic and Paradox Development Studios.

Putting you at the helm of any nation you so choose between 1946 and 1991 , players will use political, economic, and military power to out manuever their opponents in one of the chilliest political climates of all time. Oh and make sure you’re watching as the game’s Doomsday Clock as it creeps closer and closer to midnight (that’s bad.)

Set to be released in Q2 of 2013, we’ll keep you up to date on new developments on the game as they arrive!

And remember! “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” (John F. Kennedy, September 25, 1961)

Thanks dude. *thumbs up*

East vs. West: A Heart of Iron Game Main Features:

-Choose your game style: Lead any nation in the Post-World War II Era and expand your nation’s influence while the tension rises
-Keep a watchful eye on the world: Experience a rich 3D topographic map that allows deep strategic decisions
-Take control by all means: Use Diplomacy, Politics, Economy and Espionage to influence the policies of other nations or just outsmart the others in the new economical system.
-Spy on your opponents: Make good use of your superspies from a collection of Spy Cards
-Get support from United Nations: If all else fails, bring your issues in front of the UN General Assembly and hope for a resolution to pass
-Feel the pressure when the Doomsday clock rises: Do you push another issue to get more prestige, or will you back down to prevent an escalation to a possible World War III?
-Take part of the arms race: Fight globally for Ideological Domination and challenge the dynamic military AI. Wage war, secure resources and make sure to control your military production so you are prepared for the worst possible outcome – a global nuclear war.
-Explore a flexible technology system - Research new technologies to give your nation technological superiority and nuclear supremacy. Take part in the exciting space race or try to develop your own nuclear defense systems.
-Control the land, air, sea and beyond: Explore the Strategic warfare system to crush your enemies if the situation arises or use guerillas to do the job for you. Freely customize your ships for your own personal strategies in the brand new naval editor.
-Relive history or change it: Experience historical accuracy that offers unparalleled level of freedom of choice and a large re-playability value
-Multiplayer: Battle against your friends in multiplayer for up to 32 players and don’t miss the chance to nuke your friends into oblivion

Wii U Release Titles

Just a short and sweet post to let you guys know what titles are up for release with the Wii U, and which ones will be following soon behind it. Nintendo are spoiling us with so much choice!

Confirmed Launch Games

  • Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendo Land
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • FIFA 13
  • Darksiders 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Launch Window Games (release window ends March 2013)

  • Game & Wario
  • LEGO City: Underground
  • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Ben 10 Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2012
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Frozenbyte
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Zumba Fitness Core

Phantasy Star Online 2 Launching U.S and Europe Early 2013

 Phantasy Star Online 2, a free-to-play multiplayer action RPG is set to launch in the U.S and Europe in early 2013, Sega announced.

Phantasy Start Online 2 is or was in development for the PC and Sony’s new handheld console, the PS Vita, but the latest announcement which was issued to PSO-World mentions a PC version only and not a version for the PS Vita. Whether they are still developing it for the PS Vita or not is unconfirmed.

“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Sega America’s digital boss, Chris Olson.

“We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”

“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in,” Satoshi Sakai, Producer of Sega Japan, added.

“Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests

This is really beginning to sound interesting and shaping up to sound really cool. Will you be looking forward to playing Phantasy Star Online 2? Have you even played the first one? I myself will probably be checking it out when it launches as it is free-to-play. Nothing to lose!

E3: Tomb Raider- Now With Screenshots!

As you recall, I posted a couple of days back about the new Tomb Raider game that had come fresh out of the E3 preview camps. Well, boy are you guys in luck!

It was my day off from my day job and I heard my phone bleep announcing that I had an email. It from Steve containing some screenshots from the new Tomb Raider game, so now we don’t have to go by the crummy trailer anymore. Hehe, to say I was excited was a total understatement. I couldn’t wait to get home to my computer to load up the screenies on my beautiful 17″ laptop. Was my excitement worth it? Did the anticipation hold out? Of course! With finally having some screenshots, does this mean that the game will be exactly the same as the trailer? Do the screenshots show anything new?

Well, looking through the selection of screenshots I was mailed I’m not seeing much else different from the trailer that we saw at E3. We’re still looking at a very different Lara Croft, far more gritty and far more…er dirty? Get your minds out of the gutter, I don’t think we’re seeing her naked even now. I mean dirty like she’s been playing in dirt a bit too much, like a kid with an affection for mud pies. I’m not seeing much in the way of blood and gore from them, and to me that’s a pretty good thing. Lara was never about the gore, I’m okay with the death threats and the being held by knifepoint- but not the gore. That ruins the image of Lara Croft for me, who was always to be frank- a little bit squeaky clean. Is this Crystal Dynamics way of trying to rub some dirt into the clean image of Lara Croft?

The graphics from these screenshots seem to be amazing though. One of them, you can see the grain of the leather on a jacket. And the grains of dirt on Lara. I know, this is taken for granted a lot these days but as someone that grew up in the 1980s playing games like Pacman, Alex Kidd and Mario- I find that they can create games with such detail like this astounding.

And in other great news- I got the news through this morning that I have been accepted for a Press Pass at the Eurogamer Expo in London, UK. So- I’m hoping for a chance to possibly play Tomb Raider and then I can give you a proper review on what I think!

First Impressions: Tomb Raider

In the spirit of E3, there will be video game trailers coming out of the woodwork, left right and centre. The most exciting for me is the new Tomb Raider, in which Miss Lara Croft seems to be facing a lot more real life issues than trying to find ancient artifacts. Watching the trailer, it appears that Crystal Dynamics and/or SquareEnix have combined Tomb Raider with Uncharted. Which is a little bit odd for me.

The biggest issue I seem to have with this game? HER BLOODY ACCENT….er…sorry for the outburst. I am from the city where Core Design was just a tiny startup gaming company, long before the days of being bought out or becoming famous with a female video game character. I won’t mention it, as 90% of  people have no clue where it is anyway. But the shortened version is that her accent now seems to be somewhat American. And I, as an upstanding British citizen am slightly offended. See, as her history states- she was born and raised in a suburb of the Borough of London. This means that she should be speaking the Queen’s English, just like she was in the first few games. So why on earth does she sound like Lara had elocution lessons? I think that the main reason for this is that the game is no longer developed in the UK. Her creator, Toby Gard used to work for Core Design- but now works for Crystal Dynamics in California. I’m a little shocked though that her change of accent doesn’t seemed to have bothered him. Are American accents easier on the ear or something?

Anyway, less about the character. The whole precipice of the game seems to be that Lara will attempt to take on more real-life situation, like being mauled by fierce dogs or being possibly murdered by unsavoury types.  The graphics of the game look absolutely astounding, and the gritty feel of the game look very realistic. Besides, I’m a little tired of the old Lara and we all knew that it would take more than a bit of spit and polish to make our favourite female heroine shine again. One of the lines from the trailer that made me chuckle was “I hate tombs.” Tee hee. Obviously with her past as an archaeologist, this is funny that she has grown to resent them. I just really hope that even though as a character she seems to be different, I just hope that her back story isn’t. Or the idea that she’s a bad-ass woman with a penchant for afternoon tea. As a bonus at the end of the trailer- it mentions that the game will be released on the 5th March, 2013. Which for me is too flippin’ long, but I will just have to tough it out with the rest of the fans out there.

Until then, I’m going to sit at the Lara Croft Way sign in my city and mourn for her forgotten British accent.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Launches February 12, 2013

Add another game to the Q1 2013 pile. SEGA has announced today that their highly-anticipated title Aliens: Colonial Marines will be releasing worldwide on February 12th, 2013. In addition to this release date news, a brand new gameplay trailer has also been released. Check it out below, and prepare yourself for the game’s release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC next year.