The Witcher 2 preview: Cause and effect

Posted on February 24, 2011

Polish developer CD Projekt charmed a lot of PC-playing RPG fans with its first game, The Witcher, and now the studio is using that solid foundation to build the sequel, subtitled Assassins of Kings. The first game used a heavily modified Aurora Engine (from BioWare’s Neverwinter Nights series), but The Witcher 2 runs on a new graphical engine of CD Projekt’s own design and features a revamped combat system.

At a recent meeting with the developer, I played through one of The Witcher 2’s sidequests, which amounted to roughly an hour’s worth of gametime. It was enough of an introduction to convince me that if you liked the first game, you’ll enjoy the second. There’s not a lot of innovation in the sequel, but CD Projekt again proves itself to be a skilled developer of the PC RPG.

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A Mobius Proposal: Guy creates video game to propose marriage

Posted on February 23, 2011

Gaming-themed wedding proposals are amongst the most varied and endearing, this much we can all agree. Matt Gilgenbach’s A Mobius Proposal, a three-month project and fully-functional co-op puzzle game, may just be the best one yet. Check it out for yourself past the jump!


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JoystiqA Mobius Proposal: Guy creates video game to propose marriage originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSA: Don’t throw away that Bulletstorm disc

Posted on February 22, 2011

Tomorrow (or midnight tonight, depending on your level of enthusiasm), Bulletstorm will launch across the country. For a select group, this purchase will be driven by the desire to play Gears of War 3 early — specifically, the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta code. To that group, we must say: don’t throw away that disc!

Epic’s Rod Fergusson warned Twitter users that a code alone wouldn’t secure early entry in the multiplayer beta. Entering the code actually adds an option to Bulletstorm‘s main menu, which will grant access to the multiplayer beta when the time is right. Remember Crackdown and Halo 3? Yep, just like those — i.e., you’ll need the Bulletstorm disc to play the Gears 3 beta.

While we’re on the topic, Fergusson has also promised more news on the multiplayer beta will be available later this week. Keep your eyes on the ‘Stiq for it.

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Battle: Los Angeles game being made by Saber Interactive, ratings board suggests

Posted on February 21, 2011

It seems that upcoming alien invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles is receiving a tie-in game. According to Australia’s classification website, a Battle: Los Angeles game is being developed by Saber Interactive, the studio behind TimeShift, Inversion, and an unannounced Halo: Combat Evolved remake.

The movie’s imminent release this March, coupled with the surprising absence of an early announcement, means a Battle: Los Angeles game is unlikely to be a regular retail release. We’re currently following up with Saber and publisher Konami for more details.

JoystiqBattle: Los Angeles game being made by Saber Interactive, ratings board suggests originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kinect Hacks: Dodgeball on iOS

Posted on February 21, 2011

Intrigued by Microsoft’s demo for Kinect Adventures‘ Rally Ball minigame and its Windows Phone 7 integration? The minds at Supertouch have created a mock-up of the program, which swaps out the Windows-branded smartphones for iOS devices. Check out a video demonstration of the hack below!


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JoystiqKinect Hacks: Dodgeball on iOS originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 20 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is moving through the months

Posted on February 20, 2011

Can you believe we’ve only got a little over a week left in this, the second month of 2011? We’re definitely not complaining — we don’t think anyone can argue against the assertion that February isn’t the hottest month, considering its meager length and arbitrarily placed “Middle R.” March — now there’s a month. Standard number of days, crisp weather and no phantom letters to speak of whatsoever.

As we wait for our calendars to turn, check out our seven favorite comics from this past week below. Make sure you vote for your favorite in the poll posted after the jump!

Wisdom Teeth (xkcd)
Post-Traumatic Dead Space
(Virtual Shackles)
Cocoon Academy Part One
(Brawl in the Family)
Tilting at Windmill Man
(Hello With Cheese)
Serendipity
(Penny Arcade)
Unbearable
(Awkward Zombie)
Security Risk
(Nerf Now)

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JoystiqWeekly Webcomic Wrapup is moving through the months originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 19 Feb 2011 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Multiplayer war in Total War: Shogun 2 encapsulates nearly everything

Posted on February 20, 2011

Sega has released a multiplayer trailer for Total War: Shogun 2. The war does appear large, though we’re not so sure it’s total. There are clearly some empty spots on the battlefield, and they’re not even filled with corpses! Then again, we suppose “Substantial War” doesn’t have the same ring to it.


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Free movies available weekly on PSN via Toyota Highlander promo

Posted on February 19, 2011

Finished watching The Tester: Season 2? Used up your free Vudu credit? Well, you can still get some free video content on your PS3 or PSP — so long as you know how to find it. Every week for the next four weeks, you’ll be able to download a free movie rental from the PlayStation Store. How? Just look for the Toyota Highlander ad to appear in the Video section of the Store. Or, click “Featured Collections” to find the promotion. What will you be able to download? Here’s the schedule:

  • Now until February 21: The Da Vinci Code
  • Week of February 22: Big Daddy
  • Week of March 1: Ghost Rider
  • Week of March 8: Stranger Than Fiction

JoystiqFree movies available weekly on PSN via Toyota Highlander promo originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Konami announces Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for 3DS

Posted on February 17, 2011

Konami has announced a new Professor Layt — oh sorry, that’s something else. Nope, this is Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, a new game for the 3DS about a French archaeologist that has nothing to do with any series by Level-5 for Nintendo handhelds. It features Dr. Lautrec and his young assistant, Sophie, exploring 19th century Paris while solving puzzles and deciphering riddles, some of which will take advantage of the 3DS’ extra displayed dimension.

The game also has a four-player Treasure Hunt mode to go along with a story that pits Lautrec and Sophie against the Knights of the Iron Mask, a shadowy group which will stop at nothing to hide the secrets of the Mask of Mirac — no wait, that’s something else again. At any rate, the game is due out sometime this summer, and until then you can check the screenshots below for any similarities to other 3DS titles.

JoystiqKonami announces Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for 3DS originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Massively Speaking Episode 135

Posted on February 17, 2011

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Massively Speaking Episode 135 returns this week with Shawn and Rubi discussing the week’s latest MMO news. Later in the show, Shawn is joined by Gremrod and Styx, two members of the Menace to Society corporation in Perpetuum Online, to chat a bit about the recent insurance fraud actions taken by Avatar Creations.

As explained on the show, these two want to emphasize that, despite this recent issue, they love the game and want to get more people into it. They’ve gathered some buddy codes from their friends in and out of the Infestation alliance. These keys are good for 14 days of free play in Perpetuum, but they expire about 30 days from now. I’ve included 25 of the keys after the jump below, but we’ll be giving the rest away on our Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the rest of the week. Enjoy!

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THQ places Amnesia: The Dark Descent in a retail box

Posted on February 16, 2011

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a frightening game. A pants-wettingly frightening game. One of the few nice things about Frictional Games’ heretofore downloadable title is that you can at least pretend that it ceases to exist once the computer is turned off. Apparently not satisfied by this state of affairs, THQ’s ValuSoft division will be bringing a box-copy version of the game to retail on February 22 for the decidedly not scary price of $20.

The box itself isn’t very frightening at all, almost to the point of being amusing. We can only assume this is to lull new players into a false sense of security before installing the game.

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Felicia Day to star in ‘Dragon Age: Redemption’ web series

Posted on February 15, 2011

Felicia Day, star of online comedy show The Guild, is writing and starring in a six-episode web series based on BioWare’s ye olde fantasy franchise, Dragon Age. Set to debut later this year, the “Dragon Age: Redemption” plot follows Tallis, an elvish assassin in search of a rogue mage — presumably one that’s run afoul of Ferelden’s controlling religious group, the Chantry.

“Tallis is headstrong, she fights dirty, and she has a really sarcastic sense of humor,” Day says of her character. “I wanted to bring a modern sensibility to a fantasy character in a fantasy world.” According to USA Today, the premeditated LARP-ing was filmed near Los Angeles in January, with Peter Winther (co-producer on Godzilla and The Patriot) as director and John Bartley, who worked on Wrong Turn and Lost, as cinematographer.

The show is also co-produced by Felicia Day, who says that her appreciation of gaming and of the Dragon Age franchise has empowered her efforts. “I put every single effort into making this something that gamers will be proud of. Even though we were constrained a lot as a Web series, none of the people who were involved took that as a constraint. They took that as a challenge.”

Dragon Age isn’t the only game to receive a promotional web series in recent memory — the excellent “Bright Falls” series led into 2010’s Alan Wake, and the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot will be accompanied by a series of high-profile character vignettes later this year.

JoystiqFelicia Day to star in ‘Dragon Age: Redemption’ web series originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shoryuken’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ‘Hyper Guide’ is a good place to start

Posted on February 15, 2011

It’s okay — you don’t have to wander into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 without hope or direction. Fighting game site extraordinaire Shoryuken has put together an incredibly comprehensive guide on the new brawler, including videos on basic strategies, tips for playing each character, and super esoteric info on prolonging those sweet, sweet combos.

We suggest starting out with Shoryuken’s video series on the basic mechanics of the game. If you have a hard time grokking the execution of Advancing Guards, or the X-Factor Hyper Move Cancel Maneuver, or the Omega Diagonal Pause-Shift Ground Combo Refraction Evasion Technique, you might just have to rely on good ol’ button-mashing.

(Yes, we made that last one up.)

JoystiqShoryuken’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ‘Hyper Guide’ is a good place to start originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Best of Big Download: February 7 – 13

Posted on February 14, 2011

During this past week, the DICE Summit rolled into Las Vegas, a small part of Duke Nukem Forever was demoed to press in a strip bar, and Big Download gave out some beta keys for Darkspore (that were quickly claimed by our readers). In other words, it was a fairly typical past seven days.

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JoystiqThe Best of Big Download: February 7 – 13 originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Game Boy games get hacked onto an oscilloscope

Posted on February 14, 2011

Real champions don’t ask “Why?” when shown a completely awesome, albeit totally impractical piece of technological wizardry. Take, for instance, Flashing LEDs‘ latest creation: An oscilloscope that displays Game Boy games. Useful? Absolutely not. Radical? We like to think so.

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JoystiqGame Boy games get hacked onto an oscilloscope originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is all chocolates and flowers

Posted on February 13, 2011

We’d love to pamper you on this, Valentine’s Day Eve-Eve, with all the floral and edible delights you could handle. Unfortunately, we can’t do so, because we’re on the other side of the internet. Still, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? We’ve put just as much sentimentality into this week’s selection of webcomics as we would a novelty-sized box of chocolates — though, personally, we think it’s better, because you won’t get any disgusting coconut surprises. We hope.

Check out our seven meaningful — and most favorite — webcomics in the list below, and vote for your favorite in the poll after the jump!

Policestation (Nerf Now)
Owner of a Broken Heart
(Virtual Shackles)
Great Wololo of China Part 2
(Awkward Zombie)
Appliances for the Nefarious Home
(Penny Arcade)
Nobody Likes Political Cartoons
(Digital Unrest)
Table Etiquette
(Brawl in the Family)
LittleBigPlanet 2
(Another Video Game Webcomic)

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JoystiqWeekly Webcomic Wrapup is all chocolates and flowers originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nintendogs + Cats 3DS breeds revealed, tears Joystiq staff apart

Posted on February 12, 2011

Civil war has broken out among three distinct factions of the Joystiq staff, each swearing allegiance to one of the three different versions of Nintendogs + Cats that are due out alongside the 3DS on March 27. The rifts were formed after Nintendo updated the games’ official Japanese site, revealing the different breeds contained within each cartridge — little did they know that by doing so, they’d be forging hostilities between a group of online writers and, more notably, best friends.

Look, we hate to make you choose sides, but we need to know where you stand. Check out the breeds below, and sound off in the comments. Unless, of course, you don’t choose to join the glorious army of Shiba Inu and Friends. If that’s the case, you can keep your stupid opinions to yourself.

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PSA: Civilization 5 DLC now available on Mac

Posted on February 12, 2011

Rejoice, citizens of the Grand Kingdom of Macintosh! You’ve been forced long enough to live without the premium, downloadable Civilization 5 content that’s been available to your cousins of the Land of Windows for ages. The DLC, which unlocks new civilizations for various prices — except the Mongol expansion, which is free and installs automatically when running the game through Steam — is now available for all Mac users.

You can grab the “Mediterranean,” “Mesopotamia,” “Asia” and “Americas” expansions for $2.99 each (or $9.99 as a bundle), or the “Babylon Civilization pack” and “Spain and Inca pack” for $4.99 a pop (or $7.99 for the pair). Our position on which one you should buy first should be well known by this point, but if not, here’s a hint: You should buy the civilization responsible for the music of both Bruce Springsteen and Menudo. That’s a cultural powerhouse if we’ve ever heard one.

JoystiqPSA: Civilization 5 DLC now available on Mac originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 07:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Full House Poker offers Windows Phone 7 connectivity

Posted on February 12, 2011

Full House Poker isn’t simply notable for its inclusion in Xbox Live’s House Party lineup. It’s also one of the first examples of connectivity between Xbox Live on the console and on Windows Phone 7. Not only is it the first Xbox Live-enabled mobile game with Avatar integration, but players will be able to transfer their progress from the console to mobile, and vice versa. As an Xbox Live representative explained to Joystiq, “you’ll be able to carry over both experience points and the bank roll you earn.”

While stats will be persistent across both versions of the game, the connectivity doesn’t run much deeper. For example, each title will have different Achievements that are “tailored specifically for each platform.” It also doesn’t appear there are any plans for cross-platform multiplayer support.

Full House Poker will be available on Windows Phone and Xbox 360 on March 16. While the XBLA version will go for 800 Microsoft Points ($10), the mobile version will be $2.99.

JoystiqFull House Poker offers Windows Phone 7 connectivity originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Blizzard investigating Diablo for consoles

Posted on February 10, 2011

The Diablo is in the details. Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime brought up Diablo for consoles at DICE late yesterday. It’s a subject that’s received plenty of industry chatter, but the closest we’d previously gotten to it happening (since the 1998 release of the first Diablo for PlayStation) was a report late last year that the company was “exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles.”

“I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console,” the executive noted while discussing Blizzard’s preference for PCs due to flexibility. “It’s something that we’re actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense.”

He concluded that there are a “number of issues” that Blizzard would have to solve in order to bring its games over to consoles, with some of his concerns involving the ability to patch effectively and inevitably add expansions. Asked directly if he thought Diablo would be the Blizzard game that could most easily be ported for consoles, he nodded in the affirmative.

JoystiqBlizzard investigating Diablo for consoles originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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