Dragon Age 2 ‘Ser Isaac of Clarke’ Armour Set Comes Free with Dead Space 2

Posted on January 21, 2011


The huge heap of Dragon Age 2 in-game items you can acquire before BioWare’s RPG even comes out has grown larger still. Publisher EA has announced that you’ll receive the Dead Space 2-inspired Ser Isaac of Clarke’s Armor if you buy Visceral Games’ sci-fi horror.

A single-use code for Ser Isaac of Clarke’s Armor will be included with the PC and Xbox 360 editions of Dead Space 2, while the PlayStation 3 version will use some other, yet-unrevealed method.

A similar promotion ran for the original Dragon …

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Star Trek Online and Champions Online Lifetime Subscription Sale Incoming

Posted on January 20, 2011

Ostensibly to celebrate the launch of Champions Online‘s free-to-play option next week, developer Cryptic Studios has announced it will be offering a 20% discount on lifetime subscriptions for the superhero MMO as well as for Star Trek Online.

Discounted, the lifetime subscriptions will each cost $239.99. The sale will start on January 25 at 6am Pacific then run until 10am on February 4.


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Nintendo Downloads: Animal Boxing, Science Sandwiches and Tower Defense

Posted on January 17, 2011

Regular as clockwork, Monday morning brings a new round of downloadable releases to the Wii and DSi. This week there’s the usual assortment of platformers, puzzlers, time-management games and, yes, tower defenses.

    • Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time – $10
    • Urbanix – $5
    • BIT.TRIP BEAT (demo version) – Free
  • WiiWare


Urbanix and Glory Days – Tactical Defense.
    • Glory Days – Tactical Defense – $2
    • Animal Boxing – $8
    • The Seller – $5
    • Alien Puzzle Adventure – $5
  • DSiWare

All games should be available in their respective digital stores from 9am P…

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Daily Filter: January 14, 2011

Posted on January 16, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you’re eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today’s Filter features F.E.A.R. 3, Might & Magic Heroes VI, Darkspore,

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Bulletstorm Demo Hitting Xbox 360 & PS3 This Month

Posted on January 14, 2011

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners will be treated to a downloadable demo for People Can Fly and Epic’s shooter Bulletstorm on January 25, publisher EA announced today. PC gamers, well, you can swear and pull funny faces to simulate the experience.

The demo will feature Bulletstorm’s single-player ‘Echo’ mode, where players aim to score big and top scoreboards in snippets of the full campaign; you’ll want to practice Skillshots to best your chums. The demo’s …

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Time Gentlemen, Please! Dev Zombie Cow Scraps New Adventure Game

Posted on January 13, 2011

Zombie Cow Studios, the indie developer behind top adventure games Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please!, has announced that it’s scrapped a third game in the series “after a year of off-on development” lest it churn out “a sub-par game.”

Zombie Cow explained that it saw Time Gentlemen, Please! as “the ultimate Adventure Game satire” and that Balloon-Headed Mexican would add nothing new:

Writing Revenge of the Balloon-Headed Mexican, it felt like we were …

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StarCraft 2 Patch 1.2 Launches With Chat Channels, Balance Tweaks

Posted on January 13, 2011

After a period of public beta testing, patch 1.2.0 for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty launched last night with additions including Battle.net chat channels and customisable hotkeys plus bug fixes and yet more balance tweaks to Blizzard’s RTS.

If you don’t fancy facing the SC2 auto-updater, you can download the 275MB-ish patch direct from FileShack in US, GB, FR and …

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The Behemoth Giving Away Gold-Plated Xbox 360 in Celebratory ‘Tournament of Champions’

Posted on January 10, 2011

To celebrate Castle Crashers reaching the prestigious two million player mark on Xbox 360, developer The Behemoth has sold its complete stock portfolio for gold, liquidated the bars and dipped an Xbox 360 into the rich cauldron only to give it all away to one lucky fan.

Although we made up the way in which the indie developer procured such a rare find, The Behemoth really is giving away a 24-karat, gold-plated Xbox 360 console in an upcoming XBLA Castle Crashers tournament.

To qualify for the prize fit for a prince, players must “be in the top 100 Weekly Ranked Arena players on the Castle Crashers leader…

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Michael Jackson: The Experience Sales Hit 2 Million

Posted on January 07, 2011

It’s easy to crack jokes about sparkly gloves and the eerie digital spectre of a deceased pop star but Michael Jackson: The Experience is another handy reminder that many types of video games are popular, not only those about shooting people in the face.

The dance ‘em up has sold-through two million units since launching on November 23, Ubisoft announced today. The publisher notes that this figure doesn’t include Japan, where the game has yet to launch but “which has one of the largest and most passionate concentrations of Michael Jackson fans anywhere.” More sales there, then.

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EA Announces Online Multiplayer Shutdown for Almost Thirty Games

Posted on January 06, 2011

Monolothic developer and publisher Electronic Arts has unveiled its latest round of online service shutdowns, VG247 spotted. Over the coming months, over two dozen games will lose support for online multiplayer and other online features.

The bulk of the games are EA Sports titles from 2009 and earlier, though ‘The Lord of the Rings’ games are also being shut down due to the expiration of a licensing deal.


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Super Meat Boy Devs Discuss Development, Publishers, PETA, Future Endeavors, and More

Posted on January 05, 2011

The two man indie developer powerhouse behind this years hair-pullingly difficult platformer, Super Meat Boy, recently conducted a postmortem interview with Game Informer magazine in which the duo describe the squishy red hero’s journey from inception to fan-reception. Also discussed are developers Edmund McMillen’s and Tommy Refenes’ humorous run-in with PETA, the trials and tribulations of getting the game published, and some general musings about the team’s future projects.

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Rumor: Photographs of Production Nintendo 3DS Fresh Off the Assembly Line

Posted on January 03, 2011

With a planned February 26 launch date for Japan looming, Nintendo’s 3DS must be starting to roll off assembly lines. Chinese video game site TGBUS posted a series of very believable images it claims are of a fresh from the factory 3DS, smuggled out by a intrepid worker and posted to the forums (as spotted by Engadget). Click on one of the thumbnails below to see the whole group of them. There’s also a video on YouTube (for the time being at least).

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Mass Effect 2 ‘Cerberus Network’ Goes on Vacation; New ‘Pre-Mass Effect 3′ DLC Teased

Posted on January 03, 2011

It looks like Mass Effect 2‘s content and information network “Cerberus” has decided to take a last minute vacation. Kotaku spotted a news update within the Mass Effect 2 network computer revealing that the service will halt updates soon after the game’s one year anniversary, on January 24.

The Cerberus Network offered users daily updates to the Mass Effect universe, often fleshing out the background of the series in text as well as through free downloadable content. While DLC has since shifted to a premium model–the last of which put players on the trail of the mysterious Shadow Broker–daily text updates from the “Cerberus Daily News” have continued.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s Operation Hastings Map Unlocked Across PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted on January 03, 2011

In case you missed it, the bonus fifth map in the Bad Company 2’s “Vietnam” expansion, Operation Hastings, has been unlocked for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 gamers.

Last week, PC players showed off their warfare prowess by completing the requisite 69 million team actions to unlock the fifth map in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 expansion within a matter of days.

Although PS3 and Xbox 360 users did not meet the challenge (only reaching 39 and 52 million acti…

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Best of 2010 Awards: Game of the Year Runner-up

Posted on December 30, 2010

Best of 2010 Awards

Game of the Year Runner-up: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

The wait was definitely worth it with Blizzard’s first non-World of Warcraft release since July 2003 and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is our second best game of 2010. There isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been covered in the posts for Best Multiplayer, Best Strategy, and Best PC game, which were all taken by StarCraft II.

StarCraft II has something for every type of player with a varied campaign, competitive multiplayer, and rich custom game support that will only improve over time. The game has already jumped to the top of the pile when it comes to PC-based eSports and will most certainly be played for years and years to come, especially with two expansion packs planned.

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Best of 2010 Awards: Introduction

Posted on December 27, 2010

Best of 2010 Awards
We picked a good year to reboot the Shacknews “Best of” awards. Looking back over 2010 to put together the nominees reminded us that award-worthy video games started arriving in the very first week of January, and kept coming throughout the rest of the year. Whatever your favorite style of game or platform of choice may be, chances are pretty good this past year offered up more than a couple titles that really grabbed you.

Through these awards we aim to recognize the best of them for a variety of achievements. Our editorial team, consisting of myself, Xav, Jeff, Alice, and Brian used a three-tier voting system to select the winners. For each category we ranked our top three, with first place getting four points, second receiving two, and third taking one. Points were then tallied resulting in a winner and runner-up. In the case of …

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Weekend Discussion

Posted on December 26, 2010

The team at Shacknews would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Hopefully, for those of you lucky enough to rip open a few gifts this year, you got everything you ever wanted.

We’re sure you would have loved to keep “Peace on Earth” on your holiday wishlist; however, the vast amount of awesome games available probably kept bumping that item down your “Most Wanted.”

Stay tuned for next week, when Shacknews will roll out its “Best of 2010″ awards. Until then, what are the Shack staffers doing/playing this holiday season?

  • Alice O’Connor: I was informed, in a mildly threatening tone, that my Winterval festivities will include playing something called ‘The Hamburger Game’ whether I like it or not.
  • Garnett Lee: A very quick Christmas weekend spent with my mom means air travel. I took advantage of the $.99 sale and got Spider: the…

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC Detailed and Dated

Posted on December 23, 2010

Dust off your whips and prep your best brooding scowl, more Castlevania content is on the way. Today, Komani revealed two new pieces of downloadable content are in the works for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from developer MercurySteam.

In the “Reverie” downloadable content pack, players will return to the castle as the game’s hero Gabriel in order to lend a hand to the former servant Laura “in destroying the unruly evil that was previously kept in check by the recently slain Queen.”

The second downloadable content takes place immediately after the events of the game. Entitled “Resurrection…

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Humble Indie Bundle #2 Now Offering Free Humble Indie Bundle #1

Posted on December 22, 2010

The brilliant ‘pay what you want’ Humble Indie Bundle #2 keeps getting better, as organiser Wolfire Games has now announced that you can receive the six games from the original Humble Indie Bundle for free.

All 180,00-odd customers who bought Bundle #2 before this announcement was made will have automatically received Bundle #1 for nowt. New purchasers, though, will need to spend more than whatever Bundle #2’s average purchase price is at the time in order to receive Bundle #1. When this story was written, the average was $7.33 but surely you’d pay more than that for all those games and to help charity anyway, wouldn’t you?

The Humble Indie Bundle #2 contains DRM-free versions …

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Morning Discussion

Posted on December 21, 2010

I kicked my Christmas festivities off last night with a double-bill of Trading Places and Scrooged at the cinema. It is now Christmas. I am overflowing with mirth, merriment and good will towards all men, except those I’m not too fond of. Ho ho ho!

Having posted a contemptible Bulletstorm trailer at work earlier in the day, filled with senseless flips and motherflippers, I was delighted by the restrained swearing in Trading Places. If you artlessly drool non-stop obscenities, like Bulletstorm seems to, it can quickly become tiresome. This is deeply unfortunate as swearing is excellent.

No, Trading Places held back, even stopping itself mid-cuss, until the time was just right. It’s this restraint which makes, for example, this simple two-word obscenity–…

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