Indie Royale is back again, but this time for summer


I expected it to release yesterday, but today I received the news about the next, yup again, Indie Royale bundle. This one is a Summer Bundle and includes eight games for around $5.70.

Here’s the rundown of the games and the synopsis below from the organizers of Indie Royale themselves! (mostly because I don’t know much about the games) Purchase your copy of the bundle on the official website; you have less than nine days to obtain one, then it’s gone.

  1. Harvest: Massive Encounter for: steam (pc, mac), windows, mac, linux, desura – more bundle info!
  2. The Journey Down: Chapter One for: windows, mac, linux, desura
  3. Serious Sam 2 for: steam (pc)
  4. Gundemonium Recollection for: steam (pc), windows, desura – The Steam Key is for the *entire* Gundemonium Collection.
  5. GundeadliGne for: steam (pc), windows, desura
  6. Hitogata Happa for: steam (pc), windows, desura
  7. Acceleration Of Suguri X-Edition for: windows, desura
  8. Dino Run SE for: windows, mac, linux, desura – Special Edition (enhanced from the Flash original) w/ upgrades
  9. BONUS: AirMech for: steam (beta), windows, desura – Plus Indie Royale “Fleur de Lis” Pet for your AirMech!

First up is award-winning arcade real-time strategy game from Oxeye Game Studio, Harvest: Massive Encounter, co-created by current Minecraft lead coder Jens Bergensten, and downloadable for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. In this RTS/tower defense title making its first-ever bundle inclusion, offering battles of epic proportions with a unique style of resource management and exploration. According to IGN, “Harvest is a tower defense game with a goal of achieving high scores rather than a congratulatory, ‘You’ve triumphed! The galaxy is safe again,’ followed by a ‘Game Over.'” So it’s a perfect way to while away the summer days inside!

Next up is a brand new update of a classic point-and-click adventure game from SkyGoblin Games,The Journey Down: Chapter One available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Desura and DRM-free. Play Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito who struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station, as they embark on a spine-tingling adventure far from home and into a twisting plot of corruption and danger. Kotaku describes The Journey Down as a “delightful change of pace… (the) Afro-Caribbean setting is one that’s very rarely used in video games, and comes with a great palette of colors and art to pull from.”

Also making a bundle debut is the long-lost Serious Sam II, Croteam’s twitch-tastic 2005 shooter sequel, brought back by Devolver Digital in 2012, and now available for Windows on Steam. IGN said of the game at the time of its release: “The action is fast and intense from start to finish. You’ll have tons of beasts to blast and a wide variety of vibrant levels to run through” – and that’s still just as true now!

Also included in this bundle a four-pack of top imported Japanese shmups from Rockin’ Android, starting with all three games from Platine Dispositif’s ‘Gundemonium’ trilogy, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free: Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne and Hitogata Happa. These three games, which span both horizontal and vertical scrolling, offer remarkably complex, yet flexible gameplay as you enjoy bullet-hell shoot-’em-up gameplay in a cartoonish steampunk universe. Notably, DIYGamer says of the collection: these games “have huge replay value. They’re score-attack games, intended to be played dozens of times on a variety of modes and mastered thoroughly over time.”

The fourth game from Rockin’ Android is Orange_Juice’s Acceleration of Suguri-X Edition, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-Free. According to GameSpot, this game “offers a delicious mix of arena fighting and bullet-hell chaos.” By mixing a shmup and competitive arena fighting, Acceleration of Suguri-X Edition offers a depth-filled game, inspired by Japanese titles like Senko No Ronde, and featuring eleven levels of gameplay, a techno-trance soundtrack and schoolgirls who duke it out over who gets to eat the last pudding on earth. What more could you ask for?

Finishing everything up, the bundle also features Dino Run SE from Pixeljam, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Desura and DRM-Free. This pixel-heavy indie classic is presented in a Special Edition, enhancing the Flash original with speed runs, extra multiplayer maps, hats, and other notable upgrades. Based off a pixelated prehistoric world, escape the inevitable doom wave of extinction by controlling a speedy raptor across tar pits, crumbling hillsides and meteorite showers while gobbling up anything that gets in the way.

As a one-off bonus, the bundle also includes another chance to get your hands on a Steam Windows Beta key to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech, with bonus in-game item: an exclusive Indie Royale “Fleur de Lis” Companion/Pet for your AirMech! Excusive to the Summer Bundle, this is one of the very first cosmetic items for AirMech. AirMech is still in closed beta on Steam right now, making these codes very difficult to come by, so many thanks to Carbon Games for partnering with us to offer these keys to all our valued customers.

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Summer Bundle will get ‘Pixeljams Volume 1’ compilation – featuring tunes from top electronic artists like Miles Tilmann, Datassette, Mark DeNardo, + Dosh – normally a $5 value on its own. This collection of new and old tracks from the Pixeljam team (Dino Run) offers up nine tracks of pure bleepy joy. Included in Pixeljams Volume 1 is the Wiretap EP (Kate Simko + Miles Tilmann) and a goodie bag of images, animations and other PixelJam-related stuff.

Riot Games introduces new map that integrates ARAM concept


Here’s some more news concerning League of Legends. Apparently, Riot Games was going to release a new map with an idea invented from the players themselves. This new map is for all-random, all-mid also known as ARAM. The map is called the Proving Grounds and has been tested through LoL‘s public beta server. The Proving Grounds was supposed to be release June 20th; however it has been pushed back until a patch or two later. But I know at the moment, you can play on the Proving Grounds in a custom game at least if you have an tickling to play ARAM with some buddies. The map, similar to Dominion’s, has reduced respawn times and increased experience and gold gains. Check back again for more LoL updates.

Pulsefire Ezreal has landed on the Fields of Justice


Pulsefire Ezreal is available in the League of Legends store. Check the trailer below for the reveal trailer and a short clip of his joke. Check the website promo page for more information and graphics. He’s available for only 1650 RP points for the next 24 hours under 82 hours, so like Wednesday (sorry, said 24 hours on my homepage, but apparently it is available for the 81.5 hours from 5.30pm 6/30).

Age of Empires online goes free-to-play


Age of Empires Online has gone completely free-to-play now. The game was free-to-play before; however it was perfectly created so those who didn’t wish to pay would not be able to access a huge chunk of the higher end content. Therefore, you could really only try the game rather than immerse yourself in a full-fledged actual free-to-play game. Gas Powered Games will be updating the game to implement the new changes to their model as well as incorporate Alliance Wars. This new feature will be available for the players who are around level 40 and will be a team-based competition. In addition, the developer will be including purchasable vanity items. Once the update has been incorporated to the game, players with existing accounts will be granted 500 Empire Points, while new players will receive 100 Empire Points upon creating their account.

Chris Taylor, founder and CEO of Gas Powered Games details, “With Empire Points and this true free-to-play business model, we are giving players what they have repeatedly asked for… fewer pay walls and more ways for players to experience this legendary franchise” (Eurogamer).

 

Company of Heroes 2 trailer makes a statement


Company of Heroes 2 has received an official trailer. It does a great job focusing on the consequences and occurrences that come with war; however like some recent trailers I have posted, it does not highlight on gameplay. In a long-winded way, the trailer tells you the game is about Mother Russia and their contribution to WWII. Prepare to wield your own soviet Army in the upcoming sequel title. For more information, check out the official website and enjoy the trailer below.

 

It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the most brutal conflict of World War II, as Germany launches a full-scale invasion of the frozen tundra of the Soviet Union which would result in over 14 million military casualties. Take command of the iconic Soviet Red Army in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the invading Nazis. Your strategic skills and tactical expertise hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict in the sequel to the critically acclaimed and multi award-winning Company of Heroes. Engage in visceral tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and challenge you to wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and The Expendables 2 announced


Ubisoft has announced two titles, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and The Expendables 2. The Expendables 2 will  be available for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, while Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes will hit iOS and Android devices sometime in the near future. Previously released for Nintendo DS and more recently Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Clash of Heroes’ new touch-based interface will be developed by Tag Games.

The Expendables 2 will be sort of a prequel to the film that’s releasing in August. The player will be able to play as one of four characters: Barney Ross, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang, and Gunner Jensen. The storyline revolves around rescuing a kidnapped billionaire. In addition, the game will feature an online co-op and challenges along with a bunch of drivable vehicles and interesting locations.

 

LoL champions and skins on sale 6/29-7/2


For the upcoming weekend before the Fourth of July, the following League of Legends champions will be on sale according to Corporate Mundo: Lulu, Malzahar, and Shyvana. All three of them will be available in the store for 487 RP. In addition, as always three skins are on sale: Apocalyptic Brand, Dynasty Ahri, and Samurai Yi. Apocalyptic Brand and Dynasty Ahri will be on sale for 487 RP, while the Samurai Yi will be on sale for 260 RP.

Apocalyptic Brand in-game image

Apocalyptic Brand splash art

Dynasty Ahri in-game image

Dynasty Ahri splash art

Samurai Yi in-game image

Samurai Yi splash art

Red Sox lineup 6/28/12 vs Seattle Mariners


Nava LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Ross RF
Kalish CF
Aviles SS

Morales SP

Rovio’s Amazing Alex to launch in July


Rovio will be releasing their new iOS and Android app, Amazing Alex, sometime in July. Around the beginning of the year, Rovio purchased the rights to the app, Casey’s Contraptions. The new title from the Angry Birds developer will include ways to build levels and share them. The physics-based puzzler game will feature 100 levels upon launch and at least 35 interactive objects. The game will be regularly updated for free. If you’d like to know more about Rovio’s upcoming title, check out the official game websiteTwitter, and/or Facebook for more information. Also check out the teaser trailer below.

Kingdom Rush available for iPhone and iPod Touch!


One of my favorite iPad games has now officially launched on the iPhone and iPod touch. Kingdom Rush is one of the best tower defense games out on the market right now. Its gameplay can be easy, but overall as you progress, defending your land is a lot harder task than you expect it to be. Created by Ironhide Game Studios, the tower defense game has plenty of options to start against the hordes of goblins, orcs, and undead (to name a few enemies) you’ll battle against.

The game consists of just four building types: mage towers, barrack towers, archer towers, and artillery towers. Each enemy has a particular resistance to either magic or physical damage or even both; therefore it’s your ultimate wits that will help you figure how best to stop them before they deplete your kingdom’s health. Each round you have 20 lives and a particular sum of money to spend to create your defenses. In addition, you also have two cooldown dependent summoner spells: reinforcements and meteors. The meteors have an incredibly long cooldown while the reinforcements are two farmers for example that can be summoned almost around 10 seconds or so. Also although there are only four types of buildings, you can, after three upgrades, choose one or two path upgrades. For example, the mage tower can transform into an teleporting-enemies-around arcane tower or a reduce-enemies-armor tower (that also summons a nifty stone elemental, who acts as a guard).

So if you love tower defense games, certainly purchase Kingdom Rush, it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The sounds are cute, the graphics are nice, and the difficulty balance is great. There’s also plenty of achievements to strive for and after completing the game, there will be special challenges that await you. Get it at the iTunes App Store for iPad ($2.99) or iPhone/iPod Touch ($0.99). Or if you don’t have an iOS device or just don’t wish to pay the developers for the awesome game, then you can play the game online for free.

Warhammer franchise goes on sale for the weekend on Steam


This weekend you can save yourself some money on the Warhammer franchise. The Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is at just $7.49 for the not-even-a-year-old release. Additionally, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Complete Pack is available for just $14.99 and includes three games:  Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade – $4.99 (75% off)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Gold Edition – $4.99 (75% off)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm – $4.99 (75% off)

Dawn of War II: Retribution – Complete DLC Bundle – $7.49 (75% off)

 

Give me loot! Diablo III receives loot hotfix


You can now have a better chance of finding high-end gear levels 61 through 63 in Diablo III’s Act III and VI on Hell difficulty and in all the Inferno difficult Acts.

Hell – Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 9% to 13.9% (old drop rate to new drop rate)
  • iLvl 62: 1.9% to 3.45%
  • iLvl 63: 0% (no change)

Inferno – Act I

  • iLvl 61: 17.7% to 23.9%
  • iLvl 62: 7.9% to 12.6%
  • iLvl 63: 2.0% to 4.8%

Inferno – Act II

  • iLvl 61: 18.6% to 23.3%
  • iLvl 62: 12.4% to 18.6%
  • iLvl 63: 4.1% to 9.3%

Inferno – Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 24.1% to 27.1%
  • iLvl 62: 16.1% to 21.7%
  • iLvl 63: 8.0% to 16.3%

Dishonored E3 gameplay trailers show plenty of options for the gamer


I’m not sure how this completely passed me by, but I’m excited to post and have watched the new Dishonored gameplay shown at E3. There are two gameplay videos below. The first one shows the Arkane Studios’ game as a complete stealth option, whereas the second video details the assassin game’s more direct approach to dealing with missions.

“Some of them are that we track the number of deaths and innocents that the player kills, and this derives the ending – and also derives some of the little story bits all along the [way].

NBA 2K13’s Xbox 360 and PS3 receives special Dynasty Edition


NBA 2K13 is available in Dynasty Edition now. You can pre-order the Dynasty Edition for $99.99 and it includes the following:

  • The game
  • New NBA 2K13 All-Star add-on content
  • A full-sized Spalding basketball
  • Art of Basketball book
  • 2K Sports earbuds from Skullcandy
  • A NBA 2K13-textured controller skin from Skinit

It is only available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 2nd; however you can purchase the game for PC, PSP, Wii, and Wii U with the fancy additions.

Watch the new Horn trailer now


Yesterday I reported about a new entry from Phosphor Games here. Well today there’s a new trailer releasing some gameplay footage of the upcoming game using Unreal Engine 3. Check it out! Oh and yes in fact Zynga, the company that makes tons of those infectious and obnoxious Facebook games, will be publishing the game. Expanding their horizons, oh yes they are.

Amazing Spider-Man will release later on PC


For some reason and with no explanation at all, Activision’s The Amazing Spider-Man game will arrive on PC in August. The game will be over a month late compared to the launch for the Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, DS, and Wii versions that will hit stores this Friday. Perhaps the halted launch is due to The Amazing Spider-Man being available on Steam on August 10th, oh and with Steam Achievements. Who knows, hopefully they’ll be be enhancing the game and making it the best it should be, at least that’s what I’d like to think whenever there’s a PC game version release date delay. It seems inevitable that most PC releases get hit with the delay bug. However, the Spider-Man game has been compared to Batman: Arkham City, which is a pretty nice statement.

Until the PC release, you can always watch the film that appears in theatres on July 3rd next week.

Get 100 free games in one nifty app from Atari, but it only lasts today


Atari is celebrating their 40th birthday by offering Atari’s Greatest Hits app for free from the iTunes App Store. All 100 games contained in the app are free and will be “free-to-play until you remove or reinstall the game”.

Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 receive October release date


The sequel to Pokémon Black and White will officially release on October 5th for North America which is seven days before it hits Europe.

There are two new supplement features available for Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 : Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro. The Dream Radar allows players to transfer their Pokémon to Black and White 2 after capturing them in an alternate reality. The Pokédex 3D Pro is just a complete Pokédex for the 3DS and will downloaded through the eShop. It will help you collect all the Pokémon in the Unova region and is a great companion for those looking to “beat” Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Check out the trailer below.

 

Guild Wars 2 now has a release day


UPDATE: You can join the final beta test scheduled July 20th to the 22nd. Those who pre-ordered the game can also join in it.

Guild Wars 2 will be releasing on August 28th. Yesterday ArenaNet conducted a four hour stress test that allowed beta players to re-enter the world and revisit their characters in the MMORPG. It was only a matter of time after the stress test that the launch date would be announced.  Additionally, Madden NFL 13 and Transformers: Fall of Cyberton are also releasing on the same day.

Valve to release Source Filmmaker later this year


Valve has introduced a free tool, Source Filmmaker. It’s currently in a closed beta, but you can apply here. The new Steam feature only supports Team Fortress 2 at the moment and will release later this year. The new Meet The Pyro video portrays the capabilities the program can put out and tweak. It features mid-playback, hand-animation of models, and GPU-powered facial animation. If this could support much of the games distributed on Steam, well it would certainly be another alternative to the commonly used Fraps.

Tribes: Ascend has launched on Steam


The free-to-play shooter by Hi-Rez has officially reached Steam today. Tribes: Ascend is updated now with a new Capture The Flag map titled Stonehenge; in addition there’s also a new Deathmatch map. Although Tribes: Ascend is free-to-play, the Steam launch has also provided a 50% off Starter Pack sale for $9.99 that includes some goodies to help you on your adventure. The pack features: a lifetime 50% XP Boost, 4 Bonus Weapons for base classes, 2 class unlocks, 4 Perks, and 800 Tribes Gold. The deal will end on July 4th.

 

The Walking Dead – Starved for Help available on Xbox Live now


Today Telltale’s second episode of their The Walking Dead game has released and is available for only 400 Microsoft Points off of Xbox Live. The PlayStation Network edition will hit on Friday for just $4.99, in addition to the launches of “Starved for Help” on PC and Mac June 29th by select digital distribution partners.

 

Warframe is Digital Extremes new free-to-play shooter


Digital Extremes is developing a free-to-play shooter titled Warframe. The same people are also behind the Darkness II, Dark Sector and an upcoming Star Trek game. Yesterday they released a trailer from the game’s pre-alpha stage. While the trailer looks nice, highlighting frozen action scenes, the trailer does not deliver on gameplay besides someone slamming in the ground to only be followed by the Warframe logo. Check out the official website, if this game peeks your interest. Additionally, you can reserve your alias now. Expect a winter 2012 release date for the title.

Horn could be the new Infinity Blade


Horn looks like it could rival Epic Games’ Infinity Blade. Infinity Blade is one of those games here it’s easy to put down and pick it right back up due to the short battles. Infinity Blade is the first game to release on iOS using the Unreal Engine 3 and in addition, it has become the most profitable Epic Games’ franchise “in terms of man years invested versus revenue only, not total profit” (Eurogamer), according to Mark Rein. However, Horn looks just as impressive compared to the fastest-grossing app in iOS history. The iOS Phosphor Games‘ new entry will have players explore a world where an entire village has transformed into monsters. In this third-person action-adventure game, you control a young blacksmith on a search for questions regarding the the unusual and unfortunate occurrence placed on his village. You’ll be able to leap over ledges and participate in one-on-one battles. The battle system is similar to Zelda in which while you are attacking, you can circle around your opponent and dodge attacks or counter-blows.

 

 

Resistance franchise comes to an end


Those who are fan’s of Sony’s Resistance, it appears that the series is probably ending. Daniel Brooke, the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Online producer has stated, “The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on but as for the future we have no definitive plans” as mentioned on the Official PlayStation Magazine.

Sony may or may not come back to the game, but the developer Insomniac is completely done with it. Insomniac has already confirmed Resistance 3 will be its last effort after they have agreed to develop Overstrike for Electronic Arts.

 

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