historical-article-the-race-for-the-sea-logoThe Battle of Ypres Autumn 1914

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

In the Autumn of 1914, during WWI’s “Race For the Sea,” the final gasp of mobile warfare between the warring Anglo-French Allies and German Central powers came with the Battle of Ypres. The Great War that began with the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian Grand Duke now spread throughout the far corners of the world, while encompassing most of the key players on the world stage. Nowhere was the fighting more fierce and prolonged as that now taking place throughout France and Belgium.

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By Kyree Leary @ GameRant

We’re a little under two months away from the launch of this year’s Call of Duty entry, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. And since it feels like no major game can come out and surprise people anymore, let’s delve into the game’s Achievement/Trophy list, because that’s been revealed today.

Speaking of Advanced Warfare’s campaign, don’t expect this one to be as short as its predecessors and end after 5-6 hours. Sledgehammer Games‘ first shot with the Call of Duty series’ campaign mode will apparently clock in with a longer playtime. Said Glen Schofield, studio head and co-founder of Sledgehammer, in response to a question on Twitter, this particular campaign is “coming in longer than the last few.”

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Ubisoft is pleased to announce the launch of a unique online experience, Project Widow, ahead of the launch of the videogame, Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

Offering a 360 degree street level view, the online interactive guided tour will immerse visitors in Assassin’s Creed: Unity and bring to life Paris in the late 18th century amidst the bloody heart of the French Revolution.

Visiting the sites of some of the French Revolution’s darkest moments, players will see Paris as it is now whilst experiencing Paris as it was then.

Participants will be able to explore the immersive virtual world Paris in their own time, discover hotspots rich in history, uncover hidden Assassin’s Creed: Unity art and videos, win prizes and exclusives and uncover the secrets of the assassins and revolution. Look closer in dark corners for competitions and exclusive bonus content.

A charismatic revolutionary, voiced by UK actor, Andy Serkis, is the guide and narrator. Offering a very extraordinary and personal tour of Paris, he describes the Revolution from his own gritty experience. Beware though, he may have his own veiled agenda.

Project Widow, which can be accessed here launches in the UK on Thursday 25th September. Project Widow refers to one of the most famous nicknames for the guillotine during 18th Century Paris and brings an intriguing and cryptic element to the online tour.

Also, the new Assassin’s Creed: Unity Experience Trailer #2 Customization & Co-op video has been released. View it here.

My.com is happy to present the main battle tank – T-80. Constructed in the Soviet Union, this tank earned the reputation as an outstanding combat vehicle and was praised by many experts and tank commanders. Watch the video to find out more about this military machine.

In Armored Warfare the T-80 is a Tier 7 vehicle. The main characteristics of this main battle tank are high alpha damage and high mobility. The T-80 shows its very efficiency in close-quarters combat. The top gun can consistently deal a large amount of damage per shot due to the high penetration, but the lower accuracy, long aim time, and penetration falloff of the ammunition make the T-80 far less effective against targets at longer ranges.

The T-80 has powerful frontal armour on the hull and turret, but weak rear and side armour combined with lower HP value makes this vehicle highly vulnerable to flanking attacks. Therefore, the best tactic when meeting this tank will be going around the flank or to the rear. Those who use T-80 should constantly be covering the rear or use the landscape to protect yourself from vulnerable flanking.

Players will be able to upgrade and modify T-80 in various ways: step-by-step upgrade of guns and ammunition to more powerful ones, installation of additional electronic equipment and external defence systems, as well as more powerful engines. The T-80 can be modified up to the level of T-80U model.

My.com will share more information on tank modifications very soon, so be sure to follow on your favourite social channel and sign up for the beta for your chance to pilot the T-80 main battle tank.

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Fly two brand new heavy-lift helicopters, supported by new content and features

Bohemia Interactive today announced the official release date for Arma 3’s second premium DLC, Arma 3 Helicopters. Lifting off on November 4th, the new DLC will introduce the highly detailed CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru heavy-lift helicopters, and will be supported by a variety of free new content and features in an accompanying Arma 3 platform update.

The CH-67 Huron is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. It is a modernized version of the CH-47 Chinook and its primary role is the transportation of troops, vehicles and cargo. The Huron exists in two variants: the armed variant with two side gunners manning 6.5 mm gatling guns, and the transport version which replaces the gunners with two additional passenger positions.

The Mi-290 Taru is a heavy utility helicopter with coaxial rotors and a unique modular construction. Various mission pods allow the Taru to serve many different roles. It can transport cargo, troops, and provide battlefield supplies (ammunition, fuel, repair facilities, and medical equipment). The helicopter can also transport light vehicles thanks to its sling loading capabilities. The latter, sling loading, is a brand new feature in Arma 3, and will be demonstrated in the official Sling Loading showcase scenario, which is included in the Helicopters DLC package.

Overall, the addition of the two new helicopters and their skin variants will place a stronger emphasis on the role of logistics in Arma 3’s open-world combat. This idea is complemented by the upcoming Arma 3 platform update, which delivers a variety of free new playable content, alongside multiple game-changing features.

In terms of content, the Arma 3 platform update will ship the brand new Support multiplayer mode, where players will need to provide various types of helicopter support – such as troop transport and medevac – in Sector Control multiplayer scenarios. In addition, the update will include a set of ten VR Training helicopter stages, and five helicopter Time Trials, of which four will be exclusive to Helicopters DLC owners. A variety of new in-game objects, ranging from landing platforms to military decorations and more, will also be made available to Arma 3 content creators. Plus, Bohemia Interactive will add a related set of new Steam Achievements to the game.

With regards to the new features, the Arma 3 platform update comes with the optional RotorLib helicopter flight model, which is an upgraded version of the flight model used in Bohemia Interactive’s Take On Helicopters. Furthermore, the platform update will include the aforementioned new ability to sling load cargo, and last but certainly not least: the much-anticipated firing-from-vehicles feature. This functionality enables vehicle passengers to fire their weapon while seated.

The Arma 3 Helicopters DLC will be available on November 4th for 12.99 EUR/10.99 GBP/15.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. People can already purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which includes the Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Helicopters, and the upcoming Arma 3 Marksmen DLC, for 19.99 EUR/16.99 GBP/24.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. As a result of Bohemia Interactive’s new approach to DLC in Arma 3, which the studio announced in May, players will be able to try out all new DLC content before buying.

For more information, please visit the official Arma 3 website.

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total-war-attila-boxThe next thrilling entry in the Total War series takes players to the brink of the apocalypse

SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe, Ltd. today announced Total War: Attila, the next instalment in the multi award-winning Total War series of strategy games.

The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequalled.

The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

Total War: Attila introduces exciting new gameplay mechanics which improve and add to numerous core turn-based and real-time Total War systems. The world will darken around you as Attila’s forces descend on your homeland creating a unique vision of survival strategy.

“With Total War: Attila we will create a Total War game that will challenge and enthrall fans of the series” said Janos Gaspar, project lead on Attila. “We’re reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we’re building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies clash. We want to push players to the limits of their skill to survive against the odds, and to love every minute of it.”

Total War: Attila is due for release in 2015 on Windows PC and Mac. For more information, screenshots and official announcement trailer please visit www.totalwar.com.

“Don’t give up the ship!” (Captain James Lawrence, American naval officer during the War of 1812)

The most detailed simulator for air/naval operations has just got even better. Command Wargame of the Year Edition is now available and with a 25% discount on the game! This is the perfect time to get involved in one of the deepest and most realistic games ever created.

We are pleased to announce that we have combined all post release updates, including the latest 1.05 patch, as well as a huge number of user-created scenarios into one comprehensive Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Wargame of the Year Edition! In addition to the official scenarios, a large number of user-created scenarios are freely available from the WarfareSims download site and players will be able to fight online in PBEM mode with Baloogan’s free Joint Command multiplayer add-on.

Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations is also available on Steam and we provide a free steam key to anyone who already owns the game, or buys the game from our stores. All you have to do is register your Command serial here and you will be able to redeem a Steam key.

Of course all existing owners of Command will be able to get their hands on the Wargame of the Year Edition by grabbing the latest update.

Click here of the official product page.

frontline-the-longest-day-box“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower – Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe)

June 1944 – The Axis is retreating on all fronts. The German army does not have the strategic initiative anymore and is trying to strengthen its defensive lines in order to stop the progress of Russian forces on the Eastern Front, and to prevent any landing from the Allied forces in the West. The Atlantic Wall seems unbreakable but rumors about a possible seaborne invasion in the north of France puts the German commanders under pressure. And suddenly, on June the 6th, the Allied forces launch one of the most audacious operations of the whole war. The world’s destiny is a stake on the Normandy beaches…

Successor of the very successful Frontline: Road to Moscow that reached the top of the charts on iPad this past spring, The Longest Day moves the action west and focuses on the D-Day operation that turned the tide of the war. From developer 88mm, this new chapter of the Frontline saga preserves the strengths that made it popular – original art direction, variety of units, and streamlined UI – and introduces deeper gameplay elements to provide a more realistic simulation of the battlefield. As the 5 massive campaigns unfold, players will have to take into account more and more variables like landmines, flanking maneuvers, and encirclements in order to breach the heavy Axis defensive lines.

The game is now ready to enter the beta phase on iPad, iPhone and PC. And we invite players to help us test it! By signing up for the beta, players will have a chance to visit the Normandy beaches before release and help us with the final touches, ensuring a smooth release on iOS and PC later this year.

Players can sign up for the beta by clicking here.

Get more information on Frontline: The Longest Day from its official product page.

Source: Blue’s News

A new trailer titled “Power Changes Everything” from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, shows off the upcoming next installment in the military shooter series. Here’s a debriefing on the new clip: “Power changes everything in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, from the Private Military Corporation-driven storyline in the single-player Campaign to the innovative exoskeleton movements in Multiplayer. Take a look at what makes Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the total gaming package, including the world premiere of the four-player co-op mode: Exo Survival.”

rising-storm-boxTripwire Interactive and Antimatter Games are pleased to announce the release of the Rising Storm: Armored Assault Free Content Pack. The new pack is loaded with free content for both Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2 including a new gun (German MG 42 light machine gun), two new light tanks (Russian T-70 & German Panzer III) along with an updated version of Arad 2, and two new official custom maps (Kobura & Tula Outskirts).

We’ve put together an action packed new trailer for the update that can be viewed here.

The Rising Storm: Armored Assault Free Content Pack is available now on Steam as well as many other digital outlets. Rising Storm is also on sale at a 75% off discount during Steam’s Midweek Madness Sale!

More game information is available at the official Rising Storm website.

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