historical-article-bloody-omaha-beach-logoD-Day from the German Perspective

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Of all the British, Canadian and American D-Day invasion beaches along the Normandy coast, none was as fiercely defended nor caused as many lost Allied lives than at Omaha Beach. The reasons for the near disaster at Omaha beach were many, with both Allied and Axis forces directly or indirectly sharing the blame for this near defeat, turned to costly victory.

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company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-logoSource: Blue’s News

A new trailer from Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces is a “know your units” feature profiling the sniper in the upcoming standalone World War II RTS expansion. They explain these snipers are not just to take out individual soldiers:

“In addition to targeting infantry troops on the battlefield, the sniper has two additional capabilities: the ability to order all 25 pound howitzers in the area to fire on a designated target, and armor piercing rounds that can damage, or even destroy, select vehicles on the battlefield.”

You can view the trailer here.

TaleWorlds Entertainment has today launched a major update to the Viking Conquest DLC, released for Mount & Blade: Warband in December of last year, entitled “Reforged Edition”. In both name and spirit, this represents a revival for the DLC, rewarding fans for their loyalty with a long list of new features. All Viking Conquest owners are receiving this update for free and all new copies of Viking Conquest are sold with the update included.

Among the key features of the DLC is a brand new storyline, “The Last Tuatha De Danann”, taking place in dark, mysterious Ireland. Players are expected to fall in love with the new canine companions that can be befriended and will be faithful to their master, even in battle! New Berserker troops add a new dimension to battling, with their terrifying strength to be feared by friend and foe alike…

The update has received the service of a brand new trailer which demonstrates some of the improvements.

A full list of features is available on the TaleWorlds website.

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pike-and-shot-campaigns-box“Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.” – Niccolò Machiavelli

Boots are pounding the ground for days. Dirty and grimy soldiers are marching in the ranks with the sergeants trying (mostly in vain) to keep them disciplined. Too many days have passed since the last plundered town and now food is starting to run out. The men are nervous. Suddenly a cry from the head of the column. Scouting cavalry have spotted enemy heavy pikemen formations supported by artillery.

It is time to spill some blood!

Pike and Shot: Campaigns is a brand new all-in-one package. It includes the Pike and Shot base game and the Tercio to Salvo expansion, plus 21 new skirmish army lists for the rest of Europe during the period of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) covering the armies of England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, German States, Austria, Hungary, Transylvania, the Ottoman Empire, Poland-Lithuania and Russia!

But the main new feature is the strategic map system, implemented to allow you to lead your armies to victory over an entire theatre of operations, taking into account strategic considerations such as terrain, available manpower, supply, attrition, sieges and economic damage.

Pike and Shot: Campaigns includes 4 campaigns:

  • Gustavus Adolphus, set in the “Swedish phase” of the Thirty Years War, allows you to play as Swedes or Imperialists.
  • English Civil War allows you to play as Royalists or Parliamentarians.
  • Great Turkish War, set in the period of the famous Siege and Battle of Vienna in 1683, allows you to play as Austria and Poland or as the Ottoman Empire.
  • Pike and Shot allows you to match any two armies from 1494 to 1648 in a struggle for dominance.
  • With Pike and Shot: Campaigns the infamous Iron Century with all of its military innovations is depicted at its best!

If you already own Pike and Shot and Tercio to Salvo, prepare for a great promotion. The game launches on August 13th!

Get more information about the game from the official Product Page.

call-of-duty-black-ops-3-logoActivision has announced that the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta, which is coming to PlayStation 4 on 19thAugust, will now also be open to Xbox One and PC users from 26th August – 30th August. Beta access will give fans the chance to test and experience Call of Duty: Black Ops III gameplay prior to retail launch.

You can find out more here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will arrive Friday 6th November, to take fans on a journey to the dark, twisted and gritty world of Black Ops with a true next generation experience that redefines Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivers a campaign that can be played as a full single player game or co-op online with up to four players, the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty and a mind blowing Call of Duty Zombies experience that, for the first time, features its own XP progression system.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III campaign deploys players into a future world, where bio-technology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier. Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. In a world more divided than ever, this elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger and smarter.

See you on 6th November, the new Black Friday.

Pre-order now and get access to the Multiplayer Beta coming 19th August on PS4 and 26th August on Xbox One and PC . Learn more here.

wolfenstein-the-old-blood-logoSource: Gamer’s Hell

Bethesda Softworks today announced that a disc version of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the latest action-adventure shooter developed by MachineGames, a Swedish studio established in 2009 by the founders of Starbreeze Studios, has arrived in retail stores throughout North America.

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – Blazkowicz’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

For more information about Wolfenstein: The Old Blood visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-logoSource: Blue’s News

This video is the first developer diary for Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces, the recently announced World War II standalone RTS expansion. The clip features Relic’s Quinn Duffy offering an overview of the British perspective on World War II and how their “unique character and military doctrine influenced the design and development of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces.”

Also, a new Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces - Know Your Units (Churchill Tank) Trailer has been released. You can view the trailer here.

worldofwarships-logoLearn how to deck your vessel out in new Signal Flags and camouflage in the latest Dev Diaries

Get ready to fly your flag high on the open sea with the World of Warships Dev Diaries #7! In this latest installment in the World of Warships Dev Diary series, viewers will discover how they can display their battle prowess and acquire an in-game advantage thanks to the strategic use of Signal Flags and confounding camouflage.

In the Navy, flags are one of the main naval insignias for distinction, used to detail a ship’s nationality as well as communicate status and mission. In Dev Diaries #7, you’ll learn about the history of these flags, as well as the meticulous work that went into getting them looking and acting realistic in the game. In World of Warships, Signal Flags aren’t just cosmetic: they also boost your ship and captain, giving players an edge in battle. Through a player’s battle achievements, Signal Flags will be earned and applied to their ship. Discover what enhancements certain flags grant their vessels, ranging from increased XP earnings to increased speed.

Camouflage is the other way a captain can customize their vessel. Learn the history of camouflage used in navies around the world and how it will not only give your ship a unique look, but offers a practical gameplay enhancement.

To watch World of Warships Developer Diaries #7, click here.

More game info available via the official World of Warships website.

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msi-x99a-godlike-motherboardBy: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

We review the MSI X99A GODLIKE motherboard, this motherboard from their Gaming series isn’t shy when it comes to naming. But truth be told, this is among the best X99 chipset based motherboards we have tested to date. It ticks all the right boxes and has a feature-set that is amazing. I’m not talking about the RGB LED system even, multiple Killer NICs, the best AC WIFI solution e ever tested and well, just so much more in regards to SLI/Crossfire support, SATA3 connectors, M.2., overclock features, a very nice audio solution and much more. Join us in a the MSI X99A GODLIKE review, a product that is bound to please the PC gamer.

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corsair-strafe-mechanical-keyboardBy E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech

Corsair just released a new mechanical motherboard, the STRAFE, bringing cost-effectiveness to gamers who want the versatility of an advanced programmable keyboard that may be limited to red backlighting but supposedly lacks no practical features over the RGB models. The truly interesting part however is that the STRAFE has an MSRP of just $110, nearly half the MSRP of the K70 RGB ($200).

Read The Review Here

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