Month: April 2015

Ascendance, the second epic DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is live on PC. Ascendance features four new action-packed maps, the formidable OHM weapon (a 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun/shotgun), the OHM Werewolf custom variant and Infection, the highly-anticipated next entry in Exo Zombies. In addition, the DLC pack also includes the all-new Exo Grapple ability playlist, which delivers a faster way to reach strategic vantage points, and also doubles as a brutal secondary weapon to take down the competition.

  • Perplex: Get vertical in Sydney as you fight to dominate this five-story modular apartment complex. Take the high ground or blast through the close-quarters interior in this small to medium sized map. Adapt your strategy mid-match when construction drones shift apartment modules, creating new routes and cover positions.
  • Site 244: A spacecraft has crash landed, spilling its mysterious cargo under the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, USA. This medium to large three-lane map allows for any style of gameplay, focusing combat through the space ship’s fuselage and around the debris-littered landscape. Use the map-based scorestreak to crack open an alien spore and instantly enhance your perks and exo abilities.
  • Climate: Fight your way through a futuristic man-made utopia in this lush, climate-controlled enclosure. In this small to medium sized circular map, land and water routes channel frenetic combat around the central island structure. Watch your step when the river water changes from an asset into a deadly bubbling obstacle.
  • Chop Shop: Think fast as you make your way through the black market exoskeleton industrial complex and engage in fast-paced shootouts in this medium sized, symmetrical map. Activate the map-based scorestreak to take control of an Advanced Repulsion Turret that radiates a deadly microwave EMP to help lock down key areas.

The Exo Zombies saga continues in the all-new episode, Infection, as the four Atlas employees, portrayed by the returning celebrity cast of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street) fight tooth and nail through undead zombie hordes. Located on the outskirts of an Atlas facility, the new Exo Zombies episode introduces a slew of never-before-seen undead masses, a robust arsenal of new traps and armaments and everyone’s favourite fast food joint, Burgertown.

Learn more about the Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Ascendance DLC on its official webpage.

Introduces Legendary ‘Weapons of Victory’ vehicles, Berlin and Normandy Maps and much more

Gaijin Entertainment today announced that the “Weapons of Victory” Update for the award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunder, is now live. The update, with the telltale number 1.70.1945, provides War Thunder’s 9 million players worldwide with access to over 40 new vehicles and three new maps thematically tied to the final stages of WWII.

The “Normandy” map provides a deadly mix of ambush points and terrain and is a true ‘battle for the hedgerows’ homage to the Allied push to retake northern France in June 1944. The “Hürtgen Forest” map features the challenging terrain of Western Germany faced by the US Army in the longest battle in its history. Finally the “Reichstag” map takes armoured combat to the hard fought streets of Berlin.

Also, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, the development team has prepared an exclusive series of vehicles called “Weapons of Victory”. These are planes and tanks that each have an incredible, real histories. Players will be able to get them as part of upcoming May festivities by participating in in-game events and promotional activities.

Included in the line-up of six legendary fighters, is the RAF Spitfire Mk IXc that belonged to decorated pilot and the Siege of Malta’s ace, John Plagis. For the USAF, Ray S Westmore’s (21 confirmed kills) P51-D Mustang ‘Daddy’s Girl’ has been added. Ground Forces are represented by the US M-18 from the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, nicknamed “Black Cat”, as well as four other famous vehicles.

The non-premium version of the M-18 tank destroyer is actually part of the highly anticipated new line of American self propelled guns. The U.S. also gets the T34 Sherman ‘Calliope’ – a fearsome multi-rocket firing tank capable of delivering devastating offensive fire support. But that’s not all, of course: The United Kingdom also gets a whole new line-up of Fleet Air Arm from the trusty Sea Gladiator biplane to the fearsome Attacker FB.1 jet, with USSR, Germany and Japan also getting new tools of destruction. In total, a whopping more than 40 new planes and tanks are introduced in the 1.70.1945 Update.

Aircraft damage model was also updated. As a result of the new system, you will see significant changes in the behavior of aircraft in collisions, as well as during emergency landings. For example, it will be more difficult to harm a heavy bomber by ramming it while flying a light aircraft, and the correct execution of the “belly landing” will damage the aircraft just slightly with the possibility to fully repair it and return to battle again. To learn more about the changes in the damage model check the developer’s blog.

In the subsequent dot versions of 1.70.1945 Update, Gaijin Entertainment will also be adding weekly War Thunder Tournament events in which a skilled pilot or tanker can earn prizes and vehicle decals for notching up successful victories. Read more in devblog.

For more information, please visit the official War Thunder website.

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blitzkrieg3-logoNival, an independent game developer renowned for their strategy games, have today revealed that Blitzkrieg 3, the long awaited next installment to one of their most beloved franchises, will be launching on Steam Early Access on May 6th, along with details of the various game editions.

“The best way to get the game that you want is to take part in the development process” said Sergey Orlowskiy, the CEO and founder of Nival. “Steam Early Access is the perfect portal for players to become involved, to play the game and provide us with invaluable feedback on how and where they would like to see Blitzkrieg 3 go.”

From May 6th there will be two editions of Blitzkrieg 3 available on Steam Early Access: the Standard Edition and the Special Edition.

Blitzkrieg 3 can be found at the Steam Store.

For more information on Blitzkrieg 3 and to pre-order the game head to the games official website.

total-war-attila-boxIncluding 60GB of Development Data for Modders

Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are available now. The new Assembly Kit can be downloaded as a beta via the Tools menu in ATTILA owners’ Steam Library, and will be immediately familiar to modders of SHOGUN II and ROME II. The most extensive Assembly Kit yet offers the following tools:

  • DaVE: enables editing of the game’s database entries.
  • BOB: enables processing of raw data such as textures, models and animations.
  • TeD: enables the creation of individual battlefields for land, sea and sieges.
  • Terry: enables the editing of campaign map aesthetics such as the height-map, lighting and props. Unlike previous Assembly Kits, Terry now grants access to Terrain Raw Data, which means modders can determine which battle maps load in for specific campaign map locations. Go mod those cities!

In order to get the most from the tools, a Terrain Raw Data resource pack has also been made available, featuring 60Gb of in-game production data for modders to work with.

For a rundown of the possibilities, check out the Assembly Kit trailer here.

For a comprehensive resource on scripting and using the new tools, check out the Total War Wiki here.

Along with the mod tools, Steam Workshop support for Total War: Attila is also live. This means modders can share their creations with other players via the Total War: Attila Workshop page.

order-of-battle-pacific-boxFinally it is here! Order of Battle: Pacific lands today on the shores of our stores and it looks great, with a vast array of gameplay innovations! Today you have the chance to command naval, air and land units of both factions in the game during two massive and dynamic campaigns, and in a set of scenarios for cooperative and versus multiplayer games either local or by Internet!

Order of Battle: Pacific offers a deep and challenging strategic experience in a WW2 Theater of Operations that is rarely covered. Only commanders able to select the right units from among the 500 available and plan several moves ahead of his opponent will have a chance to survive in the bloody waters of the Pacific Ocean!

We are going to offer a free Steam key to anyone who buys a copy of the game from the Matrix Games or Slitherine store, once the game is available on this digital platform!

Grab the game here.

And don’t forget to give a look to the minisite!

Set in Pacific theater of WW2, Order of Battle: Pacific features playable campaigns for both the US-led Allies and the Japanese Empire. Starting from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the dynamic campaign system allows players to alter the course of history and even win the war as Japan in the fictional “what-if” conquest of Australia, or lead the Allied forces from the struggle at the beginning of the war to ultimate victory with the invasion of Japan.

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historical-article-running-the-dardanelles-forts-logoGallipoli, March 1915

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Last Saturday, 25 April, was ANZAC Day when Australia and New Zealand take time to remember those who died for their countries in various conflicts. However, it is the fighting at Gallipoli in World War 1that is most usually associated with ANZAC Day and is seen as a defining moment in the history of the two nations and a major factor in their progress to independent statehood. Whilst the tragedy and heroism of the fighting at Gallipoli is remembered the naval actions that were a prelude have a lower profile. Today we take a look at the failed naval operations of March 1915.

Read on…

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Source: Blue’s News

An IL-2 Sturmovik forum post announces the release of a new patch for IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, updating the World War II combat flight simulator to version 1.011. The new version includes a new aircraft and a new map, and also adds the ability to transfer the license for the game to Steam. They have set up a FAQ on how to get your Battle of Stalingrad Steam key.

call-of-duty-black-ops-3-logoBlack Ops III Redefines How Call of Duty is Played Delivering Innovations Across Every Mode — Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies — in the Deepest Call of Duty Ever

Mark your calendars for the return of the most played series in Call of Duty history, because Black Ops is back! Call of Duty: Black Ops III will arrive Friday, November 6, 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. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, and developed by award-winning developer Treyarch, 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. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is in development for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system; and PC.

Check out the reveal trailer and get more game information at the official Call of Duty: Black Ops III website.

andyson-rplatinum-1200-psuBy E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech

When it comes to high performance >1 kW computer power supplies, almost every reputable OEM has released at least one design to serve as their flagship. This is not necessarily because the companies expect high revenue because they are well aware that this segment of the market is very small and overly saturated. They do this because the flagship serves as a symbol of the company’s capabilities and competence, enhancing their profile on all fronts in order to produce that halo product, hoping the performance of the high end results in trickle-down sales. In this extremely competitive and saturated market, we have a new contender – Andyson.

Read The Review Here

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