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Games Abound with “3D Realms Anthology”

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

3d realms

Word of some classic 3D Realms titles on Steam:

Come get some! The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99, normally $39.99. The collection contains 32 revolutionary games, which — if purchased individually — would run more than $120. Here’s the list:

  • Alien Carnage / Halloween Harry
  • Arctic Adventure
  • Balls of Steel
  • Bio Menace
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold

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“The Trigger” Adds More to Alien Isolation

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

alien isolation the triggerSEGA announced today that ‘The Trigger’, the fifth add-on pack for multi-award winning survival horror Alien: Isolation, will be available to download from today. Seeing players compete against the clock across three terrifying new maps for Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode, ‘The Trigger’ may be the game’s most challenging add-on to date.

Set before the events of Alien: Isolation, ‘The Trigger’ puts players in the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo. Across the three new maps, players will find a new terror around every corner. The creature is quick and cunning and the synthetics ruthless and relentless; both are brutal and deadly.

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“Battlefield 4 Premium Edition” Coming

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

battlfield 4 titleEA recently had an announcement about Battlefield 4:

Get ready to own more and be more with the Battlefield 4 Premium Edition. Packed with content, the Battlefield 4 Premium Edition includes an intense single-player campaign as well as the award-winning multiplayer experience found in Battlefield 4 that lets players experience the rush of all-out-warfare on land, air and sea. The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition also delivers fans a Battlefield 4 Premium membership* which provides access to five themed digital expansion packs with tons of multiplayer content including 20 maps, game modes, a variety of weapons and vehicles and more. The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition will be available for $59.99 in North America for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Origin for PC starting October 21.

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“Battlefield 4″ Beta Details

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Straight from the folks at Electronic Arts, here are details about how to get in on the Battlefield 4 Beta:

The Battlefield 4 Beta is coming soon. You’ll be able to play the Siege of Shanghai map in Conquest Mode or Domination Mode.

We’ve introduced a lot of new and exciting elements into Battlefield 4, like Levolution, Amphibious Assault, and much more. We can’t wait for everyone to try them out in the Beta!

Looking to get into the Beta? Here’s how:

How to Join:

Join the Beta on:

Pre-order the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition

October 1*

Battlefield 3 Premium member

October 1*

Registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition

October 1*

Open to all Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC players. Download from Xbox Live, PSN and Origin.com.

October 4*

* Date subject to change.

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“BioShock Infinite” PC Specs

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

For whatever reason, I was under the impression that BioShock Infinite was going to blow the doors off minimum PC specs. Nope. But at least it’ll be no slouch in the “good looks” department. The minimum specs and recommended specs:

MINIMUM

  • OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
  • Video Card: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
  • Video Card Memory: 512 MB
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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Dead or Alive 5 Box Art Revealed

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Yes, that’s right. Revealed. And yes, there are swimsuit pics that were made available to the gaming press for review purposes only. No, we’re not sharing them here. That would be a puerile attempt at getting you to click things that would look embarrassing in your browser history.

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13 Days Left for “Kaiju Combat” Kickstarter

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Kaiju Combat” is being described as the spiritual successor of the Godzilla fighting games from the ‘oughts — Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee amoung them — by those behind the project, is behind the eight ball at the moment. With 187 backers and only $23,967 of their $350,000 goal (really, $450,000 because it’ll take that much to secure the TOHO licence), Sunstone Games announced that with 13 days left for the Kickstarter campaign they have a “a tentative plan to launch a new, better, Kickstarter campaign in October [2012]” with plans in place as a stop-gap to ensure they’re able to get that far.

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The Armchair Empire Explodes into the Future!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, IF NOT SOONER 

THE ARMCHAIR EMPIRE EXPLODES INTO THE FUTURE

Move to blog format and expanded use of social networking and video content to bring “All Things Gaming” to the next level with “The Armchair Empire – Infinite” 

Vancouver, British Columbia — May 22, 2012 — The Armchair Empire is proud to announce its second evolutionary stage, nearly 12 years in the making, with the launch of The Armchair Empire – Infinite (ae-infinite.com).

“It has been more than a decade since The Armchair Empire launched and it was probably about time we made use of some of the dramatic changes in technology to make our own dramatic changes,” said co-founder and head writer Aaron Simmer. “With The Armchair Empire – Infinite we’ll be able to react faster to news, gets reviews posted sooner, and do a better job integrating video content and social networking nonsense, etc.”

“Mostly we took this step to make our lives at least 56% easier,” said co-founder and VP of Video Content, Jeff Nash. “It was time to go “blog out” with the Armchair Empire – Infinite, which features the same writers, the same level of insight of the regular Armchair Empire, but the articles can be presented much faster and possibly with more sparkles.”

The Armchair Empire (armchairempire.com) will remain a vast planetoid of gaming information, reviews, previews, features, interviews, and editorials of the last dozen years. The Armchair Empire – Infinite is essentially a satellite launched in the hopes of remaining relevant and possibly ride on the likely success of BioShock Infinite.

The Armchair Empire – Infinite is here: ae-infinite.com

The Armchair Empire’s “Propaganda Machine” Blog Arrives

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I am pleased to announce that The Armchair Empire’s “Propaganda Machine” blog is now “live!” This is the official blog of co-founder and head writer Aaron Simmer and is described as “The mostly unexpurgated writing of a modest and unassuming guy that has been operating the Armchair Empire for the last 11+ years.”

Besides video games  and related detritus and effluvia, he writes about “The Importance of Coffee”, “The Curse of HTML (and Other Things)”, books, beer, why PC gaming is still preferred, and comments on projects he’s working on.

Check it right here: http://thearmchairempirespropagandamachine.blogspot.com/

Spike in Sick Days, School Absences Today

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Or in other words, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launched today.

Released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC, it will likely sit atop this months sales figures. Even without the massive marketing machine behind the title, including the first Call of Duty XP event and midnight launch events, I’m sure it would have climbed to that spot pretty quickly.

“BurgerTime World Tour” Press Release Sets Bar for Food References

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I see a lot of press releases everyday and more than few times I’ve wondered about the people (or committees) that write them. In this case, the release for BurgerTime: World Tour was successful not only in telling me about the updated classic title BurgerTime (available now on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 MS Points), but it made me crave a burger, fries, and beer. So, am I being pitched on the game or going out for lunch?

Check the full release and see if it does the same for you! (more…)

EA Opens the Polls for “SSX”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

EA seems hellbent on creating controversy for the upcoming SSX. First it was the teaser trailer that lead many to decry the “Call of Duty” treatment the series seemed to be receiving. Then it was a name change. But nothing gets fan blood boiling faster than a vote.

EA has opened the polls on which franchise characters will return. The company has placed a Character Voting tab on the SSX Facebook page starting right now. The voting schedule is broken down like this:

Week of April 25 – Kaori, JP, Moby, Viggo
Week of May 2 – Zoe, Mac, Nate, Allegra
Week of May 9 – Psymon, Eddie, Griff, Tyson

It deserves to be noted that “SSX fans will be asked to select three out of those four characters that they would like to see make an appearance in the new SSX.” I’m glad EA made that stipulation because I felt immediate outrage that Psymon and Eddie were in the same bracket. If I only had to choose one I would have lost it!

Was Propaganda Games Working on a Marvel Comics Property?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

propaganda games whiteboard

Propaganda Games: What is this?

To my knowledge there was never mention of a Marvel Comics game in the planning stages at Propaganda Games.

Closed soon after they released TRON: Evolution, the office contents of Propaganda Games has recently come up at auction. Amoung those items is a mobile whiteboard, which displays something related to Marvel Comics (see picture above). It’s unclear to these untrained eyes as to what this whiteboard is actually showing, however there was never any announcement about Propaganda working on a Marvel property so that makes me believe this might have been something in the earliest of planning stages. It also makes me see just how suddenly the studio was shuttered. They didn’t even have time erase the whiteboard!

Contact Aaron Simmer at omni@armchairempire.com if you have any information on this would-be project.

“SSX: Deadly Descents” Announced

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Oh man, with the announcement of SSX: Deadly Descents I want to run back and play SSX Tricky. The original game was released alongside the Playstation 2 and was one of the first games The Armchair Empire reviewed. Hard to believe that was 10 years ago!

A few details:

Redefining the SSX franchise, SSX: Deadly Descents will pit riders versus both mountain and man.  Players will explore the story of a team who seek to be the first to descend the faces of the most treacherous mountain ranges on the planet. The team will travel the world to face the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them. From the peaks of the Himalayas, where the air is so thin that riders have to descend through the death zone at breakneck speeds to keep from blacking out, to the solid ice ranges of Antarctica, where a sunlit line is the only survival option when temperatures drop 50 degrees centigrade in the shade.  And the mountain isn’t the only danger players will face.  In SSX: Deadly Descents the first goal is to survive. The second, in true SSX fashion, is to look good doing it.

No word on a release date so to fill the time read our reviews of SSX Tricky (XB), SSX On Tour (PS2), SSX (PS2), and SSX Blur. The be sure to read some action figure reviews: Elise (SSX) and Eddie (SSX).

Final Fantasy V and VI Have “Technical Issues” on DS

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Shinji Hashimoto of Square Enix stated yesterday via twitter that Final Fantasy V and VI have been running into technical issues trying to get them to work on the DS.  This actually came after a series of back and forths with various SE fans asking him about the possibility of various ports including whether Ever Heart Odyssey would be on anything other than iMode, and if we could expect to see a downloadable DS version of Seiken Densetsu 3, both of which are undecided at the moment.

Hat Tip to Andria Sang