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Archive for September, 2011

“Dungeons: The Dark Lord” Now Available (PC)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Today Kalypso Media USA announced that “Dungeons” stand-alone expansion “Dungeons: The Dark Lord” is now available.

Fans of the original can expect that “they’ll become fodder for the torture racks of the Dungeon Lord and his friends. Dungeons – The Dark Lord adds a new campaign map, a new single-player storyline, additional prestige gimmicks and more importantly – multiplayer gameplay! Players will now be able to go head-to-head in various competitive modes, proving who is the most sinister gamer of all.”

Rated “M” and offering features like “New dungeon setting (ice crystal cave) with new graphics, unique dungeon gimmicks and a new boss monster – The Yeti” and “Playable bosses in multiplayer modes (Minos, Zombie King, Calypso and Dungeon Lord)” this is what every expansion should aspire to be!

More information can be found at the official site.

“Shank 2″ Announced (XBLA, PC, PSN)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Coming for “Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC in early 2012″ EA Partners and Klei Entertainment have announced a sequel to last year’s action game, Shank.

Shank 2 returns with a story of redemption as Shank, a former mob hitman with a dark and vengeful past, is thrust back into action when the lives of those close to him are endangered. Expanding on the original game’s rich and intuitive combat and control system, Shank 2 continues Klei’s tradition of making fluid brawling controls and stunningly beautiful visuals that leapfrogs the competition in the 2D side-scrolling genre. The game also introduces an intense new, arcade-style survival co-op mode that has gamers working together to take down their foes, relying on the environment and weapon pick-ups for survival.

Battlefield 3’s $1.6 Million Prize Pool

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I think most of us Battlefield fans might just be satisfied with just playing Battlefield 3, Electronic Arts and Virgin Gaming are upping the ante with an online (console) tournament with a $1.6 million prize pool. I’d sign up for that if I weren’t sure to have my ass handed to me. More details at www.battlefieldmillions.com but see below for some feel-good PR:

“The Battlefield series has always been a very social experience with its best-in-class multiplayer gameplay and we’re honored to have such passionate and loyal fans,” said Karl Magnus Troedsson, General Manager, DICE. “We want to give them the best Battlefield experience we’ve ever created with Battlefield 3. The Worldwide Conquest Tournament with Virgin Gaming is a great way to celebrate the gameplay and reward our fans.”

“Gears of War 3″ Launch Events

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Your country may be offering different launch events surrounding Gears of War 3 (Sept.20) but here’s a quick hit of the Canadian times and places:

More than 20,000 retail locations around the world, including 13 Microsoft Stores in the US, will mark the launch of “Gears of War 3” with midnight launch events in cities around the globe. The marquee launch events will be held at the following venues:

Toronto, Bay and Dundas / 65 Dundas Street West,  Toronto, ON, M5G 2C3

Vancouver, Cambie / Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2T7

Beginning at 9:00 p.m.:

  • Horde Mode gameplay experience
  • Gears of War Swag giveaways
  • LG Partnership with 3D gaming
  • Green Screen take your picture in a Gears of War 3 scene

Other Canada locations:

94 EB Games/Gamestop stores

20 Best Buy locations

60 Future Shop locations

Check your local game retailers for more details.

Nintendo Announcements via Tokyo Games Show

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

In a move I thought should have been available out of the box, Nintendo has announced that an update is coming that will allow users to make 3D video clips. Besides that announcement, Nintendo also let loose:

  • Metal Mario and Lakitu will be playable in Mario Kart 7, which will also feature a 1st Person mode that will use the gyro functions of the 3DS.
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) will hit retail on November 13.
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) arrives November 20.
  • The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition will be available to download between Sept. 28, 2011, and Feb. 20, 2012. Price: FREE. It will also include a single-player outside the multiplayer focus.
  • Luigi’s Mansion (3DS) and Paper Mario (3DS) will see the light of day in 2012.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has been pushed back in 2012 because the team ” has determined that more time is needed to complete the game “

Expect more information to come out of Tokyo Game Show over the next few days.

God of War: Origins Arrives for Playstation 3

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Kratos’s outings on the PSP have finally landed on the Playstation 3. Sony announced today that both Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta are now available at retail (combined on a single Blu-Ray) for $39.99US with all the usual 1080p, 60-frames per second, and audio hotness that the Playstation 3 allows.

iolo’s System Mechanic 10.5 Giveaway!

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Have a PC that’s slow to boot and seems just plain sluggish? Well, we have the solution for you: iolo’s System Mechanic 10.5. We have seven (7) download codes for this great utility for anyone that wants to fine tune their rig without tearing into the coded guts therein.

Email giveaway@armchairempire.com right now with “Tune me up, Scotty!” and we’ll enter your name into our random draw which will happen Friday, September 9, 2011

Good luck!