Competitive dungeon crawler party game Dungeon League hits Early Access on July 24

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Dungeon League takes everything that is awesome about dungeon crawling and spews it out as 10 minutes of chaotic, multiplayer, party-game action. Up to four players take to the procedurally generated dungeon to battle each other (and hordes of enemies) in a series of two minute rounds pulled at random from a stack of wildly different Quests such as Deathmatch, Capture the Flag or Witch’s Eye. The first to claim three rounds is crowned the Champion of the Dungeon League.

In between rounds, the heroes rapidly level up based on how well they performed in the dungeon, spending skill points on unlocking new spells and abilities. They then blow all their gold on magical items at the shop.

Having developed Dungeon League for over a year with extensive testing at events, Achebit and Surprise Attack Games are bringing a highly polished slice of the game to Early Access to build a larger community, gather feedback to help with balancing as well as player-input on new content. Achebit have committed to extensive content additions before the final launch and are planning two brand new co-operative modes (Gauntlet and Survival), an additional competitive mode (Dungeon Ball), more Quests for Tournament mode plus more characters, monsters, items and dungeon sets.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Local multiplayer dungeon crawling party game

Quick fire tournaments consisting of two minute rounds

Rapidly level up your character between rounds

All the RPG tropes – warriors, rogues, wizards, goblins, dwarves, unicorns!

Releasing into Early Access on Friday July 24, 2015 for PC, Mac and Linux

Full release on PC, Mac, Linux and consoles planned for mid-2016

Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, tapped for King’s Quest game!

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Written By- Alana Evans July 22, 2015
It is common practice these days for video game developers to bring on famous actors to perform voices for characters in video games. Many of our favorite actors often make the leap into voice acting because video games make a ton of money, and it can be exciting for gamers to play and listen to their favorites. Many actors love video games themselves, so I’m sure they love the chance to be featured in their favorite titles. Some go as far as naming their children after their favorite characters. One of the world’s favorite comedians, the late Robin Williams, named his daughter Zelda, after his favorite Nintendo title. Well the love for gaming in the Williams’ family has taken a new turn! Zelda Williams has been brought on to voice a character in the upcoming release, King’s Quest : A Knight to Remember. She voices the character Amaya Blackstone. The game also features Christopher Lloyd, Wallace Shawn, Tom Kenny, Josh Keaton, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

The famed series of games, King’s Quest, has been brought back to life thanks to Activision Blizzard and The Odd Gentlemen. When Activision announced they were bringing back Sierra Games, after acquiring the rights, they reached out to The Odd Gentlemen to revamp the popular game. While the new title isn’t a sequel or a remake, you walk through memory lane with King Graham as he tells his life story to his grand daughter, Gwendolyn.

The trailer gives you a tease of the beautiful animation, but it is tough to decipher actual gameplay. There will be new episodes released on a set schedule, with the first episode released on July 28 for PC, PS3, and PS4.  Xbox fans get their release July 29. Check out the trailer below!

 

Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet & Prisoner of Ice Premiere Digitally on GOG.com

Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet & Prisoner of Ice Premiere Digitally on GOG.com

Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice, a mind-bending duo of Call of Cthulhu adventure classics, premiere digitally right now – DRM-free on GOG.com.

An original horror-adventure duo from Infogrames, (the company well known for their Alone in the Dark series) Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice are two of the very few games that get to boast actually taking place within the Call of Cthulhu mythos. With a pedigree like that, you can be sure that you’re getting the best of the atmosphere and uncomfortable flavor of a true H.P. Lovecraft story.

Shadow of the Comet (Win + Linux) is the tale of a young British photographer out to capture a one-of-a-kind comet passing over an isolated New England town of Illsmouth. He discovers that the last person to attempt this spent the rest of his life in a high-security lunatic asylum. Soon, he’ll also discover why… In Prisoner of Ice(Win + Mac + Linux) an indirect sequel to Shadow of the Comet, you’re just another officer aboard the HMS Victoria – a military sub returning from a simple extraction operation. Just another run of the mill job, the target is safe and you’re counting down the time till your shore leave. Little do you know, it’s also a matter of time until you look straight in the eye of an ancient evil aboard.

Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice are terrifying 2D adventure games that received critical acclaim for successfully capturing the unique atmosphere of tales like “At the Mountains of Madness”, “The Dunwich Horror”, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and, of course, “The Call of Cthulhu”. Whether you’re a Lovecraft fan, or just searching for the right excuse to discover the legend – these are stories you have to experience.

Heed the call of Cthulhu in Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice, available now – DRM-free on GOG.com!

Images from Call of Cthulhu: Shawdow of the Comet

Images from Call of Cthulhu: Prisoners of Ice

‘Game of Thrones®: A Telltale Games Series’ Returns for Penultimate Episode with ‘A Nest of Vipers’

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 21st, 2015 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing today announced the release of ‘A Nest of Vipers,’ the fifth of six episodes of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.

 Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the fight for the Iron Throne, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

 The fifth episode is available now on PC/Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in North America (SCEA) and Europe (SCEE). The episode will be available July 22nd on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and will be coming to compatible iOS devices via the App Store and to Android-based devices on July 23rd. 

 In this penultimate episode, the actions of every Forrester are vital to the survival of the house. Rodrik’s alliance with House Glenmore, and his defiance of the Whitehills, has drawn the ire of an even greater threat: Ramsay Snow. Far across the Narrow Sea in Essos, with Meereen now a free city, Asher is close to securing the army he desperately needs to return home and save his family. In King’s Landing, Mira’s activities at Tommen’s coronation have not escaped the attention of Margaery Tyrell, and Cersei has realized that the handmaiden may prove useful in her political games. Finally, beyond the Wall, Gared’s unlikely allies are reluctant to help in the search for the North Grove… but this far into the frozen wilds, Crows and Free Folk have a common enemy; and winter is coming. 

 “Faced with bloodthirsty pit-fighters, dangers North of the Wall, and equally perilous political maneuvering in King’s Landing, we’re putting players in the most action-packed episode of the season so far,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “Extremely difficult choices will fall upon House Forrester in a cliffhanger ending before the dramatic season finale that’s yet to come.”

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in the hit HBO TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

 The game is played from five different points of view. Each is either a direct Forrester family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

 Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series – Episode 5: ‘A Nest of Vipers’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the series is yet to be rated by the ESRB.
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Our trip to San Diego Comic Con

sdcc_small_05Every year, we all wait for the big one. The biggest Comic Convention of the year… San Diego Comic Con. Due to all of my awesome volunteer work with the Hollywood Sci Fi Museum, I am lucky to be one of the chosen few volunteers who actually gets to attend SDCC. With my great friends Penny Lane, Tyler, Karina, and head of the museum Huston, we all work tirelessly to help raise donations for the upcoming mecca of sci fi, the Hollywood Sci Fi Museum. This year we had an incredible replica of Doctor Who’s Tardis for attendees to take their photo in. It was definitely a lot of fun.

Each day of the show, I wore a different cosplay outfit. Thursday I was Lady Link, which I made myself. Friday I wore a latex nurse Harley Quinn, thanks to my pal Penny. We swapped costumes for the day, and she wore my Catwoman catsuit, which she looked quite hot in! I saved my favorite cosplay for Saturday. I worked for weeks and weeks on my Ciri cosplay and I was so proud to showcase it at SDCC. I made everything from my sword to my tunic! I did get a little help sanding wood, lol, from Chris and my girl Michelle. It was definitely a lot of work, but it was well worth the payoff. To have people approach me, recognizing my character and commending my crafty work, made me feel incredible. A true highlight was running into the only other Witcher I saw at the con… a great Geralt and Triss! I was stoked to get the three of us together for a photo.

sdcc_small_01Besides all of the cosplay action and volunteer work, I definitely had a complete fangirl moment. The museum booth is often lucky enough to have famously talented actors and voice actors from different shows, movies, and even video games. John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender from Futurama as well as Jake from Adventure Time, just so happens to be the voice of MARCUS FENIX!!!! Yes! My true love from Gears of War, Marcus Fenix, whom I’ve also listed as one of my top five bangable video game characters, was sitting in front of me! I saw his character photo on the table and realized he was the voice. I instantly went into girly mode and got very excited! It was cool to see the look on John’s face when he could see I was a true fan of his work. In an instant, John began to do Marcus’ voice and I melted. He started doing one of the typical lines where Marcus is setting up the attack plan at the beginning of a mission. The cool part was when he said “Alana You’re coming with me!” It was right out of the game! Truly a moment I will never forget.

All in all, Comic Con kicked major butt for me this year. I love running into my favorite cosplay pals. Seeing Ela Darling and Sinn Sage was great! I had an amazing time with friends, and even had a cute boy reject me hahahaha There’s a first for everything right? Good times. And if that cute boy Dallas ever reads this… you’ve still got my number hahaha!

Ciri from the Witcher 3 WILD HUNT done right!

One of the hottest games to be released this year was easily The Witcher 3 WILD HUNT from CDProjekt Red. With Witcher character cosplay being a rare sight at cons, it was great to have Alana tap into her inner Ciri. Alana Evans, our very own Super Pink Ninja, spent several hours creating an ideal costume for her favorite Witcher. During a break from the show, she headed outside the San Diego convention with photographer and friend from The Legion of Nerds @T_Pooley and he shot some great photos for us! Check out the entire gallery of Alana Evans as Ciri. Here are a few photos from the gallery. To see them all, click here!

E3 Announcement- New Gears of War game on the way!

sparta_character_e3marketing_final_opt-540x250-7e793edf8c32420ebcbee32eb67491ccI hope you have your COG tags ready, because coming this August, you’ll need them! The makers of Gears of War are dusting off the older versions and giving them a snazzy new upgrade to the Xbox One console! The original title has been remastered to 1080p and 60fps, plus new content added! You can even play online at 60fps! Many feel like the first Gears was the best, and those fans will definitely be scoring this remade version.

Even bigger news than the remastered Next Gen version, was the tease of a new Gears of War 4. During the Xbox press event today, the people at The Coalition played a sample of the upcoming release. It’s looks to be the most realistic GOW we’ve seen to date. The graphics look intense and the beasts are intimidating to say the least. Being a huge Gears of War fan, I must say this was one of the biggest announcements of the day for me. The upcoming game wont be released until the 2016 Holiday season. Oh the agony! Here’s some footage from today’s event-

Xbox One finally gives fans reverse compatibility!

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The announcement that every Xbox fan has waited for came today during the Microsoft Xbox E3 event! With an upcoming update to the next gen console, fans will be able to play some of their favorite XBOX 360 titles on their Xbox One! There are a few upsides and a few downsides to this change, but for the most part, this ability will ensure console sales shoot through the roof this Christmas.

The update will work on every Xbox One console, and give users immediate access to their previously downloaded purchase from their Xbox 360, provided those titles have been approved and upgraded for release. This means that developers must approve their title for the new re-release. I expect most developers won’t have issue, since it will almost guarantee new sales of old titles. For example, if you didn’t start play Assassin’s Creed until Black Flag, you’ll most likely be able to purchase the previous installments and enjoy them all on one console. This is quite awesome.

Another great feature of the backwards compatibility is that upon inserting a 360 game disk, if the Xbox One can’t play from the disk, provided its a readable disk and not damaged, it will prompt a download of the digital version and you are set. The only downside about that is running out of space for all your awesome games!

The update won’t be available for Xbox One until the upcoming Holiday season. I’m sure we can survive the wait! For those of you don’t have an Xbox One, you’ll also be happy to know they’ve lowered the price to $349.

E3 Announcement! Brand New South Park Sequel coming!

maxresdefaultWe’re huge fans of the South Park television show, and have been since the beginning. The childish perverted humor is perfect for our mindset, as well as millions of others around the world. South Park: The Stick of Truth was an awesome role playing game based on different episodes of the show, but mainly the “Game of Thrones” parody. The game was absolutely hilarious, just like the show, so needless to say the legion of SP fans jumped for joy at today’s announcement from Ubisoft and new trailer. South Park: The Fractured But Whole looks as if it will shred the Stick of Truth into sawdust!

The boys will be playing as their super hero characters, alongside Cartman’s Coon! YES!!! Super Hero Action! You are sill the New Kid, and just like before, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny join in the story too. Their awesome alter egos include Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, and Mint Berry Crunch. You help fight crime in the darker side of South Park.

The trailer gives little insight into the gameplay other than their intentions of changing the fighting sequence. I love the idea of actually being able to fight with weapons and powers, instead of controlled sequences. The sneak peak definitely leaves you wanting more! Check it out here!

Indie Survival Hit The Long Dark Launches New Game Preview Program on Xbox One

  
(Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada). June 15th, 2015.
During today’s media briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, CA, Xbox announced Hinterland Studio Inc.’s The Long Dark as the first survival game to launch on Xbox One, and one of the first of a select number of titles coming to Game Preview on Xbox One, a new way for fans to purchase work-in-progress digital titles and participate in the development process by giving feedback to developers as they continue to update their games. 
The Long Dark has already enjoyed significant success on Steam’s Early Access platform on the PC, selling nearly 350,000 units over nine months and garnering over 95% positive player reviews. The expertise that Hinterland has developed over the past months, and The Long Dark’s reputation as one of the highest quality community-informed titles, contributed to Microsoft’s choice to bring the game to its innovative new Game Preview on Xbox One program, a first on any console.
“We’re excited to offer a select list of games via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One, enabling Xbox players the opportunity to get involved with the development of innovative game experiences with excellent development teams behind them by offering feedback throughout the development process.” said Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox. “Hinterland’s The Long Dark is the perfect example of the quality and innovation we anticipate in all our Game Preview titles.”
Hinterland’s survival experience, The Long Dark, has so far only revealed its non-narrative, freeform Sandbox survival mode. Season One of its highly anticipated episodic Story mode, featuring the voice talents of Mark Meer, Jennifer Hale, David Hayter, and Elias Toufexis, has been shrouded in secrecy, but will be free to all players who purchase the game through Game Preview on Xbox One when the Story mode launches later in 2015.
“We’re thrilled with how community-informed development has helped us improve the player experience in The Long Dark, providing us with invaluable feedback and significant development resources with which to achieve our full vision for our exploration-survival experience,” said Raphael van Lierop, Hinterland Studio founder and creative director, and director of The Long Dark. “Being able to partner with Xbox to bring survival games to the console audience for the first time is an incredible opportunity for us. We can’t wait to add Xbox players to our community and incorporate their feedback into how we continue building and improving the game. And when we launch Story mode later in 2015, we’ll be sharing it with an even bigger audience, paving the way for more episodes and future seasons well into 2016 and beyond.”
Game Preview on Xbox One will be available on the Xbox Store in a dedicated Game Preview section, starting Monday, June 15th, at 5:30PM PST. The Long Dark will be available for immediate purchase and download.
For more information about Game Preview on Xbox One, please visit: www.xbox.com
For more information about The Long Dark or Hinterland, please visit: www.hinterlandgames.com