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Bethesda is pleased to announce Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, the first add-on pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, will be available worldwide on December 11, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Creatively combine your supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to eliminate as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs, or take out targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations. Dunwall City Trials also features a new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard. For more information on Dishonored and the newest add-on pack please visit www.Dishonored.com.

Check out the making of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II “Surprise” live-action trailer and see what it took to create the spectacular production. Director Guy Ritchie guides an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, and FPS Russia.

Realms Online Becoming Champions of Regnum

Global rebranding, exciting new gameplay coming soon

GameSamba is proud to announce an evolution of the Realms Online and Regnum Online brands into a new upcoming game update entitled Champions of Regnum. Soon, no matter where you play in the world, the game’s name and brand will be consistent. This exciting expansion of Regnum/Realms Online will include a whole new way to play PvP and RvR, as well as a revised ranking and matchmaking systems. The new game logo and the Champion’s armor set are revealed athttp://championsofregnum.gamesamba.com

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Amazing updated content can be found at  www.elderscrolls.com with the first screenshots and detailed info for Dragonborn.

With this official add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®journey off the coast of Morrowind, to the island of Solstheim. Encounter new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land. Become more powerful with shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons. Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary – the first Dragonborn.

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Based on the popular National Geographic Channel TV show by the same name, Doomsday Preppers™ challenges you to prepare for a new (and even more fabulous) life below the ground. Design a multi-level dream bunker complete with everything you need for post-apocalyptic bliss, from a gym to a greenhouse to a disco bar! Flush out your subterranean palace one floor at a time while measuring and improving your survival skills along the way, so that you can extend your underground lifespan – and keep on building!

 

 

 

 

 

Key Features:

  • 135 floors to build – how deep will you go?
  • Six types of floors: Shelter, Security, Food and Water, Science, Workshop and Recreation
  • Over 300 products to prep and store
  • Over 150 male and female customizable avatars to choose from
  • Regular game updates to keep you plotting and planning
  • Play with other preppers, including your Facebook friends

Criterion Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention is coming soon. From Friday, November 16, through Sunday, November 18, Star Trek fans of all ages are welcome to celebrate and enjoy an array of events, contests, panels, and presentations. Special guests include George Takei, Walter Koenig, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, and many more. For more information about the event, head to the official Star Trek San Francisco website.

To celebrate this awesome event, the Star Trek Online team is pleased to offer a special in-game item to attendees that, once claimed and opened, contains a unique Holo-Leeta Duty Officer (pictured below) and “Convention Veteran” title for all characters on your account.

You can obtain a code for this special item through a couple different methods (limit one code per player):

Twitter – Tweet a picture of yourself at the convention to our official Twitter account, @TrekOnlineGame . Make sure you are also following us so we can DM you a code and instructions on how to claim the above rewards.

The STO Forums – Send a forum PM to STO Community Manager Brandon Felczer through this link. Under “Recipient Username(s)”, enter: pwebranflakes | Under “Title”, enter: Star Trek San Francisco | In the “Message” field, include a link to a picture of yourself at the convention. Brandon will respond with a code and instructions on how to claim the above rewards.

We hope you have fun at Star Trek San Francisco!

To download and play the award-winning Star Trek Online MMO for free, head to www.startrekonline.com

In response to the overwhelming amount of enthusiasm demonstrated by the Call of Duty® community over Treyarch’s Zombies mode, we’re happy to announce that – in addition to including it in the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Collector’s Editions – the Nuketown Zombies map will be made available as a piece of bonus content for the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass in December.

Fans who purchase the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass not only get all four epic DLC Map Packs** for the discounted suggested retail price of $49.99*, but they also get access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map – available for Xbox 360® first in December with other platforms to follow, plus an exclusive in-game calling card.

For those picking up the CE version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, the Nuketown Zombies map will be available exclusively starting tomorrow, before it becomes available for Season Pass holders in December.

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II is merely hours away, so we can’t wait for you to pick up and start playing, and look forward to seeing you online.

*Based on Season Pass suggested retail price of $49.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $14.99 each.

**DLC Content in the Season Pass may be sold separately.  If you purchase the Season Pass, do not also purchase these standalone Map Packs, as you will be charged for them.  Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms or in all territories.  Pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game required; sold separately.

Happy US Election day!

Deadpool asked… OK he TOLD…me to pass along this great image of his, on this special day in the US:

He also wanted to make sure that everyone knows that the real Deadpool’s Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/RealDeadpool

What is it about Zombies that has everyone going so crazy??? It’s the latest fad like we had for vampires and I’m just waiting to see a romantic trilogy based on star-crossed zombie lovers.  At any rate, zombies rule and everyone else drools! There are tons of zombie games out there; so which one should you play? (All of them)

I just picked up “Zombie Toss(ed) in a Red Wine Sauce”, developed by Flying Wisdom Studios and played it over the weekend. Much like “Fruit Ninja”, “Zombie Toss” has simple controls where the player must swipe their weapon across the screen at the precise time that a zombie is thrown into the air. Slicing more than 3 zombies in one swipe will give you special combo points.

The goal of Zombie Toss is to quickly destroy all of the zombies within each wave before they fall or they will attack you. As you slice-and-dice the zombies, you’re collecting their meat—eew—The more meat you collect, the more points, coins and Skull Keys you will receive. You also have to avoid dangerous obstacles, such as a barrel of poison gas, zombie policeman, or zombie balloons—you have to see it to understand. It’s hilarious.

There are some pretty cool things to purchase, like weapons and power ups but the rate at which in-game currency is rewarded is really low and it takes some time to gather enough dough to buy what you need.  I think the developers do this so the player will need to replay levels for grinding or pressure the player to make in-game purchases to upgrade their weapons.  You start the game off with only 10 Golden Teeth (hard currency that you purchase with real money), allowing you to buy power ups that will give you more health or vaccinate you from poison, allowing you to continue playing when injured within the level. If not? Then you’re dead and you have to start the level over.  I must say, I died a lot.

There are 5 areas of game play, Suburbia Day, Suburbia Night, City Day, City Night and then Survival and you cannot proceed unless you collect enough Skull Keys. These are granted to the player after each successful level is completed.  The game ramps up really nicely and has some really cool bonus moments where you go crazy with a chainsaw like Leatherface.  Timing and true focus is really key and I was totally engrossed and determined to conquer each level.

Zombie Toss has a pretty cool art style–dark and cartoony nasty gore that is “safe enough” for kids but fun enough for adults to appreciate.  I actually love the zombies. They’re pretty funny looking, especially the little blond, pig-tailed girl.

I’m not sure how long I would play this game. I’m sure that Flying Wisdom Studios are planning to add new levels and content, which could be cool but I might not continue with the game after finishing Survival. Getting enough meat to collect all of the Skull Keys for each level is hard, unless you’ve upgraded your weapon and that gets expensive and too long to achieve the cash.  I wish there was a Kitchen feature where the player can take the meat collected and create some kind of zombie treat that can be used as a power up. Now that would really give the game some more interest for me and keep me coming back for more.

It is fun and gets your heart rate up and that’s good. I think if you love games like Fruit Ninja, Zombie Toss is right up your alley and will have you playing for days.

 

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Zombies Overrun the Big Apple in Trains vs. Zombies 2

Standalone horror game from the makers of Train Simulation 2013 rolls in just in time for Halloween

Railsimulator.com Ltd., the market-leading innovator of rail simulation and modeling tools, announced Trains vs. Zombies 2, a standalone game in which intrepid train operators must navigate the zombie-ridden city and carry a load of passengers to safety. Featuring five scenarios of frightful fun, this chilling challenge does not require Train Simulator 2013 in order to play.

TrainsvZombies2_2New York City has been overrun by toxic slime, turning normal humans into mindless zombie-like creatures, and it’s your job to rescue passengers from the Halloween nightmare that is taking over the Big Apple. With everything not quite as it seems, be careful who you let on your train as anyone caught in the zombie’s slime is instantly turned into a ghastly ghoul. Abandoned trains block your escape route and the zombies are causing havoc ahead of you, but a few broken rails shouldn’t stop you ridding the City of the green monsters-or will they? As night falls, the zombies become more devilish and help is needed to restore calm to the City. As you find ways to rid the city of the evil zombies, there are still plenty of surprises in store before reaching the safety of Penn Station. Are you ready to save the world one platform at time?

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Features of Trains vs. Zombies 2 include:

  • A standalone product that does not require Train Simulator 2013 in order to play
  • Realistic Northeast Corridor route, complete with zombie characters
  • AEM-7 electric locomotive with passenger cars
  • Five ghoulish scenarios-complete each scenario to win the game!

 

Trains vs. Zombies is available as a Stream download for the following prices: $8.99,£4.99, €5.99, 124Rub and $3.99 CIS. For more information, visit railsimulator.com

 

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