StarCraft II's upcoming expansion, Heart Of The Swarm, promises to deliver "new ways to play" for commanders at both ends of the experience spectrum. Newcomers can learn the ropes with new training modes and tutorials, whereas veterans can freely hone their skills unranked play or get stuck into a new levelling system in ranked matches.
Heart Of The Swarm is due on March 12th. Expect more details about eSports features and other tweaks before then.
Getting tired of StarCraft II already? Need a little spice and variety in your online experience? Well, you'll be glad to know that three official mods are now ready to download, which all pay homage to other games and even TV shows.
Fancy turning Starcraft II into an epic game of Bejeweled or Left 4 Dead?Click here to find out how!
Our April Fools gag was more subtle than usual this year, but as always, it's time to look back at the best pranks that the day had to offer.
Oh yes, this was a particularly good one. Guild Wars 2 announced a brand new class for their anticipated MMORPG, who's essentially a blend between tank and infiltrator in one handy package. Meet the Commando.
Razer, the precision peripheral provider, chose April 1st to unleash their new (and entirely fictional) exoskeleton on the world. The Razer Talon interfaces with the wearer's nervous system to "hack" their own bodies for massively increased 1337ness. Not only that, but your unit will also fry unauthorised users with several thousand volts of electricity.Click here for more great gags!
Lots of things going on in the Dealspwn news room today as Spike TV rolled out the red carpet last night to present this year's two hour extravaganza that is the annual Video Game Awards show. For all of the doom and gloom surrounding the global economy, studio execs with grimaces etched into their faces and people levelling the finger at pirates, used games, lazy development and corporate hacks, it's been a year that's seen some phenomenal games get released. This was always going to be a close run thing, and it'll be interesting to see how these compare when we run our own GOTY season early in the new year.
Rockstar and BioWare took the lion's share of the plaudits this year, with Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2 both doing excellently. Kratos popped up to swipe a couple of awards both on PS3 and PSP, and Ubisoft could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood had managed make some noise just in time to snaffle a trophy as well.
We'll have trailer roundups and all of the announced reveals for you coming over the next hour or two as well.
In the meantime, check out 2010's winners in full [Joystiq]:
GAME OF THE YEAR
STUDIO OF THE YEAR
BEST XBOX 360 GAME
BEST PS3 GAME
BEST Wii GAME
BEST PC GAME
BEST HANDHELD GAME
Blizzcon 2010 has come and gone, and with it the announcement that we’ll have to wait 18 Zergless months for the next instalment, but at least we’ll be seeing the StarCraft DOTA mod before then! In the meantime the main game has dropped below the £30 mark so it’s a great time to once again defend against Zerg rushes and send Battlecruisers looming towards your enemies. Continuing on from the original game, you take control as Jim Raynor, a human outlaw with a love for whiskey, as he tries to bring down the corrupt Terran Dominion he unwittingly helped into power. Through 26 missions you build bases, gather your resources, and order units to crush your enemies. Add to this a wonderful voice-cast, a gripping story, and hint of Firefly and you’ve got yourself one of the best PC games in years.
That'll be 2012 in plain English, then. Speaking to IGN at BlizzCon, Starcraft 2's Lead Producer Chris Sigaty confirmed that we'll probably have to wait over 18 months before the Zerg campaign expansion finally hits the shelves. [IGN]
This is an astoundingly long time to wait for the next campaign, though the decision has been made on the back of a promise to deliver "waves and waves" of new Starcraft 2 content over the next year... as well as the revelation that the Zerg are by far the least popular playable faction (weighing in at a puny 23.5%). This strongly suggests that there are plenty of perceived balance issues that Blizzard will need to urgently address in order to make the exoskeletal horrors more fun to command.
Can Blizzard afford to wait this long? Can you wait this long? Have your say in the comments!
I must admit to getting rather angry at Double Helix's take on the Front Mission universe in my full review, but Front Mission Evolved players will be able to download some supplementary downloadable content next week. The first of which will reportedly be free "as a small thank you for your support so far."
Weapons Pack 1 will deliver a new machinegun, shotgun and rifle for use in the singleplayer campaign; and the following paid updates will add a grab bag of new mechs. Quite frankly I'd pay top dollar for a voice acting overhaul, but we've gotta make the best of it. [Front Mission Evolved via Siliconera]
Sony's PSP may be enjoying a Japanese sales renaissance in the wake of the phenomenally-popular Monster Hunter and God Eater franchises, but a new survey suggests that things aren't anywhere near as rosy on this side of the globe. The new poll of 1833 consumers (commissioned by UK site myvouchercodes) has suggests that the handheld console 6.2% of all UK electronic returns, soundly beating both the iPad and Xbox 360. 34% of all UK returns cite 'disappointment' as the primary reason. If you're thinking about picking one up for Christmas, you might want to keep the receipt somewhere safe... [Gamesindustry]
However, myvouchercodes have refused to reveal their research methodology... and I've been in this game long enough to smell a rat. To this end, we'd like to conduct a little survey of our own. Have you returned your PSP? Are you disappointed by Sony's handheld-or are you still enjoying its premium selection of big-budget titles? Let us know below!
Telltale Games have released a behind-the-scenes trailer for their upcoming original Back To The Future adventure. Whilst the art style might be a little divisive, there's no doubt that they've found the perfect voice talent for Marty McFly. Enjoy! [Thanks, GT]
Back To The Future is slated for a December release, and will tell a brand new story set six months after the events of Back To The Future III. We'll be keeping a close eye on this one. You gotta double back, my friend!
Prepare for Zerg rushes and Battlecruisers overhead once again as Blizzard’s beloved franchise returns. Continuing from the original game and its expansions you take control as Jim Jaynor, a human outlaw with a love for whiskey, as he tries to bring down the corrupt Terran Dominion he unwittingly helped into power. Through 26 missions you build bases, gather your resources, and order units to crush your enemies. Add to this a wonderful voice-cast, a gripping story, and hint of Firefly and you’ve got yourself one of the best PC games in years. While it was released at a debatable £40 price point this deal will return it back in line with the ‘normal’ price of other PC titles so it’s definitely worth a look if you’ve been waiting.
Valve erroneously swung the Banhammer at over 12000 Modern Warfare 2 players over the weekend after a software glitch identified them as hackers- and after much howling and rending of garments, Valve has apologised for their mistake. Not only have these player accounts now been reactivated, but they've also each received two copies of Left 4 Dead 2 for the inconvenience. Nothing says "We're sorry" like hordes of ravening zombies.
Once again, another class act from Valve. You can't even hate them when they screw up! [GI]
Our regulars may remember that Shigeru Miyamoto was toying with the idea of introducing paid Nintendo subscriptions back in May... and some recent trademarks may indicate that this may already be in the pipeline. CrossPass, CrossPass Mode and CrossPass Network have been trademarked in Japan, which sounds suspiciously like a first foray into the mucky and lucrative world of online subs- or at least some sort of online marketplace.
Don't panic just yet. There are several other things that CrossPass could be. Chief amongst the other contenders is that CrossPass might be a rebranding of the 3DS' Tag Mode, which allows the handheld to passively connect to other units even when deactivated (allowing for merging of game and character data when you unknowingly walk past a fellow player). However, the CrossPass Network trademark seems to suggest that this refers to something on a much larger scale. Wii/3DS cross-functionality, perhaps?
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this one. Would you pay for Nintendo Online subcriptions? Want to take a swing at what CrossPass might refer to? Drop us a line in the comments!
We love dungeons, dragons, and darkspawn here at Dealspwn- and today brings us a couple of nifty videos for Dragon Age 2 and Dungeon Siege III. It's time for some dark fantasy
Let's start with Dungeon Siege III. Whilst the franchise went completely off the rails by letting Uwe Boll get his greasy boxing-gloved mitts all over the film rights, Obsidian's new cinematic trailer more than makes up for it. It's a little on the short side, mind.
Secondly, Game Informer has acquired some impressive early footage of Bioware's Dragon Age 2 in action. I'm afraid I can't include the video in the roundup for copyright reasons, but it's well worth clicking out and having a gander. As well as some gothic concept art, it also shows off some improved graphics and stealth mechanics. Note that this is an early build- so we can expect many more tweaks, improvements and reveals down the line.
Just in case you don't already know (and haven't taken the day off work after queuing for a midnight launch), the long-awaited Starcraft II has finally been released. The RTS market has been waiting a long time for this one.
Naturally, we'll keep you up to date on the cheapest way of getting your hands on Starcraft II. If you didn't take advantage of our (now defunct) £27.99 preorder deal, that is!
July 2010 Game Releases
Every week, we’re doing a new post to tell you about the upcoming video game releases (you can see them all in the new releases category). Again, July seems to have been slower than an anaesthetised sloth but there are still a couple of games that might interest you this month, new Ninty RPG extravaganza Dragon Quest IX and, finally, the long awaited sequel to Blizzard RTS tour-de-force, StarCraft II.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
NB. These dates may be subject to change without warning.
22nd to 31st July 2010:
|Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
23rd July 2010
|Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
23rd July 2010
|Zhu Zhu Pets
23rd July 2010
|StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
27th July 2010
|Commander: Conquest of the Americas
30th July 2010