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Your Heroes of Newerth Questions Answered - Plus More Free Beta Codes

September 9, 2009

Heroes of Newerth

A few weeks ago we asked you, our readers, for an assortment of questions for the “Heroes of Newerth” developers, and in return we gave you 500 free beta keys for the game. Today we present to you the answers to 24 of those questions as well as another 300 beta keys… that’s right, 300 more keys.

All the questions were hand selected by TrueGameHeadz’ resident “HoN” expert MarkyX (check out his preview of the game) and they were answered by “Heroes of Newerth”’s Lead Designer James Fielding. Read on to find out if your question got answered, or, if you missed the first batch of beta keys, how to get your very own. [Read more]

Heroes of Newerth Preview: Like DotA, But Better

September 8, 2009

Heroes of Newerth

With an increase in popularity on the “Warcraft 3″ custom map “Defense of the Ancients” over the past few years, many game developers have decided to create their own spin-off version; Stardock made their attempt with “Demigod,” and Riot Games is currently working on “League of Legends”. This isn’t much of a surprise, as there are millions of players around the world who play “DOTA” and is the only reason why “Warcraft 3″ is still selling after so many years. S2Games, the folks behind the FPS/RTS hybrid “Savage” series, are about to throw their hat in the ring with their recreation of “DOTA” called “Heroes of Newerth”. While other companies derive their methods on the “DOTA”-style gameplay, “HoN” does not shy away from the fact that it is “DOTA” 2.0 and even has the blessings from “DOTA”’s current creator, Icefrog. [Read more]

Indie Brawl Well On The Way - Three Characters Ready To Fight

September 4, 2009

Indie Brawl

When you leave a variety of game developers alone with talented artists, great things can happen like “Chrono Trigger,” “Resident Evil,” and countless other titles can become the fruits of their labor. The “Super Smash Bros.” series is one of those titles, and since its release the biggest minds in the independent gaming community have come together to release their own collaborative fighting game, “Indie Brawl.” After a lot of strain to secure rights from established producers of acclaimed independent games (some that are even lined up for an eventual Wii release), a bare-bones framework, with three characters now fully made. The Golden Knight from “Bonesaw,” the main marine-equse character from the platformer “Aquaira,” and a worm from the realtime strategy hit heavily inspired by “Worms,” Liero. [Read more]

Wolfenstein Review: Who Ya Gonna Call?

September 1, 2009

Wolfenstein

The name “Wolfenstein” stirs up nostalgia in even the most hardened gamer, as well as fear in the hearts of video game Nazis. It was the franchise that brought first person shooters to the masses, and changed the way that many people thought about video games. For many gamers the name still means a lot, and the release of a new game is likely to garner a little extra attention in the crowded games market. But, nostalgia is a tricky thing, and some longtime fans have been previously let down by some of the other prequels and sequels in this franchise. Fortunately, this time around, the title “Wolfenstein” really means something. [Read more]

Madden NFL 10 Review: Rejoice… Madden Is Fun Again

August 31, 2009

Madden NFL 10

When it comes to my sports video games, let’s just say this gamer doesn’t “play around.” I had high hopes for this year’s pigskin kingpin, also known as “Madden NFL 10,” as early reports said that this year’s game made tremendous strides in every aspect of the game, and I couldn’t agree more. [Read more]

Bookworm Adventures: Volume 2 Review: Scrabble To Your Doom!

August 17, 2009

Bookworm Adventures 2

When it comes to “gaming,” people have many choices. That word evokes a lot of different ideas in people’s heads, and, while most people reading this may immediatly jump to “video gaming,” there are entire populations that are much more likely to think of board games. Search on YouTube for “Crossfire” if you don’t believe me; it’s well-regarded as the most awesomely-hyped board game to ever exist. Anyone out there remember Mouse Trap or Life? Man, I feel really old when I recall how many deadly-deals I made for people’s souls and their hard-earned cash due to capitalism squared in Monopoly. However, our focus today belongs to the wordsmith’s game, Scrabble.

The aft-returning adage, “easy to learn, hard to master” was this game’s selling point in many respects; spell a word with your given letters, and get points. Fast forward to today, and the game has become culturally complicated and gorged upon a fanbase of Scrabble Masters and Scrabble Dictionaries made for the game, and there’s even online and real-life Scrabble tournaments. And since most of the video game versions either weren’t particularly good, or fell into obscurity due to Hasbro typically releasing titles en-masse, those games aren’t really worth most people’s time. PopCap, however, decided to meld the same basic concept with a slimy, yet knowledgeable, bookworm named Lex in “Bookworm Adventure.” Clearly not to be outdone by “Puzzle Quest,” the player uses letters as weapons, traveling through three books of various genres and archetypes. The recently released sequel, “Bookworm Adventures 2″ builds on the concept of the original. [Read more]

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Ep. 4: The Bogey Man Review: FORE!!!

August 13, 2009

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures

It doesn’t seem all that long ago when I wrote the review for the first Wallace & Gromit episode, “Fright of the Bumblebees.” The short-lived series had both its high and low points, but they were acceptable nonetheless. “The Bogey Man” is the final installment of “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures,” but does it end with a proper bang? [Read more]

Batman: Arkham Asylum Demo Impressions

August 10, 2009

Batman Arkham Asylum

The history of the caped crusader in games is not one to brag about. With a few exceptions, most of Batsy’s forgettable forays into the gaming realm have been met with underwhelming reception, but all that may be about to change. Finally, after waiting for what has seemed like an eternity, the release of a downloadable demo for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 owners now, finally, have the chance to sample “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” and this ain’t you’re daddies Batman. [Read more]

Starcraft 2 Officialy Deleayed Until 2010

August 6, 2009

Starcraft II

Earlier today, “Starcraft 2″ joined “Bioshock 2,” “Splinter Cell: Conviction,” and “Bayonetta” (among many others) as games that won’t see release until 2010.

Citing it as a delay so that the game may release alongside Blizzard’s relaunch of their network service Battle.net, Blizzard also acknowledged that they will use the extra time to polish the game is various ways. [Read more]

Nicalis Makes Critical Strides For Independent Games On Wiiware

August 5, 2009

La-MulanaNintendo’s Wii is currently standing at the top of the console-market, just two years since becoming the fastest-selling console from 2007-2009, and now reaching fifty million homes worldwide according to Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata (and that was back in March). With all those consoles in homes across the globe, there is one corner of the gaming world that is seeing a surprising boom, independent games. Nintendo’s WiiWare seems to know how to branch out when it really wants to, and over the last year various independent games have blasted their way onto the home console DLC scene courtesy of Nintendo’s little white wonder. [Read more]

Ask The Tropico 3 Developers A Question - Enter To Win A Free Copy Of Tropico Reloaded

August 4, 2009

Tropico 3

In honor of the upcoming release of island strategy game “Tropico 3″ this September, the makers of the game, Haemimont Games are taking your questions. Well, they aren’t taking all of your questions, they’re only taking the best five. However, if your question gets selected to be asked to them, you will win a copy of “Tropico Reloaded” which collects all three previous games in the series - the original “Tropico,” the official expansion pack “Tropico: Paradise Cove” and the sequel “Tropico 2 - Pirate Cove,” all in one handy package. That should be enough to hold you over until “Tropico 3″ is released this September.

So, now it’s up to you - comment below, and ask Haemimont whatever you’d like, but remember, only the best five questions will be passed on, and get the games. Just remember to include your correct email address when you comment so we can get you the games, and check back in a few weeks to see which questions get asked, and find out what the answers are. [Read more]

East India Company Review: Trouble On The High Seas

August 3, 2009

East India Company

Paradox Interactive is well-known for tackling the strategy genre with niche themes, so it comes no surprise that they decided to make a game based around the East India Companies. Like any other strategy game, you’ll need to deal with diplomacy, budget, and fleet and commander management. It’s similar to other strategy games you may have enjoyed, only with an extremely heavy emphasis on the high seas. While this might all sound all well and good, is it ready to conquer the strategy world? [Read more]

Borderlands Preview: Exploring Pandora In A Warehouse In Brooklyn

July 28, 2009

Borderlands

There is something to be said about pulling inspiration from three of the biggest games of the last few years… but what about creating their love child? From the very second gamers get their hands on Gearbox’s upcoming opus, “Borderlands,” they’re going to draw some pretty close comparisons to fellow 2K Games franchise “Bioshock,” Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic “Fallout 3,” and Valve’s zombie massacre “Left 4 Dead,” but it won’t take long for it to become apparent that “Borderlands” is its own, truly unique experience. [Read more]

Sam Rami Directing World of Warcraft Movie!

July 22, 2009

Wow talk about coming out of left field! Variety is reporting that Sam Rami (Spider-man 1-3, Evil dead, Drag Me To Hell) is set to take on the directing reigns for the upcoming World Of Warcraft movie.

From Variety:

Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”

Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute. The team boasts an impressive pedigree: In addition to the director of “Spider-Man,” the partners have added “The Dark Knight” producer Charles Roven to the creative mix.

The plan is for Raimi to supervise development of “Warcraft” and shoot the picture after he completes work on “Spider-Man 4,” which gets under way early next year for Columbia Pictures.

The movie will be financed under the Legendary Pictures’ co-production and co-financing deal with WB, in a manner similar to the Todd Phillips-directed “The Hangover” plus the Roven-produced “Batman Begins” and “Dark Knight.”

[Read more]

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