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Dawn of War II: Retribution Multiplayer Beta Announced

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Dawn of War II: Retribution Multiplayer Beta Announced

THQ announced today that the beta for Dawn of War II: Retribution will begin January 31.

The beta will be initially open to press and select Dawn of War community members. Starting February 1 the beta will expand to include everyone who has preordered the game on Steam. Finally anyone who has purchased a Dawn of War game through Steam or has registered a Dawn of War II product on their Steam account will automatically receive an invite on February 8. Read On

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II – Retribution Preorder Deals Announced

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II – Retribution Preorder Deals Announced

This year THQ is letting you choose where your allegiance lies with Dawn of War II: Retribution preorders. Once you have decided, you can then choose one of six preorder packs tailored to the race of your choice. Each pack provides unique abilities and wargear for the chosen race. The Ork pack is available exclusively through Steam with the Tyranid pack being exclusive to THQ.com. The remaining four can be purchased at any digital retailer selling the game.

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Preview: Darksiders

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This year’s E3 was a smorgasbord of triple A sequels from quite a few big name publishers. I’m not saying this is a bad thing because I’m sure Modern Warfare 2 will kick ass but inevitably some good looking original IPs went less noticed than they should have. Darksiders falls into this catergory.

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The story of Darksiders really peaked by interest when I first heard about it. You play as War, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. As it turns out the apocalypse went down when it wasn’t supposed to and both Heaven and Hell are putting the blame on you (this isn’t your swine-flu zombie apocalypse or your “oops, we launched one too many nukes and accidentally killed everyone on earth” apocalypse, this is the true biblical apocalypse). With this story as the backdrop, you head on over to Earth to clear your name and figure out who really induced the apocalypse.

Ok. So. Kick ass story line? Check. But how about the rest of the game? I got some hands-on time with Darksiders at E3 and can say a few things about it. It struck me how incredibly similar to a Zelda game it feels. It is an open world game but through out the story War will have to make his way through dungeons. From what I was told by the guys over at THQ each dungeon will have a new item for War to acquire. Each item will be used to solve puzzles through out the dungeon and defeat the boss of the dungeon. Sounds a lot like Zelda huh?

The core combat of the game is focused on preforming combos with War’s big ass sword and gun. It is very reminiscent of the Devil May Cry games. The weapons in the game will be upgradable. War has horseman powers that were stripped from him after being blamed for starting the apocalypse. So part of the game will involve questing to get your powers back.

Darksiders is a game that I have been following for a while now. Every time I see it, it looks better and better. With what could be a good story, good gameplay, and a pretty cool art style, I can say I am genuinely excited for this game. The biggest criticism I have thus far is that it doesn’t feel innovative. It’s just grabbing bits and pieces of other games and stringing them together. That being said, it is grabbing bits and pieces of some of my favorite games (i.e. Zelda and Devil May Cry). I think we can expect a pretty solid title out of Darksiders, which hits stores on New Year’s Day 2010.

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THQ's smashing good time in London

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To celebrate the launch of Red Faction Geurilla, THQ set up a public smash up in the streets of our fair city, London. Parking a car filled with copies of the game with a sledge hammer chained to the side in Covent Garden, passers by could take their rage out on the hapless auto-mobile and claim a copy of the game for PS3 or Xbox 360 for themselves. I think it’s a pretty fitting time to do this kind of ‘out there’ promotion what with one of the most infuriating tube strikes just ending last night here in London, a lot of Londoners would have had some pent up aggression and displaced anger to let go. Let’s just say if I’d have seen it yesterday there might not have been much left after I’d had at it!

[Via Kotaku & Guardian]

What the Hell is a Mexican Doing at E3 – Night 2

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Chillin' with Khail and Bill

Chillin' with Khail and Bill

Taking some time to rest following the day’s activities, we geared up and headed to the Lucky Strike bar by the ESPN Center, where Riot Games and THQ were showcasing League of Legends, which is essentially DotA made into a full game. Meeting up with our friend Bill, I was introduced to Khail Anonymous, producer with Dark Hero Studios, David Hayter’s (Solid Snake himself and screenwriter for X-Men and X2) production company, which tripped me out. We wound up hanging out with Khail and Bill after the party at Lucky Strike ended, which was really cool, especially when I talked with Khail about his work with Hayter. Read On

Pictures from E3 Riot Games / THQ Party at Lucky Strike

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Last night, we hit up three different parties after day two of E3.  The first was Riot Games / THQ Party.  When first walking into Lucky Strike bar, I thought “ok, it’s another mingling party with interesting people and nothing else.”  Glad I was proven wrong when Jamie, Raul and I walked to the back private party area.  Riot Games was giving E3 media a chance to play League of Legends at the bar.  They had set up 10 gaming stations and encouraged people to play a 5v5 match.

If you haven’t heard of League of Legends, imagine this: What if the original creators of the custom Warcraft 3 map, Dota, created their own game? It’s completely seperate form Blizzard, but still with the DotA mechanics and other special features.  That’s what this game is about.  Now, I’m no pro at DotA but, if you have general RTS knowledge, you should be able to quickly pick up this game.

League of Legends has all the DotA fun from WC3, but with an easier store for upgrades and an easier UI to play with.  I’ll review the game more when we get to beta test it. Until then, here are some photos form the party.

10 Dell XPS laptops were setup for the party

10 Dell XPS laptops were setup for the party

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