On Sunday, after trying my luck via e-mail for over a week, I was able to setup a schedule with 2K Games to visit their booth and check out both Borderlands 2 and Xcom Enemy Unknown. Both games were pretty fun, but I had a personal favorite for Xcom Enemy Unknown, as the story and graphics felt far more compelling and more immersive. Both games each have their own appeal, and were fun to check out!
Xcom Enemy Unknown and Borderlands 2 are out now!
Borderlands 2 furthers the distinct blending of First Person Shooter and Role Playing genres to create the true evolution of the Role Playing Shooter. Team up with up to three other players for four-player online goodness or go old-school with two-player split-screen couch sharing mayhem as you spend hours leveling up your character and equipping them with one of the millions of badass weapons. Borderlands 2 features a new visually stunning array of procedurally generated guns, shields, grenades, artifacts, enemies and more. Choose one of the four new character classes to be taken through a carefully crafted and connected story to all new and surprising environments across the living planet of Pandora. Make new friends, arm them to the teeth and fight alongside them on your relentless quest for revenge and redemption.
Gunzerker Leads a Cast of All-New Characters and All-New Classes: Step into the role of the Gunzerker, whose highly deadly skills allow him to dual-wield any two weapons found in the game. Not only that, you will build on that skill to do more things with two guns than you ever imagined possible. Dual machine guns? Cool. Dual rocket launchers? Of course! Dual Sniper Rifles? Sure, if that’s your thing! Want to try other styles? More tactical perhaps? There are multiple classes to choose from!
Dynamic Co-op online, split-screen and LAN: Share your adventures with friends both online and via LAN. Borderlands 2 features a seamless system enabling you to drop in and drop out of a campaign without ever having to restart the game. On top of that you can even take your new gear from any game to any other!
World Connected Story: You will find yourself left for dead in the frozen tundra of Pandora as you begin your quest of revenge and redemption. Expose the evil surrounding the Hyperion Corporation and take on the perpetrator of a universe-wide grand deception — the nefarious Hyperion CEO, Handsome Jack. (Oh, also: he’s stolen credit for the opening of the Vault.)
New Badass Gun System: An entirely new take on the groundbreaking procedural system means millions upon millions of possible weapons. The variety and style of guns in Borderlands 2 is staggering, and you’ll see tons of new and innovative ways to engage foes on Pandora. Fire, electricity, corrosive acid, and much more will all be at your disposal as you fight your way through the Hyperion Corporation’s forces!
87 Bazillion…Everything: In addition to the new gun system, you will lust aft
From the award-winning creators of Civilization comes an action-strategy game about humanity’s last stand. Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth’s governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team in a battle against a terrifying alien invasion by creating a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions, and controlling soldier movement in battle.
· Worldwide Threat: Combat spans the globe as the XCOM team engages in over 70 unique missions, interacting and negotiating with governments around the world.
· Strategic Base: Recruit, customize and grow unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and intercept the alien threat as you build and expand your XCOM headquarters.
· Tactical Combat: Direct squads of soldiers in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger.
· Strategy Evolved: XCOM: Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with incredible action sequences and on-the-ground combat.
Later on, as I was walking around the convention center, I came across the SEGA booth. They were host to numerous games, even a Sonic game from quite some years back. I was able to speak with some SEGA representatives and introduced to their game Aliens: Colonial Marines.
I was put into the action of their Multiplayer mode where I with a team of human players, who had to get through sections of what looked to be a human base setup within the Alien world. We had to work together in order to survive and make it away from our predators, which were controlled by another team. We went down 1 by 1, myself and another team mate first, then slowly the rest of our squad.
The game looks amazing, and the multiplayer is very fun! I can’t wait to see how it develops over the coming months until its release in early 2013.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
You and your friends against the deadliest killers in the galaxy. Another glorious day in the corps.
Buckle up, soldier! Welcome to Aliens: Colonial Marines. Created by Gearbox, the critically acclaimed and fan-favorite developers of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, this first-person shooter is steeped in the eerie, claustrophobic and terrifying atmosphere that made the Aliens films successful worldwide. You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines. It’s down to you to not just survive but wipe out the Xeno infestation.
Enlist in the Marine Corps
Bringing you a true sequel to James Cameron’s classic Aliens, get tooled up with classic Marine weapons including pulse rifles, motion trackers and flamethrowers.
The most authentic Aliens experience ever
Using authentic environments inspired by the film series including Hadley’s Hope, the Sulaco and LV-426, you will be immersed in an eerie, atmospheric world where any moment could bring your death.
Drop-in / Drop-out co-operative gameplay
The masters of co-op bring their expertise to the Aliens universe. Xenos getting too tough? Call up your buddies so they can drop in with extra firepower. The whole campaign can be played with a squad of up to four players, dropping in and out as necessary through self-contained missions within an over-arching narrative.
Loadouts and upgrades
Create your perfect killing machine. An extensive upgrade system allows players to customize their characters to play the way they want. Earn experience to get perks, new weapons and new looks for your
Lastly, I was introduced to the game Jack Lumber, an iPad game, where you play as Jack, and you must chop, of course, lumber. The game seems as if it might be fast-paced at first, until, when lumber in thrown up into the air, you place your finger onto the iPad and time slows down, giving you the much needed time that you need to cut pieces of wood in the correct directions all the while avoiding woodland animals.
The game plays well, looks great, and has some cute looking woodland animals. Check it out, and see what you think!
“JACK LUMBER” FROM OWLCHEMY LABS BRANCHES OUT ONTO iOS
Indie-friendly SEGA Alliance publishes its first title
BOSTON – August 16, 2012 – Owlchemy Labs is pleased to announce the release of their latest absurd iOS title, Jack Lumber. Like most lumberjacks, titular character Jack Lumber has supernatural powers. His granny was killed by a tree, and he naturally ‘arbor’s’ quite a hatred for the forest. Players will massacre the forest in this time-warping line-drawing granny-avenging pun-filled mashup from Owlchemy Labs, the makers of the award-winning Snuggle Truck.
Jack Lumber is the first title from SEGA’s new publishing initiative, SEGA Alliance. The SEGA Alliance will focus on publishing mobile games made by independent developers.
“SEGA has been a major player in the mobile games landscape for years and we’ve had tremendous success bringing our iconic franchises to smartphones and tablets,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “With SEGA Alliance, we’re looking forward to sharing that success with talented developers like Owlchemy Labs by introducing new and unique games, such as Jack Lumber, to the market. Now if you excuse me, I have some trees to destroy.”
“We’re very excited about being the first developer to partner with SEGA Alliance,” said Alex Schwartz, Chief Scientist at Owlchemy Labs. “We’ll be able to introduce “Jack Lumber” to a much wider audience than we originally hoped to thanks to the resources provided by SEGA Alliance. It was the opposite of dealing with a lumbering bureaucracy, giving us more time to chop away at “Jack Lumber” and not mill about. Now Jack Lumber will branch out across mobile devices with the speed of a lumberjack with an axe to grind.”
Jack Lumber is available on the iTunes App Store for $1.99,
For more information, and to view the Jack Lumber trailer, visit http://JackLumberGame.com.
About Owlchemy Labs
Owlchemy Labs is an independent game developer focusing in absurd and highly polished games for all platforms. Owlchemy Labs conducts science over at http://www.OwlchemyLabs.com
About SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including Windows PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at http://www.sega.com
While walking around PAX, I was stopped by one of the representatives of Taitale Studios for their game Novus Aeterno. I was unable to find any time to play the game while I was there over the weekend, but the game appears to be well designed, and because it’s an RTS title, looks to be fun and competitive for those who are fans of the RTS Genre.
Novus Aeterno is a full Real Time Strategy (RTS) game that takes place in a massive and seamless galaxy full of great opportunities and challenging threats. Players familiar to RTS games will be able to grasp the controls and layout to get right into the action of Novus Aeterno.
The story of Novus Aeterno begins within the aftermath of a catastrophic destruction of the main five empires that had dominated the galaxy. The Verunas, Azsendi, Acaean, Cauldron Born, and our own Human civilisations had reached a high point in domination over their portions of the galaxy. The old empires are now no more and the galaxy is without any stable authority. The player can now enter the scene and determine the course of events between the conflict of various factions and the persistent outcome of further events.
Being true to an MMORTS, Novus Aeterno will have no match making. Competition between players and natural threats can happen anywhere within the massive scale of the galaxy that will be connected by no loading screens. With this open galaxy players can explore a full galaxy without restraint; through war and peace you can experience the entire battlefield!
Forming Alliances with other players will allow a group of players to take on large threats and to take on other Alliances to have large scale battles between each other within the full open galaxy. These battles can be Free for all battles as well as team battles; depending on your choice to ambush, jump into a dog pile of a battle, or dig in to defend a choke point. Your tactical options will not be limited.
About Taitale Studios
A startup indie team has announced the formation of Taitale Studios, an internationally-based studio working on an MMORTS title dubbed Novus Aeterno.
The company was founded by 19 year old Nick Nieuwoudt, who happens to be a former Olympic hopeful for the South African ice hockey team.
His interest in games began when Nieuwoudt fled South Africa to escape “some serious and violent conflict,” says Taitale chief strategy officer Marc Girolimetti. After settling in Greece, Nieuwoudt eventually found himself competing in several Crysis tournaments.
Nieuwoudt later founded Taitale Studios and hired a handful of developers around to world to develop Novus Aeterno, a game that aims to blend MMO and RTS elements title that the team debuted at last weekend’s PAX Prime.
Novus Aeterno is currently in development for PC and Taitale says it hopes to launch a beta for the title in the near future.
Later during the day, I came across a rather interesting booth, it was out and away from all the others. It was the MOBAGE booth. MOBAGE had two IOS/Android Games on display, Marvel War of Heroes and Transformers Legends. Both games consist of defeating foes to obtain “cards” that you are able to collect within the game. If the player collects two of the same card, the player can then combine cards and create a completely new, or evolved, version of that card. Both games seem fun in their own respect, both are visually appealing, and fun, especially to those who are either Marvel fans or Transformers fans.
The other game, in which I saw, was Hellfire. Hellfire followed the same gameplay as Transformers Legends and Marvel War of Heroes, where you collect cards, evolve, and grow more powerful. The game is very beautiful and has amazing artwork for all the characters and creatures.
Marvel War Of Heroes
Marvel War of Heroes is the ONLY official mobile card battle game from the Marvel Universe, featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and many more.
Create the ultimate team of Marvel characters and battle other players around the world. Evolve and enhance your Super Heroes, featuring original artwork by Marvel artists.
Hydra and the world’s most dangerous Super Villains are using the mysterious iso-8 to tip the balance of power in their favor. As an Agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. it is up to you to assemble a team of Super Heroes, unravel the mystery of iso-8 and battle the most powerful group of Super Villains ever assembled.
★ Featuring Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye
★ Fast-paced card-battle action! Build your own unique deck to defeat Marvel Super Villains!
★ Original art by Marvel artists, such as Aleksi Briclot (Thanos Imperative), Eisner-Award winning Simon Bisley and Francesco Mattina_ (Thunderbolts, Punisher)
★ Regular updates, with new cards and events added on a constant basis.
★ Team up with other players to defeat powerful enemies.
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TRANSFORMERS LEGENDS is a card-battle game staring Hasbro’s legendary TRANSFORMERS characters where players collect and create a team of powerful cards to duel friends and foes. In TRANSFORMERS LEGENDS, the earth is at war and players must choose to defend the world or mine its resources. Players complete missions with Autobots or Decepticons to earn credits and collect more TRANSFORMERS for their collections. By defeating bosses, players win rare TRANSFORMERS and can fuse their favorite TRANSFORMERS with other cards to make them more powerful.
- Defend or Mine the World – Play both sides as the defenders of the earth in the Autobot campaign or with the Decepticons looking to mine earth of Energons.
- Explore New Lands – Discover new missions and receive rewards such as credits, cards, friend battles or a shot at the Lucky Chance game.
- An Army of Cards – Hundreds of TRANSFORMERS and Decepticons are available to fill the deck. There are two types of cards, weapons and TRANSFORMERS, which pair up in creative combinations to prepare for battle. Each type of card has common, uncommon, rare and super rare cards in a set.
- Fusion – Players who save up material and currency can then fuse cards to create stronger base cards to battle with.
- Battle Your Friends and Foes – Players fill their decks with the best possible cards and Transformer/weapon combination of melee, ranged and speed attacks then battle in 3 vs 3 fights.
- New TRANSFORMERS Every Day – Get the chance to gain a new Transformer from Cybertron each day with by opening the Space Bridge to see which TRANSFORMERS arrive.
- World Events – The action is always exciting with regular events that give a chance to win TRANSFORMERS only available for a limited time.
To find out more information about TRANSFORMERS LEGENDS, please visit www.mobage.com
To be successful you must harness the elemental powers of Fire, Water, Death and Earth to command dragons, deadly beasts, and other mythic creatures against the hordes of Hell.
A VISUAL SPECTACLE
Summon and evolve hundreds of beautifully rendered creatures, while exploring volumes of expansive, 3D worlds. HellFire is one of the most visually spectacular games ever released on Android.
SIMPLE, YET CHALLENGING GAMEPLAY
Easy to pick up and fun to master. Innovative flick controls combine your own skills with the powers your creatures possess.
EXPLORE A MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER WORLD
With over 600 chapters to complete, HellFire brings hours of dynamic gameplay to your device. Ongoing live events, new features, and downloadable content mean new challenges are only ever a few taps away.
The world needs a hero, are you ready?
HellFire is completely ad-free, and powered by Mobage, the best, free, social game network.
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Finally, at the end of my weekend, I came to the Casual Brothers booth that was demoing Orc Attack. The game can be played either alone, or with up to 4 people simultaneously. This can be achieved either locally, or online. The game has 4 different “Orcs” that you can choose from, and each has their own power. Some powers, once activated one right after the other, can create a powerful attack that can hit all surrounding foes at once. The game has crude humor, and is really fun and interesting to play through, and is currently seeking Kickstarter funding before a release date is announced. You can help Kickstart this game at the following link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577988621/orc-attack-fight-for-the-orcs-against-the-human-in-0
OrcAttackis a thrilling 3D co-op hack and slash adventure that puts players in control of a team of vile, disgusting Orcs as they embark on a mission to crush human invaders. Already a hit with critics, OrcAttackhas won the People’s Choice Award at the Develop Conference held in Brighton in July 2011, and was runner-up as the most promising indie game for 2012 at the Game Connection, held in Paris in December 2011.
Having been crushed and punished by humanity in so many past games, the time has come to let Orcs dish out some punishment of their own against the humans. Players control Orcs with an arsenal of weapons, attacks and devastating flatulence and aim to defeat the evil humans who have come to exploit Orcish lands with a huge army and noisy and dirty machinery. OrcAttackfeatures exciting co-op battles with a revolutionary camera shared by all players, giving an awesome sensation of combat.
OrcAttack will launch later this year on digital platforms, and joins Reverb’s growing roster of titles, which includes the smash-hit Dungeon Defenders, the recently-released JAM Live Music Arcade and Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, as well as the upcoming Sanctum 2, Primal Carnage, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Black Knight Sword and much more. For more information on Reverb Publishing and its line-up of titles, please visit us at www.reverbpublishing.com, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.