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Blizzard unveils the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic

Blizzard's upcoming expansion to World of Warcraft has had its opening cinematic shown off at Gamescom which is happening as we speak over in Cologne, Germany. Mists of Pandaria is the latest expansion to the MMORPG, and fans of the game have been waiting quite patiently for anything new on the game, so without further delay, the cinematic:



The introduction of the Pandaren has been hotly anticipated, and now that time is here. I'm not a WoW player, I've only dabbled in the MMORPG for less than 15 hours or so, and just don't have the time (or patience) to sink hours into it.




But, what are your thoughts on this? Surely we have WoW-based readers here? Does this opening cinematic get your WoW blood churning for the expansion even more now?

DayZ project lead wants the game on consoles

It all started out as a mod for ArmA II, but it looks like DayZ might be headed for consoles in the near future. Project lead Dean Hall "really hopes" DayZ is successful enough to justify a console-based version of the game.




Hall spoke with Joystiq at Gamescom, which is happening right now in Cologne, Germany, where he said that the only problem with DayZ, is that it needs to be successful enough to justify a console version. He said:


You're not going to put it on the consoles if you're only going to sell 100,000 units or something like that. DayZ will be driven by its PC development and it will innovative on that. And, once we're at a point, we'll take it and do a Mac version, 360 and PS3.


When pushed if he was talking to any console developers, he says "we're meeting with them here". I don't see why there wouldn't be a console release, but with the constant updates to the game, and the heavier requirements of the ArmA II engine, I suspect it might hit next-gen consoles, or there'll be a watered down version of the game on current-gen consoles, when, and if it hits.

Planetary Annihilation gets Kickstarter funding, is 'Total Annihilation-inspired gameplay on a planetary scale'

Developer Uber Entertainment wants to get out from behind games such as Super Monday Night Combat and create a real-time strategy title called Planetary Annihilation. Uber Entertainment has taken to Kickstarter to finance the $900,000 cost of the game, but they're also taking donations through the game's website, too.



What the best bit of this news is, is that Planetary Annihilation is described as "Total Annihilation-inspired gameplay on a planetary scale". Now, when I was in high school, I would've spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours on Total Annihilation, I had a non-cached version of the Celeron 300, and if I reset my computer 20-30 times, it would somehow clock in at 333MHz instead of 300MHz. I would get a decent frame rate boost when there were tonnes of units on screen. I upgraded so many times for this game it wasn't funny. Nostalgia, check.

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Blizzard launches a free Starter version of Diablo III

Not sure if Diablo III is for you? It looks like Blizzard would like for you to give it a try, at no cost to you. They likely want to get you hooked on the game so that you will spend the $50 on the game. The Starter Edition, announced by Blizzard, allows players to play up until level 13 and battle up to the Skeleton King boss in Act I.




Users can get the new Starter Edition from a variety of sources, including using your friend's disk to install the game. If you don't have a friend who owns Diablo III, existing users can find it in the Your Game Accounts area and new users will automatically receive a license for the game.


Blizzard has instituted some other restrictions for Starter Edition players, and many of them actually make sense. For one, Starter Edition users can not use the auction house, for real money or gold. This is good as it should prevent bots and other abuses. Matchmaking for Starter Edition players is only available for other Starter Edition players.

EA announces free-to-play online Command & Conquer game

A lot of cool announcements are coming out of Gamescon and EA has just joined the party with their announcement that Command & Conquer would become an online, free-to-play game. Taking the best of a popular game and putting online for free, with some restrictions, seems to be the way of the future as more and more companies are doing it.



Command & Conquer will receive regular free updates to keep the content fresh and fun to play. It's not clear if everything will be unlockable through gameplay, or if certain troops and maps will have to be purchased separately. The latter is likely the case in order to provide more income for EA.


Command & Conquer Generals 2, a game previously announced, is going to make up a majority of the new game. The new free-to-play game is based upon the Frostbite 2 engine and features detailed units, fully destructible environments, dynamic physics and high-quality visual effects.

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Battlefield 3 Premium Edition drops in September, costs $70

Another version of Battlefield 3 will soon grace PCs and consoles across the world, which is now known as Battlefield 3 Premium Edition. BF3 Premium Edition will be released in September, as announced by executive producer Patrick Bach during EA's Gamescom press conference.




Premium Edition will include membership to the Battlefield Premium service, which gives you access to the new expansions such as Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, and the upcoming Armored Kill, End Game and Aftermath.


Battlefield 3 Premium Edition also includes some more goodies, such as the "Multiplayer Head Start Kit" which sports "15 different weapons, gadgets and vehicle upgrades". Premium Edition will launch on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this September for $70 in the US, €60 in Europe and £50 in the UK.


How do you feel about things like the "Multiplayer Head Start Kit", if you've pumped countless hours into BF3?

Dead Space 3 released February 5, 2013 in the US, European release follows on February 8

Survival horror third-person shooter, Dead Space 3, has had its released date finally unveiled at Gamescom in Germany. The game is looking at February 5, 2013 release in the US, followed by a European release three days later on February 8.




The February release window was previously teased at E3, but not we have a concrete couple of dates. If you're like me, you'll be hotly anticipating this title, as the previous two titles were some truly standout games. If you haven't played them, you should definitely hit them up.


Dead Space 3 pits its protagonist, Isaac Clarke, into new territory this time round. Instead of being stuck on scary spaceships, you'll be exploring frozen planet called Tau Volantis.

Team Fortress 2's 'Mann vs Machine" introduces co-op horde mode

Valve did tease us with something "brand new" for Team Fortress 2 this year, and they've delivered, big time. The developer has just announced "Mann vs Machine" which brings a gloriously delicious co-op horde mode to the game.




Horde Mode will see five players battle it out against horde's of robots shaped in the image of the classes from TF2 (such as Heavy, Pyro, etc). They're known as the Gray Horde, and they're strong in numbers. The new gear goes live on August 15, so get ready, as your Steam should update pretty much any minute now (if it hasn't already).


Is this exciting for TF2 players? This is enough news for me to get back into the game to check it out after months and months of not touching it!

Dead Island sold big numbers due to the developers including co-op gameplay

Ah, Dead Island. The zombie-shooter set on a lucious resort island was a success, with Guido Eickmeyer, development director and executive producer of games at publisher, Deep Silver, attributing the game's success to the inclusion of cooperative gameplay.




Considering Dead Island sold 4 million copies, on an investment of less than $25 million, it is not bad at all. Especially with AAA titles receiving hundred-plus million dollar budgets these days, Eickmeyer is quoted as saying:


This is why we got all the good reviews from users. This is why we got high user ratings, because it is the most exciting co-op experience that is on the market.


Dead Island has some great co-op stats, too, with over 56 million hours played in co-op, which mounts up to an incredible 6,500 years total. Dead Island: Riptide was announced at Gamescom this week, and will be another "huge co-op experience".

PlayStation 3 gets native YouTube app, helps you waste even more time

The PlayStation 3 never had any issues play YouTube before, thanks to it's browser with Flash support, but the user experience from a browser is never quite as good as a dedicated app. Last year, YouTube released a similar app for the Xbox and this release is likely to bring that user experience to Sony's PlayStation 3.




Even cooler is the app supports using your smartphone as a remote control for the app. After following a simple pairing process (screenshot below), the device is the controller. The app also supports instant suggestions and will offer suggestions as users type. Additionally, it can pull your subscribed channels.


As YouTube puts the features:


    [li]Search: Finding the videos you want is easier than ever, with search suggestions and instant video results while you type.

  • Your subscribed channels: Sign in to find the latest videos from your YouTube subscriptions, which now also includes official music videos.
  • Your phone as a remote: With a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone. Find a video on your phone and with a button it'll play on the big screen. While the video is playing you can control it from the phone, or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.


The app should be available now in the PlayStation Store.

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