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Capsized Available April 29 on Steam

Alientrap Games has announced the release date for Capsized, its 2d action-platformer, to be April 29th on Steam for $9.99. Alientrap also sent along review codes (woo) and a link to a YouTube video with a developer interview, for those, like me, you had no idea what this was until today. So when you’re searching the Steam store on Friday and see Capsized you’re going to say , “Hey yeah I know that game.”

I think my work is done here.

THQ and Games Workshop: Group Hug

THQ and Games Workshop have announced a “multi-year” extension to their licensing agreement.

From the PR:

(This deal extends) THQ’s current exclusive rights to publish video games based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 universe through titles across all relevant platforms including core, social and mobile rights.

“Our envisioning of the Warhammer 40,000 universe will continue to grow with top quality games across all platforms, including the upcoming launches of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online,” said Brian Farrell, THQ President and CEO.

“The impressive translation of the Warhammer 40,000 universe from the tabletop to the video game space by THQ certainly highlights the potential of our most successful intellectual property in the right hands,” said Mark Wells, Games Workshop CEO. “We know that the depth of the storylines, characters and imagery of the Warhammer 40,000 universe positions the IP to excel across many media platforms – and extending our agreement with THQ will help ensure that Warhammer 40,000 maintains a strong and growing presence in the video game space.”

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Bill Abner, crazed Warhammer fan of 20 years added, “Please, please, please let Space Marine be good.”

Portal 2 Video Guide

If you need a helping hand or just want to sit back and watch Portal 2 play out via a web player, we’ve posted a single player walkthrough for Portal 2 over at The Mothership.

GameShark’s Brian Rowe put this together. Good on you, Brian.

The Basics of Brink

While I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing this as the in-game tutorial once Brink drops on May 10th, here’s a handy video of the basics of Splash Damage’s upcoming class based MP shooter. I would not advise trying to hack a mine with a blowtorch in real life or you may find yourself waiting quite some time to respawn.

Excitebike 3D Both Exciting and Free

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When the 3DS’ much anticipated eStore, or whatever the hell they’re calling it, drops, Nintendo doesn’t want you to ignore the firmware that brings it. I honestly have no idea who wouldn’t want the ability to buy games digitally, or the free web browser that will also come with the update, but Nintendo is so worried you’ll throw your 3DS down in disgust and smash it with a hammer lest it be infected by more ones and zeroes that they’re going to give you a free 3D version of Excitebike to go with your firmware update. Right now, this offer has only been confirmed for Japan, so it’s possible those of us not in Japan will get a big bowl of nothing along with our free eShop and free web browser, but hopefully Nintendo will remember that there are people on this side of the ocean that want to play 20 year old games in stomach churning 3D.

3D Excitebike is the first in a line of 3D Classics Nintendo will be releasing, all of which are classic Nintendo games 3D-afied, in case the title isn’t clear enough. I’m all for nostalgia, but come on. 3D Ocarina, 3D Excitebike, 3D Nintendogs, 3D StarFox. The only new 3D game Nintendo has put out is Steel Diver and it sucked. I don’t want old, good games made in 3D, I want new, good games made in 3D. Here’s hoping Kid Icarus brings the new 3D thunder.

Red Faction: Armageddon Demo Next Week

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I’ve said before that I have no idea what to expect from Red Faction: Armageddon. One thing I can expect is that I won’t be playing it on my gamertag. Two difficulty based achievements? Thanks but, no thanks Volition. Luckily, if you’re in the dark about the game like I am, we can have the light of truth blasted into our faces next week thanks to a demo of the game. The demo will hit both the 360 and the PS3 on May 3rd, provided Sony can get it’s PSN stuff together by then. No word on a PC demo despite the PC version releasing the same day as the other platforms, something that is both silly and strange. By that I mean that the lack of a PC demo is both silly and strange, not that releasing on the same day is silly and strange. I’ll be quiet now.

Team Assault: Baptism of Fire Announced

Time for a little turn based tactical gameplay, even if it is, yet again, World War II. I swear those Germans are one tough nut to crack. This looks right up my alley and is set for a summer 2011 release.

PR Ahead:

Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com), Slitherine (www.slitherine.com), and Zeal (www.teamassault-game.com) are thrilled to announce Team Assault: Baptism of Fire – a beautifully crafted 3D turn-based tactical game set during World War II.

Team Assault: Baptism of Fire is a 3D turn-based tactical game where players take command of infantry squads to engage the enemy in intense close combat. Using an objective-control system, players must use wits and the geography around them to secure tactically important points and dominate the enemy. Although the combat system is turn-based, the game play can be as fast paced and dynamic as you’d like. Dynamic turns, counter actions and continual feedback keep you constantly engaged while still giving you enough time to make important decisions to change the course of battle.

Team Assault boasts an in-depth (a) combat system that both favors realism and exciting gameplay. Weapon accuracy and penetration, cover versus weapon penetration, recoil, encumbrance and wounded soldiers are only some of the included features. Also included are near limitless customization options. The included map editor and force creator will allow you to design finely tuned squads that perfectly suit your needs and command styles. A map editor is also included so constructing all new tactical puzzles and environments is possible as well!

Get more information on Team Assault: Baptism of Fire from its official product page here: http://slitherine.com/games/TA_BoF

PlayStation Tablets Incoming

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Not one to be left out in the portable computing space, Sony announced today that they’ll be bringing not one, but two tablets to the market in the fall of 2011. Both tablets will run Android, both will have WiFi and 3G/4G coverage and both will be PlayStation Certified which means they’ll be able to play all of the PlayStation games currently available to Sony’s newest mobile darling the Experia Play.

The tablets come in two different flavors with one a more traditional tablet, although with an off center design resembling a magazine that’s been folder back on itself. Called the S1, it sports a single 9.4 inch screen with both front and rear facing cameras.The S2 sports two 5.5 inch screens positioned one atop the other in a clamshell design.

Currently there’s no information on pricing or when the tablets will be available past the fantastically vague “fall” label.

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword Has Gone Gold

With Fire & Sword is officially ready for public consumption and will be released on May 3rd for $15. We’ll have much more on it soon, as I continue killing bandits.

PR Ahead:

Paradox Interactive today announced that Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword has officially gone gold. With Fire & Sword will be released on May 3, 2011. Become a mercenary or join one of five battling factions, to conquer, destroy or create empires. In this open sandbox world you choose your allies and enemies, what provinces to conquer, which castles to siege and what quests to embark on.

With Fire and Sword builds and expands upon the highly regarded combat system from Mount & Blade: Warband. Firearms and battle formations based off real-world military strategies have been introduced to the battlefield. Also, muskets and pistols can now be used as sidearms in hand-to-hand combat to quickly drop your foes. In addition to the single player mode, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword also provides a host of original multiplayer content including the new game mode: Captain, where up to 16 players can command a squad of solders.

Key new features include:

Introduces firearms and grenades
Multiple endings for high replay-ability
Enhanced siege mechanics: storm the castle, blow up the wall, bribe an officer or poison the well/food to get past the defenses!
7 new multiplayer maps: Nomad Camp, Moscow Kremlin, Moscow Fortress, Novgorod Fortress, Swedish Castle, Teutonic Castle, Field by the River
A setting based off the cult novel “With Fire and Sword” (1884) by Nobel- prize winner Henry Sienkiewicz
Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword is now available to preorder at several digital download portals for $14.99 and will release at all digital platforms on May 3, 2011.

The retail release will follow shortly thereafter.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode Three – Cage Match!

It’s Tuesday morning, so have some live action Mortal Kombat fun. No one puts Johnny in a corner!