Archive for March 5th, 2013

Tomb Raider – AMD’s TressFX Hair Video

Here’s a video showing gameplay from the Tomb Raider reboot with a focus on AMD’s new TressFX rendering system for hair.

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Source: AllGamesBeta

Gears of War Judgment – Logo, Screenshots, and 2nd Campaign Info

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Apparently there will be a 2nd campaign in Epic’s upcoming new entry in the Gears of War franchise, Gears of War: Judgment. Check out a few screenshots of the game:

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And here’s some details about it from OXM:

“There’s a whole ‘nother “campaign” tucked away in People Can Fly’s entertaining prequel Gears of War: Judgment, Epic has told OXM. Titled Aftermath, it takes place during the final hours of Gears of War 3, and reveals what exactly Baird and Cole got up to while Marcus was busy putting down the Locust Queen.
To get at the additional content, you’ll need to unlock all the stars – won by completing sections of the main campaign with extra-special style and aplomb (think headshots, gibbing and getting through each area without needing revival). Earning completion-juice towards these stars is much easier when players undertake Declassified missions – tougher, more creative versions of the vanilla challenges – but you can do it the old-fashioned Classified way if you please.”

For more details on Gears of War Judgment check out OXM linked below.

Source: AllGamesBeta & Official Xbox Magazine

WoW – World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King – Round-Up & Patch Notes

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Blizzard has posted a big round-up of information for World of Warcraft’s Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King which is going live today once server maintenance is completed. They have info about the new raid, world bosses, the legendary quest line  Tier 15 armor, PVP, developer chats, and much, much more. And here’s part of the patch notes as seen on Wowpedia (Blizzard apparently doesn’t put theirs in note form anymore):

General

New Daily Quest Hub: Isle of Thunder

  • Here players can join the assault to conquer Emperor Lei Shen’s island stronghold, unlock new questlines and daily quest hubs, participate in special events, earn the right to visit the fabled Treasure Room, lay claim to an arsenal of powerful mogu artifacts for their faction, and more.
  • Each faction’s finest are spearheading the assault: the Kirin Tor Offensive led by Jaina Proudmoore and the Sunreaver Onslaught led by Lor’themar Theron. Earning reputation with these new factions offers heroes the opportunity to receive new quests and reputation rewards, including powerful items and an intimidating new mount.
  • After both the Alliance and the Horde have eked out a foothold on the isle, players can choose to perform quests that are PvE or PvP focused. PvP quests will direct players against opposing faction NPCs, but slaying opposing players will grant credit as well.
  • As the heroes conquer the Isle, they will unlock the powerful Lightning Forge, which will allow Blacksmiths to forge mighty raid-worthy items, as well as classic weapons from the past.
  • Heroes can join the war effort and find transportation to Isle of Thunder by visiting the Shado-Pan Garrison in Townlong Steppes on the western shores of Pandaria. The Isle of Thunder will be unlocked progressively based on each based on each realms’ participation in the war effort, initially only some of the Isle’s features will be unlocked.
  • Heroes fortunate enough to acquire a “ [Key to the Palace of Lei Shen]” can bring it to the Shado-Pan on the Isle of Thunder and use it to infiltrate the fabled treasure vaults of the first emperor. Heroes are tasked with grabbing as much loot as they can within five minutes. Larger chests will have the most loot, including special keys that can be used at the end of the run for a chance at epic gear and other major rewards. Keys are awarded from rare mobs, hidden chests around the island, and from award satchels obtained by completing daily quests.

New Raid: Throne of Thunder

  • Emperor Lei Shen, the Thunder King, has returned to wreak his vengeance on Pandaria. It falls to the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde to stop the newly resurrected tyrant and his Zandalari allies in the massive new raid: Throne of Thunder.
  • Throne of Thunder is a sprawling citadel housing 12 new raid encounters, and players that defeat Emperor Lei Shen in Heroic mode can earn the opportunity to face an additional 13th foe.
  • The Raid Finder version of the Throne of Thunder will be divided into 4 different wings.
  • Join the Shado-Pan Assault in their singular drive to see Lei Shen, The Thunder King, defeated once and for all, and gain access to impressive Valor reward items. Reputation with this faction can be earned only within the Throne of Thunder raid dungeon.

The Legendary Quest Continues

  • Wrathion must know the origin and source of Mogu power, and Azeroth’s mightiest heroes will aid the Black Prince in finding out what it is. The search for information will take players into the depths of the Thunder King’s Palace, and pit them against trials of perseverance and skill. Along the way, they’ll unlock the secrets to a new legendary metagem, Crown of the Heavens.
  • Players seeking to re-acquire previous Legendary quest rewards (Such as gems for Sha-touched weapons) can now speak with the Blacktalon Quartermaster, the surly-looking Pandaren standing in the first floor of the Tavern in the Mists.

New World Bosses: Nalak, the Storm Lord and Oondasta

  • Nalak, the Storm Lord
    • After the Isle of Thunder has been conquered, the gate guardian of the Thunder King’s citadel will appear: Nalak, the Storm Lord. Players will frequently have the opportunity to test their mettle against him.
  • Oondasta
    • Found in a place that has been lost in time, the great devilsaur lord Oondasta has been outfitted for battle with weaponry and armor by the Zandalari, and awaits players brave enough (or foolhardy enough) to seek him out on the mysterious Isle of Giants found in the seas north of Kun-Lai Summit.

Taking Over The Farm

  • Players that have grown attached to working the land at Sunsong Ranch can now acquire the farm from Farmer Yoon via a quest. The farmhouse becomes a rest point like an Inn, where the player can bind and instantly log out. Work orders will pour into the farm from factions across Pandaria, and completing a work order will earn a reputation boost with the issuing faction.
  • The option to take over the farm is available to characters that are exalted with the Tillers and have unlocked all 16 farm plots.

New World Boss System

  • All world bosses are now Tap to Faction. This new system offers every eligible player of the same faction that engages a boss the chance to earn loot. Under the new system, players will only be able to earn loot from each world boss once per week, but bonus rolls apply. Bosses will now respawn more frequently as well.

For much, much more info about World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King check out the links below.

Source: Blizzard & Wowpedia

Random Game Facts – Goldeneye Rumble Reload

Here’s something pretty interesting. Apparently Rare was considering making it so you could reload in Goldeneye by removing and re-inserting your Rumble Pak into your N64 controller. That’s definitely unique. Kind of a prelude to the motion/immersion gaming scene the Wii popularized years later.

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Source: Did You Know Gaming

Yesterday’s Daily Recap For 3/4/13 (Monday)

Yesterday we had a ton of stuff about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag posted. Screenshots, concept art, a press release with game details, a fact sheet, etc. Also Blizzard confirmed that Patch 5.2. will be going live today for World of Warcraft so if you’re a fan of that game be sure to check that out. We also recently introduced a new feature to the site, This Day In Gaming History. Each day we will try to post about things that happened on that day in the past as it relates to video games/gaming. As always, thanks for checking out the blog and for any and all comments. If you want to send in a news tip, ask a question for the podcast, or give general feedback, feel free to E-mail Us, send us a message or comment on Facebook, or send us one on Twitter. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter and check out the GameSaga Mega Store (powered by Amazon) for all your gaming needs and much more and check out the GameSaga Podcast Archive for past episodes of the show!

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Here’s yesterday’s stories:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 2nd Logo, Press …
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Screenshots
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Concept Art
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Logo, Trailer, a…
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies – Screensh…
  • WoW – Blizzard Confirms Patch 5.2 Goes Live Tomorr…
  • Dragon Quest X (Wii U) – Screenshots
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Fact Sheet
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – $10 Off Deal
  • This Day In Gaming History – March 4th
  • Morning LOL – Yoshi Eggs, Scrambled Style