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There’s been no shortage of confidence from the Age of Conan camp, perhaps befitting the game’s namesake: the last press release we received from developer Funcom heralds the game as “one of the most highly anticipated MMO games in history” - and announces that the PC version’s gone gold, despite much Internet buzz among beta testers that it needs more polish than the remaining weeks to launch can possibly
Like a medieval NCAA tournament, raiding in Age of Conan is about gradually making your way to the big showdown. Dungeons raids will be handled by groups of 24 (though 16 highly skilled players may get the job done) in three stages; completing each tier gets you access to the skills and equipment you’ll need to tackle those that follow.
Above: Guilds need to divide and conquer if they're going to beat back multiple bosses per
Aside from the sharp IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 don't really boast a long and proud legacy of historical combat flight simulations – and it's been a couple of years since the last notable release. Games like Heroes of Europe and the Blazing Angels entries have surely provided some entertainment to genre fans, plus the Battlestations series includes solid flight segments, but it's otherwise been very slim pickings of late compared to the richer PC flight scene...
For the last five years, the small Finnish game studio Remedy has weathered a stormy economy, kept its studio small against the trendy tide of high production costs, and has somehow kept Microsoft at bay from canning its project after a half decade of tinkering. Come May 18, Alan Wake will finally have its day in the sun. Unlike so many games that lose their steam and tech edge after a five-year development cycle (witness Peter Molyneux's
After the cliffhanger finale to Alan Wake's DLC epilogue, we've been dying to see just what's next for the troubled writer. After wainting for over a year, we finally see what the author has been up to, as he shoots his way out of a troubled Arizona town. This XBLA-exclusive spin-off takes different inspiration than the first game, and it's all the better for it...
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