Aliens: Colonial Marines

Title: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Release Date: 02-12-2013

Platforms: Xbox, PS3, PC (there will also be a Wii U version of the game released at a later date)

There is a Limited Edition as well as a Collector’s Edition of this game to be released as well.  More details on what is included are listed below.

Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.

Limited Edition:
·         Four Playable Movie Characters
o   Players will be able to fight for their squad’s survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
·         Additional Marines Character Customization Options
·         Ripley’s Flamethrower

Collector’s Edition:
·         High Quality Resin Powerloader Figurine in  Limited Edition Xeno Hive Box
·         Limited Edition of Aliens: Colonial Marines (content as outlined above)
·         Exclusive Multiplayer Weapons
o   Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
o   Phase Plasma Rifle
·         Exclusive Game Level
o   USCM Academy Firing Range
·         USCM Dossier
o   Mission Brief
o   USS Sephora Schematic
o   Recruitment Card
o   LV-426 Recon Photo
o   USCM Iron-on Badges
o   USCM Graduation Certificate

“Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Gearbox Software are doing a brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at its core.”

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Final Fantasy 25 Years Collection

Can you read Japanese?  Do you know every bit of Final Fantasy? If so, Square Enix loves you and they want to show you how.

Twenty-five years after SE released the 1st Final Fantasy game, they are to release a massive collection that will include the first 13 games in the series.  For ¥35,000, (about $450 US Dollars) you can have the following:

  • Final Fantasy (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy II (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy III (PSP – 1 UMD)
  • Final Fantasy IV (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy V (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VI (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VII International (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy X (PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XI Vana’diel Collection 2(PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 – 1 disc)

There will also be included an Anniversary Video disk, a soundtrack on two discs, a special download item (free) for Final Fantasy XIV, a mini replica of Amano FF 25th Anniversary visual, and more.

As best we know this deal is only going to be released in Japan.

 

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Chest Burster from FingerFunk

I loved the movie Alien and.. most of it’s sequels. The idea that there was a space monster that could pop out of my chest at any moment gave me chills. Now it can happen!

The folks over at www.FingerFunk.se have a Chest Burster app that will.. well.. let a Chest Burster burst out of your chest!

How does it work?

First you gotta download the App. I’ll give you the link in just a moment. Then, from the app, you have to download the Marker Image (super simple, just click a button and it downloads, then click a button and you return to the main screen of the app). Then you start the simulation. You will hear the Proximity Alarm letting you know that the app is tracking properly. Easy Stuff.

Now, in order to get the Chest Burster to start bursting, you also need to either grab a t-shirt that FingerFunk sells, or simply download the image (By the way, the image at the top of this post works too).

You should be able to find the app simply by searching for “Chest Burster” or you can grab it from one of these links:
The link to the app for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad fans can be obtained here.
The link to the app for Android fans can be obtained here.
The tracking image itself that you can print out can be obtained here.
The app DOES require a camera.

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Now that we have tried the app you can see why having it on a shirt works best. Still, with the print-out I’m having fun watching this guy pop out of the walls, the floor, the fridge, the car, and everything else..

If only we could get this same technology into some sunglasses.. Imagine a world in which some people could be Aliens but no one would know unless they had the app on their “smart sunglasses”! That way the one way to see those aliens would be to wear sunglasses! I bet I could even get Roddy Piper to do a video for the app!

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Kingdom of Drakkar

Kingdom of Drakkar
Experience fantasy role-playing at its best in the Kingdom of Drakkar. Choose your character: paladin, mentalist, thief, among many others. Each has its own abilities and advantages. As the lands unfold, you must develop your skills and abilities, gain wealth and power, and acquire psionic disciplines that will enable you to withstand the challenges ahead. Team up with players from around the world to explore areas and fight monsters or attempt to fight the denizens while on a solo mission.

Objective: To gain character experience and training, therefore becoming eligible for better adventures.

Players: No limit of players!

Kingdom of Drakkar. What can I say? It’s among the oldest online RPGs out there. The graphics are, at this point, retro. It’s beginnings go waaay back to the same time as Zork.

You choose your character, roll up some stats, and start the game. It’s really not any more complicated than that. There is a tutorial of sorts to help you get started, and if that is not enough, there is also a chat lobby that everything is built off of. You can sit in there all day long and just chat up a storm if you wish.

Check it out!

Kingdom of Drakkar
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Battle Dragons, rescue princesses, celebrate your victories and solve puzzles!

Seriously, this game has been online since the 80’s! It’s 2D graphics will certainly take you back! It’s still up and running and continues to see updates even today!

Kingdom of Drakkar is also among the only Online games to offer a 100% FREE play option. There are a few different optional pay plans of course, and after adventuring in the game you will quickly want to see the advantages that becoming a paying player can give. There are skill gain bonuses, special holiday events, impromptu Sysop (System Operators/Game Managers) events, and different scenarios to explore.
Another interesting aspect to this game is the ability to download two different types of graphic packages. If you have a low end system you are able to download the original 8 bit graphics pack, but if you have a machine that likes to see massive amounts of animation (the 8 bit has animation too) then the 24 bit graphics download is the one for you!

Oh, and be sure to say ‘Hi!’, I’m usually found in the chat lobby too!

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Drow & Rise of the Underdark!

April 5, 2012 – RENTON, WAWizards of the Coast today announced that its iconic roleplaying game of fantasy and imagination, Dungeons & Dragons, is inviting players to explore the notorious drow race and venture into a world immersed in darkness and danger during the Rise of the Underdark campaign starting this spring. Fans will get a first look at what is stirring below the surface at PAX East in Boston this weekend (Booth #562).

Mystra, the goddess of arcane magic is dead and Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders is making her bid to seize control. The drow invasion is about to begin, and adventurers are needed to help stop Lolth from bringing about everlasting darkness to the surface world. With a product line and programs focused on the drow race, D&D players will get a deep-dive into the events surrounding the Rise of the Underdark and gain access into the minds and lives of the popular race like never before. From a new campaign setting and in-store organized play programs, to novels and other game accessories, this robust suite of offerings will put a fresh spin on players’ campaigns. D&D fans can also look for new video game content and D&D merchandise to round out their drow experience.

“We are excited to provide players with a drow experience unlike any other with a full suite of products and in-store play offerings,” said Liz Schuh, Head of Publishing & Licensing for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. “Players will get an in-depth look at this culture full of trickery and alliances, and get the opportunity to help thwart the evil schemes of the Spider Queen like never before.”

Dungeons & Dragons: Rise of the Underdark offerings include:


  • Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook
    On May 15, players will thrust into darkness with Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook. Adventurers can delve into dungeons, caverns, and other subterranean environments with this indispensable guide. Players will discover new character themes that add depth to their characters’ backstories and equip them with special benefits that will help on their journeys into the Underdark. Dungeon Masters will uncover advice and tips that will shed new light on creating dungeons and exploring the depths of their campaign worlds.
  • D&D Encounters – Beginning May 16, players of all levels will be able to gather on Wednesday evenings in local participating game stores around the world to experience the new D&D Encounters: Web of the Spider Queenseason. D&D Encounters is the first D&D Organized Play program designed exclusively for weekly play at retail locations worldwide – and this season takes players into the depths of the Underdark to investigate increasing drow activity and what it means for the world above.
  • D&D Lair Assault – Experienced Dungeons & Dragons players worldwide have already been gathering at their local participating game stores as part of the highly tactical D&D Organized Play program called D&D Lair Assault. The next challenge, Spider Killer, will kick off on June 1, challenging players to battle against the Rise of the Underdark.
  • Skirmish-Style Game – A new head-to-head miniatures skirmish-style game, Dungeon Command will have players assembling warbands and choosing their battlefields as they go head to head in all out war. Releasing July 17, the Dungeon Command: Sting of Lolth faction pack will include such heroic miniatures as assassin, arachnomancer, sorcerer, spiders and spiderguards. Other Dungeon Command faction packs will become available throughout the year.

  • Charon’s Claw
    – In this third book of the Neverwinter Saga, New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore takes readers back to the city of Gauntlgrym. As the world-famous dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden and his companions return to the ancient dwarven stronghold, they find a small colony of drow. Members of House Xorlarrin and exiles from Menzoberranzan, these drow are trying to establish an independent city free from the rule of House Baenre and its priestesses. Charon’s Clawreleases August 7.
  • Campaign Setting & Fortune Cards – On August 21, anew campaign setting will provide an in-depth exploration of the greatest drow city in the Dungeons & Dragons game. Containing all of the information a Dungeon Master needs to run adventures or an entire campaign based in this treacherous city, including descriptions of city locations, drow houses, key organizations, and the precarious political landscape, the Menzoberranzan Campaign Setting also gives players information they need to create characters who are members of drow houses or organizations within Menzoberranzan. Drow Treachery Fortune Cards will provide additional elements of unpredictability that already runs rampant within drow culture to enhance attacks and defenses, or provide other benefits to characters.
  • Novels– 2012 also holds the release of a number of mind-capturing novels from some of D&D’s most beloved and imaginative authors, including:
    • War of the Spider Queen, Volume I (April 3), Richard Lee Byers, Thomas M. Reid, Richard Baker
    • War of the Spider Queen, Volume II (May 1), Lisa Smedman, Philip Athans, Paul S. Kemp
    • And the following ebooks:
    • Spinner of Lies: Sword of the Gods (June 5), Bruce Cordell
    • Prince of Ravens (July 3), Richard Baker
    • Skein of Shadows (July 3), Marsheila Rockwell
    • Spider and Stone (December), Jaleigh Johnson
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online, Menace of the Underdark expansion – This June, the shadow of Lolth has fallen over the Forgotten Realms kingdom of Cormyr, where heroes struggle to stem the unrelenting tide of Drow forces. As the extent of Lolth’s schemes spread to entangle Eberron, the champions of that world must join those of Faerûn to battle this dark threat—and ultimately, the Queen of Spiders herself.

Dungeons & Dragons is the iconic roleplaying game of fantasy and imagination that is part storytelling, part social interaction and part chance. Visit DungeonsandDragons.com for more information on the campaign and follow D&D on Facebook and Twitter. You can also look for drow-themed accessories such as cell phone cases, t-shirts and bags!

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