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The first expansion pack to Diablo III is out today; Reaper of Souls brings with it a new Act and a new class, but it also heralds the end of that delightful 50% bonus XP session that saw many power-levelling their existing Diablo III characters.

To celebrate the launch of Reaper of Souls, we’ve decided to share this AMAZING cartoon version of the expansion’s introduction video. The animation might look familiar to some of you – that’s because this is a Carbot spoof, and Carbot is the YouTube channel behind those adorable StarCrafts videos.

Here’s hoping this first cartoon spawns a new Carbot series. Hit the jump for your morning dose of (Diab)lols.

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It’s a double victory for gamers today: two controversial online “features” (for want of a better term) are both officially dead as of today. Maxis today released update 10 for SimCity, which makes the entire game playable offline once you’ve installed the patch. That patch will be automatically downloaded via Origin; once it is you can play single-player cities offline, and all saves will be stored on your PC.

Secondly, Diablo III’s controversial Real Money Auction House gets it switch flipped today. While you’ll still be able to access the RMAH, no further items can be put up for auction. Current auctions are still active, but once they all end, the feature will be removed and all items and gold will be distributed accordingly. Essentially, the Auction House is dead as of today.

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Our friends over at Megarom have announced that they’re planning a LAN party to celebrate the launch of Diablo III‘s first expansion: Reaper of Souls. The LAN will be held on 29 March at the Internet Solutions Campus in Johannesburg.

Here’s the deal: if you want to secure yourself a ticket to this event, then head over here and fill in an entry form. Yes, this isn’t any old LAN event: tickets will only be given away in a competition, and there are only 50 seats available at the LAN. So if you’re a massive Diablo III junkie who is counting the days until Reaper of Souls, and if you live in Johannesburg (obviously), then enter! You’ve got nothing to lose except maybe a ton of sleep while you slay hellspawn and loot corpses for hours with 49 other people.

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Praying, so that you may fell many monstrous titans.

Oh hey, you. Do you know what came out yesterday? That’s right, the whole Internet was abuzz with it! I’m talking, of course, about Titanfall Dark Souls II, that earnest sequel to the wailing and gnashing of teeth that was Dark Souls. At least, in America; we’ve got to wait another three days. Tch. But at least it’s better than waiting FOREVER, amirite, EA?

So far, it’s doing pretty well for itself, having garnered an average Metacritic score of 92 at the time of writing. I am pleased by this, but not nearly as pleased as I was when I watched the new launch trailer released yesterday. Miklós has done a good job keeping up with the trailer releases and news items, and I’ve been happy to wallow in the general exuberance of it all, but no longer. Because the newest trailer, titled Locomotive Breath, is succinct, poignant, and Jethro Tull (which is both a musician and — at least in this instance — an adjective for awesome). Set to the sound of Tull’s Locomotive Death Breath, it’s a bluesy and entirely appropriate accompaniment to the fate that awaits you.

Watch the trailer after the jump, and prepare to despair one last time.

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Rejoice, Glorious PC Master Race, because you too will be able to die over and over again on the 25th of April when Dark Souls II hits your platform. FromSoftware announced the release date via the official Dark Souls Facebook page. The console versions, in case you forgot, are out on the 14th of March, which is just one week away.

The extra seven week wait will be worth it though, because your version is going to be the superior one (pfft, as if I needed to tell you that). FromSoftware has confirmed increased texture resolutions as well as an increased frame rate. On top of that, the developers have pushed really hard to perfect mouse and keyboard controls.

Anyone who opts to pre-order on Steam will get bonus content at no extra cost: you’ll get a digital copy of the game’s soundtrack, a PDF of the Official Dark Souls II Artbook, a digital copy of the entire Dark Souls II Digital Comic Book, and access to the Black Armour Weapon Set, which gives you ten weapons to use right off the bat. The game is already on Steam for pre-order at $49.99.

Source: Facebook

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3D Realms, the development team behind the original Duke Nukem games and Duke Nukem 3D, have revealed a new Duke game called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. The game is in co-development with Interceptor Entertainment. It is an isometric action RPG and it’s apparently heading to PC and PlayStation 4 tomorrow, 24 February. Hmmm.

Obviously, Gearbox Software isn’t too happy about this and as such they’ve opened up a legal case against 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment. “Recently — and without consulting the Duke IP’s actual owner, Gearbox,” the court filing papers read, “Interceptor announced its intent to develop a Duke Nukem game based upon the various characters, content and intellectual property owned by Gearbox. Apparently, after selling its Duke Nukem IP rights to Gearbox in 2010, [3D Realms] sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened. The result is the unauthorized development effort that reportedly exists between 3DR and Interceptor.”

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Oh ho ho, Dark Souls II, I can see through your façade of reassurance. You’re trying to make out as if all the abhorrent deaths you have in store for us are somehow part of a  bigger picture; a means to some sort of enlightened end. Well, I don’t buy it – not even for a second. You’re a relentless destroyer of hopes and dreams, and you should be ashamed of yourself for masquerading as anything that might be misconstrued as “accessible” or character building.

Even your choice of trailer music is oddly inspiring: light piano lilts juxtaposed with grungey guitar riffs. It’s meant to make us want to go out and kick butt in the face of adversity. In a lot of ways, this trailer is like one of those creepy as hell angler fish that lurk in the darkest depths of our oceans: it’s dangling this reassuring, alluring light, but behind the light of lies sits rows and rows of razorblade teeth ready to rend your soul from your bones.

While some you may think I’m being a little melodramatic, you know deep down in your hearts that I’m right. This game does not want to be your friend. Hit the jump to take a look.

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Cast your minds back to May 2013; I know it’s a tall order for many of us encumbered by memory sieves, but just try, OK? You may remember a game being announced called Lords of the Fallen? Well, the game has had a couple of brief showings at events like PAX, but actual gameplay footage hasn’t been revealed until now.

IGN has had the pleasure of sitting down with the game’s executive producer Tomasz Gop (who has worked on titles like The Witcher 2) to play through about 10 minutes of the game. The gameplay shows player character Harkyn as he traverses a castle area during the game’s earlier sections. You’ll see a couple of different attack styles ranging from slow, heavy attacks with a warhammer, to faster flurries with daggers. The gameplay culminates in a boss battle against the first of the Lords that command the Fallen god’s armies – now you can see where the title comes from.

Got to admit, the game looks like it’s set to tickle the fancy of all you Demon Souls / Dark Souls masochists out there. It’s an action RPG, but not a “button-mashing” ARPG – so think slow, methodical combat approaches to every type of enemy in the game. You have to think, plan and head into each encounter with the right equipment if you hope to succeed. Hit the jump to check it out in action.

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Oh Dark Souls faithful, I’m in two-minds about sharing this with you. You are, after all, one of gaming’s more rabid fan bases and to be honest, you scare me a little when you don’t get your own way. That in itself is rather ironic considering Dark Souls hardly ever lets you get your own way anyway. Regardless, I shall throw caution to the wind and show to you this lovely Japanese Dark Souls 2 Collector’s Edition, which, I’m afraid, you cannot have.

This Japanese exclusive comes with a very fetching wooden box, complete with engravings of what I can only assume is some important seal from the Dark Souls universe; that’s “seal” as in a sacred symbol, and not the blubbery animal that swims… or the singer who was once totally getting it on with Heidi Klum.

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Good news, Master Race: while the word isn’t official, Amazon.com has put the PC version of Dark Souls 2 up on their website with a release date of 31 May. Back in September last year, when Namco Bandai announced the console version’s release date (14 March for us in SA), they had no word on the PC version. Recently we were told that the PC version would arrive “shortly after console release”. Turns out “shortly after” is publisher speak for two-and-a-half months later. We’ll update as soon as Namco confirms the release date.

Source: Amazon


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