Civilizations IV – Beyond the Sword


Civilizations IV Beyond the Sword Game
2K Games announced that a second expansion pack for the acclaimed Civilizations IV series will be available in June 2007.

Beyond the sword will focus on late-game time periods, after the invention of gunpowder, it will offer 12 new scenarios created by the Fireaxis Games team as well as by members of the Civilizations Fan Community, it will include ten new civilizations, 16 new leaders, five new wonders as well as a considerable number of new units.

New features:
• Expanded Epic Game: Firaxis Games delivers a massive increase in new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods.
• New Game Scenarios: The expansion will deliver 12 new scenarios, many containing themes never before included in the Civilization series, custom designed by the team at Firaxis and select members of the Civ Fan Community.
• New Civilizations: The expansion pack includes ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings.
• More Civilization Leaders: Sixteen new leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations.
• Corporations: A new gameplay feature that allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources.
• Espionage: Now available much earlier in the game, this expanded feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government's secrets.
• Events: New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper.
• New Wonders: Five new wonders await discovery including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, Shwedagon Paya, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Moai Statues.
• Expanded Space Victory: Winning the race to Alpha Centauri will now require more strategic planning and tactical decision making.
• Apostolic Palace: The United Nations will become available earlier in the game, providing a way for players to win a diplomatic victory earlier. New resolutions will also be added which will expand the available diplomatic options.
• Advanced Starts: A major fan request, this new feature will enable players to "buy" components of a custom-tailored empire and begin play in the later part of the game, allowing them to experience many of the new features of the expansion pack in a shorter amount of time.
• Enhanced AI: The AI has received many enhancements, making it tougher to beat on the higher difficulty levels. The ways in which the AI will attempt to achieve victory have also been expanded.

Civilizations IV Beyond the Sword Game

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The Sims : In The Hand Of Artists


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EA announced it’s teaming up with three art schools, Parsons the new school for design in New York, Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Otis College of art and design in Los Angeles for Sims-inspired competitions and exhibitions.

The artwork designed by the students will include: machinima(animated films that use the engine from the video game), paintings, illustrations, sculptural work, fashion designs, cinematography and interactive displays.

The Sims GameThe machinima and the traditional art will be judged in separate categories, by representatives from the schools and from EA. Each school will be rewarded with 12000$ for its winning entries.

Jack Lew, Global University Relations Manager for Art Talent at EA:
“ EA has long recognized the artistic talent of the students Parsons the new school for design, Academy of Art University and Otis College of Art and Design. The Sims 2 GameThis program is the perfect way to celebrate the Sims games across a variety of art forms, And true to the Sims franchise, “The Sims: In The Hands Of Artists” exhibits will demonstrate self expression and creativity.”

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LOTR Online Shadows of Angmar – a worthy opponent


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<-250x250 Square - left->A few days ago I wrote a piece about how the only game that could dethrone World of Warcraft was the upcoming Warhammer Online…shame on me…I had forgotten one of the most highly anticipated games of the year…a game with as much right to the MMORPG throne as WoW or Warhammer.

LOTR Online : Shadows of Angmar is the first MMORPG based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien and promises to allow players to roam across all of Middle Earth in a quest to defeat the dark forces of the evil Lord Sauron. You’ll meet famous characters like Gandalf and the members of The Fellowship, fight against Uruk-Hai, Nazgul, Trolls and other deadly enemies.

You’ll adventure into Tolkien’s universe as a man, elf, dwarf or…hobbit (powerful warriors these), choose from 7 seven different classes, tamper with your character’s physical appearance and equipment and, as it evolves, customize it even more using traits. The game promises a lot of other interesting features but we’ll just have to wait for the beta version to really get an idea.

But based on what we know WoW is in for some serious competition, Warhammer Online and LOTRO, both franchises have a successful background and a considerable number of fans…this is going to be interesting.

LOTR Online Shadows Of Angmar


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