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Warhammer Online “Endless” Trial

As Mythic Entertainment’s Warhammer Online celebrates its two-year anniversary, I decided to download the “Endless Free” trial to see how far along the game has come since I covered the game in the early days of beta. Endless free is exactly how it sounds; You can download and play the trial for as long as you’d like, which is a nice touch for a guy like me that is currently playing two betas as well as a slew of games that I purchased during Steam’s big sale back in July.

Of course, the endless trial is capped at tier 1 and includes the tier 1 scenarios, but you’re going to miss out on the capital cities as well as the usual anti-spamming measures like no sending mail or using the Auction House.
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Game Review: Alien Swarm

Earlier this week, after much waiting and uncertainty, the Valve Corporation released Alien Swarm based on the 2004 mod of Unreal Tournament by the same name. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Valve, these are the guys that run the infamous Steam Online gaming service, which is pretty much the only way to get your hands on Alien Swarm. However, for the price tag of free, it is really a no-brainer to download and try this game.

Alien Swarm is a 4-man, co-op, top-down shooter. Players of the game Super Smash TV from back in the day will remember this format. The graphics are much better of course and Alien Swarm is played with a keyboard and mouse, but the familiarity is readily apparent. The controls are a little wonky at first. You use the standard WASD to move your character around, and the mouse pointer targets your gun. I don’t know how many times I’ve shot myself in the foot trying to move my guy, while fighting enemies swarming from all sides.
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Game Review: Devil May Cry 4

I was asked months ago to review this game for an X-box review site, but never completed the game. If it is such a great game, then why is it that I struggled for so long to finish it? Devil May Cry 4 is Capcom’s latest in the line of “extreme combat” action games. For those that have followed the storyline up until now, there is a new protagonist named Nero that brings with him a “demon claw” to add to the over-the-top weapon combat that characterizes this line of games. Don’t worry, Dante is still around, and players get to play as both Nero and Dante throughout the 20 primary missions available in Devil May Cry 4.

What immediately caught my eye with Devil May Cry 4 is that there is a Direct X 10 version for the PC that obviously wasn’t available for the console systems. Cranked all the way to the full 1920×1200, the graphics in this game look pretty dang amazing; especially considering this game was released back in 2008. Two years is a long time in the world of technology. My Core2Duo and GTX275 were able to handle all the settings pumped to the max, although someone should let Capcom know that they need to lay off the bloom lightning effects a little. It makes certain areas of the game look washed out.
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