Test Drive Unlimited 2 free DLC hits this weekend

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Upon release, Test Drive Unlimited 2 was a bit of a mess. Thankfully Joystiq have reported that an update hitting the PC this weekend adds new content and irons out some of the bugs, and is available for free.

The Exploration Pack adds new cars, events and outfits. There's also a stereoscopic 3D mode added should you have the set-up and wish to race in all three dimensions. The complete patch list can be found after the jump.

The Witcher 2 trailer talks magic and bombs

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The latest dev diary for The Witcher 2 drops lots of interesting info-nuggets on the upcoming sequel, not least the fact that there will be a hardcore difficulty mode that will make you restart the entire game if Geralt dies. VG247 spotted the video, in which the devs also talk about the balance between the different skill trees, and give us an overview of the bombs Geralt can use to stun his foes, or blow them the hell up.

For a closer look at The Witcher 2, check out the latest batch of screenshots, or read our preview. The game's due out on May 17.

Champions Online review

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Champions Online’s move to free-to-play is very bad news for the criminals of Millennium City. My latest creation, Chill Valentine, is in the local park, icing top-hat-wearing goons with frost bolts. All around me, fellow heroes are unleashing their own brand of justice, in the form of fireballs, telekinetic powers and the occasional thrown car. With no subscription fee to put players off, the streets of this superhero MMO are rammed. It is a very bad day to be wearing a top hat and a striped shirt.

The cost of playing for free is choice. Full subscribers can pick and choose from Champions Online’s magical tombola of superhero abilities, but non-paying Silver members have to make do with a choice of archetypes that limit their character’s progression to a preset template of themed superpowers. Extra archetypes can be bought in the game’s item store for about £7.

Chill Valentine is a frosty Glacier archetype, so she unlocks predictable ice-themed abilities in a linear fashion as she levels. First there’s the frost bolt, then the charged-up frost bolt, then the area-of effect frost bolt, and so on. Each archetype is designed to fulfil one of the three traditional tank, damage-dealing or healing MMO roles – which would make sense if there was much reason to group with other players, but aside from a few intermittent 2-5 group dungeons, there isn’t.

Witcher 2 system specs detailed

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The Witcher 2 is looking exceptionally pretty, and the devs know it, but will those huge fantasy vistas need a supercomputer to run? CD Projekt have released the system specs for The Witcher 2. You'll find them below in full.

Witcher 2 trailer shows ten minutes of zapping and stabbing

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Ten minutes of footage have appeared for the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. It starts with a leisurely stroll through the scenery, but there's also a look at the new combat system further in - lots of slow-motion diving and explosive spells.

It's had quite a makeover since his adventures in the first game. The new engine renders the new world spectacularly, and Geralt's magical abilities are much more powerful. It looks like we'll be doing a lot of rolling around on the floor game comes out on May 17. For more on the sequel, check out our Witcher 2 preview.

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Test Drive Unlimited 2 patch fixes login issues, free DLC incoming

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Atari have released a patch to fix some of the major issues with Test Drive Unlimited 2. Disappearing friends lists, invites, Clubs, save file corruption and login issues are all tackled in the update. As a way of saying sorry for the launch problems, Eden Games will be releasing the first chunk of premium DLC to all players for free.

They did it first

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In a world of clones and copycats, it’s worth remembering that every idea was once new.

Whether it’s Richard Garriott turning himself into the world’s first cosplayer by showing up at conventions dressed as his alter-ego Lord British, or Westwood inventing the RTS in Dune II, these are the moments that defined the games we play today. On PC, anyway. Herzog Zwei? What’s that?

But what about some of the more obscure firsts? Who made games talk? Who made film ratings part of our industry? Which FPS first came up with the idea of mixing driving and shooting, in much the same way that the genius who first combined salt and vinegar crisps and broken up pieces of Kit-Kat created the most delicious snack of our age? That is the question.

We’ve gone back into the archives in search of the geniuses, the dreamers, the designers and games that proved there were still ideas left to explore – just as today’s designers continue to prove how much more can be done.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 server problems getting patched. Sunglasses stuck to racer's faces

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Test Drive Unlimited 2's launch has suffered something of a false start. Some players can't log into the servers. Others can't remove sunglasses from their faces. We're not sure which is more upsetting. We guess it depends on the brand of shades and the weather at the time.

Read on for details and the developer's estimate for a potential fix.

Star Trek Online Season 3 update adds Borg tech and mission creator

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The latest free update to Star Trek Online has arrived, letting players loot high tech Borg components that can be slotted into Starships to make them Borg-awesome. The update also revamps sector space to give it a new look, and introduces the open beta of the Foundry, which will let players create their own Star Trek missions.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 trailer takes racing to Ibiza

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The original Test Drive Unlimited was a free roaming open world racer set on a Hawaiian island. You could cruise around looking for races and earning money to buy new cars and houses, and it was a promising precursor to games like the excellent Burnout Paradise, with an MMO-slant that's still unique today. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is looking to usurp Criterion's street racer with a sequel that boasts bigger and prettier locations, showcased in the latest trailer, embedded below.

First Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime screens and trailer

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Following the announcement that a new Ghostbusters game is on the way, Atari have released the first few screens and a trailer, all of which can be found embedded below.

The Witcher 2 is coming to Good Old Games next year

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CD Projekt, the company behind both Good Old Games and The Witcher 2, recently announced that the Witcher 2 would be coming out on may 17th next year. Later today, they are expected to announce that they'll be selling the fantasy RPG sequel through their Good Old Games service, and it'll be DRM free.

Yar's Revenge returns

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Remember Yar's revenge? The classic arcade shooter came out on the Atari 2600 nearly thirty years ago. Earlier today, Atari announced earlier that Killspace Entertainment are working on a downloadable remake to be released early next year. More details and the teaser trailer follow.

Champions Online selling Lifetime Subscriptions

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Cryptic Studios recently announced that Champions Online will be going free-to-play come the new year. Even so, they've just reintroduced a Lifetime Subscription that offers players permanent Gold Membership when the game goes free to play, as well as some bonus outfits and an in-game action figure, all for the price of $300. Read on for the list of benefits.

Make your own missions in Star Trek Online

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Cryptic Studios, creators of City of Heroes and Champions Online, are gearing up to release the Foundry toolset to players of space borne MMO Star Trek Online. The toolset will allow players to create their own missions, and then submit them to a database for the community to rate.

Champions Online is going free to play

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Cryptic's superhero MMO Champions Online will be free to play as of early next year. You'll be able to download the client, create a hero and jump into Millenium City without having to worry about buying the game or paying any subscription fees.

Stardock promise updates for Total Annihilation

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Stardock have re-released Total Annihilation on Impulse, their digital distribution platform. Interestingly, they've has promised "ongoing updates" for it. Brad Wardell said, "We’re treating Total Annihilation similarly to a newly released title with ongoing updates wherever possible."

Atari "thinking hard" about Rollercoaster Tycoon 4

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An administrator on the official Atari forums has posted asking fans what they'd like to see in Rollercoaster Tycoon 4. They say that they're "thinking hard about the next Rollercoaster Tycoon game on PC."

Neverwinter: a co-op RPG from Atari and Cryptic

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Atari and Cryptic have announced a new game set in the Neverwinter universe. It'll have five-man co-op, a storyline- and quest-creation utility, and will be out in the last leg of 2011.

Star Trek Online now has a time-unlimited free trial

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Star Trek Online has just started offering a new kind of free trial, where you can play for as long as you like. Instead of limiting your time, they restrict you to the tutorial and first mission of the game. Hmm. No time limit, but a restricted portion of the game? This new way of demonstrating a game needs a name of some kind.