The latest in the Humble Indie Bundle saga is a little different than bundles past, and only contains games from a single developer, Frozenbyte. I can’t vouch for the Shadowgrounds games but Trine is well worth the purchase, especially at a “pay what you want” price. Remember it comes with a code that can be redeemed in Steam, so if you like organising your games that way, the option is there for you.

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TTGI guess if Sam & Max, Monkey Island and then Back to the Future can be reincarnated to rejuvenate the long dead genre of adventure games, then that was only ever going to be the beginning. Next up Telltale has announced/confirmed games for Jurassic Park (I’m hoping there’s a scene where you click on the electric fence and one of the annoying kids get shocked,) Walking Dead, and a freakin’ reboot of King’s Quest! As one of my earlier gaming memories, King’s Quest will be of personal interest to me. No word on Roberta Williams’ involvement (it’s unlikely, in my mind,) and thankfully the fan-made sequel, The Silver Lining, remains unaffected (and I should probably check that out, now that I’ve reminded myself of it.)

Dead Island was actually announced back in 2007. But it wasn’t until today that it finally caught the attention of gamers around the world.

A rather haunting, and bloody teaser trailer is the reason for this excitement,  which you’ll have to see for yourself after the break.

IGN has a few details: It’s a first-person zombie game with RPG elements, set on a tropical island in Papua New Guinea. And the focus is more realistic (as realistic as you can be with zombies), there aren’t high-powered weapons scattered about, so melee combat will play a larger role. The game also supports four-player co-op.

Of course many will compare it to the Left 4 Dead games. We’ll have to see how the game compares when Dead Island is released later this year.

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Kicking off community content, nzBrowncoat reviews Apache: Air Assault. Originally posted over on Browncoat’s blog: Interactive Nonsense.

There is something special about hovering at 1000 feet and guiding a high explosive hellfire missile from 2 kilometers away onto an unsuspecting bad guy. Apache: Air Assault has heaps of these “that was freakin’ sweet” moments. It’s a shame there are a few unnecessary shortcomings that take you out of what is otherwise an engaging helicopter sim ‘lite’.  Continue reading

Is 2011 the year of the remake? While Beyond Good & Evil is getting a bit of treatment it’s nothing compared to the just announced Abe’s Oddysee HD. Which is currently being developed by Just Add Water, the same developers working on the HD version of Oddworld Inhabitant’s last game, Stranger’s Wrath.

From the sounds of things, the two developers are wanting to stay as close to the original as possible, and are keeping the same gameplay and puzzles. If you remember, the original game was in 2D. So the entire game is basically being rebuilt, as a 2.5D sidescroller.

Now if you go back and play Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, it still plays fine, but the graphics are a little dated. Hopefully the new 3D presentation won’t ruin the game’s charm.

This Aurora Desktop is Alienware’s 2010 model PC. It’s black, bulky, and a real beast of a machine.

Measuring 16.77 inches high and 25.39 inches long, you’re going to need a decent amount of space for it. Getting it there might be a challenge too. It’s not the most portable of computers weighing a hefty 20.41 kg.

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In the year 1499 where hoodies are back in fashion, Ezio Auditore da Firenze thought his days of slaying pesky officials were over. Think again Ezio. We still need you for another game.

The first thing you’ll notice about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is the name. For some reason Ubisoft Montreal decided to forgo Assassin’s Creed III in favour of Brotherhood.

Maybe because Ezio is back? Maybe they’re sick of numerals? Who knows?

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The bundle is back! After the successful run-through back in May, it looks like they’re at it again. DRM free indie games for PC, Mac and Linux. Starting today already around 52,478 bundles have been purchased so far, the average purchase at $6.97 (at the time of writing).

The bundle comes with the following five games:
Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans.

Pay what you want over at www.humblebundle.com. You will need PayPal, AmazonPayments or Google Checkout. Again you can choose to split the money between the developers and the charities. A good deal if I ever saw one.

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For your viewing pleasure we’ve got some of the hit trailers from the 2010 Video Game Awards. Not much in the way of actual gameplay, but it’s something to whet your appetite for the games coming out next year and beyond…

Stay tuned as these are updated.

Batman: Arkham City (Sep-Nov 2011)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11 November 2011)
Forza Motorsport 4 (Sep-Nov 2011)
InSane (2013! Guillermo Del Toro)
Mass Effect 3 (Holiday 2011)
Mortal Kombat (2011. Kratos)
Portal 2 (April 2011??)
Prototype 2 (2012)
Resistance 3 (6 September 2011)
SSX: Deadly Descents (?)
Thor: God of Thunder (3 May 2011)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (1 November 2011)

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