Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Freeware Strategy Games Update: UFO: AI v2.3 Released

The developers of UFO: AI, a freeware turn-based PC strategy game, have finally released the long-awaited version 2.3 of their endeavor to replicate the gameplay of X-Com (albeit with a storyline that's unrelated to the PC classic). I've been following the development of this free turn-based game for two years now and for this version to finally surface is exciting news. The gameplay of its predecessors has been perfect except for two glaring flaws: the lack of an ending and aliens not being able to launch attacks on your headquarters. This freeware version fixes these and more.

This game may be based on an ancient game engine but its gameplay aspects are nearly unparalleled even compared to retail games (small surprise given that the game it tries to emulate has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by several reputable websites). I'm even more psyched with this news than Mektek's freeware release of Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries.

Classics: The game engine that put doom and gloom in Romero's heart coupled with X-Com gameplay = epic. (Picture credit: UFO: AI official site)

The link to the freeware game after the jump.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

How to Install Mechwarrior 4 Using Mektek's MTX

A lot of people have been asking me about how to install the free PC shooter game Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries. The problem lies with MTX, a software developed by Mektek to act as a "centralized distribution and patching point" for the downloadable PC games it distributes.

While it proves buggy for some, the predominant issue lies in the somewhat lengthy procedure the software requires. Gamers who don't usually tinker with their PC may find the process confusing.

If you are sure you've done things right and you're still experiencing problems, please go to the official forums and post your questions there; you'll get more detailed answers. Please take note that I am in no way connected with Fasa, Microsoft, or Mektek. I did not develop MTX. I'm just another gamer who's putting out guides and reviews in the hopes of helping other people.

However, if you're just simply curious or confused about how to install Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries using Mektek's MTX, read on.

A friendly Bushwacker scans the terrain for enemy mechs

>>>I hit my head with a rock and can't remember what Mechwarrior is. Give me a quick recap on the history of the franchise.

The guide after the jump.

Before reading the guide, I would like to point out two things:

1. This game is really free. Microsoft cleared Mektek to release Mechwarrior 4 as a downloadable free PC simulator-shooter/strategy game.

2. As mentioned before, I am in no way connected with Fasa, Microsoft, or Mektek. I did not develop MTX. Install at your own risk. If you encounter problems using the software, I cannot offer technical support.

Ok with those two things cleared up, here's the guide:

1. Download and install MTX from HERE.

2. It will ask where you will put your Mektek games. I chose the same folder where I've installed MTX:

2. Since I've heard a lot of people were experiencing problems with MTX in downloading the free PC game, I used Mektek's torrent links:

As of this date the latest FULL install is v.0021.

Downloaded using uTorrent):

(Don't mind the patches, I thought I'd be having problems patching with MTX but it turned out downloading the patches using uTorrent was unnecessary.)

3. I put the downloaded .mtx file in a folder I created:

(Don't mind the second and third files; those are the aforementioned patches.)

4. Launch MTX and click Open File.

5. Find the free Mechwarrior 4 .mtx file that you downloaded.
6. MTX will copy the .mtx file.

7. Once it has finished, wait for it to patch the free PC mech shooter.

You can launch the game from your Start menu.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gamespot's Dead Space 2 Trailer (Gameplay Video)

Gamespot has released a gameplay video of the much-awaited game Dead Space 2, a continuation of Isaac Clarke's oddysey against a virulent race of zombie-like aliens who infect and morph other species.

The video after the jump.

I don't know but IMHO, I don't agree with the design. The necromorphs shown here are just too "clean" with none of the exposed viscera the first game displayed with sadistic abandon.

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Nvidia WHQLs GeForce 257.21 Video Drivers

Quite excited about this. I've been testing out drivers ever since Nvidia Forceware 77.xx and this is the first time a driver got rolled out with a version number higher than 200. Ill test this one out in the next few days.

The link after the jump.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Free WoW Clone Runes of Magic - How to Tier a Weapon Using Random Fusion Stones

I made a guide on how to tier a weapon in Runes of Magic, a World of Warcraft clone made by Runewaker Entertainment:

A more detailed version of the guide and links to other freeware games can be found after the jump.

(Before reading this guide, please read the help section in your Arcane Transmutator page. You can access this page by doing the following:

1. Click "B" to access your inventory.
2. Click on the treasure chest icon (found on the lower left).
3. On the Arcane Transmutator (henceforth referred to as "AT"), click on the question mark.)

This is a tutorial for tiering a tier 3 weapon to a tier 4 one.

Here I've already bought: 1. nine tier 3 cloth belts from the Obsidian Stronghold cloth merchant and 2. nine random fusion stones from the wizards at West Varanas (also I've already produced three tier 3 mana stones by fusing three of the belts with three of the RFS):

This is done by placing one tier 3 belt and one RFS in the AT:

The result, as mentioned before, is a tier 3 mana stone:

We need three of these as, as mentioned in the help section of the AT page:

(Tier Y Mana Stone) x (3) = 1 Tier (Y+1) Mana Stone. (So Tier 3 Mana stone + Tier 3 Mana stone + Tier 3 Mana stone = Tier 4 Mana stone.)

Here's me having fused all the base components. The results are three sets of Tier 3 Mana Stones:

Combining the sets to form three Tier 4 Mana Stones:

Why do we need three Tier 4s? Again, as mentioned in the help section of the AT page:

3(Tier Y) + Tier (Y-1) Weapon/Equipment of your choice = Tier Y Weapon/Equipment of your choice.

(Simply put, 3 fusion stones of the same tier fused with a Weapon/Equipment of your choice will yield the same equipment with the same tier as that of the Mana Stones you fused it with.)

Placing my Tier 3 weapon with the three Tier 4 Mana Stones in the AT:

Checking the preview window before confirming:

The entire process summarized in a spreadsheet:

I used to hate them but my manager taught me they are at the very least, a necessary evil. Thanks Li! :D

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

IGN's Halo Personality Quiz

Durn. It's a spoiler of sorts. Who's Jorge-052? IGN's Halo Personality Quiz tagged me as a Mexican minigun-touting bad a$ who's "a teddy bear at heart" lol!

Take the quiz after the jump.

>>>The quiz HERE

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