Episode 15

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Felicia Day breathes fire into ‘Dragon Age’ series
Already well-known to video-game fans as the creator of Web comedy series The Guild about online game players, the actress has written and stars in a new Web series, Dragon Age: Redemption, based in the world of BioWare‘s role-playing Dragon Age game franchise. 

Day’s six-episode run, due to hit the Web this year, is set in Ferelden, the same fantasy land in which 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins and the upcoming sequel Dragon Age II play out. In the Tolkienesque sword-and-sorcery adventure game, several races join forces to combat a scourge called the Darkspawn (think of them as cousins to the orcs in The Lord of the Rings).

A fringe benefit of her Redemption performance? Day got to spend a few hours exploring Dragon Age II, which doesn’t arrive in stores until March 8 (for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows and Mac, rated for ages 17-up). A demo launches online next week.

Portal 2 Available Now For Pre-Order
After a slight delay, Valve today announced that pre-orders for Portal 2 are now available. Releasing on April 18, 2011, the game can now be pre-ordered on Steam at 10% off, or through various retail outlets worldwide. 

Retail distribution, handled by EA, offers a variety of pre-order perks depending on where you decide to purchase your copy of the game. This includes discounts on the cost of the game, as well as unique in-game content like exclusive skins for the coop bots, Atlas and P-Body.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
This stellar re-imagining of a strategy-RPG classic shines with its expert English localization, engaging plot, and in-depth battle options.
PROS: Constantly twisting, heart- and gut-wrenching story that changes based on your actions; tons of customization and in-depth strategy options; beautiful art and music; additions like the Chariot and World modes augment the game’s replayability; top-notch localization.
CONS: Combat graphics haven’t been upgraded from the 16-bit original; some of the interfaces are cumbersome.

Leech’s iPhone Game Suggestion: BATTLEHEART

Crysis 2 Story Trailer Revealed
At its heart, Crysis 2 is the story of human resistance against invaders in their homeland. The might of the US Military and Law Enforcement stands no chance against the alien invaders threatening to annihillate the global population. Only one man, equipped with the unbeliably powerful Nanosuit 2, stands a chance at stopping the invaders from total domination.

Crysis 2 PC Demo Coming March 1
Electronic Arts announced today that the previously Xbox 360 exclusive demo for Crytek’s upcoming tech-tastic Crysis 2 will be available for PC March 1. Of course, this really only applies to PC gamers with rigs the size of a NASA server room, but it’s still good to know.

The multiplayer demo features two maps (Skyline and Pier 17), and the two modes includes in the 360 demo: Team Instant Action and Crash Site.

Crysis 2 hits stores on March 22 in North America and 25 March in Europe.

No Doubt Sues Activision Over Band Hero
The band signed a deal to appear in the recently-released Band Hero but claims Activision went beyond the boundaries of the contract by allowing gamers to use the band’s avatars to perform music by other acts, turning the group into a “virtual karaoke circus act.” The suit claims as an example that gamers can use the band to perform the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman,” with the net result being “an unauthorized performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes.”

“The band [members] are bitterly disappointed that their name and likeness was taken and used without their permission,” No Doubt Manager Jim Guerinot said. “They agreed to play three No Doubt songs as a band…. Activision then went and put them in 62 other songs and broke the band up [and] never even asked.”

Equalizing NPCs in WoW

Basiok: We’re doing a full NPC equalization in the next major patch to ensure each capital city has the same tradeskill, trainer, and supply resources. Hopefully to ensure that any city can be visited for the majority of uses.

We don’t have any plans though to extend the dailies and portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar to the other cities. They were specifically chosen as the main capital hubs for Cataclysm, and as such a lot of work went into updating and improving them knowing they would be the primary hubs, including new and redesigned areas for the dailies and portal hub.

In the same way that Dalaran or Shattrath were the main cities for their expansions, and housed unique quests and services, Stormwind and Orgrimmar are the main cities for Cataclysm.

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