Eclipse is out today for the iPad. It’s the port of a streamlined boardgame of epic sci-fi strategy. Or, to put it in videogame terms, a full game of Master of Orion 2 or Stardrive or GalCiv II played in an hour. Look how boring (pictured) it looks.
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Adam Foster has posted a director’s cut version of his Half-life 2 mod Minerva to Steam for everyone to easily enjoy. No more fumbling with separate pack downloads! It’s still free but Foster has tweaked puzzles, fixed bugs, and given the whole thing a nice coat of polish. The mod made waves when it was first released for being one of the best (and first) user-made singleplayer add-ons for Half-Life 2 that followed Valve’s design sensibilities. In fact, it’s so good, the mod got Foster a job at Valve!
You’ll need to own Half-Life 2: Episode One on Steam to play Minerva. You can find the mod here.
“Maaaaaarrrrriiiia!” Variety reports that Scott Stuber, of Bluegrass Films, has agreed to produce the Gears of War movie. He will develop a script in cooperation with Epic Games. Stuber most recently produced Ted and Battleship. Hopefully, these will be inspirational to Stuber so that the Gears movie will be hilariously crude and explosively dumb.
New Line originally had the movie rights, but after failures to get production started, they let the property revert to Epic who has since been courting filmmakers to commit.
Respawn Entertainment, the studio started by ex-Call of Duty bosses at EA after they split from Activision, will release a game exclusively for the next-gen Xbox according to sources speaking to Kotaku. The game, currently known by the working project title Titan, will be a futuristic shooter that features multiplayer battles with giant mechs and infantry.
While the details of the game came to us from one source – a source who is in a good position to know what the deal is with Respawn’s game – their assertion that the game is destined only for Microsoft console hardware was consistent with information another source gave us earlier this month. That other source had also told us that Respawn’s game would only be for the Xbox brand. It is possible that the game could be a timed exclusive, but neither source indicated that was the case.
Respawn Entertainment’s founders, Vince Zampella and Jason West, had reportedly wanted to make a shooter set in the future when they were in charge of Infinity Ward, but Activision demanded they make more Call of Duty games set in modern times.
Is this modestly budget character-driven thriller Michael Bay’s Fargo, his Once Upon a Time in America, or his Love Guru? Listen to the Pain & Gain podcast to find out. At the 34-minute mark, this week’s 3×3 points out the best fingers in movies.
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