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The first game of the StarCraft II trilogy, centered around the Terrans just received a release date. It's set to be one of the hottest titles of the summer.  (Source: Activision)

StarCraft II is currently being beta tested by pre-order customers.  (Source: Activision)

MechWarrior 4, a classic PC game from back in 2002 has just been re-released for free.  (Source: MekTek)

Smith & Tinker, who gave the rights to MechWarrior 4 to the fan community, are working on a reboot of the franchise.  (Source: Smith & Tinker)
StarCraft is set to be summer's hottest release, MechWarrior 4 is set at the hot price of free

Following the good news for Mac OS X fans that their operating system of choice was getting some StarCraft II love courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, the company has at last given fans of the franchise some relief, announcing an official release date.  StarCraft II had originally been expected sometime in 2009, but numerous delays had pushed the project back.  Many fans are also disappointed about Blizzard's decision to drop LAN play support from the game.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the first game in a new science fiction trilogy, will land on July 27 Blizzard announced.  It will feature the Terran campaign (29 missions), the full multiplayer experience, and "several challenge-mode mini-games" which contain "focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies."

Later expansions entitled 
Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively, though release dates for these expansions have not yet been given.

Dropping alongside 
StarCraft II: WoL will be the official release of the newly revamped Battle.net that will pit StarCraft II players against each other in online matches.  Those looking to get a head start can pre-order StarCraft II: WoL, which grants access to the beta of the Battle.net head-to-head gameplay.

In other news that's sure to excite hardcore PC gamers,
MechWarrior 4 has finally been re-released by fan community MekTek.net.  MekTek.net received permission to air the out of print game for free some time ago from developers Smith & Tinker, who licensed the MechWarrior rights from Microsoft, but Microsoft had initially stymied the project with legal threats.

Fans will appreciate the ability to saddle up in 111 different mechs ranging from 20 to 100 tons and trample across 19 levels.  MekTek is offering 5 new MekMatch servers for players to host and play on.

The demand for the game's rerelease was so tremendous that it received over 100,000 downloads over the weekend and initially overwhelmed the MekTek servers.  By May 1 order had been restored on the match servers, though, and by May 2 the forum was restored.

While the game, originally release in 2002, is available free of charge, MekTek is asking politely that fans donate $5 to help support its server costs and keep the project running.

MechWarrior fans can also look forward to a reboot of the series coming soon to the PC and Xbox 360.  Smith & Tinker is developing this title.



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Great news...
By MrBlastman on 5/4/2010 8:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
StarCraft 2 has been pretty awesome in the beta--some balance issues, but it seems pretty good overall. Whether I'll like it as much as the original remains ot be seen.

MechWarrior 4--I'm happy to see it out again, but, can not help but fondly bask in my memories of Mechwarrior 2 and Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries. Both of those were far better games than MechWarrior 4. Four was fun, don't get me wrong, but it lacked a lot of the character of the Two versions.

I'd rather play Mechwarrior Living Legends (free Crysis mod that is pretty darned awesome) actually. Four had many fundamental balance and gameplay issues, namely how easy it was to dominate with 5 - 6 erllas. I was top dog for a while and, sadly, was at the forefront of the erllas trend that afterwards, others discovered it could be abused to such great reward.

Oh well, I'm just happy that Living Legends and MechWarrior 5 are coming out, it is about time we have some big robot action again. Same with StarCraft 2, it is hardly dissapointing compared to SupCom 2 which, painfully was neutered compared iwth SupCom 1.




RE: Great news...
By Connoisseur on 5/4/2010 8:58:58 AM , Rating: 3
amen... my fondest video game memory to date was when i first fired up the MechWarrior 2 demo. It was the first game that had the true semblance of 3d and it absolutely blew me away. It also really gave me the real impression that I was riding massive war machines. I've never had the same feeling since.

That said i'm looking forward to SCIII and the reboot of MechWarrior.


RE: Great news...
By xler8r on 5/4/2010 9:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
"amen... my fondest video game memory to date was when i first fired up the MechWarrior 2 demo. It was the first game that had the true semblance of 3d and it absolutely blew me away...."

Ditto man


RE: Great news...
By Spivonious on 5/4/2010 9:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
+1000000

MW2 was an amazing game and was the reason I bought a Sidewinder joystick (had to have that stick twisting for rotating the mech).


RE: Great news...
By theapparition on 5/6/2010 9:24:21 AM , Rating: 2
Sidewinder ForceFeedback joystick made it even better. Nothing like feeling the jolt of the control as your mech moved about the terrain. Or when launching a barrage.

Crap, now I have to play tonight.


RE: Great news...
By tedrodai on 5/4/2010 10:10:47 AM , Rating: 2
I started with MW2: Mercenaries, but I feel almost the same way. Firing it up for the first time is definitely among my favorite gaming memories. I've still got my original CDs, and would much rather fire up the old MW2's than get a rereleased MW4. Looking forward to any new attempts at the franchise, though.

Oh, and SC2 also =) I hope they've really done well with the terran single player campaign, to warrant not giving me a zerg campaign yet!


RE: Great news...
By Mathos on 5/4/2010 1:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
Now, I still have my original mechwarrior 2 cd's, and NetMech. Anyone remember that back in the day? Logging on to Kali or Kali95 and duking it out over dial up back in the day.... I've got even more fun with MW2:Mercenaries though my cd is one of the old school gold beta cd's back when if you beta tested for a company they actually let you keep the game. Ended up doin that cause one of the guys in the netmech league I was in had connections in that team at activision. Ended up having out entire merc group (ELH) testing the multiplayer part of mercs.

I still remember when they 1.1 3d patch game out, shortly after the Voodoo 1/Verite Rendition chipset era. That was my first real 3d accelerated game. I just wish you could get it run to properly on xp in 3d mode with modern hardware.


RE: Great news...
By Operandi on 5/4/2010 2:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
WM:2 was one of the fist PC games I had. I didn't play online but there was a local computer store that did LAN parties and MW:2 was one of the games they played.

A buddy of mine and me decided to come up with some custom Mech configs and bring them in a floppy. He had a pretty heavy Mech outfitted for close range combat and I had a Timberwolf with nothing but LRM15s and ammmo. By the time the last LRM unloaded the first was ready to go again so I could litterly keep a constant stream of missles in the air. When we worked as a team we could clear the whole feild of 3-4 other guys multiple times over before either of us got taken out. After a couple of matches they were pretty pissed at us ;).


RE: Great news...
By ElFenix on 5/9/2010 10:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
i think i beat the whole of MW2 loading up my mechs with nothing but medium lasers.

a place near me bought a bunch of the last version of the virtual worlds gaming pods. it runs a custom version of mw4 software. pretty fun the couple of times i've been there. some people are really hardcore about it. as much as someone who plays video games can be hardcore.


Dear God!
By xler8r on 5/4/2010 8:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
How long have we waited for this day? Seriously!

*Press the any key... here * :D




RE: Dear God!
By tedrodai on 5/4/2010 10:13:46 AM , Rating: 2
Oh man, I'm still waiting. I'd much rather have D3 than SC2...but I'll take what I can get for now and continue to wait (im)patienly.


RE: Dear God!
By Silver2k7 on 5/5/2010 9:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yes me too waiting for Diablo 3.


RE: Dear God!
By Hyperion1400 on 5/4/2010 10:24:31 AM , Rating: 2
Well where the hell's the Any key?


RE: Dear God!
By spwrozek on 5/4/2010 10:55:32 AM , Rating: 4
I'll just have a Tab.


Thanks, but no, thanks
By bug77 on 5/4/2010 3:16:30 PM , Rating: 4
Very cool game that I can play whenever Blizzard's server allows it... I'll probably have to pass.




RE: Thanks, but no, thanks
By Duke of Alinor on 5/6/2010 10:08:18 AM , Rating: 2
I really liked SC LAN parties. More weekends and evenings than I can remember with Pizza, beer (or coke if you wanted to win) and Starcraft.
I can seat 6 in the computer room and keep 4 gamers up to date in there. Without LAN play we will be looking at other games.


RE: Thanks, but no, thanks
By callmeroy on 5/7/2010 1:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Game looks very cool....I've followed in on the website (and gaming mags) I'll definitely get it. SC1 was awesome.

As for the servers, yet I like choices too but honestly having been a fan of Blizz for over a decade now there server uptime will go like this....around release date of game for the first 2-3 weeks yes it'll be laggy and spotty reliability....after 3 weeks though the server uptime and stability will most likely be very good about 95% of the time (meaning 24/7/365)....


RE: Thanks, but no, thanks
By afkrotch on 5/11/2010 12:40:43 AM , Rating: 2
Is this another game that requires persistent internet connection? If so, another game I'm not bothering with.


You can eat my ass activision
By goku on 5/4/2010 3:15:06 PM , Rating: 2
Activision can eat my ass for all I care because this will be the first Blizzard produced game that I will not purchase legitimately. I have purchased every game before that (yes even the very old ones from the early 90s) but I find their antipiracy efforts to be egregious and an affront to the very thing that made their games great.

If I get this game, it's going to be a pirated copy, the very thing they're trying to prevent..




By Masospaghetti on 5/5/2010 8:42:10 AM , Rating: 2
How outrageous of them to expect to get PAID for years of hard work designing this game and running Battle.Net servers. What nerve!!


RE: You can eat my ass activision
By jRaskell on 5/5/2010 11:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
If you aren't willing to purchase the game for any reason whatsoever, then don't get the game at all. There is absolutely NO valid reason to pirate any software. Any reason given (including yours), is just an excuse.

Either buy it, or don't play it at all. I'm 100% with you on all these heavy handed anti-piracy measures that are being put in place, but I am totally against any feigned justification to pirate software at all.


By Bateluer on 5/7/2010 12:34:17 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. While I was very excited about SC2, the splitting the game into 60 dollar 1/3 parts to milk the franchise and the removal of LAN play irritated me.

I'm sure I'm going to buy the game, it'll just be a few years from now when the complete game is released in one package, provided its priced right. If Activision tries to sell the battle chest for 180, then I'll wait a few more years. Heck, by the time its priced fairly, I may not even care enough to buy it.


MechWarrior on the PC again? HELL YEAH
By ipay on 5/4/2010 12:35:41 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft really ticked me off when they released the MechAssault games as XBox exclusives, and I'm glad to see the series coming back to the platform that made it awesome.

Also, "dynamic-destructive urban battlefield"... please say that means I can destroy enemy 'Mechs by causing buildings to fall on them.




By bighairycamel on 5/4/2010 5:34:26 PM , Rating: 3
So now I'm waiting for...
By theinnkeeper on 5/4/2010 1:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
1. Duke Nukem
2. Cubs to win the World Series
3. Snowball in hell

I'm not sure what's coming first.




RE: So now I'm waiting for...
By Silver2k7 on 5/5/2010 9:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
Dont forget :)

Quake Arena 2
Doom 4


By HostileEffect on 5/7/2010 2:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
Infinity, The Quest for Earth


MTX - fail
By haplo602 on 5/6/2010 2:03:40 AM , Rating: 2
So I tried to download the new MW4 release ... MTX fail. I mean the software is pure crap. Can't they release just a simple offline installer ?

I hate the new way of content delivery ... create a login for almost each new game for a new DL system, OS littered with downloaders and installers, mailbox with spam from each company.

Time for me to stop playing games it seems.




RE: MTX - fail
By JheregKnT on 5/7/2010 5:17:32 PM , Rating: 2
We are very aware that some of you are having problems using MTX to download and install the free release of Mechwarrior4: Mercenaries. We are currently preparing a self extracting executable to install the game without using MTX.

This new release will require a new download, but should alleviate any of the issues of installing via MTX.

This new release will contain some bug fixes for Mercs, and we will prepare a patch for those of you who have been successfully installing and updating via MTX as well as executable patches to bring any version previously downloaded, up to date.

Once this new version clears our beta team, it will be made available for download in your BitTorrent client of choice. Please be patient as this may take a few days.

We will continue to work on ironing out the bugs in MTX, until then, we will provide an alternate way to acquire the game and updates through the self installing executables.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Good hunting.
The MekTek Team.


RE: MTX - fail
By JheregKnT on 5/7/2010 9:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
MTX File Extract and Patch Utility

Posted by Vam, Friday, 07 May 2010 22:18 Comments(0), Read all
Important MTX Update:

For those of you having difficulty with our MTX client we are providing a MTX File Extract and Patch Utility.

This utility can be used to Extract and Patch your free Mechwarrior4 installation should you have difficulty with our MTX distribution client. This utility must be used to install patches in sequence therefore you should not patch out of order (example: .0017 then .0018 then .0020). For all new installs you must install the "all to .0017" file first.

This utility is accompanied with a Readme file which are encouraged to read.

You can download the utility http://mtxgear.mektek.net/mtx/beta/SetupMTXExtract...

You can also download the MTX files via your favorite torrent client if you wish to not use the beta MTX client:

http://www.mektek.net/mw4free/torrents/files/mechw...
http://www.mektek.net/mw4free/torrents/files/mechw...
http://www.mektek.net/mw4free/torrents/files/mechw...

Based upon all of the valuable input we have received, we are working hard to bring you an updated version of the MTX Client for patching purposes that we believe will work for everyone shortly.


that's awesome....
By Baldy18 on 5/4/2010 10:13:25 AM , Rating: 2
now when is Diablo 3 coming out?




RE: that's awesome....
By tedrodai on 5/4/2010 10:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
lol...Gamestop already has the preorder up (no date of course) and it's listed as one of their best selling PC titles...

I wouldn't be surprised if it's still a couple of years away.


By jimruninit on 5/19/2010 3:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
I have the old games still..I been trying to get MekTek to help me play online but wasn't successful.. How can I play online??
I will pay what ever fee is needed...I remember my old screen name "Diashi King"..




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