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PC Gaming News: BioShock 2 Info, More

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No Co-Op Multiplayer for BioShock 2
Shacknews is reporting that there will be no multiplayer co-op for BioShock 2, now confirmed by publisher 2K over on the company's community site, The Cult of Rapture. "There won't be any spliced-up rhinos, Soviet invasions, or co-op [in BioShock 2]," reads the site. "The internet has been busy these past few days with rumors about what is and is not in BioShock 2." Additionally, the game will not repeat the staggered shipments as its predecessor, BioShock, and will see a "simultaneous" release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, according to CVG. The game is expected to launch later this year.

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Goes Gold
Atari announced that Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena has gone gold, and is scheduled to land on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on April 7th in North America, and April 24th worldwide. Developed by Starbreeze Studios, Dark Arena offers a brand new 11-hour campaign along with six online multiplayer modes. In addition, the disc includes an HD remastering of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. "The player takes the role of Riddick, as played by Vin Diesel, using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror."

Two Meridian4 Games Available
Publisher Meridian4 said that two games are now available to download and purchase, Obulis and Larva Mortus, both of which are now on Steam. The former title, a physics-based hardcore casual game, is also ready to download on Impulse, GamersGate and many more. Featuring over 150 levels and a dozen themes, the goal of Obulis is to drop all of the colored spheres into their like-colored pots. As for Larva Mortus, the fast-paced action/horror game has players hunting monsters of the supernatural in a dark and ominous atmosphere full of undead, terrifying, and demonic nightmares. Both are easy on the pocket and should provide hours of PC gaming fun.

For Liberty Patched
Matrix Games released a new patch for its turn-based American Revolutionary War strategy game, For Liberty! The 1.82 patch addresses a few minor bugs, improves AI during sieges, and incorporates balance changes on the American map (reduction in supply and influence). Additionally, Realistic mode now has 25 percent reduced supply. David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “For Liberty! does a spectacular job of portraying the strategic challenges of the war that made possible the existence of the United States of America. This new update builds upon the initial success of the game to further enrich this experience.”

Paradox Gets East India Company
Paradox Interactive acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the naval war strategy game, East India Company. Developed by Nitro Games Ltd, East India Company is based on the historical East India Companies of the 18th century, offering players a chance to build the world’s largest trading empire while engaging in fierce battles in the game's naval battle mode. “East India Company is an excellent addition to the Paradox portfolio of quality games. With a combination of challenging gameplay and outstanding production value, East India Company is sure to impress the most demanding gamers," says Fredrik Wester, Executive VP of Paradox Interactive.

700,000 Players Jump on Runes of Magic

Frogster America seems rather pleased with the launch of its new free-to-play MMORPG, Runes of Magic. According to the company, nearly 700,000 fans have registered worldwide, exceeding all expectations. Here's more about that game: "With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic is redefining the standard for free-to-play titles. Runes of Magic conveys an absorbing story through more than 1,000 quests in an exciting and dangerous fantasy world. Players can choose between six main classes and combined with a secondary class, choose to create a character from 30 character class combinations. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts including war horses."

Elven Legacy Goes Gold
Paradox Interactive's fantasy-based strategy wargame, Elven Legacy, has gone gold, and is expected to hit the PC next month. Elven Legacy sends players on an epic quest aimed to restore the former glory of the Elven race. "With a thrilling non-linear storyline and tools that allow players to create their own missions and campaigns and share them in multiplayer mode, Elven Legacy will provide hours of exciting game play for strategy fans."

Killing Floor Announced
Tripware Interactive's survival-horror co-op first-person shooter Killing Floor is coming to Steam soon, set in and around London after a mad scientist's specimens have broken loose and gone on the rampage. The game offers a co-op mode for up to six players, however there is also a solo mode for offline play. The game features nine different monster types, over twelve weapons, persistent perks, open, non-linear play areas and more. Tripware will also include the game's SDK for level and mod creation. Additionally, PC.IGN has an exclusive interview with Tripware Interactive here, saying that it is NOT a British version of Left 4 Dead.

Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Interviews
Codemasters said that there are two new video interviews to download over on the official LSL: Box Office Bust website, featuring Jay Mohr (Larry Loveage) and Carmen Electra (Ginger Vitus). Set to hit the Xbox 360 and PC on March 31, the game will feature "saucy comedy and bombshell babes as players tackle exploration, platforming, racing, and puzzle-solving challenges to complete missions. The series’ trademark humor is in full effect as Larry’s new adventure takes him through parodies of Hollywood’s most famous studio sets. Whether he’s sneaking around on the ‘Bytanic’ or gun-slinging on ‘Beefcake Mountain’, Larry’s always got an eye out for the ladies." A PlayStation 3 version is scheduled follow the Xbox 360 and PC versions, however the actual date was not given.

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    megamanx00 , March 20, 2009 9:44 PM
    OMG, I want Bioshock 2. Well, if it comes out with same lame ass copy protection that the first one did then I won't buy it at launch. First I'll write an email to complain to the publisher, in this case 2k, and I'll hold out until it's less than $30 like I did with the first Bioshock as protest.
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    smithereen , March 21, 2009 4:08 AM
    "Hardcore casual game"?
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    LATTEH , March 21, 2009 12:28 PM
    OMFG I CANT WAIT FOR RIDDICK i have always loved the movies i cant wait for the game!! :D 
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    jerreece , March 21, 2009 3:30 PM
    WTH is a "hardcore casual game"?!

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    The former title, a physics-based hardcore casual game
    , is also ready to download


    Never heard of such a thing.

    In other news. I didn't realize Bioshock 2 was in the works. Maybe I should actually finish playing Bioshock first...
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    koss64 , March 22, 2009 3:25 AM
    I just hope the humor in the new leisure suit game makes up for the ammount of immature and corny jokes in the last one.
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    tenor77 , March 23, 2009 6:23 PM
    LATTEHOMFG I CANT WAIT FOR RIDDICK i have always loved the movies i cant wait for the game!!


    Played the demo and I wasn't impressed. It's not bad (not broken looks okay), but it's not good either. Sucks cause I wanted to like it. It was just a demo but there wasn't much meat to it. I dunno.
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    neiroatopelcc , March 24, 2009 11:56 AM
    Can't say anything here amazes me. The first bioshock was .... boring and monotonous .... if they'd made coop it might've been nice. The only nobrainer coop game I know of is serious sam - would've been nice with some alternatives other than ... serious sam 2.

    Anyone tried that runes of magic though? could be worth a second look...