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Welcome to the New GameDrone!

Posted by on March 29th, 2010
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It’s been a while since my last update, but today marks the return of GameDrone!

A fresh design has been implemented, which adds a wealth of new functionality on top of an improved look. GameDrone has also switched hosts however, which means it could be a bit messy for the next couple of days as I try to implement the appropriate themes, plugins and features. Not to worry, it should be back to normal by April.

For now, feel free to explore the new site. All pages have seen an overhaul and soon the first batches of new content will flood the front page.


Majesty 2 to become even more Majestic!

Posted by on December 21st, 2009
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Majesty 2 already is a fine sequel to one of the more innovative – and enjoyable – real-time strategy games released in the past decade. With its bright colors, quirky foes and unconventional gameplay it certainly stands apart from anything else in the genre. But while the sizable singleplayer campaign spanning 16 missions, dozen bonus levels and solid multiplayer offer a couple dozen hours of good gameplay. None of the maps lasted very long after playing through them once.

This will change with the third patch for Majesty 2, which will introduce randomization to existing maps. Everything from items in chests, non-quest monster dens (of which there are many) and special build zones for temples and trading posts. But Paradox isn’t stopping there and will introduce a fullblown map editor as well! Finally savvy world builders can create their own challenging missions to topple even the bonus missions in Majesty 2.

There’s no news yet on when this third patch will be released, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. If you haven’t already then you might want to take a look at my impressions of the demo and screenshots galore for the full game. I’m still working on a review, but rest assured that the full game is even better than the demo (which is one of the most difficult missions).

Fellow fans of Majesty: keep your eyes peeled, for soon we shall slay foul monsters yet again!

source: Majesty 2 Website

Upcoming PC Game Releases – as of December 2009

Posted by on December 17th, 2009
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The news that many top games, such as Aliens vs Predator, BioShock 2, Mass Effect 2 and Mafia 2 were to be delayed until early 2010 due to excessive competition was a hard blow earlier this year. I have to admit I was a little worried as to whether we’d be seeing any decent games during these winter months, but fortunately the publishers were right!

These last few months have been a treat, especially for RPG fans. Dragon Age: Origins will easily qualify for a multitude of Game of the Year awards and no doubt Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (which doesn’t really deserve it) will follow suit. Then there is Divinity 2: Ego Draconis which is supposedly a solid RPG title and there are two major RPG expansion packs to be noted: Sacred 2: Ice & Blood and King’s Bounty: Amored Princess (stand-alone). And let’s not forget the re-release of one of the RPG genres’ greatest classics: PlaneScape: Torment.

In short, November was a great month, and the summary above doesn’t even comprise half of the titles released since the previous PC Game Release Date List on GameDrone. You can find a more complete list at the bottom of this entry.

Otherwise you can scroll on down for an extensive list of PC Game release dates. The coming months look to be filled with potential as sequels for major franchises are lined up in great numbers for the first few months of 2010. Keep in mind that these are European release dates, so availability in your region may vary!


Juggling Tactics in Dragon Age

Posted by on November 15th, 2009

The key to getting the most out of your time in the world of Thedas could well lie in properly utilizing the new combat talents feature implemented in Dragon Age: Origins.

These combat tactics allow you to script the behaviour of all your party members during combat, and even swap between several different behavioural profiles. Not using this will default your party members to default combat tactics, which will have them resort to most of their skills, but likely not in optimal condition. Leliana will not use her close-range weaponry when you use her as a regular rogue, Alistair will ignore a horde of enemies bashing in your mage’s head and none of your characters will use health poultices by default.

Indeed, it should come as no surprise that using customized combat tactics will dramatically improve your efficiency. You will not need to pause as much to give orders, your characters will not die so easily and you can control when they use their abilities. It will require some knowledge of the abilities of each of your characters, but that’s where I come in to help. This guide will provide you with a quick overview of some of the basic important combat tactics you should use and some general tips regarding setting up combat tactics.


My First Steps into the World of Thedas (Dragon Age)

Posted by on November 11th, 2009
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I’ve spent days roaming the country, fleeing from my home only to land in the midst of an enormous battle. And when all seemed lost, I was spirited to safety, only to roam the lands for assistance against a new Blight; a rising of Darkspawn. But Ferelden’s inhabitants are not without problems of their own, and in return for pledges of allegiance I have rescued a village from a nightly assault and am at this very moment traversing the many floors of The Circle Tower in search of aid in the struggle against the darkspawn.

Many people have joined me in my travels and pledged themselves to the Grey Warden’s cause. But the land is not yet saved, the blight not yet halted and I’ve still only seen little of this land. Many former allies need to be reminded of their duties and perhaps more willing souls will join along the way. Thedas is facing its first blight in over four hundred years, and I can use all the allies I can get if I am to drive the darkspawn back.


Poll Time: What's your take on Dragon Age: Origins?

Posted by on November 9th, 2009
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Dragon Age: Origins was released last week to stellar review scores and a wealth of publicity. I’ve seen many fellow gamers pick it up over the past couple of days, so I’d like to ask: What’s your take on Dragon Age: Origins?

I’ve been playing it quite extensively and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world of Ferelden thus far. In fact, Dragon Age: Origins seems well on it’s way to becoming one of my favourite games of all-time and I’m already looking forward to a second, and possible third, playthrough.

So you can look forward to a lot more Dragon Age coverage (also some words on Journeys and possibly the first book) over the coming weeks. When I manage to pull myself away from the game that is…

Before I forget, I did close down the previous poll (Are You Playing Aion?) and it seems most of you aren’t playing it. I delve further into the results below.


Upcoming PC Game Releases – as of November 2009

Posted by on November 4th, 2009

Yet another stellar game month has just passed us by and the coming month proves to be even more worthwhile for PC gamers. November 6th looks to be a particularly interesting date for Europeans as no less than three different RPGs launch on the same date: Dragon Age: Origins, Divinity 2 and Sacred 2: Ice & Blood. And in even better news, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has not been pushed back and will be released in November after all!

And let’s not forget Interplay’s recent stunning move: their old cRPGs are being re-released. Games like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and … indeed … Planescape: Torment will be freshly available as of mid-November! I think it’s safe to say that November 2009 will be the best month for RPG fans since … well, ever.

The release date list below features a few new arrivals and a handful of games that were pushed back, most notably Alpha Protocol and Natural Selection 2. Browse on through for your fill of upcoming PC games and their release dates. Keep in mind that these are European release dates, so availability in your region my vary (e.g.: Dragon Age: Origins is already available in North America).

At the very bottom you can find a quick recap of some of the more notable games to have been released during the past month.


The Wondrous World of Gaming Collectibles

Posted by on October 8th, 2009

Special Editions. Collector’s Editions. Game of the Year Editions. Official Soundtracks. Books. Movies. Anime. Comics. Art Books. Figurines. Trading Card Games. Boardgames. The world of video game collectibles is enormous and spans just about every entertainment medium you could think of.

And just when you think things can’t get any crazier, a company like Activision announces a Prestige Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Fully functional night vision goggles included.

As the PC gaming world becomes increasingly digital, with platforms like Steam, Impulse and Good Old Games available for fully digital game distribution, you wouldn’t think that physical gaming goodies and special editions are on the rise. And yet every newly announced (big-budget) game has some sort of special edition lined up for simultaneous release.

Join me as I take a look at some of the more notable samples in gaming memorabilia.