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GOG

GOG.com adds five DRM-free games to its catalog


From Deep Silver and Nordic
May 11
// Chris Carter
GOG prides itself on offering up a completely DRM-free service. Thankfully, there are now five more DRM-free games on the portal as of today, compliments of efforts between GOG, Deep Silver, and Nordic Games. Those titles inc...
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Legend of Kay Remaster

Does anyone remember Legend of Kay?


If you do, is it a classic?
Apr 22
// Jed Whitaker
Legend of Kay is a 3D platformer action-adventure title starring Kay, a cat who uses his claws in "meow-tial arts" as well as weaponry to fight evil gorillas who have been oppressing cat kind. So the game is about a species w...
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Men of voleur

Darksiders owner buys rights to Vietnam shooter Men of Valor


Men of voleur
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
We haven't had a good Vietnam War game since, uh, have we? I can only remember Shellshock: Nam '67. Anyways, Nordic Games, which recently devoured THQ's heart to steal its power (that is, acquired rights to Darksiders, Red F...
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#darksiders2

#darksiders2: Darksiders II current gen remaster confirmed


Skull fucked
Feb 17
// Steven Hansen
I'm sure Darksiders 2 is a fine game if you've dry humped behind a Hot Topic counter after a date at Orange Julius, but my favorite thing about its existence is #darksiders2, which Occams blessed us with all those y...
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Darksiders 2

Darksiders II is just the latest in a long line of re-releases


'Definitive,' of course
Feb 13
// Brett Makedonski
Did you like the last generation of gaming on platforms of yesteryear? A lot of good stuff came out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Legacy consoles are seemingly maintaining their relevance by the sheer number of re-releases ...
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Double Fine

Broken Age to get retail release in Spring 2015


That's (double) fine by me!
Jan 07
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Double Fine and Nordic Games announced a retail version of Broken Age, the Tim Schafer-led adventure game funded through Kickstarter. The boxed copy will launch alongside Broken Age: Act 2 in Spring 2015 for PC, Mac, a...
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Red Faction

Red Faction Guerrilla ditches Games for Windows Live for Steam


Alright, I'm in
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
It's a good time to get back into Red Faction Guerrilla. The game's destruction tech holds up well and, now that Games for Windows Live has been pushed aside to make room for Steamworks support for multiplayer (which is shock...
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de Blob

Another de Blob isn't totally out of the question


The IP now lives on with Nordic Games
Oct 31
// Jordan Devore
Nordic Games has picked up yet another property from the defunct publisher THQ. This time, it's de Blob, a cute 3D puzzle-platformer about a blob who paints a drab city with its body. "We are excited about what the future hol...
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THQ

THQ will rise from its grave by way of Nordic Games


The THQ trademark has been bought
Jun 13
// Chris Carter
Do you miss those old THQ games and that iconic logo? Well, according to a representative from Nordic Games, the THQ trademark has been acquired by Nordic. Expect old games to arise, as well as more Darksiders. Here it is, st...
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Darksiders 3

Nordic Games confirms Joe Mad's statements that Darksiders isn't dead


'Not ready to announce anything officially'
May 13
// Chris Carter
Yesterday, artist and designer Joe Madureira claimed that Darksiders wasn't dead, and that its new publisher had been in the process of working on the third game. Nordic Games has since responded to the statement, nothin...
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Nordic Games

Darksiders and Red Faction are getting new collections


Don't expect to find any new content
Feb 13
// Jordan Devore
Nordic Games, the current owner of former THQ properties Darksiders and Red Faction, has plans to release compilations of both series in the second quarter of 2014.  Darksiders Collection (£34.99) packages both gam...
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Nordic Games resurrecting MX vs. ATV series


Downloadable MX vs. ATV Supercross out in 2014 for 360, PS3, PC, Mac, and Linux
Dec 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The THQ fallout saw Nordic Games purchase Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans!, and MX vs. ATV earlier this year for $4.9 million. Now, Nordic is making some moves with their new IPs by bringing back the MX vs. ATV se...
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Nordic Games

Nordic grabs Silver and Desperados from Atari


You can never have enough IPs, apparently
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
Following its acquisition of many THQ assets including notable franchises like Darksiders and Red Faction, Nordic Games has gotten its hands on two more intellectual properties. This time, it's Atari's Desperados an...
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THQ

Nordic hopes to bring back Titan Quest, Deadly Creatures


Yeah, go ahead and do that!
Jun 19
// Jordan Devore
Lately, there's been little talk about Nordic Games' plans for all of those THQ properties it picked up. Last we heard, the company wanted to find other studios that could develop new titles in series like Darksiders, MX vs. ...
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It's Deadfall Adventures Time!


Aztecbraic!
Jun 15
// Caitlin Cooke
UPDATE: Deadfall Adventures will be $39.99 on PC and $49.99 on X360, not $60. Deadfall Adventures may seem like an Indiana Jones or Uncharted rip-off, however the game is doing the exact opposite: it is engrained in the ...
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Ex-Vigil staffer on what Darksiders III could have been


Four player co-op was always the hope says former creative director
May 31
// Abel Girmay
In an interview with IGN, Ex-Vigil creative director Joe Madureira released a few nuggets of information on what Darksiders III could have been, provided Vigil staff, and not Nordic Games, had won the bidding war. “It w...
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Painkiller

Fourth DLC for Painkiller: Hell and Damnation out now


'DLC Bundle 1' also made available
Apr 27
// Harry Monogenis
A little over a month since the launch of Operation 'Zombie Bunker', Nordic and The Farm 51 have launched Hell & Damnation's fourth piece of DLC, which can be downloaded on Steam for £2.99/$3.99/ €3.99. Th...
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Office Chat

Discretion is the better part of profiteering


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Apr 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
We have a lovely new installment of Office Chat for you to enjoy today. Jordan and I are joined by Chris Carter. We talk a little bit about all of those properties Nordic Games scooped up in the final auction of THQ ass...
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THQ properties

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands


No developers, no plans, and maybe not enough money
Apr 24
// Allistair Pinsof
Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...
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Painkiller

Second DLC for Painkiller: Hell & Damnation now available


With five more expected this year
Feb 24
// Harry Monogenis
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation's second piece of DLC has launched and is now available to download on Steam. The Clock Strikes Meat Night will cost you $6.99 and adds three new enemies, a new environmental weapon ...
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Painkiller

Medieval Horror DLC out for Painkiller Hell & Damnation


First multiplayer DLC for the over-the-top shooter
Jan 28
// Alasdair Duncan
Fans eager for more Painkiller Hell & Damnation are going to be eager to get their hands on the title's first full-fledged downloadable content. Entitled "Medieval Horror," this PC-only DLC features a new, four-chapter ca...
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Adorably docile penguins: The Critter Chronicles nears


Hitting PC, Mac and Linux on December 5
Nov 20
// Jason Cabral
Good news for adventure game fans: Nordic Games and KING Art are working on a prequel to the quirky 2009 adventure The Book of Unwritten Tales. Best of all, this new game, titled The Critter Chronicles, will be releasin...
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I love the song in this Painkiller Hell & Damnation vid


Sing along!
Oct 31
// Dale North
The launch trailer and opening cinematic for Painkiller Hell & Damnation is dark and  pretty dramatic, but it's set to to a strangely upbeat song, "Painkiller," by Siri Svegler. This odd mix works well together. &nb...

Review: Painkiller Hell & Damnation

Oct 29 // Allistair Pinsof
Painkiller Hell & Damnation (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: The Farm 51Publisher: Nordic GamesRelease: October 31, 2012 [PC], January 22, 2013 [Xbox 360, PS3]MSRP: $19.99Rig: Intel i5-2500k @3.30 GHz, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 580 GPU Before first-person shooters became rollercoaster rides, they were a gladiatorial sport. Circle-strafing is a lost art. Back when we still called them Doom-clones, first-person shooters brought twitch-based arcade action to the third-dimension. Managing six or more weapon slots, controlling crowds of enemies, and finding hidden areas were as important as accuracy. In today’s shooters, where win conditions are far more dependent on taking cover and relying on auto-aim, these skills are superfluous. For a brief time in the early ‘00s, two games managed to put an end to the belly-aching coming from old fans of the genre: Serious Sam and Painkiller. The former parodied Doom and took place mostly in large exteriors that even Quake 2 couldn’t render. Painkiller was much more faithful to Doom. It had demons, gore, and a variety of haunted indoor locales. It was a welcome shot in the arm for first-person shooters, but the series hasn’t been the same since. [embed]237167:45555[/embed]After a botched attempt at recreating the Painkiller magic in NecroVisioN, developer Farm 51 is adopting a much more literal approach. But, who is better qualified to make a “HD remake” of Painkiller than a studio run by two guys that worked on the original? People Can Fly, sure, but they are too busy making original games. Those clowns!Now that I’m done shitting on Painkiller being repeatedly dragged through the mud only to be dosed with dollar store makeup, I’ll deliver the good news: Painkiller is still an amazing game and Painkiller Hell & Damnation (= HD = throw up in my mouth) is a mostly faithful recreation of People Can Fly’s classic shooter. For better or worse, the flaws of the original complement some welcome additions.If you never played Painkiller but have played Quake: Imagine that game but with a neat Tarot card system that lets you temporarily enable damage & defense perks, one time per level. If you never played Painkiller but have played Call of Duty: Imagine if those soldiers were demons and neither of you had any place to hide. Also, imagine there is one of you and a hundred of them. Like, always. Sounds fun, right? Painkiller was is a very well made game. The level design, enemy variety, and arsenal are among the best to ever grace a first-person shooter. The game expects you to master bunny-hopping -- it's hilarious when you see a co-op partner perform this maneuver -- and quickly switch weapons. With a keyboard, you’ll need to remap some buttons and practice stretching your fingers. With a controller … well, you’re a lost cause. While the game can be played with a 360 controller, it’s an awkward experience. Not only does the game not let you customize controls, the ones you are stuck with are just horrible. You have three different buttons for jumping, yet the D-pad only allows you to go one weapon forward or backward -- leaving down and up unused. Clearly, Farm 51 hasn’t played Doom on XBLA.Though I felt cheated, seeing that some of my favorite levels are missing from this collection, Farm 51 has done a bang-up job of cutting off the fat. Bad levels are missing but not missed, mouse-scroll now works properly, and there are buttons for immediate use of the Painkiller staff's alt-fire and stakethrower's grenades (read: melee + grenades buttons). These are small details that really change the game. Frantically applying the melee move makes ammo management much easier and crowd control more fun. By the time I worked my way through the game’s 14 levels, I was ready to start again on the hardest difficulty. And, yes, you did read that right: The game has 14 levels (one of which is a bonus level that currently has a game-breaking bug in it).  Compared to the original’s 24 levels -- not to mention the extra 10 from the Battle out of Hell expansion which Painkiller HD borrows from -- makes Farm 51’s meager offering questionable.Farm 51 brings some new enemies to the series, including one annoying shield wielding devil spawn that slows down the game and makes combat awkward at times. The best addition is the Soulcatcher, a gun that shoots saw blades that can cut through a line of weak enemies. It’s alternate fire is also useful, as it’s an ammo-free close ranged attack that slowly sucks away an enemy's health. Otherwise, this is Painkiller as you remember it. You go from arena to arena, wiping enemies out. It might sound boring, but the formula on display here makes it work. Exploding barrels and columns are always placed just right. I never grew tired or frustrating of Painkiller with this release, except when I met a boss. Perhaps Painkiller wouldn’t be the same without the bosses, but I think that would be a good thing. Going into Painkiller HD, I completely forgot there were boss fights. This likely has more to do with repressing painful memories than being forgetful. The bosses in Painkiller are a real pain in the ass with their unavoidable attacks, obscure weaknesses, and way too much health. If I weren’t playing the game for review, these bosses would likely make me considering stop playing. Farm 51 hasn’t done anything to addresses these speed bumps throughout Painkiller's asylums, cathedrals, and damned amusement park.Painkiller was once positioned to be the Quake 3 killer in eSports. That never happened but Farm 51 has tried to make good on the game’s multiplayer legacy. In addition to deathmatch (solo, duel, and team), HD adds Capture the Flag and Survival, a lame attempt at four-player horde mode. The biggest draw here is likely to be the co-op. You can now play the entire game with a friend, who will fill the role of a demon chick wearing a towel (don’t ask). The implementation of co-op is very sloppy. Not only do you not have any indicator of where your partner is in the map, progress with a friend doesn’t save at all. You can only go and play old levels again with a friend. I mean, what’s the point?Painkiller HD’s HD-ness comes from adopting the Unreal 3 engine. After eight years of using the same engine, it’s a welcome update. UE3 compliments Painkiller’s dark, gothic world, adding more detail to enemy models and depth to the environments. However, it comes with a toll to frame rate that goes against the very nature of a twitch-based FPS. This didn’t negatively affect my experience but there was a noticeable difference. On the positive side, HD’s ragdoll physics are outstanding! It's hard to go back to the original once you see a line of zombies' limbs go flying all over the room. Painkiller HD is an afternoon paintjob rather than a bold reconstruction of an iconic game. With far less levels and a lower frame rate, it’s difficult to recommend Painkiller HD over Painkiller: Black Edition (currently $10 on Steam). The addition of melee/grenade buttons, the Soulcatcher, and improved physics makes me want to stick with this HD upgrade, even if the cutscenes and bosses are still terrible. But, if I crave more Painkiller I'll load up the original for its map selection and faster action.If nothing else, Farm 51 has returned Painkiller to a title that people may no longer grimace at when they hear its name. After receiving much abuse from its original publisher, Farm 51 has put Painkiller back on its pedestal. Or, close enough. 
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Where exploding barrels go to die
Eight years after its release, Painkiller has received numerous expansions, mods-turned-retail-releases, and ports. Almost all of which have been terrible and too stubborn to update the game. Nearing its ten-year anniversa...

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation campaign teaser trailer


Aug 24
// Harry Monogenis
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is an upcoming "top-to-bottom" remake of the original Painkiller currently being worked on by Nordic Games and The Farm 51, which launched way back in 2004.  Chances are, if you're antic...
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Interview: We Dance with flailing limbs


Jun 22
// Hollie Bennett
Despite a tragic hangover I manage to don a ton of make up, put on some sweatbands and dance around like a fool for your entertainment as I check out We Dance -- the latest music game from Nordic.  Teaming up the old sc...






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