PC Gaming Roundup - February 20, 2009

Today's tidbit of gaming glory includes the Empire: Total War demo, voice-over talent for Terminator Salvation and a few other nuggets.

World War One - La Grande Guerre Patch Released
Yesterday Matrix Games said that it released a "comprehensive" update for World War One - La Grand Guerre, updating the retail version to v1.0.6a. According to the company, the patch brings over 50 tweaks and fixes including major stability and scenario improvements. Matrix Games also said that the full high-resolution manual is now available, and will accompany the patch. Apparently, the digital manual is larger and more comprehensive.

Mabinogi Gets Expansion Pack
Nexon America revealed the Pioneers of Iria, the latest and "largest" expansion pack for the MMORPG Mabinogi. The pack will incorporate a new continent called Iria, with three new maps (Rano, Connus, Physis) all connected through the Mana tunnels. The expansion also introduces two new character races, Elves and Giants, as well as new free content (rebirth system, Mainstream Storyline Quest is now free), new skills, monsters, items, player actions and a new user interface. Players can download this expansion for free beginning Feb. 26.

Empire: Total War Demo on Steam
Valve sent over a little blurb letting us know that the Empire: Total War demo is available exclusively on Steam. The demo offers players the opportunity to take on the American Army and the French Navy from The Creative Assembly's own "home" side, playing as the British Empire in the "Battle of Brandywine Creek" and the "Battle of Lagos." Additionally, those who pre-purchase Empire: Total War on Steam receives The Creative Assembly's game "Rome Total War Gold Edition" for immediate download.

Terminator Salvation VO Talent
Warner Bros. revealed the voice-over talent for the upcoming game based on Terminator Salvation, the latest Terminator flick to hit theaters on May 22. According to the company, hip-hop artist and actor Common (Barnes), film and TV actress Moon Bloodgood (Williams), and actress Rose McGowan (game exclusive character Angie Salter) will lend their voices and likenesses to the game. Terminator Salvation the videogame offers players the chance to assume the role of John Connor, a soldier in the resistance, battling for survival against the far superior forces of Skynet. The game is set for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in May.

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