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Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Review

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Gaming News (906)

Micro Machines World Series Gets New Gameplay Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 24, 2017 01:50PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Codemasters and Deep Silver have released a new gameplay trailer of the upcoming Micro Machines World Series. It shows off some of the chaos players can expect when it releases on June 23 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Each of the cars you can play with have their own personality and arsenal too, giving players different ways to enjoy and experience the game. Once you find one car you like, you can spend the time to master it, collecting its 25+ customizations until you decide to work on mastering the next car. With 12 distinct vehicles having their own feel and sound, from the twitchy-but-agile El Incendio to the monster truck Hank N. Stein, there will be plenty to do across the classic and new locations.

 

Source: Codemasters




Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Coming to PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 23, 2017 11:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Already released on the three current consoles, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is coming to PC on June 8. It will be available on both steam and GOG for $19.99. A remake of a 1989 game, this release lets you play as Wonder Boy, who has been cursed by the Meka-Dragon, turning him into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity. As you search for a cure in this action platformer you will explore the interconnected world of Monster Land and undergo other transformations.

Published by DotEmu and developed by Lizardcube, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap has Wonder Girl as a playable character, new secrets to discover, and difficulty modes for new players and those that remember the original series.

 

 

Source: Press Release and The Dragon's Trap Website



Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Until Spring 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 22, 2017 01:25PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was back in October that Rockstar announced the coming of Red Dead Redemption 2 but as seems to be the case for many AAA titles, it is being delayed. Instead of launching in Fall 2017, its launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is now slated for Spring 2018. This will be the first Rockstar title to be developed from the ground up for the latest consoles, and it is this reason the company cites for the delay.

While this may be disappointing news for many, we can still expect to see details of it released this Summer and along with this announcement is a new batch of screenshots. There is still no word on a PC version of the game.

Source: Rockstar




Offworld Trading Company: Jupiter’s Forge Releases

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 18, 2017 12:22PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


About a month ago, Stardock announced the Jupiter's Forge expansion for Offworld Trading Company. The base game is a strategy title that has players trying for economic dominance on Mars by leveraging the available markets. With Jupiter's Forge players venture to Io, Jupiter's volcanic moon where there is a new resources system, new buildings, new factions, and a new campaign to enjoy. The expansion also brings with it a new Infinite Map Challenge mode, where successive maps grow in difficulty, testing players to see how far they can get.

The expansion costs $14.99 but newcomers can get it and Offworld Trading Company together for just $29.73 at Stardock or Steam.

 

 

Source: Stardock




South Park: The Fractured But Whole Finally Releasing October 17, 2017

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 18, 2017 12:04PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The sequel to 2014's South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally releasing on October 17, 2017. South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on that day, across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In this title, players will be fighting against the rise of crime in South Park as superheroes. The New Kid, the playable character, will get to discover the backstory of their superhero identity, assemble their costumes, and harness fart-based powers. The game also features a new combat system and a revamped looting and crafting system.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will come in four editions: Standard, Gold, Steelbook Gold, and Collector's. All purchases before January 31, 2018 will also come with The Stick of Truth, and some partners will grant this immediately if you pre-purchase. Pre-orders will also receive an exclusive in-game assistant, Towelie: Your Gaming Bud. At key locations, Towelie: Your Gaming Bud will provide advice and commentary.

Source: Ubisoft



F1 2017 Releasing August 25

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 17, 2017 10:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


On August 25, 2017, Codemasters and Deep Silver will be launching F1 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This entry in the series will feature a deeper career mode, multiplayer enhancement, a new 'Championships' game mode, and the return of some classic F1 cars. The 1988 McLaren MP4/4 as driven by Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, the 1992 Williams FW14B that was raced by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, and the 2002 Ferrari F2002 of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher are all returning, with more classics to be revealed. Players will be able to take these classic out as part of the career mode as well, thanks to invitational races putting the classics on modern tracks.

There will be twelve classic cars in total with eleven of them included with all editions of the game. The 1988 McLaren MP4/4 however will be a pre-order/Day-One purchase exclusive at first though, until it is made available for purchase at a later date.

 

 

Source: Codemasters




DiRT 4 Trailer Features Rally Drivers and Being Fearless

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 12, 2017 09:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Codemasters and Deep Silver released a new trailer for DiRT 4, featuring professional rally and rallycross drivers talking about how they deal with fear and yet still push to go faster. The drivers include Kris Meeke, double world champion Petter Solberg, and the Hansen brothers.

The game will feature two different handling models, Gamer and Simulation, making it accessible to gamers both already familiar with the franchise and newcomers. DiRT 4 also features the Your Stage system that can generate millions of different tracks based on the characteristics you want. It releases on Jun 6 in North America for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Codemasters



Alan Wake Disappearing from Steam Store and Xbox Store Soon

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 12, 2017 09:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you do not already own Alan Wake on Steam or the Xbox Store but want a copy, you will have to act soon. The licensing deal developer Remedy Entertainment had for the game's music is expiring soon, so without successfully negotiating a new deal, the game cannot be sold after May 15. Luckily, for those who want to purchase it while they still can, Alan Wake's Sunset Sale 90% Discount starts May 13 at 10 AM PST and will include the game, its DLC, and Alan Wake's American Nightmare, though the last is not effected by the license expiring.

If you already own a copy of the game and its DLC, your copy will remain valid and functional after May 15. You will also still be able to download it after the licensing expires, it is only new sales that will be prevented.

Source: Steam Forum and Twitter



Block'hood Exits Early Access

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 11, 2017 10:31AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


The neighborhood building simulator from Devolver Digital and Plethora Project, Block'hood has final reached its 1.0 release, officially launching on Steam and GOG for PC and Mac. The game was announced for the Early Access program back in 2015, and at the time only had 90 blocks for players to work with. There are now over 200 building blocks and additional resources are needed to unlock new blocks, configurations, and combinations. Block'hood also now has a five-episode story mode that follows a boy, his pet, and their neighborhood, but players can always try the Challenge, Sandbox, or Education modes.

With its 1.0 release, Block'hood has seen a an increase to price to $14.99, though both Steam and GOG appear to have it on sale currently.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Absolver Gets Combat Trailer and August 29 Release Date

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 10, 2017 10:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Absolver is an upcoming online melee action game and its release date has finally been announced as August 29 for the PC and PlayStation 4. In Absolver the player takes on the role of a Prospect, one who has taken a vow to join the elite Absolvers, combatants that fight to maintain stability in the world. You will get to choose a combat style, which each having its own special abilities, and create a Combat Deck to match your fighting style. As the trailer below shows, you can learn new moves as you play or by taking on a mentor to spar with and learn from. You can also choose to explore the game alone or with friends.

The game's three combat styles are the Kahlt Method, Forsaken, and Windfall. With the Kahlt Method, players can absorbs hits without being stunned or pushed back, and if one successfully counter attacks, they will regain some health. The Forsaken is a more balanced style, offering power and the ability to parry attacks and stun opponents. Windfall has greater dexterity and will, allowing Prospects to avoid attacks, setting up opponents for counters.

 

 

Source: Press Release



Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Expansion Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 4, 2017 01:02PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today marks the release of the Crusade expansion for Galactic Civilizations III. This expansion adds several new systems to the game, and adjusts several existing ones to address the late-game grind 4X games can suffer from. Galactic Citizens are a new way to enhance your entire civilization or specific colonies while the espionage system allows you to spy on your opponents and even cripple their planetary enhancements. The invasion system has also been changed to require strategic thinking. New civilizations have been added as well, but if the Terran Resistance, Onyx Hive, Slyne, or any of the older factions are not what you are looking for, the Civilization Builder will let you create one of your own and even allow for custom conversation dialog. These new factions and the ships you can build in the Ship Designer can all be shared via the Steam Workshop.

For owners of the base game, Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade costs just $19.99, or $39.99 with the base game.

 

 

Source: Stardock



Darksiders III Announced for 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 2, 2017 11:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Following an accidental leak, THQ Nordic has officially announced Darksiders III is coming next year to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This game will continue the story of the first two games as Fury, the rider of the black horse, is sent by the Charred Council to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins. Fury differs from previously playable brothers, War and Death, in that she wields magic and a whip to balance of good and evil. She also strives to prove she is the most powerful of the four.

Since the first two games, Darksiders and Darksiders II, released there have been some significant changes, including the collapse of THQ and new ownership of the IP by THQ Nordic, formerly Nordic Games. While that may not seem to bode well for consistency between these games, and the conspiracies and plots revealed already revealed, THQ Nordic is working with Gunfire Games, which is largely comprised of the original Darksiders creators. The IP may be under a new owner, but at least some of the original talent behind the games is still involved in the development. Here's the reveal trailer from IGN and a link to the website: Darksiders.com.

 

 

Source: THQ Nordic



DiRT 4 Gets First Gameplay Trailer and Soundtrack Information

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2017 07:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Codemasters and Deep Silver have released the first gameplay trailer for DiRT 4, showing some of what players can expect on June 6. The music for this trailer is the track 'Instigators' by Grace Potter, one of the over 40 licensed tracks that will appear in the game. The soundtrack has been crafted to match DiRT's style and tone with tracks from The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Bastille, along with exclusive tracks from The Amazons, Sigma, Freak and Pretty Vicious.

DiRT 4 launches on June 6 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will features over 50 off-road cars to take on five rally locations with millions of routes.

 

 

Source: Codemasters



Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Expansion Releasing May 4

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 26, 2017 01:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


First announced back in February with the Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 patch, the game's Crusade expansion at last has had its release date announced. On May 4, GalCiv III players will get to experience this significant expansion.

Since the announcement there have been a number of Dev Diaries detailing some of the changes that Crusade is bringing with it, along with the reasons behind them. These changes include a new espionage system, interactive planetary invasions, the addition of Galactic Citizens, and several balance changes to resolve late game grind. Crusade is also bringing with it an updated graphics engine.

Source: Stardock




Scanner Sombre Announced by Introversion Software, Releasing April 26

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 24, 2017 09:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


On Wednesday Introversion Software, the BAFTA-winning developer behind Prison Architect, is releasing its next game, Scanner Sombre. It is a "total departure" for the studio, in times of visual style and tone, according to Chris Delay, Introversion's Creative Director, while Mark Morris, Managing Director, describes it as being "a more involved, claustrophobic game distilling a deep sense of unease into a single play session." In the game you use a LIDAR scanner to explore the dark cave you have found yourself in, with the neon lights the scanner produces being your guide as you try to find your way around. Introversion lists Gone Home, Dead Esther, and Proteus as inspiration for this latest title.

For anyone curious about the game, it will be launching April 26, as in two days from now. It will cost $11.99, but have a 20% launch discount on Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store.

 

 

Source: Scanner Sombre




Avalanche Studios Partners with Nordisk Film

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 24, 2017 08:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the Just Cause franchise (Just Cause 2 and Just Cause 3 reviews) and the Mad Max game released in 2015, has partnered with Nordisk Film, a leading Nordic entertainment company. As part of this partnership, Nordisk Film will invest $10 million dollars into the game developer for a minority ownership share.

Nordisk Film is a film producer, distributor, and cinema operator in the Nordic region and has founded Nordisk Film Games to invest in Nordic gaming studios, such as Avalanche. With this investment, the hope is for Avalanche Studio to accelerate its growth in the international gaming market by developing and self-publishing more high quality games.

Source: Nordisk Film



Micro Machines World Series Gets First Gameplay Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 19, 2017 10:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in January it was announced that the Micro Machines franchise is coming back with Micro Machines World Series. Today we have gotten the first gameplay trailer, showing off the kind of mayhem these tiny cars can create with their collection of weapons in the new Battle Arenas. Up to 12 players can face off in the competitive games, fighting for territory or flags, or have a 6v6 deathmatch in the 15 battle arenas. These arenas include The Laser Lab, Buzzsaw Battle and a Hungry Hungry Hippos board. At your disposal will be NERF Blasters, a Dynamite Launcher, Tidal Wave, and Cobra Turret.

Micro Machines World Series is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on June 23.

 

 

Source: Codemasters




Star Wars Battlefront II Announced with November 17 Release

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 15, 2017 06:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Earlier today EA and Lucasfilm announced Star Wars Battlefront II is coming with a release date of November 17, 2017. DICE, Motive, and Criterion are teaming up to develop this game that will span all three Star Wars eras and allow us to play as ground troops, get into dog fights in First Order TIE Fighters, as well as heroes and villains like Yoda and Darth Maul. Motive has been working with the story group at Lucasfilm and the result is a new story for its single plyer campaign, following an Imperial elite special forces soldier. Galactic-scale space combat is also coming to Battlefront II, and Criterion is behind it so you can fly between asteroid fields and imperial dockyards in some of the universe's most iconic ships, all with refined handling, weapons, and customization options.

While the release is still months away, pre-order bonuses are already being described as content inspired by the upcoming film, including Kylo Ren and Rey themed looks, epic ability upgrades in multiplayer, and players will be able to upgrade to the Star Wars: The Last Jedia Millennium Falcon and a new First Order ship. Those who purchase the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will also get upgrades for your trooper classes.

Star Wars Battlefront II is releasing November 17, 2017 on PC (via Origin), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

 

Source: EA



Jupiter's Forge Expansion Announced for Offworld Trading Company

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 12, 2017 09:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Offworld Trading Company, the strategy game based on achieving economic dominance instead of military dominance, has had its first major expansion announced, titled Jupiter's Forge. With this expansion players will be able to leave Mars and Ceres for Io, one of Jupiter's moons, where you will face new challenges, find new resources, and encounter new competition. Radiations storms, sulfur frosts, landslides, and tremors are new map events you will need to deal with as you try to outcompete the Penrose Collective and the Diadem Trust, but with the resources of Io being finite, you can expect the fight to be all the more difficult.

Also coming with Jupiter's Forge is the 1000 map challenge, for those players wanting to place on leaderboards. As you beat a map, the next one becomes harder and an overall score will show you where you stand, but each map also has its own leaderboard. The expansion will release in late Spring 2017.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Serious Sam's Bogus Detour Announced for Summer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 11, 2017 07:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Recently we have seen Serious Sam news featuring VR versions releasing and the new Serious Sam Fusion 2017 platform for enjoying these Croteam games, and this latest announcement is a bit different. Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is a retro-styled take on the first-person series developed by Crackshell, the developer of Hammerwatch. It will allow players to dominate, or detonate as the case me be, Mediterranean locations, biological weapons labs, and high-tech moon bases alone or in four-player online co-op. If the campaign is not enough for you, there will be Survival and Versus modes, and if those cannot satisfy your Serious tastes, the included game editor can be used to make new mods, modes, and total conversions. It is expected to release early this Summer.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is the latest in the Serious Sam Indie Series that already includes Serious Sam: The Random Encounter from Vlambeer, and Serious Sam Double D from Mommy's Best Games. The Indie Series lets the franchise return to its and Croteam's indie roots, as Serious Sam came from a tech demo built by childhood friends in a garage.

 

 

Source: Croteam




Trailer Leaks Ahead of Upcoming Overwatch Event

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 10, 2017 04:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A trailer was leaked to the French PlayStation YouTube channel, before being taken down, that gave a preview of the Overwatch event that was hinted at with the release of the latest comic last week. The event is called Insurrection and will allow players to "take control of four of Overwatch's early members—Reinhardt, Tracer, Torbjörn, and Mercy—and battle the Omnic insurgency known as Null Sector on the streets of King's Row." The event is also expected to bring a number of new skins and other unlocks with it. Insurrection will run from tomorrow until May 1.

Source: PC Gamer



Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation v2.2 Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 6, 2017 10:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


The v2.2 update for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation has already been available to players comfortable using Steam's beta feature for games (the Beta tab when you bring up a game's Properties in the Steam Library) but today it has released for everyone. This update brings with it some requested features and a good amount of rebalancing. On the feature side, players are finally able to keep Replays of game to review later. Replays will remove the fog of war, so you can see what everyone was up to as you try to refine your strategies. Modders have also gotten some attention as they can now mod game files, add maps and scenarios, and enable or disable mods.

To help with the game rebalances, Callum McCole of General's Gentlemen joined the team, and the overview video below is from that YouTube channel. The balance changes include refining the counter system, opening up late game tach, making the Substrate less radioactives-intensive, and weakening 'cheese' strategies. Increasing strategic diversity and improving game flow were also focuses of this patch. You can find more information on these changes in a Dev Journal from mid-March.

This patch also adds three new maps: Manannan for 12 players; Aenghus for 10 players; and Brighid for eight players.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Marvel Heroes Omega Coming to Consoles

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 5, 2017 01:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in 2013 I was first introduced to Marvel Heroes while reviewing the games featured in the second NVIDIA Free-to-Play bundle and it is now my most played game according to Steam (and by a rather large margin). The game is a free to play MMOARPG with access to the Marvel Comics Universe, so you can play as a variety of heroes, including Daredevil, Captain America, and Deadpool, and fight a number of villains, such as Kingpin, Loki, and Dr. Doom. Today it was announced that the game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Spring as Marvel Heroes Omega. The releases for the two consoles will be staggered with the PlayStation 4 closed beta starting soon.

Naturally there are going to be some differences between this and the current Marvel Heroes 2016 PC experience, including the interface, items, and heroes, at least initially. Currently just 38 heroes will be available at launch, while the PC has 62 heroes, but regular additions and updates are planned. A good chunk of the content will be in Omega though, including chapters 1-9 of the campaign, the Midtown Patrol mode, and the Danger Room. Console and PC players will not be able to play together though, and there are no plans for any transfers from PC to console either.

 

 

Source: Marvel Heroes [1] and [2]



Nintendo Switch Warping When Left in Docked Mode

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 4, 2017 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Users of the Nintendo Switch are beginning to report that after leaving their consoles in docked mode for extended periods of time the device begins to warp from heat. The damage is rather noticeable and could be an indication of a design flaw, although it may still be too early to tell and Nintendo hasn't yet said that was the case. Some users have reported that they were able to get Nintendo "to send a pre-paid shipping label, with the company stating that they would either repair the unit or transfer all of its data to a new console and then ship it back." If you have a Switch, be sure to keep an eye on your console to check if you are having this problem.

Source: BGR



Serious Sam VR Encounters Release on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 4, 2017 11:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in December Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter entered Early-Access on Steam and today Croteam has officially launched it, but because the company could, Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter has also launched today. Both titles are on sale at 25% off during their launch window, so for those of you with HTC Vives or Oculus Rifts, you can visit ancient Egypt, South America, medieval Europe, and Mesopotamia as Sam ' Serious' Stone, trying to stop the forces of Mental. You will have a variety of weapons to use, including the Chainsaw, Cannon, and Minigun, and you can dual-wield them if you wish (and why would you not?).

If you are looking for a Serious multiplayer experience, you can play with up to 15 friends, so 16 total players can be together in cooperative and competitive modes. As both VR games are also coming to the Serious Sam Fusion 2017 (beta), VR and 'flat' players will be able to play together as well, for some cross-platform fights. Fusion 2017 also brings with it Steam Workshop support.

 

 

Source: Croteam and Press Release




Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Marks 5th Birthday with v1.9 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 4, 2017 10:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was five years ago that the real time 4X Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion released, so to mark the occasion, Stardock and Ironclad Games have released the version 1.9 update. This update brings with it several optimizations, such as doubling the amount of memory the game can access, which will have performance impacts across the board and help with mods, and improved rendering for 4K systems with extreme textures, shadows, and the ability to scale the UI for that higher resolution. The AI has also been refined to make them even more challenging, so all around the update is to improve the player's experience.

Current owners of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion will get the v1.9 update for free and for anyone without a copy yet, it is on sale at 75% off from now until April 6.

 

 

Source: Stardock and Press Release




Agents of Mayhem Releasing August 14

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 3, 2017 10:02AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Agents of Mayhem, the next game from Volition, will be releasing on August 15, 2017 to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In this title, the player will be battling against the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.) as the agents of the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.). The thing is these agents are not exactly heroes but a group of unstable misfits with a collection of crazy weapons. There are twelve agents that can be interchanged, though each has their own personality, weapons, and skillset, and you assemble them into squads of three. You can have Daisy's mini-gun out there with Rama's energy-arrow firing bow as you explore the open-world of Seoul.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver




Cross-platform Play Coming to Blizzard's Overwatch

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 1, 2017 09:38AM
Author: ClayMeow


Blizzard has announced that cross-platform play will be coming to its critically acclaimed, award-winning, mega-hit Overwatch by the end of the month, allowing PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One gamers to play together for the first time. In order to not disrupt the current competitive season, cross-platform play will only exist for Quick Play, Arcade, and Custom games when it launches, but will come to competitive mode when Season 5 kicks off.

"Blizzard Entertainment has always been a PC games company first and foremost," explained Game Director Jeff Kaplan. "By implementing cross-platform play, our console players will see first-hand just how inferior they are to their PC counterparts. There will be no aim-assist for controller users; no handicaps." It's generally known that keyboard-and-mouse provides greater accuracy and response times compared to gamepads, which is why developers tend to shy away from cross-platform play in competitive shooters, but it sounds like Blizzard no longer cares about hurting the egos of console gamers.

To go alongside the launch of cross-platform play, Competitive Season 5 will introduce a new rank below Bronze called 'Scrub', which Kaplan "fully expect[s] will be the majority of console gamers."

Overwatch will be celebrating its one-year anniversary next month.

Source: Press Release



Destiny 2 Revealed and Coming to PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 30, 2017 12:18PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in 2014, Bungie released Destiny, its latest IP, to consoles. After some official teasing and some leaks, the sequel, Destiny 2, has been revealed, along with a September 8 release date. There is not much information in the post on Bungie.net about the game, but the plan is to share details over the course of the Summer. For anyone interested in trying and testing the game prior to its release, there will be an Open Beta and those who pre-order will be the first to enter it. The pre-order page is where one interesting bit of information is hiding, as PC is listed along with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It looks like we PC gamers will get to share in the experience this time around.

Source: Bungie



Mafia III Gets Demo and First Paid DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 28, 2017 08:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Mafia III launched last October and if you are considering getting it, but have not yet decided, 2K and Hangar 13 have made a playable demo of it available. This demo covers the first act of the game, allowing you to experience the bank heist gone wrong that sets Lincoln Clay on his path to take down the Italian mob in New Bordeaux. The demo is available on PC through Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Conveniently the download sizes have also been provided for these platforms, so if you want to try it on PC it will be a 24 GB download, 25 GB on Xbox One, and 27 GB on the PS4. Like demos for other games, your progress will be carried over if you choose to purchase the main game, which is currently 50% off until April 17.

 

 

Today also marks the release of the Faster Baby! DLC, the first of the game's three paid DLC. It adds a new narrative and the Sinclair Parish to explore as Lincoln works with Roxy Laveau against the corrupt Sherriff "Slim" Beaumont. The DLC also adds new weapons and vehicles to Lincoln's collection along with new driving and combat mechanics. The DLC can be purchased individually or comes with the Season Pass, along with the Stones Unturned and Sign of the Times DLC that will be launching in the Summer.

 

 

Source: Mafia Game Website [1] and [2]



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