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BioWare Unveils Dragon Age: Inquisition Character Creation

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 06:43PM
Author: ClayMeow

We have seen a lot of the combat and beautiful vistas in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and today we get another piece of the puzzle – Character Creation. The Character Creation system in Inquisition is quite robust, allowing you to change everything from the quite basic face shape and hair, to the more complex nuances of nose tip and eyelash style. There's also full color wheels for everything you can hope for, from eyes to tattoos to a plethora of different makeup locations.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: Facebook



Housemarque's 2D Platformer Outland is Now Available on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 02:56PM
Author: ClayMeow


It has been fifteen years since developer Housemarque released a game on PC, but the wait is finally over. Previously only available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, 2011's 2D platformer Outland has now made its way to PC via Steam. Described as "a successful mix between the bullet-hell insanity of Ikaruga, the sense of exploration of classic Prince of Persia games, and the elegant silhouette aesthetic of Limbo," the original Outland received high critical acclaim. While the game doesn't officially support mods, Housemarque sees it as a way to test the PC gaming waters again and hopefully lead to more PC projects in the future. That being said, don't expect its Sony-owned IPs (Super Stardust, Dead Nation, and Resogun) to make their way to Steam.

Outland is available on Steam for $9.99, but you can enjoy a 15% discount until October 6, dropping the price to $8.49. Only the Windows version is currently available, but Mac and Linux versions will be coming later this year. A Special Edition featuring a 90-page artbook and the 29-track original soundtrack will arrive as separate DLC shortly after launch. The original Outland was published by Ubisoft, but the Steam version is self-published by Housemarque, so no Uplay or anything of that nature.

Source: Housemarque Blog and Steam




Fifteen Minutes of Total War: ATTILA Gameplay with Developer Commentary

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 10:39AM
Author: ClayMeow


Last week, Creative Assembly unveiled the next game in the turn-based strategy Total War series, entitled Total War: ATTILA. While the setting, premise, and updated features are all quite appealing, the Official Announcement Trailer was void of any gameplay footage; and seeing is believing. Over the weekend, during EGX London 2014, Gamespot's Mark Walton sat down with Creative Assembly Studio Communications Manager Al Bickham for a narrated look at some actual Total War: ATTILA gameplay.

Total War: ATTILA is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2015, exclusively for PC (Windows and Mac).

Source: GameSpot



The Xenomorph Isn't the Only Threat in Alien: Isolation

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 09:42AM
Author: ClayMeow

While Sega and Creative Assembly took a break last week to show us an extended cut of the Alien: Isolation television ad, they're back today with the seventh video in the #HowWillYouSurvive video series. Entitled "Crowd Control", this new snippet shows us that the Xenomorph is not the only threat you have to worry about; the synthetics can prove quite deadly when you become outnumbered.

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Every Last Bullet Matters in The Evil Within

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 09:35AM
Author: ClayMeow


Bethesda Softworks has published a new trailer and blog post for survival-horror The Evil Within, which provide an in-depth, spoiler-free look at the game. The trailer, entitled "Every Last Bullet", shows off some all new gameplay footage, while the blog post provides some survival strategies that may help you keep protagonist Sebastian Castellanos from meeting an untimely demise.

The Evil Within will be available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 14. Pre-ordering nets you "The Fighting Chance Pack", which includes five in-game items: medical kit, double barrel shotgun, incendiary agony bolt, poison agony bolt, and green gel. A Season Pass is also available, which will contain three content packs featuring new characters and stories.

Source: Bethesda Blog



Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Highlighted in New Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 29, 2014 08:00AM
Author: ClayMeow


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches tomorrow and has already received high critical acclaim. While the game offers a good 20+ hours of content on its own, of course there's a Season Pass if you want even more. The Season Pass was detailed back in August, but until now it's all just been a bunch of words. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released a Season Pass Trailer, which highlights the line-up of content included.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing September 30 in North America for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; September 30 in Europe for PC; October 3 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; November 18 in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; and November 21 in Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



Everything You Need to Know to Play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 27, 2014 07:34AM
Author: ClayMeow


With the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor approaching in just a few days, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has published an in-depth video to get you ready. Entitled "Everything You Need to Walk into Mordor", the video is divided into eight sections: Prologue, Ranger & Wraith, Cast, Weapons & Runes, Nemesis System, Creatures, Extras, and Epilogue.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing September 30 in North America for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; September 30 in Europe for PC; October 3 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; November 18 in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; and November 21 in Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Season Pass will also be available with an exclusive mission and additional content.

Source: Press Release



Focus Home Publishes Four "Making-of" Videos for Styx: Master of Shadows

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 26, 2014 12:43PM
Author: ClayMeow


Infiltraton RPG Styx: Master of Shadows is inching closer to release, so publisher Focus Home Interactive has decided to release not one, not two, but four(!) "Making-of" videos. The videos include: The Gameplay, The Sound Design, The Music, and The Team. You can use the links I've just provided to access each respective video, but I've embedded "Making-of: The Gameplay" below for your viewing pleasure, with English sub-titles forced on; because unless you know French, you won't be able to understand a word they're saying otherwise.

Styx: Master of Shadows will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7 with a very reasonable price tag of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. Pre-purchasing the game on Steam provides a 20% discount, and the offer is actually good until October 13, meaning you could actually wait for reviews if you're on the fence! Kudos to Focus Home for offering a week one discount instead of just a pure pre-order discount!

Source: Press Release



The Alien: Isolation Extended TV Ad Has Been Let Loose

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 26, 2014 12:20PM
Author: ClayMeow

Taking a break from the #HowWillYouSurvive series of videos for a moment, Sega has released the 60-second extended cut of the Alien: Isolation television ad:

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Ubisoft Details What it Means to Be a Templar in Assassin's Creed Rogue

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 26, 2014 09:48AM
Author: ClayMeow

A couple weeks ago, we got a glimpse as to why Assassin's Creed Rogue protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac turns his back on the Assassin Brotherhood and joins the Templars. But what does it actually mean to be a Templar? How does playing as a Templar differ from playing as an Assassin? In a new video cleverly titled "Templar vs Assassin", Producer Ivan Balabanov explains how playing as a Templar is a completely different gameplay perspective than playing as an Assassin. Not only do you get access to the most advanced weaponry, but your former Assassin Brotherhood buddies can implement tactics you used to employ in previous games, such as getting the drop on you from above when you least expect it.

Assassin's Creed Rogue will be arriving November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before a remastered version arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering nets you the Ultimate Hunter pack and the Siege of Fort de Sable mission.

Source: Ubisoft



Meet Far Cry 4's Pagan Min, the Self-appointed King of Kyrat

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 26, 2014 09:35AM
Author: ClayMeow


Last week, I claimed that the real stars of Far Cry 4 are the elephants. While I still stand by that claim, I must say that Pagan Min is shaping up to be one of the best antagonists in video game history. "Sadistic dictator. Psychopath. Best dressed man in Kyrat." Those are just some of the ways to describe the self-appointed King of Kyrat. It also helps that he's perfecly voiced by veteran voice actor Troy Baker. If you'd like to learn how Pagan Min rose to power, check out the description after the video, pulled straight from the press release.

Pagan Min was born in Hong Kong, the son of a mid-level drug boss in the Golden Triangle. His father was a small fish in a big pond and even as a young man, Pagan was as ambitious as he was flamboyant. This peacocking drove a wedge between them. Pagan worked for his father, hated him, and was frustrated as a lieutenant, seeing his father as a dinosaur. Nobody knows how his father died, but it wasn't natural causes. After his father's unfortunate passing Pagan inherited his small piece of the pie. He then left his old identity behind and adopted the moniker "Pagan," naming himself after an old Burmese king who murdered his family to take control. Of course, he changed the pronunciation to be western so that he'd be more unique. Pagan quickly started carving himself more of the pie he believed that he deserved. He built considerable assets, a small private army, and started angering his allies in the heroin trade. He didn't fit in and he knew he couldn't kill them all; it was only a matter of time before the old guard decided to have him killed.

This is when his eyes fell upon Kyrat, a small failed state with multiple warring factions in the wake of the collapse of its monarchy. He allied himself with the Royalists, propping up a distant heir to the throne who he used to swell his ranks and to remove all opposing faction in the country. After a few bloody months, Pagan and the united Royalists took the palace by storm, but Pagan betrayed the Royalists by murdering the heir and seizing the throne for himself. He then started a purge of anyone who didn't fall in line, executing his opposition. The betrayal led to the formation of the Golden Path, a small resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing Pagan.

Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.

Source: Press Release



MLG Opening Professional Gaming Arena in October

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 25, 2014 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Major League Gaming is planning to open the first eSports arena in the United States in late October in Columbus, Ohio. MLG has hosted a number of events in Columbus over the years and Adam Apicella of MLG described the location choice saying, "With 62 colleges in the Columbus region, hundreds of thousands of university and high school students in the 11-county area, and close proximity to our audience on the East Coast, Columbus is a great location for our MLG.tv Arena." Katie Goldberg of MLG gave a description of the planned layout of the arena which will have, "a main stage set up, sound proof booths, lights, video screens, bleachers, monitors, IT and video equipment to broadcast via MLG.tv." The first event to be hosted will be the Call of Duty: Ghosts pro league playoffs and according to Adam's Twitter account, there will be roughly 200 seats for spectators at the event.

Source: SB Nation and Twitter



Prepare for the Hunnic Invasion in Total War: ATTILA

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 25, 2014 02:26PM
Author: ClayMeow


The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequalled.

The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

That is how the press release for Creative Assembly's next game in the venerable Total War series begins, and it paints quite the picture. Total War: ATTILA starts in 395 AD, 367 years after the official end of Total War: Rome II's campaign. The Roman Empire has been split into two, with the Western Roman Empire on its last legs and the Eastern Roman Empire (or Byzantine Empire) rising to power. The unique landscape of the time allows Creative Assembly to introduce what it's calling a "legendary start position": "Playing as the Western Roman Empire you will begin with vast territories under your control, but weakened by political in-fighting and threatened on all sides by enemies, your dominance will quickly become a struggle to survive."

Aside from an all new play-style, some fan favorite features absent in Rome II will be returning. According to project lead Janos Gaspar, "We're reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we're building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies class."

Total War: ATTILA is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2015 for Windows PC and Mac, and will be running on a modified version of Rome II's Warscape engine; hopefully without all the technical issues that continue to plague that game.

Source: Press Release and Official Site




Learn All About Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition in New "101 Trailer"

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 25, 2014 08:12AM
Author: ClayMeow


While Triad Wars is getting all the buzz this week, it's not the only thing Square Enix and developer United Front Games have brewing. Back in August, the two announced Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; a remastering of 2012's critically acclaimed third-person, open-world action game Sleeping Dogs. Besides new high resolution textures, increased traffic and pedestrian density, new lighting, ambient fog, and improved gameplay, the Definitive Edition also includes all 24 pieces of DLC integrated right into the game. Today, Square Enix and United Front released a brand new "101 Trailer" that details everything you need to know:

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be arriving October 10 in Europe and October 14 in North America. While the game is priced at $59.99 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the price for the PC version is a mere $29.99. No word on whether Steam will feature a loyalty discount like Square Enix did for Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut.

Source: Press Release



No Matter How Much Misdirection You Use, Nowhere is Safe in Alien: Isolation

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 25, 2014 07:49AM
Author: ClayMeow

As we inch closer to Alien: Isolation's release date, it seems Creative Assembly is ramping up its #HowWillYouSurvive video series. If you haven't been paying attention, we've already had four such videos: "No Escape", "Don't Shoot", "In The Vents", and "Hear You Scream". Now we get two new entries in the series: "Misdirection" and "Nowhere is Safe". In the first video, we learn how to use a noisemaker, while in the second video, we learn that that Xenomorph is a lot smarter than your average enemy.

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Van Helsing II: Complete Pack Now Available, Alongside Pigasus DLC and Mac Support

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 24, 2014 06:30PM
Author: ClayMeow


Action-RPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II hit Steam on May 22, and now roughly four months later, a Complete Pack has been released. The Van Helsing II: Complete Pack contains the base game, the original soundtrack, the Ink Hunt DLC, and just-released Pigasus DLC, all for $19.99 compared to $14.99 for just the base game. With the new DLC, "you can summon a new creature by spending Essence and you can purchase powerful items in your Lair from the Pigasus."

Along with the Pigasus DLC and Complete Pack, Van Helsing II now also supports Mac as of today.

Source: Press Release and Neocore Dev Blog




Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC Now Available for Season Pass Holders

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 24, 2014 10:40AM
Author: ClayMeow


The one piece of DLC fans of Watch Dogs have been waiting for most of all has finally arrived. Watch Dogs Bad Blood is currently available to Season Pass owners for all available platforms, while those without the Season Pass will have to wait until September 30 to grab it. Bad Blood puts players in control of Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, the brilliant and eccentric hacker who played a large role in the main game. And not only can you play as him through ten new story missions, but also in the online modes "Hacking" and "Tailing", along with the new "Street Sweep" contracts.

For those that do not own the Season Pass and want to purchase this separately on September 30, it is unclear what its price will be. My guess is $9.99, but that's just an educated guess based on the pricing of the other Season Pass components; pricing has not been confirmed.

Source: Press Release



Tripwire Releases Free Armored Assault Content Pack for Rising Storm

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 24, 2014 07:57AM
Author: ClayMeow


It's always nice when developers continue to support games post-launch; it's even better when that support comes in the form of free DLC. Tripwire Interactive has just released a free content pack called Armored Assault for Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2, including new vehicles, weapons, and contest-winning maps:

  • German MG 42 Light Machinegun
  • Soviet T-70 Light Tank
  • German Panzer IIIM Light/Medium Tank
  • Contest Map: Kobura - Americans defending a jungle airstrip in Burma against ferocious Japanese assault
  • Contest Map: Tula Outskirts - a remake of an old favorite from RO1, with Germans attacking dug-in Russians
  • Updated map for new tanks: Arad 2 now updated to showcase the new T-70 and Pz III

In addition, Red Orchestra 2 is no longer sold separately. As of yesterday, any purchase of RO2 through Steam includes Rising Storm content. Previous owners of older RO2 packages, whether through Steam or elsewhere, will have rifle-only access to Rising Storm, and thus need to purchase Rising Storm to get full access to all content. Thankfully, in honor of the new content update and changeover, Rising Storm is part of the Midweek Madness sale, offering up a 75% discount until Friday. That drops the price to $4.99 for the base game, $7.49 for the Digital Deluxe edition, $14.99 for the four-pack, $14.99 for the Red Orchestra Franchise Pack, and $24.99 for the Tripwire Bundle (updated March 2014). A Digital Deluxe Upgrade is also available at $2.50 for those who already own the game.

Source: Steam and Official Site




Ancient Space Now Available for Windows PC via Steam; Mac Version Arriving October 23

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 08:32PM
Author: ClayMeow

It seems a lot of publishers decided to compete for your wallet today. Unveiled last month, real-time strategy game Ancient Space has officially launched today for PC via Steam. Ancient Space is a single-player, story-driven space RTS developed by CreativeForge Games and published by Paradox Interactive. The game features deep space exploration with full 3D movement, ship and fleet customization, several unique crew members to recruit, upgradeable units, and a stellar voice cast.

Ancient Space is priced to move at a mere $19.99 and comes with both the original soundtrack and a digital art book. As of now, only the Windows version is available, with the Mac version scheduled to arrive on October 23.

Source: Press Release



Defense Grid 2 Has Officially Launched for PC, PS4, and XBO

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 06:19PM
Author: ClayMeow


While Hidden Path Entertainment's 2012 Kickstarter campaign didn't quite reach the stretch goal needed for Defense Grid 2, thankfully for fans of the original, the studio chugged on, not only developing the sequel to one of the best tower-defense games ever, but also offering all backers a key. Now the wait is over; Defense Grid 2 has officially launched not only for PC, but also for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. With 21 maps, Defense Grid 2 ups the ante over its predecessor, offering not only single-player, but online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op campaigns as well!

Defense Grid 2 is priced at a mere $24.99 on Steam (PC, Mac, Linux, SteamOS), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Special Edition is available exclusively on Steam for $29.99, which includes: "the digital book, The Art of Defense Grid 2; the ebook, The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game by Russ Pitts; and additional content including 'A Matter of Endurance,' a new original audio story written by Hugo award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal and performed by the English voice cast."

Source: Press Release




Gauntlet Now Available Exclusively on PC via Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 05:05PM
Author: ClayMeow


After getting a slight delay last month, Gauntlet has finally launched today! As a fully modernized reboot of the hack-and-slash classic of the same name, Gauntlet offers single-player and multiplayer for up to four players, both local and online. With four distinct heroes, a combination of uniquely built and randomly generated levels, and Classic Mode, there's a lot to love. If you haven't picked up the game yet, well, you can enjoy the launch trailer and 45 new screenshots below.

Gauntlet is priced at a mere $19.99 with a four-pack available for $59.99. Currently it's only available for Windows via Steam, but SteamOS support will be arriving next year.

Source: Press Release




Dota 2 Rekindling Soul Update Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Valve has released the details for the latest update to Dota 2, known as Rekindling Soul and teased yesterday as version 6.82. The name of the massive update can be attributed to the model rework and new Arcana set for hero Shadow Fiend. Two new features have also been added that will change the model of the courier in use as it delivers items and give detailed statistics about fights with the Fight Recap feature. Fantasy Season Two will also kick off with a new web interface to access your team on the go. A new rune was added that gives bonus gold and experience along with a new item, Crimson Guard, that was first seen in a past holiday event. A number of changes have been made to the map and two heroes, Bloodseeker and Phantom Lancer, have received ability reworks. Follow the link to view the rest of the changes to heroes and items and wait anxiously for when the update will be added to the game.

Source: Dota 2 Blog



Blizzard's Titan MMO No Longer in Development

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 10:44AM
Author: ClayMeow

Blizzard had been working on a new MMO, codenamed Titan, for many years before hitting the restart button last May when the company realized it didn't meet the expectations and quality expected of games today, both from a design standpoint and a technology standpoint. The once 100-person team was reduced to a mere 30, with those 30 people starting over from scratch. But now, according to Polygon, development has officially been canceled.

"We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs," [Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike] Morhaime said. "So we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn't come together. We didn't find the fun. We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."

So Titan joins Warcraft Adventures and StarCraft Ghost in Blizzard's canned projects bin. Chris Metzen, Blizzard's senior vice president of story and franchise development, told Polygon that the company didn't want to identify itself with a particular genre, so just because World of Warcraft was such a huge success, doesn't mean Blizzard should now be an MMORPG company. That being said, Morhaime added that he wouldn't say no to ever doing an MMO again, just that right now, that's not where the studio wants to spend its time. And while a lot of time and resources was already put into Titan, Morhaime and Metzen said they'd rather cut out a game no matter how much was spent than put out something that might "damage the relationship [and] smash the trust."

In the meantime, despite losing some subscribers, World of Warcraft is still going strong, and Metzen hopes to continue to "support it forever." Also lending to the decision to cancel Titan was Blizzard's recent success with smaller-scale titles like Hearthstone and the currently-in-alpha Heroes of the Storm. The overwhelming success of Hearthstone in particular has led to the studio realizing that it can do more than big-budget, big-scale projects and still find mass appeal.

"Maybe we can be what we want to be and inspire groups around the company to experiment, get creative, think outside the box and take chances on things that just might thrill people," Metzen said. "Maybe they don't have to be these colossal, summer blockbuster-type products."

Soure: Polygon



Triad Wars Officially Confirmed as an Online, Open-World, Action Strategy Game Exclusively on PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 23, 2014 08:02AM
Author: ClayMeow


After roughly a year of rumors and speculation regarding a Sleeping Dogs follow-up, last Friday developer United Front Games stated that we would finally learn more details in the coming weeks. While a reddit AMA is scheduled for later today (12PM PST), United Front made the official announcement last night, accompanied by a "Welcome to the Triad" video.

Triad Wars is more like a spin-off to Sleeping Dogs than a direct sequel. It's a PC-only, online, open-world, action-adventure, strategy game set in Hong Kong where the criminals take front and center. Players take on the role of an enforcer running a gang in the Hong Kong Triads. The goal is to expand your turf and build a criminal empire. The game is a pure sandbox experience, allowing you to control exactly what criminal enterprises you're involved with on your turf, whether it be counterfeiting, smuggling, etc. Combine that with deciding how to outfit your gang, and you understand where the strategy part comes into play. And of course you'll be competing with rival gangs. That being said, United Front is very keen on involving community feedback, so as Rob Olivera (character design) states in the video, it can be a completely different game in two years depending on how it evolves based on the community's input.

Triad Wars is set to release for PC in early 2015, but a limited Closed Beta registration is currently open. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to head to the official site below and sign up ASAP.

Source: United Front Games and Official Site




The Steam Storefront Has Just Received Its Biggest Overhaul Yet

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 22, 2014 06:49PM
Author: ClayMeow


Valve is constantly making alterations or adding features to Steam, the biggest gaming platform in the world. But until now, most of those changes have had very little impact on the storefront – the first page you see when you launch Steam or go to steampowered.com in a browser. Back in February, Steam added a "Recently Updated" section nestled between the "Featured" and "New Releases" sections, but the overall layout of the page remain unchanged. However, if you happen to visit the storefont today, you'll notice a rather drastic change, which Valve is calling the "Steam Discovery Update".

According to Valve, the Steam Discovery Update was designed to make it easier to discover exactly what you want. It starts with the storefront itself, or what Valve is now referring to as your Home page. "Specifically, the new features at your disposal from the Home page include personalized recommendations based on your gameplay, reviews from your favorite community Curators, and powerful new search and discovery tools." The featured games reel that has always been a staple on the the top of the page? Now you have the ability to customize it to your liking. By default everything is selected except "Games already in your account", but the other categories you can deselect include: Top Sellers, Early Access Products, Recommended For You, Prepurchase, Software, and DLC for your games & software. Popular New Releases and Games round out the categories, but those can not be turned off. Below that reel, you'll also notice customization options for the "New on Steam" and the "Recently Updated" sections.

Steam Customization

Scrolling a bit further down the page, you'll come across a new section that says "Explore Your Queue". The queue this section refers to is the all new "Steam Discovery Queue", presenting you with twelve games Steam thinks you may be interested in. Clicking on your Discovery Queue brings you to a game's store page with four buttons: Add to your wishlist, Follow, Not Interested, and Next in Queue. Like the aforementioned sections, your queue can also be customized to exclude certain categories, like Early Access. Below that is a new Steam Curators section, which allows you to follow Steam Curators ("individuals, organizations, and groups that publish reviews and recommendations in a public forum on Steam"), and then see their recommendations on your storefront.

Below that you'll come across the four tabs for Popular New Releases, Top Sellers, Upcoming, and Specials; but this time around, the lists aren't scrollable on the page. Instead, you click on the "See more" link at the bottom of each list to go to a new search page with the rest of the results. Those new results pages are part of a complete overhaul of Steam's Search and Filtering system. The new and improved system allows you to search by name, tag, or description, or filter by multiple tags and features.

There are a bunch of other minor changes to the storefront and Steam itself, such as the new "Steam Recommendation Feed", a new look for game product pages, and colored indicators for games in your library, wishlist, or cart. For a complete list of changes, check the source below.

Source: Steam




Razer Surround SDK Integrated With Wasteland 2

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 22, 2014 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The long awaited sequel from inXile, Wasteland 2, was released on Friday after a 25 year gap from the first game. Gaming accessory and software maker Razer has announced that Wasteland 2 will come bundled with the Razer Surround Software Development Kit (SDK) to provide an "enhanced virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience with any stereo headphones." inXile has also expressed interest in integrating other Razer SDKs into its products such as the recently announced Chroma SDK. The Razer Surround SDK can be used free of charge and requires no additional software installation. Founder of inXile Brian Fargo described the partnership saying, "I’ve watched Razer and Min grow to become titans in the gaming industry, so when the opportunity to work with them came about, I jumped at it. Razer Surround is able to stimulate the listening senses and will offer our players a way to further immerse themselves into the post-apocalyptic world that is Wasteland 2."

Source: Press Release



Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass Offers Eight Hours of Unique Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 22, 2014 01:01PM
Author: ClayMeow


Unsurprisingly, Assassin's Creed Unity will have a Season Pass. What may be (pleasantly) surprising is the variety included. Today, Ubisoft detailed the contents of the Season Pass, and it's quite impressive. The Season Pass essentially boils down to three main components. The first, and most mundane, DLC extends Arno's journey in Paris, offering three new missions (The American Prisoner, Killed By Science, and The Chemical Revolution) and access to over 30 new weapons, equipment, and outfits, including the exclusive Fleur de Lys sword on launch days. Pretty standard fare as far as DLC goes.

The second piece of the Season Pass is called Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings, which offers a new story campaign taking place after the events of the main game, along with a new city to explore. In a self-contained set of missions, players leave Paris for Saint Denis, "a troubled city with a mysterious and extensive underground that holds the crypts of deceased French kings." Equipped with the new Guillotine gun, Arno will fight new merciless adversaries to uncover the darkest secrets of the city. Dead Kings will also feature new open-world activities, such as treasure hunts, murder mysteries, and contracts, including new co-op missions. Lastly, additional weapons, gear, skills, and outfits can be unlocked and carried over to the main game.

If Dead Kings didn't sound cool enough, enter the third piece of the Season Pass, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. That's right, Assassin's Creed is going to China... but not in the way you expect. Chronicles: China is a standalone 2.5D reimagining of the franchise developed by Climax Studios. Set in 16th century China, players take on the role of the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood, Shao Jun (who you may know from the Assassin's Creed Embers animated movie). After having been trained under Ezio Auditore, Shao Jun has returned to Beijing to exact revenge on all those who destroyed her Brotherhood. "Players will be able to rely on stealth to accomplish their mission, as well as Shao Jun's martial arts training and all-new Assassin gear," such as the Jian Sword and the Foot Blade.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Season Pass will be priced at $29.99, with all content "available by early 2015." I wouldn't be surprised if Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is available for individual purchase, but no official word on that just yet.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog




Gearbox Shares Some Battleborn Cooperative Campaign Gameplay

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 22, 2014 08:04AM
Author: ClayMeow


Back in July, Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software announced Battleborn, an FPS-MOBA hybrid that Gearbox refers to as a "hero shooter". Battleborn consists of five factions of heroes: Peacekeepers, Eldrid, Jennerit, L.L.C., and Rogues. Each faction works together against a common enemy, the Varelsi, but they all have different playstyles and narrative motives, such as the Peacekeepers being your soldiers while the Eldrid are your fantasy tropes. Along with some 5v5 competitive multiplayer that shares similarities with MOBAs, Battleborn features a five-player cooperative campaign, which Gearbox has shared in a new gameplay walkthrough video:

The video above features five unique characters: Oscar Mike, Montana, Thorn, Miko, and Rath. Each character is quite different, both aesthetically and in the way they play. Every time a character levels up, players get to choose one of two new abilities/skills. It's an interesting system that reminds me more of Starcraft II or the new XCOM games more than your typical MMO, MOBA, or RPG. That being said, at Level 7, each character unlocks his or her Ultimate ability, which is certainly more MOBA-like; though something that has also been a part of each Borderlands game as well. Like Borderlands, the game also features a rather unique aesthetic, which you can see in both the video above and the fifteen new screenshots below.

Battleborn is expected to arrive sometime in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. While it may borrow aspects of MOBAs, the game is not free-to-play, and in fact is already available for pre-order at major retailers for a whopping $59.99 – yes, even the PC version has that price tag. The game looks sweet, but Gearbox may find it rather difficult to convince gamers to spend that much on an FPS-MOBA, especially on the PC where there are so many other free alternatives.

Source: Facebook and Official Site




Dragon Ball Xenoverse Officially Coming to PC via Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 21, 2014 02:58PM
Author: ClayMeow


Namco Bandai Games has released a TGS 2014 Trailer for Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and in doing so confirmed that the game will now be coming to PC via Steam, alongside the previously announced console versions. While this is the 15th Dragon Ball fighting game released on home consoles (and thus why it's abbreviated Dragon Ball XV), Xenoverse marks the first time a Dragon Ball game will be released on PC. The announcement comes less than a week after NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution launched on Steam; another popular manga fighter published by Namco Bandai.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is planned for a March 2015 release on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Namco Bandai



Final Fantasy XV Looks Too Amazing Not to Come to PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 20, 2014 02:42PM
Author: ClayMeow

Since OverclockersClub is predominantly a computer site, we tend to only post gaming news that involve or affect the PC gaming landscape. I mention this because right now Final Fantasy XV is only confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But with the new-gen consoles basically (watered-down) PCs, the recent announcement of all three Final Fantasy XIII games coming to Steam, the high likelihood of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD coming to PC, and all the other Final Fantasy games that have been brought to PC (and well received, I might add), it seems almost guaranteed that Final Fantasy XV will be making its way to PC eventually.

While people argue back and forth regarding Western RPGs versus JRPGs, the one thing that is almost universally accepted is that, when it comes to graphical fidelity, Western RPGs have always been far superior. Western RPGs like the Elder Scrolls, Witcher, and Dragon Age franchises have been leading the charge for quite awhile now, but Square Enix is about to change that with Final Fantasy XV. While it still has the Japanese styling, particularly for its characters, everything else about FF XV looks more akin to those aforementioned Western RPGs than JRPGs of the past.

Source: Press Release




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