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Gaming News (914)

Rainbow Six Siege Getting Third Year of Support and Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2017 01:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was released back in 2015, but Ubisoft has announced Rainbow Six Siege is going to continue to receive new content and support. This third year will have four seasons with eight new operators, two new maps, and one current map will receive a makeover with new level design and art direction. The first season of the third year will be Operation Chimera and its two operators are specialists in biohazard situations. Beyond being part of the adversarial multiple, these operators will have a role in the game's first co-op event, Outbreak, which will run for four weeks. There will be exclusive cosmetics to this event and both it and Operation Chimera will get their full reveals at the Six Invitational 2018 even, taking place in Montreal.

The Year 3 Pass will be available for sale on December 12, and until then players will still be able to purchase the Year 2 season pass, with all of its operators and exclusive customization items. After December 11, these items will be unavailable for purchase.

Source: Ubisoft




Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2017 12:41PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


I am not sure if I should admit this, but I have yet to play the game Neverwinter Nights. I do have a copy, but it has not yet graced my computer. If you are like me, or a long-time fan, maybe you do not want to install it now as Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has been announced by developer Beamdog.

The reveal came on Twitter (and there is a Twitch stream going on as I write this) and there is now a product page up on Beamdog's website with much more information. The enhanced features will include improved display support, including the ability to scale the UI for 1080 and 4K resolutions and much improved graphics options, though the original art-style will be maintained. Very importantly, the Enhanced Edition will work with the original game's saves, modules, and mods so all of the content from the original game will remain viable. New graphics mods should also be possible as the engine is being transitioned to shader-based from its original implementation. This may result in worse performance on GPUs from the game's original released, but is going to allow for better support of modern hardware and graphical shaders.

It does not say it on the product page, but I believe I heard the developers say on the stream there will be native Mac and Linux versions. The toolset are going to be Windows limited though, as apparently they are made with a system that does not support Linux.

I do not see a release date yet, but the game is already up for pre-order at $19.99 and $39.99 for the Digital Deluxe version. The Digital Deluxe version includes the original premium modules from Bioware and the soundtracks. There is an early access/Head Start program pre-ordering fans can be selected for.

 

 

Source: Beamdog on Twitter, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition – Digital Deluxe Product Page, and Beamdog Blog




Titan Quest Gets Ragnorak Expansion

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2017 11:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A bit more than a year ago, THQ Nordic released something not many people were probably expecting; Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. The Titan Quest IP was among those Nordic Games purchased following THQ's bankruptcy, but having originally released in 2006, that release was a surprise. Now we can all be surprised again as the game has received an expansion: Titan Quest: Ragnarök.

With this expansion, players get to continue their journey into northern Europe for a fifth act. You can also revisit previous acts for new items and secrets, acquire a 10th mastery, and there is a new experience curve as well. Technical and quality of life improvements have also been made, including new shaders and graphics effects, better ragdoll physics, UI and combat feedback, control customization, and improved modding tools.

Until November 24 Titan Quest: Ragnarök is on sale at 25% off in the Steam store. You do need the Anniversary Edition to play, but that is also on sale until November 22 at 80% off.

 

 

Source: Steam Store Page



Star Control: Origins Now in Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2017 01:39PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Announced last year with pre-orders starting last month, Star Control: Origins has had its Fleet Battles enter beta today. With this, you can compete against the computer, other people over the Internet, and friends on the same PC. This beta includes the Ship Crafting system, allowing players to design their own ships and share them online.

The Fleet Battles beta is only available to those who pre-order the game, which is expected to reach release next Summer. If you have not picked up Star Control: Origins yet, it is enjoying a discounted price currently.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Middle-earth: Shadow of War Free Content/Features Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2017 08:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


About three weeks ago the details of Middle-earth: Shadow of War's expansion pass were revealed and it was stated there would be free content updates coming for all players as well. Now we have information on that new content, which will start arriving next week.

On November 21, players will be able to enjoy Endless Siege, which challenges you to protect your fortresses from Sauron's armies, Rebellion that has you hunt down the rebellious Ologs and Uruks in your own forces, and an Enhanced Photo Mode to capture it all. The new phot mode gives you new filters, frames, and textures to work with. For those with the expansion pass, the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion is also dropping that day.

Coming December 5 are the Online Fight Pits, where you can challenge another player's Orc follower, overlord against overlord. Finally on December 12 Brutal Difficulty will be added, kicking things up a notch compared to Nemesis as there will be no last chances. The Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion will be releasing on December 12 as well.

Source: Press Release




Agents of Mayhem Adds Kinzie Kensington to Roster with Agent Safeword DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 15, 2017 09:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


The Saints Row franchise includes some much-loved games and character, and some months ago received a successor in the form of Agents of Mayhem. Following the events of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell the Saints Row universe was treated to a massive reset and a number of characters have survived it, in one form or another, while various new characters have been introduced. Now another Saints Row character has been added to the roster of available agents, Kinzie Kensington, a tech and hacking prodigy now given the title Agent Safeword. Before joining MAYHEM she was working for the FBI, a job that kept her out of prison for all of her successful hacking attempts. She always wanted more though, and now she has it with license to go after the forces of LEGION, and various high-tech gadgets and weapons.

The Agent Safeword Pack DLC adds Kinzie to the game along with hundreds of lines of dialog and interplay between the other agents. There are also new agent missions especially for her, allowing the player to learn more about her backstory. Steam has the DLC listed at $4.99.

Source: Press Release and Steam Store Page




Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE Now Available

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 9, 2017 11:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today developer Croteam has released Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE on Steam, the VR version of the 2011 title. This follows the developer releasing VR version of other titles, including The Talos Principle VR and the VR versions for the previous two Serious Sam games by Croteam. Like the other games, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE supports both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but thanks to integration with Serious Sam Fusion 2017, VR and 'flat' players are able to enjoy cross-play multiplayer.

For its release, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE is an enjoying a 10% off sale, but if you already own the original Serious Sam 3 you will get an additional 10% off.

 

 

Source: Croteam




Far Cry 5 Co-op Trailer Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 30, 2017 08:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today we got a new trailer for Far Cry 5 showing off some co-op gameplay, along with some details on how it will work. Once you complete the game's tutorial you will be free to call in a friend to play with you at any point in the campaign. This friend will take the place of one of your two 'Guns for Hire' or 'Fangs for Hire' buddies.

While you and a friend can play through the game together, only the host player will get to keep their story progress. Also any quest-given loot will only be unlocked for the host player, but everything else, including cash, loot, guns, and perks will be kept by the friend. Co-op will be restricted to your friends list, so there will not be an random matchmaking, and you can disable the feature if you want to a solo experience.

Far Cry 5 is set to release February 27, 2018 for PC, and all versions of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft




Kingdom Come: Deliverance Now Up for Pre-Order

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 26, 2017 11:06AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


With its release date set for February 13, 2018, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is up for digital pre-order on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is a story-drive, open-world RPG set in the era of the Holy Roman Empire. Fight invading faces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices on your path to avenging your parents' death. Its non-linear story will allow you to complete quests in different ways, but you will also face the consequences of your decisions and actions.

Naturally combat is going to be very important to the game, as you will have access to a variety of weapons and armor. Marking the first opportunity to pre-order the game, the developer has put out a video focusing on the combat system of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. You can see below how they are working to make this the most realistic depiction of medieval martial arts without comprising the fun-to-play factor.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Steam Sore Page



AMID EVIL, Medieval Fantasy Retro FPS Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 26, 2017 10:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


If you remember playing the 1994 game Heretic, you might be interested in this recently announced game. AMID EVIL is meant to be a Heretic-styled FPS, and if you happen to be at PAX Australia in Melbourne, you can try it out at the PAX Rising Booth. It is expected to release next year and will feature seven episodes you can get through with magical weapons charged with the souls of the dead. You may need those souls too as there will be an adaptive enemy AI hunting you done. While it may have a retro appearance, it is actually being built in Unreal Engine 4, so it is cutting edge retro visuals. There will also be an original and dynamic soundtrack to go with it.

If you cannot make it to PAX Australia, the reveal trailer is embedded below along with screenshots.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Steam Store Page




High Hell Launches on Steam with Special Promotion

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 25, 2017 09:19AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Released on Monday, High Hell is an FPS and "door-kicking simulator" that brings you classic shooter gameplay as you bring lethal salvation to those who have fallen from the light. In the game you will be fighting brainwashed chimps, defacing corporate effigies, and bringing an end to the dealings of an unrepentant cartel.

The game is currently enjoying a 10% discount from its base price of $9.99, which ends on November 2. If you purchase it before the sale ends though, publisher Devolver Digital will also give you a copy of Heavy Bullets on Steam as well, which is the debut game of Terri Vellmann and Doseone, the minds behind High Hell.

Source: Press Release and Steam Store Page




Middle-earth: Shadow of War Expansion Pass Detailed

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 25, 2017 05:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Middle-earth: Shadow of War released at the beginning of the month and now we are getting details on what is coming as part of its Expansion Pass. It includes two new orc tribes; Slaughter and Outlaw. The Slaughter tribe is the most bloodthirsty of orcs in Mordor and will ambush you at any point, so that is what you can look forward to in November, when it becomes available. The Outlaw tribe consists of rebellious orcs who have contempt for their masters, regardless of who they are, and you can expect them in December.

The Expansion Pass also contains story DLC, with the first releasing in February 2018 and titled Blade of Galadriel. In it you will play as Eltariel, an assassin known as the Blade of Galadriel. You will get to wield her dual Eleven blades and the Light of Galadriel as you challenge the Nazgûl with new abilities, skills, and gear. Eight unique Legendary Orcs will be able to join you in the main campaign and will bring new abilities to the Nemesis System. In Desolation of Mordor, the second story DLC, you play as Baranor, the captain of Minas Ithil, and will get to reunite with Torvin, a Dwarven hunter from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and create new gear with him. The new desert region of Lithlad will also be added and you can hire mercenaries for a human army to conquer it. This DLC will also have a new rogue-like campaign mode, as you are without a Ring of Power or the power of a wraith to defy death. Desolation of Mordor will be available in May 2018.

The Expansion Pass costs $39.99 and is included in the Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition that comes in at $99.99. The Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion and Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion can be purchased separately for $14.99 while the Desolation of Mordor will cost $19.99 on its own. There will also be free content updates for all players.

Source: Press Release



Star Control: Origins Pre-Orders Now Available

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 19, 2017 10:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


A year ago Stardock announced it would be adding a new title to the Star Control franchise, and today Star Control: Origins can now be pre-ordered. The game is set in the year 2086 and tasks the player to explore the galaxy, encounter alien civilizations, and discover new worlds, while trying to save humanity from imminent annihilation.

Star Control: Origins will not release until next year, but those who pre-order will get access to the Super-Melee beta coming next month. In this players will make fleets of ship, and each can have its own powers, abilities, and equipment and players can also customize their appearance. These fleets then go to battle against the computer or against other humans in ranked or unranked multiplayer.

The Star Control: Origins pre-order is available on Steam, GOG, and Stardock for just $24.99, but the bundle that includes Star Control: The Ur-Quan Masters and Star Control: Kessari Quadrant is $29.99.

 

 

Source: Stardock




The Talos Principle VR Now Available

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 18, 2017 09:31AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Croteam is continuing to release VR content as today The Talos Principle VR is available on Steam. While the developer might be best known for the action-FPS Serious Sam series of games, The Talos Principle is a sci-fi puzzler originally released in 2014. This VR release required a ground-up redesign to achieve though, but it now supports HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and features roomscale VR, multiple movement modes, and customizable VR controls.

The Talos Principle VR costs $39.99 and comes with the Road to Gehenna VR expansion. If you own the original 'flat' game though, you get 25% off this VR version.

 

 

Source: Croteam




Visceral Games Studio Shutting Down

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 17, 2017 05:15PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space series and several other recognizable titles, is going to be closing down, according to a recent update by EA on the studio's in-development Star Wars title. This was to be an action-adventure title that was coming to be a story-based, linear experience but after reviewing feedback and shifts in the marketplace, EA has decided to pivot on the design. Along with this pivot, the timeframe for release will be changing and the lead development studio will be EA Vancouver. With this project going to another studio, Visceral Games is going to be ramping down and closing, so EA is now working to move as many of the employees over to other EA projects and teams.

Source: EA



F1 2017 Receives Patch 1.9 with LAN Mode and Updated Car Liveries

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 17, 2017 09:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


F1 2017 has had its Patch 1.9 released today across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This patch adds a number of features, such as Photo Mode to the consoles, enabling those players to create, save, and share action shots, and LAN mode for PC and PlayStation 4. The car liveries have been updated for everyone, and a new spectator UI has been deployed, giving everyone access to enhanced eSports-related features such as displaying various statistics like gap to race leader, car ahead, car behind, fastest lap time, and more. This information can be enabled and disabled as desired. Source: Codemasters




South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 16, 2017 10:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


South Park: The Fractured But Whole has recently had its season pass details revealed, just in time for its launch tomorrow. The season pass will add costumes and perks from the South Park: The Stick of Truth game released in 2014, Towelie tips, new combat challenges, story missions, combat buddies, and new superhero costumes and perks. The "Relics of Zaron," a costume and perks pack, and "Towelie: Your Gaming Bud" will be day one content, but those who do not purchase the season pass will be able to acquire both for $4.99 and $1.99, respectively, when they become available on October 17 and October 24, respectively.

The "Danger Deck," "From Dusk till Casa Bonita," and "Bring the Crunch" DLC will be launching later. "Danger Deck" challenges players with Doctor Timothy's Danger Deck, where the can unlock exclusive costumes and artifacts. It will be available for $5.99 in December. "From Dusk till Casa Bonita" and "Bring the Crunch" are both new story DLC and will be available in 2018 for $11.99 each.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches tomorrow, October 17, on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In it you will get to fight the rise of crime in South Park by assuming the role of The New Kid, who assumes the role of a superhero.

Source: Ubisoft




Steep Road to the Olympics Announced by Ubisoft

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 12, 2017 10:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Late last year Ubisoft released the open world action-sports game Steep and today the publisher has announced Steep: Road to the Olympics, and expansion that will feature a story mode following the journey of a young athlete in training. This athlete is trying for three freestyle events, Big Air, Half Pipe, and Slopestyle, with the goal of being the first to win gold in these three events. As the real Olympic Winter Games of 2018 are going to be held in PyeongChang, Steep: Road to the Olympics will take players to South Korean mountains, but they will also get to explore the Japanese mountains. Also part of the expansion will be various tips and insights from actual Olympians, and new Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and Freestyle Skiing events.

If you already have Steep, the expansion will cost $30, but if you need the base game as well, Steep Winter Games Edition has both and will cost $60. Steep: Winter Games Gold Edition comes in at $80 but includes the base game, expansion, and the Year 1 Season Pass, so you will get the three already available DLC packs as well.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft




Assassin's Creed Origins Post-Launch Plan Detailed

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 10, 2017 09:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


On October 27 Assassin's Creed Origins launches, but like many AAA games, there will be more to come and now Ubisoft is sharing its post-launch plan. We already know about one post-launch addition, the Discovery Tour mode, which will be coming early 2018 and will be free for all players. Also free for everyone will be the Horde Mode, setting players in a gladiator arena (early 2018), and The Trials of the Gods that let you fight against Egyptian gods during special timed events (starts 15 days after launch). Coming at launch though will be the Photo Mode and the Nomad's Bazaar, which features daily quests for earning exotic rewards.

The season pass, which is included with the Gold Edition or $39.99 separately, will give you 500 Helix Credits and the exclusive Calamity Blade at launch. In November the Roman Centurion and Horus Packs will add a new outfit, weapons, shield, and mount. The story content starts arriving in January 2018 with The Hidden Ones. This expansion is set years after the events of Assassin's Creed Origins as players travel to a new region to fight an occupying Roman force. This DLC will also raise the level cap. The second DLC will follow in March and is called The Curse of the Pharaohs and it focuses on Egyptian mythology. You will get to explore a mystical realm where you will combat beasts like Anubis warriors, scorpios, undead pharaohs, and more as you try to discover what resurrected the dead pharaoh. His DLC will raise the level cap again and add new abilities to the game.

Source: Ubisoft




Offworld Trading Company Receives Conspicuous Consumption DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 10, 2017 06:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Offworld Trading Company has an unusual take on real-time strategy games as instead of seeking military domination, players try for economic victories. Now, to let players add some "flare" to their game, the Conspicuous Consumption DLC has been released that offers new art, animations, and audio for select buildings. The Hacker Array, Offworld Market, Optimization Center, Patent Lab, and Pleasure Dome are the select buildings that can be given a new Retro or Fun Time appearance. The Offworld Market can be turned in a retro rocket or a giant popsicle, for example, and the Patent Lab can become a giant Rubik's cube, because what better location is there to do research?

The Conspicuous Consumption DLC is $2.99 and Offworld Trading Company is $19.99.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Red Dead Redemption 2 Gets Second Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 28, 2017 07:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in October, Rockstar Games announced Red Dead Redemption 2 was coming. At the time it was expected this year, but its release has slipped to Spring 2018 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with no PC release announced. Today though we are getting the second trailer for the game, showing us some more of the outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang that will rob, right, and steal to survive across America.

 

 

Source: Rockstar Newswire



Assassin's Creed Origin to Feature Discovery Tour for Exploring Ancient Egypt

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 27, 2017 09:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Historical fiction works, like the Assassin's Creed series of games, allow you to visit a completely different time, and while some of what is presented to you is fictitious, there remains some truth to what you discover. With Assassin's Creed Origins, however, Ubisoft is adding Discovery Tour, a feature that will allow you to explore Ancient Egypt without the concern of combat or story progress. Guided tours, curated by historians and Egyptologists, will allow the player to learn about the real history of the game's setting.

It may or may not surprise you that such an educational mode is actually something that was requested by teachers and institutions, so Discovery Tour is meant as an educative mode as it will present actual facts to the player. Subjects such as the Great Pyramids, Cleopatra, mummification and more will be covered in this mode, and without the game progression to be concerned with, players can also explore the re-created landscapes of Memphis, Alexandria, the Sand Sea, and the Giza Plateau as they wish.

Assassin's Creed Origins launches on October 27 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 but Discovery Tour will come as a free update in early 2018.

Source: Ubi Blog




Some Details of the Ataribox Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 26, 2017 10:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With Nintendo's success with the NES Classic, and expected success with the SNES Classic that will be available the end of this week, it cannot be too surprising when other companies try replicating that success by rereleasing their own classic game libraries on specialized hardware. Atari, which has a back-catalog of many classic games, had previously stated it wanted to release an Ataribox console, that would let us enjoy some of those classic games again, and now we are learning a bit more about the hardware and the device's target, thanks to an interview by GamesBeat with the Ataribox creator and general manager, Feargal Mac.

The Ataribox is going to run a Linux-based OS and will be an open system, so others can access and customize it as they wish. Powering it will be an AMD CPU with Radeon graphics and the cost of the Ataribox will be between $250 and $300. That is definitely more than the MSRP of Nintendo's classic consoles, but it is not going to be so specialized. It will be capable of running the classic games and some modern games too, like Minecraft or Terraria, but not AAA titles that require much more powerful hardware. It will also be able to stream, run apps, browse the Internet, and play music.

Atari will start a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall with the Ataribox launching in Spring 2018.

Source: Venture Beat



Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope Exits Early Access on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 20, 2017 09:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Eleven months ago Croteam, put Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope on Steam Early Access and today the developer has fully launched it. To mark the occasion, it is 25% off on both Steam and the Oculus Store. Part of this final update is the addition of playable character Serious Sammy and randomly generated missions, providing limitless gameplay for the serious players.

With this game players can visit five different planets and try to survive the game modes with the various weapons, upgrades, and powerups. In the Arena mode you face 8 arenas that have 4 waves of randomly generated enemies, and if that sounds easy, you can always try increasing the difficulty, as there are 20 difficulty modes. Beating an arena difficulty gets you a weapon upgrade.

The Endless Wave game mode has you just trying to survive as long as possible, hoping to claim a spot on the global leaderboards. The Daily Challenge provides an endless wave scenario but on a specific arena map each day, for more direct competition between players.

 

 

Source: Croteam




Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade Updated to Version 2.5

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 12, 2017 11:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Galactic Civilizations III and its expansion, Crusade, have received the major v2.5 update. With this update come improvements to AI, UI, balance, and performance.

Some of these improvements you will see in GalCiv3 actually come from in Crusade being brought into the original game, but naturally not with the expansion's special features. Some UI changes, like the summary tab, come from Crusade, along with how galactic resources are accumulated, and even the performance improvement for AI. Now the AI system is run on a core-neutral engine in both the base game and expansion. Crusade's improvements to the Diplomacy system, including the very useful trade bar, have been brought to the base game too.

If you look at the release notes there are two that might be of particular interest to current GalCiv3 and Crusade players. Saves from earlier versions of the game are not supported, so if you want to continue playing them you will need to select "galcivclassic – v2.33 Release" under the Betas tab of the game's Steam properties. For those with Crusade but want to return to the base game without having to remove the files, you can add -DisableDLC "Crusade" as a launch flag. The release notes are fairly long but might be worth looking through to see what other handy enhancements have come, and what Crusade enhancements are now in the base game.

I want to share this quote from the CEO of Stardock, Brad Wardell, concerning his view of the Crusade expansion and the future of it and the base game:

I view Crusade as practically a sequel to the base game, not just an expansion. We really don't want to get into the business of charging money for AI and engine upgrades, so we'll continue to improve both games in order to achieve the best possible results.

Source: Stardock and Press Release




SNES Classic Will Ship in High Numbers and NES Classic Returning in 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 12, 2017 04:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is some news that for anyone who wants an SNES Classic but did not secure a pre-order might be glad to hear. Today Nintendo has released a statement that the company will ship more units of the SNES Classic in the US on its September 29 launch date than it shipped NES Classic units all last year. Naturally these will not be the only shipments, with more to come regularly afterward. I would not be surprised if demand continues to exceed supply, but at least this should make it easier to find one at the $79.99 MSRP.

Speaking of the NES Classic, if you were not able to get one last year, you will be getting a second chance at one, without turning to Ebay. In the same press release Nintendo has also stated it will be returning with new shipments next summer.

Source: Nintendo



Ubisoft Announces Atomega FPS Coming Next Week

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 11, 2017 08:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

From the developers of Grow Home and Grow Up comes Atomega, a new online multiplayer FPS from Ubisoft. In this game you play as an Exoform, a post-biological lifeform existing at the end of the universe, fighting over mass. When you enter the arena you start as the small Atom, but by collecting mass by finding it or fighting for it, you can gain enough to evolve into the powerful Omega form. The rounds last for ten minutes and those who earned the most points by collecting mass win.

Atomega releases September 19, as in next week, and will be available on Steam for just $9.99.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft



Rockstar Stepping into VR with L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

Category: Gaming
Posted: September 7, 2017 05:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Originally released back in 2011, Rockstar Games has announced new versions of L.A. Noire are coming November 14, 2017. These new versions will bring the game to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles, but also to the HTC Vive. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is going to be Rockstar's first venture into VR and will feature seven cases from the original game, rebuilt for the Vive's VR experience.

L.A. Noire follows Cole Phelps, a decorated veteran who has recently become a detective in 1940's Los Angeles. He will be investigating an escalating series of cases, which are inspired by real-world crimes, ultimately leading him to the criminal heart of the city.

Come November 14, gamers will have their choice of experiencing L.A. Noire in VR, at 4K, or on the go thanks to the portability of the Switch, the power of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, and the capabilities of the HTC Vive. The console versions will include all of the DLC from the original game, along with technical enhancements to improve the experience, while the Switch will also receive platform specific enhancements, such as a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic and gesture-based controls.

Source: Rockstar Games



Microsoft Announces Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Will Run Steam Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 28, 2017 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some months ago, Microsoft announced the coming of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from multiple manufacturers. These headsets are meant to help make virtual reality more accessible to people, with lower price tags and simpler technologies. Now some more details have been revealed at IFA, including that the headsets will support VR content on Steam.

Headsets and motion controllers from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer should be available at holiday time starting as low as $399, bringing them in under both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Unlike these two already-available headsets, these new Windows Mixed Reality headsets use built-in sensors for tracking position, instead of external sensors, allowing for a plug-and-play experience.

 

 

Source: Microsoft



The Crew 2 Coming March 16, 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 22, 2017 10:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Just last week Ubisoft announced its deal with Harley-Davidson to bring iconic motorcycles to The Crew 2 and today the game's release date has been announced as March 16, 2018. The sequel to 2014's The Crew, the upcoming game is meant to build on its open-world, action racing predecessor with more vehicles to explore America with. Cars, bikes, boats, and planes will all be accessible and with the Fast Fav feature, shown off in the embedded trailer, players will be able to switch between their favorite ground, water, and air vehicles at the push of a button. The Crew 2 is also getting a LIVE Replay feature, a tool to automatically record your stunts and such to share video clips with friends or the world.

Along with the release date, we have also gotten information on the pre-order offers. Any pre-ordering The Crew 2 will get the Legendary Motors Pack, featuring the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Touring Car 2016 and Harly-Davidson Iron 883 2017. The Deluxe Edition includes that and the Motorsports Deluxe Pack with the Ford F-150 Raptor Race Truck 2017, Abarth 500 2008 Monster Truck Edition, Pilatus PC-21 aerobatics plane, and three racing outfits for your avatar. The Deluxe Edition will cost $69.99 while the Gold Edition, that includes the Season Pass as well, will be $99.99 in digital form and $109.99 for the physical Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft




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