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Gaming News (902)

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]



StarCraft Remastered Announced by Blizzard

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 27, 2017 08:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In 1998 Blizzard released StarCraft, a game that has unquestionably left its mark on the world with how it changed the RTS genre and laid the foundation for modern esports. Now the company has announced StarCraft Remastered, an overhaul of the classic and StarCraft: Brood Wars expansion. It will update the graphics and audio but preserve the original gameplay while adding new features such as advanced matchmaking, cloud saves for the campaign, custom maps, replays, and keybinds. Multiplayer over LAN remains, so you will be able to enjoy the game and its new visuals on your 4K monitor at a LAN party.

StarCraft Remastered is to launch this Summer for Windows and Mac, though the exact date and pricing will be revealed at a later date.

 

 

Source: Blizzard



Stardock Will be Streaming Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Later Today

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 23, 2017 08:01AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Since the announcement last month for the Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade expansion, Stardock has been releasing Dev Diaries covering some of the changes that will be coming with this apparently quite large and significant expansion. So far the Civilization Builder, Galactic Citizens, changes to the 4X experience to resolve the late game grind, the new espionage system, and the new choices players will face have been covered. If you want to do more than just read about Crusade but actually see it, Stardock will be previewing it on its Twitch channel at 1 PM ET today with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell, who has also been authoring the Dev Diaries. This is the start of weekly Crusade streams.

If you are interested in the current state of Galactic Civilizations III, I reviewed it following its v2.0 patch. Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is to release this Spring.

Source: Press Release



GOG Galaxy Exiting Beta Phase Next Month

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 22, 2017 10:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


While Steam may be the dominate client for purchasing, downloading, and managing PC games, DRM-free competitor GOG.com launched a beta of its vision of such a client called GOG Galaxy. Earlier today it was announced that version 1.2 will take the client out of beta, and if anyone wants to try it they can install the current GOG Galaxy beta and enable preview updates. Update 1.2 brings with it several new features, including Universal Cloud Saves, so your saves can be synced and stored to a cloud backup, which you are free to download whenever you wish. Not all games currently support this feature, but several new and old titles do, including some that have never had this functionality before. The settings window has also been redesigned and there is a new hibernation mode to reduce CPU usage when you are not using the client.

Other features coming with Update 1.2 are bandwidth limiting, download scheduling, an in-game overlay, an FPS counter in the overlay, screenshots for games that support the overlay, achievement rarity, a new notification system, and more. Not bad addition to features such as rolling back to previous versions of a game or stopping auto-updates, without preventing you from playing your game. As always though, GOG Galaxy is an optional tool, so you can enjoy the games you have through GOG.com with or without it.

Source: GOG [1] and [2]




Serious Sam Fusion 2017 from Croteam Enters Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 21, 2017 08:33AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Some of you may have noticed a new item appear in your Steam library: Serious Sam Fusion 2017 (beta). The reason we got this is because Croteam is unifying multiple Serious Sam games into this central hub, which has some interesting benefits. For now it only has Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter included, and if you have a copy of that already, you got Fusion 2017, but eventually it will be getting The Second Encounter and Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR versions of all of the games. By having all of these games together, you will be able go from a level in one game to another without having to leave the application. Also game servers for The First Encounter, The Second Encounter, and Serious Sam 3 will all appear in the same list, and you will even be able to vote for maps across these games. Additionally, VR and 'flat' players will be able to enjoy multiplayer together.

Some other features include support for SteamOS, Linux, and OSX, Split-screen, multi-monitor support, borderless window, 64-bit executables, multithreaded rendering, and Vulkan API support, though this is currently a beta implementation. DirectX 9 support is going away though, so the current options are DirectX 11, OpenGL, and Vulkan (beta). There are some other new features too, which you can find at the Steam store page.

Remember this is currently a beta release, so if you launch it up, you may encounter some bugs.

Source: Croteam and Steam




Shadow Warrior 2 Receives Free Bounty Hunt Part 1 DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 16, 2017 10:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Last year saw the release of Shadow Warrior2 and today it has received a new piece of free DLC. To mark the release, the game is 25% off on Steam for the weekend. This new DLC is Bounty Hunt Part 1 and adds 14 new missions to the game, two new weapons, and four new perks for Lo Wang to enjoy. The new weapons are the Medusa Ray and EX-GF01 minigun, both of which you can see in action in the trailer embedded below. Among the missions are Plague of the Bunny Lords, 50 Shades of Shade, and Danger Zone on Mt. Akuma.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Apple WebKit Opens Nintendo Switch to Hacking

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 13, 2017 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Nintendo Switch has been available for just 10 days, and it has already fallen victim to its' first successful hack. The vulnerability was discovered by iOS hacker qwertyoruiop and is caused by the inclusion of version 9.3 of the iOS WebKit, which contains a known exploit that was fixed in version 9.3.5. It is unclear why this compromised version of the WebKit was used by Nintendo, but it could have had something to do with getting the Switch out before the end of the current fiscal quarter. It is also unclear just how the exploit can impact users as it "hasn't revealed any detailed information on the Switch yet, nor does it hand over full kernel access to hackers."

Source: Mac Rumors



A New Galaxy Awaits in the Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 10, 2017 07:47AM
Author: bp9801


We are fast approaching the latest BioWare RPG, as Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two weeks away. BioWare is planning a large prescence at PAX East this weekend, with the ability to try out the multiplayer and several panels planned (all of which can be found on its Twitch channel), but there's something else it had for this weekend. Something in the form of a trailer. Oh yes, the Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer, which has just dropped for your viewing pleasure. It showcases a bit of everything we can expect to find in MEA and the Andromeda Galaxy, from exploring the many planets in the Heleus Cluster, to getting to know your crew, and figure out just what's happened to the golden worlds we had planned for our new colonies. So sit back, relax, and take in Andromeda.

Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives on March 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in North America, and March 23 in Europe. An early access trial on Origin and EA Access begins next Thursday, March 16, for subscribers of the service on either the PC or Xbox One.

Source: YouTube



Sorcerer King: Rivals Receives New Campaign

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 9, 2017 01:47PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Two years ago Stardock released Sorcerer King and then last year it released the stand-alone expansion Sorcerer King: Rivals. With update 2.1 of Rivals a new campaign has been added, with Chris Bucholz as its writer. It begins with the player receiving an artifact that will let them pass through the barriers the Sorcerer King put up on the world he rules. This artifact does not come freely though, so you will need to explore to solve this mystery, but exploration does not come freely either. The Sorcerer King notices every time you unlock a gate to another realm, but he will let you explore provided you leave his minions alone and give up some of your life force to him, from time to time.

There are plans for Rivals past this update and its sizable campaign. Eventually the sovereigns players can choose from will have custom starting units and unique improvements, "and some other things."

Source: Stardock



Homefront: The Revolution Gets Final Single Player DLC, Console Trials, and PS4 Pro Enhancements

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 9, 2017 10:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Homefront: The Revolution get a few announcements and releases yesterday as part of its Spring Update. First up is that its third and final piece of single player DLC, Beyond The Walls has been released. In this DLC, the occupying KPA forces have almost crushed the revolution and Philadelphia is about to fall. At the final hour, a NATO agent makes contact claiming to have information that could swing this second American Revolution against the Korean forces, defeating them once and for all.

Console players have also gotten some attention with this update as there is not a Trial mode available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The entire first Red Zone of the single player campaign is included in this trial, offering up to four hours of gameplay, along with unlimited access to Resistance Mode, an online co-op mode, and access to all of the missions and character customization content that has been released since launch. The PlayStation 4 Pro version has also received improvements, such as having the game rendered in 1440p with the HUD/UI elements being rendered at 4K, improving image quality on 4K screens and a super-sampled image for HDTVs. Frame rate should also be improved and HDR support has been added to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

 

 

Source: Press Release




DiRT 4 Editions Announced: Day One and Special

Category: Gaming
Posted: March 1, 2017 10:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


DiRT 4 is slated to launch in June this year for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and for fans of the franchise, two special editions of have announced for the title. The Day One Edition features an exclusive Hyundai R5 rally car, a unique event, and Founder Icon. The event will take place only on June 9, 10, and 11. The Special Edition includes everything the Day One Edition does, but also comes with Team Booster Pack, giving you a unique team offer, staff and facilities bonuses. You can also get the Special Edition in a limited edition Steelbook box.

Also being shared today is a new video showcasing rally driver Kris Meeke and Petter Solberg, double FIA World Rallycross Champion, who have both been involved in DiRT 4's development. In this video they discuss the Your Stage system that allows the player to produce almost unlimited, unique stages to race on and challenge friends with. You can select one of the five rally locations in the game and set options such as time of day, weather, length, and complexity to generate a new race.

 

 

Source: Press Release




The Division's Third Expansion Launches Tomorrow with Update 1.6 and Free Trial

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 27, 2017 12:20PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those with the season pass for Tom Clancy's The Division or purchased the DLC separately, the third expansion, Last Stand is launching tomorrow for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Along with the expansion is Update 1.6 that all players will be able to enjoy. In Last Stand parts of the Dark Zone the Joint Task Force was forced to withdraw from are open again for the recovery of tactical terminals containing operational information. Rogue agents are going after these terminals and teams of up to eight players will need to go in and stop them. Last Stand also has a new incursion, Stolen Signal.

Along with the expansion and update, Ubisoft is making a free trial available for The Division, so anyone on all platforms can put some time in if they wish. While trial players have full access to the main game, the trial ends when they reach level 8 or complete six hours of playtime. Naturally any progress made during the trial will be carried over to the full game, when purchased.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Middle-earth: Shadow of War Officially Announced, Coming August 22

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 27, 2017 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week there appeared to be a leak that a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was coming, and today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions, the publisher and developer respectively, have officially announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War is coming. I really enjoyed the first game, making it very easy to recommend when I reviewed it, so personally I am quite excited. Making the announcement even better is that we already have a release date too, of August 22, 2017 and it is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It is also going to be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so you can get it through Steam or the Windows Store.

Like the first game, Shadow of War tells an original story within the Lord of the Rings world, and you will be playing as Talion and Celebrimbor, the murdered ranger and elven-wraith bound together with Sauron as a common, reviled enemy. This time Sauron will have the Nazgul on his side though, and there are other, deadly enemies to contend with. Also returning is the Nemesis system, which strengthened enemies that survived an encounter with you, so the next time you might not be so lucky. This time Nemesis is going to cover the entire open-world, with the environment and characters being affected by your actions and decisions. Now, along with procedurally generated enemies with varied strengths and weaknesses, there will also be Nemesis Fortresses, dynamic strongholds with their own Orc armies. We will have to see how well they hold up against a new Ring of Power.

 

 

Source: Monolith Productions



Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation v2.1 Launches

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 23, 2017 01:17PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Last week it was announced that Stardock was merging the two versions of Ashes of the Singularity into Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and today this merged game has received its version 2.1 update, which is bringing with it some interesting features. One of these is a single-player observer mode so you can watch as the AI fights it out. Players can also change the Supply Lines option now, so that regions do not need to be connected to your Nexus to grant resources, and you can start unranked 1-v-1 online matches, so you can play without risking your ranking. Additionally three maps have been added and many others have been rebalanced.

Coinciding with this update is a 50% off sale on Steam, for anyone interested that has not yet gotten a copy. Here are links to our reviews of both the original Ashes of the Singularity and the Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation expansion. Remember, if you had a copy of the original game prior to the merge last week, you were automatically given a copy of Escalation to unify the community to a single platform.

Source: Stardock [1] and [2]




Cities: Skylines is Coming to Xbox One

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 17, 2017 11:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It has been announced by Paradox Interactive and Deep Silver that in Spring of this year, Cities: Skylines will be released on the Xbox One, so console players will get to enjoy this award-winning management game. The Xbox One Edition has been optimized for controllers by Tantalus Media and will include the After Dark expansion that adds tourism and nightlife to the game.

Source: Cities: Skylines Website




Ashes of the Singularity and Escalation Expansion To Be Merged

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 17, 2017 11:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year Ashes of the Singularity was released by Stardock. It was an RTS unlike others before it thanks to the Nitrous engine that can simulate tens of thousands of units at the same time. To handle this in DirectX 11, the API available at the time Nitrous was first being developed, requires a powerful machine, which worried Stardock as the company wanted AOTS to appeal to as much of the RTS audience as possible, so some features were left out to avoid making the game too niche. These more hard-core features were put into the standalone expansion Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, with the intent being for this to target the niche. The original game surpassed sale's expectation (doubling them actually) and the expansion has also done very well, but the two versions of the game split the community and some players were displeased over having to purchase "the game they wanted in the first place."

To address these issues, Stardock has decided to merge the games, discontinuing Ashes of the Singularity, making Escalation the only version of the game available. Owners of the base game will receive a copy of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and those who already upgraded to Escalation will automatically receive the season pass for its DLC. The base game can still be played and enjoyed by those who have it, and in the future Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will receive a "simplified rules" option for newcomers. (Vulkan support is also coming, so not only will Ashes of the Singularity be the first game to support DirectX 12, but Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will be the first to support DX12 and Vulkan simultaneously.)

Source: Stardock



Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 16, 2017 09:53PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone interested in Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft has announced that it will have an open beta starting February 23 and running through February 27. If you were in the closed beta held not too long ago, the open beta will have all of the same content and more, including a new province to explore, Montuyoc. Be ready before heading there though, as it is where the Santa Blanca cartel trains its soldiers so it has heavily defended strongholds there.

The minimum and recommended PC specs for the open beta and the final release have also be revealed:

Minimum (720p Resolution on Low Video Preset):

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, GTX 750 Ti, GTX 950, GTX 1050 or AMD HD 7870, R9 270X, R9 370X, RX 460
  • System RAM: 6 GB

Recommended (1080p Resolution on High Video Preset):

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, GTX 1060 or AMD R9 290X, R9 390, RX 480
  • System RAM: 8 GB

A more complete breakdown of the supported GPUs can be found at the source link.

Ghost Recon Wildlands releases on March 7 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Anyone who plays in either the closer or open beta and then plays the retail version before March 31 on the same Ubisoft account will get the Unidad Conspiracy reward. This adds three exclusive missions featuring the conflict between the local Unidad military and the Santa Blanca cartel.

Source: Ubisoft



Steam Direct Replacing Greenlight

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 10, 2017 01:37PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you who enjoy looking for new games in the Greenlight section of Steam, Valve has announced it is going to be changing things up in Spring 2017. Greenlight will be going away and replaced with Steam Direct, a direct sign-up system to allow developers to put their games onto Steam, after taking care of some digital paperwork. This move is to make Steam more of a direct distribution system, which Greenlight was also meant to do, but did not quite make it to that goal. It did prove the success of the concept though, especially as there have been over 100 Greenlight titles to have made over $1 million, each. Without Greenlight, many of these likely would not have entered the old, curated Steam store. To keep the noise low with this new system, there is going to be a recoupable application fee for each title, but Valve has not settled on the amount yet. When asking various developers and studios some said $100 and others said $5000. With advantages and disadvantages at either end, Valve is continuing to gather feedback before deciding.

Source: Steam Community



Switching to NVIDIA Top Priority for Nintendo Switch

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2017 04:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Nintendo technology head Genyo Takeda described the decision to switch to NVIDIA for the Nintendo Switch after using ATI graphics in its previous three systems as a "top priority." NVIDIA has been leading the market in PC graphics for some time, and Nintendo is hoping that it can replicate that success on the Switch. Takeda further elaborated on the decision, stating "The PC has been a major gaming device, especially outside of Japan, and my top priority in the development of the Nintendo Switch hardware was to bring NVIDIA?s GeForce, which has played a key role in realizing high-performance graphics for PC gaming, to our hardware with low power consumption." The Switch will be powered by a custom-made Tegra chip.

Source: Nintendo Today



Stardock Releases Expansion for Offworld Trading Company Crafted By Top-Tier Player

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2017 11:31AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For a third week in a row, Stardock has announced major changes or additions to one of its titles, but this time Offworld Trading Company is the game, instead of Galactic Civilizations III. Offworld Trading Company is an unusual RTS that challenges the player to achieve economic dominance with their company and not military dominance, as we so often see from the genre. Today it has received the Blue Chip Ventures expansion that adds 17 single-player scenarios to test even the most veteran players.

The challenges in this expansion actually come from one of the game's top-tier players, Blues, who took inspiration from the game's Daily Challenges. Each scenario focuses on specific skills in the game, but some also require building on what you learned in the previous scenarios, if you want to win. The scenarios fall into three categories: Supply & Demand, where you will be monopolizing resources to stay ahead of your competition; Play Well with Others, where you will need to handle opponents and work well with a team; and Long-term Planning, which requires careful planning to turn a losing game around with debt strategies.

Blue Chip Ventures is available on Steam and through Stardock for $4.99.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel Gets a Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 6, 2017 01:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last month it was announced that Ubisoft was working with Amazon, Twitch, and Legion of Creatives to create a live-action promotional video set in the world of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. Titled War Within the Cartel, the video will be streamed on Ubisoft's Twitch channel on February 16 and tells the story of a traitor within the Santa Blanca drug cartel, and how the cartel deals with them. Today it has gotten a trailer ahead of its release next week.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is set shortly after the events of War Within the Cartel and will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 7. If you miss the February 16 stream, War Within the Cartel will be put up on Amazon Prime Video for you to watch on demand.

 

 

Source: Press Release



For Honor Post-Launch Plans Revealed Including Season Pass

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 2, 2017 02:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


In one week the For Honor open beta will be starting and shortly after it will release, so naturally we are getting more information about the game. Today details about the game's post-launch plans have been revealed, including what the Season Pass will include. For those of you who purchase the pass, you will be getting six new heroes, with six elite outfits, and have access to these heroes a week before other players. You will also get the Day One War Pack on release-day which has an exclusive sunbeam effect on emotes for all heroes, three exclusive emblem outlines, three scavenger crates, and 30 days of Champion Status that boost XP to friends, gives more XP from crafting, and more end-match loot.

There is also going to be free content for everyone to enjoy, including new maps, modes, and gear. This content will release every three months, in alignment with the new seasons for the Faction Wars. The hero releases will be released in pairs on this same schedule, and some of this content will come to Season Pass holders first.

For Honor releases for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on February 14.

Source: Ubisoft



Galactic Civilization III Getting Crusade Expansion

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 2, 2017 02:15PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Just last week Stardock released the v2.0 update for Galactic Civilization III and now today they are announcing the "biggest expansion pack" yet made for any of its games: Crusade. This expansion will bring with it an updated graphics engine and some highly requested features, including Interactive Planetary Invasions and Espionage. There will also be a new Citizens mechanic that will allow you to train scientists, engineers, soldiers, diplomats, and merchants.

Every several turns a player will get a citizen, but this is not like the normal population of your worlds. These citizens can be specialized to provide boosts to your civilization, to enhance a planet, or to be spies for manipulating your adversary through sabotage, theft, and assassination.

Another addition is the Civilization Builder, which will allow players to design their own civilization, including all of it ships, from the main menu. These ships can be your own custom design or come from those in the Steam Workshop. By leveraging this feature, players will be able to create the fantasy or sci-fi civilization they want.

Finally, Galactic Civilization III will be getting a new single-player campaign meant to introduce players to the new alien civilizations Crusade will bring with it, along with a story-driven narrative for why the "pink hominids of Sol 3" are not push-overs. Galactic Civilization III: Crusade should be releasing this Spring.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Shadow Warrior 2 and Payday 2 Holding Crossover Event

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 31, 2017 12:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Crossover events can be a lot of fun and produce some interesting results, depending on what is being combined. Starting today Shadow Warrior 2 and Payday 2 are holding a crossover event that brings some of the games' iconic weapons and items into the other and is accompanied by a Steam sale. During this sale, Shadow Warrior 2 is 25% off and Payday 2 is 75% off, with a bundle of the two at 48% off. If you already have one of the games though, you will get an additional 10% off the other.

Shadow Warrior 2 released not too long ago and is getting two weapons and the Dallas mask from Payday 2, while that game is getting Lo Wang's katana and several demon masks. I do not have Payday 2 installed to take a look, but one of the new Shadow Warrior 2 weapons is actually stack of money that does not seem to do much damage, but boosts the amount of money enemies drop. It is also just amusing to be slapping demons with cash and throw bills at them for damage.

Both of these games feature up to four-player co-op so you can enjoy this event with up to three friends.

Source: Press Release and Steam Forums



Open Beta Coming for For Honor on February 9-12

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 31, 2017 10:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ubisoft's upcoming title, For Honor, is going to release on February 14 but for anyone still wondering if it is something they will enjoy, or if you just want to try it out, there will be an open beta from February 9 to February 12. This beta will be on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and should not be wanting for content. There will be four modes to play in, Dominion, Brawl, Duel, and the new Elimination mode that has five rounds of 4-vs-4, no-respawn combat. The beta will also have nine heroes to pick from, which is nearly the full roster of 12 heroes For Honor will have at launch.

For anyone who was part of the recent closed beta, the War of the Faction will be continued into the open beta, so you can keep fighting for the Knights, Samurai, or the Vikings. At the end of the closed beta, the Vikings were leading but the Knights and Samurai have the chance to take the lead during the open beta, earning rewards for when the game launches.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Your Squad Awaits in the Latest Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 07:20PM
Author: bp9801


We may not have been waiting 600 years to experience a new galaxy, but we are now less than two months away from Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare's upcoming entry in the series. MEA introduces a whole new cast, a new ship, new friends, new foes, and the Andromeda Galaxy. It might just be one cluster of the galaxy we get to explore, but it looks to be packed to the brim with possibilities. Some have been shown previously, but now a new trailer has debuted from BioWare that helps fill us in a little more on the story in MEA. There are some spoilers in the trailer, so if you're trying to avoid them as much as possible, it's best to look away. Otherwise, dive into the footage and try not to drool.

There's so much to go on with the trailer, such as a name (or title) for the likely foe, a look at both Liam and Cora (two of the six squadmates), and some major action all around. We also get to see our Salarian pilot, hear Vetra and Drack, and also see Drack exact sweet, Krogan brutality on some unsuspecting baddies. As with many trailers, it leaves you wanting more, but luckily a new Andromeda Initiative briefing arrived today, too, to help tide you over some more. There are still two more briefings to go, so be on the lookout for those leading up to release!

Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe. An EA/Origin Access early access arrives on March 16, giving you 10 hours of gameplay before launch. All progress carries over into the full release from the early access time.

Source: YouTube and Mass Effect site



Enter the Gungeon Gets Free Supply Drop Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 02:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today has been a day of game-related announcements and updates it seems. Enter the Gungeon, a bullet-hell dungeon-crawler has gotten its massive Supply Drop Update on PC with PlayStation 4 players getting it next week. This free update adds almost 200 rooms to the game, and these rooms bring with them new weapons, enemies, companions, bosses, and shrines that should engage even the most veteran players. One new weapon is the Bullet Gun, which is a gun shaped like a bullet that has guns as projectiles that fire even more bullets, apparently escalating the 'bullet-hell' design to the game. Ser Junkan is a new companion that does something you might want to see in certain RPGs; Junkan gains strength and power as you carry more junk through the game.

Also mentioned in today's press release is that the developer, Dodge Roll Games plans to bring a "full-blown expansion" to the PC and PS4 either late this year or early 2018. For now, you can enjoy the update if you have the game, purchase the game at 50% off on Steam, as part of a Weekend Deal, or just watch the trailer embedded below.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Galactic Civilization III Receives v2.0 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 01:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you have been playing Galactic Civilization III recently, today it got an update to version 2.0. Developer and publisher Stardock worked with the community over several months to make sure sometimes overlooked player-desired features would get some attention. One example of this is an improved and more sophisticated diplomatic AI. Internally the AI can check proposals against routines to determine if it is desirable, with these routines having veto power if necessary. Also the AI can now explain in detail why a proposal was accepted or rejected, though this will require translation of new strings. Another v2.0 change is the new Starbase Administrator resource, which is to allow those with smaller empires to remain competitive in a match. There have also been a number of other changes to balance and the UI, and you can read the complete changelog here: Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 (Released 1/26)

Like major updates for many other games, this may be a good time for players to return or new players to start and from now through January 30 Galactic Civilization III, its DLC, and the Gold bundle are on sale on Steam and at Stardock's online store.

Source: Stardock




Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix Form Multi-Year, Multi-Game Partnership

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 11:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For anyone who has enjoyed the Tomb Raider series from Crystal Dynamics, or the Deus Ex games from Eidos-Montreal, today it was announced that these two studios will be collaborating on the first game of a multi-year, multi-game creative partnership Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have formed. Under this licensing agreement, Square Enix will be developing and publishing original games based on Marvel Super Heroes, and this first title will focus on the Avengers. It is being referred to as The Avengers Project currently and has gotten an announcement trailer, embedded below. Unfortunately, we all need to wait until 2018 for more details on this and the other games that are coming as part of this deal.

 

 

Source: Square Enix



DiRT 4 Coming on June 6

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 10:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Codemasters and Deep Silver have announced that DiRT 4 is going to be released on June 6 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will take the thrill and realism from DiRT Rally, released just last year, and combine it with the excitement, accessibility, and contests of the previous titles, DiRT 2 and DiRT 3.

The game will feature five rally locations, Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden, and Wales, but there will be millions of possible routes. This is thanks to a system called Your Stage. By providing a location and route parameters, Your Stage can generate a new route for you to race on and share with your friends, but there is also DiRT Academy for practicing your skills. DiRT 4 will also feature classic rally racing, contests from the official FIA World Rallycross Championship, battles, and more events in Joyride. There will also be a career mode, daily, weekly, and month-long challenges, and the next generation of Racenet. The damage model has been improved to better recreate the wear and tear real vehicles would endure, which can be repaired by hiring engineers.

 

 

Source: Codemasters




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