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Wednesday, May 27, 2015




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Overwatch Video

A new video shows off an unedited Overwatch match featuring Tracer in action in Blizzard's upcoming teamplay shooter. Word is: "Try keeping track of Tracer in this complete, unedited match from an early version of Overwatch, captured in 60fps on PC. Here, Tracer plays on the defensive team in Hanamura, a Point Capture map set in an idyllic corner of Japan." Continue here to read the full story.

Games of Glory Early Access

French/Swedish developer Lightbulb Crew has launched Games of Glory on Steam, offering their free-to-play MOBA as an Early Access release. You can get all the details on the skillshot-based game from its official website where there's a new trailer from yesterday while an even newer trailer invites us to "Enter the Arena." Here's an outline of the game:

Seamlessly blending multiple genres, Games of Glory borrows the fundamentals from MOBAs and integrates faster action controls and the flexibility in weapon choice from shooters. Action-packed -- yet team-oriented -- Games of Glory offers combat mechanics that provide real-time targeting control, a multitude of equipment combinations, and a free weapons system where weapons can be swapped in the heat of battle all lending itself to quick and chaotic battles!

Designed for strategy and team work, players must work together with their respective teams to conquer their opponents through a variety game modes with objectives such as destroying their rival's bases or annihilate key players. In Games of Glory, players cannot take a single victory or defeat for granted as each battle will affect the outcome of this living, persistent-universe.

Continue here to read the full story.

RONIN Early Access

Steam now offers Early Access to RONIN, a stylish turn-based action platformer that sadly includes neither Robert De Niro nor Sean Bean. This previously released gameplay trailer offers a look, and here's a description:

Vengeful developer Tomasz Waclawek and shadowy game label Devolver Digital unleashed the turn-based action-platformer RONIN on Steam Early Access as the game enters its final phase of development. During this four-week stretch in Early Access, developer Tomasz Waclawek and the community will work to finely tune the controls, difficulty curve, and overall gameplay of the otherwise complete game.

RONIN is stylish a turn-based action platformer following the exploits of a vengeful heroine determined to strike down five prominent figures of a powerful corporation. Move with precision by meticulously planning out each silent step, soaring leap, and devastating swing of your blade from the shadows as you seek your revenge.

Continue here to read the full story.

Planets³ Alpha

The Planets³ website has word that those who have preordered the open-world voxel-based RPG are now entitled to download the alpha version (thanks nin). Here's the news:

Today is a big day for the Planets³ project: the alpha version is now available!
For those of you who preordered a game license eligible for the alpha, you can download it here.

We wanted to surprise you with the alpha: you will be able to experiment a first preview of a randomly generated dungeon. The goal is to show you the science fiction RPG aspect of the game and a preview of our generation engine. We spent almost 5 months to develop all mechanisms required for this new feature. 5 months during which we had to remain silent, to prevent any spoil of this surprise until today.

Even if we are still far from what we will deliver for the final game, we hope that you will like this alpha content as much as we like it!

Talking about the story: the alpha is a prologue, the story take place 200 years before the facts that will be related in the game. This allow us to introduce 2 of the main species: the Humans and the Cognitrons. This alpha content will most certainly be used in the final game. So it was not a waste of time.

We leave it to you to discover the rest of the story by exploring this alpha content yourself.

Dirty Bomb Open Beta Next Week

Nexon America announces they will open up beta testing to Dirty Bomb on Steam beginning next Tuesday, June 2nd. They mark the occasion with a new What is Dirty Bomb? trailer to introduce Splash Damage's free-to-play shooter and explain some of its design decisions. Here's the dirt on Dirty Bomb: "Dirty Bomb is a return to the classic FPS PC feel with frenetic run ‘n gun action built for players with an appetite for heated competition, and the first in a new generation of games published by Nexon America. Free-to-play, and more importantly, free-to-win, Dirty Bomb is a unique asymmetrical team-based game in which players will select from a diverse group of Mercenaries, each with their own shining personalities, assorted talents and super-cool weapons, to create specialized squads to take into the fray on a quest for riches and bragging rights." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

  • GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS R on Steam. Save 10%.
  • In Verbis Virtus on Steam. Save 50%.

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CDPR: "Too Early" to Discuss Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt RED doesn't plan on discussing Cyberpunk 2077 in earnest for a couple of years, telling Reuters that they are concentrating for now on the mainstream success of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. "We hope and we are certain that Cyberpunk has even bigger commercial potential," the Polish developer says. "It is too early to talk about it, though. This year, and the next one will be the years of the Witcher." The implication that they won't be discussing Cyberpunk 2077 for a couple of years is a little surprising, since it was first announced three years ago this week. They note that the new Witcher game is expected to sell as many as seven million units, and that profits from the RPG sequel will help fund Cyberpunk 2077 and a couple of Witcher 3 add-ons. Thanks GameSpot via nin.

Borderlands Drop Rate Increases

Gearbox Software announces that after conducting some background experiments, they are permanently tripling the drop rate of legendary items in both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Here's the good news for new players that may be frustrating for those of us who have a bag of crap to show for years of loot hunting:

The results of our recent Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel legendary drop rate experiments are in! A special thanks goes out to everyone who played and shared feedback over the last few weeks.

After analyzing thousands of hours of your gameplay and feedback survey data, we’ve decided to add a permanent 3x drop rate increase to both games!

Yes, you read that right – starting May 26, hot fixes* that increase legendary drop rates will be rolling out for Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection across all platforms! We’ll be looking to permanently incorporate these hot fixes via future updates down the road.

For the curious, here’s a little background on how the experiments went down. Every week between April 9 and May 13 had a different legendary drop rate modifier applied via hot fix, but we held back on the exact details. We did this because we wanted to find out what drop rate felt right and didn’t want player opinions being influenced by the numbers.

For those five weeks, community members tested out the drop rates and let us know what they thought via the forums and feedback surveys. After digging through all the data, we discovered that standard drop rates were perceived as too rare but that anything over a 3x boost felt like too much – almost to the point where it was starting to take away the challenge and excitement from seeing that beautiful orange glow.

Audiosurf 2 & Demo Released

Steam News announces the release of Audiosurf 2, for Windows, OS X, and Linux, following a run as an Early Access title. Word is: "Ride your music in more ways than ever before. Audiosurf 2 is the music game for your entire music collection, plus online music streaming and Song of the Day. Hundreds of mods/skins on Workshop. Free demo available." A playable demo is also available. Here's more on the game: "By blending gameplay with music visualization, Audiosurf puts you inside your music in a way nothing else can. Use your own music to create your own experience. The shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose."

Battlefield 4 Spring Patch

The promised spring patch for Battlefield 4 is now available, offering new content as well as bug fixes and other improvements for the military shooter sequel. This post offers the following patch notes:

FULL PATCHNOTES
Here is the detailed list of changes and improvements included in the Spring Patch. All changes apply to all platforms unless explicitly stated otherwise.

STABILITY

  • Fixed multi platform crash related to audio
  • Fixed several multi platform server crashes
  • Fixed Server crash that would happen in some cases when players were switching teams
  • Fixed an issue where users were left in an Infinite loading screen when attempting to connect to a server
  • Fixed a multi platform single player crash
  • Fixed a bug which caused 2% of joins into an empty game server to fail
  • PC: Several client and server crash fixes
  • PC: Fix for a crash that occurs when exiting the game client (AMD cards)
  • PS4: Fixed a common crash on PS4

Continue here to read the full story.

BADLAND - The Game of the Year Edition

The BADLAND website announces the release of the BADLAND - The Game of the Year Edition for Windows, Linux, OS X, and various PlayStations, offering an updated edition of this award-winning action/adventure. This previously released trailer shows off the new version, and here's word:

The Steam version of BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition is available in a standard edition, as well as a Deluxe Edition, including the game, its soundtrack and a digital art booklet. The Steam version supports up-to-four-player multiplayer gaming from a single keyboard (old-school style), gamepad controllers, and any combination of controllers and keyboard.

“BADLAND was designed to be platform agnostic, and it’s a dream come true to have BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition come to PlayStation® systems and Steam,” said Johannes Vuorinen, co-creator of BADLAND. “The new controls, improved Full-HD visuals on the big screen and old-school local multiplayer bring BADLAND to life in a whole new way on these platforms. So be sure to check the game out while the launch sale is commencing, and join the noble cause of saving the Clones! They need your help!”

BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition features over 15 hours and 100 levels of single-player story content, 100 co-op levels, and 27 multiplayer battle stages for up-to-four-person local multiplayer awesomeness. All levels have been rebuilt to suit the new control mechanics.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It's shaping up to be a summer of love for the Gunnar-man, who continues to show amazing social skills in his second act as an only dog. He's got no fewer than three girlfriends who are obsessed with him, and a whole roster of other doggie friends, including a number whose owners claim they don't get along with any other dogs. The funny thing about his girlfriends is that he's not neutered, and all of them are spayed, but they seem more interested in sexy times than he is, as all he wants to do is cavort. Likewise his "fixed" male buddies don't seem thrown by whatever testosterone he gives off, and get along with him swimmingly. Being in a family with an aggressive Airedale Terrier held back his ability to meet other dogs for around 10 years, but he's making up for lost time in a remarkable manner, as he is turning out to be one of the best socialized dogs I've ever seen.

Social Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Fathom.
Trinitas.
Monster Frontier.
Link: Floating seahorse contemporary boat submerges rooms into marine life.
Story: FIFA Officials Arrested Over Alleged $150M Bribery Scheme.
Media: LEGO: First Person Shooter.
Car boarding a ship over a plank. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Tic Tac D'oh.
The Funnies: xkcd- Keyboard Mash.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fraudulent ESO Keys Banned

A post on the Elder Scrolls Online website from last week explains that they've seen a spike in the use of "fraudulently obtained" digital game keys for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and are deactivating all game accounts created with "such stolen keys" beginning today (thanks HARDOCP). They have a very lengthy list of places to obtain legitimate keys, and say that they are contacting those whose accounts are being closed with instructions on how to go straight, albeit with an additional purchase. They also explain the issue with the keys being revoked:

The companies selling stolen keys make a practice of using stolen credit cards, or misappropriating credit card information from their own customers to buy codes from legitimate retailers. Often these companies have the lowest price available anywhere for the digital item they are selling. Customers who purchase from these vendors are at increased risk for identity theft.

Extreme discounting below the published prices on our website may be a clue that the digital key purchased for the game may have been fraudulently obtained.

Evolve Free Update Adds Arena Mode

The Evolve website has details on a new Arena Mode for Evolve that was added by a new patch today for the asymmetric shooter. This trailer offers a look at this "domed deathmatch," and here's word on what it adds:

The short version: The Monster and the Hunter squad all get dropped into a dome. No escape, no excuses – this ain’t over until someone goes down!

  • The new Arena Mode places five fixed domes on each of the 14 maps in Evolve. For those not up on your math, that’s 70 locked-down venues, ready for brawling.
  • At the start, you select a map, then you’re in for a best-of-three series of hardcore firefights. The Monster and Hunters are locked in that dome until one side is eliminated. After that match, you immediately jump to another dome on the same map for round two – that continues until there’s a victor.

All the Hunters and Monster begin each match with one perk.

  • Monsters start at Stage 2 with 50 percent armor, but can feed on wildlife in battle to regain armor and even evolve to Stage 3. (Though the size of the mobile arena makes this a tough task.)
  • The dome isn’t coming down. So, for all you Trappers out there, your job got a little easier.
  • There is no dropship timer. Once a Hunter dies in battle, they have to sit it out until the next fight.
  • Players can’t change their character or perk selection between rounds, but Monster players can change their abilities.

Obviously, if you’re looking to get competitive with Evolve, something like an Arena Mode is going to be awesome to play – or watch. That’s just a taste of things to come.

Continue here to read the full story.

Ship Ahoy - Magicka 2

Paradox Interactive announces that Magicka 2 is now available for Windows and PlayStation 4, offering a new installment in this co-op action/adventure series. You can pick up a copy from the Paradox Store, and if you're still on the fence, here's a release trailer and the announcement:

Magicka 2 brings players back to the world’s most irreverent co-op action adventure series, providing all-new game features alongside the original’s iconic spellcasting system, humor, and always-on friendly-fire. Guided by Vlad, up to four Wizards at once can challenge a series of new levels in a co-op campaign, or take on challenge levels for score, prestige, and game-altering ‘artifacts’ that alter Magicka 2 in strange and wonderful ways. The world is invited to put on their robes and wizard hats, invite their friends, and learn to spell all over again.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steamship Ahoy - Magnetic: Cage Closed

Magnetic: Cage Closed is now available on Steam for Windows computers with Guru Games' new first-person puzzler offered as either a Standard or a Collector's Edition. A new launch trailer shows off the game and its magnet gun mechanics, and here's a refresher on what it's all about:

Players step into the prison fatigues of jailed con XE 47623, serving time for crimes unknown, who comes into possession of the prototype Magnet Gun under the ever-watchful eye of a sadistic warden. Whether it’s all just a game or a real opportunity for redemption remains to be seen. Along the way the player will master the magnetic properties of the one-of-a-kind weapon to manipulate objects and environments, solve increasingly tricky puzzles, and bust out of the sombre steel hell.

Critics have lauded the game as “ingenious” and “rewarding”, but why let them have all the fun? With each playthrough players will walk a unique puzzle-platform path through the game’s branching storyline, navigating not only the vast number of inventive conundrums, but also moral decisions with potentially grave consequences.

There is always a way out.

Continue here to read the full story.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy Details

Activision offers details on Supremacy, the next DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, saying this will come to the Xbox editions of the military shooter sequel on June 2nd, with the Windows and PlayStation editions to follow. This will bring four new multiplayer maps to the game along with the next installment in the Exo Zombies saga, which adds Bruce Campbell to the star-studded cast. This trailer shows off Supremacy gameplay, and here's a chunk of the announcement:

"Set against iconic landmarks, Supremacy takes players across the world in some of our most exciting maps to date. New and exciting vertical routes give players unique ways to dominate the battle through both the exo movement set and the new Exo Grapple ability. We are also thrilled to reimagine one of the most popular Call of Duty maps ever, Modern Warfare® 2's Highrise, with exo and grapple gameplay for fans to enjoy," said Michael Condrey, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games.

"This is not only the four new multiplayer maps, but the continuation of the popular Exo Zombies saga. We're huge fans of Bruce Campbell, and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level," said Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio head, Sledgehammer Games.

Continue here to read the full story.

Convoy Now Available DRM-Free & on Linux

Convoy Games announces that Convoy is now available without DRM on GOG.com, saying the DRM-free version will also show up soon on the Humble Store,  though for now they are still only offering a Steam key. They also announce they are following up on one of the game's Kickstarter stretch goals with the release of the Linux edition. Finally, they outline the improvements to the Mad-Max and FTL-inspired roguelike in the latest patch, inspired by audience feedback:

  • Based upon player feedback, we've changed nearly all insta-death scenarios, and tuned overall difficulty of the game. It should provide a much more enjoyable experience, especially for new players!
  • Added 10 more scenarios!
  • Added 5 unique units that can be found throughout the game!
  • Added a new achievement and unlock!
  • Added several graphics options!
  • Fixed a lot of bugs!

Baseball Mogul Diamond Released

Sports Mogul announces the release of Baseball Mogul Diamond, a new version of Baseball Mogul updated with rosters and stats for the 2015 season. In addition to the updated players, the new version includes some new features and enhancements:

  • Compensatory Draft Picks (for teams that lose players to Free Agency)
  • Improved Player Aging, including mid-career position changes
  • Improved Manager AI (especially pitcher usage and defensive replacements)
  • Improved General Manager AI (roster management and player contracts)
  • Improved Trade AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Trades improve teams at specific positions, not just overall talent
  • Much greater News Story and Scouting Report variety.
  • Improved historical and fictional season schedules.
  • Faster simulation engine
  • More minor league and lefty-righty stats for active and historical players
  • Improved output for Head-To-Head Records
  • More realistic player fatigue and injuries.
  • Improved simulation accuracy and stability
    • e.g. stolen base numbers no longer decline over time
  • Many bug fixes to prevent slowdowns and hangs
    • Problems fixed with Baseball Mogul Encyclopedia output
    • Fixed errors found in some historical All-Time Leader lists

Iron Brigade Replaces GFWL Matchmaking with Steam

Double Fine productions announces they have acquired the rights to Iron Brigade, which will now be distributed under the Double Fine label (thanks Orogogus). They also announce they have fixed the game's matchmaking to use Steam rather than Games for Windows LIVE:

Double Fine Productions, developer and publisher of the successfully-crowdfunded games Broken Age and Massive Chalice, is adding another game to its list of self-published titles. Iron Brigade on PC will now be published under the Double Fine label. The developer has also regained ownership of the intellectual property.

Double Fine is releasing an update to the Steam version of the game. In addition to bug fixes and improvements, the original matchmaking system has been removed and replaced with matchmaking via Steam.

“The great thing about this change is that now there are no obstacles to us creating the best possible experience for players,” said the game’s creator, Brad Muir. “We have fixed all known issues as well as provided a great matchmaking experience for multiplayer. Vlad and his Monovision Menace are on the move again! In the best possible way!”

Originally released in 2011, Iron Brigade was popular among players for its unique combination of tower defense and mech shooter gameplay. IGN called Iron Brigade, “the best downloadable game [they’ve] played all year.” Going on to say “Its skillful blend of witty writing, fun shooting, and tactical tower defense makes for hours of replayable gameplay.”

The update was released today for PC via Steam. To celebrate, the game is currently available for 80% off.

There are currently no plans to rename the game, “Trenched.”

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Dragon of Legends - Square Enix Collective campaign. "Dragon of Legends is an action based MMORPG for PC, Mac, and Mobile platforms heavily influenced by the mythic cycle of Gaelic Ireland and Norse mythology, where the lights of faeries border the realms of darkness."
  • Serafina's Crown -- Steam Greenlight. "Serafina's Crown is a fantastical, dramatic visual novel with branching storylines, a stat-based strategy game, and dating-sim elements."

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Link of the Day: Possum Closet Clutter. Thanks nin.

Mad Max Savage Road Trailer

With the rousing success of the new Mad Max movie in theaters, WBIE offers a timely new trailer showing off Mad Max Savage Road, Avalanche Studios' upcoming action game based on the film franchise. Here's word on the cinematic clip: "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios today unveiled the Mad Max™ Savage Road Trailer, showing Max who is left for dead as his cherished Interceptor is stolen by the merciless Wasteland tyrant, Scrotus and his warboys. Max must rebuild a powerful new war machine to escape the deadly Wasteland and can only do that with the aid of his quirky sidekick and expert mechanic, Chumbucket." Continue here to read the full story.

2K Games Teases Advent

This tweet from 2K adds an ominous touch to the image from a prior tweet teasing a project called Advent according to the included hashtags. That original tweet says "Luxury for the privileged few is outdated. This is the future of urban living," and points the way to an ADVENT website promising a utopian future, along with glitches to imply this may not play out as planned. Thanks GameInformer.

Enhanced Resident Evil 0 Next Year

Capcom Unity announces plans for an enhanced version of Resident Evil 0, saying an updated edition of the survival/horror prequel is coming to Windows and consoles next year. A video message from the producers introduces the project in Japanese, though there are English subtitles. Here's word:

It's hard to mention the Resident Evil REmake without also discussing Resident Evil 0, a similarly harrowing adventure that takes place just before the momentous Mansion Incident. Both titles sported great visuals, classic survival horror tension and a huge community backing - two modern classics, for sure!

Given all those prior accolades and the game's enduring quality, we're proud to confirm RE0 will receive a modern update similar to this year's enhanced REmake and release early next year on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC!,

The dev team - including Koji Oda, RE Zero's original director - is hard at work on RE Zero, but took some time away from their screens to record this personal message. You might say RE producer Hirabayashi-san is "passing the torch," but instead of a torch it's a... well just watch the video :P

Continue here to read the full story.

The Witcher III Patched

A new patch for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is now available, updating CD Projekt RED's RPG sequel to version 1.04 (thanks Lord Tea). Here is the list of changes from The Witcher website:

The patch 1.04 for PC is available for download now. Please find the list of changes below:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updates the game icon.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

U.K. Sales Charts

After taking a day off for the U.S. holiday, GfK Chart-Track is back with their reports on game sales in the U.K. for last week. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt debuts at number one on the full-price PC games chart, knocking The Sims 4 into the number two spot. The Witcher III also bewitches the all platforms top 40 from the top spot, while Farming Simulator 15 plows its way to number two. Here's how they summarize the activity:

Bandai Namco replace one No1 with another as ‘The Witcher III: Wild Hunt’ replaces ‘Project Cars’ at the top of the All Formats chart.

In terms of sales it smashes the week 1 sell through of ‘Battlefield Hardline’ by 53% to become the biggest debut week for a title in 2015 so far. It matches the debut position of ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’, but ‘Witcher III’ also delivers an increase of 608% on the week 1 sales of its 2012 predecessor. Available across three formats, PS4 is the clear winner taking a 63% share.

At No2 and technically a re-entry having already been available on PC, ‘Farming Simulator 15’ adds four new formats to its roster propelling it into second spot. Developer Giants Software adds PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions for the first time. Having passed 5 million sales in the UK a few weeks ago ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (+23%) shows no sign of slowing down and holds No3 for a second week. A strong boost in sales for ‘FIFA 15’ (+49%) sees it climb two places to No4 above last week’s No1 ‘Project Cars’ (-56%) which slips to No5 in its third week. ‘Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’ (-34%) is down four places to No6 following its No2 debut last week. Retailer bundles deliver a massive increase to ‘Bloodborne’ (+286%), leaping 22 places to just outside the Top 10 at No11.

CHARIOT WARS Released

OM Entertainment announces the release of CHARIOT WARS, an arcade racing game with a couple of twists: That it utilizes horse-drawn chariots, and that there is a single-player story mode involving a murder mystery along with single-player and multiplayer races. This opportunity to get in touch with your inner Ben Hur is available for Windows on Steam. A launch trailer shows off the game, and here's word:

In 128AD, Emperor Hadrian announces a chariot race spanning the entire empire from Rome to Helvetia. The night before the first race, one of the charioteers from Judea is found murdered in his quarters. An unknown woman’s body is also found on the floor.

The head of the emperor’s Praetorian guard, Quintus Octavian, suspects Rome’s constantly feuding noble families of masterminding the murders. Emperor Hadrian asks Quintus Octavian to take the position of the murdered Judean charioteer and represent Judea in the upcoming chariot race. As Quintus continues his investigation, he is drawn inexorably into the murky world of Roman politics.

Features

  • Single player arcade racing including Championship and Time Trial modes
  • Exciting story told via a digital graphic novel
  • Levels set in Ancient Greece, Egypt, Helvetia and Gaul during day and night levels
  • Eight different chariot models
  • Male and female charioteer avatars
  • Multiple horse types to unlock and upgrade
  • Real-time 8 player multiplayer
  • Lobby, achievements and global leaderboard

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Yesterday's "unofficial" start to summer followed a recent trend around here of the weather following the calendar pretty closely. Saturday and Sunday were both pretty cool all day, and it's been mild all spring, but yesterday was quite hot, right on schedule. This is by no means a problem, as I usually joke that spring and autumn are fairly nonexistent in this area, but after a late start we've had a pretty good run of mild spring weather this year.

Springy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Castle Kaboom.
Ragdoll in Space.
Story: ‘Tomorrowland’ Exposes Hollywood’s Originality Problem.
Media: Amazing Witcher 3 Horse.
Waitress decks handsy customer.
The Way They Park Bicycles In Japan Is Awesome.



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