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Thursday, Nov 29, 2012

  

Ships Ahoy - Drox Operative

Soldak Entertainment announces that beta testing of Drox Operative has concluded, and release version of the action/RPG is now available for Windows and OS X. The game is available on this page and the playable demo is located here. Here's word:

In the new space race, the major races are scouting, colonizing, and expanding, trying to take over the galaxy by diplomacy, technology, war, or any other means their scheming minds can contemplate.

As a Drox Operative it's NOT your job to manage all of those annoying people, build thousands of buildings, play nice with your enemies, or balance the budget. It IS your job to pick the winning side and maybe even help them conquer the galaxy if you're being nice, more importantly though is to rake in as many credits as possible, well that and build the coolest, deadliest ship in the known universe. Not many screw with an Operative captaining a Dreadnaught!

Features:

  • Explore a dynamic and evolving galaxy
  • Explore a unique sector of the galaxy in every game, with different "monsters", ship components, quests, and even races
  • Fight in the galactic war between the various alien races
  • Battle hundreds of different enemy starships
  • Build the coolest and deadliest starship in the galaxy
  • Outfit your ship with thousands of components and crew
  • Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer

You can go to http://www.soldak.com for more information about Drox Operative and Soldak Entertainment.

Notch on 0x10c Subscriptions

There's a new interview on PC Gamer talking with Markus "Notch" Persson of Mojang about 0x10c, their upcoming space game. He discusses the current state of the game, how alpha testing will commence "as soon as it's fun," how the art is shaping up, and more. He also talks business, saying it is likely they will attempt a subscription model while allowing for the possibility they might change this if players want a free-to-play system. He also answers a question about how the PC will do alongside next generation consoles:

It’s very interesting to try and think about that. The console manufacturers need to focus on things that are just entertainment. Because if you want to watch Netflix and play games then you can do that more efficiently on a PC, especially if you hook it up to a TV. Now we have the Steam Big Picture stuff, we can actually get the TV experience in an easy way. Before it was all special cable and weird nonsense but now it’s definitely doable. And so I think [console manufacturers] need to focus… I mean the 3DS for example has custom hardware and it’s built to be in your pocket. Instead of just being this is a way to play games on your TV, it has to be more than that somehow.

Endless Space Free Weekend

Steam News announces that everyone is now invited to play Endless Space, Amplitude Studios' space strategy game. The event isn't endless, however, and the free period will conclude on Sunday at 4:00 pm EST, but the accompanying 50% off sale on the game will continue until the next day at 1:00 pm EST. Here's word on the game:

This galaxy is ancient. Its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless and all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. This substance has been found scattered throughout the galaxy and lost in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…

Guide one of eight civilizations as you strive for galactic dominion within hundreds of star systems. Play against up to seven opponents in quick match-ups or endless war. Generate an infinity of random galaxies where every start begins a new adventure and optimize each fleet for epic battles.

Humble THQ Bundle

The Humble Bundle Website announces THQ is the subject of their latest bundle, though this AAA game specialist is far from the humble indie usually featured in these flexibly priced packages. Some proceeds can be assigned to benefit Child's Play and/or the American Red Cross, and the promotion will run for the next 13 days. Anyone willing to pay at least one dollar will get a bundle of Darksiders, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, Metro 2033, and Red Faction: Armageddon. Those who beat the average price (currently around $5.63) will also receive a copy of Saints Row: The Third.

Company of Heroes 2 Trailer

Speaking of THQ and Company of Heroes, this trailer offers a world reveal of gameplay footage from Company of Heroes 2, the upcoming World War II strategy sequel. Word is: "Join us for our first all-gameplay trailer for Company of Heroes 2! Relic Entertainment and THQ take you to the Eastern Front to experience the brutal cold of war. With ColdTech presenting winter warfare in unprecedented fidelity, the RTS genre will never be the same again." Continue here to read the full story.

Del Toro's inSANE Revived

Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro's video game project inSANE that was cancelled earlier this year by THQ is undead, saying the project was accepted by the first studio he pitched it to following that setback. They do no reveal the source of this information, nor do they know which studio is now working on this, but they do say the first game of the planned trilogy is now not expected until 2015 at the earliest. Thanks Develop.

On Sale

  • Trainz Simulator 12 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Unreal Deal Pack on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Unreal Tournament 3 Black on Steam. Save 66%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Dirty Bomb Announced

A new Dirty Bomb Website is live, announcing plans for a new PC multiplayer shooter from Splash Damage (Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Game they don't mention). The site is pretty sparse so far, but they do offer the opportunity to reserve you player name, a Dirty Bomb Forum to discuss the project, and a teaser trailer offering a look at a dystopian future environment and glimpses of run-and-gun gameplay. Continue here to read the full story.

Dragon Age 3 in 2014?

Gamer's Hell reports a tidbit about Dragon Age III: Inquisition they say appeared in the LinkedIn profile for EA Shanghai designer Tao Gu before the men in black arrived and erased the profile (they are probably coming to wipe your brain if you viewed it). According to the site, the now excised post had word that the RPG sequel is now expected in 2014 to take advantage of the next-generation consoles (the next next-generation, not the current one). Here's word: "Scope of the DAIII has been chaged [sic], which will target next gen platform and will be postpone to 2014."

Retrobooster Demo

The Retrobooster Website is home to Retrobooster, "an upcoming 2.5D survival shooter and cave-flyer" that began as a hobby project before becoming a commercial game project. The game is expected next year for Windows and Linux, and is the subject of a current Steam Greenlight campaign. This page offers a playable demo for each platform, and word is this will be frequently updated as the project progresses. Here's a bit on gameplay:

Retrobooster lets you pilot a thrust ship across the galaxy, focusing on the thrill of flying just as much as blasting enemies. Some cave-flyers keep the flying slow or neuter the physics in some other way, but Retrobooster enhances its survival theme by keeping the flying fast and tense. This is accomplished with a combination of clever control laws and realistic physics. Retrobooster also sports colorful explosions and other effects produced by a custom particle engine. All of this produces an arcade experience with a balance of bullet hell mayhem, flying challenges, and delicious pyrotechnics.

The gameplay consists of skill-based flying and shooting, grabbing tokens to get power-ups and weapons, and figuring out how to get through each level. Beating a level can mean rescuing people, solving puzzles, or surviving speed-flying challenges. Replay value comes from multiple difficulty levels, the chance to play for high scores, and your constantly improving ship control skills.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Patch

A patch for L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is now available to update the Windows edition of Rockstar's detective game with a couple of fixes. The download is available on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls. Here's the change list:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8
  • Improvement of patching system to avoid “Error binary patching file” or other issues while updating
  • Game no longer needs admin rights to run, except when applying a patch

Blood Bowl Patches

New Blood Bowl patches are now available to update the Chaos and Legendary editions of the Warhammer-themed tackle football game to version 3.0.0.6 and 2.0.1.8, respectively. This post has details on the Chaos Edition patch, which is available automatically through Steam, and this post has the skinny on the patch for the Legendary edition, which is also available automatically for the Steam edition, as well as manually for versions acquired elsewhere. The manual patch is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls.

Deus Ex Texture Mod

A new version 1.5 New Vision mod is now available for the original Deus Ex. This updated texture pack drags the game's graphics kicking and screaming into the 21st century to allow gamers spoiled by current games to experience the classic gameplay of this seminal action/RPG. Thanks nin via Shacknews.

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Football Thursday is upon us, and most of this week's games are in December, so things are getting serious. Sorry for posting late on Thanksgiving and making things difficult, here's the best I could do to piece together last week's results: Jivaro 11-5, Batman 10-5 (you can take that win from last week, but this time I'm not sure who the "Queens" are), Blue 10-6, Cutter 9-6, and Creston 8-5.

Here goes for this week: Saints, Bears, Texans, Patriots, Bills, Lions, Panthers, Packers, 49ers, Jets, Broncos, Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Cowboys, and Giants.

Serious Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Feed Us 4.
Stories: Lohan Charged With Assault in NYC.
Science: How sensitive is the climate to added CO2?
U.S. Lagging in Modern-Day Space Race.
Media: New surveillance video shows F-18 crashing into apartments. Thanks nin.
Alfred Hitchcock's Movie Cameos.
How to Eat an Ear of Corn - Quickly!
The Funnies: Cat Breath Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Data from the LHC suggest it may be producing a new type of matter. Thanks j.c.f.
Hostess to seek approval of executive bonuses. Thanks nin. Use the Twinkie defense!



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