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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013

  

New Riddick Game Plans

A Screen Crush interview talks with Vin Diesel, learning from everybody's favorite screen crush that a new Riddick game is in the works (thanks Eurogamer via OXM). This comes at this point in the video interview where Diesel follows up a mention of an iOS Riddick app with the news: "But my die-hard gamers want Tigon to deliver the third chapter in the Riddick game. And we just over the past couple of months, just this year, reassembled that team from Starbreeze that brought Escape from Butcher Bay to create the third game." Eurogamer notes this actually came up back in July in a video interview with Diesel at Comic-Con where he also mentions this game, saying: "There is thus huge concept that's more on an MMO game, that would be centered around people being able to play mercs, and it's basically the merc trade, and there's a very cool game concept behind that."

Ships Ahoy - Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Frictional Games announces that Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is now available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, offering a follow-up to their survival/horror hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Here's word on how you will once again have to save your bacon:

September 10, 2013 - Switch off the lights and try not to wake the neighbors with your grotesque cries. The premier name in horror is back with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, available today.

The year is 1899. Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has returned home from a disastrous expedition to Mexico. Wracked by fever, haunted by dreams of a dark machine, he recovers consciousness in his own bed with no idea of how much time has passed since his last memory. As he struggles to his feet, somewhere beneath him, an engine splutters, coughs, roars into life…

From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther comes a new first-person horror game that will drag you into the depths of greed, power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your heart. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is survival–horror at its most unsettling; helpless and alone, no weapons to soothe your nerves, and only the dim light of your lantern to offer any comfort.

For Windows, Mac, and Linux, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is available for $19.99 at online stores, including: Steam, GOG, Gamefly, GamersGate, Desura, Mac Game Store

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' narrative-driven horror, free of combat and complex puzzles, instead encourages players to entrench themselves in the world, be consumed by its ambiance, and run for their lives. More info: http://aamfp.com/

Total War: ROME II Beta Patch

The Total War forum has the promised release of a new beta patch for Total War: ROME II, along with word on the status of the next official patch for Creative Assembly's strategy sequel:

We have taken the decision to move back Patch 2 slightly to increase the amount of fixes included in it. We will have more news on it later this week.

Before then, Patch 1.5 will release which contains one important fix.

Patch 1.5 will enter public BETA testing today. It will not automatically update your game at this time, you can download it should you wish to participate in the BETA test by following the instructions below:

Patch 1.5 Contains one fix: - Should improve Campaign Map frame rate in the majority of cases for those people with high-end graphics cards combined with mid-range CPUs. Those people who have noted high frame rates in battle but single-figure frame rates during Campaign Map play should see a notable increase in performance.

Grand Theft Auto V Map Leaked

Forbes took some time off surfing the 'net for porn to check out reddit and dig up what is apparently a leaked map of Los Santos, the setting of Grand Theft Auto V. The article attempts to give perspective on the vast scale of the game world this map reveals. The console editions of the game are due one week from today. Thanks nin.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer

This new trailer shows off the single-player campaign in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next installment in Infinity Ward's military shooter series. The clip features a zero-G gunfight between astronauts along with other action not so heavily steeped in reality. Continue here to read the full story.

Wizardry on Steam

The three final installments in the Wizardry series are now available on Steam thanks to an update for modern systems by Night Dive Studios, the folks responsible for the recent rerelease of System Shock 2 on Steam. They offer Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge and Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant as a bundle alongside Wizardry 8 and a bundle of all three games. They offer a Wizardry 8 trailer showing off the remake, and here's a refresher on the games:

Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge ($4.99): http://store.steampowered.com/app/245410
Take with you six companions - choose wisely, for having chosen, your fate is in their hands. Enter the ancient castle to retrieve the Cosmic Forge, a magical pen whose writings caused the river of time itself to change course. You will find treasure, armor, and magic items to advance your quest; meet wizened and cryptic dwellers who hold secrets that must be unearthed; and solve the riddles and puzzles that abound.

Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant ($4.99) http://store.steampowered.com/app/245430
You'll discover both friends and foes as you search for the once forgotten secret of a - the secret of the very universe itself. And you won't be alone in your search. Others as enterprising as you have also entered this dimension. Only your actions - both past and present - will determine just how well you fare. From the depths of a dungeon to the blue and limitless skies, you'll see it all.

Wizardry 8 ($9.99): http://store.steampowered.com/app/245450
Prepare to experience the culmination of a prestigious RPG series. Enter a vast world of intrigue and wonder. Unravel a gripping, non-linear storyline. Battle your way to victory using your swords, your magic, and your wits. Compete with rivals or align with allies as you struggle to ascend to the Cosmic Circle. Take the battle to the dreaded Dark Savant in Wizardry 8, the phenomenal conclusion to the Dark Savant trilogy, one of the most extensive and challenging stories ever told in classic role-playing games!

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Into the Black

FIFA 14 Demo

Origin now offers the promised FIFA 14 demo for Windows PCs, offering the chance to kick around the new installment in the association football/soccer series (thanks DSOGaming). There's no word on what the demo offers.

New BioWare Boss Named

EA has named Matthew Bromberg as the new head of their BioWare label, reports GamesBeat, saying the General Manager of BioWare Austin will fill the shoes left by the departure of company founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka. Here's word:

Bromberg will now be the group general manager of the BioWare label. He will retain leadership of the BioWare Austin division and extend his responsibilities to include BioWare Canada (Edmonton and Montreal), as well as the Victory studio in Los Angeles and the Waystone Studio in Redwood City, CA.

Reporting to Bromberg will be Aaryn Flynn (for BioWare Canada); Jon Van Caneghem (for Victory and Waystone); and Jeff Hickman, who will become the new general manager of Bioware Austin.

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Announced

Ubisoft officially announces Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, following-up on recent rumors that a remastered version of the Vita installment in the stealth series, and listing Windows as one of its target platforms. Here's a trailer and here's word:

Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD features unique assassin gameplay mechanics, an immersive Assassin’s Creed storyline, and richly detailed high-definition graphics. Developed by Ubisoft Sofia, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is the striking chapter of the pre-American Revolution Assassin’s Creed saga, arriving for the first time as a digital title on Xbox® 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Taking full advantage of its new hardware, Liberation HD introduces a complete graphical overhaul, re-mastered music and sound effects, a revamped gameplay experience, and new missions that dive deeper into Aveline’s story.

The year is 1765. While the seeds of the American Revolution are being sewn in Boston and New York, Spanish forces in the South plot to seize control of Louisiana for the Templars, threatening to forever shift the balance of power in the New World. As Templars secretly take hold of the slave trade in New Orleans, Aveline de Grandpré, an assassin of mixed French and African heritage, stands ready to defend her people. She soon finds herself on an unforgettable journey that will take her from the crowded streets of New Orleans to voodoo-haunted swamps and ancient Mayan ruins. Whether eliminating her enemies with new assassination skills or luring them into cunning traps, Aveline strikes mortal fear into the hearts of those who would stand against freedom.

River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter from Conatus Creative is hoping to raise at least $180K to develop River City Ransom: Underground, a licensed continuation of the series for Windows PCs. Here's the pitch:

You're backing a 2.5D open world beat'em up with RPG elements, just like the classic game, for the Windows platform. We're making River City bigger, adding more stores, items, and bringing the cast and crew into the modern era. You'll reunite with old friends (and punch them in the face), meet new ones, and play through an epic story in an urban, open world. Yes, the game will feature local co-op play, and online co-op depending on our distribution partners on launch day.

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Out of the Blue

Well, I followed through on my commitment to dope out my BSoD (thanks to all who offered help and suggestions), and was victorious, in that failing sort of way. I devoted a little more attention to the logs and determined I did have a hardware issue with my RAM. I got four matched sticks of RAM and installed them, and sure enough, my system passed the RAM test it previously failed. As for the bad news, this may come under the heading of not fixing something that isn't broken (I mentioned my system crashes were pretty infrequent), as when I headed out to the wasteland to play Borderlands 2 with my buddies last night, I began suffering all sorts of texture glitches and pauses, making the game unplayable, and some visual glitches are also showing up in desktop applications. So even though it was fine before my RAM swap, my new GTX 760 is now acting all flaky: 3DMark runs for a while, but eventually halts with one of two errors, the benchmark either quits saying Windows lost focus, or quits saying the video card was disconnected. I found forum posts suggesting EVGA cards don't like beta drivers, so I rolled back to the WHQL-certified drivers, but to no avail. The event viewer shows I have multiple listings of Event 500 and Event 501, which suggest switching to Windows 7 basic, and while these errors may well be related to my issue, they also date back not only to before I was experiencing these problems, but before I replaced my video card. Things are messed up enough that may have to turn to truly desperate measures and actually call EVGA tech support. Shudder. Wish me luck.

Desperate Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Barons Gate.
Kingdom of Liars 3.
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