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Friday, Sep 27, 2013

  

MXGP, The Official Motocross Videogame Announced

Milestone announces MXGP, The Official Motocross Videogame, a game based on the official World Motocross Championship coming in the spring of next year to Windows, PlayStation 3,Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita. "MXGP, The Official Motocross Videogame represents the Motocross come back for Milestone," says Luisa Bixio, Marketing and Sales Director at Milestone. "This new rebranding brings a lot of new features that we will unveil during the next months and for sure will amuse the Motocross fans. As for the previous Milestone titles, MXGP will be characterized by loyalty to the license and with realistic simulation." A launch trailer intended to get our engines revving, though this features no gameplay (though it does include the most erudite offer to eat someone's dust you're ever likely to hear). Here's a bit on the game:

From mud to the stars the Motocross’ Warrior made by Milestone, make their own debut on the ‘Current Gen’. Dust, emotion, simulation, authenticity, amazing jumps and the fight to the first position. These are the key elements of the new videogame based on one of the most adrenaline filled and challenging Championship ever. In this way modeled from dust and mud come to life the new generations of riders/players that characterize the new Milestone masterpiece. The aim? Win the World championship title match by match. A lot of new features have been included into the game that will inspire Motocross lovers and not only them.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Controller Announced

The Steam Controller is the third and final announcement in Valve's promised three-prong assault on the living room. They say their goal was to create "a new kind of input technology," which has them proposing a haptic, dual-trackpad controller they say is "driven by the player's thumbs" (what will they think of next?). They also invite the community to get cracking on this when it is released, saying it "was designed from the ground up to be hackable." Here are details on the major new feature, the touchscreens:

In the center of the controller is another touch-enabled surface, this one backed by a high-resolution screen. This surface, too, is critical to achieving the controller’s primary goal - supporting all games in the Steam catalog. The screen allows an infinite number of discrete actions to be made available to the player, without requiring an infinite number of physical buttons.

The whole screen itself is also clickable, like a large single button. So actions are not invoked by a simple touch, they instead require a click. This allows a player to touch the screen, browse available actions, and only then commit to the one they want. Players can swipe through pages of actions in games where that’s appropriate. When programmed by game developers using our API, the touch screen can work as a scrolling menu, a radial dial, provide secondary info like a map or use other custom input modes we haven’t thought of yet.

In order to avoid forcing players to divide their attention between screens, a critical feature of the Steam Controller comes from its deep integration with Steam. When a player touches the controller screen, its display is overlayed on top of the game they’re playing, allowing the player to leave their attention squarely on the action, where it belongs.

Urban Trial Freestyle Demo

Steam now features a playable demo for Urban Trial Freestyle, a sample of this game of outrageous motorcycle stunts. And hey, before you start questioning this game's cred, be warned: "Urban Trial Freestyle has been greatly influenced by the support of Julien Dupont, the “godfather of urban trial freestyle.” Julien Dupont is known around the world for his unique street style and technique, mashing down barriers and setting new records." There are no details on the demo. Thanks Frans.

TrackMania 10th Anniversary Plans

ManiaPlanet News announces plans to celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the launch of the TrackMania series of racing games (thanks Frans). They say they are planning a worldwide LAN party at the end of November:

While you’ll have to spectate on what all we have planned, we will be organizing a big Lan Party all around the world, just like we did with the ShootMania 4 All Launch Party. If you would like to host one of these LAN events that will be held at the end of November 2013, please contact us. We’ll hook you up with some TrackMania swag as well as game keys alongside featuring your event as part of this great celebration. You only need to send an email to: maniaplanet@ubisoft.com with your full address [including a phone number], the location of your event and the number of people expected.

In the same way, if you want to organize an online competition on the 10 years Anniversary of TrackMania theme, you can contact us at the same address.

Master Thief Announced

Square Enix announces Master Thief, a special digital edition of Thief, Eidos Montreal's upcoming stealth/action remake. This will be available in North America on February 25, 2014, and it is already available for preorder from the SQUARE ENIX Online Store and is also coming to other digital distributors. Here's what it includes:

  • Official Digital Artbook - stunning concept art that offers a sneak peek into the shadowy world of THIEF.
  • Digital Comic - Delve deeper into the shroud surrounding Thief's obscure world with this complete collection of digital comic books.
  • Booster Pack - Get access to an exclusive bundle of optional in-game consumables that can empower you and hasten your progression through THIEF.
  • Director’s Cut Original Soundtrack - a remarkable collection of THIEF tracks.
  • THE BANK HEIST in-game mission: Infiltrate the City’s most secure location, Stonemarket First Bank, to steal a coveted family heirloom called the Star of Auldale. To this day, this heavily guarded and treacherous place remains impregnable, but that’s about to change…
    • A challenging mission that will put your thieving skills to the test.
    • Outsmart security measures found exclusively in this mission
    • Search for the Bank’s unique loot and many other secrets
    • A true homage to the Bank mission in Thief II: The Metal Age.

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Link of the Day: A Fish's Lucky Day. Thanks Ant.

Rising Storm: Free Island Assault Pack and Free Weekend

Tripwire Interactive now offers the Island Assault content pack for Rising Storm, a free update with new content for the multiplayer military shooter. To help get the word out, there is a free weekend underway on Steam along with a sale where Rising Storm is 50% off. This trailer shows off the new content the pack brings, which is described below:

  • Multiplayer Campaign Mode is an all new paradigm in multiplayer FPS games – more than just a game type, it ties the game types and individual matches together into a campaign that can keep you occupied for hours. This gives the multiplayer game more depth than ever before, as individual matches now matter for the overall victory or loss in the MP campaign. Both sides battle it out to control territories on a large scale battle map, voting on which territories to attack, whether to attempt to take more territory, or to defend and try to grind down the enemy's resources. We like to say it is like a “meta-game" of Risk. This features both Stalingrad and Pacific Theater campaigns.
  • All new level: Betio. The tiny island of Betio was the scene of the heaviest fighting during the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943, the first major US amphibious offensive of the Pacific Theater. The map here recreates the push of the US 2nd Marine Division across the devastated island against their counterparts in the 6th Special Naval Landing Force (the Japanese 'Marines') as the US forces attempt to disable key tactical objectives such as naval guns and transmitter stations. The map favors desperate pitched defenses and assaults at all costs.
  • Two new weapons, one for Rising Storm and one for Red Orchestra 2. Red Orchestra 2 gets the PPS-42 submachine gun. Born out of desperation during the siege of Leningrad, the PPS-42 provides the Russians with a powerful, lightweight SMG option. For Rising Storm, the Japanese get the Type 97 sniper rifle. More accurate than the existing Type 99 sniper rifle, this weapon gives the Japanese another way to reach out and touch their enemies.
  • Classic Mode Refinements. While Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2 are considered by many to be one of the most hardcore shooters out there, the hardcore among the fan base have been clamoring for something even more extreme and authentic. The fans have asked and we've answered with further refinements to Classic Mode (the most hardcore gameplay mode in RS/RO2). We've made player movement changes, as well as aiming and recoil changes to make it more difficult to keep your aim on enemies resulting in longer and more intense firefights.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Island: Riptide Sale, Free Weekend

Steam news announces that Dead Island: Riptide is now on sale for 66% off, coinciding with a free weekend where you can shoot zombies without taking out your wallet:

Play Dead Island: Riptide for FREE now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time! Additionally, you can pickup the full game at 66% off as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Dead Island Riptide takes players to the island of Palanai on the Banoi archipelago, infested with bloodthirsty Zombies and only a few remaining Survivors still fighting for their lives. Introducing new terrifying enemies, deadly weapons, a new playable character and much more, Dead Island Riptide will draw players back into a world that has grown corrupt - with the last rays of hope vanishing in rising tides.

Gun Monkeys Free Weekend

Size Five Games announces that Gun Monkeys is holding a free weekend on Steam, where anyone with a Steam account can check out the indie multiplayer platformer/shooter for Windows and OS X between now and Sunday afternoon. For those who enjoy the game, it is also on sale for half-off during that period as well, and as always, purchasers will receive a second copy to gift to a friend. Here's a refresher on what to expect: "Gun Monkeys provides short, sharp jabs of intense multiplayer combat. It’s a procedurally-generated, physics-based, 1-on-1, online platform shooter and it’s going down a complete storm with players."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse Released for PCs

Activision now offers the Apocalypse DLC for the Windows and PS3 editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, following a month of exclusivity for the add-on the Xbox 360. This is available a la carte or as the final chapter in the game's season pass, and here's a reminder of what it offers: "The fourth and final DLC Pack from Activision and its award-winning studio Treyarch lets players dig into four thrilling and diverse multiplayer maps, as well as Origins - the all-new, wildly creative Zombies experience that reunites players with the original heroes from Call of Duty®: World at War, and closes this chapter of the Zombies story arch for Call of Duty®: Black Ops II."

NeonXSZ Demo

Desura now offers a playable demo for NeonXSZ, allowing Windows, OS X, and Linux gamers to check out this upcoming Descent-inspired 6DOF shooter. Here's a concise rundown on the game: "NeonXSZ is our little homage to Descent combined with the frenetic adrenaline pumping feel and gameplay mechanics of Quake. Then add Diablo's loot explosions, rpg elements, leveling up, procedurally generated environments and enemies. Finish it all off with truly open-world gameplay inside a micro ecosystem of up to one thousand unique little AI dudes buzzing around getting into fights and doing their own thing."

Rise of Venice Rises Today

Rise of Venice makes its promised debut today, offering a Renaissance-era trading simulation for Windows PCs. The game's launch trailer offers a look at the game Kalypso Media describes like so: "As you progress through the ranks of Venetian society, increasing your power with smart trading moves and calling in the occasional favor, you can begin to assemble your own fleet. With this you will start to build up new production facilities and test yourself in challenging sea battles where you will face off against pirates as well as political enemies." Continue here to read the full story.

EVE Online: Rubicon Announced

CCP Games announces EVE Online: Rubicon, the 20th expansion for EVE Online, which is coming to CCP's outer space MMORPG on November 19th. This page is home to the project, offering more details on the add-on along with screenshots, concept art, and there's also a reveal video on Twitch. Here's an outline:

In EVE Online: Rubicon, empowered players wage guerilla-style warfare against their opponents, raid their space and erode industrial power from deep behind enemy lines. Focused on individual and small fleet activity, new quick-strike options offer a powerful war tactic and a fresh style of victory in EVE’s “sandbox” universe.

This November will also see a new set of mobile, player-owned structures created to support action outside of the safety of the hangar. Meant for both solo and group use, they accentuate and diversify gameplay for pilots seeking to find their homes amongst the stars.

Rubicon continues where Odyssey left off with new exploration content and a versatile new line of faction ships that are perfect for navigating and infiltrating the nearly 8,000 solar systems of the EVE Universe. In addition, the Marauder, Electronic Attack Frigate, Interceptor and Interdictor class hulls head back to the shipyards for re-engineering amongst other balancing changes. New certificate and ship identification systems will help novice players ease into one of the world’s most indisputably deep games and give veteran players a greater sense of what to accomplish next.

Battlefield 4 Modes Detailed

The Battlefield Blog now reveals details on every game mode in Battlefield 4 in a new "Road to Battlefield 4" feature. They offer screenshots and details for each of the following multiplayer game types:

  • Conquest (Playable in the Battlefield 4 Beta) – All-out vehicle warfare mixed with intense infantry action across land, air and sea
  • Domination (Playable in the Battlefield 4 Beta) – Fast-paced infantry variant of Conquest
  • Obliteration – Mad dash in vehicles and on foot to deliver explosives
  • Defuse – Competitive close quarters combat
  • Team Deathmatch – The classic shooter mode – Battlefield 4 style
  • Rush – Fight deep into enemy territory by detonating their M-COM stations
  • Squad Deathmatch – Four squads fight on the ground with limited vehicle support in a race to the top of the leaderboard

Planetary Annihilation Beta Begins

The Planetary Annihilation Kickstarter Page has word this next-generation RTS game from Uber Entertainment has entered the beta testing phase, so backers eligible to participate should be receiving their invites, and those already in the alpha should get the beta version the next time they update their clients (thanks Colin). Here's word on the enjoyment this brings: "Enjoy strapping rockets to asteroids and sending them on a crash course into the planets. Enjoy orbital weapons and surveillance. Enjoy launching tanks, bots, and other vehicles onto celestial bodies. Enjoy waging war on an interplanetary scale." They celebrate the news with a new Beta Reveal Trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailer

A new trailer from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag shows off some "infamous" pirates (getting all moral on us in a pirate game?) from the upcoming stealth sequel. As they describe: "Learn more about the infamous cast of characters you'll come across in Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag with commentary from Matt Ryan, the voice actor behind Captain Edward Kenway. Includes the backstory and motivations of historical pirates such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, and Benjamin Hornigold from the true Golden Age of Pirates." Continue here to read the full story.

Deadfall Adventures Preorder Bonus; Trailer

A CGI trailer from Deadfall Adventures shows off the tone of The Farm 51's upcoming action/adventure. The game is also now up for preorder on Steam, and those who are willing to buy before they try will get a free upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition which includes some extras, including three skins which will never be offered as DLC. Here's a refresher on the game: "In Deadfall Adventures, players take on the role of James Lee Quatermain, as he and Agent Goodwin strive to be one step ahead of the Nazis and the Russians, one step closer to obtaining the Heart of Atlantis. Deep in the temples, where age-old guardians awake from their eternal slumber, James soon learns that his great-grandfather's stories are not as crazy as he had always believed. For all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten." Continue here to read the full story.

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Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Okay, I'm going to admit I may not have been as over my dental ordeal as I imagined gauging from the stories I missed from yesterday, but I'm feeling mostly caught up by now.

Catch Up Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Canvas Rider. Thanks TechSupportAlert.
Cyber Chaser.
Gerard Course En Scooter Vers Moscou.
Link: The Breaking Bad Guide to Stashing Your Cash. Thanks Boing Boing.
Story: "S.H.I.E.L.D." Proves A Ratings Hit.
Science: Breakthrough discovery links blue-green algae with motor neuron disease.
Images: How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands. Thanks nin via Dubious Quality.
Media: 4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again. Thanks nin.
Back to the Future meets Knight Rider.
The Funnies: Brevity.



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