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Saints Row IV Free DLC

A post to the Saints Row Facebook page announces free content for Saints Row IV owners as a thank you for their patience and support through the release of Volition's open-world action sequel (thanks nin). This is available now for PS3 and will come to Steam and Xbox 360 next week. Here's word:

Everyone gets a twerky Pop Star outfit, a suave Tuxedo suit, a Post Apocalyptic outfit, and a Thank You shirt. You also get two new Weapon Costumes: the Oppressor Minigun and the Oppressor Minelayer.

PS3 owners will get this "Thank You Pack" automatically by updating Saints Row IV with the latest update, which is available today as part of a PS3 update rather than as a separate download.

Xbox 360 owners will be able to unlock the content by downloading the upcoming Viewer Pack 4 from the Marketplace, and PC owners can get it for free via Steam. Xbox 360 and Steam content is scheduled to be available next week!

Formicide Announced

Rock Wall Games announces development of Formicide, a 2D multiplayer platformer featuring bloodthirsty ants inspired by games such as Quake, Unreal Tournament, Worms, and Liero. The plan is to release this next year for Windows, and they are running a Greenlight campaign to get the game onto Steam. Here's a livestream trailer showing off gameplay and a newer teaser trailer with more, and here's a feature list:

  • Online multiplayer. Blow up ants anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple game modes. Deathmatch, capture the flag, and more.
  • Dozens of weapons. Blow your colleagues away with guided seeker missiles, or get up close and personal with a shiv.
  • Tons of skins. The age-old question of what a fight between a pirate ant and a cowboy ant would look like is finally answered.
  • Unique environments. Ever wanted to be able to use a flamethrower underwater? Now you can, for some reason!
  • Destructible terrain. Terrain is destructible!
  • Fully moddable. Modify any part of the game, including weapons, maps, game modes, player skins, and basically anything else.

Beyond the Sea Add-on for Rise of Venice This Month

Kalypso Media announces Beyond the Sea, a new add-on coming to Rise of Venice via digital distribution on November 21st. Here's word on what this will bring to the trading sim:

Stock a crate of your finest Chianti vintage on board your vessel and prepare to set sail once again. ‘Beyond The Sea’, the first major add-on for the acclaimed economy simulator Rise of Venice, is about to take you to distant new lands in which to trade luxurious goods and exert your influence in. From Marseilles to Portugal, the add-on provides players with a whole new challenge by expanding the game world with 13 cities to explore and trade with.

Also included are all new residence missions and challenging new Doge tasks, which will see your family playing a more significant role in your position and plans. ‘Beyond The Sea’ also allows players to command a completely new class of ship - the NAO: the famous ship type in which Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.

Steamships Ahoy - King Arthur's Gold

King Arthur's Gold is now available on Steam, carrying a 10% discount for the first week of availability of the multiplayer action/platformer. Here's word on the game: "King Arthur’s Gold is a multiplayer deathmatch game played with up to 32 players. Build castles and wage war on the enemy team as a Knight, Archer or Builder in a fully destructible medieval world. It blends the best cooperative aspects of Lost Vikings, mashes them with Worms, with the visual style of Metal Slug, brought to you by the creators of Soldat." Here's the official trailer: Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Battle Worlds: Kronos

Steam News announces the release of Battle Worlds: Kronos, the Kickstarted and Greenlit turn-based strategy game. Here's word on the game, which is 20% off during a launch sale: "Battle World: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. Have you ever wondered what games like that would look like today? Well, we did. As a result, we decided to develop Battle Worlds: Kronos."

InSomnia Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter is now underway for InSomnia, the tactical online RPG from Russian developer MONO that was just recently announced. They are seeking $70,000, explaining that this will enable them to spend on a few areas to get the game finished after 18 months of development as a volunteer effort.

Rambo: The Video Game Trailer

A new trailer from Rambo: The Video Game offers a look at gameplay from the upcoming action game based on the Sylvester Stallone movies. The clip shows off some high-end features like realistic skin reflections, PhysX mullet effects, and enemies exploding from bullet wounds. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Humble Mumble announces Steam keys from duplicate bundled games can now be gifted.

Evening Interviews

Evening Consolidation

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Evening Metaverse

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision once again sends out the call of duty, announcing Call of Duty: Ghosts is now available worldwide for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4. For console games there is also a last-gen to next-gen upgrade program, which explains the number of times the phrase "next generation" appears in the announcement:

Time to earn the Mask, as Call of Duty: Ghosts is here to define the next console generation. Now available worldwide, the all-new title ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. From Activision and its award-winning studio Infinity Ward, the developer that brought players the original Call of Duty and the Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® series, Call of Duty: Ghosts features a new, intense story, and new innovations in multiplayer, all brought to life by a next generation engine that delivers a full package of entertainment as only Call of Duty can.

"The launch of Call of Duty has become a pop-cultural event shared by millions around the globe. We consider this a huge honor and it drives us to exceed our fans' expectations each and every time," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. "Call of Duty: Ghosts delivers on this promise with an epic thrill ride which takes the franchise to new heights on both current and next gen consoles. The teams at Infinity Ward, Raven and Neversoft have poured their hearts and souls into making this the must have gaming experience of the next generation. And of course, none of this would be possible without the most passionate fans in the world. Today is for them."

Broken Sword 5 Episodic; First Episode Next Month

Revolution Software announces Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse will be presented as two episodes, with the first to be released on December 4th and the conclusion to follow in January. "Whilst this is very much a classic Broken Sword game in terms of production values and sense of adventure, we’re really breaking new ground with The Serpent’s Curse," said Charles Cecil, Founder & CEO, Revolution Software. "The success of our Kickstarter appeal has allowed us to be hugely ambitious—each episode is a full sized game in its own right. So we will be publishing two action-packed adventures in close succession. The early response to the game has been hugely positive with some suggesting this is the best Broken Sword yet." Word is episode one will conclude with a cliffhanger:

Revolution Software today confirmed that Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse will release worldwide for PC on December 4th. In addition, the developer has revealed that this Broken Sword adventure will, unlike any before, run over two thrilling episodes, concluding in January 2014.

Broken Sword_cover_Fix_FINALThe game set crowdfunding records for a UK-developed game back in September 2012, when it raised $850,000 from 15,000 backers on Kickstarter. Those that pledged to receive a PC, Mac, or Linux copy of the game will get each episode as it become available.

The first part of the game will debut on PC / Mac / Linux through Steam, GOG.com, and Revolution’s own website store on December 4th, with a PlayStation Vita version to follow later in the month. The concluding episode of the game will be published on PC in January 2014. iOS and Android versions will follow shortly after each PC episode.

Guild Wars 2 Patch Next Week

ArenaNet announces a November 12th launch date for The Nightmares Within, the next content update for Guild Wars 2, their MMORPG. saying this will kick off a corresponding "Rock the Nightmare" music video contest, which features a grand prize of a 3D-printed Guild Wars 2 guitar. Here's word on the content update:

In the 12th November release, The Nightmare Within, players continue the sinister storyline that began in October’s Tower of Nightmares release. Having unlocked the secret behind the toxic defences surrounding the monolithic Tower of Nightmares, players now can assault the tower itself. But new dangers, frights and challenges await all who dare enter the stronghold of the Toxic Alliance between the reptilian krait and the Nightmare Court.

Op Ed

Morning Patches

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

A lot of modern mobile devices can't wander too far from the grid, requiring constant recharging. Then there's the Kindle... I got a low-battery warning yesterday, for only about the third time since I've owned it. In fact, it's been so long since it was recharged, it took me a day to find the cable to charge it, and further, I used it after the warning long enough to kill a full charge on a lot of phones. Pretty impressive. Now I just have to remember to put that cord in an easier to remember location.

Electric Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Bait and Switch.
Dead and Forsaken.
Stories: Whisky hidden away for 19 years is ‘world’s best’.
Skydiving Planes Collide. Well prepared! Video.
Kevin Pearce was the world's best snowboarder when his jump went wrong. Thanks nin.
Science: Habitable planets way more common than you think.
Media: NASA's Pumpkin Carving Contest Was Better Than Yours.
Life of a Space Invader.



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