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Thursday, Nov 07, 2013

  

Next Mass Effect Teases

The BioWare Blog's Happy N7 Day recap covers today's celebrations of the Mass Effect series, and there's a lengthy article called The Effect on Us with developer reflections on the series. The game's developers also took to Twitter today, teasing several images of them working on the next installment in the sci-fi shooter series. Game Informer has rounded them up for your viewing pleasure. Remember, these images are for entertainment purposes only. Please, no wagering.

Company of Heroes 2 DLC and Free Update Next Week

The SEGA Blog announces new Victory at Stalingrad DLC is coming on November 12th for Company of Heroes 2, Relic's RTS sequel, noting this is currently being presold on Steam at a cool 10% discount. They offer a trailer showing off the pack, which will be released along with the Turning Point update for the game, which will be free. They offer details on the free update as well as the new content in this premium DLC. Continue here to read the full story.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion: Stellar Phenomena DLC

The Sins of a Solar Empire website announces the release of the Stellar Phenomena DLC for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Ironclad's space strategy expansion. Here's a bit on what it offers:

Nine new deep space anomalies populate the void. Skirt the boundary of a deadly black hole, mine the riches in the wreckage of a devastating fleet battle or recharge at an inexplicable fountain of antimatter tearing apart the fabric of space-time. Each anomaly’s all-new gameplay effect adds variety and strategic opportunities to every map.

In addition, Stellar Phenomena lets players seize the moment with 11 optional random events that can alter the fate of not just your empire but the galaxy at large. Stars launch volatile gases that shut down orbital operations, mobile storms wreak havoc across the solar system, and conquered factions sense your weakness and seek to reclaim their worlds.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Double XP Weekend

Activision is holding a multiplayer double XP weekend for Call of Duty: Ghosts, to celebrate the release of the military shooter sequel. This kicks off tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST and will run until midday Monday. This FAQ has all the pertinent details.

Bugbear Game Prototype Released

The Kickstarter for Bugbear's Next Car Game now offers the giveaway of a playable racing game prototype they created over 10 years ago as part of the process that led up to the creation of Flat Out. They explain: "The prototype is a little rough around the edges, but it served as an initial actualization of our vision for a reckless racing game, and despite the humble beginnings, it later grew into a game franchise loved by millions of fans. The foundation for our proprietary physics engine was laid down in the prototype, and even today, the physics engine we use is based on the very same core. Actually, even the code wizard who developed it over ten years ago is working on our amazing Next Car Game!"

Steamships Ahoy - Intake

Indie developer Cipher Prime now offers Intake on Steam, a frenetic action game that comes at a 10% discount for the next week. Word is: "Intake is the new retro-futuristic drugstep arcade shooter from Cipher Prime. In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage. Blast and combo your way through an epic cascade of audiovisual mayhem so intoxicating it comes with its own warning label." If that doesn't draw a perfect mental image for you, the Intake trailer can help fill in the gaps. Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III Reaper of Souls Trailer

A leaked trailer shows off gameplay and new features planned for the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III. The 90-second clip, presumably from BlizzCon, shows off adventure mode, bounties, Nephalem rifts, a new artisan, and more. Thanks Kotaku via nin. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • The Debut 6 Bundle on Indie Royale.
  • The Indie Strategy Bundle on Bundle In A Box.
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger + Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Daedalic Entertainment on Humble Weekly Sale.
  • Devolver Publisher Weekend on Steam. Save 85%.
  • Fuse on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Reach for the Sun on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Total War: ROME II on Steam. Save 75%.
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Into the Black

TrackMania2 Demo

Nadeo is celebrating the upcoming tenth anniversary of the release of TrackMania with some further festivities besides those they already promised would mark the occasion (thanks Frans). They have now released the TrackMania² Multiplayer Demo, a free sample of TrackMania2 released alongside a new TM2 bundle as well as a larger bundle that also includes the original TrackMania United Forever. This trailer shows off the TM2 demo's Canyon, Stadium, and Valley environments, and here's word from ManiaPlanet News:

To celebrate the tremendous creativity of the TrackMania community over the past 10 years, we are announcing today the TrackMania² Free Multiplayer Demo which you can download now.

As part of this, you will now be able to buy the Celebra10n TrackMania Complete Package, which includes TrackMania² Stadium, Canyon, Valley and the original TrackMania United Forever for $29.99. Additionally, you can now purchase the Celebra10n TrackMania² Package, which includes all three TrackMania² titles for $19.99. You can buy these on the Steam store.

Continue here to read the full story.

Wasteland 2 Beta Near; Wasteland Re-release Nearer

The Kickstarter update #38 for Wasteland 2 has promising news for backers of by inXile entertainment's upcoming RPG sequel. While they say the early beta of the game "is not quite ready yet," they add they are "almost there," though they are not going to rush this (thanks Pope Viper). Meanwhile, they also announce their re-release version of the original Wasteland is ready to roll, and has been submitted to Steam and GOG.com for release as soon as tomorrow. This will be initially only be available to backers of the project, who will have a choice of their preference between a Steam of GOG key. They also add a little more detail about what's been done to rework the original for modern systems:

To briefly elaborate on our last update’s notes on this re-release, we got a ton of feedback based on what we showed you about our Wasteland 1 tweaks. We spent some time implementing a number of the changes our community suggested; a toggle to turn smoothing off, implementing swappable portraits, tweaking portrait art options, in-game manual text on abilities, stats and skills and ensuring it works on Mac and Linux.

Kill The Bad Guy Announced

Kill The Bad Guy is an upcoming project from French developer Exkee. The game's somewhat self-explanatory title is helpful, as they aren't going crazy with details about the game just yet. Here's the full description: "Join a secret and mysterious society whose members have sworn to get rid of war criminals, former mafia members, and other criminals, going incognito among us. Hiding behind the appearance of a simple ‘man in the street’, the Bad Guys feel untouchable. They don’t expect you to track them and make evil plans. 'Kill The Bad Guy' will stress and test your mental skills through a puzzle game where physics plays an important role." They augment this with a teaser trailer that would demonstrate the best graphics ever were it not live-action. The clip suggests this will be something like Hitman meets Munich. Continue here to read the full story.

Stronghold Kingdoms Updated

The Stronghold Kingdoms website has details on a new update that's now live for Firefly's besieged castle simulation. Here's word:

10+ new features requested by players. Includes new AI castles, leaderboards, map enhancements and more!

At the start of the year we decided that the future of Stronghold Kingdoms and new features added every month would be a shared decision between players and developers. We’re pleased to say that all of the 11 new features added in this month’s Community Gameplay Update were requested by the community and implemented by the Stronghold Kingdoms team. Our forums, Facebook page and Twitter feed are a constant source of new ideas and we can’t thank you enough for contributing to the development of the game.

Happy Mass Effect N7 Day 2013

The BioWare Blog outlines the festivities surrounding N7 Day 2013, their second annual celebration of the Mass Effect series. There are social events, an art contest, the chance to play with the developers, and more. Word is: "Remember to mark November 7th on your calendars and come take part in N7 Day festivities with us! On behalf of the team here at BioWare, we sincerely thank you for your continued support and for keeping the Mass Effect community thriving."

Australian Ratings Reconsidered for 12 Games

The Australian Classification Review Board announces the ratings of a dozen games are being reevaluated at the request of the South Australian Attorney General. The 12 games all initially received MA15+ ratings, which were the most mature rating offered at the times of their releases, and the implication is that they are now considering raising the ratings on some or all of them to the new R18+ rating, which would further restrict their sales (thanks GameSpot). Here are the games in question:

  • Alien Rage
  • Borderlands 2 Expansion Packs
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut
  • Deadpool
  • Fuse
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • God Mode
  • Killer is Dead
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

Deadfall Adventures Trailer

A new Sahara trailer from Deadfall Adventures kicks off a series of three planned gameplay trailers showing off the settings of Deadfall Adventures, The Farm 51's upcoming action/adventure game. The game features three main regions, the Arctic, Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, and Egypt, which is the subject of the first clip. Word is: "The Sahara trailer gives players a glimpse of the North African region in the game. Here players will experience the intensity of the not-so-natural enemies in the stormy desert on a journey across the globe. It is just one of the many beautifully illustrated locations that players will explore for treasure, assuming the role of the action adventurer James Lee Quatermain." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I'm giving myself a new nickname for my skydiving exploits in Grand Theft Auto Online: Faceplant. Watch out below!!

Planted Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Drawfender.
Links: What It's Like to Believe You're Controlled By Reptilians. Thanks nin.
The World Chess Championship is an embarrassing anachronism. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: NASA: Eight amazing facts about Russia’s exploding meteorite.
Media: Jetman flies over Mount Fuji. Thanks brother19.
Dial Up Modem Handshake Sound - Spectrogram. Thanks reddit.
Auctions: nDreams Charity auction.



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