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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

  

Saints Row IV Free Weekend

A free weekend has commenced for Saints Row IV on Steam as the open world action sequel is gratis to play between now and 4:00 pm EST Sunday, with a 50% discount available to those who decide they want to buy it. Here's word from Steam News:

The US President must save the Earth from alien overlord Zinyak using an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons in the wildest open world game ever.

The epic conclusion to the game that changed all the rules! The Saints have gone from the crackhouse to the White House—but the Earth has been invaded and it’s up to you to free the world from Overlord Zinyak and his alien empire. With homies new and old by your side, and an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons, you must save the world in the wildest open world game ever!

Company of Heroes 2 Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Company of Heroes 2 accompanied by a 66% off sale on Relic's World War II real-time strategy sequel. The free weekend runs between now and 4:00 pm EDT. Here's a refresher on the game:

It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the bloodiest conflict of World War II resulting in more than 14 million military casualties. In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the Enemy invaders.
Witness the struggles of the Red Army from near defeat through their incredible triumph over Germany in the most challenging and costly theatre of the war, the Eastern Front.
Your military tactics hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict. Engage in tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.
The Motherland is Calling!

Loadout This Month

The Loadout website announces a January 31st release date for Loadout, their upcoming free-to-play cartoony third-person shooter. The game is currently in Steam Early Access, where it actually costs $9.99, but this includes a couple of in-game items as well as 6,000 of their Spacebux, which we are pleased to note, are actually called Spacebux. "After spending the last two decades contributing to the development of some amazing franchises, like Mass Effect, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, The Sims, and Dragon Age, Loadout is our studio’s first original IP, and we couldn’t be more excited to open it up to the masses," said Rob Cohen, CEO of Edge of Reality. "We started this as a passion project, working on it when we could, and trying to create something original and truly player friendly. What we’ve got now is a game that’s a blast to play, quick and easy to get into, and empowers players with insane amounts of customization." Here's more on that:

In fact, Loadout’s weapon-crafting system runs so deep that there are over 44 billion possible creations to assemble, enabling players to transform weapon behavior in extreme ways, thereby defining their own class and play style. Combining weapon-crafting with acrobatic movement and over-the-top comedic violence, Loadout is packed with personality and style that deliver a fresh and satisfying alternative to the vast array of modern combat shooters.

Stronghold Crusader 2 a Steam Exclusive

Firefly Studios announces that Stronghold Crusader 2 will launch this spring as a Steam exclusive. Marketing Manager and Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Nick Tannahill explains in this post on the official website for the siege-warfare sequel:

Our primary reason for making Crusader 2 exclusive to Steam is fairly simple then. The time required to create our own bespoke tools and systems for such features could end up delaying the game for the wrong reasons, which nobody wants, without necessarily providing better functionality. It sounds clichéd but this is win-win, we get to include the features fans of the genre expect without delaying the game or taking our focus away from core gameplay features.

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On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

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Into the Black

Next Hitman Game Detailed

The Hitman website now has an open letter to Hitman fans outlining what to expect next from Agent 47, everyone's favorite bar-coded assassin. This confirms the recent reassurance from IO Interactive that a new AAA installment in the series is coming to PCs and consoles, and reveals a little about what it will involve:

In the next game you will experience a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career – the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA.

The game concentrates on the core Hitman fantasy of using a wide range of tools to take out a diverse group of targets across expansive, exotic locations around the world. We are building this game on the backbone of the Glacier 2 engine, using the best parts and what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution and drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money to fulfil the core Hitman fantasy. That means we’re packing in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game. We’ve adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves.

Contracts Mode is back – you will be able to create and build challenges by experimenting with the large levels and possibilities within them. And of course, you can share them with the world and challenge your friends or foes to complete your hits. Your rules, your Contracts.

You will also be glad to hear that we have removed 47’s magic pockets. We believe that’s all we need to say about that subject.

Octodad This Month

Octodad Twitter feed announces that Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be released for Windows, OS X, and Linux on January 30th, saying: "Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PC/Mac/Linux on Steam, Humble, and GOG on January 30th." In reply to questions about the PS4 edition of the odd family game they say they are "thinking" this will come in March. The news is celebrated with a new trailer, and here's word on the game from the trailer's description:

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about daily life.

Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family. Opposing the octopus are scores of staircases, boxes of banana peels, and one intense sushi chef.

Octodad has gotten himself in a bind between his wife's mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Manipulate his body like a squishy marionette to maintain the masquerade, as too much suspicion from the proper populace will doom him to sleep with the fishes!

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Titanfall Alpha Invites Going Out

The Titanfall website is accepting applications to alpha test Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment's upcoming mech combat game. This refers to an email invitation, but according to Gematsu, anyone with an Origin account can apply. There's no word on when testing will commence. Thanks NeoGAF where there are indications that this only applies to the Xbox One edition.

Sledgehammer Calling for Call of Duty Developers

Sledgehammer is looking to hire developers for "a next-gen Call of Duty game, posting jobs on LinkedIn for positions including Core Engineer and Senior Character Artist, with some of these positions earmarked as "temporary." The postings reveal significant clues about the game, which will be a military shooter which will include vehicles, firearms, and levels. Thanks CVG.

Ships Ahoy - SpellForce 2 – Demons Of The Past

SpellForce 2 – Demons Of The Past is now available, announces Nordic Games, saying a boxed version of the standalone real-time strategy expansion is available in Europe and that the add-on is available via digital distribution as well. They also offer a release trailer for the pack, which was delayed just two weeks prior to its original planned release last October to allow them to enhance its multiplayer support. Here's word on the add-on:

The final instalment in SpellForce 2 brings the story to an epic end where players will battle it out to save the land of Eo. Demons Of The Past is a stand-alone adventure with a play time of more than 25 hours, and uniquely blends RPG and RTS, offering five new worlds (8 in total) for players to explore. Players can enjoy the game in either single player or multiplayer mode which includes Campaign, Free game (co-op), Skirmish and Domination plus the new Survival mode. In Survival mode, enemies will attack the player(s) wave after wave up to the big guy.

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Thanks to Frans for climbing into a Jefferies tube to fix up our Twitter feed. Apparently the problem was Twitter being a moving target, as an API switch took place somewhere along the way, the second time they've crossed us up like that. For those who use the feed to follow updates here, apologies for the outage while it was broken, and apologies for the flood of a couple of dozen tweets in a row that came once it was fixed.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pixel Escape.
Cut It Flash.
Link: Comcast SportsNet Airs Our Version Of Cubs Mascot With Cock And Balls. Thanks nin.
Story: 2014 Detroit Auto Show- Coolest new cars from Day Two in Detroit.
Images: School of fish frozen in place in Norway.
Media: What Is It Kitty? Has There Been a Catastrophe?
Sarcasm at its finest. Saddleback Leather vs. counterfeiters.
Husky Says NO to Kennel Time. Literally.
Auctions: GamesAid’s new year goodies.
Follow-up: The Top Six Vitamins You Should Not Take.
The Funnies: Firefighters must decline vacations for saving a dog thanks to state ethics laws.



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