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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

  

BioShock Infinite DLC to Add 1998 Mode

Irrational Games announces a new stealthy, nonlethal 1998 mode coming to BioShock Infinite in the upcoming Burial at Sea – Episode Two DLC for the shooter prequel. "In Burial at Sea – Episode Two we put a focus on balance and stealth mechanics," explains Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games. "As we were developing this new style of gameplay, we started to see people self-impose non-lethal playthrough’s. Given the fan reception of 1999 Mode, we thought it would be cool to give them another way to play Burial at Sea that challenged their mastery of stealth tools."

Tex Murphy - Project Fedora's 2K Graphics

A new Kickstarter update for Tex Murphy - Project Fedora has a video update explaining the current status of the game. Big Finish games announces the game will have a big finish, saying they have "packed two full-length Tex Murphy Games into one." They provide tons of detail on the tons of detail in the game, explaining this means they are reneging on their promise of 1080p graphics by providing 2K graphics. According to the video's description: "The 2K format being delivered with Tesla Effect provides 2048 pixels of horizontal resolution. This refers specifically to the live-action full motion video portion of the game. The actual game engine graphics are scalable to many resolutions your monitor is capable of displaying." Thanks nin via Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Continue here to read the full story.

Deadfall Adventures Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway in Deadfall Adventures, coinciding with a 50% off sale on The Farm 51's action/adventure. Word is: "Deadfall Adventures is an action-driven first-person shooter, spiced up with elements from action-adventure games. Become an adventurer, hunt for treasures, explore unknown regions of the world and rescue the damsel in distress from the clutches of enemies, both earthly and not-so-earthly."

Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Ghosts - Onslaught

The Onslaught DLC pack is now available for the Windows edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as well as the PS3 and PS4 versions of the military shooter sequel. Here's word:

Call of Duty: Ghosts players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC can now purchase the first DLC Pack - Onslaught. The new DLC Pack delivers four unique and classically designed Call of Duty multiplayer maps, the all-new "Maverick" dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle, and the first installment in Extinction's four-part episodic narrative, "Episode 1: Nightfall."

New multiplayer maps in Onslaught include:

  • Fog: Set alongside the banks of a murky lake, players skilled enough to pick up the map's unique Field Order can become the embodiment of evil and don the mask of Michael Myers, one of cinema's most iconic horror characters, in this chilling homage to classic horror films.
  • BayView: A coastal Californian boardwalk that offers players fast-paced run-and-gun gameplay amid a seaside town. Clever players will be able to climb onto the map's moving trolley to engage enemies, as well as call in devastating artillery strikes from the Naval Destroyer anchored offshore.
  • Containment: This map drops players into a raging battle amidst a war-torn Mexican village, where the action centers on the crippled remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck leaking radioactive material.
  • Ignition: Is a reimagined version of "Scrapyard" - the fan-favorite multiplayer map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, placing players into a deserted space launch facility with frenetic action amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, a massive transport crawler, and dynamic map elements that can take players out if they're not paying close attention.

Onslaught also arms players with the Maverick, a deadly new, dual-purpose addition to their multiplayer arsenal. Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock, players can choose to use the Maverick as either an Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle, depending on their tactical needs.

Anchoring Onslaught is "Episode 1: Nightfall," the first installment in Extinction's new, four-part episodic narrative. As the initial foray into this single, connected story that will be told across each DLC Pack launch throughout the year, "Episode 1: Nightfall" takes fans to a remote research facility hidden deep within the Alaskan wilderness, where a small recon team must infiltrate the facility to find out what happened to the mysterious Nightfall Program. This expanded Extinction storyline introduces new characters, plus two all-new alien species, and debuts an exclusive Venom-X weapon that pulverizes the Cryptids, as players delve deeper into the story of what happened following mankind's first contact with the Cryptids in Colorado.

Continue here to read the full story.

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Announced

Publisher bitComposer and developer Games Farm announce Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, an action/RPG coming to Windows PCs in the spring. The Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms website has screenshots and an announcement trailer, and here's word:

bitComposer and Games Farm today announced Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, a new action RPG to be released on PC in 2014. In Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, the mortal realm is on the brink of destruction, with humanity’s only hope resting in the hands of a soul-devouring demon.

Following the events of hack ’n’ slash RPG Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, a dark shadow has once again fallen over the world. The core element of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is its internally conflicted main character and the associated unique party system. Players must assume the role of the Devourer, a mighty demon who can travel back and forth between the human and shadow world, devouring the souls of his enemies. Seamlessly switching between the Devourer and up to three party members, each with their own special abilities, provides strategic depth in battle, while switching between worlds also allows players to outwit their opponents in battle, avoiding traps and solving puzzles along the way.

A shadow lies across the world, and the Devourer is the only one who can defeat this rising threat. It is now up to players to decide whether they save the world from this dark threat or leave it to its fate.

Continue here to read the full story.

Munin Announced

Daedalic Entertainment announces Munin, an upcoming Windows and OS X game they say will offer "Nordic mythology meets puzzle-platforming" when it's released this spring. The game is shown off in these screenshots, and here's word:

Munin the raven, faithful messenger to Odin, now stands stripped of wings and transformed by Loki into a mortal girl. Flightless and determined, she will stride through the nine worlds of Yggdrasil to reclaim the lost feathers and return to Asgard.

From Portuguese developer Gojira and publisher Daedalic Entertainment, Munin is an upcoming 2D puzzle-platformer for Windows and Mac that fuses physics-based puzzles with Nordic mythology.

Munin bolsters the traditional side-scrolling experience with the use of rotating environments to surpass obstacles. By twisting portions of the environment, players will create bridges from pillars, turn walls into floors, and use physics to manipulate boulders, liquid, and lava.

Munin features 77 levels stretching across nine distinct worlds. It will be released for PC and Mac in all major online shops in spring 2014.

Infinite Crisis Open Beta Next Month

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Infinite Crisis will begin open beta testing on March 14th, allowing everyone to get the chance to play this DC comics MOBA. Word is: "In Open Beta, players will be able to test their skills on Infinite Crisis’ exciting new tri-lane map, “Gotham Divided,” where two universes collide and players can battle across Gotham City and its Multiverse variant, Gotham by Gaslight." They celebrate the news with video reveals of three more of the champions from the game: Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Mecha Superman. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

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  • Mass Effect 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
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Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

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Evening Safety Dance

Into the Black

New Croteam IP Teased

A new episode of Guy Cocker's Video Games Podcast talks with Curve Digital and Facepalm Games about plans to bring The Swapper to Vita, PS3 and PS4, but during the conversation game writer Tom Jubert also drops word that he's working with Croteam to create the narrative for a new IP from the Serious Sam developer. This is all still unannounced, but Tom offers the following vague tease of the new project:

I think this is actually a genuine sort of exclusive, because I don't think this is public knowledge yet, but Croteam is working on their first new franchise since the original Serious Sam in 2001. Which is exciting, 'cause I've always been [eager] to see what those guys would actually do with resources and all of that experience and all they've done is Sam, and they're doing something completely new, which I am working on... so that's ongoing now [and]... should be out at some point later this year.

Gone Gold - Titanfall

Respawn Entertainment tweets that Titanfall is gold, so the mech shooter should be on track for it's planned release on March 11th. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the announcement is actually 1,002 words long: "We're gold!!!!!! #titanfall http://twitpic.com/dwrcnv." Thanks GameInformer.

Ships Ahoy - Shadowrun: Dragonfall

Harebrained Schemes announces that Shadowrun: Dragonfall is now available, expanding the tactical RPG gameplay of Shadowrun Returns with a new Berlin campaign. Here's word on the add-on, which is accompanied by a sale on the original game:

Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun: Dragonfall, a major expansion for the magic-meets-cyberpunk tactical RPG mashup Shadowrun Returns, has launched today. Featuring a 12+ hour campaign set in the city of Berlin, Shadowrun: Dragonfall also contains a multitude of new features and enhancements for the core Shadowrun Returns game. The title is available for $14.99 (requires the original game to play) for Windows, OSX and Linux at the Steam store http://store.steampowered.com/app/272030, and a DRM-free version is offered at GOG.com. The original Shadowrun Returns game is also on sale for $14.99 for a limited time.

“The response to Shadowrun Returns was so overwhelming that it inspired us to pull out all the stops in creating Shadowrun: Dragonfall. We really did our best to listen to fans and act on their feedback,” said Jordan Weisman, founder of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the Shadowrun game universe. “We are thrilled to unveil our next story and can’t wait to see all the awesome new Shadowrun stories that the community will create with the Dragonfall expansion and the Shadowrun Editor.”

In addition to the incredible support they gave the project, from its announcement through its historic milestone as the first $1m+ Kickstarted videogame to ship, fans have shared hundreds of free Shadowrun adventures and content with the Steam Workshop community (http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse?appid=234650), greatly expanding the game world developed by Harebrained Schemes.

Saga Heroes Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter from Wasatch Games hopes to raise $10,000 for development of Saga Heroes, an action/adventure RPG based on Saga, the MMORTS Wasatch helped develop when they were still known as BlueOrb Studios. Here's word: "Saga Heroes is an action/adventure RPG that is played from a top-down perspective, very much inspired by classic action/adventure games on the SNES, but we've added our own unique blend of adventuring, role playing, and action. As you explore, you will complete many quests along the main storyline, and will also have the opportunity to help NPCs by doing their side quests." Here's a gameplay teaser trailer from the Saga Heroes website, where further details can be found. Continue here to read the full story.

Grim Dawn Early Access Gets Act II

The Grim Dawn Early Access on Steam now includes Act II of Crate Entertainment's role-playing game. This announcement explains what this includes:


We are pleased to announce that Act II, roughly the second third of the full release, has been released to the public!

This release should just about double the available content and raises the level cap to 35. There are many general improvements, including the redesigned HUD, some graphical enhancements, loads of new items and insidious quests.

In summary, you can look forward to:
106 New Items!
23 New Bosses and Mini-Bosses!
17 New Quests!
10 New Enemy Types!

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  • Antec ISK-600 mITX Chassis on eTeknix.
  • Antec KUHLER H20 1250 All-in-One Liquid Cooler on PC Perspective.
  • Antec P100 Gehäuse on Technic3D. German.
  • BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX on techPowerUp.
  • CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Enclosure on TweakTown.
  • CM Storm Reaper Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 SFF Chassis on TweakTown.
  • Kaveri Hybrid CrossFire: The A10-7850K & A10-7700K With R7 240 & 250 on eTeknix.
  • NVIDIA GTX 680 vs GTX 770 on ocaholic.
  • Ozone Neon on Vortez.
  • Philips 231C5 SmoothTouch 23- IPS Touch Screen Monitor on eTeknix.
  • Rapoo E6300 Bluetooth Ultra-slim Keyboard on Testfreaks.
  • Silverstone SST-EP02 USB3.0 to SATA Adaptor & SST-MS07 HDD-SSD Case on eTeknix.
  • SteelSeries Rival Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.
  • Tesoro Lobera on ocaholic.
  • Thecus N2310 NAS Server on Testfreaks.
  • Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Illuminated Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown on TechwareLabs.
  • ThermoLab ITX30 on HCW.
  • Toshiba Encore Windows 8 Tablet on TechSpot.

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