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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014


Bierzerkers Announced

The Unreal Engine website announces Bierzerkers, an Unreal 4 engine, team-based, multiplayer, melee combat game set in the Viking afterlife. The game is in development at Shield Break Studios, and while they are not set to reveal a release date, they do plan on showing the game off at PAX Prime, which kicks off next week in Seattle. Here's word:

Players will do battle using a variety of unique classes with stylized Norse visuals, arcade-inspired melee combat, and fierce online competition.

"With Bierzerkers, we're creating a unique blend of hack n' slash action inspired by our favorite melee combat games. We're throwing realism out the window and focusing on a fun and irreverent style that seeps into every aspect of the game," says Will Harris, lead designer. "In Bierzerkers, you will crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their sheep."

Dishonored Free Weekend

Dishonored on Steam is free to play this weekend until Sunday at 3:00 pm EDT. Those who enjoy the stealth/action game may be interested in the sale that coincides with the free weekend, which offers the game at a 75% discount.

48 Hours of Titanfall Free on Origin

EA announces that Titanfall has returned to their Gametime program, which will allow 48 consecutive free hours of play in the mech shooter on Origin. Here's word:

By popular demand, Titanfall has returned to Origin Game Time! If you missed it the first time around, now is your chance to check out the action-packed shooter for absolutely no cost.

Starting today, players who did not claim Titanfall Game Time the first time can add the game to their library and play for free for 48 hours.

The Game Time clock won't begin until you’ve launched the fully-downloaded game for the very first time. Start your download whenever you want – downloading Titanfall won't count towards your 48 hours of free time.

Legend of Grimrock 2 in Beta; iOS LoG Announced

The Legend of Grimrock website announces Legend of Grimrock 2 is officially in beta status, adding this is a closed beta, and they are not accepting applications at this time. Almost Human Games also announce plans for an iOS version of the original Legend of Grimrock for those who enjoy their role-playing on the road. They celebrate news of the LoG2 beta with a new teaser trailer from the action/RPG sequel. Here's a bit:

The game has been playable from the beginning to the end for some time now and now that we have had one complete playthrough and several cheated speed-throughs we have some idea about the length of the game. It’s looking like Grimrock 2 is going to be around 25% longer than Grimrock 1 but more testing by us and our betatesters is still needed to confirm this.

Like mentioned, all the features of the game are in, but there’s still much work to do. Our Venerable List of Things To Do is constantly getting added with new entries even as we are hammering on the things at the other end of the list. But we are fighting hard to empty the list before the launch. Btw. on top of the list we have things like memory and performance optimizations and tutorial. Below that lots and lots of smaller tweaks and fixes and then of course testing, testing and more testing…

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Diablo III Gold Bonus

Battle.net announces a 50% boost to gold find is now underway in Diablo III as they continue to prepare to release the "almost here" version 2.10 update for the action/RPG sequel:

Our first major content update for Reaper of Souls is almost here! In preparation for patch 2.1.0 and the new content it brings—including Seasons, Greater Rifts, and the mysterious Vault—all players who log into Diablo III this weekend will receive a +50% bonus to Gold Find.

This bonus Gold Find period begins in the Americas region tomorrow, August 22, at 12:00 a.m. PDT and ends on Tuesday, August 26, at 3:00 a.m. PDT (when maintenance begins). Please note that this buff will stack multiplicatively with existing bonuses including those provided from items and Paragon points.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Diary

A Kickstarter update for Shadowrun Returns has a developer diary written by Andrew McIntosh of Harebrained Schemes, lead writer on the upcoming Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut. This is the first of four such diaries that will precede the release of the Director's Cut in one month, and topics cover the new content that's part of the DLC reissue, though spoilers are avoided.

The Crew Trailer

More of The Crew is on display in a new The World’s Greatest Playground video from the upcoming open world driving game. They say this is the first in an "On the Road with the Crew" series of clip that will precede the game's November release. Here's word:

The expansiveness of a map is only great if it’s filled to the edges with exciting activities and content. And in the 1,900 square miles of beautiful U.S. land, The Crew offers a variety of exciting mission types and hundreds of driving skill challenges for anyone to tackle. Take an in-depth look into how you and up to three others in your crew can take on these missions, such as making your escape from the police, tailing and chasing down your mark, and sending your target hurtling violently with well-aimed bumps and smashes. Make your presence known in our playground, and NEVER DRIVE ALONE.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Video

Gameplay from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is on display in a new trailer from The Astronauts' upcoming first-person mystery game. The clip runs almost 13 minutes and features developer commentary to help us understand what's going on. Also, the game's official website now offers preorders of a special edition that includes a soundtrack and other extras, which will be offered on both Steam and GOG.com. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Internet in Real-Time. Thanks ^Drag0n^.

Ancient Space Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Ancient Space, a story-driven sci-fi RTS game in development at CreativeForge Games for release for Windows and OS X this fall. An announcement trailer is online showing off some cinematics and revealing some familiar science fiction actors in the game's cast, including Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Ron Glass (Firefly), Richard Gunn (Dark Angel), and Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: First Contact). Here's what they are revealing about the game at this time:

Ancient Space is a single-player, real-time strategy title that puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in ‘The Black Zone.’ A rich and compelling story will guide the player as they build and upgrade their fleets and then survive overwhelming odds in deadly strategic missions.

Ancient Space mixes an engrossing single-player campaign story with time-honored RTS gameplay for a suspenseful experience. Mission objectives are many, varying from exploration to stealth, from assault to defense and more.

Ancient Space Features:

  • New Frontiers, Classic Gameplay: Build, maintain, upgrade, and strategically command a multitude of ships in tactical battles and missions, facing aliens, pirates, and the unknown
  • An Explosive Space Opera: A compelling story, performed by a stellar cast, follows the player as the fleet tackles questions of humanity and science in an epic single-player campaign
  • Live with Your Choices: Each mission advances the plot, and introduces new challenges to be met by choosing the right crew and the right upgrades for the job

Continue here to read the full story.

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters Released

The Path of Exile website announces that the recently announced Forsaken Masters expansion is now live for Path of Exile, Grinding Gears' action/RPG. Also, a trailer on GameTrailers we missed last week offers a look at the hideout customization, new skill gems, and mission variations the add-on brings (thanks rist3903). Here's word on the release:

We released the Forsaken Masters expansion an hour ago and were met with an immense flood of users. For the third release in a row, the player numbers were high enough to kill our website but leave the game servers intact. Player concurrency has already broken Sacrifice of the Vaal records and is still going up! Thanks for your enthusiasm and kind words. Enjoy Forsaken Masters and remember to invite some friends to play with you. We've ordered a lot more servers to fill!

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warplanes Adds PvE

The World of Warplanes website announces a new version 1.5 update is now live in Wargaming's aerial combat MMOG. The new version includes redesigned air-to-ground combat, 50 new achievements, one new and one reworked map, and bots to allow pilots to practice their skills in an new player-versus-environment mode. Here's word on the new PvE support:

New battle types have been on the wishlist of many veteran players for a while now, and so it is with great pleasure to announce for 1.5 a new PvE battle type called Battle Against Bots! As the name suggests, this feature will allow you to team up with other human players and chase down an air fleet of AI bots in a dedicated battle type that will follow its own unique rules and settings. This new mode will be a perfect tool for both newcomers, looking to explore the game and learn the mechanics, as well as hardened veterans, who’ll be able to discover World of Warplanes from a whole new perspective.

Steamships Ahoy - Sniper Elite 3: Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast

Steam now offers Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast, a continuation of this DLC for Sniper Elite 3, Rebellion's sharpshooting sequel. Here's word:

Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast is the intense second mission of a new three-part campaign for Sniper Elite 3.

In the outlying mountains of North Morocco a concealed facility is being used by Axis forces to create devastating new weapons of war and build an elite unit of the Führer’s most devoted soldiers.

Among them is Raubvogel, the elusive German sniper behind a plot to kill British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. You must find out what you can about the planned assassination and stop these new weapons from leaving the remote facility.

Traverse an intricate maze of lofty canyons and walkways littered with enemy encampments and testing rooms. But be cautious, the soldiers guarding the canyon are some of the most formidable that you will have ever faced, and eager to test their terrifying new weapons...

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Batman, the Commissioner of the Blue's News NFL picking league, is looking ahead to the season, and has identified a few different sites that can provide free tracking of our picks. If you are interested in participating, feel free to offer an opinion on the pros and cons of Yahoo Sports, NFL.com, ESPN, or FOX Sports so we can decide which one of those we should use. It feels early to discuss such things, but the season actually begins two weeks from today!

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Rubpix.
Sheep vs Aliens 2 - Zero Gravity.
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Stories: Bills legend Jim Kelly's follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer.
Brisket Is Worth the Wait. Thanks j.c.f.
Limpopo farm workers beat colleague to death with oranges. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: DIY diagnosis: How an extreme athlete uncovered her genetic flaw.
Seals carried tuberculosis across the Atlantic, gave it to humans. Thanks!
Media: Little League Kids Lose, And This Coach Knows Exactly What To Say.
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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Borderlands 2 Free Weekend; Pre-Sequel Pre-Purchases

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway in Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software's humorous role-playing shooter sequel. Those who do not own the game can play for free from now until Sunday at 1:00 pm EDT, and for those who get hooked, the game is also now on sale for 75% off. Also, Steam News announces that pre-purchases are now being accepted for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, noting that a 10% discount is offered to those who already own either of the first two Borderlands games.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Preorder Bonus

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available for pre-purchase on Steam, as noted by Steam News. The game's Steam page therefore now reveals the preorder bonuses for the sci-fi turn-based strategy game:

Pre-purchase Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth and receive the Exoplanets Map Pack for free.

The Exoplanets Map Pack includes six custom maps inspired by real-world exoplanets. Specialized scripts produce randomized geographic layouts each time a new game begins, allowing for even more replayability on new alien worlds.

  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved.
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources.
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness.
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces.
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.

4A Games Lands in Malta

4A Games' management has set down in Malta, where they plan on establishing new offices. When the Metro developer announced their expansion into the country in May, the plan was to continue their original offices in Kiev, but it sounds like the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine have forced them to move their entire operations, according to a translation of Andrew Prokhorov's Facebook post found on Polygon:

Dear motherland, this morning we're leaving you for some time. Not because we don't love you, but because we have to — otherwise 4A Games will cease to exist — it's really hard to get investors while we're at war with [Putin]. We can understand publishers, but our hearts are sorrow and we feel like betrayers, because we're leaving our country in turmoil. We're not betrayers, we love you, Ukraine and we'll have with us a new part of Ukraine in not so distant Malta. 4A Games Malta is a Ukrainian company.

Star Citizen Gamescom Video; Funding to be Deemphasized

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website recaps the reception Star Citizen met with when the space combat game was shown off at Gamescom, and offers a video of their presentation at the show, which runs a full hour. Chris also touches on the two new stretch goals the game hit along the way, and lays out the goals for the next two million they collect, presuming that hasn't happened already while we weren't looking. Towards that end, he warps up the post by explaining changes they will implement to their front page which will deemphasize their crowdfunding efforts:

As part of this initiative, the crowdfunding counter will no longer live on the front page. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest one is Star Citizen’ isn’t just about making millions of dollars. While continued funding is necessary to build Star Citizen at the current level of AAA fidelity and no compromises, the first experience for new people should be about the game and universe, not about how much money we’ve raised. Backers do a whole lot more than just buy new ships. You are our eyes and ears; you sell the project to other gamers better than any ad campaign ever could, your design ideas expand our scope and your bug reports help us make a smoother game. Every time you dogfight in Arena Commander, you’re helping make Star Citizen better!

In the coming weeks, we intend to replace the counter on the front page with new kinds of goals. Expect to see additional types of stretch goals for number of players active, number of Vanduul extinguished, number of bugs reported and more! The crowd funding information will live on in a dedicated subpage with increased fidelity for those of you that love numbers and following our record breaking progress.

We’ll be working on those details with production and platform over the next few weeks… but I think it will create a better base for the community that will make you better feel like you’re contributing to the project in ways beyond pledging money.

As always, thank you for your incredible support. As I was reminded time and time again at Gamescom, this community is beyond anything seen in gaming before. You are allowing this new kind of development not only to proceed, but to flourish.

Continue here to read the full story.

Raven's Cry Video

Here's a new video showing off gameplay footage from Raven's Cry, Topware's upcoming seafaring action/adventure/RPG. Captain's log, stardate 17th century:

The Captain’s Log of Christopher Raven

Karlsruhe (Latitude 48° 59' 2.21" N, Longitude 8° 29' 44.96" E), 19 August 12:00 UTC+1

Rumor has it that there’s a new Raven’s Cry in-game trailer lying at anchor in the harbor. They say it’s richly laden with booty and bears testimony to the savage, elemental forces of the sea, and to the brave fools who spend their lives trying to tame them. How those poor souls unlucky enough to cross Christopher Raven and his vicious band of pirates are forever doomed to a watery grave. They say it features scenes of desperate fighting for life and limb, where no quarter is given and none asked. That blood is spilled on land and sea wherever the vengeful and merciless pirate Christopher Raven casts his shadow.

Continue here to read the full story.

EVE Online Hyperion Video

A new video from CCP Games shows off progress on the Hyperion expansion coming later this month to EVE Online, the outer space MMORPG. Also, CCP offers two new blog posts about the add-on, one on Overview sharing improvements with Hyperion, and the other on Incursion changes in Hyperion. Here's how they sum up what we see in the new video: "We just launched a feature site for the next release for EVE Online and an accompanying in-development video that highlights with some of the biggest changes coming to wormhole space, missions and incursions in quite some time. Other changes are on the way as our rapid development cycles continue to churn out more content, more frequently for the rich, sci-fi universe that hundreds of thousands of players call home." Continue here to read the full story.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Brainiac Trailer

A new Brainiac Trailer is now online from LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, a video that goes so far beyond Gotham it almost forgets to bring the Batman, though he does appear at the beginning and end. Instead of the minifig caped crusader, the clip shows off other cast members, including the Joker, members of the Green Lantern Corps, and Superman villain Brainiac. Word is: "The new trailer for LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham reveals Brainiac’s diabolical plan to shrink the Earth and take control of his enemies using the power of the Lantern Rings. Now, the super heroes of the DC Comics universe must join forces with the Legion of Doom on a journey across the Lantern Worlds to stop the nefarious evildoer from adding Earth to his twisted collection." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • 2K Publisher Weekend 2014 on Steam. Save up to 83%.
  • Blackwell Bundle on GOG.com. Save 75%
  • Eldritch on Steam. Save 80%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Foo Fighters - ALS IceBucket Challenge. Thanks nin.
Bonus Link: Sin City - 8 Bit Cinema.

Battlefield Hardline in February; Open Beta in January?

A Gamescom 2014 interview with Visceral Games on the Symthic Forum talks about Battlefield Hardline, the upcoming police-themed installment in the shooter series, though the Visceral employee they say they spoke with goes unidentified. Hardline was recently delayed until next year, and this conversation indicates they expect to release it in February 2015 following an open beta phase in January. Word is: "Yes. There will be an open beta in January, a month before the game launches. It's not sure yet if we will do the beta on older generation systems like the PS3 and XBOX360, but they'll definitely be on the PS4, XBONE and PC." Thanks DSOGaming.

Avalanche Expands; Promises "Several Surprises" in 2015

Avalanche Studios announces they will move into a new expanded office space in Stockholm this fall, noting that they also recently expanded their New York offices. They describe the open collaboration between the two locations, and say this expansion prepares for next year, which they anticipate will be the biggest ever for the Just Cause developer, as it will see the release of their Mad Max game, as well as "several surprises." Here's word:

2015 is set to be the biggest year since the inception of Avalanche Studios more than a decade ago. Next year, players will be able to roam the lethal open-world wasteland of Mad Max.

In addition, theHunter is on a record breaking streak. More than a million players have signed up for the world’s most realistic wildlife experience since the Steam introduction earlier this year, bringing the total number to over 4 million.

Avalanche Studios also has several surprises planned for next year. Keep your eyes on avalanchestudios.com.

King's Bounty: Dark Side Released

1C Company announces that King's Bounty: Dark Side is now available via digital distribution, offering the latest installment in the King's Bounty series for Windows and OS X, saying retail boxed versions will follow "at a later date." You can see a bit of the turn-based strategy/RPG in this recent trailer, and here's a brief description:

King’s Bounty: Dark Side is the next chapter in the award-winning King’s Bounty saga. Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

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Five Nights at Freddy's Released

Five Nights at Freddy's is now available on Steam, offering an offbeat simulation with a creepy vibe based around conflicts with animatronic bears in a haunted pizza parlor, which is not what we would call a crowded genre (thanks nin via Joystiq). Here's word on this unusual game:

Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where kids and parents alike come for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see! The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his two friends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds! The robots' behavior has become somewhat unpredictable at night however, and it was much cheaper to hire you as a security guard than to find a repairman.

From your small office you must watch the security cameras carefully. You have a very limited amount of electricity that you're allowed to use per night (corporate budget cuts, you know). That means when you run out of power for the night- no more security doors and no more lights! If something isn't right- namely if Freddybear or his friends aren't in their proper places, you must find them on the monitors and protect yourself if needed!

Can you survive five nights at Freddy's?

Metro 2033/Redux Comparison

A post on games.on.net offers a look at Metro 2033: Redux compared with the original Metro 2033, showing how the graphics in the reduxified version of the shooter improve upon the original. Continue here to read the full story.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Claptrap Trailer

The Gearbox Software website points to a an IGN live video showing off Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the upcoming first-person shooter follow-up/follow-down. The clip offers a first look at Claptrap gameplay, and word is: "Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel producers Joel Eschler (2K Australia) and James Lopez (Gearbox Software) sat down with IGN at Gamescom to bring you your first look at Claptrap the Fragtrap in action. Find out more about Claptrap's action skill, VaultHunter.EXE, and why you should never leave your buddies hangin' in this video straight from the show floor." Continue here to read the full story.

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Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

There's this theory that placing bars of Irish Spring soap in your yard will repel the deer that view flowers and shrubs as an all-you-can-eat buffet. We've seen bars of it in other yards, and decided to give it a try ourselves. I can confirm this works like a charm... an overnight visit from the deer left our flowerbed chewed to shreds, but sure enough, they did not eat a bit of the soap. Success!

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Glue Knight.
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Science: Magnetic Bacteria Could Help Destroy Tumors and Fight Cancer.
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Honest Trailers - Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Fallout 3 Prank: Liam Neeson Calls The Water Treatment Plant.
Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Fallon Play Goldeneye 64.



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