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Two Sonic Games Announced

SEGA announces two new Sonic games, each of which will be racing onto PCs as well as consoles, according to Eurogamer. The first is an all new game called Sonic Project 2017, and they have a look at it in this trailer. Word is, "The new game is dubbed Project Sonic and is due next autumn. It's in development for NX, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A cinematic trailer announced it and heavily suggested there will be co-op. Sonic is joined by another Sonic while he runs towards a giant Robotnik, presumably, and the video's tagline reads: 'When things look their darkest, even heroes need a helping hand.' The other is a remake game called Sonic Mania said to be coming in Spring 2017. They also have a trailer for that and some scant details, "The retro remake, meanwhile, is called Sonic Mania, and it re-imagines bits from Sonic 1, 2 and 3, and Sonic CD. There are new zones and acts plus a new drop-dash ability." Continue here to read the full story.

Trials of the Blood Dragon Demo Offer Ending

A couple of weeks ago Ubisoft announced that anyone who completes the Trials of the Blood Dragon demo will get a free copy of the full version of the game. Now that post has been amended to include an end date for the promotion. Word is, "Update: This special demo will run through July 31" (thanks VG247). Here's a refresher on the game: "Spanning more than 30 missions, Trials of the Blood Dragon follows Slayter and Roxanne – the dirtbike-riding, cybernetically enhanced children of Rex Power Colt – on a global mission to battle alien-backed communists by using bikes, guns, tanks, jetpacks, grappling hooks, and more."

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Video

A video preview of South Park: The Fractured But Whole features Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with the developers of the upcoming superhero RPG discussing their philosophy in following up on The Stick of Truth as well as lessons learned from their first game. They cover a lot of bases, talking about their basic philosophy, and many of the specific challenges in bringing the world of the cartoon series into a game. The video is loaded with interview snippets as well as footage of gameplay. The clip also mentions preorder bonuses, and they offer a little more on those, saying, "Also available will be two collectibles, the RC Coon Bundle exclusively from Amazon and the Fart Pillow exclusively from GameStop." Continue here to read the full story.

Darth Vader VR Teaser

ILMxLAB offers this trailer they call a "story experience teaser" for Darth Vader VR, their upcoming Sith simulation. The tease will probably only be interesting to the most zealous, as it just shows the beloved villain extending his lightsaber in slow motion, and the picture that sentence just conjured in your mind probably covers it. Of more possible interest is the further implication that this will be less of an interactive game and more of a virtual reality movie, so this may not involve as many lightsaber duels as we had hoped. Word is: "The infamous villain Darth Vader will take a central role in ushering us back into the Star Wars universe in this original VR story experience written by David Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises)." Thanks Ant. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It's 100 million degrees out and I am intentionally heading off today to a place with no air conditioning. Planning for the win. Speaking of planning, there's a good likelihood that tomorrow's update will end up coming later in the day than usual. If it ends up not coming at all, you'll know I have experienced spontaneous human combustion.

Hot Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Awesome Run 2.
Media: Orangutan Playing with Lego.
Speedrunning Super Mario Bros. with the Best.
SUPERMAN 64 (Honest Game Trailers).

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Friday, Jul 22, 2016

Spaceship Ahoy - Starbound

The Starbound website announces the launch of Starbound, offering their thanks, saying, "We couldn’t have made it this far without the support of our wonderful community – thank you so much for your support over the years!" Here's the launch trailer, and here's word:

You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite universe…

In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.

Continue here to read the full story.

Lovely Planet Arcade Released

Steam now offers Lovely Planet Arcade, a first-person puzzle shooter for Windows, OS X, and Linux that's a sequel to Lovely Planet. Here's a trailer offering a look at the games untextured graphics, and here's word: "2014’s critical-hit Lovely Planet had us flying through the skies, carelessly spraying bullets in the clouds. It’s time now to hand in your jump boots because we’re going back to the shooting range for some old-school action in Lovely Planet Arcade! Buckle up for close quarter combat through tight corners sprinkled with trigger-happy baddies eager to send you back to the starting line!" Continue here to read the full story.

8DAYS Released

8DAYS is now available on Steam, offering a Windows and OS X twin-stick shooter with 3D controls and throwback 2D graphics. Here's a trailer and here's word: "G.O.D. Inc. is the world leader in the Private Military Company (PMC) sector -- bringing peace to those conflict areas where its clients have strategic interests. In 8DAYS, players take on the role of Lola “Wasp” Cruz and Mike “Ghost” Doe -- two of G.O.D.’s expendable mercenaries. G.O.D. and 8DAYS Magazine are modern instruments used to keep the masses under control. G.O.D. is primarily a peacekeeping force, and the 8DAYS Magazine keeps public opinion in line." Continue here to read the full story.

DropZone Beta Begins

Publisher Gameforge and developer Sparkypants Studios announce that closed beta testing is now underway for DropZone, their upcoming RTS game. They show off the game in a new gameplay trailer and urge those interested in what they see to head over to the Dropzone website and register for the beta. Here's word on the beta and plans to stream a tournament tomorrow:

Leading European video game publisher Gameforge in partnership with Sparkypants Studios is providing select players with early access to Dropzone through its Closed Beta Test. In this ground-breaking RTS experience, players outfit their squad of three Rigs with specialized gear to face each other in adrenalin-fueled 1v1 battles and race against the clock in the most intense 15 minutes of RTS action ever to hit the PC. Furthermore, top ESL-Streamers will square off in Cologne, Germany at the ESL Studios to put their skills to the test as they match up against each other.

Follow the first ever Dropzone Tournament on Twitch, Saturday, July 23rd at 12 pm CET: twitch.tv/esl

Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Pro Pinball Ultra Released

Pro Pinball Ultra is now available on Steam, offering a Windows, OS X, and Linux pinball simulation that got its kickstart though crowdfunding. Here's word on how this game improves upon its predecessor:

Pro Pinball, the world's most realistic pinball simulation is back, better than ever! Featuring the first of the ULTRA editions - Pro Pinball: Timeshock!

  • The ultimate pinball physics engine!
  • Beautiful photo realistic graphics up to 4K resolution
  • Control the ambient light level - play in the dark with ultra dynamic lighting effects
  • A top class soundtrack featuring dozens of exciting tracks
  • Hundreds of top quality dot-matrix display animations
  • Operator's Menu lets you fully customise your games and experiment with the table
  • Glass-Off Mode lets you take the virtual glass off the table and push the balls around
  • Unified world-wide high score leaderboards
  • More content packed in than many regular tables put together - Multiballs, Wizard Modes, Video Modes, Spinners, Jet Bumpers, Magnets, Drop Targets and just about everything else you can imagine!

Order of Battle: Winter War Released

Slitherine announces the release of Order of Battle: Winter War, a paid expansion for free-to-play World War II wargame Order of Battle. The Windows and OS X expansion can be found on Steam, and it updates the game with a completely new set of Finnish units and a new campaign with 13 new scenarios. This product section has details and images, and here's word:

After going Free-to-Play and having been download over 500k times in a month, Order of Battle changes theatre of war for the first time, leaving the beaches of Pacific islands and landing in Europe. This paves the way for a completely new set of units, including Finnish ski troops, panzerfaust-equipped infantry, German Panzer IV and StuG III combat vehicles, several variations of the Soviet T-34, KV-2 152mm-armed heavy tanks and a whole range of iconic aircraft such as the Me Bf-109, Fw-190, Yak-7, Il-2 Sturmovik and Fokker D.XXI.

Steamship Ahoy - Human: Fall Flat Released

Publisher Curve Digital and developer No Brakes Games now offer the full Steam release of Human: Fall Flat for Windows, OS X, and Linux, following the debut of a prototype of the puzzle game on itch.io. A new trailer celebrates the release, and shows off the game's two-player co-op mode. Here's more on the game:

In Human: Fall Flat, the player must guide Bob through a series of surreal dreamscapes using only Bob’s limited dexterity and the objects around him. By operating Bob’s limbs independently, players must traverse wrecked trainyards, clamber over cavernous wastelands and lay siege to fairy-tale castles, all in the pursuit of… whatever it is Bob is seeking.

Human: Fall Flat encourages repeat playthroughs, as there are often many ways to overcome obstacles and reach each level’s exit. Experimenting with the way Bob interacts with various objects and environments can lead to some genuinely inventive moments—players should never wonder if they can make a solution work, but instead how they will.

Continue here to read the full story.

New NVIDIA TITAN X Announced

NVIDIA has unveiled the TITAN X, a new flagship video card based on their Pascal architecture, perhaps courting confusion by retaining the same name as their last top-of-the-line model. They call this "without question, the world’s ultimate graphics card," and say it will be available August 2nd, though there are ongoing shortages and price-gouging on the 1080 series launched at the end of May, so it may be a while before you can find one, and it may be longer finding one at list price (widely-reported to be $1200.00). A video introduces the new card by posing it naked for your voyeuristic needs, and here's word:

NVIDIA TITAN X has 11 TFLOPS of power, 3584 CUDA Cores, 12GB of 10Gbps GDDR5X VRAM, a 384-bit Memory Interface, 480 GB/sec of Memory Bandwidth, boosts to 1.5GHz out of the box, utilizes superior heat dissipation vapor chamber cooling technology, and features a stunning design. It is, without question, the world’s ultimate graphics card.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Left my phone in my office last night and completely missed my alarm this morning, getting things off on the wrong foot. I think I'm pretty caught up, but apologies for the setback.

Late Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Call of Zombies 2.
Links: Geek Out Over This $1.5 Million Star Trek Home Theater. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Doctors devise care plan for babies as Zika threat looms in US.
Media: Graphite and Its Awesome Properties.
German Shepherd Reunited With His Owner After 18 Days.
Bass Fish Knocks Out Turtle.


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