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Monday, Dec 11, 2017

Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin

Origin's On the House program now offers Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition as a free download, a 100% discount off its normal $4.99 price tag (thanks Tech ARP). The action/strategy is available for Windows and OS X, and requires an Origin account to redeem. Here's a refresher on the game:

What do you do when there's a zombie on your lawn? If you answered "start planting flowers to defeat it," then you've likely heard of Plants vs. Zombies. Armed with dozens of zombie-zapping plants, from the classic peashooter to the devious cherry bomb, you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to stop all types of zombies dead in their tracks. And just when you think you've got a handle on things, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog, and a swimming pool add to the challenge. With five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Season 3 Cast Revealed

CapCom announces Sakura is the first new character coming to Season 3 of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, which begins on January 16th. Word is: "First appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ryu’s number one fan returns to the series with a new outlook on life. After graduating high school, Sakura now works part-time at an arcade, but wonders what decisions she needs to make in order to be satisfied with her future." Not to worry with all that talk about graduating, as she still seems to favor schoolgirl outfits as her fighting gear. CapCom Unity has the details and a reveal trailer as well as a new cinematic opening that reveals all the characters to be introduced in Season 3. Here's more on the new cast of characters:

We hope players across the world enjoyed the opening cinematic of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition played because we revealed more than just Sakura! Fan favorites Blanka, Cody, and the “king” Sagat will return with new characters Falke and G to complete Season 3!

Sakura will be available in the Season 3 Character Pass for MSRP $29.99, which will include her Battle Costume with colors 3-10 and default costume colors 3-10 unlocked. The Season 3 Character Pass will be available on January 16, 2018! As usual, holders of the pass will automatically get Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat when they arrive next year. Stay tuned for more information on the rest of the cast, including their stories and move sets! Beginning with Season 3, if you purchase each character individually with real money, you’ll also get the same Battle Costume and colors as you would if you have the Character Pass.

If you purchase the Season 3 Character Pass from 1/16-1/31, you’ll also receive nine costumes: the 30th Anniversary Costumes for M. Bison, Guile, Ibuki, and Karin, along with the Nostalgia Costumes for Alex, Ibuki, Juri, Kolin, and Akuma!

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Announced

Here's more Street Fighter: CapCom Unity announces the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, saying this "ultimate tribute" to the series is coming in May 2018 to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This will bring a dozen games from the fighting franchise, all updated to support online play and game saves. Here's a trailer and here are the details:

In 1987, the fighting game genre was forever changed when Street Fighter appeared in arcades around the world. Over 60 characters, 80 titles, 40 million units sold, and 30 years later, we’re celebrating this momentous feat with the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC! Learn more about this ultimate tribute to Street Fighter after the jump!

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection contains 12 iconic titles in the series that each have their place in Street Fighter history:

  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter II
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
  • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III
  • Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

Online Play - Have the desire to duke it out against fighters around the world? Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike are all playable online! In addition to Ranked and Casual Matches, up to four players can join a lobby where they can play against the CPU while waiting for their next match – a throwback to those days of waiting for a second player to challenge you in the arcades. Each of these titles will have their own global leaderboard to ensure bragging rights can be proved. Online play also features “rewind” technology that provides low-latency matches with the ability to adjust your own input latency via the in-game menu.

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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Trailer

OVERKILL offers an Aidan trailer from OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, the not-awkwardly titled upcoming first-person shooter. The cinematic clip serves as a travelogue showing the appeal of surviving a zombie-infested apocalypse, but ends just before the sport killing of the infected begins, so no gameplay is included. After a couple of delays, the game is still expected for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this fall, and the announcement includes some new details:

A new cinematic trailer was released today for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, the upcoming cooperative first-person shooter in development by OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio, together with its partners Skybound Entertainment and 505 Games. This video features Aidan, the first of the game’s four unique playable characters fighting to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Inspired by the rich story universe of Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four-player co-op multiplayer FPS action game set in Washington, D.C., as an outbreak brings the dead back to life. In this test of strategy and endurance, players will band together with up to three friends on a variety of missions and raids, securing supplies and survivors to strengthen their base camp against the threat of both the dead and the living - by any means necessary.

Each playable character has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories. Now they all share a common objective where survival and teamwork is paramount. The action is close-up and intense: take out enemies carefully with silent melee attacks or go in guns blazing. You need to be able to improvise, as nothing is certain, and a horde of walkers is always around the corner.

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Arjan Brussee Departs Boss Key for Epic "Secret Project"

Arjan Brussee tweets that he is departing Boss Key Productions to return to Epic Games for a secret project (thanks GamesIndustry.biz). Word is: "Big News .... I'm leaving @bosskey and will return to @EpicGames after 20 years (!) to work on an exciting secret project, stay tuned!" Cliff Bleszinski, who cofounded Boss Key with Brussee also tweets about the move, saying Boss Key is "still makin' games." Here's word:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that we've parted ways with @arjanbrussee from @BossKey.

He is not only a brilliant person but also a dear friend and I wish him well in his future endeavors.

Onward and upward - still makin' games here!

U.K. Sales Charts

GFK Chart-Track announces Call of Duty: WWII is enjoying a sixth straight week atop the all platforms chart listing last week's bestselling games in the U.K. Word is: "It is the longest unbroken run at No1 since Black Ops 3. EA still have 2 titles in the Top 5 with ‘Fifa 18’ retaining the No2 spot (-58%) and ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ climbing one place into No3 (-22%). There are two new entries that make the Top 40 this week: ‘Rocket League: Collector’s Edition’ now through Warner Bros. at No21 and Gearbox Publishing’s ‘Hello Neighbor’ debuting at No37. Elsewhere in the charts, re-entries for Nintendo’s ‘Miitopia’ (+2%) at No36 and ‘Mario Kart 7’ (-13%) at No35 gives Nintendo a total of 8 titles in the Top 40 with its highest at No4 – ‘Super Mario Odyssey (-25%)." On the PC top 30 chart Football Manager 2018 continues to kick ass and remain number one, while Hello Neighbor is the top new entry, debuting at number nine. Here's the new PC top 10:

LW TW Title Developer Label Publisher
1 - 1 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2018 SPORTS INTERACTIVE SEGA SEGA
2 - 2 THE SIMS 4 THE SIMS STUDIO EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
3 - 3 THE SIMS 4: CATS & DOGS THE SIMS STUDIO EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
6 ˄ 4 CALL OF DUTY: WWII SLEDGEHAMMER GAMES ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
21 ˄ 5 THE SIMS 4: BUNDLE PACK 9 THE SIMS STUDIO EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
10 ˄ 6 DOOM ID SOFTWARE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
8 ˄ 7 WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS MACHINEGAMES BETHESDA SOFTWORKS BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
11 ˄ 8 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II DIGITAL ILLUSIONS EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
- * 9 HELLO NEIGHBOR DYNAMIC PIXELS GEARBOX PUBLISHING GEARBOX PUBLISHING
16 ˄ 10 DESTINY 2 BUNGIE ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AeroCool Project 7 850W Platinum Power Supply Unit on Nikk Tech.
  • ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard on AnandTech.
  • be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Case on Overclockers Club.
  • Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB Fan on Play3r.
  • D-Link COVR-3902 AC3900 Wi-Fi System on Big Bruin.
  • RGB Fan 2017 Multi Vendor Roundup on Modders-Inc.
  • BitFenix ENSO RGB Gaming Case on Play3r.
  • MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS Motherboard on Play3r.
  • Phanteks Glacier G1080 Video Card Water Block on [H]ardOCP.
  • ROCCAT Suora FX Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.org.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I had too much going on to enjoy DOOM's 24 anniversary yesterday, but I will fire up the classic today to reminisce. I think the only version I have installed right now is on Steam, so I'll have to figure out if there's a way to play that with one of the new versions of the game, or if I'm just going old school, but either way, some demons are going to pay.

DOOMed Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Lamborghini Drifter 2.
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North Korea's newest claim: Kim Jong Un can control the weather.
Media: Honest FCC Advert- Net Neutrality NSFW. Thanks Simon.
The moment when you dedicate your life to revenge.
Damn it, Charlie.
Auctions: Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America. Thanks Neutronbeam.

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Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 Happy Birthday DOOM!

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Co-op & Steam Workshop Support Announced

A new Mech_Con 2017 trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries offers a look at Piranha Games' upcoming continuation of the mech combat series. They use the occasion to say to expect a release by the end of 2018 and reveal that the game will include co-op multiplayer for up to four players and mod support for the Steam Workshop. Here are all the details:

Piranha Games announced tonight at Mech_Con that the upcoming and highly anticipated MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature four-player co-op and full modding and Steam Workshop support, and during the keynote speech at the event revealed all-new gameplay footage showcasing a variety of ‘Mechs in combat on a selection of biomes to be featured in the final game, set to launch in late 2018 (www.mw5mercs.com).

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries features intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a new MechWarrior mercenary thrust into leadership of a mercenary squad as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.

The game’s newly-announced co-op functionality will enable players to host up to three friends inside their campaign universe, running missions together as a coordinated lance under the banner of the host’s mercenary unit.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will also receive full mod support, empowering fans to customize their own missions, contracts, planetary systems, biomes, and much more, via powerful toolsets and Steam Workshop integration.

The feature announcements and new gameplay footage were unveiled at Mech_Con 2017, an annual celebration of all things MechWarrior and BattleTech. Hosted by Piranha Games and featuring a variety of partners – each with a deep history of involvement in the beloved franchise – and attended by fans from around the world, the evening was capped off by an exciting conclusion to the first-ever MechWarrior Online World Championship Finals, where two teams of eight duked it out on the battlefield for their shot at the World Championship title and a share of the prize pool.

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Until None Remain: Battle Royale Beta Testing

Developer D.W.S. is seeking beta testers for Until None Remain: Battle Royale PC Edition, the upcoming non-VR edition of Until None Remain: Battle Royale VR, which, as the title explains, is a VR battle royale game. This Google Document is accepting signups, and offers an explanation of the goals of their testing, and promises testers who participate for more than an hour a free copy of the finished game:

Testing will be conducted during certain periods of time and everyone interested will be contacted to participate. Times are expected to be evenings US time during the week and afternoon to evenings US time on weekends. Communication for all testing will be in English and basic understanding of English is needed if you wish to participate. We will provide a discord channel as well for feedback and to help coordinate everyone. Once you have access you are more than welcome to play/test as long as the servers are up and running, but we cannot guarantee availability until launch, but we do our best to leave some servers up and running.

If you are interested in testing you will be provided a Beta key that will unlock the game before launch. We reserve the right to revoke the key before launch, but those who participate in the testing for a minimum of 1 hour will get to keep the key and it will work as a full retail copy at release as our thanks for helping out.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's recap of last week's 10 bestselling titles on Steam:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. SpellForce 3
  4. Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Italia
  5. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  7. Call of Duty: WWII
  8. Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王 Complete Edition
  9. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Pass

Sunday Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Update: Noticed after I posted this that today is Human Rights Day, and that I failed to wish a happy 24th birthday(!) to the original DOOM, both of which seem slightly more noteworthy than more of my ramblings about football.

As a Giants fan I'm not used to midseason regime changes, but in spite of the team's aversion to such disruptions, this week seems an endorsement of them. There is a genuine sense of optimism from the team and its fans today that is hard to explain otherwise. There is always intensity to playing a rival like the Cowboys, but the passion surrounding discussion of today's matchup is still completely crazy for a team with a 2-10 record, where everyone is worked up because the team is being led this week by a head coach with a career 10-38 record. I talk like this is all on other fans, but I'm as guilty of being hyped as anyone, so I guess it just shows how much emotion some of us invest in this game.

Updated Links: Thanks Ant.
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Media: The First Honest Cable Company - Net Neutrality. NSFW.
James Franco Reads Bad Video Game Lines as Tommy Wiseau.
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