The Fall Sale on The Humble Store
rolls on, and they are now offering a new free game after
Killer is Dead
giveaway. Today's offering is
Double Fine's rock-and-roll adventure where you play as a jacked Jack Black.
This is playable on Windows, Linux, and macOS, and is redeemed via a Steam
if you pick up your free copy by Wednesday afternoon. Here's a refresher on the
Brütal Legend is an action-adventure that marries visceral action
combat with open-world freedom. Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the
Rings and Spinal Tap, it’s a fresh take on the action/driving genre, which in
this case is full of imitation cover bands, demons intent on enslaving humanity
and Heavy metal tunes. Featuring the talents of comedian, actor and musician,
Jack Black as super roadie Eddie Riggs, as well as cameos by some of the biggest
names in metal music it's a wild ride in the belly of the beast that is not to
be missed by gamers and Metalheads alike.
Included as a free bonus in the PC version of Brütal Legend are both the Hammer
of Infinite Fate and Tears of the Hextadon multiplayer map packs.
notes that while EA's share price is way up year-to-date, it took a
hit following the controversy over microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront
, saying it was down about 2.5% the day of the launch of the action game.
post on reddit
signaling EA is also changing how progression works in Need
for Speed Payback, which seems to be an attempt to head off more controversy.
Here's what they are changing in the recently released driving game:
Everyone, bit of an update for you.
As you’ve seen from previous updates recently, we’ve been working on improving
your experience with the progression.
We’ve been using Community feedback, along with our own in-game data and have
come up with a number of changes, many of which are in the process of going
live. Our aim with these changes is to make the progression, especially around
the ownership of cars a much more enjoyable experience.
If you're currently playing the game while reading this, please restart in order
for the changes to come into effect.
- Increased the amount of REP awarded by taking part
- Increased the amount of Bank awarded by taking
part in events.
- Bait crates now reward increased REP.
- Bait crates now reward increased Bank.
- Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you
with increased REP.
- Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you
with increased Bank.
- Air Suspension will now appear more frequently
- Slightly increased REP and Bank for finishing an
event outside of first place.
Today’s changes are just phase one and we have further tweaks coming. Coming
shortly will be some changes to the way tune-up shops work, especially around
the quality / level of parts they stock. More on that soon.
It is worth noting that we do encourage you to recycle your speed cards for
tokens. Targeted rolls are a very good alternative to tune-up shops. Definitely
worth buying out the parts from the tune-up shop and recycling them.
- Decreased the time it takes for new parts to
appear in Tune-Up shops, down from 30mins to 10mins.
- Increased rate in which parts are rewarded within
As always, keep the feedback coming. Have a great weekend and we'll see you
in Fortune Valley.
update to the Heroes of the Storm
PTR to test a bunch of the upcoming
changes for their MOBA that
announced at BlizzCon
. This includes their new performance based matchmaking
system, and they offer a
explaining more of how this works and why they are making the
change. Here's a bit:
Once we introduce performance-based matchmaking in
the near future, our system will look at how well the individuals in a match are
performing and use this to aid in calculating their MMR adjustments for the
match. The system will apply context to these stats by looking at the Hero
you’re playing, the Battleground you’re on, the game mode, and what region
you’re playing in so it can make fair comparisons against other similarly
skilled players under the same conditions. Our goal with this system is not to
define a specific playstyle for each hero, since we are never manually setting
which stats are considered important, but rather to let our machine-learning
driven system define importance and weighting for stats based on millions of
games of data. By looking at these stats across the entire player base, the
system can see which stats are most important for effective play and create a
data-driven model of what the most highly-skilled players are doing in any given
What differentiates a highly skilled player on a given Hero isn’t always
obvious, though. For example:
- When looking at a Hero like Illidan, it’s pretty
straight forward. A good Illidan does a fair amount of damage, soaks a lot
of experience, doesn’t die very often, and captures a lot of Mercenary
camps. Illidan has a fairly high skill ceiling, though, so we expect there
to be a sizeable difference in all of those stats between a highly-skilled
Illidan and an average one.
- However, for a hero like Kerrigan, the difference
in raw stats like damage and experience between a high skill and average
skill player isn’t quite as dramatic. Instead, the biggest thing that sets
apart a highly skilled Kerrigan is how effective they are in landing crowd
control effects, so the system would put a larger emphasis on this stat for
Kerrigan players. She’s still being evaluated on all the same stats as every
other hero, though, so a Kerrigan who spends the game only attempting to
land stuns would not necessarily gain the same amount of MMR, as they would
need to also contribute to the game in a meaningful way on top of landing
lots of CC.
The system can then use an individual player’s performance to adjust how much
MMR the player gains, or loses, for a game. If they’re performing beyond
expectations for their current MMR, the system will grant more MMR when they
win, subtract less when they lose, and they’ll more quickly arrive at the proper
MMR for their skill. The opposite is also true if they’re not performing up to
thread on reddit
discusses the latest changes to progression in Star Wars
, which has been the subject of
over a grind-heavy design and concerns about pay-to-win priorities (thanks
). According to the thread, the latest adjustments make it
possible to unlock all the characters in the Star Wars action sequel in about 24
hours of play, though there are also warnings that doing so would not be the
best use of one's credits, as it will make it harder to level up if you choose
to buy nothing but characters.
has details on what to expect from year three of Rainbow Six Siege
their tactical first-person shooter. They illustrate the post with
White Noise Operators gameplay and starter tips. Here's the plan:
Continue here to read the full story
Rainbow Six Siege development team has announced Year 3 content and support from
the Pro League Finals in Brazil. Here’s what’s been revealed so far (click to
- Eight new operators
- Two brand new maps set in Italy and Morocco
- One map makeover with a new level design and art
Year 3 will kick off with Operation Chimera. This season’s two operators are
specialists in biohazard situations, on top of being playable in adversarial
multiplayer, and during four weeks they will have to face a major threat in what
will be the game’s first co-op event ever, named Outbreak. This event will be
playable during four weeks for free for Rainbow Six Siege owners. It will also
feature an exclusive collection of cosmetics, available only during the time of
The full reveal of Operation Chimera and Outbreak will take place in Montreal at
the Six Invitational 2018. More information on Year 3 will be coming soon.
PlanetSide 2 Forums
celebrate the fifth anniversary of PlanetSide 2
the multiplayer shooter sequel which launched
on this day in 2012
(thanks Dave). There is
a new patch with user-interface and quality-of-life improvements, and they are
now offering sales of three different anniversary bundles with all sorts of
in-game gear. They are also offering double experience until Friday. Here's a
On November 20, PlanetSide 2 celebrates its fifth anniversary as the
world’s most massively multiplayer online first person shooter. From launch to
now, our players have played for more than 211,215,456 hours combined, that’s
24,111 years’ worth of combat on the vast, battle-scarred planet of Auraxis.
To commemorate the occasion, any player can redeem the code “5YearsPS2” in the
Depot and receive a free fifth anniversary decal! Double Experience will also be
running from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24. (Members will receive quadruple experience on
Friday, Nov. 24!)
GFK Chart-Track announces
their sales charts tracking game sales in the U.K. for the week ending November
18th. Word is: "Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: WWII
’ retains the
No1 spot for a third week since launch, narrowly holding off EA’s ‘Star Wars
’ which launched on Tuesday and Friday this week for PS4, Xbox
One and PC." There are six new entries in the top 10 on their
all-platforms top 40 chart
, while Star Wars Battlefront II is the new debut
on the top 10 of the
PC top 30 chart
. Here's that top 10:
||FOOTBALL MANAGER 2018
||THE SIMS 4: CATS & DOGS
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II
||THE SIMS 4
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||OVERWATCH GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
||CALL OF DUTY: WWII
||WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS
||MINECRAFT: STORY MODE - SEASON 2
||THE SIMS 4 BUNDLE PACK 9
||THE SIMS STUDIO
At times, the sentiment behind the R.I.P. notations that occasionally (or these
days seemingly frequently) appear here has been called into question, since
saying Rest In Peace (or Requiescat In Pace) about arguably (or unarguably) evil people seems
an unwarranted kindness. Besides how believers will tell you that judging these
things is the sole province of the almighty, some of those involved in these
discussions have correctly surmised that this is not actually an endorsement of
the individual in question. It's just a shorthand introduction to the news of the person's death
and their obituary, as opposed to saying something like "he's dead Jim."
Please know that this is never meant as an endorsement or a way of overlooking
wrongdoing. I'm not sure why I chose today to explain that today, I guess it's
just one of those helter skelter thoughts that popped into my mind.
Charles Manson, leader of murderous cult, dead at 83