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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Date & Specs

A listing is now on for the online game code for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the upcoming Windows edition of the stealth/action sequel (thanks DSoGaming). We recently learned this is due "any day now," and the listing shows a January 9, 2014 release date, which is certainly "any day," though not necessarily "now." The listing also includes the following system specs:
OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
Processor: Intel Core i5 2400
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTS 450
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 650
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

J.U.L.I.A.: Enhanced Edition Evolves into J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars

CBE Software announces a name change for J.U.L.I.A.: Enhanced Edition, saying the game is now known as J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars. They say this reflects a change in direction the project took when its Kickstarter campaign generated. "With different and more detailed gameplay mechanics, reworked story and ramped up visuals, simply adding the words 'Enhanced Edition' no longer made sense," explains Jan Kavan, CBE software director. "We turned to our backers and asked about their opinions on a new name for the game and the result is a title we and our backers are very happy with. I also believe that the name better reflects the science fiction theme of an adventure game set in space and the heart of our story." Here's their updated description of the game:
The story centers on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an elite group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the space probe’s artificial intelligence and Mobot, a huge reconnaissance robot. Together, this unlikely trio will explore the mysteries of this solar system. But are they prepared for what they will find?

The game is controlled through various computer interfaces and all the visual feed is delivered back onto the space probe through the built-in cameras of Mobot – a highly sophisticated exploration device.

Players get to explore, analyze, interact with many ingenious high tech devices and piece together a gripping story while traveling to planets within the range of a solar system of Salia.

The game will be released in 2014 for PC, Mac and Linux and will be available as a digital download on STEAM and other platforms.

Rise of the Wang

A new patch is now available for Rise of the Triad, updating Interceptor Entertainment's over-the-top shooter remake to version 1.3. The update touches on another wild remake, as it adds Lo Wang of Shadow Warrior fame to the game, along with five of the most popular maps created by members of the ROTT community. This trailer offers a look at the mash-up in action, and here's word:
With the release of Rise of the Triad v1.3 - Interceptor Entertainment and Apogee Software have teamed up with Devolver Digital and Flying Wild Hog to add Shadow Warrior's Lo Wang to Rise of the Triad to engage in ludicrous multiplayer with the H.U.N.T Team on San Nicolas Island!

Moreover, as a souvenir from his journey, Lo Wang will be bringing the legendary Excalibat from Rise of the Triad into Shadow Warrior starting today!
Continue here to read the full story.

The Banner Saga Next Month; Preorders Underway

Stoic Studio announces that preorders are now being accepted for The Banner Saga on Steam, and that in addition to a 20% discount for the advance commitment, preorder customers will also receive the Insane Viking pack (which will also go out to the game's Kickstarter backers). Here's word: "Buy now to get the PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE - the ‘Insane Viking’ pack! Pre-order includes the exclusive Tryggvi character (spearman class) plus a necklace that grants a +10% extra damage in combat. It also includes three exclusive tracks created by Grammy nominated composer Austin Wintory."

Altitude0 Free Demo and Track Editor

The Altitude0 website now offers a track editor for Altitude0: Lower & Faster, allowing players to create their own races for this online air racing game for Windows PCs. This is offered for free, and since it runs in any web-browser such as Firefox or Chrome that supports WebGL, so people can play around with this even if they don't own the game. Further, they are now splitting the game itself into two versions, the existing paid-for release, and a free demo/track editor testing version that's half the size and does not support all the game's features.

Cosmonautica Announced

Cosmonautica is an upcoming space trading game just announced by Chasing Carrots (Pressure). The Cosmonautica website is live, offering a developer blog on how the project was chosen and word they are seeking new testers for what they call the "pre-alpha" for the game. Here's word:
Cosmonautica is about space, trading and a crew from hell. We love trade/management-simulations and space-games like Elite II, Patrician or Transport Tycoon. But we also dig humor, characters and emergent stories. So we put in some personal touches like in the Sims.

So we got: Trade, Fight, Explore & Care. In a nifty little sandbox simulation in the stars. It’s currently in an early alpha stage.

Strike Vector Open Beta Next Month

Ragequit Corporation announces that Strike Vector will enter open beta testing in early January 2014, allowing players to test fly this airborne shooter. Here's word: "Strike Vector is a new kind of fast FPS which takes place in the sky in a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk world. In the pure tradition of the sacred monsters of hardcore FPS such as Quake 3, Strike Vector will offer you a massive challenge if you want to stand against the best players." Here's a trailer celebrating the news: Continue here to read the full story.

DC Universe Online Luring Back Legendary Members

The DC Universe Online website announces they are granting free temporary Legendary Membership in the superhero MMORPG to lapsed former legendary members who paid for at least one billing cycle and whose accounts ended in good standing. The free access runs from now until January 15, 2014. Thanks Massively.

On Sale

  • 2013 Solstice Festivmas on Winter sale déjà vu.
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - Hangar 6 R&D on GameStop PC Downloads. Save 50%.
  • EA Sale on GameFly Digital. Save up to 50% and get C&C: Red Alert 3 for free. Thanks Dealzon, where they highlight the plum deals.
  • Out of the Park Baseball 14 on Steam. Save 25%.
  • Shadow Warrior on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Winter Sale on The Humble Store. Ends at 10:00 pm EST tonight.

Evening Screenshots

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New AMD Drivers Address Micro Stuttering

AMD now offers new version 13.12 WHQL-certified drivers for AMD/ATI accelerators, as well as a new Catalyst 13.11 Beta Driver for Windows and a new AMD Catalyst 13.11 LINUX Beta V9.4 Driver. The new version 13.12 drivers include support for recently released new graphics cards along with improved support for a number of games. They also address the micro stuttering that can plague multi GPU configurations, saying: "Frame pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace."

Thief Trailer

A new cinematic trailer from Thief tells the story of the Queen of the Beggars, one of the characters in the upcoming stealth/action reboot. Here's some background: "Nobody knows how old the Queen of the Beggars actually is; rumour has it she's as old as The City itself. Some say that although she is blind, she sees through the eyes of rats that riddle the streets. In the second trailer of the Stories from The City series, the wise old crone gives her views on the City as it goes through a time of death and gloom." Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry Released for Windows

In spite of just today saying that Freedom Cry DLC for the Windows edition of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was delayed from yesterday and "will release in the coming days," it is now available for purchase on Steam and UPLAY. Here's a reminder of what this adds to the stealth/action sequel:
Play as Adewale, an ex-slave turned Assassin fighting for freedom with the help of his own Pirate crew.

Born a slave, Adewale found freedom as a pirate aboard Edward Kenway’s ship, the Jackdaw. 15 years later, Adewale has become a trained Assassin who finds himself shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or crew. He now has to acquire a ship and gather his own crew to free the slaves and avenge them. Over 3 hours of new single-player gameplay!

Battlefield 4 Lawsuit

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit against Electronic Arts announces a class action suit on behalf of EA shareholders over loss in value caused by Battlefield 4 issues, with portions of the complaint also referencing problems specific to the PS4 edition of the military shooter sequel. GameInformer also notes that another law firm stated last week they were "investigating" similar legal action. Here's part of the complaint in the newer story:
According to the complaint, defendants’ Class Period statements were materially false and misleading because they failed to disclose and misrepresented the following adverse facts which were known to or recklessly disregarded by defendants: (a) Battlefield 4 was riddled with bugs and multiple other problems, including downloadable content that allowed players access to more levels of the game, a myriad of connectivity issues, server limitations, lost data and repeated sudden crashes, among other things; (b) as a result, Electronic Arts would not achieve a successful holiday season 2013 rollout of Battlefield 4; (c) the performance of the Electronic Arts unit publishing Battlefield 4 was so deficient that all other projects that unit was involved in had to be put on hold to permit it to focus its efforts on fixing Battlefield 4; and (d) as a result, Electronic Arts was not on track to achieve the financial results it had told the market it was on track to achieve during the Class Period.

QuakeWorld Turns 17 and This Day in Gaming History

Stories from our archive. First are a couple from yesterday, as it was December 17th 1996 that the QuakeWorld client was released by id Software and it was December 17th 1996 1998 that Epic Games (at the time Epic MegaGames) announced both Unreal Tournament and Unreal II. On to December 18th, it was 15 years ago today that Starsiege TRIBES went gold. Here are more stories of note: Splinter Cell Demo (2002), International UT2004 Demo (2004), Tiberium Announced (2007), ABIT Closes (2008), Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam shipped (2010), and RAGE: The Scorchers shipped (2012). Update: Corrected the year on the Unreal Tournament/Unreal II link.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry Delayed for Windows

The Windows edition of the Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is not yet available, proving it's possible for a game delay to pop up in 24 hours, as just two days ago the pack was on track for release yesterday. The Ubisoft forums now have an explanation from Ubisoft:
The PC version of the Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will release in the coming days. We are taking the extra time to apply a final layer of polish to ensure that it meets the expectations of our fans.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Australian Censorship Explained

Player Attack follows up on the news that South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored for release in Australia, as they have the reasons previous submissions of Obsidian's upcoming action/RPG were rejected. They have details that may spoil gameplay if that is a concern, but the two areas that caused problems were an alien anal probe scenario that's been cut for the Australian release and a scene at an abortion clinic which will apparently remain.

Strife Closed Beta Underway

S2 Games announces closed beta testing us underway for Strife, which they call "the premier second generation free-to-play MOBA. The Strife website is where to sign-up for possible selection to participate in the test before the game goes live for all next year, and they say this is not exclusive to any territory, so players from around the globe are welcome. "Each part of our development process has been marked by intense planning, calculated execution and iterative design informed by feedback," said Marc DeForest, CEO of S2 Games. "A natural part of this process is to solicit feedback from a slowly but steadily increasing portion of our fan base to ensure that the game we are creating resonates with our community." Here's word on the test:
Determined to create a more connected multiplayer experience, Strife is focused on giving players an environment where they're competing with enemies, not their own teammates. With a background of over six years in producing MOBAs, S2 has built a collaborative gameplay design that eliminates problems that have plagued the genre in the past. By using this development process, issues including battles over shared resources, arguments around designated roles and general in-team toxicity have all been addressed.

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who turns 70 today. His face turned 70 about 15 years ago, his liver has to be 490 (I'm assuming seven years is a Keith Richards liver year, like dog years), but his guitar riffs are timeless. In spite of his notorious partying, apparently the closest he came to overdosing is that a band named themselves Keith Richards Overdose, he shrugged of brain surgery that was required after he fell while climbing a tree in his 60s, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't kidding (as he later stated he was) when he claimed to have snorted some of his dead father's ashes. And at this point I'm becoming convinced he'll outlive us all. Happy birthday Keith, you magnificent bastard.

Rockin' Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Everloom.
Frosty's Adventure.
Stories: Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall. Thanks nin.
As NORAD Tracks Santa, critics track NORAD. Thanks HARDOCP.
Science: Multivitamins won't boost health, waste of money: Researchers. Thanks Boing Boing.
McLaren to use force field of sound waves, replaces windshield wipers.
A quantum revolution against Feynman diagrams.
Images: 11 Holiday Hairstyles Sure To Shock Santa.
Media: Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color- San Diego Study #3. Thanks HARDOCP.
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