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Thursday, May 15, 2014

  

The Division Delayed

Ubisoft announces a delay until next year for The Division, their upcoming Tom Clancy game (thanks All Games Beta). Here's word:

Today we announced that Tom Clancy's The Division will be available in 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Working on The Division is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us at Massive, Reflections, and Red Storm Entertainment. We are creating something we are really proud of and we don't want to compromise on quality. We are going to release the game when it's ready.

We want to thank you again for the exceptional ongoing support. Community is at the heart of what we are doing and we’re very much designing the game with you in mind, so your involvement means a lot to us.

The production is getting stronger every day and we can't wait to show you what we’ve been up to at this year’s E3. :)

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Chivalry: Medieval Warfare along with the Deadliest Warrior DLC for the multiplayer medieval first-person slasher, which is currently on sale. Word is:

In celebration of our Barbarian Invasion Patch, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior will be FREE for the May 15th - 18th weekend starting at 1pm EST! In addition to being free, new players can purchase both Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior on SALE for 75% off!! Check it out now on STEAM!

Join Us for a Weekend of first-person medieval Carnage!!

Jagged Alliance Flashback Early Access

Full Control announces Steam Early Access to Jagged Alliance Flashback is now available, allowing the chance to play this upcoming Jagged Alliance prequel before development is complete, presuming this doesn't trigger any temporal abnormalities. "The launch of Jagged Alliance: Flashback on Steam Early Access is a significant milestone in our vision to bring back the beloved turn-based franchise to its roots," said Thomas Lund, CEO of Full Control. "We're excited to launch the game on Steam Early Access and can't wait to see what the Jagged Alliance community will build with the Editor." The game is due for full release later this year, and here's word on the version that's currently available:

A unique mix of deep turn-based tactics, role-playing and squad management, Jagged Alliance: Flashback is set on the fictional Caribbean Island of San Hermanos in the late 1980’s.

An elected president - “The Prince”, uses his military forces to halt a rebellious group attempting to overthrow his regime. Powerless against his organised military forces, the leader of the rebellion is arrested and the insurgents quickly dissolve. Arriving on San Hermanos, the players first mission is to help the rebel leader escape from prison, before things take a turn for the worse.

Heavy Bullets Early Access

Steam News announces the release of Heavy Bullets via Early Access, offering a randomized first-person shooter which is also available through other digital distributors. Here's the announcement explaining the game:

Through the dark art of video game publishing, Devolver Digital has teamed up with nom de plume Terri Vellimann and the surprisingly handsome musician Doseone (Samurai Gunn) to launch the procedurally generated FPS Heavy Bullets on Steam Early Access. The debut game from Brazilian developer Terri Vellimann is available now as a pretty damned polished beta and the community is invited to provide feedback and suggestions through the last two months of development. American musician/producer/rapper/gentleman Doseone is providing the score and sound design for Heavy Bullets and will be posting works in progress and streaming music sessions to give the community an insight into his process.

Heavy Bullets arms the player with a simple yet stylish revolver and six devastatingly plump bullets with the goal of resetting the security mainframe to restore order and reap the rewards of a job well done. To succeed in the game, players will need to move carefully and make smart use of their bullets, items, and the environment as rushing into new areas is the fastest way to get killed in the untamed wild of the neon corridors.

Steamships Ahoy - Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion

Casual Brothers announces they are ready to play pull-my-finger with the Steam release of Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion, as their co-op action game that brings biological warfare to the dungeon. "We’ve been working diligently over the last few months to bring Orc Attack to PC players worldwide," said Nacho Sanchez, co-developer, Casual Brothers. "New improvements to the camera system and frame rate, plus added Steam Achievements, will enable players of all ages to pull off all sorts of gaseous farts, burps, and combos to their hearts’ desire." Here's the deal on the game:

In Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion, Orcs have become victims of brutal Human expansion, as people are carelessly polluting the environment. Now, four trained Orc heroes are retaliating with a not-so-silent yet very deadly plan. In either single-player or up to four-player co-op, gamers will take on the role of Orcs, each wielding a unique gaseous ability, taking the fight to the Humans in a stinky, fart-filled romp.

Players will enjoy a variety of gameplay features, including two different gameplay modes: The Magic Mode, in which Orcs perform magical spells with devastating effects on their enemies; and The Dirty Mode, in which Orcs produce vile and dangerous gasses creating explosions and other devastating effects on their enemies.

Ships Ahoy - War, the Game

The War,the Game website announces War, the Game has now commenced, as the global strategy game is now available through Desura. Here's word:

In 'War, the Game' players take the role of a supreme commander directing armies across the entire globe. Players must use their wits to defeat cunning AI in many realistic locations across the globe. 'War, the Game' is a real time strategy game that takes inspiration from board games such as Axis & Allies, Risk and Diplomacy. The controls are simple and the game rules are straightforward. This game is easy to learn but difficult to master.

Wolfenstein Launch Trailer

The Bethesda Blog now offers a "House of the Rising Sun" launch trailer from Wolfenstein: The New Order, the upcoming alternate-history shooter, proving that accordions can ruin almost any musical composition. Speaking of the new Wolfenstein, there's a lengthy preview of the game on Polygon (thanks nin) with a detailed look at the game and the tough times its developer, Machine Games, suffered through before landing the project. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

  • BattleBlock Theater on Steam. Save 10%.
  • Bohemia Anniversary Sale on Steam. Save up to 80%.
  • The Debut 13 Bundle on Indie Royale.
  • Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren`s Call on Steam. Save 30%.
  • Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube on Steam. Save 25%.
  • Small World 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • The Stanley Parable on Steam. Save 50%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Harrison Ford Offered "Blade Runner 2" Role. Thanks nin.

Far Cry 4 Announced

Ubisoft officially announces Far Cry 4, saying the open world first-person shooter sequel is coming to Windows, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3 on November 18th in North America and November 20th in other territories. The Far Cry website is already offering preorders, which include a free upgrade to the Limited Edition. They promise more details at E3, and in the meantime, here's the announcement, which confirms the Himalayan setting revealed earlier this year by Eurogamer:

Today, Ubisoft announced Far Cry 4, an open-world, first-person shooter that delivers the most expansive and immersive Far Cry experience ever. Far Cry 4 will be available November 18 in the US and November 20 in the EMEA territories for PlayStation 4® computer entertainment system, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Development on Far Cry 4 is being led by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft studio, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai, and Ubisoft Kiev.

In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer. “Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months.”

Customers who pre-order Far Cry 4 receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring the popular character Hurk from Far Cry 3’s DLC. The Limited Edition also includes Hurk’s signature harpoon gun called “The Impaler”. The pre-order is now available at all major retailers.

Interceptor Drops a Bombshell

3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment announce Bombshell, an Unreal-engine third-person action game coming to PCs and PlayStation 4. This is the culmination of their second teaser countdown after their previous tease that prompted a lawsuit after it turned out to be for a new Duke Nukem game. This new announcement seems to skirt the issue of Duke rights by using the name of the female character that was at one time intended as Duke's sidekick in Duke Nukem Forever. They plan on unveiling more on this at E3, here's a Bombshell reveal trailer, and here's word on the game:


From the creators of 2013’s Rise of the Triad comes Bombshell, a top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation 4. Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison strong-arms her way across 4 planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to the save the U.S. President from an apocalyptic alien threat. With out-of-this-world enemies, a never-before-seen arsenal of devastating weaponry and a variety genre-crossing mechanics, Bombshell is set to completely blow you away.

Continue here to read the full story.

Crytek Showing Two New Games at E3

Italian site GamesVillage.it has word that Crytek will be showing two new games at the imminent E3 expo. There are few details yet other than the titles, one game is called Arena of Fate, which they say is a PC-only multiplayer game, and the second is called Grave Project.

Ships Ahoy - Men of War: Assault Squad 2

1C Company now offers the official release of Men of War: Assault Squad 2, the World War II real-time strategy sequel. The game has been in Early Access since February, and was last planned for release in March, though no explanation of the delay is provided. The game is available as a standard or a deluxe edition, this launch trailer shows it off, and here's word on what to expect:

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 features new single player style skirmish modes that take players from extreme tank combat to deadly sniper stealth missions. Commanders can now faceoff against opponents on various new multiplayer 1v1 – 4v4 maps.

This new Assault Squad game brings significant game engine and visual improvements as well, with special attention paid to ones that were highly requested by the players. These included items such as advanced multi-core support, advanced shader technology, interface and AI improvements, as well as added camouflage depending on season/map, fully updated inventory items with new graphics and updated vehicles, sound improvements, Steam multiplayer and much more.

Continue here to read the full story.

War of the Vikings Free Mini-Expansion; DLC

Paradox Interactive announces the release of the Shieldmaiden "mini-expansion" for War of the Vikings, which will add female warriors to Fatshark's melee combat game, accommodating female players and legions of virtual cross-dressers. This is being offered for free alongside a new paid DLC pack that adds character customization options, though there will be no bikini armor or boob physics involved. "Out of all of the research and study that went into designing War of the Vikings, the history surrounding shieldmaidens was some of the most fascinating and controversial," said Gordon Van Dyke, Executive Producer for Paradox’s War series. "Our design reflects the preparations that any warrior, male or female, would have made for battle: practical protection, not sexualized fantasy. We’ve saved the physics for the combat, where it belongs." Here's more:

Paradox Interactive today announced the addition of female characters to War of the Vikings, the close quarter combat game developed by Fatshark. The “Shieldmaiden” mini-expansion adds the highly anticipated option to play as female combatants in a new pre-defined class for both the Viking and Saxon factions, with designs inspired by history and real-world accounts of brave warrior women, and comes at no cost to all players. This update launches alongside a new DLC package that adds a wealth of customization options to the new female warriors – absurd and nonsensical ‘boob armor’ not included. Owners of the of the Blood Eagle and Valhalla editions of the game will have this customization DLC already included, base game owners can purchase the customization DLC for $4.99.

The Shieldmaiden mini-expansion for War of the Vikings also gives all players access to new maps, new weapons, and the ability to use a female face for all existing classes.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Adata DashDrive Durable HD650 500GB USB 3.0 External HDD on Pure Overclock.
  • ADATA Premier Pro SP920 SS on Vortez.
  • ADATA XPG 64GB SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 U3 Memory Card on Legit Reviews.
  • Creative Labs Sound Blaster E1 on LAN OC.
  • Crucial M550 256GB SSD on HCW.
  • Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
  • Enermax Revolution XT 630W 80+ Gold Modular PSU on Pure Overclock.
  • Func HS-260 on APH Networks.
  • Icy Dock ToughArmor Series Overview on TweakTown.
  • MSI Z97I Gaming AC and R9 270X Gaming ITX on Guru3D.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN vs. Radeon R9 280X CrossFire on ocaholic.
  • Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tower Case on Benchmark Reviews.
  • Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD on Hardware Canucks.
  • Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive on Hardware Heaven.
  • Seasonic G Series V2 550 W on techPowerUp.
  • Thermaltake eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
  • TRENDnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-818DRU) on Mad Shrimps.
  • X2 Saturn 5.1 Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
  • XTPower XT-10000ADF 10000mAh Power Bank on Nikk Tech.

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Out of the Blue

Today is that fast food workers strike people have been talking about. I guess I've been supporting this for years, as I don't do the fast food thing. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I managed to eat so many Big Macs and Whoppers as a younger man that I will have to live to around 150 before my abstinence will actually impact these company's bottom lines.

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