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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Bejeweled 3 Free on Origin

EA announces that Bejeweled 3 is the latest Origin free offering through their On the House program:
Starting today, you can add PopCap’s incredibly-addictive Bejeweled 3 to your Game Library on Origin. Grab it now, download it for free and play as much as you want!

Bejeweled 3 is a truly classic “match three” puzzle design where you’ll link gems of various colors. Find the best combos to cause huge, cascading links that’ll double, triple…even quadruple your score. Try all eight game modes as you make those gems vanish.

Bejeweled 3 won’t be free forever, so make sure you add it to your collection now with On the House. Once you’ve added it, you own it and can download it whenever you want!

Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition & Free Update Released

The Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition is now available, offering the promised updated version of Creative Assembly's historical strategy game. This is also available as a free update for those who already own the game, adding new units, previously released free content, and Max OS X support. Here's word:
The Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition is upon us. The definitive version of ROME II is now available for PC and Mac via SteamPlay at your trusted retailer. If you’re an existing owner of ROME II and have automatic updates enabled, Steam will update the game to the Emperor Edition for free.

Alongside all previously released updates and free content it comes with significant improvements to the politics system and civil war mechanic, an overhaul of the building chains, extensive rebalancing of the campaign as well as land and naval battles, an improved UI, tweaked and improved graphics and more. Full patch notes can be found on the wiki:

Finally the Emperor Edition includes Armenia as a new playable faction in the Grand Campaign as well as in the Imperator August campaign, our largest campaign pack for ROME II to date, which throws you in the chaos of the Roman Civil War that saw the Roman Republic fall and the Roman Empire rise, with Augustus as its sole leader. Which side will you take?
You can find more information about the Campaign on the official Total War Wiki.

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ArcheAge Launches; Founders Unhappy

Trion World announces today is the official launch day for ArcheAge, their fantasy-themed sandbox MMORPG. They celebrate the news with a new trailer and this note from the team. Unfortunately, not everyone is celebrating, as the reported unrest from founders during the game's head start phase has given way to unhappiness at the launch, as Trion is now selling starter packs felt by some to be better than the more expensive founder's packs. Here's word:
The time has come! ArcheAge, the long awaited, free-to-play fantasy sandbox MMORPG from Trion Worlds and Korean game developer XLGAMES, officially launches today. ArcheAge is an MMORPG adventure where players can choose their own paths and progressions and create a world where the possibilities are endless. From building elaborate homes and farms, and sailing ships to faraway lands to construct castles, ArcheAge’s PvP system allows players to fight for glory in huge battles on land or sea, or live the life of a pirate free from constraints!
Continue here to read the full story.

GRID Autosport - Touring Legends Pack Released

A new GRID Autosport - Touring Legends Pack is now available on Steam, offering new cars and circuits. Here's word on the pack's contents: "Download to receive 2 new circuits - Silverstone & Donnington Park - with 10 routes, a new Single Player Touring Car Legends Championship & 5 classic Touring Cars. Race the Volvo 850 Estate Touring Car, Alfa Romeo 155 TS, Audi A4 Quattro Touring Car, BMW E30 Touring Car & Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Touring Car."

Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer

Gearbox Software now offers a new "making of" trailer for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel titled "The Good, The Bad, The Terrible, and the Claptrap." They say: "Episode 3, of the Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is here! This episode takes a deeper look at the cast of the game: Nisha the Lawbringer, Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer and Claptrap the Fragtrap." Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed Unity Co-op Trailer

A new trailer from Assassin's Creed Unity shows off co-op gameplay from the next installment in the stealth action series. Word is: "In Assassin’s Creed Unity, you can play as a melee expert, agile infiltrator, or a silent master of stealth and join forces with up to three friends to take on a variety of co-op missions. Whether you’re tackling heists or assassinations, you’ll need planning, teamwork, and a combination of your whole team’s complementary skills to succeed. And if you do, you’ll be handsomely rewarded." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

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Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Previews

Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Mortal Kombat Elevator Prank Looks Like a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen. NSFW. Seems so ill-conceived. Thanks Ant.

Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks

A Steam community announcement has details on an update for Borderlands on Steam to replace the game's defunct GameSpy multiplayer support with Steamworks. This page has instruction on how to update your copy of Gearbox's role-playing shooter, including details for those who have not previously installed the game under Steam. The instructions say the update will come later this summer, but that first announcement indicates this is live now. Word is: "If you have a physical DVD of the game, don’t forget you can get the Steamworks version by running the “Granting Tool” in the “Tools” section of Steam." Thanks Destructoid.

Divinity: Original Sin Free DLC

Larian Studios is offering new free DLC for Divinity: Original Sin through Steam, an update titled The Bear and the Burglar which adds two new characters to the RPG sequel. Here's word:
The Bear and the Burglar adds 2 new optional characters to your party: the rogue Wolgraff and the ranger Bairdotr. Uncover the mysteries of their pasts and determine their futures!

"Wolgraff gives you a knowing look. He seems to think the mayor is a few arrows short of a quiver." Dark Sourcery deprived Wolgraff of his voice when he was but a kid, and with it his dream of becoming a Source Hunter. Refused by the Order, he grew up to become a rogue, stealing from the rich and giving to... just himself actually. His is a world of silence, but if need be he lets his dagger do the talking for him.

"You seem strong as mother, though your chest is not quite so hairy. Your sword may come in handy when we find who I seek." Armed with her bow on her back and her claws at the ready, Bairdotr refuses to fail: She must navigate your world-- a world of wonder and mysteries both fantastic and terrible-- if she's to save Homeforest. The druid of the forest has been kidnapped, and Bairdotr must follow a scant trail of clues if she's to bring him back-- clues that take her to the very heart of Rivellon's Source conspiracy.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Drops Coin Trade Offers

Just a few weeks after warning FIFA 15 players that coin selling and buying could earn a ban from the association football/soccer game, EA announces they are dropping coin trading from the game altogether to end the game coin black market (thanks CVG). Here's word on why we can't have nice things:
We’ll be removing Trade Offers from FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.

Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins. Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts.

This will also address “bid bumping”, where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.

It was a tough decision, but this is the right step towards improving security, showing cheaters the red card, and keeping FUT safe for all FIFA fans.

Legend of Grimrock Countdown

The Legend of Grimrock website now features a countdown timer that looks like it should hit zero around 4:00 pm EDT tomorrow. Developer Almost Human recently announced Legend of Grimrock 2 is in beta testing and that they are working on an iOS edition of Legend of Grimrock, but there's no clue on the website whether this timer relates to either of those games, or something else, but it seems we shall know soon enough. Thanks Steingrimur.

Archlord 2 Officially Launches

Webzen now offers the first expansion for Archlord 2, saying this marks the end of the open beta for their brutal PvP MMORPG. This update has details on the new version, which raises the level cap, activates their Archlord system, and carries a few launch bonuses. Word is: "With this first major content update, Archlord 2 offers an increased level cap for characters, going from level 41 to level 46. In conjunction with this increase, players can explore new areas and quests, a new contested area, multiple new instanced dungeons, a whole new tier of equipment and the titular Archlord system. To celebrate the launch, a login event has been organised for the players, rewarding them with pieces of an uncommon Avatar Set, a powerful armour, each week. The event starts today and will end on 13 October 2014."

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Out of the Blue

Half our four-player crew bailed last night, so MrKawfy and I were inspired to fire up some Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter for a little two-player co-op. I enjoyed the rerelease when it came out, but delving into it further was a ton of fun, as I'd forgotten just how committed the game is to fast-paced shooter action, which never fails to make me happy.

Mental Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: VileSteel.
Little Phobia.
Stories: Production On Bond 24 Begins In December.
Time to Ditch the Penny? Many Readers Say Yes. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Building ‘invisible’ materials with light.
Media: Man Rescues Baby Fox From Tin Can. Fox Says Thank You.
Bill Murray Turns Up At Birthday Party, Shows Off Sick Dance Moves
DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (2014) - In Theaters 10/10. Thanks nin.
First-Ever MTB Tsunami Flip in Contest. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
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