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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Tales from the Borderlands Preorders, Trailer

The Gearbox Software website offers the first trailer from Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series, offering us a welcome back ("again") to Pandora. The game is due this month, and Steam News announces the game is now available for prepurchase at a 10% discount. Here's word:
Tales from the Borderlands takes place on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2. You’ll play as two characters -- Rhys, a Hyperion 'suit' with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. The pair reluctantly teams up to reclaim cash they each think is theirs, and they encounter gangsters, bandit lords, Vault Hunters and much more along the way. Tales stars Troy Baker as Rhys, Laura Bailey as Fiona, Chris Hardwick as Vaughn, Erin Yvette as Sasha, Patrick Warburton as Vasquez, and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack.

Tales from the Borderlands will launch soon on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC/Mac, and it’ll be on iOS and Android before the end of the year. Stay tuned for some exciting news soon, and look out for many details to come in the weeks ahead.
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Ships Ahoy - HELL

Matrix Games now offers the chance to experience HELL, as today marks the release of HELL, Hunted Cow's turn-based strategy game. You can pick this up from the Matrix Games store or on Steam, or you can get a look at what to expect in the launch trailer. Here's part of the description:
Developed by award winning developer Hunted Cow in partnership with Slitherine, HELL is a turn-based fantasy game in which the players will take command of both factions in this epic confrontation between the Devil’s army and the sacred heroes of the Order of Light. Every unit has a unique function on the battlefield so players will have to judiciously mix the unique abilities and specific strengths of their magic and military squads to be victorious. Tactics is the key word in HELL, and this is supported by a vast array of units, active and passive abilities, a level up system, and an engaging combat system with flanking and zone of control features. A true fantasy gem that should appeal any tactical fan in quest of a serious challenge in the solo story-driven campaign and in the devilish PvP multiplayer mode!
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Battleline: Steel Warfare Beta

BANDAI NAMCO has launched closed beta testing of Battleline: Steel Warfare, a free-to-play strategy game popular in Korea under the name Blitz 2: Battle Line. Word is: "In the first beta players will have a first look at the diverse range of classic and modern tanks, and experience real-time strategy (RTS) combat as they advance the battleline and take down enemy tanks." You can sign up on the Battleline: Steel Warfare website. Here's more:
BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE brings a fresh twist to tank strategy gaming, combining a wide collection of tanks from every era with adrenaline fueled action to deliver an unparalleled gameplay experience. Players have the ability to command multiple tanks and build guild alliances, using the strength of their own tanks as well as those of their allies to maneuver throughout the battlefield and conquer nations. BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE is packed with unique game features for an immersive RTS and tank shooter experience, and is outfitted to be one of the most engaging tank games players will experience this year.
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The Crew Trailer

A new trailer from The Crew promotes the Season Pass for Ubisoft's open world driving game. Here's the pitch:
Race across the Unites States in style with The Crew™ Season Pass. Gain access to two exclusive vehicles: the Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 12C on December 2, 2014, plus four themed car packs to be released monthly. Extreme Car Pack includes performance cars, perfect for exhilarating, high-octane missions. Speed Car Pack includes sports cars, finely tuned for breakneck-speed races. Vintage Car Pack includes vintage rides, fashionable for missions set in iconic American locales. Raid Car Pack includes off-road vehicles, highly recommended for all-terrain missions. Season Pass holders will also receive early access to each of the four car packs one week in advance, including new stickers, paint jobs and tuning kits.
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Killing Floor 2 Video

IGN now features a new video developer's diary from Killing Floor 2 called "The Gore Part 2" as it focuses on the red red kroovy in Tripwire Interactive's upcoming first-person shooter sequel. Thanks Pointy. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Op Ed

Forbes - The Catch 22 Of Video Game Journalism [Updated].
"Hype. It’s all about the hype. Many critics of game journalism have complained that reviews are skewed by pressure from publishers or from relationships between press and developers. I’ve been told off the record that this pressure very much exists at many of the video game publications out there, but each tries very diligently to maintain a barrier between editorial and marketing. The larger the outlet, the less this sort of pressure matters. The smaller, and the more specialized, the more this pressure has an impact."

Football Manager 2015 Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Football Manager 2015, offering the chance to kick around a sample of this association football/soccer sequel (thanks Frans). The game is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, but the "PC Demo" apparently only covers Windows. The quesswork is due to lack of specifics about the demo, so here's an overview of the game itself:
Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the world, including all of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Football Manager 2015 will allow you to live the life of a real football manager – you decide who plays and who sits on the bench, you're in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches

Blizzard announces the release of Warlords of Draenor, the newest expansion for World of Warcraft, their MMORPG. Battle.net offers Release Patch Notes and other details on the expansion, and here's an overview:
Warlords of Draenor sends Azeroth’s heroes beyond the Dark Portal on a desperate mission to save their world from the vicious Iron Horde—a formidable army of the most infamous orc clans from Warcraft’s battle-scarred history. As players explore the savage alien world of Draenor, they’ll encounter fierce new foes and befriend unlikely allies, construct and command a mighty Garrison, and take their place on the front lines in the battle to save Azeroth from a future forged in iron.

Warlords of Draenor is available in a standard edition, Digital Deluxe edition, and retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition. Everyone who purchases the expansion can also boost one character to level 90 so they’re instantly ready to explore the wilds of Draenor and experience the latest content alongside their friends.

For more information, read the press release, visit the Warlords of Draenor game page, or check out the game guide to learn how to get started on your journey. New and returning players might also want to read our recent pre–Warlords of Draenor Round-Up to catch up on some of the major changes to classes, talents, and other game systems.

Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog

A new Assassin's Creed Unity Live Updates Blog is live, detailing the action as Ubisoft scrambles to put the coat of polish on Assassin's Creed Unity that few will argue should have come before the release of the stealth/action sequel (thanks Eurogamer.net). Conscious of the unhappiness over problems with the game, they are making an unusual move of sharing their progress on fixing things. Here's word:
In this blog post, we wanted to touch on the fixes to the game that we’re working on right now.

First, as a quick reminder, a Day 1 update has already been released which fixes a number of issues. Make sure your console or PC is connected to the internet to benefit from the update’s fixes.

We are currently working on our next update that will help address some of the specific issues some players are having, including:

  • Arno falling through the ground.
  • Game crashing when joining a co-op session.
  • Arno getting caught inside of hay carts.
  • Delay in reaching the main menu screen at game start.

In addition, we are already looking into many of the other issues you’ve told us about and we have more updates planned. This list doesn’t capture everything, but here are the most widely-reported problems we’ve heard about from you:

  • Frame rate issues.
  • Graphical and collision issues.
  • Matchmaking co-op issues.
  • Helix Credits issues.

We will be providing additional details in the coming days, so check back for updates. In the meantime, please continue to send us your feedback, and leave a comment if you have any questions for us.

-The AC Live Updates Team

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Op Ed

Ars Technica - Breaking the lock- Why all game content should be unlocked from the outset.
The idea of locked content, which has to be "unlocked" through some sort of in-game achievement, is a peculiarity that games share with no other mass consumer art form. Books don't require you to read the prologue and author's note before diving in to Chapter 1. DVDs don't confirm that you fully comprehended the first act before letting you jump to your favorite scene in Act 2 (or make you suffer through the bad episodes of a TV show just to watch the good ones). Music albums don't require that you listen to songs in a certain order without the ability to skip around at will.

Forbes - Congratulations Ubisoft, You're The New EA. Thanks nin.

Game Reviews

Metacritic "all but obsolete" - Double Fine.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

"On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that some day he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison's wife had thrown HIM out, requesting that HE never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" Happy birthday Odd Couple executive producer Garry Marshall.

NFL Week 11 is here!

R.I.P.: Carol Ann Susi, the Voice of The Big Bang Theory's Mrs. Wolowitz, Dies at 62.

Odd Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Doors 3 - Locked Out.
Revenge Dojo.
Links: The Invention of Sliced Bread. Thanks Digg. Best thing since...
Thursday Is The Most Awful Traffic Day In Los Angeles.
Stories: Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?
"Gravity" Gets A Silent Space Version.
NBC Wants to Revive Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, With Nick Cannon as Host. Hacktastic.
Media: Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done.
After Hours: 5 Movie Epilogues That Should Have Been Sequels.
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