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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015

  

Cities: Skylines Sells 1M

Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Colossal Order announce another sales milestone for Cities: Skylines, saying their urban planning game has now sold more than one million copies in the just over a month since it was released. Here's more:

Widely hailed as the new benchmark for the genre, Cities: Skylines has captured the gaming public’s imagination with a staggering 33,000 mods having been created to date and made available via the Steam Workshop, with an average of 21,000 concurrent players continuously online since launch.

Commenting on the continued success of the game, CEO of Paradox Interactive Fredrik Wester said, “We continue to be amazed at just how players have embraced Cities: Skylines. The game is still selling at a steady pace, which is remarkable for a game that has been on sale for well over a month. Once again, we want to thank everyone that has supported and continues to support this game.”

Metro Redux for OS X

4A Games and Deep Silver announce the release of the OS X edition of Metro Redux, saying Mac gamers can find this on Steam along with the Windows and Linux editions of the FPS remake bundle. The whole shooting match is currently on sale for 50% off. They also note the package has surpassed another sales plateau of its own, saying it has now sold more than 1.5 million copies. Here's more on that:

Deep Silver today announced more than 1.5 million Metro Redux games have been sold worldwide, and that the compilation ‘Metro Redux’ for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, has now outsold Metro: Last Light for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft in multiple territories – an unprecedented feat for a remastered edition. When measured against sales of the previous generation release, Metro Redux is the best performing remaster of this generation, and also holds the accolade of being Deep Silver's highest rated game, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Izle Demo

Indie developer Area Effect announces that Izle has gotten the Steam Greenlight, clearing the way for the release of the upcoming platformer on Steam. They celebrate the news with the release of playable demos for Windows or OS X on this page, and hope to inspire continued support for their Kickstarter campaign. Word is: "This demo will introduce players to IZLE's narrative and allow them to explore the first four islands in the game. Players will battle against the darkness, discover hidden treasures, farm resources to create new items, and learn to utilize the power of terraforming to create their own IZLE adventure. While the final game will look and play much differently, this demo will help to solidify both the concepts behind the game and the developer's target for the final release."

Titan Souls Released

Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Acid Nerve herald the release of Titan Souls, with the Windows and OS X editions of the throwback action/adventure available on GOG.com, Humble Store, and Steam. Here's a launch trailer and here's word: "Following the adventures of a lone archer in a barren world, players are given one arrow and single hit point to take down the mythical titans hidden throughout the land. Players must explore the ancient world and awaken each titan to uncover and exploit their weakness to bring them down and harvest their soul. Mysterious secrets, hidden areas, and unlockable challenges await those who overcome the punishing titans and come to understand the myths and legends of this world. " Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Ship Ahoy - PC Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games announces the release of Grand Theft Auto V for Windows, offering an updated version of their open-world action game with improved visuals and a variety of PC-specific enhancements. Those encountering issues installing or playing the game should check this support thread for solutions. For those interested in the game's graphics, GameSpot shows it off using maximum settings. Here's word:

Grand Theft Auto V is now available for PC at retail stores and via digital download.

GTAV for PC offers players the option to explore the massive world of Los Santos and Blaine County in resolutions of up to 4k and beyond, as well as the chance to experience the game running at 60 frames per second. GTAV for PC offers players a huge range of PC-specific customization options, including over 25 separate configurable settings for texture quality, shaders, tessellation, anti-aliasing and more, as well as extensive support and customization for mouse and keyboard controls. Additional options include a population density slider to control car and pedestrian traffic, as well as dual and triple monitor support, 3D compatibility, and plug-and-play controller support.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC also includes Grand Theft Auto Online, with support for 30 players and two spectators. Grand Theft Auto Online for PC includes all existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including the recently released Heists and Adversary Modes available on day one.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC also brings the debut of the Rockstar Editor , a powerful suite of creative tools to quickly and easily capture, edit and share game footage from within Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The Rockstar Editor’s Director Mode allows players the ability to stage their own scenes using prominent story characters, pedestrians, and even animals to bring their vision to life. Along with advanced camera manipulation and editing effects including fast and slow motion, and an array of camera filters, players can add their own music using songs from GTAV radio stations, or dynamically control the intensity of the game’s score. Completed videos can be uploaded directly from the Rockstar Editor to YouTube or the Rockstar Games Social Club for easy sharing.

Existing players can transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to the PC from any current platform.

For more information about Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online for the PC, including minimum and recommended system specifications, please visit www.rockstargames.com/V/PC.

Ship Ahoy - Mortal Kombat X

WBIE announces that Mortal Kombat X is now available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This installment in the brawler series includes microtransactions, which are outlined on IGN, where they note that these include the ability to purchase the ability to execute fatalities using simplified input, saying: "The packs offer a limited number of fatalities that players can achieve with simplified inputs. Currently, 5 are going for $0.99 USD and 30 will cost you $4.99 USD." Ready? Fight!:

Get ready to fight! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Mortal Kombat X, the latest entry in the legendary fighting game franchise from NetherRealm Studios, is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Steam on Windows PC. The PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft versions will be available this summer.

Mortal Kombat X introduces a cinematic story filled with amazing graphics and all new gameplay features to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. The competition is taken to another level with over-the-top fighting game action and a roster made up of legendary characters including Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden and a new generation of fighters including Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs and Takeda Takahashi. Now, each character has three distinct variations for players to diversify their special abilities and add choice and customization as they play as their favorite combatant. Players will have the freedom to conquer their opponents in a way that fits their play style best before finishing the match with dramatic, over-the-top Fatalities.

“NetherRealm Studios has an incredible track record of delivering engaging, fan favorite games, and Mortal Kombat X continues the tradition with great gameplay, expanding upon what has made the Mortal Kombat franchise popular for more than 20 years,” said David Haddad, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Mortal Kombat franchise is a cornerstone for Warner Bros., and with more than 35 million units sold to date and a chart-topping mobile game, Mortal Kombat X is positioned for great success. In its first week, Mortal Kombat X for mobile is currently the #1 Top Free Games Download on both iPhone and iPad in the App Store.”

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Nordic Games Acquires Men of Valor

Publisher Nordic Games announces a deal with 2015 Games to acquire the rights to Men of Valor, the military shooter set in the Vietnam War. The announcement only mentions the original version of the game released in 2004, and there's no word at this time about plans for any sort of remake or revival. Here's the deal:

Nordic Games announced today that it has closed an asset purchase agreement with 2015 Games, LLC to acquire the intellectual property “Men of Valor”.

The acquisition itself is being handled by Nordic Games Licensing AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, whereas the day-to-day business (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be conducted by Nordic Games GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria.

“With the addition of this IP, our shooter portfolio becomes enriched with a real classic”, comments Reinhard Pollice, Business & Product Development Director at Nordic Games. “It feels great to have a piece of FPS-history under our umbrella. 2015 Games produced many talented developers, including the founders of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment amongst others, shaping the first person shooter genre with their games.”

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Out of the Blue

Well my Grand Theft Auto V PC preload experience continued to disappoint to the very end, as the whole effort turned out to be for naught. Something went wrong with the day one patch that left my installation hosed, and though the program offers a repair option, that didn't work, so I had to uninstall the whole mess. I started over from scratch and left the installer running overnight, but even though I left it saying it would be done in around five hours, this morning it wasn't even half done. That continues to chug along in the background, so I get to enjoy a little suspense in wondering if this will work. For those who had a smoother experience, there's a Blue's News GTA Online Crew that was formed for the previous-generation console versions that you should join that if you are looking to play with fellow Bluesers, or whatever it is we call ourselves.

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