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Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege between now and Sunday afternoon. This announcement has more details:
This weekend, PC players can play Rainbow Six Siege for Free! Been waiting to get in on the Rainbow Six Siege action? Get the game now for free through Uplay or Steam, play all weekend from 4/15 – 4/18, and then unlock the game: you’ll get 33% off the full game or 40% off the Gold Edition – through Sunday only.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Next Week

EA announces that closed beta testing of Mirror's Edge Catalyst begins on April 22nd and will run through April 26th. This blog has all the details on what will go down and how to possibly participate. Here's word:
If you have been selected for the Closed Beta and you are a Frontrunner, you will receive an email with your code on April 22nd. Others who made it into the Closed Beta will receive their code on April 23rd.

Closed Beta participants will be able to try out several of the main missions in Faith’s story, Side Missions, other optional content, and the Social Play features Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has to offer.

As with any beta, the experience will not be the same as the final product. The Closed Beta is a chance for us to gather your valuable feedback and test the Social Play and online systems before launch. We know that as community members, you will have invaluable feedback on the game and we look forward to your comments and reaction when the Closed Beta starts.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Released

The Windows edition of Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is now available on Steam, offering an open-world adventure set on dry land, of all places. Here's their intriguing introduction to the game:
The world ended 37 minutes ago
It is time to begin

Yaughton, Shropshire. 06:37am 6th June 1984.

Deep within the Shropshire countryside, the village of Yaughton stands empty. Toys lie forgotten in the playground, the wind blows quarantine leaflets around the silent churchyard. Down on Appleton’s farm, crops rustle untended. The birds lie where they have fallen.

Strange voices haunt the radio waves as uncollected washing hangs listlessly on the line. The televisions are tuned to vacant channels. Above it all, the telescopes of the Observatory point out at dead stars and endless darkness. And someone remains behind, to try and unravel the mystery.
Immerse yourself in a rich, deep adventure from award-winning developer The Chinese Room and investigate the last days of Yaughton Valley. Uncover the traces of the vanished community; discover fragments of events and memories to piece together the mystery of the apocalypse.

Featuring a beautiful, detailed open-world and a haunting soundtrack, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is non-linear storytelling at its best.

DOOM Trailer has a new trailer online for DOOM, showing off player progression and customization in the upcoming shooter remake, celebrate tomorrow's launch of the open beta for the shooter reboot. This is pretty heady stuff for those of us who remember player progression from the original as picking up keycards and customization being four different multiplayer colors. They offer lots of details following this introduction:
Are you classy or flashy? Subtle or over-the-top? Whatever your style, DOOM’s in-depth player customization will let you express yourself when you step into the multiplayer arena on May 13. As you level up, you’ll unlock tons of gear, paint colors for your armor and weapons, and much more. You can get a taste for some of the customization options in the video below.
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GeForce DOOM Hotfix Driver

Those interested in the DOOM multiplayer open beta that gets underway tomorrow may also be interested in a new DOOM hotfix driver that's now available on the GeForce website. Word is: "If you're diving into the Doom multiplayer open beta over the next few days, you'll want to download and install our special Doom Hotfix Driver. It'll improve your experience when battling foes online, and enable SLI support."

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Early Access

Early access to Starpoint Gemini Warlords is now underway on Steam, offering the first chance to check out the third installment in this space strategy sim series. A new cinematic trailer shows things off, and here's a rundown:
Publisher Iceberg Interactive and Croatian developer Little Green Men Games, today launched Starpoint Gemini Warlords, the next instalment of the highly successful Starpoint Gemini series, onto Steam’s Early Access program. The game introduces many sought after new features including the player headquarters, a giant space station, for storing the fleet and building new ships. As development of the game progresses, research can be conducted there on weapons, ships, structures and new HQ modules. Conquer, fight, salvage, rescue, mine, loot and trade your way to interstellar glory, in an immense galaxy, close to ten times bigger than in its predecessor Starpoint Gemini 2.

Created from the feedback and suggestions of the highly active player community, Starpoint Gemini Warlords combines action, space-sim, RPG and strategy elements to deliver the ultimate space experience.
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Atlas Reactor Closed Beta

Closed beta testing is now underway for Atlas Reactor, Trion's tactics game featuring simultaneous turns. Those interested can sign up for possible selection, or can guarantee access with the purchase of a founder's pack. This trailer celebrates the news, and here's more on what's involved: "Trion Worlds’ category-defying, competitive team tactics game Atlas Reactor moves to closed beta today, and introduces a slew of new content including key elements of the metagame such as Seasons, Inventory, and Crafting. Atlas Reactor, arguably the first core PC game to combine fast-paced team action with simultaneous turns, also introduces a basic spectator mode, a storefront, enhanced emoticons, and numerous other additions and improvements as it shifts to closed beta." Continue here to read the full story.

Stellaris Preorders

Paradox Interactive is now accepting preorders of Stellaris, offering the chance to reserve your choice of three different versions of the space strategy game that will be released on May 9th and get your name shot into space in the bargain. Preorders of the Standard, Nova, and the Galaxy editions are being conducted through this page. Here's word on the three editions and the preorder bonuses:
Players can pre-order the Stellaris game in the Standard Edition ($39.99), or in the Nova Edition ($49.99), the latter of which includes not only the game but also a 140-minute digital soundtrack, exclusive cosmetic DLC and more. The Galaxy Edition ($69.99) is also available and includes all of the content from the Nova Edition, along with an extensive Digital Collector’s Book detailing the art and design of Stellaris, the novel “Stellaris: Infinite Frontiers” on eBook, and an exclusive digital wallpaper signed by the Stellaris development team.

In addition, fans who pre-order any edition of Stellaris will have their name sent into lower space by Paradox. A USB drive filled with the names of all pre-order participants will be attached to a weather balloon and launched into the upper stratosphere in an effort to let drive-by extraterrestrials know who among us are the most enthusiastic to explore space and meet new friends. Pre-orders will also be rewarded with a set of Stellaris ringtones from the game’s original soundtrack.

If you pre-order you also get the Creatures of the Void DLC - a cosmetic add on that includes five new alien designs chosen by our community. Watch as the Hydra/Xenomorph, Evil Porcupine, Dinosaur Bird, Shadowy Anthropoid, and Fungoid Infected Mammalian spread their grasping appendages across the galaxy.

BANDAI NAMCO Arcade Classics Next Week

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announces a way of squeezing a few more quarters out of a few of their arcade classics with the HD rereleases of PAC-MAN, Galaga, Ms. PAC-MAN, and DIG DUG for Windows and consoles, all coming on April 20th, along with an Arcade Game Series 3-in-1 Pack which includes PAC-MAN, Galaga, and DIG DUG at a discount. Word is: "Each arcade-classic release will feature HD resolution and have support for leaderboards as well as trophies/achievements!"

Total War: WARHAMMER Trailer

Creative Assembly offers a new trailer titled "Welcome to The Old World" with a look at Total War: WARHAMMER, noting that this is work in progress footage from the upcoming strategy game. They promise a series of new videos in the coming weeks showing off more of the game's environments, and in the meantime, here's word on this clip: "Covering many leagues in size, the Old World of Warhammer Fantasy Battles is as diverse as it is perilous; the infested forests that surround the Empire’s cities, to the lakes and groves of Bretonnia; from the mountain passes guarded by the Dwarfs, to the bleak moors and haunted marshes of Sylvania. And in the north are the ice-clad lands of Norsca and beyond that… darkness and insanity reign supreme." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • CHEXS - Steam Greenlight. "It uses chess pieces moving in a hexagonal board where both players could give orders to all of their pieces and all of these movements are solved simultaneously. While the final goal is still to defeat the opponent's king, the pieces could compete for occupy an hexagon or support each other in combined attacks. This creates fast pacing games with dynamic fronts."
  • Niten by Donald Macdonald — Kickstarter. Virtual reality version announced, and will be free for backers.

On Sale

Into the Black

Link of the Day: James Cameron announces four 'Avatar' sequels. Despite popular demand?


FINAL FANTASY IX is now available on Steam, offering a Windows edition of Square Enix's RPG sequel that was first released in 2000. This post has the news:
All Aboard the Hilda Garde everyone! It's time to return to Gaia as Final Fantasy IX is out on Steam right now!

Relive this classic Final Fantasy adventure with Zidane and his crew with a bunch of new features including:

  • Steam Achievements
  • 7 game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes.
  • Autosaves
  • High-definition movies and character models.

Whether you want to enjoy FFIX for the classic gameplay or use the in game boosters to experience the heartfelt story again, the choice is yours!

We hope you enjoy Final Fantasy IX on Steam and do let us know if you run into any problems!

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The Solus Project Episode Three

Developers Hourences and Grip Games announce the release of episode three of The Solus Project, adding a few hours of additional content to their indie adventure game. This trailer shows off some of what they are calling the "Highpoint Expansion," which can be picked up through and Steam. Here's word:
In "the Highpoint Expansion" the player will explore the new and very vertical Highpoint island, along with its accompanying massive cave level. Tons of new content is added in this expansion. Over three hours worth of additional story and gameplay is added including a new cave look, acid lakes, dozens of strange flying orbs, a monstrous creature, and last but not least a huge windmill.

The plot thickens as the player ventures ever deeper into the world of The Solus Project and begins to understand ever more of what has happened on the planet.

Alongside the new content a large new patch is included fixing known bugs and balancing dozens of existing features. The patch notes can be found here.
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Shadwen Next Month

Frozenbyte announces a May release window for Shadwen, their upcoming stealth/action game. They celebrate the news with a release announcement trailer showing off some environments and gameplay, and remind us that the game will be priced at $14.55 or less thanks to a launch discount from a demo promotion. Here's word on the game:
Shadwen is a stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!

Shadwen, an assassin on a quest to kill the king, has a chance encounter with an orphaned girl, Lily. She follows Shadwen on her dangerous journey, but when the ruthless guards get too close, Shadwen must take action right in front of Lily's eyes.

Will Shadwen risk the girl's budding trust by resorting to violence, or try and find another way while keeping her real purpose concealed?

To kill or not to kill - that is the question.
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Panzer Corps: US Corps '42 Announced

Slitherine announces plans for Panzer Corps: US Corps '42, an expansion for Panzer Corps, the World War II strategy game. They say this is the first of a three-expansion series that will also include US Corps '43 and US Corps '44-'45 to play out the full war. All three expansions are in beta testing, and those interested in participating can sign up through this page. Here's word:
It’s been almost a year since Germany and Italy declared war on the United States: plans have been made and now General Eisenhower is ready to launch Operation Torch and enter the North African theatre. By landing on several spots in Morocco and Algeria the American army plans to cut through the forces of the Vichy regime and then head eastwards, where they will face the remnants of the Italo-German army in Tunisia. It’s time to chase the Axis out of Africa forever…

Soda Drinker Pro

Soda Drinker Pro is now available for Windows on Steam. Brace yourself for hardcore hype, as they have the nerve to claim this is "the premier in software in the first person soda drinking genre." Word is: "Soda Drinker Pro is the premier in software in the first person soda drinking genre. Experience what it’s truly like to drink a soda at the beach, in the park, and even… in SPACE!!! With Soda Drinker Pro, you don’t need to have a soda in hand to experience a soda in your mind." Here's the official launch trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Five Million Stronghold Kingdoms Players

Firefly Studios proudly announces that Stronghold Kingdoms has registered more than five million players since the launch of this free-to-play MMOG based on their siege warfare series. "We launched in the very early days of free to play. A single payment seemed like a pipe dream, let alone five million players," said Nick Tannahill, Business Development Manager at Firefly Studios. "At the time MMOs of this type had around a three-year lifecycle and Kingdoms had its first closed alpha back in 2009. As such its success, particularly with our conversion and ARPPU which are both far above average for this industry, is still hard to believe. We can’t wait to release the new redesigned mobile version on iOS and Android, something players are really looking forward to."

No Man's Sky Footage

IGN Video has a new clip with around 21 minutes of gameplay footage from No Man's Sky, the upcoming procedurally generated space game. The clip features Sean Murray of Hello Games taking us on a guided tour. Thanks Dark Horizons via Ant. Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASUSTOR AS1002T on Vortez.
  • Corsair Gaming MM300 Anti-Fray Cloth Mouse Mat Extended Edition on Legit Reviews.
  • GIGABYTE X150M-Plus WS (Intel C232) Motherboard on TweakTown.
  • Mionix Castor Mouse on ocaholic.
  • MSI C236A Workstation Motherboard on Phoronix. "A Great Skylake Xeon Motherboard For Linux Users."
  • Patriot Viper V560 Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition Mid-Tower Case on PC Perspective.
  • Speedlink Kudos Z-9 Mouse on pcGameware.
  • Tesoro Olivant Gaming Headset on Technology X.
  • Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 PC Gaming Headset on Mad Shrimps.

Out of the Blue

I finally got my other pair of new glasses from my recent eye doctor appointment. To help contrast the old-man aspects of a my new dedicated computer glasses, I also got a new pair of sunglasses that appeal far more to the little boy in me: Aviator frames with mirrored blue lenses. Being perpetually 15 years-old in my mind, it is hard for me to imagine anything cooler, and it's going to take some willpower to find occasions to wear my regular glasses, even when indoors. Time to crank up some Corey Hart.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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