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Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

No Man's Sky Trailer

A new trailer from No Man's Sky is now available, showing off more of Hello Games' procedurally generated space game (thanks GamesRadar). As the clip's succinct description notes, this features the game's survival elements, "Hostile environments. Deadly lifeforms. Can you survive? Your universe awaits." Continue here to read the full story.

Galactic Civilizations III Lost Treasures DLC

New Lost Treasures DLC is now available for Galactic Civilizations III, Stardock's 4X space strategy sequel. This can be found on Stardock and Steam, and this forum post has all the details. Here's the outline of that this adds:
New Colony Events
As you colonize planets, new colonization events will challenge your people and your integrity. Each new event provides new Ideology choices that may award unique planetary improvements and ship components. Some of these events appear later in the game, so keep your eyes open!

New Improvements
During your explorations, you will uncover new and unique planetary improvements that may function differently based on your Ideology choice. Choose wisely - you can only build one improvement of each type per empire!

New Ship Components
Discover dozens of new and powerful ship components like the "Ancient Singularity Cannon", "Subspace Splinter", and the "Hyper Gate Core". Your Ideology Choice may affect how these new components work on your ship. Work fast against your enemies - each of these ancient treasures is unique and you can only have one in a fleet at a time.

SHINY Announced

1C Company announces SHINY, an action/platformer in the works at Garage 227 Studios for release on Windows PC and Xbox One on August 31st. The announcement trailer helps introduce the game, and there are more details on the its official website and its Steam store page. Here's the concept:
SHINY – Robots can have a heart!
Left to fend for himself after mankind abandoned the doomed planet Aurora, robot Kramer 227 must find a way to harvest energy and rescue his robotic friends before Aurora crashes into its sun. In his journey, Kramer will probe the planet itself and overcome challenging obstacles, all while trying to conserve his limited life energy to power himself and his friends on their way to safety.

Kramer will gather and share energy with his fellow robots, helping them escape dire situations and predicaments. He will have to jump and explore every platform in every corner of the 20 extensive levels to find all of his friends. Energy is running low on Aurora, so Kramer will have to collect batteries or use generators to recharge, as every action drains his power. Various power-ups collected along the way, such as jetpacks, energy spheres and temperature regulators, can help him on this crucial journey.

Shiny is about saving lives, so it contains no blood or violence.

  • Enjoy non-violent, platforming action
  • Explore 20 extensive levels
  • Manage your energy levels - the robots' source of life!
  • Make use of cool power-ups found along the way

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New Star Wars: The Old Republic Content Next Month

BioWare announces The Battle of Odessen will begin next month in Star Wars: The Old Republic with the release of the final chapter in the Knights of the Fallen Empire storyline for the MMORPG. This teaser trailer shows off a bit of what to expect, and here's the rundown:
BioWare™ and Lucasfilm today announced details of its climactic chapter in the storyline of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – Knights of the Fallen Empire. Early Access to The Battle of Odessen will be available for qualified Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers on August 9* and to all active Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers starting August 11.

In The Battle of Odessen, Arcann launches an all-out assault against the Outlander’s base. Still recovering from a shattering betrayal of the now-renegade droid, SCORPIO, the Outlander’s Alliance must rally to defeat Arcann’s forces in a desperate battle to determine the fate of the galaxy once and for all. Play and be a part of the concluding chapter as you fight your way to Knights of the Eternal Throne, the new digital expansion coming this fall!

There’s never been a better time to jump in and play Star Wars: The Old Republic:

  • As a Subscriber, players of Star Wars: The Old Republic can play Knights of the Fallen Empire from the beginning of Chapter 1 through the final chapter The Battle of Odessen for free**.
  • All summer long, players can join the Dark vs. Light Event to complete exciting challenges, earn epic new rewards, and make dark or light side choices that ultimately impact the fate of the galaxy – and for those who complete the Eternal Level, you will earn a unique dark or light side companion to join you in your future battles!

Find out more about Knights of the Fallen Empire: www.swtor.com/fallen-empire.

Join the Dark vs. Light Event: www.swtor.com/dark-vs-light.

Stay tuned for more details about Knights of the Eternal Throne: www.swtor.com/eternal-throne.

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Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports Criticized

The comments here following yesterday's release of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 on Steam along with the rerelease of the original Marvel: Ultimate Alliance on Steam note that the reviews for both games are poor, with the original game's being "mostly negative," and the sequel's being just plain "negative." This seems to be the narrative, as the situation is inspiring headlines and warnings, such as, The Marvel Ultimate Alliance PC Ports Are A Disaster, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 have to be the worst PC ports of 2016, Oof! Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Re-Releases Are Messes, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 are a mess on the PC. We blame Hydra.

Guild Wars 2 Saga—Living World Season 3 Begins

ArenaNet announces that Season 3 of Living World is now live in Guild Wars 2, their MMORPG sequel. This previously released FAQ has all the details along with a trailer celebrating the news. Here's an outline of what this adds to the game along with word that it is currently on sale:
Episode 1 of Living World Season 3, titled “Out of the Shadows,” sees the land of Tyria licking its wounds after the epic battle to defeat the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. With the dragon’s reign of terror at an end, players gather with their friends to mourn the loss of fallen comrades. All is not as it seems, though, and the players are soon alerted to an emerging threat they must investigate. What’s the cause of the mysterious happenings in the jungles of Maguuma? Has the death of Mordremoth awoken a new threat?

In keeping with the wealth of content available in Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet is also adding to both its Player vs. Player and Fractal sections of the game. In the new PvP Conquest Map, Revenge of the Capricorn, players will fight for control of a faction-divided seaside town and attempt to thwart the formidable pirate ship the Capricorn and its marauding crew. In the new Fractal, Chaos Isles, boundaries between fractals have fallen, and realities within the Mists have begun to collide, causing adverse effects on the environment and its inhabitants. In the course of the player's foray into the unstable madness, players will be introduced to the Mysterious Asura, a curious and unknown entity who seems to have some amount of control over the recent chaos.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is now on sale at 50%, until July 27, for anyone who wants to join in and explore Episode 1. To unlock Living World Season 3, players must have purchased Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, however they don’t need to have completed the storyline in the expansion to enjoy Season 3. Season 3 content is intended for level-80 characters. Every purchase of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns comes with a Level 80 Boost, meaning players can enjoy all the content available in Guild Wars 2, including Season 3.
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New Blood Bowl 2 Race Launches Today

Cyanide Studio announces today marks the release of The Undead, a new race to compete in the fantasy-themed football of Blood Bowl 2. Coincidentally, the game is on sale on Steam midweek madness, and they remind everyone that The Undead DLC can still be had for free by purchasing it before it goes live as part of their Founder's Incentive. Here's the deal:
Blood Bowl 2, the sequel to the video game adaptation of Games Workshop's famous board game that combines American football with the fantasy world of Warhammer, welcomes a new race on its pitch: The Undead. The monstrous new team with their fearsome "Regenerate" skill are available today on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

We remind you that PC/Mac Steam players of Blood Bowl 2 can still benefit from THE FOUNDERS INCENTIVE: If you purchase the game before their release, you will receive the Necromantic and the Nurgle teams for free.

The entire Blood Bowl franchise will be featured on Steam Midweek Madness this week! Get the classic game at 75% off! Blood Bowl 2 and its respective DLCs are also on sale, making it the perfect time to begin your new journey as an Old World coach.

The Undead Team
Death comes often for Blood Bowl players, and the souls of the most passionate sometimes rise up again to relive the scenes of their former glory. The Undead team, raised by the Liche-lords of the Old World, have the unique skill "Regenerate" which makes them very difficult to kill. They have incredibly agile players, the Ghouls and the Wights, but they are often too fast for their shambling, but fearsome, Mummy teammates to keep up.

Finally, two Star Players are joining the Undead: Ramtut III is a mighty and powerful mummy who has spent countless years on the pitch. Morg n' Thorg, someone who has faced Ramtut on the pitch and lived, happens to be his sworn nemesis. Vampire Count Luthor Von Drakenborg carries impressive stats and the Hypnotic Gaze ability, and is one of our most fearsome Star Players yet!

Diablo III Patch Details

Battle.net announces details about the upcoming version 2.4.2 patch for Diablo III. This will bring changes to adventure mode, new and updated items, UI changes, and new difficulty levels, as they are turning the Torment up to XIII. Here's what they say:
New Difficulty Levels
With new power comes a desire to test your strength. If you’ve sharpened your weapons on Torment X and are ready for new challenges, you’ll be happy to hear we’ve added Torment XI–XIII difficulties to the game, and filled them with progressively better loot—so get out there and wreck face, nephalem!

New and Updated Items
As with previous patches, Patch 2.4.2 brings updates to many Legendary and Set Items and also adds a few new items and Legendary powers. Here are some of the items we’ve updated, and don’t forget to check out our PTR patch notes for all the details.

User Interface Updates
Finally, we have a few changes to the user interface. Those who enjoy taking screenshots will soon have a hotkey that hides the in-game UI for cleaner shots. We’re also adding unique pylon minimap icons to Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts, and a unique icon for the Menagerist Treasure Goblin.

Adventure Mode Changes
We’re also sweetening Adventure Mode rewards, starting with Nephalem Rifts. You’re now guaranteed a Greater Rift Key when completing any Rift, with a chance to get a second (or even a third) key as you increase the game’s difficulty. We’ve also adjusted drop rates for Infernal Machines, with a 100% drop chance in Torment IV, and an increasing chance for a second machine to drop as you go up in difficulty.

NBA2K17 to Include Dream Team

2K announces that NBA2K17 will feature the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team as well as a celebration of the original influx of paid professionals into amateur athletic with the inclusion of the 1992 USA Basketball "Dream Team," which sliced through the Olympics with an average margin of victory of 44 points. They also reveal this time around the game will also feature the misshapen face of Coach K, current coach of the U.S. team and an assistant on the Dream Team (explaining the nearly unexplainable inclusion of recent Duke grad Christian Laettner in the '92 games). Here's what's happening:
2K has also revealed that renowned Duke University and USA Basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, will be making his debut in the NBA 2K series. Krzyzewski – or “Coach K,” as he’s widely known - will appear on the sidelines coaching the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team in NBA 2K17. His likeness will also be found in a revamped tutorial mode focusing on teaching fundamental basketball strategies including pick and roll execution, proper defensive positioning, ball movement, boxing out, court awareness and more.

“Basketball has become an iconic part of American sports heritage, and I’m thrilled that fans can play with this year’s roster in NBA 2K,” said Krzyzewski who, since 2008, has coached the USA Basketball Men’s National Team to four straight international tournament gold medals. “NBA 2K17 is the best way to connect to legends of the past ‘Dream Team’ while celebrating the success of this year’s roster.”

Comprised of NBA Hall of Famers, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone and David Robinson, the 1992 “Dream Team” is universally considered one of, if not the greatest, team ever assembled in basketball history. Fans will be able to pit that roster against this year’s athletes on the USAB Men’s National Team, which includes NBA 2K17 cover athlete Paul George and Team 2K athletes Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • The Atomy by Rusty Knights — Kickstarter. "This is a shooter about killed in fortieth gangster[?], who tries to wash away his guilt in the personal hell. He will have to pass a long way, because he is also responsible for the deeds of his ancestors and children." Already on Steam after a greeenlight.
  • Fort Triumph -- Steam Greenlight. "Fort Triumph is a fantasy Turn Based Strategy/Tactics RPG. The world of Fort Triumph allows your heroes to take cover, push enemies, knock down pillars, collapse walls, burn trees, sink enemies in lava, freeze rivers and traverse them, leap chasms to flank opponents, and more. All of these make for fantastic innovative gameplay."
  • System Shock by Nightdive Studios — Kickstarter. One day to go. "New Stretch Goals for VR, Graphic Novel, and Modding Support."

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Out of the Blue

I noticed a Hazardous Weather Outlook has been posted in this area, which makes sense, since it's going to be a million degrees again here today and tomorrow. The funny thing is that the warning is not about those temperatures, it's for when the heat wave is expected to break on Friday. They say at that point we should worry about showers, thunderstorms, a cold front, and stuff like that. I may live to regret this, but I am looking forward to the relief the hazardous weather should bring.

Hazardous Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Disaster Will Strike 7.
Story: California closes the Steve Jobs license plate loophole.
Science: The man who got the first double hand transplant wishes he hadn’t.
The normal, boring life of a clone- Dolly’s cloned cohort hits old age.
Images: Spelling, Florida style.
Media: Triple Wong Dare You.
The LEGO Batman Comic-con trailer.
Walking baby rhino Warren - He knows his name.
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