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Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

  

Worms W.M.D Launch

Steam News announces the release of Worms W.M.D, the latest installment in the invertebrate strategy series. Word is: "The worms are back in their most destructive game yet. With a gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D look, brand new weapons, the introduction of crafting, vehicles and buildings plus the return of some much-loved classic weapons and gameplay, Worms W.M.D is the best worms experience ever." This post has more:

Work your way through 30 campaign levels of increasing difficulty using the huge arsenal of new and classic weapons at your disposal. Use new vehicles to cause chaos amongst the enemy ranks and use buildings to gain the tactical advantage as you try to dominate the battlefield!

Take on up to five opponents in hilarious all-out tactical worm warfare with up to eight worms each, either in local or online multiplayer, including ranked play. Flatten your opponents with the Concrete Donkey. Turn them into chunks of worm meat with the Holy Hand Grenade. Rain down hell from above in helicopters or pound them into oblivion with the tank. With 80 weapons and utilities at your fingertips, this is Worms at its chaotic best!

Dota 2 Dark Rift Update

The new Dark Rift update is now available for Dota 2, adding new content to Valve's MOBA. This includes the new Underlord character along with a new post-game summary with detailed reports on how you and your team performed during matches. This page has all the details. Here's the intro:

Conjure waves of abyssal flame to immolate enemies held paralyzed in your spiteful grip. Feast upon the carnage of battle, gaining strength as foes perish around you, their attacks diminished by your very presence. Tear a rift in reality to teleport yourself and your teammates across the map, delivering bloody retribution to any who would defy the will of Vrogros the Underlord.

Galactic Civilizations III Altarian Prophecy DLC

New Altarian Prophecy DLC is now available for Galactic Civilizations III. This adds a new campaign and other new content for Stardock's 4X strategy game. Word is, "The DLC contains a brand new campaign that focuses on how the Terran Alliance and the Altarian Confederation first met and united against a common enemy. New ship parts and some familiar ship styles have also been added with this DLC." This is available through Stardock and Steam. You can find images and details on this page. Here's an outline of the contents:

New Campaign
Discover the story of the alliance between mankind and the Altarians! Spanning 3 missions, you must do whatever it takes to overcome the Dominion of the Korx and their mysterious masters, the Drath.

New Ship Styles
Customize your ships with classic ship styles! This DLC includes the Drath and Korx styles.

New Ship Parts
Explore dozens of classic ship parts and build some of your favorite Galactic Civilizations II ships.

Total War: WARHAMMER DLC Next Week

Creative Assembly announces The Grim & the Grave, new DLC coming to Total War: WARHAMMER on September 1st. This adds new premium content to the strategy game, and will come along with a free content update as well. Steam has details on the DLC along with preorders, and you can take a look in this trailer. Here's an outline of what's coming:

Following the best-selling Call of the Beastmen, Creative Assembly introduces The Grim & The Grave DLC pack for Total War: WARHAMMER, which includes the first Lord Pack and two new Legendary Lords from Warhammer Fantasy Battles – Volkmar the Grim for the Empire, and Helman Ghorst for the Vampire Counts. Alongside this, The Grim & The Grave also adds two new lord types to the game with the Vampire Counts receiving the fearsome Strigoi Ghoul King, and the Arch Lector, mightiest of all warrior priests, joining the Empire. Below is a breakdown for what The Grim & The Grave DLC will include:

  • Two new Legendary Lords…
  • …with new quest chains, magic items and skill trees
  • Two new additional Lord types
  • Five all-new battlefield units plus variants
  • 18 elite Regiments of Renown
  • Free Legendary Lord and five new battle maps for all players

To view the new trailer announce for Total War: WARHAMMER’s The Grim & The Grave DLC, please visit: https://youtu.be/1yI1LVCGNpc

In addition, both the Empire and Vampire Counts unit rosters are being expanded with two brand new units each. The Knights of the Blazing Sun, the zealous Flagellants and versatile Free Company Militia join the ranks of the Empire, while the vampire counts will see their undead hordes imbued with dark magic by the gruesome Corpse Cart and volatile Mortis Engine. The rosters of both factions are also further expanded by the addition of Regiments of Renown, unique unit variants with special traits and abilities, whose prowess in battle have immortalized them in the annals of the Old World.

As part of Total War: WARHAMMER’s ongoing free content program, an update released alongside The Grim & The Grave will introduce a number of unique new battle maps and Vlad von Carstein as a free legendary lord for all players. The first – and arguably greatest – of the Vampire Counts is a nigh-unrivalled practitioner of the Lore of Vampires, granting Vanguard Deployment to all units under his command, whose thirst for the throne of the Empire rivals even that of Mannfred himself.

The Grim & The Grave will be releasing September 1st across all platforms for £5.99/$7.99. For more information on the DLC and where to pre-order it today, please visit the Steam page here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/404013/.

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Zombasite Released

Soldak Entertainment announced the release of Zombasite, their zombie action/RPG. Following an early access run the undead game is now live for Windows, Linux, and OS X. You can pick up a copy with a 25% launch discount from Soldak, GamersGate, Humble Store, and Steam. Here's word on the game:

Zombasite is a nasty, voracious, all-consuming Zombie Parasite. It doesn't just reanimate the dead into mindless zombies. It is intelligent, insatiable, and unstoppable—infecting and killing the living, spreading faster and in more ways, helping the dead utilize many of their original skills, and mutating the dead with new powers. Dark elf zombies are terrifying!

So what does this have to do with you? You are the leader of a clan trying to survive the apocalypse. This is easier said than done. When a follower dies, they can't be saved by any means. The Zombasite is highly contagious and zombies are quickly ravaging the world's surface. Food is a critical resource that must be obtained. Vendors are rare and have limited supplies. Some of the stronger monsters have survived and are as dangerous as ever. Clans of humans and monsters are fighting over what few supplies are left. Even within your own clan it isn't safe. Humans living on the edge are even more unstable than usual. So yeah, survival isn't easy.

Features:

  • Survive the zombie apocalypse in a fantasy world
  • Experience uniquely created worlds for every game, with different areas, monsters, items, and quests
  • Explore a dynamic, evolving, living world
  • Lead a clan of followers who have their own personalities and skills
  • Navigate relationships with rival clans using diplomacy, trade, war, and raids
  • Many hybrid classes to experience - 8 full classes, 24 specialties, 260 total combinations
  • Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer
  • Your choices truly impact the game!
  • Customize your experience with many character and world options including turning off zombies and clans.

Evening Patches

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Gatherings & Competitions

  • GaymerX returns on September 30th for a fourth installment in this LBGT-focused gaming event.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

PlayStation Now Coming to PCs

The PlayStation.Blog announces PlayStation Now is coming to Windows PCs. This will bring formerly PlayStation-exclusive titles when it launches in Europe soon and North America "shortly thereafter." It will also be supported by a new DualShock 4 USB wireless adaptor. Here's word:

We’re excited to announce that PlayStation Now is making the jump to Windows PC. The app launches overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter.

This will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey. Current subscribers have a new way to access PS Now’s library of over 400 games, and the PC app provides a new way for even more gamers to discover and play the service.

We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99. This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.

The adaptor is a great match for playing PS Now on a computer, but you can also use it for PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac. If you haven’t yet downloaded Remote Play on your PC or Mac, grab the installer here. Of course, owning the USB Wireless Adaptor isn’t required, as you can connect a DualShock 4 using a USB cable.

Here are the recommended specs for running PS Now on your PC:

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

A minimum 5Mbps connection is required to use PS Now on any device. We recommend a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.
We’ll be in touch to confirm the exact launch date of the PlayStation Now Windows PC app in North America, and stay tuned for some exciting games that will be added to the library.

For more info on PS Now, including the full library of games, visit: PSNow.com

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Released

Today marks the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Last week's launch trailer shows off the latest installment in the action/RPG series. Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal are all in on this, as the release is accompanied by Deus Ex GO, Deus Ex: Black Light, and Deus Ex Universe: Children’s Crusade. The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Strategy Guide by Prima , The Art of Deus Ex Universe by Titan Publishing, Deus Ex Universe peripherals by Razer, and Deus Ex Universe - Couture. Here's more:

Today, Square Enix® and Eidos®-Montréal announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided®, the latest instalment in the Deus Ex® franchise, is now available on the PlayStation®4, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.
Watch the launch trailer

With more than 100 awards and nominations before launch, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, builds on the franchises trademark choice and consequence, and action-RPG based gameplay to create a memorable and highly immersive experience. Players will once again take on the role of Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, and will gain access to his new arsenal of customizable state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations. With time working against him, Adam must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

“Deus Ex is one of the most beloved franchises in the game industry, and working on it for nearly 10 years has been a huge responsibility and a tremendous privilege.” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we aimed to bring the franchise to another level, with the goal of giving the fans the gaming experience they have all been waiting for”

The game also includes Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, a new and innovative game mode. This new take on the game offers, for the very first time, an arcade approach on the gameplay of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, providing players with a unique puzzle shooter experience. The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Season Pass , which is composed of Narrative DLCs and in-game items, is now available for purchase on theXbox Live, PlayStation®Network and online stores for $29.99.

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Endless Space 2 Early Access Next Month

Amplitude Studios announces that Endless Space 2 will launch into early access in September. The celebrate the news by revealing the Lumeris, a third faction for the 4X strategy sequel. They offer a wiki article and a new prologue trailer introducing the Lumeris. Here's the deal:

To celebrate the Early Access news, Amplitude Studios is excited to introduce the third faction reveal for Endless Space 2, the Lumeris faction, a society that revolves around trade, economic deals, economic growth, and successful business. Expansion and acquisition are bywords for the Lumeris culture, and as an amphibious people they are prepared to make money in any environment. Their society is organized around a series of families that have traditionally run different parts of their economy, and the balance of power and negotiations between the families is what drives progress – or blocks it.

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Cossacks 3 Early Bird Bonuses

GSC Game World reveals early bird bonuses for Cossacks 3, their RTS sequel. This includes an additional single-player mini-campaign, two unique mercenary units, and a special Early Bird Badge. This is akin to a preorder bonus, but will remain available for two weeks after release, which is planned for September 20th. They also announce a Digital Deluxe Edition with more bonus content. The deal with this isn't completely clear, as it includes mention of free DLC. Here it is verbatim if you can sort it out:

We are excited to announce a special Early Bird Bonus and a Digital Deluxe Edition for Cossacks 3!

Everyone who run Cossacks 3 game within the first two weeks of the game’s release will receive as a bonus:

  • Additional mini campaign for single player.
  • 2 unique mercenary units that could be hired from the every nation’s Diplomatic Centre.
  • A special Early Bird Badge visible in multiplayer shell.

Besides that we would like to offer the Digital Deluxe Edition that will contain 4 post-launch DLC’s adding in total 6 single player campaigns, 12 additional single player missions and 8 historical multiplayer battles, as well as Original Soundtrack in lossless format.

As a free DLC all the players will receive 8 additional playable nations with the unique music main themes.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

So I was trying to be honest with myself in admitting I would probably end up watching some of the Olympics. I usually express disinterest and end up watching, so it seemed I was just being realistic. After all that I ended up not watching a single second of the games. Not even any replays or highlights. This wasn't so much deliberate as it worked out that way. But it's weird, because it usually seems difficult to escape them. I guess this speaks to changing TV viewing habits as much as anything. I'll see if this trend continues for the 2018 winter games.

Olympic Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Fly With Rope 2.
Story: Man run over, killed by friend after trying to stop her from leaving party.
Science: Is beer better in Scotland? Is rum richer in Cuba? A VR taste test. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: DRUNK FRAT BOY- Songify Ryan Lochte. Thanks nin.
Beavis and Butthead - Angry Video Game Nerd - Episode 141. NSFW.
Mario ... hamster?



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