Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
is now available for Windows 10 and Xbox
One, offering the first chance to play this 2009 RTS game on a PC. This is not
offered individually, however, it is part of the bonus package for preordering
Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition
, which is currently expected in February. The
sly devils at
note that this is a preorder, not a pre-purchase, so it is
possible to take advantage of this and still cancel your preorder, at least for
now. Here are some details on the Definitive Edition:
Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the real-time strategy classic,
Halo Wars, updated to run natively on Xbox One and Windows 10. Halo Wars:
Definitive Edition includes improved graphics, new achievements and all of the
DLC created for the landmark real-time strategy game.
- All-new, Action-packed Story – The heroes of Halo
Wars return to find themselves - and the galaxy - in more danger than ever.
Following the events of Halo 5, the all-new story is told in action-packed
missions set on the legendary Halo destination known as the Ark. Players
will strategically command overwhelming firepower in large-scale battles
against a terrifying threat facing the UNSC and all of humanity.
- Build Your Halo Army – Construct your bases,
prepare your vehicles and amass your troops. Lead them into huge battles
that span across alien environments in a vast collection of campaign and
- Multiplayer Warfare – Play with or against your
friends and the Xbox Live community in up to 3v3 matches. All-new units with
explosive firepower, Leaders with special abilities that help to turn the
tide in battle and thrilling multiplayer modes are at your fingertips as you
wage war on a variety of maps.
- Blitz: Instant Command – Blitz is an entirely new
way to experience Halo Wars and real-time strategy gameplay. Combining
tactical combat with card-based strategy, your deck is your army in Blitz as
you build collections of powerful Halo vehicles and troops and command those
units in fast-action matches online or solo against waves of enemies.
*Pre-order the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition and receive Halo Wars:
Definitive Edition. The codes for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be
delivered to your Xbox message center in 7-10 days from pre-order, beginning
December 20, 2016. Redeem your code on Xbox One, Xbox.com or the Xbox App on
Windows 10. For more information on how to redeem codes, visit
Xbox.com/howtoredeem-console. ©2016 Microsoft Corporation.Your Halo Wars 2
pre-order includes the Halo Wars 2 – Digital Pre-order Bonus Pack for use in
Halo 5: Guardians. To receive your pre-order bonus search for “Halo Wars 2 –
Digital Pre-order Bonus Pack” on the Xbox Store and download from the details
page. *Online multiplayer features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold
Asheron's Call Facebook page announces
that Turbine is putting an end to
and Asheron's Call 2
on January 31st, ending a lengthy
run for both MMORPGs. This follows
that they are handing off responsibility for The Lord of the Rings
Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online, and new indie studio Standing Stone Games
will run both
MMORPGs. Here's word on the end of both Asheron's Call games:
It is with
a heavy heart that we must announce the end of our support for Asheron's Call
and Asheron’s Call 2, and will close both services on January 31st, 2017.
This decision did not come easy, and we know this is disappointing for many of
you. This game is a labor of love, and it's not easy for us to bring it to an
We have had a phenomenally long run; one of the longest in the world of MMORPGs,
and that in and of itself is a spectacular feat. We are proud of our legacy, and
the entire Asheron's Call team has been honored to adventure with you for nearly
twenty years. We thank you very much for being a part of it.
It’s been an amazing run. You’ve done Asheron Realaidain proud.
Between now and January 31st, 2017, the game will remain available to play,
completely free, for any player currently with an account. New account creation
will be disabled.
If you have any questions, please visit
Rockstar Games announces
the launch of The GTA Online
Surprise 2016, a new Truffade Nero supercar and more. This includes the return
of their previous holiday promotions as well as some new festive items and that
free ride. Here's word:
Christmas officially comes a few days early with
the Festive Surprise 2016, now available in GTA Online. This holiday season
includes brand new festive items in stores across Los Santos, as well as the
return of all your favorites from past holiday seasons, along with a new Super
class vehicle offering compliments of Benny’s Original Motor Works.
Get in the holiday spirit with new seasonally-themed Sweaters and Hats, along
with all the returning classic Masks, Santa outfits and other festive clothing -
all available to add to your inventory absolutely free now through January 9th.
Light up the streets with colorful new Bodysuits available for purchase from
clothing stores; each with illumination settings to glow, pulse or flash. Or get
lit like your drunk uncle with the Firework Launcher, returning to the shelves
at Ammu-Nation (and under the trees of all the good little boys and girls in
Southern San Andreas on Christmas Eve) to help you celebrate the holidays in
explosive style while you wait for that rare Los Santos snowfall
the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
will be released on January 31st for the PlayStation 4 edition of the
first-person shooter. The pack is called Sabotage, and they say "other platforms
to follow." We presume that will be after one month of exclusivity concludes,
but our crystal ball ain't so crystal clear. They celebrate the news with
a new preview trailer
with a look. Here's word on the pack's contents:
Continue here to read the full story
“We’re excited to
introduce a new chapter to our zombies experience, taking players into a spooky
1990s summer camp straight out of the horror films of the decade,” said Dave
Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “We’re also delivering four new, diverse
multiplayer maps, including a remake of the Modern Warfare® 2 classic, Afghan.
There’s a tremendous variety of new content that we think every player will
Rave in the Redwoods, the next thrilling chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite
Warfare zombies experience, continues the macabre narrative while transporting
players into a new decade: the 1990s. Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie
director villain, returns and has trapped the protagonists inside another one of
his twisted horror films. The four playable characters from the original story
also return, but with fresh, over-the-top roles, as they learn more about
Wyler’s evil plot while fighting all-new varieties of the undead in an
abandoned, lakeside summer camp where zombie ravers have taken over and turned
the grounds into a techno-fueled illusion. Rave in the Redwoods is a tense,
spooky thrill ride with shocking twists, surprises, and a slew of new Easter
eggs for players to discover.
In addition to the Rave in the Redwoods zombies content, Sabotage will also
include four new multiplayer maps:
- Noir – A dark, grimy city map inspired by
futuristic Brooklyn at night, Noir is a classic three-lane map set against a
backdrop of a dystopian future, filled with cafes and parks surrounding a
brutal downtown warzone.
- Neon – A virtual training center designed for
urban warfare, Neon is a unique, digitized battle arena where cars and other
structures spawn out of thin air and enemies dissolve into hundreds of
pixels when defeated. Middle lane sightlines will cater to long-range
players while the outsides of the map allow for quick counter-attacks in
- Renaissance – Set in Northern Italy, Renaissance
pits players against each other on the narrow streets of Venice surrounded
by classic architecture and buildings that promote continuous action through
the canals and neighborhoods of this iconic city.
- Dominion – A re-imagining of the classic Afghan
map from Modern Warfare 2, now set on Mars, Dominion retains all the
memorable landmarks and gameplay of the original, anchored by the crashed
ship in the center, with a few enhancements designed to take advantage of
the new movement system.
that starting today they are kicking off five days
of freebies. According to
, Mass Effect 2
was briefly free
yesterday, but pretty quickly reverted to full price, so they may
have jumped the gun. Presumably the free offer will start today as promised, so
we'll keep an eye on this. Update:
: "Day 1: A pure plush Krogan from @TeamSanshee. RT for a chance to
win. #5FestiveFreebies," so it seems like this is a social media raffle, and
does not (yet) involve any free games as we assumed.
Following a report
that Crytek was once
again having problems meeting its payroll obligations,
the developer has shuttered five studios in five countries,
saying the company says it will attempt "to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth
transition and stable future" for those who will lose their jobs as a result.
Word is they are closing offices in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and
Turkey, and will only continue operations in Germany and Ukraine. These closures
are confirmed, but they also have a rumor that Crytek has also sold Warface
and the upcoming sequel to the free-to-play shooter to Mail.ru, but this is not
confirmed. Thanks nin.
announces that Season 2 is now underway in Street Fighter V
This includes what they call a "huge" update to the game, as well as the release
of a holiday DLC pack. The DLC is only available until January 17th, and
has all the details on all that it includes. The new version
also updates the rage quit system to further punish the cowards who duck losses:
Updated Rage Quit System
The current Rage Quit System has resulted in a significant decrease in rage
quitting. That said, we always planned to take this one step further and are
ready to further address the issue with this update. In addition to losing
League Points and being locked out of online matchmaking for a set time, the
following additions have been made to the system:
- Matchmaking Update - Players who frequently
disconnect during matches will now be more likely to be matched up with
other players who exhibit similar behavior. The same applies for honorable
players who rarely, if ever disconnect; they will be matched up with similar
- Player Profile Icons - The worst offenders and the
most honorable players will also have a special icon displayed on their
- League Points Deduction – Anytime a player
disconnects during a match, their League Points will be deducted as if it
was a loss.
has word on plans for They Shall Not Pass
first DLC pack for Battlefield 1
coming to the World War I shooter in
March. This will include new maps, weapons, and a playable French faction, as
they recreate the epic battles of Verdun and Soissons. They are holding back on
some details for now, but do share a little, and illustrate the news with a bunch
of artwork. Here's a bit:
Releasing March 2017, They Shall Not Pass* will
be the first Battlefield™ 1 expansion. Featuring all-new maps, new weapons, and
the new playable French Army faction, They Shall Not Pass will truly expand the
theater of all-out war.
Though we don’t want to give too much away at this point we have something
special for you: concept exploration images from the DICE team. These images
represent the studio’s vision of the battlefields you’ll encounter in They Shall
Not Pass. Read on and learn what inspired the charred landscapes, muddy
trenches, and close-quarter environments.
The Steam winter sale looks like it will begin on Thursday.
that this is the case (thanks
) with a graphic stating as much. This is not a first for PayPal, who
seem to be cementing their position as the official leaker of Steam sales with
another early tip off. They have previously accurately predicted the start of
the 2014 autumn sale
last year's winter sale
the most recent summer
Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter
is now available
as an early
access title. This requires an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset as well as
tracked motion controllers. Here's word on the release, as well as stackable
discounts for their previous customers:
You can now buy the Early Access
version of Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter with a launch discount of 10% and
additional discount of 10% for owners of Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and
20% for owners of Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope - all stackable! That's right -
it makes it for a maximum total discount of whooping 40%!
We are excited to present to all of you VR enthusiasts, a full-campaign
action-based first-person VR game with configurable locomotion options,
multiplayer and (soon) Steam Workshop support. Hoping that this will give you
hours of unadulterated fun, we will continue to improve upon the current version
based on your feedback.
Survarium website announces
the release of a new patch to update the
to version 0.45. This includes daily rewards and quests to
encourage more participation in the MMOFPS, along with new weapons and technical
improvements. Here's an outline of the major changes and additions:
Following your multiple requests we are returning the incentive to login to the
game more often. You will be receiving special bonuses for daily logins. Every
fifth day you will receive extra rewards and on reaching the 15th day – a unique
To make the in-game quests more varied is yet another long awaited request from
the community which we are also happy to satisfy. On top of the traditional
missions the game will offer new daily quests which can bring you not only extra
silver, experience points and reputation with the faction, but unique rewards
too! These quests are simple, yet varied: win a match, play in squad, make
x-number of frags with a specific weapon type, play for a specific faction and
We continue expanding the arsenals of factions with new weapons. At the rank of
Wachmeister (6th tier) the Black Market will offer a Colt M1911 pistol. This
very pistol was recently voted for by the Survarium community and we are glad to
fulfil the request of the players. The second new weapon in the game is Glock 17
pistol, which is to broaden the arsenal of the Scavengers.
With this update we introduce "pingless" network synchronization. In previous
implementations of the network synchronization we continuously reduced the delay
of player inputs, but it remained constant for everybody in the match. With 0.45
we make that value an individual one, so you are no longer dependent on the
network conditions of other players. Besides, we minimize the response time to
change of the network conditions, which will considerably reduce the number of
input shifts without increasing the delay parameter much. All that will result
in improved comfort of play regardless of the systems' performance and network
conditions of other players in the match.
Angels of Death
is now available on
, offering an
episodic "psycho horror adventure game" for Windows.
off retro gameplay from the Japanese original, which, speaking of retro, seems
to have been operated by Dwango, an apparent offshoot of the original DWANGO.
Continue here to read the full story
Angels of Death is a psycho horror adventure game composed
of four parts. It is developed by Stardust KRNKRN (Makoto Sanada), the creator
behind the famous horror game Kirisame ga furu mori (Forest of Drizzling Rain).
Angels of Death exploded in popularity in Japan through Den-fami Nico Game
Magazine, operated by Dwango Co. Ltd., where it was released as a serialized
game. Now Angels of Death is being released worldwide on Playism and Steam.
MyWorld - Imagine, Create, Play! by The Game Creators — Kickstarter.
Mentions PC at the very bottom of the page. "Unleash your imagination in the
creative universe of MyWorld, a unique multiplayer sandbox world where game
makers and game players create, share and play games. Build your own gaming
world in the MyWorld multi-game construction kit & bring your creation to
life. Join our World of Worlds, a universe populated by games created by
I expressed my happiness in finding the winter versions of my Caterpillar work
boots, since the non-winter versions are so comfortable. Now after attempting to
break them in I am getting ready to admit defeat. In spite of seeming like the
same boots with added insulation and waterproofing, the new boots feel like bear
traps on my feet, and I have a couple of spots on my ankles warn raw from the
ordeal. I wore my other boots yesterday (which were comfortable from day one)
and they were like pillows on my feet, so I think I'm going to see how these
work out with winter socks, which is probably what I should have done in the