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Friday, Mar 24, 2017

  

Star Citizen Year Five

Without reference to delays, the Roberts Space Industries website announces the kickoff of Year Five of the Star Citizen development subscriber program. Here's word:

We are kicking off the Year Five of the Star Citizen development subscriber program! Becoming a subscriber gives you access to exclusive perks. Each month you can look forward to a new behind-the-scenes issue of our digital magazine Jump Point and a piece of digital flair to decorate your hangar with, as well as the ability to test fly different loaner ships like the Starfarer, Gladius and Sabre. Subscribers also receive merchandise discounts, coupons (after every 12 months of accumulated subscription time) and access to exclusive digital sales, as well as the chance to submit questions for our shows!

Additionally, if you become a subscriber before April 17th, you’ll receive a special piece of bonus flair; a Big Bennys vending machine to decorate your hangar with! This flair will be distributed to all active subscribers on April 18, 2017.

Due to popular demand, we’ll also be offering a physical edition of Jump Point Volume 3 in the coming months. Subscribers will be the first to have a chance to purchase this at exclusive discounted price. If you’re a subscriber, keep an eye on the Den for additional updates on this in the near future.

You can find more details about becoming a subscriber here!.

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard Released

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard is now available in North America on Steam, offering an action/RPG with some Norse flavor. The release includes the Windows version, but OS X and Linux editions are to follow down the road. This release trailer shows off some gameplay, and here's what you should know about the release:

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard will transport you to the Shores of Midgard, a world based on the mythology and history of the Vikings. Battle the fearsome Jotan, hordes of terrifying undead monstrosities and other myriad beasts of Ragnarok, either on your own or by teaming up with a friend via the online co-op multiplayer mode. Master mighty weapons, including sword and shield, two-handed hammers, dual-wielded axes and swift bows. Earn blood in battle to offer in tribute to the Gods in order to acquire and enhance devastating Spell Powers and other special unlockables. As well as the regular story mode (and New Game+), players can also test their mettle in the ‘Trials of the Gods’ – a special challenge mode that rewards the best warriors with special equipment and runes.

Features of Vikings – Wolves of Midgard:

  • Fantasy Meets Nordic Mythology: Travel the realms of earthly Midgard, freezing Niflheim and boiling Balheim, either as a fierce Viking warrior or merciless shieldmaiden.
  • The Deadly Fimbulwinter: Withstand the deathly colds and protect yourself from exposure to nature’s wrath in order to survive.
  • Tribute to the Gods: Collect blood from fallen enemies and sacrifice it at the altar to gain gifts from the Gods to enhance your powers.
  • Berserker Rage: Let your anger take hold by activating Rage Mode to overwhelm your enemies in bloodthirsty combat.
  • The art of combat: Perfect your skills with each weapon to unlock their true potential, including swords, bows and spell-powered canes.
  • The Power of the Gods: Make the abilities of the Gods your own by equipping power-infused amulets, like the Talismans of Thor or Loki. Put your new skills to the test by competing in the Trials of the Gods to earn further rewards.
  • Teamwork: Team up with a friend and journey to the Shores of Midgard together in an epic two-player online co-op mode. Choose between four difficulty levels to suit your skills and talents. Do you dare attempt the unrelenting hardcore mode?
  • The Clan of Wolves: Restore and rebuild your village and lead your clan to glory. Upgrade buildings such as weaponsmith, armorer, runesmith, and mead hall to unlock more content and better equipment.
  • Legendary Weapons: Gather the scattered fragments of mythical weapons and armors to take on the most fearsome creatures of the realms.
  • A Class of its Own: Become even more powerful in the next life by attempting New Game+, and push your Viking warrior or shieldmaiden to their limit.
  • Destructible Environments: Utilize your surroundings by burying your foes under falling rocks or pushing them off high cliffs.

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Battle Brothers Released

Battle Brothers is now available on Steam after a very successful early access run for this tactical, turn-based role-playing game. A look at the game and its story can be found in a brand-new launch trailer. Here's word on what to expect:

Battle Brothers sends players to an open medieval low-fantasy world in which they are tasked to lead a band of up to twenty mercenaries, each coming with individual skills and properties. With this company of ‘battle brothers’ they explore a dynamically generated worldmap. By taking contracts, hunting for treasures and fighting numerous battles band members improve skills, gain experience points and new abilities. In the complex combat mode the strong AI opponents can only be overcome if players make good use of their mercenaries’ individual strengths and the particular terrain of the battle ground.

Battle Brothers was inspired by groundbreaking strategy classics such as XCOM: Ufo Defense, Jagged Alliance, Warhammer: Shadow Of The Horned Rat or Mount & Blade.

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Dark Souls III The Ringed City Trailer

The Ringed City is the destination of this new trailer showing off this upcoming expansion for Dark Souls III. This will launch next week for the action/RPG sequel, coming to Windows on Monday and to consoles the day after. Here's the description from the clip describing this final chapter in the story:

Fear not the dark, ashen one. Journey to the world’s end to search for the Ringed City and encounter new lands, new bosses, new enemies with new armor, magic and items. Experience the epic final chapter of a dark world that could only be created by the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki. Embrace the Darkness!

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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Trailer

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is not due for two weeks, but publisher Gearbox Publishing and developer People Can Fly now offer the launch trailer for what some wish was called the Full Magazine Edition of the first-person shooter. There's no word on how empty the game's clip formerly was, though they do offer an outlook on why it's now at full capacity:

Featuring updated hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this definitive version of the action-packed, critically-acclaimed FPS comes with all of its previously-released DLC along with brand-new content. And for the first time ever, players will get the chance to play Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition as the iconic Duke Nukem. Featuring a fully rerecorded script and brand new lines from the voice of Duke, Jon St. John, the Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour add-on content will replace main character Grayson Hunt with The King himself and provide players with a whole new butt-kicking perspective on the cult-classic shooter.

The ultimate Bulletstorm experience, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition includes:

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content, including the Gun Sonata and Blood Symphony add-on packs, now on modern platforms.
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode – Upon completing the main campaign, blast through this New Game+ mode with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots.
  • New Echo Maps – Players can showcase their skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode.
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at 60 FPS across all platforms.
  • The Art of Destruction – Pull off masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos.
  • Visceral Audio – Orchestrate a crescendo of chaos with newly remastered audio effects.
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring full voice over and brand-new lines from Jon St. John, the original voice of Duke.

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The Sexy Brutale Next Month; New Trailer

A new trailer from The Sexy Brutale shows off some of the characters in this puzzle game from Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studios. Word is this will be released on April 11th for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, offering a "unique, 3D puzzle adventure game of murder and mystery to be solved through observation and deduction, against a never-ending 'Groundhog Day' time loop." Here's more on the clip:

Meet the impeccably attired and immaculately mannered Staff of The Sexy Brutale casino mansion.

Renowned for their dedication to their tasks and attention to detail. However, at this year's masked ball, their full effort and focus appears to be dedicated to systematic murder of the guests.

Nobody appears to be safe from their peculiar brand of personalized service. But are they acting on their own now that the master of the house is away... Or is it his murderous will that they continue to follow, day in and day out?

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Toughest Animal on Earth.

Outlast 2 Outlasts AU Ban

Press Start has word that Outlast 2 will be released in uncut form in Australia, just a week after the country's review board refused to classify the game for sale (thanks Videogamesrepublic). They don't explain what has changed, but say the game earned an R18+ rating without any changes to the implied sexual violence that seemed to be preventing the game's AU release. One Angry Gamer reports that the change was due to arguments by Senator for New South Wales David Leyonhjelm. Here's a statement from developer Red Barrels:

Outlast 2 has been rated R18+ by the Classification Branch in Australia and will be released 26th April 2017. There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Released

OotP Developments announces the release of Out of the Park Baseball 18, the newest installment in the highly regarded sport series. The Windows, OS X, and Linux game is available through the OotP Website and Steam. The new version includes complete minor league systems for each team, historical Negro League teams, an new Challenge Mode, and more, along with familiar features such as complete MLB licensing and statistically accurate game simulations. Here's a new trailer, and here are some details:

For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform -- more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.

Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:

  • 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
  • Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
  • Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
  • Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
  • Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
  • A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.
  • Many more improvements, including:
    • A beautiful new interface
    • Improved game recaps
    • An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
    • Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
    • A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
    • The ability to retain player salaries in trades
    • The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes
    • Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons

OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

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World of Warcraft EU Price Increases

WoW Website outlines some price increases coming to World of Warcraft services in the EU on April 5th (thanks PC Gamer via Kxmode). They refer to this forum post for more details, saying the changes are "based on regional market conditions." The impacted services are all optional, and subscription prices will remain unchanged. In the meantime, they are offering a sale on select services in case the pending price increases inspire any spending sprees. As of April 5th, prices will range from £9/€10 for a name change all the way up to €65/£55 for a guild transfer & faction change.

StarCraft II Skins Previewed

Blizzard offers a preview of the upcoming StarCraft II patch that will update the real-time strategy sequel to version 3.12. The post shows off more new skins coming with the patch, saying they will cost $2.49 USD each, with discounts available for dynamically priced bundles. Word is: "We know you’ve been wanting more skins, and we have three new ones to feed your appetite — the ‘Bone Ravager’, the ‘Junker Hellion’, and the ‘Adun Immortal.’"

Morning Consolidation

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

We are in the midst of March Madness, or so they tell me, as this a the rare form of insanity I don't suffer. As usual, I actually feel like I'm missing out, but I am also aware that I have a greater interest in team sports in general than many of my geek brothers and sisters, so maybe I should be more surprised that I care as much as I do about pro sports than I am over the college athletics that I find less interesting.

Link Madness: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: PixWars.
Link: Download The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Free- March 23rd & 24th Only. Thanks RedEye9.
Story: Binge Watchers Do It Six Episodes A Pop.
Science: No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning.
Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Due to DNA 'Mistakes'.
Media: Automatic Bullseye MOVING Dartboard. Only way I'd ever succeed at that game.
MONSTER HUNT! - FINDING BIGFOOT (Teens React- Gaming).
When a Goose Loves a Human. As sung by Percy Sledge.



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