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Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

  

New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now offers new version 17.4.3 Crimson ReLive reference drivers for Radeon graphics cards with support for the new 570 and 580 models and the Windows 10 Creators Update. Here's word:

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.3 Highlights

  • Support for Windows®10 Creators Update.
  • Support for Radeon RX 580 Series Graphics.
  • Support for Radeon RX 570 Series Graphics.

Known Issues

  • Radeon WattMan may fail to apply settings on some Radeon R9 390 series graphics products.
  • Radeon Settings may crash on switching Windows® user after toggling AMD CrossFire™ technology mode.
  • A small amount of apps may still experience issues with Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology if other applications or game launchers are running on the primary screen in the background.
  • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft™ may experience flickering or performance issues the first time the game is launched on a system boot with
  •  AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled. Workarounds include exiting and restarting the application or task switching (alt+tab) in and out of the game to fix the issue.

StarCraft: Brood War Free

A new patch for StarCraft: Brood War brings the classic real-time strategy game to version 1.18 (thanks MrKawfy). As promised, this makes the game free, and this page offers the game for Windows along with a beta version for OS X. This is a bit of a surprise, as it was initially announced that this would follow the release of the upcoming StarCraft: Remastered. Here's word on the new version:

General

  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net.
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus.
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes.

Known Issues

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Full Throttle Remastered Released

Full Throttle Remastered is now available for Windows on GOG and Steam, offering the chance to hit the open road once again in an updated version of this classic LucasArts adventure. The remastering was done by Double Fine, and here's word on how they went whole hog on the update:

Released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.

Now over 20 years later, Full Throttle is back in a remastered edition featuring all new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork, with remastered audio and music.

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Next Week

Heroes of the Storm website has details on a Heroes of the Storm 2.0 launch event next week to kick off the new point release for Blizzard's MOBA. This will be on Twitch at 2:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, April 25th, and will involve an exhibition tournament on the new Hanamura map and a new hero reveal. Here's word:

Stay tuned after the first Hanamura exhibition game to catch the worldwide debut of our brand new cinematic, which will unveil the next Hero who will be joining the Nexus in the weeks to come. Once you’ve watched the cinematic, we’ll head back to Anna, Kevin, and the Heroes devs to discuss the new Hero, as well as share details about the rewards you’ll earn by completing the Nexus Challenge 2.0.

The party doesn’t end there! We’re keeping the launch celebration going with the four remaining games from our Hanamura Exhibition Match between Team Dignitas and FNATIC. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Hanamura during the Heroes 2.0 Open Beta, or you simply love high-level Heroes play, then this is an exhibition match you’ll want to stick around for!

Titanfall 2 A Glitch in the Frontier DLC Next Week

Frontier News Network announces A Glitch in the Frontier is the next DLC for Titanfall 2, and it's coming to the mech shooter on April 25th. They show things off with a gameplay trailer and offer the following outline of what to expect from this free update:

Let’s take a look at the highlights of what’s coming. All content below is free for all Titanfall 2 players:

  • Glitch Map
    • A medium-sized map designed for objective modes and inspired by Captain Lastimosa’s home planet of Harmony. Vertical drops and long, twisting paths dominate the environment, perfect for chaining together long wall runs to seamlessly glide across the map
  • Deck Live Fire Map
    • Tight interior spaces, exposed courtyards, and watchful drones circling overhead. You may see a M.R.V.N. or two puttering around in the background…
  • M.R.V.N. Faction
  • Marked for Death game mode. We’ll be introducing this as a featured mode around the launch of Glitch in the Frontier update.
  • Update to the Main Menu
    • We spruced things up a bit with a new look and tiles for news and other cool stuff we want you to check out.
  • Max Gen increase for Pilots
    • You will now be able to Gen to 100.
    • New Gen icons for your callsign. You will receive a new one for each 10 gens you achieve.
  • Ability to choose between Prime and regular executions for Titans
  • New execution: Get to the Point [Pulse Blade]
  • Live Fire mode added to Private Match options

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Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943 Next Month

Publisher Strategy First and developer Graviteam announce Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943, a historically accurate World War II strategy game coming next month to Windows via Steam. Here's the pitch:

“Set in North Africa during the Tunisian campaign in World War II, one of World War II’s most intense conflicts and offers real-time and turn-based strategy options, making it perfect for hardcore strategy fans, World War II enthusiasts and history buffs,” said Vladimir Zayarniy, Graviteam CEO. “We dedicated a lot of time, energy and passion into offering a painstaking level of realism and detail in all of our units and battle scenarios, and for the first time are featuring US military battling against Axis forces.”

Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943 offers two ways to play, with both turn-based and real-time strategy options, each featuring unparalleled levels of realism with adaptive soldier behavior and complex vehicle damage for more than 50 detailed vehicles created between Germany, U.S and the U.K. Players can choose between the Allied and Axis soldiers to relive the Tunisian Campaign and experience this ambitious and historically accurate tank warfare game.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Rise of the King by Revelation Games — Kickstarter. "Rise of the King is a third-person action-adventure game with survival elements, set within a medieval fantasy world. You will have to survive as you travel across the dangerous lands on your journey to find answers as you investigate the disappearance of a missing child. You will explore a sweeping storyline filled with unique characters and meaningful interactions along your journey. Our gameplay is a unique combination of survival, action and investigation mechanics to flesh out a much more dynamic and immersive experience." Also on Steam Greenlight. Here's a website and a trailer.

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Into the Black

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Launches

Telltale Games announces the release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, their episodic series based on the comic book movies. The launch trailer came out yesterday, and now the first chapter in the five episode series is now available. Here's a reminder about the game:

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand-new story of the universe's unlikeliest Super Heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O'Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.

Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom Released

French indie studio Enigami announces the release of Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom, their action/RPG for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A new launch trailer offers a look, and the announcement has details on the game's crowdfunded origins and more of what to expect:

The Shiness universe was born over 20 years ago from the pen strokes of Samir Rebib, Artistic Director of the studio. Composed of passionate people, the independent studio Enigami went through a successful Kickstarter campaign, allowing the project to grow and gain momentum, until it was supported by Focus Home Interactive. After Enigami put all its energy and passion into Shiness, a child's dream has finally turned a fully-fleshed indie-RPG with a bold personality!

In Shiness, take control of Chado and his four friends as they journey across a fractured world beset by a war between multiple factions. Combat is inspired by traditional fighting games, mixing fast-paced combos, parrying, blocking, and powerful magical abilities distinct for each character. Your party members' usefulness isn't limited to just combat - manipulate the environments around you with abilities such as Kayenne's telekinesis and Askel's far-reaching whip. Gain experience and level up after fights, while progressing in the storyline or by accomplishing numerous side quests. Evolve your characters, learn new skills and spells, and become the hero who will unify the civilizations of Mahera.

Continue here to read the full story.

Gone Gold - The Surge

Focus Home Interactive announce completion of development on The Surge, saying Deck13's hardcore action/RPG will come to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 16th. They also talk about a day one patch for the PS4 Pro to support dynamic 4K at 30fps or in 1080p at 60fps, and another patch will follow with HDR support, but they don't clarify what this means for PC gamers. Here's word on the game:

Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been made redundant, forcing Earth's citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology, our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human civilization. The Surge features innovative combat mechanics and an original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through tight, visceral combat.

Key Features

  • Tight, visceral hardcore action RPG combat
  • Unique targeting, dismemberment and level up systems
  • Explore a dystopian world full of mystery
  • Battle an array of huge, fearsome bosses
  • Loot, craft, and upgrade new weapons and armors

Total War: WARHAMMER for OS X

Feral Interactive announces the release of Total War: WARHAMMER for Mac OS X. They support this with its own dedicated mini-site where you can buy a copy, and this is also available on Steam. This page has the system requirements, and the post on Steam has further details, saying: "Fight for control of the Old World in a spellbinding game of colossal battles, sophisticated tactics, and relentless conquest. Total War: WARHAMMER comes to Mac in fearsome form using Metal, Apple’s new graphics API."

Voodoo Vince: Remastered for Windows 10

Xbox Live's Major Nelson announces the release of Voodoo Vince: Remastered for Windows 10 and Xbox One as an "Xbox Play Anywhere" title. This updates a platformer first release in 2003 with PC support and other updates. Here's the description of the game:

The classic character platformer is back for the first time in over 13 years, and now in glorious high definition! Vince’s adventure takes him from the streets of New Orleans to the depths of a Louisiana bayou to find the whereabouts of his keeper, Madam Charmaine. In true voodoo style, Vince encounters and defeats quirky monsters and villains … by kicking his own butt! By racing under a falling safe, jumping into a high-speed blender, or leaping under falling rubble, Vince is sure to defeat his enemies—all while managing to escape completely unscathed.

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Out of the Blue

Well, "happy" tax day here in the States, where everyone has until midnight to ensure their papers are in order. This normally takes place quite infamously on April 15th, but the 15th falling on a Saturday pushes the deadline out a few days. For the most part nobody looks forward to this, but if the quote usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin about the inevitability of death and taxes is true, then it beats the alternative.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Iron Kiss.
Lode Runner Web Game.
Stories: Celebrate Tax Day 2017 with these deals and freebies.
Mom seriously delivers on 3-year-old's wish for a poop-themed birthday party.
Science: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic. Dr. Charlie Sheen. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Media: Star Wars Jawa Cosplay Motion Test.
Oroville 15 April Narrated Spillway Re-Opening DWR Footage.
Playful fish, enjoys being handled and thrown. Thanks ViperFour.
The Funnies: xkcd: 7 Eleven.
Watch Out! Cartoon - Savage Chickens.

Monday, Apr 17, 2017

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam This Week

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is coming to Steam on Thursday, offering wider access to the real-time strategy game. This first came to PCs late last year as a play anywhere title with Windows 10 support, but this will now also be playable on earlier versions of Windows. Here's word:

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the real-time strategy classic, Halo Wars, updated to run natively on PC.

Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC - made famous by the Halo FPS games - Halo Wars: Definitive Edition provides a unique angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battlefield. Control large Halo armies and direct them in action-packed warfare.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes improved graphics, new achievements and all the DLC from the landmark game. Experience the epic campaign or compete in online multiplayer battles with armies of powerful Halo forces at your command.

Network play for this product is exclusive to Steam. Cross-play with Windows Store versions of the same game is not supported.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Launch Trailer

Tomorrow will see the release of episode one of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Telltale paves the way with this trailer offering a look at "Tangled Up in Blue," the tastefully titled first chapter. They also offer more on what to expect:

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe's unlikeliest Super Heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O'Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Kangaroos Invade Golf Course. It's like a Hitchcock movie.

Heroes of the Storm Getting Overwatch's Genji and Hanamura

A new hero profile on the Heroes of the Storm website confirms Genji from Overwatch is making his way into Heroes of the Storm. They outline his kit in the MOBA, which is unsurprisingly similar to his original form in the shooter. They also offer this new trailer from Hanamura, a new two-lane map that's on the way. There's a location of the same name in Overwatch, but that is a trio of assault maps, while the Heroes of the Storm version of Hanamura borrows Overwatch's escort mechanic, providing each team a vehicle to deliver, which is how to damage your opponent's core. Word is: "Harness the power of explosive payloads as you vie for control of the Shimada clan’s ancestral home – Hanamura! Introducing new mercenaries, new objectives, and a brand new battleground theme to the Nexus, Hanamura is the next battleground hitting the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm 2.0!" Continue here to read the full story.

BloodLust 2 - Nemesis Announced

The BloodLust website announces BloodLust 2 - Nemesis, an action/RPG coming from WRF Studios where the player is a vampire (thanks RPGWatch via Acleacius). They provide this trailer with a look at what to expect, and here's a bit on the story, though this may spoil the first game:

"After the Hunter killed an emperor to the east and destroyed an entire bloodline, the Council felt the playing field between the humans and the undead might be a little too even."

"They authorized the development of an experimental food source; a synthetic blood built from both alchemy and science. The project is funded and developed by the Taku Clan, under the codename NEMESIS. Neural Embryonic Morphing Experimental Synthetic Immune System something or other."

"I guess its supposed to be better than the real thing, I don't really know, I never touched it, since I prefer my blood warm and dirty."

"But I've seen its strength, replicating and enhancing the cells of the undead, allowing our species to morph into even stronger creatures, making us more monstrous than we already are."

Continue here to read the full story.

Grimoire Gets Greenlight, Due Next Month

This post on Steam has word that Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar has received a greenlight on Steam, once again raising the question of whether the proper term is Greenlit or Greenlighted (thanks Acleacius). Word is: "3640+ YES VOTES, #28TH PLACE IN TOP 100 FINAL TALLY! Pretty good for the game that never stood a chance. " This post (which gives the impression they are paying by the word) says to expect this "ultimate classic style turn-based fantasy roleplaying game" on Memorial Day, May 29th. Here's what to expect from two decades of development:

After more than 20 years of development, the greatest roleplaying game of them all is finally ready for release! Grimoire is an homage to the classic dungeon blobbers and is inspired by Wizardry, Might & Magic, Lands of Lore, Anvil of Dawn, DungeonMaster and the Eye of the Beholder games!

  • 600 hours of play possible in a single game
  • Lush Colorful 2D Hand Drawn Artwork
  • Retro style MIDI music and 8 bit sound effects
  • 244+ Maps in the game to explore!
  • Turn-Based strategic combat
  • Multiple Beginnings, Multiple Endings
  • 144 context sensitive magic spells
  • 14 races, 15 professions, 50 skills
  • 64 intelligent NPCs with 8000+ Words in Vocabulary
  • Full Sentence Communication with NPCs
  • 240+ monsters each with special powers and defenses
  • 1000+ items, Carry Containers, Global Party Inventory
  • 30 conditions, from Confusion to Disease & Lycanthropy
  • Automapping, Autowalking, Autohealing
  • Global Map Atlas With Position Marker
  • Quest Journal, Hint Prompting, Help Facility, Mini-Quests
  • Complex LockPicking Interfaces for Doors & Chests
  • Challenging Puzzles and Rich Interactive Dungeons
  • Browsable Character Library for up to 100 characters
  • Up to 12 Commented Postage Stamped Savegames
  • Multi-themed GUI and customizable screen layouts

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Out of the Blue

We have only experienced a couple of 70°+ moments around here since the official start of Spring, so of course Easter Sunday, one of the unofficial starts to the season got well into the 80s. That's okay, as the BBC and VH-1 have pointed out, I love the 80s.

R.I.P.: Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85. Thanks HARDOCP.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Famous Paintings Parodies 9.
A Snake to the Past.
Stories: Mark Hamill Says 'Star Wars' Trailer Was Heckled First Time He Saw It. Thanks RedEye9.
Science: Russia shows off robotic gunslinger.
Images: Stunning Aerials From NASA’s Surveys of the Arctic.
Media: Firefighters of GTA V. Thanks Kotaku UK.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Restricted Teaser Trailer.
Woodpecker Hitches Ride Through Chicago.



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