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Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

  

Activision Classics on Steam

Steam News announces a sale on a Classic Activision Bundle on Steam with a bunch of older games that are new to Valve's marketplace. These include Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, the Zork Anthology, a couple of SWAT games, and more. Individual titles are currently 40% off, while buying the whole bundle saves 52%.

GTA Online Duke O'Death

Rockstar Games has details on some GTA Online content now available to all players after initially being released as a reward for returning players. One such bit of content is the Duke O'Death, the coolest such ride since the Deathmobile from Animal House. Here's word on the release, which comes amid a couple of weeks of money and RP bonuses:

Beginning today, the mayhem machine Duke O’ Death and a range of items previously exclusive to returning players are now available for all players in GTA Online:

  • Marshall Monster Truck
  • Dodo Seaplane
  • Kraken Submarine
  • Imponte Dukes Car
  • Declasse Stallion Car
  • Blista Compact Car
  • Hatchet

Returning players who previously purchased these items will be reimbursed for the purchases, simply log in and your reimbursement will be delivered to your Maze Bank account within the next week.

Prey Trailer

This article on Bethesda.net offers a new trailer from Prey with a guided tour of Talos I, the space station that will be home to most of the action in next month's return of the shooter series. Here's word on the video and an associated promotion giving away the chance to attend space camp (which is not actually in space):

In Prey, the aliens have escaped containment and taken over Talos I, but the game isn’t only about fighting the invasion or an epic journey to figure out who you are and how you’ll save humanity from the Typhon threat – it’s also about the space station itself. A shining testament to mankind’s unbridled ambitions, Talos I is full of secrets to discover and poses a unique threat all by itself. Take a tour of Talos I and get an inside look at the space station our latest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjTN0iD8KB8.

From the grandiose lobby to the industrial inner workings of the space station, Talos I holds something different around every turn. Early on, the entire station opens up for you to explore in almost any manner you like. As Morgan Yu, move freely throughout Talos I, and even return to previously explored areas to find big changes depending on how the story unfolds – or what actions the you’ve taken. You will also be able to go outside of the space station and fly around in zero gravity, using the exterior to navigate to a different area or to find additional secrets hidden outside Talos I. Be sure to check out Bethesda.net for even more insights from the team at Arkane Studios.

Also, we’ve teamed up with GameStop for the ‘Talos I Recruitment Sweepstakes’ where one lucky fan will win a grand prize trip to Space Camp along with a 4K Entertainment Center including a 65” TV, Home Theater Speaker System and Prey Custom Console. The sweepstakes run through Thursday, May 25th and are free to enter at: www.TranStarAwaits.com. You can check out the full sweepstakes rules and eligibility along with additional prizing here.

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Syberia 3 Launch Trailer

With Syberia 3 coming to Europe tomorrow and North America next week, Microïds offers the official launch trailer for the adventure game sequel. This is accompanied by a detailed description:

Syberia 3 will be available starting tomorrow in Europe and Tuesday next week in North America on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The last trailer of Syberia’s epic saga new chapter, takes us on Kate Walker's enchanting adventure and outlines her path through the challenges she will face in helping the Youkols complete the great migration of the snow ostriches.

Her journey in the heart of Siberia to accompany these proud animals to their sacred lands, the place of their reproduction, promises to be a true expedition punctuated by situations as unexpected as her encounters with strange characters and trials that will all solicit her mental abilities and events that will shatter her life.

“Kate Walker therefore continues her imaginary wandering like a lost star no longer constrained by its sun. Through this Eastern European landscape sublimely tired by wars and utopias”, declares Benoit Sokal, author and art director of Syberia’s saga.

The enchanting music created by the composer Inon Zur perfectly illustrates the universe imagined by Benoit Sokal and sublime the mysterious atmosphere of this new trailer.

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Motorsport Manager Trailer

A new trailer featuring Karun Chandhok shows off strategy from Motorsport Manager in the final installment of the "from the pit wall" series for the upcoming racing game. Here's an outline of what the clip entails:

SEGA and Playsport Games today released ‘Strategy’, their fourth & final “From the Pit Wall” video from the series for Motorsport Manager™. With three races in the books already this season, there have been no shortage of interesting strategies adopted by teams the length and breadth of the Formula 1 grid. So, ahead of the next race in Russia, tune in with F1 driver-cum-TV analyst Karun Chandhok and our Motorsport Manager™ “From the Pit Wall” video series to find out how teams and drivers go about managing their cars through a race weekend.

Covering everything from the importance of practice, through to qualifying and the race – as well as being ready to react to the likes of a safety car or a change in the weather – this is your one stop shop for learning how to successfully navigate your drivers to Motorsport Manager™ glory.

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Micro Machines World Series Trailer

We have more racing, as this trailer offers a first look at gameplay from Micro Machines World Series, an upcoming return of the ultra-compact car racing game that's expected in June for Windows and consoles. Here's the explanation that accompanies the clip:

Players will take on a whole new way of racing in Micro Machines World Series. Not only will players be able to burn rubber across the Kitchen table in familiar 4 player ‘sofa style’ local races but also enter into larger 12 player online races. With such a large number of players on one screen, gamers can look forward to seeing 12 vehicles jostling for position and hurtling toward each corner to every map.

In addition to the core racing modes are the Battle Modes which pit up to 12 players into the same arena for frantically competitive multiplayer games including Capture the Flag and Territory as well as 6v6 Team Deathmatch. All of these are set to the varied interactive backdrop of 15 battle arenas including The Laser Lab, Buzzsaw Battle and the evergreen fun of navigating the Hungry Hungry Hippos board without being eaten.

Players can personalize their Battles with 12 new vehicles including the Spy Car, Hovercraft, Monster Truck or G. I. Joe H.I.S.S Tank, each with their own strengths and weapons. Players will set off trying to crush, smash, and destroy opponents with numerous new weapons including the Dynamite Launcher, Tidal Wave, Cobra Turret and NERF Blasters. Every vehicle also has a level of customization with new skins, completely changing the original look. The inclusion of Emotes, Victory Poses, and Grave Stamps also add to the camaraderie and bragging rights at the end of a match.

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  • Forts on Steam. Save 10%.
  • H1Z1: King of the Kill on Steam. Save 40%.
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ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Released

Robot Entertainment announces the official release of ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED, saying their free-to-play comedic tower defense game is now off the chain and available on the game's website and Steam. This news post has all the details, starting with this overview:

Orcs Must Die! Unchained takes the award-winning Orcs Must Die! action tower defense gameplay to a whole new level with 3-player team-based gameplay! But don’t get cocky, because the stakes are higher, the traps are bloodier, and the invaders are even more ravenous. You’ll need to bring your A-game and a couple of the biggest orc-haters you can find!

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is set in the familiar world of its hilarious fantasy predecessors, years after the finale of Orcs Must Die! 2. With dozens of new rifts and worlds beyond them, heroes have come from far and wide to wage all-out war for control of these magical gateways. In the years since Orcs Must Die! 2, Maximillian and Gabriella have done their best to rebuild the once-mighty Order.

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Enters Beta

The early access edition of Starpoint Gemini Warlords is now in the beta stage on Steam. Little Green Men Games also announces the action/RPG will be officially released on May 23rd. There are details on the new version in this post, where they explain these changes necessitate a save game wipe. Here's word on the changes:

Friendly neighborhood warmasters
Several warmasters are now ready and eager to join your ranks. Over time, they gain levels just as you do and even switch to more powerful ships.

Skills and classes overhauled, per community request
All the skills are now unlocked and ready to be unleashed on the enemy. During a respec, you can shuffle your skill-set in any way you like.

Music to my ears
The completely new soundtrack, made specifically for Warlords is now finally implemented.

Raiding glory
Additional gameplay mechanics allows meaningful raiding of enemy structures.

Conquest rewarding to the max
Capturing stations and planets yields extra rewards, one of which is the ability to construct ships in multiple locations, as the community requested.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Patch Tomorrow

An update on PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS has details on the first monthly patch for the early access battle royale game, saying this will come out tomorrow (thanks Blahman). PLAYERUNKNOWN outlines things this will address, but adds that the memory leaks some are experiencing will wait for a future patch. A new test server is online for them to test new patches, and the plan is to release this live tomorrow. The post includes the complete patch notes.

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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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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.

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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.

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