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Friday, Oct 13, 2017

Dungeons 3 Breaks Out

Kalypso Media announces the release of Dungeons 3 on Steam for Windows, Linux, and macOS, offering the latest installment in this strategy series that pays homage to the Dungeon Keeper series. This can also be found on GOG.com and probably some other etailers as well. Here's the release trailer, and here's word on the digital release and the physical version to follow:
Unicorns, valiant knights and other benevolent fantasy creatures beware! Kalypso Media and the Absolute Evil are cackling to themselves in wicked anticipation as gloriously evil dungeon sim sequel Dungeons 3 is out now worldwide on Steam for Windows and Linux. The North American physical and digital console release will launch on October 17th for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Console physical retail versions of Dungeons 3 will arrive as an Extremely Evil Edition, containing a Throne Room DLC, digital soundtrack and special Dungeons 3 ‘Snotweiser’ drinks coaster, while the Steam release includes a Throne Room DLC and digital soundtrack. Dungeons 3 is available for consoles with both digital and physical versions across EU and export territories today.

The Dungeon Lord has returned once more, and this time has is bringing all of his dark forces together to bring gamers everywhere the biggest and best Dungeons experience yet. With a huge roster of units and rooms to build in your underground lair, co-op support for all game modes, re-worked overworld mechanics and a range of improvements to the multiplayer experience, Dungeons 3 has everything an evil heart could desire as gamers across PC and console platforms begin ‘evilfying’ the sickeningly colourful and fluffy fantasy overworld.

BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers, the throwback, top-down racing game. The game is due for release next week, but you can take it for a test drive right now, and there are free game keys to be had for the top 10 drivers on their time-attack leaderboard:
BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers is coming to PC/Steam next Wednesday, October 18th. Studio Oudidon is so eager to share their hard work with the whole world that we decided to release the demo no later than today!

This free demo offers a small tour of BAFL. It includes:

  • 1 track for Time-Attack or Perfect Race
  • 3-track championship for up to 4 players (instead of 8 in the full game).

As a reminder the full game features:

  • 10+ Unique Thematic Tracks
  • Up to 8 players on the same screen
  • Solo and Multiplayer Championships with Car Upgrades
  • Custom Races and Championships (with dozens of possibilities)
  • Time Attack with World Ladders and Ghosts
  • No. Brakes.

And to celebrate the upcoming launch day, the studio decided to run a Pre-Release Week-End Contest.
The challenge is quite simple: players will have to climb up to the top of the Time-Attack leaderboard. The 10 best pilots will receive a free key for the full game.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details

Following this week's 30 minute commercial for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, UbiBlog announces details about what will be included in the thirty dollar (USD) season pass for the RPG sequel:
Ubisoft reveals more details on South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass. The Season Pass adds Stick of Truth costumes and perks, Towelie game tips, new combat challenges, two new story missions, including new combat buddies, new superhero costumes and perks.

Season Pass owners will be able to enjoy three DLCs:

  • “Danger Deck”, where players will have to face the ultimate combat challenge in Doctor Timothy’s Danger Deck . They will be able to unlock exclusive costumes and artifacts. “Danger Deck” will be available for $5.99 on December 2017.
  • “From Dusk till Casa Bonita”, a new story where players will team up with The Coon and Mysterion to defeat a demonic presence at Casa Bonita. This content will be available for $11.99 in 2018.
  • “Bring the Crunch”, which will introduce a new story, including an all new superhero class. It will be available for $11.99 in 2018.

In addition, the Season Pass will also include free Day One content:

  • “Relics of Zaron” (costume and perks pack), available for $4.99 on October 17th
  • “Towelie: Your Gaming Bud” (in game buddy giving tips), available for $1.99 on October 24th

The Season Pass will be available on October 17th for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC at a price of $29.99.The Season Pass is also part of the Gold Edition, already available for pre-order at southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/buy/index.aspx

Who Can Broadcast Pro Dota 2 Games?

Presumably provoked by this situation, the Dota 2 blog gives Valve's take on who should be entitled to create Dota 2 broadcast streams from DotaTV. It's a bit wordy, and they use some vague language, but the conclusion indicates that anyone should be able to broadcast tournament streams, but that only official organizers should be monetizing these streams:
Broadly speaking, we see two groups of fans (with some degree of overlap). Some fans follow competitive play – they have favorite teams, players, casters, tournaments — and want to consume content directly from tournament organizers who are producing events. Other fans have strong affinities to specific personalities, and they watch them play games, talk about games, and cast a variety of professional, amateur, and pub games. We want to make sure that there is content available that serves both groups of customers.

To that end, in addition to the official, fully-produced streams from the tournament organizer itself, we believe that anyone should be able to broadcast a match from DotaTV for their audience. However, we don’t think they should do so in a commercial manner or in a way that directly competes with the tournament organizer’s stream. This means no advertising/branding overlays, and no sponsorships. It also means not using any of the official broadcast’s content such as caster audio, camerawork, overlays, interstitial content, and so on. Finally, this is not permission for studios to broadcast each other’s events. In general, everyone should play nice together, and we think the boundaries should be pretty clear.

Aftercharge Open Alpha

An open alpha of Aftercharge is now available on Steam, offering the chance to sample this upcoming three-versus-three multiplayer first-person shooter between now and October 15th. Developer Chainsawesome Games is eager for players to check this out as they gear up for release next year, but carefully temper expectations by stressing it is still in alpha, and warning that all the servers are currently located in the United States. Here's a description of the game:
Aftercharge is a 3 vs 3 competitive game pitting invisible robots against an invincible security squad in high-octane tactical skirmishes. Six glowing structures called extractor are at the center of the gameplay and serve as the objective for both teams. The robots have to coordinate their attacks, create distractions and sneak around to destroy them. The enforcers on the other hand have to cover as much ground as possible and use their abilities wisely to spot the attackers and stop them before they can destroy all of the extractors.

Mutant Football League This Month

Digital Dreams Entertainment announces an October 31st official release date for Mutant Football League, the crowdfunded seven-on-seven football game. If the title sounds familiar, it's possibly because this is a spiritual successor to 1993's Mutant League Football, as Michael Mendheim was lead designer on each. In the meantime the game remains in early access on Steam, and you can find details on the Mutant Football League website. Here is a gameplay trailer, and here is a description of the game:
Digital Dreams' all-new Mutant Football League game is a 7-on-7, arcade-style, fully 3D, sports video game where a variety of gruesome creatures take to the gridiron to battle it out in the most violent game ever played! Loaded with attitude and over-the-top comic violence, this hilarious and brutal parody of professional American football provides addictive mayhem and will introduce gamers to some of the wildest, most bloodthirsty superstar players to ever strap on shoulder spikes.

Additional Game Details
Monsters, Miscreants, Mayhem and More: Choose from 18 blood-thirsty, wisecracking teams, including the Skeletal Deadheads, Armored Bruiserbots, Criminal Aliens, and Monstrous Orcs.

  • Gridiron Carnage: Players inflict maximum carnage on the opposition with brass-knuckle punches, steel-toed kicks, hand grenades, clubs, battle axes, chainsaws, and more. Exploding body parts, comically horrific deaths, and blood splatters fuel the MFL visual experience.
  • Down 'n' Dirty: Use dirty tricks during gameplay, such as "Bribe the Ref", throw bombs, or equip weapons to inflict maximum carnage for real game-changing moments!
  • Killer Stadiums: The 18 unique playfields are filled with diabolical and dangerous traps and hazards - including toxic moats, lava flows, buzz saws, and crazed fans cheering on their favorite murderous squad.
  • Multiplayer Madness: Two-player online or four-player local multiplayer gives gamers the choice to clobber opponents or team-up with friends to crush opposing players!

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Football Manager 2018 Tactical Revamp

A new video from Football Manager 2018 shows off a tactical revamp coming in the next installment in the association football/soccer series. The game will feature a revamped tactics screen and new pregame instructions. Here's word:
Join Joe Thomlinson, from Football Daily, as he talks us through the redesign to the tactics screen in Football Manager 2018 in Sports Interactive's latest feature video here: https://youtu.be/BeXV0MieLmY. The new changes will give managers even greater control and analytical insight into the performance of their team.

The redesign includes integration of tactical analysis so you can see exactly where your team is at its strongest and most vulnerable, pre-match briefings to explain the tactical plan to your team and a raft of new player roles and new player and team instructions.

These changes will allow players to get ahead of any negative trends in their eam's performance, while having a greater number of options available to pro-actively or reactively adjust to the ever-changing circumstances in football!

For more information about Football Manager, or to pre-order the game and gain access to the beta launching around two weeks before it's 10th November launch, visit www.footballmanager.com. Stay tuned to the Football Manager YouTube channel for more feature videos here: https://www.youtube.com/sigamesofficial.
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Gatherings & Competitions

Into the Black

Link of the Day: HUMAN FACE Puppet. Thanks Hypothermia.

The Evil Within 2 is Out

The Evil Within 2 is now available for Windows and consoles, honoring Friday the 13th with a survival/horror sequel designed by Shinji Mikami. Here's a Red Band launch trailer, and here are some details:
From Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within 2 takes the acclaimed franchise to a new level with its unique blend of psychological thrills and true survival horror.

Sebastian Castellanos has lost everything, including his daughter, Lily. To save her, he's forced to partner with Mobius, the shadowy group responsible for the destruction of his former life. For his last chance at redemption, the only way out is in.

  • Story of Redemption – Return to the nightmare to win back your life and your daughter.
  • Discover Horrifying Domains – Explore as far or quickly as you dare, but prepare wisely.
  • Face Disturbing Enemies – Survive encounters with sadistic enemies and twisted creatures.
  • Choose How to Survive – Attack from the shadows, run like hell, or go in guns-blazing with very limited ammo.
  • Visceral Horror and Suspense – Enter a world filled with anxiety-inducing thrills and disturbing moments.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Incorporating Beta Feedback

A post from Electronic Arts thanks participants in the Star Wars: Battlefront II beta for helping vet the upcoming Star Wars action sequel. The big news from the beta was the widespread perception that the game's loot crate system was a pay-to-win scheme. They directly address this, promising changes to how this will be handled when the game launches. Here's word:
Rest assured, we’re continuing to listen to you coming out of Beta. We’re taking a look at some of the most discussed topics, from Crates and progression to Strike mode (which we're considering changing to a best of three), the Specialist’s Infiltration ability (which might be a little too overpowered) and more. Oh, and the First Order Flametrooper needs some work – we agree he could use a little more... firepower. We are also looking into more ways to allow players to stay and play together as a team – for launch, we’ll have a new feature for you that rewards all players in a spawn wave. These are just a few examples of how your feedback is helping to shape the game.

We know you have a lot of questions about Crates and progression, so we want to clarify a few things, as the complete system was not in the Beta and will continue to be tuned over time:

  • There are many things you can earn in the game, including weapons, attachments, credits, Star Cards, Emotes, Outfits and Victory Poses.
  • As a balance goal, we’re working towards having the most powerful items in the game only earnable via in-game achievements.
  • Crates will include a mix of of Star Cards, Outfits, Emotes or Victory Poses.
  • Players earn crates by completing challenges and other gameplay milestones, or by purchasing them with in-game credits or Crystals, our premium currency.
  • If you get a duplicate Star Card in a crate, you will get crafting parts which you can then use to help upgrade the Star Card of your choice.
  • And lastly, you have to earn the right to be able to upgrade Star Cards and unlock most Weapons. You can only upgrade or unlock them if you have reached a high enough rank, which is determined by playing the game.

We also have heard some players are looking for a way to play where all players will have the same set of Star Cards with flattened values. Like everything else, we will be continually making necessary changes to ensure the game is fun for everyone. We will work to make sure the system is balanced both for players who want to earn everything, as well as for players who are short on time and would like to move faster in their progress towards various rewards.

Field of Glory II Released

Slitherine announces Field of Glory II is now available, offering a strategy sequel featuring ancient warfare set during the rise of Rome. The game features a lot of variety, boasting 48 nations and factions, randomly generated maps, a sandbox campaign, and a bunch of scenarios. There's also a built-in map editor, so if you build it, they will fight. This can be ordered through the Slitherine Store where they include a launch trailer with a look at gameplay. Here's more:
Only very few games have been able to truly capture the magnitude and complexity of Ancient Warfare.

Field of Glory II is one of them and it is finally here.

Fight in over two centuries of warfare and witness the Rise of Rome. Become the dominant power in the Mediterranean Sea and rule the world from 280 B.C. to 25 B.C.

The game offers an incredible degree of choices: with over 78 Army Lists and 48 Factions to choose from, randomly generated maps and a wealth of different scenarios: no two battles will look or play the same.

Your skills will be tested against a challenging AI through 4 historically-based Campaigns where strategic decisions will have a real impact on the upcoming battles.
Or you can jump straight into the fight in Skirmish mode and create your own perfect Custom Battle or Campaign.

The game ships with a wonderful, full-colour hardcover manual, but if you want to see what it looks like, check out the abstract.
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Stars in Shadow- Legacies Next Week

Iceberg Interactive announces the Legacies DLC for Stars in Shadow will launch on October 19th, adding a new faction and other new content to the Windows 4X strategy game. You'll be able to pick this up "through Steam and all major digital retailers," and this outline provides more details:
In Legacies, players step into the shoes of the cyborg mechanic race, the Tinkers. The Tinkers worship Dzibix, an ancient mega-machine that covers the whole surface of their home planet. Dzibix now demands that the Tinkers expand beyond their own borders.

The Tinkers are the first new faction introduced since the game’s release, bringing the total of playable factions to eight. They are the first mechanic race to be introduced, with many new features. The cyborgs have their own planetary special: planetary debris rings and asteroid bases. They are also able to build space habitats and re-deployable mobile stations.

Tinkers ships have increased armor, self-repair capability, and special systems for handling missiles and fighters. In battle, players can launch Tinkers fighters from torpedo tubes. Their exquisite crafting skills make it possible for Tinkers lost in battle to immediately be replaced while in combat.

Legacies also introduces a new minor faction, the Arda Seed. They have restored the hyperspace lanes, which collapsed after the Great War. The Arda Seed and their faster-than-light travel abilities are the next step in uncovering the mystery that fuels Stars in Shadow: what caused the Great War?

Destiny 2 System Specs Unchanged

A post on Bungie.net discusses the launch of the PC edition of Destiny 2 on October 24th. They discuss the plan and how they are incorporating feedback from the beta and the console launch of the shooter sequel. They also offer minimum and recommended system specifications, but these are unchanged from the beta specs they unveiled a few months ago. Here they are again:

MINIMUM RECOMMENDED
CPU: Intel Intel Core i3-3250 3.5 GHz or
Intel Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz
Intel Core i5-2400 3.4 GHz or
i5 7400 3.5 GHz
CPU: AMD AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz AMD Ryzen R5 1600X 3.6 GHz
GPU: NVidia Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or
GTX 1050 2GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB or
GTX 1060 6GB
GPU: AMD AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB AMD R9 390 8GB
RAM: 6GB 8GB


Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit (Recommended)
Hard Drive Space: 68GB available hard drive space

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 and MM530 on Modders-Inc.
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard on The Tech Report.
  • Intel Core i5-8400 CPU on TechSpot.
  • Logitech CRAFT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
  • NETGEAR Arlo Go 4G LTE Portable Security Camera on TweakTown.
  • Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Keyboard on Vortez.
  • Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 Headset on Vortez.
  • Seagate IronWolf 12TB SATA III HDD on Nikk Tech.
  • Sennheiser GSP 301 Headset on TechPowerUp.

Out of the Blue

Happy Friday the 13th! I'm celebrating with a cold. Yesterday I mentioned hopes that my sore throat would not turn into one, but no such luck, I'm now all sneezy (now I'm 3/7ths of the Disney dwarves, as I was already dopey and grumpy). Despite that and the date, I still feel like I'm experiencing some good fortune, as this seems pretty mild so far, and I've had symptoms for three days, so this may pass without becoming too much of a problem. Hope your 13th turns out to be lucky as well.

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