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Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition Re-leased

THQ Nordic announces the release of Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This brings the 2009 third-person shooter and its destructible buildings to current consoles for the first time, while offering reworked textures and graphics for Windows gamers. Speaking of which, those who already own Red Faction: Guerrilla on Steam have been automatically updated to the new version, and the new version is available on GOG.com as well. You can get a look at what to expect in this trailer, and here's word:
In 2125 there is no mining your own business on Mars: The Earth Defense Force (EDF) is strong-arming everyone into work and sending the resulting hard-earned resources back to Earth. Suppression, executions, violence everywhere… it’s no wonder a famous resistance group rises once more. And you? You will be their best guerrilla fighter. Welcome to the Red Faction.

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition is out now on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. You can get it for an SRP of 19,99 $ / 19,99 € on PC and 29,99 $ / 29,99 € on consoles.

Players who already own the 2009 version of Red Faction: Guerrilla on Steam will automatically receive the Re-Mars-tered edition for free in their accounts. From now on, these players can simply download Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered from their Steam library and start swinging their sledgehammers.

One more random fun fact about Mars (in real-life): If you weighed 200 lbs on Earth, your Mars-weight would only be 76 lbs. But don't try the "Mars-Diet" at home – we recommend neither eating only Mars bars, nor trying to lower the gravity in your neighbourhood.

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered features:

  • Fully reworked graphics – heavily reworked textures and graphic features adding, for example, specular maps
  • Improved shadow rendering
  • Improved lighting
  • Reworked shaders and postprocessing

PC performance

  • Native 4k support on PC

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DAKAR 18 in September

Publisher Deep Silver announces a release date for DAKAR 18, saying developer Bigmoon Entertainment's rally racing game is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on September 11th. They celebrate the news with a new trailer showing off vehicles from the game. They include the following description of the game and the exotic places it will depict, none of which is actually Dakar:
Based on the world famous annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) in South America, DAKAR 18 delivers all of the thrills, danger and realism of the biggest cross-country rally in the world. Race a variety of official vehicles across one of the biggest open worlds ever created. Players will have to use the real road books – provided by the pilots to the development team – to find the way across each of the 14 stages throughout Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Players will compete in fierce online multiplayer races as well as playing offline to harness and grow navigation and racing skills. DAKAR 18 is focused on realism and promises stunning visuals, which faithfully represent many of the official vehicles and pilots for each of the five racing categories (Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads and SxS) of the Dakar Rally 2018. In addition, the game will feature a single player, online and split screen multiplayer experience.
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Betrayal of Comrades Released

Betrayal of Comrades is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the newest DLC for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, the action/RPG with a title which definitely contains five possibly related words. Here's a trailer showing off what's new, including a new free-for-all game mode. Here are more details:
In the Betrayal of Comrades DLC, new foes emerge, but with the familiar faces of friends. Dive deep into a brand-new story that revolves around the emergence of character imposters and fight against new bosses and enemies to uncover the truth. New characters, Clarence and Shirley from Alternative Gun Gale Online, are now available to help players and join the battle. New quests will be offered, and players will also unlock a new area of their home in this DLC.

A new Free-for-All game mode will also be included as a free update for all Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet players during the launch of the Betrayal of Comrades DLC. The new mode brings eight players onto one map to battle against one another. Players gain points for kills and lose points if they die, with the winner being the player with the highest amount of points.
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Planet Coaster Vintage Pack Next Week

Frontier Developments announces the Vintage Pack is coming to Planet Coaster on July 10th to add some classic rollercoasters to their theme park game. At the same time that the new pack goes on sale they will also release an update for the game which adds free content and quality of life improvements. For those interested in the ups and downs of the game, it is currently on sale for half-off on Steam, where they offer this post on the news, along with this trailer. Here's word, but you must be this tall to read on:
We're welcoming two wooden coasters to the family: the Zephyrus, a high-speed wooden coaster with a tarnished charm; and the Aces Sky, which negotiates a large wooden pipe with biplane styled cars moving sideways through it. We've also got five new rides for you to expand your parks with! Round The World, combining gentle and spinning motions of a ferris wheel; Loop Da Loop, a twin cabin inverting swinger from the 1930s; Test Flight, an inverting plane ride which the guests can control; Hurricane, twisting and turning action as a fairground staple; and Centrum, classic carnival ride which spins at high speeds at a thrilling 50 degrees!

We've got four new Vintage machines your guests can have a play with. The Gumball and Popcorn stands bring a true vintage flair to your parks, with guests being able to purchase these treats directly. The Vintage Crane machine is a new way of getting your guests trying their luck to get some lovely park merchandise, and the famous Zoltan will predict your future. You are in charge of the probability of these machines, like how likely it is to win a prize or how positive the guests' fortunes are...

Then there's a whole new set of vintage-themed scenery and wall sets, Victorian pillars, decorative trimmings and lightbox lettering, and animal statues. For the ultimate fairground flair, you can add a barbershop quartet or some highly skilled trapeze artists!

Again, all of this is part of the new Vintage Pack - but don't forget this release will be paired with the free update[forums.planetcoaster.com] containing in-game branded vending machines, recolourable staff members, scenery grouping, and filters. We're also adding a free wooden coaster - the Mouse Hunt, a historic wooden mouse coaster preserved forever in the game - and a planter set with new plants to decorate your parks!
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We Happy Few Coming to AU on Appeal

We Happy Few will be sold in Australia after all, as the Australian Government Classification Review Board now says the game has received an R18+ rating on appeal (thanks VG247). The upcoming survival/adventure was initially refused classification due to depictions of drug abuse, but now they've decided this is something adults should be able to handle. Here's the explanation, which unironically repeatedly invokes the term "high" to measure levels of interactive drug use:
A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘Fantasy violence and interactive drug use’.

The National Classification Code and Classification Guidelines requires the treatment of drug use to not exceed high at the R 18+ level. In the Classification Review Board’s opinion We Happy Few warrants an R 18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact. The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high.

Evening Previews

Into the Black

Link of the Day: No Flying Lessons NSFW. This has to be a gag like one of those where a pro basketball player schools everyone at the playground dressed like an old man, right?

Shenmue I and II Next Month

A new trailer from SEGA Europe reveals August 21st as the PC release date for Shenmue I and Shenmue II, the action/adventure games first released for Dreamcast around the turn of the millennium (thanks PC Gamer). This will include PC graphics options, but the gameplay shown in the clip suggest this is more of a port than a remaster. Word is: "Re-live the story so far as Ryo Hazuki goes on his quest to find his father's killer as you enter a living, breathing world of action and suspense." Continue here to read the full story.

New Twitch Prime Freebies

Twitch unveils their July promotions for Twitch Prime subscribers, which automatically includes all Amazon Prime subscribers. This kicks off this year's July 16th Prime Day celebration by offering free games every day between now and July 18th, starting with the Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition. Redemption requires the Twitch client, but you'll be able to keep games added to your library in this manner even if your Prime subscription lapses. This deadmau5 music video looks at some of the planned offerings, including Moonphobia, the SNK Bundle, Q.U.B.E. 2, Observer, Tacoma, Brütal Legend, and Broken Age. Continue here to read the full story.

Thief of Thieves This Month

A new Season One Launch Trailer from Thief of Thieves celebrates plans to release the first two volumes in the game on July 16th on Steam for Windows. This will be followed by volumes three and four on a weekly basis, while they say those interested in playing this on the Xbox One edition will have to wait until later this year for this to launch on the console. The clip features gameplay, showing off a hand-drawn art style that captures the feel of the source comics. Here's word on what the game will bring:
Based on the best-selling comic by Robert Kirkman, Thief of Thieves: Season One is a story of heists and the people behind them. It’s time for Celia, protege of master thief Redmond, to make the leap from apprentice to master. A botched job takes Celia to Europe, where she joins a new team of criminals for a crime spree. Get to know your team, choose your approach on the field, but be careful – the choices you make may have drastic consequences.

A new continent and a new team, will you make the cut?

Key Features

  • Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, Thief of Thieves: Season One allows gamers to experience the life of Celia, making her way from a petty burglar to a master thief
  • Stunning Visuals – Unique visual style combining hand-drawn 2D comics and 3D environments into one seamlessly flowing story experience
  • Living, breathing characters brought to life by such voice actors like Fryda Wolff (Mass Effect: Andromeda), Stephen Stanton (Rogue One), Emily O’Brien (Death Stranding), Cissy Jones (Firewatch, The Walking Dead: Season 1), Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda 2), and Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
  • A tailor-made story – the choices you make shape the narrative and build the relationships with your team members

Thief of Thieves: Season One is based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound Entertainment.

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Hardware Reviews

  • Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR4-2666 32GB Memory Kit on TweakTown.
  • be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev.2 Case on Guru3D.
  • Biostar Racing X470GTN Motherboard on TechPowerUp.
  • Intel Kaby Lake G Core i7-8705G CPU on TechSpot.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I liked the ideas presented in The Matt Mentality, a video specifically about Heroes of the Storm, but discussing ideas that apply to many games. Basically it espouses the Norman Vincent Peale approach to interaction, and discusses the dividends this can pay. I try to stay positive, but like all of us, I can be salty at times. I do believe in the principle, though, so I will try and use this video to refocus on adding this "weapon" to my gaming arsenal.

Positive Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: City Stunts.
Link: Sega Is Building the Largest Mecha Model in the World. Thanks Neutronbeam.
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Avengers: Infinity War is getting an extended Thanos cut with an extra 30 minutes of footage.
Science: Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too. Thanks Slashdot.
Illnesses caused by Cyclospora parasite spark public health investigation, 16 reported in Travis Co. Thanks RedEye9.
Longest total lunar eclipse of the century: What you need to know.
Images: This is the first time we’ve ever seen a newborn planet.
Media: Stepwell In India Is Geometric Perfection.
Mexican surprises security.
Roller Coaster Training for Toddlers.
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