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Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

Discord Store Global Beta

The Discord Blog announces the Discord Store global beta test is live for all users. This was previously only for Nitro subscribers, so now you no longer need to pay to test this. They offer details on how their store will include timed PC exclusives:
First on Discord
Again, we literally travelled the world to find great games and bring them to you (Sweden is sick)! These games will launch First on Discord (lovingly referred at Discord HQ as FOD), which means they’re exclusive on PC to Discord for usually 90 days. FOD games may also launch on console during this time.

Wanna dig deep? Check this blog out for full trailers and game descriptions.

FOR HONOR Marching Fire Marches Out

Steam News announces the release of Marching Fire, the new FOR HONOR expansion, which adds new content to the melee combat game. This comes along with a new gameplay trailer with a look at what's going on. Word is: "The Wu Lin Faction is coming! Expand your world with 4 new Heroes instantly- the Tiandi, the Shaolin, the Jiang Jun and the Nuxia. Also get Day 1 access to the new Arcade Mode, an endless PVE experience playable solo or co-op with a friend."

  • Conquer Ashfeld as The Tiandi, wield the mighty guandao as the Jiang Jun, master the hook swords of the Nuxia, and outplay rivals as the nimble Shaolin.
  • Get instant access to a fourth faction of warriors – The Wu Lin, featuring four new heroes from the Far East.
  • With For Honor® Marching Fire, all players will have access to Breach, a new strategic 4v4 PvP mode where you'll attack and defend a castle.
  • The new Arcade Mode offers an endless solo or co-op battle experience, with all progression carried over to multiplayer.
  • With For Honor® Marching Fire, all players will get closer to the action than ever before with significant graphical enhancements for the full game.

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Heroes of the Storm Adds Mal'Ganis; Drops 32-bit & DX9 Support

A new update to Heroes of the Storm adds the Mal'Ganis as the latest hero to join the Nexus in an update that brings a couple of other changes and fixes to the MOBA. Mal'Ganis is a warrior, and you can learn more about him in his spotlight video, which describes his lore and his kit. All the details are in the patch notes, which also have the bad news for DirectX 9 and the 32-bit version users, as Blizzard confirms they have made good on their promise to end support for these technologies: "Heroes of the Storm no longer supports DirectX 9 and the 32-bit version of the client." Continue here to read the full story.

MX vs ATV All Out Adds Slash Track Pack

A new Slash Track Pack is now available on Steam for MX vs ATV All Out, adding new tracks to the off-road racing game. The Slash refers to the famed Guns N' Roses guitarist, as this is clearly attempt to appeal to the kids, with all their CDs and MTV videos. Put on your top hat and check out this video for a look at what to expect and read on if you have an appetite for details:
Slash’s Snake Pit features three of the largest Supercross tracks the MX vs ATV franchise have ever seen plus an FMX area. In addition to these new tracks, the Snake Pit also features a brand new custom gear set by Slash!

MX vs ATV All Out invites players of all skill levels to do it all - explore massive environments, compete in the best series events, ride freestyle and pull off insane stunts! All the bikes, tracks, gear, music, riders, personalities and even UTV’s are packed in!

Battlefield V Trailer

EA offers a new official single-player trailer for Battlefield V, showing off the war stories behind the upcoming World War II shooter sequel (thanks Don). The clip features a strong performance from narrator Mark Strong. Here's word:
Discover the untold stories of World War 2 with Battlefield V's single player War Stories. In Nordlys, resist German occupation in Norway, sabotage behind enemy lines as an unlikely English soldier in Under No Flag, fight for a home you've never seen in Tirailleur, and in The Last Tiger (available in December) join the crew of a Tiger I as they question why they fight. Battlefield V is out worldwide November 20.
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LEGO DC Super-Villains Released

LEGO DC Super-Villains is now available for Windows and consoles, offering the latest installment in this toy/comic book tie-in from WBIE and the TT Group. The launch trailer features much minifig exposition, as they set up the game's story. Here's the official launch trailer and here's the announcement:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC today announced the launch of LEGO® DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players at the center of a villain-centric adventure taking place in the heart of the DC universe. Nominated as one of the Best Family Games of 2018 by E3’s Game Critics Awards, LEGO® DC Super-Villains fuels imagination, giving players the opportunity to create their own super-villain, complete with costume, appearance, abilities, and a name while playing alongside an iconic roster of DC Super-Villains. Both LEGO and DC fans alike will leave their fingerprints on a hilarious and original story written in collaboration with DC. LEGO® DC Super-Villains is now available for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and PC.
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theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition Released

THQ Nordic and Avalanche Studios announce the release of theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition, an updated version of their big game hunting game. This includes new content along with DLC content from the previous edition, as shown in this trailer. Here's more on whether this dog will hunt:
It's hunting season again - grab your equipment and get ready to range through the idyllic German farmlands of Hirschfelden, the Layton Lake District in North America or the icy Medved-Taiga National Park in Siberia, where seasoned hunters can prove their skills. But the biggest challenge, with the largest and most dangerous animals awaits in the wild and savage landscapes of the Vurhonga Savanna in Africa!

This latest DLC is already be part of theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition, that includes the main game as well as all previous DLCs plus the new Vurhonga Savanna for an SRP of 39.99 $ on PC and 44.99 $ on consoles. theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition is out today for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.
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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Tips Off

2K announces the release of NBA 2K Playgrounds, their arcade basketball game. This carries an NBA license, but is not intended as a realistic simulation, as shown in this wild video featuring huge jumps, huge slamdunks, and huge heads. And while some of the appeal may be lost on the kids, their grandfathers are sure to be pumped about the inclusion of players like George "Iceman" Gervin, and cover star Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Word is other old timers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will come in future updates. Here's more:
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features tons of ways to play on your own, with friends or against the world. Playgrounds Championship mode introduces a worldwide ranked league with multiple competitive solo and co-op ladders, while the new single-player Season mode recreates the experience of leading a team through the regular season and playoffs. There are also four-player online matches, co-op matches against AI, enhanced matchmaking with dedicated servers, three-point contests, off-the-wall power-ups, custom matches and more!

Putting the sport’s biggest legends front and center, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 steps up the energy and attitude with new players, playgrounds and more, starting with cover athletes Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kevin Garnett, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jayson Tatum. The game is packed with over 300 players at launch – including all-time greats like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant – with over 180 additional players arriving in updates after release, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There are ten exciting new playgrounds to ball on from around the world, including Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Seoul and Australia, with even more courts planned for after launch.

In addition, the game boasts well over 100 signature moves, including showstoppers like Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk, George Gervin’s Iceman finger roll and LeBron James’ self alley-oop. There are also new customization items like jackets, shirts, pants, shorts and shoes. And, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2’s soundtrack features licensed tracks from hit artists like Run The Jewels, Oddisee and DJ Premier.
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WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Released

Steam News announces the release of WARRIORS OROCHI 4, or a the Steam listing confusingly lists it, WARRIORS OROCHI 4 - 無双OROCHI3. This Windows fighting game features combatants from the DYNASTY WARRIORS and SAMURAI WARRIORS games, as shown off in this launch trailer. Word is there are still early purchase bonuses you can earn by picking this up within the next month:
The latest title in the tactical action series WARRIORS OROCHI will be available on Steam®!

Early Purchase Bonus (16 Oct 2018 - 12 Nov 2018)

  • Bonus Costumes for "Xu Shu", "Mitsunari Ishida", and "Da Ji"
  • Bonus Cosutme for "Xingcai"
  • Bonus Mount "Pegasus"
  • Bonus Mount "Unicorn"

Features of WARRIORS OROCHI 4

- A dream collaboration starring heroes from DYNASTY WARRIORS and SAMURAI WARRIORS!
Heroes from across the Warring States period of Japan and the Three Kingdoms era of China successfully defeat the evil Orochi and end his reign. After overcoming their desperate struggle to save the world, our heroes return to their respective eras - or so they think.

- 170 playable characters - the most ever for the WARRIORS series!
Experience Warriors Orochi 4’s narrative through the eyes of 170 characters.
165 returning from across the Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warrior and Warriors Orochi universes – with five new characters joining the roster.

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Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter Four Next Week

Frontier Developments announces Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Four will launch on October 23rd with a staged beta test for the PC edition of the space exploration and combat game. Here's an announcement trailer, and here's more: "The final chapter in the Beyond season, and the largest Elite Dangerous update of the year, arrives in 2018 with new, significant additions to exploration, mining, multiplayer and more. Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Four provides all-new features and upgrades for every Commander, all completely free to every Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons player on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One." Would you like to know more?
There's a number of additional improvements coming to Elite Dangerous, including visual improvements, background simulation updates, and (yet to be revealed) new ships and cockpit interface changes.

Prior to the introduction of the beta, Frontier will be hosting a number of deep-dive livestreams with developer guests, showcasing each key facet of Beyond - Chapter Four.

The Chapter Four content reveal livestreams will be on the following dates:

  • Exploration, Codex and Visual Improvements – 18 October (19:00 BST)
  • BGS and Scenario Interactions – 25 October (19:00 BST)
  • Squadrons – 30 October (19:00 BST)
  • Mining – 01 November (19:00 BST)
  • The Ships – 8 November (19:00 GMT)

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Defiance 2050 Gets Trouble in Paradise and Crusader Pack

Trion announces the promised Trouble in Paradise update is now live in Defiance 2050 along with the release of the Crusader Class Pack for both the PC and PS4 editions of the MMO shooter (thanks Dave). They say this comes with a thank you gift for all players: "To show our thanks to all of you for being part of the Defiance 2050 community we’re also giving players 1,000 Valor and a Duni Shetarru Racer Orange/Black vehicle! We hope you enjoy this update and we’re excited for all of you to see what’s coming down the line." Here's more on the Crusader class:
The Trouble in Paradise update for Defiance 2050 is live now for PC and PS4! Jump in game and bring the hammer down with the brand-new Crusader class, take on hordes of hellish Hulkers, collect new Prototype weapons, and much more!

Crusader Class Pack

This brutal brawler thrives on the frontlines of combat. Wield a massive two-handed hammer and an array of epic abilities. Some of these abilities are:

  • Hammer Time – Summons your hammer to take down enemies with pure brute force.
  • Blitz – Charge into the fight and leap through the air, stunning enemies caught at your point of impact for 2 seconds (in PvP this ability reduces movement speed by 50% rather than adding the stun).
  • Grit – Reduces damage taken when you fall below 25% vitality.
  • Vortex – Create a vortex that pulls enemies to your location making them easy prey for a hammer to the face.
  • Meteor Smash – Summons a meteor from overhead, crashes it down onto your enemies, exploding on impact, and knocks back mobs caught in the explosion.


Pick up the Crusader class when you purchase the Crusader Class Pack or the Ultimate Class Pack!

You can also unlock it by spending Arkhunter Commendations earned in game at the Commendations Quartermaster found at the Crater. Learn more about Commendations by checking out this post from our friends at Defiance Data.

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Out of the Blue

"The good news is, he's going to pay for it." That was how MrsBlue opened a conversation that she clearly intended to involve some sort of interrogation. So I bit, asking about the bad news. Turns out a local fire truck clipped the side mirror on her car while she was having dinner with a friend. The firefighters were very nice about this, as they came into the restaurant to find the victim, and they are taking full responsibility for having it repaired. So there's the good news, we don't have to pay to fix her car. The village is going to pay for the repairs. Out of our taxes. I feel so much better about this now.

Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: Prosecutors Argue Newlywed Killed Husband for Playing Video Games, Working Too Much. Cautionary tale.
The Conners: Why ABC Rolled the Dice Without Roseanne Barr. Is there an honest answer that doesn't involve money?
Science: Now there’s something wrong with NASA’s Chandra spacecraft, too. Thanks RedEye9.
Climate Change Will Cause Beer Shortages and Price Hikes, Study Says. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Grandma Mugger (does an npc mugger have free will?) - Viva La Dirt League.
Why North Carolina Can't Solve Its Hog Poop Problem.
林英哲 / 海の豊饒(和太鼓アンサンブル).
Follow-up: Survey reveals misconceptions among parents on flu shots.
The Funnies: TIE Food - FoxTrot. Thanks RedEye9.
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