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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Shack Snack: October 31, 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86974/shack-snack-october-31-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86974/shack-snack-october-31-2014 <p><span>Sometimes I feel like, Shack Snack is watching me! And I get no privacy!</span></p> <p>Happy Halloween, everybody! If you've returned from your trick or treating, then proceed to take off your costumes and watch the latest episode of the Shack Snack along with us!</p> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86957/prey-2-officially-canceled-says-bethesda-vice-president">Prey 2 Officially Canceled, Says Bethesda Vice President</a></h2> <p><span>It's been the world's worst kept secret, but Bethesda has come out and confirmed it anyway. During this weekend's PAX Australia event, the publisher has confirmed that Prey 2, the long-troubled project with Human Head Studios at its helm, has officially been canceled.</span></p> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86961/playstation-4-sells-33-million-units-in-just-three-months">PlayStation 4 Sells 3.3 Million Units In Just Three Months</a></h2> <p><span>Nintendo isn&rsquo;t the only console maker that has&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86922/nintendo-rebounds-with-2nd-quarter-131-million-gain">some good new</a><span>s to share this week as Sony&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/14q2_sony.pdf">has shipped</a><span>&nbsp;a total of 3.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the past three months between July and September. This brings the total sales of the PS4 to 13.5 million.</span></p> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86963/evolve-big-alpha-postponed-on-playstation-4">Evolve 'Big Alpha' Postponed On PlayStation 4</a></h2> <p><span>2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios have deployed the Big Alpha for their upcoming 4-v-1 multiplayer romp, Evolve. At least they have for most platforms, anyway. They didn't foresee any of the issues that would suddenly pop up on PlayStation 4, which has now caused 2K to postpone the alpha on that platform indefinitely, due to issues with the recent&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86859/playstation-4-20-system-update-releasing-on-oct-28">2.00 firmware update</a><span>.</span></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:45:00 PDT Daniel Perez Weekend PC download deals: Halloween edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86966/weekend-pc-download-deals-halloween-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86966/weekend-pc-download-deals-halloween-edition <p>It's Halloween and Shacknews is getting into the holiday spirit. In-between dressing up in costumes and carving our Shack O'Lanterns, we're also doing what we do every Friday and that's bring you the best in the weekend's PC gaming delas. That includes the Steam Halloween Sale, but there are also several other retailers like Amazon, Green Man Gaming, the Humble Store, and GamersGate are having their own deals on some of the scariest games out there. So grab a good horror game and take a good hour to play it... in the dark. SPOOOOOOOKY!!!</p> <p>But first, a word from <a href="https://deals.shacknews.com/">Shacknews Deals</a>.</p> <ul> <li>3-Month Loot Crate Subscription [free shipping] - <a href="https://deals.shacknews.com/sales/epic-geek-gear-in-a-box-3-month-loot-crate-plan">$47.99</a></li> <li>Pay what you want for&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.shacknews.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-game-design-bundle">four online game design courses</a>.</li> <li>Retro iPhone 6 cases designed line Game Boys and NES controllers -&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.shacknews.com/sales/the-retro-classic-iphone-6-cases">$14 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Active Wrap Headphonse - <a href="https://deals.shacknews.com/sales/active-wrap-headphones-no-wires-no-noise-just-music">$24 (49% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>BioShock Infinite [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/BioShock-Infinite-Online-Game-Code/dp/B009SPZ11Q">$7.50 (75% off)</a> (Season Pass also on sale <a href="http://www.amazon.com/BioShock-Infinite-Season-Pass-Online/dp/B00BHMLESC">here</a>.)</li> <li>Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Vegas-Ultimate-Online-Game/dp/B00GXHIWOK">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout 3 GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Game-Year-Online-Code/dp/B00GXHISJE">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>BioShock 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bioshock-2-Online-Game-Code/dp/B0083VTNQA">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>BioShock - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/2K-40631BioShock1-BioShock-Download/dp/B004UB7OPO">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Typing of the Dead: Overkill [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Typing-Dead-Overkill-Online-Game/dp/B00GA9NRN2">$6.80 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Condemned: Criminal Origins [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sega-Condemned-Criminal-Origins-Download/dp/B00AEV8IVI">$3.73 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Cave [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Cave-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00ATSB3FO">$5.10 (66% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8f3XJePYPpo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/carnage-bundle/">Pay $2.99</a> for The Cat Lady, Trapped Dead, Warehouse and Logistics Simulator (w/DLC), Clutch, 1953 KGB Unleashed, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, Dead Horde, Shattered Haven, Zombie Bowl-o-Rama, and Greed: Black Border. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/supernatural-bundle/">pay $3.99</a> for Splatter - Blood Red Edition, Blackbay Asylum, Dracula Trilogy, Dracula 4 and 5 Special Steam Edition, Into the Dark: Ultimate Trash Edition, Larva Mortus, Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness, Pixel Puzzles: Undeadz, White Noise Online, and Zombie Solitaire. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/kalypso-bundle/">pay $3.99</a> for Jagged Alliance Collection (2 games + 6 DLCs), Tank Operations - European Campaign, Tropico 3 Gold Edition (w/Absolute Power DLC), Alien Spidy (w/2 DLCs), Sine Mora, SkyDrift, Disciples III: Resurrection, Dollar Dash (w/3 DLCs), and Dungeons Steam Special Edition (w/2 DLCs). These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/phantom-bundle/">pay $2.49</a> for Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, Haunted, Shadows: Price for Our Sins, Small Town Terrors Pilgrim's Hook CE, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets, Doorways: Chapters 1 &amp; 2, and Them - The Summoning. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fear-bundle/">pay $7.99</a> for F.E.A.R. (w/Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate DLC), F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (w/Reborn DLC), and F.E.A.R. 3. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/game-factory-bundle/">pay $9.99</a> for Axis Game Factory Premium, Zombie FPS Player DLC, and Fantasy Side-Scroller Player DLC. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Port Royale 3 Gold + Patrician IV Gold <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/port-royale-3-gold-and-patrician-4-gold/">$4.49 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Ziro [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/ziro/">$1.00 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EpHcpky65G4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameFly Digital</h3> <ul> <li>Skullgirls [Steam] - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-skullgirls/5004200">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>South Park: The Stick of Truth [Steam] - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-south-park-the-stick-of-truth-uncensored/5007473">$31.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GameFly Digital's Animation Domination sale can be found <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/promotion/916">here</a>.</li> <li>Crusader Kings II [Steam] - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-crusader-kings-ii/5002527">$7.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Magicka [Steam] - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-magicka/150525">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GameFly Digital's Paradox Interactive sale can be found <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/promotion/216">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bXS0QZ2D4TI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Murdered: Soul Suspect [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-MSS/murdered-soul-suspect">$17.00 (66% off)</a></li> <li>The Banner Saga [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BSAGA/the-banner-saga">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Saints Row IV Game of the Century Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SR4GOTCE/saints-row-iv-game-of-the-century-edition">$10.20 (66% off)</a> (Other Saints Row content also on sale <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/games?prio=relevance&amp;q=rowspecial">here</a>.)</li> <li>Painkiller Hell &amp; Damnation [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-PKHAD/painkiller-hell-and-damnation">$2.00 (90% off)</a> (Other Painkiller content also on sale <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/games?prio=relevance&amp;q=killerspecial">here</a>.)</li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/">GamersGate</a> for the full list of Halloween Sale games.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KOI5XJu727c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>Metro Redux [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/metro-redux/115932">$24.99 (50% off)</a> <b>(TODAY ONLY)</b></li> <li>Outlast [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/outlast/111927">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/fallout-2/116888">$2.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Liberation HD [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/assassins-creed-liberation-hd/112457">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Typing of the Dead: Overkill [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/typing-of-the-dead-overkill/112496">$3.39 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare/111626">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Bioshock Infinite [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/bioshock-infinite/84472">$7.99 (66% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xvVkPmyxMd0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Child of Light [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/child-of-light-live">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Trials Fusion [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/trials-fusion">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Liberation HD [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-liberation-hd">$6.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Ubisoft Digital Sale, including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/ubisoft-digital-deals">here</a>.</li> <li>The Typing of the Dead Overkill Bundle [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/typing-of-the-dead-overkill-bundle">$12.44 (52% off)</a> (Individual content also on sale <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/typing-of-the-dead">here</a>.)</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6Js8wrwxnuw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG</h3> <ul> <li>Outlast - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/outlast">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>System Shock 2 - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/system_shock_2">$1.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/tesla_effect_a_tex_murphy_adventure">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG's Halloween Horrors promo, including Deadly Premonition and Phantasmagoria games, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/weekend_promo_halloween_horrors_311014">here</a>.</li> <li>Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor's Choice Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_2004_ece">$2.99 (70% off)</a> (Other Unreal games also on sale <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/epic_special_311014">here</a>.)</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uzMEpgCbr_E?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Enter the code <b>BWG00E-QJP45O-INFGR1</b> to get 23% off your purchase. Restrictions apply.</p> <ul> <li>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-legendary-edition/">$23.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Dishonoted GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/dishonored-game-year-edition-na/">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Bethesda sale, including Fallout games, can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/bethesda-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>Warlock 2: The Exiled [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/strategy/warlock-2-exiled/">$5.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Crusader Kings Complete [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/strategy/crusader-kings-complete/">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Magicka [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/magicka/">$2.48 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Paradox Interactive sale can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/paradox-deals/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6umhTJQltak?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/">Pay what you want</a> for OlliOlli, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Tower of Guns. Pay more than the average $7.01 to also receive Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Jazzpunk, Risk of Rain (four codes), and more games to be named later. Pay $12 or more to also get Shadowrun Returns. Pay $65 or more to also get the Humble Indie Bundle 13 Box O' Treats. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and are Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Knock-knock, Home, and Vertical Drop Heroes HD (w/Halloween content). Pay more than the average $5.15 to also receive Betrayer, Five Nights At Freddy's, and Our Darker Purpose. Pay $15 or more to also get Among the Sleep. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>Alan Wake Franchise [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/alanwakefranchise_storefront">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/deadlypremonition_directorscut_storefront">$2.49 (90% off)</a></li> <li>State of Decay [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/stateofdecay_storefront">$6.66 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in the Humble Store's Halloween Sale, including Painkiller and Amnesia games, can be found <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/halloween">here</a>.</li> <li>Magicka Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/magickacollection_storefront">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HMexbyduByg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Steam is celebrating Halloween all weekend. We'll highlight some of the notable items below, but if youw ant to see all the deals, go <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/search/?salepage=halloween2014">here</a>.</li> <li>Transistor - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/237930/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Watch Dogs - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/243470/">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Costume Quest 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/275180/">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Payday 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/218620">$10.19 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Left 4 Dead 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/550">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout 3 GOTY Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/22370">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/2028016">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>SPORE - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/17390">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Walking Dead: Season 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/261030">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/20920">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>The Wolf Among Us - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/250320">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Insurgency - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/222880">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>BattleBlock Theater - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/238460">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>DMC: Devil May Cry - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220440">$16.99 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Crypt of the Necrodancer [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/247080">$9.89 (34% off)</a></li> <li>Killing Floor - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/1250">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SpeedRunners [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207140">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RT55lch6y_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Top 10 Scariest Creatures http://www.shacknews.com/article/86970/shack-reels-top-10-scariest-creatures http://www.shacknews.com/article/86970/shack-reels-top-10-scariest-creatures <p>Happy Halloween, everyone! To further celebrate today's special day, Shacknews is taking a look at some of the scariest games to ever grace a PC or video game console. In particular, we're looking at some of the most frightening characters to ever emerge from these games.</p> <p>So join our own Greg Burke on a journey where he encounters the scariest characters in video games. Watch the whole list below. And, of course, if you disagree, feel free to add your own choices in this article's accompanying Chatty thread.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2yyLZ2Z-0gk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:00:00 PDT Shack Staff Volume adds Andy Serkis to its cast http://www.shacknews.com/article/86973/volume-adds-andy-serkis-to-its-cast http://www.shacknews.com/article/86973/volume-adds-andy-serkis-to-its-cast <p>While Gollum has been making his presence felt in this year's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the man that brought him to life is about to lend his talents to another game. Indie developer Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, announced today that Serkis would be lending his talents to his next game, Volume.</p> <p><a href="http://indiehaven.com/andy-serkis-joins-cast-of-volume/" target="blank">Indie Haven</a> confirmed the news earlier today from the GameCity event. Serkis will voice villainous CEO Guy Gisborne, who will seek to stop main protagonist Rob Locksley. As the character names imply, Volume is a modern-day Robin Hood tale, with players taking control of Locksley as he uses silence and stealth to commit crimes against the monolithic Gisborne corporation without being seen.</p> <p>Volume is set to release in 2015 and will debut exclusively on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/80848/volume-to-make-noise-on-ps4-vita-first">PlayStation 4 and Vita</a>. You can watch the most recent trailer from Gamescom, featuring Thomas Was Alone narrator Danny Wallace, below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zYL-6Jghogc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Battlecry beta will begin in Australia/New Zealand http://www.shacknews.com/article/86968/battlecry-beta-will-begin-in-australianew-zealand http://www.shacknews.com/article/86968/battlecry-beta-will-begin-in-australianew-zealand <p>Bethesda has brought some of their best games to this year's PAX Australia. Among them is their 3rd person gun-less free-to-play multiplayer action game, Battlecry. The team released a new trailer during the event, while also offering some new details on the game's beta.</p> <p>The trailer offers a small taste of the game's animated environments, characters, and melee attacks. The trailer's release is accompanied by a <a href="http://www.bethblog.com/2014/10/30/battlecry-beta-begins-down-under/" target="blank">Bethesda announcement</a> that the beta would open exclusively in Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p>Battlecry has appeared <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85437/battlecry-impressions-unto-the-breach">impressive</a> in its limited showings, though there's still plenty of time left in the game's ample development cycle. No word on how long the beta's exclusivity period will last, but expect the beta to also hit North American and European shores in 2015, just as soon as it does battle down under.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QtNGnX7Wqb8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:15:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shacknews Chattycast 18: Sarcastic Chewbacca http://www.shacknews.com/article/86965/shacknews-chattycast-18-sarcastic-chewbacca http://www.shacknews.com/article/86965/shacknews-chattycast-18-sarcastic-chewbacca <p>This week's Chattycast is the first HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR, so listen if you dare! This week Steve Watts, Ozzie Meija, Daniel Perez, and Greg Burke talk about haunted houses, spooky Star Wars games, dastardly difficult games, horrifying game overload, and scaaaary charity.</p> <p><span>Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: Amusatron, Nerdsbeware, ejectorpod, ghost in my shell, and the man with the briefcase. If you want to be showered with praise in a future show, keep an eye on Chatty to suggest topics!</span></p> <p><em>Games Discussed:<br /></em><em>Segment 1:&nbsp;X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Rogue Squadron Series, Pod Racer,&nbsp;<br /></em><em>Segment 2: Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, Starcraft<br /></em></p> <p><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://shacknews.podbean.com/mf/web/vn6p5y/chattycast018.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/5353504/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fe%252Fchattycast-episode-18-sarcastic-chewbacca%252F/initByJs/1/auto/1" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Facing Mortality: The 2014 Survival Horror Game Round-Up http://www.shacknews.com/article/86953/facing-mortality-the-2014-survival-horror-game-round-up http://www.shacknews.com/article/86953/facing-mortality-the-2014-survival-horror-game-round-up <p>Today is Halloween, but 2014 has been the year of survival horror. We round up the games that will test your wits, get your blood pumping, and prove that you have what it takes to survive.</p> <h2>Alien: Isolation</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/214490/ss_90419f0e549d54138abfeb3c7b78e4b5427afdb0.jpg?t=1414514571" alt="" width="600" height="342" /></div> <p>The most prominent survival horror game of the year features an extremely aggressive, fast, and smart alien that hunts players through the darkened corridors of a broken down space station. But the alien isn't the only threat aboard the station. Players have to rely on stealth, gadgets built from limited resources, and a lot of smarts if they want to see another day. If you're to push your stress levels to the limit, this is the game to play. Check out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86549/alien-isolation-review-live-die-repeat">our review</a>&nbsp;for more info.</p> <h2>Outlast: Whistleblower</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/273300/ss_be42746145ffbba8d9dd9b251bd5c39eea166fa3.jpg?t=1399612648" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Joining the ranks of extremely difficult horror survival games is Whistleblower, the DLC expansion to last year's Outlast. Equipped only with a flashlight and the will to live, players have to make their way up from the depths of an Asylum that houses both deadly inmates and a terrible secret. The expansion helps tie up some of the loose ends left by the original game, while bringing players on a unique journey of their own.</p> <h2>Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WqRVWVzhFJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Regarded by many as the peak of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 4 HD made its way onto the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011. It took a few years, but the game finally released for the PC in February, featuring even more graphical improvements, native keyboard and mouse support, and the Seperate Ways epilogue as bonus content. If you're looking for the definitive edition of one of the best games in the series, then look no further than the PC release.</p> <h2>The Evil Within</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H2qITQHud2I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86712/final-score-the-evil-within-reviews">Opinions</a>&nbsp;are divided over Shinji Mikami (creator of the Resident Evil series) and Tango Gameworks' attempt to bring "pure survival horror" back, but it may be an experience worth checking out. With a combination of gruesome characters, blood and mind bending settings, and very limited ammunition, The Evil Within challenges players to face the darkness without being consumed by it.</p> <h2>Daylight</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1lnN65-sVQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Daylight is probably one of the more understated releases of the year. Players wake up in an abandoned asylum, and must find a way to freedom while being pursued by malevolent spirits. Surviving means navigating through mazes equipped with little more than a flashlight and some flares. Maps are procedurally generated, so players will never see the same escape route twice.</p> <h2>Don't Starve: Reign of Giants</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/btI6Eyqv01c?list=PLXtRs5MEBxEiyB1pk75veW1K7z6EKwdtm" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In Don't Starve, the player is dropped onto a dangerous wilderness world by a demon and expected to survive using the power of magic and science. Although the game is geared more toward survival than raising scares, there are plenty of monsters that are ready to eat you before you have a chance to starve to death. The Reign of Giants DLC expansion released in April, adding more seasons, playable characters, creatures and, of course... giants.</p> <h2>State of Decay: Lifeline</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/259041/ss_ac3573bc751e86bfa0aa3bce848d8783821e2d56.jpg?t=1403220001" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Released last year on the for Xbox 360 and PC, State of Decay drops you in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and challenges you to survive. It's up to you to bring together survivors and design a fortified base to stand against the undead. The Lifeline DLC, released in May, features a all-new way to play. Using a group of ex-military characters, players must venture into a infested city to rescue scientists and hopefully bring an end to the zombie menace.</p> <h2>Among the Sleep</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OycLh-VCaww" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>While most other games maintain some sense of strength in the face of impossible odds. The sense of helplessness and vulnerability is magnified in Among the Sleep, which puts you in the pajamas of a two year old child. True, it's a little short on blood and guts, but this game makes little differentiation between wandering ghosts and figments of a child's imagination. Among the Sleep also deals with real life horrors, like abusive families and parental neglect, making it a surprisingly mature game given the age of its protagonist.</p> <h2>The Last of Us Remastered</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AaOWRvmtEFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>One of the best games of 2013 got an encore run this year. The Last of Us Remastered released for the PS4 in July, bringing with it improved graphics, all multiplayer add-ons, and the Left Behind expansion. Fight for survival in a tense game that not only tests your survival skills, but also your sense of loyalty, in a world that is torn apart.</p> <h2>P.T.</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/p_t__66748.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="300" /></div> <p>Although it's only a conceptual demo, and it doesn't fit into the traditional sense of what a survival horror game should be, P.T. lit things up when it hit the PlayStation Store in August. The concept is pretty straightforward, even if the puzzle solutions aren't. Make your way through an infinitely looping hallway, facing ghosts, creatures, and other creepy things hidden in the shadows. Those that manage to escape the purgatorious house not only have the satisfaction of beating some of the most brain twisting puzzles around, and the teaser trailer for Silent Hills.</p> <h2>Nether</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/247730/ss_12dbca7beeb0f92757b9a61243d6313de825755c.jpg?t=1409871513" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Similar to Don't Starve, Nether puts most of its emphasis on plain survival, which includes scavenging in a post apocalyptic world. But all this is done in an online multiplayer environment, where you can be killed or betrayed by your fellow survivors at any time. But the main thing you need to be worried about are the Nethers, which are mutated souls that hunger for human flesh... and they can teleport. It's going to take stealth, smarts, and cooperation if you want to live to see another day.</p> <h2>Damned</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/V0kwPVa4baU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Similar to the upcoming Evolve, Damned is a 4v1 online action game that pits survivors up against a supernatural monster. But there's a twist: survivors can't directly affect the monster in any way. The only thing they can do is run and hide. Maps and winning conditions are randomly generated, so players never know where to run or what to do when starting the game. There are even random events that can be triggered to shake things up further.</p> <h2>Five Nights at Freddy's</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/319510/ss_cfe4d47366356fef6c7a8da2c0782b143584bbe4.jpg?t=1412607996" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>If you're in the mood for something unusual, then Five Nights at Freddy's might be the answer. Your new job at as nighttime security at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza isn't everything it's cracked up to be. It turns out the owner decided it was way cheaper to hire a security guard than a repairman to deal with the malfunctioning animatronic robots. Stuck in a cramped little office, you have to manage over a limited amount of electricity to check monitors and close security doors. Can you make it through five nights, or are you going to become the killer teddy bear's next victim?</p> <h2>Doorways: The Underworld</h2> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ABRm7nzLhoQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As the third chapter of the Doorways series, Doorways: Underworld is a psychological thriller where you play as special agent Thomas Foster, who is on the trail of a serial killer. His journey takes him to strange and twisted places where he'll have to question reality and overcome his fears to find the truth.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Evolve 'Big Alpha' postponed on PlayStation 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86963/evolve-big-alpha-postponed-on-playstation-4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86963/evolve-big-alpha-postponed-on-playstation-4 <p>2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios have deployed the Big Alpha for their upcoming 4-v-1 multiplayer romp, Evolve. At least they have for most platforms, anyway. They didn't foresee any of the issues that would suddenly pop up on PlayStation 4, which has now caused 2K to postpone the alpha on that platform indefinitely, due to issues with the recent <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86859/playstation-4-20-system-update-releasing-on-oct-28">2.00 firmware update</a>.</p> <p>"We have some unfortunate news to share with folks planning to participate in the Big Alpha test on PlayStation 4 starting today," reads a post on the <a href="http://evolvegame.com/news/big-alpha-important-news-for-ps4-players" target="blank">Evolve website</a>. "Following the recent PS4 2.00 firmware update, we are experiencing difficulties with the Evolve Big Alpha on PlayStation 4. As a result, the test on PlayStation 4 is postponed. PlayStation and 2K are working together on a resolution."</p> <p>2K is encouraging PS4 users to jump on Xbox One or PC to get in on this weekend's fun. Otherwise, they will offer updates as they come.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:48:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Going ahead dauntlessly: A Ghosts 'n Goblins timeline http://www.shacknews.com/article/86956/going-ahead-dauntlessly-a-ghosts-n-goblins-timeline http://www.shacknews.com/article/86956/going-ahead-dauntlessly-a-ghosts-n-goblins-timeline <p>Today's Halloween and Shacknews would like to celebrate the holiday by taking a look at the supernatural. For me, in particular, there's one series of games that has plenty of creatures that go bump in the night. That's Capcom's classic side-scrolling series, Ghosts 'n Goblins.</p> <p>The Ghosts 'n Goblins stands out for one other reason, aside from its supernatural aesthetic. It's hard. I mean, it's <i>hard!</i> The original game stands out as one of the most difficult games ever created and its sequels did not get any easier. So to celebrate Halloween, Shacknews is taking a look back at this classic series and recalling just what made the series such a masochistic joy.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/GhostsnGoblins_1.png" alt="" width="620" height="467" /></div> <h2>Ghosts 'N Goblins (1985)</h2> <p>Ghosts 'n Goblins imagined an especially fantastical world of Camelot, inhabited by the supernatural. Creator Tokuro Fujiwara, fresh off a stint at Konami, imagined a world ruled by the gallant Sir Arthur, the mightiest knight in the land. He also imagined that same world filled with ghosts, demons, zombies, gargoyles, and a variety of otherworldly creatures, all inhabiting a world filled with moving platforms, poorly-placed ladders, and vertical towers.</p> <p>The original Ghosts 'n Goblins was an especially cruel game. Many of the lower-tiered enemies would have simple movement patterns, but Arthur would soon face far more complex adversaries. In particular, the gargolye-like Red Arremer is one of the most notorious foes in the series, always managing to dodge Arthur's attacks and exhibiting enough speed to dive bomb him at a moment's notice.</p> <p>Believe it or not, surviving the monsters, the insanely-difficult jumps, and the brutally tough bosses was only half the battle. Not only did Arthur have to run the entire gauntlet of monstosities, but he also had to make it to the end with the right weapon equipped.</p> <p>Yes, Ghosts 'n Goblins has a slew of handy weapons, many of which can either help or hurt depending on the situation. However, Arthur has to finish the end of the game with a <i>specific</i> weapon in order to complete his adventure. In this case, it's the cross. If the player goes into the final level without the cross, Arthur will be forced to repeat the previous <i>two</i> levels until he exits Level 6 with the cross.</p> <p>The cruelty wouldn't end there, though. The final boss would prove to be a little too easy to defeat, which turned out to be intentional. That's when the following message would pop up:</p> <p><b>"This room is an illusion and is a trap devisut by Satan. Go ahead dauntlessly! Make rapid progres!"</b></p> <p>Yes, this poorly-spelled message prompted players to start the game all over on an even higher difficulty in order to unlock the game's true ending. It was one of the first instances of such a message popping up in a video game and it was also the source of intense rage for anyone that made it this far in the 80s. The true ending for Ghosts 'n Goblins is a rewarding achievement, but only few have the patience to achieve it.</p> <p>And then there's Daniel "Kareshi" Brown. He currently holds the world record for the fastest Ghosts 'n Goblins run at 20 minutes and 52 seconds, record he set a little less than two months ago. You can watch his amazing playthrough below or you can watch his run with commentary on <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/the_kareshi/c/5174494" target="blank">Twitch</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lwl8_BRV8k8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/GhoulsnGhosts005.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="434" /></div> <h2>Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1988)</h2> <p>Ghouls 'n Ghosts follows many of the same patterns as its predecessor, offering the same setting and the same enemy types. Of course, this sequel contains slightly more advanced graphics and effects, offering a 16-bit world filled with more vibrant backgrounds, better environmental effects, and the ability to feature more enemies on-screen at one time. However, while this game's difficulty is still intense, it does feature a few additions. Namely, there are now multiple levels of armor, which would upgrade Arthur's weapons. Furthermore, the Sega Mega System version of the game instituted the series' first magic system, tying different magic spells to different weapons.</p> <p>The other major addition to the game would come with the now-standard end-game twist. The player would still be prompted to repeat the game's quest in order to reach the final boss, only this time, Arthur would be asked to find the legendary weapon known as the Goddess Bracelet. The weapon would become a permanent staple of the game's mythos, signifying the ultimate vanquisher of evil.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QGjCyICTcP4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/super-ghouls-n-ghosts-03.png" alt="" width="620" height="465" /></div> <h2>Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991)</h2> <p>The addition of Mode 7 graphics allowed Fujiwara and Capcom to go all-out for the series' third installment. The Super Nintendo-exclusive Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts is just as hard as the games that came before it, offering one of the biggest challenges to hit the young system at that point. Players now had an addition tier of armor in-between silver and gold, while still having magic at their disposal while wearing the gold armor. And just as in the previous game, the Goddess Bracelet was waiting when the inevitable second playthrough came along.</p> <p>Where Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts advanced the series was by taking advantage of the Super NES's new capabilities. Stages were no longer simply side-scrolling graveyards and vertical towers. The first level would toss in ideas like shifting terrain and tidal waves that would flush in from the background and remove pieces of the stage. Areas like the fourth level would put Arthur square in a ghoul's stomach, which would see the stage rotate repeatedly. These were visual effects that weren't possible in previous iterations of the series and helped Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts stand out from its predecessors.</p> <p>Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts also added a double jump for the first time, which was often used to trigger treasure chest spawn points. The double jump was a doubled-edged sword. It often helped Arthur reach points he was never capable of previously, but it was also one of the leading causes of accidental death in the game. The double jump could not be cancelled in mid-jump, so it was very easy to leap to your doom by accident, especially in particularly hairy areas like the raft portion of the second level.</p> <p>It takes a superhuman being to survive the trials of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, which is why I've attached another Daniel "Kareshi" Brown playthrough below. It appeared that this wuold be the last hurrah for the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, as series creator Fujuwara would leave Capcom in 1996 for new pursuits. He would eventually return to Capcom in 2005, where he would pick up right where he left off.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HAY6LIB13jA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/UltimateGhostsnGoblins.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <h2>Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (2006)</h2> <p>The Ghosts 'n Goblins series' triumphant return came to the PSP eight years ago. Arthur and his world were no longer restricted to sprites, but were now fully rendered creations, with 2.5D environments, to boot. Arthur could also equip different types of armor, such as the Angelic Armor that granted him the power of flight. Of course, Fujiwara also brought back many of the series' most beloved (and despised) elements. Jumps were just as tricky, enemies were just as pesky (especially when emerging from the background), and bosses were just as tough. With age, however, comes more of a forgiving nature.</p> <p>Indeed, the standard difficulties for Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins had a few notable additions. For one thing, Arthur's armor no longer breaks after a single hit, giving him some unexpected durability. Death also no longer carries a stiff penalty, since Arthur would respawn at the last point he died. This would appear to make running across levels easier, though the insane platforming sequences and the dozens of enemies that would appear at one time would beg to differ. While the more forgiving spawn points made players more willing to exercise patience and see the game through to the end, there's no denying that it slightly took away from what made the series so unique. Of course, those seeking a more old-school experience could hit the Ultimate difficulty, which would handle death the old-fashioned way.</p> <p>The series did take one other unique turn with Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins. The linear nature of the game was cast aside in favor of having Arthur pick up rings across two playthroughs to access the final boss battle. The rings wouldn't always be reachable the first time, requiring Arthur to backtrack with power-ups found later, making this particular installment more akin to a Metroidvania.</p> <p>Even with the variances in the formula, this is still unmistakably Ghosts 'n Goblins, from the supernatural aesthetic to the cheap deaths that run rampant. PSP games are tough to come by nowadays, but this one's worth playing through for any fan of the series.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/Arthur.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="325" /></div> <h2>A Knight's Legacy</h2> <p>Ghosts 'n Goblins is fondly remembered for its infamous difficulty and its influence lives on. It's more than just masochistic platformers like Super Meat Boy that owe the series for pioneering this style of game.</p> <p>One of the more recent games to come along that pays good homage to Ghosts 'n Goblins is Cellar Door Games' Rogue Legacy. Rogue Legacy not only takes the castle and supernatural aesthetic of the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, but it builds on it to create an entirely new platforming experience, going from a side-scroller to a full-blown Metroidvania.</p> <p>As for Arthur, he remains one of the more beloved characters from Capcom's vast roster of characters. Years after Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins released, Arthur joined the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster as a playable fighter. He's also the subject of occasional easter eggs in games like Dead Rising. But there appear to be no plans to revive the character or his adventures anytime soon, so it appears that his trials may be over. His legacy, much like the legend he was based on, will live on.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Rumor: Guitar Hero returning on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One http://www.shacknews.com/article/86962/rumor-guitar-hero-returning-on-playstation-4-and-xbox-one http://www.shacknews.com/article/86962/rumor-guitar-hero-returning-on-playstation-4-and-xbox-one <p>Virtual rock gods may once again be able to jam out with their friends from the comfort of their living or local bar as Activision&rsquo;s Guitar Hero franchise is rumored to be making a return on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.</p> <p>According to a source&nbsp;speaking with <a href="http://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/782011-rumor-guitar-hero-returning-ps4-xbox-one-will-feature-live-crowds">PSU</a>&nbsp;that&rsquo;s located close to where the game is being recorded, &ldquo;extras&rdquo; have been spotted going in and out of the location, with one of these extras revealing what&rsquo;s been going on. &ldquo;Basically for weeks they&rsquo;ve been recording live crowds for all songs on the next Guitar Hero. Today all the extras are being dressed up all emo-style for one of the songs.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been four years since the last iteration of the Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, was released. Music-based games are still pretty popular, especially with the release of Harmonix&rsquo;s Disney&rsquo;s Fantasia: Music Evolved, so the Guitar Hero series making a comeback would certainly be welcomed in my boox. So long as Activision doesn&rsquo;t skimp on the quality of the game and includes an even larger song list in the new game and maybe including additional downloadable content as free upgrades, although I know that won&rsquo;t be likely.</p> <p>Remember, this is a rumor, so don&rsquo;t go out and buy a bunch of plastic instruments just yet.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez PlayStation 4 sells 3.3 million units in just three months http://www.shacknews.com/article/86961/playstation-4-sells-33-million-units-in-just-three-months http://www.shacknews.com/article/86961/playstation-4-sells-33-million-units-in-just-three-months <p>Nintendo isn&rsquo;t the only console maker that has <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86922/nintendo-rebounds-with-2nd-quarter-131-million-gain">some good new</a>s to share this week as Sony <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/14q2_sony.pdf">has shipped</a>&nbsp;a total of 3.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the past three months between July and September. This brings the total sales of the PS4 to 13.5 million.</p> <p>Everything isn&rsquo;t coming up Milhouse for Sony though as the company&rsquo;s handheld division, which includes PlayStation Vita, PSP and PlayStation TV sales, has sold a total of 700,000 units, which is down 100,000 within the same time last year. Consolidating sales of these handheld devices could be seen as a way to cover up their poor individual sales, although that&rsquo;s pure speculation on my part.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:15:00 PDT Daniel Perez Shadow of Mordor 'Lord of the Hunt' DLC detailed http://www.shacknews.com/article/86960/shadow-of-mordor-lord-of-the-hunt-dlc-detailed http://www.shacknews.com/article/86960/shadow-of-mordor-lord-of-the-hunt-dlc-detailed <p>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86492/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-season-pass-highlighted-in-new-trailer">season pass was highlighted</a>&nbsp;just prior to its launch, and today, we&rsquo;re hearing details on the game&rsquo;s first piece of downloadable content, Lord of the Hunt.</p> <p>Lord of the Hunt has Sauron up to no good once again as he dispatches Beastmaster Warchiefs to rid Mordor of its monsters. It&rsquo;s up to Talion, who is joined by Torvin the Dwarven Hunter, to use his powers of domination to help these new beasts against the Warchief.</p> <p>The new piece of DLC will include additional story and lore to follow, new nemesis to engage, and new monsters to dominate, including the Wretched Graug which is able to spew toxins at Talion&rsquo;s foes. A number of new missions and challenges will also be available, which includes new Beast Hunting challenges and collectibles A new Beastmaster skin will also be available for Talion.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:30:00 PDT Daniel Perez Prey 2 officially canceled, says Bethesda vice president http://www.shacknews.com/article/86957/prey-2-officially-canceled-says-bethesda-vice-president http://www.shacknews.com/article/86957/prey-2-officially-canceled-says-bethesda-vice-president <p><i>Update: An anonymous Human Head staffer has sent this statement in to Shacknews. "We can confirm that Human Head Studios has not been involved with Prey 2 for some time. While we are disappointed that we won't be able to deliver our vision of the game, we remain proud of our work on the franchise, which we feel speaks for itself, including the award-winning presentation of the game at E3 2011. We enjoyed working with the many talented people at Bethesda, and we wish them all the best of luck with any future plans they may have for the franchise."</i></p> <p>It's been the world's worst kept secret, but Bethesda has come out and confirmed it anyway. During this weekend's PAX Australia event, the publisher has confirmed that Prey 2, the long-troubled project with Human Head Studios at its helm, has officially been canceled.</p> <p>"[Prey 2] wasn't up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it," Bethesda vice president Pete Hines told <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/bethesda-confirms-prey-2-cancelled/" target="blank">CNET</a>. "It's no longer in development. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that won't surprise many folks given that we hadn't been talking about it."</p> <p>Prey 2 started out promising, with a closed-door E3 demo that dazzled anybody that saw it. However, the troubles piled up from there, from a lengthy <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/73405/prey-2-delayed-not-cancelled-bethesda-says">delay</a> to an <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/73417/source-human-head-hasnt-worked-on-prey-2-since-november">anonymous report</a> that Human Head had stopped working on the game in 2012, due to a contract dispute. Jason Blair, Prey 2's former narrative designer, stated a year later that Prey 2 was, in fact, a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79461/former-prey-2-dev-speaks-out-on-lies-about-game">finished product</a> that he says was a victim of politics.</p> <p>Hines added that Human Head Studios was no longer working with Bethesda, though he still believed the Prey franchise could one day re-surface. As for Human Head Studios, they've since moved on to release Minimum, in conjunction with publisher Atari.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Humble Bundle celebrates Halloween with 'Halloweekly' sale http://www.shacknews.com/article/86959/humble-bundle-celebrates-halloween-with-halloweekly-sale http://www.shacknews.com/article/86959/humble-bundle-celebrates-halloween-with-halloweekly-sale <p>Valve&rsquo;s Steam isn&rsquo;t the only digital games platform <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86955/steam-halloween-sale-discounts-scariest-games-up-to-90-until-nov-3rd">celebrating Halloween today</a>&nbsp;as Humble Bundle is announcing its &ldquo;Halloweekly&rdquo; bundle.</p> <p>The Humble Halloweekly Bundle includes Steam versions of Home, Vertical Drop Heroes HD and Knock Knock for those who decide to donate any amount to the bundle. For those who pay more than the $5 average, you&rsquo;ll unlock Betrayer, Five Nights at Freddy&rsquo;s, and Our Darker Purpose. A donation of $15 or more will unlock Among the Sleep.</p> <p>The bundle will also include two free masks for PAYDAY 2 while supplies last. You&rsquo;ll need to first own the base game in order to retrieve these masks.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly?halloween2014_weekly&amp;utm_source=Tumblr&amp;utm_medium=Link&amp;utm_campaign=Humble%20Weekly%20Bundle%20Halloween">Humble Halloweekly Bundle</a>&nbsp;will be available until November 6 at 11am PT, so be sure to donate if you want a chance at any of these titles.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:30:00 PDT Daniel Perez Valkyria Chronicles for PC releasing this November http://www.shacknews.com/article/86958/valkyria-chronicles-for-pc-releasing-this-november http://www.shacknews.com/article/86958/valkyria-chronicles-for-pc-releasing-this-november <p>Sega announced <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86890/segas-valkyria-chronicles-is-headed-to-pc">earlier this week</a>&nbsp;its PlayStation 3 exclusive, Valkyria Chronicles, will be headed to PC through the company&rsquo;s official Twitter page. Today, Sega is announcing further details of the game&rsquo;s upcoming release, including its release date.</p> <p>Valkyria Chronicles will be made available on Windows PC through digital download starting on November 11 and will include the original game as well as all previously released downloadable content. The DLC includes a Hard EX Mode, which offers harder skirmishes than what was originally available, side story campaigns Edy&rsquo;s Mission and Selveria&rsquo;s Mission, and six additional challenge missions in Challenge of Edy Detachment.</p> <p>Pre-ordering for the PC version of Valkyria Chronicles is now available with the upcoming release retailing for $19.99 on select digital retail partners. You can expect to play Valkyria Chronicles on November 11, 2014.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Shack Snack: October 30, 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86954/shack-snack-october-30-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86954/shack-snack-october-30-2014 <p><span>It's Halloween Eve, or Mischief Night as we call it up here in the Northeast, so&nbsp;today we've got a <em>spook</em>-tacular Shack Snack for you to watch.</span></p> <p><span>Actually - it's just a regular old Shack Snack episode, but I like to think this one is just a bit scarier if you watch it with your lights dimmed.</span></p> <h2><span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86942/driveclub-playstation-plus-edition-postponed-indefinitely">DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition Postponed Indefinitely</a><br /></span></h2> <p><span><span>DriveClub's release on PlayStation 4 earlier this month has been nothing short of ugly. It's been plagued by numerous&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86616/driveclub-playstation-plus-edition-delayed-due-to-server-issues">server issues</a><span>, so much so that the promised PlayStation Plus version still has yet to see the light of day. In fact, don't expect that version to leave the garage anytime soon. Nearly a month after it was set to release, Sony has officially delayed the PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub indefinitely.</span></span></p> <p></p> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86940/super-smash-bros-for-wii-u-will-bring-pre-loading-feature-to-console">Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Will Bring Pre-Loading Feature To Console</a></h2> <p><span>This latest generation of consoles has finally caught up with PC as pre-loading has been a feature many PC players have been enjoying for quite some time. Sony and Microsoft have been offering pre-loading for their titles for some time now, and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/141030/05.html">it looks like</a><span>&nbsp;Nintendo is ready to jump onto the bandwagon with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.</span></p> <h2><span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86939/microsoft-band-is-a-wearable-that-wants-to-improve-your-health-and-productivity">Microsoft Band Is A Wearable That Wants To Improve Your Health And Productivity</a><br /></span></h2> <p>Microsoft has announced its first official wearable product geared towards both productivity and keeping track of your vitals with its Microsoft Band.&nbsp;Microsoft Band allows the wearer to track a number of workout-related items, such as how many reps you&rsquo;ve made and calories burned, and also includes a heart rate monitor that is able to check on you for a complete 24 hours</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:15:00 PDT Daniel Perez Steam Halloween Sale discounts 'scariest' games up to 90% until Nov. 3rd http://www.shacknews.com/article/86955/steam-halloween-sale-discounts-scariest-games-up-to-90-until-nov-3rd http://www.shacknews.com/article/86955/steam-halloween-sale-discounts-scariest-games-up-to-90-until-nov-3rd <p>Halloween is just a few hours away from its official start, which is why Valve has just launched their <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/search/?salepage=halloween2014">Steam Halloween Sale</a>&nbsp;to scare the money right out of your pockets.</p> <p>Unlike Steam&rsquo;s Summer Sale, the Halloween Sale is themed to offer hundreds of the &ldquo;scariest&rdquo; games on Steam. PC players will be able to save up to 90% off of a number of titles, which include Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, Left 4 Dead 2, Devil May Cry 4, The Walking Dead, and Darksiders II.</p> <p>Not all games are as scary as Valve will have you believe, as Costume Quest 2, Dungeon Defenders, and Plants vs. Zombies are also on sale. So if you&rsquo;re all ready to celebrate Halloween tomorrow, then why not head on over to Steam and pick up some terrifying games for yourself? You'll have until 10am PT on November 3rd to take advantage of this holiday-themed sale.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:00 PDT Daniel Perez Final Fantasy Type-0 HD trailer prepares for invasion http://www.shacknews.com/article/86952/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-trailer-prepares-for-invasion http://www.shacknews.com/article/86952/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-trailer-prepares-for-invasion <p>Final Fantasy Type-0 HD looks to be one of the darker stories to bear the Final Fantasy banner. That much has been apparent after our most recent <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86879/final-fantasy-type-0-impressions-battle-academys-final-exam">preview</a>. Now Square Enix is looking to hammer home its dire narrative with a new story trailer.</p> <p>The trailer debuted yesterday during the opening day of Paris Games Week. It establishes the planet Orience, which is under siege by the militaristic Miltesi Empire. The Dominion of Rubrum must rally together and fend off the invading forces, making sure to protect their magic crystal. The trailer also establishes the central premise of Class 0, a group of 14 heroes that use their unique powers to take out the massive opposing army.</p> <p>Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Also, keep in mind that the package will include the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86352/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-releasing-on-march-17-with-ff15-demo-in-tow">Final Fantasy 15 demo</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kjBMEWtjcZc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shadowgate celebrates Halloween with new update http://www.shacknews.com/article/86951/shadowgate-celebrates-halloween-with-new-update http://www.shacknews.com/article/86951/shadowgate-celebrates-halloween-with-new-update <p>Shadowgate completed its long journey from <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zojoi/shadowgate/posts" target="blank">Kickstarter</a> campaign to full-blown release in August, but developer Zojoi isn't finished with their faithful reboot just yet. The studio announced a new update for the game that will add some new features, as well as celebrate the Halloween holiday with a special side-quest.</p> <p>The Dread Pumpkin Quest sends players to the outskirts of Castle Shadowgate in search of a mysterious Halloween spirit. Beyond this side-quest, the update will also add several improvements, many of which have been requested by the game's community. They include improved tutorials, a new wheel-based command system, quick-loading, and a new IronMan difficulty mode.</p> <p>There's a (very) brief overview of some of Shadowgate's new features in the video below. Shadowgate is also on sale this weekend on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/294440/" target="blank">Steam</a> for 40% off.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lyy0r40T9co?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Assassin's Creed Unity trailer does a quantum leap http://www.shacknews.com/article/86949/assassins-creed-unity-trailer-does-a-quantum-leap http://www.shacknews.com/article/86949/assassins-creed-unity-trailer-does-a-quantum-leap <p>Assassin's Creed Unity is a story that illustrates the politically unstable landscape of the French Revolution. It tells the tale of an Assassin coming of age, looking to avenge the death of his father and help usher France into a new age, free of corruption.</p> <p>Then suddenly machine guns, for some reason.</p> <p>The latest trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity reveals a corrupted Animus. Arno is suddenly transported from the French Revolution to the 20th century, where he finds himself shooting machine guns at a bi-plane. It's labeled a time anomaly and what role these anomalies play, or how frequently they pop up in the story, remains to be seen.</p> <p>Assassin's Creed Unity is set to release on November 11 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. To check out the sudden time shift, check out the full video below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wW_-exDp3CE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:15:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Watch the full Halo: The Master Chief Collection 'Silent Cartographer' mission at 60 fps http://www.shacknews.com/article/86947/watch-the-full-halo-the-master-chief-collection-silent-cartographer-mission-at-60-fps http://www.shacknews.com/article/86947/watch-the-full-halo-the-master-chief-collection-silent-cartographer-mission-at-60-fps <p>Microsoft and 343 Industries are going out of their way to show that every aspect of Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been re-done and remastered. The proof appears to be in the gameplay. Shacknews has been playing through the massive compilation and would like to show off some of the remastered contents in a new video.</p> <p>The Shacknews staff has been playing through Halo: Combat Evovled's classic 'The Silent Cartographer' mission. We've uploaded our playthrough below. Watch the whole thing at 60fps and judge for yourself whether Halo: The Master Chief Collection has taken any steps forward. Be sure to check your video settings and remember that 60fps is only supported on Chrome browsers for the moment.</p> <p>Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set to release on Xbox One on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84862/the-halo-master-chief-collection-coming-to-xbox-one-on">November 11</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/APA--PX3RME" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Dreamfall Chapters: Reborn Impressions: Past is Prologue http://www.shacknews.com/article/86926/dreamfall-chapters-reborn-impressions-past-is-prologue http://www.shacknews.com/article/86926/dreamfall-chapters-reborn-impressions-past-is-prologue <p>It's been a long wait, but fans can finally see a resolution to the cliffhanger ending of 2006's Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Although the wait for Dreamfall Chapters isn't quite as long as some <a href="http://www.texmurphy.com/" target="_blank">other adventure games</a>, eight years comes pretty close, and the game's development shows how dedicated fans are. However, Reborn is the first part in a five-part episodic adventure, so players will still need to stick to it a while longer before seeing a full resolution to Zoe Castillo and Kian's journeys.</p> <p>For those who are unfamiliar with the series, Dreamfall Chapters continues the saga that was started with The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. The story involves two parallel worlds, a future society that follows the rules of science (Stark), which is effectively our world but set in the year 2219. Then there's a parallel world called Arcadia, where magic exists, and the two worlds are separated by a metaphysical divide called the Balance. In Stark, an entertainment device that allows lucid dreams has taken hold and is trapping its users in nightmares. Zoe has the power to enter into dreams and help victims break out, but she's trapped in the dream world due to an artificially induced coma. The dream device ties into a greater plot that holds the fates of both Stark and Arcadia together.</p> <!-- gallery: dreamfall-chapters --> <h2>Waking Up</h2> <p>Even if you don't take into account how Dreamfall Chapters is a crowdfunded game, there can be little doubt that it was developed with longtime players in mind. Although the game makes some effort to bring new players up to speed, there's no shaking the sense that playing Reborn is like sitting down to the third act of a movie. The plot moves well enough, but it assumes some connection or knowledge of established characters, especially the protagonists Zoe Castillo and Kian. I was eventually able to settle into the game well enough to enjoy it, but it did make some of the supporting characters and Zoe's motivations a little difficult to relate to.</p> <p>Dialogue choices are supplemented with an internal monologue that gives insight into the character's thoughts, but they can only help so much, especially when characters like Zoe are facing an identity crisis. In one scene, I have to decide whether or not Zoe (who recently woke up from her coma) should try to recover her lost memories, even if it jeopardizes the life she's currently building for herself. Except, the game skips over all the details, so I had no idea what her life looked like until after the scene (and the decision point) were over.</p> <p>I often felt like an outsider looking into this world, especially when at the monument that memorializes the Collapse, a pivotal event that's only vaguely mentioned. Although Zoe keeps a running diary, the game could benefit greatly from a gallery with character and major event descriptions.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ak1GmfM2DH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Similar to other recent adventure games like The Walking Dead, Dreamfall Chapters has multiple decision points that will determine how things will play out later on in the series. Almost none of the decision points play out in this episode, and the consequences of your actions won't be realized until future episodes release. The only meaningful decision appears to be whether or not Zoe pursues a career that related to her studies in the previous game or whether she begins her life anew. Sure, it's an important choice for Zoe's development, but not necessarily one that would impress on a new player, who probably wouldn't feel strongly one way or another.</p> <p>Sometimes, the decisions are subtle and you don't know that you've done something important until after you do it. A prime example is deciding whether to encourage Zoe's boyfriend to embark on a culinary adventure by picking up some pork sausages for his lunch or going with plain grilled cheese. Decisions that impact the Balance are represented by a emblem that appears on the top of the screen, but solutions aren't always straightforward and may be decided accidentally. For example, an organized crime member was shaking down one of my friends, and I stepped closer to see what was going on, which caused me to intervene. I suppose I probably would have chosen to intervene if presented with the decision directly, but there really should have been some sort of internal dialogue to show that Zoe has a choice between stepping in or staying far back without getting involved.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4ktxliB-b-4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Lost in the Real World</h2> <p>If nothing else, Dreamfall Chapters features from truly wonderful characters and graphics. Walking through the streets of Propast (in Stark) is fantastic experience, with a population from different cultures, set in the far future, but still very recognizable. It's too bad the Arcadia sequence is so short, and almost all of it is spent breaking out of a drab prison. There's very little sense of Kian's character and history.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/10/Zoe talking to girl.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Some of the characters are quite colorful too, although I don't feel as though I got enough of an impression of Zoe's boyfriend, Reza, to decide whether or not their relationship was worth saving. The voice acting is top notch, especially for Zoe. My favorite part of the episode involved testing out a beat-up refurbished robot with severe anxiety issues and no interpersonal skills. However, the emphasis on Propast's political climate might be a bit much for some people to take in, especially since it's set in a fictional sci-fi future with so much else going on.</p> <p>Despite the game's decision points, it is a pretty linear game. There are no side missions, and some of the campaign objectives can be a little vague. One in particular had me running around all over town in hopes of finding one person. Some actions require some trial and error, especially at the start of the game when Zoe is traveling through the dream world. Her different powers are represented by icons, which don't make sense until after you've used them a few times. Furthermore, the keyboard and mouse controls can get a little unwieldy, making it difficult to select actions&nbsp;when timing is required, so I ended up playing the majority of the game using a gamepad.</p> <p>With the exception of one or two scenes, the Dreamfall Chapters: Reborn is almost all setup for later episodes. It's even concluded by a somewhat bizarre interlude involving a very talented baby. There's no singular sub-plot to resolve - it's more like a meet-and-greet / catch-up episode - so Reborn doesn't quite stand up on its own. However, it does plant the seeds that I look forward to seeing develop in future installments.</p> <hr /> <p><i>These impressions are based on a PC code provided by the developer. Dreamfall Chapters is available digitally for $29.99, and we will provide a full review after all the episodes are released.</i></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 PDT Steven Wong PSA: NBA 2K15 free on Steam this weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/86946/psa-nba-2k15-free-on-steam-this-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/86946/psa-nba-2k15-free-on-steam-this-weekend <p>The NBA season has tipped off this week and 2K Sports is doing their part to help build the hoops hype. The PC version of NBA 2K15 will be available to play for free on Steam for this weekend only.</p> <p>The good news comes from <a href="http://www.operationsports.com/news/782636/nba-2k15-free-to-play-on-steam-this-weekend-starting-today-at-100-pm-est/" target="blank">Operation Sports</a>. NBA 2K15 appears to be another winner for the series, with <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/nba-2k15" target="blank">critics</a> offering up above-average scores. However, it's also been criticized by users for sluggish online play and various server issues.</p> <p>The free weekend will last until Sunday at 1PM PST. Check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/282350/" target="_blank">Steam</a>&nbsp;listing for more.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Xbox 'Games with Gold' for November includes Viva Pinata http://www.shacknews.com/article/86945/xbox-games-with-gold-for-november-includes-viva-pinata http://www.shacknews.com/article/86945/xbox-games-with-gold-for-november-includes-viva-pinata <p>With November set to usher in even more big budget games, Microsoft is taking the month to remember some of its lesser-known games with three new Games with Gold titles.</p> <p>Volgarr the Viking, from Crazy Viking Studios, will make its Xbox One debut in November as the platform's free game. This is the latest indie game to come from the vaunted <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/80730/idxbox-program-opens-today-gives-indie-devs-free-xbox-one">ID@Xbox</a> program. Volgarr previously released on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/247240/" target="blank">Steam</a> in September of last year. The release trailer for this 16-bit platformer can be seen below.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 will kick off the month with Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise. Rare's pinata-fest will run for free from November 1 through the 15, at which point Volition's Red Faction Guerrilla will take over as the free offering for the remainder of the month.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lkEX-XjB3-4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:50:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Far Cry 4 goes gold with multiplayer trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86944/far-cry-4-goes-gold-with-multiplayer-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86944/far-cry-4-goes-gold-with-multiplayer-trailer <p>Ubisoft Toronto is officially ready to usher in the next chapter of the Far Cry series. The studio announced on <a href="https://twitter.com/FarCrygame/status/527867991304978432" target="blank">Twitter</a> that Far Cry 4 has gone gold, meaning it will indeed make its November 18 release date on time. To celebrate, there's a new trailer revealing more about the game's PvP multiplayer.</p> <p>"Far Cry 4 is a major leap forward for the franchise," senior communications manager Gary Steinman said on the <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/far-cry-4-gone-gold/" target="blank">UbiBlog</a>. "The story is fully integrated into the overall experience, with your choices making a real difference in a civil war that&rsquo;s roiling Kyrat. The open-world is packed with surprises. The addition of open-world co-op allows gamers to double their fun in new and creative ways. And the PvP delivers a true Far Cry experience this time: pitting the rebel Golden Path against the mythical warriors of the Rakshasa, the asymmetrical competitive multiplayer is set on 10 maps based on familiar Kyrati locations, and uses animals (including elephants) and vehicles in 5v5 matchups across 3 distinct modes."</p> <p>The multiplayer video shows some of the differences between the Rakshasa and the Golden Path, with the former utilizing stealth and wildlife to their advantage, while the latter takes advantage of powerful automatic weapons and vehicles. Check out the whole thing below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KZWNpCn0cGQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:20:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia
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