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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Shacknews Remembers Leonard Nimoy in Video Games http://www.shacknews.com/article/88388/shacknews-remembers-leonard-nimoy-in-video-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/88388/shacknews-remembers-leonard-nimoy-in-video-games <p>The world lost a cultural icon when Leonard Nimoy passed away last week at age 83. Not only did he contribute greately to TV shows and movies, and famously encouraged all to "live long and prosper," but he also did some impressive work with video games. Shacknews pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy, whose voice helped these games come alive.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RZgI5nIeYXk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:45:00 PST Shack Staff Unreal Engine Has Been Set Free http://www.shacknews.com/article/88383/unreal-engine-has-been-set-free http://www.shacknews.com/article/88383/unreal-engine-has-been-set-free <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever dreamed about making a video game, or even learning more about how they&rsquo;re made, then&nbsp;there's no better time than now to get on board. Not only are their several &ldquo;indie&rdquo; options out there (like <span>RPGMaker</span>), but today one of the biggest names in game engines has made a declaring announcement. Unreal Engine 4 is now free and open to the public.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right, you heard me correctly. There are more details, such as if you manage to make more than $3,000 per quarter, then you have to pay out 5% for licensing. But in the grand scheme of things that&rsquo;s not a half-bad deal, espcially when you're using one the most powerful game engines around.&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.&rdquo; Says Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games.</p> <p>Check out the video announcement below, and be sure to head over to the <a href="https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free" target="_blank">Official Blog</a>&nbsp;to check out the full details of the engine&rsquo;s new price.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5D0rpKZFR2w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:30:00 PST Josh Hawkins 3D Realms Returns with Bombshell at GDC 2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88380/3d-realms-returns-with-bombshell-at-gdc-2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88380/3d-realms-returns-with-bombshell-at-gdc-2015 <p>It's been a long&nbsp;while since 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment first announced Bombshell May of last year, but it looks like they've been hard at work. The top-down action RPG features a "Bomb disposal technician turned mercenary for hire, Shelly 'Bombshell' Harrison," who must fight her way across four planets to save the president from an alien threat. The game is expected to release in 2015, with Steam being the only platform revealed so far. A full description and the debut gameplay trailer can be found below.</p> <p>More information can be found at the <a href="http://www.bombshell.com/?month=01&amp;day=01&amp;year=1970#home" target="_blank">official website</a>.</p> <p><em>"From the creators of 2013's Rise of the Triad and legendary game maker 3D Realms comes Bombshell, an isometric action role-playing game for PC and consoles. Bomb disposal technician turned mercenary for hire, Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison must strong-arm her way across 4 planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to rescue the president from an apocalyptic alien threat. With out-of-this-world enemies, a never-before-seen arsenal of devastating weaponry and a host of genre-crossing mechanics, Bombshell is set to blow you away."</em></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MA87emXbRtY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <!-- gallery: bombshell --> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:25:00 PST Steven Wong World of Warcraft will allow players to buy game time using in-game gold http://www.shacknews.com/article/88379/world-of-warcraft-will-allow-players-to-buy-game-time-using-in-game-gold http://www.shacknews.com/article/88379/world-of-warcraft-will-allow-players-to-buy-game-time-using-in-game-gold <p>Blizzard has <a href="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/18141101/introducing-the-wow-token-3-2-2015">announced</a>&nbsp;a new way for World of Warcraft players to gain game time without having to spend a single penny of real-world money, called the WoW Token.</p> <p>The WoW Token can be purchased through the in-game Shop for real money, which can then be sold within World of Warcraft&rsquo;s Auction House for in-game gold at the current market price. Those looking to add 30 days of game time to their subscription can purchase a WoW Token for in-game gold. Once the token is purchased, it becomes Soulbound, which means the buyer cannot then resell the token.</p> <p>How much a WoW Token costs will vary depending on supply and demand per region. Those selling WoW Tokens will be able to earn the amount of in-game gold the market says it&rsquo;s worth at the time of the listing, and not what it costs when another player buys a token.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t a completely new idea as Eve Online has been doing something similar to the WoW Token with its PLEX system. Regardless of the age of this idea, it&rsquo;s something that will hopefully get more World of Warcraft players back into the game now that game time can be earned by spending gold. I certainly feel the WoW itch coming back just from hearing this news.</p> <p><span>No details on when the WoW Token will be available, although Blizzard says it should be expected in an upcoming patch.</span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:22:00 PST Daniel Perez Amplitude's multiplayer mode shown off in its first gameplay trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/88378/amplitudes-multiplayer-mode-shown-off-in-its-first-gameplay-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/88378/amplitudes-multiplayer-mode-shown-off-in-its-first-gameplay-trailer <p>It&rsquo;s been several months since we last heard from Harmonix regarding its fan-funded cult classic, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/amplitude">Amplitude</a>. With GDC going on this week and Pax East right around the corner, the developer thought now would be a good time to pull back the veil of secrecy just a bit more.</p> <p>In a blog post published on <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/03/02/amplitude-first-gameplay-trailer-team-multiplayer-revealed/">PlayStation.Blog</a>, Harmonix art director Ryan Lesser reveals some new information regarding Amplitude. One new feature that will be coming to Amplitude is multiplayer, which is a first for the series. Amplitude will allow a classic Free-For-All Multiplayer mode as well as a Team Play mode to be played, both of which Harmonix is hoping will be fun to play during a party as well as potentially be used within a competitive gaming scene.</p> <p><span>In addition to its reveal of multiplayer in Amplitude, Harmonix has also published the first gameplay trailer of the game in action. Fans of the original Amplitude will certainly feel at home with the looks and gameplay mechanics of the new version. The video also gives us a glimpse of some of the multiplayer mayhem we can expect when the game releases some time later this year.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FetGKVJxLek#t=14"></iframe></span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:38:00 PST Daniel Perez Leonard Nimoy being honored in Elite Dangerous with memorial station http://www.shacknews.com/article/88376/leonard-nimoy-being-honored-in-elite-dangerous-with-memorial-station http://www.shacknews.com/article/88376/leonard-nimoy-being-honored-in-elite-dangerous-with-memorial-station <p>Elite Dangerous will be adding a Nimoy Memorial station in its upcoming Wings update (1.2) as a way to honor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday afternoon.</p> <p>The Nimoy Memorial station will be placed in the LHS 3006 system &ldquo;around the only suitably named planet,&rdquo; Frontier executive producer Michael Brookes says in a <a href="https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=116553&amp;page=31&amp;p=1856104&amp;highlight=#post1856104">forum post</a>. The announcement came just a few days after many Elite Dangerous players took to the game&rsquo;s forums to suggest the memorial be added to the game.</p> <p><span>Adding the Nimoy Memorial station to Elite Dangerous is a great move by Frontier Developments as I&rsquo;m sure many who play the game have been long-time Star Trek fans, or at least a fan of similar TV series or films and can appreciate Nimoy&rsquo;s work. I know I&rsquo;m going to try my best to head to the memorial once the update goes live to show my respects.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/19noMeZ7wzc"></iframe></span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:00:00 PST Daniel Perez ClayFighter Remastered shapeshifts onto PC in 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88374/clayfighter-remastered-shapeshifts-onto-pc-in-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88374/clayfighter-remastered-shapeshifts-onto-pc-in-2016 <p>ClayFighter will be making a comeback on PC in 2016, Interplay and Drip Drop Games have announced today.</p> <p>ClayFighter Remastered will include a number of iconic characters from the original game series, including Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Hoppy, Earthworm Jim, Boogerman, Tiny, and more. The game will feature over 20 characters as well as 20 familiar environments to fight in.</p> <p><span>The upcoming brawler will improve on the original&rsquo;s game mechanics by introducing double jumping, air dashing, counters, and reversals with each character having their own unique supers and &ldquo;Claytality&rdquo; moves. Those aren&rsquo;t the only improvements being made to ClayFighter Remastered as the game will also include remastered audio and high-resolution visuals.</span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:15:00 PST Daniel Perez Mortal Kombat X performs fatalities on Android and iOS in April http://www.shacknews.com/article/88372/mortal-kombat-x-performs-fatalities-on-android-and-ios-in-april http://www.shacknews.com/article/88372/mortal-kombat-x-performs-fatalities-on-android-and-ios-in-april <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/mortal-kombat-x">Mortal Kombat X</a>&nbsp;will be heading to iOS and Android mobile devices this April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced today.</p> <p>Mortal Kombat X on mobile will be a free-to-play fighting / card-battle hybrid game that features legendary Mortal Kombat characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden as well as the new generation of Kombatants. Players will be able to enjoy the visceral combat experience that fans have come to love from the series, along with Fatalities, X-Rays, and more.</p> <p>Those who plan on purchasing the console or PC versions of Mortal Kombat X will be able to enjoy unique cross-connectivity features that delivers unique rewards to all players, just for playing the mobile game itself. Unique content will be unlocked in both the console and PC versions as well as the mobile game.</p> <p><span>Mortal Kombat X will be available on April 14 on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, although the mobile game currently has an &ldquo;April 2015&rdquo; release date. Hopefully it&rsquo;ll release close to when the console and PC versions are released so players can enjoy the cross-platform features as soon as possible.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/noDtVFqN7Q8"></iframe></span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:20:00 PST Daniel Perez Battlefield Hardline Premium includes all expansions and more for $50 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88371/battlefield-hardline-premium-includes-all-expansions-and-more-for-50 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88371/battlefield-hardline-premium-includes-all-expansions-and-more-for-50 <p>EA and Visceral Games have announced they&rsquo;ll be releasing a premium edition of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/battlefield-hardline">Battlefield Hardline</a>.</p> <p>Battlefield Hardline Premium includes four super features, which includes masks that offer unique gameplay benefits tied to the theme of each mask, a gun bench that offers visual customization of a player&rsquo;s weapons, competitive play, and the ability to replay the entire progression system.</p> <p>All four upcoming digital expansion packs are also included, which are detailed below:</p> <ul> <li><i>Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity - </i>Players have to make a name for themselves in fast-paced, highly-destructible new maps littered with small-time crime jobs. Available summer 2015.</li> <li><i>Battlefield Hardline: Robbery</i> - Take down the opposition head on and progress through key locations with major cinematic action. Available summer 2015.</li> <li><i>Battlefield Hardline: Getaway</i> - This is frantic, high-speed chases that immerse players deeper in the heist. Available fall 2015.</li> <li><i>Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal </i>- There is a rat in every operation and players will have to find out who to trust. Available winter early 2016.</li> </ul> <p>Premium owners will also be given access to all expansion packs two weeks early, priority position in server queues, access to double-XP, in-game missions, and other Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive events, new personalization options, and 12 Gold Battlepacks.</p> <p><span>Battlefield Hardline Premium won&rsquo;t come cheap as you&rsquo;ll need to spend $50 to get all of these bonuses. That&rsquo;s quite a hefty price, although EA is offering a <i>ton</i> of content in Hardline&rsquo;s premium edition.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7nCAV_T1CaI"></iframe></span></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:50:00 PST Daniel Perez HTC Vive is a new VR headset made in collaboration with Valve http://www.shacknews.com/article/88366/htc-vive-is-a-new-vr-headset-made-in-collaboration-with-valve http://www.shacknews.com/article/88366/htc-vive-is-a-new-vr-headset-made-in-collaboration-with-valve <p>Game Developers Conference week is set to be a busy one for Valve and it's already starting off with quite a bang. Electronics manufacturer HTC has announced their entry into the growing virtual reality market during a press event in Barcelona this morning by unveiling the Vive headset. What helps this particular headset stand out is that it is being made in collaboration with Valve.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/1/8127445/htc-vive-valve-vr-headset" target="blank">The Verge</a> offers up a lion's share of the details. The Vive dev kit will offer dual 1200x1080 displays that run at 90fps. The headset will feature full 360-degree field of vision, with a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor to help track head movement. Valve is also set to contribute something called the Steam VR base station, which will allow users to wander around virtual space (in lieu of using a controller) by tracking their physical location in 15x15 foot spaces.</p> <p>HTC is seeking to have the Vive dev kits ready this spring, while also looking to have consumer versions ready before the end of the year.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eTITJSSRUso?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:56:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Weekly Game Release Highlights, March 2-8 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88364/weekly-game-release-highlights-march-2-8 http://www.shacknews.com/article/88364/weekly-game-release-highlights-march-2-8 <p>It's time to kick off the month of March and the Spring releases are starting to sneak up on everyone. This week, Resident Evil Revelations 2 gets it second episode, but there's also a handful of newer games to get excited about. ScreamRide makes its way to Xbox consoles, while PlayStation users will get Helldivers and the second installment of the OlliOlli series. And Wii U/3DS owners aren't getting left out this week. They'll be getting the next installment of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. We've got the full list of new releases below!</p> <h2>PC</h2> <ul> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)</li> <li>White Night (download)</li> <li>Shiftlings (download - $15)</li> <li>Rooftop Cop (download)</li> <li>SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance (download)</li> <li>Tallowmere (download)</li> <li>HIS (Heroes In the Sky) (download)</li> <li>Tormentum - Dark Sorrow (download)</li> <li>Pre-Civilization Marble Age (download)</li> <li>Fly in the House (download)</li> <li>StandPoint (download)</li> <li>Vietnam '65 (download)</li> <li>Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 4</h2> <ul> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)</li> <li>Helldivers (download)</li> <li>OlliOlli 2: Welcome to OlliWood (download)</li> <li>White Night (download)</li> <li>Shiftlings (download - $15)</li> <li>Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox One</h2> <ul> <li>ScreamRide</li> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)</li> <li>Shiftlings (download - $15)</li> <li>Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox 360</h2> <ul> <li>ScreamRide</li> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 3</h2> <ul> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)</li> <li>Helldivers (download)</li> <li>Aces of the Air (download - PSOne Classic)</li> <li>Crimsonland (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Wii U</h2> <ul> <li>Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Vita</h2> <ul> <li>Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines</li> <li>Helldivers (download)</li> <li>OlliOlli 2: Welcome to OlliWood (download)</li> <li>La-Mulana EX (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Nintendo 3DS</h2> <ul> <li>Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (download)</li> </ul> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia PSA: Rayman Legends goes free for Xbox Live Gold members a day early http://www.shacknews.com/article/88363/psa-rayman-legends-goes-free-for-xbox-live-gold-members-a-day-early http://www.shacknews.com/article/88363/psa-rayman-legends-goes-free-for-xbox-live-gold-members-a-day-early <p>Microsoft is set to kick off the new month's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88318/rayman-legends-tomb-raider-and-bioshock-infinite-featured-in-march-xbox-games-with-gold">Games with Gold</a>&nbsp;on the first of March, but one the free offerings has actually arrived early, just in time for the weekend. Rayman Legends on Xbox One is now available to download for free if you're an Xbox Live Gold member.</p> <p>Even before Rayman Legends made the leap to next-gen consoles, it was a big favorite with Shacknews. It <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/80909/rayman-legends-review-masterful-platforming">reviewed</a> extremely well and went on to populate Shacknews' <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/82698/best-of-2013-9-rayman-legends">Best of 2013</a> list at #9.</p> <p>It should be noted that the first of the Xbox 360 games to go free to Gold members, Square Enix's Tomb Raider, remains with its $19.99 price tag as of this writing. That price drop will take effect tomorrow.</p> <p>Rayman Legends can be found on the <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/1/b1613d47-2330-459a-a99f-4cc84a481db9" target="blank">Xbox Store</a>.</p> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Chatty Twitch Highlights 53: Time to go Homeworld http://www.shacknews.com/article/88361/chatty-twitch-highlights-53-time-to-go-homeworld http://www.shacknews.com/article/88361/chatty-twitch-highlights-53-time-to-go-homeworld <p>After last week's unexpected hiatus, it's time to return to doing what this weekly feature does best: taking Chatty's best playthroughs on Twitch and posting them for the Shacknews audience. With that, we welcome everyone to the 53rd edition of the Shacknews Chatty Twitch Highlights.</p> <p>For this week, we start by revisiting one of the most beloved PC classics of all-time by having <b>dael</b> walk us through Homeworld. Then it's trucking with Euro Truck Simulator 2 before getting our fix of Ultra Street Fighter 4.</p> <p><i>Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.</i></p> <hr /> <h2>Homeworld Remastered Collection</h2> <p>Homeworld finished at #38 on the Chatty community's list of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86445/shacknews-chatty-communitys-top-100-pc-games-of-all-time-40-31">Top 100 PC Games of All-Time</a>. It is a beloved classic, which is why there was some cautious optimism when Gearbox first announced they'd be tackling the franchise. Just how much would they tinker with an old favorite?</p> <p>As Steven notes in his <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88317/homeworld-remastered-collection-impressions-like-returning-home-again">impressions</a>, Gearbox worked wonders on the old game, offering up both a classic mode and a remaster that fully brings the old experience to life without compromising what made it so great in the first place. It's the shiniest coat of paint possible. How does it look? Chatty's <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/donktv/c/6214089">dael</a> played through the first part of the original campaign with its remastered visuals. It's every bit as impressive as one would have hoped.</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/swflibs/TwitchPlayer.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="movie" value="http://www.twitch.tv/swflibs/TwitchPlayer.swf" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashvars" value="channel=donktv&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;videoId=c6214089&amp;device_id=1a7ef843a7c9e891" /></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/donktv" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline;">Watch live video from DonkTV on Twitch</a></p> <hr /> <h2>Euro Truck Simulator 2</h2> <p>It's time to take another drive across the European continent with Euro Truck Simulator 2. And when our posters aren't busy getting themselves in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=33170662#item_33170662">multi-truck pileups</a>, they can be heard singing to music from Baywatch. We miss David Hasselhoff here on Shacknews. Hemtroll has the full playthrough on his <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll/c/6218084">Twitch</a> channel.</p> <hr /> <h2>Ultra Street Fighter 4</h2> <p>Wednesday fighting game tournaments are not all that uncommon. Los Angeles and New York both have their weekly tournaments that fighting game fans set their watches to. But in-between attending tournaments himself, Chatty's <b>Mantle</b> takes part in competitive Street Fighter play himself. Last Wednesday, he hosted some casual sessions to try out some of the game's best fighters. So those looking for their Ultra Street Fighter 4 fix will want to check out Mantle's <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/sockbot/c/6209543">Twitch</a> channel.</p> <hr /> <p>For more highlights and live streams, check out the full list of <a href="http://everyotherweekorso.com/shackstream/" target="blank">Shacknews Twitch channels</a>.</p> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Top 10 Disappointing Games http://www.shacknews.com/article/88357/shack-reels-top-10-disappointing-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/88357/shack-reels-top-10-disappointing-games <p>Certain games don't always live up to the hype issued by developers, publishers, and yes, even the media. Sometimes, blockbuster games just fall short of expectations. Today, Shacknews is taking a look at some of those games.</p> <p>Join Greg Burke as he looks at ten games that simply didn't meet the lofty expectations that the hype cycle had set. For some reason or another, they weren't the games we thought they'd be and Greg explains why in the video below.</p> <p>For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QCpT0o5evEY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:00 PST Shack Staff Weekend PC download deals: Marching into GDC and PAX East http://www.shacknews.com/article/88356/weekend-pc-download-deals-marching-into-gdc-and-pax-east http://www.shacknews.com/article/88356/weekend-pc-download-deals-marching-into-gdc-and-pax-east <p>We bravely march into the month of... er... March, where both GDC and PAX East will take place in just the first week! And we do so with a list of some of the best PC gaming deals to be found this weekend. Steam is offering up a free weekend of Europa Universalis IV, flanked by a fleet of Disney Interactive games for sale, not the least of which is Disney Infinity 2.0. Meanwhile, Amazon is offering up some of EA's best at a good discount, including Battlefield 4 Premium and Titanfall at its lowest price to date. The Humble Store is offering up simulators like Euro Truck Simulator. And Green Man Gaming is offering up Aliens, led by last year's hit, Alien: Isolation.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Titanfall [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Arts-Titanfall-Online-Game/dp/B00DTWEOZ8">$5.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-4-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00BXONG7G">$14.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 Premium - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Premium-Service-Online-Game/dp/B00EP13M28">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SimCity Complete Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/SimCity-Complete-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00PZ0DT4E">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Command and Conquer: The Ultimate Collection [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Command-Conquer-Ultimate-Collection-Online/dp/B009IR1SR0">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>FIFA 15 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/FIFA-15-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00LF1LGB0">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mass-Effect-Trilogy-Online-Game/dp/B009XDMQ0W">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Alice: Madness Returns The Complete Collection [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Alice-Madness-Complete-Collection-Download/dp/B00AKILZR4">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/SimCity-4-Deluxe-Edition-Download/dp/B00457VJ3G">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>WildStar - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IYWV5HS">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5zdyh3GIRoI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/trinity-bundle/">Pay $2.49</a> for Pixel Boy and the Ever Expanding Dungeon, Stronghold 3 Gold, iO, Revenge of the Titans, Nam, Eradicator, Terrian Saga: KR-17, Sentinel, Legends of Aethereus, and Shiny the Firefly. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/axis-game-factory-bundle-special-edition/">Pay $9.99</a> for Axis Game Factory Premium and its DLC packs. 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., F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, and F.E.A.R. 3 and their DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor/">$24.99 (50% off)</a> (Premium Edition also on sale <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/shadow-of-mordor-premium-edition/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/shadow-of-mordor-season-pass/">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Lords of the Fallen Digital Deluxe Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lotf-digital-deluxe/">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Alien Rage: Unlimited [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/alien-rage-unlimited/">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QezxfRpwm10?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Sniper Elite 3 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SE3/sniper-elite-3">$33.49 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Elite V2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SEV2/sniper-elite-v2">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GamersGate's Sniper Weekend can be found <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/campaign/204/sniper-exclusive-deals">here</a>.</li> <li>GRID Autosport [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-GRIDAS/grid-autosport">$12.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>GRID 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-GRID2/grid-2-">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GamersGate's GRID Weekend sale can be found <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/campaign/203/grid-weekend">here</a>.</li> <li>Starpoint Gemini 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SPG2/starpoint-gemini-2">$17.50 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Europa Universalis IV [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-EU4/europa-universalis-iv">$10.00 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uYZ-5zUztBE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/sleeping-dogs-definitive-edition/117985">$13.49 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Tomb Raider [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/tomb-raider/103028">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XIII [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/final-fantasy-xiii/117449">$11.19 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GameStop's Square Enix weekend sale can be found <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/browse/pc?nav=16k-3-square+enix,28zu0,138c-162">here</a>.</li> <li>WildStar - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/wildstar/113678">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Watch Dogs [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/watch-dogs-live">$26.79 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/lara-croft-and-the-temple-of-osiris">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Action Weekend sale, including Darksiders games and Alan Wake games, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/action-sale">here</a>.</li> <li>Tomb Raider GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/tomb-raider-goty">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat X [Steam] (Pre-order) - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/mortal-kombat-x">$50.99 (15% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue [UPlay] (Pre-order) - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-rogue-standard-edition-po">$39.99 (20% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jaMmopc4GeQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>Deponia - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/deponia">$0.99 (97% off)</a></li> <li>Omerta: City of Gangsters - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/omerta_city_of_gangsters_gold_edition">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG.com's HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN! sale, including Port Royale and other Deponia games, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/weekend_promo_herzlich_willkommen_260215">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jDliFm2n6es?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM</b> to get 20% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Alien: Isolation [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/alien-isolation/">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Space Marine [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/warhammer-40000-space-marine/">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dawn of War II [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/strategy/warhammer-40000-dawn-war-ii/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Warhammer sale can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/warhammer-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>The Typing of the Dead [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/typing-of-the-dead-overkill/">$9.99 (50% off)</a> (Typing of the Dead DLC packs are also on sale <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/typing-dead-deals/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Total War Rome II DLC packs are on sale <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/rome-ii-dlc-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>Aliens: Colonial Marines [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/shooter/aliens-colonial-marines/">$7.49 (50% off)</a> (DLC packs also on sale <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/alien-titles/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Valkyria Chronicles [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/valkyria-chronicles/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Contrast [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/contrast/">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Another World 20th Anniversary Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/another-world-20th-anniversary-edition/">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Psychonauts [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/indie/psychonauts/">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ptltxp6w7MA?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 Hitman: Absolution, Supreme Commander, and the Android version of Hitman GO. Pay more than the average $7.83 to get Thief, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, the Kane &amp; Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Startopia. Pay $15 or more to also receive Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack, Fair Bloom Freesia, and Influent + Language Pack. Pay more than the average $5.15 to get Magical Battle Festa, Revolver 360 Re:Actor, and The Tale of ALLTYNEX. Pay $10 or more to also receive Rime Berta and Half-Second Hero: The Second Coming. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>Euro Truck Simulator 2 + Going East! expansion [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/eurotrucksimulator2_gold_storefront">$6.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Spintires [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/spintires_storefront">$9.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Prison Architect [Steam Early Access] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/prisonarchitect_storefront">$8.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in the Humble Store's Simulator Weekend sale, including Out of the Park Baseball and Starpoint Gemini 2, can be found <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/simulatorweekend/">here</a>.</li> <li>Painkiller Black Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/painkiller_blackedition_storefront">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Frontlines: Fuel of War [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/frontlines_fuelofwar_storefront">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games on sale this week on the Humble Store <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/weekendsale/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wnv8ap2xICE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>The Sims 4 - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/sims-4/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$39.99 (33% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> <li>Titanfall - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/titanfall/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/mass-effect-1-2-3/pc-download/bundle/standard-edition">$20.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Spore - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/spore/mac-pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$9.99 (50% off) </a></li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Europa Universalis IV - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/236850/">$9.99 (75% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until Sunday 3/1 at 1PM PST)</li> <li>Stardock Pack (Demigod + Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes + Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition + Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition + Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion + The Political Machine 2012) - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/26554">$30.59 (66% off)</a> (Select individual games also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/galactic_civ/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Banished - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/242920">$5.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219640">$8.49 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Chivalry: Complete Pack - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/30564">$11.89 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Split/Second - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/297860">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Primal Carnage - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/215470">$1.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Novelist - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/245150">$8.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Rise of the Triad - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/217140/">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/321860">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UjK5520IP9Y?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Oblitus Review: An Unending Cycle http://www.shacknews.com/article/88355/oblitus-review-an-unending-cycle http://www.shacknews.com/article/88355/oblitus-review-an-unending-cycle <p>In Oblitus, you are a mask-wearing warrior, armed with only a spear and shield, traveling across the dangerous world of Parvus. Fortunately, the there are various power-ups and weapon enhancements (like torches that light up your spear) scattered around the world. The trick is in reaching them without dying. Yes, you'll probably be doing a lot of dying in this 2D platformer, since in addition to featuring a beautiful art style, the game can be extremely challenging.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0ubN2f27Vcs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>One Life to Repeat</h2> <p>Players only have one life. If you should die, you have to start the game all over again. All the progress you made has to be redone, and perhaps you can reacquire some of your lost power-ups. I say "perhaps" because Oblitus has procedurally generated levels. The maps remain the same, and key elements like bosses and Harbinger Souls (to replenish health) will always be in the same spots. But the types of enemies you'll encounter, and upgrades, and their locations change each time you die and restart the game.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/02/Oblitus Fight.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="392" /></div> <p>However, I noticed that there are limits to the randomness. Each time I entered an area, I knew which monsters would definitely be there, like a giant bird that swoops down to on to eat me the minute I step foot in a certain area, or a line of giant carnivorous plants that were always in the same spot, no matter how many times I revisited the area. While the game is still enjoyable, I would have liked to see a greater mix up between the creatures. After replaying a level a handful of times, there would be very few surprises left to discover.</p> <p>Oblitus features a wonderful setting, and some truly creative creatures and boss monsters, which helps set it apart from other action platformers. Players can use lunge the spear at nearby creatures, or throw it and be left weaponless for a few seconds until it returns. Skilled players should also learn to use the shield, which is something that I never managed to master. Between dodging creatures and throwing spears, the shield is something that's really easy to forget.</p> <h2>Big World, Big Monsters</h2> <p>The game also has tremendous scope. At one point, I started to wonder if I would be climbing up forever, or if there was actually an end to the mountain level. The large levels turn out to be very useful when trying to avoid enemies, because I could lure them off cliffs. However, they necessarily die when falling from great heights. There were plenty of times, when I missed a jump or had to backtrack, where I was surprised by an enemy I left behind and forgot about. Then there are the giants that roam the world, that want nothing more than to crush you into paste.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/02/Oblitus Bear.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="391" /></div> <p>Although enemies are pretty straightforward and mindless, they are numerous and quite tenacious. They very keen sight lines, and will stay on you as soon as you're spotted. They'll run, jump, and chase you all across the level if they can. They'll lose interest if you manage to drop them off a platform or otherwise manage to escape them, but you always have to be aware of them. Especially creatures like the spiders, which will jump and attack from off-screen. Getting hit suddenly like that does feel cheap sometimes, but it does fit into the game's sense of challenge. There are also a number of cleverly hidden monsters that took me completely by surprise, and figuring out how to defeat them (along with the game's bosses) is a test of skill, observation, and perseverance.</p> <p>Where Oblitus goes a little overboard is in how there are no save slots. If you intend to beat the game, you have to do so in a single sitting, and hope that nothing goes wrong - like the game crashing. Otherwise, you have to start again from the very beginning, which I think is a lot to ask of players, even for a game where constant restarts is part of the gameplay.</p> <h2>Death is a New Beginning</h2> <p>In spite of soul crushing feeling of losing everything due to a sudden death, or quitting the game, Oblitus has a allure that keeps calling me back. Although the game is very challenging, and I never made it to the final boss, at no point did I feel that the game was impossible to overcome. Oblitus's dark atmosphere and artwork also offer incentive to soldier on, just to see more of world, even after restarting the game a dozen times over. If you don't mind the&nbsp;Sisyphean struggle, Oblitus is definitely a game worth checking out.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-_XR82Sb1E0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on a PC code provided by the publisher. Oblitus is available on Steam for $14.99.</i></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:30:00 PST Steven Wong Shack Reels: 8-Bit Cuisine bakes us some World of Warcraft-inspired brownies http://www.shacknews.com/article/88353/shack-reels-8-bit-cuisine-bakes-us-some-world-of-warcraft-inspired-brownies http://www.shacknews.com/article/88353/shack-reels-8-bit-cuisine-bakes-us-some-world-of-warcraft-inspired-brownies <p>It&rsquo;s been a few months, but 8-Bit Cuisine is back yet again, and this time, Chef Jen is treating us to a sweet treat that would even make the toughest Orc to say &ldquo;Yummy!&rdquo;</p> <p>In this episode of 8-Bit Cuisine, Jen makes some Dalaran Brownies, which are inspired from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack for World of Warcraft.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8gi29n9WYZs"></iframe></p> <p><b>MEASUREMENTS &amp; SERVINGS:</b></p> <p>1 &frac12; Cups Flour</p> <p>1 cup Cocoa Powder</p> <p>1 Tsp Salt</p> <p>1 Cup Butter</p> <p>1 &frac12; Cups Brown Sugar</p> <p>1 &frac12; Cups White Sugar</p> <p>1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract</p> <p>4 Eggs</p> <p>1 Cup of Chocolate Chips</p> <p><span><br /><b>YIELD: </b>An entire party or one very hungry Orc</span></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:30:00 PST Shack Staff Chattycast 035: Live Long http://www.shacknews.com/article/88351/chattycast-035-live-long http://www.shacknews.com/article/88351/chattycast-035-live-long <p><span>It's the first episode of the Chattycast to go on without new father Steve Watts at the helm. Substitute host Ozzie Mejia is ready to keep the conversation flowing, but not before acknowledging the passing of true sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy. The panel of Ozzie, Daniel Perez, Steven Wong, and first-time contributor Joshua Hawkins then move into games within games, games we've bought multiple times, what to expect from Twitch's first convention, and the best "pre-3D era" console games of all time!</span></p> <p><span>Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: The Gorilla Bear, David Craddock, the man with the briefcase, and Psigun. If you want see your name in lights, keep an eye on Chatty to suggest topics! And, special thanks to Chatty user dael for contributing music to the show, and to Bryan "Doctor Games" Carr for production assistance.</span></p> <p><em><span>Off-Topic: Remembering Leonard Nimoy.</span><span><br />Segment 1:&nbsp;</span><span>What's your favorite minigame within a game? This mostly applies to RPGs though I'm sure minigames exist in other genres as well (the GTA games come to mind). (examples: Triple Triad from Final Fantasy VIII and Beetle Mania from Super Mario RPG)</span><span><br />Segment 2:&nbsp;</span><span>Which of your favorite games have you bought more than once, and how many times did you buy it? Perhaps you double-, triple-, or quadruple-dipped because you wanted to experience the game again and again, or perhaps you got the first version on low-end hardware because it was all you had at the time, so you made do until an upgrade came along.</span><span><br />Segment 3:&nbsp;</span><span>With the announcement of TwitchCon, I would like to hear the panel's expectations for the first gathering of the Twitch community.</span><span><br />Segment 4: What is the best console game from each generation? (This week: "pre-3D era" of Nintendo 64/PlayStation/Sega Saturn)</span></em></p> <p><em><span><em><em><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://www.podbean.com/site/UserDownload/index/bid/689837/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fmf%252Fweb%252Fcvr9i2%252FChattyCast035.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></span></em></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/5512624?url=http%3A%2F%2FShacknews.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fchattycast-episode-35-live-long%2F" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-name="pd-iframe-player"></iframe></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Resident Evil Revelations 2: Penal Colony Impressions: It's a Trap http://www.shacknews.com/article/88348/resident-evil-revelations-2-penal-colony-impressions-its-a-trap http://www.shacknews.com/article/88348/resident-evil-revelations-2-penal-colony-impressions-its-a-trap <p>The premiere episode of Resident Evil 2, titled Penal Colony, starts with a rather hokey commercial for Terra Save, the organization sent into countries to mop up after bio-terrorism events. Its tag line is, "'Terr' doesn't have to end with 'rist'." I'll point out that it sometimes does end with "ible," but that's neither here nor there. What's important is that Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2 stars in the game as part of Terra Save. She is attending a fundraising dinner when a mysterious military group comes crashing in, kidnapping her and some other guests.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3IMxhH0o-LY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <!-- gallery: resident-evil-revelations-2 --> <h2>Dazed and Confused</h2> <p>Claire and her friend Moira Burton wake up in a dark, dirty, and abandoned prison with glowing wrist bands locked onto them. Additionally, someone is watching their every move, and is perfectly willing and able to unleash horrors upon them. Together, they make their way through the prison, solve puzzles, evade traps, and battle mutants in an effort to escape and figure out what's going on. However, there are a lot of monsters, and ammunition is scarce, so the duo must work together to get out alive.</p> <p>While Claire specializes in using firearms and picks up a combat knife for melee attacks. Moira, on the other hand, specializes in profanity, holding the flashlight, and hitting things with a crowbar. Don't laugh, because that flashlight is far more useful than it sounds. Not only does it illuminate darkened corners, but it can also be used to find hidden objects like ammunition and treasure. Furthermore, shining it directly at a monster's head will stun it, leaving it vulnerable to a melee attack. Moira can&nbsp;also&nbsp;step&nbsp;in with her crowbar to finish off monsters.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/02/05_bmp_jpgcopy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Now, if only the game had a reliable AI for the companion. Then it would be a much more tolerable game. Although Moira will automatically shine the flashlight in any direction you're facing, and acts as an excellent distraction for enemies to pummel on, she's not very good when it comes to actual combat. Sure, she'll shine her light on a monster's face, giving you an opening, but there's no way to tell her which monster you want her to focus on. Most times, the AI will stare out into space as a giant hammer-wielding monster comes running in, bludgeoning her over the head.</p> <p>You can switch between characters with a button press, but that does little to solve the problem when you're in the midst of fighting for your life against multiple enemies. Furthermore, you fail the episode if your companion dies. What's worse is how there are a couple of instances where the game requires you to be separated from your partner while you figure out a puzzle. In the meantime, the AI doesn't do anything to defend itself. So, while you're busy exploring darkened hallways, your friend might be eaten alive by giant spiders.</p> <p>Resident Evil Revelations 2 is the kind of game that screams for a cooperative multiplayer, which is very unfortunate for PC players, since <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88343/capcom-responds-to-resident-evil-revelations-2s-lack-of-local-co-op-on-pc">co-op is not included</a>. Despite having a variety of graphics settings, the PC version is severely hampered compared to its console counterparts. Which is too bad, because the rest of the episode is pretty good.</p> <h2>Episodes</h2> <p>The game&nbsp;still has other quirks, mind you. Enemies will occasionally get stuck on corners and jump through walls. The mouse sensitivity was a little high for me, and I had dial it down in Windows, but the gamepad controls worked fine. There were a few instances when I hit dodge but got hit in the face with a hammer anyway. I also never got into the lockpicking minigame, which is actually a crowbar guiding game, where you have to hunt through a circle to find a smaller circle. It feels it takes more guesswork than skill to complete, whether you're using a mouse or a controller. And really... how tricky should prying a box open be?</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/02/01_bmp_jpgcopy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>My main issue is that the game can't decide whether it wants to emphasize stealth or not. You can crouch and perform sneak attacks on all but the biggest creatures, but there are more than a few scenes where doors will suddenly unlock and monsters will come running into your enclosed space, negating any sense of stealth play the game might have had. The on-screen blood spatter from getting hit can become overwhelming. At one point, I could hardly see anything and ended up walking head first into a spinning sword trap. Despite all this, the characters controlled fairly well, and I like being able to lure monsters into environmental traps.</p> <p>Although I don't necessarily see how the episodic format benefits Resident Evil Revelations 2 yet, especially since each of the four episodes are releasing on a weekly basis, I'll admit that it's interesting that your upgrades, inventory, and ammo count carry over from one to the next. Players can also upgrade Claire and Moira's skills so that they'll have an easier time fighting using a point system that's based on your performance score.</p> <p>Except, you don't have to wait for the next episode. It's possible to replay the episode using all the gear and skills you acquired during your first playthrough. That means, theoretically, you could go through the first episode a few times to power up and outfit your character in preparation for later episodes. It's a convenient little feature, but I suspect it could take away some of the challenge later on.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/02/s0501_0004-00000_bmp_jpgcopy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The weak companion AI weighs the game down like a massive anchor around its neck. Otherwise, Penal Colony would have been a very promising start to the Resident Evil Revelations 2 episodic series. The game features a decent mix of stealth and action, and has some pretty clever puzzles. Moira's personality kind of got on my nerves, but maybe she'll grow on me in future episodes. We'll just have to see, as the series progresses, if the story and characters are enough to overcome some of the gameplay issues.</p> <hr /> <p><i>Impressions are based on a PC download code provided by the publisher. The first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available now for $5.99 per episode or $24.99 for the season pass. The game is rated M.</i></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:00:00 PST Steven Wong Humble Bundle highlights Japanese titles in Made in Japan bundle http://www.shacknews.com/article/88347/humble-bundle-highlights-japanese-titles-in-made-in-japan-bundle http://www.shacknews.com/article/88347/humble-bundle-highlights-japanese-titles-in-made-in-japan-bundle <p>Hot on the heels of its recent <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88076/humble-bundle-celebrates-valentines-day-with-bundle-for-lovers">Weekly Bundle for Lovers</a>, Humble Bundle&rsquo;s latest weekly bundle features a selection straight from Japan.</p> <p>The Humble Weekly Bundle <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly?logo&amp;utm_source=Humble+Bundle+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ea80ba4ed8-Humble_Weekly_Bundle_Made_in_Japan&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_990b1b6399-ea80ba4ed8-125678761">Made in Japan</a>&nbsp;offers Cherry Tree High Complete Pack, Fairy Bloom Freesia, and Influent + Language Pack for whatever price you choose. Paying more than the average unlocks Magical Battle Festa, Revolver 360 Re:Actor and The Tale of ALLTYNEX. Pay more than $10 will unlock Rime Berta and Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming.</p> <p><span>The Made in Japan bundle will last for a week and will support Save the Children and watsi.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OzQ7tdR24Iw"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:25:00 PST Daniel Perez Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 slices its way to Xbox One this March http://www.shacknews.com/article/88345/fruit-ninja-kinect-2-slices-its-way-to-xbox-one-this-march http://www.shacknews.com/article/88345/fruit-ninja-kinect-2-slices-its-way-to-xbox-one-this-march <p>I hope your arms have recuperated from <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/fruit-ninja-kinect">Fruit Ninja Kinect</a>&nbsp;as Halfbrick has announced its sequel, Fruit Ninja Kinect 2, will be releasing on the Xbox One worldwide on March 18.</p> <p>Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 features five new game modes, four-person multiplayer, five new characters to help guide would-be ninjas, and a new progression system. Players will be able to dodge shurikens, hack through a forest of bamboo, and attempt to avoid spotlights as they work to become a true ninja.</p> <p>Fruit Ninja Kinect 2&rsquo;s multiplayer modes will allow up to four players to swipe their way through a number of objectives with Battle and Party modes serving as the ideal proving grounds for masters in the art of fruit ninja-ing.</p> <p><span>Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 will be available for $15 when it releases on the Xbox Game Store on March 18.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UTVIERT-JF8"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:55:00 PST Daniel Perez Get a taste of the story of Mortal Kombat X in this trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/88344/get-a-taste-of-the-story-of-mortal-kombat-x-in-this-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/88344/get-a-taste-of-the-story-of-mortal-kombat-x-in-this-trailer <p>Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have released the first story trailer for their upcoming fighting game, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/mortal-kombat-x">Mortal Kombat X</a>.</p> <p>The story&nbsp;trailer highlights Mortal Kombat X&rsquo;s main story, which takes place 25 years after the events of the previous Mortal Kombat title. MKX follows a new generation of characters as they discover Outworld isn&rsquo;t the only threat they face. The trailer shows off some of the game&rsquo;s newest fighters, which includes Cassie Cage, Jacqueline Briggs, Takashi Takeda, and Kung Jin, all of which are descendants of previous Mortal Kombat characters.</p> <p><span>Mortal Kombat X will be getting a worldwide release on April 14 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.<iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CrzaAVoTdus"></iframe></span></p> <p></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:10:00 PST Daniel Perez Capcom responds to Resident Evil: Revelations 2's lack of local co-op on PC http://www.shacknews.com/article/88343/capcom-responds-to-resident-evil-revelations-2s-lack-of-local-co-op-on-pc http://www.shacknews.com/article/88343/capcom-responds-to-resident-evil-revelations-2s-lack-of-local-co-op-on-pc <p>Capcom released the first episode of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/resident-evil-revelations-2">Resident Evil Revelations 2</a>&nbsp;this week across multiple platforms, although those who purchased the PC version are up in arms over the lack of local co-op support even though the company had promoted the feature leading up to its release. As a result, Capcom has released a statement regarding the missing feature.</p> <p>&ldquo;We apologize to our Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC players who purchased the game and expected to have local co-op as a feature,&rdquo; Capcom says in its <a href="http://steamcommunity.com//games/287290/announcements/detail/234522998924485103">statement</a>. &ldquo;The feature wasn&rsquo;t intended for this version and that caveat was mistakenly omitted from the product description on the Steam page earlier, and then included as soon as we were made aware. This was an unintentional error and again, we apologize for the confusion this may have caused.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>In regards to a resolution, Capcom offers the following, &ldquo;We are currently looking into the matter and potential solutions and we hope to have new information to share very soon, so please stay tuned.&rdquo; Let&rsquo;s just hope the new information is the addition of this feature to the PC version as this feels like the old bait and switch tactic to me, regardless if it was &ldquo;mistakenly omitted&rdquo; from Steam&rsquo;s product page.</span></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:40:00 PST Daniel Perez Killer Instinct introduces Ranked Leagues with 2.4 update http://www.shacknews.com/article/88340/killer-instinct-introduces-ranked-leagues-with-24-update http://www.shacknews.com/article/88340/killer-instinct-introduces-ranked-leagues-with-24-update <p>Killer Instinct is about to take its ranked online play to the next level, as Iron Galaxy is ready to introduce Ranked Leagues with tomorrow's 2.4 update. Today, the developer offered up some more details on this new feature.</p> <p>Ranked Leagues are a monthly clash to the top, with participants determining their tournament placement after playing online ranked matches. Players will be placed in a bracket of similarly-skilled players, where they'll fight to reach "Killer" status.</p> <p>"Every Tier game matches players up with similar skill levels," Iron Galaxy's Kraig Kujawa said on <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2015/02/games-killer-instinct-ranked-leagues" target="blank">Xbox Wire</a>. "Bronzes play Bronzes, Silvers play Silver, and so on. A shiny, new Player Card banner will show everyone the status you&rsquo;ve reached. As the battles rage on, you can gain or lose Ladder points and Rank Titles, but once you&rsquo;ve made to a Tier, you can&rsquo;t fall out of it. No need to stress out about flubbing a match or two! Occasionally, you&rsquo;ll even match up with someone outside of your Tier, but bonus Tier Points make it well worth your while for you and your opponent to take the risk. After you reach a certain threshold of Tier points, you graduate to the next Tier."</p> <p>Upon reaching the Killer rank, Ranked Matches become best two-out-of-three, as is the tournament standard. Reaching this ranking will put those players on the monthly leaderboard, while also unlocking exclusive Player Card PRO stars that will separate them as the best of the best.</p> <p>The 2.4 update will also introduce <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88245/killer-instincts-aganos-continues-his-hunt-on-february-27">Aganos</a> to the game, with Ultra Edition owners of the game able to take him out for a spin. Other changes detailed in the <a href="http://www.ultra-combo.com/forums/index.php?topic=7080.0" target="blank">Killer Instinct forums</a> include XP system changes, as well as some new skins.</p> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:20:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Mortal Kombat X bringing back Brutalities http://www.shacknews.com/article/88338/mortal-kombat-x-bringing-back-brutalities http://www.shacknews.com/article/88338/mortal-kombat-x-bringing-back-brutalities <p>NetherRealm returned to Twitch to discuss some of the new additions set to hit Mortal Kombat X. Recall that a few weeks ago, the studio alluded to a whole new <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87887/mortal-kombat-x-twitch-stream-reveals-next-character-update-its-ermac">-ality</a> that would be revealed. That time has come, with Mortal Kombat X set to bring back the hard-hitting Brutalities.</p> <p>Brutalities were last seen in in the Nintendo 64 version of Mortal Kombat Trilogy. For Mortal Kombat X, the Brutalities will utilize the same principle of beating your opponent to a complete and utter pulp. This time around, however, the Brutalities will end with a gory finishing move that will often leave opponents dismembered in some fashion. Unlike the MK Trilogy Brutalities, NetherRealm is making these more accessible and easier to perform. It should be noted, however, that these finishers are performed towards the end of a match and <i>not</i> after the traditional "FINISH HIM" prompt. Rather, special conditions will have to be filled in order to perform them, much like the old school days. NetherRealm further notes that there are over 100 different Brutalities, meaning fighters will each have more than one Brutality avaliable to them.</p> <p>NetherRealm also showed off some of the fighting variations for a few of the previously-revealed kombatants. Cassie Cage got to show off her Hollywood variation, which gives her an air pistol attack; her Spec Ops variation, which allows her to call in homing drones from the sky; and her Brawler variation, which adds some extra throw moves, including ones that can be performed in mid-air.</p> <p>NetherRealm discussed some more details for MKX's Kombat Pack, which will act as something of a Season Pass. This will feature four DLC characters, which are currently in development (which NetherRealm made sure to emphasize are <i>not</i> on the disc), along with some additional skins. The Kombat Pack will come in the game's Special Edition, but also be sold separately.</p> <p>To get your first look at Brutalities, check out the archived NetherRealm stream below. (The Brutality montage begins at the 18:15 mark.)</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o3Ib8vRwixc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:40:00 PST Ozzie Mejia
Slashdot: News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters
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World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook
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That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was
Intel Announces Atom x3, x5 and x7, First SOCs With Integrated 3G and LTE Modems
Statistical Mechanics Finds Best Places To Hide During Zombie Apocalypse
Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss
Trolan's LJ
Name meaning meme thingie
YIR... no, there's not enough to recap for that
Serenity Quiz
OMG, I made an LJ entry
Fun with LJTalk/Jabber/gaim
Deal with it. (I'm such a card)
It's blasphemy delicious!
Ups and Downs
Oh yeah
Pointless entry to signify life
Communications Update; Part Deux
Communications Update
CCNP... completed
Things you overhear...