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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Weekend console download deals: October PlayStation Plus freebies now available http://www.shacknews.com/article/91686/weekend-console-download-deals-october-playstation-plus-freebies-now-available http://www.shacknews.com/article/91686/weekend-console-download-deals-october-playstation-plus-freebies-now-available <p>This is the first October weekend that sees the PlayStation Plus freebies rotated out, so now is the time to pick up Super Meat Boy, Broken Age, and others. There isn't a whole lot else going on this weekend, in terms of notable digital deals, so maybe check out Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One and check out the "Friends of Runbow" sale currently going across both Wii U and 3DS. Maybe things will pick up next week?</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:</p> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Tomb Raider Definitive Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Tomb-Raider-Definitive-Edition/d0499d7c-8d3f-4863-bdea-a52ab71b7160">FREE!</a></li> <li>Valiant Hearts: The Great War - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Valiant-Hearts-The-Great-War/76a70169-09de-4657-a047-548eeb9ca28d">FREE!</a></li> <li>Forza Horizon 2 Ultimate Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Forza-Horizon-2-Ultimate-10th-Anniversary-Edition/80f2ffb5-f56a-4a2e-a045-ccccfd6ada81">$58.49 (34% off)</a></li> <li>Forza Motorsport 5 Season Pass - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/Forza-Motorsport-5-Car-Pass/897dd008-b1d9-4159-9339-6775420163f6">$10.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Sniper-Elite-3-ULTIMATE-EDITION/98b737c4-7465-4a12-9d0f-031039e459b0">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>WWE 2K15 Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/WWE-2K15-Digital-Deluxe-Edition/79af0a05-63be-4255-a364-69a563b27fa0">$20.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>WWE 2K15 - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/WWE-2K15/affd7768-8f9d-4e66-b2f3-f067e7c9e8cb">$15.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Happy Wars: 110 Happy Tickets - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/110-Happy-Tickets/1148932f-5667-4520-b770-48697b03fd4c">$5.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Happy Wars: 240 Happy Tickets - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/240-Happy-Tickets/d609dba3-dd98-401d-8d02-5d37fabba545">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Happy Wars: 500 Happy Tickets - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/500-Happy-Tickets/b68ad935-4076-4d85-95ae-cbfd6eaf37a9">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nPNnYC9wIsQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Super Meat Boy - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/super-meat-boy/cid=UP1055-CUSA02845_00-SUPERMEATBOY0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Broken Age - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-age/cid=UP2154-CUSA01990_00-BROKENAGEPLAYS04?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Unmechanical: Extended - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/unmechanical-extended/cid=UP4151-CUSA01204_00-UNMECHANICALPS4A?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PrKVcSLF8J8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <p>Nintendo loves itself some Runbow! For anyone that picks up Runbow or already owns the game, the following games are on sale:</p> <ul> <li>Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/xOozJm59VnYDi6n_5k1xV7UM02QxJvUj">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Chariot - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/-6lk3PH5xe5SpEYa5_dv4F8bPLgzC7le">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ZH0l7BSwKqh0p2JO2WPOrp5TfZT30xQJ">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Mutant Mudds Deluxe - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/PXnPeqRbv9-YlE84RfPOr0qEDjh-NV2_">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ok4E1hh2z4oCtBCboQmRnkVavoODsA4d">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Sportsball - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/aWTjaTaTib5jIi7ZoHC9yzrx8xk4RSIo">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/H3V3sRUoG31ybs_YAZqF6ND19Qe5mjps">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>SteamWorld Dig - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/Lpjr0InNTPg1FUXucWrcN4QPRjnAbQpV">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Teslagrad - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/x7EwcH2OhAqSDHhD901g8ua6JLkyZJZU">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Xeodrifter - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ukX80nTMU7oRIY0eBG-n4i3Rw2MFShBp">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/METAL-GEAR-SOLID-V-GROUND-ZEROES/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4e085c">FREE!</a></li> <li>WWE 2K15 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/WWE-2K15/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802545408b6">$15.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Thief - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Thief/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80253510803">$12.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/TWD-Survival-Instinct/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802415608e1">$10.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Escape Dead Island - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Escape-Dead-Island/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4d07fe">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Elite 3 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Sniper-Elite-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802464f0803">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Elite V2 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Sniper-Elite-V2/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802464f07e8">$10.19 (60% off)</a> (DLC also on sale)</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>KickBeat - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/kickbeat/cid=UP4042-NPUB30183_00-KICKBEATLICENSE1?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Kung Fu Rabbit - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/kung-fu-rabbit/cid=UP4115-NPUB31359_00-SCEAKUNGFURABBIT?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Unmechanical: Extended - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/unmechanical-extended/cid=UP4151-NPUB31605_00-UNMECHANICALPS3A?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Chariot - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/chariot/cid=UP4096-NPUB31538_00-CHARIOTUSENGFR01?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <p>Nintendo loves itself some Runbow! For anyone that picks up Runbow or already owns the game, the following games are on sale:</p> <ul> <li>Azure Striker Gunvolt - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/IzQLYKKFFtrgomKI-2-G1eK7I8Oc8Eu9">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Mutant Mudds - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ctuyxsfMWPs8a1xHFWM_yIzkHPlrvmdC">$7.29 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Xeodrifter - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/nxduCQH5dIHTmdNay0p9ZgstZfVegD1E">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Super Meat Boy - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/super-meat-boy/cid=UP1055-PCSE00769_00-SUPERMEATBOY0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Broken Age - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-age/cid=UP2154-PCSE00657_00-BROKENAGEPLAYSVI?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>KickBeat - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/kickbeat/cid=UP4042-PCSE00113_00-KICKBEAT00000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Kung Fu Rabbit - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/kung-fu-rabbit/cid=UP4115-PCSE00256_00-SCEAKUNGFURABBIT?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC download deals: The Telltale catalog gets a weekend Steam sale http://www.shacknews.com/article/91684/weekend-pc-download-deals-the-telltale-catalog-gets-a-weekend-steam-sale http://www.shacknews.com/article/91684/weekend-pc-download-deals-the-telltale-catalog-gets-a-weekend-steam-sale <p>Tales from the Borderlands is set to wrap up in 11 days. Game of Thrones is set to finish up soon after. And Minecraft: Story Mode begins next week. It's a busy time for Telltale Games, which is why Steam is pouncing on an opportunity to offer their entire catalog at a big discount. That includes all this newer stuff, as well as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and even older games like Sam &amp; Max. Meanwhile, UPlay is offering up the Far Cry catalog, Green Man Gaming is jumping into adventure, and GOG.com is exploring the good old days of Square Enix. Catch the full list of games below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>ARK: Survival Evolved [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013TVXHYC">$22.12 (26% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/killer-bundle-5/">Pay $4.99</a> for Rise of the Triad (2013), Town of Salem, Malebolgia, Blues and Bullets Episode 1, Runestone Keeper, Paperbound, ChargeShot, rFactor, Quarries of Scred, and Contradiction - Spot the Liar! These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle/">pay $14.99</a> for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fear-bundle/">pay $4.99</a> for F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 3, and their DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/timeless-bundle/">pay $2.49</a> for GabeN: The Final Decision, AR-K, League of Mermaids, Summer Athletics, Showtime!, Fritz For Fun 13, Mountain Crime: Requital, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, Paranormal State: Poison Spring, Legends of Atlantis: Exodus, Fort Defense, and Stranded in Time. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/indie-heroes-bundle/">pay $2.99</a> for Kingdom Rush, Secrets of Raetikon, Pixel Piracy, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, Velocity Ultra, Qora, and Gauge. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fps-heroes-bundle/">pay $2.99</a> for Betrayer, System Shock 2, Fancy Skulls, Dead Effect, Zeno Clash, Xotic Complete (w/3 DLC packs), Iron Grip: Warlord and Scorched Earth DLC, and Dino D-Day. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Gauntlet Combo Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/gauntlet-combo-pack/">$6.25 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/batman-arkham-origins/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Pack (2-Pack) [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/mortal-kombat-2-pack/">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us (2-Pack) [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/injustice-2-pack/">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman Trilogy [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-batman-trilogy/">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xif5ak2qZXU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>Metro Redux [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-metro-redux/5008383">$7.48 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-saints-row-ultimate-franchise-pack/5008988">$13.69 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Direct2Drive's Deep Silver Weekend sale can be found <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/291">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Kings Bounty: Dark Side Premium Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KBDS/kings-bounty-dark-side-premium-edition">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>King's Bounty Collector's Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KBCP/kings-bounty-collectors-pack">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GamersGate's 1C Company sale can be found <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/campaign/374/1c-weekend">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>Dragon Age Inquisition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/dragon-age-inquisition/114766">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/battlefield-hardline/119833">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-unity-live">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-chronicles-china">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 4 [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/far-cry-4-standard">$40.19 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Ubisoft sale can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/ubisoft-action-weekend">here</a>.</li> <li>Super Meat Boy [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/super-meat-boy">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Bridge Constructor [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/bridge-constructor-steam">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Heads Up weekend sale can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/headup-weekend">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ccElb8IDRvA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>Deus Ex GOTY Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/deus_ex">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Tomb Raider 1 + 2 + 3 - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/tomb_raider_123">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Hitman: Codename 47 - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/hitman">$1.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG.com's Square Enix sale, including Thief and Legacy of Kain games, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/square_enix_weekend_promo_091015">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>23PERC-AUTUMN-SAVING</b> to get 23% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Sid Meier's Starships [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/strategy/sid-meiers-starships">$5.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/strategy/civilization-beyond-earth/">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Civilization sale can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/civilization-titles">here</a>.</li> <li>Primal Carnage: Extinction [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/primal-carnage-extinction/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/deadly-premonition-directors-cut/">$2.49 (90% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Danger Zone" category (games like Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-1/">here</a>.</li> <li>Lara Croft: Temple of Osiris [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/lara-croft-and-temple-osiris/">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Age of Survival [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/age-survival/">$14.24 (25% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Castle" category (games like Nom Nom Galaxy and 6180 The Moon) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-2/">here</a>.</li> <li>The Hitman Collection [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/hitman-collection/">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Theif Collection [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/thief-collection/">$11.25 (75% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Mountains" category (games like DuckTales: Remastered and Lost Planet 3) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-3/">here</a>.</li> <li>King's Bounty: Dark Side [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/kings-bounty-dark-side/">$3.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Inner World [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/inner-world/">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Lake" category (games like Whispering Willows and Kings Bounty: Legend) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-4/">here</a>.</li> <li>PixelJunk Bundle [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/indie/pixeljunk-monsters-ultimate-and-shooter-bundle/">$1.49 (90% off)</a></li> <li>Life of Pixel [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/life-pixel/">$1.39 (80% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Tower" category (games like Chaos on Deponia and Sugar Cube: BF) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-5/">here</a>.</li> <li>Lifeless Planet [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/lifeless-planet/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>39 Steps [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/indie/thirty-nine-steps/">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>It's Adventure Time! Find out what's in the "Forest" category (games like All Guns on Deck and Unrest) <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/adventure-6/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CgCt3zWkxCg?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 Sir You Are Being Hunted, Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut, Goodbye Deponia, and a 66% off coupon for Planetary Annihilation: Titans on the Humble Store. Pay more than the average $7.31 to get Skullgirls and all of its DLC, Planetary Annihilation, Xenonauts, Gone Home, Deponia, and Chaos on Deponia. Pay $10 or more to also get Gang Beasts [Steam Early Access]. Pay $25 or more to also get a DIY vinyl figure. Pay $70 or more to also get seven vinyl figures and a DIY vinyl figure. All games work on Steam with Steam keys available for a $1 minimum donation.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Silent Storm Gold Edition, Chaser, Jagged Alliance 1 Gold Edition, and SuperPower 2 Steam Edition. Pay more than the average $5.77 to get Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, Desperadoes 2: Cooper's Revenge, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, Black Mirror, Black Mirror II, Black Mirror III, and Red Faction Guerrilla Steam Edition. Pay $10 or more to also get The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. All games work on Steam with Steam keys available for a $1 minimum donation.</p> <ul> <li>Prison Architect [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/prisonarchitect_storefront">$19.99 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fBCW8svKOgE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Command &amp; Conquer Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house">Free!</a></li> </ul> <h3>Uplay</h3> <ul> <li>Far Cry 4 - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.304344300/Far-Cry-4.html">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.277857200/Far-Cry-3-Blood-Dragon.html">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 3: Deluxe Edition - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.291429800/Far-Cry-3-Deluxe-Edition.html">$10.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The full list of games and content in UPlay's Far Cry sale can be found <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/DisplayDynamicProductListPage/ThemeID.8605600/productID.276972500/productID.257820400/productID.291429800/productID.250899600/productID.277857200/productID.305356600/productID.304344300/productID.304342300/productID.308221200/productID.306328600/productID.308893600/productID.308440200/productID.312959300/productID.313559100/productID.314450100/productID.315790600">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Tales from the Borderlands - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/330830/">$8.49 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/330840/">$10.19 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Telltale Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/55101">$44.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The full Telltale Games catalog is on sale this weekend. That includes Minecraft: Story Mode, which is available for 10 percent off. Check out the full list of games <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/telltaleweekend/">here</a>.</li> <li>Darkest Dungeon [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/262060/">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Depth - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274940/">$8.49 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Prison Architect - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233450">$19.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/313690">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Chroma Squad - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/251130">$9.74 (35% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vZgGp6dua48?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Just Cause 3 Hands-On Impressions: The Freedom to Tear It All Apart http://www.shacknews.com/article/91685/just-cause-3-hands-on-impressions-the-freedom-to-tear-it-all-apart http://www.shacknews.com/article/91685/just-cause-3-hands-on-impressions-the-freedom-to-tear-it-all-apart <p>Rico returns in a big way with Just Cause 3, which takes place on the Mediterranean nation of Medici. This beautiful archipelago is, of course, under the despotic rule of the ruthless General Di Ravello, and it's once again up to Rico to bring his reign to an end through wanton destruction. We got to go hands-on with Just Cause 3 while at the New York Comic Con and got straight to the business of wreaking havoc in the name of freedom.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HB8nQJItnq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Some of the new gadgets Rico will be playing with include a wingsuit, which can be switched to at any time. Players can gain a little altitude by using the grapple to pull toward a location, then deploying the parachute. You'll be able to use the grapple with the wingsuit, but that's a lot trickier, because there's a lot less control. Oftentimes, I ended up grappling myself face first into a tree while flying with the wingsuit.</p> <p>For the most part, Just Cause 3 plays similarly to the previous game, but with improved graphics, better toys, and a much, much bigger playground. Medici spans multiple islands, and each territory has up to six zones to win over.</p> <p>Some of the new gadgets include the multi-grappling hook, which actually started off as Just Cause 2 mod. The developers thought it was a great idea, so they put it in the main game. Players are going to get a lot of work out of these grapples, which help them get around, interact with objects, and take out soldiers. Players can affix the two ends of a wire onto two different surfaces and pull them together. So, if you want to drag an explosive barrel to a soldier or pull a car up the side of a building, you can. The wires can also be used to pull down objects like signs to help win a town over.</p> <!-- gallery: just-cause-3 --> <p>Completing game challenges helps unlock new abilities for weapons, gadgets and vehicles. For example, the grapple can be equipped with stronger wire or even more grapples. Players will have a chance to have three or four wires out at a time. But the game won't require players to chase after these upgrades if they don't want to. Just Cause 3 can be beaten using the base unlocks for all the weapons and vehicles players feel like acquiring.</p> <p>Like in the previous games, winning over towns and military installations using a thorough application of destruction is critical. These towns are inspired by Italian villas, complete with narrow streets and cobblestone walkways. The locals seem to be enthusiastic about being liberated, but only the rebel groups will help you in a gun fight. To win the town, I had to follow a list of objectives, which included tearing down propaganda speakers, destroying the police station (with police that look like paramilitary thugs), and tearing down a giant statue.</p> <p>There were military soldiers stationed on the streets as soon as I arrived, and it didn't take long for my Heat level to rise and for things to escalate to incredibly high levels. Soldiers try to call in reinforcements, so I had to shoot them. Then the reinforcements arrived, so I had to shoot them too. Before I knew it, attack helicopters were flying in to take me out. Fortunately, Rico is a master of vehicular theft, so I saw each helicopter as special present, delivered straight to me, for use in furthering my destructive objectives. With top Heat rating, an rocket firing attack chopper came flying in, and that's when the fun really started. I commandeered it and blew up everything in sight, including the statue. Unfortunately, these helicopters appear to be rather fragile, and I was quickly shot down by guards.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/Multitether1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>That's okay, because Rico also comes equipped with a endless supply of C4, which can be attached to any surface. I mostly used them on the propaganda towers by grappling up to their control boxes, planting an explosive, then leaving before setting them off. C4 has a nice safety feature that prevents them from detonating if you're within their blast radius, but it doesn't apply to whatever you happen to blowing up. Attaching one to a car makes for a fantastic trap. Also, gas stations return after a time, so you're always free set off that spectacular fireball.</p> <p>One great feature is that objectives show up on the map, so players won't have to spend hours searching the town for that one little thing they need to destroy. Once you're done wrecking everything and called in the rebels to take over the police headquarters, you have to make your way to the town square and raise a flag, which is accompanied by a fireworks show. One more place in Medici won over with violence and destruction in the name of freedom.</p> <p>The chaotic adventure starts when Just Cause 3 releases on December 1st for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:05:00 PDT Steven Wong Fallout 4 Loot Crate available for purchase again http://www.shacknews.com/article/91683/fallout-4-loot-crate-available-for-purchase-again http://www.shacknews.com/article/91683/fallout-4-loot-crate-available-for-purchase-again <p>Loot Crate <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91421/fallout-4-loot-crate-price-release-date-and-contents-revealed-going-on-sale-sept-23">announced</a>&nbsp;its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90559/loot-crate-announces-fallout-4-limited-edition-crate">Fallout 4 Limited Edition Crate</a>&nbsp;would go on sale on September 23, although the process of purchasing the crate didn't go as smoothly as the company would have hoped. In just a few hours, the special crate sold out, but today, the Fallout 4 Limited Edition Loot Crate is once again available for purchase.</p> <p>As we previously reported, the Fallout 4 Limited Edition Crate will include a total of seven items. Many of the items won't be available outside of this special crate, although we do know two of the items will be a Vault 111 Hoodie and a Dog Meat plush. There's a total of $150 worth of rare Fallout items in this crate, which Loot Crate is selling for $100.</p> <p>If you missed your chance on picking up the Fallout 4 Limited Edition Crate the first time, head on over to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lootcrate.com/specialty_crates/fallout4">lootcrate.com/fallout4</a>&nbsp;to place your order. These crates will most likely sell out again and we don't know if Loot Crate will be making any more prior to shipping them out come November.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/fallout-4-loot-crate-details.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></div> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:54:00 PDT Daniel Perez Dark Souls 3 network stress test is now available for PlayStation Plus members http://www.shacknews.com/article/91682/dark-souls-3-network-stress-test-is-now-available-for-playstation-plus-members http://www.shacknews.com/article/91682/dark-souls-3-network-stress-test-is-now-available-for-playstation-plus-members <p>It's going to be a while before Dark Souls 3 releases, but Bandai Namco and From Software are currently in the process of hammering out some issues and conducting some tests. With that said, it appears that a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91338/dark-souls-3-beta-launching-in-october-sign-ups-start-tomorrow">Dark Souls 3 stress test</a>&nbsp;is currently up and running on the PlayStation Network and is available for download.</p> <p>The main purpose of the test is to see how well servers hold up, as well as test out some of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90813/shack-reels-dark-souls-3-preview-battle-arts-and-difficulty">Dark Souls 3</a>&nbsp;multiplayer features. From Software will also be monitoring various balance issues.</p> <p>This network stress test is only available for PlayStation Plus members and is presumably available for a limited time only. Find the 2.9GB download <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dark-souls-iii-network-stress-test-ver/cid=UP0700-CUSA03387_00-DARKSOULS3NT0000?emcid=ps-ga-871" target="blank">here</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:35:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Indivisible Hands-On Impressions: An Unstoppable Force http://www.shacknews.com/article/91680/indivisible-hands-on-impressions-an-unstoppable-force http://www.shacknews.com/article/91680/indivisible-hands-on-impressions-an-unstoppable-force <p>It's rare for a crowdfunded game to have a working prototype at the start of its campaign, and even rarer for it to be especially impressive. Indivisible bucks both trends and becomes the rare of the rare by making a surprisingly expansive prototype available, free for download, at the start of its <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indivisible-an-rpg-by-lab-zero-and-505-games#/">Indiegogo campaign</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gE6zS6Z9FGQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Using cartoon graphics that look like they're inspired by Japanese anime, Indivisible bears some artistic resemblance to Skullgirls (Lab Zero's all-female fighting game). However, Indivisible is a side-scrolling action RPG, with inspirations taken from games like Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid. It follows a young girl named Ajna, who is skilled in martial arts, and has a unique talent for absorbing certain individuals into her being, then summoning these Incarnations into battle alongside her.</p> <p>These Incarnation include an archer named Zebei, a shamaness named Razmi, and Tungar, who has a long ribbon-like whip sword. Ajna herself uses her fists, but can pick up items like an axe&nbsp;to change up her fighting moves, and gives her a way to chop through certain obstacles. Equipping an axe also changes up her special power, which goes from healing the group to a big area attack. These companions only appear during fight sequences. Otherwise, Ajna is running and jumping around in a multi-level maze by herself.</p> <p>Indivisible features a colorful art style that is almost contradictory to some of the creatures you have to face. For example, one of the monsters is a ghost, which looks like a plain sheet with thrown over a rod, but then the sheet opens up and the ghost throws its organs at you while a bare spine holds the sheet up.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/Indivisible-combat.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Combat happens in real-time, and each character has a meter that fills up. Players can attack once that meter reaches a certain point. Leveling up the character divides the meter up into shorter sections, so you'll be able to pull off more attacks in the same amount of time. Pushing the thumbstick in a direction when attacking will determine different moves. Downwards makes it a low attack, while up is a jump attack. So, pushing up while attacking with the archer has him leap up and rain down arrows on all enemies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Players can also time blocks and counters. Indivisible almost starts feeling like a sort of rhythm game once you have additional Incarnations to the party. My eyes rarely left the meter to watch how the fight played out once I had a full party of four, and each of them had subdivided attack meters.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the prototype starts to feel like a big button mash after a point. While there is a deep sense of satisfaction in watching your team unleash an unrelenting combination of attacks against foes, I didn't find myself strategizing very much. I mostly ended up watching the meters and hitting attack as soon as one was ready. Sure, I'd mix things up with a high or low attack every once in a while, but I can't say I put a lot of thought into it. This style ended up working so well that I ended up taking away half of a mini-boss's health before it had a chance to hit me once, which is just as well, because it did a ton of damage when it finally did.</p> <p>Still, even though the game is just an early prototype, it already has a strong draw to it. Maybe it's the cartoon action, or the great soundtrack, or crazy creatures that leaves me wanting more. Perhaps it's the combination of everything. I can just imagine how much better the game would be if it gets fully funded. The Indivisible campaign live on Indiegogo.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:30:00 PDT Steven Wong Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One and 360 has gone gold http://www.shacknews.com/article/91681/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-for-xbox-one-and-360-has-gone-gold http://www.shacknews.com/article/91681/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-for-xbox-one-and-360-has-gone-gold <p>Microsoft has announced the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Rise of the Tomb Raider have gone gold, marking its completion for its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89947/e3-2015-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-chills-out-on-november-10">November 10th launch</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to confirm that gamers will be able to get their hands on Rise of the Tomb Raider very soon, when the game launches on November 10th,&rdquo; said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Western Studios. &ldquo;The entire team challenged themselves to improve on the last game that millions of fans enjoyed so much, and we believe we have created a worthy sequel to Tomb Raider 2013. With the game development now complete we are excited to share this incredible next chapter in Lara&rsquo;s journey as she continues her growth into the ultimate action adventure icon, and accepts her destiny to become the Tomb Raider.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rise of the Tomb Raider was announce <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84884/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-announced">over a year ago</a>, which we learned shortly after its reveal it would <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85809/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-is-timed-exclusive">be a timed-exclusive</a><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87413/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-being-published-by-microsoft-not-square-enix">published by Microsoft</a> for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. PC and PlayStation 4 owners will be able to get their chance with the game <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90508/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-releasing-on-pc-in-early-2016-ps4-in-holiday-2016">when it releases in spring and holiday 2016</a>, respectively. If you can&rsquo;t wait that long and feel the need to pick up an Xbox One, Microsoft has <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91494/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-xbox-one-bundle-comes-with-two-games-this-november">the perfect bundle for you</a>.</p> <p><span>For those that prefer to wait, check out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91436/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-preview---lara-the-explorer">our most recent preview</a> of Rise of the Tomb Raider.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lafX3xBdDHo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:04:00 PDT Daniel Perez Shack Reels: Taking on Burt the Bashful in Yoshi's Wooly World http://www.shacknews.com/article/91679/shack-reels-taking-on-burt-the-bashful-in-yoshis-wooly-world http://www.shacknews.com/article/91679/shack-reels-taking-on-burt-the-bashful-in-yoshis-wooly-world <p>Yoshi's Wooly World represents an entirely new look for the Yoshi's Island series and Yoshi, in general. But there are still some familiar elements of the old games to be found here and if early gameplay is any indication, that includes the boss battles.</p> <p>With that said, welcome Burt the Bashful to Yoshi's Wooly World. Long-time players will remember this guy as the very first boss in the original Yoshi's Island. He's here to bounce around the stage, just like in the old days, but there are some twists in this battle and many of them have to do with the game's yarn aesthetic.</p> <p>Check out the full playthrough of Burt's stage and the fight against the Bashful one himself in the video below. 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/QaxJeR8S6JU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Marvel Heroes 2015: Who Should Debut Next from the 'All-New, All-Different' Marvel Universe? http://www.shacknews.com/article/91676/marvel-heroes-2015-who-should-debut-next-from-the-all-new-all-different-marvel-universe http://www.shacknews.com/article/91676/marvel-heroes-2015-who-should-debut-next-from-the-all-new-all-different-marvel-universe <p>Today is an interesting day for the Marvel Heroes 2015 fanbase, with Gazillion helping usher the MMORPG into a new comic book era. Today marks the arrival of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91668/marvel-heroes-2015-begins-adding-all-new-all-different-marvel-content-tomorrow">new content</a>&nbsp;based on the 'All-New, All-Different Marvel.' This sees the Marvel Universe undergo a series of changes in the wake of the events of the <i>Secret Wars</i> mini-series.</p> <p>That means Ms. Marvel is no longer Ms. Marvel, but Carol Danvers is now officially Captain Marvel, with a new costume based on her upcoming #1 issue to boot. Spider-Gwen is now on the Team-Up roster, while Wolverine and Thor are getting their new identities stepping forward. All of this is a fine first step for keeping up with current events in the comics, but there's plenty more to find in the All-New, All-Different Marvel. So what else is worth bringing over to Marvel Heroes 2015 (soon to be <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91058/marvel-heroes-2016-pax-prime-panel-recap---secret-invasion-kitty-pryde-controller-support-and-more">Marvel Heroes 2016</a>)? In the wake of today's new content and since it's also New York Comic-Con weekend, Shacknews decided to explore this question and throw out a few possibilities.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/MilesMorales.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Miles Morales: Spider-Man</h2> <p>Spider-Man has a pretty big wardrobe of costumes, all based on major events in the character's history. There's the classic black costume, his Future Foundation suit, his "Big Time" green costume, and even his Superior costume that harkens back to the time that Peter Parker was possessed by Otto Octavius. Spider-Gwen's debut as a Team-Up character has raised a whole new question, though. Where's the love for the former Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales?</p> <p>Miles turned a lot of heads when he first debuted in the pages of <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> and readers were quickly drawn to the tales that blended his upbringing and his experiences as a half-Latino/half-African-American young man with the classic lessons of what makes Spider-Man such a cultural icon. Miles learned his lessons about great power and great responsibility in his own way and he quickly became one of the only remaining reasons to stick with the Ultimate universe.</p> <p>Now the Ultimate Marvel universe is no more, but Miles continues on as not only a member of a totally different Avengers team, but also as a Spider-Man that is learning his craft under the tutelage of Peter Parker. The story possibilities with Miles have become even more intriguing and it makes him an ideal candidate to hit Marvel Heroes in the future. There's even a voice actor that would more than likely be willing to step into the booth for him. Donald Glover (a well-known Spidey fan) recently voiced Miles in the animated <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> series and it would be great to hear his quips come out of Miles one more time.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/MsMarvel.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel</h2> <p>Speaking of Spider-Man, Kamala Khan carries much of that same teenage enthusiasm for the superhero gig that Spidey first had when he started out. The webbed wonder himself even pointed this out when he first met Kamala in a crossover story. Like Miles, Kamala was one of the first characters to prove that new characters (and minority ones, at that) can fit into classic superhero mantles without any problem. She also brings her own unique culture (as both a Muslim <i>and</i> a gamer) and perspective and mixes it with everything that makes the heroic mantle so memorable.</p> <p>Kamala was recently added to the Game Informer Marvel Heroes character poll and prospects for her inclusion haven't looked so good. But that doesn't make her any less important to the All-New, All-Different Marvel. Not only will her stories continue in the wake of a changing Marvel Universe, she's also continuing her journey as part of the All-New, All-Different Avengers team.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/TotallyAwesomeHulk.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>The Totally Awesome Hulk</h2> <p>Daniel Perez first reminded me of one of the cooler aspects of the All-New, All-Different Marvel. Amadeus Cho was first introduced in the pages of <i>The Incredible Hulk</i> before breaking out as a supporting character in the heavily underrated <i>The Incredible Hercules</i> series from the late 00s. Even at a young age, Cho was recognized as one of the smartest humans on Earth, with his intellect only outmatched by Reed Richards, Victor Von Doom, and a few others.</p> <p>The All-New, All-Different Marvel now puts Cho in an entirely new role as the new Hulk. Nobody's sure just how he fell into the role of the new Jade Giant, but there does seem to be one noticeable twist in this story. Whereas Bruce Banner always carried the Hulk as a curse and an eternal burden that isolated him from humanity, Cho is looking at the Hulk as a blessing. It grants him the strength that he's never had and gives him the physical power to help others. Cho doesn't think the Hulk is a curse. Cho thinks the Hulk is cool and aside from maybe a few stories with Rick Jones, there has never been a story written with that kind of outlook. Now imagine Cho's Hulk in Marvel Heroes, with his slicked-back hair, board shorts, and positive take on the monster. He could be a truly fun addition to the roster and a nice alternate take on Big Green.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/KittyPrydeStarLord.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Kitty Pryde as Star-Lady</h2> <p>Just a week ago, Marvel Heroes 2015 <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91576/marvel-heroes-2015-phases-in-kitty-pryde-today">added Kitty Pryde</a>&nbsp;as the game's newest playable character. But in the All-New, All-Different Marvel, the character is about to go in something of a different direction. She's about to become the new Star-Lord.</p> <p>With Peter Quill staying behind on Spartax as its newly-elected king, that leaves his new wife Kitty to adventure across the galaxy as Star-Lady, joining a motley (well, <i>motlier</i>) version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. So why not give her a new costume that touches on these new books? Or even offer up the Kitty Pryde Star-Lord as a potential team-up character that utilizes a new move set? The X-Men have been no strangers to the galactic side of the Marvel Universe and it'd be fun to touch on that with a few nods to Kitty's newest team.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/UltimateReedRichards.png" alt="" width="700" height="340" /></div> <h2>Ultimate Reed Richards</h2> <p>The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards is one of the smartest humans alive, but in the Ultimate Universe, he's still a young man that's growing into the genius he'll eventually become. But over the years, this character took a major turn. He grew disenchanted with his home world, faking his death and arranging for an alien invasion to descend upon Earth. He turned against his friends, nearly killing many of them, including Sue Storm. His machinations would put him at odds with the rest of the Ultimate Universe's heroes, with his goal to reshape the world in his own image. This Reed Richards was no hero.</p> <p>The reason this version of Reed comes up is because he's set to pop up in the pages of the rebooted <i>New Avengers</i> as the team's first major antagonist. This entry isn't so much to suggest that Ultimate Reed should be playable, but rather to suggest that he eventually come to Marvel Heroes as part of a new storyline. The idea of Marvel's greatest heroes coming together to take on an alternate version of one of their own is an intruging prospect and even makes sense from a playable villain's perspective. Imagine the glee Doctor Doom would get from finally getting to take out Richards, even if it isn't necessarily his own? Ultimate Reed has the potential to be a formidable foe and the hope is that Marvel Heroes players will someday get to see that for themselves.</p> <hr /> <p>Any suggestions for what should come to Marvel Heroes from the All-New, All-Different Marvel? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Guitar Hero Live goes back to the past with latest song reveals http://www.shacknews.com/article/91678/guitar-hero-live-goes-back-to-the-past-with-latest-song-reveals http://www.shacknews.com/article/91678/guitar-hero-live-goes-back-to-the-past-with-latest-song-reveals <p>Guitar Hero Live is going to shake up a lot of things about the old Guitar Hero formula. To many, it will be unrecognizable, having to make the shift from five frets to three high/low frets. But let no one say that Activision and FreeStyleGames don't remember the good times. That's why today, they're revealing a handful of new tracks, all of which have appeared in a previous Guitar Hero title.</p> <p>Guitar Hero veterans should recognize the following songs:</p> <ul> <li>Living Colour - Cult Of Personality</li> <li>Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Live)</li> <li>Ratt - Round and Round</li> <li>Slipknot - Before I Forget</li> <li>AFI - Girl's Not Grey</li> <li>Warrant - Cherry Pie</li> <li>Incubus - Drive</li> <li>Faith No More - Epic</li> <li>Audioslave - Cochise</li> <li>Survivor - Eye of the Tiger</li> <li>Queen - We Are The Champions</li> <li>Disturbed - Down With The Sickness</li> </ul> <p>For those that want a taste of the music that's coming to Guitar Hero Live, Activision has also opened up the game's official <a href="https://play.spotify.com/user/guitarherolive/playlist/4OobZMWI82U1ZPsgLQHb2N" target="blank">Spotify playlist</a>. This playlist will be updated over time to include any new additions to GHTV.</p> <p>Guitar Hero Live will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and mobile devices on October 20, with an <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91196/apple-announces-new-apple-tv-with-siri-remote-for-late-october-release">Apple TV</a> version also coming soon.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Chattycast 65: Remasters of the Universe http://www.shacknews.com/article/91661/chattycast-65-remasters-of-the-universe http://www.shacknews.com/article/91661/chattycast-65-remasters-of-the-universe <p>We're approaching the third year of the current console generation, and remasters from the last generation are still going strong. Between Halo: MCC, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and this week's launch of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, publishers are still more than willing to bring back games from only a few years ago with a shiny coat of paint.</p> <p>This week, the Chattycast tackles remasters. Is it a stopgap measure for slow console releases, a form of advertising, or a way to keep video games in an archival format? What do publishers owe consumers who bought the initial release? Could this primarily console-driven strategy move to PCs, or are they insulated from it? What makes a remaster worth the consumer's time?</p> <p><strong>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.audibletrial.com/chattycast" target="_blank">AudibleTrial.com/Chattycast</a>&nbsp;for your 30-day trial with a free audiobook download of your choice.</strong></p> <p><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://shacknews.podbean.com/mf/play/2zwj7u/chattycast065.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DZ5WygNqUW8"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" id="audio_iframe" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/b8gpc-5957b0?from=yiiadmin" data-link="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/b8gpc-5957b0?from=yiiadmin" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-name="pb-iframe-player"></iframe></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:35:00 PDT Steve Watts Broforce muscles out of Steam Early Access next week http://www.shacknews.com/article/91677/broforce-muscles-out-of-steam-early-access-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/91677/broforce-muscles-out-of-steam-early-access-next-week <p>Broforce is on the verge of getting another update, but there was something different about yesterday's announcement. This no mere update. This is the big one. Broforce has finally become just too bro-werful for Steam Early Access and is finally set for a full launch on Oct-bro-ber 15.</p> <p>The big launch update will include a new set of campaign missions, as well as a final endgame. The power of <i>'MURICA</i> will go into the very belly of the beast and take on Satan himself. The launch version will also bring together nearly two years of updates (and nearly two years of "bro" puns) into one neat little package, one that includes competitive and cooperative online multiplayer.</p> <p>Broforce gets its full Steam release on October 15, but for those that absolutely must have it now (That's the American way, you know!), it's currently available on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274190" target="blank">Steam Early Access</a>. But America rules far too hard for it to be kept to one platform, so look for Broforce to also come to PlayStation 4 in 2016. A power ballad is the only way to commemorate this announcement, so check it out below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q_-J3Jv8kfE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:32:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Umbrella Corps Hands-On Impressions: Don't Fear the Dead http://www.shacknews.com/article/91675/umbrella-corps-hands-on-impressions-dont-fear-the-dead http://www.shacknews.com/article/91675/umbrella-corps-hands-on-impressions-dont-fear-the-dead <p>Deadly competitive multiplayer action infects the Resident Evil universe with Umbrella Corps. In it, two teams of mercenary groups battle it out in close quarters combat while zombies wander around in the background. While attending the 2015 New York Comic Con, we get to try out our combat skills in a 3v3 match with only one life for each player.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hv_cIBaWKT0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Umbrella Corps plays a little like Counter-strike, but with a zombie twist. The objective of One Death mode is simple: wipe out the opposing team and win best 3 out of 5 rounds with no respawning. Each player is equipped with a gun, a grenade, and a special melee weapon called the Brainer, which can be charged up to deliver a 1-hit kill to opposing players and zombies alike. Players have a Zombie Jammer strapped to their backs, which keeps the zombies from noticing you unless you bump straight into them or otherwise mess with them. However, the jammer is extremely fragile, and just one shot from the enemy will disable it.</p> <p>Once the match begins, players need to move forward and take cover behind walls. You don't have to worry too much about the wandering zombies, thanks to the jammer, but they will be attracted to the sounds of gunfire. However, you can use this to your advantage by disabling an enemy's jammer and hoping that the zombies will come in and provide distraction. The undead found in the match I played were too weak for me to hope that they'd kill my opponents for me.</p> <p>Players also have sound detectors, but the map we played on was small enough for it not to matter much. Without health pick-ups, matches went by very quickly, since it only takes a few shots to kill you. Our biggest obstacle was in learning the map and gaining a sense of teamwork.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/Analog_Cover_Shooting.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>My team was wiped out during the first round because we drew too much attention to ourselves by shooting at zombies. Dead players have a full top-down view of the map, complete with all player and zombie positions, so it might be possible for a fallen player to act as a spotter for the rest of the team.</p> <p>We quickly figured out that we didn't have to worry much about them. Additionally, we I purposefully fired off a few shots and retreated, hoping to draw opponents and zombies into an ambush. It worked in principle, but so many enemies showed up that I was quickly overwhelmed by them. My team ended up winning the second round, but only by the skin of our teeth, because we were down to one player.</p> <p>My team played much smarter in the final round. A teammate and I lay prone in a sniper position while our third player dropped below to draw enemies in. Sure enough, they showed up and we blasted them away. Their third player, drawn in by the noise, came to investigate, and was promptly mowed down too.</p> <!-- gallery: umbrella-corps --> <p>Judging from this short experience, I wouldn't go so far to say that Umbrella Corps is one deepest team based shooters I've ever played. Its dark environments and wandering zombies certainly provide a nice twist, but it's not like a zombie boss ever came rampaging through. There are plenty of clever ways to get around the map, such as crawling through ducts, but strategy always leans heavily toward surprising the team with gunfire before they can do it to you. This left little chance to put melee weapons like the Brainer to use.</p> <p>I'm hoping that Umbrella Corps has a lot more up its sleeve than the relatively straightforward One Death mode. Additional modes should be revealed between now and the game's release next year, and I'm guessing we might find out what these equally matched opposing forces are fighting over.</p> <p>Umbrella Corps will release digitally in the early half of 2016 for PS4 and PC.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Minecraft: Story Mode launch event will be streamed on YouTube Gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/91674/minecraft-story-mode-launch-event-will-be-streamed-on-youtube-gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/91674/minecraft-story-mode-launch-event-will-be-streamed-on-youtube-gaming <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/minecraft-story-mode">Minecraft: Story Mode</a>&nbsp;will be released <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91314/minecraft-story-mode-begins-its-journey-on-october-13">on October 13</a>, but a day prior to its release, Telltale Games will be holding a launch event at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome where those in attendance can attempt to influence the decisions made on the screen as the first episode is played out. If you&rsquo;re unable to attend, Telltale Games has announced it will be livestreaming what it calls the &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Largest &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s Play&rsquo;&rdquo; exclusively on YouTube Gaming.</p> <p>The livestream will kick off at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on TeamMojang&rsquo;s official <a href="https://gaming.youtube.com/TeamMojang">YouTube Gaming channel</a>. The livestream will serve as a way for Telltale Games&rsquo; to bring the Minecraft community, Telltale fans, YouTubers and streamers together along with the cast and crew of the game. Those in attendance will be cheering and directing the decisions made during the Let&rsquo;s Play, although we wonder if Telltale will be considering feedback from YouTube Gaming viewers.</p> <p><span>Either way, if you&rsquo;re interested in Minecraft: Story Mode, you&rsquo;re going to want to watch this Let&rsquo;s Play session on YouTube Gaming on Monday night.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gcKmyM6YQY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:28:00 PDT Daniel Perez Project Cars patch 5.0 makes big improvements to Oculus Rift support http://www.shacknews.com/article/91673/project-cars-patch-50-makes-big-improvements-to-oculus-rift-support http://www.shacknews.com/article/91673/project-cars-patch-50-makes-big-improvements-to-oculus-rift-support <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/project-cars">Project Cars</a>&nbsp;is about to feel more realistic as its latest 5.0 patch features better support for the Oculus Rift.</p> <p>The largest addition to patch 5.0 is its improved support for VR headsets, namely the Oculus Rift. Within its patch notes, Slightly Mad Studios has improved support for Oculus Rift rendering to desktop and headset simultaneously, moving the HUD and Menu system in the world and car space, and amending the driver head offset. These changes will certainly make the experience more&nbsp;</p> <p>Additional changes includes improved AI behavior in pit lanes to help reduce collisions, updates to the Logitech G29/G920 controllers, and tweaking various tracks and vehicles.</p> <p>To see everything that was added to Project Cars&rsquo; patch 5.0, go ahead and read the patch notes for yourself below:</p> <p><span><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EWcnxc4o1vQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></span></p> <h2><strong>Project CARS &ndash; PC Patch 5.0 &ndash; Release notes</strong></h2> <p><b>Online</b></p> <ul> <li>Enforce fixed (default) setups &ndash; fixed cases where enabling this would still allow players to use custom setups. Enabled the player's custom controller settings to still be used when using fixed setups.</li> <li>Mojave layouts &ndash; fixed an issue where, if the host were disqualified, it would force end-of-race for everyone.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with tyre choices being ignored during pit stops.</li> </ul> <p><b>Physics &amp; AI </b></p> <ul> <li>Improved AI behaviour in pit lanes to further reduce cars hitting the pit walls when driving out of the garages.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where cars under AI control would struggle to drive correctly on tracks with high banking.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where some car parts that were dislodged during a collision would not be removed when the track is cleared.</li> </ul> <p><b>Career</b></p> <ul> <li>Fixed an issue where the maximum amount of contract and invitation emails could be exceeded with DLC installed, resulting in the player not being notified of newly unlocked contract offers and invitational events.</li> </ul> <p><b>Controls</b></p> <ul> <li>Fixed a bug on the splash screen where the controller used to press the A Button to start was not selected as the current controller.</li> <li>Logitech G29/G920 &ndash; updated default controller map sets for the layouts to be consistent between wheels and across platforms.</li> <li>Logitech G920 &ndash; fixed an issue with the gearshift mapping.</li> <li>Removed default assignments for wipers and lights, as this was disabling the wipers/lights turning on automatically when it started raining or got dark.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tracks</b></p> <ul> <li>N&uuml;rburgring GP, Sprint, Sprint Short &ndash; fixed an issue that caused issues for cars pitting in the first pit spot.</li> <li>Nordschleife &ndash; fixed an issue that caused cars to get stuck against the pit wall when driving in the pit lane.</li> <li>N&uuml;rburgring Sprint Short &ndash; fixed a cut track issue at the NGK Chicane.</li> <li>Barcelona GP &ndash; fixed cut track issue when entering the pit lane.</li> <li>Watkins Glen &ndash; improved overall track performance to address frame rate drops in certain areas.</li> </ul> <p><b>Vehicles</b></p> <ul> <li>Aston Martin Vantage GTE &ndash; tweaked cockpit exposure to work better with rainy conditions.</li> <li>Aston Martin DBR 1-2 &ndash; set the car up so that the steering wheel remains in a static state when the user chooses the &lsquo;hide wheel&rsquo; option, so that the user can still read the vital info displayed on the wheel.</li> <li>Aston Martin DBR1 1959 &ndash; fixed an issue where the wrong helmet was displayed when using Helmet View, tweaked inertia and roll stiffness to improve collision behaviour.</li> <li>Audi 90 IMSA GTO, Audi R8 V10 plus, Ruf Rt 12R &ndash; fixed an issue where the KERS bar would appear on the HUD of these cars, even though they don&rsquo;t have KERS.</li> <li>BMW 320 Turbo &ndash; fixed an issue where the car would start 'wandering' in straight lines after a few laps.</li> <li>Bentley Continental GT3 &ndash; updated engine and minimum ride height to match latest; mapped real world balance of performance; updated gearbox ratios to current FIA specifications, putting it more in line with the other GT3 cars.</li> <li>Ford Mustang GT &ndash; improve braking power to better match the car's weight.</li> <li>Ginetta G40 &ndash; partial fix for front tires overheating if pressure goes over 1.8bar.</li> <li>Historic Lotus Formula cars &ndash; improved the Helmet View exposure settings</li> <li>Lotus 98T &ndash; fixed an issue with missing bodywork in the cockpit</li> <li>Mercedes C Class DTM &ndash; adjusted steering wheel shift lights to better match the engine's power band.</li> <li>Ruf CTR &ndash; changed to a more durable brake pad for track use and added an optional brake duct to help control temperatures at slow tracks.</li> </ul> <p><b>GUI &amp; HUD</b></p> <ul> <li>Display correct message when trying to toggle assists when assists are disabled.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with the Leaderboards navigation that prevented the user from changing the vehicle or location.</li> <li>Changed the displayed values for Lateral and Longitudinal weight bias, to make it more intuitive.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with bad Text spacing on the Telemetry screen.</li> <li>Fixed various issues with the HUD gearshift indicator during replays.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where making real time changes to the stability control would display incorrect information.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where the in-game Standings screen &lsquo;Lap time&rsquo; was cleared too soon.</li> </ul> <p><b>General</b></p> <ul> <li>Fixed an issue where the &lsquo;Sync to Race&rsquo; option was unavailable when configuring Weather Progression.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where the Best Driving Line assist appeared in the rear view mirrors.</li> <li>Localisation &ndash; added &lsquo;United Arab Emirates&rsquo; used by Lykan to non-English language sets.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with Quick Race Weekend, where running Qualifying and Race without a Practice session would cause the Qualifying session rules to not work correctly.</li> <li>Fixed a case where the &lsquo;One more for the road&rsquo; achievement would not unlock correctly.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where the player could still toggle driving assists on via buttons, even when driving assists was disabled.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where the external driving camera would clip through the track on steep banking.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with random cloud &lsquo;popping&rsquo; in and out of view.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with clouds disappearing when using time acceleration.</li> <li>Fixed a render timing issue that would at times cause a black screen when the processor is under heavy load.</li> <li>Fixed an issue that caused the player&rsquo;s view to switch from helmet camera to cockpit camera during pit stops.</li> <li>Fixed an issue with Enhanced Mirror, where enabling it could at times cause occasional drop-outs of mirror content</li> </ul> <p><b>Oculus Rift</b></p> <ul> <li>Improved support for Oculus Rift rendering to desktop and headset simultaneously.</li> <li>Added command line option -vrfullscreen for use when using second screen, to use whole screen instead of windowed mode.</li> <li>Amended driver head offset when in Oculus Rift mode &ndash; defaults to 0.0 but can be set using command line -vreyeoffset amount.</li> <li>Added HUD position editing control keys to the existing HUD editing setup: AD &ndash; left/right, WS &ndash; up/down, ZE &ndash; in/out. (Note that this doesn't save yet between game restarts. We have this working internally now but it missed this patch, so will be coming your way very soon)</li> <li>HUD and Menu system is now located in world and car space instead of attached to the player&rsquo;s head.</li> <li>Updated to Oculus SDK</li> <li><i>NOTE - If you experience a black flicker/flash in the right eye view when playing in VR, please ensure that you have VSync enabled</i></li> </ul> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:25:00 PDT Daniel Perez Street Fighter 5 Hands-On Impressions: Throwing Down with Laura, Karin, Rashid and More http://www.shacknews.com/article/91671/street-fighter-5-hands-on-impressions-throwing-down-with-laura-karin-rashid-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/91671/street-fighter-5-hands-on-impressions-throwing-down-with-laura-karin-rashid-and-more <p>Capcom officially announced that Laura Matsuda will be a brand new addition to the Street Fighter 5 roster. Hailing from Brazil, she is a master at Jiu-Jitsu, and is always looking to deliver a devastating grapple move. We got a chance to check out her moves as she premiered at the New York Comic Con.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y0U49aqA2MM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Laura's fighting style practically demands that she try to close the distance between her opponent. Although she has some decent reach with a split legged flip kick, and can throw a electric projectile, she's at her best when she can get close, grapples her opponents into a lock, and slam their faces into the ground.</p> <p>Her grappling moves are supplemented with a number of electrically charged abilities, including a slow moving sonic wave shaped projectile, Thunder Clap. It can be used at super close range, like a taser to stun opponents, so that they'll keep their distance. Activating the full "Spark Show" state using the V-Gauge allows the projectile to go further, while her attacks and grabs do increased stun damage. The projectile moves so slowly, that it can be used to control the board by limiting where opponents can jump to. It's a great way to trap opponents in before tackling them with a killer combo.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/10/Animal-Crossing-Amiibo-09_special_2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Other characters I tried out include Karin, who makes a comeback after last appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 3. She is a very technical character who gives as good as she gets. Taking damage actually fuels her up, because she has some very powerful Revenge Meter abilities. So, she can easily turn the fight around, even if you think you have her on the ropes.</p> <p>I also gave Rashid a spin, who controls the power of wind. Much like Vega, he's a super agile character who can jump off walls. He has a number aerial moves like a dive kick, and can throw a small whirlwind a short distance. The projectile goes upward diagonally, delivering up to two hits, and knocking opponents upward. If you can bait opponents to get in close, skilled fighters can use it to set up a nice combo attack. Otherwise, Rashid can leap around the map, or use his ability to move around opponents, so that he can flank them from behind.</p> <p>As for returning characters, I played a few rounds as Cammy, whose moves have been slightly revised so that players can't abuse moves like Cannon Spike as much. However, that's balanced out by how much easier it is to chain combos together in Street Fighter 5. When she's in her charged up mode, moves like the Hooligan Combination get some extra strength, and she can transition from the Spin Knuckle straight into a Cannon Spike.</p> <!-- gallery: street-fighter-5 --> <p>Zangief is as powerful and absurd as ever, using turning his fists into a whirling death. Fights between Laura and Zangief turned out to be very intense, since they're both very close range combatants out to grapple each other. Both need to get in close, but neither knows if the other will pull off a surprise move like an electric shock or whirling around like a top.</p> <p>Street Fighter 5 looks like it will fully capture the fast-paced combat the series is famous for. The new characters are turning out to be great additions to the roster, but we'll see how they fit in as a whole as more information is released. The game is expected to release in the early half of 2016.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Xbox 360 owners can play multiplayer games for free this weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/91672/xbox-360-owners-can-play-multiplayer-games-for-free-this-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/91672/xbox-360-owners-can-play-multiplayer-games-for-free-this-weekend <p>Microsoft has announced Xbox 360 players in all regions will be able to take part in a free multiplayer weekend taking place between October 9th to the 11th.</p> <p>The free multiplayer weekend allows Xbox 360 owners who don&rsquo;t have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to be able to enjoy its benefits for just a few days. This means Xbox 360 owners will be able to take part in multiplayer games across various titles.</p> <p>Some titles Microsoft highlights in its free multiplayer weekend promotion are <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/grand-theft-auto-5">Grand Theft Auto Online</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare">Call of Duty Advanced Warfare</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/minecraft">Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition</a>, and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/fifa-16">FIFA 16</a>. If you own an Xbox 360 version of these games and don&rsquo;t have an active Xbox Live Gold membership, you&rsquo;ll <i>finally</i> be able to take part in multiplayer matches this weekend.</p> <p><span>The free multiplayer weekend is currently underway and will end at 11:59PM PT on October 11.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1EgfvwoEasM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:50:00 PDT Daniel Perez The Witcher 3 patch 1.10 available today on all platforms; offers over 600 changes http://www.shacknews.com/article/91670/the-witcher-3-patch-110-available-today-on-all-platforms-offers-over-600-changes http://www.shacknews.com/article/91670/the-witcher-3-patch-110-available-today-on-all-platforms-offers-over-600-changes <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt">The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</a>&rsquo;s patch 1.09 is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91518/the-witcher-3-patch-109-will-offer-massive-changes">old news</a> as CD Projekt Red has revealed patch 1.10 will offer 13 pages of changes to the game. This patch is massive as it contains over 600 changes and will be available on all platforms later today.</p> <p>Patch 1.10 will weigh in around 15GB on consoles and between 6-15GB on PC as a number of UI changes have been introduced to the Alchemy and Crafting sections, and the ability to sort item types within Geralt&rsquo;s inventory. Console players will also gain some improvements as the Xbox One memory management issue has been fixed in this patch, as well as mini-freezes when looting.</p> <p><span>"It's the largest collection of fixes, improvements and various enhancements we've brought to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to date," Momot writes in the studios&rsquo; official forums. "All told, it packs a pretty impressive 600 changes, including fixes for a load of quests, optimisations that'll make things smoother on PC and consoles, over 150 stability improvements to iron out hiccups, additional conversations with key characters that will enhance your relationships with them as well as the story as a whole, and a major and much-awaited fix that should take a good bit of the pain out of dealing with items in the inventory by improving how items are ordered and sorted."</span></p> <p><span>To get the full changelog, head on over to <a href="http://wpc.4d7d.edgecastcdn.net/004D7D/media/THE%20WITCHER%203/Pdf/patch_1_10_changelog_en.pdf">CD Projekt Red's site</a>.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mPOj3S-dVOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:01:00 PDT Daniel Perez Marvel Heroes 2015 begins adding 'All-New, All-Different Marvel' content tomorrow http://www.shacknews.com/article/91668/marvel-heroes-2015-begins-adding-all-new-all-different-marvel-content-tomorrow http://www.shacknews.com/article/91668/marvel-heroes-2015-begins-adding-all-new-all-different-marvel-content-tomorrow <p>The Marvel Universe is about to change forever. (Alright, it's about to change forever <i>again</i>.) This time, the big change sees the comic book universe changing over to the 'All-New, All-Different Marvel,' with the comics fast-forwarding eight months after the events of the recent <i>Secret Wars</i> event, an event that isn't set to finish until December. Nevertheless, Gazillion is looking to keep up with these changes and is offering up new content based on the All-New, All-Different Marvel for Marvel Heroes 2015 starting tomorrow.</p> <p>One of the biggest additions will be the arrival of Spider-Gwen as a Team-Up partner. For those unfamiliar, this is an alternate universe version of Gwen Stacy, in which she actually became that universe's Spider-Man, while Peter Parker became the Lizard and was killed, putting a huge twist on the traditional Peter/Gwen dynamic that has been in place for decades. Spider-Gwen immediately resonated with readers and has become one of Marvel's hottest new titles.</p> <p>Marvel Heroes 2015 will also add a new Captain Marvel costume, based on Carol Danvers' new look that's set to debut soon in <i>Captain Marvel #1</i>. The changes actually won't stop there. Carol Danvers will no longer be "Ms. Marvel" in the game, but will now go by the Captain Marvel moniker on a permanent basis. The new costume will now be her default.</p> <p>Still looking for more? How about the new Thor? Comic book readers found out recently that the new Thor floating around the Marvel Universe is actually long-time supporting character Jane Foster. Now she'll become playable with tomorrow's update, with a new costume. The new Thor will be voiced by veteran voice actress Jennifer Hale.</p> <p>Other additions include costume changes for Wolverine and the Scarlet Witch, which will reflect the big changes in their books. The former will change Wolverine to the former X-23, who has taken up the mantle in the comics in the wake of Logan's death. The Scarlet Witch costume will reflect the one that appears in her upcoming solo series.</p> <p>More All-New, All-Different Marvel changes will hopefully be in the pipeline, given that Marvel Heroes 2015 has been great about staying faithful to the books. Look for more changes to come soon as the game formally transitions to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91058/marvel-heroes-2016-pax-prime-panel-recap---secret-invasion-kitty-pryde-controller-support-and-more">Marvel Heroes 2016</a>.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:55:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack's Arcade Corner - Ms. Pac-Man http://www.shacknews.com/article/91666/shacks-arcade-corner---ms-pac-man http://www.shacknews.com/article/91666/shacks-arcade-corner---ms-pac-man <p>Some of you may or may not remember all the legal hoopla that surrounded fan-favorite Ms. Pacman when it originally released to arcades in 1982. Greg remembers though, and today he's going to break it all down for you piece by piece.&nbsp;Grab your cherries and watch out for Ghosts, it's time for another Arcade Corner.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OfS38bKdFkc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:00:00 PDT Shack Staff Ready to Rock: Looking Back at Rock Band's Most Challenging Songs http://www.shacknews.com/article/91655/ready-to-rock-looking-back-at-rock-bands-most-challenging-songs http://www.shacknews.com/article/91655/ready-to-rock-looking-back-at-rock-bands-most-challenging-songs <p>This is the week to get the band back together, because Rock Band 4 has made its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With over 1700 legacy songs supported, anyone that picks it up is in an interesting position. Newcomers will hardly know where to begin and old veterans will hardly remember what's out there.</p> <p>While there are plenty of songs out there with mass appeal, Shacknews recognizes that there's a sector of plastic instrument wielders that are searching for a challenge. So we recently pitched a question to our Chatty users: What are some of the most challenging Rock Band tracks they've encountered over the course of the series? This may not be a definitive list of the most challenging songs across Rock Band history, but it's certainly a starting point. Here's what everyone came up with:</p> <h2>Vocals: "Good Vibrations (Live)" by The Beach Boys</h2> <p>When one thinks of the great singers, Rock Band players will often think of Freddie Mercury. After all, the Queen frontman can carry a high tune like no other. But there was another all-time great singer that came a generation before him and that was the incomparable Brian Wilson of the 60s American band, The Beach Boys. Rock Band 3 featured a live performance of one of their most recognizable songs, "Good Vibrations," and it quickly became one of the toughest songs for Rock Band singers to perform.</p> <p>Wilson hits some amazingly high, yet awkward, tones throughout the song. The fact that it's a live performance doesn't make things easier, as Wilson's pitch fluctuates frequently. Rock Band 4 users, unfortunately, won't get to try out Good Vibrations or any of the series' other on-disc tracks just yet. But Harmonix has assured fans that this is on the agenda, so look for Good Vibrations to haunt singers again sometime in the future.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zba-8C_VJ5A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <h2>Bass: "Panic Attack" by Dream Theater</h2> <p>Dream Theater has always been had some cult appeal and that's something that only grew with the rise of the rhythm game. As both Rock Band and Guitar Hero progressed, Dream Theater songs were always considered a treat, because of their catchy beats, powerful riffs, and dynamic sounds. Their RB/GH offerings showed off everything the band was capable of producing, with long, memorable ballads that were just as capable of captivating the ears as they were of melting the face.</p> <p>"Panic Attack" is among the best of the Dream Theater offerings, but it's a brutal endeavor for bass players, kicking off with fast hammer-on sequences and only getting tougher from there. A case can be made for its difficulty for the four-player band as a whole, but the bass player basically works from start to finish on this track. The bass player deserves the most props on this particular track, especially since that opening riff is so memorable.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/USO2HBEz82o?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Drums: "This is Exile" by Whitechapel</h2> <p>Death metal is often the source of some of the most intense drumming across all of the Rock Band series. It's fast, it's bass-heavy, and it never takes a break. "This is Exile" from Whitechapel is no different, with tom and cymbal notes coming in quickly and furiously.</p> <p>Whitechapel's headbanging track is a demanding piece of work, starting off with some of the most demanding drum patterns in the game, with only a small reprieve given at about the 90 second mark. Things only intensify from there and don't let up until the song ends at four minutes. Given that drumming, unlike guitar/bass and vocals, requires great physical endurance, perfecting this song is not only a testament to a player's rhythm tracking skills, but also an indication that they're in pretty great shape.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HkLgJosir3E?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <h2>Guitar: "Snow (Hey Oh)" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers</h2> <p>One wouldn't expect a Red Hot Chili Peppers track to be so difficult, but this cut from the band's Stadium Arcadium album offered some surprising curveballs. The biggest one being that it's a pain in the neck from the very start. It establishes a pattern of 1-2-3-2-3 and two hammer-ons across different scales and continues that pattern without stopping for the entirety of the song. The pattern is extremely awkward and, more than that, it's rough on the fingers and joints. This is more of a test of endurance than anything else, as well as a test of memorization, as it's players strumming more or less the same pattern throughout.</p> <p>There are other Rock Band tracks that have similarly difficult tracks, with "The Impression That I Get" from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones immediately coming to mind. But "Snow (Hey Oh)" was one of the first RB entries to create difficulty by repeating awkward patterns and remains one of the most widely remembered of those tracks. The Red Hot Chili Peppers license has lapsed and the band's camp has shown no interest in getting back on the Rock Band train, so don't look for "Snow (Hey Oh) or any other RHCP songs to come to Rock Band 4, but the memories of this song will be present in a couple of decades when arthritis kicks in.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/141klSrjTDw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <h2>Full Band: "B.Y.O.B." by System of a Down</h2> <p>It's been hard to find good modern day rock bands with a mass mainstream appeal, but System of a Down filled that need in the 00s. "B.Y.O.B." remains one of the band's most recognized songs -- a raw outcry against the pattern of war, who wages them, and who fights them. And as a theme like that would indicate, it's straight-up "in your face" rock across all corners.</p> <p>Guitar and bass deal with fast and heavy riffs, littered with quick strums and hammer-ons. Meanwhile, the drummer must focus on wailing for the full length of the track, never taking a break. When the song breaks down, it's a feat of endurance for everyone involved, with the only relief really coming at the very end of the song. Unfortunately, like the RHCP, licensing issues are preventing System of a Down songs from hitting Rock Band 4. Hopefully, it's something that can be sorted out in the future, because this song is too good to be left off the playlist.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oYQaMwmYmXg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <h2>Full Band: "Green Grass and High Tides" as made famous by The Outlaws</h2> <p>No list of challenging songs would be complete without one of the most difficult songs to come out of the original Rock Band. "Green Grass and High Tides" was a ten-minute marathon and a brutally difficult song to play, regardless of the instrument of choice. Harmonix has a knack of picking this kind of song as their cherry on top of the rock sundae, as this particular track is reminiscent of "Free Bird" from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the final song from Guitar Hero 2. It starts off innocently enough, but the latter half of the song only gets faster and more intense until it fully tests everyone's limits.</p> <p>Again, because it's an on-disc track, there's no timetable for when "Green Grass and High Tides" will challenge players again, but with Harmonix already on the case, that time will hopefully come sometime soon.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iO9mTTTqoQ0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>Any challenging tracks that we missed? Let us know in the comments and join the conversation.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Star Wars Battlefront Beta Now Open on All Platforms http://www.shacknews.com/article/91664/star-wars-battlefront-beta-now-open-on-all-platforms http://www.shacknews.com/article/91664/star-wars-battlefront-beta-now-open-on-all-platforms <p>The open beta for Star Wars Battlefront has hit digital shelves, and anyone looking to get in on the laser-blasting action can hop in now. The game will officially launch November 17, and this beta is just a small taste of the various game modes and action-packed sequences that Star Wars fans will be able to experience when the game releases. There are currently three modes open in the beta,</p> <p><strong>Walker Assault on Hoth</strong>: Dive head first into a 40-player battle as a Rebel or Imperial Soldier. Fight for the destruction of the massive AT-ATs, or side with the Empire&rsquo;s dark soldiers and eliminate any Rebel scum you find.</p> <p><strong>Drop Zone of Sullust</strong>: This unique twist on an age-old game mode features a special capture point that players must capture and defend. Players will fight for control of the Escape Pods in this frantic 8V8 game mode that makes domination look like child&rsquo;s play.</p> <p><strong>Survival Mission on Tatooine</strong>: Team up with a friend or go it alone in this special survival mission that pits players against several waves of Imperial Forces include AT-STs, TIE Fighters, Elite Stormtroopers, and more.</p> <p>What are you waiting for? It&rsquo;s time to jump in and save the galaxy&hellip; Or destroy&nbsp;it. Whichever you fancy most.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:35:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash Review: Whip-Smart http://www.shacknews.com/article/91649/chibi-robo-zip-lash-review-whip-smart http://www.shacknews.com/article/91649/chibi-robo-zip-lash-review-whip-smart <p>If Nintendo's&nbsp;wide array of characters&nbsp;can be divided by popularity like a high school lunchroom, Chibi-Robo would be sitting with Dr. Kawashima and a few Nintendogs. The publisher is checkered with franchises&nbsp;that have been successful in the past to varying degrees, but failed to catch on long-term. Chibi-Robo has been home to experiments like Park Patrol and Photo Finder, but&nbsp;Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash&nbsp;puts&nbsp;the character in&nbsp;a more traditional side-scrolling platformer. Nintendo's sharp eye for design and polish makes this one breezy fun that overcomes some of its odd shortcomings, but feels unlikely to&nbsp;elevate him to the popular table with Mario.</p> <h2>Robot Salesman</h2> <p>Nintendo's flagship plumber does carry a lot in common with Chibi-Robo, though. The sensation&nbsp;of jumping and even bopping enemies on their heads could be pulled straight from a recent Mario game, partly because that sense of momentum is so familiar in the gaming lexicon that Nintendo must not feel the need to fix what isn't broken. Plus, Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash carries itself with occasional moments of weirdness that feel reminiscent of the Mushroom Kingdom, usually in the form of secondary characters.</p> <!-- gallery: chibi-robo-zip-lash --> <p>The strangest element of all is the product placement, expanding on a trend from Pikmin. Chibi-Robo is filthy with collectibles, but the standouts are the various actual candy and snack products found throughout the world. Most are Japanese snacks, though some deals must have been struck with American companies like Utz. These can be given to hidden characters&nbsp;hankering for a snack, who will&nbsp;reward you with some moolah (money) and a short advertisement. You're even encouraged to post about it on Miiverse!</p> <p>The approach sounds irritating, and it certainly could be, but it's so over-the-top bonkers that I actually laughed. If you're going to use product placement in any medium, you either need to make it so subtle we barely notice or so on-the-nose that you're winking at the audience. Nintendo took the latter approach and I appreciated it.</p> <h2>Sharp as a Whip</h2> <p>Chibi-Robo is no platforming&nbsp;clone. Zip Lash sees the tiny robot use his plug like some combination of whip and grappling hook, and most of the platforming is based around that mechanic, from defeating&nbsp;enemies to swinging from ceilings. The title&nbsp;comes from his "Zip Lash" move, a charged whip that grows in length as you find baubles throughout each stage. It ricochets off walls, so many&nbsp;of the puzzles involve bouncing it at the right angle to pick up collectibles or reach a grapple point. It's like the mash-up of Mario and Castlevania I never knew I wanted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those excellently designed platforming stages are punctuated by vehicle segments, which are almost universally awful. One particular vehicle, a sort of tiny hot air balloon, uses controls so nonsensical that it felt nearly impossible to progress. What's worse, the vehicle segments are usually straight runs with instant death and no checkpoints, so if you fail you need to start over from the beginning. Or, after dying a couple of times, you can pay some of your moolah to skip them and get back to the good stages.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eYMDB0W-tts"></iframe></p> <h2>Bored Games</h2> <p>There's no particular guarantee of which stage you'll move to next, though, thanks to an utterly backwards level selection mechanic. Instead of progressing across stages in a normal order, the end of each stage presents a board-game-styled spinner. (You have a certain number of tries based on your success with a small ricochet puzzle at the end of each stage.) The spinner always shows the numbers 1, 2, and 3, and naturally I assumed that if you hit the higher numbers you would skip stages and progress towards the boss faster.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not so. Each world's stages are presented in a closed loop, and you need to finish all of them to progress to the area boss. That means if you skipped any stages, you just need to circle back around to them--likely replaying some of your other completed stages on the way. I'm not sure why Nintendo felt something so fundamentally simple as stage progression needed its own twist, and&nbsp;this isn't even a good one. The pattern of the spinner becomes easy enough to exploit, but there's no reason you should ever aim for anything other than a "1," which renders the exercise pointless.</p> <p>Nintendo similarly halts&nbsp;progress at the very end, requiring several big moolah purchases before proceeding to the final boss. It was frustrating to see such an excellently&nbsp;designed game trip over itself so often with bothersome, unnecessary gating.</p> <h2>Chibi-Future</h2> <p>It's a testament to its&nbsp;stage design, though, that I came away feeling utterly satisfied despite the game so constantly getting in its own way. Chibi-Robo may not be destined for Nintendo stardom, but Zip Lash shows how the tiny robot still has plenty of room to grow, experiment, and find what works for him.</p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on a 3DS retail copy&nbsp;provided by the publisher. Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash will be available in on October 9, for $29.99. The game is rated E.</i></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Fallout 4 System Specs Announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/91660/fallout-4-system-specs-announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/91660/fallout-4-system-specs-announced <p>Bethesda has rolled out its system requirements for Fallout 4, along with a handful of other assorted release details.</p> <p>A <a href="http://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/prepare-for-the-future-fallout-4-important-release-info/2015/10/08/35" target="_blank">Bethesda Blog post</a>&nbsp;gives the specs rundown, plus details on when, where, and how you can start the next journey into the Wasteland.</p> <p><strong>Minimum:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)</li> <li>Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent</li> <li>8 GB RAM</li> <li>30 GB free HDD space</li> <li>NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent</li> </ul> <p><strong>Recommended:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)</li> <li>Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent</li> <li>8 GB RAM</li> <li>30 GB free HDD space</li> <li>NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent</li> </ul> <p>On consoles, Fallout 4 will require 28-35 GB of storage space. The number is variable based on which languages it supports, which varies by region. If you purchase the digital version in North America, it will unlock at 12:01 EST on November 10. The PC version is compatible with Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers. Retail pre-orders come with a Perk Poster.</p> <p>The Pip-Boy app will launch on November 10, and the Pip-Boy Edition will include foam inserts for the iPhone 4-6s, and Samsung Galaxy S3-S5. Another insert is said to fit most other phone models.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:25:00 PDT Steve Watts Tales from the Borderlands season finale release date announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/91659/tales-from-the-borderlands-season-finale-release-date-announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/91659/tales-from-the-borderlands-season-finale-release-date-announced <p>Tales from the Borderlands is preparing to wrap up its first season's arc, with the announcement that the finale will come on October 20.</p> <p>Telltale Games <a href="https://twitter.com/telltalegames/status/652134015932100608" target="_blank">tweeted</a>&nbsp;the news that episode five, The Vault of the Traveler,&nbsp;will begin October 20. This follows the roll-out model from previous episodes, which means the PC and PlayStation versions will launch that day, Xbox platforms will follow the day after, and iOS and Android users will get it on October 22.&nbsp;As part of the pre-launch festivities, Telltale has made the first episode free across all platforms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our own <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90836/tales-from-the-borderlands-review-in-progress---escape-plan-bravo-impressions">review-in-progress</a>&nbsp;felt the most recent episode was spinning its wheels as it prepared for the finale, but we still had plenty of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90866/tales-from-the-borderlands-four-burning-questions-after-escape-plan-bravo">burning questions</a>. Presumably most of those will be answered soon.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vZgGp6dua48"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:15:00 PDT Steve Watts
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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...