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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Weekend console download deals: The Witcher 3 on Xbox One, PlayStation Plus deals, and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/91158/weekend-console-download-deals-the-witcher-3-on-xbox-one-playstation-plus-deals-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/91158/weekend-console-download-deals-the-witcher-3-on-xbox-one-playstation-plus-deals-and-more <p>It's the start of another month, so the new freebies for Xbox and PlayStation have rotated out. But on top of that, it's Labor Day weekend, so that means it's time to catch up on some old games. Xbox One owners can pick up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as well as a handful of Activision games. PlayStation users can find several games as part of a PlayStation Plus weekend sale. And 3DS owners can grab Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth at a discounted rate. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:</p> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <ul> <li>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/The-Witcher-3-Wild-Hunt/810967a8-b286-4eef-b02a-d16bbe55f85f">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Gold Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Call-of-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Gold-Edition/527653f3-2289-4dd1-a5fb-16abb1c538af">$44.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Prototype Biohazard Bundle - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Prototype-Biohazard-Bundle/ddc47dac-59f1-4150-a789-96cd11b1f9ff">$37.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Geometry-Wars-3-Dimensions-Evolved/308ca81e-7c2c-4299-a187-2628223ddc2f">$8.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Xbox's Activision sale can be found <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/sales/activision-sale">here</a>.</li> </ul> <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>The Deer God - <a href="http://store.xbox.com/Xbox-One/Games/The-Deer-God/b1006d5c-a36c-48f4-9da7-dbb94b06dc4d">FREE!</a></li> <li>How to Survive: Storm Warning Edtion - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/How-to-Survive-Storm-Warning-Edition/70c94c4e-38ba-4802-87dd-015b78a72c00">FREE!</a></li> <li>Rayman Legends - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Rayman-Legends/b1613d47-2330-459a-a99f-4cc84a481db9">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Assassins-Creed-IV-Black-Flag/0044aef3-bd7e-4478-8782-6191546dcd9a">$15.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry DLC - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/Assassins-Creed-IV-Black-Flag-Freedom-Cry/d92b765c-c018-4126-8c34-24876647e8e0">$5.00 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/crNmSAOc0YQ?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 Time Force Ultra - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/super-time-force-ultra/cid=UP2003-CUSA01938_00-STFU1A0000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Grow Home - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grow-home/cid=UP0001-CUSA02904_00-GROWHOMEPS4SCEA0?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/driveclub-playstationplus-edition/cid=UP9000-CUSA00093_00-B000000000000969?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Xeodrifter - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/xeodrifter/cid=UP1050-CUSA02439_00-XEODRIFTERPS4USX?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Teslagrad - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/teslagrad/cid=UP4513-CUSA01670_00-TESLAGRAD0000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/wolfenstein-the-old-blood/cid=UP1003-CUSA01540_00-WOLFENSTEINBLOOD?emcid=ps-ga-871">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>J-Stars Victory VS+ - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/j-stars-victory-vs/cid=UP0700-CUSA01593_00-WJ45JSVVSPS40000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Armello - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/armello/cid=UP1120-CUSA03300_00-00ARMELLOONESCEA?emcid=ps-ga-871">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/blazblue-chrono-phantasma-extend/cid=UP1024-CUSA01437_00-BBCPPS4000001000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$39.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Zombie Vikings - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/zombie-vikings/cid=UP1241-CUSA02844_00-ZOMBIEVIKINGS1US?emcid=ps-ga-871">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/deception-iv-the-nightmare-princess/cid=UP4108-CUSA02859_00-DECEPTIONNP00000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$39.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>God of War III Remastered - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/god-of-war-iii-remastered/cid=UP9000-CUSA01623_00-0000GODOFWAR3PS4?emcid=ps-ga-871">$35.99 (10% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/av2SGoGAk_w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ckFWXdX7aAMF4OoeNw5wfoKHk1vpJxNC">$9.99 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kGlbdC9i8t4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <ul> <li>Call of Duty Advanced Warfare - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/COD-Advanced-Warfare/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80241560914?cid=search">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Deadpool - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Deadpool/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802415608ec?cid=search">$29.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Chivalry/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258411451?cid=search">$8.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Xbox's Activision sale can be found <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/promotion/xbox-360-activision-sale">here</a>.</li> </ul> <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>Battlestations Pacific - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Battlestations-Pacific/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802534307e9?DownloadType=Game#LiveZone">FREE!</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Assassins-Creed-Rogue/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802555308ce">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Assassins-Creed-IV/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802555308c2">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The full list of Deals with Gold titles for Xbox 360 can be found <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/deals-with-gold">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Twisted Metal - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/twisted-metal/cid=UP9000-NPUA80079_00-TWISTEDMETAL0100?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Teslagrad - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/teslagrad/cid=UP4513-NPUB31653_00-TESLAGRAD0000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>J-Stars Victory VS+ - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/j-stars-victory-vs/cid=UP0700-NPUB31647_00-WJ45JSVVSPS30000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$27.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/blazblue-chrono-phantasma-extend/cid=UP1024-NPUB31634_00-BBCPPS3000001000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$27.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/deception-iv-the-nightmare-princess/cid=UP4108-NPUB31752_00-DECEPTIONNP00000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$34.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Bladestorm: Nightmare - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/bladestorm-nightmare/cid=UP4108-NPUB31690_00-BLADE0NIGHT00000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$34.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/XBwf3Dqhwb_IEWGzE2rL9xhP-Arm4Mzz">$29.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Etrian Mystery Dungeon - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/i8Z_JhbHKdXQq11K6GyNcptM3SvgKaSj">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Super Time Force Ultra - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/super-time-force-ultra/cid=UP2003-PCSE00698_00-SUPERTIMEFORCEUL?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Xeodrifter - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/xeodrifter/cid=UP1050-PCSE00694_00-XEODRIFTERVITAUS?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>La-Mulana EX - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/la-mulana-ex/cid=UP4034-PCSE00567_00-LAMULANAEX000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>J-Stars Victory VS+ - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/j-stars-victory-vs/cid=UP0700-PCSE00595_00-WJ45JSVVSPSV0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$27.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/deception-iv-the-nightmare-princess/cid=UP4108-PCSE00743_00-DECEPTIONNP00000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Top 10 Video Game Movies http://www.shacknews.com/article/91160/shack-reels-top-10-video-game-movies http://www.shacknews.com/article/91160/shack-reels-top-10-video-game-movies <p>Hollywood certainly isn't about to give up on its efforts to make video game movies. Most recently, there was the abominable <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90583/stuff-that-sucks-pixels">Pixels</a> and the <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hitman_agent_47/">critically-panned</a> Hitman: Agent 47. And there's still more to come, with the latest rumor surrounding a possible <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2015/09/04/mega-man-live-action-movie-in-development/" target="blank">Mega Man movie</a>.</p> <p>But sometimes, just sometimes, filmmakers get it right. There are good vidoe game movies out there and today, Greg Burke takes a look at the ten best. These are the Top 10 Video Game Movies.</p> <p>For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://youtu.be/N9etrD8CPE8" target="blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N9etrD8CPE8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Weekend PC download deals: Evolve and Killing Floor 2 free weekends and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/91154/weekend-pc-download-deals-evolve-and-killing-floor-2-free-weekends-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/91154/weekend-pc-download-deals-evolve-and-killing-floor-2-free-weekends-and-more <p>It's a holiday weekend and that means there are a lot of games to catch up on. Steam is doing its part to help by offering free weekends for both Evolve and Killing Floor 2, the latter of which is in Early Access, so it's a good chance to see how that game's coming along without spending a dime. Meanwhile, UPlay is having a Back to School sale that not only discounts much of its catalog, but also throws in guaranteed beta access for both The Division and Rainbow Six Siege. And the Humble Store continues its End of Summer sale, which includes a chance to build your own Double Fine bundle. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Amazon is apparently taking Labor Day off for its PC deals, too. Come back next week for more.</li> </ul> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><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/born-2-race-bundle/">pay $1.49</a> for Race Injection, Little Racers STREET, Mini Motor Racing EVO, Race On, Pressure, Street Racing Syndicate, and RACE: The WTCC Game + Caterham Expansion. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/infinite-bundle/">pay $1.99</a> for Sparkle 2 Evo, Merchants of Kaidan, Frederic: Evil Strikes Back, Frederic: Resurrection of Music, Millie, Teddy Floppy Ear - Kayaking, Teddy Floppy Ear - Mountain Adventure, Sparkle 3 Genesis, Teddy Floppy Ear - The Race, Violett Remastered, 16bit Trader, and Jesabel. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/f1-race-stars-bundle/">pay $4.99</a> for F1 Race Stars and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/cryptic-bundle-3/">pay $1.99</a> for Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil Premium Edition, Dreamscapes - Nightmare's Heir Premium Edition, Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light Collector's Edition, Sacra Terra: Angelic Night CE, New York Mysteries: Secrets of the Mafia CE, Lost Lands: Dark Overlord CE, Lost Lands: The Four Horsemen CE, and Portal of Evil: Stolen Runes - Collector's Edition. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/grid-autosport-bundle/">pay $24.99</a> for Grid Autosport and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/hyperdimension-neptunia-rebirth2/">$11.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/hyperdimension-neptunia-rebirth1/">$11.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>3D Realms Anthology Steam Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/3d-realms-anthology/">$13.59 (66% off)</a></li> <li>GTR Evolution [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/gtrevolution/">$1.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>GT Legends [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/g-t-legends/">$1.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qR1Mv-8HFcs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>Evolve [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-evolve/5008052">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Evolve: Digital Deluxe Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-evolve--digital-deluxe-edition/5009245">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Evolve: PC Monster Race Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-evolve--pc-monster-race-edition/5009246">$39.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other items in Direct2Drive's Evolve Sale can be found <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/255">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Endless Legend [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-ELCE/endless-legend-classic-edition">$20.09 (40% off)</a> (Other versions of Endless Legend also on sale <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/campaign/340/endless-legend-weekend">here</a>.)</li> <li>Killing Floor 2 [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KILLFL/killing-floor-2">$20.09 (40% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition also on sale <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KILLFL2D/killing-floor-2-digital-deluxe-edition">here</a>.)</li> <li>Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SRCBLD/shadowrun-chronicles-boston-lockdown">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>Diablo III - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/diablo-iii/76157">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Child of Light [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/child-of-light-live">$3.74 (75% off)</a> (DLC also on sale)</li> <li>South Park: The Stick of Truth [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-live">$13.59 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Valiant Hearts: The Great War [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/valiant-hearts-the-great-war">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Ubi Adventures sale, including Rayman games and Grow Home, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/ubi-adventures">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KsB1ydR8NFk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher_3_wild_hunt">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>The Witcher Adventure Game - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/witcher_adventure_game">$3.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher_2">$2.99 (85% off)</a></li> <li>The Witcher: Enhanced Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher">$1.49 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Cities in Motion Collection - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/cities_in_motion_collection">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Patrician 3 - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/patrician_3">$1.79 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG.com's Strategy Selection (With a Touch of Action) sale, including Risen and Hearts of Iron games, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/weekend_promo_paradox_and_strategy_first_040915">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>SAVE23-WITHGM-GSEP15</b> to get 23% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Use the code <b>MADMAX-SAVE40-MADMAX</b> to get 40% off Mad Max to bring the total down to <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/mad-max-na/#b">$35.99</a></li> <li>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [GOG.com] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/witcher-3-wild-hunt/#b">$27.99 (53% off)</a></li> <li>Dying Light [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/shooter/dying-light/#b">$40.19 (33% off)</a> (DLC and Season Pass also on sale <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/dying-light-titles/">here</a>.)</li> <li>The Escapists [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/indie/escapists/">$10.79 (40% off)</a></li> <li>LA Cops [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/la-cops/">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Team 17 sale can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/team-17-titles/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7VkS3beywvk?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 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Gold, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, and access to the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer beta. Pay more than the average $8.36 to get Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Deluxe Edition, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, and more games to be named later. Pay $10 or more to also get Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Pay $75 or more to also get Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, a Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege T-shirt, and a coupon for 66% off any three Ubisoft titles in the Humble Store. All games work on UPlay.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Zombie Kill of the Week Reborn, Pixel Heroes: Byte &amp; Magic, Meridian: New World, Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space. Pay $6 or more to also get Coffin Dodgers, Victory at Sea, and Enforcer: Police Crime Action. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>Payday 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/payday2_storefront">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>A large selection of Double Fine games are on sale, but you can save even more by picking up 3, 4, and 5 games at a time. The selection includes Broken Age, Massive Chalice, Grim Fandango Remastered, and more. Find the full list <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/bundle/doublefineproductions/">here</a>.</li> <li>Evolve [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/evolve_storefront">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>XCOM: Enemy Unknown Complete Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/xcom_enemyunknowncomplete_storefront">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/borderlands_thepresequel_storefront">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/civilization_beyondearth_storefront">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Endless Legend [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/endlesslegend_classic_storefront">$20.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Elite 3 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/sniperelite3_storefront">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Defense Grid 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/defensegrid2_standard_storefront">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Magicka 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/magicka2_storefront">$10.04 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Over 1,000 games are on sale as part of the Humble Store's End of Summer sale, with new games going up each day. Find the full list of sale items over on the <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store" target="blank">Humble Store</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eaGXXwxguJE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Zuma's Revenge - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house">Free!</a></li> <li>Dragon Age Inquisition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/dragon-age-inquisition/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/omaha/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 Premium Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/battlefield-4/pc-download/base-game/premium-edition">$33.32 (35% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 Premium Membership - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/battlefield-4/pc-download/addon/battlefield-4-premium">$26.66 (35% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>UPlay</h3> <ul> <li>UPlay is holding its Back To School Sale. In addition to offering the following sale items, pick up any of the games featured in the sale to receive guaranteed beta access for both Tom Clancy's The Division and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Find the full list <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/cat/categoryID.67755500">here</a>.</li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Assassins-Creed-Unity/productID.305323400/categoryId.67755500">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 4 - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Far-Cry-4/productID.304344300/categoryId.67755500">$27.49 (55% off)</a></li> <li>The Crew - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/THE-CREW/productID.305314300/categoryId.67755500">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Watch Dogs - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/WatchDogs/productID.274997500/categoryId.67755500">$16.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Assassins-Creed-Rogue/productID.314214200/categoryId.67755500">$21.99 (45% off)</a></li> <li>Grow Home - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Grow-Home/productID.313566300/categoryId.67755500">$3.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Brothers-%E2%80%93-A-Tale-of-Two-Sons/productID.297060800/categoryId.67755500">$5.10 (66% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Evolve - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/273350/">$19.99 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until 9/6 at 1PM.)</li> <li>Killing Floor 2 [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232090/">$19.99 (33% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until 9/6 at 1PM.)</li> <li>Yesterday - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/205840">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Sherlock Holmes: Crimes &amp; Punishments - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/241260/">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Contrast - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224460">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Steam's Focus Home Interactive sale can be found <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/focus_weekend/">here</a>.</li> <li>Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219640">$4.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JD3b7s7Bi_8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Darkest Dungeon 'The Cove' Developer Interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/91152/shack-reels-darkest-dungeon-the-cove-developer-interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/91152/shack-reels-darkest-dungeon-the-cove-developer-interview <p>Andrew catches up with Chris and Tyler from Red Hook Studios at PAX 2015 to get the latest info about The Cove, a new dungeon for Darkest Dungeon.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/soZZ63baQBw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Castle Crashers Remastered charges onto Xbox One next week http://www.shacknews.com/article/91156/castle-crashers-remastered-charges-onto-xbox-one-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/91156/castle-crashers-remastered-charges-onto-xbox-one-next-week <p>It's hard to imagine anyone missing out on the original beat-'em-up joy provided by Castle Crashers, one of the most recognizable Xbox Live Arcade games of the previous console generation. But back at <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90053/castle-crashers-remastered-coming-to-xbox-one-and-pc">E3 2015</a>, The Behemoth did announced that Castle Crashers Remastered was in the works. And now, it has a release date.</p> <p>The Xbox One version will arrive on September 9, according to <a href="http://blog.thebehemoth.com/2015/09/04/ccrreleasedate/?linkId=16823597">The Behemoth</a>'s website. This will be the version of the game that features full 1080p visuals, 60fps, online performance upgrades, and the new Back Off Barbarian mode.</p> <p>While Castle Crashers Remastered will come with a $14.99 price tag, those that purchased the original Castle Crashers on Xbox 360 can pick up the game for free. There are a few caveats, though. This offer is only open to Xbox Live Gold members and it's only good until September 20. Beyond that date, Xbox Live Gold members that own the original Castle Crashers will be able to pick it up for $5.</p> <p>For those that would still rather not make the plunge, The Behemoth also pointed out that the original Castle Crashers is in line to hit the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility lineup at some point in the future. Just bear in mind that it will not come with any of the extra bells and whistles that are contained in the remaster. A PC version of Castle Crashers Remastered is also coming soon, but no date has been given at this time.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bu6Kwvd695w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:22:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Cities Skylines: After Dark Interview with Karoliina Korppoo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91151/shack-reels-cities-skylines-after-dark-interview-with-karoliina-korppoo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91151/shack-reels-cities-skylines-after-dark-interview-with-karoliina-korppoo <p>Cities: Skylines fans will soon be able to buld a city that never sleeps with the After Dark expansion. Find out how day and night cycles work in our interview with&nbsp;Karoliina Korppoo from PAX Prime 2015.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7mRqESkB0Mc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Killing Floor 2 Firebug Survival Tips http://www.shacknews.com/article/91149/killing-floor-2-firebug-survival-tips http://www.shacknews.com/article/91149/killing-floor-2-firebug-survival-tips <p>The Killing Floor 2 Incinerate 'N Detonate update adds the Firebug Perk to the game, so it's time to get cooking. Here are some tips on how to properly roast some Zeds without getting burned.</p> <hr /> <h2>Flame On!</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/kf2_dec14-4-.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Using the Firebug Perk requires a certain degree of patience. Unlike bullet based classes, Firebugs doesn't always rely on immediate damage. There is an damage boost on the initial burst of flames, but you'll quickly run out of ammunition if you continuously pour on the fire. Instead, Firebugs should use short bursts - preferably while sweeping the gun across an area - to light Zeds on fire. Then wait for them to burn to death over time. You'll often want to catch them while they're clustered in groups to maximize your effectiveness.</p> <hr /> <h2>Aim Low</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/movieframe00643.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>When using the Caulk &amp; Burn or the Flamethrower, you have to resist the urge to aim for center mass. The best place to aim is at the Zed's feet. That way, you'll have a better chance of hitting Crawlers. Perhaps more importantly, you'll leave a couple small pools of flames that last for about 2.5 seconds. These pools will burn and ignite Zeds that walk through them, which maximizes your damage while conserving ammunition.</p> <hr /> <h2>Extra Firepower</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/screenshot00032.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>It should be noted that the Caulk &amp; Burn and Flamethrower are almost identical to each other in nature. Except, the Flamethrower has a longer range, holds more fuel, and does a little more damage (but not enough to make a practical difference). But sometimes shooting flames isn't enough.</p> <p>Common Zeds like Clots, Crawlers, and Slashers will quickly burn to death, while tougher ones like the Gorefast and Bloat might take a while. Large Zeds like the Scrake and Fleshpound take forever to burn, and require frequent reapplications. When it comes to tougher Zeds, it may be necessary to switch to direct damage weapons like the Incendiary Trench Gun. Although there are more powerful shotguns in the game, this one has a wide spread and may light Zeds on fire with incendiary rounds, which makes use of the Firebug's skills and Perk Weapon bonuses. Just be aware that it only holds six rounds, and it takes a long while to reload.</p> <p>If you're interested in a little off-Perk XP, equipping the Flamethrower and Trench Gun will leave you just enough room to pick up a Medic's HMTech-101 Pistol before hitting the Firebug's weight limit. You can use it for easy single targets and as a means to heal teammates at range. However, you'll need to sell it if you plan on having both a Trench Gun and Microwave Gun.</p> <hr /> <h2>Save the Best for Last</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/Dr. Hans.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>It's easy to understand why someone would go straight for the Microwave Gun. It fires a continuous beam that cooks Zeds from the inside out, causing them to explode, and can also fire a short range burst. But even though the Microwave Gun is powerful and very useful against large Zeds and Sirens, it eats ammunition at a high rate. You also lose out on the continuous damage when you're not holding down the trigger, and the fire pools flamethrowers leave behind. Another added benefit to using a Flamethrower is that burning Zeds have a chance to run around in a panic, which helps keep you from being surrounded.</p> <p>You could supplement the gun with a Molotov Cocktails and the Trench Gun, but that's a lot of effort for the sake of one gun.</p> <p>Better to hold off on the Microwave Gun until the final boss round. By sticking to a couple choice weapons, you might end up with enough money to buy a couple Microwave Guns to use as spares. Toss a couple on the ground in case you run out of ammo on one during the big fight.</p> <hr /> <h2>A Berserker's Best Friend</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/kf2_dec14-5-.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>There's no such thing as a bad Perk pairing, but a Firebug alongside a Berserker is one amazing combo. Since the Berserker doesn't need to use a gun, and takes reduced damage from Zeds, it can grab the attention while the Firebug reloads. Firebugs can quickly take out Crawlers to prevent the teammate from being overwhelmed while Berserkers handle slow burning Zeds like Gorefasts. Lastly, Firebugs can weaken tougher Zeds like the Siren so that they can be killed before doing too much damage.</p> <hr /> <h2>Your Worst Enemies</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/kf2_dec14-7-.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Fleshpounds and Scrakes are the biggest threat to any player, but as a Firebug, you'll need to watch out for Husks, since they're resistant to fire damage. Fortunately, you're slightly resistant to Husk fire damage too. Sirens are a little less of an issue, because even though they take a long while to burn, you can just light one up and stay your distance. Bloats are tricky because they burn slowly, and will explode with bile when they finally die.</p> <p>The two types to be especially careful of are Gorefasts and Stalkers. Gorefasts burn slower than most other common Zeds, and don't always scare off when lit up. Unless you've leveled up your Commando Perk, Stalkers will use their invisibility to surround you, causing you shoot in a panic, which might mean that one of your biggest enemies is yourself.</p> <p>It might seem like common sense in real life, but not running in the direction of your fire might seem counterintuitive in a video game. Try not to run forward when using the Flamethrower. Instead, strafe or walk backward when pressing on the trigger. The reason being that there is a chance that you can light yourself on fire. You also don't want to be too close to a burning Zed for the same reason. You're partially resistant to your own fire, but why sacrifice the armor and hit points?</p> <hr /> <h2>Skills of the Trade</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/kf2_dec14-14-.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>One of the most useful Firebug skills include Fully Stacked (level 5), which gives you full ammo with every Perk Weapon you purchase (including the Caulk &amp; Burn at the start of the match). This is a big money saver, especially with the Flamethrower and Microwave Gun, and reduces the need to search around the map for ammo boxes.</p> <p>Fuse (level 10) lets Zeds burn for 70% longer, which is a big ammo saver, and in turn, saves you a little dosh. Zed Shrapnel (level 15) gives any Zed killed by fire weapons a 50% chance to explode and damage other nearby creatures. This is especially useful when large Zeds are surrounded by weaker ones.</p> <p>The Level 20 skills, Range and Splash Damage, are a tossup. Range will allow you to keep your distance, which is great for weapons like the Caulk &amp; Burn, but Splash Damage is great for when you're ready to use the Trench Gun or Microwave Gun. Similarly, you can't go wrong with either level 25 skill, Combustion or Scorch, since they're both very good and are only active during Zed Time. However, we prefer Combustion, because watching Zeds explode in a fireball is a lovely thing.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Shack Reels: The Banner Saga 2 Features & Gameplay Interview with Steve Escalante http://www.shacknews.com/article/91150/shack-reels-the-banner-saga-2-features--gameplay-interview-with-steve-escalante http://www.shacknews.com/article/91150/shack-reels-the-banner-saga-2-features--gameplay-interview-with-steve-escalante <p>Banner Saga 2 continues the struggle for survival from the previous game. We catch up with&nbsp;Steve Escalante from&nbsp;Versus Evil at PAX Prime 2015 to catch a glimpse of what the upcoming game is all about.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M3GYEbryCME" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Overwatch - Hands-on with Lucio and Soldier: 76 at GameStop Expo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91142/overwatch---hands-on-with-lucio-and-soldier-76-at-gamestop-expo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91142/overwatch---hands-on-with-lucio-and-soldier-76-at-gamestop-expo <p>Blizzard has been steadily offering updates on its upcoming shooter, Overwatch, over the past several months. The last time Shacknews went <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87069/overwatch-hands-on-at-blizzcon-2014">hands-on</a> with the team-based multiplayer shooter was when it was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87065/blizzard-entertainment-announces-new-game-overwatch">first unveiled</a> at BlizzCon 2014. It has changed quite a bit since then, most notably adding some new faces to the roster.</p> <p>Shacknews recently covered the announcements for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90334/overwatch-gets-infiltrated-by-soldier-76">Soldier: 76</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90667/gamescom-2015-overwatch-rocks-out-with-lucio">Lucio</a>, but this year's GameStop Expo provided one of the first opportunities to go hands-on with these new characters. After a couple of sessions, it feels like they'll fit in just fine.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/OverwatchLucio_4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="401" /></div> <p>The Brazilian beat master Lucio, in particular, feels like one of the coolest additions to Overwatch to date. He fights mainly with his Sonic Amplifier, which damages enemies with sonic projectiles, but also has an alt-fire that can knock back foes with sound. This is helpful when Lucio needs to make space and make a clean getaway, which he'll have no trouble doing, because this man is quick as a hiccup and can even run across walls to aid his escape.</p> <p>What makes Lucio stand out is his Crossfade ability, which allows him to change songs on the fly, switching him between two completely different type of support characters. The default song sees Lucio boost any surrounding teammates, which can be devastating when applied to some of the game's more offensive-minded combantants. If the team starts to get overwhelmed by enemy fire, Lucio can switch to his other song that regenerates health to any teammates standing nearby. Crossfade can keep the team alive long enough to cause serious damage, but the speed song only makes the team more powerful if the opponents aren't making any headway.</p> <p>Lucio's speed truly makes him stand out from a standard support character, as I was able to escape enemy fire frequently. Combined with a surprisingly powerful Sonic Amplifier weapon, Lucio is not someone to sleep on. My first game even kicked off with an 8-player kill streak, something I didn't think I was capable of doing.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/Overwatch76_3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>Soldier: 76, on the other hand, manages speed in a different way. His Sprint ability allows him to get to objectives quickly, but with some of Overwatch's map design, I didn't feel like I was truly able to take advantage of it. The Volskaya Industries map, in particular, is designed with more verticality in mind, so dashing forward wasn't much of an option.</p> <p>What I couldn't get in speed, I made up for with pure firepower. Soldier: 76's Heavy Pulse Rifle is a powerful piece of weaponry, especially when flanked by Helix Rockets. Shots were able to reach a decent range, making him a decent offensive option. While I wasn't making as much headway with 76 as I was with Lucio, I did take full advantage of this character's Biotic Field ability. This is essentially a healing beacon that can be placed anywhere to heal teammates. When attempting to reach the second capture point, the entire enemy team was laying in wait behind walls. That gave me a chance to set up the Biotic Field for some more hit-and-run tactics that would keep the team fresh throughout our push.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/OverwatchVolskaya_4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="401" /></div> <p>Team-based multiplayer games are nothing new, but Overwatch is starting to feel like one of the more fluid efforts I've encountered in some time. The movement feels smooth and the shooting mechanics are simple to grasp. If there's a complaint to be had right now, it's with the map design, which doesn't always suit every character's strength.</p> <p>Going into BlizzCon 2015 later this year, Overwatch is only growing stronger with the more Blizzard adds to it. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks, as the game's beta is still in line to arrive this fall.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain: Collect All 10 Memento Photos http://www.shacknews.com/article/91140/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain-collect-all-10-memento-photos http://www.shacknews.com/article/91140/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain-collect-all-10-memento-photos <p>Complete each of the following 10 Side Ops missions in order to obtain the corresponding Memento Photos.</p> <p>Each mission involves locating, knocking out, and extracting a soldier. Stealth is a key component, so use cover and the cardboard box. You can use D-Dog to help locate soldiers, and using the iDroid to play "Love Deterrence" will distract them. A sniper rifle with tranquilizer darts will also come in handy. Missing means having to find the soldier all over again.</p> <p>Once you have all 10 Memento Photos, give them to Paz. You'll also need to build the first part of the Medical Platform before you can visit her. Then leave her room to find the Morpho Butterfly on the wall. You'll also get Emblem Parts.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 51 (Miller and Paz)</strong></p> <p>This Side Op is located in the southeast region of Afghanistan. You need to finish Mission 06 first. The soldier you're looking for is up on a hill, found on the northeast part of the Eastern Communication Post.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 52 (Professor Galvez)</strong></p> <p>You'll find this mission in the southwest region of Afghanistan, and you need to successfully complete Mission 08 and Side Op 51 to unlock it. The soldier you need to extract is southwest of Da Shago Kallai. Be careful, because he'll thrown a smoke grenade to escape if he sees you.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 53 (Swimsuit Paz)</strong></p> <p>Unlock this Side Op by finishing Mission 16 and Side Op 52. It's located in the northwest region of Africa. The soldier can be found east of Bwala ya Masa, and will use a sleep grenade if you're spotted.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 54 (Nuke)</strong></p> <p>This one is located in the southwest region of Africa, and you must complete Mission 20 and Side Op 53 to unlock it. You'll find the soldier west of Nova Braga Airport. He'll hit you with stun grenades if he sees you.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 55 (Fishing)</strong></p> <p>This mission takes you to the northeast region of Africa after you complete Mission 23 and Side Op 54. The soldier is near the Kungenga Mine, and comes equipped with both a shield on his back and stun grenades.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 56 (Gallo Pinto)</strong></p> <p>You'll be in the southeast region of Africa, and you need to complete Mission 31 and Side Op 55 to unlock this Side Op. The soldier is located east of Munoko ya Nioka Station, and has a cloaking device. But you can use night vision goggles to see him again</p> <p><strong>Side Op 57 (Birthday Party)</strong></p> <p>This mission is in Afghanistan's western region, and is unlocked after you finish Mission 31 and Side Op 56. The soldier is underneath a bridge, south of the Yakho Oboo Outpost. He'll employ both a cloaking device and smoke grenades if you're spotted.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 58 (Costa Rica)</strong></p> <p>Located in the eastern region of Africa, and you need to complete Mission 35 and Side Op 57 first. The soldier is in the southern part of the Lufwa Valley. He has a cloaking device and sleep grenades.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 59 (Chico)</strong></p> <p>You'll head to the eastern region of Afghanistan for this mission after completing Mission 38 and Side Op 58 first. This soldier is found on a hill, located east of Qarya Sakhra Ee. He's equipped with a cloaking device and stun grenades.</p> <p><strong>Side Op 60 (Futbol)</strong></p> <p>The final mission is located in the northwest region of Afghanistan, and you need to finish Mission 38 and Side Op 59 to unlock it. You'll find the soldier in the Aabe Shifap Ruins, and he's equipped with a cloaking device, stun grenades and a shield.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate September DLC is filled with huge monsters http://www.shacknews.com/article/91146/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-september-dlc-is-filled-with-huge-monsters http://www.shacknews.com/article/91146/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-september-dlc-is-filled-with-huge-monsters <p>Capcom has announced its free downloadable content pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for September.</p> <p>The September DLC pack will includes new quests, arena challenges, and weapons. Hunters will need to battle a Seltas Queen, a Tigerstripe Zamtrios, a Savage Deviljho, and more in this month&rsquo;s DLC pack. Much larger monsters are also available, such as a Gogmazios, an Akantor, and a Shah Dalamadur.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a quick rundown of what&rsquo;s available in this month&rsquo;s DLC pack:</p> <ul> <li>12 New quests (including 3 New Arena challenges);</li> <li>1 New weapon;</li> <li>1 New armor set (GX Tempest / GX Welkin);</li> <li>1 New Palico equipment set (Pep Squad);</li> <li>1 Bonus Palico: Green Pal;</li> <li>1 Guild Card background;</li> <li>6 Guild Card titles</li> </ul> <p><span>The September DLC pack is now available for free for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players. Be sure to pick up the previous free packs as they&rsquo;re also available from <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88449/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-receives-free-dlc-pack-today">March</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88937/monster-hunter-4-ultimates-april-free-dlc-pack-available-today">April</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89382/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-dlc-pack-for-may-available-now">May</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89825/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-june-dlc-features-animal-crossing-devil-may-cry-and-more">June</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90286/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-free-dlc-lineup-for-july-announced">July</a>, and August.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VgjB036rQ6Y"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:51:00 PDT Daniel Perez Need for Speed trailer shows five different ways to play http://www.shacknews.com/article/91145/need-for-speed-trailer-shows-five-different-ways-to-play http://www.shacknews.com/article/91145/need-for-speed-trailer-shows-five-different-ways-to-play <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/need-for-speed-2015">Need for Speed</a>&nbsp;is releasing on November 3, and this week, EA released a new trailer for the game highlighting the five different ways to play the game.</p> <p>Your reputation appears to mean everything in Need for Speed, and there are five different ways to earn it in the game. Racers can earn it through Speed events, racing around in Stylish ways, by Building your own ride, racing with your Crew, and being an Outlaw who races without fear of consequences.</p> <p><span>You can check out the video below to learn more about the different ways you can earn rep in Need for Speed while also being treated to some in-game footage. If you want to learn more about Need for Speed, check out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90104/e3-2015-need-for-speed-hands-on-fully-loaded-and-ready-to-race">our hands-on impressions piece from E3</a>.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y32dfdsznFc"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:20:00 PDT Daniel Perez Star Wars Battlefront - Hands-on with Walker Assault at GameStop Expo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91141/star-wars-battlefront---hands-on-with-walker-assault-at-gamestop-expo http://www.shacknews.com/article/91141/star-wars-battlefront---hands-on-with-walker-assault-at-gamestop-expo <p>Today is Force Friday, a grand celebration in a series of them for Star Wars fans in 2015. It's a day in which new Star Wars memorabilia, toys, and collectibles will be unveiled, but for video game enthusiasts, their big day isn't coming until November when Star Wars Battlefront arrives on PC and next-gen consoles. Shacknews has previously offered <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90098/e3-2015-warding-off-stormtroopers-in-star-wars-battlefronts-co-op-missions">hands-on looks</a> at the game's co-op Survival mode, from <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90518/star-wars-battlefront-impressions-learning-to-survive-or-die-together">more than one perspective</a>, in fact. But if that's the game's undercard, then this year's GameStop Expo provided an opportunity to jump into the main event. It was time to try out the large 20v20 Walker Assault multiplayer mode.</p> <p>While shooters have generally aimed for eliminating the opposing team as a primary objective, Battlefront is looking to throw a far greater Star Wars twist into the proceedings. For Walker Assault, the main objective varies for both sides. There are a pair of giant AT-AT walkers heading towards the Rebel base on Hoth. For the Imperials, the object is to escort these walkers safely, while the Rebels must eliminate the giant mechanical beasts before time runs out.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/StarWarsBattlefront_WalkerAssault2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The first thing to notice about Hoth is that the map is massive. It's a wide open snowy tundra, where the natural terrain can sometimes work to offer cover or a stealthy route towards enemies. However, it's also filled with trenches, valuable for getting out from under fire. And there will be plenty of blaster fire.</p> <p>That's because Star Wars Battlefront does not operate on standard military ammo. Blasters don't have a finite amount of shots, but rather can overheat if overused. So trigger-happy soldiers must learn to be a little more conservative with their shooting pace. Blaster bolts will reach crazy distances and while there are dedicated long-range weapons, the standard blaster will sometimes grant some lucky hits from long sniper rifle-like range. But don't look for people to overly abuse this idea, since Battlefront doesn't offer aim down sights.</p> <p>When players aren't firing, they're looking for power-up icons placed throughout the map. This can help spawn in some helpful gadgets, like thermal detonators, but can also work towards summoning vehicles. For Imperials, they can jump into a TIE Fighter cockpit or a heavy-hitting AT-ST. It's even possible to eventually get into the AT-AT itself and mow down hapless Rebels. Rebels can get a chance to jump into their vehicle arsenal, like a trusty X-Wing or the helpful Snowspeeder that houses the much-needed tow cable that can bring the AT-ATs crashing to the ground.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jXU5k4U8x20?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Aside from doing things the old movie way, Rebels can complete objectives related to nearby Uplink stations that can summon Y-Wing bombing runs. That'll cue up the classic Star Wars music score and signal that the AT-ATs are vulnerable to all player fire, but completing the walker destruction is not an easy job. There's only a short window to fire and unless players are ready to fire away with rockets or the like, they won't make much of a dent. This writer eventually got into one of the several turret stations that were stationed among the Rebel defenses, which allowed a clear shot at pesky AT-STs. Unfortunately, like the rest of the game's weapons in general, aiming can be troublesome. In this instance, I was able to make no contact with an ememy TIE Fighter. That person was likewise unable to make contact with me, so he simply kamikaze'd into the turret, taking us both out. Near the end of the game, I was able to sneak into an unattended turret and get a clear shot at an AT-AT, knocking it down to about one-quarter of its health, but by then, it was too late and the Imperials had completed their objective.</p> <p>Walker Assault doesn't feel like most of the standard multiplayer shooter modes I've played to death, but more importantly, Battlefront is feeling like a different kind of shooter. It feels a lot more wide open and the massive setting makes this mode feel more epic in scale. Power-up icons on the field are also a nice touch and provide something else to fight over. Whether the other maps can maintain this same kind of feel remains to be seen, but Hoth was definitely a great place for EA and DICE to start.</p> <p>Star Wars Battlefront is set to hit PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89162/star-wars-battlefront-awakens-november-17-free-battle-of-jakku-dlc-on-december-8">November 17</a>, but look for the beta to kick off in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91085/star-wars-battlefront-beta-starts-in-october-drop-zone-mode-announced">October</a>.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Bungie offering Destiny players a taste of The Taken King content on Sept. 8 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91144/bungie-offering-destiny-players-a-taste-of-the-taken-king-content-on-sept-8 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91144/bungie-offering-destiny-players-a-taste-of-the-taken-king-content-on-sept-8 <p>Bungie has revealed <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/destiny">Destiny</a>&nbsp;players will be able to gain access to a special Crucible Preview Event once Destiny 2.0 launches on September 8.</p> <p>The Crucible Preview Event will take place from September 8 and will last until September 14. During this time, Guardians can head to the Crucible to experience new game modes and maps, although Bungie notes you won&rsquo;t have access to your Super abilities at that time. Guardians will need to visit your class Vanguard in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90124/e3-2015-destiny-the-taken-king-might-convince-me-to-play-more-destiny">The Taken King</a>&nbsp;to earn your new subclass.</p> <p>After September 14, the new Crucible content will only be available to those who pick up and continue playing The Taken King. Any and all Vanguard/Crucible marks will be converted into faction commendations starting on September 15.</p> <p><span>Bungie allowing Destiny players the opportunity to preview more <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90261/e3-2015-bungie-discusses-destiny-the-taken-kings-story-subclasses-and-more">The Taken King</a>&nbsp;content prior to its launch is a smart move on its part. While we&rsquo;re sure a good majority of Destiny players are planning on picking up The Taken King, this opportunity will certainly get those who are on the fence the push they need to make their purchase on September 15.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H3aXdBklklM"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:51:00 PDT Daniel Perez Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch providing major fixes now available http://www.shacknews.com/article/91143/batman-arkham-knight-pc-patch-providing-major-fixes-now-available http://www.shacknews.com/article/91143/batman-arkham-knight-pc-patch-providing-major-fixes-now-available <p>Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners have had to go through <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90164/batman-arkham-knight-pc-suffering-from-poor-optimization">over two months of a broken game</a>, but late yesterday, Warner Bros. has released an interim patch that provides some major fixes and improvements to the title.</p> <p>Here are some of the changes WB has revealed have been made to Arkham Knight:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced frame rate hitches</li> <li>Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage</li> <li>Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)</li> <li>More Comprehensive In-Game Settings</li> <li>Fixed low resolution texture bugs</li> <li>Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)</li> </ul> <p>In addition to those changes, WB is currently working on the following for future updates:</p> <ul> <li>Adding support for SLI and Crossfire</li> <li>Adding support for the latest DLC &amp; Season Pass content</li> <li>Adding support for additional updates such as Photo Mode</li> <li>Continued improvements and bug fixing for a Windows 7 specific memory issue that occurs on configurations with 8GB of system RAM and some NVIDIA GPUs during extended game play</li> <li>Continued improvements for Windows 10 specific issues on systems with some AMD GPUs</li> </ul> <p><span>While we waited for Warner Bros. to release patches to improve Arkham Knight, we learned the game was outsourced and ported <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90184/batman-arkham-knight-pc-was-outsourced-and-ported-by-12-people-rocksteady-issues-statement">by only 12 people</a> and would require &ldquo;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90237/batman-arkham-knight-pc-will-require-significant-work-first-patch-released">significant</a>&rdquo; work as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90220/arkham-knight-pc-getting-support-from-rocksteady-and-nvidia-to-fix-performance-issues">Rocksteady and NVIDIA</a> worked together to improve it. As a result, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90197/warner-bros-suspends-sales-of-batman-arkham-knight-for-pc">WB has suspended sales of the game</a> on PC, which as of this writing, is still unavailable for purchase.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pnCtYRZPdnk"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Renowned Explorers: International Society Review: Fighting with Sticks, Stones, and Words http://www.shacknews.com/article/91137/renowned-explorers-international-society-review-fighting-with-sticks-stones-and-words http://www.shacknews.com/article/91137/renowned-explorers-international-society-review-fighting-with-sticks-stones-and-words <p>Renowned Explorers: International Society takes us back to a time in history when bands of courageous explorers came together in search of fame, knowledge, wealth and fictional treasure. The difficulty of this virtual board game might be hard to hard to believe, given its cartoon graphics and casual presentation. But this is a game that's meant to be replayed over a long period of time, and each failure presents a new learning opportunity. Trying and failing is also a big motivator to give the game another go.</p> <h2>Exploring the World</h2> <p>The game starts off simple enough. You select three people from a selection of explorers, each with unique strengths and characteristics. There are four types of explorers, so it's not possible to create a completely balanced team, but you can make one to suit your intended approach, as determined by the team captain. For example, your explorer team can specialize in being aggressive and seize treasure by force, or you can try to be friendly or persuasive. There is some flexibility, but it's difficult to build a team that doesn't have some sort of specialty.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jq-D_GOq8Ck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>You build up world renown to become the greatest explorer in the world. To this end, you must embark on five missions of varying difficulty, collect as many resources as you can, and put them to use. These include researching new skills, purchasing equipment, and hiring a small team to help gain extra bonuses out of each mission.</p> <p>Once on a mission, players follow routes to explore areas in search of knowledge, prestige, and treasure. But the catch is that each movement uses up supplies, and you have a finite amount of them. Your teammates will start suffering penalties when you're out of supplies, so it's good to keep a close eye on it and plan your moves accordingly. You can sometimes pick up additional supplies from outposts and villages, but that's not always guaranteed.</p> <p>There are also a number of obstacles that stand in the player's way, such as deciphering a tome or raiding a pirate ship for its goods. These incidents, should you choose to engage them, play out as games of chance. Studying a scientific artifact will require a scientist, and the higher the science skill, the higher the odds are of success. A wheel, similar to that of Wheel of Fortune, spins and you have to hope that it lands on success instead of failure. There are few things more infuriating than watching that wheel spin and seeing it slowly land on the single fail square on the wheel. But that's how it goes, and there's a great sense of elation when luck works in your favor.</p> <h2>Fighting Words</h2> <p>You're bound to run into natives, pirates, and other potentially hostile people on your travels, and Renowned Explorers features a wonderfully unique combat system. Each character can attack in one of three ways: A aggressive physical attack, a threatening or demoralizing Devious attack, or a Friendly one. Two out of the three involve talking your enemies into submission, and they work in a sort of rock-paper-scissors sort of way. Friendliness beats being mean, Deviousness trumps Aggression, and Aggressive explorers beat up nice folks. Certain enemies are more vulnerable to certain attacks than others, but you also have to consider the best approach to make the most out of your team. Maybe your team isn't very good at being Friendly, which can put them at a disadvantage.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/renowned-explorers-quest.jpg" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The types of attacks employed by players and opponents impact the characters' moods, making them angry or happy. Either direction opens up certain strengths and weaknesses, and explorers need to figure out the best ways to exploit them. For example, one of your characters can do extra damage on an enemy that's scared. Or, being depressed can lower your defenses.</p> <p>Combat gets frustrating during boss encounters, since the game tries to overwhelm you with enemies. Oftentimes, I found that enemies can easily keep up with explorers' movements, making it almost impossible to retreat and regroup at a better position. Speech attacks are the worst, because they can use words from a distance. I often had at least one of my explorers insulted to death by a horde of monkeys within the first turn.</p> <h2>It's Not Easy Becoming&nbsp;the Best</h2> <p>In order to succeed, you need to have a strong team and a willingness to take risks. The 5-mission campaign doesn't take very long to play through, even if you don't die all the time. You can either play casually, which allows you to replay fights, or in an ironman mode, where dying means you have to start all over again.</p> <p>Renowned Explorers is the perfect example of a game that's easy learn but difficult to master. I don't usually enjoy games that have a big&nbsp;element of chance, but&nbsp;I like&nbsp;this one. It's too easy to get stuck on a boss, but that's part of what being an explorer is all about.</p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on a PC code provided by the publisher. Renowned Explorers: International Society is available now for $19.99.</i></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:45:00 PDT Steven Wong Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - All Music Tape Locations http://www.shacknews.com/article/91136/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain---all-music-tape-locations http://www.shacknews.com/article/91136/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain---all-music-tape-locations <p>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is a massive endeavor for both its creator, Hideo Kojima, and fans alike. There are tons of things to be found around the game&rsquo;s mission areas, which take place in Afghanistan. This guide will teach you the locations of every Music Tape collectible that players can find. You can then equip Music Tapes to be played over the Helicopters loud speaker whenever you head out on a mission, or receive a pickup.</p> <p>Find out the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91102/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain-all-the-blueprint-locations" target="_blank">locations of all 27 blueprints</a>, learn <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91099/metal-gear-solid-5-how-to-recruit-d-dog-and-quiet-speechless-and-cry-havoc-trophies" target="_blank">how to recruit D-Dog and Quiet,</a>&nbsp;and experience the biggest Metal Gear twist by <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91134/how-to-unlock-metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pains-secret-mission-46" target="_blank">unlocking Mission 46 </a>with help from our other Phantom Pain guides.</p> <p><strong>204863</strong>: You can find this tape in the southwest guard post near Kungenga Mine.</p> <p><strong>A Phantom Pain</strong>: This tape is hidden within the huts just northeast of the Wakh Sind Barracks.</p> <p><strong>All the Sun Touches</strong>: Search Munoko ya Nioka Station to find this tape hiding inside.</p> <p><strong>Behind the Drapery</strong>: Search the area around Da Wialo Kallai.</p> <p><strong>Dancing With Tears In My Eyes</strong>: Go to Ditadi Abandoned Village, and search under the canopy that&rsquo;s located at the bottom of the rocky peak.</p> <p><strong>Dormant Stream</strong>: This tape can be found by searching the western guard post at Smasei Fort.</p> <p><strong>Friday I'm In Love</strong>: Search the mansion in Lufwa Valley to find this music tape.</p> <p><strong>Gloria</strong>: Search inside the building that&rsquo;s east of Nova Braga Airport to find this collectible.</p> <p><strong>Heavens Divide</strong>: During Mission 30, search the elevator before facing off against Skull Face.</p> <p><strong>How 'Bout Them Zombies, Ey?</strong>: This tape is cleverly hidden in the building to the east of Bwala ya Masa.</p> <p><strong>Kids in America</strong>: Search outside the main building in Da Shago Kallai.</p> <p><strong>Love Deterrence</strong>: Head to Da Ghwandai Khar and search the building where you found Kazu Miller in Mission 01 to snag this tape.</p> <p><strong>Love Will Tear Us Apart</strong>: This tape can be found inside the Afghanistan Central Base Camp.</p> <p><strong>Maneater</strong>: Search the tent at the front of Lamar Khaate Palace to snag this collectible.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/mgstpp_preview_08.0.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Theme</strong>: Search the Quarantine Platform&rsquo;s cellar in Mission 43 to find this tape.</p> <p><strong>Midnight Mirage</strong>: Search the northernmost building in Bampeve Plantation.</p> <p><strong>Nitrogen</strong>: This tape is hidden in the furthest north building in the Serak Power Plant.</p> <p><strong>Only Time Will Tell</strong>: This music tape can be found in the Eastern Communications Post.</p> <p><strong>Planet Scape</strong>: Search the southern guard post in Sakhra Ee Village to snag this collectible.</p> <p><strong>Quiet Life</strong>: This tape can be found by searching the southeastern building in Mfinda Oilfield to find this music tape waiting to be heard.</p> <p><strong>Quiet's Theme</strong>: You automatically get this music tape for following the footprints at the end of Mission 45. A cut scene will trigger and you should acquire the tape.</p> <p><strong>Rebel Yell (1999 Remaster)</strong>: To find this tape search west of the bright near the Mountain Relay Base.</p> <p><strong>Ride A White Horse</strong>: Head over to Lamar Khaate Palace, and search the northern guard post to find this collectible.</p> <p><strong>She Blinded Me With Science</strong>: You will find this tape by searching the northeastern guard post in Wialo Village.</p> <p><strong>Sins of The Father</strong>: You automatically obtain this tape after you successfully complete Mission 30.</p> <p><strong>Snake</strong> <strong>Eater</strong>: Hit up the western guard post near Munoko ya Nioka Station to find this track.</p> <p><strong>Take</strong> <strong>On</strong> <strong>Me</strong>: Search the rooms in the west wing of Yakho Oboo Outpost to snag this collectible.</p> <p><strong>Take The D.W.</strong>: To find this tape search the canopy near the amphitheater in Da Smasei Laman.</p> <p><strong>The</strong> <strong>Final</strong> <strong>Countdown</strong>: Head east out of Qarya Sakhra Ee until you reach a small building. Search the building to fine this music tape.</p> <p><strong>The</strong> <strong>Man</strong> <strong>Who</strong> <strong>Sold</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>World</strong>: Simply complete the &ldquo;secret mission&rdquo;, Mission 46, and you will obtain this tape.</p> <p><strong>The</strong> <strong>Tangerine</strong>: Search the eastern guard post at Spugmay Keep to nab this tape.</p> <p><strong>Too</strong> <strong>Shy</strong>: Enter the tent near the anti-aircraft radar at Kiziba Camp to find this collectible.</p> <p><strong>TRUE</strong>: This tape is located in Kungenga Mine.</p> <p><strong>You</strong> <strong>Spin</strong> <strong>Me</strong> <strong>Round</strong> <strong>(Like</strong> <strong>A</strong> <strong>Record)</strong>: Search the northwestern guard post in Lufwa Valley to find this final tape.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:45:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Apple launches Twitter account dedicated to gaming; may hint at Apple TV for games http://www.shacknews.com/article/91135/apple-launches-twitter-account-dedicated-to-gaming-may-hint-at-apple-tv-for-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/91135/apple-launches-twitter-account-dedicated-to-gaming-may-hint-at-apple-tv-for-games <p>Apple has launched an official Twitter account dedicated to games called <a href="https://twitter.com/AppStoreGames">@AppStoreGames</a>.</p> <p>The Twitter account will deliver content directly from Apple&rsquo;s App Store editors as new releases, deals, tips and tricks, game challenges, and behind-the-scenes info seem to be the main focus of the account at the moment.</p> <p>Apple showing its love for games just prior to a major event could be seen as a hint its planning on taking gaming a little more serious. According to a rumor first reported by <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/08/31/apple-tv-gaming-siri-bluetooth-remote/">9to5 Mac</a>, Apple is expected to announce a new Apple TV that will focus heavily on gaming.</p> <p>The new Apple TV is expected to have a new remote that will come with a touchscreen, buttons, motion sensors, and have Siri support. As for the Apple TV itself, we expect it to have an A8 processor and come in 8GB and 16GB storage options, which may not seem like much considering some iOS games can weigh in at over 1GB in size.</p> <p><span>For now, enjoy the fact that Apple has created a Twitter account dedicated to getting the word out for its iOS games. Although, we think at this point, <i>everyone</i> should know what some of the big games are for iOS. All you would need to do is visit the App Store, although this could be seen as yet another avenue to get your info directly from Apple&rsquo;s App Store editors.</span></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:12:00 PDT Daniel Perez How to Unlock Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's Secret Mission 46 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91134/how-to-unlock-metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pains-secret-mission-46 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91134/how-to-unlock-metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pains-secret-mission-46 <p>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the culmination of several years of hard work from Hideo Kojima and the team at Kojima Productions. The Metal Gear series is known for harrowing stories, exceptional characters, and mind-boggling reveals, and The Phantom Pain is no stranger to the things that make these games so good. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s no surprise that the game&rsquo;s &ldquo;real ending&rdquo; is locked behind a secret level, Mission 46. This guide will teach you everything you need to know to unlock Mission 46, and experience the &ldquo;true ending&rdquo; within the game.</p> <p>The first thing you have to do is complete all of the story missions, excluding Mission 45, and Missions 47-50. Once you&rsquo;ve completed all the story missions it&rsquo;s time to make sure you have all the core Side Ops that effect that story. These Side Ops should be marked by a yellow indicator, and will feature characters like Huey, Strangelove, and the missing children. Once all the sideops are completed, you&rsquo;re going to need to make sure you have Mother Base up to snuff. Once you&rsquo;ve updated Snake&rsquo;s base of operations to a certain point, Mission 46 will unlock and you can hop right in and experience the big revealing finale.</p> <p>This may seem like a lot to do to just unlock one mission, but Mission 46 is one of the most pivotal and important missions in the entire game. It&rsquo;s something that Kojima and Metal Gear fans aren&rsquo;t going to want to miss.</p> <p>Looking for more Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain content? You can find out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91099/metal-gear-solid-5-how-to-recruit-d-dog-and-quiet-speechless-and-cry-havoc-trophies" target="_blank">how to recruit Quiet and D-Dog</a>, or if you&rsquo;re looking to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91102/metal-gear-solid-5-the-phantom-pain-all-the-blueprint-locations" target="_blank">collect all 27 of the blueprints</a>, we also have a guide for that.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:10:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Opinion: Four Features That Fallout 4 Should Have http://www.shacknews.com/article/91133/opinion-four-features-that-fallout-4-should-have http://www.shacknews.com/article/91133/opinion-four-features-that-fallout-4-should-have <p>Fallout 4&rsquo;s release is approaching and fans are already excited about recent reveals, like the game will not have a set level cap like previous ones, and that players will be able to continue playing after they beat the main campaign. Combined that with the weapon customization system and dynamic NPC companions, and it's little wonder why Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated games of 2015. However, as great as the game sounds, there is room for some addition features, which I hope are present when the game launches in November.</p> <h2>A Branching Story Campaign With Multiple Endings</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/Fallout4-dog.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The story campaigns in Fallout 3 and New Vegas are both stellar examples of great storytelling that allows the player to alter the final outcome. However, the various end scenes feel like they shoehorn players into the same overarching gameplay events. Sure, there is a fair amount of wiggle room when it comes to joining factions and completing quests, but ultimately, the endings came down to slightly differing slideshows.</p> <p>It would be cool if Fallout 4 allowed us to truly alter the world in groundbreaking ways. I&rsquo;m not asking for 20+ different endings here (although, that would be great), but I would like something more substantial than a series of art stills accompanied by Ron Pearlman&rsquo;s narration. There should be specific paths that are opened or closed depending on the player's decisions.</p> <h2>Skill Synergy</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/fallout4-fatman.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>One thing that always bugged me about previous Fallout games was how separate all of the character skills felt. I&rsquo;d imagine that, in real life, being an expert marksman with a rifle would allow you to handle a pistol with a higher degree of skill than the average person, or that having an overtly persuasive personality would make you more adept at haggling better prices for services or goods. Sadly, such has not been the case in past Fallout games since each skill stands separately from the others, forcing the player to focus on a very small number of different skills if they hope to develop those skills to their maximum levels.</p> <p>It would be nice if Bethesda gave players a little more breathing room when it came to character development by having some skills grant small bonuses for other skills. Obvious pairings could include melee weapons + unarmed combat, rifles + handguns, science + medicine and persuade + barter, but I&rsquo;m sure Bethesda could think of some other combinations as well. Such a system could also open up new possibilities for character perks, further allowing players to create the exact kind of character they want to.</p> <h2>Vault Management</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/Vault Boy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Like many other Fallout fans, I have been enjoying the mobile game Fallout Shelter. I know it&rsquo;s not that different from many other sim building games, but what can I say? I guess I&rsquo;m a real sucker for a system that combines micro-managing with the Fallout aesthetic. My enjoyment of Fallout Shelter naturally got me thinking: what if a similar system showed up in Fallout 4?</p> <p>Imagine embarking on what you think is a routine side quest in Fallout 4, only to end up as the overseer of an entire vault. We already know the game will have a very detailed crafting and structure placement system, so I don&rsquo;t imagine it would be such a big leap to use that system for designing and placing new rooms in a Vault instead. Perhaps the reputation of your Vault could be tied to your character&rsquo;s exploits; strive to be a paragon of virtue, and you&rsquo;ll have good-natured folk and their families knocking on your Vault door. Maintain a more sinister reputation, and you&rsquo;ll be able to populate your Vault with all sorts of vile characters guaranteed to stir uptrouble.</p> <p>Obviously the system would need some tweaking to account for the fact that your character wouldn&rsquo;t always be overseeing things directly. Or maybe Fallout Shelter should just be built-in as a Pip-boy app. Either way, it would definitely make for a fun game-within-a-game concept.</p> <h2>A Refined Melee Combat System</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/Fallout4-powersuit.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>When it comes to combat, I much prefer getting up close and personal over long-range shootouts. While recent Fallout games have accommodated fans of both melee and gun-based combat, I always felt melee always played second fiddle. It&rsquo;s true that both Fallout 3 and New Vegas had a sizeable collection of melee weapons, but the differences between them lay mostly in their stats and visual appearance. Unlike the more varied types of firearms (pistols, shotguns, rifles, energy weapons, etc.), all melee weapons work in an identical manner.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d love to see a more refined melee system for Fallout 4. I&rsquo;m talking about targeting specific body parts in VATS to cripple enemies, including unique animations for each weapon, and maybe allowing characters to specialize in weapon types. Blades could do additional bleeding damage while unarmed combat could have a speed bonus. In short, I&rsquo;m just hoping that Fallout 4 will allow me to fully realize my dream of wandering the wasteland as a badass street samurai who doesn&rsquo;t need no guns to get his point across.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:30:00 PDT Nathaniel Hohl Chattycast 60: The La Li Lu Le Lowdown http://www.shacknews.com/article/91104/chattycast-60-the-la-li-lu-le-lowdown http://www.shacknews.com/article/91104/chattycast-60-the-la-li-lu-le-lowdown <p>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launched this week, ending the series as we know it. Though Konami has already stated its intentions to continue the series, Hideo Kojima's high-profile departure means the man who crafted the ship will no longer be at the helm. Whatever comes next, it won't be the same Metal Gear Solid that helped define the modern era of video games.</p> <p>This week, the Chattycast talks about all things Metal Gear and Hideo Kojima. What are some of the most memorable moments from the Metal Gear series? What are the impressions of this swan song so far? What has Kojima's unique stamp meant for the series and the industry? What could the future of the series mean without him? Has war changed?</p> <p>Plus we have Newsybits, Beat the Doc, and a very worldly special guest Rob Rath to help us unpack all the politics and history of Metal Gear. Give it&nbsp;a listen!</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://www.podbean.com/site/UserDownload/index/bid/689837/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fmf%252Fweb%252Fsjnc4b%252Fchattycast060.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5mNXYTBTFRU"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" id="audio_iframe" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/h7ne5-5876c2" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Grandia II Anniversary Edition gets 60fps battles, 4K support, and more in patch 1.03 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91132/grandia-ii-anniversary-edition-gets-60fps-battles-4k-support-and-more-in-patch-103 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91132/grandia-ii-anniversary-edition-gets-60fps-battles-4k-support-and-more-in-patch-103 <p>Grandia II Anniversary Edition released on the PC <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89520/dreamcast-jrpg-grandia-ii-getting-remastered-release-on-pc">last week</a>, and today, GungHo has released patch 1.03 that offers 60fps battles, support for 4K &amp; Ultra Wide resolutions, and more.</p> <p>While the original Dreamcast version was 30fps, the new PC port now has the ability to allow for 60fps battles, which fans have been clamouring for ever since its release. GungHo notes 60fps battles are more taxing on PCs, so it would like fans to consider lowering their quality settings if they run into any issues. A toggle to turn off Improved Shadows has also been added for those with low-end systems, which will help run the game at a higher resolution and/or better frame rate.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the full list of patch notes GungHo has released for update 1.03:</p> <p><strong>New Video Settings</strong></p> <ul> <li>60FPS Battles On/Off toggle</li> <li>Shadows On/Off toggle</li> <li>Pause App on Focus Loss On/Off toggle</li> <li>4K &amp; Ultra Wide resolutions added</li> <li>Custom resolution support added (type any resolution in the drop down box</li> </ul> <p><strong>New Audio Settings</strong></p> <ul> <li>Music Volume added</li> <li>Speech Volume added</li> <li>SFX Volume added</li> <li>Ambience Volume added</li> <li>Footsteps Volume added</li> <li>New Default Volume Mix updated</li> </ul> <p><strong>Gamepad</strong></p> <ul> <li>Analog Camera On/Off toggle (disable for a temp fix for Xbox One controllers on Windows 10)</li> <li>Analog Movement On/Off toggle</li> </ul> <p><strong>Bug Fixes</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fixed two memory leaks</li> <li>Fixed crash when Roan talks to NPC in Liligue City</li> <li>Fixed delayed from occurring at the end of moves/magic that play videos</li> <li>Fixed ground clipping on Millenia's Fallen Wings move</li> </ul> <p><strong>Misc</strong></p> <ul> <li><span>Added Version Number to Main Launcher Window</span></li> </ul> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:23:00 PDT Daniel Perez Borderlands supports Xbox One Backward Compatibility; available today for Preview members http://www.shacknews.com/article/91131/borderlands-supports-xbox-one-backward-compatibility-available-today-for-preview-members http://www.shacknews.com/article/91131/borderlands-supports-xbox-one-backward-compatibility-available-today-for-preview-members <p>Microsoft has announced 2K and Gearbox Software&rsquo;s Borderlands will be supported on Xbox One <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90120/e3-2015-xbox-one-backwards-compatibility-explained">Backward Compatibility</a>&nbsp;when it launches in November. Xbox One Preview members can start enjoying Borderlands today.</p> <p>Borderlands players will be able to carry over previously-saved files, game add-ons, and achievements when playing the game on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.</p> <p><span>&ldquo;We are proud to support Xbox One Backward Compatibility by bringing the complete, original Borderlands to Xbox One, including all downloadable content,&rdquo; 2K president Christoph Hartmann said. &ldquo;We know many of our fans have put in dozens, even hundreds, of hours exploring the world of Pandora on their Xbox 360, and now they can continue their adventures on Xbox One.&rdquo;</span></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:16:00 PDT Daniel Perez Mortal Kombat X will add four new characters in early 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91130/mortal-kombat-x-will-add-four-new-characters-in-early-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/91130/mortal-kombat-x-will-add-four-new-characters-in-early-2016 <p>While all of the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack season pass characters have been rolled out, the fight doesn't appear to be over for Warner Bros. and NetherRealm just yet. This morning, Warner Bros. announced that a second batch of new DLC characters are currently in development to hit the fighting game, with a broad release windows of "the first half of 2016."</p> <p>This image began circulating yesterday, first on creator Ed Boon's <a href="https://twitter.com/noobde/status/639175597017726976" target="blank">Twitter</a> account.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/09/MKXTeaser.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>No word, or even hint, on who these four new kombatants could be, but there's a lot of time between now and the first half of 2016. Still more time to get Shacknews' <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87954/mortal-kombat-x---the-shacknews-character-wishlist">original wishlist characters</a> on the roster. New content will also include additional skins and a new environment. No word on whether a second Kombat Pack will be announced.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:20:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is all lathered up and ready to go on Steam http://www.shacknews.com/article/91129/shower-with-your-dad-simulator-2015-is-all-lathered-up-and-ready-to-go-on-steam http://www.shacknews.com/article/91129/shower-with-your-dad-simulator-2015-is-all-lathered-up-and-ready-to-go-on-steam <p>Earlier this year, we stumbled onto a game called <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88670/shower-with-your-dad-simulator-2015-is-exactly-what-it-sounds-like">Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015</a>. This week, the game was officially launched on Steam, and even though its Steam trailer and screenshots appear to be censored, the game remains &ldquo;100% uncut.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shower With Your Dad Simulator features four different game modes to play: ENDURODAD (Endurance Run), DADATHLON (Fast Pace Dad Matching), DADDIOSURF and DAD DIVISIONS. When you select a game mode, a loading screen pops up that features some notable Dad jokes, which we feel is a nice touch for this game.</p> <p>The premise for all of these game modes is to match the child with the dad while he&rsquo;s in a communal shower. Matching a kid with the wrong father will not only cause emotional damage, but it&rsquo;ll also cause you to either lose points or end the game mode entirely, depending what you play.</p> <p><span><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/359050/">Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015</a>&nbsp;is selling for $.99, and if this doesn&rsquo;t constitute an impulse buy, then we don&rsquo;t know what does.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T0_EWr2GJ5A"></iframe></span></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:05:00 PDT Daniel Perez
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Trolan's LJ
Name meaning meme thingie
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Serenity Quiz
OMG, I made an LJ entry
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