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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Weekend PC download deals: Black Friday 2015 Edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/92302/weekend-pc-download-deals-black-friday-2015-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/92302/weekend-pc-download-deals-black-friday-2015-edition <p>It's Black Friday and just about every digital retailer has major deals going all weekend. There is no time for talk. Let's just get to it.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Call of Duty: Black Ops III [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WNETVCE">$49.79 (17% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Bundle (Battlefield 4 + Battlefield Hardline) [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017Y45PI6">$25.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein: The New Order [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KVQG1JW">$9.00 (85% off)</a></li> <li>World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012JMFV2S">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>World of Warcraft - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012JI5DH0">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012JN98VM">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008SBZD9G">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Evolve [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HQPUWBO">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Online/dp/B00VS7KM8O">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Season/dp/B00MJ21YGQ">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Outlast [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G6YJ60E">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DGZDFO4">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>There are many more deals on PC games to be found, so be sure to visit <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Video-Games-Deals/b/ref=bfdw2015_ln_vg?ie=UTF8&amp;node=409566&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-left-2&amp;pf_rd_r=0T0XDWKYQT3A0K2F8FVW&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=2300156382&amp;pf_rd_i=384082011">Amazon</a> and search for your favorite game.</li> </ul> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/quake-bundle">Pay $10.19</a> for Quake (w/ Mission Packs 1 and 2), Quake II (w/Ground Zero and The Reckoning Mission Packs), Quake III Arena, Quake III: Team Arena, and Quake IV. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/rpg-heroes-bundle">pay $2.99</a> for Blades of Time Limited Edition, bit Dungeon II, Etherlords I &amp; II, Wizardry 8, Rune Classic, FATE: Undiscovered Realms, and Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny Revised Edition (w/For the Gods DLC). These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle/">pay $14.99</a> for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/apogee-mega-pack">pay $12.74</a> for four copies of Rise of the Triad and four copies of The Apogee Throwback Pack. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/hidden-gems-bundle">pay $2.99</a> for Distraint, Replay - VHS is not dead, Heckabomb, Spellsworn, Sleep Attack, MechaNika, Adventure in the Tower of Flight, Rack n Ruin, Get Over Here, and Coffin Dodgers. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/reboot-bundle-4">pay $2.99</a> for Tropico Trilogy, Hard Reset Extended Edition, Combat Wings: Battle of Britain, Inquisitor Deluxe Edition, Zeno Clash 2, and The First Templar - Steam Special Edition. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/indie-heroes-bundle">pay $2.99</a> for Kingdom Rush, Secrets of Raetikon, Pixel Piracy, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, Velocity Ultra, Qora, and GAUGE. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Rocket League Complete Pack [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/rocket-league-complete-pack">$23.77 (30% off)</a> (Individual game and DLC also on sale)</li> <li>Cities: Skylines [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/cities-skylines">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mad Max [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/mad-max">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Pillars of Eternity [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/pillars-of-eternity-hero-edition">$22.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Chivalry: Medieval Warfare [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/chivalry-medieval-warfare">$5.49 (78% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman Trilogy [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/lego-batman-trilogy">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Spintires [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/spintires">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Contrast [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/contrast">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Knights of Pen and Paper 2 Deluxe Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/knights-of-pen-and-paper-2-deluxe">$10.04 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/injustice-gods-among-us-ultimate-edition">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/guacamelee-super-turbo-championship">$1.49 (90% off)</a></li> <li>Find the full list of Black Friday deals for this year at <a href="https://www.bundlestars.com/en/">Bundle Stars</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_d_5GfGrQq0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <p>The following deals are only good until the end of the day today.</p> <ul> <li>Grand Theft Auto V - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-grand-theft-auto-v/5008536">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>NBA 2K16 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-nba-2k16/5009504">$44.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Cities: Skylines [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-cities-skylines/5009299">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Zombi [UPlay] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-zombi/5009534">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 4 [UPlay] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-far-cry-4/5008523">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Crew [UPlay] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-the-crew/5008528">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Evolve [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-evolve/5008052">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth The Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth--the-collection/5009611">$39.99 (33% off)</a> (Individual games and DLC also on sale)</li> <li>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China [UPlay] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-assassins-creed-chronicles-china/5009324">$6.69 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Direct2Drive's Black Friday sale can be found <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/325">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-MGSVPP/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain">$44.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-CIVBE/sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth">$25.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Watch Dogs [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-WDOGS/watchdogs">$16.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Total War Attila [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TWA/total-war-attila">$15.30 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil 4 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-RE4/resident-evil-4">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-EVILW/the-evil-within">$12.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Payday 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-PAYDAY2/payday-2">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BROTHERS/brothers-a-tale-of-two-sons">$3.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Strider [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-STRIDER/strider">$4.50 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Remember Me [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-RME/remember-me">$6.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>South Park: The Stick of Truth [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SPST/south-park-the-stick-of-truth">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-ACUU/assassins-creed-unity">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-ACRO/assassins-creed-rogue">$15.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dishonored GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DISGOTY/dishonored-game-of-the-year-edition">$10.20 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Find the full list of deals at <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/">GamersGate</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/world-of-warcraft-warlords-of-draenor/114139?loc=recordlist">$12.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/final-fantasy-xiv-heavensward/119872">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/grand-theft-auto-v/115461">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Dark Souls II [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/dark-souls-ii/113680">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Evolve [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/evolve/113544">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/dragon-age-inquisition-game-of-the-year-edition/126186">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Alien: Isolation [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/alien-isolation/113765">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Titanfall Deluxe Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/titanfall-deluxe-edition/119286">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Rocksmith 2014 Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/games/rocksmith-2014-edition/110028">$34.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/mass-effect-trilogy/105548">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Pac Man Championship Edition DX+ [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/pac-man-championship-edition-dx/123522">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>SimCity Complete Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/simcity-complete-edition/118849">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of Black Friday deals at <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/browse/games/pc?nav=28-xu0,138c-ffff2418-162">GameStop</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Mortal Kombat X [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/mortal-kombat-x">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Mad Max [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/mad-max">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/the-elder-scrolls-online-tamriel-unlimited">$23.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/injustice-ultimate-edition">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein: The New Order [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/wolfenstein-the-new-order">$11.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/skyrim">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ci6lMQNLKZU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher_3_wild_hunt">$29.99 (50% off)</a> (Individual DLC packs and other Witcher games also on sale)</li> <li>D&amp;D Classic Bundle - <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/only_on_gogcom_promo_dd_classic_bundle_241115">$21.10 (80% off)</a></li> <li>D&amp;D Gold Box Bundle - <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/only_on_gogcom_promo_dd_gold_box_bundle_241115">$33.92 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Warhammer Bundle - <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/only_on_gogcom_promo_warhammer_bundle_241115">$13.96 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Star Trek Bundle - <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/only_on_gogcom_promo_star_trek_bundle_241115">$9.56 (60% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/glo7AzNq8YY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>SAVE10-WTHGMG-GTBFCM</b> to get 10% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.</p> <ul> <li>In addition to the deals below, Green Man Gaming is having 4-hour Flash Sales throughout the weekend. Be sure to visit <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/#b">Green Man Gaming</a> to find out what's on sale right now!</li> <li>Rainbow Six Siege [UPlay] <b>(Pre-order)</b> - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/shooter/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege/">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Syndicate [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/assassins-creed-syndicate/">$37.99 (36% off)</a></li> <li>Pillars of Eternity Hero Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/pillars-eternity-hero-edition/#b">$26.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-legendary-edition/">$13.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/mmos/elder-scrolls-online-tamriel-unlimited-imperial-ed/">$31.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout: New Vegas [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/fallout-new-vegas/">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within + Season Pass [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/evil-within-and-season-pass/">$27.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Green Man Gaming is also offering a series of 24-hour deals. Those can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/black-friday-24hrs-deals/#b">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QxkQY-8pAhk?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 Grid 2 (w/Drift Pack), DiRT Showdown, Overlord, Operation Flashpoint Complete (Dragon Rising and Red River), Hospital Tycoon, and Colin McRae Rally. Pay more than the average $5.56 to get Grid Autosport, Overlord II, Overlord Raising Hell, Grid 2 Spa-Francorchamps Track Pack, and more games to be named later. Pay $15 or more to also get the Grid Autosport Season Pass, DiRT 3 Complete Edition, and the GRiD 2: All in DLC pack. All games work on Steam with Steam keys available for a $1 minimum donation.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Wormd, Worms Crazy Golf, Alien Breed: Trilogy, Light, and Worms Armageddon. Pay $6 or more to also get Worms Revolution GOLD, Worms Reloaded, Flockers, Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Pay $12 or more to also get Worms Clan Wars 4-pack, LA Cops, and Beyond Eyes. Pay $70 or more to also get the Team 17 Legacy Collection. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>Call of Duty: Black Ops III [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/callofduty_blackops3_storefront">$49.79 (17% off)</a></li> <li>Dying Light [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/dyinglight_storefront">$20.39 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Transformers Devastation [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/transformers_devastation_storefront">$32.99 (34% off)</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein: The New Order [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/wolfenstein_theneworder_storefront">$8.99 (85% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/theevilwithin_storefront">$8.99 (85% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/theelderscrollsonline_storefront">$23.99 (60% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7xzZV9G4mwo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Command &amp; Conquer Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house">Free!</a></li> <li>Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/dragon-age-inquisition/pc-download/base-game/game-of-the-year-edition">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>The Sims 4 - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/sims-4/mac-pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/omaha/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$11.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>FIFA 16 - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/fifa-16/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Crysis Trilogy - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/crysis-3/pc-download/base-game/crysis-trilogy">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SimCity Complete Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/simcity-2013-/mac-pc-download/bundle/complete-edition">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Titanfall Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/titanfall/pc-download/base-game/deluxe-edition">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/mass-effect-1-2-3/pc-download/bundle/standard-edition">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Find the full list of Origin's Black Friday deals <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/browse/on-sale?q=#88">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>UPlay</h3> <ul> <li>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [GOG.com] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.314784700/The-Witcher-3-Wild-Hunt.html">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Tales from the Borderlands - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.310855100/Tales-from-the-Borderlands.html">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat X [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.313591400/Mortal-Kombat-X.html">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Saints Row: Gat out of Hell [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.310173700/Saints-Row-Gat-out-of-Hell.html">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.310376800/Pillars-of-Eternity-Hero-Edition.html">$22.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.310932800/Game-of-Thrones-A-Telltale-Games-Series.html">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Cities: Skylines [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/productID.317354900/Cities-Skylines.html">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Shop UPlay's full list of Black Friday deals <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/html/pbPage.deals">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Call of Duty: Black Ops III - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/311210/">$49.79 (17% off)</a> (The full franchise is also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/cod/">here</a>.)</li> <li>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/292030/">$29.99 (50% off)</a> (The full franchise is also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/the-witcher/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/287700">$44.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/271590/">$35.99 (40% off)</a> (The full franchise is also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/gta/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Rocket League - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Rust [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/252490/">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/51209">$16.99 (66% off)</a></li> <li>This War of Mine - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/282070">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/289650/">$19.99 (50% off)</a> (The full franchise is also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/ac/">here</a>.)</li> <li>Broforce - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274190">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/268050">$8.99 (85% off)</a></li> <li>The Wolf Among Us - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/250320">$6.24 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Goat Simulator - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/265930">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/84647/">$22.49 (25% off)</a> (The full franchise is also on sale <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/resident-evil/">here</a>.)</li> <li>ARK: Survival Evolved [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/346110">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Elite Dangerous - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/359320">$14.84 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Dying Light - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239140">$19.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>H1Z1 [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/295110">$12.99 (35% off)</a></li> <li>Star Wars Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/66986">$22.99 (77% off)</a> (Individual titles also on sale.)</li> <li>Endless Legend Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/85250">$20.39 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Kerbal Space Program - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220200">$23.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Cities: Skylines - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/255710">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Portal Bundle - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/7932">$4.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Killing Floor 2 Bundle - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232090">$20.09 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Black Mesa - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/362890">$9.59 (52% off)</a></li> <li>The Stanley Parable - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/221910">$2.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Alien: Isolation - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/214490">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/261640">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Payday 2 GOTY Edition - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/54408">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Talos Principle - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/257510">$13.59 (66% off)</a></li> <li>7 Days to Die [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/251570">$11.24 (55% off)</a></li> <li>Tales from the Borderlands - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/330830">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>This is all just scratching the surface of what Steam has on sale this weekend. Find the full list of deals <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/search/?specials=1&amp;os=win">here</a>.</li> </ul> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Hearthstone Chat: What Should I Be Doing!? http://www.shacknews.com/article/92301/shack-reels-hearthstone-chat-what-should-i-be-doing http://www.shacknews.com/article/92301/shack-reels-hearthstone-chat-what-should-i-be-doing <p><span>Hearthstone has taken the world like a Windfury Shaman. However some of us are still trying to wrap our heads around it. We here at Shacknews want to help you out, so we've gathered some experienced old Hearthstone hands to explain the best ways to get started.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="369" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5vxxhsxwsBM"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST Shack Staff Total War: Warhammer latest trailer highlights Grimgor Ironhide's thirst for blood http://www.shacknews.com/article/92297/total-war-warhammer-latest-trailer-highlights-grimgor-ironhides-thirst-for-blood http://www.shacknews.com/article/92297/total-war-warhammer-latest-trailer-highlights-grimgor-ironhides-thirst-for-blood <p>Sega has released a new trailer for its upcoming <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/total-war-warhammer">Total War: Warhammer</a>&nbsp;that highlights the game&rsquo;s campaign.</p> <p>In Total War: Warhammer, Grimgor Ironhide is on the hunt for a new adversary after slaughtering his way across the Blasted Wastes. Today&rsquo;s trailer shows off the game&rsquo;s impressive engine in action as we&rsquo;re taken on a fly-through of its campaign map for the first time, which hints at the range of cities and terrain we can aspire to conquer.</p> <p><span>Total War: Warhammer is scheduled to release on PC on April 28, 2016.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DbvY_fij9E8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:35:00 PST Daniel Perez Amazon outlines Thanksgiving/Black Friday 2015 Lightning Deals http://www.shacknews.com/article/92296/amazon-outlines-thanksgivingblack-friday-2015-lightning-deals http://www.shacknews.com/article/92296/amazon-outlines-thanksgivingblack-friday-2015-lightning-deals <p><em>Update: As noted, while the screenshots below still apply, Amazon has gone and added some more deals. Look for Yoshi's Wooly World, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and a few others that are being added over the course of the day.</em></p> <p>As everyone prepares to drive home for the holidays, it's worth mentioning that some people will be making the trek into snow-covered parking lots on Friday morning (or even right after Thanksgiving dinner) to get in line for precious Black Friday deals. That, of course, is insane. But for the non-insane people, there's online shopping and Amazon now appears to have officially lined up its Black Friday deals in calendar form.</p> <p>Shacknews has helpfully gathered some images of what to expect over the next couple of days:</p> <p></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="316" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="305" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="295" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="311" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF5.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="301" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/ScreenHunter_42 Nov. 25 12.49.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="298" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF6.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="322" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/AmazonBF7.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="303" /></div> <p>The notable games include Batman: Arkham Knight, Forza Motorsport 6, Disney Infinity 3.0, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Mario Kart 7 on Thursday; Guitar Hero Live, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny: The Taken King, NBA 2K16, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Super Smash Bros for Wii U on Friday; and The Witcher 3, Until Dawn, Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Edition, and Mad Max on Saturday. This, of course, does not account for daily deals or anything else that Amazon feels like throwing up on a whim.</p> <p>The full deals calendar can be found on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_acss_bw_en_HTL_d_2_4?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=8021566011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&amp;pf_rd_r=11GG0Q9Z4VH8QMVJNZMM&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=2302753182&amp;pf_rd_i=8021566011" target="blank">Amazon</a>. The big sale begins tomorrow.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Shack's Arcade Corner: Crazy Taxi http://www.shacknews.com/article/92295/shack-reels-shacks-arcade-corner-crazy-taxi http://www.shacknews.com/article/92295/shack-reels-shacks-arcade-corner-crazy-taxi <p>It&rsquo;s the day before Thanksgiving, but we&rsquo;d still like to get a bit crazy with this week&rsquo;s Shack&rsquo;s Arcade Corner.</p> <p><span>For this week&rsquo;s episode, Greg Burke takes us all the way back to the late 90s to talk about Sega&rsquo;s Crazy Taxi. The game had a simple concept as players needed to pick up their fare, then drop them off at their requested destination. But drivers were rewarded for giving their passengers the ride of their life.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a7zMp6lVo_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:00 PST Shack Staff PlayStation Plus December 2015 free games lineup includes King's Quest and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon http://www.shacknews.com/article/92294/playstation-plus-december-2015-free-games-lineup-includes-kings-quest-and-far-cry-3-blood-dragon http://www.shacknews.com/article/92294/playstation-plus-december-2015-free-games-lineup-includes-kings-quest-and-far-cry-3-blood-dragon <p>There's one more month in the year and PlayStation is looking to end with another handful of PlayStation Plus free games. The first of December will kick off with the following games available to all PS Plus members for no charge:</p> <ul> <li>Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PlayStation 4)</li> <li>King's Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember (PlayStation 4)</li> <li>Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PlayStation 3)</li> <li>SSX (PlayStation 3)</li> <li>Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Vita)</li> <li>Freedom Wars (PlayStation Vita)</li> </ul> <p>For King's Quest, in particular, the timing of its first chapter's release is fortuitous, since the second chapter is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91057/pax-prime-2015-kings-quest-is-rubble-without-a-cause-this-fall">almost ready</a>. Meanwhile, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a much lighter look into the world of Far Cry, bathing in 80s cheesiness. These and all the other aforementioned games will be staples to a user's library for as logn as they're PlayStation Plus members, so take this Black Friday to search for deals on memberships, since those are perennially valuable.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C5eIiJcaEjg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Lara Croft GO searches for the 'Shard of Life' tomorrow; drops to $3 for the weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/92293/lara-croft-go-searches-for-the-shard-of-life-tomorrow-drops-to-3-for-the-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/92293/lara-croft-go-searches-for-the-shard-of-life-tomorrow-drops-to-3-for-the-weekend <p>While November has seen Lara Croft embark on a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92098/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-review-from-the-ashes">new adventure</a> on the Xbox One, there was a separate tale that released earlier this year from the folks at Square Enix Montreal. Lara Croft GO was a pretty <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91017/lara-croft-go-review---raiding-on-the-go">enjoyable adventure</a> in itself, capably following up on last year's unexpected mobile hit, Hitman GO. Now Square Enix is expanding on the adventure with some new content, as well as dropping the price for the holidays.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/11/25/lara-croft-go-free-dlc-the-shard-of-life-out-tomorrow-on-ios-android" target="blank">IGN</a> explains that the Shard of Life DLC will set Lara on a path towards the Cave of Fire in search of lost artifacts and the titular Shard of Life itself. The update will feature 26 new puzzles, along with new enemies, costumes, and collectibles.</p> <p>The Shard of Life DLC will be available tomorrow as a free update. Those looking to pick up Lara Croft GO can find it now at a discounted $3 on the App Store and Google Play.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:05:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Indivisible creators discuss mythology, art style, 505 Games, and its Indiegogo campaign http://www.shacknews.com/article/92283/indivisible-creators-discuss-mythology-art-style-505-games-and-its-indiegogo-campaign http://www.shacknews.com/article/92283/indivisible-creators-discuss-mythology-art-style-505-games-and-its-indiegogo-campaign <p>Lab Zero Games first put itself on the map with a brilliantly-animated fighting game called Skullgirls. The game was an enjoyable (and arguably, a heavily underappreciated) fighter that was remembered primarily for its standout characters and personalities, something that PlayStation 4 and Vita owners found out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90331/skullgirls-2nd-encore-impressions-sterling-second-act">earlier this year</a>. But after a 2nd Encore, the team is now looking to move on to its next project, an epic RPG adventure called Indivisible.</p> <p>Lab Zero posted an <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indivisible-rpg-from-the-creators-of-skullgirls#/" target="blank">Indiegogo campaign</a> a couple of months ago and, while it hasn't been successful, the developer has been galvanized enough by the response to extend the campaign through December. Shacknews tried the game's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91680/indivisible-hands-on-impressions-an-unstoppable-force">playable prototype</a> earlier this year and was impressed with what was on display. So with just over a week remaining in the campaign, Shacknews reached out to the folks at Lab Zero to ask about Indivisible, what makes the game stand out, why it's worth supporting, and particularly about the publishing deal with 505 Games and why that doesn't save the game from the noose if the Indiegogo campaign is unsuccessful.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/Indivisible_3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p><b>Shacknews: Lab Zero originally put itself on the map with Skullgirls. What made you all want to go from the fighting game arena to a fantasy RPG?</b></p> <p><b>Mike Zaimont, Design Director</b>: It's what we all wanted to do - there&rsquo;s no better answer.</p> <p>Though we worked on Skullgirls, not very many people on the team actively play fighting games. An action RPG is something everyone could get behind, and it's a game everyone is interested in playing, not just creating. That's important, because it means everyone will be making suggestions and finding ways to make the game better. They'll also enjoy working on it! There is an abundance of plot, level design, characters to create, and locations and interactions to think about. It offers more opportunities for everyone on the team to participate than a character-by-character fighting game does.</p> <p>For me personally, there are three types of games I've always wanted to make: a fighting game, a metroidvania, and a versus puzzle game. (There's another, but I&rsquo;ll leave that alone for now.) So this scratches my metroidvania itch, because it lets me come up with interesting movement abilities and explore how they interact. I'm also really, <i>really</i> eager to make an RPG where fighting game skills, like timing and meter management, matter, and where randomness is not a factor. I think it'll be a lot of fun to make, but also lots of fun to play - and that's really the main reason to make any game!</p> <p><b>Shacknews: So what is Indivisible about? Describe the game's story.</b></p> <p><b>Alex Ahad, Creative/Art Director</b>: The story of Indivisible is the journey of a young tomboy bumpkin named Ajna, who vows to defeat the ruthless dictator, Lord Ravannavar, after his forces wiped out her village. Ajna discovers she has strange powers, one being the ability to absorb key individuals into herself. These characters are known as the Incarnations. She uses her abilities and the help of the Incarnations in the battle against Ravannavar, even if she doesn't fully understand their true nature yet. During her journey, Ajna will come to understand who she and her Incarnations are and the reality of the world around her.</p> <p>Ajna's country has been taken over by Ravannavar's forces, fueled by unholy power obtained from the dark goddess of destruction, Kala. Some years ago, Kala had appeared in the world, bringing about chaos and destruction in her wake. A legendary hero and his companions managed to seal Kala away at the base of Sumeru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the world.</p> <p>The world would never be the same again. From Kala's body came corpse-controlling, parasitic monsters known as the Vetala, who roamed across all nations, spreading filth and blight.. Kala had also left behind the Sea of Milk; the "milk" could be processed into an addicting, but poisonous drug called Soma. Ravannavar had somehow gained incredible powers with a boon from Kala and used it to take over his country. Kala's shadow still covers the world, and it seems like her influence has been increasing lately...</p> <p>However, Ravannavar is not the only superpower in the world. From the west approaches the Iron Kingdom and their war machines, using unification against Kala as justification for conquest. From the east is the Jade Dynasty, which trusts no other nation but itself, though wresting control of the resources in Ravannavar's nation.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: Your games stand out for their beautiful anime art style. And while Skullgirls and other fighting games seem to focus on character models, RPGs have become more about worlds and landscapes. To you, what are the main differences between the art for Skullgirls and the art for Indivisible?</b></p> <p><b>Ahad</b>: The biggest difference between Skullgirls and Indivisible, as you said, will be in the nature of the genre. The pipeline for creating the stages is significantly more complex in a platformer action RPG, and figuring that out was a large part of making the prototype. In addition to creating set pieces that are equivalent to the stages in Skullgirls, we had to figure out tiling/modular stage design. Level design was also key part of the process that was not present in Skullgirls. Thenew pipeline process would be further refined if we were able to continue to the development of the full game.</p> <p>Additionally, we'll have a lot more characters, ranging from the playable characters to enemies, bosses, and NPCs. Because this isn't a fighting game, each character only needs a fraction of the frames of animation that a character in Skullgirls would have. This means we can add additional detail to the characters in Indivisible, such as special animations for story events or possibly even different outfits in Ajna for different circumstances. Of course, what we end up adding will depend on the payoff relative to the work required.</p> <p>For the art style, our goal is to have relatively simpler, but more shape-based character designs, with more variety and archetypes covered than seen in Skullgirls. We are also using using colored lines instead of the solid black ones in Skullgirls.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/Skullgirls_Indivisible_comparison.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="329" style="undefined" /></div> <p><b>Shacknews: I'm fascinated by the monsters we've seen, but what are some other creatures that you have in mind for Indivisible? What are some of the cooler monster ideas we haven't seen yet?</b></p> <p><b>Ahad</b>: I really want to look into as many myths and as much folklore as possible when it comes to Indivisible. There are a lot of really freaky and cool Filipino monsters that I'd want to explore, including the Manananggal, Tikibalang, Pugot, and many others. It'd be fun to toss in some cryptids too, including the Ningen and Mongolian Death Worm. Other fantastical creatures might include things from the Book of Imaginary Beings, such as the Ass with Three Legs. It'd be cool to bring in the real version of Bahamut too, but I'm not entirely sure how to pull that off exactly yet. Expect to see Rakshasa in the story as well. Chonchons... Sundel Bolong... Douen... Grootslang... Nandopananda... there are a lot, and more to look up. It's definitely a part of the fun of this project.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: Mechanically, what are some of the main differences between Indivisible and other RPGs? What are you looking to introduce with this game?</b></p> <p><b>Zaimont</b>: Mechanically, the game draws inspiration from Super Metroid in its platforming segments and Valkyrie Profile in its battle system, but those inspirations are blended with the precision gameplay and mechanics of a fighting game. For example, the battle system has combat similar to the ATB system in older Final Fantasy games, except the meters stack up to three times per character, letting you attack 3 times in a row for one character - or 12 times with all characters, if you wait. Similar to Valkyrie Profile, you can string these attacks together between characters and make your own combos, except unlike VP you can juggle a bunch of enemies around depending on the radius of your attack, kinda like a brawler.</p> <p>A big difference in Indivisible compared to most RPGs is that battle is <i>not</i> random. Remember in games where you swing at an enemy and it's a 'Miss' even though it clearly hit the opponent? Not so for Indivisible - if you swing at the enemy and it looks like it's going to hit, it'll hit. If you attack while the enemy is in the air and your attack visually misses them, then you miss. Timing matters - the player matters.</p> <p>Another key difference is that defense is an active part of battle. You can always defend an oncoming enemy attack as long as you have enough Iddhi meter (Indivisible's "super meter"), gaining more meter if you defend at just the right time, like a Third Strike parry. This make defense an active reaction like fighting games instead of a passive random experience, and it means you're paying attention during the entire fight.</p> <p>By making systems where the player is in control at all times, combat is a skill players can develop, rather than something to simply grind for. In fact, if you're smart about meter management and careful enough in battle, it's possible to beat the prototype with only half the party! In the full game, there'd be more playable party members with different abilities, letting players assemble parties that cater to whatever playstyle they'd want: from defensive turtling with punishing status effect skills, to overblown magic assault, or all-out weapon swinging melee.</p> <p>As for the platforming, I want the world to feel as interesting to explore as Super Metroid, where just running around and climbing walls to see what's beyond the next room is fun and engaging. Curiosity is encouraged - there are no instant-death pits or spikes, so there is no hesitation during exploring. Of course, backtracking (exploring previously-visited areas again with new abilities) is a central theme in this genre, and I&rsquo;m excited about planning crisscrossing routes and interesting ways to make old spaces new again. Climbing out of the boss room in the prototype, and the subsequent search for the secret boss, is just a taste of what we have planned.</p> <p>The final game will have five "weapons" - bare-hand stance, axe, bow, spear, and kusarigama (chain-sickle) - each with multiple upgrades. However, weapons are not useful only in battle! Just like the Axe giving you Axe Climb in the prototype, at least two upgrades per weapon will add new unique movement abilities for Ajna. As an example, well...as my favorite example of the type of thing we're considering (which may or may not make in the game, of course): perhaps you'd meet a mage who can teleport to places they've already been, and they&rsquo;d serve as your fast travel to previous areas. That's pretty nice. But since you have the bow, maybe eventually they&rsquo;d teach you how to teleport to arrows you shot, after they land! That's a radical new way to explore the world. There are a ton of different abilities like this planned, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how people will combine them all.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/Indivisible_4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p><b>Shacknews: Alright, now I'd like to touch on the crowdfunding element. Your team has asked for $1.5M to complete Indivisible's development. Some people have pointed to the fact that 505 Games has been brought aboard as a publisher, so they've asked why the crowdfunding campaign is still a necessity. And in response, you've pointed out that if the crowdfunding goal is not met, this game does not happen. So to clarify for readers that may not understand the situation, can you explain 505's role with Indivisible? And can you explain why Indivisible is a dead project if it does not meet its crowdfunding goal?</b></p> <p><b>Peter Bartholow, CEO</b>: So, first of all, 505 Games does business a little differently than most publishers. They sort of fall somewhere between a publisher and a distributor, and most if not all of their game deals are partnerships. They prefer the devs to have some skin in the game, not only because it reduces their financial risk, they also believe that it makes the developers more invested in the game's success and engaged in pushing for quality and promoting the game. This is actually something we believe in very strongly, so it's one of the many reasons we felt 505 was a great fit with us.</p> <p>The reason we went to crowdfunding is because, unlike many other developers, we don't have proceeds from past projects or investors to fund our portion the game's budget. So we turned to crowdfunding.</p> <p>Additionally, we really enjoyed working with our community on Skullgirls, taking their feedback on the DLC character beta releases to make the game better. So we wanted to bring the same thing to a single player RPG, and let our community get more involved with the game's development. We also think that the transparent way we present development is educational for the general public, who don't really get to see much of the inner workings of how games are made.</p> <p>And, for what it's worth, when we set all of this in motion, a $1,500,000 goal seemed reasonable at the time. We raised $830k for DLC characters for a niche fighting game, so we felt asking for less than double that for an entire game in a more accessible genre would be seen as a reasonable ask. But instead, we were mostly compared to other crowdfunding campaigns that happened between the time we signed the deal and launched the campaign. I mean, we never thought it'd be easy, but we didn't expect it would be quite as hard as it turned out to be.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: Have you spoken to 505 about possibly funding the project themselves if the Indiegogo campaign falls short?</b></p> <p><b>Bartholow</b>: Because of how business usually works with them, I wouldn't say that's a likely solution. But they're very supportive and we're already working with them on contingency plans if the campaign fails.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gE6zS6Z9FGQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><b>Shacknews: If the Indiegogo campaign fails, what's next for Lab Zero?</b></p> <p><b>Bartholow</b>: It's too early to say. We're going to do everything we can to getting Indivisible funded for the time being, and maybe start putting feelers out about other projects.</p> <p>But signing something new is a slow process. From pitch to signing, the 505 deal took about six months, and that's actually very fast for this industry. We have other pitches we can present if we need to, but keeping the team together during that time would be a challenge.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: Looking more positively, what do you hope to add to Indivisible if the campaign succeeds?</b></p> <p><b>Bartholow</b>: Mostly we just want to make this game. We have so many ideas for great characters, monsters and environments, and everyone's really excited to work on them.</p> <p>And if we get there, we have a bunch of stretch goals planned for the campaign, and I think at least one of them will get a lot of people excited. Some are general improvements, such as more music, while others would add new game modes, online co-op play, and things like that.</p> <p>Fortunately, if we're successful we can continue to raise money for these after the campaign is over via Indiegogo's "InDemand' feature, which lets you keep the campaign open indefinitely for "slacker backers" without needing to build your own website. So we can try to get some of those stretch goals out that way.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Rocket League declares 'Snow Day' in December with new hockey mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/92292/rocket-league-declares-snow-day-in-december-with-new-hockey-mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/92292/rocket-league-declares-snow-day-in-december-with-new-hockey-mode <p>It may be Thanksgiving time in the United States, but Psyonix is already looking ahead to Christmas. This morning, the developer announced some new holiday-themed changes coming to Rocket League for the month of December. This includes a big change from the game's soccer-inspired matches to something more resembling a different kind of sport.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/Rocketleague_WinterGames_3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Snow Day is slated to officially replace the Mutator Mashup online playlist on December 14, introducing hockey elements to Rocket League. The ball will be replaced with a disc-shaped hockey puck. The new mode will be greeted with new holiday-themed Garage items, including an Xmas Rocket trail, Christmas Tree topper, Candy Cane antenna, Sad Sapling topper, Santa topper, Blitzen topper, and Holiday Gift antenna. These Winter Game items will be sprinkled in among the regular drops, though they'll be a little harder to find. Holiday items will drop from December 14 through January 4, at which point they go in the vault for another year.</p> <p>This free update will serve as a nice complement (and a sharp contrast) to the premium <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92208/rocket-league-goes-beyond-with-chaos-run-in-december">Chaos Run</a> DLC that's set to deploy next week.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cEH2hUw-d_U?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:48:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Chattycast 72: 2015's Biggest Turkeys http://www.shacknews.com/article/92276/chattycast-72-2015s-biggest-turkeys http://www.shacknews.com/article/92276/chattycast-72-2015s-biggest-turkeys <p>Thanksgiving is upon us, and once we come back from our extended foodie vacation it will be time to look towards Game of the Year. The honored tradition is a positive time of happiness and cheer here at Shacknews, as we think about the best games and what made them so special to us. Before we get to our GOTYs (Goaties), though, it's time to unleash some id with what we can only hope will become a podcast tradition: the Turkeys.</p> <p>Yes, our Thanksgiving episode will mark all the worst in gaming this year before we get to the lovey-dovey stuff. Most Disappointing! Worst DLC! Grossest Capitalism! Dumbest Thing! And any other awful complaints we can come up with! Your hosts will spew some therapeutic hatred to let it all out before we get into the holiday spirit.</p> <p><strong>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.audibletrial.com/chattycast" target="_blank">AudibleTrial.com/Chattycast</a>&nbsp;for your 30-day trial with a free audiobook download of your choice.</strong></p> <p><em><em><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://shacknews.podbean.com/mf/play/hdsau2/chattycast072.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YauCyl_icCE"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" id="audio_iframe" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/z79cq-5a7db4?from=yiiadmin" data-link="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/z79cq-5a7db4?from=yiiadmin" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-name="pb-iframe-player"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:35:00 PST Steve Watts Nintendo Cyber Deals offer eShop discounts through Monday http://www.shacknews.com/article/92291/nintendo-cyber-deals-offer-eshop-discounts-through-monday http://www.shacknews.com/article/92291/nintendo-cyber-deals-offer-eshop-discounts-through-monday <p>Thanksgiving kicks off tomorrow and a number of retailers, both physical and digital, are getting ready to deploy massive sales. The Nintendo eShop is no different and Nintendo has kicked off sales for both Wii U and 3DS.</p> <p>These deals are not available from the eShop website, so Wii U and 3DS owners will have to physically go into each platform's respective eShop store to find these deals. Fortunately, Shacknews has rounded them all up for your convenience.</p> <h3>Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - $34.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - $34.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - $27.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Pikmin 3 - $38.99 (35% off)</li> <li>The Wonderful 101 - $19.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Pushmo World - $4.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Child of Light - $7.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Rayman Legends - $19.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Kirby's Return to Dream Land [Virtual Console] - $12.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Metroid Fusion [Virtual Console] - $4.79 (30% off)</li> <li>Mario Golf [Virtual Console] - $4.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Star Fox Command [Virtual Console] - $4.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Don't Starve: Giant Edition - $7.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - $9.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Adventures of Pip - $7.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Teslagrad - $7.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Chariot - $7.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) - $5.99 (60% off)</li> <li>SteamWorld Dig - $4.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Art of Balance - $4.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Trine 2: Director's Cut - $9.99 (33% off)</li> <li>Blek - $2.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Mutant Mudds Deluxe - $4.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails - $4.99 (50% off)</li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Fire Emblem Awakening - $27.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - $23.99 (40% off)</li> <li>Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon - $27.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - $20.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Box Boy! - $3.49 (30% off)</li> <li>Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - $20.09 (33% off)</li> <li>Crashmo - $4.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Kid Icarus Uprising - $24.49 (30% off)</li> <li>Mario Golf World Tour - $20.99 (30% off)</li> <li>Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - $6.49 (35% off)</li> <li>Rune Factory 4 - $19.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Inazuma Eleven - $9.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Metroid [Virtual Console] - $2.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream [Virtual Console] - $2.49 (50% off)</li> <li>3D Sonic the Hedgehog - $2.99 (50% off)</li> <li>3D Out Run - $4.19 (30% off)</li> <li>Azure Strike Gunvolt - $7.50 (50% off)</li> <li>Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - $9.99 (50% off)</li> <li>SteamWorld Dig - $4.99 (50% off)</li> <li>1001 Spikes - $9.99 (33% off)</li> <li>Retro City Rampage - $4.99 (50% off)</li> <li>Mutant Mudds - $4.49 (50% off)</li> <li>Siesta Fiesta - $2.99 (50% off)</li> </ul> <p>The Wii U deals are somewhat underwhelming, since many comparable deals can be found at retail outlets. With that said, for those that have not tried Platinum's The Wonderful 101, this seems like a good time to grab it. The 3DS deals feel far superior, particular the Capcom deals for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Ace Attorney Trilogy. Luigi's Mansion and Fire Emblem Awakening are also nothing to sneeze at. And while there are several games here that could be classified as 'under the radar,' one of the most recent games to fit that description is Box Boy!, which Shacknews <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88864/boxboy-review-game-cubed">liked quite a bit</a>.</p> <p>The Cyber Deals are set to run all weekend on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:46:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Shakedown Hawaii is the follow-up to Retro City Rampage http://www.shacknews.com/article/92290/shakedown-hawaii-is-the-follow-up-to-retro-city-rampage http://www.shacknews.com/article/92290/shakedown-hawaii-is-the-follow-up-to-retro-city-rampage <p>Retro City Rampage was an interesting mixture of nostalgic references and modern open-world gaming ultraviolence. The 8-bit Grand Theft Auto-style adventure was released back in 2012 on PC and gradually released on just about all major platforms, so it would appear that developer Vblank Entertainment is ready to move to its next project. That project was announced yesterday&nbsp;in the form of a sequel called&nbsp;Shakedown Hawaii.</p> <p>Shakedown Hawaii is being billed as the follow-up to Retro City Rampage and, indeed, upon viewing the trailer, it appears that the open-world mayhem of its predecessor will remain intact. The idea is still to wreak as much havoc as possible in an overhead Grand Theft Auto-style setting. The major difference is an upgrade an graphics, going from 8-bit to 16-bit. This is a sign of the story moving forward, taking place years after the original Retro City Rampage and with its main character coming out of retirement for more chaos.</p> <p>Not much else is known about Shakedown Hawaii, but PlayStation Experience attendees will have a crack at a playable build during next weekend's event. Shakedown Hawaii does not have a projected release window, but it is set to come to PC, PlayStation 4, Vita, and Nintendo 3DS.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YV0qd7jr6yw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:10:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Origin PC EON17-X Laptop Review: Phenomenal Cosmic Powers http://www.shacknews.com/article/92282/origin-pc-eon17-x-laptop-review-phenomenal-cosmic-powers http://www.shacknews.com/article/92282/origin-pc-eon17-x-laptop-review-phenomenal-cosmic-powers <p>Origin announced its <a href="https://www.originpc.com/gaming/laptops/eon17-x/">Origin PC EON17-X</a>&nbsp;this past June, giving PC gamers around the world a reason to show some interest in the gaming laptop. Considering G-Sync technology was only previously available for desktop machines, delivering a gaming laptop with the feature is a pretty big deal as it can keep tearing and screen stutter to a minimum while you&rsquo;re on the go.</p> <p>The EON17-X has&nbsp;all the bells and whistles those who take their PC gaming serious would want in a gaming laptop.&nbsp;And while it performs to the degree I expected it to, I didn't expect it to underperform as much as it did in certain aspects.</p> <h2>Heavy-duty Gaming</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/eon17x_web-100538581-orig.png" alt="" width="700" height="347" /></div> <p>The EON17-X is considered a desktop replacement, which means you shouldn&rsquo;t expect to do any serious traveling with it. Weighing in at 8.6lbs, it&rsquo;s quite a heavy gaming laptop, but considering how much is stuffed within its chassis, I&rsquo;m impressed Origin was able to put so much into such a small space. Stuffing an Intel i7 6700K CPU into the EON17-X alone should is an impressive feat, considering it&rsquo;s only ever been made available for desktop computers. And what makes the CPU even <i>more</i> enticing is the fact it&rsquo;s been overclocked to 4.5GHz.</p> <p>While the laptop itself is on the larger side, it uses its space well as it features a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS Matte Display, a full sized keyboard with customizable backlight, and a multi-gesture trackpad. The keyboard was comfortable to write on as it had just the right amount of sponginess and clickiness for my taste, and I really enjoyed the custom backlighting since&nbsp;I was able to have it display a wide variety of colors. It wasn&rsquo;t to the quality I&rsquo;d expect from an RGB keyboard, but I was still impressed with its ability to add just a bit of visual spice to its overall black and rigid body.</p> <p>The trackpad, on the other hand, was more of a nuisance than anything else. Instead of being placed in the middle of the palm rests, it&rsquo;s positioned slightly to the left. Having it in that position has caused my left palm to come into contact with the trackpad too often. Other than its frustrating positioning, the trackpad had a smooth surface, which I always prefer over one with texture to it, and it even had a fingerprint reader in the middle, which performed very well as I was able to capture all of my fingertips within its system. Now if I lose nine of my fingers, I&rsquo;ll at least have <i>one more</i> available to unlock this laptop.</p> <h2>Performance at a Cost</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/eon15-x-closeup-keyboard-100538574-orig.png" alt="" width="700" height="466" /></div> <p>With an Intel i7 6700K overclocked at 4.5GHz and an Nvidia GTX 980M, the EON17-X performed just as well as I expected it to in our benchmarks. In PCMark 7, <a href="http://www.3dmark.com/pcm7/992526">it scored a 6513</a>, which is on the higher end of the <a href="http://www.3dmark.com/compare/pcm7/992526/pcm7/976885/pcm7/980975">gaming laptop spectrum</a>, while in 3DMark 11, <a href="http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/10575493">it scored a P11423</a> and an <a href="http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/10575535">X4331</a>. It&rsquo;s 3DMark 11 scores are also very good as it nearly reaches performance levels that can run the Oculus Rift, which is very impressive for a gaming laptop.</p> <p>In my time with the EON17-X, I played the latest releases, including&nbsp;Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Syndicate, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Across the board, the laptop performed flawlessly as I was able to push it to give me a smooth gaming experience in everything I threw at it. While getting Fallout 4 to perform well was a breeze considering its recommended specs, getting The Witcher 3 to perform at Full 1080p with all of its details maxed out is even more impressive.</p> <p><span>When it comes to gaming on the go, battery life may be just as important as the performance you can get out of a machine. While the EON17-X exceeds in its performance, it fails in its ability to stay on for long periods of time. On a single charge, I was able to achieve a little over two hours of battery life when using it for everyday tasks, such as email, social networking, and watching videos on YouTube. When I played a game on it, the battery life dropped significantly as I was only able to get around 30 - 45 minutes of game time while running several games on their highest visual settings.&nbsp;<span>So if you plan on taking your gaming on your commute, it better be a quick one or else you&rsquo;ll find yourself with a nearly nine-pound paperweight.</span></span></p> <h2><span>Homebody</span></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/eon17-x-right-back-keyboard-white.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="500" /></div> <p><span><span>Even though the EON17-X is categorized as a laptop, I can&rsquo;t imagine myself lugging it around on a daily basis. Instead, I could easily see myself propping this on my office desk and treating it like a desktop while also saving some space from having a full-sized desktop set up. And if I <i>need</i> to travel with it, it&rsquo;ll be at short distances where I can throw it in my car to visit friends and family while also showing off this beast of a laptop.</span></span></p> <p><span>One caveat that keeps me from wanting to travel with the EON17-X is its very short battery life. I feel like it wasn&rsquo;t really built with traveling in mind as getting to play a game for under an hour while on the go doesn&rsquo;t warrant having to lug it around for several hours.</span></p> <p><span>With all that said, as long as you keep the laptop at home and close to its power adapter, you're going to get some serious performance that should be able to keep up with your gaming habits for a couple of years.</span></p> <h2><span>System Specs</span></h2> <ul> <li>CPU: Intel i7 6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz</li> <li>GPU: Nvidia GTX 8GB 980M</li> <li>Display: 1920 x 1080p IPS Matte Display</li> <li>Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz</li> <li>Storage: 1TB Seagate Mobile SSHD</li> <li>OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home</li> <li>OS Drive: 256GB Samsung SM951 PCie M.2</li> <li>&nbsp;Lifetime 24/7 Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 year Part Replacement &amp; 45 day shipping warranty</li> <li>45 Day No Dead Pixel Guarantee Free</li> </ul> <hr /> <p><em>This review is based on a loaner unit&nbsp;from Origin. The Origin PC EON17-X&nbsp;is available in retail today.</em></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Disney Infinity 3.0 is strong with first 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Play Set trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/92289/disney-infinity-30-is-strong-with-first-star-wars-the-force-awakens-play-set-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/92289/disney-infinity-30-is-strong-with-first-star-wars-the-force-awakens-play-set-trailer <p>Disney Interactive is sending all good Star Wars fans into the Thanksgiving holiday with a first look at the next Disney Infinity 3.0 Play Set. And this is a big one, because it's the first trailer for the Play Set based on the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>.</p> <p>The trailer carries much of the same nostalgic, tense atmosphere that the film trailers have captured. This is a first chance to check out how Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren will look in their Disney Infinity forms. Also, this is a first glimpse at the far-more grizzled Han Solo. This is being billed as a chance to follow the story of the upcoming film and it certainly seems to appear that this Play Set will follow many of its events.</p> <p>The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set will hit Disney Infinity 3.0 on December 18, which also happens to be the date of the film's release.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nxuz4fQQOuE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:58:00 PST Ozzie Mejia SimCity BuildIt goes across the pond for London Town update http://www.shacknews.com/article/92284/simcity-buildit-goes-across-the-pond-for-london-town-update http://www.shacknews.com/article/92284/simcity-buildit-goes-across-the-pond-for-london-town-update <p>While the PC version of the SimCity franchise has undoubtedly seen better days, the mobile version continues to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89857/simcity-buildit-becomes-the-most-played-game-in-simcity-history">run strong</a>. EA Mobile has recently introduced a new update to SimCity BuildIt, allowing mobile builders to construct some new structures from across the pond.</p> <p>The London Town update features 25 new English-themed structures, such as the Globe Theater, the London Bus Terminal, and Big Ben. Players can earn and trade these new items to piece together a decidedly more British-looking metropolis.</p> <p>SimCity BuildIt's London Town update is up and running now for free. The game is free-to-play on the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simcity-buildit/id913292932" target="blank">App Store</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.simcitymobile_row" target="blank">Google Play</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Arts-SimCity-BuildIt/dp/B00XJNMALC" target="blank">Amazon Appstore</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s1uS_vP31bs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Steam Autumn Sale 2015 kicks off today at 10am PT http://www.shacknews.com/article/92287/steam-autumn-sale-2015-kicks-off-today-at-10am-pt http://www.shacknews.com/article/92287/steam-autumn-sale-2015-kicks-off-today-at-10am-pt <p>As we reported <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92219/steam-autumn-and-winter-sale-2015-dates-reportedly-revealed-lacking-flash-and-daily-sales">last week</a>, the Steam Autumn sale is kicking off today at 10am PT and will end on December 1st at 10am PT.</p> <p>The Steam Autumn Sale was confirmed by Valve last week via a post on the Steamworks developer group giving developers a heads up of the upcoming sale. While the post gave us a glimpse as to when we should expect today&rsquo;s sale to commence, it also informed us this sale was going to be slightly different from previous sales.</p> <p>For the Autumn Sale, Flash and Daily Sales will not be available. While that may upset most Steam users, there&rsquo;s a reason why Valve is scrapping Flash and Daily Sales this time around. According to the Steamworks developer group post, Valve wants to &ldquo;optimize the sale for customers and to allow [it] to feature and recommend [their] products in more ways to more customers.&rdquo; As a result, Valve is asking developers to provide a single discount that will run the entire length of the Autumn Sale.</p> <p><span>Valve says top games will still be highlighted on Steam&rsquo;s front page for 24 - 48 hour spans, but those that aren't highlighted will stay at their most competitive discount.</span></p> <p><span>Considering how much Valve takes its customer feedback to heart, we're sure this little experiment will receive a lot of feedback over the sale duration. Whether or not removing Flash and Daily Sales from the equation will help or hurt developers is yet to be seen.</span></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:20:00 PST Daniel Perez PlayStation 4 sells over 30 million units worldwide http://www.shacknews.com/article/92285/playstation-4-sells-over-30-million-units-worldwide http://www.shacknews.com/article/92285/playstation-4-sells-over-30-million-units-worldwide <p>Sony has announced PlayStation 4 sales have surpassed 30.2 million units worldwide as of November 22.</p> <p>"We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago," said president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Andrew House. "We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation."</p> <p><span>The PlayStation 4 has been available for sale for over two years now, and selling over 30 million units prior to the official start of the holiday shopping season is a good start for Sony. We&rsquo;re sure that number will rise substantially once the holidays are over.</span></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:36:00 PST Daniel Perez Marvel Heroes 2015 unleashes Magik today http://www.shacknews.com/article/92281/marvel-heroes-2015-unleashes-magik-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/92281/marvel-heroes-2015-unleashes-magik-today <p><em>Update: Magik was originally reported as the winner of the Game Informer poll for the next playable character. Magik is actually the winner of the Marvel Heroes forums poll. The Game Informer poll winner is Angela, who will find her way into the game soon. The story has been updated.</em></p> <p>A few months ago, <s>the folks at Game Informer</s> the Marvel Heroes forums held a poll for the next playable character to join the Marvel Heroes 2015 roster. The votes are in and the winner is Magik, better known as Illyana Rapsputin. The mystical sword wielder and younger sister of the X-Men's Colossus now makes her in-game debut today with her Marvel Now! costume, along with a few other new features.</p> <p>Magik's abilities rely on her knowledge of arcane spells, which she picked up during her time in Limbo. Her three sets of abilities revolve around Mutant Swordswoman, which utilizes her Soulsword to cut down enemies; Limbo Minions, which allows her to call upon the demons of the hell dimensions to aid her; and the aforementioned Dark Magic, which uses Magik's sorcery for debuffs and area-of-effect spells. Magik also utilizes 'Command,' which is a separate loadout that's customized towards a distinct play style. The Marvel Heroes <a href="http://forums.marvelheroes.com/discussion/245073/magik-hero-preview" target="blank">forums</a> offers some more information on this unique mechanic.</p> <p>Today also features a new costume for Black Panther. His Urban Jungle costume harkens back to his brief stint as Hell's Kitchen's guardian, in the wake of Daredevil's fall during the events of Shadowland. On top of that, it now appears that Steam Controller support is up and running.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The official <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/steamcontroller?src=hash">#steamcontroller</a> bindings for <a href="https://twitter.com/MarvelHeroes">@MarvelHeroes</a> are available on Steam. Check them out! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/playmarvelheroes?src=hash">#playmarvelheroes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/STEAM?src=hash">#STEAM</a></p> &mdash; Andrew Hair (@andrewhair) <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewhair/status/669207665378226180">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>For more on Magik, be sure to check out the video below. And get ready for the changeover to Marvel Heroes 2016, which happens in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91700/marvel-heroes-2016-rolls-out-in-december-with-secret-invasion-story">just a few weeks</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4L7x3WxI-Lc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:31:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Halo 5: Guardians players can now create 3D figures of their in-game Spartans http://www.shacknews.com/article/92280/halo-5-guardians-players-can-now-create-3d-figures-of-their-in-game-spartans http://www.shacknews.com/article/92280/halo-5-guardians-players-can-now-create-3d-figures-of-their-in-game-spartans <p>The concept of 3D printing has taken off in recent years. The gaming world has also stepped into this world with certain games allowing for the 3D printing of a user's in-game character. While several high-profile titles, like Smite, World of Tanks, and Infinity Blade, have had this feature available, arguably the biggest gaming franchise yet is throwing its hat behind the 3D printing phenomenon, with Halo 5: Guardians now allowing users to print out 3D Spartan figurines.</p> <p>As with the aforementioned titles, the figurine prints will be done through <a href="http://sandboxr.com/" target="blank">Sandboxr</a> and its proprietary 3D printing customization platform, as well as through 3D Systems' full color 3D printing tech. Users will be able to design a Spartan using the avaialble cosmetic packs they've unlocked over the course of Halo 5: Guardians. These cosmetic pieces can be found through the game's REQ packs that can be picked up with in-game currency.</p> <p>The video below was issued last week, but the 3D customization has been made available today. Figures will run for $29.99. To create a 3D Spartan, visit <a href="https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halo-5-guardians/3d-printing" target="blank">Halo Waypoint</a> and log into your Xbox Live account.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f-B6AK67zTg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:05:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Divekick: Addition Edition's final update introduces Nidhogg's Fencer http://www.shacknews.com/article/92278/divekick-addition-editions-final-update-introduces-nidhoggs-fencer http://www.shacknews.com/article/92278/divekick-addition-editions-final-update-introduces-nidhoggs-fencer <p>While Iron Galaxy has mainly moved on to Killer Instinct and other endeavors, there's still a place in the developer's heart for Divekick. That's why it looks like there's one last content update lined up for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83884/divekick-addition-edition-update-kicks-onto-pc-and-ps3-tomorrow">Divekick: Addition Edition</a>, which is set to introduce the game's final DLC character. And like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83953/saints-rows-johnny-gat-joins-divekick">Johnny Gat</a> before him, it's a guest star from the gaming world.</p> <p>One wouldn't have expected the unnamed Fencer from Nidhogg to make any sort of guest starring appearance, but that's exactly who's lined up for Divekick. Known primarily for running his opponents through in Messhof's side-scrolling fighter, The Fencer brings his sword along for the battle and uses it as a special move, alongside his ability to dive and kick. And just like in Nidhogg, The Fencer can toss the sword at certain times to give him something of an edge against his opponents.</p> <p>The Fencer is free to all Divekick owners on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Those that have yet to pick up Divekick can grab it now on any of those platforms with a permanent price reduction, bringing the cost down to $5.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CsA1DyPLbLk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:26:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Star Wars Battlefront 'Battle of Jakku' DLC's new game mode detailed http://www.shacknews.com/article/92277/star-wars-battlefront-battle-of-jakku-dlcs-new-game-mode-detailed http://www.shacknews.com/article/92277/star-wars-battlefront-battle-of-jakku-dlcs-new-game-mode-detailed <p>Since it was first revealed back in April, the plan was always for EA and DICE to release the Battle of Jakku weeks after Star Wars Battlefront's release as free DLC. The reasoning made sense, since the idea was to offer this content up closer to the release of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Today, however, they're revealing that there's more to December 1 than simply adding a new map.</p> <p>The Battle of Jakku will also include a new Turning Point game mode. This 20v20 scenario is meant to illustrate the crucial point in time where the Rebel Alliance clashed with the remnants of the Empire, following the fall of the second Death Star. The idea is for the Rebels to seek out and capture any one of three Imperial capture points. Successfully taking a point will add time to the clock and open up more points for the Rebels to capture, leading all the way up to the Empire's base. Rebels can be aided by airspeeders, while the Imperials will have access to AT-ST walkers.</p> <p>"A Turning Point match will often be very exciting since the outcome is never sure," reads the post on the <a href="http://starwars.ea.com/en_GB/starwars/battlefront/news/get-a-first-glimpse-of-the-battle-of-jakku-in-star-wars-battlefront-uk" target="blank">Star Wars Battlefront</a> website. "There are also a lot of tactical possibilities that need to be considered. For instance: once the Rebels have started taking over a control point, it can&rsquo;t be reclaimed by the Empire. Let&rsquo;s say there&rsquo;s only 25% left of the claim process and the Empire has managed to drive away the Rebels. This means that the Empire have to choose between defending this vulnerable point or another part of the map. The Rebels in turn need to decide where their next attack should be."</p> <p>The Battle of Jakku arrives next week and will be free to all Star Wars Battlefront owners.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:50:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Minecraft: Story Mode review-in-progress: 'The Last Place You Look' impressions http://www.shacknews.com/article/92268/minecraft-story-mode-review-in-progress-the-last-place-you-look-impressions http://www.shacknews.com/article/92268/minecraft-story-mode-review-in-progress-the-last-place-you-look-impressions <p><i>The following impressions represent our ongoing review of the full Minecraft: Story Mode series. Be sure to catch up with our impressions for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91714/minecraft-story-mode-review-in-progress-order-of-the-stone-impressions">Order of the Stone</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92254/minecraft-story-mode-review-in-progress-assembly-required-impressions">Assembly Required</a>.</i></p> <hr /> <p>The Minecraft: Story Mode journey has taken some unexpected turns over the course of the first three episodes. But the biggest twist yet has come in the game's third episode, 'The Last Place You Look,' as Telltale Games teased a quick resolution, only to up the stakes that much more. On top of that, the major turns at the end are pointing to a much more suspenseful final two episodes than the opening episode originally suggested.</p> <p>With the Witherstorm continuing to eat away at the world, Jesse and friends must continue their quest to reunite the Order of the Stone. The bulk of the third episode is spent on the final part of that objective, finding Order leader Soren. As revealed over the past two episodes, Soren has purposely dropped off the grid. But what no one could have expected was that Soren would be somewhat... off.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/11/MCSM-Order-of-the-Stone-reunited-1920x1080.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>In fact, Soren's eccentricity sets up many of the ideas that players will encounter over the course of 'The Last Place You Look.' With Soren holed up in his secret hiding place away from civilization, it opens the door to another element of Minecraft lore: The End and its denizens, the frightening Endermen. Minecraft: Story Mode pays these creatures their due respect, painting them as fearsome, nightmarish ghouls that can snap at you at a moment's notice.</p> <p>While some of the combat of 'The Last Place You Look' feels somewhat uninspired, the stealth sequences involving the Endermen offered a nice change of pace. These parts of the game felt all too brief, but they offered a fun change from slashing away at spiders and zombies. While one of the criticisms of the last episode involved the underutilization of Minecraft's crafting tables, the third episode addresses this in a different way. While crafting for the sake of crafting still isn't the focus, the moments where crafting tables do surface make sense in context and matter in relation to the narrative. That's actually a much more preferable path, making crafting and recipes feel more meaningful.</p> <p>As the stakes get bigger in Minecraft: Story Mode, it feels like much of the game's humor has become underplayed. There are a couple of physical running gags and a few quips here and there, but 'The Last Place You Look' is mostly played seriously. It's seen in both the setting and in the character interactions, including a particular character doing a jarring 180 from his demeanor over the past few episodes. While that's understandable given the situation, I'm hopeful that the last couple of episodes will go back to that family-friendly, lighthearted tone that made this particular Telltale effort stand out from its peers. One of the lone sources of laughs this time around comes from Soren, with actor John Hodgman perfectly capturing the character's oddball nature.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aXKJulRRU4c?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>What should be lauded, however, is that Telltale has managed to put together some compellingly different stories based on the choices made in previous episodes. It'll be difficult to explain without spoiling specifics, but depending on who Jesse saves in the first episode, the story takes a drastically different turn. Ideas like reuniting the Order, saving a friend, finding a hero, and other things like that are jumbled up depending on the choices made, but regardless, they still come together to make what's been a coherent story thus far. That's a major accomplishment for Telltale, especially since it could have been easy to just have all paths lead to the same outcome, but it looks like Minecraft: Story Mode's choices truly do matter and are truly leading to different stories for different players.</p> <p>'The Last Place You Look' starts off with quite the bang, right down to one of the most action-packed opening credits sequences in a recent Telltale game. While it looks like it'll continue the 80s kids movie-style fun going, the tension is raised quite a bit to the point that the episode ends on something of a downer. That's not bad in itself, but let's see if the next couple of episodes can retain that lighter tone that the series started with.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 won't release in the west for fear of backlash http://www.shacknews.com/article/92275/dead-or-alive-xtreme-3-wont-release-in-the-west-for-fear-of-backlash http://www.shacknews.com/article/92275/dead-or-alive-xtreme-3-wont-release-in-the-west-for-fear-of-backlash <p>Koei Tecmo announced Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 a few months ago, and today, we&rsquo;re learning Team Ninja has no plans for a western release for fear of backlash from the gaming community outside of Japan.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/deadoralivegame/posts/757819724322115">Answering a fan</a> on the official Dead or Alive Facebook page, Team Ninja revealed there are currently no plans to bring DoA Xtreme 3 to the west. &ldquo;We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won't have any plan change in the future,&rdquo; the studio said when asked if the game would be headed to the US and EU regions.</p> <p>Team Ninja followed up its original statement to reveal the real reason behind not planning to develop the game for western territories. &ldquo;Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision. Thank you.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Considering how outraged the gaming community has been over certain aspects of popular games over the years, we can&rsquo;t exactly blame the studio for their decision. Fortunately, for those who would love nothing more than to see bubbly girls wearing skimpy clothing while on vacation, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will be region free and all of its menus and subtitles will be available in English. This should make the process of importing it once it&rsquo;s released a breeze.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mz6pbnaOYIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:51:00 PST Daniel Perez Xbox Games with Gold December 2015 lineup includes Thief, Van Helsing, and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/92274/xbox-games-with-gold-december-2015-lineup-includes-thief-van-helsing-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/92274/xbox-games-with-gold-december-2015-lineup-includes-thief-van-helsing-and-more <p>Microsoft has revealed its lineup of games for December that will be made available for free for Xbox Live Gold members through its Games with Gold promotion.</p> <p>Xbox One owners will be given the opportunity to download The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing between December 1 and December 31 and Thief between December 16 and January 15. Xbox 360 owners can proceed to download a digital copy of CastleStorm between December 1 to December 15, and then finish off the year with Sacred 3 between December 16 to December 31. Microsoft is offering a bonus Xbox 360 game, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, at the same time Sacred 3 is available.</p> <p><span>As a reminder, you&rsquo;ll need to be an Xbox Live Gold member to take part in the Games with Gold promotion and all Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible on the Xbox One from now on.</span></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:20:00 PST Daniel Perez Valkyria: Azure Revolution will have perma-death that will reshape its story http://www.shacknews.com/article/92273/valkyria-azure-revolution-will-have-perma-death-that-will-reshape-its-story http://www.shacknews.com/article/92273/valkyria-azure-revolution-will-have-perma-death-that-will-reshape-its-story <p>Valkyria: Azure Revolution will feature perma-death, will reshape its story based on these deaths, and will have a difficulty that will offer some obstacles to players.</p> <p>In an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, translated by <a href="http://www.siliconera.com/2015/11/24/valkyria-azure-revolution-details-on-perma-deaths-difficulty-and-upcoming-demo/">Siliconera</a>, Valkyria: Azure Revolution&rsquo;s director Takeshi Ozawa and chief producer Yoichi Shimosato discussed some key aspects of the upcoming game.</p> <p>Just like in previous iterations of the Valkyria series, sub-characters can die, which we assume would occur if they&rsquo;re knocked out and not revived in time. There will be events and other story elements for sub-characters that will give the play an incentive to keep them alive, but if they die, the character&rsquo;s events will be cut out of the game&rsquo;s main storyline. Fortunately, players will be able to redo missions, which will give us the opportunity to experience these events if we <i>really</i> want to.</p> <p>As far as its difficulty is concerned, Ozawa-san says he believes the game definitely has some obstacles and its difficulty isn&rsquo;t that low. An easy mode is planned, which we would think would be an ideal fit for those who are more interested in the game&rsquo;s story over its combat difficulty.</p> <p><span>Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be available on the PlayStation 4 in Japan some time in winter 2016.</span></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:05:00 PST Daniel Perez
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Name meaning meme thingie
YIR... no, there's not enough to recap for that
Serenity Quiz
OMG, I made an LJ entry
Fun with LJTalk/Jabber/gaim
Deal with it. (I'm such a card)
It's blasphemy delicious!
Ups and Downs
Oh yeah
Pointless entry to signify life
Communications Update; Part Deux
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Things you overhear...