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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us The Evil Within faces 'The Consequence' today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89208/the-evil-within-faces-the-consequence-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89208/the-evil-within-faces-the-consequence-today <p>The Evil Within's main campaign told the story of Sebastian Castellanos and his confrontation with the evil entity known as Ruvik. However, there was another side of the story that followed his partner, Juli Kidman. The first half of her tale was told in The Evil Within's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88303/the-evil-within-kicks-off-two-part-dlc-story-with-the-assignment-on-march-10">The Assignment</a> DLC and today, the story continues with The Consequence.</p> <p>The Consequence will further explore Kidman's whereabouts during the events of The Evil Within's main campaign. Players will encounter new enemy types, puzzles, and horrors. It also promises to connect the dots between Kidman and her connection to Mobius, the group that's likely behind everything going on in The Evil Within.</p> <p>The Consequence is included as part of The Evil Within's Season Pass and is available a la carte for $9.99. For more, check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yslw1IZ-qxE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Mortal Kombat X characters will receive free costumes with each DLC patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/89209/mortal-kombat-x-characters-will-receive-free-costumes-with-each-dlc-patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/89209/mortal-kombat-x-characters-will-receive-free-costumes-with-each-dlc-patch <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89080/mortal-kombat-x-review-hit-kontinue">Mortal Kombat X</a>&nbsp;will receive a free costume with each patch that&rsquo;s released for the game, NetherRealm Studios&rsquo; Ed Boon announced on <a href="https://twitter.com/noobde/status/590181000556060674/photo/1">Twitter</a> yesterday.</p> <p>The first patch for Mortal Kombat X was released this week, and with it, owners of the game will receive the Klassic Sub-zero costume, completely free of charge.</p> <p><span>Shortly after its release, it was discovered WBIE <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89102/mortal-kombat-x-charging-for-easy-fatality-dlc-packs">was selling easy fatality DLC packs</a>, which exchanges real-world currency for Easy Fatality tokens which led to a minor uproar in the Mortal Kombat community. Now that the dust has settled from offering those easy fatality DLC packs, It&rsquo;s nice to see a developer offer free content to its customers post release, and for once, we welcome Mortal Kombat X to have as many patches as it needs to help continue to buff up our character costume collection.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/czfnaIz5BJk"></iframe></span></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:40:00 PDT Daniel Perez DICE general manager discusses Star Wars Battlefront and working with the film archives http://www.shacknews.com/article/89207/dice-general-manager-discusses-star-wars-battlefront-and-working-with-the-film-archives http://www.shacknews.com/article/89207/dice-general-manager-discusses-star-wars-battlefront-and-working-with-the-film-archives <p>There was a major shakeup in the Force last week when EA and DICE hit the Star Wars Celebration weekend with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89162/star-wars-battlefront-awakens-november-17-free-battle-of-jakku-dlc-on-december-8">official reveal</a> for Star Wars Battlefront. Now that we had seen the in-game footage and the in-engine trailer, it was time to talk to DICE about what else players could expect from their first crack at the Star Wars license. Shortly after the media presentation, Shacknews caught up to DICE general manager Patrick Bach.</p> <p>"We started the whole relationship [with Lucasfilm] asking us, 'Are you willing to build the next big Star Wars Battlefront game?'" Bach told Shacknews. "And of course, the immediate reaction is, 'Oh my God, this is a daunting task, but of course we will do it!' So I think the collaboration has been brilliant. We've been working super close with them throughout the whole process, making sure everything is as authentic as it can be. Our goal is, of course, to stay true to the original trilogy, make sure all the assets that you see in the movies are there, and are rendered in a way that you feel you're in the movie. The relationship has been amazing."</p> <p>Bach also goes into DICE's use of the Star Wars archives, the film locations that DICE has visited, and details on the "Battle of Jakku" DLC. The full interview is available below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rth-SnpoeEE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Gran Turismo 6 'GT Academy' competition begins tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/89205/gran-turismo-6-gt-academy-competition-begins-tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/89205/gran-turismo-6-gt-academy-competition-begins-tonight <p>The folks at Sony and Polyphony Digital are once again looking for the next great professional racer. And just as they have for four seasons prior, they are looking to Gran Turismo for their next prospect.</p> <p>GT Academy will begin its fifth season tonight at midnight (time zone not provided). Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to jump on their PS3s and access the special in-game event that will allow them to show their skills. The competition will last for eight weeks, with the 20 fastest race times advancing to the next stage. Finalists will then compete head-to-head against one another in the U.S. Nationals.</p> <p>"In a change from previous years, the U.S. region will for the first time participate as part of the International competition where only the top six will advance to the International Finals," SCEA product manager Ken Chan explained on <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/04/20/gt-academy-2015-begins-at-midnight-tonight/" target="blank">PlayStation.Blog</a>. "There they will try to prove they are one of the best in the world, deserving of a shot at the dream job of a professional racing placement for Nissan."</p> <p>The GT Academy competition will continue until June 16.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Warhammer 40K: Regicide lands on Steam Early Access in May http://www.shacknews.com/article/89204/warhammer-40k-regicide-lands-on-steam-early-access-in-may http://www.shacknews.com/article/89204/warhammer-40k-regicide-lands-on-steam-early-access-in-may <p>The Warhammer 40K series has had a rich history in the PC gaming world and it's now set to get its next big installment. Warhammer 40,000: Regicide will blend together the action-strategy of Games Workshop's universe, along with a traditional chess formula. With the game set to hit Steam Early Access soon, indie developer Hammerfall Publishing has issued a new campaign trailer.</p> <p>The trailer centers around a transmission sent from the world of Hethgar Prime. Following the transmission, Space Marines are sent to investigate the source of the transmission, where they promptly meet up with an armed resistance. This will kick off the Blood Angels campaign, which will contain 50 story-driven missions.</p> <p>In addition to fleshing out the game's development, Hammerfall also plans to add new content to Regicide every few weeks during the Early Access period. Early adopters will get the Angels of Blood campaign at no extra charge, which will gradually unfold through a series of updates. New chapters, as well as new Space Marine and Ork clans, are set to be added with new updates.</p> <p>The full version of Warhammer 40K: Regicide is set to hit <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/322910/">Steam Early Access</a>&nbsp;on May 5, with the full version aiming to release later this year.&nbsp;A mobile version is set to release in 2016, with cross-platform play with the PC version in tow.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vv1Mp3v25fA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:35:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Stuff That Sucks: The Amiibo Hunt Hits the Big Apple http://www.shacknews.com/article/89203/stuff-that-sucks-the-amiibo-hunt-hits-the-big-apple http://www.shacknews.com/article/89203/stuff-that-sucks-the-amiibo-hunt-hits-the-big-apple <p>The Shacknews staff took a trip to New Jersey over the weekend for a little team building. While in the area, the staffers had a chance to check out the sites across the great state of New Jersey and neighboring New York.</p> <p>For Greg, it provided the opportunity to hit the Nintendo World Store in his continuing hunt for Amiibo. The results of his hunt lead into this week's Stuff That Sucks.</p> <p>For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xPPZod7R9Ro" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Mario Kart 8 previews six new tracks ahead of April 23 DLC release http://www.shacknews.com/article/89199/mario-kart-8-previews-six-new-tracks-ahead-of-april-23-dlc-release http://www.shacknews.com/article/89199/mario-kart-8-previews-six-new-tracks-ahead-of-april-23-dlc-release <p>With so much happening in the world of gaming, it's easy to forget that Mario Kart 8's second DLC pack is set to arrive <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88910/mario-kart-8-dlc-coming-early-plus-new-speed-class">later this week</a>. Part of that is because Nintendo decided to push the release date up from its original May date. Not only are Animal Crossing characters making their debut, but a slew of new tracks are set to arrive, as well.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Nintendo released a bundle of videos showcasing the next DLC's new courses. Shacknews will helpfully offer those videos here. Here's what to expect from Mario Kart 8's second DLC pack:</p> <h2>Baby Park</h2> <p>Mario Kart veterans will remember this from Mario Kart: Double Dash on the GameCube. This is one of the smallest courses in series history, so much so that eight laps are required to complete it. It's a simple oval track, one that means you'll often wind up lapping anyone in last place. Of course, that means racers leading the pack are also vulnerable to any last-place racers attempting to catch up with items like Bullet Bills and Starmen.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LZa-Or6p3iY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Cheese Land</h2> <p>Cheese Land makes its triumphant return from Mario Kart Advance. Now boasting sharper <s>cheddar</s> textures, Cheese Land looks better than ever. Racers will have to navigate the track's cheesy craters, which will make it a less-than-smooth ride. Those that manage to get around that will also have to look out for the Chain Chomps that are littered around the field.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EiHAw1JyWiw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Neo Bowser City</h2> <p>Here's another returning track. Neo Bowser City comes from Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS, bringing with it the dark, neon city filled with skyscrapers and neon lights. Neo Bowser City is filled with tricky curves, so if racers aren't careful, they'll find themselves plummeting to the pits below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bdvW13Wm0c4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Ribbon Road</h2> <p>Here's another returning course from Mario Kart Advance. Ribbon Road puts racers on a flimsy track made of ribbon, meaning it'll be hard to pick up speed. Meanwhile, giant roaming Mechakoopas will look to step on any racers in their way and ramps will launch players skyward, where they must navigate around clown-cars-in-a-box.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eAROrsCuaO4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Big Blue</h2> <p>Like Mute City before it, Big Blue comes from sister racing franchise F-Zero. Unlike F-Zero, however, Big Blue has been re-designed with Mario Kart racers in mind. That means navigating hairpin turns across all angles, upside-down portions, and ramps that will launch racers towards parts of the ocean blue itself. All of this is set to a classic soundtrack, remixed with more saxophone.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LsEihp28BvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Wild Woods</h2> <p>Finally, there's Wild Woods, which introduces more of the Animal Crossing motif. Mario Kart racers will make their way along a woodsy course that takes them across skyward treehouses, lengthy branches, and serene creeks. There don't appear to be any major obstacles here, so races will be determined by racer skill and the luck of the item box draw.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_YnbgI6hh3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>There are still a few more tracks that will join the aforementioned ones, which will all be included in Mario Kart 8's second DLC pack. The DLC will be available for $7.99. However, if you paid the $11.99 bundle price when the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87130/mario-kart-8-celebrates-dlc-launch-with-five-new-track-videos">first DLC</a> pack released, this will be available at no extra charge.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yfVTC2uTHYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shacknews Showcase 02: Another Word for Blood http://www.shacknews.com/article/89196/shacknews-showcase-02-another-word-for-blood http://www.shacknews.com/article/89196/shacknews-showcase-02-another-word-for-blood <p>It's time for the second episode of Shacknews Showcase, where hosts Joe Tirado and Andrew Zucosky bring you the best in games and the world according to Shacknews.</p> <p>This week, it's all about "blood, gore, and another word for blood!" Yes, this week we take a look at Mortal Kombat X and look back at the Shacknews review, along with Andrew's look at the game's Fatalities. Of course, since this is a two-person show that's discussing the latest hotness in fighting games, that means it's time to take all grievances to the arena. Of course, there's just one problem. Neither of them has actually <i>played</i> Mortal Kombat X, so join us for what we're calling&hellip;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/04/TwoIdiots.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Check out the full episode (including questions from the Chatty community) below! For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="blank">YouTube</a>!</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/czfnaIz5BJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Chattycast 42: Live from New Jersey http://www.shacknews.com/article/89185/chattycast-42-live-from-new-jersey http://www.shacknews.com/article/89185/chattycast-42-live-from-new-jersey <p>The podcast is coming in a little late this week, thanks to a weekend full of Shack Summit revelry. The wait is worth it, though, since we gathered our staff into one room at the actual real-life Shacknews offices for a face-to-face-to-face-to-face podcast. Host Steve Watts is joined by Steven Wong, Josh Hawkins, and Asif Khan to discuss the Summit, DLC trends, cinematic direction, must-play last-gen exclusives, and the shame of easy mode.</p> <p>Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: Ozzie, David Craddock, daggot, dael, and Hemtroll. If you want see your name in lights, keep an eye on Chatty to suggest topics! And, special thanks to Chatty user dael for contributing music to the show, and to Bryan "Doctor Games" Carr for production assistance.</p> <p><em>Off-Topic:&nbsp;<span>Take a moment to talk about the Summit. Give the listeners an idea of what's coming up at Shack.</span><br />Segment 1:&nbsp;<span>How will the growing trend of AAA games like Dead Space 3 and Mortal Kombat X throwing DLC in players' faces affect the industry going forward?</span><br />Segment 2:&nbsp;<span>As games continue to become more and more cinematic, when should games start employing film directors to direct the cinematic portions of games?</span><br />Segment 3:&nbsp;<span>What are your essential last gen exclusives we should all play before we move on?</span><br />Segment 4:&nbsp;<span>Do you ever play games on easy difficulty just for the story or experience?</span></em></p> <p><em><em><em><em><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.podbean.com/site/UserDownload/index/bid/689837/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fmf%252Fweb%252F2pvb4y%252Fchattycast042.mp3">Download this episode</a>&nbsp;</em></i></em></em></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" id="audio_iframe" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/bjy73-556f15" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Community Spotlight: Metroidvanias.com http://www.shacknews.com/article/89182/community-spotlight-metroidvaniascom http://www.shacknews.com/article/89182/community-spotlight-metroidvaniascom <p>Though it's only April, this year has proven to be a strong one for Metroidvanias. Shacknews has already issued high accolades to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88486/ori-and-the-blind-forest-review-a-sight-to-behold">Ori and the Blind Forest</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88973/axiom-verge-review-verge-of-glory">Axiom Verge</a>, two fantastic representatives of the genre. There are plenty of Metroidvania enthusiasts among the Shacknews community, but perhaps none are bigger than Chatty's <b>zolointo</b>. An avid PC gamer, <b>zolointo</b> is eager to spread awareness of the Metroidvania genre across the platform. That's why he created a site called <a href="http://metroidvanias.com/whatsthis" target="blank">Metroidvanias</a>&nbsp;(with a logo crafted by Chatty's own&nbsp;<strong>jane911</strong>),&nbsp;which just recently celebrated its second anniversary.</p> <p>To learn more about Metroidvanias, I took some time to talk to <b>zolointo</b> about the site's recent milestone, as well as some of his favorites in the genre.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/04/AxiomVergeGreenSaveStation.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><b>Shacknews: What made you want to start Metroidvanias.com?</b></p> <p><b>zolointo</b>: There were a few sites that were covering the genre. <a href="http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/multi/Essays/essay-squalidpumpkin5.htm" target="blank">Squalid Pumpkin</a>'s and <a href="http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Games/Metroidvania" target="blank">Jeremy Parish</a>'s were great, but neither covered a lot of what was happening in the indie scene, nor were updated frequently enough.</p> <p>I decided to attempt to fill that void. My goal was to present an easy to browse stream of games, as well as a database for anyone to use as they saw fit.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: What's your opinion on the continuing rise of this genre, particularly on PC?</b></p> <p><b>zolointo</b>: I feel like this question needs a little bit on my opinion of The M-Word. Metroidvania, to me, is a package of elements: exploration, platforming, RPG stats, and traversal abilities that function as keys to unlock new areas. Super Metroid and Symphony of the Night are extremely well made games that do not make for easy imitation. I don't think anything has dethroned either.</p> <p>What's great about the PC scene is the ocean of people making games and plethora of free/inexpensive tools available to do so. There's a massive amount of experimentation in removing, adding, and enhancing the above core elements. Bundle sites and indie storefronts, as well as Steam, offer further potential rewards to devs.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: How do you feel that Metroidvanias.com has grown since you started it two years ago?</b></p> <p><b>zolointo</b>: The site has shifted from being a niche genre collection to being a niche genre collection with a small reputation. I did a lot of reaching out to devs when I was starting out, and now people come knocking on my inbox with games to show off.</p> <p>To be honest, I don't fully understand what impact I've had. My awareness ends at my Google Analytics graph, which I still don't fully understand how to read. Many of the registered Twitter and tumblr followers are game developers, so I hope that publishing other devs' work provides an amount of inspiration.</p> <p><b><iframe width="700" height="525" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B9WILZgDAVQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></b></p> <p><b>Shacknews: What are some of your favorite Metroidvanias to come out of the last few years?</b></p> <p>There are two that immediately come to mind, mostly because I have a soft spot for indie underdogs: <a href="http://robitgames.com/treasure-adventure-game" target="blank">Treasure Adventure Game</a> and <a href="http://gamejolt.com/games/action/project-adventure-game/20519" target="blank">Project Adventure Game</a>. No relation between the two. TAG is getting all HD-reincarnated as <a href="http://treasureadventureworld.com" target="blank">Treasure Adventure World</a>, but looks like we won't see it until 2016. And if you download PAG, know that starting without a weapon is not a bug.</p> <p>Guacamelee, Strider, Rex Rocket, and Elliot Quest are all solid and accessible choices that get my thumbs up, too.</p> <p>My most 'undergroundiest' favorite is Booloid by messhof of Nidhogg fame. It doesn't even show up on his site any longer... but you can grab a copy from me <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-djc8k7dnB0TjE1LUcwcEp2elE/view?usp=sharing" target="blank">here</a>. Note that this won't run on anything except WinXP/98, so you'll have to dust off that virtual machine or ask eldersveld for a loaner.</p> <p>And one final plug: <a href="http://www.bogozone.net/lyle.html" target="blank">Lyle in Cube Sector</a>. It's Metroid + Super Mario Brothers 2. Really unique platforming mechanics at just the right difficulty level.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/04/LyleinCubeSector.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><b>Shacknews: How do you envision the site growing over the next couple of years?</b></p> <p><b>zolointo</b>: The most common ask is for the site to cover console games. This would be more of a historical documentation effort as the console-specific Metroidvania scene is fairly silent. Most MVs that show up on console are cross-published on PC. I'd have to bring on one or more contributors to handle that as there's way too much going on in PC-land.</p> <p>I'd also like to port the content over to a proper website. tumblr's tag system is an extremely poor way to try to mimic a database.</p> <p><b>Shacknews: What's the one Metroidvania you're looking forward to in the coming year?</b></p> <p><b>zolointo</b>: #1 is definitely Axiom Verge [http://www.axiomverge.com/]. Anyone who has been waiting for a no-question-that-this-is-a-Metroidvania game, this is it.</p> <p>I'm not going to cheat the question and say that <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/350070" target="blank">Environmental Station Alpha</a>, to be released on April 22, is another that I'm dying to play through.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Ronin sneaks in a three-level demo http://www.shacknews.com/article/89194/ronin-sneaks-in-a-three-level-demo http://www.shacknews.com/article/89194/ronin-sneaks-in-a-three-level-demo <p>Mastering of Ninjutsu takes years of dedication and practice. That doesn't always apply in video games, but still, one can't jump into the ninja world blind. That's why Devolver Digital is offering up a little ninja practice with a new demo for their upcoming turn-based action platformer, Ronin.</p> <p>Ronin (a solo effort from developer Tomasz Waclawek) follows the story of a mysterious female warrior seeking out vengeance against five members of a powerful corporation. She'll have a number of tools at her disposal, like her katana blade and her razor wire. Of course, this is a game about being a stealthy ninja, so she'll also have tools like a grappling hook and a holographic replicator to keep her in the shadows.</p> <p>The demo will contain three levels. Those that like what they see can pre-order Ronin for 10 percent off the original $12.99 price tag. A special edition will contain a digital comic and full soundtrack and come with a $19.99 price point. Ronin is set to release next month and is available for pre-order now on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274230/" target="&quot;blank'">Steam</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zLmbeogBfqU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:05:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia New third-gen PlayStation Vita may include HDMI port http://www.shacknews.com/article/89192/new-third-gen-playstation-vita-may-include-hdmi-port http://www.shacknews.com/article/89192/new-third-gen-playstation-vita-may-include-hdmi-port <p>A new <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/playstation-vita">PlayStation Vita</a>&nbsp;model could be coming soon as a trademark for a new version of Sony&rsquo;s handheld has been filed in Japan.</p> <p>The trademark was <a href="https://twitter.com/trademark_bot/status/590044236822753281">leaked</a>&nbsp;on Twitter earlier today and appears to look very similar to the 2000 model, which <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/81035/redesigned-vita-announced-is-20-thinner-and-15-lighter">was introduced in 2013</a>. One major difference appears to be an HDMI port will now be available on the Vita, which could potentially do away with the PlayStation TV now that the handheld could be connected directly to the user&rsquo;s TV.</p> <p>The trademark also notes the new Vita is being described as a portable <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/81110/vitas-new-lcd-screen-defended">LCD screen game machine</a>&nbsp;controller, which means the original&rsquo;s OLED display won&rsquo;t be making a return in this new handheld.</p> <p><span>Would you purchase a new Vita if it featured an HDMI port to allow for big-screen play when you&rsquo;re not traveling? The addition of an HDMI port would be a great addition to the Vita, although we don&rsquo;t know if that alone would qualify for another $200 out of our pockets.</span></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:50:00 PDT Daniel Perez Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China trailer prepares for launch tomorrow http://www.shacknews.com/article/89191/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-trailer-prepares-for-launch-tomorrow http://www.shacknews.com/article/89191/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-trailer-prepares-for-launch-tomorrow <p>The Assassin's Creed series is going in something of a different direction with this week's 2.5D side story, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. Today, Ubisoft is releasing a new trailer, while offering some new details on the game's story.</p> <p>Chronicles follows Chinese assassin Shao Jun, a refugee that fled to the West following the Jiajing Emperor's purge of the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins. After completing her training under Assassin's Creed II frontman Ezio Auditore, Shao Jun returns to China to seek revenge for her fallen brothers by killing the Emperor. Chronicles will introduce new locales, like the Maijishan Grottoes, Port of Macau, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China.</p> <p>Assassin's Creed Chronicles arrives tomorrow on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $9.99. For more, check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hWs6pIOT1o8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Borderlands creator leaves Gearbox for 'new adventures' http://www.shacknews.com/article/89189/borderlands-creator-leaves-gearbox-for-new-adventures http://www.shacknews.com/article/89189/borderlands-creator-leaves-gearbox-for-new-adventures <p>The creator of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/borderlands-series">Borderlands</a>, Matthew Armstrong, has left Gearbox Software.</p> <p>Armstrong confirmed his departure from the development studio over the weekend on his Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Things changed. No longer working at <a href="https://twitter.com/GearboxSoftware">@GearboxSoftware</a>. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time.</p> &mdash; Matthew Armstrong (@MisterArmstrong) <a href="https://twitter.com/MisterArmstrong/status/589161029554147328">April 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Along with creating Borderlands, Armstrong also penned the first game in the series while also being involved with the creation of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in a number of capacities.</p> <p><span>Armstrong&rsquo;s departure comes just a few days after 2K Australia, the studio behind Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was shut down. He spoke with <a href="http://origin-www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/04/17/borderlands-head-leaves-gearbox.aspx">Game Informer</a> and credited his leaving to temporarily being &ldquo;non-vital.&rdquo; &ldquo;I could leave without damaging Borderland or Gearbox too much if I did it at this moment, so now was the time,&rdquo; Anderson said. &ldquo;I think Gearbox will do great in the future, and I think Borderlands will stay strong and awesome. I've been thinking about it for a while. &nbsp;I'm not quitting out of anger or getting fired. &nbsp;It's just time for new adventures. I'm an inventor. I'm ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span><span>We could certainly understand why Anderson would feel like he&rsquo;s ready for a new adventure to invent something completely new, but we wonder why he couldn&rsquo;t just work on something new while at Gearbox Software. Although it seems like Gearbox is currently <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87853/gearbox-is-recruiting-for-next-borderlands-game">putting the majority of its resources</a> on the series.</span></span></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:10:00 PDT Daniel Perez Valve requires new Steam users to spend $5 to access all features http://www.shacknews.com/article/89188/valve-requires-new-steam-users-to-spend-5-to-access-all-features http://www.shacknews.com/article/89188/valve-requires-new-steam-users-to-spend-5-to-access-all-features <p>Valve has <a href="https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3330-IAGK-7663">announced</a>&nbsp;it has taken measures to help protect its customers against both spamming and phishing by limiting the access of Steam accounts. The only way to lift this restriction is by spending at least $5 in the Steam store in order to unlock all of the platform&rsquo;s features.</p> <p>Activating a retail game on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/steam">Steam</a>&nbsp;won&rsquo;t remove Valve&rsquo;s restrictions as they&rsquo;re requiring its users to either add $5 to their Steam Wallet or purchase a game worth at least that amount. If the Steam user hasn&rsquo;t spent that amount on the Steam store, they&rsquo;ll be unable to access features such as sending friend invites, submitting content on Steam workshop, or voting on Steam Greenlight.</p> <p><span>Valve has been improving the security of Steam recently, with the most recent security measure being tested has users completing a two-factor login authentication system on their mobile devices. We haven&rsquo;t run into much spam or phishing on Steam recently, but keeping our precious Steam library away from hackers is something we all can get behind. Unfortunately, requiring spammers or phishers to spend at least $5 to get all of Steam's features will probably be a no-brainer to spend when you consider just how lucrative they can be if they come across a real cash cow.</span></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:12:00 PDT Daniel Perez Grand Theft Auto 5 PC gets CPU-reducing patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/89184/grand-theft-auto-5-pc-gets-cpu-reducing-patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/89184/grand-theft-auto-5-pc-gets-cpu-reducing-patch <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89167/grand-theft-auto-5-for-pc-impressions-homecoming-king">Grand Theft Auto 5</a> was released last week on the PC, and over the weekend, Rockstar Games has already supplied its customers with the title&rsquo;s first patch.</p> <p>Patch 1.01 includes a number of improvements, which includes a fix for the special character issue players ran into when attempting to save their data, iFruit PC support, and reducing CPU usage of the game&rsquo;s launcher. Some other notable improvements includes fixing a frame rate issue when left-clicking the mouse while driving, YouTube uploads resuming if the Internet connection is lost and then restored, and changes to the Rockstar Editor.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the full list of patch notes:</p> <ul> <li>Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high percentage of CPU and sometimes crash</li> <li>Fixed an issue where frame rate would drop when left-clicking the mouse while driving</li> <li>Added a grid to the Golf mini-game to show the topology of the green while putting</li> <li>Fixed an issue where a character&rsquo;s eyebrows or other facial features could change erroneously when transferred to PC</li> <li>Fixed an issue where a some players were asked to transfer their GTA Online character while a transfer was already in progress</li> <li>YouTube uploads via the Rockstar Editor will now correctly resume if Internet connection is lost during the upload and later restored</li> <li>Fixed a rare issue where the game could crash while using the Rockstar Editor</li> <li>Projects containing deleted clips will now load properly in the Rockstar Editor and warn the player of the missing clips</li> <li>Fixed an issue where birds were not recorded correctly in Rockstar Editor clips</li> <li>Corrected an issue where certain characters in Windows usernames would cause the Launcher to fail to load or other undesired game behavior. For details, see this page.</li> <li>Fixed an issue where players with one garage would not be able to replace an existing vehicle if the garage was full and the new vehicle was purchased from an in-game website</li> <li>Additional fixes to prepare for iFruit support</li> <li>Crew Tire Smoke can no longer be purchased if you are not in a Crew</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/76r58cktzyM"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:22:00 PDT Daniel Perez Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA launches June 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89183/blizzards-heroes-of-the-storm-moba-launches-june-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89183/blizzards-heroes-of-the-storm-moba-launches-june-2 <p>Blizzard has announced its entry into the popular MOBA genre, Heroes of the Storm, will officially launch on June 2, following an open beta testing period starting on May 19.</p> <p>When Heroes of the Storm launches, it&rsquo;ll include over 30 playable Heroes and seven dynamic Battlegrounds to fight across, each of which offers their own unique challenges to overcome. Players will be able to customize the look of their Heroes <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88083/heroes-of-the-storm-celebrates-valentines-day-with-limited-bundle">with a variety of skins</a> as well as a number of special mounts.</p> <p>Blizzard will continue supporting Heroes of the Storm post launch as they plan on releasing additional Heroes and Battlegrounds.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X6gc2V2h4l4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Heroes of the Storm will feature a variety of gameplay modes for players of every skill level to enjoy, including Co-op, which invites players to work together to battle against AI-controlled opponents.and Quick Match, which easily matches players against one another. More experienced players can take part in Heroes of the Storm&rsquo;s draft-style ranked play.</p> <p><span>Heroes of the Storm has been in development for several years as it was first called Blizzard DOTA, but soon became Blizzard All-Stars after a dispute with Valve over the DotA trademark. Back in October 2013, the game finally got its Heroes of the Storm name, and since then, it&rsquo;s been in its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87064/blizzards-heroes-of-the-storm-closed-beta-coming-in-early-2015">closed beta phase</a> while also adding a ton of additional content, such as adding <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88039/the-lost-vikings-sail-into-heroes-of-the-storm-today">The Lost Vikings</a> and Sylvanas <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88456/sylvanas-windrunner-joins-heroes-of-the-storm">Windrunner</a> to its roster, and even announcing a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88767/heroes-of-the-storm-college-tournament-finals-will-air-april-26-on-an-espn-network">special college tournament</a>. The title has been gaining a lot of attention in the MOBA world, and with it&rsquo;s upcoming open beta and stable release, it looks like it&rsquo;ll only gain more attention in the coming months.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2I4egOrsSs8"></iframe></span></p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:35:00 PDT Daniel Perez Weekly Game Release Highlights, April 20-26 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89179/weekly-game-release-highlights-april-20-26 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89179/weekly-game-release-highlights-april-20-26 <p>Now that people are mutilating one another in kombat to the death or getting in massive gunfights or heists in Vinewood, the new releases are starting to slow down a bit. There are a couple of games to look out for next week, including the debut of the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series and the PlayStation release of Shovel Knight. Also, those that need another Mario Kart fix can grab Mario Kart DS on their Wii U Virtual Console. The full list of games is down below!</p> <h2>PC</h2> <ul> <li>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (download - $10)</li> <li>Dungeons 2 (download - $40)</li> <li>Slow Down, Bull (download)</li> <li>Fermi's Path (download)</li> <li>Bloodbath Kavkaz (download)</li> <li>Wild Frontera (download)</li> <li>Highlands (download)</li> <li>WE ARE DOOMED (download)</li> <li>Kiai Resonance (download)</li> <li>Convoy (download)</li> <li>The Clans - Saga of the Twins (download)</li> <li>Airport Simulator 2015 (download)</li> <li>Will Fight for Food: Super Actual Sellout: Game of the Hour (download)</li> <li>Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 (download)</li> <li>Ghost in the Machine (download)</li> <li>Kalimba (download)</li> <li>Environmental Station Alpha (download)</li> <li>Tea Party Simulator 2015 (download)</li> <li>Mind Snares: Alice's Journey (download)</li> <li>Hypt (download)</li> <li>Siralim (download)</li> <li>DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon (download)</li> <li>Ballads of Reemus: When the Bed Bites (download)</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 4</h2> <ul> <li>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (download - $10)</li> <li>Shovel Knight (download)</li> <li>Ziggurat (download)</li> <li>L.A. Cops (download)</li> <li>Infinity Runner (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox One</h2> <ul> <li>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (download - $10)</li> <li>Infinity Runner (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox 360</h2> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 3</h2> <ul> <li>Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty</li> <li>Shovel Knight (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Wii U</h2> <ul> <li>Mario Kart DS (download - Virtual Console)</li> </ul> <h2>Vita</h2> <ul> <li>Shovel Knight (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Nintendo 3DS</h2> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Guitar Hero Live - Andrew and Joe's Excellent Adventure http://www.shacknews.com/article/89141/guitar-hero-live---andrew-and-joes-excellent-adventure http://www.shacknews.com/article/89141/guitar-hero-live---andrew-and-joes-excellent-adventure <p>Activision made some news earlier this week with the revival of the Guitar Hero franchise. Guitar Hero Live is set to rock out this fall, but Activision and Freestyle Games wasted no time in showing off what they have available. And our resident rockers, Andrew Zucosky and Joe Tirado, went out to find out more about the upcoming game.</p> <p>In-between stage dives and plastic instrument shredding, Andrew spoke to project director Jonathan Napier about the decision behind bringing the Guitar Hero franchise out of hibernation. He also talks about the decision to introduce the first-person perspective and piece together the concert atmosphere. And of course, there's plenty of talk about the new hardware, with Napier talking about the new six-button layout.</p> <p>Check out the full video below. For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Iy-BPRlWK6U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Ultra Street Fighter 4 battles onto PlayStation 4 in May http://www.shacknews.com/article/89176/ultra-street-fighter-4-battles-onto-playstation-4-in-may http://www.shacknews.com/article/89176/ultra-street-fighter-4-battles-onto-playstation-4-in-may <p>Capcom is preparing the next big installment of the Street Fighter series, but that's a long way out. So in the meantime, they're preparing to release Ultra Street Fighter IV on Sony's next-gen console. The most recent installment of the long-running franchise has been given a release date on PlayStation 4, with the game set to arrive on May 26.</p> <p>"All the characters, all the levels, and all of the DLC that have been launched so far will be included in the PS4 version of the game," SCEA Third Party Production Director Gio Corsi said on <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/04/17/ultra-street-fighter-iv-hits-ps4-on-may-26th/" target="blank">PlayStation.Blog</a>. "Also, a few of you hardcore Street Fighters out there said that there was minor input lag in the controls of Ultra Street Fighter IV for PS3. Well, don&rsquo;t worry: we&rsquo;ve eliminated it to make the PS4 edition the ultimate version on any platform, so it&rsquo;ll be good to go for all your tournament needs!"</p> <p>Corsi's statement on tournament use is an interesting one to note, as the annual Evo tournament gets closer. A number of tournaments are utilizing either PC builds or Xbox 360 builds (despite some hiccups, as seen during the recent <a href="http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slk8of" target="blank">NorCal Regionals</a>). It'll be interesting to see which tournaments, if any, decide to adopt the PlayStation 4 build of Ultra Street Fighter IV for future tournaments.</p> <p>As for the general public, they'll be able to pick the game up on May 26 as a digital download for $24.99. Retail disc versions will not be made available.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C4XSBv7L5bY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC download deals: Spring sales are blooming http://www.shacknews.com/article/89175/weekend-pc-download-deals-spring-sales-are-blooming http://www.shacknews.com/article/89175/weekend-pc-download-deals-spring-sales-are-blooming <p>Spring is rolling on and that means online retailers are getting ready for their spring sales. UPlay, GamersGate, and GOG.com have kicked off their rotating deals, with the latter offering up games by the bundle. Meanwhile, Steam is offering the full Far Cry franchise (including Far Cry 4) and the Amplitude library. That includes games like Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless on sale and available to play for free this weekend. Check out the full list of this week's deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Line of Defense [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Line-Of-Defense-MMO-Download/dp/B00VAZYPW8">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Line of Defense Tactics [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Line-Of-Defense-Tactics-Download/dp/B00V8626GQ">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle/">Pay $29.99</a> for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/factions-bundle/">pay $2.99</a> for Guns of Icarus Online, The Ship: Murder Party, Dino D-Day, Pool Nation, Murder Miners, Orbital Gear, Eador: Masters of the Broken World, Super Toy Cars, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages, and Muffin Knight. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/enigma-bundle/">pay $1.99</a> for Mystery Masters: Psycho Train Deluxe Edition, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets, House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster CE, Nearwood - Collector's Edition, Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome CE, Brink of Consciousness: The Lonely Hearts Murders, and Space Legends: At the Edge of the Universe. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>The Jackbox Party Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/the-jackbox-party-pack/">$16.75 (33% off)</a></li> <li>You Don't Know Jack Classic Bundle [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/you-dont-know-jack-classic-pack/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/hyperdimension-neptunia-rebirth1/">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yg_UNk9sNpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>Guilty Gear X2 Reload [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-guilty-gear-x2-reload/5008894">$7.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Q.U.B.E. [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-qube/5005259">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Chompy Chomp Chomp [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-chompy-chomp-chomp/5005686">$1.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Direct2Drive's Kiss Ltd sale can be found <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/159">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>GamersGate is in the middle of their big Spring Sale. Look for daily deals on games like Tropico 5, BioShock Infinite, Warframe, Remember Me, and more. For today's sales, be sure to check out <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/">GamersGate</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>The Evil Within [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/the-evil-within/112507">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Guild Wars 2 - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/guild-wars-2-heroic-edition/101759">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/mortal-kombat-komplete-edition/109690">$13.97 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>F1 2014 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/f1-2014-pc">$19.96 (60% off)</a> (Other F1 games are also on sale <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/bahrain-grand-prix-sale">here</a>.)</li> <li>Mortal Kombat X [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/mortal-kombat-x">$50.99 (15% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-rogue-standard-edition-po">$39.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Knight [Steam] (Pre-order) - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/batman-arkham-knight">$47.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Pre-order) - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege">$47.99 (20% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SyA1TbsslsE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>GOG.com is in the middle of their Bundle Tower sale. New bundles of games and movies will go on sale every couple of hours. For the full list of deals, visit <a href="http://www.gog.com/">GOG.com</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>SAVE20-APRILD-EALSON</b> to get 20% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Tales from the Borderlands - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/tales-borderlands/">$18.74 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/game-thrones-telltale-games-series/">$22.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>The Wolf Among Us - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/adventure/wolf-among-us/">$8.49 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Telltale Games sale, including The Walking Dead and Sam &amp; Max, can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/telltale-titles/">here</a>.</li> <li>Deus Ex Collection (Human Revolution Director's Cut + The Fall + Deus Ex GOTY Edition + Invisible War) - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/deus-ex-collection/">$8.24 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Metro Redux [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/shooter/metro-redux-bundle/">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Saints Row: Gat out of Hell [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/saints-row-gat-out-hell/">$16.99 (15% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Deep Silver sale, including Risen and Sacred games, can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/deep-silver-titles/">here</a>.</li> <li>The Typing of the Dead Overkill: Complete Collection [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/typing-dead-overkill-collection/">$6.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Valkyria Chronicles [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/rpgs/valkyria-chronicles/">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Sega sale, including Binary Domain and Alpha Protocol, can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/sega-titles/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eOPmNBM3Yew" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/">Pay what you want</a> for Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault War Chest, and Command &amp; Conquer Generals (w/Zero Hour expansion). Pay more than the average $4.93 to get Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, Mass Effect 2, and more games to be named later. All games work on Origin, but Steam keys for Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space 2, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2 are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Frozen Synapse Prime, Shattered Planet, and Skulls of the Shogun. Pay more than the average $3.73 to get Castlestorm and Bloodsports.TV. Pay $12 to also get Endless Space: Emperor Edition. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/thewitcher2_storefront">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II: Complete Pack [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/vanhelsing2_complete_storefront">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Divinity: Original Sin [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/divinity_originalsin_storefront">$26.79 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in the Humble Store's RPG Weekend sale can be found <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/rpg_weekend/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mJXpQCFgpak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Syndicate - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house">Free!</a></li> <li>Need for Speed Rivals Digital Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/nfs-rivals-2014-/pc-download/base-game/digital-deluxe-edition">$27.99 (30% off) </a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/mass-effect-1-2-3/pc-download/bundle/standard-edition">$20.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>UPlay</h3> <ul> <li>Far Cry 4 - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Far-Cry-4/productID.304344300/categoryId.67755500">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age Inquisition [Origin] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Dragon-Age-Inquisition/productID.306151700/categoryId.67755500">$47.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Alien Isolation [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Alien-Isolation/productID.306100200/categoryId.67755500">$12.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Sleeping-Dogs-Definitive-Edition/productID.309423800/categoryId.67755500">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Assassins-Creed-Unity/productID.305323400/categoryId.67755500">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 Premium Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Battlefield-4-Premium-Edition/productID.309614800/categoryId.67755500">$37.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Thief (Master Thief Edition) [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/THIEF-Master-Thief-Edition/productID.287940500/categoryId.67755500">$8.25 (75% off)</a></li> <li>DMC Devil May Cry [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/DmC-Devil-May-Cry/productID.314601400/categoryId.67755500">$12.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Tomb Raider GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Tomb-Raider-Game-of-the-Year/productID.297817000/categoryId.67755500">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Remember Me [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Remember-Me/productID.314680600/categoryId.67755500">$7.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Middleearth-Shadow-of-Mordor/productID.306151600/categoryId.67755500">$33.49 (33% off)</a></li> <li>The Crew - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/THE-CREW/productID.305314300/categoryId.67755500">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil 4 [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Resident-Evil-4/productID.314679700/categoryId.67755500">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Bastion [Steam] - <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/pd/ThemeID.8605600/Bastion/productID.279046200/categoryId.67755500">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>These are just scratching the surface for UPlay's big spring sale. Check out the full list over at the <a href="http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_US/cat/categoryID.67755500">UPlay Store</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Far Cry 4 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/298110/">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Amplitude Endless Pack (Endless Space - Emperor Edition + Endless Space - Disharmony DLC + Endless Legend - Emperor Edition + Dungeon of the Endless - Crystal Pack) - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/54906">$39.99 (50% off)</a> (Individual games also on sale)</li> <li>Endless Legend - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/289130">$17.49 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until 4/19 at 1PM PDT)</li> <li>Metro Redux Bundle - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/44169">$24.98 (50% off)</a> (Individual games also on sale)</li> <li>Dungeon of the Endless - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/249050">$6.49 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until 4/19 at 1PM PDT)</li> <li>Far Cry Franchise Pack - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/62774">$47.22 (65% off)</a> (Individual games also on sale)</li> <li>Endless Space Gold - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/28756">$6.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>The Banner Saga - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Retro City Rampage DX - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/204630">$3.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Cthulhu Saves the World + Breath of Death VII - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/107310">$0.44 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Dyad - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/223450">$2.24 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Retro/Grade - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/222660">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Earthworm Jim Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/38490">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend console download deals: Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/89161/weekend-console-download-deals-grand-theft-auto-on-playstation-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/89161/weekend-console-download-deals-grand-theft-auto-on-playstation-and-more <p>This was a big week for PC owners, as they got their chance to pick up Grand Theft Auto V, at last. But console users have had the game for quite a while now, which is why Sony is taking this weekend to offer the best of Grand Theft Auto at a significant discount. Meanwhile, Nintendo's Super Spring Sale continues and Microsoft is offering its Gold members a chance to grab Metro Redux for cheap. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:</p> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <ul> <li>Project Spark: Recon Mission DLC - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/DLC/Project-Spark-Recon-Mission/ab3ee939-9782-4fac-b901-973cd9f1c286">$5.99 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Child of Light - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Child-of-Light/77d0d59a-34b7-4482-a1c7-c0abbed17de2">FREE!</a></li> <li>Pool Nation FX - <a href="http://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Pool-Nation-FX/89fa99af-fa75-475a-89f5-1ac006ad3a0b">FREE!</a></li> <li>Rayman Legends - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Rayman-Legends/b1613d47-2330-459a-a99f-4cc84a481db9">FREE!</a></li> <li>Metro Redux Bundle - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Metro-Redux-Bundle/db00744e-d1f4-48c6-a263-9127851f2ad1">$24.75 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metro Last Light Redux - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Metro-Last-Light-Redux/5c660145-aca6-4eb9-9131-cdfb684d8016">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Metro 2033 Redux - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Metro-2033-Redux/0767ea45-fabe-4f9c-8169-515713bdc97b">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/The-Evil-Within/3f5cd5d9-a950-4acb-a752-86eafb3cccc4">$30.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>NHL 15 - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/NHL-15-Full-Game/915ccde9-5c9c-4a11-869d-cea1d4d72aea">$30.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Defense Grid 2 - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Defense-Grid-2/d61fbdfe-c184-4f9d-9c91-158a7b48a8d3">$6.25 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QJzdGCgAc-c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <ul> <li>Tower of Guns - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/tower-of-guns/cid=UP4151-CUSA01548_00-00000TOWEROFGUNS?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Aaru's Awakening - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/aaru's-awakening/cid=UP2144-CUSA01162_00-AARUSAWAKENINGA4?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/never-alone-(kisima-ingitchuna)/cid=UP2159-CUSA01305_00-NEVERALONEPS4000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Woah Dave! - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/woah-dave/cid=UP2148-CUSA01274_00-WOAHDAVE20000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>PlayStation is in the midst of a huge weekend flash sale. Games like Hotline Miami, Batman, and others can be found on sale <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEMOBLP">here</a>.</li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V + Great White Shark Cash Card - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-v-great-white-shark-cash-card/cid=UP1004-CUSA00419_00-B000000000001473?emcid=ps-ga-871">$59.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/assassin%e2%80%99s-creed-unity/cid=UP0001-CUSA00663_00-AC4GAMEPS4000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/assassin%e2%80%99s-creed-iv-black-flag/cid=UP0001-CUSA00010_00-AC4GAMEPS4000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LYAQKIOIVv0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/FgqKyqqYqgF2zNVct7wzwAVuaXjPWhnD">$27.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Pikmin 3 - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/5NLPKm0PujJNXboKgTR5hd_fB5igNwEJ">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Golden Sun - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/2N5o4YEoPlo0Oul7Be1sm6jQ6dizj4_n">$5.59 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Chariot - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/-6lk3PH5xe5SpEYa5_dv4F8bPLgzC7le">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>A World of Keflings - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/QyGv3TIGlj1K5i80XlrSvrUyG16MiuTc">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>CastleStorm - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mDzzJc-CN4wbC4WQtFFdAIRTkjl9DmUH">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Sportsball - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/aWTjaTaTib5jIi7ZoHC9yzrx8xk4RSIo">$7.00 (30% off)</a></li> <li>F-Zero: Maximum Velocity - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/s6v7tl2pFsWFV39x2XW9QmOOxZwJfWBY">$4.89 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Costume Quest 2 - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/9mtXCWDWc-0P2s181h4O9C2W6Ol7l6j6">$9.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Paparazzi - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/AMqMEs6pduQSw1a-wdYxg_lJ6zNY4Owo">$2.99 (40% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/32nV2PKIv5Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <ul> <li>MotoGP 14 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/MotoGP-14/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802513107d5">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Gears of War Judgment - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Gears-of-War-Judgment/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d530a26">FREE!</a></li> <li>Terraria - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Terraria-Xbox-360-Edition/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841128f">FREE!</a></li> <li>The Evil Within - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Evil-Within/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802425307f4?cid=search">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metro Last Light - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Metro-Last-Light/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4d07f5?cid=search">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metro 2033 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Metro-2033/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80254510842?cid=search">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>NHL 15 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/NHL15/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802454109dc?cid=search">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <ul> <li>Dishonored - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dishonored/cid=UP1003-NPUB30888_00-DISHONOREDDIGITL?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Tower of Guns - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/tower-of-guns/cid=UP4151-NPUB31644_00-00000TOWEROFGUNS?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Aaru's Awakening - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/aaru's-awakening/cid=UP2144-NPUB31600_00-AARUSAWAKENINGA3?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>PlayStation is in the midst of a huge weekend flash sale. Games like Hotline Miami, Batman, and others can be found on sale <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEMOBLP">here</a>.</li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V + Great White Shark Cash Card - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-v-free-great-white-shark-cash-card/cid=UP1004-NPUB50233_00-B000000000001181?emcid=ps-ga-871">$29.60 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto IV - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-iv/cid=UP1017-NPUB30702_00-GTAIVDIGITAL0001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto III - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-3/cid=UP9000-NPUD20062_00-0000000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$2.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-episodes-from-liberty-city/cid=UP1004-NPUB30704_00-GTAIVEFLCDIGITAL?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-liberty-city-stories/cid=UP9000-NPUD21423_00-0000000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$2.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-san-andreas/cid=UP9000-NPUD20946_00-0000000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-vice-city/cid=UP9000-NPUD20552_00-0000000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$2.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-vice-city-stories/cid=UP9000-NPUD21590_00-0000000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$2.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Rogue - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/assassin's-creed-rogue/cid=UP0001-NPUB31547_00-ACCDIGITALPS3001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>The Undergarden - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/the-undergarden/cid=UP0182-NPUB30297_00-PS3STOREUNDERGAR?emcid=ps-ga-871">$2.99 (40% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Mario Kart 7 - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/59JiheYMlzjHqlmUHkP5ESn3QOUHqyOq">$20.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Tomodachi Life - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pn8XMmMJErsEA5HQmoSBLDTBaaNWVs1F">$24.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Kirby: Triple Deluxe - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/gY_OjFHp4ROkSS0aRl1K18C0XRofI-B4">$24.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Tetris Ultimate - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/V5fIE81U3xMFEQjje2V33i1D-iwFAn-0">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Mighty Gunvolt - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/3oqNzJVM4Sln_kRyFCXFXqda3IED2oDS">$2.79 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/hKknz2QQc4-Rw0tpIBfol9yvMLTjmaP3">$3.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Kersploosh! - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/fXQhtNFh8IaC94K3E0cGOs8eo2WII50W">$2.09 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Woah Dave! - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/Kq1OJM-k7KVxjFtuxn9MjaUHwAHnC5ri">$3.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Siesta Fiesta - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/h8hjLc_MgZNYx7DigYhGu8lZFFLALnV8">$3.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/MmElGhAGEb_BMZBqbwbs6v-2lqamLQF3">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <ul> <li>Killzone Mercenary - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/killzone-mercenary/cid=UP9000-PCSA00107_00-KZV0000000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Monsterbag - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/monsterbag/cid=UP9000-PCSA00149_00-MONSTERBAG000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Woah Dave! - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/woah-dave/cid=UP2148-PCSE00519_00-WOAHDAVE20000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>PlayStation is in the midst of a huge weekend flash sale. Games like Hotline Miami, Batman, and others can be found on sale <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEMOBLP">here</a>.</li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-vice-city-stories/cid=UP1004-ULUS10160_00-GTAVICECITYST000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-liberty-city-stories/cid=UP1004-ULUS10041_00-GTALIBERTYCITY00?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars/cid=UP1004-ULUS10490_00-RCKCHINATOWNWARS?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Top 10 OMG/WTF Moments In Gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/89171/shack-reels-top-10-omgwtf-moments-in-gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/89171/shack-reels-top-10-omgwtf-moments-in-gaming <p>Video games, just like any other entertainment medium, can tell us a story that has such an unexpected twist, we can&rsquo;t help but sit in complete disbelief. That&rsquo;s why Greg decided to highlight some of the most shocking moments he&rsquo;s ever experienced in video games.</p> <p><span>A word of caution, though. A lot of what is discussed in this video can be considered spoilers, so if you see a clip from a game that you haven&rsquo;t played or complete, you <i>may</i> want to fast-forward past it for your own safety.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YNgFlJCs7nk"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:30:00 PDT Daniel Perez Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC Impressions: Homecoming King http://www.shacknews.com/article/89167/grand-theft-auto-5-for-pc-impressions-homecoming-king http://www.shacknews.com/article/89167/grand-theft-auto-5-for-pc-impressions-homecoming-king <p>It&rsquo;s been a long, arduous road for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, but as of April 14, the game is <i>actually</i> available for sale across a number of digital marketplaces. It was<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86074/rumor-grand-theft-auto-5-pc-ps4-xbox-one-november-release-leaked"> rumored</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88286/grand-theft-auto-5-for-pc-hit-with-yet-another-delay-heists-coming-in-march">delayed for so long</a>, it kind of feels surreal to play the game on a PC platform. But here I am, running from the cops of Los Santos for &ldquo;accidentally&rdquo; running over a cyclist with unwarranted road rage fifteen times while cursing &ldquo;NO ONE FLIPS ME OFF BUT ME!&rdquo; I know, I&rsquo;m terrible at insults.</p> <h2><b>A Feast For The Eyes</b></h2> <p>For the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5, I decided to hook up the Area 51 Alienware loaned me for review, and I&rsquo;m happy I did because playing the game with all of its settings maxed out is an experience fans need to witness for themselves. Character facial animations never looked so detailed, the atmosphere never looked so rich, and the world has never felt so expansive. That&rsquo;s because Rockstar has given PC players a slew of controls over the game&rsquo;s visuals which includes being able to improve the quality of several graphical&nbsp;features, including textures, shadows, and shaders, distance scaling, and population density, to name a few. The game looks even more impressive when accessing its first-person perspective.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t have a souped up PC rig? No worries as Grand Theft Auto 5 still looks good on PCs that aren&rsquo;t as powerful. I also tried playing the game on some gaming laptops and they ran well, although I had to limit just how hard I was able to push them considering they didn&rsquo;t have nearly the same horsepower. Thankfully, Rockstar includes a GPU meter when you&rsquo;re changing the game&rsquo;s graphics options that helps in figuring out just how far you can go with your current setup.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/04/rsz_4_gtavpc_03272015.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2><b>PC / Keyboard And Gamepad Play</b></h2> <p>Considering Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto 5 on consoles first, it&rsquo;s a no-brainer to learn the PC version has gamepad support. I found this to be a very good thing considering the PC controls aren&rsquo;t as intuitive when compared to how Rockstar mapped the game out on a gamepad. For example, to bring up the cell phone, the &ldquo;Up&rdquo; directional key is used which isn&rsquo;t as user friendly as slipping your left thumb down to tap &ldquo;Up&rdquo; on the D-Pad. But that isn&rsquo;t to say the controller is better at everything in the PC version as I&rsquo;d be downright insane to consider a gamepad can perform better than a keyboard and mouse when shooting mechanics come into play.</p> <p>By default, your aiming style is Free Aim considering PC players will most likely be playing with their mouse and keyboard. I found using the Assisted Aiming style to be the best when playing on a controller and Rockstar warns you this mode is best for gamepad play. If you play Assisted Aiming on your keyboard and mouse, you&rsquo;re going to be at a disadvantage when accessing GTA Online. Thankfully, the game will attempt to put you up against others who play with similar control mechanics to keep things even.</p> <h2><b>Tap Into Your Inner Scorsese</b></h2> <p>Grand Theft Auto 5 shares <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87155/grand-theft-auto-5-impressions-unforgettable-joyride">many of the same improvements</a> that were made to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, but one feature it has that no other versions does is the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89081/grand-theft-auto-5-for-pcs-rockstar-editor-highlighted-in-new-video">Rockstar Editor</a>. The Rockstar Editor allows players to create their own videos directly from within Grand Theft Auto 5 that can then be shared on YouTube and on Rockstar. I played with the Rockstar Editor for around 30 minutes and I&rsquo;m amazed just how much you could do with it.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/04/rsz_7_gtavpc_03272015.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The first thing I did was record myself pummeling random pedestrians. Because <i>what else</i> would you do in Grand Theft Auto 5. Anyways, recording my rampage was done just by pressing the F1 key, which causes clips a little under 30 seconds to be created. Once I was done, I could access the Rockstar Editor from the in-game menu which allows me to add clips to my project, a radio track, score track, and text.</p> <p>When editing my project, I could change the camera angles in a number of ways, use a number of filters, dictate when a piece of music or score come into my piece, and add a piece of text anywhere at anytime in my film. The options Rockstar presents in its Editor is impressive to all be available at launch, and I&rsquo;m sure the developer will continue to add new tricks to help would-be directors create amazing content.</p> <h2><b>Welcome Home, GTA</b></h2> <p><span>The Grand Theft Auto series originally released on the PC platform, and with each iteration, that platform always seems to be the last one to get published. Regardless of how long it took Rockstar to release Grand Theft Auto 5 onto PC, it&rsquo;s here now and it&rsquo;s by far the best version based on my experience playing all of its console versions.</span></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:05:00 PDT Daniel Perez Star Wars Battlefront - the full Star Wars Celebration panel recap http://www.shacknews.com/article/89172/star-wars-battlefront---the-full-star-wars-celebration-panel-recap http://www.shacknews.com/article/89172/star-wars-battlefront---the-full-star-wars-celebration-panel-recap <p>A capacity crowd filled the Anaheim Convention Center, with all attendees aching to see the first footage of Star Wars Battlefront. The full reveal came <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89162/star-wars-battlefront-awakens-november-17-free-battle-of-jakku-dlc-on-december-8">earlier today</a>, released just moments before the panel started. Here's what emerged from this special presentation from EA, DICE, and Lucasfilm.</p> <p>The panel kicked off with the premiere trailer revealed earlier today. It was the gritty battle between the Rebels and the Imperial forces. There were Stormtroopers on speeders, AT-ST and AT-AT walkers, X-Wing bombing runs, and Darth Vader choking the life out any Rebel soldier that walked. The crowd erupted at every part of the trailer, especially once the Star Wars title theme kicked in.</p> <p>The panel continued with representatives from Lucasfilm and DICE taking the stage. A talk with the DICE developers showed their excitement for what's ahead, revealing the early days of the DICE/Lucasfilm collaboration. They talked about visiting Skywalker Ranch and reminisced on their experiences watching the original films for the first time, before getting their hands on the archives for the first time. The models include the original Death Star, the droid models, the walkers, and the many starships, which include the Imperial Star Destroyer. As part of the pre-production effort, DICE took photographs of the archived props from all angles, while also traveling to the original film locations.</p> <p>DICE followed this up by pointing out to the crowd that all footage shown to the crowd was in-engine footage. That segued into the gameplay portion of the panel. DICE confirmed that players will be able to switch from first-person and third-person views. They addressed Darth Vader and Boba Fett's appearances in the trailer, noting that players will get the opportunity to play as their favorite characters at various points. They further dissected the trailer, noting that Battlefront would be the first opportunity to visit the volcanic planet Sullust for the first time. DICE notes that they're aiming to flesh out the whole worlds, offering just as much of an opportunity for exploration, as well as combat.</p> <p>DICE then revealed the November 17 release date to the crowd in attendance, noting its proximity to this year's "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens." They pointed to the planet Jakku, revealed in yesterday's movie trailer. For those that don't remember, it was the one with the fallen Star Destroyer. DICE pointed to a pivotal battle that took place following the Battle of Endor in "Return of the Jedi," noting that Battlefront players would get to play out this battle as free DLC on December 8, a news bit that was also confirmed earlier this morning.</p> <p>The topic then turned to PlayStation owners and a previously unrevealed item. A special Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 box was shown to the crowd in attendance. Only five of these are in existence, with three given away to random panel attendees. Two others are slated to be given away on Twitter at a later time. The box contains a PS4, as well as a download code for Battlefront.</p> <p>The panel closed with word from DICE, which could hardly be heard over the shouts of "Show it again!" The crowd wanted a second helping of the trailer and the panel obliged.</p> <p>No other major news was revealed at the panel, but it was not needed for this Star Wars Celebration crowd. Just like the first time, they were captivated with just about every scene.</p> <p>Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 17.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:10:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia
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