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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us 5 Strange Things to Love About The Witcher 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89663/5-strange-things-to-love-about-the-witcher-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89663/5-strange-things-to-love-about-the-witcher-3 <p>The Witcher 3 is turning out to be one of the greatest and deepest role-playing games of the year. But, like many other games, it has strange and absurd quirks that make the game even more enjoyable.</p> <hr /> <h2>Geralt's Amazing Beard</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Geralt-beard.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>Being a mutant bestows certain abilities onto Witchers like Geralt. Chief among them appears to be rapid hair growth. This Witcher can head over the barber in Oxenfurt (in Velen), have his beard cleanly shaven off in the morning, and have it almost fully return by early evening. There's even a free DLC pack dedicated to different hair and beard styles. The only way the beard could become more amazing is if it actually had protective properties, like making werewolves think that you're one of their own.</p> <hr /> <h2>Liquor is Best</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/witcher3-bar.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>There are few problems that can't be solved with a bottle of booze, and this is especially true of The Witcher 3. Tracking down ingredients for potions, oils, and grenades can be a real pain. Fortunately, you only have to craft each of them once. Having a bottle of hard liquor in your inventory while meditating will restore your entire potion supply, even the explosives, without requiring all the ingredients. That really is some magic booze. What exactly is Geralt doing while he's meditating, anyway?</p> <hr /> <h2>Geralt is Medieval Batman</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/the_witcher_3_wild_hunt_alas_poor_yorick.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Witchers are supposed to be monster hunters, but people generally treat them as all-purpose detectives. Got a missing wife, daughter, or goat? Geralt is on the case. His Witcher senses allow him to pick up tracks and traces of blood to follow, just like a certain Dark Knight. But Witchers might be the superior investigative agency, since they can manipulate minds during interrogations. Most quests may end with some sort of monster confrontation, but that doesn't change the fact players spend much of the time looking for someone or something, and often have to locate someone else before they can find what they're searching for. At the rate people tend to go missing, business should be booming at the Witcher Detective Agency, and there's no better use for those heightened Witcher senses than to locate a frying pan.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h2>The World is Addicted to Gwent</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/witcher-3-gwent-.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Forget about how the world is being tossed down the latrine. Don't mind the fact that there's a malignant monster lurking at night, that bandits are camped nearby, or that here are fields where corpse eaters are feasting on piles of dead soldiers. Throw down some cards and play some Gwent, the hottest card game in the empire. The rules are simple, but the game can be very difficult to win, and practically every merchant, barkeep, or someone with some money to lose is willing to play. So, give the sword swinging a rest. Gwent could be the best way to earn a little extra gold. If only you could cheat by hiding extra cards up your sleeve or distracting opponents with your fantastic beard.</p> <hr /> <h2>Bandits like to Fight in Their Underwear</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Witcher3-underwear.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>We get that times are tough, but at least put on some pants. The land is full of bandits that love fighting in little more than their skivvies, shoes, and a helmet. This is either an audacious act of intimidation to show that they don't need armor to fight you, or it's a clear sign that there's not much on them worth looting. Either way, naked bandits are abound, and it's up to you to teach them the merits of wearing pants. Then again, there's a scene where Geralt fights wearing just a bath towel, so maybe we shouldn't be so judgmental.</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 09:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Weekly Game Release Highlights, May 25-31 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89662/weekly-game-release-highlights-may-25-31 http://www.shacknews.com/article/89662/weekly-game-release-highlights-may-25-31 <p>After the three-day weekend is over, it's time to get back into games. The week will kick off with Magicka 2 casting its spell on PC and PS4, with Ultra Street Fighter IV also set to hit PS4. And then the week will end with the paintballing antics of Splatoon. Check out the full list of games below.</p> <h2>PC</h2> <ul> <li>Magicka 2 (download - $15)</li> <li>Magnetic: Cage Closed (download - $15)</li> <li>Badland: Game of the Year Edition (download)</li> <li>Visibility (download)</li> <li>Fine Sweeper (download)</li> <li>Red Crow Mysteries: Legion (download)</li> <li>60 Seconds! (download)</li> <li>Heroes of Loot (download)</li> <li>Akiba's Trip: Undead &amp; Undressed (download)</li> <li>Quadrant (download)</li> <li>Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R (download)</li> <li>Rituals (download)</li> <li>Catlateral Damage (download)</li> <li>Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn (download)</li> <li>Ossuary (download)</li> <li>Locoland (download)</li> <li>Flame Over (download - $12)</li> <li>Chip's Challenge 1 (download)</li> <li>Chip's Challenge 2 (download)</li> <li>Subject 13 (download)</li> <li>Serpent in the Staglands (download)</li> <li>Star Horizon (download)</li> <li>Intergalactic Bubbles (download)</li> <li>Horizon Shift (download)</li> <li>The Silent Age (download)</li> <li>The Fruit of Grisaia (download)</li> <li>Tiamat X (download)</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 4</h2> <ul> <li>Ultra Street Fighter IV (download - $25)</li> <li>Magicka 2 (download - $15)</li> <li>Roundabout (download)</li> <li>Badland: Game of the Year Edition (download)</li> <li>Arcade Archives Crazy Climber (download)</li> <li>Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox One</h2> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> <h2>Xbox 360</h2> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> <h2>PlayStation 3</h2> <ul> <li>Badland: Game of the Year Edition (download)</li> <li>Weird Park: The Final Show (download)</li> <li>Mega Man 8: Anniversary Edition (download - PSOne Classic)</li> </ul> <h2>Wii U</h2> <ul> <li>Splatoon</li> <li>Don't Starve: Giant Edition (download)</li> <li>Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon (download - Wii U Virtual Console)</li> <li>Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun (download - Wii U Virtual Console)</li> </ul> <h2>Vita</h2> <ul> <li>Octodad: Dadliest Catch (download)</li> <li>Badland: Game of the Year Edition (download)</li> <li>Invizimals: The Resistance (download)</li> </ul> <h2>Nintendo 3DS</h2> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> Sun, 24 May 2015 08:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Final Splatoon Global Testfire session plagued by connectivity issues [Update] http://www.shacknews.com/article/89661/final-splatoon-global-testfire-session-plagued-by-connectivity-issues-update http://www.shacknews.com/article/89661/final-splatoon-global-testfire-session-plagued-by-connectivity-issues-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The 4pm deadline has come and gone, but Nintendo appears to be offering some extra time (until 5pm) to make up for the earlier issues. The second hour ran far smoother, with little to no connectivity errors on the user end. This should restore some of the user faith that was starting to wane during the test's first hour, which was nearly unplayable.</p> <p><strong>Original story:&nbsp;</strong>As noted <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89660/psa-the-final-splatoon-global-testfire-begins-at-3pm-pst-today">earlier today</a>, today was indeed the final online test for Splatoon. But Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire session didn't go exactly as the publisher had hoped. In fact, the short hour-long session was largely plagued with connection issues and bugs.</p> <p>Members of the Shacknews staff experienced some harsh connectivity problems, resulting in infinite loading screens, lobbies that went nowhere, and numerous error messages. One of the more frequent errors indicated that servers were completely filled to capacity. Some of the more common error messages have been placed below.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/ScreenHunter_04 May. 23 15.22.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="395" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/ScreenHunter_05 May. 23 15.33.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="380" /></div> <p>The problems weren't limited to the Shacknews staff or <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=33508113#item_33508113">Chatty posters</a>. Twitter quickly filled up with reports of users that could not get into an online session, via both the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Splatoon?src=hash" target="blank">#Splatoon</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SplatoonGlobalTestfire&amp;src=tyah" target="blank">#SplatoonGlobalTestfire</a> hashtags.</p> <p>On the one hand, the experience proved to be a major exercise in frustration. It doesn't leave one with a lot of confidence going into the May 29 launch date. If there's a positive to be taken away from this, though, it's that Nintendo is hopefully looking into the issues that surfaced from this final session and will have them hashed out before the game's official launch... in just six short days. We'll see how things go when Splatoon arrives on Wii U on Friday. In the meantime, Shacknews has reached out to Nintendo for comment regarding today's test.</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 15:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia PSA: The final Splatoon Global Testfire begins at 3PM PST today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89660/psa-the-final-splatoon-global-testfire-begins-at-3pm-pst-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89660/psa-the-final-splatoon-global-testfire-begins-at-3pm-pst-today <p>If you missed the first weekend for the Splatoon Global Testfire event, Shacknews would like to take this time to remind our readers that there's a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89583/nintendo-hosting-another-splatoon-global-testfire-event">second round</a> of multiplayer testing set to take place today. In fact, it's about to start at 3PM PST and run until 4PM PST.</p> <p>Splatoon's Global Testfire event will test the game's multiplayer servers, as teams of four duke it out over rounds of Turf War. Keep in mind that while killing opponents helps, the main objective in Turf War is to splatter as much of the stage in your color of paint as possible.</p> <p>Be sure to download the necessary software from the Nintendo eShop. Remember, this is your last chance! If you miss this event, the only way to keep Splatooning is to pick up the game itself when it releases on May 29. Before jumping in, be sure to check out Andrew's breakdown of the weapons below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KbHlxyswpAA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hgr1AwFaMIM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 23 May 2015 14:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend console download deals: Dragon Age, Ground Zeroes, and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/89659/weekend-console-download-deals-dragon-age-ground-zeroes-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/89659/weekend-console-download-deals-dragon-age-ground-zeroes-and-more <p>Memorial Day weekend is here and console users should also line up their games for a full weekend of gaming. Fortunately, there are some big-time deals to be found on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and the Nintendo eShop. Dragon Age: Inquisition and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes are both on sale on Xbox platforms, some major bundles are up on the PlayStation storefront, and Nintendo is hitting the tail end of its Capcom sale. 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> <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>Castlestorm Definitive Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/CastleStorm-Definitive-Edition/e37ae800-9a7d-4b3a-a7bd-c36eee9b0076">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>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/METAL-GEAR-SOLID-V-GROUND-ZEROES/01a93174-b0e0-48dd-a9b5-8cecd7b2af68">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age: Inquisition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Dragon-Age-Inquisition/b268d0c2-a0c2-401f-aeed-3ba628ef6fb3">$30.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-Deluxe-Edition/9703b3a9-4e73-449b-9351-b2a7d81cb1a3">$35.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Ball Xenoverse - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/DRAGON-BALL-XENOVERSE/ba796359-d732-403e-bcba-0331cf7c9c8a">$40.19 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Lifeless Planet - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Lifeless-Planet-Premier-Edition/df5cbf8a-8b14-4967-8612-b6bf29888661">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Unmechanical: Extended - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Unmechanical-Extended/68df7fe8-50b7-4217-aceb-23347fe6f733">$5.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Jet Car Stunts - <a href="https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/Jet-Car-Stunts/07b27c4e-dfc1-400d-8dc6-a75280e9936e">$2.99 (40% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jZpuocyvc9E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <ul> <li>Evolve Digital Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/evolve-digital-deluxe/cid=UP1001-CUSA00345_00-EVOLVEDD00000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$55.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Alien Isolation + Season Pass - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/alien-isolation-season-pass-bundle/cid=UP0177-CUSA00363_00-B000000000001192?emcid=ps-ga-871">$45.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/battlefield-hardline-deluxe-edition/cid=UP0006-CUSA00625_00-B000000000000449?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 4 Gold Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/far-cry-4-gold-edition/cid=UP0001-CUSA00496_00-B000000000000684?emcid=ps-ga-871">$62.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Sony's Extended Play sale for PS4 can be found <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/extended-play-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-EXTENDEDPLAYPS4?emcid=ps-ga-871">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/guacamelee-super-turbo-championship-edition/cid=UP2045-CUSA00151_00-GUACSTCE00000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Hohokum - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/hohokum/cid=UP9000-CUSA00091_00-HOHOKUMGAMEPKG01?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Race the Sun - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/race-the-sun-/cid=UP2127-CUSA00708_00-RACETHESUNPS4001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>The Unfinished Swan - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/the-unfinished-swan/cid=UP9000-CUSA00695_00-UNFINISHEDSWANP4?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Ether One - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/ether-one/cid=UP0943-CUSA02503_00-ETHERONEGAMEPS4E?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Fluster Cluck - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/fluster-cluck/cid=UP2135-CUSA00754_00-LOOTSTORE10FP000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Q*Bert Rebooted - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/q*bert-rebooted/cid=UP2135-CUSA01280_00-QBERTREBOOTEDPS4?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kbDxjpiCVXg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>DuckTales: Remastered - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/aGL-VV112ROdO_KJUQe5_H7mO1cYNKQw">$6.75 (55% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil Revelations - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/XkJsnA3RX3B7nlP_LdTvZQDRm0yeFMLo">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Dungeons &amp; Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/W47ji6c9ApRD_LJM2yoq7UchRj_VqCbd">$5.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Master Reboot - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/FOE2JUfhbRn2yvTJXljkAUTCDgJjxKZG">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/wu8IDuLHUxp5_8hRKWPUxr1qXEjKD0yM">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0sKAkm1dhFI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Mafia II - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mafia-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802545407e6">FREE!</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/METAL-GEAR-SOLID-V-GROUND-ZEROES/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4e085c?cid=search">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Solid 2 + 3 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/MGS-2-AND-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4e0840?cid=search">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age 2 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Dragon-Age-2/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024541090b?cid=search">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>This week's full list of Deals with Gold games for Xbox 360 can be found <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/promotion/deals-with-gold">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <ul> <li>Alien Isolation + Season Pass - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/alien-isolation-season-pass-bundle/cid=UP0177-NPUB31440_00-B000000000001193?emcid=ps-ga-871">$40.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/battlefield-hardline-deluxe-edition/cid=UP0006-NPUB31511_00-B000000000000450?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 4 Gold Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/far-cry-4-gold-edition/cid=UP0001-NPUB50140_00-B000000000000686?emcid=ps-ga-871">$62.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Sony's Extended Play sale for PS3 can be found <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/extended-play-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-EXTENDEDPLAYPS3?emcid=ps-ga-871">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Hohokum - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/hohokum/cid=UP9000-NPUA80783_00-HOHOKUMGAME00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Race the Sun - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/race-the-sun-/cid=UP2127-NPUB31532_00-RACETHESUNPS3RTL?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>The Unfinished Swan - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/the-unfinished-swan/cid=UP9000-NPUA98202_00-UNFINISHEDSWANFG?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Chariot - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/chariot/cid=UP4096-NPUB31538_00-CHARIOTUSENGFR01?emcid=ps-ga-871">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Q*Bert Rebooted - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/q*bert-rebooted/cid=UP2135-NPUB31624_00-QBERTREBOOTEDPS3?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Resident Evil Revelations - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/sv0drfht5St0wc6G2GzSE3eBRj0CYzd-">$8.99 (55% off)</a></li> <li>Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/-XkbTGLfYK9tbeL1dG0D5LbyATln3CZQ">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/X6_SUi3jFnyV1EUr-YAnQBx6L4S4HhgV">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Retro City Rampage DX - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/Qzrx0I77wUPWpBDRdNH3ILGVbMK5173W">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/0WNwhe_ASfeZyDGjkzdihPblX8Xg6Rja">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SpongeBob HeroPants - <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/k0QiUHkp_Jqw-UKxtkiDEM2brFWLkRTA">$19.99 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <ul> <li>Sound Shapes Ultimate Bundle - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/sound-shapes-ultimate-bundle/cid=UP9000-PCSA00003_00-SOUNDSHAPESBNDLE?emcid=ps-ga-871">$8.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>MotorStorm RC PS Vita Complete Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/motorstorm-rc-ps-vita-complete-edition/cid=UP9000-PCSA00027_00-MSRCCOMPLETEEDIT?emcid=ps-ga-871">$4.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Tales of Hearts R Season Pass - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/tales-of-hearts-r-season-pass/cid=UP0700-PCSE00429_00-TOH0010000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Murasaki Baby - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/murasaki-baby/cid=UP9000-PCSA00153_00-MURASAKIBABY0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Hohokum - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/hohokum-ps-vita/cid=UP9000-PCSA00123_00-HOHOKUMGAME00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Race the Sun - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/race-the-sun-/cid=UP2127-PCSE00461_00-RACETHESUNPSV001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>The Unfinished Swan - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/the-unfinished-swan/cid=UP9000-PCSA00158_00-UNFINISHEDSWANPV?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Frozen Synapse Prime - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/frozen-synapse-prime/cid=UP4415-PCSE00528_00-FROZENSYNAPSE000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/pixeljunk-monsters-ultimate-hd/cid=UP4415-PCSE00307_00-D11MONSTERSHD000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$11.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/pixeljunk-shooter-ultimate/cid=UP4415-PCSE00451_00-SHOOTERULTIMATE0?emcid=ps-ga-871">$11.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Q*Bert Rebooted - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/q*bert-rebooted/cid=UP2135-PCSE00561_00-QBERTREBOOTEDPSV?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.99 (30% off)</a></li> </ul> Sat, 23 May 2015 14:25:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC download deals: Memorial Day savings http://www.shacknews.com/article/89658/weekend-pc-download-deals-memorial-day-savings http://www.shacknews.com/article/89658/weekend-pc-download-deals-memorial-day-savings <p>It's a three-day weekend, so Shacknews would like everyone to be primed and ready to go with the best PC games out there. So with that said, we've picked up some of the best deals to take advantage of for this Memorial Day. That includes a bananas pair of bundles over on Bundle Stars for Mortal Kombat X and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the Bat-catalog on Steam, and the return of the Humble Store Spring Sale, where over 300 items are discounted. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Dragon Age: Inquisition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-Online-Game/dp/B00JU9NV3K">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/mortal-kombat-x-special-kombo-pack/">Pay $44.99</a> for Mortal Kombat X with the Goro DLC and Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/indie-legends-bundle/">pay $3.99</a> for Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, Speedrunners, SteamWorld Dig, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Divekick, Kingdom Rush, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, and The Fall. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle/">pay $19.99</a> for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its 18 DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fear-bundle/">pay $4.99</a> for F.E.A.R. (w/Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate DLC packs), F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (w/Reborn DLC), and F.E.A.R. 3. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/barbaric-bundle">pay $3.49</a> for Drakensang, GRID, Droid Assault, Bardbarian, Hero of Many, Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade, The Battle of Sol, Another Perspective, Hassleheart, and Helldorado. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/aftershock-bundle/">pay $2.99</a> for UFO: Aftershock, UFO: Aftermatch, System Shock 2, Wizardy 6 &amp; 7, Wizardry 8, Harvester, and Ascension to the Throne. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>LEGO Batman Trilogy [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-batman-trilogy/">$16.99 (66% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-batman-3-beyond-gotham-premium/">$15.29 (66% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-marvel-super-heroes/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The Jackbox Party Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/the-jackbox-party-pack/">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The LEGO Movie Videogame [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/the-lego-movie-videogame/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Spintires [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/spintires/">$8.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/mortal-kombat-komplete-edition/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="525" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G4j3LvLTsIA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-tom-clancys-rainbow-six-vegas-2/151445">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Lockdown - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-tom-clancys-rainbow-six-lockdown/156210">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>The Sims 4 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SIMS4/the-sims-4">$40.17 (33% off)</a></li> <li>FIFA 15 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-FIFA15/fifa-15">$20.00 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ All You Can Eat Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DDB-PACMANAYCEE/pac-man-championship-edition-dx-all-you-can-eat-edition-bundle">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z00mK3Pxc8w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Shadow Warrior Special Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/shadow-warrior-special-edition">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Luftrausers [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/luftrausers">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/duke-nukem-3d-megaton-edition">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Devolver Digital Sale, including Serious Sam games and Always Sometimes Monsters, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/devolver-sale">here</a>.</li> <li>Endless Legend [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/endless-legend-classic-edition">$17.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Endless Space Gold Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/endless-space-gold-edition">$8.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Iceberg Interactive sale, including Gemini Wars and Tiny Troopers, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/iceberg-sale">here</a>.</li> <li>South Park: The Stick of Truth [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-live">$13.59 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Dungeon Siege III [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/dungeon-seige-iii">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' RPG sale, including Pixel Heroes and Child of Light, can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/rpg-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>Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-chronicles-china">$8.49 (15% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8m7VZ7LFOtY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>F.E.A.R. Platinum - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/fear_platinum">$2.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor's Choice Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_2004_ece">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG.com's Games of (May)Hem sale, including other Unreal games and Shadow Warrior, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/weekend_promo_mayhem_220515">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fzcY4VzpTKk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <ul> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/injustice-gods-among-us-ultimate-edition-na/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/middle-earth-shadow-mordor-na/">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Warner Bros. sale, including F.E.A.R. and Scribblenauts games, can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/warner-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>Spintires [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/simulation/spintires/">$8.99 (70% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YRXC4LYiacE?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 War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka (w/The Other Side of the Coin + Horror Props Item Pack), Knights of Pen &amp; Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and Helping Heart Paradox Forum Icon. Pay more than the average $5.65 to get Hearts of Iron III, Impire, Crusader Kings II (w/Sons of Abraham DLC), Paradox Interactive Music Hits! - Platypus Edition, Ship Simulator Extremes, Teleglitch: Die More Edition, and Sengoku. Pay more than $15 to also get Europa Universalis IV and the Conquest of Paradise DLC. Pay more than $35 to also get the Humble Paradox Bundle Tee 'n' Buttons. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">pay what you want</a> for Secret Files: Tunguska, Stacking, Syberia, and The Novelist (w/digital extras). Pay more than the average $5.19 to get The Night of the Rabbit Premium Edition, Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse, and Always Sometimes Monsters. Pay $8 or more to also get The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief Digital Deluxe Edition and Blackwell Epiphany. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>The Humble Store is having its massive Spring Sale. The sale has hit its Encore phase, so more than 300 games are on sale! For the full list of games on sale, check out the <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store">Humble Store</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Ultima VIII: Pagan - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house">Free!</a></li> <li>Battlefield Hardline - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/omaha/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$39.99 (33% off) </a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/mass-effect-1-2-3/pc-download/bundle/standard-edition">$19.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Dead Space 3 - <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/dead-space-3/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition">$13.32 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>The full Batman Arkham catalog is on sale this weekend, which includes a 10% discount on the Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition. The full sale is available <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/batman/">here</a>.</li> <li>Dying Light - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239140/">$44.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Shadowrun: Hong Kong - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/346940">$19.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/300550">$4.49 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Shadowrun Returns - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/234650">$2.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ All You Can Eat Edition Bundle - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/31161">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Brutal Legend - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/225260">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> Sat, 23 May 2015 13:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Shack Reels: Top 10 Robots in Video Games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89656/shack-reels-top-10-robots-in-video-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89656/shack-reels-top-10-robots-in-video-games <p>The robot revolution has begun, and Greg sorts through the scrap to find the top 10 video game robots with the best artificial personalities.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vp17tRyhczs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Bloodborne patch 1.04 set to release Monday http://www.shacknews.com/article/89655/bloodborne-patch-104-set-to-release-monday http://www.shacknews.com/article/89655/bloodborne-patch-104-set-to-release-monday <p>Almost a month after its&nbsp;last update, From Software is releasing patch 1.04 for the action RPG, Bloodborne.&nbsp;From Software&rsquo;s game producer, Masaaki Yamagiwa said the new patch will be coming Monday, May 25, but he did not reveal any details on the update.</p> <p>Yamagiwa also announced Wednesday on his <a href="https://twitter.com/giwamasa">Twitter </a>that the first expansion for Bloodborne is in the works and more information will be available later this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>The last patch addressed the long load times that our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88949/bloodborne-review-horrifying-accomplishment">review</a>&nbsp;said took away from being fully immersed in the game.</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:15:00 PDT Tad Huempfner Destiny: House of Wolves Review In Progress: Hungry Like The Wolf http://www.shacknews.com/article/89654/destiny-house-of-wolves-review-in-progress-hungry-like-the-wolf http://www.shacknews.com/article/89654/destiny-house-of-wolves-review-in-progress-hungry-like-the-wolf <p>The lead-up to the release of Destiny&rsquo;s House of Wolves expansion has been met with mostly cautious excitement considering The Dark Below felt like it was a tacked on experience to the original game. The galaxy-expanding adventure we all thought Bungie would take us on in The Dark Below never happened, and this week, The House of Wolves was released. Based on all of the information Bungie revealed over the past few weeks, it appears to be the experience we all were hoping Destiny&rsquo;s first expansion would be. But as Guardians are now once bitten, twice shy, we take a step back into the Traveler&rsquo;s Light to take on the House of Wolves so we may earn the riches and favor of The Queen.</p> <h2><b>Bark At The Moon</b></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/destiny_house_of_wolves_queen.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="393" /></div> <p>The House of Wolves expansion is made up of a new social space called the Vestian Outpost within The Reef, new story missions, four new Crucible maps, a new Crucible elimination gametype called the Trials of Osiris, a new Strike, and a new co-op arena activity called the Prison of Elders. I haven&rsquo;t played Destiny in quite some time, so I had to level up my Guardian to around 26 over the weekend in order to feel comfortable taking on the House of Wolves. But once it released, I went head first into its story missions.</p> <p>There are a total of five story missions to take on in the House of Wolves expansion, and even though I still have no idea what&rsquo;s going on in Destiny, the pacing was much better than previous campaigns. The first was A Kell Rising. In it, my Guardian was tasked with fighting through a swarm of Fallen while riding on a Pike, which I then was confronted by a Spider Tank. Instead of taking shelter and attempting to dissect it with my Guardian&rsquo;s weapons, I chose to continue attacking it with my Pike using the same strategy all Guardians should be familiar with: attack its legs until it&rsquo;s stunned and proceed to attack it&rsquo;s exposed weak point. I was able to overtake the Spider Tank, but I found I wouldn&rsquo;t be so lucky in later missions as I found them to be challenging, even when selecting a level that was well within my Guardian&rsquo;s range.</p> <h2><b>For The Horde!</b></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/destiny-how-prison-of-elders-screenshot-03_1920.0.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once I complete the House of Wolves five story missions, the Queen thanked me for my efforts and promised me riches beyond my wildest dreams. What I was presented with was a key and a one-way ticket to the Prison of Elders, because nothing in Destiny is ever acquired easily.</p> <p>The Prison of Elders introduces a horde-style game mode within an arena. Just like with Strikes, I&rsquo;m teamed up with two other Guardians as we work our way through four rounds fighting the Fallen, Hive, Vex, and Cabal. Each round consists of three waves to which the prison empties itself of all enemies of a particular faction. I found the first wave to be a nice introduction to each new round, but the second and third waves greatly increase in difficulty, especially if you&rsquo;re not using weapons that can deactivate an enemy&rsquo;s shield.</p> <p><span>Once I made it through the prison, my companions and I are able to access the Treasure Room. I&rsquo;m presented with three chests, two that I can open each time I complete the prison, while one large chest can only be opened if I&rsquo;m in possession of a Treasure Key, which can be earned in a variety of ways. Fortunately for me, the key the Queen gave me happened to be the key needed for this large chest, and the loot that came out of it was quite bountiful.</span></p> <h2><b>Tackling The Temple</b></h2> <p><span><span>The Temple of Osiris was unlocked this weekend, which means that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;ll be tackling next as well as the new Crucible maps and its new Strike, The Shadow Thief. Judging by what I&rsquo;ve experienced so far in House of Wolves, I admit I feel like it&rsquo;s drawing me in to Destiny more than The Dark Below did as I can see myself going back into the Prison of Elders every so often to get myself some new loot for only around 20 minutes of work. I&rsquo;m hoping the Temple of Osiris will scratch my competitive itch, although I tend to gravitate more towards PvE experiences in Destiny rather than PvP against other Guardians. What can I say--I&rsquo;m a team player. Expect more thoughts soon as I continue to make my way through the House of Wolves.</span></span></p> <hr /> <p><i>This review-in-progress is based on a PlayStation 4 season pass code provided by the publisher. Destiny is available in retail stores, PSN, and Xbox Marketplace for $59.99. The game is rated T.</i></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez 5 Weirdest Foods You Eat in Video Games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89653/5-weirdest-foods-you-eat-in-video-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89653/5-weirdest-foods-you-eat-in-video-games <p>Today is Pac-man's 35th anniversary! To celebrate the yellow pellet eater's insatiable appetite, we're checking out some of the strangest and most disgusting things players get to eat in video games.</p> <hr /> <h2>Dog Food - Wolfenstein 3D / The New Order</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Wolfenstein-The-New-Order-02.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Fighting castle full of Nazi soldiers is tough work, and William "B.J." Blazkowicz needs to keep his strength up. Unfortunately, having dozens of fully cooked turkey leg dinners hidden throughout the castle walls isn't always enough. When you're feeling overwhelmed an low on health, a nice bowl of dog food. Fortunately, those German Shepherds eat extraordinarily well, and a nice bowl of puppy chow is just the pick-me-up players need to keep moving. Just don't think too much about what's in it.</p> <hr /> <h2>Radroaches - Fallout Series</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Fallout3-Radroach.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="369" /></div> <p>There is a long, long list of terrible things to eat or drink the Fallout series. For example, you could eat a nice kabob made from mystery meat (aka human flesh), and wash it down with some still glowing Nuka-Cola Quantum (with that yummy <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strontium" target="_blank">Strontium</a>&nbsp;kick), and come out feeling great. But, since brahmin steaks and other foodstuffs aren't always easy to come by, we're going to go with one of the most prevalent creatures in the post-nuclear apocalyptic world. Giant radroaches. They're among the first creatures you come across, and they're fairly easy to take down. Roach meat might not be very tasty, and eating it raises your radiation exposure, but if most people will eat just about anything when they're desperately low on health. If you end up liking it, there's plenty more,&nbsp;and we hear some people consider radroach eggs a delicacy.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h2>Monster Meat - Don't Starve</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/don'tstarve-Spider.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="408" /></div> <p>With a game title like Don't Starve, you'd think the point of the game is to eat as much of everything as you can. And, what's more plentiful in magical hell dimension than monsters? Tasty, meaty, monsters. Tiny birds, rabbits and berries don't always cut it, and beefalo are too hard to kill, so sometimes you have to give in to desperation and munch on a crunchy spider leg. Monster Meat will quickly drive your character insane, but that could be a good thing. If you're insane, then you don't have to think about what you're eating. Those pig people look delicious too.</p> <hr /> <h2>Trash Can Food - BioShock / Streets of Rage, et al</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/bioshock-trashfood.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Pretty much every old-school 1980s arcade brawling game like Final Fight, Streets of Rage and Rival Turf featured a very special treat. Kick over a trash can, and a delicious apple would pop out. It can be eaten in a single bite&nbsp;and restores health. Trash food makes a big comeback in BioShock, where apples and bags of potato chips remain remarkably well preserved, despite being stuffed in trash bins for weeks. But really, if you're already willing to inject a mysterious glowing liquid into yourself just because some voice on the radio asked you kindly to, then eating food straight from the trash isn't much of a leap.</p> <hr /> <h2>Special Tea - Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/sleepingdogs-ninp-tea.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="384" /></div> <p>Tea is technically a drink, but this one has an egg in it, so we're counting it as food. In the horror themed Nightmare in North Point add-on for Sleeping Dogs, demonic spirits run amok in Hong Kong, and Wei Shen must find a way to exorcize them. In order to defeat the main spirits, he has to make his way across streets filled zombies and Chinese vampires to gather up ingredients for a special herbal tea. These three ingredients are a Ghost Pepper, the Egg of the Albino Hen, and antifreeze. It seems most Chinese magic is based on antifreeze. Other ingredients include goat dung and moldy rat's blood. Despite potential adverse health effects, the tea give's Wei Shen the power he needs to battle the demonic spirit of Smiley Cat.</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 PDT Steven Wong Chattycast 47: A Smoking Crater http://www.shacknews.com/article/89650/chattycast-47-a-smoking-crater http://www.shacknews.com/article/89650/chattycast-47-a-smoking-crater <p>This week host Steve Watts invites Steven Wong and Daniel Perez to talk&nbsp;about open worlds that feel more real, how DLC sways buying decisions, and personal connections in games.&nbsp;Plus, the gang has a frank and honest discussion about Geralt's body hair.</p> <p>Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: Hemtroll, and David Craddock.&nbsp;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> <ul> <li><em>Open world games continues to be hot shit but every time I play one I find myself disappointed by the static world. You can kill three hundred cops in GTA and respawn to a fresh world, completely unaffected by everything you just did. Skyrim has essential NPCs which stop you from breaking the main quest. Even the original Mercenaries would respawn buildings after you dropped an artillery barrage in downtown Pyongyang. Why do you think this is and can you suggest some game where the world actually responds to player actions in a meaningful way?</em></li> <li><em>Do you find that you're bothered by DLC in general, or can the presentation and/or content in DLC sway your way of thinking? I'm perfectly fine with DLC content that feels substantial enough to remind me of expansions packs of yesteryear. I didn't mind paying $30 for new characters, quests, maps, items, and story content, but I have a beef with companies who re-skin content I already have and try to pass it off as something new. But even in cases where I'm excited for or optimistic about DLC, such as Batman: AK's plethora of prequels and missions, I don't like it when publishers shove DLC in my face months ahead of the base game's release. As is the case with Batman.</em></li> <li><em>I play a lot of strategy games but I always end up picking Sweden when it's a playable faction (I'm Swedish) and when I play FIFA or football manager I inevitably pick my local team even if they suck. Are there any games that you play in a certain way because you have some personal connection to it? Always picking America in games doesn't count, that's too easy.</em></li> </ul> <p><em><em><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.podbean.com/site/UserDownload/index/bid/689837/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fmf%252Fweb%252Feiahb7%252Fchattycast047.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" id="audio_iframe" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/ivbx7-563421" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qBq2C_BXZGQ"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 PDT Steve Watts The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3 completes its trilogy today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89652/the-incredible-adventures-of-van-helsing-3-completes-its-trilogy-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/89652/the-incredible-adventures-of-van-helsing-3-completes-its-trilogy-today <p>NeocoreGames has told a comprehensive tale of magic, monsters, and mad science over the course of their Van Helsing series, with the first game arriving two years ago today and the sequel hitting exactly one year ago. But now the time has come for the indie studio to wrap up its story of the ongoing Van Helsing bloodline with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, which launched on PC today, with a new trailer in tow.</p> <p>Van Helsing 3 packs in six new classes, which marks something of a departure for the series in that characters cannot be carried over. However, the new classes will carry intense powers and abilities, which will aid them as they run through a number of new environments. Four-player co-op is also available, which should come in handy for some of the returning tower defense sequences from the previous game. Those looking for something more competitive can take their characters into eight-player PvP.</p> <p>For more on The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, Shacknews recently had a chance to check out a build prior to the game's launch. You can read about that <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89536/the-incredible-adventures-of-van-helsing-3-preview-blinded-with-mad-science">here</a>. The full trailer is available below. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is now available on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/359900/" target="blank">Steam</a>, with owners of any of the previous two games also set to receive a 20 percent discount.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CBm7lsJVLI4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Payday 2 can't stop raving with Alesso Heist DLC http://www.shacknews.com/article/89651/payday-2-cant-stop-raving-with-alesso-heist-dlc http://www.shacknews.com/article/89651/payday-2-cant-stop-raving-with-alesso-heist-dlc <p>Overkill Software has been heisting for quite a while, so after a hard night of putting in work, it's time to go out and party. But for the criminals of Payday 2, this also usually involves heists of some sort. So for the game's 23rd DLC pack, Overkill is collaborating with DJ Alesso for the appropriately-named Alesso Heist.</p> <p>DJ Alesso has helped design this latest mission. Crews will navigate the Gensec arena in an attempt to loot its rich art exhibition vaults, filled with a whole lot of cash. As players listen through Alesso's new song (also called "Payday"), they'll pick up a new Matever .357 low-recoil revolver, which comes with four weapon mods. There are also four new melee weapons to pick up, including a microphone, mic stand, metal detector, and classic baton. Four new masks are there for the taking, too, along with new materials and patterns.</p> <p>The Alesso Heist is now available on PC for $6.99. It is also slated to hit Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later, following the release of the Payday 2: Crimewave Edition.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sdZ4JY-Xfjg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Opinion: 5 Things Assassin's Creed Syndicate Needs to Do http://www.shacknews.com/article/89647/opinion-5-things-assassins-creed-syndicate-needs-to-do http://www.shacknews.com/article/89647/opinion-5-things-assassins-creed-syndicate-needs-to-do <p>Sticking to its annual release schedule, Ubisoft recently revealed <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89528/assassins-creed-syndicate-officially-announced">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Syndicate</a>, a new game set in 1868 London or, as History buffs like to call it, the Victorian era. Ubisoft has already shared a number of details about Syndicate, including how it won't have any direct multiplayer, that it will star two playable protagonists (the siblings Jacob and Evie Frye), and that it features fast close-quarters combat with emphasis on hidden weapons like brass knuckles and sword canes. However, despite the in-depth reveal, there&rsquo;s still a lot we don&rsquo;t know about Syndicate, and it's important that it be a hit, given how <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87116/final-score-assassins-creed-unity">poorly</a>&nbsp;Unity was received last year. So, here are 5 suggestions that could make Syndicate a truly great addition to the series.</p> <hr /> <h2>A More Gradual Difficulty Curve</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Assassins_Creed_Syndicate_Combat-Punch_1431438287.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once it had all of its technical issues sorted out, Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity was actually a pretty decent game that showed off new-gen console capabilities. However, one element of Unity I didn't like was the difficulty curve that ramped up quickly as I ventured deeper into Paris. I understand the game wants players to focus on stealth and surprise, but a single mistake led to being swarmed by a mob of guards that could parry almost all of my attacks, then rip through my health bar with cheap shots and firearms. I&rsquo;m all for combat that doesn&rsquo;t feel trivial, but Unity&rsquo;s combat was a gross over-correction. Hopefully, Syndicate's new fast paced combat will remedy the problem.</p> <hr /> <h2>Indirect&nbsp;Multiplayer</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Assassins_Creed_Syndicate_Cart_Race_1431438286.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Syndicate won't have any direct forms of competitive or cooperative multiplayer, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean the game can&rsquo;t have any sort of multiplayer. The Club Challenges introduced in Unity allows players with like-minded interests to pool their respective points earned from single-player ventures in order to collaborate and compete with other clubs without ever directly interacting. I&rsquo;d love to see Club Challenges make a return in Syndicate, along with other forms of non-direct multiplayer such as leaderboards for side content. Or maybe a way to affect other players through a companion app, similar to Watch Dogs.</p> <hr /> <h2>More Cosmetic Gear</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Assassins_Creed_Syndicate_Gang_Leader_1431438288.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Customizing Unity&rsquo;s protagonist Arno Dorian with different weapons and outfit pieces is a nice feature, but I feel that tying stats to both the weapons and outfits was a mistake. I was never able to wear the outfit pieces I liked best, since the stat boosts they granted were often inferior those offered by a better (and often uglier) piece of gear. I&rsquo;d be much more amiable to a system for Syndicate that tied stats solely to weapons (such as in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed II and III) and allow us to dress Jacob and Evie up however we wish without having a direct impact on gameplay.</p> <hr /> <h2>Trim Down the Extra Services</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Assassins_Creed_Syndicate_Combat-Kukri_1431438287.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Recent Assassin&rsquo;s Creed games have made great use of ancillary services such as UPlay, Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Initiates, and other mobile apps. These side services started out as optional and unobtrusive distractions, but tossing them all into Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity at once made the game feel very bloated. There was also the issue of forcing players to use the mobile app in order to unlock certain chests within Unity, which was later corrected. I&rsquo;m all for giving players fun things to do when they&rsquo;re not actively playing, but if the ancillary services shouldn't get in the way of the main game.</p> <hr /> <h2>Playable/Customizable Side Characters</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Assassins_Creed_Syndicate_Assassination_1431438283.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This is perhaps my wildest suggestion for Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Syndicate, but it is one that I feel could help add longevity to the game. In addition to playing as Jacob and Evie, it would be great to play as customizable gang members, or other Brotherhood recruits. Past Assassin&rsquo;s Creed games incorporated a system where players recruited new Assassins, sent them out on missions, and could be called for aid. Plus, we know that Syndicate will feature temporary companion characters that you can rescue.</p> <p>Imagine how cool it would be if you could fully customize your own small stable of Assassins, play as them in their own missions, and have them accompany you when playing missions as Jacob and Evie. Such a system could allow players to add yet another layer of personalization onto their games and could also allow for some interesting DLC opportunities beyond the standard fare of new missions and equipment.</p> <hr /> <p>What features do you want to see in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Syndicate? Share your thoughts in the comments!</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 PDT Nathaniel Hohl Ultra Street Fighter 4 hits PS4 next week with PS3 arcade stick compatibility http://www.shacknews.com/article/89649/ultra-street-fighter-4-hits-ps4-next-week-with-ps3-arcade-stick-compatibility http://www.shacknews.com/article/89649/ultra-street-fighter-4-hits-ps4-next-week-with-ps3-arcade-stick-compatibility <p>While <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89612/street-fighter-5-has-no-choice-but-to-welcome-m-bison">Street Fighter 5</a>&nbsp;continues to shuffle towards its eventual debut, the current hotness for Capcom remains Ultra Street Fighter IV. The game is set to make its PlayStation 4 debut next week, an announcement that may have initially chagrined a few fighting game fans. The main reason, of course, is the ongoing issue that hardware (mainly arcade sticks) is not backwards compatible. However, Capcom has a solution in place.</p> <p>Remember when the folks at Lab Zero (makers of Skullgirls Encore) created a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86834/skullgirls-encore-ps4-video-shows-ps3-arcade-stick-compatibility">custom USB driver</a> that would allow PS3 arcade sticks to work on a PS4? According to <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/05/22/ultra-street-fighter-iv-hits-ps4-tuesday-new-enhancements-detailed" target="_blank">PlayStation.Blog</a>, Capcom has adopted this method for Ultra Street Fighter IV, meaning all PS3 arcade sticks will be usable. Definitely a good thing for both casual fans and professional fighters that are preparing for Evo in July, where the Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament will run on <a href="http://shoryuken.com/2015/02/17/evo-2015s-ultra-street-fighter-iv-tournament-to-run-exclusively-on-playstation-4/" target="blank">this very PS4 version</a> of the game.</p> <p>Look for the PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV to also include all previously-released costume DLC, as well as improved resolution and fixes in input lag. The game will arrive on Tuesday for a slightly lower-than-average $24.99.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K6gNl4XHpiw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:05:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Velen Side Quests: Forefather's Eve, Master Armorers http://www.shacknews.com/article/89648/the-witcher-3-the-wild-hunt---velen-side-quests-forefathers-eve-master-armorers http://www.shacknews.com/article/89648/the-witcher-3-the-wild-hunt---velen-side-quests-forefathers-eve-master-armorers <p>As you progress through the story, you will come across certain quests that are tied to Main Quests, and that must be completed to reach certain optional requirements for those quests. We&rsquo;ve marked those quests with an asterisk in order to make them easier to find when scrolling through this document.</p> <p>This is a work in progress, and there are a lot of side quests available to players in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. We&rsquo;ll be updating this guide as often as possible until we complete it. If you haven&rsquo;t picked up the game quite yet, you can head over and check out&nbsp;<a href="../../../article/89628/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-review-in-progress---drowners-specters-and-griffins-oh-my" target="_blank">our review-in-progress.</a></p> <hr /> <h2>Ciri&rsquo;s Room*</h2> <ul> <li>Main Quest Connection: Family Matters</li> <li>Quest Start Location: Baron&rsquo;s Manor, Crow&rsquo;s Perch</li> <li>Quest Rewards: Experience Points</li> </ul> <p><strong>Examine the room where Ciri stayed using your Witcher Senses</strong></p> <p>After speaking with the baron, head downstairs to the room marked on your map. Enter, and then use your Witcher Senses to find a Spinning Top, Ciri&rsquo;s Clothing, and a weird book that Ciri was using to research curses.</p> <p><strong>Go to the kitchen and talk to Gretka.</strong></p> <p>Once you&rsquo;re done in Ciri&rsquo;s room, head across the hall and into the kitchen. Here you&rsquo;ll find Gretka, the little girl from Ciri&rsquo;s Story. Speak to her and she&rsquo;ll offer up a little more information about Ciri&rsquo;s adventures. Before you leave make sure you give her the top.</p> <hr /> <h2>Deadly Crossing (I)</h2> <ul> <li>Main Quest Connection: None</li> <li>Quest Start Location: Troll Bridge</li> <li>Quest Rewards: Experience Points</li> </ul> <p>As you travel across the land you&rsquo;ll come across vagrants trying to make a few extra Crowns off of the poor folk of the realm. The first group you&rsquo;ll find is on the Troll Bridge in Velen. As you trot, or walk, up to the bridge they&rsquo;ll demand 50 Crowns to pass. If you want, you can pay them. Or, if you have a conscience you can use your Axii Sign (at least Level 2) to make them give up the venture. Of course, if all else fails you can always just remove their heads from their shoulders, witcher style.</p> <hr /> <h2>Defender of the Faith (I)</h2> <ul> <li>Main Quest Connection: None</li> <li>Quest Start Location: Blackbough</li> <li>Quest Rewards: Experience Points</li> </ul> <p>Head down the road east of Blackbough where you&rsquo;ll find a woman in need of your assistance (She can also be found atop a hill near Duen Hen). Speak to her to find that vandals have been disrespecting the shrines they&rsquo;ve placed around the land, and agree to help her re-erect them. We&rsquo;ve listed the locations of all three shrines below, though you will only have to find two after the initial conversation with the woman.</p> <p><strong>Fix the damaged shrines (3)</strong></p> <ul> <li>The first shrine is atop a hill in the southwest area of the region.</li> <li>The second shrine is located at a junction in the road heading eastwardly out of Blackbough.</li> <li>The third shrine can be found in the furthest southwestern part of Velen, just east and a little south of the Byway marker.</li> </ul> <p><strong>(Optional) Defeat the vandals</strong></p> <p>Once you arrive at the last shrine (you can complete them in any order you wish), you&rsquo;ll happen across the vagrants as they desecrate yet another shrine. Speak with the leader, and then you&rsquo;ll be offered to choices to conclude the quest.</p> <ul> <li>You can agree to leave him alone, and let him continue to make his stand against the old gods, and the intolerance of their teachings. This will fail your previous objective in this quest.</li> <li>Disagree with the vagrant, then take him and his companions on. Once they are taken care of the quest will end, and you can continue on your way.</li> </ul> <hr /> <h2>Face Me if You Dare</h2> <ul> <li>Main Quest Connection: None</li> <li>Quest Start Location: Crow&rsquo;s Perch</li> <li>Quest Rewards: Experience Points</li> </ul> <p>Heading out of Crow&rsquo;s Perch you may come across a man named Ronvid. As you pass him by he&rsquo;ll stop you, challenging you to a duel in the name of Maid Bilberry&rsquo;s honor. He continues to babble, finally forcing you to face him. Don&rsquo;t worry though, he&rsquo;s not hard to take down, and after a few choice swings he yields and flees.</p> <p>Later on, outside Novigrad&rsquo;s gates you happen upon him again. This time he has a shield, and challenges you to a rematch. Just like before, he yields after a few choice hits. You&rsquo;d think twice was enough, right? Wrong.</p> <p>Head down to the Port of Novigrad a few days after you send him packing outside the gates. Here you&rsquo;ll find Ronvid and a few of his newly hired bodyguards. At this point he realizes that you&rsquo;re a witcher, and the quest can conclude in two different ways.</p> <ul> <li>Kill him and his companions (I mean he kind of had it coming, right?)</li> <li>Convince him and his bodyguards to leave the area and go home (This will require Axii Delusion level 2).</li> </ul> <hr /> <h2>Forefather&rsquo;s Eve</h2> <ul> <li>Main Quest Connection: Family Matters; Main Quest: A Princess in Distress</li> <li>Quest Start Location: Pellar&rsquo;s Hut</li> <li>Quest Rewards: Experience Points, Discount at all Velen Merchants</li> </ul> <p>This quest can begin two different ways. 1: The Pellar will approach you at Crow&rsquo;s Perch after you complete Secondary Quest: Towerful of Mice, but haven&rsquo;t finished Main Quest: Family Matters. 2: If you already finished both quests, the Pellar will approach you outside of Keira&rsquo;s cottage.</p> <p><strong>Meet the Pellar in the stone circle on Fyke Isle.</strong></p> <p>After accepting this quest from the Pellar, head over to Fyke Isle and make your way to the area indicated on your map. Upon arrival you&rsquo;ll already see the peasants and the Pellar gathered around the stone in the center. This is your final chance to Meditate, or brew new potions, so make sure you&rsquo;re prepared, then speak with the Pellar to start the quest.</p> <p><strong>Protect the ritual&rsquo;s participants.</strong></p> <p>The ritual begins, and during this time you&rsquo;ll need to protect the peasants and the Pellar from groups of Drowners and a Water Hag. Take out the creatures and keep them away from the Pellar. Once they&rsquo;re dead, the ritual continues, and old man Ambros appears in the flickering flames on the center stone.</p> <p>The Pellar and the ghost speak, but before they can finish a group of witch hunters show up to end the party. The hunters accuse all the peasants and the Pellar of practicing necromancy, and then the Pellar pleads with you to intervene. Either:</p> <ul> <li>Tell the witch hunters to leave the people alone, and have the witch hunters attack you, prompting the quest&rsquo;s next objective.</li> <li>Tell the pellar this isn&rsquo;t what you signed up for. The witch hunters will move in, dispersing the peasants, and snuff out the fire. The Pellar is upset by your actions, and the quest will end.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Defeat the witch hunters.</strong></p> <p>Simple enough, right? Just hack away at your enemies until they&rsquo;re all dead.</p> <p><strong>Defeat the wraiths.</strong></p> <p>Once the witch hunters have been disposed of the ritual continues, however, blood has been spilled on holy ground, and wraiths begin to attack. Take them out, but at this point the ritual can&rsquo;t be continued, but the quest isn&rsquo;t over just yet. Speak to the Pellar to find out that the man in the flames was his father, and that he&rsquo;s threatened to come back for his revenge. At this point he asks you to find his father&rsquo;s body in the swamp, and remove the curse that has been cast on him, so that his father can&rsquo;t return and kill him.</p> <p><strong>Find the body of the Pellar&rsquo;s father in the swamps.</strong></p> <p>Time to head to the swamps near Crookback Bog (because we know how much everyone will love this place). Just head to the west of Orphan Village to find the corpse lying on a small mound of dirt. It&rsquo;s in pretty great shape to be several decades old. Now that you&rsquo;ve found it, it&rsquo;s time to do the dirty work and burn it.</p> <p><strong>Burn the Pellar&rsquo;s Father&rsquo;s body.</strong></p> <p>Use your Igni Sign to set the corpse afire. You&rsquo;ll probably run into a couple of Rotfiends in the area, just kill them. Once the corpse is burned, it&rsquo;s time to head back and report in to the worried Pellar.</p> <p><strong>Talk to the Pellar.</strong></p> <p>Make your way back to the Pellar&rsquo;s hut, and speak with him to tell him the good news. He&rsquo;ll think you profusely, and offer up a pretty great reward which gives you discounts at every merchant in the Vellen area. Sweet!</p> <p><em>More coming soon....</em></p> <hr /> <p>As we continue to update this, make sure you've located all the <a href="../../../article/89619/the-witcher-3-the-wild-hunt---find-all-places-of-power-power-overwhelming-trophy" target="_blank">places of power,</a>&nbsp;and completed all of the&nbsp;<a href="../../../article/89605/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-ndash-white-orchard-side-quests-on-deaths-bed-twisted-firestarter" target="_blank">side quests in the White Orchard area.</a></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:00:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Minecraft 1.8.5 update should be downloaded 'as soon as possible' according to Mojang http://www.shacknews.com/article/89646/minecraft-185-update-should-be-downloaded-as-soon-as-possible-according-to-mojang http://www.shacknews.com/article/89646/minecraft-185-update-should-be-downloaded-as-soon-as-possible-according-to-mojang <p>Mojang has released a new patch for Minecraft that it recommends its users download &ldquo;as soon as possible&rdquo; due to it fixing some reported security issues.</p> <p>Mojang admits Minecraft players don&rsquo;t <i>need</i> to download patch 1.8.5, they still recommend doing so. Here are some notable fixes from patch 1.8.5:</p> <ul> <li>[Bug <a href="https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-79632">MC-79632</a>] &ndash; Phantom Custom Player in Scoreboard / UUIDs of non-player entities on scoreboards truncated after relog</li> <li>[Bug <a href="https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-75630">MC-75630</a>] &ndash; Exploit with signs and command blocks</li> <li>[Bug <a href="https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-80478">MC-80478</a>] &ndash; Better server validation for movement packets</li> <li>[Bug <a href="https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-80479">MC-80479</a>] &ndash; Invalid beacon effects are not validated</li> <li>[Bug <a href="https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-80480">MC-80480</a>] &ndash; Certain attribute values are not bound</li> </ul> <p><span>While Mojang doesn&rsquo;t go into specifics as to why Minecraft players should update their game to 1.8.5, we&rsquo;re sure there&rsquo;s a very good reason for the studio to recommend its users download this patch &ldquo;as soon as possible.&rdquo; We can&rsquo;t imagine an exploit with signs and command blocks causing too much trouble, but who are we to say?</span></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:35:00 PDT Daniel Perez Batman: Arkham Knight characters unmasked in latest video http://www.shacknews.com/article/89645/batman-arkham-knight-characters-unmasked-in-latest-video http://www.shacknews.com/article/89645/batman-arkham-knight-characters-unmasked-in-latest-video <p>Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios have released a new episode of Batman: Arkham Insider that focuses on three key characters from Batman: Arkham Knight.</p> <p>In this new video, we learn about the work that went into the design of the Arkham Knight, Scarecrow, and Batman himself as well as some other key characters in the game. We also learn more about the Batmobile, such as learning it&rsquo;ll have its own skill tree that players can access in order to improve its weapons, different systems inside of the vehicle, and more.</p> <p><span>Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. WBIE recently released a live-action trailer showcasing regular, everyday people <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89636/batman-arkham-knight-live-action-video-has-us-channeling-our-inner-batman">channeling their inner Batman</a> as well as a closer look at Arkham Knight&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89579/new-batman-arkham-knight-video-takes-a-closer-look-at-dual-play-co-op">Dual Play feature</a>.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2MZIGElE3CA"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:40:00 PDT Daniel Perez The Witcher 3 infinite money exploit discovered http://www.shacknews.com/article/89644/the-witcher-3-infinite-money-exploit-discovered http://www.shacknews.com/article/89644/the-witcher-3-infinite-money-exploit-discovered <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89628/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-review-in-progress---drowners-specters-and-griffins-oh-my">The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</a>&nbsp;was released this week, and while its PC version <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89634/the-witcher-3-pc-gets-graphics-and-stability-patch-console-version-coming-soon">has already been patched</a> to improve its visuals, CD Projekt Red may need to do a bit more patching now that an infinite money exploit has been discovered.</p> <p>YouTube user <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVkup06zCs0&amp;feature=youtu.be">WhatsMyGame</a>&nbsp;found an infinite money exploit in The Witcher 3 that involves killing some of the most innocent creates in the game: cows. When you kill a cow, you can harvest their hide for a cool 27 gold. After slaughtering such an innocent creature, Geralt will need to meditate for at least two hours for the cows to respawn, which you can then kill them over and over and over again.</p> <p><span>There are a few drawbacks to this exploit, although they&rsquo;re not really deal breakers in the grand scheme of things. First, the cow corpses don&rsquo;t immediately vanish, which could very well make you look like a complete psychopath if anyone should catch you mid-slaughter. The other is the fact the shopkeepers will quickly run out of money if you continue to sell them hide, so be mindful of that so you aren&rsquo;t stuck with a ton of hides in your inventory.</span></p> <p><span>If you prefer to play the game in a more honest manner, but may need a little guidance, check out some of our guides that help you find all&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89619/the-witcher-3-the-wild-hunt---find-all-places-of-power-power-overwhelming-trophy">places of power</a>&nbsp;or all <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89605/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-ndash-white-orchard-side-quests-on-deaths-bed-twisted-firestarter">White Orchard side quests</a>. We also did a comparison of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of The Witcher 3, which you can <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89604/shack-reels-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-ps4-and-xbox-one-graphical-comparison">check out here</a>.</span></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:45:00 PDT Daniel Perez 6 Stealth Indie Games Worth Shining a Light On http://www.shacknews.com/article/89643/6-stealth-indie-games-worth-shining-a-light-on http://www.shacknews.com/article/89643/6-stealth-indie-games-worth-shining-a-light-on <p>When you combine the creativity of an indie developer with the intense action of stealth action, you sometimes end up with thrilling games that test your mind, patience, and endurance. Here are six games where a pulling out a gun won't always solve your problems. Do you have the skill it takes to move like a ghost?</p> <hr /> <h2>Republique Remastered</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/republique.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Inspired by today's surveillance culture Republique takes place in a dystopian, totalitarian, country. It's up to you to help a young woman named Hope escape. To do so, you need to hack security cameras, instruct Hope on how to move, steal information, and then sell it in exchange for better hacking abilities. Apart from the fact that Hope is generally defenseless save for a stun gun, Republique is practically the template for the Watch Dogs stealth sequences, right down to using a cell phone as the hacking tool. Ported and remastered from the mobile version to PC and Mac, and divided across 5 chapters, Republique tells a sci-fi tale that is full of intrigue - and not even an all-seeing police state can know what's coming.</p> <hr /> <h2>Signal Ops</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/signal ops.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>We go from being watched to being the watchers. This first-person espionage game gives players control over a team of six operatives. You'll need to customize your agents, switch points of view between them, then move strategically to complete operations. The trick is, you're given third-rate equipment, and your agents aren't exactly top of their class. In fact, it's surprising they survived to adulthood. Signal Ops features a mix of combat, stealth, and puzzle solving, so when sneaking around fails, you always have the option of applying violence. Whatever it takes to get the job done. However, keep in mind that agents don't magically regenerate health. Luckily, spies are cheap, and you can call in reinforcements to replace the fallen so long as you keep at least one of them alive.</p> <hr /> <h2>Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/stealthinc2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Metroidvania&nbsp;action puzzle platforming and several other buzzwords come together in Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones. You play as a lone escaped clone in one of the most deadly toy testing facilities in the world. Your job was to test out the toys to see if they're fit for kids, which means a lot of clones end up being squished, burned, devoured, chopped up or otherwise splattered. Have your pathetically weak clone make his way through the facility, acquire new equipment, and use them to solve deadly test chambers while freeing your fellow clones from captivity. But always stick to the shadows and don't get spotted, or you'll end up as another test failure casualty.</p> <hr /> <h2>Outlast</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/outlast.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>Stealth action meets survival horror in Outlast. You play as investigative journalist Miles Upshur, acting on tip from an anonymous source that tells of all sorts of weird goings on happening at the Mount Massive Asylum. Now you're trapped inside an asylum where horrific experiments are being conducted. Unarmed, all you can do is run, hide, and find a way to escape hell's basement.</p> <hr /> <h2>Invisible Inc.</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/invisibleinc.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>In a dystopian future, the megacorporations control everything, and they rule with a ruthless efficiency. They all but crush the rebel spy agency called Invisible, forcing its leader and a handful of agents to flee with little more than an artificial intelligence named Incognita. Now it's your job to get Invisible back on its feet by hitting the corporations back. But there's a catch: You only have 72 hours to do it before Incognita's battery runs out. Steal technology, steal money, and grab up anything else you can before escaping. Incognita can hack into systems for you, but choose your moves carefully, because one mistake could cause the entire mission to fall apart.</p> <hr /> <h2>Amnesia: The Dark Descent</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/amnesia.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>From the makers of the Penumbra series, Amnesia is a horror survival game that puts a tremendous amount of emphasis on atmosphere at terror. Make your way through darkened corridors as Daniel, a man who awakens inside a desolate castle. You have to uncover the castle's mysteries while escaping threats that could be lurking around every corner. The only options you have for surviving are running, hiding, and using your wits. Keep an ear out for strange sounds, and always check over your shoulder. It's the only way you can hope to get out in one piece. It's games like Amnesia that helped take survival horror in a new, intense, direction fraught with fear and despair. The game will also help prepare you for SOMA, a sci-fi psychological thriller expected to release later this year.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:00 PDT Steven Wong Watch Shacknews' new live show; it's Show Important http://www.shacknews.com/article/89642/watch-shacknews-new-live-show-its-show-important http://www.shacknews.com/article/89642/watch-shacknews-new-live-show-its-show-important <p>Shacknews will be featuring a new streaming show called Show Important. The pilot episode will premier today at 5PM EST. Today&rsquo;s episode will feature chatty member Nick Dimucci, creator of the game Demons with Shotguns, which was recently green-lit on Steam.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88691/demons-with-shotguns--pax-east-2015">Demons with Shotguns</a>&nbsp;is a fast paced, retro-style, multiplayer arena shooter scheduled for an October 2015 release. &nbsp;Players can access the four player web demo <a href="http://www.mindshaftgames.com/demo">here</a>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/show-important.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><object width="620" height="378" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" id="live_embed_player_flash" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf?channel=shacknews" bgcolor="#000000"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="hostname=www.twitch.tv&channel=shacknews&auto_play=false&start_volume=25" /></object><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/shacknews" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 345px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from Shacknews on www.twitch.tv</a></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:43:00 PDT Tad Huempfner The Witcher 3 Diaries: Looking for Ladies, Making a Killing, and Botching it All Up http://www.shacknews.com/article/89641/the-witcher-3-diaries-looking-for-ladies-making-a-killing-and-botching-it-all-up http://www.shacknews.com/article/89641/the-witcher-3-diaries-looking-for-ladies-making-a-killing-and-botching-it-all-up <p>Continuing from <a href="../../../article/89613/the-witcher-3-diaries-following-the-trail-of-women-monsters-and-arsonists">where I left off</a>, I managed to find Yennefer (sorceress and Geralt's lover), but our reunion just means that I have to find someone else. Namely, a girl named Ciri, who Geralt helped teach at Witcher school when she was a child. Now she's grown to be a warrior. She also happens to be the emperor's daughter, and he's offering a lot of incentive for me to help find her. Geralt has his own reasons for wanting to locate the girl, the least of which being that the Wild Hunt appears to be after her too. So, I agree without any fuss.</p> <p>Out in the emperor's courtyard, there's a hustler who teaches people how to play the card game, Gwent. From what I can gather, it's a strategy game where each player lays down cards on the table to form an army. If played well, the combined might of the army and abilities should be enough to overwhelm the opponent's. Despite how straightforward the rules are, I lost every match I had with the guy, practically guaranteeing that I wouldn't be interested in gambling with cards again.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BHXzaP3mUnU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Moving on from cards, I set off to meet with the emperor's informant, who could lead me to Ciri. The griffin head is tied to the side of my horse, and it looks fantastic. I really want to make a bigger show if it to intimidate anyone who wants to mess with me. However, it doesn't work that way. It also looks like the Wild Hunt got to the informant first, and I have to analyze the clues he left behind. I'm getting the sense that The Witcher 3 is actually an open world detective game, since you always come across crime scenes and dead bodies, and the only way to figure out what happened is to use your Witcher senses and keen observational skills. You also conduct more than a few interrogations.</p> <p>I also get the feeling that the lengthy tutorial left me woefully unprepared for real world combat. Although the game teaches you how to fight a single opponent, but single enemies are extremely rare. More often you have to fight two drowners at a time, or a pack of wolves, or a whole bunch of heavily armed bandits. The game throws you a bone with a couple bar room brawls, but they don't adequately prepare you for what's out there, especially when bandits carry heavy axes, fire crossbows, and sometimes have a red skull icon over their heads denoting that they shouldn't be messed with. My characters in the peculiar position where he could go toe-to-toe with a giant bear, but has trouble with a camp full of axe-swinging bandits. I wish the game had more stealth elements so that I can thin out the herd before going into battle.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/witcher3-geralt.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>Areas also unevenly distribute different enemy levels. At one point, you could slaughter a huge mob of corpse eaters (ill-named because they eat the living, too), then ride down the road a few yards and you'll come across a group of "don't mess with me" bandits. There are a number of confrontations and moral choices I had to walk away from because there was no way for me to win. Furthermore, experience isn't necessarily tied to killing. I don't gain experience by running up and down the shore, killing every monster I see. The only way to gain experience is to complete quests and contracts. In other words, I actually have to do the job of a Witcher to be a better Witcher.</p> <p>This is a more realistic approach to leveling up a character in role-playing game, but players should be prepared to spend a lot of time doing odd jobs while looking for your main objective. The informant's clues lead me to the Bloody Baron, who resides in a nearby keep. There's a nice story about how he got the title, and how he and his men are actually deserters from the local army. There are a number of moral decisions to be made, depending on how I think Geralt should react to the ongoing war. It's clear that the emperor's attack, although unprovoked, will succeed. Plus, he doesn't live here, and he's currently in the employ of the emperor, so I don't see any profit in being judgmental. But I do have to wonder if my ambivalence will come back to bite me.</p> <p>Anyway, back to the quest. The Baron tells the story of how he met Ciri, and for the sake of the take, I get to play as her. She's much faster than Geralt, and carries only one sword instead of two. She also has showy dash to dodge attacks, but doesn't have access to Witcher powers. I guess she didn't graduate from Witcher academy after all. It seems her speed and dodge were exactly what I've been missing, because I make short work of the local wolves and their werewolf leader. It almost makes me wish I was playing this game entirely from Ciri's point of view, since I'm terrible as Geralt.</p> <p>But the Baron is only willing to tell me half the story. As expected, nothing in the world of The Witcher comes free. An ongoing theme of this game is that I often have to find people to find people, and this situation is no different. I do have the option to turn down jobs, but somehow I don't think that tactic will get me very far. The Baron's wife and daughter have disappeared, whisked away in the night, with no witnesses with a clue to where they went. After I use some Witcher investigative prowess, I determine that there was a struggle and that one of the women left behind a charm of protection.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Witcher-Goat.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>I seek out the charm maker, who might have information about who or what has the two women, but he is being threatened by a group of unhappy customers as I ride up. Given how I'm not very good at group combat, I decide to solve the situation with diplomacy instead of whipping out my sword. I listen to their problem, tell the men the proper way of helping their friend get better, and they leave, giving me some experience in doing so.</p> <p>Again, nothing is free. In order for this guy to tell me where the two women might be, I first have to locate Princess... his pet goat. More finding things for Witcher Investigations. Going into the woods, killing wolves, locating the goat, and leading it back with a bell (seriously, nobody uses a leash?) is a bit of a pain, but it pays off. The man contacts the spirits, who inform him that the Baron is actually a wife beater and that he pretty much forced his family to flee the Keep.</p> <p>I return to the Keep to find that the stables are fire, and the men are apparently too scared to help put it out. No wonder they deserted the frontline. I rescue the man trapped inside along with the horses, and the Baron comes out to congratulate me. Instead of accepting his compliments, I issue a beatdown. After a good pummeling, the Baron admits to everything. How he flew into drunken rages and is directly responsible for his wife's miscarriage. I'm not exactly inclined to help this guy find his family, but I need information on Ciri, so what choice to I have? There's no option to beat it out of him.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/05/Witcher3-Botchling.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <p>Anyway, the violent miscarriage might have been a good thing... well, as good as terrible things can be. The Baron's mishandling of the fetus caused it to become a monster called a botchling. This angry little beasty feeds off fetuses from expecting mothers, then attacks its parents when it grows strong enough. I could either kill the abomination, or the Baron and I could rehabilitate it so that it becomes a household guardian spirit. I'm not in the practice of killing babies unless they attack first, so I tell dear old dad to give the botchling a big old hug so we can save it.</p> <p>It turns out, transporting a botchling across the keep is a lot of trouble because its presence lures in malignant spirits. Out of all the monsters I've faced so far, spirits have got to be the worst. They teleport all over the place, and the camera doesn't always swivel around to track them. Now I need to fight two groups of four, each teleporting in to take cheap swipes at me. Eventually, I make it through the fights, get the Baron to accept the baby as part of the family, and give it a proper burial. A day later, I have a nice little guardian spirit leading me across the countryside.</p> <p>The mother is still missing somewhere, but I get a location on the daughter. Although the Bloody Baron is willing to give me some more information, he won't tell the whole story until I actually speak to his daughter and find out where in the world his wife is. He seems reformed now that he's taken responsibility for being an awful human being. Still not sure how far I'm willing to go to help him find his family, but I have a mission, and I could really use the money and experience. So, off I go to meet to the runaway lady on behalf of her sucky dad.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ij-PrkpEuU0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:00 PDT Steven Wong Telltale's Game of Thrones fourth episode releasing next week http://www.shacknews.com/article/89640/telltales-game-of-thrones-fourth-episode-releasing-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/89640/telltales-game-of-thrones-fourth-episode-releasing-next-week <p>The fourth episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will be continuing next week with Sons of Winter.</p> <p>The fourth episode of this six-part series has the fate of the scattered Forresters hanging in the balance, for both its family members and those allied with them. With young Ryon Forrester still held prisoner, Rodrik comes across a new opportunity to possibly free Ironrath from its Whitehill stranglehold. Gared, on the other hand, abandons Castle Black to venture beyond the Wall in search of North Grove.</p> <p>The rest of the Forresters have their own unique situations they need to be wary of that include people and locations fans of Game of Thrones will recognize. These include King&rsquo;s Landing, Wildlings, and Daenerys Targaryen.</p> <p><span>Sons of Winter will be available on May 26th on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will get their chance with the new episode the following day on May 27th, while iOS and Android users get theirs May 28th.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G22RCXlEBHc"></iframe></span></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Need for Speed coming fall 2015 with Underground vibe and nocturnal open world http://www.shacknews.com/article/89639/need-for-speed-coming-fall-2015-with-underground-vibe-and-nocturnal-open-world http://www.shacknews.com/article/89639/need-for-speed-coming-fall-2015-with-underground-vibe-and-nocturnal-open-world <p>After <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89600/need-for-speed-2015-to-be-revealed-this-week">days</a> of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89625/need-for-speed-2015-teaser-image-hints-at-underground-3">teasing</a>, Electronics Arts has finally unveiled this year&rsquo;s Need for Speed in a new teaser trailer.</p> <p>Need for Speed is said to feature deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a &ldquo;nocturnal&rdquo; open world, and an immersive narrative. In other words, it sounds like we&rsquo;re getting a new Need for Speed Undergound game, even though EA has yet to call it such.</p> <p>The teaser trailer that was released today shows a number of vehicles racing across various streets with law enforcement chasing after them. This leads us to think the new Need for Speed will offer the vibe of an Undergound game, while also giving the thrilling police chases of recent iterations.</p> <p>The full Need for Speed gameplay trailer will debut on June 15.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z9NCrRuKsa0"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 09:07:00 PDT Daniel Perez Techland sends Hellraid back to the drawing board; consolidates resources to Dying Light DLC http://www.shacknews.com/article/89638/techland-sends-hellraid-back-to-the-drawing-board-consolidates-resources-to-dying-light-dlc http://www.shacknews.com/article/89638/techland-sends-hellraid-back-to-the-drawing-board-consolidates-resources-to-dying-light-dlc <p>Techland&rsquo;s Hellraid is being sent back to the drawing board, and as a result, will no longer be expected to be released this year.</p> <p>The development of Hellraid has been put on hold after Techland found internal analysis of the game, in its current shape and form, was not meeting the studio&rsquo;s own expectations for the project. As a result, it decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent their dark-fantasy title anew.</p> <p>In the meantime, Techland will consolidate its development resources and focus on further expansions for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87933/dying-light-review-zombie-nation">Dying Light</a>.</p> <p>Hellraid was first announce back in August 2012 as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/75490/dead-island-dev-announces-project-hell">Project Hell</a>, which was then renamed to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/78956/dead-island-dev-announces-first-person-slasher-hellraid">Hellraid in 2013</a>. The title was hit with a number of delays that first pushed it <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/81803/dead-island-dev-delays-hellraid-into-2014">back to 2014</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84308/hellraid-moves-onto-xbox-one-ps4-slips-into-2015-release">then to 2015</a>. Now, it appears the entire project could be in jeopardy if Techland isn&rsquo;t able to deliver the kind of game they want it to be.</p> <p><span>Even though Hellraid has been put on hold, Techland consolidating its resources to help create additional content for Dying Light can be seen as the only positive in this story. The game has already <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/88064/dying-light-getting-hard-mode-and-new-skins-for-free">received new skins</a>, a new hard mode, and it&rsquo;ll soon be unleashing the Bozak Horde on survivors <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89569/dying-light-dlc-the-bozak-horde-challenges-survivors-on-may-26">next week</a>. With the upcoming consolidation, we could be getting more content in a much shorter time.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ahif0ID3l4w"></iframe></span></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez
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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
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Things you overhear...