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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Project Sonic Revealed by SEGA at Comic-Con 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95978/project-sonic-revealed-by-sega-at-comic-con-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95978/project-sonic-revealed-by-sega-at-comic-con-2016 <p>SEGA revealed Project Sonic&nbsp;<span>tonight during their&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95972/watch-the-sonic-25th-anniversary-livestream-right-here" target="_blank">25th Anniversary Event</a><span>. The game appears to be an epic next generation 3D platformer by Sonic Team. Please take a look at the trailer.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gCh9--2xcKk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> <p><span>You may have noticed that the game will be coming to NX as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This may be the final nail in the coffin for our beloved Nintendo Wii U, but we look forward to playing Project Sonic. The game will launch around Holiday of 2017. Will you be joining the resistance?</span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:50:00 PDT Asif Khan Here's what Sonic the Hedgehog will look like in Lego Dimensions this Fall http://www.shacknews.com/article/95976/heres-what-sonic-the-hedgehog-will-look-like-in-lego-dimensions-this-fall http://www.shacknews.com/article/95976/heres-what-sonic-the-hedgehog-will-look-like-in-lego-dimensions-this-fall <p>Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced its Wave 7 expansion packs for Lego Dimensions will release on November 18, 2016.</p> <!-- gallery: lego-dimensions --> <p>The Wave 7 expansion packs includes the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack and the Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack. The Fantastic Beasts Story Pack promises to offer a complete movie-based gameplay experience across six levels and new Lego Gateway bricks to build the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) on top of the Lego Toy Pad. Players can build the Newt Scamander Lego minifigure and then help him his escaped magical creatures across New York City. The pack also comes with a 3-in-1 Niffler, which can be rebuilt into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture.</p> <p>The Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack allows players to race as Sonic himself across a number of iconic locations, including Green Hill, Emerald Coast, Labyrinth, and more. Players can build the Sonic the Hedgehog Lego minifigure and then use him across all of the levels included in this pack. The pack also includes a 3-in-1 Sonic Speedster, which can be rebuilt into the Blue Typhoon and Motobug, and a 3-in-1 The Tornado, which can be rebuilt into Crabmeat and Eggcatcher.</p> <p><span>Addition packs within Lego Dimensions&rsquo; Wave 7 expansion packs includes a Gremlins Team Pack, which includes Gizmo and Stripe Lego minifigures; E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Fun Pack, which includes an E.T. Lego minifigure; and the Adventure Time Fun Pack, which includes Marceline the Vampire.</span></p> <p><span>We learned about some of the Wave 7 expansion packs&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95120/lego-dimensions-new-expansions-includes-adventure-time-teen-titans-go-sonic-and-more">just last month</a>, which included the above mentioned products as well as content from Mission: Impossible, Harry Potter, and The Goonies. With Wave 7's launch in November, Lego Dimensions is going to have quite the lineup of merchandise available for purchase this holiday season.</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/ExpansionPack_NA_ET_FunPack_71258.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/ExpansionPack_NA_Gremlins_TeamPack_71256.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/ExpansionPack_NA_Marceline_FunPack_71285.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/ExpansionPack_NA_Sonic_LevelPack_71244.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/ExpansionPack_NA_Tina_FunPack_71257.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/StoryPack_NA_Newt_71253.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="456" /></div> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Sonic Mania Announced at Comic-Con 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95977/sonic-mania-announced-at-comic-con-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95977/sonic-mania-announced-at-comic-con-2016 <p>SEGA announced Sonic Mania tonight at their <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95972/watch-the-sonic-25th-anniversary-livestream-right-here" target="_blank">25th Anniversary Event</a>. The game is a 2D classic platfomer with reimagined levels from past entries in the series as well as some brand new experiences.&nbsp;<span>The game is being co-developed by SEGA, PagodaWest Games, along with&nbsp;developers Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley. Please take a look at&nbsp;the reveal trailer.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KxmtYdEWVzo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> <p><span>Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka explained that&nbsp;Sonic Mania is a &ldquo;passion project&rdquo; that &ldquo;was born out of our fans&rsquo; love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games.&rdquo; He continued, &ldquo;This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Sonic Mania will be available for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC in the Spring of 2017.</span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:00:00 PDT Asif Khan Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle confirmed for Injustice 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95975/wonder-woman-and-blue-beetle-confirmed-for-injustice-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95975/wonder-woman-and-blue-beetle-confirmed-for-injustice-2 <p>Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have revealed Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle will be playable fighters in its upcoming fighter, Injustice 2.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s announcement was made during the &ldquo;Injustice 2 Sneak Peek&rdquo; panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Wonder Woman was included in the original Injustice: Gods Among Us, although Blue Beetle is completely new to the series.</p> <p>During the panel, NetherRealm Studios founder Ed Boon said the studio is taking the opportunity to include more obscure characters this time around. &ldquo;You&rsquo;re going to see so many more characters like Blue Beetle,&rdquo; Boon said during the Injustice 2 panel.</p> <p><span>Injustice 2 is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017. There&rsquo;s still no word if, or when, Injustice 2 would be made available on PC.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eBLZ7LOoW9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:46:00 PDT Daniel Perez New Halo Wars 2 trailer takes a look at its story http://www.shacknews.com/article/95974/new-halo-wars-2-trailer-takes-a-look-at-its-story http://www.shacknews.com/article/95974/new-halo-wars-2-trailer-takes-a-look-at-its-story <p>Microsoft has released a new video that takes a look at the story in Halo Wars 2.</p> <p>The video documentary introduces the story and characters of Halo Wars 2, which picks up right where the original Halo Wars left off. The Spirit of Fire&rsquo;s crew were left in space in a cryogenic sleep. After 28 years of being in their deep sleep, the crew awaken to find themselves above a foreign installation, which Halo fans will recognize as the Ark.</p> <p>The crew discovers an emergency beacon is coming from the surface of the Ark, which turns out to be a new kind of A.I.: a logistics A.I. She is caught completely off guard and warns the crew there&rsquo;s still something bad going on at the Ark and they need to get away.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s much more information to learn in Halo Wars 2&rsquo;s Story ViDoc, so we won&rsquo;t ruin the rest of what&rsquo;s going on in the game. Be sure to watch the video below if you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about what is going on in the game:</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bv-VAGUuc34" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Halo Wars 2 is scheduled to release on PC and Xbox One <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95201/e3-2016-new-halo-wars-2-release-date-revealed-beta-beginning-today">on February 21, 2017</a>. Just don&rsquo;t expect it to have <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95315/halo-wars-2-will-not-have-cross-platform-play">cross-platform play</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pGbMGjY0XlU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:32:00 PDT Daniel Perez OPINION: Trials on Tatooine Looks Great, But Falls Short of What VR Has to Offer Right Now http://www.shacknews.com/article/95954/opinion-trials-on-tatooine-looks-great-but-falls-short-of-what-vr-has-to-offer-right-now http://www.shacknews.com/article/95954/opinion-trials-on-tatooine-looks-great-but-falls-short-of-what-vr-has-to-offer-right-now <p>ILMxLAB has put a lot of work into Trials on Tatooine, the developer&rsquo;s Star Wars demo for the HTC Vive. While the amount of blood, sweat, and tears put into the project are completely evident, I&rsquo;d like to take a moment and look at the viability of the project, and why I believe it&rsquo;s too little, too late.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s get something straight right off the bat; Trials on Tatooine is not a bad virtual reality experience. It looks great, it runs amazingly well, and the feeling of having a lightsaber in your hand is unparalleled to anything else VR has to offer, in my opinion. But Trials on Tatooine is just a tech demo, it&rsquo;s a small piece of the pie that is being used to prove just how cool Star Wars can be in virtual reality. But, let&rsquo;s be completely honest, is that really a question that people have had to ask?</p> <p>So how does Trials on Tatoonie fall short? The answer to that question is pretty simple. There just isn&rsquo;t enough there. In a time when virtual reality experiences are starting to take off, with games like Raw Data, Out of Ammo, Vanishing Realms, and The Brookhaven Experiment. The industry has proven how strong virtual reality can be, and Trials on Tatooine just doesn&rsquo;t fit in with what&rsquo;s being offered today. &nbsp;Of course, the biggest argument I&rsquo;m going to get to this line of opinion is &lsquo;It&rsquo;s free&rsquo;. Of course it is. It&rsquo;s a tech demo. It isn&rsquo;t meant to be this super long experience that just keeps you on edge for hours at a time. It&rsquo;s meant to be short and sweet. But, we&rsquo;re past the point of virtual reality experiences being short and sweet. We&rsquo;re past the point of needing tech demos to show us how much virtual reality has to offer.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve reached the stage where VR applications are becoming more and more viable options for entertainment. Games like Raw Data, while incomplete, offer up insane amounts of content, and are really well polished to the point that they almost feel like complete offerings. Because of the strides that we&rsquo;ve made in the past several months, Trials on Tatooine feels out of place. Had it released when the Vive first hit the market, this article would be praising it endlessly,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93769/gdc-2016-experiencing-vr-star-wars-with-trials-on-tatooine" target="_blank">just as Ozzie did in our first hands-on experience at GDC 2016.</a></p> <p>But I can&rsquo;t do that. It&rsquo;s almost August now, and the Vive has been out since April, with Trials on Tatooine having been in a playable state since March, when it was shown to attendees of 2016&rsquo;s Game Developer Conference. Sure, things take time to really polish and complete, but it feels like ILMxLAB took just a little too long in the bullpen for this one.</p> <p>While Trials on Tatooine is an intriguing experience that anyone with a Vive can experience, it feels like it was released far too late for it to really take the spotlight and shine the way that the developer&rsquo;s intended.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Apple confirms Pokemon Go has set an App Store record http://www.shacknews.com/article/95973/apple-confirms-pokemon-go-has-set-an-app-store-record http://www.shacknews.com/article/95973/apple-confirms-pokemon-go-has-set-an-app-store-record <p>Apple has confirmed what we knew all along: Pokemon Go is a <i>huge</i> success.</p> <p>Apple has confirmed with Shacknews Pokemon Go set a new iTunes App Store record as it was downloaded more times within its first week than any other application in its history. At the time of confirmation, Apple declined to reveal just how many downloads Pokemon Go achieved or disclose which app held the previous record, but we have a feel it rhymes with Plash of Plans.</p> <p>Pokemon Go officially released in North America, New Zealand, and Australia on July 6. Since its release, the game has expanded to over 30 countries, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95966/pokemon-go-launches-in-japan">the latest being Japan</a>, and has secured a top spot in the free and top-grossing apps section on both iOS and Android.</p> <p><span>Sensor Tower recently revealed, through the use of its Store Intelligence platform, that Pokemon Go reached <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95931/pokemon-go-achieves-30m-downloads-milestone-earns-over-35m-in-revenue">approximately 10 million downloads</a> during its launch week. It also reports the game has achieved 30 million downloads to date, with iPhone owners in the US alone spending approximately $1.6 million on Pokemon Go every day.</span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:53:00 PDT Daniel Perez I Am Setsuna Review: The Pain of Remembering http://www.shacknews.com/article/95961/i-am-setsuna-review-the-pain-of-remembering http://www.shacknews.com/article/95961/i-am-setsuna-review-the-pain-of-remembering <p>If you grew up with formidable role-playing classics like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy, you know all about the tropes and rigid mechanics that often comprise a traditional JRPG. Back during the Super Nintendo's heyday we saw several games of that ilk come and go, and many of them remain hallmarks of the golden age of role-playing games to this day.</p> <p>Square Enix was obviously hoping to cash in on the nostalgic rush we often feel when casually speaking on the games we grew up with, as I Am Setsuna is a love letter to a simpler time. It's a tribute to an age where all you needed for a narrative was an amnesiac protagonist and a reason to tug at players' heartstrings to make for an entertaining narrative. Unfortunately, gaming has evolved in several ways since then, and even classics should be held to a higher standard. That's not to say I Am Setsuna is a bad game, but it suffers from bizarre design decisions that force it to deviate from the path that so many other games have walked down with no issue. It's classic, but then it isn't.</p> <p><strong>Sacrificial Rites</strong></p> <p>I Am Setsuna begins as you might expect, with a world on the brink of the end, suffering routine attacks from a monster whose appetite for destruction can't quite be sated. The world itself is snowy and melancholy, trapped in a nightmarish perpetual winter. Despite the game's name, protagonist Endir takes center stage, a mercenary charged with protecting a young woman named Setsuna who's poised to become a sacrifice to appease the evil that's threatening the land.</p> <p><iframe width="794" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kBvTh6rPcZc"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>It's not especially novel, but the game's overarching theme is sadness, after all. It communicates this feeling quite well, even if it isn't the most engaging narrative you've ever seen in a game. As the journey unfolds there are plenty of reasons to care about your party members as twists and turns abound. Even though they're predictable in the end too, the tale is familiar in warm and comfortable ways.</p> <p>There are no character voices for the playable party members, and you can name each one of them to make them your own. While they'll vocalize in battle, it's up to players to give characters their own voices. There aren't any opportunities for RPG fans to be subjected to horrible voice acting in this case, but it would have been nice to have a Japanese voice track at the very least. Luckily an excellent piano score aids in keeping things from becoming stagnant.</p> <p><strong>Keep It Simple, Stupid</strong></p> <p>I Am Setsuna attempts valiantly at presenting interesting tweaks on classic systems, but ends up making things feel just a bit more "off" than usual. For starters, there are no random encounters. Instead, you'll see enemies on the map that spawn in the exact same places each time you come back to an area. You can attempt sneak attacks on the monsters you find, and you'll get in the first lick if you're successful. Curiously enough, the screen doesn't fade into a new battle environment when you do enter a fight, however. Instead battle commences right where you are on the map. Unfortunately, that's where most of I Am Setsuna's issues are derived from: combat.</p> <p>The attack system could be likened to Chrono Trigger's, with a special ATB bar that counts down to when each character is able to attack again. You can have three party members in combat at once, and can swap them out outside of fighting at any time. Each has their own unique combo attack so you're free to play around with teams that better fit your own personal battle strategies. It's all a pretty standard affair until you get to the combat system's finer points: Sprinite, Talismans and Momentum.</p> <p>Sprinite is essentially the game's spell system, where each character has their own to use from healing magic to devastating attacks. You'll have to collect special materials from defeating enemies on the map to take to the Magic Consortium and redeem them for Sprinite, which is a bit of a convoluted process. Equipping items beyond that is pretty simplistic, but bizarrely you won't find the normal sets of armor and equipment in other games here. Perhaps in a bid to keep the game obfuscatingly complex in an artificial manner, instead you have to equip Talismans. This can be frustrating thanks to the game's startling lack of help when it comes to identifying and explaining what each Talisman does.</p> <p>The Momentum system is strange as well, tying into the Talismans you find and equip but offering augments that appear to be random. These anomalies rob you of what could have been an interesting and complex character customization system, instead taking classic systems and making them more complicated for no reason. When the game relies so heavily on combat to keep things moving along,</p> <p><strong>The Well-Beaten Path</strong></p> <p>With I Am Setsuna, on one hand you have a staunchly traditional tale that offers a cursory narrative that's familiar on the surface as well as character tropes and archetypes that feel as though they were torn straight from the pages of "Classic RPGs 101." On the other, you have a convoluted battle system and irritants from games of the present that bring you down from any nostalgia high you might have been riding. It's all wrapped up in familiar dressing to get you hooked, but once you get to the substance it's clear I Am Setsuna needed a bit more time in the oven, or perhaps a master class of what made the games that inspired it memorable in the first place. If you're aching for a familiar and exciting JRPG, there's better to be found out there. While this is a serviceable option, there are plenty other more memorable ones out there.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on a PC&nbsp;download code provided by the publisher. I Am Setsuna is available now for PC, PS4 and PS Vita for $39.99.&nbsp;The game is rated E 10+.&nbsp;</i></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:00:00 PDT Brittany Vincent Watch the Sonic 25th Anniversary livestream right here http://www.shacknews.com/article/95972/watch-the-sonic-25th-anniversary-livestream-right-here http://www.shacknews.com/article/95972/watch-the-sonic-25th-anniversary-livestream-right-here <p>Sega is having a 25th anniversary party for its speedy little hedgehog mascot tonight at the San Diego Comic Con. Don't worry if you can't be there since we will have the livestream so you can get all the details.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the event, Sega prmises to "<span>reveal the future of Sonic at long last!" Sonic Team has already revealed that they were&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95497/sonic-team-is-working-on-a-new-sonic-game">working on a new game</a>, but didn't offer much in the way of specifics. So hopefully the stream will offer something concrete, like a title, some gameplay and maybe a release date.</span></p> <p><span>The livestream will start at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. Don't miss the reveal ... whatever that may be.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=sonicofficial" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:53:00 PDT John Keefer Battleborn's new snake hero is coming next week http://www.shacknews.com/article/95971/battleborns-new-snake-hero-is-coming-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/95971/battleborns-new-snake-hero-is-coming-next-week <p>Battleborn continues to roll out new free content, having already gotten&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94828/battleborn-introduces-alani-as-first-post-launch-dlc-hero">one new DLC hero</a>&nbsp;in late May. Now, the release of the next hero, a snake assassin named Pendles, has been revealed for July 28.</p> <p>The cold-blooded killer <a href="https://battleborn.com/en/news/view/en-pendles-release-date-lootpocalypse-more/">will be available</a>&nbsp;for season pass holders first, but will make his debut to the masses a week later on August 4 for 47,500 in-game credits. Pendles is a Roa from the world of Akopos, same as the first DLC hero, Alani. According to the background provide by developer Gearbox, the reptile has<span>&nbsp;found enjoyment in murder. "Even better, people would pay him for his new found hobby. Don&rsquo;t let his sweet pair of sneakers fool you. This assassin will sneak up behind you, poison you, eviscerate you with duel kamas, then slink away again in a blink of his one remaining eye."</span></p> <p><span>The game's July update was released yesterday, adding some new summer skins and taunts to the store. Three new multiplayer maps have been added as well: Snowblind (for Capture mode), Outskirts (for Meltdown), and Monuments (for Incursion).</span></p> <p><span>Also, the Lootpocolypse has been extended, offering a bigger bonus to Legendary drop rates. The event will now conclude on July 25.</span></p> <!-- gallery: battleborn --> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:32:00 PDT John Keefer No Man's Sky gets a new trailer exploring trade http://www.shacknews.com/article/95969/no-mans-sky-gets-a-new-trailer-exploring-trade http://www.shacknews.com/article/95969/no-mans-sky-gets-a-new-trailer-exploring-trade <p>Hello Games has been releasing videos for its upcoming space sim No Man's Sky, exploring the four pillars of the game. In the first, we learning about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95851/new-no-mans-sky-trailer-invites-us-to-explore-the-universe">exploring the universe</a>, while the second gave us <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95929/no-mans-sky-takes-the-fight-across-the-galaxy-in-its-latest-trailer">a glimpse of in-game combat</a>. Now we get a look at resource gathering and trade.</p> <p>The video shows players grabbing planetary resources using a gun to break them down and collect them at the same time. It also shows how you can collect items to upgrade your craft and gear, or sell it for added profit.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CCIC7HLC-bU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The next video should focus on the final pillar of the game, survival. The game is scheduled to be released on PS4 on August 10.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:03:00 PDT John Keefer The Walking Dead Season 3 gets new details and screenshots http://www.shacknews.com/article/95968/the-walking-dead-season-3-gets-new-details-and-screenshots http://www.shacknews.com/article/95968/the-walking-dead-season-3-gets-new-details-and-screenshots <p>Telltale Games has been somewhat tight-lipped about what is coming for Season 3 in The Walking Dead. We already knew that Javier was going to be <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95197/e3-2016-the-walking-dead-season-3-gets-a-new-playable-character">a new playable character</a>, but Telltale has used the San Diego Comic Con to offer a few new tidbits on what they have in store form Clementine and the survivors.</p> <p>Melissa Hutchison, the voice of Clementine, and C<span>reative Director&nbsp;</span><span>Dennis Lenart</span><span>&nbsp;<a href="https://telltale.com/news/2016/07/more-details-on-third-season-of-the-walking-dead-emerge-during-sdcc/">took to the stage</a> to show&nbsp;fans some new screenshots and explain that both Javier and Clementine will get their own game moments, but not necessarily at the same time. Javier is a character that Clementine has not met before, which allows players to shape his personality with new decisions, Lenart said.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>On the flip side, returning players will recognize AJ, who returns from Season 2 and is the son of Rebecca. However, Telltale is crafting a story that new players will be able to explore, and returning players will recognize, while at the same time learning more about Clementine's back story.</p> <p>No release date has been announced yet, other than players can expect to see the first episode some time later this fall.</p> <!-- gallery: the-walking-dead-season-three --> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:16:00 PDT John Keefer Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars coming to PC in August http://www.shacknews.com/article/95967/conception-2-children-of-the-seven-stars-coming-to-pc-in-august http://www.shacknews.com/article/95967/conception-2-children-of-the-seven-stars-coming-to-pc-in-august <p>Spike Chunsoft has been steadily adding to its portfolio of PC games, which includes both <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92814/danganronpa-for-pc-coming-in-february-2016-additional-spike-chunsoft-titles-expected">Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93721/danganronpa-2-releasing-on-steam-on-april-18">Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair</a>. Today, the studio has revealed it&rsquo;s bringing its part dungeon-crawler and part dating sim, Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars, to PC via Steam on August 16 for $19.99.</p> <p>The PC version of Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars will feature dual audio options, and support for several Steam features, including achievements, Steam Cloud, and Steam Trading Cards.</p> <p>Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars tells the story of the magical world of Aterra being under attack by monsters for decades. The only ones who are able to rise up against these monsters are the Disciples, which are young men and women who have divine powers of purification, and Star Children, who are created from the bonds between a male and female disciples. It&rsquo;s up to the player, who is a new disciple, to create Star Children with seven of the most powerful women in the world to save Aterra.</p> <p><span>Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars will release on PC via Steam on August 16 for $19.99 with a 20% discount and mini-OST being offered for those who purchase the game within its launch week.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fT4w35K0mHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:18:00 PDT Daniel Perez Pokemon Go launches in Japan http://www.shacknews.com/article/95966/pokemon-go-launches-in-japan http://www.shacknews.com/article/95966/pokemon-go-launches-in-japan <p>Niantic has been slowly rolling out Pokemon Go across various regions across the world, but one region that has yet to get its time with the game is Japan. Well - that all ended last night as the studio announced Pokemon Go is now available in Japan.</p> <p>Pokemon Go originally released in New Zealand, Australia, and in the US on July 6, which didn&rsquo;t go exactly as planned as it experienced <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95732/pokemon-go-servers-still-down-24-hours-after-launch-for-many">server issues</a> for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95774/pokemon-go-servers-still-down-as-global-rollout-is-put-on-hold">several days</a>. Since its initial launch, the game has made its way to over 30 countries.</p> <p>The Japanese launch was met with the game&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95857/pokemon-go-is-partnering-with-mcdonalds">first sponsorship deal with McDonald&rsquo;s</a>. The deal allows every McDonald&rsquo;s location in the region to either become a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95855/how-to-request-a-pokestop-and-gym-in-pokemon-go">PokeStop or a gym</a>.</p> <p>While it took a few days for Pokemon Go-related incidents to pop up, it only took mere hours for an accident to occur in Japan. According to the BBC, an Osaka Kindai University student reportedly fell down the stairs while playing Pokemon Go, resulting in a trip to the hospital for their injuries.</p> <p><span>While this accident isn&rsquo;t as severe as some <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95933/pokemon-go-causes-baltimore-driver-to-hit-a-police-vehicle-while-playing">we&rsquo;ve reported</a>, it&rsquo;s still a clear indication that people around the world need to take Pokemon Go&rsquo;s warning serious to be aware of their surroundings while playing. Unfortunately, we have a feeling it&rsquo;ll only be a matter of time until we hear of more serious accidents in Japan considering how popular the Pokemon series is in the region.</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 500px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/pokemon-go-japan-2.jpg" width="500" height="707" style="undefined" /></div> <p><span><span>In fact, Japanese authorities have taken precautions to help keep the country safe while playing Pokemon Go by releasing a nine-point safety guide. The warnings were issued by the National Centre of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity and encourage Pokemon Trainers in the region to use &ldquo;cool names&rdquo; which are different from their real names and to carry a spare battery with them while playing in case of an emergency, among other things. The pamphlet also makes mention of players needing to be caareful <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95781/pokemon-go-allegedly-used-in-series-of-armed-robberies">not to get mugged</a>&nbsp;while playing Pokemon Go.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>With the launch of Pokemon Go in Japan, we expect the region to go as Pokemon crazy as the rest of the world, although we have a feeling they're going to take its launch much further.</span></span></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:31:00 PDT Daniel Perez NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang Announces the $1200 Titan X powered by Pascal Architecture http://www.shacknews.com/article/95965/nvidia-ceo-jen-hsun-huang-announces-the-1200-titan-x-powered-by-pascal-architecture http://www.shacknews.com/article/95965/nvidia-ceo-jen-hsun-huang-announces-the-1200-titan-x-powered-by-pascal-architecture <p>Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, dropped&nbsp;into an AI meet-up at Stanford last&nbsp;night to show&nbsp;off a&nbsp;brand new graphics card based on a never before seen Pascal GP102 GPU. NVIDIA continues to pour the pressure on AMD as they have announced the <a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/titan-x-pascal" target="_blank">Titan X</a>&nbsp;powered by&nbsp;Pascal&trade; Architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y02kptTItj8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;Titan X powered by Pascal&trade; Architecture will&nbsp;cost $1200 and will be available for sale on August 2nd. It has some&nbsp;insanely great specifications.</p> <p><strong>GPU Engine Specs:</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><br />NVIDIA CUDA&reg; Cores 3584<br />Base Clock (MHz) 1417<br />Boost Clock (MHz) 1531<br /><br /><strong>Memory Specs:</strong><br /><br />Memory Speed: 10 Gbps<br />Standard Memory Config: 12 GB GDDR5X<br />Memory Interface Width: 384-bit<br />Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 480<br /><br /><strong>Technology Support:</strong><br /><br />Simultaneous Multi-Projection<br />VR Ready<br />NVIDIA Ansel<br />SLI HB Bridge SupportedNVIDIA SLI&reg; Ready<br />NVIDIA G-SYNC&trade;-Ready<br />NVIDIA GameStream&trade;-Ready<br />NVIDIA GPU Boost&trade; 3.0<br />Microsoft DirectX<br />Vulkan API<br />OpenGL 4.5<br />Bus Support PCIe 3.0<br />OS Certification: Windows 7-101, Linux, FreeBSDx86<br /><br /><strong>Display Support:</strong><br /><br />Maximum Digital Resolution2: 7680x4320@60Hz<br />Standard Display Connectors: DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI<br />Multi Monitor<br />HDCP 2.2<br /><br /><strong>Graphics Card Dimensions:</strong><br /><br />Height 4.376"<br />Length 10.5"<br />Width 2-Slot<br /><br /><strong>Thermal and Power Specs:</strong><br /><br />Maximum GPU Temperature (in C): 94<br />Graphics Card Power (W): 250 W<br />Recommended System Power (W)4: 600 W<br />Supplementary Power Connectors: 1 8-pin and 1 6-pin</p> <p>PC Perspective has a great <a href="https://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-Announces-GP102-based-TITAN-X-3584-CUDA-cores" target="_blank">comparison</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;Titan X (Pascal), GTX 1080, GTX 980 Ti, TITAN X, GTX 980, R9 Fury X, R9 Fury, R9 Nano, and the R9 390X.</p> <p>You can also find out more information on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/titan-x-pascal" target="_blank">Titan X</a>&nbsp;powered by Pascal&trade; Architecture's website.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:55:00 PDT Asif Khan NPD Group reports drops in software and hardware for June 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95964/npd-group-reports-drops-in-software-and-hardware-for-june-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95964/npd-group-reports-drops-in-software-and-hardware-for-june-2016 <p>NPD Group dug into last month's video game sales data, only to find that both hardware and software fell short.</p> <p>Overall, June 2016 dropped a bit from the year prior, when blockbusters like Batman: Arkham Knight swooped in to bolster sales. The end result was a 26 percent year-over-year decline in "overall spending across software, hardware and accessories. Hardware&rsquo;s drop in sales represented 58 percent of the overall decline in dollar volume compared to last June," according to an NPD representative.</p> <p>"June 2016 launches decreased 67 percent, translating to 1.8MM fewer units, and nearly $114MM fewer dollars." To put that in perspective, last June's Batman game sold five times as many copies as Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this June's biggest release.</p> <p>It didn't help that Overwatch and Uncharted 4, two of the biggest games of 2016, both came out in May. "May 2016 launches sold 84 percent more in June compared to May 2015 launches last June, when looking at dollar sales."</p> <p>Meanwhile, hardware is down... and up. Factors such as lower price points for Xbox One and PS4, as well as fewer units sold, precipitated a 42 percent drop in hardware sales compared to June 2015. That works out to a $117 million decline in sales.</p> <p>Despite flagging in the short term, Xbox One and PS4 have a leg up on their predecessors. "After 32 months since the launches of the PS4 and Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of their predecessors by 40 percent at the same point in their lifecycles."</p> <p>This could be a sign that consumers who haven't bought in to current-gen hardware are interested in what Microsoft and Sony have to offer, but prefer to pull the trigger on a purchase after both companies release Xbox "<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95244/e3-2016-microsoft-reveals-new-xbox-one-project-scorpio" target="_blank">Project Scorpio</a>" and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94299/sony-ps4-and-ps4-neo-will-co-exist-in-the-marketplace" target="_blank">PlayStation 4 Neo</a>, respectively.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:30:00 PDT David Craddock Try a multiplayer mode from Metroid Prime: Federation Force for free, right now http://www.shacknews.com/article/95963/try-a-multiplayer-mode-from-metroid-prime-federation-force-for-free-right-now http://www.shacknews.com/article/95963/try-a-multiplayer-mode-from-metroid-prime-federation-force-for-free-right-now <p>Metroid Prime: Federation Force isn't due out on 3DS until August 19, but Nintendo pushed a free multiplayer demo to the eShop earlier today so you can sample the game.</p> <p>The demo lets you play Blast Ball, a mode where two teams score points by shooting a giant ball and moving it toward their goal. It's a lot like Rocket League, only with giant arm cannons instead of futuristic vehicles.</p> <p>You'll be able to keep playing the Blast Ball demo after Metroid Prime: Federation Force hits stores and Nintendo's eShop next month, and against players who bought the full version, until early September. After that, only the full version will have online support.</p> <p>Rolling out a free demo now could be a move to give players just shy of a month to familiarize themselves with the game, or a calculated response to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90265/opinion-why-its-too-early-to-pass-judgement-on-metroid-prime-federation-force" target="_blank">counter the backlash</a> Federation Force met with from players clamoring for a proper Metroid game&mdash;either a 2D installment in the vein of beloved SNES classic Super Metroid, or another Metroid Prime-esque romp to follow 2007's Metroid Prime 3 on Wii.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PCB6R_kjdj0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:58:00 PDT David Craddock Juri joins Street Fighter 5's roster on July 26 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95962/juri-joins-street-fighter-5s-roster-on-july-26 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95962/juri-joins-street-fighter-5s-roster-on-july-26 <p>After teasing that Juri would be added to Street Fighter 5 by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95880/street-fighter-5-welcomes-juri-as-its-next-dlc-character-in-july">end of July</a>, Capcom confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that she'll join the fray next Tuesday, July 26 (via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/street-fighter-5-adds-another-character-more-summe/1100-6442057/">GameSpot</a>).</p> <p>Capcom will push Juri through to the PS4 version of the game following server maintenance scheduled for 9am to 5am Pacific on July 26. Afterwards, both Juri and a pack featuring summer-themed costumes. "In addition to the Chun-Li and R. Mika summer outfits which are already available, we have three more outfits for Cammy, Laura, and Ibuki coming your way," wrote a Capcom employee in a<a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/haunts/blog/2016/07/21/juri-joins-the-street-fighter-v-roster">blog</a> post. "Each Premium Summer costume is priced at $3.99 / &euro;3.99 / &pound;3.29 and will be available on July 26th as well."</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/Street Fighter 5_SummerCostume1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The first Korean character in Capcom's long-running Street Fighter series, Juri has been playable in SF5's Story Mode since June. Next week's update will unlock her for all modes, so you can finally pit the skills you honed in Story Mode against other humans in multiplayer.</p> <p>Juri made her debut in Super Street Fighter 4. She's one of the only true evil characters in the series, reveling in darkness alongside the likes of Sagat and M. Bison. In a way, she is the antithesis of Street Fighter goody-two-shoes Ryu: where Ryu fights for honor and a desire to battle opponents who push him to expand his skills, Juri is driven by bloodlust.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:58:00 PDT David Craddock Windscape Preview: Fantasy Second Life http://www.shacknews.com/article/95957/windscape-preview-fantasy-second-life http://www.shacknews.com/article/95957/windscape-preview-fantasy-second-life <p>When boiled down, Windscape is effectively the product of Zelda, Skyrim, and Minecraft. It's an open-world sandbox game with throwback graphics evoking the style of the Nintendo 64/PlayStation 1 era, but with far better fidelity and a more cohesive construction.</p> <p>In the demo I saw, the opening bit took place on a farm, where the main character is asked to make dinner for her family. After collecting all of the necessary ingredients, we put the meal together and completed the quest. Shortly after, we ventured beyond the fences of the farm, greeting the lush open world while armed with a crude club.</p> <p>Windscape&rsquo;s conventions will be familiar to anyone who has played a sandbox game before. It&rsquo;s built around exploration, encouraging players to go out, explore, and collect everything in the world around them for later use.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/WS.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Typically, this later use takes the form of constructing new tools, weapons, and consumable items to use when out in the world. Items collected are either found in the wild, left behind by dead enemies, or taken from chests and other storage containers. Items include animal sinew, metal, stone, food, wood, and plants, and a robust crafting system promises to have several recipes on-hand for people to use.</p> <p>While there are no skill-based XP points to be rewarded, players can begin to determine which sort of path they wish to go down in gameplay, whether it's the hardened, heavily-armed warrior or the spellcasting Mage. The items you collect, create, and use will eventually shape the player into whatever sort of fantasy character they are.&nbsp;</p> <p>During exploration and taking side quests for various NPCs around the world of Windscape, you&rsquo;ll also encounter dungeons filled with enemies, traps, treasures, and puzzles. In this way, we see the Zelda and Skyrim aspects of Windscape&rsquo;s influence come to life. The dungeons aren&rsquo;t quite as fanciful as those you'll find in a Zelda game, but instead have a more rugged, cool feel to them along the same lines as Skyrim. They&rsquo;re full of twists and turns, bandit dens, basic puzzles to solve, and plenty of items to be gathered from within the depths.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/WS3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to see Zelda&rsquo;s influence here especially. The boss character looks like something pulled straight from Hyrule, with a goofy, almost gleeful approach to combat and a dumb grin stretched across his face. The world of Windscape itself is airy and lovely, with a wistful, fanciful quality to it I enjoyed.</p> <p>My biggest concern with Windscape is that it&rsquo;s using ideas considered &ldquo;old&rdquo; at this point. It has a great art style and its own semi-apocalyptic story, but will the game be different enough to set itself apart from the rest? The open-world sandbox crafting game has been in play for a while now and has all but flooded online PC gaming spaces. I greatly enjoyed my time with Windscape and appreciate the world its single developer has done. But is it different enough to offer a fresh take on the open-world formula? Ultimately, we won&rsquo;t know until it <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/363950/" target="_blank">releases on Steam Early Access</a>&nbsp;soon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:00:00 PDT Cassidee Moser EA announces the top five quarterbacks in Madden NFL 17 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95960/ea-announces-the-top-five-quarterbacks-in-madden-nfl-17 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95960/ea-announces-the-top-five-quarterbacks-in-madden-nfl-17 <p>EA developers posted a blog update breaking down the top five quarterbacks in Madden NFL 17,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94560/madden-nfl-17-release-date-announced-cover-athlete-reveal-coming-this-week" target="_blank">due for release</a> on August 23.</p> <p>Aaron Rodgers comes in at number one with a 96 overall rating. Cam Newton and Tom Brady are hot&nbsp;on his heels, with 94s. Ben Roethlisberger isn't too shabby; he holds a 93 rating. Russell Wilson's 91 overall rounds out the pack.</p> <p>Although the five QBs are closely matched, assorted strengths distinguish them further. Aaron Rodgers, for instance, boasts high speed, throw power, and throw-on-the-run ratings, meaning there's virtually no pass he can't land.</p> <p>Check out&nbsp;<a href="https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/news/2016/madden-17-best-quarterbacks" target="_blank">EA's overviews</a> for more nitty-gritty details.</p> <p>Madden NFL 17 is being developed by EA Tiburon and will release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. EA Access subscribers will get to throw the pigskin a little early, though. Keep that in mind if you're jonesing for this year's iteration in EA's flagship football series.</p> <p><span><br /><br /></span></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:55:00 PDT David Craddock Bethesda announces schedule for QuakeCon 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95959/bethesda-announces-schedule-for-quakecon-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95959/bethesda-announces-schedule-for-quakecon-2016 <p>Bethesda has announced the schedule of events for this year's QuakeCon. The annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91128/quakecon-2016-location-and-dates-announced" target="_blank">LAN extravaganza</a> takes place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, from 10am CT on Thursday, August 4 until 12pm CT on Sunday, August 7.</p> <p>Plan to arrive early: the Annual QuakeCon Welcome kicks off at 3pm CT on August 4 and revolves around a sneak peek at Quake Champions, announced during E3. Attendees will also get an exclusive gameplay presentation of Dishonored 2 and Prey.</p> <p>Friday and Saturday will be jam-packed with developer panels. Highlights include a behind-the-scenes look at Doom on Friday at 2:30 in the Sapphire Room, another panel on the art and design of Doom slated for 12p on Saturday in the Sapphire Room, and more.</p> <p>Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quakecon.org/blog/2016/07/21/quakecon-2016-schedule-of-events/" target="_blank">Bethesda's announcement</a> for a full rundown of times and events.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:38:00 PDT David Craddock Raw Data Hands On - Frantic, Beautiful, and Overwhelming http://www.shacknews.com/article/95953/raw-data-hands-on---frantic-beautiful-and-overwhelming http://www.shacknews.com/article/95953/raw-data-hands-on---frantic-beautiful-and-overwhelming <p>I&rsquo;ve spent a lot of my free time enjoying different VR experiences. I&rsquo;ve guided planes onto the runway in Final Approach, I&rsquo;ve murdered wave after wave of zombies in the Brookhaven Experiment, and I&rsquo;ve explored dark and mysterious dungeons, while fighting off wizards, swordsmen, and archers in the Vanishing Realms. I&rsquo;ve also tried out a ton of other virtual reality experiences, but throughout it all something&rsquo;s been missing. A spark, so to speak. Raw Data is that spark.</p> <p>Developed from the ground up for virtual reality, Raw Data is a cooperative wave shooter that does more than simply throw you in a room and expect you to stand in one place, murdering whatever comes your way. Instead, Survios, the developers of Raw Data, have worked hard to give players an adrenaline-laced sense of freedom that other wave shooters seem to be missing out on. Players aren&rsquo;t locked into one position, destined to simply stay in the middle of the arena fighting off each subsequent wave.</p> <p>Raw Data&rsquo;s real strength is hidden behind the foundation of code that Survios laid when it began development. Being built from the ground up for virtual reality has allowed them to test, and perfect the openness that room-scale gaming brings to the table. The science fiction setting also feels like a very integral part of the experience, and as you make your way through the opening lobby of Eden Corporation, it&rsquo;s hard not to be in awe of the scope of this dark and mysterious virtual world. The three missions included in the game&rsquo;s current version also help to shed light on the underlying storyline, with your off-screen companion, who is voiced magnificently well, giving pointers and warnings as you try to survive the plague of robots headed your way.</p> <p>Raw Data shines brightest with its hectic gameplay. The enemies feel real, as they lumber at you, and much like the zombies of AMC's The Walking Dead, they may not seem like much when you're only faced with one or two, but if you allow them to gang up on you, the tide of battle quickly turns, sending you into a frantic dance of survival that no other VR game has matched to date.</p> <p>During one of the missions I was forced to fight half-broken robots, who rushed across the floor, pulling themselves along with their arms. If they got too close to me, they would climb onto my legs, chomping away at my life with their metallic fingers. Even though I knew they weren&rsquo;t real, I couldn&rsquo;t help but feel a twinge of fear as I looked down, the lifeless eyes of a half-dead robot staring up at me. At this point I'd often lose control and panic, fighting to simply destroy them in any way possible. This sense of frantic, and adrenaline-fueled pacing is something that a lot of virtual reality experiences are missing, with many instead taking more of a slower paced direction, so as not to overwhelm the user with too much at one time.</p> <p>Raw Data ignores these concerns, instead coming at them headfirst, and thrusting the user into an overwhelming and adrenaline-fueled ride that just fits together nicely with what room-scale VR has to offer. It's a unique twist on the wave-based survival games that have become so popular with VR, and Survios has&nbsp;proven they have what it takes to break the mold and create something that, while not yet fully featured, feels far more complete and polished than most games in this early of a stage.</p> <hr /> <p><i>Raw Data is currently in Early Access, and is therefore not a final product. Things may change along the way.&nbsp;A game&nbsp;code was provided by the developer. This article is not a review.</i></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:30:00 PDT Josh Hawkins SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell Preview: Gotta Go Fast http://www.shacknews.com/article/95955/seum-speedrunners-from-hell-preview-gotta-go-fast http://www.shacknews.com/article/95955/seum-speedrunners-from-hell-preview-gotta-go-fast <p>It&rsquo;s only a few hours after breakfast, and already you find yourself running through hell.</p> <p>Why? Because your beer has been taken by the denizens of the underworld, and naturally, you&rsquo;ve pursued them to get it back.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the premise of SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell, a fast-paced first-person runner fueled by metal and tongue-in-cheek humor.</p> <p>The goal of SEUM is simple: get to the end of a level as fast as you possibly can without dying. It moves quickly, arms the player with only a few abilities, most of which are used to avoid the many dangerous traps and hazards spread throughout the many levels of hell.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/seum3.png" alt="" width="700" height="502" /></div> <p>Among these abilities are fireballs, which are fired from the hands and used to activate switches and clear obstacles; Anti-gravity, which grants the user the power of flight; and a teleportation ability acting similar to a grappling hook.</p> <p>Using these, you&rsquo;ll jump through flaming hoops, over spiked pits, around incoming fireballs, and away from swinging blades threatening to remove your head from its shoulders, all within fractions of a second of each other.</p> <p>Speed is key in SEUM, and everything about the game has been built to accommodate moving quickly and efficiently throughout. A quick restart button leds to a rapid death and immediate respawn, SEUM&rsquo;s main character moves incredibly fast for a heavyset, beer-obsessed trucker, and leaderboards and success indicators present at the end of each level constantly taunt you to try and outrun your previous score in order to end up at the top of the brackets.</p> <p>The humor in SEUM is on full display and gives the game a large portion of its personality. Whenever the player does a maneuver correctly, they&rsquo;re rewarded with the character model&rsquo;s visible hand throwing up the devil horns. The main character occasionally shouts profanities at the obstacles or challenges in his way, and hidden beer cans serve as secondary objective collectibles for an added challenge. When coupled with an energetic metal soundtrack, SEUM&rsquo;s attitude is both infectious and endearing.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/07/seum1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>SEUM is a very straightforward game: run through a level, avoid hazards, activate the teleportation point located at the end. Wash, rinse, repeat.</p> <p>But simplicity in design doesn&rsquo;t mean bad. It means basic; there are very few layers to SEUM, leaving its creators to focus on honing and fine-tuning its few abilities as best they can to make it a well-crafted running game. It suffers from a few pitfalls, including the inherent jankiness in first-person platforming and some lower-res visuals. But the benefits far outweigh its seeming shortcomings, and as it stands, SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell is shaping up to be an easily enjoyable and frenetic challenge.</p> <p>SEUM: Speedrunners From Hell releases on Steam on July 28, 2016.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eDxiPbCicmw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:00:00 PDT Cassidee Moser Turtle Rock releases new hunter for Evolve Stage 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95958/turtle-rock-releases-new-hunter-for-evolve-stage-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/95958/turtle-rock-releases-new-hunter-for-evolve-stage-2 <p>Turtle Rock Studios and publisher 2K have&nbsp;<a href="https://evolvegame.com/news/en-electro-griffin-hunter-adaptation-now-available" target="_blank">announced</a> Electro Griffin, a brand-new hunter for Evolve Stage 2, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95773/evolve-enjoying-more-popularity-on-steam-since-move-to-free-to-play" target="_blank">free-to-play</a> version of Evolve.</p> <p>Electro Griffin offers a twist on Evolve's original harpoon hunter. As you might expect, his arsenal consists of electricity-based weapons such as the Laser Storm, an SMG-style move that slows movement speed, and a harpoon gun called the Final Lockdown.</p> <p>"Infused with face melting, chord ripping, riff shredding sonic disrupter energy, the Final Lockdown, when held on a target, will damage and lockdown any movement the Monster had planned on making," per the announcement. "Be on the lookout for the personally altered acoustics that Electro Griffin has requested were necessary to melt the faces of anyone who stood in his way"</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3FI3UYrk0rQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:55:00 PDT David Craddock New trailer shows off NES Classic Edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/95956/new-trailer-shows-off-nes-classic-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/95956/new-trailer-shows-off-nes-classic-edition <p>Nintendo made waves when it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95848/nes-classic-edition-rekindles-nostalgia-this-november" target="_blank">announced</a> the NES Classic Edition, a miniature Nintendo Entertainment System, and has released a short-and-sweet teaser to show off the plug-and-play replica in a new trailer.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qAGVilt3Rls" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The NES Classic Edition marks Nintendo's foray into the built-in-games console market. It will come with an HDMI cable and one of the NES's horrid rectangular controllers, and you'll be able to plug in Wii Classic Controllers since those peripherals use the same prongs.</p> <p>Where many of these miniatures use shoddy emulation to run built-in games, Nintendo's manufacturing the NES Classic itself. Hopefully that means faithful emulation of the 30 pre-loaded titles included on the system.</p> <p>Nintendo has attached a $60 price tag to the NES Classic Edition, available on November 11. The library of pre-loaded games spans a nice mix of first- and third-party masterpieces from the 1980s and '90s. Standouts include the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, Castlevania 1 and 2, Mega Man 2, Punch-Out!! (featuring Mr. Dream), The Legend of Zelda and Zelda 2, and Double Dragon 2.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:44:00 PDT David Craddock
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