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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Oculus CEO discusses Oculus Rift applications beyond gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/87883/oculus-ceo-discusses-oculus-rift-applications-beyond-gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/87883/oculus-ceo-discusses-oculus-rift-applications-beyond-gaming <p>Shacknews spent much of its time at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show looking into the ongoing virtual reality trend and how it is set to advance further this year. Our video crew took a moment to speak to Oculus' Brendan Iribe about the Crescent Bay prototype.</p> <p>While the topic of Oculus Rift and gaming remains a fascinating idea, our own John Gaudiosi discusses the possibilities that VR poses beyond the realm of gaming. Iribe explains the potential Oculus Rift applications for entertainment. He also goes on to describe how the Rift and its 3D engine could also apply to the medical and educational fields.</p> <p>Catch the full interview below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OsvUYwoPbD0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Evolve has never looked as adorable as they do in Funko's Pop! figure line http://www.shacknews.com/article/87880/evolve-has-never-looked-as-adorable-as-they-do-in-funkos-pop-figure-line http://www.shacknews.com/article/87880/evolve-has-never-looked-as-adorable-as-they-do-in-funkos-pop-figure-line <p>2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios&rsquo; <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87808/evolves-7-minute-survival-guide-video-covers-all-there-is-to-know">Evolve</a>&nbsp;is being released in just a few short weeks. If you consider yourself a big fan of the game based on what you&rsquo;ve read, seen, and experienced, then you might want to show your love for Evolve by purchasing merchandise based on the game. Funko is one of my favorite toy creators, and today, they&rsquo;ve announced they&rsquo;re adding Evolve to their famous Pop! figures line.</p> <p>As you can see, the Pop! figures line includes Markov, Val, Hank, Maggie and Goliath, the last of which stands at 6 inches. But that&rsquo;s not all as those who prefer their figures to have a more realistic look can check out the Legacy line, which features all of the previously listed Hunters and Monster from Evolve, but their design is a little less cartoonish.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/blog_figures_v2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The Evolve Pop! figure line will retail for $9.99 each and be made available in March, while the Legacy figures will run you $19.99 each and become available in April.</p> <p>If I had to choose only one from either set, I&rsquo;d have to go with the Goliath Pop! figure. I mean, c&rsquo;mon - look at that face!</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Xbox franchises primed to take advantage of Microsoft HoloLens http://www.shacknews.com/article/87868/xbox-franchises-primed-to-take-advantage-of-microsoft-hololens http://www.shacknews.com/article/87868/xbox-franchises-primed-to-take-advantage-of-microsoft-hololens <p>Last week, Microsoft kept up with the ongoing gaming trend of virtual reality and announced its own intention to enter the VR headset market with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87812/windows-holographic-and-hololens-revealed-windows-10-steps-into-the-future">Windows Holographic and Microsoft HoloLens</a>. The implication is that, like competitor Oculus, Microsoft will attempt to use HoloLens to further cement the Xbox One as a gaming machine that can double as an entertainment center. Of course, like Sony's Project Morpheus, the potential for gaming applications is strong.</p> <p>In fact, Microsoft has some established franchises under its umbrella that can already take advantage of its HoloLens peripheral. Today, Shacknews examines some of the games that are primed to take advantage of Microsoft's jump into virtual reality.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/MineCraftXbox.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Minecraft</h2> <p>If virtual reality gaming is the future, it's only appropriate that Microsoft apply it to arguably this generation's biggest gaming license. In September, Microsoft <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86299/microsoft-buys-minecraft-studio-for-25-billion">picked up the Minecraft license</a> for a cool $2.5 billion, though some wondered whether the company could make the purchase <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86233/opinion-will-minecraft-fall-apart-under-microsoft">pay dividends</a>. With the Minecraft license under their umbrella, Microsoft could potentially bolster the Xbox One and Windows versions of Minecraft with an option to play via first-person virtual reality.</p> <p>Scavenging and building settlements would be fascinating to pull off with a VR headset, but the true meat would be in beholding the results of a player's hard work. It's one thing to see someone's handy work through a YouTube video, but it's another thing to virtually step into the world and see it with your own eyes. Better yet, picture riding something like the Beetlejuice roller coaster (created last year by YouTube user <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRxWspUmCscikOE2DJ_DSOA" target="blank">nuropsych1</a>) in full virtual reality. The gaming youth are ready to seize this opportunity and they'll be the ones to fully embrace the possibilities of virtual reality and Minecraft.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/afcudstM9zA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/madden-nfl-15-screen-15.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Madden NFL</h2> <p>This is an uncommon instance of a third-party license possibly lining up with Microsoft's plans. The Madden NFL franchise is listed here mainly because of Microsoft's cozy relationship with the National Football League, as evidenced by all sidelines filled with Microsoft Surface tablets (not iPads, as <a href="http://youtu.be/yctt-GxQYBs" target="blank">game announcers</a> would have you believe). With many Madden NFL promotions centering around Microsoft's deal with the league, it makes sense that Microsoft would have some exclusive ideas lined up for EA's football series.</p> <p>While the first inclination would be to connect HoloLens to actual gameplay, the more intriguing ideas come from making VR a supporting feature. Allow players to run through their playbook by stepping into the shoes of a quarterback or gets a birds-eye view of the action from the coach's bench. Better yet, imagine the possibilities for a spectator mode, with players able to watch their friends' Madden sessions unfold from the perspective of the sidelines, the booth, the blimp, or even one of the players on the field. It'd be a wild new way to watch the recent rivalries of our own <b>the man with the briefcase</b> and Chatty posters <b>Thornfist</b> and <b>Juno</b>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/ford-gt-01.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="332" /></div> <h2>Forza Motorsport</h2> <p>Microsoft is feeling especially ambitious with the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6, forging a deal with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87707/turn-10-creative-director-discusses-new-ford-partnership-for-forza-motorsport-6">Ford Motor Company</a> to bring out the latest in the Ford GT line of vehicles. Among the goals for the partnership is to make this version of Forza Vista the best year for gearheads. However, the addition of Microsoft HoloLens support would make this feature undoubtedly the best iteration yet and a true reason to upgrade from Forza Motorsport 5. Users would be able to literally step into every vehicle first-hand, reaching out and revving the engine for themselves. All that would be missing would be the new car smell.</p> <p>Of course, there's nothing quite like driving and the no-brainer application would be VR cockpit views for every race. Games like Project CARS are eventually planning to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83760/project-cars-will-support-sonys-project-morpheus">integrate VR</a> and it would definitely be wise for Microsoft to follow suit with its prized racing franchise.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Truth-Mantle-Up.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Halo</h2> <p>This should go without saying. Halo has become synonymous with the Xbox brand, so it would only be appropriate that Microsoft give the franchise some sort of HoloLens support. Halo multiplayer is about more than shooting, so while there would be a true novelty in stepping into virtual Spartan armor, there are other elements of the Halo experience that VR worth capturing. The idea of taking the turret on a moving Warthog or flying a Banshee would be worth trying out.</p> <p>VR support would also feed further into the eSports aesthetic that 343 Industries appears to be aiming for. Anyone that played the Halo 5: Guardians beta saw several venues that fit the space arena theme, along with ideas like custom intros and Spartan banter that made the game feel more like a competitive eSports title than anything that came before it. So why not add first-person virtual reality to the proceedings and give Halo more of a "laser tag" kind of sensation?</p> <p>Meanwhile, single-player fans would get their first chance to become Master Chief, getting the epic highs of gunning down Covenant forces and an amplified uneasiness from an oncoming Flood attack.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Fantasia-The-Capsule_004.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Fantasia: Music Evolved</h2> <p>It's unlikely that Microsoft, Harmonix, or Disney Interactive will want to hear anything about Fantasia: Music Evolved for a long time, especially given how Microsoft essentially <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84490/xbox-one-getting-399-version-without-kinect-in-june">hung the game out to dry</a> months before its scheduled release. Marketing failures aside, however, it's easy to forget that Fantasia was a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86864/fantasia-music-evolved-review-wave-your-hands-in-the-air">very good game</a> and one that made great use of the Xbox One Kinect peripheral. That's enough of a reason to consider keeping this series alive, but the Microsoft HoloLens offers a compelling new one.</p> <p>The very premise of Fantasia, manipulating music and using it to create luscious and colorful worlds, is the kind of experience that's tailor-made for virtual reality. Wearing a HoloLens and combining it with Fantasia's gameplay is an idea that makes me outright giddy, especially when done with a rocking soundtrack and Fantasia's creative remixes. This is where the technical aspects of HoloLens can be put to the test. If the headset can truly track movement and prove responsive, Fantasia would be exactly the kind of game that would sell people on the virtual reality concept. Step into a world, wave your arms to the music, and shape your surroundings to your beat.</p> <p>If this concept requires reviving the Kinect to further track movement, similar to how the PlayStation Camera will work with Project Morpheus, HoloLens would also double as a way for Microsoft to revive the ill-fated sensor peripheral. HoloLens, Kinect, and Fantasia could be a potential match made in heaven, one worthy of bearing the Disney name.</p> <hr /> <p>Are there any other Xbox or Windows PC franchises that were overlooked? Let us know in the comments by joining the conversation in Chatty.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia I Am Bread rising onto iOS later this year http://www.shacknews.com/article/87882/i-am-bread-rising-onto-ios-later-this-year http://www.shacknews.com/article/87882/i-am-bread-rising-onto-ios-later-this-year <p>It's hard not to get excited for Bossa's upcoming bread simulator known as I Am Bread. After all, the Shacknews staff isn't made of stone. Everyone here likes fresh buttery toast as much as the next person, even if some prepare that toast in different varieties. (Straberry jam. Yes... strawberry jam.)</p> <p>Bossa is looking to have different varieties of its own I Am Bread, announcing that the game will also be coming to iOS. The iOS version is set to include everything featured in the PC iteration, though the developer has noted that it is primarily focused on getting the PC version out first. Those that have already picked up the PC incarnation of I Am Bread can expect a new update this Friday, adding a new garage area and a new game mode called Cheese Hunt.</p> <p>Look for I Am Bread to pop out of <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/327890/" target="blank">Steam Early Access</a>&nbsp;this spring. The iOS version is expected to come out of the oven shortly thereafter.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xsJQAB105ZE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:45:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Offworld Trading Company sets up shop on Steam Early Access in February http://www.shacknews.com/article/87879/offworld-trading-company-sets-up-shop-on-steam-early-access-in-february http://www.shacknews.com/article/87879/offworld-trading-company-sets-up-shop-on-steam-early-access-in-february <p>Now that Earth is completely bankrupt and laid to waste, it's time to take to the battlefield. Your weapon of choice? Money! Offworld Trading Company is looking to take RTS games in a slightly different direction, with publisher Stardock setting an Early Access date for Mohawk Games' debut effort. The game will be made available on February 12.</p> <p>First unveiled <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84595/offworld-trading-company-bringing-the-free-market-to-mars-on">in May</a>, Offworld Trading Company marks a return for Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson. The idea is to colonize the big red planet of Mars and gather as many resources as possible. In order to compete against others, players must use the power of economics to gather resources, set market trends, and drive their competitors out of business before usurping their resources for themselves.</p> <p>The Early Access build for Offworld Trading Company will feature head-to-head multiplayer, as well as a single-player campaign. The folks at Mohawk will be offering weekly looks into their progress via their <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/mohawkgames" target="blank">Twitch</a> channel every Thursday at 12PM PST. Offworld Trading Company will be available for $35.99 (10 percent off its normal price) during its stint on Steam Early Access and is available for pre-order directly through the game's <a href="http://offworldgame.com/store" target="blank">website</a>. For more, check out the Soren Johnson-narrated trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xsayg87_Y2s?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia #IDARB and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons lead Xbox Games with Gold for February http://www.shacknews.com/article/87878/idarb-and-brothers-a-tale-of-two-sons-lead-xbox-games-with-gold-for-february http://www.shacknews.com/article/87878/idarb-and-brothers-a-tale-of-two-sons-lead-xbox-games-with-gold-for-february <p>Microsoft has outlined the Games with Gold lineup for the month of February. As has been the case for several months, the free offerings will include one Xbox One game and staggered Xbox 360 games.</p> <p>Xbox One owners will receive #IDARB from developer Other Ocean. Some may be wondering, "What exactly is an #IDARB?" As described by the game's website, #IDARB is "a chaotic 8-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game that is as inspired by Bomberman and Smash Bros. as it is by cans of soda, paint-by-number books, and driving five miles faster than the speed limit." The game features minimalist pixel graphics, built out from a simple red box. The Games with Gold promotion will also double as the game's debut and will be available for the full month of February. Those that would still like an idea as to what exactly this game is can check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UO-7OfXMQlY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Meanwhile, Xbox 360 owners can pick up the acclaimed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. This is the heartwarming tale of a pair of brothers looking to save their ailing father by wandering across a whimsical fantasy world. They're also set to receive Sniper Elite V2, the second game that sees ultra-badass American sniper Karl Fairburne continue his fight against the Axis powers. Brothers will be available from February 1-15, while the shoot-tastic Sniper Elite V2 will go from February 15-28.</p> <p>As is always the case, you'll have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to pick these games up.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition Impressions: A Hero's Return http://www.shacknews.com/article/87876/heroes-of-might-and-magic-3-hd-edition-impressions-a-heros-return http://www.shacknews.com/article/87876/heroes-of-might-and-magic-3-hd-edition-impressions-a-heros-return <p>The Heroes of Might and Magic series is often fondly remembered by fans. Its third part in particular, released in 1999, stands out as the best in the series, with a combination of turn-based strategy and role-playing that has arguably remained unmatched. So, it's no surprise that such a gem would make a comeback for modern computer systems in Heroes of Might &amp; Magic 3 HD Edition. Comprised of several campaign scenarios, players can experience the war to reclaim Erathia from multiple points of view.</p> <!-- gallery: heroes-of-might-and-magic-3-hd-edition --> <h2>An Old Game Entering a New Age</h2> <p>This remastered edition features updated graphics and widescreen support, along with both online and local hot-seat multiplayer. Apart from some graphical treatments, like a hex grid to show how far units can move, the gameplay has largely remained untouched. The developers took care not to mess with a winning formula. However, it should be noted that the HD edition only has the original "The Restoration of Erathia" content, and does not include the Armageddon's Blade or The Shadow of Death expansions, which is pretty disappointing. If you're going to remaster a fifteen year old game, might as well go all the way with it.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/H3HD_a_new_odyssey_1422298779.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Despite the updated, high detailed graphics, the game still feels like it came straight out of 1999, with a landscape that's littered with treasure and enemies. Its age shows the most during the CGI cut sequences, where characters' hair look like thick strands of spaghetti, or waves drawn into a block of clay. That's fine - great, in fact - since being true to the original game is all part of the charm. Players have the option to switch between HD and blurry SD graphics to appreciate the excellent work the developer, DotEmu, has done to bring the game into the modern era.</p> <h2>Overwhelming Power</h2> <p>Gameplay involves hiring heroes and exploring a land that's usually comprised of both an over and underworld, to gather together treasure and forces. Heroes gain experience in a variety of ways (usually through combat) to unlock new abilities, but the secret to success is in having an army powerful enough to eliminate your enemies and take their strongholds. To this end, resource posts need to be claimed or stolen to upgrade strongholds. Resources are gathered once a turn, and only one upgrade per stronghold is allowed per turn. Then it's a matter of waiting for a new week to begin, when fresh units are available for purchase.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/H3HD_fighting_ennemy_hero_1422298790.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Balancing between the strategic and economic portions of the game can be very tricky. When you get right down to it, HOMM is essentially a numbers game. You can fight with an overwhelming number of small units, or charge in with a handful of very powerful (but expensive) ones. Oftentimes, it's a mix of both. There's a nice variety of fantasy units, that include Angels, Demons, Dragons, and creatures raised by Necromancers. Heroes face-off against enemies and take turns moving units or casting spells. The endless balancing act shows here too, since mana for spells doesn't regenerate unless you have a special item or skill. The combat segments are what the Heroes of Might &amp; Magic series is best known for, because it can be so unpredictable. You may think that you have the upper hand, but then your opponent will cast a powerful spell to hamper or decimate your army.</p> <p>However, one of the game's drawbacks is that you need to act swiftly. There's not a lot of room for your heroes to wander around aimlessly. It could be that while you're out attacking every creature on the map to steal their treasure, whittling down your forces in doing so, your enemies are marshaling an unstoppable army. Unless you control multiple strongholds, the game will reach a critical point where it will be almost impossible to win the scenario. That means players should have a fairly clear idea of where to go and what upgrades to obtain. Doing that could require one or two restarts, especially when you're using a faction that you're not entirely familiar with. Things can be further complicated when you have more than one hero roaming the land, which requires you to divide your units among them. Especially when the enemy has three or four heroes of its own, grabbing up all the resources and threatening your strongholds.</p> <p>Being that this is a turn-based game, each scenario can take a long while to complete, even when the animations are sped up. Even after you've beaten all the campaigns, there are still 50 one-shot skirmish scenarios to play, in addition to the custom map editor and multiplayer features. So, there's a great deal for both new and old fans of the series to enjoy, even though the lack of add-on content is still disappointing.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition delivers on its promise, almost to a fault, by remastering the 1999 classic with updated graphics. Everything from the map layouts to the creature animations stays true to the original (quirks and all), and for this game, you can't ask for much more than that.</p> <hr /> <p><i>Impressions are based on a PC download code provided by the publisher. Heroes of Might &amp;&nbsp;Magic 3 HD Edition will be available on PC (Steam), iOS, and Andriod on January 29th, for $14.99. The game is rated T.</i></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:00:00 PST Steven Wong PlayStation welcomes Spotify while sweeping Sony's Music Unlimited under the rug http://www.shacknews.com/article/87877/playstation-welcomes-spotify-while-sweeping-sonys-music-unlimited-under-the-rug http://www.shacknews.com/article/87877/playstation-welcomes-spotify-while-sweeping-sonys-music-unlimited-under-the-rug <p>Sony has announced it's partnering up with Spotify to deliver a new service called PlayStation Music that is expected to be released this spring on the PlayStation Network.</p> <p>This means <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/65401/sony-announces-cloud-based-digital">Music Unlimited</a>&nbsp;will be coming to a close on March 29 to make way for PlayStation Music. PlayStation users will then be able to link their accounts to Spotify, where they&rsquo;ll be able to access its free, though ad-supported, streaming music or enjoy its premium service that offers music sans ads for $10 per month. PlayStation Music is also said to be playable in the background during other gaming sessions while more features are expected to be announced at a later date.</p> <p>PlayStation Music will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Sony&rsquo;s Xperia smartphone and tablets. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Sony&rsquo;s handheld, the PlayStation Vita, in today&rsquo;s announcement.</p> <p>Music Unlimited subscribers will be given a free month of access from February 28 to March 29 presumably as a way to help them transition into the PlayStation Music service.</p> <p><span>I&rsquo;ve been a big fan of Spotify for years now and I am excited to hear of its partnership with PlayStation. I tend to have Spotify playing in my headphones while I play games, but having it come directly from my PlayStation will make playing games while listening to some sick beats much easier.</span></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:46:00 PST Daniel Perez Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will include microtransactions for continues http://www.shacknews.com/article/87875/resident-evil-revelations-2-will-include-microtransactions-for-continues http://www.shacknews.com/article/87875/resident-evil-revelations-2-will-include-microtransactions-for-continues <p>Capcom has confirmed <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87780/resident-evil-revelations-2-preview-waiting-for-the-encore">Resident Evil: Revelations 2</a>&nbsp;will include microtransactions in some capacity.</p> <p>The confirmation comes hours after the Internet went wild in response to reports from Spanish media outlets that attended a press event this week. A post popped up on NeoGAF saying Capcom revealed the feature that requires players to pay to continue if they are killed mid-chapter. If not, you&rsquo;ll have to start the chapter all over again.</p> <p>Fortunately, that doesn&rsquo;t appear to be true as Kotaku Australia reached out to Capcom PR to get the low down on microtransactions in Revelations 2. According to Capcom, microtransactions will only be part of the optional <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87861/capcom-reveals-tons-of-resident-evil-revelations-2-raid-mode-info">Raid Mode</a>, and not the main story. &ldquo;There are no micro-transactions within the main campaign,&rdquo; Capcom PR tells Kotaku.</p> <p>Within Raid Mode, players can use life crystals when playing that act as continues when a player dies. Blue crystals are earned through playing daily missions, while red life crystals can be purchased. Both crystals can be used in the same way, but Capcom is providing the option to purchase the red life crystals for those who don&rsquo;t want to spend the time to earn blue life crystals.</p> <p><span>While I&rsquo;m not a fan of microtransactions in full retail games, at least Capcom is giving the option of earning crystals in another way besides completing daily missions. I personally won&rsquo;t be purchasing additional crystals, although I&rsquo;m sure those with less gaming time than I do may prefer that option if they&rsquo;re <i>really</i> far in their current raid.</span></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:20:00 PST Daniel Perez Nintendo sells 1.84M New 3DS in 2014 while Wii U sells 9.2M in its lifetime http://www.shacknews.com/article/87874/nintendo-sells-184m-new-3ds-in-2014-while-wii-u-sells-92m-in-its-lifetime http://www.shacknews.com/article/87874/nintendo-sells-184m-new-3ds-in-2014-while-wii-u-sells-92m-in-its-lifetime <p>Nintendo has released <a href="http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150128e.pdf">information</a>&nbsp;regarding how the company&rsquo;s hardware and software have been performing since the end of 2014. As you&rsquo;d expect, the news is quite positive compared to previous years.</p> <p>The New Nintendo 3DS appears to be the star of Nintendo&rsquo;s report as it has already shipped 1.84 million units by the end of 2014. That&rsquo;s quite an impressive start considering it&rsquo;s only been available in Japan and Australia at the time. The New 3DS helped push the number of devices within the 3DS family sell beyond 50 million units. On the other side of the spectrum, 3DS sales in North America and Europe haven&rsquo;t had a significant growth considering both regions are awaiting the arrival of the New 3DS.</p> <p>Nintendo&rsquo;s Wii U was able to gain some strength by the end of 2014 as the company was able to move 1.91 million consoles worldwide in the 2014 holiday season, specifically between October and December 2014. As of the end of 2014, the Wii U&rsquo;s lifetime total is 9.2 million console units and 52.87 million software units.</p> <p>As far as software goes, the Wii U&rsquo;s best sellers were Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with sales of 4.77 million and 3.39 million units, respectively. In the world of handhelds, the 3DS&rsquo; best selling software was Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which moved 9.35 million units between the two, while Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sold a total of 6.19 million units. In total, the 3DS was able to sell a total of 53.04 million software units in 2014.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:30:00 PST Daniel Perez Dying Light has its own Destiny-style loot cave http://www.shacknews.com/article/87873/dying-light-has-its-own-destiny-style-loot-cave http://www.shacknews.com/article/87873/dying-light-has-its-own-destiny-style-loot-cave <p>Techland&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87397/dying-light-story-trailer-introduces-us-to-kyle-crane">Dying Light</a>&nbsp;was released yesterday on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and we&rsquo;re already hearing reports of a reference to Destiny&rsquo;s now <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86399/destiny-loot-cave-offers-endless-loot-drops">infamous loot cave</a>&nbsp;tucked away within the title&rsquo;s horrific world.</p> <p>According to Reddit user <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/2twyjo/spoilers_found_a_destiny_loot_cave_easter_egg_in/">ZachyWillz</a>, the loot cave can be found in the top-right corner of Dying Light&rsquo;s map. Once you enter the cave, a pile of remains will be sitting there and the following message will be displayed on screen: &ldquo;Your destiny is to become legend. Obtain more loot.&rdquo; You&rsquo;ll then become swarmed with zombies that will spawn from the cave. Once the player takes out the horde, the following message will be displayed: "Enough! Patch 1.0.2 has been released! Do more quests!"</p> <p>To get an idea of what the loot cave looks like in Dying Light, feel free to check it out for yourself in the video below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Jia63Win5tQ"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:35:00 PST Daniel Perez Shack's Arcade Corner: Captain America and the Avengers http://www.shacknews.com/article/87872/shacks-arcade-corner-captain-america-and-the-avengers http://www.shacknews.com/article/87872/shacks-arcade-corner-captain-america-and-the-avengers <p>Shacknews loves its arcades and arcade cabinets. Because of that, we're taking a look into some of the best arcade cabinets of the past and offering a bit of a history lesson with Shack's Arcade Corner.</p> <p>Join our own Greg Burke as he examines one of the best arcade classics of the late 20th century, the four-player beat-em-up, Captain America and the Avengers. Long before Joss Whedon made a cinematic masterpiece with Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Data East turned the Captain America-led team into fun brawler with some of best action and worst voice acting you'll hear in an arcade game.</p> <p>Check out our look at Captain America and the Avengers below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MCKI_otndyA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:00 PST Shack Staff Killer Instinct 2.3 patch notes prepare for Omen's arrival http://www.shacknews.com/article/87871/killer-instinct-23-patch-notes-prepare-for-omens-arrival http://www.shacknews.com/article/87871/killer-instinct-23-patch-notes-prepare-for-omens-arrival <p>The alternate version of Jago known Shadow Jago is about to undergo his next metamorphosis for the next Killer Instinct patch. The 2.3 update is set to arrive this Friday, not only bringing the herald Omen to the roster, but also introducing a large number of balance tweaks. Iron Galaxy has detailed those changes today.</p> <p>Some of the system changes include adjustments to health healing rates, projectiles taking priority over throws when hitting on the same frame, and removing "deadbody" infinites. There are also several bug fixes that address gravity values, Ultras, and unbreakable combos.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Omen is also set to debut after previously being unveiled as Season 2's bonus character. His story is that he was the spirit that possessed Shadow Jago, but has now collected enough energy to break free and become his own combatant, acting as a herald for Gargos, who KI fans will remember as the Big Bad for Killer Instinct 2. Omen will be available for anyone that purchased any of the season packs and will not be available a la carte. He'll hit the Season 2 Ultra Edition this Friday, while those that picked up the Season 2 Combo Breaker pack will be able to scoop him up on February 5.</p> <p>For those that missed the Omen trailer last weekend, it's now avaiable for your viewing convenience below. And yes, it comes with the tease for the next character, which appears to be a new original character in the form of a huge rock guy. For more on the 2.3 update, check out the official&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ultra-combo.com/forums/index.php?topic=6365.0" target="_blank">Killer Instinct forums</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mU3PK6mJVtI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia World of Warcraft upcoming 6.1 patch adding S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera http://www.shacknews.com/article/87870/world-of-warcraft-upcoming-61-patch-adding-selfie-camera http://www.shacknews.com/article/87870/world-of-warcraft-upcoming-61-patch-adding-selfie-camera <p>The World of Warcraft public test realms (PTR) went down earlier today to prepare for a new build. Beyond adding some new character models, class tweaks, and UI improvements, that build will include some new social media integrations. And let no one say that Blizzard isn't on the cutting edge of what's "in" these days, because your World of Warcraft character will soon be able to take a selfie.</p> <p>The <a href="http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=122637/s-e-l-f-i-e-camera" target="blank">S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera</a> (first spotted by <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/27/world-of-warcraft-patch-gives-you-selfies-and-instagram-like-filters" target="blank">IGN</a>) will allow characters to take pictures of themselves and add Instagram-style filters, giving players new ways to show off the characters that they've worked so hard to build over the years. The item can be earned by completing the 'Lens Some Hands' mission.</p> <p>Other, more gameplay-focused, changes expected to hit include bringing balance to healer damage, buffing underperforming talents, new character models for Blood Elves, and Garrison quests for new visitors.</p> <p>Expect the 6.1 patch to release to the public soon, after its stint on the PTR servers. For the full list of changes, visit <a href="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/17561381/61-ptr-patch-notes-1-23-2015" target="blank">Battle.net</a>.</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt environment artist talks lore, PC performance, and answers Chatty questions http://www.shacknews.com/article/87869/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-environment-artist-talks-lore-pc-performance-and-answers-chatty-questions http://www.shacknews.com/article/87869/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-environment-artist-talks-lore-pc-performance-and-answers-chatty-questions <p>Last week, Shacknews had the opportunity to go <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87847/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-preview---man-vs-beast">hands-on</a> with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the first time. Along with that opportunity came a chance to speak to CD Projekt RED senior environment artist, Jonas Mattsson, who was happy to answer some questions from myself and from some of our Chatty posters. Mattsson started off by discussing the loading times when venturing across the map, as asked by Chatty's <b>pyide</b>.</p> <p>"There's only loading time if you Fast Travel and that depends on how far you Fast Travel," he answered. "If you Fast Travel across the world, there will be a slight loading time, maybe seconds. Programmers have done a fantastic job. So when you go into a house, run out, jump on a horse, and ride halfway across the world, it's seamless. There are no loading times at all. We have greater freedom to ensure that the experience is as seamless as possible and very fluid. When there are a lot of loading times, it breaks the immersion of the game."</p> <p>As one might imagine, such a large world will be incredibly demanding for PC users. In fact, The Witcher series has been one of the standard showcases for expensive PC setups. Chatty's <b>EvilDolemite</b> wondered whether it would be possible to get the most out of The Witcher 3 with a midrange setup.</p> <p>"We released the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87648/the-witcher-3-pc-requirements-released">specs</a> a couple of weeks ago," Mattsson replied. "That's kind of what's needed to have a good Witcher experience. And of course, with PCs, you have to craft your own PC to make something like this work. Minimum specs would be good to have, especially the RAM, which is very important. Follow those guidelines and maybe upgrade your PC."</p> <p>Given that The Witcher 3 is such a graphics and performance-heavy game, I then asked how the console versions would compare with their PC powerhouse brethren.</p> <p>"When we worked on the game, we only had one version," Mattsson explained. "When we built it and cooked the game, it automatically cooked three versions, basically making sure that what you see is almost identical on every platform. Of course, the PC version will offer different resolutions and so on, but the experience is very much the same."</p> <p>Given the additional power of the new consoles and the ongoing trend of remakes, it was safe for Chatty's <b>abrasion</b> to wonder whether the original two Witcher games would see remastered versions. However, Mattsson safely ruled this idea out.</p> <p>"I can't answer for what the top bosses are thinking, but I believe the answer is no," Mattsson said. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a standalone game. There's no need to play the previous titles. So a new fanbase would not miss out much. Of course, it would be great if they played Wild Hunt and went back and played the previous two games."</p> <p>Our own Greg Burke also spoke to Mattsson with some questions of his own. For more, check out the video below. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to release on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87396/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-delayed-to-release-on-may-19-2015">May 19</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tL0M04sCDn8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia 5 LucasArts Classics Ripe for Remakes http://www.shacknews.com/article/87864/5-lucasarts-classics-ripe-for-remakes http://www.shacknews.com/article/87864/5-lucasarts-classics-ripe-for-remakes <p>The LucasArts game catalogue has seen a much-needed resurgence in the past couple of years, attracting newer audiences and developers who wish to get in on the fun. With renewed interest in these lost hits, we're seeing sequels to cult classic, new tales with familiar heroes, and more easily accessible releases for previously hard-to-find games. More importantly, with the most recent addition of a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87859/grim-fandango-remastered-review-los-muertos-resucitan">remastered edition of Grim Fandango</a>&nbsp;into the fold, there&rsquo;s a surge of classics being remade for modern consoles and platforms.</p> <p>A brand new generation of gamers will now be able to join the skeletal Manny as he explores the Underworld thanks to Grim Fandango Remastered, and its overtly Spanish motifs and "Day of the Dead" inspiration that give the game an otherworldly feel. What&rsquo;s more, famed cult hit Day of the Tentacle is also headed for modern platforms, introducing adventure game fans to the most maniacal tentacles the world&rsquo;s ever seen. Looking back on things, it wasn&rsquo;t too long ago that The Secret of Monkey Island was given a gorgeous new remastered release, paving the road for several other beloved LucasArts titles to be reborn for legions of new players ready for a brand new story to discover.</p> <p>It all makes you wonder about what could be coming down the pipeline next, with a treasure trove of games in the LucasArts repertoire. What could we see receiving remastered or special editions in the future, and what&rsquo;s ripe for re-release? Here are five ideas as to what might make the biggest splash as the most recent additions to a modern LucasArts video game library.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Loom.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="525" /></div> <h2>Loom</h2> <p>Classic LucasArts adventure games primarily focused on humor and licensed stories to propel them into cult status, but Loom was a departure with a complex fantasy tale. Loom details the realm of the Age of the Great Guilds, far into the future with the starting date of 8021. A guild of individuals known as Weavers are responsible for "weaving" the very fabric of reality, though they're persecuted and treated like witches. They're sent away in exile to the coast of an island known as Loom. When their great loom on the island is taken evil forces, it's up to you to as child Bobbin to make things right again. Rather than relying on items and interaction with the environment in order to solve puzzles, it tasked players with learning "drafts," or tunes consisting of four notes to be played via the protagonist's distaff. In this, it provided much-needed new challenges and landscapes not yet seen in adventures prior.</p> <p>With today&rsquo;s distinct focus on nontraditional adventure games, it would be a shoo-in for remake status, especially given the fact that it relies on thematic musical elements to relate its tale. In a world where we&rsquo;re seeing recycled content both in and out of games, that&rsquo;s something to look forward to. Given to the right independent developer (or larger-scale creator) it could boast a new wave look with plenty of tweaks to the storyline and gameplay that would very easily boost it up to cult status once more.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Full Throttle.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <h2>Full Throttle</h2> <p>You missed out if your adolescence doesn&rsquo;t include jamming with hardened biker Ben of the Polecats, a gritty motorcycle gang. Ben is inadvertently mixed up with some shady customers, a murder, and a plot to turn a shareholder's company into a minivan manufacturer. Plenty of dark humor, sardonic narrative, and some of the oddest combat you'll ever see permeate Full Throttle, the game all about the bonds between bikers and their brethren, and the craziness going on within.</p> <p>Another title to employ the SCUMM engine, there are several instances during which you can retry segments that give you problems, much like with modern titles in the Telltale Games series -- if you make a mistake, you can always head back to an old save for another try. With dystopian themes and rock and roll acting as the perfect backdrop for a 2015 resurrection, Full Throttle is an excellent candidate for rebirth.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/outlaws1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="525" /></div> <h2>Outlaws</h2> <p>Western games aren't exactly a dime a dozen these days, and 1997's Outlaws scratched the itch we all had pre-Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption in a way that few other games have been able to since. Step into the shoes of ex-U.S. Marshal James Anderson, who's having a pretty awful day. After he goes shopping at the local general store, his wife has been killed and his daughter kidnapped. The culprits are two snide outlaws working under an insufferably evil railroad baron.</p> <p>The result is a twisting tale of intrigue and betrayal that can rival today&rsquo;s modern shooters, especially given the fact that it lovingly heaps attention upon its protagonist, offering missions for additional story information. There are even bonuses for taking in outlaws alive rather than killing them -- a rarity for its time, encouraging you to think outside the box rather than taking the easy path. For these reasons and more, it&rsquo;s a forward-thinking shooter that deserves another chance to woo gamers. But it&rsquo;s in dire need of a graphical overhaul, and its hand-drawn aesthetics and cartoony atmosphere would lend themselves well to a remastered world a la XIII or its cel-shaded descendants. Also, given the fact that it employed a modified version of the Jedi game engine seen within Star Wars: Dark Forces, a few tweaks to gameplay would be necessary.</p> <p>Inviting the Outlaws back into the modern video game world would be a smart move overall, especially considering the title's pioneering sniper zoom feature, the first of its kind that launched hundreds of similar copycats. Multiplayer would remain an absolute blast, with the game's explosive mod community having continued to create maps all the way up to late 2012 after more than 1,500 were created over the course of its life cycle. It would certainly fit in quite nicely as a Steam title or PC exclusive at the very least, where gamers would be content to bait each other while dipping back and forth between boxcars taunting "Where are youuu, Marshalllll?"</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Maniac Mansion.png" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <h2>Maniac Mansion</h2> <p>Day of the Tentacle is already receiving a remastered release, but Maniac Mansion is the game that started it all. The point-and-click title that many a gamer looks back fondly on was one of the most quirky and intriguing adventure games of its time. You can actually play Maniac Mansion in full by accessing it through Day of the Tentacle, but it's about time for a proper reboot of the game, wouldn't you say? If you're going to delve into the lore, why not start at the beginning? Maniac Mansion follows the bizarre Edison family, comprised of Dr. Fred, Nurse Edna, and their son Weird Ed. You mustn't forget their strange tentacle companions, one green and the other (nefariously) purple.</p> <p>After a meteor crash prompts Dr. Fred to begin experimenting on human brains and sucking them right out of the heads of his subjects, the game's protagonist Dave Miller finds that his girlfriend has gone missing... can you guess who takes the blame? It's up to Dave to head into the mansion and find out what he can, while attempting to rescue girlfriend Sandy Pantz. It could be entirely remade and gifted with the same art style that gave Day of the Tentacle its distinct charm -- with the appeal of modern adventure games, it's really about time someone went to the trouble. I smell a Kickstarter in the works.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Dark Forces.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="438" /></div> <h2>Star Wars: Dark Forces</h2> <p>The Star Wars universe is a gritty, dark place, and few games exemplify that like the Jedi Knight series. The wise-cracking Kyle Katarn, protagonist of Dark Forces and rough around the edges former Imperial stormtrooper, is an immediately likeable and identifiable character. Channeling Han Solo snark and Luke Skywalker earnestness, he won the hearts of players with sarcastic quips and memorable moments throughout Dark Forces and its subsequent sequels. Kyle is an instantly entertaining character with a ton of depth that many modern productions lack, and a introducing him to a new generation of gamers would be great.</p> <p>Joining the crew of the Moldy Crow (Kyle&rsquo;s erratically-named ship) as they hunt down General Mohc and his Dark Troopers (advanced droids with battle plating that resemble regular Stormtroopers) again would not only feed nostalgia, but should also prove to be fairly simple to remake. The game&rsquo;s already got a great story and a built-in fanbase, so it&rsquo;s obvious that EA would have little trouble scoring a hit with a retelling of this classic.</p> <p>With Disney acting as licensor for LucasArts and choosing to <a href="http://www.ea.com/news/ea-and-disney-team-up-on-new-star-wars-games" target="_blank">partner with EA</a>&nbsp;on future Star Wars games, the game makes perfect sense for a&nbsp;remake. EA has found proper success with games like Battlefield, and the Frostbite 3 engine is already being implemented for use in future Star Wars games, so this all seems like a possible match made in heaven -- well, heaven for Star Wars fans, at least.</p> <hr /> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>LucasArts may be gone, but it&rsquo;s far from forgotten. It produced some of the most iconic video games ever made, and preserving their wonderful stories through remakes and HD remasters is a service that brings hundreds of thousands of gamers, old and new, joy. One of the reasons I got into gaming was the magic of the ScummVM games and I&rsquo;ll always owe a debt to the minds behind those classics.</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:00 PST Brittany Vincent Hearthstone brings out the nerfs for Undertaker http://www.shacknews.com/article/87867/hearthstone-brings-out-the-nerfs-for-undertaker http://www.shacknews.com/article/87867/hearthstone-brings-out-the-nerfs-for-undertaker <p>The streak has ended for the <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Undertaker" target="blank">Undertaker</a>, according to Blizzard. Hearthstone players woke up this morning to find the powerful 1-mana minion nerfed significantly to the point that it may no longer be viable.</p> <p>In the wake of Goblins vs. Gnomes, none benefitted from the influx of Deathrattle minions more than Naxxramas' Undertaker. Undertaker's effect of gaining 1 attack/1 defense for each Deathrattle minion summoned quickly gained steam to the point that players could boost it early enough to effectively end games fast. However, Blizzard posted the following to <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/15700587539" target="blank">Battle.net</a> this morning:</p> <blockquote>Undertaker now reads: Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1 Attack. Undertaker had proved frustrating to play against, as of late, thanks to the influx of low-cost Deathrattle minions. It often gained both Attack and Health stats significantly above those of other inexpensive minions very early in the game. With this change, we expect Undertaker will still be better than other 1-Mana minions when played in a deck with a Deathrattle theme, but more likely to die in combat against other minions.</blockquote> <p>The change is costly to Undertaker users, who can see the minion's weak 2 defense get wiped from the board via spells like the Paladin's Consecration or the Priest's Holy Nova. On top of that, Undertaker users may simply substitute him out for the newer <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Micro_Machine" target="blank">Micro Machine</a>, which will simply get a +1 attack boost at the end of every player's turn.</p> <p>Credit to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=33036113#item_33036113">wtf242</a> for the tip.</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:05:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Lady Hammerlock Pack Impressions: The Ice Queen Opens Fire http://www.shacknews.com/article/87862/borderlands-the-pre-sequel-lady-hammerlock-pack-impressions-the-ice-queen-opens-fire http://www.shacknews.com/article/87862/borderlands-the-pre-sequel-lady-hammerlock-pack-impressions-the-ice-queen-opens-fire <p>Many people on Pandora and its moon Elpis become Vault Hunters out of desperation, or because they want money, power, or all of the above. The Baroness Aurelia Hammerlock, estranged sister to Sir Hammerlock from the game's story, has come to this world for a completely different reason. She already has plenty of money and power. All Aurelia really wants is the thrill of killing things and bossing people around.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/2K_BTPS_Lady Hammerlock_Wintertide.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Aside from providing players with a view from the intergalactic 1% (not counting Handsome Jack's Doppelganger), Aurelia serves fills in some of the gameplay gaps Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has had so far, specifically the role of a dedicated sniper class. Aurelia's Huntress skill tree is especially designed for long range support. Warning Shot, for example, provides multiple benefits if you miss a shot with the sniper rifle. Meanwhile Long Range Shot provides a massive damage bonus, which stacks with other bonuses, the further Aurelia is from the target. The final ability in this tree adds a slot machine to the sniper scope, which rotates between different types of elemental damage. Firing when the machine shows the damage type you want adds that element to your shot. In the right hands, the Baroness could be a non-stop killing machine.</p> <p>The Baroness class, with her Cold Cash tree, also makes extensive use of the ice element that's specific to Elpis. Her action skill is to throw an ice shard, which automatically tracks down targets and freezes them, causing damage until they die. Then it continues to the next target. The problem with the Pre-Sequel's ice element is that there's very little reason to use it. Few to no enemies are vulnerable enough to ice to make it a worthwhile element to use. The Baroness changes that up. The Cold Money tree adds a touch of ice to everything, to devastating effect. This includes area damage ice blasts and novas. The final skill adds ice damage to any gun, including elemental weapons. So, it becomes possible to simultaneously melt and freeze and enemy using the same gun.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/2K_BTPS_Lady Hammerlock_Contract 2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Lastly, there the Contractual Aristocracy tree, which lets players indulge their desire to boss others around. Aurelia issues a contract with another player, and if accepted, provides bonuses to both parties via a Master / Servant relationship. The Master gets increased gun damage, while the Servant has increased shields, and the contract continues until one of the players dies. Other skills strengthen this relationship, culminating in A Backhand to Remember. Yes, you can issue a powerful slap to do ice damage against enemies, or motivate your teammates by increasing their speed and reload time.</p> <p>When playing as Aurelia, I had the feeling like I was almost cheating. She's fantastically powerful, and between the critical damage bonuses, the ranged effect, and the benefits my Servant granted me, I was soon one-shotting enemies left and right. The trick is to be in a position where you can stay at range, which can be difficult in enclosed areas. But as long things work out well if your servant is willing to distract enemies for you. Also, her Ice Shard ability does a great&nbsp;job at keeping most enemies away. It reached a point where the only thing keeping me in check was my ammunition supply.</p> <p>Aurelia may be privileged sociopath, but she's <em>your</em> privileged sociopath. Although she might not fit neatly into a group comprised of mercenaries, a Handsome Jack Clone, and a Claptrap, her power more than makes up for that. The Lady Hammerlock Pack is available today for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BcPWHgfVyQY?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:00 PST Steven Wong Reptile slithers onto Mortal Kombat X roster http://www.shacknews.com/article/87866/reptile-slithers-onto-mortal-kombat-x-roster http://www.shacknews.com/article/87866/reptile-slithers-onto-mortal-kombat-x-roster <p>Everyone&rsquo;s favorite reptilian ninja, Reptile, will be making his triumphant return in Mortal Kombat X.</p> <p>As you can see from the trailer posted below, Reptile performs just as you&rsquo;d expect him to as many of his signature moves, such as the Acid Spit, Slide, and Forceball, have returned. Reptile also appears to have an acid-themed hold where he unleashes an unhealthy dose of acid in his opponent&rsquo;s face, to then toss them aside. Reptile&rsquo;s X-Ray move appears to focus a lot on his opponent&rsquo;s head as he snaps jaws, gouges eyes, and crushes skulls.</p> <p>As is customary with Mortal Kombat X&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87736/kitana-and-kung-lao-join-mortal-kombat-x-trailer">reveal videos</a>, we&rsquo;re given a glimpse at Reptile&rsquo;s finishing move, which once again focuses on acid and head breaking.</p> <p><span>Mortal Kombat X is will <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86148/mortal-kombat-x-beheading-the-competition-in-april-2015">release on April 14</a> across PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YFcyoVhDjfo"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:35:00 PST Daniel Perez Dragon's Dogma Online announced for PS4, PS3, and PC http://www.shacknews.com/article/87865/dragons-dogma-online-announced-for-ps4-ps3-and-pc http://www.shacknews.com/article/87865/dragons-dogma-online-announced-for-ps4-ps3-and-pc <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/73944/dragons-dogma-review">Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma</a>&nbsp;is heading to the wonderful world of free-to-play as Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma Online is official.</p> <p>Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma Online will feature similar combat mechanics as the previous Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma titles allowing up to four players band together that can be you and three AI pawns. Capcom is said to be planning on adding additional missions that allows players to fight in a part of eight.</p> <p>According to both <a href="http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/27/dragons-dogma-online-will-free-play-game-pc-ps4-ps3/">Siliconera</a>, Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma Online will be set in an open world that will continue to grow through future updates.</p> <p><span>Dragon&rsquo;s Dogma Online is expected to be released in Japan later this year as a free-to-play title on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. As of now, Capcom has no plans to bring the title to the West. Additional information regarding the title will be published in the next issue of <a href="http://www.famitsu.com/news/201501/27070186.html">Famitsu</a>.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wdJEJyHFTww"></iframe></span></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe includes 5 missions and lots of weapons today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87863/far-cry-4-hurk-deluxe-includes-5-missions-and-lots-of-weapons-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87863/far-cry-4-hurk-deluxe-includes-5-missions-and-lots-of-weapons-today <p>Far Cry 4 is walking on the Hurk side as Ubisoft has announced new downloadable content will be available starting today called Hurk Deluxe.</p> <p>Hurk Deluxe includes a total of five missions that are playable in single-player, which includes Yak Farm, Blood Ruby, and Hurk&rsquo;s Redemption. This piece of DLC will also give players access to a bunch of new weapons, one of which is a harpoon gun for Hurk.</p> <p><span>If you purchased the Far Cry 4 Season Pass, you will be given access to Hurk Deluxe for free. Those who prefer to purchase their downloadable content a la carte can purchase Hurk Deluxe by itself.</span></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:15:00 PST Daniel Perez Capcom reveals tons of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode info http://www.shacknews.com/article/87861/capcom-reveals-tons-of-resident-evil-revelations-2-raid-mode-info http://www.shacknews.com/article/87861/capcom-reveals-tons-of-resident-evil-revelations-2-raid-mode-info <p>Capcom confirmed <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87780/resident-evil-revelations-2-preview-waiting-for-the-encore">Resident Evil Revelations 2</a>&nbsp;would include Raid Mode, which debuted with the original Revelations title, a long time ago. Up until now, they didn&rsquo;t go into detail as to how it&rsquo;ll play this time around, but that all changes today as Capcom has finally detailed Revelations 2&rsquo;s Raid Mode.</p> <p>Raid Mode will be available as soon as you purchase the first episode of Revelations 2, which will include a total of 54 Raid Mode missions available across three difficulty settings. Follow-up episodes will contain additional Raid Mode missions with those purchasing all four episodes able to partake in a total of 194 missions that will increase in difficulty as you progress.</p> <p>Capcom has added a ton of content into Revelations 2&rsquo;s Raid Mode as you&rsquo;ll play from a number of maps from its story mode, but also from the original Revelations and Resident Evil 6 as well. New weapons, custom parts, and four times as many character skills round out some of the improvements Capcom has made this time around.</p> <p>A total of 15 playable characters will be available to play with in Raid Mode that will be unlocked depending on what episode or bundle you purchase. Those who purchase the complete season digitally will be given access to Hunk, while a retail disc purchase will make both Hunk and Wesker available for play.</p> <p>At its launch, Raid Mode will only be available as an offline game mode that can be played either alone or via split-screen co-op. Capcom expects online play for Raid Mode to be available shortly after the release of the final episode and retail disc in March.</p> <p>If that isn&rsquo;t enough information for you to digest, Capcom has also published a rundown of Raid Mode in Revelations 2. Just make sure you put aside around 20 minutes of your day to watch it as it&rsquo;s a pretty long video.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vvIZOrSNVGg"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:30:00 PST Daniel Perez Xbox One controller update offers quicker boot ups http://www.shacknews.com/article/87860/xbox-one-controller-update-offers-quicker-boot-ups http://www.shacknews.com/article/87860/xbox-one-controller-update-offers-quicker-boot-ups <p>Microsoft has released a new <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87469/xbox-one-controller--cable-for-windows-review-cant-fight-this-feeling">Xbox One controller</a>&nbsp;firmware update for its Xbox Preview Program participants that offers a quicker connection when powering up your controllers as well as some stability improvements.</p> <p>Prior to this firmware update, it would take an Xbox One controller roughly 4 to 5 seconds in order to connect with the console. With today&rsquo;s update, controllers should now connect in under 2 seconds, leaving you with 2 to 3 precious seconds of your life back.</p> <p>The less flashy feature in this firmware update is stability improvements which provides a number of fixes that address issues that have been submitted by other customers and preview participants. What these changes are isn&rsquo;t made clear by Microsoft, so your guess is as good as ours what these improvements are.</p> <p><span>If you&rsquo;re an Xbox Preview Program participant, you should head over to the Devices &amp; accessories area of your console and initiate the update. Just remember you need to have your controller plugged in to update it. Speaking of which, Microsoft should really look into offering these updates wirelessly.</span></p> <p><span>Just sayin&rsquo;.</span></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:45:00 PST Daniel Perez Grim Fandango Remastered Review: Los Muertos Resucitan http://www.shacknews.com/article/87859/grim-fandango-remastered-review-los-muertos-resucitan http://www.shacknews.com/article/87859/grim-fandango-remastered-review-los-muertos-resucitan <p>Ask any fan of old-school adventure games who their favorite development studio is, and you&rsquo;ll hear many say LucasArts. LucasArts was known for delivering top-notch adventure games back in the day that required its players to put a lot of thought to complete puzzles, all the while entertaining with wit and humor that keeps fans playing their games over and over again. One of the best games from the days when LucasArts was considered one of the kings of adventure games was Grim Fandango, which is why Tim Schafer and Double Fine decided it would be one of the first titles it would give the remastered treatment.</p> <p>Grim Fandango Remastered brings the classic point-and-click adventure to the modern day as Double Fine has improved much of the game&rsquo;s graphics, improved lighting, and remastered audio, among other special features. With the inclusion of director&rsquo;s commentary, this appears to be the ultimate package for fans of the original game--but just like the film noir style from which Grim Fandango takes its inspiration, not everything is as it seems.</p> <h2><b>Walk Through the Valley</b></h2> <p>Grim Fandango Remastered features the classic story many of us recall from the original Grim Fandango that was released back in 1998. You play as Manny Calavera who is a travel agent for the Department of Death in El Marrow, although we learn he&rsquo;s a reluctant employee as he&rsquo;s forced into his job in order to work off a debt. Manny becomes frustrated with the clients he&rsquo;s been assigned, so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to steal one from his boss, Don Copal. Unfortunately, things don&rsquo;t go quite as planned, forcing Manny to flee from El Marrow and on a grand adventure to right a wrong he may or may not have been responsible for.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>One of the first things I was impressed with was just how much work was put into the details of each character in Grim Fandango Remastered. All character models have received a new, high-resolution coat so they don&rsquo;t look as jagged as their original models look. Grim Fandango includes the ability to change from the remastered version of the game to its original, which should offer players a peek at what the game <i>really</i> looked like back in 1998.</p> <p>Unfortunately, not everything in this remastered version was touched with the high-resolution stick. Both environments and cut scenes don&rsquo;t appear to have received as much love as characters have as they look largely untouched, which makes the rest of the game look rather unimpressive. This causes the improved character models to stick out to an unnatural degree. Early on, for example, there&rsquo;s a cut scene that shows Manny traveling in a vehicle at night that looks extremely pixelated.</p> <p>Grim Fandango Remastered can also be quite buggy at times as I experienced some that were varied from simple graphical glitches to more vicious&nbsp;bugs that would force&nbsp;me to restart the game. Early on in the game, Manny is able to pick up a loaf of bread, but there was one time where the bread was completely invisible. When I went into my inventory, the bread was still invisible, making it difficult to find. Other times Manny would get stuck in within the geometry&nbsp;that would cause him to stutter and be unable to proceed. I had to restart my game a few times in order to attempt to progress through this particular bug.</p> <h2><b>Content is King</b></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Graphical issues aside, what makes Grim Fandango such a great game that many continue to come back for more is the game itself. The story, cast of characters, and classic LucasArts-style humor. You get all of that with the remastered version as you&rsquo;ll be partaking in one of the most memorable adventure games ever to be created.</p> <p>What makes the experience so much worthwhile is the director&rsquo;s commentary that can be accessed during most of the game. As you control Manny, a marker will pop up in the top-left portion of the screen indicating there&rsquo;s a director&rsquo;s commentary available for either a particular scene or something specific Manny is paying attention to. The commentary includes not only Tim Schafer, but also some key members of the development team that can offer a wide variety of behind-the-scenes information that fans are really going to enjoy. I spent a lot of my time reviewing Grim Fandango Remastered listening to the majority of commentary that I came across and it allowed me to appreciate the game, as well as the work that went into it, even more so.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_zHgAmkMt9o"></iframe></p> <h2><b>Play it again, Sam</b></h2> <p>Grim Fandango is a game that should be experienced, plain and simple. The combination of story, presentation, and atmosphere come together in perfect harmony to offer arguably one of the best point-and-click adventure games ever created. With that said, I was a bit disappointed to see the Grim Fandango not get the full remastered treatment I feel it should have received. I&rsquo;ve seen other LucasArts titles like The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck&rsquo;s Revenge show more impressive remastering. After seeing what&rsquo;s possible with those particular games, you could see why I&rsquo;d be a little heartbroken at the rough edges and bugs.</p> <p><span>I enjoyed playing through Grim Fandango once again.&nbsp;The game in itself is still amazing as ever, which made me all the more&nbsp;disappointed that it didn't get as much loving care as it should have.</span></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC - Bicorn Collectibles http://www.shacknews.com/article/87858/assassins-creed-unity-dead-kings-dlc---bicorn-collectibles http://www.shacknews.com/article/87858/assassins-creed-unity-dead-kings-dlc---bicorn-collectibles <p>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity has kept players busy collecting cockades, opening chests, and even cracking the solutions of tough as nail riddles since it released late last year. If you&rsquo;ve yet to pick up the game, then you&rsquo;re missing out, because the new DLC, Dead Kings, has added even more goodies to be found.</p> <p>Across all 7 of the new districts in the Dead Kings DLC, Ubisoft have hidden 23 new collectibles, the Napoleon Bicorns, and gathering up all these collectibles will reward the player with a special outfit, Napoleon&rsquo;s Artillery Outfit.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Basilica &ndash; 7 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>B1:</strong><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the top of the Basilica and make your way to the point where the building forms a cross to find this collectible hovering on the rooftop.</p> <p><strong>B2: </strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Climb to the top of the synch point on the Basilica and take a leap of faith into the hay cart in the street below to collect this Bicorn on the way down.</p> <p><strong>B3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To find this Bicorn you&rsquo;re going to need to head just northwest of the Basilica and into the marketplace where you previously tailed Napoleon&rsquo;s Lieutenant in Memory 5 of the Dead Kings DLC. Climb atop the pavilion to find this collectible floating in the air between the roof&rsquo;s open top.</p> <p><strong>B4:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B4.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To find the next Bicorn you&rsquo;re going to need to head to the northern most corner of the map from the Basilica. Head to the edge of the map to find this collectible hovering on a wooden platform.</p> <p><strong>B5:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B5.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Now you need to head south of the Basilica, to the half-circle building which runs beside it. Head to the gate in the middle and climb to the top to find this collectible hovering in the air.</p> <p><strong>B6:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B6.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the area indicated on the map above and climb to the top of the smokestack to find this Bicorn hovering in the air.</p> <p><b>B7:</b></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/B7.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once you reach the area I&rsquo;ve marked on the map above you&rsquo;ll need to locate the building with the balcony and the French Tricolor flag. Now climb up to the balcony to collect this Bicorn.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Cemetery &ndash; 4 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>C1:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/C1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the rectangular set of buildings along the northern edge of the map. Locate the spiraled rooftop which looks similar to a witch&rsquo;s hat. Climb to the top to grab this Bicorn.</p> <p><strong>C2:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/C2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You&rsquo;ll find this Bicorn floating on a smokestack where I&rsquo;ve marked it on the map above.</p> <p><strong>C3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/C3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the tower marked on the map and climb up it to find this Bicorn.</p> <p><strong>C4:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/C4.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This Bicorn is located at the top of the tower marked on the map.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Windmill &ndash; 4 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>W1:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/W1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the marked area on the map above and climb to the rooftops of the rectangle set of buildings. You&rsquo;ll need to locate a wooden platform area between two of the buildings and then locate the Bicorn hovering over a wooden beam that juts out of the building.</p> <p><strong>W2:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/W2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Climb to the top of the broken tower just south of the Windmill to find this collectible.</p> <p><strong>W3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/W3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head to the southeastern corner of the Windmill district to find this collectible hovering on top of a small crypt with a cross on the top.</p> <p><strong>W4:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/W4.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once you reach the area marked on the above map you&rsquo;ll need to locate the church with the belltower. Climb up to the top and then take a leap of faith into the hay cart below to grab this one on the way down.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Catacombs &ndash; 4 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>CC1:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/CC1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>For this Bicorn you&rsquo;ll want to head into the Catacombs and back into the area where you found Napoleon&rsquo;s Chest. Once you arrive at the area right outside the gate wall, you&rsquo;ll want to drop off the bridge and follow the right corridor, until you spot a storage area with some barrels inside it. You should also spot the Bicorn floating above it.</p> <p><strong>CC2:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/CC2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> </div> <p>The next Bicorn is found in the same large area. Head from the last collectible&rsquo;s location across the bridge, up the stairs that lead to the area where you found Napoleon&rsquo;s chest, and then down into the area below. Then look for a ladder on the other side of the room, and climb up it to grab this Bicorn.</p> <p><strong>CC3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/CC3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This Bicorn is floating right over the surface of the water as you swim through the front entrance of the Catacombs into the deeper areas.</p> <p><strong>CC4:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/CC4.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You&rsquo;ll find this collectible hovering over the water as you move between the Catacombs and the Quarry. Dive into the water to grab it.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Quarry &ndash; 4 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>Q1:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Q1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to miss this Bicorn floating over a wooden platform right along the path marked above.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q2:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Q2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to climb to the upper pathway along the side of the tunnel. Then run and jump across the gap between the wooden platforms to find this collectible.</p> <p><strong>Q3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Q3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Move through the Quarry to the area marked on the map to locate this Bicorn floating in the lower area between two sections of the tunnels.</p> <p><strong>Q4:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/Q4.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Remember the area with all the rats from Memory 2: The Book Thief? It&rsquo;s time to head back into that room, this time you&rsquo;ll want to head up the side of the room, climbing until you spot the Bicorn floating on a platform to the left. Jump over to claim it.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Royal Crypt &ndash; 3 Total</strong></p> <p><strong>RC1:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/RC1.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This next Bicorn requires a bit of running, but you&rsquo;ll need to head to the area marked on the map. Once you reach the hallway with the collectible you&rsquo;ll need to move to where it opens into a large room. Then drop down into the area, and look up and to your left. You should spot the Bicorn floating over a wooden beam with a lantern hanging off of it. Climb up to grab the collectible.</p> <p><strong>RC2: </strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/RC2.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>From the last collectibles location drop down and head into the door straight ahead (you should be moving in a different direction than you entered). Following the hallway should place you in a room with Bats, use your Lantern to scare them away, and make your way across the platforms on the right wall to the one in the corner to find this Bicorn below the first set of wooden beams, hovering over a wooden platform.</p> <p><strong>RC3:</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2015/01/RC3.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To find this Bicorn head into the room right outside of the Temple (the one with the ghostly figure pointing at the door). Drop to the main floor and then locate a small alcove under a wooden platform on the left to find this Bicorn floating inside.</p> <hr /> <p>Having trouble solving all the Nostradamus Riddles?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87142/assassins-creed-unity-nostradamus-enigma-solutions" target="_blank">We've got you covered!</a></p> <p>Haven't beat the new DLC missions yet? 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