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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84143/chatty-twitch-highlights-14-ksp-dota-2-and-shackbattling-in http://www.shacknews.com/article/84143/chatty-twitch-highlights-14-ksp-dota-2-and-shackbattling-in It's time to go into space for this week's Chatty Twitch Highlights. Mercfox1 is ready to launch a rocket in Kerbal Space Program. It goes as well as you'd expect... and that's to say, not well at all. That's followed up with some community Chatty activity on Dota 2, along with the weekly Battlefield 4 Shackbattle. Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of April 19, 2014. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Frozen Synapse 'Red' DLC arrives on iPad http://www.shacknews.com/article/84141/frozen-synapse-red-dlc-arrives-on-ipad http://www.shacknews.com/article/84141/frozen-synapse-red-dlc-arrives-on-ipad Mode 7 may be preparing to hit the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/frozen-endzone">gridiron</a>, but they haven't forgotten their original top-down strategy game, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/frozen-synapse">Frozen Synapse</a>. The developer is bringing the game's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/74016/frozen-synapse-red-dlc-released-adding-co-op">Red DLC</a> to the iPad version today, adding in co-op play and a slew of other additions. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC download deals: Flying into WonderCon weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/84140/weekend-pc-download-deals-flying-into-wondercon-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/84140/weekend-pc-download-deals-flying-into-wondercon-weekend It's Wondercon weekend! And I'm celebrating by spending today cosplaying as Clark Kent and searching tirelessly for the weekend's best PC download deals. Because there are plenty of deals to be found and this is as good a weekend as any to enjoy them! Mode 7 is offering up Frozen Synapse to Steam users for a free weekend. Green Man Gaming is offering up different deals each day for the next couple of days, including some great discounts on Thief and Kerbal Space Program. Amazon has Borderlands content on sale. GameFly Digital has the best Tropico 5 pre-order offer to date, with their 20% coupon working on top of the free Port Royale 3 promo. And Get Games still has their primo pre-order deals on games like Watch Dogs and Alien Isolation. All this and more after the break! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia PSN flash sale includes Retro City Rampage, Braid, and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/84142/psn-flash-sale-includes-retro-city-rampage-braid-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/84142/psn-flash-sale-includes-retro-city-rampage-braid-and-more Sony is surprising many of its users with a sudden flash sale, offering discounts on a number of digital games for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP. Many of the games on sale are PS2 and PS1 classics, however, there are also some more recent games on the docket, including <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/retro-city-rampage">Retro City Rampage</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/braid">Braid</a>, and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/tokyo-jungle">Tokyo Jungle</a>. The sale is expected to last through the end of this weekend. The full list of titles can be found after the break. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now on Android http://www.shacknews.com/article/84139/baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-now-on-android http://www.shacknews.com/article/84139/baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-now-on-android It's taken a while, but <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition">Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition</a> is now available on Android devices. It costs $9.99 (with some DLC that costs extra), and can run on any Android 4.0 or later. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Big Band marches onto Skullgirls Encore on Tuesday http://www.shacknews.com/article/84138/big-band-marches-onto-skullgirls-encore-on-tuesday http://www.shacknews.com/article/84138/big-band-marches-onto-skullgirls-encore-on-tuesday <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/skullgirls">Skullgirls Encore</a> has welcomed in all sorts of female combatants since its 2012 debut, but Lab Zero's fighting game is about to receive its first male combatant. And he can probably make his own theme music! The musical monstrosity known as Big Band will make his debut on Tuesday on PS3 and PC, free for a limited time. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:15:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Concursion demo lets you try out the genre-mashing game http://www.shacknews.com/article/84135/concursion-demo-lets-you-try-out-the-genre-mashing-game http://www.shacknews.com/article/84135/concursion-demo-lets-you-try-out-the-genre-mashing-game <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/82677/concursion-seamlessly-blends-five-gaming-genres-together">Earlier this year</a>, we showed you <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/concursion">Concursion</a>, a game that attempts to blend five genres together in one. Players will have to switch between platforming, space combat, hack-and-slash action, aerial exploration, and Pac-Man-like mazes as rifts instantly switch players between the genres. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Cel Damage HD releases on PS4, PS3 & Vita on April 22 http://www.shacknews.com/article/84136/cel-damage-hd-releases-on-ps4-ps3-vita-on-april http://www.shacknews.com/article/84136/cel-damage-hd-releases-on-ps4-ps3-vita-on-april <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/cel-damage-hd">Cel Damage HD</a> is coming to PS3, PS4, and Vita on April 22 for $9.99. <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83306/cel-damage-going-hd-on-playstation-systems">As promised</a>, it will support Cross-Buy across all three systems. Originally released on Xbox and GameCube, the car combat game includes the original six characters, three game modes, and 13 arenas, albeit with HD graphics. The PlayStation 4 version adds four-player split-screen as well. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Amazing Spider-Man PS3 Bundle coming to Walmart http://www.shacknews.com/article/84134/playstation-3-amazing-spider-man-bundle-at-walmart http://www.shacknews.com/article/84134/playstation-3-amazing-spider-man-bundle-at-walmart The console most <a href="http://kotaku.com/5344655/why-sony-ditched-the-spider-man-ps3-font" target="_blank">closely associated</a> with Spider-Man is getting a hardware bundle to mark the wallcrawler's new movie. The PlayStation 3 "Amazing Spider-Man" bundle includes the console, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/the-amazing-spider-man-2">Amazing Spider-Man 2</a> game, and a download of the first ASM movie. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Trials Fusion review: ride along http://www.shacknews.com/article/84101/trials-fusion-review-ride-along http://www.shacknews.com/article/84101/trials-fusion-review-ride-along The Trials games have to find the perfect amount of frustration to entice gamers. Levels need to be challenging enough to have gamers say "just one more time," without having them burst a blood vessel. When you finally nail a level, it's incredibly liberating, whetting your appetite for more. Developer RedLynx captured that sensation with both <a href="http://shacknews.com/game/trials-hd/">Trials HD</a> and <a href="http://shacknews.com/game/trials-evolution/">Trials Evolution</a>. With <a href="http://shacknews.com/game/trials-fusion/">Trials Fusion</a>, they're able to maintain the status quo. While the game adds a few new features, the latest entry in the series is still all about staying on your wheels and finishing the race. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:45:00 PDT Robert Workman Battlefield 1942 is free from Origin's On the House program http://www.shacknews.com/article/84137/battlefield-1942-is-free-from-origins-on-the-house-program http://www.shacknews.com/article/84137/battlefield-1942-is-free-from-origins-on-the-house-program <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83748/dead-space-is-free-on-origin">Last month</a>, EA gave away free copies of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/dead-space">Dead Space</a> on Origin. Today, they've made <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/battlefield-1942">Battlefield 1942</a> free. Like before, there's no catch. Simply add the game to your cart and checkout, and it'll be added to your digital library forever. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:15:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Candy Crush publisher resolves legal dispute with Banner Saga and CandySwipe http://www.shacknews.com/article/84133/candy-crush-publisher-resolves-legal-dispute-with-banner-saga-and http://www.shacknews.com/article/84133/candy-crush-publisher-resolves-legal-dispute-with-banner-saga-and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/candy-crush-saga">Candy Crush Saga</a> studio King has resolved its legal disputes with both <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/the-banner-saga">The Banner Saga</a> developer Stoic Studio, and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom. Statements released by both developers indicate that the trademarks for all three games have come to an end that lets them keep their trademarks. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:45:00 PDT Steve Watts Why Final Fantasy XIV's reboot needed to keep the original name http://www.shacknews.com/article/84132/why-final-fantasy-xivs-reboot-needed-to-keep-the-original http://www.shacknews.com/article/84132/why-final-fantasy-xivs-reboot-needed-to-keep-the-original Has there ever been a comeback story as dramatic as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/final-fantasy-xiv">Final Fantasy XIV</a>'s? Launched to disastrous results, the game was rebuilt and relaunched as "A Realm Reborn," essentially a brand new game with the Final Fantasy XIV moniker. So, why didn't Square Enix simply cut their losses and shed the name? Game director Naoki Yoshida said it was important to preserve faith in the Final Fantasy brand. "Even if we were to, say, shut down this game within a year and put out the next Final Fantasy game, that would lose the trust, and it would completely disappoint all of our fans," he explained. "I'm sure there would be a lot of players who would say, 'I'm never going to play Final Fantasy again,' or 'I'm never going to buy a Square Enix game ever again.' I, too, am a fan of the Final Fantasy series. I would have said the same thing, too." Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:15:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles http://www.shacknews.com/article/84131/minimum-brings-titans-for-mech-on-mech-battles http://www.shacknews.com/article/84131/minimum-brings-titans-for-mech-on-mech-battles <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/minimum">Minimum</a> is back. <a href="http://shacknews.com/article/78637/f2p-shooter-minimum-announced-by-timegate">Originally</a> announced as a free-to-play shooter by <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/section-8">Section 8</a> developer TimeGate Studios, it's now in the works at Human Head--the studio that worked on the what-ever-happened-to-it <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/prey-2">Prey 2</a>. Like the original concept, Minimum has two teams fight against each other, each equipped with a gigantic robot Titan. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:45:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Octodad clumsily wobbles onto PlayStation 4 next week http://www.shacknews.com/article/84130/octodad-clumsily-wobbles-onto-playstation-4-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/84130/octodad-clumsily-wobbles-onto-playstation-4-next-week <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/octodad-2">Octodad: Dadliest Catch</a> is coming to PlayStation 4 next week, hitting its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83195/octodad-targeting-april-on-ps4-still-considering-xbox-one">April</a> release target. It's due on April 22, and will cost $14.99. PlayStation Plus members will get 20% off for the first week, making it $11.99 instead. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:15:00 PDT Steve Watts Final Fantasy III coming to PC http://www.shacknews.com/article/84129/final-fantasy-iii-coming-to-pc http://www.shacknews.com/article/84129/final-fantasy-iii-coming-to-pc A PC version of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/final-fantasy-iii">Final Fantasy III</a> is in the works, the German USK ratings board has leaked. This follows Square Enix's official release of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/75295/shack-psa-final-fantasy-vii-now-on-pc">VII</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/82239/final-fantasy-8-now-available-on-pc">VIII</a> on the platform two years ago. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:45:00 PDT Andrew Yoon FarmVille 2: Country Escape hits mobile devices http://www.shacknews.com/article/84128/farmville-2-country-escape-hits-mobile-devices http://www.shacknews.com/article/84128/farmville-2-country-escape-hits-mobile-devices FarmVille 2: Country Escape has released on iOS and Android devices this week, part of Zynga's effort to revitalize flagging franchises. The free-to-play game lets you build your farm, tend to your crops and animals, and visit with friends--but as an "escape," it is intentionally slimmed down from the more busy farming on the web application. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:15:00 PDT Steve Watts BlazBlue studio teasing possible BloodRayne game http://www.shacknews.com/article/84127/blazblue-studio-teasing-possible-bloodrayne-game http://www.shacknews.com/article/84127/blazblue-studio-teasing-possible-bloodrayne-game BlazBlue studio Arc System Works appears to be teasing a BloodRayne game, with a reveal set to come on April 23. The mystery game is code-named "BRCS," and shows a character who looks similar to Rayne but rendered in ACW's anime-inspired style. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Xbox One hits 5 million shipped http://www.shacknews.com/article/84126/xbox-one-hits-5-million-shipped http://www.shacknews.com/article/84126/xbox-one-hits-5-million-shipped Microsoft has been falling behind Sony in the latest console war. And in spite of the recent launch of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/titanfall">Titanfall</a>, the gap is only widening. Microsoft has <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/04/xbox-one-march-npd" target="blank">announced</a> it has shipped 5 million consoles to retailers, just one day after Sony announced sales of more than <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84100/playstation-4-hits-7-million-sales">7 million PS4s</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:30:00 PDT Andrew Yoon H1Z1 will let players vote on custom servers http://www.shacknews.com/article/84125/h1z1-will-let-players-vote-on-custom-servers http://www.shacknews.com/article/84125/h1z1-will-let-players-vote-on-custom-servers Sony Online Entertainment is putting a lot into its upcoming free-to-play zombie MMO, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83981/h1z1-is-a-zombie-mmo-from-sony-online-entertainment">H1Z1</a>. But there's no shaking the fact that it's still a zombie MMO, which is quickly becoming a crowded genre. That's why SOE is hoping to entice some potential new players by allowing them to vote on custom player servers, which will mix up the game's formula with different rules and variants. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Hatsune Miku to join Lady Gaga concerts http://www.shacknews.com/article/84123/hatsune-miku-to-join-lady-gaga-concerts http://www.shacknews.com/article/84123/hatsune-miku-to-join-lady-gaga-concerts Popular Japanese vocaloid mascot <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/83710/hatsune-miku-project-diva-f-2nd-coming-west">Hatsune Miku</a> is joining Lady Gaga to open her ARTPOP Ball concerts. For the unfamiliar, she’s a singing synthesizer that's represented as a 16 year old girl with turquoise hair. Sega publishes numerous games starring her and other vocaloids. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:30:00 PDT Andrew Yoon Risen 3 teaser shows shadowy combat http://www.shacknews.com/article/84121/risen-3-teaser-shows-shadowy-combat http://www.shacknews.com/article/84121/risen-3-teaser-shows-shadowy-combat Developer Piranha Bytes is taking the Risen series back to its roots with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/risen-3-titan-lords">Risen 3: Titan Lords</a>, which moves away from the last game's pirate theme and returns to a more fantasy-oriented world. Publisher Deep Silver has released a new CGI teaser trailer, offering a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming RPG. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Life Goes On marches towards death on PC today http://www.shacknews.com/article/84122/life-goes-on-marches-towards-death-on-pc-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/84122/life-goes-on-marches-towards-death-on-pc-today Sometimes death in video games isn't so much a permanent end, as it is a minor setback. Or in the case of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/life-goes-on">Life Goes On</a>, it's actually a positive step in the right direction. The debut game from Infinite Monkeys Entertainment is out now on PC and the developer has released a new trailer celebrating its key component: the often-hilarious slaughter of heroic knights. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia March NPD: Titanfall takes the victory, but PS4 still winning the war http://www.shacknews.com/article/84124/march-npd-titanfall-takes-the-victory-but-ps4-still-winning http://www.shacknews.com/article/84124/march-npd-titanfall-takes-the-victory-but-ps4-still-winning The smoke has cleared from another month of the next-gen console wars. The month of March saw the PlayStation 4 continue to reign atop the hardware sales charts. And while overall software sales dropped 28 percent from last year, the PS4 and Xbox One both continued to sell sharply and bring in a 78 percent hardware sales increase from last year. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:50:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Curses 'N Chaos trailer reveals next game from Mercenary Kings dev http://www.shacknews.com/article/84120/curses-n-chaos-trailer-reveals-next-game-from-mercenary-kings http://www.shacknews.com/article/84120/curses-n-chaos-trailer-reveals-next-game-from-mercenary-kings Curses ’N Chaos is a new game from Tribute Games, the developer of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/mercenary-kings">Mercenary Kings</a>. Today, the team revealed the first trailer for the title, and it looks exactly like what an 8-bit styled action game should. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:00:00 PDT Andrew Yoon
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