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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Halo: Reach free for Xbox Live Gold members http://www.shacknews.com/article/86316/halo-reach-free-for-xbox-live-gold-members http://www.shacknews.com/article/86316/halo-reach-free-for-xbox-live-gold-members <p class="p1">The release of Destiny on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms has most likely created a new generation of fans of the game&rsquo;s developer, Bungie. If you happen to own an Xbox 360, you can pick up Bungie&rsquo;s last Halo title, Halo: Reach, for <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Halo-Reach/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d53085b?DownloadType=Game&amp;linkId=9631344#LiveZone?cid=majornelson">free</a>&nbsp;today as long as you&rsquo;re an Xbox Live Gold member.</p> <p class="p1">Microsoft&rsquo;s Games with Gold program has now made Halo: Reach available for free to all Gold members for the remainder of September. We&rsquo;re sure many Xbox 360 owners have already played Halo: Reach quite a bit when it first released back in September 2010, but you just happen to be in the gaming minority who hasn&rsquo;t played the title, you have until the end of the month to pick up your free digital copy of the game.</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:39:00 PDT Daniel Perez WWE 2K15 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delayed until November http://www.shacknews.com/article/86315/wwe-2k15-on-playstation-4-and-xbox-one-delayed-until-november http://www.shacknews.com/article/86315/wwe-2k15-on-playstation-4-and-xbox-one-delayed-until-november <p class="p1">Sports entertainment fans who have been counting the days until the upcoming release of WWE 2K15 on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have to add a few days to their John Cena calendars as 2K Games has announced the title will be delayed a few weeks from its original release date to now launch on November 18, 2014.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Visual Concepts and Yuke&rsquo;s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,&rdquo; said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. &ldquo;The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">WWE 2K15 will still meet its original release date on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 28 in North America and October 31 internationally.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:30:00 PDT Daniel Perez Hearthstone reaches 20M players http://www.shacknews.com/article/86314/hearthstone-reaches-20m-players http://www.shacknews.com/article/86314/hearthstone-reaches-20m-players <p class="p1">Regular readers of Shacknews should be very familiar with <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft">Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</a>&nbsp;by now. We play it. You play it. We all talk about it. We all curse up a storm when we lose. That&rsquo;s why it comes as no surprise to hear Hearthstone has done incredibly well for Blizzard as the game&rsquo;s official Twitter account has announced it has served 20 million players around the world just six months after its full release.</p> <p class="p1">"Thank you all for joining us in Hearthstone!" Blizzard tweeted on the Hearthstone <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/511561081991348224">Twitter account</a>. "We're going to need a bigger tavern!"</p> <p class="p1">When Hearthstone left its beta testing back in March, the title had a total of 10 million players.&nbsp; Getting another 10 million in just six months after leaving beta is pretty impressive, especially when you consider how most digital collectable card games haven&rsquo;t been played by a fraction of the audience Hearthstone has.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:20:00 PDT Daniel Perez Disney Infinity 2.0 downloadable Toy Box available in November http://www.shacknews.com/article/86313/disney-infinity-20-downloadable-toy-box-available-in-november http://www.shacknews.com/article/86313/disney-infinity-20-downloadable-toy-box-available-in-november <p class="p1">Disney Infinity 2.0 will be releasing onto consoles and handhelds in just a few weeks from now giving fans of the original title a whole new plethora of toys to play with. Up until now, those interested in Disney Infinity 2.0 were only given the option to purchase starter packs, and this year Disney will offer a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85866/disney-infinity-20-toy-box-starter-pack-coming-in-november">standalone Toy Box</a>.&nbsp;The company&nbsp;has announced a downloadable version of Toy Box 2.0 will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Wii U to release alongside the boxed copy.</p> <p class="p1">Offering a downloadable Toy Box 2.0 means those who already have a figure base and the first set of Disney Infinity figures can access the new world-building tools. The downloadable version of Toy Box 2.0 will also support the new playlets and figures, which means if you decide you&rsquo;d like to pick up one of the newer Avengers, Spider-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy playsets, you can do so. Also, those who purchase the digital toy box will instantly be eligible for the two game discs that come with the retail Toy Box set.</p> <p class="p1">The standalone Toy Box 2.0 will be available on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Nintendo eShop for $29.99, although it&rsquo;ll receive a special introductory price of $19.99 on PSN and eShop.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Persona 4 Arena Ultimax trailers illustrate story and new features http://www.shacknews.com/article/86310/persona-4-arena-ultimax-trailers-illustrate-story-and-new-features http://www.shacknews.com/article/86310/persona-4-arena-ultimax-trailers-illustrate-story-and-new-features <p>Those that have played through the Persona series of games know that the story is a great part of the appeal. And though Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is primarily a fighting game, its story looks to be just as rich as its RPG counterparts. Not only that, but it'll also come with some new fighting mechanics to help push that story forward.</p> <p>Publisher Atlus released a new trailer for the story surrounding its upcoming fighter. The land of Inaba has been plagued by a mysterious darkness and red fog. With much of the Persona cast now finding themselves abducted by an unknown antagonist, the only way to survive... is to fight. Some of the new features on display include the ability to select characters' shadow dopplegangers, as well as the new 'S Hold' system, which allows fighters to charge their attacks before striking.</p> <p>Check out the trailer below to learn more about the game's story and its new mechanics.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9wY-GcxpyNI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S19P8oWZT4M?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Atlus also uploaded three new character trailers, including two for Tohru Adachi and Marie, which should not be confused with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85913/persona-4-arena-ultimax-unveils-dlc-character-trailer">last trailer</a> that starred the DLC-exclusive twosome. There's also a third trailer for the heavily-armed Aigis, who shows off some pretty bonkers combos.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KLmOJblWMY8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kcoGSbApHh4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-UlE9PS2oEI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arrives on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85663/persona-4-arena-ultimax-launching-on-september-30th">September 30</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Volition creative director Steve Jaros jumps over to Valve http://www.shacknews.com/article/86311/volition-creative-director-steve-jaros-jumps-over-to-valve http://www.shacknews.com/article/86311/volition-creative-director-steve-jaros-jumps-over-to-valve <p>Volition creative director Steve Jaros announced yesterday he will no longer be a part of the company, instead moving on to hopefully bigger and better things at Valve Software.</p> <p>News of Jaros&rsquo; departure came from the man himself yesterday afternoon within a series of tweets published on his personal Twitter account. &ldquo;The past 10 years at Volition have been life changing,&rdquo; Jaros wrote. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve gotten to work with amazing people and made friends that will last a life time. I&rsquo;m super proud of the work we did on Saints Row, and am excited for what Volition does in the future, but it&rsquo;s time for me to move on. I&rsquo;m looking forward to new adventures at Valve Software.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Jaros was the creative director for Saints Row IV and the upcoming Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell. He didn&rsquo;t go into specifics as to what will happen to the upcoming Saints Row title, although we think it&rsquo;s safe to assume development of the title will go on without his creative input. We're hoping it'll live up to the expectations that Saints Row IV set. If it doesn't, then we'll all be keeping a close eye on what Jaros does for Valve as we would certainly be interested in seeing what he comes up with.</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:30:00 PDT Daniel Perez Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS - Who missed the cut? http://www.shacknews.com/article/86297/super-smash-bros-for-wii-u-and-3ds---who-missed-the-cut http://www.shacknews.com/article/86297/super-smash-bros-for-wii-u-and-3ds---who-missed-the-cut <p>We've seen the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85962/rumor-super-smash-bros-full-roster-revealed">rumors</a> pop up over the last several months. Then <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86250/leaked-super-smash-bros-on-3ds-copies-point-to-new-characters">leaks</a> came pouring out last week, followed by official confirmation from Nintendo during their Nintendo Treehouse stream on Friday. That's it. The latest Super Smash Bros <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79757/smash-bros-for-wii-u--3ds-the-roster-so-far">roster</a> is now final, featuring a whopping 49 characters.</p> <p>Even with such a huge number, though, there's the inevitable sense that Nintendo forgot to include some characters. It's easy to feel like a favorite character has been snubbed, given that Nintendo's rich history leaves room for hundreds of characters to get in on the fighting fun. But there are a few particular character cuts that Shacknews would like to break down, before explaining our sense of disappointment.</p> <p>We make this examination with the full knowledge that these characters still have a chance of being included as DLC later down the line. In the meantime, here are some of the character omissions that disappointed us most.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/IceClimbers.png" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Ice Climbers <i>(from the Ice Climbers series)</i></h2> <p>We begin with the obvious polar bear in the room. The Ice Climbers have been beloved members of the Smash Bros. roster for the past two games, with Popo and Nana capably working as a unique tandem to bash their opponents around with their wooden mallets. They were considered an oddity of an addition when Melee first released back in 2001, but the abilities they brought to the table quickly made them a Smash Bros staple.</p> <p>That's why it's incredibly sad to see the Ice Climbers left off the new roster. They had quickly become favorites of both casual and tournament-level players alike. In fact, pro players Wobbles had even rode Popo and Nana all the way to a second place finish at <a href="http://youtu.be/X9ftODl_Srg" target="blank">Evo 2013</a>'s Super Smash Bros Melee tournament. There's no one quite like them, either, as new tandem fighters like Rosalina &amp; Luma don't quite fill that same void.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/Mewtwo.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="465" /></div> <h2>Mewtwo <i>(from the Pokemon series)</i></h2> <p>As long as we're talking about heavy hitters from Melee, many of those fans had hoped to see Mewtwo make his triumphant return in this new edition of Smash Bros. His psychic attacks are still a favorite of that community and they would have fit in well alongside magic users like Zelda and Robin. Unfortunately, Mewtwo is once again on the outside looking in.</p> <p>The omission is all the more baffling considering Mewtwo's return to prominence in last year's Pokemon X &amp; Y, which is more than you can say for the returning Jigglypuff. With new audiences discovering just how much of a bad hombre the genetic freak is, it's strange that the developers wouldn't bring him back with some new attacks. In fact, with Charizard and Lucario both tapping into their Mega Evolutions, it would have been great to tap into Mewtwo's own Mega boost as well.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/WonderRed.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h2>Wonder Red <i>(from The Wonderful 101)</i></h2> <p>It's no secret that the Wii U has struggled, and that includes its software exclusives like The Wonderful 101. Platinum's Wii U effort languished due to the poor Wii U install base, and its unfortunate release date that put it head-to-head with Grand Theft Auto 5. However, the seeds for a franchise are still there (should Nintendo ever decide to pursue that course), and those seeds lay primarily with its frontman, Wonder Red.</p> <p>Even without his friends to help him, Wonder Red is still a formidable fighter in his own right, who can fall back on his own hand-to-hand prowess and superheroic abilities. Miniaturized versions of the Wonderful 101 powers can be used for his specials, while his Final Smash could unite the entire team for a Unite Hand strike that would send opponents flying. The Smash Bros series is a great place to celebrate smaller franchises, with this installment honoring Xenoblade and Duck Hunt, among others. This would have been a grand opportunity for Nintendo to push one of its more underrated efforts, one that Shacknews <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/81033/the-wonderful-101-review-strength-in-numbers">enjoyed</a> quite a bit.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/Wolf.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="465" /></div> <h2>Wolf <i>(from the Star Fox series)</i></h2> <p>While Super Smash Bros Brawl isn't remembered too fondly by hardcore fans of the series, those players won't deny that Wolf was one of its strongest roster additions. So it's unfortunate to see that Fox McCloud's nemesis was left marooned in space.</p> <p>Wolf was quick as a hiccup, with high jumps and some of the best air speed in all of Brawl. Not only were his attacks quick, but they also had a long reach. He could parlay his quickness into one of the best boost smashes in the game. While he shared many special moves with Fox and Falco, Wolf had enough of a twist on the moves to make them his own. The only true redundancy was his Landmaster Final Smash, which could just as easily been changed to have him call in his brethren in the Wolfen fleet, instead. Wolf didn't need to be cut, but rather&hellip; adjusted.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/PP_Rose02.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="465" /></div> <h2>Amy Rose <i>(from the Sonic series)</i></h2> <p>There's been a lot of female representation in Smash Bros, with some of Nintendo's most prominent leading ladies stepping out of their "damsel" roles to deliver the hurt just as capably as any male. So why couldn't Peach and Zelda be joined by one more? The Sonic franchise would be well-served with one more playable character, so why not feature his would-be love interest, Amy?</p> <p>It certainly wouldn't be the first time Amy's been a part of the action, having taken part in games like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Heroes. Given her ability with a mallet, crafting a move set for Amy would hardly be any trouble. Amy is far from a helpless character she's better equipped to transition to a fighter role better than some of the other fighters on the roster. Sonic's band of heroes deserves some more representation and Amy would have made for a positive addition.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/Castlevania-Game-Play-001.png" alt="" width="620" height="388" /></div> <h2>Simon Belmont <i>(from the Castlevania series)</i></h2> <p>Super Smash Bros. is becoming more than a celebration of Nintendo's greatest franchises. This latest incarnation of the series is celebrating Nintendo's legacy as a whole, which is why we're seeing Mega Man and Pac-Man. If the idea is to celebrate the NES era of gaming, then there's more than enough justification to borrow a certain vampire hunter from Konami. Childhoods that were defined by Mario and Mega Man were likely also defined by Castlevania's Simon Belmont, who starred in much of the original NES trilogy. He also co-starred in the campy <i>Captain N: The Game Master</i> cartoon series, alongside Mega Man and Pit, meaning this game could have served as the scene for an unlikely reunion.</p> <p>Simon's whip attacks would have fit in perfectly with the Smash Bros aesthetic, while he could have also tapped into his holy water, boomerang, and axe items for special attacks. He could have received a similar 8-bit restoration like Mega Man, giving his NES sprite a fresh coat of paint. Simon's exclusion is a sad one, especially since it wouldn't have been the first time Smash Bros had borrowed from Konami. They had done so for Brawl back in 2008 with Solid Snake, who incidentally, is not included on this roster, either.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/ProtoMan.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="465" /></div> <h2>Proto Man <i>(from the Mega Man series)</i></h2> <p>Mega Man stands as one of the most prominent new characters of the latest Super Smash Bros, standing as a symbol of the bygone NES era. As the series went on, another mysterious character arrived on the scene to become a major staple. That was Mega Man's "brother," Proto Man, who made his debut in Mega Man 3 and has been a pivotal part of the series ever since.</p> <p>Proto Man could utilize an entirely different set of robot master moves, while also using some of his abilities. What separates him from Mega Man is his Proto Buster and his Proto Shield, both of which would fit the Smash Bros setting just fine. Like Mega Man 10, Smash Bros could have seen Mega Man and Proto Man fighting alongside each other in a playable capacity once more. Unfortunately, Proto Man will remain in the shadows, as he so frequently does.</p> <hr /> <p>Of course, this is all scratching the surface. If there's anyone you feel missed the Smash Bros cut, feel free to let us know in the comments below. Super Smash Bros arrives on Nintendo 3DS on October 3, with the Wii U version expected to hit later this year.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Divinity: Original Sin 'Bear and the Burgler' DLC adds two new companions http://www.shacknews.com/article/86309/divinity-original-sin-bear-and-the-burgler-dlc-adds-two-new-companions http://www.shacknews.com/article/86309/divinity-original-sin-bear-and-the-burgler-dlc-adds-two-new-companions <p>Divinity: Original Sin is getting some new content, thanks to creator Larian Studios. Titled 'The Bear and the Burgler,' the free DLC pack will add in two new companions, as well as some new features.</p> <p>Bairdotr is a female ranger, armed with a bow and sharp claws, on a mission to find the abducted druid of the forest. Meanwhile, Wolgraff is a silent rogue that had his voice stripped from him by dark magic. Both companions can be found in Cyseal.</p> <p>Other new additions include new listening functionality for dialogs, meaning you can listen to ongoing conversations and see their complete history to better follow them. This is an addition to bug and crash fixes.</p> <p>For more on the latest Divinity: Original Sin update, you can find the full changelist <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/230230/announcements/detail/207486173471596259" target="blank">here</a>. The Bear and the Burgler DLC is available now for free.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SDp_H9w7Imc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:05:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Gauntlet hands-on impressions: Wealth, power, and extra helpings of turkey http://www.shacknews.com/article/86307/gauntlet-hands-on-impressions-wealth-power-and-extra-helpings-of-turkey http://www.shacknews.com/article/86307/gauntlet-hands-on-impressions-wealth-power-and-extra-helpings-of-turkey <p>I remember playing Gauntlet in the arcade as a kid. My favorite character back then was the Elf because it could fire off a stream of arrows (as fast as I could pound the button) while warrior characters kept the horde of monsters at bay by blocking off chokepoints. There have been a number of sequels and spin-offs since those days, but few captured my attention the way the original did. So, it's with equal parts enthusiasm and skepticism that I gave the early build of the newest Gauntlet reboot a spin.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QzREjFT3Cdo?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The newest Gauntlet reboot plays similarly to hack-and-slash dungeon crawlers, except hopped up on coffee and amphetamines. Players take the role of four distinct heroes, each with their own set of specialized skills and styles of play. For example, the Elf (named Questor) has a handy dodge move, and can drop explosives while rapid-firing arrows. Of course, the downside is that stray arrows might destroy items like food and potions amid the chaos. The other three characters include the Warrior (Thor), who swings a heavy axe, the Valkyrie (Thyra) who wields a spear and shield, and the Wizard (Merlin) who casts range of powerful spells. The four of them come together to make their way through dark crypts and bring their full force to bear on the monsters hidden within.</p> <p>Gauntlet is the kind of game that grows more fun with each player added. Although playing solo and hoarding all the money, but the experience isn't terribly exciting. Having friends who will watch your back only to stab it later for the sake of gold and food is critical to the gameplay dynamics. This is co-op gameplay with a healthy dose of greed, thrown in. Fortunately, having your pals loot your corpse like the greedy vultures that they are is all part of the fun. There are number of skills and benefits that can only be unlocked through dying, so maybe you'll be able to teach your friends a little lesson in friendly payback somewhere down the road. I also like how the game sometimes calls players on behaviors, like when a certain <em>someone</em> "accidentally" destroys the food or a potion.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://steamcommunity.com/linkfilter/?url=http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/258970/ss_378b0db942eec7f374f4f52118b24e641c15b818.1920x1080.jpg?t=1410303901" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Some parts of the dungeon maps are pre-set, while others are procedurally generated. So, replaying the same areas maintains simultaneously presents a sense of newness and familiarity. Most aspects of playing Gauntlet are pretty straightforward. Wipe out the hordes of enemies, which grow in number and difficulty, loot every bit of gold you can find, then move on to the next room. Money is used to purchase Relics - items with special abilities that can be upgraded. Although the dungeon levels are linear, even with the procedurally generated parts, a number of elements keep the action moving. For example, Death can show up to chase the heroes through the corridors. There's also an element of unpredictability when playing with others. For example, I had a key on me but didn't know it, so as I was backing away from the horde and firing arrows, my Elf touched on a locked wall. It fell away and unleashed an all-new wave of monsters to mob us.</p> <p>Our one gripe about the game, at least in the early build, is that a number aspects need to be figured out. Characters gain access to new abilities by unlocking them. For example, my Elf gained the ability to turn into a intangible mote of light for a few seconds instead of being killed, and then return with one hit point. It's a Elf Mastery skill that is unlocked after receiving 2000 points of damage, and its cooldown is further improved through taking damage. Full descriptions for each ability is listed in the Masteries menu, but it's hard to take time out for that sort of thing when you want to keep the pace of the game going. So, it often seemed like we could suddenly do things, but couldn't figure out how. I didn't discover that my Elf had the ability to fire explosive arrows until after our play session was done.</p> <p>So far, it looks like Gauntlet properly captures much of the spirit that made the 1985 arcade game so much fun. The game releases on September 23rd, and heroes from all over can come together and lay waste to a sea of monsters.</p> <hr /> <p><em>The preview of Gauntlet is provided by the publisher and does not represent the final game. Gauntlet will release on September 23rd for the PC and will cost $19.99.</em></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Heavy Bullets fires out of Steam Early Access on Thursday http://www.shacknews.com/article/86308/heavy-bullets-fires-out-of-steam-early-access-on-thursday http://www.shacknews.com/article/86308/heavy-bullets-fires-out-of-steam-early-access-on-thursday <p>Creator Terri Vellmann and publisher Devolver Digital have been pushing through the neon chambers of Heavy Bullets since it first hit Steam Early Access back in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84569/heavy-bullets-teaches-the-virtues-of-bullet-control-on-pc">May</a>. Today, the publisher announced that the game is ready to come out of beta and officially release this coming Thursday, September 18.</p> <p>Heavy Bullets takes place along a multi-colored world, with the idea to reach a central security mainframe. Malfunctioning security drones and other enemies stand in your way and you only have six oversized bullets to stop them with. Permadeath means you'll be dying a lot, but you'll be able to bank any cash you've collected. Vellman has updated the game with tweaked AI, gamepad support, new music, and more since the game first hit beta.</p> <p>If you're looking to get into Heavy Bullets before its official Thursday release, you can grab it right now on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/297120/" target="blank">Steam Early Access</a>. For more, you can watch the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LXyPREL0Kr0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:40:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Chivalry: Medieval Warfare catapulting onto Xbox 360 and PS3 this year http://www.shacknews.com/article/86306/chivalry-medieval-warfare-catapulting-onto-xbox-360-and-ps3-this-year http://www.shacknews.com/article/86306/chivalry-medieval-warfare-catapulting-onto-xbox-360-and-ps3-this-year <p>Torn Banner Studios has been engaging in honorable combat for about a year, but now they're about to take their armor-clad battles onto the console space. Publisher Activision has reached out to the studio and will work in conjunction with Mercenary Technology to bring Chivalry: Medieval Warfare to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as a downloadable game later this year.</p> <p>Chivalry on Xbox 360 and PS3 will retain the first-person melee combat that made the PC game such an underrated hit. Yes, that includes all the maiming and dismembering that comes from slicing someone's arm with your sword or piercing an opponent's skull with a well-placed arrow. Death will come at the hands of one of the game's four classes: Knight, Vanguard, Man-at-Arms, and Archer. Each of the classes will wield weaponry authentic to the medieval period, meaning no pesky firearms.</p> <p>No word on whether the game's Deadliest Warrior expansion will see the light of day for consoles, but this is a good enough starting point for those that haven't discovered the game's artful melee combat. For a refresher on Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZE4FXdSk1tE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Diablo 3 2.10 patch will tweak summoned pets durability http://www.shacknews.com/article/86304/diablo-3-210-patch-will-tweak-summoned-pets-durability http://www.shacknews.com/article/86304/diablo-3-210-patch-will-tweak-summoned-pets-durability <p>Diablo 3 players who have relied heavily on their summoned pets to either alleviate some of the damage their character receives or to do serious damage may have been experiencing trouble lately fighting against Nephalem Rift Guardians or any other extremely powerful boss creatures. Summoned pets haven&rsquo;t been faring so well against these enemies, which is why Blizzard has announced they will be tweaking Diablo 3 a bit so summoned pets can be &ldquo;roughly as survivable&rdquo; as players.</p> <p>Diablo 3 designer John Yang took to Blizzard&rsquo;s <a href="http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/14278978346?page=2#24">official forums</a>&nbsp;to announce these upcoming changes as a summoned pets&rsquo; survivability will be tied to a character&rsquo;s Toughness stat so indestructible minions aren&rsquo;t accidentally created. So if you feel your pet isn&rsquo;t surviving an onslaught of attacks, then you&rsquo;ll just need to bump up your Toughness stat.</p> <p>In addition to linking with the character&rsquo;s Toughness stat, pets will also take reduced damage based on how avoidable a particular monster attack would be for the player. These attacks will fall into one of three categories:</p> <ul> <li>Full damage to pets - Basic melee/weak projectile attacks, not expected to be always avoided by a player.</li> <li>Reduced damage to pets - Special attacks such as fireballs, which typically deal more damage than a basic attack, are pretty bright and visible, and can sometimes be avoided by the player. Good example are Perdition&rsquo;s volley attack or Agnidox&rsquo;s fireballs.</li> <li>Drastically reduced damage to pets - Persistent AoEs for which the player is intended to move out of quickly or highly-telegraphed attacks for which the player is intended to avoid altogether. Examples are Thunderstorm monster affix, Mallet Lord&rsquo;s arm attack, or Morlu meteors.</li> </ul> <p><span>These changes are expected to be made available in patch 2.10, which should be rolling out at the end of September. So don't you fret, summoned pet users. Your day of balancing will soon be at hand!</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:05:00 PDT Daniel Perez Just Dance 2015 gets down with its full setlist http://www.shacknews.com/article/86305/just-dance-2015-gets-down-with-its-full-setlist http://www.shacknews.com/article/86305/just-dance-2015-gets-down-with-its-full-setlist <p>Ubisoft is ready to hit the dance floor once more with Just Dance 2015. The publisher has announced the game's full track list, ranging from various genres. This includes Billboard Top 100 hits, like "Problem" from Ariana Grande, alongside more&hellip; eclectic selections, like the Tetris theme and Ylvis' viral hit that asks "What does the fox say?"</p> <p>Here's the full track list for Just Dance 2015:</p> <ul> <li>"Bang Bang" &ndash; Jessie J, Ariana Grande &amp; Nicki Minaj</li> <li>"She Looks So Perfect" &ndash; 5 Seconds of Summer</li> <li>"Problem" &ndash; Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea and Big Sean</li> <li>"4x4" &ndash; Miley Cyrus</li> <li>"Best Song Ever" &ndash; One Direction</li> <li>"Happy" &ndash; Pharrell Williams</li> <li>"Till I Find You" &ndash; Austin Mahone</li> <li>"Addicted To You" &ndash; Avicii</li> <li>"Black Widow" &ndash; Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora</li> <li>"Maps" &ndash; Maroon 5</li> <li>"Birthday" &ndash; Katy Perry</li> <li>"Bad Romance" &ndash; Lady Gaga</li> <li>"Built For This" &ndash; Becky G</li> <li>"Holding Out For A Hero" &ndash; Bonnie Tyler</li> <li>"Summer" &ndash; Calvin Harris</li> <li>"Tetris" &ndash; Dancing Bros.</li> <li>"You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" &ndash; Dead Or Alive</li> <li>"Let It Go" &ndash; Disney's Frozen</li> <li>"Burn" &ndash; Ellie Goulding</li> <li>"Bailando" &ndash; Enrique Iglesias Ft. Descemer Bueno &amp; Gente de Zona</li> <li>"Mahna Mahna" &ndash; Frankie Bostello</li> <li>"Never Can Say Goodbye" &ndash; Gloria Gaynor</li> <li>"I Love It" &ndash; Icona Pop Ft. Charli XCX</li> <li>"You're On My Mind" &ndash; Imposs Ft. J. Perry</li> <li>"Love Me Again" &ndash; John Newman</li> <li>"Only You (And You Alone)" &ndash; Love Letter</li> <li>"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" &ndash; Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell</li> <li>"Get Low" &ndash; Dillon Francis &amp; DJ Snake</li> <li>"Diamonds" &ndash; Rihanna</li> <li>"Me And My Broken Heart" &ndash; Rixton</li> <li>"Walk This Way" &ndash; Run-DMC &amp; Aerosmith</li> <li>"Don't Worry Be Happy" &ndash; The Bench Men</li> <li>"Epic Sirtaki" &ndash; The Bouzouki's</li> <li>"Speedy Gonzalez" &ndash; Los Pimientos Locos</li> <li>"Macarena" &ndash; The Girly Team</li> <li>"Love Is All" &ndash; The Sunlight Shakers</li> <li>"It's My Birthday" &ndash; will.i.am Ft. Cody Wise</li> <li>"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" &ndash; Ylvis</li> <li>"XMas Tree" &ndash; Bollywood Santa</li> <li>"Fatima" &ndash; Cheb Salama</li> </ul> <p>Just Dance 2015 is set to arrive on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Wii on October 21.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:35:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Halo homage spotted in Destiny http://www.shacknews.com/article/86303/halo-homage-spotted-in-destiny http://www.shacknews.com/article/86303/halo-homage-spotted-in-destiny <p>Destiny has been available for nearly one week, which means there are millions of players out there attempting to experience as much of the game as possible. When a new game is released, folks tend to look for easter eggs, and Bungie went ahead and snuck a Halo reference within its latest shooter.</p> <p>Redditor SmokingGhost <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/2gdo3h/i_found_the_master_chief/">found</a>&nbsp;what looks to be an homage to Bungie&rsquo;s Halo series somewhere in the Trenchworks on Mars. If you&rsquo;re visiting the area and look at the command tower in just the right spot, you&rsquo;ll see a building that&nbsp;looks a lot like Master Chief&rsquo;s iconic helmet.</p> <p><span>Since Destiny is published by Activision and Halo is Microsoft&rsquo;s property, an homage like this seems more appropriate than having something like Master Chief&rsquo;s armor or a Warthog hidden somewhere in Destiny. Although I would certainly like to drive around Destiny in a Warthog.</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:48:00 PDT Daniel Perez Skylanders Trap Team adds 'Kaos Doom Challenge' tower defense mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/86302/skylanders-trap-team-adds-kaos-doom-challenge-tower-defense-mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/86302/skylanders-trap-team-adds-kaos-doom-challenge-tower-defense-mode <p>Skylanders Trap Team is getting ready to flip its world upside down by allowing Portal Masters the ability to use enemies captured within the game to do your bidding through the use of a special material known as Traptanium. In addition to experiencing an all-new Skylanders adventure, Trap Team will also include a tower defense mode called &ldquo;Kaos Doom Challenge.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Kaos Doom Challenge will challenge Portal Masters to wave after wave of minions to combat, with each wave increasing its difficulty. You&rsquo;ll be able to build defensive towers as well as battle Kaos&rsquo; minions with any Skylanders in your collection, including minions that have been trapped from the Trap Team campaign. The tower defense mode will also have a &ldquo;Mystery Box of Doom,&rdquo; which contains huge minions to fight.</span></p> <p><span>We already expected Trap Team to offer a lot of replayability, but including a tower defense mode that challenges players to fight through increasingly difficult waves of enemies seems like it'll add&nbsp;<em>even more</em> replayability. It might also spark even more interest in picking up new Skylanders toys to help make it through all of the waves, furthering Activision's plot to sell buckets of toys.</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:25:00 PDT Daniel Perez Report: Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date leaked http://www.shacknews.com/article/86301/report-super-smash-bros-wii-u-release-date-leaked http://www.shacknews.com/article/86301/report-super-smash-bros-wii-u-release-date-leaked <p>October 3, 2014 is quite the important date for Nintendo fans, as it's when Super Smash Bros. 3DS will be released in North America. We're still waiting to hear when Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be announced, but&nbsp;a retailer may have just let the cat out of the bag.</p> <p>Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/GodDamnProtoman/status/510572354624557056/photo/1">BluesDriveBuster</a>&nbsp;got their hands on a pre-order card from retailer Fred Meyer that shows a release date of November 21, 2014. The card posted online looks authentic, but until we hear an official confirmation from Nintendo, we'll have to hold out on calling out sick for the day to spend it paying Super Smash Bros. Wii U.</p> <p><span>Smash Bros. on 3DS is definitely coming in just a few weeks, and over the weekend Nintendo released an <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86286/super-smash-bros-3ds-demo-next-week-select-early-access-today">early demo</a>&nbsp;for select members of Club Nintendo. That demo will roll out wide this week.. We're sure Nintendo will be announcing the Wii U's release date shortly after the 3DS's release. </span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:45:00 PDT Daniel Perez Shacknews Live: The Monday Morning Stream for 9/15 [Update: New time] http://www.shacknews.com/article/86298/shacknews-live-the-monday-morning-stream-for-915-update-new-time http://www.shacknews.com/article/86298/shacknews-live-the-monday-morning-stream-for-915-update-new-time <p><strong>Update:</strong> We're experiencing technical difficulties this morning with the livestream, but we're hoping to have everything resolved by 12pm EST. So, thank you for your patience and stay tuned!</p> <p>Welcome to a brand new week! Shacknews would like to bid farewell to the weekend that was with our first stream of the week. Be sure to check out the Shack Snack stream with the Shacknews video crew, starting at <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">10AM EDT/7AM</span> 11:30AM EDT/8:30AM PDT.</p> <p>Afterwards, stay tuned to talk some sports with Joe and Eric, while also checking out NHL 15. They'll take the ice at approximately 1PM EDT/10AM PDT. Enjoy the week! For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/shacknews" target="blank">Twitch</a>!</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" id="live_embed_player_flash" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf?channel=shacknews" bgcolor="#000000"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="hostname=www.twitch.tv&channel=shacknews&auto_play=false&start_volume=25" /></object><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/shacknews" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 345px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from Shacknews on www.twitch.tv</a></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Minecraft developer founders will not be joining Microsoft aquisition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86300/minecraft-developer-founders-will-not-be-joining-microsoft-aquisition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86300/minecraft-developer-founders-will-not-be-joining-microsoft-aquisition <p>News of Microsoft&rsquo;s acquisition of Minecraft studio Mojang is just rolling out all over the Internet as the company announced it&nbsp;spent $2.5 billion to acquire the Swedish studio. Prior to the official news, we heard rumors&nbsp;of Markus &lsquo;Notch&rsquo; Persson&rsquo;s possible departure&nbsp;after the deal is done. Now that the news of Mojang&rsquo;s acquisition has been officially announced, we now know of Persson's&nbsp;future plans, and it won&rsquo;t be with Microsoft.</p> <p>In a statement <a href="https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/">published </a>on Mojang&rsquo;s website, we learned he&nbsp;has been attempting to work on selling the company due to being overwhelmed by the responsibility of owning such a globally significant organization. &ldquo;Over the past few years he&rsquo;s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle,&rdquo; reads the statement. &ldquo;The only option was to sell Mojang. He&rsquo;ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don&rsquo;t worry about that.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>In case that last paragraph wasn&rsquo;t enough confirmation for you, the statement becomes a bit more blunt as to Notch and the other founders of Mojang&rsquo;s future endeavors. &ldquo;The founders: Notch, Carl [Manneh], and Jakob [<span>Pors&eacute;r]&nbsp;</span>are leaving. We don&rsquo;t know what they&rsquo;re planning. It won&rsquo;t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Persson also published his own statement on his <a href="http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/">personal site</a>. He said he will be going back to Ludum Dares and making smaller games, and avoiding the spotlight. "If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I&rsquo;ll probably abandon it immediately," he said. "It&rsquo;s not about the money. It&rsquo;s about my sanity."</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:55:00 PDT Daniel Perez Microsoft buys Minecraft studio for $2.5 billion http://www.shacknews.com/article/86299/microsoft-buys-minecraft-studio-for-25-billion http://www.shacknews.com/article/86299/microsoft-buys-minecraft-studio-for-25-billion <p>It looks like previous reports of Microsoft purchasing Minecraft developer Mojang&nbsp;were right,&nbsp;as Microsoft has just made things official by announcing the acquisition this morning.</p> <p>The cost of the acquisition was also correct as Microsoft has paid a total of $2.5 billion for Mojang, and the company will be joining its Microsoft Studios team. According to Microsoft, its cloud and mobile technologies will benefit Minecraft players as they can expect &ldquo;richer&rdquo; and &ldquo;faster&rdquo; worlds as well as additional opportunities to connect within the Minecraft community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,&rdquo; said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft in the announcement. &ldquo;Minecraft is more than a great game franchise--it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Surprisingly, Microsoft plans to continue making Minecraft available across all platforms that it&rsquo;s already available on: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation. Yes,&nbsp;<i>that</i> PlayStation.</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:27:00 PDT Daniel Perez New releases for September 15-21 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86296/new-releases-for-september-15-21 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86296/new-releases-for-september-15-21 <p>We now live in a post-Destiny world and that means there's a bit of a lull between now and October. That's not to say there aren't games worth keeping an eye on, though. Wasteland 2 will make its way to PC this week, as will Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. For the rest of the admittedly slim pickings, be sure to check out the full list below.</p> <h3>PC</h3> <ul> <li>Wasteland 2 (download)</li> <li>Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (download - $50)</li> <li>Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut (download)</li> <li>SPACECOM (download)</li> <li>Doorways: The Underworld (download - $10)</li> <li>Elminage Gothic (download - $10)</li> <li>Road Redemption (download)</li> <li>Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1 (download)</li> <li>Reprisal Universe (download)</li> <li>Hero of Many (download)</li> <li>The Waste Land (download)</li> <li>Boson X (download)</li> <li>Roundabout (download)</li> <li>Enola (download)</li> </ul> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/Wasteland2_2.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="340" /></div> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <ul> <li>Air Conflicts: Vietnam - Ultimate Edition</li> <li>KickBeat: Special Edition (download)</li> <li>Flockers (download)</li> <li>Anomaly 2 (download)</li> <li>Fibbage (download)</li> </ul> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <ul> <li>Flockers (download)</li> </ul> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/AirConflictsVietnamPS4.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="388" /></div> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <ul> <li>Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <ul> <li>Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution</li> <li>Fairy Fencer F</li> <li>Fibbage (download)</li> <li>Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis (download)</li> <li>Disney's Meet the Robinsons (download)</li> </ul> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/09/NarutoShippudentUltimate_1.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <h3>Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>KickBeat: Special Edition (download)</li> <li>Wild Guns (download)</li> </ul> <h3>Vita</h3> <ul> <li>Murasaki Baby (download)</li> <li>Run Like Hell! (download)</li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call</li> <li>Legend of the River King 2 (download)</li> </ul> <p></p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Chatty Twitch Highlights 34: The Destiny edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86295/chatty-twitch-highlights-34-the-destiny-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/86295/chatty-twitch-highlights-34-the-destiny-edition <p>This has been the week for console gamers to meet their Destiny and that's just what they did over the past five days. The Shacknews Chatty community is no different and we check out Bungie's latest from the point-of-view of our more prominent Chatty streamers, <b>pixela3d</b>, <b>Derringer</b>, and <b>Lawgiver</b>.</p> <p>For those not so much into Destiny, we also have a few streams from <b>dael</b> walking through XCOM Enemy Within and <b>hemtroll</b> offering up the latest Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Shackbattle.</p> <p>Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of September 13, 2014.</p> <p><i>Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.</i></p> <hr /> <h2>Destiny</h2> <p>This was the week for many of our Chatty posters to try out the long-awaited Destiny and some of them were happy to share their experience with the Twitch world. So we highlight a few of those this week, with streams from <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/pixelat3d/b/567064108">pixelat3d</a>, <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/derringer2k5/b/567878160">derringer</a>, and <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/dougchop/b/567037840">Lawgiver</a>. Check out the different perspectives and judge for yourself whether Destiny was worth all the hype.</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name='movie' value='http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf' /><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always' /><param name='allowNetworking' value='all' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='flashvars' value='title=&amp;channel=pixelat3d&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;archive_id=567064108' /></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/pixelat3d" class="trk" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from Pixelat3d on Twitch</a> <object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name='movie' value='http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf'><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always'><param name='allowNetworking' value='all'><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true'><param name='flashvars' value='title=Game%2BPlaying%2BBoob%2BLoving%2BLoot%2BGiving%2BFriends%2B-%2BMy%2Bmic%2Bisn%2527t%2Bworking%2Bwith%2Bstreaming%2Bright%2Bnow.%2BI%2Bwill%2Breply%2Bto%2Bchat%2Bwhen%2BI%2Bam%2Bable%2Bto%2Bthough%2521&amp;channel=derringer2k5&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;archive_id=567878160'></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/derringer2k5" class="trk" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from Derringer2k5 on Twitch</a> <object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name='movie' value='http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf' /><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always' /><param name='allowNetworking' value='all' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='flashvars' value='title=getting%2Bmy%2Bbutt%2Bkicked&amp;channel=dougchop&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;archive_id=567037840' /></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/dougchop" class="trk" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from dougchop on Twitch</a></p> <hr /> <h2>XCOM Enemy Within</h2> <p>In his ongoing quest to highlight some of the best releases you might have missed, <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/donktv/c/5085858">dael</a> now focuses his attention on XCOM Enemy Within, the acclaimed expansion to the original Enemy Unknown. He's on Normal Ironman, so check out how he fares against the latest alien menace.</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name='movie' value='http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf'><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always'><param name='allowNetworking' value='all'><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true'><param name='flashvars' value='title=XCOM%253A%2BEnemy%2BWithin%2B-%2Bnormal%252Fironman%2B-%2BFIRST%2BPLAY%2B%255Bcam%252F720%255D&amp;channel=donktv&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;chapter_id=5085858'></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/donktv" class="trk" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from DonkTV on Twitch</a></p> <hr /> <h2>Battlefield: Bad Company 2</h2> <p>We conclude with this week's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Shackbattle, as <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll/c/5109433">hemtroll</a> and crew duke it out over Harvest Bay and blast away at each other, in-between drunken anecdotes. Enjoy the presentation and be sure to come back next week for more highlights!</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name='movie' value='http://www.twitch.tv/widgets/archive_embed_player.swf' /><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always' /><param name='allowNetworking' value='all' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='flashvars' value='title=Battlefield%253A%2BBad%2BCompany%2B2%2BShackbattle&amp;channel=hemtroll&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;chapter_id=5109433' /></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll" class="trk" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;">Watch live video from Hemtroll on Twitch</a></p> <hr /> <p>For more highlights and live streams, check out the full list of <a href="http://everyotherweekorso.com/shackstream/" target="blank">Shacknews Twitch channels</a>.</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Walkthrough Guide [Part 2] http://www.shacknews.com/article/86294/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide-part-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86294/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide-part-2 <p>This guide for Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King is continued from <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86293/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide">Part 1</a>.</p> <h2>Memory of the Old King</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_27cb2c0e51082f85928208667a5a1051626fdbcf.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Continue through the hallway into the large room ahead to battle an Alonne Knight. Before you climb up the stairs ahead, make sure to use ranged attacks to take out the Demon Frogs in the alcoves that line the room. If you do not have any ranged attacks, the passages to either side of the room will lead you around and behind the frogs so you can kill them with a few swift melee attacks. Collect the items in the middle which include five Smooth and Silky Stones, three Human Effigies, and a Skeptics Spice.</p> <p>Next take the passage to the left as soon as you go up the stairs. Continue into the passage to find a Rusted Coin close to the end. Two more Alonne Knights will attack you from the room ahead, which also features more Demon Frogs in the room lining alcoves. Continue down the next hallway and circle back to the first room.</p> <p>Now head right to engage another Alonne Knight, making sure to clear any remaining Demon frogs from the alcoves. Head down the passage to take out an Alonne Knight that waits at the end. If you don&rsquo;t kill him, he will rush out and attack you.</p> <p>The passage should lead you back to the main room. Continue through the room to engage yet another Alonne Knight. There is also another passage to the left just before the hallway at the end of the room. This path will lead you around and behind the Demon Frog that block your way directly ahead. Take out the Frog and drop down through the hole to the level below you.</p> <p>Continue down this hallway and into the next open area. Five more Alonne Knights are positioned in this room, and if you move too far into it, all of them will attack you at once. Take your time and move slowly through the room so you aren&rsquo;t ambushed by enemies. Towards the end of the room you will find three Repair Powders and five Radiant Lifegames. Collect these items then go down the stairs on the far right side of the room.</p> <p>Hang a right at the intersection to find a Twinblade +7 in the corner ahead. Drop into the room ahead and use your ranged attacks to take down the Demon Frog to the right.</p> <p>There is also another hallway in the far right corner, where an Alonne Knight awaits. This leads you around to the back of the Demon Frog. There is also a path in the far left corner that is guarded by two Alonne Knights. Take this path and head up the stairs to the left to go back up to the main room.</p> <p>Continue to the left, and down the hallway at the end. Go down the stairs to find a mist-filled door at the end, which will lead you into the boss arena to fight Sir Alonne.</p> <h2>Boss Battle: Sir Alonne</h2> <p><strong>Completion Reward:</strong> Soul of Sir Alonne</p> <p>There are two ways which you can engage Sir Alonne. You can fight him up close, with melee attacks while continuously strafing, or you can attack him from a distance and simply dodge his ranged attacks. If you fight him up close, you can strafe either direction to avoid most of his attacks. However, he will sometimes use a single lunging attack, as well as a combination consisting of two or three attacks. You&rsquo;ll need to pay close attention to his attack animations to determine his next move, then attack him during the brief pause afterwards.</p> <p>Sir Alonne doesn&rsquo;t like to fight at close range, so he will try to jump back and away from you during the battle. When he does this, you should be prepared for a long-range lunge attack. This can easily be dodged with good timing, and you generally will have enough time after dodging to attack a time or two (depending on your weapon&rsquo;s speed).</p> <p>You can also use a shield to block Sir Alonne&rsquo;s attacks, but it isn&rsquo;t recommended. All of his attacks will inflict bleeding damage, so if you block too many of them in rapid succession, you&rsquo;ll eventually take damage. Blocking his attacks also takes a considerable amount of stamina unless it is one of his combination attacks. Blocking all three parts of his combination attacks will leave you with very little stamina remaining to counterattack.</p> <p>Occasionally the boss will use a projectile attack from a distance. This attack is fairly fast, but he does charge up a little before using it. If you&rsquo;re ready for it, you can easily dodge to the left or right to avoid it. It&rsquo;s even easier if you start moving left or right as soon as he begins charging it, then roll in the direction you&rsquo;re moving as soon as you see the projectile coming.</p> <p>From a distant position you simply have to worry about the projectile attacks as well as Sir Alonne&rsquo;s various lunging attacks. Just wait for the dash that precedes the lune and then roll left or right towards him, so that you can easily come out of your roll and attack him while he recovers. It is also to dodge backwards here, but the timing is a bit stricter and therefore should only be used if you are very confident in your skills.</p> <p>Sir Alonne will also use a jumping attack at times, which is a bit faster and harder to dodge than the others. As soon as you see him jump into the air, you&rsquo;ll need to dodge to the left or right, but don&rsquo;t hesitate or you will take damage from this attack.</p> <p>Once he is defeated, head through the hallway in the far right corner to find a room with a throne. Examine the throne to obtain a Smelter Wedge and complete the memory.</p> <h2>2A</h2> <p>Go back to the room where you used the Scorching Iron Scepter, this time taking the lift to the right. Once you reach the lower level, run across the room to the hallway on the other side.</p> <p>At the end of this hall are two flaming statues, with a number of explosive barrel enemies on either side. If you can&rsquo;t target any of the enemies from your position run into the area to get their attention, then quickly retreat back into the hallway and wait until you can target at least one of them with a ranged attack. You should be able to defeat them all simply by hitting one of them.</p> <p>A Giant Club Demon emerges from the field of soot ahead. Careful as there are two more hidden in the soot, so carefully move forward so you only have to fight one at a time. Once you&rsquo;ve taken all three down, pick up the items in the soot to obtain a Skeptic&rsquo;s Spice, two Wilted Dusk Herbs, two Titanite Chunks, a Tower Key, five Charcoal Pine Resin, two Twinkling Titanite, and two Human Effigies. Once you have the Tower Key go to section <strong>3A</strong> to find out where you can use it in areas that you&rsquo;ve already been through.</p> <p>Now head back down the hall and into the large circular room. If you want to head directly to the Fume Knight boss, jump to section <strong>2B</strong>. If you would like to head to the side area and take on the optional Smelter Demon boss, skip ahead to <strong>2C</strong> for a walkthrough of the iron passage. If you wish to continue in this area for now, then head back up to the room where you used the Scorching Iron Scepter and open the door behind the Minotaur head.</p> <p>Use ranged attacks to take down the enemy at the bottom of the stairs, and then use an item that reduces or curses curse (such as Divine Blessing), before heading down the stairs. Once you get to the hallway below you&rsquo;ll enter an area that is filled with curse coming from an Ashen Idol located on the lower level.</p> <p>At the bottom of the stairs and Invader and an Axe Demon wait. Step into the hallway, then immediately head back up the stairs until you get one of them to follow you so that you can&rsquo;t fight them one on one. If you go down the left hallways you&rsquo;ll find a chest in the room to the left that holds three Old Radiant Lifegems, and to the right another red invader enemy awaits with no items.</p> <p>If you continue down the next set of the stairs, another Axe Demon comes into view, with a second demon further down the hallway to the right. Two Possessed Armors also wait down the hallway to the left with five Large Titanite Shards at the end of the hall. There is also a door on the left if you go down the left hallway, inside this room another Ashen Idol stands. Destroying it with a Smelter Wedge gives you a Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash and removes the curse effect from the area.</p> <p>Down the hallway to the right there is another room on the right. Inside is a chest with a Fire Snake Pyromancy spell. Take the spell and all of the items in the area before proceeding to <strong>2B</strong> to fight the main boss, <strong>2C</strong> to reach the Iron Passage and Smelter Demon side boss, or continue down to <strong>3A</strong> to go back for more items accessible only with the Tower Key and the active lifts.</p> <h2>2B</h2> <p>Head back to the Foyer bonfire in Blume Tower, and take the lift straight ahead to the area below. Head to the far side and take the second lift down even lower. As this lift lowers, turn around to see two different paths. Run and jump as the lift approaches the uppermost path. In the room ahead you&rsquo;ll find a chest in the corner that holds a Strength Ring (increases your strength). Use your ranged attacks to take out any enemies you may see through the large hole in the floor before dropping down.</p> <p>Continue to take down the remaining enemies after dropping through the large hole, once you&rsquo;ve cleared this room use your ranged attacks to once again take out any enemies in the room below that you can see through the holes in the floor. There aren&rsquo;t a massive amount of enemies, but there are quite a few Axe Demons, including two with flaming axes that can inflict more damage than normal. Once you&rsquo;ve cleared the enemies you can, drop down to the next level and repeat the same actions.</p> <p>As you drop from level to level you&rsquo;ll find a Partizan +6 weapon on the sixt level just below the bottom floor. From the floor with the weapon, you should see three enemies below, two Axe Demons (one with flaming axes) and one Giant Club Demon. You can take them out from your current position of safety using your ranged attacks. Once they&rsquo;ve been defeated, drop down into the next room. Be aware that this drop will cause a significant amount of damage.</p> <p>Once you reach the bottom floor, pull the level near the door to open it. There are two Axe Demons, and two Possessed Armor enemies ahead, one of which remains dormant on the ground until you get close to it. You cannot kill the Possessed Armors until you&rsquo;ve destroyed the Ashen Idols below.</p> <p>Run pass all four enemies, and down the stairs on the far side of this area. Careful as you approach the firs Possessed Armor as it will wake up and attack with a huge range in an attempt to knock you off the path and to your death. The second Possessed Armor uses a similar attack once it is off the ground and reach to fight, but you should be long past if by the time that happens.</p> <p>Just before the stairs there is a path to the right that leads to a chest with a Sorcery Clutch Ring (increases magic attack) inside. Don&rsquo;t worry about the chest until you&rsquo;ve destroyed the Ashen Idols and have killed the enemies in the area. In the room ahead, go up the stairs and onto the lift to lower it down to the level below. Once you reach the bottom, step onto the lift again to send it back to the top. This is an important maneuver because if you die, the position of the lift does not reset.</p> <p>Head up the stairs before you, entering an area with four Ashen Idols (one of each side). As you approach each idol, a Giant Club Demon emerges from the soot and attacks you. You cannot kill either demon until at least two of the Ashen Idols are destroyed.</p> <p>There is also a mist-filled door ahead which leads to the boss battle against the Fume Knight, but if you leave the Ashen Idols untouched, they heal the boss if he gets close to them. Destroy as many as you possibly can before heading into the mist, and entering the boss fight arena.</p> <h2>Boss Battle: Fume Knight</h2> <p><strong>Completion Reward:</strong> Soul of the Fume Knight</p> <p>Approach the sword in the ground near the middle of the arena to being the battle. During the first phase of the fight the Fume Knight will use a light rapier-like sword and an ultra greatsword. Stay close to him and strafe around him to the right to avoid a good amount of his greatsword attacks. These require a considerable amount of stamina to block compared to the rapier attacks. Usually the Fume Knight will attack twice with the rapier before attacking once or twice with the greatsword. There is a considerable windup before he swing the greatsword, so if you watch his movements carefully you will know when he is about to swing.</p> <p>There are also times when he will simply swing the greatsword. This attack comes from the opposite side and can even hit you if you&rsquo;re strafing to the right. This attack consumes a large amount of stamina to block, and the Fume Knight will not hesitate to attack you two or three times with this same move in a row. Do your best to roll and avoid these attacks.</p> <p>If you back away from him the Fume Knight will use either a lunging attack with the rapier or a massive swinging attack with the greatsword. Both attacks are considerably harmful, with considerable reach so don&rsquo;t relax just because you&rsquo;ve put a little distance between you and him. If any of the Ashen Idols were left untouched before you entered the battle, do not let the Fume Knight near them or his wounds will be healed.</p> <p>After a short while in the battle the Fume Knight powers up. When this happens the rapier vanishes and his ultra greatsword becomes engulfed with magic. From this point until the end of the battle all of his sword attacks will also inflict magic damage.</p> <p>Continue to stay close to him, strafing around him to the right. However, if you were blocking his attacks before, it is far more important that you dodge them now. All of his attacks have a lengthy startup animation and are very easy to see coming, so roll to avoid them and you should be able to finish the fight without dying.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_86098419df9cd50ff087f37af034bfce74456399.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>If the Fume Knight plunges his sword into the ground you have two options left. The following attack is a 360 degree spell that sends fireballs rolling along the ground in every direction. If you opt to stay close to him, you must roll with extremely precise timing to avoid the fireballs. If you decide to play it safe and move away, then you have given yourself more room to avoid them, but it can still be difficult if you aren&rsquo;t paying close attention to the Fume Knight. If you&rsquo;re hit with even one fireball it will inflict tremendous damage.</p> <p>Between fireball attacks continue to strafe around the boss attacking when you&rsquo;re able to. He takes a decent amount of damage if you&rsquo;re geared up enough, and shouldn&rsquo;t take too many attacks to defeat. This battle is more about avoiding his magic greatsword attacks than attacking. If you can do that, there isn&rsquo;t much else to worry about.</p> <p>With the Fume Knight defeated you&rsquo;ve completed this boss battle and beaten the Crown of the Old King DLC. However, there&rsquo;s still plenty of stuff waiting for you to collect, as well as the Iron Passage side area.</p> <h2>3A</h2> <p>Teleport back up to the Upper Floor bonfire in Blume Tower, heading towards the gate area (not the small stairs), and around the corner to the right. This should lead you down stairs. Once you reach the circular room, head right, from here you can take the lift to three different destinations. To find a Simpleton&rsquo;s Ring (makes wearer invisible while rolling), head down route <strong>3B</strong>. If you&rsquo;re just after some addition loot, like Titanite Shards and Flame Butterflies, follow route 3C. You can also get another chest with a Pilgrim&rsquo;s Spontoon weapon by following route <strong>3D</strong>.</p> <h2>3B</h2> <p>Take the lift to the doorway above, it doesn&rsquo;t stop there so you&rsquo;ll need to jump off as the lift is moving. Head around the corner, down the stairs and into the room with a chest on one end. Take down the two Possessed Armors, and pick up the Radiant Life Gem sitting under the flaming statue if you want it. Then head to the opposite side and through the door to go back out onto the balcony to find the Simpleton&rsquo;s Ring on the far right.</p> <h2>3C</h2> <p>Use the lift to cross the small gap and reach the path on the other side of the lift. Now open the door at the end on the right to find a room with several doors, a chest with a Life ring +3, and a Giant Club Demon guarding it all. This demon is currently invincible, meaning you can&rsquo;t kill him as he constantly regains his health.</p> <p>Behind the third door (moving from the left) is an Ashen Idol. Wait until the demon moves away from that door, then quickly open it and use a Smelter Wedge to take down the idol and obtain a Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash. With the idol down the demon is no longer invincible.</p> <p>Take out the Giant Club Demon and then you&rsquo;re free to loot the rest of the area. There is nothing behind the first door, but the second door hides a Broadsword +7, ten Titanite Shards, and one Petrified Something. The last door on the right hides five Flame Butterflies behind it. Don&rsquo;t forget to loot the chest for the Life Ring +3.</p> <h2>3D</h2> <p>Take the lift down to its lowest level. Once the lift stops, carefully walk onto the narrow ledge and follow it to the alcove it leads to. Collect the Pilgrim&rsquo;s Spontoon from the chest in the alcove then carefully make your way back to the lift.</p> <h2>3E</h2> <p>Head back to the Throne Floor bonfire in Blume Tower. Climb up the stairs toward the location of the first Ashen Idol, then around the corner and down the next flight of stairs. Once you reach the room ahead, turn right and hop onto the lift at the end of the ledge. Take the lift to the top to find a Baneful Bird Ring in the corner, on the railing. This ring reduces the amount of stamina loss when blocking with a shield.</p> <h2>2C</h2> <p>From the large circular room just before the Foyer bonfire, use the Tower Key to unlock a door on the far side near the lift that moves up. Head down the long flight of stairs ahead of you, then twist right at the bottom to find two Twilight Herbs. Take the lift on the other side of the platform to reach the lower level and head through the tunnel to enter the Iron Passage.</p> <p><strong>Iron Passage</strong></p> <p>Light the bonfire ahead of you, and drop down into the room below. Using the two markings on the ground will allow you to summon helpers to fight your way up to the Smelter Demon. Continue through the hallway and into the next room. The corridor ahead is lined with occupied cells on either side, as well as a gate at the end. There is a level in the center of the room that will open the gate, but it also opens the cells. This part of the world is timed, as the gate will close after a short time. If you pull the level in the middle of the room and run straight to the gate, you can make it into the next room ahead. If you want to use this route then please jump ahead to section <strong>4A</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_6c02fe9258ecced2a6ada4773a9fcbe1ee2ab264.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Pull the level in the middle of the next room, this activates a fireball trap just ahead and unlocks the cells of four Axe Demons. Dodge to the side to avoid the fireball trap, and wait for two of the Axe Demons to move towards you and attack. Defeat them, then finish off the rest of the enemies in the last two cells. You can find seven Large Titanite Shards in the third cell on the right.</p> <p>Collect the items, then head back into the room with the lever and continue on through the side passage there. Drop into the room below to engage multiple Axe Demons and two Hollow Mages. The Mages will attack you from an elevated area that you can&rsquo;t yet reach, so use your ranged attacks to defeat them.</p> <p>With the room now clear, drop down into the small alcove at the end, but not completely down to the next corridor. An Axe Demon waits for you below, use your ranged attacks to down him, then drop down into the corridor. Ahead of you a room with three Axe Demons, two Possessed Armors, a Fume Sorcerer, and a Hollow Mage await. Every ranged enemies is position on an elevated platform, which means you&rsquo;ll need to use your ranged attacks to clear the area.</p> <p>One of the Axe Demons is clearly visible from the entrance, but the second stands right of the entrance, and the third and final Axe Demons is at the far end of the room. All of the ranged enemies are positioned along the ride side of the room, so if you wish to rush through, you&rsquo;ll only need to take the Axe Demon down. Be careful when rushing, as the Hollow Mage may slow you down. You can still make it to the end without much fuss, but it is best to go ahead and take the Hollow Mage down as well, just to be safe.</p> <p>The next room holds two Giant Club Demons with flames from their bodies (one of the invaders is red), several Axe Demons, two Hollow Mages, and a Possessed Armor.</p> <h2>4A</h2> <p>Drop into the room at the end before the gate closes, then attack the Hollow Mage inside. He will use relatively slow magic attacks, so you should have time to get in several of your own attacks between spells. Once you&rsquo;ve killed the Hollow Mage, look down the passageway to the left of the fireball trap. You will see two Mages as well as several Axe Demons in the room ahead. They can&rsquo;t reach your current position, so you can easily dispatch those using ranged attacks without fear of being counterattacked.</p> <p>With the enemies cleared, head into the room (do not drop into the lower area), and find two Crimson Water on the far left side. Collect the items, then head back into the room with the fireball trap and through the passage on the opposite side.</p> <p>A Fume Sorcerer will appear in the corner of the room as you enter it. Quickly dispatch of it, before once more being faced with two different paths. When you pull the lever in the room, the cells and gate down the next corridor will open, but you&rsquo;ll have to immediately make a run for the gate if you want to make it through before it closes. If you choose to take this path, please move ahead to section <strong>4B</strong>.</p> <p>If you head through the side passage you&rsquo;ll end up on the bottom floor of the next room, but on a raised ledge with two Possessed Armors waiting just ahead. A Hollow Mage is positioned on the upper platform, as well as two Axe Demons on the ground floor. The in the corner a third Axe Demons blocks on of the exits into the last room located in the far left corner.</p> <p>Take out the Possessed Armors, and head for the exit straight ahead of you and just to the right. You&rsquo;ll find two Wilted Dusk Herbs on the ground here. This exit is only accessible from the raised ledge, so if you drop down to the ground you will have to use the exit blocked by the third Axe Demon in the corner. I doesn&rsquo;t matter which exit you take, as both lead to the same location in the final room before the Smelter Demon.</p> <p>The final room is filled with several enemies. One Possessed Armor stands on the ledge above, along with two Giant Club Demons. There are also two Hollow Mages on the ground floor. The Giant Club Demons guard the mist-filled door to the boss fight, and if you still have your helpers with you, you can use them to distract the enemies as you make a run for the door. Be careful though, and wait for the Hollow Mages to use their gravity spells, otherwise you&rsquo;ll be stuck moving slow between two angry Giant Club Demons. You can also find a Dried root on the floor near the closest Hollow Mage, but it isn&rsquo;t really an item you have to pick up.</p> <h2>4B</h2> <p>Pull the lever, then immediately make a run for the gate at the end of the corridor just ahead. Drop into the room below, and fight the Hollow Mage that is waiting down the hallway to the left. You can bypass this room, as it isn&rsquo;t important. Two Possessed Armors and two Axe Demons await down below, but there isn&rsquo;t anything for you in the upper room that you have access to. Instead, continue down the path to the right.</p> <p>Twist around the corner, but do not enter the room ahead. Looking ahead you will find one Possessed Armor on the same height level that you are on. Take it down from the corridor, using the wall as cover from its ranged counterattacks. The area below holds two Giant Club Demons with flames emitting from their bodies (one is a red invader) and two Hollow Mages. You can take them all out from the higher ground using your ranged attacks, but beware, the Hollow mages will use ranged attacks to counterattack, so be ready to dodge to the side.</p> <p>There are two items located at the end of the path, one holds three Cracked Red Eye Orbs, and the other holds three old Growth Balms. Collect the items then drop into the area below to find a Dried Root on the far side (opposite of the mist-filled door). With everything collected, head into the mist-filled doorway to begin the battle against the Smelter Demon.</p> <h2>Boss Battle: Smelter Demon</h2> <p><strong>Completion Rewards:</strong> Smelter Demon Soul</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the first time you&rsquo;ve faced off against the Smelter Demon. When you originally played through the Iron Keep you battled him there as well. Since the new DLC extends from the Iron Keep it really only makes sense that you&rsquo;d run into him somewhere along the way once more.</p> <p>Luckily, his attacks haven&rsquo;t changed at all, and he fights exactly as he did the first time. The main different though, is that this time he is covered in magic instead of flames, and has a considerable more amount of heath than before. It&rsquo;s a smart idea to go ahead and equip armor and a shield (if you like using one) that have high defense. Magic damage is unavoidable through the fight, even if you plan on attacking from a significant distance, so a shield with 100 percent physical damage reduction isn&rsquo;t going to protect you from taking damage when you block some of the Demon&rsquo;s attacks.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_222ea258fae3e975b14dfd91ba85cf26c36e37c5.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>If you summoned your helpers just after the bonfire (which we hope you did), they can essentially tank the Demon while you attack it from behind or using your ranged attacks. The helpers in this game aren&rsquo;t the smartest, and therefore aren&rsquo;t super useful. This means they will most likely die before you can kill the Smelter Demon, even if they entered the boss arena with full health, so make use of them while you can.</p> <p>Early on in the fight, the Demon will stop attacking and bend over slightly. When this happens, move away quickly as he is powering up the magic in his torso. When the power charge is complete, a burst of magic damages everything within a short radius of the boss. Make sure you&rsquo;ve gotten clear of the blast radius or at least have a shield up that absorbs a good amount of magic damage.</p> <p>After his initial power charge, anytime you get too close to the Demon, you will start to take magic damage in the small doses. Shortly after the power charge, the Smelter Demon will plunge his sword into his torso, and give it the same effect of magic damage as well. After this happens, any attack you block from the sword will deal magic damage against you. Once again, if you don&rsquo;t have a shield that absorbs magic damage, you will take a good amount of damage even if you block the attack.</p> <p>The Demons difficulty lies solely in the amount of heath the Smelter Demon now has. It will take a little time to slowly chip away at his health bar, and with his charged up magic abilities, you&rsquo;ll inevitably be taking some damage throughout the fight. The key is to simply inflict as much damage as possible while your two helpers are alive to distract him.</p> <p>If you use ranged attacks that are inflicting less than 200 damage, when one of the helpers perishes, move in for close range melee attacks. If you can&rsquo;t inflict at least 200 damage per hit, more than likely the boss will still have at least 40% of his health left when both of your helpers have perished. At this point dodging will become vital, and you&rsquo;ll need to roll away from his attacks as often as possible so that you have time to get in as many attacks as you can before he readies up again.</p> <p>The Smelter Demon fights with a standard two swing combination. This ends with a more powerful third attack in the form of a grounded or jumping strike. Occasionally through the fight, after the jumping strike the Demon will pause in a kneeling animation. This indicates that he is about to use another burst of magic, and means that you should move out of range immediately. Once the Demon is charged up, the magic bursts has a great deal more range, so keep this in mind as the fight progresses.</p> <p>Using a pretty standard melee attack build with a Greatbow and Greatarrows, we attacked the Demon from a distance until the first helper perished. At this point we moved in and used two handed attacks (inflicting a little over 200 points of damage with each attack). By the time the second helper perished the Smelter Demon had only roughly 10% health remaining. Just a few dodged attacks later and the battle ceased.</p> <p>With the Smelter Demon defeated, head through the cave on the far side to find a Pharros Mask to the left of the lift. Collect the item, then use the lift to move up to the floor above. Exit the lift, and drop onto the floor below, then take the very next lift up until you reach Blume Tower once more.</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT Shack Staff Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Walkthrough Guide [Part 1] http://www.shacknews.com/article/86293/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide-part-1 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86293/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide-part-1 <p>Once you have successfully purchased the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC, you will find a Heavy Iron Key in your inventory. Head to the Eygil's Idol bonfire in the Iron Keep. All of the traps below should be turned off already, but if for some reason they're not, flip the switch at the top of the ramp that's next to the bonfire. Head back down to the bonfire and continue down the ladder into the room below, then down the next ladder in the far right corner.</p> <p>When you reach the bottom, there's a small passage to next to the ladder. Defeat the enemy waiting in the passage, or lure it out and run past him. Continue down the rooftop and drop down to the path below. Head across the path to the location where you fought the Old Iron King, then continue around to the far right into the small room with a chest (that should already be opened) and the stairs leading down to the bonfire below.</p> <p>There should now be a doorway just beyond the bonfire that leads to a room with a serpentine obelisk in the back. Examine the obelisk to enter the DLC area. Head up the stairs and through the door at the very top, then step onto the lift ahead. When you reach the top, head into the mist. Continue to the right and up the stairs and ignore the fallen soldiers scattered about.</p> <p>Pick up the item in the statue near the end of the platform to obtain six Smelter Wedges. These are used to deactivate Ashen Idols. Some idols will spew flame and lava, while others simply spawn enemies. It's easy to recognize the idols as they are flaming statues. When you see one, be careful of the flames (wait until there's a pause), then walk up to the statue and examine it to use the Smelter Wedge and destroy it, stopping the flames. Make your way across the large chain beyond the now crumbled statue to enter Brume Tower.</p> <h2>Brume Tower</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_ca5ecea12fae7a95f920b876ca7704da3e29a1c8.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Light the bonfire ahead, then continue up the small set of stairs. An Ashen Idol is ahead of you in the next area. Wait for the flames to cease then run to the statues and examine it to insert the Smelter Wedge. Pick up the Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash it leaves behind. Turn around after grabbing the item to find a staircase to your right, just beside the path you used to enter the room.</p> <p>Head down the stairs and around the corner until you drop to a platform hanging in the air. Drop down once more to the circular platform in the center of the room to find two Old Growth Balms. Drop down one final time to find the doorway you need to go through.</p> <p>Continue down the stairs beyond, an Axe Demon will pop out of the soot, but you should have plenty of time to walk behind it, and land a critical blow from behind before it is ready to attack. Finish taking the demon out and then pick up the two Twilight Herbs at the end of the platform. Make your way down the path to your right, destroying the fallen knights as you go to find a few potential random mob drops.</p> <p>As you approach the bottom of the hill, three Axe Demons will appear. If you have it, use ranged attacks to attack two or three times before the enemies can make their way to you. If one of them jumps at you, avoid the attack and circle around behind it to land another blow to its back. Try to avoid fighting all of the enemies at once.</p> <p>Once the enemies are down, head down the bottom of the hill and make a sharp turn to the right. Another enemy will pop out of the soot, but it&rsquo;s alone and easy to defeat. Continue towards the end of the path to find a Rogue Water near the gate. Pick the item up and head back the way you came, detouring into the doorway on the right.</p> <p>Climb down the ladder to the left, then head towards the end of the small platform and around the far side of the circular structure before you. You will find a Blackweed Balm, pick it up for an intelligence boost, and then head back to the platform and down the next ladder to find a Scythe +7.</p> <p>Pick up the weapon, and make a detour to the pick up a Bonfire Ascetic and two Human Effgies. If you want the items, simply drop down to the right. A Possessed Armor and an Axe Demon wait inside the balcony area ahead. Defeat them before heading through the doorway on the far side, at the end of the path you&rsquo;ll find a chest with the before mentioned items.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t care about grabbing the items, just head through the doorway to find 10 Prism Stones. Then make your way around the corner, opening the chest at the end of the hall to find a Titanite Slab. Climb down the ladder in front of the chest, to find an Ashen Idol in the room below. This Idol is guarded by two extra enemies, as well as a third enemy in the room beyond.</p> <p>From your entry position at the ladder, the first enemy will head towards you, but the Ashen Idol will not become active. Stay by the ladder, taking out the first enemy without moving close to the Idol. If the enemy won&rsquo;t come up to you, move into the hallway on your right, but not far enough to get the attention of the third enemy in the next room.</p> <p>With the first enemy down, move into the next room to take out the enemy waiting within. If you move towards the far side of the room, a second enemy will appear, so stay close to the hallway to minimize your chances of death by facing only one enemy. Take down both the enemies then pick up the Dance of fire spell at the end of the current room.</p> <p>Retreat back into the room with the Idol to spawn an Axe Demon to your right. Take it down, then use the Smelter Wedge on the idol to spawn a final enemy on the farthest side of the room. If you can, use ranged attacks from the ladder to take it down before it can reach you.</p> <p>Pick up the Soul of Nadalia, Bride of ash left by the Idol, then interact with the level in the far left corner to open the iron door ahead. Another enemy patrols the area outside the door, so be careful as you move on. Head through the door, to the left, and down a hill toward the item below.</p> <p>As you approach the item two Axe Demons will spawn behind you. Take them out quickly then pick up the item to receive five Lloyd&rsquo;s Talismans. Head back towards the door, continuing past it and around the other side. Continue down the stairs and through the door on the balcony ahead.</p> <p>Several enemies wait inside, holding explosive barrels. Use your ranged attack to explode the barrels and quickly kill all the enemies. Now head to the end of the room, hugging the left railing to reach a ladder. Climb down it, and move towards the edge of the stairs before you. From this position you should attract the attention of an enemy in the next room. Unlike other enemies this one won&rsquo;t recoil from your attacks, so be ready to dodge, and use your shield against the coming attacks.</p> <p>After defeating the enemy move around halfway down the stairs and look to your left. Next to the flaming statue will be another enemy with a barrel. Target the enemy and use your ranged attack to take him down. Careful though, there are still two more enemies near the statue.</p> <p>If you have a ranged attack, such as Firebomb or Lightning urn, you can lob it over the gate to hit the enemies. Most likely they won&rsquo;t go down, but it will get them to move towards you slowly. Once they start to round the corner, you can take them out easily enough with a more powerful ranged attack.</p> <p>When those two defeated, pick up the Goldenfruit Balms at the bottom of the stairs. Move into the adjacent room, through the doorway, and to the left of the flaming statue. Head down the very next ladder, and defeat the enemy below, before moving around the right side to another ladder.</p> <p>The enemy below contains three enemies. One can be targeted with your ranged attack from your current position. That enemy has Firebombs, but it you&rsquo;re positions just right it won&rsquo;t be able to reach you with its attack. With that enemy down, climb down the ladder, waiting for the remaining enemies to move away from the bottom before you reach the ground.</p> <p>With the area at the bottom of the ladder clear, climb all the way down. The easiest way to fight these two enemies is to separate them. The red invader will follow you back up the ladder, but the other will not. Use this to your advantage, and climb back up to defeat the invader on the floor above you.</p> <p>The invader will use throwing knives and attack with his whip. The whip has a longer reach than most weapons, and he will stun you at close range, so stay away from the invader and wait until he starts throwing knives. Once this happens close in and attack him two or three times (depending on weapon speed), before dodging away again. Alternatively, you can use quickly placed ranged attacks to try to take him out while dodging left and right to avoid his throwing knives.</p> <p>With the invader defeated head back down the ladder to take out the remaining enemy. Once you&rsquo;ve defeated that enemy open the chest in the corner of the room to obtain a Caestus +8. Now head through the doorway and down the stairs. Press into the room to the right, lighting the bonfire as you pass. Ignore the statues as they have no purpose at this point in time.</p> <p>Continue up the stairs ahead and to your left, the door ahead won&rsquo;t open yet. The railing to the right allowed you to see more into the room where the door leads. There are two enemies there moving between the series of flame traps, they carry bows. If you stay close to the railing you&rsquo;ll be safe from the ranged attack, however, there is a chest in the corner away from your current position. The chest contains three Twinkling Titanite you may want to pick up.</p> <p>If you plan on picking up these items, wait until an arrow hits the railing, then quickly move over and open the chest. The invincibility during the opening animation will allow you to retrieve the items without taking any damage. You can also get the attention of the enemies, just back up into the corridor where the railing starts. From this position the enemies will kill themselves by walking into the flames engulfing the room to the right.</p> <p>Head back into the room with the bonfire and continue straight, around the corner to the right to find a mist-filled doorway. Move to the left, into the first alcove to find a ladder to your right. There&rsquo;s another barrel holding enemy at the bottom, but he drops through a trap door shortly after you reach the lower area. Head out of the alcove and to the right. Move into the corridor to your right and open the door at the far end. Move away quickly right after opening it and have your ranged attack ready to take out two enemies with explosive barrels inside. A single shot should take them both out.</p> <p>At the end of the room you&rsquo;ll find a ladder with three Radiant Lifegems next to it. In the room below there are several enemies, including the barrel explosive enemy who fell through the trap door just moments before. If you&rsquo;re patient enough you can wait to the left of the ladder (keep an eye out for the trap door) and use a ranged attack to take down the enemy with the explosive barrel. He may take a few moments to walk into view, but you can hit him squarely from this angle.</p> <p>The room below is occupied by four Axe Demons, a Giant Club Demon that has fire shooting from his body, and an Ashen Idol. Being patient you can take out all the enemies using a ranged attack through the hole where the ladder is. You&rsquo;ll have to climb down the ladder a little to get the enemies to move around, and it may take some time for all the enemies to move within your limited range, but it is easily possible to take down every enemy if you&rsquo;re willing to wait.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have a ranged attack, or just don&rsquo;t care to wait around, you can climb down and engage them all at once. Try to avoid the Giant Club Demon until the others are down, and only focus on those that are closest to you. If you&rsquo;re too far away from an enemy then you only have to deal with their ranged at tacks, which makes it much easier than taking them all on at close range. Once you engage the Giant Club Demon, try to move and avoid the fires that shoot from its body. It moves quickly when it wants to, so always try to stay on the move and behind it as much as possible.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also another enemy in the cage on the far side, just above the room you&rsquo;re in now. Watch out for it, as it launched fire bombs at you, but they won&rsquo;t reach the entire area and he&rsquo;s easily taken care of with ranged attacks from the ground floor. If you don&rsquo;t move beyond the item on the ground (the one next to the rotting body), you&rsquo;re generally safe from the fire bombs. At the least, do not focus on the caged enemy until you&rsquo;ve taken out the closed Axe Demon and the Giant Club Demon.</p> <p>Once the room has been cleared, pick up the Flame Quartz ring +3 near the bottom of the ladder. This ring increases fire defense. Now approach the Ashen Idol in the corner. This one if identical to the first one you encountered. When you reach the dune just ahead the idol will activate. Wait until the first set of lava fountains dissipate then quickly move to the idol and insert the Smelter Wedge to obtain another Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash.</p> <p>Now head toward the door on the far side of the room, pulling the lever just in front of it in order to open the door. There is a Possessed Armors enemy with a flaming sword and bow just ahead beyond the stairs. As you approach these stairs it will take shape and begin attacking. If you wish to use ranged attacks then wait until it has full taken shape before you attack, otherwise you won&rsquo;t damage the enemy. If it rushes toward you, prepare yourself for a series of flame sword attacks. Once it appears on the ground, look out for the capoeira-like spinning attacks it does with its sword.</p> <p>Take the enemy down and head down the stairs to collect five Large Titanite Shards, a Human Effigy, two Twinkling Titanite, and a Dried Root at the bottom. When you round the next corner, a Fume Sorcerer will attack you from the cliff ahead. If you move too closely, several Axe Demons will attack from the front and behind. It is best to use your ranged attacks from just around the corner to take the Fume Sorcerer out. If you knock it off the cliff, it ends up in the area below to the left. Watch out for attacks from below if this happens.</p> <p>As you continue to make your way another Fume Sorcerer attacks from far ahead of you. Once again you can attack it with ranged weaponry. Use the pillars lining the path as cover to avoid its attacks. There is a Human Effigy to the left, feel free to skip it if you don&rsquo;t need one.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/271943/ss_cc7d619817417f8731f671ef71b611a5e5e95fde.1920x1080.jpg?t=1409073221" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>At the end of the path you&rsquo;ll find a ladder. As you climb down it you&rsquo;ll notice an invader waiting below, but once you get about halfway down several more enemies will spawn to the side. When this happens climb back up, and use your ranged attacks to take out the newly spawned enemies. This will make the battle below much easier.</p> <p>With the other enemies take care of, climb down the ladder until the invader notices you. At this point quickly climb back up to get the invader to follow you. Fight him alone at the top, then climb back down the ladder.</p> <p>There are burned remnants of people in the snow off to the left. If you move through them, you may find a few soul items. If you wish to collect these items, carefully move until two enemies pop out of the soot and immediately attack you from positions close to the left.</p> <p>Collect the items (or not), then take note of the two paths ahead of you. You can continue down the stairs ahead, and through the doorway on the left, or go straight and through the doorway on your right. If you go left, follow path 1A to eventually find an Alonne Greatbow +5, a Majestic Greatsword and two Bonefire Ascetics. Just on down to section 1B if you decide to go right in order to continue your way to the main boss.</p> <h2>1A</h2> <p>At the end of the balcony is a Raw Stone. Pick the item up, and head across the large chain to the area just beyond. Maldron the Assassin invades and waits in hiding to your left. To the right a long staircase leads to the bottom of the tower.</p> <p>There is a chest at the end of the upper area that holds two Bonfire Ascetics, but Maldron stands between you and that chest. If you engage the invader, he will not let you defeat him. Instead he&rsquo;ll flee down the stairs. Maldron&rsquo;s pattern of attack generally involves multiple strikes in rapid succession, then a brief pause before attacking once more. Block his attacks then strafe around him to easily land a critical blow from behind.</p> <p>As you move down the stairs you enter an area filled with curse, and come across several enemies. Two alcoves lie to the right as you make your way down. An Ashen Idol also sits on the lower alcove. If you destroy it the curse effect will be removed.</p> <p>Your best bet is to ignore the chest and the invader in the upper area, instead running down the stairs to the Ashen Idol to destroy it. Immediately head back up the stairs to avoid engaging a plethora of enemies. You might find yourself trapped inside the alcove with the idol if you aren&rsquo;t fast enough. As you move down the stairs two Axe Demons will attack from two circular platforms, while a Possessed Armor waits around halfway down. The Possessed Armor cannot be defeated unless the Ashen Idol is destroyed.</p> <p>On the way down you&rsquo;ll find five Silver Talismen to the right, and an Alonne Greatbow +5 on the second circular platform where the Axe Demons came from. A chest rests at the bottom, but three Axe Demons will appear when you approach it. Inside the chest you&rsquo;ll find a Majestic Greatsword.</p> <h2>1B</h2> <p>Travel through the mist door to your right, continuing down the stairs. Move to the far side of the area to find a Spell Quartz Ring +3 (increases your magic defense). Light the bonfire in the small room ahead of you, making note of the Minotaur head near the middle of the main room. You need a Scorching Iron Scepter to activate the head. You will find this item ahead.</p> <p>Head to the left of the bonfire, picking up the two Magic Stones in the room beyond. Continue through the next corridor, down the ladder, and ready a ranged weapon. Once you reach the flaming statue at the end, there are several enemies to the right, including two explosive barrel carrying enemies and a Fume Sorcerer. Shoot the barrels to take care of the enemies or hit the Minotaur head to move it down the corridor, killing the enemies as it moves.</p> <p>Ignore the lever, continuing into the next corridor. Another flaming statue is just ahead, but another sorcerer waits in the corner to the left of the statue. It won&rsquo;t appear until you move close, so move forward, but prepare to quickly back away as soon as it appears. Wait around the corner for the sorcerer to approach, and attack at close range where it is weakest.</p> <p>Attack the flaming statue to move it down the corridor where two more Fume Sorcerers wait. If you move to where the first sorcerer appear you can easily target the other two at the end of the corridor with relatively safe cover.</p> <p>Pull the lever near the gate and use ranged attacks to hit the enemies with explosive barrels inside the next room. There are quite a few so make sure you get them all, but do not enter the room or you&rsquo;ll get hit by the explosions. When all the enemies you can see have been defeated, move into the room and make sure the enemy up the stairs to your right is also down.</p> <p>At this point you have a couple of options. You need to continue down the next corridor, where another Giant Club Demon waits. But you can&rsquo;t simply use your ranged attacks this time around, and if you attempt to fight within close range, the immediate area doesn&rsquo;t offer much in the way of mobility.</p> <p>You can attempt to attack it at close range in this small of an area, but it is really best to quickly run to the level just left of the demon and open the gate. You can also run back to the lever you passed before (the one we told you to ignore before). Pulling that lever will open all three gates and give you plenty of room to move around. In addition to that, the Giant Club Demon will follow as you move past the flaming statues, taking damage in the process. Once he attacks, it will hit the barrels, inflicting even more damage.</p> <p>If you continue to move past the statues and use the barrels to your advantage you can easily defeat the demon without engaging him yourself. Once the demon is down, pull the lever to open the gate it was blocking and head outside. Go down the corridor to the left, and move into the next room. Climb up the ladder to obtain a Dried Root, and pull the level to raise the gate. This will make it much easier to reach the boss should you die and return to the last bonfire you lit.</p> <p>Head down the ladder and back outside. Quickly make your way across the large chain and through the mist-filled door. Watch out for the enemies as you continue down the corridor to the left. These enemies are easily dispatched with ranged attacks, but if they get close to you they explode, catching any of the others around them on fire, and increasing their speed (only the exploding enemy will die). You&rsquo;ll encounter two at first, then later down the corridor you&rsquo;ll run into another set of three.</p> <p>Snag the two Petrified Dragon Bones at the end, then head on through the doorway. As you make your way down the ladder, dark spirit Quicksword Rachel will invade and begin to climb up the ladder towards you. Simply head back up the ladder and fight her at the top.</p> <p>With the invader defeated you can safely take the ladder down to the bottom of the area, or take a small detour to pick up a Dried Root. If you want the item, face the ladder and run towards the opening so that you fall to the ledge below. Defeat the crawler in the room to the side, then hop over to the room to find a Dried Root in the corner. Then you can drop down to the room below to continue.</p> <p>Whether you take the ladder or the detour the room below has five doors. If you&rsquo;re standing in the middle of the room, facing the ladder, the door on the far right hides a crawling enemy. To the left of that is a room with a Recollection and two Twinkling Titanite items, but a Fume sorcerer guards appears in the room if you approach the items.</p> <p>The next two doors to the left and connected by a short hallway, with two crawling enemies behind the doors. The final door is the only one you actually need to enter to continue, and has two crawlers right behind it. One of them begins to explode as soon as the door opens, so prepare to move away and deal with the leftover crawler who will now be much faster. The simplest way to handle this situation is to back away into the middle of the room, use a ranged attack on the flaming crawler as soon as it reaches the doorway. If it&rsquo;s still alive afterwards, simply let it get close, and roll to avoid the explosion that will destroy it.</p> <p>Head through the door and down the ladder on the far side of the room. Once you reach the bottom, continue down the hall until you reach an open door close to the end. Through this door are several more crawling enemies. Use a ranged attack on one, which ignites the rest, greatly increasing their speed. No you&rsquo;ll need to wait to see if any leave the room to pursue you. If not, then shoot one to get its attention, then wait until it&rsquo;s close enough to activate the explosion animation. Then run towards the ladder and escape the blast. You don&rsquo;t have to be that far away to avoid being damaged, but this is the easiest way to clear the room one enemy at a time.</p> <p>Now that the room is cleared, examine the lever in front of the furnace to obtain the Scorching Iron Scepter you needed to use on the Minotaur&rsquo;s head earlier. Head on through the doorway on the side of the room to take out a crawler in the next hallway. Pull the lever at the end of the hall to activate a lift, then move away to a safe distance to avoid the crawler that is sitting on the lift above. Take it down, then use the lift to reach the level above.</p> <p>Continue down the next hallway, and drop down through the hole at the end. The doorway ahead is the same one you entered earlier, when you walked across the chain. Go back across the chain to make your way back to the Minotaur head that required the Scorching Iron Scepter (the one right before your most recent bonfire). Insert the scepter to activate the room&rsquo;s two lifts, one on the left, and one on the right.</p> <p>Use the lift to your left to move up a level. When you step off the lift step onto the very next lift straight ahead. This lift moves quickly so you don&rsquo;t have time to waste. Once you reach the next level turn right and head through the door at the end.</p> <p>Beyond this door is another flaming Minotaur statue to your left, as well as an explosive barrel enemy a bit further down, a Possessed Armor also stands guard near the end. Hit the Minotaur head to destroy the Possessed Armor depending on where it is at in its patrol. If the closest enemy is not downed, use a ranged attack to quickly defeat it.</p> <p>The right side of the hallway is now lined with alcoves. Destroy the barrels in the third alcove to find 15 Lacerating Knives. Continue up the stairs at the end of this hall to find another flaming statue at the top. Send it down the hallway to take down two explosive barrel enemies, leaving one last barrel enemy in the first alcove on your left, three flaming sword enemies, and two Axe Demons further down to contend with. Shoot the barrels some of the enemies are standing near to inflict significant damage, but try to only attack one enemy at a time so you don&rsquo;t get overwhelmed in the narrow space.</p> <p>The last alcove at the end of the hallway holds a chest that holds four Smelter Wedges. Collect the items and drop down through the adjacent hole to reach the hallway with the lifts. Move to the opposite end of the hallway to find a gated door. The Tower Key will unlock the door, and allow access to the lift beyond. That key can be found in another part of the area, jump down to section 2A to find the key.</p> <p>Once you reach the upper level head up the stairs to spawn the first dark spirit Prowler you&rsquo;ll have to face. Take it out, then approach the Ashen Idol at the crest of the stairs and insert a Smelter Wedge to obtain another Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash. Now head through the doorway on the opposite side of the room, this will spawn four more dark spirit Prowlers.</p> <p>Move back to the lift and head down to the lowest floor to stop all four invaders from ganging up on you. Go back to the top and you should be able to engage them one or two at a time. If they continue to be overwhelming just use the lift again.</p> <p>With all the invaders defeated, head up the stairs and around the corner to find a bonfire on the other side of the next room.</p> <p>If you have the Ashen Mist Heart (which is obtained from the Ancient Dragon at the top of the Dragon Shrine), the armor in the center of the room will by illuminated. If you wish to head into the memory and confront Sir Alonne, examine the suit of armor. This is a purely optional boss fight.</p> <p>Continue your quest in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86294/dark-souls-2-crown-of-the-old-iron-king-walkthrough-guide-part-2">Part 2</a>...</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT Shack Staff Weekend PC download deals: Steam celebrates Capcom http://www.shacknews.com/article/86291/weekend-pc-download-deals-steam-celebrates-capcom http://www.shacknews.com/article/86291/weekend-pc-download-deals-steam-celebrates-capcom <p>While the console world remains enraptured with Destiny, PC gamers are about to get their fill of huge PC gaming sales. Steam is celebrating all things Capcom, including offering deals on some games that are brand new to Steam, like Dead Rising 2 and Resident Evil 5. Bundle Stars steps in as one of the heavier hitters of the week by offering up some major Warner Bros. deals, like all of your favorite LEGO games on sale. GOG is celebrating its 6th birthday, while Humble is bringing summer to a close with its End of Summer sale.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Teslagrad [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Surprise-Attack-Teslagrad-Online-Game/dp/B00H4OZAHI">$6.68 (33% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3Ti2CGLmMVc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fear-bundle/">Pay $7.99</a> for F.E.A.R. (w/2 DLC packs), F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 2: Reborn DLC, and F.E.A.R. 3. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/hearts-of-iron-iii-complete-bundle/">pay $4.99</a> for Hearts of Iron III, its Semper Fi expansion, and its 18 DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/titanium-bundle/">pay $4.99</a> for Murder Miners 4-pack, Guacamelee Gold Edition, Puddle, Wooden Sen'SeY, Super Lemonade Factory, Space Farmers 2-pack, Terrorhedron, Kill Fun Yeah, Project Root, and Spy Chameleon - RGB Agent. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/injustice-gods-among-us-ultimate-edition/">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/batman-arkham-origins/">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/batman-arkham-origins-season-pass/">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/mortal-kombat-komplete-edition/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO The Hobbit [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-the-hobbit/">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Lord of the Rings [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-lord-of-the-rings/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>The LEGO Movie Videogame [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/the-lego-movie-videogame/">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-marvel-super-heroes/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-harry-potter-years-5-7/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-harry-potter-years-1-4/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-batman-2-dc-super-heroes/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/lego-batman/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/batman-arkham-city-goty/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/batman-arkham-asylum-goty/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Pko0Owp7Jzg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameFly Digital</h3> <ul> <li>L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-la-noire-the-complete-edition/5006347">$5.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto: Complete Package (GTA IV + GTA Episodes from Liberty City + GTA San Andreas + GTA Vice City + GTA III) [Steam] - <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/download-grand-theft-auto-complete-package/5006397">$12.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Other Rockstar Bundles, including Max Payne, can be found <a href="http://digital.gamefly.com/#!/promotion/676">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xk69qfTRIgY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Titanfall [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TITANFALL/titanfall">$16.00 (60% off)</a> (Season pass and DLC also available <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/campaign/11/titanfall-weekend">here</a>.)</li> <li>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-CVLOS2/castlevania-lords-of-shadow-2">$13.60 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-CVLOSMFHD/castlevania-lords-of-shadow-mirror-of-fate-hd">$5.10 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-CVLOSUE/castlevania-lords-of-shadow-ultimate-edition">$10.20 (66% off)</a></li> <li>The Wolf Among Us - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-WAU/the-wolf-among-us-season-pass">$12.50 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Walking Dead: Season 2 - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-WD2/the-walking-dead-season-two">$18.74 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GamersGate's Telltale weekend can be found <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/games?prio=relevance&amp;q=tellweekend">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/spxGwxJfX2Q?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>Shadow Warrior [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/shadow-warrior/112215">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Hotline Miami [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/hotline-miami/106114">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GameStop's Devolver Digital sale can be found <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/browse/pc?nav=16k-3-devolver,28zu0,138c">here</a>.</li> <li>Warframe starter packs are on sale <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/browse?nav=16k-3-warframe,28zu0">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sUfTNLIZlyo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Far Cry 3 [UPlay] - <a href="http://getgamesgo.com/product/far-cry-3">$7.49 (75% off)</a> (Other Far Cry games on sale <a href="http://getgamesgo.com/category/far-cry-sale">here</a>.)</li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-4-black-flag">$26.79 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed III [UPlay] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/assassins-creed-3">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Get Games' Assassin's Creed sale can be found <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/category/assassins-creed-sale">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kb5pXSN_BSI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG</h3> <ul> <li>FTL Advanced Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/faster_than_light">$2.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Don't Starve - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/dont_starve">$4.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG's 6th Birthday promo, including Rayman Origins and Leisure Suit Larry, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/6th_birthday_promo_year_five_120914">here</a>. This sale is only going until the end of Friday!</li> <li>Dyad - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/dyad">$4.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>BlazBlue Calamity Trigger - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/blazblue_calamity_trigger">$4.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG's Indietastic! promo, including Desktop Dungeons and Ether One, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/indietastic_weekend_promo_120914">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kuDnh7VPGhQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Enter the code <b>E93D4T-5XG1JG-CYU67Q</b> to get 20% off your purchase. Restrictions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Tomb Raider GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/action/tomb-raider-goty/">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Deus Ex Human Revolution Director's Cut [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/nf/en/pc/games/action/deus-ex-human-revolution-directors-cut/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Murdered: Soul Suspect [Steam] - <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/nf/en/pc/games/action/murdered-soul-suspect/">$16.66 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in Green Man Gaming's Square Enix sale can be found <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/square-enix-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>Use the voucher code <b>914719-ZOM38L-ZGV9KW</b> to receive 25% off your pre-order for any of the games on <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/25-selected-titles/">this page</a>, including Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth and Dragon Age: Inquisition.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vhh0AiAH_To?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/">Pay what you want</a> for SteamWorld Dig, Hammerwatch, and Gunpoint. Pay more than the average $7.86 to get Papers Please, Luftrausers, Gone Home, and games to be revealed later. Pay $10 or more to also get Prison Architect <b>(Early Access)</b>. Pay $65 or more to also get the Humble Indie Bundle 12 Entertainment System. All games work on Steam and are Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">Pay what you want</a> for Grand Ages: Rome - Gold Edition, Imperium Romanum - Gold Edition, Airline Tycoon 2, and Disciples III: Gold Edition. Pay more than the average $4.48 to get Tank Operations: European Campaign, Patrician III, and Patrician IV. Pay $9 or more to also get Omerta: City of Gangsters and Port Royale 3. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>The Humble Store is in the midst of their End of Summer Sale. For the full list of day-only deals and flash sales, including Mark of the Ninja: Special Edition, Banished, and The Banner Saga, be sure to visit the <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store">Humble Store. </a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vL_8sF73qtI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Newegg</h3> <ul> <li>Grand Theft Auto IV + Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Steam] - <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832137043&amp;leaderboard=1">$4.99 (86% off)</a></li> <li>F.E.A.R Complete Pack (F.E.A.R. 1 + 2 + 3 + Reborn DLC) [Steam] - <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832777099&amp;leaderboard=1">$13.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Borderlands 2 + Borderlands GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832205144&amp;leaderboard=1">$12.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>BioShock Triple Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832205143&amp;leaderboard=1">$17.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mNrm7wqnpVI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Capcom Action Pack (Bionic Commando: Rearmed + DMC: Devil May Cry + Remember Me) - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/50856">$17.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Capcom Zombie Pack (Dead Rising 2 + Resident Evil Revelations + Resident Evil 5) - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/50855">$29.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Capcom All Star Pack (Dead Rising 2 + Devil May Cry 4 + Resident Evil 6 w/Onslaught, Pradator, Siege, and Survivors mode DLC packs and wallpaper) - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/50857">$24.99 (72% off)</a></li> <li>Other offerings in Steam's Capcom sale, including the DMC Complete Pack and the Dead Rising 2 Complete Pack, can be found <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/capcom">here</a>.</li> <li>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/72850/">$4.99 (75% off)</a> (DLC packs are also on sale)</li> <li>Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/102500/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Among the Sleep - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/250620/">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Minimum - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/214190">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/272470">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4imOFjR_CJg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trailer gets Primal http://www.shacknews.com/article/86292/pokemon-omega-rubyalpha-sapphire-trailer-gets-primal http://www.shacknews.com/article/86292/pokemon-omega-rubyalpha-sapphire-trailer-gets-primal <p>Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire continue to roll out new Mega Evolutions, prior to the remakes' November release date. In addition to unveiling three more Megas to look out for, The Pokemon Company also offered some more details about Groudon and Kyogre's Primal Reversion abilities and how exactly they'll affect the course of battle.</p> <p>Just as in the original games, Groudon and Kyogre's abilities will affect the weather on the battlefield. However, Primal Groudon's Desolate Land and Primal Kyogre's Primordial Sea abilities will take their weather influences to the extreme, in the sense that they cannot be overriden. So inserting Pokemon that normally institute their own weather changes, such as Tyranitar or Abomisnow, will have no effect. Likewise, weather-changing moves like Sunny Day and Hail will also have no effect while Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre are on the field.</p> <p>These abilities will also cause certain attacks to fail. For example, the trailer below will show Swampert's Hydro Pump attack evaporate, due to the extreme heat, essentially making Primal Groudon immune to water attacks. Similarly, Primal Kyogre's heavy rain will extinguish fire-based attacks.</p> <p>New Mega Evolutions on display include <a href="http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-us/pokemon/new-mega-evolutions/mega-camerupt" target="blank">Mega Camerupt</a>, Team Magma leader Maxie's Pokemon of choice, which will enter battle with a new Sheer Force ability. <a href="http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-us/pokemon/new-mega-evolutions/mega-sharpedo" target="blank">Mega Sharpedo</a> will be wielded by Team Aqua's Archie and will have the Strong Jaw ability, which ups the power of all biting attacks. Finally, there's the Psychic/Fighting-hybrid <a href="http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-us/pokemon/new-mega-evolutions/mega-gallade" target="blank">Mega Gallade</a>, which gains a big increase in attack and speed stats, as well as the Inner Focus ability, which prevents flinching.</p> <p>For more, including a first look at the returning Rayquaza, be sure to check out the trailer below. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire releases on Nintendo 3DS on November 21.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HuaL_hMpPaM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:20:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia
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Name meaning meme thingie
YIR... no, there's not enough to recap for that
Serenity Quiz
OMG, I made an LJ entry
Fun with LJTalk/Jabber/gaim
Deal with it. (I'm such a card)
It's blasphemy delicious!
Ups and Downs
Oh yeah
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Communications Update; Part Deux
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