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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Watch the opening cinematic for Resident Evil Revelations 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87565/watch-the-opening-cinematic-for-resident-evil-revelations-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87565/watch-the-opening-cinematic-for-resident-evil-revelations-2 <p>Resident Evil Revelations is set to get its official sequel in 2015. Yesterday, Capcom released the first episode's opening cinematic, offering a look into the game's story prior to its release.</p> <p>The game's opening minutes reveal a new organization called Terra Save, dedicated to protecting citizens against bio terror. It also introduces us to Claire Redfield and Moira Burton at a cocktail party, just before the power goes out and a mysterious group of mercenaries swoops in, opening fire on anything that moves. The opening ends with Claire abducted by the unknown merc group.</p> <p>The episodic Resident Evil Revelations 2 is set to hit PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87287/resident-evil-revelations-2-releasing-episodically-starting-in-february-2015">February 17</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1P5KcsgAbT0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Theatrhythm Dragon Quest gets first trailer, but no North American confirmation http://www.shacknews.com/article/87564/theatrhythm-dragon-quest-gets-first-trailer-but-no-north-american-confirmation http://www.shacknews.com/article/87564/theatrhythm-dragon-quest-gets-first-trailer-but-no-north-american-confirmation <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87423/theatrhythm-dragon-quest-coming-to-nintendo-3ds-in-2015">As promised</a>, Theatrhythm Dragon Quest has received a formal reveal and its first official trailer. What it does not have at the moment, however, is confirmation for a North American release.</p> <p>The trailer below shows many of the same Theatrhythm principles that made the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series such a pleasure for fans. The rhythm-based gameplay is intact, sprinkled in with gameplay from various Dragon Quest games.</p> <p>However, while a March 26 release date was given for Japan, there is still no sign that it will hit North American shores. Given the Dragon Quest fanbase, though, an announcement is expected in the coming months.</p> <p>In the meantime, enjoy the trailer and the music below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/549RPbmCEs4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Final Fantasy Type-0 HD trailer accompanies Japan PS4 bundle announcement http://www.shacknews.com/article/87563/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-trailer-accompanies-japan-ps4-bundle-announcement http://www.shacknews.com/article/87563/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-trailer-accompanies-japan-ps4-bundle-announcement <p>Final Fantasy XV isn't the only new Final Fantasy game on the horizon. Square Enix also has the PSP remaster Final Fantasy Type-0 HD set to hit North American shores in 2015 and today saw the release of a new trailer.</p> <p>The latest trailer shows a chunk of the game's combat, as well as the monstrous and mechanical opposition that will be in place. The plot is also illustrated in the trailer, albeit with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. <a href="http://www.siliconera.com/2014/12/19/final-fantasy-type-0-hd-playstation-4-bundle-announced-japan/" target="blank">Siliconera</a> also notes that a PlayStation 4 bundle is set to hit Japan alongside the game. A North American release for this has yet to be confirmed, but given the massive FF fanbase in Japan, this may be exclusive only to them.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 518px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/ff0PS4bundle.jpg" alt="" width="518" height="291" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The new Final Fantasy Type-0 HD trailer can be seen in its entirety below. The game is set to arrive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on March 17.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/20ax_H3wCZY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Final Fantasy 15 trailer further blends fantasy and the modern world http://www.shacknews.com/article/87562/final-fantasy-15-trailer-further-blends-fantasy-and-the-modern-world http://www.shacknews.com/article/87562/final-fantasy-15-trailer-further-blends-fantasy-and-the-modern-world <p>There's still <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86351/final-fantasy-15-trailer-debuts-at-tokyo-game-show">little information</a> on what Final Fantasy XV's story is. Four friends will sure drive around in a car, that much is known. Today, Square Enix is shedding a little more light on the game's story and how the combat will look.</p> <p>The new Final Fantasy will look to retain many of the combat elements of the previous games in the series, but the narrative will offer an interesting blend of modern world political upheaval with a decidedly fantasy aesthetic. It's a world that will bring together magic and monsters, while also introducing modern architecture, military militias, and sleek convertibles. If nothing else, the visual is intriguing. Even if it doesn't necessarily fall in line with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/86375/opinion-final-fantasy-15-tgs-trailer-hints-at-history">Steve's view</a> on what it was all leading to, it does accomplish one feat. It certainly does inspire awe.</p> <p>You can catch a glimpse at the story in the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EJ2Kwyz_RfU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you want a refresher on the original Tokyo Game Show trailer, you can also watch that below with 100% more English dialogue.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ok4sTLzbLcs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Chatty Twitch Highlights 46: Chivalry for Christmas http://www.shacknews.com/article/87561/chatty-twitch-highlights-46-chivalry-for-christmas http://www.shacknews.com/article/87561/chatty-twitch-highlights-46-chivalry-for-christmas <p>Christmas vacations have started for many people, so that means it's time to start diving into full-blown gaming marathons. In the case of our Shacknews Chatty community, it's time to get back into weekly Shackbattles. In this week's case, we</p> <p><i>Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.</i></p> <hr /> <h2>Chivalry: Medieval Warfare</h2> <p>It's back to Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for the weekly Shackbattle. And why not? Sometimes you have to mix up your guns and helicopters with sharp swords and pointy objects. So watch our Chatty community dismember one another while delivering well-timed quips and ramblings. And watch it through the eyes of <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll/c/5710632">Hemtroll</a>, who is getting into the Christmas spirit with some of the game's new Christmas-themed outfits. Why yes, that is a candy cane shield, why do you ask?</p> <p><object width="620" height="378" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.twitch.tv/swflibs/TwitchPlayer.swf" id="clip_embed_player_flash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="movie" value="http://www.twitch.tv/swflibs/TwitchPlayer.swf" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashvars" value="channel=hemtroll&amp;auto_play=false&amp;start_volume=25&amp;videoId=c5710632&amp;device_id=fda3e34afc22d885" /></object><br /><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 320px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline;">Watch live video from Hemtroll on Twitch</a></p> <hr /> <h2>Euro Truck Simulator 2</h2> <p>The Shacknews convoy is picking up its wheels and heading to its next destination with <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll/c/5716823">Hemtroll</a> at the wheel. Watch as our Chatty truckers drive the snow-filled roads and make the trek to Glasgow. The weather outside is frightful and collisions are on, so don't expect this to be a completely smooth drive.</p> <p>Catch the full ride <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hemtroll/c/5716823">here</a>.</p> <hr /> <h2>Uncharted: Drake's Fortune</h2> <p>Those that have been following this feature know that <b>dael</b> started his playthrough of the first Uncharted game a few weeks ago. Today, he continues his expedition, exploring dilapidated structures, while also racking up his body count.</p> <p>The next part of his playthrough can be found <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/donktv/c/5697264">here</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, 20 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Halo: The Master Chief Collection will add Halo 3: ODST campaign soon http://www.shacknews.com/article/87560/halo-the-master-chief-collection-will-add-halo-3-odst-campaign-soon http://www.shacknews.com/article/87560/halo-the-master-chief-collection-will-add-halo-3-odst-campaign-soon <p>Let's face it. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch could have gone a lot better. It was plagued by <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87324/halo-the-master-chief-collection-update-further-addresses-matchmaking-issues">various online issues</a> that threaten to put a bit of a damper on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta that's set to run through January 18. Now that most of the online issues are being resolved, 343 Industries is talking compensation, as well as some additional content to go along with the four numbered Halo campaigns and their multiplayers.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/blog-posts/halo-the-master-chief-collection-thank-you" target="blank">Halo Waypoint</a>, those that have played (or at least attempted to play) Halo: The Master Cheif Collection online since its launch will receive one month of Xbox Live Gold, an exclusive in-game nameplate, and an exclusive in-game avatar. Furthermore, these players will receive the Halo 3: ODST campaign at no extra charge, expanding the playable collection beyond Master Chief's story, as soon as 343 finishes remastering it for the compilation. A future update will also add the "Relic" map for Halo 2: Anniversary at no extra charge.</p> <p>Only those that played Halo: TMCC between launch and December 19 are eligible for these compensation bonuses, meaning anyone that picks up the game for the first time after reading this are out of luck. 343 does plan to reveal pricing details for the Halo 3: ODST campaign at a later date. The studio also notes that this will be the campaign only and will not include the Firefight game mode.</p> <p>While players continue to wait for these bonuses, 343 will offer an update next week that further fixes multiplayer issues, while also adding the Halo 4 co-op 'Spartan Ops' missions.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Nvidia Shield Game Spotlight: Half-Life 2: Episode One http://www.shacknews.com/article/87559/nvidia-shield-game-spotlight-half-life-2-episode-one http://www.shacknews.com/article/87559/nvidia-shield-game-spotlight-half-life-2-episode-one <p>Developed exclusively for the Nvidia Shield Tablet, Half-Life 2: Episode One puts players back into Gordon Freeman's hazard suit as he rejoins his companion, Alyx Vance, and her pet robot, Dog, in a resistance against an occupying alien force called The Combine. Taking place immediately after the events of Half-Life, Gordon and his friends must face the consequences of what they've done.</p> <p>Originally released for the PC in 2006, Half-Life 2: Episode One was to be the first in a planned trilogy, and it remains one of the most respected series in PC gaming. The port to the Nvidia Shield Tablet maintains a high level of graphic fidelity, advanced physics handling (as demonstrated when using the gravity gun), and fast-paced gameplay. Players have to move around quickly when fighting Combine forces, and solve environmental puzzles by picking up large objects and hurling them using the gravity gun. However, being such an advanced game, and to fully preserve the feel of Half-Life, you'll need an Nvidia Shield Controller to play.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/HL2EP1-SHIELD.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The world of Half-Life is full of dangers, like alien creatures and machines, which is why you have a protective hazard suit on you at all times. It will protect you from damage until all its power is depleted. There are intermittent charging stations throughout the game, but it'll be up to you to avoid damage whenever possible. In the meantime, you're free to employ various weapons to fight against the Combine and other dangers that surround you. You can even use a supercharged gravity gun to snatch enemies up off the ground and throw them at their comrades. This open ended approach toward an action game is what helped earn Half-Life its reputation as a high-technology game.</p> <p>Additionally, the game includes some excellent characters, that are expertly voiced, and brought to life with expressive facial animations. Even the giant robotic pet, Dog, is fantastically animated and easy to bond with. Beyond that, Dr. Gordon Freeman is an almost inspirational main character, despite how he never utters a single word. He is a scientist in a fancy suit that only offers a limited amount of protection, not a soldier or superhero. Players have to survive using their smarts to solve environmental puzzles, and pick up weapons as they move along.</p> <p>All that can now be played on a small tablet, without compromising performance or visuals, thanks to the power of Tegra graphics technology. So, you can take the fight against the Combine anywhere you want to go, or hook the Shield Tablet up to an HDTV using an HDMI cable (purchased separately) for a big screen gaming experience. Either way, you'll have a chance to take on the alien menace&nbsp;and teach them that humanity isn't to be messed with.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/HL2-EP1-Comparison.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="788" /></div> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:00 PST Shacknews Promotions Weekend PC download deals: Winter savings bonanza http://www.shacknews.com/article/87558/weekend-pc-download-deals-winter-savings-bonanza http://www.shacknews.com/article/87558/weekend-pc-download-deals-winter-savings-bonanza <p>You'd almost expect for other online retailers to lay down while Steam is unleashing its juggernaut of a Winter Sale. You'd be wrong.</p> <p>Steam may have its mammoth sale happening right now, but Amazon, GameStop, Green Man Gaming, and the Humble Store are not going to sit idly by and allow Valve to take the lion's share of sales without a fight. Find everything from just about every winter sale below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R5727TI">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OY9R1KA">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/LEGO%C2%A0Batman%C2%A03-Beyond-Gotham-Online-Game/dp/B00NBBME0Y">$22.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Dogs-Definitive-Online-Game/dp/B00MYA6B9S">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XIII [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-XIII-Online-Game/dp/B00NWY0DYE">$10.71 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Murdered: Soul Suspect [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BPW967A">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Injustice-Gods-Among-Ultimate-Online/dp/B00GHTP7SS">$9.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DGZDFO4">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Scribblenauts Unmasked [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FENO3OC">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N4YZEMI">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO The Hobbit [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Hobbit-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00JMOWRTC">$7.99 (73% off)</a></li> <li>Thief [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Square-Enix-Thief-Online-Game/dp/B00BPEBG8A">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deus-Ex-Revolution-Directors-Online/dp/B00FZ20KNU">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXTUBH8">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Arkham-Origins-Blackgate-Deluxe/dp/B00JMOWVCK">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HLEHXeaRKc0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Bundle Stars</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/killer-bundle/">Pay $4.99</a> for S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, Demonicon: The Dark Eye, Pixel Piracy, Year Walk, Alone in the Dark, Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space, Kraven Manor, FATE: The Cursed King, Loren The Amazon Princess, and Real Boxing.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/sims-mega-bundle/">pay $3.99</a> for Woodcutter Simulator 2013 Gold Edition, Agricultural Simulator: Historical Farming, Professional Farmer 2014 (w/2 DLC packs), Agricultural Simulator 2013, Skyscraper Simulator, Airport Simulator 2014, Towtruck Simulator 2015, Mining &amp; Tunneling Simulator, and Warehouse and Logistics Simulator (w/Hell's Warehouse DLC). These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/fear-bundle/">pay $7.99</a> for the full F.E.A.R. collection with DLC packs. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Another World 20th Anniversary Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/another-world-20th-anniversary-edition/">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Final Exam [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/final-exam/">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Cities XL Platinum [Steam] - <a href="http://www.bundlestars.com/store/cities-xl-platinum/">$5.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HTKb9rfb9ko?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Direct2Drive (formerly GameFly Digital)</h3> <ul> <li>Direct2Drive is in the midst of its 12 Days of Christmas sale, offering a new sale each day for the next 12 days. To see today's offering, visit <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/57" target="blank">Direct2Drive</a>.</li> <li>Batman: Arkham Origins [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-batman-arkham-origins/5006013">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Civilization: Beyond Earth [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth/5008841">$41.99 (16% off)</a></li> <li>Watch Dogs [UPlay] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-watch-dogs/5006812">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/5006795">$23.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-middleearth-shadow-of-mordor/5008343">$37.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Titanfall [Origin] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-titanfall/5006255">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-borderlands-the-presequel/5008712">$49.79 (17% off)</a></li> <li>Rockstar Games Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-rockstar-games-collection/5009218">$33.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9pnK8akbd2M?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>GamersGate is in the middle of their Holiday Sale, with new specials everyday. To see the latest deals, visit <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/">GamersGate</a>.</li> <li>Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BROTHERS/brothers-a-tale-of-two-sons">$5.10 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Poker Night 2 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-PN2/poker-night-2">$1.25 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Europa Universalis IV [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-EU4/europa-universalis-iv">$10.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Darksiders Franchise Pack [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DSFP/darksiders-franchise-pack">$9.00 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Killing Floor [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KF/killing-floor">$4.49 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/liftFqr4mbc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GameStop</h3> <ul> <li>The Elder Scrolls Online - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/the-elder-scrolls-online/101905">$19.79 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Battlefield 4 [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/battlefield-4/108897">$4.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/borderlands-the-pre-sequel/114500">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein: The New Order [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/wolfenstein-the-new-order/109450">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dark Souls II [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/dark-souls-ii/113680">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Tropico 5 [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/tropico-5/115157">$13.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>WildStar - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/wildstar/113678">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SimCity Complete Edition [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/simcity-complete-edition/118849">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect Trilogy [Origin] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/mass-effect-trilogy/105548">$9.89 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Spintires [Steam] - <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/spintires/117290">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>See the full list of GameStop PC Winter Favorites on sale <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/pcgames">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AI4dDdw3GCo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Get Games</h3> <ul> <li>Get Games is offering new Christmas deals each day. To see what's on sale for today, visit <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/" target="blank">Get Games</a>.</li> <li>Wolfenstein: The New Order [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/wolfenstein-the-new-order">$19.19 (68% off)</a></li> <li>The Evil Within [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/the-evil-within">$20.39 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XIII [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/final-fantasy-xiii">$7.19 (55% off)</a></li> <li>The Elder Scrolls Online - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/the-elder-scrolls-online">$18.59 (69% off)</a></li> <li>Dishonored GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/dishonored-goty">$10.19 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Fallout New Vegas [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/fallout-new-vegas">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy VII [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/final-fantasy-vii">$5.39 (55% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy VIII [Steam] - <a href="http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/final-fantasy-viii">$5.39 (55% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lkJErwqI-2A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>The Book of Unwritten Tales - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/the_book_of_unwritten_tales">$2.99 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Painkiller Black Edition - <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/painkiller">$1.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Other games in GOG's Nordic In-N-Out sale, including Spellforce games and Red Faction games, can be found <a href="http://www.gog.com/promo/weekend_promo_nordic_special_191214">here</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/244DDOtN6D8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Enter the code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE to get 20% off your purchase. Restrictions apply.</p> <ul> <li>Green Man Gaming is kicking off its 12 Days of Festive Deals sale, with a new batch of games available each day. Check out today's deal <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/12-days-festive-deals/">here</a>.</li> <li>Green Man Gaming is also kicking off its 12 Days of Festive Indie Deals sale, with a new indie game available each day. Check out today's title <a href="http://www.greenmangaming.com/12-days-festive-indie-deals/">here</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly">Pay what you want</a> for Skara - The Blade Remains <b>[Steam Early Access]</b>, Alpha Kimori Episode One, and Avadon 2: The Corruption. Pay more than the average $5.34 to get Consortium, Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom, and Deep Dungeons of Doom. Pay $10 or more to also get Halfway. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.</p> <ul> <li>The Humble Store has kicked off its Winter Sale, offering over 500 deals over the course of the next week. This includes new flash deals every few hours. To see what's currently available, check out the <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store">Humble Store</a>.</li> <li>Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/companyofheroes2_ardennesassault_storefront">$26.79 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Gauntlet [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/gauntlet_storefront">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Nidhogg [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/nidhogg_storefront">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>7 Days to Die [Steam Early Access] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/7daystodie_storefront">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Viscera Cleanup Detail [Steam Early Access] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/visceracleanupdetail_storefront">$6.69 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/batman_arkhamcity_storefront">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Papo &amp; Yo [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/papoandyo_storefront">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Democracy 3 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/democracy3_storefront">$6.24 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uzl7qpY_M3I?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>The Steam Holiday Sale is underway. We'll fit as many as possible here, but there are hundreds of games to be found. New games are also being added every day and every few hours, so visit <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/">Steam</a> for the full list.</li> <li>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/261640">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Fable Anniversary - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/288470">$17.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Assassin's Creed Unity - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/289650">$40.19 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Ryse: Son of Rome - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/302510">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Killing Floor - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/1250">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Castle Crashers - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/204360">$1.49 (90% off)</a></li> <li>Depth - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274940">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Batman Arkham Origins - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/209000">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Valkyria Chronicles - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/294860">$14.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MnyeCZrRBt4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Tropico 5 Waterborne Impressions: Tropico Expands Beyond Its Shores, But Not Too Far http://www.shacknews.com/article/87557/tropico-5-waterborne-impressions-tropico-expands-beyond-its-shores-but-not-too-far http://www.shacknews.com/article/87557/tropico-5-waterborne-impressions-tropico-expands-beyond-its-shores-but-not-too-far <p>With Waterborne, the first major expansion for Tropico 5, the cast happens on a startling realization: island nations are surrounded by water! Waterborne frees players from the real estate limitations of staying on land by offering a set of unique structures designed to float on top of the beautiful blue ocean. These include floating apartments, restaurants, and even your own personal nuclear submarine... because what self-respecting dictator is complete without one?</p> <!-- gallery: tropico-5 --> <p>Although the Tropico 5 expansion features two very large islands, it's still very worthwhile to spread out onto the water, mainly because there aren't any major obstacles like hills and boulders to get in the way of construction. There are nine buildings in total, and they all specialize in various tasks that could render older structures obsolete. For example, there's no reason to build a Wharf when a new Fishing Trawler pulls in plenty of food from a fishing deposit, without depleting it or causing too much pollution. Structures like the Smuggler's Dock and Oyster Farm are great for gaining additional revenue, while the Tidal Plant is a little more iffy, since it only provides a moderate amount of power and loses effectiveness if you construct more than one.</p> <p>I was a little disappointed that many of the other structures like the Bathysphere, Glass Bottom Restaurant, and Floating Apartments are primarily designed to cater to rich Tropicans and tourists. I would have liked the option to have my oceanic restaurants appeal to everyday citizens. My greater disappointment is in how the expansion doesn't introduce any water-based resources. It simply makes further use of the ones that are already there. It would be interesting if you could start an underwater mining expedition or something.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MBKxa_EQXCY?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Still, the new structures look great, and they provide a significant enough economic boost to make a difference in gameplay. This is especially true of the Smuggler's Dock, which brings in additional resources from established trade routes. It works well to supply industry and power plants, which are always burning up resources.</p> <p>The Waterborne campaign tells an amusing story of chasing after a mythical black pearl, then almost ending the world in getting it. It's an amusing way to pass the time, although it has a tendency to meander a lot. Some of the missions are seriously difficult, like one where you have to pollute as much as possible so that you can properly contribute to global warming. In the meantime, your citizens are revolting against your anti-environmental policies. A different mission has you surviving against an enemy that periodically bombs and invades you, and that one feels like it goes on forever with no clear objective. The bombings often destroy buildings and cause fires, but the Disaster Relief Fund edict doesn't appear to do much to protect against it.</p> <p>Although I wouldn't necessarily characterize Waterborne as a must-have expansion, it certainly has strong merits. The Smuggler's Docks and Fishing Trawlers alone make the expansion worthwhile. Plus, all that water is just wasted space without it, and a good leaders know how to exploit everything around them.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 PST Steven Wong Until Dawn Impressions: Horror Movie Survival Challenge http://www.shacknews.com/article/87553/until-dawn-impressions-horror-movie-survival-challenge http://www.shacknews.com/article/87553/until-dawn-impressions-horror-movie-survival-challenge <p>Before stepping into Until Dawn, I'm treated to a quick quiz that asks me what I'm afraid of the most. Three multiple choice questions ask whether I'm more scared of needles or suffocation, blood and gore or creepy crawlies, and the dark or crowds. Sensing a trap, I picked suffocation, creepy crawlies, and crowds. Then starts the game demo, featuring a young blond girl named Samantha (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) taking a bath.</p> <!-- gallery: until-dawn --> <p>In Until Dawn, eight friends vacationing at a remote mountain cabin end up being trapped in a slasher horror film setting. There are multiple paths for the story to take. All eight friends could survive, or none of them, or any combination in between. In the demo, Sam's clothes are stolen while she's not looking, which forces her to walk around in nothing but a bath towel. She thinks it's some sort of prank at first, but things quickly escalate in the traditional horror movie fashion. Soon, she ends up in the lodge's basement, is shown a film of her friend being sawed in half, then one of her taking a bath moments ago, before behind greeted by a killer in a demented clown mask. From there, it's a chase through the lodge's basement areas.</p> <p>The conceit is that the game has the same self awareness as movies like Scream or A Cabin in the Woods. Players know the horror movie rules, and the game knows that they know. Characters in Until Dawn are supposed to know how absurd their life threatening situation is too, but that aspect isn't demonstrated in this demo. Instead, I was treated to a sort of survival training course. Do I have the knowledge it takes to survive a horror movie like Saw or I Know What You Did Last Summer, with no weapons and dressed only in a towel?</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/InhV7glyMl0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>This early demo is comprised almost entirely of quicktime events. At different times, players are given a short timer and must choose between two different actions, like running or hiding. I started by throwing a pitcher at the killer clown before making a run for it. Whenever I was presented with the option to hide, I always chose to do so (lest I try to run and trip on a tree branch, twisting my ankle). Until Dawn also relies heavily on the Dualshock 4's motion sensing controls. Shifting focus from one decision to another means tilting or turning the controller in the direction of the decision. For example, one of your first decisions is to either hide under a bed or leap over it, and tilting the controller up or down chooses between the two. It seems like the thumbsticks might work too, but I decided to stick with motion controls for the full experience.</p> <p>Motion controls work fairly well for the most part, even if they do seem a little gimmicky. The one part I thought they worked best was when I had to quickly shift the controller to the right to slide some locks into place. Parts that didn't work so well for me were when I was hiding, and I had to keep the controller completely still to keep from being discovered. Although, from my perspective, I was keeping it as still as possible, I always ended up failing these sections. However, I could never tell if it was because I the controller detected some sort of movement that I wasn't aware of, or if the event just time out and the killer clown discovered me no matter what. So, the control sensitivity and feedback could use some adjustment, at least so that I don't have to leave the controller sitting on a table every time I need to hide. I might have survived the encounter if it weren't for the motion sensing mechanic.&nbsp;Instead, the clown threw a gas mask over my face as I was hiding in an elevator shaft.</p> <p>I had the opportunity to run through the demo twice, so I made some different choices during the quiz, and did some more exploring the second time around. I tried out every door to look for a way out, or at least a change of clothes, and they were all locked. However, I did discover a few objects that clued me in to what's going on and who might be chasing me, including an answering machine message about a convict that was recently released from prison.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/PS_4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Changing the quiz decision impacts how things play out. I chose needles as my biggest fear the second time around, and this time, he chased me with a syringe instead of a gas mask, which is what he carried when I chose suffocation. I didn't make it far enough into the demo to see what the other two choices impacted.</p> <p>As a person who grew up watching horror movies, I wouldn't necessarily say Until Dawn was scary to me, but the homage to movies was pretty clear. Judging from the demo, it doesn't necessarily have to be scary all the time. I found myself enjoying the quiet parts, where I walked around the lodge and looked around, just as much as the frantic decision making. Samantha's scenario is one aspect of the story, and I was told by a developer that each character will emphasize different styles. One character will have a heavier focus on exploration and figuring out what's going, while others (like Sam) are just trying to survive the next few minutes.</p> <p>Altogether, I was quite impressed with the demo. The motion controls didn't completely click with me, but there is some great potential there, and it did add some fun interaction in some parts. The key thing for me was seeing if I could outsmart a slasher movie, the way characters in the Scream movies tried to, which is the kind of game that I could really get into.</p> <p>Until Dawn is expected to release for the PlayStation 4 in 2015.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2gWOuXVo8Wc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:00 PST Steven Wong Shacknews Chattycast 25: A Long Winter's Nap http://www.shacknews.com/article/87551/shacknews-chattycast-25-a-long-winters-nap http://www.shacknews.com/article/87551/shacknews-chattycast-25-a-long-winters-nap <p>This week, the Chattycast gathers the usual crew for the last regular episode of the year. We finish up 2014 talking about present-peeking, space sims, short games, Oculus Rift acquisitions, how to review Oculus games, and the recent controversy on Steam.&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll be back over the holiday break with a special (and almost certainly extra-long) Game of the Year episode, and&nbsp;then we'll resume normal Chattycast activities in 2015. THE FUTURE.</p> <p>Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: Nerdsbeware, dael, ant_hillbilly, and jingletard. If you want see your name in lights, keep an eye on Chatty to suggest topics! And, special thanks to Chatty user dael for contributing music to the show, and to Bryan "Doctor Games" Carr for production assistance.</p> <p><em>Games Discussed:<br /></em><em>Segment 1: Elite Dangerous, EVE Online, No Man's Sky, TIE Fighter<br /></em><em>Segment 2: Journey, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Gone Home, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Telltale games<br />Segment 3: Adrift, Elite Dangerous</em></p> <p><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.podbean.com/site/UserDownload/index/bid/689837/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fmf%252Fweb%252Fdsyem2%252Fchattycast025.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/5420053/url/http%253A%252F%252FShacknews.podbean.com%252Fe%252Fchattycast-episode-25-a-long-winters-nap%252F/initByJs/1/auto/1" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST Steve Watts Kerbal Space Program gets educational with KerbalEdu http://www.shacknews.com/article/87549/kerbal-space-program-gets-educational-with-kerbaledu http://www.shacknews.com/article/87549/kerbal-space-program-gets-educational-with-kerbaledu <p>Kerbal Space Program has always had educational overtones, given how much goes into creating an effective spacecraft. Today, developer Squad is working with TeacherGaming to release KerbalEdu, a special update that turns KSP into a learning tool for students.</p> <p>"We always hear about how much our players have learned through playing the game," said producer Miguel Pe&ntilde;a via a press release. "While we're proud of inspiring so many players who've learned through KSP, we&rsquo;ve always been a game first. TeacherGaming takes KSP to the next level and makes the educational aspects as important as the gameplay, if not more so, in the best ways possible. They've modified things to where students can grasp onto some of the game's concepts in an easier, more practical way. Teachers and students are really going to have fun with this."</p> <p>Tools include a full-blown mission library and editor for teachers to craft lessons plans, force arrows to illustrate what forces act on a spacecraft during flight, a flight recorder to show flight data as a graph, a real-time mathematical function tool, and specific scenarios that teach students about concepts like motion and energy conservation.</p> <p>A single KerbalEdu license will run for $17, while a pack of 25 to spread across an entire faculty will run for $330. For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.kerbaledu.com/" target="blank">KerbalEdu</a> home page.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes class combos to look out for (part 2) http://www.shacknews.com/article/87543/hearthstone-goblins-vs-gnomes-class-combos-to-look-out-for-part-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87543/hearthstone-goblins-vs-gnomes-class-combos-to-look-out-for-part-2 <p>Hearthstone's Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion has been out for a little over a week. With <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87494/psa-hearthstone-now-available-on-android">Android owners</a> just starting to catch up with everything, the time seems ripe to break down some of the expansion's more potent combinations. Before starting off, it should be noted that there are dozens upon dozens of lethal combinations involving GvG cards, so this will be a bit of a starter column. We'll offer up one combination to try out for each of the game's nine classes before returning next week with input from our expert players in the Chatty community.</p> <p>Let's continue with a look at the rest of the game's classes. For those that would like to look at the Mage, Warlock, Rogue, and Shaman, be sure to visit <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87514/hearthstone-goblins-vs-gnomes-class-combos-to-look-out-for-part-1">part 1</a> of our feature.</p> <h2>Paladin</h2> <div class="articleImage left thumb" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/Quartermaster.png" alt="" width="150" height="197" /></div> <h3>Muster for Battle + Quartermaster</h3> <p>This is a pretty basic combination for the new Paladin cards. <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Muster_for_Battle">Muster for Battle</a> seems pretty useless on the surface, since Silver Hand Recruits are fairly brittle. Just about any area of effect spell can wipe out 1/1 minions, so a simple Arcane Explosion, Cone of Cold, Consecration, Holy Nova, or Unleash the Hounds will end these Recruits before they can even attack.</p> <p>That's where <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Quartermaster">Quartermaster</a> comes into the fold. Assuming you've been able to clear the board beforehand (using Equality and Consecration), this is a fearsome Turn 8 play that will leave three 3/3 Silver Hand Recruits and a 2/5 Quartermaster on the field. Barring total disaster, like a Mage playing Flamestrike, this should be enough to chip away at your opponent.</p> <p>For the sake of argument, let's say that your opponent <i>does</i> have a counter measure ready to take out your minions. If you have <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Bolvar_Fordragon">Bolvar Fordragon</a> in your hand, it should be a quick way to bounce back on the next turn, especially if you give him Divine Shield with any of the Paladin's various spells or Shield-granting minions.</p> <hr /> <h2>Priest</h2> <div class="articleImage left thumb" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/Shadowboxer.png" alt="" width="150" height="197" /></div> <h3>Shadowboxer + Holy Nova</h3> <p><a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Shadowboxer">Shadowboxer</a> is a half-decent 2 mana minion that boasts 2/3 stats, but it's an annoyance if Anduin can hide him behind Taunt minions. However, for the purposes of this combo, you'll want to use him for his effect, in which he deals 1 damage to a random enemy for each character healed.</p> <p>Priests that have multiple minions deployed on the field will likely need some healing, which is where <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Holy_Nova">Holy Nova</a> has always been effective. Now on top of dealing its 2 damage to all enemies, a Holy Nova burst will also have the double-whammy of Shadowboxer popping random enemies for each character healed, making it a potent Turn 7 play.</p> <p>You can also roll the dice with the far-cheaper <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Circle_of_Healing">Circle of Healing</a>, but that spell will also heal enemies, so it might not necessarily be worth the risk.</p> <hr /> <h2>Druid</h2> <div class="articleImage left thumb" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/Mech-Bear-Cat.png" alt="" width="150" height="197" /></div> <h3>Mech-Bear-Cat + Mark of the Wild/Mark of Nature</h3> <p>Spare Parts are an interesting new addition to the Hearthstone meta game and they often range from helpful boosts to complete game-changers. Assuming it doesn't get polymerized, <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Mech-Bear-Cat">Mech-Bear-Cat</a> will offer at least one Spare Part if it takes any kind of damage. So why not force the issue by giving it Taunt? Mark of the Wild will offer +2/+2 for 2 mana, making it a fierce 9/8 Taunt minion. But for an extra mana, you can turn this minion into a tank by using Mark of Nature, which will grant an extra 4 health with Taunt.</p> <p>Whatever happens, the Spare Parts should hopefully come in by the handful. Even if they don't, this play will at least buy players some time to play some of the other minions in their hand, while boosting them with some Attack or Health parts.</p> <p>Of course, there's always a chance that Mech-Bear-Cat may not be long for the world, because your opponent may have a spell ready to deal with it. If that's the case, try and force the issue. If you use Mark of the Wild and have 2 mana to spare, whip out Mad Bomber and roll the dice.</p> <hr /> <h2>Warrior</h2> <div class="articleImage left thumb" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/Shieldmaiden.png" alt="" width="150" height="197" /></div> <h3>Shieldmaiden + Shield Block + Shield Slam</h3> <p><a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Shieldmaiden">Shieldmaiden</a> is one of the most powerful new minions to hit the Warrior's ranks and you'll be seeing her a lot in every deck. A lot of the reason for that is for this combo that can wipe out just about any minion on the field.</p> <p>Shieldmaiden's effect will instantly add 5 armor for Garrosh, while Shield Block will add 5 more and offer a card draw. With Shield Slam's low 1 mana cost, that still leaves room to use Shield Slam on any enemy minion, which will hit for a massive 10 damage. And it will hit for 10 <i>at the least</i>. If you've hoarded armor by using <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Armorsmith">Armorsmith</a>, chances are, you will have enough power to wipe out any minion in the game, provided they aren't protected with Divine Shield. Even Ysera and her 12 health may not be able to withstand that kind of power.</p> <hr /> <h2>Hunter</h2> <div class="articleImage left thumb" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/Gahz'rilla.png" alt="" width="150" height="197" /></div> <h3>Gahz'rilla + Wild Pyromancer + Hunter's Mark</h3> <p>EEEEEEE-YEOW!!! Just in case Rexxar wasn't powerful enough already. <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gahz%27rilla">Gahz'rilla</a> is a beast in every sense of the word, but this combination will bring just about any opponent to their knees.</p> <p>Because Gahz'rilla's attack will double for each time it takes damage, it's in your best interest to wait for Turn 9 to lay it down. Drop him and Wild Pyromancer to prepare your opponent for pain. Play the 0-mana Hunter's Mark card to reduce an enemy minion's health to 1 and watch Wild Pyromancer's effect wipe it from the board. The effect will also hit Gahz'rilla, bringing it up to 12 attack.</p> <p>The possibilities for what's next are practically endless. Use a Spare Part. Boom! Double attack again! Or hit another enemy with Arcane Shot and watch Gahz'rilla's attack hit 24. Better yet, hit Gahz'rilla with it and watch his attack skyrocket to 48!</p> <p>If you run into this combination, you'd better hope your enemy Hunter doesn't have <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Tundra_Rhino">Tundra Rhino</a> on the board or it's likely game over.</p> <hr /> <p>That's our peek into combinations for each of Hearthstone's nine classes. But that's not the end. Come back next week when we'll solicit our Chatty community for their best GvG combinations and post them here on Shacknews.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Sportsfriends comes to PC today without Johann Sebastian Joust http://www.shacknews.com/article/87548/sportsfriends-comes-to-pc-today-without-johann-sebastian-joust http://www.shacknews.com/article/87548/sportsfriends-comes-to-pc-today-without-johann-sebastian-joust <p>Those looking to get more physical with their PC games can do so today with an acclaimed indie title that's making its way out. European developer Die Gute Fabrik has released Sportsfriends, which features a compilation of games that includes the physical Johann Sebastian Joust... for Mac and Linux.</p> <p>"In large part, we've been working tirelessly on hardware-related issues, especially as it relates to getting PlayStation Move controllers working on home computers," states a recent <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gutefabrik/sportsfriends-featuring-johann-sebastian-joust/posts/1085473" target="blank">Kickstarter backer update</a>. "Our trusty programmer Jonathan has spent most of his time since the PSN release ensuring that we can establish a stable connection between the Move controller and Mac/Linux hardware. As we described in our last update, JS Joust should be more robust than ever on both platforms."</p> <p>Unfortunately, this leaves PC users out in the cold. The reason involves PC design and the Bluetooth issues that prevent use of PlayStation Move controllers.</p> <p>"Unfortunately, it seems like Windows is engineered in a way that makes it infeasible for us to get pairing working robustly," the update continues. "We looked for experts to help us, and even got in touch with an engineer at Microsoft, who told us 'this is NOT possible in any way shape or form.' Yeah, we weren't too thrilled either."</p> <p>All platforms will share the rest of the Sportsfriends package, which includes the retro sports/fighter hybrid BaraBariBall, the pole vaulting duel game Super Pole Riders, and the fast-paced Hokra.</p> <p>For more on what Sportsfriends contains, check out the trailer below. Sportsfriends is now available on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/277850/" target="blank">Steam</a>. The game also released earlier this year on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h40GP8kaRTc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance enslaves PS4 in fall 2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87547/disgaea-5-alliance-of-vengeance-enslaves-ps4-in-fall-2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87547/disgaea-5-alliance-of-vengeance-enslaves-ps4-in-fall-2015 <p>NIS America announced this week its upcoming strategy RPG, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, will be hitting the PlayStation 4 in fall 2015.</p> <p>Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance will feature a new cast of characters as a new Overlord named Void Dark looks to enslave all Netherworlds, although a young demon by the name of Killia has stood up to him in hopes to end his reign. The game will have players leading Killia and his rebel army as they rise up against Dark Void.</p> <p><span>NIS America&rsquo;s Disgaea series has always offered a worthwhile strategy RPG experience and I&rsquo;ve always enjoyed the writing in the game as there have been some pretty funny moments. The strategy RPG aspect is also top notch, so if you have yet to play the series, I recommend you check it out if you&rsquo;re a fan of the genre.</span></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Space Pirates and Zombies 2 reveals its zombie menace in new trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/87544/space-pirates-and-zombies-2-reveals-its-zombie-menace-in-new-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/87544/space-pirates-and-zombies-2-reveals-its-zombie-menace-in-new-trailer <p>There are three things that we know Space Pirates and Zombies 2 will deliver, just as its predecessor did. We know it'll be in spaace, it'll have pirates, and you'll probably run into zombies. Today, developer MinMax Games is offering a look at the latter with a new trailer revealing the first look at the game's galactic undead.</p> <p>The trailer shows a vast hivemind of zombie forces ominously closing in on player territories. It also offers a look at the game's Strategic Starmap feature that allows them to plot out strategies and observe the movements of the five factions that are vying for control of the galaxy.</p> <p>Space Pirates and Zombies 2 will see players construct their own ship before setting off to explore a vast galaxy. The idea is to claim territory and protect it against hostile forces in a strategy game environment, with controlled areas determining what parts you have at your disposal. While many enemy forces will seek to take your territory for their own, players will also have to deal with the chaotic zombie forces that are simply out to feed.</p> <p>There is no estimated release window for Space Pirates and Zombies 2, but it will hit Steam once it's ready. In the meantime, those looking to see what they're in for can check out the original Space Pirates and Zombies, which is currently part of the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/107200/" target="blank">Steam Holiday Sale</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LndzqSjt2K8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Grand Theft Auto 5 PC in 'final stages' of development http://www.shacknews.com/article/87546/grand-theft-auto-5-pc-in-final-stages-of-development http://www.shacknews.com/article/87546/grand-theft-auto-5-pc-in-final-stages-of-development <p>Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC is so close to its January 27th release, I&rsquo;m sure many of you can already taste the excessive violence and foul language. Since we&rsquo;re nearly a month away from its release, Rockstar has issued an update on how the game is shaping up at this point.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52366/asked-answered-gtav-first-person-experience-online">Rockstar Newswire</a>&nbsp;held a Q&amp;A session where they answered questions from their fans. One of the questions was a request for an update on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Rockstar responded saying, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon here at the Newswire, please stay tuned for that to be announced in the coming week.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Hearing the game is in its final stages is always a good sign that GTA 5 will make its January 27th release date. It&rsquo;s been a long wait for PC gamers, but trust me when I say GTA 5 will be worth it.</span></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Minecraft 1.6.4. update includes new creeps, horses, and fireworks http://www.shacknews.com/article/87545/minecraft-164-update-includes-new-creeps-horses-and-fireworks http://www.shacknews.com/article/87545/minecraft-164-update-includes-new-creeps-horses-and-fireworks <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87532/telltale-teams-up-with-mojang-for-minecraft-story-mode">Minecraft: Story Mode</a> wasn&rsquo;t the only bit of Minecraft-related news to come out yesterday as Microsoft has announced both Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition have received&nbsp;a rather large update. Version 1.6.4 brings a bunch of new features, so let&rsquo;s get this show on the road.</p> <p>Minecraft version 1.6.4 includes a new Tutorial World which helps those who may not be well versed in the way of the Minecraft. Both new players and those in need of a refresher can learn how to play Minecraft, as well as learn about the new features included in this update. Once you learn the ropes, you can then attempt to find all of the Music Discs that are hidden somewhere within the world. Why? Just because.</p> <p>For those who don&rsquo;t need a refresher, Minecraft version 1.6.4 includes a number of notablae updates that includes the ability to tame and ride horses, which can don its own horse armor. New enemies have also made an appearance, such as Wither Skeletons, Witches, and Bats. Fireworks have also been made available in the latest update, which can be programmed to go off at certain times of the day.</p> <p>New host options that allow hosts to control what guests in your world can do, a more advanced Redstone circuit, and new items, blocks, and mobs round out everything included in this update. So if you&rsquo;ve been looking forward to spending the holidays with Minecraft, this update should keep you busy for quite some time.</p> <p><span>PlayStation owners are said to be receiving this update soon.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eJj3zgI4v9A"></iframe></span></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:05:00 PST Daniel Perez Grand Theft Auto Online has a 'Festive Surprise' today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87542/grand-theft-auto-online-has-a-festive-surprise-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87542/grand-theft-auto-online-has-a-festive-surprise-today <p>Grand Theft Auto Online is ready to get festive with snow and stocking stuffers filled with deadly weaponry. Rockstar has announced the game's latest update, called Festive Surprise.</p> <p>The holiday additions are outlined on <a href="http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/news/article/52367/the-gta-online-festive-surprise" target="blank">Rockstar's Social Club</a> site. Los Santos will be covered in snow, where players can open up some special stocking stuffers made up of new Ammu-Nation weaponry. The Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines are now available for purchase as permanent inventory items. Meanwhile, Christmas gear like holiday sweaters, masks, hats, and more are also available to wear through Monday, January 5. Many of these pieces can be found throguh Holiday Special Crate Drops, which will sprinkle into Los Santos throughout the game. A special drop will be available in Los Santos apartments on Christmas Day.</p> <p>Those looking to make a clean getaway after an armed robbery can also pick up four new vehicles, including the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, the Slam Van, the Massacro sports car, and the Jester sports car.</p> <p>The full patch notes for today's update can be found <a href="https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204380973" target="blank">here</a>.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars hijacks Android today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87541/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-hijacks-android-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87541/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-hijacks-android-today <p>Rockstar Games is announcing the availability of <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockstargames.gtactw&amp;hl=en">Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars</a>&nbsp;for Android and Amazon Kindle Fire as well as an update to the iOS version.</p> <p>Chinatown Wars will work across a number of supported Android phones, tablets, and other devices, such as the Google Nexus Player and Amazon Fire TV. Yes - that means you can finally enjoy Chinatown Wars on the big screen if you happen to own a compatible device.</p> <p>All versions of Chinatown Wars features new, highly customizable touchscreen controls, support for physical controllers, and high-resolution widescreen display on supported devices. Retina Display is also finally supported in the latest update.</p> <p>I thoroughly enjoyed Chinatown Wars back when it released on the Nintendo DS back in 2009. It brings the modern-day Grand Theft Auto experience to the classic top-down feel of the original games, and it's a game I have no problem recommending, especially now that you can play it on supported Android TV devices, like the Fire TV.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:00 PST Daniel Perez Shack Reels: Until Dawn Interview with Victoria Miller http://www.shacknews.com/article/87540/shack-reels-until-dawn-interview-with-victoria-miller http://www.shacknews.com/article/87540/shack-reels-until-dawn-interview-with-victoria-miller <p>Supermassive Games&rsquo; Until Dawn has been gaining attention ever since the title reemerged in late summer. Our very own Ozzie was able to get <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87389/until-dawn-preview-dont-forget-to-bring-a-towel">some hands-on time with the title</a> just a few weeks ago during Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience event, and recently, Steven Wong spoke with associate producer Victoria Miller about the game.</p> <p>In the following video interview, Miller gives us a rundown of what Until Dawn is all about. If you&rsquo;re unfamiliar with this PlayStation 4 exclusive, eight friends come together to celebrate an anniversary of sorts at a mountain lodge, when everything just goes terribly wrong considering there&rsquo;s a psychopath attempting to murder all of them.</p> <p><span>The player will control all eight characters at one point or another, and their fate lies directly in the decisions you make for them. All characters can survive, die, and anything else in between. This also helps bump up Until Dawn&rsquo;s replay value as you could end up with a variety of survivors at the end of your story, or they could all become yet more victims of the killer.</span></p> <p><span><span>Rather than spoil the entire interview here, check out the video above to learn more about Until Dawn and why you should be very careful with revealing what kind of fears you have to the game.</span></span></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:00 PST Daniel Perez Pandora and Vevo lead final Xbox One entertainment apps for 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87538/pandora-and-vevo-lead-final-xbox-one-entertainment-apps-for-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/87538/pandora-and-vevo-lead-final-xbox-one-entertainment-apps-for-2014 <p>Microsoft is looking to end their year with a new handful of apps for the Xbox One. Today, the company released five new apps for their next-gen machine, offering new potential means of entertainment for your 'Snap' needs, especially for music lovers.</p> <p>Pandora and Vevo both make their debut, offering up their premium music services. Pandora offers up its slew of artists for personalized stations, while Vevo caters to the music video crowd, because music videos did not, in fact, die with MTV.</p> <p>For TV, there's Bravo Now, offering up all of Bravo's shows, provided you have a supported cable provider. Telemundo Now offers full episodes of Telemundo shows and novelas es espa&ntilde;ol, also with a supported TV provider. Finally, there's Popcornflix, an up-and-coming film provider offering new movies for free each day.</p> <p>These additions come a week after Showtime Anytime made its debut on Xbox One, ending a strong year for Xbox One entertainment apps.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia The Order: 1886 Impressions: Don't Get Caught http://www.shacknews.com/article/87537/the-order-1886-impressions-dont-get-caught http://www.shacknews.com/article/87537/the-order-1886-impressions-dont-get-caught <p>Before stepping into a recent Sony preview event in New York, the last time I had played The Order: 1886 was at E3. The E3 demo threw me straight into the action and established the game as a cover-based shooter where I could use fancy weapons like the thermite gun, which is a dual fire weapon where you cover enemies in volatile dust and then ignite it with a flare. Although this new demo still has plenty of cover-based shooting, it shows off much more of the game's stealthier side.</p> <!-- gallery: the-order-1886 --> <p>For those that don't know, The Order: 1886 is an alternate reality story about how the Knights of Camelot, through taking a potion that prolongs life, survives to the Victorian era. Much has changed, including their weaponry, but they're still dedicated to fighting evil and malicious creatures. In this new demo, members of the Order rappel down the side of a large airship owned by the East India Company, then try to quietly make their way across it. Stealth, not run and gun, is the emphasis here. Being discovered leads to quickly being shot in the head.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/CRE0189 The Order PSX Assets Airship 192 F16778.jpg" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>A couple of places require you to use a device that uses fast moving balls of mercury on either side, to override electronic locks. You have to trap the metal between small prongs as they pass by to complete some sort of electrical circuit and cause the bulb to light up. Similarly, you later use and electric lockpick to rattle tumbers until you get through. Although I can see the necessity in having these minigames, I'm not yet convinced that they add much to the story and gameplay. Especially considering how easy they tend to be, with no consequences for making mistakes.</p> <p>Performing a stealth kill is a quicklime event. As you sneak up on an unsuspecting person, a prompt appears, and you have to hit it as it lights up. They're not very difficult, and your kill animation changes slightly depending on how far you are from the target. In one instance, you kick out their knees before stabbing them in the neck, in the other, you just go straight for the neck stab. Screwing it up, of course, earns you a bullet to the head. The stealth sequences are a little unforgiving in that respect. I had no opportunity to say I blew the stealth bit, now it's time to gun everyone down. The ones I played felt like getting caught meant instant death, and causing me to restart from a nearby checkpoint. Although the stealth sequences aren't complex as some other games - all you need is a little bit of patience - I ended up memorizing movement patterns in some areas strictly through trial and error.</p> <p>One thing that bothered me about the demo was that there's very little in the way of direction. For example, I had to make my way up to the airship's cabin and take out the piloting crew. But which way was cabin? Later on, I have to find my way to the ballroom. Ok, where's that? The levels are linear enough so that I could figure things out in short time without getting too turned around, but a little bit of direction would have been nice. Maybe even a mission reminder, because I kind of lost track of what I was supposed to accomplish after getting caught up in the action.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/CRE0189 The Order PSX Assets Airship 192 F50347.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The stealth portion ends when you reach the ballroom and a dignitary enters. My character, Galahad, sets up a silenced sniper rifle and settles into position. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing at first. Was I there to assassinate the dignitary? As it turns out, I was there to protect him from a number of rebels posing as friendly soldiers. I pointed my scope around the room to identify each disguised rebel based on a detail on their uniforms. After discovering two of them and validating the others, I was clear to take them out.</p> <p>The Order returns to being an action shooter once the sniping sequence is done. That meant that I could take more damage, and could recover from injuries by hiding behind cover. However, I still had my sniper rifle, and I used to eliminate a lot of the incoming soldiers. That's when the rebels started to "get smart" by making more extensive use of cover, and blind firing from doorways. Although some tried to shoot me from the opposite balcony, none actually crossed the room and came up the stairs to get me.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/12/CRE0189 The Order PSX Assets 2 201 F12307.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>A detail that struck me while I was playing was that the weapons shown here aren't quite as showy as the thermite gun. Sure, they were a little anachronistic, with things like assault rifles and fully automatic pistols, but they all fired plain bullets. Still, even without the showiness, they got the job done. It seemed as though the auto pistol generally had low accuracy and high recoil, forcing you to get in close, and the assault rifle packed a good punch, but used up a lot of bullets.</p> <p>After seeing the dignitary off on a lifeboat, which was pretty much an enclosed pod with a parachute on it, I was given a chance to raid the armory, then teamed up with Percival to hunt down the remaining rebels. It's in this part that stealth and action really blend together. Although I was a little bothered by how enemies just seemed to pour in from out of nowhere, I was able to go around certain areas and flank enemies while Percival kept them distracted. Alternatively, I could have taken them all head-on to fight my way through the area. The gameplay demo concludes shortly after the firefight.</p> <p>There might be a few quirks to work out, but the game looks pretty solid right now. I wish there were a few more stealth tools, like creating a distraction or setting traps, instead of simply waiting and sneaking up behind people. But the inclusion of stealth aspects and multiple approaches certainly help the game stand out among the crowd of action shooters, as does the alternate reality Neo-Victorian setting. However, I'm still only getting a small sense of what the story and characters are all about. I don't really understand who the dignitary I saved was, why he was important, or who the rebels were and what they stood for. So far, the game gives me a general direction, and I try to follow it, shooting or stabbing anything that gets in my way. But there's still time, and I look forward seeing bigger reveals, like some of the creatures the Order is fighting against.</p> <p>The Order: 1886 releases for the PlayStation 4 on February 20th.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UXbpBggXEI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xwO7Qx1oZvM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:00 PST Steven Wong PSA: The 2014 Steam Holiday Sale is now live http://www.shacknews.com/article/87536/psa-the-2014-steam-holiday-sale-is-now-live http://www.shacknews.com/article/87536/psa-the-2014-steam-holiday-sale-is-now-live <p>The 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has begun. Many of the best PC games are currently on sale, with new deals set to be introduced every 12 hours.</p> <p>Notable games for sale include Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth at 40% off, Dark Souls 2 at a whopping 63% off, and the just-released Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes going for 33% off. <a href="https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9829-TAFK-1655" target="_blank">Holiday Trading Cards</a>&nbsp;are also up for grabs by making purchases in the sale, crafting, or voting in the Community Choice polls.</p> <p>The full list of deals can be found on <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/" target="blank">Steam</a>.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Tales From the Borderlands lands on iOS and Android today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87535/tales-from-the-borderlands-lands-on-ios-and-android-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/87535/tales-from-the-borderlands-lands-on-ios-and-android-today <p>Considering that Telltale's Tales From the Borderlands takes Gearbox's series out of the confines of a first-person shooter, it's a little easier to experience on other platforms. Those on iOS and Android can now get a taste of life on Pandora with the first episode 'Zero Sum' hitting mobile devices today.</p> <p>Tales From the Borderlands begins after the events of Borderlands 2, with Hyperion employee Rhys looking to screw over his cutthroat boss by picking up a Vault Key. Along the way, he bumps into con artist Fiona, leading to danger, laughter, and a whole lot of lies.</p> <p>While we don't know where the story is going, we <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/87228/tales-from-the-borderlands-zero-sum-impressions---our-fish-story-begins">certainly like</a> the way it's started. The first episode of Tales From the Borderlands is available now on the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tales-from-the-borderlands/id934090827?mt=8" target="blank">App Store</a> and on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.telltalegames.borderlands100&amp;hl=en" target="blank">Google Play</a> for $4.99. For more, check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DWZFhIbr0dA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:50:00 PST Ozzie Mejia
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