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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us OlliOlli kickflips onto PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86009/olliolli-kickflips-onto-playstation-3-and-playstation-4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86009/olliolli-kickflips-onto-playstation-3-and-playstation-4 <p>Not since the glory days of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater have we seen such an addictive skateboarding game like OlliOlli. This side-scrolling skater features a unique control system, but one that's easy to grasp as you nail tricks, score huge combos, and avoid botching the landing.</p> <p>The game was originally released for PS Vita a few months ago, but this week, Roll7 Studios has announced that the game is now available for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.</p> <p>The game feature an upgraded menu system, as well as leaderboards that let you compare the best times with your friends. In addition, the game is Cross-Buy compatible, so if you bought the game before on Vita, it's all yours for free. Otherwise, you'll have to pay $12.99 to download it.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:30:00 PDT Robert Workman The Witcher Battle Arena dev discusses characters and attacks http://www.shacknews.com/article/86013/the-witcher-battle-arena-dev-discusses-characters-and-attacks http://www.shacknews.com/article/86013/the-witcher-battle-arena-dev-discusses-characters-and-attacks <p>CD Projekt Red has been very busy with its new installments of The Witcher franchise. Beyond The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt set to come out next year, the studio is also working on a mobile free-to-play MOBA called <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85189/the-witcher-battle-arena-takes-moba-monster-hunting-mobile">The Witcher Battle Arena</a>. During our time at Gamescom, Shacknews had a chance to speak to one of the game's developers, Tadek Zielinski, about the game and how it adds to the whole Witcher world.</p> <p>Zielinski goes into many of the standard MOBA features included in the game, which includes three distinct classes. He also discusses some of the unique mechanics that The Witcher Battle Arena brings to the table, such as the ability to carry two different consumable items into every battle.</p> <p>To learn more about The Witcher Battle Arena, be sure to check out our interview below. The game is expected to hit iOS in Q4 2014, with Android and Windows Phone versions expected later down the line.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mEafY0ytMRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Metro Redux impressions: bleak never looked so good http://www.shacknews.com/article/85996/metro-redux-impressions-bleak-never-looked-so-good http://www.shacknews.com/article/85996/metro-redux-impressions-bleak-never-looked-so-good <p>Late last month, I gave my impressions for Sony's The Last of Us Remastered, explaining how Naughty Dog was setting the standard for "revisions" of games that were popular over on the PlayStation 3. Indeed, that's a high bar to live up to, especially considering the dramatic power that game delivered in the first place. Still, if any game&nbsp;can keep up with Joel and Ellie, it's certainly Metro Redux, which delivers a compelling tale of its own. Better yet, two.</p> <p>The Metro titles are the work of 4A Games, who first got its start with the underappreciated Metro 2033, released under the THQ label, before moving on to Deep Silver with the oft-delayed Metro: Last Light, which turned out to be worth the wait. Both of these titles, inspired by the Metro books by Dmitry Glukhovsky, have made their way inside Redux, and it's the ultimate package for those who have been with the series day one. For those who haven't, though, the welcome mat is certainly out for you as well, even if it is covered in radiation.</p> <p>The games take place in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, where a single survivor, Artyom, has his hands full. Along with haunting flashbacks that stop him at nearly every turn, Artyom has a lot to contend with, including fellow survivors fighting tooth and nail to survive, mutated creatures that hunger for human flesh, and even aliens that somehow play a strange but vital part in the story. As the shaken soldier, it's up to you to fight for survival.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/Metro.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="375" /></div> <p>What makes Metro Redux such a complete package is that you can play either 2033 or Last Light any way you see fit. Previously, 2033 was limited to merely surviving, as you conserved any ammunition you got your hands on while keeping your gear in tip-top shape to avoid succumbing to radiation. With Redux, 4A Games has tweaked&nbsp;the game with the inclusion of various modes to choose from, which also apply to the brilliant Last Light.</p> <p>Spartan mode may be the best bet for those who prefer a more action-oriented affair. While this does take away some of the survival essence from each game, it makes them more exciting, as you blast your way through corridors and use a variety of weapons you'll snag and upgrade along the way. The shotguns are your best bet, but a good old assault rifle can do its own fair share as well. Stealth kills are also welcome in either game, as you can easily sneak up behind a soldier and plow a blade right into his neck.</p> <p>Those who prefer the more traditional approach to Metro can stick with Survival mode, where the ammunition is limited and the enemies are a bit tougher. This is probably the experience that's best preferred with the tone of the game, as fighting your way through a post-apocalyptic Moscow should be anything but a cakewalk. Those who want it even tougher can turn on Ranger mode, which deactivates the heads-up display and makes each situation even more of a burden to get through. That's a good thing.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/Metro 2.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>No matter what style of play you prefer, 4A Games has tweaked the controls so that they feel terrific. The run-and-gun action never loses a beat, and even if you prefer stealth, the responsive gameplay feels satisfactory, right down to nailing that perfect stealth kill.</p> <p>In addition to tweaking the gameplay for both titles, 4A also remastered the visuals so that they run at 60 frames per second. This is whether you're outside running around in the bleak neighborhoods, or making your way through darkly lit corridors underground. The resolution shows a slight difference with the versions, between 1080p on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One, but, honestly, only the nitpickers are bound to notice the difference. Both games look magnificent across the board, with nary any bugs to get in the way, nor any lessening of the dark, harrowing worlds that Artyom must claw his way through.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0jZOHkQFb6M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Although Metro Redux doesn't introduce any new content for veteran players to discover--aside from DLC they might have missed, which is included in the package--the presentation and various mode styles are more than enough to keep you coming back. Both 2033 and Last Light have a great story to tell, and long-time fans and newcomers alike will find something to appreciate with Redux.</p> <p><em>This&nbsp;piece is based on review copies provided by the publishers at Deep Silver. Metro Redux is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is rated M for mature.</em></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 PDT Robert Workman Disney Infinity 2.0 gets a big dose of Big Hero 6 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86012/disney-infinity-20-gets-a-big-dose-of-big-hero-6 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86012/disney-infinity-20-gets-a-big-dose-of-big-hero-6 <p>Along with the overflowing cast already included in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/tag/disney-infinity-20">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</a>, Disney Interactive has announced that the main characters from the forthcoming animated film Big Hero 6, a co-production between Disney and Marvel, will also be in the game. Hiro and Baymax will both be included, playable in their own Toy Box playset as you play your way through San Fransokyo.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 12.15.57 PM.png" alt="" width="600" height="400" /></div> <p>You can watch the trailer below and expect the duo to be doing some damage when the game launches this September for various platforms, including Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U and 3DS.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://video.disney.com/embed/5018f188f2e9b1bb67b31d0b" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 will hit the big screen on November 7th.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:00 PDT Robert Workman Destiny gets PS4/PS3 exclusive goodies trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86011/destiny-gets-ps4ps3-exclusive-goodies-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86011/destiny-gets-ps4ps3-exclusive-goodies-trailer <p>Destiny is less than two weeks away, a game that's been a long time coming since its initial introduction last year. PlayStation fans have a little more to get excited about with their versions of the game on PS3 and PS4, as they'll get some exclusive content before Xbox owners.</p> <p>To highlight which exclusives gamers will be getting, Sony, in conjunction with Activision and Bungie, has released a new trailer highlighting what gear, guns and maps you'll be getting with these versions of the game. You can watch it below and savor the flavor of exclusiveness.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pp3-3oXiZyU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Destiny releases across the board on September 9th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:00 PDT Robert Workman GOG.com introducing a new DRM-free movies program http://www.shacknews.com/article/86006/gogcom-introducing-a-new-drm-free-movies-program http://www.shacknews.com/article/86006/gogcom-introducing-a-new-drm-free-movies-program <p>Six years after innovating with DRM-free games, GOG.com has announced that it's opening up its portal to DRM-free movies.&nbsp;The website hopes to convince "big Hollywood studios" that offering TV and cinema classics 100 percent DRM-free is the wave of the future. Though not everyone might be so easily convinced.</p> <p>"Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," said Guillaume Rambourg, GOG.com VP for North America. "In our first round of talks, the response was largely, 'We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk.' Most studio officials agreed that DRM is pointless, but were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them to get rid of it."</p> <p>The video below highlights GOG.com's plan for movies, as it currently offers 20 various documentaries that are available for a small fee on its site. These nclude such offering as The King of Arcades, Gamer Age and Indie Game: The Movie, as well as the premiere of a new film called Pixel Poetry, featuring Adam Sessler and other gaming stars.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pZQL-8SDyi8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Those who wish to try the service out before making any sort of purchase can do so with two particular documentaries, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, which are available free of charge and enable gamers to see just what kind of quality the movies offer.</p> <p>It's going to be a rough climb for this service, but with so many documentaries and other movie types available, GOG.com should have no trouble offering some form of variety. And lest we forget the games as well? Nope.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 PDT Robert Workman Grand Theft Auto 5 gets ten new Rockstar Verified Jobs http://www.shacknews.com/article/86007/grand-theft-auto-5-gets-ten-new-rockstar-verified-jobs http://www.shacknews.com/article/86007/grand-theft-auto-5-gets-ten-new-rockstar-verified-jobs <p>Rockstar Games has had no trouble adding fresh content to Grand Theft Auto 5's Online world, as it's already introduced a special flight school earlier in the month, giving would-be Mavericks their own opportunity to buzz the tower (or whatever other structure happens to be nearby). This week, it's continuing to add to the fun with ten new Rockstar Verified Jobs, available for download now.</p> <p>The missions vary, offering a number of new racing events and battles, including That's What She Said (no, really, that's the name of the mission), as well as Code 13-91, Rebel Rodeo, Brand's Snatch, Hit the Apex and Tittie Twister, along with new capture maps like Hold: Operation Interrupt and Raid: Claustrophobia. You'll also be able to take on deathmatches like Urban Jungle and Rail Yard.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/Grand.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Rockstar has detailed each of these missions and maps over at the <a href="http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52297/10-new-rockstar-verified-jobs-close-quarters-confrontation">Rockstar Newswire</a>, if you want to take a look.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:00 PDT Robert Workman Xbox One Kinect standalone coming October 7 for $149 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86008/xbox-one-kinect-standalone-coming-october-7-for-149 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86008/xbox-one-kinect-standalone-coming-october-7-for-149 <p>Ever since Microsoft took the Kinect out of the Xbox One bundle, it's been selling a lot better, at a more manageable price. However, there are those who still want to grasp the experience of motion-based gestures, along with voice commands and games that utilize the device, like Kinect Sports Rivals. Not to worry, as you'll soon have your chance to snag the peripheral on its own.</p> <p>Microsoft has announced on its <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/08/xbox-one-standalone-kinect">Xbox Wire page</a> that the Kinect sensor will be available for stand-alone purchase starting on October 7th. The device will come with a downloadable game, Harmonix's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85424/dance-central-spotlight-coming-september-2">Dance Central Spotlight</a>, and will retail for $149.99.</p> <p>So if you don't have a Kinect yet, you'll soon have the chance to get one a la carte.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:00 PDT Robert Workman Escape Dead Island gets a release date http://www.shacknews.com/article/86003/escape-dead-island-gets-a-release-date http://www.shacknews.com/article/86003/escape-dead-island-gets-a-release-date <p>It's not often you see a popular video game series bridge out with an interesting side chapter, especially one that actually ties in events with other releases in the series. However, that's exactly what we're getting with Deep Silver's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85515/sdcc-14-first-look-at-escape-dead-island">Escape Dead Island</a>, which we&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85515/sdcc-14-first-look-at-escape-dead-island">checked out</a>&nbsp;last month at San Diego Comic-Con.</p> <p>Players will be able to experience this new adventure on November 18th when it releases for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, filling the shoes of a new hero as he fights for survival on an island chock full of zombies, using distraction, stealth kills and whatever else to his advantage in order to stay alive. Unless a storage container smushes him first, obviously.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SxSbpdCc_GA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In addition, European gamers who pre-order the game will also gain access to a special beta for Dead Island 2 when it launches. This was previously announced a few months ago in the U.S., so, yes, we're getting it too.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:30:00 PDT Robert Workman Bioshock kindly arriving on iOS tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/86005/bioshock-kindly-arriving-on-ios-tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/86005/bioshock-kindly-arriving-on-ios-tonight <p>Earlier this month, we had some hands-on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85604/bioshock-ios-hands-on-impressions-rapture-resurfaces-on-a-new-platform">impressions</a> for 2K Games' iOS port of Bioshock, which is a pretty close translation of the original Xbox 360 game, despite being transferred to a touch-screen. Players won't have to wait long for the game to arrive on the App Store, because it's happening tonight.</p> <p>The game will be available starting at 9 PM PDT in Apple's devoted store, going for the price of $14.99. A word of warning: the game will only run on newer Apple devices, such as the iPad Air, the iPad Mini 2, the iPad 4, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5. Trying to run it on previously released devices simply won't work. So make sure you have one of these devices before&nbsp;you download the game.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:25:00 PDT Robert Workman Gauntlet gets new release date, gameplay walkthrough trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86002/gauntlet-gets-new-release-date-gameplay-walkthrough-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/86002/gauntlet-gets-new-release-date-gameplay-walkthrough-trailer <p>Gauntlet players won't have to wait too much longer to experience Arrowhead Studios' new take on the multiplayer action game, which closely emulates the original 80's games that inspired all the dungeon questing to begin with.</p> <p>WB Games has announced that the game has been delayed slightly, this time set for a release on September 23rd. According to its press release, the additional time was "needed to fine-tune details in order to bring gamers an even more robust multiplayer experience."</p> <p>In addition, the team at Arrowhead, along with WB, released a new trailer highlighting some of the gameplay aspects you can expect in the PC release, including how well players work together, as well as their individual talents. You can view it below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QzREjFT3Cdo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Finally, if you're at PAX Prime this weekend, you'll be able to experience a special "The Gauntlet" tournament featuring a number of web superstars, including Nerdist's Jessica Chobot and IGN's Greg Miller, competing to see who is king or queen of the Gauntlet game. Fans are encouraged to check out the tourney, which will take place outside the Main Expo entrance in the South Hall.</p> <p>Also, keep an eye out for the Gauntlet food truck, which will be circling the area of 9th and Pine during the four-day event this weekend. Because who doesn't want turkey legs and candy apples?</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/Gauntlet.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" /></div> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:20:00 PDT Robert Workman The Walking Dead: Season 2 review: I guess this is growing up http://www.shacknews.com/article/85995/the-walking-dead-season-2-review-i-guess-this-is-growing-up http://www.shacknews.com/article/85995/the-walking-dead-season-2-review-i-guess-this-is-growing-up <p>Nothing ever changes about the undead. Walkers will continue to wander aimlessly in a neverending search for food. Humanity, on the other hand, will continue to grow and change. Even in the middle of the greatest disaster to befall the world, people will continue evolve. That's my main takeaway from The Walking Dead: Season 2. Even if Telltale wasn't quite able to hit that same emotional punch that rocketed the first season to the top of Shacknews' Game of the Year list in 2012, it still stands as an example of fine storytelling and narrative within the context of an adventure game.</p> <p>If the first season of The Walking Dead was about paternal instincts kicking in during a time of apocalyptic crisis, the second season is about the loss of innocence and forsaking childhood for the sake of survival. This season put young Clementine in a starring role and focused on her lone path into the apocalypse.</p> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/TheWalkingDeadS2E3.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="333" /></div> <p>Clementine as the main protagonist meant a distinct change in the narrative dynamic. The game was no longer about doing what's best for the group and keeping everyone happy. If anything, the party that Clementine stumbled onto was in a woefully bad situation and there was only so much she could do to help keep things together.</p> <p>That leads into one of the main issues with this season of The Walking Dead. The supporting cast simply isn't all that compelling, especially the cast we're introduced to in the first two episodes. I've gone over the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85491/why-the-walking-dead-season-2-is-bogged-down-by-a-weak-cast">problems</a> with the supporting cast previously, so I won't belabor this point. However, in comparison to the fleshed-out characters that we see evolve over the first season, this season's cast pales in comparison. There's no reason to care about many of them, often because they're total screw-ups that make their survival situation worse and because it rapidly becomes apparent that Clementine is the smartest and most mature member of the group.</p> <p>That isn't just a blind observation, either. There are several instances in the game in which Clementine is either approached with an extremely dangerous task or is blamed for making a spur-of-the-moment choice. Somehow, the adults here always think it's the best idea to throw Clementine directly into the fire for tasks that they could just as easily handle themselves (such as talking to an extremely-volatile Kenny) or blame her for taking spur-of-the-moment action in a life-or-death situation. It makes these characters come off as unsympathetic, so when any of those supporting players meet their premature demise, it's hard to drum up the same kind of emotional response that drove so much of the first season.</p> <p>However, while I can harp on where Telltale has come up short with its characters, they should also be credited for continuing to be masters of their storytelling formula. These games aren't simply about choices and the number of choices you can make. These choices have no teeth if there aren't consequences and this season sees some very real consequences, especially in the latter half. The Walking Dead is built on a foundation of choices, but it flourishes because of what results from them. Never is that more evident than in the final episode's closing minutes.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8DO0l_hwoQ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Without diving deep into spoiler territory, there was a reason that Telltale structured their episodes in the way that they did. It might have seemed curious that they blew off the Woodbury-style camp storyline in the third episode and that's because there was one other character worth investing in: Kenny. With Clementine's story signifying a child's forced journey into adulthood and maturity, it also meant she had a very harsh lesson to learn over the course of her journey. Just like herself, people grow and people change. So do relationships. The person you knew years ago is not necessarily the same person you know now and how one chooses to deal with that change is a very real dilemma in life. The manner in which The Walking Dead deals with Clementine and Kenny's relationship is the true highlight of this season, right down to the final episode's gut-wrenching climax. More than anything, as the story progresses and that relationship changes, it will have many players questioning the choices they made, harkening back to the idea of consequences.</p> <p>It was pretty clear that Telltale was more interested in telling a story this time around, because the fail states this time around were a lot more forgiving. Whereas I found myself having to repeat a few portions of the first season, because of screwing up a few puzzles, there was no such danger of that happening this time. Yet Telltale didn't forsake any of the interactive elements, managing to keep the tense atmosphere going through all of its walker segments. They still feels organically placed, rather than as tacked-on segments for the sake of adding action.</p> <p>It took a while for The Walking Dead: Season 2 and its story to find their footing, but Telltale still knows how to pack an emotional punch. Whether it was during the hostage situation&nbsp;at the end of the second episode, the escape attempt at the end of the third episode, or the twist at the very end of the season, there are still a number of heartbreaking moments that promise to touch feelings in ways that few other games can. The difference between this and last season is, there just aren't as many this time around. Perhaps because of that, this feels less like a GOTY contender and more like a game that's simply very good.</p> <p>Overall, this is the essence of The Walking Dead. It's tragedy and despair, with only that one faint glimmer of hope that keeps humanity going.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Final Score</span>: <b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">8</span></b>&nbsp;out of 10.</p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on downloadable Xbox 360 codes, all provided by the publisher (with the exception of Episode 3, which was purchased by the reviewer). The Walking Dead: Season 2 is available now on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita now and is coming later this week to iOS. The game is rated M.</i></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Microsoft launches George Washington Labor Day theme for charity http://www.shacknews.com/article/86001/microsoft-launches-george-washington-labor-day-theme-for-charity http://www.shacknews.com/article/86001/microsoft-launches-george-washington-labor-day-theme-for-charity <p>Labor Day is just around the corner, and both Microsoft and Call of Duty Endowment want you to celebrate it like an American.</p> <p>The companies have teamed up to offer a special George Washington themed background, which is <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Search?q=call%20of%20duty%20endowment#Games">now available for download</a> on the Xbox 360 console. With the purchase, buyers can donate anywhere from $1 to $20, which will benefit a number of non-profit organizations tied in with the Call of Duty group, which specializes in connecting military veterans.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/08/George.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="337" /></div> <p>The background will be available throughout the weekend, and it's a pretty nice way to give your Xbox 360 some d&eacute;cor while you help out others.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:40:00 PDT Robert Workman PlayStation Plus September line-up includes Sportsfriends and PlayStation All-Stars http://www.shacknews.com/article/86000/playstation-plus-september-line-up-includes-sportsfriends-and-playstation-all-stars http://www.shacknews.com/article/86000/playstation-plus-september-line-up-includes-sportsfriends-and-playstation-all-stars <p>August is coming to a close, and that means once again Sony is rolling out its PlayStation Plus line-up for the next month. September will bring Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and more. Check out the full line-up below, via the <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/08/27/ps-plus-preview-septembers-free-game-lineup/#sf4367118">PlayStation Blog</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XUD4IAg8D_o"></iframe></p> <p>Velocity 2X (PS4, PS Vita)</p> <p><em>Use the Quarp Drive teleport to outsmart the evil Vokh in race-tuned space combat, then dock your ship, jump out and continue the fight on foot! Velocity 2X is the visually dazzling action packed sequel to Velocity Ultra, featuring amazing puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning shooter gameplay!</em></p> <p>Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)</p> <p><em>Sportsfriends is a compendium of award-winning local multiplayer games for living rooms, parties, and even backyards. Featuring: retro-styled fighting game BaraBariBall, QWOP-like pole vault dueling game Super Pole Riders, high-velocity sports game Hokra, and face-to-face physical party game Johann Sebastian Joust. All the games are playable with the DualShock&reg;4 wireless controller, while Johann Sebastian Joust can be further enhanced by the PlayStation Move Motion Controller (sold separately).</em></p> <p>PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PS Vita)</p> <p><em>From Kratos to Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth to Parappa the Rapper, Sony characters from all over the gaming spectrum are brought together in a fighting adventure that&rsquo;s both easy to play, and hard to master. Take the battle online for competitive multiplayer action, or go head to head with a group of friends on the couch and prove once and for all who&rsquo;s really the best!</em></p> <p>Hoard (PS3)</p> <p><em>HOARD is an innovative fast-paced arcade action-strategy title from Big Sandwich Games that puts you in control of conquering a medieval kingdom. Your goal is to build a giant pile of gold to sleep on in your lair. YOU ARE THE DRAGON: Scare villages! Burn castles! Collect treasure! Roast pesky knights and thieves! Compete or co-operate with other dragons in epic multiplayer battles!</em></p> <p>Joe Danger (PS Vita)</p> <p><em>Take Joe on a ride from zero to hero in a game that lives up to its big brother with no compromises. Eye-popping super-smooth 60FPS graphics use only the very brightest colours on Vita&rsquo;s lovely screen, and we&rsquo;ve revamped the JD control scheme so it plays just as nicely, too, including touch controls for the editor modes!</em></p> <p>TxK (PS Vita)</p> <p><em>Glowing vectors, explosive particle effects and a pulse-pounding soundtrack are core elements of many modern arcade shooters &ndash; a style that Llamasoft defined with its seminal 90s tube shooter. TxK is the spiritual successor to that genre-defining work and brings you 100 levels of engrossing score-chasing gameplay, married to an outstanding soundtrack that will have your head nodding as you blast your way onto the scoreboards.</em></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:15:00 PDT Steve Watts Forza Horizon 2 demo coming next month http://www.shacknews.com/article/85999/forza-horizon-2-demo-coming-next-month http://www.shacknews.com/article/85999/forza-horizon-2-demo-coming-next-month <p>Forza Horizon 2 is due at the end of September, but you can go for a test drive a little earlier.</p> <p>Microsoft has announced a demo is coming on September 16. The announcement&nbsp;promises a handful of cars to explore the European landscape with, but doesn't detail just which hot rods you'll be handling. The company also released the full list of <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/08/games-forza-horizon-2-demo">Achievements</a>, for any hungry Gamerscore hunters out there.</p> <p>Forza Horizon 2 is coming on September 30.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:20:00 PDT Steve Watts Dragon Age: Inquisition to feature co-op multiplayer http://www.shacknews.com/article/85998/dragon-age-inquisition-to-feature-co-op-multiplayer http://www.shacknews.com/article/85998/dragon-age-inquisition-to-feature-co-op-multiplayer <p>Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature a cooperative dungeon crawling multiplayer mode, BioWare has announced.</p> <p>The co-op mode will let up to four players team up and explore dungeons to collect loot, craft new items, and unlock new characters. The announcement promises up to twelve unlockable characters at launch ranging from among the three classes: Legionnaire, Reaver, and Mage. It's careful to note that this is a standalone experience, and won't have an impact on the single-player progression.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those attending PAX this weekend can try out the multiplayer mode at the Microsoft booth.</p> <p>"For&nbsp;Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the&nbsp;Dragon Age&nbsp;and&nbsp;Mass Effect&nbsp;franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of&nbsp;Inquisition's&nbsp;party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system," said BioWare general manager&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span>Aaryn Flynn<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span>,&nbsp;in the announcement. "It was early in the game's development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in&nbsp;Mass Effect 3's&nbsp;multiplayer mode. We can't wait to give&nbsp;Dragon Age&nbsp;fans an even bigger and deeper experience."</p> <p>We had previously heard that BioWare offered a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/82998/dragon-age-inquisition-survey-comes-with-chance-to-play-the">survey</a>&nbsp;to gauge interest in such a mode, specifically asking about Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. Those single-serving missions&nbsp;seem to be a blueprint for this mode, but we'll see for ourselves in just a few days.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:40:00 PDT Steve Watts Twitch the latest target for DDoS attack [Update: Battle.net, League of Legends also hit] http://www.shacknews.com/article/85997/twitch-the-latest-target-for-ddos-attack-update-battlenet-league-of-legends-also-hit http://www.shacknews.com/article/85997/twitch-the-latest-target-for-ddos-attack-update-battlenet-league-of-legends-also-hit <p><b>Update 4:</b> With a handful of users ceding to Lizard Squad's demands, Twitch, Battle.net, and League of Legends all appear to be up and running again. Shacknews will continue to monitor the situation and await the next chapter in this unfortunate saga.</p> <p><b>Update 3:</b> Lizard Squad has <a href="https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504454145584427008" target="blank">indicated</a> that they will be targeting League of Legends servers in North America.&nbsp;Servers have since been taken down.</p> <p><strong>Update 2:</strong> It appears that the attacks are spreading, once again. Hearthstone and Diablo 3 servers are down and Blizzard is claiming to be the victims of DDoS attack. Lizard Squad has yet to take responsibility for these attacks, so they may be unrelated.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>[NA] - We are currently looking into some issues with D3 and Hearthstone. Updates to follow.</p> &mdash; BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlizzardCS/statuses/504445149762420736">August 27, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Twitch is addressing the source of the attacks.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>We're currently investigating issues with the site. Please stay tuned</p> &mdash; Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwitchSupport/statuses/504436809888059392">August 27, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong>Original story:&nbsp;</strong>Lizard Squad is at it again. This time, they've targeted Twitch, hitting the streaming giant with a DDoS attack, with no sign that they'll bring it back up anytime soon.</p> <p>As with many of their other attacks, they've claimed responsibility on their <a href="https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504416785194434562" target="blank">Twitter</a> account.</p> <p>Lizard Squad <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85951/blizzard-playstation-network-and-more-under-wide-ddos-attack-update-fbi-now-investigating">previously</a> issued DDoS attacks to Battle.net, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and a slew of others. They also reported a phony bomb threat that grounded Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's American Airlines flight. The FBI had been confirmed to be investigating, but it appears that the terror has not stopped.</p> <p>Shacknews has reached out to Twitch representatives for comment.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:58:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Mega Man X4 and X5 coming to PS3, PS Vita in early September http://www.shacknews.com/article/85989/mega-man-x4-and-x5-coming-to-ps3-ps-vita-in-early-september http://www.shacknews.com/article/85989/mega-man-x4-and-x5-coming-to-ps3-ps-vita-in-early-september <p>A lot of Mega Man games these days are certainly becoming rare in the gaming market, especially the Mega Man X titles, which can fetch a pretty penny over on eBay. However, Capcom has recently provided a more affordable alternative for two of its bigger PlayStation efforts, as both Mega Man X4 and X5 will be available for download soon on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.</p> <p>In an announcement over at the <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2014/08/26/mega-man-x4-x5-coming-to-ps3-and-vita-shops-in-september">Capcom-Unity Blog</a>, the company confirmed that both X4 and X5 would release for both consoles through the PlayStation Network, with X4 coming on September 2nd and X5 coming on the 9th. There's no word on pricing, but the games should be around $9.99 each, or maybe even less.</p> <p>These games join other downloadable Mega Man hits in the store, including Mega Man 1-4 in the import front and Maverick Hunter X for PSP. So, if you're a fan of the Blue Bomber, and don't own his efforts from previous pick-ups, don't miss these re-releases.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:00:00 PDT Robert Workman Madden NFL 15's Billion Dollar Goal http://www.shacknews.com/article/85994/madden-nfl-15s-billion-dollar-goal http://www.shacknews.com/article/85994/madden-nfl-15s-billion-dollar-goal <p>EA Sports is betting big time on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/tag/madden-nfl-15">Madden NFL 15</a>, and for good reason, since it's scoring some very good reviews, highlighting a change in direction in terms of development. However, we didn't know just how much they were betting until <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/ea-amps-up-the-pressure-for-russell-wilson-in-madden-nfl.html">Bloomberg filled us in.</a></p> <p>That site reported that EA is hoping to surpass the $1 billion mark in sales when it comes to add-on content and DLC for the game, including purchases through the Ultimate Team mode.</p> <p>EA spokesperson John Reseburg believes the goal is within reach, since previous Madden NFL content managed to grow by 350 percent year-on-year in the financial quarter ending June 30th, with Madden NFL 15 being a "major contributor" to expected growth for the coming year.</p> <p>Still&hellip;a billion? The Madden franchise is quite popular, but that's practically shooting for the moon. We'll have to see what happens.&nbsp;Madden NFL 15 is available now for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:00 PDT Robert Workman EA Sports UFC gets new fighters and other content with latest update http://www.shacknews.com/article/85990/ea-sports-ufc-gets-new-fighters-and-other-content-with-latest-update http://www.shacknews.com/article/85990/ea-sports-ufc-gets-new-fighters-and-other-content-with-latest-update <p>EA Sports has announced a new update for its brawlathon EA Sports UFC, which is available now on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. With the update, you'll have access to three new welterweight fighters, including Matt "The Mortal" Brown and Mike "Quicksand" Pyle, as well as heavyweight brawler Stipe Milocic.</p> <p>In addition, the free update also includes a number of gameplay additions, such as being able to perform manual taunts, catching certain kicks while you're fighting, turning a single leg submission into a half guard, and an improvement on stamina when it comes to loss.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wTCobfrCGw0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The update is provided in great detail over on <a href="http://www.easports.com/ufc/news/2014/ea-sports-ufc-patch-notes-august">EA Sports' page</a>, but, if you're like us, you'll just download it and get to fighting.</p> <p>EA Sports UFC is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:45:00 PDT Robert Workman The Golf Club swinging onto PlayStation 4 today http://www.shacknews.com/article/85988/the-golf-club-swinging-onto-playstation-4-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/85988/the-golf-club-swinging-onto-playstation-4-today <p>The Golf Club released last week on Xbox One and came out of Steam Early Access on PC, but the PlayStation 4 version was stuck in a certification logjam. Today, HB Studios announced that the PS4 version of the procedurally-generated golf game has been given the thumbs up by Sony and it is being released today without any further delay.</p> <p>Just as with the other versions of the game, The Golf Club will feature <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84644/the-golf-club-adds-tours-and-tournaments-mode">Tours &amp; Tournaments</a>, stroke play, match play, and 4-ball. Users can create and share an unlimited number of custom courses, with no loading times between any holes.</p> <p>The PlayStation Store listing is not active at this time, but expect The Golf Club to arrive within hours. When it does, it'll be available for $34.99.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Mario Kart 8 DLC will add Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing characters http://www.shacknews.com/article/85992/mario-kart-8-dlc-will-add-legend-of-zelda-and-animal-crossing-characters http://www.shacknews.com/article/85992/mario-kart-8-dlc-will-add-legend-of-zelda-and-animal-crossing-characters <p><strong>Update</strong>: Nintendo has issued a press release confirming pricing details. Each DLC pack will be available for $7.99 each or as a full package for $11.99. They also clarified that the first DLC pack featuring The Legend of Zelda will be released in November, while the second pack featuring Animal Crossing would be released in May 2015.</p> <p><strong>Original story:&nbsp;</strong>Nintendo is adding a whole slew of new content to Mario Kart 8 and it's digging into a number of its sister franchises to do so. So get ready to see characters from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing jump on some karts for the very first time, as they drive onto some all-new courses.</p> <p>The first DLC pack, as detailed by <a href="http://store.nintendo.co.uk/wii-u-ddc/the-legend-of-zelda-x-mario-kart-8-aoc-pack-digital-download/10991121.html" target="blank">Nintendo UK</a>, will include eight new courses, four new vehicles (including the Blue Falcon from F-Zero), and three new characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link.</p> <p>The second pack will offer a separate helping of eight courses and four vehicles, along with the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser.</p> <p>Purchasing both packs will also give players eight separate Yoshi and Shy Guy colors. Each pack will run for roughly 7 pounds (or roughly $12) and will release in November.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:40:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia WWE 2K15 interviews feature Steve Austin, Bad News Barrett and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/85986/wwe-2k15-interviews-feature-steve-austin-bad-news-barrett-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/85986/wwe-2k15-interviews-feature-steve-austin-bad-news-barrett-and-more <p>Recently, 2K Sports flew us down to Los Angeles to take part in the WWE Summerslam event, and even gave us the opportunity to not only <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85895/wwe-2k15-first-look-the-creation-of-a-great-one">go hands-on</a> with WWE 2K15, but also talk with a cavalcade of wrestling superstars about the game, as well as other topics surrounding Summerslam. Today, we've posted more interviews from the event.</p> <p>First up is the legendary WWE Hall of Fame "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He was merciful enough to not drop a Stunner on us as he talked about the game and his representation in it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2jEaiZ5Xf0E?list=UUWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Next up was Bad News Barrett, who's currently recuperating from an injury. He talked about those competing for his Intercontinental Title at Summerslam, as well as going into a little detail about the game.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0oOgPIwfc1M?list=UUWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Finally, though, the interview of the night belonged to Damien Sandow, one of the more creative wrestlers for WWE. He spends quite a bit of time dressing up as various characters, and he didn't disappoint at the event, dressing up as a "gamer" and talking about his favorite titles. Which, of course, are 2K games.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u6Nkk0438EE?list=UUWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85895/wwe-2k15-first-look-the-creation-of-a-great-one">WWE 2K15</a> releases on October 28th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:15:00 PDT Robert Workman Shacknews Live: Mario Kart 64 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85991/shacknews-live-mario-kart-64 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85991/shacknews-live-mario-kart-64 <p>For today's Shacknews Live stream, we continue to venture into the past. After Andrew played through Star Fox 64 last Thursday, Sam has decided to try her hand at Mario Kart 64.</p> <p>So tune in to the stream below and join Sam as she goes hunting for the game's glitches and shortcuts. And don't forget to subscribe to Shacknews on Twitch!</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> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:35:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Evolve creative director discusses eSports possibilities http://www.shacknews.com/article/85987/evolve-creative-director-discusses-esports-possibilities http://www.shacknews.com/article/85987/evolve-creative-director-discusses-esports-possibilities <p>Turtle Rock and 2K Games are carefully working out the kinks in Evolve, which is evident after it was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85632/evolve-getting-delayed-to-february-2015">delayed</a> shortly after its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85574/evolve-alpha-starting-this-weekend">alpha weekend</a>. However, there was still plenty to show off at this year's Gamescom and Turtle Rock creative director Phil Robb took a moment to speak to Shacknews.</p> <p>Robb touched on the eSports possibilities presented by Evolve and how the potential for this direction has grown over time. For more information, you can check out the full interview below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EB4PNLX94DM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:30:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia
Slashdot: News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions
Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service
GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store
Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio
Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students
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