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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Shack Snack: July 22, 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85456/shack-snack-july-22-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85456/shack-snack-july-22-2014 <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_LR2fBtlb3E?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> </p> <p>Kick back and treat yourself to a Shack Snack, a short recap of the&nbsp;big stories you should know. It's like a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cliffsnotes.com" target="blank">CliffsNotes</a>&nbsp;for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/shacknewsgames" target="blank">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h2><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85440/nvidia-introduces-shield-tablet-with-twitch-broadcasting">Nvidia introduces Shield Tablet with Twitch broadcasting</a><br /></strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/22/SHIELD_tablet_SHIELD_controller_Trine2-1309320331753_original_44.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p>Nvidia announced a new member of its Shield family today: the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It's now available for pre-order starting at $299, with an optional wireless controller for $59.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85448/the-last-of-us-multiplayer-getting-changes-on-playstation-4">The Last of Us multiplayer getting changes on PlayStation 4</a></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/22/Last_44.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p><span>When it was released for PlayStation 3 last year,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79495/the-last-of-us-review-life-and-death">The Last of Us</a><span>&nbsp;came with a compelling single player campaign, telling the heartbreaking story of Joel and Ellie attempting to survive in a desecrated world. The Factions multiplayer mode also got quite a bit of acclaim for the team at Naughty Dog, though, and the upcoming Remastered version will make some enhancements.</span></p> <h2><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85441/wii-u-update-supports-system-to-system-transfers">Wii U update supports system-to-system transfers</a><br /></strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/22/Wii_44.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p><span>Nintendo has detailed the latest update to its Wii U game console. While it's nothing particularly ground-breaking, it does offer a small convenience to those looking to transfer their data to another system, or shop without wielding the large GamePad.</span></p> <p><strong>Also check out...</strong></p> <h2><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85438/batman-arkham-knight---who-is-the-villain-behind-the-mask">Batman: Arkham Knight: Who is the villain behind the mask?</a></strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/21/BAKnight_44.png" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p>This year, Batman celebrates his 75th birthday and the occasion is being celebrated across a variety of mediums. Among them, of course, is video games, where Batman returns for his final go-around with Rocksteady in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight.</p> <p>With San Diego Comic-Con upon us and relatively fresh off his apperance at E3, now feels like a good time to explore the game's main antagonist and title character: the Arkham Knight himself. Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have been on-record noting that it would be an original character. However, there's clearly somebody hiding underneath this mask and it's somebody that claims to know who the Batman really is.</p> <p>Based on my closed-door E3 presentation, it's clear that the identity of the Arkham Knight will be a central mystery that hovers over the whole game. So here are some prime suspects as to who may be masquerading as Gotham's newest villain.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:00 PDT Steven Wong League of Legends ushers in 'A New Dawn' with new cinematic trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/85459/league-of-legends-ushers-in-a-new-dawn-with-new-cinematic-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/85459/league-of-legends-ushers-in-a-new-dawn-with-new-cinematic-trailer <p>Now that The International is in the books and the competitive gaming world still has Dota 2 on the brain, Riot Games would like to remind everyone that there's another MOBA monolith in town. The developer released a new cinematic for League of Legends, putting forth their own champions on display.</p> <p>While it may be curious that Riot is marketing their game with a cinematic trailer, studio co-founder Brandon Beck notes that such an idea better allows them to show off the diverse characters and their personalities. Given the success that Valve has had with similar cinematic trailers for Team Fortress 2, it's hard to argue with that line of logic.</p> <p>"A cinematic of this depth leads to Champion discovery," said Beck. "It forces us to go deeper into understanding the characters that we're trying to portray."</p> <p>Check out the full cinematic below and get better acquainted with the League of Legends cast. Once you're done with that, you can also check out the behind-the-scenes video just underneath that.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vzHrjOMfHPY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q40IfQbYlSw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Collector's Edition includes Frost Giant stand http://www.shacknews.com/article/85457/disney-infinity-marvel-super-heroes-collectors-edition-includes-frost-giant-stand http://www.shacknews.com/article/85457/disney-infinity-marvel-super-heroes-collectors-edition-includes-frost-giant-stand <p>There's never been a better time to be a Marvel fan, with the company's line of superheroes rapidly becoming omnipresent across all mediums. That includes Disney Infinity and the collectible figurine game's PlayStaton versions just got a little more enticing with an exclusive Collector's Edition revealed earlier today.</p> <p>The Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Collector's Edition will include the Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack, Avengers figures (Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, and Hawkeye), 30-day early access to the Hulk figure, and a special light-up Collectible Stand decked out to include the huge Frost Beast boss from the Avengers play set. The stand contains seven slots, including one for an unannounced hero. The full Collector's Edition will act as a heroic status symbol, running for a hulking $179.99.</p> <p>Those looking for something more hardware-centered will also be able to pick up an exclusive PlayStation 3 bundle, which will include a PS3, the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack, three figures (Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow), and a 12GB hard drive. The bundle will run for $249.99.</p> <p>San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get their first crack at pre-ordering the PS4/PS3 exclusive Collectors Bundle and the hardware bundle later this week at the nerd mecca. Major retailers will have it ready for pre-order soon after.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/A9pAq0x11DE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth explore 3DS on November 25 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85455/persona-q-shadow-of-the-labyrinth-explore-3ds-on-november-25 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85455/persona-q-shadow-of-the-labyrinth-explore-3ds-on-november-25 <p>Fans of the Persona series will have one more game to get excited about this fall. In addition to the fighting game sequel <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/persona-4-arena-ultimax">Personal 4 Arena Ultimax</a>, the new first-person dungeon crawling RPG <a href="https://www.shacknews.com/game/persona-q-shadow-of-the-labyrinth">Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth</a> is also coming very soon. Publisher Atlus has announced that the latter will release for Nintendo 3DS on November 25.</p> <p>The latest trailer shows more of the chibi-fication of the Persona series, showing off much of the beloved cast from Persona 3 and 4. Persona Q will take the cast from these two games and bring them together with cast member from the Etrian Odyssey series, combing the exploration elements from the Etrian franchise with the combat of Persona.</p> <p>Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will mark the Persona franchise's debut on a Nintendo platform, though that debut won't come cheap. It'll retail for a whopping $49.99, with a special Premium Edition also available for $79.99. Check out the latest trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Es_wCYzxX38?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Can a Hearthstone player graduate to Magic 2015? Part 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85450/can-a-hearthstone-player-graduate-to-magic-2015-part-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85450/can-a-hearthstone-player-graduate-to-magic-2015-part-2 <p>Last week I <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85363/can-a-hearthstone-player-graduate-to-magic-2015-part-1">pondered</a>&nbsp;if I as a Hearthstone player could advance to a more complex CCG like Magic. The answer was ultimately (spoilers) yes. With a proper introduction, Magic 2015 drew me in. But can it keep me?&nbsp;</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t think there was ever any real risk of abandoning Hearthstone for Magic entirely. If anything, I intended to play both simultaneously, swapping them out as the mood strikes. Thanks to the impending release of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85392/hearthstone-curse-of-naxxramas-coming-next-week">Curse of Naxxramas</a>&nbsp;expansion, Magic was given an even tougher task: to keep me coming back for its own unique qualities despite the allure of a Hearthstone expansion.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5SDJgW3A_sw"></iframe></p> <p>(I don't think it's any coincidence that Hearthstone's expansion is coming out so close to Magic, mind you. Blizzard is nothing if not clever.)</p> <p>Magic isn't coming to the match unprepared. Over the last week I've found myself dipping into the two in almost equal measure, but for different reasons. Hearthstone is pure multiplayer, as I jump between Ranked and Casual matches, trying different deck strategies or honing my skills with one I'm satisfied with. As someone who only occasionally gets into multiplayer shooters, it reminds me of that sensation. It's relaxing, even when facing off against tough opponents, to know your strategy and to execute it.</p> <p>Duels of the Planeswalkers certainly has a multiplayer component, but it hasn't attracted me in the same way. Perhaps because I'm still getting a handle on my cards, I've stuck more with the single-player content. Fortunately, this is a trait Magic has in spades, and that Hearthstone lacks for the time being.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even after finishing the main quest areas to complete the campaign, I was happy to dive back into the single-player portion to grind for cards. The Collection screen helpfully outlines the percentage of cards you've obtained, and you can always gain more by exploring the planes to earn more card packs. The post-completion battles are unique on their own, bringing up distinct combat puzzles not found in the main game.&nbsp;The completionist in me immediately resolved to collect 100% of each card type--except perhaps Premium cards, which can only be obtained by buying boosters.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p9J6yamYmJ4"></iframe></p> <p>Having a task to complete tends to keep me motivated, and along the way I'm making my deck better and honing skills for multiplayer. The plan, ultimately, is to dive into multiplayer more completely, once I feel better prepared. That gameplay loop has kept me going, making sure I earn a pack or two per day alongside my Hearthstone daily quests.</p> <p>Naxxramas poses a threat to this too, though. Obviously the new sets of cards will be the focal point long-term, but to earn those cards you'll have to play through single-player content. Blizzard has promised this will force new ways of thinking and building your decks to specialize against these overpowered foes. It's not entirely unique, seeing as it sounds <em>exactly</em> like the aspect of Magic that keeps drawing me back. As Naxx looms large, though, I'm wondering if I'll keep my resolve towards catching "em" all in Magic when my comfort-food game offers a similar mechanic.&nbsp;</p> <p>I sincerely hope it does. Despite feeling more out of my depth in Magic, I've really <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85397/magic-2015-review-a-friendly-duel">enjoyed</a>&nbsp;my time with it. I want to differentiate my card games, and I'd like to learn more about the one with a more enduring legacy. That makes this week critical for my newfound Magic habit. Naxxramas' month-long roll-out will lead me straight into the busy autumn release season. If Magic loses me now, it probably won't get me back.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Battlefield Hardline delayed to early 2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85454/battlefield-hardline-delayed-to-early-2015 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85454/battlefield-hardline-delayed-to-early-2015 <p>As long as Electronic Arts is on the subject of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85453/dragon-age-inquisition-delayed-to-november-18">product delays</a>, the publisher has also announced the delay of another marquee franchise and this one might hurt just a little more. Battlefield Hardline will not make its projected October release date and will, in fact, not even make 2014 at all. It's now set to release in early 2015, with Visceral Games citing fan feedback from the game's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84896/battlefield-hardline-closed-beta-begins-today-on-pc-and-ps4">early closed beta</a> as the reason.</p> <p>"This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better," states the <a href="http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bfh-will-launch-2015/" target="blank">Battlefield Blog</a>. "The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."</p> <p>Visceral will focus on refining Hardline's multiplayer, adding new single-player elements, and improving the game's overall stability in the coming months.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:40:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed to November 18 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85453/dragon-age-inquisition-delayed-to-november-18 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85453/dragon-age-inquisition-delayed-to-november-18 <p>October was rapidly becoming a crowded month, which meant that something had to inevitably take a backseat. That something turned out to be Dragon Age: Inquisition. Publisher Electronic Arts announced that BioWare's upcoming RPG would be delayed by about six weeks and is now set to release on November 18.</p> <p>Executive producer Mark Darrah made the announcement on the Dragon Age: Inquisition website (via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/22/5927629/dragon-age-inquisition-release-date-delay" target="blank">Polygon</a>), stating that the final weeks of development would be focused on creating a more polished experience.</p> <p>Given what we saw from the game at <a herf="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84983/dragon-age-inquisition-seen-at-e3-2014">E3</a>, the wait may just be worth it. The game is still slated to arrive on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:35:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming in December http://www.shacknews.com/article/85452/lara-croft-and-the-temple-of-osiris-coming-in-december http://www.shacknews.com/article/85452/lara-croft-and-the-temple-of-osiris-coming-in-december <p>Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is coming on December 9, Square Enix announced today.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/22/lara-croft-and-the-temple-of-osiris-release-date-revealed">IGN</a>&nbsp;reported the date. Temple of Osiris is the follow-up to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and it's similarly an isometric action-adventure with co-op elements. Unlike the previous game, though, this one will have four-player co-op for the first time in the series. The story revolves around Lara exploring the temple in an attempt to retreive a staff. Her rival intervenes and the two inadvertently awaken the god Set, so she has to invoke the help of Horus and Isis to stop the renegade god.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NXFGrH8pNOY"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:55:00 PDT Steve Watts Batman: Arkham Knight - Who is the villain behind the mask? http://www.shacknews.com/article/85438/batman-arkham-knight---who-is-the-villain-behind-the-mask http://www.shacknews.com/article/85438/batman-arkham-knight---who-is-the-villain-behind-the-mask <p>This year, Batman celebrates his 75th birthday and the occasion is being celebrated across a variety of mediums. Among them, of course, is video games, where Batman returns for his final go-around with Rocksteady in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight.</p> <p>With San Diego Comic-Con upon us and relatively fresh off his apperance at E3, now feels like a good time to explore the game's main antagonist and title character: the Arkham Knight himself. Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have been on-record noting that it would be an original character. However, there's clearly somebody hiding underneath this mask and it's somebody that claims to know who the Batman really is.</p> <p>Based on my closed-door E3 presentation, it's clear that the identity of the Arkham Knight will be a central mystery that hovers over the whole game. So here are some prime suspects as to who may be masquerading as Gotham's newest villain.</p> <p><i>Warning: Spoilers for Batman: Arkham City ahead!</i></p> <h2>Two-Face</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/TwoFace.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Long-time followers of the classic <i>Batman: The Animated Series</i> will not find this idea so far-fetched. One of the show's <a href="http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Judgment_Day" target="blank">final episodes</a> saw Harvey Dent adopt a third personality, one devoted to dishing out cold-blooded vengeance under the facade of justice. With that in mind, it isn't unheard of that Dent would adopt another persona to make Batman's life miserable and it would partially explain how the Arkham Knight knows his nemesis so well.</p> <p>This is very unlikely, however. Two-Face has already been seen as a central character in the game and was one of the first faces seen in the trailer. Also, it's made clear during the E3 demo that the Arkham Knight has trained in a secret Venezuelan military facility, going so far as to bring his militias to Gotham. This doesn't fit Two-Face's modus operandi at all, so all this would seemingly rule him out. Never say never, but don't hold your breath.</p> <hr /> <h2>Clayface</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Clayface.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>This wouldn't be the first time that Clayface has performed an elaborate ruse, having made a living off of such acting jobs prior to his turn as a villain. Masquerading as a costumed vigilante would be Basil Karlo's greatest performance to date, even greater than the one he pulled on Bats at the end of Arkham City.</p> <p>However, while Clayface has the capability to replicate a darker half of the Dark Knight, he comes off as another unlikely candidate. Once again, the reasoning is because of resources. How would Clayface assemble a Venezuelan army? Would he really go to all the trouble to bring in South American radicals just to get another shot at Batman? While the power set adds up, the motivation does not.</p> <hr /> <h2>Ra's Al Ghul</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/RasAlGhul.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>Now we get into the more likely suspects. If anyone knows about assembling an army and doing it quickly, it's Ra's. He's already proven to be a criminal mastermind, a charismatic leader capable of leading armies of men, and is very familiar with Batman's history. Add his fighting prowess to that list and his constant ability to cheat death through his Lazarus Pits and you have one of the primary candidates for the man under the Arkham Knight mask.</p> <p>There is something that rules him out, however, and that's the Arkham Knight's manner of speech. The Knight's dialogue came across as a bit less-than-dramatic and that's not Ra's' style at all. Ra's delivery is well-spoken and borderline-Shakesperean, putting him at sharp odds with the Arkham Knight that I saw on display at E3. At the end of the day, this might be what ends up scratching Ra's from this list.</p> <hr /> <h2>Hush</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Hush.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>The dark horse candidate, for sure, but one that absolutely makes sense. This choice stems partially from Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee's classic late 90s Batman story of the same name. Hush is the alias of Dr. Thomas Elliot, spoiled childhood friend of Bruce Wayne's, who tried to murder his own parents in order to gain their vast wealth. His mother was saved by Bruce's parents, causing Elliot to carry a grudge against Bruce ever since. Elliot's vengeance would spread beyond Loeb's story, as he would pop up in later years and go so far as to use his plastic surgery skills to give himself Bruce's face in an effort to smear his reputation.</p> <p>Elliot is one of the few characters that knows Bruce Wayne more than anybody and even knows his secret identity as Batman. Another reason he pops up on this list is because of an Arkham City side-mission that officially inducted Elliot into the Arkham-verse. Elliot, post-facial reconstruction surgery, hinted at events to come before mysteriously slipping off into the night with Bruce Wayne's face, never to be seen for the rest of the game.</p> <p>With Elliot still at large and with a backstory that ties him to Bruce Wayne, he's definitely a character to keep an eye on. His name may not be as widely-recognized as other Bat-villains, but Hush is an early favorite to don the Arkham Knight mask.</p> <hr /> <h2>The Joker</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/TheJoker.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>There seems to be something off about this idea. Namely, the fact that Joker was pretty definitively dead at the end of Batman: Arkham City. Of course, this is the world of comic books, where death means nothing.</p> <p>In fact, Joker turning out to be alive would be perhaps the greatest prank he's ever pulled on his nemesis. There are a number of circumstances by which Joker could still be around and kicking, whether it's through Ra's' Lazarus Pits, a clone, a controlled breathing method, or any number of other strange comic book reasoning. It would definitely open an opportunity for Joker to head over to Venezuela and recruit an army.</p> <p>So why take on a disguise as a Bat-doppleganger? It could simply be another of the Clown Prince of Crime's misdirects, fooling Batman into thinking he was a revenge-driven maniac, when really all he wants is to send Gotham into a new form of chaos. It certainly wouldn't be the <a href="http://www.comicvine.com/detective-comics-833-trust/4000-110268/" target="blank">first time</a> that Joker tricked Batman with a cunning disguise that nobody saw coming.</p> <p>One thing is for sure, though. A Batman game just doesn't feel right without The Joker, which is why he may be the heavy favorite to adopt the Arkham Knight mantle.</p> <hr /> <p>Of course, there's also the possibly that the Arkham Knight is...</p> <h2>An entirely new character</h2> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/ArkhamKnight.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></div> <p>There's always a chance that Warner Bros. and Rocksteady do indeed mean that the Arkham Knight is an entirely new character. If this is the case, it'd be an interesting addition to the Arkham cast and one that adds an interesting twist to Batman's rogues gallery.</p> <p>Batman has faced off against certified lunatics, gangsters, assassins, and even supervillains. This would be one of the first times that Gotham's protector has faced off against a terrorist from outside our borders. Taking down a fanatic with a near-fearless army of mercenaries would be one of Batman's greatest challenges, which would provide enough story in itself. It would also raise the question of how he's so familiar with Batman's history, but it'd be a mystery worth unraveling.</p> <p>While many signs point to the Arkham Knight being a familiar face, let's not entirely rule out that he may indeed be an original creation worthy of adding to Batman's legendary roster of villains. We'll find out for sure when Batman: Arkham Knight releases in Spring 2015.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Sony Launches PLAY 2014 program with four new games http://www.shacknews.com/article/85446/sony-launches-play-2014-program-with-four-new-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/85446/sony-launches-play-2014-program-with-four-new-games <p><span>Sony is wasting no time in kicking off its latest PLAY program for 2014, as the company has announced the four games that will be available in this year's mid-summer gaming deals. As always, those who want to purchase all four will be able to pick up on some great discounts.</span></p> <p><span>The four games that will be featured in this year's program are Hohokum, CounterSpy, Rogue Legacy and The Swapper, which will be available across the board for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Those who purchase the games will be able to download all versions via cross-buy, with no additional purchase needed.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X6J20QTvBo0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> <p></p> <p><span>Now, as far as the savings go, PlayStation Plus subscribers who pre-order the games will be able to save 20 percent off their initial prices. Furthermore, if you purchase any two games, you save $3; any three games, save $6, and all four, you save $10. The savings just pile up.</span></p> <p><span>The program kicks off next week with Rogue Legacy being available for $16.99, followed by The Swapper on August 5 ($19.99), Hohokum on August 12th ($14.99) and CounterSpy on August 19th ($14.99).</span></p> <p><span>If you like unique game experiences, clearly this is the program for you.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:40:00 PDT Robert Workman Humble Square Enix Bundle includes Hitman, Deus Ex games http://www.shacknews.com/article/85451/humble-square-enix-bundle-includes-hitman-deus-ex-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/85451/humble-square-enix-bundle-includes-hitman-deus-ex-games <p>Humble Bundle has launched its latest bundle in the name of charity. This time, it includes well over a dozen Square Enix games, making up one of Humble's largest bundles to date.</p> <p>Users can pay what they want for Thief Gold, Daikatana, Mini Ninjas, Anachronox, Hitman: Codename 47, and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. Paying more than the average will also yield Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: The Fall, Hitman: Absolution, the Nosgoth Veteran Pack (the pack for the Early Access free-to-play multiplayer game), and Battlestations: Midway. Paying more than $14.99 will grant users Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Director's Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition, and Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days.</p> <p>The bundle adds that more games are coming soon, which means that Humble isn't going to stop at 16 games. You'll need to pay at least $1 for Steam keys and, of course, you can allocate your payment between the developers, Humble, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation and GamesAid charities. The <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/" target="blank">Humble Square Enix Bundle</a> will run for the next two weeks.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UXV-wO3WIeE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:20:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia The Last of Us multiplayer getting changes on PlayStation 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85448/the-last-of-us-multiplayer-getting-changes-on-playstation-4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85448/the-last-of-us-multiplayer-getting-changes-on-playstation-4 <p>When it was released for PlayStation 3 last year, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79495/the-last-of-us-review-life-and-death">The Last of Us</a> came with a compelling single player campaign, telling the heartbreaking story of Joel and Ellie attempting to survive in a desecrated world. The Factions multiplayer mode also got quite a bit of acclaim for the team at Naughty Dog, though, and the upcoming Remastered version will make some enhancements.</p> <p>Sony recently spoke with Naughty Dog staffers Erin Day (lead multiplayer designer) and Quentin Cobb (game designer) about what enhancements we could expect from the returning mode.</p> <p>Said Cobb, "We wanted the online multiplayer to focus on the larger story of the player representing a faction (Fireflies or Hunters) and rebuilding their own clan in that faction. This grounds the online matches in a world where each player is fighting for the survival of their clan and therefore gives each match more weight and importance."</p> <p>When asked about the new features for Factions, Daly responded, "Well, first off we are running the game at 1080p and targeting 60 fps. The power of PS4 and some of our talented engineers were able to significantly improve the load times."</p> <p>Cobb added, "On the gameplay side we made some important tweaks. The DLC map Trophies now require five downs or executions and deaths don&rsquo;t matter. We added eighteen new tips for new players.&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re a new player you&rsquo;ll start with 9 loadout points instead of 8. You&rsquo;ll reach the max of 13 loadout points sooner as a result. All fifteen of our maps are in each playlist so the player pool will be consolidated. This means faster matchmaking and that you will have a greater variety of maps in each playlist! There&rsquo;s a lot of great new stuff."</p> <p>The higher frame rate really seems to play a huge part in the game's effectiveness. "This improves gameplay dramatically and makes shooting much more precise. I find that gameplay in general is much more responsive and accurate," Cobb said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The full interview can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/07/22/how-the-last-of-us-remastered-enhances-multiplayer/">here.</a> The Last of Us arrives in both physical and digtal form on PlayStation Network on July 29th.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:05:00 PDT Robert Workman Battlecry impressions: unto the breach http://www.shacknews.com/article/85437/battlecry-impressions-unto-the-breach http://www.shacknews.com/article/85437/battlecry-impressions-unto-the-breach <p>Bethesda Softworks is no stranger to presenting unique game experiences, including the likes of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/dishonored">Dishonored</a>&nbsp;(which mixed medieval themes with high-tech tweaks), <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim">The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</a>&nbsp;(a game that expanded the world dynamically with dragons and fantastic spells) and even <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/game/wolfenstein-the-new-order">Wolfenstein: The New Order</a>&nbsp;(bringing back the classic feeling of Wolfenstein within a harrowing new world). So it should be no surprise that its forthcoming free-to-play effort Battlecry looks to follow suit.</p> <p>The game, which was on full display this past weekend at the QuakeCon event in Dallas, allowed players to try out a trio of classes (out of the five available) to take on one another in 32-player online combat. Though only one map was shown over the course of the game, the experience speaks volumes, as you go at in in crazed up-close combat, or, if you prefer, picking off foes from afar with a Tech Archer.</p> <p>If you're looking for guns in Battlecry, you won't find them. At the turn of the 20th century, a gigantic war has managed to wipe gunpowder off the face of the map, leading to an uneasy peace between countries. However, it doesn't last long, as the sides are soon heated up again, and begin to charge towards Warzones in the hopes of dominating once more.</p> <p>Since you can't rely on assault rifles to get the job done, you'll need to use more conventional weapons within Battlecry. Each warrior carries a particular tool that can do a great deal of damage to opponents, along with special abilities that are classified for each one.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Battlecry.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p>The game will feature five classes to start (Brawler, Tech Archer, Enforcer, Duelist and Gadgeteer), and three of them were playable with our demo on the show floor. Each character brought something great to the table, which is nice for a multiplayer game. Usually, a player is best suited for a particular skill, such as a sniper or a well-armed soldier. Here, you can easily pick up any of the three.</p> <p>One particular favorite is the Enforcer. This is probably the most balanced player of the bunch, as you carry around a giant axe-like blade and charge at enemies with a few dangerous swipes. With this class, you can hack away with foes with a combo slice, or swing it around like a giant sledgehammer, hitting everything in your path for a few seconds. The "swoop" technique is also useful, as you can charge it with a big axe swing. Time it just right and you can take someone down in an absolute hurry.</p> <p>The second class, the Duelist, isn't as strong as the Enforcer, but is quite nimble in combat. The Duelist moves much faster, and can get around easier carrying a pair of blades. They're good for up-close combat, and you can charge their techniques for a durable multi-hit attack as well. They're also a good stealth sort of character, as their speed and durability makes it easier to sneak up on someone and take them down. Again, though, if they're a stronger character such as the Enforcer, it may not be so much of a fair fight.</p> <p>Finally, the Tech Archer is the "sniper" class of sorts. You can use them to shoot enemies from afar, which is useful when combined with the efforts of the ground soldiers. They're also not bad in up-close combat, as they can use a pair of daggers to fend off certain enemies. However, they're the weakest of the bunch when it comes to that. They're best to keep their distance.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AjbY271qrw0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In addition to offensive moves, characters can move out of the way with slick dodge moves, in case they want to try and get behind someone and attack them. These are particularly useful when it comes to staying in one piece, as you can regenerate lost health provided you aren't hit immediately again.&nbsp;Oh, and if you end up facing against a group on your own, you've probably had it. Run away and regroup with the others, unless you like committing suicide.</p> <p>One nice touch with the multiplayer is that, even if players lose a match, they can earn bonus kudos for their character by saluting the winners. Although we didn't see this much during our team deathmatch sessions (some players just want to win), it's pretty cool to see.</p> <p>Battlecry is still a ways off from release, as it isn't slated to arrive on PC until sometime in 2015. However, Bethesda's doing some very good work on it thus far, and it seems to run at a rather brisk pace, even in this stage of development. We'll see how it progresses over the next few months.</p> <p>Who needs a gun? Not these guys.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 PDT Robert Workman PSA: Hearthstone 'Curse of Naxxramas' update now live http://www.shacknews.com/article/85449/psa-hearthstone-curse-of-naxxramas-update-now-live http://www.shacknews.com/article/85449/psa-hearthstone-curse-of-naxxramas-update-now-live <p>Have you been on the edge of your seat waiting for Hearthstone's 'Curse of Naxxramas' expansion to go live? Are you like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty/?id=32209706#item_32209706">this guy</a> or <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty/?id=32209693#item_32209693">this guy</a>, anxiously waiting by your PC or iPad? Well, wait no more. The Naxxramas expansion is now live!</p> <p>Other updates included in the latest patch on iOS include improved stability, intuitive tooltips, an improved Shop interface, new music tracks, and a refined friends list. AI in Practice Mode has also improved, to help prepare you for Naxxramas's 15 bosses.</p> <p>Be sure to grab the latest Hearthstone update, either from Battle.net or from the App Store. The expansion will be available as soon as you launch the game following the update. An in-game message acknowledges that there may be some Shop issues, so if you can't buy it yet, just keep hammering away. For more on the cards available, check out the Hearthstone <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.701675023208602.1073741841.498467596862680&amp;type=3&amp;uploaded=6" target="blank">Facebook</a> page.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5SDJgW3A_sw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:52:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Entwined now available on PS3 and Vita with cross-buy http://www.shacknews.com/article/85447/entwined-now-available-on-ps3-and-vita-with-cross-buy http://www.shacknews.com/article/85447/entwined-now-available-on-ps3-and-vita-with-cross-buy <p>Entwined dazzled anyone that viewed its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84909/entwined-brings-a-colorful-world-to-ps4-right-now">initial reveal</a> during Sony's E3 2014 press event. Audiences were then shocked to hear that Entwined would immediately be available on PlayStation 4. A little more than a month after that announcement, developer Pixelopus has followed that up with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85324/entwined-for-ps3-and-vita-coming-soon">promised</a> PS3 and Vita versions of the atmospheric arcade game, which are both available today.</p> <p>"We're very proud of both the PS3 and PS Vita entries and have put a lot of love and care into them," creative director Dominic Robilliard said on <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/07/22/entwined-soars-to-ps3-and-ps-vita-today/" target="blank">PlayStation.Blog</a>. "They both contain all of the content found in the PS4 version, and because they are cross buy it means that if you already bought the PS4 version you will have immediate access to the other two versions for free! Not only that, but Entwined is also cross save, meaning that you can play while away from home on Vita and your progress will automatically update on your PS3/ PS4 versions of the game."</p> <p>Entwined tells the stories of two souls in love, separated by fate. Players control both of the souls, represented by a bird and a fish, and must work to unite them over the course of nine lifetimes.</p> <p>Entwined is available for $9.99 on the <a href="https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/games/entwined/cid=UP9000-CUSA00571_00-ETWPS40000000000" target="blank">PlayStation Network</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Nv5SEynpCWQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia What do game developers make in salary? http://www.shacknews.com/article/85443/what-do-game-developers-make-in-salary http://www.shacknews.com/article/85443/what-do-game-developers-make-in-salary <p>Gamasutra recently conducted a 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, an annual survey it holds every year to see what the general take-home pay is for people in development, including audio, design, programming, business and management.</p> <p>Overall, game developers within the U.S. managed to make $83,060 on average over the course of 2013, and while that's a high number, it's actually a lower one than 2012, down 2 percent.</p> <p>The business and management salaries seem to rule overall, averaging $101,572, while audio professionals ($95,682) and programmers ($93,521) follow closely behind. As to who makes the least amount of money, quality assurance professionals sit at the bottom with $54,833. Still not too shabby, tho.</p> <p>&ldquo;There were major transitions in 2013 that affected the way game developers make a living,&rdquo; said Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft. &ldquo;Whether talking about the advancements in the democratization of game development, or the release of a new generation of consoles, it was a year in which the disruption and chaos of prior years settled in just enough for game developers to identify and adapt to a new reality. Despite the challenges, there&rsquo;s still an undercurrent of enthusiasm.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Other stats from the survey indicate that solo indie developers made an average of $11,812 (a startling drop of 49 percent from the previous year), while members of an indie team managed to earn $50,833 (up 161 percent from the previous year).</p> <p>The full report can be seen on <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/salarysurvey2014.pdf">Gamasutra</a>.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 PDT Robert Workman First cars revealed for Forza Horizon 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85444/first-cars-revealed-for-forza-horizon-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85444/first-cars-revealed-for-forza-horizon-2 <p>Worried that there aren't going to be enough cars in the Xbox One sequel <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/tag/forza-horizon-2">Forza Horizon 2</a>? Silly drivers. Playground Games and Microsoft revealed a list today of the first hundred (!) cars that will be playable in the game, and have promised more to come in the weeks ahead. Now you just need to set aside the time to play them all.</p> <p>The game features a variety of cars to collect, customize and drive, including Group B rally legends, offroaders, American muscle cars and fancy foreign vehicles, including the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan that appears on the cover.</p> <p>Playground Games detailed a couple of the cars on the <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/07/games-forza-horizon-2-car-list">Xbox Wire</a> page, and you can find pics and full descriptions below:</p> <p><strong>1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Forza 2.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p>Prior to 1973, Alpine was its own make, purveyed by Jean Redele, who had achieved notable success racing Renault 4CVs, including class wins at the Mille Miglia and the Coupe Des Alpes. In 1954, Redele formed the Societe Anonyme des Automobiles Alpine and the Alpine was born. Alpine always worked closely with Renault and always utilized Renault mechanicals, so the assimilation of the two was a natural progression. The Alpine scored international recognition as it took several wins throughout Europe in the first international rally championship and would later win the first World Rally Championship. Set aside the Alpine's astounding championship winning performance and you still have a sleek, mid-engine Berlinetta with flowing body lines that demand attention.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1945 Jeep Willys MB</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Forza 3.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p>As tensions heightened during the 1930s, the U.S. Army asked automakers to deliver a replacement for its aging light armor division. At the time, the division was mostly comprised of motorcycles&mdash;some with sidecars&mdash;and many Model T Fords. By 1940, the division had formalized its vehicle requirements to include the following specs: four-wheel-drive, a wheelbase of no more than 80 inches, a minimum payload of 660 lbs. and minimum torque of 85-ft-lbs. Lastly, the vehicle had to weigh no more than 2,160 pounds empty. The original design was contrived by American Bantam Car Company but, due to a lack of production capacity and fiscal stability, the U.S. government assumed legal rights to the design and contracted with Willys-Overland and later Ford to produce their variations the Willys MA&mdash;Military A, and later MB. The origin of the term &ldquo;Jeep&rdquo; has more than one influence. One clearly points to the Ford designation Gee- P. The second comes from the popular Popeye cartoons of the era. &ldquo;Eugene the jeep&rdquo; was Popeye&rsquo;s jungle pet who could solve difficult problems with his ability to move between dimensions. Much as the implementation of the Jeep did for the military.</p> <p>The full list of cars is as follows.</p> <ol> <li>2002 Acura RSX Type-S</li> <li>2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione</li> <li>2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde</li> <li>1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde</li> <li>1964 Aston Martin DB5</li> <li>2010 Aston Martin One-77</li> <li>2012 Aston Martin Vanquish</li> <li>2013 Audi R8 Coup&eacute; V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro</li> <li>1995 Audi RS 2 Avant</li> <li>2006 Audi RS 4</li> <li>2011 Audi RS 5 Coup&eacute;</li> <li>2013 Audi S4</li> <li>1997 BMW M3</li> <li>1991 BMW M3</li> <li>2012 BMW M5</li> <li>2011 BMW X5 M</li> <li>1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z</li> <li>1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28</li> <li>2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1</li> <li>1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454</li> <li>2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray</li> <li>2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1</li> <li>1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1</li> <li>1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409</li> <li>1970 Dodge Challenger R/T</li> <li>2012 Dodge Charger SRT8</li> <li>1957 Ferrari 250 California</li> <li>1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa</li> <li>1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta</li> <li>2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta</li> <li>2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia</li> <li>2013 Ferrari LaFerrari</li> <li>1980 Abarth Fiat 131</li> <li>2010 Abarth 500 esseesse</li> <li>2013 Abarth Punto Supersport</li> <li>2009 Ford Focus RS</li> <li>1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302</li> <li>2000 Ford SVT Cobra R</li> <li>1993 Ford SVT Cobra R</li> <li>1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500</li> <li>2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan</li> <li>1997 Honda Civic Type R</li> <li>2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha</li> <li>2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track</li> <li>1956 Jaguar D-Type</li> <li>1961 Jaguar E-type S1</li> <li>1954 Jaguar XK120 SE</li> <li>1945 Jeep Willys MB</li> <li>2011 Koenigsegg Agera</li> <li>1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV</li> <li>2014 Lamborghini Hurac&aacute;n LP 610-4</li> <li>1982 Lancia 037 Stradale</li> <li>2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport</li> <li>2010 Lexus LFA</li> <li>1956 Lotus Eleven</li> <li>2012 Lotus Exige S</li> <li>2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S</li> <li>1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata</li> <li>2011 Mazda RX-8 R3</li> <li>2013 McLaren P1</li> <li>2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG</li> <li>2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coup&eacute; Black Series</li> <li>2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series</li> <li>2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG</li> <li>2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG</li> <li>1965 MINI Cooper S</li> <li>1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR</li> <li>2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR</li> <li>2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR</li> <li>2010 Nissan 370Z</li> <li>1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432</li> <li>1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo</li> <li>2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R</li> <li>1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R</li> <li>1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec</li> <li>2012 Pagani Huayra</li> <li>2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster</li> <li>1969 Pontiac GTO Judge</li> <li>1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455</li> <li>1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA</li> <li>1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S</li> <li>2003 Renault Sport Clio V6</li> <li>2010 Renault Megane RS 250</li> <li>2011 RUF Rt 12 S</li> <li>1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C</li> <li>1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi</li> <li>2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI</li> <li>2011 Subaru WRX STI</li> <li>1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205</li> <li>2013 Toyota GT86</li> <li>1995 Toyota MR2 GT</li> <li>2005 TVR Sagaris</li> <li>2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR</li> <li>2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR</li> <li>2013 SRT Viper GTS</li> <li>1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2</li> <li>2010 Volkswagen Golf R</li> <li>1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI</li> <li>2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R</li> <li>1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe</li> </ol> <p>Forza Horizon 2 will ship to stores this September for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 PDT Robert Workman WildStar 'Sabotage' update explodes later this month http://www.shacknews.com/article/85445/wildstar-sabotage-update-explodes-later-this-month http://www.shacknews.com/article/85445/wildstar-sabotage-update-explodes-later-this-month <p>WildStar's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85172/wildstar-strain-update-gets-down-with-the-sickness-this-week">last update</a> focused on impacting Carbine Studios' vast galactic PvE world and adding some new story beats. But there's a new update getting ready to roll out and this will be geared more towards scratching a player's competitive itch. The upcoming 'Sabotage' update will toss in a new 15v15 battleground, set in a new arena called Daggerstone Pass.</p> <p>The object of the Daggerstone Pass map is to capture and hold control points, damaging the opposing team's base in the process. There are also time bombs littered throughout the map and will begin counting down once picked up. Bombs can be used to take out enemy players or do further damage to the opposing base. The winning team is the one with the most points at the end of the round or the one that destroys the opposing team's enemy fusion core first.</p> <p>More information about the 'Sabotage' update can be found below. The PvP update will be deployed later in July.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Gfu8-zfgf78?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:40:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call 'Legacy of Music' contest announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/85442/theatrhythm-final-fantasy-curtain-call-legacy-of-music-contest-announced http://www.shacknews.com/article/85442/theatrhythm-final-fantasy-curtain-call-legacy-of-music-contest-announced <p>With Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call set to take the stage later this year, Square Enix has announced a contest that will allow fans to show their creative music side, in the hopes of winning some Final Fantasy-related prizes.</p> <p>Beginning on August 5th, fans will have the opportunity to create and upload a music video of themselves performing the main theme of Final Fantasy any way they see fit. The videos must be approximately one minute and thirty seconds long, and should include a sign from participants that points out their favorite Final Fantasy game.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MhBVsfktlYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Judging will then be done by Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, and the winners shall receive some big prizes. Those include a grand prize of a complimentary trip for two to attend the upcoming Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy concert. Other prizes include a signed collector's edition of Theatrhythm, a limited edition Japanese 3DS Theatrhythm system, and a Final Fantasy Static Arts Mini Figure.</p> <p>More details on the contest can be found on the <a href="http://www.theatrhythm.com">Theatrhythm game page</a>, and you can check out Destructoid's Dale North providing an example of how to submit a video below.&nbsp;Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call arrives in stores on September 16th for the 3DS.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="332" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yxT5BvK87mY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:05:00 PDT Robert Workman Wii U update supports system-to-system transfers http://www.shacknews.com/article/85441/wii-u-update-supports-system-to-system-transfers http://www.shacknews.com/article/85441/wii-u-update-supports-system-to-system-transfers <p>Nintendo has detailed the latest update to its Wii U game console. While&nbsp;it's nothing particularly ground-breaking, it does offer a small convenience to those looking to transfer their data to another system, or shop without wielding the large GamePad.</p> <p>Version 5.1.0 U features the ability to transfer software and data from one Wii U system to another, in case there are those upgrading to the Legend of Zelda bundle or some other system. Simply select the System Transfer option in the System Settings, and you can go from there. Previously, the system was only able to transfer from the Wii to the Wii U.</p> <p>In addition, the update also allows gamers to shop on the Nintendo eShop using a Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote or Classic Controller, instead of just making your selections via the GamePad.</p> <p>The only other updates included are "further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments," according to the company.&nbsp;The update should apply automatically the next time you boot up your system.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:40:00 PDT Robert Workman Nvidia introduces Shield Tablet with Twitch broadcasting http://www.shacknews.com/article/85440/nvidia-introduces-shield-tablet-with-twitch-broadcasting http://www.shacknews.com/article/85440/nvidia-introduces-shield-tablet-with-twitch-broadcasting <p>Nvidia announced a new member of its Shield family today: the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It's now available for pre-order starting at $299, with an optional wireless controller for $59.</p> <p>You can pre-order it from the <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/gaming-tablet/">official site</a>. It's $299 for a 16GB wifi version, and $399 for a 32GB version with LTE. It uses a Tegra K1 192 core GPU, sports 2GB of RAM with a Cortex A15 CPU, a multitouch display, and front-facing speakers. It will be available on July 29.</p> <p>The announcement boasts&nbsp;that it will be the first mobile device to inegrate Twitch streaming as well.&nbsp;Twitch has offered a mobile SDK&nbsp;for developers to use earlier this year, and it was put to use very quickly&nbsp;after that. Broadcasting through a mobile device isn't new, but integrating it into the device is.</p> <p>The tablet sports a 5MP camera, mic, and chat overlay to make the task easier, along with an optional headset.&nbsp;It will also come pre-installed with the Twitch streaming application for Android, and Nvidia's own "Shadowplay," a tool for saving and sharing your gaming moments.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s no secret our goal is to be everywhere that gamers are, which includes bringing Twitch broadcasting and viewing to every console,&rdquo; said Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. &ldquo;With this integration into the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet, we are not only one step closer to achieving our goal, we are strengthening our relationship with the ever-growing global mobile community.&rdquo;</p> <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:00 PDT Steve Watts Google to stop advertising games with IAPs as 'free' http://www.shacknews.com/article/85439/google-to-stop-advertising-games-with-iaps-as-free http://www.shacknews.com/article/85439/google-to-stop-advertising-games-with-iaps-as-free <p>Google has announced that by the end of September, it will no longer advertise games as "free" in Europe when they have in-app purchases. It will also start requiring payment verification before each purchase.</p> <p>The changes come in light of requests from the European Commission, which recently laid out <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">guidelines</a>&nbsp;for app stores. <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/18/5915415/google-adding-in-app-purchase-protections-european-commission">The Verge</a>&nbsp;reports that among the requests, the commission has asked that steps be taken to assure games and apps do not mislead with claims of being "free," that games give clear indication of how payments are made, and that they do not directly ask children to make purchases. It also requires an e-mail address to send complaints.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple has also agreed to make changes, but didn't detail specific steps. The changes from both Google and Apple&nbsp;could be strictly localized to Europe for the time being, however, as no American body has issued similar restrictions.</p> <p>This comes follows just after the UK's Advertising Standards Authority banned Electronic Arts from advertising its game Dungeon Keeper as "free." As we <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85252/opinion-dungeon-keeper-and-when-free-to-play-isnt-free">noted</a>&nbsp;at the time, it was a good step, but endemic of a larger problem with the way free-to-play games are marketed.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:05:00 PDT Steve Watts Shack Snack: July 21, 2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85436/shack-snack-july-21-2014 http://www.shacknews.com/article/85436/shack-snack-july-21-2014 <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h6Vlpih9dnE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p></p> <p>Kick back and treat yourself to a Shack Snack, a short recap of the&nbsp;big stories you should know. It's like a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cliffsnotes.com" target="blank">CliffsNotes</a>&nbsp;for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/shacknewsgames" target="blank">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /><center> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85423/doom-not-ready-for-formal-announcement-until-next-year">Doom not ready for formal announcement until next year</a></h2> </center> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/21/Doomlogo_44.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p><span>The new Doom had its&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85404/doom-what-we-know-so-far">reveal</a><span>&nbsp;at QuakeCon, but it was a somewhat strange one and exclusive to attendees. Bethesda's Pete Hines has explained why the company chose to unveil it that way, and when we'll be seeing more from Doom.</span></p> <center> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85429/psa-destiny-beta-down-until-july-23-for-maintenance">Destiny beta down until July 23 for maintenance</a></h2> </center> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/21/Destiny_44.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p>Those hoping to jump into the Destiny beta will find themselves disappointed, because Bungie has taken it down for maintenance until Wednesday.</p> <p>Of course, no one can say Bungie didn't offer ample warning. The maintenance period was originally announced back when Destiny beta details were&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85247/destiny-beta-details-trailer-revealed">first revealed</a>. Outside of these two maintenance dates, Destiny will remain playable on PS4 and PS3 until July 27. As a reminder, log into the beta on July 26 at 5PM EDT for a chance to receive special rewards.</p> <center> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85431/watch-15-minutes-of-gameplay-from-the-sims-4">Watch 15 minutes of gameplay from The Sims 4</a></h2> </center> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YfZOMo7q1Iw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span>EA and Maxis are hoping to entice fans of the long-running Sims franchise with some new features and a fresh coat of paint. So with that in mind, the Sims creators have released the demo that they showed off at E3 earlier this year, offering up 15 minutes of new gameplay footage.</span></p> <p>Also check out...</p> <center> <h2><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85433/giving-video-game-characters-a-gender-switching-fem-flip">Giving video game characters a gender-switching fem-flip</a></h2> </center> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/stamp/2014/07/21/Team_Fortress_Fan_Girls_by_T03nemesis_44.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p><span>The recent announcement that a woman will be&nbsp;</span><a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor" target="_blank">taking up Thor&rsquo;s hammer</a><span>&nbsp;shook up the comic book community and provides a brand new perspective to one of Marvel&rsquo;s oldest characters. It&rsquo;s important to note she will trully be&nbsp;</span><i>Thor&nbsp;</i><span>- not She-Thor, Lady Thor, or Thorita. So, it&rsquo;s a very exciting time for female characters and fans. With the San Diego Comic Con right around the corner, we started thinking about video game characters that might benefit from a gender switching fem-flip.</span></p> <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:00 PDT Steven Wong Destiny pre-orders offer early Vanguard Armory access http://www.shacknews.com/article/85435/destiny-pre-orders-offer-early-vanguard-armory-access http://www.shacknews.com/article/85435/destiny-pre-orders-offer-early-vanguard-armory-access <p>Those that have been playing through the Destiny alpha and beta know that the biggest guns will be what gets explorers through the day. Nobody provides those heavy arms quite like the Vanguard. The Vanguard have some pretty big guns and players that pre-order Bungie's upcoming shooter will be able to get first access to them.</p> <p>Pre-orders will grant early access to the Vanguard armory, where players can arm themselves with massive weaponry like the Singularity S.3 scout rifle and the 13098V Incognito sniper rifle. They can also pick up customizable gear to help differentiate your player and say to others, "Look at me! I pre-ordered!" before they proceed to blast you with their own ginormous rifle.</p> <p>For more on the Vanguard Armory pre-order bonus, check out the video below. Destiny arrives on Sony and Microsoft consoles on September 9.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mmpLwI9Of30" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:45:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Giving video game characters a gender-switching fem-flip http://www.shacknews.com/article/85433/giving-video-game-characters-a-gender-switching-fem-flip http://www.shacknews.com/article/85433/giving-video-game-characters-a-gender-switching-fem-flip <p><span>The recent announcement that a woman will be <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor" target="_blank">taking up Thor&rsquo;s hammer</a> shook up the comic book community and provides a brand new perspective to one of Marvel&rsquo;s oldest characters. It&rsquo;s important to note she will trully be <i>Thor </i>- not She-Thor, Lady Thor, or Thorita. So, it&rsquo;s a very exciting time for female characters and fans. With the San Diego Comic Con right around the corner, we started thinking about video game characters that might benefit from a gender switching fem-flip.</span></p> <h2><strong>Death (Darksiders II)</strong></h2> <p><span><iframe width="620" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E7dxK_N5HQk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 105px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Death_DC_Comics.jpg" width="105" height="150" /></div> <p><span><span>It's not too uncommon for Death to be personified as a woman in comic books. For example, the Sandman series portrays Death as an attractive and pleasant young girl who happens to take her job very seriously. This is in stark contrast to Death in the Marvel universe, who is more cold and calculating. Although the abstract entity is normally a skeleton in a dark cloak, it often chooses to replace the skeletal look with that of a human female.</span></span></p> <p>In the game, Death is the most feared of the Four Horsemen, and is portrayed as a dual weapon wielding, fast-moving assassin who is out to reverse his brother War's alleged crimes. So, a fem-flip in Darksiders II might be easy to accept. Making Death a female character probably wouldn't change much beyond aesthetics and voice, since a sister would be just as dedicated toward vindicating a sibling as anyone else. As the <a href="http://www.nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior" target="_blank">American Ninja Warrior</a> competition proves, a woman can be fast and agile enough to swiftly eliminate anyone that gets in her way.</p> <p></p> <h2><strong>Master Chief (Halo Series)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Halo4-MasterChief.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 120px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Maria-062.jpg" alt="" width="120" height="121" /></div> <p><span><span>A female Master Chief isn't a terribly far-fetched idea. In <a href="http://marvel.com/comics/collection/4518/halo_the_graphic_novel_hardcover" target="_blank"><i>Halo: The Graphic Novel</i></a>, there's a story titled "Armor Testing." In it, a Spartan soldier drops from orbit, uses a sniper rifle to shoot some guys out while falling, lands, and takes out even more soldiers with a pair of SMGs. After some more butt-kicking, the Spartan is escorted to a commanding&nbsp;officer. There are some salutes, and then comes the big Samus Aran reveal as Maria-062 takes her helmet off. The armor was to be shipped to Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 pending her approval. However, the officer hints that she could have one of her own if she reenlisted into the UNSC. Maria declines, stating that she wanted to start a family. So, in the span of a few panels, Halo scores a point for gender equality, then loses two.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Giving Halo a fem-flip wouldn't change the look or gameplay of the game, considering how the armor is androgynous. But having a female protagonist could have a significant impact on how the story plays out, and not just in terms of the interaction and relationship with Cortana, or whether or not there would be a G.I. Jane-esque undertone. We don't know if there's gender equality among the Covenant, or even if there is gender. Would they be just as fearful of a female soldier who could tear through their ranks, more so, or would they become indignant? Would fans feel the same way about a female hero sacrificing herself and going into indefinite cryo sleep, like Ellen Ripley in Alien, compared to a man?</span></span></span></p> <h2><strong>Team Fortress 2 Cast (Team Fortress 2)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Team_Fortress_Fan_Girls_by_T03nemesis.jpg" alt="Team Fortress Fan Girls, by T03nemesis" width="620" height="388" /></div> <p>There's no reason for men to dominate the whacky class-based multiplayer game Team Fortress 2. As the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85019/team-fortress-2-kicks-off-love-and-war-update">Love &amp; War</a> animated short indicates, even the mercenary team's cleanup crew (comprised of a single woman) can be as deadly as the rest of the team. Still, having an all-female team should be more than a simple gender/voice swap. Female mercenaries should have their own unique look, and players should be able to select between genders when they pick a class. Not only would this look great for team diversity, but it sets the stage perfectly for men vs women matches. Also, let's admit it... nobody appreciates shooting up the opposing team to win a new hat more than a girl.</p> <h2><strong>Dante and Vergil (DMC: Devil May Cry)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/DMC-Dante-Vergil.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="369" /></div> <p><span>The twin sons of Sparda and Eva could have just as easily have been the daughters, or even the children. A brother and sister rivalry would further play up the dichotomy between the two siblings. The intro for DMC: Devil May Cry would probably have to be altered, along with some of the enemy interactions, but the gameplay could remain almost completely unchanged. Although a hot-headed female Dante would certainly be amazing, a smart, cold, and ambitious queen-bee Vergil could make for a more interesting character, especially after the Vergil's Downfall storyline.</span></p> <h2><strong>The Prince (Prince of Persia)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/PoP_S_054.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p><span><span>The series is called Prince of Persia, but that doesn't mean there can't be a Princess. Come on, women can be dark and brooding too. The Prince of Persia storylines usually have the player cleaning up some catastrophic mess that someone else started or masterminded, while the gameplay centers on platform puzzle solving. We know from the Tomb Raider series it&rsquo;s a formula that works. We also know from seeing Farah in action that women in the series can be deadly. So, trade in the bow for swords and you have... a Persian Mulan. Or perhaps Elika from 2008's Prince of Persia could be the main character of her own story instead of being a magical assistant - especially given how Prince of Persia: Epilogue ends.</span></span></p> <h2><strong>Agent 47 (Hitman Series)</strong></h2> <p><span><iframe width="620" height="370" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k0j902ho-4M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> <p><span>Given what happens in Hitman: Absolution, a female assassin is completely possible. No, she wouldn't have to dress up as a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXs5v-t9NwI" target="_blank">S&amp;M leather loving nun</a>. For that matter, a genetically engineered femme fatale could be FAR more effective than a bald guy with a bar code and an aversion to small talk. Infiltration probably wouldn&rsquo;t be nearly as hard. It's a wonder why the evil scientists of the world aren't racing to clone them by the dozen. Then again, a female protagonist might break the gameplay precisely for that reason. So, with all respect to the Nikita fans out there, this assassin should stick with a perfectly engineered killer Y chromosome. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2><strong>Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell Series)</strong></h2> <p><span class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/SamFischer-SplinterCellBlacklist.jpg" width="620" height="349" /></span></p> <p><span>The Splinter Cell series doesn't have a lot of prominent female characters. There's Sam Fischer's daughter, Sarah, who is often used as leverage against him. Then there's Anna Gr&iacute;msd&oacute;ttir, the technical operations manager. Other than that, Third and Fourth Echelon are total boys clubs. However, the president is a woman, so... there's that. In any case, there are probably significant parts of the running story that need to be changed to accommodate for a female super spy, but the gameplay can remain relatively unchanged. A woman can hide in the shadows, scale buildings, employ a host of gadgets, and assassinate targets just as well as anyone else. All while running a black ops team and calling home to make sure her daughter hasn't been kidnapped again.</span></p> <h2><strong>Garrett (Thief Series)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Garrett-Thief-2014.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="348" /></div> <p></p> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 120px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/Thief-Erica-left.jpg" width="120" height="144" /></div> <p>With slim&nbsp;fingers, a slender figure, and the agility of an Olympic gymnast, a woman could be the ultimate master thief, as demonstrated by numerous characters - not the least of which include Catwoman from Batman and Black Cat from Spider-man fame. Garrett could be the ideal character for a fem-flip. The gender swap wouldn't change the gameplay or the character all that much. His acute kleptomania, OCD tendencies, and role as pawn for the Keepers could be kept whole. Given how he works with a female partner, Erin, at the start of the latest Thief game, it's completely believable to have a female burglar and pickpocket running through the city's shadows. Plus, you know, diamonds are a girl's best friend.</p> <p></p> <h2><strong>Marcus Fenix (Gears of War Series)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/GearsofWar3.jpg" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p>After destroying their own cities and still ending up on the losing side of the war against the Locust Horde, the humans on planet Sera can't afford any discrimination. Women serve equally alongside men and fight with the same ferocity against aliens, mutants, and whatever else pops out of the ground to eat them. However, we've seen very few, if any, women assume leadership roles. The closest might include Alicia Valera (who met an untimely end) and Sophia Hendrick (who also saw a potentially bad end). Anya Stroud probably deserves to be more than the Control contact, even though communication is her chosen specialty; considering how Gears of War 3 opens with her narration. &nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>As far as the Gears of War plot is concerned, giving Marcus a fem-flip probably wouldn't be too much of an issue. A woman could just as easily decide to abandon her post to rescue her father, leading to a 14-year prison sentence. Fe-Marcus could also step up and take command of a squad when the CO dies. Delta Squads&rsquo;s frat brother attitude might get toned down a bit, but it doesn't necessarily have to. The world government is destroyed and humanity is nearly wiped out, so there's no reason why the camaraderie wouldn&rsquo;t apply to everyone.</span></span></p> <h2><strong>Isaac Clarke (Dead Space Series)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/DS2_Nov09_09.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span>Fem-flipping Isaac Clarke could potentially change the entire feel of Dead Space. Sure, we&rsquo;re no stranger to women fighting monsters using high-tech gear, and the RIG suit is pretty androgynous once the helmet is down. However, even though there are plenty of stories of men embarking on perilous missions to find their loved ones, there are shockingly few that involve a woman looking for her missing husband. Maybe the social expectation is that she should forget about him and move on? Plus, wandering through the wrecked nursery section of Dead Space 2 could have a deeper significance to a female protagonist. Not to mention, for me, watching a woman stick a needle in her eye seems that much more intense, along with the multitude of death scenes in the game.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><em>A Character that CAN'T make a fem-flip...</em></p> <h2><strong>Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed II Trilogy)</strong></h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 620px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/ACR-media-SS-4-big_141344.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="349" /></div> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 104px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2014/07/AC3LHD-Avaline.jpg" alt="" width="104" height="150" /></div> <p><span>Players can take the role of Aveline and stab their way through 1765 New Orleans in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed: Liberation. However, Liberation is a spin-off game, and a true fem-flip has to involve the main series. With three games to his name, no assassin is quite as popular as Ezio Auditore. But even though you can recruit and dispatch female assassins in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, there's no evidence suggesting that Ezio's predecessors were as progressive. So, giving Ezio himself the fem-flip presents some difficult challenges. </span></p> <p><span><span>Although women enjoyed more freedom compared to the feudal era, it would still be extremely unlikely for a woman in Renaissance Italy to inherit the Assassin's robes and mission from her father. Although women could own land, they were largely regarded as property of their fathers and husbands. So, even if say, Claudia, discovered the robes, along with a knack for killing and a thirst for vengeance, she would still have an extremely hard time picking up her family's legacy.</span></span></p> <p><span>But that doesn&rsquo;t mean a different assassin can&rsquo;t rise the ranks someday. Although it wouldn&rsquo;t be a fem-flip, the World War II era would be an&nbsp;ideal time for a female Assassin to rise up.</span></p> <hr /> <p><em>Which video game character do you think could do with a fem-flip? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 PDT Steven Wong
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