Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer with plenty of initiative, today announced the forthcoming release of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, coming to PC, iOS, and Android devices. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the appropriately named sequel to Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition, will bring players back to the table, where they can sit and simulate another, different table inside the game (which is about a game). Danger, intrigue, death, role-playing, and roll-playing will return when Knights of Pen & Paper 2 arrives on May 14th.
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EA and Visceral Games have announced Battlefield Hardline Premium. The "exclusive membership program" will sell for $50.
Visceral Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) studio, today announced Battlefield™ Hardline Premium*, an exclusive membership program delivering new content and early access to Battlefield Hardline fans to fuel their cops and criminals fantasies all year long. Battlefield Hardline Premium members will enjoy four new super features – Masks, Gun Bench, Competitive Play, and Legendary Status – as well as two weeks early access to four story-themed digital expansion packs. In addition, members will receive monthly rewards and access to exclusive in-game events and items that ensure players execute heists and roll into high-speed chases in style.
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Someone clearly thinks this is still happening. Now either Gabe has gone completely mad after the whole world still dishing out lame Half-Life 3 jokes or it could be that Valve is finally making the decision to unwrap the thick curtain that's been around for one of of the most anticipated games of all time.
Apparently there was a recent Steam update with a mysterious “App 323900?" This app came out with a Half Life 3 logo. Valve actually responded and pulled App 323900, but not before the hungry eyes of the Internet had their peek and say. Gabe Newell himself took the time to respond to this by saying that they're not ready to make any announcements for HL3 - the usual kick in the balls by Gaben.
The rumor mill about HL 3 has started turning again now that Valve set their appearance at the Game Developers Conference set for March 3, 2015, with plans to host a “Physics For Programmers: Physics Optimization Strategies” panel. And because it's March 3, now everyone is interpreting that as a sign from God, sorry, Gaben.
Imagine standing on the bridge of a starship rocketing across the galaxy, or strolling through the streets of ancient Rome, or shrinking down to subatomic size and watching molecules collide. Now Re-imagine.
HTC’s Vive headset, powered by SteamVR, pulls those virtual worlds off your computer screen and into your home. You’ll experience sights and sounds vivid and lifelike enough to transport you to another place, another time—whole new realities with limitless possibilities.
HTC + Valve
The Vive headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life. HTC manufactures some of the finest consumer electronics on the planet and Valve is an unrivaled architect of virtual worlds, so you know the collaboration is something special. Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service.
A 1,200 by 1,080 pixel screen in front of each eye, with refresh rates of a blistering 90 frames per second, displays photorealistic imagery that fills your field of vision in all directions, eliminating the jitter common to previous VR technologies and transporting you to another world.
Plug your favorite set of headphones into a jack located on the side of the Developer Edition headset.
Tracking and Room Scale
A gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor combine to precisely track the rotation of your head on both axes to an accuracy of 1/10th of a degree, allowing you to look around the virtual environment naturally. Couple the headset with a pair of Steam VR base stations to track your physical location (in spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet) – get up and walk around inisde the virtual world!
Custom Game Controller
Ergonomic VR game controllers in each hand allow you to use virtual objects and interact with the virtual world. The position of each controller is tracked in space, allowing developers to simulate a wide range of activities and interactions.
I suspect VR Goggles are going to be the Virtual Boy of 2015.
Rebellion's (Rogue Trooper, Sniper Elite) third-person shooter, Zombie Army Trilogy, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam on March 6th.
In the dying flames of World War II, Hitler has unleashed one final, unholy gamble – a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic third-person shooter!
Battle through THREE epic campaigns across 15 demon-infested missions. Play solo or fight back to back in online co-op for 2-4 players. Dare you take on one of the most intense and challenging third-person shooters in gaming?
Face gruesome enemies with iconic weaponry and powerful explosives. Dismember the undead to give yourself a fighting chance, and experience every putrid lung burst, every rotten bone shatter with the infamous X-ray Kill Camera.
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I’m not sure the Homeworld games were first built with the expectation that they’d stand the test of time like this, but because there was so much care, because there’s been nothing quite like them since, and because the remastering has been sensitive, this package comes across as beautifully timeless, and as essential as real-time strategy gets. Welcome home.
If you ever wondered what it would be like to float around in space (a la Sandra Bullock or George Clooney in the Academy Award-winning film 'Gravity'), you're in for a treat with the upcoming Zero G feature in Bohemia Interactive's Early Access space sim game, Take On Mars.
Demonstrated in the developer's latest Take On Mars Sneak Peek video, the newly implemented movement in zero/micro gravity means that moving around on objects pushes them about, and when no objects are near, you cannot move around, having to hope and pray that you fly towards your desired destination. Fortunately, players will have the option to equip a jetpack (a Manned Maneuvering Unit) which can be used to fly around while in zero gravity.
Additionally, the studio released a Sneak Peek video which takes a closer look at the process of producing methane on the Red Planet, and driving your Scout Buggy vehicle around during Martian night time. It shows the newly implemented Topsoil Extractor (which sucks up soil), the Resource Tank (holds 9500L), chemistry in action using the Materials refinery (to make methane), and using fuel plus oxygen to give the Take On Mars Scout Buggy 'juice'.
Halo 5: Guardians, the upcoming Xbox One game from Microsoft, is shaping up to be "jaw-dropping" and a game that developer 343 has "dreamed of making."
That's according to Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg, who says as part of The Inner Circle podcast that there are more than a few reasons to be excited about the game.
...Greenberg said he is so enthusiastic about Halo 5 because it pushes new gameplay boundaries in ways that are blowing people's minds, he said.
"The game is super innovative and this is really a title I think 343 has dreamed of making," Greenberg explained. "And they're innovating in ways that...our jaws are dropping. We want to be able to step up and deliver the type of quality products and marketing to match the quality of the game. And so that's the challenge on us. But we have no doubt that the product they're making is going to be pretty amazing."
Michelle Rodriguez has responded to Green Lantern rumors, telling TMZ "that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard." Comicbook.com has the story.
TMZ's camera crew ran into Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez and asked her if she'll be the next Green Lantern, because apparently that is a rumor. I've never heard it, but they seem to think it's worth asking about. It was news to Rodriguez too, who supplied them with headline-catching response as to why she isn't right for it.
"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard," Rodriguez told TMZ. "Yeah, I think is so stupid to like ... because of this whole like minorities in Hollywood thing. But it's so stupid. Like, stop stealing, you know, all the white people's superheroes. Like, make up your own. Know what I'm saying? What's up with that?"
The only possible rumor that TMZ might be onto is actually speculation, not a rumor. And that would be Warner Bros. choosing to go with Jessica Cruz as the next Green Lantern instead of a more traditional choice like Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner or John Stewart.
Hey guys, I won't to clarify my comment from yesterday. I stuck my foot in my mouth once again and I said that people should stop trying to steal white people's superheroes. I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended or whatever. I have a tendency to speak without a filter. Sorry about that.
What I really meant was that ultimately at the end of the day there is a language and the language that you speak in Hollywood is: successful franchise. And I think that there are many cultures that are in Hollywood that are not white that could come up with their own mythology. We all get it from the same reservoir of life - the fountain of life. It doesn't matter which culture you come from. Instead of turning a girl character into a guy, or instead of turning a white character into a black character or Latin character - I think people should stop being lazy and people in Hollywood should take the time to develop their own mythology.
InXile Entertainment has announced that they plan on giving Wasteland 2 a visual facelift and better modding tools with continued post release updates.
Not satisfied with the game it released last year, InXile Entertainment continues to deliver updates for its crowdfunded RPG, Wasteland 2. Now, the developer has announced that it's expanding upon its original plans for post-release support, part of which will come in the form of a visual "facelift" for the game.
Having recently released the sixth big patch for Wasteland 2, InXile has outlined some of its plans for what to do next. "Part of the newfound freedom we’ve gained from being an exclusively crowdfunded company is that it allows us to offer a high level of post-release support," wrote project lead Chris Keenan in a Kickstarter update. "While this is normal practice for an active multiplayer game, we believe that the ongoing improvements to the single-player experience in Wasteland 2 are worth the time and money. The game truly continues to be a passion project for the team here at InXile."
Keenan then went on to reveal that InXile's plans have changed--for the better. "If you've been keeping a close eye on things, you might have heard tell that we're looking at doing some more balancing and improvements of Wasteland 2 in the future," he said. "We have expanded our original plan and decided that this is going to be a part of something much larger for all our fans."
Not many details were offered, but InXile did reveal the game's codebase is being moved from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. As far as players are concerned, the benefits of that include better tools being made available for modders, as well as new technology that will allow for improved graphics.
With the aid of your warrior allies and a few mysterious outsiders, you have the ability to reshape the conflict. Take down a multitude of trolls to attain a new high score or make sacrifices to become a noble Social Justice Champion, who takes no joy in tearing down other human beings. The Champion relies on mediation and reconciliation, listening to their concerns and proposing mutually beneficial compromise. The utility of compromise is just as uncertain as destroying opponents, but a Champion values its beliefs more than temporary gratification.
“Social Justice Warriors fascinated me because it shows the potential that video games have beyond entertainment: to be instruments of education, and conduits through which ideas can be disseminated, shared, and discussed.” IGN
For years, it's been impossible to buy No One Lives Forever or its sequel through popular online services like Steam, Humble, or GOG.com. Plenty of PC gamers today would love to play or re-play the games, but the question of who controls the NOLF intellectual property has proved famously difficult to answer, and the series has remained unavailable.
You may remember when a company called Night Dive Studios applied for a trademark on the No One Lives Forever name back in May of last year. Night Dive is the studio responsible for digging up the licenses for defunct PC games like System Shock 2 and the Wizardry series, getting the games working on modern PCs, and re-releasing them on platforms like Steam and GOG.com.
...Last week, Night Dive founder Stephen Kick and director of business development Larry Kuperman emailed me to let me know that while they had indeed planned to re-release No One Lives Forever and its sequel, they'd hit a wall and been forced to give up. Thanks to the ongoing inability and/or unwillingness of three publishers—Activision, 20th Century Fox, and in particular Warner Bros.—to determine who owned the game, Night Dive is currently abandoning its efforts to revive No One Lives Forever.
A loving father dons a clown outfit, wig, bulbous nose and pancake makeup to entertain at his son's sixth birthday after the clown-for-hire is a no-show. Unable to take off the clown garb, dad's personality changes in horrific fashion. He and his family race to break the curse of the evil outfit before he undergoes a complete transformation into a homicidal killer with over-sized shoes.
Winter is about to make an appearance in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend. We drop from 75 degrees to 55 and rain. Since it will be soooo cold, I figure that is a great excuse to stay inside and play games. And don't worry, our winter is only 2 days so by next week it will be back to 75 and sunshine! What are you playing this weekend?
Netherrealm Studios and Warner Brothers just released a new story trailer for MK X. Spanning 25 years from MK (2011), the trailer shows a ton of new characters and storyline revelations, and of course some awesome MK action.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 has had a strong start in 2015 and impressive sales numbers overall. But while the Xbox One picked up during the tail end of 2014, data from research company SuperDataResearch shows that the PS4 is still coming out on top in terms of digital game sales.
Looking at digital sales for the top 10 best-selling games of January (listed below) the PS4 and PS3 accounted for 43% and 20% respectively of total purchases. By comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles totaled just 37% altogether.
Santa Monica, CA - February 26, 2015 - Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Havoc, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Packed to the brim with content, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc includes four new, epic multiplayer maps, access to the versatile AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant, plus an exciting all-new cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.
Havoc's four exotic and diverse multiplayer maps are set around the globe and are tailor-made for players to unleash their exoskeleton's abilities:
Core: Deploy to the Gobi desert where the ravaged ruins of a nuclear fusion plant set the stage for a high-octane warzone. Take down enemies through the wreckage in long-range combat or get up-close and personal in the tunnels surrounding the central turbine. Activate decontamination drones using the map-based scorestreak to help clean out the competition.
Urban: Prepare yourself for brutal, high-speed combat in Dallas Ward 3, a future mega structure, funneling players into a close-quarters free-for-all. This modular compound's verticality unleashes the exoskeleton's capabilities. Stay focused during the timed event as blast doors alter the map's flow and sightlines.
Sideshow: In the shadow of Devil's Tower, Wyoming, this abandoned inn's open layout amplifies its creep factor. Blast your way through the clown inn with close-quarters battles or use long-range site-lines from the mining facilities and natural terrain. Use the map-based scorestreak to activate the lights, music, and magic of the clown marquee and rain down a barrage of rainbow smoke-trailed cannonballs.
Drift: An idyllic ski resort high in the Rocky Mountains is transformed into a festive high-altitude playground, perfect for an all-out firefight. Make your way to the highly contested over watch in the glass observation deck or take a ride on the carousel to deliver 360 degrees of carnage. Players can use the map-altering timed event to their advantage as an avalanche of snow and debris disorients players, intensifying the battle.
Havoc's new cooperative experience, Exo Zombies, features a story told through the eyes of four employees of the Atlas Corporation. Played by a celebrity cast consisting of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street), Exo Zombies ushers in a new breed of zombies and a truly unique experience in the Havoc DLC Pack.
Hyerim "MagicAmy" Lee was a South Korean Hearthstone pro-player until she was accused of beguiling a male Canadian player with her sexuality to play for her. This accusation was leveled from a suspicious source, a player named Erik Lee who was banned from the Hearthstone esport by Blizzard for trading wins. However, because the post gained a huge number of up-votes on reddit, the leader of MagicAmy's esport team, Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk, decided to investigate the claims.
According to Yanyuk, who works for TempoStorm, the investigation lasted three days, in which the group spoke to 36 people.
"And what do we come up with? Absolutely f**king nothing," he said on a Hearthstone stream, published above. He also revealed that he speaks to MagicAmy, on Skype video, on a regular basis.
"There is no evidence, ever, that somebody was playing for her," he explains.
But due to the intense scrutiny, and the various attacks on her, MagicAmy has decided to retire as a professional Hearthstone player.
Why quit after being vindicated? I get that being accused falsely sucks, but that's something you risk when choosing to become a professional competitor. Imagine if all professional competitors quit and starting complaining about "witch-hunts" after they were falsely accused?
Since starting development on Fable Legends, we’ve had two clear goals in mind. First and foremost, we’re aiming to create an amazing, fun gaming experience for our players. The feedback we’ve had so far from players in our closed beta, fans we’ve met at shows, and the gaming press indicates we’re well on our way to realising our first goal!
Our second goal is to ensure the game we’re working to create is available to as many players as possible. The first step to make that happen came when we announced this year that Fable Legends will be cross-playable on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Today we’re announcing the next huge piece of news that’ll help us reach this goal.
The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."
The policy helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.
If you think you’ve explored every hidden corner of the massive open world in Far Cry 4, you will soon uncover a snowy new territory of Kyrat, in the Valley of the Yetis – the latest add-on content for Far Cry 4.
In the aftermath of a helicopter crash, you are once again cast as Ajay Ghale, but this time, you’re up against an otherworldly foe.
Beyond the supernatural twist and threat of hungry beasts, you will have to contend with a group of violent cultists whose regular assaults will require an arsenal of weapons and significant fortifications to fend off.
The enemy is after a secret that lies in the heart of the valley. As you discover their motives, you will fight a mystic evil that runs deeper than anything you’ve ever seen before… But you don’t have to do it alone!
Co-op play extends to the entire Valley of the Yetis campaign, allowing players to once again play as Ajay and Hurk for even more bro-powered moments and anecdotes.
Far Cry 4 Valley of the Yetis launches on March 10th and is available as part of the Far Cry 4 Season Pass or individual purchase.