Elizabeth Mull, one of the crazy writers I follow on twitter, is looking to raise $2000 for a road trip to meet her birth parents. This seems like a lot better cause than some of the crazy indie gamers out there begging for money, so I thought I would kick in a few bucks. And you should too. She is almost at her goal and a few small donations would put her over the top.
Created using player-submitted voice comms, "This is EVE" showcases the game's true multiplayer experience. Battle cries, calls to action, cheers of victory, panicked escapes and virtual high-fives... This is EVE Online.
Phil Robb from Turtle Rock Studios told IGN that all of the DLC maps for its upcoming shooter, Evolve, will be free.
In a recent interview with Turtle Rock Studios' Creative Director Phil Robb, IGN learned that all DLC maps for Evolve will be available to players free of charge.
According to Robb, giving players free maps means players won't be booted because they didn't pay for the DLC.
Robb confirmed that new monsters, hunters, and maps are planned for Evolve's post-release DLC support. Additionally, players who do not purchase monster or hunter DLC will still be able to fight against the new monsters alongside the new hunters.
IGDA ,the international game developers association, recently released a resource for how to best deal with online harassment. The resource, which includes extreme measures such as links to a suicide prevention hotline for those who have experienced severe and mentally damaging threats, also recommends a Twitter tool which blocks “some of the worst offenders” of online harassment.
The GG autoblocker list is a bot created by Randi Harper, who has previously been involved in criminal activity, which blocks anyone on Twitter who follows more than one of the following accounts : @Nero, @PlayDangerously, @RogueStarGamez, @TheRalphRetort, @_icze4r, @RealVivianJames, or @CHOBITCOIN, and does not in fact analyze the content of users tweets for harassment. It should be noted that the above users have never been implicated in harassment, and in fact, have been the subjects of harassment with @Nero receiving a syringe and a dead animal in the mail, while @_icze4r has been swatted.
The structure of this list, which is labeled under mental wellness and self-care and refers to users mentioned as monsters, sheeple, and idiots various times, means that journalists and gamers, such as myself, who follow a wide range of twitter users in order to keep myself informed on the latest news, have been implicated as offenders of harassment, despite never participating in such.
Update: EvAv member PacerDawn has pointed out that the IGDA first altered, then later removed think. More info in the thread.
The Digital Foundry puts Dragon Age: Inquisitionunder the microscope in a PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One vs. PC showdown.
In terms of final recommendations, it's clear that if you have the muscle, the PC version is going to provide the best experience - but the console versions are still very impressive. If you don't mind minor frame-rate dips and feel that image quality is most important, it's easy to recommend the PS4 version. However, those looking for the most stable experience should instead opt for the Xbox One version. It's clear that neither console version is quite perfect but the level of graphical accomplishment and performance are an enormous improvement over every other BioWare console title we've played.
Gameinformer is reporting that developer Double Fine has laid off 12 staff after one of their upcoming consumer rip-offs games was canceled.
After an unannounced project was cancelled at Double Fine, a dozen members of the studio's staff had to be let go. Many of the company's already announced titles will be unaffected.
"One of our unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher," Double Fine studio head Tim Schafer told GamesIndustry.biz, "forcing us to reduce our staff by 12 people. Our remaining projects – Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected."
We're still waiting for a release date for the second half of Broken Age, but you can watch our own Tim Turi play part of the game before its initial release here, and then watch Massive Chalice's project lead Brad Muir sound off on the development of that title here.
Beneath the surface of the Moon, a long-forgotten enemy wakes. Invade the Hellmouth. Stop a dark army from invading Earth. Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will be available Tuesday Dec 9th, 2014 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of "Fast & Furious 7." James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.
Today, Ubisoft® announced that ANNO®: Build an Empire, the mobile spin-off derived from the iconic ANNO series is now available to download on the App store for iPad and iPhone. Developed by Blue Byte® in close collaboration with Mi’pu’mi Games, the game offers the full ANNO experience, allowing players to create monumental cities on mobile devices.
ANNO: Build an Empire enables players to transform an uncharted island into a powerful empire by managing inhabitants’ needs and assuring the city’s production welfare. Players will see their initial town grow into a connected kingdom as they continue to expand their empire by colonizing islands to produce new goods and acquire rare resources.
Click on the image for the screenshots, and the headline for the trailer.
Warner Bros. has announced a free character skin for Shadow of Mordor.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Free New Character Skin and Challenge Mode
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the FREE Power of Defiance bundle including the new Lithariel character skin, Challenge Mode and Epic Rune for acclaimed action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The Power of Defiance bundle will be available via a free content update today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam.
With the new character skin, players become Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn, and lead the charge against the Dark Lord Sauron and his troops. They can test their survival skills in the new Test of Defiance Challenge Mode.
The free Power of Defiance bundle includes the following upgrades
• Play as Lithariel, daughter of Lady Marwen, Queen of Nurn
• Test of Defiance Challenge Mode – Players face the ultimate test to their warrior prowess as they defeat Sauron’s Warchiefs without cheating death or relying on the power of the Wraith.
• Epic Rune - Defiant to the End: Players gain an additional Last Chance to return to the fray in combat.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Steam, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Activision sends along a press release announcing the release of Call of Duty: Heroes on the App Store and Windows Store. The game will also be coming to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore in the near future.
Santa Monica, CA - November 20, 2014 - Capt. Price. Soap MacTavish. Mike Harper. For the first time, players can enlist some of the most legendary characters from the hallowed halls of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II universes in an all-new mobile experience, Call of Duty®: Heroes. Available now for download on the App Store and Windows Store, Call of Duty: Heroes is a free to play, 3D combat strategy game that gives players an exciting new way to experience Call of Duty on smartphones and tablets. Gamers have the ability to customize their base and train elite forces, including these iconic heroes and more from the famed Call of Duty® lore, to take on enemies in fierce mobile battles with friends and other players.
In Call of Duty: Heroes players take command of a small outpost to build and upgrade it into an impenetrable base, utilizing a number of weapons and equipment options, including sentry guns, SAM turrets, mines and more than 30 upgradeable structures. Gamers can direct and level up five legendary Call of Duty heroes such as Capt. John Price and Sgt. John "Soap" MacTavish from the Modern Warfare series and Call of Duty: Black Ops II's JSOC operative Mike Harper and more. Take them into battle while also unleashing epic killstreaks, including the UAV, care packages, drone strikes and chopper gunner as well as tactical expertise unique to each. Gamers even have access to a broad range of hailed Call of Duty infantry and drones, including Juggernauts, Dragonfires and CLAWs. Players can also team up with friends to form alliances, donate troops and take down opponents while earning in-game rewards.
"Call of Duty: Heroes brings back these iconic characters from across the Call of Duty franchise to play once again in an all-new experience created for mobile players," said Jeremiah Maza, executive producer, Activision Publishing, Inc. "And it's all focused on the fun. There's nothing like calling in heavyweights like Capt. Price or Mike Harper and rolling into a new mission right from your phone or tablet."
Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and developed by China-based Faceroll, Call of Duty: Heroes is available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch* or at www.AppStore.com/CODHeroes. Call of Duty: Heroes is also available on the Windows 8 Tablet and will be coming soon to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Click on the image to view the full set of screenshots.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is a new six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.
You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you.
- Developed by the creators of the award-winning The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, and The Wolf Among Us
- Meet and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show
- Visit King’s Landing, The Wall and other familiar locations
- Feel what it is like to play the Game of Thrones, where you win... or you die
If you haven’t had a chance to try your hand at map creation, you need to get in the game! The Map Editor is an incredibly powerful tool that lets you create, play and share your own unique challenges. Using assets from the world of Far Cry 4, you’ll be able to add everything from vehicles to elephants to AI soldiers to weapons - even a golden effigy of Pagan Min. Become a dev and let the world experience your vision!
"I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros.," Sakurai said, "and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going. However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start.
"Creating a single fighter involves a huge investment, and we've already been giving it our all and investing a lot of work in the characters currently available in the game and, I think it’s an incredible package in terms of the sheer amount of content in the game. But it might be that people may not understand and may think that I am not offering enough by just looking at DLC itself.
"In light of this, we always need to weigh up both sides of this topic and carefully consider whether it really is best to have DLC or not.
"However, what I can say now about paid DLC is that we aren't working on anything at the moment," he continued. "We’ve put all our efforts into making the actual game. Creating DLC would involve large additional costs and require the involvement of a lot of people. I can't yet give you an answer about whether the price would justify the costs and criticisms mentioned above."
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is selling better than Call of Duty: Ghosts did last year. Game Informer has the story.
Activision has announced new sales data for its largest intellectual property. The Call of Duty series is now a $10 billion franchise.
The news comes nearly three weeks after the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, though no specific sell-in or sell-through numbers were offered for that title. Activision does say that this year’s release is the largest for any entertainment product in 2014 in terms of revenue.
Advanced Warfare is performing better year-over-year as compared to 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. It is also the biggest revenue earner for digital titles in console history.
Microsoft has reached one million Xbox One sales in the UK following a string of high-profile game releases and targeted marketing campaigns.
The next-gen system, which now typically retails for £100 less than its launch price, has managed to outsell the PlayStation 4 for three weeks straight, according to MCV. Sales were bolstered by a spate of key releases, from Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Sunset Overdrive to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Sony's PlayStation 4 reached one million UK sales at the end of the summer.
Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon is a fantasy war game set in the Second War of Armageddon. You take the role of defending the planet as the Imperium of Man against the Ork invaders.
Throughout the campaign you will also be joined by three chapters of Space Marines: the Salamanders, Blood Angels and the Ultramarines.
In this hex-based, turn-based strategy game, players will lead the Imperial forces of the Armageddon Steel Legion and Space Marines from a variety of Chapters against the Ork invasion through over 30 scenarios, on the hostile terrain of the planet and its gigantic Hive Cities.
Gamespot is reporting that developer Frontier Devevelopments has decided to scrap the offline version of their upcoming space sim, Elite: Dangerous, and in the process is going to deny product refunds to any Alpha/Beta game backers who have played any of the game.
Frontier Developments is now offering refunds, but with a caveat that has also sparked criticism: "Those who have already been playing the game online in the Alpha and/or Beta phases, regardless of whether they backed the project via Kickstarter or purchased access to Alpha and/or Beta through our online store, are not eligible for a refund."
Development of Elite: Dangerous was initially funded on Kickstarter, raising more than £1.5 million by January 2013. Those who pledged high amounts were rewarded with access to private betas.
Now, on the game's official forums, in a thread entitled "Goodbye," one user accuses Frontier of punishing its most loyal customers.
"The very people who have helped test this game, supported this game and paid way way over the mark to help fund, improve and finalise this game are the ones now being thrown to the wolves."
Soaring high in the skies on the back of a majestic Pokémon, discovering the mysterious origins of Mega Evolution and releasing the primal powers of Legendary Pokémon. These are only a few of the new franchise features that players can experience for the first time in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, both launching exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS video game system on Nov. 21. With new Mega Evolutions of favorite Pokémon characters, new areas to explore and new ways to travel, fans who fell in love with the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games will feel like they are embarking on their adventure through the Hoenn region for the first time.
Free Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack right here, today only. Apparently this is targeted for U.S. residents only.
Originally Posted by Variety
The colorful soundtrack to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is easily one of the most memorable parts of the film — who can forget Peter Quill’s routine to “Come and Get Your Love”? — and for one day only, fans can nab the soundtrack to Marvel blockbuster for free.
On Wednesday, “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1,” which spent two weeks at the top of the album charts in August, is available for free download on Google Play. The offer is currently limited to the U.S. only.
Kojima Productions has announced the system requirements for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
We have both the minimum and recommended specs to play the game, and while there’s a good chance your rig can pull off a variety of in-game settings with a different piece of hardware than what’s listed below, we hope this gives you a good idea of what you’ll need to see the Fox Engine in action on your home computer.
OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
Memory: 4 GB RAM or above
Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above
DirectX: Version 11 or above
OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
Memory: 8 GB RAM or above
Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above
DirectX: Version 11 or above
IGN is reporting that Bladestorm: Nightmare will be released in the US on March 3, 2015 and on March 6 in Europe.
The Medieval strategy game will be coming to PS4, PS3, and Xbox One in the U.S on March 3, 2015 and on March 6th in Europe.
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a remake of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War, a tactical action game released in 2007. According to the announcement on KOEI's Facebook page, Bladestorm: Nightmare's name is a nod to the two available modes in the game. The first mode, 'Bladestorm', is a historically accurate account of the 100 Years' War. 'Nightmare', the second mode, is a new, original storyline set in the same world.
Click on the headline to watch the Bladestorm: Nightmare announcement trailer.
Guardians who purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion Pass or Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below by January 15, 2015 will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow, enabling its riders to drive fast, take flight, and perform a set of mid-air tricks.
Guardians who have already purchased or will purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion Pass will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow from the in-game Postmaster at the time of redemption.
Guardians who have already purchased or will purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow from the in-game Postmaster starting on December 9, 2014.
So Sweden's video game trade association and the country's "government-funded innovation agency, Vinnova" (god help us all) are talking about rating video games on the grounds of "sexism." Reports the English-language site The Local:
Project manager Anton Albiin said it was unclear at this stage if all games produced in Sweden would be given a label, or if companies developing games that promoted equality would be given some kind of certification to use for their own marketing purposes....
"I do not know of any other project in the world asking this question and of course we want Sweden to be a beacon in this area".
The Digital Foundry dishes the dirt on Grand Theft Auto V's next-gen grass.
However, the more locations we visited, the more it became clear that PlayStation 4 does possess the advantage in terms of detail level - it's just that the extent of the boost varies on a per-location level. In our first set of clips, we took the road north and explored the mountainside, finding no appreciable difference. However, spawning a chopper and flying onto the Vinewood hills, we discover plenty of areas where the results of the screenshot comparisons are borne out.