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March 19, 2013

Clive Barker’s Undying Released on GoG

 

As a psychic see-aheader, I have been given the gift of psychosis. This gift manifests itself in strange manners, and this morning it found itself manifesting as I awoke. I gazed over at my bookself and lo and behold I spied my Cthulhu anthology comprised of many short stories written in the Lovecraftian style. One such included a distant tiny island somewhere in the UK where something evil resided and followed the protagonist home. That got me onto the idea of Undying, and shortly after thinking, “Man, Undying was actually a pretty awesome game!” I happened to see that it was released just now on GoG.com. It’s been priced at a low $5.99, so if you enjoy first-person horror games, this happens to be one of the finest. If you enjoy a little bit of Lovecraft in your tales of woe and suspense, this game has a lot of pleasant surprises in store for you. Grab it here for $5.99.

 

February 28, 2013

Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army Releases!

You probably hate Nazis. You probably hate zombies! Well with that in mind, here’s an original premise that you’re sure to absolutely love: ZOMBIES THAT ARE NAZIS! Or Nazis that are zombies. Either way, Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army released today on Steam!

 

Not happy with the pretense of occasional stealth, lots of action they put into Sniper Elite V2, Rebellion have decided to go full on shoot-a-lot-of-things with this sequel of sorts. Case and point, here’s someone NOT shooting a lot of things:

 

Ditching the multiplayer, SNombies has included 4-player co-op. Thankfully, they kept the same watch-your-shot-as-it-shatters-this-guys-skull-and-pops-his-eye technology, which never seemed to get old. Playing through Sniper Elite V2 with the x-ray kills turned up in frequency they still never dulled over the course of the very par game.

 

 

If you’re interested in this b-movie of a game, it can be picked up at an appropriately priced $14.99 here on Steam.

February 8, 2013

Hey! Daikatana Is On GOG!

HEY! Remember this ad?

 

Stay classy ad firm. Stay classy.

 

Well now, in it’s infinite wisdom, GoG has secured the rights to DRM-free digital delivery of the well received, beloved,  gem of a game Daikatana!

 

Look at those non-frog enemies! I bet the game doesn't even have frogs!

 

It’s just a coincidence this comes in the year after GoG changed it’s named from “Good Old Games” right!? RIGHT!? Regardless, if you either have fond (drunken) memories of Diakatana, never experienced it and wish to see what the talk is all about, or just want to own this piece of history, you can get it on GoG.com now for a paltry $5.99.

 

WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THAT/THOSE SHARK(S)!?

January 9, 2013

The gaming tablet of the future

Gaming has evolved in a huge way over the past few years with hand held and mobile gaming environments gaining popularity. The next step in the evolution of mobile gaming comes in the form of a tablet capable of playing full blown PC titles on the go. Razer has just unveiled the Razer Edge gaming tablet. The Razer edge was announced at CES 2012 under the code name “Project Fiona”. The tablet will feature a full version of Windows 8 (not the dumbed down W8 RT), 3rd Gen Intel i5 and i7 CPUs and Nvidia Geforce graphics. The idea is to take your PC game library with you wherever you go……literally. You’ll be able to download and install your favorite PC titles on the Razer Edge to have at your fingertips while out and about, start a game on your desktop and have to leave for a trip? not a problem, save your game in the cloud and resume while in transit, or if you have to put that save game file on a USB drive and transfer it over to the Edge for non stop gaming goodness.

The Razer Edge also bridges the gap between PC and Console in a way, it has controller support for controller enables games and split screen multi-player. Or you can purchase the accessories for the full experience and have handles that function as a controller, a dock for use with a traditional controller and multi-player and a keyboard dock for the PC experience, and of course theres touch for touch enabled games like Civilization V. And if your worried you’ll get a half-assed experience with choppy frame rates and low quality visuals you need not worry. There are two models to choose from upon release, the Edge and the Edge Pro.  The Edge will come with an dual core Intel i5 1.7Ghz / 2.6Ghz turbo, 4Gb DDR3 1600 RAM, Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chip and a GeForce 640M LE discrete GPU and 64Gb SSD. The Pro will sport a 3rd Gen dual core i7 1.9Ghz / 3.0Ghz turbo CPU, 8Gb DDR3 1600, Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics and a GeForce 640m LE discrete GPU and 128/256Gb SSD. While you wont get maxed out eye candy with this you will get a solid performance for PC gaming on the go without the cumbersome weight and bulkiness of a gaming laptop. The cost for these will set you back $999 for the standard Edge and $1299 for the Edge Pro. Full Specs are listed below.

*availability has yet to be announced, there is a notify me option in place of a buy option*

Razer Edge (base model)

  • Intel Core i5 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.7GHz / Turbo 2.6GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB 1600MHz)
  • Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
  • 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768) 10-point capacitive touch
  • Windows 8
  • 64GB SSD (SATA-III) (The Razer Edge comes with great software to enhance your gaming experience. This software uses significant storage. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage.)
  • Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
  • Stereo speakers Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI) HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP) Array microphones Dolby Home Theater v4 USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed) Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

 

Razer Edge Pro

  • Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz
  • 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)
  • Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
  • 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768) 10-point capacitive touch
  • Windows 8
  • 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III) (The Razer Edge Pro comes with great software to enhance your gaming experience. This software uses significant storage. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage.)
  • Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
  • Stereo speakers Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI) HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP) Array microphones Dolby Home Theater v4 USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed) Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

 

Personally I would love to have one of these, what about you? what are you thoughts on the newest most powerful tablet in the world to date?

 

January 1, 2013

Left4Dead2 Back to School: Reloading new content

Six disturbing new chapters in the Left 4 Dead Series await you, time to team up and reload!

Left 4 Dead Image of School Area for Back to School Campaign

Back to School is a new and challenging Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 campaign available now and set against the backdrop of Borden city. Our four protagonists have heard that the US Military are planning to come in and clean up the city from the infection and have decided to go the the nearest stronghold, which just happens to be the local high school. The team start out from the north while the army starts from the south, in order to get to the high school they must fight their way through five additional brand new areas: The Forest; The Railway Station; The Town; The Cinema; and The Church, before finally arriving at the gates of the high school. Even though you have all these new locations it will still feel familiar, dark and menacing backdrops, zombies coming at you left, right and center and the all important team chatter.

Although the Back to School campaign was originally released for download on 28 October 2012, there were a few technical glitches which meant that it wasn’t ideal gameplay, in fact all the features of the new campaign weren’t actually in place. But with the latest release it looks like everything is finally in place and it’s a good time to download the campaign and give it a try. Be warned, I have read that the difficulty settings for the new campaign don’t entirely mesh with those of the base game, so just keep that in mind when you are turning the settings up to expert, this campaign is hard.

The official campaign site boasts the following features:

– Six absolutely new maps in both Versus and Campaign modes
– Twelve brand new Panic Event
– “Marauder” – new game mode
– New type of the final
– Non-linearity
– Dozens of new models and textures
– “Cinematic physics”
– New Color Correction and particles systems

For more information visit the official campaign site or check out the L4D Back to School group on Steam, you’ll also find the back to school forum on Steam here: steamcommunity.com/groups/backtoschool/discussions.

December 16, 2012

Coming next year: Games to look forward to

Upcoming games image for 2013

Christmas is coming and if you’re anything like me some of that time that I get off work is going to be spent totally submerged in gaming – I’m already looking forward to it. What I’m also looking forward to are the titles that are coming up in 2013, these are the ones that we’ve seen at events like E3 and Gamescom this year. I’m particularly interested in seeing The Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out next year, The Elder Scrolls goes from single-player to MMO, I have a feeling it’s going to be good.

Dead Space 3

Developed by Visceral Games this title is the highly anticipated sequel to Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter, Dead Space 3 sees Isaac Clarke pitted against the Necromorphs in a struggle to end the scourge forever. You will also be able to fight in co-op mode now or run solo, which is even easier with the drop in drop out functionality, so you can team up with a partner at any checkpoint in the game.

– Release date: 8th February 2013
http://www.deadspace.com/

Aliens: Colonial Marines

They’re back! Developed by Gearbox Software this first-person shooter is cross-platform and is set after the events of the film Aliens 3. The game employs drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to 4 players online or 2 players locally. If the recent prequel in the Aliens series has peaked your interest this will be one not to miss next year.

– Release date: February 2013
http://www.sega.co.uk/alienscolonialmarines

Crysis 3

In this, the third installment of the Crysis series, take on the aliens in New York City’s Nanodrome where you become the hunter. Crysis 3 will be utilising the CryEngine 3 game engine giving you stunning graphics and an amazing gameplay experience.

– Release date: February 2013
http://www.crysis.com/us/crysis-3

Carmageddon: Reincarnation

Carmageddon is back, this time more gory than ever! This game was covered a lot over the course of this year and if there’s a more exciting vehicle combat game waiting in the wings I’d like to know about it. This game is the fourth in the series following Carmageddon, Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon: TDR 2000.

– Release date: Febrary 2013
http://www.carmageddon.com/reincarnation

Company of Heroes 2

If real-time strategy games are your thing, why not try this WW2 sequel coming next year. You are in command of the Soviet Red Army, your goal to free Russia from the Nazi threat of 1941 on the Eastern Front. The game runs on the Essence 3.0 game engine, which the publisher THQ claims will bring “new technological advancements” to the game.

– Release date: April/May 2013
http://www.companyofheroes.com/

Remember Me

Capcom’s cyberpunk release for 2013. Interesting concept here, the game uses ‘memory remixing’ which is entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. By doing this you can then change the target’s memory of the outcome of any event. You play Nilin whose memories have been erased and the aim is to retrieve those memories and find out why.

– Release date: May 2013
http://www.capcom-europe.com/

The Elder Scrolls Online

One of my favourites for next year, The Elder Scrolls is going MMORPG! The game will be set on the fictional continent of Tamriel a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it will have a storyline that is not connected to any of the previous games. After a lengthy development period it will be great to see what this game brings to the MMO market.

– Release date: 2013
http://elderscrollsonline.com/en/

November 26, 2012

Copacabana beckons as Firefall Beta is unveiled

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Red 5 Studio unveils a future Earth where it’s up to you to reclaim what’s yours.

Firefall Screenshot

There is a new MMO on the horizon, although it’s probably not like any MMO you’ve seen before. Described by Red 5’s Vice President, James Macualey and lead designer, Scott Youngblood as an “MMO Shooter”, this game is part shooter, part MMO, part RPG and part RTS. Firefall aims to improve upon the traditional questing models followed by other development companies such as Blizzard. The game is set on a future Earth where most of the population have been wiped out in a disaster which has created a ravenous race of creatures called The Chosen, it’s up to you to reclaim what’s yours and take back the Earth.

For much of 2012 Firefall has been in beta testing and this has allowed the development team to refine the game mechanics on a much larger scale than is conventionally seen with games like this, and it sounds like they are going to need this extra testing time because there is so much going on with this game, it’s ambitious to say the least. As I read about Firefall I notice more and more that Red 5 are mimicking the dynamic questing that we saw so prominently in Guild Wars 2, released this year, where players become part of world events that can happen anywhere and you instinctively form groups and alliances – and who can blame them, this dynamic questing is definitely proving a refreshing change from the norm and is definitely a hit with this player. It’s also going to be free-to-play, which no longer casts aspersions on the viability of the game, the free-to-play model is now a popular choice for both existing and new games to the market, e.g., swtor and GW2.

Firefall screenshot

What’s even more interesting about this game is that you can actually lose it, and when I say lose I mean that you can get kicked off the server! That’s something that I have never seen done in any MMO before, of course that really is the last straw, the aim is to work together to fight back The Chosen and keep hold of precious resources that give you the tactical advantage.

The release date for Firefall is set for Summer 2013, but you can sign up right now to join thousands of other players for the public beta weekends, where you can check out the first major city, Copacabana. The weekends are as follows:

Population Control: November 30th, 2012 until December 2nd, 2012
Chosen Invasion: December 7th, 2012 until December 9th, 2012

Or, to get free beta access you can get a beta code by picking up the Christmas edition of PC Gamer. Whatever method you choose you can find out more information on the beta weekends page of the Firefall website.

November 20, 2012

Planetside 2 Live Today! Happy G37 Everybody!

Planetside 2 has officially launched today, bringing with it combat on a massive scale. A possible way to think of it is to take Battlefield 3 and multiply its mapsize by a power of ten and then do the same for the player count. It’s also Free2Play, which is incredible considering that it very easily breaks the F2P quality barrier and stands up alongside any other AAA title. However, as with any other launch, it does have its problems with opening the floodgates to the entire world all at one.

 

G37: A quick Google search indicates this means you couldn’t connect, that’s all.

 

Harkening back to the Diablo 3 massive launch SNAFU, which also happened to use error code “37,” Planetside 2 is a victim of its own success and is currently being overwhelmed with players trying to get in, generating a game-killing G37 error. HOWEVER, before the deters you from attempting to play today, I was able to connect multiple times to create multiple characters on separate servers simply by retrying over and over until I got past the error. All in all it took me about fifteen minutes of combined effort to get all of that done, and I could have kept playing had I not come here to post this.

 

Planetside 2 can be attained from the official SoE webite for it here, or through Steam here.

October 16, 2012

Rocksmith Released for PC!

For anyone who has been to Steam’s front page today that statement goes without saying. The “new releases” list with DLC turned on looks like so:

 

 

There’s about three or four pages of the initial release, and DLC songs and song packs. But regardless, the game has finally hit the PC a year after it was supposed to following a demo released a week or so ago. Included with it is the entire bass DLC package, allowing you to play both guitar and bass guitar with your PC. For obvious reasons it does not include the cable required to connect your guitar/bass to your PC and play the game, but it can be ordered from Ubisoft’s own store or many other online retailers, as well as brick and mortar stores like Best Buy. Cables from the 360/PS3 version will also work for the PC version as I have tested this out myself in the PC demo. Also allegedly included are numerous fixes and features that I lamented over in my two brief hands-ons with the game, both of which you can read here, and here.

 

Rocksmith will set you back $49.99 on Steam, and the cable will cost approximately $20-$30 depending on where you purchase it.

September 27, 2012

Carmageddon Max Pack Now On GoG!

 

Today GoG finally released their highly anticipated version of Carmageddon, the “Max Pack.” You can purchase it here on GoG’s site. Contained within is the original game, and the “Splat Pack” expansion, as well as the usual slew of works-on-Windows-7 features. The game can be yours for the small sum of $9.99. Those of you who pledged to the Carmegeddon: Reincarnation should have already received your keys in your email. These can be redeemed on GoG, though they seem to be time limited so it would be very wise to use them as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, here’s some footage of the game from this new release:

 

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