Ugh, the dreaded Monday! Let’s be honest, most of us don’t like Mondays. The weekend is over. a new work week is just getting started. They are just horrible, vile things... those Mondays. About the only thing that can really bring some sunshine to the dreary first day of the work week is every gamer’s favorite thing: NEW GAMES!
There continues to be a nice, steady string of new games each week, which will continue up through November. The big titles this week are undoubtedly Hyrule Warriors (which Sean absolutely loved) and Disney Infinity 2.0 (which I am currently reviewing and thoroughly enjoying). Plus, the wizard needs food badly as Gauntlet returns in new form on the PC; the verdict is still out on how that reincarnation turned out but the class-gamer in me is very hopeful that they have done something good with it.
What’s on your shopping list for this week?
AOC, makers of some good monitors, is announcing their latest gaming monitor in the G2460PG. This monitor has most of the bells and whistles you'll want in a gaming monitor.
It's a 24" 1920x1080 monitor that supports NVIDIA's GSYNC for smooth gameplay. And for those still wanting 3D Vision, this monitor will do that as well. Refresh rate is set at 144Hz.
Connection wise, there's a DisplayPort 1.2 as well as a 2xUSB 3.0 ports and 2xUSB 2.0 ports for multiple peripheral connections.
The G2460PG is available right now from Microcenter at $449.
Oculus is having a little conference for developers called Oculus Connect. At the conference, Brendan Iribe announced a new prototype codenamed Crescent Bay.
The CEO of Oculus said Crescent Bay is as big of a leap from DK2 as DK2 was to DK1. Highlights of improvements include:
I'm guessing Crescent Bay uses the Galaxy Note 4 screen, which supports a resolution of 2560x1440. The DK2 uses the Galaxy Note 3 screen, which has a resolution of 1920x1080. But, they could be using some other display for the prototype.
The headphones can be removed so that you can use your own if you like. I know they look a little, out of place, but at least you can change them out.
Being an avid user of DK2, I really would love to see how the new prototype measures up. Now, Oculus said they weren't releasing anymore developer kits so this could be the step towards a consumer version. Of course, they can change their minds, but I'd love to see them finalize the product for the general public.
There's still a ways to go to make the Oculus Rift user friendly. I've ran into many problems trying to get things to work so we all have to be patient so that when you do buy one, the setup will be as painless as possible.
All told, Crescent Bay looks mighty interesting and has some good improvements on paper.
Developer Giants Software and publisher Focus Home Interactive have announced that Farming Simulator 15 will launch on October 30 for PC. New features include a Nordic inspired game world, revamped North American environment, over 140 farming vehicles and equipment, and woodcutting gameplay activity.
In addition, the popular multiplayer feature returns which allows players to invite up to 15 friends to assist with their farm. Farming Simulator 15 will be available on October 30 for PC and in early 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
As much as I love Street Fighter IV, I've never been too keen on the idea of shelling out $20 or $30 for a new edition of the game nearly every year just to keep up, especially given we've had four major versions of the game in just over five years. Well Capcom has decided to throw some more changes at us in Ultra Street Fighter IV in the form of a new Omega Mode that was recently shown off at the recent Tokyo Game Show, but this is a bit different. Not only will the DLC be free when released later this year, but it's entirely optional to use when playing.
What Omega Mode does is add some new and crazy moves and changes to all 44 characters, such as Ken shooting out fireballs from a kick special move, Guile throwing out multiple Sonic Booms, and Dhalsim now having a move that pulls his opponent towards him a bit. However, don't think it's all or nothing where you either have to have everyone use Omega Mode or nobody does, as Omega Mode will be a new option under Edition Select when you choose your character, so for anyone who plays in tournaments, I'm guessing Omega Mode won't be allowed.
Thanks to EventHubs for the info.
Mojang, maker of Minecraft, is now $2.5 billion richer, thanks to Microsoft. Hearthstone just registered its 20 millionth player. And Saints Row's creative director, Steve Jaros, has joined the Valve team (Half-Life 3 confirmed?).
What are you playing this weekend?
Sean Cahill, staff writer, @GN_Punk
I'm about as hooked on Destiny as it gets. Running around the moon and killing things with a sniper rifle is fantastic. I'm excited. The game is quite fun for me and, while the story does suck, I don't care. I didn't even care about the Halo storyline. It was all about ending aliens' lives with a gigantic weapon.
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
It is going to be a busy weekend in the Duff household. First off, from a domestic point of view, it is Fall Cleaning Time, which means a huge yard sale. However, you can rest assured that I will be lugging a monitor, an ethernet cord, and my PS4 out to the porch to occupy my downtime with some legendary gear farming in Destiny and some raiding parties for the newly launched level 26 raids. Plus, I have to power up all of my Disney Infinity characters with their new powers in 2.0, which came in this week. I think that I am going to use the toy box and build an EXP arena that endlessly spawns bad guys to streamline that process.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
I wrapped the solo campaign for Destiny this week and now it's time to dive into some of the strikes and maybe even attempt the Vault of Glass raid that opened up earlier this week. I'm still debating if I want to start a new character or just start leveling the Defender subclass of my Titan.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
In preparation for a preview event in good old Las "Sin City" Vegas, I'm digging into the crates for my copy of the original Assassin's Creed. Lengthy names aside, I want to see just how far we've come from Altair Ibn-La'Ahad to Unity's upcoming Arno Victor Dorian.
Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
Now that I'm done playing The Waiting Game while Dead Rising 3 installed on my computer (which took the better part of an afternoon), I'm grabbing whatever can be used as a weapon and using it to cut my way through the biggest undead hordes I've ever seen. I also made a major bureaucratic mistake in Clockwork Empires this week. A certain colonist had been having a few too many conversations about cultist activities. Upon further investigation, I found that she wasn't on the manifest. After dispatching some frontier justice, I realized that she was just a newly arrived Explorer (a worker class I haven't encountered yet) that was getting caught up on the gossip of the settlement. Whoops.
The weekend is upon us and that means that there will likely be an increase in traffic in the Crucible. Bungie is adding a special playlist to the Crucible in Destiny this weekend int he form of combined arms. We’re talking about all out war with tons of vehicles. This playlist will focus in fearing your fireteam up with some serious hardware both in the form of different vehicles and more heavy ammo (for taking them out).
As usual, this will also mean more crucible gear, marks, and rep can be headed your way if you put in the time. This playlist is going to be available until Sunday night, so get in there while it is up for some heavy hitting battles.
Gearbox created one of the most beloved shooter franchises of the last console generation with Borderlands, and now they're trying it again this console generation with Battleborn. They're calling Battleborn a co-op hero shooter. It's another FPS with a co-op campaign - but this time, it's 5-player co-op - and you can see it in action below.
A few months ago, I did a preview for Heavy Bullets by Terri Vellmann while it was still in Early Access, and it was like all of my neon-tinted FPS dreams from the '90s came to pass. Yesterday it finally left the purgatory of Early Access and was fully released on Steam and the Humble Store. It also has the opening week sale going on, so you can pick it up for 15% off the normal price of $9.99 ($8.49) until September 25th. Heavy Bullets is easily in my top five indie games of 2014 so far. If you like what you see in my preview above and the launch trailer below, you should think about picking it up.