Don't care about football? Care about the Big Game but also love battleships? Well, World of Warships is having a triple-XP event, starting today from 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (Pacific). Broncos and Panthers won't be the only teams getting explosive out there; American, Japanese, German, and Russian ships will face off in gut-punching missions to blow each other off the map. Super Bowl commercials may be some of the best and most expensive you'll see all year, but that doesn't mean you can't throw down some torpedoes and explosive shells in the meantime. Hoorah.
World of Warships is also celebrating its six-month-iversary with a whirlwind "Global Tour." It started a couple days ago, Thursday, February 5, and runs through the end of the month. Play with the selected nation's ships during each week, and you'll earn signal flags, type 1 camouflage, discounts on ships from all nations, and premium time. The dates for each nation go:
Feb. 5–8 United States
Feb. 12–15 Germany
Feb. 19–22 Russia
Feb. 26–29 Japan
World of Warships is free to play. I finally bought a new PC yesterday (trust me, it's been a long time coming), so you'll see me out there, sailing the ocean blue, getting salty with my shipmates, and sinking you to the bottom of the drink. Challenge given.
UPDATE: This has now been fixed sadly. Still not sure if it was a glitch or an error on Capcom's part, but the discount is no longer being added to any orders.
As I was browsing through Facebook a few minutes ago, I came across a post on the Mega Man Unlimited page that said that for some reason, all orders over at the Capcom Store site were getting discounted by fifty dollars excluding shipping. The reason he posted that was because you can basically get thirteen Mega Man soundtracks for free, all you have to do is add five at a time and your sub-total ends up at zero due to the discount and lack of shipping because...well, you really can't ship out a digital soundtrack.
The soundtracks this works for are Mega Man X1 - X4, Mega Man 1-8, and Mega Man 10 (strangely they only offer the physical CD for Mega Man 9, but that'll still get discounted to nothing and you only have to pay the shipping). This is still working as of 2/6/2016 at 5:50 p.m. EST, and there's no idea of when it'll end/get fixed/whatever, so if you need some classic Mega Man music for your collection, now's the time to grab it.
The Independent guesses your age by asking about your favorite video games. Forbes says video games could be taught in school. And apparently the rumors are true: Michael Jackson made the soundtrack to Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
I've been working my way through Shadow Puppeteer on the Wii U to prepare for my upcoming review. It's an interesting little puzzle game where you have to control both you and your shadow to get through each area, which doesn't sound too complex. And so far it isn't. Outside of the load times between areas (seriously, they're around 10 to 15 seconds each), I'm enjoying it so far, but I'm only about a quarter of the way through. Beyond that, I've gotten back into Axiom Verge and finally cleared the final boss. Now I'm just trying to finish the map and find the rest of the items I'm missing.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I will probably finish off Far Cry 4 like Chuck. Considering there's still so much to do, I don't know if I will get around to playing anything else. Of course there's always GOG.com, and I've been meaning to revisit some of the classic Star Trek adventure games, like Judgement Rights and Starfleet Academy.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
With the beta for The Division over, I'm going to spend some time with the Early Access version of Unravel this weekend. It's a bit disappointing to only get two levels of the game, but I'm hoping that will be enough. Outside of that, it will probably be the usual mix of MechWarrior Online and Far Cry 4.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
I'm reviewing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime—which is unrelated to my Mass Effect trilogy replay. Can't believe I've been running with Commander Shepard for almost 10 years. I'm enlisting voice actor Jennifer Hale and rolling FemShep on this one. I've tried a renegade playthrough before; I don't enjoy it as much. So I'm just going with my gut in convos, which puts me somewhere between lawful good and stare-at-the-screen neutral. And if the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda doesn't bring back elevator conversations, then I'm no longer BioWare's target audience.
Dan Keener, Senior A/V Writer, @zoboa
I will be sitting down with a Polk Audio Home Theater system and NYKO gear, courtesy of our CES visits, with testing coming from my usual assortment of Madden, Fallout 4, and Rock Band 4. That uncontrollable urge to once again step back into Skyrim and Diablo III is there, however, so I will likely spend plenty of time exploring, grinding, and leveling.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
So I started playing Destiny about three weeks ago. I'm pretty much all in, now. It's eye opening to see the stark contrast of just how basic the early content was compared to how much richer the game is with The Taken King. But two years in and there's actually quite a bit there now for the uninitiated. I found a good group on the100.io to raid with and knocked out Crota's End last weekend. Maybe another raid this one?
Yesssss. Todd Howard. My dude. Getting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards.
As far as I'm concerned, this has been a long time coming. Under Todd Howard's watch, he blew the doors off open-world creation with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Gaming Nexus score: 8.8/10) back in 2002. Then he walked away with armfuls of awards for Oblivion (GN score: 9.1/10)—though, I'll admit, that's a thematically low point in the series for me. Then he took Fallout 3 (GN score: 9.1/10) and turned it from a quaint PC throwback into a global phenomenon. More armfuls of awards. Then Skyrim (GN score: 9/10). Boom: awards. Good heavens, my daughter was born only a few months before Skyrim, and I still play Skyrim more than I play with my own child, to this day. Heck, if you're going to hear somebody in Gaming Nexus Slack talk about reloading a game, four out of five times it'll be Skyrim. Oh, and then Fallout 4 (GN score: 9.8/10). Todd Howard knocked it out of the park again—though, I'll also admit, this was a divisive one among our crew. The dissenters have all been handed their walking papers, though.
It's crazy how much awesome Todd Howard brings to video gaming. Amidst the other legends that've received Lifetime Achievement Awards—Spector, Kutaragi, Molyneux, the BioWare Doctors, etc.—Todd Howard is my number one. I'm on the verge of deifying this guy, which is dangerous ground, but I don't care.
Congratulations, sir. The Choice Awards ceremony will be held immediately following the Independent Games Festival, which takes place on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Paragon is a direct third-person-controlled MOBA from Epic Games, the house that Cliff Bleszinski built. (Bleszinski has since moved on to open his own studio, Boss Key Productions.) Our first look at Paragon's gameplay showed up in December, a couple months ago. But this video takes a pie-slice look at Kallari. Stealthy, blade-y, and agile, it looks like Kallari is best at one-on-one confrontations, preferably not toe-to-toe. I like the shoulder-blade jets and Kallari's propensity to hit hard and fast.
Paragon is coming to PC and PlayStation 4 sometime this year.
Our XCOM 2 review (Gaming Nexus score: 8/10) is at the top of the page. Travis Huinker says in his review that it's tactically brilliant and brass-knuckle brutal. You don't just have to beat the aliens, you have to beat the clock while beating the aliens. Do not expect survivors.
This is the launch video for XCOM 2. Intense soundtrack. Intense firefights. This trailer makes it wildly apparent that only one side is going to win this war of occupation. Hopefully you, the insurgency, can muster up some globalist pride and overthrow your alien overlords.
XCOM 2 is out now on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
I really like the idea of Moving Hazard. After literally hundreds of games have beaten the zombie genre to far beyond un-death, here's a game that uses the undead creatively. The zombies aren't a unilateral enemy, but an ever-present force of nature on the battlefield that you can redirect at the opposing team.
This new video showcases a few of the tools that let you do that, including a pheromone grenade that draws zombies toward your enemies, an EMP mine that stuns the opposing team to make them an easy buffet, and a beacon that will attract and clump zombies into a meat wall, allowing a tactical retreat.
I'm not sure why they picked a valley girl to do the narration, but it's an entertaining spin on the stale zombie formula nonetheless.
I'm still not entirely sure how The Solus Project works, and that both excites and concerns me. Supposedly the game follows a linear plot structure, and is broken up into levels instead of being a sandbox like Rust, The Long Dark and Minecraft. That said it is still a survival game, pitting your lone astronaut against the harsh, alien elements of the uncharted planet Gliese-6143-C.
This latest dev diary introduces you to the planet and its various mechanics. Apparently the levels above ground are more open-ended, whereas the subterranean levels are more structured and linear. It looks like Grip Digital is trying to take a more intentional approach to survival, resource management and crafting, which let's be honest can become a tedious grind in other survival games.
I'm sure the dev team will get plenty of feedback when the game enters Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development on February 18th.
Developer Obsidian Entertainment has released details for an upcoming update to isometric role-playing game Pillars of Eternity. Alongside the release of The White March Part 2 expansion pack on February 16 will be the launch of game version 3.0. Notable additions include a streamlined combat user interface, stronghold and other world updates, Story Time game mode, and overall improvements to the base game.
Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart commentated on the upcoming expansion pack and game update:
We're committed to expanding and supporting the Pillars of Eternity experience. We have many stories to tell in this world and this has only been the first one. Gamers who have been waiting for the complete Pillars of Eternity story can now experience the incredible narrative from start to finish, up to and including the exciting conclusion to the story of The White March.
The developers have also released a video showcasing the various game update improvements and additions which can be found below.
Last year, before the Superbowl, Conan O'Brien hosted one of his clueless gamer episodes with Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. In that episode, they played Mortal Kombat X and it was one of the funniest videos I have ever seen in my life, even though I'm not really a huge Conan fan.
This year, Conan returns to the cheap hotel conference room and plays the new Doom with Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers. Needless to day, there is a lot of violence and a lot of hilarity. Check it out below.
Speaking of Doom, Bethesda finally revealed the release date and we will be able to get our one way ticket to hell on May 13th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.