What an incredible deal this is!
Guild Wars 2 Digital Heroic Edition, and Guild Wars 2 Digital Deluxe Edition are both on sale for 75% off. The heroic edition is $10 as opposed to its regular $40, and the Deluxe is $15 as opposed to its regular $60.
Now, for any game that is an incredible deal, but for a game as phenomenally good and absolutely bursting at the seams with content, it's seriously one of the best deals I've seen in a long time. Travis reviewed Guild Wars 2 at the end of 2012, rating it a 9.5, and it deserves that rating in every way. I'm not a huge MMO player, but I loved GW2. It captured my attention in a way no other MMO (except maybe SWTOR, but that's only because I am obsessed with Star Wars) ever has. I sound like I'm fawning, and I kind of am, but the game deserves it!
Did I mention that there's no subscription fee either? Pay $10 or $15 and the game is yours forever.
If you have any interest in Guild Wars, MMOs, or just fantasy RPGs, it's worth looking into. Here's the link to the sale. Get 'em while they're hot, folks!
Seems like news for Mortal Kombat X is gonna start picking up really quick. A little over a week ago, we got the official gameplay trailer for the game, which showed off Kung Lao for the first and also revealed Kitana as well. The reveals aren't stopping anytime soon it seems.
Ed Boon announced on his Twitter page that Netherealm Studios will be hosting a stream on Twitch on Thursday, January 29th, at 3PM CST. During this stream, they will be giving an in depth gameplay demonstation for Mortal Kombat X, but will also be revealing not one, but TWO new kombatants that will be joining the MK X roster.
So any guesses as to who they could be?
If I were a betting man, I would assume one of them is probably Mileena. Kitana and Mileena are essentially the female Scorpion and Sub Zero. It's one of the biggest running rivalries in MK history and Mileena did make brief appearance in the latest issue of the Mortal Kombat X comic along with what appears to be her new boy toy, Reiko. Maybe Reiko could be the other reveal? Maybe it could be Frost, or the unnamed African American female that was sparring with Jax in the comic. It could be a plethora of characters. Either way, I am extremely excited to see who will be joining the cast.
Google Glass is gone, and despite what Google says, it's probably gone for good. One guy died from playing games for three days straight, while another guy made a bot so he doesn't have to play Destiny anymore.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I've been getting back into a project I started a couple of months ago and, well, then the holidays hit and it kept getting put off: my Pokemon Blue Nuzlocke Run. For those unfamiliar with this self-imposed challenge, the two core rules are you can only catch the first Pokemon you encounter in a route/area, and any Pokemon that faints in battle must be released or permanently stored in the PC. There are several optional rules that can be used to make the challenge a bit harder or a tad easier. I'm nearing the halfway point in the game and I'm hoping to finish this challenge up in the next month or so.
Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm continuing my quest through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Sadly it doesn't make the New 3DS XL get here any sooner, but it makes the waiting more bearable. I might also pick up Star Wars: Dark Forces on GOG. It's one of my favorite old games, but I haven't been able to get it to run at an acceptable level in years, even with DosBox. I think I'll coin a new saying: Thank God for GOG.
Chapel Collins, staff writer, @ChapelCollins
I just ordered Metro Redux from Amazon for $25, so I will probably be playing that this weekend. I played Metro 2033 last year, but couldn't quite get into it. I'm hoping the new coat of paint in Redux will help me bridge that gap between loving it and not quite being interested enough. Besides that, still plugging away at Omega Ruby. I totally wasn't expecting all the post-game content there is, so I was nowhere near as close to finished as I thought. Fine by me!
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
I am still living in a Wii U wonderland since picking one up for my daughter a few weeks back. I just can't seem to pull myself away from Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8 long enough to get anything else done. Plus, I nabbed a copy of Super Smash Bros. this past weekend and have been putting off opening it up — but I have a feeling that is about to change.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I'mma put Hozier on blast so I can get some rhythm & blues into my Mass Effect 3. I can't believe I had this game on simmer for three years. All the internet's moaning and groaning about the ending actually made me stop playing very early on. But anyway. That's no one's fault but mine. It's time to finish the fight, and shrug off James Vega's remarks about how FemShep "fills out a uniform like nobody's business."
Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
The big 2.5 patch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has dropped. So that means a new major raid and a bunch of new dungeon runs and sidequests, perfect for Paladin training. Beyond that, I'll be working on getting 100% of the trophies in Far Cry 4.
Xbox community manager Raj Patel may have teased an upcoming Xbox reveal that will take place in May.
Patel tweeted the below image followed by the words, "Hmm...". The morse code in the picture translates to "Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm EST, May 4th 2015."
So what could this mean? Well, Call of Duty games are historically revealed in May. And if the three developer cycle is followed, it's Treyarch's turn to take the wheel. The two in the image could mean we're getting a sequel to World at War, but that's pure speculation.
Hours after posting the image, Patel tweeted again, "Earlier I posted an unofficial (not from Xbox) image to see what others think of it, not as an endorsement or tease. Sorry for any confusion."
Could Patel have tweeted something without permission or perhaps tweeted it too early? I guess we'll have to wait until May to find out.
The second week of Nintendo's Throwback Sale is a mix of new and old retro goodness. First up is Punch Out!! for $9.99, the second Wii game to be digitally released on the eShop in America. Also discounted on Wii U is NES Remix 2 for $10.49, which might be a harder sale with Ultimate NES Remix out.
On 3DS the original Legend of Zelda is $3.49, with A Link Between Worlds down to $29.99. Wrapping up the sale is the obscure Game Boy classic Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for $1.99, and its more recent sequel, Kid Icarus Uprising discounted to $24.49.
Overall, some decent deals. I'm really looking forward to next week and Metroid Prime Trilogy.
When Nintendo announced the limited edition Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, scalpers wasted no time in buying up all the pre-orders and posting them for ridiculously inflated sums on Ebay. Best Buy is trying to combat this trend, and a Reddit user has discovered that they are doing this by limiting pre-orders of the special 3DS to one per customer.
What about people who already pre-ordered multiple Majora 3DS XLs? Surprise! Your pre-order has been cut down to just one unit. This will definitely hit the scalpers where it hurts, but there might be innocent casualties too. If you're a parent and pre-ordered two or three of the new Majora 3DS for each of your kids, you're out of luck at Best Buy.
Of course, the solution to the problem would be for Nintendo to just produce and issue more stock, but as we've seen with Amiibo, Nintendo is having a real problem keeping up with demand these days.
Telltale has finally announced the release date and information for the second chapter of their Game of Thrones game. Episode 2, entitle The Lost Lords, will launch on February 3, 2015, landing on pretty much every platform imaginable (at least all of those that usual get the episodic adventure games).
Once again you will be stepping into the shoes of members of the House Forrester and playing your role in the War of the Five Kings. A trailer for the new chapter was also released and you can find it right here:
Earlier this week, FamilyGamerTV did a head-to-head comparison of all the 3DS models and their battery life. At the time they didn't have the New 3DS XL, but now that they've acquired one they have re-run their test. This time they also turned off the 3D effect on all models, so as to even the playing field with the 2DS.
Turning off the 3D makes a big difference, with all the models clocking at least 4 hours of life, and with the New 3DS XL coming out on top with a reasonable 5 hours and 45 minutes. Of course, they also had the wifi on and the brightness cranked to the max. Unless you're playing in Death Valley at high noon, you'll probably see even better performance.
In fact the auto-brightness adjust on both New 3DS models, which detects the ambient light level and scales screen brightness accordingly, will probably save you even more power. It still doesn't match the awesome longevity of the old DS Lite, but it's not as bad as it used to be.
FamilyGamerTV also measured how long it would take each model to charge from completely dead, with all of them taking around 3 hours to reach a full charge. The full analysis is well worth a look, so check out the video below.
Bioshock Infinte sort of failed to scratch the steampunk itch for me, so I'm really happy to see that The Order: 1886 is shaping up to have the texture and style that I wanted. Crushing a godless rebellion appears to be no easy task, especially if the heathens are working with vicious mutant half-breeds.
You don't see many games with this distinctive Victorian style; to most people, "steakmpunk" is just brass cogs, lead pipes, top hats and petticoats. The Order 1886 at least seems to be getting the whole atmosphere right. I'm looking forward to this one, but of course it only fuels the desire for what I really want: a game faithfully based on H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Gambitious have announced that Breach and Clear: Deadline has just arrived on Steam Early Access. The game looks like a heady mix of old-school top-down arcade shooting and Rainbow Six-style strategy. The game was well received in closed alpha, and Gambitious has taken the feedback to heart with added stability, leaderboards and other improvements for the early access release. If you're attending PAX South, you can check the game out at Devolver's booth too.