This Thursday, Star Gem's Free-to-Play MMO Star Conflict is waking from it's beta-slumber and making itself available to the masses. Right now, players that earn the in-game achievements "Detachment of Prometheus" and "The Voyage of the Galaxy" get closed beta access to Invasion Mode; where players team up to fend on an invading alien force in a series of quests, PvP and PvE battles. For the next week, those closed beta players can win prizes and stock up on supplies in the pre-launch sale.
Launching September 4th, Star Conflict is an MMO that takes place in a dead sector of space that is rife with ancient ruins of the long-deceased Precursor civilization. As an elite pilot, you will join one of the factions of star empires or independent mercenary groups and fight against other players over the lost treasures hidden throughout the sector.
GOG.com added video game documentaries to its library of good old games. Twenty of them. Bigger-name titles like Indie Game: The Movie, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, and Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony are up there, along with, well, to tell you the truth, about 17 other films I've never heard of, though they're all dedicated to gamer and internet culture in one way or another. They all come with GOG.com's touted DRM-free guarantees.
In addition to movies, GOG.com did a few other things to spruce up around the place, too. The front page and item-detail pages are rearranged nicely. There are new currencies you can pay with—if you happen to have more euros, pounds, or roubles in your piggy bank than U.S. dollars. You can now also pay with some things called Sofort, Giropay, Webmoney, and Yandex, and I know this makes me sound like an old codger, but all of those sound pretty suspicious to me.
They've also got to drop 35 titles from their library, so they're doing it with a few big, last-minute discounts. Act fast, though. There's no explanation of why they're dropping these particular games. Most all of them are highly rated, like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, and Gothic 2, so I don't know who's pulling the plug or why.
Either way, the place looks nice and a little brighter now. I'm still anxious, however, for them to bring about GOG.com Galaxy, their upcoming (completely optional) Steam-like client.
Who says hockey players don't have an artistic side?
NHL 15 cover boy Patrice Bergeron and his teammate, Brad Marchand, star in two of the most unique advertisements, just in time for the launch of NHL 15 on September 9.
It's hard to really explain just what these commercials are. Perhaps we can call them an ode to hockey? Either way, expressing one's love for hockey comes in all different forms, and while these advertisements are sure to catch fans of the NHL interest, I think it's safe to say that they shouldn't quit their day jobs.
Check out the TV spots below and feel better knowing that we're just nine days away from launch.
The friendly people over at Nintendolife have a new article that assembles everything that has been revealed so far about the New 3DS. Nintendo's latest hardware refresh for their successful portable has a number of improvements, changes and new features, so this is a useful article if you wanted to know how the new models compare to the old 3DS and XL in terms of size, power and controls. Personally I'm most excited about the second analog C-stick and the build-in NFC.
I'm actually pretty excited for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments; the story line I've seen thus far is intriguing, they actually have a game mechanic to used Holmes famed powers of observation (as is highlighted in this video), and it's a little bit off, as a detective addicted to opiates ought to be. The new trailer features a quick interrogation of a bath attendant. It doesn't give away much in terms of the plot, while focusing on the observation and conversation mechanisms. The voice acting and animation are definitely on point in this game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has a new trailer that shows some new footage involving Uruk orcs, and specifically an NPC named Ratbag (yes, Ratbag, isn't that awesome?) that can potentially play a role in Talion's journey. Some of this also highlights the "nemesis" feature, which the press releases have been pointing out is one of the selling points of the game.
As with all timed exclusives the one around Peggle 2 will expire next month as EA announced during PAX 2014 that the game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 14th.
The PS4 version will be the exact release that the Xbox One and Xbox 360 players have been enjoying for the last few months. That's not a bad thing as Peggle 2 was a pretty solid (if safe) experience from looking that review scores when it came out.
We are less than a month away from Civilization:Beyond Earth and my free time is already dreading the phrase "Just One More Turn".
In advance of the October 24th release date Firaxis Games has released six minutes of footage that walks you through some of the combat mechanics, virtues, and other portions of the game that you're going to need to know to assure global domination over your opponents while murdering your precious free time.
A 10-person indie studio that goes by the name of Campo Santo Productions has just debuted a video at PAX 2014 for what's instantly become my most anticipated game of 2015: Firewatch. The studio is new, but they've got folks that've worked on games like The Walking Dead, Tales of Monkey Island, Mark of the Ninja, and BioShock 2. They've even got Olly Moss cranking out artwork, so that's the head-over-heels-in-love feeling you've got when you see these backdrops.
Firewatch is a first-person mystery, heavy on dialog, dramatic on voice acting, and jaw dropping on art. It took this game exactly two minutes to hook me. Well, about 15 seconds, but watch the two-minute video.
Firewatch will be on PC sometime in 2015, though Campo Santo will put it on any other platform that's biting.
Famed RPG developer and creator of the Final Fantasy series Hironobu Sakaguchi held a panel about RPGs at this weekend's PAX Prime where he revealed that he wished Chrono Trigger would become a series similar to Final Fantasy. Speaking through a translator, he explained that the team tried to continue the series but they never saw eye-to-eye with the management, eventually losing the battle to keep it going. He also expressed interest in continuing some of his other series like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, but he stressed that nothing was confirmed. One sequel to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, was made on the PlayStation One, but Sakaguchi did not work on it.
I firmly believe that Chrono Trigger is one of, if not the best RPG ever made so I can't say I wouldn't have loved to see where the series could have gone. But then again there is something special about Chrono Trigger being a standalone game of such high quality.