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Review by: Jeff Kintner
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Preview by: Dave Gamble
Fly along as we die early and often in this preview of AtomicTorch Studio’s 2D space adventure, VoidExpanse. READ FULL PREVIEW...

Titanfall coming off a big week

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Last week was a big one for Titanfall, as the game launched on the Xbox 360, there was a panel dedicated to it at PAX East and an eagerly-awaited patch finally was applied to all platforms. The patch is extensive, but the key components are the Private Match Beta, Xbox One Party App shortcut for your Xbox One menu and plethora of bug updates.  Take a look at the complete list after the jump, as there are plenty of changes and a list of future updates that are being worked on:

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/13/2014

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  • Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video
  • Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video

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Spiders Games details Bound by Flame's role-playing combat system in this recent video. Your bipolar, demon-possessed character advances three combat styles: fighter, ranger, and pyromancer. The fighter tree contains hand-to-hand martial skills, the ranger tree contains bow-and-arrow attacks, and the pyromancer tree lets you huck fireballs or set your weapon on fire. A bunch of customizations also change up the damage component—and physical appearance—of your blades; from the blade itself, to the hilt, to the pommel.

The bestiary lands halfway between eastern European fantasy and horror. It'll be interesting if your companions serve a greater purpose than as complements to your weapon sets. Those details may emerge in a later video. For now, here's what it looks like when you chop/shoot/burn stuff up.

Bound by Flame launches May 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

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Well, it looks like goat sims aren’t the only weird mainstream simulation games out there, as indie developer Will Bierly has announced that his Soda drinking sim, Soda Drinker Pro, will be making the leap from Mobile and PC to consoles. According to an interview that creator Bierly gave to Joystiq, the game will run at 60 FPS in 1080p on the Xbox One, as well utilize the Kinect camera controller and feature exclusively level. No word on pricing or availability (just "September"), but for those that enjoy the mobile version of the game, this may be the next logical step to chilling on your couch and utilizing your time.  If you aren't familiar with the game, check out the video below....

Broforce April Update is jingoistically delicious

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If you haven't heard of Broforce yet, just watch this trailer below and you'll probably want to go pre-purchase it on Steam Early Access. I'm digging into it this weekend and I haven't laughed this maniacally or fist-bumped the air so much in I don't know how long. It has everything: ludicrous 8-bit gibs, kick-in-the-face 'murican patriotism, dynamite-stuffed turkeys, and best of all, a roster of broifically renamed 80s action heroes. It's only April and already this is my top indie game of 2014. Shock and awesome indeed.


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Star Trek Online announces new season coming April 22nd

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It's amazing Star Trek Online is over four years old. When the game started it was pretty shaky and I didn't see it going very far, and I thought the switch to free-to-play spelled certain doom, but like Star Trek itself the game just keeps on going.

Cryptic Studios has a new trailer for the latest update, Season 9: A New Accord. The trailer does a "previously on STO" wrap up to get new players caught up to where the game's story is. I have to say, Cryptic knows their Trek lore and they seem to respect the vast continuity of the franchise. A New Accord will be available on April 22nd. From the 14th to the 21st, they're also doing a bonus XP event for players who want to earn a few levels before tackling the new season.

Source: StarTrek.com

Mercenary Kings coming to PlayStation Vita

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Tribute Games recently released their new sidescrolling action RPG game Mercenary Kings on Steam and PlayStation 4, and now it sounds like the game will be making its way to PlayStation Vita as well. In an interview at PAX East Tribute Games said a Vita version is in the works and will include Cross-Buy with the PS4 version. There was no word on when the Vita version will release, but if you have a PS4 and PS+ you can play the console version for free right now.

I think a Vita port is an obvious choice for Mercenary Kings, and the Cross-Buy makes it even better. I'm hoping for a Cross-Save as well but if the game is as good as I hope it is I won't mind playing again. 

Source: destructoid.com 

Transhumanist space-noir Last Life needs your earth-monies.

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Even though it's Kickstarter page has only been active for a little over 24 hours, Last Life has reached a quarter of it's $75,000 goal. After taking a look at the page, it's easy to see why- not only does it look cool, but it name-drops some pretty heavy-hitters in the indie world. It's got Kickstarter-golden-boy Tim Schafer's seal of approval; its a sci-fi noir that draws inspiration from Kentucky Route Zero and Twin Peaks; it's got a staff with a ton of indie experience- including Glitch City (the people who released/kickstarted games like Hyper Light Drifter, Thirty Flights of Loving and Nidhogg) and it's headed by Sam Fisher, winner of two IGF awards at GDC. Plus, a blurb from AN ACTUAL ROCKET SCIENTIST!

Last Life takes place on MarsTopia eleven years after the Earth was destroyed. Jack Parker is a private investigator that was shot and killed- then 3D-printed back to life. He's got four hours of borrowed time to figure out who killed him and why. And possibly figure out exactly what happened to the Earth eleven years ago.

Go to the Last Life Kickstarter page for more tantalizing blurbs, videos and gifs; and while you're there, make sure to give them some of your money. There isn't a projected release date yet, but Rocket Science is planning on releasing Last Life for PC, Mac and Linux.


Those with loaded guns, and those who dig...

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The Spaghetti Western/arena combat/ shoot'em up Secret Ponchos will not only be released on PS4, but is coming to Steam this summer through Early Access. Secret Ponchos is a multiplayer combat game that promises to blend the fast-paced excitement of arena combat with the finesse of a fighting game.

You'll play as an outlaw with a bounty on your head looking build a legacy for yourself by cashing in on other players' bounties. As you earn more of a reputation, you'll be able to spend it on new gear and clothes. You'll be fighting in one-on-one duels, gang fights, and free-for-all frenzies in local and online multiplayer matches.

For more info on Secret Ponchos, you can visit their website. Or if you're going to be at PAX East you can check it out there.


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World of Tanks turns three today

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It's hard to believe that World of Tanks is celebrating its three year anniversary today.  Doesn't seem like it's been that long already.  To celebrate, Wargaming America will be offering players in-game specials and discounts, community events, and even hosting an anniversary livestream with various prize giveaways.

Some of the in-game specials include 5x experience for their first win, a 50% discount on equipment, consumables, garage slots, and crew training, 15% discount for 6-month and 12-month premium accounts, 4 all new anniversary missions, and more.  You can check out the World of Tanks website for the full list of in-game specials.  As for the livestream, tune in to www.twitch.tv/Wargaming today from 4-5pm PST where the hosts will be engaging fans with a live Q&A session and will be giving away Logitech gear such as a G430 headset and G602 mouse, J!NX t-shirts, and codes for in game gold.


Screenshots are Hell

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War is Hell, apparently; and if these new screenshots are to be believed, so is the WarGame Red Dragon Early Access now that warships have been added to the beta.

The game is out in a week, so the developer, Eugen, want to make sure everyone knows that players of WarGame AirLand Battle can purchase the game at 25% discount and still get access to the beta.  Find WarGame Red Dragon on Steam and its official site to take full advantage of the special offer.

For more details, follow the jump.  Also check out WarGame Red Dragon on social media, and at http://devblog.wargame-ab.com/, then find Focus-Home Interactive on YouTube.


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News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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Supergiant's Transistor's release date is sooner than expected

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Supergiant Games announced today that their new game Transistor will be releasing on May 20th for PC and PlayStation 4. The follow up to Bastion, Transistor debuted at last year's PAX East and will be playable at this years PAX East to prepare for release. The action RPG stars a mysterious protagonist named Red who wields a strange and powerful sword. 

I haven't had a chance to play Transistor yet, but I'm looking forward to picking it up next month. If Bastion is any indication Supergiant knows how to make a good action RPG. 

Source: ign.com

2K Games is heading to PAX and is bringing Big Guns, Big Monsters and Big News

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PAX East kicks off tomorrow and 2K games will be there giving everyone some hands on time with Evolve and the first look at the newest Borderlands game Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 

Here is a rundown of their events running this weekend. 

  • Firaxis Games Mega Panel announcing next big AAA Firaxis game – Saturday at 11:30am in the DragonFly Theatre
  • Hands-on time with Evolve
  • Hands-off presentation of the just-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • PAX-exclusive Borderlands Loot Pass Sweepstakes
  • Inside Gearbox Software Panel – Sunday at 10:30am in the Main Theatre

Booth Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available to pre-order at the booth and if you do pre-order you will receive a PAX exclusive Evolve Beanie and/or a PAX Borderlands exclusive t-shirt. 

A community party will also be held Saturday night by Gearbox and Firaxis games. It is invitation only and is 21+ only as well. Be sure to head by the 2K games booth to learn how to score an invite to the event. 

Be sure to check out their official blog post for all the details on the fun happenings this weekend. 


World of Tanks to add brand new game modes

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World of Tanks just continues to get better and better.  Wargaming has announced the future addition of Fortifications, Historical Battles, and Garage Battles.

Fortifications will allow clans to build structures that offer bonuses like money or XP bonuses.  Clans will be able to fight over these building.

Historical Battles is just what it sounds like.  The new dev diary details just how tough the process of balancing Historical Battles has been.

Further in the future is Garage Battles.  Garage Battles will see two players fighting with several tanks fielded in sequence.  Basically, you will be able to disgorge your garage against your opponent.  It's more complicated than that of course, but the word "disgorge" is funny.

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Diablo III gets a hotfix for looting

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I'm happy to see Blizzard making these improvements to Diablo III. So far, almost everything they've done has been a vast improvement since the game first came out.

That said, today a hotfix is going out to all the servers today to change up some of the mechanics of looting. Unique monsters are going to drop less loot, but that's OK.  Chests are also going to be less frequent, but again, that's going to be OK.

The chances of finding a legendary item will now double when you are in a rift, making those areas a lot more profitable to farm. Now, folks are going to be more apt at doing rift runs over killing unique monsters when trying to farm for better gear.

Kadala is also getting a change as she's going to be more apt at giving you a legendary when you trade in blood shards. Good, because I've probably gotten one so-so legendary from her after giving her about 500 shards. I'm glad she's getting an increase in chances of giving out a good item.

All servers in all regions should be updated by the end of the day today.


News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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FRESH FISH!

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Have you always wanted to go to prison, but didn't want that nasty black mark on your permanent record? Or maybe you just really miss The Wire, and Netflix doesn't have enough episodes of Lock Up: RAW to slate your thirst for crime-based entertainment. Well, good news! You can back Prisonscape on Kickstarter and get that prison life RPG you've always wanted.

Prisonscape promises to be gritty and uncompromising- you'll be able to craft weapons out of everyday items, take on jobs for gangs, and eventually gather your own henchmen to back you up in combat. You'll be able to build your character into a fighter, a manipulator, a craftsman, or just a scummy low-down snake. Gain and lose reputation by doing jobs for different gangs- or by snitching to the guards.

Right now, it's only an $11 pledge to get a DRM-free copy of the game, $15 if you want early access to the Beta. If you're interested in getting access to modding tools, or adding your own content into the game you can always pledge more.

If you want more info, you can check out the Heaviest Matter and Prisonscape websites and Twitter, or just go straight to their Kickstarter page. If you're interested, make sure you at least vote for Prisonscape's Greenlight campaign on Steam. If all goes well, Prisonscape should be out by December 2014.

Broaden your horizons with The Pirate Bay Bundle

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Thankfully, the argument over whether videogames qualify as art seems to be dead; because there are few things more pedantic than a room full of artists arguing over what forms of self-expression qualify as 'art'. The simple truth is, videogames are so much more than a way to stave off the acute boredom that comes with living in the first world.

If you frequent websites like Kongregate, Game Jolt, and Indie Database you've probably come into contact with some of the weird, esoteric games that come from the minds of indie developers. Some of them are pixelated mini-masterpieces that give you insight into the creators mind- others are malformed golems wrought from MS paint files and ideas that were hastily scrawled on beer-soaked napkins.

Thanks to the microgame curator known as Moshboy, there is now The Pirate Bay Bundle. Which is,

"A torrent containing one hundred small, weird, free (mostly ignored) videogames that you probably haven't played made by well over one hundred passionate game makers. Some were made for game jams, others were made just because, some are made by celebrated game makers, many are made by folks that you don't know."

Not all of these games are going to be your cup of tea- but if you're wanting to try something new with as little commitment as possible, there's likely going to be something for you in there somewhere. There's arty games, silly games, games with great ideas behind them, games that seem to require as little thought as possible, games about cats, games about grandmas, games about escaping from an atomic bomb on a rowboat, and so, so, so much more.

You can download and get more info about The Pirate Bay Bundle here, or if you have slow internet/no torrenting software you can take a look at the manual list and play them one at a time.

A new Borderlands is coming this year called the Pre-Sequel

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Want more guns and loot? It's coming with a brand new Borderlands game. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set in a time before the two Borderlands games. Below we have some alpha footage of what 2K Australia is working on.

Yup, Gearbox isn't doing this one as they've handed development of this one to 2K Australia. The video shows some of the new classes and environments. Claptrap will be playable in the game, so let's hope we hear some nice quips while he's doling out punishment. 

One near feature is a ground pound where you can fly or float above someone in the low gravity environments, press the crouch button, and come down on them to stun or kill them.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Yup, no Xbox One or PlayStation 4, which is kind of interesting. I wouldn't be surprised though if it does come out for the two consoles later on down the road.

SW: The Old Republic update 2.7 is live

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So I got burned by that April Fools Day gag involving EA and BioWare "announcing" Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3.  I was burned by it because I heard about it days later on the least fact-checked podcast ever.  

I promise you that none of that residual bitterness will drip onto this news about Star Wars: The Old Republic and the release of its new update 2.7, called Invasion.

In list form, because if Buzzfeed is to be believed, list-form is the only form news can take, here is what you'll get in the Invasion update:

1. New level 55 story called Forged Alliances in which two new Flashpoints reside.

2. Galactic Starfighter's Battle Zone - Denon Exosphere

3. Nightmare Mode Operation.  You'll revisit the Dread Fortress and its five bosses complete with the new Nightmare Power and a new loot tier.

4. Huttball on Quesh with a new vertical layout.

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Disruptor Beam teases Star Trek Timelines

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Disruptor Beam, developer behind the mobile title Game of Thrones Ascent, has announced they're working on Star Trek Timelines. They've announced the game with probably my least favorite kind of teaser trailer--"here's the game's logo everybody!"

The game itself is a strategy RPG for mobile and web platforms. Supposedly it will allow you to explore the galaxy alongside characters from all four original series: TOS, Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager. The developers are stressing this is a story focused game that will explore important decisions and moral dilemmas, which in my opinion is what Star Trek did at its best. In a lot of ways this sounds like Star Trek Infinite Space, a similar web game that had the legendary Okudas involved but was sadly cancelled in 2012.

I'm a little bummed that it's only for mobile devices, but after the disastrously bad big budget tie-in game for Star Trek Into Darkness, I'm not surprised they're going smaller with this one. I'm cautiously optimistic, as Disruptor Beam seems to get what Star Trek is about--exploring difficult questions by way of science fiction--which is more than I can say for the J.J. Abrams movies, which were a lot of flash, camp and spectacle but ultimately left me cold.

The game is in early development but hopefully we'll hear more about it soon...and get a more substantial trailer! 

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News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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Arma 2 Free servers shutting down in two weeks, regular Arma 2 on sale

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If you never played Arma 2 Free, it's almost too late. Developer Bohemia Interactive will shut down the servers on April 22, nearly three years after Arma 2 Free was first announced. As a thank you to their supporters, Bohemia Interactive is putting their entire collection of Arma 2 and Arma 2 downloadable content on sale at 75 percent off. That lands the Arma 2: Complete Edition at $9.99, which includes everything you need (and more) to play the DayZ mod. Sale ends May 4.

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Awesome new Hotline Miami 2 trailer

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Check out the new Hotline Miami 2 trailer where you can apparently dual wield machine guns and use two special characters at once. Brutal.

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