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The Wolf Among Us – Episode 3: A Crooked Mile
Review by: Jeff Kintner
The Big Bad Wolf is on the prowl. Will he find his quarry in time? READ FULL REVIEW...
Warlock II
Review by: Tom Bitterman
"Warlock 2: The Exlied" is like a margarita - sure it's not straight strategy and it tastes a little too sweet, but it can hit the spot s... READ FULL REVIEW...
VoidExpanse
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...

Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

Multiple goats coming to Goat Simulator

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Online multiplayer is sort of, well, too much work for Goat Simulator because it would take a rewrite of much of the game to sync correctly over the Internet because of the physics engine being used. But hey, good news is coming to folks that want to play with another goat friend.

Coffee Stain Studios is releasing a patch in May to offer up split screen multiplayer. While it's not online, you and a friend and sit next to each other and cause havoc with a goat of your choice. I'm sure many laughs will come out of this when playing with someone next to you.

That's not all as a new map, new goats, and new achievements will also be in this free patch. Yes, free. 

Goat Simulator's only $10, which you can get on Steam.


Anomaly Defenders: the world's first reverse tower offense game

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Even though I'm pretty sure that "reverse tower offense game" really just means "tower defense game,"  I'll give 11 bit Studios the benefit of the doubt with Anomaly Defenders.

If you've played Anomaly: Warzone Earth or any of its expansions and/or sequels then you have some idea what to expect.  The big difference is that you are in control of the aliens you were fighting against in the earlier games as they defend their homeworld from humanity's counter-attack.

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News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Indiecade 2011 Finalist, Hero Generations, is going Kickstarter

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This is a wonderful little game—with a sadly forgettable name. But do try to remember it: Hero Generations. Scott Brodie is the one-man show that put together this "five-minute Civilization roguelike," becoming a finalist in Indiecade 2011. Brodie made the game for his son, but now Brodie's back on this particular track and wants to give Hero Generations extra time and attention. To do so, he's humbly asking for your dollars on Kickstarter.

In Hero Generations you begin the lineage of what is to become your family tree's legacy. You grow up, you adventure, you grow old, you settle down. With the mate you found, you breed your family's next generation, and that little squirt gets to carry on your legacy—for better or worse. The countryside is sprinkled with wonders and dangers, and confronting or fleeing these wonders and dangers brings you money and fame, or the opposite, in some cases. Every step you take ages you one year, so every move you make is vital, especially as you become an elder with your last few years rushing by like the whitewater river gushing in the background.

I've played a slightly updated version of Hero Generations, and I'd spread the link like wildfire if Brodie wasn't keeping it on the D.L. for now. But Hero Generations is stunning and heartfelt and meaningful and asks you to make choices that matter.

     
 

Two new characters revealed for Transformers Universe

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Transformers Universe has two new bot trailers showcasing some of the cool moves and abilities these characters will have in the upcoming MOTA.

Check out the Decepticon Shellshock trailer here: 

And the Autobot Catapult trailer here: 

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/04/2014

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Alien: Isolation sounds really scary

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If you don't think sound is a major (major!) component to horror games, then you shouldn't (should not!) be making horror games. But thank our lucky stars, The Creative Assembly knows. And they're putting that knowledge into Alien: Isolation. Authenticity is their drive, and access to the original audio recordings from the 1979 movie is a big contributor to that chase.

A full orchestra. Minor key tonalities. Boots stomping fruit husks. Good stuff.

Alien: Isolation will be making people pee their pants on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.


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Nash 20 now available from Mionix

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Building upon the news of their new partnership with SK GamingMionix has officially released the Nash 20 gaming headset for purchase worldwide.  Our coverage of the headset at CES 2014 obviously showed our excitement for the product as it was designed not just for sound quality, but for comfort.

The biggest highlight of the Nash 20 is undoubtedly the memory foam earpieces that are designed to ensure that long gaming sessions are never uncomfortable.  My time with this product at CES 2014 left me wanting for more time with it hands-on.

The Nash 20 is available on Mionix.net for $150.25 plus shipping and handling.

SK Gaming and Mionix announce partnership

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Just a couple of months ago, we had full coverage of Mionix at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We showed off the entire line of products that Mionix was bringing to the table.  After two consecutive strong showings at the largest technology show in the world, Mionix now has a partnership with SK Gaming to make two companies even stronger.  In a press release on their website, SK Gaming made the partnership formal.

We at SK Gaming are more than pleased to announce the most recent addition to our lineup of sponsors as Mionix will become the official supplier of mice, mousepads, and keyboards in 2014.

The Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals for PC gamers has grown massively in the last year and is one of the favorite companies when it comes to quality, design, and performance.

Congratulations to both companies as this partnership can only mean good things for the industry as a whole.

HI-Rez announces their plans for SMITE eSports for the rest of the year

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The big $200,000 launch tournament for SMITE came to an end last weekend but that doesn't mean that the fun is going to stop anytime soon. Throughout the rest of the year, SMITE will play a big part in eSports and will host a number of tournaments and qualifiers throughout the year. 

Hi-Rez gave us the run down on what is currently planned for the rest of the year in a recent blog post on their website. 

  • April 2014: Partner Tournaments
    One-off, partner sponsored tournaments will be played for the remainder of the month of April.
  • May - July 2014: Qualifiers
    Qualifier weekend tournaments (NA on Saturdays, EU on Sundays) allow teams to earn points toward the invite-only regional LANs
  • August 2014: Regionals
    Regional LAN tournaments with sizeable prize pools will be played - One in North America and one in Europe. Four teams will be invited per region from the qualifier weekly tournaments. The top 2 finishers of each Regional LAN will qualify for the Playoff events in November.
  • Late Fall: Wildcard Qualifiers
    Other teams will still have an opportunity to get to Playoffs through Wildcard Qualifiers in late fall.
  • November: Playoffs
    And Then
    ....Playoffs determine entry for an even larger event, our largest event to date, in early 2015.

Details about Age of Wonders 3's level editor revealed

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Triumph Studios launched the level editor for Age of Wonders III worldwide earlier this week and the launch was pretty successful.  The editor allows players to create their own single player and multi-player scenarios as well as their own heroes and campaigns complete with story cut-scenes using their own art assets and voiceovers.  Pretty powerful stuff.  Imagine something like that in a WWE game, using your own voiceovers to create your own promos...but I'm getting off track.

Triumph Studios has released a video that goes into detail about the video editor and give you an idea about how it works.  If you're into the Age of Wonders series, this definitely looks like it would be fun to play around with.

 

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Moral ambiguity abound in Always Sometimes Monsters

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I first heard about Always Sometimes Monsters through an article on Polygon about it's inception and inspiration. What started as a fun idea for a travel blog about hitchhiking across the U.S. to meet up with game developers turned to a life changing event for Justin Amirkhani. His travel narrative took a dramatic shift from focusing on games to surviving on the road, and the kinds of people you inevitably meet living a transient lifestyle. After talking to Nigel Lowrie of Devolver Digital, Amirkhani distilled his experiences into Always Sometimes Monsters

ASM is a roleplaying game that focuses on interaction, rather than combat. You'll choose your character's race, gender, and sexual preference, which determine how other people perceive and treat you. You'll live through the common denominators and the unique hardships that define us all. Your choices and actions will alter your story. Even with the best intentions, it's difficult to know when you've made the right decision, and who your actions will hurt. You've lost the love of your life, will you be able to win them back? When you look back at everything you've done, will it even matter?

As someone who still tears up at the mere mention of To The Moon, I can't wait to see how badly Always Sometimes Monsters is going to affect me.

Always Sometimes Monsters will be available through Steam and the Humble Store on May 21, and you can currently pre-order it for only $8.99- 10% off the regular price. If you want more info, or just want to be updated on it's progress, you can check out their page on the Devolver Digital website and Twitter @VagabondDog.


Valve announces The International 4 details including date, location, and pricing

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Dota 2's The International was one of the world's biggest e-sport tournaments ever, and was the first gaming tournament to reward first prize $1,000,000. Now in its fourth year the tournament continues to be one of gaming's biggest events, and Valve has just released all the specifics about attending this year's International. This year's International will be taking place July 18th-21st at the KeyArena in Seattle. Three different tiers of tickets are avaliable. $99 ticket gets you General Admission, $199 gets you a floor seat, and $499 gets you a VIP Ticket, allowing you to attend the Playoffs (taking place on July 8th) as well as VIP Meet & Greets and the After Party. 11 teams will be invited to the tournament directly while the other 5 spots will be filled through Regional Qualifiers and pre-tournament playoffs. 

The International 3 was the first big Dota 2 tournament I ever watched and I was hooked instantly. Although I won't be able to attend The International 4 in person I am looking forward to watching the livestreams during all four days. I hope that my favorite team Natus Vincere manages to make it to the finals for the fourth year in a row. 

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC is out today

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation is out today and includes a ton of crazy stuff.  New maps, a new weapon, a new episode of Extinction, and the Predator are all included.

If that's not enough, NFL stars AJ Green and LeSean McCoy will go against one another to commemorate the release of Devastation.  

However, as a Cincinnati native, I think AJ Green should focus on being part of a football team that can win a playoff game before the heat death of the universe rather than publicly gaming, but I digress....

You can pick up Devastation for  $14.99 and it's also available as part of the CoD: Ghosts season pass.

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New Elder Scrolls Online trailer

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Check out the new The Elder Scrolls Online trailer 'The Siege' below, with over 5 minutes of cinematic battle. If this doesn't get you hyped for the game, then I don't know what will. 


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We're gonna need a bigger boat in Battlefield 4

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There were rumors that a Megalodon was hiding around in Battlefield 4. Well, it was a rumor til recently. With the release of Naval Strike DLC, the enormous shark is now a reality.

In the video below, you can see the giant shark come out of the water and lay waste to everyone in the water. It looks mighty impressive jumping out of the water. Now, we'll have to see if you can take out the Jaws wannabe.

Thanks Kotaku.

News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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Nintendo Download for 4/3/2014: The Advance generation has arrived.

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We've heard about it for a while now, but Game Boy Advance games have started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console in this week's Nintendo Download, and we start off with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  If you're a fan of their respective genres/series, definitely pick these up.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the weeks to come.

Also on the Wii U we now have Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, and you can get $5 off of Dr. Luigi if you own Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console.  For the 3DS we have Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Super Monkey Ball 3D hitting the eShop.  Super Monkey Ball 3D is a fun game, but kind of annoying if you use the gyroscopic controls to control the ball since it's hard to focus on the screen if you're constantly tilting it all over the place.


Tropico 5 set for release on May 23 for PC

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Kalypso Media has announced that Tropico 5 will be released globally on May 23 for PC along with the triumph return of El Presidente. The Xbox 360 and Mac versions will be released later this summer, then followed by the PlayStation 4 version in the fall. Along with the release announcement, the official Tropico 5 website has been overhauled with a wealth of information regarding the game's various features.

Some of the game's new features include advanced trading mechanics, scientific research trees, and island exploration. In addition, Tropico 5 be the first game in the series to contain cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes that will support up to four players.

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Thursday means it is time to check in with Joe Jewett down in the Brewery District to run down this week's biggest releases. We had to rush through things a bit today in order to cram in all three games that I wanted to talk about: MLB 14 The show, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Goat Simulator.

2.7 million people have bought Reaper of Souls with Malthael being killed over 1.5 million times

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has been bought by over 2.7 million people since it was released last week. I'm one of those 2.7 million. Blizzard has said that the end character has been killed over 1.5 million times so there's still a bunch of folks that haven't killed Malthael yet.

The recent patch and expansion has really drawn me and a bunch of my friends back into the game. They've really fixed many of the issues that were present when the game first came out and now farming for items is fun. No longer are most people reliant on the now closed auction house as I've found a ton of items I can use since i started playing again.

And something really nice with the release was there was practically no server issues. None of my friends had any problems connecting when it first launched and I didn't read of servers having problems.

Reaper of Souls has dominated my playing time as of late and Blizzard has done a wonderful job at fixing what was wrong and adding some great content to make Diablo III a really, really fun game again.


News Roundup - 04/02/2014

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Final EVE: True Stories comic is available, free, and explosive

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The fourth and final (and free) comic in the EVE: True Stories series is now available, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics and EVE Online developer CCP. EVE: True Stories #4 wraps up the true-to-gamelife events of a single man that dismantled Band of Brothers, one of the most renown player-run corporations of EVE Online's ten-year history.

I've read the entire four-comic mini series and I can barely figure out what happened. I don't know if that's because of the convoluted storytelling, because there's a different artist every comic, or—more likely—because I'm a simpleton that can't follow the little bouncing ball. You should have more luck than me. And, regardless of my graphic-novel-comprehension handicap, the fact that this comic series exists is a wonderful experiment in the crossing over of video games and comic books. I'm excited it even came to fruition. I just can't recommend it to anyone that doesn't already have a subscription to EVE Online.


Now Loading for the week of March 31, 2014

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This is definitely a week for PC gamers as one of the most anticipated MMORPG games in history is finally launching. No more Oblivion; no more Skyrim; the Elder Scrolls are now online! Alternatively, if questing isn’t your thing, you could always turn to life as a goat in Goat Simulator. Seriously, how do you pick between these two?

This week’s full list includes: