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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.

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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:

Batman: Arkham Origins - Deluxe Edition available for download

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition ports the handheld title to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. The digital download of the game is available as of yesterday and include improved visuals, a new map system, and different difficulty levels. While I wasn't completely enamored with this installation in the Batman: Arkham franchise, it could be cool to check out the new batsuits and changes to see how it effects gameplay. 


Game of Thrones intro done with Skyrim cities

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Game of Thrones has a really cool intro if you've never seen it. It's also a pretty damn good series to watch.

Well, someone has taken that really great intro and used Skyrim cities instead. It took him about two years to do this and it's really well done for a solo effort. Makes me want to go back into the world of Skyrim, but I know I'd get lost for weeks on end if I do.

News Roundup - 04/01/2014

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Laugh at the Arma 3 Karts DLC announcement from a Van Damme-alike doing splits on moving go karts

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Bohemia Interactive's Arma series is one of the scariest military simulators on the planet. And by "one of the scariest," I can't even think of what the second-scariest military simulator on the planet is. Arma is that scary. So, in the spirit of many announcements made today, the announcement of Arma 3 Karts comes as somewhat of a surprise. I imagine this Karts DLC will carry on the hyper-realism Arma is known for. The Karts DLC ad below even pays homage to the legendary Jean Claude Van Damme's now-legendary "Volvo splits" commercial.

“Since we’re already in the zombie business with DayZ, we felt the next logical expansion would be to take on karting”, said Jay Crowe, Creative Director on Arma 3. “Our sandbox could not be called complete without karts, and thus we set ourselves the goal to recreate this pure form of racing. Welcome to Arma 3's World of Karts: drive / overtake / win.”


World of Tanks gets Minecrafted in new 1.04 update

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The folks at Wargaming.net assembled a new Minecraft-alike game mode for World of Tanks. But—hardy har—it's just an April Fool's joke. The video pokes fun at several ongoing player complaints and suggestions. Suggestions like fully destructible environments, perfectly symmetrical battlefields, and flawless matchmaking. If you don't play World of Tanks then most of the jokes will be lost on you, but, as an avid tanker myself, I got a chuckle or two out of it.

If you want to get an idea of what World of Tanks is really about, read our PC and Xbox 360 Edition reviews. (Spoiler: the game's great.)


Bastet pounces her way onto the Battleground of the Gods in the newest SMITE update

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The huge SMITE launch tournament concluded over the weekend and a big congrats goes out to Team SoloMid for winning the entire tournament and taking home a cool $200,000. The tournament may be over but that doesn't mean Hi-Rez hasn't been hard at work with new content for the game. 

A new patch is scheduled to be released tomorrow and with it brings the very long awaited reworking of Bastet, a new skin for Tyr and the return of the Feaster Bunny Bakasura skin. 

Bastet's old model was pretty bad compared to the rest of the roster but now she has been given a massive upgrade to her art, 3D model, special FX, and voicepack and she looks great. 

A new PrivaTyr skin is also available for Tyr complete with new VO and if you own the voicepack, you have new custom voice commands as well. A few weeks ago we got a Sith Lord type skin for Sun Wukong and this week we get a pirate skin for Tyr. There have been so many amazing skins made over the last few months, I cannot wait to see what Hi-Rez has in store for the future. Now if my main girl Isis could get some love, that would be great. 

Since Easter is right around the corner, the Bakasura Feaster Bunny skin will be making its return for a limited time as well. Both the Feaster Bunny skin and PrivaTyr skin will cost 400 Gems. 

Finally the new god rotation is Isis, Athena, Odin, Anhur and Loki. 

To check out the full list of patch notes and join in on the conversation, be sure to check out SMITE's official Reddit page. 

Neverwinter announces the arrival of dragons as next playable race

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Free-to-play MMO Neverwinter has announced that dragons will be the game's next playable race, allowing players to begin as a small, cute baby dragon and grow to become a giant, fearsome foe. While this might be one of the better April Fools' Day pranks this year, I'm unfortunately sadden by the fact that I won't actually be able to become a dragon.

Even better though is the trailer put together for the prank which above all us features a dragon riding a horse. Another prank by developer Perfect World that is actually live in the game until April 4 is Respen’s Marvelous Game event, which transports player characters into an actual tabletop game of Dungeons and Dragons.

Further information on both the playable dragon race and the current game event can be found on the official Neverwinter website. Neverwinter is available now for Windows PC.

Time to run the shadows

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The year is 2075, magic and machinery have melded together, the Megacorporations are at each others' throats, and a dragon has woken from a deep slumber. Shadowrun Online is now on Steam Early Access for 30% off, and offers an early prequel for the upcoming campaign. You'll get an introduction to Shadowrun Online's combat system through four missions and PvP, and new content will be added regularly with plenty of opportunities for players to provide feedback and influence development.

For the uninitiated, Shadowrun Online was funded by Kickstarter, and is based on one of the biggest tabletop RPGs on the market. It's a turn-based MMO that features a classless character creation, and you'll be able to cast spells, hack computers, and take part in a world-campaign that depends on the players' actions.

You can check out Russell's post for more information and some screenshots.


News Roundup - 03/31/2014

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Draugen's teaser trailer emerges from the deep

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Red Thread's new horror title Draugen has its first teaser trailer and while I have almost no idea what the game is about, that somehow makes it even scarier. Damn do I like the writing too. The ominous monologue that plays over the trailer is giving me a very creepy Eternal Darkness vibe, just bleak and hopeless enough. Supposedly the plot concerns an American scientist of the 1920s trapped in a Norwegian fishing village. Few games (I can't think of a single one) explore the horror iconography of Scandinavian myth, so I'll definitely be keeping my eye on this one as it slithers its way to PC, Mac, Linux and "an undisclosed next-generation console." Spooky.


Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is here

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If you missed the handheld spinoff of Arkham Origins (like I did), you now have the opportunity to experience it in HD on the home console of your choice. Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate: Deluxe Edition is now available and translates last year's Batman Metroidvania adventure to consoles with refreshed textures, controls and extra features. I'll be interested to check this out, particularly on Wii U. That said, I wish Warner Bros Interactive would put some money toward patching the game-breaking bugs in Batman Arkham Origins before porting other games.

Cloudbuilt tutorial video

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Cloudbuilt is on Steam right now.  You can download it for $19.99.  If you like fast-paced platformers, then you should definitely check it out.

Apparently, many gamers out there all ready have.  Speed runs are popping up on YouTube and Twitch.  Many others are having some difficulty wrapping their heads around the game's basic mechanics.  In response to that, Rising Star Games has released a tutorial video on YouTube.  You can watch it below.  And when you're done visit www.cloudbuiltgame.com, www.facebook/cloudbuiltgame, and http://www.risingstargames.com/us/.

Unfamiliar with Cloudbuilt?  Check out our preview right here.


Woooooorms in Spaaaaaaaace!

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In case you missed the Kickstarter for the eerily beautiful post-apocalyptic industrial Rain World, below is a short Alpha trailer to get you acquainted.

Rain World collected $63,255 through Kickstarter, shattering their goal of $25,000. Because they raised so much, the Project Rain World team can afford to translate Rain World to C#/ Unity, meaning that they can do a lot more fancy stuff with their game, and make it available for more platforms (See: Linux). In the process of translating Rain World, the lead programmer decided to dip his toes into C#/ Unity by taking assets from Rain World code and making a small test game called Space Worms that you can download for free. It's not a demo of Rain World per se, but it's really cool of the development team to give fans access to the milestones of their project and to be so transparent with their process. The team says it a lot better than I can in their Kickstarter update:

"the art, sound, AI and menu assets are all handled using what is basically Rain World code, so Space Worms has been a fantastic proof of concept and teacher for us, allowing Joar to test how Rain World code will function in C#/Unity without having to tear apart the original or littering the new Rain World build with the learning process."

You can download Space Worms through their Kickstarter Update here.

If you're into following devlogs, you can keep tabs on Joar on the TIGsource forums.

Or if you're a luddite like me and just want to keep tabs on the project, you can follow Rain World on twitter, or just check in every now and again on their Steam Greenlight page.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Gameplay Trailer

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With the release of the second DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts only days away (April 3rd) on Xbox Live (timed exclusive), here is a little teaser with a new gameplay trailer.  The Devastation DLC introduces a whole slew of new items, weapons and a new episode.  However, there is one surprise, as the DLC will let you play as the Predator (2:20-2:30 of the trailer).

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Alien: Isolation gets a release date

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SEGA has officially announced the release date for their upcoming survival horror shooter Alien: Isolation. The game will be released globally for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 7th. The game's developer Creative Assembly wants the game to feel more like the Alien movies than previous games have, where the player actually fears the Xenomorphs rather than just constantly facing them in head to head combat.  

I avoided Aliens: Colonial Marines after hearing all of the negative press around that game, but I enjoy survival horror games from time to time. If there isn't much else out around the time Isolation releases maybe I will check it out. 

Source: ign.com

Dr. Strange joins Marvel Heroes

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The Sorcerer Supreme himself, Dr. Strange, is now a playable character in Marvel Heroes. Players can unlock the Master of the Mystic Arts through Eternity Splinters or purchase him at the store. Check out the magical trailer for the Doctor below.


Watch Mike Tyson knock dudes out to Balrog's Street Fighter sound effects

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I'd forgotten just how lightning fast Mike Tyson used to be. Here's are clips of Tyson in the ring against various opponents, layered with Balrog's sound effects from the Street Fighter series. (You'll also see that the person making the video typed in the name "Mike Bison," which was Balrog's name in Japan before it was changed to Balrog. And before M. Bison took the name. Whatever. Watch Mike Tyson put some people on the ropes.)

World Leaderboards come to Dota 2

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A few months back Dota 2 added ranked matchmaking prompting tens of thousands of players to start battling their way to the highest Matchmaking Rating (MMR) possible. Plenty of professional players have managed to get their MMRs into the 5000-7000 range and Valve has finally decided to add a way to keep track of the highest ranked players. The World Leaderboards track the top 200 players from each area of the world. The world of Dota 2 is split into four sectors, Americas, Europe, SE Asia, and China. One look at the board and you will see plenty of pros, and the player with the highest rating in the world at the moment goes by the name of Veldt (6900 MMR). The board updates once a day so expect to see top players moving around frequently. 

I recently started playing ranked matches in Dota 2, but don't expect to see me on this board any time soon. I'm still playing my placement matches and they have not been going well. 

Source: blog.dota2.com

Hellraid video and blog posts detail AI animations

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Hellraid, the first-person slasher coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, has a new video showing off some of the enemy AI actions. These include normal attacks, counter-attacks, and even taunts. At the end you'll even catch a glimpse at some of the gameplay you can expect from the upcoming title. 

And if you're looking for even more info on the enemy AI and how it was developed by the team check out the cool and informative two part blog post here and here


World of Tanks to get major graphical upgrade

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We all lust after hot graphics.  We all do.  We may not admit it to ourselves because we're too busy decrying graphics over gameplay on our local message board, but it's the truth.  

World of Tanks has always been a pretty good-looking game - especially for a free to play MMO.  Now, as this new dev diary shows, the graphics are about to get a drastic upgrade.  The whole game is getting an overhaul in how in-game textures are created.  If you're a World of Tanks fan, do yourself a favor and spend 7 minutes watching this video.  Dem graphics.....