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Forget Dead Island, this trailer for Goat Simulator trumps it

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That awesome Dead island trailer was the talk of the gaming world a few years ago. It was a pretty powerful piece of media that I'm sure help sell many copies of the game. 

Not to be outdone, the folks at CoffeeStainStudios has decided to make their own "Dead Island" trailer for Goat Simulator. While it probably won't evoke the same emotions as the Dead Island trailer, it's still pretty damn awesome.

Goat Simulator comes out April 1st on Steam and it's no joke.

Be a cheater on Titanfall, play with cheaters

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Titanfall has an interesting way to deal with cheaters. No, they aren't going to stop you from playing the game you spent your money on. That would be bad business. Instead, they are taking a route that Max Payne 3 did a few years ago.

If you are caught cheating on the PC version, you'll only be able to play with others who were caught cheating. Respawn Entertainment is using software called FairFight to find these cheaters and using that tool, they will mark said accounts forcing these folks to duke it out themselves.

Those that aren't cheating can still play with friends who are caught. They just have to play on "cheater" servers. Non-cheaters won't be permanently placed in this position though even if they play with cheaters. Just as long as they don't cheat themselves, they can freely go back to normal servers.

Of course, you can appeal your ban if you so desire. But my advice is, just don't cheat at all. It's not worth it.


Mordheim: City of the Damned unveiled as new Warhammer series game

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Developer Rogue Factor and publisher Focus Home Interactive have unveiled the next video adaptation of a Games Workshop series, Mordheim: City of the Damned. The game takes place in the Warhammer universe, in particular the Empire city ruins of Mordheim. Gameplay incorporates a variety of elements including role-playing, turn-based tactical combat, and detailed unit customization. Players are tasked with recruiting units, equipping gear, and advancing their warband.

As well, the game incorporates a death system in which characters are lost forever after falling in battle. Environments can be used in combat to the player's advantage with placement of characters and even set up ambushes. Loot can be found scattered about ruins or taken from fallen enemies.

The game supports a singleplayer campaign in addition to various multiplayer modes. Mordheim: City of the Damned will be available in late 2014.

El Presidente wants to know why the rum is all gone

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I'm calling this one the "mixed metaphors" Tropico 5 trailer (it's certainly better than the #brbgonnavomitforever trailer from a few months ago).

In this one, El Presidente is pirate captain Jack Sparrow, or at least it's a visual reference to the most famous character from a moderately successful, but ultimately forgettable series of movies based on an amusement park ride.

Man, sometimes videogame trailers are weird.  

Anyway, if you want to learn more, follow the jump.  Tropico 5 is set for release on the Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and Linux early this summer - and then later this year on the PS4. 


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Latest Dota 2 update removes duplicate treasures

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Valve's Dota 2 is a free to play game, meaning a player could download and play the game for hundreds of hours without ever having to spend a dime. The game makes most of its money from in game purchases, including keys to open chests that contain cosmetic items. Some chests contain a huge variety of items, and at $2.49 per key many players were deterred from buying due to the low chance of them getting an item they actually want. Thanks to the latest update that isn't a problem anymore. As of March 20th you can no longer get duplicates when opening consecutive chests. Items you have already received from a specific chest will be removed from the random pool, and you can see what items remain for you in a chest by clicking on it in your inventory. If you want a duplicate (for whatever reason) you will have to have received every item from that specific chest, resetting its prize pool. To celebrate this new feature Valve has added two new chests to the game, each containing four different sets for various heroes, as well as a chance to get a rare set each time you open. If you have been hesitant about opening chests in the past this is a great time to start. 

I spent $12.50 on keys the first day of this update and ended up getting two rare sets alongside the five regular ones. I sold one of those rare sets and ended up making $2 overall. Needless to say I'm a big fan of this new update, and I'm glad to see Valve is always finding ways to benefit not only themselves but also their player base. 

Source: blog.dota2.com

'Don't Fear the Reaper' Marvel Heroes challenge event announced

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Don't Fear the Reaper, a new challenge event for Marvel Heroes has been announced. The challenge event will include bonus item drops, which rotate every four hours, making it easier to find cool loot. You'll also receive fifty percent more experience, rare item find, and special item find. The event runs from now until April 1st at 11:59 PM.


To find out more about the event and check the schedule check it out here.


Wolfenstein: The New Order's release date changed for the better

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Normally, games delay their launch dates but this isn't the case for Wolfenstein: The New Order. Bethesda has announced that the game is being released two days earlier and will be globally launched on that day.

Originally launching on May 22nd in the United States and May 23rd in Europe, the game is now set for May 20th. And remember, if you pre-order the game, you get into the beta for the new DOOM game coming out.

So score one for the folks at Bethesda and MachineGames. Everyone will be able to kill Nazis sooner rather than later. The game is set to hit all platforms that are not from Nintendo in two months time. 


News Roundup - 03/25/2014

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ArenaNet introduces the Wardrobe System for Guild Wars 2

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Now that Scarlet Briar has tortured her last player in Guild Wars 2, the world can focus on the future.  ArenaNet continues to churn out updates for their hit MMO in the process, including the upcoming April Feature Pack, which includes the new Wardrobe System.  As with any MMO, every player as different tastes and styles when it comes to customizing their character.  That new piece of armor that you just picked up may definitely be better, but it just doesn't have the same look or feel of your favorite piece.  In order to help customization, the Wardrobe System is going to be put in place that will allow players to customize their look at any time, as well as have the ability to share cosmetic items across all of one's characters.  Be sure to check out the latest update to the ArenaNet Video Blog on Youtube that helps break down the features of this upcoming addition.

 

Notch cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift after Facebook purchase

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It looks like not everyone is happy with Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift as Marcus "Notch" Persson announced today that he is cancelling plans to bring Minecraft to the Rift after the purchase was announced tonight.  

Citing the he "doesn't want to work with social, I want to work with games" Mr. Persson announced that he was cancelling a preliminary deal to bring one of the most popular games in the world to the VR platform.

Of course there are already some mods that allow players to play Minecraft on the Oculus Rift so it's not completely a lost cause but those won't deliver the same experience as having a native version of the game.  


TinyKeep now on tour in Europe

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Upcoming role-playing game TinyKeep from developer Phigames and publisher Digital Tribe Games is now on a European tour that will showcase features ranging from the pocket inventory system to its procedurally generated weapon system. The developers will be on hand to answer any questions and walk players through the game's various features. The list of tour events include:

EGX Rezzed Expo

Update Show

Insomnia Gaming Festival

Nordic Game Conference

TinyKeep will be available for PC in September.

New Swordsman trailer introduces game world

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Perfect World Entertainment has released a new trailer for free-to-play, martial arts MMORPG, Swordsman. The trailer introduces the narrative and setting, in addition to showcasing the game's world and various gameplay opportunities. Eager players can read further information through the game's blog as well as register for the upcoming beta.

Razer releases World of Tanks-themed peripherals

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Razer's very aggressively-named PC gaming gear is getting a World of Tanks-themed mouse and mouse pad.  You can find pictures of the World of Tanks DeathAdder mouse and Goliathus mouse mat below.  When did we stop calling them mouse "pads?"

And if getting cool gear isn't enough, if you get your hands on one of the first 20,000 units of either product, you'll get  single-use codes for World of Tanks bonus items such as the Pz. Kpfw. IV Hydraulic Tank - which is only available to World of Tanks Razer DeathAdder users. 

The $79.99 DeathAdder's specs look like this: 

-6400dpi 4G optical sensor
-Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
-Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
-Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
-1000 Hz Ultrapolling
-On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
-Always-on mode
-200 in. per sec. and 50 G of acceleration
-Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
-Gold-plated USB connector
-Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
-Approximate size: 5.00 in. / 127 mm (length) x 2.76 in. / 70 mm (width) -x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (height)
-Approximate weight : 0.23 lbs. / 105 g
-First 20,000 units include exclusive in-game code for Pz. Kpfw. IV Hydraulic Tank and garage slot

 The $19.99 Goliathus looks like this:

-Slick cloth weave for unbridled speed and effortless control
-Anti-fraying stitched frame extends mat durability
-Pixel-precise targeting and tracking
-Exclusive World of Tanks design
-Rubber base for a secure grip on smooth surfaces
-Medium size: 13.98 in. / 355 mm (length) x 10 in. / 254 mm (width) x 0.12 in. / 3 mm (height)
-First 20,000 units include exclusive in-game code for 500 Gold and 3 Days Premium Access

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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC delayed on the PC

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I hope you weren't interested in playing the newest Battlefield 4 DLC, Naval Strike on the PC because you're going to have to wait a bit. The DLC has been delayed without word on when it will be released.

Naval Strike introduces four new maps and an emphasis on sea battles. Premium members were suppose to get access to it today. Unless you are playing on the console though, you won't be trying out the new maps, weapons, or vehicles that come with the DLC.

No word on what is causing the delay other than it's an issue they found with the DLC. I'm going to guess that this bug is bigger than the normal ones they let through and try to patch up later on. Because we know, anytime DICE releases an update or a DLC, the inevitable number of bugs comes along with it.


News Roundup - 03/24/2014

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Hi Rez releases an official cinematic trailer for the launch of SMITE

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Today is the official launch of SMITE, the third person MOBA from Hi-Rez studios and to celebrate, Hi-Rez has released a cinematic teaser trailer for the game. 

The trailer features Thor, Neith, Fenrir and Guan Yu about to throw down on the battlefield. While only four gods are showcased, the game includes a whopping total of 51 Gods to choose from as of release with more coming in the future. 

Be sure to check out my review for SMITE coming soon and if you are interested in trying it out, be sure to check out their official website. 

 

Randal's Monday will happen over and over until Randal finally fixes everything

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So, there's (possibly) a dead guy in a Frigidaire, another (probably) dead guy with his head shoved in an oven, and the (maybe not) dead guy from the fridge earlier belching up his drink at a bar with some buds. Somebody's having a rough day. And if these screenshots of Randal's Monday are any indication, it's going to be a long week, too. There's a cursed engagement ring, the worst best man ever, and something about Randal having to live Monday over and over again until he fixes an extinction level event of his doing. Time loops can be fun.

Developer Nexus Game Studios (no relation) is scrambling to get Randal's Monday out the door and on PC by mid 2014.


              

 

Magical Time Bean and Double Fine release Escape Goat 2

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After completing it's gestation in the Indie Omega Jam, Escape Goat 2 has emerged from the unfathomable depths of the Double Fine spare office space. What originally started as a remake of the 2011 Escape Goat puzzle platformer turned into a full sequel that's now available on Steam, The Humble Store and GOG for 10% off the regular price of $9.99. Since Double Fine is publishing the game, they decided to make one of their fancy video-tizements for it.

If you need to hear some credentials, you'll want to know that Escape Goat 2 was developed by Ian Stocker (A.K.A. Magical Time Bean), and was in the PAX 10 Selection 2013, has over one hundred rooms in ten zones, features art and animation by Randy O'Conner (Who worked on Waking Mars), and includes a guest track by Disasterpeace (Who worked on FEZ and The Floor is Jelly).

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Stardock releases first gameplay footage from Galactic Civilization III

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Fans hungry for information on Galactic Civilizations III will be glad to know that Stardock has finally released some footage of the game.  In this short demo we get to see one sped up game as played by Adam Biessener, Stardock's brand manager.

The footage is glorious if you're a fan of the game like me as we finally get to see the game in action.  While it does look previous games there's a visual sheen to the game that is really impressive.

If you signed up for the Founders package you'll get access to the alpha later this week but everyone else is going to have to wait until the game is finished before they can get their mitts on it.

Hi Rez releases a developer diary for SMITE and their long road to launch day.

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SMITE officially releases tomorrow and Hi Rez is planning a huge $200,000 tournament to celebrate. Hi Rez studio has released a developer diary to celebrate the release showing how the game went from a mod for one of their old games, to the huge MOBA it is today. 

SMITE originally started as a game mode from their old Sci Fi game Global Agenda. After developing the game mode and seeing how fun it was, they thought the game could stand on its own. They came up with the idea of Gods and Goddesses and the game was originally called Battleground of the Gods. 

One thing I love about SMITE is how Hi Rez has presented us their own unique take on the Gods and their lore and the developer diary showed us all of the creative freedom they had when designing new gods. We also get a look of how certain characters looked when the game started and how they have been given visual reworkings over time.

SMITE officially launches tomorrow on March 25. Be sure to check out my review of SMITE when it goes live and if you want to check out SMITE, you can download it free at their official website.

 

Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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Obsidian Entertainment announces tactical military MMO

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Armored Warfare is a new tactical military MMO coming form Obsidian Entertainment and My.com. The game will feature modern combat vehicles which you will utilize alongside team gameplay to defeat your opponents. Check out the trailer below for the full announcement.

Armored Warfare will release in 2014 as a free-to-compete game for PC.

Valve's Free to Play has officially released and is free to watch

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A few weeks back we reported on Valve's Dota 2 documentary Free to Play. Now the documentary has officially released and is free to download via Steam. The documentary follows three of the game's most famous players, Dendi, hyhy, and Fear, as they fight to become professional Dota 2 players and make it to the game's biggest tournament, The International. Early reviews from fans of the game have been very positive, and I can't wait to watch it for myself. If you don't feel like downloading the whole movie you can also watch it for free on YouTube.

I've been a fan of Dota 2 for about a year now, and I especially love watching it played competitively. However we rarely get a chance to see into the personal lives of our favorite players, so hopefully Free to Play will offer some insight into what it takes to be an esport athlete at the top of their game. 

Because it's there: Far Cry 4 rumored to be set in the mighty Himalayas

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For me, Far Cry 3 set the standard for open-world first person shooters and was far and away my favorite game of 2012. A big reason for that was its South Pacific islands and jungle setting - the second time the series has been set on and around a tropical island.  Between those we got the African savanna.  For Far Cry 4, if the now widely-reported rumors are to be believed, the Yeti will be far more at home than Jason Brody because the rumored location for Far Cry 4 is the Himalayan mountain range.

It makes perfect sense since it's another remote and sometimes war-torn region of the world replete with it's own native myths and legends.

It also has elephants.  The rumors go on to state that elephants will be rideable.  Not exactly what I'd call "fast-travel" but it is maybe "awesome-travel."  

I just have one word for Ubisoft: Yeti.  I love those stories and legends that revolve around Bigfoot and the Yeti and if Ubisoft doesn't give us at least one Yeti encounter - even one brought on by the liberal use of ingested "chemicals" - I will be very disappointed.  

Right now, the word is that Far Cry 4 will be released during the first half of next year for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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First look at Assassin's Creed Unity

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The next game in the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed Unity has been in development for three years now and today, Ubisoft is letting folks see an early alpha of the game. The footage is rather short, but gives you a nice view of the environment and the new assassin.

The background is the French Revolution and the game is set for release this year on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The footage does look pretty nice and I'm sure we'll hear more about the game very soon. E3 would be a ripe time to talk about it, I think.