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Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV is getting its first expansion in

Conquest of Paradise
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
Get ready for some new features in Europa Universalis IV, Paradox's massive grand strategy game, because it's getting an expansion soon. Conquest of Paradise will focus on adding better mechanics for both sides of the conque...
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World of Darkness

CCP laid off 15 people working on World of Darkness MMO

The game is still in development though
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
CCP is best known for creating EVE Online, but they have another MMO in the works called World of Darkness, which is based on the popular vampire and werewolf pen and paper games of the same name. CCP told Polygon that they h...
Thief Gold HD textures photo
Thief Gold HD textures

New HD texture pack for Thief Gold looks really good

Play the good one before the new one
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
Thief Gold has a new HD texture pack created by Bentraxx, and it really makes the fourteen year old game look a lot better. The game is bit dated, but this definitely makes it look good for its age. Here's a list of wha...
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Cliffy B's next game

Cliff Bleszinski wants to make an arena FPS for the PC

Kids these days don't know about arena shooters
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
Cliff Bleszinski, the guy behind the Gears of War and Unreal games, has an idea for his next game. He talked about his idea on the latest episode of the Pointless podcast. Bleszinski said that he wants to make a game without ...
Wasteland 2 beta photo
Wasteland 2 beta

Wasteland 2 beta out for backers, coming to Steam soon

Go play it already!
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
At last, backers of Wasteland 2 can start playing the beta on PC. If you log into your Ranger Center account, you can get a Steam key to start playing. To be eligible for beta access right now, you have to have been one ...
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EVE and Dust 514

EVE Online increased incentive to attack Dust 514 players

Blast the planets!
Dec 11
// Joshua Derocher
EVE Online has been tweaked a bit to change-up how players interact with Dust 514 players. Dust 514 players used to earn orbital strikes be earning points during their match, but now they have to rely on EVE pilots to decide ...
EVE and Twitch photo
EVE and Twitch

EVE Online adds Twitch integration

Stream yourself dying in space
Dec 11
// Joshua Derocher
Joining the ever-growing ranks of games that support Twitch, EVE Online just added in streaming support. Pilots can now activate Twitch streaming right from the Neocom panel by logging into their Twitch account. This function...
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Project Eternity

Project Eternity has a name and a gameplay trailer

Pillars of Eternity
Dec 11
// Joshua Derocher
Project Eternity, Obsidian's old-school PC role-playing game that was Kickstarted last year, is now called Pillars of Eternity. Along with getting an actual name, Obsidian released the first gameplay trailer, and opened up ...
Entropy photo

Battlestar Galactica Online devs working on new space MMO

Out on Steam Early Access
Dec 10
// Joshua Derocher
The developers behind Battlestar Galactica Online are working on a new space game, called Entropy. Entropy is out now on Steam Early Access, so you can check it out for $19.99 if you want to. It looks a lot like EVE Online t...
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EverQuest Next

SOE explains what EverQuest Next Landmark actually is

And it looks awesome
Dec 10
// Joshua Derocher
SOE just released a quick video that answers the question, "what is EverQuest Next Landmark?" Well, it's a game of exploration, monsters to fight, and building just about anything you want. The video shows off building a hou...
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Minecraft 1.7.4

Minecraft 1.7.4 is out now with Twitch streaming support

Watch me stack blocks!
Dec 10
// Joshua Derocher
Minecraft version 1.7.4 is out today, and this update will let you stream to Twitch with a simple key press. To set this up, you'll need to link your Twitch and Mojang accounts together, which only takes a few minutes. Just h...
GTA Online photo
GTA Online

GTA Online's content creation tool is out today

I can't wait to see what people come up with
Dec 10
// Joshua Derocher
Get ready to create your own content for GTA Online, because the game's content creation tool is out today. You will be able to create deathmatches, team deathmatches, races, GTA races, and rally races. Any player created mis...
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Torment combat

Torment fans vote for turn-based combat in Numenera

Combat will be like Wasteland 2's
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
inXile asked Kickstarter backers what type of combat they would like to see in Torment: Tides of Numenera, and turn-based came out slightly in the lead. The votes were so close that inXile said it was basically a tie, but the...
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League of Legends

Pro League of Legends players can stream anything again

Riot changed its mind
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
Earlier this week Riot decided to block any pro League of Legend player from streaming any competing MOBA. Riot has now decided to reverse this decision, and players can stream any game they wish. Riot says that it originally...
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Tomb Raider trailer

New trailer shows off Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider

Raid tombs on the next-gen consoles
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
During VGX Square Enix unveiled a trailer showing the pretty graphics from the upcoming Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It looks really pretty, but it looks almost exactly like the origi...
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The Snowdrop Engine

Ubisoft thinks The Division's Snowdrop Engine is amazing

Ubisoft is all next-gen and stuff
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
Ubisoft released a video showing off the Snowdrop Engine from The Division, and it seems like they thinks it's really cool. In fact, they say that "never before has a video game reached this level of detail." I think th...
Thief story trailer photo
Thief story trailer

New Thief trailer shows the death of Garrett's apprentice

Generic story looks generic
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
Anyone who played the old Thief games might remember Garrett taking on a young apprentice. Apparently, Eidos Montreal doesn't want to have a young thief following him around, because during VGX they released a trailer for th...
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Fakeout 4

Fallout 4 teaser site was just a brilliant hoax

Too good to be true
Dec 07
// Joshua Derocher
The weird website seemed to be leading up to an announcement for Fallout 4, but now the site just has a video of a sad violin. Bethesda already said that they weren't going to be showing anything...
Galactic Princess photo
Galactic Princess

Check out this teaser for Galactic Princess

A Spaceship Survival Sandbox
Dec 06
// Joshua Derocher
This is one of those games that immediately made me sit up and pay attention when I first heard about it. Galactic Princess will be a "Spaceship Survival Sandbox," where players can design their own ship, hire a crew, and sm...
Skywind photo

Download the Skywind alpha and play Morrowind in Skyrim

There goes my weekend
Dec 06
// Joshua Derocher
Just hearing the Morrowind theme fills me with the need for adventure, and seeing the streets of Balmora makes me feel at home. Now I have a chance to revisit my favorite Elder Scrolls game as a mod for Skyrim. The epic mod...
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PSN downtime

PSA: PSN will be down for eight hours on Monday

UK gamers won't be able to play online Monday night
Dec 06
// Joshua Derocher
The PlayStation Network will be down on Monday the 9th starting at 16:00 GMT for maintenance. The PlayStation Europe Twitter account shared the times, since this outage will be during peak gaming hours for people in the UK. ...
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Day Z

Dev: DayZ early access is a 'recipe for disappointment'

Alphas aren't finished games
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
The developers on the standalone version of DayZ put out a blog post yesterday covering the current state of the game. It will be out on Steam Early Access soon, and the developers made it clear that "it's a true-blue alpha."...
World of Warcraft photo
World of Warcraft

Police detain World of Warcraft player during livestream

Terrible prank
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
Someone decided to play an awful prank on Swifty, a World of Warcraft broadcaster with a half-million subscribers on YouTube. Some asshat watching his livestream decided it would be hilarious to call the cops and claim that ...
Weird controls photo
Weird controls

Tongue and butt controllers created by Valve engineer

Control games with your butt!
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
Here is something I have never thought while playing a game, "Gee! I wish I could use my butt to control this!" Even if it's something you have never thought of, an engineer at Valve, Ben Krasnow, put together two very inter...
SteamOS photo

Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Linux is the future
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
Valve just joined the Linux Foundation, a non-profit group that focuses on the development of the open source operating system. Mike Sartain of Valve made the statement that “Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ...
Console transition photo
Console transition

Activision blames new consoles for lower sales of Ghosts

Of course it's not Activision's fault
Dec 05
// Joshua Derocher
Activision knows why Call of Duty: Ghosts didn't sell as many copies as they had hoped, and it has nothing to do with them regurgitating the same game every year. Eric Hirshberg, Activision's CEO, told GameInformer that the s...

Review: FORCED

Dec 04 // Joshua Derocher
FORCED (PC [reviewed], Mac, Linux)Developer: BetaDwarfPublisher: BetaDwarfRelease Date: October 24, 2013MSRP: $14.99 FORCED can be played with friends online or with controllers locally on one PC -- or a combination of the two. The crux of the game is broken up into rooms that are accessed from a main hub, and each room contains puzzles that players need to work together to solve, with extra monsters to fight. Completing a room awards each player with a gem, and bonus gems can be earned by doing bonus challenges, such as finishing the room quickly or not taking any damage. Distinct characters can be chosen before each room, all of which have different abilities -- more of which unlock as players earn gems. The unlocks are usable across all characters, which means if you have three gems, you can pick any character and use their level-three skill. This means it's easy to change characters as you play, and you are always progressing all characters. [embed]266328:51665:0[/embed] The action-based gameplay extends beyond the premise, as you move your character around with the WASD keys, instead of clicking to move like other action role-playing games. The mouse is used to aim attacks, and Q, E, R, and the right mouse button activate special attacks. The controls are decent with a mouse and keyboard, but the game seems to be designed with a controller in mind. If you are planning on local co-op with one player on mouse and keyboard, and one player on a controller, everything will play just fine. I know most PC gamers tend to only have one controller on hand, so be aware of the fact that the keyboard player won't be at a disadvantage. There is a glowing orb that will come to players when they hit the space bar, and this orb is used to activate doors, healing shrines, or other random things around a level. For example, a closed-door might be blocking the players path, and two torches need to be lit to open the door. One player will pull the orb to one side of the torch, and then another player will pull the orb to them, causing it to hit the torch. These puzzles are designed for players to work together to get the orb to go across the correct switch, and this simple mechanic is what makes FORCED into the co-op wonderland that it is. As I said before, FORCED is meant to be played cooperatively. I tried playing it alone, I really did, and while it is possible, it isn't really any fun. Likewise, it's also terrible to play with strangers on the internet. You really need at least one honest-to-goodness friend to play FORCED with, and you need to be able to hear each other speak while you play. I played with a friend over Skype, and that's honestly the most fun I had with FORCED. We were able to figure out how we wanted to do things, where we each needed to be, and we could coordinate fluidly while we executed our plan. I also tried playing some random games with others on Steam, and it was a far from enjoyable experience. Some players would run around confused, others would rush forwards and ignore enemies attacking me, while most just acted like I was doing something wrong by trying to communicate with them through chat. The experience is rather short, but it does have some replayability if you want to complete every challenge in each room. Some people may find it lacking though, as there isn't any loot, which might scare off certain hack-and-slash RPG fans, and its dependence on co-op makes it boring to play on your own. Also, since it's a puzzle-based game, once you solve said puzzles the levels aren't as fun the second time around. FORCED isn't the biggest game on the PC, but it's not trying to be. Rather, it tries to be a fun co-op experience -- a goal that it accomplishes quite well. Grab the four-pack off Steam, grab three friends, and play FORCED for the weekend. It's a one-trick pony, but it's a good trick indeed.
FORCED photo
Gather your friends around the PC
At first glance, FORCED looks like a typical action role-playing game, cut from the same cloth as Diablo III or Path of Exile. It's a bit like that, but it also has elements of a puzzler and a dual-stick shooter. But at the e...

Nuclear winter has come photo
Nuclear winter has come

Fallout 4 countdown has a weird coded message on it now

Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
I love crazy codes and weird puzzles like this. popped up a couple of weeks ago, and it is commonly thought to be a teaser for the upcoming announcement of Fallout 4. The site has an ever-changing morse co...
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Shield 1080p streaming

Update for Nvidia Shield unlocks 1080p streaming

So many pixels in the air
Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
The Nvidia Shield, the little controller with a screen attached to it, just rolled out an update that lets it stream games in 1080p. Before this update, it could only stream games in 720p. This update also touch controls from...
Warcraft 3 Orianna mod photo
Warcraft 3 Orianna mod

League of Legends' Orianna modded into Warcraft III

Modders are awesome
Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
Modder Cokemonkey11 has created a mod that lets you play as Orianna, the Lady of Clockwork from League of Legends, in Warcraft III. Cokemonkey11 says that this mod has "over a thousand lines of code," so this wasn't an easy ...

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