Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Valve Is The Saviour of PC Gaming, Wasteland Creator Believes

Head of InXile Entertainment, Brian Fargo talked about the success of Wasteland 2 on the Steam Early Access program and dubbed that Valve is the saviour of PC gaming because of the pattern shift introduced by Steam many years ago.

Wasteland 2 is the sequel to the 1988’s Wasteland, which is the first ever post-apocalyptic role-playing game and the inspiration behind the Fallout Series. Creator of the Wasteland series, Brain Fargo has already received funding from their successful Kickstarter campaign and has now reached the alpha stage for Wasteland 2 on PC via Steam Early Access program.

Brian Fargo had a chat with Eurogamer and according to him, the amount of work Valve developers has done for the PC gaming community is phenomenal, even in the early days when game distribution to people was hard unless they worked with various companies and publishers.

Fargo said “They’re the saviours of the PC as far as I’m concerned,”

valve“They’ve been great. You think about where we all were, kind of in the dark ages, when there was nothing. There was just flash. There was no digital distribution. They’ve opened up a way to get directly to the audience in a way that isn’t politicized, or forces us to do exclusives or all other things the console guys do.”

Fargo revealed that not long ago, getting a game on console meant going through a lot of hoops and meeting a few bizarre requirements, like on the Xbox 360.

“It used to be with Xbox, just until very recently, you couldn’t have an Xbox Live Arcade publishing license unless you had a retail product. What did that have to do with anything? Valve has all this power but they don’t wield it. They let us all work in an open system. So for that I can’t say enough good things about them.”

Fargo also talked a bit about the Steam Early Access program, stating that, for some developers, it’s crucial that they achieve some degree of success in order to have enough funds to finish developing.

“That puts it into a different category and that gets very scary. If you buy Wasteland 2 Early Access you’re going to get the game. We’re going to finish it. That might not always be the case with everyone. So I expect that, again like Kickstarter, that people are going to further refine and scrutinize what it is they’re willing to spend money on early on.”

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8K Resolution Screenshots From Unreal Engine 4′s Tech Demos Are Amazing

 ‘K putt‘ has captured some amazing 8K resolution screenshots from the tech demos that are included in Unreal Engine 4.

Unreal Engine 4 already looks beautiful as it is, but when rendered at really high resolution, the end result is extraordinary.

Check out the images below (may take time to load):

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Wolf Among Us: “A Crooked Mile” Launched an Accolades Trailer from Telltale Games

 Telltale Games launched a new accolades trailer for the third episode of the series of The Wolf Among Us to show the kind of story driven experience gamers can get by playing/buying it.

“Crooked Mile” is released on Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PC and mobile devices at the moment.

The development team states that, “An evolution of Telltale’s ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous.”

Telltale Games will launch a further two episodes for the first season in the future, and has promised that it will  be delivered to players at a faster rate.

The game is based on the Fables comic book universe and it seems that the studio is already exploring themes for a second season.

Simultaneously, Telltales is also working on The Walking Dead and is preparing to introduce two new games, one based on HBO’s Game of Thrones and another for the Borderland’s franchise from Gearbox Software.

Check out the accolades trailer:

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Fortnite Finally Reveals Some Gameplay and Looking for Alpha Testers

 Fortnite has been off the radar for quite some time, and apparently Epic is ready to reveal the world-building hybrid combat.

A video finally shows off some gameplay in action for the first time. The trailer promotes the latest issue of Game Informer, where Fortnite is its cover story.

The first gameplay trailer lets us see some of the combat mechanics and building in action, along with Epic’s attempt to shed off the hard-edged Gears of War image which they were known for last year.

Epic has opened a survey to gather potential alpha testers and the questions on the survey cover topics like free-to-play games, Twitch streaming and microtransactions.

Check out the trailer:

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Diablo 3 Patch 2.0.4 Launched in America, Full Patch Notes Revealed

Patch 2.0.4 for Diablo 3 has launched for America and a full list of patch notes is available for everyone to see. The European patch launch date has not yet been confirmed.

The main changes to the game are as follows:

Pet survivability has been greatly increased when summoned by skills and items, including: Maximus, Genzaniku, Skycutter, The Gidbinn, Call of the Ancients and Falling Sword – Rise Brothers, and Litany of the Undaunted.

All Town hubs now has a different placement of the Orek, Kadala, Nephalem Rift Obelisk so that accidental clicking is reduced. Also, The Blacksmith’s Belongings box for Act I no longer has collisions.

Plenty of other changes linked to core gameplay mechanics, quests and classes have been improved, specifically to make sure that the players experience is improved overall.

The Blizzard development team said they might make other changes in the near future as well, since they are considering the info fans started posting after the launch of Reaper of Souls expansion.

European players are more than likely to get the 2.0.4 patch tomorrow, but not exactly sure since no dates have been posted.

Reading the Patch Notes:

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Goat Simulator Patch 1.1 Will Bring Split-Screen Multiplayer

Coffee Stain Studios, the developer of Goat Simulator has announced patch 1.1. The patch will add a bunch of fun, goat based features and will be released around “mid-May”.

The patch will add split screen multiplayer to the game and a whole new map for you to goat about with a friend or alone.

The map will be roughly the same size as the first one, so there will be plenty of room to cause havoc on, also, in addition, the patch will add more goats and more achievements to unlock.

Online multiplayer is unlikely to ever happen in Goat Simulator, as the developer say they are unable to synchronise the crazy physics across several computers but shouldn’t be a problem for local co-op.

Check out IGN’s review of Goat Simulator:

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Rise of the Triad Patch 1.4 Out Now On Steam

Rise of the Triad patch 1.4 is now available on Steam and has now brought more freedom to bring out the enemies bizarre gibs with the all new mighty Doomstick, a shotgun that has come straight from Hell.

The new update brings a lot of changes, features, tweaks, optimizations, achievements, cheats, a brand new weapon and six new maps from the community, which brings it to a crazy total of 21 maps.

You can see the full patch notes herefor those interested in finding out exactly what the new patch brings.

Rise of the Triad has re-invented the classic first person shooter and has made it better than ever before, the game has been made in collaboration with Interceptor Entertainment and Apogee Software.

Check out the awesome trailer released with the patch:

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Starlight Inception, A Space Combat Game, Releases April 22 on PC and PS Vita

Escape Hatch Entertainment announced that Starlight Inception, the KickStarter funded game, will soon be available on the PlayStation Vita through the PlayStation Store, and on Steam.

Starlight Inception will only be available in a digital download format and will be in English, with different subtitled version that will come in French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish.

The game release will occur on April 22 for North America via Steam and PSN, and will be released on April 23 for Europe.

The game is set to be a couple of hundred years in the future, journaling World War IV, where a savage conflict is being fought throughout the Star System.

The game has a robust multiplayer mode, with the PC version supporting four player split-screen in local multiplayer, and features two single-player campaigns.

Starlight Inception is going to be the first of its kind on the Playstation Vita, and has already got a lot of attention from Vita fans from their beta, which was released last year.

To learn more about the game check out their Official Website, and if interested, you can already get a copy via Steam as a Steam Early Access title.

 Check out the Beta Gameplay:

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Analysts say Amazon Fire TV is a Half-Hearted Console

The new Amazon Fire TV console is being called a half-hearted effort by several analysts that GameIndustry International spoke to. They said it is being more focused on video streaming rather than actual video game playing.

The Fire TV micro-console has just been released yesterday, and has surprised a lot of people, despite the fact that Amazon was rumoured to enter this part of the industry for quite some time.

The micro-console is for people who don’t want to invest in expensive consoles but still want to enjoy video games and video content, and ultimately should be avoided by more hardcore gamers who shouldn’t even pay attention to it.

DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole said “The main focus of the box is streaming video. The issue is video is 1) a much bigger application than games and 2) much easier to do. It is clear games are at best currently a distant after thought for Amazon in terms of the Amazon box. The type of games they are looking at are more in the realm of tablet/mobile/casual products, which are really no substitute for what the dedicated consoles provide. So, I think right now it is a rounding error in the game industry but that could change if Amazon decides it wants to make a big investment in the space. However, the reality is you really have to very directly target gamers and Amazon right now is only half-heartedly doing that” .

The Fire TV has over a 100 games available already, but most of them are mobile titles like Minecraft Pocket Edition and their few exclusives, like Sev Zero, which requires a separate controller.

Billy Pidgeon speculates saying that Amazon is targeting rivals like Apple and Google and that Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo should have nothing to worry about for now.

“Apple and Google have been the main contenders for online media transactions, but Amazon has the motivation, the focus and the distribution to move Fire TV quickly into lead position. Apple has competition issues with media providers and Google is behind in online retail and user experience. Amazon’s entry into connected TV could energize the competition and speed household penetration,” he said.

Amazon has recently acquired Double Helix Games, and is probably striving to get more exclusives onto their platform. Amazon Fire TV is already selling for $99 in their large retailer in the U.S and it is unknown whether the product will be sold worldwide.

 Check out the Fire TV controller: