Friday, Mar 14
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- Samsung 840 EVO Review - NikKTech
- Samsung U28D590D Review - Hardware.Info
- Asus R9 280X DirectCU II - Watercooling EK FC-R9-280X vs. Aircooling - ocaholic
- Asus Maximus VI Impact Review - PC Perspective
- Enermax Liqmax 120S Review - Modders-Inc
Spiders, popular PC and console developer, has recently announced a release date for their upcoming RPG journey, Bound By Flame. The tale of the demon mercenary will be released on May 9, 2014, exactly one week after popular Nintendo titles, Mario Golf: World Tour and Mario Kart 8. For now, this date is only solid for North America, where the title will be distributed by Majesco.
Bound By Flame tells the tale of a mercenary torn by his inner demons -- literally. This role-playing title allows players to take on the role of a hired sword possessed by a fiery demon. Should players choose to embrace their inner demon, the character will grow and transform into something terrifyingly powerful. However, if they resist the darkness inside and retain their humanity, they must repel demonic ways and begin studying human talents.
Players can experience the massive bestiary and fast-paced decision-making techniques necessary to survive inner turmoil soon. Bound By Flame will hit the storefront for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as Xbox 360 and PC on May 9.
Why pay for the equipment when you can rent access to a game?
Wii Sports Club is gearing up to give health clubs some competition. Spring is just around the corner and Nintendo's celebrating by giving everybody with a Wii U and SpotPass free access to Sports Club next weekend. From 9 AM PDT March 21 until 11:59 PM PDT March 24, Wii Sports Club will be free to download and play as much or as little as you want.
The eShop title has features golf, tennis, and bowling from the original Wii Sports with updated graphics, GamePad integration, and Wii MotionPlus controls. The updated release also features online multiplayer, allowing players to get off the couch and play against their Wii U friends. The Sports Club also opened up a new nine-hole golf course in today's update, giving current members a whole week to enjoy the new course before the floodgates open.
To keep playing after the promotion ends, there are two options. You can either purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 off of Nintendo's eShop to access every game for 24 hours or pay $9.99 per sport for a Club Pass that grants permanent access. Give Wii Sports Club a chance for free next weekend starting March 21.
To be shown at next week's Game Developers Conference
Next week's GDC is bound to be an exciting one, and today Valve has released an image of the updated Steam controller, short one touchscreen. Buttons take up the space previously occupied by the small screen, making the controller look slightly more like what we're used to.
The controller's previous design centered around the touchscreen and four oddly placed buttons, bordered by the two paddles. The paddles, for those unaware, are touch-sensitive analog controls, replacing the usual protruding sticks we see on most controllers.
Despite Valve's impressive ability to think outside the proverbial box, the initial design had a lot of people scratching their heads. This updated Steam controller goes back to a more traditional design, with button placement more akin to an Xbox or PlayStation controller. Those reverse grips might actually be a nice feature, though.
I won't lie, Turbine's MOBA Infinite Crisis really only gets me stirred up because I'd love to see the Justice League beating the crap out of each other. Never mind the Joker, Doomsday or the other villains, after all we see them fight in comic books every day. Now it looks like I'll get my chance, in fact everyone will, because Infinite Crisis announced today that they are now in open beta. Gamers can sign up and start playing right now.
To celebrate the big occasion, Turbine is also unlocking three new playable characters to beat the crap out of. There's Green Arrow, whose rising fame is due to Warner Bros. leather-clad, 30-something-playing-a-teenager TV show, Aquaman, who is always hanging out despite his irrelevancy, and Mecha Superman. Don't mix up that last one for Cyborg Superman -- Mecha's a good guy.
There's also a pretty slick CGI trailer showing off what Infinite Crisis is really all about. Heroes and Villains fighting, but only finding victory when working together. It really is like a Justice League comic.
Check out Infinite Crisis right now on PC entirely free. In Open Beta three different maps are available, as well as over a dozen heroes and villians to pick from. I'm not entirely sure what the income model is for Infinite Crisis, but it's probably safe to say it's much like League of Legends. Not everything is likely immediately accessible, it's either earned through playtime or pay-time. Ha.
Just in time for the game's launch on PlayStation 4
Leviathan, Diablos, King Moogle, and is that Gilgamesh? Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is less than a month away from launching its patch 2.2, fittingly titled "Through the Maelstrom". Today Square Enix released a patch preview trailer showcasing much of the content to be released in patch 2.2. I don't believe I'm exagerating when I say it's a Final Fantasy nerd's dream come true and A Realm Reborn players will be very pleased.
In addition to the friendly faces I mentioned above, there are several big chunks of content being added to keep A Realm Reborn's end game healthy. Here are the main content focuses of patch 2.2:
- Main Scenario - "Ever do the mysteries of the Echo and the Ascians elude the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, while the beast tribes rally with renewed ambition, threatening to unleash the wrath of another primal upon the land. To stave off the encroaching darkness and pull the realm back from the brink of destruction, the Warriors of Light plunge headlong into the maelstrom..."
- Side Story Quests
- Hildibrand, Agent of Enquiry - "When we last saw Hildibrand─agent of enquiry, inspector extraordinaire─he had received a letter of challenge from a mysterious marauder known to duel his victims and claim their weapons as his own. What will this battle hold for Eorzea's favorite detective? Who is this furtive fighter, and will he be brought to justice? The answers to all these questions and more can be found by joining Hildibrand and Nashu on their next case."
- Gilgamesh - "In his never-ending quest for power and glory, Gilgamesh─self-styled warrior of legend and collector of fine weaponry─now roams the lands of Eorzea. When a series of events leads to confrontation with this formidable foe, you must prove your mettle or see your blade lost to his ever-growing collection."
- Leviathan - "The Sahagin, the reviled beast tribe native to the Indigo Deep, have succeeded in summoning forth their voracious god, the primal Leviathan. How will the Warriors of Light stand against the might of the sea's most diabolical denizen?"
- The Second Coil of Bahamut - "Having fully explored the depths beneath Castrum Occidens, Alisaie's findings have served only to raise more questions regarding the Calamity, and the disappearance of her grandfather, Louisoix. The discovery of a second entrance to the labyrinth has rekindled her desire for answers, and she would once again ask for your aid in braving its depths. Will she find the answers she seeks, or something darker still?"
- The Lost City of Ampador
- Halatali (Hard)
- Brayflox's Longstep (Hard)
- Beast Tribe Quests
- Glamours & Gear
- "Adventurers of Eorzea now have a way to alter the appearance of their attire independently of its attributes. Magick your gear with glamours to project the likeness of one garment onto another, allowing for heretofore-unseen freedom when choosing your wardrobe."
- Gerolt's Masterworks
As should be obvious, there's a lot of exciting content coming down the pipline at Square Enix. It's awesome to see that the developers of A Realm Reborn are really reaching back into Final Fantasy history and mixing it with the great style and themes of their MMO. A Realm Reborn truly is the successor to the Final Fantasy franchise of old.
Patch 2.2 of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is planned for release later this month on PC and PlayStation 3. Also, don't forget that the PlayStation 4 version of A Realm Reborn will be released on April 14. Console players should definitely keep their ears open for news from the ongoing PS4 beta.
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Thursday, Mar 13
Net Articles Summary
- MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Review - Guru3D
- Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-2666 2x4GB Kit Review - PC Perspective
- Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7 TH Review - HardOCP
- SilverStone Argon AR04 Review - eTeknix.com
- ThermoLab ITX30 Review - ocaholic
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD, also known as Castlevania: The Longest Title, is heading to PC later this month. Konami has already named Steam in their announcement, so no one needs to ask where they can download a copy.
Formerly a 3DS title, an HD update for Mirror of Fate came out for Xbox 360 and PS3 last year, in October. Although it's basically a companion game (and prequel) to Lords of Shadow 2, Mirror of Fate takes after the more classic Castlevania style, rather than the new Lords of Shadow action format. Consider it a mix of that and old school side-scroller.
As for where it falls into the Lords of Shadow franchise, Mirror of Fate takes place 25 years after Lords of Shadow, following the stories of Gabriel Belmont's descendents -- including Trevor and Simon. After their father goes all Dracula mode, the two set out to defeat him and avenge their mother. Yep, sounds like an average day in Castlevania.
No word yet on when Mirror of Fate HD will hit Steam this month, but March is halfway done, so the wait can't be that long. For now, check out some screenshots below from the PC version.
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Explore both old and new worlds in this space journey
Matrix Games, long-historied strategy and wargame developer, has announced the next installment into their expansive gaming catalog, Distant Worlds: Universe. This series successor serves to combine the experiences of the four previous titles - Distant Worlds, Return of the Shakturi, Legends, and Shadows - as well as provide many more gameplay hours and features and much more content.
Distant Worlds: Universe is a massive expansion on all previous content in the series. On top of what was already given to players, Universe opens paths to an entirely new storyline and unlocked modding, leaving the entire game subject to change. Erik Rutins, an employee of Matrix Games, released a statement regarding the updates provided by the complete collection:
“We are very excited to announce Distant Worlds: Universe to the community and finally make the Distant Worlds series available in one package. As usual, it includes many small improvements across the game, but the most exciting feature is the new expanded modding support. Every part of the game is now open for modding and Universe will give all players a common starting point to create and share mods that allow you to customize and define your own universe.”
Players can look forward to traveling through the galaxy soon. Matrix Games informed audiences today that the entire sci-fi series will be available in one package in the form of Distant Worlds: Universe, coming to PC in May 2014.
February delivered a sugary sweet Valentine for the gaming industry, as the NPD Group confirms monthly US retail sales increased 9 percent year-over-year to reach $887 million USD. That's a change of fortunes from the 21 percent drop in total spending reported back in January thanks to slumping software sales.
To be sure, software sales remained in decline last month; new game sales fell 9 percent year-over-year to $318 million. It fell to hardware sales once again to save day, rising 42 percent to $347 million as the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles continue to be in demand. NPD reports that the gap between the two competing consoles narrowed considerably during February, with the PS4 leading by a "narrow margin." Microsoft already announced that it sold 258,000 Xbox Ones last month, so PS4 sales figures should be slightly ahead.
The software top ten chart sees a few newcomers including The LEGO Movie Videogame (based on... The LEGO Movie) and two from Square Enix; while the Tomb Raider reboot fell off the top ten, the all-new take on Thief makes a fine accounting of itself by landing in fourth place. The storied Final Fantasy franchise also makes it return thanks to Lightning Returns, becoming the eighth best-selling title last month.
Nintendo earlier today attributed a 180 percent increase in Wii U hardware sales to the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which sold 130,000 copies (physical and digital combined). Unfortunately this wasn't enough to place Kong in the software top ten, but JRPG fans will be pleased to learn that Bravely Default barely did. According to Nintendo the 3DS title enjoyed combined physical and digital sales of 200,000 units across three weeks. Considering Bravely Default was actually developed by Square Enix, and February actually turned out pretty well for the JRPG giant.
|1.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||Xbox 360 / PS3 / Xbox One / PS4 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|2.||The LEGO Movie Videogame||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PS4 / 3DS / Wii U / Vita||02/2014|
|3.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|4.||Thief||Square Enix||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC||02/2014|
|5.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||Xbox 360 / PS3||09/2013|
|6.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|7.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||Xbox 360 / PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Wii U / PC||10/2013|
|8.||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||Square Enix||PS3 / Xbox 360||02/2014|
|9.||Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||06/2013|
Dark Souls II has been out for a little over two days now, and player deaths have been climbing at a hilariously alarming rate. As the game actually keeps track of community deaths, we were able to capture the progress so far: over 11,600,000 deaths worldwide and counting.
Just a couple hours ago, that figure was actually around 300,000 less. So since then, so many more lives have been lost. Heck, by the time you've finished reading this sentence, that number could very well hit 12 million.
Now imagine the death count once Dark Souls II hits PC in April. Dead bodies and cryptic hints everywhere.
Honestly, the Crestfallen Warrior had the right idea giving up. The plaque you see is actually where players can check the worldwide death score, and it's attached to a fairly mysterious pillar bearing an illegible inscription. Dark Souls players have already begun speculating that the inscription may bear some meaning, but for now, let's just admire the DEATH PLAQUE.
Thanks for the tip and pic, Lorx!
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Heroes of the Storm is going to be entering its technical alpha stage soon. To help get ready, Blizzard shared a new walkthrough video that details various features for the MOBA. After all, someone's got to be ready to tell Illidan Stormrage that he is not prepared!
After completing the tutorial, quests will be unlocked that provide you unique challenges and help unlock different skins for some of your favorite characters. You'll also be able to party up with your Battle.net friends for more fun and bonus experience, then record and watch replays of your most epic battles from the main menu. Battles will be available in three modes: practice, cooperative, or versus. Practice is the initial gameplay mode, which is just you against the game's AI. Leveling up through quests and playing matches will eventually unlock the other two modes.
Formerly Blizzard All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm is a MOBA title featuring some of the biggest names from every major Blizzard franchise. If you've ever wanted to see Arthas Menethil or Illidan Stormrage fight Diablo himself, look no further. Everyone's favorite Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo heroes and villains are about to fight it out to see who the strongest one of all is. Much like League of Legends, some heroes will have to be purchased with real money or in-game gold, though each one will eventually be available to play for a limited time as part of a hero rotation. Unfortunately, The Lost Vikings will be sitting this all-star melee out.
Technical alpha testing will initially be restricted to US Battle.net accounts and a handful of international journalists in order to test server stability. Blizzard doesn't exactly have the best track record in that department when they don't have a rolling release schedule, as evidenced by their Diablo III launch in 2012. No date has been set for alpha testing yet, but enjoy this walkthrough video while waiting for more information.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD is headed to PC, screenshots show how it will look 
- Dark Souls 2 death count nears 12 million, still going strong two days after release 
- The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3 'In Harm's Way' is coming soon, says Telltale 
- Prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes launches spring 2014 
- Steam controller receives another update, drops touchscreen for colorful buttons 
- DC Universe's MOBA 'Infinite Crisis' enters open beta, Aquaman and Green Lantern join the fray 
- Bound By Flame scheduled for release on May 9, live the life of a demon knight 
- Limited Xbox One Titanfall bundle costs $499, Europe bundle drops price to Â£399.99 
- League of Legends: Mystery figure appears in Battlecast Vel'Koz splash art 
- Nintendo wants you to have Pokemon X or Y for free next month 
- Rumor: Final Fantasy VII remake could be a reality 
- Nintendo DS and Wii 'Wi-Fi Connection Service' discontinuation May 20, end of online play 
- Microsoft could offer targeted political ads on Xbox LIVE in the US 
- Limited Xbox One Titanfall bundle costs $499, Europe bundle drops price to Â£399.99