Sunday, October 22, 2017

News:: Weekend deals: 20% off Cuphead, PUBG, and $20 Witcher 3 GOTY

This weekend is filled with decent deals, once again in the domain of PC gamers. You can currently pick up Steam copies of Cuphead or Playerunknown's Battleground for 20% off with a few extra step, which is worth the hassle given these are two of top-selling title on PC right now. Digital retailer GMG is offering a 20% off discount for most regions on either Cuphead, PUBG, or ELEX provided you create an account on their store and request for a unique coupon code here on this page. For more details, check out our page here which list all the other games this unique coupon can qualify for.

In other deals department, next Tuesday's Destiny 2 is also on tap for 15% off across most region. US gamers can grab it at GMG for 15% off, while UK/EU gamers can check out GamesPlanet and take 10% off with the coupon listed below. We've previously seen a $10 off discount for a physical copy as well at Newegg but that deal has since expired. IF we spot anything before Tuesday's release, we'll add 'em to the list below.

In sales event, The Witcher 3 Complete/GOTY is now only $20 across all major platform, with the DRM-Free copy $20 at GOG, while the console versions will require PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. The individual DLCs and expansions are all at lowest ever price as well thanks to this Witcher anniversary sale. Other sales event includes PSN's Halloween sale, a WinGameStore Fall Sale (with tons of cheap Steam games), and GameStop hawking retro Gamecube and N64 bundles with starting price of $89 (yeah reliving your childhood isn't cheap).

If you spot any issue with any deals below, let us know in the comments and our unpaid interns will get right on them. (Just kidding we pay our robots fair oil wages).

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

News:: Review: Lichtspeer

Sometimes it feels like I've done it all. I've been a military man, I've been a wizard, I've been a space traveler, I've been a space wizard. Then something like Lichtspeer comes along with its own unique aesthetic and reminds me how many different experiences there are out there.

Never before have I been a neon laser Viking with a javelin made out of pure energy. Check that one off the list. But although Lichtspeer is oozing with style, it's limited in scope. It only does one thing, but it does it well.

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News:: 'Jump Up, Super Star' is rocking the iTunes music charts

Through some weird twist of fate, Nintendo has managed to pull off a chart topping hit with the theme song for the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey. As spotted on Reddit, there was a brief period where "Jump Up, Super Star" was actually in the top 40 All Genre category on the US iTunes store, but it as since fallen a little.

That doesn't mean other countries aren't also rocking out to this jazzy song by the oft-forgotten Pauline. Japan and Hong Kong have the song listed in their top ten and another eight countries still have it above the top 40. The lowest tracked spot is in Germany, where the song is currently resting around #146, which is still damn impressive.

Video games have come a long way since their inception. What was once seen as mere children's toys has morphed into a multi-million dollar industry with big name actors and musicians lending their talents to developers. Now a days, its just as viable to jump into gaming to start your career as it is in Hollywood or the music industry. While we've seen stuff from more established artists in the past, news like this warms my heart.

Jump Up, Super Star is top 40 on U.S iTunes all genre chart [Reddit]

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News:: Inazuma Eleven: Ares is Switch, Smartphone and PS4 bound in 2018

Inazuma Eleven: Ares, the reboot a the series that has had a huge presence in Japan and Europe but barely made a scratch in North America, has been teased for a few months now with the only thing known about it is it's a reboot and it's coming to the 3DS. Earlier this year another platform was mentioned, one with more power, and we just assumed it was the Switch.

That assumption is right, but the initial idea this would be hitting the 3DS was wrong. During a livesteam, Level-5 confirmed Inazuma Eleven: Ares will hit the Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS and the PlayStation 4 within the next year.

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News:: Final Fantasy XV's co-op expansion gets a delay

The highly anticipated multiplayer expansion for Final Fantasy XV, called Comrades, will not be launching in time for Halloween like previously stated. Square Enix hasn't given us a new date, but is assuring fans that it will be out sometime in early November. Their reason for the delay is to make "final adjustments" to the game and to create the "best possible online experience." I'll believe that when I see it.

According to Siliconera, the price of the expansion for Japanese gamers will also be increasing from its previous 1500 ¥ (roughly $13.21) to 1980 ¥ (roughly $17.44). Season pass holders won't have to pay more, but that is bizarre to change price at such a late stage and with barely any notice. Does this mean the expansion will be containing more content than we all thought? I doubt it, but I'd like to be proven wrong.

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News:: Review: Fire Emblem Warriors

It took other publishers a long while to get on Koei Tecmo's Warriors train. While their studio Omega Force was pumping out hit after hit, no one really dared to ask "hey, can we collaborate?" for a number of years. Now it's hard to imagine a series that wouldn't work with the current crown prince of console hack and slash. Because Zelda ended up being one of their absolute best, the sky is the limit.

Fire Emblem Warriors brings the whole idea back to Earth.

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News:: Full Metal Panic! Fight: Who Dares Wins coming to PS4

It has been announced by Bandai Namco that B.B. Studio, developer of Super Robot Wars series, have begun work of a new Full Metal Panic RTS game, which will touch down on the PS4 next year.

Full Metal Panic: Fight! Who Dares Wins, will see epic battles take place between Mithril, Amalgam and the humanoid weapons Arm Slave. The strategy title has not been given a release date, or any information on forthcoming localisation, but an English dialogue teaser has been released, as seen below.

 Full Metal Panic: Fight! Who Dares Wins will launch on PS4 in Japan in 2018.

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News:: We're giving away an Amplifi HD home WiFi system

Routers are kind of an overlooked part of most of our day-to-day activities. You set it up, the magic internet signal fills the air, and then you're online. Routers only get attention when they aren't doing their job.

Ubiquiti has a more unique and high-end solution to wireless networking. It created the AmpliFi HD home WiFi system -- a slick package of a router base and two antennas that extends wireless coverage in homes that have dead spots. Here's what it looks like:

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News:: New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer

Many Twitch streamers dream of turning pro, but getting there is a fuzzy process. How do you know you've 'made it' and can apply to become an affiliate or partner? And how do you make a big deal out of staple events like channel raids and new viewers without using special tools? Twitch just answered both of those questions. It's rolling out tools that not only track your progress toward getting paid, but streamline some of the tasks that previously required chat bots or outside streaming software.

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News:: New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade machine coming soon

Anyone of a certain age remembers playing Konami's 1989 TMNT coin-op. Hell, there's still one operable just 10 minutes from my house. Even those they may not have experienced it in the glorious arcade centres of the 90's likely played the SNES Turtles in Time game, or the Xbox Live Arcade adaptation.

Well, get your quarters ready because, believe it or not, a brand new TMNT cabinet will be returning to your local arcade... umm... or wherever arcade cabinets are found these days, real soon.

Developed by Raw Thrills, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an all-new scrolling brawler based on the current iteration of the Turtles franchise, showcased on Nickelodeon TV. It will feature fast-paced four-player action, but promises more depth than brawlers of yore, with an emphasis on environmental attacks, team-up moves, special powers and full voiceover from the show's original cast.

The monster cabinet boasts a 55-inch HD screen and what seems to be a three-button control system. The game will be unveiled at the IAAPA 2017 convention in Orlando, a trade show for amusements and theme park attractions. Here's hoping it isn't completely terrible and sees reasonable financial success, perhaps leading to further arcade designers stroking their chins and picking up their pencils once more.

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News:: Review: Overgrowth

Lately, I've had a bit of a rabbit problem in my backyard, the little buggers have dug out a nest under my shed. So I decided the best way to approach this situation is to first think like a rabbit. Thankfully, with the release of Overgrowth from Wolfire Games, I now have that opportunity. But, what I've learned in my time spent with Overgrowth this past week, is that once rabbits evolve and become bipedal, they become the true masters of horror.

These terrifying creatures will kill anything in sight, including other bipedal creatures, without compassion. To do this, they'll use crude and basic tools, such as knives and swords, they'll jump incredible distances, and have the ability to climb almost any structure. From my observations in this game, I've come to the conclusion that we need to deal with the rabbit problem now -- before it's too late.

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News:: The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.



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News:: Bungie explains what a season is in Destiny 2

Ever since the day Destiny 2 launched, there have been hints of seasonal content here and there. Scrolling to the clan tab shows off your current clan rank, as well as the associated rewards for the current season. Bungie is at Twitchcon this weekend and its panel on Friday was all about the plans for how its loot-shooter will evolve over time.

The big takeaway message for how Bungie is treating seasons is that it wants to be more consistent in its delivery of new content. Destiny 1 saw an unpredictable smattering of live events, like how the Valentine's-themed Crimson Days showed up in February of 2016 but was absent this year, or how Sparrow Racing League showed up out of nowhere in December of 2015 but evolved into the much more substantial Dawning the following year.

For Destiny 2, the team wants to release new content on a roughly quarterly basis. We're in season one right now, but the stream showed a lot of what to expect when season two hits in a couple months.

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