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Retro City Rampage adds mod support, ‘Retro+’ enhanced graphics

June 26th, 2013 No comments
Retro City Rampage adds mod support, 'Retro' enhanced graphics
A new update for Retro City Rampage on PC adds mod support, allowing players to experience a small slice of creator Brian Provinciano's life by creating their own vehicles, characters, fonts and color palettes in the game. The update also includes an optional Retro+ mode, upping the visual fidelity with dynamic soft shadows and doubling the number of colors displayed on-screen at once.

The Steam version of Retro City Rampage updates automatically; for GOG and DRM-free owners, they'll need to log into their respective download pages and grab the 1.11 update manually. If you have yet to pick up this love letter to video games, Steam has dropped the price to $3.74 until 10am PT today.

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GOG Releases “No-DRM” Summer Sale amid heighten awareness from gamers

June 20th, 2013 No comments

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If there’s a silver lining in the Xbox One DRM controversy (now happily reversed due to mounting pressure from gamers), it’s that the DRM debate is now on a bigger stage for the gaming public. Digital retailer GOG is taking advantage of the anti-DRM fever by pointedly titling their latest sale as the “2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale” – with 50% off over 500 games. (As an aside, GOG has always sold DRM-free titles). The sale started out with a bang earlier this week with free copies of Torchlight for 48 hours. If you missed out on the freebie offer, there’s still plenty of wallet-friendly deals being rolled out daily.

Say what you will about the mixed reviews on Aliens: Colonial Marines, but when it costs $0… you might suddenly have time to play through it. Today NewEgg dropped the PC DVD price down from $49.99 to $19.99 instantly. On top of that, there’s a $15 mail-in-rebate. Add a $4.99 coupon code, and you’ve effectively made the game $0.00 with free shipping.

It’s relatively common to see Best Buy host a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale on used video games, but it is rare to see that sale on new video games. This week Best Buy’s 3-for-2 sale is on a selection of 80 brand new Xbox 360 games. The titles are not just on no-name games. Many are notable recent releases like Dark Souls, Portal 2, BioShock 2, and Gears of War 3.

The highly anticipated Company of Heroes 2 is set to release on Tuesday of next week, June 25th. Despite hitting a snag with THQ’s bankruptcy earlier this year, SEGA acquired the game back in January, and we’re finally ready for some Eastern Front WWII gaming. Green Man Gaming has a 25% off coupon code dropping the price from $60 to $45. It’s possible the preorder coupon will get extended, but as of right now their coupon code is set to expire tomorrow at 10AM Eastern, so you may have to act fast to save $15. Preorder copies also come with a Theatre of War mini-campaign, two vehicle skins packs, and two new commanders.

Hot deals

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC DVD) — Free at NewEgg after rebate. For all the hype Aliens: Colonial Marines received it was a huge disappointment to many critics, who complained about bad AI and otherwise mediocre gameplay. Nevertheless, there’ve been some patches, and not everyone thought it was the worst game since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Plus, you can’t really complain about a freebie – mail-in-rebate or not.

Buy 2 Xbox 360 Games, Get 1 Game FREE — at Best Buy. A pretty sizable selection of 80 decent Xbox 360 games. If you bought Dark Souls, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Gears of War 3 this way you’d pay $40 instead of the usual $60.

June 25: Company of Heroes 2 (PC Download) — $45 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Elsewhere $60. If you’re intrigued but skeptical, the open beta has been extended and is live until June 23rd.

GOG Summer Sale

2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale — at GOG.com.
The sale will run from now until July 5th. Every 24 hours at 6AM Pacific, new deals with discounts greater than 50% will appear.

Might and Magic Megapack (PC Download) — $8.45 at GOG.com. Five Might and Magic games, one of which is really six games in one. So, ten games for under $10. List is $34.
 

FTL: Faster Than Light (PC Download) — $4.99 at GOG.com. Save the galaxy in your spaceship while surmounting randomly generated obstacles and challenges. List is $10.
 

Hotline Miami (PC Download) — $4.99 at GOG.com. A 2D top-down game with surrealist elements drawing from 80s culture. Perhaps that description was redundant. Next best is $10 at GameStop.
 

SimCity 2000 (PC Download) — $2.99 at GOG.com. The classic. And unlike more recent simulation games, there’s no need to worry about underprovisioned servers or belated apologies. List is $6.

Theme Hospital (PC Download) — $2.99 at GOG.com. Abandonware game that’s quirky but incredibly well-reviewed by players. One of our favorite classic simulation/economy game.
 

Released this week

Past Tuesday: Knights of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition (PC Download) — $7.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $10. What’s surprising about this discount is that Green Man Gaming “preorder” coupon code still discounts it post-release date. If GMG coupons are renewed for next week, it’s not likely this game will qualify, so you’ll have to act fast to grab the discount. Activates on Steam.

Past Tuesday: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PC Download) — $12 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $15. Combine the classic D&D: Tower of Doom with D&D: Shadow over Mystara and you get Capcom’s D&D: Chronicles of Mystara. Up to 4 players can co-op in this classic arcade hack-n-slash on PC. Activates on Steam.

Today’s release: Magrunner: Dark Pulse (PC Download) — $16 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $20. A story-driven action/puzzle game from the creators of The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. Activates on Steam.
 

Today’s release: Pro Cycling Manager 2013 (PC Download) — $30 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $40. Anyone can ride a bike, but not everyone is Lance Armstrong. Manage a pro cycling team and compete in over 180 competitions, including the Tour de France.

Upcoming titles

June 25: Deadpool (Xbox 360, PS3) — $37.50 at ToysRus. Next best is $50 at Amazon. If Spiderman was a wise-ass, he’d resemble Deadpool. The Merc w/ a ‘tude gets his own video game next week Tuesday. Toys ‘R Us has the only known discount on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

June 25: Ride to Hell: Retribution (PC Download) — $22.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. This game almost got cancelled, perhaps because it’s about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll from the perspective of a Vietnam vet biker. List is $30.
 

June 28: Dark (PC Download) — $25.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Play a vampire in this stealth-action RPG. Next best is $34 at GameFly.
 

July 3: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (PC Download) — $22.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Lowest price ever, and includes the Mortal Kombat game and all downloadable content ever released for it. Additionally, North American downloads can get access to a music album and the film from the mid-90s.

July 9: Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3) — $42.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Six Metal Gear Solid games, additional missions, and two graphic novels previously unreleased in North America. List is $50.

Aug. 6: Dragon’s Crown (PS3) — $44.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Dragons and dungeons meet four-player online co-op. List is $50.
 

360, PS3, and Wii U deals

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (PS3, Xbox 360) — $19.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. If you’re a Family Guy fan, this is a little like the show combined with GTA with dicier humor thrown in the mix. Next best is $40 at Best Buy.

Assassin’s Creed 3 (Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3) — $19.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. Get ready for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag with its predecessor at the lowest price yet, no matter your console affiliation. Next best is $40 at Best Buy.

Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3) — $14.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. Get Drake’s Fortune and Among Thieves – both excellent games – for less than you’d pay for either game alone at most stores. Next best is $28 at NewEgg.

Max Payne 3 (PS3) — $9.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Lowest price ever on this critically acclaimed dark shooter. Next best is $15 at Amazon.
 

Value Gaming Laptops

HP Envy 15z with AMD A8-5550M — $479.99 at HP after coupon. The A8 APU is paired with 6GB of RAM plus a Radeon HD 8550G integrated graphics card – powerful enough for light gaming. $10 shipping.

HP Envy 15z with 1080p config — $519.99 at HP after coupon. Only $40 more to upgrade/ the display to Full HD. You can also upgrade to the A10-5750M for another $80 or opt for the Radeon HD 8750M at $70 – though we’ll quickly be passing the “value gaming” price point. $10 shipping.

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GOG Releases “No-DRM” Summer Sale amid heighten awareness from gamers

June 20th, 2013 No comments

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If there’s a silver lining in the Xbox One DRM controversy (now happily reversed due to mounting pressure from gamers), it’s that the DRM debate is now on a bigger stage for the gaming public. Digital retailer GOG is taking advantage of the anti-DRM fever by pointedly titling their latest sale as the “2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale” – with 50% off over 500 games. (As an aside, GOG has always sold DRM-free titles). The sale started out with a bang earlier this week with free copies of Torchlight for 48 hours. If you missed out on the freebie offer, there’s still plenty of wallet-friendly deals being rolled out daily.

Say what you will about the mixed reviews on Aliens: Colonial Marines, but when it costs $0… you might suddenly have time to play through it. Today NewEgg dropped the PC DVD price down from $49.99 to $19.99 instantly. On top of that, there’s a $15 mail-in-rebate. Add a $4.99 coupon code, and you’ve effectively made the game $0.00 with free shipping.

It’s relatively common to see Best Buy host a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale on used video games, but it is rare to see that sale on new video games. This week Best Buy’s 3-for-2 sale is on a selection of 80 brand new Xbox 360 games. The titles are not just on no-name games. Many are notable recent releases like Dark Souls, Portal 2, BioShock 2, and Gears of War 3.

The highly anticipated Company of Heroes 2 is set to release on Tuesday of next week, June 25th. Despite hitting a snag with THQ’s bankruptcy earlier this year, SEGA acquired the game back in January, and we’re finally ready for some Eastern Front WWII gaming. Green Man Gaming has a 25% off coupon code dropping the price from $60 to $45. It’s possible the preorder coupon will get extended, but as of right now their coupon code is set to expire tomorrow at 10AM Eastern, so you may have to act fast to save $15. Preorder copies also come with a Theatre of War mini-campaign, two vehicle skins packs, and two new commanders.

Hot deals

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC DVD) — Free at NewEgg after rebate. For all the hype Aliens: Colonial Marines received it was a huge disappointment to many critics, who complained about bad AI and otherwise mediocre gameplay. Nevertheless, there’ve been some patches, and not everyone thought it was the worst game since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Plus, you can’t really complain about a freebie – mail-in-rebate or not.

Buy 2 Xbox 360 Games, Get 1 Game FREE — at Best Buy. A pretty sizable selection of 80 decent Xbox 360 games. If you bought Dark Souls, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Gears of War 3 this way you’d pay $40 instead of the usual $60.

June 25: Company of Heroes 2 (PC Download) — $45 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Elsewhere $60. If you’re intrigued but skeptical, the open beta has been extended and is live until June 23rd.

GOG Summer Sale

2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale — at GOG.com.
The sale will run from now until July 5th. Every 24 hours at 6AM Pacific, new deals with discounts greater than 50% will appear.

Might and Magic Megapack (PC Download) — $8.45 at GOG.com. Five Might and Magic games, one of which is really six games in one. So, ten games for under $10. List is $34.
 

FTL: Faster Than Light (PC Download) — $4.99 at GOG.com. Save the galaxy in your spaceship while surmounting randomly generated obstacles and challenges. List is $10.
 

Hotline Miami (PC Download) — $4.99 at GOG.com. A 2D top-down game with surrealist elements drawing from 80s culture. Perhaps that description was redundant. Next best is $10 at GameStop.
 

SimCity 2000 (PC Download) — $2.99 at GOG.com. The classic. And unlike more recent simulation games, there’s no need to worry about underprovisioned servers or belated apologies. List is $6.

Theme Hospital (PC Download) — $2.99 at GOG.com. Abandonware game that’s quirky but incredibly well-reviewed by players. One of our favorite classic simulation/economy game.
 

Released this week

Past Tuesday: Knights of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition (PC Download) — $7.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $10. What’s surprising about this discount is that Green Man Gaming “preorder” coupon code still discounts it post-release date. If GMG coupons are renewed for next week, it’s not likely this game will qualify, so you’ll have to act fast to grab the discount. Activates on Steam.

Past Tuesday: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PC Download) — $12 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $15. Combine the classic D&D: Tower of Doom with D&D: Shadow over Mystara and you get Capcom’s D&D: Chronicles of Mystara. Up to 4 players can co-op in this classic arcade hack-n-slash on PC. Activates on Steam.

Today’s release: Magrunner: Dark Pulse (PC Download) — $16 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $20. A story-driven action/puzzle game from the creators of The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. Activates on Steam.
 

Today’s release: Pro Cycling Manager 2013 (PC Download) — $30 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $40. Anyone can ride a bike, but not everyone is Lance Armstrong. Manage a pro cycling team and compete in over 180 competitions, including the Tour de France.

Upcoming titles

June 25: Deadpool (Xbox 360, PS3) — $37.50 at ToysRus. Next best is $50 at Amazon. If Spiderman was a wise-ass, he’d resemble Deadpool. The Merc w/ a ‘tude gets his own video game next week Tuesday. Toys ‘R Us has the only known discount on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

June 25: Ride to Hell: Retribution (PC Download) — $22.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. This game almost got cancelled, perhaps because it’s about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll from the perspective of a Vietnam vet biker. List is $30.
 

June 28: Dark (PC Download) — $25.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Play a vampire in this stealth-action RPG. Next best is $34 at GameFly.
 

July 3: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (PC Download) — $22.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Lowest price ever, and includes the Mortal Kombat game and all downloadable content ever released for it. Additionally, North American downloads can get access to a music album and the film from the mid-90s.

July 9: Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3) — $42.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Six Metal Gear Solid games, additional missions, and two graphic novels previously unreleased in North America. List is $50.

Aug. 6: Dragon’s Crown (PS3) — $44.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Dragons and dungeons meet four-player online co-op. List is $50.
 

360, PS3, and Wii U deals

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (PS3, Xbox 360) — $19.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. If you’re a Family Guy fan, this is a little like the show combined with GTA with dicier humor thrown in the mix. Next best is $40 at Best Buy.

Assassin’s Creed 3 (Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3) — $19.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. Get ready for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag with its predecessor at the lowest price yet, no matter your console affiliation. Next best is $40 at Best Buy.

Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3) — $14.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. Get Drake’s Fortune and Among Thieves – both excellent games – for less than you’d pay for either game alone at most stores. Next best is $28 at NewEgg.

Max Payne 3 (PS3) — $9.99 at NewEgg after coupon. Lowest price ever on this critically acclaimed dark shooter. Next best is $15 at Amazon.
 

Value Gaming Laptops

HP Envy 15z with AMD A8-5550M — $479.99 at HP after coupon. The A8 APU is paired with 6GB of RAM plus a Radeon HD 8550G integrated graphics card – powerful enough for light gaming. $10 shipping.

HP Envy 15z with 1080p config — $519.99 at HP after coupon. Only $40 more to upgrade/ the display to Full HD. You can also upgrade to the A10-5750M for another $80 or opt for the Radeon HD 8750M at $70 – though we’ll quickly be passing the “value gaming” price point. $10 shipping.

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Microsoft’s cloud computing ‘vision’ for Xbox One remains unchanged

June 19th, 2013 No comments
Though Microsoft has changed its stance on the digital rights management-based requirements for the Xbox One, the company remains committed to cloud computing.

"Our vision around Xbox One and what you can do because of the power of both the architecture of the console, and also the cloud and the Xbox Live service, remains unchanged," Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten told Joystiq.

When asked why Microsoft would not simply offer an offline mode akin to the one featured on Steam, Whitten said "that's absolutely" what Microsoft is doing.

Whitten listed a host of examples of how cloud computing still exists as part of the Xbox One plan, noting players will "see great games like Titanfall take advantage of the cloud processing power" as well as have the ability to get games from the online marketplace and use them on any console.

"We're going to continue to really invest in how those experiences work," Whitten added.

During E3 2013, Fairfax "Mackey" McCandlish, lead designer on the always-online Titanfall, told Joystiq that cloud computing on the Xbox One allows Respawn to "spin off dedicated servers" whenever it wants. "Instead of having everything prepared ahead of time, or misallocate different areas, or have some places be too slow or too much, we can just say 'cloud, find us the right number of computers,'" he added.

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Xbox One-80: Microsoft reverses Xbox One DRM features

June 19th, 2013 No comments
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Microsoft has announced an almost full reversal of the controversial digital rights management features built into the Xbox One. The console, launching later this year, will no longer require an online connection, or need to ping the Microsoft servers every 24 hours to hang on to life. It will also now play discs like any regular console and no longer place restrictions on trading games. There will also be no regional restrictions.

"The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold," said Xbox division president Don Mattrick. "Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray."

Microsoft previously addressed concerns about Kinect's always-on, always-listening monitoring of your living room.

Why the reversal? Um, if you payed attention to E3 last week, you observed one of the greatest pummelings in industry history. Sony's PlayStation 4 presented itself as the other side of the coin to Microsoft's restrictions and stole the show.

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Xbox One-80: Microsoft reverses Xbox One DRM features

June 19th, 2013 No comments
Xbox One uses nonremovable hard drive, external storage supported via USB
Microsoft has announced a change to its Xbox One policies "as a result of feedback from the Xbox community," but the announcement itself has crashed Xbox.com. We're waiting to obtain an official copy before posting details.

...developing...

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The Witcher 3 DRM-free on PC; ‘gamer-friendly’ solution sought on consoles

June 14th, 2013 No comments
The Witcher series of action role-playing games is reaching further than ever before, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launching simultaneously on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014. The new consoles have been mired in discussion over DRM (digital rights management) recently, with Microsoft instituting connectivity requirements to play games, and PlayStation leaving publishers to decide how to control the sale and resale of their content. The Polish developer behind The Witcher, CD Projekt RED, now tries to find an ideal incarnation for its publicly asserted values, which are staunchly opposed to DRM of any kind.

"I can only talk about our intentions; we don't have any agreement finalized yet," CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński tells me, carefully choosing his words. "It's all quite early and we're finding out about it this week, at the conference. But our intention, obviously, is to choose the most gamer-friendly solution." In CD Projekt's perfect world, those solutions would be aligned with their PC- and Mac-based digital distribution platform, GOG.com, where games are 100 percent DRM-free. "Whatever the solutions will be for our partners, we choose something ideally as close to what we have on GOG as possible."

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EA: Online Pass staying dead after PS4 reveal, program’s expiration not tied to Xbox One

June 13th, 2013 No comments
"It's dead, it's dead, it's deep-sixed, it's at the bottom of the Mariana Trench," Electronic Arts' President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau stated plainly yesterday about the company's Online Pass program to Joystiq.

Following EA's announcement in late May that it was eliminating the Online Pass program, gamers braced for "the twist." That occurred last week when Microsoft finally announced the digital rights management (DRM) scheme for the Xbox One, which would have made an Online Pass program unnecessary. However, with Sony's announcement the PlayStation 4 will follow the current model of game console DRM and used games, it was a question if Online Pass was back on the table at EA.

"We're not crafting a strategy to bring [Online Pass] back, you will not input codes to unlock your game, it's not going to happen," said Gibeau. The executive then moved on to tell us the company's decision to kill Online Pass and Microsoft's Xbox One DRM plans weren't linked at all, therefore PlayStation 4's recent reveal wouldn't have changed their decision on the program anyway. He called the Online Pass program "flat out dumb."

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EA: Online Pass staying dead after PS4 reveal, program’s expiration not tied to Xbox One

June 13th, 2013 No comments
"It's dead, it's dead, it's deep-sixed, it's at the bottom of the Mariana Trench," Electronic Arts' President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau stated plainly yesterday about the company's Online Pass program to Joystiq.

Following EA's announcement in late May that it was eliminating the Online Pass program, gamers braced for "the twist." That occurred last week when Microsoft finally announced the digital rights management (DRM) scheme for the Xbox One, which would have made an Online Pass program unnecessary. However, with Sony's announcement the PlayStation 4 will follow the current model of game console DRM and used games, it was a question if Online Pass was back on the table at EA.

"We're not crafting a strategy to bring [Online Pass] back, you will not input codes to unlock your game, it's not going to happen," said Gibeau. The executive then moved on to tell us the company's decision to kill Online Pass and Microsoft's Xbox One DRM plans weren't linked at all, therefore PlayStation 4's recent reveal wouldn't have changed their decision on the program anyway. He called the Online Pass program "flat out dumb."

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EA: Online Pass staying dead after PS4 reveal, program’s expiration not tied to Xbox One

June 13th, 2013 No comments
"It's dead, it's dead, it's deep-sixed, it's at the bottom of the Mariana Trench," Electronic Arts' President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau stated plainly yesterday about the company's Online Pass program to Joystiq.

Following EA's announcement in late May that it was eliminating the Online Pass program, gamers braced for "the twist." That occurred last week when Microsoft finally announced the digital rights management (DRM) scheme for the Xbox One, which would have made an Online Pass program unnecessary. However, with Sony's announcement the PlayStation 4 will follow the current model of game console DRM and used games, it was a question if Online Pass was back on the table at EA.

"We're not crafting a strategy to bring [Online Pass] back, you will not input codes to unlock your game, it's not going to happen," said Gibeau. The executive then moved on to tell us the company's decision to kill Online Pass and Microsoft's Xbox One DRM plans weren't linked at all, therefore PlayStation 4's recent reveal wouldn't have changed their decision on the program anyway. He called the Online Pass program "flat out dumb."

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