Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Gearbox is looking to bring PC gamers back to a nostalgic state of bliss with today's announcement from PAX South. Relic's classic strategy franchise, Homeworld, is getting fully remastered with the Homeworld Remastered Collection.

The collection will include Homeworld and Homeworld 2, both fully updated for modern operating systems. This includes new fully-rendered graphics, as well as new voice recordings from the games' original casts. Those that like their space strategy the old-school way will also receive Homeworld Classic and Homeworld 2 Classic. Beyond bringing back these two PC favorites, Gearbox is also looking to add multiplayer to Homeworld Remastered. With that in mind, the package will also include the Steam Multiplayer Beta.

The Homeworld Remastered Collection will arrive on PC on February 25.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel already has quite the cast of characters to play as, but today, 2K is announcing the latest addition to the game, and it’s the sibling of a character we all should know very well from Borderlands 2. I mean, who could forget Sir Hammerlock, right?

That’s right - Sir Hammerlock has a sibling. In fact, Sir Hammerlock is the younger brother of the heir to the Hammerlock family fortune: Lady Aurelia. Lady Hammerlock is a hoverbike riding hunter who is always looking for the latest and greatest game in the galaxy who is always looking to get into a conflict with her younger sibling, Alistair, or, Sir Hammerlock as we know him.

Lady Hammerlock has joined the cast of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel out of sheer bordeom, seeing as her turbomansion has grown cold and unloving, all the while her insatiable lust for violence has grown a great deal. Aurelia’s action skill is called Cold As Ice, which when used, allows her to throw a Frost Diadem Shard that seeks out her enemies, attaches to them, and constantly deals damage in the process. If the target dies as a result, the shard will move onto a new enemy and continue so long as it’s activated.

Lady Hammerlock features three skill trees: Huntress, Cold Money, and Contractual Aristocracy. The Huntress skill tree focuses on sniping, Cold Money focuses on ice damage, and Contractual Aristocracy allows her to turn a co-op teammate into a servant as she earns bonuses for their kills in addition to her own.

The Lady Hammerlock Pack will be included in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, although those who would prefer to purchase her by herself, the pack will retail for $9.99 and be available starting on January 27.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

There are a handful of game releases to be found before next week's Super Bowl. A couple of games that have been in the oven for a good while are ready to come out, including Dying Light and Grim Fandango Remastered. Catch the full list below!

PC

  • Dying Light (download - $60)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered (download - $15)
  • Life Is Strange: Episode 1 (download - $5)
  • Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition (download - $15)
  • Destructamundo (download)
  • Gravity Ghost (download)
  • Raven's Cry (download)
  • 868-HACK (download)
  • Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island (download)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (download)
  • To Be or Not To Be (download)
  • Tulpa (download)
  • The Lady (download)
  • Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones (download)
  • Supreme League of Patriots: Episode 1 (download - $6)
  • Supreme League of Patriots: Episode 2 (download - $6)
  • Supreme League of Patriots: Episode 3 (download - $6)
  • Forward to the Sky (download)
  • Reverse Side (download)
  • Stardust Vanguards (download)
  • Transformice (download)
  • Survivalist (download)
  • eden* (download)
  • Drive to Hell (download)

PlayStation 4

  • Dying Light
  • Grim Fandango Remastered (download - $15)
  • Life Is Strange: Episode 1 (download - $5)
  • Teslagrad (download)
  • Unmechanical: Extended Edition (download)

Xbox One

  • Dying Light
  • Life Is Strange: Episode 1 (download - $5)
  • Unmechanical: Extended Edition (download)

Xbox 360

  • None

PlayStation 3

  • Life Is Strange: Episode 1 (download - $5)
  • Teslagrad (download)
  • Unmechanical: Extended Edition (download)

Wii U

  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (download - $10)

Vita

  • Grim Fandango Remastered (download - $15)
  • Nihilumbra (download)

Nintendo 3DS

  • None
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

It's time, once again, to round up the best gaming clips from our Shacknews Chatty community. Each week, our Chatty posters jump on their Twitch channels to broadcast their best and most entertaining playthroughs to the world. This week, Chatty continues their drive across Europe in Euro Truck Simulator 2, while also re-engaging in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and our staff destroys one another in Mario Kart 8.

Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.


Euro Truck Simulator 2

Even though there were some streaming troubles, Hemtroll was eventually able to get the Euro Truck Simulaor 2 stream running. So watch as the Chatty convoy continues their drive towards Cardiff, making sure not to barrel into one another along the way. Well, assuming they can ever get the convoy moving after getting stuck in traffic. Regardless, they'll all have plenty of entertaining anecdotes to tell along the way.

Watch live video from Hemtroll on Twitch


Wolfenstein: The New Order

We brought you the first part of dael's Wolfenstein: The New Order playthrough last week. Today, his run continues. Watch as he play through one of Chatty's favorite games of 2014, bumping into more of the imaginative aspects of the Wolfenstein revival.


Mario Kart 8

Throughout the week, our own Shacknews staff has fun on our own dedicated Twitch channel. This time around, Greg and Asif competed to see who was the best of the best...or who could get luckier with the Blue Spiny Shell.


For more highlights and live streams, check out the full list of Shacknews Twitch channels.

Shacknews - Steven Wong

Guild Wars 2 fans attending PAX South this weekend cheered as ArenaNet announced the Heart of Thorns expansion for Guild Wars 2. It's the first expansion to come to the MMO since it first released in 2012, and it revises the endgame content with a new Mastery system. Players that reach level 80 can continue progressing their characters by picking up Masteries that will allow them to hang glide over the jungle, and build new collections that will earn precursors for legendary weapons. 

Heart of Thorns will add a new area called Heart of Maguuma, a jungle where players can explore, find new allies, and battle new foes. Other additions include a Revanent profession, which will allow players to channel legendary powers and unleash them upon their foes. PvP will get a new Stronghold mode, where one team defends a stronghold while the other tries to storm it. WvW players will receive the New Borderlands map, where players will have to navigate great heights to achieve map objectives that unlock new strategies and change the tide of battle. Lastly, guilds will be able to grow Guild Halls based in Heart of Maguuma.

No official release date for Heart of Thorns has been announced yet.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

There's a week before the Super Bowl, so with no football on this weekend (No, I don't count the Pro Bowl, you degenerates!), that leaves plenty of time to catch up on gaming.

This week, Steam is offering The Evil Within and The Crew. Bundle Stars is offering up a lot of LEGO Batman, as well as bundles for Saints Row and Lords of the Fallen. Humble Bundle is diving into card games. And that's...about it, in terms of notable sales. Looks like PC gaming retailers are also gearing up for the Pro Bowl, I suppose.

Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:

Amazon

Bundle Stars

Pay $23.98 for Lords of the Fallen Digital Deluxe Edition and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $4.99 for Saints Row 2 and Saints Row The Third: The Full Package. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $4.99 for S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, Demonicon: The Dark Eye, Pixel Piracy, Year Walk, Alone in the Dark, Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space, Kraven Manor, FATE: The Cursed King, Loren The Amazon Princess, and Real Boxing. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $3.49 for Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Overlord, Overlord: Raising Hell, Overlord II, Rise or the Argonauts, Hospital Tycoon, Maelstrom: The Battle for Earth Begins, and Damnation. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.49 for Gun Metal, Grimind, Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising, Humanity Asset, Nosferatu: Wrath of Malachi, Realms of the Haunting, Soulbringer, Ampu-Tea, Chompy Chomp Chomp, Cobi Treasure Deluxe, Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare, Desert Thunder, Manhunter, and RADical ROACH: Deluxe Edition. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $4.99 for Wrack, Dark, BlazeRush, Onikira: Demon Killer, Super Toy Cars, Magnetic By Nature, Silence of the Sleep, The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight, The Detail Episode 1, and Z. These activate on Steam.

Direct 2 Drive

GamersGate

  • Assassin's Creed Unity [UPlay] - $40.19 (33% off)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [UPlay] - $26.79 (33% off)
  • Other games in GamersGate's Assassin's Creed sale can be found here.
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition [Steam] - $15.00 (50% off) (Other Sleeping Dogs content can be found here.)

GameStop

  • Final Fantasy XIII [Steam] - $7.99 (50% off)
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition [Steam] - $14.99 (50% off)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris [Steam] - $13.99 (30% off)
  • Other games in GameStop's Square Enix sale, including Tomb Raider and other Final Fantasy games, can be found here.
  • Assassin's Creed Unity [UPlay] - $39.99 (33% off)

Get Games

GOG.com

  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure - $4.99 (75% off)
  • Tales of Monkey Island - $3.49 (90% off)
  • Other games in GOG's Timeless Adventures sale, including Blackwell and Sam & Max games, can be found here.
  • Star Wars: Empire At War Gold Pack - $11.99 (20% off)

Green Man Gaming

Use the code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX to get 20% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Scrolls, SolForge (Dinosaur Starter), Star Realms, Talisman: Digital Edition & Talisman: Prologue (w/2 character packs), and another game to be named. Pay more than the average $7.93 to get Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers Special Edition (w/Garruk's Revenge Expansion), Dominion Online (w/Seaside Expansion), SolForge (Two Starter Packs and Bonus Gold), and more games to be named. Pay $12 or more to also receive Dominion Online (Intrigue + Prosperity Expansions), Scrolls (Humble Bundle Deluxe Pack), and Card Hunter Basic Edition (Premium). Pay $35 or more to also receive a Humble Card Games Bundle and T-Shirt.

Or pay what you want for Type:Rider, Finding Teddy, and Little Big Adventure. Pay $6 or more to also receive FarSky, Strike Vector, and the Homeland audio book. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.

  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Humble Deluxe Edition [Steam] - $12.49 (50% off)
  • Paradox Platinum Pack [Steam] - $32.49 (80% off)
  • Paradox Kings and Queens Bundle [Steam] - $22.49 (75% off)
  • Paradox Indie Bundle [Steam] - $12.49 (75% off)
  • Other games in the Humble Store's Codemasters sale, including Grid and Overlord games, can be found here.

Steam

As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Today Sony sent out notices for its class-action settlement based on the 2011 network hack. If you were a PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, or Qriocity services subscriber before May 15, 2011, you can claim a settlement by following the instructions here. Among the make-goods are a list of free, largely older games. The form doesn't list the prices, though, so being value-conscious, we wondered: which free giveaway offers the best monetary value for the settlement?

First, though, a bit of common sense. These are ranked according to their market value on the PlayStation Store, not their intrinsic value to you. If you would like to play one of the lower-valued games more than one of the higher-valued games, you should go with the one you'd like the most. This guide is simply to help price-conscious shoppers see all of the options, with costs included, so they can make an informed choice.

We should also make note that PlayStation Plus provides a different kind of value. It provides several games at a time, instead of just one, and that would last for a period of 3-6 months. In itself, that's quite a bit more value. However, it also means you're locked into the PS Plus system, because any games you get out of the service would be lost if you chose not to renew once the free period is up. 

PlayStation Plus is the only game-related benefit that depends on your own previous actions. If you took advantage of the Welcome Back program after the hacks, it's only offered for three months. If you didn't, it's offered for six months. That impacts the value of those payouts, so we've listed them separately.

These are also all listed at current PlayStation Network value, without Plus or Flash sale discounts, and without the assumption that any have been or will be made free on Plus. The following games are listed from highest to lowest value.

  • Puppeteer $39.99
  • Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom $29.99
  • Six Months of PlayStation Plus: $25-36*
  • Infamous $19.99
  • LittleBigPlanet: $19.99
  • Three Months of PlayStation Plus: $17.99 
  • God of War HD $14.99
  • LittleBigPlanet PSP $14.99
  • ModNation Racers PSP $14.99
  • rain $14.99
  • Killzone Liberation PSP $9.99
  • Patapon 3 $9.99
  • Super Stardust $9.99
  • Wipeout Pure PSP $9.99
  • Theme bundle of three: $9**
  • Dead Nation 7.99
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror $7.50***

* Sony doesn't offer a six-month subscription option, so this figure is derived from roughly estimating half of a one-year subscription, or double a three-month subscription.** The offer lets you choose three game-related Dynamic Themes, at $2.99 apiece.*** Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is only available as a two-pack on the PlayStation Store, bundled with SOCOM, for $14.99.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Vanguard Bounties

Bounty

Task

Completion Strategy

Rewards

Exalted Hive

Kill 10 Hive Majors or Ultras.

Head to Earth and repeatedly kill the 3 Hive under the building right beside spawn.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

It's All in the Head

Kill 100 enemies with precision damage.

Complete during other bounties.

50 Rep, 2,500 XP

Knuckleduster

Melee Kill 30 enemies without dying.

Complete while working on Patrol Venus.

50 Rep, 2,500 XP

Patrol Venus

Complete 6 Patrol missions on Venus.

Head to Venus, complete Patrol Missions, work on other bounties at same time.

50 Rep, 2,500 XP, 10 Spirit Bloom

Relic Harvest - Moon

Collect 200 Impact Shards on the Moon.

Head to the Moon and take out enemies, complete Public Events, and Patrol Missions.

50 Rep, 2,500 XP

Target: Merok, Eir Prince

Defeat Merok in the 'Sword of Crota' mission on the Moon with the Heroic modifier active.

Head into the ‘Sword of Crota’ mission and fight your way to the end.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

Crucible Bounties

Bounty

Task

Completion Strategy

Rewards

Ash and Dust

Defeat 15 Guardians with a Rocket Launcher.

Kill enemy guardians with Gjallarhorn or Hunger of Crota. (Or your other favorite Rocket Launcher)

50 Rep, 2,500 XP

First Blood

Earn 3 First Blood medals.

Control is a great mode for this, since you know where everyone is headed. Rush to the enemy’s closest point and take them out.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

Forged in Fire

Win 3 Crucible Matches.

Play Crucible with friends, communicate.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

Stay Golden

Complete 5 Rumble Matches.

Head into Rumble, play it safe, just have fun.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

Target Practice

Earn 10 Dead Man's Hand medals.

In a single life, kill 3 opponents with Hand Cannon headshots to earn 1 Dead Man's Hand medals. Head into Crucible with your favorite Hand Cannon and go to town.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

The Wild Hunt

Defeat 25 Hunters in the Crucible.

Hunt down every Hunter you see in Crucible.

75 Rep, 3,750 XP

Eris Morn Bounties

Bounty

Task

Completion Strategy

Rewards

Blades of Crota

Hunt the Knights who serve as Blades of Crota on Earth and the Moon.

Replay the 'Fist of Crota' Mission, or wait for the rituals to summon the Blades of Crota on Earth or the Moon.

75 Rep, 3,750 XP

Siege of the Warmind

Complete 'Siege of the Warmind' mission on Earth with Heroic Modifier

Head into the 'Siege of the Warmind' Mission with the Heroic Modifier active.

100 Rep, 5,000 XP

Shine a Light

Use a Solar or Arc ability to kill any enemy.

Switch to your Solar or Arc subclass and use your grenades or Super to take enemies down.

75 Rep, 3,750 XP

The Unseen (Hunter Only)

While invisible land the killing blow on a Hive Wizard with a Sniper Rifle

Head into 'The Chamber of Night' and kill the Wizards in there, or take them out while playing any other mission featuring the Hive.

75 Rep, 3,750 XP

Original Bounty Guide created by Reddit user, D0cR3d

Shacknews - Steve Watts

This week, the Chattycast welcomes back video personality and general gadabout Andrew Zucosky. He joins Steve Watts, Ozzie Mejia, and Daniel Perez talk about breakfast foods, drinking while gaming, zombie games, open worlds, and deep hollowing disappointments.

Thanks as always to those who provided our topic suggestions this week: themanwiththebriefcase, kaddar0, and NerdsBeware. If you want see your name in lights, keep an eye on Chatty to suggest topics! And, special thanks to Chatty user dael for contributing music to the show, and to Bryan "Doctor Games" Carr for production assistance.

Segment 1: I'm wondering if any of you have a go-to drink while gaming? Are there any games you had to drink to get through (or wish you had?)Resident Evil HD, Steel BattalionSegment 2: When can I officially stop caring about zombie games?H1Z1, The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Halo, Call of DutySegment 3: How do you feel about open world games? What other games or genres do you think would be interesting if the provided an open world multiplayer experience?Pokemon, Skyrim, Dragon Age, DestinySegment 4: Whats the most disappointing experience you have had with a game?Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Edit: These keys are for North America only. Apologies for any confusion.

Blizzard Entertainment launched its Founders Pack earlier this week to offer users a chance to buy their way into the closed beta, while also picking up some goodies along the way. Of course, a number of users are finding the $39.99 price tag a little steep and would rather wait to see if beta keys become available.

That's where Shacknews comes in. The staff was able to secure 500 beta keys and we are giving them all away to our loyal readers.

In order to receive your Heroes of the Storm beta key, simply respond to this thread with your favorite Blizzard character. We will Shack Message over your beta key no later than the end of this weekend.

For more on the Founders Pack and its contents, visit Battle.net.

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