Shacknews - Daniel Perez

ClayFighter will be making a comeback on PC in 2016, Interplay and Drip Drop Games have announced today.

ClayFighter Remastered will include a number of iconic characters from the original game series, including Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Hoppy, Earthworm Jim, Boogerman, Tiny, and more. The game will feature over 20 characters as well as 20 familiar environments to fight in.

The upcoming brawler will improve on the original’s game mechanics by introducing double jumping, air dashing, counters, and reversals with each character having their own unique supers and “Claytality” moves. Those aren’t the only improvements being made to ClayFighter Remastered as the game will also include remastered audio and high-resolution visuals.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Mortal Kombat X will be heading to iOS and Android mobile devices this April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced today.

Mortal Kombat X on mobile will be a free-to-play fighting / card-battle hybrid game that features legendary Mortal Kombat characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden as well as the new generation of Kombatants. Players will be able to enjoy the visceral combat experience that fans have come to love from the series, along with Fatalities, X-Rays, and more.

Those who plan on purchasing the console or PC versions of Mortal Kombat X will be able to enjoy unique cross-connectivity features that delivers unique rewards to all players, just for playing the mobile game itself. Unique content will be unlocked in both the console and PC versions as well as the mobile game.

Mortal Kombat X will be available on April 14 on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, although the mobile game currently has an “April 2015” release date. Hopefully it’ll release close to when the console and PC versions are released so players can enjoy the cross-platform features as soon as possible.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

EA and Visceral Games have announced they’ll be releasing a premium edition of Battlefield Hardline.

Battlefield Hardline Premium includes four super features, which includes masks that offer unique gameplay benefits tied to the theme of each mask, a gun bench that offers visual customization of a player’s weapons, competitive play, and the ability to replay the entire progression system.

All four upcoming digital expansion packs are also included, which are detailed below:

  • Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity - Players have to make a name for themselves in fast-paced, highly-destructible new maps littered with small-time crime jobs. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Robbery - Take down the opposition head on and progress through key locations with major cinematic action. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Getaway - This is frantic, high-speed chases that immerse players deeper in the heist. Available fall 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal - There is a rat in every operation and players will have to find out who to trust. Available winter early 2016.

Premium owners will also be given access to all expansion packs two weeks early, priority position in server queues, access to double-XP, in-game missions, and other Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive events, new personalization options, and 12 Gold Battlepacks.

Battlefield Hardline Premium won’t come cheap as you’ll need to spend $50 to get all of these bonuses. That’s quite a hefty price, although EA is offering a ton of content in Hardline’s premium edition.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Game Developers Conference week is set to be a busy one for Valve and it's already starting off with quite a bang. Electronics manufacturer HTC has announced their entry into the growing virtual reality market during a press event in Barcelona this morning by unveiling the Vive headset. What helps this particular headset stand out is that it is being made in collaboration with Valve.

The Verge offers up a lion's share of the details. The Vive dev kit will offer dual 1200x1080 displays that run at 90fps. The headset will feature full 360-degree field of vision, with a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor to help track head movement. Valve is also set to contribute something called the Steam VR base station, which will allow users to wander around virtual space (in lieu of using a controller) by tracking their physical location in 15x15 foot spaces.

HTC is seeking to have the Vive dev kits ready this spring, while also looking to have consumer versions ready before the end of the year.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

It's time to kick off the month of March and the Spring releases are starting to sneak up on everyone. This week, Resident Evil Revelations 2 gets it second episode, but there's also a handful of newer games to get excited about. ScreamRide makes its way to Xbox consoles, while PlayStation users will get Helldivers and the second installment of the OlliOlli series. And Wii U/3DS owners aren't getting left out this week. They'll be getting the next installment of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. We've got the full list of new releases below!

PC

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)
  • White Night (download)
  • Shiftlings (download - $15)
  • Rooftop Cop (download)
  • SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance (download)
  • Tallowmere (download)
  • HIS (Heroes In the Sky) (download)
  • Tormentum - Dark Sorrow (download)
  • Pre-Civilization Marble Age (download)
  • Fly in the House (download)
  • StandPoint (download)
  • Vietnam '65 (download)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)

PlayStation 4

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)
  • Helldivers (download)
  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to OlliWood (download)
  • White Night (download)
  • Shiftlings (download - $15)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)

Xbox One

  • ScreamRide
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)
  • Shiftlings (download - $15)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy (download - $45)

Xbox 360

  • ScreamRide
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)

PlayStation 3

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (download - $25)
  • Helldivers (download)
  • Aces of the Air (download - PSOne Classic)
  • Crimsonland (download)

Wii U

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (download)

Vita

  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
  • Helldivers (download)
  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to OlliWood (download)
  • La-Mulana EX (download)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (download)
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Microsoft is set to kick off the new month's Games with Gold on the first of March, but one the free offerings has actually arrived early, just in time for the weekend. Rayman Legends on Xbox One is now available to download for free if you're an Xbox Live Gold member.

Even before Rayman Legends made the leap to next-gen consoles, it was a big favorite with Shacknews. It reviewed extremely well and went on to populate Shacknews' Best of 2013 list at #9.

It should be noted that the first of the Xbox 360 games to go free to Gold members, Square Enix's Tomb Raider, remains with its $19.99 price tag as of this writing. That price drop will take effect tomorrow.

Rayman Legends can be found on the Xbox Store.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

After last week's unexpected hiatus, it's time to return to doing what this weekly feature does best: taking Chatty's best playthroughs on Twitch and posting them for the Shacknews audience. With that, we welcome everyone to the 53rd edition of the Shacknews Chatty Twitch Highlights.

For this week, we start by revisiting one of the most beloved PC classics of all-time by having dael walk us through Homeworld. Then it's trucking with Euro Truck Simulator 2 before getting our fix of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.


Homeworld Remastered Collection

Homeworld finished at #38 on the Chatty community's list of Top 100 PC Games of All-Time. It is a beloved classic, which is why there was some cautious optimism when Gearbox first announced they'd be tackling the franchise. Just how much would they tinker with an old favorite?

As Steven notes in his impressions, Gearbox worked wonders on the old game, offering up both a classic mode and a remaster that fully brings the old experience to life without compromising what made it so great in the first place. It's the shiniest coat of paint possible. How does it look? Chatty's dael played through the first part of the original campaign with its remastered visuals. It's every bit as impressive as one would have hoped.

Watch live video from DonkTV on Twitch


Euro Truck Simulator 2

It's time to take another drive across the European continent with Euro Truck Simulator 2. And when our posters aren't busy getting themselves in multi-truck pileups, they can be heard singing to music from Baywatch. We miss David Hasselhoff here on Shacknews. Hemtroll has the full playthrough on his Twitch channel.


Ultra Street Fighter 4

Wednesday fighting game tournaments are not all that uncommon. Los Angeles and New York both have their weekly tournaments that fighting game fans set their watches to. But in-between attending tournaments himself, Chatty's Mantle takes part in competitive Street Fighter play himself. Last Wednesday, he hosted some casual sessions to try out some of the game's best fighters. So those looking for their Ultra Street Fighter 4 fix will want to check out Mantle's Twitch channel.


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

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Certain games don't always live up to the hype issued by developers, publishers, and yes, even the media. Sometimes, blockbuster games just fall short of expectations. Today, Shacknews is taking a look at some of those games.

Join Greg Burke as he looks at ten games that simply didn't meet the lofty expectations that the hype cycle had set. For some reason or another, they weren't the games we thought they'd be and Greg explains why in the video below.

For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on YouTube.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

We bravely march into the month of... er... March, where both GDC and PAX East will take place in just the first week! And we do so with a list of some of the best PC gaming deals to be found this weekend. Steam is offering up a free weekend of Europa Universalis IV, flanked by a fleet of Disney Interactive games for sale, not the least of which is Disney Infinity 2.0. Meanwhile, Amazon is offering up some of EA's best at a good discount, including Battlefield 4 Premium and Titanfall at its lowest price to date. The Humble Store is offering up simulators like Euro Truck Simulator. And Green Man Gaming is offering up Aliens, led by last year's hit, Alien: Isolation.

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

Amazon

Bundle Stars

Pay $2.49 for Pixel Boy and the Ever Expanding Dungeon, Stronghold 3 Gold, iO, Revenge of the Titans, Nam, Eradicator, Terrian Saga: KR-17, Sentinel, Legends of Aethereus, and Shiny the Firefly. These activate on Steam.

Or Pay $9.99 for Axis Game Factory Premium and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $7.99 for F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, and F.E.A.R. 3 and their DLC packs. These activate on Steam.

GamersGate

GameStop

Get Games

GOG.com

  • Deponia - $0.99 (97% off)
  • Omerta: City of Gangsters - $7.49 (75% off)
  • Other games in GOG.com's HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN! sale, including Port Royale and other Deponia games, can be found here.

Green Man Gaming

Use the code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM to get 20% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Hitman: Absolution, Supreme Commander, and the Android version of Hitman GO. Pay more than the average $7.83 to get Thief, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, the Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Startopia. Pay $15 or more to also receive Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.

Or pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack, Fair Bloom Freesia, and Influent + Language Pack. Pay more than the average $5.15 to get Magical Battle Festa, Revolver 360 Re:Actor, and The Tale of ALLTYNEX. Pay $10 or more to also receive Rime Berta and Half-Second Hero: The Second Coming. Select soundtracks included. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 + Going East! expansion [Steam] - $6.99 (80% off)
  • Spintires [Steam] - $9.99 (67% off)
  • Prison Architect [Steam Early Access] - $8.99 (70% off)
  • Other games in the Humble Store's Simulator Weekend sale, including Out of the Park Baseball and Starpoint Gemini 2, can be found here.
  • Painkiller Black Edition [Steam] - $2.49 (75% off)
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War [Steam] - $4.99 (75% off)
  • Check out the full list of games on sale this week on the Humble Store here.

Origin

Steam

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

Shacknews - Steven Wong

In Oblitus, you are a mask-wearing warrior, armed with only a spear and shield, traveling across the dangerous world of Parvus. Fortunately, the there are various power-ups and weapon enhancements (like torches that light up your spear) scattered around the world. The trick is in reaching them without dying. Yes, you'll probably be doing a lot of dying in this 2D platformer, since in addition to featuring a beautiful art style, the game can be extremely challenging.

One Life to Repeat

Players only have one life. If you should die, you have to start the game all over again. All the progress you made has to be redone, and perhaps you can reacquire some of your lost power-ups. I say "perhaps" because Oblitus has procedurally generated levels. The maps remain the same, and key elements like bosses and Harbinger Souls (to replenish health) will always be in the same spots. But the types of enemies you'll encounter, and upgrades, and their locations change each time you die and restart the game.

However, I noticed that there are limits to the randomness. Each time I entered an area, I knew which monsters would definitely be there, like a giant bird that swoops down to on to eat me the minute I step foot in a certain area, or a line of giant carnivorous plants that were always in the same spot, no matter how many times I revisited the area. While the game is still enjoyable, I would have liked to see a greater mix up between the creatures. After replaying a level a handful of times, there would be very few surprises left to discover.

Oblitus features a wonderful setting, and some truly creative creatures and boss monsters, which helps set it apart from other action platformers. Players can use lunge the spear at nearby creatures, or throw it and be left weaponless for a few seconds until it returns. Skilled players should also learn to use the shield, which is something that I never managed to master. Between dodging creatures and throwing spears, the shield is something that's really easy to forget.

Big World, Big Monsters

The game also has tremendous scope. At one point, I started to wonder if I would be climbing up forever, or if there was actually an end to the mountain level. The large levels turn out to be very useful when trying to avoid enemies, because I could lure them off cliffs. However, they necessarily die when falling from great heights. There were plenty of times, when I missed a jump or had to backtrack, where I was surprised by an enemy I left behind and forgot about. Then there are the giants that roam the world, that want nothing more than to crush you into paste.

Although enemies are pretty straightforward and mindless, they are numerous and quite tenacious. They very keen sight lines, and will stay on you as soon as you're spotted. They'll run, jump, and chase you all across the level if they can. They'll lose interest if you manage to drop them off a platform or otherwise manage to escape them, but you always have to be aware of them. Especially creatures like the spiders, which will jump and attack from off-screen. Getting hit suddenly like that does feel cheap sometimes, but it does fit into the game's sense of challenge. There are also a number of cleverly hidden monsters that took me completely by surprise, and figuring out how to defeat them (along with the game's bosses) is a test of skill, observation, and perseverance.

Where Oblitus goes a little overboard is in how there are no save slots. If you intend to beat the game, you have to do so in a single sitting, and hope that nothing goes wrong - like the game crashing. Otherwise, you have to start again from the very beginning, which I think is a lot to ask of players, even for a game where constant restarts is part of the gameplay.

Death is a New Beginning

In spite of soul crushing feeling of losing everything due to a sudden death, or quitting the game, Oblitus has a allure that keeps calling me back. Although the game is very challenging, and I never made it to the final boss, at no point did I feel that the game was impossible to overcome. Oblitus's dark atmosphere and artwork also offer incentive to soldier on, just to see more of world, even after restarting the game a dozen times over. If you don't mind the Sisyphean struggle, Oblitus is definitely a game worth checking out.


This review is based on a PC code provided by the publisher. Oblitus is available on Steam for $14.99.

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