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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

This week brings a big bag of new releases, including the console editions of Resident Evil 6, multiplayer medieval murderfest War of the Roses, NBA 2K13, and Pokemon Black & White Version 2.

Here's our list of next week's new releases:

PC

Xbox 360

PlayStation 3

Wii

Vita

Nintendo 3DS

PSP

Nintendo DS

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Just Add Water has confirmed its HD reboot of the classic charming puzzle-platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee will get a downloadable release on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita. Now named Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty, it's coming in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The PC edition is due a bit after the console versions. Using the original as a loose blueprint, the "reimagining" is in shiny '2.5D' with new sounds and redesigned levels and all that jazz.

Just Add Water already revamped Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, which hit PlayStation 3 in 2011 then PC last month, and is also re-doing Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Better late than never, it's old slowpoke Alice with a big bag of cheap digital PC games. You can grumble about my tardiness but then you'll never get to look into my magical sack, oh no. This weekend's bargains include the Thief games for $4 apiece, Guild Wars 2 for $47, both Dead Space games for $10, both Dragon Ages for $10, Modern Warfare 3 for $30, a big Total War series sale, and bundles aplenty.

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

GameFly

Amazon

Cryptic Comet

50% off all its games with the coupon code OCCULT.

Funcom

GamersGate

GamersGate wants you to build your own indie bundle from 24 games. 3 games costs $4, 6 are $7, you get 9 for $9, and can get the whole shebang for $20. Then there are these plain old regular deals too:

Get Games

Or, pick up any two of the following games for $15:

  • Binary Domain (Steam)

  • Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition

  • Civilization V (Steam)

  • Men of War: Assault Squad Game of the Year Edition (Steam)

  • Stronghold 3 Gold (Steam)

  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (Steam)

GOG

Green Man Gaming

You can get 20% off almost everything with the voucher code GMG20-27J4Z-8NXHO. Use that to get these prices:

Saturday:

Sunday:

Weekend:

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Rochard, Shatter, Space Pirates and Zombies, Torchlight, and Vessel. Beat the average price to also get Dustforce, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Gratutious Space Battles, Jamestown and Wizorb. With most of their soundtracks too! Pay more than $1 to get Steam keys for them all on top of the DRM-free downloads.

Impulse

Indie Gala

Pay what you want for Alien Breed 2 and Worms plus Android versions of Battlegroup and Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land. Pay more than $4.99 to also get Broken Sword, Broken Sword 2, Broken Sword 3, Worms Blast, Worms Crazy Golf, and another two mystery games. Except for the Android games, they're all Steamy.

Indie Royale

Pay what you want, above a minimum price, for Chime, Hector: Badge of Carnage, The Adventures of Shuggy, Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble! and The Network.

Steam

Steam's running a huge Total War series sale this weekend, with 25% off everything and bigger savings in daily deals. Best you wait to see if the games you especially want come up in the daily deals, or just pick up the Total War mega-bundle.

Plus, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer side is free for everyone to play until 1pm Pacific on Sunday, click this to download it through Steam.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Begin your weekend with a healthy dose of Late Night Computing for September 28, 2012.

It's finally here! The season premiere of the last thirteen episodes of Fringe is tonight. I can't wait to catch more of the future the writers have in store for us over the next several episodes. Everything has (for the most part) tied together quite nicely, so I'm hoping they take advantage of this opportunity to go out with a bang. I'll be keeping an eye out for the Observers. You keep an eye out for Slenderman.

News bits:

  • One of my all-time favorite games, Nexus: The Jupiter Incident, is getting a potential sequel thanks to Kickstarter, featuring all new alien races, starships, and graphics. Please, Internet, make this happen and I will love you forever. [via Kickstarter]

  • Starcraft would have been an entirely different game, save for the demo of Dominion: Storm over Gift 3 by Ion Storm that kicked Blizzard square in the pants at E3 1996. [via Code of Honor]

  • Interested in eSports? No idea what I'm talking about? Find out how the rise of competitive gaming in the West is finally finding acceptance. [via Ars Technica]

  • It's now illegal for employers and universities to ask for your social media accounts and passwords. If you live in California, that is. [via The Atlantic]

  • In the race for the White House, which candidate has the dominating mindshare? Check out this nifty infographic. [via VentureBeat]

  • Pick up that can, citizen. Researchers are busy creating a robotic policeman for your consideration. Will Smith seen preparing for the robot revolution. [via CNet]

Chatty posts of the moment.

Make sure you log-in and check your filters if you can't see the following:

  • "Can you imagine a twitch space shooter that's like FTL? Battles would be longer than usual space shooters. You can leave the cockpit and it turns into an FPS where you fight fires, man other stations, repair systems, shoot intruders, or go on boarding missions.

    Piloting the ship should be separate from firing weapons too or else nobody would leave that spot. Same crew management as FTL. Package that up into an MMO with Privateer/trading/piracy elements and I would give any amount of money to play it." [by sanchez]

  • "Video Game Endings thread. So yesterday, I was playing a little Borderlands 2, and it got me to thinking: So much great dialog has been expended during this game to pump up the inevitable fight with Handsome Jack (disclosure: haven't beaten the game yet), that if I don't get to shoot him in the face with malice, I'm going to be [angry].

    This leads me to the topic of this thread. What games have really satisfying endings? What games do not have satisfying endings? They don't have to be happy endings, necessarily." [by MercFox1]

Nightly file.

  • Desert Stormfront demo 1.0. "Operation Stormfront is a set of Modern Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games for PC, Mac, and Linux. Desert Stormfront is a Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game situated in the Middle East. You play on hot desert landscapes for power and oil. Units at your disposal include Humvees, Tanks, Artillery, Mechanics, Helicopters, Planes, Ships and Submarines amongst others. Desert Stormfront supports multiplayer games over LAN and internet including co-op multiplayer." Download the free demo for Windows.

Media.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories launch trailer:

Nightmares come to life exclusively for the PlayStation Vita on October 16, 2012.

Though new trailers seem to be in short supply for this weekend, we do have quite a few new screenshots for The Walking Dead, Zone of the Enders HD, Persona 4 Golden, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, New Little King's Story, and Rise of the Guardians.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Lots of new previews hit the Shack this week, but I'm really feeling underwhelmed by this fall's somewhat odd release schedule. The last few weeks have been crazy (mostly because of you Borderlands 2), but otherwise there aren't too many releases I'm excited about. Dishonored and XCOM: Enemy Unknown are really the only two that have my attention. Halo 4? Assassin's Creed III? Call of Duty: Black Ops II? I'm sure they'll be great, but I just can't excited for one reason or another. Am I broken, Shack?

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Shacknews - Garnett Lee

Learn all about Sony's plan to offer retail games digitally with their 'Day 1 Digital' program, and then see Microsoft's plan to allow subscribers to unlock XBLA rebates based on their gamerscore. Next, see my take on the release of FIFA Soccer 13 with a mini-review. The stand-alone version of DayZ is coming in alpha form this December, and finally we discuss sales of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.

You can also watch this episode on YouTube. And, don't forget to subscribe to get the latest episodes as they go up.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

While Kojima Productions' Zone of the Enders franchise may not have found the same success as Metal Gear, it still has a fair share of devoted fans. Undoubtedly, these fans will want to pick up the upcoming HD Collection that bundles the two PS2 games. But, they'll probably want to save a few more dollars to pick up the newly announced Limited Edition.

Coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 30th, the LE includes the game (and Metal Gear Rising demo), an import soundtrack featuring remixes of the music from the series, and a 100 page art book featuring new work from Yoji Shinkawa.

It's also very, very gold. Unfortunately, Konami hasn't pegged a price on this release yet.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Game designer Keiji Inafune has been very critical of the Japanese market, both before and after leaving Capcom to pursue his own projects. Now that he's calling the shots with his own studios, he's announced several titles ranging from the cute and fluffy to the dark and grisly. On the gruesome end of the spectrum is Soul Sacrifice, which Inafune says he is putting on the PlayStation Vita because his creative goals of appealing to Western audiences are a good fit for what the device needs.

"The idea is to have a game that Western audiences will find appealing, while also making sure that it will also sell well here in Japan," Inafune told the PlayStation Blog. "The Western audience must feel willing to play this game. PS Vita is not going to benefit if you just have a lot of otaku games on it - you need something like this. It needs dark and deep titles like Soul Sacrifice."

Though he concedes that his younger self probably would have found the game "grotesque," he says that having grown up and become more aware of Western sensibilities is important. "Back then I was really only thinking about myself and trying to make things that I personally thought were interesting. That consumed me 25 years ago."

Of course, Soul Sacrifice actually is pretty grotesque. The game involves offering severed body parts to a demon in exchange for combat abilities. Inafune apparently has a pretty dark idea of what we westerners like in our video games.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Tomorrow Corporation's next game, Little Inferno, will be ready for download for the Wii U launch. That would peg it for November 18, but don't fret if you don't plan on picking up Nintendo's new console. The dev says it is planning to have the Windows version available on the same day.

Tomorrow's Kyle Gabler answered a few fan questions on their blog, revealing that beta builds should be going out soon, and PC pre-orders will get the game at least a week early. He also said the game will probably have a demo sometime post-launch, but they aren't planning on releasing any DLC.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is getting its own Limited Edition version. The game so nice they named it twice will receive a LE, complete with a few bonus goodies for fans on February 19 alongside its standard release date.

If you spring for the Limited Edition, you'll get the game, a soundtrack, a 2-sided Steelbook case to hold it in, and a "high-frequency katana blade plasma lamp" to bristle with electricity like Raiden's sword. That last bonus might seem like an odd combination, but is it really any stranger than the conflated word "Revengeance"? No price has been announced for the set.

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