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A dash of DLC developments appears on today's list for Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, and Max Payne 3. Also appearing are NCsoft's official word on the community movements against City of Heroes' impending closure and Hi-Rez's narrower design focus for Global Agenda 2. In the wise words of Claptrap: read on, minions!





Patch 4 for Mass Effect 3 hits this week with tons of tweaks and balance adjustments to weapons and squashed bugs galore. "Fixed an exploit where players were able to use rockets from other weapons." Wait, that wasn't my pistol's actual alternate fire mode?

I cannot tell a lie -- now off with his head: The "Tyranny of King Washington" DLC for Assassin's Creed 3 pits tree-hopping axeman Connor against the titular Founding Father in an alternate reality take on history. Buying the $30 Season Pass ensures access to all three planned episodic packs.

The "Hostage Negotiation" pack for Max Payne 3 adds four new multiplayer maps for spear-diving gunmen themed around seedy nightclubs ramshackle favelas. Grab it later this fall for $10.

NCsoft acknowledges the outpouring of support for keeping City of Heroes' servers online, but in a brief post on its official website, the publisher hit everyone's one weakness by saying it's "exhausted all options" that were ultimately "not successful."

Hi-Rez announces Global Agenda 2 will be more oriented for PVP based on player feedback and the success of Tribes: Ascend.

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This week's best deals  ►  Total War, EVE Online, Dragon Age

Steam has routed your excuses for not trying out the Total War franchise with Rome Gold, Empire, Medieval II, Napoleon, Shogun 2, and Fall of the Samurai all for $32. Amazon will throw you pod-first into the ruthless galaxy of EVE Online for a fiver. GameStop is looking to hook you up with over 100 hours of Dragon Age goodness for $10.



Steam  ►  Total War Franchise, Modern Warfare 3, Hearts of Iron III

Modern Warfare 3 is half price and the multiplayer is free to play this weekend. This is in addition to basically everything that says "Total War" on it being discounted 25% or more.





75% off Total War Master Collection - $31.98 Individual Total War titles are also 25% off or more.

50% off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - $29.99

75% off Hearts of Iron 3 Collection - $7.49

75% off The Binding of Isaac - $1.24, Wrath of the Lamb DLC is also 75% off - 74 cents

50% off Age of Empires Online Steam Starter Pack - $9.99

More Steam Deals







Amazon  ►  EVE Online, Sleeping Dogs, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Get your start in Spreadsheet Commando EVE Online for only $5. You can also pre-order XCOM for 10% off.





75% off EVE Online: Inferno - $4.99

10% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown - $44.99

40% off Sleeping Dogs - $29.99

87% off the Viva Big Bundle of Games (Featuring Grand Ages Rome and Crazy Machines) - $9.99

26% off Assassin's Creed 2 - $14.83

More Amazon Deals







Green Man Gaming  ►  Alpha Protocol, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, XCOM

Green Man is offering up Obsidian's spy-themed story RPG Alpha Protocol and an armload of Sonic the Hedgehog titles - including the quintessential Sonic 3 and Knuckles - at half off. They've also got two voucher deals running: GMG20-27J4Z-8NXHO for 20% off any download, and GMGSD-W3R94-DZBAZ for 30% off Sleeping Dogs.





10% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Pre-order) - $44.99

50% off Alpha Protocol - $9.98

50% off Condemned: Criminal Origins - $7.49

50% off Sonic 3 and Knuckles - $2.49

50% off Renegade Ops - $7.49

More GMG Deals







GOG  ►  Square Enix Squad

How does this sound: Thief 1, 2, and 3, Deus Ex GOTY and Deus Ex Invisible War, Hitman 1 and 2, Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3... all for $38.30. You can also add the Legacy of Kain series, Conflict: Desert Storm, Anachronox, and Pandemonium! to the deal to increase your percentage savings.



Also, it's not on sale, but the Carmageddon Max Pack is now available for $9.99.



Get Games  ►  Hitman Absolution, Guild Wars 2 (EU), Far Cry series

Get Games is selling the Professional Edition of Hitman Absolution (pre-order) for the same price as the normal edition, which is cheaper than we've seen it anywhere else.





25% off Hitman Absolution Professional Edition (Pre-order) - $44.99

10% off Carrier Command: Gaea Mission - $44.99

15% off Guild Wars 2 - $46.75 (Europe only)

75% off Far Cry 1 and 2 - $6.25

60% off Lord of the Rings: War in the North - $19.99

75% off Overlord II - $2.49

More deals from Get Games







GameStop   ►   War of the Roses, Dragon Age, Battlefield 3

The problem with pre-ordering War of the Roses on Steam is that it gives you the House of Lancaster armor set. Toss aside those pretenders and support the noble House of York with GameStop for only 30 bucks. You can also get ALL THE DRAGON AGE! (Excluding DA2 DLC) that there is to play for 10.





War of the Roses House of York Deluxe Edition (Pre-order) - $29.99

80% off Dragon Age Bundle - $9.99, includes Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition and Dragon Age 2

75% off Battlefield 3 - $9.99

50% off Spore Ultimate Digital Collection - $14.99

More GameStop deals







GameFly   ►  Modern Warfare, Prototype, Singularity

You could grab the entire Prototype franchise for under 40 bucks, or the entire Modern Warfare franchise for $60 from GameFly this week.



50% off Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - $9.99

50% off Modern Warfare 2 - $9.99

50% off Modern Warfare 3 - $29.99

75% off Prototype - $4.99

33% off Prototype 2 - $33.49

75% off Singularity - $7.49

More GameFly Deals









Best Buy   ►  Max Payne 3

Finally, Best Buy has Max Payne 3 for 66% off, at $20.



Let us know in the comments if you find any more great deals!



Disclaimer: We offer no guarantees regarding the validity of these sales, their restrictions, or the quality of service provided by these distributors. We cannot vet every deal: we only list what we see advertised at the time of writing. Buy at your own risk!
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This week's best deals  ►  FTL, Max Payne 3, and more

FTL: Faster Than Light released at 10% off on both Steam and GOG, GameStop opened its trunk in the parking lot to reveal deals on Max Payne 3, Killing Floor, and Amnesia, and Guild Wars 2 is 25% off at Get Games for European customers. That's just the beginning of our weekly savings spelunking expedition, so come along with me for more unnecessary analogies. And weekend deals.





25% off Guild Wars 2 at Get Games - $41.24 (Europe only)

50% off Max Payne 3 at GameStop - $29.99

50% off Killing Floor - $9.99 at GameStop

15% off Battlefield 3 at Amazon - $33.81

10% off FTL: Faster Than Light at GOG - $8.99 (Also on Steam)

30% off Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD on Steam - $6.99

25% off PC downloads at Green Man Gaming with the voucher code GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G







Steam  ►  Sam & Max, Oddworld, and more

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD released today at a 30% discount, and Steam has also put together an Oddboxx bundle with all of the Oddworld games for 10.49. Also, Train Simulator 2013.





30% off Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD - $6.99

75% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $7.49

70% off Sam and Max Complete Pack - $14.99

10% off FTL: Faster Than Light - $8.99

33% off Vessel - $9.99

10% off Train Simulator 2013 - $26.99!

More Steam deals







Green Man Gaming   ►  25% off everything



Use the voucher code GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G to receive 25% off a digital download by Monday September 17th at 4 a.m. PDT. Plus, tons of Saints Row: The Third DLC is on sale! Fun fact: if you mush all the DLC together, you get Saints Row: The Fourth, the illegitimate, possibly inbred son of Saints Row: The Third. He eats K-Y Jelly.



Get Games  ►  Guild Wars 2

You can still get Sleeping Dogs for 25% off and Borderlands for 50% off. New this week, Guild Wars 2 25% off codes are back in stock. There's also the usual selection of pre-order and other discounts.





25% off Guild Wars 2 - $41.24 (Europe only)

25% off Guild Wars 2: Digital Deluxe Edition - $56.24

25% off Sleeping Dogs - $37.49

50% off Borderlands - $9.99

More deals from Get Games





GameStop   ► Max Payne 3, Killing Floor, Amnesia

GameStop continues to cross off every price it can, but digging through its pages of sales this week revealed some pretty darn good stuff. Here are some of my favorites:





75% off Age of Empires III: Complete Collection - $9.99

50% off Max Payne 3 - $29.99

50% off Killing Floor - $9.99

75% off Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - $4.99

75% off Mirror's Edge - $4.99

50% off Amnesia: The Dark Descent - $9.99

67% off Hard Reset - $9.99

More GameStop deals





GOG  ►  Diamonds of D&D

Aside from 10% off FTL: Faster Than Light, GOG has its usual themed sale. This weekend, it's all D&D deals...wait, what's this?! *Spit take.* Something new for GOG: the discounts scale with the number of games you buy. At one game, you'll get 30% off, buy two and get 33% off each, and so on up to all nine games for 65% off each. *Cleans up spit.*



Links to the individual games are below, but if you want the scaling deal, you have to go to the hub.





30% - 65% off Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Baldur's Gate 2 Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Icewind Dale 2 Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Icewind Dale Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off The Temple of Elemental Evil - $4.19 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Planescape: Torment - $6.99 - $3.49





Amazon  ►  The Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle

Regular Amazon is way less fun than Labor Day Amazon -- it's pretty much back to the same 'ol, with games like Modern Warfare 2 and Civilization V on sale again. There is a new bundle sale, at least: the Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle includes 13 games. You probably don't want all 13.





85% off The Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle - $14.99

50% off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - $9.99

15% off Battlefield 3 - $33.81

50% off Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 - $9.99

21% off Sid Meier's Civilization V - $23.82

51% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $14.68

60% off Mount & Blade - $6.03

More Amazon PC game downloads





GamersGate  ► A horde of romance



It's the same deal as last week: a giant, colorful patchwork of box art and red discount stickers. Only a few deals stick out at me. 50% off BioShock? Sure. 20% off To The Moon (Friday only)? Not bad. Miss Chic Romantic for only $7.48? Sounds goo- hey, wait a minute.



GameFly   ► L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire is the highlight of GameFly's sparse list this weekend.



75% off L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition - $7.49

75% off L.A. Noire - $4.99

More GameFly deals





Let us know in the comments if you find any more great deals, and if you feel like sharing: what are you playing this weekend? It's all FTL: Faster Than Light for me. Well, not all, but lots of it.
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This week's best deals  ►  Mass Effect 3, Trine 2, and 25% off at GMG

The tastiest specials on this week's menu include Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe for $20 during Amazon's big Labor Day sale, 75% off the Trine Complete Collection on Steam, and a new Green Man Gaming voucher code for deals on whatever you want deals on.





60% off Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe Edition on Amazon - $19.99

67% off Max Payne 3 and LA Noire bundle on Amazon - $29.99

75% off Trine Complete Collection on Steam - $8.74

50% off Resonance on GOG - $4.99

25% off any PC download at Green Man Gaming with code: GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G

30% off Sleeping Dogs at Green Man Gaming with code: SDOGS-E1V8A-9R1HX







Steam  ►  Trine and Crysis

Everything Trine is on sale at Steam, including the new Trine 2: Goblin Menace DLC. There's also Crysis, but when isn't it on sale?



75% off Trine Complete Collection - $8.74

75% off Crysis Collection - $17.49

33% off Vessel - $9.99

50% off Age of Empires Online DLC: Steam Starter Pack - $9.99 (Friday only)

More Steam deals







Amazon  ►  Labor Day sale

Amazon's big Labor Day sale ends Sunday, so you don't have much longer to get, say, Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe Edition for $20.



60% off Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe Edition - $19.99

50% off Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition - $14.99

50% off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - $29.99

75% off Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition - $9.99

54% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $13.81

60% off Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - $15.99

68% off Mount & Blade - $4.77

60% off Psychonauts - $3.99

50% off Stacking - $7.49

75% off Assassin's Creed bundle - $19.99

67% off Grand Theft Auto IV and Max Payne 3 bundle - $29.99

78% off Spec Ops: The Line and BioShock 1 & 2 bundle - $19.99

67% off Max Payne 3 and LA Noire bundle - $29.99

90% off Square Enix Ultimate Collection - $9.50

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Green Man Gaming   ► 25% off everything



There are a couple of new voucher codes at GMG. Ending Monday, use GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G to get 25% off any PC game download or SDOGS-E1V8A-9R1HX for 30% off Sleeping Dogs specifically.



You can't stack them for 55% off Sleeping Dogs, but you could buy Stacking for 25% off. Actually, you can't. It isn't in GMG's catalog. It is 50% off at Amazon, but that doesn't stop my joke from being ruined.



GOG  ►  Point-and-Click Mix

Point your browser to GOG's adventure-themed weekend deals and click on games like Machinarium, Resonance, and Botanicula. Wow. Did I go too far that time?



50% off Machinarium: Collector's Edition - $4.99

50% off Resonance - $4.99

50% off Gemini Rue - $4.99

50% off Blackwell Bundle - $7.49

50% off The Whispered World - $7.49

50% off Botanicula - $4.99





Get Games  ►  Total War

Nothing huge to report from Get Games. Sleeping Dogs is back up to 25% off, and the perennially on sale Total War series is on sale.





25% off Sleeping Dogs - $37.49

50% off Borderlands - $9.99

75% off Empire: Total War - $4.99

75% off Napoleon: Total War - $4.99

75% off Total War Shogun 2 - $9.99

70% off Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai - $8.99

More deals from Get Games





GameStop   ► Saints Row and Might & Magic

GameStop's silly long list of deals is largely populated by Saints Row The Third's expansive DLC library and Might & Magic.



GamersGate  ► A bin of bargains



Why can't I hold all these deals? At least GamersGate has gone from 10 pages of scattershot discounts to just two, but there's still a lot to cover. Here's the short version: it has same Trine bundle deal as Steam, 75% off Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY, and tons of kings, crusades, and iron hearts.



GameFly   ► Bulletstorm and Stronghold 3

GameFly is pretty light on sales this weekend, so I'll just use this space to think about the idea of a real bullet storm. It would be terrible. All those bullets plummeting from angry thunder-shots above. Clearly, we can never allow the gods to acquire firearms.



75% off Bulletstorm - $5.00

50% off Stronghold 3 Gold - $19.99





Let us know in the comments if you find any more great deals, and if you feel like sharing: what are you playing this weekend? I'll continue thieving in Guild Wars 2 on the Tarnished Coast server, though I am disappointed that the Thief class steals abilities instead of what I really want: money. I want to be the richest low-level scoundrel on the server, dammit.
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Max Payne 3 has just been updated with new free content.

Now Includes the free Disorganized Crime Pack for Max Payne 3 to battle above the streets surrounding Max’s old apartment in the new Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map. This pack also includes several new modifiers for Score Attack in Arcade Mode including Explosive Rounds where all your bullets detonate on impact, Lone Wolf AI for much more aggressive enemies and Headshots Only where the only way to kill your enemies is with a bullet in the head.

Also, contains the Gorilla Warfare Pack that includes three items to customize your loadout in Max Payne 3 — the Gorilla Mask Item gives you extra adrenaline for melee kills from behind, the Lucky Coin Item give you extra cash when looting bodies and the Booby Trap item makes your corpse booby trapped so that it explodes when looted by another player.

Note: Add-on content for Max Payne 3. Regional age and location restrictions may apply.

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Rockstar have released an update for Max Payne 3, introducing the Multiplayer Card feature, improved load times and anti-cheat measures.



The Multiplayer Card feature displays player stats, while improvements to the party system mean party leaders can now pull their friends out of existing games and into new ones. According to Rockstar this update also "enables Payne Thresholds, which will go live next week across all three platforms following the release of the free Disorganized Crime Pack DLC".



Here's the full list of Max Payne 3 updates:



The new Multiplayer Player Card, which allows you and your friends to track multiplayer stats including current amount of XP, total kills, favorite weapon and more.

New Automated cheat protection and lag protection measures.

Improvements to multiplayer load times

Players can now spawn with dual wield if they have two sidearms and no two-handed weapon equipped

Polish language support has been added

Party leader now has the option of taking entire party with them when they back out of a match

Weapon rank in the Arsenal is now visible on the left side of the screen, not just the right

The Crew menu is now available inside lobbies

XP gained for completing Grinds no longer contributes to rankings in Gang Wars matches

Improvements to the spectator camera in Gang Wars

Gang Wars wager system improved to better show betting results



 
Kotaku

So, Tell Me About Yourself, Video Game Video games need more "Call Me Ishmael."



That quote is one of the most famous opening lines in all of literature. Sure, its popularity is owed largely to being the first sentence in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. But that introduction is also memorable because you're learning about an important character from the very second you start reading.



Earlier this year, Max Payne 3 did the same trick, letting players know about Max's nihilistic wit and gallows humor before they ever fired a bullet or did a slo-mo dodge. If you never played a Max Payne game before, you still knew for the most part what kind of game you were getting in terms of mechanics. But the journey was about who you were playing as, which wasn't neccessarily something you could learn about just from shooting dudes.



I was reading an issue of Mark Waid's excellent run of Marvel Comics' Daredevil when I stopped to think about how great first-person narration is as a storytelling tool. One that games should use more of.







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Look, let's acknowledge that games unfurl their experiences in different ways than books or other media. Games can deliver story through interaction rather than scripting. But, the ones that want to tell tales have a great under-used tool in voiceover narration. Most video games struggle with telling you about their characters. They stop the thing you've shown up to do—solve tricky puzzles, shoot lots of alien invaders, explore vast landscapes—to roll out a cutscene where you finally get to see emotions play out on the front of a character's face. That's usually where you get to hear about what's motivating a hero or a party member. And these moments usually bring the play of a game to a dead stop. No wonder people skip through them.



That's why the narration of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time or Bastion (which, granted, isn't first-person) works so wonderfully. You can still be bounding around a crumbling castle or hacking away at a random enemy while getting fed information about the protagonist and the world. Even Metroid: Other Mcontroversial as its version of Samus Aran was for some people—let you into that character's head in a way by virtue of narration that previous games hadn't. In fact, I've found that narration heightens the action with a personality-driven filter. I cared more about getting Max past a wave of enemies than, say, Master Chief because I'd had his voice and his pain ringing through my head before the shots rang out.







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First-person narration gets used a lot in detective fiction and its very existence imparts a subliminal knowledge that the lead character makes it through okay. You're hearing the tale told after the smoke clears. Where that might rob some of the tension from the proceedings in a book or movie, you're the one that has to navigate to resolution in a video game. That character's voice becomes a catalyst for closure.



So, more narration, please. After all, if I'm going to spend 10, 20, 100 hours with a character, I better feel like I know him or her.


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Rockstar Games have announced that the next DLC pack for Max Payne 3 will see the grizzled, alcoholic gunman rendered in noir-ish black and white. The new Disorganized Crime Pack will give an even moodier look to the game, which is hardly sunshine and rainbows as it is.



Visuals aside, the free DLC will leave the single player campaign unchanged while adding the Hoboken Rooftops map, new multipliers for Score Attack mode, Lone Wolf AI (more aggressive enemies) and Headshots Only mode to the game's multiplayer.



The Disorganized Crime Pack will be available on August 28, and will look like this:







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Max Payne 3, Now Available in Black & WhiteTaking a page from LA Noire's case notes, Rockstar's Max Payne 3 will on August 28 be adding something called "Noir Mode", which is a tidy term for "playing the game in black & white".



It fits with the game's noir overtones, I guess, but given so much of Max Payne 3 is spent in the ridiculously over-saturated Rio, it seems almost a crime to rob your eyes of the city's lush colour palette.



The New Jersey sections, though? Well, they're just about perfect for it.


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Bullet Time Isn't Just A Fictional Badass Move. It's A Real Thing. For Neo, moving faster than bullets was a matter of realizing the Matrix's rules could be bent. For most of our video game heroes, bullet time is a popular mechanic that has appeared on titles like Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption, Vanquish and more.



It's not possible to slow down time and perform amazing feats—not yet, anyway. Still, most of us have probably experienced that feeling of time slowing down. We know it as the result of a severe adrenaline rush. It's the closest we have to approaching bullet time in real life, and arguably what bullet time is based on. And there's a reason it happens.



Our adrenaline starts pumping when we're in danger, or when we're scared. What follows is that more information is committed to memory by the brain (the amygdala to be specific) in an effort to help us keep safe. This memory overload makes our recollections seem richer and denser than they actually were.



It's an illusion that tricks your brain into thinking that the more memory it has of an event, the longer it took to pan out. Time slows down for you, only it doesn't in reality.



When we get older, time seems to fly. This is based on a similar phenomenon to the one drawn above. We store more memories from childhood because every experience is fresh, and there's more information to soak up. Experiences we have when we're older are at risk of being lost in the fray, because we've racked up so many similar-looking ones already. This is why childhood seems to take forever and adulthood seems to zip by.



Giving us false memories, deceiving us into thinking time moves slower (or faster!) than it actually does: the brain is pretty crazy amazing, eh?


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