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Secret Ponchos Early Access Preview (PC)

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I’ve been excited about the idea of Secret Ponchos since I first heard rumors about it. Top down Diablo style and PVP gameplay with spaghetti western theming and Gorillaz style animation? Sign me up, I’ll put “Clint Eastwood” on loop and load “The Man With No Name” trilogy up. It’s still in pretty early Alpha stage, so don’t go grabbing for your sombreros just yet, but if everything continues on this path you’ll be packing at high noon soon!

Features:
– Five character classes: The Killer, Kid Red, The Deserter, The Matador and Phantom Poncho with more to come.
– Rookie and Ranked modes
– 1vs1, 2vs2, 4vs4 and 8 player gameplay
– Domination, Deathmatch and Free-For-All
– Original western soundtrack

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Hands On:
The key to remember with a game like this is it is still “Early Access” which can be a deceiving statement but in this case translates to Alpha. Everything from the gameplay to the names of the characters can change between now and the time the game finally gets full release. Good examples would be that when it first seem to really start getting attention at PAX East 2013 one of the characters was named Gordo and manned a Gatling gun. Also, the platforms they were shooting for were the PS3 and XBox 360. Now, however, Gordo has gone to Boot Hill and they now have their sights on PS4 and Steam. These type of things happen as builds are adjusted and technology advances so just be prepared, what I talk about now may be a sight bit different from the final results.

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That being said, what is developing is a nice looking, fun playing shoot’em up. Each character comes with two weapons and in the future should have the options of different skins. The weapons are designed to be divided by usage, one for close-up and the other for distance kills. Each character has its own combos and strategies. Some seem fairly straight forward like Phantom Poncho’s whip which disarms the enemy so you can get in close with your shotgun. Others seem to involve more thought like Killer’s throwing knife and long barrel revolver. All involve practice to get the hang of which you can do on the single player practice range, then you can move up to “Rookie” class. After that, once you get a feel for your gear, the ranked games await. The more men you gun down the more bounties you collect, the more bounties you collect the higher the price on your own head goes. Along with reward ranking there is also titles starting at such names as “petty thief” and heading up to others like “dangerous thug.”

A lot of the fun of the game is in the Old West atmosphere created by the character design, the music and the animation that looks like it came out of a Gorillaz video or a graphic novel. It plays out beautifully as bullets fly, crates explode and characters dive into taverns for cover. They have their Boot Hill style cemetery, cleared streets and weed filled corrals waiting for a fight all while listening to a score that could have been straight out of a Sergio Leone film.

The game has controls for the keyboard but after quite a bit of painful play on it I realized it is truly suited towards a controller, so much so that it feels almost like a port (it was originally aiming for the PS3 and Xbox 360). Once I settled in behind a controller even my busted up excuse for a controller was better than the keyboard.

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This of course may change when it finally hits release version but if I were you I would make sure to have a controller in your holster. If you have the Steam early access version of Secret Ponchos, get your gun belt on and hit the streets as they need a bigger population for their testing and development.

First Shot:
I was a bit surprised that a game I had heard about so much so long ago was still at this point in production, I would have thought it would have been further along. It is still pretty buggy and the population of Lonetree sometimes feels like 1. That said, I really like where it is headed and if the final game is anything like the build I have been treated to it will be a treat indeed. I’ll be keeping this game in my sights looking forward to many showdowns ahead.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Igromir Expo Screenshots

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Here are some brand new screenshots of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, released at the Igromir expo in Russia.

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Arma 3 Helicopters DLC available on November 4th

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September 25, 2014 — Bohemia Interactive today announced the official release date for Arma 3’s second premium DLC, Arma 3 Helicopters. Lifting off on November 4th, the new DLC will introduce the highly detailed CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru heavy-lift helicopters, and will be supported by a variety of free new content and features in an accompanying Arma 3 platform update.

The CH-67 Huron is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. It is a modernized version of the CH-47 Chinook and its primary role is the transportation of troops, vehicles and cargo. The Huron exists in two variants: the armed variant with two side gunners manning 6.5 mm gatling guns, and the transport version which replaces the gunners with two additional passenger positions.

The Mi-290 Taru is a heavy utility helicopter with coaxial rotors and a unique modular construction. Various mission pods allow the Taru to serve many different roles. It can transport cargo, troops, and provide battlefield supplies (ammunition, fuel, repair facilities, and medical equipment). The helicopter can also transport light vehicles thanks to its sling loading capabilities. The latter, sling loading, is a brand new feature in Arma 3, and will be demonstrated in the official Sling Loading showcase scenario, which is included in the Helicopters DLC package.

Overall, the addition of the two new helicopters and their skin variants will place a stronger emphasis on the role of logistics in Arma 3’s open-world combat. This idea is complemented by the upcoming Arma 3 platform update, which delivers a variety of free new playable content, alongside multiple game-changing features.

In terms of content, the Arma 3 platform update will ship the brand new Support multiplayer mode, where players will need to provide various types of helicopter support – such as troop transport and medevac – in Sector Control multiplayer scenarios. In addition, the update will include a set of ten VR Training helicopter stages, and five helicopter Time Trials, of which four will be exclusive to Helicopters DLC owners. A variety of new in-game objects, ranging from landing platforms to military decorations and more, will also be made available to Arma 3 content creators. Plus, Bohemia Interactive will add a related set of new Steam Achievements to the game.

With regards to the new features, the Arma 3 platform update comes with the optional RotorLib helicopter flight model, which is an upgraded version of the flight model used in Bohemia Interactive’s Take On Helicopters. Furthermore, the platform update will include the aforementioned new ability tosling load cargo, and last but certainly not least: the much-anticipated firing-from-vehicles feature. This functionality enables vehicle passengers to fire their weapon while seated.

The Arma 3 Helicopters DLC will be available on November 4th for 12.99 EUR/10.99 GBP/15.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. People can already purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which includes the Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Helicopters, and the upcoming Arma 3 Marksmen DLC, for 19.99 EUR/16.99 GBP/24.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. As a result of Bohemia Interactive’s new approach to DLC in Arma 3, which the studio announced in May, players will be able to try out all new DLC content before buying.

To enlist for Arma 3 service, people can purchase the regular edition of Arma 3 (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) and the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (49.99 EUR/42.99 GBP/64.99 USD) – which includes the Arma 3 soundtrack, tactical maps of Altis and Stratis, a tactical guide containing more than 350 pages, and Bohemia Interactive’s debut game Arma: Cold War Assault – from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. A boxed version of Arma 3 is sold at many major high-street retailers.

For more information, please visit http://www.arma3.com and/or follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Nival Announces Blitzkrieg 3 with Screenshots

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September 18 – St. Petersburg – A decade ago, Nival cemented itself as a leader in strategy gaming with the launch of its now-classic Blitzkrieg series, which has won more than forty awards, including numerous Game of the Year and Editor’s Choice accolades. Today, Nival unveils Blitzkrieg 3, the next title in the acclaimed series, coming to PC and Mac in early 2015. Blitzkrieg 3 paints a realistic picture of World War II – away from the realm of politics or ideology, focused on the battles that ultimately shaped the world we live in today.

Players will become commanders of the era as they experience an interactive story of the second World War, blending single-player and innovative multiplayer gameplay. Classic single-player campaigns will be available for each party involved in the conflict – the USSR, the Axis and the Allies. Multiplayer is asynchronous, allowing players to make their way through the enemy defenses without needing to be online for hours on end.

“Since its establishment 17 years ago, Nival has been focused on the strategy genre – often mixing it with other elements to create new game experiences,” saysSergey Orlovskiy, CEO of Nival. “We feel that today’s rather rapid pace of life has caused the RTS genre to fall by the wayside. Blitzkrieg 3 is designed to re-invent RTS for modern gamers, using all of our experience to deliver something new and exciting.”

More information about Blitzkrieg 3 will be released in the coming months, but for now prospective strategists can take a look at the official website www.blitzkrieg.com, complete with gameplay footage, developer insight, screenshots and more.

Further, to commemorate the announcement of Blitzkrieg 3, the original titles with all the official add-ons are on sale on Steam for just $4.99/€4.99/£3.99. Get out there, commander!

Blitzkrieg Anthology at http://store.steampowered.com/app/313480

Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology at http://store.steampowered.com/app/313500

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This War of Mine Now Available for Pre-Order

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August 29, 2014 – We have some good news for everyone who’s waiting for 11 bit’s much-anticipated game, This War of Mine. Starting today, you can pre-order the game exclusively at the Games Republic store.

Buying the game during this pre-order phase guarantees that you’ll be able to play the game on day one, with the added bonus of saving 10% on each copy! The regular price of the game is set for $19.99, coming to $17.99 with the pre-order discount.

Buy your copy of the game today at:
https://gamesrepublic.com/game/strategy,this-war-of-mine,148.html

The exact date of the launch will be revealed in upcoming weeks. Along with the pre-order, we are revealing a pack of news screenshots taken from the game.

You can expect more info on the game soon!

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Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition Announced

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SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – August 29, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced Total War™: ROME II – Emperor Edition, the definitive edition of the best-selling game in the Total War™ series from Creative Assembly.

Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’.
Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.

The new ‘Imperator Augustus’ Campaign Pack adds hundreds of hours of sandbox gameplay across a new campaign map reflecting the geopolitical boundaries of the Second Triumvirate War. Players will determine the outcome of a vast civil war, which saw Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus vying to become the very first Emperor of Rome.

Alongside all feature updates from launch (including Twitch.tv integration, touch controls, new factions, new units and now the Mac version), Emperor Edition also features an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles, and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.

Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War team, said: “ROME II was far and away our most ambitious game. We see more people playing, and playing for longer, than any other game in the Total War series. However, we take our players’ feedback very seriously. Through the multitude of improvements and free content updates we’ve brought to ROME II since its launch, we’ve worked hard to try and meet their expectations. We want Emperor Edition to be remembered as one of our finest games.”

The design of Emperor Edition was led by Jack Lusted, Development Lead of CA’s New Content Team. “With the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack, we wanted to recreate the vast civil war which erupted after Julius Caesar’s murder,” said Lusted. “You can tackle the campaign as various Roman and non-Roman factions, including Armenia for the first time. Our aim was to represent the titanic power struggle that led to Octavian becoming the first Emperor of Rome. It’s a pretty epic campaign, and it’s great that we can offer this to existing ROME II players for free as a thanks for their support”.

For more information about Emperor Edition and the’ Imperator Augustus’ Campaign Pack, please tune in to the latest episode of community show Rally Point which aired today: http://youtu.be/aukvxuZ1VcM

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Defense Grid 2 Demo at Pax and New Screenshots

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – Aug. 27, 2014 – 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment today announced that the full version of Defense Grid 2, the sequel to the 2008 tower defense critical hit, will be shown for the first time during PAX Prime,August 29 – September 1, in Seattle. Attendees eager to lay out their strategies before the game’s September 23 launch can visit the 505 Games booth (#6011) to get a hands-on look on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Pre-orders of Defense Grid 2 on Steam continue to gain momentum, with the likelihood of a new reward tier opening up this week. In Tier 2 of the campaign, consumers can receive ten percent off of the launch price, immediate access to the beta (currently only for Windows users), a copy of Defense Grid: The Awakening and its Containment expansion*, a digital copy of the original Defense Grid art book and a 50% off coupon for Hidden Path’s new social sandbox game Windborne (currently in Early Access).

For more information on Defense Grid 2 please visit  http://www.hiddenpath.com/games/defense-grid-2/

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Breach & Clear: DEADline Trailer and Screenshots

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August 26, 2014 — Today Gambitious and Devolver Digital released a behind-the-scenes look at Breach & Clear: DEADline, the all-new PC action game based on the iOS tactical strategy hit from Gun Media and Mighty Rabbit Studios. The video shows all new pre-alpha gameplay footage fresh off their award-winning appearance at Gamescom 2014. Coming to Steam Early Access this Fall, Breach & Clear: DEADline is published by Gambitious in conjunction with Devolver Digital.

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Wargaming Reveals PvE Combat in World of Warplanes Update 1.5

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August 21, 2014 — Wargaming is pleased to announce the global release of Update 1.5 for its flight combat MMO World of Warplanes. Update 1.5 introduces a brand new PvE game mode, inviting rookies to improve their aerial skills against computer-controlled aircraft, along with complex ground targets, a revamped superiority system, graphics improvements, and a new map.

World of Warplanes pilots can now take to the skies with the brand new 15 vs. 15 PvE mode, where a team of 3–5 players are supplemented by AI-controlled allies and compete with an enemy team of NPC warplanes. The PvE mode comes with original battle missions and achievements. Upon completion of each mission, ammo and equipment are automatically resupplied and the level of difficulty for each battle increases.

Update 1.5 introduces complex ground targets, making air-to-ground attacks more engaging for virtual pilots, as well as a complete overhaul of the game’s superiority system to balance the contribution of ground attack planes and fighters in a team’s victory.

Along with a new mode and changes in gameplay mechanics, the update will also add a new battle arena, Canyon, available for tier’s 3–10, a completely reworked National Park map available for tier’s 1–5, and new achievements for both beginners and seasoned players.

For more information on World of Warplanes Update 1.5 and to register for a free account, visit:

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Screenshots and Achievements

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Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions revealed new screenshots, achievements, and trophies for their upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor achievements and trophies:

  •        A Graug’s Heel (10 GP): Capitalize on a Warchief’s fear
  •        A Mighty Doom (10 GP): Acquire a level 25 rune
  •        A New Master (15 GP): Brand a Captain while in combat
  •        And it Burns, Burns, Burns (15 GP): Use the detonate ability to burn 50 Uruks
  •        Bearer of the Shining Lamp (20 GP): Collect 100 percent of the Ithildin
  •        Black Celebration (15 GP): Poison a captain at his own feast
  •        Burning Vengeance (15 GP): Perform an execution on a flaming berserker
  •        Crowned with Living Light (10 GP): Collect 50 percent of the Ithildin
  •        Divide and Conquer (15 GP): Eliminate the bodyguards of two Warchiefs, then draw them out and kill them
  •        Fire of Justice (30 GP): Complete all Urfael Legend Missions
  •        Fly you fools! (10 GP): Make 20 Uruks flee by dropping Morgai Fly nests
  •        Height of Despair (10 GP): Use Strike From Above while at least 60 feet above the target
  •        Iron of Death (10 GP): Issue a Death Threat, and then successfully kill the target
  •        Jaws of Death (10 GP): Attract caragors with bait five times.
  •        Legend of Shadow (10 GP): Complete a Dagger Mission and begin growing the legend of Acharn
  •        Legend of Vengeance (15 GP): Complete a Sword Mission and begin growing the legend of Urfael
  •        Legend of the Maker (10 GP): Complete a Bow Mission and begin growing the legend of Azkâr
  •        Liberator (30 GP): Complete all Outcast Rescue Missions
  •        Lord and Master (10 GP): Brand all five Warchiefs
  •        Master of the Wilds (20 GP): Complete all Hunting Challenges
  •        Memories of Eregion (20 GP): Activate all Forge Towers
  •        No Power in Numbers (10 GP): Help a Captain survive a Recruitment Power Struggle, and then kill him and all his new recruits
  •        Paid in Blood (20 GP): Unlock four Dagger Rune slots
  •        Paths of the Dead (20 GP): Collect 25 percent of the Artifacts
  •        Power Vacuum (10 GP): Kill all five Warchiefs before any Uruk takes their place
  •        Ranger of Ithilien (20 GP): Complete all Survivalist Challenges
  •        Repaid in Blood (10 GP): Complete a Vendetta Mission
  •        Rise and Fall (20 GP): After an Uruk kills Talion to become a Captain, help him become a Warchief, then kill him
  •        Scout of the Morannon (20 GP): Successfully complete a Survivalist Challenge
  •        Shadows of the Ancient Past (30 GP): Collect 100 percent of the Artifacts and listen to their memories
  •        Stinking Rebels (20 GP): Brand five Bodyguards of a Warchief, turning them against him in combat
  •        Strike True (20 GP): Unlock two Bow Rune slots
  •        The Cold Light (20 GP): Unlock three Sword Rune slots
  •        The Free Folk (15 GP): Complete an Outcast Rescue Mission
  •        The Last Shadow (30 GP): Complete all Acharn Legend Missions
  •        The Maker’s Bow (30 GP): Complete all Azkâr Legend Missions
  •        The Spirit of Mordor (20 GP): Start a Riot by commanding a Warchief to attack another Warchief
  •        The White Rider (15 GP): Liberate 30 slaves in 180 seconds while riding a caragor
  •        Thrill of the Hunt (20 GP): Successfully complete four Hunting Challenges
  •        Unleashed (10 GP): Free five caragors from cages
  •        You Will Obey (20 GP): Make an Uruk yours

PlayStation Exclusive:

  •        Master of Mordor: Platinum trophy for unlocking all achievements

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