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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Enters Open Beta and New Trailer

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February 6, 2015 — Positech Games is pleased to announce that the follow up to 100,000 plus selling Gratuitous Space Battles is available from today on open beta. Unsurprisingly named Gratuitous Space Battles 2, this new title once more does away with all the long winded base building and delays found in other strategy/management/simulation space-based games. Simply construct your ships from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give them orders and then sit back, watch the laser beams fly, hulls explode and hopefully win the day – or is that night, hard to tell in space.

A sequel wouldn’t be a sequel without a heap of new stuff and GSB2 doesn’t disappoint. Head of Positech Games and its lead (only) programmer, Cliff Harris, has been listening to what players of the original game loved and didn’t love so much plus what they would like to see in a follow-up. Here’s what’s been added:

  • Designer ships – No two cruisers need ever look the same again thanks to the in-built visual ship-editor; design your ships your way and then show them off in online battles
  • Presented in glorious technicolor – Brand new built from scratch purpose built graphics engine makes the action look 100% better*
  • More ships – Choose from a number of new ship classes
  • Expand your horizons – Built-in and easy to use multi monitor support
  • Mods rule – Easy to edit text and CSV files readily available
  • Keep in line – Pre-set formation orders now retain their shape regardless of number of ships lost
  • Give us a lift – Carriers are now required to transport all fighters into the battlefield
  • Fill me up – Fighters now have limited fuel and need to refuel at their parent carrier

Gratuitous Space Battles 2’s open beta is available now for PC from http://www.gratuitousspacebattles2.com/register.html for 500 Martian Kriptogs or in earth money $24.95USD, that’s about £16.50. Those purchasing now will receive access to the beta plus a Steam key for the full release that will also see Mac and Linux versions plus additional languages added.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Screenshots

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February 6, 2015 — BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released new assets for DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin, available April 7, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, all-in-one, games and entertainment system from Microsoft and STEAM for Direct X11 enabled PCs. The new assets highlight the updated graphics, expanded story, new enemy placements and the new Forlorn NPC invader.
Additionally, a new patch is now available for current DARK SOULS II owners free of charge. The update will give players access to The Scholar, a new NPC to shed new light on the DARK SOULS II story, as well as expanded item descriptions, online matchmaking improvements and other gameplay tweaks.

DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin, the new vision for DARK SOULS II will include updated graphics and performance, new enemy placement, increase in online players, additional gameplay enhancements, all three DLC missions released for DARK SOULS II (Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King), as well as all the new content found in the update mentioned above, currently available for DARK SOULS II players.

DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin will also be available through a physical retail release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and digitally for PC DirectX 9 systems on April 7, 2015. This new version of DARK SOULS II will include content from the new update for current DARK SOULS II players, enriching the player’s journey through Drangleic, as well as all three DLC missions released for DARK SOULS II.

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TRON Legacy Characters Now in Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition

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February 5, 2015 — Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up – Tron’s Sam Flynn and Quorra.  The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app for $2.99 each, and will be available for PC in March 2015.  Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode.

“The iOS version of Disney Infinity has always attracted our largest audience, so we wanted to do something special to celebrate its launch. I can’t think of a more appropriate digital exclusive than Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron,” said John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production, Disney Infinity.

Key highlights include: 

•       Sam Flynn: Son of brilliant videogame creator Kevin Flynn, Sam is ready for action. His skilled Lightcycle maneuvers make speeding around the Grid and outsmarting his foes a breeze.  Wielding his Identity Disc, he battles his way to become a User that Programs revere.

•       Quorra:  A rarity among Programs, Quorra, a fearless warrior, leaps her way into Disney Infinity. Don’t let her gentle nature fool you – she’s a true warrior at heart. Using her Katana and Identity Disc as weapons, Quorra is one Program you don’t want to cross.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. Additional Disney and Marvel characters will be available at North American retail stores and digital platforms in the coming months.

Tt eSPORTS Unveils the New Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Keyboard

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Taipei, Taiwan – February 4, 2015Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger announces the launch of POSEIDON Z Forged mechanical gaming keyboard. The new POSEIDON Z Forged continues to provide gamers and fans a very cool customized gaming setup. This new keyboard is wrapped in an aluminum faceplate that gives a gorgeous sleek finish to the keyboard and with all the keyboards in the POSEIDON Z series, Tt eSPORTS continues to offer the world’s first 5 year warranty for mechanical keyboards. The new Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON X Forged mechanical gaming keyboard will be available in this March!

Marvelous macro keys & Advanced Instant Shift System (I.S.S)

The POSEIDON Z Forged comes with both Tt certified blue & brown switches with full 104 key layout with blue lighting, features 10 additional macro keys for gaming efficiency, along with 5 profiles for a total 50 programmable macro on its normal mode plus another 5 extra profiles for game mode, this gives a spectacular total of 100 programmable macros for both normal and game mode. POSEIDON Z Forged also consist I.S.S. (Instant Shift System), allowing users to use either the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt key to quickly switch between macro groups and give immediate access to all 100 macro keys).

Tt Certified switches testing process for these mechanical switches was an arduous one, but these switches passed, result in a lifespan of up to 50 million key strokes. Furthermore, the all-new POSEIDON Z Forged is also designed to be used seamlessly with a built-in dual US

The adjustable glowing backlighting

The POSEIDON Z Forged also features 5 different adjustable brightness levels and with an additional pause-break lighting effect. In addition, 5 different pre-configured lighting zone combinations have also been designed for gamers’ usefulness. Detachable USB cable also has been designed for easy storage and travel.

The New Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Forged gaming keyboard with a suggested price of USD139.99

For more information on the POSEIDON Z Forged Mechanical gaming keyboard, please visit: POSEIDON Z Forged (Blue Switch) : http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=167

POSEIDON Z Forged (Brown Switch) :http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=168

Availability: March 2015

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Tt eSPORTS Instagram: http://instagram.com/ttesports

Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock Gets Release Date

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St. Louis, MO – February 3, 2015 – Phoenix Online Publishing and Red Herring Labs today announced that Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, a chillingly alien and atmospheric sci-fi first-person point-and-click adventure, will make its debut for PC and Mac on February 17th, 2015. Inviting players to crash-land upon and explore an isolated alien landscape that appears deceptively empty and benign, this adventure by Red Herring Labs brings new life to their hit game Morningstar, offering all-new puzzles, scenes and encounters to discover. Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock will be available for PC and Mac for $9.99 on February 17th via Steam, the Humble Store, the Phoenix Online Store and other major online retailers. Check out the trailer here:

Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they’ve landed on. If the situation weren’t dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?

Key Features

  • Experience an immersive sci-fi adventure, packed with gorgeous HD graphics, brand-new puzzles and scenes, and an all-new, streamlined interface
  • Newly remastered cinematics display the haunting landscapes in beautiful high definition
  • Uncover the mystery of Deadrock through new and optimized puzzles and an extended storyline
  • The alien planet of Deadrock comes alive with full voice acting and engrossing sound effects
  • Includes an atmospheric remastered soundtrack with over 30 minutes of original music

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

2015 SHOT Show Gallery

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The 2015 SHOT Show saw a huge amount of new products being shown off from all manner of shooting sports manufacturers. Of course, we checked it out for the airsoft-related vendors on-hand but there was a lot of other cool stuff to see as well. Here is our photo gallery of the venerable convention.

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Bullseye Camera System Review (Airsoft)

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Bullseye Camera Systems makes a line of remote cameras and software designed to electronically record and track your shots while doing target practice with both real steel or airsoft guns. Taking the various components out of the nice, black carrying case Bullseye provided the system to us in, I was sure that setting up the system was going to be a nightmare. It generates a Wi-Fi network which your tablet, smartphone, or laptop can connect to using the Bullseye Camera Software. Out of the box, you will pull a:

  • – Weatherproof camera w/night vision
  • – 5-hour rechargeable USB battery
  • – Router and Antenna
  • – Tripod and connectors
  • – Secure carrying case
  • – Bullseye Target Manager Software

The most amazing thing about this whole system, however, was that in order to make it work – all I had to do was plug the two USB cables coming from the camera and into the USB power box – that’s it. The cables already come hooked up to the router box and, within about fifteen seconds, the Bullseye Wi-Fi SSID appeared in my iPhone 5’s wireless network list. I was absolutely blown away by how user-friendly the Bullseye Camera System is to hook up. The fact that it plugs into a USB power box with a rated usage of 5 hours before needing recharging (and an AC adapter for the USB power block) means that you can have it all the way down range sans a plug outlet and the system will work to spec. In fact, this model of Bullseye Camera System is rated at 500 yards of range!

[ezcol_1half]Pros

  • The entire system is a breeze to setup – even for the not-so tech savvy
  • Automatic nightvision mode on camera
  • Laser attached to camera makes aiming at the target area easy
  • The Windows app is extremely functional
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Cons

  • Shot/target images saved to camera roll on iOS app are only 640×480
  • Might be a bit out of many airsoft players’ price ranges
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Overall, the Bullseye Camera System is an excellent tool for gauging your accuracy with both real steel and airsoft guns. After getting the chance to play around with it for a while, I think it is a no-brainer for hunters looking to zero in their optics, law enforcement agencies, tactical training companies, airsoft players – you name it. Being able to remotely view your target up close makes the often times difficult task of zeroing in optics for your airsoft rifles very simple.

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Announced to Enhance Ending

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 5, 2012 – BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge*.

“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series added, “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”

The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 250 awards from critics around the world. Mass Effect 3 launched last month to universal critical acclaim, receiving over 75 perfect scores. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit http://masseffect.com, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect or “like” the game on Facebook at http://facebook.com/masseffect. Press assets for Mass Effect 3 are available at www.info.ea.com.

Crux360 for New iPad Arriving May 12

Crux has announced that their upcoming Crux360 case for the new iPad will be released on May 12th, 2012. The case will retail for a reduced price of $99 dollars and features a Bluetooth keyboard as well as multiple configurations suited for typing, gaming, and playing movies. Checkout the official website for more details.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods & Kings Gets Release Date

New York, NY – April 5, 2012 2K Games announced today that Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Gods & Kings, the expansion pack for the critically acclaimed and award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization® V, will be available for Windows-based PC in North America on June 19, 2012 and internationally on June 22, 2012. Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods & Kings enhances the Civilization V experience by adding new civilizations, leaders, units, technologies and more, as well as the return of religion and espionage. Spanning the breadth of human civilization, the Gods & Kings expansion pack allows players to found the first Pantheon of the Gods and spread religion across the world as well as deploy spies in enemy cities to form allies and steal technology.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: God & Kings takes players through time as they engage in new quests and global competitions, interact with new types of city-states, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat. Nine new civilizations, each ruled by a new leader; nine new wonders; three original scenarios; and dozens of new units, buildings, technologies and resources have also been added, offering even more ways for players to expand their empire on their quest to rule the world.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods & Kings is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information please visit www.civilization.com.

2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

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