Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Remakes Slated for November Release


Coming this November, Nintendo will be releasing two new Pokémon titles to the 3DS. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will join the ranks of the Generation VI titles for handhelds by having a “fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favorite hits on the Game Boy Advance system. The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world”, according to Nintendo’s press release.

Check out Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin – Kickstarter ending > 13 hours


If there’s a Kickstarter project you should be checking out and backing, it is most certainly Larian Studios’ newest RPG, Divinity: Original Sin. The Belgian developer launched their first Kickstarter in hopes to raise $400K for their upcoming prequel to the 2002 Divine Divinity. At this moment, they have already doubled their initial funding goal and looking to complete their last stretch goal that’s available at $1M. With less than 14 hours to go, they are a little more than $167K away from reaching it. Their last and final goal to integrate NPC schedules is certainly one that would add so much more depth into the game. If $1M of funding is reached, NPCs will go to sleep at night and the weather and moons will influence the NPCs and monsters’ activities as well as the schools of magic.

For those of you who have not played Larian Studios’ former games, their new installment is certainly one game that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially considering how amazing of an effort you can see from the developers’ consistent video updates. In fact with the countdown looming around the corner, many gameplay videos have appeared showing off the isometric cRPG. One earlier today was created with Destructoid’s Jim Sterling and Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios and director of Divinity: Original Sin, playing and showing of the unique cooperative dialogue system. Additionally, Total Biscuit and Jessie Cox each both did pre-alpha commentary videos which shows the stunning graphics and the turn-based combat. Also the world is highly explorable which in fact those who go off the beaten path and delve deeper into the game will be rewarded. In the video below, Swen explains a scenario where players are rewarded for exploring. So once I get my hands on the game, I will certainly try to find the city, The Black Cove, as Swen mentioned.

 

Larian Studios’ is even integrating more realistic combat by incorporating the manipulation of elements. As you can see in the screenshot below, the monster is frozen in place and the next spell used is a fire one, which naturally melts the ice and turns it into water. Additionally, if there was a lightning attack against a water doused opponent, the opponent would receive more damage since water can conduct lightning. Therefore if you are playing with a friend, you could freeze your opponent while your partner then burns them to create water and thus allowing your friend to then throw out a lightning spell to incite more damage against your enemy.

Along with a highly reactive world, deep character development, and a plethora of interactive items, the game will include drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer. Additionally, you aren’t required to follow your partner around, you may explore freely as well without being limited by your pesky comrade! With the unique dialogue system, you have your own voice and are not required to stick to the party leader’s idea. You can disagree with decisions which will ultimately affects your relation with your party members as well as your personal traits.

Therefore with such a great board of ideas, Larian Studios undoubtedly will be creating an immersive and unforgettable RPG once their funding is deemed successful in 12 hours. But it doesn’t end there with all these ideas. There’s even going to be a complete level editor available due to Larian Studios combined efforts with Valve’s Steam Workshop. Many fans will be able to create their own adventures (single or cooperative) and play them out and share them among their fellow Divinity enthusiasts. So never fear, if you finish the game, you can make your own level or enjoy endless adventures shared by others!

Hopefully some of the ideas, have opened your eyes to the developer, Larian Studios, as well as their great Divinity RPG series. Although the Kickstarter is ending very soon, you can still pledge now. Also if you don’t have a Kickstarter account, you can pledge at Divinity: Original Sin‘s official website using Paypal, which will surely be open for a few weeks after the Kickstarter ends like former Kickstarters have done.

If you are interested in the game, check out Divinity II: Ego Draconis and Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga both available on Steam to hold over your appetite. There is even a demo for Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for you to try! I know this is a such a small overview of Larian Studios’ great efforts and works, but seriously check out their Kickstarter and peruse their updates, which would leave you in love with the revitalization of RPGs.

The Walking Dead to release on PS Vita


Telltale’s episodic point-and-click adventure game, The Walking Dead, will eventually be available for the PS Vita this year. The winner of 80 awards will be receiving a second season for the fourth quarter of 2013. The second season might be impacted by a user’s previous season one decisions.

Steam launched Indie Spring Sale yesterday, lasts until March 29th


Yesterday Steam reduced the prices of many indie games, which of course include those Independent Game Festival Winners and Finalists. Also it’s a pretty opportunistic time to highlight indie games, since PAX East started this morning and includes Indie Megabooth that showcases a plethora of independent game developers. In addition, several developers who received funding through Kickstarter will also be there, such as the Pixelscopic of Delver’s Drop and Sinister Design of Telepath Tactics. You may now also purchase games from Steam’s Early Access Program that allows you test out alpha builds. Gnomoria, Under the Ocean, and StarForge are a few that are available now to try out.

You can check the full listings of indie games here. Below are the IGF Finalists and Winners and PAX East Games that are on sale among notable other indie games.

IGF Finalists & Winners

PAX East Games

Notable on sale titles:

NightSky – $1.99 (80% off)
Terraria – $2.49 (75% off)
Dungeons of Dredmor – $2.49 (50% off)
Trine – $2.49 (75% off)

Resident Evil 6 to release on PC under a mere two hours, Left 4 Dead 2 Crossover announced


Resident Evil 6 will be available on Steam today probably by 1.00pm EST. The latest installment of Capcom’s franchise has experienced many reviews on both sides of the spectrum. The game is available to pre-purchase on Steam and has unlocked three rewards. Those who pre-purchase on Steam will receive the digital artbook and soundtrack along with a copy of Resident Evil 5 (already have it? then you can gift it to a friend), and Resident Evil 6‘s Season DLC Pass.

The PC version also includes a crossover of Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil. Come April 5th, The Mercenaries: No Mercy mode will be available for gamers. In addition, there’s also Survivors and Special Infected Zombies mode which includes Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle. Also players will face Lepotitsa, Napad and Ogroman from the Resident Evil 6.

Check out the latest footage of the crossover below.

 

Transistor to release in 2014 as Supergiant Games’ next adventure


Taken from Eurogamer

Supergiant Games has announced their next project titled, Transistor. You have probably heard about their 2011 RPG hit, Bastion. Well their next game will feature a young woman named, Red. The game will take place in a futuristic city and will also include Ashley Barrett again. It’ll be release in 2014 and might possibly be available on next generation consoles.

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 will be available for Android


Wizards of the Coast announced its next installment of Magic 2014. Duels of the Planewalkers 2014 will be available this summer for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS, and finally for Android. The next addition to the franchise will include 10 brand new decks, 15 new encounters, and 10 new puzzle challenges.

Machinarium to release on PS Vita at the end of March


Come March 26th, Amanita Design’s cute point-and-click adventure game will be available on the PS Vita for $6.99. You can also pick up the game on Steam for $2.99 (PC/Mac) during the Indie Spring Sale which won’t end until March 29th.

Blizzard announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was officially announced at PAX East. The title is a digital collectible card game that was developed by fifteen developers, a new team part of Blizzard Entertainment. The free-to-play card game will allow players to play as a mage or warrior like in World of Warcraft.

Additionally, players will be able to complete in-game purchases to expand their card decks. Also you may craft cards by disenchanting unwanted cards in order to receive one that would better suit your deck.

The game has been announced for PC, Mac, and iPad. It might come to Android as well. The beta is slated for the summer and you can sign up at HearthStone’s site.

More details from WoW Insider:

Cards and Decks

  • Initial launch will contain 300 cards.
  • You’ll be able earn booster packs (just like MT:G booster packs). You can also buy them.
  • The price Blizzard is throwing around for the booster packs right now is $1/pack.
  • Each pack comes with five random cards. Guaranteed to get a rare or better in each pack.
  • Chance also to upgrade to a “golden” version of the same card (like MT:G foil cards).
  • You’ll be able to build your own decks, but also can let the game build it for you.
  • Two classifications of cards: basic and expert.
  • Multiple rarity levels of expert cards: common, rare, epic, and legendary.
  • Anything buy in the beta will be credited back to your live version of the game at equal value in the form of an unopened pack.

Playing the Game

  • The game is built around 1v1 match.
  • Battle.net is used to set up the matches, you also can play against an AI (normal and expert mode).
  • You earn medals every week for winning matches.
  • You play the game as one of nine “heroes” of the Warcraft universe. Like a mage, druid, rogue, warlock, etc…
  • Anyone who is familiar with MT:G or the WoW TCG should be able to pick this up pretty quickly, it looks like.
  • Some cards demonstrated had AoE damage.
  • Play field looks pretty standard: your hand, discard pile, health, mana, draw pile, battle field.
  • In the screenshots and gameplay footage you start off with 30 health.

Other Notes

  • We don’t know yet if cards are going to be tradeable.

Sanctum 2 to release this year


The common indie game, Sanctum, will be receiving a sequel this year. Coffee Stain Studios’ first-person tower defense game will hit Steam of course. But it will also be available on Xbox Live as well as PlayStation Network. Take a look at the trailer showcasing more vibrant environments in the upcoming installment. If you want to get more information about the game, check out the development blog.

Sleeping Dogs receives new DLC based on the zodiac


Last year, Square Enix’s open world game received a DLC titled Nightmare In Northpoint to celebrate Halloween by letting you beat down on hopping undeads. But now in honor of the zodiac, you may now play the new DLC Year of the Snake that is available for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Our main character, Wei Shen, is back with the police and is looking for details concerning the Cult of the Snake whom has been participating in a series of bombings. Catch a glimpse of the DLC below in the new trailer.

Borderlands 2 will soon include a new character


Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 showcased a new teaser that will introduce a sixth playable character into the mix. Looks like the mysterious character will be a melee fighter of sorts.

Borderlands 2 DLC available


Long story short, I dig your skills.

Today, you can pick up the brand new DLC available for Borderlands 2. Purchasable for $10 or $30 for the BL2 DLC Season Pass for all the upcoming DLC releases, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC will let you head onto a new adventure aiding Captain Scarlett to find some treasure. Check out the trailer below to learn more and happy hunting.

Full disclosure, I will absolutely stab you in the back somewhere down the road.

 

Assassin’s Creed III multiplayer trailer


Taken from pickywallpapers
Created by panda39 from deviantart

The much anticipated installment of Ubisoft’s popular franchise, Assassin’s Creed III, will be releasing in exactly two weeks (October 31st for EU). Though like myself and for other PC gamers, we must wait until November 20th (NA) or November 23rd (EU) for the release unfortunately. Today marks a new trailer for the title which highlights the multiplayer aspect of the game. It also introduces a new feature of the area by incorporating co-op multiplayer assassinations. Check out the details below.

LoL visual upgrade – Twisted Fate, the Card Master


Twisted Fate splash art

Along with the visual upgrade to Soraka, Twisted Fate is also receiving one. The new look along with new animations and voice over will be introduced into the upcoming patch. Check out the new splash art above and new model looks below.

Card sharks everywhere will be excited to know that Twisted Fate is receiving a Visual Upgrade in the upcoming patch. The Card Master is a classic champion that remains one of the most popular around the world. Fate has smiled upon everyone’s favorite gambler – he’s getting a new model as well as revamped textures, sound effects, spell effects, and voice over. Each one of Twisted Fate’s skins is being adapted to his higher quality model, so you’ll see upgrades across the board. He’s also got some sexy new moves inspired by the latest dance craze.

Twisted Fate animations

Injustice: Gods Among Us out April 2013


Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us. Additionally, the game is slated to come out next year in April on Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. Check out a glimpse of the Batcave, along with many of the wonderful characters of the DC Universe below.

Sleeping Dogs’ new DLCs available in October


If you’ve already completed Sleeping Dogs, don’t you worry there’s more DLCs on the way come October. The new trailer below which shows a bit of gameplay highlights two new DLC packs, the SWAT Pack and the Street Racer Pack. The SWAT pack will include at least 20 new cop missions and in addition to it, there will be a new story-driven DLC available sometime probably in late October. The details will be given on October 14th at New York’s Comic-Con. Also there will be a free Community Gift Pack from United Front.

Rovio’s Bad Piggies releases next Thursday


Next week Rovio’s new game, Bad Piggies, will be available for iOS, Android, and Mac. Eventually, the game will release to PC and Windows Phone. Bad Piggies will allow players to create contraptions to advance through levels as well make players steal eggs. Check below at the debut and gameplay trailer for more details.

Humble Bundle VI is available


In case, you haven’t gotten enough out of indie bundles yet, Humble Bundle is back again with its sixth bundle. For just $5.79 at the moment, you can pick up six awesome indie games. The main highlight of this bundle is certainly Torchlight. In fact, Runic Games has just released their sequel to the amazing RPG. Torchlight 2 was finally made available to play yesterday. If you haven’t picked up Torchlight, this bundle is definitely a must-have for anyone who enjoys a good RPG and indie games in general. In addition to the games, you’ll also receive five soundtracks as well as any other material Humble Bundle will unlock. Paying at least $1 of the pay-what-you-want model will also net you Steam keys. As always when you purchase the bundle, you can divvy up your donation among two charities, EFF and Child’s Play, HB tip, and of course, the developers. Don’t delay, the Humble Bundle VI will disappear in less than 11 days and 6 hours, pick it up here.

LoL champions and skins on sale 9/21-9/24


Twisted Fate splash art

Kennen M.D. is discounting some champions this weekend and he has selected Lulu, Warwick, and Twisted Fate. Two of them, Warwick and Twisted Fate, are available for just 292 RP as well. Lulu is 487 RP though. In addition, you can pick up Bloodfury Renekton, Sakura Karma, and Sailor Gangplank at a reduced price as well. Sakura Karma is purchasable for 260 RP and the other two are available for 487 RP.

Bloodfury Renekton in-game image

Bloodfury Renekton splash art

Sakura Karma in-game image

Sakura Karma splash art

Sailor Gangplank in-game image

Sailor Gangplank splash art

 

 

 

Saints Row: The Third free-to-play for the weekend on Steam


That’s right; Saints Row: The Third is available to play for free until Sunday at 4pm EST. The game is also 66% off bringing it down to $13.59 from its usual retail price of $39.99. Pick it up here or just try it for the weekend and make a decision on it before the sale ends on Monday at 1pm EST.

 

LoL visual upgrade – Soraka, the Starchild


Soraka, the Starchild splash art

Riot Games has revamped old champs and most recently they have now targeted Soraka, the Starchild. Along with the new splash art shown above, Soraka’s animations will be changing in  the game and new visual effects will be implemented for her skins, not just her classic look. Check out the new look below.

Indie Gala 9 has launched


Indie Gala is back with its ninth installment featuring more indie games for your gaming pleasure. The main core of the bundle this time highlights Battlegroup, Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land, Worms, and Alien Breed 2: Assault. If you pay more than $5.87 at the moment, you’ll also receive Broken Sword: Director’s Cut, Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, The Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon, Worms Blast, and Worms Crazy Golf. You’ll additionally receive two extra mystery games that will not be revealed until the second week of Indie Gala 9’s running. As always there will be three bonuses revealed later in the second week. These are usually soundtracks, comics, or another game perhaps. The main highlights of this bundle are clearly the Worms franchise along with the Broken Sword franchise. Every game is available for Steam except Battlegroup and Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land that are usable on Android devices. Of course, if you do decide to get Indie Gala 9, you have the chance to select which charity you’d like your money to help out or you can split it between AbleGamers and Help For Emilia. Pick up your bundle now until the 115K seconds dwindles down to zero.

LoL champions and skins on sale 9/18-9/21 and free champion rotation week 43


Fiddlesticks splash art

Until tomorrow, you can still purchase the three champions and skins Charred Maokai has placed on sale. For this week, Charred Maokai has reduced Fiddlesticks, Viktor, and Hecarim. Both Viktor and Hecarim are available now for just 487 RP, but Fiddlesticks has been discounted to 292 RP. Additionally, you’ll find Prototype Viktor, Darkforge Jarvan IV, and Sherwood Forest Ashe on sale. Each skin is reduced to 487 RP, except for Sherwood Forest Ashe whose skin is available to purchase for just 260 RP. You have until tomorrow to pick up these champions and skins, before a new sale appears for the weekend. It’s also a new week so here’s the free champion rotation for week 43: Amumu, Blitzcrank, Jax, Morgana, Soraka, Twisted Fate, Miss Fortune, Warwick, Udyr, and Zilean.

Prototype Viktor in-game image

Prototype Viktor splash art

Darkforge Jarvan IV in-game image

Darkforge Jarvan IV splash art

Sherwood Forest Ashe in-game image

Sherwood Forest Ashe splash art

 

 

LoL champion revealed – Kha’Zix, the Voidreaver


Kha’Zix, the Voidreaver

I’m getting behind on my posts. I just posted the sneak peek and oh look here’s the full reveal of Kha’Zix. The official post is below.

Kha’Zix, the Voidreaver, will be devouring prey on the Fields of Justice in the upcoming patch. A flexible jungle assassin, Kha’Zix excels at surprising enemy champions and quickly dealing massive burst damage. Moreover, his unique evolution gameplay allows him to adapt to different enemy team comps and strategies by customizing his abilities over the course of the match. Here’s a full rundown of his abilities:

Kha’Zix, the Voidereaver

  • Unseen Threat (Passive): When Kha’Zix is not visible to the enemy team, he gains Unseen Threat, causing his next basic attack against an enemy champion to deal bonus magic damage and slow.
  • Taste Their Fear:Deal physical damage to a single target. Damage against isolated targets is significantly increased. Kha’Zix passively marks enemies that are isolated from nearby allies.
    • Evolving claws increases damage to isolated targets even further. Kha’Zix also gains increased range on both Taste Their Fear and his basic attack.
  • Void Spike:Kha’Zix fires spikes that explode on contact, dealing physical damage to all nearby enemies. Kha’Zix is healed if he is within the explosion radius.
    • Evolving spike racks causes Void Spike to fire three projectiles in a cone. Spikes will also apply Unseen Threat to all enemies caught within the area of effect.
  • Leap:Kha’Zix leaps to an area, dealing physical damage to enemies in the area he lands.
    • Evolving wings increases Leap’s range dramatically and causes a kill or assists to refresh the cooldown of Leap.
  • Void Assault:Each rank of Void Assault allows Kha’Zix to evolve one of his active abilities, granting it an additional effect. Upon activation, Kha’Zix enters stealth and gains Unseen Threat, increasing Movement Speed. Kha’zix can cast Void Assault again for a short time after activation.
    • Evolving active camouflage allows Kha’Zix to cast Void Assault three times over the course of its duration and reduces any damage he sustains while in stealth.

Kha’Zix, the Voidreaver in-game animations

The bonus effects that Kha’Zix accrues for ambushing a target make him a natural jungler. His core initiation skill, Leap, allows him to stage ganks from unexpected angles, even over long distances or across terrain. If his quarry happens to be a lone champion, Kha’Zix can utilize the bonus damage from Taste Their Fear combined with the initial magic damage from Unseen Threat to truly devastating effect. Remember that the area of effect damage from Void Spike can help clear away any lingering minions to isolate a foe, making them vulnerable to some additional punishment.

Once he’s initiated, clever repositioning can allow Kha’Zix to break line of sight and refresh Unseen Threat. Juking into the brush, using Leap to withdraw and reinitiate, or entering stealth by casting Void Assault will allow the Voidreaver to continually slow enemies and lay down bonus damage from his passive. Cunning use of Unseen Threat is key to maximizing Kha’Zix’s damage potential.

Later in the match, Void Assault allows Kha’Zix to safely and aggressively navigate team fights. After leaping into combat, Kha’Zix can use his ultimate to evade attacks while he picks apart vulnerable members of the enemy team. Once he’s downed an opponent, activating Void Assault again can allow him to either safely withdraw or reinitiate on another target with Unseen Threat.

Each of Kha’Zix’s active abilities can also be evolved to provide greater utility. At Levels 6, 11, and 16, he’ll gain an Evolution Point that can be spent to unlock additional effects on a specific skill. If you’d like greater hit and run potential, for example, choosing to evolve Void Assault and Leap can drastically increase your mobility by offering additional stealth and a second Leap after scoring a kill or assist. If you find yourself falling behind, combining Void Assualt with Void Spike can give you increased durability in team fights and greater farming and poke potential while you catch up on gold. Tailoring your evolutions to address the challenges of a specific match-up can give you that extra edge you need to finish strong in a close matchup.

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