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.

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.

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.

Assassin’s Creed III multiplayer trailer


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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.

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.

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.

Indie Royale is back with a Back to School Bundle


In this new bundle from Indie Royale, you can pick up seven awesome games for just $5.53 at the moment. As always if you pay $8.00 or more you can receive a chiptune album. This time it’s minusbaby’s BIAS album which you can take a listen to here. But onto the games, the main highlight of the bundle is the Indie Royale exclusive debut of Bunny Must Die! Chelsea And The 7 Devils. The game by Rockin Android will be released next month, therefore if you’re dying to play the game early, you can pick it up now and receive some other games to boot. Below is the rest of the games featured in this bundle. In addition, you’ll receive the Super Saucy Sausage DLC for Swords & Soldiers, and the soundtracks for Cute Things Dying Violently, Bunny Must Die!, Swords & Soldiers, and Lunar Flight. I thoroughly enjoy Swords & Soldiers (side-scrolling RTS) and Sequence (RPG, DDR-esque like game), so I definitely recommend the bundle for those games. For more information about the games, I’ve attached the blog post detailing about the bundle’s debut along with the trailer.

Indie Royale blog post:

Summer is over and fall is on the horizon; for many it’s time to go back to school! But don’t let the “back-to-school blues” get you down, Indie Royale’s got you covered with the Back to School Bundle featuring seven great indie games, including an exclusive debut for Bunny Must Die! from Rockin’ Android!

First up is a game where you can re-write history while you are studying it – Ronimo Games’ side-scrolling real-time strategy game, Swords & Soldiers with the awesome Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. [NOTE: Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC is not available for Linux users – apologies!] This beautifully crafted game offers humorous wit and solid game-play while you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC offers ten new campaigns, an improved challenge mode, and plenty of new spells and units. GameSpot praises Swords & Soldiers: “its simple controls and abounding good humour are likely to engage even those who have never dipped their controllers into the strategy pool.”

Next up is a space simulation game that’s sure to inform your studies about the moon landing from Shovsoft, Lunar Flight available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. This full 3D game is a re-imagining of the classic Atari game Lunar Lander and offers mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo in a 3D world. DIYGamer raves about Lunar Flight, stating that it “sets the bar for Lunar Lander-likes (…) Shovsoft have created a fresh-faced and wonderfully playable space simulator that I urge everyone to try.”

As if that weren’t enough, also featured is an exclusive debut that’s sure to get your brain working with exploration-based platformer challenges, Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils available for for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This hilarious Japanese ‘Metroidvania’-esque game is brought to you by Platine Dispositif and Rockin’ Android, and features Bunny as she explores the Devil’s’ Labyrinth, using magical items like a Sylph Shooter and Hyper Heels to manipulate the fabric of time, solve puzzles and survive. You can’t miss Bunny Must Die! which offers a comical style, hand-drawn 2-D graphics, a charming storyline and an unlockable character.

Also included is a clever game that’ll stimulate both the right and left sides of your brain by offering rhythm action and role-playing-game spellcasting — Sequence from Iridium Studios, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. You’ll play Ky, after he awakens imprisoned in a tower and has to ascend 7 levels of the tower guided with the help of a mysterious girl named Naia. With a standout in-game soundtrack that you fight along in time to, TruePCGaming praises Sequence for its dialogue developed by Jason Wishnov calling it “one of the funniest, well-written scripts that has ever graced a computer game.”

Additionally, this bundle includes two more games from Rockin’ Android never before available in a bundle – the hidden Japanese shmup gems Flying Red Barrel – Diary of a Little Aviator and Qlione, available for for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Orange_Juice’s Flying Red Barrel offers colorful graphics and innovative scoring mechanics not to mention bullet hell shooting that’s deliciously violent. Shindenken’s Qlione is a unique 2-D shooter game that’s based on a lone amoeba and is equally challenging yet optically stunning, offering psychedelic vector backgrounds and gorgeous, splashy explosions!

Last up is a violent yet disturbingly cute game that offers a welcome distraction from studying, Cute Things Dying Violently — brought to you by ApathyWorks (along with its OST!) available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This goofy yet warped title, previously a critical hit on Xbox Live Indie Games, offers 60 mind-bending levels, half-dozen unlockable special levels, and according to Joystiq is a “delightful puzzle game” that you’ll wanna try!

Indie Royale’s Getaway Bundle available now


Indie Royale is back, of course, with a new bundle titled the Getaway Bundle. This bundle features six games and some music as usual. For a little under $6, you can pick up Analogue: A Hate Story, Shattered Horizon, Da New Guys, Waves, Miniflake, and Super Amazing Wagon Adventure. Each game is available for Desura except for Shattered Horizon; however, Shattered Horizon, Analogue: A Hate Story and Waves are the only available games for Steam. If you pay $8 or more, you’ll receive the album Handheld Heroes Volume 1 by Handheld Heroes. Also by just paying for the bundle, you’ll also receive the Da New Guys, Waves, and Analogue: A Hate Story‘s official soundtracks with the six games. Check out the trailer below along with the official blog post detailing all the games. Also here’s the official website.

Indie Royale is back with a bundle that will take you on unique adventures from the comfort of your own living room: “travel” to the moon, the American Old West, a starship called the Mungunghwa, and more with the Getaway Bundle featuring six independent games, including exclusive debut Super Amazing Wagon Adventure!

The first exotic location on the itinerary is the moon where you can fight a zero-gravity death match in Futuremark’s unique multiplayer FPS Shattered Horizon available for Windows on Steam. Celebrated by Strategy Informer for game mechanics that create “thought-provoking gameplay”, Shattered Horizon offers unique combat features, realistic space gameplay, 32 player battles and huge levels that offer hours of gameplay. Top contributors will be rewarded for their generosity in this bundle; the top 10 contributors will receive a Shattered Horizon t-shirt; in addition, the top 5 contributors will also receive a meteorite sample from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite (Russia, 1947) with display case and certificate of authenticity. NOTE: Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Next up is Christine Love’s visual novel-style game, Analogue: A Hate Story, which takes place thousands of years in the future and is also loosely based on the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. A current Indiecade Finalist, this game is focused around finding out the fate of a ship with the help of the ship’s two AIs after it re-appears 600 years following its mysterious disappearance whilst on a mission to establish an interstellar colony. Also included are the Space and Science DLC and the original soundtrack. PC Gamer calls Analogue: A Hate Story “ingeniously constructed” and states that “watching its narrative clockwork spinning is a huge part of the appeal.”

Offered along this journey is an Indie Royale exclusive debut; adventure on the Oregon Trail with Sparse Vector’s game, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This 2D shooter offers random gameplay elements and a mission to traverse fires, avalanches and time travel while fighting against bears, giant spiders, buffalo herds, snakes, scorpions, sharks, bandits, wolves and aliens. Originally developed for XBLIG, Eurogamer raved about the XBLIG version of Super Amazing Wagon Adventure : “Hilariously weird, with a solid gameplay base, it’s really quite brilliant.”

Also offered on the “getaway” is a look behind the scenes of a professional wrestling ring with retro point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye Games: Da New Guys, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free (also included is the original soundtrack). Da New Guys is based on 3 wrestlers from England (Brain, Simon and Defender) who have immigrated to America. The story begins with the kidnapping of Brain and his recently won medal; Simon and Defender embark on a journey to save Brain which leads them to the city’s darkest corners. Da New Guys offers pixel hunts, puzzles, a lighthearted story, tongue-in-cheek RPG elements and quirky dialogue.

Included in the Getaway Bundle is a twin-stick shooter from Squid In A Box Waves, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free, which offers a rather unique destination that is “out of this world.” Waves is different from other games of its kind by rewarding you for killing your enemies by triggering a slow-motion buffer and the ability to bomb them; it offers quite lively chiptune tracks and some strategy elements when it comes to killing enemies. Offering five different modes, leaderboards and 20 levels Waves was recognized by Eurogamer as one of the “finest examples of the twin-stick arcade shooter genre to arrive in recent years.”

Last up is I-Game-Art’s retro 1bit RPG miniFlake available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. A roguelike RPG, miniFlake offers great chiptune music; retro sound effects; and randomly generated dungeons, overworld maps location names, and NPCs. The goal of the game is to pillage dungeons, and this gets increasingly difficult with each level. MiniFlake is still an Alpha: an updated build will be made available on your Indie Royale Key Page every time developer updates it (and the Desura version will automatically update).

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Getaway Bundle will get ‘Handheld Heroes Volume One’ a project, directed by Saskrotch which consists of 41-tracks from leading chiptune artists. Featuring familiar artists like Wizwars, Alex Mauer, Heosphoros, little-scale, OxygenStar, Goto80, zabutom, IAYD, Bit Shifter, this compilation pays homage to Game Boy, Master System, NES, Game Boy Advance, Amiga and a myriad of other “old skool” consoles.

You can find more information on Getaway Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. And a final reminder – get in early while the prices are still low (unless generous contributors drop the price), so “get away” and grab a bundle today!

Trine 2 to receive Goblin Menace DLC in the fall


Trine 2 will be receiving a DLC titled Goblin Menace. The brand new DLC like most DLCs will expand on the gameplay of the original game by introducing new levels along with skills available for the three classes. Check out the reveal trailer below for this new expansion which will hit in the fall for just Steam and Wii U (Trine 2: Director’s Cut). Eventually, the DLC will probably make it to the PS3 and Xbox 360, but there’s still no word on that, the release date, and price. Whatever the release date or the price may be, it looks wonderful in the vivid screenshots and is probably well worth the wait.

 

Borderlands 2 includes fifth class, the Mechromancer


Mechromancer concept art

Borderlands 2 is almost less than one month away. With that in mind, new trailers and more details are being revealed for everyone to get excited about. Borderlands 2 features four new classes: the Gunzerker, the Siren, the Commando and the Assassin. In addition, there’s the Mechromancer, a punk girl with ponytails who has the ability to summon Deathtrap, a robot. Within the Mechromancer’s skill tree, you have the ability to upgrade your companion, Deathtrap. One of which its abilities is an explosive clap that sandwiches opponents together than has a knock-back effect afterwards. Check out the latest video below featuring Handsome Jack and remember the Borderlands sequel will be releasing on September 18th for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 and the 21st for the UK.

Deathtrap concept art

You may have noticed Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchfordspeaking out against the “girlfriend mode” nickname on Twitter.

As reported below, the Mechromancer skill tree that helps video game newcomers is formally called Best Friends Forever. But Borderlands 2 lead designer John Hemingway referred to it numerous times as “girlfriend mode”.

“Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode,” Pitchford stated on Twitter. “Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn’t there.

“The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) to play and be useful.”

Pitchford didn’t deny that Hemingway had said “girlfriend mode”. Instead, he labelled the term a “personal anecdote” that had been spun by the media.

“There is no universe where Hemingway is a sexist,” Pitchford added. “All the women at Gearbox would beat his and anyone else’s ass” (Eurogamer).

 

Assassin’s Creed III’s naval warfare trailer


After E3, one of the biggest moments concerning the Assassin’s Creed series was innovation and new features. Certainly Assassin’s Creed III‘s development team has put a lot of hard work to give the fans a fresh new take on the series in the upcoming installment. Assassin’s Creed III will be releasing on October 30th for Xbox 360 and PS3 along with its sister PS Vita title, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. However, Ubisoft has recently confirmed November 20th as the North America release date for the PC version where as it’ll release three days later to other countries. Below is the current trailer for the newest title that obviously focuses on one of the most interesting gameplay aspects of Assassin’s Creed III, naval warfare.

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation gameplay trailer highlights alligator wrestling and poison dart


Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation is probably one of the most anticipated PS Vita titles of this year. For the first time ever, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation follows a female protagonist named Aveline. Set in New Orleans, the new game will provide a little more background concerning the relationship of Connor and Aveline and how they came to know each other. Check out the latest screenshots below along with the new gameplay trailer.

Babylonians join Age of Empires Online


Age of Empires Online will be receiving a new civilization known as the Babylonians. This new civilization will be available next week on August 16th in celebration of the one year anniversary. Also there will be a new booster pack titled Fertile Crescent which will be sold at 450 Empire Points, whereas Babylon will cost 900 Empire Points. The Fertile Crescent booster pack includes at least 30 new quests (for users over level 20) set in Mesopotamia.

The features of the new civilization include an Ox Cart which allows for moveable storage on-the-go. There’s also the Ziggurat. This new structure for the Babylonians gives you the ability to recruit priests. With the Ziggurat, you can research Pharmacology that allows your military units to regenerate one health per second.

Check out the trailer below for more details of the new units. Also check out Eurogamer’s screenshots.

Grid 2 announced with trailer


Grid 2 will be released sometime in 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The brand new installment will take players around the world from Chicago to Paris to Abu Dhabi. Additionally, it will be using the latest engine, Codemasters Racing’s Ego engine. The game will be playable at Eurogamer Expo 2012. Check out the announcement trailer and screenshots below.

 

Darksiders II gets one last trailer


Darksiders II has released its final trailer before its launch date of August 14th. Check it out below along with another recent trailer.

Planetside 2 beta to begin on Monday


It’s official. The Planetside 2 beta will begin on Monday afternoon at exactly 5.00pm EST. Those who purchased PC Gamer (April 2012) will be among the first waves of people able to access the beta come Monday.

Sleeping Dogs’ gunplay trailer


There’s been a lot of Sleeping Dogs‘ trailer coming out, well here’s another one that shows off the gunplay in the game, featuring bullet-time and its aggressive-cover system.

Assassin’s Creed III’s new trailer shows off AnvilNext Engine


Check out the brand new trailer for Assassin’s Creed III which highlights much of the new improvements and features in the upcoming installment. The game is also utilizing Ubisoft’s newest Anvil technology, AnvilNext Engine. The previous three Assassin’s Creed games used the Anvil Engine, but for the next title, Ubisoft is really highlighting the amazing standouts of the game which includes, but not limited to changing weather according to the seasons, naval warfare, combat and movement based on Connor’s heritage, as well as 2000 NPCs battling in one sequence.

Planetside 2 beta to start end of this week or next week


Planetside 2‘s beta will be here very soon. It will start either Friday or Monday, depending on complications. Until then, check out the new CGI trailer below.

 

“External Beta invites will be sent out in waves on an as needed basis, with priority given to active Planetside subscribers, inactive past subscribers and then Priority Beta Code and opt-in registrants, in that order. Invitations to the External Beta will automatically be sent via email to the address associated with the Station Account utilized to register for Beta participation on Planetside2.com” (Game Informer).

 

Dishonored’s great escapes trailer


 

Bethesda Softworks is nicely highlighting the unique options  their upcoming game, Dishonored. In this trailer, it shows off three different ways to escape: The Long Jump, Sleep Tight, or Chain Possession. The game is scheduled to release on October 9th for North America, 11th for Australia, and the 12th for Europe on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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