Make your space fortune in 'Astroneer' on December 16th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 2:05 pm

If you felt a little let down by No Man's Sky, perhaps Astroneer can restore your faith in procedurally generated universes. System Era's space exploration game is finally nearing completion, and will be released on Steam Early Access, as well as Xbox One and Windows 10 Game Preview, on December 16th. The title actually has a lot in common with No Man's Sky, apart from the third-person viewpoint reminiscent of Lifeless Planet. You are an explorer out to make your fortune, but to do that you must hunt down the resources required to build vehicles, bases and conduct research needed first for survival, then for prosperity.

Source: System Era




The RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 9th – Civilization 6
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:00 pm
At the beginning of every year, the RPS crew begin work on a team-building crafting project, which we recreate wonders of our world: 2016 was the year of the matchstick Blackpool Tower. Welcome to day nine of The RPS Advent Calendar, which highlights our favourite games of the year, daily. Behind today’s door is… The […]


Gigantic! Gigantic! Gigantic! Open beta hits Windows 10
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:01 pm
You keep your Pokélads; I want a bigger monsterpal. I’ve had my eye on Gigantic [official site] for a while, fancying 5v5 third-person action where each team is supported by a honking great monster, and I’ll be having a go this weekend thanks to the open beta that’s now live. Our monsterdad can beat up […]


Meet Logan's Zander Rice, mad scientist and creator of Wolverine clone, X-23
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:15 pm
It's not just old age and a mutant-hating mercenary nipping at Hugh Jackman's heels in the upcoming Logan - there's also a mad scientist to contend with


Rumor: EVE Online’s CCP Games is considering selling itself off
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:49 am
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that CCP Games is “exploring strategic options including a sale of the business after receiving interest from potential bidder” — the publication’s words, not CCP’s. CCP is well known to MMORPG fans for its long heraldship of sci-fi MMO EVE Online, which just went free-to-play under the massive Ascension expansion last month. Most recently, it launched [...]


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Ask Mo: Scoring last year’s Massively OP MMORPG predictions
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:05 pm
As we do every year, today we’re going to squint back a year, into the depths of a Massively Overthinking from the tail end of 2015 when we issued our predictions for 2016. Sure, sure, it’s a little unfair since we usually egg each other on to make wild and bold assertions for the fun of it — plus that [...]


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RIFT challenges you to a combat-free puzzle dungeon — if you can even find it
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:35 pm
RIFT’s newest dungeon is so obscure and inscrutable that most people might not even know it is there. Tok’s Proving Ground’s entrance is hidden somewhere in Starfall Prophecy’s main city and must be discovered before one can even attempt its depths. So what is this place? According to the devs, it’s a one- or two-player instance in which there is no [...]


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Star Citizen NightBus EP 2 is Out
Posted by Home of my personas Saylah and Alysianah [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:26 pm
I'm happy that my newest slant to Star Citizen content is receiving good feedback. I'm enjoying that the format always for considerably more creativity. And pleasantly surprised that people are enjoying the inclusion of Flash Fiction. This week's topics are: Data-Makers, Trolley Cart Interlude, Space Hobos, Greetings from Zerah, Star Citizen as a Board Game, Bryony's Dilemma Part 2 of 3. YouTube version SoundCloud version Show Notes


Counter-Strike: GO’s Crimbo chickens are nice and cosy
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 9:50 am
We can all agree that the Christmas season doesn’t begin just because John Lewis tries to punch you in the heart or because Ian Starbucks cracks open the syrups again. That’s crass commercialism denigrating the season where people buy me presents. No, the only corporation I trust managing Christmas is Valve Corporation, who each year […]


Have You Played… Duskers?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I tend not to like games with obtuse interfaces, even those which have chosen those interfaces for deliberate affect. Duskers is that rare exception. You use a command line-stlye interface to control a […]


Watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer and believe spiders can fly
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 12:10 am
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can


Destiny: Xur weapons, gear, and location, December 9 - 11. Red Death!
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 9:38 am
Xur, Destiny’s weekend Exotic trader, erotic needlepoint enthusiast, and carver of many a fine, eldritch totemic seashell, is back


Win Outcast Season 1 on Blu-ray
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:41 am
How do you top The Walking Dead? Tricky… but Robert Kirkman, creator of the original comic, has had a jolly good stab at it with his latest horror series Outcast, which this year followed his zombie saga’s path from the printed page to the small screen


Watch War for the Planet of the Apes' first trailer and 6 gifs of amazing ape action
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:08 am
War for the Planet of the Apes finally has its first official trailer


Super Mario Run needs an internet connection to play, because piracy
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:15 am
Well, here's one thing you probably won't see in any ads for the upcoming Super Mario Run for iOS: it requires an always-on internet connection to play


Hidden P.T. files are unearthing what Silent Hills could have been
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:16 am
P.T. will always be an unanswered questions: what could Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro done wit ...


SWTOR dev livestream tackles CXP issues, says team is ‘flexible’
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:00 am
Is it a good or bad sign when a developer livestream kicks off with the team using a bingo card to make fun of their own foibles? At least it indicates a measure of self-awareness, which isn’t a terrible thing. In any case, yesterday the Star Wars: The Old Republic devs rocketed through a 38-minute livestream in which they discussed [...]


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Check out a translated interview on TERA’s upcoming Lunar Dancer
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:30 am
Another new class is coming to TERA‘s Korean version, as we learned yesterday. We even got the barest version of information about that new class. But there’s more to be learned in a translated interview covering the Korean client’s big winter patch (of limited interest to players here) and the mechanics of the upcoming Lunar Dancer. If yesterday’s information wasn’t [...]


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Osiris: New Dawn blasts off to the icy moon of Aziel
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:00 am
There’s a galaxy out there to explore, kid, so why confine yourself to just one planet? The space survival sandbox Osiris: New Dawn isn’t about to limit itself to a single locale. On December 15th, the game will allow players to blast off to the frozen moon of Aziel. The team wasn’t saying much about what will be found there, [...]


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More skill splits are coming to Guild Wars 2’s PvP scene
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:30 am
Guild Wars 2 players advocating skill segregation between the PvE and PvP spheres have another victory in the making for next week’s Season 5: “We have a number of skill splits (and some global changes) that will be accompanying the launch of Season 5 next week […] Over the past few releases the PvP team has been working closely with [...]


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The Engadget Podcast Ep 17: Mansion on the Hill
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:00 am

Executive editor Christopher Trout and reviews editor Cherlynn Low join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the week's biggest news, including: Pandora Premium, Fitbit's purchase of Pebble and the gaming industry's nostalgia overload. Then Chris will tell the panel about his investigation into a failed gaming accessory that's found a second life as a sex toy -- clearly things get a little NSFW. Then all three will talk about what Amazon Go and other advancements in automation and mean for low-skill and low-wage jobs.




'Super Mario Run' won't work offline due to piracy concerns
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 11:21 am

Super Mario Run doesn't arrive for another few days, but when it does, you'll need a constant internet connection to play the game. In an interview with Mashable, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that due to piracy concerns, the latest installment of Mario doesn't have an offline mode. The company is worried about piracy because the game will be available in 150 countries on devices that it doesn't have direct control over.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Mashable




S1E43 - The Holidays AND Final Fantasy XV - “An ambitious mess that I love”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 10:00 am

The Holidays AND Final Fantasy XV
In this episode:
  • The holidays are stressful, and it’s hard to get your geek time in when you’re constantly juggling family responsibilities, the time changes, the darkness, the seasonal depression, the gift buying, decorating...well, you get the picture.
  • For us, we have different mechanisms to help us cope with all this. Beej plays mindless adventure games and MMOs to escape the winter doldrums, as well as reading a lot more. Ebooks are especially good, as are digital comics for road trips. Cozy scented candles and meditation in low light also keeps him evened out.
  • Void only has a few weeks off during the year, so he uses his extended Christmas break for some quiet time and extra reading. He also tends to power through games and spend lots of time gaming with his family. Being able to sit down and play games with his kids are incredibly soothing, and it’s good quality family time, too.
  • Most of us have multiple family meetings, and geeking out can be hard to do when you’re forced to be social. One suggestion is to be social during the most obvious times, but then excuse yourself to be alone and read or play whatever games you want to. Most family members understand we all need a little time to ourselves.
  • Mobile gaming is great for car rides, as are handheld consoles. Audiobooks are an easy way to catch up, and they really help keep with our routines. Most of us have our daily routines that get messed with during the holidays, and being able to sneak our content digitally whenever we have a few minutes (even if it’s in the bathroom at a relative’s house or in line as you buy last-minute gifts) can help ease stress and give us time to decompress.
  • We discuss working on side projects, and how the holidays give a good boost to our creativity because of the lack of our primary jobs.
Final Fantasy XV
  • Void has finished FFXV, and he talks about it in depth It was originally a touchstone topic for Weekly Geekery, but he goes into a full-on review (and we tell you about spoiler zone, too). He discusses why it’s one of his favorite FF games overall, what kind of nits he has to pick with it, and why Chapter 13 is horrible enough that SquareEnix has already announced a patch to make it more bearable.
  • Void discusses how it’s a Final Fantasy game that gives veterans and newbies something to love, and he discusses the combat and open world. It is a very thorough review, and you can see his entry into the Final Fantasy Project here.
  • He talks about the story and how it works, and how the game feels like it spent a decade in develpment hell, but at the same time does a lot of things well and a lot of things haflway and still comes across as a fairly cohesive game. If they do additional content patches, there are lots of places to put in new zones (Beej likens what he wants to Dawnguard for Skyrim) and quests, which would increase both playability and replayability and end-game content.
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  • They help more than you know. Just look for the podcast in iTunes and hit the review tab (yes, like you’re looking for it for the first time, not in your subscriptions.)
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  • Book Recommendation: The Martian. Probably one of the best audiobooks either of us has ever listened to, and it really works as a totally different kind of experience than the movie or even reading it. Check it out for free.
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The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 8:00 am
The man currently sipping a Koskenkorva and consulting his cue cards in the U/S Williams X-Jet The Flare Path uses as a dais is Ilja ‘Zipuli’ Varha. Our second ‘atypical simmer‘, Ilja has very kindly agreed to talk about his journey from juvenile M1 Tank Platoon fan to 33-year-old brigade simulator officer in the Finnish Defence Forces. […]


Best PC gaming deals of the week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2016, 9:00 am
This week has already flown past, in a blur of Christmas music and busy shops. The closer we get to Christmas, though, the more acceptable it is to gorge on chocolate and mince pies, so there’s always a silver lining. Whatever you’re planning to do with the upcoming “holiday season”, we’ve got another week’s worth […]


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