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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,18 2014 - all 
Amazon is offering the Surface Pro 3 for $100 off - tech
(hx) 07:02 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
For those who have been looking for a deal on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, look no further, as Amazon has dropped what could possibly be the most coveted deal ever on Microsoft's tablet. Although we saw some press worthy deals during Black Friday, Amazon seems to have unleashed its own deal that easily eclipses anything we have seen to date. For those eager to purchase a Surface Pro 3, Amazon is currently offering $100 off any Surface Pro 3 that is in stock and sold directly from Amazon. But, to make the deal even sweeter, they are also throwing in a $100 gift card. There are also no restrictions, meaning you will be able to get this deal on even the base model Intel i3 unit that generally sells for $899 USD.

Minecraft: Story Mode Announced - briefly
(hx) 02:14 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
Telltale Games announced today that it's working on a new video-game narrative-driven episodic series based on Mojang's Minecraft game. Yes, this is a completely separate, episodic, narrative-driven Minecraft game. It will involve player choice. Whether or not it will be an adventure game like what Telltale normally makes or a sandbox adventure similar to the current Minecraft remains to be seen. Mojang provided some quick details on their own post for the news.
- Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
- Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
- The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
- We're not intending on creating an "official" story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
- The Minecraft 2 thing was a joke. No really. It was a joke.
Evolve - PC Technical Test On January 16th - briefly
(hx) 02:10 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
On January 16th, PC gamers will get their hands on the game's technical test, while PS4 gamers will get their turn on January 17th. In order to participate in those technical tests, you need to have been in the Alpha, or on PC have Bioshock or Left 4 Dead in your library.



2K also announced all-new way to experience Evolve offline. Every character, every map, and every mode in Evolve can be experienced entirely offline as a solo player competing against computer-controlled opponents. Whether playing as the Monster, or hot-swapping between an entire team of four Hunters, Evolve’s unique blend of 4v1 gameplay is particularly enjoyable alone when playing the dynamic campaign, Evacuation, which combines the full array of maps and modes into a highly replayable experience.
Tropico 5 - Waterborne Expansion Now Available - briefly
(hx) 01:56 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
Kalypso Media has announced that the first expansion pack for Tropico 5, Waterborne, is currently available. The first "major expansion" for the popular island building & political simulator Tropico 5 will open up a brand new industrial front for your people that will hopefully see you prosper by way of maritime profits. You can expand your housing market with floating apartments for the richest of you island, and you can give back to the planet by building eco-friendly energy production. You can even expand your armed forces to the sea, building a mighty naval force. So in other words, "it's time to get nautical".

Outcast 1.1 Coming To Steam - briefly
(hx) 01:11 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
Fresh3D announced that an updated version of Outcast will be coming to Steam later today. According to the development team, this new version packs some bug fixes, offers native full HD support, and is optimized for CPU multi-threading.
For the CPU required. We just tested the game on an Intel i7-2600 @3.2Ghz, and it works smoothly at 1920*1080. :)

We also tested on an i5, and it worked too, but a bit less smoothly when unning at 1080p. But no problem with lower resolutions. :)

The new voxel renderer will support and use all the threads available. :) So yes, it does take full advantage of 4+ cores. :)
Drift Stage - Gameplay Trailer 60 FPS 720p - movie
(hx) 12:39 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
The team behind Drift Stage - a modern evolution of the classic arcade racer - has released a new gameplay trailer for it.

Killing Floor 2 - Developer Diaries #3 - preview
(hx) 12:28 PM EST - Dec,18 2014 - Post a comment
Tripwire has released a new dev diary for Killing Floor 2. In this brand new developer diary installment, Weapons and Perks: Part 1, the team gives an inside look at what it takes to push the weapons and perk systems to the next level. Killing Floor 2 is developed and published by Tripwire Interactive for the PC, SteamOS, and is currently planned for a 2015 release.

 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,17 2014 - all
DYING LIGHT - Test Your Survival Skills Video - preview
(hx) 06:56 PM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Choose Your Own Path - create your unique playthrough by making decisions and get an early taste of Dying Light. Delve into an open world that's full of possibilities!

GOG Bundle of La-Mulana, Astebreed, Unholy - briefly
(hx) 03:06 PM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment
GOG has a classic gem promo deal for Bundle of La-Mulana, Astebreed, Unholy:
A unique quartet of Active Gaming Media titles, including one of the all-time best action platformers, a relentless arena slasher, a spectacular shmup, and monster management sim, is available as today's extended 72 hour-long gem offering. Get all four games bundled up at -78%, for as little as $9.99, or individually -60% each, on GOG.com.

Active Gaming Media Bundle is an all-you-can-eat mash-up of contrasting dishes from Japanese cuisine. But, boy, it's all rich in umami... Astebreed is a gorgeous mecha-inspired sci-fi shoot 'em up with fast-paced multi-perspective action, while La-Mulana offers 30+ hours of metroidvania-style platforming in pixel-perfect Mayan ruins. Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is a pure rush of adrenaline with lightning-fast sword combos, scores of enemies, and brutal bosses swarming the arena. And Unholy Heights will make you smile. A lot. With 20 different monster races living in your tenement building it's a tower defense game like no other.

Make sure to check out this scrumptious variety platter from Active Gaming Media. The promotion lasts until Saturday, December 20, at 10:59 AM GMT.
Life is Strange Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:22 PM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment
Square Enix has released a trailer for Dontnod Entertainment's (Remember Me) upcoming action-adventure game, Life is Strange. The first episode will be available on January 30, 2015. Episode 1 of a 5 part series will be released on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 & Xbox 360, each episode will cost $4.99. Players can alternatively purchase the entire season for $19.99

MGS: Ground Zeroes PC To Cost $19.99 - briefly
(hx) 01:21 PM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment
Konami has revealed that the PC version of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will cost $19.99, and that it will go live tomorrow at 10:00 PST/13:00 EST on Steam. This is the same price with the last-gen version of Ground Zeroes, even though the PC will sport better visuals than the current-gen console version. Konami has also detailed the bonuses players will receive by having a Ground Zeroes save when The Phantom Pain is released:

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
Processor: Core i5-4460 (3.40GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (4GB) or better (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card (Surround Sound 5.1)

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
Processor: Core i7-4790 (4.00GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card (Surround Sound 5.1)

Steam is region locking PC games - briefly
(hx) 01:16 PM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment / read (6)
Only a day after Apple pulled the plug on online sales in Russia, Valve is also taking measures to prevent users from exploiting low currency values on Steam. Effectively immediately the company says that games bought on its platform will be region locked to the region it was purchased from. The move is aimed squarely at people who were exploiting a loophole by purchasing games as gift purchases at a fraction of the price from countries such as Brazil and Russia, and then selling them to western gamers at a discount. It's likely also a reaction to the plummeting Russian Ruble. The lock has been confirmed to be in place in Brazil, Rusia, Indonesia and their neighboring areas. Apparently, those who have activated games originating outside their region before the change will still have access to them. It's unclear if other regions where pricing isn’t significantly affected such as the US and Euro-currency countries will see the same restriction.
Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 4 is 6.7 GB - briefly
(hx) 01:43 AM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Patch 4 for Assassin's Creed Unity was released today for Xbox One and PS4, with the PC patch due out later this week. Ubisoft explained the need for a super-sized patch on the official Assassin's Creed website:
Part of the team's effort to enhance frame rate for players involves replacing and updating portions of the Paris city map where we are seeing issues. This explains the large size of this title update (6.7 GB). However, since a large portion of the patch replaces existing files the net increase to the game's overall size will be less than 6.7 GB.
This new patch addresses just about everything you can think of, from the game's performance in singleplayer to multiplayer matchmaking and more.
Hatred is Back on Steam - briefly
(hx) 01:37 AM EST - Dec,17 2014 - Post a comment
Destructive Creations' controversial spree killing game, Hatred, is back on Steam Greenlight.
Hatred fills your whole body. You're sick and tired of humanity's worthless existence. The only thing that matters is your gun and pure Armageddon that you want to unleash.

You will go out for a hunt, you will clear the American soil off humans with cold blood. You will shoot, you will hurt, you will kill, you will die. There are no rules, no compassion, no mercy, no point of going back. You are the lord of life and death now and you have the full control over lifes of worthless human scum.

You will also run, you will need to think, you will need to hide and fight back when armored forces will come to take you down. You will have no mercy for them, because they dare to come in your way.

Only brutality and destruction can clear this land. Only the killing spree will make you die spectacularly and go to hell.
Surprisngly, the developers did not know about it until people posted it in their forums. No comment from Valve yet as far as I know.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,16 2014 - all

Until Dawn - PlayStation Experience Demo Playthrough - console
(hx) 06:11 PM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
Sony released a gameplay playthrough demo Supermassive Games' upcoming horror adventure game, Until Dawn. In this playthrough "Sam, played by Hayden Panettiere, is relaxing in the bath when she's interrupted by an intruder. When she investigates, her friends are nowhere to be seen."



Set for release in 2015, this PS4 horror game is built on making split-second choices, which can mean the difference between your entire group of characters living or dying.
Grey Goo - Firmament Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:04 PM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
The young Beta commander, Saruk, recounts the journey of his people from their first venture into the stars to their harsh existence on Ecosystem 9. This is the first Grey Goo video exploring the lore of the game's races and their fight for survival on the new world. FYI, Petroglyph has a Grey Goo Reddit AMA today starting at 10am PST / 18:00 GMT.

GTA: Heists Trailer Unveiled - movie
(hx) 01:43 PM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
GTA Online Heists are coming early in 2015 - check out the new trailer for the four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online that allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist's epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.

Amazon DOTD - Destiny for $29.99 - briefly
(hx) 11:48 AM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
With the new DLC, the community is back! There's no better time to try Destiny than now. Here, Amazon has it for half off.
Today only, save up to 50% on "Destiny," the epic action-adventure game from the creators of "Halo" and the company that brought you "Call of Duty." It's our Gold Box Deal of the Day! Also, for an even greater value, take advantage of FREE Shipping (restrictions apply) and Prime (restrictions apply). This one-day offer is valid on December 16, 2014. Discount is already included in the current Amazon.com price. Applies only to purchases made from Amazon.com and does not apply to products purchased from third-party merchants on the Amazon.com website. Limited time only, while supplies last.
Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt DLC Trailer - briefly
(hx) 11:39 AM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
A trailer released this morning for developer Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts its Lord of the Hunt downloadable content in motion. Set for release today, the $9.99 DLC will offer new monsters, missions, runes and nemeses. Press play above for an overview of each, which are included with the game's $24.99 season pass. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was released this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Announced - briefly
(hx) 11:36 AM EST - Dec,16 2014 - Post a comment
In a press release sent today, Lords of the Fallen developer CI Games confirmed that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is currently in development as AAA title. The game is set in a modern day conflict in Eastern Europe. You play as a sniper caught between three warring factions. The encounters will play out in realistic and impressive environments, according to the developer. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is promised to offer a non-linear approach to gameplay, where you can utilise stealth or full-on assaults as ways of getting through levels. Due for release in the first half of 2016 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is being created from the ground up by an all-star development team that includes Steve Hart, former senior producer of Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2, as well as combat veteran and former Marine Paul B. Robinson, who has an extensive resume of game development reaching back over 20 years.
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