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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,19 2015 - all 
Halo: Spartan Strike Now Available on PC - briefly
(hx) 05:08 AM EDT - Apr,19 2015 - Post a comment
343 Industries has teamed up with Vanguard Games to bring Halo: Spartan Strike to your PC, iPad and Windows Phone. The sequel to Spartan Assault is available for $5.99 or bundled for $9.99.

Sunday Reading - Steam Locks Features - briefly
(hx) 04:53 AM EDT - Apr,19 2015 - Post a comment
  • Mortal Kombat X Platform Face-Off - The Digital Foundry puts Mortal Kombat X under the microscope in a PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One vs. PC face-off.
  • Exil - Trailer (Official) (NSFW) - The story follows Lena (trailer), a young woman who committed suicide, awakened in a world of the dead completely nude and, with the help of a mysterious guiding voice, journey’s across a strange world in search of her memories. Developer Fabrice Piquet is holding anything back in terms of gameplay either. Lena will be able to explore huge levels, scale walls, jump, run and take advantage of death on her platforming adventure.
  • Rise of the Triad - Patch 1.5.1 Enables Crossplay Between Steam & GOG - Interceptor Entertainment has released a new patch for Rise of the Triad. This patch will update your game's version to 1.5.1, and comes with Crossplay Multiplayer support between the game’s Steam and GOG versions. As Interceptor noted, Rise of the Triad is the first game offering such a Crossplay support, so kudos to them. In addition, this patch enables 64-bit compatibility, meaning that this update will improve performance on a variety of PC configurations. This patch also comes with various fixes for issues that have been reported by fans (though Interceptor has not revealed yet a properchangelog of it). This update is 1.2GB in size and will be auto-downloaded next time you start the Steam client.
  • Mortal Kombat X patch v1.02 - NetherRealm Studios has released a performance patch for the PC version of Mortal Kombat X. According to the team, this patch optimizes shaders to improve graphics performance and fixes an issue to prevent replays from using up too much hard drive storage space.  In addition, NetherRealm and Warner Bross are granting an extra 10,000 Krypt Koins to all PC players. FYI, Mortal Kombat X's first PC update is 15GB in size.
  • Mortal Kombat X PC Modder Unlocks Unplayable Characters From Campaign - A reddit user called 'XVermillion' has figured out a way to unlock Baraka, Sindel, Rain, Corrupted Shinnok, and Tanya - all Mortal Kombat X characters reserved as opponents in the game’s single-player story mode - for use in training.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront Will Be First Video Game Ever To Support Dolby Atmos - For those who aren't exactly audiophiles, Dolby Atmos is the latest audio codec from Dolby that takes surround sound to the next level by allowing up to 128 audio tracks to run through multiple speakers, including those mounted on the ceilings for even greater immersion. Although most commonly used in commercial movie theaters, the technology is catching on at home with recent Blu-rays like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Expendables 3 featuring the codec. Of course, Atmos is not the most realistic way to experience audio as it requires no less than seven speakers, some of which must be mounted on the ceiling or floor. Still, those will the setup will be able to experience one of the most audibly immersive experiences of the format yet. The codec will only be available on the PC version of the game.
  • Minecraft's Server-Crashing Exploit Is Finally Fixed - After two years of attempting to get Mojang's attention, Askar took things into his own hands by revealing the exploit publicly. With the exploit going public, Mojang was forced to address the issue in Minecraft. Over on the official Mojang website, the company issued a quick fix on April 17th to address the bug. According to the patch notes, bug MC-79079 (which 'can force a server to freeze') and bug MC-79612 (which 'can force a server to go out memory') have both been fixed. 
  • Steam Locks Features to Paying Customers Only - Valve is set to introduce a new set of restrictions on Steam accounts in an effort to reduce the occurrence of spam & phishing on their service. One of which includes making group chat exclusively for those of whom have spent at least $5 in the store.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,18 2015 - all
The Witcher 3 with CD Projekt RED's Damien Monnier - interview
(hx) 06:50 PM EDT - Apr,18 2015 - Post a comment
Damien Monnier stops by to give us the inside scoop on Witcher 3 game design, complete with a fascinating conversation on animal AI.

Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 06:53 AM EDT - Apr,18 2015 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,17 2015 - all
Grand Theft Auto V PC - Patch 1.01 - patch
(hx) 05:47 PM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Rockstar has just released the first update for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.
  • Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high percentage of CPU and sometimes crash
  • Fixed an issue where frame rate would drop when left-clicking the mouse while driving
  • Added a grid to the Golf mini-game to show the topology of the green while putting
  • Fixed an issue where a character’s eyebrows or other facial features could change erroneously when transferred to PC
  • Fixed an issue where a some players were asked to transfer their GTA Online character while a transfer was already in progress
  • YouTube uploads via the Rockstar Editor will now correctly resume if Internet connection is lost during the upload and later restored
  • Fixed a rare issue where the game could crash while using the Rockstar Editor
  • Projects containing deleted clips will now load properly in the Rockstar Editor and warn the player of the missing clips
  • Fixed an issue where birds were not recorded correctly in Rockstar Editor clips
  • Corrected an issue where certain characters in Windows usernames would cause the Launcher to fail to load or other undesired game behavior. For details, see this page.
  • Fixed an issue where players with one garage would not be able to replace an existing vehicle if the garage was full and the new vehicle was purchased from an in-game website
  • Additional fixes to prepare for iFruit support
  • Crew Tire Smoke can no longer be purchased if you are not in a Crew
Star Wars Battlefront Reveal Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:32 PM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Star Wars Battlefront goes on sale November 17th on PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Star Wars Battlefront will allow fans to live out a wide range of heroic moments and intense battle fantasies of their own – firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. These battles will take place on some of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Gamers will be able to play as some of the most memorable characters in the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Star Wars Battlefront will feature a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen offline or co-operatively online.

Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku*, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one-week early starting on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free† content on December 8, 2015.


For starters, Star Wars: Battlefront will not have a single player game mode. Instead, the game will focus on multiplayer and cooperative modes rather than spend resources crafting a campaign. That's bad news for folks who wanted to live out some of the series' most epic battles in a story mode but, given how lackluster most narratives are for games primarily built to be an online shooter, maybe this isn't actually such a raw.

As for what multiplayer fans can expect, IGN has a few additional details courtesy of an interview with DICE's Patrick Bach. The co-operative game mode can be played online or in split-screen, which should make more than a few Jedi and Sith quite happy. Bach explained that the co-op missions are designed to be shorter than the multiplayer shootouts, with higher difficulties available for those who enjoy a challenge.

Update: ICE assistant producer Jesper Nielsenon has confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront will not feature Battlelog, as Battlefield 3 and 4 have.
Pillars of Eternity Patch v1.04 - patch
(hx) 11:04 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment / read (5)
Obsidian Entertainment has released a new patch for its amazing RPG, Pillars of Eternity. This patch will update your game version to 1.04, and comes with a number of fixes and improvements. This patch will be auto-downloaded next time you start the Steam client.
Items, Spells, and Abilities
  • AoE indicators should now properly resize if the caster has a sub 10 Intellect score.
  • Fixed an issue with over-time aura spells not applying the correct value on the final tick.
  • Knock Down will now correctly be applied for the full duration of the effect.
  • Mantle of The Dying Boar will now trigger at 33% Endurance with the effect of 5 Endurance a tick.
  • Talisman of the Unconquerable will now give a 1.25 Focus multiplier instead of .25.
  • Blooded should trigger properly in all cases now.
  • Boar Animal Companion bonus damage should now work as intended.
  • Prone Reduction mod should now work correctly.
Quests and Companions
  • Fixed Aloth and Kana speaking when they weren't in the party in one of the last levels.
  • Sagani's fox-specific banters now require the appropriate items in the player inventory.
  • Falanroed's dialogue no longer displays a script node.
  • Durance will now properly discuss your dream with you if you've already discussed his staff.
  • Relaxed some constraints on Durance's quest conversation. This allows all characters, regardless of background or stats, to finish his quest.
  • Players can now loot the nest in Oldsong.
  • Fixed an invalid conditional check in one of Pallegina's conversations.
  • Heritage Hill tower will be fully revealed when exploring the map.
  • Fixed spawn issue in a scripted interaction near the end of the game.
  • Fixed an invalid creature spawn in the Ogre Lair in Od Nua.
  • Sagani no longer references the antagonist by name before you know it.
  • A container in the Catacombs of Od Nua will now remember if it was looted.
  • The "Master's Tools" quest will now work if you have the required items before starting the quest.
  • The "A Two Story Job" scripted interaction will not require a second grappling hook to climb down from the window if one was already used to climb up.
General Fixes
  • Fix for camera movement problems when the game is paused or in a cutscene.
  • Fix to retroactively restore party movement in saves that display movement speed problems.
  • Made some fixes to movement speed problems that were being reported (e.g. Boots of Speed).
  • Fixed stacking health problems with the gul's "Vomit Blood" ability. This fix should retroactively fix your saved games.
  • Optimized Save/Load game system for better performance.
  • Optimized how scene transitions are handled for better memory usage on 32-bit machines. This may allow players to transition to new areas without running out of memory.
  • Sound Sets from hired companions will now be properly restored when adding them to the party from the stronghold.
  • "All Stronghold Upgrades" achievement now checks 25 upgrades instead of 26. This will properly reward the achievement if you already have fully upgraded your stronghold.
  • The "Kill All Dragons" achievement will now properly fire if they are killed indirectly (like by a trap). This is a retroactive fix and will be rewarded if the dragons are already dead.
  • Fixed issue where store prices were getting exceptionally large after receiving a discount.
  • Fixed issues with gaining infinite XP from bad Stronghold data.
  • World time will not get very large in some cases after Save/Load.
  • Modelling offset with Durance's head has been adjusted.
  • Icon scale is now correct on Hearth Harvest and Reghar Konnek.
  • All shaders will now compile properly under DirectX 11.
  • Restored all the missing effects in the intro cutscene.
  • Removed Blunderbuss item from an early game loot table.
  • Changed the cursor type on the blood pool in the Temple of Skaen to conversation.
  • Fixed a few save game issues with dead summoned creatures.
  • Fixed issue where occasionally a crash would occur when initializing the Steam API.
  • Draggable windows are now handled properly when running at very high resolutions.
  • Swamp Lurker's animation won't spaz anymore when the game is paused.
  • Fixed an issue to prevent binding mouse buttons to window controls.
  • Game will now pause if you Alt-Tab during a cutscene in full screen mode.
  • Audio will now resume properly if the game loses focus.
  • Fixed an issue with infinite load screen if you transition while hovering over a container.
  • Characters will now wait for their idle animation before trying to reload which fixes an animation sync issue.
  • Damaged characters performing AoE attacks will not overload their AI state stacks anymore.
FYI, May's patch 1.05 will include more fixes along with "some additional new features" such as the ability to change player portraits and voice set during the game. New shaders for Afflictions such as Petrified are also in the works.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation Delayed - briefly
(hx) 10:51 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Stainless Games announced today that Carmageddon: Reincarnation has been delayed for a whole month. The game was originally meant to hit stores on April 23rd, however it is now scheduled for a May 21st release.

Virtuix Omni - Grand Theft Auto V - briefly
(hx) 06:42 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
It looks great - but that doesn't always mean that it'll feel great in actual VR.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2 - movie
(hx) 04:10 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2!

BF Hardline Community Most Wanted List Is Back - briefly
(hx) 03:47 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
A post on the official Battlefield Hardline blog announced the return of the Battlefield Hardline Community Most Wanted List. In addition to a host of new fixes, including ones for NVIDIA drivers, Punkbuster, TDM spawns and weapon balancing, EA also added Rent-A-Server functionality for all console platforms as well.
As you know, we're always listening to player feedback. You guys helped us shape Battlefield Hardline into what it is today - and that will continue, even with the game out in stores. We've been surveying a lot of the feedback by you, the players, and below are the top fixes you can expect when the first patch is released on all platforms. We'll share that date with you soon.

Keep in mind we're still focused on ensuring stability first and foremost - our view on the importance of this hasn't changed. While the launch has proven stable, we can always get better and you'll see some miscellaneous fixes for the most frequent crashes in this patch. We're also addressing these top 5 priority issues as identified by the community.

Top 5 Fixes:

  • Punkbuster fixes - We're addressing some of the heavy CPU usage seen by players
  • Nvidia DirectX driver fixes - We're working with our partners at Nvidia to create new drivers to prevent the most common crash issues
  • Extended Conquest time - We've extended the length of Conquest matches by increasing the number of tickets on both Large and Small
  • Fixed TDM spawns - We've adjusted spawn points and the spawn system for better TDM spawning
  • Multiple weapon balance tweaks - We've addressed some common complaints with the weapon balance, there will be more coming soon
  • For further details into these fixes and more, check out the Battlelog forum post at http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bfh/forum/threadview/2955064791152946448/, where we can confirm everything you see there will be addressed in the first patch.

In addition to this, we're adding the Rent-A-Server program functionality for all console platforms with this patch, so players can customize the multiplayer matches to their liking and then invite their friends to play.

Heroes & Generals - Videolog: Utz update - media
(hx) 03:42 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Developed by Reto-Moto, Heroes & Generals is a free-to-play Massively Online FPS with a strategic multiplayer campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where the United States, Germany and the Soviet Union all fight each other for control. Players can choose to play as 'Heroes', fighting in varied roles as soldiers or commanding planes, tanks and other vehicles, or take control of the war as 'Generals', determining strategic direction and managing battlefield assets, army units and reinforcements. The game merges first-person shooter action with a rich strategic layer where player decisions can turn the tide in an ongoing war among thousands of online players.

Currently in open beta, Heroes & Generals has over four million players and is available for PC on Steam where the game is consistently featured in the top 10 of free-to-play games on this platform. Also available through the browser and the companion app that supports the strategy element of the game, Heroes & Generals: Mobile Command, is available for iOS and Android.

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Star Wars: Battlefront Looks Pretty - media
(hx) 03:38 AM EDT - Apr,17 2015 - Post a comment
Electronic Arts and DICE will unveil Star Wars: Battlefront tomorrow, and a ten-second teaser was included in the second official trailer of the new Star Wars movie:

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,16 2015 - all
Crytek's Back to Dinosaur Island VR Demo - movie
(hx) 04:23 PM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment
Crytek has released the full length direct feed video of its GDC 2015 Oculus Rift Dinosaur Tech Demo. This demo is powered by the latest version of CRYENGINE and showcases amazing visuals and physics effects.

Blood Bowl 2 Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:15 PM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment
ocus Home Interactive has released a new gameplay trailer for Cyanide's Blood Bowl 2. As the company noted, this new trailer exposes a whole new match philosophy: that of the Chaos.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Has Gone Gold - gold
(hx) 04:14 PM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment / read (2)
CD Projekt RED announced today that the game has gone gold. Yeap, The Witcher 3 (GOG.com ~ 35.99 10% off) is finished and will be released on May 19th!
"We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game," said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED. "From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places -- we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more," adds Badowski. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone GOLD and will soon be yours!" he concludes.

Garnering over 200 prestigious awards before launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CD PROJEKT RED’s most ambitious endeavour up to date. Set within a truly open world, the game puts you in the role of a wandering bounty hunter and monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia. In The Witcher, you take on the greatest contract of your life -- tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world.

The game is scheduled to launch May 19th, 2015, on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, and PlayStation®4. Visit www.thewitcher.com and buy.thewitcher.com for more information about the game and pre-order availability worldwide.
Star Wars Battlefront Bundles leaked - media
(hx) 07:09 AM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment
Project CARS Really Coming on May 8 - briefly
(hx) 07:03 AM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment
Looks decent...

Samorost3 Teaser Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:19 AM EDT - Apr,16 2015 - Post a comment
Samorost3 is an adventure game by Amanita Design, the makers of Machinarium and Botanicula. It's planned for the release later this year.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,15 2015 - all

Official Guitar Hero Live Reveal Trailer - movie
(hx) 06:47 PM EDT - Apr,15 2015 - Post a comment
One Game. Two ways to play. GH Live lets you rock real crowds with real reactions. And the second mode, GHTV, is the world's first playable music video network with a library of hundreds of music videos you can play. Guitar Hero Live. It's about to get real. Available Fall 2015.

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