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An indie’s requests for the next generation of consoles

An indie developer currently making games for the PC offers his list of requests to the console makers — to reduce all the barriers making it difficult to bring his games to them. …


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Planet Explorers Offers Gamers A Great Big Sandbox To Play In

Fans of open-world sandbox games will definitely want to check out Planet Explorers, an ambitious indie game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Developer Pathea has already done some amazing work on the game, which you can see in the video below.

Planet Explorers is an open-world voxel game that drops
players in a huge world full of towering alien creatures and varied
environments. In addition to being one of the prettiest voxel games we've seen
(thanks to what Pathea calls a "Marching Cubes" algorithm that creates smooth
terrain, as opposed to most blocky voxel games), Planet Explorers boasts a laundry list of promising features, including
a full story mode complete with RPG elements and sidequests, an Adventure Mode that
features randomly generated worlds, 4-player co-op, and the ability to create
your own custom structures, weapons, and even vehicles.

While Kickstarters often
promise potential donators the moon, Pathea has been working on the game for
over a year, and frequently releases free alphas of the game on its website – the impressive video
trailer below is actually from an older version of the game than the one
available online right now.

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Pathea is looking to raise $ 100,000 to complete the game,
but has plenty of stretch goals in mind if more backers are interested. To find
out more about the project and to contribute, head over to the official Planet
Explorers Kickstarter
.

[Via: Destructoid]

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Marvel Heroes gets a release date

 

The MMORPG based on the Marvel Universe has finally been given a release date. It has been in Beta for months now and is gearing up for release. Gamers can dive into this free-to-play game on June 4th with early access being given to premium members.

The game has a lot of promise as the game director is David Brevik who is most popular for his work on Diablo I and II. The game plays very similarly but instead of being Necromancers or Barbarians, you’ll be able to choose popular characters from the Marvel Universe like Spider-Man or Iron Man along with lesser known character’s like Rocket Raccoon. Another promising aspect is that the story is scripted by famous comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers).

If anyone is too excited to wait until June 4th (like I am), early access will be granted to gamers who are part of their Founders program:

  • Starter Pack purchasers will receive 2 days of Early Access beginning on June 2nd.
  • Premium Pack purchasers will receive 4 days of Early Access beginning on May 31st.
  • Ultimate Pack purchasers will receive 7 days of Early Access beginning on May 28th.

Are you excited to start leveling up your favorite heroes?

 


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Unlock BioShock Infinite’s ’1999 Mode’ early with the Konami code

Unlock BioShock Infinite's '1999 Mode' with the Konami code

When BioShock Infinite launches on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 tomorrow, players can choose to unlock the game’s difficult ’1999 Mode’ early by using a modern variation of the classic Konami code.

By default, Infinite only has three available difficulty settings: Easy, medium and hard, with the 1999 Mode – which tunes Irrational’s latest game to a difficulty best suited for those looking for a classic shooter experience akin to System Shock 2‘s campaign – hidden away until the game is complete. If players decide they want an immediate challenge, using the Konami code will allow them to unlock it at any point.

  • On PC (with keyboardmouse): Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, (Cancel key), (Confirm key)
  • On Xbox: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
  • On PS3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X

For more on BioShock Infinite make sure to read the Joystiq review, which called the next installment in the franchise “one of the best told stories of this generation.”

JoystiqUnlock BioShock Infinite’s ’1999 Mode’ early with the Konami code originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A GDC guide for the little guy

Attending GDC for the first time, or following the coverage online? Indie developer and educator Chris Totten offers his tips for the “little guys” both at the show and reading Gamasutra. …


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Ubisoft Shows Off Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Gameplay

Ubisoft has released an impressive new trailer for Assassin's
Creed IV: Black Flag that features fresh new gameplay footage.

The trailer introduces players to Edward Kenway, an
assassin-trained pirate wreaking havoc on the Caribbean seas at the beginning
of the 18th century. Some of the activities you'll
engage in are depicted, from ship-to-ship battles to diving for treasure to getting eaten by
sharks – though I guess that last one is more of a "terrible thing that can
happen" than an "activity."

I wasn't initially sold on Black
Flag's pirate theme
(specifically, I'd rather have a great pirate game from
Ubisoft without the Assassin's Creed trappings), but the video does a good job
of selling both the naval action and the locations, which provide a greater
visual variety than AC III did. Here's the trailer:

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Ubisoft also announced Gamestop's Black Island Pack pre-order
bonus for the game, which includes a variety of Captain Morgan-themed content,
including a treasure-hunting quest on Black Island, the Black Ship vessel, and Captain Morgan's silver flintlock pistols.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag releases on Xbox 360,
PlayStation 3, and Wii U on October 29. For more on Black Flag's setting, check
out our video
interview with the developers
. To learn about some real pirates, check out
our feature, The
True History of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
.

Full Disclosure: Game
Informer is owned by Gamestop.

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Pac-Man goes free to play on Android


Pac-Man was always sort of like a free-to-play game – you had to pay into an arcade machine each time you wanted to try. Now, 32 years later, it’s free-to-play for real on Android, with Pac-Man + Tournaments.

The game includes the original Pac-Man for free, along with a new “Tournaments” mode that offers power-up items and weekly tournaments with chances to win plush toys and other Pac-Man swag. This mode includes new downloadable mazes, which is where the extra costs come in. But if you just want some Pac-Man, that’s free.

JoystiqPac-Man goes free to play on Android originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jagex turns to HTML5 for RuneScape 3

UK-based developer Jagex today announced a big step forward for its popular RuneScape RPG franchise, with a new installment on the way, and a new engine. …


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RuneScape 3 Announced

Developer/publisher Jagex has announced RuneScape 3 for this summer, and the company is promising a big leap for the free-to-play title.

RuneScape 3 is due out sometime this summer on PC, and Jagex is making use of a new HTML5 engine for better performance. The title also features updated graphics, audio, and overall design (including a customizable interface); among other improvements.

In this developer diary video, you can hear the team talk about some of the changes in store, including plans to have players' decisions make a big impact on the overall game world.

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Buy Dove products, get $20 off Dead Space 3, SimCity, or Most Wanted

Soften the financial impact of Dead Space 3, SimCity, or Need for Speed Most Wanted, while you soften your skin, with an entirely random Amazon deal. Right now, through some totally nonsensical co-marketing, you get the $ 20 discount off of one of those three EA games if you buy $ 15 worth of “Dove Men + Care” products, including deodorant, soap, or shampoo.

The limited edition of SimCity is currently already discounted to $ 40, so this deal takes it down to an effective $ 20, provided you also need some unnecessarily gender-specific hygiene products.

JoystiqBuy Dove products, get $ 20 off Dead Space 3, SimCity, or Most Wanted originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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