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Secrets of Raetikon comes to PC

For those of you who like simpler games with amazing art direction, here’s a game for you. The third game from developer Broken Rules, Secrets of Rætikon is a breathtaking 2D exploration title. Throughout the single player campaign, players control a small bird in the Alps mountain range as they solve puzzles and interact with objects in a fully-realised physics-based environment. In addition to the full-fledged story, there will also be a level editor, allowing players to enjoy user-generated levels, as well as upload their own.

Much like Journey, the story is told as you go solve puzzles and discover hidden runes, which flesh out the rich history of the Raetic people. In an official statement, Broken Rules states:

“We wanted to create a game with high replay value and thus the AI and physics are the pillars the gameplay rests upon. Every animal has a distinct behaviour and all of them react to each other. Every bush can be uprooted and every branch torn out. The game is a story-based sandbox in an open world. And there is in fact a hidden gravity gun.”

Secrets of Rætikon launches April 17th, 2014 for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is currently available through Steam Early Access.


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Frantic Smash Run Mode Comes Exclusively To Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is getting an exclusive multiplayer mode for up to four players. Smash Run will set players on a race to power their characters up before engaging in final throwdown when time is up.

Smash Run puts players on a huge stage filled with enemies that drop power ups when they die. These enhance one of six stats: speed, jump, attack, special, arms, and defense.

During the first five minutes of the match, players will race around the stage as they try to make themselves as powerful as possible. Once the timer runs out, it’s a battle to the death in a more traditional Smash Bros. arena. Players will also be able to pick a loadout of items before they enter the fight.

Director Masahiro Sakurai says that the final battles won’t last too long, so players will be able to have a winner declared and start anew. For more on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which is coming this Summer, and the Wii U version slated for Winter, check out our rundown of today’s Nintendo Direct and the list of newly announced fighters.  

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Age of Wushu comes to Steam

Chinese developer Snail Games is making the journey west with its martial arts MMO Age of Wushu, which releases today, March 27th, on Steam. The mulitplayer kung-fu fantasy gives players the chance to traverse across a faithful recreation of ancient China, filled with grand temples, a sprawling recreation of the Gobi Desert, and one can only assume, a wide array of tiger-based aphrodisiacs (looking at you, Steam modders).

Players registering through Steam will receive an exclusive title as well as several items, including the obviously helpful “Life Extending Pill,” “Silver Coins” and “Dayun Horse,” and the more confounding “Palpitation Relieving and Vital Energy Regulating Pill.” The last is perhaps intended to relieve hyper-ventilating newbies as they fend off hordes of crouching tigers and iron monkeys.

The game’s combat seeks to replicate favorite kung-fu epics like Hero and Ip Man through a rock-paper-scissors based kung-fu system with an emphasis on the spectacular. For more info you can visit the official site here or find the game on Steam after 4p.m. (pst).


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Invisible, Inc update comes in from the cold

Klei Entertainment’s turn-based espionage game Invisible, Inc remains in alpha testing, but to whet players’ appetites, the developer has cobbled together the above trailer to demonstrate the additions found in the game’s latest update.

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Costume Quest 2 comes knockin’ on Halloween

Costume Quest 2 is due out on October 31 for consoles and PC, courtesy of a partnership between developer Double Fine and indie publisher Midnight City. There’s no word on which consoles Double Fine is targeting, specifically.

Costume Quest 2 stars…
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50% of freemium mobile game revenue comes from 0.15% of players

Less than two percent of freemium mobile game players spent any money on in-app purchases in January, according to mobile app analytics platform Swrve’s inaugural monetization report. …


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Loot 2.0 comes to Diablo 3 in massive new patch

Starting today, Diablo 3 is … well, it’s very different. Blizzard has released a humongous patch for the game, overhauling many of its features. The highlight is probably the introduction of “Loot 2.0,” a heavy reworking of the loot system that was…
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Twitch Streaming Comes To Xbox One Alongside Titanfall

Microsoft has announced that a long-awaited Twitch streaming feature is coming to Xbox One alongside Respawn’s Titanfall on March 11. In addition to offering gameplay direct from the console and on-screen chat, the Xbox One integration will offer something not found on rival PlayStation 4: archiving.

The difference is that PS4 Twitch experience was crafted by Sony, whereas the AP article announcing the feature suggests that Microsoft had a hand in developing the Xbox One version. The update on Xbox One also includes the ability for broadcasters to directly interact with viewers through the updated party system.

"It's complete integration," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the Associated Press. "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a limited availability Titanfall console bundle that effectively puts the Xbox One on sale for $ 430. The company also dropped the price of the console in the UK by £30. 

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Our Take
The archiving feature is a standout in this announcement. I’m not sure how I feel about the intersection of broadcasting and parties without more details, though. As long as the streamer can control things, it will be a nice bonus, especially if invites can be handled through the chat and delivered directly to others watching the stream on Xbox One.

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Watch as the PlayStation 4 finally comes home to Japan

At 10AM ET/7AM PT today, it will be midnight on February 22 in Japan, marking the launch of the PlayStation 4 in its home country. After three months of watching the rest of the world play a new console, for once Japan has had to wait to join the…
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Space Jam comes back to life with NBA 2K14 mod

A new NBA Jam may not be in the cards, but that’s okay; a different kind of jam is here. A Space Jam. NBA 2K series modder MGX has released a set of files that transform NBA 2K14 into an adaptation of the 1996 classic film, with the Looney Tunes and…
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