METROCIDE Gets a Video Walkthrough

Brand new indie cyberpunk stealth contract killing adventure METROCIDE has a brand new walkthrough online right now, with commentary from the games devs Rohan and Leigh Harris. Metrocide will be available on Steam and other digital stores for Early Access in mid-October, and will be out for PC and Mac in late 2014.

Ello Hates Freedom

In the last week, the internet has kind of not exploded over the new,Ad Free, Freedom loving social network Ello. The network promises quote “We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. “.

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Sadly, its seems something that wasn’t promised was the freedom to express yourself with usernames made of of common internet catchphrases that happen to also be the name of a large, viral parody website. This above image, posted by twitter user @gewqk, shows a side of the network that many hoped would be repressed, looks like its time to find a new network already, or host one yourself!

 

911: First Responders® ®eview

911: First Responders®, as I discovered, is not about the tragic terror attack that in fact occurred on the 9/11 2001. This confusing was compounded by the strange coincidence that almost every screenshot on the steam page had something to do with a plane, a plane burning while crashed into a building or the rubble of a seemingly now dethroned super structure.

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Now that thats out of the way, lets get onto the review. Sadly, I could not review this title, because it would simply not launch. As noted by other steam users. as well as myself, I had trouble getting the game to render at all and when it did it showed itself in a half screen black box. Therefore, the only score I can give this game is a zero, as it fails to function as a game on the most basic level. Unless this is some crazy meta joke about rescuing the game, or it crashing.

 

0/10

Func KB-460 Keyboard Review

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Func has been around for a while now, putting out a few good keysets, yet nothing that has so far set the world on fire. With their newest model, the KB-46 , they are setting out to enter a more refined market featuring a unit with a cleaner design and some impressive specs. The keyboard comes with the normal switch options yet omits blacks leaving for a choice of Blue, Brown or Red, bummer for fans of Blacks. Each key is lit individually, which is pretty standard these days, the shape of the keys follow a cylindrical design, if you have ever used a Razor BlackWidow, your hands will feel right at home, as they keys feel like carbon copy’s. As per normal these days on a keyboard labeled ‘gaming’ the unit features full N-key roll over along with a detachable wrist rest akin to something you would find a Steelseries product, if a little smaller. In terms of additional keys, your macro keys along with your muiltmedia keys are mapped to the F-keys, besides that its your normal full size keyset, with dimensions sitting in at, 17.7 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches ; 3 pounds.

If you have ever seen a keyboard with LEDs, the LEDs here are not going to blow you away, they light up, good for dark rooms. The keyboard rocks a brilliant 1.8m USB cable , in fact of the best non custom cables I have ever seen on a keyboard. Its braided and gold plated and just fantastic. Sadly it lacks a PS/2 cable, which seems is a feature quite popular among hardcore audiences and might be something to think of implementing in the next iteration of the unit.

Just like any other blue (Model reviewed was blue) switch, the keys feel great to use. The body of the keyboard is sleek and lacks any ugly ricer features, it feels like it could withstand more than just a few lans. The function assignment software is sleek and easy to use, and wont get in the way

This new keyset from Func works well, looks nice and will last you for a while to come, yet it lacks really anything to make it stand out from the crowd, and really this makes you question the $122 price tag.

6.5/10

It Just Werks Award

More space for new project teams: Deep Silver FISHLABS rents new office space in Hamburg

In the course of the recent restructuring measures and the imminent buildup of new project teams, Deep Silver FISHLABS has now moved into a new 1,300m² open-plan office in the heart of Hamburg.

Earlier this week, the acclaimed development studio Deep Silver FISHLABS moved into a brand-new office. Thus, the 65-strong team of the Hamburg-based mobile specialist now develops and distributes its high-end games for smartphones and tablets in a spacious 1,300m² open-plan office in Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse 1. Being located right there at Roedingsmarkt, the new headquarters are only a stone’s throw away from the company’s old office at Grosser Burstah.

The new office space is part of the newly built office block LES_1 between the city center and harbor city. Covering a total of 15,000m² and offering more than enough space for growth and expansion, the LES_1 complex marks the perfect environment for Deep Silver FISHLABS’ ambitious plans for the future. Besides the further development and upcoming Android release of their current flagship title Galaxy on Fire™ – Alliances, the studio also has another two projects in (pre-)production, both of which have not yet been officially announced. In addition, Deep Silver FISHLABS is currently also in the process of building up another production team.

“Besides Galaxy on Fire – Alliances, which will be released on Android in the near future, we have two more titles in production respectively pre-production,” says Michael Krach, Head of Studio at Deep Silver FISHLABS. “To put our ambitious plans into practice, we will expand out headcount to 90 employees by the end of the year. Our new office in Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse provides us with a spacious, well-equipped environment that is perfectly suited for the teambased development of a selected range of next-gen mobile games in differing production states.”

The complete address of the new headquarters reads: Deep Silver FISHLABS, Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse 1, 20457 Hamburg. More information about Deep Silver FISHLABS in general and the company’s vacancies in particular can be found at the completely overhauled company website via http://www.dsfishlabs.com.

TOTAL WAR: ROME II – EMPEROR EDITION ANNOUNCED

The Definitive Total War Brings New Content, Feature Changes, And Is Free To Current Players

SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe, Ltd. today announced Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition, the definitive edition of the best-selling game in the Total War™ series from Creative Assembly.
Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’.

Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.

The new ‘Imperator Augustus’ Campaign Pack adds hundreds of hours of sandbox gameplay across a new campaign map reflecting the geopolitical boundaries of the Second Triumvirate War. Players will determine the outcome of a vast civil war, which saw Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus vying to become the very first Emperor of Rome.

Alongside all feature updates from launch (including Twitch.tv integration, touch controls, new factions, new units and now the Mac version), Emperor Edition also features an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles, and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.

Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War team, said: “ROME II was far and away our most ambitious game. We see more people playing, and playing for longer, than any other game in the Total War series. However, we take our players’ feedback very seriously. Through the multitude of improvements and free content updates we’ve brought to ROME II since its launch, we’ve worked hard to try and meet their expectations. We want Emperor Edition to be remembered as one of our finest games.”

The design of Emperor Edition was led by Jack Lusted, Development Lead of CA’s New Content Team. “With the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack, we wanted to recreate the vast civil war which erupted after Julius Caesar’s murder”, said Lusted. “You can tackle the campaign as various Roman and non-Roman factions, including Armenia for the first time. Our aim was to represent the titanic power struggle that led to Octavian becoming the first Emperor of Rome. It’s a pretty epic campaign, and it’s great that we can offer this to existing ROME II players for free as a thanks for their support”.

For more information about Emperor Edition and the’ Imperator Augustus’ Campaign Pack, please tune in to the latest episode of community show Rally Point which aired today: http://youtu.be/aukvxuZ1VcM

My.com announces North American/European closed beta dates for World Of Speed, Skyforge and Armored Warfare

Fans will be able to dive into the action later this year

Cologne, August 13th – Today at Gamescom My.com revealed the closed beta dates of its three upcoming AAA massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) World of Speed, Armored Warfare and Skyforge.  Additionally, all-new features and gameplay trailers have been revealed at Gamescom, giving fans a deeper look into each game and a chance to sign up for the closed betas. Media are welcome to explore Gamescom assets of all 3 games at http://pubftp.my.com/Gamescom2014/

·         World of Speed – start of Closed Beta: Q4 2014.
Slightly Mad Studios will reveal major multiplayer features of the game including the elaborate team mode and team tactics plus unique team objective system. The premier will be also flavored with a new race track together with a variety of new cars. For more details please visit www.worldofspeed.com

·         Skyforge – start of Closed Beta: Q4 2014.
For the first time ever, The Allods Team and Obsidian Entertainment will reveal the massive Gods feature and how the system will work in-game. The presentation at Gamescom will also be a first look at two classes, brand new locations and much more. Visit www.skyforge.com for more information.

·         Armored Warfare – start of Closed Beta: Q1 2015.
Obsidian Entertainment will showcase the extensive Progression Tree and Arms Dealers gameplay feature for the first time. This will also be the first hands on preview of the game in Europe for press to play through an all new PVE mission on a new map with new tanks. More information on the game can be found at www.armoredwarfare.com

Players can already register for the Closed Beta for all three games at the game’s official websites.

Media are welcome to explore Gamescom assets of all 3 games at http://pubftp.my.com/Gamescom2014/

If not yet booked an appointment for My.com games reviewing at Gamescom, please see us in the business area in hall 4.1 at booth A-020 from August 13th to August 15th.

Celebrate with up to 75% off in the Square Enix Gamescom Sale –including Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 50% Off!

Celebrate this year’s Gamescom with Square Enix in the online Gamescom sale starting today and ending midday (BST) on August 18th. Discounts include Steam PC titles and boxed games including:

·         Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 50% off
·         Final Fantasy VII – 60% off
·         Final Fantasy VIII – 60% off
·         Deus Ex: The Fall – 75% off
·         Just Cause – 60% off
·         Just Cause 2 – 60% off
·         Murdered: Soul Suspect- up to 50% off Steam and all boxed platforms

Don’t miss out on the chance to get Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and other amazing games at an amazing prize for a limited time only.”

Link to Square Enix Store sale: http://bit.ly/X4C5CT