Daily Scoop: September 29, 2014 – Flash Sale!

Monday is back with a vengeance, and we’re all mourning the wonderful weekends we had. In our case, we went to Ratha Yatra, created characters for a 5e D&D game, and played tons of board games. Oh, and we did a lot of work on RESISTOR_, which is unsurprising. Heck, I even got a chance to play a little First Light!

Speaking of all the games, there’s a brand new Flash Bundle happening at Humble Bundle right now. Pay what you want for Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Anomaly: Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign, Sleepwalker’s Journey, and Funky Smugglers. Pay $6 or more to unlock Anomaly Korea, Anomaly 2, and the bonus content for Anomaly 2. Finally, pay $10 or more to unlock SPACECOM.

Steam has a new Daily Deal as well. It’s everyone’s favorite Surgeon Simulator 2013, which is on sale for $2.49. You should scoop it up!

Just a few t-shirts today…

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F.E.A.R. Online will be released on October 17


Aeria Games and WB Games have announced that F.E.A.R. Online will be available to download through Steam on October 17. Interested players can also sign up for an open beta, which begins October 8, on the game’s official website.

F.E.A.R. Online is a free-to-play shooter set within the F.E.A.R. universe where players will cooperatively do battle with the “unsettling experiments” created by Armacham Technology Corporation:

In F.E.A.R. Online, tensions reach a boiling point as the F.E.A.R. task force investigates Armacham Technology Corporation’s unsettling experiments. With several team combat modes spanning more than ten ominous maps, the game is packed with chilling details. The storyline continues in cooperative scenarios that detail the terrifying occurrences surrounding the F.E.A.R. team, in parallel to the events of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Up to four players can team up and fight for their lives against both hostile Armacham personnel and hideous monsters lurking around every corner.

F.E.A.R. 3, released in 2011, was the last game in the F.E.A.R. franchise.

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Joe Madureira and other ex-Vigil developers form Airship Syndicate

airshipsyndicateJoe “Joe Mad” Madureira is a pretty big name in the comics industry, having worked on multiple titles in the Marvel universe such as Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Avenging Spider-Man, The Ultimates, and Savage Wolverine. He was also one of the founders of Vigil Games, which developed Darksiders and Darksiders II for THQ before the publisher closed its doors in 2013. Since then, many of Vigil’s developers have found homes at Gunfire Games and the now defunct Crytek USA. Madureira himself (along with Ryan Stefanelli, Steve Madureira, and other ex-Vigil employees) has also set sail for new pastures… specifically that of Airship Syndicate.

Airship Syndicate is located in Austin, Texas and is currently gearing up to begin work on their first project. Details are pretty sparse right now, but the developer did say on their official website: “RPG? Metroidvania? Battle Chasers Open World Kart Racer? You never know. Any way you shake it, adventure is the name of the game.”

Howwever, Stefanelli told Game Informer that the team will be small, and that they plan to create, “classic experiences with a modern edge.” That’s a common refrain for indie teams these days. Stefanelli added that Airship’s first game is currently in development for the PC and consoles with Madureira chiming in to say, “the game we’re working on now isn’t [Darksiders III].”

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Weekly Warp-Up: Givin’ Up the Ghost Edition

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

The biggest news from this week is that Blizzard finally dropped the axe on Project Titan and StarCraft: Ghost. The former would have been Blizzard’s MMO followup to World of Warcraft and the latter would have been a stealth/action game set within the StarCraft universe. Both games had their problems over the years as Blizzard originally delayed Titan’s release more or less indefinitely last year and Ghost was put “on hold” in 2006. But now they’ve both gone to that big GameStop in the sky, giving Blizzard more time to work on Hearthstone and their other projects.

Also this week, Mike Ryan turned in a review of The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins, the fourth episode of Telltale’s retelling of the popular comic book series.

More news from the week that was can be found after the break.

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New Releases: Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Shadow of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2, More


Phase Two of Nintendo’s plan to dominate the Fall gaming season kicks off this week as Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, the first Smash Bros. game for a handheld system, will be available on Friday, October 3. New friends (Little Mac! The Duck Hunt Dog! Miis! Mega Man! Pac-Man!) and old favorites (Mario! Link! Samus!) give it one of the deepest rosters the franchise has ever seen, making Super Smash Bros. For 3DS even more of a must have.

Also available this week is WB Games’ latest foray into the Lords of the Rings universe, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS4, Xbox One). Set between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of Mordor will tell a brand new tale within the franchise with assistance from Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien Enterprises, and the writer of Red Dead Redemption. Less epic (but still pretty epic) is Microsoft’s newest racing game, Forza Horizon 2, which will be released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Atlus is going back to the arena to bring PS3 and Xbox 360 owners Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Fight!

More new releases (including the return of one of the greatest PC games ever) can be found after the break.

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Daily Scoop – September 26, 2014 – Weekend at last

I was going to make the subject “Weird at last,” but then you’d all know that I’ve been listening to Welcome to Night Vale a lot. Well, actually, I guess that’s not a bad thing – just bad that it took me so long to start, and now I can’t get enough of it. If you haven’t started yet, I highly recommend it!

Anyway! Let’s talk about deals. There’s not much going on today – Steam’s Daily Deal is Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for $9.99, which is 74% off. Their Weekend Deals include the Valve Complete Pack, which has Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Team Fortress 2, among many others. It costs just $24.99, which is pretty absurd for how much content you’re getting.

There’s not much else going on, though you can always, always count on the Humble Store for at least a few deals. Pick up Pid for $1.99 or Shelter for $2.99.

And finally, t-shirts:

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Xbox Store Today: Anna Extended Edition, KickBeat, Skate 3

xboxlivelogomajornelsonsaleThere’s three new games available on the Xbox Games Store today, including two on the Xbox 360 and one on the Xbox One.

The Xbox 360 is now home to Anna: Extended Edition, a first-person horror game that built up a bit of a cult following on the PC in 2012, and Skate 3, EA’s last skateboarding game from their popular franchise:

Anna: Extended Edition ($14.99)
Set in an abandoned sawmill nestled high in the Italian mountains, Anna challenges the player to uncover horrific clues and use them to solve puzzles related to your character’s dark past. The player’s behavior does not only determine the mental health of the main character but can also change locations and unveil new secrets leading to one of eight possible endings.

Skate 3 ($19.99)
The Skate franchise is back and rolling into new territory as Skate 3 heads to the brand new city of Port Carverton. Delivering a unique co-op skateboarding experience, build your own customized skate team and change the face of the city by taking on unique team challenges, competing against rival crews online, and shredding the streets of an all-new skaters’ paradise.

And on the Xbox One we have KickBeat Special Edition, Zen Studios’ “kung fu rhythm” game that was released for the Wii U and PS4 two weeks ago:

KickBeat Special Edition ($9.99)
From indie pioneers Zen Studios (makers of Pinball FX2 and CastleStorm) comes KickBeat Special Edition, an innovative rhythm game with a Kung Fu theme, featuring fully 3D characters and high-energy music! The KickBeat Special Edition Soundtrack features tracks from a diverse lineup of artists from well known bands such as Pendulum and Marilyn Manson, to indie musicians Celldweller and Blue Stahli, to hidden talents like electronic music producer Voicians and Taiwanese rapper Shen Yi.

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Mario’s B Dasher kart returns in first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack

Mario Kart aficionados love the B Dasher kart from Mario Kart DS. As Mario’s main ride, it made its mark on a whole generation of players. And now it’s back.

It will join three new characters (Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link) and eight new tracks in this November’s “The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.” To get you extra pumped, Nintendo of Japan has released a new trailer showcasing the kart taking curves and throwing shells.

“The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack” will be priced at $7.99 when its released in November.

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