Humble Bundle are keen to kick off Christmas with a bang, and firmly reaffirm their unwavering indie credentials to some of the noisier THQ detractors. This latest bundle contains some seriously impressive games including Legend Of Grimrock and the brilliant Dungeon Defenders... and DLC... and soundtracks... and Indie Game: The Movie... so long as you beat the negligible average price.
Have a very indie Christmas, everyone.
Just when we thought that Humble Bundle 6 couldn't get any better - seeing as it already contains a number of brilliant yet under-exposed indie games such as the 9/10 puzzler Vessel - four new titles have been added. Specifically, the excellent Jamestown, Wizorb, Gratuitous Space Battles and BIT.TRIP RUNNER. You'll even get a bunch of soundtracks.
You can check out the updated Humble Bundle here - though be aware that you'll need to beat the (inexpensive) average to get the new games.
Just in case you haven't already bought it, Humble Indie Bundle V is fast approaching its final day of sales. And, more importantly, it's easily the best bundle yet.
Beating the average price of £5.41 will net you:
And you can support two great charities. Basically, get on this, and do it now. Before it's too late.
It's Humble Bundle time again! Whoooooooo!
Please excuse my immature excitement, as there really are some great games here. Multiwinia and Darwinia are unique and exciting takes on the strategy genre, while Uplink makes you feel like a master hacker (well, as much as a computer game can). And DEFCON lets you destroy the world in thermonuclear fire. You can pay what you want for these games, but if you pay over the average, you'll get Aquaria and Crayon Physics Deluxe too. Remember that you can optionally split your money between the developers or two worthy charities.
It's likely that more games will jump on the bandwagon over the next few days.
The Humble Voxatron Debut Bundle has four days left on the clock, and the deal has now been sweetened yet further by a few new games from the developers' back catalogues. Gish, the brilliant and slightly nauseating platformer from Team Meat's Edmund McMillen, is included regardless of how much you decide to pay... and three smaller games from Lexaloffle are on offer if you decide to pay over the average price (currently $5.17).
Voxatron has also been updated with new controls and filters for the level editor.
Head over there now or over the weekend, because time is running out.
Sony fans have been wildly rejoicing over EA's decision to bring Mass Effect 2 to the PS3. As our own Brendan Griffiths put it: "It was like getting off with your best mate's missus." The latest intel (courtesy of IGN) states that the European release is set for January 21st.
As previously reported, BioWare is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Commander Shepherd's PS3 outing is nothing less than the definitive edition. Over £100 worth of DLC will be contained on the disc as well as the interactive digital comic that will generate a Mass Effect 1 save file. We can also expect a serious visual overhaul to bring the title in line with the PS3's hardware capabilities.
Don't fret, though, Microsoft. We'll always have Virmire.
Remember the Humble Indie Bundle? Several excellent Indie studios collaborated on a pay-what-you-want deal that generated thousands of pounds for charity as well as increased revenue for everyone involved. Despite the best efforts of despicable weaselly pirates, the Humble Indie Bundle was a roaring success- and another has been planned for this holiday season.
In the latest Wolfire blog post, John Graham informed readers that keys for the original HIB are now redeemable on Steam... and that "something weird" is happening "just in time for the holidays." This weird 'something' is set to be another Humble Bundle, though the games contained therein are as yet unknown. Watch this space.
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Gran Turismo 5 is out. Duke Nukem Forever is nearly upon us. But at least we've got a whipping boy to step into the breach and bear the brunt of our sarcastic anger. Final Fantasy XIV has been dogged by continual PC delays and a critical panning thanks to the blatant shoddiness of its code, and the first boardroom casualty has been given his marching orders. Hiromichi Tanaka has officially resigned as producer and Square Enix has invoked a massive reorganisation of development personnel. Tanaka issued a full and frank apology, falling on his sword in a grovelling press release.
First of all, I would like to apologise for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer. - Hiromichi Tanaka, ex-Producer
This employee reshuffle will cause the PS3 version to be delayed indefinitely. Which is arguably for the best.
The original CGI trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution might well be the best game video of all time, ever. We frequently watch it for hours at a time. However, an extended version of the trailer has now seeped onto the net that somehow makes the best thing ever... even better. [Thanks, VG247 & Eurogamer]
No gameplay I'm afraid. Just a little spectacle for your Friday afternoon.
Talking to Develop, Blitz's Andrew Oliver has suggest that the pre-owned games market represents a far greater threat to the industry than piracy:
'Arguably the bigger problem on consoles now is the trading in of games,' he said. 'I understand why players do this. Games are expensive, and after a few weeks of playing you’ve either beaten it, or got bored of it so trading it back in to help pay for the next seems sensible when people are short of cash [...but] money going back up the chain is a fraction of what it was only a few years ago. This is a much bigger problem than piracy on the main consoles.' [VG247]
It would seem that Oliver is not the only one to think so either. This week sees the introduction of the EA Sports Online Pass, a scheme that will force gamers playing used copies of EA Sports games to pay a $10 fee if they want to access online features. It might seem like daylight robbery to you and me but EA appear to think otherwise:
'We think it’s a great idea, we think it’s going to build our business, and we think it’s a positive consumer experience,' said EA CEO John Riccitello. 'Invariably, the consumer is getting a boat load more content to experience than they otherwise would.'
Just when we thought EA had turned their backs on Machiavellian machinations comes along this kick in the teeth to rebalance the status quo. I suppose they had to do something; after all, Activision were nicking all of the headlines with their dastardly behaviour. Couldn't have that, now could they? [VG247]
Speaking of rivalries with Activision, Riccitello also laid out his aims for taking back the shooter crown from the boys who published Modern Warfare 2:
'[W]e're not going to be happy until we've taken the leadership back in the first-person shooter category. [...]The tip of the spear is the combination of Battlefield: Bad Company and Medal of Honor," said Riccitello. "So we fully expect [Medal of Honor] to be a succesful title this year [...] we've made great strides with Battlefield: Bad Company, and we expect to make further strides with Medal of Honor, and we have strong plans for years to come. This is an important strategic priority inside of our company, taking market share precisely here." [1UP]
If they can get the jump on Treyarch this winter then it might just work. Regardless, fans of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be stoked to hear that the game will be getting a four player co-op mode entitled 'Onslaught'. 'Coming soon' to XBL and the PSN (although, it appears, not yet to PC) there will be four maps to choose from - Valparaiso, Atacama Desert, Isla Innocentes and Nelson Bay - and, according to Eurogamer, each map will have a different focus, be it vehicular combat, infantry operations etc. Not convinced? Check out our review here.
Yesterday you might have noticed that Jon got fairly angry and unleashed his fury on those pirates too pathetic to even pay a measly 1 cent for PC deal package extraordinaire The Humble Indie Bundle. However, now that the red mist has subsided somewhat, we can bring y'all the good news, and it's pretty awesome indeed.
To echo the sentiments of many who commented on this piece, I find this all incredibly encouraging and hopefully we can focus on this success rather than the minority of thieves. Tying in to Felix's recent article about games being victimised by the media, we should be trumpeting this from rooftops. After all, five little PC games just raised a third of a million dollars for charity in a week! I wonder if Alan Titchmarsh has ever done that. [Kotaku]
Whilst the interwebs have been buzzing with Black Ops predictions since the recent trailer, details have been fairly thin on the ground. Luckily, USA Today has managed to score some hands-on impressions of Treyarch's upcoming FPS.
Black Ops will indeed be set in the Cold War era, with the player leading an elite team of operatives as they combat the threat of global communism in several exotic locations. Russia, Vietnam and Cuba will all provide the canvas for your cinematic gunfights and sneaky sniping.
The demo level, entitled WMD, takes place over the Ural mountains in Soviet Russia. Notice that I said over the Urals, because you'll start the level ensconced in the cockpit of an SR71 Blackbird, using simple contextual commands to guide your squad through a series of enemy controls and checkpoints. After some light RTS action, you'll rejoin your squad and take down and relay station deep in enemy territory using stealth, cunning and some sweet new armaments.
New weapons include a scoped crossbow for silent long range kills and a customisable AUG assault rifle (suggesting that we'll be able to tinker with our boomsticks this time around)- along with alternate ammo types. A 2-4 player cooperative mode has also been announced, letting us team up and take down the communists with some serious squad tactics.
Early reviews indicate that Super Mario Galaxy 2's very good indeed (as if there was every any doubt), and a new Japanese promo vid gives us a lengthy and luscious look at the new gameplay. It's classic Nintendo through and through- time to dust the cobwebs off of your Wiis and get back into practice! Check it out below... and rejoice, Ninty fans. [Thanks, GoNintendo and VG247]
5 Indie Developers recently teamed up to bring us the Humble Indie Bundle, a beautiful package of five fantastic games that shot radiant beams of unadulterated gaming joy straight into the pleasure centre of the brain. Whilst the five games retailed separately for over $80, Wolfire Games allowed us to pay what we want for the bundle, literally letting us donate whatever we could afford for the privilege. Not only that, but they even shared their profits with two charities.
But apparently, that wasn't enough for some people. According to Wolfire's latest blog post, over 25% of the bundle downloads were obtained by pirating links from forums, taking advantage of the bundle's lack of DRM and Wolfire's generosity.
I'm going to take a deep breath... and incoherently rant say this as calmly as possible. Shame on you, pirates. SHAME. Were you too strapped for cash to to spare a quid for some hardworking independent developers? Couldn't be bothered to dig around behind the sofa and donate a few pence to charity?! One single penny, even?! Thanks for soiling a good faith charity venture, you pathetic weasels.
However, Wolfire Games President Jeff Rosen is taking the high road on this one. Rather than condemn the pirates, he's simply asked that they download their copies from torrent sites rather than clutter up Wolfire's bandwidth. Not only that, but Wolfire's still committed to providing a DRM-free service. That's a class act, folks- and we hope that they'll continue to promote great games and support indie devs despite the actions of several small-minded, pathetic parasites. [Wolfire Games]
Psyched for Black Ops? Pissed off by pirates? Have your say or bring the rain in the comments!