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Avalanche Studios, developers of Just Cause and Just Cause 2, have announced Just Cause 3 and debunked rumors that it would have free-to-play pricing. Christofer Sundberg co-founder of the studio made the announcement yesterday taking time to address the leaked development images from earlier in the month. Sundberg assured fans that the dismaying screenshots were from an “ancient” build of the game in which they were testing ideas.

Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today.

Sundberg went on to say that the studio will support Just Cause 3 with DLC packs. Just Cause 3 will launch in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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Halo 5: Guardians has something similar to aiming down sights called “smart-scope”. It may look like aiming down sights that you’re used to from Call of Duty or Battlefield, but players retain all their mobility even while using this new view. It doesn’t affect the damage output of the rounds, but it does make the spread of bullets smaller. Smart scope is available for all weapons in the game and players can be “de-scoped” – that is popped out of that viewpoint by getting hit. Other changes to Spartan movement include clambering up ledges, infinite sprint, ground-pounding, and sliding. 343 Industries says they wanted to emphasize the series’ core strength which was mobility.

The Halo 5 multiplayer beta will be available for players who have purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The beta will begin on December 29th and run for three weeks.

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This week, we see Christopher Nolan’s foray into big budget McConaughey sci-fi.

Next week: Foxcatcher

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Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones episodic adventure will get six chapters instead of the normal five in which to lay out its story. Presumably, the extra installment is for all the killing and betrayal. In the latest tweet from Telltale, the developer revealed that the first chapter, Iron From Ice, would be one of six. While the teaser trailer gives scant details of the plot, the web site does include this quote from the book series fueling speculation that the game involves the little-seen House Forrester.

“Trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names like Forrester and Woods, Branch and Bole.”

Previous Telltale Games adventures The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, and Back to the Future, as well as the upcoming Tales From the Borderlands all have five episodes each. There’s no word on how much of Telltales’ Game of Thrones will follow the HBO series’ penchant for sexposition.

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BlizzCon 2014 has kicked off and besides the tidbits about the next StarCraft expansion, planned DLC additions to Hearthstone, and another shout-out for the in-production Warcraft movie from Legendary Pictures, Blizzard unveiled their upcoming game with a totally new setting. It’s Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer shooter. Going by the announcement video and the scant information available, it’s got Pixar-like character designs and lots of fast movement. The release is apparently “nearer than you think” and the beta begins in 2015.

If any of Overwatch sounds familiar, it’s because much of it appears to be reworked content from the previously cancelled Titan MMO.

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Ubisoft’s open-world social-driven (pun intended) racing game, The Crew, has a $24.99 season pass. What do you get for buying the package? Fourteen cars. Ubisoft says players will also get customization options and missions to go with the new rides, but the meat of the deal is twelve vehicles spread across four DLC packs with two “bonus” cars available at launch.

How does that stack up against other current racers with $25 DLC deals? Not well. Forza Horizon 2 offers thirty new cars in its DLC bundle. Even the terminally broken Driveclub gives players 38 new cars with its season pass.

It could be worse. The recently released Arma III Helicopter DLC only adds two cargo choppers to the game for $16.

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This week Brandon is joined by Daniel Jacobsen, David Baumgartner and Nicolas Vining from Gaslamp Games to talk about their new colony builder Clockwork Empires. What happens when a man who doesn’t play city builders sits down with three guys currently making one? Let’s just say that lots of colonists die and that’s just the beginning. Come for the tales of fish people, stay for the discussion about tweaking systems, why idle minds are the Elder Gods’ workshop and what it’s like to develop an Early Access project.

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When the game starts, create a ranger character — it’s the most versatile class. Then proceed to the general store to stock up on supplies. Get plenty of healing potions and as many +1 arrows as you can carry.

It’s okay that you’re doing this.

In stage one of the pirate dungeon, the skeletons have a standard attack pattern. If you memorize it, you can time your attacks so that you hit them when they’re most vulnerable. You’ve already applied to a job today, so this is totally, totally, fine. Really. Once you reach level 2, it’s important to add points to agility because that’s going to make your attacks hit more often.

Only buy equipment from Nylar the Elf — he has the lowest prices. Look, you have to allow yourself to relax and have fun once in a while.

After the jump, it’s fine to read gaming websites too. Continue reading →

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Dovetail Games, best known for their Train Simulator series, is making a fishing sim. Dovetail Games Fishing is an early access title that lets players equip their in-game sportsmen, pick their favorite spots around a virtual lake, and cast lines using the game’s Total Cast Control, which is billed as an “intuitive new casting and reeling mechanism”. In fact, this earliest stage of the early access title concentrates on honing the casting system, which is probably a good thing as getting your hook in the water is fairly important.

The game is currently available on Steam early access.

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Did assassins in revolutionary Paris have neatly trimmed facial hair? You betcha! At least, that’s what the historical records at Edge Shaving Zone show. Players of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity can purchase “limited edition” Edge shaving cans to find codes that will unlock exclusive in-game gear. Groom yourself and snag a hood for your assassin. If there’s one thing the Assassin’s Creed series has taught gamers, it’s that hooded garments were in really short supply throughout the eras.

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Grand Theft Auto in first person mode. What was once the territory of crazy mods that broke Rockstar’s open-world gameplay more than they helped, will now be official. IGN reports that the new Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V will offer an optional first person mode. Far from being a half-baked effort, Rockstar says they’ve rebuilt aspects of the game to account for the new point of view.

“There’s stuff that just doesn’t exist in third-person: the weapon recoil, the reloads, the weapon switching. All of the weapons have been up-rezzed and animated properly, so the shells come out the right way and have the right muzzle flashes. I think we created 3,000 animations on weapons alone.”

The new version of Grand Theft Auto V will launch on November 18th for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PC version will be released on January 27th.

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This week we don’t see a movie about an X-Man or the Prince of Persia. We instead see a handful of Gilroy brothers making great use of Jake Gyllenhaal.

Next week: Interstellar

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Star Citizen unveiled the first-person shooter portion of the game over the weekend. It’s shooty. One would expect CryEngine 3 to handle space marine versus space marine run and gun well, and it does. There’s a bit of jank here and there, but that’s to be expected from an in-development system in a game that’s years away from launching. The module is being developed by Illfonic, creators of the commercial version of Nexiuz.

Chris Roberts’ ambitious crowd-funded spaceship everything game added first-person combat as a development priority way back when the $20 million stretch goal was attained. Star Citizen has raised $60 million from backer pledges so far.

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2K Australia and Gearbox have announced a fifth playable class for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack will let players take on the role of a Handsome Jack clone. Jack’s double has the power to call up two “Digi-Jacks” to fight alongside the player, disappearing once the action skill timer runs out. The Doppelganger class has The Hero of the Story, Greater Good, and Free Enterprise skill trees that are new to the Borderlands series.

Depending on how you spec out your Skill Trees, these Digi-Jacks can earn you bonuses or even get you a Second Wind in Fight For Your Life. “Jack” can also shoot enemies with wrist lasers, get buffs every time he picks up money (in typical CEO fashion), or even get upgrades for using guns made by specific manufacturers.

The Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack will be $9.99 if purchased separately, or included as part of the Season Pass. The DLC will be available on November 11th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Steam versions of the game.

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