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New Releases: Week of August 19th

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:37 — ChunkySoup

So Sam Fisher, Sully, Captain Jack, the Saints and some creepy aliens walked into a bar...yeah that’s all I got but it gives you an idea of what to expect this week.

 
 
Multiplatform
 
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, XBOX, WiiU, PC)
I have a love-hate relationship with Sam Fisher over these past years. I enjoyed the games but I have never finished one. Why? It’s combination of two things: 1) They get so goddamn hard and 2) I suck. Multiplayer was just as bad. I loved playing spies vs mercs multiplayer until I became a constant liability for my side. I should stop buying Splinter Cell games and just rent them instead. Anyway, if you enjoyed playing as a three green eyed spook before I’m sure you’ll love playing as one now in Splinter Cell: Blacklist!
 
 
 
Saints Row IV (PS3, XBOX, PC)
So you are the leader of some crazy ass street gang that got powerful enough to basically put you in the White House until alien “anal probing overlords” decide to visit earth and start blowing shit up. Ladies and gents, I give you Saints Row IV! This game is getting great reviews everywhere. If you can’t wait for GTA V you can pick up Saints Row IV on August 20th.
 
 
 
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3, XBOX, PC)
In this third person tactical shooter you play as William Carter, the leader of squad of men in the newly formed XCOM division. Your goal: rid the US of aliens and don’t die doing it. Dying in XCOM and the lurking possibility of permadeath for you and your squadmates plays a big role in your decisions. The Bureau:XCOM Declassified drops on August 20th.
 
 
 
Disney Infinity (PS3, XBOX, Wii, WiiU, 3DS)
So you take Skylanders, you “Disney-fy” it and voila! It’s Disney Infinity! Dropping on August 18th on nearly every single gaming platform known to man you can finally pretend to be Captain Jack Sparrow without getting totally pissed in a bar where your friends laugh at you and girls run away...which makes your “friends” laugh at you more. Not that that’s ever happened to me...I’m just saying this might cost less than getting out of any illegal pirate shit you may or may not have tried to pull in your state of complete inebriation.
 
 
 
 Microsoft
 
Flashback
XBLA’s Summer of Arcade continues with the remake of the 1992 platformer Flashback. If you remember that game then kudos as I don’t. Word on the street has it that the 1992 version is included in the remake. If you like platformers, and the movie Memento, then Flashback is worth a try.
 
 
 
 Playstation
 
The Walking Dead (PS Vita)
The Walking Dead is one of Telltale games most compelling stories and critically lauded games. If you have played it on any other platform then you know what to expect on the Vita. If you haven’t played it before what are you waiting for? You should play this game regardless of platform.
 
 
 
Well that’s pretty much it for this week. I’m gonna get my Mike Wazowski on...CYA!!!
 

New Releases: Week of August 12th

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 07:42 — TANK

Late summer arrives and brings with it such staples as backyard BBQ's replete with pumpkin beer, NFL training camps, PAX Prime and, ahem, "great" games. This week's new releases feature some classic 2D platforming as Mickey's favorite sidekick, an action RPG on the Red Planet, everyone's two favorite italian plumbers on a rescue mission to save their girl and a turn based strategy game based on a popular board game.

 
 
MultiPlatform
 
Ducktales Remastered (Xbox, Wii, PC, PS3)
The classic 2D platformer you remember from your childhood playing on NES has been modernized and re-released.
 
 
Payday 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Payday 2 is a four player co-op game that has players plan elaborate robberies and try to escape the scene to cash in their loot.
 
 
 Microsoft
 
Charlie Murder (XBLA)
Charlie Murder continues the Summer of Arcade on XBLA. This is SKA-Studios latest offering, the same studio that brought us the popular Dishwasher series on XBLA.
 
 
 Playstation
 
MARS: War Logs
Mars: War Logs is an action RPG that takes you to the red planet over a century after the catastrophe that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos.
 
 
 Nintendo
 
Mario & Luigi Dream Team (3DS)
This is the next edition of the Mario/Luigi RPG game that has Mario cross between his world and the dream world of Luigi to rescue Princess Peach.
 
 
 PC
 
Space Hulk
A turn based strategy game with both single and multiplayer components. Multiplayer can be played out cross platform with PC, MAC and iOS. Space Hulk is a re-creation of the popular board game of the same name.
Worms: Clan Wars
Worms: Clan Wars is the biggest and best Worms™ game to date - more worms, larger landscapes, more dynamic water, more weapons and more customisation items than ever.
 
 

The Grand Ol Forza 5 Speculative Teaser

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:43 — SarcasmoJones

Forza fans have had a couple of solid months to digest interviews, press conferences, reveals, and forum postings, but what does it all mean? For every question answered by Greenawalt and crew, that answer raises two more questions. It’s like trying to wash a fucking Gremlin: more unbathed Gremlins appear every time you get one clean.

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With four months to go until launch for Forza 5, we still have a good amount of time to speculate, and more actual and factual information coming at us every day. So, with an air of dignified excitedness, here’s a bit of what we know so far.



The Track & Car List...So Far
2008 Aston Martin DBS
2013 Aston Martin Vanquish
2010 Audi R8
2013 BMW  M5 F10
2013 Chevrolet #1 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12
1976 Ferrari 312-2
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
2011 Koenigsegg Agera
2012 Lamborghini Aventador
1976 McLaren M23
1993 McLaren F1
2010 McLaren MP4-12C
2013 McLaren P1
2012 Pagani Zonda Cinque
2012 Pagani Huayra

Turn 10 has stated that Forza 5 will have hundreds of cars, almost certainly more than Forza 4, which should put it over the 500 mark. No word yet if the garage capacity has been enlarged to accommodate avid collectors and duplicate cars in different classes.

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Open wheeled and Indy cars have also been verified, and a couple of them already appear on the car list. A few lightweight open-wheeled cars could cause problems for the Radical R8, which has enjoyed almost a singular presence, just below the radar of R1. Potential go-karts from Caterham, BOC, and Ariel could give the Radical a run for its money if they make the cut and don’t get screwed by the PI system. Could we also see a game version of the very cool, yet underperforming, Plymouth Prowler?

Only 5 tracks have been verified for Forza 5, and only one is a new track to the series:
Indianapolis
Prague
Laguna Seca
Top Gear Test Track
Sebring

 

The Ol’ Stuttgart Stutter

One brand that players will not see at launch is Porsche. Turn 10 has verified,however, that super tuner RUF will be making a return with its trademark high performance and mega horsepower 911 models.

porsche

Does this feud between EA and Turn 10 mean that we will not see Porsche this game, or is Turn 10 waiting to hit us with another 20 bucks down the road?

 

The Return of Drivatar and Autovista

Drivatar, a largely unused feature from the first Forza Motorsport, is coming back to the Forza series in a big way. So big, in fact, that it’s the only feature that Dan Greenawalt wants to talk about in interviews, other than the game’s 60 frames per second graphical integrity and reflective surfaces.

driveatar

The historical version of Drivatar gave players the ability to teach the AI their driving style and, theoretically, the AI would mimic that style by going out and competing in races that the player delegated to the Drivatar, while taking a slice of the profits. Basically, it’s a hired driver that has been sandbagged with the player’s idiosyncrasies, which was a hard sell for players who bought a racing game to race, not to delegate races to an idiotic AI driver.




Turn 10 has not only updated the concept behind Drivatar, but also its application. Players no longer have to specify Drivatar training when they wish to teach the AI a few things: this Drivatar training is constantly and unobtrusively occurring any time the player is racing, either single player or socially. Drivatar may have been an unused feature in the first game, it may very well be the main event in Forza 5. Cloud computing teaches the player’s Drivatar to drive like that player, and that Drivatar will be available in multiplayer races for other players to challenge themselves against, even when the player is offline. The power of the cloud allows AI to be 600% more realistic, will permanently end griefing, and means the end of single player racing forever...okay, that may have been a bit of an exaggeration, but the addition of realistic AI has some very exciting potential. Preferential treatment will be given to those folks on your friends list, meaning that you can choose to race against their Drivatar over some anonymous clown, so it’s like always racing with your friends without having to strap on a headset. Or listen to them belch into their microphone. Or tell fart jokes. I need new friends...



Remember when you got home with your unopened copy of Forza 4 and couldn’t wait to pop it in so Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson could verbally walk you through Forza 4’s Autovista feature? Yeah, me neither. However, Forza 5 is promising an upgraded Autovista and will now feature all 3 presenters: Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. I give this feature a whoop de-fucking-doo. If Turn 10 wants to associate themselves with every car fan’s favorite show from across the pond, why not allow the presenters to lend their voices as announcers and include a Blu-Ray disc of Top Gear’s Greatest Hits or something?

 

Unanswered Questions

We still know very little about Forza 5, and if history is to repeat itself, information will be doled out very slowly. Will Turn 10 finally fix their PI system? Will AWD cars be competitive this time around? Does the presence of Drivatar indicate changes to the storefront, auction house, or monetary system? Will a player’s Drivatar utilize vehicles from that player’s garage? Will Turn 10 limit moderators’ abuse of storefront bans? Will painters and tuners be given more toys to play with in Forza 5? Has anyone seen Pickle lately?

A new Forza game is always exciting, but the fact that this game is on a new console makes the wait almost excruciating. My interest in this title is very high, and I will pass on any relevant news as it happens. We still have a few months to go until launch...come on, November!

Feel free to post any specific questions in the comments section so we can get them answered, if possible. This community has a voice, and we want Turn 10 to hear it.

New Releases: Week of July 29th

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 13:12 — EvolveYourself

It’s another lean week for video game releases. This weeks’ games feature a visual novel romance game (ooh, exciting!) and cleverly named games ending in “-ia.”  Hey, we told you it was a lean week! At least we have the release details of the new Bioshock: Infinite DLC to look forward to...

 
   
 
Multiplatform
 
Arcania: The Complete Tale (PS3, Xbox 360)
The PC RPG formally know as Arcania: Gothic 4 comes to the PS3 and 360 in the form of Arcania: The Complete Collection. The original game and it’s expansion-Fall Of Setariff-are both included.
 
 
Terraria: Collector’s Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
The PC hit that mixes a bit of Minecraft with a dash of platforming, a touch of sidescroller and a pinch of whatever the hell else the developers’ fevered minds could come up with (jetpacks and lasers?  why not?) is already available on the PS3 and 360 as a downloadable title. The game now gets a physical release as Terraria: The Collector’s Edition. The Collector's Edition includes the full game with two in-game items (the pet bunny and a carrot), a poster, a USB keychain in the shape of a pickaxe and a set of trading cards that you can look at once, throw back in the case and forget about forever.
 
 
 Nintendo
 
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
This incredibly-annoying-to-type-named game is a visual novel romance game.  If you know what that entails, then you are the intended audience.  If not, then you can probably skip it and go back to whatever Mario rehash Nintendo released this month.
 

New Releases: Week of July 22nd

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 06:56 — CapnMikeM

In Boston, we’re in the midst of one of the worst heat waves in recent memory. A good way to beat the heat is to stay inside, preferably with some sort of AC or fan to cool you off. This week, while not as busy some, features a decent amount of niche games that will help you forget the humidity outside. Stay cool and game on! 

 
Multiplatform
 
The Smurfs 2
Game features include:
  • Four-Player Co-op: Play with four players on the screen simultaneously.
  • Jump in and jump out seamlessly.
  • Play as Your Favorite Smurf: Become your favorite Smurf to help bring Smurfette home!
  • The Right Smurf for the Right Job: Mix and match the Smurfs you play as - Papa can freeze enemies with his magical potions and Vanity can strike a pose to become a temporary platform to reach new heights!
  • Six Worlds to Explore: From the Enchanted Forest to the Spooky Woods, through the streets of New York, to the majestic city of Paris, and everywhere in between.
 
 
 PC
 
The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief
An episodic point-and-click adventure game set in the 1960s, revolving around a famous art thief called The Raven. The game is a thrilling crime adventure in three episodes from the creators of "The Book of Unwritten Tales". Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story.
 
 
Shadowrun Returns
The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orcs and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner – a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done… by any means necessary. The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.
 
 
Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition
Rugby Challenge 2 is a rugby simulation game featuring over 100 licensed teams. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 smash hit release, Rugby Challenge, includes a myriad of new features, improvements and fresh content including the addition of the highly anticipated British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia.
 
 
 Playstation
 
Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole Deluxe (PS3/PS Vita)
Stealth Bastard is a deadly stealth platform game with a fast paced twist! Following your birth in a cloning lab, you find yourself trapped in a vast and overwhelming network of dastardly chambers, replete with vicious, yet hilarious, booby traps and deranged robots! Your task is simple; stay out of sight and get to the exit. Persevere to the bitter end and you might just discover the secrets of this vicious world!
 
 
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3)
For those awaiting the console port of the Vita game, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, it lands on the PSN this week. The PS3 version features local multiplayer that supports up to four players, as well as new features such as "Real Feel Shot" that works with your PlayStation Move motion controller. If you own the PS Vita version, your DLC is cross-buy and is unlocked in the PS3 version. One of the new features is both PS Vita and PS3 can compete against each other online.
 
 
Do Not Fall (PS3)
Do Not Fall is an action-platform game that on the surface might look easy. However, the game is an intense and thrilling adventure. You will need to prove that your reflex is quick enough to avoid disappearing tiles, obstacles, and traps along the way. You're allowed to run, dash and jump but you guessed it, Do Not Fall. Multiplayer is also available if you want to challenge your friends in different game modes.
 
 

New Releases: Week of July 15th

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 13:03 — EvolveYourself

It's another weak week of new releases. Read on to see if there is anything you can add to your pile of shame.

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Multiplatform

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
Remember the character in The Neverending Story who rode a “Racing Snail”? He jumps on it and everybody’s like “Snails be slow as shit!”, but then it takes off at like a thousand miles an hour and everybody was like “Damn! That snail be fast as shit!”. Well, apparently DreamWorks made a movie with snails and other small bugs and mollusks racing each other, and (like all kids’ movies) a game tie-in is being released on every conceivable console.  

 

Dynasty Warriors 8
Hey! You, there! Yeah, you! Do you like repetitive stress disorder? Does your thumb have a callus the size of a grape on it from constantly hammering away on the “Strong Attack” button? Do you like massacring thousands of nameless Chinese soldiers for no better reason than that they were in your way? Then Tecmo Koei has the game for you! In fact, they have the exact same game that you’ve played for the last decade, but with slightly prettier graphics. Here comes Dynasty Warriors 8: The Same Old Shit! (subtitle subject to change).

 

Nintendo 3DS

Shin Megami Tensei IV
The Persona spin off (Or is it the other way around? These are two seriously convoluted series.) continues on the 3DS. Get ready for more incomprehensible plot twists and weird fight sequences that still somehow tell a riveting story. Plus, as it’s a JRPG, someone will have amnesia. It’s a rule. Plus, it’s on the 3DS, so.....free headaches! Bonus!

 

PS3

Time And Eternity
American PS3 owners finally, finally get the chance to play the game that has a Metacritic rating of 37%. There’s a wedding, assassins show up and somebody has a “dark alter ego”.  More generic JRPG goodness from Namco Bandai.

 

Xbox 360

The Serious Sam Collection
Four downloadable Serious Sam adventures are presented here in one package, along with all their available DLC. You get both volumes of Serious Sam HD, Serious Sam 3: BFE (with the Jewel Of The Nile DLC) and  Serious Sam Double D XXL.  All four games have added Achievement support, so your friends can see just how many headless, bomb-carrying, screaming guys you’ve killed.

New Releases: Week of July 8th

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 07:12 — ThePengwn

Summer is typically a little slow for game releases. This week however isn’t so bad with a new Sid Meier game and NCAA Football 14. If culture wars and college football are your type of thing, this may be your week.

 
 
Multiplatform
 
NCAA Football 14 (360, PS3)
NCAA Football is back again this year. If college football is your thing, then you are going to want to pick this up.
 
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 Microsoft
 
DARK
DARK is a new intellectual property that features vampires. Vampires seem to be everywhere these days; this game looks like it takes those vampire powers and hands them to you in a stealth action hybrid.
 
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 Playstation
 
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
There have been a ton of Metal Gear games over the years. This collection features eight of those games and two graphic novels. Play through all the old games and relive the long journey that Solid Snake took over the years.
 
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 Nintendo
 
Star Wars Pinball (Wii U)
The Empire strikes back again in pinball form! Battle Darth Vader using paddles and quick reflexes to keep that ball on the table.  
 
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 PC
 
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (PC, Mac)
A new version of Civilization is coming out this week. This game introduces culture as a completely new way to win. Dominate the competition by creating the Mona Lisa or a classic symphony. With new ways to play, this game is sure to be a hit on PC and Mac.
 
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New Releases: Week of June 10th

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:27 — frizzlefry2

Attention 2o2p readers!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! This is a big week for the gaming community. This week the rubber hits the road for Sony and Microsoft as E3 is finally upon us. Will Sony unveil the PS4’s top secret design? Will Big Brother, errr...Microsoft, showcase the Xbox One’s gaming capabilities as promised? Or will we get another in depth look at Microsoft’s advanced DVR? Will we see 4th generation gameplay? Is the used game market obsolete? Tune in to 2o2p this week for answers as our E3 coverage promises to be bigger, better and bolder! Ok, now that we got 2o2p’s shameless plug for our awesome E3 coverage out of the way, onto the new releases! This week affords you the opportunity to be the mayor of Furrytown and avoid mushroomheads whose sole purpose is to, you got it, turn you into a mushroomhead.

 
 
 Playstation
 
The Last of Us (PS3)
Naughty Dog, purveyors of classic series Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and Uncharted, drops its newest IP on June 14th. One of 2013’s most hotly anticipated releases since its introduction at Spike TV’s 2011 VGA’s, The Last of Us drops you into a world ravaged by a parasitic fungal virus. Twenty years after the initial outbreak, with cities and towns reclaimed by nature, the US is sectioned into quarantine zones. Zones are ruled under martial law by the US military. Joel, a major player in the quarantine zones’ black market, is tasked with delivering fourteen year old Ellie to the Firefly resistance group. Joel doesn’t smuggle without his partner in crime, Tess, so naturally he invites her along. Leaving the relative safety of the quarantine zone, Joel, Tess and Ellie travel westward trying to avoid the Infected, humans infected with the fungal virus, and Survivors, humans not yet infected who kill other survivors and pillage their belongings. Because surviving in The Last of Us depends heavily upon scavenging, the game features a crafting system. You must scavenge what you need to survive-weapons, ammo, recipes and various items needed to make recipes. Scavenging recipes provides you with crafting instructions. Scavenging items provides you with the items needed to craft the recipes. For example, in the demo I crafted a board with scissors in it-giving me a nice little melee weapon-and a med kit. The Last of Us also features a new gameplay mechanic-Dynamic Stealth-as well as a new AI system-Balance of Power. Dynamic Stealth allows the player the freedom to approach each situation differently with enemies reacting accordingly. Essentially, different stealth techniques in the same situation elicit different enemy responses. Balance of Power empowers enemy AI to react realistically to any combat situation they may face. They duck into cover if they spot you, call for backup if you get the upper hand and they exploit situations that are advantageous to them. The Last of Us appears to have all the hallmarks of a great gaming experience: an outstanding emotional story that connects and invests you in the characters and their environment, stunning visuals and it's developed by AAA studio Naughty Dog. The Last of Us is sure to be in 2013 GoTY contention.   
 
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 Nintendo
 
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
The latest game in Nintendo’s popular Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduces a new gameplay mechanic and features two new animal villager types, hamsters and deer, and two new NPC personality types, smug and uchi. Smugs are polite and kind while Uchi play the role of big sisters. Players can now be town mayor allowing significantly more town customization than in previous games. Should you choose to play the role of town mayor you’ll have access to two new gameplay features-Public Works Projects and Ordinances. Public Works Projects allow you to collect money from visitors and townies to finance various town construction projects. Ordinances allows you to pass laws that dictate how your town functions. What good is a town major without a personal assistant? Isabelle, your trusty new dog assistant, assists you in your duties as major. New Leaf improvements include enhanced customization of your living quarters as well as your appearance. You can visit your friends’ towns via Nintendo Network and exchange messages with them once you are on their friends list. If you'd like to get your New Leaf co-op on, you can travel to Tortimer Island with up to three of your friends to play minigames and win medals. Players can take pictures of their time in New Leaf and share them via Twitter and Tumblr. Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropped on June 9th.
 
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Path of Exile Game Changing Update Inbound

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 07:01 — TANK

Path of Exile (PoE) from Grinding Gear Games has reached the halfway mark for its open beta.  For the uninitiated, PoE is a totally free to play (anti-pay to win) action RPG in the style of Diablo and Torchlight, except it does many things, much much better than either of those two titles.


While PoE received minor and moderate patches and updates almost on a weekly basis thus far,  this week we’ll see the first major open beta game-changing update.  Here’s what you Exiles can expect:

Anarchy League is a new 4 month Standard League mode.  This plays pretty much like the current Standard League except there are 13 different  rogue exiles wondering about that you will randomly encounter.   These characters are equipped with the same type of weapons and powers that player characters have and will drop a ton of loot on death.

Onslaught League is a new 4 month Hardcore League mode.  Monsters will all have 20% increased movement, attack and casting speeds.  As always, if your character dies in this mode, it’ll end up in Standard League just like the current Hardcore.  This mode was done at the request of players who thought the game was too easy.

Each of these new leagues will run for four months, at which time your character will be placed back into Standard League, if you were playing Anarchy or Hardcore, if you were playing Onslaught.

Both Anarchy and Onslaught will have a new feature called challenges.  There are eight challenges to be achievable over the long haul and need quite a bit of commitment.  Players who manage to check off all the challenges in both leagues as complete over four months will be awarded a Path of Exile T-Shirt by Grinding Gear Games.  As an example of a few of the challenges and their difficulty, one is to receive 34 different items via vendor recipes and one is use all of the currency items.

Why would you want to play these new modes?  Well, new different loot is the reason why, you loot whore!  These leagues have the following new items : Moonstone Ring, Amethyst Ring, Diamond Ring, Turquoise Amulet, Agate Amulet and Citrine Amulet. These items are taking the place of Prismatic Ring, Onyx Amulet, Thief's Torment, Lori's Lantern, Astramentis, Carnage Heart, Eye of Chayula and Kaom's Heart which will not drop in either of these two new leagues.  Also there are six new unique items, two drop only in Onslaught, two only drop in Anarchy and two will drop in both.

I won’t run through the huge list of all the other changes, but one fundamental gameplay change is a reduction in monster damage.  Even though, at first glance, it’s pretty overwhelming the amount of build diversity that should be possible.  The reality of the situation is most of your build choices have to be wasted on health and energy shield/armor options especially for higher level characters.  This severely reduces the amount of choice a player has and this change is suppose to address that, along with giving people Onslaught mode who want the ultimate challenge.  Since this is a fundamental change, everyone will be awarded a total character respect resetting their skill tree and letting them re-apply all their skill points.

For a complete list of the upcoming changes, look at the patch notes on Grinding Gear Games forums: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/403446
 

New Releases: Week of May 27th

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:18 — ChunkySoup

So I thought I was gone, you thought I was gone but apparently I’m not gone. I’m like the cousin that came to stay the week but that was three months ago and I still haven't paid rent. I’m like the stray cat you picked up out of the garbage and fed once and now never leaves your side. I’m like the clap.

 
Maybe the good folks at 2old2play.com will find and apply an ointment by next week or maybe they won’t but for now lets get to it!
 
Multiplatform
 
Grid 2 (XBOX PS3 PC)
From the racing geeks over at Codemasters comes Grid 2. The sequel to their multi-million seller Grid keeps to it’s predecessors roots of gorgeous in game models, great racing, awesome cars and fantastic tracks. Grid 2 races into stores on May 28th for PS3 and XBOX (Grid 2 launched on Steam May 27th). I never owned the first Grid but I played the hell out of the demo...hopefully there is one for Grid 2 as well.
 
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FUSE (XBOX PS3)
Developed by Insomniac Games, whom you may recognize from the Resistance, Rachet and Clank and the Spyro series, FUSE is four player co-op action where each agent possesses unique specializations and abilities. If not playing with three other real world humans the player(s) can “leap” from agent to agent taking advantage of those abilities where needed (Why do I get this weird sense of “been there, done that, wasn’t really that great?”). FUSE is the first game released on both the PS3 and XBOX by Insomniac Games. I am anxious to see what it’s like if not just a wee bit cautious. There’s a demo available so maybe I’ll check that out first. FUSE drops May 28th.
 
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 XBOX 360
 
CastleStorm
Created by one of my favorite XBLA developers, Zen Studios, CastleStorm is a tower destruction game that blends real time strategy and resource management into your wanton obliteration of all things castle like. With single player, split screen, co-op and even tower construction modes, CastleStorm looks like it could be one of those games that’s easy to play but hard to master and put down. CastleStorm falls onto XBLA on May 29th.
 
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 PC
 
Wargame AirLand Battle
Wargame AirLand Battle is the sequel to the 2012 real time strategy game Wargame European Escalation. From what I could tell this is a pretty intense and demanding RTS game. I like my RTS’s on the lighter side like Warcraft 2/3 and Starcraft. I am not too sure I would fair well in this game. If intense and demanding RTS games are your cup of tea, you’ll be excited to know that Wargame AirLand Battle is available online on May 29th.
 
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Crusader Kings 2
Another contender in the RTS genre, Crusader Kings 2 takes us into the glorious age of Medieval Europe. If you consider things like the plague, The Crusades, constant strife and a complete and utter lack of any personal hygene “glorious” then have I got the game for you! Tell your help to set the sundial as Crusader Kings 2 rises on May 28th.
 
 
So that’s the interesting (by my odd standards) releases for this week. What will next week have in store for us? Will I be back...again? I guess we will all just have to wait and see.
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