Aaron Greenbaum – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net Video Game news, reviews, opinions, guides and videos! Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:38:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-logo-2-32x32.png Aaron Greenbaum – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net 32 32 Return to Classic Franchises with the Humble Classics Return Bundle http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/return-classic-franchises-humble-classics-return-bundle/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/return-classic-franchises-humble-classics-return-bundle/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:38:03 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=333602 Humble Bundle offers a new bundle with a different theme each week. Sometimes the theme revolves around a game publisher; other times it focuses on a particular franchise. Humble Bundle’s latest bundle is all about well-received follow-ups to classic games and is dubbed the Humble Classics Return Bundle Each Humble Bundle is divided into three […]

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Humble Bundle offers a new bundle with a different theme each week. Sometimes the theme revolves around a game publisher; other times it focuses on a particular franchise. Humble Bundle’s latest bundle is all about well-received follow-ups to classic games and is dubbed the Humble Classics Return Bundle

Each Humble Bundle is divided into three tiers. If gamers pay at least $1, they receive all the games in the “pay what you want” tier. To receive all the games in the “pay more than the average” tier and the “pay what you want” tier, participants need to pay more than a constantly fluctuating amount, which at the time of writing hovers around $7.66. But, when gamers spend a significant amount of money ($15 or more for this particular bundle), they receive all the games in the bundle, including those in the “pay more than $x” tier. Here is a complete tier list for the Humble Classics Return Bundle:

Pay What You Want

  • Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse
    • The latest entry in the long-running Broken Sword Franchise, Broken Sword 5 features clever puzzles and a gripping story that involves a murder mystery and a stolen painting that may or may not be cursed.
  • Shadowrun Returns
    • Inspired by the 1993 Shadowrun SNES game and the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, Shadowrun Returns is a deep and engrossing RPG that combines sci-fi technology, magic, and a dystopian cyberpunk world.
  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
    • A sequel almost twenty years in the making, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure mixes 3D environments, point-and-click puzzles, and live-action FMV cutscenes to create one final mystery designed to send off the Tex Murphy franchise.
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut
    • Originally released as DLC for Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a standalone story that improves on Shadowrun Returns and fixes many of the game’s problems.
  • 10% off your first month of Humble Monthly
  • The Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure Soundtrack

Pay More Than The Average

  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition
    • The (current) final entry in Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun RPG series, Shadowrun: Hong Kong introduces new characters, missions, locations, and gameplay improvements.
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Digital Deluxe Edition
    • The sequel to the game that inspired the blockbuster Fallout franchise, Wasteland 2 is an open-ended RPG that emphasizes tactical combat and player choice.
  • Age of Wonders III
    • Part civilization management simulator and part hex-based tactical RPG, Age of Wonders III is the long-awaited sequel to Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic.
  • Xenonauts
    • Described as the spiritual successor to the original XCOM games, Xenonauts features all the tactical combat and tough decision-making that made the franchise popular.
  • The Wasteland 2 Soundtrack

Pay More than $15

  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
    • The thematic successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera features a philosophical story that drastically changes with every player action.
  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Final Cut Edition
    • Dreamfall Chapters: The Final Cut is an episodic adventure that continues the The Longest Journey franchise and takes players across parallel worlds in a journey to save all of reality.
  • $2 of Humble Wallet credit (only for Humble Monthly subscribers)

All of the games sold in this Humble Bundle come as Steam keys, but the site will also provide DRM-free direct downloads for Broken Sword 5, Tesla Effect, and Xenonauts. The Classics Return bundle will only last for two weeks, so gamers who are interested in these games should hurry.

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Mattel Crafts Some Croft With the Tomb Raider Barbie Doll http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/mattel-crafts-croft-raider-barbie-doll/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/mattel-crafts-croft-raider-barbie-doll/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:00:50 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=333154 The upcoming Tomb Raider movie has received a lot of attention and promotion. Even Mattel is throwing its hat in the ring with a Tomb Raider Barbie doll. The company recently announced the doll, which is based on Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Lara Croft, which is in turn inspired by the 2013 Tomb Raider and […]

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The upcoming Tomb Raider movie has received a lot of attention and promotion. Even Mattel is throwing its hat in the ring with a Tomb Raider Barbie doll. The company recently announced the doll, which is based on Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Lara Croft, which is in turn inspired by the 2013 Tomb Raider and 2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider video games.

“Meet Lara Croft, inspiration for the Tomb Raider Barbie Doll,” reads the announcement page. “Based on the main character from the upcoming movie, she’s the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished mysteriously…”

According to this page, “Tomb Raider Barbie Doll is sculpted to evoke the likeness of the character and comes dressed in an outfit inspired by the movie.” The figure will come with a map, journal,  climbing axe, doll stand, and Certificate of Authenticity. Furthermore, this Barbie/Lara Croft figure will feature “special Barbie Signature movie-themed packaging” and more articulation than most Barbie dolls. Judging by the promo pictures, this articulation is includes the head, elbows, shoulders, wrists, legs, and knees. While this level of poseability is shy of a standard action figure, it is still enough to “re-create all the super heroic drama and action.”

Tomb Raider Barbie is part of Mattel’s Signature Barbie line, a series of special and fairly expensive dolls designed for adult collectors. Some dolls are inspired by movies and television shows, such as Wonder Woman, Jurassic World, and Star Trek, while others reference real world fashion designs or old Barbie dolls. A few are even collaborations between Mattel and other popular fashion labels, including Hello Kitty, tokidoki, and Tommy Hilfiger.

While the movie won’t hit theaters until March 16th, Barbie collectors can pre-order the figure now for only $29.99. According to the store page, the Barbie Dolls will officially release on March 9th.

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Top 10 Best Steam Lunar Sale 2018 Deals http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/top-10-best-steam-lunar-sale-2018-deals/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/top-10-best-steam-lunar-sale-2018-deals/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:22:25 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332862 Happy Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year! People who celebrate this wondrous event either give out or receive red envelopes filled with cash, and what better way to spend this cash than on freshly discounted Steam games? Even if you don’t celebrate the New Year at this time, you’re more than […]

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Happy Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year! People who celebrate this wondrous event either give out or receive red envelopes filled with cash, and what better way to spend this cash than on freshly discounted Steam games? Even if you don’t celebrate the New Year at this time, you’re more than welcome to participate in the sale; odds are you will find something you want at a price you can afford.

ICEY

Best Steam Lunar Sale 2018 Deals

I can’t think of a better way to start the Chinese New Year than with an excellent Chinese game.  ICEY is what happens when you mix The Stanley Parable with a 2D version of Bayonetta (or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance). The game features extraordinarily flashy and fluid combat that rewards quick reflexes and efficient combos, but the meat of the experience lies in the narrative. ICEY encourages players to stick to a set path and explore every nook and cranny, and the narrator reacts accordingly, usually in hilarious and trollish ways. Gamers are dared to break the rules of the game, yet they are ultimately limited by the game code that dictates those rules.

ICEY is currently 30% off, which isn’t too big a discount. However, the game is normally $10, which means you only have to pay $7.69 during the Lunar Sale. You can’t go wrong with a game for less than $10, especially one as philosophical as ICEY.

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Swery and Arc System Works Team up to Create the Missing http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/swery-and-arc-system-works-team-up-to-create-the-missing/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/swery-and-arc-system-works-team-up-to-create-the-missing/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:09:18 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332792 Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro is known for creating strange games, and he seeks to carry on that tradition with his latest game, The Missing. You can see the announcement video down below. Swery describes The Missing as the perfect game for gamers who “feel lost in [their] everyday life.” He claims the title has multiple meanings, […]

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Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro is known for creating strange games, and he seeks to carry on that tradition with his latest game, The Missing. You can see the announcement video down below.

Swery describes The Missing as the perfect game for gamers who “feel lost in [their] everyday life.” He claims the title has multiple meanings, as it can refer to “a missing person, someone who’s lost, or even something lost…maybe it’s your loved one…or a place you belong.” Swery has made a name for himself directing very out-there games. His most notable creations are D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, an unfinished story about a private investigator who travels through time to solve the mystery surrounding his murdered wife, and Deadly Premonition, a divisive open world survival horror game that is a love letter to Twin Peaks. While Swery is intentionally vague about The Missing, gamers can likely expect a strange and compelling story that combines the fantastic and the mundane.

The Missing will be published by Arc System Works, known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises and the more recent Dragonball FighterZ, and will be developed by Swery’s own studio, White Owls Inc. White Owls is a fairly new company, and The Missing will mark its first big entry into the video game industry. The studio is also working on another project, The Good Life, an RPG about a New York photographer stuck in a small rural town who desperately wants to earn enough money to return home. Moreover, the townsfolk and main character turn into cats (or dogs, depending on the game version) at night, and it’s up to the player to discover the source of this lycanthropic phenomenon. And solve a murder mystery at the same time. The Good Life previous failed its Fig crowdfunding campaign, but will be relaunched on Kickstarter in March.

According to the Arc System Works website, gamers should expect The Missing to release sometime in 2018, although we do not know which systems/consoles will receive the game.

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CD Projekt RED on Loot Boxes: “If You Buy a Full Priced Game, You Should Get a Big, Polished Piece of Content” http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/cd-projekt-red-loot-boxes/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/cd-projekt-red-loot-boxes/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:28:23 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332489 These days, loot boxes and microtransactions are seemingly everywhere and everyone has an opinion. PCGamer recently interviewed CD Projekt RED’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski regarding his stance on the recent loot box controversy. He had some choice words on the subject that reflect his company’s philosophy: “If you buy a full priced game, you should get a big, […]

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These days, loot boxes and microtransactions are seemingly everywhere and everyone has an opinion. PCGamer recently interviewed CD Projekt RED’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski regarding his stance on the recent loot box controversy. He had some choice words on the subject that reflect his company’s philosophy:

“If you buy a full priced game, you should get a big, polished piece of content, which gives you many, many hours of fun gameplay,” explains Iwinski. “The definition of ‘many’ may vary on a title-by-title basis, but in our case it was always 50-60+ hours of the main story-line, with a couple of hundred hours of side activities — if you really wanted to max out the title. To me, this is a fair deal. You get what you paid for, plus we are always trying our best to overdeliver. There is no better PR than a happy gamer recommending your title to their friends.” said Iwinski to PCGamer.

CD Projekt RED’s previous game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was praised by gamers and critics alike for, as Iwinski described, overdelivering on content with hundreds of hours of side quests and a long and engrossing main story. The game’s two expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, added even more content. Speaking of expansions, Iwinski proclaims his company views expansions and DLC in two very different lights. “What we call Expansions… [are] meaningful [pieces] of content delivering many hours of new story and gameplay. Finally, there are the DLCs…they’re small pieces of content which should be available for free.”

“The moment [gamers] feel you are reaching out for their wallet in any unfair way, they will be vocal about it,” concludes Iwinski. “And — frankly speaking — I think it’s good for the industry. Things often look great from a spreadsheet perspective, but decision makers often aren’t asking themselves the question of ‘How would gamers feel, or is this offer a fair one?’ Gamers are striking back, and I really hope this will change our industry for the better.”

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Pokemon GO Now Allows Your Avatar to Dress Up Like Team Rocket http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/team-rocket-is-blasting-off-into-pokemon-go/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/team-rocket-is-blasting-off-into-pokemon-go/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:02:20 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332351 Prepare for trouble! And make it double! Pokemon GO players can now dress their characters in Team Rocket’s iconic threads. Several hours ago, without any announcement, Team Rocket uniforms appeared in Pokemon GO’s style shop. While these uniforms are the black and grey suits of the Team Rocket Grunt instead of Jessie and James’ recognizable white […]

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Prepare for trouble! And make it double! Pokemon GO players can now dress their characters in Team Rocket’s iconic threads.

Several hours ago, without any announcement, Team Rocket uniforms appeared in Pokemon GO’s style shop. While these uniforms are the black and grey suits of the Team Rocket Grunt instead of Jessie and James’ recognizable white and black outfits, most gamers probably won’t complain about being able to cosplay as members of the de facto villainous video game organization.

Pokemon GO’s Team Rocket uniform comes in two flavors: the original Team Rocket from Pokemon Red and Blue, and the new Team Rainbow Rocket from Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Gamers who desire a big rainbow-colored R on their chests and boots with an aqua trim will gravitate towards the Rainbow Rocket threads, while trainers who want to rock the classic red R and red-trimmed boots will prefer the original Team Rocket clothes.

Unlike Pokemon GO’s previous three outfits, gamers don’t have to earn medals to unlock the Team Rocket uniform, but that doesn’t mean it will be cheap. Trainers will need to spend 950 Pokecoins to unlock the full Team Rocket set, and more if they want the color variants. Also, while the uniform can be mixed and matched with other articles of clothing, the boots and gloves will clip through certain shirts and pants.

Back in November, Niantic released outfits based on the player character’s starting clothes from Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then, earlier this month, trainers received clothes worn by the Battle Girl, Jogger, and Fisherman trainer classes. And today, players can start dressing up as Team Rocket and Team Rainbow Rocket Grunts. Niantic is clearly intent on reproducing iconic outfits from the main Pokemon games for Pokemon GO, which raises the question: what clothes does Niantic have up its sleeve for the future? Team Skull? Poke Maniac? Officer Jenny? We will have to wait and see.

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Make War, Not Love This Valentine’s Day with Sega RTS Games Event http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/valentines-day-sega-rts/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/valentines-day-sega-rts/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:55:49 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332137 It’s Valentine’s Day, a time to buy chocolate and flowers for your spouse, send Hallmark cards to your childhood crush, and destroy the competition in Sega’s real-time strategy (RTS) games for glory and prizes. No, you didn’t misread that last part. Today marks the beginning of Sega’s fifth annual Make War Not Love event. For the […]

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It’s Valentine’s Day, a time to buy chocolate and flowers for your spouse, send Hallmark cards to your childhood crush, and destroy the competition in Sega’s real-time strategy (RTS) games for glory and prizes. No, you didn’t misread that last part.

Today marks the beginning of Sega’s fifth annual Make War Not Love event. For the next five days, the event’s site will record how long participants play Endless Space 2, Total War: Warhammer II, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, and/or Company of Heroes 2. If players accumulate a certain amount of playtime, everyone who registers on the site will receive daily prizes. These prizes can include free Sega games, DLC, and/or coupons. Today, if participants amass a total of 500,000 hours, gamers will earn Viking: Battle for Asgard, the Total War: Warhammer – The Grim & The Grave DLC, and 75% off Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution. Also, as an added bonus, gamers will get The Revenge of the Shinobi and Streets of Rage 2, playable through Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, for free when they sign up.

Make War Not Love might focus on rewarding dedicated RTS gamers, but it is also designed to give fledgling RTS fans a helping hand. All of the games featured in the event (and the original Total War: Warhammer) are discounted, so gamers who already bought sweets for their sweethearts can participate without breaking the bank. Plus, because Sega wants to convince gamers to take part in Make War Not Love, the Total War: Warhammer II – Steps of Isha DLC is completely free.

Not every gamer is into RTS gaming, but signing up for Make War Not Love is free. You don’t even have to play the featured games to win the prizes. At the time of writing this article, players have already amassed well over 133,000 hours, more than one-fourth of the 500,000 hour goal. With luck, gamers can keep up this level of participation for the rest of the event.

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PlatinumGames’ Kamiya Breaks Down the Sad Reality of the Developer’s Role in Porting Your Favorite Games http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/kamiya-platinumgames-game-develop-port/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/kamiya-platinumgames-game-develop-port/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:11:12 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331787 What would it be like to play a Super Mario game on the Xbox One or The Last of Us on the Nintendo Switch? While we actually get to obtain the answers once in a blue moon, the sad fact of reality is that publishers, not developers, are ultimately in control and decide which games […]

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What would it be like to play a Super Mario game on the Xbox One or The Last of Us on the Nintendo Switch? While we actually get to obtain the answers once in a blue moon, the sad fact of reality is that publishers, not developers, are ultimately in control and decide which games are playable on what platforms.

Last year, PC gamers finally received Bayonetta, a game originally published for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that later found a home on the Wii U. This event sparked a desire for more PC ports of PlatinumGames titles, but so far the only other console exclusive to make it over to PC is Vanquish. PlatinumGames director Hideki Kamiya recently released a Twitter story with an important message: PlatinumGames does not decide which of its games come to PC, which is a shame, since most of them are original IPs.

“I’ve got something I want to tell you all. It’s about Bayonetta 3,” Kamiya begins. “We are a developer that creates games by signing contracts with publishers and receiving funds from them in order to cover development costs. For Bayonetta 1, we signed a contract with Sega and received funds from them, then we proposed a design for the game and entered production. All of the rights belong to Sega. At the time, our company had only just been established, and we weren’t properly equipped for multiplatform development, so after discussing with Sega, we decided to develop the game exclusively for Xbox 360. However, after that, one of Sega’s trading partners ended up making a port for PS3, at Sega’s behest. More recently, they also decided that a Steam version should be developed, which was released last year. Sega owns the rights to all of these versions.”

The story isn’t half done, but it already provides us with a lot of important information. The only reason Bayonetta came to Steam is because Sega wanted to port the game over to PC. More importantly, the root cause of the poor quality of the game’s PlayStation 3 port is that, according to PlatinumGames director Atsushi Inaba, it wasn’t handled by PlatinumGames. Granted, this is old news, but it’s a stark reminder that Sega makes all the decisions regarding Bayonetta, including the decision to partner with Nintendo and bring the game over to the Wii U.

Bayonetta, Xbox 360

“When we started making Bayonetta 2, we initially received funds from Sega to develop the game for multiple platforms, but the project was halted due to circumstances at Sega,” Kamiya continues. “Nintendo then stepped in to continue funding the game, allowing us to finish it. As such, the rights belong to Sega and Nintendo. The rights owners decided the game should be made for Wii U. Nintendo was also kind enough to fund a port of Bayo 1 for Wii U, and they even allowed us to use the Japanese voice track we created for the Wii U version in the PC version of Bayo 1 as well. I am extremely thankful to Nintendo for funding the game, and to Sega for allowing them to use the Bayonetta IP.”

As with the original Bayonetta, the platforms that receive Bayonetta 2 are out of PlatinumGames’ hands. Sega owns all the rights to the original, but since Nintendo footed most of the development costs for its sequel, it gets a say in which platforms receive Bayonetta 2. Both companies need to agree if Bayonetta 2 will ever be ported to a non-Nintendo console or to PC.

“As for Bayonetta 3, it was decided from the start that the game was going to be developed using Nintendo’s funding. Without their help, we would not have been able to kick off this project. All the rights still belong to Sega and Nintendo. The rights owners decided that the game should be made for Switch. Game development is a business. Each company has its own circumstances and strategies. Sometimes this means games get made, sometimes it means they get cancelled.”

Gamers no doubt remember PlatinumGames’ Scalebound, an open world RPG that was developed in conjunction with Microsoft for the Xbox One and Windows 10 OS. The seemingly sudden cancellation of the game came as a surprise, but again, PlatinumGames had no say in the decision; it was only the developer, and Microsoft was the publisher. To say this was a slap in the face to PlatinumGames would be an understatement, since the company originally conceptualized Scalebound way back in 2006 as a Wii game that featured a young girl and her pet dinosaur. Scalebound is hardly the only example of this kind of mistreatment. Gamers can no longer buy or download digital copies of Transformers: Devastation, The Legend of Korra, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They may have been developed by PlatinumGames, but they were published by Activision, and since Activision didn’t want to sell the game anymore, they were removed from digital store shelves.

Scalebound, microsoft, e3 2016

“But I believe that every single person involved is dedicated to delivering the best possible experience,” concludes Kamiya. “I know that, at least to me, that’s one of the biggest goals when I set to work. I cannot express how happy I am that we get to make Bayonetta 3, and we intend to do everything within our power to make it as good as it can be. That’s all we can do, and we consider it our greatest mission. It took a while for production for Bayonetta 3 to be okayed, but now that it has kicked off, I hope it will turn into a wonderful encounter for all of you.”

While Bayonetta 3 was the focus of the Twitter story, the underlying message is clear: publishers decide which PlatinumGames titles make it to what platforms. Some gamers might want Bayonetta 2 to come to the PC, but unless both Sega and Nintendo say yes, it’s never going to happen. The same applies to Bayonetta 3. And MadWorld. And Anarchy Reigns.

This story paints a fairly grim picture of the gaming industry. The developers who put all their sweat, blood, and tears into creating a game don’t own their hard work, and Kamiya is hardly alone in this situation. Peter Molyneux created Dungeon Keeper, but since EA published the game, he doesn’t have any ownership of the title. He wasn’t even involved in the sequel, and the critically panned mobile version was developed by a different studio entirely. While we probably shouldn’t expect that kind of mistreatment from Sega or Nintendo, it still demonstrates that game developers deserve far more ownership of the games they create rather than the publishers who just foot the bills.

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Pokemon GO’s Valentine’s Day Event Brings About Triple Stardust With Every Luvdisc Capture http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/stardust-luvdisc-pokemon-go-valentines-day/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/stardust-luvdisc-pokemon-go-valentines-day/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:13:31 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331989 If you’re out and about this Valentine’s Day, you might want to play some Pokemon GO, because Niantic has a heart-shaped surprise for you. For the next three days, trainers will encounter plenty of the Rendezvous Pokemon Luvdisc in Pokemon GO. This plain Water-type is known for having a heart-shaped body and not much else; […]

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If you’re out and about this Valentine’s Day, you might want to play some Pokemon GO, because Niantic has a heart-shaped surprise for you.

For the next three days, trainers will encounter plenty of the Rendezvous Pokemon Luvdisc in Pokemon GO. This plain Water-type is known for having a heart-shaped body and not much else; most trainers catch Luvdisc only to complete the Hoenn regional Pokedex and obtain the Heart Scale item, as it has low stats and makes for a poor combatant. Niantic, however, is giving Luvdisc an extra gimmick for the duration of this event. Any and all successful Luvdisc captures will award trainers triple Stardust, which means Pokemon GO players will have a fairly steady stream of Pokemon that provide 300 stardust (375 if it’s raining). Plus, since Luvdisc has low stats — not quite Magikarp or Feebas low, but still pretty low — they will be relatively easy to capture.

As far as in-game events go, this Valentine’s Day event could be one of Pokemon GO’s smallest holiday events. Compare this event to last year’s. This one only increases the spawn rates of Luvdisc, rewards triple Stardust for each Luvdisc captured, and lasts three days. But last year:

  • Increased the spawn rates of Chansey, Clefable, and other pink Pokemon
  • Increased the chances of a Cleffa, Igglybuff, or Smoochum hatching from an egg
  • Increased the time limit of a Lure Module from half an hour to six hours
  • Doubled the amount of Candy earned
  • Lasted from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15

In terms of features, 2018’s Luvdisc Valentine Event is paltry, but it rewards trainers with Stardust, a resource that is collected slowly, especially when compared to Candy.

While the 2018 Valentine’s Day event only lasts a few days, anyone who is awash in Candy but not Stardust should probably log in to catch a Luvdisc or ten.

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THQ Nordic’s Most Anticipated Games Are Coming to GOG DRM-Free http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/thq-nordics-most-anticipated-games-are-coming-to-gog-drm-free/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/thq-nordics-most-anticipated-games-are-coming-to-gog-drm-free/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:21 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331495 Plenty of digital distribution platforms want to be the Steam killer, the little site that could (and did) knock Valve off its seemingly impenetrable pedestal. One of the biggest rivals to Steam is GOG.com, and thanks to the site’s latest announcement, it creeps ever closer to Steam’s crown. Earlier today, GOG announced it would receive […]

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Plenty of digital distribution platforms want to be the Steam killer, the little site that could (and did) knock Valve off its seemingly impenetrable pedestal. One of the biggest rivals to Steam is GOG.com, and thanks to the site’s latest announcement, it creeps ever closer to Steam’s crown.

Earlier today, GOG announced it would receive four upcoming THQ Nordic games. And these aren’t just small, bog-standard games, but instead games players have been looking forward to for a long time.

The first two games are the new IPs Biomutant and Fade to Silence. Biomutant is the first game developed by Experiment 101 and puts gamers in the role of a mutant raccoon… monkey… thing who knows kung fu. In the game, players will explore a post-apocalyptic world populated by cute (and some not-so-cute) mutant animals, all with the help of additional mutations and cybernetic implants that affect the player’s character’s stats as much as they do his or her appearance.

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Like Biomutant, Fade to Silence is another RPG that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, but instead of a lush and verdant one where life is plentiful, Fade to Silence is bleak. Resources are scarce; hope is fading, and to make matters worse, the never-ending winter has a good chance of stealing your life. That is, unless the Lovecraftian abominations waiting out in the cold, unforgiving wilderness don’t get you first.

The other two games are not new IPs but instead anticipated sequels. The first, Darksiders III, is the long-awaited third entry in the Darksiders franchise. As with the other entries in the franchise, Darksiders III takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where angels and demons fight for control over the destroyed Earth, and each player takes control of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This time, it’s the horsewoman Fury’s turn to tear apart angel and demon alike with her vicious whip to restore the balance.

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The final game coming to GOG is This is the Police II. Unlike the other games, This is the Police II does not take place in a post-apocalyptic world and tasks players with managing a sheriff’s office. As with the first game, gamers can chose to run the town as a clean or dirty cop, and each choice will have consequences. The developers as Weappy Studio promise to combine genres as effectively and tell a tale as memorable as the original game.

While none of the announced games have a release date just yet, they all will be DRM-free through GOG.com. Given PC gamers’ recent issues with DRM programs such as Denuvo, many gamers might be tempted to buy these games through GOG.

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No, Hearthstone Is Not Coming to the Nintendo Switch http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/hearthstone-not-coming-to-nintendo-switch/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/hearthstone-not-coming-to-nintendo-switch/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:22:59 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331354 Hearthstone is a juggernaut of a digital collectible card game. It has found a home on both PC and mobile devices, so one would assume it would eventually find its way onto the latest portable craze, the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, this is not to be, at least for the time being. According to the news […]

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Hearthstone is a juggernaut of a digital collectible card game. It has found a home on both PC and mobile devices, so one would assume it would eventually find its way onto the latest portable craze, the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, this is not to be, at least for the time being.

According to the news site PowerUp!, reddit user DasVergeben started a rumor that Blizzard was trying to bring Hearthstone over to the Nintendo Switch. The site, seeking confirmation, contacted Hearthstone game designer Dean Ayala, who made the following statement:

“There are no plans to move Hearthstone to the Nintendo Switch.”

A fairly straightforward answer. Had the game transitioned over to the Switch, it would have marked Hearthstone’s first foray into console gaming. But, as PowerUp! points out, numerous issues would have gotten in the way of a successful Switch release had the rumor turned out to be true. Hearthstone requires a constant internet connection, something that isn’t always reliable when the console is undocked (mobile devices don’t have this problem because they can connect via a user’s data plan). Moreover, the game relies on two control schemes: touchscreen and mouse controls. While an undocked Nintendo Switch would have been able to use touchscreen controls, the aforementioned internet connection issues would have cropped up. Meanwhile, a docked Switch would not necessarily run into connection problems but would have to rely on Joy-Con controllers, which offer less precise control.

However, the biggest obstacle would have been cross-platform play. Hearthstone is one of the few games that let any gamer play against another player regardless of platform. PC players can play with iOS players; iOS owners can duel Android gamers, and so on. Adding a whole new version of the game and ensuring that all the existing versions could effectively communicate with it, and vice versa, would have been a chore. Not an impossible one, but a difficult one nonetheless.

While Ayala’s statement does not rule out the possibility of a Nintendo Switch port of Hearthstone, we shouldn’t expect one for the foreseeable future.

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Bethesda Announces Much-Needed Patch for Doom on Switch http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bethesda-announce-patch-switch-doom/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bethesda-announce-patch-switch-doom/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:54:16 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331077 Doom is, without a doubt, one of the best FPS games of this generation. It’s fast, it’s bloody, and it makes ripping and tearing through the armies of Hell almost impossibly satisfying. The Nintendo Switch port of the game is almost too good to be true, but it does have some glaring issues that aren’t […]

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Doom is, without a doubt, one of the best FPS games of this generation. It’s fast, it’s bloody, and it makes ripping and tearing through the armies of Hell almost impossibly satisfying. The Nintendo Switch port of the game is almost too good to be true, but it does have some glaring issues that aren’t present in other versions. The developers at id Software have been working long and hard to fix these problems, and they are almost ready to release the fruits of their labor.

Earlier today, the official Doom Twitter account released the following statement:

A quick google search provides a somewhat sizable list of known issues with the Nintendo Switch port, which include:

  • Areas with numerous enemies or effects cause massive framerate drops
  • A loud buzzing occurs during the campaign
  • Numerous sounds being triggered at once can result in notable sound degradation
  • The Hell Guard boss has a small chance of becoming invincible, rendering the fight unwinnable unless players load a previous save
  • Firing the BFG might freeze the game
  • An inescapable pause menu can pop up during the middle of a multiplayer match
  • Progression through the campaign can become impossible after leaving the game open for several hours
  • Reloading a checkpoint while collecting the Chainsaw renders it unobtainable

This is far from an exhaustive list of all known bugs; one of the most widespread issues is a glitch that causes Joy-Con controllers to stop working in in-game menus. While we do not know how many of these problems will be fixed, the announcement specifically mentions menu and audio issues, which implies at the very least, players probably won’t encounter sound degradation/buzzing or non-navigable menus after the patch.

We will have to wait a while until we know which issues will be fixed, but until then, gamers have already started speculating which other bugs and glitches will be tackled in the patch.

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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Combines Two Ultimate Evils: Cthulhu and Nazis; Kickstarter is Underway http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/achtung-cthulhu-tactics-kickstarter/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/achtung-cthulhu-tactics-kickstarter/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:55:48 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330964 When you hear the term “ultimate evil,” either Nazis or Cthulhu come to mind. However, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics aims to combine both to create an exciting experience. Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is based on a pen and paper RPG of the same name, which is actually series of standalone adventures for the popular Call of Cthulhu RPG. […]

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When you hear the term “ultimate evil,” either Nazis or Cthulhu come to mind. However, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics aims to combine both to create an exciting experience.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is based on a pen and paper RPG of the same name, which is actually series of standalone adventures for the popular Call of Cthulhu RPG. Developed by Auroch Digital, the studio behind the video game adaptations of Chainsaw Warrior and Plague Inc., the game will have players command “a tough band of heroes trapped behind enemy lines trying to uncover and foil a Nazi plot of terrifying evil” as they trek through a turn-based strategy campaign full of intrigue and Lovecraftian horrors.

Auroch Digital is working with Modiphius, the team behind the original Achtung! Cthulhu game, to create a fun and unusual experience. According to the Kickstarter page, the game will feature a “light and dark” mechanic that makes the player’s team stronger when bathed in light, and opposing Nazi soldiers and cultists become more powerful while shrouded in darkness. And that’s only one of a whole slew of features designed to set Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics apart from similar video games.

Unlike most Kickstarter projects, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics has been fully funded by indie publisher Ripstone (Chess Ultra, Stick It To The Man), and the purpose of the campaign is to give Auroch Digital the funds to include even more playable heroes, as well as villainous Nazis to shoot. But, since the project only aims to supplement the development of the game and not actually fund it, the campaign goal is only a paltry £10,000 that has already been reached — and with 23 days to go.

Reward tiers start as low as £20 ($28) which includes a digital copy of the game and a PDF version of the original Achtung! Cthulhu RPG. The highest reward tier costs a whopping £350 ($483) and includes the digital game, all of Achtung! Cthulhu’s base and supplemental material (physical and digital), £150 worth of credits for physical Achtung Cthulhu miniatures, an “Investigators Bag,” and “1 extra platform credit for the digital game.”

The game is currently scheduled to release in September of 2018, so backers won’t have to wait that long.

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10 JRPGs That Still Need to Come to PC http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/10-jrpgs-that-still-need-to-come-to-pc/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/10-jrpgs-that-still-need-to-come-to-pc/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:30:05 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330413 Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King JRPGs That Still Need to Come to PC If Final Fantasy is the king of JRPGs, then Dragon Quest is the duke. It doesn’t innovate as much as Square Enix’s flagship title, but it remains popular thanks to memorable characters, engrossing stories, and the art of Akira […]

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

JRPGs That Still Need to Come to PC

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If Final Fantasy is the king of JRPGs, then Dragon Quest is the duke. It doesn’t innovate as much as Square Enix’s flagship title, but it remains popular thanks to memorable characters, engrossing stories, and the art of Akira Toriyama. Arguably the franchise’s most popular entry is Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. It introduced many gamers in the west to Dragon Quest, and it sold more copies than most other Dragon Quest games.

Dragon Quest is one of the few ongoing Square Enix franchises that has yet to be ported to computers, spin-offs notwithstanding. While not every Dragon Quest game is created equal, nobody can doubt Dragon Quest VIII’s lasting impression. Even if we don’t receive every Dragon Quest game for PC, a port of Dragon Quest VIII will satisfy most JRPG fans.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer for Injustice 2 Is Totally Tubular http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-trailer-injustice-2-tubular/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-trailer-injustice-2-tubular/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:50:41 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330277 Ninjas are supposed to strike swiftly and silently and then fade into the night. Lucky for us, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a little more flashy in Injustice 2. The Internet positively exploded when NetherRealm Studios announced the heroes in a half shell would be in the final Injustice 2 fighter pack, although we […]

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Ninjas are supposed to strike swiftly and silently and then fade into the night. Lucky for us, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a little more flashy in Injustice 2.

The Internet positively exploded when NetherRealm Studios announced the heroes in a half shell would be in the final Injustice 2 fighter pack, although we haven’t gotten a good look at the turtles in action until now. The long-awaited character trailer for the TMNT is brimming with enough turtle power to make you want to scream, “Cowabunga!”

Ever since the original announcement, gamers have speculated how the turtles would be implemented into Injustice 2. According to the trailer, all four are playable. That’s right: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo come with their own movesets and voice lines. There is some overlap, though, as each turtle can call for assistance from his brothers, and they all join in for a shell-shocking super move.

While the trailer is, for lack of a better term, tubular, it does leave audiences with some rather important questions. Do the turtles take up their own roster spots in Injustice 2, or are they a team of four squashed into one character spot? Can players switch between them on the fly like Marvel vs. Capcom fighters, or will gamers be stuck with one turtle per match? How many past TMNT shows, movies, and comics will the alternative costumes reference? NetherRealm Studios will hold a livestream later today at 3PM CST (4PM EST, 2PM MST, and 1PM PST) that, with any luck, will answer most of these questions.

While we do not know the exact date when the TMNT will be playable in Injustice 2, the trailer promises sometime in February. But, since every other DLC character (with the exception of Raiden) was released on a Tuesday, odds are we can expect turtle power to grace the game either February 13th, 20th, or 27th.

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Them’s Fightin’ Herds, the Brony Fighting Game, Launches This Month http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/thems-fightin-herds-launches-this-month/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/thems-fightin-herds-launches-this-month/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:51:16 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330067 Usually when you think about fighting games, your mind pictures gruff men punching and hadouken-ing each other until they’re black and blue in the face. You don’t think about pastel ponies, cows, and other hooved animals kicking each other into unconsciousness (and occasionally oblivion). But, that’s exactly what Them’s Fightin’ Herds is all about, and it’s […]

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Usually when you think about fighting games, your mind pictures gruff men punching and hadouken-ing each other until they’re black and blue in the face. You don’t think about pastel ponies, cows, and other hooved animals kicking each other into unconsciousness (and occasionally oblivion). But, that’s exactly what Them’s Fightin’ Herds is all about, and it’s almost ready to let players in on the disparate mayhem.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds was developed by Mane 6, a group of developers who originally wanted to create a fighting fan game that starred the main characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Hasbro didn’t take to kindly to the premise and issued a cease and desist letter, and normally that would have been the end of the story; it’s certainly what happened to fangames such as Pokemon Uranium and AM2R. But, show creator Lauren Faust stepped in and helped the people at Mane 6 create a new cast for their game so they could move ahead with their dream of having cartoon ponies kick the custard out of each other. Faust’s involvement speaks volumes of the potential the developers showed, and thanks to the release trailer, we can see that promise in all its magical glory.

The polish on display in Them’s Fightin’ Herds is downright breathtaking. Each character is fantastically realized; not only is the art style pleasing, but you can tell everything you need to know about each character, from her fighting style to her personality, just by looking at her. That is a sign of masterful character design. Moreover, the MLP-inspired art style belies impactful fighting animations, from simple headbutts to devastating dropkicks and beams of pure eldritch destruction.

Since Them’s Fightin’ Herds is an indie title, you wouldn’t necessarily expect much in the way of features, but Mane 6 stuffed the game full of them, from standard story and arcade modes to multiplayer lobbies. But the game’s most impressive feature is the touted “dynamic music” feature that changes the music depending on which characters are on-screen. Not only does the system affect the music that’s played during the beginning of a stage, but if one character starts dominating the other, her theme takes center stage. It’s the kind of feature that deserves to be in more fighting games.

Lauren Faust wasn’t the only person who took notice of Them’s Fightin’ Herds, as Mane 6 worked out deals for special lobby costumes inspired by characters from Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue Central Fiction, and Skullgirls 2nd Encore. And no, these costumes aren’t paid DLC; they’re only unlocked by owning those games.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds will stampede onto PC on February 22nd thanks in part to Humble Bundle.

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