It has been a long wait for Magic the Gathering fans, such as myself, when it comes to getting our hands on this year’s edition of the MtG video game. The game has been out a few weeks for the iOS and now it is hitting the PC and Xbox One. The PC version is currently available on Steam and Xbox owners will find it on the Xbox Live Marketplace tomorrow.
Magic Duels: Origins is the new free-to-play installment of what was formerly known as the Duels of the Planeswalkers. The game is still being developed by Stainless Games and features the same sleek presentation styles as the past years’ installments. The only difference this year is that every bit of content for the game will be offered free of charge, that is assuming you put in the effort and earn it all. For those who aren’t patient enough to work their way through the ranks to unlock everything, you can always throw some real money down and purchase the various cards and decks.
Expect our full review of the new vision of the series in the coming weeks.
It is that time of the month again: time to prepare for new PS Plus games! Before we get to the new offerings that will be available next Tuesday, let me remind everyone who is a member of the PlayStation Plus program and a PS4 owner that you only have a few more days to pick up Rocket League for free. Seriously, what are you waiting for? The game is an absolutely must-own title for the system and it doesn’t cost you anything right now. Onto the actual news...
The PlayStation Blog finally posted the new list yesterday. Members can look forward to adding the following to their libraries:
Announce by Blizzard in a blog post last week, the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft digital card game is getting a major expansion in August. The Grand Tournament, as it is called, will add 132 new cards, the ability to choose a card pack type for Arena awards, and a new minion ability, Inspire. The Inspire ability triggers whenever you use your hero power, and as it's been shown in the cards revealed thus far can trigger a number of outcomes from dealing damage, increasing attack power, adding divine shields, and more. I'm especially excited about the ability to choose a pack type for the Arena reward, as I got all I wanted from Goblins and Gnomes packs but was still stuck opening up new ones every time I made a run in the Arena. From launch, The Grand Tournament packs will be available but you can also choose Goblins and Gnomes or standard packs.
There is also a pre-purchase bonus available in the in-game shop right now until launch, where you can score 50 packs of The Grand Tournament cards and a special cardback for $49.99. I expect on release the packs will sell the same as the other types and currently that $49.99 would only net you 40 packs so that's as good a deal as you'll get. More details are on the official site.
There has been buzz about Mafia III for a few months, but now we have an official announcement through 2K UK's Twitter account. Unfortunately, that's just about all there is for now, but we can expect to hear more at Gamescom - an official trailer will be shown August 5th.
With the announcement came the image below, from which we can madly hypothesize about the time period and the location, although it will take a more eagle-eyed scholar than I; all I can see is that there appears to be an afro.
Keep an eye out for Mafia III at Gamescom.
In this latest clip from IGN we see how indie electronica band 65daysofstatic came to score the entire soundtrack for No Man's Sky. Creator Sean Murray gushes about how much he loves the band and how it inspired the early days of development, which is cool, but it's all stuff we've heard before. They don't tell us how procedurally generated music works to create a hypothetically infinite soundtrack, which is disappointing. In any case I hope we get less of the "coffee shop jamming" and more "techno by way of 2001 A Space Odyssey chorals."
I love the old fashioned strategic Battletech game that came out on the C64. It was one of the first licensed Battletech games on the PC and it was hella fun at the time.
Harebrained Schemes, makers of the great Shadowrun Returns game, is looking to bring another beloved classic to us by kickstarting Battletech. It's not up yet, but they are trying to drum up some excitement for it.
I'm sure they won't have trouble achieving their Kickstarter goal once they start and the creator of Battletech and Mechwarrior, Jordan Weisman is onboard. Battletech will be a turn based game with an open-ended Mercenaries style campaign, which sounds pretty cool.
While we have a good action style combat game in Mechwarrior Online, I've been wanting a more campaign style game rather than just fighting against other online opponents. I hope this is the game that will give me both great mech combat and a good campaign along with it.
The Kickstarter will start in the Fall with more details to come.
I swear, Bethesda is coming out things that just keeps taking my money. First the Pip-Boy edition of the game. Then the hardcover Prima guide. Now this.
Loot Crate is coming out with a Fallout 4 Edition Loot Crate, which you can sign up now to be notified on when you can order. We should get the details on what will be in the crate soon, but if you're going to try and collect all things Fallout, here's another limited edition item to spend your money on.
Jeremy enjoyed Loot Crate for a while, but it can be a big hit or miss depending on the month. Since I'm gunning for as much Fallout 4 swag as possible, this is something I'll be looking to pick up as well. Hopefully, we'll get some good stuff in this one.
Oops. I kind of neglected this for a few weeks now. Well, if it makes you feel better it's not because I was shirking my personal responsibilities within this game, no no, I was actually so engrossed in this game that I was playing it a bit too much, and not really making time for much else. And in the process I became so focused on hitting level 60, and getting my item level up to snuff to run Alexander, I kind of forgot to do anything else. So what have I been up to in Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward? Check it out after the jump.
Nintendolife is reporting that Super Smash Bros is getting a huge content boost for both Wii U and 3DS on July 31st. The big news is that Tourney Mode is finally being implemented, but more intriguing is that this update includes instant Youtube uploading. Now you can splatter those sick meteor smash replays all over the Internet for all to see.
This update also brings some fresh paid content, including new Mii Fighter costumes and classic N64 arenas Hyrule Castle and Mushroom Kingdom. This info was gleaned from the Nintendo UK and Japan Twitter channels, so stay tuned for how the American pricing on this DLC shakes out, but it should be similar to previous paid content.