October 16, 2015

Steam Features Grey Goo and Chivalry in Free To Play Weekend

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Steam is well-known for doing free to play weekends, often offering entire catalogs for free to users in an attempt to woo them in to buying. For the weekend of October the 16th, Valve has chosen Grey Goo, a tactical macro based RTS game, and Chivalry A first person mêlée combat game. Both of these games also receive a steep discount of 50% should you wish to buy them.

Chivalry is a first person mêlée combat game featuring many swords and other medieval weapons. its is bit old having been released in 2012 but still has a healthy community for online play. This is a multiplayer only title. The game does suffer from a bit of fatigue as it is short on game modes, but if you like bashing people with swords this is your best choice. 20$ gets you the game and your pass to fight against the legions of other sword lovers online.

Grey Goo

Grey Goo is a macro focused RTS. Originally created by the team behind the Command and Conquer franchise. Fans be warned this one got pretty negative reviews upon its release. Personally I loved the old school macro-focus of the game, with its emphasis on base building, and not twitchy unit movement in combat. The campaign has full voice acting, and lots and lots of cut scenes, and the story is compelling, with three separate playable races. I really this game is a steal at 20$


PC Port of Mugen Souls Z Out Next Week, Will Be 40% Off At Launch

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Mugen Souls Z the sequel to Idea Factory International’s 2012 turn based RPG is heading to Windows PC next week thanks to publisher Ghostlight. To celebrate the game’s release Ghostlight will be discounting all of the game’s previously console-only DLC and the game itself by 40% – pricing Mugen Souls Z at $19.99 USD during the week of October 22nd!

Mugen Souls Z tells the tale of a universe with seven inter-connected colorful worlds each with their own individual culture and aesthetic. With a ton of customization options, collectibles and levels to gain it seems like there will always be something to do.

Ghostlight provided the following list of features included in Mugen Souls Z:

Expansive worlds to explore: Travel freely on each world to explore and find treasures and items. Monsters are roaming the lands, so be cautious or fight them head-on and make them your subservient peons!

Free-roaming style battle maps: Use Combo attacks to execute spectacular moves with your allies! Destroy Crystals on the battlefield to activate Hyper mode!

Moe Kill: Execute the Moe Kill technique to enslave enemies and turn them into items by exploiting their weaknesses!

Customization: Create a full cast of characters! Customizable body parts, facial expressions, and job classes!

Duel in Dual Audio: Experience the game in either Japanese or English audio.

The PC release will also support steam cloud saving, achievements, a higher frame-rate and more resolution options when compared to the console version of Mugen Souls Z.


Broken Deals: Get Free Assassin’s Creed Syndicate With Samsung SSDs, Monitors

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Samsung is offering a special promotion where the buyer will get a free a copy of upcoming Assassins Creed Syndicate for PC with purchase of several models of Samsung SSDs and monitors. This is good news for anyone who need a new monitor or SSD, as well as for UBIsoft who have a long history of doing promos with graphics card and other computer related peripheral companies.


Below is a list of Samsung SSDs and monitors that come with a code to download Syndicate. The game launches on October the 23rd on consoles and October 19th on PC. The deal will be available from November 1st to January 2nd

  • Portable SSD T1 (500GB, 1TB)
  • 850 PRO 2.5″ SATA III SSD (512GB, 1 TB, 2TB)
  • 850 EVO 2.5’’ SATA III SSD (500GB, 1TB, 2TB)
  • 850 EVO mSATA SSD (500 GB, 1TB)
  • 850 EVO M.2 SSD (500GB)
  • 950 PRO SSD (512GB)
  • UE590 UHD Monitor (23.6-inches and 28-inches)
  • SE590CS Curved Monitor (23.5-inches)
  • SD590C Curved Monitor (27-inches)
  • SE591C Curved Monitor (27-inches)
  • SE790C Curved Monitor (29-inches)
  • SE590CS Curved Monitor (31.5-inches)
  • SE790C Curved Monitor (34-inches)


Star Citizen Exits Closed Alpha

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Star Citizen

Cloud Imperium Games announced today that their much hyped space game Star-Citizen has essentially exited its closed alpha access. The news comes in Chris Roberts’ most recent Letter From the Chairman update, in which he also announced that Star Citizen has surpassed one million backers.

“Anyone who has pledged for a Star Citizen Package can now play today without worrying they won’t have access to some portion of the ‘Verse in the future. No Star Marine pass, no Alpha 2.0 pass… no additional payment needed for any module in the works, pre-release,” Roberts wrote. “Going forward, should we need to put out some sort of limited release it will be done through the PTU test server. All backers will have access to any live release, the moment it publishes.” 2771431-9053075413-25493

Backers with Alpha access are also being given 10,000 UEC [United Earth Credits, Star Citizen’s in-game currency], with the UEC cap raised to accommodate the boost. Roberts went on to mention that players who have purchased an Arena Commander pass would get 5000 UEC, but that was later clarified by community manager Jared Huckaby in a a forum post where he said that instead it would but 5$ in in store credit for the games store.

Star Citizen has been in closed backed only alpha, for over a year, as modules are added and development continues, this new general release to all of its Kickstarter backers marks a major milestone in its development.



Disgaes 5 Now Available In Europe

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nippon Ichi Software has announced that the European delay for Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is finally over as the game has shipped to retail.

In this sixth installment in the long running Disgaea franchise players must gather together an entire army to take on the forces of the Void Dark.

We reviewed the game last month and had this to say about it:

In the end Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is probably the most solid entry in the franchise to date and is easy to recommend for returning players as well as newcomers alike. If you are looking for a rich Strategy RPG experience that will keep you thinking and allows you to grind away hours until you reach LVL 9999 Alliance of Vengeance is the game for you. Despite not utilizing all of the processing power available to it in the visual department, which we suspect to maintain a franchise identity, Disgaea V delivers a memorable experience that will reward players who stick with it. If you are an anime fan you’ll appreciate the excellent English language voice work, a bad 90s dub this is not! Grab your closest demon friends and get ready to fight evil whenDisgaea 5: Alliance of Vengence launches on October 6th!

Alongside the confirmation of the European release NIS also released a new launch trailer in French!


Yo-Kai Watch Demo and Canadian Tour Announced

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Jason Nason

Yo-kai Watch was a cultural phenomenon in Japan, selling millions of games. The game has spawned a sequel, there is a third 3DS game on the way in 2016, there are spinoff iOS and Android apps, a Just Dance special edition for the Wii U, and there is a spin-off game called Yo-Kai Watch Busters coming for the 3DS.

There are also three manga adaptations, a crossover game with Koei Tecmo’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the way, and an anime, which just started in North America. That can be seen on Teletoon in Canada.

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Pokemon GO is getting a huge amount of funding from big names

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Google, Nintendo, and the Pokemon Company are reportedly pouring money on to Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokemon GO.  Pokemon go the recently announced AR pokemon game made by the company that made Ingress was launched to incredible fanfare in early September of this year. Initial reports said the PR demo video was too good to be true, but reports coming out of the company now cite Google, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company as each pouring at least 10 million dollars each in to the games development. Initial worries that the game was not to be a core property and that it would suffer a quality drop because it was a mobile game, seem to have been silenced by this avalanche of money.

The CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, spoke briefly about where the newly acquired funds would be headed.

“The Pokémon Company, Google and Nintendo are incredible investors and strategic partners to help build the next chapter for Niantic. We will be using this capital to continue the development of Pokémon GO, to evolve and grow Ingress and its thriving global community, and to build out our real-world gaming platform.”

We still know very little about how the new game might work, but Ninite has experience developing AR games in the past, and I for one trust them to not take this IP and damage it. To see what we do know about the game already check out the video below.

Source: Pokemon


Gun Game Set To Return in Black Ops 3

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Black Ops III

Call of Duty has always been multiplayer focused, so its no surprise that in the games 11 years there have been a few experiments with game modes. Some modes have been successful, other have not. Gun game was one such mode. Some games had it others didn’t, today Treyarch confirmed that the mode will indeed be in Blackops 3. In a recent interview with EBgames Australia David Vonderhaar, the Game Design Director on Black Ops III’s said


“The game does have a Gun Game, there is some one shot stuff going on in Gun Game. But as you would expect from a Treyarch Call of Duty multiplayer title, a complete custom game set with being able to share and save those variant game modes. What we like is the idea that people can take the game, take the game engine, take the game rules, modify them to suit and make them accessible to all your friends. We are going to take the best of those ideas and mess around with them in the ‘Bonus’ category of playlist.”

I for on look forward to running and gunning in this mode, which is fast and always fun.


Crunchyroll Now Available on Wii

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Jason Nason

Crunchyroll is now available on the Wii.

Crunchyroll is the official destination for the largest lineup of current and classic Anime & Manga. Watch hit shows like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, and Sword Art Online on all your favorite devices. Watch for free or become a Premium member to watch ad-free with exclusive access to simulcasts—your favorite shows available as soon as 1 hour after they air in Japan.

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Blizzard MOBA Heroes Of The Storm To Get Balance Update

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

We here are Brokenjoysticks love Heros Of The Storm, so every time there is a set of patch notes or a major announcement we tend to get a bit excited.  So when Blizzard community manager Trikslyr lays out upcoming changes on the forum we listen. In their most recent post in response to a thread about MMR Trikslyr  said Blizzard is working on “a couple of bug fixes to help the matchmaker identify players that are closer in skill.” This should result in more evenly balanced matches.” Many players will be unhappy to hear that trisklyer also mentioned that this would increase wait times UP TO 10 MINUTS. No specifics were mentioned in the post, the however exact post says simple “system improvements” Additionally Trisklys announced that Blizzard has a set of priorities moving forward for HoTs which were laid out as


  • Improving matches at high skill levels
  • Improve the New User experience
  • Adjustments to make sure players in matches are close in experience, not just MMR

none of these are particularly new or exciting, but I for one am excited at the idea of not either rolling over my enemy or getting stomped every game. Now if blizzard could just stop crazy team comps in casual. Three healers anyone?

Read the full forum post here .



Valve open to user feedback on Steam Controller

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Valve is a company known for engaging their users and taking their feedback to heart. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that in a recent statement to PCworld Robin Walker said.

“I don’t think this will be the last Steam Controller design ever. We’re just about to hit the point where customers get their hands on it which, to us in the software world, that’s where stuff starts to get really interesting,” Walker said. He didn’t predict what might be done with, but said he expects “it’ll be awesome. It would be the first time our customers didn’t improve one of our products if, for some reason, they couldn’t make the hardware better,”

This is good news for those who did not buy the Steam Controller. Many will remember an early version of the controller which had no physical buttons save the 4 face buttons, and featured only two expansive touch pads. That version received negative feedback and Valve took it back to the drawing board. This statement would seem to show that Valve is prepared to do the same thing again with the current production run controller should their audience want it. I for one cant wait to get my steam controller, I pre-ordered it as soon as the final design was released, but at the same time I can understand people who might hesitate as the controller is quite non-traditional for mouse and keyboard players.



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