Digital Blend: Beck Releasing Three New Songs In PS Vita Game Sound Shapes, Valve Commits To Steam For Linux
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Welcome back to Digital Blend, our weekly look at the world of downloadable video gaming that exists at the fringes of the mainstream. That means you look at the hottest new mobile diversion releases, downloadable calm drops on consoles and PCs, indie darlings that merit your admire and attention, and the most appropriate gaming values beneath $20.
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* Do you suffer smacking the slimey pieces out of zombies? Are you normally as well active to outlay ample time in front of the TV blustering divided at them in a video game? Game developer PerBlue is working on cast of characters your zombie-smashing goals out in to the actual world with the upcoming, GPS-powered Android game, Parallel Zombies . It’s obviously out right away in the Google Play store, but we’ve got a few more sum on it true from the developer, interjection to an talk with PerBlue’s Ellie Humphrey. Take a look at our chat with the developer to obtain a improved clarity of the location-based zombie diversion and how it plays.
* Verizon Wireless is receiving a forward-thinking fissure at creation a few graze off of the ever-growing mobile gaming marketplace with the launch of the new GameTanium service . The wireless provider’s partnership with Extent has resulted in a subscription-based service that offers Android smartphone and inscription users the choice of spending $5.99 per month for unobstructed access to a library of 150 games. The monthly cost is on a per-device basis, however, so those with multi-part gadgets and gizmos will may wish to import that one sees the most gaming time. These aren’t nothing games either; the library includes renouned titles similar to World of Goo and Fruit Ninja . It’s not badly not similar from Amazon’s GameCircle, that I told you about in final week’s Digital Blend , and Apple’s Game Center, even though both of those are of march giveaway services. GameTanium asks for your money, but it serves up a library of games to fool around in return.
* Fez is awesome. Just read my examination . It took a long time to arrive, but the wait for incited out to be value it in the end. Only the launch wasn’t perfect. Polytron’s resourceful platformer strike Xbox Live Arcade with a number of problems that indispensable to be addressed in a patch. Only the patch, once it was released, wiped out the save information for a tiny commission of users. It was pulled quickly, and Polytron’s Phil Fish set to work on other patch. The problem, as Fish told Fez fans progressing this week, is that it expenses an unreasonable amount of allowance for a developer to let go a vegetable patch for one of its games on Xbox Live. How exorbitant? $40,000. The solution? The damaged vegetable patch has been re-issued , along with Fish’s forthright apologies. The cost of patching the diversion is only as well expensive, he said, and given the vegetable patch only affects one percent of all users, it boils down to “a shitty figures game.” Too bad. Don’t let this unfavorable spin of events keep you divided from Fez though. It’s a higher game, and an experience that only deepens the more that you fool around it.
* Queasy Games’ Sound Shapes will be here before you know it. The downloadable PlayStation 3/PS Vita diversion is segment of Sony’s annual PSN Play module (think Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade, only for PlayStation products), and it’s forthcoming our way on Aug 7, 2012. Our shut vicinity to the let go didn’t end Queasy and Sony from divulgence nonetheless other astonishment from the game. Three of the levels in Sound Shapes will underline the song of quirky alt-rocker Beck. Unreleased tunes, no less. The levels were combined by Pyramid Attack, the animation college of music at the back Guitar Hero 2 ‘s cutscenes. Check out Anthony’s inform for more details.
* Valve understands that Personal Computer users do not only rest on Windows. That’s because there’s a Mac chronicle of Steam, and because there’s been an increased concentration on releasing Mac-friendly Personal Computer games in new months. Now, Valve is seeking to try the next limit in Personal Computer gaming: Linux. The firm fixed skeleton this week to let go a Linux chronicle of Steam someday in the nearby future. The primary let go will only encouragement the Ubuntu placement of the open-source operation system, but the probability for updated encouragement down the thoroughfare is always there. Valve is moreover working to make its library more Linux-compatible, starting with Left 4 Dead 2 .
* It was fixed progressing this week that a leading player at Epic Games left to head off in a new direction. Lee Perry, an attention maestro who served as comparison gameplay planner on Gears of War 3 , has struck out on his own to form BitMonster Games. The new college of music is focusing its efforts for right away on iOS and Personal Computer releases, with its first diversion – an iOS action-adventure called Lili – already lined up. Perry’s subdivision from Epic isn’t complete, however. Alongside the headlines of Perry’s leaving , Epic fixed that it has sealed a multi-title attend to BitMonster that will enable the indie developer to erect its games in Unreal Engine 3. Lili is a UE3 title, and it should be forthcoming after that this year.
Top buys is to week…
DYAD :: PSN :: $14.99
If you’re only going to purchase one downloadable diversion this week, unquestionably make it DYAD . The dazzling diversion defies explanation in many ways, amounting to next to tools on-rails shooter and baffle game. Think Rez . There are a few high-fallutin’ concepts built in to the pattern of this audio/visual feast, and I rarely urge on all PlayStation 3 owners to give it a look.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier “Arctic Strike” DLC :: XBLA / PSN :: 800 MS Points / $9.99
As you can see in Ryan’s DLC impressions , the “Arctic Strike” DLC fill up for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier falls a bit partial of “totally awesome.” That said, it’s still more maps, more weapons, and a new mode for what amounts to the most appropriate multiplayer shooter experience that we’ve seen this year. Ubisoft unequivocally outdid itself with the long-delayed Tom Clancy-branded game, a singular event when the wait for incited out to be value it. “Arctic Strike” offers players an chance to spread on that stellar experience. I’ll see you (and be gunning for you) online.
The Dark Knight Rises :: iOS :: $6.99
Gameloft has built up a repute for releasing mobile titles that endeavor to replicate a console experience. There’s the developer’s Uncharted game, the Halo game, the Grand Theft Auto game, the Zelda game, and lots more besides. Now you have the Batman: Arkham City game, only The Dark Knight Rises at least falls beneath the same authorization umbrella that Rocksteady’s two releases do. The diversion is formed on Christopher Nolan’s new movie, out currently (check out our examination ), with players running Christian Bale’s Gotham Knight by key scenes using gameplay that looks very ample similar to what we’ve all seen in the Arkham games. It’s not scarcely as detailed or modernized – there’s no gradually unbarred open world that reveals itself as you consequence more rigging and the war is ample easier and reduction severe – but it’s a slick-looking Batman diversion all the same. Some might pick to wait for until the unavoidable cost tumble down from $6.99, but frantic fans of Nolan’s trilogy will have a hard time fleeting this one up.
Fieldrunners 2 :: iPhone :: $2.99
Fieldrunners has long been must-own element for iOS device users. Subatomic Studios’ quirky building invulnerability diversion is as “classic” as an App Store pretension can get, having been one of the flagship games even back in the days of the first-gen iPhone. Now we’ve got Fieldrunners 2 , a shiny, new continuation that adds all behaviour of new things to the game. There are new towers to build, power-ups, and an bunch of modes. The continuation is only expelled for iPhone right now, even though Subatomic is as if working on rectifying that teenager problem. The great news, however, is that Fieldrunners 2 carries the same award as its prototype of being a mobile diversion that you really, unequivocally ought to pick up.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 “Terminal” chart :: XBLA :: FREE
Free is a superb thing, primarily when it relates to a fan-favorite multiplayer chart let go for what is arguably the most renouned first-person shooter on the marketplace right now. Fan-favorite MP chart Terminal earnings in
Mass Effect 3 “Earth” DLC :: XBLA / PSN / Personal Computer :: FREE
Not sufficient giveaway stuff? Well here’s a few more. Mass Effect 3 multiplayer hounds obtain nonetheless other calm update, the ultimate in a fibre that have followed the game’s early 2012 release. The “Earth” DLC fill up is all about the game’s co-op-oriented Milky Way at War mode, with 3 new maps (set on Earth), 6 new classes (humans only), and 3 new guns to enjoy, in addition to an all-new Platinum burden surroundings for those who only aren’t feeling challenged sufficient by the already ruthless Gold difficulty.
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