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Saturday, April 14, 2018

New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

Many gamers would agree that BioShock from developer 2K Games was a very unique entry among all other first-person shooter game franchises. 2007 saw the debut of the first game, then BioShock 2 came in 2010 and BioShock Infinite released in 2013. So, it's been five years since the last game of the series was released but we bet many fans are more than ready for a new installment at any time. With that, we currently have news that a new BioShock title is currently in development.

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New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

All the titles from the original series took place into the underwater city of Rapture, which was meant to be a utopia for elites. People become addicted to a substance called ADAM that grants superhuman abilities but also slowly drives them insane. Little orphan girls called "Little Sisters" were used to harvest ADAM and they were protected by giant robot like sentries nicknamed "Big Daddies". Third game of the series, BioShock Infinite took the adventure to the vintage sky city of Columbia.

News editor Jason Schreier for video game website Kotaku was recently working on a story with developer Hangar 13 about Mafia III, when he came to know about this information. There is a secret neighboring studio Parkside, currently working on an unannounced project and it is a new BioShock game. Now, this has come to many fans as relief as many of them thought that their series has ended with the fall of developer Irrational Games.



Although CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick has assured in 2015 that it wouldn't mean the end for BioShock series and they will continue it in future, they have not done anything convincing till date to back that up. However, it looks like Take-Two is making good on their word by bringing a brand-new BioShock game teaming up with publisher 2K Games. Already sold more than 25 million units, this steampunk first-person shooter was also being considered for a movie adaptation but ultimately failed though.

Officially, 2K Games have yet to confirm the validity of this news and there has been no statement from their end yet. With the release of BioShock: The Collection featuring remastered edition of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the series made it's comeback in 2016 but that was it. There was no more news from them ever since and the entirety of this franchise are put into ice. If they are truly bringing back the series, then we would love to see them explore some new location for their fictional paradise this time.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

RELATED: Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

RELATED: Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

Before PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds took the video game world by storm, Valve Corporation's free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 used to rule the gaming communities and Steam. The game sure has lost to PUBG for the crown spot on global dominance but has not faded in popularity. One thing that they are very much known for is to release frequent updates for the game to keep things interesting all the time and we are here to talk about the recent one.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The newest update for Dota 2 from developer Valve, Spring Cleaning update 7.08 is currently live and we got some patch notes to discuss here. The Official Site of DOTA 2 contains the update and the details regarding it all in one place, so you can go ahead and check that out too. We want to focus on some key features that update 7.08 is going to bring to the table.

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Player Profile Redesigned

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

As part of the update, player profiles are newly redesigned to include various common features as well as some new ones. You can now personalize your profile section by setting your preferred background images available on the index of your loading screen. Your previous performances of last ten matches will be on display and it might be a little uncomfortable for players who are on a bad run lately.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

To keep the negativity out and retain the good vibe among the community, Valve has announced to execute a six-month ban on those who are extremely abusive or needs to learn how to behave in public. Same thing goes for the ones who attempts to cheat in-game. So, you people better stay clear from any sort of cursing to fellow members of the group and try to play your game in a fair way.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update Key-Features

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

The "Last Hit Trainer" on the Learn tab lets you practice last hitting creeps and Dota 2 players are well aware of the significance of last hit creeps for gold as well as XP. Matchmaking process is now based on your selected language to improve communication among the team members. You can also see if the others are prepared to queue using the "Ready Check" button.

Many heroes and items are slightly tweaked or cosmetically changed by lead developer IceFrog in Spring Cleaning 7.08 update. Bug fixes, minor changes and adjustments in gameplay are usually expected when an update goes live. It's not that all the changes should please you or be in your favor but you should keep it mind that they are for the betterment for an improved game-playing experience to a large number of Dota 2 players.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Regalia: Royal Edition Release Date Announced

A Kickstarter funded project by developer Pixelated Milk, Regalia is a JRPG video game which mainly took inspiration from the Final Fantasy days of the creators or the modern day classic Persona series. Even though the game is from a European studio, it is loosely based on JRPG theme while they also mixed up the storytelling adventure in it at the same time. Regalia in its core is a tactical RPG that has a great plot to follow you up on your journey.

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Regalia: Royal Edition Release Date Announced

The game is about a young man named Kay who is out to restore his kingdom of Ascalia, interacting with other in-game characters who will come across as he advances in his quest. As he journeys to get back his throne again, Kay will lead us to some of the most cherished JRPG moments in recent times. The combats you will get into will be well rewarding if you are tactical enough because that is the main objective of the game.




At times, you can tone down the difficulty level a bit or heck, you can even skip battles if you do not wait to see what plot point is laid ahead of you. However, avoiding fights will not simply make the trouble go away because there is always something up in Ascalia and you've got to deal with them at some point. Just as you are already troubled with a lot that is happening around your kingdom, you also have to face the drama of your teammates’ as well.

Many may think that JRPG has to do something with being Japanese but the developers at Pixelated Milk believe that it is more to do with a certain gameplaying style. They pointed out that a game made in the West will certainly have unique design differences than the one made in the East but that is not essentially a bad thing. Games like Baldur’s Gate or Final Fantasy series has taken a very different approach to the genre despite being considered as consider role-playing games.

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Theo’s Blood Aversion

Indie studios often face a few common problems like shortage of crews on board and thus, it becomes very difficult for them to get the project up and running on time. The entire process of "just make a game together" turns out to be whole lot of painful than anyone ever thinks of initially. No matter how determined you are to get out of cliche stories and sometimes bothersome trends, you always have limitations slowing you down.

The game was never meant to be a hero's journey or how he bravely saves the world, it was planned as a single plot that could produce many spin-off stories if needed. Upon its entry on the other consoles in the market, Regalia surely will make a name for it and a unique identity of its own.

Regalia is a Japan-themed tactical RPG was released back in May 2017 for PC and according to the announcement of Pixelated Milk, the game is about to make its debut on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One as Regalia: Royal Edition in 2018. There will be no Early Access on Steam for the game and nor it will allow any in-game micro-transactions either. The Royal Edition contains a 30 hours long adventure to experience and many vivid characters to interact with.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Back in August, during The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition, Valve made an announcement regarding Dota 2, which was highlighted for them introducing two brand-new heroes. Now, the Dota 2 7.07 Update titled "Dueling Fates" is here and players can download it from Steam, which will take up 1.8 GB of your space. Now, this update also brings some changes to the gameplay and a few other aspects of this free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game as well.

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Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

The first character among the two is anthropomorphic pangolin goes by the name Donté Panlin, the Pangolier. This dashing fellow from Nivan Gallants has a resembling appearance of a cat that is stylized in the manner of the feline protagonist from Puss in Boots. In the beginning, some even mistakenly considered him as an armadillo too. This guy is always-on defense, ready to take on any monster and woo any creature that he crosses paths with.

Then there goes the innocent-looking fairy-like creature named The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, who is not as harmless as she seems. She was born to a fae merchant king and is full of fae tricks to charge at her enemies. Since she was raised in Revtel, she adopted the norms of manipulation and murder quite naturally. As it molded her character, she eventually ended up killing her own family and set out to choose her own path in life.

The Tweet from the official Twitter handle of DOTA 2 has twitted about the "Dueling Fates" update that contains all the details.



As per the official patch notes, Dota 2 matchmaking rating system is more accurate now, which ensures a better gaming experience for everyone in the arena. In this revamped MMR system, ranked and unranked players both will now be ranked on a six-month seasonal system. The exciting news is that the first ranked season is starting off within two weeks. There will also be profile medal for players on each season for their max MMR.

Keeping your previous season’s MMR on note, all of your MMR will be re-calibrated at the end of each season. Hero guide system has gone through the update to make more easily accessible for all 115 available heroes. The Turbo Mode will reduce your average re-spawn time, while serving you up more gold and experience. Ability Draft has gotten a new interface and the players are now allowed to change hotkey order of abilities.

There are so many stuffs detailed in the original patch note that is nearly impossible to mount up here. So, you are welcome to check them out by following the link given in the Tweet.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SteamWorld Dig 2 Release Date

Are you a fan of platform or action-adventure video games? Have you ever heard of or played the game SteamWorld Dig that came out on 2013 and was later made available for all platforms? If you have and you had a great time then you have reason to rejoice as developer Image & Form Games has finally has a release date for SteamWorld Dig 2; the sequel of the game and that is coming this September.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 Release Date Announced

Now, before we all dug-deep into the offerings SteamWorld Dig 2 has in store for us, lets take a quick look at the release date trailer of the game.




Naturally, when a sequel to any game comes out, you expect it to be more updated and have new features. Well, guess what? There are.

Our favorite little ol' pal Rusty won't be there with us into the fun. Instead, Dorothy McCrank will join us in the quest, who became a hero of her own right from her days of being a sidekick. Since Dorothy will be busy saving the day on her own, you will still get a load of side characters along your journey. Some of them are good, some are bad. You have to find out which is which.

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Dorothy McCrank is New Protagonist

The upgrades that are added to the sequel are bigger and better than before. They will take you to places and help you fly in caves. There are so many of them, we cannot really fit all of their description here. As there are so many tools to get you going, you can normally expect that there will be danger on every other corner and you have to watch out. Considering all of that, the game looks like an absolutely fantastic package that will win the fans over again.

SteamWorld Dig 2 will come out first on Switch, then PC and afterwards in other popular platforms with more charm and excellence packed with it. Apparently, SteamWorld Dig 2 release date is going to be September 21 for Nintendo Switch on Nintendo eShop and then on September 26, it will see the worldwide release on Steam, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 for Nintendo Switch

However, a solid release date for PC, OS X and Linux are still to be disclosed by the officials though. Currently, SteamWorld Dig 2 price is set to $19.99 and the game will be available to cross-buy on both PlayStation consoles. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare yourself for the underground adventure throughout the mining Metroidvania once again before the month is over.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

Valve has just finished The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition a day ago with a blast, declaring two fresh out of the box new legends coming to the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game. While Valve did not announce either hero in a trailer staged in front of an audience following the day's matches, one of the heroes obviously took after a habitually guessed on expansion to the game.

The last time Valve added a new hero into the DOTA 2 roster was Monkey King, but even that was in December, 2016.

2 New Dota 2 Heroes

As references to the character showed up in Dota 2's codebase in May of this current year, Sylph has been supposedly chosen for quite a while. This additionally comes after Team Secret director Matthew Bailey revealed on his Twitter, that Valve notified the players and their associations that they would be adding more legends to the game as soon as they can.



Now check out this "Dota 2 – The Dueling Fates" clip below and witness the legends collide.




The main character is a smart sword-wielding pangolin, using a blade reminiscent of Zorro and somewhat Puss in Boots. The video displays him bouncing around on slopes, moving around his foes and incapacitating them with speedy swipes of his sharp edge in style of course. The second anonymous hero was given considerably less screen time, however has all the earmarks of being the supposed fourth soul, Sylph.

Our crisply presented pangolin warrior discloses to her the forest is safe now because of him and then she unexpectedly assaulted him with a minion of hers. The video draws its ending with a tease for the upcoming "Dueling Fates" update, which will probably be out not long after The International Dota 2 Competition finishes, just as always.

New heroes and some major changes will be part of the update. The International 2017 has been stuffed with many announcements so far and one of them was a new Dota 2 Card Game is also out now. Earlier, Valve and Open AI tests the capability of their artificial intelligence of their DOTA playing bot's ability to best against DOTA's most celebrated player.