Monday, 15 January 2018

Rumour: Another 2D Metroid Has Begun Development

Rumour: Rumour: Another 2D Metroid Has Begun Development

Yes, please



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This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 22 January 2018.

These deals will expire at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 23rd 2018

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Grand Theft Auto V and Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack Bundle* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
L.A. Noire* Xbox One Game 25% DWG
Farming Simulator 15: Complete Edition* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Slender: The Arrival* Xbox One Game 80% DWG
Spartan* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Defunct* Xbox Play Anywhere 30% DWG
Farming Simulator 15* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Official Expansion (Gold)* Add-On 33% DWG
Feral Fury * Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V: Megalodon Shark Cash Card* Add-On 15% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Great White Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card* Xbox One Game 35% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Megalodon Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Whale Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 45% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – Digital Deluxe Edition* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 10 Gold REQ Packs + 3 Free* Add-On 25% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 15 Gold REQ Packs + 5 Free* Add-On 33% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 34 Gold REQ Packs + 13 Free* Add-On 45% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 7 Gold REQ Packs + 2 Free* Add-On 20% DWG
I, Zombie* Add-On 50% DWG
SwapQuest* Xbox One Game 30% DWG
Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest* Xbox One Game 30% DWG
What Remains of Edith Finch Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
INSIDE Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
The Long Dark Xbox Play Anywhere 40% Spotlight
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Octodad: Dadliest Catch Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Tacoma Xbox Play Anywhere 50% Spotlight
AER – Memories of Old Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Azkend 2: The World Beneath Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Broken Age Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Broken Sword 5 – the Serpent’s Curse Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Chaos on Deponia Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
D/Generation HD Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Decay – The Mare Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
The Deer God Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Dex Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
DreamBreak Xbox One Game 67% Spotlight
Echoes of the Fey: The Fox’s Trail Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
The Final Station Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Firewatch Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Kholat Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Knee Deep Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Knock-Knock Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
LIMBO Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Mages of Mystralia Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Metrico+ Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Monochroma Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Morphite Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Nevermind Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Planet of the Eyes Xbox One Game 35% Spotlight
Poi Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Rememoried Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
RiME Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
The Sexy Brutale Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Soda Drinker Pro Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Soul Axiom Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Steven Universe: Save the Light Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Submerged Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
SUPERHOT Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Teslagrad Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
The Fall Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
The Little Acre Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Thimbleweed Park Xbox Play Anywhere 35% Spotlight
The Town of Light Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Trulon: The Shadow Engine Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Typoman Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Uncanny Valley Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 + FAR CRY PRIMAL Bundle Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Gold Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY Primal – Apex Edition Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Season Pass Add-On 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Valley of the Yetis Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Hurk Deluxe Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Primal – Wenja Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Primal Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight

  

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Red Dead Redemption* Backward Compatible 70% DWG
Farming Simulator 15* Games On Demand 75% DWG
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare* Add-On 50% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – IT Runner DLC* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – JCB* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Lamborghini Nitro 120* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – New Holland* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Niva* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Official Expansion (Silver)* Add-On 33% DWG
Far Cry 4 Games On Demand 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Backward Compatible 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 2 Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Backward Compatible 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Classic Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Valley of the Yetis Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Hurk Deluxe Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Escape from Durgesh Prison Add-On 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Season Pass Add-On 70% Spotlight
Far Cry Instincts Predator Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
Far Cry 3: Deluxe Bundle DLC Add-On 50% Spotlight

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.



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HCT World Championship, Free Packs, Cubelock, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #121

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories on videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week was another relatively slow one, with most stories focusing on the upcoming HCT World Championship and the usual top decks. Still, the game continues to be fun, and Kobolds & Catacombs continues to slowly surrender its secrets (the most recent one being all about a little Weasel). I hope you enjoy the best news and videos of the week, and don't forget to do two things this week: get your free packs for choosing a champion and watching the big upcoming tournament. Hop on below and let us begin.

 

 

 

Ben Brode Hints at Balance Patch Coming

In a recent tweet, game director Ben Brode indicated that the developers are planning on nerfing some cards probably next month. He didn't mention which cards might be getting the nerf hammer, but the writer of the news story hopes Corridor Creeper sees a nice nerf given that it can be found in a ton of decks and is pretty overpowered. He also goes into some other possibilities, and you can read the whole story here.

BlizzCon Arena-only Cards Still a Few Months Away

As you probably remember, Blizzard had BlizzCon attendees vote on 9 new cards to be added to the Arena. Community manager Jesse Hill has stated that those cards are still a few months away, so we shouldn't hold our breath. The writer of the news story believes that those cards will be added to the game when the new expansion smell wears off. I'm looking forward to seeing them in the Arena because some of them are on the crazy side of things. Read the whole story here.

The Weasel Is the Key to a Very Strong Deck

According to this story, Weasel Tunneler is once again a hot card in a brand new deck that looks to weaken your opponent's deck. The trick is to make multiple copies of this 1/1 card using various Priest and Neutral spells and minions. The Weasel Priest deck also runs the Awaken the Makers Quest card to increase maximum health and provide more time for the weasels to do their job. Trolling decks are the best.

Free Packs for Choosing HCT World Champion

The Hearthstone Championship Tour starts January 18th, so you have until tomorrow to pick your Champion and get free packs if said champion does well. As we talked about in our story, DocPwn is a pretty safe bet, but you can never know how these things will go; Thijs let the pressure of people betting on him get to him and didn't do well. Head over here to choose your champion.

4 Decks to Watch at the HCT World Championship

This story talks about the 4 decks you should be paying attention to during the HCT World Championship because they should be fun to watch (and also to try, if you have the appropriate cards). The decks are Sintolol's Jade Druid, Ant's Spiteful Dragon Priest, Orange's Face Hunter, and Sintolol's Big Spell Mage. It's always fun trying to figure out which decks will stand out and then seeing whether you bet on the right horse. Head over here for full decklists.

World Championship Decks Are Mostly What You'd Expect

It's always fun seeing what the best players in the world decide to play in a tournament, and there's no bigger tournament than the World Championship. All 16 players are bringing Priest, with 14 of them bringing the highlander version. Druid and Warlock as also very popular, and, on the other side of the spectrum, Hunter is only found in Orange's decks. Overall, though, the deck selection is predictable given that it closely follows current meta reports. Read the whole story here.

Cubelock Deck Guide

Cubelock is a new version of Warlock that is all about the Carvinorous Cube and Voidlord, and it's been pretty successful. This guide goes into detail on how to put the deck together, which cards to possibly substitute, and how to deal with various matchups. Have you played the deck yet?

Best Decks of the Week

This HearthHead story brings together the best decks from last week. The list includes both strong meta decks but also more unique decks that offer different kinds of entertainment. The decks include the powerful Highlander Priest, Tempo Rogue, Control/Cube Warlock, but also decks like Legend Quest Rogue and Legend Pirate Rogue. Check out all the decks here.

 

 

 

Angry Chicken Combo is Crazy

WTF Moments

Kripp's Ultimate Noob Destroyer

Best Value Moments

Best Custom Cards of 2017

Trolden's Funny and Lucky Moments

Best of Top Decks

 

 

 

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Speed-running event Awesome Games Done Quick raises record $2.2 million for charity

Charity speed-running event Awesome Games Done Quick is over for another year, and its organisers have revealed the total, record-breaking amount raised.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 launched last Sunday, January 7th and - after seven non-stop days and over 150 speed-runs - managed to amass an impressive $2,282,921.86 for charity through donations, at the time of writing; that's the highest amount raised since the event began in 2010. That money will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

This year's schedule of speed-runs by extremely talented players covered an incredibly broad range of games, including the likes of Blaster Master Zero, Resident Evil 7, Cat Quest, Prey 2017, Ori and the Blind Forest, F-Zero GX, Bloodborne, and even Home Alone 2.

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Mercenaries Saga Chronicles Brings A Trilogy Of Tactical RPGs To Your Switch In February

News: Mercenaries Saga Chronicles Brings A Trilogy Of Tactical RPGs To Your Switch In February

Will Of The White Lions will be a console first



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Indie Sports Curio Disc Jam To Fling Itself Onto Nintendo Switch on 8th February

News: Indie Sports Curio Disc Jam To Fling Itself Onto Nintendo Switch on 8th February

We're jammin'



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'Arena of Valor' Junglers Nerfed, Skins Award Gold, and More in Upcoming Patch

We've already posted the video from Tencent where they were teasing a few things coming in the next Arena of Valor [Free] update, but earlier this morning they posted the full patch notes over on the official Arena of Valor forums. So, what we already knew is that the daily gold cap is shifting to a weekly gold cap, gold doubler power-ups won't allow you to earn gold past the weekly 5,500 gold cap, and having any cosmetic skin equipped will reward an additional 10% gold bonus if you win. Also, iPhone X compatibility is finally coming. What we didn't know yet was specific changes to heroes in game, which include a pretty hefty nerf to junglers.

Mganga is getting less overpowered with his ultimate getting slightly nerfed to not do quite so much damage. Meanwhile, Fennik's first ability, Thief's Mark increase at a standard rate which makes him more... "balanced." Kahlii's getting a pretty sizable buff which should improve her early game performance while removing some of her late game potential. Ignis, the newest hero added to the game is getting his ultimate buffed to do true damage instead of magic damage (which seems kind of zany as I think his ult is really good as is). Another hero is getting an early game buff, with Preyta's first ability doing a bit more damage at early ranks to help with laning. Moren also gets whacked with the nerf bat, with the stacks generated by his first ability, Tactical Manuever, going down to 7 from 10 which should make him less of a jungler and more of a standard laning hero. Krixi's second ability, Nature's Wrath had its cooldown decreased while Kriknak's ult got buffed a considerable amount.

I think the most impactful change of this update, however, is the nerf to the Soulreaver item. Currently, it awards the passive of Hunter's Reverie (Normal attacks also deal 6% of current HP as magic damage) which made marksmen junglers super strong as their bread and butter is buffing up their standard auto-attacks. Instead, they're swapping that passive with an additional 10% cooldown reduction which should provide more variety to the jungle. At least playing in Gold ranks, it seems like almost every jungler you come across plays Violet because she's so ridiculously strong. It'll be interesting to see if we end up with some more variety in the jungle with this nerf or if she's still going to be just as good as ever.

For the full specifics on all the changes, read the full patch notes. Arena of Valor will actually be offline from 6:00 to 10:00 PM Pacific tonight while these changes are rolled out to North America. Presumably the update will go live when the servers are back up, or before then.



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Review: Nightmare Boy (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: Nightmare Boy (Switch eShop)

Boy, it's a nightmare



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Guide: How To Get All The New Armour And Gear In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC

Guide: Guide: How To Get All The New Armour And Gear In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC

Armour up



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Guide: How To Beat The Divine Trial Dungeon In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC

Guide: Guide: How To Beat The Divine Trial Dungeon In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC

And Defeat Monk Maz Koshia



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Guide: How To Beat The Champions' Ballad DLC In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Guide: Guide: How To Beat The Champions' Ballad DLC In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

A complete walkthrough



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Action-Platformer Cally's Caves 4 Brings Back Those Goofy Jumping Sounds Of Old

callyscaves4.jpg
Remember Billy Blaze? Also known as Commander Keen, he is fondly remembered for his action platforming exploits in the early nineties. The Commander Keen games were in many ways leading the way in the pre-Doom shareware era and are still fondly remembered by many players. 25 years later, along comes a little series called Cally's Caves. 12-year-old me would have played the hell out of its latest chapter, Cally's Caves 4.

37-year-old me is pretty excited about this trip down nostalgia lane, too. While the focus is clearly on the action in this action platformer, you still, run, jump, and shoot your way through literally hundreds of small levels inhabited by weirdly mundane enemies such as mad soccer players and knife-throwing cooks.

The levels feel somewhat samey, but they're short enough for you not to get bored. Besides, they give you ample opportunity to unload your whole arsenal on those baddies, which is rather satisfying. Weapons get stronger the more you use them and even evolve into much better weapons every few levels. This feels oddly compelling and drives you ever forward towards the simple, yet entertaining boss fights.

In general, "simple, yet entertaining" seems to be the series' premise. While the production values are not always up to what you might call modern standards, these games make the best of it and even turn this apparent weakness into an advantage. I mean come on, those goofy jumping sounds are so 90s, it's simply adorable! If you fondly remember the old shareware days, Cally's Caves 4 is definitely worth your time.

You can purchase Cally's Caves 4 from Steam for $9.99 - or download the iOS or Android versions for free. For more information, visit the game's website and follow developers OHKO and Jordan Pearson on Twitter.



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Stardew Valley creator offers another peek at "really fun" multiplayer mode

Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has offered another tantalising glimpse at the game's upcoming, very-long-awaited co-operative multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer mode was first touted prior to Stardew Valley's release in 2016. However, Barone was clear that it wouldn't arrive until after the farming sim had launched as a single-player game. Skip forward to 2018, and work on the co-operative mode continues apace.

According to a new tweet by Barone, significant progress has now been made on multiplayer. "It still needs some work", he said, "but the underlying network code is solid." It sounds like it's shaping up well too: "Being in the same room and yelling at each other about what to do next, or if anyone has any stone, is great fun. Can't wait to share this".

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Moving to the Nintendo 2DS XL

My big Christmas gift this year from my wife was a Nintendo 2DS XL.  I mentioned this unit previously as it seemed an attractive addition to the Nintendo handheld family.

The 2DS XL

The word “New” in the “New Nintendo 2DS XL” indicates, in one of those confusing naming schemes, that the unit is part of the current generation of Nintendo 3DS hardware that includes several upgrades, including new controls, Amiibo support, and an upgraded CPU, the last being a key selling point for me. (Also, it should not be confused with the slab-like Nintendo 2DS, a different beast entirely.)

This unit replaced my old, first generation Nintendo 3DS XL.

The buttons I was missing on my older unit

The first of the “New” generation of 3DS hardware showed up on our shores back in 2015 and I have been eyeing them since the latest generations of the Pokemon series… and all I ever really played on my Nintendo handhelds over the years is Pokemon… started to seem like too much for the older processor.  Load times, scene transitions, and points during the story when there was a lot going happening on screen were noticeably slowed down.

This has actually been the case since Pokemon X & Y, so I started to consider the new hardware once it was announced, but really stuck out with Pokemon Sun & Moon.  However, my Pokemon playing tends to be a seasonal thing… I play for a few months, finish up the Pokedex, then stop until the bug hits me again or a new release shows up.

However, the new New 2DS XL seemed liked a good point to finally make the upgrade.  The 2DS XL has all the stuff of the “new” generation, lacking only one thing, 3D support and, frankly, 3D is a very minor gimmick with Pokemon titles.  The 3D slider on my 3DS XL was set to “off” probably in excess of 99% of the time.  Meanwhile the price of the 2DS XL was a good $50 less than the same generation 3DS XL.  For $50 I was quite willing to give up 3D support.  So it was on my wish list and showed up for Christmas.

Of course, once I had it I had to move everything from my old 3DS XL to the new 2DS XL.  Nintendo has a few options for that, one involving simply moving the SD card from the old unit to the new.  However, my old 3DS uses a standard size SD card while the “New” generation uses micro SD cards, so that swap wasn’t an option.

Furthermore, as I quickly found out, I had upgraded the SD card on my old unit to a 32GB model, the largest officially supported by Nintendo, and have used up a chunk of the space by purchasing a few titles, including the new Pokemon UltraMoon, from the online Nintendo shop, so they are stored locally rather than being on a cartridge.

The 2DS XL however not only had a micro SD card (SD card in my DS?), but the factory default size was a meager-in-2017 4GB in size.  I remember seeing my first 1GB hard drive back in 1990 and it was the size of a cinder block, so sometimes I have to check myself when I complain that 4GB is “small.”  Anyway, I had to order a 32GB micro SD for the 2DS XL.

Once that arrived I set it up and started the big transfer.  I decided to do it over Wifi because that seemed to require the least intervention on my part which meant, I hoped, the least chance of me screwing anything up.

There is a built-in process that allows you to do the transfer, you just have to setup the sending and receiving systems, get them in sync, and kick off the process.

The two units warming up…

The first attempt failed… though not because the time was an hour off on the units.  Something timed out on the first attempt and it punted the process.  However, on the second attempt things seemed to get connected correctly.

Of course, because it is Nintendo, there has to be a cute progress graphic.  In this one little people “build” the progress milestones.

Building our way to the 25% mark

After that seemed to be going, I went off to watch a movie with my wife.  Of course, because it the transfer was happening over Wifi and involved gigabytes of data it took a while, running out to the three hour mark easily.

Working on the 75% milestone a couple hours later

It is definitely a process you don’t want to sit around and watch or set in motion when you have a time constraint.  And clearly it is something to do with the power supply plugged in on both units.

In the end however, the transfer was successful.  All of my applications and user information was moved over successfully.  The process then wipes the old devices, so you don’t have double versions of things, and then you are done.

After that was done I finally got to try out the unit and I have mostly good things to say about it.

It is fast, noticeably so compared to the old unit, and is physically much lighter as well.  The screens are good, the case is easier to grip than the slick surface or the original design.  I really only have two gripes after using it for a couple weeks now.

First, and the more minor of the two, is the cartridge slot.  That slot has traditionally been uncovered and on the back of DS units since at least the Nintendo DS Lite.  On the 2DS XL it is on the front left of the unit under a very cheap feeling cover.  I suspect that if I changed cartridges often that the cover would break sooner rather than later.  It is really a flimsy piece on an otherwise solid unit.  Fortunately, I don’t swap cartridges all that often.

The second gripe is about the new stylus that comes with the unit, which is smaller than the one on the 3DS XL.  I have big hands, so it took me a while to get used to the old stylus.  Swapping that out for an even stubbier little stylus is a bit of a pain.  And given that this comes up in every review of the unit I’ve seen, I suspect I am hardly alone in being unhappy with this change.

Also, because even the old stylus is a bit small, I’ve lost a couple over the years, so I bought a bag of 20 replacements a while back which work with the new unit, but which do not fit into the stylus slot.  I can use my grandfather’s bottle opener strategy out on the farm, where he made sure there was one within reach of any place he might want to open a beer.  I have enough left in my supply to put one or two near any location where I play.  I just have to worry about them getting swept up or stolen by the cats.

Other than that I have found the unit to be an excellent replacement for my old 3DS XL and would recommend it as a possible path forward for anybody on the older hardware who didn’t care about the 3D feature.  It certainly satisfies my Pokemon playing needs.



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Action-Platformer Cally's Caves 4 Brings Back Those Goofy Jumping Sounds Of Old

callyscaves4.jpg
Remember Billy Blaze? Also known as Commander Keen, he is fondly remembered for his action platforming exploits in the early nineties. The Commander Keen games were in many ways leading the way in the pre-Doom shareware era and are still fondly remembered by many players. 25 years later, along comes a little series called Cally's Caves. 12-year-old me would have played the hell out of its latest chapter, Cally's Caves 4.

37-year-old me is pretty excited about this trip down nostalgia lane, too. While the focus is clearly on the action in this action platformer, you still, run, jump, and shoot your way through literally hundreds of small levels inhabited by weirdly mundane enemies such as mad soccer players and knife-throwing cooks.

The levels feel somewhat samey, but they're short enough for you not to get bored. Besides, they give you ample opportunity to unload your whole arsenal on those baddies, which is rather satisfying. Weapons get stronger the more you use them and even evolve into much better weapons every few levels. This feels oddly compelling and drives you ever forward towards the simple, yet entertaining boss fights.

In general, "simple, yet entertaining" seems to be the series' premise. While the production values are not always up to what you might call modern standards, these games make the best of it and even turn this apparent weakness into an advantage. I mean come on, those goofy jumping sounds are so 90s, it's simply adorable! If you fondly remember the old shareware days, Cally's Caves 4 is definitely worth your time.

You can purchase Cally's Caves 4 from Steam for $9.99 - or download the iOS or Android versions for free. For more information, visit the game's website and follow developers OHKO and Jordan Pearson on Twitter.



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Daily Deal - Papers, Please, 80% Off

Today's Deal: Save 80% on Papers, Please!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

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Assassin's Creed Origins patch lands tomorrow, adds new quest and map regions

Assassin's Creed Origins will get its big January patch tomorrow, which will pave the way for its upcoming expansion The Hidden Ones.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners get a 3GB download. On Uplay the game weighs in at 2.6GB. On Steam, it's 1.2GB.

The Hidden Ones, Ubisoft's upcoming Roman-centric expansion, is set a decade after Origins' finale in two new regions: Sinai and the Valley of the Kings.

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Blog: Why your defect count is defunct

How do you go about measuring the performance of your QA team? You don't. Here's why you should stop monitoring your teams bug quota and using it as metric to justify their output. ...



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Quantic Dream accused of harassment and fostering toxic workplace

Three French publications have leveled serious misconduct and harassment allegations against Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream, along with co-founders David Cage and Guillaume de Foundaumiere. ...



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New UK studio from makers of Driveclub, MotorStorm

A number of ex-Driveclub and Motorstorm staff have reformed under a new Liverpool label: Wushu Studios. It's a refreshed name and vision for Secret Sorcery, the small indie team previously behind PlayStation VR god game Tethered.

Wushu has added new talent as well, however. Former Mass Effect 3 concept artist Dave Figini has been brought aboard, along with a certain internet-famous Mass Effect fan and industry insider: Nate Najda, who you may better know as NeoGAF and now ResetEra tipster shinobi.

Together, the studio is developing a sci-fi game based around on a new IP and built using Unreal Engine 4. Work began on a prototype back in September last year.

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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

House of the Dead, Sega's outstanding campy on-rails shooter, is returning to the arcades after an absence of over a decade with this year's Scarlet Dawn.

The cabinet - a gloriously large number - is heading to Akihabara's Club Sega later this month for a location test. We're currently waiting to hear back whether or not there are plans for a western release.

House of the Dead has been absent from arcades since the fourth installment in the series back in 2005 (though you've likely come across a battered House of the Dead 2 down your local fleapit, and relished in some of the best voice acting yet committed to the video game medium).

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Ketchapp and Tencent Join Forces to Conquer the Chinese Mobile Game World

While we don't cover a ton of industry news like this on TouchArcade, when it involves China I always think it's fascinating as it's really difficult to even wrap your head around the sheer scale of things over there. Here's the gist: Ketchapp catapulted into popularity with the release of 2048 [Free] and since then has been rapid-fire releasing mini games on to the App Store that all seem to get glued at #1 top free for at least a moderate amount of time. (For instance, right now Finger Driver [Free] holds the top spot.) Meanwhile, Tencent is the biggest investment corporation in the world and has their finger in practically every pie imaginable, particularly in the mobile sector, as their chat app WeChat [Free] has just under one billion monthly active users. In the mix with WeChat is Weixin, which is sort of the same app with slight differences which largely seem to have to do with segregating things inside and outside of China.

Anyway, Weixin is the most popular mobile app in China to an extent that's truly unbelievable. It's not at all hyperbole to say that everyone with a phone capable of having Weixin has it installed and uses it on the regular. They recently added a game platform to Weixin that they're calling "Weixin mini-game" which works pretty similar to the Facebook's Instant Games. You play them without ever leaving the app, or downloading additional applications. Everything exists inside of Weixin, which removes almost all barriers of entry to people playing these games.

Ketchapp is one of the first partners added to the Weixin mini-game platform, and soon those 980 million monthly active users will have access to all sorts of Ketchapp games right inside of the same chat app that everyone is glued to. It's hard to really think of anything that compares in Western markets, as I'd say that Facebook's platform is probably the closest thing we have to WeChat, but it seems like the traction that Facebook gets with all the additional stuff they keep adding to Facebook Messenger [Free]. Comparatively, folks seem to go wild for these WeChat additions, making this an absolutely massive slam dunk for Ketchapp and its parent company Ubisoft.

What does this mean for mobile gamers in the west? Probably not much, but it's wild how different all these markets can be even though we're all on the exact same platform.



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Iconoclasts Launches January 23 on PS4, PS Vita

Iconoclasts is less than two weeks away, arriving January 23, 2018! It will be available at PlayStation Store for both PS4 and PS Vita, with crossbuy!

You play as an optimistic young mechanic named Robin, following her through a life of wanting to help those that remain in her life, using mechanical services she is not allowed to perform, according to the law of the world. There’s plenty of platforming, solving things and meeting people, but what will frequently be the focus of the game are boss battles!
 

I’ve been known to love a good boss in the games I’ve made. They are the exam at the end of training for an action game, at best combining the things you last learned and testing your merit, or just being an entertaining culmination of the parts that have come before.

So, Iconoclasts is no stranger to them! There are more in there than I even planned when development started. As advertised, there are over 20 running about (don’t want to spoil the exact number, of course), and their styles range from figuring out where to shoot them, where to twist them, just shooting them a whole lot, running from them, running at them or several of these at once.

As you play, you’ll learn to master Robin’s wrench. It can do what you expect, like twist your classic bolt, but also can be used to protect yourself from projectiles, and deflect attacks back at your opponents. Alongside the wrench, you have your modified stun-gun that you procure a few upgrades for. The goal being that all equipment you get along the way have several uses in all their forms, without ever adding complexity to how you play. That way, once you first master your controls, the learning is only in what your boss or enemy does against you, not how you yourself should press your buttons, which is a design I have always tried to strive for.

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In the end, I feel the game has managed to create a parade of opponents that all have their own quirks and twists on the abilities you’ve learned without all resorting to being about shooting a ton, and remain fun, fast and satisfying. For the fans of my prior games out there, I hope it will be what you’ve waited for!

It’s been a long road, but Iconoclasts is finally almost here. The game isn’t solely about boss battles. There are lots of people to hang out with, some pleasant platforming and other challenges. I just have a big heart for bosses, and wanted to highlight them for you today. I hope you will enjoy Iconoclasts!



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Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Rules of Survival', 'Cooking Dash', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Sniper Fury', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Well, it was another somewhat slow week in terms of content updates. A lot of developers are still trying to catch up with iPhone X and/or iOS 11 compatibility issues, I think, which really just leaves the evergreen service games to populate this column for the time being. Sorry, but I'll try to at least be entertaining about it all until things pick up again. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!

Rules of Survival

Rules of Survival, Free Wow, another update so soon? Neat. Rules of Survival, I expect you to be useful for filling out these columns for the forseeable future, okay? This is actually a rather big update with a lot of details. UI fixes, sure, and some minor improvements to the visuals and some sound effects. But it's the new content additions that are headlining things, including weapon camo, a new Bunny Girl look, an improved looks interface, a new token store, advanced supply boxes, a team-up request option, and a spectator feature for the battle results screen. That's a lot of new stuff to juggle, but I have faith you're all up to the task.

MARVEL Avengers Academy

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free The holidays are over and it's still something like seven weeks until the next Marvel movie launches, so what is a Marvel app to do to bide the time? In the case of Avengers Academy, the answer appears to be a vague shrug of the shoulders. The latest event is billed as the Return of A-Force, which it certainly is, but as far as new additions to the game go, you've got a Premium Red She-Hulk and a bunch of characters that were made up for the game. Mostly nameless henchmen. Oh well, if nothing else it's a chance for newer players to add some cool heroes to their campus. Still waiting on Dazzler-Thor to properly complete the set, though.

Frozen Free Fall

Frozen Free Fall, Free Yes, this is still getting updates. It seems like someone can't... let it go? Sorry, but also not sorry. There are a few things in this update to the popular Disney puzzle game, with the highlight probably being the 40 new levels that have been added to the Endless map. There's a new... obstacle? Item? Anyway, Elsa's left her gloves laying around and you need to make matches beside them to pack them into boxes. There are also some new decorations for your plaza including a Snow Globe Cart and a Barrel of Carrots. I'm capitalizing those words because I am unclear as to whether or not they are specific and/or unique objects. Not going to take any chances with Disney.

MARVEL Future Fight

MARVEL Future Fight, Free There's no cute theme to wrap this update into, but you get two new characters and some new costumes, so it's hard to complain too much. Unfortunately as has been the case for the last couple of updates, you probably won't be getting your hands on either of the new roster additions without spending some money. I suppose I should say who they are, though. From Cosmic Marvel, it's Jim Starlin's other pet, Adam Warlock! And from the X side of the equation, it's Logan's clone-daughter, X-23! Laura Kinney really should be in every Marvel game by now, if you want my opinion. This update also includes some new Marvel Legacy-inspired costumes for Falcon, Punisher, and Satana. This is a quiet week and I like X-23, so I guess I'll give this game the coveted UMMSotW award this time around.

Cooking Dash™

Cooking Dash™, Free Wait, I just remembered. There is a holiday coming soon, and it's a big one! The Lunar New Year is only a few weeks away now, and it looks like Cooking Dash is getting a head start on things with its newest version. You can ring in the Chinese New Year by cooking some dim sum at the Dim Sum Citadel. There are 60 new levels to play featuring such tasty dishes as potstickers, spring rolls, egg tarts, sesame balls, and more. Deck your restaurant out for the season in decor inspired by the Chinese New Year to really set the mood. Likely just the first of many, so you'd best get ready.

Sniper Fury

Sniper Fury, Free It's version 3.0 of that game whose ads were kind of inappropriate to throw into the ol' incentivized video rotation that could show up in kids' games. There's a new region that the dad-jokey update notes seem to imply is connected with virtual reality, a new mentoring system, global chat, a new Protector class, a new quest system, and a bunch of little quality of life improvements and tweaks. I HAVE FURY!

That about wraps it up for last week's significant updates. I'm sure I've missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I'll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!



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6 big new PlayStation Store releases you need to check out this week

This week, PlayStation Store welcomes an eclectic selection of games, including the airborne exploration of Innerspace, cryptic strategy with Kingdom: New Lands, space expedition in Kerbal Space Program, and cyberpunk adventuring with Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.

But if you’d rather scratch that hunting itch, it’s your last chance to try out Monster Hunter: World ahead of the game’s impending release via this week’s open beta. So gather your arsenal and prepare for hunting season!

1. Monster Hunter: World (open beta)

Hunters, get ready! Monster Hunter: World’s open beta launches this Friday. Try your hands at the latest instalment in Capcom’s hit franchise a week before its release and use everything at your disposal to battle gigantic monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement.

2. Metal Gear Survive (open beta)

Set seconds after the destruction of Mother Base in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Survive opens with Big Boss’ Militaires Sans Frontières transported to an alternate reality. Within this new world, you will have to scavenge enemies for resources, craft weapons and traps, and fight solo or team up with friends in intense four-player co-op battles against waves of enemies.

  • Why you should play it: Try out Metal Gear Solid’s awesome combat in the multiplayer arena ahead of the game’s launch.
  • Beta opens: 18th-21st January

3. Innerspace

Embark on a serene journey with InnerSpace, an exploration-centric flying game set in the Inverse. Explore this ethereal world of inside-out planets and soar through ancient skies and abandoned oceans.

4. Kingdom: New Lands

Easy to play, difficult to master. With its gorgeous pixel art style, Kingdom: New Lands puts you in the shoes of a monarch who must conquer new grounds while ruling their Kingdom. Explore far off isles and discover their mysteries.

Kingdom: New Lands

  • Why you should play it: Kingdom: New Lands successfully iterates on the award-winning gameplay of its predecessor, Kingdom.
  • Releases: 16th January

5. Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition

Who said rocket science wasn’t fun? Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition is a brand new version of Kerbal Space Program built from the ground up for consoles. Help the Kerbals launch their space expedition with this realistic simulator featuring accurate orbital physics.

Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition

  • Why you should play it: Learn more about the iconic Kerbals and their brave expeditions into space.
  • Releases: 16th January

6. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Hack your way to the truth! Set in the near future, this turn-based action-RPG based on the classic Digimon TV series lets you play as Keisuke Amazawa, a Digimon tamer falsely accused of wrongdoings. To prove your innocence, you’ll need to dive into the digital world and fight alongside and against hundreds of Digimons.

  • Why you should play it: Train and fight over 300 unique Digimon in a digital, cyberpunk world and battle other players online.
  • Releases: 19th January

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