Friday, 2 March 2018

Project Cars 2 Gets Nine Legendary Cars and One Iconic Race Track Next Week to Celebrate Porsche’s 70th Anniversary

I’ve had a passion for all things Porsche since I was chest-high to an exhaust pipe, so bringing to life nine of their wildest and most iconic drives for Porsche’s 70th anniversary in the Project Cars 2 ‘Porsche Legends Pack’ really was an emotional ride through history.

As part of this all-action tribute, we also decided to include one of Porsche’s most revered locations―this for the very first time in any racing simulation game.

Carved into the scenery around the distinctive diamond-shaped Porsche Customer Centre in Leipzig is the 3.7km FIA-certified ‘Porsche On-road Circuit’ designed by famed F1-track designer Hermann Tilke.

The FIA-certification means the track is ready for racing both in-game and real-life, with the addition of pit-boxes for sim racers.

We actually spent countless hours testing and tuning our in-game Porsches on this track, too―a case of childhood fantasy meets simulation―as it’s an ideal venue to push these cars to their limits.

Each of the 10 turns mirrors a world-famous venue: The Suzuka S bend, Sebring’s Sunset Bend (where, on the exit, you’ll need a fat dollop of opposite lock), the late-braking test of guts for the Loews-at-Monaco-inspired hairpin, bouncing over the kerbs for the Mobil 1 S bend (a carbon-copy of the Nürburgring Grand Prix), the suck-in-your-breath speed through the Curve di Lesmo, and the triple-turn Spa-Francorchamps Bus Stop chicane―all, along with the final Fuji-inspired Suntory bend, provide a serious test of car and driver.


Our team spent countless hours testing the nine cars that come with the ‘Porsche Legends Pack’ on this track, and while each car is unique, if I was forced to choose just one to race every day for eternity, it would have to be the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8.

This, for me, is the 911 of all time. With the engine at the rear, the 911 is a car that has just the sweetest handling―prone to oversteer, not a little dangerous, but always so willing to thrill.


The 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 was created after Porsche had won Le Mans for a second time with the 917 (yes, it’s in ‘Porsche Legends Pack’). A change in regs for ’73, though, meant the end of the 917, and in response, Porsche decided to focus both on Can-Am (with the ‘Turbo Panzer’―the wild 1,200hp 917/10 that is waiting to tame you in the ‘Porsche Legends Pack’), and on the European GT Championship with the 911 Carrera RS 2.8.

For this GT racer, Porsche upped the engine to 2.8-litres (and the power to 300hp), fattened the rear tyres (the street version was the first time any car featured wider rear tyres than fronts) which were then housed under seriously-sexy wheel arches―just look at them!―before shoving a bulky ‘ducktail’ rear spoiler (the ‘bürzel’) over the rear engine for the first time on a 911.

Then they went racing.

The car to beat in GT racing in 1973? The Ferrari 364 GTB ‘Daytona’, already waiting for you in Project CARS 2.

By the end of the season, the 911 Carrera RS 2.8 was European GT Champion, notched up a Daytona win for good measure, and kick-started Porsche on the road to decades of GT racing domination.

Fast, efficient, beautiful―the 911 Carrera RS 2.8 is the embodiment of 70 years’ worth of Porsche heritage. And surely no-one has ever had so much fun in a racing car that looked this gorgeous!


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African Folklore-Inspired Adventure Rangi Comes to PS VR March 6

Today we’re excited to announce that we’re ready to bring Rangi to PS VR. On March 6, 2018, PlayStation VR owners will be able to explore the African mystical universe of Rangi and solve its cryptic puzzles.

Rangi for PS VR

Inspired by African tribal art, ancient architecture, and colourful landscapes, Rangi lets you dive into a deep VR adventure that features stylized visuals, captivating music, and thought-provoking gameplay.

The graphics and sounds are more than just esthetic layers to the game, they blend fully with the game mechanics and narrative making Rangi’s own identity.

Each level has a unique artistic flavor combining Africa’s diversity in terms of cultures and influences. Very colorful at times, other times all green, violet, or yellow, the maps can be inside temples, ancient structures, or the outside world.

Rangi for PS VR

Drawing its inspiration from African folklore, Rangi’s meditative soundtrack includes instruments like the sanza and djembe as well as an emphasis on human voices.

You play as Guriki, a shaman who interacts with the environment on a quest to recover the Music Giants life force, and restore rhythm to the world.

  • Explore the environments to understand their structure.
  • Move objects to connect colored lines and trigger various mechanisms.
  • Reconstruct ancient statues.
  • Use your wand to fly and recover energy fields.
  • Navigate deadly platforms and avoid obstables.

Check out Rangi for PS VR on March 6!

Rangi for PS VR

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Acrobatic space pirate roguelike Flinthook is coming to Switch next week

Developer Tribute Games has announced that its acrobatic, intergalactic pirate adventure Flinthook will be coming to Nintendo Switch next week on March 9th.

Flinthook is a roguelike action platformer - with a wonderfully chunky, pseudo-retro art style - which casts you as the lovable spacefaring scallywag, Captain Flinthook. The jury still seems to be out on whether he's an actual ghost pirate or just has a sheet on its head.

Broadly speaking, your goal is navigate and plunder an increasingly elaborate array of space galleons - procedurally generated dungeons consisting of smallish, arena-like stages. To aid in your pillaging, you're armed with a plasma gun and a hookshot, enabling you to latch onto notches around a stage in order to zip about with reckless, adventurous abandon.

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'Kidarian Adventures' Review - What Just Happened??

Do you love dragon guides? Are you constantly upset about the lack of availability of in-game extras? Do you sit around and think "this game is great but why is it so fricken hard?" Do you hate a well-developed story line? If this is you all day then you need to check out Kidarian Adventures [Free]. Kidarian Adventures is a zany new platformer by Russian developer Hard Slime. The game features cute graphics, customizable gear, and little cutscenes that try to keep players intrigued. The gameplay is easy going–think Super Phantom Cat, but without the polish. That being said, this game has certainly kept me entertained - mostly by shear amused confusion.

Upon launching the game, players will be greeted by your basic game menu. Anyone who has played a mobile game prior should have no trouble figuring out what to do here. The game currently includes 3 episodes with 10 levels in each. When starting up the first level, players are taken to a cutscene that tries to explain why a (presumably?) ten year old child is fighting against dangerous plants and animals. Not activities I'd normally endorse for the regular run of the mill ten year old. Now here's where it gets dicey. DON’T BLINK (this is where I high five myself for seamless integration of a Doctor Who reference). Should you blink, you will wish you could go back in time, because you will have no idea what has just happened. So I actually did go back and watch it again so I could figure out what was going on and it's my job to write this and I felt a moral obligation to get the full story.

It starts out with some unintelligible words being mumbled (t-t-today, jr!) and players see a robed figure, who I named Evil Wizard, that goes around turning cute animals and plants into vicious creatures (it's just his thing I guess). It then jumps to the ten year old child, who eagerly grabs a Norse-looking helmet and sword from a wall under a picture of someone who can only be assumed to be an ancestor of this kid. Off he goes, to fight evil that would almost certainly lead any strong man to death. Either the developers missed a few marks or they really wanted to help me develop my imagination abilities, because I might have made half of this up in my head. You tell me.

Players then start a tutorial, and this is where things get interesting. Cue the DRAGON GUIDE! Players are guided by a random dragon though the tutorial with no explanation of who this dragon guy is or where he came from. This is where you get to use that imagination to decide for yourself. The English translation in the tutorial can be a bit rough, but it gets the job done, and you’re on your way to playing the game. Like many other platformers before it, the goal of each level is to collect coins, and find the 3 stars hidden throughout the levels. Now if you’re worried about beating the timer, stop worrying now. The game lacks any sort of timed mode, and players won’t gain anything from completing levels quickly, which encourages a slower pace.

The controls are decent enough, with arrows to go forward or backward, a jump button, a melee attack, and a thrown weapon attack. There is not much of a challenge to be seen in the first 9 levels, and perhaps this is because the game is being marketed to a younger audience. If you do end up dying, you can spend in-game currency to rewind time, a neat feature in the game. Interestingly enough, when you reach level 10, you end up fighting the very same dragon that taught you the tutorial in the beginning of the game (you mad, bro?). This battle comes up short on intensity, and plays out rather slowly. After you have pummeled said dragon, you are magically friends again and a cutscene shows the player character and dragon literally ride off into the sunset. At the end of a level, the game shows how many coins are earned, and can double them by watching an advertisement. These coins can the be used to purchase various weapons/upgrades or costumes in the store at the main menu, something the game excels in.

Kidarian Adventures has a vast collection of items that can be purchased with either the coins collected in-game, or with diamonds, the game's premium currency. The items will affect different stats for the character, like more health, better potion efficiency, or better chances to dodge incoming attacks. There are a great many items, and these range from Judge Dredd-esque costumes to throwable legs of meat. I mean who doesn’t use meat as a weapon?  Unfortunately, with all these great items, the game does a bad job of making you actually want to get them. For example, your health starts at level 3, and the maximum any costume in the game will raise it to is 5. This doesn’t give you much of a reason to keep playing, especially when I racked up enough coins to to buy all the top gear in less than a half hour. If the pre-release version of the game I played is any indicator, then Hard Slime is extremely generous, making it easy to purchase more than enough of whatever items or gear you want, simply by playing the game.

The game continues on at pretty much the same pace throughout, with tiny spikes in difficulty caused be certain types of traps, or large amounts of enemies in small areas. Increasing the difficulty was jumping on or near certain objects making my character “stick.” That coupled with some crashes was pretty tricky. With some polish, I think Kidarian Adventures has the potential to be a hugely successful hit. I had fun creating my own backstory to the crazy blank spots left in the story line. The upgrades and in-game extras were interesting to explore and the game play was intuitive. That being said, without refinement, what we are left with for a discerning mobile gamer is a game that, while having some nice art and a lot of customization, fails to live up to its full potential.

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Pit People Is Now Available For Xbox One

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Game Description: In our fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure you’ll quest and explore, find awesome loot, customize your fighters, recruit strange species, and fight in tournaments! A full cast of tragically unique heroes awaits as you plot a course across an apocalyptic wonderland! Dogged at every step by a mysterious and power-hungry narrator (Will Stamper, “BattleBlock Theater”), you’ll need to rally your troops and steel your wits if you hope to survive a hostile world filled with sinister electrobots, deadly vampires and brutally adorable cupcake people!

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Pure Hold’em: Jackpot Bundle Is Now Available For Xbox One

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Game Description: Go all in with three additional chip sets for Pure Hold’em. Play in style with the perfect accompaniment in any match around the poker table. This bundle includes: Vortex Chip Set King’s Ransom Chip Set Paradise City Chip Set

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Publisher: Ripstone Ltd
Website: Pure Hold’em
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The Story Goes On Is Now Available For Xbox One

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Game Description: Drop into the unfinished storybook of a crazed author, on the brink of being discarded forever. Discover what it means to become a hero worth writing about. “The Story Goes On” is a different take on the hack’n’slash genre: combining elements of permadeath, random world generation, dozens of unique items and an overarching story.

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Developer: Scarecrow Arts 
Publisher: KISS LTD
Website: The Story Goes On
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Mulaka Is Now Available For Xbox One

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Game Description: Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Renowned for their impressive running abilities, embark on the journey of a Sukurúame – a Tarahumara shaman – as you fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods. From solving puzzles in environments inspired by real Sierra Tarahumara locations, to heated hand-to-hand combat with creatures pulled from the region’s mythology, find out why the Tarahumara have earned a reputation for being superhumans.

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Developer: Lienzo
Publisher: Lienzo
Website: Mulaka
Twitter: @LienzoMx

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