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Firaxis has announced that its next game will be Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. The new themed entry in the Civilization franchise, is currently in development by Firaxis Games for Windows-based PC.

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The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via s Civilization: Beyond Earth will send players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilisation.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will propel the development of human civilisation beyond the traditional timeline of a Civilization game, by exploring humanity’s future on an alien world. For the first time, players will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new civilisations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an array of new gameplay possibilities, including nonlinear technological progression, deeper customisation of chosen factions, and an entire alien world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their choices.

“Having celebrated its 23rd anniversary last year, Civilization has cemented its reputation as one of the greatest and longest running franchises in video game history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth builds upon that success by pushing the series in new directions with players exploring an unknown future on an alien planet.”

“The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of historical context,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”

Key features of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth include:

·        Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.

·        Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.

·        New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind.The tech web is organised around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

·        New Quest System:  Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.

·        New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

In addition to its use of DirectX 11, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be among the first wave of products optimized for the latest in AMD graphics technologies, including: the new Mantle graphics API, for enhanced graphics performance; AMD CrossFire, for UltraHD resolutions and extreme image quality; and AMD Eyefinity, which allows for a panoramic gameplay experience on up to six different HD displays off of a single graphics card.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not yet rated by PEGI, and will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux in the UK this Autumn for £39.99.

 

Telltale Games, in cooperation with DC Entertainment, has announced the release of ‘A Crooked Mile,’ the third of five episodes of The Wolf Among Us licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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The episode is available today on the PlayStation Network in North America for PlayStation 3, PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, and other digital outlets, including Steam. The episode will be available 9th April on Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360, and the PlayStation Network in Europe for PlayStation 3. It will also be coming to the App Store as an in-app purchase for compatible iOS devices later this week.

 

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Today Dennaton Games has released a new trailer for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, showcasing a selection of new weapons.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be available for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 sometime before October this year.

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Untold Games has released a new video that focuses on the gameplay elements in Loading Human, the Virtual Reality adventure game powered by groundbreaking controls and set in a thrilling sci-fi world.

Released to commemorate the critical acclaim and awards that the in-development VR game has received to date, the video shows Loading Human creator and producer Flavio Parenti exploring an early beta test environment. Developed from the ground up for VR devices like Oculus Rift, players will be able to interact with objects within the environment to solve puzzles and uncover the secrets of Loading Human’s story-driven gameplay.

Loading Human  will be released on Windows and Mac OS for compatible VR devices later this year.

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Today TellTale games have the first official trailer for the third episode in our critically-acclaimed series, ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 

‘A Crooked Mile’ will be arriving for download to consoles, PC/Mac, and iOS very soon.

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NCSOFT and ArenaNet have announced the second new feature of the April 2014 Feature Pack: the Wardrobe, an account-wide system that allows you to collect every skin in the game!

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Guild Wars 2 has a tremendous variety of gear to collect. From vanity skins to gear with specific stats to all manner of beautiful armour and weapons, there are a lot of ways to customise the look and function of your character.

But currently, it can be a little overwhelming to try to sort through it all and choose a look and feel.

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Our answer to that is the Wardrobe, which makes it easy to customise your look at any time and to share cosmetic items across all the characters on your account.

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The time has come for the greatest heroes of the mortal realm to answer the call to arms and join the crusade against death itself. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is now live and ready to challenge Windows and Mac gamers around the world.

In Reaper of Souls, the five valiant heroes from Diablo III – Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard are joined by a new champion: the Crusader. Clad head to toe in fortified armour, the Crusader is an unstoppable force of righteous destruction who channels the power of divine wrath to visit retribution upon his demonic quarry.

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Reaper of Souls adds a challenging new act to Diablo III in which players will embark on a dark and perilous journey through terrifying landscapes; explore the legendary city of Westmarch; and slay countless minions, each hell-bent on bringing their heroic quest to a grisly end. The adventure culminates in a climactic confrontation with Malthael, the Angel of Death, whose twisted designs spell ruin for the innocent people of Sanctuary.

“Together with the new loot experience we added to the game, Reaper of Souls improves on Diablo III in countless ways,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Players returning to Sanctuary will find a darker, more engaging, and much more rewarding experience awaiting them.”

A recent free update to Diablo III on Windows and Mac introduced a host of new game features, including all Diablo III players the expansion a major revamp of the game’s loot system, an expanded Paragon progression system for max-level characters, and expanded social tools in the form of Clans and Communities. With the purchase of Reaper of Souls, players will gain access to game-changing new features and highly replayable content, including:

  • Act V: A dark and terrifying chapter sending players on a final confrontation with death itself
  • The Crusader: A new playable hero—a veritable war machine-made human
  • Level Cap to 70: Formidable new spells and abilities that take players to new heights of power
  • Adventure Mode: A new game mode that gives players the freedom to go anywhere and slay anything
  • Bounties: Randomized objectives that reward players in new ways for exploring Sanctuary
  • Nephalem Rifts: Fully randomized dungeons offering endless replayability and heaps of loot
  • The Mystic: A powerful new artisan who provides heroes with loot-customization options

All of this new content comes with the Reaper of Souls Standard Edition (available in physical and digital versions), which players can purchase at a suggested retail price of £32.99. Players also have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP £49.99), which contains a wealth of in-game bonuses:

  • Exclusive helm and weapon-transmogrification recipes for players to distinguish their characters among the champions of Sanctuary
  • A Spectral Hound minion players can summon to keep their adventurers company on their epic journey
  • Three additional character slots to accommodate new heroes
  • A World of Warcraft in-game companion pet, the Treasure Goblin, ready to compete in Pet Battles
  • A set of StarCraft II Crusader-themed Battle.net portraits and Malthael-themed decals

The Reaper of Souls retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition comes fully equipped with all of the bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition and also includes a gorgeous full-colour hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, and a mouse pad bearing the impenetrable visage of Malthael, the Angel of Death. The Collector’s Edition is available at select retailers for a suggested retail price of £64.99. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability, as supplies are limited.

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NCSOFT and ArenaNet, from Guild Wars franchise has today announced the first-ever Guild Wars 2 release that is focused exclusively on bringing exciting new updates to in-game features. The Guild Wars 2 “April 2014 Feature Pack”, slated to release on 15th April, will introduce a sweeping range of new systems and feature enhancements to the game.

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The focus on features sets the stage for new content designed to upgrade the experience in a wide variety of areas, from quality of life to the way players enjoy various aspects of the game.

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ArenaNet has organised a rollout campaign to reveal everything players can expect in the “April 2014 Feature Pack”. Between now and when the release launches on 15th April, ArenaNet developers will deliver a series of videos, live streams, blogs and articles that unveil and detail every feature and what it means to the game. The rollout will give the entire Guild Wars 2 player community the opportunity to fully understand and engage in dialogue around each new upcoming enhancement.

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To kick off the campaign, ArenaNet today revealed the first new feature, detailing an overhaul of the existing trait system in Guild Wars 2. The improved trait system includes 40 brand new traits, a simplified UI, and new horizontal progression opportunities for players. A blog outlining details about the system is now live at www.guildwars2.com/en-gb/news/traits-unleashed-forty-new-traits-and-more.

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The finale in a storyline that began more than a year ago in Guild Wars 2, NCSOFT and ArenaNet has released the final cinematic from “Battle for Lion’s Arch.”  Relive Scarlet’s death and the moments that followed, setting the stage for what’s to come. Then check out “Aftermath” to see how Tyria’s living world will never be the same.
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The battle is over. Scarlet Briar is dead.  Tyria’s noblest warriors have done what they can to save the beloved city of Lion’s Arch – but have they truly saved it?

Word of Scarlet’s demise has spread like wildfire throughout the wards of the city and all across Tyria. The heroes of Lion’s Arch, the Lionguard, and Order
forces have driven out the remainder of Scarlet’s armies, their morale and ranks shattered. All the while, the Breachmaker – Scarlet’s enormous airship looming over Sanctum Harbor – continues to drill uncontrollably without its pilot at the helm.

One thing is certain – Tyria is scarred.  With today’s release of “Aftermath,” players will discover the depth of those wounds and the legacy left behind by Scarlet’s campaign of terror.

Sonos has announced a new look Sonos Controller app is now available for Android users to try in beta testing. The new Controller offers an array of new features that make it quicker and easier for users to find and listen to their music the way they want. Sonos is committed to constantly improving the user’s experience, by not only releasing new and innovative products, but also by improving the software that makes the system possible and making those updates available to all users, for free.

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Since the beginning, Sonos has been focused on one thing – giving users an incredible, immersive music experience throughout their homes, simply and enjoyably. The new look Sonos Controller app makes this even easier for users including new features such as:

  • A refreshed design and simplified interface
  • More intuitive navigation within the app
  • Introducing cross-service search – users can search for a song or artist across all their music services easily

It will be available for non-Android smart phones and tablets later this spring, with plans for new desktop controllers on Mac and PC to follow later this year.

If you are an Android user and want to experience the new look Sonos Controller app in beta, see instructions for how to sign up for the service below:

  1. Go to www.sonos.com and select “sign in”
  2. Log-in using your account information
  3. From within your account, select “Sonos Beta”
  4. You will only see one program, Sonos Beta Version 5.0
  5. Select “Join” and you will receive an email to your associated email account
  6. Log-in to your email and you will be able to access the download link for both Android and iOS mobile devices.

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Today the game 1954 Alcatraz, the noir adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment and Irresponsible Games is available now through digital download portals for PC and Mac. To celebrate the launch, the studio have released a brand new trailer giving players a taste of the love and crime story at the heart of the game.

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Set in the vice-ridden Golden Gate City of the fifties, 1954 Alcatraz tells the story of Joe, a man serving a long stretch in the notorious prison for armed assault. Eager to escape ‘The Rock’ and claim the hidden spoils from the heist, he soon realises his only chance to breakout is with the help of his wife Christine.

Facing death threats from the couple’s partner in crime Mickey if she doesn’t come up with the missing loot, Christine has problems of her own. But where is the cash? Only Joe knows; yet every crook, scam artist and chancer from North Beach is now looking for it. The race is on!

Alternating between the two main characters, Joe and Christine, players will have to make tough moral and action choices that will directly influence the course of the story resulting in surprising twists, multiple puzzle solutions and different endings. Touching on the social topics of fifties America, 1954 Alcatraz combines a compelling story with point and click gameplay to deliver a thrilling adventure.

1954: Alcatraz is available now on Steam for PC and GOG.com for PC and Mac at £16.99.

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Back in January we told you about StarTech’s new Thunderbolt laptop docking station – well now it’s time for our review.

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The Thunderbolt Docking Station gives you a single connection point to your home / office workstation, for a flexible setup with formidable speed. Adding Thunderbolt and HDMI video outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.0 hub and 3.5mm audio ports to your Thunderbolt-equipped laptop has never been easier.

Who are StarTech?

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, StarTech.com is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts. Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Features

· Thunderbolt output, daisy-chainable up to six Thunderbolt-equipped devices

· High resolution support: 1920×1080 through HDMI, 2560×1440 through Thunderbolt

· Integrated 3-port USB 3.0 hub, with UASP support, full USB 3.0 throughput per port

· Host connection supports full Thunderbolt throughput, up to 10Gbps

· 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible Gigabit Ethernet port

· Weighted stand for vertical positioning

· Speaker and Microphone support via 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks

· Includes 1m Thunderbolt cable

· Plug/port compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacBook laptops and Thunderbolt 2 devices

What’s in the Box?

  • The box contains:
  • The Thunderbolt Docking Station
  • 1m Thunderbolt Cable
  • Stand with screws
  • 4 x Rubber Feet
  • Power Adaptor (with multiple plugs for different regions)
  • Installation CD
  • Instruction Manual

A Closer Look

The majority of the ports are on the rear of the dock (these include 2 USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and of course the power connector.

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The front of the device has a single USB 3.0 port, and a 3.5mm microphone and headphone socket. There is also a power light on the front which illuminates when the dock is connected to your Mac.

Final Thoughts

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that the actually contained a Thunderbolt cable. So often these days you get a Thunderbolt device only to find that you also need to go and buy a cable. Thankfully StarTech put a 1m cable in the box for you.

The Docking Station is quite small and needs to be placed on the stand and secured with two screws – this only takes a moment and you are ready to go.

Plug in the power adaptor and connect the Thunderbolt cable to the dock and then to either your Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port and the device comes to life – you can see it’s all working by the light on the front of the device. You don’t need to install any drivers as this is taken care of for you automatically.

One thing I really liked was the ability to use both a Thunderbolt display, and an HDMI display at the same time. In fact, if you count the Mac’s display as well you can have three displays running! If your monitor has a mini-display port then you can use that too, however the HDMI port then gets disabled, so bear that in mind depending on your multiple display needs.

Overall I really liked the Thunderbolt Dock – it had everything I needed to expand my Mac’s connectors.

The only thing that might put people off is the price – it’s not cheap, but then you are getting a lot of ports for your money, plus you do get a Thunderbolt cable in the box. And if you have a Mac you know that Apple doesn’t make docking stations so this could be a very wise purchase if you want to expand your Mac!

The price for StarTech.com’s TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station is $279.99 in the United States, $288.99 in Canada, £214.99 (exc. VAT) in the UK, but as usual look around for the best deal.

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You can learn more from the StarTech website.

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