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The Good Life Launching Today on Steam

The Good Life                  GmPBe Inspired to Live The Good Life with the new Teaser Trailer

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and Greek indie developer immersionFX are elated to announce the Steam launch of The Good Life (PC, 2012) after it was Greenlit by the Steam Community earlier this year. The Steam launch features an enhanced edition over the previous retail release, with the addition of Trading Cards and Achievements, as well as graphical updates and new features such as fishing.

Developer immersionFX’s Manolis Tsotros says: “The Good Life is a very laid back sandbox game for people looking for an experience that doesn’t involve shooting and killing, but focuses on the awesome life one could have when living on a tropical island running a small boating company. As a tropical paradise blend of simulation, tycoon and time-management, we strongly feel The Good Life will offer a much welcome escape from the fact that in reality Winter is coming (in our part of the world, at least).

A new teaser trailer is also launched today, revealing the beautiful environments of The Good Life, mixed with famous quotes. The teaser trailer plus new screenshots can be downloaded via this link. The trailer is now also streaming on Iceberg’s Youtube channel here.

The Good Life will become available later today on Steam at an SRP of $9.99 with a 20% launch week discount.http://store.steampowered.com/app/293340

ALPHADIA GENESIS ARRIVES ON NINTENDO Wii U

ALPHADIA GENESIS             GmPNatsume Brings The Classic JRPG To Wii U Gamers In North America

Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today launches their first title for the Nintendo Wii U, Alphadia Genesis. The first game in the classic Alphadia series to hit consoles in North America, the game is rated E10+ by the ESRB, is available exclusively on the Wii U eShop, and can be downloaded for just $14.99.

Alphadia, Year 1092: Fifteen years have passed since the end of the terrible Energi Wars, where clones were used as weapons. Two kingdoms, after nearly destroying each other and the natural resources of Energi, signed an important peace treaty, and have been co-operative neighbors ever since: Augustine and Archleign, where the story of Alphadia Genesis begins.

“We are excited to be launching our first Wii U title, and are especially excited that it’s a JRPG,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. “We hope veteran fans who loved the classic gameplay style and storytelling of Mystic Chronicles and End of Serenity as well as new fans will love Alphadia Genesis!”

Join Fray, Aurra, Enah, Corone, Walter, and Grande as they work together – somewhat unwillingly – to discover the mystery behind clones who have begun murdering their masters! It hasn’t been very long since the end of the war where clones were used and nearly destroyed the planet – have the kingdoms of Archleign and Augustine not yet learned the terrible lessons of war? Find out today by downloading the game from the Wii U eShop!

Find out more information about Alphadia Genesis for Wii U and all the Natsume franchise including Harvest Moon, Reel Fishing, and Gabrielle at www.natsume.com, and by following www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

WARFRAME TAKES NINJAS INTO SPACE IN NEW UPDATE

Warframe                                      GmP     image 1Archwing Brings New Gameplay to AAA Free-to-Play Title

Digital Extremes continues to set the example for AAA quality in Free-to-Play with the release of an extensive new update for its hit sci-fi action game, Warframe®.  The new console update titled ‘Archwing’ gives players a whole new way to play Warframe and is released today, Nov. 20th at 4pm GMT on Xbox and 6pm GMT on PS4.  Players will also notice a distinct new look to Warframe upon download.

Putting the ‘space’ in ‘space ninja’, new Archwing technology allows players to fly freely through space without the use of a ship. The update also includes colossal new weapons to accompany Archwing, new player Quests to deepen the lore of the game, challenging new enemies, Syndicates – a new reputation system, the release of a new Warframe – Limbo, and much more.

As Warframe continues to expand so does its legions of players recently surpassing 12 million registered users worldwide on all platforms.  It is the most downloaded game on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and has had a strong presence on the Xbox One since the game’s release on the console in early September.

Warframe has seen an incredible evolution since its Closed Beta release on PC two years ago.  With over 16 major content updates and 270+ hotfixes over those two years, Warframe is possibly the most community-driven, development-focused AAA game available today. As the game has grown and changed, it’s only natural the Warframe brand follow suit. Today, an updated clean, new look and feel to the Warframe brand can be experienced on Warframe.com and in-game with a newly designed game launcher and refreshed logo to accompany the Archwing update.
Additional highlights of this impressive update include:

ARCHWING – Take Warframe’s high-energy, skilled ninja combat into the depths of space in the new game mode that puts the ‘space’ into space ninjas!  Archwing technology allowing for space combat sans spacecraft, contains unique new weapons and abilities to unleash against the enemy.

NEW QUESTS – Two new quests expand the Warframe universe.  Unlock the new Archwing technology along with the new Warframe in a set of interlinked missions.

NEW REPUTATION SYSTEM – Represent one of six Syndicates to unique rewards as your reputation increases! Wear your Syndicate’s Sigil with pride in missions to earn reputation and proclaim your loyalty.

NEW WARFRAME – Bring honor to the Solar System with a magician-like Warframe whose hat wields exceptional powers including displacing enemies into other dimensions and more.

NEW WEAPONS — Devastate opponents with the OPTICOR, a powerful new laser cannon.  Bludgeon enemies with the HALIKAR, a jet-powered throwing mace that always returns to its master.

NEW TILESET – Explore the Corpus Ice Planet!

NEW CUSTOMIZATIONS – Adorn your Warframe with intricate body art with all-new Sigils.   Customize your Archwing with Mods and colors. Give your Soma a new look with the Huntsman Soma Weapon Skin!

NEW ENEMIES – New types of enemies equipped to fly in space present new challenges in Archwing combat.  The Grineer have also emerged with a new enemy to tame your pet Kubrow.

The Archwing update will be released today, in the meantime, new players can prepare for the update by downloading Warframe for free in the PSN Store or Xbox Marketplace.

Sierra Announces Pre-Order Bonus Content for Lucid Games’ Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

GW_Dimensions_Key_Art_1416427896Activision are excited to announce pre-order bonuses are now available for Sierra and Lucid Games’ Geometry Wars™ 3: Dimensions, launching next week as a digital release on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems and PC.

There are two bonus levels (availability varies by platform) that will be offered during this pre-order period: the ‘Secret Eye,’ featuring a unique triangle-shaped grid with an evolving cubed wall and a unique Torus-shaped grid level called ‘Blood Count.’ For full level details and the platforms they are offered on, please visit the Geometry Wars website.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is an exciting new evolution of the fast-paced, frenetic Geometry Wars gameplay fans have come to love. The game features new 3D action and new gameplay modes, including a dedicated single-player campaign, a revamped cooperative mode and online competitive multiplayer. Other features include:

– 50 single-player levels, including Adventure and Classic Arcade modes

– 3D grids and over 10 battle modes, including Pacifism, King and Claustrophobia

– Four unique companion drones

– Community and Friend Leaderboards

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is set to launch in the UK for PC on 25th November and all other platforms on 26th November, 2014. The game is rated PEGI 3+. For more information, visit the official website, like the game on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

No ‘Indian Inquisition’ as EA pulls RPG

Dragon Age Inquisition           GmPIt would seem that The West could learn a great deal from our Indian neighbours regarding the now some what ‘unfashionable’ topic of morality.

Faced with stiff questioning from the Indian censorship board, which was not as previously reported by other videogames websites concerned over the games’ use of ‘same sex’ relationships in the titles storyline, but rather surrounding the more vague subject of ‘obscene acts’, EA have since decided it would be a safer option to pull the game from the shelves of Indian gaming retailers altogether as opposed to battling it out with the censor in the courts.

The decision to pull all formats of the game will mean that EA and selected retailers must now refund all pre-orders for the many gamers who will have  already shelled out for standard, limited edition and collectors edition of the game, not to mention those players who will have taken possible console bundles and season pass allocations from online retailers in particular.

In a statement to Kotaku, EA clarified the topic further, although to call the matter clear would be an overstatement:

“In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order,” a representative told the site. “Customers who pre-ordered the game will be contacted directly and will be fully refunded.

       “The decision here is in relation to local obscenity laws, but not specific to same gender romance.”

Coming off the back of a woeful period for Electronic Arts with the ongoing saga of the Battlefield 4 fiasco and the still smouldering embers of the financial market shares fire 2013-14 has not exactly been the most wonderful of years for the publishing giant.

JOIN THE FIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE FRONTIER WITH THE TITANFALL DELUXE EDITION

Titanfall DE              GmPDrop a Titan in the Best-Selling New IP on Xbox One

Today, Respawn Entertainment revealed the Deluxe Edition for their critically acclaimed first-person shooter Titanfall. Delivering the completeTitanfall experience, the Titanfall Deluxe Edition includes the award-winning game featuring agile pilots and massive titans battling it out in fast-paced future warfare. In addition to the base game, players will also receive all three Titanfall DLC packs including Expedition, Frontier’s Edge and IMC Rising, adding nine maps designed to allow fans to continue the fight on the edge of the frontier.
Watch the Titanfall: New Gameplay Updates and Features video HERE.

Released in March, Titanfall has quickly become the best-selling new IP for the Xbox One. Since then Respawn have added a wealth of post-release content including the introduction of new game modes including co-op play, titan customisation, the Black Market, ranked play and more. All this great content combined in one package means there has never been a better time to feel the rush of Titanfall and the thrill of dropping your first titan on the battlefield.

Upon its release, Titanfall seized the attention of gamers around the world with its exhilarating first-person action gameplay centered on the dynamic between elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. Praised by Game Informer as “a brave new vision of the future of multiplayer games“, the action in Titanfall is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to control titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights.

The Titanfall Deluxe Edition is available now digitally on Origin for PC and starting next week digitally for the Xbox One®, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft.

WORLD’S FIRST REAL MONEY eSPORTS ANDROID APPLICATION LAUNCHES VIA CASHPLAY.ME AND MOBOGENIE

Cash play logo           GmPCashplay, the only real money eSports tournament provider operating globally on both Android and Apple’s iOS platforms, announced today the launch of a standalone Cashplay storefront Android application for cash tournament enabled games. The Cashplay application is a showcase of games that feature the exclusive and coveted tournament system globally approved in over 200 territories where players can compete in many different types of games and win real money.

“As the catalog of Cashplay-enabled games expands every day, cash tournament players have asked for a central place to discover them all, learn about the latest promotions, and gain access to exclusive content, ” said Thomas Newman, Managing Director of Cashplay. “With our new app for Android, players can now find all the games that automatically tie into their universal Cashplay wallet. This feature allows players to simply download games and start competing for cash immediately without having to register for games individually.”

The new Cashplay application allows players to create and manage their account, connect with and invite friends, add to or redeem game-agnostic cash balances, view tournament and account history, and get all the tournament information needed to participate in a variety of games while discovering new cash tournament games. The upcoming app will also feature current and upcoming titles including Croco Jump, Plumber Crack, Jet Pack Chicken, Rocket Cube, The Death Road, Black Dot Escape, Drag Racing 4X4, and so many more.

Cashplay has also partnered with the Mobogenie Android storefront to become their exclusive real money, eSports provider worldwide. Mobogenie makes it easy to manage Android smart phones and it hosts the largest entertainment resources including apps, games, audio, videos, wallpapers, and e-books. Mobogenie has over 440 million users worldwide and is available in more than 30 languages.

“eSports has always been recognized in the PC and Console platforms. Through our exclusive partnership with Cashplay, we hope to expand the eSports gaming community onto the Mobile platform,” says Director of Business Development, Filippo De Rose. “We’re extremely excited. Our goal is to provide our users fantastic and unique content that no other Android app store out there can provide.”

The Cashplay application is available now on Android at www.Cashplay.me and Mobogenie.

Riot Games unveils new Summoners Rift map

Summoners Rift             GmPPutting that certain something sparkle back into gamers eye today comes the news that Riot Games have made the latest map update available  for all online modes in fan favourite title, Summoers Rift.

Players looking to experience a little Ranked, Normal and even Custom game modes will all be able to sample the delights of this latest map update as they enjoy all that the new zone offers.

Riot Games co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill have also written a letter to the community, celebrating the redesigned Summoner’s Rift. The letter can be viewed here.

For more information on the new Summoners Rift check out this special mini site.

Big Starpoint Gemini 2 Update Includes New Freelance Missions

Starpoint Gemini 2           GmPWith over 1,600 very positive user reviews on Steam, developer Little Green Men Games is stoked from the community feedback for its immensely popular space sim title Starpoint Gemini 2 (PC).

The title was released on September 26th 2014 after a hugely successful year in the Steam Early Access program. Since then, development has continued apace, resulting in today’s latest Update, which includes new freelance mission types and an improved AI.

Some Update highlights are:

  • ADDED: Station assault/defence freelance mission
  • ADDED: Fire at Will HUD icon now blinks to be more visible when you’re attempting to use light weapons while Fire at Will mode is active
  • ADDED: Ships and platforms now have new object markers to make them more distinct from other game objects
  • UPDATED: Drastically improved NPC AI behaviour
    • They can now dynamically assess the situation and choose an according course of action.
    • The choices they make differ on their faction and profession
    • Sets of abilities and items that have, until now been reserved solely for the player, are now also available for use to the AI
    • NPCs can use skills
    • NPCs can use equipment
    • NPCs from different factions/professions make different choices
    • Since we have opened up a lot of possibilities for the AI, we’ll keep a closer look on balance in combat and tweak things accordingly. AI improvements won’t stop here as well – you can expect further improvements in this area!

Read the full change log for the update HERE.

World Record smashed & funds raised for Special Effect

Special Effect             GmPChris Cook, Community Manager for GamePointsNow/GameKeysNow, has officially set a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Video Game Marathon on a Football Game by smashing the previous record by a whole 44 minutes to set a new time of 48 hours 49 minutes 41 seconds

The event took place at the Loading Bar, London from Nov 5th until the 7th and saw Chris play over 120 matches of FIFA 15, both online and offline .  So far, the event has raised over £580 on behalf of its charity, Special Effect, with donations still being made.

‘I’m so glad to have raised so much for an incredible cause; but none of this would have been possible without the incredible support team of volunteers.  They really kept me going throughout and I’m eternally grateful for all of their help and energy, especially when things got tough’

The event was streamed live via Twitch.tv and featured giveaways from companies like QWERTEE, Hauppauge, Boomerang Rentals, Insert Coin tees, NiftyMods and Campo Retro.

SpecialEffect is an award-winning charity that helps people with disabilities to benefit from the fun, rehabilitation and therapy of video games. They support people of all ages through assessments, equipment loans and equipment modifications.