Conquer The Past and Future In Humble Sega Strategy Bundle

Another month another bundle, and this time, you will be conquering time itself with the Sega Strategy Bundle.

Starting at $1 you can grab the Company of Heroes Complete Edition and The Dawn Of War Master Collection. If playing as the USA, Germany or England wasn’t enough for you in the past, then maybe taking to the 41st century and deploying the undying living metal of the Necron or the righteous fury of the Sisters of Battle could tempt you. With the complete Medieval 2: Total War and Rome Total War collections included the distant past isn’t far from being conquered either. Rounding off the $1 collection is a bundle of classic Sega games such as Shining Force and Columns.

The pay more than average tier features the highly anticipated sequel to the Dawn Of War series, in its complete Grand Master collection none the less. Take to Japan in the Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai Collection or take on an alternative world in Valkyria Chronicles, with tanks and special powers fueling and fighting conflicts. If you are one for a slower pace then why not try the Eastside Hockey Manager or enjoy the 66% off Football Manager 2016 code you can grab from the Humble Store.

Finally at $12 or more you unlock Company of Heroes 2 Master Collection, bringing a whole new light to the series with new gameplay mechanics focused on the war on the eastern front. Joining Company of Heroes 2 is Total War Attila, with enhanced graphics, AI and gameplay mechanics bringing you to the internal and external conflicts that helped shape the name of Attila the Hun.

Have You Played These Star Wars Games?

The tales of love, war and pain have echoed for generations, both through the fans of the star wars series and even the world as a whole (we all know the “I am your father line”). Most movies these days get a video game tie-in. something which runs alongside or expands on the movie experience. Star Wars is one of the few series in the world that I can name where the fans have created something beyond the movies, from a religion to an entire universe filled with lore and legends. So why not enjoy some of the less well-known games that expand on this?


 

Lego Star Wars

If you are a fan of the series and have enjoyed the Lego games so far, why not try reliving all six films in Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga. On sale for 70% off, you can experience everything from the invasion of Naboo to the battle on the moon of Endor. There’s something about Lego versions of classics movies that really makes them stand out and they all the better in split-screen co-op.


 

Star Wars – Republic Commando

The prequel trilogy brought us not only more story and characters, but also a whole new war. While not given much development in the films, the series that have come since have tried to expand on the Clones and given them more than “one size fits all” story lines. Republic Commando looks to do this by telling the tale of a squad of commando, who will infiltrate, dominate and destroy the federation and any that stand against them. With advanced AI and squad dynamics, it’s worth checking out, at only £2.09 till the 1st, why not?


 

Star Wars – Galactic Battlegrounds

We’ve seen the Empire fight the Rebels, we’ve seen the Trade Federation and the Confederate take on the Republic. So why not mix it up a little and have them fight with or against everyone else? Using the same game engine (and game mechanics) that made Age of Empires last for generations, Galactic Battlegrounds lets you fight those battles you didn’t even know you wanted to fight. Not a fan of Jar Jar Binks? See who wins in a Wookie vs Gungan all out battle, why not have the people of Naboo go against the Empire or maybe even see if the Republic could have fought off the Empire?

With the Star Wars Collection on sale from £75 to £17.47 till the first of December, it may be worth expanding on your Star Wars universe ready for the Force Awakens on the 17th.

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is Coming to PC!

The dramatic rise of PC gaming has led to various niche console focused genres including horizontal shooters, and JRPGS coming to the platform. The latest entry is by Japanese developer, Nippon Ichi, creator of unusual titles such as The Guided Fate Paradox and A Witch’s Tale. Nippon Ichi is finally entering the PC market, and releasing Disgaea: Hour of Darkness on Steam. This is a surprising move, and a treat for simulation RPG aficionados. Here is a brief overview of the game’s plot in the developer’s own words:

“Two years after the death of his father, Overlord Krichevskoy, the demon prince Laharl awakens to discover that the Netherworld is in turmoil. With unlikely allies, his devious vassal Etna and the angel trainee Flonne, he must battle his way to supremacy to retake the throne and become the next Overlord. Experience the SRPG classic, now on PC!”

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness contains 40 unique character types, lavish animations, Geo Panels, the ability to throw allies onto ledges and more! Furthermore, the unique storyline set in the Netherworld, reverses the roles of good and evil commonly seen in modern entertainment. Each character has a maximum level of 9999 and utilizes Transmigration to add longevity and make your character stronger during a second play through.

Rightfully, there are some concerns regarding the PC versions as Japanese developers have struggled to create polished versions in the past. However, Nippon Ichi is promising an updated user-interface, refined textures, keyboard and mouse/controller support as well as Steam Achievements, Cloud Saves, Badges and Trading Cards. Even better, the PC edition includes all the content from Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness.

As a huge fan of Japanese games and culture, I’ve traditionally been forced to purchase a console to play quirky games. As time progresses, it seems Japanese publishers are more open to mobile and PC development, which means PC gamers can enjoy a whole host of unusual hidden gems. While exclusives are still part of the gaming industry, they are slowly becoming less common.

Sega and Relic Want to Revive the Company of Heroes 2 With a New Expansion

It’s been a long time since I heard about any news regarding the Company of Heroes title. The hype around it suddenly died soon after it got released, though the expansions that came after it did try to keep it going. The latest one, Adrenaline Assault, also shifted the focus on the eastern World War II front, taking the focus off the Allied forces and placing the Red Army in the spotlight.

This time around, the focus will move to the Brits and their forces. The upcoming expansion will be called Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces and will introduce fifteen new unites and six commanders, along with eight new multiplayer maps. It will also be a standalone multiplayer expansion, which means you don’t need to have Company of Heroes 2 in order to play it.

In addition to the expansion, Relic and Sega is planning a big update for all Company of Heroes 2 titles too. The latter will feature an improved balance between all factions, improved animations and visual improvements to the majority of units. It’s nice to see they are still supporting the Company of Heroes 2 title, but will this move to attract more players actually work this time?

The expansion and update are said to arrive on the 3rd of September, having the expansion cost £9.99. Sega said it will also offer a 20% discount to players who already own any Company of Heroes title, but only for pre-order purchases.

Thank you Rock, Paper, Shotgun for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of SegaBits

Monthly Minecraft Magazine Set for the UK

Who can deny it, Minecraft is possibly the biggest gaming phenomena of recent years; it started life on the PC and then moved its way to consoles and even smartphones. Since launch, it has sold well over 50 million copies of the game and over 100 million users.

Something that you tend not to see much in today’s media is printed articles, everything is now online where information and publishing is free. If you remember back to the late 90’s, almost every other magazine in the gaming section was a strategy guide; mostly Pokemon.

Mojang struck a deal with Dennis Publishing to produce a monthly magazine called Minecraft World. It will be the first regularly published magazine that is dedicated to Minecraft. The print run for the first issue is set at 45,000. Despite Dennis striking this deal and being allowed to use the official images and trademarks; the magazine will be an unofficial Minecraft product.

“Dennis Publishing will have the first unofficial Minecraft magazine on sale in the UK,” said Dharmesh Mistry, publisher of the title at Dennis. “There was a real gap in the market for a quality print magazine that could help children develop their game strategy”.

The magazine is set to be 52 pages long and cost £3.99. The target age will be aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, but who really takes notice in the age? If you’re interested in it, you will likely buy it. This will be available at most high street retailers.

Are you a Minecraft fan? I like to play every now and then, build my house and get bored when I can’t find any diamonds. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you to the guardian for providing us with this information.

Facebook Messenger Sparks Anger in Low-End Smartphone Users

Facebook’s aim is to be a social network, dedicated to maintaining friendships, creating new ones, share experiences and most importantly, chatting with friends. However, the social networks appears to do exactly the opposite and spark a large number of enemies who hate its current strategy.

The social network giant appears to have made another attempt at ‘forcing’ users to install its Facebook Messenger, the standalone app that you now need to chat with your friends. Previously, the Facebook mobile app incorporated all its features, including the chat feature.

The new app however rips the chat feature and users are required to have both the Facebook and Facebook Messenger app installed in order to enjoy the full experience on their mobile devices.

By separating the two, Facebook apparently made quite a lot of its users frustrated of having to depend on two apps instead of just one. Older smartphone users are especially infuriated by the social network’s decision due to the fact that they simply do not have the processing power of using them both simultaneously. A user commenting on this strategy shares her (paranoid) way around it all:

“If you root your phone so that Facebook is not in the bloatware, then don’t download either one. I use it straight from the website browser and delete my cache, history, data when I log out. The heavy battery use of the apps following me around like big brother and the slowdown of my phone was enough to justify this option.” she said.

Another user seems to skip using the Facebook app altogether, refusing to install it due to its ‘intrusive’ permissions required just to get the app on the smartphone:

“I guess I’ll be taking numbers and sending more text messages. I’m not downloading Messenger and I sure as hell refuse to upgrade Facebook. Haven’t upgraded the app since October. The permissions required are beyond intrusive and are absolutely unnecessary.”

Others are just moving to other means of communications and simpler apps that provide these features, stating that developers are just releasing apps based on their usage preference and not the actual consumer:

“Sometimes it seems that the people creating these apps assume that everyone uses them in the way they do; that everyone has the latest devices with lots of storage space. With FourSquare/Swarm I honestly can’t see the point for me; I don’t give a toss where people are right now, because I’m not a 20-something valley geek who hangs out at just a few places with all my mates, which seems to be the point of the new app.”

All users’ frustrations seem to make sense, since the Facebook app itself uses around 150 MB storage space. Installing another one for the same service is simply too much for some users owning lower-end smartphones and even the features do not justify the space it requires in order to get the full Facebook experience on your smartphone.

Thank you TechRadar for providing us with this information

Space Strategy Fans Rejoice, StarDrive Is Out Now On PC

Iceberg Interactive have just released their latest title “StarDrive” in European retail stores. StarDrive sets a new benchmark for the ‘4X Space Strategy’ genre, starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you must venture forth into the galaxy, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours. How you play is your decision. Use diplomacy or brute force. Trade, spy and research your way to galactic domination. Make friends, or create mortal enemies…

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder says: “With this retail launch we are adding more and more channels where the game can be bought and the box looks great. We are still updating StarDrive frequently, are also preparing free DLC for this summer for the game and are committed to keep improving and extending the game for a long time to come.”

StarDrive takes a modular approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ships where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship… In combat, if your portside armour is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields; warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.

Game Features:

  • Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to a close-up action view
  • Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory
  • Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threads.
  • Expand your empire and colonise all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and build them into specialised centres of trade or industry
  • Research and unlock an array of technologies to improve your military and industrial technology
  • Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire
  • Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle
  • Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor
  • Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defences in ground combat.

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StarDrive ‘retail’ can be purchased from any location in the world in the Iceberg web shop. For more information about StarDrive, please visit the official website www.stardrivegame.com or visit the official forums www.stardrivegame.com/forum.

Space Strategy Game “StarDrive” Is Out Now On Steam

After a very successful Steam beta period, the hugely anticipated indie production “StarDrive” is now live on Steam. StarDrive, developed by Zero Sum Games and published by Iceberg Interactive, is being hailed by critics as the new benchmark in the ‘4x space strategy’ genre, with strong emphasis on ship design and combat, and exceeds all expectations a player might have for a 4x strategy game (even pausing to make it turn-based).

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder says: “We have been overwhelmed by the volume of pre-orders and buzz around the beta release, which goes to show how much 4x fans have been craving a title such as StarDrive to fulfil their ultimate 4x dream. After many months of developer dedication, QA and community input, we are now extremely happy to deliver the final product to market. StarDrive is going to be a living thing, that we are committed to keep fuelling with support, updates and upgrades.”

Zero Sum Games CEO, creator and project lead Daniel DiCicco says: “Creating StarDrive has been an incredible journey for me. I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to this project and to the community who has supported it so well. The release of StarDrive does not mark the end of development. Rather, it marks a new beginning. StarDrive is a living product and we intend to support and expand this game for many years to come. Have fun!”

Game Features:

• Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to close-up action
view
• Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory
• Expand your empire and colonise all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and
build them into specialised centres of trade or industry
• Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threats
• Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor
• Research and unlock an array of new technologies to improve your military and industrial technology
• Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire
• Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle
• Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defences in ground combat

Check out the official StarDrive Steam page here store.steampowered.com/app/220660/

The global digital release of StarDrive on all other portals will follow on April 29th. The boxed version of StarDrive will have its release in European retail stores on May 24th. For more information please visit www.stardrivegame.com or visit the official forums.