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Grand Theft Auto Online shows a polished multiplayer mode

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After watching Rockstar’s latest trailer for Grand Theft Auto V’s mulitplayer, Grand Theft Auto Online. As you can tell from the split titles the new multiplayer is essentially its own game. While Grand Theft Auto V will be released September 17, Grand Theft Auto Online will be released as a download on October 1. The trailer gave gamers a glimpse into the free roam, the action, customization, missions and even the ability to interact with storyline NPC’s. This shows the immense amount of polish has given its mulitplayer modes after years of refining it in other games.

When multiplayer first appreared in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV it offered players their first opportunity of allowing players to connect with others, create their own criminal avatar, freely explore the open city and different gameplay modes you can complete with your friends. While this all started out well the multiplayer in Rockstar games have continued to get better and it’s a good thing it has. Grand Theft Auto IV’s multiplayer lacked polish. You could only select and customize your character to a certain point. More variety could have been implemented and the entire mode had large potenial.

Only a few years later in 2010, Rockstar upped their multiplayer game in Red Dead Redemption. Multiplayer functined very similarly to Grand Theft Auto IV, but with a touch of variety and a more refined combat system Rockstar seemed to have taken multiplayer gaming to new heights. Hell, you could choose from entire list of in game character skins instead of four to six different head torso matches.

Grand Theft Auto Online has taken each of its predecessors positives and has managed to improve upon them in every way. The free roam is back and looking as good as ever and customization has been improved immensely. You can now fully customize your avatar’s look, clothes, choose favorite weapons, get awesome cars and even buy yourself some decent home spaces. New game modes allow for more than the standard deathmatch and capture the flag. You can now recieve unique missions from in game characters giving free roam a little more interactive than simply hanging out with players and uninteractive NPCs. And as promised from Max Payne 3 players will be able to maintain and join crews to complete cooperative missions and earn plenty of cash.

We’ll need to wait a little longer for Grand Theft Auto Online, but with this much fun and content it’ll be a welcome breath of fresh air after completeing the single player campaign (yes, I intend on completeing it that quickly). Look for Grand Theft Auto V coming out September 17 and Grand Theft Auto Online October 1 yo become your own crime kingpin.

Also, here’s the multiplayer trailer in case you haven’t seen it, yet:

Source: Rockstar


An inside look at writing the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD guide

link wind wakerI always love getting the behind-the-scenes look with anything I like and seeing how it all comes together. And, game guides are no different, especially for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

In a recent post over on Prima Guides official site, Wind Waker’s original guide writer, Steve Stratton gives us all a little bit of what his experience has been like with the updated version. Stratton described how much more the games visuals popped off the screen making the game feel fresh again. As far as the Wind Waker HD’s mechanics are concerned many of them will remain the same. Stratton does mention a new sail, aptly called the Swift Sail. This sail adds some additional speed to Links boat as well as allowing you to sail regardless of wind direction.

You can learn more about Stratton’s time playing The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD over at Prima’s homepage.

Source: Prima Games

Tom vs. The Armies of Hell now has an available demo

office tomTom vs The Armies of Hell is slowly picking up steam on its Kickstarter campaign, gaining a few more thousand dollars within a few weeks. In addition to this good news Sean Burgoon has released the games first demo for the masses to check out. PC and Mac owners will be able to get a hold of the new demo today. Linux users may need to wait until next week, though Burgoon isn’t making a guarantee for the time slot, but he assures Linux users will be getting a version of the game. Head on over to the Tom vs. The Armies of Hell Kickstarter page and get a hold of this early demo.

Source: Tom vs. The Armies of Hell Kickstarter Page

Medieval II: Total War Zelda mod too cool to pass up

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I’ve been seeing this around the internet, but it is way too cool to not share. A new mod for Medieval II: Total War will wake us into the wars fought the world of Hyrule. That’s right, a Legend of Zelda mod, now in its 3.0 version the mod allows to take control of 19 different factions all ranging from several of series different races. So the Zoras, Gorons, Dekus and the Kokiri are available to play as. The most striking aspect however is the mods, very grim trailer. Blood stained battle  fields and dead protagonists aren’t exactly what you think when you think Zelda. The mods campaign does use actual events from the recent Hyrule Historia book. Needless, to say they’re definitely taking from some of the darker moments in Hyrule history. You check it out in the trailer below and if you’re looking to play you can download the mod here.

Via: Destructoid Read: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Grand Theft Auto V looking great in new gameplay video

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Grand Theft Auto V’s September 13 release date isn’t very far off, but with a recent gameplay trailer it’s hard not to feel immense anticipation. Rockstar’s most recent trailer details some the games deep and customizable mechanincs, including how the three main protagonists will be controlled.

To start, the game shows off some impressive the impressive visuals we’ve been seeing for the past few months. You think it would get old at this point, but I still find my self amazed at how gorgeous this games looks and how badly I want to explore every inch of it. More importantly, the trailer reveals how Grand Theft Auto V’s three protagonists will be used in the game. Players will be able to switch from characters in missions to offer support to the other characters. In one scene we see Michael rappeling into an office building and kidnapping an individual. With two guns on him as he takes the man hostage, we see a small portrait of all three characters pop up in the lower-right hand corner of the screen. The player quickly selects Franklin, who is standing on top a roof of a building across from Michael. With sniper rifle in hand, Franklin pops the two gun men and Michael can make his escape. You can also switch between the three characters in their off time see what each of them is up to that particular day.

The trailer also shows how you can plan each heist your would be thieves can pull off. You can hire other individuals to work for you to create distractions or simply act as get aways. You’ll have access to floor plans and other helpful intel so you can plan out each mission in which ever style you prefer. For the most part plans will range from being subtle and smart, using gas to knock out witnesses and guards, or reckless, smashing the doors down holding everyone up.

With all that money in hand you might be wondering what a criminal can do with it in Los Santos. You can spend it on tattoos and cars frivolously, or you take bigger risks in the stocks or Los Santos ever growing real estate market. There are also a number of activities you can participate in if you’re interested. Hunting, scooba diving and even a little bit of golfing to cool your itchy trigger finger.

If all of this sounds interesting, you can enjoy the full trailer following the link.

Source: Rockstar Newswire



Tom vs. The Armies of Hell proves your job could be much worse

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Hate the boredom and drudgery of working in a cubicle? Well, worse things can happen, like a host of demons from Hell looking to destroy all mankind attacking your office. In Tom vs. The Armies of Hell our titular hero has such a day on his hands.

Burgoon Entertainment’s, isometric action game has you take control of software engineer, Tom, against a host of demon spawn from hell. With the help of some useful weapons and a powerful demon arm. Tom will need to battle his way through the Void and Hell in order to put an end to their monstrous rampage. As you continue fighting your way down, players will be able to upgrade Tom’s weapons and his demon arm to deliver more powerful shots and different demon powers. In addition, creator Sean Burgoon, is also thinking about adding temporary upgrades such a speed boosts, shields and double damage of the sort.

Tom vs. The Armies of Hell is also focused on its story. While not in a highly emotional sense, it does look to offer some really off-beat and dark humor as you play through the game.

The game is still in very early development stages and is currently being funded via Kickstarter. The game sounds interesting enough and looks to provide some old fashioned isometric, action gaming while still offering a humorous story and pure fun. There is no release date, but PC, Linux and Mac gamers will be available platforms when it does release. In the meantime, head on over to Tom vs. The Armies of Hell for more info and some early videos. Enjoy the cinematic trailer below

Source: Kickstarter


[News] Bioshock movie died by Ken Levine’s hands

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The much talked about Bioshock movie was officially canceled at the beginning of this year. And it seems Ken Levine was the one who decided to place the final brick in the projects tomb.

In a recent article with Eurogamer, Levine revealed he personally decided to end the entire project after the film’s original director, Gore Verbinski, was replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of Inacto. Levine explained how Universal Studios disagreed with the R rating Verbinski wanted to achieve for the film. Levine felt the handing off to a new director and the need for a PG-13 rating, wasn’t in line with the creative direction he wanted.

I think Levine made the right move. Too many video game movies have failed when the creative direction slips too far away from the source material. I’d rather see this project killed off than endure another terrible adaptation, especially a franchise as respected as Bioshock. He did assure a movie may still be made, but “it’d have to be the right combination of people.” Well, let’s hope those forces come together, to bring this film back from the dead and into theaters.

Source [Eurogamer]



Update: Working On A Borderlands 2 Strategy. You Should Follow It.

Allo, readers, gamers and gamer-readers (it’s a real word). If you’ve been following my Borderlands strategy guides, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be creating a strategy guide for Borderlands 2 as well, so it will be more relevant than the Borderlands guide. If you’re looking to follow this extensive guide you’ll be able to follow it at Non-Fiction Gaming, under my alias, Senior Stiv.

My first post will go live sometime this week, all depending on when I receive the game in the mail (today, hopefully). I will continue to provide Borderland strategies here at The Stick and The Button. I hope you all enjoy the new strategy guide and find them just as useful as the ones I write here. Peace!

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[News]: Humorous Borderlands 2 Commercial Further Tempts

Good lord, September cannot come sooner as Gearbox continues to tease gamers with a new trailer for Borderlands 2. It isn’t loaded with gameplay shots, but it gives a nice look at all of the beautiful and deadly locals there are. Not to mention a few nasty creatures you’ll be shooting in the face as well as some new and old friends. Oh, and Claptrap singing along to ‘Wimoweh’. Gearbox knows best. Enjoy the hilarity and violence below.

Cover Of New Max Payne Comic Looks Badass, Aptly Titled

Man, Rockstar really knows how to make the Max Payne fanboy in me all giddy.

Today, Rockstar and Marvel announced the release date for the first issue of the Max Payne 3 comic book series. Coming this Thursday, the aptly titled After the Fall will bridge the gap between Max Payne 2 and 3. The story will bring together the dark characters and story lines from all three games. Certain parts will also explore Max’s early beginnings giving us a deeper look at the gritty detective.

Rockstar will have it available at their Rockstar Newswire site and the  Max Payne 3 official site. It can also be found at other digital comic site on the internet.

Getting to the 3rd feels like bullet-time.