Independent developers Boneloaf and Coatsink open the online multiplayer beta for Gang Beasts, the silly multiplayer party game with hostile gelatinous characters fighting in the hazardous streets and buildings of Beef City.
Today, Ubisoft released a free update that introduces Teams in Trials Fusion. Players can now form Teams to compete against rivals and work their way up the Teams leaderboard by boosting their Team score.
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition now has cross-platform multiplayer versus and co-op modes for up to 8 players.
The multiplayer maps not only include the original maps but also HUNDREDS of the best user maps through Steam Workshop.
AND – the game is 60% off on Steam right now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/225140/
RedLynx, now a Ubisoft studio, and Chillingo, a leading independent games publisher and division of Electronic Arts have announced the release of DrawRace 2 Free Multiplayer for the iPhone and iPad.
“The release of DrawRace 2 Free Multiplayer gives everyone a chance to check out the hot seat multilayer portion of one of the most innovative and highly-rated racing games on the iOS platform,” said Atte Ilvessuo, co-founder of RedLynx and executive producer of the DrawRace series. “The unique, touch-based controls in DrawRace 2 are something that needs to be experienced, and this release is a great way to let gamers try it for themselves.”
This free version of DrawRace 2 includes three distinct vehicles on three separate courses, allowing players to check out the Stock Car, Rally and V12 environments, as well a two-to-four player “hot seat” option, which lets friends compete in a multiplayer match using the same device.
With realistic physics, an improved touch-based racing mechanic, 32 different gorgeous 3D tracks, 16 different cars, hot-seat multiplayer, Friend Challenges, and much more, DrawRace 2: Racing Evolved is the most unique racing experience on mobile platforms today.
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DrawRace 2 is the successor to the critically-acclaimed DrawRace game, an award-winning title in its own right with more than two million players. DrawRace 2 Free Multiplayer is available right now on the iTunes App Store. For assets and more information, please visit drawrace2.com.
Driver San Francisco drops September 6th at retailers in North America and the third Developer Diary discusses the Multiplayer of the latest Driver…
Civilization V, in my personal opinion, is one of the best Civilization games to date, to the point where my girlfriend, who has had no experience with Civilization games in the past, has jumped in and started playing (and beaten me quite a bit). However, the biggest thing that was missing from Civ V was hotseat multiplayer – turn based strategy games are the most ideal games to have hotseat multiplayer, yet Civ V shipped without it. A few days ago, Greg on the 2K Games board announced that, with the next major patch, hotseat multiplayer will be introduced! This will make quite a few people (including myself) very happy.
The time has come to reveal the “much-requested addition” that I teased you all with in the most recent patch notes.
Hotseat is coming in the next big patch, which is currently slated for a June or possibly early July release.
For those of you that do not know, Hotseat is a method of playing multiplayer where multiple players take turns on the same computer. When one player’s turn is over, they get up and let the other player sit down to play their turn. We’ve received many requests for the ETA for this mode being added to the game and so I’m very happy to get to bring this to you guys today.
Also, this patch will contain far more than just Hotseat. The other details of the patch will be revealed in the future, but I wanted to get you guys this big news as soon as I could!
Ubisoft officially confirmed Assassin’s Creed Revelations. The third and final chapter of the Ezio Trilogy storyline is being developed and led by Ubisoft Montreal. “Assassin’s Creed Revelations presents the most immersive experience available in the series to date and the culmination of Ezio’s adventure.”
Of course, AC:R will be available to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms and will launching this November (15th is my guess). According to Ubi, the game features master assassin Ezio Auditore as he “walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.”
Remember the good old days when you would have all your friends come home after school and you would all sit around the TV, busting the high scores or getting to the next level? We don’t get that anymore. Instead, you all go home after school and log onto Live or PSN. There’s no personal connection in Multiplayer anymore. Even just 15 years ago, the popular games were Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., where you could sit with your friends and play. I’m skipping games like Goldeneye, Mario Party, and Twisted Metal. Who doesn’t have great memories playing split screen with friends? Nowadays, all the kids are playing Call of Duty or Halo. Worse, devs are omitting split-screen multiplayer. Uncharted 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 are all games that could’ve benefited from Split Screen, yet the games omit them in favor of online modes. Why? It’s obvious that this is just an easy way to sell a few extra copies of the game. Is that good for the industry? That is what devs and publishers need to consider.
Take Hot Pursuit for example. That was a fantastic game of cops and racers. A cat and mouse battle at 200 mph. The game’s main focus was social interaction. You could smash your friend from halfway around the world’s car off the side of a mountain, yet the person sitting next to you has to sit and watch. You just don’t get the same feeling of kicking ass while online than when you and five friends are huddled around the TV, screaming and yelling. Everyone remembers getting first in Mario Kart and jumping for joy, screaming at your friend next to you, while online interaction between friends now is limited to a string of curses and homophobic and/or racist insults.
So does anyone keep this fantastic trend alive anymore? Yes, two big power players in the industry: Activision and Nintendo. Nintendo practically is gaming and is the source for all our great gaming memories. At the very least, they keep local multiplayer in their popular Wii games like New Super Mario Bros Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Everyone and their mothers hates Activision, but they have to be commended for not taking the easy cash-grab route. Guitar Hero (Rest in Pieces) was always about having people over to play together, and this interaction got better with the full band (even if the games did not). Call of Duty, on the other hand, is a game noted for it’s online component. Just one analog stick push down, however, is the oft-ignored “Local” option. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to play, even with just four people.
I digress though. What I’m saying is that the more popular gaming becomes, the more it becomes about making a few extra dollars than delivering the best gaming experience. Some say the social part of gaming is well and strong, but anyone who lived the 90’s knows that is not true. The social part of gaming is slowly and painfully dying.