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According to Nonglak Sahavattanapong, marketing manager at Thai publisher New Era Games, censors employed by the country's junta government banned Tropico 5 due to fears that "some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country." Sahavattanapong says the government offered no further explanation for its decision, but New Era Games will not attempt to seek an appeal.
This isn't the first time Thai censors have blocked politically incendiary creative works - a 2012 Thai production of MacBeth was shuttered over similar fears - but it is the first time they've blocked a Tropico entry due to the series' freeform themes of ruling a small banana republic. "[Tropico is] a good game with positive reviews," Sahavattanapong told the Associated Press. "We've had licenses to distribute Tropico 3 and 4 before, but in the fifth installment, the story line has developed further and there might be some part of it that's not appropriate in the current situation."
Tropico 5 made its PC debut on May 23, and is expected to reach consoles and mobile devices later this year.
Originally released for the Super NES in 1993, Secret of Mana hit iOS devices in 2010 with a redesigned interface and a touch-based control scheme. Subsequent updates have introduced gamepad support and optional 360-degree character movement, giving players finer control beyond the original game's 8-direction limit.
Normally priced at $8.99, the iOS version of Secret of Mana is currently available for $3.99 through August 10. Square Enix notes that the Android version of Secret of Mana is due to launch this fall.
InXile attributes the delay to fulfillment and shipping of backer pledge rewards, including game discs and physical bonuses. Today's announcement accompanies the release of a new beta version that introduces a mini-map feature, new audio cues, and a major gameplay rebalancing across all areas and encounters, among other additions.
Wasteland 2 backers have seen multiple beta releases following the game's Early Access launch late last year. Today's beta marks the team's "last code update before the game is finalized," according to project lead Chris Keenan.
"This has been a labor of love from the entire team and I'm incredibly proud with what they have achieved," Keenan said. "So much of their personalities are found around each corner in the game. We hope you enjoy the attention to detail in the world we all have created."
Jotun follows Thora, a Norse warrior who dies a dishonorable death and must prove herself in purgatory, facing off against the gods to enter Valhalla, the glorious Viking afterlife.
"Jotun's core loop revolves around collecting Runes to summon and fight the jotun, gigantic Norse elementals," creator William Dube says. "The game focuses on the balance between atmospheric exploration and ferocious combat. Imagine the mysterious romantic mood of Journey mixed with the scale of the boss fights in Shadow of the Colossus in top-down 2D."
Jotun was Greenlit after fewer than six days on Steam's brand of community-driven purgatory, and its Kickstarter is well on its way to a CAD$50,000 goal, with almost CAD$34,000 raised and 16 days to go. Jotun is due out on PC and Mac – via Steam, of course – by September 2015, with alpha and beta launches before then.
Players of the free-to-play RPG for iOS devices can enjoy some going-out-of-business style benefits before the end of days, including an increased drop rate of Gold keys, boosts to Virtue and Reputation rewards, and disabled equipment degradation - meaning your weapons and armor won't take damage.
"This was a very difficult decision for us to make," wrote forum administrator "The Gypsy." "We've seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you've enjoyed playing it every bit as much as we had making it! Through it all, it's been players like you who've made it all worthwhile."
Ultima Forever was announced in July 2012 and was released worldwide just a year ago. Rest easy, Ultima Forever. We hardly knew ye.
"When I was young I wasn't really allowed to play with Barbies or draw dresses in my notebook, so I stopped and played on the computer, and I learned to play video games," explains Shields, in a brief video on Kickstarter. "My thesis is based on The Legend of Zelda, a game that helped shape my childhood and taught me how to explore and navigate through life."
Navigation Awaits, the name of Shields' line, includes 21 items making up seven different outfits. These range from leafy t-shirt and jeans combos that look like Link's preferred outfit for an Avicii show to more avant garde numbers right out of a Cirque de Soleil adaptation of Twilight Princess.
"The Hyrulian wardrobe is pretty diverse and proportions are pretty well developed so I think most people could pull it off," Shields told Joystiq via email. "If there really was a big difference I would say the addition of synthetics and metal notions like zippers."
"I did think on changing the theme of my collection, by taking inspiration from only Majora's Mask, and doing a really dark, twisted collection. Ultimately, I decided a lighter collection would represent the greater whole and thats more what I wanted to do."
The real question: Will you get to wear these designs?
Destiny's beta program saw 88,384,720 games played as well as the creation of 6.5 million guardians. The community's kill-to-death ratio in the cooperative story, strike and exploration missions was 22.53, thanks to a grand total of 3.7 billion kills during those quests. What's more, Bungie's Saturday field trip to the moon resulted in 853,235 concurrent players. Relive the Destiny beta through our archived discussions and livestreams, in which we determined we would appreciate an apartment in the game's tower, but still enjoyed kicking back in the social sections.
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"I had been strongly encouraged to stay off of Twitter-or at least say only things that were clearly safe-so after the region-locking comment they just said I needed to stop completely," Adelman told Kotaku. "When people started complaining that I wasn't active on Twitter anymore, it was suggested that a PR person could just post in my name. I thought that was about the worst idea I'd ever heard, so I left it as is and let the silence speak for itself."
Adelman will remain in the industry and assist indies in areas of business development and consulting.
Chart-Track also notes now that school break is in full swing, game sales are up across the board. The top ten remains relatively unchanged, but the Lego Movie Videogame and Minecraft for Xbox 360 and PS3 both saw double-digit sales increases. The top ten can be found after the break.
White Xbox One were previously only available to members of Microsoft's development team and through various charity auctions. Gamescom, the world's largest game convention, is next week and Microsoft will be holding a press conference for the first time. So, you know, stay tuned.
RFSL Newcomers received 100% of the proceeds, which works with asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and new LGBTQ arrivals to the country. If you're looking for similar customization for your console, you could negotiate with ColorWare or a student at your local arts university.
[Umm, no, the pun is on "sync." But that's still terrible. - Ed.]
Oh. Anyway, Rapture is an ambitious city wrapped in the ocean but undone by the arrogance of its haughty, genetically naughty citizens. The stunning setting of Irrational's 2007 game, BioShock, along with its moody opening, zap-and-whack combat and notorious plot, is being ported to iOS devices by 2K China – the same team that handled the portable version of Firaxis' tense strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
I'll level with you all: even with StarCraft's currency and supply-related cheats, I've still never cleared the Protoss campaign. That's a pretty bleak level of ineptitude, but at least using "power overwhelming" to turn mineral-gathering Probes into slow-but-steady death machines makes me feel better about it: "Oh, you've surrounded my drone with Zerglings and acid-spewing Hydralisks? That's cute, prepare to kiss your Hive goodbye ... in about 8 minutes."
In terms of cheating purely for entertainment value, I think Grand Theft Auto 4 was the first in the series where I didn't instinctively use weapons cheats. For years, the GTA series was just about finding calm in the utter havoc I caused, and if an ammo shortage was the only thing in the way of my zen, cheats were an immediate solution.
What about you? Have you had to resort to cheats to persevere through a game's toughest challenges, or is there a particular code that's actually made games more enjoyable for you? Tell us all about your favorites, right after you check this week's Japanese hardware sales!
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