Play Dark Souls 2 in First Person With This Mod

Dark Souls fans have a real taste for punishment. As if Dark Souls II wasn’t hard enough as it is, now a fan has created a mod that let’s you play the game in the first-person perspective.

It seems a little cobbled together. Basically, the mod just tells the game’s camera to stay zoomed in all the way. Modder Benzoin-Gun explains that it places the camera slightly behind the character’s head, so you’ll sometime notice your character clip through the camera, as you can see here when lighting a torch. More importantly, you can turn the camera in a different direction than your character is facing, so you need to remember to move forward to keep them aligned, and that when fighting, your character is locked to the enemy. You’ll also want to play this mod with the higher turn sensitivity of a mouse and keyboard as opposed to a controller.

Check out the video’s description on YouTube to find out more and download the mod. And in case you missed it, you can grab the Steam version of Dark Souls II from the official Bandai Namco store today for $20.

What do you think is harder, finishing Dark Souls II in first-person or with a Rock Band guitar controller? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sunset Overdrive for PC Ad Was a “Simple Mistake,” Microsoft Says

The ad you see above might state that Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive is coming to PC, but it’s just a simple mistake, Microsoft has said.

NeoGAF user Lucifon spotted the ad earlier today online, but as some other users guessed, Microsoft didn’t actually mean to say the game is coming to PC. “On the Sunset Xbox/PC ad: Not true, this was a simple mistake and the team is aware/addressing,” said Mike Ybarra, who works on the Xbox Platform and Windows Gaming Development Team. “Sorry for any confusion!”

In September, Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games said it has no plans to bring its over-the-top Xbox One action game to PC, but has not ruled out a release for computers sometime down the road.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” Insomniac Games marketing lead James Stevenson said at the time. “Right now there’s no plans for a PC version of the game. We’re just working hard to finish up [the Xbox One version]. We’re going to support it post-launch and then we’ll see what happens in the future. But there’s no plans. We aren’t planning a PC version or anything like that.”

Sunset Overdrive launches October 28. You can buy the game that day by itself or through a $399 Xbox One hardware bundle that includes a white system, matching white controller, and a copy of the game.

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The developer shut its doors in 2009, but was acquired earlier this year by Danish investment firm SDN, part-owner and principal investor of game studio Interceptor Entertainment, which developed the Rise of the Triad reboot.

In February, Interceptor Entertainment’s and 3D Realms’ logo appeared on a teaser website for Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation, but it was taken down after Gearbox, which owns the rights to the Duke Nukem IP, filed suit.

Now that it's back, 3D Realms says that its first order of business is to launch this 3D Realms Anthology, which you can buy from its website for $40 (though their store seems to be down at the moment). These are the games included in the pack:

  • Arctic Adventure
  • Bio Menace
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
  • Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy
  • Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons
  • Math Rescue
  • Monster Bash
  • Mystic Towers
  • Paganitzu
  • Monuments of Mars
  • Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure
  • Crystal Caves
  • Death Rally
  • Alien Carnage
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Major Stryker
  • Blake Stone: Planet Strike
  • Realms of Chaos
  • Pharaoh's Tomb
  • Word Rescue
  • Secret Agent
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows
  • Terminal Velocity
  • Wacky Wheels
  • Stargunner
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Rise of the Triad: Dark War
  • Duke Nukem
  • Duke Nukem 2
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

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Duke Nukem Developer Is Back With a 32 Games Anthology Pack

3D Realms, the developer behind Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, and Blood, is back, and it’s celebrating its return with a 32 games anthology pack.

The developer shut its doors in 2009, but was acquired earlier this year by Danish investment firm SDN, part-owner and principal investor of game studio Interceptor Entertainment, which developed the Rise of the Triad reboot.

In February, Interceptor Entertainment’s and 3D Realms’ logo appeared on a teaser website for Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation, but it was taken down after Gearbox, which owns the rights to the Duke Nukem IP, filed suit.

Now that it’s back, 3D Realms says that its first order of business is to launch this 3D Realms Anthology, which you can buy from its website for $40 (though their store seems to be down at the moment). These are the games included in the pack:

Arctic AdventureBio MenaceBlake Stone: Aliens of GoldCommander Keen: Goodbye GalaxyCommander Keen: Invasion of the VorticonsMath RescueMonster BashMystic TowersPaganitzuMonuments of MarsCosmo’s Cosmic AdventureCrystal CavesDeath RallyAlien CarnageHocus PocusMajor StrykerBlake Stone: Planet StrikeRealms of ChaosPharaoh’s TombWord RescueSecret AgentRaptor: Call of the ShadowsTerminal VelocityWacky WheelsStargunnerShadow WarriorWolfenstein 3DRise of the Triad: Dark WarDuke NukemDuke Nukem 2Duke Nukem 3DDuke Nukem: Manhattan Project

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Star Citizen Devs Describe FPS Module, and It Sounds Amazing

The development team that’s working on space sim Star Citizen’s first-person shooter module did a Reddit Ask Me Anything yesterday where they shared many details about the game.

The team is made up of around 30 people. They’re aiming to release the FPS module early next year, and then continue updating it. Its mechanics will be integrated into the game’s persistent universe, but like Star Citizen’s Arena Commander, you’ll also be able to play separate, multiplayer matches in team deathmatch, seek and destroy, capture and hold, and other modes.

The integration of the FPS gameplay with the persistent universe is the most interesting part. Take for example the following description from the team on how you might be able to use it to your advantage:

“I’m a stealthy, solo player. I find a wrecked ship, I know scavengers will be around soon. I find a crate and put myself in it. I let the scavengers take the crate and put me in their ship. When I’m on their ship, some time later, I get out of the crate. Very quietly, I rummage around and find some goodies I like. I steal those… now i can either – A) Jump out the airlock and call a ride or B) go to their engine room and self destruct their ship or C) quietly hunt and execute the entire staff and take their ship…. or Z) they could have scanned the crate properly before loading it, blasted it with their ship and me with it….”

Some other interesting tidbits that came out of the AMA:

The team says the FPS gameplay is inspired by “a mixture of Counter-Strike, Rainbow Six, Arma, Delta Force, and Killzone.”If an airlock on a ship is breached, items and characters will get sucked out into space.There will be a cover system that allows you to lean, peek, crouch and move in cover. There will be some destruction but it’s not a key component (as most of the environments are solid metal).You can damage specific limbs, and this will impact gameplay. The plan is to let players choose the dominant hand for their characters. If that hand is damaged, they won’t be able to shoot or throw grenades as well. In the persistent universe, a limb can be “ruined” to the point that you’ll have to replace it with an artificial one.

The crowdfunding campaign for Star Citizen is now closing in on $59 million.

For more on the game and Roberts himself, check out part one and part two of GameSpot’s interview with the legendary designer.

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Get Dark Souls 2 for $20 and More Great PC Games Deals

If you haven’t bought Dark Souls II for PC yet, now’s a good time. The official Bandai Namco store is currently offering a Steam key version of the game for $19.47, the cheapest price point we’ve seen yet.

Green Man Gaming is also holding a halloween-themed Trick or Treat sale where you have the chance of getting an additional free game with every purchase, or a measly 1 percent coupon. Some highlights from that sale include Dead Rising 3 AE for $37.49, Darksiders II for $4.49, State of Decay and Breakdown DLC for $9.17, and Batman: Arkham Origins for $5. If you spend more than $10, you can get an additional 20 percent discount by using the following code at checkout:

SPOOKY-TREATS-GMG20X

Unrelated to the Trick or Treat sale, Green Man Gaming also already has a discount on Civilization: Beyond Earth for $37.39, though you have to be registered to the site in order to see it.

What games are you going to pick up? Let us know in the comments below.

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GTA 5 PS4 Bundle Coming to Japan

Sony will launch a Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 4 bundle in Japan on December 11, according to the company’s website.

The price listed for the bundle is 44,980 Yen, which is around $415.

Earlier this month, we saw a GTA V bundle appear on Amazon’s Germany, Italy, and Spain websites, which all list a release of November 18 for €449.99 (about $573).

Developer Rockstar Games and Sony have yet to announce similar bundle for North America. We’ve contacted both companies for comment and will update this story with anything we hear back.

Grand Theft Auto V comes to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 18. The PC version is scheduled to launch in January 2015. The open-world game has already shipped more than 34 million copies.

Rockstar Games also recently announced that it’s releasing a 720p version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox 360, with enhanced draw distance and Achievement support.

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Watch Project Cars’ Spooky Realistic Halloween Trailer

Developer Slightly Mad Studios and publisher Bandai Namco have released a new Halloween trailer for Project Cars, which shows off the racing game’s nighttime and severe weather conditions.

Project Cars trailers always look impressive, but this latest video, which is made up entirely of gameplay footage, is one of the best looking ones yet. With the appropriately spooky darkness, headlights, and rain-slick roads, you can really get a good idea of how impressive the lighting in the game is.

Slightly Mad Studios says that this exemplifies its approach to development, which is not to just put things in the game because they look pretty, but because they impact gameplay as well. Racing at night and under severe weather conditions, especially in a tight pack of cars, it says, will provide an extra challenge.

Project Cars is coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Slightly Mad Studios recently confirmed that it pushed the game’s release date to March 20, 2015 in order to avoid the busy holiday season, when bigger, more established franchises will release their new games and potentially steal the spotlight.

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Keanu Reeves Is a Playable Character in Payday 2 to Promote New Movie John Wick

You can now play Payday 2 as John Wick, actor Keanu Reeves’ character from his recently released movie of the same name.

“We continue working with great partners, this time with Lionsgate and their movie John Wick,” Starbreeze Chief Executive Officer Bo Andersson Klint said. “We’ve finally got a real hitman on our team. Being able to play as John Wick in Payday 2 ahead of the movie’s release is a great reward for our loyal Payday 2 community, which reached the final milestone of 1.5 million members in our Payday 2 Steam group before our 12-day Crimefest event.”

In addition to the new playable character, the free DLC includes a Hitman perk deck that gives you the ability to dual wield weapons, a new Chimano Compact pistol, dozens of modifications for said pistol, a new knife, and three new sunglasses, one just for Wick and two that all characters can use.

Finally, if you’re planning on seeing John Wick anyway but don’t already own Payday 2, consider purchasing your tickets through Fandango, which will come with a free copy of the game via Steam.

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Get 4 Lord of the Rings Games and DLC for $10

If playing Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor got you in the mood for more The Lord of the Rings games, you still have one day left to get the perfect bundle.

Bundle Star’s $10 The Lord of the Rings Bundle includes four PC games: LEGO The Hobbit, RPG Lord of the Rings: War in the North, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Guardians of Middle-earth, and LEGO The Lord of the Rings.

It also comes with the complete DLC pack for Lego the Hobbit (includes all three pieces of DLC for the game) and Guardians of Middle-earth: Smaug’s Treasure DLC, which includes special items and in-game currency. All games will require a Steam account.

As you can see by the countdown clock on Bundle Stars’ website, the offer will end after tomorrow, so if you’re interested in the bundle grab it before it’s too late.

If you want to find out more about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, check out our review and previous coverage.

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White Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Bundle Promotes New IP Instead of More Halo

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that Microsoft might have been able to sell more units of its white Xbox One if it bundled it with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but that he wanted to use the white console to promote a new IP, Sunset Overdrive.

“Would we have sold more white consoles if we put it with the Master Chief Collection? I think that would have been the safer route, but I’d love to add another great AAA franchise to the list of exclusives on Xbox and I think Sunset can be one of those things and I want to get behind it in a big way,” Spencer said on IGN’s Podcast Unlocked.

But why not have a special edition Xbox One for both games? As Spencer explained, one reason is that Microsoft doesn’t want too many different versions of the console on the market. He also said that unlike the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity and Black Flag bundle, special editions of the consoles in different colors or hard drive size have to be planned out a year in advance.

Spencer said that Microsoft is currently talking about special editions that will release next year. He didn’t say if one of them will be bundled with Halo 5: Guardians, but that the game will be a “big event” for Microsoft that year.

“Releasing new IP and making it stand out is always a challenge, especially when you got Call of Duty coming with a massive game, you’ve got Assassin’s Creed coming with another great game, you’ve got Halo there, and here we are with Sunset and in the end the number of bundles and custom consoles you do is not a huge percentage of the game sales, but I wanted to put a stake out there, our first time working with Ted [Price] and the team Insomniac, that this is really a first party game for us and we’re really behind it.”

All that being said, Microsoft did announce a Halo: The Master Chief Collection white Xbox One bundle, but only for Brazil and “additional select markets,” which at the moment does not include the United States.

The Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle will sell for £349.99/€399.99. It launches October 28 alongside Sunset Overdrive.

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