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The Settlers is a game series which has been around since 1993, developed by the German studio Blue Byte. With The Settlers series now being 25 years old, Ubisoft had a couple of surprising announcements to make regarding the city-building RTS series during gamescom today.
A new game titled "The Settlers" is currently in development, in addition The Settlers History Collection was also announced for release this fall. The Settlers history collection is a re-master of all seven Settlers games from years gone by, complete with their expansions.
The original Settlers from the history collection is actually available for purchase on Uplay right now, with the rest of the game launching towards the end of the year. However you can already purchase all the past Settlers games with the exception of the first on GoG (Good old Games) already patched up to work on modern computers, which given GoG is DRM free might be the better option. At £4.29 for the original Settlers on Uplay though its something I might take a chance on. I've many good memories of playing this split screen with two mice on the Amiga 500 many years ago.
The Settlers History Collection Trailer:
If you remember back to Animal Crossing on the GameCube the normal NES games that you could obtain each came as an individual furniture piece that appeared as an NES console with a single game box on top of it. When you placed the item in your house and interacted with it, it would only play that one game.
It was also possible to also obtain a generic “NES Console” item that did not feature any of the built-in games. You could buy this item from Redd, or sometimes obtain it through random events such as town bulletin-board message.
It turns out this generic NES Console can load NES roms from a GameCube memory card as James Chambers explains in his blog.
Nintendo might well have planned to distribute additional NES games on memory cards at some point, however decided against that. So its pretty neat to see unused features enabled on GameCube games all these years later.
You can read the very detailed article on James Chambers's Blog.
Reports are surfacing that newly purchased Nintendo Switch consoles do not work with the Fusée Gelée exploit. However for now these consoles appear to ship on firmware 4.1.0, which is vulnerable to Deja Vu, an unreleased softmod exploit.
So not all hope is lost yet if you do happen to get one of these consoles, however it would be advisable to purchase a Fusée Gelée exploitable console as soon as possible if you have an interest in homebrew on the Nintendo Switch, as this is by far the better exploit which can't be patched.
On November 15th 1997 a playable demo of Pokémon Gold and Silver debuted at Space World '97. This demo was never to be seen again until today. On May 31st 2018 an anonymous person dumped a ROM of the elusive demos, twenty years and six months since it was last playable by the public.
Pokemon Gold and Silver we're originally supposed to be released in 1998, however didn't arrive until November 21 1999 in Japan. With that in mind the final versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver is two years more developed then the Space World 97 Demos, making this an extraordinary find, even more so that it's made it's way to the public.
Discuss on our Pokemon Gold & Silver Space World 97 Demo (Japanese Beta) forum topic
Pokemon Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu have been announced for the Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Go integration. The games look to be a remake of the original GameBoy games, in particular Pokemon Yellow, however played in the style of Pokemon Go.
Instead of running through grass and encountering wild Pokemon that you take on in one-on-one challenges, gamers will swipe at Pokemon with the joycons to catch them, similar to how Pokemon are caught in Pokemon Go with a touch screen.
What's also interesting is Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu look to have a co-op mode, where two people can explore Kanto on one Switch console.
More can be seen in the trailer below:
In my opinion as someone who's really been enjoying Pokemon Go, first impressions from this trailer it look pretty good. Keep in mind this isn't a core Pokemon game, however a spin off. The next core Pokemon game is expected to be released in 2019.
What do you think? Personally I think if you enjoy Pokemon Go this will probably be an interesting spin off to play. With the Pokemon Go integration i'm hoping this allows for Pokemon transferred from Pokemon Go to remain on the Switch if desired, so we have a way to keep all the Pokemon we've caught locally.
The game also looks to have a co-op mode, where two people can explore Kanto on one Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu will be released on November 16th 2018.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Unreal, GoG is giving away Unreal Gold for free.
Unreal is a sci-fi first-person shooter in which you play Prisoner 849, a character aboard the prison space craft Vortex Rikers, which has crashed on the planet Na Pali. It was co-developed by Epic Games (known as Epic MegaGames at the time), Legend Entertainment, and Digital Extremes.
From Unreal came Unreal Tournament, a very popular multiplayer spin off set in the Unreal world. This was a favourite game of the Digiex team back in the day, we used to play online using dialup internet!
As it happens Digiex actually runs an Instagib VCTF server for Unreal Tournament 2004 which has now been online for 10 years, so needless to say we think highly of the Unreal series.
This is certainly a classic worth checking out, especially for free!
View: Unreal Gold on GoG
A few weeks ago EA gave away the Battlefield 1 - They Shall Not Pass DLC and the Battlefield 4 - Dragon's Teeth DLC. From today for the next week EA are now giving away two more Battlefield DLC's.
Battlefield 1 owners can now grab the In the Name of the Tsar expansion while Battlefield 4 owners can claim the Final Stand expansion, both are free for the next week.
Battlefield 1 - In the Name of the Tsar: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Battlefield 4 - Final Stand: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Survival-action game The Flame in the Flood is currently been given away for free on the Humble Store. It can be redeemed on Steam to download for both Windows and OSX.
The Flame and the Flood, it's a cartoon-like survival/action game where you travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly stay ahead of the coming rains.
The Flame in the Flood has mostly positive reviews on Steam and can be claimed on the Humble Store for the next two days, at no cost.
Battlefield 1 has had four multiplayer expansions since its release back in 2016, each one bringing new maps, vehicles, weapons, and more to the World War 1 shooter. EA is now giving away the game's very first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, on PC, PS4 and XB1.
EA has also made the Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth expansion free to claim, which adds on four additional maps, new vehicles and more to Battlefield 4.
You can click the links below to download the DLC for free on your platform of choice for the next two weeks.
Battlefield 1 - They Shall Not Pass: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Battlefield 4 - Dragon's Teeth: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Its been known for several months now multiple independent teams had discovered various unpatchable bootrom exploits in the Tegra X1 SoC (system on chip), which is used in the Nintendo switch and various other devices.
Essentially if you have an Nintendo Switch right now its hackable and Nintendo can't do anything to patch it, meaning every Switch out in the wild at present can be hacked regardless of the firmware version it's currently on.
The only way Nintendo can patch this exploit is with a newer hardware revision of the Switch. With that in mind if you want Nintendo Switch hacks in the future, now is the time to pickup a console before new unhackable Switches land in shops.
To get a bit more technical the a big exists in the RCM mode, a USB-based rescue mode intended for initial flashing of Tegra devices and recovery of bricked devices. Normally, RCM mode only allows signed images to be loaded, however thanks to the bug its possible to load your own code from here and have full control over the Nintendo Switch.
For now what has been released is a tethered vulnerability, meaning you need to enter RCM mode and load a USB-based exploit from a PC. However it's already been confirmed in the Fusee Gelee FAQ its perfectly possible to exploit the Switch without been tethered to a PC, this and a lot of other upcoming nice things haven't been release yet.
What is out there at the moment is mainly intended for developers and not the end user. A CFW (custom firmware) for the Nintendo Switch has been in development for several months. This is called Atmosphere and is scheduled to be released "early summer" with a current ETA around June 2018. Based on my understanding of the Fusee Gelee FAQ this is when things will be a lot more accessible for the average end user and we will very likely get an untethered way to launch CFW, Homebrew and Linux.
If any of the above...
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