Sega announced that its Beta for Football Manager 2014 is now accessible to anyone who preordered it. No matter where the preorder came from, you should receive a digital code to download the game through Steam.
Content included in this Beta version are the default Career mode, as well as Football Manager Classic. It may, however, contain some omission that will be added upon the game’s full release, on October 31, 2013. Installing the game should take about 2Gb of space.
Additionally, Sega announced that, in a rare case of leniency, the Beta version will actually be playable until November 4, 2013 and so a few days past the release date. Then again, the game should also automatically update to the full version, so this would only apply to people who cancel their preorder and would like a little more time to think things through.
Battlefield 4 is in Open Beta on PC, through Origin, right now and I’m terrible at it. I mean, I am really awful, with a Kill/Death ratio of .32, which is probably a new low in any game. It’s just so huge and chaotic for my old eyes, but I still love it. That’s why I’m determined to keep playing and loving it, despite being a ticket sponge, losing it for the team.
I did, however, finally manage to not embarrass myself with one of the game’s most pleasing aesthetics. When you sneak up on someone, you can perform a takedown, which is standard stuff in itself, except in this case, you also take their dog tags in shame. It’s a mechanism also available in Battlefield 3, but it’s great to see its return. There will even be counter-knifings possible in Battlefield 4. By providing a cosmetic addition to a regular design, it’s possible to drive players to pursue trickier kills, just for the bragging rights. It’s a subtle way to enhance gameplay, which I really appreciate in a game.
Now, back to the fray to be terrible some more.
I recently fell ill; deliriously ill and not in the Beastie Boys manner. Having everything spin around you, when you’re tasked with playing 7 or so first-person shooters with head bobbing is rather disorienting. Therefore, many projects came to be on hold for a while, forcibly, which sucks if you’re a writer that people depend on for coverage.
One game fell clear of the feverish nightmare, however. It was Warface, the game I already enjoyed immensely before that. It seems it can do no wrong. You can read my full preview about why it’s so good here.
Anyway, even Warface sometimes couldn’t retain my sanity, despite the high dosage of self-medication applied, to feint some sort of healthy state. A lot of it went into semi-coherent gameplay commentaries. Some of them didn’t, as they made little sense. I’ve compiled those in a clip full of Warface action, for your schadenfreude enjoyment.
Developer Abbey Games, the creators of Reus, have some more information regarding their prime title. After a few updates, adding content for free, the god game now added a Beta for additional game modes. It’s accessible to all on Steam, granted you opt in.
To access the new game content, you’ll need to right click on the game, view “Properties,” then click “Betas.” There, find the tab to opt in and click the “Protected Beta” one. It won’t require a password.
If all goes well, a small update will be downloaded. Now, boot the game up. You should see some “Advanced” options, when you try a new game. Here are the additional gameplay modes that are added in this section:
- Planet Size
- Titan Mode – You can’t save your game to cheat
- No Pause – Completely disables spacebar-pause
- God Mode – Giants are almost indestructible (enables Alt mode)
- Max Mode – 4 Ambassadors on a giant unlocks all its abilities (enables Alt mode)
- Speed Mode – Halves cooldown, doubles movement speed (enables Alt mode)
- Explorer Mode – Get additional bonus for higher level nature resources (enables Alt mode)
- Random Start – Starts the game with 6 random ambassadors on giants (enables Alt mode)
Signups have started for Ridge Racer: Driftopia. This is a free-to-play version of the game. It will release for PC and PS3 somewhere this year.
Driftopia continues a similar style to where the 2012 title Ridge Race Unbounded went. Instead of the arcade races of yore, this driving game is more akin to the old Burnout series, where blurred sceneries and tons of destruction reign supreme. Shortcuts are taken by crashing through buildings and that sort of stuff.
Those that are granted to the Beta will receive a Steam key. Despite being released on PS3, no details for tests are given there.
You can sign up for the Ridge Racer: Driftopia Beta here.