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Halo 4

The Halo franchise has a long history with map packs - some good, some bad - but ongoing and ever present. These map packs have been important in keeping players engaged with the franchise between new entries in the series. Yes, sometimes they’ve felt like filler, but fortunately for players, the Majestic Map Pack does not. In fact, it feels like some of the most “pure” multiplayer Halo mapmaking in years.

The pack comprises three extremely small maps: Monolith, Skyline, and Landfall, making for great small teams or free-for-all matches.

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Dust 514

When you’re doing something as revolutionary as CCP is with Dust 514, it can be easy to focus on the bigger aspects and forget about the basic gameplay mechanics that make modern shooters as popular as they are, but, thankfully, through the help of a year-long closed Beta, Dust 514 is continually getting closer to the standards set out by other heavy hitters in the genre while also creating new milestones along the way.

Dust 514 isn’t meant to be just another shooter, but rather, it takes a stance against stagnant innovation by turning the console shooter market on its head with a free-to-play, massively-multiplayer, first-person shooter available to anyone who has a PlayStation 3. That’s huge.

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LA Game Space

Imagine a space where developers work together, share information, show off their newest projects, and you can be a part of it. Now stop imagining and start giving because LA Game Space won’t make it if you don’t open your hearts and your wallets.

This new endeavor aims to develop a space where indie developers can work with others and learn from some of the top minds in the business. The Kickstarter offers up 30 games from developers behind Hotline Miami, Unfinished Swan, and the BIT. Trip series for only a fifteen-dollar donation, but that’s only the tip of the reward iceberg. Additional funding will nab you original art; a pixel portrait from the likes of Paul Robertson, Adam Saltsman, and others; and generous donors can even find themselves in a game. Of course, this isn’t just about gifts and trinkets.

LA Game Space looks to build a hub of information that can be accessed by other developers outside the walls of their space. You don’t have to be in LA to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to collaborate with others or to listen to lectures from other developers that will be posted on YouTube free of charge. Don’t pass up this opportunity to get some great games but to also help those who make the great games you love.

Reward: For $15 dollars, you’ll get 30 games from some of your favorite indie developers, artists, and designers.

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Sportsfriends

If you’ve spent any time over the last year listening to gaming podcasts, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Johann Sebastian Joust. As music plays, contestants are challenged to bump the other player’s PlayStation Move controller, jostle it, or cause enough vibration for the device to count you out. It becomes this slow-moving duel that people get really into, often going as far as to remove their shoe and throw it at the other players. I’ve even seen someone set down their controller and run around tagging everyone else.

Sportsfriends (Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders, and Hokra) wants to bring that extremely unique dynamic of player-versus-player interaction into your home – with a little less “shoe throwing.” Each of these titles gives you the thrill of competition without taxing your thumbs. The Kickstarter campaign is bringing all of these games to both the PlayStation 3 and the PC.

Reward: A $15 pledge will get you copies of all four games on either the PS3 or PC.

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Memoto

There’s no denying it: we’re oversharers. We take pictures of our food and put them on the internet so that other people can see. It’s become a totally common and acceptable thing to document every moment of your life. If that’s the case, why don’t we just take it to the next level? Memoto does by automatically capturing a photo every 30 seconds from a clip-on wearable camera.

Memoto uploads this mass of photos to the cloud, with GPS and geotagging information so that you’ll know where each memory took place. You can then open up the iPhone and Android app to look at the photos throughout the day in a beautifully presented stop-motion “moment” or individually. You won’t have to worry about people getting access to your photos either, as they’re all encrypted and can only be viewed by you.

Reward: You can snag a Memoto for $249 through the Kickstarter campaign.

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Distance

Distance is best described as a survival racing game, which might sounds a bit weird, but when you see it in action, it totally works. It takes the fast-paced racing action of arcade titles like Rush and Cruzin’ USA and puts them inside unique environments that look like they’re straight out of Tron. This all takes place behind the wheel of a vehicle that looks like a mix between the BMW supercar from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and future hovercars from any science-fiction film.

If that hasn’t already sold you on the title, its slick and beautiful look sure will. It’s hard to believe that this is coming from a group of students who just graduated from DigiPen. It even has LAN and online multiplayer, modding tools, and controller support. It’s the full package.

Reward: Access to the early beta and the full game when finished will set you back a $15 pledge.

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Star Citizen

Kickstarter has seen more than its fair share of space sims, thanks to the ever increasing demand of gamers to head out into space with blasters ready and cargo in tow. One of the biggest names in the genre, Chris Roberts – the creator of the Wing Commander franchise, returns with a new game that’s looking to be the new benchmark for space sims. The team launched their own site to raise money for the new game, Star Citizen, but they’re turning to Kickstarter to get the word out and raise a few bucks in the process.

From the footage shown, it looks beautiful. Everything is set in a large-scale environment that has you launching your small ships from huge space command ships. You don’t even need to be a part of these space battles, you can decide to take your ship and just be a merchant throughout the galaxy, and it’s all up to the player with how the game takes shape.

Reward: For $30, players can get a digital copy of the final game, 1,000 Galactic Credits, and exclusive access to the Alpha and Beta.

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It doesn’t matter how tough you are, Amnesia: The Dark Descent will make you sleep with the lights on for days. Now that the sequel to last year’s cult hit, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, hasbeendelayeduntilearly 2013, you have a few extra months to prepare yourself for the brutally-haunting madness. We chose a few games that you can play in the meantime.

Four Games To Play While You Wait For Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Slender

Slender is the free game that has done the best at capturing the pure fright of a game like Amnesia. You spawn as an unknown character with a flashlight that is supposed to ‘find all 8 pages’. That’s all you know. It’s dark out and you have a flashlight. Even with the flashlight, the entire view isn’t revealed, only enough to see where you’re going. There’s a haunting tone playing and it increases at random moments.

There isn’t a map, so you’ll find yourself looking around at all times. When you first encounter the Slender Man, he’s just standing in the woods. It is perhaps one of the most frightening moments in horror games. As you attempt to run, your screen fills with static. Only being able to run for a short amount of time, you’ll likely be short on breath in a matter of seconds, starting to panic, and looking for an escape. Only there isn’t one, the Slender Man will again appear and this time you won’t make it out alive. His face flashes on the screen and the game is over. It’s possible to win, and you’ll get some cool unlocks, if you can make it through the game without quitting from fear.

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FlipBooKit

We all enjoyed those flipbooks that we had as kids; they were fun and extremely entertaining. They can also be more than a simple toy as you run through gorgeous animation that comes to life one flickering frame at a time. Premiered at the Maker Faire earlier this year, the FlipBooKit is a DIY version of the professional art created by kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel.

The FlipBookit includes versions of their mechanical flipbook artworks. The originals are extremely expensive and were only made available in limited editions. They’ve even teamed up with a former Disney imagineer, Steven Goldstein, to make sure that the version of the Mechanical Flip Book Maker Kit that went out to backers was of the highest quality.

Reward: For $43, a FlipBooKit can be yours with everything that you need to get it up and running.

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Bohemia

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a go-to deck of cards for simple games, but they’re usually just cheap packs that can be found in the checkout isle of the grocery store or a deck that you picked up on your last trip to Vegas. We don’t really take the time to find a good pair of cards, mostly because they all tend to feel the same and don’t provide any real benefit to upgrade. That’s no longer the case with Bohemia playing cards.

Now, there’s no real benefit to changing cards, but if you’re going to be using your cards, you might as well get a set that looks beautiful, and the Bohemia playing cards fit that perfectly. Each card has a hand-painted design that’s extremely unique and unlike anything you’ll find on another set of cards.

Reward: You can grab three decks for only $24.

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LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

How many times have you crawled into bed or snuggled up on the couch only to realize that you didn’t turn the light off? I know that happens to me all the time. That’s why LIFX is just what I needed, it takes the hassle out of having to get up time and time again. LIFX are Wifi enabled light bulbs that are controllable via a simple iPhone app.

This doesn’t require a rewiring of your home either, as the light bulbs themselves are Wifi enabled, so they operate independently of your normal switch. You can change the color of the bulb, as they use LEDs that allow for thousands of color combinations and won’t burn out. You can even use a strobe effect, or set them to start in the morning when you have your alarm set for. Since it works over Wifi, you can even set them to turn on automatically when you arrive home.

Reward: $69 gets you one LIFX smart bulb.

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M.O.R.E.

Running off the wish for “just one more turn”, IdeaLcenter is confident that M.O.R.E. can become that game. Based off of the old school turn-based 4X space strategy titles that brought them together, M.O.R.E. is just that, but in beautiful 3D graphics. Their goal is to turn M.O.R.E. into something that can expand the turn-based 4X space strategy genre into something that modernizes it, but doesn’t make it too complicated.

The game includes a beautiful 3D galaxy map that boast a variety of stars, nebulas, black holes, wormholes, and even a galactic black hole. That isn’t something to be trifled with. M.O.R.E. is attempting to make the genre much more accessible through intuitive interfaces that are visually appealing and easier for players to understand.

Reward: A $10 pledge will net you a copy of M.O.R.E. upon release.

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Project Eternity

From Obsidian Entertainment, the team that brought you games like Baldur’s Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, and Star Wars: Nights of the Old Republic, comes Project Eternity (working title). This RPG aims to “recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPGs”. If you take into account that they have many of the people that first created those games on the team working on Project Eternity, it makes sense that they could do a pretty good job of doing so.

There aren’t as many details about Project Eternity out there, but we do know that it will take the best parts of Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment to form something truly unique that fits with the classic RPG nature of the titles. Plus, it’s from Obsidian, so what do you really have to fear? They know how to make RPGs.

Reward: For $25, backers will receive a downloadable copy of Project Eternity and a special Kickstarter-exclusive in-game item and achievement.

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Homestuck Adventure Game

Homestuck is a delightfully colorful internet comic that's being turned into a game. To fit with the comic’s fun and parodic theme, the game was designed extensively around parody of other classic game genres. Creating an adventure game based on the comic is no small task though, which makes the $700K goal seem adequate.

This isn’t going to be a direct adaptation of the comic though, despite being heavily based on the events of it. They like to consider it more of a spinoff than an adaptation of any kind. That way, the events of the world can tie into each other, but there isn’t any reliance on keeping the two worlds directly aligned with each other. They can go in different directions if need be. It’s a delightful idea that gamers are sure to enjoy.

Reward: You’ll need to drop a $15 pledge to secure a digital download of the game, which isn’t expected until 2014.

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In the tough streets of Hong Kong, you’ll need all the money that you can get. It doesn’t matter where it comes from; all that matters is that it is yours.

As you play through the main story of Sleeping Dogs, you’ll earn plenty of money that can be used on food, cars, and bikes. There isn’t much to it, but it still feels nice having the coolest and fastest ride around. It can be fun going to the garage and having a plethora of cars and bikes to choose from, rather than just the stock options available to you at the start.

If you’re planning on having dozens of different cars, you’re going to need to get a little creative with how you’re bring in cash; that’s where we come in.

Sleeping Dogs

Show Me The Money

There’s a few different ways of collecting cash, but finding lockboxes is the most consistent way to do so. With a 100 lunchboxes scattered around the city, you’ll have more trouble finding them than you will with them running out. These are something that you might have trouble finding throughout the game, as they are scattered and often somewhat hidden from plain sight.

You’ll have to explore down alleyways and scale rooftops with your Triad parkour skills to find the loneliest of lockboxes hiding behind crates. Once opened, you will be rewarded with a small amount of cash found within the box. It isn’t much, but if you find enough of them, it adds up quickly. There’s nothing wrong with finding dozens of small increments of cash, because that’ll sure add up quicker than spending more time trying to get one big pay off.

Once you’ve become a higher level, you’ll find that once you get close to lockboxes, they’ll appear on your map. This worked so well that I was usually able to trigger their appearance from the road while driving around. It’s easy enough to use the map to know where you’ve been and where you haven’t, so you can just work your way through each part of the city until you’ve cleaned out that second and can move on to the next.

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