Wednesday, 25 April 2012

OnLive Updated Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) to Version 1.5 which Adds the Free Bounty Hunters Expansion

OnLive updated Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) to version 1.5 which adds the free Bounty Hunters expansion. The title on the main menu of the game now says Space Pirates and Zombies and Bounty Hunters.

Yesterday, OnLive also held a livecast as part of their PlayPack 200 celebration with OnLive Community Manager Matt Jensen (OnLive MJ) and Andrew Hume from Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.), who showed off some of the new features of the game. Below is a recording of that livecast.


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Here is the changelog for Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) version 1.5:

Bounty Hunters faction features:
- 10 new advanced and highly tunable Bounty Hunter ship hulls.
- Player can also obtain new bounty hunter ships.
- Global Bounty/Respect system.
- Bounty Hunter Starbases (Strongholds).
- Hire Bounty Hunters as ambient helpers.
- Hire Bounty Hunters to clear warp gates.
- Hire Bounty Hunters to clear infections (Chapter 4).
- Bounty Hunters can insert themselves into any mission within their borders.
- Extortion demands on leaving their systems.
- Additional Chapter 4 BH protection/resistance strategic element.
- Achievement for destroying a Chapter 4 bounty hunter stronghold.
- Bounty Hunter audio chatter.

Added Arena:
- Arena accessible through Bounty Hunter Strongholds.
- 150 Challenges Total.
- 10 ladders.
- 5 tiers per ladder.
- 3 difficulties per Tier.
- Specialist reward for beating a ladder on each difficulty level.
- Achievement for winning all arena events.



Changes in Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) version 1.5:
- Projectiles 20% weaker vs. Shields.
- Projectiles 12.5% weaker vs. Armor.
- Projectiles 33% weaker vs. Hull.
- Explosives 12.5% stronger vs. Armor.
- Explosives 20% stronger vs. Hull.
- Energy 10% stronger vs. Hull.
- Specialists drop chance 150% higher.
- All hulls have 100% more health.
- Mass Bomb secondary explosions 20% sooner.
- Individual Star system tech level spending rebalanced to prevent grind.
- Reworked tech tree to be deterministic and evenly distributed.
- 50% more research blue prints distributed on game start.
- Energy Burst Cannon damage lowered 25%.
- Zombie critter damage 33% lower.
- Zombie critter max population 33% lower.
- Point defense damage increased 50%.
- No faction relation changes on mothership assaults.
- Weapon boosters 20% less effective.
- Huge core mining beam available on any huge beam mount.
- Torpedoes do 20% less damage.
- Torpedoes have 50% less health.
- Early story flow distributed better to prevent long system jumping grinds.
- Double mount turret from 3 to 2 blueprints.
- Fusion Beams 30% longer range.
- Mass driver damage lowered 33%.
- 4 Black boxes per huge hull from 6 (to combat Bounty Hunters better).
- If frame rate dips, effects are less likely to play.
- Gravity missiles from rare to uncommon.
- Huge ship AI upgrade. Much better at attacking stations and kiting.
- High capacity reactor given better charge rate, only 5% less than basic.
- Double turrets from rare to uncommon.

Fixes:
- Large goon pod pickups at mothership and beacon now report 10 goons instead of 1.
- Round off error with Slaver bonuses.
- Optimization pass to many systems.
- Save game CRC checker to prevent corruption.



Metascore: 74

You can play the free demo, rent and buy Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) for the US powered by OnLive.

You can play the free demo, rent and buy Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) for the UK powered by OnLive.

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