Sunday, 29 April 2012

Video Recording of OnLive School Time

Friday was the last day of the OnLive PlayPack 200 celebration. And Friday was OnLive school time day. You had to add friend with the OnLive player tag SchoolTimeOL and start playing games.

Gameplay was projected onto a wall at OnLive, and OnLive guys watched people play. It was broadcasted, while OnLive employees criticized gameplay, trash talked, and jumped in to play. You could play any game, preferrably PlayPack games to get chosen. There were special guests like OnLive Nate, Garret, etc.

Here is the video recording of the OnLive school time:


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OnLive Community Manager Matt Jensen's Tuesday 4/25/2012 Livecast - PlayPack Edition

This week, OnLive Community Manager Matt Jensen (OnLive MJ) had a special PlayPack edition of his livecast as part of the PlayPack 200 celebration.

Here are the main points of the livecast:

- There have been a ton of events in the PlayPack 200 celebration.
- Winner for the Homefront Brag Clip challenge was Eric Spivey, who won himself some OnLive ear buds.
- Some really good Brag Clips were submitted in the PlayPack Brag Clip challenge.
- Every Wednesday there will be PlayPack challenges (like mentioned before). If you want to keep up to date with the PlayPack challenges, follow OnLive's Facebook page.
- PlayPack 200 leaderboard will be posted on OnLive's Facebook page.
- A lot of new PlayPack things that OnLive is working on in the next month or two. A lot of stuff is coming to the PlayPack. New fun games and cool stuff.
- OnLive senior manager of customer relations Nate Barsetti (OnLive Nate) talked about The Breaking Point podcast. He talked about the OLF forum and about people who abuse and scam on OnLiveOnLive Nate wanted to let people know that OnLive does monitor the scammers thread on OnLiveFans, and if they see names come up there, they are checking them out and make sure that they take care of it.
- OnLive Nate thanked the OnLive fans for being their eyes and ears on the service. He said that they can't give us the information on what they are doing to specific offenders, so don't expect to find out what happened with an abuse report that you sent in.

Stay tuned for next week's livecast from OnLive community manager Matt Jensen, scheduled for Tuesday 2pm PT / 5pm ET.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

OnLive has a Square Enix Half-Off Weekend Sale

This weekend through Sunday, you can get four Square Enix games for 50% off on OnLive. The jewel among those games is of course Deus Ex: Human Revolution. OnLive PlayPack subscribers can also take an additional 30% off these already reduced prices.

Here is a list of all the OnLive games that are on sale in the US and UK:

  • Air Conflicts: Secret Wars – On Sale For $13.99 US / £6.99 UK
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – On Sale For $14.99 US / £14.99 UK
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition – On Sale For $19.99 US / £22.49 UK
  • Just Cause 2 – On Sale For $7.49 US / £6.99 UK
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days – On Sale For $7.49 US / £5.99 UK
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – On Sale For $7.49 US / £4.99 UK
  • Metro 2033 – On Sale For £14.99 UK ONLY
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – On Sale For £24.99 UK ONLY
  • Trine – On Sale For $9.99 US / £6.99 UK
  • 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.

    Tuesday, 24 April 2012

    OnLive Released Armada 2526 Gold, Dear Esther and Lume to the PlayPack

    OnLive released Armada 2526 GoldDear Esther and Lume to the PlayPack. Dear Esther and Lume were already featured as demos in the OnLive indie showcase that OnLive ran as gold sponsor of the 14th Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) two months ago. These three additions bring the OnLive PlayPack to 213 games and growing.

    Armada 2526 Gold

    Armada 2526 Gold is a 4X science fiction space opera strategy game published by Iceberg Interactive and developed by Ntronium Games.


    Armada 2526 continues the great tradition of space opera games. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire.

    Along the way, you'll found new colonies and manage them, deploy and maneuver your mighty star fleets, and conduct research. Plot your strategy and turn your planets into mighty bastions. The trade system lets you trade valuable commodities between both your own and alien worlds. Alien relics, rare minerals, tourists, or even natural antimatter, your freighters will carry them all. Explore the galaxy and research new star systems, where you may encounter tachyon storms, psychic plants, primitives or find abandoned alien technology. Diplomacy is of utter importance in being successful. Make pacts and alliances, make threats or ask for favours - and when the time is right, replace diplomacy by space combat and fight it out in epic real-time 3D battles.



    Although the game is complex, and the possible strategies endless, powerful help and advisor features, help you get up to speed quickly. Unlike many games in this genre, Armada 2526 focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management.

    The game consists of two sections. The Star Map is where you run your empire: manage your colonies, deploy your fleets, do research, and conduct diplomacy. It uses a turn based system, so you can take as long as you wish to plan your actions. However, once battle is joined, you switch to the battle module and fight it out in a real-time 3D system that brings to life the beauty and visceral carnage of space combat.

    The Armada 2526 Gold Edition also includes the Supernova expansion. Supernova is the first expansion for Armada 2526 and gives you more to explore, more to exploit and two new races to exterminate. The exploration side of the game has been greatly enhanced with new types of stars and planets and a wide variety of special characteristics that a system may possess. There’s a new trade system that lets you build up a trading network, a system for espionage and special operations, new technologies to research and lots of new units types.



    Features in Armada 2526 Gold Edition:
    • Turn based star map for moving fleets, managing colonies, performing research, and conducting diplomacy.
    • Customizable map size and number of players, allowing you to construct tight 2 player confrontations, or huge galaxies with 50 or more players, and thousands of stars.
    • 18 animated alien races to play and battle against.
    • Full featured diplomacy system, with a highly intelligent AI and options to ask favors, make demands, and issue ultimatums.
    • More than 150 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers.
    • 3D Real-time battle system for fighting huge battles with 100 or more ships per side.
    • Ground combat is integrated into the combat system, allowing marines to be landed to battle ground defenses while ship combat rages overhead.
    • More than a hundred beautifully crafted ship models, including mighty dreadnaughts, long range missile cruisers, fighters, carriers, and asteroids for bombarding planets.
    • Tough AI opponents.
    • Includes the Supernova expansion.


    Metascore: 66

    You can play the free demo of Armada 2526 Gold for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo of Armada 2526 Gold for the UK powered by OnLive.

    Dear Esther

    Dear Esther is an experimental adventure indie game published and developed by The Chinese Room.


    Dear Esther is the highly anticipated indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther for Half-Life 2, powered by Valve's Source engine. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realized world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the Outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: Dear Esther... - and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses it's beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption.



    Dear Esther is a first-person ghost story. Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of a lonely island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience.



    Metascore: 78

    You can play the free demo of Dear Esther for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo of Dear Esther for the UK powered by OnLive.

    Lume

    Lume is a puzzle adventure indie game published and developed by State of Play Games.


    Lume is an illuminating puzzle adventure!

    With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style and tactility unlike any other.



    As Lumi, an inquisitive young girl, you discover that power to your grandad’s house has failed. What’s more, he’s nowhere to be seen, but appears to have left you some intriguing clues.

    Immerse yourself in Lume’s photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power through ingenious eco-technology, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout. Beautifully animated with handcrafted care, this illuminating puzzle adventure game will put visual, aural and memory skills to the test.



    Metascore: 68

    You can play the free demo of Lume for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo of Lume for the UK powered by OnLive.

    OnLive Moved Metro 2033 to the PlayPack

    OnLive moved Metro 2033, which was previously a PlayPass only game, to the PlayPack. The game is priced at $19.99 in the US ($13.99 PlayPack) and £19.99 in the UK (£13.99 PlayPack). The rental prices are $5.99 for 3 days ($4.19 PlayPack) and $8.99 for 5 days ($6.29 PlayPack) in the US. In the UK the rental prices are £3.99 for 3 days (£2.79 PlayPack) and £5.99 for 5 days (£4.19 PlayPack). The game is currently also on sale in the UK for £14.99 (£10.49 PlayPack).

    The OnLive PlayPack is now at 210 games and counting.

    Metro 2033 is a first-person shooter action game with survival horror elements, based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was published by THQ and developed by Ukrainian developer 4A Games. Its sequel named Metro: Last Light is already nearing completion and since THQ is a strong partner of OnLive, the possibility is pretty high that this game will come to OnLive.



    Metro 2033 is set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow. Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.

    In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.
    The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.

    You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.



    Metascore: 81

    You can play the free demo, rent and buy Metro 2033 for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo, rent and buy Metro 2033 for the UK powered by OnLive.

    Monday, 23 April 2012

    OnLive Added New My Games Feature to OnLive User Accounts on Their Web Page

    OnLive added a new My Games feature to OnLive user accounts on their web page. This feature comes just in time for the OnLive Play-to-Win sweepstakes that is part of the OnLive PlayPack 200 celebration. You receive an entry into the sweepstakes for every PlayPack game you play for a minimum of 200 seconds each. With the new My Games feature you can track which games you have played.

    The new My Games feature consists of three tabs. The first tab is PLAY HISTORY which as the name says displays the games you have played in chronological order. The second tab is PLAYPACK which displays the OnLive PlayPack games you have played, if you are a PlayPack subscriber. The third tab is ALL GAMES which displays all the games you own. You can sort the games by genre and by alphabetical order/last played/play time/release date. You can also search through your games, if you are a heavy game buyer.

    Each game has its corresponding info like full PlayPass or rental, last time played, total playtime, controller type supported, metascore, user rating, age rating, publisher and developer, release date, genre, game picture, game description, etc. You can also launch into each OnLive game you own directly, when you click on the corresponding play button of said game.

    Here is the direct link to the My Games feature in your OnLive account for the US: www.onlive.com/account/mygames

    Here is the direct link to the My Games feature in your OnLive account for the UK: www.onlive.co.uk/account/mygames

    Of course you have to sign in to your OnLive account to access the My Games feature.

    Sunday, 22 April 2012

    Interesting Juniper Networks and OnLive Infomercial Video

    Here is an interesting Juniper Networks and OnLive infomercial video. In the video OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman talks about the correlation between new innovations in real-time gaming and the future of cloud computing as a whole. Learn more about how the programmable network enables innovation across a broad range of industries at www.juniper.net/innovators.

    Saturday, 21 April 2012

    Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret and Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Joined the OnLive PlayPack

    Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret and Air Conflicts: Secret Wars are this week's new additions to the OnLive PlayPack. With these two new additions the OnLive PlayPack now counts 209 games and growing.

    Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret

    Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret is an adventure game published by Iceberg Interactive and developed by Vertigo Games BV. The first game in the Adam's Venture series, Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden is already a part of the OnLive PlayPack. The third game in the Adam's Venture seriesAdam’s Venture 3: Revelations is also coming soon to the OnLive PlayPack.


    Adam Venture is an action explorer hero; adventurous but using his wits rather than resorting to violence. Brought to life from a third person perspective with the Unreal 3 engine, adventure gamers are in for a real visual treat in combination with family values storytelling.

    In this second installment of the episodic series, Adam Venture and his crew end up in 1920's Jerusalem after having escaped alive from the Caverns of Eden.

    On their continuous search for the Lost Garden of Eden, they become entangled in a thickening plot featuring a ruthless dig for the ancient King Solomon's treasure - but is that really all there is to it? Not all is as it seems...



    Features in Adam's Venture 2: Solomons Secret:
    • Developed using the critically acclaimed Unreal 3 engine.
    • Second game of the episodic series. Brilliantly rendered in vivid 3D for striking visuals and truly stunning environments that breathe life into the story.
    • Non Violent gameplay.
    • Engaging storyline weaving a classic adventure with biblical overtones, adding more characters, depth and twists in this second game of the series.
    • 8 distinct levels, including outdoor environments, with much longer gameplay.
    • Over 50 challenging puzzles, varying in difficulty degree.



    You can play the free demo of Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo of Adam's Venture 2: Solomon's Secret for the UK powered by OnLive.

    Air Conflicts: Secret Wars

    Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is an arcade flight simulation game published by bitComposer and developed by Games Farm.


    In Air Conflicts: Secret Wars players can relive the most famous battles of the First and Second World War right up close. Before taking off, the player can choose between different aircrafts, each with different strengths and weaknesses. The game provides plenty of variety, as players can fly 16 meticulously detailed and accurate aircraft in nearly 50 exciting missions in the seven campaigns.

    The mission tasks are diverse and range from air space clearance operations to the bombardment of targets on the ground, attacks on enemy convoys and reconnaissance, escort and patrol flights. After some missions the player can upgrade one of his skills in order to maneuver the airplanes easier, have more endurance or have your wingman boosted. Further, the player can choose between two control schemes. Arcade and simulation. The first one makes the game easier to control, while the second one gives more options to control the aircraft.

    Besides the solo campaigns, Air Conflicts: Secret Wars also offers several multiplayer modes for up to eight players.



    Features:

    - Fly in seven campaigns, each based upon a resistance movement of the Second World War.
    - Participate in uniquely historical battles, such as the siege of Tobruk, the battle of the Neretva Bridge, and Operation Belt in Poland.
    - Fight for the causes of key resistance movements such as the People's Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia, the Polish Armia Krajowa, and the French Maquis.
    - Celebrate the expression of the human spirit during the darkest days on Earth, from triumph to tragedy and back again.
    - Action-Packed gameplay delivers the excitement of aerial combat in a manner accessible to everyone.
    - Pilot more than fifteen individual aircraft, in both World War One and World War Two settings.
    - Fly over twenty different landscapes, each individually detailed with period precision.
    - 49 varied missions provide combat, stealth and exploratory gameplay.
    - Machine gun your enemies, dog fight, bomb ground targets and rocket ground troops and enemy vehicles.
    - The player can choose between two control schemes: Arcade and simulation. The first one makes the game easier to control, while the second one gives more options to control the aircraft.
    - Several multiplayer modes for up to eight players.



    Metascore: 67

    You can play the free demo of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars for the UK powered by OnLive.

    OnLive Moved Icebreakers, Red Faction: Armageddon and Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) to the PlayPack

    OnLive moved three games that were previously PlayPass only titles to the PlayPack. The games are Icebreakers, Red Faction: Armageddon and Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.). This brings the OnLive PlayPack to 207 games and counting.

    Icebreakers

    Icebreakers is priced at $7.49 in the US ($5.24 PlayPack) and £4.99 in the UK (£3.49 PlayPack). The rental prices are $2.99 for 3 days ($2.09 PlayPack) and $3.99 for 5 days ($2.79 PlayPack) in the US. In the UK the rental prices are £1.99 for 3 days (£1.39 PlayPack) and £2.99 for 5 days (£2.09 PlayPack).


    Icebreakers is a casual action game published and developed by Xibalba Studios.

    In a small town in the borders of America and Canada, an unusual winter sport has become very popular.

    In this game, each driver pilots a vehicle, much like a sled. The vehicles, called Icebreakers, are equipped with a water tank which launches a stream of water like a fire hose, this not only propels the craft forward but the water instantly gets frozen leaving behind a trail of ice.

    Numerous rules of the game have become popular (there are different modes for different moods). Each of the neighborhood kids became interested and competition is fierce. Each kid now has their own custom sled with surprises for the competition.




    You can play the free demo, rent and buy Icebreakers for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo, rent and buy Icebreakers for the UK powered by OnLive.

    Red Faction: Armageddon

    Red Faction: Armageddon is priced at $19.99 in the US ($13.99 PlayPack) and £14.99 in the UK (£10.49 PlayPack).

    Red Faction: Armageddon is a third-person shooter game published by THQ and developed by Volition.



    Half a century after the Red Faction resistance and their Marauder allies freed Mars from the brutal Earth Defense Force, harmony on Mars is again threatened but this time by a lethal force shrouded in mystery.

    When the massive Terraformer that supplies Mars with its Earth-like air and weather is destroyed, the atmosphere turns to chaos, super-tornados and lightning storms engulf the planet. To survive, the Colonists flee to the underground mines and build a network of habitable caves.

    Five years later, Darius Mason, grandson of Martian Revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, runs a lucrative business from Bastion, underground hub of Colonist activity. Mining, scavenging, mercenary work--if the job is dangerous, Darius is your man. Few sane people now venture to the ravaged surface, aside from contractors like Darius and the smugglers who run goods between the settlements.

    When Darius is tricked into reopening a mysterious shaft in an old Marauder temple, he releases a long-dormant evil and unleashes Armageddon on Mars. As Colonist and Marauder settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them across the storm-blasted planet--and below it, to the very heart of the unspeakable threat.



    Metascore: 75

    You can play the free demo and buy Red Faction: Armageddon for the US powered by OnLive.

    You can play the free demo and buy Red Faction: Armageddon for the UK  powered by OnLive.

    Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.)

    Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) costs $9.99 in the US ($6.99 PlayPack) and £6.99 in the UK (£4.89 PlayPack). You can also rent the game. The rental prices are $2.99 for 3 days ($2.09 PlayPack) and $4.99 for 5 days ($3.49 PlayPack) in the US. In the UK the rental prices are £1.99 for 3 days (£1.39 PlayPack) and £3.49 for 5 days (£2.44 PlayPack).



    Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) is an indie action game published and developed by MinMax Games.



    Space Pirates and Zombies takes place far enough in the future that Earth has become a toxic backwater planet, so...potentially not that far in the future. The galaxy has been colonized by humans, and the only means to travel to new star systems is through highly restricted and well defended warp gates. It is well known that systems closer to the galactic core become richer and richer as well as more scientifically advanced. This has led to theories of a secret system with a cache of treasure or knowledge at the galactic core feeding this growth. As a pirate, you must assemble a fleet and discover what treasure awaits you there.



    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.