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Platform Win, Win, Mac, Linux, iOS Publisher Subset Games Developer Subset Games Release Date 2012-09-14

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FTL: Faster Than Light review: death at warp speed

It's impossible to talk about FTL without mentioning how much it relishes killing you. But dodging barrages of enemy missiles in your little space cruiser isn't the most difficult thing about the game. The real challenge is convincing anyone who hasn't played FTL that it's one of the most thrilling, compulsively playable games of the year. "Well, see, it's a spaceship resource management strategy sim roguelike with - ... Hey, where are you going?" Trust me, very few of those sub-genres pique my interest on the surface. I'd imagine you're a little like me, otherwise you'd already be playingFTL rather than indulging me as I try to sell you on it. FTL LOVES NOTHING MORE THAN TO BRING EVERYTHING CRASHING DOWN AROUND YOU What FTL does so brilliantly is make all its complex...

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PS Vita will miss out on FTL: Faster Than Light

A PlayStation Vita port of FTL: Faster Than Light will not be released due to the limited display real estate offered by Sony's handheld device, developer Subset Games' Justin Ma revealed on Twitter. "Hey. We looked into it extensively and in the end it just turns out the screen is too small for us. Sorry about that," Ma wrote in response to a fan's query about the possible port. Following an announcement in November, FTL: Faster Than Light and the game's free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, was released to iPad devices on April 3. The iPad version is priced the same as the PC release with Subset explaining it "is a true equivalent to the PC in the experience it provides." FTL first launched on Linux, Mac and Windows in September 2012. To find out more on FTL, check out our...

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FTL: Advanced Edition - Overview video

Sure, it may seem like its randomly-generated space calamities are punishing, its miserly distribution of wealth unwelcoming, its frequent full-crew eviscerations disastrous. Despite all that, us true space pioneers know that stuff is a cakewalk. A breeze! Fortunately, the game's Advanced Edition content can finally provide some challenge with oxygen-draining deckhands, a harder difficulty setting, and also, this game was made by the devil. In today's Overview, Russ Frushtick and I explore the vacuous wilds of space to learn about FTL: Advanced Edition's new content, which ultimately results in us discovering new and exciting ways to be set on fire.

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FTL: Faster Than Light's free expansion and iPad port both coming April 3

The iPad port of FTL: Faster Than Light and the game's free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, will both be available April 3, developer Subset Games announced today. Subset originally announced plans for the Advanced Edition and the iPad version last November. FTL was originally released on Linux, Mac and Windows in September 2012. The Advanced Edition will be released as a free update to the existing game for everybody who already owns it or ever will own it, regardless of platform or the online store where it was purchased. The expansion introduces new systems and subsystems such as Clone Bay, Hacking and Mind Control; a tougher difficulty level, Hard Mode; and other changes like minor visual improvements. FTL on iPad will run on iPad 2 and newer, and will cost $9.99 — the same as...

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Watch FTL: Advanced Edition, direct from GDC

They showed us a run-through of FTL: Advanced Edition, and also talked about the upcoming iPad release. Both the update and iPad version, they say, will release at the same time. It's funny returning to a game like FTL that had consumed my life. I know that if I play it again, it will be the game I play, not a game I play. And you know what, I think I'm okay with one more trip through the galaxy.

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FTL: Advanced Edition's Clone Bay, hacking system detailed

Subset Games' free expansion for FTL: Faster Light, FTL: Advanced Edition, will feature new systems and subsystems such as the Clone Bay, hacking and mind control, the developer announced via the game's official website. FTL: Advanced Edition, announced alongside the iPad port of full game, will include only eight systems installed on one ship at a time. According to a post from Justin Ma, this requires players to prioritize which systems will "work the best for your current strategy." One of the game's new systems, the Clone Bay, acts an alternative to the MedBay by allowing players to replace a dead crew member without losing some skills. "The goal of the Clone Bay was to really disrupt the core way you play the game," Ma wrote. "You'll be able to send crew off into dangerous...

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Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Nov. 12

PS4 launch week: Reviews, interviews and more Sony's PlayStation 4 event in New York City kicked off today, and we've got you covered. Check out our StoryStream for hands-on previews, interviews, video and more for the arrival of Sony's next-gen console. The birth of Xbox Live Features editor Russ Pitts takes us inside the creation of Xbox Live and the world's first broadband-connected game console. XCOM: Enemy Within Review: Human Sacrifice We reviewed XCOM: Enemy Within — a title that forced reviewer Russ Pitts out of his comfort zone for the better. According to Pitts, Enemy Within "plays like someone, somewhere kept a list of every minor thing they imagined, while playing Enemy Unknown, would make that game better — and then made those changes." FTL getting a free expansion,...

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FTL getting a free expansion, iPad version in early 2014

FTL: Faster than Light, the punishing indie spacefaring roguelike from Subset Games, will receive a slate of new features as part of a free expansion that will launch early next year, alongside a much-anticipated iPad port. The expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, will add "new weapons, drones, augments, systems, enemies, and more," according to the game's official site. Specific additions include a new mind control ability, which allows you to temporarily turn your enemies against each other, and a hacking system that lets you sabotage enemy ship components; for example, you can make an enemy med bay harm its inhabitants, rather than heal them. The update will also add a new space sector for players to explore, featuring a new storyline penned by returning writer Tom Jubert and guest...

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GOG charity bundle offering three games for $5

Online retail outlet GOG is holding a charity bundle offer, with three games available for $5. All proceeds go to one of three causes chosen from a shortlist by the customer. Buyers choose three games from a list of 10 for a total cost of $5. All proceeds go to a charity, chosen from WWF (environment and wildlife), Worldbuilders (international poverty) and Gaming For Good (vulnerable children). The games are as follows: Botanicula Creatures: Village Darwinia Driftmoon (pictured) FTL: Faster Than Light Incredipede Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Pid The Whispered World Waking Mars GOG is picking up the tab for all transaction fees (about $0.25 on every dollar) so that the full donation goes to good causes. Each of the game developers have also waived their royalties. The offer is...

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Humble Indie Bundle 9 offers Trine 2, Mark of the Ninja and more

Humble Indie Bundle 9, the latest package of price-it-yourself games for Windows, Mac and Linux, is now available with a quartet of titles on offer: Trine 2: Complete Story, Mark of the Ninja, Brutal Legend and beta access to Klei's puzzler, Eets Munchies. In true Humble Bundle fashion, buyers of the package can pick both how much they want to pay for the bundle, and how much they want distributed between the developers, the bundle's organizers and a handful of charitable organizations: Watsi, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play. If you can beat the average paid price for the bundle, you'll also nab two additional titles: Indie roguelike FTL: Faster Than Light and Polytron's multidimensional platformer Fez. All bundles also include soundtracks for Trine 2, Brutal...

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Amazon Digital Games Summer Sale discounts more than 900 titles

Amazon's Digital Games Summer Sale kicks off today with discounts on more than 900 titles for Windows PC, including The Borderlands Bundle, Assassin's Creed 3 and more. The Borderlands Bundle, which includes the GOTY edition of Borderlands, Borderlands 2 and the Borderlands 2 Season Pass, is currently priced at $21.99. Assassin's Creed 3 is on sale for $13.31, a 67 percent discount off its $39.99 list price. Additionally, those who purchase any indie download will receive free copies of SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance, Major Mayhem and Cell HD: Emergence through July 2. Free titles will continue to rotate. Amazon's roster of indie games currently includes Don't Starve, FTL: Faster Than Light, Mark of the Ninja, Hotline Miami and more. Other titles can be found at the Amazon Indie Games...

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