ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the worst plane crash in the North African nation's history.Algeria's Defense Ministry said that those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew members.The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, the ministry said.The ministry said that most of the victims were soldiers and their relatives and that the victims' bodies were transported to the Algerian army's central hospital in the town of Ain Naadja for identification.Local media reported that the plane crashed just after taking off. Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash. Footage from the scene showed thick black smoke coming off the field, as well as ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles arriving at the site.It was the first crash of an Algerian military … [Read more...] about More than 250 dead in Algerian military plane crash
The new PUBG Military Skirt is the latest, most sought-after item available in the game's random loot box drops. With a 0.0064% chance of the Military Skirt dropping, which would take the average player 125 years to achieve, it's the rarest drop yet. Despite its rarity, there's already four of them available on the Steam Community Market, where players can bypass the ridiculous odds by paying cash. At the time of writing, the cheapest available PUBG Military Skirt (Black) is priced at $1,265.00. Compared to the heavily criticized Star Wars Battlefront II, PUBG's microtransactions haven't caused much controversy, due to the fact that they don't impact gameplay. Sure, some of the outfits may make for better camouflage than others, but aside from that, they'll harmless. However, on PC where items can be sold on the Steam Community Market, many players have paid silly money for random loot crate drops, in the hopes of getting something rare and … [Read more...] about PUBG Military Skirt Is Available for Just $1,265!
Long Gone Days is a modern military RPG which developer Bura describes as an eclectic mix of visual novels and shooters. It will launch on Steam Early Access in March and fully release later this year, and it already has a free Steam demo you can try. Starring Rourke, a soldier who deserts the military after learning "the awful truth about the operation he's part of," Long Gone Days tells a story of inescapable war, Bura says. It's set in the underground city of Kaliningrad and features an intriguing mix of game modes. Combat, for example, comes in two forms: first-person turn-based combat where you build and command your party, and a sniper mode where you hunt find-it-style for targets. Bura says there are "no random encounters or grinding," which sounds like a nice departure from turn-based norms. Similarly, rather than tanks or mages or other fantasy classes, you have medics and translators. Then there's morale, which is determined by your dialogue choices and … [Read more...] about Try the demo for military RPG Long Gone Days
The near-future military shooter Ironsight, which began closed beta testing late last year, will move into open beta on February 1, publisher Aeria Games announced today. The open beta will feature "a broad range of new content," including four maps, a new mode, and a new mission. Ironsight pits the North Atlantic Forces against the Energy Development Enterprise Networks in a battle for the few natural resources that remain on Earth in the year 2025. It features familiar game modes including Search and Destroy and Team Deathmatch, and a couple that are less self-evident called Secure Point and Resource Takeover. Two co-op modes that play out against enemy AI are also available. Players have access to more than 100 customizable weapons and a variety of offensive and tactical drones and mechs. The battles themselves will take place on familiar locations from around the world, each with variable terrain and weather patterns. Ironsight free to play, although as usual you … [Read more...] about Free-to-play military shooter Ironsight will begin open beta testing in February
Here's an interesting turn of events, just as Call of Duty's (formerly premium, now free) clan-supporting, stat-tracking service CoD Elite is completely shutting down, Battlefield 4's brand-spankin'-new Platoons service is making its debut. After Elite got started, Activision wasn't able to keep the public interest. With Platoons being such a similar service, does it stand a chance of making it for the long haul? Or are premium clan services--even those in the most popular military shooters on the market--simply doomed to fail? In case you don't know what the CoD Elite and Platoons services are, let me break it down. Elite started out in 2011 as a convenient package deal, making it easier to keep up with the plethora of Call of Duty updates and DLC add-ons by allowing players to subscribe to the service. Once you shelled out the $50-a-year subscription, you got all the additional content, stat tracking, and clan progression features a hardcore CoD gamer could ever want. But eventually, … [Read more...] about When it comes to military shooters, there can be ONLY ONE premium service