Updated: Jun 23, 2021 7:07 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021

Aliens: Fireteam Gets New Title and August Release Date

A new trailer reveals Aliens: Fireteam Elite as the new title Of the upcoming action game formerly known as simply Aliens: Fireteam. It also reveals a release date, saying the game will come to PC and consoles on August 24th. Pre-orders are now under way on this website, and the description of the video explains the incentives for this advance commitment:
Pre-order any edition of Aliens: Fireteam Elite and receive the Hardened Marine Pack, which includes the Bandana Head Accessory, Digital Red Weapon Camo, 3 Weapon Decals, and Chestburster Emote.

Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat.

Face off against waves of terrifying Xenomorph and Weyland-Yutani Synthetic foes alongside two players or AI teammates, as you and your fireteam desperately fight your way through four unique campaigns that introduce new storylines to the Alien universe. Create and customize your own Colonial Marine, choosing from an extensive variety of classes, weapons, gear, and perks, battling overwhelming odds in this heart-pounding survival shooter experience.
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Steam Limiting Account Changes

Steam Database tweets about the discovery of a change in how Steam handles changing the country listed on your account. This is to impede manipulation to take advantage of regional pricing:
In a further crack down on people buying games in cheaper regions, Valve added a limit on how often you can change your Steam account's country.

Country may not be updated more than once every 3 months. Purchases can be completed using a payment method from your current region.

Out of Line Out

Out of Line is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, Humble Store*, and Steam, offering an action/platformer developed by Nerd Monkeys and published by Hatinh Interactive. Word is: "Inspired by Studio Ghibli, modern philosophy and impressionist art, the game depicts protagonist San’s journey of self-discovery. As players assist the young man in recovering his memory and escaping an oppressive factory regime, they’ll uncover existential themes that relate to their own lives." As you can see in the Launch Trailer, the game features lush, hand-painted graphics. Here's why you will be a stan for San:
Players will use San’s spear to climb walls, activate switches, operate platforms, halt machinery and more across a variety of landscapes. As they navigate past puzzles and mechanical hazards in order to gather the young man’s memories, they’ll unravel the mysteries of his world and discover the power of hope in the face of tyranny.

Key Features

  • Enjoy dozens of visually impressive puzzles
  • Learn to master the mechanics of the spear
  • Interact with beautiful hand-drawn environments
  • Learn from extraordinary characters
  • Discover what San’s story means to you
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Just Die Already Free Multiplayer Update

A free update is now available for Just Die Already, the senior citizen sandbox game. This adds the promised new player-versus-player mode in what is described as "the first free update of many." Those who own the Windows edition should get this automatically through the Epic Games Store or Steam. Here's more:
In the new PvP mode, it’s time to give the boomers what they deserve by having them fight for their lives! Compete against your other old friends, playing in four new arenas where the goal is simple: survive the onslaught from your elderly assailants and start ripping their limbs off.

The new PvP mode includes:

  • A brand new game dubbed ‘Farm’: A cat and mouse type affair where one player takes the role of a farmer trying to stop the apple thieves with his shotgun and the others set about lifting that fruit.,
  • Battle arenas where players will duke it out using the array of weapons and tools scattered around the level. Players can choose between a variety of settings such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Stock, Time Limit, and King of the Hill to tweak their battle to their liking.

Viking Berserker Announced

Gaming's Viking trend shows no sign of slowing down as publisher SimulaM and developer LothbrokStudio announce Viking Berserker, A Norse berserker game coming to Steam. Here's the Official Trailer and a chunk of the description:
In the Old Norse written corpus, “berserkers” were those who were said to have fought in a trance-like fury.
Now, it’s a time for you to become one of them - to be a great Viking warrior, you need to learn how to be a Berserker.

Dark forces have opened the sky and come to our world, and it will be your job to stop all of them and send them back to where they came from.
Your journey will be full of different types of monsters and enemies!

Did we mention that it will be super difficult? If not, please keep in mind that you’ll need to use all your skills and learn new ones to reach the end.
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Get ARMA: Cold War Assault for Free

As the summer sale continues on GOG.com, the DRM-free marketplace rolls out another giveaway. For the next 48 hours everyone is entitled to pick up a copy of ARMA: Cold War Assault for free. This may not actually be related to the sale because the giveaway is also underway on Steam. Wherever you pick up the game, it will be a permanent addition to your library as long as you act in time. Here's word on this re-release of Operation Flashpoint, Bohemian Interactive's debut first-person shooter:
The horrors of WWIII are imminent. There are clashes over the Malden Islands from dusk to dawn and you are caught in-between. You must use all of the available resources in your arsenal to hold back the incoming darkness. When Victor Troska came back to Nogovo, he thought the pain of war was left buried in his past. But his dream lies broken now. His worst nightmare returns when military forces lands near Nogovo.

ArmA: Cold War Assault includes Bohemia Interactive's debut game published by Codemasters as Operation Flashpoint in 2001 and its expansion -- Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. This game is a genre-defining combat military simulation and was a bestselling PC game. It has won many international awards, including “Game of The Year” and “Best Action Game.” Over 2 million copies of Operation Flashpoint have been sold since its release.

DOOM Eternal GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Limited Edition Demon Slayer Bundle

Bethesda announces the exclusive DOOM Eternal GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Demon Slayer bundle. This includes DOOM Eternal, some special physical rewards, and an unobtanium-powered GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. Since state-of-the-art video cards are almost impossible to find these days, there will be a drawing to see who is entitled to purchase one of the 300 bundles. Here are the details:
Because of extremely high demand, a select number of those interested in this bundle will be selected randomly to win the opportunity to purchase. After the deadline, the Gear Store will reach out to the lucky chosen few via email with a purchase link, with any unclaimed bundles redistributed to new winners. To enter for your chance to pick up this limited-offer item, just sign up using your region’s link below.

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For more information, including the full rules and eligibility of this offer, please check your region’s Bethesda Gear Store site. Good luck to everyone entering – we can’t wait for you to experience DOOM Eternal running in all its gorgeous, RTX ON glory!

This Means Warp Beta Next Month

This Means Warp is a roguelike space ship management and combat game for one to four players in the works at two-person developer Outlier. The plan is for this to launch on Steam early next year, but its closed beta test is getting underway on July 2nd. Those interested in taking part can register on this page. Here's a new Gameplay Trailer along with some details:
Play solo or work together with up to 3 crewmates as you make your own destiny in a procedurally generated universe. Purchase new weapons/systems for your ship, battle increasingly challenging enemies, and choose your path through a wide array of varied and dangerous encounters. The stakes are high - if your ship is destroyed, it’s game over!
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Vesper Demo

Developer Cordens Interactive and publisher Deck13 Announce a July 30th release date for Vesper, a puzzle/platformer coming to Windows (it is also a dangerous cocktail invented by Ian Fleming). In the meantime there is a playable demo on Steam. Here's an Official Release Date Trailer along with some details on the game and its inspiration from the past:
Vesper mixes the gameplay of classic 90's atmospheric platformers with newly inspired mechanics. Use the Drive Gun to wield the light in order to overcome obstacles, take control of your enemies and turn them against each other.

The game offers you a variety of different solutions for every encounter, allowing you to hide in the shadows to avoid contact or to engage enemies head-on. Choosing a path that fits your play style is the core design philosophy of Vesper.
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Find Lost At Sea Next Month

Publisher Headup announces a July 15th release date for Lost At Sea, the seafaring adventure game in development at Studio Fizbin. Here's last year's gamescom 2020 Trailer to show this off. Here's the course the game will follow:
Lost At Sea tells the story of Anna, who, in the later stages of her life, has come to be alone. To live her new future, she will first have to take stock of her past. Construct her memories by finding objects and solving puzzles on a strange island, and face the question we all face eventually: “Did I do it right?”

In Lost At Sea players experience poignant moments in Anna’s life, moments that we can all relate to, moments that make us all wonder how life can suddenly take a hold of us, instead of the other way around.
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ITORAH Announced

Publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Grimbart Tales announce ITORAH, calling it a "genre-blending" action/adventure title ITORAH. This will come to Windows via Steam later this year. The Announcement Trailer shows off the game's hand-painted environments inspired by Mesoamerican culture. Here's more on this project's inspirations:
ITORAH harkens back to the Nintendo Gameboy titles that inspired the team at Grimbart Tales. A loveable and scrappy cast of characters, a looming evil that threatens a colorful fantasy land, and of course, progressively more difficult platforming elements are but a few of the genre hallmarks awaiting players when the game drops later in 2021. As Itorah journeys through the world of Nahucan, she’ll meet a colorful cast of quirky companions, including her chatty and loud-mouthed weapon, which also serves as a guide to understanding the events of the past. She’ll need all the help she can get in order to make her way through the winding paths of Nahucan on her quest to save the land and battle the malignant contagion that threatens it!
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Swords of Legends Online Next Month

Publisher Gameforge and developers Wangyuan Shengtang & Aurogon announce a release date for Swords of Legends Online, Saying the MMORPG will launch on July 9th. A new Release Date Announcement Trailer celebrates the news with a look at the inspiration the game draws from Chinese mythology. Here's more:
In just a few weeks, players will be able to immerse themselves in the rich, expansive, visually stunning world and delve into the mystical story told through fully voiced cutscenes. Legendary warriors will play as one of six initial classes and embark on incredible quests, join forces with formidable allies to take down challenging foes, and rest their weary heads in a home among the clouds—easily accessible thanks to their trusty flying mounts!

Based on the legends that inspired the multi-award-winning television series, several movies, novels, and a series of games including the recent MMORPG Gu Jian Qi Tan Online—which first launched in China in July of 2019—Swords of Legends Online introduces a fully remastered edition of the popular AAA saga to a whole new audience in Europe and the Americas, presented in glorious, high-definition visuals. Following a successful Beta phase where players were able to test the waters, MMO fanatics in North and Latin America and Europe will soon be able to jump into the action themselves and explore a fascinating and strikingly gorgeous world steeped in and inspired by the poetic lore of ancient Chinese culture.
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Out of the Blue

I've been struggling to make updates here since being rendered one-handed by my car accident. But even though I feel a little better everyday, today was by far the most frustrating battle with my computer. Windows has two different voice programs built in. One is Windows speech recognition which is activated with an icon. The other is the voice dictation app that comes up when you hold the Windows key and hit H. They both have their foibles, but I find the former tends to lock up my computer, and the latter is easier to work with. Unfortunately, the latter is the one that doesn't work very consistently on my set-up. I've managed to get it working again several times by rebooting my system. But as you can imagine that's not super-practical. I'll mess around with this a bit further today to see if I can figure out why it's so inconsistent. Maybe I just need to get a third-party voice recognition app.

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Overwatch Crossplay Launches

Blizzard tweets that the promised crossplay support is now available in Overwatch. This post includes a FAQ explaining everything you need to know about multi platform support in the multiplayer shooter. Remember, "everyone who logs in to Overwatch by the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate." Here's the announcement tweet:
Cross-Play has arrived. You can now group up with friends across the globe on PC, @xbox, @playstation and @nintendo.

Link your console to your http://Battle.net account and play with your friends!

Sea of Thieves Pirate's Life Update

Season Three is now underway in Sea of Thieves, kicking off the Pirate's Life in Rare's seafaring adventure game. This includes the chance to sail alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, so, you know, hide the rum. Xbox Wire has the details:
Like previous Seasons in Sea of Thieves, Season Three comes free of charge to all players and includes 100 levels of rewards to be earned by sailing the seas and steadily increasing your Renown. Time-limited Events can boost your Renown, as can Trials: wide-ranging sets of Deeds refreshed for Season Three as you take on incoming adversaries and Tall Tales. Season Three’s Plunder Pass is available to buy separately, adding all-new premium treasures to the Seasonal reward pool! Learn more in our Seasons Explained and Plunder Pass Explained articles.

Adventure with Jack Sparrow
At the heart of Season Three is Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life – a collection of five carefully crafted Tall Tales forming an original story where Jack Sparrow stars alongside our pirate crews. Players will journey to strange, ethereal realms and dive deep below the waves on their quest to defeat the nefarious Davy Jones, who has pursued Jack to the Sea of Thieves and threatens to destroy the pirate life unless his schemes can be stopped.

May's Top Games on Steam

A new update on the Steam Blog outlines the top releases for May 2021 on Valve's digital store. As always, there's also this page with links to purchase the various games discussed in the post. Here's part of what this has to say:
Multilingual Gaming
No matter how many times we watch these Top Release lists come together, we're amazed by the consistent representation of games from developers around the world. It's never been easier for players to find familiar themes, locales, and cultural nods that resonate with them. Rather than siloing these experiences to certain segments of the Steam audience, developers are mindful of incorporating localized interfaces and announcements, while also adding subtitles and audio tracks for a increasing number of languages. This was on full display in May, as Top Releases supported an average of 9 languages each, with more than half offering multiple audio options. So no matter where you are reading this from, check out the full list for all the details.

Making History
May also saw releases from several big name franchises that have us looking back fondly at years of unforgettable characters and thrilling stories. As one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, Resident Evil Village marks the 25th anniversary of this legendary CAPCOM horror series. Saints Row & Mass Effect have been fixtures on Steam for more than a decade, so it's only fitting that their remastered editions are Top Releases all these years later. Fans of Shin Megami Tensei & MechWarrior have to look back even further, as these franchises debuted more than 30 years ago. Take a look at the full list of May's Franchises to pick your favorite.

PULSAR: Lost Colony Launches

PULSAR: Lost Colony is now out of Early Access and officially available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam (thanks Ant). PULSAR is a starship simulation from Leafy Games that puts you in control of the various systems of your ship. It includes support for VR headsets and cooperative multiplayer. The game has been through a rigorous early access, and currently boasts over 2800 very positive reviews. Here's a Launch Trailer, a version 1.0 video blog, and the version 1.0 release notes. Here's more on this chance to boldly go:
Team up to operate a starship and explore a randomized galaxy falling into chaos. Each player assumes a role aboard the ship: Captain, Pilot, Scientist, Weapons Specialist and Engineer. Coordination between your crewmembers is essential to survive the perils that await you.

Control the various stations that run your ship. Reroute power between ship systems, operate turrets, run powerful programs, scan enemy vessels for information to give you an edge in battle, or start up the warp drive to escape a fight you cannot win. The strategies you use are up to you—or your Captain.
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Hello Engineer Early Access on Stadia

Early Access to Hello Engineer is now available exclusively on Google Stadia. This is a multiplayer machinery-building construction game set in the Hello Neighbor universe. Word is: "Scavenge, craft, and overcome challenges in the sandbox world of the mysterious Golden Apple amusement park, originally built by Mr. Peterson himself." There's no word on how long this Stadia exclusivity will last. Here's an Early Access Trailer and here is more:
Using frame parts, gears, engines, wheels, weapons, and even jet engines from the amusement park scrap you scavenge, you can build different vehicles that suit your ever-evolving needs.

There are several advanced features such as electrical circuits and smart modules that allow skilled engineers to build self-driven mechanical vehicles or even creatures.

The most important ingredient is your creativity. There is no right or wrong way to complete objectives and how you progress through each level is entirely up to you!
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Evening Tech Bits

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance Released

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance Is now available for PC and consoles. You can pick up the Windows edition on Steam without even needing to roll a D20. Here is the Official Launch Cinematic Trailer (accept no substitutes). The first reviews for the D&D action/RPG started rolling out yesterday, and you can find a roundup of those in this thread. Here's word on the game:
Featuring real-time combat and dynamic co-op gameplay, Dark Alliance pits Drizzt Do’Urden and his legendary companions – Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Wulfgar – against some of the most iconic monsters from the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons. Frost Giants, Beholders, and White Dragons roam the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale in search of the Crystal Shard— and it’s up to the companions to muster the strength to stop them from claiming and using it to destroy their home.
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AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution Launches

Advanced Micro Devices has officially launched AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, which promises framerate boosts and high-quality high-resolution gaming experiences thanks to the use of "cutting edge" upscaling technologies. You can find all the details on what this involves in this press release and this blog post. Here's word on what this supports to start with, and plans to expand the program in the future:
Today, AMD launched FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), its cutting-edge, open-source spatial upscaling technology, designed to boost framerates and deliver a high-quality, high-resolution gaming experience.

More than 40 developers plan to support and integrate FSR into top titles and game engines. And beginning today, FSR is available in seven exciting titles: Anno 1800, Evil Genius 2, Godfall, Kingshunt, 22 Racing Series, Terminator: Resistance and The Riftbreaker, with additional games expected to provide support by the end of 2021.

FSR is supported on more than 100 AMD GPUs and processors, as well as on competitive graphics solutions, to benefit all gamers. Providing up to 2.4X higher performance at 4K across select titles compared to native resolution, FSR was designed for easy integration into new and existing titles across a wide range of platforms.
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New AMD Drivers

Speaking of AMD, AMD Support now offers new version 21.6.1 Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers for AMD graphics cards running under Windows. The Release Notes offer complete details. Here's a handy summary:
This release adds updated support for Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance™, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) support for select titles and AMD Radeon™ RX 6800M Graphics.
This release contains stability improvements for end user reported issues.

New NVIDIA Drivers

Likewise, NVIDIA Support now offers new version 471.11 WHQL-certified Windows graphics drivers for GeForce graphics cards. These include support for raytracing and NVIDIA DLSS for Lego Builder's Journey. Word is: "LEGO Lego Builder’s Journey is the world’s first Unity game with ray tracing. LEGO Builder’s Journey is an aesthetic and atmospheric geometric puzzle game set in a completely LEGO brick-based environment. DLSS improves performance by up to 92% in the game." These drivers will also add the same support to DOOM Eternal, that will be in a week, sadly missing the 25th anniversary of Quake by that much (*holds fingers really close together*). Here's more on what it will add to latest installment in id Software's shooter series:
DOOM is a storied game franchise, and DOOM Eternal launched last year to critical acclaim and the adoration of fans. Powered by idTech, id’s incredibly fast game engine, DOOM Eternal is pushing the visual boundaries even further by adding ray-traced reflections and performance enhancing NVIDIA DLSS. This continues the winning streak for NVIDIA DLSS and ray tracing. DOOM is another huge game franchise, and DOOM Eternal is another Triple-A game that has turned to NVIDIA-pioneered gaming technologies to take their performance and image quality to new heights.

Epic Gives Developers Free Online Services

The Unreal Engine Website announces that Epic is now offering its anti-cheat software and its cross platform voice chat solution as free giveaways for developers. Here's word on how players will be able to chat with their friends on other platforms after they've been banned for cheating:
When Fortnite players are able to chat with their friends while playing, we see a huge uptick in player engagement. What if you could supercharge community engagement like this for your own game?

Now you can, with the launch of a new free cross-platform voice communication service from Epic Online Services. Voice is a platform-independent solution that connects your community with in-game voice chat across all stores and platforms.

On top of that, Epic Online Services is offering the industry-leading anti-cheat solution to all developers for free. Easy Anti-Cheat is a powerful feature necessary for the smooth running of any online game with players on PC. These services empower developers to launch, operate, and scale great games like never before.

Phantom Abyss Opens

Phantom Abyss is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering the chance to jump into this massive asynchronous multiplayer game From publisher Devolver Digital and developer Team WIBY. This allows you to raid procedurally generated dungeons like any respectable archaeologist —  armed with a whip. The twist here is that only one player will successfully complete each dungeon. And viewing phantom recordings of failed runs by other players will help clever adventurers succeed. Here's the Launch Trailer with a look and here are more details:
Phantom Abyss casts players into trap-laden, procedurally-generated temples, and tasks them with retrieving the sacred relics hidden within their walls. Dodge scores of hidden traps, leap treacherous chasms and flee relentless guardians through branching paths until one of the relics are claimed or the devices of death overwhelm them. The most cunning explorers will use the phantom runs of failed attempts from other players to their advantage and avoid the missteps and mistakes that led to their doom, but be warned - you only get one attempt at each temple, and failure or settling for a lesser relic means you will never see that temple again...
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Left 4 Dead Characters Join Zombie Army 4

Rebellion announces the release of Abaddon Asylum on Steam as a new Season 3, Pack 2 DLC for Zombie Army 4: Dead War. This adds a new campaign mission, a WW1 Josiah outfit, weapon bundles, and more to the zombie-infested shooter. There is now a total of $370.30 worth of DLC available for the game. But it's not all about paying for that new pool. There's also a new free DLC pack that adds the survivors from the original Left 4 Dead to the game's playable characters. Here's a new trailer and here's more:
Renowned zombie slayers Bill, Francis, Louis and Zoey from the Valve smash hit, Left 4 Dead, are tooled up and ready to take on a new horde as they join ZOMBIE ARMY 4: DEAD WAR as brand new playable characters in the latest free DLC in Season 3 - which is available now. In addition to the free characters, Season Pass owners can now visit the spine-chilling Abaddon Asylum in a new campaign mission which is also available as standalone DLC.

Abaddon Asylum is the second mission in the ‘Return to Hell’ campaign, following the events of Terminal Error where you uncovered information about the location of Baron Umbra, the mastermind behind the dastardly occult scheme. You will have to fight your way into the Asylum before tracking down Baron Umbra and taking him out once and for all.

Planet Zoo Africa Pack Released

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you. The promised Africa DLC is now available for Planet Zoo, adding exotic new items and wildlife to the theme park simulation. You can find this on Steam, but remember it also requires the base game. Speaking of which, the DLC comes alongside a new patch that updates the base game to version 1.6. This post has all the details on the new patch. Here's an Africa Pack Launch trailer, and here's more on the updates:
Get ready to welcome five new iconic animals to Planet Zoo, including the curious Meerkat, the endearing Fennec Fox and the striking Southern White Rhino. Zookeepers can care for their latest inhabitants and welcome guests to a rich and vibrant zoo with over 180 new scenery pieces, creating a paradise for both animals and guests alike! Players can also test their zookeeping skills with a fresh new challenge: a timed scenario taking place in a picturesque oasis bazaar.

Update 1.6 brings a range of extras and improvements to the game, including behavior updates, habitat webcams, vista points and a free Timed Scenario set in gorgeous Guatemala.
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LEGO Builder's Journey Released

LEGO Builder's Journey is now available on Steam, offering a puzzle game based on the enduring popularity of LEGO bricks. Here's word on the joy of building with LEGO without fear of losing any pieces, much less stepping on them:
LEGO Builder’s Journey is an atmospheric, geometric puzzle game that asks us to sometimes follow the instructions… and sometimes to break the rules.

Take your time to experiment with free-form puzzle solving while immersing yourself in a poetic world of LEGO® bricks. Throughout the narrative, there will be ups and downs, challenges, and celebrations. Figuring out who we are and what we become is the Builder’s Journey.

The breathtaking LEGO brick world is brought to life with the most accurately rendered LEGO elements yet to feature on screens, including stunning ray tracing elements.

Kingshunt Open Beta

Open beta testing for Kingshunt is now underway on Steam, offering a first chance to check out this third person multiplayer action game from Vaki Games. Testing will run from now until Friday morning, and you can get in by requesting access on the game's Steam Listing. Here's the previously released Official Alpha Trailer along with what to expect:
Kingshunt combines the genres of tower defense and hack-and-slash. Join the fight and carve a path of destruction across the battlefield in a game that mixes strategy with fast-paced hero combat.

In Kingshunt play as a hero that best fits your style and utilize their own unique mastery of skills and abilities. Calculate your opponent's moves to unleash devastating counterblows.

This new beta version of Kingshunt will introduce new utilities, towers, a new hero, tutorial, map, and exciting new game mode updates.
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Out of the Blue

Well, today is one of those anniversaries that is making my brain hurt. It was on this day in 1996 that Quake was first released. That's right, id Software's first-person shooter turns 25 years-old today. Just about every year I celebrate the occasion by playing the game on my current PC. Sadly, there will be none of that for me this time around, as the splint on my left arm has me on the gaming disabled list for the foreseeable future. Anyway, it certainly is hard to wrap my mind around Quake turnng 25. For perspective, it launched in 1996. At that time, a 25 year old game would have come out in 1971. The big computer game that year was Oregon Trail, which is quite a leap. On the other hand, fighting the Strogg is no picnic, but it does beat dysentery!

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