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Friday, Mar 16, 2018

PAYDAY 2 VR Released

Steam News announces PAYDAY 2 VR is now available on Steam, offering a way to immerse yourself further in the heist sequel. This is a free download for owners of the original game, and requires either an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive headset. Here are the details:

Step into the world of a heister!

PAYDAY 2 VR is the full PAYDAY 2 experience, where you really get a sense of every cop, dozer, cloaker and medic closing in on you.

Packed with weapons, heists and masks - PAYDAY 2 VR is one of the world’s biggest VR games out there.

In PAYDAY 2 VR you’ll be able to rob banks, sneak into an art gallery, blast some bikers at their HQ or break into the FBI, and you can do it with up to three of your friends - no matter if they have a VR headset or not. PAYDAY 2 VR is cross-platform, so even if not all of your friends has a VR headset, you can all play together using your PC.

PAYDAY 2 VR is FREE for anyone owning PAYDAY 2 and is compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s an update to the main game where you use the same Save File both for desktop and VR.

PAYDAY 2 VR is as close to real-life heisting as you’ll get.
So mask up, grab your guns and reach that payday!

Far Cry 5 Bill of Rights Trailer

This trailer (NSFW) from Far Cry 5 offers a look at the Bill of Rights for the shooter sequel. This includes variations on the version you may recognize, citing the right to arm bears, the right to do without the process of law, and the right to blow $@!% up! Word is: "Lawlessness is the new law in Hope County, anything goes when it comes to taking out cultists!" Continue here to read the full story.

Destiny 2 Season 2 Ending

Bungie.net has word that the final Faction Rally of Season 2 will kick off next week in Destiny 2. Every member of the winning faction will receive a new weapon, and this also represents a last chance to earn Season 2 ornaments and emblems. They also have an updated development roadmap highlighting changes coming in the upcoming version 1.1.4 patch. This also includes a calendar for Weekly Crucible Playlists that will get underway on March 27th.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Houses of Morrowind This Month

Bethesda announces Houses of Morrowind, a new expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls: Legends on March 29th, adding 149 new cards to the CCG. And if you think you know how this virtual card spinoff of the RPG series works, prepare to have your mind BLOWN, as word is: "Normally, a deck in Legends can only contain up to two attributes (or as they’re sometimes colloquially referred to, “colors”). But Houses of Morrowind contains a handful of powerful new three-attribute cards that let you break that fundamental rule." They offer more details on this fundamental change, along with the following overview of the expansion:

From the moment you stepped off the docks in Seyda Neen, you became a potential pawn in a grand power struggle between the Great Houses that govern this land and even between the living gods themselves and their terrible ancient enemies. But of course, if it maneuvers correctly, a pawn can become a queen. Who will you trust? Who will you fight for? Can you control the Houses of Morrowind?

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is going to Vvardenfell with Houses of Morrowind, releasing March 29 on PC, mobile and tablet devices. The set introduces 149 new cards to the game, featuring creatures, characters and many other familiar sights from both The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls: Online.

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Dead in Bermuda Free on Origin

Grab your Bermuda shorts, as EA offers a new freebie through their On the House program with Dead in Bermuda, which is free for a limited time through Origin. This requires a free Origin account, and Origin users who install the game during the promotion will keep it as a permanent addition to their libraries. Here's the official trailer and an outline of what to expect:

DEAD IN BERMUDA is a survival management game with RPG and adventure elements, in which you lead a team of 8 survivors from a plane crash on a strange island. Assign your survivors to tasks, gain experience and develop your survival skills, research and craft new items for the camp, explore the island for resources and solve the mysteries behind an ancient atlantean prophecy.

Key Features:

  • Manage the well-being of your team: they can die from Hunger, Fatigue, Sickness, Injury and Depression as well as lack of water.
  • Relationships between characters evolve! They can argue, become friends and even lovers.
  • Research & Craft to upgrade your camp.
  • Deep RPG system running behind the scenes: the efficiency of every action is tied to character skill, opinions and the state of the character.
  • Exploration: 100 map areas to discover, each with its own rewards… or traps!
  • Randomized elements: the map, the items, the dialogs, the skills and traits of your characters changes every new game.
  • Special encounters in the jungle with choose-you-own-adventure like elements.
  • Easy to play, but hard to survive!

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The Crew 2 in June

Ubisoft announces The Crew 2 will peel out on June 29th, offering a sequel to their open-world motorsports series. In the meantime, they urge interested players to sign up on this page to participate in the beta, which is available for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A new gameplay trailer shows off some of the high-speed action this involves, and the announcement has all the pertinent details:

Get ready to race across America when The Crew 2 launches on June 29 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. On your quest to become a motorsport master in The Crew 2's gigantic open world, you'll unlock a massive collection of the fastest cars, motorcycles, boats, and planes and hone your skills across four different types of motorsport challenges, including street racing, off-roading, pro racing, and freestyle.

For those of you itching to take to the streets, waterways, and skies, there are plenty of ways to get an early jump on your experience with The Crew 2. Virtual car collectors can kick-start their in-game vehicle collections by competing in The Crew Rewards Program, a series of monthly challenges in The Crew that can unlock up to 19 unique vehicles in The Crew 2, including exclusive water vehicles. If you're eager to try out The Crew 2 as early as possible, sign up now for a chance to play the upcoming beta on Xbox One, PS4, or PC at thecrewgame.com/beta.

For the ultimate motorheads looking to get their hands on The Crew 2 before everyone else, The Crew 2 Motor Edition is for you. In addition to letting you play the game three days early on June 26, The Motor Edition comes with The Crew 2 Gold Edition, The Motorsports Deluxe Pack (which includes in-game outfits and vehicles), a customized The Crew 2 license plate, an exclusive steelbook, the official Roadmap, and four original stickers.

The Crew 2 is available to pre-order today on PS4 and PC and on Xbox One starting March 16 at the Ubisoft store. Pre-ordering will net you The Crew 2 Legendary Motors Pack, which includes exclusive vehicles. For all the news on The Crew 2, check out our previous coverage.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Changes Next Week

EA announces a revamped progression system is coming to Star Wars Battlefront II on March 21st as they continue to respond to audience feedback on the Star Wars action game. Word is players are keeping everything they've already unlocked, but that progression will be linear in the future, and players will no longer be able to purchase loot boxes. However, beginning next month, everyone will be able to purchase appearances directly. Here is the post:

Since release, we've been hard at work making changes based on your feedback to create a better game for all our players. Today, we're happy to announce that the Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II Progression update, which includes a complete re-design of the in-game progression system, will begin rolling out on March 21st. There are also some additional changes coming to the cosmetics in the game, but we'll get to that in a bit...

With this update, progression is now linear. Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase. Instead, you’ll earn experience points for the classes, hero characters, and ships that you choose to play in multiplayer. If you earn enough experience points to gain a level for that unit, you'll receive one Skill Point that can be used to unlock or upgrade the eligible Star Card you'd like to equip.

You'll keep everything you’ve already earned and unlocked. You will keep all of the Star Cards, heroes, weapons, or anything else you have already earned. What you have earned will still be available to use with this update regardless of how much or little progress you have already made.

Crates no longer include Star Cards and cannot be purchased. Crates are earned by logging in daily, completing Milestones, and through timed challenges. Inside of these crates, you'll find Credits or cosmetic items, such as emotes or victory poses, but nothing that impacts gameplay.

Starting in April, you’ll be able to get appearances directly through in-game Credits or Crystals. The first new appearances are coming soon, meaning you'll be able to grab new looks for your heroes and troopers directly by using either Credits (earned in-game) or Crystals (available to purchase in-game and through first-party stores). If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of the Resistance as a Rodian, your chance is right around the corner.

These changes are a major step as we continue to improve the core of the game and add new content. And there’s a lot more to come. In addition to continued balance patches, we will also add a number of modes to Star Wars Battlefront II in the coming months, offering several standout, brand-new ways to play. Some of these, like the recently released limited-time Jetpack Cargo, are radically different than anything you've experienced in the game before, and we're excited to surprise you with what we have planned.

The Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Update releases on March 21, with more content rolling out in the following weeks. We're truly excited for the future of the game, and we would be honored if you would join us on this journey.

Realpolitiks: New Power Released

1C Company announces the release of the New Power DLC for Realpolitiks, saying this "reflects some of the current events on the geopolitical scene and trends in contemporary political movements," though we're hesitant to call the Russian publisher's interest in the topic "meddling." The Windows, macOS, and Linux DLC is available on Steam, and this trailer offers a look at what to expect accompanied by developer commentary. Here are the details:

1C is proud to announce that Realpolitiks: New Power has been released today. This first DLC for the original streamlined real-time grand strategy game Realpolitiks, developed by Jujubee S.A., expands the players’ options as well as reflects some of the current events on the geopolitical scene and trends in contemporary political movements. The DLC is available on SteamTM and other digital stores as a separate product, or bundled with the base game.

Revolving around the one country that all heads are turning towards regularly in recent news, Realpolitiks: New Power offers a unique opportunity to arrive at various possible outcomes of the potentially explosive situation on the Korean peninsula on the geopolitical and macroeconomic level and compare them to events taking place in real life. In the Korean Crisis mini-scenario, players can choose either side of the conflict, playing for the USA, China, North Korea or Japan.

Apart from this new mini-scenario, Realpolitiks: New Power also adds features that expand on the current scenarios, boosting the replay value of the base game with Non-Governmental Organizations that try to influence politics to their own ends, as well as new features for creating larger territorial units.

The NGOs present an extra challenge, as they exert additional pressure on world leaders and governments. Players also have the option to work in secret with the mafia, and maybe even support large corporations with favorable subsidies. They’ll also enjoy increased opportunities for business growth while maintaining good relations with separatists, or bring further harmony to their country through various religious and cultural movements, and much more.

New diplomatic options in international politics include non-aggression pacts enabling peaceful coexistence with other nations, while political annexation offers another option for enlarging territory without the use of military power. Even so, everything comes at a price…

More about the new features of Realpolitiks: New Power can be seen in a gameplay trailer with developer’s commentary that will help players become quickly acquainted with them, and learn to make use of them right away: https://youtu.be/lsKD5ZEmzCM

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SYNTHETIK is now available for Windows on itch.io and Steam, offering an action-packed shooter played from a top-down perspective. The game is the output of two-man development team Flow Fire Games, who offer this trailer with a look at the game's throwback style. Here's more on the game and what's changing as it emerges from Early Access:

Today, the 2-man development team, Flow Fire Games, launched their debut title, SYNTHETIK, on Steam and itch.io for Windows. A fast-paced, shooter rogue-lite set in a retro-futuristic setting, SYNTHETIK combines the next level in gun-play with a varied arsenal of powerful tech to experiment with. Players are put through their paces battling from floor to floor of the citadel against the Machine Legion to prevent mankind’s extinction.

After successfully enjoying an early access period on itch.io and a recent closed beta on Steam, the duo have finally completed SYNTHETIK after over 3 years of development. Alexander Luck, co-founder of Flow Fire Games, said, “we’ve had enthusiastic reactions to SYNTHETIK and we’re delighted that we can finally share the finished game. We look forward to seeing people experiment with the various combinations available.” His partner, Eric Krutten, added that, “SYNTHETIK has truly been a passion project for us; one that we feel evolves the genre while offering players a rewarding shooter experience that pushes them out of their comfort zone. We are delighted to have finally made it!”

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Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr in May

Publisher Bigben Interactive and developer Neocore announce a May 8th North American release date for Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, the Warhammer 4K action/RPG for Windows and consoles. The game's European release will follow on May 11th. Here's word on the latest adaptation of this Games Workshop property:

Neocore Games is a game studio based in Budapest whose expertise in Action-RPGs has previously been demonstrated, both on PC and consoles, in "The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing". The team has been working on Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr for three years. It's the very first Action-RPG set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

In Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, players control an Inquisitor in the Caligari Sector, a region infested with heretics, mutants, and Chaos Daemons. The game, playable in both solo and online cooperative mode with up to 4 players, lets players progress through a persistent universe via numerous missions with varied objectives. The player embodies one of three classes with complementary abilities, each one offering specific skills and varied customizable options. They'll fight across destructible environments which use a cover system that is unique in this type of game, and must survive battles that are both tactical and brutal.

Soulblight Released

Soulblight is now available on Steam, offering a top-down Windows Roguelike from developer My Next Games. The launch trailer offers a look, and this post about the announcement is an essay on the difficulties of releasing and marketing an indie game. Here's a description:

Soulblight is a dark, unforgiving, top-down action roguelike luring you to cross the thin line between good and evil. Instead of XP grinding, it introduces a Tainting Mechanics. While traveling through the shattered reality of the Sanctuary, you will receive personality traits based on your choices. These will be the main source of your strength. To harness them, you will have to act accordingly. Becoming an alcoholic means that you will be rewarded for getting drunk, but from that point being sober might prove to be unbearable.

Main Features

  • A unique Tainting Mechanic designed to encourage role playing
  • Tons of weapons, armor, and utility items
  • Dynamic and tactical combat build around stamina management and distance control
  • Optional stealth approach that complements fighting
  • Randomly generated, visually breathtaking levels
  • High difficulty level emphasized by permadeath mechanics
  • Gameplay­-driven narrative

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Fenix Joining Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard tweets the news that Fenix is the next hero coming to Heroes of the Storm, helping to celebrate the twenty year anniversary of StarCraft. There are no details yet, so one can only speculate on the role Fenix will fill, but based on lore it seems possible the Protoss Dragoon will be another ranged warrior. The tweet includes a 12 second video showing off a character animation.

On Far Cry 5 Microtransactions

GameSpot has new details on Far Cry 5, saying the upcoming shooter sequel will include microtransactions, saying these will include ways to speed progress for those who enjoy playing less of their new games. They also note that the game's single-player campaign will be playable offline, a sign of our modern times that this was a concern. Here's a bit:

As with many other games, including previous Ubisoft games, Far Cry 5 will offer microtransactions. Executive producer Dan Hay stressed that the game will be generous in what it offers, though if you want to speed up your progress by spending money, you'll have that option. "We've set the game up to be generous," Hay said. "We've set the game up so...nothing is locked [away]. You can go out and explore, and the game will reward you for your exploration."

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Ubisoft PR followed up to offer a full statement on Far Cry 5's microtransactions, saying they will allow players to speed up their progress. It remains to be seen exactly how this will work, but looking at another recent Ubisoft game, Assassin's Creed Origins, may give us some clues. That game offers "Time Saver Packs" that include items or packs of in-game currency that you can then spend to speed up your progress. They are totally optional, and can be unlocked through normal gameplay. It is possible that Far Cry 5 will offer something similar.

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Well, exactly six weeks ago today, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. As I watched the snow fall outside my window this morning this had me contemplating groundhog recipes, but I guess I shouldn't blame the messenger. And besides, spring doesn't officially begin until Tuesday, though true to my complaints, the local forecast says spring will kick off with a few more days of snowy weather.

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Quake Champions Spring Update Launches; Cheaper Mode Comes Tomorrow

Bethesda announces the launch of a March update for Quake Champions, bringing new cosmetics to id Software's Early Access multiplayer shooter along with three new gameplay modes. The new modes are Instagib, Ranked 2v2, and No Abilities mode, which just relies on shooting. They also announce plans to launch a new Scalebearer Pack at 1:00 pm EDT tomorrow, which will offer a way to get started with the game and two starter champions for just $4.99. This trailer celebrates all the news, and here are the details:

Available for $4.99, the Scalebearer Pack offers players instant, early access to the game along with two starter Champions, Vanity items, cosmetics and more. The pack also includes a three-day rental of all Champions so players can try-before they buy. The Scalebearer Pack will be available tomorrow, March 16, at 1:00 pm eastern via Steam and Bethesda.net, and includes:

  • Instant access to Quake Champions
  • Two permanently-unlocked Champions: Scalebearer and Ranger
  • Ranger’s “Spoils of War” vanity sword and helmet
  • Three Ranger armor shaders
  • Three Backpacks


  • INSTAGIB – The fast-moving, gib-tastic classic hits Quake Champions, introducing a fun, fast and casual game where every shot is a one-hit kill. Players will start each match with the only weapons available – the Rail Gun and the Gauntlet -- and there are no weapon, health, armor, or powerup pickups. Champions still have active and passive abilities, so one-shot grenades from Keel and insta-kill totems from Galena add to the flesh-chewing madness.
  • 2v2 TDM RANKED MODE – It’s like Duel mode, but it’s 2v2. Players can team-up with a buddy and face off against other dynamic duos from around the world, strategizing Champion and Ability combinations that will push them to the top of the global leaderboard.
  • SPRING COSMETICS – We’ve had enough snow and we’re ready for Spring. Quake Champions’ new Spring cosmetics lets players outfit Champions and weapons in a colorful collection of happy pastels and floral patterns. Spring-themed profile icons, name plates, and festive headwear, including a unicorn hat, bird’s nest, and more, round-out our Spring Collection. Go get yourself some pinks and purples and make some black-and-blues.
  • NO ABILITIES MODE – Party like it’s 1999, Quake Dads. Quake Champions can now go old school with the option to turn off active Champion abilities via custom games.

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Surviving Mars Begins

Paradox Interactive announces Surviving Mars is now available for PC and consoles, offering the chance to survive Mars, which experience tells us may involve flying a spaceship out of the Martian face, starting the artifact to regenerate the planet's atmosphere, and/or growing potatoes in your own poop (or maybe we've just been watching too many movies). The release trailer offers a look, and the announcement explains more:

Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games for audiences across all known worlds, today released Surviving Mars, a management-strategy game that challenges players to plan, build, and maintain a colony on the red planet. Created by Haemimont Games, the developers of several entries in the Tropico series and of Victor Vran, Surviving Mars tasks players with developing sustainable infrastructure on Mars, sending forth a brave team of colonists, and helping their population survive – and thrive. The game is now available on the Xbox One, the PlayStation®4 console, and on Linux, MacOS, and Windows PCs, starting at a suggested retail price of $39.99 on all platforms.

Players of Surviving Mars will begin with the very first rovers and supply drops to the construction of suitable habitats for brave settlers from Earth, followed by maintaining a safe and satisfying life for their colonists. The game includes:

  • Build a Sustainable Future on Mars: Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges you to build a smart, functional colony. Planning isn’t about traffic jams; it’s about basic necessities of life. There’s never a good time for your air supply to have a power failure!
  • Individually simulated colonists: Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence other colonists. Things can get “interesting” if your chief scientist develops alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab. Create societies that value science over everything else, or attempt to engineer utopia among the stars.
  • Exploration of Mars’ secrets: Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough, players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Will those floating entities bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin?
  • Future-ready features: Surviving Mars includes native 4K support on both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation®4 Pro.
  • Full Mod Support: Built-in modding tools allow community creators to truly customize the red planet; day-one mods include a creator-led mission sponsor – The Yogscast!

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ECHOPLEX is out of Early Access and now officially available on Steam for Windows and macOS, offering a puzzle-platformer with a story told through full-motion video. The game takes its name from a time-manipulation element that drives gameplay where you navigate the environment with the help of a shadowy "echo" of yourself that follows along mimicking your movements. "With ECHOPLEX, we were looking for new ways to create a fully-realized world that carries emotional weight – something that only real actors can bring to a story," explains Tyron van Vuuren of Output Games. "The game doesn’t come to a halt during cutscenes; instead, ECHOPLEX allows players to get involved in the storytelling process – building their own interpretation of events as they piece things together. And although the cutscenes may look expensive, we had a very tight budget. Kudos to the visual effects team who worked hard to achieve those results." You can see the game in action in the launch trailer, and here's a description with all the details:

ECHOPLEX is a time-bending puzzle platformer with a full-motion video story. Trapped in a mysterious looping simulation, you are followed by an “Echo” -- a duplicate of yourself who repeats everything you do. Each level contains a memory fragment that reveals more of the story — but to reach it, you must outsmart your Echoes in ever more challenging ways.

ECHOPLEX combines minimalist graphics with full-motion video footage to create an immersive, story-rich experience.

  • Solve unusual spatial puzzles anchored by an innovative Echo gameplay mechanic.
  • Experience the story through puzzle-solving and live-action video clips shot by an indie film director.
  • Explore intriguing, minimalist environments.
  • Enjoy an abstract soundscape augmented by a “cyber-horror” score composed by Revin Goff.
  • Play under intense time pressure as your Echo draws near...

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MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Video Teases New Biomes

A new video from MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries called a "Biome Update Teaser" features a couple of minutes of gameplay from the a recent build of the upcoming mech combat game. The clip comes along with an explanation of the clip and an update on the state of development:

A lengthy peek at the latest state of development since December, the March video development showcase reveals an intricate new level of graphical detail in several new biomes and shows off new particle effects, damage physics and TONS OF FREAKING LASERS.

The first standalone single-player MechWarrior title in development for PC in nearly 15 years, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. The title will also feature extensive modding via Steam Workshop and a co-op mode.

Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a green MechWarrior mercenary thrust into combat as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.

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Tropico 6 Trailer

A new trailer from Tropico 6 offers a look at the upcoming chance to step back into the boots of El Presidente to rule the island of Tropico. Kalypso Media says they will be demoing a new build of the game at GDC as they gear up for a release later this year. Here's more on the new clip:

Fetch your finest aviator shades and break out the coconut-scented beard oil, because El Presidente’s beloved island nation is looking better than ever in the latest gameplay trailer for Tropico 6. Unleashed upon the brainwashed masses by the Tropican Ministry of Propaganda and Misinformation, this all-new trailer gives gamers everywhere the chance to see how a real elected official upholds their campaign promises, with a closer look at some of the exciting new features coming up in Kalypso Media’s latest dictator sim.

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The American Dream Awakens

The American Dream is now available on Steam, a virtual reality shooter with a satirical look at a mid-century America where everyday problems are all solved with guns. This trailer offers a look at the game's over-the-top gameplay, which requires an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset. Here's word:

The American Dream features more than 20 heartwarming, pulse-pounding, brain tingling, action-packed stages – each featuring a key moment in the average American life. For every task you encounter in your life chock full of Freedom™, there is a gun that can help – from pistols to tactical sporting rifles, you'll get to try them all.

Featuring the voice talents of Michael Dobson (Dragon Ball Z, Sausage Party, Transformers) as Buddy Washington, The American Dream squares off at America's seemingly never-ending obsession with guns and takes players on an unrelenting journey into a world where the freedom to fire when ready may not be all it is cracked up to be…

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The Witcher's Geralt Joining Soulcalibur VI

You got chocolate in my peanut butter! A tweet from The Witcher announces Geralt of Rivia will be one of the playable characters in Soulcalibur VI when the brawler sequel launches later this year:

We are excited to announce that Geralt of Rivia will be joining the playable characters roster of Bandai Namco’s @soulcalibur VI, with Kaer Morhen as a new stage!

SOULCALIBUR VI will launch this year on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider September Release Confirmed

Square Enix officially announces September 14th release date for Shadow of the Tomb Raider on all platforms. They planned on this announcement being a bigger deal, but someone went and spoiled the surprise. They also say Lara Croft's next adventure will be formally unveiled on April 27th, and in the meantime they offer a teaser trailer and a few details:

Square Enix® today announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider™ will be available in six months for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC/Steam®. All platforms will launch simultaneously on September 14, 2018.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be unveiled on April 27, 2018. Fans around the world can visit www.TombRaider.com for a chance to play the game and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events.

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IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Kuban Begins

1C Game Studios now offers Battle of Kuban, a third installment in IL-2 Sturmovik that features the air war in World War II's eastern front (thanks Veteran666). This operates as a standalone game or as an add-on for Battle of Stalingrad or Battle of Moscow, except on Steam, as word is: "On Steam, customers must first purchase Battle of Stalingrad if they wish to purchase Battle of Kuban." This forum post has all the details on the new release as well as a new version 3.001 patch for Battle of Stalingrad. Here are the details:

The third installment of the next-gen IL-2 Sturmovik series is dedicated to large scale aerial battles between the Red Air Force and the Luftwaffe in the skies over the Kuban front in 1943. It contains ten aircraft.

This edition contains two additional Collector Planes – the legendary Spitfire Mk.VВ (Lend-Lease version imported from Britain) and the rugged German Hs-129 B-2 ground attack airplane. These two aircraft bring the total amount of included aircraft to ten in the Premium Edition.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Kuban can be used as a separate product or be integrated with BOS and/or BOM, resulting in one big WWII Eastern Front combat flight-sim.

Note: On Steam, customers must first purchase Battle of Stalingrad if they wish to purchase Battle of Kuban.

  • 2 Collector Planes (Spitfire Mk.VВ and Hs-129 B-2)
  • 8 Battle of Kuban Aircraft
  • Kuban Map
  • Battle of Kuban Campaign
  • Quick Mission Builder
  • Single-Player Missions
  • Multi-Player Mode
  • Player Controlled Tanks

Secret World Legends: Dawn of the Morninglight Next Month

Dawn of the Morninglight Next Month The Secret World Legends Website announces Dawn of the Morninglight, a new content update coming to Funcom's MMORPG reboot on April 4th (thanks Polygon via Acleacius). They offer some screenshots, a trailer, and the following details:

The fuse is lit. Philip Marquard, leader of the Morninglight, has been making moves in a hotbed of cultist operations: New Dawn. A mysterious text was sent to your phone. It’s time to come out of the shadows and spring into action.

Infiltrate the New Dawn compound. Rise up within their ranks. Experience brand new, fully voice-acted missions, defeat new creatures inspired by ancient folklore, and uncover the sinister truths of the Morninglight cult in this thrilling new chapter of Secret World Legends.

Grab your passport, book your flights, and buckle up. You’re about to go on one hell of a ride.

Welcome to South Africa. Coming April 4, 2018.

Watch the reveal trailer here:

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Developer Carlos Coronado announces INFERNIUM, a first-person, non-linear survival/horror game coming to Windows in the next few weeks. This can now be preordered though the Humble Store, and those who buy the game before its release will receive a free copy of MIND: Path to Thalamus as a bonus. Here's a new trailer, and here are the details:

Infernium needed memorable appealing environments (instead of the usual images of a hell full of fire, suffering, screams and lots of reddish, gore landscapes) because in Infernium the most beautiful environments are also the most dangerous ones. This tends to generate disconfort, anxiety and inquietude in the player. It is no coincidence most of the brutal dangers in Infernium can be found at daylight in plain sight rather than in the darker claustrophobic environments.

Infernium game features:

  • A brutal prison without bars, where the world is the real cell, full of enemies and traps that will - make your path challenging.
  • Anxiety-inducing environments and challenges.
  • 17 interconnected non-linear levels.
  • 6 Easy to use, hard to master player skills to find and improve.
  • Different enemy kinds. Each one will require a diferent strategy/skill to overcome.
  • Persistent world. Every little change you make in Infernium will remain like that forever.
  • Robust, deep, Photomode included.
  • New Game + Mode and multiple endings.
  • ONLY on PC: 16K photomode, Mods and Workshop support, 4K and 8K resolutions, Twitch Integration.

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Light Fall Story Trailer

A new trailer for Light Fall shows off story elements in light of plans to release this 2D platformer this month for Windows and macOS. Here are some details on the game:

The award-winning Light Fall is a one-of-a-kind platformer that features an innovative game mechanic, intriguing storyline and gorgeous art style.

Light Fall follows the story of a young boy and his quest through Numbra, the land of eternal night, to be reunited with his dearest friend who vanished in the darkness. With the aid of the magical Shadow Core — a player-controllable platform, follow his courageous journey across an entire continent, braving war and ancient enemies, led only by a glimmer of a hope.

Stryx the old and grumpy owl, will be there as well; but depending on his mood, he’ll either offer useful advice or bluntly mock the boy’s failures. No one said this would be easy...

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U.K. Sales Charts

For some reason GfK Chart-Track issued new U.K. weekly sales charts yesterday, rather than Monday. This post celebrates the news, noting that GTA5 is this week's number one on the all-platforms chart. Here's that chart, showing Bravo Team debuting at number two and TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge entering the chart at number three. On the PC top 30 chart for the week ending March 10th, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is the top new entry at number three. Here's the PC top 10:

LW TW Title Developer Label Publisher

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad X Enclosure on TweakTown.
  • Azio Retro Classic Keyboard on Play3r.
  • Cooler Master MASTERAIR MA610P CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
  • Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Laptop on Tech ARP.
  • Phanteks Glacier C350i CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
  • ROCCAT Khan AIMO RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset on Play3r.
  • TekQ Rapide 240GB Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD on TweakTown.


Out of the Blue

Beware the Ides of March. Likewise, beware of dog and Greeks bearing gifts. Also, be careful what you wish for, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, and mind the gap. You have been warned.

Warning Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Car Eats Car 6.
Link: Happiness report- Finland is world's 'happiest country' - UN.
Story: Man dressed as 'Frozen's' Elsa saves Boston police wagon from snowbank.
Science: The Universe According To Albert Einstein: Relativity. Thanks RedEye9.
Fit Middle-Aged Women May Fend Off Dementia Later.
Images: I would so play WooD.
Media: ...but can it run Doom?
3D-Printed Fillenium Malcon (Timelapse).
Lego Mario Kart.
Follow-up: Mass killer Dylann Roof’s sister charged with carrying weapons at S.C. high school.


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