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Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China Takes Off

Ace Maddox announces the official launch of Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for Windows, which takes off from early access today. This is flying combat based on secret missions conducted by American pilots in Southeast Asia before the U.S. officially entered World War II. Michael Bay taught us these pilots also helped defend Pearly Harbor, but sadly Ben Affleck's character is not included. What is included is support for 13 languages, and what can also be included are the soundtrack and a first DLC pack for those who choose to purchase the deluxe edition. This post has details on version 1.0 along with a launch trailer, and here's part of the announcement:

FTSOC, short for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA, is an air-combat action game based on the true events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War 2.

Experience rarely depicted air-battles as you take on the role of headstrong fighter pilots, self-sacrificing transport navigators, and daring bomber crews and gunners of the AVG, the RAF, and the USAAF to repel the onslaught of the Japanese war machine. Dogfight skilled enemy aces using “hit and run” tactics, carry out breakaway air-strikes behind enemy lines, and take part in the defense of China’s critical supply-routes, from Rangoon up the Burma road, and across the deadly Himalayan "Hump".

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Prevent The Fall Early Access

Early access to Prevent The Fall is now available on Steam, offering first crack at this dungeon crawler RPG. The game supports playing on a desktop or in VR, and multiplayer groups can be mixed between the two. The virtual realty section shows logos for Rift, VIVE, and the first one we've seen for OSVR. Here's an early access video, and here's more on what to expect:

Prevent the Fall is an action oriented computer role playing game which can be played with or without virtual reality headsets. Experience the game in either single player or in multiplayer co-op online or via LAN.

Advance through twenty character levels, as you explore semi-procedurally generated dungeons, earn Steam Achievements, and acquire a slew of items in this RPG experience. Co-op sessions can be mixed and matched with both VR and non-VR players adventuring together. The game can be controlled with mouse and keyboard, gamepad, or Steam VR motion controllers.

Dungeons are semi-procedurally generated for maximum performance. Utilizing randomly selected layouts players will be able to generate simple quests which will have them seeking to explore, slay, or collect items in dungeons featuring generated NPCs, loot, and traps. Players are able to increase or decrease the difficulty of these quests, and dungeon encounters will spawn an increased number of monsters based on the number of players in co-op sessions.

Prevent the Fall is expected to move out of Early Access and into a retail release later this year. Additional information is available from http://www.preventthefall.com.

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U.K. Sales Chart

There are no new charts today on GFK Chart-Track, who normally update us every week on U.K. game sales. Their absence may be due to the it being Memorial Day in the U.S., though we only recall them taking off of local holidays in the past. In any event, we do see a press release with a new U.K. all-formats sales chart attributed to Ukie, which seems to be an altogether different organization. So lets give that one a go, shall we?

POS.   TITLE PUBLISHER LAST
WEEK
1 - INJUSTICE 2 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
2 ˄ OVERWATCH BLIZZARD 18
3 - GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 3
4 ˄ FIFA 17 EA SPORTS 7
5 ˅ PREY BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
6 - MARIO KART 8 DELUXE NINTENDO 6
7 ˄ TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON WILDLANDS UBISOFT 8
8 - DISHONORED 2 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS -
9 ˄ THE LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH OF THE WILD NINTENDO 12
10 - ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II CPACOM -
11 ˄ GEARS OF WAR 4 MICROSOFT 16
12 ˄ HORIZON ZERO DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 14
13 ˅ ROCKET LEAGUE 505 GAMES 9
14 ˅ LEGO WORLDS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
15 ˅ CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE ACTIVISION 13
16 ˄ LEGO CITY: UNDERCOVER WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
17 ˅ FORZA HORIZON 3 MICROSOFT 15
18 - HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 18
19 ˅ FARPOINT SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
20 - FOR HONOR UBISOFT -

Friday the 13th: The Game Launch Hits Bad Luck

Friday the 13th: The Game launched on Friday the 25th on Steam, but it's still been bad luck for the launch of this movie tie-in, despite almost 40 years to work on it since the launch of the first film in the series (thanks GameInformer). The problems are pretty significant, gauging by this wall of text post on Facebook discussing them. They go into individual issues and how to work around them. There is also an update on Kickstarter on the topic, also discussing the status of back rewards.

Memorial Day Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Freedom Squid Fighter -- Steam Greenlight. "Freedom Squid Fighter is a rougelike shooter that set you in the role of a mutated flying squid. Save the environment and it's animals from the destructive corruption of humanity. Defeat your enemies either by destroying them or by turning them into plants to harvest. Gather mutation orbs to mutate your squid with new abilities and defeat bosses to absorb their powers."

Memorial Day Patches

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Memorial Day Interviews

Memorial Day Consolidation

Memorial Day Mobilization

Memorial Day Tech Bits

Memorial Day Safety Dance

Memorial Day Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., a somber attempt to honor those brave enough to sacrifice their lives for their country. Here's a salute to the deserving, along with a heartfelt hope that there will be ever less need for such heroism going forward.

Somber Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Atari Breakout on Google Search. Thanks Hypothermia.
Shadow Swap.
Stories: Great white shark goes airborne, knocks over stunned fisherman.
Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Florida.
Science: Inflatable space habitat passes first hurdle, now onto radiation testing.
Check for Ticks: Lyme Disease Isn't the Only Thing Spreading This Summer.
Media: Amazing Motorcycle Engine.
Two cats bouncing in sync up a wall onto another wall.
Norm Macdonald on Bill Cosby.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Life is Feudal: Forest Village Launches

Life is Feudal: Forest Village is now in full release on Steam following an early access run for this city-building/survival game for Windows. This post covers all that's changed for version 1.0, including the implementation of Steam Workshop support. Here's the release trailer, and here's the announcement:

The game places players into the role of a village leader, tasked with bringing a tribe of refugees to a new land, and helping them build a new life. Build homes, farms and more as you expand your settlement into a full-scale village while you protect your villagers from hostile environments and the harshness of winter. Take direct control of one of your villagers, zoom down to their level, and interact face-to-face with your townsfolk.

Forest Village is all about realism, from fighting disease and malnutrition, to dealing with water and soil requirements of a summer crop, and even getting everyone under cover during a terrifying lightning storm. The game will challenge the burgeoning Burgermeister in everyone.

Life is Feudal: Forest Village is a feature-rich, town building simulator strategy game with engaging survival aspects. Lead your people - a small group of refugees who were forced to start again on an unknown island.

You can oversee your village from a birdseye view or occupy one of your villagers to control and perform tasks in a first person view to speed things up or just to explore.

Life is Feudal: Forest Village Features Include:

  • Advanced Farming System - Different crops require varying amounts of moisture, labor and time in order to ripen ready for harvest. Your pastures and hens require hunters to protect them from forest predators.
  • Switch Between Birdseye and First Person Views - Play in a overhead view, or take direct control of a villager and play from a first person perspective.
  • Diseases, Food Rations and Vitamins - Diseases spread faster in cold weather, especially if your villagers lack warm clothes or their food is too plain and lacking in vitamins. Try to stock all types of food possible to keep your villagers healthy.
  • Dynamic/Reactive Ecosystem - Villagers walking in the surrounding woods too often will scare wildlife deeper into forest, making hunting more challenging. Excessive farming or woodcutting can lead to flora and fauna extinction.
  • Real Time Weather and Seasons System - Summer droughts will force your farmers to water your crops and rainy days will force them to dig trenches to drain excess water. You’ll also need firewood and warm clothes for your villagers in Winter.
  • Morale and Increasing Population - Keep your villagers happy and their families will grow - that is, if their needs are being met! Living in overcrowded hostels, unfulfilled requirements and even bearing witness to a villager’s demise will reduce morale and their productivity.
  • Disasters - Lightning strikes, tornadoes, earthquakes and more! Make sure your villagers are prepared for disaster and have places to hide.
  • Mod Friendly - Game modders will have access to AI, animations, task and resource management, navigation, sounds and many other game systems.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

The holiday weekend did not prevent Valve from providing new top 10 list counting off the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Friday the 13th: The Game
  4. Fallout 4
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Endless Space 2
  7. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  8. Oxygen Not Included
  9. Dead Cells
  10. Fallout 4 Season Pass

Gatherings & Competitions

On Sale

  • The Technomancer on Steam. Save 66%.

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We ended up getting the last of our supplies for our cookout a little late yesterday, so we decided to put off our hamburger plans until today. This was completely without the realization that today is actually National Hamburger Day here in the U.S., a nation that loves its hamburgers. And I count myself among that number, as they are among my favorite foods, and would possibly be my death row meal choice, though my lawyers are still hoping it won't come to that. So anyway, we will be celebrating appropriately today. If you are doing so yourself, this article outlines places to get freebies and other deals based on the occasion.

R.I.P.: Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Stone Age Racing.
Media: The Floppotron: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up. Bonus.
Kevin Spacey and Gordon Ramsay Have a Swear Off. Thanks Hypothermia.
Why you should never pour grease down the drain.
The Funnies: Why Is No One Talking About How Creepy the Barbershops are in GTA V?



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