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Monday, Dec 05, 2016


New GeForce Drivers

The GeForce website offers new WHQL-certified version 376.19 GeForce game-ready drivers. These are optimized for the Oculus Touch, the new motion controls for Oculus Rift. They celebrate the news with an Oculus Touch launch week giveaway with prizes all month. If you've got a lot of spare time to kill, these patch notes have 44 pages of details on the new drivers.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Vive la France! Released

Steam now offers Vive la France!, the promised large map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2, SCS Software's long-haul sequel. Here's word on what this adds to the Windows, OS X, and Linux editions of the game:

Vive la France ! is a large map expansion add-on for Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Make your way through broad boulevards of industrial cities and narrow streets of rural hamlets. Enjoy French outdoors with its diverse looks and disparate vegetation from north to south.

Discover famous landmarks, deliver to expansive industrial areas, navigate complex intersections and interchanges, enjoy visually unique roundabouts inspired by real locations. Transport a variety of new cargo to service new local French companies as well as connecting the region to the rest of Europe.


  • Extensive map of France to explore
  • 20,000 km of new roads and highways
  • Famous landmarks, recognizable places
  • 15 new cities
  • Rural French villages and sceneries
  • Enhanced vegetation, new forest ecosystems
  • New local companies to work for
  • French tollgate system
  • New industries including 5 nuclear plant zones
  • New cargoes to haul

Free Stellaris DLC

Paradox Interactive now offers new free DLC for Stellaris called Horizon Signal. This adds a new storyline to the grand strategy game from Sunless Sea writer Alexis Kennedy. This trailer promoting news mostly just features words, though that is appropriate for a story update. These patch notes have all the details on the update accompanying the patch, and here's word:

A new and rich storyline has been added to the already deep well of events and occurrences in Stellaris, the hit grand strategy space epic from Paradox Development Studios. A signal in distant space is calling out to your empire. What does this entity want, and how does it know who you are?

Horizon Signal is written by Alexis Kennedy, a British writer best known for his work at Failbetter Games, which he co-founded. His writing for Sunless Sea and Fallen London has been widely acclaimed, and now he is scribing new stories for Stellaris.

This story update is free for all Stellaris owners and highlights one of the great strengths of the game – its ability to tell stories that entertain and entrance without distracting you from the core strategic gameplay. Horizon Signal is released alongside Update 1.4, appropriately named "Kennedy". A full list of patch notes can be found of the Paradox Forum.

Horizon Signal is available now and will be automatically added as a DLC for all Stellaris Players.

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Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality Released

Steam News announces the release of Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality, offering the promised virtual reality take on the sloppy surgery sim. This trailer offers a look, and here's word:

Surgeon Simulator is bringing the ER to VR! The most critically acclaimed and infamous surgery simulation game as you have never seen it before! Featuring all of the surgeries and twisted humour of the original favourite plus a few new surprises...

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No Full Clip Edition Upgrades for Bulletstorm Owners

Gearbox Software's recent announcement of a Bulletstorm re-release called Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition leaves owners of the original game wondering if they would get a free or discounted upgrade. Randy Pitchford tweets that due to a variety of circumstances, they will have to clip everyone for full price here, saying that, "If that is a deal breaker for you, you should skip it" (thanks PCGamesN). Here are the reasons this must be the case:

Not possible - completely different publisher, era, platform (they were Games for Windows only), product/sku, etc.

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Into the Black

Football Manager 2017 Demo

The Steam page for Football Manager 2017 now features a playable Windows, Linux, and OS X demo for the sports management sequel (thanks Frans). There is no accompanying news update about the demo, which actually came out last month, but went unnoticed. It turns out there are some details on the FM17 website. Here's word:

Put yourself in the digital dugout now with the Football Manager 2017 or Football Manager Touch 2017 Demo - both completely free to download for PC, Mac and Linux.

Football Manager 2017 gives you complete management control whilst Touch is a thorough, but fasted-paced experience.

Your demo career lasts for 6 in-game months and if you later decide to upgrade and purchase Football Manager 2017 or Touch your progress can be carried forward into the full game – and you won't have to start from scratch!

To play the demo you will need to download and install Steam which is an online game platform. Once you’ve created your free account please follow the instructions below:

1. Type Football Manager 2017 or Football Manager Touch 2017 into the search bar

2. Click the Download PC Demo* button on the right hand side of the page (you may need to scroll down to see this)

3. Follow the instructions to complete the download

*Also available for Mac and Linux users

Robo Recall Video Diary

Epic Games offers a new trailer with a developer diary for Robo Recall, their upcoming virtual reality first-person shooter. They plan to release this next year for free for Oculus Rift owners, and this video kicks off a series of such clips to promote the game. Here's word on this diary, and its focus on the game's arcade action feel:

Epic Games today released a brand new dev diary for their upcoming virtual reality first-person shooter, Robo Recall, coming for free to Oculus Touch in early 2017. This is the first in a series of new documentaries that show new gameplay footage and reveal aspects about the game.

The dev diary, "Arcade Action Feel," showcases the game's over-the-top arcade action and fast-paced combat, and features commentary from the dev team on how they sought to make an accessible and fun shooter inspired by classic arcade games. The video also discusses the various design techniques used to fully immerse players in the experience.

Unveiled at Oculus Connect 3 and built on top of the Oculus platform API, Robo Recall is Epic's first fully-featured VR game, with input designed for the new Oculus Touch controllers. Using a range of customizable and unlockable weapons, the game tests players' bot-destroying skills throughout a variety of increasingly challenging and outrageous missions. Robo Recall also features an emergent sandbox experience that allows players to test out trick shots and develop creative combat tactics throughout the game's stunning city environments.

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THQ Nordic Acquires War Leaders: Clash of Nations

THQ Nordic announces the acquisition of three new IPs as part of a shopping spree that began a couple of years ago when they were still just plain Nordic. One of these properties is War Leaders: Clash of Nations, a World War II strategy game originally released for Windows in 2008/2009. Here's a summary of the contents of their cart:

“These are not financially material acquisitions, but due to our love for these types of games they were natural acquisition targets that add up to our portfolio. Moreover, we also got a lot of messages from fans that encouraged us to add them. Among these titles, Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is very well suited for the Nintendo audience – which we love to support. We are excited for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new platform, and already have two other projects in development for it.”

Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is a third person action-adventure video game inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt. It was originally released for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.

War Leaders: Clash of Nations is a turn-based global strategy game bundled with a real-time tactics game mode for PC.

Legends of War is a turn-based strategy video game series franchise created in 2010. It was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable.

U.K. Sales Charts

Football Manager 2017 continues to kick ass on the GFK Chart-Track PC top 30 sales chart for the U.K. The sports sequel retains the top spot while Watch Dogs 2 debuts at number 13. On the all platforms chart Final Fantasy 17 debuts at number two, while FIFA 17 remains the number on association football/soccer game on this chart. The summary has all the details:

An impressive launch for Square Enix’s ‘Final Fantasy XV’ means it debuts at No2 while ‘Fifa 17’ maintains its grip on the crown.

Despite missing out on the top spot it’s a great start for Square’s beloved series. It ranks as the second best launch (by our market panel) behind 2010’s ‘Final Fantasy XIII’. ’Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ makes way for the new release dropping a spot to No3. Familiar titles jostle for position with ‘Minecraft: Xbox Edition’ pushing back into the Top 10 at No10. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Special Ed’ benefits from retailer promotions climbing six places to No11. Ubisoft deliver ‘Steep’ for PS4 and Xbox One with the snowboarding title making an impact at No24. In terms of Winter Sports titles it finds itself at No4 for week 1 panel sales just ahead of SSX Tricky. ‘Super Mario Maker’s dramatic surge back into the Top 40 is driven by the arrival of the 3DS version, which fires it back up to No25. Finally Take 2’s ‘Battleborn’ continues to climb up the All Formats chart, making its way to No40 following recent promotions.

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Out of the Blue

The Westworld season finale was as great as I hoped, or more accurately, expected. It was loads of fun trying to keep up with the season, and impressive that even after figuring most things out, there was still a twist to be had at the end. They also lived up to their commitment to answering most questions and not leaving lots of loose ends, while still setting up future seasons. A true sci-fi TV masterpiece.

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