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Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

3D Realms Plans QUAKE-Engine Shooter

1C Entertainment and 3D Realms announce plans to bring Ion Maiden to consoles next year, widening the reach of this dad joke-titled shooter using the old-timey Build-engine. As that wave of nostalgia crashes about us, they also reveal they are collaborating on another retro shooter, saying an FPS based on the original QUAKE engine is also in the works (so this isn't a revival of the original Duke Nukem Forever, as that was announced as a QUAKE 2 engine game). There are no other details, here's the part of the announcement covering the news:
1C Entertainment, a global PC and console publisher will collaborate with 3D Realms, the developer of classic first-person shooters including Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior, to bring Ion Maiden to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q2 2019, in addition to the previously announced Steam release. Both companies will also collaborate on a new unannounced FPS based on the original Quake engine coming to all the same platforms as Ion Maiden.

Ion Maiden’s exclusive multi-hour preview campaign is available on Steam Early Access for $19.99 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian. The retro first-person shooter developed in the Build engine, which powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, will simultaneously release on all platforms Q2 2019 in both digital and physical formats. In this prequel to 2016’s Bombshell, Shelly has to take down transhumanist mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel.

QWENT Went Out of Beta

GOG.com announces GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is out of beta and in official release. The news is illustrated by a new trailer that shows what happens when you play your cards right. Here's more on the release, and some accompanying rewards:
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is now officially out on PC! The official launch follows the release of Homecoming — a massive update returning GWENT to its Witcher roots, as well as incorporating gamer feedback from throughout GWENT’s Public Beta. The update introduces a complete redesign of the game’s visuals, a brand new look for the boards and faction leaders, new gameplay mechanics and a new card type, as well as over 30 new cards and a revamped deck building system.

To celebrate GWENT coming out of Public Beta on PC, everyone who participated will receive a commemorative player title. Additionally, a special Launch Celebration Pack is available to all players for a limited time. Detailed information regarding the pack’s contents are available both in-game, as well as on playgwent.com. GWENT’s launch also marks the start of a new ranked play season, featuring Mahakam-themed rewards.

The out-of-beta version of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is currently available only for PC and can be downloaded via GOG.COM.
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Evening Previews

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Do you want an explosion? NSFW. Michael Bay Lawn Care.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Launches

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is now available for Windows on GOG.com, offering a new single-player RPG set in the Witcher universe that incorporates some of the virtual card gameplay of GWENT. This also has perks for GWENT players, including 20 new cards. Here's a new story trailer, and here are the details:
Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.

Crafted by the developers responsible for some of the most iconic moments in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the game spins a truly regal tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms — Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.

Main Features:

  • Experience an all new 30-hour Witcher Tale with 20 possible world end-states.
  • Embark on over 75 thought-provoking side quests — one of the hallmarks of The Witcher series.
  • Explore never-before-seen parts of The Witcher world — Lyria, Rivia, Aedirn, Mahakam and Angren.
  • Manage resources, recruit and develop units in your very own customizable war camp.
  • Build an army and engage in story battles, which twist the game’s rules in wildly unexpected ways.

Additional Features:

  • Thronebreaker features over 250 single player tailored cards, as well as 20 brand new cards for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.
  • Each card represents an entity in the game — characters players interact with during open world exploration can become on-hand assets, deployable during battle.
  • During each playthrough, players make choices and face their consequences — acting against an ally’s convictions might cause their card to disappear from the deck.
  • Mastering the campaign allows unlocking premium animated versions of cards, additional multiplayer avatars, borders, and titles.
  • Fully voice-overed dialogues, localized into 11 languages.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales comes with these bonus items:

  • Concept art, including the map of Lyria
  • Digital version of GWENT: Art of The Witcher Card Game artbook from Dark Horse.
  • The Witcher graphic novel "Fox Children" by Dark Horse
  • 2 in-game GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Player Titles
  • 2 in-game GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Player Avatars
  • 5 premium kegs for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
  • Official Thronebreaker Soundtrack

How about more GWENT extras?

Unlock 20 cards (standard versions) for use in GWENT: The Witcher Card Game and search for their exclusive premium versions during your travels in Thronebreaker.
Note: Standard versions of the 20 cards can also be crafted directly in GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

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Cities: Skylines Gets Industries Expansion

Paradox Interactive now offers the release of the Industries expansion for Cities: Skylines, offering the chance to be even more industrious in Colossal Order's urban planning game. This is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS on Steam and you can make your purchase through Paradox Interactive if you fancy. This launch trailer shows how smokestacks will enhance the game's titular skylines, and here's more on how fun it will be to mind your own business:
Mind your business! With Industries, well managed industry areas will level up and become more efficient. Along with production chains, there is a new city mail service, a cargo airport, FIVE new maps, new policies, new city services, new buildings and more.

Check out the tutorial series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4hR-M4rl7ucJI3bDPtChHATEuZaA13A3&disable_polymer=true

Coinciding with the Industries expansion, Cities: Skylines is also getting a new radio channel and a free content update. Synthetic Dawn Radio is the most far-out radio station to land in-game ever! It features 16 original new songs across four genres: 80s Electro, Vocoding Electro, Breakbeats and Futuristic Synths. The free update coming alongside Industries will introduce toll booths and road tolls, which will slow traffic, but generate income for the city. Players can also now designate historical buildings, and create custom name lists for citizens, districts and buildings
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire Released

The new Murkmire DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online is now available for Windows and macOS, though it is still unannounced as of now on the official website for Bethesda's MMORPG (thanks Kxmode). There are, however, patch notes in their forums for the update, and there's a new official trailer to accompany the launch. Here's word on the DLC and some accompanying updates to the base game:
Welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online v4.2.5 and the Murkmire DLC Game Pack! In addition to a new zone and quests to enjoy, you’ll also come across two new world bosses and two delves, plus a new 4-player leaderboard Arena: Blackrose Prison. We’ve also added 12 new item sets obtainable from Murkmire content, new Motifs, 75 new craftable furnishings, 50 new achievements, and many fun collectibles.

The base game update brings changes to Cyrodiil with destructible Bridges and Milegates, in addition to a refresh of Rewards for the Worthy item sets and an exclusive, new PvP collectible item. We’ve also introduced some improvements to the Housing Editor with Undo/Redo options and furniture grouping. And we know everyone’s excited to see you can now re-order your characters on the Character Select menu!

This latest update is approximately 3.2GB. Enjoy, and stay moist.
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Spintires: Mudrunner American Wilds Released

Focus Home Interactive announces the release of American Wilds, a new expansion for Spintires: Mudrunner that offers the chance to go offroad in the new world with nine new vehicles, two new maps, and more. Their e-shop is where to pick up a copy, and the launch trailer is where you can get a look at this new content in action. This serves as a standalone expansion, as they now offer new customers an American Wild edition that includes the base game. Here's word on how you can help finance your mechanic's swimming pool by indulging in some iconic American auto brands:
Indie hit Spintires: MudRunner gets even more gripping with the American Wilds expansion available today on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and the Switch version coming November 27. Check out the American Wilds Launch Trailer to see much-requested added features: new vehicles from Ford, Chevrolet, Hummer and more, plus maps based on the roughest terrain of the United States, adding to Spintires: MudRunner’s unique gameplay. All of this is available in the new expansion, or as a stand-alone edition, which includes the base game, the expansion, and all the DLC released so far together in one package.

Overcome muddy terrain, raging rivers, and other obstacles that realistically react to the weight and movement of your vehicle, powered by the game's advanced physics engine. For the first time, American Wilds includes well-known vehicles such as the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, and GM’s iconic Hummer, among others. These additions increase the total amount of vehicles to 33, with more than 60 add-ons, all playable solo or with up to three others in co-op multiplayer. On PC they join hundreds of mods created by the passionate MudRunner community for an ever-evolving experience.

Also added to the roster are Mount Logmore and Grizzly Creek, two new sandbox maps inspired by the rugged landscapes of Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. The maps also include a pair of new challenges for crane operation and flatbed delivery.
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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

I'm a little sore this morning after a bizarre dog-walking incident last night. As I've mentioned, we're local outlaws, as I let the Gunnar-man walk off the leash for the most part, even though that's prohibited in this area. At one point Jedi and I were waiting at a corner for Gunnar to finish his business, but he cut the corner when he was done, getting ahead of us. At this point Gunnar noticed we weren't in front of him where he expected us to be, so he took off down the sidewalk in an ill-conceived attempt to catch up with us. By the time I realized this, he was already far enough away that he couldn't hear me calling, and Jedi and I had to take off down the block after him. Luckily, the same advanced age that made it hard for Gunnar to hear me also makes him slow enough that we eventually caught up with him. But this was after a pretty long sprint for me considering I don't do a lot of running these days, not to mention I was wearing steel-toed work boots in place of running shoes. So yeah, I have a strain today, I'm not sure if its a glut or a high hamstring, but either way I'll be limping around for a while.

Strained Links: Thanks Ant.
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