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Heavy Rain PC Demo

After some fits and starts, the playable demo for Heavy Rain is now actually available on the Epic Games Store, offering the chance to sample the upcoming Windows edition of Quantic Dream's 2010 action/adventure. Here's what to expect:
This free Demo version of Heavy Rain gives you access to the first act of the game.

Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as “The Origami Killer” - named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes.

  • The demo takes 45 minutes to complete.
  • The demo will feature two full chapters from the game, in which players will immerse themselves in the roles of Norman Jayden, an FBI profiler brought in to help local law enforcement find and capture the Origami Killer, and Scott Shelby, a private investigator hired by families of past victims to bring their killer to justice.
  • The demo, like the full game, features stunning graphics in 4K resolution, 60 fps and Widescreen compatibility

More Free Weekend Games on Steam

In addition to the seven games that are free this weekend through the Steam Spring Cleaning Event mentioned here yesterday, there are three additional games you can play for nothing on Steam this weekend (thanks SteamDB via Ant). As we've grown to expect, each game is also on sale in case you are inspired to play on past this sample period in any of the following games:

Interstellar Transport Company Leaves Early Access

Interstellar Transport Company is now out of Early Access, and version 1.0 if this Windows, macOS, and Linux management simulation is now available on Steam. The full release is discussed in detail in this post, which includes the full patch notes and offers various helpful links, including this video tutorial to help get new players off on the right foot. Here's what to expect from the game:
Build a galactic transportation empire! Help colonize the galaxy and dominate the competition in single player and online multiplayer. Use your business cunning to take your fledgling company from humble beginnings on Earth and it's neighboring planets and moons to the far reaches of the Galaxy. Buy ships, manage routes, research technologies, conduct trade deals, build infrastructure, setup autonomous transportation networks, colonize new worlds, invest in local industry; All set in a scientifically-grounded procedurally generated galaxy. With challenging AI, and Online Multiplayer, you will have a new experience every time you play!
Continue here to read the full story.

New AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Drivers

AMD Support has new version 19.5.2 Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition drivers for AMD graphics cards. As the patch notes explain, these are the optimal drivers to use with Total War: THREE KINGDOMS. Here's more on what these do and do not address:
Support For

  • Total War™: Three Kingdoms

Fixed Issues

  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker when multiple displays are connected on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Radeon WattMan may list the incorrect max temperature for some graphics products.
  • GPU Utilization in Radeon Performance Metrics Overlay may sometimes show on unsupported products.
  • HDR Video may freeze or have corruption during playback when using Movies and TV Application with some Ryzen APUs.

Known Issues

  • Radeon ReLive streaming and uploading of videos and other content to Facebook™ is currently unavailable.
  • ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 may experience discrete GPU connection issues with devices disappearing from device manager when the system is idle.
  • World War Z™ may experience an application hang after extended periods of play.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • ACER Swift 3 with AMD Ryzen Processor may experience system instability when upgrading to Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.2 using the Custom Clean Installation option.

Sail and Sacrifice Sets Sail

Steam now features the official release of Sail and Sacrifice, a single-player open-world pirate adventure for Windows. The game has sailed through Early Access and this post has word on what's changed for the launch, saying, "Among the numerous changes include a major revamp to the prologue and naval combat system and fixes for many sources of crashes and gameplay issues. We plan to continue development of Sail and Sacrifice with weekly patches based on your feedback." Grab your Jolly Roger and your parrot and read on for more details:
In this single player open-world adventure game, you will be the captain of yer own pirate fantasy! Explore 25 islands, sail the seas, amass a crew, and choose yer allies in The Archipelago.


  • Explore The Archipelago - See that giant skull in the distance? The massive volcano? Tall towers overlooking the sea? Anything the light touches is yers to discover. With 25 islands to explore, Sail and Sacrifice offers over 25 hours of immersive gameplay. The tribal, pirate, and Spanish architecture near the mountains and shorelines are filled with civilization, wildlife, and opportunity.
  • Captain a Ship - Expand yer crew, choose yer First Mate, decide the share for each member, and have them follow ye into battle. Gain respect by sinking ships and fencing enemies land and at sea. Spend yer treasure on a variety of ships and weapon types to strike harder.
  • Choose yer Allies - The Kalinago natives look to their three Gods for help against the rise of piracy under immortal Captain Warden and the oppression of Spanish Prince Burgés who claims divine right over the others. But there is more to this war than meets the eye. Take sides as the dynamic story and its characters change around you.
  • Live the Fantasy - Sail and Sacrifice brings ye to the world of pirates, getting drunk on tavern rum, singing sea shanties, and enjoying the witty conversations. All the while, discover ancient temples built by the natives that contain powerful artifacts. Visit the royal Spanish palace to admire their zoo animals, Renaissance paintings, and fine wine.

Kerbal Space Program Breaking Ground Trailer

This trailer offers a first look at Breaking Ground, the upcoming groundbreaking expansion coming to Kerbal Space Program on Thursday. Here's a description of the clip:
Squad and Private Division are proud to bring you a brand-new gameplay trailer for Kerbal Space Program’s forthcoming new DLC, Breaking Ground.

The trailer plays host to several of Breaking Ground’s exciting fresh features, including new robotic parts for more advanced creations, deployable scientific tools to collect important data, strange surface features to explore, and more!
Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

As I previously mentioned, this weekend will open Manstovia for the season, though this sovereign grilling nation will be moving shortly. It will be at least a double-header, as we're having guests tomorrow, but I think I'm also going to cook up some chicken breasts tonight. Looks like the weather is cooperating today, and I hope it's as nice by you. The forecast for tomorrow wasn't looking so great for our plans, but it seems to be moving in the right direction, so it's looking like we may not get the rain that was previously anticipated.

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