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Saturday, Jun 08, 2019

  

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Footage

The promised presentation of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is complete, which involved a lot of screaming, along with some information. EA also showed off 15 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from this third-person, single-player action/adventure that's set after the execution of Order 66 that wiped out most of the Jedi in Star Wars Episode 3 (the video also includes a humorous "at least we have the high ground" reference). This shows your character doing Star Wars stuff as well as some more commonplace adventuring like Tarzan swinging on vines and using your lightsaber as a flashlight. Never fear, it also features combat where you use it as a weapon, along with various Force powers, aided by a droid/backpack. Respawn's Vince Zampella and Stig Asmussen also answered questions about gameplay, perhaps most significantly saying this game will not tempt you to the dark side, and protagonist Cal Kestis will remain a good guy throughout. Continue here to read the full story.

Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the most recent installment in this tactical first-person shooter series. This is free to try until tomorrow, and the game and all its content are also on sale for up to half-off if you want to reenlist. Word is if you do so, all progression from the free period will carry over. Here's the pitch on the game:

Master the art of destruction and gadgetry in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Face intense close quarters combat, high lethality, tactical decision making, team play and explosive action within every moment. Experience a new era of fierce firefights and expert strategy born from the rich legacy of past Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six games.

More Free Weekend Games on Steam

There are more freebies this weekend on Steam besides Rainbow Six Siege and Polygoneer (mentioned Thusday). Here's a rundown, with thanks to SteamDB and Ant:

Overcrowd Early Access

Overcrowd is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering a Windows "Commute 'Em Up." This asks you to manage the mass transit needs of hoards of commuters who just want to get to work with a minimum of extra misery. This trailer shows off the game, and here are details on what to expect:

Every day, millions crowd the tube in a desperate bid to get to work. Can you build and run the perfect metro station to help them make it on time?

Overcrowd is a tactical management sim set on the metro of bustling city Lubdon Town. Blending base building with pausable real-time strategy, Overcrowd offers a unique mix of spatial puzzling, strategic thinking and split-second choices.

Excavate your way through 4 layers of earth. Design your layout carefully and plot commuter routes with user-defined directional signs. Keep things on track with a wide range of equipment to unlock and procure.

You’ll need to assemble a crack team, tool them up and deploy them to run your station in real time. You can set priorities, schedule breaks or just deploy them manually. Keep your staff room well stocked and your employees levelled and you can take you tube station to new depths.

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Out of the Blue

It's been quite hot around here the past couple of days. As a skinny guy, I prefer hot to cold, but I'm not so nuts that I like it when it's scorching, so this is about as much as I can take before it's too much. But it still being early June, this serves as an ominous reminder that, to riff on Game of Thrones, summer is coming. Here's hoping it doesn't involve the Day King and red walkers.

R.I.P.: Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies At 83.

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