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Monday, Sep 16, 2019

Demon Pit Demo

A playable demo for Demon Pit is now available on Steam, offering a chance to try a sample of this upcoming retro first-person shooter before its release. The previously released Announce Trailer gives a feel for the game's 90s aesthetic and the inspiration it draws from games like DOOM and QUAKE. Here's word on the demo:
Absolutely thrilled to bring you the news that we've launched a Demon Pit demo and it's ready to download right now from the store page – look for the 'Download Demo' button on the right-hand side of the page, just below the 'Is this game relevant to you?' section.

The demo gives you a chance to play through the first six waves of hell spawn, while sampling three of the weapons on offer – the pistol, shotgun, and machine gun. Leaderboards are enabled, so you can see how your vanquishing skills compare to other players.
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Heroes of the Storm Event Next Week

A set of new patch notes on the Heroes of the Storm have details on an update that's now live on the Public Test Realm for Blizzard's MOBA. This update is set to go live on September 24th, bringing a new 1920s-themed event called The Scarlet Heist, a macOS update that changes the game's Macintosh system requirements, and other changes, including reworks for both Whitemane and Junkrat. Here's a trailer for The Scarlet Heist, and here's more on the event, which includes special loot chests with thematic cosmetic items:
Scarlet Heist Event Dates

  • The Scarlet Heist is the fall event for Heroes of the Storm running from the week of September 24 – December 3. You’ll be able to equip skins for Junkrat, Orphea, Sgt. Hammer, and Whitemane, and complete quests to unlock Portraits, Sprays, Emojis, and special Mounts.

Scarlet Heist Loot Chests

  • During the Scarlet Heist event, all Loot Chests you earn through progression, Heroes Brawl, or by spending gold will be Scarlet Heist Loot Chests. (Except Hero-specific Chests, which will remain unchanged.) Most limited-time items shown above have a chance to drop from Scarlet Heist Loot Chests only. You can also score Items from previous years’ limited-time Fall of King's Crest event in Scarlet Heist Loot Chests!

Scarlet Heist Quests

  • Orphea's plan is simple: she grabs the safe while Junkrat brings the firepower and Bama provides the getaway. Whitemane would never expect anyone to be bold (or stupid) enough to steal from the Scarlet Mafia. And that's the best thing that Orphea's crew has going for them. As you complete quests you will unlock rewards and if you can pull off the heist you’ll unlock the Royal Getaway Sidecar mount.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione Intercontinental GT Pack Announced

Publisher 505 Games and developer KUNOS Simulazioni announce the Intercontinental GT Pack, new DLC coming to Assetto Corsa Competizione. They promise more complete details on features and a release date later this year. In the meantime, there are some screenshots on the 505 Games Website. Here's what they do have to say about this for now, including the use of "laserscan technology" for accuracy, and plans to bring a free update to the base version of the racing simulation:
After the successful launch on Steam of Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official Blancpain GT Series game, developed by KUNOS Simulazioni and published by 505 Games, Marco Massarutto, Co-founder and Brand & Product Manager of KUNOS Simulazioni unveiled at the last Tokio Game Show 2019 some juicy news about upcoming updates planned for the impressive racing sim, talking about the first add-on package which will be released for Assetto Corsa Competizione: the Intercontinental GT pack.

A few years ago, SRO Motorsports Group introduced the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the first ever global GT3 Series, aimed to represent the highest achievement in long-distance GT racing: its calendar includes some of the most iconic tracks in the world.

The Intercontinental GT Pack, will be fully dedicated to Intercontinental GT Challenge, featuring new tracks such as Suzuka, Mount Panorama, Laguna Seca and Kyalami, with the South African circuit reproduced for the first time ever in a racing simulation using laserscan technology, in order to guarantee the ultimate accuracy to its fans.

More news about release date, features and media content will be available later this year.

KUNOS also confirmed that the team is working hard on the 2019 GT Championship update which will be released as a free update to the base game within fall 2019 and which will feature 6 new cars and Zandvoort circuit.

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Nauticrawl Crawls Out

Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam. This is a puzzle game that promised atmosphere (literally) as well as challenge, as it's presented with this warning about its difficulty level: "WARNING - This game is hard. Get comfortable with dying and trying again. Experiment, theorize, repeat. Can you master the Nauticrawl and earn your freedom? Here's a Launch Announcement Trailer. Here's more on the game:
Attempting to escape the terrifying sentinels on a distant planet, players will need to learn how to pilot a Nauticrawl - a giant metal vehicle, designed only to be used by the ruling elites. With buttons, levers and displays abound, it will take perseverance, experimentation, and a whole lot of ingenuity to make it off this wretched rock.

In what can only be described as genre-busting, this thoughtful experience thrusts players in a sci-fi world of mystery, intrigue and survival. Failure is part and parcel of this journey, with every successive death leading to a greater understanding of this strange vessel as you eke your way ever closer toward salvation.

Nauticrawl creator Andrea Interguglielmi said: "Nauticrawl was my playground as a kid, piloting made-up submarines and huge robots. It's a mix of my teenage gaming years, spent in space combat simulators and text adventures. The outcome is an experience that talks straight to our curiosity, our desire to pull all the levers and explore worlds that can't be seen, only imagined."
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Dead Spawn Spawns This Week

Indie developer YZee Games announces Dead Spawn will arrive on Steam on Friday, offering a rapid-fire Rougelike shoot-em-up played from a top-down perspective. This trailer offers a look at the game's pixel art graphics and fast-paced gameplay. Here's more on what this brings to the party:
Dead Spawn begins with a crew and you crash landing at an unknown location to find it infested with zombies. Players can upgrade their weapons, as well as the character. New loot is dropped every round, giving players weapons, projectiles, turrets, walls, and much more. Every 10 waves a jet must be boarded to get to a new location. Choose a perk per round and fight off endless waves of zombies.

Features:

  • Players can build walls and turrets to defends themselves
  • Play with up to 4 players, local co-op
  • Endless waves
  • Each zone is procedurally generated, with 4 total biomes
  • Each wave will result in a choice of 3 good or bad perks
  • Players can upgrade their weapons, as well as themselves
  • Dead enemies have a chance of dropping a power-up, such as a nuke
  • Players have the choice of 4 weapons and 4 projectiles

Dead Spawn is revisiting the classic Box Head Zombies games with a twist of modern features, such as the perk system (inspired from Binding of Issac). Box Head Zombies being very old, Dead Spawn brings a refresh update, with new graphics and retro pixel art. Dead Spawn was all from a small team of friends with outsourced art and sound.

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U.K. Sales Chart

Ukie offers a new chart counting off the top-selling games in the U.K for last week across all-platforms. The top five is 80% new entries, led off by Borderlands 3, which GamesIndustry.biz says is the biggest boxed game launch in the U.K. for the year so far. Here's word on the new chart: "This week in the all formats chart we see ‘Borderlands 3’ shoot its way into top spot followed by a close battle between ‘Gears 5’ in second and ‘EFootball PES 2020’ in third. ‘NBA2K20’ takes a tumble down from its success in first place and settles this week for spot 4. One of many new additions to the all formats chart, ‘Greedfall’ enters strong at No5. Finally, ‘Daemon X Machina’ lands at No19 and ‘NHL 20’ skates to No36." Here's the top 10:

LW TW Title Age Rating Publisher
- 1 BORDERLANDS 3 PEGI 18+ 2K
- 2 GEARS 5 PEGI 18+ MICROSOFT
- 3 EFOOTBALL PES 2020 PEGI 3+ KONAMI
1 4 NBA 2K20 PEGI 3+ 2K
- 5 GREEDFALL PEGI 18+ FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE
4 6 MARIO KART 8 DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
2 7 SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
12 8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
5 9 CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELED PEGI 3+ ACTIVISION
7 10 SUPER MARIO MAKER 2 PEGI 3+ NINTENDO

Morning Crowdfunding

  • Wheel of Fate by UDX Interactive Inc. — Kickstarter. "Wheel of Fate (WOF) is chapter one of our single player RPG with turn-based Combat. Our target is to bring back this incredible genre with a unique modern twist. We have taken pieces we love from classic turn-based RPGs and added next-generation features, such as an artificial intelligence wheel." Here's a trailer.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

It finally dawned on me why I thought all the ducks on the pond out back were females, which it turns out, is not the case. These are mallards, and were all a mix of mottled brown feathers, so I assumed by the absence of any with the distinct light neck band and green head meant they are all ladies. But I now see that some of them are starting to show the band, more green about the head, and more gray in the body. So I think all the males were juveniles, and it just took some time for their adult feathers to emerge. This is something that's far more apparent in the three swans that are the royal family of the pond, as the parents are perfectly white, while their baby is much darker, but getting lighter all the time. It's been fun watching them grow up, and I'll miss them when they fly off.

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