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Friday, Oct 11, 2019

Fortnite Chapter 2 Leaked?

PC Gamer points out a tweet from Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks that lives up to its username by revealing a promotional image that shows off what's called Fortnite Chapter 2. They say this leaked out through the Italian Apple Store, though it is apparently no longer appearing there. The image shows off a new landscape, leading to speculation that Fortnite Season 11 will feature a new map. Season 10 ends on Sunday, so we should know what comes of this soon enough.

Gone Gold - Need for Speed Heat

Ben Walker tweets that Need for Speed Heat has gone gold, and the high speed driving game is on track for its planned release on November 8th on Origin (thanks DSOGaming). Word is: "The game has gone gold, and has been sent to be made into discs." Ben also offers this tweet and this one with videos showing off some gameplay.

GRID Released

Codemasters' GRID reboot is on the starting grid, as the racing game is now available for Windows on Steam while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions are out on their respective platforms. You can lap up the game's visuals in the Launch Trailer that debuted last week, and read on for more details:
GRID® is now available worldwide on PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One, giving race fans intense wheel-to-wheel action on some of the most challenging street tracks and race circuits. Having won the prestigious Best Racing Game at the gamescom Awards 2019, GRID gives players choice and accessibility allowing them to play their way with a superior handling model that caters to both sim players who want a fun experience and casual fans looking for a challenging racing game. The latest trailer can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv9lm4K9Sek

From lights out, players will experience the true drama of motorsport. GRID isn’t about a procession of cars; with 400 AI personalities ranging from calm to aggressive, drivers stray from the racing line to prevent opponents from passing, or they might brake late and do whatever is necessary to remain ahead of the pack. GRID features 104 career events across 12 race locations, the best drivers including Fernando Alonso and his esports team, FA Racing Logitech G, and the return of the revered Ravenwest Motorsport.

“As a team, we are incredibly proud of the game we have made and excited that players around the world can finally get their hands on it,” said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters. “We set out with three goals; make a game that puts the player in control and allows them to play their way. For the game to feel alive and celebrate the drama of motorsport. Lastly, make a game that is for everyone; to have the best handling which appeals to both core racing fans and casual players. We have put all of this into GRID and we look forward to hearing feedback from our players.”
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Franchise Hockey Manager 6 Faces Off

Franchise Hockey Manager 6 is now available, offering the new installment in this professional hockey simulation from Out of the Park Developments, the folks behind the Out of the Park Baseball series. This supports Windows and macOS, and you can pick up a copy from the OOTP Developments Store or Steam. Word is the new edition of this NHL-licensed game boasts dozens of new features and improvements: "Key rivalries influence success, new reports drive deep analysis, fan happiness impacts your club, play online leagues with friends, 2019-20 Opening Night rosters, and more!" Here's a new trailer to check out, and here are some details:
Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of the National Hockey League®, today announced that Franchise Hockey Manager 6 has been released worldwide! FHM 6 is the biggest and deepest version yet of the only hockey strategy game on the market officially licensed by the National Hockey League®. It ships with dozens of exciting new features and improvements aimed directly at fans of hockey, strategy, and sports.

Franchise Hockey Manager 6 includes:

  • New Rivalry System! Rival matches have extra significance for success - and change over time in response to in-game results
  • Fans Matter! Supporter happiness is tracked, changing in response to in-game events and actions, affecting attendance, job security, owner satisfaction, and more!
  • Alter history! Change the structure and evolution of historical leagues and teams
  • Real historical staff! Play with and against legendary coaches, general managers, and owners, or step into their shoes with the new "Play as" mode that lets you take the identity (and abilities!) of a real GM
  • New exhibition mode! Pit teams from any era against each other, opening infinite possibilities for matchups.
  • Improved team management screens! Lock players to a specific line for increased ability to influence performance
  • Improved player modeling! Suspensions for on- or off-ice incidents, stat-adjusted talent ratings, and personality ratings that evolve in response to game events
  • Accurate 2019 Opening Night rosters, teams, and leagues!
  • New Team reports! Tons of new information at your fingertips, including prospect and positional rankings, team power rankings, the best and worst single-game performances, global team ranking system, and more
  • 25 new Historical Challenges! A wide variety of scenarios to test your skill.
  • Extend your legacy! Carry forward your FHM5 saves into FHM6
  • New leagues and tournaments! German, Swiss, and UK second divisions, and the Spengler Cup
  • Much more!

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Princess Remedy 2: In A Heap of Trouble Free on Steam

Princess Remedy 2: In A Heap of Trouble is now available with a 100% discount on Steam for this prequel to the free-to-play Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt (thanks Ant). The promotion runs for the next week, so anyone who picks up their copy between now and October 15th will add it to their library permanently. This Windows, macOS, and Linux action/RPG action/RPG features throwback 8-bit graphics that you can see in action in this gameplay trailer. Here's more on the game:
An enormous Boss Tower has sprung from the ground, lifting entire towns up with it. People got used to it and kept living on the tower, but they’re starting to contract all sorts of mysterious illnesses. Princess Remedy, still in Saturnian healing school, must use her powers to heal everyone and defeat the Boss Tower!

The theme of love is back, and this time Remedy can date anyone she's healed to have them accompany her on her travels. Each companion offers a different ability in Healing Mode, such as Dash, Homing shots and Injection.

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PC EARTH DEFENSE FORCE- IRON RAIN Next Week

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN is coming to Windows PCs on October 15th, offering the newest installment in this frenetic third-person shooter series (thanks DSOGaming). The game now has a Steam Listing showing reasonable system requirements. Here's a description of what to expect:
Save the world without hope.
Year 2040. An action TPS where you will become one of the EDF soldiers and fight against the invaders from outer space which ruined the world. In the world settings which differs from the original "EARTH DEFENSE FORCE" series, more than 50 missions in five difficulties await for your challenge.
  • 50+ Missions in Five Difficulties
    The furious battle against the invader Aggressors is full of chaos. Includes 50+ severe missions, where you must fight against gigantic enemy creatures and huge invader weapons in 5 different difficulties.
  • 4 Mobile Soldiers and Weapons
    You will become the legendary mobile soldier which controls 4 different PA Gears, several hundreds weapons, arms and items. Regain hope to human beings.
  • Bring Personality to the Battlefield
    Includes character creation mode. You can select your favorite gender, face, hair style, weight, voice and outfit. You can also change the personality of yourself.
  • Enriched Off-Line and On-Line Mode
    When playing the off-line mode, the split-screen will be supported. Also, when playing the on-line mode, you can co-op with other EDF members around the world.

Evening Safety Dance

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Watch a Giant 3D Printer Spit out an Entire Boat. Thanks Max.

BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre Lets Loose

BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre is now available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Switch, offering a sadistic, satirical action/RPG with an edgy title and an edgy theme. The PC edition is on Steam, bearing a mature content warning and the promise of even more immature maturity, saying, "IF YOU WANT TO PLAY THE FULL VERSION OF B.D.S.M. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE PATCH ADULT ONLY ON THE GAME PAGE IN THE STORE!" The previously released Release Trailer shows off gameplay and 50 shades of red, and they've whipped up the following announcement:
Is it hot in here, or is it just...Lou? Hell just got a deadly new diabolic avenger, as BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre from developer and publisher Big Way Games has arrived on the PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 today. Get ready for all-out twin-stick guns-blazing MILK-chugging mind-melting-mayhem featuring Lou, Satan’s beloved son, as he blasts through waves of vile traitors to prevent hell from being overwhelmed by pathetic humans! BDSM features an awesome arsenal of soul-shredding weapons, crazy creatures, and bada$$ bosses. But those obnoxious humans and their demonic conspirator cohorts are ready to fight back for their ill-gotten gains, so players will need to think fast and shoot faster so they don’t get overwhelmed by the onslaught of horror and humor.

“BDSM is all about being fun and funny,” said Big Way CEO, Konstantin Semenov. “Not only do you get to take back hell from greedy human corporations, but you get to hear Lou take down some of those sacred cows of old school shooters.”

BDSM is a satirical action RPG where you get to play Lou, Satan’s son as he battles a horrific human invasion of Hell. Grab your guns, stock up on strong milk — and save Hell! While you’re at it, rescue the awesome demoness from the clutches of those nasty people and mega-corporations! Tons of action and humor await, as players unleash hell on those lame humans and their supernatural helpers in a quest to make the Underworld great again!
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The Bradwell Conspiracy Unfolds

The Bradwell Conspiracy is now available as planned, offering an adventure game where you must survive "innovative" puzzles and corporate duplicity to escape an underground complex. This is available for Windows and consoles, and you can pick up the PC edition on Steam with a 10% launch discount. Here's the Launch Trailer along with more on the game and the creative forces behind it:
The Bradwell Conspiracy is a first-person narrative adventure game and the inaugural release from ‘A Brave Plan’; a team of BAFTA award winning AAA veterans. The game tasks the player with escaping the Bradwell Stonehenge Museum after a sudden explosion by communicating with another survivor via photographs.

Jonathan Ross stars as the Narrator of the Bradwell Electronics employee induction, an irreverent test of wits and personality that the player must pass in order to ‘borrow’ the SMP, a powerful 3D printer they’ll need to solve a variety of challenges. Jonathan Ross isn’t the only voice you’ll hear in The Bradwell Conspiracy. The game features vocal work by Abubakar Salim (Assassin's Creed: Origins) and Rebecca LaChance (Assemble With Care) alongside a soundtrack by Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga).
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Riot Sues Riot Squad; Riots to Ensue?

A lawsuit filed in a California District Court by Riot Games accuses esports organization Riot Squad of copyright infringement over their name (thanks Polygon). Riot Games, of course, is the creator of League of Legends, one of the most popular titles in esports. Riot Squad was formed this year, and fields teams in a few different competitive games, though League is not one of them. Riots have not actually ensued, but it seems that Riot Games thinks this choice of name is not a riot (LOL). At least we presume this to be the case: Polygon contacted them about the legal action, but they declined to comment. Here's a bit from their court filing:
With full knowledge of Riot and its trademark rights in the words RIOT and RIOT GAMES in connection with video games and esports, Defendant Riot Squad Esports LLC (“Riot Squad”) has unfairly and unlawfully adopted and exploited the RIOT brand name in connection with its marketing, advertising, and promotion of a nascent esports organization that it claims was “founded by gamers, for gamers.” Riot Squad apparently hopes and intends that by its use of the RIOT brand name, consumers will mistakenly believe that its esports organization is in some manner associated with, sponsored or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with Riot and its hugely popular products and services.

Through its conduct, Riot Squad has willfully created circumstances whereby members of the public are likely to be led to incorrectly believe that the goods offered by Riot Squad are authorized by, sponsored by, or affiliated with Riot, its well-known marks, and the products provided thereunder. The Court should enjoin any further use of the RIOT name by Riot Squad, and Riot should be compensated for the damage done to its brand as a result of Riot Squad’s conduct.

Unity of Command II Closed Beta This Month

2x2 Games and Croteam announce that closed beta testing of Unity of Command II will begin on October 21st, offering the first chance to play this wargame sequel before its release in November. Those interested in taking part can sign up on this page, and if you're on the fence, you can do more research on the Unity of Command Website, where they offer this developer diary on the test. Here's a bit on the game:
Built on a brand new bespoke 3D engine, the game retains Unity of Command’s signature art style and delivers highly polished fluid gameplay. Easily accessible yet hard to master, Unity of Command II is the highly anticipated sequel to the cult classic that’s been turning novice players into battle-hardened grognards since 2011.

Unity of Command II lets you take command of Western Allies for the first time in the series. You will manage your army’s divisions as well as their supply and logistics. For the first time in Unity of Command, you will face Fog of War. Reveal the unknown by capturing enemy soldiers and launching recon to gather intel on enemy troop positions. The enemy will seek to capture your units’ stragglers — regroup and strike back!

DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS Sprouts

BANDAI NAMCO announces DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS is now available for Windows and Switch, and the PC edition can be picked up on Steam. This new installment in the Story of Seasons farming series (formerly known as Harvest Moon) crosses over with Doraemon, a long-running manga series. The game's cartoony graphics are on display in the Launch Trailer, and here we have more on gameplay:
The popular anime character - Doraemon - makes his way into the hugely popular Story of Seasons video game series in a brand new farming adventure. Players will be able to enjoy traditional Story of Seasons activities like growing crops, cultivating their farm, exploring, bug hunting, and much more.

Noby and other familiar faces from the Doraemon franchise also will take part in a heart-warming journey across the title’s original local town. Players will develop the town along with their own farm while interacting and forming bonds with other townspeople. Doraemon’s secret gadgets will also be featured throughout DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS.
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Valfaris Released

Valfaris is now available for Windows on GOG.com and Steam, offering an action/platformer with a colorful style shown off in this trailer. Here's what this offers:
After mysteriously vanishing from galactic charts, the fortress of Valfaris has suddenly reappeared in the orbit of a dying sun. Once a self-contained paradise, the grandiose citadel now plays host to an ever-growing darkness.

Therion, a fearless and proud son of Valfaris, returns to his home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the arcane evil at its very heart.

Key Features

  • Skulls in space! Gore in space! Metal in space!
  • Savagely reduce foes to piles of gibs with an array of brutal weaponry
  • Explore a diverse range of tainted environments as you venture ever deeper into the dark world of Valfaris
  • Dominate ranks of deadly enemies and bosses, from the weird to the grotesque (and some that are just grotesquely weird)
  • Gorge your eyes on devastatingly awesome pixel art hand-crafted by Andrew Gilmour
  • Feel the power of a seismic soundtrack by extreme metaller and former Celtic Frost guitarist, Curt Victor Bryant
  • Forged from the ground-up by the team behind cult hit Slain: Back From Hell

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Op Ed

Kotaku - PC Game Install Sizes Are Ballooning And I'm Scared.
"Unlike on consoles, PC games aren’t as constrained by disc space, either, so developers can go a little wilder with how much space games take up. So yeah, Modern Warfare and Red Dead Redemption 2 will probably look best on PC, but you might want to do some spring (fall?) cleaning before you buy them. Or you can just be like me, continue treating your hard drive like your messy bedroom, and resign yourself to only installing one game at a time. Also, the embrace of the void."

Hardware Reviews

  • Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset on Neoseeker.
  • Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Case on Neoseeker.
  • Corsair VOID RGB ELITE Wireless Headset on LanOC Reviews.
  • EnGenius ESR580 Dual Pack Home Mesh Network on Modders-Inc.
  • Fnatic STREAK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
  • Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wi-Fi 6 router on Guru3D.
  • Scythe Fuma 2 CPU Cooler on TechPowerUp.
  • Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 32GB 3200MHZ CL16 Quad-Channel Kit on Nikk Tech.
  • The SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1200-PTS 1200W PSU on AnandTech.
  • SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset on IGN.

Out of the Blue

We swore off most fast-food joints many years ago, but curiosity got the best of us, and yesterday MrsBlue and I stopped into a Burger King to try this Impossible Whopper they've been hyping like crazy. This turned out to be pretty much as advertised, as if you didn't tell me this had no beef I'd have thought it was just a regular Whopper. That is pretty cool, though I don't think this will turn us into regular customers: The place was filthy, the Whopper was a slopper, haphazardly strewn with scant quantities of the trimmings, and they took advantage of our interest by gouging us for close to seven dollars a burger. Not that we were expecting a gourmet meal and tablecloths, but novelty aside, it was a pretty shabby experience.

Burger Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: Star Trek Just Retconned Tribbles. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Stories: Why Is the World So Loud. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash. Claims 116 mph crash was "entirely survivable." Thanks ViperFour.
Science: Science discovers we have an ‘inner salamander’ and can regrow cartilage in our joints. Thanks Max.
Scientists Implant False Memories into Bird Brains. Get your tail to Mars! Thanks Max.
MIT Confirms a Da Vinci Bridge Was Brilliantly Engineered. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Images: Lunchtime for a plump of ducks. Thanks Cutter.
Media: When a game malfunctions - Burning Man.
DOOM 2016 with Half-Life SFX.
REJECTED by DON HERTZFELDT (Blu-ray restoration).
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