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Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 Boo! Happy Halloween

Get Costume Quest and SOMA for Free

The new Free Games Collection on the Epic Games Store is now available, offering the chance to pick up Costume Quest and SOMA for free. These are yours to keep if you pick up your copies within the next seven days. After that the next offer will go live, which will feature free copies of Nuclear Throne and RUINER. Here's more on today's releases, which are quite appropriate for Halloween:
Costume Quest is a Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions. In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story.

SOMA is a sci-fi horror game from Frictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is an unsettling story about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human.

Epic Games Store Revamps Storefront; Adds Wishlists to Their Wishlist

Speaking of the Epic Games Store, a new October Feature Update adds a couple of new features to the online marketplace. This includes a new storefront, a checkout overlay, some performance optimizations, and more. They also reveal other new features in development, including wishlists, an updated library grid view, and OpenCritic reviews. Here's more from Epic's announcement:
New Storefront
Our first iteration of the new storefront experience is live! You can see what games are trending, filter by genre, and more - find games you love faster and easier than before. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

Checkout Overlay
We launched our checkout overlay with our partners at YAGER in their competitive quest shooter “The Cycle”. The new checkout overlay allows games to use our payment platform from within the game.

Football Manger 2020 Beta

The Football Manager Website now offers the beta version of Football Manager 2020 for Windows and macOS, providing a chance to kick around the association football/soccer sequel before its full release on November 19th. This requires preordering the full game, and this was originally to come on November 5th, but they wanted to give everyone an extra week to check it out. For a taste of what to expect without having to take out your wallet, the video on this page features branching outcomes based on your decisions to see how you stand up when the pressure is on. Here's more:
Anyone who has pre-purchased FM20 from a SEGA-approved digital retailer* can log into Steam and launch the Beta from their Steam library, right now. It's not too late to get access to the pre-release Beta either; as anyone who pre-purchases FM20 on PC and Mac between now and the game's release on Tuesday, November 19th (from a participating digital retailer) will see the Beta immediately added to their Steam library.

The pre-release Beta is a near complete (but not quite final) version of the game, so players may encounter some bugs and issues during play. These can be reported directly to the Sports Interactive team via the 'Report Bug' button on the in-game sidebar. Online play is also enabled, but there will be no access to the Steam Workshop or either the pre-game or in-game editors until the game's full release on November 19th.

For Honor Year 3 Season 4 Next Week

Ubisoft announces Year 3 Season 4 of For Honor will kick off on November 7th when Season Pass holders will gain early access to Sun Da, leader of the Zhanhu, a new Wu Lin hero. This cinematic trailer offers a look, and here's more on what's coming to the melee combat game, including a new balance patch:
Year 3 Season 4 takes place after the wreckage created by a massive sandstorm in the Wu Lin territories. Many warriors fled west and sought refuge in Heathmoor, while others stayed behind with the Emperor to rebuild an army. Among them, Sun Da, leader of the Zhanhu, found new ways to use fire in his laboratory at Qiang Pass, Year 3 Season 4’s newest map. Located at a narrow pass nestled between two mountains, the Wu Lin once built a grand fortress to claim the strategic route. With mountains on either side, the defending army only had to protect one front until a catastrophe weakened the fortifications. Now attackers amass at Qiang Pass, determined to open a path for their invading forces. In addition to adding a new hero and a new map, the new Season will also further balance heroes and certain hero feats. For full details of the title update, read more in For Honor’s patch notes 2.15.0: https://forhonor.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/news-community
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Dauntless Haunted Shadows Update and Hunt Pass

The new Haunted Shadows patch is now available for Dauntless, updating Phoenix Labs' free-to-play action/RPG to version 1.0.2. There are details on the Dauntless Website, where there's also word on a new Hunt Pass that's now on sale. Word is: "Dauntless’ newest Hunt Pass arrives on October 31 – just in time to confront the Unseen threat. As with previous pass, Slayers will be able to earn a full set of cosmetic armour on either the Basic or Elite track, plus a prestigious set of Ultra Armour at Elite Track Level 50." A new Haunted Shadows Trailer looks at what to expect from the pass. They call this the game's biggest update since it left Early Access, and these patch notes explain all the features and quality of life improvements it brings. Continue here to read the full story.

Welcome to the Ghost Parade

Ghost Parade is now available on Steam, offering a Windows platformer with a haunted theme just in time for Halloween. The Official Launch Trailer can help you decide if this looks like a trick or a treat, and the announcement can exorcize any questions you might have:
Ghost Parade follows the adventures of Suri, a young girl who gets lost in a mysterious forest on her way home from school. What starts out as one girl’s quest to get home on time soon becomes a fight to save the forest and its various supernatural inhabitants from shortsighted humans trying to level the forest for profit. It’s up to Suri and her newfound ghostly allies to save their home from the true monster—man.

Key features of Ghost Parade include:
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Ubisoft Financials

Ubisoft offers their latest financial results covering the first half of their 2019-2020 fiscal year. They paved the way for this news last week by expressing their disappointment in the performance of Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a lesser degree, The Division 2 and saying they were delaying the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch_Dogs Legion. They note that their operating income was "affected by impairment charges recorded for Ghost Recon Breakpoint, but also point to strong PC growth, saying this is "led notably by Uplay." As is usually the case with such reports, they express an optimistic outlook despite several downturns. Here's a bit:
Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said "Our second-quarter performance demonstrates the solidity of our back catalog, which was fueled by the strong momentum of many of our titles. Having already seen very sharp growth in the first quarter, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey delivered a further acceleration in performance compared with the previous opus in terms of sell-through, player engagement and PRI. MAUs for Rainbow Six Siege reached a record high during the quarter and its PRI continued to increase. This game is making its mark in a highly competitive environment, particularly in the esports arena.

As illustrated by our announcement last week, we are continuing to take decisions in the interests of Ubisoft's long-term future. It is as a result of this approach that we’ve been able to significantly and successfully transform our business model in recent years and create major shareholder value.

Rumored Diablo 4 Details

A post on Reddit offers an information leak about Diablo 4 in advance of BlizzCon 2019. This is all unconfirmed, though DSOGaming notes that the source of this has proven reliable in the past, giving them great confidence it is bona fide. Here's the rumor:
Diablo 4 is actually going to look dark, gritty and gross - no more rainbow shiny bullshit this time! Loactions are toned down, infrequently laid with corpses, wasteland, greyish deserts, clut caves surrounded by flesh, rotten crypts, marshes and bogs, plagued cities you name it. They are also seemingly much bigger, maybe even open? Characters now are able to ride horses (possibly other mounts), also there's contextual interaction with environment ? - climbing a wall Lost Ark style. Blood splatters look more like blood and not splashed jam too.

So far i can confirm 3 classes: mage (uses fire, ice and lightning so far), barbarian (swords, clubs, axes, kicks etc), and druid (lightning, wind, and transforming into beasts - so far bear and werewolf!).

Possibly there will be PvP from the start?. 4 player coop is there for sure.

All this game seems to be is a W I N K to the Diablo 2 fans, Lilith being the new diablo (she's covered in blood veil kinda), characters being shown sitting at a campfire as character selection, nitty gritty dark style that 2 was praised for, some skills also seem to be just taken from it and put in here (like sorceress' charged bolt). I'm interested and hope they don't fuck this up. The company is bad, but the game might not be this time.

2 points with "?" are just because it's not clear to me tbh... let's see what they say at the conference

Battlefield V Gets Pacific Addition and Year Two Edition

War in the Pacific is now available for Battlefield V, adding new content to the World War II shooter. This page promises all you need to know about this along with this trailer and a reminder that another free weekend for the game kicks off tomorrow. For newcomers to the game, they also announce the availability of a new Battlefield V Year 2 Edition that includes some additions they outline below:
The Battlefield V Year 2 Edition arms you with the base game and its vast arsenal, together with a catch-up of all weapons and vehicles rewarded across year one of the Battlefield V Tides of War Chapters (Chapter 1 to 4). On top of that, you’ll get to customize your Company with two Epic soldier outfits and stand out on the battlefield with the most popular weapon and vehicle skins rewarded during the year.

Let’s break it down. Below is the content of the Battlefield V Year 2 Edition.

  • Battlefield V base game: WW2 as you’ve never seen it before. Deploy into all-out war multiplayer and experience gripping single-player War Stories.

In addition to all the base game weapons, vehicles, and outfits, you’ll also get these Tides of War rewards from year one:

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Borderlands 3 for macOS Released

A tweet from Gearbox announces that the macOS edition of Borderlands 3 is now available on the Epic Games Store. This is part of the package with the Windows version of the looter-shooter sequel, so if you already own that you now own both. They only offer a minimum system specification:
OS: 10.12.6

Processor: Intel Core i7 @ 4.2 GHZ (4 core)

RAM: 8GB

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Pro 580 – 8GB VRAM

HDD: 75 GB

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch Trailer

Here's the PC Launch Trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, to show off more of the visual improvements in the Windows edition of the wild west shooter sequel. The description offers some details:
Watch the official Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch Trailer that showcases the all new graphical and technical enhancements on display in the PC version, as Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang desperately try to outrun the law. After being hounded off the mainland, Arthur and the gang find themselves caught in a local conflict on the shores of a remote Caribbean island, disoriented and yearning to find a path back to their hidden fortune - and the dreams of a better future promised by their charming and increasingly erratic leader, Dutch van der Linde.

Time is running out to pre-purchase Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC direct from Rockstar Games to receive exclusive bonuses including a free Rockstar Games PC title, extras for Story Mode like the War Horse, the Outlaw Survival Kit and the Le Trésor des Morts Treasure Map, 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online, and discounts on Special and Ultimate Edition upgrades. Pre-purchasers can now pre-load the game in preparation for launch on November 5th.
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Codemasters Formula One Deal Drives On

Codemasters announces an renewal of their partnership with Formula One Management, saying they will retain exclusive rights to create games based on FIA Formula One World Championship through 2025 in a deal that also includes options for 2026 and 2027. Word is: "The Agreement represents the longest extension in the partnership’s history, demonstrating the global success of the game and the shared vision for increasing the international appeal of F1."

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature Released

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering a chance to relive Mary Shelly's classic horror novel just in time for Halloween. This is a story-driven narrative adventure that allows you to be the creature's moral compass, and decide whether you are more of a Frankenstein's monster or a Herman Munster. This trailer shows off the game's evocative art style, and the announcement has some details:
The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature goes back to the roots of Mary Shelley’s legendary novel, Frankenstein, and invites players to discover a being quite different from the pop culture icon: Starring a creature born neither good nor evil, traveling through Europe in a search to find its origins and learn about humanity. This journey is emotional and challenging for both the creature and the player as beauty and kindness are often followed by darkness, fear and hate.

Depending on the player’s decision, the landscape and the soundtrack evolve throughout the game. The handcrafted watercolor environments, inspired by the Romantic era, change from light and colorful to dark and moody, underlining the emotional atmosphere of the game.
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The 13th Doll: A Fan Game of The 7th Guest Released

The 13th Doll: A Fan Game of The 7th Guest is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on GOG.com and Steam, offering a follow up to The 7th Guest, the seminal FMV mystery game that was released in 1993. Here's a trailer along with word from GOG.com on the new game, which, unlike the original, does not require you to update your PC with a CD-ROM drive:
The 13th Doll ties in with the events of The 7th Guest. A decade after Tad managed to escape the mansion, he is still haunted by the souls, dolls, and Stauf's victims he left behind. So haunted, in fact, that the young man now resides in a mental institution - misunderstood, plagued by guilt and obsessed with one idea: to escape the dreary padded walls of his asylum cell, return to the mansion - the site of his innermost fears - to rescue those he left behind and defeat Stauf once and for all!
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Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Boo! Happy Halloween! We are still here in Minnesota, so this will be a little different for us, though I don't imagine midwestern trick-or-treaters are very different from the east coast variety. It was going to be a change for us anyway, since we recently moved, but we were told that our new place is a hotbed of little ones like our old one was, so that probably wouldn't have been that unfamiliar either. To that end, we bought a whole pile of candy, so I guess I'll have to make a heroic self-sacrifice and crack into that when we get home. You know, for the children!

Spooky Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: The House of Lost Souls. Thanks Digg.
Stories: McDonald's and Taco Bell get graded on their beef. Which one got an F?
Here’s why you should never use decorative contact lenses—in graphic pictures.
'Enough to kill entire population of Ohio'- Massive amount of fentanyl seized in Dayton. Thanks Acleacius.
Science: Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries. Thanks Max.
Are Men Really Funnier Than Women? I'm funny how? I mean, funny like a clown? Thanks Max.
Media: The Homestar Runner Enters the Spooky Woods.
80s' Toys R Us' TV Ad.
The Reason Why Male Ducks Don't Quack. I wondered about that.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
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