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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 Happy Birthday DOOM!

Predator: Hunting Grounds PC Plans

A post on the PlayStation.Blog announcing an April 24, 2020 release date for Predator: Hunting Grounds also reveals that the game is coming to PCs in addition to PlayStation 4. This also notes the game will feature a female predator, who is shown off in this trailer that accompanies the news. Here's part of the announcement:
Are you ready to enter the hunting grounds on April 24, 2020? We are so excited to bring the Predator** universe to both your PlayStation 4 system and PC next spring. We have been eagerly awaiting this State of Play announcement because there has been so much we couldn’t wait to share with the community. And now we get to show you a ton! If you haven’t seen the latest State of Play, be sure to check it out to see our new trailer that focuses on the Predator.

One of the secrets we have been keeping since announcing Predator: Hunting Grounds has been the inclusion of the female Predator.

When we first came up with what this game would be, I knew we had to create a world where this ultimate female warrior would exist too. We had fun imagining her back-story which helped us create a fierce warrior that any gamer will have fun playing. She is agile, fast, and relentless. She is a huntress without fear and she thrives in the hunt. In the trailer we see her with a weapon that IllFonic created, the Yautja Bow.
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Insurgency: Sandstorm Free Week

Celebrating the anniversary of the game's release one year ago, a free weekend is now underway on Steam for Insurgency: Sandstorm, the team-based tactical first-person shooter. The free period runs from now until a week from today, and the game is also on sale for half off. An Anniversary Trailer illustrates the news, which follows:
Insurgency: Sandstorm, the smash-hit indie FPS from New World Interactive, celebrates its 1-year anniversary today! To mark the occasion, players can enjoy a 50% discount and dive into a whole week of Insurgency: Sandstorm action for free from December 10 to 17. To thank the 1 million players who joined the fight, we’re releasing today’s Anniversary Trailer for an explosive rundown of the new content and features that have arrived since launch, as well as a taste of what’s still to come.

Joining the wealth of new content released over the last year, there are still many more free updates planned as we go into 2020. This includes night maps, new weapons, more customisation features, Co-op and PvP game modes, as well as an alpha level editor and mod tools. Last week’s Update 1.5 is also now live, bringing a number of optimisation improvements, matchmaking changes, and the new Domination game mode. For more information, take a look at the complete patch notes here.

The Insurgency: Sandstorm free week runs on Steam from December 10 to 17, with a 50% discount available throughout.
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Anno 1800 DLC Released; Free Week Starts Tomorrow

The Passage is a new DLC pack that's now available on the Epic Games Store for Anno 1800, the latest installment in Ubisoft's historical strategy series. This is included in the game's season pass for those who own that. Word is: "Take to the skies with your airships and use new production chains and goods to create an arctic outpost that will withstand the cold of the Passage." They also announce a free trial week for the game will begin tomorrow, and the client for this can be pre-downloaded through this page. Here's a trailer for the new DLC and here are all the details:
Today, Ubisoft announced that Anno 1800™, the latest installment in the successful city-building and strategic franchise, is releasing its third DLC, The Passage, included in the season pass, on Windows PC. Inviting players to the frozen north, The Passage is the largest content release for Anno 1800. In addition to The Passage, players can also experience the new co-op mode and in-depth statistics system as accompanying free updates. Finally, new players will be able to discover and play Anno 1800 for free on Uplay and the Epic Games Store for a week, from December 11–18.

The Passage brings an all-new dimension to the world of Anno 1800, inviting players to conquer the Arctic. Harsh weather conditions bring an entirely new element to the gameplay, alongside the new heating mechanic that will encourage players to rethink their approach to creating layouts, as they will have to now keep their residents warm and healthy. For the first time, players will be able to construct a fleet of airships that will speed up trade across their entire empire. The new region is an exciting adventure for everyone, but a true challenge for achievers who want to conquer the wasteland in order to reap significant rewards. The Passage brings new gameplay mechanics, such as conquering the sky with airships, two new citizen tiers, seven new production chains, 32 new buildings, 60 new quests, 80 new items and much more.

Beginning tomorrow, December 11, until December 18,* players will be able to discover Anno 1800 (including Tier 1 to Tier 3) for free on Uplay and the Epic Games Store. Players can also experience the base game along with two new features releasing today as free updates for all Anno 1800 players:

  • The co-op mode will allow players to share the responsibilities of raising and managing an industrial empire. Up to four factions will be able to compete in the same match with up to 16 players.
  • An in-depth statistics system shows players detailed stats on production and consumption of all their goods across all islands.

With the holiday season approaching, Anno 1800 is bringing some cheerful spirit with the all-new Holiday Pack, which allows players to decorate their cities in a festive style. This DLC pack includes a wide range of cosmetics with 23 new items. Between the festive carousels, Christmas trees, snowmen, lanterns and more, players can transform all industrial cities into a holiday wonderland.

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Hearthstone Descent of Dragons Launches

Blizzard announces the new Descent of Dragons expansion is now live in Hearthstone, adding 135 new cards to their card-based strategy game. Word is: "This action-packed card set sends players to the skies above Dragonblight for a thrilling aerial battle between the League of Explorers—Hearthstone’s plucky band of treasure-hunting heroes—and Archivillain Rafaam’s nefarious League of E.V.I.L." This press release on the news has all the details, including how to get in on some of this action for free:
Starting today, Hearthstone players who log in will receive three Descent of Dragons card packs and all five Galakrond Hero cards free, along with two neutral Shield of Galakrond minions featuring the new Invoke keyword.* Players can also rack up an epic assortment of rewards upon completing a series of six new Legendary daily quests—five additional Descent of Dragons card packs, two Rise of Shadows™ card packs, two Saviors of Uldum™ card packs, and 200 gold in total.

Trine 4 Free DLC Released

New free DLC called Toby's Dream is now available for on Steam for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, the latest installment in the platformer series. This post has all the details on the adventure for Toby the doggie this adds to the mix, offering this trailer to show him off. Who's a good boy? Here's the answer:
Woof woof! Toby's Dream DLC level is now available for everyone who owns Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. Toby the dog, as previously seen in Nine Parchments, has his own adventure in Heatherwood Hall with the Three Heroes! Follow the pawsteps of Toby and help him find all the treats hidden in the castle and its gardens.

You can download the DLC for free through the Steam. To access Toby’s Dream in the game, complete the Prince’s Dream level of Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and locate Toby’s Dream in the level selection map.
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AVICII Invector Released

AVICII Invector is now available for Windows on Steam. This is a rhythm/action game based on the work of Tim "AVICII" Bergling, the Swedish musician/DJ who took his own life last year. Here's word on what this is all about:
Fly solo or recreate the party feeling of an AVICII concert with heart-thumping, competitive gameplay.

Each track is built to perfectly match the on-screen visuals taking you through a musical odyssey of serene exploration.

Find your rhythm, feel the beat and keep the musical journey flowing.

  • Master 25 hit anthems from the phenomenal talent of late superstar AVICII.
  • Flow through SIX mesmerising worlds wrapped in a magnificent musical experience.
  • Turn up the volume and set yourself a challenge across THREE complexity levels.
  • Play solo or with up to 4 friends in split-screen multiplayer action.
  • Lay down your high score and rise up the Global Leaderboards.
  • Explore a pure-hearted narrative journey set against the globally celebrated works of AVICII.
  • Support The Tim Bergling Foundation with a percentage of sales going to support mental health awareness.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Announced

Capcom follows recent hints about plans for a Resident Evil 3 remake with an official announcement of an updated version of the survival/horror game. Word is this will come to Steam and consoles on April 3, 2020, and apparently preorders will begin soon as they mention an exclusive Classic Costume Pack will be a preorder bonus. Here's an Announcement Trailer and here's word:
Today on PlayStation’s State of Play broadcast, Capcom celebrated the 20th anniversary of the survival horror classic Resident Evil™ 3: Nemesis by unveiling a completely reimagined Resident Evil™ 3. On the heels of the award-winning Resident Evil™ 2, this highly demanded follow-up in the 94 million unit selling franchise once again utilizes Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine to complete the Raccoon City story arc. Resident Evil 3 stars Jill Valentine – one of video games’ most iconic heroines – as she escapes from a crumbling Raccoon City while being pursued by the unrelenting bioweapon Nemesis. Players can also participate in previously untold Umbrella experiments on the outskirts of Raccoon City in the included online asymmetrical multiplayer game Resident Evil™ Resistance, previously known as the working title Project Resistance. Resident Evil 3 will be available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Steam on April 3, 2020.

Resident Evil 3 is set amidst the nightmarish outbreak of the T-virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella Corporation. The game marks the debut of Nemesis – a towering humanoid bioweapon designed for both brutality and high-functioning intelligence – whose dogged hunt of S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine made him an icon of the Resident Evil™ series. Armed with an arsenal of high-powered weaponry and wrapped in a black suit to hide his mutilated features, Nemesis will maim, pulverize or destroy any obstacle on the path to his target.
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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Released

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is now available on the Epic Games Store, offering the chance to pilot your own BattleTech Mech in the first single-player MechWarrior action game in nearly 20 years. Here's a new Launch Trailer with some boffo cinematics, there's also a set of MechWarrior 5 Origins novellas on the official website. Here's the big picture:
Almost 20 years since the last single player MechWarrior game hit pilot’s PCs, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries from Piranha Games is now available for download on the Epic Games Store ($49.99 standard, $59.99 collectors edition.)

Additionally, the full suite of short stories leading up to the events in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries have been released, and now an anthology collection of all eight is available: https://mw5mercs.com/novellas. The new and original series is penned by Randall N. Bills, author of over half a dozen novels, and whose led the publication of hundreds of sourcebooks and rulebooks set within the BattleTech and MechWarrior universe over the past two decades. (https://store.catalystgamelabs.com.)
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New GeForce Drivers

The NVIDIA website now offers new GeForce 441.66 WHQL-certified drivers, saying these are the game ready drivers for the just-released MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries. Word is these also include support for Detroit: Become Human and add a couple of new monitors to their roster of G-SYNC compatible displays:
Today, Piranha Games is releasing a new entry into the MechWarrior series of games that has developed a cult-like following, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. GeForce gamers are game ready with the latest Game Ready Driver from NVIDIA. This driver also delivers the best experience in Detroit: Become Human and adds support for two additional G-SYNC compatible displays.

Two New G-SYNC Compatible Displays
The G-SYNC Compatible program expands the G-SYNC ecosystem and aims to bring consistency and educate consumers on which displays will provide a good entry level variable refresh rate (VRR) experience.

The list of G-SYNC Compatible displays increases to over 60 options with the addition of the MSI MAG251RX and ViewSonic XG270 monitors.

Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park Released

Return To Jurassic Park is now available on Steam, offering a new expansion for Jurassic World Evolution, Frontier Developments' game based on the movie franchise. As the name implies, this brings the series back to its roots, bringing the characters from the first film back to its setting. This involves voice acting from the original cast, so the virtual versions of Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Dr. Ian Malcolm may as well be created from DNA trapped in amber. The Launch Trailer features a look at gameplay, and the following description has more details on the add-on and an accompanying free update:
In Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park, players step back in time to 1993 and return to Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna to rebuild the original Jurassic Park. After being charged to restore order to the islands, Dr. Hammond convinces Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to return, reclaim, and rebuild the destroyed Park and successfully open the towering Main Gates to the public.

Dive into an original story set after the events of Jurassic Park in this latest premium DLC pack for the immersive simulation game, Jurassic World Evolution. Face external sabotage attempts, tackle exciting challenges, hatch all-new dinosaurs, the Compsognathus and Pteranodon, build rides and attractions including the Aviary and the Jurassic Park Tour, and balance guest needs once the Park is opened to the public. Additionally, replay all existing Jurassic World Evolution challenge and sandbox levels with a 1993-inspired inventory. For a full list of all new items and features, visit the Frontier forums here.

Alongside the Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park premium DLC pack, existing players will receive a free update including changes to the ranger interactions with dinosaurs, guest restroom needs and general fixes and tweaks. Players must already own a copy of Jurassic World Evolution in order to download free content updates.
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The Division 2 Seasonal Event

Ubisoft announces title update 6.1 is now available for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, bringing new content to the tactical shooter, including some seasonal content. This also includes the beta version of a new hardcore mode. Here's word:
Today Ubisoft announced that Title Update 6.1 (TU 6.1) for Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 is now available for all players. TU 6.1 includes a themed in-game event, Situation: Snowball. Take down elusive enemies wearing Santa Hats and they will drop a new, exclusive weapon (called “The Sleigher”) that shoots snowballs.

As part of the in-game holiday event, all players logging in the game between now and January 7 will get their own Santa Hat to celebrate the holiday season.

The Silent Night Apparel Event is also included in TU 6.1, bringing with it a dark winter theme. The Silent Night apparel cache features 35 new apparel items to collect. All players who log into The Division 2 during the event receives one free cache key, with Year One Pass holders earning an additional three keys as a bonus, available until the event ends.

Starting with the Silent Night apparel event, players now have the option to purchase Apparel Event caches with Premium Credits and directly send them as gifts to friends and clan members.

In addition, a beta version of the new Hardcore Mode is part of TU 6.1. In this new mode, death is permanent, making the entire The Division 2 campaign the ultimate challenge for Agents. Since there is no chance to respawn, Division Agents must be tactical and careful to see how far they can get. Play in co-op for a better chance to reach endgame and overcome Washington D.C. threats and enemies.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Peels Out

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is now available on Steam, offering a remastered version of this 3D platformer. This trailer offers a look at the game, and this one shows off Sonic the Hedgehog, who is an unlockable character. Here's word:
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD revitalizes this classic title with updated graphics (480p > 1080p at 60fps) and optimized controls for each platform. Motion controls from the original Banana Blitz have been removed in favor of tightened analog controls, making it a breeze to jump in and start rolling through the game's 100 levels.

About Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD:

  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is Back in HD: Originally released on the Wii in 2006, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD reinvigorates the original game with 100 single-player stages, 10 multi-player mini-games, revamped control schemes, updated graphics, and more.
  • Online Leaderboards: A first for the series, players can now compete with others around the world through online leaderboards for a pair of all-new single-player modes, Time Attack and the Mini-Game Decathlon Score Attack modes.
  • No Monkey Business - Play Your Way: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. With uniquely optimized control schemes for each platform, everyone from first-time rollers to world-record holders can jump right in to the fun.

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ReversiQuest2 Announced

Publisher/developer Yokogosystems announces ReversiQuest2, a single-player JRPG where the combat is based on the classic board game Reversi. This is expected to come to Windows PCs via Steam on January 7th. The game is shown off in this trailer which includes exploration and combat. Here's word:
ReversiQuest2” is a tactical board RPG featuring a strategic battle system based on Reversi and a simple Japanese Sugoroku style stage. It is also a Google Indie Game Festival 2018 Top 20 award-winner and the sequel to “ReversiQuest” which is available on the Xbox One. There is no need to know the previous “ReversiQuest” to enjoy “ReversiQuest2.”

Advance through Sugoroku-like fields full of gimmicks and progress through the story while battling with Reversi! Even those who are unskilled at Reversi have boundless ways to win! The strategies exist indefinitely, so there are various ways to enjoy the game!
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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday DOOM! It was (brace yourself) 26 years ago today that id Software's influential first-person shooter was first released on December 10, 1993. As I've mentioned frequently, you would not be reading these words were it not for DOOM, as it was my love for DOOM and DOOM II that inspired me to start a website for QUAKE when it was still in development. So if you're sick of dad jokes, coffee disaster stories, and typos, don't blame me, blame John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, Michael Abrash, Dave Taylor, Sandy Petersen, Adrian Carmack, Kevin Cloud, Shawn Green, Paul Radek, Gregor Punchatz, Jay Wilbur, Donna Jackson, and, of course, Bobby Prince.

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