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Thursday, Apr 30, 2020

Get Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Crashlands for Free

The weekly giveaways are now available on the Epic Games Store, where you can now pick up Amnesia: The Dark Descent for Windows and macOS and Crashlands for Windows with a 100% discount on each. These games are yours to keep if you claim them over the next seven days. At that time the new freebie will supplant them, and they announce death is coming, as this will be Death Coming. It was announced this week that you must now have two-factor authentication activated on your account to claim these giveaways, but we were able to collect a copy of each without doing so, but your mileage may vary. Here are the brief descriptions of this week's offerings:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.

TIME Magazine Top 10 Games of 2016 Craft, battle, and quest your way through Crashlands, a story-driven Crafting ARPG overflowing with sass!

Mafia III Free Week

Mafia III for Windows and macOS is free to try for the next week on Steam. The latest installment in the open-world organized crime game is also on sale for 75% off, and your progress will carry over if you decide to buy it. Here's word on the game to help you decide if this is an offer you cannot refuse:
It’s 1968 and after years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for. Now back home in New Bordeaux, Lincoln is set on escaping a criminal past. But when his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family on the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge through those responsible. Intense gun fights, visceral hand-to-hand combat, white knuckle driving and street smarts will all be needed. But with the right crew, tough decisions and some dirty hands, it’s possible to make it to the top of the city's underworld.
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Squad Free Weekend

A free weekend is also underway on Steam for Squad, a tactical first-person shooter for Windows that's currently in Early Access. The game is also on sale for 35% off if you decide you want to pick it up. This post outlines events scheduled for this weekend that are open to all. Here's the recruiting pitch for the game:
Squad is a large scale combined arms multiplayer first-person shooter emphasizing combat realism through communication, team play, emphasizing strong squad cohesion mechanics as well as larger-scale coordination, tactics, and planning.

It features large open maps, vehicle-based combined arms gameplay, and player-constructed bases to create a heart-thumping, visceral gaming experience with split-second decision-making in real-world scale firefights.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Released

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is now available for Windows and Xbox One, offering the chance to reenlist for another tour of duty in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the military shooter first released in 2009. The Activision Blog has details on the release along with the previously released Official Trailer showing the update look (though this is mostly cinematics). The PC version can be picked up through the Blizzard Shop and runs through Battle.net. Here are details on the remaster and the bonuses provides for players of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone:
One of the most iconic, blockbuster video game story experiences in gaming entertainment history is now available for Xbox One and PC. Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Campaign Remastered is a complete enhancement of the critically-acclaimed single player experience that includes the full campaign with stunning high-definition visuals – up to 4K resolution and HDR support on console; and, additionally, uncapped framerate as well as ultrawide monitor support on PC via Blizzard Entertainment’s Battle.net® platform.

Players who purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered will also receive, Underwater Demo Team Classic Ghost Bundle for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare including the UDT Ghost Operator skin inspired by the ‘The Only Easy Day…Was Yesterday’ campaign level that featured an action-packed hostage rescue attempt from an oil rig in in the arctic. Alongside the Ghost Operator skin, players will also receive two weapon blueprints, a weapon charm, new finishing move, voice quip, animated calling card, emblem and two Battle Pass tier skips all for immediate access in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the recently released Call of Duty: Warzone*.
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Black Skylands Demo

Black Skylands: Origins is now available on Steam, offering a free teaser for Black Skylands, a top-down shooter expected later this year. The game is set in a world of floating pixel-art islands, which are shown off in this teaser trailer. Word is: "Black Skylands: Origins is an introduction to the world of Skylands. You will meet the main cast of characters, learn the basic game mechanics, and a bit of lore. And, of course, you'll get to pilot an airship." Here's a description of the full game:
The Earth turned into thousands of floating islands. In the new world, you must fight Kain's Falcons - bandits, who raided your home - as well as the mysterious swarm, hidden in the depths of the Black Skylands.

With your trusty hook, a jetpack, and a ship, explore the beautiful open world in search for revenge against those who wronged your family.
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Mayhem in Single Valley Demo

Mayhem in Single Valley: Confessions is now available for free on Steam, providing a sample of Mayhem in Single Valley, an adventure platformer in development at Fluxscopic for release this year. Similar to the trial version of Black Skylands mentioned above and the trial of Kill It With Fire from yesterday, these are presented by publisher tinyBuild in conjunction with a ZEN Publisher Weekend Sale on Steam. Here's a trailer for the playable teaser, and here's word:
Mayhem in Single Valley is a crazy adventure platformer full of plot twists, physics puzzles, and radioactive squirrels. This is the first day of the Apocalypse in a small town - and it's all because of a young boy named Jack. Now he has the weirdest adventure of his life - and you are invited to join.

Living in a small town is hard. Especially when you have family problems, crazed animals ate your neighbors and everybody blames you for the apocalypse. This is how the day starts for Jack, not so lucky guy.
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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Closed Alpha

Closed alpha testing is now underway for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, Owlcat Games' upcoming RPG based on the Pathfinder tabletop series. This is for those who backed the game's Kickstarter at an appropriate level, but there's still a way to get in on it this by preordering the game from the official website and then adding the Alpha Early Access option for an additional $15.00. You can get a look at the project in the Kickstarter Campaign Trailer and read on for more on the goals of the alpha test:
From now until May 21, testers are able to play through the first two chapters of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, thereby experiencing the beginning of their epic adventure. The alpha allows fans to try out six new classes (each with a plethora of archetypes) and two prestige classes alongside the full roster featured in Pathfinder: Kingmaker. This version also includes 10 new companions and gives players the opportunity to take their first steps toward one of six Mythic Paths (eight will be available once the full game launches next year).

Features that were backed as Kickstarter stretch goals have also made their way into the alpha build, including mounted combat, increased reactivity for companions and a meeting with a new companion named Woljif Jefto. Fans should note that these features have not been completed and will be improved upon in the future. Additionally, some content may be missing or replaced in later builds. For instance, romances, Crusade Commander features, and the Locust Swarm and Golden Dragon Mythic Paths are absent, and the alpha’s UI has not been updated. Owlcat Games encourages testers to report the bugs and glitches they encounter via a survey.
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Deathtrap Dungeon: The Interactive Video Adventure

Deathtrap Dungeon: The Interactive Video Adventure is mow available for Windows and macOS on Steam (thanks Rhialto). This is based on Ian Livingstone's "multi-million selling classic gamebook" and is narrated by actor Eddie Marsan. Here's a video featuring about four minutes of gameplay. Here's word:
Deathtrap Dungeon is an interactive video realisation of Ian Livingstone's multi-million selling classic gamebook starring Eddie Marsan (Fast & Furious presents Hobbes & Shaw, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) as narrator.

Presented in a similar way to the BBC's Jackanory/Bedtime Stories, or Jim Henson's Storyteller series, the game features nearly 5 hours of video and takes the player through the devious labyrinth of Baron Sukumvit, full of tricks, traps and loathsome monsters on a quest to escape the dungeon.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Exploring GeoCities - Nostalgia Nerd. Thanks Ant.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Announcement

Ubisoft now offers the promised full announcement of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the just revealed new installment in the Assassin's Creed action/adventure series. They say this is slated for release this holiday season for Windows and consoles, with the PC edition to be offered exclusively through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store, though the game will also be available on Uplay+ and Stadia. The World Premiere Trailer features a cinematic look at the game's Viking setting and there's also a Developer Commentary Trailer to explain it futher. The announcement has more, including details on three special editions and preorder bonuses:
Today, Ubisoft announced that the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, will release Holiday 2020 on Xbox Series X, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia, and for Windows PC exclusively on both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The game will also be available on UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service*.

Developed by the team behind Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag® and Assassin’s Creed® Origins at Ubisoft Montreal,** Assassin’s Creed Valhalla invites players to live the saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory. Offering a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. In this latest iteration, players can take advantage of new features including raids, growing their settlement, building their power and expanding their influence.
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Streets of Rage 4 Released

Streets of Rage 4 is now available for Windows on GOG.com and Steam, offering a continuation of the fighting game series a mere 16 years after its last installment. Be aware there is a difference between the versions offered by these storefronts: as expected the GOG.com edition contains no DRM, but there is also this warning: "Please note that at this time, the GOG version doesn't support online features." For more on the renewal of the series you can check out a new article on the PlayStation.Blog titled "Streets of Rage 4: How Three Studios Revived a Legendary Series." Here's a trailer showing off the game, and here are the details:
The all-time classic Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a trilogy of beat ‘em up known for this timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack.

An iconic series like Streets of Rage got its iconic characters: Axel, Blaze, Adam and other veterans reunited to clean up the streets. With some brand-new moves and kickass tracks to take a listen, our heroes are ready to dish out beatdowns to a fledgling group of ill-advised criminals in full force.
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Path Of Aurora Launched

Path Of Aurora is now available on Steam, offering a Windows real-time strategy game set in space, where no one can hear you turtle. This is based on a mission to save the inhabitants of Earth from an environmental apocalypse, and this trailer shows off its Interstellar/Sunshine with space combat vibe. Here's a bit on the game:
Indie game developer Project Starmap is proud to announce the official release of Path Of Aurora, an exciting real-time strategy exploration game in space. The world as we know it has come to an end. Pollution has destroyed mother Earth and man has brought the planet into a bad shape. Humanity has united and is driven to the common goal of reverting the damage, if possible, or discover another planet... Advancements in technology by expert engineers have identified a planet with a high chance of being habitable with a similar environment to Earth, and it is only 12 lightyears away … Construction of the first warp-capable ship has begun and YOU have been chosen to lead this endeavor.

Your mission is to take your command ship on a journey among the stars as you discover new technology along the way. You can construct and build unique ships ranging from light fighters to large battleships. Build a ragtag armada to survive the dangers of space and make wise decisions to progress. Units can be moved in any direction and point in space, and the story-driven campaign is full of unexpected surprises. Gather resources, research, build and control different types of ships to survive.
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Lumberjack's Dynasty Early Access

Early Access to Lumberjack's Dynasty is now available on Steam, showing that Toplitz Productions has been sleeping all night and working all day on this logging simulation. They call this: "A unique life simulation where you are a lumberjack building up a business and founding a lasting dynasty for generations to come." This post has an Dynasty Early Access Release Trailer and more details on the beta version, noting that the full release will eventually include the elements of romance that are so closely associated with the industry (wait, what?). Here's more:
Lumberjack's Dynasty is a mix of forestry, logging, business- and life-simulation with role playing elements. You start at a run-down logging camp which you slowly take over from your aunt and uncle as you restore it to its former glory. Along with cutting timber and hauling it to the mill for further production, you will enjoy various quests that will help you improve not only your business, but your character’s skills.

Choose your playstyle: quickly become a straightforward and professional lumberjack by purchasing, cutting and converting large forests into products, or explore the full depth of the game and experience the vast range of activities from repairing and renovating your buildings and vehicles, fishing, harvesting honey, and growing vegetables. As you build your business, you can socialize with locals, find love and start your own family.
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Destroy All Humans! in July

THQ Nordic announce a release date for Destroy All Humans!, saying Pandemic Studios' Unreal 4 Engine remake of the 2005 action/adventure is coming to Windows and consoles on July 28th. Preorders, including the pricy DNA Collector's Edition and Crypto-137 Edition, continue on this page. They offer a new Release Date Trailer to celebrate the news and the following description:
The cult-classic returns and invades everything but your privacy on July 28 2020! Terrorise the people of 1950s Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137. Harvest DNA and bring down the US government in the remake of the legendary alien invasion action adventure. Annihilate puny humans using an assortment of alien weaponry and psychic abilities. Reduce their cities to rubble with your flying Saucer!

One giant step on mankind!
Destroy All Humans! is a cult classic and one of the few games that will have you laughing out loud. Many games have taken inspiration from its mix of humoristic story-telling and easily accessible open world shooter action, as well as its wide range of over-the-top weaponry. But there can only be one Cryptosporidium: the human-hating alien with the voice of an angry Jack Nicholson and a shorter fuse than a xenomorph on steroids.
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COVID: The Outbreak Announced

Polish indie developer Jujubee announces COVID: The Outbreak, a real-time strategy game that will infect Steam on May 29th. This comes off as a bit of pandemic pandering, which they try to offset by promising this will help educate players on how to behave during the outbreak. They also say a portion of the first month's profits will benefit relevant charities: "Jujubee would also like to announce that 20% of all net Steam sales throughout the month of May and June will be donated to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and other charitable foundations supporting the fight against the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic." Here's the Official Trailer and here's word:
COVID: The Outbreak is a real-time strategy game in which you play the role of a global organization that has to deal with a global pandemic. Issue decrees, manage resources, develop projects, and construct buildings. A race for the vaccine begins!

In addition to crisis management, the game provides the players with information on how to behave in the event of an epidemic, what actions to take, and how to protect themselves and their loved ones in the most effective way. The game is based on the data published by WHO and on the information acquired from experts and consultants.
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She Will Punish Them Early Access

She Will Punish Them is now in Early Access on Steam, offering a Windows action/RPG where you play as a sexy succubus fighting evil while clad in protective corset and thong armor. This trailer shows off the game's mix of cleaving and cleavage, and here's a description:
She Will Punish Them is a dark fantasy ARPG that let you engage in brutal and gory combat in the demonic realm. You will play as the gorgeous but deadly Succubus. Unchained from prison, grind your way through enormous amount of horrifying abominations and bosses. The Succubus won’t stop until she becomes the most formidable and seductive devil.

Slash through intense levels in the campaign mode. Your enemies are no joke. Hone your savvy to fight smartly, because you will lose all of your not-yet-stashed loots if you die. And don’t worry, for those who triumph, the effort with be absolutely worthwhile.
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Out of the Blue

It's our first spring living by the nearby pond, so as the noisy flurry of mating season abated I started making uneducated guesses about when we'd start seeing the first waterfowl offspring. I won the first sighting battle the other day while I was assembling the grill when I spotted a pair of ducklings. But yesterday MrsBlue won the war when she saw a pair of geese showing off their 11 new goslings. And for extra credit, she got a picture of the whole brood, who are too cute for words. I saw a recent Facebook post from a friend with an annual goose family who noted they have so many because lots of them get picked off by predators, but I'll try and ignore that aspect of the law of the jungle for the moment and wish them all the best. Honk, honk!

Gos-Links
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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