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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

System Shock Demo

A playable Windows demo for System Shock is now available, providing the chance to sample the upcoming action/RPG/shooter remake in the works at Nightdive Studios. You can find the demo on and Steam. So you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky? ' Well do ya, cyberpunk? Here's word:
Today is a huge day for fans of the beloved sci-fi action-adventure title System Shock, as Nightdive Studios is making available a brand-new demo of their remake on and Steam. Return to Medical Bay with all of System Shock’s unlockable weapons for the first time!

Grab the demo now and return to the cyberpunk world of 2072 and get a first-hand look at Nightdive’s reimagining of the classic, which adds a new look and feel to the game, but retains all the classic stylings, story, and gameplay of the original.

Far Cry 5 Free Weekend Inbound

Ubisoft announces the chance to play Far Cry 5 for free this weekend. If you want to check out the latest installment in the shooter series you can preload it right now. Here's more:
Far Cry 5 is free for PC via Uplay PC from May 29 until May 31, so pack your bags for Hope County, Montana. Hope County is the perfect place to take in some picturesque landscapes, do some serene fishing, or sic a massive bear named Cheeseburger on unsuspecting cultists. Fanatical doomsday cult The Project at Eden’s Gate, led by the charismatic Joseph Seed, have taken over Hope County, and now have their sights set on you. To liberate the county, you’ll have to lead a resistance, destabilize the cult’s operations, and take out the entire Seed family before confronting Joseph.

Pre-load starts on May 27, and if you want more Far Cry 5 after the free weekend ends, you can purchase the Standard or Gold editions of the game for up to 75% off. You can also pick up the Deluxe Pack, Season Pass, and individual DLC’s for 50% off. Any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over to the purchased version of the game, so you can pick up right where you left off. For more information on the free weekend, visit, or head to our Far Cry news hub for all the information on the series.

Rockstar Refutes GTA Speculation has a statement from Take-Two Interactive they say casts doubt upon the analyst speculation that the company's marketing budget suggested a new Grand Theft Auto game would arrive in 2023. Here's the follow-up they received which they seem to think makes sense:
A Take-Two representative told that the table in the 10-K reflects marketing commitments made to third-party companies. As Rockstar is an internal Take-Two studio, that undermines the notion that the reported marketing commitments would be related to the next Grand Theft Auto.

New AMD Adrenaline Drivers

AMD Support now offers new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.5.1 drivers. Word is these offer support for the new Windows update and include a new AMD Link Emulation Driver:
Support For

  • Windows® May 2020 Update
  • AMD Link
    • Brand new AMD Link Xinput Emulation driver (AMDXE), which will improve compatibility with current and future games. This gets installed the first time game streaming starts with AMD Link and will appear as a new Xbox 360 controller in Device Manager.

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Samurai Shodown Next Month

On top of the news earlier about the free launch of the SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION on the Epic Games Store comes word that the PC edition of the new Samurai Shodown will also come to the Epic Games Store on June 11th. They celebrate the news with a new Epic Game Store release date trailer and a new director message video from Nobuyuki Kuroki. Here's word on the game, which carries a 10% preorder discount:
The battle slashes its way into the Epic Games Store!
From its creation in 1993, the SAMURAI SHODOWN series has redefined weapon-based fighting games. 11 years after its previous installment, the series welcomes in a completely new game! Always evolving, the series known for its breath-taking battles and stunning characters has been taken to new heights with amazing visuals and sound design!
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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Season 4 Next Week

Season 4 for Call of Duty Modern Warfare gets underway on June 3rd, and the Activision Blog catches us up on the story so far: "From the end of General Barkov’s reign to the collapse of Armistice, this is The Story So Far for Modern Warfare, including Warzone." This trailer accompanies the update, showing off Captain Price as one of the new Season 4 operators. Here's word:
Which brings us back to the present day. The quickening instability in Verdansk, following the fall of the Armisitice, is becoming a bigger threat, maybe even bigger than Al-Qatala. After an intercepted phone call between Target Denver and one of his elite soldiers, we learned of Armistice finally bringing out their ace in the hole: Task Force 141’s finest in Captain John Price and the final squad member he nominated to this Tier One group.

The trailer recaps everything we know so far: chemical weapons are in the wild, Mr. Z is still at large and his plan of aiding AQ and disrupting alliances in the East and West is working: Armistice Operators are “targeting their own,” according to Ghost.
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PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 is now available on the Microsoft Store, offering Windows and Xbox One gamers the chance to try this free-to-play online RPG sequel. We have seen reports of problems getting started with this, but if you can work it out, here's what to expect:
The Free-to-Play online RPG PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 has arrived!
As the player, you'll join the ARKS task force of Oracle, an interplanetary fleet composed of 4 different races, and head out on an adventure to explore unknown worlds. With procedurally generated environments, unexpected events, and raid quests that a maximum of 12 players can take on at once, PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 aims to provide a never-ending adventure that is always filled with fresh surprises. The action in this game is highly customizable, with jumps added to the series staple simple controls. Use one of gaming's most powerful character creators to design and customize your own character, sign up as an ARKS Operative, and begin your PSO2 adventure!

  • To play PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 online on Xbox One, subscription to Xbox Live Gold is required.
  • The core game is Free-to-Play, but there is certain paid content that can be purchased.
  • The included downloadable content PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2, is the same content as those included in other editions.

Minecraft Dungeons Warning

A tweet from Windows 98 Tech Support warns that uninstalling Minecraft Dungeons might wipe your entire SSD if you are using the version of the game with the launcher. Tom's Hardware reports that Mojang has addressed this problem, so you should just make sure that your launcher is updated to Bootstrap 166 to be safe going forward. They provide this explanation from Mojang's Marcio Oliveira:
“Before uninstalling anything, please ensure the Minecraft Dungeons Launcher at least uses Bootstrap version 166 or higher. You can check this at Settings > About > Bootstrap,” the report reads.

Oliveria’s comment, meanwhile, goes into detail about the bug’s origin.

“When a player selected a custom ‘Install Location’ in the Dungeons installation dialog, the Dungeons Launcher was taking that location and naively considering that only files written by the Dungeons Launcher would live there,” Oliveria wrote. “Thus, when uninstalling the Launcher, the uninstall logic would simply delete that ‘Install Location’ folder, to leave no traces of program files created by the Launcher on disk.”

Missile Command: Recharged Released

Missile Command: Recharged is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam, offering the chance to defend the planet in this reimagined version of this classic. This costs just $2.99, or the price of 12 games in the original arcade version. Gameplay is shown off in this trailer. Here's word:
Missile Command: Recharged features high intensity, arcade action where players must defend their cities by shooting down an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Swiftly aimed counter-missiles defend against the onslaught and unlockable powerups give players an edge at critical moments. Missile Command: Recharged will appeal to those that fondly remember playing the original or its many iterations, and a whole new generation of gamers that are looking for fast-paced arcade goodness.

Key Features Include:

  • Powered Up: Don’t just target missiles – take aim at all-new powerups to survive longer with defensive measures, missile speed boosts, or a screen-clearing special blast.
  • Upgraded: The new powerup system takes points earned and allows them to be used to upgrade all aspects of gameplay to get an edge and achieve the highest scores.
  • Shoot for the Clouds: Compete in global online leaderboards and aim to claim bragging rights as the top missile commander.
  • Achievements (PC, iOS, Android): Better yourself with each game played and work towards besting the toughest challenges!

Space Grunts 2 Released

Space Grunts 2 is out of Early Access on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This marks the official launch of this Roguelike turn-based strategy game featuring card battles set in space, where no one can hear you grunt. Here's a trailer showing off the game's pixel art graphics and 50s vibe, and here are some details in case you missed the original Space Grunts when it was in theaters:

  • Random game events changing the rules of the current game.
  • Alternate routes to find and unlock ultra-rare cards.
  • Every time you play, you get older.
  • Permanent buff-cards to unlock with each victorious mission.
  • Mixing a proper rogue-like gameplay with light card-battles.
  • Unlockable modifier cards between worlds - changing the flow and rules of the next worlds

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Dreamscaper Early Access This Summer

Afterburner Studios announces Early Access to Dreamscaper will begin this summer on Steam, offering first chance to play this atmospheric action/RPG about lucid dreaming. Unless you count Dreamscaper: Prologue, a free Windows demo that's available right now on Steam. Developer Afterburner Studios calls this a "phantasmagorical experience where story and hack n slash action collides." Here's the Announcement Trailer and here are more dreamy details:
In Dreamscaper players dive into Casidy’s subconscious and confront the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate. Every slumber is a different ordeal in an ever-changing world with a multitude of unique events and challenges. The deep combat system features a multitude of attack options, from finger guns and yo-yos to rending the earth beneath you or controlling time itself - in a dreamworld anything goes. Once awake, players interact with people in Cassidy’s life, forge new relationships, piece her life events together and unlock upgrades that impact her next dream. As soon as Cassidy falls asleep, the cycle continues: players traverse her beautiful, haunting dreamscapes, confronting her nightmares head-on with a rich hack-n’-slash combat system where careful positioning, exact timing and quick reflexes are rewarded.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Lee Hardcastle's THINGU.

SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION Will Debut on Epic Games Store for Free

It was recently revealed that the PC edition of SAMURAI SHODOWN would be coming to the Epic Games Store, and now the SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION website reveals that this fighting game anthology will debut on June 11th, and will be completely free for the first week of its release. The listing shows this will retail for $39.99, but includes the following footnote: "Completely free between June 11th and June 18th at 11:00 AM (EDT)." Here's a new North American Trailer for the collection, and here's an overview on the seven games it comprises, including the "mysterious" new SAMURAI SHODOWN V PERFECT:
SAMURAI SHODOWN released on the NEOGEO in 1993, followed by its sequel SAMURAI SHODOWN II in 1994, and the series became a trilogy in 1995 with SAMURAI SHODOWN III. Soon after SAMURAI SHODOWN IV AMAKUSA’S REVENGE came in 1996, and seven years later SAMURAI SHODOWN V was released in 2003, with SAMURAI SHODOWN V SPECIAL releasing the following year in 2004. Never before released to the public, SAMURAI SHODOWN V PERFECT is a mysterious final version of SAMURAI SHODOWN V that is the stuff of legends to SNK fans. Players can select between either Japanese or English MVS arcade versions for each title. Additionally, there are features such as scanlines for that retro flair, save functions, and arcade mode can even be set to FREE MODE meaning no more game overs!

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New GeForce Drivers

The GeForce Drivers Page now offers new version 446.14 WHQL-certified Windows drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. These include enhanced support for VALORANT, Minecraft Dungeons, Disintegration, and Crucible as well as DirectX 12 Ultimate. Here are the details:
Our latest GeForce Game Ready driver delivers day-one optimizations and enhancements for Valorant, the highly anticipated first person shooter from Riot Games. This driver also offers the best experience in Minecraft Dungeons, Disintegration, and Crucible, along with support for Microsoft’s release of the Windows 10 May 2020 update.

Valorant: Fast, Fun FPS Action, for Free
Valorant, the new shooter from the creators of the mega-hit League of Legends, launches June 2nd after a beta that attracted hundreds of thousands of players. Valorant offers fast, intense FPS gameplay, and it is all free. To ensure your system runs Valorant smoothly and quickly, download and install our new Game Ready Driver.

DirectX 12 Ultimate is Here
The Windows 10 May 2020 update provides a wide variety of new features, ranging from GPU temperature being shown in Task Manager to the introduction of the new DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics API. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs have offered support DirectX ray tracing since their introduction in 2018, and they continue to support the latest cutting-edge graphics technologies like those in this new API. Launches Summer Sale and 7 Demos

Summer may still be a few weeks off, but the Summer Sale on is underway between now and June 15th. They promise over 3000 deals with discounts up to 95% as well as free demos of seven games. Here's an overview:
We invite you to join us as we explore a huge galaxy of games! The Summer Sale on GOG.COM is here to take you on a journey through the stars, with thousands of cosmic deals and fantastic new DRM-free titles to discover!

Bend the space-time continuum at the speed of light and take an early peek at some upcoming games. Be the first to play free demos of the tactical western Desperados III and action-blazing Destroy All Humans! before both games are released. That’s not all, as we also have brand new playable demos for the re-imagined System Shock and the dreamy Spiritfarer, as well as the upcoming role-playing game Vagrus - The Riven Realms, the reverse horror Carrion, and last but not least, the jRPG-inspired Cris Tales.

To make things even more exciting, we bring you two out-of-this-world, DRM-free releases on GOG.COM. Metro Exodus (-50%) will take you on a hazardous journey through the vast post-apocalyptic wilderness while in Prey (-70%) you'll have to quickly adjust to the hunt-or-be-hunted reality of the Talos I space station.
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New Mighty Eighth Announced

The resurrected MicroProse announces plans to resurrect one of their franchises, saying a new version of the Mighty Eighth is in the works (thanks PCGamesN). This World War II bomber game will support virtual reality as well as non-VR gameplay. This will allow you to serve as part of the 10-player crew of a B-17 or B-24 along with live or AI crewmates. They offer screenshots of the interior of plane models and concept art, but no projected release date. You can sign up to stay updated on the project through. Here are the details they do provide:
We are honored to announce to you, our fans, that MicroProse is working on a brand new The Mighty Eight title for Virtual Reality.

The Mighty Eighth will be a VR-first project (but also playable with no VR enabled) in which you will be able to play with 9 other friends (or AI crew) as you work together to survive the war and accomplish your missions.

Drop those bombs on the right spot, guide your crew through long drawn out day, or the dark, moonless nights, keep your airplane in touch with the rest of the squadron and HQ as you monitor radios and communications. Defend your Flying Fortress by keeping those enemy fighters away from you and your squadron mates. Pilot or co-pilot this beast under a massive amount of stress – and enemy fire, but don’t drop out of formation or you’re a sitting duck.

The new Mighty Eighth is not just a game. It’s an experience from a different time where young men grew faster than they should and saw things no man should see. And YOU will be put right in the middle of the action.
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Fast & Furious Crossroads Delayed

Fast & Furious Crossroads was originally announced for release this month. But now BANDAI NAMCO reveal a delay, saying the driving action movie tie-in will come on August 7th. They don't actually acknowledge this is a delay, so they don't explain it. The news comes with a new video with a first look at gameplay and the following description:
The Fast & Furious Crossroads story mode expands the Fast & Furious universe—with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson reprising their roles as Dom, Letty, and Roman in an action-packed adventure set across stunning global locations, including Athens, Barcelona and Morocco. Joining the cast are Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead) and Asia Kate Dillon (Billions, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum).

Fast & Furious Crossroads puts players in the driver’s seat of the non-stop cinematic-style action of the Fast & Furious franchise. Packed with gadgets, death defying heists and iconic vehicles, Fast & Furious Crossroads will be available for PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC via STEAM® on August 7, 2020. The game will provide fans with an exciting story-driven experience, and an unprecedented three-way multiplayer mode, on which more information will be shared in the coming weeks.
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Trackmania Launch Details

Ubisoft reveals launch plans for the new Trackmania game that's coming July 1st, saying it will launch on the Epic Games Store as well as Uplay. They follow the traditions of the racing series by offering multiple versions, including one that's free. “Trackmania is a universal racing game and with three levels of engagement, we aim to fit every player’s gaming preferences," explains Florent Castelnerac, Ubisoft Nadeo Managing Director. "The Starter Access, which is free, is a great foot in the door for new players. The Standard and Club Access will support creation and sharing tools for our more advanced players." Here's the starting grid:

  • Starter Access: Free for players to race solo or multiplayer on quarterly renewed official campaigns, including 25 tracks, allowing players to earn medals and record scores in the regional rankings. Players will be able to enjoy other player’s creations on the Arcade Channel, try various editors (tracks, replays and skins) and map review servers. The weekly Nations League is also available for casual competitions.
  • Standard Access: In addition to the free content, Standard Access expands the content available with player creations, including the “Track of the Day” selection, and full access to replay, track editors and map review servers. Additionally, players can participate in daily competitions and keep every “Track of the Day” and “Official” campaign track. One year of standard access is available for $9.99.
  • Club Access: Including the above, Club Access allows players to join their favorite clubs to access exclusive content and activities such as skin customization, special campaigns, online rooms, training tracks and competitions. They can also create their own club to share their creations and organize events. Players can participate in the Open Grand League, organized by Ubisoft Nadeo, and try to qualify for the Trackmania Grand League. One year of the Club Access is available for $29.99 or three years for $59.99.

Avorion Official Community Servers Launch

Boxelware announces that official community servers are now available for Avorion, their sandbox space station game that launched earlier this year on the Humble Store* and Steam. These are free to use and provided through 4NetPlayers. If you are interested in applying to help by being an adminstrator you can find details on how to apply in this post. They also say they are hard at work on the first DLC for the game, which is expected in September as well as an update for the game that does not currently have an ETA. Here's more on the new official servers:
We are happy to share good news with you today! Our official Community Servers are now assigned, and you can already explore the galaxy together with other players! The verified servers are clearly marked with a blue checkmark and are accessible to everyone without a password. The servers are provided free of charge in cooperation with 4NetPlayers and are managed by selected administrators.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the numerous applications! Unfortunately, we could not assign a server to everyone, so some applications are still on the waiting list if a server becomes available again in the future.
We will continue to work closely with both 4NetPlayers and the server administrators to ensure that you get the best performance from the servers.
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D.E.E.P. Battle of Jove Revealed

A new listing on Steam reveals D.E.E.P. Battle of Jove, an upcoming action/arcade dogfighting game set in space, where no one can here you brag about bullseyeing womp rats in your T-16 back home (thanks Gematsu). Here's a Steam Trailer and a Gameplay Trailer, and, by jove, here's an overview:
D.E.E.P. Battle Of Jove is an epic, fast, arcade-type campaign-based dogfighter that aims to take next-gen graphics & controls to achieve an experience that gamers have known since Star Fox: an easy to pick-up single player shooter where players chose from different ships they can upgrade as they take the role of one of the members of the rebellion in a fight against a power, deep AI.
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Clash: Mutants vs Pirates Next Month

NewGen announces a June 12th Steam launch date for Clash: Mutants Vs Pirates, their MOBA installment in the popular noun vs non sequitur genre. Here's word on the game and some pre-purchase incentives on in-game items for the trusting:
In Clash: Mutants vs Pirates, players will be able to queue up solo, in a party, or even create a custom lobby. Whether queuing solo or with friends, players will have two game modes to choose from, deathmatch and Kinvader mode. In deathmatch, teams will go head to head in high-stakes combat where the first team to reach 40 kills will be deemed the winner. Kinvader mode will challenge teams to strategically maneuver on the battlefield. Choosing when to attack and when to defend as well as timing the capturing of control points to strategically relocate the team’s Kinvader will be paramount in achieving victory.

From now through June 12, players can get a head start on their Clash MVP collection by pre-ordering one of three bundles. Each pack will give players access to a founder’s badge, load screens, exclusive avatars, emotes, titles, and sprays as well as the in-game currency orbs. Players can also pre-purchase orb bundles that they can redeem for skins, emotes, sprays, music, titles, avatars, and more of their choice.
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Out of the Blue

I completed the relaunch of ManStovia yesterday by picking up a spare propane tank. I don't have any prior experience with gas grilling to know what to expect as far as how long a tank should last. But I have been at cookouts where the gas has run dry, so I know this is not something I want to endure. It seems logical to just be able to rotate them by swapping in a full tank and refilling the empty one. I don't know when that would be, but it's already clear that gas is much more economical than charcoal. I've easily cooked enough to go through much more than one $20 bag of charcoal already, but I'm still on my first tank of propane, which costs $12 a refill at BJs.

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