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Friday, Jun 19, 2020 Juneteenth (USA)

Get Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition for Free

The Windows edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is now available for free on Steam. You have a week to cash in on this opportunity to pick up this fighting game featuring characters from DC Comics. Here's the pitch for the game:
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition enhances the bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios. Featuring six new playable characters, over 30 new skins, and 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions, this edition packs a punch. In addition to DC Comics icons such as Batman, The Joker, Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

Games Free Try This Weekend

Steam also includes several other games that are free to play for the weekend:

  • Save 50% on Kingdom Come- Deliverance on Steam
    You're Henry, the son of a blacksmith. Thrust into a raging civil war, you watch helplessly as invaders storm your village and slaughter your friends and family. Narrowly escaping the brutal attack, you grab your sword to fight back. Avenge the death of your parents and help repel the invading forces!
  • Save 60% on Dead by Daylight on Steam
    Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed. Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey.
  • Save 65% on Warhammer: Chaosbane on Steam
    In a world ravaged by war and dominated by magic, you are the last hope for the Empire of Man against the Chaos hordes. Playing solo or with up to 4 in local or online co-op, choose a hero from 5 character classes with unique and complementary skills, and prepare for epic battles wielding some of the most powerful artefacts of the Old World.
  • Save 66% on Don't Starve Together on Steam
    Don't Starve Together is the standalone multiplayer expansion of the uncompromising wilderness survival game, Don't Starve. Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.
  • Save 76% on theHunter- Call of the Wild on Steam
    Never before have you experienced a hunting game like theHunter: Call of the Wild. Plunge into an atmospheric open world, teeming with life: from the majestic true-to-life animals to the rustling of leaves above you as you stalk your prey. You can decide to hunt on your own or join up and hunt together with friends. Just remember, you are not just a visitor in this world, you are a living and breathing part of it. As you finally spot the majestic crown of your first red deer through the brush, the feeling is indescribable.

Path of Exile Harvest Sprouts

The new Harvest expansion is now available for the Windows edition of Path of Exile, allowing you to reap what you sow in Grinding Gear's free-to-play action/RPG. This is also coming to consoles, as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are expected next week. The details on the new content are available on the Path of Exile Website where you can find this trailer that shows off gameplay and offers developer commentary. Here's what this adds to the game:
Path of Exile: Harvest introduces a Oshabi who has enlisted your help in cultivating the Sacred Grove, an ancient garden of mysterious powers. Seeds can be planted within the grove and when ready to harvest, will produce dangerous monsters. Players will slay these monsters in order to wield their Lifeforce as a powerful crafting resource and to help other exotic crops in their growth. A bountiful harvest can unlock powerful crafting options that are unmatched by any past expansion.

"One of our favorite aspects of the Harvest League is its crafting system," said Chris Wilson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Grinding Gear Games. "We have really leaned into designing a crafting system which is much more powerful, accessible and unique than any we have made before. We can't wait to see how Path of Exile players push the potential of Harvest's powerful crafting to its limits."
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Colony Siege Early Access

Colony Siege is now in Early Access on Steam, offering the chance to be one of the colonists in this tower defense real-time strategy game. The previously released announcement trailer shows the struggle against the onslaught of the biomechanical xeno swarm and the corrupted Riven. Would you like to know more?
Finifugal Games are sounding the alarm and rallying the troops today as their debut title Colony Siege launches into Steam Early Access. A hybrid of traditional RTS and modern tower defense gameplay, Colony Siege offers full online campaign co-op and two wildly different invading enemy forces, each requiring new strategies to counter across a 23-mission campaign, with 14 in this Early Access release.

While tower defense games are typically passive experiences, players in Colony Siege will be leading from the front in a mobile command aircraft able to attack enemies directly, repair fortifications and deploy powerful swarm-clearing special attacks. Whether playing solo or co-op, players should prepare for a dynamic battlefield. Rather than just rely on traps and turrets, commanders will have to build mobile combat units and command them in classic real-time strategy fashion.
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2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees

The Strong National Museum of Play announces the 2020 class of inductees into their World Video Game Hall of Fame. This year's honorees are Bejeweled, Centipede, King's Quest, and Minecraft. Here's word on the selections and the other nominees they were considering this time around:
The games in the 2020 class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame won their place in the esteemed hall by challenging players to solve puzzles, battle giant insects, complete epic quests, and build fantastic structures. Bejeweled, Centipede, King’s Quest, and Minecraft have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame and emerged from a field of 12 finalists that also included Frogger, Goldeneye 007, Guitar Hero, NBA Jam, Nokia Snake, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Uncharted 2, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The four inductees span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, or society in general.

Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay Stream

This video from D&D Live 2020 kicks off with the promised livestream of a full Baldur's Gate 3 gameplay presentation from Larian Studios' Swen Vincke. The segment devoted to the RPG sequel runs a bit over 90 minutes, but it is followed by hours of additional Dungeons & Dragons content if you want to completely geek out. Here's word:
Here’s some of the new changes and content shown in the stream:

  • The narrator that will lead players through the game has changed to present tense/second-person narration.
  • Changes have been made to the initiative system. Previous gameplay showed the side initiative, which has evolved over the past month. Characters with similar individual initiative can now be grouped together automatically, allowing players to try out combinations and align their attacks in a group initiative system. Other characters and enemies will have individual initiative.
  • Vincke showed the inspiration system for the first time. Inspiration points allow the player to reroll one of their dice — a very valuable tool for when the roll of the dice decides life and death. These points are awarded to the player for finding special solutions during their playthrough.
  • Reactivity to the player character: Vincke played as a custom character elf, showcasing how the world reacts to who you are and, more importantly, which decisions you have made in the past.

Between the original announcement a year ago and what was shown today prior to D&D Live 2020, Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming into shape, one which will continue to evolve as Larian works directly with the community during its early access campaign. The team is now fully focused on getting ready for the early access release in (maybe!) August 2020. Larian will have more to announce about the date, content and details of early access as August approaches.

Port Royale 4 Preorder Closed Beta Reaches Steam

A closed beta for Port Royale 4 is now available for those who pre-purchase the Windows edition of the seafaring sim sequel on Steam. Already available to those who pre-purchased directly from the Kalypso Store, the beta offers the following:
Available in English and German, the Port Royale 4 beta includes the game's tutorial, full Spanish campaign and newly added English-nation campaign, and the option to play as England or Spain in the game's Free Mode. Players are also invited to complete a survey to shape the game ahead of its full release on September 25th, 2020.

Arriving with the Steam beta is an updated beta roadmap, brand-new screenshots, and the developer featurette '6 Seaworthy Questions', in which Gaming Minds Studios Creative Director Daniel Dumont dives into Port Royale 4's varied gameplay as well as important changes to the series' fourth entry, such as turn-based naval combat.
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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Early Access Changes

Early Access Update on the TaleWorlds Entertainment Website outlines what has changed in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord since it first entered Early Access at the end of March. One of those changes is that the action/RPG sequel is now available on the Epic Games Store as well as Green Man Gaming*, Humble Store*, and Steam. The game is also currently 20% off (32% off at GMG). Besides outlining the changes they've made to the game since its debut they offer outlook on the future:
For singleplayer, our focus for the immediate future is still very much on stability and performance. But that’s not to say that we aren’t still working on other aspects of the game: perks continue being completely overhauled and work progresses on new scenes, quests and AI improvements. Additionally, improvements to kingdom politics and voting that will give players more options and control are in the works, along with additional ways to use companions and clan members, including assigning them as formation leaders. Also, an incoming update is planned where character levels will depend on raw experience collected from skills rather than skill level increases. Overall this should make it easier to focus on a particular set of skills. We also plan to make improvements to the Crafting system which will change how you progress and gain experience so that it is less grindy and will reward creativity to a greater degree. Additional main storyline quests will also be implemented in the near future. These will include the quest to rescue your family as well as quests where you will work against the conspiracy. Finally, more dynamic quests that are generated in response to world events will continue to be introduced.

With multiplayer, we are currently readjusting and refining combat parameters while rebalancing stats, equipment and perks. Additionally, the player report tool is currently in beta and we hope to send that to the main branch soon to help players deal with problematic users.

Finally, we hope to be able to start releasing some modding tools with limited documentation in the near future.
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NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 1 and Vol 2

Steam now offers the Windows editions of NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 1 and Vol 2 offering the chance to relive the past with a pair of collections of 8-bit classics. Each anthology includes 10 games, including some that were never released in the west. Here's a complete rundown:
In addition to those classics, each volume includes an exciting “new” title developed specifically for NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 1 includes an 8-bit reimagining of PAC-MAN Championship Edition, while NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 2 adds an 8-bit home console version of Gaplus, the sequel to Galaga. These new titles as well as the mix of classic retro games are perfect for anyone looking to recapture days gone by or looking for new challenges.

NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 1

  • Galaxian
  • Xevious
  • Mappy
  • Dragon Buster
  • PAC-MAN
  • Dig-Dug
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Sky Kid
  • Dragon Spirit: The New Legend
  • Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
  • PAC-MAN Championship Edition

NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 2

  • Battle City
  • Pac-Land
  • Dig Dug II
  • Super Xevious
  • Galaga
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Mappy-Land
  • Legacy of the Wizard
  • Dragon Buster II
  • Mendel Palace
  • Gaplus

Out of the Blue

I was supposed to see the dentist today to finally get around to my post-op evaluation and take the next step towards replacing my temporary appliance with my permanent implants. This is long overdue since the lockdown came in the middle of my course of treatment. But I just got a call saying the oral surgeon won't be in today. The good news is that I was scheduled to return there on Monday for a cleaning, so they will be able to take the required X-rays at that time, saving me a trip. Seems to me they should have figured this out already, but we worked it out in the end, so it's all good.

Obituary: Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88.

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