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Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Get Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Kingdom New Lands for Free

The Epic Games Store now offers this week's giveaways, offering Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Kingdom New Lands for free. These are yours to keep as long as you collect them over the coming seven days. After that they will be replaced by two more freebies: Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2. Here's more on this week's gratis games:
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
This world is a Machine. A Machine for Pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of Pigs.
The year is 1899...
Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus awakes in his bed, wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. Tortured by visions of a disastrous expedition to Mexico, broken on the failing dreams of an industrial utopia, wracked with guilt and tropical disease, he wakes into a nightmare. The house is silent, the ground beneath him shaking at the will of some infernal machine: all he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it is up to him to save them.

How long will you last?
Tales spread of far off isles with mysteries waiting to be discovered.
Rulers will need all the strength of their subjects to sail away and
find new kingdoms in these New Lands.
Be brave, ruler, and fight to the bitter end,
lest these New Lands conquer you instead.
Kingdom is a minimalistic micro strategy game with modern retro aesthetics and an ambient soundtrack. Players take control of a monarch struggling to build their kingdom from nothing by exploring the world, recruit loyal subjects and defend from the nightly Greed attacks.

Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire- Episode 4

Here's today's Night City Wire- Episode 4 where CD PROJEKT RED continues to tease the upcoming launch of Cyberpunk 2077. This includes the news that the sci-fi RPG will launch on Google Stadia alongside the other editions on November 19th. Other topics covered in the stream are the vehicles featured in the game, the styles that appear throughout Night City, a cosplay contest, and like any good night out, things end with a trip to the diner. Continue here to read the full story.

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Released

Xbox Wire has word that the Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is now available worldwide for Windows through the Microsoft Store, Steam, and the Xbox Game Pass for PC. This offers the chance to re-experience this real-time strategy game that was first released 15 years ago almost to the day, on October 18, 2005. Here's more on the 4K graphics upgrade and other elements that make this edition of the game so darned definitive:
For Age III: DE, players can expect 4K graphics, rebuilt 3D assets, modernized UI, cross-play multiplayer, and fully enhanced soundtrack and audio. Beyond all previously released content, Age III: DE features two new game modes and two new civilizations exclusive to the definitive edition.

For game modes, we’ve added a series of Historical Battles set within the time period the game covers, as well as fan favorite Art of War challenges, added after the overwhelmingly positive community feedback from their initial appearance in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! These challenges are specifically tailored to not only teach you the ins and outs of real-time strategy games, but the unique nuances of Age III’s gameplay and meta that’s evolved over years of play.
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Field of Glory II - Medieval Announced

Slitherine announces plans to go all medieval on Fields of Glory II with the announcement of Field of Glory II - Medieval, which hurtles the turn-based strategy sequel forward in time to the middle ages. They say this is due in Q1 of 2021, but a beta test will get underway before then, and you can apply to participate here. There's an Announcement Trailer with a look at what to expect, and here's more:
The announcement of Field of Glory II: Medieval starts a new page in the franchise. Set in the High Middle Ages from 1040 AD to 1270 AD, which is the heyday of the mounted knight and the time when the entire European continent was in turmoil.

FoGII Medieval is a deep, maniacally researched game of battles. Armies, equipment, alliances, formations; everything is accurate to the finest detail. It’s not a game for everyone, but a deep wargame for dedicated wargamers. But it is also a beautifully crafted product that is yet again delivering in its mission to redefine the wargaming experience and bring fresh life to the genre. It also expands boundaries by attracting new players to the franchise.
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Monster Truck Championship Rolls Out

NACON and TEYON announce the release of Monster Truck Championship for Windows and consoles. The PC edition is available on Steam. Here's a Launch Trailer showing all the car-crushing, stunt driving, and customization this offers. Here's word:
Monster Truck Championship is a unique simulation where players take part in different competitions in 25 stadiums and circuits across the United States. Don't expect to perform impossible aerial stunts by simply pushing down the accelerator: players need to master the vehicle physics to try and set new race records and pull off realistic tricks. Monster Truck Championship faithfully reproduces the unique feeling of driving these powerful motor vehicles: independent front and rear wheel control, mass transfer anticipation in bends and predicting bounces after jumps.

There are five types of event in Monster Truck Championship: Race, where you try to finish in first place after completing a certain number of laps against eight other drivers; Time-Trial, in which you try to set new time records; Drag Races, where you compete against one other driver on a small section of the track; Freestyle, in which you try to perform as many spectacular tricks as possible; and Destruction, which rewards you for destroying every obstacle you can!
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TERROR SQUID is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam as well as for Switch. This is a bullet hell shooter with retro vector graphics. The game has rudimentary keyboard support, but works better with a keyboard. But today developer Apt Games made a post saying that mouse support is on the way in a future update. Here's a launch trailer and you can wrap your tentacles around these details:
TERROR SQUID is an easy to understand but difficult to master arcade game in which every enemy projectile is emitted by you, the TERROR SQUID. Set around a doomed planet, you’re a cosmic chaos entity spinning around the world emitting all manner of hazardous projectiles. What goes around comes around, as your inky bullet reign of terror circles around the globe creating an apocalypse of your own design. TERROR SQUID obliterates genre conventions of tightly choreographed patterns, and instead puts you in the role of your own worst enemy. Think fast and strategically as you weave through a bullet hell of your own making!

Your objective is to survive for as long as possible without getting hit by your own projectiles. Survive for long enough and you can release a primordial blast of dark energy, detonating your projectiles in glorious chain reactions. Inspired by the spherical maps of Super Stardust and the short, intense action of Devil Daggers, TERROR SQUID is an endlessly addictive test of strategy and reflexes. Only the best players will manage to survive for even a minute in this unholy vector graphics apocalypse. Destroy worlds, ascend the leaderboards, and become one with the void in TERROR SQUID.
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Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials Released

Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is now available on Steam, offering a platforming action/adventure puzzler for Windows (thanks Dataschmuck). There's a playable demo if you want to sample this. Here's a feature list:
*Crash* ...That was the sound of you landing face first in an abyss filled with monsters, traps, and eldritch secrets. But hey, it's ok barbarian, you are not alone: Pip, your best friend -and mysteriously luminous bat- is with you. And it's only by truly working together that you'll be able to solve the abyss' puzzles, fight off its hungry denizens, discover its true purpose and maybe -just maybe- make it out alive with the secrets of the primordials.
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New Borderlands 3 Season Pass Next Month

2K and Gearbox announce a Second Season Pass of Borderlands 3 downloadable add-on content is on the way, and should launch on November 10th, bringing the promised additional skill trees, and a new standalone mode called Arms Race:
Following the recent confirmation that Borderlands® 3’s next-gen upgrade will launch day-and-date with both the Xbox Series X / Series S and the PlayStation 5, 2K and Gearbox today announced Season Pass 2 for Borderlands 3.

Season Pass 2 will include two all-new downloadable content add-ons – Designer's Cut and Director's Cut – plus brand new looks for all four Vault Hunters, to be revealed later this month. First up is Designer's Cut, which creates totally new ways to play Borderlands 3 by introducing an additional Skill Tree for each Vault Hunter, a new standalone mode called Arms Race, and more.
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Pandemic Train

Developer Trigger Labs announces Pandemic Train, a survival game that puts you in charge of a train traveling through a post-apocalyptic wasteland as you work towards finding a cure for a deadly plague. This Contagion (or 2020, if you prefer) meets Snowpiercer project is planned to come to Steam on November 25, 2021. If it sounds familiar (besides the fact that it was first unveiled a little over a month ago), this may be because of Pandemic Express - Zombie Escape, which went free-to-play early this year. But while Pandemic Express is more of a first-person shooter, Pandemic Train looks more like This War of Mine, as you can see in this trailer. Here a quick summary:
In Pandemic Train you are in charge of the crew aboard a train roaming the postapocalyptic wasteland, ravaged by both war and a deadly plague. Your goal is to survive long enough to discover the cure… or die trying.

Game’s features include:

  • Singleplayer campaign
  • Atmospheric visuals and music
  • An interesting story set in an alternative historic setting
  • Chance to create your own train, with various types of wagons you can add to the steam engine
  • A vast array of characters we can recruit onboard the train
  • Resource and crew management
  • Difficult, morally ambiguous choices

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Cartoon Strike Leaves Early Access

Cartoon Strike is now out of Early Access and into its full launch on Steam, offering a free-to-play cartoony take on the multiplayer shooter genre. This features block voxel graphics to maximize its surreal feel, as can be seen in this Gameplay Trailer. In this post you can find details on what's changed since Early Access, including an outline of what to expect from Season 1. Here's an overview of the game:
In the multiplayer game Cartoon Strike, each player is an employee of Gametoria inc. in the War and Fun department. Their job is exploration of different realities, which may, or may not, be real. They will travel to the times of World War II or into the future, where the clan conflict caused unrest.
Each reality has its own rules and aside from the default game modes, players can experience modes like Capture the Bag or Capture the Point.
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Plot of the Druid Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Plot of the Druid, a Windows, macOS, and Linux point-and-click adventure. The demo includes an hour or so of gameplay, two difficulty levels, and full voice and text localization for six languages. The game's hand-painted art style can be seen in this previously released trailer and more on what to expect is in this description:
Harness the power of nature to solve problems. Avoid awkward social situations by turning into a small furry creature. Befriend wood spirits that are very reclusive, especially when they have hangovers. Crash a radical party by the Druids Against Nature. Rescue a beautiful princess from a nasty bladder infection. And all while you’re trying to finish school. Which better happen soon, because an insanely dangerous tournament is about to start. No one’s ever won the tournament, but who cares when you’re a powerful druid, right?

Plot of the Druid is a fantasy point and click adventure game uses high-definition hand-painted drawings that capture the feel of old-school pixel art. The script has a dry, sarcastic British wit that’s reminiscent of Simon the Sorcerer, Discworld, and Harry Potter. And the wind cried Mary!
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Hearts of Iron IV Battle for the Bosporus Begins

Paradox Interactive now offers a Bosporus for the rest of us with the release of the promised Battle for the Bosporus Country Pack for Hearts of Iron IV, their World War II grand strategy sequel. The Release Trailer illustrates what to expect in this battle for a strategic Turkish waterway. Here's more on the add-on, which includes National Focus Trees for Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey:
The fascist powers are to the west. The Russian bear to the north. And the coasts of Egypt and the Levant belong to France and Britain. The independent nations of the eastern Mediterranean live in a dangerous neighborhood . What can Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey do to secure their own safety while the world around them is at war? Seize the reins of power in Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus, available now.

Battle for the Bosporus is a new country pack for Paradox Development Studio’s best-selling strategy wargame about World War II. Armchair generals will find new national focus trees for three nations that border the strategic waterways of the Black and Aegean Seas. Pursue alternate histories alongside major powers in a strong faction, or control your own destiny, free from meddling imperial giants.
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The Signifier Released

The Signifier is now available for Windows and macOS on and Steam, offering a "a tech-noir mystery that takes you on a mind-bending investigation blending experimental psychology, corporate intrigue, and artificial intelligence in a quest for the truth." Developer Playmestudio and publisher Raw Fury say versions of this for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are coming next year. Here's a Launch Trailer and here's a significant explanation:
When the vice president of the world's largest tech company turns up dead in her home, it’s up to you to investigate her death with the Dreamwalker, a revolutionary device that lets you explore the recorded memories and senses of the human mind. Journey into the deepest reaches of the psyche, where the most powerful and painful emotions are buried, in search of the truth.

Move freely between three dimensions -- reality, objective memories and subjective feelings -- discovering important events and environments for clues, solving puzzles, and putting the unanswered pieces together. The mindscape is an unpredictable, visually stunning world shaped by fears, dreams, and the imagination, where you’ll question the implications of AI, privacy, and our very existence.
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Digimon Survive Delayed Again

BANDAI NAMCO announces they are delaying the release of Digimon Survive until 2021, promising more information in the spring. When this survival/RPG was first announced in 2018 it was scheduled for release in 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Digimon TV show, but it was later delayed to this year. Now it is being pushed back to next year, as they say this is "due to the effects of current world events on the game’s development cycle." A tweet last week served as warning, as a translation says: "Digimon Survive is reviewing its development system and repartitioning its schedule." The official announcement includes the following statement from producer Kazumasa Habu:
The Digimon Survive team would like to extend our thanks to fans from around the world for their support during development, especially in these difficult times. We had originally planned to launch Digimon Survive in 2020 but current world events have shifted our development timing and we have made the difficult decision to push Digimon Survive's launch to 2021.

We thank you all for your continued patience as we work to create a fun and engaging tactical RPG game along with a memorable story for Digimon fans! We will share some exciting updates for Digimon Survive in Spring 2021, so please stay tuned for more information.

Atelier Ryza 2 Next Year

Publisher KOEI TECMO and developer GUST Studios announce that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will come to North America on January 26, 2021 for Windows via Steam as well as for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch. Here's a trailer for the game released last month at the Tokyo Games Show, and here are some details on this 22nd(!) installment in this JRPG series:
In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza is not only joined by returning fan-favorites like Lent Marslink and Tao Mongarten, she also meets a number of new characters who will help her throughout her adventure. Inside the Academy District café, Ryza meets a young woman by the name of Zephine Baudouin. Zephine manages the request bulletin board inside the café, and the bulletin board becomes a key part of Ryza’s day-to-day exploits – it’s used by citizens of the Royal Capital to post jobs ranging from delivering materials to defeating monsters – and as Ryza completes these tasks, she will be compensated with monetary rewards, materials, and even Skill Points. Other intriguing characters inside the Royal Capital include the talented blacksmith and engraver, Dennis Holland; shopkeeper and former acquaintance from Kurken Island, Romy Vogel; and farmworker Cassandra Cappelli, whose father owns an obscene amount of fruitful land inside the Royal Capital’s Farming District.
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Haptic Headset

Corsair announces the HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset, featuring, as the name reveals, Haptic Bass. To quote Jackie Mason from a 1988 commercial explaining the four-wheel steering on the Honda Prelude, "Why do you need this? I don't know." They offer this trailer to help sell the concept, along with the following:
At the core of the HS60 HAPTIC’s distinctive listening experience lies innovative bass from Taction Technology® that enhances low-end frequencies using tactile feedback, enabling users to perceive sounds while gaming that other headsets miss. Hearing the deep, low rumble of explosions or the reverberating hum of nearby machinery is a richer, more engaging experience with the HS60 HAPTIC. Combined with a pair of custom-tuned 50mm neodymium audio drivers delivering superb sound quality and a fully detachable, noise-cancelling uni-directional microphone for outstanding vocal clarity, the HS60 HAPTIC puts you in the middle of the action like never before.
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Morning Multiplex

Gatherings & Competitions

  • GamesIndustry Live. October 26-28. "A free digital event connecting students with games industry professionals register now for access."

Out of the Blue

As you may have already noticed, we're rolling out a couple of design tweaks today that Frans has been fine-tuning for a while now after some coding help from Kxmode. In the upper right-hand corner is a search bar, which follows what's grown to be a pretty familiar convention on the web these days. This plays on one of our strengths here, as we have over 20 years worth of searchable stories in the database. This also appears in our mobile view as a magnifying glass icon to click for searching. The original search box remains on the menu for familiarity, offering advanced search options for your power-using needs. Above the new search box in desktop views is a link for user settings in an area that's also become pretty conventional. This can also be found on the main menu, but we feel it's a quality-of-life improvement to make it more accessible and to stand out better. Finally, speaking of the main menu, this has had a reorganization to make it a bit more logical. There is a new Archives heading and a couple of other rearrangements that we feel make better sense. We hope you find these alterations to your liking, and as always, welcome feedback about the changes. Thanks again to Frans and Kxmode for their fine work.

Searchable Round-up
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Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta - Early Access Opportunity, Trailer, NVIDIA Support

With Early Access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC open beta getting underway tomorrow, the Call of Duty Blog has details on the chance to get in on Early Access by watching twitch streams. On a related note, this trailer shows off Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, one of the maps in the beta. Finally, NVIDIA offers details on support for their products in the game. Word is the beta supports NVIDIA Reflex and Highlights and that when the full game launches on November 13th it will feature support for RTX ray tracing and DLSS. They also offer beta system requirements for their hardware:
For the Beta, Activision recommends the following setups:

Beta Minimum Spec

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent.
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB

Beta Recommended Spec

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB
  • Stepping up to a faster GPU will allow you to play at higher frame rates and 4K, with maxed out graphics, giving you the clearest and most detailed experience possible.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Feature Removal Live

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Patch Notes outline the new update that's live in Infinity Ward's military shooters, offering a playlist update, fixes, balance changes, and more. This also offers the promised ability to selectively uninstall some elements of the game to free up drive space. Here's how that works:
New in this update, PC players can now select which content they'd like installed on their machines. Instructions on how to install specific content below!

Before removing installed content, be sure your Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game is not running, and the game is not updating.

1. Open the Launcher.
2. Select Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the panel on the left.
3. Select the Options menu on the upper lefthand portion of the Launcher.
4. Select Modify Install to open the installation popup.
5. Under Game Content, select Modify Install.
6. Uncheck the content you wish to uninstall. (Warzone cannot be uninstalled.)

  • Campaign
  • Multiplayer
  • Special Ops

7. Select Confirm.
8. Select Start Install.

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SEGA Celebrates 60 Years With Free Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and More

SEGA is celebrating their 60th anniversary, even though they don't look a day over 50. This dedicated website is home to a 60-day festival, and the SEGA's 60th Anniversary Celebration Page on Steam outlines the festivities of a week-long celebration of the milestone. They kick things off with Battle of Kawagoe, a free map (or as they call it, Free-LC) for Total War: SHOGUN 2, and some games as free-to-keep giveaways, starting with Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Here's an outline of the plan:
The week-long 60th anniversary celebrations start today on Steam, as gamers will be treated to awesome discounts on SEGA's diverse portfolio of products (check the Steam promotion page here for more details). There are also some brand new, free-to-own retro-inspired mini games¹, which have been created by SEGA studios specifically for this 60th anniversary.

  • Armor of Heroes – Relic Entertainment™ – A retro-inspired multiplayer tank romp for up to four players in versus combat and couch co-op. Available from October 15-19.
  • Endless Zone – Amplitude Studios™ – The Endless universe and Fantasy Zone™ collide in this side-scrolling shoot 'em up. Available from October 16-19.
  • Streets of Kamurocho – SEGA® – Kiryu and Majima from SEGA's critically acclaimed Yakuza™ series are raging on the Streets of Kamurocho in a new, but familiar challenge. Available from October 17-19.
  • Golden Axed – SEGA® – A build of a never-before-seen glimpse at a canned project called Golden Axe™: Reborn. Available from October 18-19. So, just one day.

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Partisans 1941 Released

Partisans 1941 is now available on Steam for Windows. According to developer Alter Games, this offers a "new approach to the stealth tactics genre: Partisans 1941 combines stealth, action, resource management and base-building elements." A Feature Trailer offers a look at this take on World War II. Here's a briefing:
Partisans 1941 is a real-time tactics game set on the eastern front of World War II. It features tactical squad combat, stealth elements, character progression, and resource management. Take control of Partisans, a brave group of resistance fighters, opposing the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines. Every mission must be carefully planned and initiated to overcome the enemy. Players can use the tactical break feature to scout and use their environment to turn seemingly impossible situations to their advantage.

Players can recruit soldiers and civilians as unique allies to tackle a variety of challenges – from focused sabotage to extensive attacks on German supply lines. The expandable home base deep in the forest with different types of buildings serves as the Partisans’ hub in-between missions to arm and upgrade their own troops, manage and distribute resources, and take a break until the next objective awaits. Form a Partisan group to your liking and send them on autonomous tasks or take them into battle.
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Baldur's Gate 3 Patch Revoked

Larian Studios tweets that they've reverted the first major patch for Baldur's Gate 3 they mentioned yesterday (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). Word is:
We've reverted to the previous build while we solve the save issue experienced by some players. Please bear with us, but once reverted you should be able to continue playing. We'll redeploy the patch when fixed!

Abracadabrew Launches

Abracadabrew is now out of Early Access and officially available on Steam, offering a memory-based party game for Windows and macOS. We've already burnt off our Steve Miller Band joke, so we'll just offer a gameplay trailer and the details:
Abracadabrew is a fun and chaotic, memory based, local couch co-op game for 1 to 4 players. Cooperate with your friends while using your memory skills to brew as many potions as you can before dawn. Gather ingredients hidden across the place, communicate and stay focused to unlock new brain-racking potions combinations!
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Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp This Month

Make sure your tux is pressed, as Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp is coming to Windows, macOS, and Linux via Steam on October 23rd, offering developer Beautiful Glitch's follow-up to their offbeat dating simulation. Word is: "Win the love and affection of a diverse cast of new and familiar monstrous heartthrobs at a brand-new summertime haunt bursting with colorful art, irreverent humor and young monster hormones." Here's a Release Date Reveal Trailer and here's what to expect:
Monster Camp is a maturely immature dating sim you can play solo or competitively with up to four players in online and local multiplayer, as well as Steam Remote Play Together. Choose where to spend your time around the camp by day, meeting new characters, taking part in wholesome camp activities, settling childish arguments and rivalries, and more. When the day is done, gather around the new campfire system, where everyone comes together to decide who to sit with and who to gossip about!

Your summer fling is up to you: choose your pronouns and pursue whoever you want (including the series’ first non-binary romance option, the breathtaking reaper Milo Belladonna) regardless of your identity. Seriously: these monsters are a treat and ready to shippppp.

Each run is quick, making it easy to explore new characters, choices and consequences, as well as silly secrets and easter eggs. With 50+ characters, 350+ events, 20+ endings and tons of surprises to discover based on your choices, Monster Camp is a fun and positive romantic romp you’ll remember fondly when it’s time to go back to school.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: David Bowie's ground-breaking -Heroes- is 43 today. I, I can remember... standing, by the wall.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Rated

According to Gematsu, the Korean Classification Board now features a rating for the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. We do not see this on the link they share, but we also had to use Google Translate. They share a screenshot of the listing, so this seems plausible. Assuming it's accurate, this adds more credence to the rumors that a remastered collection of the first three Mass Effect games is coming.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Released

Can you smell what Vertigo Games is cooking? It's Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!, their latest restaurant simulation that's out of Early Access, so it's no longer half-baked. This is available for Windows on Fanatical, GamersGate,, Green Man Gaming*, Humble Store*, and Steam (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). This is also available for Xbox One, PlayStation4, and Switch, and they say a version for macOS is coming soon. The Launch Trailer (lunch trailer?) shows how this puts you behind the wheel and the stove of a food truck, and the announcement serves up the details:
Hit the road in this massive sequel to the million-selling Cook, Serve, Delicious! series as you travel across the United States to participate in the Iron Cook Foodtruck Championships with your trusty robot crew Whisk (voiced by @negaoryx) and Cleaver (voiced by @havanarama).

Set in the radically-changed war-torn America of 2042, play through an all new story-driven campaign where you cook hundreds of foods—including many brand new to the series—across hundreds of levels in a new gameplay structure that has been completely redesigned to deliver fast-paced action, or take it easy with the all new Chill Mode that can be toggled on or off at any time!
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The MADE Video Game Preservation Museum Relocation Campaign

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) announces they're launching a two year campaign to relocate their collection to a new home. Earlier this year they temporarily closed their Oakland museum space due to COVID-19 and in August they announced closure was permanent, as they were unable to come to an acceptable agreement with their landlord. They are now kicking off a two-year fundraising campaign, hoping to collect between $500K and $2M to help set up a new location. Here's word:
The museum has been in its current location since 2015 and has amassed a collection of over 12,000 video games, home consoles, and memorabilia. This collection is being held in a storage space for an expected time of two years, during which time the MADE will raise funds in order to preserve the current collection and open up a new location.

“As the MADE has, up to now, been funded almost entirely through admission and memberships, it has been a blow to us to have to shut down for such an extended period,” said museum founder Alex Handy in a letter to current members. “We will absolutely return to normal operations, somewhere, sometime, but for now, we must batten down the hatches.”
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Cris Tales Delayed

Modus Games announces their time-traveling JRPG Cris Tales is traveling into the future, as it's now expected in 2021 for PC and consoles, a delay from its previously planned November 17th release. "The decision to delay was a tough one, but was made to ensure that the developers at Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK have a chance to bring the best version of Cris Tales to fans anxiously awaiting its release," explains Christina Seelye, CEO of Modus Games. They offer a Developer Message explaining the setback, and say they will discuss the game and their plans further during an AMA on Reddit on Friday. Here's a new Gameplay Trailer and here's a short blurb on the game:
Cris Tales is a time-bending JRPG where past, present and future are brought together on one screen. Players can use Crisbell’s amazing ability to slip between time periods, aiding citizens across Crystallis’ kingdoms and pushing enemies to specific points in time for an upper hand in battle.

The game has been highly anticipated since its reveal at E3 2019, where it won several accolades and nominations, including Best Indie Game and was recently nominated for Best Indie Game and Best RPG at Gamescom 2020. Players can head to the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Steam, or GOG to download the demo on their platform of choice now.
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Quintus and the Absent Truth - Chapter One and Two

Quintus and the Absent Truth - Chapter One is now available on Steam for free along with Chapter Two, which is offered as paid DLC for USD$4.99. This is a horror/adventure game featuring a man and a mouse which had an unsuccessful Kickstarter during the summer. Developer Wreck Tangle Games says Chapter Three is "well into development." Here's a Chapter Two Release Trailer, and here's more on the game:
The game follows failing musician Alan Shaw as he tries to find his Daughter, Lydia, who has mysteriously gone missing. A common synopsis in movies and games but this is no traditionally lonely adventure, as Alan is accompanied by his intelligent pet mouse, Quintus.

Quintus can be used to help Alan in all manner of ways, from reaching areas that Alan’s hands cannot (to grab items or activate buttons), to providing useful hints and objectives throughout the game.
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Nightvision: Drive Forever Released

Nightvision: Drive Forever is now available on Steam, offering an arcade driving game for Windows with procedurally generated levels and no map. Throw away your sunglasses, stock up on caffeine pills, and check out this previously released Official Gameplay Trailer. For a hands-on experience, there's also a playable demo. Here's what to expect:
Players can challenge themselves (and the world, via online leaderboards) across a nigh-infinite number of procedurally generated courses, ranging from quick one-minute sprints to endless marathon drives in a variety of weather conditions.

Nightvision: Drive Forever is an arcade driving experience unlike any other. Realistic handling meets frantic timed sprints across hazardous, procedurally generated roads. One mistake can lead to failure, and a spectacular car crash, so victory requires intense focus. Players will first experience the world of Nightvision through its story mode; a tale of the risks we take for the ones we love.
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Onee Chanbara Origin Released

D3PUBLISHER now offers Onee Chanbara Origin, the promised reimagined English HD re-release of this Japanese hack 'n slash zombie slayer game. This is available for Windows on Steam as a Standard or Deluxe edition, and both of these are available on the PlayStation Store as well. The previously released Release Date Trailer shows off the game's blend of breakneck zombie killing and busty girls in bikinis. Here's more:
Developed by Tamsoft and published by D3PUBLISHER, Onee Chanbara Origin is a complete HD remake with all new art style graphics and optimized storytelling, combining both “The Onechanbara” and “The Onechanbara 2” games, which were originally released for PlayStation®2 in 2004 and 2005. Now for a new generation, Onee Chanbara Origin features all renewed main character designs, restyled by the new main character designer Katsumi Enami, a seasoned designer bringing his talents to the “Onechanbara” series for the first time. Onee Chanbara Origin tells a new interpretation of the story of the two half-sisters, Aya and Saki, bound by mutual hatred and locked in a brutal fight to the death, eventually overcoming their cruel fate and fighting alongside one another to find their father in this high-speed zombie slaying hack ‘n slash series.
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Atari Hotel Plans Move Forward

GSD Group announces more about their planned Atari Hotels featuring designs inspired by the history and future of gaming. Any questions about the viability of these plans announced earlier this year are surely amplified by an ongoing pandemic. Undaunted, they say they are moving towards launching locations in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and that they have also secured the rights to build in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. They announce they have "hired world-renowned architecture and design firm Gensler" to assist in their efforts. Here's the latest on their plans:
Atari Hotels perfectly blends the past, present, and future of video games and entertainment for a destination that offers guests a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, complete with state-of-the-art amenities for esports fans and content creators. Guests can enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades. A speakeasy and fully equipped nightclub will be available for adult guests, as well as themed restaurants and bars. Atari Hotels delightfully plays with the themes of retro-futurism, pop culture, and nostalgia — offering fun for the whole family.

“Like Atari’s legacy in innovation, Atari Hotels is infusing synthetic reality into every aspect of the hotel, creating an immersive hospitality and gaming experience for our guests,” said Shelly Murphy, Managing Partner, GSD Group. . “From our virtual interactive world to the physical locations, every element of Atari Hotels will offer a unique and authentic experience for everyone.”
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Out of the Blue

I'm pretty pleased with my latest kitchen experiment, as I occasionally travel from Manstovia to the indoor kitchen. MrsBlue asked me to make a Cannellini-Bean Pasta With Beurre Blanc Recipe she found online, as it used a bunch of ingredients we already had on hand. The recipe is quite simple and straightforward. But as the name suggests, it involves making a beurre blanc sauce. I always enjoy learning new things, and making a sauce for the first time is always fun, because it can apply to other projects in the future. I'm not positive I achieved the exact outcome the recipe called for, but it was quite delicious, which is always a win.

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Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.





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