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Friday, Oct 23, 2020

Ghostrunner Demo

A Ghostrunner Demo is now available for Windows on, providing a sample of this hardcore first-person slasher in advance of its full release next week. This post offers a previously released Ghostrunner Trailer and says that the demo includes 30 minutes of gameplay. Here's more on the game:
Ghostrunner is a hardcore FPP slasher packed with lightning-fast action, set in a grim, cyberpunk setting of a futuristic mega-structure. Climb Dharma Tower, humanity’s last shelter after a world-ending cataclysm. Make your way up from the very bottom to the top, confront the tyrannical Keymaster and take your revenge.

The streets of the tower-city are full of violence. Mara the Keymaster rules with an iron fist and little regard for human life. As resources grow thin, the strong prey on the weak and chaos threatens to consume what little order remains. The decisive last stand is coming. The final attempt to set things right, before mankind goes over the edge of extinction.
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BlazeSky Launches Out of Early Access

Early Access for BlazeSky has now concluded, offering the full release of this action/RPG set in space, where no one can hear you blazesky a doobiesky. This game from one-man studio Double Robot is now officially available on Steam. A look at what to expect can be found in the Access Trailer from a couple of months ago. Here's a full description:
From the one-man development studio, Double Robot, comes a Rebel Galaxy and Drifter inspired action RPG: BlazeSky. Having officially launched on Steam, this open-world space adventure blends simple gameplay and controls, beautifully handcrafted star systems and 25 hours of fully voice-acted gameplay, into a single player story-driven experience.

Whether you’re exploring the blue wastes of Centauri, the asteroid fields of Lookout, or the sun-soaked Mozzed; where you fly, and what missions you undertake, is up to you. Featuring a rich story inspired by both traditional and modern science fiction, and the timeless gameplay of classic sci-fi titles, BlazeSky allows you to pursue ancient mysteries and discover unique alien races as you decide on which path to take through the stars.
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Pumpkin Jack Released

Pumpkin Jack is now available on the Epic Games Store,, and Steam, offering a 3D platformer for Windows with a Halloween appropriate theme. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's the deal:
Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing, and movement to vanquish Jack's foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment!

Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… And there is more: In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!
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September Digital Games Market

SuperData's report on the September 2020 worldwide digital games market is now available, reporting a 14% increase in revenue compared with last year. Here's a handy chart and some accompanying analysis:
Digital games earned $10.7B in September 2020, up 14% year-over-year. Games earned more across all platform types than during the same period in 2019. Mobile revenue was up 9%, PC rose by 8% and console earnings increased 40% as major fall titles began to hit the market.

Top Grossing Titles by Category
Worldwide, ranked by September 2020 earnings
1 League of Legends NBA 2K21 Free Fire
2 Dungeon Fighter Online FIFA 20 Pokémon GO
3 Crossfire Fortnite Honor of Kings
4 Fantasy Westward Journey Online Grand Theft Auto V Peacekeeper Elite
5 Crusader Kings III Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Roblox
6 World of Tanks FIFA 20 Fate/Grand Order
7 Roblox Madden NFL 21 Candy Crush Saga
8 World of Warcraft West Fortnite Gardenscapes
9 Fortnite Ghost of Tsushima Coin Master
10 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Grand Theft Auto V Monster Strike
Source: SuperData Arcade. Please visit for more info.
© 2020 SuperData. A Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

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Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp Released

The happy campers at Beautiful Glitch now offer Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp, an offbeat multiplayer dating simulation that's available on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's how this fits with the onset of Halloween: "Steal the affections of a wide cast of paranormal paramours at a totally new summertime haunt bursting with irreverent humor, affectionate artwork and raging monster hormones." Here's a campy launch trailer and here's more:
Spend your days hanging out with friends at different parts of the camp, doing activities, deciding how the story will go, and more. When the sun goes down, gather ‘round the campfire, a new system where you can choose who to sit with and who to gossip about. The gossip mechanic lets you spread rumors about other characters or even yourself, opening up new ways to help or sabotage your fellow campers.

Monster Camp features over 50 characters, 350 events, 20 endings and more! Choose your pronouns and pursue whoever you want regardless of your identity, including the series’ first non-binary romance option, the reaper of souls and hearts, Milo Belladonna.

Play on your own or competitively with up to four players in online and local multiplayer, as well as Steam Remote Play Together. You can finish a trip to camp in a single play session, but with tons of characters, events and surprises to discover based on your choices, Monster Camp makes each playthrough a uniquely fun adventure.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Slow Motion Sneeze in 4K - The Slow Mo Guys with Dr Anthony Fauci. Gesundheit! Thanks Acleacius.

The Outer Worlds on Steam and

Almost exactly one year after the game's release on the Epic Games Store, The Outer Worlds is now also available though and Steam, with each store offering a 50% discount on Obsidian Entertainment's sci-fi RPG. Here's the rerelease of the game's Launch Trailer and here's a refresher:
The Outer Worlds is an award-winning single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division.

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.
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Apex Legends on Steam Next Month

EA announces that Apex Legends will come to Steam upon the launch of Season 7 on November 4th, offering an additional way to access Respawn Entertainment's battle royale shooter:
Apex Legends is officially coming to Steam when Season 7 launches on November 4, 2020. If you’re new to Apex Legends, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard. And if you’ve previously been playing on Origin, you can easily switch back and forth with Steam—all your account progression and unlocks will carry over between the two platforms. To celebrate the big event, Steam players will receive free exclusive Portal and Half-Life inspired gun charms for logging in during Season 7. Here’s a preview of the Steam Release Exclusive Gun Charms.

We can’t wait for you to dive into Apex Legends Season 7 on Steam. In the meantime, check out the Apex Legends-themed animated stickers and avatars that we’ve introduced to the points shop, and add Apex Legends to your Wishlist.

Blade Runner Remake Delayed

In a conversation with Eurogamer, Nightdive Studios reveals that complications are delaying their work on an updated version of the 1997 Blade Runner adventure game. The project was announced for a late 2020 release. But now they are saying its release date is TBD, explaining that lack of access to Westwood's original source code means their version will be a replicant, rather than a remaster:
When EA bought Westwood in August 1998 and had the studio move office, the Blade Runner source code was lost. While a vault of old Westwood content was unearthed by EA during the development of the Command & Conquer remaster, Kick doesn't think he'll end up with anything Blade Runner-related from it, even if it is found.

"We've had some discussions with EA about what else is in the vault they found regarding Blade Runner, and we haven't been able to get a clear answer," Kick said. "And even if there was something, it's very unlikely they would release it to us for legal reasons, mostly, which is a bit of a disappointment, because we were hoping to at least get the original audio recordings. So we're basically working off what was in the original game at this point and not having access to any original stuff.

"I've been led to believe that there's some stuff but no-one will ever know."

This means Nightdive must reverse engineer the code - an arduous and time consuming task that involves creating tools to extract the original art assets. "It's just taking a bit longer than we originally anticipated," Kick said.

Urban Strife Announced

Undead publisher MicroProse announces Urban Strife, an upcoming tactical RPG they call a "love letter" to the genre that they liken to Jagged Alliance 2. This is expected to come to Steam and other TBA platforms in Q3 2021. Here's an Announcement Teaser Trailer and here's a portion of the game's description:
Can you push back against fate, live among ruthless gangs and fight back the zombie horde, with just a handful of ragtag militias to help you?

Enjoy an unique blend of old school turn-based strategy, post-apoc survival mechanics and a thrilling RPG storyline. With all the benefits of the modern Unreal Engine, real bullet ballistics, day/night cycle, fire with dynamic material consumption and spread, advanced sound propagation mechanics, AI NPCs with independent lives and faction based morals and, hunger, thirst, wounds and sickness and last but not least, advanced modding support.

Starting as an amnesic survivor, rescued half dead by the kind people of Urban city shelter, somewhere in backwater south of USA, you need to raise up and become a true leader, rebuild the pillaged camp and bring hope back in the hearts of the survivors. Then venture out to negotiate alliances with ruthless factions or go to war against them. And finally, bet everything you have and know to survive an impending return of the massive zombie horde that almost ended civilization just two years before.
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Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice Released

Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice has achieved full release, coming to Windows and macOS via and Steam. "We’re so excited for fans and newcomers to the series to set out on a new and daunting adventure with our favorite protagonist," said Assemble Entertainment CEO Stefan Marcinek. "Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice is an experience you won’t soon forget; Larry Laffer is setting out to settle down, once and for all. Everyone should be here for this one!" If you want a look at what to expect from the latest adventures of lusty Larry Laffer, the Release Trailer is now available. And if you want some firsthand experience, there's a playable Windows demo on Steam (just don't play with it too long or you'll need glasses). Here's more:
Like its predecessor, Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice features easy-to-learn point-and-click controls, making getting Larry where he needs to be smoother than ever! Players will guide Larry in his self-made boat through various islands, each featuring their own sensual surprises, ultimately leading him to his one true love — the lovely and intelligent Faith! Although Larry can sweet-talk his way through just about any situation, he’ll still run into plenty of perplexing puzzles, eccentric characters, and need to collect a number of useful items — some phallic-shaped, some not. The world is his oyster!
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DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge Launches

Save 10% on DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge is now available on Steam, offering a top-down shooter for Windows that recalls a bygone era. Here's a previously released Steam trailer showing off the game's retro aesthetic, which extends to the chiptune soundtrack and the 4:3 CRT aspect ratio. Here's the deal:
DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge is now available on Steam for $9.99! The top-down shooter inspired by Tyrian brings a pumping chiptune soundtrack and pixel-perfect gunplay, while blending in RPG elements, level-ups, skill points and ship upgrades, without putting players through bullet hell.

For that truly authentic retro experience, DreadStar is presented in 4:3 with an old-school CRT mode, with the game releasing with 6 replayable sectors, multiple difficulty settings, leveling, skill points, ship upgrades and numerous customization options. If things get a little too hot to handle, you can always warp out, gear up and get back in there to seek revenge.
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This Is The Zodiac Speaking Released

Steam offers the Windows release of This is the Zodiac Speaking, a first-person adventure game from Punch Punk Games based on the still-unsolved Zodial serial killings of the 1960s and 70s. The Launch Trailer introduces the concept in the tone of a true crime podcast. Here's how this works:
This is the Zodiac Speaking is a noir, fact-based single-player psychological thriller. Told from a first-person perspective, you play as Robert, a Bay Area journalist who survived a brutal attack by the notorious Zodiac serial killer. He will have to confront his own traumatic demons if he hopes to stand a chance of discovering the Zodiac’s identity and bringing him to justice.

This is the Zodiac Speaking offers two distinct gameplay modes. One that blends storytelling with stealth and action gameplay elements, while the second (Detective mode) puts emphasis on storytelling to let you fully immerse in the Zodiac investigation. The game mixes factually recreated crime scene details and clues down including the Zodiac’s cipher and even the misspellings in the Zodiac’s letters to the press with a fictional storyline to create a mind-bending experience.
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Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition Released

"I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees." The Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux through various digital storefronts, including Fanatical,, Humble Store*, and Steam (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). This definitive edition of the tavern management simulation includes new content, all previous DLC, and other improvements. The good news for owners of the original game is that this edition is a free upgrade for them. And the good news for Season Pass holders is that all Season Passes are now extended for free throughout 2021. Here's the previously released Anniversary Edition Trailer and here's a feature list:
Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition includes:

  • An epic campaign, Sandbox mode, and dozen of scenarios
  • Pests & Puppies DLC with lovely pets and malicious pests
  • The Pit DLC: Open an underground basement and run all kinds of illegal activities
  • Hooves & Wagons DLC: guests now own horses and wagons with them
  • Bath & Beauty DLC: offering beautiful bathtubs and bathrooms
  • Crops & Harvest DLC (new content!): time to gather crops and feast!
  • Digital goodies pack: unique cookbook, soundtrack, all sketches, and concepts that were used during development
  • New bard and a new adventurer
  • Chinese language support! - Crossroads Inn turned out to be a hit in China and so the Anniversary Edition will include a Chinese (simplified) version of the game! The game will continue to support Polish, English, German, French, Spanish, and Russian languages.

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Narco Tycoon Announced

Polish developer Type The Name Studio announces Narco Tycoon, a chance to see if you can make crime pay by running your own drug empire. This is expected for Windows and Switch in the first half of 2022, so the footage in the Reveal Trailer is described as "for demonstration purposes only" (as opposed to what we don't know). Here's what to expect:
Narco Tycoon is an economic strategy game with a top-down 2D view. The developers are focusing on single-player gameplay, which is expected to be very extensive and varied. Players will be able to design and build drug factories from scratch, taking care of the smallest details of the production process. The gameplay will also involve, among others, managing the members of the organisation, taking care of the proper distribution of goods, fighting for market dominance and impunity, as well as research and development works. Your main goal will be to completely take over the drug business in the city.

Narco Tycoon – main features:

  • building a drug empire;
  • extensive production and distribution system;
  • fight for market dominance;
  • research and development;
  • many random events.

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TRANSFORMERS: BATTLEGROUNDS is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a Michael Bay-free tactical combat game based on the shape-shifting toy, cartoon and movie series. "We are incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to work with Hasbro and create a new take on this iconic franchise," says Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games. "We have grown up with the Transformers Universe and are excited to be involved with the publication of this game." Gameplay is shown off in the Launch Trailer, and the PC edition can be found on Steam. The announcement has the 411:
TRANSFORMERS: BATTLEGROUNDS is an all-new tactical combat game, featuring fan favorite characters from the Transformers franchise including Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Starscream, and Megatron as they battle it out for control of the AllSpark in single-player and co-op gameplay. Combat takes place across an array of diverse levels, including iconic locations such as Central City and Cybertron where players will take command of their squad and fight together to save (or destroy) the galaxy.

Players have the option of purchasing the Standard Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. The Digital Deluxe Edition contains the base game found in the Standard Edition, alongside bonus character cosmetics, including four new character skin packs and the exclusive CUBE arcade game-mode. CUBE pits the Autobots and Decepticons against one another in one of four 'capture the cube' arena environments where they must use their special abilities and battle it out for control of the Cube.
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Op Ed

  • NME - Video games about real world crimes are a step too far.
    "None of these claims can be made for This Is The Zodiac Speaking, which only serves to embolden the celebrity status of whoever was – or is – the Zodiac Killer. It’s worth remembering that the Zodiac case is still an active investigation and that many of the victims’ family members are still alive. What, you might ask, of David Fincher’s incredible 2007 film, Zodiac? Well, it’s surely a different experience being told a story rather than living inside of one. All of which poses an interesting question about what sort of subject matter is acceptable to be adapted for video games."

  • NME - There’s something sadly soulless about video game digitalisation.
    "But, to me, the biggest problem when it comes to all digital games is that you don’t own them. You can’t loan them. And you can’t resell them either. Although I doubt publishers lose sleep over any of these problems. No, they’re not taking up valuable real estate in your home anymore, but you’re also not able to run your hand across them or stop to admire the cover art."

Out of the Blue

I'm hopeful that having Manstovia on the deck will allow for more outdoor cooking in the winter than was possible with our previous set up. But we are heading into indoor cooking season. Inspired by some sun-dried tomatoes we picked up at the farm stand and some sausage I grilled earlier in the week, yesterday I whipped up a pasta recipe I found online that made use of them. We were extremely pleased with how it turned out. But it makes me glad we have a big hike planned for tomorrow to burn some of it off, as I am still feeling stuffed.

Stuffed Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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