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Saturday, Oct 24, 2020

Play Europa Universalis IV for Free

Europa Universalis IV is currently playable for free on Steam, offering the chance to try your hand at ruling a nation in Paradox Interactive's grand strategy sequel for Windows, macOS, and Linux. If you enjoy the game, it is also on sale for 75% off. This is presumably part of the 20th anniversary of Europa Universalis that included a giveaway of Europa Universalis II earlier this week (thanks SteamDB via Ant). Here's a quick outline:
Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy. True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.

F1 2020 Free Weekend

A free weekend is also underway right now for F1 2020 on Steam, allowing you to test drive this open-wheel racing simulation. This is also on sale, and can be picked up for 40% off if your sample drives you to purchase it. Here are some details to lap up:
F1® 2020 is the most comprehensive F1® game yet, putting players firmly in the driving seat as they race against the best drivers in the world. For the first time, players can create their own F1® team by creating a driver, then choosing a sponsor, an engine supplier, hiring a teammate and competing as the 11th team on the grid. Build facilities, develop the team over time and drive to the top.

  • Customise your 10-year career mode, with a choice of F2™ Championship introduction options and season lengths to allow for a more exciting, multiple seasons, career.
  • The addition of split-screen racing, a new steering assist and a more accessible race experience means that you can enjoy the game with friends, no matter what your skill level.
  • F1® 2020 features all the official teams, drivers and 22 circuits, including two new races: Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort
  • Online connection required to download the final teams’ 2020 cars (as applicable) and F2™ 2020 season content.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Stadia Demo

A playable demo for Immortals Fenyx Rising is now available on Stadia, offering the chance to sample Ubisoft's action/adventure formerly known as Gods and Monsters while also checking out Google's streaming game service. Here's the accompanying description:
Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life.

Play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods.

The fate of the world is at stake - you are the gods’ last hope.

Wield the powers of the gods like Achilles' sword and Daidalos' wings to battle powerful enemies and solve ancient puzzles.
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PlayStation-Exclusive Zombies Mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

This trailer shows off a Zombies Onslaught mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that will be exclusive to the PlayStation versions of the military shooter until November 1, 2021 (thanks Charlie INTEL). Here are the details on what this will feature:
Warning. Containment Breach. Dark Aether anomalies have infested familiar locations across the globe with hordes of the undead in an all new Zombies experience – Onslaught. Grab a teammate in this 2-player co-operative experience and fight off wave after increasingly difficult wave of zombies. You have one goal… survive. Fight hard enough and you’ll reap exclusive* rewards. Experience Onslaught first on PlayStation.*

*Not available on other platforms until Nov 1. 2021.
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Out of the Blue

Today's extra-early update is brought to you by the letter H, as in hiking. We had to cut short a hike we attempted a few weeks ago because we simply hadn't left enough time to cover the entire thing. It's only 10K or so, so at a brisk pace, this would only take a couple of hours to cover. On such rough terrain, however, things slow down considerably. We plan a break for lunch, so this will probably end up taking most of the day. Wish us luck!

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