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Thursday, Sep 09, 2021

Get Nioh: The Complete Edition and Sheltered for Free

The new giveaways are now live on the Epic Games Store where you can now pick up Nioh: The Complete Edition and/or Sheltered completely free. Just stake your claim between now and next Thursday, when Speed Brawl and Tharsis will become the new giveaways. In case you've been living a sheltered life, here's word on both freebies for completeness:
Nioh: The Complete Edition
Ready to die? Experience the newest brutal action game from Team NINJA and Koei Tecmo Games. In the age of samurai, a lone traveler lands on the shores of Japan. He must fight his way through the vicious warriors and supernatural Yokai that infest the land in order to find that which he seeks.

Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic disaster management game that gives a whole new meaning to the term “nuclear family”. Given a head-start over the billions lost in a nuclear holocaust, you must gather as many supplies as possible en route to the concrete underground shelter that will soon become your family home for the foreseeable dreary future.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection Coming to PC

The PlayStation.Blog has word that Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is heading for uncharted waters, as this remastered adventure game bundle is coming to PC as well as PlayStation 5 when it's released next year. Word is Naughty Dog is entrusting Iron Galaxy with development of the PC version, and that this will follow "shortly after the PS5 version," which is due "in early 2022." Word is more details will be provided as these releases near. In the meantime we have this PlayStation Showcase 2021 Trailer. Here's what the bundle will include:
This brand-new remastered bundle includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, featuring Nathan Drake as he hunts for Captain Avery’s long-lost treasure, setting off for one final far flung adventure across the jungles of Madagascar to long lost pirate colony of Libertalia. It also includes Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which chronicles Chloe Frazer’s breakout exploits as she moves from frenemy to hero. Enlisting the assistance of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross, Chloe ventures to India’s Western Ghats to locate the Golden Tusk of Ganesh.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Remake

Aspyr, Lucasfilm Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment announce Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Remake, an updated version of BioWare's beloved RPG first released back in 2003. This was revealed at the PlayStation showcase as a PlayStation 5 console exclusive at launch, but this will be coming to PC as well. "We’ve spent the past several years assembling the very best talent from across the industry to deliver a modern vision of this timeless Star Wars legend," said Aspyr co-founder Ted Staloch. "As lifelong Star Wars fans with extensive experience working with many of its best games, we have the deepest love and admiration for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and cannot wait to share this amazing remake with the rest of the galaxy." The PlayStation Showcase 2021 Trailer is a brief tease, and here's more:
Development of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Remake is led by a newly created team composed of industry veterans at developer and publisher Aspyr, working in close collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games have worked together in recent years to bring multiple classic Star Wars titles to modern platforms, including the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game will be published on PS5 by SIE, while the PC version of the game will be published by Aspyr.
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Madden 22 Free Weekend

Electronic Arts announces it is celebrating the kickoff of the NFL season by offering the chance to play Madden 22 for free this weekend. This is for Windows, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The PC demo is offered through Steam, and the free trial runs through Sunday. Here's word:
Electronic Arts is celebrating the start of the 2021 NFL Season by welcoming football fans everywhere to join the millions of players already in EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 22 and explore new features in the game via a global Free-to-Play trial*, September 9 through September 12 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, PC via Steam® and Google Stadia™. During the trial, fans can play everything in Madden NFL 22, including the recently launched “Campus Legends'' event in Superstar KO mode, which added ten college football teams to the mode. LSU has emerged as players’ favorite team, and in only its first full day of availability, “Campus Legends” drove a 600 percent increase in player engagement in Superstar KO compared to Madden NFL 21.

Alan Wake Remastered Next Month

PlayStation Showcase 2021 Trailer shows off gameplay from Alan Wake Remastered, the just-confirmed adventure game remake. The clip concludes with a release date for the game, saying it will arrive on October 5th. There's also now an article on Xbox Wire discussing the content of the remake. The PC edition will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, and it's now available for preorder. The store offers some AMD-free system requirements:
Minimum
CPU: i5-3340 or equivalent
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Equivalent. 2GB VRAM.
RAM: 8 GB or higher
OS: Win 10 64-bit

Recommended
CPU: i7-3770 or equivalent
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Equivalent. 4GB VRAM
RAM: 16 GB
OS: Win 10 64-bit

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Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and Marvel's Wolverine Announced

PlayStation.Blog has details on Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and Marvel's Wolverine, a pair of upcoming games based on two of Marvel Comics' most enduringly popular characters. They're both in the works at Insomniac, and have only been announced for PlayStation 5, following a couple of PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man games. But the times have been changing, so maybe one or both of these will end up on PC as well. Here's a bit on each:
Much of the development team that brought you Marvel’s Spider-Man is returning to produce Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, including Bryan Intihar (creative director) and Ryan Smith (game director). Today’s game footage trailer is merely just a glimpse at what’s in store in terms of the new abilities our heroes will acquire, suits they will wear (more on that some other time), and the villains that will try to hunt them down. And speaking of villains, did you catch that final line at the end of the trailer? We’re so happy to announce that Tony Todd (of Candyman fame) will be voicing the symbiote-fueled Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We’re also delighted to welcome back Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter, who will reprise their roles as Peter and Miles respectively. We’ve been fortunate to work with so many incredibly talented actors in our Spider-Man games, and Tony has been such a wonderful addition to the cast.

Now let’s talk about the announcement you probably weren’t expecting: Marvel’s Wolverine. Back when we were working on Marvel’s Spider-Man, there would be times where all of us—Insomniac, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Marvel—would brainstorm together about the future beyond the web-slinger. And even in those early discussions, Wolverine continually came up as the character we’d be really stoked to work on together. Fast-forward a couple years and we’re suddenly standing in front of Sony Interactive Entertainment and Marvel formally pitching a PlayStation 5 game starring the adamantium-clawed Mutant! (Since you just saw the announce teaser, we can confirm that the pitch seemed to go pretty well.)

Residual Released

Residual is now available for Windows and Linux, offering what developer Orangepixel and revived publisher Apogee call "a new breed survival platformer." You can see the game in action in the Launch Trailer to judge that claim for yourself. This can be picked up on GOG.com and Steam, and Steam also offers a playable demo. We're told it's coming to the Epic Games Store too, but it's not there as of this writing. It is also available for Switch, and it will come to other consoles next year. Here's more:
Sirens blare. A lone spaceship’s hull quakes. A weary traveler crashlands on a new world. As they emerge from the warped chassis into blazing heat, arctic tundra, drenched swampland, or another type of hostile, procedurally generated planet among unfamiliar stars, one thought emerges: Survive. All alone against the void, the explorer ventures forth—to find food, minerals, and a way to fix their ship to return home.

At the start of every playthrough, the proprietary Nature Engine sculpts a brand-new world, governing everything from climate and resources to plant life from a set of nature-based rules. Carve out an existence on thousands of possible planets, each presenting a different, unpredictable challenge. Find shelter from the sweltering sun. Accumulate power to stay warm during long, cold nights. Discover creatures and flora that can help or harm.
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Boulder Dash Deluxe Released

Boulder Dash Deluxe is now available for Windows and macOS via Steam as well as for consoles, offering a new game based on the underground classic. Here's a recent trailer showing off reimagined gameplay and we'll dash off a few details:
Explore the refreshed world of Boulder Dash with the game’s influential protagonist, Rockford™, and dive headfirst into myriad new and exciting challenges. Players must dig through spectacular caves with modernized 3D elements while avoiding the perils of falling boulders that give the game its name.

There’s no shortage of valuable gems to collect, and even more nefarious enemies to conquer along the way; discover treasure chests overflowing with rare collectibles and valuable power-ups as you plow your way through 180 new and challenging levels.
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Last Link of the Day: Watch a Tesla Model S Plaid Smoke a Hayabusa in a Drag Race. It goes to 11. Thanks brother19.

Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend Underway

Ubisoft announces the promised free weekend for Rainbow Six Siege is now underway on PC and consoles. For those who want to continue playing the tactical shooter after the weekend, it is on sale, and all progress will carry over to the full version. This page has all the details, including a FAQ to clear up any burning questions this may raise. Here's the schedule:

  • PC: September 9th 3PM CEST to September 13th 10PM CEST. Pre-load starts on September 7th 8PM CEST.
  • PS4 & PS5: September 9th 9AM CEST to September 13th 9AM CEST. Pre-load starts on September 7th 8PM CEST.
  • Xbox: September 9th 9AM CEST to September 13th 9AM CEST. Xbox Live Gold Subscription required. There will be no pre-load on Xbox consoles.

Football Manager 2022 in November; Preorders Get Early Access

Xbox Wire officially announces Football Manager 2022, saying the next installment in the association football/soccer series will launch on November 9th, noting that it will be included with the Xbox Game Pass from day one. Word is: "Available with Xbox Game Pass for PC, Football Manager 2022 puts you in complete control of your favourite football club. It’s down to you to meet board objectives and fan expectations as you overcome the odds to fight your way to the top of the footballing world." The Windows and macOS edition is now listed on Steam, and pre-purchasing will include Early Access "roughly" two weeks prior to the game's launch. Here's a quick feature list:

  • Embark on a journey to the top of the game, meeting the objectives of your club’s hierarchy and the lofty expectations of the fans.
  • Scour the globe for undiscovered talent or build your squad from within, pushing your prospects in training to realise their potential.
  • Create a footballing identity for your players to buy into, with tactics and strategies designed to deliver success for your team on Matchday.

Diablo II: Resurrected Launch Timing Specified

In response to a question on the topic, Rod Fergusson tweets that 11:00 am EDT is the exact time on September 23rd to expect the launch of Diablo II: Resurrected (thanks PureDiablo). That date was previously set, but now we have a time as well. Here's word on how Blizzard is celebrating the first day of (northern) autumn:
We're launching at 8 AM PDT on the 23rd.

Titanfall Exploit Investigation

A tweet from Respawn address reports of a security vulnerability in Titanfall, saying the developer was investigating. A follow-up tweet has reasurrances that this seems to be a "simple" security exploit rather than something that put players' hardware or personal information at risk:
An Update: We’re still investigating this issue but our engineers believe that we’re dealing with a simple exploit that can be used to crash games.

We do not believe there are any more serious risks to affected players or their machines.

We’ll update again as we learn more.

AMD Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village Game Bundle

AMD announces a "Raise the Game Offer" that will provide two free games to anyone who manages to track down AMD Ryzen- and Radeon-powered systems. Here's how to get free copies of both Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village:
Today, AMD announced its newest AMD Ryzen + AMD Radeon Raise the Game System Bundle, giving gamers access to some of this year’s most exciting titles – Far Cry 6® and Resident Evil Village™ – and providing incredible value across a range of the latest Ryzen- and Radeon-powered desktop PCs and laptops, including:

  • AMD Gaming Desktop Systems with Ryzen Processors and Radeon Graphics: Gamers craving stunning visuals and smooth gameplay in the most demanding games can put their hardware to the test in Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village with the purchase of an eligible system powered by select AMD Ryzen 5000 or 3000 Series Processors and AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards,* and take full advantage of powerful all-AMD features like Smart Access Memory.
  • AMD Gaming Laptop Systems with Ryzen Processors and Radeon Graphics: Gamers that want the ultimate in 1440p and 1080p gaming on-the-go will receive Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village with eligible laptops featuring AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series mobile processors and AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series mobile graphics to enjoy high-framerate gameplay and incredible fidelity, anytime, anywhere. Gamers can also unlock more performance and enjoy high-refresh rate displays and new gaming-optimized designs with new AMD Advantage systems.
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Arboria Officially Released

Arboria is now out of Early Access, and officially available for Windows Steam, offering a 15% discount for the next week. Developer Dreamplant and publisher All in! Games cite both Dark Souls and Trollz as influences, to our knowledge making this roguelite/action game the first ever soulslike/trollzlike. Here's the official Launch Trailer and here's a fuller description:
Arboria is a trollz-like 3D roguelite, third-person action RPG with soulslike combat. Become a Yotun warrior, explore creepy procedurally-generated dungeons, use a variety of tools to overcome challenges, obliterate enemies using Symbiotic Weapons, and mutate to become stronger.

Fulfill the prophecy and become the Chosen One who will save the Yotunz Tribe from extinction. The Father Tree, their life source, is dying, consumed by a mysterious disease. Jump into the vast and ever-changing dungeons of Durnar to heal its roots, gather enough Veri to please the Godz, and fight back bizarre monsters to restore the power of your Tribe.

Fight. Die. Repeat.
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BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Released

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a remake of BloodRayne Betrayal, the game that brought the vampiric action series to a new dimension (or lack thereof) as a 2D platformer. Those who already own the original on GOG.com are entitled to a 25% discount on the remaster. The Launch Trailer shows how gameplay translates to the genre and how the look and feel of the game is updated for the re-release. Here are some bloody details:
Released in 2011, the original BloodRayne Betrayal was met with passionate reviews for its gorgeous graphics and punishing difficulty. This iteration in the series changed things up by switching from a 3D format to a fast-paced, 2D side-scroller. As Rayne, players will battle through 15 levels as they wend their way through a hidden castle where a sinister gathering is taking place. It’s Rayne’s last job — will she “clean house” or find herself six feet under?
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Neverwinter Getting Battle Pass

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios announce plans for Echoes of Prophecy, a free Battle Pass to accompany the upcoming release of Jewel of the North, the 21st module for Neverwinter, the Dungeons & Dragons online RPG. So this too shall pass. Here's a quick rundown:
Starting with the first milestone launching on PC and consoles on October 1, adventurers will experience an evolving campaign across the three milestones which mark the mysterious return of the Cult of the Dragon, an evil organization that venerates dragons. In addition, each milestone features unique content, including new story content, enemies, rewards and more. The second milestone will launch on all platforms on November 1, and the last milestone launches on all platforms on December 1.

Out of the Blue

Wow, so today is opening day of the NFL season. This definitely puts me a little behind the curve on getting the ball rolling with this year's installment in our Pigskin Pick'Em pool. ESPN reformatted the site, and for a moment when I went over there I thought they were no longer offering the ability to create private groups. But I worked it out, and when I went to the Blue's News Group I found that five people had joined already on their own. Head over here to sign up (password "bn") if you are interested in competing to see who can pick the most winners over the course of the season. It costs nothing to join and you get nothing if you win, except, as we've noted before, for those priceless bragging rights.

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