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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

Get The Escapists for Free

The Escapists has escaped its MSRP, at least temporarily, as the prison break game is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as the store's latest giveaway. You don't to dig a tunnel behind a pinup poster or walk the green mile to get in on the deal. Just claim in by next Thursday and it's yours to keep. After that Europa Universalis IV will be the next freebie. Here's more on The Escapists:
The Escapists is a unique prison sandbox experience with lots of items to craft and combine in your daring quest for freedom. Life in prison will keep you on your toes with the strict rules that you’ll have to break. The guards are out to stop any escape attempts, so you’ll have to avoid suspicious behaviour by attending roll calls, working a prison job and hiding your stolen craftables.

Diablo II: Resurrected Released

The second, second coming of Diablo is upon us, as Diablo II: Resurrected is now available through the Blizzard Store. Here's the Live Action Trailer ft. Simu Liu from the other day and a Live Action Trailer ft. Winston Duke from yesterday celebrating the launch. Here's a rundown on the action/RPG remake:
Diablo® II: Resurrected™ is a remastered version of the quintessential action RPG Diablo® II. Pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, now in up to 4K (2160p) resolution on PC. Diablo II Resurrected features:

  • Remastered graphics—monsters, heroes, items, spells, all resurrected.
  • An epic story told through five distinct acts.
  • Classic gameplay—the same Diablo II you know and love, preserved.
  • Updated Battle.net support.
  • Planned support for cross-progression—take your progress wherever you play.
  • … and much more!

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Hunt: Showdown The Kid DLC Released

The Kid is now available for Windows on Steam, offering new DLC for Hunt: Showdown, Crytek's "PvPvE first-person shooter." This adds a new hunter to the game, along with a pair of pistols for him to dual-wield. The kid is named Turner, and the guns have names too. Read on for the dark and twisted backstory on those:
Was a shame what happened to his siblings though. Ember and Ash, they were called. Figures, seeing as they burned up inside the shack the ten of them lived packed into. All the others made it out. God marked them for the fire with names like that. Turner named his pistols after them. Said every shot was to remind him of them. Keep their memory alive. But I heard it was Turner who started the fire in the first place. Memory, guilt, loyalty. They’re funny things out here in the Bayou. Have a way of getting all twisted up into something sinister.

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Engineers figured out how to cook 3D-printed chicken with lasers. Dang! Thanks Neutronbeam.

Respawn's Titanfall Reassurance

In response to recent speculation over the uncertain future of the Titanfall series, Respawn tweets the results of a DNA test. Interestingly, the company is 1/64th Cherokee. More to the point, it is also confirms that a good deal of its genetic makeup consists of the first-person mech shooter series:
Contrary to what some folks are reporting, Titanfall is the very core of our DNA.

Who knows what the future holds...

Sable Released

Sable is now available on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Steam, kicking off "a unique and unforgettable journey" of exploration and discovery for Windows. The Launch Trailer takes a look at the game and its striking rotoscope-style graphics. For evaluations, here's a review roundup. For an outline of known issues and how to report bugs, check out this post on Steam. Here's what to expect:
Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey and guide Sable through her Gliding; a rite of passage that will take her across vast deserts and mesmerizing landscapes, capped by the remains of spaceships and ancient wonders.

Explore the dunes on your hoverbike, scale monumental ruins and encounter other nomads as you unearth mysteries long forgotten and discover who she really is behind her mask.
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Medieval Dynasty Leaves Early Access

Early Access has concluded for Medieval Dynasty, and this survival game set in the middle ages is now officially available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Steam, with each storefront providing a 20% discount. Here's a Launch Trailer to get you started along with some details:
In Medieval Dynasty, you take on the role of a young man who has fled from war and wants to take his fate into his own hands. From being alone, inexperienced and poor you will develop into a master of many skills, a leader of your community and the founder of a prosperous dynasty which is meant to last and prosper for generations to come. Defending against wild animals while hunting for food, gathering resources and crafting equipment, building a house and erecting a whole bustling village while founding a family all contribute to a unique gameplay experience across many genres. Tough winters and unexpected events challenge your skills and dexterity as you strive to build your own legacy.
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Changes Inspired by Beta

A blog post from Sledgehammer Games thanks those who participated in the recent Call of Duty: Vanguard beta for their help. It also outline changes, both serious and humorous, planned for the full version of the military shooter based on feedback from the testing:
Here’s a shortlist of things that have either already been fixed for launch or issues we’re currently working on, thanks to your feedback:

  • Nerfing the sun
  • Cracking down on Red Star raves
  • Removing dognados
  • Tuning spawns to avoid Hotel Royal’s murder kitchen
  • Closing open mic lobbies in Search & Destroy

In all seriousness, we are fixing those things. We’re also taking a thorough pass at weapon balancing, audio mixing, and visibility. But we’ll share more on that later.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - Legend of the Kestrel Lancers Released

Legend of the Kestrel Lancers is now available, offering the promised expansion for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. This is available via the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Steam. Here's a launch trailer to celebrate the news with a look at what to expect. But there's something in this for all owners of the mech action game, as it comes along with a free "Melee" update for them. Here's word on this chance to go all Pacific Rim on your opponents: "For the first time, players can now damage enemy ‘Mechs with their ‘Mech fists, directing punches to target the enemy right…in…the…face! The addition of close-quarters combat is especially effective attack option when a ‘Mech is running hot." Here's more on the add-on:
Set during the “4th Succession War,” one of the most famous conflicts in the BattleTech universe, Legend of the Kestrel Lancers offers a story-focused campaign that finds players on the frontlines of battle with 14 campaign missions featuring unique mechanics, authored missions, custom dialogue, and cinematics. During their journey, players will experience All-Out-War scenarios with large-scale expansive combat in seven new questlines that include 10 new battle scenarios. Megacity Urban Combat, featuring massive destructible environments and procedurally generated city blocks, return at a significantly larger scale than anything previously seen in the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries series. In addition, players can look forward to wreaking havoc across new Megacity, Jungle, and Tourmaline Desert Biomes – as well as new Garrisons, including Orbital Guns and a new ‘Mech Factory, featuring the series’ first indoor play space. Of course, players can also look forward to a ton of new options for customizing their ‘Mechs with 23 new Mech Variants and new Patterns to collect.
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Embr Leaves Early Access

If you smell something burning, that's because Embr is out of Early Access and is now available for PC via Steam as well as on PlayStation. Xbox, and Switch. This offers the chance to fight fire with fire, water, explosions, and whatever else is handy. The game's madcap multiplayer action is on full display in this trailer. Here are some burning details:
For those taking their first steps into the world of for hire heroism, Embr is a marvellously manic multiplayer game where you and your friends come together to have a go at fighting ferocious fires and rescuing residents - if you consider tossing them out a third-floor window window “rescued”, that is.

Players can take on the game solo or work together in online teams tackling fire after fire to pick up tips from clients, earning the ever-so-crucial 5-star rating in order to collect cash, upgrade tools, and hopefully become the ultimate ‘have-a-go hero’ firefighter.
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Steam Deck FAQ

Do you have questions about the Steam Deck? Because Valve has answers in a new Steam Deck FAQ that's now online. This promises: "Answers to some of the common questions we're receiving from the community, press, and Gabe's inbox." Here's a bit:
Can I run non-Steam games through Proton on Steam Deck?
Yes, you can run non-Steam games through Proton.

Will Steam on Steam Deck have an ‘Add a Game’ feature like Steam on desktop?
Yes, we'll support adding games like we do for the desktop Steam client.

Will the UI on Steam Deck replace Big Picture?
That is what we’re aiming for, though the rollout will happen in stages.

Out of the Blue

The reviews are popping up for The Many Saints of Newark, and the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie is getting positive marks. Some of it is weird, like the hundreds of ratings on IMDb from people who have not seen it yet, but maybe it's just so good you can enjoy it without even watching it. I was a fan of the series, the Uncle Junior character, and actor Jon Bernthal (not to mention Ray Liotta), so I'm looking forward to this myself. Thankfully I won't have to wait, as it is set to come to HBO Max as well as theaters on October 1st.

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