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Friday, Mar 18, 2022

Syberia: The World Before Released

Syberia: The World Before is now available, offering a new installment in the acclaimed adventure series originated by the late Benoît Sokal. The console editions are still in the works, but the Windows version can be picked up on the Epic Games Store,, or Steam. Microids offers this Launch Trailer to get things started. Here's an outline of the game's dual timelines and protagonists:
Vaghen, 1937: Dana Roze is a 17-year-old girl, who is beginning a brilliant career as a pianist. However, shadows begin to appear over her future as the fascist threat of the Brown Shadow hangs over Europe, at the dawn of the Second World War.

Taiga, 2004: Kate Walker survives as best she can in the salt mine where she has been imprisoned, when a tragic event propels her into a new adventure in search of her identity.

  • Set off on an adventure across continents and through time. Play as both Kate Walker and Dana Roze as you get to the bottom of mysteries that have remained buried for too long.
  • Explore the fantastic and poetic world of Benoît Sokal, with its breathtaking sceneries and iconic characters.
  • Solve complicated puzzles and riddles in keeping with the tradition of the saga.
  • Discover a rich and captivating story with unprecedented stakes and gripping dialogue.
  • Allow yourself to be transported by the symphonic soundtrack composed by Inon Zur (Syberia 3, Fallout, Dragon Age, Prince of Persia).

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Overwatch 2 PvP Beta Begins April 26

An Overwatch 2 PvP Beta FAQ is now online, as Blizzard answers our frequently asked questions about closed beta testing of the FPS sequel. This gets underway for Windows next month as promised on April 26th, and you can still opt-in on the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta Page. The FAQ has all you need to know on how to register, system requirements, and other important details. Here are those system specs:
Minimum (targeting 30fps):

  • Operating system: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):

  • Operating system: Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space

BABYLON'S FALL Still Standing

Square Enix tweets that it is not shutting down BABYLON'S FALL (thanks Kotaku). But, of course, this kind of reassurance is rarely good news. Here's what players of the action/RPG need to know about how well everything's going:
Is the continuing service in danger?

No, there are no plans to reduce the scale of development on Babylon's Fall.
Content up to the end of season 2 is now practically complete and we have started work on season three and beyond.

We will continue to provide new content for the game and make improvements based on player feedback, striving to keep existing players playing and to attract newcomers.
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Square Enix announces the release of STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN for Windows and console, offering a new action/RPG based on the endless FINAL FANTASY series. The PC edition is available on the Epic Games Store. There appear to be some performance issues with the game, and there's a post on PCGamesN rounding up reports from early adopters. We always thought the phrase was "stranger in paradise," but stranger things have happened than this title turning out to have some deeper meaning. Take a look at the Launch Video for a look at the game in action, and read on for more:
In STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN, players can experience an alternate retelling of the classic FINAL FANTASY story, with a blend of challenging and strategic action-packed gameplay set in the world and lore of the beloved series. Players can join Jack and his allies, Ash, Jed, Neon and Sophia, as they throw open the gates of the Chaos Shrine and step into a world of dark fantasy and take on exhilarating battles to discover if they are truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold.

STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN is now available on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store. Players who purchase the Digital Deluxe or Digital Standard Editions of the game prior to April 19, 2022 can obtain the Rebellion weapon as an early purchase bonus.
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Reptilian Rising Demo

A playable demo for Reptilian Rising is now available on Steam, offering Windows and macOS gamers the chance to sample this upcoming roguelike team brawler. As you can see in the previously released Game Announcement Trailer, the premise pits historical figures in time traveling battles against hordes of genocidal reptiles. Here's more on the unexpected twists this provides:
Gregarious Games is ready for players to try their hand at staving the invasion of genocidal reptiles in the demo for Reptilian Rising. The retro-inspired turn-based rogue-like title is one heck of a time-traveling trip that pits the heroes of humanity against reptiles that want to well, annihilate the human race.

Inspired by the chaotic humor of IPs like Robot Chicken and Kung Fury, Reptilian Rising drops players onto a virtual gameboard where they’ll summon action figure-like versions of humanity’s heroes via a deck-building system. Every gameboard is a unique experience that will challenge players to new missions and side missions, that’ll require the use of an ever-evolving squad of reptile hunting badasses to complete.
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DCS World DCS: AH-64D Early Access

The DCS: AH-64D is now available in Early Access from Eagle Dynamics, adding a new attack helicopter to DCS World (requiring version 2.7.11 or above). You can see this in action in the launch trailer or just hover over the blurb below for details:
The AH-64D was first introduced in 1993, and the DCS version is a 2005 to 2010 late-Block II version that served as the backbone of the U.S. Army attack helicopter during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The "Delta" supports single player and multiplayer multi-crew with the co-pilot/gunner (CP/G) in the front seat and the pilot in the back.

Equipped with FLIR and day TV cameras, NVGs, a 30mm chain gun, Hellfire missiles, and 2.75" rockets, the AH-64D has proved its punch and durability under fire against a wide array of threats and targets.
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War Reportedly Impacting Steam Payments

There's been no explicit announcement from Valve about this, but a tweet from coder Vadym (thanks SteamDB) suggests that Steam payments are being held up in the areas of Eurasia affected by the war. Word is there are problems with bank transfers to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus:
Your banking information has been deactivated for the following reason:

Due to the current environment, we are unable to send bank payments to Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Until the bank information is corrected, valve will be unable to make payments to you. Please correct your bank information as soon as possible. If applicable, once corrected, Valve will include any outstanding balance in the next monthly payment batch. We cannot make off cycle payments.

Out of the Blue

It was just last week I was talking about being emboldened to possibly go see Spider-Man: No Way Home in a theater. Then about a day later came the news that the movie's digital home release was being pushed up. So I finally got to see it this week from the comfort of my living room. I was greatly looking forward to this, and was not disappointed. And in the end I managed to go this whole time while avoiding a major spoiler! The movie had a lot going for it, and it even includes what's now one of my favorite MCU moments. Here's that in hidden text: Spider-Man 3's redemptive save of MJ was a great moment. I never could have predicted how well they handled Andrew Garfield's arc.

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