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Friday, Oct 28, 2022

V Rising Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for V Rising, as Stunlock Studios hopes to suck in new players to this vampiric survival game. If you find yourself properly mesmerized, the Early Access game is on sale for 20% off. Here's a bit on what to expect:
Awaken as a weakened vampire after centuries of slumber. Hunt for blood to regain your strength while hiding from the scorching sun to survive. Rebuild your castle and convert humans into your loyal servants in a quest to raise your vampire empire. Make allies or enemies online or play solo locally, fend off holy soldiers, and wage war in a world of conflict.

Will you become the next Dracula?

Explore a vast world teeming with mythical horrors and danger. Travel through lush forests, open countryside, and dark caverns to discover valuable resources, meeting friends and foes alike along the way. Traverse the world with vampire comrades or hunt solo as you pillage villages, raid bandits, and delve into the domains of supernatural beasts.

Dead by Daylight Free Weekend

Also free to try on Steam this weekend is Dead by Daylight, the asymmetrical multiplayer horror game from Behaviour Interactive. This one is also on sale, so if you enjoy the sample, you can pick it up for 60% off. This includes access to the game's holiday event, which is explained fully in this post. Here's more on the game:
Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed.

Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey.

The Survivors' goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer - something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Released

Have you heard the call? That's right, it's time to heed the call of duty, as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is now available, offering another installment in the military shooter series. It's also another installment in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II series, as it has almost the exact same title as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, released in 2009. A new release trailer illustrates the news, while a new Accolades Trailer already declares the mission a success. Word is the new Warzone will follow in about three weeks: "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II delivers a massive amount of content on day one, including an epic and thrilling single-player campaign, incredibly immersive multiplayer action, and a new Special Ops tactical cooperative experience for Call of Duty players. Together with the all-new, free-to-play Warzone 2.0 coming on November 16, it’s an unrivaled offering for Call of Duty fans everywhere." Here's more:
Modern Warfare II follows 2019’s blockbuster Modern Warfare across a gripping story campaign. The new release continues to advance the series with deep multiplayer modes, maps, playlist and technical innovations. Additionally, an evolved Special Ops mode from Modern Warfare 2019 brings a two-player Special Ops experience allowing players to explore large-scale hot zones with a fellow teammate.

“Infinity Ward and all of our phenomenal development teams have pushed the envelope in every way, and launch is just the beginning. We have a tremendous number of additional innovations and experiences coming as we head into upcoming live seasons of content; Warzone 2.0 next month, Warzone coming to mobile next year, and beyond. Modern Warfare II represents one of the most ambitious releases in our history and we are excited to finally get into the action together with our players,” added Dave Stohl, Head of Development for Call of Duty, and co-studio head, Infinity Ward.
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Resident Evil Village Gold Edition Released

Capcom announces that Resident Evil Village Gold Edition is now available for PC and consoles. The Windows edition has taken up residence on Steam, featuring a 25% launch discount and an updated playable demo. The demo allows you to check out what's changed, including a new third-person view. Here's the Launch Trailer along with some details:
Speaking of the third-person view, the new Third Person Mode included in both Resident Evil Village Gold Edition and the Winters’ Expansion allows you to experience the game’s campaign from a new angle. From start to finish, the game can be played in this new optional mode, and you can switch between first-person and third-personwithout fear of losing progress.. Witness Ethan’s struggle to find his kidnapped daughter and face the horrors of the village from an entirely new perspective, complete with additional animations to keep the game’s visceral combat and horror just close enough while still staying at arm’s length.

Finally, the arcade-style fun of The Mercenaries has been expanded upon with The Mercenaries Additional Orders! Tear, smash, and punch your way through waves of enemies with Ethan Winters alongside three new additional characters. If you’re feeling a little bolder than usual, Chris Redfield has you covered with automatic weapons and a fearsome right straight punch that can topple enemies with ease. If you need help reaching the top shelf of scores, Lady Dimitrescu can rip through her foes with her claws, unleash one of her daughters to do her dirty work, and, of course, throw ornate vanity to make sure her enemies stay down. Finally, if you’re in it for the mechanics, Karl Heisenberg might just be your pick. Using his magnetic powers, throw scrap at foes, bring the hammer down to make sure enemies won’t get back up, and unleash vicious machines to seal the deal.

New AMD Adrenalin Drivers

AMD Support now features new version 22.10.3 Adrenalin Edition Windows drivers for AMD graphics cards. As seen in the Release Notes, these support today's launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II:
Highlights

  • Support for:
    • Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II
    • Radeon™ Boost using Variable Rate Shading in Dying Light 2™

Fixed Issues

  • Elite Dangerous may crash upon launch on Radeon™ RX 6000 series GPUs.
  • Black screen may occur during driver upgrade or settings reset using Microsoft® Windows® 11 version 22H2 on Radeon™ RX 6000 series GPUs.
  • Lower than expected performance on Gotham Knights™ using ​​​​AMD Processors on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon™ RX 6950 XT.

Charon's Staircase Released

Charon's Staircase is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a first-person horror/mystery, just in time for Halloween. The PC edition is on the Epic Games Store and Steam, with each offering a 10% launch discount. This is set in Central Europe during the 1970s, so be sure to bring your best disco wear. The launch trailer features English narration and English subtitles, prompting us to turn on closed captioning for the full inception experience. Here's what you need to know about this:
In Charon’s Staircase, you set out to bury the horrible past of an institution called "The Ministry" by retrieving and destroying classified documents. Venture through nightmarish landscapes, solve puzzles, decipher codes, and avoid dangers to unravel the macabre events that took place years ago in the experimental facility of Oack Grove.

Charon's Staircase is a story filled with mystery while telling a dark and dramatic narrative through its ominous environments, chilling details and fully-voiced narration.
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Live by the Sword: Tactics Released

Live by the Sword: Tactics is now officially live on Steam and consoles, following about 15 months of Early Access. This "unashamedly old school tactical RPG with modern gameplay ideas" supports Windows and macOS, as does the playable demo, which is also available. Check out the launch trailer for a look, and read on for more:
Live By The Sword: Tactics is an unashamedly old school tactical RPG with modern gameplay ideas. Set after the fall of the land, you control two brothers who must traverse the kingdom to stop it from falling back into the darkness of conflict. It’s a journey that will test their brotherly bond and the player’s tactical skills as they form a team and go on this heroic quest.

The game is a new take on Tactical / Strategy gameplay. Characters do not gain experience points and you cannot collect overpowered equipment to easily bypass difficult fights. You, the player, must become more skilled to achieve victory. Are you up for the challenge of becoming a true Tactician?
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Out of the Blue

I've mentioned my affection for, if not obsession with, our local heron. I think it's a he, so I've dubbed him king of the pond for his habit of watching over his kingdom perched the partially fallen tree that is his throne. He spends a lot of time there, and most of the rest of his time wading, so he's clearly not a fan of dry land. That's why it was so exciting for me to come down from freshening my coffee this morning to find him outside my door hanging around! I managed to get a picture, which is so-so at best because I was trying not to startle him. But he flew off a moment later anyway. But it was pretty exciting to have such a close-up encounter with the king.

Obituary: Mike Davis, author of 'City of Quartz,' dies at 76.

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