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Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022

Pentiment Released

Pentiment is now available on Steam, offering a murder mystery adventure set in early 16th century Bavaria. Developer Obsidian and publisher Xbox Game Studios offer this Official Launch Trailer with a look at the game's hand-drawn art style. We posted a review roundup yesterday if you are hesitant about Pentiment. Here's word:
From Obsidian, this game is a historical narrative-driven game focusing on character development, heavily stylized art, and choice-driven storytelling in early 16th century Bavaria. Players will play as Andreas Maler, a clever illustrator caught up in a series of murders in Tassing and Kiersau Abbey over the course of twenty five years. Players will be responsible for conducting their own investigation to decide the fate of the community, but each decision will have lasting consequences and inexorably draws Andreas closer to the center of an underlying conspiracy.
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Civilization VI Leader Pass Next Week

Confirming recent rumors, Firaxis unveils plans for a new Leader Pass for Sid Meier's Civilization VI. This will add more than a few more turns to the historical strategy game when it kicks off on the Epic Games Store and Steam on November 21st with the release of the first of six planned DLC packs. This requires ownership of the base game, and word is it is included at no extra charge for new and existing owners of the Civilization VI Anthology on Steam. Here's an Announcement Trailer, and here's word:
Return to rule with the Civilization VI: Leader Pass* and build the greatest empire in history with a huge roster of new and familiar faces. Throughout 6 DLCs that are scheduled for release between November 2022 - March 2023**, we will feature 12 leaders brand new to Civilization VI and 6 new takes on classic Civilization leaders. The Leader Pass encourages you to break out of your comfort zone with new approaches to diplomacy, war, expansion, and more. Each leader arrives with a suite of surprising new or updated abilities alongside inventive new agendas that'll change the way you play over five exciting months of world domination.
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Call of Duty Battle Pass Details

The Call of Duty Blog introduces a new Battle Pass System for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Season 01. This includes details on unlocks, skips, rewards, bundles, and more. Here's a new Season 01 Battle Pass Trailer and here's a brief take on the briefing:
Welcome to the all-new Battle Pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0, where player choice leads to complete domination over the Area of Operations. Using Battle Token Tier skips, players can choose the rewards they want to earn first each season, from free Functional Weapons to Weapon Blueprints, Operator Skins, and more.

Later in November, players can add three new Operators to their rooster: the soccer stars of Modern Warfare II FC, with the Tracer Pack: Neymar Jr Operator Bundle, Tracer Pack: Paul Pogba Operator Bundle and Tracer Pack: Messi Operator Bundle. All three Tracer Packs include exclusive playable Operators, Weapon Blueprints, Charms, Vehicle Skins, Stickers, Emblems and a Finishing Move.
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American Truck Simulator Texas Launched, Oklahoma Announced

The SCS Software Blog announces the launch of the new Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam. This will give drivers the chance to see how sweet the waving wheat smells deep in the heart of the Lone Star State. This post on Steam discusses the release, providing a Texas DLC Video Trailer and an updated map showing how this connects to DLC covering the entire west coast. Speaking of which, the Steam Listing for American Truck Simulator - Oklahoma is now online, revealing the game's next frontier. Here's more on the new Texas DLC:
Howdy, partners! Hope y'all will like your visit in the Lone Star State, Texas. This place ain't full of cowboys anymore but the spirit lives on, especially in ranches you can find all 'round. We also got a lot of cattle and other livestock so your truckin' adventures will be lively.

We also love music. Like, really love music. Just look at Austin, the live music capital of the world. Party on. Look plumb over yonder and you'll see the city which got the message about the problem. Sure'nuff, we're talking about Houston. So enjoy the drive.
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Somerville Launched, Developer Acquired

Somerville has launched on Steam, and this Windows sci-fi adventure carries a 10% discount for the next week. That's not the only big news today for developer Jumpship, as publisher Thunderful announces it has acquired the studio along with the rights to the Somerville IP. Word is: "As a Thunderful studio, JUMPSHIP will retain creative autonomy as it continues to create top-class story-driven narrative games." Here's the Somerville Release Trailer with a look at the game, and here's more:
FAMILY
You embark on a journey to find the whereabouts of your family in the wake of an alien invasion.

THE INVASION
Live through the personal struggles of a young family separated in the final moments of a global conflict against a hostile alien civilisation. Discover first hand the full impact on others of this catastrophic event.

EXPLORE , LEARN , COMMUNICATE
Explore the devastation left behind by the invading alien force and those who resisted, learning more about their motives and methods the further you journey.
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Floodland Floods Out

Developer Vile Monarch and publisher Ravenscourt have opened the floodgates, and Floodland is now available for Windows on Steam. This is a post-apocalyptic survival game where players must face the challenges of a world flooded due to climate change. A world of water, as it were. Here's the Launch Trailer with a look at gameplay, and here's a small flood of details:
“After years of hard work, we’re so proud to finally release Floodland into the world,” said Kacper Kwiatkowski, Director of Floodland. “While the consequences of the climate crisis presented in the game are extreme — as they will be in reality — we wanted the game to retain a sense of optimism amidst the catastrophe. We hope that players all over the world take the opportunity to experience all that Floodland has to offer and take its messages to heart.”

In Floodland, the climate crisis has reached its climax: global flooding and societal collapse. But not all hope is lost! Starting with an aimless group of survivors, you must scavenge resources, rediscover lost technology, and maintain the peace between differing factions in order to rebuild some semblance of a society. Grow and manage your colony, create a meaningful community, enforce the laws, and ensure the well-being of the society you create in the merciless environment. Make important decisions that will directly impact the course of events while managing supplies, clean water, shelter, health, and many more unexpected resources needed for your colony to grow. With your help, humanity can thrive again!
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GeForce RTX 4080 Reviews

The review embargo for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4080 GPUs ended today. We also have an article from NVIDIA with a closer look at RTX 4080 power consumption. Here's a roundup of evaluations of this new line of graphics cards:

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Knights of Honor II: Sovereign Next Month

THQ Nordic announces December 6th as the release date for Knights of Honor II: Sovereign. The grand strategy sequel was announced in 2019 with a 2020 release window, so this is a little later than planned. Word is this should not be as hard on newcomers as one might expect from the genre: "Knights of Honor II: Sovereign offers all the depth players expect from a medieval grand strategy game plus high approachability: You will not have to spend 10 hours just to learn how the game works." A new Release Date Announcement Trailer celebrate the news, and shows off actual gameplay. Here's word:
Well, well, well ... there you are. Just crowned as King of France. It could be such a nice life now, but your royal court demands your attention: England is amassing troops in Aquitane - again! First, you'll send out a spy to find out what they are up to, and maybe to talk to some important nobles with rebellious ideas. For this, however, money is needed. A new trade agreement with Flanders will help. And, as if the English weren't nerve-wracking enough, that fool of a Pope is calling for a new crusade. Denying the request will cool down our relations... we need to send a cleric to Rome to negotiate. And now, bring in my marshalls, it's time to muster our armies and strike at the English. They will soon learn that challenging the mighty kingdom of France has consequences!

This is just one of many stories, you can experience in Knights of Honor II: Sovereign, THQ Nordic’s first step into the Grand Strategy genre.
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Bound By Blades Released

Developer Zeth and publisher Assemble Entertainment announce that Bound By Blades is now available for Windows on GOG.com* and Steam, where there is also a playable demo. This is an action/RPG focused on boss battles that's playable either solo or in co-op (word is: "One does not simply save Ashmyr on their own"). The Release Trailer takes a look at the game's fast-paced 2D gameplay. Here's word:
In this boss rush comfy crafting RPG mash-up, players choose one of three main characters, determine whether they’ll brave the evil foes alone or with a friend in online optional co-op, and embark on an intense-yet-charming adventure to save the land of Ashmyr and its tribes from a rising evil. It's cute. It's extraordinary. It's pure pandemonium.

Bound by Blades’ high fantasy setting is complemented by charming characters and lovingly detailed environments, curious and friendly NPCs, and an enchanting digital artbook sketch style. Balancing the game’s cozy vibe, Bound by Blades features traditional RPG gameplay elements focused on crafting, looting, leveling gear, and enchanting weapons and armor for maximum damage in the onslaught of progressively challenging boss rush battles.
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Tiny Football Early Access

Early Access has kicked off on Steam for Tiny Football, the itsy-bitsy association football/soccer game based on classics from the 1980s and 1990s. This homage extends to its pixel art graphics and top-down perspective, both of which are shown off in this launch trailer. Here's a bit on the game and what to expect to be added over the course of its Early Access period:
Tiny Football is a throwback to old top-down retro soccer games of the 90s. Master the art of passing and shooting, tackles, crosses, throw balls, overhead kicks, free kicks, and more. Compete with 64 national and club teams in a variety of tournaments. Multiplayer-focused (hotseat and future support for Steam Remote Play).

Rich gameplay and real challenge is achieved by sharing user control with AI assistance to produce passing and shooting based on individual player ability.
The randomness of passing and shooting, even when playing against AI, will still have an impact on player behavior and ‘fluke’ goals give added excitement.
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Ballads of Hongye Released

Ballads of Hongye is out of Early Access and is now officially available for Windows on Steam. This city-building game set in ancient China comes with a 15% launch discount. The Official Launch Trailer shows off lush graphics and game mechanics, if not gameplay. Here's word:
Ballads of Hongye is a unique city-builder strategy game. As the local magistrate, you must carefully plan and act to complete the various challenges in different environments to earn the right to rule the lands. Build a thriving city and revive Hongye County as you discover a unique story.
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Indie Live Expo Winter Event Next Month

The INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022 Event is slated to run on two consecutive days next month. This is taking place in Japan, so it will air in the wee hours: Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 am EST. And yes, that means the Winter Event is taking place in autumn. The English language broadcast will be on both Twitch and YouTube. The first day will focus on Let's Play sessions, while the second will include game premieres and an awards ceremony. Fan voting for those awards is now underway. Here's the plan:
DAY 1: Let’s Play will focus on titles that viewers can play right now, including new content for released games, major updates to Early Access titles, and showcases of hidden gems for new audiences to discover. INDIE Waves will feature short-form, rapid-fire presentations from more than 200 titles. Additionally, notable personalities from the indie game world will provide recommendations on some of their favorite titles.

DAY 2: Awards will focus on showcasing upcoming games and honoring the best current games. This broadcast will feature INDIE Live Premieres, with new title debuts and fresh reveals from previously announced games and more quick hit INDIE Waves for unreleased games. Additionally, a new INDIE Studios Around the World segment highlighting games and studios from a particular country will debut, with more show content and segments to be revealed ahead of the event.
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Morning Patches

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Morning Gatherings & Events

  • INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022 Event. "Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 AM PST / 4:00 AM EST." Not clear from that if this starts overnight Saturday or Sunday.

Out of the Blue

I recently mentioned the problems with my laptop throwing constant BSODs, and how a factory reset helped with the problem. But helped is not cured, and I still suffer a crash or two just about every time I use it. Last night I booted it up and got congratulated over qualifying for a "free upgrade" to Windows 11. I didn't go for it, but I have to admit that I am giving it serious consideration. It may be on its way out anyway, so if it comes to the point where I'm considering ditching it, I guess it would be worth a try to see if Microsoft's "latest and greatest" OS gives it a new lease on life.

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