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Saturday, Mar 18, 2023

Diablo IV Early Access Beta Woes

Early Access beta weekend for Diablo IV has not gotten off to the kind of start Blizzard was hoping for when it gave the first customers first crack at the action/RPG sequel. A post from Blizzard updates players on what's gone wrong and what's being done about it:
While the team tackles these specific items and more, we are also managing the flow of players in-game via our queue. Many players have successfully logged in to the game, but we are aware that some have experienced longer than expected wait times. As we continue to rollout improvements to our server stability, we expect our players to see continued improvements to the queue time.

While the teams continue to work this evening and overnight, we will be providing additional updates throughout the evening when needed and no later than tomorrow morning (PDT) here on our forums.
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Valve Files CS2 Trademark

Rumors have been flying for a while, suggesting Valve is working on a follow-up to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive using the newest version of the Source engine. Now PCGamesN adds more fuel to the fire, noting that Valve has filed a Trademark application for CS2. This is a recent development, the application is dated March 14th. This is for a "standard character mark" to cover:
Computer game software, electronic game software, video game software, computer game programs downloadable via the internet.

Worldless Announced

Thunderful, Coatsink, and Noname Studios announce Worldless, a "beguiling" 2D adventure/platformer coming to PC and Xbox this year. A new Polar Opposites Trailer highlights the fact that this will blend both turn-based and action combat. Here's a wordful look at Worldless:
Worldless is set in a world where polar opposite realities are aligned with a common spark. Players will venture into an abstract setting full of entities with opposing goals. One half is fixated on the virtue of their nature, the other is seeking to exchange it for their demise. Polarities attract, resulting in neverending conflict, and the result is the traumatic process of Absorption which sees their very natures exchange.

In Worldless, you’ll learn the nuances of an optimised combat system by mastering your timing and refining your strategies. Absorb enemies to learn new abilities in an ever-expanding skill tree to unlock new ways to explore and add depth to combat encounters. You’ll explore intricate areas filled with secrets, using finesse and fluid action to uncover them, and engage ferocious beings in fast-paced, turn-based action combat.

Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine

Thunderful, Headup, and Team Meat announce Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine, a new installment in the Super Meat Boy series featuring Meat Boy's arch-enemy. Despite the seemingly casual match 4 gameplay, this is described as a hardcore game that promises punishment, which presumably begins with the mental images the title invokes. Here's the brief Announcement Trailer showing this isn't your grandma's puzzle game, and here is a description to get to the meat of the matter:
Puzzle your way through familiar Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever locations like the picturesque forest, the hospital, and salt factory with dazzling backgrounds and animations created by the original Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever artists, as well as a wonderful soundtrack by RIDICULON. There are over 100 hand-crafted levels filled with creative traps and hazards for you to beat and, if you can survive this hardcore take on a classic formula, you’ll be confronted by a gruesome boss fight at the end of each world to offer the ultimate challenge.
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Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode One

Steam now offers the debut release of the Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode One, a new VR mod for the first Half-Life 2 Episode. This is free, but word is: "You must own the original Half-Life 2: Episode One (family sharing is not sufficient). You do not need to have the non-VR version installed." This is from the Source VR Mod Team that created the Half-Life 2: VR Mod, and looking ahead, the release date on the Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode Two is just two weeks off. Sadly, Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode Three will have to wait for Half-Life 2: Episode Three, just like the rest of us. Here's word:
Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode One is a community-made adaptation of Valve's episodic continuation of Half-Life 2, transformed into a fully roomscale Virtual Reality experience.

Return as Gordon Freeman to City 17 and deal with the consequences of your actions. Operate the gravity gun to deadly effect, battle gunships and striders and survive the darkness. Can you manage to escape City 17 with Alyx?

Out of the Blue

Welp, it's not like we hadn't already passed the point of no return, but our old server was shut down this week, and is now offline for good. As I say, we'd already made the permanent move to this server, so this is really just academic. But here's a salute to our now sunsetted old box. It served us loyally long past its prime.

Sunset Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Brunch Link


Thanks Max.


Creature Features


Friday, Mar 17, 2023 Happy St. Patrick's Day

Free Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Tower of Treachery This Month

Fatshark announces Tower of Treachery, free DLC coming to Steam on March 28th for the Windows edition of Warhammer: Vermintide 2. This is timely, since the melee action game is currently on sale for 80% off. Word is: "Tower of Treachery adds a new mission to the game’s previous content update, a Treacherous Adventure, completing the two-adventure map set for Warhammer: Vermintide 2, adding 13 new in-game challenges for players to put their skills to the test." Console players shouldn't have long to wait, as this is promised for PlayStation and Xbox in early Q2. Here's the Official Trailer with a look, and here's a bit:
On the heels of its 5th anniversary, Fatshark is proud to announce Tower of Treachery, the follow-up to Trail of Treachery, in which the Ubersreik 5 set out to investigate strange happenings in a neighboring town. Now, it’s time to face off with the necromancer, Sofia Fuegonasus, to stop her reign of terror. This may very well be the deadliest foe our heroes have encountered yet, and getting to her will be a tough challenge – especially for those who dare to attempt the long climb to the top on higher difficulties.
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Strayed Lights Demo

A playable demo for Strayed Lights is now available on Steam, offering a sample in advance of next month's launch of this action/adventure. A new Mix Direct Spring 2023 Showcase Trailer is also available, described like so: "The trailer reveals more about the game's stunning graphics, fast-paced combat, and abstract storyline." Here's more on the demo and the game:
"We are thrilled to be able to share our new gameplay trailer and demo with fans of Strayed Lights," says Alexandre Arramon, co-founder and creative director at Embers. "We've been working hard to create a game that is both engaging and visually outstanding, and we can't wait for players to experience it for themselves."

Strayed Lights is an atmospheric action-adventure with fluid combat set in an intricate world imbued with mystery. Players take on the role of a tiny, growing light seeking transcendence to explore a land of otherworldly ruins and glowing trees, where entities of flickering lights and luminescent shadows reside.
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Into the Black

Obituary: Lance Reddick, star of 'The Wire' and 'John Wick,' dead at 60. Thanks Acleacius and David.

Next Week's Epic Freebies Revealed

Epic did not announce next week's free games as usual yesterday when it launched this week's Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War Giveaway. But the Free Games Section on the Epic Games Store is now updated with the forecast of what to expect. Next Thursday everyone will be able to collect free copies of World of Warships — Starter Pack- Ishizuchi and Chess Ultra. Here's a bit on each:
Chess Ultra injects the greatest strategy game of all time with a modern twist; offering the ultimate chess experience with stunning 4K visuals, Grandmaster-approved AI and full VR compatibility.

Have you just started out on your way in World of Warships? Dip your toes in the water with a Premium battleship and a set of sweet bonuses.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Reviews

The Resident Evil 4 Remake demo is now available and the full game is due to launch one week from today. To give everyone clarity on what to expect, the review embargo for the survival/horror remake died a gruesome death today. Here's a roundup of evaluations:

Criminals Within Announced

New Zealand-based developer Space Rock Games announces Criminals Within, a third-person co-op (only) action/adventure. This debut from a studio comprising vets of the Fable series, Path of Exile, and Chivalry 2 is expected to come to PC and consoles later this year. A Reveal Trailer has a first look at what to expect, and there are details on Steam. Here's more on this game and its apparently mandatory co-op action:
Join forces with a friend and embark on an epic journey through a medieval fantasy land inhabited by powerful, de-evolved dragons. Unravel the mystery behind "The Wither," a deadly disease that is spreading throughout the kingdom, threatening its very existence.

Take on the role of Helena, a formidable royal guard with unmatched strength, and the roguish burglar Jarel, reluctantly roped into this quest. Explore treacherous caves and cursed jungles, seeking the lost prince Felix and working to bring an end to the ongoing conflict.

Criminals Within is developed by industry veterans who have previously worked on games such as Fable, Path of Exile, Black & White 2, Chivalry 2 and many others.
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New Intel Arc Drivers

Intel announces the launch of new drivers for its Arc graphics cards. Here's word on what these bring to those game enough to game on an Intel GPU:
Intel® Game On Drivers deliver the best experience for gamers playing on Intel Graphics with optimized launch-day patches and performance updates as new games release.

This week’s new driver supports two delightfully devilish games, Deceive Inc. and Diablo IV. Whether you put faith in your fellow demon slayers or question undercover cohorts, you can trust Intel Game On drivers for smooth gaming experiences on launch day.

Peppa Pig: World Adventures Released

Peppa Pig: World Adventures is now available for Windows on Steam and for consoles, offering a family-friendly adventure based on the animated series. This allows the whole Peppa family to travel the world and pig out in some of its most famous locales as well as to build the sty of their dreams as a homestead. Check out the Launch Trailer and read on for more:
Inspired by several episodes of the hugely popular TV series, fans can fly, drive and sail to some of the most famous places in the world including New York, Hollywood Boulevard, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London and many more.

Explore in style with a host of new outfits and accessories and complete a greater variety of quests and mini-games than ever before, encountering new and exciting experiences along the way. Fans will meet new characters and even run into some familiar faces on their travels.
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Out of the Blue

Happy St. Paddy's to all, since legendarily, everyone is at least a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Being an Anglo-Saxon mutt, I am genuinely at least a little Irish myself, though I don't think it's a lot. In a fit of unintentional authenticity, we watched The Banshees of Inisherin last night. That will probably be as authentic as we get though. I made corned beef and cabbage a couple of years ago, but neither MrsBlue nor I are very big on cabbage, so that was a one-off. I do have an excellent bottle of Irish Whiskey, which might make for an appropriate toast, but we're not having a big party or anything. Hopefully your plans suit you equally, and if they do involve any big parties, be safe, watch out for drunk drivers, and please don't be one yourself. Erin go Bragh!

Festive Round-up
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