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Wednesday, May 31, 2023


DOOMBLADE is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store,,* and Steam, offering a new Metroidvania from two-person developer Muro Studios and publisher Iceberg Interactive. The game's colorful, rapid action is seen in the launch trailer. Here's more:
In DOOMBLADE, the player assumes the role of Gloom Girl, the last surviving member of the Gloomfolk, as she wields the sentient weapon, DOOMBLADE. The innovative fly-attack movement system allows her to soar through the air and engage in exhilarating battles, testing the reflexes and precision skills of players.

In their struggle against the oppressive Dread Lords, Gloom Girl finds a powerful ally in DOOMBLADE. Together, they unleash the blade's powers and display the wrath of their deadly symbiosis.
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Summer Game Fest Free Theater Showings

The Summer Game Fest gets underway on June 8th, at the YouTube theater in Los Angeles, offering game presentations and announcements galore. Those interested in joining Geoff Keighley and all for the festivities still have an opportunity to buy tickets at Ticketmaster. There's also the chance to view the proceedings, including premieres of Mortal Kombat 1 and Alan Wake 2, on a big screen for free. Thanks to a partnership with Cinemark it will be in 23 theaters throughout the US, and you can sign up through this page. Here's the list of cities carrying the show:
Austin, Baltimore, Chicago Cleveland-Akron, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, CA Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC

Candle Knight Released

Candle Knight is now available on Steam, offering a 2.5D metroidvania platformer for Windows where you play a warrior with some bright ideas in his head. Here's the Release Trailer to prove the point. It carries a 10% launch discount for the next week. Word is this includes a dynamic difficulty system:
Set across a sprawling castle, Candle Knight is a metroidvania that shifts around players, thanks to the unique Ignis dynamic difficulty system.

Stepping into the armor of an unusual knight with a candle burning atop their helmet, players will journey into the inky depths of a foreboding castle in a bid to vanquish the evil sitting at its heart. It is only with Candle Knight’s powerful flame that they can hope to illuminate the gloomy reaches of the abyss. This flame grows stronger with each defeated foe, unlocking new regions of the castle to explore and secrets to uncover.
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Drift Type C Released

Drift Type C has drifted out on Steam, offering a driving game for Windows that plays fast and loose with traction. Jonworks Interactive describes this in a way that makes the solo developer sound like a Type A personality: "Crafted with an unyielding dedication to authenticity, Drift Type C guarantees an unparalleled and captivating drifting experience, enriched by a multitude of enhancements derived from valuable feedback collected during Early Access." Here's the Full Launch Trailer and more details so we can catch the drift:
Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure as you embark on a thrilling journey through nine mesmerizing biomes, each presenting a distinct and awe-inspiring setting. Get ready to engage in intense battles with 13 formidable warriors and confront 13 haunting ghosts, all in a monumental quest to free the God of Time. The destiny of the virtual world rests upon your shoulders. Drift Type C prides itself on its unwavering commitment to delivering a pure driving experience. Bid farewell to micro-transactions, air control, nitrous, and brake assist. This game focuses solely on the true essence of drifting, allowing players to unleash their skills on the virtual asphalt without any artificial assistance.
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 is now available for Windows on Steam, following the PlayStation launch of the free-to-play mech game. The STEAM Launch Trailer shows off gameplay and Bandai Namco's penchant for random capitalization. For fans of the series, the announcement explains where this fits on the timeline:
Based on GUNDAM’s “Universal Century” timeline, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 features intense 6v6 online team combat that immerses pilots from around the world in epic battles. Players can battle in their favorite Mobile Suits in land and space. They can also fight against other pilots in Infantry Battles, where they can enter and exit their mecha for strategic ground-based combat that can tip the tide of battle, placing bombs in enemy bases, repairing their units, or requesting support fire.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 features over 350 Mobile Suits and 17 playable maps inspired by iconic locations based on the popular anime series. Pilots can personalize their favorite units with different loadouts and customization options using DP, in-game currency they earn in battle. New mecha, weapons, and other items can be collected with Supply Drops that are purchased with Tokens, the premium currency in the game.
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Six Days in Fallujah Early Access Next Month

Victura and Highwire Games announce a June 22nd Early Access date for Six Days in Fallujah, a tactical first-person shooter set in the Iraq War. This comes a full 14 years after the game based on the 2004 battle was announced. Over that span the game experienced publisher and developer changes, cancellations and delays, and a good deal of controversy over whether this is just an Arab murder simulator. Now players will be able to judge for themselves. Check out the Early Access Announcement Trailer and the announcement:
Victura and Highwire Games today announced their upcoming first-person tactical shooter Six Days in Fallujah will release on June 22, 2023, through Steam's Early Access program. The game will launch with four co-operative four-player missions. These missions are set in urban maps that are generated procedurally every time the game is played to recreate the uncertainty of combat along with unlimited replayability.

Six Days in Fallujah is a highly realistic first-person tactical shooter developed with help from more than 100 Marines and Soldiers who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah, as well as more than two dozen Iraqi civilians and soldiers. Based on true stories from the battle, Six Days requires players to overcome real-world scenarios with their fire team by using real-life military tactics.
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Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons in July

Publisher Modus Games and developer Secret Base today announce a release date for Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons, saying the fighting sequel will rise on Windows and consoles on July 27th. The date is now reflected on the Steam Listing, where the game can be wishlisted. This Release Date Trailer is here to show off some pixel art gameplay. Here's the announcement:
Today we're excited to announce that Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons is launching July 27, 2023!

Featuring tag team brawls across a city devastated by criminal mayhem, Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons revives the iconic franchise with new roguelite elements and a roster of diverse characters. This time Billy and Jimmy Lee aim to take the nuclear-savaged New York City back from the gangs.
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Alaskan Truck Simulator Becomes Alaskan Road Truckers

PlayWay announces a name change for Alaskan Truck Simulator, saying its new title is Alaskan Road Truckers. The news includes an Official Gameplay Overview Trailer featuring painful-looking wrist physics. This cargo transportation game was announced in 2018, sparking immediate backlash over perceptions of an attempt to capitalize on the success of Euro Truck Simulator and American Truck Simulator from SCS Software. Now, not even five years later, comes a name change. Interestingly, there's still no acknowledgment of a conflict: "The title of the game has changed to reflect the team’s ambitions to create a new, rich and deeper gameplay experience and not just a truck simulation game." This alibi is reflected in this announcement:
When you’re making a game everything needs to be as perfect as possible. Not only in how the game plays, its graphics and sound, but also the game’s name. Sometimes you have time to think - is the game’s name right for what you’re making?

After some long drives and many hours musing on this, we decided to go for a rename. So long, Alaskan Truck Simulator - we’re very proud to introduce you all to…

Alaskan Road Truckers!
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Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged Announced

Mattel and Milestone announce Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, a sequel to the toy-based game that will race onto PC and consoles on October 19th. This promises to elevate the game's arcade gameplay to the next level, as seen in the cinematic announcement trailer. Here's more on how this is on track to bring new features to the mix:
New Game Modes and Online Features:
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will feature a variety of new game modes that add a fresh layer of fun and challenges both online and offline, including events that push drivers’ skills to the limit or teach them how to master the art of drifting and avoiding crashes with speed and precision. The fan-favorite, two-player split-screen mode is also back to fuel exciting duels on the couch, while a number of improvements, including the ability to create a party with friends and the addition of cross-play*, will ignite the online multiplayer experience.

An Enhanced, Story-Driven Campaign:
A story-driven career mode starring four original characters is just one more massive addition to Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged. Each character’s background and personality will be presented through animated cutscenes that immerses racers in a captivating narrative, making their journey into the world of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged truly unforgettable.
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Virtual Reality Check

  • We Are One on Steam. "Team up with your greatest ally - YOURSELF - in this VR puzzle shooter where mind-bending challenges meet action-packed FPS gameplay! Plan ahead and clone versions of yourself that flawlessly execute your previous moves in multiple time loops. Battle your way across increasingly complex levels!"

Morning Crowdfunding

Out of the Blue

On the verge of its release, I'm still not set on my Diablo IV plans. Like most old-school gamers, I loved the first two. But Diablo III is my cautionary tale. It eventually turned out okay after some reworks and the removal of the cash auction house, but I played it a lot before that point. And after. I put in so much time with that game that it feels like that's just about how much of a grinder I can be sometimes. So I can be pretty sure if I start the game, I'll put hundreds of hours into it, whether or not it's worthy of such attention. The x-factor here is that I played each of the first three games with a dedicated group of friends, and none of them has raised the prospect of reuniting yet. If that comes to pass, I will surely end up giving in.

Obituary: John Beasley Dead: ‘Everwood,’ ‘The Soul Man’ Actor Was 79.

Grindy Round-up
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