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Thursday, Apr 11, 2024 National Pet Day (USA)

Get Ghostrunner for Free

Ghostrunner is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as its latest weekly giveaway. This is not the first time the sci-fi cyber-ninja game has been on the giveaway pile, so you may already have this. If not, you have until next Thursday to snag it and it will be a permanent addition to your transitory game library. At that point the store will begin handing out free copies of The Big Con and Town of Salem 2. If you need to be sold on a free game, here's the sales pitch for Ghostrunner:
As the most advanced blade fighter ever created, you’re always outnumbered but never outclassed. Slice your enemies with a monomolecular katana, dodge bullets with your superhuman reflexes, and employ a variety of specialized techniques to prevail.

One-hit one-kill mechanics make combat fast and intense. Use your superior mobility (and frequent checkpoints!) to engage in a never-ending dance with death fearlessly.

Ghostrunner offers a unique single-player experience: fast-paced, violent combat, and an original setting that blends science fiction with post-apocalyptic themes. It tells the story of a world that has already ended and its inhabitants who fight to survive.

Fallout 76 Free Week

Presumably in celebration of the launch of the Fallout television series, Bethesda Softworks is offering everyone the chance to play Fallout 76 for the next week for free. You can check out the Windows edition on Steam and the PlayStation and Xbox editions are available through their respective stores. If you enjoy your time with the RPG prequel you can pick it up with an 80% discount and continue on in the wasteland. Here's a refresher:
Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76. Twenty-five years after the bombs fell, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers—chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America on Reclamation Day, 2102. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats. Explore a vast wasteland, devastated by nuclear war, in this open-world multiplayer addition to the Fallout story. Experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.

Fallout 4 Update Plans

The fallout of the new Fallout television series continues to settle, as Bethesda announces free updates coming to Fallout 4 on April 25th. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S owners will get current generation support for the 2015 installment in the RPG series. Owners of the PC version are also getting some newer graphics features in an update that will also bring the game to Steam Deck and the Epic Games Store:
We are also releasing a free Fallout 4 update for PC players! Experience Fallout 4 on your next-generation PC with widescreen and ultra-widescreen support, as well as fixes to Creation Kit and a variety of quest updates.

Players with PC versions of Fallout 4 on Steam, Microsoft Store and GOG will receive stability, mods and bug fixes. For Japanese and Chinese language players on PC, Bethesda.net login issues have been resolved, fixing access to mods.

Alongside this exciting update, Fallout 4 will be available to purchase on the Epic Games Store.

Fallout 4 will also be Steam Deck verified.

Shadow Game Store

The Shadow Game Store is live, offering a hybrid game store accompanying a cloud gaming service based on the assets of the bankrupt Shadow service. This is not a rental dealie, the store sells a catalog of discounted games, and there is the option of subscribing to the service and playing online through the cloud. Here's word:
On the Shadow Game Store, games are not rented like in other streaming services; on the contrary, users become full owners. This approach gives gamers total freedom: they can enjoy their games however they like, whether on their Shadow PC or on other devices, without any restrictions. This full ownership ensures a constraint-free gaming experience, allowing players to maximize the use of their game collection.

With the launch of its Game Store, Shadow reaffirms its commitment to offering added value to its community. This new platform promises to open up new possibilities and enhance the gaming experience for Shadow users.

2024 BAFTA Games Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its 2024 BAFTA Games Awards. It turns out Baldur's Gate 3 is not yet done adding to its impressive list of game of the year awards, taking home Best Game. Here's a rundown of all the winners:

  • ANIMATION - HI-FI RUSH Development Team - Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks
  • ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT - ALAN WAKE 2 Development Team - Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games
  • AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT - ALAN WAKE 2 Development Team - Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games
  • BEST GAME - BALDUR’S GATE 3 Development Team - Larian Studio/Larian Studio
  • BRITISH GAME - VIEWFINDER Development Team - Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing
  • DEBUT GAME - VENBA Abhi, Sam Elkana, Shahrin Khan - Visai Games/Visai Games
  • EVOLVING GAME - CYBERPUNK 2077 Development Team - CD PROJEKT RED/CD PROJEKT RED
  • FAMILY - SUPER MARIO BROS. WONDER Development Team - Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT - TCHIA Phil Crifo, Marilou Lopez-Aguilera, Thoanë Thomadra – Awaceb/Kepler Interactive
  • GAME DESIGN - DAVE THE DIVER Development Team – MINTROCKET/MINTROCKET
  • MULTIPLAYER - SUPER MARIO BROS. WONDER Development Team - Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • MUSIC - BALDUR’S GATE 3 Borislav Slavov - Larian Studio/Larian Studio
  • NARRATIVE - BALDUR’S GATE 3 Development Team - Larian Studio/Larian Studio
  • NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - VIEWFINDER Development Team - Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing
  • PERFORMER IN A LEADING ROLE - NADJI JETER as Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - ANDREW WINCOTT as Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TEARS OF THE KINGDOM Development Team - Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • EE PLAYERS' CHOICE AWARD (voted for by the public) - BALDUR’S GATE 3 Larian Studio/Larian Studio

Evening Patches

Official patches.

Evening Multiplex

↑ Official trailers. ↓ Content creator videos.

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Headquarters: World War II Released

War is declared on Steam, where Headquarters: World War II is now available for Windows, offering a turn-based strategy game set in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. A new Video Trailer shows off gameplay. Developer Starni Games and publisher Slitherine Ltd. are also hosting a live launch event right now, and this post has details on how to attend. Here's word:
Headquarters: World War II is a fast paced turn-based strategy covering the Battle of Normandy in the three plot-driven campaigns and a number of skirmishes. Choose your side, form your force, assign heroes, level up your units, and use Headquarters skills to overcome the enemy.

Face a real tactical challenge
The game's combat system is based on an easy to learn - hard to master approach. Deceptively easy at a first glance, it offers lots of possibilities:
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Revival: Recolonization Released

Revival: Recolonization is now out of Early Access and version 1.0 of this 4X strategy game is now available on Steam with a 20% launch discount. This tests your tactical skills in a postapocalyptic setting where you must overcome the "despotic entity" that's taken control. Here's the Full Release Date Trailer with a look at gameplay, and here's word on what to expect:
Set in a post-apoc version of Earth, Revival is a 4x strategy game where the world and its rules can change at key moments, creating a deep and highly replayable experience. Explore a transformed planet, negotiate or conquer new territories and bring the light of civilization to regressing human colonies in order to prepare mankind for war with a despotic entity.

Revival generates a vast possibility space for you to play around with. From sudden weather changes to zombie infestations and bans on certain weapon types – boy, you are in for a surprise.
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Goons: Legends & Mayhem Released

Goons: Legends & Mayhem is now available for Windows on Steam and for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. This is an arcade hockey game that looks to add more action and violence to the sport, which is no small task. Word is: "The game mixes cartoon brawling action, frantic PvP and PvE modes, a raft of outrageous special abilities, ice rinks on pirate ships and a full campaign." You can check this out in the new Launch Trailer. Here's more:
Supporting 1-6 players, Goons: Legends & Mayhem is a hockey action game offering 1 vs 1 up to 3 vs 3 matches with a variety of PvE and PvP modes, including a full story campaign. Players can choose from one of eight characters divided into 3 classes - the attack focused sharpshooter, the defense oriented enforcer and the wingman, a wildcard that can either focus on supporting their team, or act as a constant pain in the neck of the opponents. Each character has their own special ability, including explosive mines, freezing opponents in a cube of ice and teleportation, adding an element of cartoony brawling to this hockey title where teamwork is the key to success.

Goons: Legends & Mayhem story campaign takes players on a varied journey across ice rinks nestled in forests, to floating ice rinks on the deck of a pirate ship as they try to stop the Grand Mascoteer’s mission to ruin hockey for everyone. On this epic adventure, players will face epic goaltender bosses, recruit unhinged heroes offering new ways to play, and gather a variety of collectibles and cosmetic goodies.
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PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs Next Month

Bandai Namco announces a release date for PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs, saying this multiplayer take on the arcade classic will start popping pills and chasing ghosts on May 9th. It will waka waka onto PC via Steam, PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch. A Pre-Order Trailer (Offense Version) is here to a maze and amuse you, and here's more:
PAC-MAN MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE: CHOMP CHAMPS captures PAC-MAN’s insatiable appetite in a game where everything except the maze is edible. In the game, players must eat their way through multiple interconnected mazes to become the Chomp Champ – a.k.a. the last PAC standing at the end of each match. Gain the upper hand on other players or turn the tables against GHOSTS by utilizing a variety of Power Items which give PAC-MAN shields, enhanced speed, and more. Players can also sabotage their competition by using Power Items that help the GHOSTS. Not only will they be able to chomp through PAC-MAN’s regular diet of dots and fruit, but they can also chomp through other players’ PACs in true competitive head-to-head competition.
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Out of the Blue

Happy National Pet Day! And yes, I don't currently have a pet, and no, this is not ideal, but I have not given up on finding a proper critter pal. One thing that makes this state of affairs easier to tolerate is the incredible array of birds that populate the pond we overlook. This has been by far the best year for bird watching here. In addition to at least two pairs of nesting swans (we've only ever had one), the usual assortment of mallard ducks and Canada geese, and the great blue heron that's king of the pond, we've also had a huge influx of crows. This also holds the promise of possibly befriending one of them, which is apparently a thing. I don't know if I have the patience to actually cultivate any of them, but it would certainly be an amazing accomplishment if I could manage it. In the meantime, it's a load of fun to watch their antics.

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