As fun as Death Road to Canada [official site] is, you know what the post-apocalyptic road trip action-RPG has needed? Well, yes, every game needs the CEO of Cold Steel but Death Road has that covered. No, the answer is: more air horn. That’s now covered too. The Ultimate Sports Fan, a rare party member who’ll wildly honk their air horn, arrived along the Death Road with a free update last night. The ‘Brainstem’ update also added new weapons, an NPC who’ll buy your weapons, and more. The game’s on sale now too, at what Rocketcat Games say will be its lowest price ever.Death Road is my favourite of the recent Oregon Trail ’em ups, doing its own action-RPG thing on those road trip foundations. The quirks of party members build triumphs and failures into bigger stories too. Here, check out Graham’s report from a recent trip.
That strange lineup is expanded in the Brainstem update with the sports fan, who Rocketcat say “constantly spams his or her Custom Limited Edition Sports Air Horn!” That sounds great and terrible. New weapons in the update include a modern spear, a bardiche, a skull hammer, bomb skulls, and the sports fan’s starting weapon, a #1 giant foam hand.
Perhaps the biggest addition, the Weapon Buyer NPC, is something Rocketcat had intentionally skipped before. They say:
“A way to sell extra weapons has been requested for awhile. I didn’t want to do it at first, as I intentionally avoided a selling mechanic for launch. This usually doesn’t do much but introduce tedium, where you loot vacuum everything up to sell later.
“For Death Road, the Weapon Buyer doesn’t just buy anything. So no picking up 100 bones and selling them for a fraction of a can of food. This should prevent the ‘loot-chore’ problem, while giving you more choices.”
Full patch notes are this-a-way.
If you fancy a crack, a 33% discount brings Death Road down to £7.36/10,04€/$10.04 on Steam until Monday. Rocketcat say this is the biggest discount they’ll ever have on the game. “We’re not putting the price lower than this for the PC version due to a combo of Kickstarter promises and continuous updates,” they say. It’s sold on GOG and the Humble Store too but not discount at either right now.