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Dominic Tarason

14 hours ago

The Spooky Retro Bundle 2 channels grimy PSX aesthetics into fear

Somewhere, deep in the darkest recesses of the Uncanny Valley lies a strange, jagged sinkhole. Nobody knows how deep it goes, or even if it has a bottom to reach, merely that its pixellated walls seem to vibrate and shimmer as you move around them. Welcome to the PlayStation Zone. the Spooky Retro Bundle 2 on Itch is a collection of seven (mostly) PSX-styled games that…

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15 hours ago

Battlefield-ish shooter World War 3 makes its early access debut

I'm not entirely sure why, but there are some people who really liked the Battlefield games when they were at their most gritty and pseudo-realistic. World War 3, released into early access today and developed by Necrovision studio The Farm 51, is for them. Destructible maps of Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow, customisable guns and a realistic armour system for both infantry and vehicles give this…

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16 hours ago

Strategic shooter hybrid Executive Assault 2 enters early access

My brain is not up to playing Executive Assault 2 today. I could maybe handle a basic RTS, or maybe an FPS but not this complex hybrid of both plus space combat. Making its early access debut yesterday, it's a sequel to Hesketh Studios's 2015 Executive Assault. In the first game, players commanded a robot army RTS-style to take down your corporate rival's CEO, leading from…

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18 hours ago

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition heads up a handful of Steam free weekends

It's the weekend for a lot of you already, so here's a little something free for the next few days. Four somethings, even. Five, if you've got a VR setup. There's probably a few more lurking around that I've missed, but there's a bundle of free weekends running concurrently on Steam right now: RTS spinoff Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, baseball fighter Lethal League, physics puzzler…

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20 hours ago

Dreadnought studio Six Foot hit by major layoffs mere days after launch

It's never fun to report on a game launching at the start of the week and the developer making major staff cuts before the weekend, as is the case with Dreadnought developer Six Foot. As reported by Game Informer and confirmed by Six Foot's Chief Operating Officer, the Dreadnought studio (working in collaboration with Spec Ops: The Line outfit Yager) has let go "about a…

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2 days ago

Arcade fighter Soulcalibur 6 is out now, featuring Geralt from the Witcher series

As a shameless button-masher, I'm so happy to see this series return, and with its latest iteration - Soulcalibur 6 - landing on PC for the first time ever. Bandai Namco's other long-running fighting series that isn't Tekken, Soulcalibur is about swords (and other melee weapons), ring outs and regular moves that can do enormous damage. This one debuts with a respectable 19 returning fighters,…

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Return Of The Obra Dinn mysteriously floats into port today

Time to get your sea legs on and step aboard a ship full of maritime mysteries in Return Of The Obra Dinn, released today and latest from Lucas Pope, creator of Papers Please. A first-person murder mystery presented in grainy monochrome, players fill the well-worn shoes of an insurance investigator for the East India Company in 1807. A ship long thought lost has turned up…

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Chunky retro FPS Project Warlock is out now

Fast and messy Wolfenstein-ish retro FPS Project Warlock is out now. First from Buckshot Software and a temporary GOG exclusive, this is an old-school FPS that takes inspiration from a lot of genre peers, but primarily Doom. Big swarms of expendable monsters, a booming double-barrel shotgun and maze-like levels packed with secret areas. Set across five shareware-inspired worlds with a new look and set of…

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Reigns: Game of Thrones sets familiar heads rolling today

Monarchic decide 'em up Reigns was always close in spirit to Game Of Thrones. Thanks to a cross-promotion deal that I'm certain someone sold their soul for, they're now one and the same, and out today. Reigns: Game Of Thrones combines the Tinder-inspired UI of Nerial's series with the multiple perspectives and familiar world of HBO's wildly successful TV novel adaptation. The game lets players…

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Battlestar Galactica Deadlock channels the TV show in new DLC Anabasis

Much as Black Lab have improved on their strategic Battlestar Galactica Deadlock with patches and expansions, until today's DLC - Anabasis - it lacked the TV show's sense of looming dread. While the new addon also expands the game's main strategic campaign, its most exciting feature is a new survival mode inspired by the TV series. An isolated fleet retreats back to Caprica from deep space,…

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3 days ago

Override: Mech City Brawl faces down an alien invasion in a new trailer

Looking at the latest trailer for The Balance's giant robo-biffer Override: Mech City Brawl, I'm officially jealous I wasn't able to take it for a spin at EGX last month. Looking a bit like old PS2 gem War Of The Monsters, it's a game about oversized cartoon robots knocking seven shades of steel out of each other, or sometimes alien invaders if you're running solo.…

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Undertale DLC hits Taito rhythm ’em up Groove Coaster

Undertale's spectacular soundtrack has found a new home today, in an unlikely partnership with old arcade studio Taito and their minimalist rhythm game Groove Coaster. Being that these are two games I regularly return to (although Groove Coaster mostly lives on my phone), it's a pairing I'm plenty happy with. While sadly only four tracks, they've picked some good ones for this DLC, and the…

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Ode To A Moon is a psychedelic horror adventure “inspired by actual events”

Ever since playing Bloodborne I've been vaguely suspicious of the moon, so seeing its influence tearing the very fabric of reality asunder in Ode To A Moon's debut trailer reinforces my prejudices. The latest from 0°N 0°W creator Colorfiction, it looks to be yet another walk through a surreal reality, although this time more coherent than their previously disconnected dreamscapes. Below, a strange and lurid launch…

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Resonance Of Fate: HD Edition dives into stores guns blazing

Resonance Of Fate is a JRPG without classes and practically devoid of stats, but dense in acrobatic gunfights and weird dieselpunk monsters to shoot with heavily modded guns. Remastered and relaunched today (and making its PC debut), Resonance Of Fate is the work of Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean studio Tri-Ace, and flew under the radar when it first launched in 2010. Still, it was…

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Skin Deep is Die Hard in space from the creator of Quadrilateral Cowboy

Stealthy sci-fi shooter Skin Deep, latest from Blendo Games (Quadrilateral Cowboy, Flotilla, etc) cites the greatest Christmas movie ever - Die Hard - and Far Cry 2 as equal inspirations. As the resident barefoot badass aboard a spacecraft crawling with murderous pirates, it's up to the player to clear out the bad guys, ideally while not being vented into space, bleeding out or otherwise dying…

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4 days ago

For Honor expands into China with Marching Fire, out now

Ubisoft's For Honor once looked like a write-off, but the competitive sword-o-brawler has somehow pulled itself together. Today's expansion - Marching Fire - adds a bundle of new content to the game, a lot of it paid, but some major upgrades free for everyone. All players (regardless of version owned) will get access to a castle siege playmode and a slew of graphical improvements, but…

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Cultist Simulator’s first DLC, The Dancer, pirouettes into stores

Much as I love Cultist Simulator's atmosphere, I've yet to come close to completing it, my character ground down by the mundanity of maintaining mortal flesh. Today's DLC, The Dancer, might yet give me a chance at victory - or something close to it. Introducing a new career path as a cabaret dancer,  those who pursue the art of dance may find it ties more…

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LEGO DC Super-Villains moustache-twirls onto PC today

Considering the gleeful destruction in TT Games's LEGO series, there's really not much difference between heroism and villainy - all the better for those wanting to take Harley Quinn for a casual hammer-rampage in LEGO DC Super-Villains, released today on PC. It's yet another in the all-consuming series of kid-friendly superhero sandbox games, and this time gives you the chance to create your own costumed…

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Discord launches its built-in store and Nitro games subscription

Another day, another place to buy and launch your games from, although Discord does has the advantage of already being on a huge number of PCs. The gaming-centric multi-chat service just launched its integrated game store, albeit in beta. A few temporary exclusives aside (Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption and Bad North seem noteworthy), it seems largely what you'd expect from a modern games storefront. Still,…

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Easygoing army-pummeler Warriors Orochi 4 is out on PC now

Remember that time Chinese warlord Cao Cao teamed up with Zeus to beat up legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo and ten thousand other dudes? Well, Warriors Orochi 4 - released today - certainly does, and I'm starting to think that someone at Koei Tecmo may have fallen asleep in history class. The Warriors Orochi series are an official crossover between the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors…

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