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Dominic Tarason

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey may unveil a Story Creator Mode soon

As if Assassin's Creed Odyssey wasn't mindbogglingly huge (and still-growing) already, it might just become endless soon. Today, Assassin's Creed fan-site Access The Animus mentioned on Twitter that they've been invited to test an "upcoming community oriented tool" for Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Normally, this could mean anything, except that back in April, Ubisoft community manager Dominik Voigt accidentally posted something in public that likely should…

Battlefield V premium not-a-Nazi (say EA) to be renamed in honour of resistance fighter

The good side of Battlefield V dropping season passes is that everyone gets free maps. The trade-off is that, being a World War 2 game, any cosmetic gubbins they sell, including 'elite' character skins, is going to include Nazis and Nazi memorabilia, even if the swastikas are painted over. That's bad enough, but earlier today, Vice published a piece pointing out that premium Nazi Wilhelm…

Void Bastards challenges loons to conquer space with a foon

According to some, who shall go unnamed, rogue-y FPS Void Bastards is too easy a game even if you crank its difficulty slider all the way up to the amusingly named 'Hard Bastard' mode. Developers Blue Manchu are obviously listening to them, because they've just added a new super-high-end challenge mode to the game. Unlocked by completing the game on Hard Bastard mode with the…

Hyperspace Delivery Service warps out of early access

These are the voyages of the good ship Rock Paper Spacegun. Our one year mission; to deliver a parcel. After a busy seven months in early access, Hyperspace Delivery Service, a mash-up of every early DOS-era space sim, is out now. Developed by the appropriately spacey sounding Zotnip, it's part trading sim, part space combat, part Wolfenstein-era FPS and optionally a little bit roguelike. It's…

Battlefield V teases five more fields of battle plus Pacific conflict

Battlefield V had a rocky launch, but Dice are sticking to their promise of big, regular updates to the online shooter without needing anyone buy a season pass. Today, we got our first video peek at the maps coming in Chapter 4: Defying The Odds and beyond. Over the next six months we've got at least five maps due, including the hellish-looking Metro reprise Operation…

Small Saga makes a big impression with its demo

If you have half an hour free, I implore you to try the Small Saga demo. Essentially, it's The Deptford Mice: The JRPG, complete with the snappy writing, grim violence and wondrous sense of scale I remember from Robin Jarvis' child-traumatising novels. It's developed by Jeremy Noghani, previous of brillo French Revolutionary lawyer-em-up Aviary Attorney, and he's aiming to fund the remainder of development via Kickstarter, asking…

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Torment Of Hades goes to (Greek) hell today

Remember when folks wanted all the supernatural stuff axed from Assassin's Creed? Thanks to expansions like Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Torment Of Hades, which launched today, they're a bit quieter now. Continuing the story arc kicked off in Fields Of Elysium back in April, Kassandra (or Alexios) is headed down to the underworld, which means going through its three-headed, fire-breathing guard dog. Turns out that Hades…

Battletech: Urban Warfare brings mechs to the big city today

Stompybot squad management sim Batteltech was great, but it was clearly missing something. Not so today, with the release of the Urban Warfare expansion, second of three planned for the squad tactics game's season pass. No longer limited to rolling hills, mountains and military bases, this expansion adds the future cityscapes of other 'Mech games.  While developed by Harebrained Schemes, this is also a Paradox joint,…

Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries Of New York swoops into view

Did you hear? Singleplayer games are undead, and the latest nail in the coffin is yet another Vampire: The Masquerade game. The third announced in as many months, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries Of New York is coming to us from small studio Draw Distance, previously iFun4All, developers of Serial Cleaner and the recent Ritual: Crown Of Horns. Beyond a small teaser trailer, and plans…

Blasphemous blesses us with a grisly new trailer

If there's one thing that a Souls-alike needs to get right (Soulsyvania, in this case), it's evocative boss names, and Blasphemous clearly has it all worked out. Featuring the likes of "Expósito, Scion Of Abjuration", "Three Anguishes" and "Our Lady Of The Charred Visage" in its new trailer, it's no surprise that The Game Kitchen's grim platform hack n' slasher has attracted publisher Team 17.…

Minecraft: Story Mode downloads might vanish on June 25th

Adding one final indignity to the catastrophic fall of Telltale Games, it appears that their kid-friendly (and admittedly rather naff) Minecraft: Story Mode adventure series may be more than just delisted from stores soon. A blog post on the official Minecraft site warns that even players that own Minecraft: Story Mode, seasons one or two, may not be available to download it after June 25th.…

Atlas “Mega Update 2” adds an icy dungeon, torpedoes and camelphants

Unruly piratical sandbox MMO Atlas looks significantly weirder after the launch of its second "Mega Update". Previously limited to its public test realm and now live, the patch doesn't seem to really have a theme, beyond devs Grapeshot Games adding 'cool stuff', literally and figuratively. There's the Polar Ice Dungeon with a boss fight against an abominable snowman, new islands around the equator and poles…

Euro Truck Simulator 2 adds Geralt Of Rivia in a free update

I've sometimes joked that sandbox haulage RPG Euro Truck Simulator 2 is The Witcher 3 for truckers. I feel vindicated now. Thanks to a recent beta patch with only "voice for navigation" listed as a feature, you can have everyone's favourite white-haired monster hunter guide you to your destination. It's not just Geralt, of course, but a range of sat-nav voice options, three of which are…

R-Type Final 2 blasts off and into crowdfunding

The classic R-Type series is on the way back, or at least it will be if ex-Irem developers Granzella can raise ¥45,000,000 (£328,894, roughly) on Kickstarter to develop R-Type Final 2. Development is headed up by a team of original R-Type series veterans, including director/producer Kazuma Kujo. They've got the old band back together on their mission to dethrone Final Fantasy as king of the…

Barkley 2 is approximately 85% dead after developer schism

The good news is that extremely silly and successfully Kickstarted action-RPG Barkley 2 is still in development, despite rumours of its absolute demise. The bad news is that according to developers Tales Of Game's latest Kickstarter update, development has been slowed to a crawl by most of the staff leaving. Offering a ballpark estimate, remaining developer and voice of the team's Twitter account "Bhroom" estimates…

Abandon Ship foolishly sails to the Spider Islands

I don't care how great a pirate you are, there are some ideas that are just bad, and sailing to the Spider Islands is one of them. Unfortunately, they're the next port of call for nautical FTL-alike Abandon Ship, along with two more new, horrible-sounding locales; Cannibal's Lurk and Peril's Cauldron. Fireblade Software's early access game of fantastical ship-management and poor life decisions is still…

BitSummit 7 Spirits and its treasure trove of trailers

Post-human martial arts, Paper Mario with bugs, hacking and slashing through Celtic myth and dogfights against gigantic anime sky-fortresses, oh my! We're a week and change from E3, but that's where all the big-budget safe-bet games are going. If you're after something a little more out there, BitSummit 2019: 7 Spirits is where you should be looking. Opening tomorrow in Kyoto, Japan, it's an eastern-focused…

Katana Zero cuts deep with a brutal Hard Mode update

Katana Zero was a lovely game -- a side-scrolling samurai Hotline Miami -- but perhaps a little on the short side. Ending on a maddening cliffhanger, developer Askiisoft says there's more levels and story in the works as free DLC. Until then, they're putting players through the wringer. Two new modes were added in a big patch yesterday, Speedrun mode and Hard Mode. The former…

Sigil, John Romero’s fifth episode for Doom, is out now for free

Nearly a quarter-century after The Ultimate Doom added episode four -- Thy Flesh Consumed -- to the genre-defining FPS, original Id developer John Romero gives us a fifth for free; Sigil. Nine new levels for the original Doom, so no super shotguns or (thankfully) Revenants. It's pointedly old-school demon-slaughter, claustrophobic and dark, with a look that never strays too far from the original game. While free…

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