New Spiderweb RPG Avadon 3: The Warborn Released

Spiderweb Software’s RPGs aren’t ‘retro’ – Jeff Vogel has been doing this since 1994. ‘Old school’ might be it. Look, I’ve quibbled over terminology enough for today so let’s skip to: whatever you call them, it’s a niche Spiderweb revel in. Today the two-person studio released their latest fantasy RPG, Avadon 3: The Warborn [official site]. It’s the conclusion to the Avadon trilogy, not to be confused with either of Spiderweb’s two Avernum trilogies nor their remake of the first Avernum trilogy. No getting confused now, okay. If you fancy ‘aving a go at turn-based questing, Avadon 3 has a demo too.

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FIFA 17 Out Today, Lets You Try The New Journey Mode

There’s a FIFA 17 demo available for download. It includes twelve teams to play in friendly matches, but also a taste of the game’s new ‘Journey’ mode. This is where you take control of a single young footballer and try to guide them to stardom, complete with Mass Effect-style dialogue wheel during cutscenes. I’ve had a play.

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Toxikk Brings Throwback FPS Thrills, Demo And All

After twenty-odd months on Steam Early Access, throwback arena FPS Toxikk [official site] properly launched last night. It’s hugely inspired by ’90s and ’00s shooters like Unreal Tournament and all their hard-fraggin’, to the extent that it’s basically remade Deck16. Developers Reakktor Studios are hardly hiding their influences. If you too fancy zipping around with fancy movement tricks and zoppyzapping with zoopyzappers, hey, you can try Toxikk for free. Yes, it has that most ’90s of features: a generous demo.

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Wizard Battle: Smite Adding First PvE Mode This Week

You’ll have noticed the “No more than nine wizards at a time” handwritten sign in the corner shop window. It’s common knowledge that ten wizards together will inevitably brawl over some Ancient, Nexus, Titan, pick ‘n’ mix, or goodness knows what. Here’s a secret: five wizards are just as unsafe, as they’ll group up on an ‘epic quest’ and wander the neighbourhood to fight something, anything. ‘PvE’, they call it. A bloody nuisance, I say. Last night I found five steaming wizards tangled in my washing line shouting e.g. “It’s casting Root!” and “Watch the adds!” while swatting at the peg bag.

Citizens, be alert. Smite [official site] is adding its first PvE mode this week, and the five-wizard arena battles of Xing Tian’s Mountain will only encourage that rabble.

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Free Loaders: Super Blood Hockey Is Pucking Violent

As we all know, ice hockey was discovered accidentally in 1923 when Theodore Hockey attached two knives to his boots in an effort to make ice farming more efficient. He discovered that competing farmers would often attack each other and the sport of ice hockey was born. Almost a century later, we are thrilled to see that the sport has come a long way. And there’s now a videogame that remains faithful to Mr Hockey’s violent vision, full of blood, punching and goals.

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Halo? Is It PC You’re Looking For? Halo 5: Forge Is Out

Forge! Huah! What is it good for? More than you might think. Halo 5: Forge has arrived free on Windows 10 and while it’s not full Halo 5 with the FPS’s campaign and all its multiplayer jazz and whatnot, it’s more than the level editor it initially seems. I mean, yes, it does have a level editor, but also it also supports 16-player online Halo action with the Arena multiplayer mode and player-made modes and minigames. Forge is a bit like a basic Garry’s Mod, and that’s no bad thing for a freebie.

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Norks Out: Homefront Revolution’s Free Steam Weekend

The full version of Homefront: The Revolution [official site] is free to try on Steam this weekend and sure, I’ll bite. Our John’s review talked plenty about bugs and bad AI, but he also found a lot to like in the open-world FPS. Yup, it sounds like the sort of game I’d like to try a couple of hours. This weekend trial comes on the heels of another patch boosting performance and fixing bugs so hey, I guess freeloading latecomers like me get a better first experience that people who paid money for it at launch. Sorry, you lot.

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