Bwaaaarp! Death Road to Canada honks out new update

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Nier: Automata mod offers fixes while devs investigate problems

Platinum’s Nier: Automata [official site] is a cracking game, our Adam will tell you, and from the 16 hours I’ve played I’d certainly agree. Sadly, technical problems are dragging it down for some — not all, to be clear — players. Issues include fullscreen mode upscaling wonkily, crashes, and unexpectedly poor performance. The Automata team have now issued a statement saying they’re investigating reports. But in the meantime, players have come up with some good fixes themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Evaluation: Oxygen Not Included

Every week we warp Brendan into the gaseous caverns of early access to see if he can find precious games worth playing in the gloom. This time, the subterranean space colonisation of Oxygen Not Included [official site]

Everything is covered in piss. When I branded my new space colony ‘Yellow Water Station’ I did so because I was prompted to come up with a suitable name for a settlement on the interstellar frontier. But all I could think of was how weird it is that astronauts drink their own recycled and purified urine. ‘Yellow Water Station’ was my puerile attempt at humour. I didn’t expect the new underground village I was building to accept its new moniker with such enthusiasm. Now everything is covered in piss, poisonous red gas is building up in the sleeping quarters, and there’s a dead body at the bottom of one of the aquifers.
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Rocket League gets Dropshot mode and Easter treats

Rocket League [official site] was already our favourite game of 2015 but today it finally becomes proper football with the addition of a new mode where players will smash a load of windows to score points. Dropshot is its name, and bopping the ball to break open goalholes in the floor of your opponent’s half of the arena is its game. Today also sees the start of Season 4 of competitive play and the addition of some silly fun Easter-themed items for cars to wear. Here, check out Dropshot in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Arma 3 details plans for Jets, Malden, Tanks, and more

Bohemia’s military sim Arma 3 [official site] is three years old but goodness me, it’s not slowing down. Bohemia have laid out their content plans for the next year, which include a free remake of Operation Flashpoint’s island of Malden, and paid DLC covering new jets, new gear, new missions, and so on, then creeping into early 2018 we’ll see more tanks rolling out. Busy year! A new video dev diary goes over the goods: Read the rest of this entry »

Radio silence: Ghost Recon Wildlands launches big patch

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [offiical site] has inhaled a big bag of fixes and tweaks today with the release of Title Update 2. They range from fixing the framerate while the game saves to adding an option to mute every radio in the game. Sure, Wildlands might be a small spin on an increasingly tired formula but it is one with co-op, and we don’t have many options for AAA-pretty open-world murderfriends. So yes, splendid, let’s shake off some of these bugs. Read the rest of this entry »

Pixeljam crowdfunding the extremely silly Cheap Golf

The very prolific Pixeljam (they of Dino Run) are having a bit of an experiment with Kickstarter. The crowdfunding site has recently started offering seven-day campaigns, and these guys are braving the format with a splendidly silly-sounding mini-golf game, Cheap Golf [Kickstarter page]. With lots of jokes. Oh, and even more bravely, they’ve set things up so you’ll receive reward tiers even if the campaign fails. Read the rest of this entry »

GOG Galaxy adding cloud saves, for old games too

Cloud saves and built-in screenshotting — two of my favourite Steam favourites — are coming to GOG Galaxy, the optional client from the virtuous virtual vendor of video games. Never needing to hunt down and back up saves or install FRAPS (or whatever the heck kids use these days) is still such a wonderful convenience. These features and more will come to GOG Galaxy when it officially leaves beta with Update 1.2 in April. Galaxy will even offer cloud saves for some old games not built to support them. I still mourn lost Planescape: Torment saves so this sounds grand. Read the rest of this entry »

Battalion 1944 is bringing the fight to EGX Rezzed

Battalion 1944 [official site] managed to get onto my good side within seconds of poring over the website for details. It does that by dispensing with buffs and unlocks, in an attempt to deliver a purely skill-based multiplayer shooter. It looks cracking too, with tight maps based on actual WWII locations. The proof, as ever, will be in the pudding though, and you’ll be able to taste that pudding at Rezzed next week. Square Enix Collective will be bringing the game and its developers, Bulkhead Interactive, to the show where you’ll be able to join in 4v4 matches.

I’ll be playing beforehand and will let you know how that works out next Thursday, both on the site and in person should you see me at Rezzed.

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NCsoft’s MOBA Master X Master adds City of Heroes star

Four years after NCsoft shut down City of Heroes, fans are still announcing new unofficial takes on its superhero MMORPG antics. NCsoft seem to have no plans for a new game of their own but they haven’t entirely forgotten it, as they’ve announced that iconic hero Statesman is coming to their crossover MOBA Master X Master [official site]. It’s not quite the CoH news one might hope for but hey, perhaps a nod is better than oblivion. If you rock yourself to sleep hugging your Statesman body pillow and dreaming of his Fist of Justice, hold on, he’s coming. Read the rest of this entry »

Techno-noir tactics: All Walls Must Fall hits Kickstarter

When I first saw All Walls Must Fall [official site], almost a year ago, I fell for its tech-noir setting and time-warping tactics immediately. Now it’s hit Kickstarter, with new info over on the page, and a playable alpha coming to backers in the near future.

Developed by three former Yager folks, who worked on Spec Ops: The Line among other things, it’s set in an alternate future where the Berlin wall is still standing in 2089. Kicking the fourth wall down, it asks you to steer a group of secret agents through one night in the city, as the music pounds and the bullets fly. It’s not all shooting and clubbing though – you can hack and charm your way through situations. The most important thing is that time is on your side. Quite literally. All is explained below.

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