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For the Black Friday 2020 sale, itch.io are giving 100% to developers

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While itch.io has given developers the ability to choose how much they give to the store for some time, for Black Friday 2020 the store is giving all developers 100% of sales.

Announced earlier this month, they mentioned that from "Midnight Pacific Time on 11/27 to Midnight on 11/28" so 8AM UTC today (27th) until 8AM UTC tomorrow (28th) they're not taking a cut from any developer. Game devs don't need to change anything, as it's automatic. The whole sale lasts longer though until Monday, 30th November at 6PM UTC.

Since itch.io is such an open store, where anyone can setup a page, finding good games can be a little difficult and overwhelming due to the amount of tech demos, game jam entries and more available. To help with that, here's a list of some awesome Linux games you should think about buying:

You can find all Linux games on sale on itch.io here.

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Amusing adventure game HIVESWAP: ACT 2 is out now

Thursday 26th of November 2020 08:30:43 PM

With no prior knowledge of the Homestuck web comic series needed, the second part of the video game adventure is out now with HIVESWAP: ACT 2.

"The artistry and humor of the golden age of adventure games meet hand-drawn 2D animation in this love letter to the point-and-click classics. Bizarre, beautifully illustrated alien landscapes and colorful characters make Alternia a joy to explore."


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You don't even need to play the first act, as it contains a nice in-game recap although you don't really get the full deal unless you do play through the first part, especially as it can take your decisions from the first game. The good news there is that HIVESWAP: ACT 1 is currently 50% off on Steam making it £2.79 until December 1 so don't miss out on a fun adventure series. There's going to be four parts too, so get stocked up ready.

For ACT 2, it looks to be another hit. A day since release and it's already rated "Very Positive" from Steam users, so that's a good sign for the next two episodes - hopefully they won't be another three years apart though.

You can find HIVESWAP: ACT 2 on Steam with 10% off until December 2. Only the first part is currently on GOG.

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Theme park building game Parkitect is getting 8-player online multiplayer

Thursday 26th of November 2020 04:36:34 PM

With the second year release anniversary of the great theme park building game Parkitect coming up, Texel Raptor had a quite a huge surprise ready.

Releasing on December 8 is the free cooperative online multiplayer mode. This is absolutely crazy considering the type of game it is, and one I can only imagine right now being ridiculously fun to play online with others. Eight people in total too, that's a lot of building that can get done. Texel Raptor mentioned you can see what everyone else is doing, and it's going to have a full online lobby system it seems too.

Check out the new multiplayer trailer:


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Releasing this as a free update is simply awesome too. Parkitect is already an absolutely beautiful game, one that really gave me a hit of nostalgia from the days spent playing Theme Park, Rollercoaster Tycoon and more but wrapped up in nice modern touches with really great building tools.

You can pick up Parkitect plus any DLC from Humble StoreGOG and Steam. It's 25% off on Steam until December 1, seems like the perfect time to grab it to me.

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A pirate quartermaster is a very quirky game about pirate life - Linux version now up

Thursday 26th of November 2020 02:33:38 PM

A pirate quartermaster from developer Ivan Armandy released back in October, and now it's available and supported directly on Linux too.

You're not the captain here, instead your job is to put yourself in the shoes of a quartermaster, the first mate of a pirate ship. Really though, you're responsible for everything and you will need to deal with the wishes of the captain and often contradicting their orders to appease the crew. The game has a surprising amount of everything, it's quite a detailed pirating adventure that needs you to learn and fast too. It even teaches you a little about sailing, in its own quirky fantasy sort of way. From setting up gun positions, to organising your crew, there's plenty of dialogue to read through and when it comes to ship to ship combat - it turns into a weird real-time typing game as you rush out orders to the crew.

Pictured - me scrambling to type "Fire" to beat the enemy ship.

Needing to type in the commands makes it surprisingly exciting, although it's an optional feature you can turn off if you find it too challenging. This is because you don't know when the orders are coming, and you have to pay attention to quite a lot going on at any one time. The captain isn't always right too, so you can choose to type out your own command if you think it would be better - but the captain's opinion of you will reduce if you keep doing so.

During the combat you can be boarded too, and this then turns the game into a simplistic form of beat 'em up. There's just so many little features crammed into it, such a genuine surprise. It's actually quite fascinating because of how thoroughly quirky it is. 

In addition to all the combat parts you're also managing crew, trading at ports, ensuring you have enough clean water and food, hiring new sailors, ensuring your ship is clean so you don't attract vermin and much more. Check out the original trailer below:


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Seems like an absolute diamond in the rough. A few minor text issues aside, it's quite an experience. 

You can buy it on itch.io and Steam. There's also a demo available.

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Bit - Animation Editor is now supported on Linux and it looks seriously slick

Thursday 26th of November 2020 11:30:24 AM

Bit - Animation Editor is a very interesting tool to help people compose and design animated pixel art. Created by the two-person Swedish indie game studio Morgondag, the team behind the 2015 chilled-out space odyssey RymdResa and the 2017 clicking-puzzler imprint-X.

Morgondag try to set it apart from other tools, mentioning clearly it's "not a drawing tool". You're not drawing pixel-by-pixel or anything like that. Instead, you bundle together all sorts of included assets to create something new and then export it ready for game engines for games, gifs and more.

The example they gave when announcing Linux support to us on Twitter was somewhat amusing too:

 

Here's what else they announced along with Linux support:

  • Linux Support
    Bit now works on Linux.
  • New free asset pack pack "Linux"
    22 new assets to play around with.
  • New example animation "Linux"
    A celebration animation for Linux.
  • New palette "Linux".
    See the palettes folder in the install folder for all available free palettes.
  • Mac Big Sur
    Some minor library updates for Big Sur.
  • Menu header
    Increased size for windows and Linux.
  • Consolidated Linux & Mac code-base
    Large code base cleanup to support more OS.
  • Import asset Mac
    Fixed a large import bug that could crash the app when importing PNGs on mac.
  • Mac file-picker
    Rewrote file-system dialog for Mac to remove some bugs when canceling an export.
  • Video Encoder
    Rewrote how frames and key-frame intervals are calculate to prevent crashed on large exports.
  • Update Steam SDK
    And added a welcome Linux achievement.

Want to see it properly in action? Check out their original reveal trailer:


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You can buy it on Steam.

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Chaotic track-building co-op game Unrailed! gets PC cross-play with the Switch

Thursday 26th of November 2020 10:36:13 AM

Have a friend or two that mainly play on the Nintendo Switch? Here's a good choice that you can now play with them with cross-play supported across Linux, macOS, Windows and now the Switch too.

In a short and sweet announcement, Indoor Astronaut and Daedalic Entertainment mentioned that as of the small update released on November 23 it's now all hooked up. So you can get building a train-track, chop down trees, do a little mining and have plenty of laughs with friends in Unrailed!

For those who haven't played it the idea is simple: build the track as far as you can, without letting your train fall of a get destroyed. It's a lot more difficult than it sounds, as you're against an ever-changing map along with various obstacles. As you progress you get to upgrade your train with better and more interesting parts like auto-mining, lights, faster building or more storage and lots more. The train gets gradually faster too, so the further you go the more challenging it is.


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Cross-play being a much more accepted thing on consoles now is really great for players, for too long games have been locked across various platforms. Whenever possible with the gameplay making sense for it, this should be the norm and not something special. Thankfully the industry is moving more towards that now.

Really fun co-op experience, and actually quite reasonable with the AI if you're quick enough to tell them what to do. If you're after a new co-op game we can recommend Unrailed!

You can buy it from Humble Store and Steam where it's 25% off on both stores until December 1.

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Kerbal Space Program 1.11 will let you fix up your craft during a spacewalk

Thursday 26th of November 2020 10:19:28 AM

Kerbal Space Program 1.11: Some Reassembly Required will be arriving later this Winter, with it some major new features and it sounds super exciting.

With it comes a new EVA Construction Mode, allowing your Kerbals to repair and reassemble your craft while outside. Just like a real spaceperson, you will do spacewalks and get to work. You will have similar tools as in the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Spaceplane Hangar with place, rotate, and move and you can visualize the center of mass, center of thrust, and the center of lift for a vessel. There's some obvious limitations like your range to parts, weight and more. The game is also not paused, so you have to try and not crash while doing so if your craft is moving.


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KSP will also be getting more lighting options with new lights parts including small physics-less lights to customize your crafts and a bunch of deployable lights too that have their own integrated solar/battery/LED system.

Really sounds like KSP 1.11 is going to be huge.

Buy a copy of Kerbal Space Program from Humble Store (75% off), GOG and Steam (75% off). With the current big discount on the game across Humble and Steam, it's a fantastic time to pick up an engrossing and detailed spaceship sim. Absolutely worth it.

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The fab strategy sim Mini Metro now has full Steam Workshop support

Thursday 26th of November 2020 09:56:00 AM

After recently expanding the game with a free update with Nigeria and Chile, Dinosaur Polo Club have given users another reason to come back to their excellent strategy sim.

This update comes six years after the original release, so it seems good things come to those who wait. Adding in Steam Workshop support, you can now make your own maps and share them with everyone. They also crafted detailed instructions on how to actually get map-making, which doesn't seem to be too complicated. Everything is done through plain JSON files with no special tools needed.

Pictured - the Tokyo: Mega Metro user map.

As the developer mentioned in a previous update post, we can expect more to come for Mini Metro. This appears to be the major featured mentioned, so we're now waiting on another map expansion to come. Pretty amazing how they've supported it for this long - it must be continuing to sell well.

You can buy Mini Metro from Humble StoreGOGitch.io and Steam. It's also 50% off on Steam for the Autumn Sale, this the cheapest price it has been on Steam so don't miss out on a fantastic game.

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Valve updates the Steam Linux Container Runtime for Proton 5.13, helps tools like MangoHud

Thursday 26th of November 2020 09:25:22 AM

With the Steam Play Proton 5.13 compatibility tool being a major upgrade, along with it now using the Steam Linux Container Runtime, it did come with some annoying issues that they're now trying to solve.

One of the problems was that since the Windows games are contained and isolated from your system, you couldn't then run tools like MangoHud or the post-processing layer vkBasalt. Valve have now updated the container systems, to allow them to import Vulkan layers from the host system. 

They also noted this about the new way it works:

The container does not have the same /etc or /usr as the host system, so not all system-wide configuration files will be available. For best results, use a configuration file in your home directory. Alternatively, there is a new environment variable PRESSURE_VESSEL_FILESYSTEMS_RO which can be used to pull in configuration files from other directories (although not /usr for technical reasons): for example you could use PRESSURE_VESSEL_FILESYSTEMS_RO="$MANGOHUD_CONFIGFILE:$VKBASALT_CONFIG_FILE".

You can see the full changelog for the original Scout runtime here, and the newer Soldier runtime here.

If you wish to try them out, you need to opt into the Beta of the Steam Linux Runtime and the Steam Linux Runtime - Soldier (the newer one), selecting the "client_beta" option from the dropdown.

For best results, you should also use the Steam Client Beta too.

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Steam Autumn Sale and the 2020 Steam Award Nominations are now live

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 08:52:38 PM

Get your wallets ready and your votes as two big events are happening and live now on Steam with both the Steam Autumn Sale and the 2020 Steam Award Nominations.

Firstly, let's talk about the Steam Awards. This is the fifth annual event, where users all across Steam can vote for their favourite games across different categories. The final voting will take place in December, with nominations running until December 1 at 5PM UTC.

The categories for this year are:

  • Game of the Year 
  • VR Game Of The Year
  • Labour Of Love 
  • Better With Friends 
  • Outstanding Visual Style 
  • Most Innovative Gameplay
  • Best Game You Suck At
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Outstanding Story-rich Game
  • Sit Back And Relax

The only category that doesn't have a release date for games attached is the Labor of Love, all others need to have been released after the 2019 Autumn Sale. You can go ahead and nominate titles over here. Oh and yes, it does include a nice Steam Profile Badge too.

Valve say the winners will be announced on January 3 at 6PM UTC.

As for the Steam Autumn Sale, you know the drill by now. Thousands of games just got super cheap, so be sure to look through your Steam Wishlist to see if you can pick something up you've been waiting on. As for some suggestions, here's a few semi-recent releases going cheap you can't miss out on:

Want more? Here's another 10 fantastic experiences from various genres we can easily recommend with big discounts:

Do let fellow GOL readers know in the comments what you think is absolutely unmissable with a good discount.

Valve also expanded their Points Shop with a bunch of Autumn Sale themed items. If you love customizing your profile there's some nice animated background artwork and avatar frames.

The whole sale runs through until December 1 at 6PM UTC.

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Metro Exodus is still planned to release for Linux and macOS

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 04:11:48 PM

4A Games have confirmed in an official 10th anniversary update post today that Metro Exodus is still going to release for Linux and macOS as well.

They gave a small overview in the post about what's been going on like celebrating the first release of Metro 2033 which arrived back in March 2010. Not only that, they recently got acquired by Embracer Group who also control Koch Media, Saber Interactive, THQ Nordic and others. Specifically, 4A Games are now an independently run subsidiary of Saber Interactive.

For people waiting on official Linux support for Metro Exodus, there's good news. While it has been confirmed for a while now, they have been somewhat quiet on it. When mentioning about bringing it to the latest consoles with the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 they also said this:

Aside from these enhanced versions for Gen 9, we recently brought Metro Exodus to more players through Amazon’s ‘Luna’ streaming service; and we’re also working on dedicated Linux* and Mac versions of the game. We’ll share more information about these closer to release.

*Emphasis ours.

Also confirmed is a new Metro game that is officially under development. They're not sharing anything on that, other than it being built for all modern tech as it's targeting PCs and the latest consoles. 4A also confirmed their commitment to "delivering a great story driven single player experience". On top of that, with Saber's help they're exploring a proper multiplayer Metro title but it's not clear if it will be part of the next Metro game or a title by itself.

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Re-live the experience of Half-Life with Black Mesa: Definitive Edition out now

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 01:45:26 PM

Black Mesa: Definitive Edition is the final big update to the re-imagined fan-made Half-Life game, and it's looking pretty awesome. Easily the best way to experience the first part of Half-Life.

Don't get me wrong, the original from Valve still has plenty of true charm but for modern audiences it's not the ideal way to try and get into it. Black Mesa (especially now with the Definitive Edition) makes it easier for a new generation to get invested into the crazy world that is Half-Life and experience the adventure of Dr. Gordon Freeman.

With the Black Mesa: Definitive Edition out now here's the highlights (patch notes here) of what to expect from it:

  • Massive polish and art updates throughout the game
    • Complete lighting and gameplay pass to the chapter “Power Up”
    • Complete redesign of second “On A Rail” map (map B)
    • Significant optimizations across the whole game that will improve performance on low to mid range PCs
    • Outdoor art passes for “We’ve Got Hostiles”, “On A Rail”, “Questionable Ethics”, “Surface Tension”, and “Forget About Freeman”
  • New shield and architectural art for Interloper
  • Full workshop support
  • Updated closed caption/translation files for: English, Spanish, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian and more on the way.

Some updated shots they shared from it:

While this is the final major update, there's still a few issues they're sorting through so expect minor patches. After this though, they're moving onto work on something new and not another remake either. They're clearly a talented bunch, let's see what they cook up next.

You can buy Black Mesa: Definitive Edition on Steam.

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340 or so days later and I am still lost in The Longing

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 12:17:28 PM

Remember the unique mix of point and click adventuring with an idle game in The Longing? It's supposed to have taken people 400 days to finish and it released back in March 2020 - to which I was impressed with it.

This is because when you start, a big timer at the top of your screen will count down from 400 real-time days. It's a painfully slow game, and one that's very much the anti-AAA shot some readers might be needing. It's all about loneliness, and the longing to know more and have more. It's such a thoroughly strange experience.

The Longing sits between a point and click adventure with an idle game. You can walk around, interact with things and explore for a while. However, certain parts of it force you to wait. You might need something to grow or get broken before you can pass, or even just opening a big door might take an hour or two. You can just quit and come back, and time will continue on so you don't need to have it open.

I decided quite early on I would wait it out, and wait I have. We're down to around 61 days left to find out what happens at the end this way and I'm a little sad. The Longing is such a peaceful experience that doesn't come along so often, I genuinely wish it was bigger and had a lot more to explore. That said, I'm still constantly lost in what's there already and even after 340 days or so, there's probably plenty I've missed. That's what's so good about The Longing, it's that mystery and the feeling of needing to know more but having to hold yourself and you intense curiosity back.

Being honest here, I feel a bit bad about forgetting my little friend Shade. All alone for hundreds of days in total, just standing and staring at the moss waiting for it to grow so I can harvest it to get a big stone face to talk to me. If anything, The Longing has taught me to value patience. Today for example, I explored a bunch of caves and found what might be the only other living creature in the whole underground system — a spider. I went to talk to my new friend, fell through its web and now it's building a new one somewhere else that looks like I might be able to use to climb to a new area.

I guess I'll come back and visit again tomorrow…

While it's supposed to take 400 real time days, there are ways to speed up the timer though. I won't spoil exactly how because I think with something like The Longing to wait and do the exploration yourself is truly needed. It does also have multiple endings so people will experience it differently. Really, The Longing is whatever you want it to be. Do you want to treat it like a big mysterious point and click adventure that lasts around 400 days? You could, however you could also hunt down every last possible encounter (of which there's quite a few) and try to find all the secrets. There's actually quite a lot to explore.

There's plenty of places out there with guides and spoilers and more, really I just wanted to remind readers on a unique experience that's really like nothing else right now. I really hope to see more games like this, as it's such a wonderful idea. My own personal journey in The Longing is now looking like it will end early in 2021.

You too can today begin your own 400 day journey with a copy from Humble StoreGOG.com and Steam.

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SteamOS-like couch gaming Linux distribution GamerOS expands with a new release

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 11:07:28 AM

Need an up to date Linux distribution for your living room big screen experience? GamerOS can fill that gap for you while Valve sit on SteamOS.

GamerOS is one of the easiest ways to get a full-screen Steam experience on a big screen, with no-fuss updates and a whole bunch of special tweaks to make it run as nicely as possible. Not only that, it has a bunch of extras to support other stores and platforms too.

With the release of GamerOS 21 the standard components included have been upgraded like the Linux Kernel 5.9.9, Mesa 20.2.2, NVIDIA 455.38, RetroArch 1.9 and updates to their Steam Tweaks and Steam Buddy apps too. Their Steam Buddy is web-based tool you use to manage non-Steam stuff, with these release it expanded to support the Atari Jaguar and PlayStation Portable through emulators. It also now has audio controls, it will generate banner images based on game titles when one isn't available, fixes gamepads not working with the Epic Games Store and more fixes.

This release of GamerOS also certifies more Steam games as playable, which they seem to directly test either through Linux ports or the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer, including:

  • Amnesia: Rebirth
  • Double Dragon IV
  • Darksiders III
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Golf With Your Friends

Also, check out the video from developer Alesh Slovak who presented at the 2020 Arch Linux conference:


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Find out more on the GamerOS website. You can also support GamerOS on Patreon.

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Tristam Island is a Infocom-inspired text adventure available on over 30 platforms

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 10:11:05 AM

Okay, now this is quite impressive. Tristam Island is a text adventure designed like old Infocom works and it's playable across more platforms than you might expect.

Developed by Hugo Labrande using modern, open source tools on Linux so naturally it has first-class Linux support. However, it's also available on over 30 other platforms too. From Linux to Windows, Amiga to Spectrum and even some calculators can run it. The technical details of it are just as impressive as the adventure you go on. The developer also supplies the plain ".z3" file to run in your favourite interactive fiction interpreter. It could run pretty much anywhere.

"After crashing your plane at sea, you end up drifting to a small island, with not much to survive. You explore, and find out the island was inhabited, years ago. But why did the people leave? And why is there a fence around the white house at the top of the hill?"

Pictured - Tristam Island on Linux with the supplied Lectrote IF interpreter.

While it's designed like a retro game, it's made with plenty of modern game design elements. Labrande mentions they tried to remove many of the frustrations commonly found in 1980s text adventures with "no hunger timers, no frustrating mazes, no blocking situations that force you to restart".

You can buy it on itch.io for $3.99 or try the demo.

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NVIDIA plan to support Linux with GeForce NOW using Chrome

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 09:48:46 AM

For a while now you've been able to stream games using NVIDIA GeForce NOW in your browser, however it looks like NVIDIA will be making that a bit more official for Linux.

Currently on certain platforms like Windows and macOS, NVIDIA have a dedicated downloadable application for their GeForce NOW streaming service. They expanded support into the browser for ChromeOS / Chromebooks in the Summer, which initially needed other platforms to spoof their browser string to ChromeOS but that hasn't been needed for a while.

In a recent announcement about support for GeForce NOW coming to iOS Safari, NVIDIA also talked about other platforms will be actually supported with playing in the browser. Here's the relevent bit:

The first webRTC client running GeForce NOW was the Chromebook beta in August. In the months since, we’ve seen over 10 percent of gameplay in the Chrome web-based client.

Soon we’ll bring that experience to more Chrome platforms, including Linux*, PC, Mac and Android. Stay tuned for updates as we approach a full launch early next year.

*Emphasis ours.

Still amusing and slightly annoying the Linux is not considered a "PC" which means Personal Computer. We can thank historic marketing for that on the whole "I'm a Mac I'm a PC" adverts, and even before that PC was used for the likes of IBM Personal Computer (IBM PC). Would be nice if developers started being clearer though and just say Windows.

Anyway…it's nice to see NVIDIA pay attention to Linux here. While it's true you can play it right now with a Chromium browser, having that all important officially supported status will be great. Just so you know when you have issues, especially if you're paying, that someone will be there to take a look.

Want to see how it runs on Linux? We've done videos on that before which you can see below:


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The experience right now hasn't really changed from those videos. It's still a bit of a nuisance to get going, especially as you need to deal with launchers like Epic Games Store and Origin with various logins, since it uses existing games. Personally, I find that Stadia gives a much smoother and better integrated experience overall. A nice option for those that want it though. More options are great.

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Jedi: Fallen Order arrives on Stadia, six new free games for Stadia Pro for December

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 09:25:26 AM

Google continues to boost their game selection with many fan favourites continuing to arrive on their Stadia game streaming service. They also have big plans.

As of right now, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available to buy on Stadia and it's 60% off at $23.99 / €27.99 / £23.99. The sale on that will end on December 3. They're also offering a free Stadia Premiere Edition (Controller + Chromecast Ultra) with pre-orders of Cyberpunk 2077 and I do have to admit I love the feel of my own Stadia Controller.

Stadia Pro, the optional subscription where you get 4K support in select titles and access to a growing selection of games to claim and play will be both adding and removing titles. On December 1, Stadia Pro subs will get these new games:

  • Into the Breach - One of the most pure and perfect tactics games ever.
  • HITMAN 2 - More missions, more disguises, and more stealth-action challenges from the World of Assassination.
  • Kine - Adorable robots make music together in this delightful and challenging puzzle game.
  • Monster Jam Steel Titans - BIG TRUCKS SMASHING THINGS! Monster Jam Steel Titans brings you all the car-crushing offroad action your heart desires.
  • Everspace - Space combat action meets a roguelike soul. Fly, die, fly again, and triumph!
  • Secret Neighbor - Six friends, one fraud. The tense, atmospheric horror of Hello Neighbor gets bigger in this multiplayer game of suspicion and survival.

However a few will also be leaving Stadia Pro on November 30 including: SUPERHOT, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Little Nightmares, Hello Neighbor, and Super Bomberman R Online. So if you do not claim them, you have to buy them.

As for the future of Stadia, well it seems Google remain committed to it. They recently opened it up to the first properly free to play game with Destiny 2 now open to everyone, the new profile system with messaging is live and they're clearly planning multiple years ahead (watch the videos in that previous link). On top of that, they've since outright confirmed new country support is coming for Europe this year, and in an interview with MobileSyrup they mentioned plenty more exclusives planned and they're tracking 400 games for Stadia over the next couple years.

Stadia also has a big sale on right now with lots of titles going cheaper, and if you have Stadia Pro there's multiple games that have a higher discount.

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Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 09:08:08 AM

This is your once a month reminder to make sure your PC information is correct on your user profiles. A fresh batch of statistics is generated on the 1st of each month.

We've now added questions for your refresh rate too, so check them out.

You can see the statistics any time on this page.

PC Info is automatically purged if it hasn't been updated, or if you don't click the link to remain in for 2 years. This way we prevent too much stale data and don't hold onto your data for longer than required. If this is still correct and it has been a long time since you updated, you can simply click here to continue to be included. If this isn't correct, click here to go to your User Control Panel to update it!

 

 

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Build your own ruler in the massive Crusader Kings III update out now

Tuesday 24th of November 2020 05:12:47 PM

Paradox has released the big 1.2 update to Crusader Kings III, with it comes a fun new feature that lets you properly design your initial ruler.

Since the release you've been able to step into the shoes of pre-set historical monarchs and leaders. Carrying their legacy on through the ages, and across the world. Now though, Paradox are giving us much more control over our game and our leader. You can now design them yourself with various options including appearance, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more with the results sometimes looking quite amusing. You start by choosing a location, then the option to design your own will be available.

Unlike how it was handled with Crusader Kings II, this is an entirely free feature added to the base game.

You can see this new advanced feature in action below:


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There's actually quite a lot of options you can tweak, which Paradox will likely need to spend a bit of time cleaning up as sometimes when you get right down into the new options it can end up causing some character model issues. Minor graphics glitches when you truly mess with all the slides aside, it's a really great feature and there's so many sliders to mess with to create your ultimate ruler.

You could make a picture of perfection like Eadric, and then you could also make Frank…867 was a tough year for Frank.

You get the point, you can change their entire appearance as well as give them all sorts of traits both positive and negative depending on how you want to play.

That's not all that's included though, there's plenty more in the 1.2 update like:

  • Kill List that tracks the executions, battle slayings, and (known) murders by characters in the game.
  • UI Improvements to the Dynasty view.
  • Military Improvements allowing you to attach armies to your main force and prevent raising levies in a province beyond its supply limit.
  • Siberian Paganism added to the game as a new Faith.
  • Ugly characters now have more exaggerated facial features.
  • Changes to rules and options. Nudity is now a game setting, not a rule. The rule set can now be configured to affect the frequency of AI matrilineal marriages.

I'm still quite enjoying my time playing CK III as if it were an RPG and less a huge strategy game, especially as it's far easier to get into than other previous historical strategy games from Paradox.

You can buy Crusader Kings III from the Humble Store or Steam.

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Deep survival game Vintage Story has my full attention with the latest expansion

Tuesday 24th of November 2020 02:00:59 PM

Vintage Story has a huge new version almost ready to release, with a couple of Release Candidates going up for the 1.14 release and it's looking awesome.

This is the survival game for those of you who love the blocky style of Minecraft but want something deeper, something much more complex and exciting. With full Linux support, Vintage Story is a good choice and the developer is definitely dedicated to their idea.

With the 1.14 update pulling in lots of often requested features including character customization, the "Steel Age" along with assorted items to build like a metal door and a mechanical powered Pulverizer building that can grind down things for you which looks awesome. Your body temperature now matters more too with clothing giving warmth, frost damage during harsh winters, lots of new blocks, new graphics with shader effects and lots more. Check out the new trailer:


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I have to admit though, I still haven't gotten very far despite dumping a good few hours into it now. Vintage Story is a slow game, one for people who don't like how other games rush through things. It's weirdly relaxing too. Although, with the new enemies shown off the exploration and combat is certainly about to get a whole lot more interesting. Scorpions with a sawblade on their tail - what the hell? You can find the full update notes here.

Once this update is out, the developer will be moving onto expanding the game in other areas. They have a poll up on their forum for users to vote on new features, and it looks like the "Homesteading" update is going to win which will bring in: fruit trees, alcohol, improved meals, more animals, more crops, birds, animal leashes and pies for the 1.15 update. 

You can buy it from Humble Store and the official site.

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