Friday, September 20, 2019

No Money, No Problem!

Want to play awesome new games, but already feel the bottom of your wallet? No worries, we got you covered! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends:


RUNE II (Deathmatch Beta)
With the November 12 release date of RUNE II approaching, warriors itching for some bloody Viking action can join the RUNE II Beta starting this Friday September 20 and runs through September 22. Gamers will be able to access the Deathmatch Beta by visiting the RUNE II EGS store page and installing the demo for free. Both Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes can be accessed in the Beta session during specific times (check the website)


6 x Batman at Epic Games
Don't forget to visit the Epic Games website this weekend to pick up your free game. Oh wait, let me rephrase that; Don't forget to pick up your 6 free games! And that's not all, who is the main character in all six games? BATMAN! This is going to be an exciting weekend!


Rockstar Game launcher
Did you hear  that Rockstar released their very own  game launcher? The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows you to quickly and easily access your Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place. And for a limited time, install the Rockstar Games Launcher and claim a free copy of the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. For more details, visit https://support.rockstargames.com


Funcom’s Conan games (free Steam weekend)
In celebration of the Conan franchise and in order to display the evolution of all three titles, Funcom has together with Steam today made survival game Conan Exiles, MMO Age of Conan and the RTS game Conan Unconquered available to play for free for a limited time.


Neo Cab (demo)
Is your rideshare driver more than just a star rating? Have you ever stopped to consider how their day is going? Fellow Traveller and Chance Agency are excited to announce their emotional survival game of rideshare driving in an AI-driven world, Neo Cab, will be arriving on October 3rd. It will be coming to both PC (Windows, Mac) at $14.99 USD and Nintendo Switch at $19.99 USD. Players are also invited to try Neo Cab in a new demo on Steam or Nintendo Switch! How will you manage your emotions under pressure?


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Road to Spiel: Most Wanted!

Join our Reporting Meeple on his Road to Spiel 2019 in the analogue land full of Cardboard.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; Spiel Essen 2019 is nearly upon us! Like last year, I will highlight the newest games from, in my humble opinion, some of the very best publishers coming to the biggest board game event in the world. With an astonishing 86.000 square meters filled with 1200 exhibitors from over 53 different countries, Spiel Essen 2019 is set to receive 190.000 gaming enthusiasts!

That being said, let’s start my Road to Spiel 2019 with six (because a dice has six sides) of my Most Wanted board games. Now, if you see me coming at Spiel, duck for cover! I want to play these games so bad that I will not shy away from using some good elbow work when some unfortunate visitor stands in my way. Believe me; in Carmageddon style (without the car) I will race towards these publishers and damn hot games with no mercy for anyone. I’m sorry… no wait… I’m not!


Quined Games - Hall 3 booth M117
Ever since I played the prototype of Terramara, a few month ago, I am truly excited about this game. Set in an ancient Northern Italian village, this game features worker placement and an interesting modular board system.


Capstone Games - Hall 2 booth C102
Maracaibo by Capstone Games is set in the 17th century Caribbean. When I also tell you that this game springs from the mind of Alexander Pfister, you know you are in for a treat.


Alderac Entertainment Group - Hall 3 booth K107
I especially selected this game because I am a sucker for environmental themes games. Ecos: First Continent is a game in which can witness the formation of our Earth all over again. Sounds cool, right?


Portal Games - Hall 3 booth O118
As some of you may know, I was (and still am) a big fan of the computer game Settlers. So can probably imagine that Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North and its expansion Japanese Islands by Portal Games is something I am truly excited for.


Board&Dice - Hall 2 booth C112
Board & Dice, the developers of last year’s hit Teotihuacan, will bring a more pronounceable title with them to Spiel: Sierra West. I saw modular boards and alternate paths to victory, revolving around the adventures of some rough pioneers in the late 1840’s, so I’m definitely in!


Stonemaier Games - Hall 3 booth E102
Stonemaier Games will bring their game Tapestry along for the ride; a civilization game designed by Jamey Stegmaier himself and illustrated by Everdell artist Andrew Bosley. It looks so awesome and people who know the work these two gentlemen did in the past, will also know that we need no further explanation why this game is on my list!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Woop! Woop!

Woop-woop!
That's the sound of da police!
Woop-woop!
That's the sound of This is the Police 2 out now on iOS and Android!

Things are not looking good for the new sheriff, Lilly Reed. Sharpwood, her town, is a violent and harsh place. She's not respected by her subordinates and has a hard time as a young woman, to keep the department together. Can you help her fight crime and corruption and keep the citizens of Sharpwood safe? 


This Is the Police 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed This Is the Police, and both games are top sellers on PC and consoles with millions of players around the world. This Is the Police 2 adds even more to the successful brand with a complex tactical mode, that will keep players challenged and entertained for hours.

This Is the Police 2 is a mixture of the adventure, strategy and management genres, in a grim, adult scenario. While trying to run the Sheriff's department against all odds, you'll dive into a deep crime story about corruption, hate, and violence. On the strategic layer, you'll manage the department, deploy officers on emergency calls, make meaningful decisions with a strong impact on the story and try to balance your scarce resources. The most important missions will be played out in a demanding tactical, turn-based mode, where you carefully position your cops and try to arrest the suspects. But beware, just one bullet can end an officer's life. So simply kicking in the front door might not be the best idea ...


This Is the Police 2 is out now on Android and iOS devices. It's a premium title, priced at 7,99€ EURO / $7.99 US / £6.99 UK and has absolutely no microtransactions, no in-game ads, no loot boxes or other gambling. Just a great game.

Friday, September 13, 2019

No money, no problem!

Want to play awesome new games, but already feel the bottom of your wallet? No worries, we got you covered! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends:


A Plague Tale: Innocence (free trial)
A Plague Tale: Innocence - start the most emotional journey of the year for free today! Focus Home Interactive and Asobo Studio invite you to begin the harrowing, emotional, and brilliant adventure that is A Plague Tale: Innocence with the free trial, available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. And by the way, it's Focus Home weekend at Steam, that means 85% off all games of this publisher from September 12 till 16.


Trials Rising DLC and free demo
The second Trials Rising DLC, Crash & Sunburn, is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and Uplay + from today. There is also a new season available, Welcome to the Future, including two new tracks, customization items and soon a Halloween event. In addition, from today a free demo is also available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Nintendo Switch. For more info, please visit the official website.



Rugby 20 Closed Beta
BIGBEN and Eko Software are pleased to announce that the first phase of the closed beta has begun for the Rugby 20 game, the final version of which will be released on January 23, 2020. The beta is now available for all players who pre-order the game in the PlayStation ™ Store and the Xbox Store. For more info, please visit the official website.




DemonsAreCrazy
DemonsAreCrazy – an action-packed, atmospheric MOBA for PC – has left Early Access and is now available as a full Steam release. Boasting a stunning rendition of Hell – with top-notch character designs, elaborate environments, and multiple gameplay styles to choose from – DemonsAreCrazy has players kill mobs and defeat demonic bosses in the “Seven Sins” PvP arenas, specialty PvE events, and several boss hunt campaigns.


And last but not least, there is a lot to do in GTA Online.



Friday, September 06, 2019

Sneak Peak: Atomicrops!

(by Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee)

Just before the weekend our leading lady, Diana a.k.a. DumeeGamer, shared a trailer of an upcoming game Atomicrops. It looks funny and chaotic and it's in alpha stage. So let's check it out!

Atomicrops is an action rogue-lite farming simulator. You've inherited a farm and at the moment you start living there, a nuclear blast happens. Your farm is now the only source of food for you and your neighbors, but also  constantly under threat from wild animals who like to have a carrot or two for themselves.


The first thing that popped into my mind during my first play-through was that this game needed a tutorial. Don't get my wrong, the game play is logical and intuitive. But after my first defeat I wanted to buy new seeds and I had no idea how to get new seeds for my garden. Luckily for me, the next day there was an update available and what do you know? A tutorial was added! Lucky me!

Atomicrops can be a bit overwhelming but let me assure you, you get the hang of it before you know it. Plus you can upgrade and use the help from your lovely wife (if you married one) and/or recruit animals so you can automate farming tasks!


After playing a couple of rounds, I'm convinced that this game is filled with all kinds of crazy and because of everything that is happening (at the same time) it's definitely chaotic. (and this might be a coincidence, but the bunny enemy actually reminded me of 80's hero Jack Rabbit)

Let's come to an end with this excellent Early Acces trailer of Atomicrops:



No money, no Problem!

Want to play awesome new games, but already feel the bottom of your wallet? No worries, we got you covered! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends:


Tribes of Midgard (open beta)
Tribes of Midgard, the cooperative survival game from Norsfell where up to 10 players fiercely fight Giants during Ragnarök, will hold its second open beta on Steam from Sept. 5 at 4:00 AM ET until Sept. 9 at 11:59 PM ET. New features to improve the quality of life in Tribes of Midgard include a skill tree persisting through death to allow for permanent abilities and class specialization, as well as added difficulty settings, equipment, and foes. For more info, please visit the official website.


The Solasta: Crown of the Magister (demo)
The Solasta: Crown of the Magister Kickstarter campaign begins today and will end in one month, on October 4. Specifically created for Kickstarter the Solasta: Crown of the Magister demo sets players up with a party of four preset characters who will embark on an hour-long adventure into the mystical realms of Solasta giving players a sneak peek at a story that spans across multiple worlds. This game is developed by Tactical Adventures.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Closed Beta)
The Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Beta that can be played from September 5 to 8 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC is now available for pre-loading. Access to the beta is for players who have pre-ordered the game, UPLAY + subscribers, players who have participated in Online Technical Tests, and randomly selected players who have registered at ghostrecon.com/beta. Closed beta players have the opportunity to participate in Man Down, a special in-game charity event to raise money for Child’s Play. More can be found at the official website.


Steep Season 10: Breakpoint
Steep Season 10: Breakpoint is now available for free until October 1, 2019. After Steep first dedicated a season to a completely different game, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, there is a brand new crossover and this time with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Among other things, players have the option to unlock exclusive Nomad equipment. For more info, please visit the official website.


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

We Were Here Together releases October 10!

Brave the Antarctic outdoors and the haunted Castle Rock, puzzle your way to freedom!

We Were Here Together has a release date – it will be released on October 10, for PC on Steam. The latest entry in the We Were Here series is the largest game so far, starting out at the expedition base camp and taking players through a series of stunning outdoors environments leading up to a return to Castle Rock.

Watch the We Were Here Together by Total Mayhem Games release date reveal trailer here:


We Were Here Together
Can you work together with your coop partner to solve the puzzles of this digital escape room, and uncover the mysteries of Castle Rock?

Starting out at the research base camp, you’ll need to figure out a way to get to Castle Rock together. Once you’ve overcome the frozen Antarctic wastes, you'll find yourselves separated inside the castle itself, facing puzzles, secrets, and dangers.


The earlier games in the series have entertained more than 2,000,000 people, and We Were Here Together is the largest entry in the series so far! Don’t worry if you haven’t played the two earlier titles – each We Were Here game is standalone, so you can play them in any order.

There are several innovations in We Were Here Together which will thrill returning fans and immediately grab first time visitors to the inhospitable Antarctic mystery.


  • Even closer coop – you won’t always be split up from your partner this time. Explore together, swap roles in puzzles for a different perspective, it’s up to you! Just don’t get too comfortable… Castle Rock has some tricks waiting for you…
  • The great Antarctic outdoors – puzzle outside Castle Rock for the first time, from the deceptively cosy expedition basecamp through imposing sub-zero valleys to breath-taking frozen caves.
  • Gadgets won’t save you - but they might help! Figure out how to use new equipment like torches to solve puzzles and progress towards the fateful finale.


Also Project Lead Lucia de Visser says: “This is our biggest visit to Castle Rock yet, and for the first time we get to introduce players to the picturesque Antarctic outdoors! We are also looking forward to sharing more of the history of Castle Rock, by fan request. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that there will be a significant reveal involving the Jester…”

Our very own Diana and Dyllis have played the demo of this game during Indigo.