Showing posts with label Action-Adventure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Action-Adventure. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2020

World War Z, Figment and Tormentor x Punisher Free on Epic Games Store Now

For this week, Epic Games Store is offering free copies of World War Z, Figment and Tormentor x Punisher on PC.

Slowly closing in on Q1 2020, Epic Games is cranking up their weekly dose of free games giveaway on digital storefront for PC platform, Epic Games Store and their most recent lineup looks most promising so far this year.

Epic Store has revealed their lineup for this week, which includes World War Z, Figment and Tormentor x Punisher. Anyone with a free account on EGS can add these titles to their library before April 2, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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World War Z, Figment and Tormentor x Punisher Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Having WWZ to this week's freebie list was truly a huge surprise from developer Saber Interactive and publisher Mad Dog Games. A successor Left 4 Dead series, this co-op shooter title is based on a 2013 zombie-horror movie.

Enter a strange landscape where thoughts and memories from our head reside in action-adventure game Figment and then engage in a musical journey to a quirky hand-drawn world fighting creatures of nightmarish dreams.

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Indie arena shooter Tormentor x Punisher offers a unique proposition to be killed by one hit, whether it is bosses or you. Therefore, your enemies will set different traps to delude you and demons will try to outsmart you for survival.

Announcing their upcoming freebie titles ahead of next week, first-person indie game Gone Home from The Fullbright Company and acclaimed action-adventure title Hob by Runic Games will arrive at Epic Games Store from April 2, 2020.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Outer Wilds Coming to Steam

Acclaimed indie title Outer Wilds will be heading to Steam in June after its timed exclusivity at Epic Games Store.

One of last year's widely acclaimed releases, action-adventure game Outer Wilds made its debut on PC via Epic Games Store and Xbox One. Following a May 2019 release, this sci-fi RPG has made its way to PlayStation 4 console in October.

After spending a year of timed-exclusivity period at Epic Store, Windows PC version of the game is coming to Steam on June 18 and players who waited for its launch on Valve's launcher can finally get it on their preferred outlet later this year.

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Outer Wilds Coming to Steam

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Outer Wilds sends players on a space exploration journey as a trainee alien voyager in their first mission. While you are at it, try wandering around to explore the planet and everything within nearby solar system to discover their secrets.

Though in every 22-minute, its local sun goes supernova and kills you only to play from start, creating a loop like Groundhog Day. All you can do is to use your each playthrough to gather clues and figure a way out of this mysterious circle.

RELATED: GTA 6 Websites Updated Before Rumored Reveal

When initially launched at crowdfunding site Fig, developers promised that backers on PC platform would receive redeem keys for Steam but it ended up becoming a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store ahead of release, angering fans.

Nearing end of development phase, indie studio Mobius Digital has partnered up with publisher Annapurna Interactive in March 2018. They even associated with Microsoft Studios for a day-one release on Xbox Game Pass service.

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Annapurna Interactive has released a brand-new trailer today as well to celebrate its upcoming Steam launch.




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Mobius Digital is seemingly not offering any extra features or incentives for their multiple accolades winner title of 2019 so far. Nevertheless, players can still have a good time with non-combative gameplay and some space exploration.

Outer Wilds is not yet priced yet on Steam and currently not available for pre-order but you can add it to your wishlist. In general, this game is sold for $24.99 only on other storefronts and most likely to cost the same for Steam release.

Monday, March 23, 2020

GTA 6 Websites Updated Before Rumored Reveal

Rockstar updates website domains related to Grand Theft Auto 6 shortly before a rumored reveal date.

Over past few years, there have been heaps of rumors on highly- anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI none of which came out to be true. One recent rumor claims that developer/publisher Rockstar Games is going to reveal GTA 6 on March 25, 2020.

While this rumored reveal date gets closer, all sorts of gossips starts flying online and lately, some new changes noticed by players have added fuel to that fire when Rockstar has updated domain names associated with upcoming GTA VI.

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GTA 6 Websites Updated Before Rumored Reveal

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In general, websites that are somehow related to Grand Theft Auto 6 used to redirect their traffic to Rockstar Games official website but that has changed most recently and now is showing an error message to all of its viewers.

If you dig a little deeper, you will see that GTA VI domain was last updated on March 23, only days before its rumored reveal. Usually, companies do this when their website is ready to launch and Rockstar typically does this to announce IPs.

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Reddit user bozidarilic has shared these findings on multiple domain names like GTAVI and GTA6.

gtavi.com does not redirect to Rockstar Games site anymore. Site updated today... from r/GTA6


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Previously, Rockstar updated websites for Bully and Red Dead Redemption but same didn't happen for GTA 6 just yet. In past, they changed yellow color of their logo into red to tease announcement for Red Dead Redemption 2.

Since none of that teasing happened so far, fans should probably watch out for more hints in coming weeks. There are heavy rumors of Grand Theft Auto 6 to be set in Vice City with a single protagonist but noting is confirmed by anyone.

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This could all be simply a close coincidence, where these dates have unintentionally rallied up too close and Rockstar probably was doing regular updates for their websites as usual, which has nothing to do with GTA 6 in any way.

If somehow Rockstar Games ends up revealing Grand Theft Auto VI in next few days, GTA fans worldwide will go crazy. Nevertheless, it would be wise for everyone to take things with a grain of salt at this point and calmly wait for a reveal.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store offers PC version of Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable for free giveaway this week.

In an ongoing promotion of their digital distribution storefront, Epic Games is adding new and exciting titles on Epic Games Store for PC platform to offer as freebie that anyone can claim to own forever with just a free account.

This week, Epic Store has picked up action-adventure game Watch Dogs and interactive walking simulator The Stanley Parable to giveaway. These two giveaway titles are absolutely free to grab until March 26, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable Free on Epic Games Store Now

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The Stanley Parable is first-person exploration experience from developer/publisher Galactic Cafe. Players relieve a paradoxical story of Stanley that is a mysterious journey of a lifetime as it will take time to even make any sense at all.

Watch Dogs lets you step into the shoes of a brilliant hacker named Aiden Pearce, who is seeking vengeance for death of his niece. In a hyper-connected Chicago, he operates through advanced computer network to find her killer.

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Ever since Ubisoft has shifted over to Epic Games Store, their recent releases remained exclusive to the outlet. There is a chance that they would offer up Watch Dogs 2 at some point before launch of Watch Dogs: Legion.

Epic Store has already announced action-adventure game Figment and indie arena shooter title Tormentor x Punisher as their next giveaway titles for upcoming week that would become available to claim from April 26, 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Control: The Foundation DLC Release Date

Remedy Entertainment will be releasing The Foundation, first-ever paid DLC expansion for Control on March 26.

One of the most heavily praised release of last year, action-adventure game Control from developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games made a decent debut on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Remedy has yet to explore many distant parts of Oldest House through additional post-launch content and a brief teaser trailer on social media recently announced March 26 release date for The Foundation, first paid DLC of Control.

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Control: The Foundation DLC Release Date

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Latest teaser features a conversation between protagonist Jesse Faden and most probably, security chief Simon Arish. She is worried for Head of Operations Helen Marshall, who went missing nearing end of story mode campaign.

She would likely to head to Black Rock Quarry, which is supposed to be a foundation for Oldest House. Given how Federal Bureau of Control headquarters keeps dealing with weird stuffs, a mysterious new journey awaits Jesse for sure.

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Only two weeks left to release, teaser for The Foundation expansion gives away details that are pretty vague.


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Remedy has rolled out a photo mode update as well as end-game mode Expeditions for free last year. The Foundation, however is their first major expansion pack and will get at least one more follow-up DLC titled AWE later.

The Foundation DLC will arrive first on PS4 as a standalone purchase and owner of Season Pass will receive it for free. Players on PC platform and Xbox One console will eventually get their hands on the expansion on a later date.

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

Latest free monthly content update Heart of Fire for Sea of Thieves adds new Tall Tale, weapons and more.

Due to last minute discovery of an issue, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios had to push back release of latest Heart of Fire monthly content update by a couple of days for 2018 action-adventure title Sea of Thieves.

Heart of Fire free update is now rolled out on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One for eager pirates to let them take on new voyages, experience story-driven Tall Tales, earn Pirate Legend status, rewards and much more.

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Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

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Before going in-depth of major features added in Heart of Fire update, take a look at its official trailer below.




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This month, Duke is handing out special Athena's Run voyages only for Pirate Legends on behalf of Pirate Lord. It will send them in quest for precious treasures and if you are not legendary yet, tag along as part of someone else's crew.

You can be part of this adventure even if you are non-Legend and have spoils of riches to cash them in to mysterious stranger. Or you can go up against a Pirate Legends to take them down, instead of working together and steal their loot.

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Clash of Pirate Legends

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Pirate Lord encourages everyone to look for Athena's Treasures that includes objects like chalice of ancient fortune and keg of ancient black powder and more, which earns you gold and invaluable Athena's Fortune reputation.

Exchange enough treasures with mysterious stranger to unlock Commendations and Ghost ship cosmetics. Heart of Fire update also introduces throwable explosive weapons Blunderbomb and Chainshot to use against hostile enemies.

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Earn Rare Treasures

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Newest Tall Tale mission picks up from Seabound Soul storyline as Sir Arthur Pendragon is still seeking for location of Captain Flameheart at Devil's Roar to save souls of his lost crewmates, with two-timer Stitcher Jim following his trail.

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire free update adds fresh cosmetics, emotes and pets to Black Market. Much-requested Royal Sea Squirrel set has recently arrived on Pirate Emporium and there are discounts on many select items.

Naughty Dog Needs to Work on Its Crunch Culture

Employees working at Naughty Dog are reaching limits of their "crunch culture" to release The Last of Us Part II.

In video game industry, "crunch" or working extra hours out of your regular schedule to meet deadline is an unavoidable term for most companies even though they are extremely frowned upon by loyal fans and game journalists.

According to new reports from Jason Schreier of Kotaku, developer studio Naughty Dog tends to encourage workplace crunch culture to its team just to get their game complete in time, including upcoming The Last of Us Part II.

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Naughty Dog Needs to Work on Its Crunch Culture

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Schreier talked to a bunch of past and present employees of the studio under anonymity to learn that Naughty Dog used crunch culture in many of their past game development cycle and it started to get messy with TLoU Part 2.

People who work there are content under current management team and although they don't outright tell anyone to work overtime, there is a sub-textual implication of getting the job done at all costs, says a former developer.

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When they had to delay The Last of Us Part II to May 2020, it was simply because game director Neil Druckmann thought the game was not up to Naughty Dog quality yet and needs more polish to avoid narrowing original vision.

Therefore, this delay announcement did not put developers at ease and they had to go double as hard. This timely postponement has only helped narrowly avoid a messy situation among studio employees that was almost inevitable.

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In some cases, Naughty Dog doesn't even try to hide their workload and looks for individuals that are willing to work extra hours. New staffs are encouraged to work longer periods just to try and make things close to perfect.

Some developers are hoping for The Last of Us 2 to fail just so it could prove that poor working conditions don't work, which seems unlikely for a game that is praised in all preview events and a studio known for their approach to perfection.

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This cycle of extensive pressure force employees to crunch hard until Naughty Dog ships a game that scores great. Once it starts generating bonuses, senior employees leave studio and thus, creating a cycle of recruiting and departures.

Last year, there were reports of Rockstar Games pushing developers for 100 hours of work weeks during development of Red Dead Redemption 2 just to launch it in time, which got rave reviews and sold pretty well on all platforms.

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Crunch culture has always existed in game industry but only came under fire when reports started exposing its brutal practices recently. Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red admitted that they have to crunch to get Cyberpunk 2077 out in time.

Video game industry is not doing away with its terrible crunch culture anytime soon unless of course customers start questioning on what does it cost to make their favorite entertainment products, so a serious change comes from within.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Breath of The Wild Players Beats Game Using Twitch Chat

Twitch streamer PointCrow lets viewers to take control via chat and beat Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Although letting a group of fans take control of a game seems like a crazy idea for many that started with Twitch Plays interactive stream in 2014, people can eventually finish an entire playthrough over time with collective efforts.

Most recently, Twitch audience has taken part in completing 2017 action-adventure game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This event was planned and hosted by PointCrow, who has beaten the game lately without walking.

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Breath of The Wild Players Beats Game Using Twitch Chat

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This time, PointCrow returned with a different idea and rigged his stream to let viewers take control via Twitch chat for every five minutes to perform various moves like backflips and parry and he would only take over at times.

PointCrow takes a backseat to lead his viewers to a variety of challenges to see if they could finish them in viable amount of time. Viewers were able to take down enemies or even a Guardian often times and sometime they just ran.

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He even motivates them to complete certain tasks by putting free subscriptions of his channel and gave out 20 subs when they did it. At one point, his audience managed to learn how to coordinate and perform Flurry Rush at enemies.

During original Twitch Plays Pokémon run, there were measures in place to make sure that the stream would be making progress anyhow and in that case, players would make democratic vote to determine course of in-game decisions.

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PointCrow has put together a highlight reel of this Breath of the Wild playthrough on YouTube channel as well.




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Instead of a bot putting those commands into game, having a person behind wheels is a much relatable experience. There were around 600 concurrent viewers that took part in this journey that took over 25 hours to complete.

Since you can fast travel to places in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it is possible for viewers to finish a regular run on their own. It took PointCrow's stream viewers nearly 17 hours to beat the game and Link died about 80 times.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Marvel's Spider-Man Easter Egg Refers to Ant-Man

Easter egg within Marvel's Spider-Man makes reference to Hank Pym, better known as superhero Ant-Man.

Aside from exploring many popular Marvel properties, 2018 PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game Marvel's Spider-Man from developer Insomniac Games has a lot of references to other movies and video games media.

Even after 18 months of its release, enthusiastic fans are still seeing new Easter eggs hidden in-game. Most recently, Reddit user SuperiorArachnid has pointed out an open nod to Hank Pym that he saw no one else mentioning so far.

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Marvel's Spider-Man Easter Egg Refers to Ant-Man

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This newfound Easter egg is an award recognizing technological achievements of OsCorp CEO Norman Osborn in medical science field. He won an accolade from Pym Foundation that is signed by Henry "Hank" Pym, original Ant-Man.

Norman has probably come up with these medical innovations to save his only son Harry Osborn from a terminal illness throughout entire plot. Hank Pym is known for discovering Pym Particle and probably has no idea what Osborn is up to.

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Though majority of Easter eggs in Spider-Man PS4 requires you to put a bit of hustle but this one is discovered fairly easily. If you have played through its story then you might recall playing "Step Into My Parlor" mission to spot this image.

Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Man broke into New York mayor Osborn's apartment in order to find any potential traces of his wrongdoing and players can see many of his achievements and awards hanging on wall of his living room there.

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Henry Pym Easter Egg

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Adding this sneaky little detail into a game only shows how deeply Insomniac Games cared about all related properties of Marvel. Many major AAA dev team or publication probably won't even care this much for that project to be successful.

According to a report from NPD Group, Marvel's Spider-Man became best-selling superhero video game of all time last year by outselling Batman: Arkham City and Sony is currently planning for a sequel to release on PlayStation 5 console.