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Vampire: The Masquerade, two new games announced

Created in 1991, The World of Darkness is without doubt one of the richest universe in terms of role-playing games. It is at the origin of several different games, all taking place in this same world, but staging different fantastic creatures.

And like many other tabletop role-playing games, it has originated a few video-game adaptations. The most notable is probably Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, featuring various clans of vampires who clash for power. Although it was recently revealed that its sequel, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, has been delayed, other eponymous roleplaying adaptations are currently under development.

The one that will be released the first is Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, which on the occasion of the PDXCon 2019, has announced its release date on PC. Developed by Draw Distance, Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York is a narrative solo game where you will embody a vampire from either the Camarilla or the Anarchs who are immersed in a struggle for power. Described as “Telltale-like” and highlighting a dark atmosphere, the game will put you in front of difficult choices, which will have an impact on the following events. Several options will be available to allow greater replayability. Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York will be available on PC from December 4, and should arrive on Nintendo Switch in early 2020. A version for Xbox One and PS4 is still under discussion.

The second game, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong was revealed last May during the Bigben Week. Developed by Big Bad Wolf, to whom we also owe The Council, we know very little outside his name, and its launch window, which is scheduled for 2021. Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong will be a narrative RPG in which an unknown threat could cause the fall of the Ivory Tower, and where we will embody three vampires from different clans of the Camarilla. However, we will have to wait to know more.

Fans of the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade must, in any case, be thrilled with no less than three games announced by 2021, including the highly anticipated Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

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Pirouette Review

The art of ice skating requires a fair amount of finesse, as can be seen in the new title Pirouette. Though the sport is a sight to behold, this title lands flat on its face.

Pirouette Review

Going for an arcade-like angle, the ultimate goal is to amass points and not screw up. A number of stars dot the ice, and every star collected is a point for the player. One can maximize their earning potential by grabbing spawning arrows, which enables a combo for a set period of time. Finally, nabbing a snowflake power-up clears up any patchy spots in the ice.

This is all simple stuff, and it is easy to pick up and play. However, the control scheme leaves something to be desired. The entirety of Pirouette uses a three button setup – the A key changes direction and speeds things up, the S key puts on the brakes, and the space key allows your tiny dancer to fly through the air and open up an umbrella.

However, one things start getting in motion, its awkwardness starts to show. Though we managed to nab ourselves a respectable score, little control is given to the player. It is far too easy to bump into one of the surrounding walls or come across some cracked ice. There is little margin of error, and crashing is not a pleasant feeling. Some might appreciate the difficulty curve, but it is not an intuitive system.

When paired with its roughshod aesthetics, the lasting appeal of this title is limited. Only one ice rink is included, along with a single dancer and a single song. One might think this is a casual title, and it is, but the absolute bare minimum of effort was put in here. With the only highlight being the occasional emoji face, the entirety of the game could have been ported to the Dreamcast without too much trouble.

There’s not a lot to keep players coming back either. “Short Program” offers up a 90 second performance, “Practice” lets players enjoy their session for an indefinite period of time, “Perfectionist” allows players to skate until a mistake is made, and “Freestyle” gives players a health meter and ends the game once it is empty. All of these modes are cut from the same cloth, and it is far too easy for repetition to sit in. Any sort of variety would help prevent players from getting burnt out.

Unfortunately, this title also has a distinct lack of replayability. There are online leaderboards, but they are scarcely populated right now. There are also no achievements, and the lack of variety leads to repetition and boredom before too long.

Though it aims to provide a casual ice skating experience, Pirouette fails to captivate all those who attempt it. A distinct lack of effort went into this title, and the awkward controls will turn players off long before players see everything this game has to offer.

This review of Pirouette was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
Pirouette Review

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood has been announced

We have already seen a few games based on Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing game. Adventures like Redemption and Bloodlines have represented the story and the world of the vampire society with rather decent success, but the one that will probably do it better according to the information already released is going to be upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 if it lives according to the expectations that it has generated. But there is much more than vampires in the World of Darkness, and it was about time that another role-playing game that takes place in the same universe would get some attention.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood has been revealed through a trailer. All the fans of the tabletop RPG from White Wolf will surely recognize very familiar elements in the video but for those that don’t know much about the game we can tell you that werewolves have a very close relation to nature and Gaia itself, and they are it’s defenders, fighting the corruption in whatever form it takes.

According to the description, in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood we will play as Cahal, a werewolf that returns to the forest where his former pack lives, to find that the corporation Pentex is destroying it by installing an extraction site. Pentex is a multi-national company whose hidden agenda is the spiritual, moral and environmental corruption of the planet, so the implications of this act are far deeper.

Even though we don’t know what kind of game Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood will be, we are eager to know more about it. There’s a lot to be discovered and plenty of narrative options in the world of Werewolf: The Apocalypse, but if you combine that with the other games based on White Wolf’s role-playing games the potential is just incredibly huge. Vampires and Werewolves are enemies in this universe, but the interaction between them and the other forces is not a simple matter, especially if you consider that each of them has to follow their own rules.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

Until more is revealed about Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood we can only be excited about its reveal and hope that this is just the start of something that could be great.

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BattleTech is getting more mechs in a new DLC

Harebrained Schemes is committed to expanding BattleTech contents and they have announced an upcoming DLC that will include plenty of new mechs for players to add to their lances and even a small campaign that will introduce one of the most famous mercenary forces in the Inner Sphere, Wolf’s Dragoons.

Heavy Metal will be the third DLC released for Harebrained’s turn-based strategy game. Flashpoint introduced stories that provided over 30 hours of content, and Urban Warfare brought new combat mechanics and mechs to the game, as well as large-scale building destruction, environmental mechanics.

Heavy Metal seems to be all about firepower, and it will add seven classic mechs to Battletech. Ranked from lower to higher weight, those are Flea, Assassin, Vulcan, Phoenix Hawk, Rifleman, Archer, and Annihilator. You can customize their weapon, armor, and components during the game, but the different hardpoints available on each chassis limit your options, so having more to choose from is always good and offers you more tactical flexibility and a variety of different options. This DLC will also include a new type of mech, the Bull Shark, a massive machine of destruction whose armament has not been unveiled yet.

Regarding other contents, Heavy Metal also includes a few new weapons, like a heavy mortar with area-effect damage or a coil beam that shoots rays that do more damage the further they travel.

BattleTech – Heavy Metal

The new campaign included in the DLC will immerse you in a conflict for the control of a derelict cargo ship has drifted into the Periphery from deep space, allowing you to meet two legendary characters – the Bounty Hunter and the Black Widow of Wolf’s Dragoons.

If you own the Battletech Season Pass, you will have access to Heavy Metal when it launches on November 21, or you can also buy it separately. Whether you purchase the DLC or not, you are getting a couple of new mechs for free when Heavy Metal launches. Marauder and Warhammer will be added for free through a patch.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gets PC Trailer


See how Activision and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will look like on the PC with the latest trailer for the game.

The PC version of this FPS will feature a 4k resolution, uncapped frame rate, expansive customization options, and support for 64 player ground war matches. Note that players will only be able to get the title on Battle.net.

Those interested can learn more with the video below:

Official Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® – PC Trailer

Set in a modern and realistic setting, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will feature tactically-based moral choices. Support for cross-platform multiplayer will be included, along with the cooperative “Spec Ops” mode.

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25.

Source: YouTube
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gets PC Trailer

See how Activision and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will look like on the PC with the latest trailer for the game

Death Stranding Gets Connect Trailer

Ahead of its release on November 8 for the PlayStation 4, Kojima Productions and Sony Interactive Entertainment have released a new trailer for Death Stranding, dubbed “Connect.”

The Outer Worlds Gets Official Launch Trailer

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Death Stranding Gets Connect Trailer


Ahead of its release on November 8 for the PlayStation 4, Kojima Productions and Sony Interactive Entertainment have released a new trailer for Death Stranding, dubbed “Connect.”

Uploaded by the PlayStation Japan YouTube channel, this trailer in particular puts the focus on the “Death Stranding” phenomenon, which has torn apart both people and cities. The title puts the spotlight on Sam Porter Bridges, who has gone on a mission to carry on the “future” of those that are isolated and unable to move.

You can watch it below:

Utilizing 3D scannings, motion capture, and vocal performances, the talents of actors Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and Margaret Qualley are included in this title. Film directors Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn also lent a hand in designing this title.

Source: YouTube
Death Stranding Gets Connect Trailer

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Why I’ve Pre-Ordered Death Stranding

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The moment I saw Norman Reedus sprouting forth a mushroom with his urine, I knew I had to pre-order Death Stranding.

This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Generally speaking, I don’t pre-order many games. The increasing ‘release it now, fix it later’ mentality of game developers has deterred me from purchasing any game unless I was absolutely certain of its quality. Nintendo titles like Zelda, Mario and Smash Brothers were the only games I pre-ordered recently because that good old ‘Nintendo Seal of Quality’ still means something to me. Considering this, it’s a real gamble for me to pre-order Hideo Kojima’s upcoming Death Stranding, a game about maintaining fading connections, male pregnancy and magic piss mushrooms.

 

Speculation Nation

 

At least, that might be what the game is all about. Although Death Stranding has over an hour of collective trailer and gameplay footage, no-one really knows what the hell is actually going on in this game – not even the premise is fully apparent. The best way I can summarize it: a sci-fi epic that combines elements of Inception with The Revenant. Even this could be inaccurate since it’s born from my personal speculations, but when it comes to Death Stranding, boy, it sure is fun to speculate!

Every new piece of media sends people into a frenzy as they scramble to uncover the mysteries of the story and validate the fan theories. Some believe the characters could be analogues for Egyptian Gods, others think the game could be the full release of Kojima’s ill-fated horror game P.T. No theory is too crazy and every new fragment of media offers one more piece to an ever-growing puzzle to try and understand what the game is all about.

Norman Reedus staring into a pit

Pre-ordering the game also comes with an invisible bonus: a set of earplugs and blinders to help block out internet spoilers. The floodgates for Twitter spoilers officially open up on November 8th and I for one will certainly be staying off social media until I’ve seen Death Stranding’s credits roll for myself. I’m keen to play the game and formulate my own thoughts before the Internet hive mind dictates my opinion; pre-ordering permits me this grace and it’ll be a genuine rush to know I’ll be among the first people to play the game.

 

Death Standing Around

 

Though the narrative has got people buzzing, several people think the gameplay looks dull based on the trailers. Most of the current gameplay footage shows shots of Norman Reedus slowly walking across barren, grassy plains with not an awful lot else going on, but I must confess, this slow pace is exactly what appeals to me. It feels like so many open world games recently want to bombard the player with information and checklists instead of giving players the freedom to inhabit the world on their own terms. Shadow of the Colossus used its open spaces expertly to create a sense of isolation and loneliness, now Death Stranding appears to be riffing on that concept. I want to fill my lungs with the air of this world, slowly sink my hands into its soil and lose myself in this fractured version of the USA.

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The free games available this week on Epic Games Store will make you shudder

Epic Games has been a recurring element in the news this week. Even for those who do not play it, it was difficult to avoid hearing about the event created by the famous black hole in Fortnite.

But Epic Games is not only known for its Battle Royale, but also for the free games they have been offering each week for quite some time now.

This week, horror is in the spotlight with Alan Wake’s American Nightmare and Observer.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare was released in 2012 and it is a spin-off of the original Alan Wake game. If you played the original game of 2010, you may remember a series on the TV screens in the game. Well, in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, you will be immersed in the heart of this series. Alan, as a writer, not only wrote the book that comes alive in the first installment, he is also a screenwriter of a series called Zone X, and he finds himself propelled into one of his episodes. The game resumes the same mechanics of the first installment, but this time Alan will be taken to Arizona, where he will face the terrible Mr. Squeak in addition to hordes of enemies. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare offers a campaign mode, but also an arcade mode, “Fight until dawn” in which you have to face waves of enemies, and try to survive until daybreak.

Observer is a third-person psychological horror cyberpunk game taking place in Poland in 2084. A war ensued after a digital plague called Nanophage, and the survivors fell into drugs or have used neural implants to escape the harsh reality that they live in. You play as Daniel Lazarski, a detective in the Special Observers Unit. Observers are able to carry out their investigations by hacking people’s minds, which allows them to obtain information from criminals and their victims. But things will change when Daniel receives a call from his son, from whom he has been away for years. You will discover that probing the minds of criminals or troubled people will not be without impact on your own mental health.

To get Observer and Alan Wake: American Nightmare, simply go to the Epic Games Store and add them to your library. The offer will end on October 24, so do not lose this opportunity!

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The Outer Worlds Gets Official Launch Trailer


Gear up for an out-of-this-world adventure with the official launch trailer for Private Division and Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds.

Ahead of its release on October 25, players can learn more about this player-driven story with the video below. Highlights include the stranger that came out of nowhere and the role this character will take in Halcyon. A look at some of the cinematics, along with a look at the gunplay and weaponry, is also provided.

The trailer can be seen below:

The Outer Worlds – Official Launch Trailer

For those wondering when the title will unlock, the team has released a convenient map that shows the PC and console global release times. You can view them below:

In addition, Obsidian Entertainment will host a Twitch Plays for The Outer Worlds on October 22. Note that this is the first Twitch Plays ever done for an unreleased game. Those interested can learn more here and can tune in here.

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will also come out for the Nintendo Switch at a later date.

Source: Press Release
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Obsidian reveals the requirements needed to play The Outer Worlds

The launch of The Outer Worlds is very close and Obsidian Entertainment is revealing a few last bits of information to complete the preparations for the release of its upcoming role-playing game. If you are one of those wondering if your PC will be capable of running the game you will be glad to know that the minimum and recommended specifications needed to play The Outer Worlds have been published.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 (SP1) 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti or AMD HD 7850
  • HDD Space: 40GB

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K  or Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 470
  • HDD Space: 40GB

It’s quite surprising that you will only need 40 GB of hard drive space free to install the game since many games usually take about double that amount nowadays.

If you want to see more about this post-apocalyptic adventure set in the Halcyon system you can watch the following gameplay footage from the Tokyo Game Show. You don’t have to worry too much about the spoilers because the texts are in Japanese and the guy playing is skipping most of the dialogues. We advise you that it looks like the one playing doesn’t seem to be quite experienced with this type of games.

The Outer Worlds will be available to play October 25th on PC, PlayStation and Xbox One. Remember that if you are playing on consoles and you have purchased a physical version of the game you will have to download a rather big Day One patch before playing. The patch will be an estimated 38 GB download for Xbox players and an estimated 18 GB for PS4 players. Of course, this will not happen with digital versions, where the patch will be included in the pre-load of the game for both consoles.

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