SALES & DEALS
GRID 2 available for free on Steam, The Sims 4 available for free on Origin
Now here is a pleasant surprise. Codemasters and Electronic Arts are currently offering for free GRID 2 and The Sims 4 on Steam and Origin, respectively. These aren’t your typical “free to play” offers, meaning that you will keep these games yours forever once you acquire them.
The Sims 4 will be available for free on Origin until May 28th and you can acquire your free copy from here. On the other hand, GRID 2 will be available for free on Steam until May 22nd and you can get it from here.
>> Too bad I already have GRID 2 (tho I think I also got it for free). I didn't like neither of the first two The Sims games, so I couldn't care less about EA's deal.
Graveyard Keeper, Party Hard, and The Final Station go cheap in the new Humble Bundle
Most of the time, when it comes to Humble Bundles, I tell people to stop being so damn cheap and just buy the whole thing. In the case of the new Humble TinyBuild Bundle, however, I will make an exception. The full collection is a good deal, as usual, but if you're really only willing to spend a single lousy dollar, then this is the place to do it.
GOG's new Midweek Sale features Railway Empire and a lot of classic games up to 75% off: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190522_midweek_sale
Steam has two daily deals (again one real, one fake), as well as four new Midweek Madness deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available for download, introduces Windows health dashboard
Microsoft has announced the release of the May 2019 Update for Windows 10. According to the team, this new update introduces the Windows health dashboard; a new dashboard that provides a single page for each currently supported version of Windows so you can quickly search for issues by keyword, including any safeguard holds on updates, see the current status of each issue, and find important announcements.
Valve won't count Assassin's Creed Unity's 'reverse review bombing' against it
Following the devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ubisoft pledged €500,000 to aid in its restoration and made Assassin's Creed Unity—set in Paris during the French Revolution—free for a week. Shortly after that, hundreds of positive reviews flooded into the game on Steam. It was, as far as I know, the first high-profile instance of "reverse review bombing," in which users post "off-topic" reviews to artificially inflate a game's score.
It seems clear enough that this is the case: Unity's overall user review rating on Steam is "mixed," while recent reviews are "mostly positive." But was it actually a review bombing at all? And if so, how does it fit with the actions Valve has recently taken to lessen the effects of negative review bombs? I'll be honest, it's not something I thought about, but as seen in this lengthy new meditation on the topic, Valve really has.
First nude mod released for Yakuza Kiwami 2, allowing Naked Platinum Hostesses in the Cabaret Club
Well, it was bound to happen. Yesterday, we informed you about a 3D model swapper for Yakuza Kiwami 2. Created by modder ‘Moonspell’, that mod replaced the Kiwami2 main protagonist Kazuma Kiryu with Takayuki Yagami from Yakuza Judgment. And today, the same modder released the first nude mod for this Yakuza game.
According to its description, this mod lets you play with real Nude Platinum Hostesses in the Cabaret Club. Moreover, all the hostesses will be naked during the cutscenes and the minigames (in which you talk with them in bars or restaurants).
>> As with all these mods, they haven't provided a link for the mod, but you'll be able to search for it at Nexus Mods.
You can become a Warchief in this Sims 4 World of Warcraft career mod
Hop on any Sims forum like Mod the Sims or The Sims Catalog and you'll find all sorts of Sims 4 mods for decor, careers, houses—anything that isn't limited by the imagination. There's Fallout-inspired furniture, Game of Thrones clothing, even mods designed to making WooHooing riskier or let your sim to go on a murderous rampage without consequences. And now, thanks to modder N.Blightcaller, you can join the Horde army from World of Warcraft. (Move over, Sylvanas. There's a new warchief in town.)
N.Blightcaller has two different versions of this career mod, but the main one is heavier on the roleplaying and requires the Get To Work, Get Together, Outdoor Retreat, and Spa Day expansions for Baking, Dancing, Herbalism and Wellness skills. You won't need these skills when you first start off, but you will need them as you advance in your career.
Just Cause 4 Spring Update available for download, improves lighting, adds destructible objects & more
Avalanche has released a new major update for Just Cause 4. According to the team, the Spring Update improves world lighting, with global lighting presets being tuned and materials modified to provide better visibility to players and make the world look more vibrant.
Observation 4K/Ultra Screenshots Gallery
Observation is a new sci-fi thriller that has just been released on the PC via the Epic Games Store. The game is powered by the Unity Engine and below you can find some 4K screenshots from the PC version on Ultra settings.
THQ Nordic acquires Piranha Bytes, also acquires the rights for Gothic, Risen and ELEX
THQ Nordic announced today that the acquisition of the Piranha Bytes team and trademark and the intellectual property Gothic has been finalised. Piranha Bytes’ rights to Risen and ELEX were also acquired. The newly formed entity (Piranha Bytes GmbH, Essen, Germany) will host the entire development team and is a 100% subsidiary of THQ Nordic GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria.
>> And THQ Nordic grabs another one. You an share your opinion over at dx11332sega's thread.
First official screenshots released for GRID 2019
Codemasters has released a new set of screenshots for its new GRID game, alongside its announcement trailer. In GRID, players will choose their vehicle from GT, Touring, Stock, Muscle Cars, Super-Modified and more, and take part in different types of races: Circuit, Street Racing, Oval, Hot Laps, Point-to-Point and World Time Attack.
New gameplay trailer released for The Sinking City, showcasing its city environments
Frogwares has released a new gameplay trailer for The Sinking City using never before seen footage that focuses on the H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror and insanity that runs rampant through the city of Oakmont. The Sinking City is story-rich, free investigation game set in a twisted H.P Lovecraft inspired universe.
Rune Ragnarok renamed to Rune II, will be exclusive to Epic Games Store
Human Head Studios has announced that Rune Ragnarok has been renamed to Rune II and will be coming to the Epic Games Store this Summer. Inspired by the original Rune (2000), RUNE II is set in a dangerous Norse universe during Ragnarok, the end of days, where beasts and the last remaining humans alike struggle to survive.