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^Those that want to make cinematic experiences without bothering to think what works and what doesn't.

It's like the lens flare effect. It's not something wanted in the movie industry, but a side effect of the cameras used, and yet some developers put it in their games to make them feel more cinematic. Bah!

Please excuse my bad English.

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JEMC said:
^Those that want to make cinematic experiences without bothering to think what works and what doesn't.

It's like the lens flare effect. It's not something wanted in the movie industry, but a side effect of the cameras used, and yet some developers put it in their games to make them feel more cinematic. Bah!

Unless you are that hack JJ Abrams, in which case you additionally put them in spades during post.

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The Offspring is playing a gig in World of Tanks tomorrow
Marshmello has played a gig in Fortnite, and Korn has played a gig in AdventureQuest 3D, so why shouldn't The Offspring play a gig in World of Tanks? Well, the answer is that there is no reason why they shouldn't. So they are.

Am I the only one who got instantly reminded of Crazy Taxi and wants to play that now... with a Tank?

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Bofferbrauer2 said:
JEMC said:

The Offspring is playing a gig in World of Tanks tomorrow
Marshmello has played a gig in Fortnite, and Korn has played a gig in AdventureQuest 3D, so why shouldn't The Offspring play a gig in World of Tanks? Well, the answer is that there is no reason why they shouldn't. So they are.

Am I the only one who got instantly reminded of Crazy Taxi and wants to play that now... with a Tank?

Crazy Taxi with a tank? I think you're unto something... what I don't know is if that something is great or plain madness (or both) XD.

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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Let's go with today's news:


League of Legends draws 8 million concurrent players, making it the most popular game on PC
League of Legends is turning 10 this fall, and to celebrate Riot Games has a special event planned on October 15 that will include a livestreamed look at the past, present, and future of LoL—including teases of 2020's preseason changes and Teamfight Tactics next big update.
Oh, and developer Riot Games also announced in a press release that League of Legends sees about 8 million peak concurrent players logging in everyday—which probably makes League the most popular game in the world (not like that should surprise anyone). But it is bigger than the top ten games on Steam put together.

GOG's Midweek Sale is all about Co-op and multiplayer games, with up to 85% discounts until Saturday: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190918_midweek_sale

Steam has two new daily deals, one fake as usual during the week, as well as three Midweek Madness deals:

On the Humble Store there are two new deals:

And at Fanatical, there are three new sales and four new bundles added to Bundlefest:


Rockstar releases its own launcher, gives away for free Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Rockstar has launched its very own launcher via which PC gamers can enjoy the company’s games. In order to celebrate this launch, the team is currently offering Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for free to everyone that downloads the launcher.
Do note that this is a limited offer. Rockstar has not stated when this offer will end, so we suggest acquiring this GTA game while you still can. Well, that is obviously if a) you are fine with yet another launcher and b) you don’t already own San Andreas.
According to its description, Rockstar’s launcher supports all of Rockstar’s PC games. Moreover, it supports cloud saves and supports automatic updates.
>> Yes, yet another launcher. You can discuss about it at konnichiwa's thread on the matter. Personally, I'll pass from this one but, if you're ready to give it a go, you can download it from here.

Windows 10 now has another high CPU usage bug/issue due to Input Method Editor (IME)
Earlier this month, we reported about the KB4512941 update causing high CPU usage issues in Windows 10. And today, Microsoft has confirmed another bug/issue that may cause high CPU usage on particular systems.
According to the company, some Input Method Editor (IME) may become unresponsive or may have high CPU usage. This issue mainly affects systems with Chinese Simplified (ChsIME.EXE) and Chinese Traditional (ChtIME.EXE) with Changjie/Quick keyboard.
>> They can't fix something without breaking something else in the process.

The big Steam library update is now available to everyone
The Steam library update we learned about a couple of weeks ago is now in open beta, meaning that anyone can opt in to try the new look.
The updated library brings new filtering and organizational options and displays recent updates to games in your library. It also looks much better. Functionality should always come first, of course, but the old library layout looked, well, old, and the new styling is welcome.


Here are Fifa Street 4 and Supremacy MMA running on the PC in 4K and 60fps via RPCS3
While Fifa Street 4 and Supremacy MMA never came out on the PC, PC gamers can finally enjoy these two titles in 4K and with 60fps. This is possible thanks to the Playstation 3 emulator, RPCS3, as its latest version runs these games smoothly.
YouTube’s ‘DrGameboy’ shared the following videos, showing both of these games running in 4K and 60fps on RPCS3. In order to run them DrGameboy used an i7 8700K (at 5Ghz) with 16GB of DDR4 4000Mhz RAM and an NVIDIA RTX2080Ti.

This mod allows you to play the Half-Life campaign in co-op mode, available for download
Modder ‘Hiems’ has released a pretty cool mod for the first Half-Life game. As its title suggests, Half-Life: Coop allows you to play the campaign of Valve’s classic shooter in co-op mode.
Contrary to other co-op mods like Svencoop or DC coop, Half-Life: Coop does not change important aspects about the game. In other words, the objective of this mod is to be compatible with the servers of Half-Life 1 and keep it as vanilla as possible. As such, this is a must-have mod for all purists Half-Life fans out there.
>> You can download it from ModDB, but be aware that the mod is still unfinished and you can't fight the final boss.

Here are some gorgeous new screenshots from the Goldeneye 64 fan remake in Unreal Engine 4
The team behind the Goldeneye 64 fan remake in Unreal Engine 4, Goldeneye 25, has released some new screenshots from it. These screenshots showcase some of the weapons, the environments, and the new guard 3D models that the game will feature.

You can pat the dogs in Fallout 4 now, thanks to this mod
Everyone wants to pat dogs in videogames nowadays. You can show your affection to dogs in Enter the Gungeon, and there's a mod for making friends with dogs in Wolfenstein 3D. The world has gone dog crazy. You know patting dogs is "a big thing" because even flagrant meme bandwagon jumper Fortnite lets you do it.
Meanwhile, cats seem to have gone a bit out of fashion. Remember when everyone cared more about cats? The world seemed less complex, back then. But since we are firmly in the era of loving dogs more than cats (and who can complain about animals getting love), it's no surprise that you can now pat the dogs – any friendly dogs, not just Dogmeat – in Fallout 4. 'Pet Any Dog' is a mod created by Sagittarius22, and it pretty much does what you'd expect.


World of Tanks will be using Ray Tracing via Intel’s oneAPI, will support DirectX 11 GPUs
Wargaming has announced that World of Tanks will support Ray Tracing via Intel’s oneAPI. Wargaming will be using ray tracing for for shadows and lighting in direct sunlight, and will support both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 graphics cards.

Kine dev: “Valve wants developers that are releasing on other storefronts to have a Steam page”
Kine is a new 3D puzzle game about music, machines, and dreams that will be coming exclusively on Epic Games Store. However, and similarly to all timed-exclusive EGS games, it already has a store page on Steam. The fact that there is already a Steam store page puzzled some gamers, and its developer has revealed why all EGS games have a Steam store page.
>> Well, at least that helps the ones with problems with said games, like Borderlands 3.

Gearbox is currently working on a performance & QoL patch for Borderlands 3
As we wrote in our PC Performance Analysis, Borderlands 3 currently suffers from some optimization issues. And today, Gearbox announced that it is currently working on a performance patch for it. According to the team, this patch will also feature some Quality of Life improvements.

Cyberpunk 2077’s level designer talks about levels, multiplayer, DLC and more
CD Project Red’s level designer, Max Pears, has recently given an interview, where he talked about the forthcoming RPG. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated video games coming in 2020.
>> Read the full interview at VGC (no, it's not us).

Planet Zoo beta begins on September 24th, gets new gameplay trailer
Frontier has announced that the beta phase for Planet Zoo will begin on September 24th. This beta will last until October 8th and in order to celebrate it, the team released a new gameplay trailer that you can find below.

New GRID 2019 in-engine trailer highlights player choice, showcases enemy AI and weather effects
Codemasters has released a new in-engine trailer for its upcoming racing game, GRID. This trailer highlights player choice, showcasing multiple car classes on some of the most challenging track and street circuits in various settings including night time and heavy rain race conditions.

No Man’s Sky Update 2.12 available on all platforms, brings PC optimisations, full patch notes
Hello Games has released a brand new update for No Man’s Sky. This patch adds new events to the Nexus, as well as new customisation items to the Quicksilver shop. Moreover, it fixes a number of mission flow issues and increases the reward from standard Nexus missions.

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Part two of the news:

Football Manager is getting rid of plastic packaging
Football Manager developer Sports Interactive isn't happy with the size of its carbon footprint and has announced that it will be rectifying that by doing away with plastic cases for boxed games, starting with Football Manager 2020.

Destiny 2 vidoc teases new Shadowkeep details and future seasons
With Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light now just two weeks away, Bungie has dropped a new vidoc overview of everything that's coming in the first season of year 3. Much of it recaps things that are already know, such as the major armor rework, but there are a few hints at new things too.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare crossplay details revealed
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open beta running this weekend will include crossplay between PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. We've previously theorized that the feature won't mean much to PC players because it's input-based, meaning that players will be matched up based on whether they're using controllers or mouse and keyboard. We may have been a little premature on that, though, as Activision revealed today that mouse and keyboard control setups will be officially supported on consoles.

New Overwatch event lets players earn a Lego-themed Bastion skin
Overwatch has a new limited time event today, called Bastion's Brick Challenge. From September 17 to 30, Overwatch players can earn in-game rewards by winning games or watching certain Twitch streamers. Most importantly, the top reward is a sweet looking Lego-themed skin for Bastion.

Hearthstone's new Tombs of Terror solo adventure has begun
The new Hearthstone solo adventure Tombs of Terror officially kicked off today with the release of the first chapter, The Lost City of Tol'vir, which sees League of Explorers hero Reno Jackson doing battle with the wicked Plague Lord of Murlocs.

Anthem will get 'seasonal updates' rather than the previously announced acts
In February, BioWare explained how Anthem's post-launch content would be released in updates called "acts," which would add new locations, features, and character interactions, and ultimately culminate in a world-changing "Cataclysms" that would set the stage for the next act.
Today, BioWare announced that plans for future Anthem acts have been shelved so developers can work on more long-term, systemic fixes to the game. Instead, Anthem will get "seasonal updates" that head of live services Chad Robertson said "will deliver challenges and chases similar to what you’ve seen, and are built around some fun themes we’re bringing to the game."

Subnautica: Below Zero update adds very large ice worms and new areas
Subnautica sequel Below Zero, which is in early access on Steam and the Epic Store, now includes an above-zero chance of encountering a leviathan-class Ice Worm. It takes a very large worm to earn the 'leviathan' descriptor, and from the looks of the trailer above, our new friend doesn't disappoint.

You can get a free Sea of Thieves cannon skin on Talk Like a Pirate Day
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parody holiday type of thing thing, recognizable by the way that people celebrating it say "Arr" and "Yarr" occasionally over the course of the day.
The day is relevant to us right now because when it comes around this year, Sea of Thieves players can score Obsidian cannons by watching certain Twitch streams with their linked accounts. The guns are a nice enough piece, I suppose—a little dull compared to some, really—but the hook is that they'll be part of a set, along with the Obsidian figurehead, hull, sails, and flag that Rare gave away during a Twitch Rivals event in June. Those items aren't available for purchase from the Sea of Thieves shipwright, and I don't expect the cannon skin will be either, so if you want it, this is your chance.

Rockstar says Grand Theft Auto 5's offline mode was disabled by a bug, not the launcher
Rockstar rolled out a new game launcher for PC today, which came with a free copy of the great Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—and, shortly after people got their hands on it—reports that it also changed the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to disable offline mode. Rockstar has confirmed that this did in fact occur, but said that it's a bug, not an intentional modification, and that no changes were made to the GTA5 DRM.

Three Minecraft biomes are getting 'new mobs, features and mechanics'
In the lead up to Minecon Live, Mojang has announced plans to update three Minecraft biomes. Swamp, Mountains and Badlands are all scheduled to get updates, with "new mobs, features and mechanics" to be added.

Dead by Daylight has a Stranger Things crossover now
Asymmetrical horror game Dead By Daylight has had crossovers with Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now the tooth-flower-headed Demogorgon from Stranger Things has joined its cast of killers in a new DLC that's available today.

Former Bioware writer David Gaider is setting up a new studio in Australia
David Gaider is no stranger to Australian shores - he's spent time at a number of our international gaming events, and it looks like he's set to become an even greater fixture of the local gaming scene. He, along with GX Australia alumni Liam Esler, has just announced the creating of a new development house - Summerfall Studios.

Cube World beta will kick off next week, but you need alpha access to play it
After half a decade of silence, Cube World re-emerged this month with news that it will launch on Steam later this year. But if you're among those who purchased the alpha version of the game years ago, here's good news: a beta kicks off on September 23, and owners of the current game will get a Steam code dropped into their Picroma account.

Free adventure Penitent Dead evokes FromSoftware's atmospheric PS1 games
Fear not, I'm not about to compare the excellent Penitent Dead to Dark Souls. That would be rather lazy. No, I'm going to compare it to King's Field, and to Shadow Tower, two of FromSoftware's early games. It's the closest a game has come to the smeary, leaden ambiance of those atmospheric PlayStation games, and I love it for it, even if I couldn't figure out how to end the game (or even if I could).

Elite Dangerous is getting a new tutorial and premium currency today
The September update for Elite Dangerous arrives today, which will be of particular interest to prospective pilots who have yet to get swallowed up by Frontier's massive simulation of our galaxy. The highlight of the update is the New Starter Experience, introducing the game to new players, though there's also new stuff for veteran pilots.

You can finally meet Apex Legends' Crypto in-game
Respawn started teasing Apex Legends' mysterious hacker, Crypto, all the way back in June, and while the developer remains tight-lipped when it comes to the new character, the latest tease suggests the build up to his reveal may soon reach its climax. He's finally in-game.

Hitman 2's last mission features a trio of targets in a tropical resort
With Agent 47 taking a working holiday to the Maldives later this month, IO Interactive has given us a closer look at Hitman 2's new destination, Haven Island, as well as the accompanying mission, Last Resort.

Disco Elysium gets an October release date and a new trailer
Disco Elysium is a detective RPG where your skills talk to you, sometimes chiming in with some insight into a case, sometimes just telling you to drink yourself stupid. It's odd. It's also launching very soon. You'll be able to have a chat with yourself on October 15, but in the meantime you can watch the features trailer above.

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

Thursday news:


Steam features two new deals:

Fanatical has three new bundles added to the Bundlefest, and all of them are of the Pick & Mix kind:


The Epic Store library finally has a list view
Steam's big library overhaul entered beta earlier this week, but not to be outdone, Epic has also updated its store with a new library feature: there's a list view now.
It's not quite as comprehensive as Steam's update, though with far fewer games than Steam, the Epic Store doesn't exactly need a way to sort by tags. The new list view is pretty basic: you can sort games alphabetically or by selecting "recent," which I assume bumps games you've recently launched or purchased to the top. You can also filter out uninstalled games.

Rare achievements glow in the new Steam library
Steam's new library redesign, which is still in beta, changes what's visible on individual game pages (beware scrolling down if you don't want to see a bunch of guides and community content with spoilers), adds organizational options like dynamic collections, and generally moves toward a modern 'big portrait icon' style.
But as well as that, any achievement less than 10% of players have will now glow. This is visible only on said game's library page, so the effect won't show up if you check a game's individual achievement page or if you happen to have an achievement showcase on your profile, which is perfectly normal and not showing off. Oh, and the glow won't be animated if you selected "low performance mode" in the settings.

French courts rule that Steam cannot ban resale of 'dematerialised' games
After a long legal battle that we first covered back in 2015, French consumer rights association UFC-Que Choisir claim to have won a major victory against Valve, as reported by French games site Next Inpact. The French courts have ruled that under European law, users should be allowed to re-sell 'dematerialised' non-physical goods, specifically digital games sold via Steam.
French site Numerama also covered the story in their business section, expounding on the nature of the ruling. Reddit user "Shacken-Wan" ran the article via translation site DeepL, and shared the resulting English text on Reddit.
Current Steam store policy is that resale of games or accounts is strictly prohibited, and any attempt to do so can result in your account being banned. If the ruling is upheld, then that has to change or else Valve will face fines.




Story trailer released for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Modus Games has released a new story-focused trailer detailing what’s at stake in the world of Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince; the puzzle platforming series that makes a triumphant return on October 8th.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Open Beta begins on September 24th
Ubisoft has announced that the open beta phase for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will begin on September 24th. This open beta will offer new and exclusive content that wasn’t available in the Closed Beta.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare PC Open Beta available for pre-load, PC system requirements revealed
Activision and Infinity Ward have announced that the open beta PC build for Call of Duty Modern Warfare is available for pre-load. PC gamers will have to install the Blizzard app, launch it and download the open beta build from there.

The Vision is a third-person open-world game that has been in development for 4 years by a single person
Justin Darlington has been working four years in passion project, called The Vision. The Vision is a third-person open-world survival game that will be using Unreal Engine 4. A couple of days ago, Darlington released a pretty cool trailer for it, therefore we’ve decided to share it with you.

Stalker Online releases on Steam in Fall 2019, beta build available for download
Mobile Technologies has announced the upcoming open-world MMO Stalker Online. Inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker and the classic Stalker games, Stalker Online takes place in the world of Zone where “the glory days of humanity are long lost, resources are scarce and dangers are around every corner“. Stalker Online is set to release on Steam in Fall 2019.

Ion Fury Update 1.02 released; adds Steam Achievements, brings performance & frame pacing improvements
3D Realms has released a new update for its old-school first-person shooter game, Ion Fury. Update 1.02 adds Steam Achievements and adds borderless windowed mode options. Moreover, it boosts visibility of enemies in dark environments, and improves the pacing of the final boss battle.

Anno 1800 Update 5.2 releases today, is 1.7GB in size, full patch notes revealed
Ubisoft has released a brand new update for its latest city building stategy game, Anno 1800. According to the release notes, this patch is 1.7GB in size and allows ships to be recoverable, and fixes an issue where ships got duplicated after save game reload.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout’s Secret Hideout system detailed
KOEI Tecmo and GUST Studios detailed the new Secret Hideout system today for their upcoming JRPG Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. As Ryza, the budding alchemist, and her group of friends, will face a wealth of challenges to overcome.

First Borderlands 3 Hotfix patch released, addresses bugs and brings balance tweaks
Gearbox has released the first hotfix patch for Borderlands 3. This patch resolves a number of bugs, and brings a number of balance tweaks to the game.

Official in-engine cinematic trailer released for Unreal Engine 4-powered FPS, Atomic Heart
It’s been a while since our last look on the Unreal Engine 4-powered FPS, Atomic Heart, right? Well good news everyone as Mundfish and IGN have shared a new in-engine cinematic trailer for it. As the title suggests, this trailer packs in-engine footage, showcasing the game’s visuals.

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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The second part of the news:

PUBG's Survival Mastery system rewards players for their non-lethal skills
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 4.3 update is coming to the PC test server soon, bringing with it another progression system. While the Weapon Mastery system let players level up their guns by scoring kills and doing damage, Survival Mastery focuses on all the other stuff.

Dota 2 is banning some players until 2038
Dota 2 is getting ready for the next ranked season, kicking off tomorrow, which also means getting rid of some of the game's naughtier players. Valve announced that it would be banning people in various waves, which started yesterday. What it didn't mention was the length of the bans, and some players are now discovering their account is in jail for up to 19 years.

Bloodlines 2's third faction is run by an undead criminal kingpin
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is now halfway through its introduction of Seattle's undead factions. The Pioneers and Camarilla have had their turn, and now we're getting to meet the Baron and his ragtag group of shady agents.

Little Misfortune, the game about a girl and the voice in her head, is out today
Little Misfortune is an oddball, oddly creepy adventure game from Fran Bow studio Killmonday Games about a little girl and her friend, Mr. Voice, who convinces her to embark upon a quest in the woods to discover Eternal Happiness. It looks and sounds kind of cute, as long as you don't pay too much mind to the underlying concept of a young girl being led into the forest by a voice in her head. That's pretty clearly disturbing—and, as far as I can tell, far closer to what the game is actually like.

Batman is coming to Fortnite, dataminers find
Batman—yes, the Batman is coming to Fortnite, because we've already done Marvel, Borderlands, the NFL, Jordan, so why not?
Dexerto notes that Batman Day is September 21, and the very recent v10.31 update appears to include some very Batman-looking items and one very big change to a portion of the map. It looks like Epic Games and DC are looking to celebrate the caped crusader with an in-game event similar to prior promotions.

After 2 months of dangerous surprises, EVE Online is calming down
Two months ago things started getting really scary in EVE Online. First, the player-controlled territories of null-sec fell victim to an unprecedented alien invasion. Soon after, CCP Games disabled a key feature of EVE Online's in-game chat interface, leaving players in a much more dangerous world. Now the changes, which CCP says were "planned as a temporary event," are being reversed.

Destiny 2: Forsaken now includes the Forsaken Annual Pass
With Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light still a couple of weeks away, Bungie has made a significant change to Destiny 2: Forsaken. The studio announced on Twitter that the Annual Pass for Forsaken, which includes three seasonal DLC updates, is now free for everyone who owns the expansion.

Daymare: 1998, a survival horror by the Resident Evil 2 Reborn team, is out now
Resident Evil 2 Reborn was a shortlived fan project that aimed to recreate Capcom's classic in Unreal Engine 4. Capcom inevitably shut it down, in no small part because it was working on its own Resident Evil 2 Remake. But out of the ashes of Reborn, studio Invader Games commenced work on its own third-person survival horror, Daymare: 1998. As of this week, it's available on Steam.

Naval battle royale Maelstrom goes free-to-play
Remember Maelstrom, the last-ship-standing game of naval combat that entered Early Access last year? The one where you can be captain of an orc ship pulled by giant sharks, and the shrinking battle-royale circle is a section of Dead Water hiding a colossal sea monster that will just straight-up eat you?

Twitch has acquired the Internet Gaming Database
Streaming service Twitch has acquired the Internet Games Database. The IGDB is basically the IMDB of videogames, a directory of information about games ranging from their ratings, genres, and themes to crowdsourced data about how long they take to beat, and lists of reviews (which annoyingly include include pre-release previews and impressions as well). Digital storefronts can pay to use IGDB's API, which is how the database makes money.

Crying Suns lands in stores, a grim story-driven FTL-like
There are few scenarios in games as inherently doom-laden as being told you're a (mostly) expendable clone. Granted, in Crying Suns—released today from new studio Alt Shift—you're an important clone. A famous admiral, even, rolled out along with a ship and crew as a last ditch effort to restore power to an entire (ostensibly evil) galactic empire that has mysteriously gone dark. But you're still a clone, and that means that you're probably going to be exploding at some point.

The latest Fortnite skin asks 'what if 7UP was a person?'
Limelight, the newest Fortnite skin available in the item shop, is here to make you wonder what a can of Sprite or 7UP would look like if it took on human form. To be fair, it looks pretty good. I haven't seen pants this green since allergy season in middle school.

Void Bastards returns with the Bang Tydy DLC and free challenge modes
Just when I was running out of things to see and spaceships to loot in Void Bastards, developer Blue Manchu drags me back in. The System Shock-inspired shooty roguelike rolled out its first paid DLC yesterday, Bang Tydy, adding a new faction of robotic cleaners to the Sargasso Nebula alongside a generous slab of free goodies.

A Total War Saga: Troy sets sail for a 2020 launch
Whether you picked up a taste for ancient Greek warfare from Assassin's Creed Odyssey or just have a hankering for a fresh Total War battlefield, you've got plenty of polished shields and bronzed bodies on the horizon. Today, Sega officially unveiled A Total War Saga: Troy, the latest in the historical strategy series, and continuing the Saga side-series of smaller games more focused on a single notable conflict.

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Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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It's Friday and these are the last news of the week:


Six Batman games are now free on the Epic Games Store, Metro 2033 Redux free next week
Last week, we assumed that a Batman collection would be available for free on EGS. And it appears we were right. Epic Games has just announced that six Batman games are now available for free on the Epic Games Store. These six Batman games are basically the three Rocksteady Batman games and the three Lego Batman games.
In other words, PC gamers can get for free:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Lego Batman
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

PlanetSide Arena is now in Early Access, and we've got 30 Recruit Edition keys to give away
Last week we got our first hands-on time with PlanetSide Arena's massive 240-player battle royale mode. It was chaotic and fun, and today the multiplayer shooter enters Early Access on Steam so you can try it yourself.
PlanetSide Arena is free to play in Early Access, but there's a Recruit Edition selling for $20 that comes with 80 standard crates and an alpha strike banner. We've got 30 Steam keys for the Recruit Edition, and we've giving them away, raffle-style!
To enter the raffle, just enter your email in the widget below

The Humble Store has two new sales:

At Fanatical, there are 4 new deals:


Nvidia's cloud gaming platform gets a more user-friendly redesign
When we tested Nvidia's cloud gaming platform, GeForce Now, back in February, the user interface was organized as if you were opening up Netflix or Amazon Video for the first time. The most popular games were splayed across the top, and then categorized into groups like new releases and free-to-play. Nothing was alphabetized. If you wanted to easily see if GeForce Now supported your game, you'd have to go to the https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/geforce-now/supported-games/">Nvidia website, where the entire catalog was and still is alphabetized. Not terribly inconvenient, but not exactly user-friendly either.
Once the service's catalog of games grew to more than 500, it became even more difficult to search for games. If you had already played a game, it was added to an easily accessible personal library. Finding a specific new game was a challenge with the way everything was categorized, but at least there was a search bar in the app itself. Now, Nvidia has completely changed that with its new GeForce Now UI design, saying it brings "search front and center."
Update 9/19: Nvidia discovered a bug that would negatively impact users' experience, so its holding off on the rollout until it can fix and test the new UI. It could take a couple of days before it's totally fixed, but GeForce Now members can still use the current version without issue in the meantime.

Valve will appeal French courts ruling that Steam cannot ban resale of 'dematerialised' games (updated)
Original story: After a long legal battle that we first covered back in 2015, French consumer rights association UFC-Que Choisir claim to have won a major victory against Valve, as reported by French games site Next Inpact. The French courts have ruled that under European law, users should be allowed to re-sell 'dematerialised' non-physical goods, specifically digital games sold via Steam.
Update: Valve's Doug Lombardi responded to our request for comment with the following statement:
"We disagree with the decision of the Paris Court of First Instance and will appeal it. The decision will have no effect on Steam while the case is on appeal"
>> Not surprising at all.

Steam gets a new 'Deep Dive' discovery tool and Community Recommendations
More work is afoot in the Steam Labs, the not-so-secret facility where Valve tinkers on new Steam features that could benefit from hand-on use but aren't quite ready for prime time. Experiment number five is called Deep Dive, and is actually based on a project called Diving Bell released in July by indie developer and occasional PC Gamer contributor Lars Doucet.
Diving Bell was designed as a new discovery tool for Steam, similar to the Interactive Recommender but with an "entirely opposite" approach. Instead of coming up with recommendations based on your Steam history, it begins with a game you specify and then uses "dumb algorithms" to come up with a group of recommended games based on preset criteria.

Valve makes more changes to Steam's Discovery update to address visibility complaints
Last week, Valve made some changes to Steam's mysterious algorithms intended to give users better recommendations for games they might like. Shortly after it went live, though, some indie developers complained that their games were actually being shown less than they had been prior to the update, and were suffering a subsequent reduction in wishlisting. But other developers said they hadn't noticed anything untoward, making it hard to know for certain whether something had actually gone wrong.
Valve said at the time that it had its finger on the pulse, and that "new features and tweaks are always likely after initial release." Today it acknowledged that one of the changes in that update has resulted released games being favored over upcoming games in the "More Like This" section of the store, and announced new changes aimed to address that.




Terminator Resistance is a new official Terminator FPS, first details and screenshots
Reef Entertainment has just announced Terminator: Resistance; an officially licensed, first-person shooter set during the ‘Future War’ scenario that was only glimpsed at in the iconic films from James Cameron, ‘THE TERMINATOR’ and ‘T2: JUDGMENT DAY’.

Here are the PC graphics settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare Open Beta
The Open Beta phase for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare begins in under an hour, and we can finally reveal its PC graphics settings. From the looks of it, PC gamers will be able to adjust a number of graphics settings. However, it appears that there won’t be any support for Ray Tracing.

Conan Exiles and Conan: Unconquered are free to play on Steam this weekend
In celebration of the Conan franchise and in order to display the evolution of all three titles, Funcom has made survival game Conan Exiles, MMO Age of Conan and the RTS game Conan Unconquered available to play for free for a limited time. From today and until September 23rd, anyone can log on to Steam to play the three Conan games.

Remnant: From the Ashes – Free Update Leto’s Lab is now available for download
Perfect World Entertainment has announced that a free new dungeon, Leto’s Lab, is live in Remnant: From the Ashes. As the publisher noted, this dungeon will give players a new challenge in the third-person survival action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures.

Netflix Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a new turn-based strategy game, coming to the PC in late 2019
Curve Digital and Kuju have announced Narcos: Rise of the Cartels; a brutal tactical turn-based strategy game that is based on Narcos. To celebrate the announcement, Curve and Kuju have released a new trailer. This trailer showcases the game’s stylish visuals and authentic Narcos atmosphere.

Respawn may announce its new triple-A VR game on September 25th, at Oculus Connect 6
It appears that Respawn will officially announce its new triple-A VR game at Oculus Connect 6. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, has hinted at this by re-tweeting the event.

John Wick Hex releases on October 8th on the Epic Games Store
Good Shepherd Entertainment has announced that John Wick Hex will release on October 8th on the Epic Games Store. John Wick Hex is a fast-paced, action-oriented strategy game that makes you think and strike like John Wick. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has released a new trailer that you can find below.

Ubisoft details major improvements for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Open Beta
Yesterday, Ubisoft revealed that the open beta phase for Ghost Recon Breakpoint will begin on September 24th. And today, the French company detailed the major improvements that will be coming to it.

New trailers released for The Surge 2 and Citadel: Forged With Fire
Focus Home Interactive has released the launch trailer for its upcoming action RPG, The Surge 2. On the other hand, Blue Isle Studios has revealed Citadel: Forged With Fire’s release date via a new gameplay trailer.

Jurassic Dream is a CRYENGINE free Jurassic Park game that you can download right now
Jurassic Park fans, here is something special for you today. LifelessTapir has released a free game in which he basically recreated the entire Isla Nublar island in CRYENGINE. As such, players can download and play this game in order to re-explore the island from the first Jurassic Park movie.
Unfortunately, though, this project does not feature any dinosaurs. Therefore, think of it as a walking simulator (or an exploration game). Still, the attention to details is extraordinary and the game looks great thanks to CRYENGINE.

Report: Epic Games paid 9.49 million euro to Digital Bros/505 Games for exclusivity deals [UPDATE: Only for Control]
Remedy’s Control is an absolutely amazing game. Still, a lot of PC fans were put off the moment 505 Games revealed that the game would be coming exclusively on the Epic Games Store. However, today we have a glimpse at the amount that Epic Games paid for that exclusivity deal.
According to Digital Bros, the parent company of 505 Games, Epic Games paid them 9.49 million euro by June 30th. Moreover, 55% of that payment went to 505 Games.

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Friday news, the last part:

Get ready for a game about hunting the most dangerous prey of all: mushrooms
I've collected my share of mushrooms in videogames: they're used for everything from potion-making to nourishment to crafting poisons to making an Italian plumber double his height. But Morels: The Hunt is a game specifically about collecting mushrooms. Explore the wilderness of the United States, hunt and gather different mushrooms, experience different regions and seasons, and use the in-game camera to photograph wildlife. Check out the serene and beautiful trailer above.

Later Alligator is utterly adorable and out now
Perhaps it's due to the pressures of modern living, but I've got a soft-spot for harmless, absurdist comedy a mile wide, which is why Later Alligator—out today—has been on my personal wishlist since it was announced. It's a mystery point-and-click comedy adventure about a city full of awkward cartoon alligators. It's produced by visual novel studio Pillow Fight and animation team SmallBü, creators of the endearing, enduring and utterly nonsensical Baman Piderman series on YouTube.

Apex Legends Season 3 reveal confirms that Crypto is coming
Respawn has finally made it official: The next Apex Legends character is the stylish hacker Crypto. An Apex Legends Season 3 primer says the new fighter is "calm, cool, collected," and uses specialized surveillance drones "to stay in the fight and out of the spotlight."

Neo Cab demo lets you try your hand at cyberpunk taxi driving
Neo Cab is a stylish cyberpunk game about Lina, a human cab driver—possibly the last—living and working in the AI-controlled city of Los Ojos. But it's not a driving sim: Developer Chance Agency described it last year as "an emotional survival game about gig labor, tech disruption and the experience of being a driver-for-hire." That has me interested.

The bug preventing GTA 5 from being playable offline has been fixed
When the Rockstar Games Launcher appeared earlier this week the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 suddenly stopped being playable in offline mode. Rockstar were quick to announce that this was a bug, and they hadn't made any changes to GTA 5's DRM.
The bug has now been fixed, and there's a ticket for it on Rockstar's support site. Here's the full text of it.

Enjoy some asshole goose behavior in the launch trailer for Untitled Goose Game
Indie studio House House's Untitled Goose Game releases on September 20, and so here is a launch trailer to celebrate the fact. Enjoy seeing a real jerk of a goose untie a boy's shoelace, steal his toy plane, and then when the boy trips over while chasing the goose, take his glasses. Wow, what an asshole that goose is.

Commune with the animal gods in free ritual game Stones of Solace
We could all do with a little time out to meditate each day, and while I'm doubtful one can achieve inner peace while futzing about on a computer, you might find a space for a bit of digital relaxation with the neat Stones of Solace. It's one of those games that differs each day you play it, here presenting you with an idol that changes to a different animal every day. One day it's a bird, the next it's a wee octopus, or a monkey.

Shenmue 3 backers can request a Steam key, but they might not get one
Shenmue 3 backers can request refunds or change their version of the game from today, developer Ys Net has announced. Emails are being sent out to confirm what version you're getting, and any changes can be made from there. One of the options is to get a Steam key when the timed Epic exclusivity ends, but it looks like that's not actually a done deal.

Voting is open for the Golden Joystick Awards 2019
Voting is now open for the 37th Golden Joystick Awards, giving you the terrifying responsibility of picking—once and for all—the very best games of the last year.
Along with games, you can cast your vote for the best studio and, as of this year, best hardware. It's joined by a second new category, which shines a spotlight on the best expansions and updates.

And here are the GOG and Steam deals for the weekend:



Nothing else to say, except have a happy and gaming weekend.

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.