Category Archives: PC

Dying Light 2: Steepest Discounts Yet in Steam Summer Sale and Xbox Deals Unlocked

The Steam Summer Sale is just around the corner, but a new promotion from Techland starts a bit earlier and brings the biggest deals so far to Dying Light 2 Stay Human.

Starting today at 10 AM PT, obtain Dying Light 2 Stay Human at an all-time discount of 33% off for the Standard Edition. The Deluxe Edition will receive a 25% discount, and the Ultimate Edition’s price will be lowered by 20%. While these deals are available through the Steam Summer Sale, Xbox gamers can get the same discounts thanks to the Deals Unlocked sale!

Hurry to Steam or the Microsoft Store to take advantage—this promotion ends on June 24.

Summer is the perfect time to visit the City, as a horde of free post-launch content has debuted over the last few months. New Game +, Photo Mode, outfit and weapon packs, in-game events, and more await on your summer holiday to Villedor. While you’re in town, check out Chapter 1 – “In the Footsteps of a Nightrunner”, the first significant seasonal content for Dying Light 2 Stay Human.

Techland is highly dedicated to providing the community with awesome content and invites you to join them on this post-launch journey—only the beginning of a 5-year-plan of support for Dying Light 2 Stay Human.

To check all current promotions, visit the official website of our game.

Media and content creators are invited to join the Dying Light 2 Stay Human press center at dl2.dyinglightgame.com/press-center/.

Meet me at NooN Coming to Steam on June 20, 2022

Meet me at NooN is a cute puzzle game with hardcore time loop mechanics. Control two spirits that create time loops each day, learn their different behaviors, how they can interact with each other and how these interactions are interfering with their time loops.

History

Meet me at NooN is the first commercial project of Pandaroo Interactive duo, Tristan and Alex. The starting idea for the game was: “what could be the movie Tenet if it was a puzzle game ?”. After a first prototype on Itch.io, the duo decided to make it a full game. Meet me at NooN is now available and is ready to melt your brain.

Features

  • Two spirits: You play solo but control two characters – one during the day – one during the night.
  • Time loops: Each move you do is recorded and will be played back while controlling the other character.
  • No pressure: if you make a mistake navigate the timeline and go back in time

Neon White Now Available for Nintendo Switch and Steam

Neon White, published by Annapurna Interactive and developed by Ben Esposito and Angel Matrix, is now available on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Neon White is a lightning-fast single player speedrunning FPS where you can sacrifice your guns for godlike parkour moves. Players assume the role of White, an assassin handpicked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a shot at redemption and a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The game utilizes a unique card-based weapon system, bite sized hand-designed levels and a breakneck soundtrack by Machine Girl to turn players of all kinds into speedrunning freaks. As players unravel Heaven’s mysteries, they will discover the other demon slayers are more familiar than they first appear, and through the visual novel inspired story, they learn it’s never too late to seek forgiveness.

The official Neon White soundtrack, filled with heart-pounding beats from Machine Girl, is also available to purchase via Steam for $9.99.

To stay up to date on Neon White news, please visit: https://neonwhite.rip/ and follow Annapurna Interactive and the official Neon White account on Twitter.

Atari Reveals Atari Mania, An All-New Minigame Mashup Title for PC, Switch, and Atari VCS

Atari® — one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — is thrilled to reveal today its brand new microgame title, Atari Mania. Coming later this year to Atari VCS, Nintendo Switch, and PC, Atari Mania features a robust storyline told through a selection of 150 microgames, each incorporating beloved Atari classics from the 1970s and ‘80s golden era of gaming.

“As we celebrate Atari’s 50th Anniversary, Atari Mania gives fans a way to re-engage with their favorite Atari games and characters, while also introducing a new generation to the games that launched the industry,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen. “Atari Mania takes the elements of an Atari classic — incredibly fun, fast-twitch gameplay — and mixes them with the self-referential humor and over-the-top joy of a company celebrating five decades of amazing experiences.”

In Atari Mania, you’ll step into the shoes of “Caretaker of the Atari Vault,” tasked with watching over the storehouse of retro-tastic Atari games. One night, a dead pixel appears, and then soon enough, all heck breaks loose! As you journey through the Vault, you find that familiar and beloved games have begun to warp, mutate, and meld into a series of increasingly wild challenges.

With over 150 lightning-fast microgames to master, you will have to beat killer combinations of well-known Atari properties, solve puzzles, complete challenges, and beat the clock, all with fun Atari easter eggs to uncover along the way. As you advance, you will complete runs of increasingly difficult microgames in randomly generated order, before facing a series of epic boss battles.

Key Features of Atari Mania Include:

  • Manic Mashups: Over 150 microgames inspired by the breadth of Atari’s decades-spanning catalog, from Asteroids to Yars’ Revenge. Fight back Centipedes with a Pong paddle while the iconic Adventure dragon hunts you down! It’s crossover madness in the best way possible!
  • Excellent Exploration: Solve tricky puzzles and utilize clever tools to progress through the Vault and discover classically-inspired Atari Easter Eggs.
  • Pixel-Perfect Pizzaz: A charming neo-retro art update to the classic Atari 2600 style is completed by a soundtrack of retro-inspired jams.
  • Characters Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before: Go face to antennae with some of the greatest games and characters in video game history. Trust us — you’ll never think of Bentley Bear the same way again!
  • Treasure Trove of Atari History: Collectibles abound, including vintage Atari art, posters, manuals, and fun facts. Fully playable versions of remastered Atari classics are unlocked by completing cheeky challenges.

Developed by Montreal-based game design studio Illogika, Atari Mania will release on Atari VCS, Nintendo Switch, and PC later this year. The game will be available for purchase for $19.99 USD on all platforms.

To stay up-to-date on all things Atari and retro-pop-culture, follow Atari on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Hand of Merlin Review – PC

The Hand of Merlin is an interesting cocktail: two parts roguelike, one part strategy, a splash of RPG, a dash of high fantasy narrative, shake and serve in a Dungeons & Dragons mug. I think it’s delicious and the chemical makeup of influences does wonders to alleviate the randomization that can often erode the fun of roguelikes. Developed by Room C, a small team out of Croatia, Hand of Merlin, has been in Early Access for over a year, it is now launching for retail. While it has received mostly positive reviews on steam throughout its early access period, how do Merlin’s Minions fair on the open road now that they’re in the wild.

First and foremost, this is a roguelike that presents in a strategy RPG wrapper. From there, systems are implemented to give it a blended feel and a refreshing experience. I personally almost always suck at roguelikes, but what I lacked as a player is the game fills in with difficult choices and enough freedom to make me feel like I was playing D&D with friends. You play as representatives of an omnipresent Merlin who needs you to carry the Holy Grail to Jerusalem to purge the world of corruption. You’ll make your way across three worlds via nodes that offer a variety of risks and rewards. Even after you’ve competed your quest you can start afresh with new heroes, and a newly shuffled nodes in a “parallel world” to start over in.

At various nodes, throughout the worlds, you’ll battle your way through a grid-based strategy system. Your three characters will have various attacks, items, relics, and spells. This is all relatively straightforward until you start to add in the buffs and debuffs. Like Most role-playing, tabletop, and deck-building games, these conditions deepen the combat allowing for experimentation, but they also complicate it. The game has a useful interface to find out what all the myriad status effects mean. Without this, you’d be combing through the hint menu, and it’s greatly appreciated to be able to look up what systems are influencing the battle at any time.

It can be daunting at first with so many counters and status effects at play. The initial learning curve is a bit of a steep one. There are multiple difficulty settings to get your feet wet. I’d recommend first playing through the campaign on an easier setting and then playing again on a more moderate setting. Especially as you’ll have unlocked new characters and items to try out.

Artistically, the game is very polished and has a vivid color palette to elevate the high fantasy story. The environments are detailed and lush with small set pieces to hide behind, allowing for the cover system to feel natural. While most of the narration is done through text, major cutscenes have voice-over and light animation. Furthermore, the game blends in sci-fi in a way I haven’t seen before with a spaceship view of your world and insect-like enemy types. The only visual gripe I have is how often characters and enemies were occluded from one another or blocked by fancy status indicators. I like the effort of visually representing different buffs, but when there’s a swirling ring of fire, spike indicators, and tiny dancing shields all dancing around multiple characters, it can be pretty hard to notice the flat puddle-looking enemy hiding behind them.

Overzealous visual effects aside, the game looks and runs very well on PC, and I had no crashes or glitches. Furthermore, with the inclusion of controller support, I was able to play through a large chunk of the campaign on the Steam Deck. For those that are curious the game ran great. The smaller form factor did exasperate the occlusion issues I mentioned. That being said, why spend resources overhauling the game’s HUD for a tiny screen? Overall, the game is very enjoyable on a handheld and ran great on desktop.

Moving from Early Access to 1.0 the latest patch adds new characters, enemies, and items. I am always happy when games like these make good on their promises and can use Early Access as a springboard rather than a crutch. Furthermore, the addition of modding for PC will allow the game to be more than a one-shot for those who enjoyed their adventure.

By Merlin’s Beard! It is a pretty darn good game. The Hand of Merlin successfully blends genres in a way that amplifies what you love about them. While it is a steeper learning curve, with complex systems that rival Magic the Gathering, the narrative pulls you along and the promise of getting new loot makes you want to try just one more node in the hope that you’ll get a new piece of equipment that will give you the upper hand. It’s impressive what a small team accomplished. The game is polished and feels feature-complete which is rare these days. While it is on the shorter end, about 5 hours for a completed run, the game has a lot of replay potential, and I would highly recommend this to anyone thirsty for a new blend of strategy game.

Kwalee Confirms August Release Date for Bullet Hell FPS Scathe

Leading UK games publisher Kwalee and three-person developer Damage State are thrilled to announce that their action-packed FPS Scathe will launch on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on 31st August, 2022. The console versions will follow in early 2023. 

Today, Kwalee and Damage State have released a new blood-soaked gameplay trailer showcasing Scathe’s Dark Magic powers and how they can be used in the battle against the evil lurking deep in the pits of hell. Scour the underworld for ancient relics and harness the dark powers of the Fallen Mages. Charge up your arcane energy by crushing your enemies and channel it into potent spells. Heal yourself, summon aid, and wreak havoc on the legions of Hell.

About Scathe 

Scathe is an adrenaline fueled, classic FPS with big guns and even bigger demons. You play as Scathe, Enforcer of the legions of Hell, forged from the earth by the Divine Creator themself. And you, like your fallen kin before you, must prove your worth by navigating a deviously crafted maze, entangled with demonic evil at every twist and turn. So, grab your Hellhammer, lock’n’load and get ready to unleash your almighty fury!

Key Features

  • ESCAPE THE MAZE – Your task is simple; collect the three Hellstones and get to the centre of the maze. Choose your own path by navigating expertly handcrafted zones – each filled with danger around every corner. Collect runes the need to progress, and smite all that stand in your way.
  • BULLET HELL – Scathe is not your ordinary FPS… Get ready for bullet-hell where you must dodge countless waves of deadly projectiles. By utilising Scathe’s incredible speed, you can  dash through attacks, leaving you unharmed. Keeping on the move is the key to survival.
  • LOCK’N’LOAD – Rip through your enemies with Scathe’s insanely powerful arsenal of weapons, each equipped with a devastating secondary fire. Spew hellfire with the Hot Hatch or slice through endless evil with the buzz saw launcher, Bow Blade.
  • DROP IN/DROP OUT ONLINE MULTIPLAYER – Scathe will support full crossplay online multiplayer where players can drop-in and drop-out at any time. Already lost deep within the labyrinth? Call upon up to three friends to join the fight. Choose your kin wisely, because in Scathe, everyone shares the same pool of lives.

Scathe is scheduled to release for PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on 31st August, 2022. Consoles will follow in early 2023. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam now. Keep up to date with all the latest news by visiting the official website here or join the conversation on the social media channels – Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Discord 

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Coming to Steam this August

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack takes you on a journey where you play three characters trying to unite lost lovers, getting a fun-loving caveman back to his own time, all while steering clear of the scary-looking robots trying to erase you from the timeline.

You can experience the gameplay by downloading the free demo version available on Steam.

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack will be released on Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux) this August.

Persona-Inspired Tactics RPG ‘Demonschool’ Revealed at PC Gaming Show

Demonschool, the school-life tactics RPG with hints of Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, and Italian horror cinema, summons fast-paced, streamlined combat on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Steam Deck in 2023.

Developer Necrosoft Games and publisher Ysbryd Games (WORLD OF HORROR, VA-11 HALL-A) invite fresh-faced students to a colorful island and its “prestigious” university, where exciting sports clubs, a world-class education, and the impending doom of a demonic apocalypse await!

For freshman Faye, the last living heir to a long-forgotten family of demon hunters, school is nothing like it looks on the brochures. While her peers get to flirt through Freud and dabble in Dante, Faye and her new band of misfit friends get shunted toward supernatural investigations. A woman who lost her face? A summoning ritual in the cemetery? Mailer Daemons!? The underworld inches ever closer to the world of humanity… college is hell!

Demonschool is a streamlined tactics game where movement equals action, decisions can be rewound, and speedy mechanics remove the genre’s traditional cruft. Plan each student’s moves at your leisure, then hit the action button and watch it all play out in devastating, character-based combos. Destin, a hot-blooded fighter, can knock foes forward into Namako’s debuffing dash, and damage dealers like Faye benefit from shrine keeper Knute’s helpful wards. Adjust strategies for monolithic bosses and unusual battlefields, bucking genre conventions. Unleash tide-turning special moves to keep the demons at bay—if they reach the back line, the human world is lost.

Each surreal encounter brings Faye and friends closer to a dark conspiracy beyond their imagining, but thankfully, student life isn’t all bloodstained butterflies and dolls from hell. Live out an entire school semester, choosing what to study, who to befriend, and how much trust to share. Plan your team’s class schedule to develop their skills and acquire over a dozen new allies through myriad side quests in a vibrant world of giallo colors and lighting. Foster friendships or fiery romances between them all, strengthening combo attacks and elemental affinities and uncovering new endings. Explore extracurriculars in and around town with a darkly comedic cast of eccentrics.

Demonschool worships at the ritual altar of classic Italian horror films of the ‘60s and ‘70s, drenched in strange visuals and hellish grotesquery driven by a funky bassline that renders even the most horrific scenario irreverent. Its tactical battles evoke genre giants like Into the Breach, but fluid mechanics with fewer clicks and a generous planning phase make starting this class a cakewalk.

“We wanted to create a game with complete transparency while still allowing for mystery. You’ll never have to guess at numbers or what does what.” said Brandon Sheffield, creative director of Necrosoft Games. “We hope the story carries you through to a positive vision for the future, and what is possible when like-minded individuals work together against a larger evil.”

Demonschool opens enrollment on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Steam Deck in 2023. Take notes from Ysbryd Games on the official website, research the studio on Twitter and Facebook, and join the official club on Discord. Catch Necrosoft Games after school on the official website, Twitter, and Discord.

THE RIPOUT STEAM NEXT FEST DEMO IS LIVE NOW

3D Realms and indie developer Pet Project Games’ upcoming sci-fi horror first-person shooter RIPOUT has a free PC demo available now as part of Steam Next Fest. This is your first chance to get your hands on the game’s surreal PetGun and take on the terrifying monstrosities that await in the cold, dark depths of space in solo or co-op action for up to three players.

Inspired by classic sci-fi horror like The Fly and The Thing, RIPOUT transports players to 2084 to uncover the mystery behind a genetically engineered bioweapon that has wiped out mankind. Explore a variety of procedurally generated ships and fight to survive against nightmarish creatures that can adapt and reconfigure into even more deadly designs. Every run is unique, with a range of different objectives, enemies and upgrade options.

Here’s a look at what you’ll experience in the RIPOUT Steam Next Fest demo:

  • Intense Co-op Action: Embark on two procedurally generated missions, as well as a tutorial level, on your own or as a squad with up to two online co-op teammates.
  • Your Weapon Is Your Pet: Play with the unique PetGun, a living being you can transform and evolve with powerful upgrades to take enemies apart in fun ways.
  • Monstrous Challenges: Get a taste of RIPOUT’s most grotesque enemies, which can combine with smaller creatures to gain their abilities. Learn and exploit their weaknesses to survive.

Players can look forward to a fully fleshed-out experience when RIPOUT launches later this year, including a gripping story campaign with diverse missions, additional enemy and ship types, complete crafting for suits and weapons, a mission reward system, and numerous PetGun upgrades and behaviors.

The RIPOUT Steam Next Fest demo will be playable until June 20, 2022.

RIPOUT is available to wishlist now on Steam. The game is also in development for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S. For more information, visit https://ripoutgame.com, follow the title on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and join the community on Discord.