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Battle Brothers is now available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles!

The acclaimed turn-based tactical RPG Battle Brothers, developed by Overhype Studios and brought to consoles by Ukiyo Publishing, is now available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Battle Brothers releases at a price of €27.99/$29.99/£22.99 for the base version, with a 20% off release discount on both consoles; the game’s Complete Edition, with all its expansion DLC included, is also available.

Battle Brothers comes today to Sony and Microsoft consoles (PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Series X) after being released on Nintendo Switch on March 11th, 2020. The game has been universally praised for its deep tactical gameplay and its world-building and emergent narrative; Battle Brothers is a turn-based strategy RPG mix which has you leading a mercenary company in a gritty, low-power, medieval fantasy world. You decide where to go, whom to hire or to fight, what contracts to take and how to train and equip your men in a procedurally generated open world campaign.

The game consists of a strategic worldmap and a tactical combat layer. On the worldmap you can freely travel in order to take contracts that earn you good coin, find places worth looting, enemies worth pursuing or towns to resupply and hire men at. This is also where you manage, level up and equip your Battle Brothers. Once you engage a hostile party the game will switch to a tactical map where the actual fighting takes place as detailed turn-based combat.

KEY FEATURES

  • Manage a medieval mercenary company in a procedurally generated open world
  • Fight complex turn-based tactical battles with historical equipment and brutal injuries
  • Permadeath. All characters that die in combat will stay dead – unless they return as the undead
  • All characters come with their own background stories and traits
  • Character development without a restrictive class-system. Gain XP in battle to level up your characters and acquire powerful perks
  • Different weapons grant unique skills: split shields with axes, stun enemies with maces, form a spearwall with spears or crush armor with a warhammer
  • Diverse enemy roster. All enemies have unique equipment, skills and AI behavior.
  • A dynamic event system with atmospheric encounters and tough decisions outside of combat.
  • Three late game crises – a war between noble houses, a greenskin invasion and an undead scourge –, plus one included in the DLC ‘Blazing Deserts’, add a looming threat
  • Two full hours of orchestral soundtrack
  • Three DLCs that add even more depth to the game: origins for your company, new enemies, locations, cities, contracts…

Outer Wilds Loops Onto Xbox Game Pass

Outer Wilds, the critically acclaimed space exploration game from Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive, is available free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers starting today, January 6 at 9am PST.

Outer Wilds is an award-winning open-world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop. The game previously was nominated in 2020 for Game of the Year at both the D.I.C.E. Awards and the Game Developer Choice Awards. That same year, it won Best Game, Game Design, and Original Property during the British Academy Games Awards. It also won the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design Awards in the 2015 Independent Games Festival.

Mr. Prepper Review – Xbox Series X|S

Set in an alternative history timeline your character has freshly been brought back home by the federal agents that represent the all-powerful government. You’re left alone in your house with nothing but your pension for survival and a crafty nature to construct a bunker that will ultimately lead you to outwit the powers that be. Mr. Prepper is exactly what it sounds like. You are a resourceful, bunker-building, crafty man who refuses to let the authority tell him what to do. With the looming threat of nuclear fallout will you be ready when the time comes?

Developed by Rejected Games and published by PlayWay S.A./Rejected Games this studio and publisher seem to be out of Poland. While there is little to find on Rejected Games outside of Steam, eagle-eyed readers will recognize PlayWay as the polish co-publisher of House Flipper, the once darling of all home improvement gamers. I note the region of the publisher as the game no doubt is localized for a western audience and has heavy commentary on our political climate. Your political leanings aside, it’s a satirical tone and farcical world that you’re ferreting away your resources in. After a failed attempt at escaping your confines, you’ve been told to stay put, but that won’t stop a free-thinker like you.

You will start with a basic house that is relatively empty. It’s just enough to get you going. You can sell, break down, and purchase more resources through your mailbox where a kindly mailman will offer some flavor text about the world as he sees it. Each day runs in a cycle and each task takes a certain amount of time. You’ll get tired, hungry, and have a general preparedness score to mark your days by and possible survival. You’ll break down materials, search a forest for food and dig holes in your floor to build your ultimate bunker while still feeding yourself and sleeping. Like most progression systems in these games, you’ll upgrade a workbench to learn more complicated and valuable recipes. It’s a fun game loop in a new setting and I generally like these kinds of games.

My main criticism of this game isn’t the game design or the difficulty curve; it’s how challenging it is to play with a controller. I reviewed my copy on the Xbox Series X|S consoles and while it ran well, I was always frustrated to not have a mouse in my hands. The interface is multifaceted with many different items to highlight and even more to grab in the world. The issue went beyond learning a new control scheme. I genuinely could not build the muscle memory to disassemble items quickly. While I was playing on the easiest difficulty and never really felt in danger of losing, I still felt the time crunch to make each second count and it was frustrating when I couldn’t communicate what I wanted to accomplish to the game.

There is a tutorial at the beginning of the campaign mode, but it isn’t all that helpful. Sometimes different windows would be open and the text telling me what to select would obscure my objective. I learned the most when I hopped into creative mode and took all the time I wanted to knock against the system. To be fair this was a prerelease build and these things could be ironed out. However, I do not expect the 1.0 patch to launch with an all-new user interface and control scheme.

The art design is simple and lighthearted. I especially like the setting with the authoritarian democracy gone awry and it’s up to the common man to fend for himself. It’s a fun premise and its heavy-handedness makes it funny, not annoying. Likewise, the sound effects and artwork were adequate and I enjoyed poking around the world visually to see what little details there were in the posters and artwork. I especially liked the street sign by my door used for fast travel that just read, “Here, There, Anywhere.” I get the feeling the developer enjoyed making it and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Mr. Prepper is a fun but frustrating game that has so many systems and plates to keep spinning that it can be daunting to break the surface. Luckily as challenging as it can be at times the rewards and feeling of having outsmarted the government outweigh its shortcomings. I enjoyed my time with it and will put it in my backlog. However, it is a real shame that controls were not streamlined more. Too much of my playtime was spent trying to figure out how to tell the game what I wanted to do.

Overall, if you love resource management, crafting, and stickin’-it-to-the-man then this is time well spent. Right now the asking price is $15.49 on the Xbox Store (I believe a holiday sale may bring it down to $13.16). While I think it’s a fair price for what you get, unless you love this genre I’d wait to see if the controls get patched. However, if the setting and genre are exactly what you’re looking for, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy hours trying to avoid the nuclear apocalypse.

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The Gunk Available Now On Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC

Thunderful’s anticipated story-driven sci-fi exploration title from the team behind the SteamWorld series, The Gunk, is out now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. Players can step into the intriguing alien world of The Gunk now on Xbox Game Pass or via the Xbox Games Store and begin exploring the mystery behind the strange hypnotic substance suppressing a mysterious planet’s otherwise thriving ecosystem from bursting back into life.

In The Gunk, you take on the role of Rani, one half of a space-hauling duo that stumbles across a seemingly barren planet infested with a strange undiscovered substance they call “the gunk”. Rani and her partner Becks wonder if their days of scrapping for resources to make ends meet might be at an end with this unusual discovery. But there are other pertinent questions to answer: what exactly is the gunk? How did it get here? What kind of world existed prior to its arrival? And what happened to the ancient civilization that’s left only ruins behind?

The Gunk has a big emphasis on exploration with a wondrous and diverse alien world to discover featuring biomes ranging from rocky canyons, to dense jungles, to deep subterranean caves (this is the team behind SteamWorld after all) and a few more surprises. The gunk is turning all of these zones barren, but as you remove it using Rani’s upgradable goo-sucking power-glove, you’ll discover a flourishing ecosystem seemingly suppressed by this mysterious and destructive gunk.

While exploring, Rani can scan the environment to make new discoveries and learn more about this intriguing world. These discoveries will fill out her findings in a logbook, giving players who dig into these entries some clues about what’s happened on this gunk-infested planet.

“We’re delighted that players can finally visit the alien world we’ve lovingly crafted for them in The Gunk on Xbox and PC,” said Game Director Ulf Hartelius. “We’ve been itching to tell a more ‘grown-up’ story than you’ll have seen in our previous games and that’s precisely what we aim to deliver here in this rich sci-fi world that I hope players are going to have a lot of fun in!”

Critically-acclaimed Narrative Adventure ‘Lake’ Available Now on Game Pass

Gamious and Whitethorn Games announce their slice-of-life interactive story game Lake is out now on Game Pass for Xbox and PC!

It’s September 1, 1986. You take on the role of forty-something Meredith Weiss, who returns from the big city to her quiet hometown. She exchanges her busy career at a software company to fill in for her dad, the local mail carrier.

During her two-week stay in beautiful Providence Oaks, Oregon, she runs into a few familiar faces as well as plenty of new folk. As Meredith, you get to decide who to talk to, who to befriend and perhaps even start a romantic relationship with.

Whatever happens, at the end of her stint she’ll have to make up her mind: return to her demanding job in the big city, or stay in the town she grew up in?

Play Lake and…

  • Escape to a beautiful, rustic environment without cellphones and the Internet.
  • Drive around the lake in your dad’s trusty mail truck, or let the auto-pilot do the work.
  • Talk to a range of engaging characters, each with their own personalities and quirks.
  • Choose after-work activities: hang out with your friends, help out your neighbors or stay home and read a book.
  • Experience two weeks of branching story that doesn’t shy away from slice-of-life themes.
  • Determine your own story: there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers or endings, simply what you want to happen.

Lake is also set to release later on other platforms beyond Xbox and PC.

“Dark Souls meets Tetris” isle-shifting action roguelike Loot River is coming to Game Pass

straka.studio with the help from SUPERHOT PRESENTS and Slovak Arts Council have today revealed that their upcoming island-shifting action-roguelike Loot River will be part of Game Pass for PC and Xbox platforms upon its launch next year. Get ready to embark upon a journey down an otherworldly river in search of knowledge and loot!

To commemorate this occasion, straka.studio has revealed an all new animated trailer that shows off Loot River’s waterlogged labyrinths in style. And if you’d like to try the game out for yourself, a new demo was just made public earlier this week on Xbox One, Xbox Series S&X, and PC. This demo allows players to play through the tutorial, a sample wooden level, and an initial dungeon run. While the full game will be procedurally-generated, this demo is locked to one seed to merely give players a taste of Loot River’s unique isle-shifting mechanic and combat system.

Set in a series of procedurally-generated labyrinths, Loot River is a dungeon-crawling action-roguelike that combines the tense, real-time combat and dark fantasy stylings of Dark Souls with the spatial block-shifting puzzles of Tetris.

Armed with the power of the Relic, players can shift the ground beneath them, sliding floating ruins together in a series of tile puzzles. As players venture through these endless catacombs, they’ll encounter beasts, lost travelers, and bosses. These cosmic grottos offer a wealth of new weapons and gear to discover, as well as unholy knowledge to unearth for permanent upgrades.

Drawn to shards of an unholy relic, wandering nomads have found themselves in a perpetual cycle of life and death, losing their sanity as they journey through endless parallel realities, devouring each other to absorb the knowledge of their fellow travelers. No two journeys are ever the same as countless lost souls float through the Loot River.

“We’re very excited to have partnered with Microsoft in bringing Loot River to Game Pass,” said Miro Straka. “We think it’s great value for the consumer, and it helps us share the game with as many players as possible. We’re honored that Microsoft chose to partner with us for this, and can’t wait to share Loot River with the rest of the world in 2022!”

Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered out today for Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and Steam

Kick off the holidays Sam & Max-style with Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space, a newly remastered version of Telltale’s Sam & Max Season Two, now available for $19.99 USD or equivalent.

Join the Freelance Police on a bizarre adventure from the North Pole to the Fountain of Youth, from outer space to Hell and back. Zombies will dance. Mariachis will sing. A giant battle robot will trash the streets. And when their friends’ lives are on the line, Sam & Max will risk their very souls to set things right.

Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space is a five-episode comedy game that won Adventure Game of the Year nods from IGN, PC Gamer, and Adventure Gamers when it debuted in 2007/2008. The remastered version has overhauled lighting and graphics, re-encoded audio, eight new musical tracks, and a ton of tweaks, enhancements, and Easter eggs. This Steam post has an overview of the updates.

Save 25% on Both Sam & Max Remasters on Steam
Through December 21, a bundle of both Sam & Max remasters is 25% off on Steam. If you already own Sam & Max Save the World on Steam, you can buy this bundle to complete the set and save 25% on Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space. If you don’t own either remaster yet, the bundle will give you 25% off both games.

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Demo available for action roguelike Loot River

straka.studio with the help from SUPERHOT PRESENTS and Slovak Arts Council have today released a demo for their upcoming island-shifting action-roguelike Loot River. Slated for a release next year on PC and Xbox platforms, Loot River lets players journey down an otherworldly river in search of knowledge and loot! The demo is now available on Xbox.com and Steam.

Set in a series of procedurally-generated labyrinths, Loot River is a dungeon-crawling action-roguelike that combines the tense, real-time combat and dark fantasy stylings of Dark Souls with the spatial block-shifting puzzles of Tetris.

This demo allows players to play through the tutorial and two shorter levels. While the full game will be procedurally-generated, this demo is locked to one seed to merely give players a taste of Loot River’s unique isle-shifting mechanic and combat system.

Armed with the power of the Relic, players can shift the ground beneath them, sliding floating ruins together in a series of tile puzzles. As players venture through these endless catacombs, they’ll encounter beasts, lost travelers, and bosses. These cosmic grottos offer a wealth of new weapons and gear to discover, as well as unholy knowledge to unearth for permanent upgrades.

Drawn to shards of an unholy relic, wandering nomads have found themselves in a perpetual cycle of life and death, losing their sanity as they journey through endless parallel realities, devouring each other to absorb the knowledge of their fellow travelers. No two journeys are ever the same as countless lost souls float through the Loot River.

Loot River won’t be out until 2022, but I wanted to give players a chance to check out what makes it such a unique spin on the roguelike genre ahead of time,” said Miro Straka. “The full game will have loads more biomes, bosses, monsters, upgrades, and procedurally-generated dungeons – a feature disabled in this demo to not give away too much. We’d love to hear people’s feedback on it now, to ensure that Loot River is as polished as possible when it launches next year on Xbox and PC.”

New Walkthrough Trailer Gives An Insight Into Alien World Of The Gunk, Coming To Xbox & PC On December 16th

Thunderful are pleased to unveil a new trailer for anticipated story-driven sci-fi exploration title The Gunk where lead star Fiona Nova gives us a guided introduction to the game’s compelling world. This new game from the team behind the SteamWorld series will be released for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on December 16th, and will be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one.

In the new trailer, Fiona Nova, voice of protagonist Rani, introduces us to the game’s compelling characters and spectacular alien world. Rani and her partner Becks are a space hauling duo mining the galaxy for whatever resources they can sell to make ends meet. When they come across a seemingly barren planet infested with a strange undiscovered substance they call “the gunk”, they wonder if they might be in for a big payout.

The Gunk has a big emphasis on exploration with a wondrous and diverse alien world to discover featuring biomes ranging from rocky canyons, to dense jungles, to deep subterranean caves (this is the team behind SteamWorld after all) and a few more surprises. The gunk is turning all of these zones barren, but as you remove it using Rani’s upgradable goo-sucking power-glove, you’ll discover a flourishing ecosystem seemingly suppressed by this mysterious and destructive gunk.

The intriguing questions of what the gunk is, how it got here and what kind of world existed prior to its arrival can be uncovered as you explore. Perhaps the gunk has something to do with the ruins of an ancient civilization that appears to be long gone? Scanning the environment to make new discoveries and learn more about the world will fill out your findings in a logbook. Players who dig into these entries might just find some clues as to what happened here!

“As a team, it’s been a real pleasure to branch out and supplement the charm we’re known for with the SteamWorld series with a more ‘grown-up’ story like the one we are telling with The Gunk,” said Game Director Ulf Hartelius. “We’ve been working hard to blend that intriguing sci-fi tale with the cool raymarching tech we’re using to create our mesmerizing gunk and a rich world for players to explore. We can’t wait for them to finally get to experience it all on December 16th”.