It’s Time To Tee Off! Cursed to Golf Out Today

Thunderful and Chuhai Labs are delighted to see their heavily anticipated ‘Golf-Like’, Cursed to Golf, drive its way onto PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch today. Cursed to Golf is a genre-twisting 2D roguelite golfer that features outlandish special abilities, diverse biomes, challenging bosses and a soundtrack that slaps harder than any heard in a golf game before.

“We’re so excited that people are finally being let loose on our dungeon-like course today on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC,” said Chuhai Labs’ Game Director Liam Edwards. “Best of luck beating my scores on the online leaderboard!”

“A quote? Dude I dunno, just like… buy it,” said Mark Lentz, Producer at Chuhai Labs. “It’s a Thursday, treat yo’self.”

Step into the (golf) shoes of a would-be golf champion who tragically dies just as he’s about to win a tournament. Instead of making it to heaven (or hell), you find yourself in Golf Purgatory. If you can golf your way through the ever-changing 18-hole course spread across four biomes (Purgatory, The Oasis, The Caverns and Hell), you’ll be able to ascend back to life. Prepare for dungeon-like holes, often with multiple paths to the flag, littered with Grave Grabbers, deadly spikes, explosive TNT boxes and all manner of other traps and hazards.

Fear not, cursed golfer. For all the hazards that stand in your path, consider Chuhai Labs your friendly caddy, handing you a host of helpful tools to give you a chance of overcoming them. Shot Idols are a blessing from the golf god, awarding you extra shots for smashing through them, teleporters will take you closer to the flag, even TNT boxes can sometimes hide shortcuts, should you detonate them properly! On top of that, ACE CARDS offer you awesome single-use abilities that you could never use in real life. Rewind time with a Mulligan, freeze water with the Ice Ball, guide your ball to its target with the Rocket Ball, get out of sticky situations with a Portal and blast your ball into three with the Scattershot. These are just a few of the over 20 power ups you’ll have access to.

In between holes, you’ll be able to drive around the map in your Golf Cart. You might discover some treasure chests, card packs, or come across a totally-not-shady-at-all guy who will meet you at forks in the road and help you choose a path to take. It’s always a good idea to stop by the Eterni-Tee shop to buy card booster packs, switch up your outfit, or store a few special cards in your binder so they can survive in between runs.

Death and defeat await, Thymesia launches today!

Team17 and OverBorder Studio have today launched punishing action-RPG Thymesia, on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch via Cloud Streaming. Taking players to the once thriving Kingdom of Hermes they will step into the shoes of half human, half raven hybrid, Corvus, the one remaining hope for humanity, as he attempts to piece together his shattered memories and save the world.

Combining fast paced combat with an intricate plague weapon system, Thymesia challenges players to take on a series of gruesome and unforgiving enemies. As Corvus, they must master the use of plague weapons – devastating powers reived from the diseased denizens that stalk the Kingdom’s streets – combing fearsome attacks, perfect deflecting, and agile dodging in order to overcome the punishing challenges that await, saving those that remain from a fate worse than death.

Thymesia Key Features:

  • Weaponising diseases: Seize diseases from enemies and wield them as deadly weapons
  • Fight Your Way: Upgrade and modify Corvus’ basic movements and plague weapons to devastating effect
  • A dark and deadly world: With a sinister and gloomy backdrop, Thymesia oozes character through its environments and setting
  • Unforgiving enemies: Corrupted by the plague, and mutated into monsters, enemies are twisted and incredibly hostile, challenging players at every turn

Thymesia is currently available to purchase on Steam. To keep up to date with all the information on Thymesia please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join us on Discord.

SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THE  BLOODHUNT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Developer Sharkmob is excited to announce the launch of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt (Original Soundtrack) by award-winning composer Atanas Valkov. The soundtrack is available to stream and download now from major music platforms including Spotify and Apple Music, and available to pre-order as a beautiful physical edition on Vinyl, CD, Cassette or MiniDisc from Laced Records.

About Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt (Original Soundtrack)

The sonically rich score for Bloodhunt was composed by acclaimed Polish-Bulgarian composer Atanas Valkov and features the Sofia Session Orchestra & Choir. The city of Prague, which is the backdrop for the battle royale game, provided much of the aesthetic inspiration for Bloodhunt’s soundscape: classical and romantic, yet with many a shadowy corner in which a vampire might secrete themselves. Valkov enjoyed creating contrast between modern electronic musical elements and old-world ones, as well as layering guitars and using irregular rhythmic structures. The overall soundtrack is both cinematic and brutal.

The soundtrack has also been mixed & mastered with involvement by the composer for spatial audio through Dolby Atmos where available (including Amazon Music, Apple Music and Tidal.)

Bloodhunt’s soundtrack can be safely used by content creators, streamers and players to allow for thrilling videos, podcasts, remixes and more as long as it’s not monetized.

Physical edition Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt (Original Soundtrack)

The physical edition of the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt (Original Soundtrack) is available to pre-order for CD, Vinyl, Cassette and MiniDisc here:

US + Canada: www.lacedrecords.com/collection/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodhunt

UK + Rest of World: www.lacedrecords.co/collection/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodhunt

Each physical version of the soundtrack features stylish artwork by Sharkmob, and is individually numbered. Purchasing a physical format from the Laced Records store unlocks digital downloads of the album (320kbps MP3s.)

Track List

  1. Bloodhunt Main Theme
  2. Prague
  3. Fight Night
  4. Chasing Shadows
  5. Theme of Brujah
  6. Theme of Nosferatu
  7. Theme of Toreador
  8. Theme of Ventrue
  9. Targeted for Bloodhunt
  10. Vampire Blues
  11. The Entity
  12. Next Time…
  13. The Ultimate Predator
  14. Bloodhunt Main Theme (Classical Version)
  15. Elysium
  16. Ambient Threat

About Bloodhunt (The game)

A third person free-to-play, savage Battle Royale experience set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. For the first time ever, experience the concept of vampires at war as sects clash in the city of Prague, triggered by the arrival of strike-teams from the Second Inquisition. Become the ultimate predator by using your supernatural powers, weapons and wit to eradicate your enemies.

Features:

  • Use supernatural powers to battle other players and computer-controlled enemies to be the last vampire standing.
  • Set in the beautiful Old Town of Prague, rendered with high fidelity graphics.
  • Customizable characters – play as a personalized vampire of your own creation. Choose your Clan allegiance to define your playstyle then let your personality shine through as you create your most unique expressive looks for friends and rivals to remember.
  • No “pay-to-win” or similar mechanics – created with a player focused mentality
  • Supporting 12 languages – English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Latin American), Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

THE ASCENT’S NEW CYBER HEIST DLC LAUNCHES TODAY

Curve Games and Swedish indie studio Neon Giant are thrilled to launch their new Cyber Heist DLC today, for their popular Cyberpunk action-shooter RPG The Ascent. Cyber Heist will be available on PC (Steam), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 for £7.99/€9.99/$9.99.

The Ascent: Cyber Heist is set after the base game’s main story and is accessible for those who’ve completed the main campaign and want to take on a new contract for a top-secret mission. Continue the story either solo or co-op with friends in a range of all new main missions and exciting side quests. Players can blast or smash their way through with brand new weapons, including advanced melee combat, in a new never explored before location.

In Cyber Heist, Kira, your former employer, has a new top-secret job, and as a newly independent contractor how could you refuse?  Venture outside of your familiar arcology into a brand new arcology owned by the Malhorst-Gelb Group. There’s some new ground-breaking tech ripe for the taking, but you’re not the only one with their sights on the prize.

Solo or in co-op with your friends, take on new challenging missions, explore brand new environments, fight your way against new enemies, and experience new ways of fighting using melee weapons!

  • CONTINUE THE STORY – SOLO OR IN CO-OP: The Ascent: Cyber Heist can be accessed once you’ve completed the base game campaign. Bring your friends with you to take on this new challenging contract. Your squad hasn’t caught up with you yet? No problem, as long as you as the host has completed the main campaign, your squad can join up and help! (We know you’ll be carrying them anyway…)
  • NEW WEAPONS: Speaking of carrying, experiment with all-new weapons, including for the first time in The Ascent – Melee weapons! So now you can get up close and personal with the new Rock Crusher and Guillotine!
  • NEW WORLD LOCATIONS: Discover and explore a brand new arcology owned by the Malhorst-Gelb group with breathtaking new locations and environments.
  • NEW MAIN & SIDE MISSIONS: Continue the story of The Ascent by completing new challenging main and side missions. Encounter colorful new characters like Ontario and Zell along the way, and fight against new enemies.

Cyber Heist is available on PC (Steam), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 for £7.99/€9.99/$9.99 .

Cyber Edition

There is now a special Cyber Edition of The Ascent available, this includes the previous DLC packages Cyber Warrior and Cyber Sec  plus the new Cyber Heist DLC, all for £36.99/€44.99/$44.99

Noghead Plush – Available to pre-order now!

The Ascent brings you Noghead! Designed by Curve Games and Neon Giant, Noghead Plush is made with an Ultra Soft Fleece exterior that feels amazing! A powerful ally to have in-game and an adorable plushie companion in real life.

Noghead Plush is available for $27.99 for pre-order and will be shipped on 19 November 2022.

To find out more check out the link here: Noghead Plush | Makeship

“Little League World Series Baseball 2022” Out Now

Batter up! Little League® World Series Baseball 2022 officially launches today on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Pitch, hit, slide, field, and rally your way to the championship at Williamsport’s famous Howard J. Lamade Stadium, just in time to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Little League Baseball World Series, running August 17-28.

The first entry in the series in over a decade, Little League World Series Baseball 2022 captures the thrill and excitement of one of the world’s most iconic sporting events in a new way and style. Experience the fun and fundamentals of the game as you pick your team, power-up your stats, and knock it out of the park to become a Little League All-Star.

Key Features

  • Become the Little League Baseball World Champion: Choose your team, then showcase your skills as you compete through the bracket to see if you have what it takes to be named the Little League World Series Champion. Or jump right into the action in an instant with Quick Play mode.
  • Play With Friends: Get together for exciting local multiplayer tournament action for up to four players. Customize the rules, select your stadiums and teams, and see who can win it all!
  • Choose Your Team’s Style: Customize your team’s look, equipment, and batting style.
  • Make Big Plays with Super Abilities: Use bonuses like Slow Time and Bat Tank to turn the tide of the game in your favor. Earn player-boosting stickers that let you build the most powerful team.
  • Get in the Game: Intense interactive plays put you in charge of executing incredible slides, catches, hits, and more to give your team the edge and bring the Championship home.

Little League World Series Baseball 2022 is developed by IguanaBee and published by GameMill Entertainment in partnership with Little League® Baseball and Softball. For more information, visit www.LLWSgame.com.

About Little League Baseball and Softball

Founded in 1939, Little League® is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with approximately two million players (ages 4-16) playing baseball and softball in communities across every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. Operated by more than one million volunteers, Little League believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. From professional athletes and award-winning celebrities to public officials and other influential members of society, Little League graduates have taken the lessons they learned, both on and off the field, to create the next chapter of the Little League story. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments

Dying Light 2 Story DLC Teaser Drops

It’s time to unveil Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Bloody Ties—the first DLC coming to the City.  What dangers await? How can you beat them? What will you get in return? One thing is certain… it will be brutal!

This is just an appetizer for Carnage Hall’s true horrors. Prepare for an even bigger rush of adrenaline and excitement when Techland uncovers more during gamescom Opening Night Live on August 23.

Toxic Games Reveals Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary to Hit PC & Console on Sept 14th

Aging like a fine wine, the remastered, rejigged, refreshed version of celebrated brain-twisting first-person puzzler Q.U.B.E. will launch across Steam, Epic Games Store, and Xbox Series X|S on Wednesday 14th September, with PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch versions following shortly after, Toxic Games can announce.

Aptly dubbed Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary, Toxic Games’ latest will bring refined visuals and, in some places, completely redesigned and revised sections to all of the content that launched in both the original release, and 2014’s Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut – which itself added a completely new story by award-winning writer Rob Yescombe.

Indeed, the brand-new comparison trailer perfectly showcases the visual differences between the original release and Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary, though the game will also include completely new content, including an entirely brand-new chapter called Sector 8, featuring an additional 4-6 hours of gameplay unlocked after the main campaign has been completed.

“We set out to make sure Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary serves as the ultimate celebration of the series’ ten-year run,” says Dave Hall, Creative Director. “Though this new trailer casts the spotlight on the new reenvisioned visuals, this isn’t a case of serving up the same game in brand new clothes. We’ve completely reimagined Q.U.B.E.’s world to offer fans – both new and old – an entirely fresh way to play.”

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary‘s debut coincides nicely with the launch of 2018’s follow-up Q.U.B.E. 2, which is making the leap from PC to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S for the first time in the game’s history.

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary features:

  • Q.U.B.E. – The original 2012 version of the game with improved visuals, new puzzles and gameplay tweaks from player feedback
  • Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut – The 2014 version of the game with a voice-over narrative and revised soundtrack
  • Sector 8 – A whole new chapter to the game, unlocked after completing the campaign. This provides 4-6 hours of brand-new puzzle gameplay
  • Fresh visuals, with the game entirely rebuilt from the ground up
  • Brand New Developer Commentary – The dev team reminisces about how they made the game
  • Assorted Extras – Screenshots, concept art, fully playable soundtracks in the menus, and other trinkets from the making of the game.

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary will launch across Steam, Epic Games Store, and Xbox Series X|S on Wednesday 14th September, with PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch versions following shortly after.

Hard West 2 Review – PC

Dying of dysentery is the least of your worries in Hard West 2. Ice Code Game’s sequel brings the weird west back to the turn-based tactics genre with a mix of zombies, witches, and the occult. It has its share of issues, but with some fun combat mechanics and an interesting world, Hard West 2 is more than just “another XCOM.”

Thankfully, you don’t have to play the original to keep up with what’s going on in Hard West 2. You join Gin Carter and his posse mid train robbery of the legendary Ghost Train. The ragtag outlaws discover the train is true to its name when they find the devil aboard. In a wager gone wrong, the posse loses their souls in a rigged game of poker. They soon set out to take them back the only way they know how, one bloody shootout at a time. Hats off to the beautifully animated cutscenes that play between major points in the game, which add to the dark moody atmosphere of the world.

Hard West 2’s combat can leave you feeling like a badass outlaw. Each character is given three action points to spend per turn, with attacks usually taking two points, and moving or using items taking one point. The real butter on this biscuit is the Bravado mechanic. Characters that kill an enemy, get their action points reset, effectively giving them an additional turn. This is super useful, considering you are almost always outnumbered by the enemy. Chaining together numerous Bravados can change the tide of battle and turn the odds in your favor.

Later encounters do bring spongier enemies, which in turn can lessen the likelihood of Bravado combos. These gun fights can turn defensive, with both sides digging in their heels and waiting out the enemy. The overwatch mechanic you’ve grown to expect in the genre is absent, which makes sense with the presence of Bravado, but this does make defensive games drag out a bit. Later encounters in the game are hard, but never unforgiving. You may reload an encounter here or there, but it never becomes a major reoccurrence.

Each of your characters also brings a unique ability to help break up the cycle of shoot, move, and repeat. One standout belongs to Lynn, with her ability to change spots with any enemy or ally in her range. This opens you up for so many combos. Charging forward with Lynn and then switching places with melee specialist, Laughing Deer, can result in multiple beatdowns in quick succession. Lynn’s ability can also plant Old Man Bill directly in an enemy nest to set off his bullet barrage ability with its large AoE.

Two other standout mechanics are the trick-shot and luck. Trick-shot allows you to bounce your bullets off elements around the map in an effort to hit enemies in cover. Luck increases hit chance following misses in previous turns. Trick-shot adds some variety to the combat and makes you rethink situations as you enter new areas. Luck you really don’t notice until you need more of it.

Like any turn-based tactics game you’re going to find yourself cursing at misses that “should have” hit. You’re also going to be hit by things that “shouldn’t have” hit. There were a few instances where I found myself getting creamed in what I thought was an excellent piece of cover. The maps are huge and there is plenty of cover. Sadly, there is no cosmetic damage to the environment.  Areas hit with TNT, look like they just got swept clean moments later.

Another downside to the map size is that you find yourself having to walk into fights, which can put you out of position for a fight. For example, in one mission I teleported Lynn into a sniper position, which revealed enemies across the street, out of range of the current fight. These enemies were then able to move into position while I still worked to clear out the current building. This only happened a few times, but when it did, it was an annoyance that lengthened out some fights.

Outside of combat, Hard West 2’s story is driven through an overworld map. Here you’ll find points of interest, shops, and set up campfires. This is where the RPG elements of the game shine. You’ll build relationships with members of your posse, revealing more of their backstory. All this plays out in text exchange, with some voice acting thrown in here and there. The voice acting is okay when it’s there, but it’s not saying much that you haven’t heard in other westerns.

Playing cards can be found around the map and used to buff your characters by building a poker hand. Just like actual poker, the best results come from the better poker hands. You can also find weapons for sale as well as other accessories. Finding the perfect mix of weapons, accessories, and playing cards, can make all the difference in combat. My personal favorite is a speedy Laughing Deer, equipped with TNT, just in case things get messy.

For those looking for a turn-based tactics fix, Hard West 2 offers up a great challenge. It’s carried by its weird western themes and its Bravado mechanic, and at 20+ hours to complete the main story, it’d be hard to turn your nose up to the $30 asking price. For a game featuring characters missing their souls, there’s a lot of soul to be had in Hard West 2.

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