Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Bursts From the Tundra

Independent developer Timelock Studio and Serious Sam 4 developer Croteam have teamed up to unload standalone expansion Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem into the ongoing adventures of ‘Serious’ Sam Stone. The cold winds of chaos blow onto Steam later this month when Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem launches on Jan. 25.

Make your way through the vast Russian landscapes in five massive new missions set along Arctic coastlines, desolate forests, abandoned villages and a chilling ghost town. A new set of dangerous foes and bosses join the Horde including some of the most advanced and intimidating creatures the hallowed FPS series has ever seen. Lock and load new weapons like the experimental crossbow or jump into vehicles from snowmobiles to towering mechs.

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem took an unusual path, starting as an ambitious project from longtime Serious Sam community modding team Timelock Studio. It quickly evolved into a standalone expansion under the guidance of Croteam.

Serious Sam fans can preorder Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem on Steam today with Serious Sam 4 owners receiving a sizable discount on a preorder or post-launch purchase.

FIRST PERSON HORROR ADVENTURE AND PLAYSTATION EXCLUSIVE INSOMNIS RELEASES THE “LONG NIGHT EDITION”

Sony Interactive Entertainment España (SIE España) and Path Games announce the release on PlayStation of the Long Night Edition of their first-person horror adventure, Insomnis. Set in a mysterious mansion where strange things will haunt you, Insomnis has been developed as a part of the PlayStation®Talents project. After the release of the game last Halloween, Insomnis Long Night Edition is now available as a PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5 exclusive digital-only title for $19.99 / €19,99 and also on PC. Besides the digital copy of the game, the Long Night Edition also features the game’s soundtrack as well as four avatar.

KEY FEATURES

  • Experience the eerie atmosphere of the Castevet Mansion, a place where dark secrets are hidden for those that are brave enough to uncover them.
  • Every choice matters. Insomnis features a bunch of different endings so players will have to carefully choose how to move on in their game.
  • Solve puzzles and riddles to beat the main story in a game that doesn’t feature any combat mechanics.

In Insomnis, players will have to solve riddles and puzzles to uncover the hidden past of its main character, Joe Castevet. The game pays tribute to some of the great horror classics through environmental and narrative cues that will take players on an oneiric journey.

Things looked good when Joe Castevet inherited an old mansion. What he didn’t imagine was that the gift was actually a curse. The haunted Castevet mansion hides a dark secret and Joe will have to explore it to uncover his dark past using all kinds of items to solve puzzles and escape alive.

Electrician Simulator gets closer to launch. The electrifying prologue is now out!

Electrician Simulator, a relaxing game that will allow you to make a career in the electrical industry, will debut on PC as early as in 2022. This one-of-a-kind simulator will later also hit PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch. A free prologue introducing players to the game, Electrician Simulator – First Shock, has been released on 6th January.

Electrician Simulator is being developed by the independent Polish Take IT Studio!, which includes former employees of The Farm 51, who previously worked on such titles as Chernobyl VR Project and Chernobylite. The game will be published by Gaming Factory S.A. and Ultimate Games S.A.

In Electrician Simulator, the player has the opportunity to make a career in the electrical industry, stepping into the shoes of a young electrician taking over the family business. The gameplay consists of carrying out different assignments involving, for example, repairing electrical sockets or building a complete electrical system.

“The game will distinguish itself through its refinement and attention to detail. We place great emphasis on the lighting, making sure that it always looks realistic. The gameplay is directly based on the real work performed by electricians, but we are also introducing some simplifications, as great and relaxing fun is our top priority. We are sure that Electrician Simulator will appeal to both electricity specialists and players not very well acquainted with the topic” – said Dorian Loewe, COO at Take IT Studio!

The Take IT Studio! developers are working on, among other things, several different game modes, a wide range of skills, very diverse assignments and an array of workshop expansion possibilities. As an electrician, you will have access to various helpful tools, such as a set of screwdrivers, a wire stripper, a voltage tester and a cable detector.

“This is the first game that takes such a realistic approach to the field of electricity and the essential, everyday work of electricians. The exact release date for PC has not yet been set, but the game will most likely make its debut in the next few months. Later, in 2022 or 2023, Electrician Simulator will also appear on consoles” announced Rafał Jelonek, COO at Ultimate Games S.A.

Electrician Simulator – First Shock, a free prologue that introduces players to the game world and gives them a taste of what they will find in the full version of the new simulator, is now available on Steam.

Electrician Simulator – features:

  • an electrifying career;
  • diverse assignments to carry out;
  • a wide range of available skills;
  • various useful tools;
  • possibility to expand your workshop.

Electrician Simulator will be released on PC (Steam) in 2022. PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch versions are also planned.

Rubber Bandits Review – PlayStation 4

Fresh on the PS4 gaming scene is a raucous and whimsical multiplayer party game that pits four wobbly-bobbly crooks against each other to gather as much illicit loot and escape the scene before the cops come to lock them all away.  This multiplayer, cross-platform, online mayhem from København, Denmark’s Flashbulb Games is aptly titled Rubber Bandits, and what it lacks in gameplay depth is more than made up for in visceral entertainment.

The gameplay characters are just what you’d expect from a game bearing the name Rubber Bandits – coming in somewhat like a cross between Despicable Me’s wacky hotdog-shaped Minions and the floppy blow-up tube guy gas stations and cell phone stores put at the curb to draw attention.  This wobbliness of the characters affects the control physics as a whole – movement, momentum, accuracy, etc. – which adds a unique layer of complexity to what would otherwise be overly-simplistic gameplay.

Rubber Bandits opens in the central lobby, which happens to be a jail cell where the chosen character is housed.  Breaking out of said cell isn’t all that difficult, as the game leaves a key on the floor at the foot of the cell’s bed – but this key won’t open the door lock, instead the character can use it to melee-bash through the wall to gain entrance to a neighboring cell, or to bust out the cell’s bars and set the character off on the next gameplay level.

Rubber Bandits offers up three gameplay modes – Heist, Arcade, and Brawl – which is selected by smashing the toilet in the cell – seriously.  Each mode is intended to be played with up to four players, and can be played either locally on one monitor, or online – and yes, it supports cross-platform play with PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and of course PS5.  Arcade is the only mode that offers any form of single-player gameplay, which it comes off as very weak without the help of other gamers or AI Bots, so gamers looking for a single-player experience will probably want to look elsewhere.

Heist is the main gameplay mode in Rubber Bandits and is mad-crazy.  It Heist, the game party will play through three 1 – 2 minute levels trying to gather up the loot that is hidden around the level and escape through the exit door once it opens.  The levels are well laid-out, and the game does an excellent job highlighting possible loot and power-up stashes, spawn points, and exit doors prior to the start of each mission.  Once the timer starts, players move their cumbersomely floppy characters around the level, grabbing various items to use as weapons which could be anything from a loaf of French baguette to a futuristic laser rifle.  Players have a finite time to grab as much cash as they can; all while beating other players to steal their cash, and doing all they can to avoid being attacked and losing their cash, until the timer goes off and everyone makes a mad dash to the escape door.

Arcade mode is similar to Heist, except rather than playing against each other, gamers team up against AI guards and police.  The idea here is for the team to use stealth to sneak by the guards and get all the loot before being arrested.  Arcade requires a lot of cooperation between the gamers – which is often easier said than done.  Again, the game does a great job marking all the areas of interest prior to starting the levels, which definitely helps familiarize one with new levels – especially online where it can be embarrassing to be the only gamer coming in new to a level you haven’t ever played before.

Brawl mode pits gamers up against each other either “every man for himself” or in two-player teams, in a deathmatch-style brawl.  Each character has three health hearts that are depleted with each blow; the last man standing wins the level.  Brawl is little more than a vehicle for gratuitous slapstick violence, but it is fun.

As I have mentioned multiple times already, Rubber Bandits supports online cross-platform play, and whenever I was able to join a gameplay party, the overall online experience was pretty much flawless with no noticeable lag or crashes, but the act of actually getting into a gameplay party often took multiple failed attempts, with the matchmaking either timing out, or crashing altogether.  Granted, we often get the download codes prior to, or very early in a game’s release window, which as you can imagine limits the amount of available players for matchmaking.  Normally this isn’t much of an issue, but with a game that leans so heavily on online multiplayer; this made it a bit hard to review.  Hopefully as more gamers give Rubber Bandits a try, the matchmaking will become less finicky.

Rubber Bandits might not stray too far from the traditional multiplayer party game genre, but the unique characters, wobbly physics, frantic gameplay, and cross-platform online functionality make it a great addition for gamers looking to have good, mindless fun with their friends.

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.

Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition Comes to EA Play Today

Get ready to relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition. EA’s sci-fi RPG series – remastered and optimized for 4K UHD – has entered The Play List, and is now available to all EA Play Members with visual enhancements, technical improvements and gameplay adjustments.

Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, including promo weapons, armors and packs. The cinematic collection lets players customize their own character, from appearance and skill to a personalized arsenal in order to lead their elite recon squad across a galaxy in turmoil.

EA Play is a great way to get more from the games you love. Members can unlock exciting member rewards, unlock special member-only content, play select new-release EA games for up to 10 hours, and get instant access to a collection of EA’s best-loved series and top titles. Plus, members also save 10% on purchases of EA digital content, with a 10% member discount.

For more details on all the EA Play member benefits this month, visit: https://www.ea.com/ea-play/member-benefits

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FAR CRY 6 DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT, PAGAN: CONTROL, AVAILABLE JANUARY 11

Pagan: Control, the second major DLC coming to Far Cry 6 as part of the Season Pass, will be available on January 11 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Stadia, as well as Windows PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+* on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna.** Players must own Far Cry 6 to access Pagan: Control.

Players will embody Pagan Min, the iconic villain from Far Cry® 4, in a brand-new experience inspired by the roguelite genre taking place in the depths of the villain’s troubled psyche. Blending intense action and storytelling, Pagan: Control will provide a unique opportunity for players to explore Pagan’s mind, learn more about his past, and face off against familiar faces as he struggles to break free from his cycle of guilt and regrets.

Joseph: Collapse, the third and final DLC to release as part of the Season Pass, will be available later this year and allow players to dive into the mind of Far Cry 5 ‘s villain.

Led by Ubisoft Toronto***, Far Cry 6 is an open-world first-person shooter that plunges players into the heart of a modern-day guerrilla revolution. On the island of Yara, President Antón Castillo vows to restore his nation to its former glory while grooming his son Diego to follow in his footsteps. Yet, paradise comes at a cost and enriching his country means subjugating those who don’t follow his vision. Players will take up the cause to liberate Yara as Dani Rojas – a local Yaran and military drop out – tries to escape Yara but ends up joining revolutionary group, Libertad. As Dani, players will experience the adrenaline and chaos of “resolver” guerrilla combat, Far Cry style, with the most creative and innovative arsenal yet.

For more information on Far Cry 6, please visit Farcry.com

Ubisoft Bringing Ubisoft+ to Xbox and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass Members

Today, Ubisoft announced that it will bring Ubisoft+, its subscription service, to the Xbox platform in the future. The company also shared that it will offer Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six ® Extraction, a tactical co-op FPS that brings a whole new squad-based PvE experience to the millions of players in the Rainbow Six universe and beyond, to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members when the game launches on January 20.

Ubisoft+ brings players more than 100 Ubisoft games — including the latest releases, DLC and classic games — and rewards which include customization items, boosters and other in-game perks. Ubisoft+ is currently available on PC, Stadia, and Amazon Luna, and soon will be available on Xbox.

“By making Rainbow Six Extraction available to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members on the day and date of its launch, we’re demonstrating that we believe in the value and choice that game subscriptions offer to players,” said Chris Early, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Ubisoft. “Rainbow Six Extraction for Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members is just the beginning. Ultimately, we will offer the Ubisoft+ subscription service to Xbox owners so that they can enjoy the full extent of our Ubisoft+ game library, including new releases, on their consoles.”

When Rainbow Six Extraction releases on January 20, Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members can jump into this intense, thrilling, and unpredictable PvE co-op experience to take on dynamic incursions of up to three players. Rainbow Six Extraction builds on all the tactical gameplay elements introduced in Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft shared that Siege also will be available for PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members starting January 20 and will see its availability on Xbox Game Pass extended.

“With Rainbow Six Extraction, Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members are getting another blockbuster added to their library on the same day the title launches,” said Sarah Bond, Corporate Vice President, Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Xbox. “And because Rainbow Six Siege will be on both Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass as well, the Rainbow Six community and fans of tactical shooters will have plenty to look forward to playing together, no matter where they play.”

To learn more, please visit news.ubisoft.com

JOURNEY TO A STUNNING NEW WORLD OF THE ELDER SCROLLS

Across a vast sea awaits 2022’s newest adventure for The Elder Scrolls Online. The coming year will satisfy a desire of Elder Scrolls fans everywhere by introducing a never-before-seen world and a tale that has yet to be told.

Watch The Elder Scrolls Online: 2022 Cinematic Teaser Here:

To learn more about the exciting voyage that awaits you in our latest yearlong story, tune-in to Twitch on January 27, 2022 at 3PM ET when we’ll reveal a never-before-seen world, its stories, and culture of The Elder Scrolls Online. For the latest updates and information, remember to keep an eye on our official website and forums.