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Summer has now truly begun, with the launch of Killing Floor's latest seasonal event. The free Summer Sideshow: Pier of Pain update introduces another map of steampunk carnival carnage, Steamland, which is the first of Tripwire's new Objective Mode maps. Oh, and the survival shooter is free for everyone to play until July 11. Come, join the festivities!
Objective Mode introduces, as you've probably guessed, objectives, allowing for maps more complex than simply "kill all the monsters and don't die". Pier of Pain will have you repairing power boxes to open the fairground's gates, escorting Ringmaster Lockheart, and more. Also, as you'd hope, it's filled with little carnival games to play on the side.
Earning all the Summer Sideshow achievements will unlock new character Steampunk Mrs. Foster.
Tripwire's also selling a new DLC pack of four steampunk weapons made by the community, including a steam musket and absurd shotgun. It'll usually cost $7.99, but has launched at $3.99 because hey, Killing Floor and all its DLC are on sale for the event.
Check the Summer Sideshow site for more, and run on over to Steam to start playing while it's free. You can buy Killing Floor to keep for only $3.99 (80% off!) if you take a shine to it, which you may well: it is jolly nice.
Tripwire Interactive's support of Killing Floor has been jolly admirable, with regular free content updates and paid DLC releases which don't feel at all cheeky. After taking us to a frightful fairground for its summer event and a mutant hillbilly hideout at Halloween, the co-op survival shooter is blasting players to the Moon, of all places, in its latest 'Twisted Christmas' celebration.
This year, monstrous Christmassy versions of Killing Floor's monsters have swarmed a moonbase, and it's up to you to explode their heads and watch bits of brain float away in low-gravity.
Scattered around the moonbase are pieces of a superweapon you can assemble, and the update adds a new gun for the Medic class too. A new axe is up for grabs as well, if you either earn 40,000 gold in the free-to-play version of Dwarfs!? or own the full version. Plus, of course, this brings another opportunity to unlock the festive Baddest Santa skin.
The update was supposed to hit on Tuesday, but was delayed by a last-minute bug discovery. It is out now, though, and is scheduled to end on January 3. Two new paid cosmetic DLC packs, offering a robotic player character and gold weapon skins, are supposed to launch alongside it. Check the official event page for more details.
When your game is already about killing mutated monstrosities, you really need to push the boat out for Halloween. Killing Floor has always handled events with gusto and this year is no different, with zombie hillbillies after your blood and delicious brains in a new map. The Hillbilly Horror update also adds four new weapons, and the game and its DLC are on sale t'boot.
The Halloween fun takes place on a redneck homestead by a lake of glowing ooze, which has the unfortunate side-effect of turning the local population into brain-hungry fiends. Luckily, you're now armed with a nail gun, World War 2 trench shotgun firing incendiary rounds, vintage MKb42(h) assault rifle, and a medic grenade which heals chums while poisoning monsters.
Completing new achievements can unlock a playable grim reaper skin, too.
If you need even more firepower, a pack of four community-made weapons selected from Steam Workshop submissions is out now, packing a scythe, Tommy gun, flare-firing revolver, and buzzsaw-launching crossbow. It'll regularly cost $7.99, with money going to the creators, but is currently only $3.99 in the sale.
Hillbilly Horror and the sale run until November 6. Hit the event page for more information.
Roll up, roll up, for the carnival of carnage that is Killing Floor's Summer Sideshow. The eviscerating event has returned until July 23 with five new weapons, a new fairground map 'Hellride,' and, of course, more murderous carnival freaks. Steam will automatically download the free update.
Once again, Killing Floor has been overrun with twisted sword-swallowers, chainsaw-wielding monkeys, vomit-spewing clowns, Siamese twins, and other mutated monstrosities. Fortunately, you have guns and swords. More guns now, in fact, now that the five weapons from the community-made IJC Pack are now officially part of the game, having been rebalanced a little.
The 16 Sideshow Steam achievements are back, unlocking the Steampunk Mr. Foster character if you get them all, along with 9 new achievements. Tripwire has also released four new characters in the Urban Nightmare DLC pack. If you have more money than sense, you can also pay $5 for the money-spewing Harold Lott, based on 80s comedy character Loadsamoney.
Hit Tripwire's Summer Sideshow page for more information. Look, a monkey!
While you may very well have more games than you'll ever finish thanks to the explosion of 'pay what you want' indie bundles, you can always do with more, yes? If you're not all bundled-out, have a gander at the Be Mine Indie Game Bundle, which packs The Ball, Beep, Wasteland Angel, Sideway: New York, Xotic, and Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, plus a little music.
The bundle's being sold through Groupees. All games offer Steam activation keys, and several are available as direct downloads too.
Extra 'Incentives' are unlocked as the sales hit milestones, with Xotic DLC packs and Nikopol itself already reached. Others include game soundtracks, more music, and an aquatic screensaver.
20% of the bundle's sales go to gaming charity Child's Play.