Hunt Showdown

Crytek has announced that its promising multiplayer swamp horror Hunt: Showdown is entering Steam Early Access today.

Hunt: Showdown sees teams of two players scouring thick monster-infested Louisiana swampland in search of a specific, boss-like creatures each round. The first team to locate and eliminate that target gets the bounty, whereupon all other teams immediately switch their attention to chasing down the victors - to forcibly claim their spoils for themselves.

It's an immediately compelling premise, and there looks to be a solid mechanical core beneath the brooding Deep South ambiance. Hunt: Showdown has been in closed alpha testing over the last month, with a select number of registered players being invited to take part, and early word has been pretty promising.

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FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION

Buy a Steam copy of the upcoming Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition and you'll get to relive those hopes and dreams of ever seeing a shiny new Half-Life game.

Put down your money for a copy and you'll unlock Gordon Freeman's "legendary" outfit at no extra charge from the Steam Workshop.

The pack includes the Half-Life hero's suit, scientist glasses and crowbar.

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Abandon Ship

Abandon Ship, a seafaring strategy game with more than a smattering of the occult, has dropped anchor in Steam early access and personally, I am very impressed with how it's looking so far. I made a video about it earlier this week. In fact, you can view it below.

If you've not heard of Abandon Ship before, the core message in a bottle is that it's a game about taking flight from a murderous bunch of cultists very much in the same vein as FTL. As the captain of the ship your goal is to explore each new environment, balancing your supplies, money and morale while navigating a series of deadly encounters and preparing to make the journey to new waters.

Ever looming on the horizon are the forces of the cult from which you have so boldly escaped - they hound you constantly as you try to win your freedom with everything at their disposal, from cannon and shot to terrifying fishmen and an honest to goodness kraken. Here be monsters indeed.

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Hyper Light Drifter


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Hyper Light Drifter is a gorgeous 2D action RPG that arrived to some pretty high praise back in 2016. It also happens to be Humble's current limited time discount.

The game is discounted down to 5.99 / $7.99 for a limited time. At the time of writing, there's about one day and six hours left to pick it up at this price. Humble Monthly subscribers get an extra 5% off that price, too.

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Blizzard has issued a major new patch to Warcraft 3 amid rumours the company is set to announce a remaster of the 16-year-old real-time strategy game.

The update, which is live now on the Warcraft 3 PTR, makes balance adjustments to many of the heroes, adds 24-player lobbies and widescreen support. Check out the patch notes on Battle.net.

In a post on Battle.net, Blizzard announced the first Warcraft 3 Invitational, which is set for 27-28th February. Well-known competitors from around the world will be at Blizzard's Irvine, California headquarters to take part. Expect to see Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Park "Lyn" Joon and Kim "ReMinD" Sung Sik to play Warcraft 3 with all the new changes brought about by the update.

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Eurogamer

Bungie has delayed a number of key improvements set to hit Destiny 2.

Long-awaited features such as exotic repetition reduction, nightfall unique rewards and companion vendor viewing were all due to go live next week as part of the 1.1.3 update. These three features will now be released on 27th March as part of the 1.1.4 update.

Exotic weapon and armour sandbox changes were due to go live on 27th March, but have now been pushed back to May.

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Vampyr

Disease has always been joined at the hip to superstition and fantasy - the term "influenza" once referred to the influence of unfriendly stars - but there's something especially, horribly otherworldly about the flu epidemic of 1918-1920, which claimed over 50 million lives. Invisible to the microscopes of the era, the Spanish flu was a phantom terror, its spread censored to shore up morale in the closing stages of the Great War. Where other outbreaks had ravaged children and the elderly, this one bizarrely reserved its worst excesses for hearty young adults: its effects included "cytokine storms" that turned stronger immune systems against themselves, drowning the afflicted in their own bodily fluids. With no cure forthcoming, many sufferers fell back on folk remedies and occult treatments, lining their nostrils with salt, tying ribbons to their arms and burning brown sugar or sulfur to chase away evil miasmas. It's from this tangle of science and myth, monsters of the imagination versus the monsters of the laboratory, that Dontnod's long-in-development Vampyr takes its cue.

Vampyr is an odd beast, the kind of cheesy yet high-concept fare Dontnod seems to specialise in, but its appeal and potential shortcomings are easy to summarise: it's one kind of game eating another kind of game alive, a third-person RPG-brawler with its fangs sunk into the neck of an open-ended, dialogue-driven adventure game. Brooding, hirsute protagonist Jonathan Reid is boss doctor at a London hospital in 1918, charged with the well-being of 60 fully fleshed-out civilian characters, from flu patients and recovering soldiers to the crooks, shopkeepers, scholars and charlatans in the pubs and alleyways beyond. He's also, however, a closet vampire who spends his leisure hours duffing up would-be Van Helsings and other, less sociable varieties of undead, and he needs plenty of blood to unlock and improve his abilities.

You'll steal a few mouthfuls of gore from opponents in combat, all of whom appear to be generic characters that can be slain with impunity, but the most bountiful sources are the civilians in your care. It creates a rather dramatic conflict of interest - and a potent balance of player priorities, with the consequences writ large both in the number of plot threads available and the ambience of this region-based open world. Are you just another mindless plague in a plagued city, reducing hard-up districts to flame-licked wastelands devoid of friendly presences, tearing the very narrative fabric of the game apart as you thin out London's ailing society? Or will you try to discriminate between the deserving and undeserving, or even do without those precious level-ups entirely?

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Eurogamer

Epic has revealed more on Fortnite's upcoming third season, including details of its improved building features and the Season 3 Battle Pass.

Building is, of course, one of the core features of Fortnite, setting it apart from other similarly styled games. Epic's upcoming building improvements seem intended to pick up the pace of construction in order to keep the flow of combat moving.

Season 3 will introduce a new feature called Turbo Building, which must be toggled on in the options menu. This makes it possible to hold down primary fire to quickly and continuously place a selected piece. It essentially lets players "paint" that piece into the world, which is handy for constructing simple structures - such as the staircase shown in the video below.

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Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous' first big update of 2018 - known as "Beyond - Chapter One" - will release next Tuesday February 27th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Frontier has announced.

This will mark the start of Elite's third season of content updates, which differs from previous seasons somewhat in that it's primarily focussed on bringing much-needed improvements, adjustments, and refinements to the core game.

Chapter One, for instance, introduces the first of several planned visual updates to Elite's universe, in a bid to make it a more aesthetically interesting, slightly less beige place. There's also an overhaul of the Crime and Punishment system to address the way that the game responds to Commanders that harass - and explode - innocent players.

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Assetto Corsa

A new Assetto Corsa is hitting early access this summer - and it's set to be the official game of the Blancpain GT series.

Assetto Corsa Competizione, as it's known, will be utilising Unreal Engine 4, allowing the introduction of variable weather and day/night cycles into Kunos' game. All of which will make simulation of the Blancpain series - which boasts the Spa 24 Hours as its blue riband event - that much easier.

What's the Blancpain series, you might ask? Put simply it's the premier GT racing category, boasting healthy fields of prime GT3 machinery and the participation of big-name manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.

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