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The free demo for Bad North is available now on Steam! Play a sample of the full game for free and survive up to five island invasions against hordes of brutal Vikings. Then when you’re finished, see if you’re up to the challenges that await you in Bad North: Jotunn Edition which features the full game with all difficulties and all available content updates.

Download the demo from the Steam store page and play today!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/688420/Bad_North_Jotunn_Edition/
Saints Row IV

Microsoft has revealed the latest titles heading to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service for PC, and they look an awful lot like Dirt Rally 2.0, Saints Row 4, Cities: Skylines, and Bad North.

Cities: Skylines, of course, is developer Colossal Order's phenomenally popular city-builder, which, since its launch in 2015, has gone from strength to strength. Four years on, it's now received eight major expansions - After Dark, Snowfall, Natural Disasters, Mass Transit, Green Cities, Parklife, Industries, and Campus - plus an enormous number of free feature updates, and even a console release. Its enduring popularity is well-deserved too; it's a thoroughly entertaining urban planning and traffic management sim, and well worth checking out.

As for developer Volition's Saints Row 4: Re-Elected (which includes all DLC), it's a wonderfully idiotic spin on the open-world gangster genre, this time ramping up the ridiculousness to previously unseen heights. While early games in the series played it mostly straight, Saints Row 4 throws caution to the wind, delivering a game in which aliens trap our likeable rogue's gallery of heroes in a digital simulation of their beloved city of Steelport.

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Saints Row IV

Microsoft has revealed the latest titles heading to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service for PC, and they look an awful lot like Dirt 2.0, Saints Row 4, Cities: Skylines, and Bad North.

Cities: Skylines, of course, is developer Colossal Order's phenomenally popular city-builder, which, since its launch in 2015, has gone from strength to strength. Four years on, it's now received eight major expansions - After Dark, Snowfall, Natural Disasters, Mass Transit, Green Cities, Parklife, Industries, and Campus - an enormous number of free feature updates, and even a console release. Its enduring popularity is well-deserved too; it's a thoroughly entertaining urban planning and traffic management sim, and well-worth checking out.

As for developer Volition's Saints Row 4: Re-Elected which includes all DLC), it's a wonderfully idiotic spin on the open-world gangster genre, this time ramping up the ridiculousness to previously unseen degrees. While early games in the series played it mostly straight, Saints Row 4 throws caution to the wind, delivering a game in which aliens trap our likeable rogue's gallery of heroes in a digital simulation of their beloved city of Steelport.

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Enter the Gungeon

If you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber positively quivering with anticipation over what happens next, inner peace is about to be restored: Microsoft has revealed the full line-up of games coming to the service on PC and Xbox One in September.

The biggie, of course, is Gears 5, the latest instalment in Microsoft's long-running cover-shooter series. The 'of War' may be no more, but the thick necks and bug mangling are still present and correct - and Xbox One and PC Game Pass subscribers will be able to see how developer The Coalition has fared on Friday, 6th September.

Before that, however, Motion Twin's exquisite action-platform rogue-like Dead Cells joins the Game Pass library tomorrow, 5th September, on Xbox One. It's coming to PC this month too but - and you'll soon spot a theme here - there's no release date on the platform at present. Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3 also arrives on the 5th, but that's Xbox One only.

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Bad North: Jotunn Edition - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Natalie Clayton)

Bloody Norsemen. They don’t know how good they have it, up there on those tiny frozen islands. Here I am, sticking another water bottle in the freezer and they’re still up there bashing each other into a bloody pulp over a pile of snow. Typical. It’s about time someone went up and gave them a good shake-up. Things might be grim up north, but Bad North is selling a convincing pitch to head back – and we haven’t even talked about today’s big update.

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Bad North: Jotunn Edition

We really enjoyed Bad North when it was first released for having such a pretty face hiding its super bad attitude underneath. Now, the deceivingly difficult little strategy game has gotten a rather large free update which the developers are calling the "definitive version" of the game. 

The Jotunn Edition of Bad North brings new features to both the easy and difficult ends of the play spectrum. On the easier end, Jotunn finally allows for sharing gold between units which was previously tallied only per unit. It also adds checkpoint islands where you can save your progress during a campaign without the threat of getting knocked all the way back to the starting island. 

For Bad North veterans, Jotunn grants a "very hard" difficulty which is unlocked only after completing the campaign on "hard." There's also some new meta progression in the form of "traits," smaller passive buffs for your commanders. Traits and items can be unlocked over multiple campaigns and equipped to your commanders as "starting upgrades" for your two commanders chosen at the beginning of a new campaign. 

You can read the rest of the changelogs for the update on Bad North's Steam announcement post. If you don't own the game yet, it's on sale on Steam, GOG, and Discord for 25% off in celebration of the new update.

Bad North: Jotunn Edition

Late last year, developer Plausible Concept released its fiendish Viking-themed real-time strategy oddity Bad North, a game that impressed Eurogamer enough to earn it a big old Recommended badge. And now, the studio is back with a "giant" free expansion, titled, appropriately enough, the Jotunn Edition, and it's available now on PC and Mac.

Bad North, despite its rather serene, somewhat minimalist good looks, is a surprisingly punishing affair, coughing up ever-more-difficult bite-sized challenges as players moved from island to island in the main campaign.

The goal each time never wavers, however; players must command their small army into position around an island in order to fend off attacking forces and protect as many buildings as possible. Armies are colour-coded into distinct units - specialising in melee attacks, archery for long-range assaults, and so on - and must be thoughtfully positioned, in time-honoured rock-paper-scissors fashion, to best deal with incoming marauders.

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Bad North: Jotunn Edition - Antipode51
The giant has come...



As the name implies, Bad North: Jotunn Edition is here for PC and Mac, and it boasts a giant amount of content offering new gameplay elements and systems including the ability to have select and start with commanders, selectable hero traits for each commander that give a unique attribute, four new items, and more. A new enemy type has also been added to give your defenders another threat to worry about.

Meta progression has been added to Bad North: Jotunn Edition allowing you to unlock items, traits, and more that you discover in previous campaigns and start with them when beginning a new campaign.

Beyond just content though, there are fundamental changes made to the campaign itself that make the game more accessible such as sharing gold among all units (previously tallied per unit), checkpoint islands to save progress during a campaign instead of starting all the way back at the beginning, enemy types being displayed on upcoming islands when viewing the map, buffed archers, and more.

Not all the changes make the game easier however; for anyone up to the challenge, a new “Very Hard Difficulty” has been added for seasoned Bad North vets.

Bad North: Jotunn Edition is the definitive version of the game and gives plenty of reasons for players to go back and face the hordes of Vikings they’ve fallen to over the last year, and the perfect chance to jump in if you’ve never played before.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/688420/Bad_North_Jotunn_Edition/

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Full Changelog

Upgrades / Meta Progression

  • Added 4 new Items – Mines, Jabena, Philosopher’s Stone & Holy Grail
  • Added Hero Traits – unique buffs for commanders
  • Unlock Items and Traits to equip your Starting Commanders
  • View details of all upgrades seen in the game in the new Codex view
  • Rebalanced all abilities that launch units (bomb, Warhammer etc.)
  • Nerfed the Warhammer, tweaked it’s targeting and added a 3rd upgrade level
  • Plunge attack is buffed and scales with Infantry level (veteran / elite)
  • When losing an Item Island you can see which Item you would have won


Campaign

  • See enemy types you will face before playing a level
  • Number of enemy types correlates to total enemy numbers
  • Movement of the Viking Frontier is more controlled & moves faster in harder difficulties
  • Jabena Item allows one Commander to deploy on two Islands per Campaign Turn
  • Optionally allow restarting of levels, as an option when starting a campaign
  • Added checkpoint islands that provide a fixed point you can return to, rather than restarting your campaign
  • Very Hard difficulty is unlocked after completing Hard
  • Ability to delete old campaign saves


Economy

  • Gold is now deposited in a shared Gold Bank, rather than distributed to commanders
  • Total Gold in a campaign is more controlled, less RNG
  • Some rare Islands will have a high gold count, but corresponding threat level
  • Philosopher’s Stone Item adds additional Gold into the economy


General Combat

  • Replaced the old red-shielded enemies with a new enemy type
  • Most enemies (including those with shields) can be knocked off of ships
  • Your archers are slightly more likely to target non-shielded troops
  • All archers (except brutes) are more likely to target stunned troops
  • Enemy archers are more likely to target shielded troops
  • Axe-throwers are more likely to target shielded troops with axes
  • Infantry are more responsive when ordered to retreat from enemies
  • Pikes are more able to form up near stunned enemies
  • Archers are better at targeting when close to terrain
  • Units are less likely to get stuck on sharp corners of terrain
  • Longships landing now do significant stun damage, instead of knockback


Commanders

  • Choose the look and loadout (item + trait) of your starting Commanders
  • See stats for kills and losses in the Upgrade screen
  • See home and death islands in the Upgrade screen
  • View dead Commanders in the Upgrade screen
  • Holy Grail Item allows you to resurrect one Dead Commander
  • Banner Icons altered to give visual representation of Commander Traits
  • Additional facial features, including new hair styles and gray streaks


Controls

  • Updated Camera controls for mouse / touch to improve responsiveness
  • Added alternate mouse behaviours for single button mice and touchscreens
  • Added alternate gamepad mapping


Visuals

  • New UI for all Island Rewards and Won Game
  • Updated unit outlines to be much crisper, especially with MSAA
  • Less visual clipping between shadows, tiles, longships and land
  • Tweaked coloration of the islands
  • Updated graphical effects for fire and smoke
  • Updated effects for bomb explosions
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