Cosmic horrors never die, they just sleep, and immersive sim roguelike Eldritch from Minor Key Games has stirred from its slumber. Over the weekend, the game received a major free patch, renaming it to Eldritch Reanimated. It’s an across-the-board upgrade, adding new chambers, weapons, tools and monsters, as well as giving the game’s code a bit of a spring-clean. As well as being a great reason for a return to the game (Think Dishonored meets Minecraft in Cthulhu-world) this also provides me an excuse to embed Eldritch’s incredibly jaunty launch trailer below.
As the Game Boy prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Nintendo’s beloved Animal Crossing series has just reached the 18-year mark of its existence (well, yesterday it did – we’re 24 hours late). Sure, it might not be quite as significant, but it’s still worth reminding everyone just how much it has grown over the years.
The series first started out in Japan with the 2001 Nintendo 64 title Dōbutsu no Mori (also known as Animal Forest). In the same year, the original game was brought across to the GameCube and then localised for North America as Animal Crossing in 2002 and later on in Europe in 2004.
Another time-limited co-op mission lands tomorrow in Overwatch, telling yet another tale of the sci-fi super-team’s past. Similar to last year’s Retribution event, it looks to be another four-player romp, this time with Genji, Mercy, Winston and Tracer on the trail of Talon money-mech Maximilian. While I doubt the level will contain half the car-chases and dramatic duels shown in the trailer below, it should give us another, brief glimpse at a parallel timeline where Overwatch was a single-player/co-op game. The event runs from April 16th to May 6th, and launches alongside a swarm of new character skins.
Naturally, fans suspected this meant even bigger announcements were coming for the anniversary, specifically news of DLC for God of War. To quell those expectations, Barlog quickly tweeted “Just so no one gets the wrong idea – there is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry.”
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Xbox One Consoles and Bundles on Sale
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With your Xbox One purchase, the Apex Legends Founders Pack includes 2,000 Apex Coins, as well as an exclusive Legendary The Notorious One Hemlock Weapon Skin, three Roughneck Character Skins (one each for Wraith, Bloodhound, and Gibraltar), three Banner Frames (1 each for Wraith, Bloodhound, and Gibraltar), and one Founder’s Badge.
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Xbox Game Pass
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While it has technically been floating around Itch for a while, I’ve been sadly ignorant of Annwn: The Otherworld until its Steam release last night. Quantum Soul have produced a spooky Celtic take on intense 1986 stealth-puzzler The Sentinel, a formula that (from my noodling around with its demo) still holds up after thirty-three years. Players control a spirit in the underworld, unable to move, but able to drain energy from trees, then spend it on creating higher vantage points to teleport to, aiming to ultimately destroy the watchful eye scanning the horizon for you.
When it comes to causing carnage and unleashing violence, few things fit the bill as well as vehicular combat. From the heyday of Destruction Derby to the headline-baiting prime of Carmageddon, using a car to smash your friends/foes to bits is so satisfying it’s almost primal. Hell, there was even a Star Wars game back on PlayStation where you could ride a rancor into battle and fight speeder bikes and AT-STs. They’re just brilliant fun, regardless of the licensed backdrop or hardware.
Back in 2001, Canadian studio Pseudo Interactive decided to have its own go at the genre with Cel Damage, a vehicular battle arena game which took the power-up collecting violence of Twisted Metal and fused it with the cartoon slapstick of Wacky Races. Without the actual licence for that Hanna-Barbera series, the developer instead used a similar cel-shaded look (back when cel-shading was still new and fresh) and created its own roster of madcap racers. There’s Fowl Mouth (a noir-style black and white duck), Sinder (a miniature demon), Dominique Trix (a dominatrix, unsurprisingly enough) and more. Each one has a unique item they can fling to knock enemies aside or reduce their health, but for the most part, they all have the same floaty, bumper car-style driving model.