The Death of Autonomy: The National Security Law

As a result of the introduction of the Extradition Bill in 2019, many, many, MANY Hong Kongers took to the streets in protest of the bill. The extradition bill threatened the autonomy of Hong Kong in the sense that the Extradition Bill empowers China to extradite criminals back to China to be tried and jailed. […]

The Death of Autonomy: The National Security Law

As always, just sharing a well written post from a friend over in Hong Kong in hopes we can all understand what is happening there a little better.

Versus Evil Steam Sale

Versus Evil, one of the leading independent video game publishers, today announced a range of huge discounts across its entire catalogue in its publisher sale on Steam.

Stay at home gamers can take advantage of some great savings on Steam across a wide variety of titles including 10% off their latest narrative driven tactics RPG game Wintermoor Tactics Club that launched on May 5th.

Discounts include the critically acclaimed and award winning Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Obsidian Edition reduced by 60%.The Standard Edition of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire are also on offer with discounts of 50%. Discounts are also available across all three DLC packs for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire too, giving you even more adventure for your buck.

The stunning Viking RPG, Banner Saga trilogy also gives players a great reason to stay in with 80% discounts across Banner Saga and Banner Saga 2, and 60% discounts for Banner Saga 3 including the Legendary Edition and Deluxe Editions.

Card based strategy game Faeria is a deal with 60% off the main game and 50% off its expansion packs including Chronicles of Gagana.

Other discounts include 67% off hilarious turn based dungeon crawler Guild of Dungeoneering not to mention some great savings on its DLC packs Ice Cream Headaches and Pirates Cove.

BAFTA winning party game At Sundown: Shots in the Dark is available for 67% off its RRP on Steam too.

Fast paced digital board game Antihero is a steal at 67% off and its Book Club and Armello characters packs are also reduced with 50% off. Skyshine’s Bedlam can be snapped up for 75% off and space junk strategy game Habitat offers up a 90% off.

‘Transport Fever 2’ Coming to Mac this Fall, Major Update in June (PC, Mac)

Originally released in December, Transport Fever 2 has exceeded all expectations and become the fastest growing entry in the series yet. Transport Fever 2 gives you more than 170 years of real-world technology and history to design and master your own transportation empire with a vastly improved feature set, user interface and modding capabilities. Make your fortune creating elaborate new worlds of transport routes and infrastructure over land, sea and air. Choose from over 200 realistically modeled vehicles from Europe, America and Asia, including trains, buses, streetcars, trucks, aircraft and ships, plus modular stations, airports and harbors.

Experience the greatest logistical challenges from 1850 to today across three unique story campaigns featuring voiceovers and cutscenes, and let your creativity run wild through giant sandbox maps in free play mode. Watch your empire boom in beautiful detail with intuitive construction tools and dynamic economy, transportation and city simulation systems. You can even create and share your own worlds, missions, landscapes, vehicles and more with the in-game map editor and extensive modding tools and support via Steam Workshop. Build a diverse empire by utilizing the game’s new ecosystem options, which allow users to choose from distinct natural environments, each rendered in exquisite graphical detail.

NASCAR Heat 5 to release July 7th 2020 for Xbox, PS4 and Steam

The Gold Edition of NASCAR Heat 5, the video game officially licensed by NASCAR, will launch on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X, and PC via Steam, with the Standard Edition launching on July 10. To mark the announcement, NASCAR Heat 5’s debut trailer has been released. Entitled “Refuse to Lose,” it is narrated by legendary NASCAR sportscaster Ken Squier and features the cars currently driven by the game’s cover star, Chase Elliott, 2019 NASCAR Cup Series™ Champion Kyle Busch, and 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick.

 

Developed in-house at 704Games, NASCAR Heat 5 will be published by Motorsport Games, the video game company dedicated to the integration of racing game development and esports. The game features all the official teams, cars and drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series, as well as the NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™, and Xtreme Dirt Series. Race at 34 authentic tracks from across North America in single player, two-player split screen multiplayer, and online multiplayer for up to 40 players.

Motorsport Games has also announced that the Gold Edition of NASCAR Heat 5, available to pre-order now, will sport exclusive content featuring Tony Stewart, including the ability to have the NASCAR Hall of Famer as your in-game spotter, an exclusive Career contract offer from Stewart-Haas Racing, classic Tony Stewart paint schemes, the NASCAR Heat 5 Season Pass (containing four DLC packs) and in-game cash to kick-start your own team.

NASCAR Heat 5 is the definitive NASCAR video game experience, building on the foundations of the previous games with a host of gameplay additions and enhancements. The immersive Career Mode, now with improved statistics, lets you either work your way through the various series until you reach the NASCAR Cup Series, or start at the top for your favorite team. Meanwhile, the new Testing Mode allows you to perfect your car set-up for every track and hone your racing line.

With online racing support for up to 40 players, NASCAR Heat 5 is perfect for esports. The official eNASCAR Heat Pro League will race with NASCAR Heat 5 later this year.

Release date postponed for Little Town Hero Big Idea Edition

The release date for Little Town Hero Big Idea Edition for PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ has been postponed to June 23 in North America, June 26 in Europe, and July 3 in Oceania (Nintendo Switch™ only). NIS America also thanks the fans for their understanding and patience.

Snowrunner Out Now on PC, Xbox1 and PS4

Snowrunner is one of those games from Focus Home Interactive and Saber Interactive made for a very niche market of gamers, kind of like Farming Simulator 19. I was lucky enough to get a review code for this one and I can say a few things about it, such as graphically the game is beautiful and it plays well. The rest I will save for the full review but until then, enjoy the launch trailer, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pirates Outlaws Out Now on Steam

Independent game developer Fabled Game Studio today launches a rehauled version of its popular roguelike card game Pirates Outlaws on PC via Steam for £15.49 / $19.99 / €16,79, with a 25% discount in the first week of release.

Originally released to critical acclaim on iOS and Android, Pirates Outlaws is a roguelike card game where you build your deck and develop combos as you become the most notorious pirate to sail the seven seas. Choose from one of many playable heroes, with a range of different abilities, as you scour the seas to improve your deck from amongst 500+ cards and 150 relics while engaging in turn-based battles with all foes that stand in your way.

This PC release of Pirates Outlaws removes micro-transactions and features a fully completed Arena with decks and enemies from all six chapters – doubling the content available in the Early Access version. A new buccaneer has arrived to take up the chase! The new hero “Doctor”, with his ability to rise from the dead, will be available for players to conquer the high seas with. Another new addition is a tutorial to help recent recruits to better understand the mechanics of the game. All hands hoy! All loot and additions from the entire six chapters, including the most recent Fabled and Eastern Seas updates, will also be included.

Choose from two game modes: In Navigate, you sail from isle to isle on a procedurally generated map, conquering the seas as you battle outlaws and bosses while building the ultimate deck and refining your combat style. And then there’s the Arena, for players who prefer a greater challenge. Here you are thrown into an arena filled with enemies, armed only with your premade deck and relics, tasked with defeating unique champions as you aim to attain the 20 available trophies in order to unlock special upgrades and new skins.

Build your deck and amass your riches as you set sail in the most engaging deck builder of 2020. Charting your course through a procedurally-generated swashbuckling voyage has never been so captivating. Tactical use of your cards and loot are essential. Manage your ammo, armour and coins and sell unused cards in order to strengthen your deck. With its gorgeous art style and immersive gaming world, Pirates Outlaws stands out from the crowd but it isn’t for any old landlubber; only players with old-salt grit will be able to ride out the challenges of the treacherous high seas!

”After spending time in Early Access, updating with new exciting chapters, Pirates Outlaws is now ready, full of challenges and rewards galore. It is now one of the most immersive deck builders around!” said Nicolas Lavergne, Director of Fabled Game Studio. “We can’t wait for the players to enjoy everything Pirates Outlaws has to offer.”

Visit the Pirates Outlaws website at https://fabledgame.com/en/pirates-outlaws/details
Add to your Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1046300/Pirates_Outlaws/
Join our Discord community: https://discordapp.com/invite/5gxKmQz
Visit the Fabled Game Studio website: https://fabledgame.com/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FabledGame
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fabledgame/

About Fabled Game Studio
Fabled Game Studio is a seven-person game development team based in Shenzhen, China. Founded in 2018, with the intention to promote and develop Chinese creativity in indie game development, Fabled Game Studio aims to become internationally renowned in the games industry. Currently available on the App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android mobile handset, Pirates Outlaws is currently available on PC for Steam via Early Access.

Trails of Cold Steel IV Announced

Trails of Cold Steel IV is coming to PlayStation®4 in Fall 2020 and later to Nintendo Switch™ and PC in 2021! The heroes of Class VII find themselves against the full force of the Empire in an attempt to stop its path of total domination. Further, the hero of the Erebonian Civil War and Class VII’s instructor, Rean Schwarzer, has gone missing. Now, the students of Class VII, old and new, must unite with heroes from all over the continent to create the only chance the world has to be spared from total destruction.

Kaze and The Wild Masks Open Bea

Yesterday SOEDESCO® and VOX Game Studio announced an Open Beta for 90’s inspired platformer Kaze and the Wild Masks. From April 6th until April 13, the nostalgic pixel-art platformer is playable in Open Beta on Steam®. By joining the Open Beta, players worldwide can already hop through the Crystal Islands and give their feedback. Players can leave their feedback on the SOEDESCO Discord server or via the Steam Community Hub. In the Open Beta, players get to discover the powers from several Wild Masks. These include the lizard, shark and eagle. Invoking their powers gives Kaze the ability to sprint, fly and swim.

Go to the Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/829280/Kaze_and_the_Wild_Masks/
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/5fFry9TnXy8
Download the press kit: https://my.hidrive.com/share/j1lv32u3s7
Go to the SOEDESCO Discord server: https://discord.gg/soedesco
Go to the Steam Community Hub: https://steamcommunity.com/app/829280/discussions/

True nostalgia 
Kaze and the Wild Masks takes players on a trip down memory lane with its inspirations from the golden age of platformer games. The game has simple and intuitive mechanics, difficult challenges and iconic bosses that bring the iconic 90’s platformer vibe to life. Kaze and the Wild Masks is inspired by classics such as Donkey Kong Country 2® and Super Mario World®. The platformer creates its own identity with colorful modern pixel art graphics that appeal to past and present generations.

Disaster Report 4 Summer Memories (PS4)

As always, a huge shout out to NIS America for hooking me up with a review copy of this one. It is always appreciated and I am very grateful as always. That being said, let’s get this started.

Have you ever wondered how you would react during a major earthquake? With Disaster Report 4 now is your chance to find out. From the very start, you will make a few choices about your character before everything hits the proverbial fan. You will then find yourself outside of a crashed bus with buildings down all around you. This first part will basically introduce you to the game. You will find some people to talk to, maybe help a teacher find some kids or give some directions and avoid some falling debris. I say maybe because with most things in the game you have some options. For example, you can be helpful at one point and get a guy some toilet paper. To do this you will need to run a store for a few minutes to find out where it is. So are you going to be decent and sell it for the price its marked, or jack the price up? Or maybe just go in between and try to pocket some of the money for yourself?

The game does give you moral points for the good and bad you do in the world, so this does put a twist on what you do, but there is a reward for the bad behavior. See things cost money, and you aren’t exactly a rich person. The game does a great job of making things feel pretty broken and run down. From aftershocks randomly shaking around to buildings falling over, which by the way they can kill you. There are even fires everywhere and cars busted and burning.

The game is beautifully crafted and the music and sound make the setting very well done tho my biggest complaint is simple. Its voice acting is all in its native language. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but it seemed particularly distracting here and really took me out of feeling like part of the world I was in. This is obviously just a personal preference, and I never came across any glitches or issues with the control. The only other issue for me was the lack of anything to really do besides talking to people and wandering around.  The game was interesting it just wasn’t my cup of tea so to speak. I personally did not enjoy it much, but I wouldn’t advise against it if you enjoy this time of game or even the concept. It is a solid 7/10, it isn’t for me but there are definitely people out there that will love it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.