This week’s free Epic Store games are spooky twosome SOMA and Costume Quest
Other / 31. 10. 2019

‘Tis Halloween, when ghosts and ghouls come out to play, and when Epic Games shoves a new batch of freebies onto its store because it’s also Thursday. But what’s this! Today’s releases – SOMA and Costume Quest – are a spooky lot, as befitting of the season. SOMA, of course, is developer Frictional Games sci-fi-hued follow-up to acclaimed horror, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This time around, Lovecraft-inspired scares make way for something rather more philosophical, but no less unsettling, with SOMA ruminating on the nature of identity as it lurches deep beneath the waves. Mostly its journey is one of richly atmospheric, and frequently claustrophobic exploration, although SOMA’s impeccably handled narrative is occasionally interrupted by shambling terrors, almost always wishing to give chase. These tend to be SOMA’s weakest moments, as frustrating as they are uninspired. Thankfully though, Frictional has added an optional Safe Mode since launch, easing the pain of these encounters. Read more

GI Show – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Luigi’s Mansion 3, And Minnesota Røkkr Interview
Other / 31. 10. 2019

Click here to watch embedded media On this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show podcast, we welcome…well, me. I’m the host. How’s that for a surprise twist? Andrew Reiner and Brian Shea join me for an extended chat about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. We dive into the campaign, and discuss the good and bad of multiplayer. Of course, we slide that talk right into Luigi’s Mansion 3 because what two games could be on farther ends of the spectrum? Next up, Kimberly Wallace, Joe Juba, and Matt Miller join me to discuss three recent indie releases: Afterparty, Lonely Mountains: Downhill, and Disco Elysium, followed by community emails. We only manage to answer a few this week, but the conversation they sparked was definitely a highlight. I’m thrilled that in our final segment we are joined in the studio by the Minnesota Røkkr – the recently announced Call of Duty League franchise based right here in Minneapolis. The panel of Brett Diamond, COO, Brian “Saintt” Baroska, coach, and Ashley “Midnite” Glassel, content director, explain the roots of their Norse-inspired name, give us details on the forming of the team, and insight into how you manage a big-time esports team.  From left to right: Andy McNamara,…

Lonely Mountains: Downhill Review – Serene Velocity
Other / 31. 10. 2019

Publisher: Thunderful Developer: Megagon Industries Release: October 23, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Reviewed on: PC Also on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, Linux A gentle wind rustles the autumn leaves, and an owl’s solitary call echoes across the mountainside in the pre-dusk light. My bike rattles across an old wooden bridge, and the path ahead curves around the rising roar of the waterfall. Instead of following it, I accelerate off the cliff at ill-advised speed, and crash headlong into a tree trunk, just missing the jump. Time to restart the checkpoint. Such is the flow of Lonely Mountains: Downhill, an idyllic mountain biking game of nature sounds and beautiful vistas juxtaposed against excessive speed and foolhardy jumps. 16 trails across four mountain landscapes all start the same: Your bike and rider are poised at the peak, ready to descend. From here, it’s all about the path to your cozy base camp, bumping and sliding down gravel switchbacks, dirt slides, hidden tree paths, and waterlogged streambeds. Can you beat your best time to the bottom? Can you manage fewer crashes this time? That simple formula carries the game forward, while the precise controls and many shortcuts and add depth to…

Enjoy a fleeting glimpse of Alien: Isolation gameplay on Switch in latest trailer
Other / 31. 10. 2019

Alien: Isolation is a Very Good Game, and, I’d say, up there with the medium’s all-time horror greats. So the fact that it’ll be heading to Switch this year is something worth celebrating – and you can now do that while watching approximately 17 seconds of gameplay footage on the console (plus some cut-scenes), thanks to its latest trailer. It is, as far as I can tell, the first time that we’ve been shown the actual game bits of Alien: Isolation running on Switch, so it’s a bit of a shame there isn’t more to see. Still, those 17 seconds look alright, and hopefully they’re indicative of the rest of the port too. Anyway, for those not familiar with the game, a quick introduction; Alien: Isolation, which was developed by Creative Assembly and originally released in 2014, charts the space-bound adventures of Amanda Ripley as she attempts to track down her considerably more famous mum Ellen – portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in the movies. Read more

Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer
Other / 31. 10. 2019

On December 20, the long-awaited Netflix adaptation, starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavil, finally arrives. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s influential novels, The Witcher will cover material prior to the beloved CD Projekt Red games – meaning both fans of the games and newcomers will have something fresh to look forward to. Check out the enticing trailer below.      Click here to watch embedded media If you cannot get enough Witcher, be sure to check out our reviews of the classic series: Witcher 2, Witcher 3 [Source: Netflix]