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Frostpunk Review

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Available On: PC

Things were going well, or least as well as can be expected against an apocalyptic snowstorm, until the temperature plummeted another 40 degrees. “Snowmaggeddon” is a joke during brutal winters. But nobody’s laughing in the world of Frostpunk when temperatures approach -90 degrees, rendering most of the world uninhabitable.

In the last city my supply of coal dwindled to nothing as my geothermic reactor began shutting down. I watched a cascade of Bad News as my workforce grew sick, homes grew cold, and people began dying. I was forced to pass a law to enable emergency 24 hour shifts. Brave men and women operated frozen coal mines in the dead of night to give us the juice we needed. Some grew sick, and some were so frostbitten they had to have limbs amputated.

But the city survived. These harrowing moments solidify Frostpunk as one of the most memorable and emotional city building sims I’ve ever played.

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Save on Star Wars Games During May 4th Sales

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth may be one of the punniest ‘holidays’ of the year, but it also brings deep discounts on Star Wars games for PC and consoles. Sadly it’s also a reminder that despite the recent resurgence in the Star Wars brand thanks to the new trilogy, there aren’t many recent Star Wars games to get excited about.

Steam

If you’re looking for older Star Wars (like 10-20 years ago), the Star Wars Complete Collection has just about everything you need. It includes over 20 games, from beloved BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic to the classic flight sim TIE Fighter and co-op LEGO action games. The bundle has been discounted by 72%, bringing it down to $76.16. Or you could pick and choose your favorites. Each game is individually discounted by 66%.

One of the few Star Wars games not included in the Complete Collection is the more recently released LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oddly the Deluxe Edition (75% off), which includes the Season Pass, is cheaper than the base game (66% off).

GOG

As always GOG is your destination for DRM-free PC gaming. Their Star Wars sale is pretty much the exact same as Steam’s, though they do have one recent arrival: Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer from 1999. It just arrived a few days ago and as a new game on GOG it is discounted by 15%.

GOG is also hosting a weekend sale to celebrate Interplay’s 35th anniversary, which ironically includes a bunch of Star Trek games.

Origin

Since EA has the exclusive rights to the Star Wars license, you’ll find more modern Star Wars PC games on Origin. That consists of the much-maligned Star Wars Battlefront II, which launched last fall amidst controversy surrounding its loot boxes and microtransactions. You can pick it up now for 60% off.

PlayStation

With the exception of Battlefront II and LEGO Force Awakens it’s mostly older Star Wars games and FX Pinball tables on the PSN May the 4th Sale. Notably you can actually purchase play the old SNES Star Wars platformers on PS Vita, which are also part of the sale.

Xbox

Microsoft’s store includes May 4th sales on both XBox One and Xbox 360 Star Wars games: Battlefront 2, The Force Unleashed, LEGO Force Awakens, and Star Wars Pinball.

Mobile

Various ongoing free-to-play Star Wars games have deals on in-app purchases, including Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Star Wars: Commander. You can also snag Star Wars Pinball 6 for Free, and the mobile version of Knights of the Old Republic for 50% off on both iOS and Android.

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Farm Together in Stardew Valley’s 1.3 Multiplayer Update on PC

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Today there shall be rejoicing! The highly anticipated multiplayer update for Stardew Valley is available now. There are a few caveats: it’s only available on PC (and even then, GOG users will have to wait a few more days) and it’s currently in Beta.

To opt into the open beta, right click on the game in your Steam library and select Properties. Go to the Betas tab and type in the password – jumpingjunimos – and click Check Code. That should open up the beta option from the drop down menu directly above it. Select that and your game should begin downloading the update from Steam.

The developers warn that as this is an unstable beta, everyone should back up their saved games before downloading the patch, and remove any mods that haven’t been updated to work with 1.3.

Save files are located in %APPDATA%\StardewValley\Saves on Windows, or ~/.config/StardewValley/Saves on Mac and Linux.

You can play multiplayer by starting a new game or even by using an existing save (though you should still back it up just in case). For an existing game you’ll need to get Robin to build some cabins for your friends, which opens the game up to allow for multiplayer. Alternatively you can start a new game with cabins pre-built by opening the co-op menu and selecting Host New Farm.

Players should be able to join their games through their Steam friends list, or by having the host invite them through Steam. An invite code may also be used so that GOG and Steam users can play together, though GOG users must be using the optional GOG Galaxy client.

Up to four total players can share a farm together. Players have their own inventories, skills, and NPC relationships but share money and obviously the farm space. You can even marry each other to able to live in the same house together.

The major 1.3 Update is also adding a bunch of new content outside of single player, such as hats on horses. A full detailed list of patch notes is still forthcoming.

Stardew Valley released in 2016 as the indie darling of the year, and was one of Pixelkin’s Games of the Year. It has been ported to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The developer has previously stated that the Switch will receive the multiplayer update before the other consoles.

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Week-long GOG Sale Features 150+ of the Most Wishlisted Games

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A new sale kicks off today for digital PC store GOG.com. The Most Wanted Games Sale highlights over 150 of the most wishlisted games on GOG, up to 85% off. The sale ends April 23.

Unsurprisingly the top spots on everyone’s whishlists are dominated by big RPGs. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions hold the #1 spot (The Witcher 3 was developed and published by GOG owners CD Projekt). It’s currently 60% off.

Clocking in at #2 is the seminal 1999 cRPG Planescape: Torment, which is still lauded as having one of the more memorable stories and best writing in gaming (67% off). A spiritual sequel, Torment: Tides of Numenera, released last year from InXile Entertainment (it’s 50% off on the Most Wanted Sale).

At the third spot is the other seminal cRPG from that Golden Age, Baldur’s Gate II (75% off). Note that as with Planescape: Torment you’re technically buying the Beamdog-developed Enhanced Editions. Both games include their unaltered originals and the Enhanced Editions have generally been well received.

Other highlights of the Most Wanted Sale include a mix of classic and modern favorites: Divinity: Original Sin 2 (15% off), Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (35% off), Darkest Dungeon (60% off) and Superhot (50% off).

Does you wishlist line up with the general community’s? Or are you like me, having purchased most of those games already and now your wishlist is an eclectic assortment of less popular games that never go on sale? Harrumph.

The Most Wanted Games sale ends April 23. In related GOG news, if you pre-order Battletech you can get Shadowrun Returns for free, while a pre-order of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire nets you Wasteland 2.

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New Year’s Resolution Sale on GOG

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Did you miss any of the many, many digital gaming sales over the holidays? PC gaming store GOG is offering another sale to celebrate the New Year. The New Year’s Resolutions sale features a mix of both old and new games. The sale ends January 15.

If you shopped at GOG (or Steam) over the holidays you won’t find any new deals here. Recent game sales include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (10% off), We Are the Dwarves (90% off), Tyranny (60% off), and This War of Mine (80% off). Older classic titles include Psychonauts (90% off), Theme Hospital (75% off), and the Jagged Alliance series (75% off).

GOG recently posted a retrospective on 2017. They surpassed 2000 games in their digital catalog, with nearly 25% of that from 2017. It was a mix of acquiring classics like Jazz Jackrabbit and SWAT 4, as well as new releases of indie-ish games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Cuphead. GOG Galaxy, their optional Steam-like client, also moved out of beta and received several new additions, such as an in-game overlay.

Hopefully your New Year’s resolution wasn’t to buy less games. The GOG New Year’s Resolution sale ends January 15.

 

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Grab Grim Fandango Free During the GOG Winter Sale

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The annual GOG Winter Sale kicked off this week. The Sale features over 500 PC games up to 90% off. The sale ends December 26.

Unlike the Steam sales, GOG still has a few fun promotions with their sales. The first is a free game, Grim Fandago Remastered. The catch is that you need to claim it before December 14 at 6 am Pacific/9 am Eastern. Grim Fandango Remastered launched in 2015 with improved textures, models, orchestral score, and director’s commentary. The original Grim Fandango released in 1998 as a late-era entry of the Golden Age of LucasArts adventure games.

Notable deals:

  • Cuphead $16.99 (15% off)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice $22.49 (25% off)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch $15.99 (20% off)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition $19.99 (60% off)
  • Tyranny – Commander Edition $17.99 (60% off)
  • Stardew Valley $9.99 (33% off)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera $22.99 (50% off)
  • Grim Dawn $7.49 (70% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (60% off)

GOG is also offering Mystery Games in the form of $3 ‘stars.’ Each star contains a game that you don’t own, and stars are priced less than the sale price of games. You have no control over what game you actually receive, making it a quasi-loot box system.

GOG first introduced this mystery game feature during their Piñata Madness sale in August. I bought three of the Piñatas and got one decent game (A Wolf Among Us).

Every purchase you make during the Winter Sale, whether it’s games on sale, mystery stars, or card packs in GWENT goes toward unlocking more free games. Spending $15 during the sale nets you Hard West, while you’ll have to spend $40 to get Master of Orion for free. Hard West is a decent but flawed XCOM-like tactical strategy game set in a dark alt-Western world. Master of Orion is the 2016 remake of the classic space strategy series, but was met with mixed reception.

The GOG Winter Sale ends December 26.