Author - Jerry Paxton

Wrath of the Elder Gods Table Out for Pinball FX

From the mind of Gary Vadócz, pinball designer at Zen Studios, comes an original digital table that challenges the truth behind your existence and dares you to escape with your sanity. “Wrath of the Elder Gods” releases today for Pinball FX in early access on the Epic Games Store for 55 in-game tickets, free to download for Pinball Pass subscribers.

Table Goals:

  • Acquire Madness by completing main modes, revealing the ultimate truth
  • Collect ancient Runes for random yet bizarre rewards
  • Shoot the Strange Structure and watch the horror unfold as it bleeds into the table
  • Feed the unspeakable monster in MAW Multiball
  • Watch the Herald corrupt the ball after a successful shot
  • Can you survive long enough to reveal the table’s shocking twist?

Pinball FX is free to download in early access for PC on the Epic Games Store. Keep up with the latest updates, weekly challenges and grand tournaments by visiting www.PinballFX.com and following the team on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Insurgency: Sandstorm Operation: Livewire Update Trailer

Insurgency: Sandstorm, the smash-hit FPS from New World Interactive and Focus Entertainment, has released the third major content update of its Year 2 Pass. Out now on all platforms, “Operation: Livewire” features a free new game mode, weapons and character cosmetics. Additional new weapon skins and cosmetics are also available as premium content.

“Operation: Livewire” introduces the exciting new Defusal game mode. Start the clock by rigging and defending a bomb on a weapons cache as Insurgents, or defuse the ticking threat before time runs out as Security.

Jump into this new action with the latest free and premium weapons and cosmetics released for “Operation: Livewire.” New premium content is included in the “Livewire Set Bundle,” available for free for Year 2 Pass and Gold Edition owners. The bundle can also be purchased separately.

FREE CONTENT

  • New Mode: Defusal
  • New Weapons: M60 (Security) and RPK (Insurgent)
  • New Gear Sets: Gunner (Security) and Seasoned Fighter (Insurgent)

PREMIUM CONTENT

  • New Weapon Skins: Black Powder and Damascus
  • Additional Gear Sets: Technician (Security) and Dealer (Insurgent)

Update 1.13 “Operation: Livewire” also includes a number of improvements and bug fixes for all platforms. For more information, check out the official update notes.

Insurgency: Sandstorm, its Deluxe and Gold Editions, and the latest “Operation: Livewire” update are available on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, as well as PlayStation®4 and Xbox One (enhanced on PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S). New players can grab the game at a limited-time discount of up to 50% off on Steam, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Gold!

Ravenbound Dev Diary – Welcome to Ávalt Trailer

As part of today’s PC Gaming Show, Systemic Reaction revealed a new developer diary trailer for the upcoming open-world action-roguelite Ravenbound. The complete, extended cut of the video is now available, giving an even closer look at the game’s fast-paced melee combat, enemy variety, progression system, and distinct folklore inspiration.

Ravenbound is an action-packed roguelite set in Ávalt, a beautiful but deadly fantasy world inspired by Scandinavian folk tales. You are the Vessel, and within you is the Raven – a powerful weapon forged by the ancient gods to rid the land of darkness. Use skill and wit to defeat ferocious enemies, become stronger and wiser with each run, and save Ávalt from its monsters.

Key Features

  • A Beautifully Deadly Open World: Freely explore a unique fantasy world inspired by Scandinavian folklore on foot or on the wings of the Raven. Choose where to go and which challenges to undertake, but beware: this land and its creatures are ever-changing, giving rise to new foes, locations, and trials when you may least expect it!
  • Intense Action-Roguelite Combat: Arm yourself with steel imbued with magic and face off against fantastic creatures like trolls, huldras, and the fearsome undead draugr in fast-paced, up-close combat where tactics are everything. Each Vessel has just one life to sacrifice, but the abilities you attain will benefit the next Vessel that rises in your place.
  • Play Your Cards Right: Ravenbound’s deck-building feature gives you access to more powerful gear and weapons with each new life. Expand your deck when you die, but pick carefully: these are the cards your next Vessel will draw. Improve your deck to give each Vessel the best chance to survive and bring the Raven closer to victory.

Ravenbound is available to wishlist now on Steam. For more information, visit www.RavenboundGame.com, and keep up with the latest updates by following the team on Twitter, Facebook, Discord and TikTok.

In Nightmare Launches November 29

Maximum Games today announced that the narrative-driven psychological horror game In Nightmare will arrive on Steam for PC on November 29th. Released across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 earlier this year, will include all content since its initial launch, along witha variety of improvements including updated graphics and improved gameplay.

In Nightmare follows a young boy who closes himself off from the world around him and falls into a deep sleep, during which his inner nightmares take over. Heartbroken about his family’s troubles, the boy escapes reality into a dark, whimsical world created from his own memories. This sets him on a journey to uncover a web of truths within a haunting world of deception.

With the help of his dream spirit, the boy will seek out ways to sneak past enemies, overcome intricate puzzles, and embrace his fears so that he may finally be able to awaken. Can you help him rejoin the waking world?

Wishlist In Nightmare today and prepare to break the nightmarish spell on November 29th: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1817290/In_Nightmare/

To learn more about Maximum Games’ full lineup, visit www.maximumgames.com and follow Maximum Games on Twitter (@MaximumGames).

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Gameplay Trailer

Award-winning studio Owlcat Games is thrilled to reveal the first gameplay trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader – the first cRPG set in the legendary grim darkness of the far future of Warhammer 40,000. Set to be released on PC and consoles, the game features turn-based combat and is being produced in close collaboration with Games Workshop.

Owlcat unveiled a new gameplay trailer during the PC Gaming Show 2023 Preview, giving viewers a taste of what it truly means to be a Rogue Trader. The launch of the trailer is also heralding the opening of the Steam and GOG wishlists for the eagerly anticipated title.

The fabulous Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader collector’s box revealed on the show includes an 8-inch painted figure of Navigator Cassia Orsellio, hardcover art book, Warrant of Trade that you can personalize with your name, Rogue Trader banner, and sticker pack. Together with physical items you will receive a digital version of the game in a selected store with the pack of various in-game goodies and access to Alpha and Beta versions. The Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order via owlcat.games’ website.

The Collector’s Edition contents:

  • Cassia Statue (8in/20cm)
    An exclusive 8-inch collectible figure of Cassia Orsellio, Navigator and noble companion of the Rogue Trader. Although Cassia looks youthful, her extraordinary powers strengthen the party immensely.
  • Art Book
    Read about the creation of the game and see the concept art and final hi-res artwork for characters, environments, and various equipment in this hardcover art book.
  • Warrant of Trade 
    The Imperial Warrant of Trade describes and sanctions the solemn duties and immense privileges of a Rogue Trader and their descendants.
  • Sticker Pack 
    “Fight for the Imperium”, “Success / Prosperity”, “Your Emperor Needs You!” – you will find these and other atmospheric slogans on sticker replicas of Imperial propaganda posters. Look out for the posters in various in-game locations and decorate your possessions with the matching sticker set.
  • Rogue Trader Cloth Banner
    This large banner is made from thick fabric and is a close replica of the coat of arms of House von Valancius.

Fans can support the game right now by purchasing a copy of the Founder’s Pack and become a part of the team behind Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader. Those who decide to support the developers early will gain access to the Alpha and Beta versions of the game, help the team to shape the experience with their feedback, and receive a set of unique rewards and items available only to early supporters.

The Founder’s Packs are available via owlcat.games’ website.

E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair Review

E-WIN has been in the gaming chair business for quite some time – making products that can take on the more mainstream brands while charging a whole lot less. We were recently able to take a look at the E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair and were very impressed. Read on for our thoughts on this new gaming chair and how it’s stacks up against the competition.

From a design standpoint, the E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair that we looked at features gray SoftWeave Fabric which is soft, yet durable especially when covering the Cold-Cure Foam that E-WIN uses in their gaming chairs. The foam is firm and supportive while also being comfortable. This particular model is available in three color varieties: Light Gray, Dark Gray, and Pink – all currently available for $369 on the official E-WIN website.

Setting up and building the E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair is very easy – even if you don’t have chair-building experience. E-WIN includes all the tools you’ll need and even throws in a pair of soft gloves so that you don’t smudge anything during the process. The box arrived and weighed a hefty 60 pound box but, despite that, the chair only took about 15 minutes to setup. Once built, the chair rolled easily into my office – it’s Hub-Less castors moving effortlessly across my carpet and rugs. The castors are interesting as they don’t have any sort of wheel hub and glide really well thanks t0 the all metal ball bearings contained within.

I have been using leather gaming chairs for as long as I can remember, and after using the E-WIN for a short time, won’t go back. Even after a few hours sitting on the E-WIN gaming chair and I wasn’t sweaty whatsoever.  Sweat and stick (as uncomfortable as it is) are two big issues with leather chairs. The SoftWeave Fabric is outstanding and the amount of customization in terms of the chair’s ergonomics is incredible. The armrest moves forward and backwards, left and right, as well as rotating and increasing or decreasing height. With very little effort you can get the armrests in perfect position. The chair back reclines from 85 degrees to 155 degrees back, providing a great platform for napping on your breaks (I was on a break, boss, really). The chair comes with two removable pillows – one for your neck and the other for your lumbar area. The neck pillow affixes to the chair via an elastic strap while the lumbar pillow just stays in place naturally. Each pillow is well made and comfortable, but you don’t have to use them if they’re not really your cup of coffee.

Overall, the E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair is an outstanding choice – whether you are a working professional or a hardcore gamer. Its SoftWeave fabric is comfortable and won’t stick to you when the heat gets turned up and there are plenty of ergonomic customizations available to make sure it fits your body position. E-WIN is pricing their chairs for sale and this model is no different. It is available now for $369 on their official website.

If you would like to purchase the E-WIN Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair for yourself, you can use the code GAMINGSHOGUN to receive 20% off!

Crusader Kings III Northern Lords Console Launch Trailer

Live the life of a viking adventurer or Norse chieftain in Northern Lords, a flavor pack for Crusader Kings III now available on Xbox Series X|S and Playstation® 5 consoles. Write new histories of northern Europe through new events and character options that bring the hardy life of medieval Scandinavia to your TV screens.

Crusader Kings III, Paradox Interactive’s best-selling medieval strategy role-playing game, casts you as the ruler of a royal dynasty that you must guide through the centuries, changing your player character and your strategies as rulers die and their heirs take control. Northern Lords, the first flavor pack for Crusader Kings III, gives special attention to one of the game’s most popular regions – the homeland of Paradox itself.

Features of Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords include:

  • Norse Adventurer Realms: Norse characters may abandon their own homes and lead hosts into foreign lands to establish their own kingdoms.
  • Jomsvikings and Shieldmaidens: Norse holy warriors and stalwart shieldmaidens take up arms on your behalf, while poet characters can compose stinging rebukes or romantic overtures.
  • New Cultural Content: Special Norse dynastic legacies, Norse blot sacrifices, trials by combat and cultural innovations, as well as numerous new events for additional color.
  • New Art and Music: Original art and musical score to enhance your playing experience.
  • And more: Berserkers, missionaries, runestones, Varangian adventurers, new decisions and other highlights from the exciting history of the Norse people.

This release is accompanied by a free update to Crusader Kings III on console that includes the highly anticipated Ruler Designer – a tool that allows players to create unique starting characters so they can more easily explore how different personalities or interesting combinations of character traits can transform the types of stories that they usually tell.

Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords is now available for Playstation® 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Please check the relevant stores in your region for pricing. Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords is included for all owners of the Crusader Kings III Royal Edition and owners of the Crusader Kings III Expansion Pass.

NORCO Out Now

NORCOthe critically lauded Southern Gothic narrative adventure game from developer collective Geography of Robots and published by Raw Fury, launches today on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It is also free to download with Xbox Game Pass.

One of this year’s must-play experiences, winner of the first-ever Tribeca Games Award and nominated for Best Indie Debut at this year’s The Game Awards, NORCO has players searching for their missing brother in the aftermath of their mother’s death in a gritty, dystopian version of South Louisiana. Team up with a fugitive android, a bayou pirate, a barstool private detective and other eccentrics to solve puzzles and explore the sinking suburbs, dilapidated strip malls, and verdant industrial swamps of Louisiana’s petrochemical hinterlands.

Heavily inspired by the titular town of Norco, Louisiana, Geography of Robots has blended true stories and personal history with inspirations from Southern Gothic literature and pulp fiction to create a uniquely gripping experience. NORCO features richly detailed cinematic pixel art, plus a captivating original soundtrack with music from Gewgawly I and Southern metal band THOU.

NORCO is also available for Windows PC and Mac via Steam, GOG.com, the Microsoft Store and PC Game Pass. For more information, visit http://norcogame.com.

EVE FanFest 2023 Dates Revealed

CCP Games today announced that EVE Fanfest will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland on September 21 – 23, 2023. Since 2004, EVE Fanfest has been the ultimate destination for EVE Online players to come together and share their passion for the game. EVE Fanfest 2023 takes it to the next level with a celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary and a first look at what the future holds with keynotes, player and developer presentations, panels, and more.

“Fanfest 2023 will be the biggest celebration of EVE yet. EVE will live forever, but will only turn twenty once,” said CCP Creative Director Bergur Finnbogason. “We’re giving the community an extraordinary experience, reflecting on what this universe has given us, and showing our commitment to making EVE live on forever. EVE is entering its third decade strong and we have no plans of slowing down. The game’s future has never been brighter with the recent Uprising expansion and continued EVE Evolved updates. Our community continues to inspire us and we couldn’t be more grateful for their efforts over the last twenty years.”

Join CCP and fellow pilots in the land of fire and ice as EVE Online celebrates twenty years on its journey into forever. Early-bird tickets are available here starting at $159 USD until sold out. Afterward, standard tickets will be available for $295 USD.

EVE Fanfest 2023 celebrations include:

  • Presentations, panels, and immersive experiences featuring EVE developers and players.
  • Fleet Up with alliances or corporations.
  • Meet and greet EVE player luminaries and developers through a star-gazing Aurora Borealis excursion, nature and city tours, and the charity dinner.
  • Celebrations with space friends and enemies.
  • The epic pub crawl and the legendary Party at the Top of the World.
  • …and more!

The full schedule of events will be shared in the coming months.

Commemorating Fanfest’s return to Reykjavik in 2022, CCP Games partnered with The Escapist to give fans an inside look at putting together EVE Online’s most significant celebration and its impact on the community. Filmed throughout EVE Fanfest 2022, the ‘EVE Fanfest Documentary’ pulls back the curtain on EVE Fanfest and how players use the event to forge alliances or reconnect with fellow pilots from around the globe. Eager fans can check out the trailer here and catch the full documentary when it releases next year.

EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting www.eveonline.com.

Surviving the Abyss Announcement Trailer

Paradox Interactive, a publisher of deep, immersive games, today announced a partnership with Rocket Flair Studios to publish Surviving the Abyss under the Paradox Arc label. Surviving the Abyss, the debut title from Belfast-based Rocket Flair Studios, challenges players to build and maintain a self-sustaining science lab at the bottom of the sea, managing the needs of their inhabitants – including their dread from the unseen horrors that lurk in the darkness. The game will be available via Early Access on January 17, 2023, and is available to add to Wishlists today.

Surviving the Abyss puts players in charge of a deep sea research facility, tasked with carrying out secret experiments at the height of the cold war. Exploring and mining the seafloor will provide access to the resources necessary to keep the lights on and the scientists fed, and unlock new options for expansion – but unseen dangers lurk just beyond the lights, waiting for any mistake or opportunity to reclaim the abyss as their own.

Expand your base, explore the darkness, and learn to face your fear – and you may just survive the abyss for another day.