GOG free game “Mount & Blade” + “Mount & Blade” series sale

GOG doesn’t seem to stop with their round of giveaway games, as TaleWorlds Entertainment‘s medieval combat simulator Mount & Blade is free for 48 hours, too.

It looks like a multiplayer experience, but the game is single-player only, although it might feel like a MMORPG. Taking place in the fictional land of Calradia, the player’s task is to rise from lonely adventurer to king by conquering castles, taxing villagers, building an army, and gainign experience. So it’s a mix of RPG action complete with swords and bows, and strategy, i.e. making sure that one’s castles and lands are protected before and after battles, too. Help comes in various forms, e.g. from lords, commoners, and heroes who have their own personalities, which could also lead to different allegiances.

The game’s graphics might be dated, but the game itself has received quite a lot of positive recognition over the years, not least in the modding community and competitive gaming scene. One can actually watch people compete today (Saturday, May 20th 2017) on the developer’s own official Twitch channel. Afterwards it’s possible that viewers vote for the Best Skills Award – Audience Choice and therefore get the chance to win 5 Mount & Blade hoodies and 10 GOG copies of Mount & Blade: Warband.

So be quick, as Mount & Blade is only available for free until May 21, 1 PM UTC. There’s also a sale of the whole series that will last until May 21, 10 PM UTC:

Mount & Blade: Warband
Mount & Blade: Warband – Napoleonic Wars
Mount & Blade: Warband – Viking Conquest: Reforged Edition
Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword

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Game release: “Syberia 3” (PC,PS4,Xbox One)

It’s amazing how long it takes for some game series to be revived, but Microids‘ point-and-click adventure Syberia 3 finally made its way to digital shores.

The first game (reviewed here) and second one (reviewed there) are 15 and 13 years old already, and while the story had quite a fitting end, Benoit Sokal decided to give gamers a new one about former lawyer Kate Walker who went on a journey to find the last remaining heir of an automaton factory, becoming involved in an epic adventure which brought her to the fabled Syberia where mammoths still live. Now she has to help the Youkol people, nomads who were connected to her first journeys, against a militaristic group, while at the same time confronting her own past.

This is a game I’ve been waiting for years to happen… and not. It might sound strange, but considering how the first two games tied together as one story with quite a satisfying ending, it felt wrong to continue it, although I’ve always wanted to explore more of the world of Syberia with its rich lore and interesting people/creatures. Revisiting this place will most definitely be a weird experience after all these years, and if current reviews are anything to go by, gameplay, story and presentation haven’t been received particularly well.

This might have to do with a different, darker plot or a more action-oriented approach with 3D environments to explore (although it won’t hopefully try to imitate Lara Croft’s reboot, as similarities in outfit/look of Kate Walker can’t be shaken off), bringing with it third-person controls. From the looks of it, character animations aren’t the best, but it’s still extremely beautiful due to comic author Benoit Sokal’s art direction. The soundtrack also feels like a great addition to the former scores, and to be honest, gameplay and puzzles have never been strengths of the series, so this could still deliver.

The game is now available on PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version coming soon. In addition, there’s a deluxe upgrade that includes digital soundtracks by Inon Zur, the exclusive digital 20 first pages of the next comic books (exciting stuff, as it was always my dream to read an adaptation!), and a digital wallpaper. It’s just too bad that everything is DRM, so no GOG version at the moment. 40 GB of install space is also not without its problems…

Buy the PC game on
Steam
Amazon Germany
Amazon UK (includes Syberia 1+2 as well)
Amazon USA

Buy the console game on
Amazon Germany (PS4)
Amazon Germany (Xbox One)
Amazon UK (PS4)
Amazon UK (Xbox One)
Amazon USA (PS4)
Amazon USA (Xbox One)

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PC game “Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves” now free

If one waits long enough and if luck is with you, then you can get all kinds of good games for free, as is the case with Artifice Studio‘s action-strategy adventure Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves.

There are just too many games to play these days, especially indie games which are usually already quite inexpensive being featured in various bundles or sales. But if giveaways like Eador: Genesis or Dungeons 2 become the norm, then it’s even more difficult to get through all of them. Unlike these two titles, Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves isn’t available for free for a limited time, but indefinitely, it seems.

The game was released in 2014 and received some pretty good reviews, although it has passed me by unnoticed so far. It’s about two brothers who aren’t on good terms with each other, but who have to fight together against creatures of the night in order to protect their sister who’s pursued by the Devil himself in 19th century Canada. What this means is a tower-defense kind of gameplay, i.e. preparing for nightly attacks by setting up traps. Taking the role of one brother involves real-time hacking and slashing as well as leveling up, so it’s a mix of strategy, action, and RPG gameplay. The graphics look rather dated, so one shouldn’t expect too much, although the art direction and some weather effects are quite nice. Having best-selling Canadian author Bryan Perro (who wrote Amos Daragon and Wariwulf, although I’ve never read anything of him) on board for writing duties should make the story more engaging, too.

The game is now available for free on both GOG and Steam with courtesy of the developer, so there’s really no excuse missing out on this one.

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GOG
Steam

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Game release: “STRAFE” (PC,PS4)

Games don’t have to tell great stories to be entertaining or even make the player feel something, as Pixel TitansSTRAFE brings back the good old FPS times of 1996, but with roguelike elements.

Back when Quake made a gory appearance to introduce real 3D character models and Duke 3D reigned supreme with its macho humor, first-person shooters were the order of the day, even if they look quite antiquated today. Storytelling also takes a backseat with the idea of being someone who’s looking for riches in a scrap spacecraft only serving as an excuse for shooting lots of enemies.

These can be found and have to be killed in randomly generated levels with 30+ weapons that have to upgraded before one dies. Being a roguelike title, dying also means losing progress. It’s fast and furious with lots of gore, even though one couldn’t call it hyper-realistic violence, as it has more humor going for it than the gothic-style Quake.

The game wears its 1996 graphics and gameplay proudly on its sleeves, which isn’t only made clear in the awesomely gory trailer (the second one) but also with promo slogans like “BLEEDING EDGE GRAPHICS AND GAMEPLAY ©1996” or even the website’s disclaimer: “The STRAFE® team is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any injury or temporary loss of sanity while playing STRAFE®. Any and all participants assume joint and personal responsibility for general safety while experiencing hyper realistic graphics and gameplay. We recommend protective gear such as a DOT approved helmet or sunglasses with significant UV protection. All participants hereby certify they are physically fit and have sufficiently trained to handle a game with this much “beef”. If an accident does occur please contact our third party safety department at your earliest convenience.”

There’s definitely a hype machine going on for this game, and it remains to be seen if it’s really the slickest and sickest experience since the 90ies, because by the looks and sounds of it (and Steam/GOG reviews so far), it might just try to jump on the retro wagon without delivering what makes a classic FPS: good level design and art direction. But as the game is still being updated, it could turn out to be something very special.

Buy the game for PC on
GOG
Steam

Buy the game for PS4 on
the PSN store

Buy the soundtrack on
GOG
Steam

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Game release: “Blackwood Crossing” (PC,PS4,Xbox One)

Story-driven first-person adventures dealing with mature topics seem to be all the rage today, and PaperSeven‘s Blackwood Crossing is another one worth checking out.

It’s hard to keep track of all the newest releases, even in one genre, and while the story of the two orphaned siblings Scarlett and Finn who find themselves on a mysterious train ride, meeting a rabbit-like creature sounds anything but ordinary, the fantasy elements soon pave the way for a more realistic tale about memories of love and loss.

Yes, it’s true that there are way too many indie games around that try to be mature and even if I’m not a big fan of British voice acting, this still looks like a very special game, especially since there’s more to it than a simple “walking simulator” vibe, as there’s a bit of magic spellcasting involved. However, one shouldn’t expect an RPG or any fighting, because this is is still an adventure game focusing on storytelling and exploration.

The presentation is quite beautiful with some wonderful fairyland-like grassy fields, but also darker territory to explore. While the characters’ animations don’t tread particularly impressive ground despite the model’s artwork being quite good, it all looks rather nice and sounds even better with a haunting score. Another game to put on the wishlist to play, especially since the studio comprises former employees of Black Rock Studio which did the amazing explosive arcade racer Split/Second before it was sadly closed down.

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GOG
Steam

Buy the game for PS4 on
the PSN store

Buy the game for Xbox One on
the Xbox store

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