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Free Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC available now

If you’ve not already heard enough about Geralt’s dynamically growing beard, there’s Witcher 3 DLC with even more beard action…

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If you’ve not already heard enough about Geralt’s dynamically growing beard, there’s Witcher 3 DLC with even more beard action…

You can argue over DLC until you’re blue in the face. If a DLC is big, it’s generally considered a good thing and excellent value by the mob. DLCs that are free are often just bug-fixes dressed up as free stuff, that probably should have shipped with the original release. If it’s small/expensive/generally a bit pointless, then the publisher will be relentlessly heckled. But what happens if a DLC is small and a bit pointless, but at the same time also free?

We don’t know. We’re not programmed to accept these paremeters.

CD PROKECT RED have today released a bits ‘n’ pieces DLC for super-smash hit Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Yes, that is remarkably close to the main release for something that isn’t just bug fixes, but it’s free so nobody will argue.

What does it contain? Here’s the lowdown from the press release:

“Temerian Armor Set” & “Beard and Hairstyle Set”

TEMERIAN ARMOR SET
(available from a merchant in White Orchard)
Reserved for the finest warriors serving the kingdom of Temeria, the Temerian Armor Set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots, war horse armor and inventory-expanding saddlebags.

BEARD AND HAIRSTYLE SET
(available from various barbers in the game world)
Customize Geralt of Rivia to your liking with this amazing set of beards and hairstyles.

“Contract: Missing Miners” & “Alternative look for Yennefer”

CONTRACT: MISSING MINERS
(quest available in Blandare village on Ard Skellig)
Miners from a small Skellige village are disappearing. Investigate and find out what’s happening!

ALTERNATIVE LOOK FOR YENNEFER
(available from main menu)
Check out this entirely new look for the mighty sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg!

“Nilfgaardian Armor Set” and the “Elite Crossbow Set”

NILFGAARDIAN ARMOR SET
(available from the Baron’s Quartermaster in No Man’s Land)
Crafted from the finest materials available, the Nilfgaardian Armor Set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots and horse armor.

ELITE CROSSBOW SET
(available in various locations: Baron’s Quartermaster, No Man’s Land;
Kaer Trolde Castle Blacksmith, Skellige; Fancy Shop Owner, Novigrad)
Bring down your enemies with lethal accuracy and extend your tactical possibilities with this elite crossbow DLC.

New Quest – “Fool’s Gold” and the “Ballad Heroes” Neutral Gwent Card Set

NEW QUEST – “Fool’s Gold”
(available in Lurtch Village, No Man’s Land)
Geralt and a village idiot team up to learn the secret of an abandoned village inhabited entirely by pigs.

“BALLAD HEROES” – NEUTRAL GWENT CARD SET
(will switch cards upon installation)
Play Gwent with a twist! Featuring characters as seen in Dandelion’s ballads, the “Ballad Heroes” neutral Gwent card set will add a lot of flavor to this already exciting card game.

So in summary, the first Witcher 3 DLC contains mostly cosmetic stuff, a couple of items, plus a quest and some new cards. And new beards and hairstyles. Lord, we’re all for making DLC free, but can you come back when you remember that the ‘C’ in DLC stands for ‘Content’ please!

If you still want it though – it is free after all, so you may as well if you literally have nothing better to do – here’s how you get it:

GOG Galaxy:

1. On the game page for The Witcher 3 (Library/My Collection/Witcher 3) you will see an “ADDITIONAL CONTENT” section displayed in the right column.

2. Purchase the “FREE DLC PROGRAM” item from there (you will not be charged).

3. In the “More”/”Configure” menu you can choose “Available Content”, which will show the DLCs – tick them, and Galaxy will download them automatically.

Steam:

1. On the game page for The Witcher 3 (Library/Witcher 3) you will see that there are DLCs available – tick them, and Steam will download them automatically as part of its automatic update process.

2. If you have downloaded the DLCs but they still aren’t displayed in the game, restart Steam.

PlayStation 4:

DLCs are displayed as “Add-Ons” on the game’s page on PSN.

Xbox One:

DLCs are displayed as “Downloadable Content” on the game’s page on the Xbox Live store.

We’ll see you next time, beard fans. Same beard time, same beard place.

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Wasteland Remastered gets a release date

Wasteland Remastered will upgrade the 1988 RPG’s look just in time for Wasteland 3.

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Wasteland Remastered will upgrade the 1988 RPG’s look just in time for Wasteland 3.

inXile Entertainment announced the remaster back in 2018, with a scheduled 2019 release. But with release dates prone to slipping, instead, Wasteland Remastered will launch on February 25 2020. That’s my birthday if you’ve been wondering what to get me. [Duly noted – Ed.]

The game will simultaneously launch on Steam, the Windows Store and GOG, inXile said. Additionally, Wasteland Remastered will be available via the console and PC versions of Xbox Game Pass.

“Wasteland Remastered is an overhaul of the 1988 title that brought the post-apocalypse to video games,” inXile said in a post on its website. “The Remastered title brings new graphics, audio, music, and digitizes the physical paragraphs book from the original with brand new artwork.”

Here are the before and after pictures. It’s like weirdly-specific time travel.

Wasteland remastered

 

The remaster is being handled by Krome Studios. That’s a name I haven’t heard in years. Krome developed the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games in the PS2 era and rebooted the Spyro franchise in 2006. It also remastered the Bard’s Tale games.

Wasteland 3 is set to launch on May 19. Its predecessors were recently free on GOG.


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Pick up The Bridge, an Escher-inspired puzzler, for free

The Bridge, a perspective-swapping puzzler is free on the Epic Games Store.

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The Bridge, a perspective-swapping puzzler is free on the Epic Games Store.

According to its Epic description, The Bridge “forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective.” And, its black-and-white, pencil-drawn graphics certainly make it look like a brain-breaking M.C. Escher drawing. But, with a bearded suit-wearing guy – who wouldn’t look out of place in Braid – exploring it.

I missed this one back in 2013. When it came out, I was in the middle of my freshman year of college and taking a break from video games. But, if I had been playing games at the time, this one’s mash-up of Fez mechanics and philosophical self-importance absolutely would have appealed to me.

Make of that what you will.

The Bridge screenshot

Now that The Bridge is free, Epic has unveiled next week’s freebie. Get ready to simulate some farming. That’s right Farming Simulator 19 will be up for grabs next Thursday.


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This week’s best Nintendo eShop bargains

Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop discounts.

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Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop video game discounts.

This week’s crop of Nintendo Switch digital discounts in Europe includes a range of classic indie games published by Nicalis.

We’ll never stop recommending Terry Cavanagh’s masterful platformer VVVVVV, even if he is a little sheepish about its qualities these days. Likewise, Daisuke Amaya’s timeless Metroid-style adventure game, Cave Story+. Classic shmup Ikaruga also comes highly recommended, particularly as it can be played on Switch in Tate Mode.

Other discounted games include sports sim Football Manager 2020, futuristic stunt racer FutureGrind, and no less than five titles from the Jackbox Party series.

We’ll also highlight Super Life of Pixel. It’s a simple and charming platform game that takes players on a trip through various console generations. Originally released on Wii U, the Switch version includes six new vintage consoles. It’s a neat idea, delightfully executed.

Here are some more sale recommendations. Visit the Nintendo eShop in your country for the full lineup of discounted games.

Nintendo Switch sale highlights

  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  • The End is Nigh
  • Ikaruga
  • VVVVVV
  • Cave Story +
  • Toki Tori
  • Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Super Burger Time
  • FutureGrind
  • Crystal Crisis
  • RemiLore
  • Umihara Kawase Fresh!
  • Blade Strangers
  • Redout
  • Code of Princess EX
  • Tiny Barbarian DX
  • Swords & Soldiers
  • The Jackbox Party Packs 2-6
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2

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Stardew Valley passes huge sales milestone

Eric Barone confirms that Stardew Valley has passed another sales milestone.

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ConcernedApe confirms that Stardew Valley has chalked off another sales milestone.

Eric Barone – also known as ConcernedApe – has revealed that small-town farming RPG Stardew Valley has now sold over 10 million copies.

Tweeting the news, Barone said:

Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies. It’s strange & amazing to think back to when I was making this game in my bedroom w/ no clue if anyone would like it. Only 4 years ago! To everyone who has played this game, supported it, and made all of this possible: Thank you!!”

Stardew Valley –  which began life as a tribute to Harvest Moon – was first released on PC in 2016. If you’ve read Jason Schreier’s excellent book on game development, Blood, Sweat and Pixels, you’ll know that the game’s journey to release was not easy, and involved a lot of, well, blood, sweat and pixels. Fortunately, it was an instant hit, selling over 400,000 copies in two weeks.

Following its PC launch, Stardew Valley was ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Mac, mobile, and even Tesla Arcade. Yup, players can tend to their carrots from the comfort of an electric car. Modern life truly is reasonable.

Barone is planning to support the game for a while yet, so it’s not too late to move to the country and live the life you’ve always dreamed about.


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Cyberpunk horror game Observer looks to be getting a sequel

Bloober Team is teasing a sequel to Observer, its cyberpunk horror walking sim.

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Bloober Team is teasing a sequel to Observer, its cyberpunk horror walking sim.

Games as dripping with atmosphere as Observer don’t come around very often. Confined within a crumbling tenement building in an oppressive future, the game managed to capture the big mood of cyberpunk without losing its soul among all the neon lights and body mods.

Now, Bloober Team is almost certainly hoping to catch V I B E lightning in a bottle again. While they haven’t officially announced a sequel, the Polish studio tweeted a short, glitchy video today. It showed a rundown city and was captioned with the tags “#cyberpunk #blooberteam #horrrorgame.”

More definitive, though, is the logo at the video’s center. The cube, composed of Cs, will likely look familiar for fans of the original game: it’s the icon used by Chiron Incorporated, Observer’s all-powerful corporation.

Further, Bloody Disgusting reported that fans had translated the binary in the video, with the results reading: “Daniel, are you there?” That’s almost certainly a reference to Detective Daniel Lazarski, the lead character of the original game.

Cyberpunk icon Rutger Hauer played Lazarski in the original game. But, the Blade Runner actor sadly passed last year. That fact leaves some questions open about how exactly the next game will tie-in to the original.

Questions aside, after last year’s lackluster Blair Witch, it’s exciting to see Bloober return to its most interesting IP.


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