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Last chance to get 29 great games for $25, support Australian fire relief

The Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle provides over $400 of games to players and gives 100% of proceeds to support Australian charities.

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The Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle provides over $400 of games to players and gives 100% of proceeds to support Australian charities.

If you’re not been paying attention, Australia is being devastated by wildfires, caused by climate change. (There’s no debate there, incidentally. If you’re a climate denier or conspiracy theorist, maybe don’t read our website, yeah?)

The fires are so bad that the sky glows red and the smoke can be seen from New Zealand. In spite of how it looks on maps, New Zealand isn’t actually that close to Australia. That’s like people in the UK seeing a fire in Ukraine. Or people in Toronto seeing a fire in Florida.

It’s destruction on an incomprehensible scale, and it’s entirely man-made. It’s apt, then, that humanity is clubbing together to help.

The Australian government may be reluctant to act, but charity endeavours the world over are raising money to support Australian fire relief. Actor Chris Hemsworth and singer Elton John both donated a million dollars each. Cricketer Shane Warne sold his green baggy gap for a million bucks. Someone earned over $700,000 by selling nude photos online. Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donated $690,000 – an amount he is thought to earn in around three minutes. (You can make your own judgement on who are the good guys and who’s doing it for show.)

And the world of video games is no exception. Indie developers and artists have been running an initiative called ‘Game Dev for Firies‘ – an Australian slang term for firefighters – by auctioning off their time and services. Now one of the de facto players in the video game charity space, Humble Bundle, is doing its thing.

In the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle, you can pick up 29 video games – worth over $400 – for just $25. You can, of course, donate more than that. It’s positively encouraged! But even paying that minimum amount will net you loads of games and, crucially, you’ll be doing your bit to help Australian charities.

There are no tiers to this one. It’s all-in. Here’s everything included in the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle.

Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle

  • Hollow Knight
  • Void Bastards
  • Armello
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (+ Australian Paint Jobs Pack)
  • Duck Game
  • Hand of Fate 2
  • Paradigm
  • Crawl
  • The Adventure Pals
  • Regular Human Basketball
  • Satellite Reign
  • Hacknet (+ Hacknet Labyrinths DLC)
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Primal Carnage: Extinction
  • Assault Android Cactus+
  • The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
  • Framed Collection
  • Think of the Children
  • Feather
  • Tower of Guns
  • Rising Dusk
  • Death Squared
  • Paperbark
  • Quest of Dungeons
  • The Stillness of the Wind
  • The Gardens Between
  • Paper Fire Rookie
  • Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
  • Machinarium

At the time of writing, the Australia Fire Relief bundle has earned just shy of a million dollars US – $967,786, to be precise – and is only going to rise from there. The bundle runs until 7 pm GMT (that’s 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific) on January 23. That’s 6 am on January 24, if you’re in Sydney.

All money earned from the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle will be split between the Australian Red Cross, the Australian RSPCA, Wires, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Udpate, Jan 20: The Humble Australia Fire Relief has now earned over $1.3m dollars.

Update, Jan 23: The bundle has now earned over $1.8m dollars – take that, Jeff Bezos – and runs out in just over an hour. If you’re wanting to get in on this one, you’d better hurry.


We may receive a small commission on purchases made from online stores. (Not from the charity bundle – 100% of that goes to charity! – but if you go on to purchase something from the Humble Store after following our links.)

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Save up to 85% in this week’s Xbox One sales

Borderlands 3 and Nier: Automata are among this week’s new Xbox One video game savings.

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Borderlands 3 and Nier: Automata are among this week’s new Xbox One video game savings.

This week’s Xbox Deals with Gold lineup includes a 50% price cut on Gearbox shooter, Borderlands 3. It’s not the most fulfilling FPS we’ve ever played, nor even the best Borderlands game, but it’s a heap of fun and worth picking up at a discount.

Other DwG highlights include the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle, Nier: Automata, and Mordheim: City of the Damned.

The new Play and Save sale is also impressive, with reductions for the likes of The Evil Within 2, Grid, and Descenders.

This week’s spotlight savings include Rainbow Six Siege and The Division 2, and the Anime sale continues for a second week, serving up big discounts on the likes of Code Vein and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

You can pick up the latest Xbox One deals until March 2, 2020. Head over to the Xbox One digital store or the Microsoft online store for the full lineup of discounted games. Here are some more of recommendations.

Anime Sale Highlights

  • Code Vein – 40% off
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – 75% off
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse – 85% off
  • Jump Force – 60% off
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – 50% off
  • Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker – 85% off
  • Sonic Mania – 50% off
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition – 60% off
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – 50% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • 39 Days to Mars – 33% off
  • 7 Days to Die – 40% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 25% off
  • ARK: Survival Evolved – 80% off
  • Batman: Return To Arkham – 60% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Legendary Edition – 75% off
  • Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Brief Battles – 40% off
  • Doom 3 – 70% off
  • Doom II  – 70% off
  • Graveyard Keeper – 65% off
  • Monster Energy Supercross – Special Edition – 60% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – Complete Edition – 75% off
  • MotoGP 19 – 75% off
  • Mr. Shifty – 70% off
  • NieR:Automata – 50% off
  • Portal Knights – 60% off
  • Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition – 75% off
  • Space Hulk: Tactics – 75% off
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – 45% off
  • Tools Up! – 20% off
  • Train Sim World 2020 – 40% off

Play and Save Sale Highlights

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence – 60% off
  • Age Of Wonders: Planetfall – 50% off
  • Descenders – 40% off
  • Dishonored 2 – 75% off
  • Doom – 70% off
  • eFootball PES 2020 – 60% off
  • F1 2019 – 50% off
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition – 30% off
  • Gravel – 80% off
  • Grid – 60% off
  • Mutant Football League – 33% off
  • Prey – 75% off
  • Prey: Digital Deluxe Edition – 75% off
  • Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition – 65% off
  • Super Mega Baseball 2 – 60% off
  • The Evil Within 2 – 75% off
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season – The Complete Season – 40% off
  • Ultimate Danger Bundle – 60% off
  • Wreckfest – 20% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Attack of the Earthlings – 50% off
  • Crimson Keep – 75% off
  • Dead Alliance – 85% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition – 70% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – 85% off
  • Troll & I – 80% off
  • Zombie Party – 50% off

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New PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store this week.

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A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store this week.

We like weeks like this. A week where there’s a wide range of video games to enjoy from a wide range of genres. And just thinking about our pick of the week gives us a fever, especially as it’s Two Point Hospital, the marvellous medical simulation game from Two Point Studios.

Pitched as a spiritual follow-up to Bullfrog’s iconic Theme Hospital, the game found a rabidly enthusiastic audience on its 2018 PC release. If the transfer to PS4 is as successful we’ve seen with other PC sims – like Cities: Skylines – we predict it will be a big hit.

An old favourite also returns with the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. The package brings together remasters of six classic games staring the mighty Blue Bomber. A cult Dreamcast favourite also gets a modern update in Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash for PS VR. Remember to wipe that headset clean after dancing.

Other new releases include Spike Chunsoft fighter One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows, and Khud0’s endearing low-fi platformer, Grizzland. It’s also nice to see Mega Cat’s retro-style brawler Coffee Crisis finally make it to PlayStaton 4.

Here’s the current lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases.

New PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Covert
  • Ganbare Super Strikers (+ PS Vita)
  • Grizzland
  • Hayfever
  • House Flipper
  • Infliction: Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection
  • Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!
  • Tempest
  • Two Point Hospital

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Amoeba Battle
  • Hero Must Die. Again
  • Vasilis (+ PS Vita)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Diadra Empty
  • MX Nitro: Ultimate Edition
  • Overpass

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Bloodroots
  • Bucket Knight
  • Coffee Crisis
  • Chop is Dish
  • Don’t Even Think
  • One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Ritual: Crown of Horns
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV
  • Spartan Fist
  • Stab Stab Stab!

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New Xbox One releases: February 24-28, 2020

Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

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Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

It’s a busy with some great games coming to the Xbox One. First to be admitted is Two Points Hospital, the lovingly crafted business simulation game from Two Point Studios and Sega. It’s a spiritual successor to the classic Theme Hospital and includes that game’s Mark Webley and Gary Carr among its dev team. It’s a smart and humorous sim that will hopefully transfer well to console.

Another highlight is Wasteland Remastered, an update of the classic 1988 post-apocalyptic RPG from inXile Entertainment. The game features revamped graphics, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and an expanded musical score.

Other new releases include the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC and a collection of six Blue Bomber games in the Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection. The long-awaited Xbox One release of Sayonara Wild Hearts is also something to be savoured.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Ark: Survival Evolved – Genesis – Part 1
  • Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind
  • Hayfever
  • Infliction Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Wasteland Remastered

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Castle of No Escape
  • Castle of No Escape 2
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac
  • Grizzland Ganbare! Super Strikers
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • House Flipper
  • Vasilis
  • Yakuza 0

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Spartan Fist
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Stab Stab Stab!
  • Bucket Knight

Read about the latest games coming to Xbox Game Pass.


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Devolver Digital announces stressful-looking Disc Room

Disc Room is a single-screen dungeon puzzle game, like Zelda. Except it’s a bullet hell. And the bullets are spinning circular saw blades. Obviously.

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Disc Room is a single-screen dungeon puzzle game, like Zelda. Except it’s a bullet hell. And the bullets are spinning circular saw blades. Obviously.

One really nice thing about Minit, published by Devolver Digital, was that the game was credited really well. The four developers involved – Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis, Jukio Kallio, and Dominik Johann – were all credited with their names. No funny studio names. No weird collective. No indie supergroup set up for that one game. Just their names.

It’s nice to see Devolver, and the team behind the game, are taking a similar approach with today’s announcement, Disc Room.

The supergroup, the indie dev dream team behind Disc Room is as follows:

  • Kitty Calis (Minit, Horizon Zero Dawn, Action Henk)
  • Jan Willem Nijman (Minit, Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne)
  • Terri Vellman (High Hell, Heavy Bullets, Mundo Lixo)
  • Doseone (Gang Beasts, Enter the Gungeon, High Hell)

But what exactly is Disc Room? We’ll let the reveal trailer handle that.

Forgive our language, but that looks stressful as fuck, doesn’t it?

Don’t mistake our distress for dislike. We don’t mean that Disc Room’s not also looking brilliant. It looks like a combination of retro-era Zelda’s dungeon puzzle rooms, with a modern aesthetic flavour like The Swords of Ditto, combined with a horrific bullet hell of flying circular saw blades. The titular disc(s) in the titular room(s), if you will.

According to the game’s Steam store page, Disc Room releases sometime in 2020. We’ll keep you posted with more information on this one as it becomes available, but it looks tantalising. And horrifying.


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Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox Series X upgrade will be free

The Xbox Series X upgrade of Cyberpunk 2077 will be free to anyone who owns it on Xbox One.

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The Xbox Series X upgrade of Cyberpunk 2077 will be free to anyone who owns it on Xbox One.

Today, Xbox head Phil Spencer dropped a bunch of information about the company’s upcoming console. Spencer’s post on Xbox Wire led with teraflops. But, the most interesting news had little to do with technical power.

Instead, it was this bit, which indicated an expansion of Xbox’s overall attitude toward breaking down barriers between platforms.

Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X

“Smart Delivery: This technology empowers you to buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on,” Spencer wrote.

“We’re making the commitment to use Smart Delivery on all our exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo Infinite, ensuring you only have to purchase a title once in order to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console they choose to play on. This technology is available for all developers and publishers, and they can choose to use it for titles that will be release on Xbox One first and come to the Xbox Series X later.”

Sounds good right? In the past, developers have republished games with updated graphics and a new price tag on next-gen consoles. Think The Last of Us: Remastered and Grand Theft Auto V. But, from now on, Xbox is giving developers the option to sell their game once and allow players to access it across all Xbox platforms.

And, the studio behind the most highly-anticipated game in recent memory has taken note. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red tweeted its support for the initiative.

“Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available,” the Polish developer tweeted from its official account.

Cyberpunk’s September release date positions it near the end of the current generation. So, this is a boon for players who want to continue playing the game for years to come.


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