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The Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut is free right now on GOG

Get Wasteland and Wasteland 2 for absolutely nothing, just in time for the release of Wasteland 3.

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Get Wasteland and Wasteland 2 for absolutely nothing, just in time for the release of Wasteland 3.

As part of its Winter Sale, GOG is currently handing out free copies of Wasteland 2. The sale runs until February 1, but this deal is only available until Friday. If you don’t already have GOG, you’ll need to download the launcher. You can do that here.

inXile Entertainment crowdfunded Wasteland 2 and released it in 2014 – 26 years after the original PC classic. It’s a party-based RPG with turn-based combat, and the first game was a massive influence on the folks that created Fallout. It reviewed pretty well.

The version that GOG is giving away is the Director’s Cut, which includes a bunch of goodies, like a concept art book and the official soundtrack. Most significantly, though, this version packs in the original Wasteland. So, if you’ve been meaning to check out the series before Wasteland 3 releases on May 18, 2020, you’ll pick up everything you need.

One quick note, however. While nabbing your free copy of Wasteland 2 is quick and painless, redeeming your code for the original is not so easy. It actually isn’t possible to redeem the code from the GOG Galaxy launcher. Here’s how you redeem it:

  • Instead of the GOG launcher, you’ll need to head to the GOG website and sign in.
  • From there, pull up your library and click the dropdown arrow on Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut.
  • This will bring up a “View Downloads” option. Click that, and on the resulting game page, click “More.”
  • This will bring up another tab, where you’ll need to select “Serial Keys.”
  • Here, you should find the code. Plug this HTML into your address bar, and the game should show up.

It’s a lot! But, if you follow that procedure, you should be able to download and play Wasteland. Which is more than worth a little hassle.

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Google Stadia Pro is now free for two months

Google is making the Pro tier of its Stadia game-streaming service free for the next two months.

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Google is making the Pro tier of its Stadia game-streaming service free for the next two months.

The decision comes in response to the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis. In a blog post announcing the move, Google Stadia’s Phil Harrison said:

“We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months. ”

Players who sign up will get instant access to the following nine games:

  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Grid
  • Gylt
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Spitlings
  • Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
  • Thumper

Any other games purchased over the next two months will remain available to players even if they don’t continue their Stadia Pro subscription. And if you are an existing Stadia Pro subscriber – we’re sure you exist somewhere – you won’t be charged for the next two months.

Due to the global increase in internet usage, the service’s default screen resolution is also being changed from 4K to 1080p.

It will be interesting to see if the move claws back some goodwill for the platform and gives it the boost it so desperately needs. Head over to the Stadia website and download the Android or iOS app to get started.

Via: Google.


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PS Now gets three top PS4 games this month

PS Now is getting three great games this month, including PlayStation 4 superhero classic, Marvel’s Spider-Man.

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PS Now is getting three great games this month, including PlayStation 4 superhero classic, Marvel’s Spider-Man.

One of the generation’s most acclaimed games comes to Sony’s PlayStation game streaming service this month. Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games was a blockbuster hit on its release in 2018. In our review, Callum called it “a monumental achievement for Insomniac Games and Sony, but it’s also a landmark moment for the superhero genre in general.”

It’s joined by The Golf Club 2019, an involved and robust simulation that we enjoyed. In our review, Tom described it as “a polished and progressive iteration on a trusted formula.”

There’s also a chance to enjoy a game that was overlooked in 2018, in part, because of Spider-Man. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 to cause more chaos with his wingsuit and grappling hook. A huge open world, impressive extreme weather systems, and big explosions make this a game to check out.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is available to download and stream on PS Now until July 7, and Just Cause 4 is available until October 6. The Golf Club 2019 doesn’t have an expiry date.

PS Now is available with a seven-day free trial for new users and includes a library of over 700 PS2, PS3, and PS4  games. Games can be streamed to PC and console, and many PS4 titles can also be downloaded.


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The new PlayStation 5 controller sounds great, looks ugly

Sony reveals the feature-packed new PlayStation 5 controller, and it’s interesting.

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Sony reveals the feature-packed new PlayStation 5 controller, and it’s interesting.

Sony has taken another step toward unveiling the PlayStation 5 with a first look at its new gamepad, the DualSense controller.

The DualSense controller retains the overall form factor and button layout of the PS4’s DualShock 4, but it looks slightly chunkier and, well, a little bit more toy-like. For those of us that have always preferred Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, it certainly looks more comfortable. The big changes are its striking, two-tone colour scheme, and gameplay feedback features.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sony’s Hideaki Nishino says the controller “will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players.”

The DualSense includes haptic feedback technology which promises “powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” The controller also incorporates adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons, enabling players to feel, for example, the tension of a bowstring being pulled. The angle of the triggers has also been changed as part of the ergonomic overhaul.

The Share button makes way for a Create button, the specifics of which are still unknown. The light bar is also less prominent and runs along the sides of the touch-bar, which now includes a built-in microphone array so players can voice chat without a headset. The DualSense is also wireless and charged using a USB C port. Hurrah!

Speaking about the DualSense controller, SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan, says:

“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future.”

It sounds fantastic, frankly. But we’re not as impressed by its design. It’s very sci-fi and recalls the aesthetics of Aperture Science, Star Wars, Mass Effect, P.N.03, and Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. We’re not sure it looks very appealing or mass market. And if the PlayStation 5 console ends up looking like a stormtrooper helmet, we might have to hide it behind the perfectly-formed hole in the space-time continuum that is the Xbox Series X.

Via: PlayStation Blog


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No Man’s Sky adds summonable, jetpack-powered mechs

No Man’s Sky’s new mechs are a little bit Fallout Power Armour, little bit Iron Man suit. And they look brilliant.

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No Man’s Sky’s new mechs are a little bit Fallout 4 Power Armour, little bit Iron Man suit. And they look brilliant.

We promised, the last time a big update was pushed for No Man’s Sky, that we’d stop repeating the narrative eventually. The underdog story, the unmentionable abuse, the rough launch turned good, the little engine that could. But the fact that Hello Games still releases massive content updates for the game, in spite of how horrible everyone was to the small team, is still just remarkable.

We’re going to keep telling this story while we’re still talking about No Man’s Sky, because Hello Games are too good, and we don’t deserve them. (And if you ever want to tell the story, Sean, we’d love to do an oral history of the game.)

The latest update to No Man’s Sky, available now, adds mechs. It’s technically a new form of planetary exocraft – the Minotaur Heavy Exocraft Hybrid, to use its Sunday name – and it looks ruddy brilliant.

Here are the important details of No Man’s Sky’s new mechs:

  • Environmental protection – the Minotaur affords protection against all planetary hazards (and you can collect materials without leaving the cockpit)
  • Jetpack – the Minotaur features a powerful jetpack, allowing you to bound across planets (like Fallout 4’s Power Armour)
  • Immersive cockpit – if you’re playing in VR, you’ll appreciate the 360° cockpit (complete with lights and sounds!)
  • Summonable – pretend you’re Tony Stark and summon your Minotaur from a nearby freighter (and look out for that badass landing)

But that’s not all. This is a Hello Games update, Of course, that’s not all.

The latest update to No Man’s Sky includes a number of tweaks and quality of life improvements, including solar technology, improved scanning, new decals, and the ability to hide exposed wiring.

But best of all, perhaps, is the resolution scaling mode. This will allow players the option to scale the screen resolution down for improved framerates. This will be particularly useful for players with 4K screens but less powerful graphics cards, or for players with lower-end systems generally, and will allow even more people to enjoy No Man’s Sky.


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CD Projekt Red launches Cyberpunk 2077 PC mod contest

CD Projekt Red invites fans to design their own case mod in the Cyberpunk 2077 Cyber-up Your PC contest.

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CD Projekt Red launches a Cyberpunk 2077 PC case mod competition, with prizes from Alienware, NVIDIA, and SteelSeries up for grabs.

The ‘Cyber-up Your PC’ contest launched today by CD Projekt Red invites fans of upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 to design PC case mods using assets from the game.

A panel of case mod experts will select five finalists on May 29 who will have their creations constructed by professional case modders including Niklas Forsberg, MercoMods, and Italian Extreme Modders. A grand winner will be chosen at the contest finale in July.

The top prize is a high-performance Alienware Aurora with a 16-core processor and rare GeForce RTX 2080Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition graphic card. Runners up will also receive goodies from Alienware, NVIDIA, and SteelSeries. Anyone can enter the contest, but they must follow the criteria set by CD Projekt Red.

Cyberpunk 2077 ‘Cyber-up Your PC’ contest criteria

  1. At least one part of the design has to be/include recycled material (for example, an old circuit board as decoration)
  2. The design has to follow one of our style guidelines, feature a megacorporation logo, or a gang logo from Cyberpunk 2077
  3. In Night City, the rich and the poor live right next to each other; make this contrast visible in your design

An official asset pack is available to download and includes tone imagery and iconography from the game. All entries must submitted via the contest website by May 17, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently set to launch on September 17, 2020, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will also come to Google’s Stadia platform at a later date.


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