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  1. The Sims 4 will soon have an abundance of new customisable skin tones, along with improved hairstyles and existing skin tones, as part of the team's attempt to improve the game's representation. Criticism over its range of hairstyles and skin tones has followed the game since launch, but while the wait for improvements has been a long one, the updates sound significant, going considerably further than throwing a few more tones into the mix and calling it a day. On October 6, a base game update will improve the appearance of darker skin tones when the uncompressed Sim textures setting is turned on, and two hairstyles will be updated. The meatier update is coming in December, when at least 100 new skin tones will be introduced, with an emphasis on darker skin tones. All skin tones will become customisable, too, with a slider letting you make the tone lighter or darker. You can never have too many sliders, and more of them are being added to makeup, as well. The December update will also add two more improved hairstyles. Tiny houses and Star Wars vacations might be fun diversions, but this seems like a more meaningful update. Everyone ends up making themselves in The Sims, so it's weird that we got wizards, vampires and a trip to Batuu before before this. Unlike those packs, though, the skin tone update is a freebie for the base game, so all players will be able to take advantage of the expanded customisation options. Source: PCGamer
  2. I have a healthy fear of the ocean. I saw a guy tear open his leg on coral when I was a kid and realised everything out there, even the non-threatening stuff, wanted to kill me. The ocean seems no safer in Aquanox Deep Descent, but at least you get to fight back in your heavily-armed ship. THQ Nordic first showed off a tech demo for Aquanox six years ago, followed by a successful Kickstarter a year later, and after a long wait—even longer if you've been waiting since the last game, which came out in 2002—it's coming next month, on October 16. It's got a lot in common with space shooters, plonking you in a cockpit and letting you get dizzy in frantic 3D battles, but underwater there are more opportunities for elaborate level design. Instead of the vast emptiness of space, there's terrain, wrecks and claustrophobic trenches, and ever since humanity fled the uninhabitable surface, it's become quite a bit busier. You can bring three underwater buds with you to keep you company as you float around in the dark, and if you're playing solo, those characters will all just hang out inside your ship. If someone wants to hop in, they'll take over one of your crew and get their own ship. Those ships are customisable, too, and there's loot and salvage hiding out in the ocean waiting to be stuck onto your vessel. If you just want to get right to the action and blow up some ships, you can duke it out in PvP modes like deathmatch and team deathmatch. I never played the original Aquanox or its sequel, so I'm not getting any pangs of nostalgia, but I never turn down the opportunity to jump into a virtual cockpit and start blowing shit up. Since the release date trailer doesn't have any of that, here's some multiplayer combat footage to give you a taste of what's coming next month. Source: PCGamer
  3. Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a Japan expansion next week, complete with new Japanese cities, airports, and landmarks for players to explore. The expansion will be released on September 29 and completely free to download. The update adds a bunch of new iconic landmarks to the base game, including Mount Fuji, Yokohama, Kushiro Airport, Itsukushima Shrine, and Japan's bustling capital Tokyo. All these locations have a high-definition glossy sheen thanks to Microsoft's 3D photogrammetry and, from the look of the trailer, they look pretty stunning. Microsoft announced the Japanese expansion at the Tokyo Game Show 2020 and you can watch the full presentation with all the update's details below. No doubt modders will already be planning new Flight Simulator mods to add to the upgraded archipelago, and we've already seen the likes of Godzilla, The Millennium Falcon, and more modded into the game. We've also been having our own fun with the flight sim at PCG. James' video series Fright Stimulator explores the spookiest strangest places on earth from the safety of his virtual plane. Source: PCGamer
  4. The original Nier never made it onto PC, but thanks to the absurdly titled Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139, we'll soon get to play an upgraded version. Square Enix announced the release date at the Tokyo Game Show today, and you'll be able to get your hands on it on April 23. Nier launched in 2010 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but in Japan it came in two different flavours, one for each console. Xbox 360 got Nier Gestalt, which was the same as the international version, while the PlayStation 3 got Nier Replicant, which featured a younger protagonist. It's this version that's getting the upgrade treatment. This isn't a remaster, but developer Toylogic has tweaked the RPG's combat to bring it closer to Nier Automata, or at least its style. There's been a visual update, too, along with the addition of fully voiced dialogue from the original cast. If you're more familiar with Automata, Nier Replicant will probably still be a bit of a departure. It was developed by Cavia, not Platinum (though both games were directed by series creator Yoko Taro) and takes a more fantastical approach to the post-apocalypse. There are similarities, though, as both like to dip into different genres, and you even get a floating buddy that can shoot things, but instead of a drone it's a grumpy talking grimoire. I never finished Nier, let a mate borrow it and never saw it again. Once I've played Replicant, I think I'll finally be able to forgive this person whose name I've entirely forgotten—but I'll never forget the slight. Source: PCGamer
  5. The infinite timelines of Star Renegades will be getting busier across this year and next, with developer Massive Damage revealing its future plans through a post-launch roadmap. You'll be able to try and save the timeline with new classes like the Dragoon, a damage/support hybrid that's able to absorb and rechannel fury from enemy attacks, and tango with new enemies on new worlds. Take a look below. I grabbed Star Renegades on Xbox Game Pass a wee while ago but have yet to make my own attempts to save the universe. I had no idea you got a pet dog, however, so I'll be rectifying my mistake shortly. The whole jumping to a new timeline if you fail routine also gives it some Into the Breach vibes, which I'm very much into. There's also a light Shadow of Mordor-style nemesis system, character relationships, plenty of nods to JRPGs and a bunch of other concepts that make it seem both seductive and very messy. Alex Spencer called it a "multiversal master of none," in our Star Renegades review, stamping it with a 72, but I quite like the sound of all the clutter. Source: PCGamer
  6. Left 4 Dead 2: The Last Stand, the community-made update to Valve's multiplayer zombie shooter that's been adopted as official, is now live, and to celebrate the big moment Valve has made the game free to play for the weekend. The Last Stand features a new campaign based on the original survival map, but this time around you can actually escape to safety—if you can blast your way through hordes of the infected. There are also 26 new Survival mode maps, four new Scavenge Mode arenas, a pair of new melee weapons—the shovel and the pitchfork, and for my money the shovel is the way to go because the pitchfork is going to get stuck on something the first time you use it—and 30 new achievements. Less visible improvements include new animations, the restoration of unused dialog, the addition of common infected models from the original Left 4 Dead (with gore!), new Rocketdude and Tank Run mutations, UI improvements, and "a ton of bug and exploit fixes." If you'd like to dive into the details, the full patch notes are available here. To ensure everyone has a chance to see what the big update is all about, Left 4 Dead 2 is free to play on Steam until September 27, and if you like it and want to carry on with the zombie-blasting shenanigans, it's also on sale for 80 percent off—that's just $2—until September 28. Source: PCGamer
  7. Amazon has waded into the cloud gaming competition with the announcement of a new streaming service called Luna. Unlike Google's Stadia, which offers games for purchase individually, Luna users will access games by subscribing to "channels": The Luna+ channel, for instance, will feature a mix of games including Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grid, and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Other channels are also in the works, including one from Ubisoft that will provide access to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on their launch days. Along with for support mouse and keyboard and conventional controllers, Luna can also be accessed via a proprietary, Alexa-enabled controller that "connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted wifi for lower latency gaming," Amazon said. "In fact, our testing showed a reduction in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens—such as Fire TV to mobile phone—without additional pairing or configuration changes." We're curious to test that for ourselves, and to see how Luna generally compares to Google Stadia, which hasn't yet convinced us that cloud gaming is a serious alternative to owning gaming PCs and consoles. (As a way to supplement traditional gaming systems, however, GeForce Now is decent.) Luna will support 1080/60fps graphics at the outset, while 4K support "for select titles," is on the way. Naturally, Luna also features Twitch integration: Players will see game streams running in Luna, and will also be able to launch Luna games from within Twitch. Luna+ will be available for $6 per month during the early access phase of Luna, while pricing for the Ubisoft channel hasn't been set. Interestingly, different channels will apparently offer different feature sets: Luna+, for instance, enables subscribers to stream games on two devices simultaneously (assuming they have the bandwidth to do so), but the Ubisoft channel restricts streaming to one device at a time. Amazon customers in the US can request early access to Luna at amazon.com. Dates for a wider rollout haven't been announced. Update: Ubisoft has elaborated on its plans for Luna, saying that it will offer older games as well as new releases through its channel. Most of it repeats Amazon's announcement, although it does reveal a bit more about how the system will work with Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled virtual AI. "For Alexa, the primary benefit there is to use it the same way you would use it for Prime Video, so you could just say, 'Alexa, play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla'," Ubisoft senior vice president Chris Early said. "And if a game integrates with Alexa, then a development team could explore what they do with voice." Ubisoft said that its Luna channel is "coming soon." Source: PCGamer
  8. We learned earlier this month that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, which was pulled from Steam and GOG in 2018 in the wake of a lawsuit between Frontier Developments and Atari, would soon return in a new Complete Edition: Not quite a remaster, but with a number of enhancements including widescreen support and "increased compatibility for new PC hardware." Today is the day, and it's available now on Steam for $20—or you can snag it free for the week on the Epic Games Store. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition offers more than 300 rollercoasters and rides, 500 "scenery pieces," 60 shops and services for your amusement park, and 20 animals to take care of. You can ride your creations by way of the game's "Coaster Cam," but the real excitement comes from managing your park's staff and finances in order to keep your customers happy and your park a viable operating concern. Along with the PC enhancements (which, for the record, don't include 4K support—the Complete Edition tops out at 1080p), the game also includes the content from the Soaked! and Wild! expansion packs. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition is free on the Epic Games Store until October 1. For more free games, keep your eyes on our running list of freebies right here. Source: PCGamer
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  10. Indie game Among Us has exploded in popularity recently. According to SensorTower, Among Us earned 18.4 million mobile downloads in August, almost eight times as many downloads from its July count of 2.4 million downloads. The game earned another 41.9 million mobile downloads in September, proving its meteoric growth in the last two months. On Steam, Among Us is also one of the most popular games on the platform, and 268,000 players are currently active. This is despite the game not even being remotely new. In fact, it's two years old. Among Us was released in 2018 by InnerSloth and is a multiplayer party game. Four to ten players take on the role of spaceship crew members preparing for a departure. However, a few players in the party are randomly assigned the role of alien imposters. The imposters' goals are to kill and frame crewmembers, sabotage the ship, and do it all without getting caught. Among Us shares a similar setup to other popular real-life party games like Werewolf and Mafia. A similar concept was used in the Garry's Mod mode Trouble in Terrorist Town. In this mode, team members had to work together to deduct who was a traitor while a smaller group picked them off one by one. Twitch streamers have generally been attributed for spreading the good word about Among Us. The multiplayer party game is highly popular on the platform and as a category, has 247,000 viewers, which places it ahead of other popular titles like Fortnite and Minecraft. Popular Twitch personalities like Sodapoppin, Pewdiepie, Shroud, Ninja, and many more have played the multiplayer party game. We can also thank Among Us memes that have flooded Twitter and Reddit for making the internet curious about the party game. InnerSloth also announced that Among Us 2 is in the works, but the team has not set a release date yet. The company stated that its goal is to build a sequel that can withstand growth, since due to the way the current Among Us is made, it's "extremely hard to add more things without breaking existing things." Among Us 2 will also keep the core gameplay of crewmates versus imposters, but the developers plan to tweak team balances, improve matchmaking, and add more moderation. They also hope to add new roles, but can't confirm any at this time. Source: GameSpot
  11. The Elder Scrolls Online's next expansion takes players to a familiar place: The city of Markarth, in Skyrim. It's a location very familiar to Elder Scrolls fans, as Markarth featured prominently in Skyrim, the singleplayer predecessor to Elder Scrolls Online. The ESO implementation is pretty familiar looking, though it's controlled by the wild men of The Reach and covered in banners, mammoth tusks, and red paint. This year's storyline for ESO is called Dark Heart of Skyrim, the story of a war of vampires and werewolves, and the Markarth update storyline ties directly into it: A confrontation between the players and a big, nasty vampire called Rada al-Saran. It also features an older character: Verandis Ravenwatch, a vampire that has shown up in earlier ESO stories. Beneath the zone of The Reach there are also sprawling caverns filled with glowing fungus and ancient libraries. The new zone of The Reach in the Markarth DLC will also include a new solo arena, something ESO players have been clamoring for. The release date for Markarth is November 2nd on PC and Mac, and ESO Plus members will automatically get it. The prologue questline for Markarth is available immediately in ESO's Crown Store. A new event will also begin next week, called Lost Treasure of Skyrim. Players in Lost Treasure can unlock new collectible rewards like cosmetics, a pet, a house, and new houseguests. That all works using the Antiquities system from earlier this year. Source: PCGamer
  12. "Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman," begins what is perhaps the most famous game intro of its era. Now, modders are going to use Half-Life: Alyx's tools to recreate Half-life 2's opening as a VR experience. It's not a bad idea, because Point Insertion has very little actual gameplay other than walking and looking at neat stuff. Unless you count picking up cans, which I'm sure is going to be thrilling in VR. Point Insertion is the first level of Half-Life 2, a narrative and atmospheric game opening that, for its era, is a lot of impressive game work. It was the kind of cold open that lots of games afterwards have tried to mimic, the kind that immerses a player in a world they don't know anything about or understand without confusing them or driving them away. Point Insertion is cinematic and chilling—it was a downright thrill to play at the time. It takes players through a noisy, eerily empty train station into the Combine's dystopian security nightmare. Later they step out into the alien-inflected metropolis of City 17, getting a look at the Spire and other iconic Half-Life 2 scenes. The modders behind the remake are called Project 17, and their trailer—above—looks pretty slick. You can keep up with the project at its official website, project17vr.com. Source: PCGamer
  13. Wingspan is one of the best board games of the past decade, and now it has a digital version. Just released on Steam, Wingspan's new digital edition is a pretty impressive bit of work for a port between physical and digital. In Wingspan, players build out clever combinations of birds—all of which have unique powers—to make their collection of birds more valuable and effective than their competitors. The digital version has everything you'd want for that purpose: Birds, bird noises, forest noises, and gorgeous illustrations of birds—some of which are even animated in this version. Plus, you can click on your birds while you wait for your turn and they make adorable chirps. It's relaxing to play. Released in 2019 on tabletop, Elizabeth Hargrave's Wingspan has rapidly become an all-time frontrunner in strategy card games. It's what's called an "engine-building" game. You can take a selection of actions on any given turn, and over time you play cards to empower those actions and make turns more efficient. Wingspan's easily-understood yet deep strategy has made it a favorite game across a wide variety of players. (If you haven't heard of it, don't blame me, I told your family to buy it for you last year.) The digital version from Monster Couch looks quite good from what I've seen of it. My preview time with the game has shown that at present the multiplayer is a bit limited, but it runs quite well via Remote Play Together on Steam, so having just one copy of the game works just fine. It's also just a stunning translation in its presentation, visuals, and music. Wingspan rivals or surpasses the best board game adaptations, like Lords of Waterdeep. You can find Wingspan on Steam. Source: PCGamer
  14. Football Manager 2020 is free on the Epic Games store right now, and that has led to a huge surge in players for the nearly year-old game. Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson has said that over 1 million new players have started playing Football Manager 2020 off of the Epic Games promotion. He compared the numbers favorably to the number who tried the game when it was free to play for two weeks on Steam in March of this year. "We'll have more people try out the game on @EpicGames in 36 hours than we had with our Steam free fortnight across 2 weeks!," said Jacobson on Twitter. As of today, more than one million players have picked up Football Manager 2020 since the game went free to keep on Epic last thursday. On Sundays, Jacobson often tweets the number of players in the game, as Sundays are their highest concurrent player counts. The normal peak is between 80 thousand and 90 thousand players, but today's total is three times that at over 250 thousand. "I believe this is the highest we've ever achieved," said Jacobson, but he wasn't entirely sure. "if you know different, please let me know," he continued, "I'm rubbish at Twitter searching and don't want to interrupt my business intelligence teams Sunday so am going from memory." (Good man on that.) Sports Interactive's series has been rising in sales for years now. When Football Manager 2019 broke 2 million sales last year it was the first in the series to do so. I'm going to guess that Football Manager 2020 will hold the record for a while if you count these downloads as sales. Football Manager 2021, or whatever the next game will be called, has been delayed due to COVID-19, but the last statement from the studio says that "there will be new Football Manager games released later this year." Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 are currently free to keep, forever, on the Epic Games Store. That promotion lasts until September 24th, 11am ET. Source: PCGamer

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