Hidden Dreams, first free DLC for Hollow Knight, now out

Hollow Knight [Official Site] is among my favorite games this year. The MetroidVania doesn’t really do anything groundbreaking within its genre, but what it does, it does very well: it oozes charm and detail, with a melancholic atmosphere of ruin and decay, and pairs that with some of the tightest gameplay and boss fights I’ve seen in the genre. It’s great news, then, that the devs have just released the first of three planned free content packs, Hidden Dreams. Continue reading “Hidden Dreams, first free DLC for Hollow Knight, now out”

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New Stellaris story pack to add proper machine empires

“Cast off the shackles of biology”, says the announcement. The second story pack for [Stellaris] [Review][Official Site], the 4X-meets-Grand Strategy game by Paradox Interactive, has no set release date yet, but an announcement page and trailer reveal that the Synthetic Dawn story pack, released later this year, will allow players to begin the game as a Machine Empire. Continue reading “New Stellaris story pack to add proper machine empires”

Ronin developer’s Immortal Planet is a souls-like Action RPG on Steam Greenlight

There’s merit in emulating what is one of the best action RPGs ever made, but it comes with the downside of setting a high bar. Immortal Planet admittedly draws inspiration from Dark Souls to create an action RPG that also features death as a mechanic, intense bossfights and a cryptic world to explore. Planned for a mid-year release, it’s currently looking for votes on its Steam Greenlight page. Continue reading “Ronin developer’s Immortal Planet is a souls-like Action RPG on Steam Greenlight”

Sunless Skies Soars past Kickstarter Goal

My posts about Kickstarter elicit two sentiments: that I’m becoming a mainstream indie gamer, as everything I want is already funded by the time I open their Kickstarter page; and that I’m not as clever a wordsmith as I think I am. Sunless Skies is the next game by developers Failbetter Games, an exploration role-playing game set in the same universe as their two main titles, Fallen London and Sunless Sea, and is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter – they’ve met their initial goal (in less than four hours!), but with stretch goals and whatnot, the sky’s the limit. Continue reading “Sunless Skies Soars past Kickstarter Goal”

Pillars of Eternity II – Trailer, Fig and Information

Pillars of Eternity [Review] came out a couple of years ago, the spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate (if you ignored Dragon’s Age existence), and since then Obsidian have sharpened their experience in both the genre and the engine with the releases of downloadable content and Tyranny [Review], another cRPG. Now, they’ve launched a campaign on Fig – already successfully funded, but always looking for additional money to meet its stretch goals and, well, profits – for the second game, set on the Deadfire Archipelago. Here’s the lowdown on the project, setting and information available so far. Continue reading “Pillars of Eternity II – Trailer, Fig and Information”

Horizon Signal free DLC arrives alongside 1.4 patch for Stellaris

Stellaris [Review] has just grown a bit eventful with its new event DLC, Horizon Signal, written by ex-Failbetter’s Alexis Kennedy, the same Kennedy the new patch is named after. Called a mix of The Twilight Zone and Event Horizon by the author, Horizon Signal will feature a full-on space ghost story in a large series of connected events (as detailed on the writer’s blog), as opposed to the more common individual storylines the game already has. Continue reading “Horizon Signal free DLC arrives alongside 1.4 patch for Stellaris”

A specter is haunting Shovel Knight

The specter of free DLC. The developers of Shovel Knight [Official Site], Yacht Club Games, pledged as part of their Kickstarter to release three additional campaigns featuring the bosses Shovel Knight must face. Plague of Shadows came out a bit more than a year ago, and the upcoming campaign, Specter of Torment, will feature the shadowy Specter Knight and his trusty scythe. Continue reading “A specter is haunting Shovel Knight”