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PC Gaming Week of September 17-23, 2018

This Week: 19 Total Games Curated Out of 153 Games Releasing - Selection Percentage: 12.41%

The following titles are what we feel are the most noteworthy games releasing this week. The description for each title is the studio's and not our own.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight. Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and HDR audio putting the fear back into the genre.

An intense atmosphere putting the terror into modern combat

Move with speed and caution as you push through the war-torn environments of a fictional contemporary conflict in the Middle East. Death comes fast, ammunition must be carefully managed, and the environment must be tactically navigated at every step toward victory.

Insurgency: refined and expanded

For the first time in an Insurgency game, customize your character to show your veterancy with diverse sets of clothing, uniforms, accessories, and character voices. Coordinate fire support with your team, engage enemies with vehicle mounted machine guns, and go head to head in small scale high speed competitive matches. Wield new weapons and new upgrades to outmaneuver, outflank, and outsmart the enemy.

War at its realest

Continuing Insurgency’s acclaim as the most atmospheric shooter, Sandstorm is built on Unreal 4 to bring its gritty close-quarters combat into a whole new era of realism. Skill is rewarded, and survival is paramount. Feel every bullet, and fear every impact.

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Transference™

THE GAME IS AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE DURING THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD

Available in VR and Non-VR. 

Imagine an escape room set in a deranged mind. Experience a first-person exploration game in a chilling new dimension. Shift between three perspectives of a family in this troubled scientist's experiment, and attempt to unravel the mystery hiding in this mind-bending psychological thriller.

A THRILLER THAT FEELS LIKE A MOVIE

Project yourself into a narrative experience that combines movies with gaming, as you become immersed in an unsettling psychological thriller.

SOLVE THE MYSTERY 

Recover a fragmented family as you shift between the corrupted consciousness of each individual’s perspective and attempt to piece together their mystery.

IT’S YOUR UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

In this first-person narrative mystery, you must explore the walls of this family's home to interpret events and discover your truth.

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The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a single-player adventure-puzzle game about time, memory and friendship.

Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship.

Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their precious moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative.

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Gene Rain

Death is always fair. He treats both the poor and the rich equally. This is the concept of the "Death Squad". We will control a "Death Squad" in the game, fighting to end the conflicts afflicting the whole world.

We have set 3 forces in the game. The background of the story is the beginning of the conflict between these 3 forces. Each force has its own ideas and goals that it strives for; in the game, following the story, players must control 3 main characters: Alex (half human and half robot), Salman (robot) and Li Ying (human). They will fight to end the world conflicts no matter the cost.

The game has a simple upgrading system. There are 9 weapons + a variety of character attributes in the game. Amongst them, 3 main weapons and all character attributes can be upgraded.

There are 4 types of scenes in the game: destroyed cities, quiet towns, deep canyons, and cities in dark night. There are more than 12 types of enemies in the game. We input sensations, data, and behavior into the game’s AI to let it have a human-like characteristics. Each enemy has unique attributes and detailed behavior in the game.

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60 Parsecs!

Atomic Space Age was a blast! Until it became the Post-Apocalyptic Space Age.

Your space station is about to explode and you only have 60 seconds before things get messy. What (or who) will you grab before you make a mad dash for the emergency shuttle and begin your journey into THE GREAT UNKNOWN?

This is 60 Parsecs!, a dark comedy sci-fi adventure set in the Atomic Space Age - complete with all the Cold War paranoia, chrome-plated wall accents and brain parasites you can handle.

Lead a crew of woefully unprepared astronauts, equipped with whatever junk - sorry - "supplies" you can grab before blasting off, on a journey across the cosmos that's best described as misguided. Make the best of it, while dealing with soup shortages and other horrors of outer space. Will you have what it takes to find a new home and survive?

Bon voyage!

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The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep

Over one hundred years later, the terrible events of Skara Brae’s violent destruction are nearly forgotten. Hidden in the shadows, an evil has waited patiently. Until now. Fanatics are gathering control, the famous Adventurer’s Guild has been outlawed and its members persecuted, and you must rise up in defiance to become the hero that the realm needs. Featuring 40+ hours of gameplay, 350 speaking parts, and over 100 pieces of incredible music. 

Create the Hero You Want To Be

Play as Bard, Fighter, Practitioner, and Rogue. Each archetype features 60-70 skills and collectively they unlock 21 unique classes. Build an array of characters to make each playthrough a unique experience. 

Craft your Party, Your Way

Develop, progress, and grow a party of adventurers as you see fit. Start your party with a single character. Recruit or create new heroes to bolster your ranks. Level up and customize their skills and gear. Summon creatures into battle to fight for you! Build a party that suits your unique play style!

An Adventure Around Every Corner

Traverse a beautiful world filled with wonder and powered by Unreal Engine 4. Explore towns full of quest givers, fight your way through dark and deadly dungeons, and navigate beautiful rolling hills, dense forests, and icy wastes. 

Outsmart Evil 

Battle your enemies in dynamic, intuitive turn-based tactical combat that rewards clever thinking. Combine spells and skills for increased effects greater than the sum of their parts. Use superior strategies, thoughtful positioning, and deadly combos to bring down your foes! 

Unlock the Secrets of the Past

Unravel challenging mysteries. If your enemies don’t get you, the devious riddles, demanding puzzles, and dangerous traps which await just might. For those bold enough to seek them out, hidden rewards await your discovery.

Recover Powerful Artifacts

The sense of discovery and mystery doesn’t stop with the environment. Recover ancient Elven weapons imbued with mystical powers and containing secrets which you’ll need to uncover by carefully examining them. Doing so will gain you deadly advantages in the battles that lie ahead.

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Kofi Quest: Alpha MOD

Kofi Quest: Alpha MOD is a not-so-serious adventure that brings together mechanics from Action RPG and RTS games. You’ll control Kofi, a weak, lazy and unlucky videogame character that will be followed by a group of interesting (and pathetic) characters aiding him to live a great adventure.

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Seers Isle

Seers Isle is an interactive graphic novel, set in a fantasy version of medieval northern Europe, where your choices impact the fate of a group of characters.

Story:

“The island… It was my prison.

For ages, I roamed the land, helpless, looking for a way out...

... And then, they arrived.”

A group of shaman apprentices set foot on the shores of a sacred island to be initiated to magic. 

As they progress through the wilderness, looking for the “Seers”, their spirit-guides, they realize they’re not alone.

Who is this strange horned woman they are seeing in their dreams?

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Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk

Become the living book, Tractatus de Monstrum, and command a brigade of puppet soldiers as you navigate the twisting passageways of the Labyrinth of Refrain.

When at your base, prepare for your journey by upgrading your brigade! Create new puppet soldiers, assign them different squads and formations, synthesize better equipment, take requests from townsfolk, and get assistance from Dronya in the form of Witch Petitions. 

Once you've entered the labyrinth, be sure to search every nook and cranny as you jump over barricades, solve puzzles, and smash your way through walls to delve further and further downward in search of treasure and rare artifacts. But be careful, the more riches you obtain, the more vicious the dungeon becomes. Can you survive long enough to bring your haul back?

Fight past terrifying monsters by giving orders to your puppet brigade. Change their formation, use special skills, or call for an all-out attack! The battles you face will be challenging, so your success depends on your preparation and your strategy.

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Fishing Sim World

Fishing Sim World is the most authentic fishing simulator ever made, taking you around the world on an angling journey like no other. Feel the adrenaline rush of landing trophy largemouth bass and the thrill of fighting huge carp and monster pike as Fishing Sim World perfectly combines realistic game physics and accurate fish AI for an authentic fishing experience that will have you hooked from the start.

Your angling skills will be tested to the limit as you explore two vast USA bass lakes set in Florida and upstate New York and five European locations, including France’s famous Gigantica Main Lake and even a challenging stretch of the UK’s Grand Union Canal.

Go after eighteen different species of fish with hundreds of items of equipment including licensed tackle from some of the biggest names in fishing such as: Bass Cat Boats, Rat-L-Trap, Duckett Fishing and Korda. Use your boat’s GPS and sonar to locate bass before choosing the right tactics to successfully catch them.

Using advanced AI and fish behavioral systems, each species behaves differently - reacting to water temperature and bait choice – so you will have to choose your strategy carefully to land your prey. Fish at your own pace, find your perfect setup, then challenge yourself to land the best catch.

Fishing Sim World reflects the competitive element of this great sport, allowing you to take part in live tournaments against opponents from around the world with the aim of becoming a Fishing Sim World champion! Players can also opt to fish with friends in 4-player multiplayer, comparing catches on real-time leaderboards.

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Underhero

Underhero is a 2D side-scroller RPG adventure game with timing-based combat. It tells an intriguing and mysterious story, full of silly characters brimming with personality, quirky dialogue, and lots of weird humor.

STORY:

Inspired by Paper Mario games and RPGs in general, it tells the story of a world where the chosen hero has failed and an underling of the main villain takes his place as the new “hero”. 

Join Elizabeth IV and a little Masked kid in a journey across the Chestnut Kingdom to once again, defeat the evil Mr. Stitches! Meet friends, foes and other weird characters in the mysterious world of Underhero.

...Wait, once again!?

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Howdy! The Western Game

Let yourself get in the most addictive plot in action games this decade. Explore the mind of westman on his road to revenge as he shoots down the foes and tries to find relief after the loss of his daughter.

Control his rampage against "banditos" and those, who deny his right to avenge what was taken away from him. Destroy the Wild West world as much us you want, but remember to keep something behind, so you can hide from the bullets or use it to your advantage in any creative way you can think of. Out of ammo in saloon? Use the furniture or bottles to fight your way out (or in).

The story is focused on the mental condition of the hero and it will engage you like no game did before. Breathtaking music made by Essex won't let you sleep until you find out what fate you deserved through the game.

Isometric view will help you plan the fight, but don't think you will catch enemies off guard every time. Some of them might be more intelligent. Or just TOUGH. Or they might turn out as bosses, but we will get to that later.

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Age of Viking Conquest

Description

Age of Viking Conquest is a conquest simulation set at the time of the Vikings invasions of Europe. The goal of the game is to become the dominant major power amongst the key powers of Northern Europe. Play as Sweden, Norway or Denmark and expand your zone of influence. Raise your drakkars and ensure your dominance on land and sea!

Features

- Return to the era of Golden Warfare and rule one of the few dominant Viking kingdoms on the verge of shaking the balance of power in Europe and prove to be one of the most important military and cultural forces of the era.

- Sail, ride and march across Europe as your nation flexes its military and economic muscles.

- Supplement brawn with subterfuge and use cloak and dagger tactics such as subversion and espionage.

- Compete with other Northern Kingdoms and with the largest Continental powers.

- Play as one of the three major Viking kingdoms: Norway, Sweden or Denmark.

- Play against the AI or other human claimants to the mastery of Europe.

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Star Control®: Origins

Explore a living galaxy filled with alien civilizations, new and exotic worlds, pulse pounding combat, and a deep, rich history that is yours to unravel! The space role-playing game you've been waiting for!

Congratulations! You are the Captain of Earth's very first interstellar ship. That's good. Really good. So very good. There's just one small problem. Barely worth mentioning but a hostile alien race known as the Scryve want to exterminate us. We need you to go find allies, discover and use these so-called Precursor relics to upgrade your ship and try to avoid getting eaten along the way so that you can save humanity. We don't want you to feel pressure though. Just the very future of the human race rests on your shoulders.

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The Slater

Get ready to kill low-life drug dealers, notorious crime bosses and anyone who stands in your way as you seek revenge for your father’s murder.

The Slater is a story-driven first-person stealth-action-puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of a former cop Mark Slater, whose father gets murdered while investigating a new designer drug D-Pain. Now is your chance to eliminate everyone involved with his murder, and everyone who had anything to do with the new designer drug. Be prepared to assassinate your targets one by one.

Use stealth-based tactics to get the upper hand on your enemies and take them out. Think your enemies as puzzle pieces. How do you get past the guards? Who do you kill and how? Maybe there's another way in? Think carefully before you make your move or you are the one ending up dead. The Slater is brought to you by Alessandro Laina, the sole man behind Laina Interactive.

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Stones of Yalmrith

The Story before your Press the "To Yalmrith" Button

Tight jumps, slow velocity, complicated puzzles and weird creatures that wants to kill you for no reason. The world of Yalmrith is unique and deadly you take control of Andor a doll with a form of life and it have to face many platforming mechanics, logic puzzles to solve and battle strange creatures for the sole purpose of gaining knowledge about this strange world and you within it.

Platforms

You may think our hero doesn’t have the agility nor the speed to face the platforming obstacles , but you will be surprised on how YOU & Our Little Hero will succeed in doing so.

Puzzles

In the world of Yalmrith each puzzle is unique in the way it was crafted, scripted and how you will solve it, take your time, because each puzzle in The Stones of Yalmrith will take a lot of yours.

The Elders

No need for spoilers, you will have to face them yourself in the world of Yalmrith, don’t be afraid and don’t worry, we are sure you can handle them perfectly.

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My Brother Rabbit

A loving family discovers that their daughter has fallen ill. While her parents set out to get her the treatment she needs, her determined older brother turns to the power of imagination to help them cope. While the outside world offers a harsh reality, these innocent children create a surreal fantasy world that gives them the play and comfort they need. Embark on a grand journey to five different lands filled with incredible robo-moose, floating baobabs, giant mushrooms, and clocks melting to the rhythm of passing time.

Imagination will find a way

In this magnificent land of make-believe, a cute little rabbit wants to nurse his ill friend the flower back to health in any way he can. He must use his wits to decipher puzzles inspired by classic point-and-clicks, uncover hidden objects, and play minigames to continue his adventure. Is it just child’s play or does it all have a deeper meaning that reflects reality?

An emotional story of love and courage

Take part in this inspiring story of siblings who support each other in difficult times through the power of imagination. Accompany them on the quest to help the flower regain its health.

Tons of environmental puzzles, minigames, and hidden objects

Travel through the wondrous lands of a colorful universe where you must question everything you know about reality. Help the rabbit solve puzzles, find hidden objects, and assemble strange machinery in a world where conventional logic doesn’t apply.

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REPTILOIDS 2 Early Access

‘Reptiloids 2’ is a super action game about a reptiloids’ and revenge!

The main character Sharon, she lose a her boyfriend because Reptiloids killed him in the first part of this story! And now she want to revenge!

The main reptiloids’ boss escaped, you must find and kill him! Neutralize all the reptiloids and save humanity race.

To progress successfully through the game, you can use different tactics in close fighting, block punches, dodge, run away, choose your goals, and do other things.

In ‘Reptiloids 2’, not only your fists and legs become your weapons but a variety of entourage items, such as hammers, bits, axes, and a lot of other subway items.

Beware of treacherous reptiloids: they are incredibly powerful with a huge amount of health and strong defense.And now they more stronger, because they have a foil caps!

If you play successfully, the main character will receive bonuses and additional weapons. But if you play badly, you can lose weapons, health, and any hope of salvation!

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Straight from the Devs
September 17, 2018
Published in Straight from the Devs

AAA or indie, big or small, OPNoobs is looking for quality games made by talented people. It’s not about marketing budget or Twitch numbers, we bring you updates straight from the developers of the games you’re playing. We provide an unfiltered voice from inside the gaming industry. Anything published in OPN’s Straight From The Devs series is just that, and we hope our readers feel that this narrows the gap between them and the industry they follow so closely.

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