Our October update for GeForce NOW is here and there is a month of some big games on the horizon, it all starts now! We have big hitters from Far Cry 6, Guardians of the Galaxy and Riders Republic. Including those titles, there’s 23 coming to the service this month.
It’s a great month ahead with some fantastic titles being added, so let’s take a look at what is coming.
F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch
For the second month running, GeForce NOW snaps up a Playstation console exclusive and brings it to life in the cloud. A game that our very own Maker of Chaos gave us all a first look at on our YouTube Channel.
Six years ago, the Machine Legion invaded and colonized the Torch City, which was originally inhabited by animals. Rayton, the former soldier in the resistance war, has been living in seclusion since then. After his friend is forcibly arrested, Rayton reclaims his mechanical fist and steps to his journey fighting back. And he never expects that he has been involved in a bigger scheme between the mafia, the rebellion, and the legion.
Exploring the Metroidvania game world with a dozen of areas with distinguishing vision themes and level designs. Earning the rewards by conquering the challenges of combats, puzzles and platformers in countless chambers, tunnels and shortcuts. Interconnected and automatically loading game map makes the detailed Torch City more convincing and beautiful.
Far Cry 6
Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. As the dictator of Yara, Antón Castillo is intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps. Their oppressive rule has ignited a revolution.
Play as Dani Rojas, a local Yaran, as you fight alongside a modern-day guerrilla revolution to liberate Yara!
Fight against Castillo’s regime in the most expansive Far Cry® to date, through jungles, beaches, and Esperanza, the capital city of Yara.
Employ an arsenal of resolver weapons, backpacks, and vehicles to take down Castillo’s ruthless regime.
Duncan checked this out on launch day and we’ll have footage up on our YouTube channel shortly for people to get a glimpse into what to expect from the latest instalment in the Far Cry series. Have you got what it takes to liberate Yara and free the people of Giancarlo Esposito’s twisted character?
In addition to the above titles, we’re also getting the full game streaming experience with the following titles this week.
Originally in addition to the above, Buccaneers was listed to be coming to the service, however on the Steam page there is a notification showing that this game is seemingly now arriving in February 2022, so watch this space on that one!
There feels like only one way we can end this week’s post for #GFNThursday. That is with this…. ENJOY! Are you excited for Guardians and all it’s RTX goodness? Let us know!
It’s that time of the week that we thoroughly enjoy, it’s #GFNThursday! This week we take a look and celebrate the 90+ titles that are available on GeForce NOW. That’s not all though, it’s not a GFN Thursday if we don’t have more games to talk about and luckily for you we do! A whole 10 of them in fact making their way into the library this week.
It’s All Fair in Free to Play
Closing in on that 100th Free to Play title available in the library, what better time to talk about how easy it is to get access to some of the most popular games in just a matter of a few clicks. So many of these games completely tie gamers time up and they simply cannot put them down.
It’s super easy to kick off your journey with GeForce NOW. As a member you can simply connect those favoured game storefronts (Steam, Epic) to your GeForce NOW account and you are on your way to being able to see just how good game streaming is in some of the worlds favourite games. By virtue of playing in the cloud, this means that a multitude of the devices you already own can be transformed into your fully-fledged PC gaming experience. So whether it’s android, Iphone, Ipad, Chromebook or that shiny Shield TV, you can hop straight in and start enjoying.
Something we talk about pretty much every week is remembering to claim those free Epic games each week, as many are added to the GeForce NOW library and the other beauty is that even if it isn’t on at the time of claiming, you just can’t rule out that it won’t be added at a later date. So build that library, get collecting those games and see just how many you get to enjoy on GeForce NOW.
So what are you waiting for? Fire up that GeForce NOW app and search the free-to-play section to find out what you want to try out and delve back into via the power of cloud gaming.
Talking of Epic, are you looking for the perfect way to spend the weekend? The battle between the Aliens and the Imagined Order has come to an explosive end. In its wake a new conflict has taken shape… a cubed shape, specifically. The destruction of the Alien Mothership has released the Cubes, and these Cubes pose an even greater threat to the Island than the Aliens ever could as the Cubes wreak havoc and spread a dark, malevolent reality called “The Sideways.” Jump into Fortnite Season 8, fight monsters in the Sideways, get powerful loot and participate in the war effort.
It’s All About The Games
We said there was more games coming to the library this week and we were not joking! There’s another 10 titles added this week with 4 Day and Date releases and 1 which is Day and Date for Steam.
Honey, I joined a Cult
First up is a game that we’ve had the chance to review, so check out our review on our site to see what we thought of this newly available title and we’ll have footage coming up on our YouTube Channel too!
It’s time to start working towards that ultimate goal of enlightenment, faith and money…lots and lots of money. Create, customise, expand and manage your own cult whilst listening to funky music in Honey, I Joined a Cult!
Eastward is a beautifully detailed and charming adventure game, from Shanghai-based indie developers, Pixpil.
In the near-future, society is starting to collapse, and the human population is at an all-time low. A deadly toxic presence has spread across the land, destroying and devouring everything in its path.
Those who could escape the miasma flocked to underground villages to start a new life. But for a hardworking miner and a mysterious young girl, the hope of a thriving outside world beckons…
Escape the tyrannical clutches of Potcrock Isle’s subterranean society and join Eastward’s unlikely duo on an exciting adventure to the land above! Discover beautiful yet bizarre settlements and make new friends as you travel across the world by rail.
Aragami 2 (September 17th)
You are one of the last elite warriors of your kin, the Aragami. Victims of a supernatural affliction which corrodes the body and devours the mind, the Aragami control Shadow Essence – a mystical power that grants the ability to control the shadows. With this power the Aragami carry out their tasks and quests – assignments made all along the valley to ensure the subsistence of the village and to free the Aragami enslaved by the invader armies.
Those are just a few of our highlighted releases arriving into the library this week, but check out the full list below!
Honey, I Joined a Cult (day-and-date release on Steam, September 14)
Eastward (day-and-date release on Steam, September 16)
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (day-and-date release on Steam, September 16)
That is all for this week, but be sure to check our live #GFNThursday show out over on our YouTube Channel as we talk all the news of the week and break down the games arriving too. We hope to see you there!
It couldn’t possibly be a Tuesday without an update from the Stadia team and in a week with game releases, there was also some great news for Pro members in the form of a new pro game being available to claim tomorrow and then a weekend with not one but two games for you to enjoy!
First up, let’s cover the free weekend. This weekend as a Stadia Pro Subscriber, you’ll be able to play Madden 22 from September 9th until September 13th. In the very same weekend, you’ll also be able to jump into Rainbow Six Siege! Two very different games that will appeal to different audiences but a bumper weekend for games to try out if they aren’t already in your library.
That’s right, from tomorrow you’ll be able to claim PGA 2K21 as part of your Stadia Pro Subscription!
Play against the pros. Play with your crew. In PGA TOUR 2K21, you can play by the rules or create your own featuring a new PGA TOUR Career Mode, licensed courses and more! Powered by The Golf Club.
What stands out most for you to try this week? Are you hitting the course, the football field or breaching walls in RB6? Let us know what you think about the news!
We’ve been lucky enough to get an early look at Merek’s Market, which will be launching on PC, Playstation, Xbox and Stadia on September 15th. Merek’s Market is a builder/crafting game from Big Village Games, based in Sheffield, UK. It sets out to bring you an experience where you are crafting, building, haggling to try to make your business survive and thrive. One thing that is worth mentioning straight out of the gate is that Merek’s Market is the creation of a team of 2 that spans 40 years worth of experience in video games between them they have contributed to over 50 video game projects too.
Merek’s delightful British humour with its cast of Merek’s friends in Tess and Len. Tess is a west country friend out to bring your more blueprints for items so that your craft them in your soon to be busy store. Len arrives to add to the mix, hailing from Scotland, always trying to help by contributing where he can, buying bread and milk, finally he teaches you the art of haggling so that you can try to maximise your money for items in demand by the various customers who will grace you with their presence in your store, all set in medieval times.
This game can be enjoyed either solo or with up to 4 people local co-op, so you get a real mix between taking on those challenges on your own and then looking at squeezing in some fun family time or simply that time where you want to have a laugh with your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband.
In Merek’s market, whilst your primary focus is to craft, make money and help your business grow and survive. The element of competition is thrown into the mix. At each stage or level within the game, you will be up against the clock to see how much money you can truly earn but that’s not all. Each level has a Bronze, Silver and Gold rating for how well you do through each level, which then ties into a leaderboard to bring that competitive edge out in you and amongst your friends.
Merek’s Market has an art style that perfectly matches the overriding theme of the game and more importantly, the voice acting that goes with it. It is really well optimised in terms of its performance and during my time with the game, there hasn’t really been any evidence of dropped frames, stuttering or any screen tearing.
It’s an art style that will appeal to many and is also one that will attract the kids in the family as the characters look friendly, easily identifiable and have an element of humour about them. So I would certainly say that their approach in game design has been to capture a varying age range and they’ve done this extremely well.
Whether you are crafting pottery, glass, shields, swords, sculptures or even carts. You can see that everything has been thought about and the items you craft have an intricacy, which leaves you feeling with a sense of achievement and accomplishment as you craft bigger and better items.
Audio-wise, I think it’s fair that this is broken down into two elements. Firstly music, I found the music to be friendly, fun and strikes those notes of medieval times. After sitting down and playing Merek’s Market, I often found myself with the sounds ingrained in my brain and I couldn’t get them out of my head until I’d watched or listened to something else.
The other element to the audio is the voice acting. Now being from the UK, I can say that the elements of accents, humour completely landed with me and I got it. You find yourself listening to your friends who come to the shop to help, customers and placing those accents and personalities to people that you will have come across from all walks of life. The only thing this really left me questioning was that I got it, but will players further afield in the US, Europe and beyond resonate with the humour and those accents?
Even several hours in, I’m still unsure as to the answer to that question and I’m sure only time will tell and of course it also depends on the target audience for the game. I will re-affirm that I fully appreciated it and at points even had me throwing those accents out as I found myself narrating the characters lines as they displayed on-screen.
Gameplay & Mechanics
Merek’s Market’s controls are easy to pick up, intuitive and will not take long to pick up at all. This lends itself to being a fantastically fun game, especially if you get your kids involved in gaming, meaning that you can buddy up with them and take on the campaign together.
I played through with a controller and found it really simple to navigate my way around and carry out the crafting.
Big Village Games have thrown some great variety into some of the gameplay/mechanics in terms of either remembering sequences when constructing statues, the button combinations to successfully get paid for the items you’ve crafted for customers when they come to pay for them, which also acts as a multiplier for each one that you get correct, meaning that you can continue to earn more money. Another element is when you get to the stage of crafting your cart, following the on-screen little movements in order to fill the bar up or rotating your left joystick to fit the wheels on the cart.
It really feels like they’ve tried to pack in some variation to ensure that not every challenge or crafting experience feels the same.
When it comes to crafting specific items, your crafting book is your friend. It will show you what materials go together in order to make the objects that the customers will require from you, but be mindful to pay attention though because as you progress, you’ll find that you need to combine two materials, to make a component and then couple that with other materials to make your final item.
As with most stores in real life, you get those characters that just come in to waste your time (I have retail experience so I appreciate the dread this fills staff with), so being up against the clock, time is of the essence and if you feel like the conversation with those characters is going nowhere and there’s no sale in sight, get hitting that Y button on the controller to get out of that conversation and get back to crafting!
As you play through the game you’ll find various things that try to stand in the way of your budding empire, whether it be competition, dragons, there’s nothing that will get in your way as you seek to be a success.
If we go right back to the top, I mentioned that this game is constructed by a team of two and given the level of visual representation, details, dialogue and everything else that pulls Merek’s Market together to become the game that it is. Big Village should be extremely pleased with the end product because I’ve had a tremendous amount of fun with it and it would certainly be something I’d recommend for families with kids that want to get their first adventure under their belt.
My biggest frustrations with Merek’s Market is that despite the variety of items to craft, the scenarios you face that after a while it does begin to feel like it enters into becoming monotonous but given that traditionally this style of game is not something I would have played, I may be being a little on the harsh side there especially considering how well it did actually motivate me to come back and play more. So as much I do level some criticism here, I think it’s fair to say that this game is still great fun and will keep you occupied.
I smiled. the music was addictive and I even got in on the voice acting, so I would certainly say it’s well worth checking out and especially if you have a family as it will be a great couch co-op game that will bring laughter, confusion, fun, oh and chaos.
Keep your eyes on our YouTube channel too as we did a live first look of Merek’s Market, so you can see it in action with me at the helm of the controls.
In summary, a game launching in 2021 that can have a net thrown far and wide to capture its audience is always appreciated as it brings people together, gets more people involved and more importantly, brings you fun. Merek’s Market certainly does that but it will certainly need your British humour engaged to get the most out of its comedy value. I have real admiration and appreciation for what the team at Big Village have created with Merek, his friends and the game overall.
We’d like to extend our thanks to the team over at Big Village Games and their representatives for providing us with a preview/review key as we really appreciate these opportunities to have fun with new, up and coming titles.
Merek’s Market is due for release on September 15th on PC, Xbox, Playstation and Stadia, so there’s plenty of opportunities for you to pick it up and enjoy it.
The Tuesday update from Xbox came and went without so much as a peep yesterday but fear not, it’s dropped today! So that means we have some games to look at that are dropping in to GamePass but more importantly the cloud.
Before we take a look at the games coming, we shared a video earlier today to confirm that when playing via xCloud now we are seeing that vibration/rumble is now starting to kick in on a number of titles. This is great to see because I think people underestimate the importance of some of those games where feedback can be so important. The first title we noticed it on yesterday was Myst as we played around with some of those devilish puzzles, pulled those levels and pushed buttons. Check out our very own Nordic, Notorious H.P.G (Happy Cloud Gamer) as he talks about and shows it off a little.
Now let’s move on to those games dropping into GamePass in the cloud
In Game Preview, Craftopia is a multiplayer open-world survival action game.
“We have imagined what would happen when we combine our favourite video games altogether. Chop trees and mine stones as in Sandbox, Explore the world as in Open-world, Fight the hunger as in Survival, Cultivate and harvest as in Farming, Collect loots in dungeons as in Hack-and-slash, Automate activities as in Factory management, Hunt monsters and creatures as in Hunting action, Cast magical spells as in Fantasy RPG.
Now we have a utopia for all of us. That is Craftopia.”
Survive in outer space! Together with your immortal chicken, discover the truth behind your sudden spaceship crash. Craft tools, pilot vehicles, and even control space stations to survive and explore the wreckage.
Breathedge is an ironic outer space survival adventure game. Take on the role of a simple guy called the Man who is just carrying his grandpa’s ashes to a galactic funeral and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a universal conspiracy.
Signs of Sojourner
In this narrative card game about relationships and communication, navigate conversations in a colourful world reminiscent of our own. Learn and grow through the cards you choose to play. Who will you become? What will you leave behind?
Your deck is your character, reflecting your experiences and shaping your relationships. Make decisions about who your character is in this world, pushing forward with the cards you’re dealt.
You take over your mother’s store after her death, travelling to diverse locations in order to acquire goods for the shop. Along the way, encounter optimistic stories, compassionate characters, and delightful surprises in a world where travel is difficult and climate change has made life hard.
Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas
It’s time to ‘scrub in’ solo or jump into 4 player online games in this physics-based surgery sim with ludicrous coop and competitive play, plus an awesome builder mode. Unearth the mysteries of the Bossa Labs Medical Facility and save Bob’s life. Get ready to team up for trauma!
Bob’s life is in your hand! It’s time to slip into your scrubs and grab the nearest scalpel (saw or sink plunger), and enter the Bossa Labs Medical Facility in this 1-4 player physics-based operating theatre of chaos.
Take on the cream of the medical establishment in riotous competitive challenges. Play frantically blood-splattered coop games or go solo in Surgeon Simulator 2’s rib-tickling Campaign Mode. Wanting to inject some creativity? Jump into the Creation Mode and build brand new game levels on your own or team up to build something amazing with multiplayer creation tools. From head transplants and leg amputations to dancing games and relay races, at Bossa Labs, you choose your own way to play!
Keep your eyes on our social media, YouTube for more first looks and of course The Green Room, where we talk all things Xbox and xCloud!
September arrives and so do the Stadia Pro games and this month there is a twist! You’ve got two extra games to claim. So earlier in the month, we covered the fact that Darksiders II, Little Big Workshop and Wavebreak! Well, Stadia fans today is your day to rejoice because the holy grail of pro games has finally arrived.
Here are those extra two treats that Stadia has in store for you this month.
Legend of Keepers
Legend of Keepers is the perfect mix between Dungeon Defender and Roguelite. You have been hired as a dungeon manager by the Dungeons Company. Your job is simple: protect their dungeons!
Ark: Survival Evolved
Yes, it is finally here, it’s arrived in the summer window. Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate… and escape!
In a week absolutely packed with gaming content, we got the latest Stadia blog post yesterday and we know now what those Stadia Pro titles will be waiting for you to claim on September 1st. That wasn’t all we got through from the post, so let’s take a look at what else there was too.
First up, what I would possibly say is the biggest bit of news for the week, was that during the Destiny 2 event yesterday where they confirmed the next season, in the season of the lost AND full cross-play support! So ready up guardians, as a new adventure awaits.
Stadia Pro Games
As we said at the top, the Pro games for Stad have been confirmed for September and they are Darksiders 2, Little Big Workshop and Wavebreak.
Become the terrifying force that everything fears but nothing can escape. Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen embarks on a quest to redeem his brother’s name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation. Death lives!
Little Big Workshop
Imagine a magical factory, appearing right in your living room. A carefully planned masterpiece, where diligent workers throw together anything customers want. Rubber ducks and dressers, drones and electric guitars, scooters and other wonderful goods can be created from many different materials and sold for hard cash – cash you invest right back into your factory to get more machines, more workers and grow your business. In Little Big Workshop you become a factory tycoon!
Manage your workers, stations, machines and create awesome stuff as your little big workshop grows into your dream factory!
Wave Break is the world’s first skateBOATING game, inspired by arcade skateboarding classics. Grind, grab, kickflip and shoot your way through an explosive 80s crime-filled Miami Vice themed world.
Enjoy an episodic single-player campaign, ranked online multiplayer, multiple custom game modes, and an advanced park creator. From tropical beaches to frozen tundras, ride the waves and score the world’s biggest combo with style.
That’s a wrap on September’s trio of pro games, what are your thoughts on them? Don’t forget to claim Blue Fire, Chronos and Gunsport before they leave Stadia Pro on 31st August!
The final piece of the blog was confirming that there is new content for Watchdogs Legion, with 2 new story missions and also the new free co-op mode available with Legion of the Dead, where you get to fight your way through an infestation of zombies through good old London town.
2021 has certainly been a year for Xbox and it shows no sign of stopping with Gamescom right around the corner. As we know when Windows 11 was announced, it was confirmed that the Xbox app was going through improvements for PC and also that xCloud would be baked in from the outset.
Well this week, we started to see further changes in the Xbox App for PC (Windows 11), that further the company’s commitment to cloud gaming. As we prepared to embark on the final part of our A Pirates Life adventure in Sea of Thieves. Our very own Maker with his eagle eyes spotted that in the Xbox app, when he received his invite to join the game. The Xbox app specifically asked if he wanted to play the game locally on his PC or if he wanted to stream it.
As cloud gamers already, we are aware of the possibilities with game streaming and this is great to see as it is continuing to push the message and give people the opportunity to play in the cloud. Combine this with the Xbox dashboard displaying a video for you to watch that explains what game streaming is and its benefits, Microsoft clearly understands its potential and wants to educate its fan base about what for some is a new way of gaming.
A message that we’ll certainly never complain about being re-enforced by a major player within the games industry.
As we eluded to above, not necessarily everyone will be receiving those notifications right now but this is purely down to the fact that it looks like this is happening on Windows 11 only, and also if you are part of the Xbox Insiders ring where you get early access to the updated app and features.
Overall we see this as a very positive step for cloud gaming in general as it sets a tone that it’s going to be front of the mind from Microsoft and they are certainly keen to open gamers minds to the possibilities and the new ways to play.
Do you see this as we do and being good for cloud gaming? Let us know in the comments!
It’s Tuesday and that means TWoS! This week they had a nice little collection of updates to bring everyone from kids corner to Rainbow 6 Siege having a free to play weekend!
First up is the announcement that as of August 13th, the stadia store is going to be getting a new category. Kids & Family! With lots of talk over recent ratings, we’ve been indicating that there will be more child/family-friendly titles hitting the platform. Well, now we have it! Not only that on the 13th we’ll get 5 games to slot straight into that new category.
PAW Patrol Mighty Pups: Save Adventure Bay (Free with Stadia Pro!)
PAW Patrol the Movie: Adventure City Calls
Ice Age: Scrats Nutty Adventure
Giganotosaurus: The Game
DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of the New Riders
With the mentioning of Pro games, it is worth re-iterating that Little Nightmares II needs to be claimed by August 12th as after this date it will no longer be available to claim with Stadia Pro.
Next up, is the fact that Rainbow 6 Siege is going to be having a free to play weekend (Stadia Pro Subscribers) and there will be creator streams happening on Friday to celebrate this. So this Friday, check out the schedule for ViviFFIX, MegAtron X, 4Scarrs_Gaming and Stadians. The Stadia team will be involved and of course, no doubt, so will the Stadia community, so don’t forget to check them out between 10AM -12PM PST.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sees the launch of it’s second expansion, which is ‘The Siege of Paris’ , which will be available from Thursday and will be included in the Season Pass or included with the Gold or Ultimate Editions.
Finally, Thursday the 12th sees the launch of Foreclosed!
FORECLOSED is a narrative-driven action-adventure set in a Cyberpunk world filled with action, suspense, and experimental augmentations. Follow the story of Evan Kapnos in this sleek comic book styled game as he unravels the conspiracy behind his identity foreclosure. Who is responsible and why?
It combines the playability of video games with the sleek visual aesthetic of comic books. Everything from game-play to cinematics are experienced within the stylistic framework of a graphic novel. Fullscreen and comic panel perspectives are seamlessly blended as you move throughout FORECLOSED’s Cyberpunk city, uncovering a gripping conspiracy story. Cutscenes are also interactive and transition smoothly between alternative game-play styles.
That’s all the news for Stadia this week! Hope you’ve enjoyed it! What is your highlight from this week’s news?
As we kick off a new month, Playstation has revealed what games you’ll be able to play via their PS Now service from tomorrow and what a mix there is to be enjoyed for August. We’ve got Undertale, GhostRunner and NieR Automata!
Let’s take a more in-depth look at each of the titles
Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever. It’s a top-down adventure that you’ll have to navigate your way out of danger using a unique battle system. A fantastic looking art style which, will keep you playing for hours and hours!
Ghostrunner offers a unique single-player experience: fast-paced, violent combat, and an original setting that blends science fiction with post-apocalyptic themes. It tells the story of a world that has already ended and its inhabitants who fight to survive.
The streets of this tower city are full of violence. Mara the Keymaster rules with an iron fist and little regard for human life.
As resources diminish, the strong prey on the weak and chaos threatens to consume what little order remains. The decisive last stand is coming. A final attempt to set things right before mankind goes over the edge of extinction.
NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on… A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world.
I think you’ll agree that’s a great little selection, which one are you looking forward to experiencing? Let us know in the comments!