Season 2 of Overwatch Competitive Play kicks off today alongside the new Eichenwalde map. And the new season brings with it some significant changes to the format, including a new scoring system that measures performance across a scale of 1 to 5,000. Plus, an Overwatch Free Weekend is coming to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One from September 10 through to 13! Giving everyone access to all heroes and modes, with the option to carry their progress over if they decide to buy.
Which packs both the game and the expansion in one neat little package that comes with over 10 years of notable bug fixes and improvements. And if you already own either Titan Quest or the expansion on Steam, you get it for free! And with the inclusion of Steam Achievements, there's never been a better reason to (re)play a bit of Titan Quest. Not that you would need a reason, as it's one of the all time great ARPGs.
Setting aside the fact that the Vault-Tec Corporation was only commissioned to create 122 Vaults, plus however many prototypes or private vaults, Vault 1080 from Nividia's Lightspeed Studio sees players venture to a mysterious and creepy new Vault. Named after the firm's latest and most powerful GPU to date. Which means that Vault 1080 will come packed with advanced lighting and shadow effects not seen in the standard game.
For the Sherlock Holmes aficionados out there, using the powers of deduction and reasoning, you may have already, err, dedu-reasoned?, that one of the free PlayStation Plus games for September is the all-time classic Journey. Yep, that makes up one half of the free PlayStation 4 offering, with the other half filled by the pretty-good Dark Souls clone Lords of the Fallen.
Which collects all the locations and episodes from Hitman including France, Italy, Morocco, Thailand, USA, and Japan. Prior to the game's launch the release schedule for Hitman was more than a little confusing, what with the different versions and yet-to-be-released content. Not anymore, as we now see it as a seasonal game, one where community events and new locations have been introduced at a steady pace. And Hitman: The Complete First Season will contain it all, plus more, when it launched on January 31 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
And it looks wonderful, with a presentation that feels like The Banner Saga, but with a more Eastern look. Developed by Canberra-based studio Whale Hammer Games, Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire follows a young princess by the name of Tahira as she fights to save her people from the evil Astral Empire. With turn-based tactical battles, the whole game is said to take place over the course of one night -- with no filler. Every encounter has a meaningful impact on the story. And it's out today on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is all set to make its debut on PS4 on October 11, and it will come packed with all the content from last year's excellent Rise of the Tomb Raider plus some new stuff too. The first of which is the new story driven 'Blood Ties' expansion where she gets to explore Croft Manor. And something called 'Lara’s Nightmare', where she has to fight off hordes of the undead.
For $1 USD, one measly greenback you get the Space Quest collection featuring all six Space Quests! You won't find a cheaper Monolith Burger in the entire galaxy. Plus, the Police Quest collection featuring more police procedural gameplay than you thought was possible. Like checking tire pressure before going out on patrol. Oh, and you also get the FMV-filled CD-ROM horror of Phantasmagoria 1 and 2.
You can always count on developer Polyphony Digital to delay a high profile Gran Turismo release. Not for a lack of effort, the studio has always taken its time to ensure that each Gran Turismo game is of the highest quality. It's just that in the meantime Forza has kinda taken over the car-sim crown with a steady stream of releases. In an update on the PlayStation Blog Gran Turismo Sport and creator of the series Kazunori Yamauchi announced the delay.
Daybreak Games has announced that H1Z1: King of the Kill will depart Steam Early Access on September 20. The full release will see the inclusion of a larger "totally revamped world map", a new UI, Twitch integration, and Seasons. This news comes after the zombie survival shooter H1Z1 was split into two separate games, with 'King of the Kill' being the fast-paced multiplayer variant.