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Legion Weekly Gaming News: Week of 19 July 2021

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Legion weekly gaming news is where you will find a compilation of bite-sized news about upcoming game releases, DLC announcements and industry news. This week, you will find news regarding:

1. Get Defense Grid: The Awakening and Verdun for free on the Epic Games Store

2. Cris Tales is now available on the Epic Games Store, GOG and Steam  

3. Valve announces $1 Million Dreams and Nightmares Content Contest

4. Death’s Door arrives on Steam for the PC

5. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 gets a free major content update

6. Faraday Protocol will be released on August 12

Read on to find out more.

Defense Grid: The Awakening and Verdun Are Free on The Epic Games Store

Source: Hidden Path Entertainment (L) & M2H (R)

It is time to pad up your Epic Games Store library again with this week’s free offerings, the sci-fi tower defense game, Defense Grid: The Awakening and multiplayer World War One First-Person Shooter, Verdun. Both games will be free from now until July 29.

Developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, Defense Grid: The Awakening is built on the Gamebryo engine (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Civilization IV) and features beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and has a dynamic, engaging soundtrack. The game has 20 unique environments with different placement of roads, tower build locations, and open areas to plan a strategy. 

Like most tower defense games, you will battle against 15 different enemy types that get stronger and employ a variety of strategies after each round. You, on the other hand, will have access to 10 different tower types with 3 levels of capabilities to dispatch the enemies.

As always, the free copy of the game is the base version but for those who are interested, the game has a DLC bundle that contain 6 DLCs that expand the game with new maps, storylines and one that pits you against GLaDOS from Portal.

Verdun is an immersive squad-based multiplayer WW1 shooter that was released in 2013 by M2H. The game is inspired by the Battle of Verdun in France and includes maps based on real battlefields, historically accurate weapons, authentic uniforms and equipment, detailed injuries and gore modelling.

The game features 5 game modes that include the likes of team-based Frontline, tactical Attrition, skilled-based Rifle Deathmatch and survival in Squad Defense. Matches can support up to 64 players (with 32 on each side) and you will be teaming up with 3 other players to form a squad, each with your own unique roles.

To add Defense Grid: The Awakening to your library, click HERE and for Verdun, click HERE.

Time-Hopping JRPG Cris Tales is Now Available on PC

From the publisher that brought us games like Trine 4, Super Animal Royale and many more, Modus Games has released their latest game, Cris Tales, for the PC. For fans of JRPGs, you can purchase the game from the Epic Games Store, GOG and Steam. From today until July 28, the game will have a 10% discount for the standard edition and the soundtrack bundle.

Cris Tales is a love letter to classic JRPGs and was developed by Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK. The game tells the story of time mages who are on a quest to save the world of Crystallis. In Cris Tales, the past, present and future will be brought together as you use Crisbell’s amazing ability to slip between time periods to aid citizens or perform surprise attacks on enemies. 

Similar to classic JRPGs, the game features breathtaking, hand-drawn art that brings the world and game to life and also strategic turn-based combat where you will need to have both brains and brawns to defeat your foes.

Valve Announces $1 Million Dreams and Nightmares Content Contest

Source: Counter-strike.net

While this isn’t exactly about a game, it is related to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If you are an aspiring designer or someone who has an idea for a killer weapon finish (skin) for CS:GO, you should definitely work on those designs now as you could potentially earn US$100,000 for it.

This won’t have to be a solo effort as you can form a team and submit a completely original work, and all you need is a Steam account with a good reputation and with at least US$5 in purchases on record.

Head on over to the dedicated website for the contest where you can learn more through the Contest Details, FAQ, Rules of Entry and even guides and tutorials on how to create a weapon finish. There is even a Dreams and Nightmares contest forum where you can share your work, discuss best practices, support other artists and be part of the community.

Submissions for this contest must be done by October 21, 2021.

Devolver Digital Opens Death’s Door for the PC

Devolver Digital and Acid Nerve (Titan Souls) have released the off-beat action-adventure Death’s Door for the PC on Steam.

In the quirky and curious world of Death’s Door, Crows are in charge of collecting the souls of the dead and you are cast into the black feathers of one such crow. Throughout the game, you will explore a land full of twisted inhabitants and countless secrets.

As a soul collector, you will wield and upgrade melee weapons, arrows and magic as you track down and defeat colossal tyrants with stories and motivations of their own.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 Gets the Butcher’s Banquet for Free

Source: CI Games

Released just last month, CI GamesSniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is already receiving a major free content expansion in the form of the ominously titled ‘Butcher’s Banquet’ update. 

In this new update, you will travel to an all-new expansive and stunning desert-like area, complete with luscious oases, dramatic waterfalls and mysterious temples. However, following the recent turmoil in Kuamar from the main campaign, new threats have surfaced, including Mahmoud Zarza also known as The Butcher.

Besides the new locale, there are multiple new side objectives for you to accomplish and multiple targets that must be eliminated. As the highly skilled Contract Sniper Assassin, Raven, you will be tasked to complete these missions using your wits and arsenal of realistic weapons and gadgets.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is available on Steam and currently has a 25% discount for the base game and Deluxe Arsenal Edition.

Red Koi Box and DECK13’s Faraday Protocol will be Released in August

In the upcoming first-person puzzle adventure, Faraday Protocol, developed by Red Koi Box and published by DECK13, you will play as interstellar archaeologist Raug Zeekon on his quest to explore the mysterious space station, OPIS that has been abandoned for tens of thousands of years.

On this adventure, you will have to solve the many puzzles of OPIS to uncover more about its mysterious governing A.I. “IRIS”. To help you solve these puzzles, you will be equipped with the Bia-Tool, an alien utility that enables you to absorb forms of energy and redistribute them, activating and manipulating the machinery on the space station.

The demo Faraday Protocol can be downloaded from Steam or the Microsoft Store and you can also add it to your Steam or GOG wishlist.

Learn More:

For more information about Defense Grid: The Awakening, click HERE.

For more information about Verdun, click HERE.

For more information about Cris Tales, click HERE.

For more information about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, click HERE.

For more information about Death’s Door, click HERE.

For more information about Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, click HERE.

For more information about Faraday Protocol, click HERE.

For more information about Steam, click HERE.

For more information about the Epic Games Store, click HERE.

For more information about GOG, click HERE.