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. The Escapists now free on the Epic Games Store
2. Co-op zombie shooter World War Z: Aftermath arrives on PC
3. Operation Riptide arrives for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
4. Sheltered 2 now available for purchase on Steam
5. Sable is out now on Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG and the Humble Store
6. Chessplosion makes its way onto Steam
Read on to find out more.
Released in 2015, this award-winning game is all about captive survival and daring schemes. In The Escapists, you are thrown into prison and have to work around a strict prison schedule to avoid the unwanted attention of guards while you plan and pull off your daring escape. To ensure your plan goes off without a hitch, you will have to craft weapons and tools found (or stolen) from within the prison, but at the same time, you will have to beware of cell shakedowns. Furthermore, you can perform jobs or favours for fellow inmates to purchase vital supplies, while scouting escape routes.
The version you will be receiving for free on the Epic Games Store is the Standard Edition of the game, which features 6 unique prisons to escape from, 6 different methods to bust your way out of the slammer, 10 prison jobs to perform and around 200 items to find including over 50 craftable items.
If you want more content, there are 4 paid DLCs (Escape Team, Fhurst Peak Correctional Facility, Alcatraz and Duct Tapes are Forever) and 1 free DLC (Santa’s Sweatshop). Once you are done with all the content in The Escapists, you can always get The Escapists 2.
Inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film starring Brad Pitt, World War Z: Aftermath is a four-player cooperative third-person shooter that pits you and three other players as survivors who have to make a stand against undead swarms. Saber Interactive and Focus Entertainment dub this as the next evolution to the original World War Z and players who own the original, can upgrade to Aftermath at a lower price.
World War Z: Aftermath includes all content from World War Z: Game of the Year Edition, including full episodes in New York, Moscow, Marseille, Jerusalem and Tokyo. On top of that, there are two new story episodes where you will have to take back Vatican City and join forces with survivors in Russia’s snowbound Kamchatka region.
Besides the two new episodes, a brutal new melee system has also been added to Aftermath. You will now be able to use two-handed or dual-wield weapons like sickles, cleavers, fire axes and sledgehammers to eliminate the undead encroaching into your personal space. Furthermore, you can even head into the optional first-person mode for a more heart-pounding experience.
Last but not least, you will be able to level up eight unique classes, each with their own perks, including the new Vanguard class, armed with an electrified shield that can plough through the horde with devastating efficiency.
You can purchase World War Z: Aftermath in the Standard or Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition includes two bonus melee weapons - the Sledgehammer and Dual Cleavers - as well as ornate Explorer Weapon Skins.
Operation Riptide for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was launched on September 21 and brings with new maps, new missions and new ways to play your favourite game modes.
First up, maps. County has been added to the official matchmaking in Danger Zone game mode while Basalt and Insertion II have been added to Competitive, Casual and Deathmatch game modes. Ravine and Extraction have been added to Wingman game mode. Maps Grind, Mocha, Pitstop, Calavera and Frostbite have been removed from official mapmaking.
While still on the topic of maps, changes have been made to Dust2, Inferno and Ancient.
In terms of game modes, you can now create Private Matchmaking Queues by generating a Queue Code and share it with your friends to create a private Premier match on Valve servers. Alternatively, you can select one of your Steam Groups and play a match exclusively with other members of that group.
Various weapons have also been tweaked but one of the biggest additions for Operation Riptide is the Riot Shield heavy weapon, which is currently purchasable by CTs in Casual Hostage map groups.
Finally, with this new operation comes new rewards including new agents, weapons collections, stickers and patches. Each week, you will receive new missions cards featuring a variety of missions that can be completed in any order. By completing missions, you will earn stars which can then be spent on rewards of your choice. There are also a handful of new mission types such as scavenger hunts, graffiti missions and more.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is Free-To-Play and you can download it via Steam.
Two weeks ago, Unicube and Team17’s Sheltered was free to redeem on the Epic Games Store. This week, the same team has launched the sequel to this resource management survival game, Sheltered 2 on Steam and GOG.
Unicube has built upon the original game and promises that you with Sheltered 2 will find new punishing new challenges, deeper strategic gameplay and the perennial threat of extinction to the end of the world. Much like the original game, you will have internal and external hazards to overcome.
Unlike the prequel where you played as the head of a household, you now play as a faction leader, who boasts unique and powerful traits and is pivotal to the success of your faction. The new factions system allows you to forge relationships with other groups to provide their base with resources and support, or you can grab their weapons and take things through deceit and violence.
The main goal is still survival and you will have to balance the needs and wants of your survivors by managing scarce resources, craft items to maintain the shelter, cook meals and build equipment to keep your group alive. The wasteland is unforgiving with starving, asphyxiation, extreme temperatures and combat being just a few of the challenges you will face.
On the topic of combat, you can now build parties of four to give your team of survivors a better chance of survival as you utilise their unique skills. You can also target specific body parts to deal more damage. However, each action costs stamina so you will still have to strategise as each move is critical.
Sable is a breathtaking exploration game from indie developer Shedworks and video game publisher Raw Fury that tells an evocative coming-of-age tale of exploration and discovery set on a beautiful alien planet.
As the young Sable, you will set out on a deeply personal journey and traverse a strikingly rendered open world filled with ancient monuments, ruined architecture, fellow nomads, and wrecked ships that fell from the cosmos. You are free to explore at your own pace and climb, leap, hover, and glide as you desire. As you explore, you will experience an incredible original soundtrack by hit indie artist, Japanese Breakfast.
It is not just all exploration because along your journey you will meet and help other nomads, discover secrets and collectables around this alien world. There are also various puzzles scattered around the world and by solving them, you will also earn rewards.
Created by a solo developer, CT Matthews, Chessplosion is a game that mixes Chess and Bomberman to create an arcade action puzzle game where you drop chess piece-shaped bombs to create chain reactions and trap opponents.
The game features various game modes which include Adventure mode, where you have to defeat a variety of enemy types and boss fights; Puzzle Mode, where you have to solve over 100 puzzles with a limited number of bombs; Survival Mode is a little different as you are pitted against waves of tricky bomb patterns and you have to dodge explosions and Battle Mode that lets you go head-to-head with either AI or against up to four other players in local or online multiplayer. Battle Mode even features a Tennis Battle mode that lets you throw bombs over the centre line to create bomb patterns for your opponents to dodge.
For more information about The Escapists, click HERE.
For more information about World War Z: Aftermath, click HERE.
For more information about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, click HERE.
For more information about Sheltered 2, click HERE.
For more information about Sable, click HERE.
For more information about Chessplosion, 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.
For more information about the Humble Store, click HERE.