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Legion Weekly Gaming News: Week of 10 January 2022

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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. Galactic Civilizations III is free on the Epic Games Store

2. Monster Hunter Rise makes its way onto PC via Steam

3. Sword of Elpisia is now available on Steam and the Microsoft Store

4. Cinematic adventure The Kids We Were is now on Steam

5. Party game Rescue Party: Live! launched on Steam and the Epic Games Store

6. PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War is coming to the PC on January 15

Read on to find out more.

Space strategy game Galactic Civilizations III is free on the Epic Games Store

Source: Stardock

From today until January 25, the Epic Games Store is offering Stardock’s 4x space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III for free and you can click here to add it to your library.

Released in 2015, the third instalment of the Galactic Civilizations series was the largest and most diverse strategy sandbox released by the developer. As the absolute ruler, your choices will shape your empire as it inevitably enters into cultural, trade, diplomatic, ideological, and military conflicts with your neighbours. Every empire has multiple paths of victory to pursue, you can either influence rivals to defect to your cause using cultural influence, diplomatic manoeuvres or annihilate them with your mighty army.

You will have access to dozens of tools such as diplomatic treaties, resource exchanges, United Planets resolutions to the hundreds of research directions scientists can pursue, and an effectively infinite number of ways to design and deploy star fleets. Every area of the game – planetary development, starbase construction, inter-faction negotiations, ideology, and much more – presents players with choices that shape their galaxy.

With 12 DLCs and expansion packs and support for mods, you will be able to sink plenty of hours into Galactic Civilizations III. You might even play it right up till the release of Galactic Civilizations IV.

Critically acclaimed Monster Hunter Rise charges, leaps and roars onto the PC

One of the highly regarded exclusives for the Nintendo Switch™, Monster Hunter Rise is now available for PC gamers through Steam.

Monster Hunter Rise will transport you to the colourful Kamura Village as it prepares to defend itself against the looming Rampage. The newest entry to the Monster Hunter series shares many familiar mechanics to past games but also adds plenty of new ones. As a hunter, you will gain access to 14 weapons types, which you will upgrade and craft new ones to make hunting tougher and scarier monsters easier. You will be assisted by series favourite “Felyne” Palicoes companion but this time, you will also gain the assistance of “Canyne” Palamute companions that act as mounts so you can swiftly chase fleeing monsters and traverse open maps quickly.

Another new mechanic comes in the form of the “Wirebug” grappling mechanic that not only helps you traverse the diverse terrain easily but also can be used to create unique “Silkbind Attacks.” When monsters are damaged by these new attacks, it will make them more susceptible to the new “Wyvern riding” technique, which allows you to temporarily take control of a monster and use them in battle sequences against other monsters.

The PC release of Monster Hunter Rise includes all content up to the 3.6.1 update which features multiple additional monsters including returning fan-favourites such as Chameleos and Valstrax. You will also gain access to collaboration content with iconic games such as Okami, Ghost ‘n Goblins and more. Of course, you can expect more post-launch content at the end of February 2022, Additionally, there will also be the massive Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak™ paid expansion arriving in Summer 2022.

Fantasy RPG Sword of Elpisia is a beautiful game with an intriguing story

Source: KEMCO

Sword of Elpisia by KEMCO is set in the magical world of Terra where civilization developed thanks to magitools and where there are frequent cases of people being turned into Magiswords. The tale of Sword of Elpisia begins with a strange meeting between Aldo, a young man who repairs magitools, and Alice, a girl who chooses to become a Magisword to rescue her friends. She becomes Aldo’s sword and throws herself into battle.

This fantasy role-playing game draws inspiration from classic JRPGs from its charming dot graphics to the turn-base and complex battles. Battles require you to choose between offence and defence as each action requires AP (action points). Much like classic favourites, characters can be levelled up to 999 and weapons can go beyond level 999. 

For fans of classic JRPGs, you should play Sword of Elpisia. You can purchase the game from Steam or the Microsoft Store.

Steam edition of cinematic adventure game, The Kids We Were is now available

The Kids We Were by GAGEX is an award-winning cinematic adventure game that was originally released for smartphones in February 2022. It was selected as the top 3 titles at the Google Play Indie Games Festival in 2020 and has also won the Avex Award and chosen for the Best Indies category in Google Play’s Best Games of 2020.

The game is set in the late Japanese Showa era (the 1980s) and is a nostalgic journey through a unique time in Japanese history. In this game, you will take on the role of Minato, a young boy who sets out on an unexpected summer adventure with newfound friends to unravel the secrets of the Seven Mysteries notebook, save your family, and save a broken future.

With the Steam edition release of the game, it now comes with a bonus epilogue episode, “Mirai’s Pendant,” and features original achievements only available for this version of the game. Besides solving puzzles, you will also collect over 90 retro items hidden in the nooks and crannies in the places you will visit.

The Kids We Were is now available for purchase from Steam and is available in two versions, one with just the game and the other with the Soundtrack Edition, both versions come with a special 20% and 28% launch discount respectively which ends on January 20.

Delightful party game Rescue Party: Live! is now on Steam and the Epic Games Store

Source: 505 Games

The newest party game from TAG Studio and 505 Games, Rescue Party: Live! is a party game with cooperative and adventure elements that invites players to work alone or in teams to avert disasters and beat the clock.

In this party game, you and your friends will have to quickly work together to coordinate actions and make the correct decisions in the face of a variety of natural and man-made disasters. You and your friends will explore up to six different environments and help save citizens in dire situations from earthquakes and fires to industrial accidents as nine different characters including firefighters, lifeguards, volunteers and even the trusty canine named Poppy Bark.

Besides working together, you can also compete with each other in the frantic Tournament mode where you can win in-game rewards. You can play this game with friends online or locally using four controllers or sharing the keyboard for maximum chaotic fun.

Rescue Party: Live! is available for purchase from Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Experience the epic action and adventure of God of War on PC

Announced in October 2021, Santa Monica studio announced that the epic adventure of Kratos and Atreus will finally make its way onto the PC. With over 19.5 million copies sold as of August 2021, this is a game that any action-adventure and God of War fan needs to play. 

For those who missed out on this once PlayStation 4 exclusive, God of War sees Kratos as a father again. This time he is the mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect. Their adventure begins when they have to travel to the highest peak of the nine realms to scatter his deceased wife’s ashes.

The PC version of God of War includes a wide range of graphical presets and options so you can fine-tune your visual experience based on your setup. Gamers who play this on PC can expect to play the game in 4k resolution with unlocked framerates, high-resolution shadows, improved screen-space reflections and enhanced ambient occlusion pipeline with GTAO and SSDO. 

Furthermore, the PC version also features full integration with NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) available on RTX. In addition to DLSS, the game will also support NVIDIA Reflex low latency technology. Last but not least, there is also support for 21:9 ultra-widescreen support that lets you experience the heart-pumping clashes and quiet moments in a truly theatrical experience.

God of War is already available for pre-purchase on Steam and the Epic Games Store and will be available to play on January 15. On top of that, you will also get digital content such as the Death Vow’s Armour Sets for Kratos and Atreus, Exile’s Guardian Shield Skin, Buckler of the Forge Shield Skin, Shining Elven Soul Shield Skin and the Dökkenshieldr Shield Skin.

Learn More:

For more information about Galactic Civilizations III, click HERE.

For more information about Monster Hunter Rise, click HERE.

For more information about Sword of Elpisia, click HERE.

For more information about The Kids We Were, click HERE.

For more information about Rescue Party: Live!, click HERE.

For more information about God of War, click HERE.

For more information about Steam, click HERE.

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

For more information about the Microsoft Store, click HERE.