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. Insurmountable and XCOM 2 are now free on the Epic Games Store
2. No Man’s Sky Outlaws update is now live and available to download
3. Rogue-lite top-down shooter version of Serious Sam leaves Steam Early Access
4. Story-driven 3D platformer Sephonie now available on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store
5. Retro-inspired platformer B.I.O.T.A. now available on Steam and GOG
6. Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread blasts its way out of Steam Early Access
Read on to find out more.
Good things come in pairs and apparently, so do challenging games. This week’s free games from the Epic Games Store include the adventure roguelike Insurmountable from ByteRockers’ Games and Firaxis Games’ critically acclaimed strategy title, XCOM 2.
Insurmountable was released last year and is all about overcoming insurmountable odds as you play as a mountain climber trying to survive and make it to the peak of a mountain. You will have to manage limited resources, find the optimal route, and face dangers to reach the top of the mountain. Since this is a roguelike, if you get killed by the elements, you will have to start from the bottom.
There are a total of three mountains that are procedurally generated for you to conquer, each with its own extensive challenges and the difficulty level increases from one mountain to the next and from one successful run to the next. There are also three difficulties for you to choose from, “Standard,” “Hardcore,” and “Insurmountable.” In “Insurmountable” mode, the game does not forgive the slightest mistake, but with that said, while playing on the other difficulties, a wrong decision can easily trigger a chain reaction that can end your run.
Whether it is the lack of oxygen or energy, dwindling mental health, freezing winds, or attacking wildlife, you will have to think strategically through each option to ensure your survival, find the necessary loot to advance, and ultimately conquer the mountain. If you are ready to conquer Insurmountable, you can add it to your library by clicking here.
This free redemption comes just at the right time as Insurmountable has received its Update 2.0 which adds in a brand new story, 10 to 12 “side missions” and a slew of new features such as tracking, a base camp, mountaineering map and more. For more information about the update, click here.
As for the other free game available this week, XCOM 2 was released five years ago but still offers gamers plenty of challenges and replayability. The game also has a very active modding scene, which adds to the longevity of the game.
In XCOM 2, humanity has lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, a former secret paramilitary organisation, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.
As the commander, you will have to use a combination of firepower and stealth-like tactics, recruit soldiers to your cause and build a resistance network to help rid the world of these unwanted visitors. There are also plenty of new content such as updated soldier classes, improved soldier customisation, more alien and enemy types and procedurally generated levels that will keep you going for hours.
You can add XCOM 2 to your Epic Games Store library, by clicking here.
Being a law-abiding goody-two-shoes is not bad but everybody knows that it is just a lot more fun when you can be a smooth-talking law-breaking scoundrel. With the latest update 3.85, No Man’s Sky lets you live out your smooth-talking scoundrel sci-fi fantasy of being an OUTLAWS. Much like February’s SENTINEL update, this is a totally free update and brings with it a rich new seam of pirate lore, a new ship and a lot more.
With the OUTLAWS update, the pirates in the No Man’s Sky universe have started to put down roots, occupying space stations and colonising systems. You can choose to join them and share in the spoils of their nefarious activities or stand up to their roguish threat and dismantle their operations.
Either way, you will be rewarded with extremely lucrative plunder and the most prized possession will be the iconic pirate starship, the Solar Ships. These new high-tech starships come in a diverse range of procedurally-generated variations and are extremely versatile and efficient.
Space battles have also been given an overhaul and rebalanced making them more challenging and epic. One of these big changes includes new destruction effects for ships, asteroids, freighters and space cargo, making gunning down vessels more satisfying. You can also now take part in in-atmosphere dogfights, where you will skim the top of mountain ranges in fierce battles.
Another major change to the game is the fact that now you can recruit roaming pilots to form your own squadron to accompany you along your journey. Wingmen can also be trained to upgrade their efficiency in combat.
These are just a few of the changes made to No Man’s Sky with the latest OUTLAWS update. For more details, you can click here. You can purchase No Man’s Sky from Steam, GOG or the Humble Store. From now until April 22, the Steam and GOG versions have a 50% discount, so it’s a great time for you to head to the stars.
Have you ever thought to yourself that Serious Sam would make for a great rogue-lite game? If you have, Croteam has just answered your prayers as Serious Sam: Tormental has officially left Steam Early Access and is now fully upgraded and ready to unload.
Unlike the main entries to the Serious Sam series which are first-person shooters, Serious Sam: Tormental is a top-down shooter with roguelike elements. Battles take place in procedurally generated dungeons filled with enemies which you will have to decimate using characters with unique abilities and tons of fun Serious weapons. Speaking of weapons, you will be able to gather and combine gun parts to construct extremely over-the-top weapons.
The full release of Serious Sam: Tormental introduces a new area called The Fortress that features new enemies and Elite variants and Torments - special runs with preset starting weapons, powers and conditions, with leaderboards for each. The update also includes dozens of new weapons, perks, powers, quests, music and a brand new character, Ugh Zan Jr.
The game also supports local co-op mode, where you will face stronger bosses, compete for (or share) XP and revive each other ankh pickups.
Serious Sam: Tormental is now available for purchase on Steam.
Analgesic Productions has just released its latest game, Sephonie, a story-driven 3D platformer that takes place in the near future, where three biologists are on a joint mission to use their state-of-the-art ONYX implants to research the creatures of the uninhabited Sephonie Island. But as they approach the island, a sudden storm leaves them shipwrecked.
The trio is made up of Amy Lim, the group’s bold leader, Riyou Hayashi, an analytically-minded researcher and Ing-wen Lin, a kind and considerate scientist. The trio will find their motivations and loyalties put to the test as they navigate Sephonie’s caverns, facing not only physical challenges but also their deepest memories and dreams. As they grow more intimate with each other and the island, an ancient force, brewing deep in the island's abyss, may threaten their newfound relationship, and the world.
To conduct their research on the island’s unknown creatures, the trio will have to Link with them using the one-of-a-kind “Puzzle Grid” system. Here you will rotate and place a series of multi-coloured pieces onto a board to create large, same coloured islands. There are no ‘right’ solutions to Linking, you just have to use your intuition to react to the creature’s moves and what appears on the board.
Finally, exploration plays an important role in the game as you will have to navigate through lush, jade canopies and rusty sandstone spires. To achieve this, Amy, Riyou and Ing-wen are incredibly acrobatic as they can Teledash Vault, Wallrun and also use creatures they have linked with to traverse the island.
If you are a firm believer that games don’t have to have the most impressive graphics to be deemed a fun game, then you should definitely give small bros and Retrovibe’s recently released B.I.O.T.A. a shot.
B.I.O.T.A. is an intense action-platformer set in a mining colony infected by an alien plague. This 2D Metroidvania also features 54 unique 4-colour palettes that can be unlocked and swapped at any time during your playthrough to customise the game’s retro visuals to your liking.
The game features eight playable characters, a story campaign, arcade levels, and additional game modes. B.I.O.T.A. mixes the charm of retro games with modern-day convenience like full controller support and saving anywhere.
If B.I.O.T.A.’s visuals prove to be too old-school for your liking but you still want to play a 2D Metroidvania game, then there is Allods Team Arcade’s newest game Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread that is finally out of Steam Early Access.
Blast Brigade features a tongue-in-cheek tone, a deep and extensive story, and a cast of distinctive characters and humorous dialogue inspired by action movies of the ‘80s. The Blast Brigade tells the story of a diverse group of special agents from across the globe who must unite against the evil genius Dr. Cread. A seemingly routine mission escalates into a desperate race to prevent doomsday and the heroes must work together to not only save the world but also safeguard the ancient heritage of an island paradise.
You will take control of four different heroes, who can be switched out at any moment to overcome challenges in your way. Each character will of course have their own special abilities and gadgets that must be used to open up new parts of the remote island. Jeff uses a grenade launcher to deal massive damage; while Shura can use her grappling hook to new areas; you can use Galahad’s robotic arm to destroy heavily armoured enemies and use Vortex’s chakram teleporter to warp out of danger.
Levels are heavily inspired by classic Metroidvania titles and you will be able to explore and backtrack through a variety of interconnected levels that are made up of treetop jungle villages, cliffside prison facilities, a classic volcano base and ancient temple filled with secrets.
For more information about Insurmountable, click HERE.
For more information about XCOM 2, click HERE.
For more information about No Man’s Sky, click HERE.
For more information about Serious Sam: Tormental, click HERE.
For more information about Sephonie, click HERE.
For more information about B.I.O.T.A., click HERE.
For more information about Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread, 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.