Total War: Rome Remastered shows off quality of life updates in new trailer

Remasters, reboots, spiritual successors and the like have always been a part of gaming, but it does feel as if we’ve entered into a new era of remasters. Or at least, I can point to Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Diablo 2: Resurrected and Total War: Rome Remastered and say, “three’s a trend.”

There’s a new trailer showing the quality of life updates coming to Total War: Rome when the remaster releases later this month.

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Endzone: A World Apart is a post-apocalyptic citybuilder out, uh, last month

I feel as if I have had enough of post-apocalyptic games, and to a lesser extent, of traditional citybuilders. But a combination of the two? That’s a compelling prospect. It’s also the pitch of Endzone: A World Apart, a game that released in early access last spring and hit 1.0 last month, all without us remarking upon it. So here’s me remarking upon it.

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Core, an accessible game creation platform, is out in early access now

Roblox’s game development tools are accessible enough that it’s likely the next generation of game designers and entrepeneurs will emerge from its creator scene. Roblox is also now successful enough, however, that the current generation of developers and entrepeneurs look at it and think, ‘we want to do that, too’.

Example: Core, which you could and I will describe as ‘Roblox but with Fortnite graphics’, is now available in early access on the Epic Games Store.

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Epic’s tool for creating human faces is out in early access now

A few weeks ago Epic showed off MetaHuman Creator, a new development tool designed to make it easier to create believable human faces. Now you can sign-up to get an early access version of it, meaning you can try it out if you’re i) a game developer interested in the future of character design or ii) a curious onlooker wondering whether you can use it to recreate the Gigaknight.

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Stellaris: Nemesis lets you now become a star-destroying galactic threat

What’s galactic drama without an evil empire to rally against or a mighty hero to save us all? A bit of a damp squib. The latest Stellaris expansion, Nemesis, today spices up the end-game by offering extra powers for domination or liberation. It’s got big Star Trek baddie vibes, enough that it even adds new ship designs which look like Star Destroyers. And as ever, the expansion is accompanied by a patch adding and changing loads in the 4X strategy game.

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Square Enix’s SaGa Frontier Remastered is out now

Square Enix have been rummaging around in their back catalogue of 90s JRPGs… and they still haven’t released the Final Fantasy 7 remake on PC, sorry. Today, they launched SaGa Frontier Remastered, an improved version of the old 1998 PlayStation game, with refreshed graphics, an extra main character and some restored old cutscenes to boot. Get a load of the new look in the trailer below.

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The death of my maxed-out Crusader Kings 3 ruler has kicked off an apocalyptic witch fight

It is the year 980AD, in a very odd game of Crusader Kings 3, and under the brassy gloom of a midwinter afternoon, Europe holds its breath. For one hundred and fourteen years now, the continent’s fortunes have been driven by the whims of a single, anvil-sized heart. But today, in a sprawling fortress-chapel beside the Thames, that monstrous drum is striking its final, furious beats.

The last of the succession parchments have been signed. The last threats have been sent to the East. In the great hall, beneath the alabaster snarls of Zeus and Demeter, a marsh of sick cools from the near-apocalyptic revels of the emperor’s farewell feast. And now, in the imperial bedchamber, with a wheeze like a ruptured bouncy castle being leaned on by thirty builders, the soul of a god escapes its prison of flesh at last.

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EWS Podcast episode 136: the best weather in games special

What’s up? The thermostat, that’s what! After a very brief hiatus last week (when Nate and I were both away and Matthew didn’t want to rant into thin air by himself) we return in time to greet the sun. The approach of Summer in the UK has been heralded by the big hot ball in the sky, but also sometimes snow in the same day, because this is Normal Island in many ways. The changeable weather made me suggest this as our topic for the Electronic Wireless Show podcast this week should be the best weather in games. So it is.

We open, as you can predict, with a discussion on Matthew’s opinions on barbecues. After this, and a lengthly chat about police procedurals, we do talk about some of our favourite game weather (not including mud, which is not weather). There is also a lengthly argument about whether “the moon” counts as weather, which it clearly does not.

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The Darkside Detective returns with a second series of spookings today

The delightful duo of Detective McQueen and Officer Dooley return to solve more spooky mysteries today in The Darkside Detective: A Fumble In The Dark, a second season following 2017’s comedic adventure game. Six new cases will send our heroes to places including a carnival, a wrestling league, and (spookiest of all) a retirement home for more pointing, clicking, and laughing. A funny and gentle adventure game sounds ideal right now.

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