Surviving the Aftermath hands-on: It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine(ish)

Posted on Saturday October 19, 2019
Surviving the Aftermath hands-on: It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine(ish)

Farewell, the optimism of humanity overcoming our baser instincts and traveling to the stars. Farewell even to the optimism of an eccentric billionaire funding an expedition to Mars. Those dreams were always silly perhaps, and in the eternal words of Charlton Heston: “You maniacs! You blew it up!”

By which I mean: Surviving Mars has spawned a spin-off in Surviving the Aftermath, swapping out the sleek promise of a space-faring future for the bleak post-apocalyptic wastes. Announced just last week, Paradox surprise-released Surviving the Aftermath into Early Access today.

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PDXCON 2019: Paradox reveals Crusader Kings III, Surviving the Aftermath, and more

Posted on Saturday October 19, 2019
PDXCON 2019: Paradox reveals Crusader Kings III, Surviving the Aftermath, and more

The king is dead. Long live the king. Paradox unveiled plenty of projects at the 2019 iteration of its annual PDXCon fan gathering, but none loom larger than Crusader Kings III. After eight years and over a dozen expansions, the game that (arguably) made Paradox a household name is passing the crown to an heir.

There’s not much to go on yet, as the debut trailer doesn’t show a lick of in-game footage.

Paradox did provide a few details in its press release though, calling it the start of “a new generation of grand strategy games, with new 3D character models and an even more detailed map.” The first claim is pretty hard to adjudicate at this point, but the latter two are certainly borne out by the few screenshots Paradox sent over.

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This week in games: Internet Archive adds 2,500 DOS games, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 delayed

Posted on Friday October 18, 2019
This week in games: Internet Archive adds 2,500 DOS games, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 delayed

Spring 2020 is incredibly crowded, but it got a bit less so this week as Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 slips its release date. Am I sad? Sort of, but mostly just relieved.

That news, plus the Internet Archive expands its DOS collection, Riot finally branches out from League of Legends in a big way, Saints Row II is getting a workable PC port, Postal 4 exists, and more. This is gaming news for October 14 to 18.

American dream

Epic's drummed up more great freebies this week. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a flawed spin-off, but has a great Twilight Zone vibe and some neat time loop ideas. And then Observer is maybe Bloober Team's best game, a cyberpunk-horror detective story with some obvious Philip K. Dick influences.

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