Ion Maiden is an old-school shooter made in the same Build engine as Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. On the heels of its reveal, publisher 3D Realms and developer Voidpoint launched Ion Maiden on Steam Early Access today. It's $20 ($18 through March 7) and contains a "multi-hour preview campaign."
H1Z1 is launching out of Early Access today and features a new team-based, cars-only mode called Auto Royale. The mode consists of up to to 30 teams of four players (one drives while the other three passengers lean out of the windows and shoot) speeding across the map as the circle of gas closes, collecting power-ups (like oil slicks, smoke screens, and double-jumps), launching off ramps, and doing battle with each other.
Whether your fighting flush or guarding your pennies, Humble's latest gathering of games has something to suit your budget. Well, that's assuming you like beat 'em ups.
I've never built a full PC from scratch, but I feel like a right engineering genius every time I open a PC up and stick in some extra memory or a new graphics card. If you want to get that feeling without having to shell out for some expensive tech, or face all the dust that's been collecting since the last time you opened the case, then you might want to take a look at PC Building Simulator, a game that pretty much introduces itself.
Battle Princess Madelyn is Causal Bit Games' debut project, a modern throwback to Ghosts 'n Ghouls-era platformers that accrued three times its Kickstarter ask last April. As director and CEO, Christopher Obritsch shoulders most of the work. His boss, however, is his seven-year-old daughter Maddi.
Matt Damon made life on Mars seem almost trivial, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I'd struggle to adjust to the red planet, what with its notable absence of corner shops offering cheap flapjack at nearly any time of day. Haemimont Games' imminent Surviving Mars will give me a chance to prepare for it beforehand—you know, should NASA run out of astronauts and have to resort to sending unfit games journalists out on its galactic expeditions.
The battle royale mode for Fortnite is getting jetpacks soon, which is great news because jetpacks improve everything. But does Fortnite actually need jetpacks? The game already lets you take flight, though only the most skilled (or lucky) will ever manage to do so.
Trion's 2013 MMO shooter Defiance is a defiantly decent game. It's got "mostly positive" reviews on Steam, and we said it was fun in our review: "Not the kind of fun that warrants an unreserved recommendation," but certainly acceptably solid. And while the current player count doesn't quite live up to the promise of "thousands of players" scouring a transformed Earth, there's apparently enough of an audience (or at least Trion hopes there is) to warrant a remake, which was announced today as Defiance 2050.
You may remember Hellscreen from an article Austin wrote last year: it's a stylish, retro, reflex-oriented FPS with a bloody rearview mirror. And while the bloody rearview mirror is cool, I'm more drawn to the hellish sci-fi colour palette, which kinda reminds me of the latter episodes of vanilla Doom, crossed with, uh, Dark Forces. Each death lets you upgrade both your weapons and abilities too, using souls retrieved during the last run. Death is not the end in other words, but rather, an opportunity to win more easily.