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New Games on Steam: Mother’s Day Edition

New Games on Steam: Mother's Day Edition

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Welcome to the newest edition of New Games on Steam! We got something for everybody, whether you are into angry rabbits, blood-thirsty giants, (sort of) sexy witches, or aspiring thieves. And so it goes.

Mace and Grace

For starters, we have a kickass casual VR game. Set in a fantasy medieval period, Mace and Grace puts you in the shoes of a giant who is ready to do anything to protect his kingdom. Although it has cartoony graphics, the game is fairly bloody, and you can expect to see heads of your enemies rolling about at all times. Mace and Grace also challenges you to get creative with the ways in which you dismember your foes, giving you weapons like axes, morningstars, maces, and spears. Lastly, the game also has well-developed mechanics, which is really good news.

Mace and Grace gameplay

Looking for a gory arcade VR game that’s also wicked fun? (Steam)

Angry Bunny 3: Virus

Angry Bunny series gave me immediate flashbacks to the adventure games of my youth like Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, which can only be a good thing. The 3rd installment continues to charm with its humor and wacky characters. The premise is simple, you need to collect magic crystals to destroy virus eggs and free up your bunny pals. Although there are few bugs, considering the price ($2) and a fairly big amount of content, Angry Bunny is a no-brainer for the fans of a genre.

New Games on Steam: Angry Bunny 3

Beware of the bunnies! (SkidrowCodex)

One Dreamer: Prologue

One Dreamer is a free-to-play indie flick that puts you in the skin of Frank, a stressed-out game dev. As such, you can expect to solve puzzles based on code and even program some objects in-game. Don’t worry, although it tends to be realistic, the code is fairly easy to understand. Furthermore, the pixel-art and atmosphere are both very well done, making me eager to watch out for the next installments in the series.

New Games on Steam: One Dreamer

What’s bugging good old Frank? (Steam)

Picklock

Ever wanted to be a robber? Picklock is an alias of a professional thief who decided to go back to what he was good at. The magic of this game is in replayability. It’s your choice, whether you want to listen to your gut or craft a step-by-step plan to get the goods. Once you get that money, it’s time to spend it on a new car, or maybe redesign your home. And then, just do it all over again.

Black Book: Prologue

Lastly, we have an intriguing mix of adventure and card RPG. Black Book follows a story of Vasilisa, who is on her way to become a powerful witch. On your journey through beautiful rural lands, you will be helping humans by engaging with dark forces of Slavic myths. Black Book is surely inspired by Slay the Spire, but also has an amazing atmosphere and visuals that put it in a category of its own.

New Games on Steam: Black Book

The visual style is powerful and immediately recognizable (WhatsOnSteam)

These games aren’t your style? Better take a look at our last edition of New Games on Steam.

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When he is not climbing ranks in League of Legends or battling the Nameless King in Dark Souls 3, Marko writes about everything gaming related. He lives in Zagreb and is an ambitious Netflix addict.

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Valorant: Patch 1.0 brings new agent Reyna and nerf to Sage and Raze

Valorant: Patch 1.0 brings new agent Reyna and nerf to Sage and Raze

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Valorant: Patch 1.0 brings new agent Reyna and nerf to Sage and Raze

First patch notes of the official launch of Valorant. Update 1.0 arrived on public servers this Tuesday and has important news and adjustments. In addition to the arrival of the new agent Reyna and the new Ascent map, Riot Games implemented adjustments, between nerfs and buffs, in Sage, Omen, Phoenix, Raze and Jett. In addition, there was the inclusion of the new Spike Dispute game mode. Minor changes in the central part of the Split map and optimizations to decrease the drop in FPS, with emphasis on the various bug fixes.

Valorant: Patch 1.0 brings new agent Reyna and nerf to Sage and Raze

Reyna is the new agent in this update. (Image: Riot Games)

New map: Ascent

One of the novelties of the launch of Valorant in its final version is the Ascent map. The Riot Games FPS room. After Bind, Haven and Split, which were available in the Closed Beta, this is set in Italy. It will be more common in the rotation of the next few days, so that players get used to it and have more opportunities to play in it.

According to the update notes released by Riot Games, Ascent “has a large open central area where the two teams can face each other. The environment is a territory for the use of different skills, and successfully controlling the area opens up additional routes. to Spike’s two points for Attackers “.

Valorant: Patch 1.0 brings new agent Reyna and nerf to Sage and Raze

More details on one of the bombs on the Ascent map. (Image: Riot Games)

Haven/Bind/Split/Ascent

  • Expanded the new system that combats map exploits for all maps. It will eradicate anyone who tries to leave the game space.
  • Level collision repair continued to improve the smoothness of the game mechanics space.
  • Drawing call optimizations completed.
  • The blocking continues to points of the Cypher Surveillance Camera that prevented moves.

Game mechanics and balancing

Sage

  • Healing Orb cooldown increased from 35 seconds to 45 seconds.
  • Barrier Orb segment health reduced from 1000 to 800.
  • Barrier Orb duration reduced from 40 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Allied Barrier Orb walls now appear on the minimap.

Raze

  • Maximum Explosive Charge damage radius reduced from 2 meters to 1 meter.

Phoenix

  • Mist Eruption smoke duration increased from 4 seconds to 7 seconds.
  • Boost Breeze automatically breaks Cypher’s Trap Wires after being quickly revealed.

Omen

  • Flare duration increased from 6 seconds to 8 seconds.
  • Flare went from 15 every 0.25 seconds to 1 every 0.033 seconds.
  • Healing went from 3 every 0.25 seconds to 1 every 0.16 seconds.
  • Hot Hand Healing went from 3 every 0.25 seconds to 1 every 0.08 seconds.
  • Maximum duration of the Curve Ball flash increased from 0.8 seconds to 1.1 seconds.
  • Rebirth reloads all weapons in the resurgence.

Competitive mode update

Just as it was done in the Closed Beta, Riot Games plans that the overall game service will be stable before enabling competitive match management. It will also be a way to give new players the same chance to learn the game before entering competitively. Finally, the developer stated that the plan is to activate competitive mode in some updates after the game’s release.

  • Competitive mode will not be available at launch.

HUD and Interface

  • Added visual effects to skills, killing counts and ceremonies (for example, Ace or Clutch).
  • Updated the look of Spike in the inventory.
  • Armor icons in the store.
  • Character portraits.
  • Message regulation added so that only one chat message is sent when multiples of the same ping or voice command are used quickly.

Bug fixes in the Client

  • Fixed some visual errors in the settings menu.
  • Fixed a bug in window mode that prevented the Valorant window from saving the position correctly.
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CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

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The closed beta of Valorant has already been with us. The game was released for everyone to test, moving thousands of fans in search of access to the test version of the game. Now, a few hours before the official launch of the game, we can analyze some details.

As they were before, comparisons with CS: GO are inevitable. The game is clearly inspired by Valve’s shooter, both in shooting mechanics, in the shape of the rounds and even in the design of the maps. Still, the game from Riot Games brings news and has a lot to teach the very traditional FPS.

What can CS:GO learn from Valorant?

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

Valorant will launch in the next few hours. (Image: Riot Games)

It was already pointed out that Riot Games could create an environment more favorable to the community than that made by Valve. As much as the customer of League of Legends has problems, he does not overcome the countless bureaucracies that CS: GO brings to its players.

Even with the closed beta of Valorant it was already possible to use a simple tool to create duels of 5 against 5. In Counter-Strike, making a custom match involves commands on the console. The use of external platforms to get ten colleagues together in the same room.

Valorant brings a native training arena, without the need to bring any extra downloads. The map has elements that closely resemble the aim_botz of CS: GO. Map where players are surrounded by bots to train their aim.

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

The map has elements that closely resemble the aim_botz of CS:GO. (Image: Valorant)

Of course this exists in Valve’s game, but, as always, there is some bureaucracy. This type of content must be purchased through the Steam Workshop. It is entirely created by the community itself, not by the game developer. In terms of performance, Riot also cleans up. League of Legends was already a very balanced and smooth game to run even on very limited machines; for Valorant, ditto.

Performance

The minimum requirements may even show something different. Valorant asks for 1GB of VRAM, while CS asks for only 512MB, for example, but make no mistake. Valve’s game is known for having nice optimizations, presenting bottlenecks in computers with respectable configuration. It is not uncommon for a computer to suffer some pain to run CS: GO in minimal configurations. But bizarrely improve performance by activating higher quality textures and shadows, for example. The game is extremely processor dependent, and only uses the capacity of your video card when necessary.

In Valorant, the feeling is something balanced. If your computer can run CS:GO, you can be sure that it will not suffer at all from the novelty of Riot Games. Finally, it is essential to talk about the quality of the servers used by Riot. It is routine to find matches in very few seconds in the game. Of course, the game is on the rise and being played by an immense number of people. At the same time, however, CS: GO is consistently the most played game on Steam. Even so, it takes any five minutes to find a ranked match.

What can Valorant learn from CS:GO?

Critics aside, CS: GO is still king in the field of tactical shooters. Again, the game is the most played on Steam, and its esports scene reaches stratospheric numbers. IEM Katowice 2020, for example, reached 1 million simultaneous viewers without even being a Major.

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

CS:GO is still king in the field of tactical shooters. (Image: Helena Kristiansson)

Shooting time is a great advantage over the competition. Players have been using the Counter-Strike AK-47 for twenty years. Several of his current maps are reformulations of very old scenarios. The competitive format already exists even before esports are called esports.

Improvements

In face of Valorant, age appears a lot when talking about aspects such as interface and map design. A pleasant surprise in Valorant is his tool for customizing the aim, something that CS:GO only added in 2020. On the other hand, the game’s radar can be quite confusing, bringing an enormous amount of information and possibly disorienting the player.

Traditionally, the five members of your team will appear on the radar. However, the game does not give any prominence to the player’s own icon. While the other members appear with illustrations of the chosen character. Your own doll is just a white ball, which goes largely unnoticed among so many colorful items.

On the Haven map, for example, there are several walls that practically touch, but do not have any type of connection between them. Not to mention a straightke situation in bomb C, where there are very few viable options for disabling Spike. There is the traditional way, through the Defenders base, or risk invading other positions that may already be dominated by the opponent.

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

The retake situation in bomb C, where there are very few viable options for disabling Spike. (Image: Valorant)

The major concern of Riot Games, however, should be how to build a sustainable esports scenario. CS: GO has always stood out for keeping a very open circuit, allowing countless organizations to be responsible for big tournaments.

Championships and the near future

Riot Games, taking League of Legends into account, represents the opposite of that. All relevant LoL championships are managed by Riot itself, and there is almost no room for outside organizers. For Valorant, however, the guidelines are different. The company has already released a document detailing its plans for e-sports, separating tournaments into three different classifications. Smaller tournaments, with a maximum of US $ 10,000 in prizes, medium, with up to US $ 50,000, and large tournaments, made in partnership with companies such as ESL and Dreamhack.

Taking the reins off the competitive landscape a little bit, Riot certainly aims to get closer to what made CS: GO grow. But you need to be careful not to become almost an electronic sports villain. Polemics involving Valve and the CS: GO competition abound. Speaking only from the past three years, we have examples of a Major starting immediately after a player’s vacation.

CS:GO and Valorant: what can one game add to another?

The Astralis team dominated much of 2019 for CS: GO. (Image: HLTV)

Above all this, the company let go of the reins of esports so much that it ended up letting competitiveness get out of its control. Closed circuits and major championships started to clash with the Majors, the only tournaments sponsored by Valve itself.

With that in mind, Riot can consider acting as regulator of the scenario, preventing Valorant from following the path of his greatest inspiration. That said, Valorant’s potential among tactical shooters is pretty clear. Without even being officially released, the game is already ahead of its biggest competition in many ways.

With the necessary time and care, a future where the game is considered to be vastly superior to CS: GO is totally doable. Esports audiences, however, are a totally different monster, and will depend heavily on decisions made by Riot in the near future.

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New Games on Steam: Early June

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New Games on Steam is a weekly edition that covers some of the best Indie games that recently came out. This week, we go about terraforming Mars, answering the call of Gods, and testing our rhythm to defeat the evil carrots. You know, the usual stuff.

Causa, Voices of the Dusk

To start, let me introduce you to Causa – a new strategy card game from Niebla Games. The game features an interesting new mechanics of sacrificing cards to raise Cause. Later, these cards can be brought back and played in many unexpected ways, which makes Causa a breath of fresh air. Furthermore, the game is pretty challenging, even in the campaign, although the real fun starts in PVP mode. Best of all? This game is completely free to play.

Red Planet Farming

Elon Musk didn’t get us to Mars yet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t tend the red planet, at least virtually. Here, you will be playing as an Agricultural Director whose job is to make Mars more hospitable and produce food. To do this, you will have to combine various crops and upgrades. Although this is marketed as a casual game that starts fairly easy, it quickly becomes complex, so you’ll need to think ahead at all times.

Red Planet Farming gameplay

Is there life on Mars?  Twitter

Rhythm Fighter

Rhythm Fighter is a roguelike action game with a twist. In it, you will take up the role of Mr. Disco, who will have to restore the order on Earth through dancing battles and defeat the Commander Chaos. As expected, Rhythm Fighter is filled to the brim with quirky humor that makes the game hard no to love. Combine this with kick-ass music and cool graphic style, and we got a great casual indie on our hands.

Rhythm Fighter gameplay

Can you feel the music? Steam

Way To Yaatra

You are a young pilgrim on his quest to answer the call of Gods. To do this, you will have to climb on top of the huge mountain with the help of spears and ascend to divinity. However, things get complicated with the mix of challenging puzzles that will keep your gears spinning. There are 4 spears, each of which uses a different mechanic. Aside from the gameplay. Way to Yaatra also has a mesmerizing visual artwork that easily charms. It’s a well-polished adventure that might stay with you for a while.

New Games on Steam: Way to Yaatra

Way to Yaatra is a mesmerizing adventure with distinct visual style Steam

Gunfire Reborn

Lastly, we have an excellent FPS/RPG game with elements of Roguelite. Gunfire Reborn lets you choose between various unique heroes and then throws you into a procedurally generated level to fight against friends or bots. Furthermore, there’s a lot of powerful weapons and unlockable skills that make the gameplay really fun and addicting. Gunfire Reborn reminded me of Borderlands, and although it’s still early access, it is already a solid product.

New Games on Steam: Gunfire Reborn

You’ll never know what waits around the corner Steam

These games are not your style? No biggie. You can take a look at our previous installment of New Games on Steam here.

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