Risk of Rain 2 official artwork and logo

For those of you looking for an excuse to take Risk of Rain 2 for another spin, you might be glad to hear that the very first major content update has now arrived! The aptly named Scorched Acres update brings with it a brand new stage to explore, a nasty new boss to fight against, and perhaps most importantly of all, a brand new Survivor by the name of REX!

There's also a new monster, the Clay Templar, as well as a new and highly dangerous elite to contend with - Malachite. These Malachites are so strong that they will only spawn late in a playthrough and come with a unique effect to help differentiate them from the rest. And a good thing too because the Malachites posses a variety of unique abilities they'll constantly pelt you with, including one that disables your healing!

Risk of Rain 2 official artwork and logo

[Update]: The Scorched Acres patch has now arrived, and as expected, it's a pretty good one!

Risk of Rain 2 released on Steam a little while ago, and much to my delight, ended up being a massive improvement over the original. Such an improvement, in fact, that Risk of Rain 2 ended up selling more than a million copies in a single month!

In order to celebrate this momentous achievement, as well as give players something to look forward to, the developers released a roadmap filled with new content. Very little was said about it since then, but you might be glad to hear that the very first of these major content updates will be coming this June 25th!

Slime Rancher screenshot of the new Glitch Slimes

Slime Rancher is a charming, first-person exploration-adventure that will have you wonder across the world in order to capture and take care of a whole host of adorable little slimes. It is a simple yet compelling formula, which combined with the frequent free updates, has rightly earned Slime Rancher an overwhelmingly positive rating on Steam!

As such, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock to hear that Slime Rancher has now once again received a rather hefty free update - Viktor's Experimental Update. Once you've constructed the Lab Ranch expansion and completed a couple of additional objectives, you'll be able to travel to Viktor's Workshop and explore a simulated world in a bit of an action-packed adventure. Collect as many glitched slimes as you can, avoid the constantly spreading corruption, and make your way to the exit before the entire simulation falls breaks at the seams.

UnderRail official artwork for the Expedition expansion

[Update]: The Expedition expansion has now finally arrived, and it's actually quite good!

UnderRail is an oldschool, isometric turn-based CRPG that's heavily inspired by the Fallout series. As I've mentioned in my review, UnderRail is a bit clunky and often brutally difficult, but once you manage to get past that initial hurdle, it quickly becomes a genuinely captivating experience!

With that in mind, I am very happy to say that UnderRail's very first expansion will be arriving in the near future. While originally scheduled for early 2017, UnderRail's now greatly lengthened Exploration expansion will be coming this July 22nd.

Amid Evil screenshot of the player using an axe in a very purple room

If you've got an itch that can only be scratched by hyper-aggressive oldschool FPS games, you might want to check out the newly released Amid Evil. It's being published by the same team that created the truly excellent Dusk, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that Amid Evil is just as action-packed and unrelenting as its predecessor, or that it has just as kick-ass of a soundtrack!

However, while Dusk mostly used traditional FPS weapons with a couple of twists here and there, Amid Evil's arsenal is more reminiscent of Hexen's than Doom's. What I mean by this is that you'll be using all sorts of magic-spewing devices to bring down the pain upon your enemies, including one that seems to shoot out miniature suns!

Insurgency: Sandstorm screenshot of a gigantic explosion

If you're looking for a tactical, team-based shooter where bullets are about as deadly as you would expect, you might be interested to hear that Insurgency: Sandstorm is currently having a free weekend. Simply head on over to Steam, download yourself a copy, and you'll be huddling behind a rock for safety in no time! The only catch is that the free weekend will end on Monday, so do make sure to jump in as soon as possible.

For those of you curious about what exactly Insurgency: Sandstorm has to offer, as well as what the gameplay even looks like, allow me to share with you one of the original overview trailers. Have a look, it's quite an informative one:

They Are Billions screenshot from the city up close

They are Billions is a steampunk strategy game with a very simple premise: the world is littered with billions of zombies and so you need to do whatever you can in order to survive. This means gathering resources in order to build up mighty defenses and to field a large army, creating a variety of buildings to help support your economy and to give your people a place to live, and then somehow trying to keep your over-stretched empire alive as the undead start pouring in from every corner of the map.

After spending a fair bit of time in Steam Early Access, They are Billions has now released in full, bringing with it a brand new singleplayer campaign. Here's what you can expect to see in terms of storytelling, as well as a small preview of what They Are Billions as a whole has to offer:

Dead Cells artwork for the new Rampager enemy

[Update]: Dead Cells is getting its first paid DLC soon - The Bad Seed.

While Dead Cells is an awesome game, it does have a bit of a problem with balance. Some weapons are so far above the rest that you'd have to be crazy not to use them, while some are so flawed and weak that you'd have to be insane to try and carry them into the later levels. Combine this with new weapons slowly unlocking as you play through Dead Cells, and you've got yourself a situation where you can actively make your runs worse by simply unlocking more stuff, and that should never be the case for a roguelike.

With that in mind, I am very happy to say that the latest update has not only nerfed some of the best weapons out there, but buffed a whole host of bad ones as well. According to the developers, approximately 30 "autosell" weapons have received some sort of buff, while less than 10 "instapick" ones have received a nerf. Unsurprisingly, the Rampart shield is a part of the latter category and will now do a bit less damage for such a powerful and defense-focused weapon.

Starbound ancient ruins screenshot

If you're looking for a reason to revisit Starbound, the latest 1.4 update might be just what you're looking for. The aptly named Bounty Hunter update brings with it numerous procedurally-generated quests that will task you with hunting down the worst scum of the universe, a whole bunch of new monster variants, new mini-dungeons, new furniture, and the list goes on.

You can get a pretty good idea of what all this looks like in-game, as well as what the bounty quests have to offer, through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander:

Enter the Gungeon official artwork without logo

If you're a fan of action-focused roguelikes with plenty of ridiculous combos to experiment with, you might be glad to hear that Enter the Gungeon is now entirely free to grab. Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, log into your account, and you'll be able to claim your copy in no time.

The one catch, as always, is that the promotion will only last for two weeks. As such, make sure to grab your copy before Enter the Gungeon goes away on June 20th. You don't even need to install it, just add it to your account and you're good to go.