Call of Cthulhu screenshot of strange cultists in the night

Call of Cthulhu is Cyanide Studio's upcoming video game adaptation of the classic pen & paper RPG of the same name. As you might expect from any game inspired by Lovecraft's work, Call of Cthulhu will have you investigate a mysterious cult filled with twisted figures in dark robes, run away in sheer terror from otherworldly horrors the human mind cannot even comprehend, and naturally, try to make any sort of sense of the situation before going completely and utterly insane.

Since that doesn't exactly tell you much about the actual gameplay, allow me to share with you the recently posted trailer as it features a small slice of everything Call of Cthulhu has to offer. Have a gander, it's well worth the couple of minutes:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent screenshot of a shadowy monster in the distance

While Amnesia: The Dark Descent has a nightmarish atmosphere that keeps you on edge from the very beginning, the actual gameplay is not exactly difficult. Once you learn what the monsters are and how they operate, evading them is a fairly easy job, which unfortunately also makes replaying Amnesia a bit anticlimactic.

With that in mind, I am both glad and somewhat terrified to announce that Frictional Games will be adding Hard Mode alongside the new Xbox One version on September 28th. Hard Mode will disable autosaves and make manual saves cost 4 precious tinderboxes, there will be less consumables sprinkled throughout the levels, and should your sanity ever drop to zero because of the constant darkness, you will simply die of a heart attack!

Dead by Daylight screenshot of a monster stalking survivors

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game where one player gets to run around as a monstrous killer, while four others have to do their very best to not get impaled on giant spikes that often seem to litter the levels. It's a fairly simple concept, but once you get a good group going it's also quite an enjoyable one.

So if you're curious about what exactly Dead by Daylight has to offer, and especially if you have a couple of friends that are willing to check out something new, you might be interested to hear that Dead by Daylight is currently free to try out on Steam. The free weekend will last until September 25th, so you should have plenty of time to figure out whether Dead by Daylight is your cup of tea or not.

Overwatch screenshot of Viking Torbjorn

After being fairly silent since the Summer Games event, Overwatch developers have now suddenly released a massive PTR update! Besides the usual batch of bug fixes, this update has brought with it a massive Torbjorn rework, a much smaller Pharah rework, as well as some highly anticipated tweaks to heroes like Soldier, McCree, Orisa and Brigitte.

The Torbjorn changes are simply too massive for me to summarize, so if you're curious about what Blizzard has cooked up for our favorite 'totally not a dwarf', you should head on over to the official website. I'll reserve my full judgement for when I actually get to try him in a proper game, but so far the new Torbjorn seems to be exactly what Blizzard intended - a support-ish DPS hero that can actually be run on both offense and defense!

Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 3 screenshot of Clementine fighting zombies

This week has not been a good one when it comes to game development. First we got the announcement that Capcom Vancouver, the studio behind the Dead Rising series, will be closing down its doors, and now it appears that the same fate will befall the seemingly invincible adventure game developer Telltale Games.

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there," reads the brief press release. "We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry".

Just Cause 4 screenshot of our character biking away from a jet

Just Cause 4 is set to arrive this November 4th for PC and consoles, bringing with it an even greater amount of explosions and barely justified destruction. You can expect to see a new and much more interesting assortment of weaponry, diverse and occasionally extreme weather effects such as sandstorms or tornadoes, and perhaps most importantly of all, greatly improved AI which will actually use tactics more advanced than "stand and shoot".

Since there is no better way to show you what all of this looks like than with a lengthy gameplay preview, I am very glad to say that the developers have now released exactly that! So if you're curious about what Just Cause 4 has to offer, here's the recently posted and 20-minute long gameplay presentation:

Lineage 2 Classic official artwork showing the classic heroes

Before World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMORPG genre, Lineage 2 was the undisputed king of the castle when it came to truly hardcore MMORPG gameplay. The leveling process was long and arduous, the group content required good coordination with other players or you wouldn't get far, and while I never really dabbled into PvP, it was supposedly quite amazing. The oldschool Lineage 2 was also most definitely a grindy game, but that was just how things were done back in the 'olden days'.

If you're feeling particularly nostalgic about this period of MMO history and you're not afraid of the endless grind, you might be interested to hear that NCsoft has now announced that Lineage 2 Classic will be arriving this October 3rd. As the name itself would imply, Lineage 2 Classic will give you a chance to return to the original game and experience all of it as it once was, both the good and the bad.