Everyone, take a deep breath and let it out. Congratulations, we survived one other E3 and the information onslaught that entails. Your reward? The sluggish interval, these merciful months of July and August the place virtually nothing occurs and we will lastly make amends for the backlog. Or, you already know, purchase extra video games within the Steam Sale subsequent week.

There’s a little bit of E3 mop-up occurring this week although, so with out additional ado let’s focus on EA’s euphemistic description of loot containers as “surprise mechanics,” the disappearance of Alpha Protocol, the arrival of The Outer Worlds E3 demo, and people rattling Fallout 76 canvas luggage.

This is gaming information for June 17 to 21.

Budget blunderbuss

We lead off, as at all times, with this weekend’s free video games. In the free-to-keep pile we’ve one more Epic Games Store giveaway, this time the space-faring Rebel Galaxy, form of a non secular successor to Freelancer. If you’re nonetheless ready on Star Citizen’s launch, this may scratch that itch within the meantime.

Then there are the same old assortment of free-to-try video games. Both Insurgency: Sandstorm and Killing Floor 2 are free on Steam this weekend, so that you’re both killing terrorists or killing zombies, your selection.

Dota Underlords

Oh wait, there’s yet another freebie on Steam this week. Valve launched Dota Underlords in Early Access—which, for those who haven’t been following this complete saga, is Valve’s tackle the “Dota Auto Chess” mod, the creators of which have moved onto creating their personal standalone model for the Epic Games Store.

It’s a quagmire of morality and legality, principally. Because “Dota Auto Chess” was a mod for Dota 2, it is sensible Valve would try to recreate it formally. On the opposite hand, I nonetheless discover it a bit bizarre that mod developer Drodo Studio has had its thought cloned by Valve, Riot, and a bunch of different corporations in file time. It doesn’t sit proper with me—however alas, as we noticed with Fortnite, typically that’s simply the way it goes.

Outer Worlds, witnessed

We wrote about The Outer Worlds throughout E3 final week, and it ended up being one among my favourite demos. Obsidian’s clearly determined that if it will possibly’t make one other Fallout: New Vegas, it’ll simply dupe the model and slap on a brand new identify. Thus, Outer Worlds. But you now not should take my phrase for it. PC Gamer observed the identical behind-closed-doors demo is now obtainable courtesy of one of many E3 Coliseum presentation movies, seen under. (Skip forward to 4:40 or so.)


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