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Steam offers free weekend for another game, as Crusader Kings II can be played gratis for the next free days. Here’s a refresher on this Windows, macOS, and Linux grand strategy game:

The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops – and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.

A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem… Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?

Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones…

strategic-mind-the-pacificThe WW2 turn-based strategy launches on October 25

Starni Games studio is delighted to reveal the release date of Strategic Mind: The Pacific. The historical turn-based strategy will leave Early Access and head to the full launch on October 25. To celebrate the release Starni Games releases a new story trailer.

Watch the Strategic Mind: The Pacific - The trailer of the game Full Version HERE.

In Strategic Mind: The Pacific you’ll face the waging war between the USA and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Ocean – with mindblowing historical accuracy and attention to detail. The game offers an immersive experience of commanding both sides of the conflict, allowing you to gain a unique understanding of the situation through the eyes of both sides’ real-life commanders.

Build up, train and equip your troops with the newest weaponry available to maximize their efficiency and set sail for victory. The core element of the game is large scale naval battles with numerous carrier ships bringing aircraft into the battle for seizing control over the ocean. Upon overtaking the sea you will have to set foot on hostile land through a series of costly landing operations.

You will have to make your naval, aerial and amphibious forces act as one flawless mechanism – a task only a truly strategic mind can achieve.

Key features

  • Two full campaigns featuring both sides of the conflict;
  • Unreal Engine-based graphics with historically accurate models of all units;
  • Over 60 minutes of plot-driven cinematics;
  • Full English voiceover for all the characters;
  • Rich upgrades and equipment system;
  • Thought-through tactics;
  • Complex naval battles mechanics allow you to damage various ship systems – armament, hull, engine, flight deck, etc;
  • Headquarters traits system;
  • Heroes you can assign to a particular unit.

Head on over to the Strategic Mind: The Pacific Steam page for more game info and to purchase the game on October 25th.

close-combat-the-bloody-firstMatrix Games has announced that the recently released Close Combat: The Bloody First has been updated to Version 1.0.1. Version 1.0.1 fixes many bugs encountered, from fixing the crash/save file corruption, tanks accuracy in close range, the STEEP ANGLE ISSUE and more.

You can download the update from HERE.

Please check the full changelog below…

• Fix for crash / save file corruption that could occur after saving in a battle.
• Soldier name or portrait pic no longer changed incorrectly after saving in battle.
• Campaign no longer stops early when playing with a language other than English set.
• Fix for incorrect ‘STEEP ANGLE’ state with vehicles targeting another vehicle at very close range.
• German units no longer redeploy into original positions after first battle on Omaha Beach.
• Fixed missing string error when initiative changes during an Operation.
• Original order choice now shown correctly if you return to the Planning Screen.
• Original order choice now shown correctly if you return to the Planning Screen.
• Fixed Accuracy for tanks and guns in close range

IMPORTANT! ISSUES WITH SAVED GAMES CREATED UNDER VERSION 1.0.0
Several issues related to saved games have been addressed in the 1.0.1 update. For best results it is recommend that you start new games after installing the update. The game will attempt to restore and continue saved games that were effected by the earlier problems but may not be able to do so in all cases.

Stop by the official Close Combat: The Bloody First webpage for more game information!

armored-brigadeThe Beta to test the New Stacking limit in Armored Brigade has been a success. Thanks to all the testers who have helped with their feedback and suggestions, this important feature has been implemented for everyone.

You can download the update from HERE.

The new stacking limit is a major change for the game. It has been discussed by the community and the developers for a while now, but it posed some technical challenges, and we had to make sure the change would not compromise the simulation, or the AI’s capabilities. After adopting the game code to handle it, we have found that 3 units per square work best.

Thanks to this change, the game now flows even more naturally, and unit pathfinding has been greatly improved. The AI has been adjusted to be aware and utilise the new stacking limit, so players should also see improvements in its behavior.

Get more information about Armored Brigade from its official website.

close-combat-the-bloody-firstLead the Big Red One on the road to victory

North Africa, Sicily, Normandy: Close Combat: The Bloody First is ready to storm over Axis’ positions. The new chapter that reinvents the classic series is now available on PC with three Campaigns divided into 11 Operations and 36 Battles. Players take the lead of the 1st US Infantry Division and fight their way through Tunisia, South Italy and the final assault on D-Day’s beaches.

The new 3D Archon engine powers Close Combat: The Bloody First battles with full three-dimensional maps where hills and woods can block the line of sight. Close Combat: The Bloody First, faithful to the heritage of the classic series, is a tactical RTS where strategy counts: players can’t blindly launch mindless attacks on enemy positions without losing their army in minutes.

Morale also plays a central part in battles: units under fire will be pinned, will panic and flee. Players need to carefully plan their attacks and use real-world infantry tactics as real commanding officers would do: flank enemy machine-guns nests, use smoke barrages to cover their advances, scout no man’s land to order artillery bombardments or air strikes on dug-in enemy positions.

Multiplayer: like in all previous Close Combat games, The Bloody First is a joy to play online. A serious simulation where players can fight with human opponents in real-time, or team up with them and play coop against the AI.

Close Combat: The Bloody First, the latest title in the famous Close Combat series, is now available for purchase on the Matrix Games Store, the Slitherine Store and on Steam.

Stop by the official Close Combat: The Bloody First webpage for more game information!

close-combat-the-bloody-firstLess than two weeks to wait! Matrix Games & Slitherine today announced Close Combat: The Bloody First, the new chapter in the epic WW2 tactical RTS saga is coming to PC on October 3rd. Lead the mighty Big Red One, the 1st US infantry division from North Africa to Sicily and then in its final assault on the beaches of Normandy. Three full campaigns, 11 operations, 36 battles, in a detailed 3D world rendered in a completely new real-time strategy engine.

No mission too difficult. No Sacrifice too great. Duty First!

Watch the “What is CLOSE COMBAT: THE BLOODY FIRST in 2 minutes!” Trailer HERE.

And that’s not all. Three new gameplay trailers have also been released:

Close Combat: The Bloody First is not an ordinary RTS: the action is fast, but you can always pause the game and issue new orders to your troops. This will allow you to recreate complex historical actions; pin down enemy nests with machine guns, flank them with fast infantry, cover your advance with smoke barrages, target the vulnerable side armour of the German Panzers with armour piercing weapons, scout enemy positions and unleash artillery or mortar fire before they see you.

Beware of enemy fire: your troops are heroic US infantrymen but they will panic under enemy fire if caught in the open with no cover. Morale and pressure are deadly weapons.

Multiplayer at its best: despite the Close Combat saga is a classic from the 90s, thousands of gamers still play it for its unparalleled realism in multiplayer battles roday. The Bloody First keeps up with the tradition and adds a wide variety of new options.

Close Combat: The Bloody First, the upcoming title in the famous Close Combat series, will be released on October 3rd, on the Matrix Games Store, the Slitherine Store and on Steam.

a-total-war-saga-troySEGA Europe Ltd. today announced Creative Assembly’s thrilling new strategy title reconstructing one of the greatest stories ever told, A Total War Saga: TROY. Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, TROY will let you forge a heroic legacy in the late Bronze Age, the furthest back in time the critically acclaimed franchise has ever traveled.

In TROY, the fate of Aegean civilization will be in your hands; each choice you make will shape the lands from the mythical heights of Mount Olympus to the arid deserts of Lemnos. Experience history as it may have happened or shape the legend for yourself in this unique chapter of Total War.

Watch the announcement trailer HERE.

Homer’s Iliad is rich with myth, legends, gods and monsters. TROY casts these stories through a historical lens to consider what might have really happened but ultimately lets you decide which heroes will fall in battle and which will be immortalized in legend.

The battlefields will tremble under the feet of renowned warriors like Achilles and Hector but it will take more than brute force alone to lay claim to the legendary city of Troy. You will need to deftly manage a barter economy, conduct diplomacy among friends and foes, and curry the very favor of the Gods themselves before etching your name in the annals of history.

Total War Saga titles channel the grand strategy and real-time battles of a core Total War game into an intense flashpoint in time, letting you determine the outcome of pivotal moments in history. This change in scope and perspective makes Total War Saga the perfect home for innovation, often leading to new ideas that go on to influence future tentpole titles.

A Total War Saga: TROY will release on Steam for PC in 2020.

armored-brigade-nation-pack-france-belgiumThe second Nation Pack DLC will be out on 31st October; on the same day, all of the existing Armored Brigade content will be made available on Steam.

Saint-Hubert, 18th September 1985. The Red Tide smashed NATO force and conquered West Germany in a matter of weeks. T-72s and Hind 24s are now heading to Paris: will France be the next Nation to fall under the Soviet invasion?

With the new Nation Pack: France – Belgium DLC, Armored Brigade, the tactical RTS set in the Cold War era, will receive two new armies (200+ new units) and a vast new map set around Bastogne.

French formations tactics in the 70s were similar to the US Armored Cavalry Regiments: they were not intended for holding ground, but to operate like the earlier dragons portes, locating the enemy, delaying their forces and setting up the situation for a deadly counter strike by the heavy tank regiments. During the 1980s the French forces saw the addition of VAB-equipped units to the infantry divisions, and an increased number of mechanized regiments. The France Army is perfect for seek-and-destroy mobile tactics.

On the contrary, Belgian forces were getting old and tired at the time: the main battle tank, the Leopard 1(BE) was a vintage vehicle from the 60s and its M75 and AMX-13 Mod 56 APCs, as well as its Alouette II helicopters were almost museum-pieces from the 1950s. However, the Army went through a modest re-equipment program through the 80s, and was supplemented by a regiment of elite para/commandos. The Belgian Army of the Cold War is an extremely interesting and challenging faction, due to its weakness and old-style tactics.

Get more information about Armored Brigade Second Nation Pack: France and Belgium from its official webpage.

men-of-war-assault-squad-2-coldwar1C Entertainment and developer Digitalmindsoft are excited to announce that Men of War: Assault Squad 2 – Cold War is out today! Available as a standalone expansion for $24,99 / €21,99 / £19,99, the latest iteration in its long-running Men of War RTS series marks its first foray into this iconic era. The title places itself against the backdrop of the heated conflict between the United States and Soviet Union and brings all the tense, military tactics players have come to expect from the series.

Building upon the framework of Men of War: Assault Squad 2, Cold War introduces a brand new feature to the series: dynamic campaign creation. Mirroring the ever-present feeling of dread that permeated the era, dynamic campaign creation ensures no two campaign experiences play out the same in single player and co-op. From randomized skirmishes to custom army compositions, players will be forced to think on their feet in the heat of battle.

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 – Cold War also marks the return of the series’ genre-defining RTS combat. Players take control of vast armies of U.S. or Soviet soldiers, tanks, helicopters and more as they take this historic struggle to series-first locales. From sleepy winter villages to fortified border zones, Direct Control mode returns, giving players unprecedented control over their forces, allowing them to control single units in a bid to out-maneuver their enemies. Couple this with online multiplayer to match the game’s dynamic single player and co-op campaigns, and Men of War fans have a lot to be excited about!

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 – Cold War launches today on Steam for $24,99 / €21,99 / £19,99.

Key Features:

  • Pick your side: The United States of America versus the Soviet Union
  • Dynamic campaign creation makes singleplayer and cooperative campaign play extremely replayable with randomized skirmish battles and custom army compositions
  • Competitive online multiplayer modes
  • Assault Zones game mode: Capture and hold flag points using all military means possible
  • Annihilation game mode: Dominate the enemy or capture their base, as valuable resources can be secured on the battlefield
  • Command large armies or control single units with the series-defining direct control mode

For more information, follow Digitalmindsoft and 1C Entertainment on Twitter.

sudden-strike-4-complete-collectionStrategy gaming specialist Kalypso Media has today released Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection is now available from digital and retail stores for all platforms.

Since its original launch, Sudden Strike 4 has improved and expanded greatly, with 11 updates and 5 DLCs bringing significant new features and improvements to the game. This new release of the World War II strategy hit bundles all of these expansive content updates together in one high-value package.

Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection offers fans the ultimate World War II strategy experience, containing the main Sudden Strike 4 game plus all five previously released DLCs: Battle of Kursk, Road to Dunkirk, Finland – Winter Storm, Africa – Desert War and The Pacific War.

Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War II. Command the British and American, German or Soviet troops in the most iconic conflicts of the war, leading over 100 different units into battle. Prove your strategic expertise in over 20 demanding singleplayer scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode and the ultra-competitive multiplayer mode.

Features:

  • Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection offers realistic real-time strategy gameplay with tactical depth and a historical setting across 11 campaigns with over 45 missions and more than 200 different units in a complete package.
  • Contains all free content updates available, with over 10 new maps and gameplay refinements.
  • Command German and Soviet forces in the Battle of Kursk – one of the largest tank battles of World War II!
  • Road to Dunkirk features 4 new missions, 2 new commanders and 10 all-new units, as well as additional buildings and ships.
  • Finland – Winter Storm features 6 new missions, 3 new commanders, and 19 all-new vehicles, along with additional buildings and units.
  • Africa – Desert Storm features 6 new missions, 5 new commanders, and 30 new vehicles, including a medical truck.
  • The Pacific War features 10 new missions, 6 new commanders, and over 50 new vehicles, including aircraft carriers.
  • Adapt and refine the military doctrines of more than 20 renowned commanders, such as Heinz Guderian, George S. Patton or Charles de Gaulle for a different strategic and tactical approach to each scenario.
  • Pit yourself against other commanders or challenging enemy AI enemies in competitive multiplayer modes.

Watch the Sudden Strike 4 – Complete Collection Trailer HERE.