Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for November 23, 2019.
This past week was filled with all sorts of news heading into the Thanksgiving Giving week in the United States. On Friday Nvidia sneeked in some information about its newest video card, the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. Guntastic is brawling all over early access and Alphaman tries to stop a group of hackers threatening world peace. Lastly, Rune II shows players why it is time to party after its launch and Stellar Monarch shared some screenshots of its upcoming The Age of Technology expansion.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super Released
Nvidia quietly released their latest video card, the GeForce GTX 1650 Super. Similar to other Super branded GPUs, the 1650 Super uses the TU116. For those not up on all the latest lingo, the Turing TU117 GPU used in the GTX 1650 is lacking some of the new benefits found in the TU116 chips.
More specific, the new GPU being used features the improved Turing NVENC over the Pascal NVENC. The Turing NVENC promises better quality with minimal hit to framerates. In addition it has GDDR6 support.
While the 1650 Super only features 4GB VRAM and requires a 6-pin power source it is still much faster than the 1650. It has more GPU cores than the GTX 1650 and moves to 12Gbps GDDR6 giving it more bandwidth as well. The biggest downside is the 4GB of GDDR6 which may cause issues down the road as games push the envelope.
The bottom line is all these improvements makes the 1650 Super an excellent card for streamers or gamers on a budget.
Guntastic Brawling in Early Access
Guntastic, was released this past week as an early access arena brawler from Ludicrous Games features over the top fast shot’em up and beat’em up action. Fast battles last less than a minute, 25 seconds to be exact, and then everyone dies.
The game is all about eliminating opponents before you are forcibly eliminated at the 25 second mark in the match. There are nine deadly weapons to choose from that includes rocket launchers, shotguns, energy weapons, and cute walking bombs. Five different power-ups alter gameplay in the four unique environments that is currently available at the start of early access.
All of the graphics in game are pixelated with a comical assortments of characters. The game as a whole is maximum chaos and pays homage to retro arcade titles that came before it.
Guntastic is available as an early access title for Windows and Mac OS X on Steam for $11.99 USD. The latest information on Guntastic can be found on the game’s website at playguntastic.com.
Alphaman Goes After Hackers in Release
The Mega Man X-like platformer from Heartfelt Games LLC titled Alphaman was released last Tuesday for PC and Linux. Alphaman was originally intended as a prototype of a more dark and serious Mega Man X-like, however during development it was decided to make it a prequel game or series instead.
As a prequel the game takes place when the world is at peace in the year 20XX where android AI has taken over most menial jobs. A group of hackers called the Red Bombers unleashed the Berserker Virus into the androids. Now it is up to Alpha, the first fighting android to stop the chaos.
The game features 7 stages with a single final boss stage. Each stage has at least one boss. Players control Alpha while acquiring weapons and upgrades along the journey as they work to stop the Red Bombers. Before each mission Alpha will receive intel that gives each stage some backstory.
Alphaman is now available on Steam for PC at a price of $4.99 USD. The game is also available DRM-free on Itch.io for PC and Linux players at a price of $5.00 USD. With the launch of Alphaman a special 10% discount runs until November 26, 2019.
Rune II Gives Reason to Party
It is now the second week of Rune II’s launch on the Epic Game store and the staff of Human Head Studios wanted to let players know that it is time to put the rock in Ragnarock.
With this party notice comes a trailer which Viking gaming fans will want to rock out with. And yes, it even features dancing Vikings.
The Time To Party Trailer features a rock sound track with Zebrahead’s All My Friends Are Nobodies. In the video we see lots of action, some mead chugging, and Vikings do what they do best. It’s time to grab a weapon, and if one needs a weapon anything will do including the arm of an enemy. Don’t forget to munch on some lizard heads for some energy and stamina before heading out to kick Loki’s you know what.
Rune II is available exclusively on the Epic Games store for Windows PC with the base Warrior Pack Edition priced at $29.99 USD. The Berserker Rage Edition, priced at $39.99 USD includes the Berserker weapon, armor recipes, and Rune II soundtrack. Priced at $59.99 USD is the God Slayer Edition that includes the Ship of the Valkyrie, Viking Warlord armor, Sigurd’s Axe, and Founders Banner recipes.
More information can be found on the game’s website at rune2.com, on the Rune II official Discord, or @play_rune on Twitter.
Stellar Monarch Expansion #1 Screenshots Revealed
In the Nano Gaming News September 28 Weekly Rewind a preview of Stellar Monarch’s first expansion was showcased. As the December 9, 2019 release date for The Age of Technology expansion approaches, Silver Lemur Games released a new set of screenshots for the 4X strategy title.
The space themed grand strategy game’s first expansion focuses on technology and science. There are new optional research mechanics which includes random technologies, hidden technologies, and additional technologies. Additionally there are new planet types, a terraforming mechanic, new alien races, astro engineers, satellites mechanic, and the construction of megastructures.
For those who wish to play without the expansion there is an option to disable it or to play with only some features enabled. Every player will be able to customize their own gameplay.
Stellar Monarch is currently available to play on Steam and is priced at $19.99 USD. The Age of Technology expansion is planned for a December 9, 2019 release on Steam. The latest information on Stellar Monarch and it’s expansion can be found on the game’s website.
That is all for this edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind November 23, 2019. Be sure to check back next Saturday for the latest edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind.
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