Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for March 28, 2020 where we cover stories and events we missed over the past week.
March is winding down, however still more and more of the world is shutting down in response to COVID-19 and the #StayAtHome movement continues. Dreadlands revealed its latest update with a whole bunch of enhancements including combat balancing. Tripwire Interactive’s Killing Floor 2 added the Neon Nightmares update with a whole bunch of new weapons and brand new map.
For those that missed some of our other stories, here is a run down of this past week. Zerouno Games launched the Kickstarter for Holmgang: Memories of the Forgotten. Donkey Crew’s Last Oasis and MoaCube’s Bonfire launched into early access on Steam. Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive released the latest DLC for Cities: Skylines with Sunset Harbor. A2 Softworks is running an alpha for Gatewalkers this weekend and Moonlit and Frozen District unleashed a teaser video for Dog Trainer.
Dreadlands Combat Balancing
Blackfox Studios and publisher Fatshark delivered a content update for Dreadlands that included a whole bunch of enhancements and combat balancing. Plus two new tactics cards were introduced.
This patched focused on ranged versus melee comabt balancing. The aim was to make Goons, Scouts, Dogs and Boars seem more relevant and fun. Rookies are now called Skirmishers and are a fast, but weak unit. Scouts and Goons melee skill increased from 2 to 3 and now get the Gunslinger skill. All units except Skirmishers have had their movement reduced to 4 and charging no longer gives an extra attack, but only a +1 to melee skill.
The new tactics cards, Scrap Vulture and Spore Skin, can be unlocked by visiting one’s hideout between now and the next content patch. At that time they will have to be unlocked by increasing one’s in-game fame. Scrap Vulture is designed for Scrappers that lasts three turns and read “Any time the target deals melee damage they will restore their armor by 1.” Where Spore Skin is for Tribe-kin that lasts two turns and reads “Every time the unit is hit they exude a cloud of spores that makes them -15% harder to hit for that turn (stacks up to 2x times).”
Other changes include revived fighters only getting 1 ap after being revived. Animals can now use bandages and the amount of medical supplies needed to heal a fighter is based on their level. The new Gunslinger skill decreases the penalty for dual wielding pistols and the RNG for hitting has been improved. Several visual improvements have also been included in the update. A complete list of changes can be read here.
Dreadlands is now available for Windows PC as an early access game on Steam set at the regular price of $19.99 USD. More information about Dreadlands can be found on the game’s website at playdreadlands.com, by following @playdreadlands on Twitter, or by joining the official Dreadlands Discord.
Killing Floor 2: Neon Nightmares
Tripwire Interactive this past Tuesday lit up the night with Neon Nightmares. The new content update for Killing Floor 2 added new weapons and a new map.
Two new weapons are making an appearance in the Neon Nightmares Update. The HRG Incendiary Rifle lets players set hordes of Zeds ablaze with the modified M16 M203 assault riffle equiped with incendiary rounds and grenades. Blasts from the grenades leave behind a temporary patch of fire. On the paid content side of the patch comes the Compound Bow. Feature two arrows types, sharp arrows for penetration and cryo arrows that create a small explosion with a high freeze rate. Both types of arrows can be charged to boost range and damage.
Biolapse, the new map comes with complete with Survival and Weekly Game mode compatibility. There are multiple levels to explore in the abandoned Horzine laboratory. Zeds can be given a run for their dosh as players take advantage of the layouts and traps inside this complex. A full list of Neon Nightmares changes and details can be found on the Tripwire Interactive Forums.
Killing Floor 2 is available on Humble Bundle and Steam for PC at a regular price of $29.99 USD. The game is also available on console for PS4 and Xbox One. For more information about Killing Floor 2 visit the game’s website at killingfloor2.com.
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