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Cities: Skylines Gets First Expansion – After Dark

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Cities: Skylines After Dark DLC

Cities: Skylines got its first major expansion pack today. The DLC for the popular city-building game is called After Dark and focuses on introducing a day and night system to the game. It will add an array of new game mechanics that publisher Paradox Interactive says will deeply change the way the game works. The DLC is available right now for PC, Mac, and Linux, but the best part is that the day and night system will be added automatically for all players, regardless of whether or not they purchase the Cities: Skylines After Dark DLC.

The After Dark DLC is focused on bringing the city to life at night. It introduces new challenges for players to manage a new set of needs for the populace at night. Your city’s residents will now not just go straight home after work, but will go out in search of entertainment and night-life. Night time will also raise your city’s criminal element (let’s face it – crime was never much of a challenge in Cities: Skylines). The DLC also expands on the tourism industry of your city and will require players to think up new strategies to deal with the changes that come with the night.

Some of the new features coming with Cities: Skylines After Dark include:

  • New commercial facilities such as bars and restaurants will be added. The game will also get some beach-front facilities such as small marina and fishing tours, as well as new high-rise and luxury hotels.
  • Commercial zones can now specialise in leisure activities. These areas will work as normal during the day, but will become especially active at night.
  • Traffic conditions will change at night. Some areas will be visibly quieter and many won’t be working at full efficiency.
  • Criminals will now be taken to jail from police stations.
  • Tons of new transportation features, such as taxis, cargo hubs for managing cargo trains, bus terminals, and a new huge international airport. There will also be bike lanes.

You can see the full patch notes on Paradox Interactive’s Forums.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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