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Medieval Dynasty Co-op premiers

Medieval Dynasty’s update and transformation into a co-op multiplayer game is just around the corner, and after trying out the beta, it looks very promising. With a new map, opportunities to design your player character, and a new background story with new possibilities, new vistas open up.

The cooperative game mode allows up to four players to play simultaneously. However, the new Oxbow map must then be used. The older map remains in the game but is almost now considered a separate version of the game as it was before the update. Now it’s no big loss because the scenery in Oxbow is at least as beautiful and interesting as the old map ever was. And even if you intend to play single-player, in practice Oxbow applies if you want to be able to customize your character, or play a female character.

Say hi to Matylda, the village foundling, who may or may not just have lifted some items from the castellan’s house because “Hey, the ones living here obviously are rich people and the castellan is kind of an ass anyway…”.

With the fact that player characters can now be of both sexes, the possibility for two players to create a joint family is also opened up. Unlike when only one party to the marriage is a player character and where the other NPC partner is always the one who stays home with the child for the first two years, a family consisting of two player characters will both be free to pursue other activities. The child then stays at home in his cradle instead.

Medieval Dynasty in its new Oxbow version is clearly a step forward for the game and I haven’t found any major flaws to complain about. The game seems to flow well. So for those who are looking for a calm and slow medieval existence in a graphically beautiful environment, Medieval Dynasty is now more appealing than ever.

Medieval Dynasty in multiplayer is available from 19.00 CET on December 7.

Case IH Farmall mini-DLC

A new little mini-DLC has just been released for Farming Simulator 22 in order to celebrate the 100 year anniversary for the Case IH Farmall line of tractors.

The Case IH Farmall Anniversary Pack contains three items: the first is the Case IH Farmall 1066 Hydro, a model which was manufactured between 1971 and 1976 by International Harvester – the IH in today’s Case IH – and this classic six-cylinder diesel tractor is still going strong on farms and in vintage tractor circles today. The second is the modern Case IH Farmall C Series, a smaller-sized multipurpose tractor with 120 hp, and probably a bit more comfortable than its fifty year old predecessor. The third piece in the pack is the L630 frontloader for the Farmall C.

The price for the pack on Steam and on Giants’ own site is 1,49 €.

Farming Simulator Kids coming in 2024

Giants Software is going to broaden their Farming Simulator gaming series with an all new Farming Simulator Kids geared towards, well, kids obviously. The new game is produced in cooperation with John Deere, so it is likely to include tractors and the likes from the iconic green brand.

Aimed towards younger children, the new game will focus on audiovisual presentation instead of text, and provide a child-friendly environment to play in. Virtual neighbors – including some anthropomorphic animal characters – display their needs for help and ask young players to harvest crops, or prepare a delicious sandwich.

They will also be able to explore farm locations to grow and harvest healthy crops, or care for adorable farm animals like cows, chickens, or geese in their stables. The game will include mini-games like gardening and sandwich-making as well as the possibility to visit their own farmers’ market and meet characters to interact with. As big tractors and other vehicles are a must, kids can operate a variety of John Deere machines.

“We’re thrilled beyond measure to introduce young children to farming in a playful and sheltered way,” says Thomas Frey, Creative Director at GIANTS Software. “With John Deere as our ideal partner for Farming Simulator Kids, we’re creating an educational and unforgettable – even inspiring – farming game for young players, one that may even nurture their general interest in farming.”

“It is a pleasure for us to support such an appealing project, which introduces children to agriculture in a playful way and awakens their interest in food production,” comments Stefan Mügge, Manager Marketing Communication at John Deere. 

Feature Highlights

  • ·         Child-Friendly Graphics, Music & Sound Effects
  • ·         Character Creator with Lots of Styles & Possibilities
  • ·         Multiple Locations to Explore: Farm, Barn, Market & More
  • ·         10+ Crops to Plant & Harvest, 75+ Food Items, 100+ Objects & Other Items
  • ·         Vehicles & Tools by John Deere, the World’s Largest Agricultural Brand
  • ·         Domestic & Wild Animals to Befriend and Care for
  • ·         Loveable Characters and Animals to Meet
  • ·         Activities like Field Tasks, Driving Vehicles, Gardening & Making Sandwiches 
  • ·         Achievement System & Video Creator

Farming Simulator Kids will be released in Spring 2024 for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

Halloween hauling

It’s that spooky time of the year again and as is tradition, SCS Software’s yearly Halloween event is running in both American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2.

As usual if you own both games the Halloween deliveries you do in both games add up together, so you don’t have to do the full thirteen deliveries in both.

Scary is the word. Getting a red light and an approaching train at once is not always the best thing to happen.

FS22 Premium Expansion items

Giants Software has now released a new garage video present the new machines and tools coming with the upcoming Premium Expansion Pack.

The Premium Expansion will add over 35 new items from both new and old brands. New brands are Dewulf, Gorenc, Agrio and WIFO, while there are additional machines from among others Bednar, Fiat, Grimme, Kverneland, and SaMasz.

The Premium Expansion Pack will be released November 14.

Cities: Skylines II gets good pre-release reviews

Colossal Order and Paradox’ new iteration of the bestselling Cities: Skylines gets good grades from the reviewers who have got pre-release copies of Cities: Skylines II.

On the review aggregation site Metacritic the game now has a metascore of 77/100 based on 33 reviews and the site Opencritic lists it with also 77/100.

The first Cities: Skylines game was released in spring 2015 and is Paradox’ biggest hit yet with over 12 million copies sold. It has also had a steady release of DLC:s and a very healthy modder community.

Yesterday evening Cities: Skylines II was the fourth most wishlisted game on Steam and on their global list of sales it was on place ten.

A roadtrip to the north

Since I’m finally up to date on the Promods mod version and in a try to forget about the autumn coming rapidly here, I decided to take a tour up north where there blissfully is eternal summer in Euro Truck Simulator 2. So a photo album from the high Nordics it is.

First task. Delivering a yacht from Narvik to Hammerfest. Don’t ask me why they couldn’t just, you know, sail it there.

And once that was done I couldn’t resist from taking a pure sightseeing tour up to Nordkapp. One fun thing is that I actually managed to arrive there right before midnight, so I got to see the midnight sun in all its game glory.

Morning again and time to return south. But in order to not make it a totally unprofitable journey we first should pick up some cargo. And then it’s time to start tunneling and winding back.

The goal, central Finland. So there’s a bit to go.

Things to do while at sea

Seahorses, anyone?

“I am out riding, my dog Amiable beside me, when she suddenly runs off into the . My retinue assures me she will come back, but what if she doesn’t?!”

And as an extra bonus, not related to the above. Smurfs, meet king Gargamel ‘the Lame’ Fezensac of France.