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Rust studio announces Riftlight, an arcade shooter with RPG elements

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Survival simulation games are pretty serious. Sometimes you just want to shoot things without any serious repercussions. To sate these urges, Adam Woolridge of Rust studio Facepunch Studios has just announced Riftlight, an arcade shooter with what he describes as ‘light-RPG’ elements. According to the game’s first development blog, Riftlight will also feature looting, abilities and talent trees.

Super Crate Box sneaks onto Steam, play for free

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Super Crate Box slyly shuffled itself into Steam's range of free games last week. It's been available for free download from developer Vlambeer's site for, like, ages, but has quietly launched on Steam as an experiment. According to Joystiq, Super Crate Box creator Rami Ismail didn't make any noise about the release because he wanted to see how well the game would do on its own merits, without media championing.

All Zombies Must Die! coming to Steam on March 12

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Developers, doublesix have sent word that All Zombies Must Die! will finally be invading Steam on March 12. It's a top down arcade blaster that has you taking on the zombie hordes with up to three friends. The minute-to-minute corpse obliteration is deepened by a layer of RPG sweetness that will let you level up your zombie slayer and craft new weapons.

As well as a few nice extra bits like leaderboards and achievements, the PC version will improve on the console edition with a new "treacle" mechanic to give survivors completely surrounded by undead a chance to wade through the smelly ranks and make a break for freedom. The difficulty curve has also been adjusted to temper the harshness of its final stages.

For more on the game, check out the All Zombies Must Die! site, and have a look at this pair of cadaverous PC screenshots.

Renegade Ops DLC adds Coldstrike campaign and new vehicles

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Renegade Ops just received a new campaign map called Coldstrike, and another slice of DLC that adds two new charactes. Coldstrike adds three new story missions in which you drive into new snowy locations and explode them until there is nothing left to be exploded. Expect hordes of new enemies, including low flying attack drones and "monstrous Golems." It's available now on Steam for £2.99 / $4.99.

The Reinforcement Pack is a separate download that adds two new heroes, Blazemo and Crystal. Crystal's special ability throws up a huge defensive bubble that can protect allies huddled beneath it. Blazemo prefers to use his special weapon, The Incinerator, to destroy everything in an all-consuming spiral of flame. That's also on Steam for £1.79 / $2.99. The new characters will have to work hard to beat the antlion attacks off their silent co-worker, Gordon Freeman.

Get a peek at the new DLC packs in the screenshots below. The snowy ones are from Coldstrike, the rest show the two new vehicles.

Team Fortress 2 becomes 2D. Team Fortress Arcade is out now

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Team Fortress Arcade recreates Team Fortress 2 as an old-school scrolling arcade shooter. You play as one of the nine TF2 classes, rendered in adorable 2D sprite form. You can gang up with three friends and fight your way Eastwards to face off against each level boss, a member of the Red team. The first boss is the Red Scout. He chugs bonk and zooms around in zig zags. Hilarious and annoying, it captures the Scout perfectly.

It's made by Eric Ruth, who also created the fantastic de-make of Left 4 Dead, which can be downloaded for free on Fileplanet. Team Fortress Arcade is also free to download now on PikiGeek.

Renegade Ops screenshots show Gordon Freeman liberating settlements WITH FIRE

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So now we know that Gordon Freeman will return in Renegade Ops. We can't say exactly why, but we can show you what he'll look like. See three new screenshots of Gordon's buggy in action below, along with some new artwork in which Gordon has a bit of a glare, perhaps a bit irate at how long it's taking for Episode 3 to come out.

Gordon Freeman returns in Renegade Ops, out next month

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Gordon Freeman will be a playable character in the PC version of Renegade Ops. The top down blaster will let us play as the Half Life hero and drive around in the Half Life 2 buggy, firing off rockets, taking out tanks with mounted machine guns and unleashing swarms of Antlions to quickly wipe out dozens of enemies at a time.

Renegade Ops is the latest from Just Cause and Just Cause 2 developers, Avalanche studios. A far cry from the sprawling, open world action of their previous titles, Renegade Ops will be a more traditional co-op shooter, with a very, very strange Gordon Freeman shaped twist.

“Working with Steam and the Half-Life team makes this game extra special.” said Sega's director of digital, John Clark. “Gordon Freeman is a deeply-established character in the gaming world and we are proud to have him included in Renegade Ops.”

Renegade Ops is out on Steam on October 14, and will cost $15.00 / £9.99 / €12.99 / AUD$ 20.00. Catch the first screenshot of Gordon in his buggy below, with more to follow on the site shortly. The One Free Man is back!

Gatling Gears out now, drive bots, blow @#%! up

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This is a call to arms! Gatling Gears has started its own personal war against punctuation. The innocent at symbol, hash, percent and the ever-cocky exclam are in the firing line, alongside an army of robots and a giant angry castle that fires lasers.

The exuberant shooter is set in the same world as Vanguard Games' charming RTS, Greed Corp. It's been out on Xbox 360 and PS3 for a couple of months, but has finally made it over to PC. Don't expect much resource management in Gatling Gears beyond the eternal search for weapon upgrades. Just hold down the fire button and don't stop until everything is dead.

Gatling Gears is out now on Steam at the slightly skewed price of £9.99 / $9.99. Find out more on the official Gatling Gears site.

Scoregasm demo dishes out neon hyper-death

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It's a fact that if you create a kaleidoscopic shooter and call it "Scoregasm" a certain number of people will click on it in principle. I know, because I am one of those people. If you're not too busy being hypnotised by the blaze of colours and explosions in the trailer above, you might be interested in the brand new Scoregasm demo, which you can download right now from the Rock Paper Shotgun. It provides 30 to 60 minutes of explodey action for a 48 megabyte download.

Yar's Revenge returns

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Remember Yar's revenge? The classic arcade shooter came out on the Atari 2600 nearly thirty years ago. Earlier today, Atari announced earlier that Killspace Entertainment are working on a downloadable remake to be released early next year. More details and the teaser trailer follow.