Upcoming free-to-play multiplayer shooter Loadout released a launch trailer last week to celebrate its arrival on Steam’s Early Access beta testing service. At first, to be honest, I just rolled my eyes. The heavy metal. The dick jokes. The guy dancing Gangnam style. Oy.
Super Monday Night Combat
Kongregate, the extensive flash games depository, is busting out of the browser to let you download a selection of free-to-play games. Three games are currently available from their downloads page. There's Bomb Buddies, a Bomberman-style online arcade game; Smashmuck Champions, a top-down arena-based combat shooter; and Super Monday Night Combat - or The One You Might Actually Have Heard Of - which offers a third-person cross between DOTA and TF2.
The PC Gamer Word Dungeon hasn't stopped echoing the phrase "What Diablo class are you playing?" for months. It's a constant inquiry. We talked about it at length at the end of last week's podcast. A few of us still haven't made up our minds. With precious time left to make a decision (and hopefully helping you to relieve the same burden), we bugged some developers. We asked Notch, Runic Games, Blizzard themselves, and others: what're you rollin'?
Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Company of Heroes 2 were all announced this week. With almost too much information to take in, we keep our brains intact by talking about what we know and our highest hopes and darkest fears for each. We also toss in some chatter on Tera and The Walking Dead, which both launched this week, along with other minor news of mystery.
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The original Monday Night Combat existed in limbo between the third-person shooter and MOBA genres, with the lane-pushing of Defense of the Ancients saddled onto shootouts between a scant six classes. Super takes everything that was good about the first game (constant activity, dynamic quips from a clichéd play-by-play commentator, and irreverent character design) but puts more of its chips into MOBA design.
Talked this week: Super Monday Night Combat, Crysis 3, Dishonored, free-to-play weapon balancing, League of Legends' spectator mode, and horrific, hilarious EVE antics.
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Vacations, Christmas, and early game releases are all things that don't happen enough. Earlier today Super Monday Night Combat developers, Uber Entertainment, accidentally surprised eager fans when the game appeared available on Steam a day early. Executive Producer Chandana Ekanayake responded on the forums saying, "We did a bunch of invites over the weekend and there was some wonkiness on how the messaging went out with lots of confusion which resulted in more silliness. We decided to just open it up. There will be an announcement about it on Steam soon." Whether this was intentional or just a casual mishap, we're stoked to get our hands on the game even a day early.
Super Monday Night Combat hybridizes MOBA mechanics with team-based shooters like TF2. You can download the game for free via the game's page on Steam now.