Doom Eternal notes, Rockstar tax reliefs, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Wednesday, January 22nd. Let’s get into it shall we?

Previews for DOOM Eternal are out

So it looks like a bunch of publications got their hands on a 3-hour preview build of DOOM Eternal, and so I’ve read through a bunch of the articles and figured I’d tell you about what they’re saying. Overall they are very happy with what they saw. Essentially every aspect of the game was praised, and apparently expanded on. PC Gamer noted that unlike the first DOOM, this game just unloads all of the basic tools onto you right from the beginning, and not slowly acquiring them over a period of time. There’s also a new focus on movement in this game, with some parkour elements being added. They’ve also got some more puzzles going on in the levels, which is a response to the criticism from the first game that it was just hallways and arenas over and over again. An article from Polygon here had their main focus on the fact that Doom Eternal is a lot more self-aware and silly. They say that the first game veered into the self-serious, whereas on this one they “cut away at the grim exterior to reveal the franchise’s inner slapstick.” So there you have it, so far so good, and we’ll see if it holds up past the 3 hour mark when the game comes out March 20, 2020.

Taxwatch UK: Rockstar claims £37.6M in tax relief

According to the think tank Taxwatch UK, in 2019 Rockstar claimed 37.6 million euros in tax relief. This is apparently 37% of the total relief claimed from the government last year, despite Rockstar publishing only two games that qualify for it. They have also not paid any UK corporation tax in four years. Here is how Rockstar responded “The UK’s program has directly resulted in Rockstar Games significantly increasing its investment in the UK, creating well over 1,000 highly skilled and long term jobs…This investment…not only significantly contributes to the economy, and to UK tax receipts, but also helps solidify the UK’s position at the forefront of video game development.” I won’t comment on this because I’m not a businessperson, but it’s also worth noting that the trade association in the UK, UKIE, supported those claims.

Temtem enters Early Access. Hearthstone adds “Galakron’s Awakening” expansion

Ok there are two games that you might want to look at today. First of all is the Pokemon inspired MMO called Temtem which enters Early Access. I’ve talked about it before on the show but it has a lot of similarities to Pokemon, and from the alpha people generally seem happy with it so far. Also coming out today is the newest adventure for Hearthstone, called Galakron’s Awakening. It’s been a long time since I’ve played it, so here’s what RPS says “They’re low-pressure puzzles with interesting twists on Hearthstone’s now overly-familar decks and hero powers. They’re also a cheaper way of earning powerful cards for multiplayer.”

All Half-Life games free to play until the release of Alyx

You might remember that Valve has a new VR game coming out, it’s called Half-Life Alyx, and because that is coming soon, they’re doing some promo by making all Half-Life games free to play until release. So that’s the first Half-Life, then all of Half-Life 2, and you can play those if you somehow do not yet own them until the game launches in March. After that point, you’ll have to purchase them to play them. It looks like they threw Team Fortress Classic in there as well. So there you go, if you need a refresher on the story and want to play through them, now you can!

Ok folks that’s all for today, thank you so much for tuning in. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.