Gaming Bits: LawBreakers, retro releases and more

Gaming Bits: LawBreakers, retro releases and more

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

Law or Disorder?

Let's get the older news out of the way first: "LawBreakers," the M-rated multiplayer first-person shooter coming from Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski ("Unreal Tournament," "Gears of War") and Boss Key Productions, will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC on Aug. 8.

Two editions are currently available for preorder on both systems. The "core edition" is priced at $29.99, while the "Deadzo Deluxe" is $39.99 and comes with some exclusive in-game content. Preorder either and you'll get free in-game character skins.

If you're interested in playing in the beta for either PS4 or PC, head to to sign up. The next beta test starts June 28 for key-holding participants; from June 30 to July 3, it goes open on PC.

If you want an idea of how the game plays, watch the video above explaining the harrier character role.

Curb your enthusiasm

Two retro consoles are in the works that sound fantastic on paper — the Sega Genesis Flashback and Atari Flashback 8 Gold. But they're being built by AtGames, a company that's had some problems with their previous retro console releases.

I don't have much personal experience with AtGames, but I know their reputation, which is enough to make me preface this news with a "buyer beware" warning.

The Atari console will allegedly feature 120 built-in games, such as "Pitfall!," "Space Invaders," "Centipede," and "River Raid." It's also got two wireless controllers, two legacy controller ports for wired joysticks and paddles, a 720p HDMI output and a "save/pause/rewind feature for every game."

The Sega re-release comes with 85 built-in games and a cartridge port that'll fit Sega Genesis and Mega Drive cartridges. The built-ins include tons of Sonic games, "Phantasy Star" and more. It's also got the wireless controllers, controller ports, 720p HDMI output; and save/pause/rewind.

They're supposedly releasing in September. No idea on price yet.

Play way before it's out

"Conan Exiles," the open-world survival game set in the world of my favorite Cimmerian, is coming to Xbox One Game Preview on Aug. 16.

That same day, a free expansion will be released for both PC and Xbox One, adding more territory and "new environments, monsters, buildings, game features and more," Funcom head of games Lawrence Poe said.

The game, still in "Early Access," doesn't release in full until sometime in early 2018, and then it'll be out on PlayStation 4, as well.

The great vortex surges and swells

This new video provides a first look at the "Total War: Warhammer II" campaign map, which features — you guessed it — a giant vortex at the center.

In this PC game, launching on Sept. 28, you'll play as one of eight "legendary lords" from one of four iconic game races from the world of Warhammer. The overall campaign goal is to either stabilize or disrupt The Great Vortex, which foiling your rivals.

Going mobile

Here's news on two different mobile games:

— "Airlines Manager: Tycoon" has launched for both iOS and Android. The free-to-play title "puts players in the CEO seat at a fledgling airline where they must take care of marketing, research and development, finances, and growth."

— "Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow," also free-to-play, will hit both systems on June 29. Stephen Hawking, George Takei, Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will all be playable characters, "each with their own unique storyline." What about Fry, Bender, Leila and the rest? Yes, they're in there.

Joel Leizer is The News-Gazette's Playing Critic. Contact him at Or follow the Playing Critic page on Facebook. Maybe if he gets enough "likes" there, he'll start giveaway contests for free game codes. (If it happens, those will mostly be for indie titles.)

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