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  1. Marcus Estrada

    The Novelist Screenshot

    From the album: Marcus's Album

  2. Steam releases are not stopping in the least as we near the end of the year. Instead, we're seeing copious amounts of games continue to come out, both indie and more known. However, it seems like this week really belongs to indie developers with the massive amounts of titles they brought to Steam lately. Here is a brief synopsis of all the video game releases (not including Early Access) for the second week of December. Note that prices listed are current and may be discounts. FATE - $4.79 "Play (or Re-play) This Classic Dungeon Crawler! During the golden days of action RPGs, FATE was a powerhouse, winning runner-up for PC Magazine“s Role-Playing Game of the year. Popular enough to spawn 3 sequels, this was one of the premier dungeon crawlers of its time." Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - $7.49 "Play as Trane, a "toy" graffiti artist with the street smarts, athletic prowess and vision to become an "All City King" - the most reputable of all graffiti artists. Along your quest, uncover the mayor's deep, dark secret and use your fighting talents and high-wire graffiti to expose the city's leader." Not the Robots - $5.99 "You are a robot in an office building. You have to eat furniture and not get caught. A mysterious story unfolds. Not The Robots is this year“s most exciting Roguelike Stealth Furniture Eating Simulator. It“s a game with random levels, permadeath, and the goal of eating furniture. Same furniture is also your stealth cover." The Novelist - $14.99 "The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be." OMSI 2: Steam Edition - $34.99 "Off to the next round! Experience a new omnibus simulator with OMSI 2 and start discovering Spandau while driving the omnibus. OMSI 2 is the successor of the well-known and awarded omnibus simulator "OMSI - The Bus Simulator"." Race the Sun - $7.49 "You are a solar craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching energy boosts which reverse the setting sun - if only for a moment." Rescue - Everyday Heroes - $16.99 "An alarm is calling for your team“s attention! Put on your boots blackened by soot, assemble your team for the mission and head to the site of emergency. In this realistic mixture of simulation, management and RTS game you take part in exciting firefighting and rescue missions as the head of fire department" Samurai Gunn - $11.99 "Samurai Gunn is a lightning-fast Bushido brawler for two to four players. Each samurai is armed with a sword and gun, with only 3 bullets to a life. Discipline and quick reflexes are the key to deflecting bullets and sending your opponents“ heads rolling." Small World 2 - $11.99 "Based on the phenomenally successful Small World fantasy board game with over 500,000 copies sold! Take control of insanely fun fantasy race & special power combos, such as Berserk Halflings, Triton Merchants, Alchemist Ratmen and Dragon-master Amazons, to grab all the land you can." Spaceforce Constellations - $7.99 "An action-packed strategy game of galactic conquest! Welcome to a new experience in gameplay and battle your way through a series of devastating space feuds, for supremacy across the universe. Unleash your firepower and launch an arsenal of special attacks to destroy the enemy." Stick it to The Man - $8.99 "Meet Ray, he lives in a world where everything is made out of paper and stickers. One day he has an accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain. This gives him awesome powers and he can suddenly change the world around him by folding it, tearing it, pulling stickers off and sticking them elsewhere!" Tales of Maj'Eyal - $5.99 "Tales of Maj“Eyal is a roguelike RPG, featuring tactical turn-based combat and advanced character building. Play as one of many unique races and classes in the lore-filled world of Eyal, exploring random dungeons, facing challenging battles, and developing characters with your own tailored mix of abilities and powers." Teslagrad - $7.99 "A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries! Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower." Tiny Brains - $13.99 ""Tiny Brains" is a cooperative action puzzler that follows four super-powered lab animals in their attempt to escape a mad scientist's experiments. In this joyously chaotic multiplayer game, the four "Tiny Brains" must combine their unique physics-based powers to navigate through a trick-ridden maze." Velocity Ultra - $8.99 "Velocity®Ultra is an award-winning top down shooter that puts you in control of the galaxy“s only Quarp Jet, an advanced spacecraft with the ability to teleport at will. Tasked with rescuing survivors from a collapsed black hole, you“ll need to use both firepower and quick-wits to catapult the Quarp Jet through 50 levels of sci-fi action." Violett - $6.99 "Special gift for Steam buyers: Buy Violett and get the fantastic OST from the game for free. A set of catchy tunes will accompany you wherever you want. Set in a world full of wonders, quirks and things from beyond our reality, Violett is a remarkable adventure game that will push your brain to the limits and engross you completely." Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage - $1.99 "Tragedy! Santa; the toy giving folk-hero, and purveyor of fine Christmas goods, has had enough. Endless requests from greedy children wanting more and more every year, tax increases, pressure from elf unions, bills, reindeer!" Zigfrak - $2.49 "Zigfrak is a space-based action RPG, featuring missions, exploration, and crafting. With an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items, it's not a traditional space sim. Enemy ships explode like loot piñatas, spewing forth useful pickups." Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge - $9.99 "Choose your side in the epic war between two masterminds of Evil: apprentice-gone-rogue Orville Tycoon and his army of heavy-duty zombies, or his vengeance-thirsty mentor Professor Brainhov and his rioting mass of twitchy brain-munchers."
  3. Here's an unlikely but neat match for the latest Humble Weekly Sale: Atlus, Ace Team, and Tripwire Interactive. Of course, the games Atlus publishes on PC are typically very different from their console goodies. In any case, there are up to six games that can be purchased in the set. The first group costs a buck or more for the following: Dwarfs?! (Windows/Mac/Linux: Steam) Killing Floor (Windows/Mac/Linux: Steam) Zeno Clash (Windows: Steam) Zeno Clash II (Windows: Steam) $6 or more bucks unlocks two more titles: Rising Storm (Windows: Steam) Rock of Ages (Windows: Steam) This is a great batch of games if you don't have any yet, so I highly recommend digging in. Killing Floor and Rising Storm are both multiplayer-focused which makes them great choices for game nights with friends as well!
  4. Developer: Neko Entertainment Publisher: Ynnis Interactive Platform: Wii U, PC, 3DS, and iOS Release Date: November 21, 2013 ESRB: E for Everyone A Wii U downloadable code was provided by the publisher for this review I have a confession to make - before going into this game, I honestly had no clue what The Mysterious Cities of Gold was. And for those of you who don't know about this 1980s animated series, you might want to catch up if you plan on playing this game, as the story is a bit more confusing if you're new to it all. Nonetheless, there are plenty of other factors to this kickstarted game that you don“t really need to fully understand the story to enjoy it. But while The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths does have pleasing visuals, decent music, and a few tricky puzzles, is it really worth it? The game follows Esteban, Zia, and Tao – three children who have some connection with the Cities of Gold – and the (adult) navigator Mendoza. Though to put it bluntly, the story itself is pretty uninteresting. At least as told by the game. As I stated earlier, The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths is based on an animated series from the 80s. Or should I say, it's the video game adaptation of its second season. The original anime series had only lasted a single season before concluding, with its revival finally happening after about 30 years. And while the footage I“ve seen of both the original first season and the newer second season make the show look awesome, the game simply doesn“t do it justice. One reason I found the story so disappointing is due to the game being severely rushed. Each 30-seconds-or-less cutscene has a billion things happening and it gets to the point where you wonder what the hell is even going on. One thing happens in five seconds, and before you know it, the story just jumps ahead to what may very well be a few episodes later in the show, and then it jumps again in another five seconds. They rush through the story too fast in order to get to the levels, which might not sound like a big problem considering this is a game, but it often feels like the cutscenes should have just been left out. Another reason, albeit a small one, are the minor characters. Characters are randomly introduced before they just disappear. Perhaps the cartoon gives these characters a bigger, more on-screen role, but they seem to matter very little in the game itself aside from merely helping the main characters out with something in order for them to continue their journey. This may be linked with my previous criticism about the game rushing through the story, as these characters might have an episode or two dedicated to them for all I know. The voice acting is pretty laughable in this game - the English voice acting, at least. Other languages could have it much better for all I know, but in the language I speak, the voice acting hurts my ears and soul. The music is good, though, with some pretty nice Chinese-style ambiance during levels, but nothing really stands out too much aside from the opening theme song, which is the very same one from back in the 80s with a Chinese spin on it. Not that that“s a bad thing, as that song is actually kinda catchy. As far as the gameplay goes, it can be fun. There's indeed some level of challenge, which rises as the game progresses, yet it still never becomes all that challenging. The puzzles are sometimes pretty creative, with each of the three playable characters (seriously, Mendoza, why don“t you ever help them?) having their own unique abilities, although they can typically be solved without a whole lot of brain power. There are also enemies you have to sneak around, but it's damn near impossible to get caught by them. You could literally be seen by several enemies at once, hide in a barrel, and then it's like you were never there. Guard 1: "Hey, I just saw some kid jump into that barrel, and now they're suddenly gone! I also heard a parrot screaming, but the sound mysteriously disappeared!" Guard 2: "What? Well, I don't see them, so just turn back around and stare at that wall for a few seconds before turning around again. At the same time as me, of course." Seriously, these lousy enemies don't feel like a threat at all. Especially since, once caught, they put you back merely a few seconds before the capture. The only real challenge here is if you're a completionist, as there are certain objectives to fulfill in order to 100% a level - one for keeping from getting captured a certain number of times, one for clearing the level under a certain time limit, one for collecting all the scrolls scattered throughout the level, and one for finding the secret chest in that level. There are two different ways to play this game, for the Wii U version at least. One way is to go the point-and-click route and use the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen to tap where you want the characters to move after tapping their icons to switch between them. The other way is to use the ol“ stick-and-buttons layout to control each character. Both ways are fine, but the latter control scheme is a little flawed, as moving a character along certain paths seem to be really clunky, with the characters themselves moving strangely as if confused. The art is probably the game's strongest point, with its cartoony nature being quite pleasing to the eyes. In addition, the cut-scenes look nice, as are the assets used during actual levels. They seem to have taken the art style of the first season back in the 80s and updated it for modern times without changing it a whole lot. Though from what I understand, the cutscenes in the game are simply clips from the show's second season (although maybe jumping ahead in the story a bit too quickly). The art in each level is exclusive to the game, though, and it still looks nice. Oh, and by the way, lemme take a moment and point out that THEY CUT THE GAME SHORT UNTIL THE ENTIRE SHOW IS DONE AIRING! Now, I'm not about to factor that silly decision into my score, as it has less to do with the quality of the game itself and more to do with them not wanting the last third of the story told before the show told it (maybe), but if you don't like getting incomplete games, feel free to subtract a point for that. Although I will have to cut the score down a tiny bit due to the bugs this game has, such as one that causes the camera to jump to a completely random part of the level on its way to show you what a switch does, and another that causes a character to just run through walls. I guess there were certain kinks the developers failed to work out, though thankfully not a whole lot. The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths isn“t a terrible game, but it“s not that great, either. It“s just pretty average. It has its good points, such as some pretty good music, cartoony visuals that are pleasing to the eyes, and puzzles that can be pretty tricky at times. However, its bad points weigh it down. With a poor way of telling a possibly great story, bad voice acting, lack of challenge, and some various bugs and control issues, Secret Paths is really just a game for fans of the series and kids just now getting into it with its revival, rather than gamers looking for a quality experience. Pros: + Nice, cartoony visuals that are pleasing to the eyes + A pretty good soundtrack that matches the game's mood + Puzzles can be fun and tricky at times Cons: - A potentially great story told pitifully - Laughable voice acting - Lack of any real challenge - A few noticeable bugs and control issues Overall Score: 5.5 (out of 10) Average While not a terrible game, The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths isn't that great, either. It may have its good points, but the bad points weigh the experience down.
  5. Jordan Haygood


    From the album: Jordan's Review Images - Part II

    © Neko Entertainment, Ynnis Interactive

  6. Jordan Haygood

    Guards All Around

    From the album: Jordan's Review Images - Part II

    © Neko Entertainment, Ynnis Interactive

  7. Jordan Haygood

    Dragon Statues

    From the album: Jordan's Review Images - Part II

    © Neko Entertainment, Ynnis Interactive

  8. Jordan Haygood

    A Dragon On The Wall

    From the album: Jordan's Review Images - Part II

    © Neko Entertainment, Ynnis Interactive

  9. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for December 9-15

    Although the latest Steam sale ended recently, we're heading right toward the more infamous Winter Sale. If you don't want to stock up money in preparation than maybe some of this week's deals will be worth digging into. There are a handful of packs available this time, which is always neat. The Weeklong Deals are as follows: Arcania + Gothic Pack - $12.49 AquaNox + AquaNox 2 - $1.99 Arena Wars 2 - $0.99 Chaser - $1.24 Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior Bundle - $3.74 FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage - $4.99 Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction - $7.49 The Guild II Collection - $4.99 Hacker Evolution: Untold - $2.00 Naval Warfare - $0.99 The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief - $12.49 Retrovirus - $4.99 Two Worlds Collection - $9.99 If you need a suggestion, then The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief might be worth looking into. The three part adventure game is probably most worth it at the current price. Of course, you can't go wrong with Duke Nukem 3D either. Do you have suggestions on this week's sales? Share them in the comments!
  10. Marcus Estrada

    Tiny Brains Screenshot 3

    From the album: Review Images

  11. Marcus Estrada

    Tiny Brains Screenshot 2

    From the album: Review Images

  12. Marcus Estrada

    Tiny Brains Screenshot 1

    From the album: Review Images

  13. gaiages

    Final Fantasy VIII Now Available on Steam

    Earlier this year, we saw Final Fantasy VII, seen by many fans as the best Final Fantasy game, hit Steam for the decent price of $11.99. Today, we see the next Final Fantasy game in line, and second of the PlayStation entries, follow suit and also join Steam's massive digital store. As of today, Final Fantasy VIII will now be available on Steam for $11.99. It's important to note, though, that this is more than a simple port of the PS1 classic: Steam achievements have been added for those that yearn for them, and a couple other interesting features have been put into this PC release. First, there's the Magic Booster. Used in the game's launcher, you use it to increase the following spells to a max of 100: Cure, Cura, Curaga, Fire, Fira, Blizzard, Blizzara, Thunder, Thundara, Sleep, Blind, Silence, Berserk, Bio, Esuna, Aero, Confuse, Break, and Zombie. For those that have never played Final Fantasy VIII, drawing magic from enemies and draw points is an important aspect of the game, and 'junctioning' said magic to characters auguments their stats (since leveling up in general does not). The Magic Booster might seem like a game breaker keeping that in mind, but the feature does not include the most powerful spells; therefore, it is mainly used to cut down on grinding and to give a bit oa an early game advantage. Second is the inclusion of Chocobo World. Chocobo World was originally a PocketStation game, a small companion add-on to the PlayStation that was not released outside of Japan (think much like DreamCast memory card, without the storage capibilities). In Chocobo World, you control Boko the Chocobo in a simple game to find MiniMog, and obtained items along the way that you could transfer back to Final Fantasy VIII, including some rare exclusive items. Chocobo World is by no means required to enjoy Final Fantasy VIII, but it is a nice touch. Will you be picking up Final Fantasy VIII on Steam?
  14. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Greenlight Crowns Another Hundred Titles

    For most of Steam Greenlight's existence, it has been a painfully slow process for developers to see their games climb the ranks of popularity. Over the past few months though we've seen Valve continually select hundreds of games at a time to be greenlit. It has happened again! Now with 100 more titles successfully through Greenlight we will continue to see them flood into the market over the following months. Since there is such a large amount, only some notable ones will be listed. 99 Levels to Hell Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender Driftmoon Frogatto & Friends Narcissu 1st & 2nd Out There Somewhere Potatoman Seeks the Troof Stasis TowerClimb Wyv and Keep Buried among some of the cooler titles are others that are complete but not quite ready for primetime. I'm not naming anything in particular, but exercise caution when buying anything off Steam, Greenlight (and Early Access) or not!
  15. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Autumn Sale 2013 is Live

    It's almost Thanksgiving (and by effect, Black Friday) which means you probably don't have much extra money to spend after accounting for that stuff. But what if you do? Or what if you just have a need to purchase every great deal ever? The Steam Autumn Sale is here to help! It is live from now until December 3rd and will include Daily Deals as well as Flash Sales. Of course, many games not displayed on the front page are also on sale. Here are today's Daily Deals: Antichamber - $4.99 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - $7.49 Left 4 Dead 2 - $4.99 Outlast - $6.79 Prison Architect - $14.99 Rogue Legacy - $5.09 Sleeping Dogs - $4.99 Terraria - $2.49 The Walking Dead - $6.24 The first Flash Sales include Castle Story, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Hammerwatch, and Space Hulk. Those change out every eight hours. So, do any of these current deals look appealing? What are the best sales you've seen so far (by checking your wishlist or by browsing the store)?
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  17. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Final Exam

    Developer: Mighty Rocket Studio Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Platform: PC (Steam), PS3, Xbox 360 Release Date: November 5, 2013 ESRB: T for Teen This review is based on the PC version of the game A download code was provided by the publisher for this review Have you ever heard of a, well, obscure series by the name of ObsCure? Revolving around horrors tormenting a cast of teenagers, the series was always a bit more ham-fisted than frightening. All the same, it drew in a following. This collective audience was pretty mad when Final Exam was revealed. At the time, it was being specifically titled as the next ObsCure game and was no longer a survival horror title. Instead, it was a beat ”em up! As such, the name was changed and development continued in this direction. Now that Final Exam is out we can see just how it stacks up. It all begins with a group of characters who are on their way to a high school reunion. Instead of showing up and finding all their old friends, they“re greeted by green oozing and bubbling monsters instead. Players assume the role of one of the high school stereotype characters (jock, nerd, etc) and set forth destroying all the baddies in their path. To what ends? Well, the story isn“t very in depth, but there is a reason to it all revealed in the last few chapters. The real meat of Final Exam comes in the beat ”em up gameplay. In either single player, local multiplayer, or online multiplayer, you“ll be fighting copious amounts of enemies. However, it“s not your typical beat ”em up. Each stage has a series of missions that must be completed. Sometimes this requires breaking specific objects while others task you with moving items to a different area. Regardless of what you“re tasked with, there will be multitudes of enemies regularly swarming around to slow the pace. This is the main reason that playing the game alone is not suggested. Unless you“ve already beaten it and leveled all up, there“s a lot of effort exerted to kill even average enemies. Each can take a tremendous beatdown before giving up and there always seem to be more monsters ready to arrive. Having two to four partners in game makes completing missions far more manageable. Instead of doing tasks and stopping periodically to fight, you can switch off between who gets monster duty. Fighting continuously is a pretty dull task which makes Final Exam“s implementation of character upgrades and skills worthwhile. At the end of each mission, players gain points that they can use to spend on upgrading traits or unlocking new abilities. These special skills require the related bar to be filled during play, but the meter fills up pretty quickly. Once some new specials and skills have been unlocked, it makes containing enemy swarms a bit more manageable. Just a bit, though, as monsters still soak up a lot of hits. So, get used to their presence. For being a beat ”em up, you would expect Final Exam to have a variety of enemies to encounter. Unfortunately, there are about five in all, with them mostly being split into the camp of neon green bipeds or quadrupeds. There is one main boss type who is encountered at multiple junctions but that“s all. This sad shame in variety of creature types is really weird. They“re not zombies, after all, so why aren“t there more distinct creatures to encounter? The more you play, the easier it is to realize its shortcomings. While the game has lovely graphics, different specials for each character, a couple weapon types, and a full range of multiplayer options, the gameplay itself just isn“t that compelling. It might be fun to run through once with a group of friends, but that takes 2-4 hours. After that, there“s little reason to return to Final Exam. Pros: + Co-op modes (local and online) work flawlessly and there are many people playing + Interesting cartoon aesthetic gives game distinct look + Missions change up gameplay Cons: - Fighting enemies is dull until you“ve unlocked a host of abilities (and even then…) - Monsters are sponges for damage and are always arriving at the most inopportune times - Lack of compelling reasons to replay Overall Score: 5.0 (out of 10) Average Final Exam should have studied the beat ”em up genre further to craft a more engaging experience.
  18. Did you know the Steam Store has over 2,000 games available on it? Thanks to the ever-increasing amount of titles being published on the service, it won't be long before there are zillions of titles. This week saw over a dozen game releases, with some being classic and others being new. Let's take a look! 9:03m - $1.99 "9.03m, is a short, first person, art/empathy game for PC. Not a game in the traditional sense of the word; it aims to humanise, and remember the victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The media is quick to put figures to death tolls in such disasters, and 9.03m tries to remind people of the individuals behind those figures. 9." Adventure Time: Explore hte Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! - $39.99 "Princess Bubblegum summons Finn and Jake to the Candy Kingdom to investigate a rash of thefts and kidnappings that have plagued her kingdom. She thinks the cause lies within her Secret Royal Dungeon, where only the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. If they“ve found a way to escape, the Land of Ooo will be in danger!" Ashes Cricket 2013 - $20.99 "THE RIVALRY RETURNS! Ashes Cricket 2013 brings a brand new authentic gaming experience to Cricket fans. Celebrating the most intense and long standing international Test rivalry. - Brand new engine - Totally realistic gameplay - Changing pitch conditions - All new batting, bowling and fielding controls ." Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - $59.99 "The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness and cruelty are commonplace. Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway." Barbie Dreamhouse Party - $29.99 "Time to Party! After Raquelle accidentally switches the helpful house butler "Closet" to "Party Game" mode, Barbie and her friends must party and play their way through the Dreamhouse to switch Closet back to "Normal" mode." Beast Boxing Turbo - $4.99 "An artfully designed first-person boxing game with freestyle arcade action in which you punch a turkey in the face. Beast Boxing Turbo is a challenging first-person boxing game with fast-paced freestyle boxing action. You play a secret human boxer in a beastly world. She's outmuscled, undersized, and in way over her head." Bloody Trapland - $7.99 "Bloody Trapland is a fast-paced multiplayer platformer where the levels are filled with dozens of dangerous traps and tricky jumps that stand in your way! Play co-op with your friends or take on the challenges on your own. With support for up to 4 players at once, local and/or online. 100+ levels. 1-4 Players." Bridge It Plus - $11.99 "Bridge It is about building a bridge that doesn't break, although watching your bridge creation break and plunge a train into the watery depths below can be half the fun. Set in the picturesque surroundings of sparse deserts and dense forests it is your task to strategically design and construct an engineering masterpiece." Bus-Simulator 2012 - $9.99 "Catch the bus and let it take you to a detailed, virtual world. Are you ready to explore a picturesque German city behind the wheel of a realistically modeled, freely accessible bus? Then take a look at “Bus Simulator 2012” by the well-known developer studio TML! Every technical detail of the original bus has been reproduced true-to-live." Carnage Racing - $8.99 "Strap in, gun your engine and go full throttle into the most turbocharged, hi-octane combat racing game to hit Steam. From the developers behind the epic Midnight Club series, Carnage Racing combines seat-of-the-pants driving, tricks and stunts with explosive vehicle combat in a no-holds-barred race for the chequered flag." Dead Sky - $9.99 "Dead Sky takes place admist the chaos of a mysterious outbreak where you will fight tooth-and-nail through hordes of undead creatures in order to escape the epidemic and survive. At its core, Dead Sky is an action-packed survival shooter that ties in several strategic tower defense elements." Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive - $3.74 ""Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive" is the first strategy game ever to combine a movie-based and story-driven atmosphere of an adventure game with the intellectual challenge of a real time tactic game. In this western-style title, discover a game of strategy and tactics played out in exceptional real time." Eryi's Action - $3.99 "One fine day, Eryi went to eat the melon that she had been SO looking forward to... but it was nowhere to be found! Then she noticed a note on the table. She picked it up and read: "Your melon looked delicious, so I took it. From Farta X" Fuming with rage, Eryi set out from her house to get her melon back from Farta." Gimbal - $10.04 "Gimbal is the multiplayer shooter with buildable vehicles. Craft the perfect ship, and then take to the skies with other pilots in real time combat. Cap flags, race ships, and blow each other up in a social multiplayer environment. Gimbal is the shooter you've been waiting for." The Last Express Gold Edition - $5.24 "Step aboard the 1914 Orient Express in this award-winning mystery adventure from Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner. Described as one of the best adventure games of all time, The Last Express is an intrigue-filled adventure set aboard the luxurious Orient Express." Montague's Mount - $7.49 "Montague's Mount is disturbing psychological thriller set in the bleakness of an abandoned Irish island, featuring exploration and challenging puzzle solving. This game is part one of a two part story, some questions are left unanswered and open to interpretation." Mutant Mudds Deluxe - $8.99 "Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you“ve come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a “12-bit” action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun!" The Mysterious Cities of Gold - $11.24 "Play Esteban, Zia and Tao through numerous tricky levels full of puzzles, traps and infiltration phases in a wide variety of diverse gorgeous settings. Explore every nook and cranny of China, and escape Zarès“ hostile men, searching for the local City of Gold." Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages - $8.99 "Ring Runner combines the fast-paced action of space combat with the rich story and skill variety of an RPG. Trek across the universe in a 30 hour long story-driven campaign based on a companion Sci Fi novel, or challenge 6 scenarios alone, cooperatively, or competitively through local or online multiplayer." The Shivah - $4.99 "Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time." Signal Ops - $11.99 "Greetings Officer-Cadet o249, Are you ready to be put to the test? If deemed worthy, you will be assigned as an officer in the shadowy halls of Facility 7C. You will remotely lead a squad of operatives on daring espionage missions to plant evidence, steal secrets, assassinate targets, and perform sabotage for the glory of the Dark Father." Tank Operations: European Campaign - $9.74 "Tank Operations: European Campaign is a turn-based, tactical wargame featuring a dozen nail-biting historical scenarios set on the diverse battlefields of World War II. With more than 50 faithfully-rendered, authentic military combat units, along with sabotage options and the need to manage your supply chain" World Basketball Tycoon - $8.49 "WBM Tycoon is a fresh look in sports strategy games that combines the classic manager game with the financial management and development of a Tycoon type game. As the Club Owner you must generate (or loan) the necessary funds in order to expand the club's facilities, raise the financial level and improve the team's roster." Young Justice: Legacy - $29.99 "One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die. Experience Young Justice like never before. The creative forces behind the smash hit TV series have joined forces with Little Orbit to bring the ultimate in fan service – an interactive bridge for Seasons 1 & 2."
  19. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for November 18-25

    Did you know that a Steam holiday sale is probably right around the corner? If you've been using the service for any length of time then you're probably acutely aware of this fact. In any case, the Weeklong deals are still trucking along for those who need to spend money now. These are your multitude of deals for the week: Aura: Fate of the Ages - $1.24 Deep Black: Reloaded - $7.49 Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers - $2.49 Hexoidus - $4.99 Jade Empire: Special Edition - $3.75 Post Apocalyptic Mayhem - $2.49 Prime World: Defenders - $5.09 Razor2: Hidden Skies - $2.49 Star Wolves 3: Civil War - $4.99 Storm: Frontline Nation - $1.99 World of Zoo - $3.74 You Don't Know Jack - $4.99 Unfortunately, there aren't as many titles on sale this week as last week. This probably has to do with the upcoming larger sale. There are still some nice discounts such as Jade Empire: Special Edition and You Don't Know Jack. Are you interested in picking up games on sale right now or are you waiting for a bigger Steam sale?
  20. http://www.gamepedia.com/login?returnUrl=%252fbetas%252fwindborne-preview-key-giveaway Instructions 1) Log in to your Curse.com account 2) Click the "Get my Code Now!" Button 3) Redeem code through Steam to download the preview! 4) Play and Enjoy! Just a quick info - the game will work onlty for a certain period of time and will be deleted from your Steam account after that.
  21. Marcus Estrada

    Greenlight Adds 40 More Titles

    Yup, right on the heels of some 100 new Greenlight successes come more games. Valve announced that forty more titles (most of which are video games) have made it through the process and will arrive on Steam in the coming weeks and months. A great deal of genres are covered and a refreshing amount of lesser-known titles have been selected. Here is the complete list, which is also available on Steam: 9.03m Black Gold Online Bollywood Wannabe Bot Colony C-RUSH Castles in the Darkness Chuck's Challenge 3D Clang Crimsonland The Dark Phantom Death Road Freedom Fall Grimind Gunman Clive Harvest Hypovolemia Kopatel Online NaissanceE Liege Little Racers STREET Lords of DIscord Lords of Xulima Ludwig MechKnight Chronicles: Knightfall Motor Rock ORBITOR Paradise Lost: First Contact Pixel Boy - Ratz Instagib - Smooth Operators Sokobond Stick 'Em Up 2 Super Chain Crusher Horizon The Tale of ALLTYNEX Toki Remake Undead Overlord Wheels of Destruction Wilson Chronicles It's a good thing all these Greenlight games don't come out at once or the Steam Store would be absolutely swamped with dozens of new games. Are there any games on Greenlight that you're rooting for? Feel free to link them in the comments so maybe they'll be part of the next batch!
  22. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for November 11-17

    So maybe we already know when the next big Steam sales are... What if you really want to spend money now? As usual, Valve has all you high-rolling types taken care of with their latest batch of weekly sales. There's an interesting focus on strategy and simulation titles this time around. Here are the recent discounts: A Valley Without Wind 1 and 2 Dual Pack - $3.74 Anodyne - $3.40 Archeblade: Early Access Basic Pack - $7.99 Archeblade Early Access Premium Pack - $19.99 Arena Wars 2 - $1.99 Complete Naval Combat Pack - $7.49 Dangerous Waters - $3.74 Frontlines: Fuel of War - $4.99 Gunpoint - $4.99 The Ironclads Collection - $12.48 Iron Warriors: T - 72 Tank Command - $1.24 Lunar Flight - $4.99 Making History: The Calm & the Storm - $1.24 Naval Warfare - $0.99 Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure - $1.24 Shelter - $4.99 Spectraball - $3.34 Theatre of War Collection - $12.49 Timelines: Assault on America - $11.99 Those who have not managed to snag Gunpoint as of yet now have the perfect opportunity to do so. If you're looking for other indie titles to try out, Anodyne and Shelter might be more up your alley. Are there any titles on sale this week that you would recommend others check out?
  23. Steam Early Access can be a wonderful thing for developers: Excited gamers can play their titles early, while providing valuable feedback to developers about their game. In addition, developers can accrue some much needed funds to help complete their project, helping smaller developers with the push they need to finish their game. Early Access games, when released, would always appear under the 'New Releases' tab alongside completed games, giving them plenty of visibility in the marketplace... until recently. Gamasutra reports that these Early Access games are no longer appearing in the 'New Releases' tab. Gamasutra cites two Early Access games released on November 8th, Project Zomboid and Assetto Corsa, were in the 'New Releases' tab momentarily before being removed from the area. Early Access titles that were released before that date, however, are still in the 'New Releases' tab. No one is yet sure of the sudden change, but many think that the games happened to be released on the same day as Valve may have changed their policies regarding the Early Access games. Valve has yet to make any announcements on this possible change, but if this was intentional Valve's reasoning for the change likely has to do with the amount of Early Access games in the tab beginning to drown out the actual, completed new games that also are featured. We'll keep you informed as new details arise. Do you think Early Access games should be featured in the New Releases section of the marketplace? Why or why not?