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  1. As the title says, yeah, expect savings of up to 25-85% off on Devolver Digital titles on Steam this weekend. For those of you waiting on those Hotline Miami and Serious Sam sales, now's your chance.
  2. Everyone loves the Steam Sales--those multiple times a year where a huge collection of games are heavily discounted. Many users try to guess the dates of the next big sale... but for this year's Holiday sale, it looks like we won't have to guess. A leaked e-mail originally posted on Reddit reveals the dates for both the Steam Autumn Sale and the Steam Holiday sale. The Autumn sale will allegedly run from November 27th to December 3rd, while the Holiday Sale will run for a longer period of time, from December 19th to January 2nd. You can see a picture of the e-mail below: Also, a GameTrailers staff member confirmed on these dates on Twitter (more so in the responses than the actual Tweet). Of course, these may still be fake, but it might be best to mark your calendars regardless! Source What games do you want Valve to put on sale for their big sales?
  3. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for November 4-11

    Chances are, if you took a look at the Steam Halloween Sale that you're probably lacking in funds at the moment. But Steam is never one to be deal-free so their latest batch of weekly titles has gone on sale! This time we've got a lot of titles from publisher Strategy First, although there are other games offered as well. Here are the goods: Alien Rage - Unlimited - $13.39 Ankh 2: Heart of Osiris - $1.24 Ankh 3: Battle of the Gods - $2.49 Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians - $7.49 The Bridge - $4.50 (Review) Contraption Maker - $4.99 Jack Keane - $2.49 Men of War - $3.74 Men of War: Assault Squad - $7.49 Metal Drift - $3.40 Mini Motor Racing EVO - $2.49 MirrorMoon EP - $6.69 Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe - $3.99 Toki Tori 2+ - $7.49 Waking Mars - $2.50 (Review) There are definitely some worthwhile games to grab this week. If you're looking for suggestions, the likes of MirrorMoon EP, Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe, and Waking Mars all offer fun and unique gameplay. Of course, if you have opinions about any of these titles and want to sway/warn people about them then let us know in the comments!
  4. Marcus Estrada

    Humble Weekly Sale: Team 17

    If you've been a longtime PC player then you've probably heard of Team 17 before. If not, chances are that a Worms series game has passed by your radar at some point. Whatever your knowledge of the developer, they've been selected as the latest Humble Weekly Sale contributors. With this set you can grab from six to ten games. Paying at least one buck grants users the following titles: Superfrog HD Worms Armageddon Worms Blast Worms Crazy Golf Worms Pinball Worms Ultimate Mayhem Spending over $6 unlocks the following: Alien Breed: Impact Alien Breed 2: Assault Alien Breed 3: Descent Worms Revolution Gold Worms, Worms, and more Worms! And thankfully this pack includes the likes of Pinball to help keep it from being too same-y. All titles are available via Steam only, which is why you have to pay at least a dollar minimum. All purchases also grant soundtracks from a handful of these games.
  5. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Halloween Sale is Bursting with Goodies

    With this being the week of Halloween it only makes sense that a huge digital distributor like Steam would love to host a sale capitalizing on the holiday. That's just what they done with their Halloween Sale 2013. In this sale there are tons of scary or horror-themed games available at varying discounts. Here is a small sampling of notable titles: The 7th Guest - $5.99 Anna - Extended Edition - $4.99 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition - $14.99 Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves - $5.09 Scratches Director's Cut - $2.49 The Typing of the Dead: Overkill - $9.99 The Walking Dead - $6.24 There are many, many more games also available. Most of them at least have something to do with horror but a few just seem to be thrown into the sale for fun. In any case, there's a good mix of indie and well-known titles to choose from. Hopefully you find one you've been waiting for!
  6. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Greenlights Another 100 Titles

    The first time Steam Greenlit 100 games in one go was pretty shocking. Before that, they'd only really done so with smaller bunches. However, we do know that at some point Valve would love to grant developers even easier access to their storefront. Perhaps this means we'll be seeing even more massive game batches in the future. Here are all the latest Greenlight successes: 12TailsOnline 3079 - An Action RPG 99 Spirits A Mass of Dead A.N.N.E. After Reset RPG Ballpoint Universe: Infinite Battle Fortress Tortoise Beast Boxing Turbo Cannons Lasers Rockets Cardinal Quest II Castaway Paradise Cloudbuilt Colonies Online Cornerstone, The Song of Tyrim Dead Sky Deadly 30 Doctor Who: The Adventure Game Drifter Enamel Epic Battle Fantasy 4 Eryi's Action (Review) The Escapists Eschalon: Book III Estranged: Act I Everworld Island Fading Hearts Festival of Magic Finding Teddy Fistful of Frags Flowstorm Frozen Hearth GoD Factory: Wingmen Half-Life: Before Hero of the Kingdom Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead I Shall Remain iRacing.com Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery (Review) Jets'n'Guns Last Knight Loren the Amazon Princess Lost Saga Luminesca Magicite The Mandate Mines of Mars Molten Sky Montas Nightrealm Tales Nimble Quest OddPlanet Oozi: Earth Adventure (Review) Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion Paper Monsters Parallax Particulars Pirate Galaxy Private Infiltrator Probability 0 Pulse Purge Race to Mars The Real Texas The Red Solstice Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Risk of Rain Rogue's Tale Rollers of the Realm Savant - Ascent Science Girls Shaun the Sheep - Home Sheep Home 2 Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe The Somme Spintires Sub Rosa Suguri Collection Survivor Squad Tales of Maj'Eyal Tower of Guns Trash TV Two Brothers Vanguard Princess Void Destroyer Will to Survive Wings of Vi Worlds of Magic World Shift XING: The Land Beyond Xsyon: Prelude The Yawhg (Review) You are Not the Hero Zigfrak Zombeer Platformines There were also a couple non-game software additions as well. In any case, this set in particular features a great deal of genres from well known as well as less known developers. In particular, Winter Wolves and Hanako Games (best known for visual novels) have both seen some of their titles make it through.
  7. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for October 28 to November 4th

    How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you go out in costume, party, or play scary video games? If the latter is the case, then unfortunately Steam's latest Weeklong Deals won't fulfill that need (although a themed sale is probably going to crop up on the actual holiday). Check out the list of available titles and feel free to leave a comment on which are worth playing/avoiding. Here are the currently discounted games: Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge - $0.50 Death Rally - $2.50 Droplitz - $2.49 Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes - $3.99 (Review) Ghost Master - $1.24 God Mode - $4.99 Go Home Dinosaurs! - $2.50 Guncraft - $7.49 King's Bounty: Platinum Edition - $8.74 King's Bounty: Warriors of the North - $7.49 Rock of Ages - $4.99 Slam Bolt Scrappers - $2.50 Zombie Pirates - $3.74 Okay, well maybe Bad Rats could be considered a "scary" game, but not in the expected way... Beyond that, the PlayClaw 5 video capture software is also available at $24.99. Keep an eye out for more Steam deals as the week progresses!
  8. Harrison Lee

    Review: Payday 2

    Developer: Overkill Games Publisher: 505 Games Platforms: PS3, PC, XBOX 360 Release Date: 08/13/12 Rating: M for Mature This review is based on the PC version of the game Masks on. Guns drawn. Imposing in my olive drab bullet-proof armor, I shout a civilian to his knees and zip-tie him. Three others clad in similar gear do the same, quickly clearing out the lobby of the local bank. I help in securing some of the windows with wooden planks. One of us four Robin Hoods sets the thermal drill to work on the bank's vault. And then the alarm trips. Ten minutes later I'm running out of ammo and heaving a bag full of gold. Bullets are slamming me from all directions. I toss the bag into the getaway van and barely escape with two guys. The last dude goes down in the street but we have to leave him, cutting down our take. Oops. Welcome to the controlled criminal chaos that is Payday 2. As you might have guessed from the title, Payday 2 is all about doing dirty work to get paid big bucks. Jobs can range from small jewelry store heists to multi-day arms thefts and painting set-ups. There are numerous options for every mission, including increased difficulties and the Overkill missions, which can only be attempted once. Fail any single day of the Overkill set and you forfeit experience and the titular Payday. Mission variety is a little lacking at the moment. There are roughly 8 or 10 separate events, though they repeat frequently and rarely feature major randomized changes. A camera or guard might be in a different spot but this barely changes the experience. Thankfully, the developers at Overkill have promised free and paid expansions to get more mileage out of the experience. I really hope the new content arrives soon as the current rotation of maps and missions does get tiresome. That said, I've already invested about 40 hours or so until the main game. That might tell you something about how much fun I've had robbing banks and cooking meth. Very few jobs in Payday 2 can be done on your own. For that, you need a dependable crew that constantly communicates and moves as one entity. Short of a miracle, you'll never find a group that can pull off a heist without detection. Inevitably, a civilian outside of a heist site will see a body or someone will call the cops. Fortunately, the four robbers are armed to the teeth. Each player can spend his or her take on new weapons and gun parts, crafting the choice firearm. Unfortunately, ammo is a rarity during jobs so it's important to place shots carefully. Wasting a single bullet can leave you desperate when the Bulldozers and Taser cops flood in. Payday 2 also has a progression system with perks stretched across four major trees. Prefer stealth over combat? Go with the Ghost tree. Like swaying enemy cops to your cause? Level up with Mastermind. Ultimately, I found a combo of the Ghost and Technician trees to be most useful, but it's all about your crew set-up and your own personal play-style. Some trees will offer special equipment like turrets and door-busting C4. Having players with a special set of equipment can make life convenient when heavily-armored cops approach or a vault has a hidden inner door. Speaking of police, it's important to note that there are multiple cop types, each with their own abilities and nuances. Bulldozers are the nastiest of the bunch, dressed in bulletproof suits and face shields. SWAT officers are weak but pack a considerable punch in groups. Payday 2 will kill you in whatever way it can, throwing droves of heavily armored and accurate foes at you. It's important to balance your need for speed with the need for protection with body armor, lest a bullet cut you down. Enemies will take downed players into custody, though the aforementioned zip-tied hostages can be exchanged during breaks in cop waves. Trying to play Payday 2 without human players is futile. You only get two AI partners, neither of whom carry upgraded gear or can pick up mission-critical items. They serve as decent meatshields and that's it. Play online if you don't want to beat your head against a wall. Besides, it's far more enjoyable when you can communicate and alert team-mates to impending dangers and changes in the mission. As you might expect from a $30-MSRP title, Payday 2 isn't a technical stunner. The visuals, while improved over the original title, aren't terribly beautiful. The effects are also decent at best and inoffensive at worst. It's a clean-looking game, which is useful when you need to focus your attention on enemies. The audio is great and has a pulsing electronic soundtrack. The voice-overs are also better than the average phoned-in performance. Again, it's not going to win Oscars but Payday 2 gets the job done. Unfortunately, Payday 2 isn't the most bug-free of titles. The UI is also a bit of a mess, making it increasingly aggravating to find jobs you want. Missions only pop up on a timed refresh, meaning you have to wait until it disappears for a new job to pop in. Even then, there's no guarantee you'll get the precise mission you want in a timely fashion. If the UI were a tad cleaner and the frustrating bugs ironed out, Payday 2 would be a marvelous experience. That said, Overkill has already shown fantastic dedication to hot fixes and re-balancing patches. Community is at the heart of this game and community feedback helps to drive the patch fixes. Despite the UI, bugs and lack of technical achievement, Payday 2 is an absolute must-buy if you're an action junky. It's a game of manic chaos and adrenaline-pumping heists, channeling the inner criminal fantasy. While the mission selection is currently slim, the promised DLC and character customization/progression options more than justify the current price. Payday 2 offers a lot of bang for your buck and will command a lot of your time. Take a bite of the poisoned apple and do yourself a favor - buy Payday 2. Pros: + Great combat + Fun and diverse missions + Character progression + Lots of weapon customization options Cons: - Not enough missions - The UI is messy - A bit buggy from time to time Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) Great Payday 2 is that game, the one that will suck you dry if you get hooked. It's thrilling, addicting and a steal if you take the plunge on this heist.
  9. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for October 21-28

    If you felt last week's Steam deals were a little bit lacking (and they kind of were) then this week might surprise you. There's a whole bunch of stuff on sale for the week, including multiple series bundles. Everything is at least discounted by 50%, but the majority of titles reach 75% off! Here are the newest Weeklong Deals: AI War Collection - $4.24 Arena Wars 2 - $2.49 Clickr - $2.99 Crazy Machines - $3.39 Crazy Machines 2 - $6.79 The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav - $6.79 Death to Spies: Gold - $6.24 Fantasy Wars - $3.74 Ittle Dew - $6.99 (Review) Jack Keane 2 - The Fire Within - $12.00 Primal Carnage - $7.49 Reign: Conflict of Nations - $4.99 Rochard - $1.99 Serious Sam Double D XXL - $2.50 Space Empires IV and V Pack - $4.99 Spellforce Complete - $12.49 Stealth Bastard Deluxe - $3.00 Storm: Frontline Nation - $2.49 Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends - $5.00 Zack Zero - $2.49 (Review) Zeno Clash 2 - $9.99 Of the list, there are definitely some cheap games worth owning - if you don't already. Rochard is still tons of fun, as is Stealth Bastard Deluxe. Oh, and Ittle Dew too if you're into a short, cute Zelda-like adventure. Of course, Zeno Clash 2 has its fans although you might want to play the original first. Are there any games from the list you'd recommend?
  10. Marcus Estrada

    On Steam This Week: The Stanley Parable and Others

    It looks like Steam releases are going to continue pumping out at a breakneck pace for some time to come. This week saw the release of almost thirty games on the service (that are not Early Access). Some are old titles being brought back to sale on the digital storefront while others are brand new titles. As with before, there are just too many games to write about specifically. Instead, the titles will be listed along with their price, official synopsis, and a link. 140 - $3.99 "140 is a challenging minimalistic platformer with abstract colorful graphics. Rhythmic awareness is required to overcome obstacles controlled by an energetic, yet melancholic electronic soundtrack." Anachronox - $6.99 "Join Sylvester "Sly" Boots and Stiletto Anyway as they trek across six bizarre planets investigating a galaxy-crushing mystery, searching for artefacts from an extinct alien race and unlocking the secrets of a powerful, advanced technology. It's your turn. PICK YOUR POISON." Bad Hotel - $3.99 "1. Build Hotel. 2. Make Music. 3. Stop Tadstock. An insane hybrid of a tower defense game and a procedural music toy with tons of bullets (and healthy number of Wu-Tang references and credit crunch satire). The hit game for iOS now available on Windows and Mac!" Bridge Constructor - $7.99 "Become an appraised bridge engineer and architect in Bridge Constructor. Create and design your own constructions and watch the cars and trucks pass over them - or see them fall and crash while your inferior creations collapse due to weight and the laws of physics!" Cabela's African Adventure - $39.99 "Explore the vast wilderness of Africa on foot and by vehicle, where you“ll go head to head with the most ferocious beasts on the planet as you attempt to take down the biggest of the "Big 5:" The Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo & African Elephant!" Dark Matter - $13.49 "Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely customize each to fit your combat style against intelligent, reactive enemies. Dark Matter delivers a hard-hitting take on the survival horror genre in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on tactical combat and exploration." Democracy 3 - $24.99 "Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modelled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created." Eador. Genesis - $4.49 "Eador: Genesis is an indie turn-based strategy game created by Alexey Bokulev. It has inspired the development of Eador: Masters of the Broken World. Take the role of a mighty Master and shape the destiny of Eador, on land and within the astral plane itself." Eleusis - $11.99 "Eleusis is a 3d first-person adventure game for Windows developed by Nocturnal Works using the technology of the unreal engine. It takes place in a seemingly abandoned village in Greece where the player character, while trying to seek refuge, finds himself in the center of a whirlwind of mysterious events." Goodbye Deponia - $17.99 "More chaos, more destruction, more Rufus. Not one, not two, but three Rufuses cause all kinds of crazy mayhem in the long-awaited adventure comedy Goodbye Deponia: The Organon plans the destruction of Deponia, the lovely Goal has (once again) disappeared, and anti-hero Rufus just can't seem to stop getting in his own way." I Have No Mouth, and I Must SCream - $4.99 "Assume the roles of five different characters, each in a unique environment Challenging dilemmas dealing with powerfully charged emotional issues Provocative psychological and adult-oriented themes Based on Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", on the ten most reprinted stories in the English language." Knights and Merchants - $3.49 "KNIGHTS and MERCHANTS recreates the era of the Middle Ages. Apart from the purely fictitious geography of our world, all game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, 1200 A.D. And we haven't used imaginary elements like fabled creatures, either. The player takes on the role of an ordinary captain in the Palace Guard." Megabyte Punch - $11.99 "Megabyte Punch is a fighting/beat ”em up game in which you build your own fighter! As you travel through different environments, you battle other creatures to get their parts. Parts have their own powers and bonuses, like gun arms for a shoot ability or powerful hips for a devastating pelvic thrust attack." Pacific Surfliner LA - San Diego Route - $39.99 "It“s not all beaches and surfing in California – the stunning Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route for Train Simulator takes you through some of the US state“s most stunning scenery, past golden beaches and into sprawling cityscapes." Pool Nation - $9.99 "Pool Nation, is the ultimate pool game - with eleven addictive game modes, including the adrenaline pumping Endurance, extensive career modes and seven exciting online modes including the new Speed Pool! Not forgetting the Box of Tricks coming soon to Steam, giving you the ability to imagine, build and share your most outlandish trickshots with the world. Utilizing a variety of objects, including Ramps, Pikes, Loop the Loops and Speed up strips, the Box of Tricks is limited only by your imagination. " Secret Files: Sam Peters - $9.99 "Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster - cryptozoologists are trying to track these creatures down and research them. One also appears in the legends of the Ashanti people in Ghana. These tell of human-like creatures that lurk in the trees at night and take their victims off to their caves to suck their blood: the Asanbosam. Right after journalist Sam Peters has escaped from a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island caused by terrorists, her boss sends her to Africa. Soon enough, strange things start happening at Bosumtwi, a mysterious crater lake. Could the Asanbosam really exist? Sam Peters is searching for the answers in this thrilling tale of the Secret Files series." Space Rangers HD: A War Apart - $19.99 "Space Rangers HD: A War Apart remasters and expands the world of the cult classic Space Rangers 2. The game is developed by the SNK-Games team in close cooperation with fans of the series. The biggest of the improved features is a new scenario dedicated to the pirates threatening the galaxy." The Stanley Parable - $11.99 "The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end." Super Amazing Wagon Adventure - $2.54 "Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a fast-paced 2d shooting game with a random story. You control a group of three migrants traveling west along a wagon trail. The game consists of short scenes that are sequenced together in a semi-random way to tell a crazy adventure story." Talisman: Prologue - $6.99 "Talisman Prologue is an adaptation of the classic fantasy board game Talisman by Games Workshop. This version focuses on single player experience. An epic tale of dice rolling and card drawing takes you on a quest throughout the land to rescue Princesses, slay Dragons and recover lost artefacts." Tetrobot and Co. - $10.79 "Tetrobot is the world's most popular and reliable robot, but he's not perfect. That's why I, Maya, have built him a microscopic little brother, Psychobot. Help me guide Psy through Tetrobot's cogs and circuits: by swallowing blocks of matter and spitting them out, we can repair anything." Truck Racer - $23.99 "Take the wheel of a truck hurtling along at top speed, blow away your opponents and claim victory! Drive on 48 tracks in vehicles that can be completely destroyed. Customize every aspect of your truck, from engine to paint. Rise to all the challenges in Championship mode and upgrade your truck." Urban Chaos - $6.99 "Urban Chaos throws you into the heart of a modern urban jungle at the turn of the millenium. To succeed you'll need a lethal combination of stealth, physical agility and martial art skills as you interact with the city around you." Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Special Editions - $9.99 "Get into the hot seat and play classic Millionaire for a chance to win a virtual million dollars! This all new version of ”Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” lets you play solo or challenge your friends. You keep game play fresh and fun with a constant expanding library of question packs offering hundreds of new questions."
  11. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Knock-knock

    Developer: Ice-pick Lodge Publisher: Ice-pick Lodge Platform: PC (GOG, Steam) Release Date: October 4, 2013 ESRB: N/A (T suggested) A download code was provided by the publishers for this review Ice-pick Lodge is a bit of an oddball developer. Over the past years, they“ve created games that have gained an audience but also ostracized other players. Pathologic, The Void, and even Cargo: The Quest for Gravity were unique properties that confused, disturbed, and excited players. Now they“ve come out with Knock-knock, which fits right in with their oeuvre. Because of this, Knock-knock already seems to be quite the divisive game. In Knock-knock, players are presented with a spiky-haired guy wearing blue pajamas. Apparently, this Lodger fellow is having an awful time sleeping in his home, which is clearly evidenced by his massively bugged out eyes. He isn“t sure if he has been sleepwalking, or even when he is awake or dreaming anymore. Regardless of what is real or imagined, we must take him through his house and survive through to daylight. Gameplay almost always takes place at night and focuses on keeping the Lodger safe and sane in an increasingly large building. He must venture from room to room, checking to see that everything is in order. Players can visit each room, turn lights on or off, and hide but do very little else. Unfortunately, beyond knowing what is capable, Knock-knock obfuscates the rules at play. At times, the Lodger speaks about his ideas but they sometimes clash with what appears to be the real mechanics. This was obviously a purposeful decision on Ice-pick Lodge“s part. To get the most out of their game they expect players to go in completely unaware of what needs to be done. But, it could help some gamers to have a sense of direction when playing for the first time. From what I have gathered, this is how the game seems to work. You need to survive long enough for the on-screen clock to fill up completely. Surviving consists of avoiding Visitors (ghosts) who wander around in the dark. By avoiding or hiding from them you can live longer because running into one drains the clock. Have it drained beyond the minimum and the Lodger will die, requiring that stage to start over. Perhaps the most confusing aspect of the game is how to keep them from overwhelming you. The explanation is hinted to via the character talking to himself, but still might be hard to grasp. At times, the game will zoom in on a certain room. This is the room where a tear will open up, allowing new Visitors to enter. If you can get to the room in time and light it up then the tear will be closed. Of course, taking too long will allow some beasts to filter out and begin chase. If you are being chased, you can hide in a dark room. About half the time, this will keep you safe. Other times, they“ll still manage to find you. It took me a few hours to come to these conclusions about gameplay, but once I did, I was hooked on Knock-knock. Primarily this was thanks to the eerie atmosphere. Rooms are dark, and sometimes, turning on the light only reveals worse features of them. Visitors are also incredibly creepy as they wander out of black edges of the screen. Oftentimes, you won“t see them until they“re close, causing either fright or frustration. Then there are the sounds. Music isn“t a big part of the game because of absolutely horrific ambient audio. The house creaks but that“s far from all. Sometimes you“ll hear banging on a nearby door or become mortified by strange whispers. Artistically, Knock-knock stands out as being one of the creepiest games to utilize a generally non-creepy cartoony art style. Well, perhaps the whole world isn“t cartoon-like, it“s just the Lodger who is. Some may find this a minor quibble, but it was really off putting to see so much effort put into designing creepy backdrops and audio cues while leaving the lead character to look so… simplistic. He“s mostly a blob of blue pajamas with Rayman hands and a severely evil-looking face. Getting past the Lodger himself, the animation is similarly lovely. Seeing a Visitor meander toward you (even if you“re safe) is eerie. For as fun as the game is, it“s also pretty short. Depending on how good or bad you are at surviving, it might take anywhere from 4 to 10 hours to beat it. Even the final encounter is left unexplained, which may leave you with an undesired ending, though, necessitating the need for another playthrough. In any case, it doesn“t seem the adventure was too brief. It serves itself well with the time and manages to remain creepy fun throughout its run. If you“re looking for a game that has the perfect atmosphere for creeping yourself out with, then Knock-knock may fulfill that need. Just prepare yourself with the fact that you won“t get a clear explanation of how to play. Keeping that in mind, and opening yourself up to uncovering everything, makes the experience much more enjoyable. And once you have the basics in mind, it“s easy to become wrapped up in surviving one more night. Pros: + Fantastic ambient sounds enhance an already ominous experience + Interesting clues and mysteries to uncover + Weird and creepy Visitor designs make it so you really don“t want to encounter them Cons: - Mechanics are mostly left unsaid, which will frustrate some players - Lodger character takes away from the otherwise solidly sinister atmosphere Overall Score: 8.0 (out of 10) Great Knock-knock is a game that puts you on the same level as its protagonists. Both of you must learn what it takes to survive or he won“t make it through another nightmarish evening alone in the house.
  12. Marcus Estrada

    Humble Weekly Sale: Hothead Games

    Recently, the Humble Bundle with Android 7 bundle arrived on the scene. Of course, some gamers might be less interested in it simply due to the Android connection (although the games all come with PC versions too). Anyway, if you felt their latest bundle was lacking then maybe the Weekly Sale will be more up your alley. This week Humble Bundle is featuring developer Hothead Games. Here's what you can get for a buck or more: Death Spank (Windows/Mac: Steam) Death Spank: Thongs of Virtue (Windows/Mac: Steam) Penny Arcade, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1 (Windows: Steam) Those who spend more than $6 can have a couple more titles added in: The Baconing (Windows/Mac: Steam) On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 2 (Windows: Steam) If you choose to buy at any price then you'll also be granted two soundtracks: Death Spank and On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. There are a little over six days left to go for the bundle. The two featured charities you can donate to are the American Red Cross and Child's Play.
  13. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Greenlight Adds 37 More Titles

    Ready to see the latest batch of games Greenlit through Steam? Today Valve revealed another series of titles that have just made the cut and will arrive on the Steam marketplace in the weeks and months to come. There's a handful of big names in there alongside more obvious indie efforts. Here's all the latest video game Greenlight successes: Alien Swarm FP Blood of the Werewolf CastleMiner Z Elder Sign: Omens The Fall Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold The Fifth Day Fotonica Fortress Forever Fran Bow Half-Life 2: Capture the Flag Hot Tin Roof Ikaruga Infinity Wars J.U.L.I.A. Enhanced Edition Metal War Online Montague's Mount Neighbours from Hell Compilation Neverending Nightmares Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Portal Remake Mod Ravensword: Shadowlands Real World Racing RimWorld Starship Corporation Steam Marines Tiny Barbarian DX TowerClimb The Sparkle 2: EVO (un)Lucky7 Underhell Universum: War Front Violett Wrack There were a handful of non-gaming software titles also Greenlit. Those include Aartform Curvy 3D 3.0, Axis Game Factory Pro, and InkFish. Hopefully we'll see games that have already released be made available on Steam quite soon.
  14. Marcus Estrada

    Groupees Doujin Bundle 2 Brings Pigeon Dating to You

    Groupees really hit the mark when it launched the Build a Doujin Bundle a while back. Now, they've created a second doujin bundle which includes a handful of fun titles. In particular, they somehow managed to snag Hatoful Boyfriend which is a dating sim based around birds! Also included are multiple Nyu Media properties such as the eXceed series and their latest game: ARMED SEVEN. Here are all the games currently available: ARMED SEVEN (Windows, Desura) eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX - Review - (Windows: Desura, Steam) eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package (Windows: Desura, Steam) Hatoful Boyfriend - Review - (Windows/Mac) HellSinker (Windows) Higurashi When They Cry (Windows, Desura) KAMUI (Windows, Desura) As the bundle continues, more sales will allow extra games and soundtracks to be unlocked. As of right now, eXceed 2nd's soundtrack is already available. Up next is Princess' Edge - Dragonstone and there will be at least four more bonuses after it. As usual, you can choose to buy only a few or all of the bundle games.
  15. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Weeklong Deals for October 14-21

    Last week there was a pretty massive Capcom-based sale on Steam so many of you probably caved in and bought at least one game. But what if you didn't and still have the desperate urge to spend money on Steam? Well, here's a new batch of weekly deals to check out! Here are the game-specific deals: A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda - $2.49 Death Track: Resurrection - $1.74 Disciples II: Gallean's Return - $1.62 Disciples II: Rise of the Elves - $1.62 Element4l - $4.99 Jagged Alliance 2 Gold - $4.99 Jagged Alliance Online: Ivan Edition - $14.99 Jagged Alliance Online: Shadow Edition - $14.99 Little Inferno - $4.99 Naval Warfare - $2.49 Post Apocalyptic Mayhem - $2.49 Retro City Rampage - $4.99 (Review) Rig n Roll - $4.99 Sengoku - $2.50 Thirty Flights of Loving - $2.00 As you can see, it's a very Jagged Alliance week. There are some other neat titles in this bunch though such as the often overlooked Little Inferno and Element4l. There will be another batch of games available next week as long as Steam doesn't implode.
  16. Marcus Estrada

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    Indie Gala October Bundle is Full of Nyu Media Games

    The Indie Gala October bundle stated this week and it is pretty huge, but that's often what the Gala people are known for. Unfortunately, despite being launched in October, there are no horror genre games included. Those who love "doujin" games though will likely be all over this set. You get the following games for a dollar: Eryi's Action (Windows) - Review RefleX (Windows) Satazius (Windows) 2 mystery games If you can spare enough funds to beat the average (currently $5.54) then these titles are also unlocked: Crusader Kings II (Windows: Steam) Ether Vapor Remaster (Windows) - Review Fairy Bloom Freesia (Windows: Steam) Gorky 17 (Windows: Steam) Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition (Windows: Steam) Two Worlds II + Pirates of the Flying Fortress DLC (Windows: Steam) 1 mystery game It's a pretty massive bunch although most of these games have seen bundle representation before. In fact, it seems publisher Nyu Media has been sharing their games with bundles a lot lately! If you still don't have them yet now is as good a time as any to practically get their entire library.
  20. Harrison Lee

    Review: Total War: Rome II

    Developer: Creative Assembly Publisher: SEGA Platforms: PC Release Date: 09/02/13 Rating: T for Teen A Steam code was provided by the publisher for this review. NOTE: As you might imagine, a lot of the issues addressed in the following review have been or are going to be fixed in patches. That said, it's my job to review the game in the state I received it. Please bear this in mind and enjoy. Ask any real-time strategy buff what the biggest, most ambitious RTS franchise is and they'll tell you it's Creative Assembly's Total War series. Each entry has showcased massive battles in various historical time-frames, offering gamers the chance to be the ultimate armchair general. With Total War: Rome II, the developers revisit the setting of one of their most popular releases. With a graphical update, expanded armies and more accessible mechanics, has Creative Assembly crafted the best Total War yet? I sincerely wish, but the reality is a bit different. Rome II's campaign, arguably the meat of the experience, drops players straight into the action. Taking on the role of a young Roman commander, you're tasked with saving a city and its commanders from an enemy siege. Right off the bat you'll notice the immense scale Rome II shoots for. It's impressive to see hundreds of detailed soldiers on the battlefield, chanting and generally making a show of things to frighten the enemy. It's a formidable and imposing sight, doubly so considering you command a tiny combat force of armored soldiers. The opening mission gives you a decent idea of missile units, siege weapons, flanking maneuvers and city defenses. Upon completion, you're then tasked with retaking a bunch of cities seized by the enemy (the Cimmerians or something). Like the Civilization series, Rome II's campaign gives you a large map filled with locations. You can move armies raised in your owned cities into enemy territory and lay siege to enemy fortifications. You can also hire mercenaries, construct city additions, hire spies, raise new armies and manage the economy. If that sounds complicated, it's not. The older Total War games were more complex and required deeper micro-management. Rome II strips away some of the difficulty in favor of welcoming in new players. While series vets may balk at the simplification, it's a decent move to expand the player base. The most exciting parts of the campaign stem from battles and sieges. Players are given the option to situate their forces before the battle begins. My general strategy was to place infantry at the front in a line, buffered by missile units behind them and cavalry in the rear. With a new line-of-sight system units out of view are hidden from the enemy, allowing you to sneak behind an army and unleash a rear ambush. I found this most effective with cavalry, especially when the opposing army is bigger and routing the enemy is the only option. Nothing scares infantry more than a rush of horsemen from their exposed rear flanks. Siege weapons, when properly placed and defended, are also infinitely useful in scattering formations. Trebuchets and other projectile launchers can use different rounds, from flaming to explosive. Each type has its use and can demoralize and/or devastate enemy ranks. I always loved the flaming rocks as they could eat through several lines of infantry without sacrificing much impact damage. As you'd expect, siege weapons are extremely vulnerable and have to be guarded with care. A single squad of cavalry can wipe out a whole division of artillery if you aren't careful. Rome II's crown jewel is the siege, where said siege weapons are most effective. Each city assault will take several days wherein you can build ladders and door-busters. Siege weapons can provide covering fire or destroy enemy structures to make access easier. Once inside the city walls, you can either slaughter the enemy or take over capture points to win. Upon victory, you can enslave, kill or set the enemy prisoners free. What you do with the prisoners will influence how aggressive the enemy is towards you. As fun as the battles and sieges are, Rome II is a technical mess, marring what is the most important part of the game. Enemy AI and soldier pathfinding can oftentimes be broken; it's incredibly aggravating when your troops seemingly lose their way to an important target and delay long enough for crucial allied soldiers to be crushed. The combat also feels somewhat easier than past Total War games. Whereas I had to carefully balance troop types in Empire and Shogun II, I tend to just mass troops and throw them at the enemy ranks in Rome II. Coupled with the brain-dead enemy AI, battles rarely end in defeat unless I'm vastly outnumbered. The visuals are a bit of a mixed bag as well. Units are very detailed and show off great graphical fidelity. The texture, shadowing and environments, however, seldom impress me that much. While previous Total War entries breezed on my machine on Ultra settings, Rome II struggles on Medium. You'd think the code would be far more optimized than this but, sadly, it isn't. Thankfully, the audio fares far better and showcases Creative Assembly's ability to drop you right in the thick of it. Voice-overs are well done and the ambient battle audio is gritty and well-realized. It's too bad the visuals don't hold up as well. What kills me about Rome II is that it has so much promise but squanders it with technical deficiencies that shouldn't be this numerous. Shogun II had a comparably smooth launch and was nowhere near this messy. Rome II clearly needed more time in the over before it was distributed to the masses. The blueprints for a great game are all there. It's now up to Creative Assembly to fix the bugs and get Rome II into true fighting form. I'll freely admit I've been a staunch advocate of the Total War series since the original Shogun. With Rome II, however, I've finally hit my saturation point. Shogun II was extremely polished and well put-together, perhaps one of Creative Assembly's best franchise entries. Rome II just isn't up to snuff and desperately needs some TLC before I can recommend a purchase. All of that said, Creative Assembly has taken the criticism and feedback to heart and has been doing a commendable job of trying to fix the game. If you're thinking about purchasing Rome II, I'd recommend waiting until it's fully patched and read what the updated thoughts are. Pros: + Ambitious scope and scale + Combat can be exciting + The most accessible entry in the series Cons: - Technically challenged - Sometimes oversimplified - Combat dragged down by bugs Overall Score: 5.5/10 Average Given a fair bit of polishing and fixing, Rome II could become a great RTS. But for now, hold off on this one.
  21. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Week Long Deals for October 7-14

    Checking out Steam today reveals a whole host of new deals on the storefront. For the first time, we're seeing not just specific games on sale but also a handful of collection packs. Usually those are only discounted for special weekend sales or for Steam's seasonal discounts. Here are all the games currently on sale: 4 Elements - $1.50 Betrayer - $10.04 Cobra Complete Pack - $7.20 Commander: Conquest of the Americas - $2.49 Flatout Complete Pack - $9.99 Governor of Poker 2 - $2.50 Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded - Review - $11.99 MX vs ATV Reflex - $4.00 Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood - $2.49 Teleglitch: Die More Edition - Review - $3.25 Worms Revolution - Review - $7.49 There is also a piece of non-gaming software on sale (MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus) but it's likely most users don't come to Steam sales for that stuff. In any case, there's a nice host of games currently discounted if you need to spend some money this week.
  22. Developer: Q-Games Publisher: Double Eleven Platform: PC (reviewed), PS Vita Release Date: August 26th, 2013 (PC) EDIT: Hey, there's a 50% off sale as of right now for a week! So....hey, if you're interested now is a great time to buy! Sometimes, you just want to have a relaxing experience. Pixeljunk Monsters can bring that, or it can deliver the PAIN, straight to your doorstep....or desktop, rather, I suppose. Whatever your preference for difficulty in games, Pixeljunk Monsters, and with its new iteration of sorts being the "Ultimate" edition, may just be the perfect game for you if you enjoy a good tower defense title. Turning trees into equal-sized structures that fire various projectiles may not sound like exactly the most eco-friendly action to take to defend against hordes of monsters, but whatever, it works! This is a silly game about silly things, and thus you can play however you like. If you want to be the most hardcore defensive expert, you can feel free to do that and ace (or get a "rainbow") every level! Personally I struggled a lot on the base difficulty and considered dropping down to casual.....but I prevailed and got halfway through the second island! If I had to give any complaints, I would justify that the price (at least, on Steam) is a little too much. $20 for a game that was originally $10 years ago seems a bit odd. The game is fantastic though, and the added content is.....well, decent. You get a new randomized level generator and online co-op which is not too shabby. I had trouble getting into a game but I didn't see very many people playing either, so I'd assume this game is best to play with a friend, either online or sitting next to each other. The amount of content in the game itself is pretty massive too I might add! With only three islands to play, you may be concerned, but let me rest those concerns aside because this game rips apart your pathetic hope and tosses the remains to the curb. As I said, even on normal difficulty I was being challenged quite a bit to get rainbows, which are needed to progress. The game does let you pick and choose which levels you want to try and tackle, so if you get stuck on a certain few you can just try and do the other available levels. I would estimate that there's easily a good 30+ levels in the game, and with each taking 20-40 minutes to finish the length of one playthrough is fairly long. The medal challenges, which require the player to complete specific levels while clearing certain conditions also help to add a lot to the potential amount of time you may spend on Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate. These are fun and unique, and really require you to wrack your brain for different ways of clearing an otherwise easy level. All in all, Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate is never unfair to the player, and thus in my opinion and thus it's definitely worth a potential buy, for anyone really. Being a fan of tower defense type games helps a bit in me enjoying it, but this isn't hardcore in the slightest unless you make it be, and nor is it easy by any means unless you choose for it to be so. As the game has been out on PSN for years already at a cheaper price, I would say wait until a 50% or more sale to nab this. Even then, if you know you'd love it, this is not a bad choice to pick up at its usual price. Stop those evil monsters from kidnapping your pixel people, and contribute to global warming today! I give this game a: 9/10 Wait, what's that about a giveaway? That's right, you can win a copy right here! To be in for a chance to win, tell me what other Pixeljunk game(s) you'd like to see on Steam (hint: Eden is already on it!)! You can enter once per person until this Friday, October 5th when I'll end it sometime in the evening (PST). Good luck!
  23. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Greenlights Even More Horror Games

    Steam Greenlight is one heck of a service but far from the ideal way of getting games onto the Steam marketplace. Case in point, many users seem keen on voting for projects that are already very similar to existing ones. Other times, we see games that look great but end up being fairly poor but there's little that can be done to combat that aspect. Regardless of how you feel about Steam Greenlight, it's always important to see more indies making their way in front of a large audience. Today a batch of new games and applications passed through and will be available soon. Check out the list of games: A-Train9 AdventurOS Age of Wushu CABAL Online Claire CRYSTAL KINGDOM Death Road to Canada Dysis E.T. Armies Eldritch Fibrillation Haunted Hyper Light Drifter Iron Soul Lost Sector Online McDROID MouseCraft Nihilumbra No Heroes Of Guard and Thieves PULSAR: Lost Colony Race the Sun The Sandbox Skyscraper Simulator Slenderman's Shadow Vox WIldfire Worlds Zombies. Are any of these games ones you've been hoping to see come to Steam?
  24. Edit: Here's a fun turn of events! Steam just Greenlight a batch of games today and some of these Not on Steam sale participants are included! That means you'll definitely get a Steam key for certain titles once they launch (if the developer has specified as such). If you're an independent developer or friends with one then you're likely very aware of how important it can be for a game to make a debut on Steam. The marketplace serves tons of users and almost always will grant more sales than selling direct through their own site. This is in large part because users themselves choose to ignore a game until it comes to Steam. Those willing to check out games without the convenience of Steam should check out the Not on Steam sale. As the name implies, these are a handful of exciting indie titles that for one reason or another (primarily lack of Greenlight success) aren't on Steam. Tons of games are available at various discounts. Since many are on Greenlight, they promise to provide Steam keys in the future if they end up on the storefront. Here are a few of the 30+ games: Aces Wild Cute Things Dying Violently I Get This Call Every Day Pushcat Race the Sun Richard & Alice The Sea Will Claim Everything The Yawhg Are you going to pick up any titles from the Not on Steam sale or, ironically, will you wait until they're on Steam?