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  1. I consider myself a reasonable(ish) person, one who“s usually slow to anger unless I“m navigating THOSE FREAKING MEDUSA HEADS in Castlevania. Whenever a company makes a business decision I don“t agree with, I try to look at it objectively and think of the many reasons why it could be a good thing, and why they thought they should go ahead with their plans. Not this time though, as Microsoft has gone and made a baffling decision involving PC gaming that makes me want to throw an Xbox off a balcony into a pile of other broken Xboxes and possibly even switch to Linux while I“m at it. That decision was leaving Steam and Windows 7/8 users in the dust for their upcoming PC game releases. Someone get me a sledgehammer. Let“s start with a little background though – we all know and possibly love Steam, right? It“s a great service for buying digital PC games, since you can keep them all in one tidy library instead of having to remember where you bought what game if you need to retrieve a download link again. Sure, there are other services like Origin and GOG Galaxy, but the massive number of available games on Steam absolutely dwarfs the competition, from indies to AAA to everything in between, it“s almost all on Steam. Steam also has a large community that's usually willing to help resolve issues, so you don't have to wait for Valve to take your number. Isn“t it great to have such a wide variety of games new and old, and a thriving community supporting them, all in one easy place? Apparently Microsoft doesn“t think so, at least, not anymore. Sure, if you have a look right now, you“ll see some Microsoft Studios published games such as Mark of the Ninja and Ori and the Blind Forest. But those are the last ones you“re likely to see with Microsoft“s new outlook, as part of their supposed commitment to delivering the same quality Xbox games to PC gamers. Why is that? Because Microsoft, in all their infinite wisdom, has decided that you had better be using Windows 10 and Windows 10 ONLY if you wanna play their newest games on PC, because they“ll only be available on the Windows 10 Store. Got Windows 7 and wanna play Quantum Break on PC? Tough cookies, sonny, you“d better upgrade that operating system or get yourself an Xbox One. You didn't want this anyway, right? So what the hell are they thinking? Locking their PC games to Windows 10 is no different than locking a game to Xbox One specifically, because you still need a specific system just to play the game. They are taking the console-exclusive approach and applying it to what should be a “free system†of sorts, where any range of machines with varying operating systems and configurations have access to the same games. Who does this benefit besides Microsoft? Absolutely no one, that“s who. It gets their newest OS in more hands so they can make the numbers look good, and having the games exclusive to the Windows Store means more money for Microsoft and no sharing with the likes of Valve. If you“re waiting on me to try and find a way this helps the consumer, you“re gonna be waiting a while. It means not being able to shop around for a good price. It means only having one "official" source of support if something goes wrong. And if you already hate having to use Origin for EA games, it means splitting your PC library up across different services even more. It's not even so much that games aren't available on Steam, though that is annoying. It's that they can't be played if you don't have one specific operating system, despite how almost every developer and publisher besides Microsoft (remember Halo 2's Vista-only compatibility?) optimizes their games for various versions of Windows, and sometimes other OSes like Mac or Linux. Now, I“ll be fair and note that Windows 10 is technically free to upgrade to, and you can upgrade from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, so there“s no real reason you can“t actually play the games that will come to Windows 10 Store if you“d like. Therein lies another problem, though – not everyone wants this “upgrade.†Some people are just fine and happy using an older version of Windows, and see no real reason to switch, even with the promise of being able to play stuff like Killer Instinct or Gears of War Ultimate Edition. Oh, and another problem? Since Windows 10 was developed and released after most currently available games came out and stopped being supported, there are a handful of games with compatibility issues ranging from save files disappearing to DRM not working (which you might notice means you can“t even play the game) to sound issues and more. How is that an upgrade if you“re already an avid PC gamer? Notice how the light is on the outside of the window. You'll find only darkness within. I“m willing to admit I“ve always been biased against Microsoft, and this is just another in a long line of missteps that keeps me snuggled in the arms of Sony and Nintendo. It doesn“t help much that I“m quite comfortable using Windows 7 and have no desire to change it if I don“t have to. But I don“t think I“m alone when I say that this new approach to PC gaming is a huge step back from the tried and true method of, you know, distributing PC games across various digital stores and optimizing them for use on different operating systems. It“s a step that only goes one way – in Microsoft“s direction. In their sudden rush to bridge the gap between Xbox and PC gaming, they ended up making them basically the same thing. I suppose no amount of complaining is realistically going to change their new stance on PC gaming though, and that stance boils down to “get Windows 10 or get bent.†So anyway, there's my rant on how annoying it is that I won't be able to play Killer Instinct without an Xbox One or Windows 10. How do you feel about Microsoft's commitment to only releasing games on Windows 10? Maybe you don't care because you already upgraded to Win10, or maybe you don't care because you don't play PC games. Maybe you're just as annoyed as I am! Whatever the case, let me know how you feel in the comments!
  2. So this is pretty bizarre. Remember yesterday when I mentioned that Windows 8 users would get Windows 9 for free? Turns out Windows 9 isn't happening at all now; Microsoft is jumping straight to Windows 10, apparently. Someone on Twitter brought out that this shouldn't be so strange after they named the current Xbox Xbox One (instead of 720 or something), but still... pretty strange, lol. Anyhow, you can read more about it on The Verge if you want; it's basically a combination of Windows 7 and 8 as far as the GUI goes, and it's supposed to run on a wide variety of devices. What do you guys make of this news? Surprised that Microsoft skipped 9 altogether?
  3. http://www.desura.com/games/pixel-dungeons Pixel Dungeons is a super fun Co-op Dungeon Crawler RPG made by Yohan Games. Invite 2-4 of your friends and play multiplayer! You can find over 15 weapons and 10 monsters! (in the beta). This game will have weekly updates! This game is currently on: Beta 1.1: Linux Feature will be added as soon as possible! This is free if anyone is interested, plus we can always have a pixel dungeon night if people want.
  4. You know, one thing about the various game bundles that come out means that eventually there's one that everyone will like. Sure, some might seem somehow "too" indie or not enough, but at least they're always cropping up. In any case, Groupees has designated their latest bundle the Adventure/Role-Playing set. There are up to nine games included: Aztaka (Windows/Mac, Steam, Desura) Ben There, Dan That! (Windows, Steam, Desura) Laxius Force I (Windows) Reef Shot (Windows, Desura) Pickers (Windows/Mac, Steam) Rune Classic (Windows: Steam) They Breathe (Windows, Desura) Time Gentlemen, Please! (Windows, Steam, Desura) Vox (Windows, Desura) Laxius Force I also comes with a digital strategy guide. Also included as a bonus is the soundtrack to Rune which every purchaser receives. If you haven't picked up a Groupees bundle in a while then let's retread over how this works. You choose all the games you want and then buy them at a certain price. This is always a good thing when you're not interested in every single title.
  5. Marcus Estrada

    Review: 7 Grand Steps

    Developer: Mousechief Publisher: Mousechief Platform: PC (Steam, Web) Release Date: June 7, 2013 ESRB: N/A (T suggested) A download code was provided by the publisher for this review Humans are innately obsessed with their own existence. When it comes right down to it, we all wonder why we exist, and why we take the form we do. What has led up to this very moment? What were your ancestors like and what was their place in the world? These questions and many more swarm within our heads and unfortunately there is only so much information we can gleam. Although it cannot give a true depiction of our own histories, 7 Grand Steps is an incredible exercise in charting human existence as a whole. Developer Mousechief has made something very special. Despite the video game format, 7 Grand Steps takes on much more of a board game feel. Somehow, it manages to overcome its status and feel quite grand in scale. Players who enter into the game may be expecting a casual, or even dull, experience but those preconceptions couldn“t be farther from the truth. The basic gameplay is comprised traveling around a circular board which has four layers. At the start, you can only access the lowest rung of the circle. As more levels open up, you can shift between them at will. Movement is controlled by tokens which are generated in multiple ways. Each space on the board has an icon and in order to land there you must have a token with the same icon on it. Coins also scatter the board which you collect in order to pursue goals such as invention, social climbing, or heroic deeds. Players control an adult woman or man and, if married, both. Beginning on the lowest ring for the game board is purposeful. It represents social class - your story begins at the very bottom. One of the other goals of the game is to climb the social ladder to noble or leader. Of course, even these dreams belie the truth. It may seem entirely beneficial to become a king or political figurehead, but once there, harsh reality sinks in. You“ll never be able to make it if you can“t keep the family name going, through. You begin the game as a human in the distant past. The main goal of the game is simply to survive throughout the ages and maybe even flourish generations down the road. As was true of our ancestors, one of the most important aspects of existence was to have as many children as possible. As you progress through the Bronze Age to others, players are imbued with the responsibility to keep the family line growing. This is not the only goal, of course, but is requisite to continue along the generational journey. Children are not simply created and then perfectly ready to inherit their parents roles. No, they must study and learn a variety of tasks if they want to be successful in the future. In early stages, my children were trained to excel in pottery. While this seemed a lovely profession, it was rejected by the majority of eligible bachelorettes that wanted stability in their lives. 7 Grand Steps feels very close to reality, even when this supposed reality was many years ago. Each child can have their skills improved once per turn and in whatever ways you feel best. Teach them about farming, government, or hard work and they“ll grow in that image. As adults, you must then again seek out a mate, and hopefully have at least one child. If you can manage to fulfill the goals of living, marrying, and procreating, then you“ll eventually get a shot at the ruling class. Once here, a sort of meta game opens up. You must not only manage the game board well, but also keep control of your reign. Each turn you are given the option to alter your ruling style. Players can edit whether or not they wish to turn a blind eye to corruption, increase farm production or road construction, and a handful of other tasks. Treat your duties well and the people will accept you as a ruler. If you are cruel and unwilling to listen to the people then they may take you down. It“s a delicate balancing act which is all too easy to lose. Accompanying you always are small story interludes that help to furnish the goings on in your family tree. Although they are not a constant presence, they give you enough to fill in the blanks of this newly generated family history. It“s with this that the 7 Grand Steps reveals its greatest strength. It provides a compelling reason to play - keeping your history alive. This causes the gameplay, which is easy to understand once you“ve experienced it, to become quite addictive. From the tidbits of story, players are welcome to imagine a much richer story. Without any prompting from the game, I became incredibly invested in the family line that I was working through. Interesting, and sometimes sad, events occurred. For example, one son grew and found himself interested in no women at all. Although the game never specified, I took this to mean he was gay. As his story ended because he was not able to produce children, his presence was felt from his sister“s future as he provided tokens to the family. Although it was not really “my” family, I became incredibly invested in seeing them succeed and took failures personally. Video games tend to be fun. After all, this is the main reason why they were created. 7 Grand Steps is certainly a fun diversion, but it also manages to be much more than that. It provides an interesting historical adventure where you control the fate of a family line. This is an incredibly powerful and intimate role because you see everything. This is why the game has affected me so much and why I believe it will for other players willing to give it a chance. If you“ve been intrigued by any of what you“ve read, then definitely try 7 Grand Steps. Pros: + Offers hours of play for one family history + High replay value with new family lines and decisions + Excellent writing that captures a player“s imagination + Easy to understand but still offers difficulty Cons: - Visuals will not inspire gamers obsessed with such things - Despite in-game help menu, there are still elements left unexplained Overall Score: 9.0 (out of 10) Fantastic 7 Grand Steps is an incredibly affecting, yet simple, strategy game that stands as undoubtedly special and worth playing.
  6. Marcus Estrada

    The Free Bundle #8 is Here to Save Your Wallet

    Have you already managed to run low (or completely out) of funds thanks to Steam sales? if you're sad about not being able to get more games then quit your fretting! The 8th Free Bundle has launched which means you can wallow in their free wares rather then finding a way to scrounge up money with Steam Trading Cards or something. The five included games are: CyberMedic (Windows/Mac) The Last Starfighter (Windows/Mac) Megaman Unlimited (Windows) Perspective (Windows) Space Quest 2 Remake (Windows/Mac) Of the list, we've got a good deal of more "known" indie games than some past bundles. Perspective is a fun puzzle game that makes players manipulate the camera's perspective to change pathways. Space Quest 2 Remake is, well, a remake of the wonderful 2nd Space Quest game. Then there is Megaman Unlimited which recently came out and should be grabbed quick in case Capcom ever decides it infringes on their rights.
  7. Marcus Estrada

    Leisure Suit Larry Ambles onto Steam Today

    A little over a year ago, Al Lowe and Replay Games launched a Kickstarter project to reboot the Leisure Suit Larry name. Instead of allowing Larry to get stuck in stinkers such as Box Office Bust they wanted to bring him back to his glory days. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards deserved a remake and they promised they'd make it. Now we see that they've held true to their end of the bargain. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded was made available on Steam today. It features hand drawn art and animation, a soundtrack by Austin Wintory, and new puzzles. For the Steam version there are also achievements to unlock. The game has launched for $20 and was made immediately available on the service thanks to being a Greenlight success. Although the stigma surrounding this series is that it is completely raunchy/seedy, the old games were actually far more reserved than you might expect, excusing a few raucous jokes. All the same, the content in Reloaded must not be too bad either as Steam blocks anything that exceeds an M rating from their store.
  8. Marcus Estrada

    Rogue Legacy Available on PC Today

    Do you plan to play any games this weekend? Are you possibly lacking any good potential candidates to play? If so, then take a look at Rogue Legacy which just launched today. It's a game independently developed by Cellar Door Games that has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. It's basically a roguelike where you explore across a vast, randomly generated castle/dungeon/medieval whatnot as a character. Once that character dies though you take control of one of their descendants. Each has their own traits, both positive and negative, which can change the gameplay experience. One thing that Rogue Legacy seems to be expertly versed in is humor. For example, there is one trait which causes the character to see in black in white. If you choose them then as long as they're alive you'll be treated to playing the game in black and white. There are a great number of these game-altering traits, many of which are unexpectedly hilarious. Rogue Legacy has launched today on Steam for $15 (thanks to Greenlight) and will later arrive on Desura, GamersGate, and GOG.
  9. Routine looks like it might be the next Amnesia: The Dark Descent in regards to horror that sees mass appeal. Perhaps that is presumptuous to say, but it really does appear to be getting quite the reaction despite having only just released an alpha gameplay trailer today. In case you haven't heard of it yet, Routine is a horror game based on an abandoned moon base. Players explore the uninhabited (or not) environment in all its creepy splendor. Alongside the trailer, it was also revealed that the game will have Oculus Rift support. That will no doubt be far too scary for some people out there, but a great experience for others. The trailer looks quite good but recall that it's only alpha footage. Watching it should give you a good taste of what the game is set to offer. Thankfully, Routine already passed through Greenlight so it has secured a Steam launch for later this year.
  10. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Reus

    Developer: Abbey Games Publisher: Abbey Games Platform: PC (Desura, GamersGate, GreenManGaming, GOG, Steam, Web)Release Date: May 16, 2013 ESRB: N/A (E suggested) A download code was provided by the publisher for this review What is the greatest appeal of a god game? It“s quite simple - to exercise incredible power on the world. We can“t make everything go our way in reality but god games offer us an avenue to make a wealth of decisions that will affect a virtual population. Reus shows itself off as the latest god game, but it seems to be a bit different from what we“ve come to expect. The question is, is that a good or bad thing? It all depends on the kind of gameplay style you have. The genre most befitting to Reus seems to be puzzle. You see, when you begin the game you are greeted with four powerful gods to control, but they aren“t really in control. Each god controls a specific biome (swamp, ocean, forest, desert) and these are used to generate the environment for your new world. Once you“ve set up a habitable space on the planet, a nomad will arrive and start up a village. This is the point that you“ll realize how little control you have despite being a hulking god. Each and every new civilization will have a great deal of needs and your role is god is to be entirely subservient to them. Sure, you can switch between who you help, or choose the way in which the goal is achieved - but you are still working toward their aims. In fact, even getting more features to unlock requires completing various in-game achievements which revolve around doing good by a society. How do players serve their people? Each god has access to their own abilities, such as changing land, planting fruits, plants, animals, and more. However, they are not corralled into these few choices. When gods interact with each other“s items, or place specific goods next to others, synergies form. This is when everything jumps into puzzle hyperdrive. Because everything the citizens want requires resources, you must simply give them enough of each. But doing so requires understanding how to place goods efficiently, as well as how to set off the best synergies. It“s all fairly complex stuff even after playing for hours so it would make even less sense to explain in further detail here. Suffice it to say that there is an official wiki available for Reus and you will need it if you intend to become skilled. If not, it“s possible to squeak by for a while, but not to accomplish much down the road. Puzzle/strategy play overwhelms the god aspects entirely and that will be appreciated by the kind of player who loves unraveling complex systems. Someone who wants to simply wreak havoc can do so, but won“t find much excitement in the game for long. Being a god in Reus is all about serving the people, after all, not about goofing off. With studied determination, those invested in the game will be able to appreciate how much time Abbey games must have invested in its creation. It was not necessary for the game to have so many varied aspects or synergies, but everything works together wonderfully just as long as the player understands. Reus also happens to be an entirely gorgeous title. The gods are giant and colorful and when they pound at the earth you can feel their power. One especially lovely aspect about the game is how the look changes as you zoom in and out. From far away, the world seems quiet aside from gods perched on its surface. Once zooming in though, everything springs to life as people mill about their cities and animals bound across fields. If anything, the bright visuals seem at odds with the serious complexity going on underneath. Reus is the kind of game that will either turn you away or get you incredibly involved in its processes. Players need to know that before buying because it could turn out to be either a bad or excellent purchase. For those that will be into it, the game is a well-crafted experience that will take hours to master. Along the way, you“ll be enchanted by the visuals and discoveries of your people thanks to your aid. Playing god is a lot of work, but it“s beautiful when it all comes together. Pros: + Great deal of content to unlock and discover + Tinkering is recommended and can yield positive results + Lovely visuals Cons: - Understanding the game“s complexity is outsourced to a wiki - Complexity will be off putting to those expecting something else from Reus Overall Score: 8.0 (out of 10) Great Reus is not the game for everyone but it does provide a complex god game in an attractive package.
  11. If you consider yourself a fan of shooters (or "shmups" as they are often called) then why haven't you already picked up The Tale of ALLTYNEX? Japanese indie developer SITER SKAIN created three arcade-style shooting games which went on to be quite popular in Japan. Western fans got their chance to show their desire for the trilogy's release in America thanks to a Kickstarter campaign hosted by Nyu Media. Funded to nearly 300%, it was assured that these games would readily see digital release for Western players. The trilogy includes the games KAMUI, RefleX, and ALLTYNEX Second. All three are available now as either separate downloads for $8 or as a bundle costing $20 via The Tale of ALLTYNEX. They are available through GamersGate, Nyu Media, or Rice Digital, with Desura copies coming out on June 8th. Those who would rather see the games on Steam can upvote The Tale of ALLTYNEX on Greenlight.
  12. If you're a gamer who is strapped for cash then this modern era of gaming is a very interesting one. It's easy enough to get titles entirely for free thanks to market shift toward free-to-play, but often the amount of what you get for "free" is limited. Because of this, the term "pay to win" was born which is attributed to F2P games that will give players overpowered goods if they simply pay real world cash. Some games have attempted to shirk that description, including the newly launched Jagged Alliance Online. In case you were wondering, this is not the browser game of the same name. Instead it is a Steam title which has a focus on multiplayer action where every item and upgrade is available without spending real money. How are they hoping to fund the game, then? The whole realm of multiplayer goodies are free but if you want to play a single player campaign then you buy "DLC" in the form of the Shadow or Ivan Edition. Jagged Alliance Online is certainly trying something a bit unorthodox but players may support it. Both the Shadow and Ivan DLC are currently $27, which is 10% off full price.
  13. Marcus Estrada

    SpyParty Early-Access Beta Now Open

    SpyParty is one of those indie games that just seems to be in development for years. And in fact, it has been, with many getting their chance to try out builds at events but little else. If you've been wanting to test out your spy savvy then now is finally the chance. The early-access beta was launched today which gives you the chance to try the game out. It's not free, unfortunately, but paying your way into the beta does secure a completed download of SpyParty whenever it is made available. There are two payment options available and they include paying $15 or over $50. Most will certainly opt for the initial price range but paying $50 or more helps support the developer in their future endeavors. The price options are described in more detail here and, as of right now, PayPal is the only accepted payment method.
  14. Marcus Estrada

    Steam Week Long Deals for June 3-10

    With the start of the week Steam has just unveiled their latest batch of weekly deals. Spanning from today until June 10th, there are five games on sale at prices up to 75% off. It's a very indie week with some releases from the past few years. The latest Week Long Deals are: Anna - Extended Edition (Review) - $3.39 Chains - $1.24 The Journey Down Chapter One (Review) - $2.80 Retro/Grade - $3.40 Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory - $2.30 Having played all but Retro/Grade, this week of sales seems a pretty winning bunch. Even though none of these may be the highlights of indie gaming, they do stand as positive experiences definitely worth two or three bucks. Of note, The Journey Down has not seen another episode since the first's January release. Unfortunately, most episodic games that are not developed by Telltale do not have very quick turnarounds. Do any of these games spark your interest or will you just wait to see what else goes on sale later?
  15. Papers, Please is one of the more interesting social commentary games that have been making waves lately. Unlike some of those other games, Papers, Please actually saw success through Steam Greenlight. On the Greenlight page it was revealed that a new site went up to promote the game as well as its cost. The website itself is interesting as it plays like a mini game. You are shown an immigration inspector and told to show proper ID. Play around with the site yourself for a minute if you're interested. As it turns out, visitors must bribe the inspector with a certain amount of money to succeed. The cost is $10 and that is actually how the developer chose to announce the price of Papers, Please. On the site we also see the release window as Summer but that's all as an official date has not been decided yet.
  16. Marcus Estrada

    Teslagrad Secures PSN Launch

    Since Steam opened up Greenlight it has given all indie developers a shot at getting their game on the service, regardless of how good or bad it may be. Of course, it requires a great deal of popularity which has some indie groups stepping away from the service entirely. Where's an indie to go outside of the PC realm, though? Sony has been making a push for more indie games and have in fact just accepted Teslagrad for PSN. The game, which is still hoping to see PC release, is now also going to grace the PS3 via the PS Store. Fans of puzzle platformers should definitely look into it. While their PSN availability is now assured, the same is not the case for Steam. If you like what you see then feel free to look to their Greenlight page for more information. Teslagrad is launching on both PC and PSN this fall.
  17. Marcus Estrada

    Indie RPG 99 Spirits Now Available

    In our neck of the woods, we tend to call independently developed titles "indie". If you look to Japan which has also had a thriving indie game community, they tend to call their work "doujin" titles. Regardless of the name, great content comes out of all regions and deserves attention. One doujin game by the name of 99 Spirits has just launched. The RPG revolves around the Japanese folklore of Tsukumogami. Although there are a lot of standard RPG trappings, it is the battle system which sets the game apart from others. Players must discern the names of the enemies so they can recognize, and therefore demolish them in the proper way. 99 Spirits can be purchased on either the official website or Rice Digital, which is an international doujin storefront. Via the latter, both a regular ($20) and deluxe edition ($26) are available. Deluxe comes with the soundtrack as well as a Japanese/English dual language option.
  18. Steam Greenlight has been a very good and bad thing for independent developers. It allows tons of people who use Steam to possibly glimpse your title. At the same time, it also works a lot like a popularity contest where games with the biggest fanbase, notoriety, or five minutes of fame are more likely to be selected. Is it the best option? Who knows, but Valve certainly is aware they could do things better. All the same, developer Code Avarice has found themselves in a tough predicament with their title Paranautical Activity. The video on their blog post helps explain the situation. Basically, the developer had put up a Greenlight page for their title a few months ago. More recently, they were pursued by Adult Swim Games who wished to publish the title for them. Adult Swim Games have previously been able to push games directly to Steam with Super House of Dead Ninjas and Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe. This got them into a sticky situation with Steam though as they “didn“t want to send the message that indies can seek out publishers to bypass Steam Greenlight”. Because of this, Paranautical Activity has been blocked from Steam. Code Avarice will now have to figure this out because they had been acting with the mindset that their game launching on Steam was assured - but now they're back to needing Greenlight votes. Hopefully this issue doesn't plague other developers in the future. Here is the video which explains the situation in more detail:
  19. Marcus Estrada

    The Swapper Lands on Steam This Week

    If you're a big indie fan then chances are you've heard of The Swapper before. However some may be entirely unfamiliar with the game. It has been described by the developer as an "atmospheric puzzle platformer" and has won numerous awards before release. Gamers will finally be able to get their hands on it on May 30th. What's so special about The Swapper? Not only does it appear to have great puzzle/platformer mechanics, but the graphics are attractive as well. Clay models and other tangible items were used to create the art, which is something we rarely see in games these days. The game's price is not shown on Steam just yet but there's only a little bit of time left to go. Those intrigued by The Swapper can watch its trailer in the meantime:
  20. Now that we're almost to June that means there's only about a month until the Steam Summer Sale will begin (at least, if it starts when it did the previous few years). With that said, some deals have gone up this week that might interest you all the same. Ten games are available this week at discounted prices: Adventures of Shuggy - $1.24 Angry Birds Space - $1.69 Flatout Complete Pack - $9.99 Greed: Black Border - $1.24 The Guild II - $2.49 Papo & Yo (Review) - $9.99 They Bleed Pixels (Review) - $3.39 Tower Wars - $4.79 Waking Mars (Review) - $2.49 Worms Ultimate Mayhem - $8.99 The Flatout Complete Pack includes Flatout, Flatout 2, Flatout 3, and Flatout: Ultimate Carnage. Each of these titles also happen to be 75% off separately if you just need to finish off your own collection. Overall, this is a pretty good week of sales as each of the three games we reviewed (Papo & Yo, They Bleed Pixels, and Waking Mars) were high-scoring. If you've played any of these games feel free to let others know what is and isn't worth buying!
  21. Marcus Estrada

    Rush Bros. Races Onto Steam

    Today another Greenlight success has made it onto Steam. The game is Rush Bros. by XYLA Entertainment and it looks to be a fun racing/platforming hybrid. There are some 40 levels to traverse and the soundtrack is courtesy of Infected Mushroom, although players can pipe their own MP3 and OGG files in. Players who enjoy multiplayer modes may want to give it a look, since Rush Bros. includes local and online multiplayer. If you're playing locally, then be prepared to deal with splitscreen. Online, you can play against other PC players or go against Steam for Mac users. Rush Bros. is currently 10% off on Steam and will be for a week. Players who really want to check out multiplayer can get two copies of the game for $14. Otherwise, it costs $9. Here's their official launch trailer: