It’s no secret that Valve’s Gabe Newell hates Windows and everything it stands for. It’;s one of the reasons that the company has made its Steam platform (along with many of its games) available to Linux users, and one of the reasons Valve’s own SteamOs will soon be a thing. They’ve now cemented their Linux love, by joining the non-profit Linux Foundation.
Tetrobot and Co. is a delightful puzzler from Swing Swing Submarine. It is well put together with crisp visuals and a fantastic soundtrack. This not-so-little puzzler may have you scratching your head at times, as its challenging and rewarding levels keep you engaged for hours.
Remember when Activision decided to take three 99c mobile games, put them on console and charge you $40 for it? Yes, they actually had the gall to repackage Angry Birds for consoles, add in some arm waving and charge way more for it than logic and sense dictate. They recently did it again, with Angry Birds Star Wars. It looks like they’ll be doing it one more time.
It's almost the end of the week! Can you believe it? Thursday at last, and I'm ready for a weekend. I think I've earned it. Even if I haven't, I get one anyway. So, let's check out the indie news you may have missed this week.
If you haven’t heard of locally made, crowd-funded point-and-click game Stasis by now, you’re either living under a rock, or you should be. It’s a 2D, isometric point and click adventure that marries a Ridley Scott-esque aesthetic and story to The Dig-like mechanics – which should already tell you that it’s awesome.
Ah, eSports - so fun to watch an association go through the growing pains of becoming accepted and professional. The thing that makes eSports so unique is that we expect players to act like gamers, while also being professional eSports athletes. Riot has taken a stance on this that has raised some eyebrows.
This year’s Call of Duty is the first in quite some time to not be heaped with lavish critical praise which suggests to some that the series is running out of steam. Many have bemoaned the copy and paste nature of the annualised games for years, but despite that Call of Duty has had an undeniable quality or some sort of spark – which critics feel is lacking a bit with Ghosts. Doesn’t matter to Activision though.
Earlier his week saw the release of the China Rising DLC for Battlefield 4, which as excited some players – but left many others feeling cold. the reason? The game they bought last month still isn’t working properly, regardless of the platform. As a result, DICE has now put expansions for the game on the backburner, to get the game that they’ve already released working properly.
Junction this rumour to something that I am really, really keen to see come true. Final Fantasy 8 is without a doubt my favourite game in the entire franchise. It had great gameplay, story and visuals and it still happens to be plenty playable years after release. And it might be getting an upgrade for a Steam release.
The Steam sale may have left your bank account in tatters, but don’t look to the latest Humble Bundle deal to have mercy on what's left of your finances.
Man, we have been showing you a lot of PC porn lately. Of course the biggest and best was the Large Pixel Collider. Then Darryn showed off the 8pack Supernova. But this is just stupid.
Elder Scrolls Online is looking really pretty, and I've got to say I'm getting more than a little excited about it. Considering the success of previous Elder Scrolls games, I can only imagine how well an MMO version will go down. Now, as Bethesda reveal the character progression system, things are coming together.
Hail Caesar! Strategy games may be fewer in number these days, but what few there are happen to pretty damn good. Take Total War: Rome II, which scratches several itches with various formations and tactics. The game has done pretty well, and it looks like Rome will be expanding soon.
So you’ve got your 13th cheque and that cash is burning a hole in your pocket. Naturally, you want to play some games, but you want them at a resolution that makes those damn dirty console serfs cry with shame. Provided that you happen to have a decent bonus this year and a few extra organs, then this might be the gaming PC for you.