One of the first racing games I ever played gave me vehicles that weren’t even bound to the ground. I’m of course talking about Wipeout. That futuristic racer was a ton of fun back on the original PlayStation, and the later iteration on the PlayStation 3, Wipeout HD, was rather good too. If you’ve missed out on that franchise because REASONS, there is something similar on PC now. Quantum Rush: Champions has hit Steam Early Access.
As a game developer, you pray for moments like these. Your game has just crawled out of the Early Access pit, ready for people to enjoy the game you actually wanted them to play when they paid you months ago. Better yet, your game is featured as part of a special Steam bundle. Everything is grand, until an incorrect listing threatens to cost you a few sales. What do you do?
Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming. By the end of the week, all of you can be hopelessly addicted to playing as you seek to colonize the new world. However, Firaxis knows that not everyone has played Civilization V to death like I have. So, they're offering it for free... for a couple of days.
I love a good tongue-in-cheek game. Just look at the hilarious way Broforce makes fun of American patriotism by making a fun and ridiculous game. Fist of Jesus could do the same, if it doesn't offend everyone along the way.
Final Fantasy XIII was, subjectively, of course, one of the worst Final Fantasy titles to be released. However, if you pushed through and played it to the end of the trilogy, it somehow came together and became... okay. Some might even say good. PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play it, and Square Enix has somehow managed to make the game even worse.
There are some Steam Early Access games that go for months without any meaningful updates. Broforce, the locally developed freedom simulator from Free Lives, isn’t one of those games. Every month they pack a ton of awesome into a monthly patch, and October's is pretty damned special.
Steam is essentially the godfather of digital games distribution. It’s massive, bursting at the seams with money and just about everybody wants to copy the platform. It’s also home to just about all of the major publishers, with any game that you can think of being available. And now, Disney has finally joined the family, making Steam the happiest place on Earth.
I really like the concept of Steam Curators. I still need to sit down and make my own list of curated games. Tons of people have signed up and made a huge variety of lists. However, some of them were money hats and Steam doesn't like that.
Against my better judgement, I bought Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes earlier this year. This was after weeks of me slamming the game for basically being a paid, glorified demo. After playing it for several hours I’ll definitely agree that it’s worth the small price tag, something which hopefully won’t change for the upcoming PC launch. Which could, in fact, be happening soon.
Going into AAA game release time, some of the indies can get lost in the shuffle. But not if I have anything to say about it! Here's all the indie news you need to know for the past week.
Dan Adelman isn't a name that might be immediately familiar to anyone other than Nintendo fans. The famed indie lead left Nintendo after nine years of work there last month, and since then hasn't been that active. Until yesterday, when it was revealed that he would be working on Axiom Verge, PlayStation's own Metroid.
Steam listened to the issues people were having - curatorship is important and gamers need help finding games that they might like. When Steam Curatorship and recommendations were introduced, I hoped that they might solve this problem. So far, it seems like it's helping.
Remember that old school gem, Gauntlet? It was a tough as nails dungeon crawler which reduced even the toughest of gamers into a pile of tears. I played it many, many years ago on MAME, which thankfully meant I had unlimited credits. Death could not stop my barrage of fake money! The game first came out way back in 1985. The remake is now available, nearly 30 years later.
Valve have been giving Steam some good loving lately. Why, just on Tuesday I told you that they made things a tad bluer, which made it easier to browse through games which you might have otherwise missed. They aren’t done with the updates just yet. Steam now has its own music player, fresh out of beta.
There are 3 things a PC gamer can’t do without – a good keyboard, a speedy mouse, and the Steam client. The latter is possibly the most important. It’s the home of of our large backlogs which we will never finish, the place where we socialise with our gaming buddies more so than in real life, and also the eventual landing place of Half-Life 3 (don’t shatter my dreams Gaben!). If you’ve updated your Steam recently, you’ll have noticed it’s gone a shade bluer. There are some new features hiding underneath that new coat of paint.