Square Enix really seem to be in love with the Master Race lately. Just yesterday I told you that Final Fantasy IV arrived on Steam, reaching a new audience who (somehow) may not have had a chance to play that particular story yet. Well, don’t let me stop the train from rolling. The much more recent series, Final Fantasy XIII (the full trilogy), will be landing on Steam soon too.
Final Fantasy IV has been around since way back in 1991. it’s gone through loads of re-releases since then, and even had its very own remake. All of those versions have been on everything from the PlayStation 1 through to the Nintendo DS and even iOS. Absent from all of that though was a PC version. That’s just changed, as the game has finally arrived on Steam.
Oh those good old LAN days, how I miss them! It didn’t matter what new shiny multiplayer game was out because Quake III Arena always made an appearance and stole the spotlight at some point. That multiplayer goodness eventually transitioned into Quake Live, a browser based version which has kept fans happy since 2010. We previously told you about some changes, as well as an upcoming Steam version… it’s landing today.
I never owned a PlayStation. I actually never owned a console until I imported the very first Xbox. That didn't stop me from free-loading off most of my friends at the time, making them feed me while I sat on their couch and played games. One of my favourites used to be Metal Slug X, and now I'll get the chance to ride armed camels once again.
Dead Rising 3 is no longer an Xbox One exclusive, and the fun zombie-slaying sandbox is now available for PC too. As we told you earlier today, the thing’s got some pretty meaty requirements if you want the maximum in visual fluidity and as a result, the maximum in fun – because frames per second and resolution are directly proportional to the amount of fun to be had. You may want to hold off on all that fun; Dead Rising 3 on the PC is a bit of a mess right now.
Last month the Xbox One lost another exclusive, after the struggling Crytek revealed that Ryse: Son of Rome would be making its way to PC later this year. Ryse isn’t known for being a deeply engrossing title, but it is probably the most visually stunning title on the Xbox One. That makes me wonder what type of hardware is needed to get it running smoothly on PC. According to Steam, it’s going to take a lot.
Steam’s built-in, free, in-home streaming utilises some sort of dark magic. Provided you have a compliant network, you can stream your games from your powerful desktop, to a not-so-powerful HTPC or laptop connected to your TV and have them perfectly playable on the big screen. Up until now, the service has favoured Nvidia-based solutions. But that’s changed.
Dead Rising 3, the "exclusive" game for Xbox One is arriving on PC today. I think I might grab this just so that I can do that thing where I attach a flame thrower to my pelvis and hump kill the zombie horde. No really, that's a thing you can do, because Dead Rising 3 logic.
I absolutely adore puzzle games. There's little in this world that can better the feeling of solving a particular puzzle that I've been stumped by for hours. A wave of satisfaction that feels incredible rewarding, only made better by the appearance of another challenge. Like I said, I love puzzles, and that's why I'm already in love with Cadence.
Quake Live holds a special place in my heart. It's the only online game I've ever been banned from to this day, for apparently cheating. I really tried to understand how my a kill/death ratio lower than the temperature in Antarctica meant I was cheating, but I lost that case. Doesn't seem like it matters either, because Quake Live has changed.
The debate keeps taking new forms, but in the end it boils down to one thing - indies are worried about the state of gaming. With so many indies making so many games that are available on Steam, is this devaluing gaming or are people just whining about the awesomeness?
I already told you how awesome Civilization: Beyond Earth looked in the Gamescom presentation. Now they've released some pre-purchase bonuses that are based on real-world exoplanets.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is on the way to new-gen consoles, and it’s bringing a ton of brand spankin’ new cardboard box AI with it. “But you know who else can render boxes better”, I’m asked as I’m gently waterboarded to oblivion while listening to the audio torture known as Genesis and Phil Collins. PC of course! And those gamers will indeed be getting some Hideo Kojima love.
Like chapters of the final battle in Naruto, so are the games of our lives. I have no idea what the hell that actually meant, but it’s currently easier to understand than the ongoing manga arc in that series. Another year, another Naruto game on various consoles. Except this year, PC Gamers also get to join in on some shinobi shenanigano-jutsus, much earlier.
I think we can pretty much agree that Broforce is a massive love letter to the 1980s of action, explosions and gratuitous violence. On the cinematic side of that trip back into nostalgia, you have The Expendables, a movie franchise which also capitalises heavy on fond memories of an era that has gone extinct. So what happens when you combine the two? You get, the Expendabros. And Dolph Lundgren threatening you. It’s kinda awesome.