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.
Oh, you think your mouse finger powerful, don’t you? Well I trained my hand at ten times Earth’s normal gravity! Mine is the hand that knows the Heyoh-Ken technique! My hand clicking power is over 9000! And I’m going to need it when Dragon Ball Xenoverse rocks the dragon on PC.
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.