Steam's Early Access program has managed to earn itself a bad name over the years, thanks to a few terrible projects that have sucked fans dry and delivered only broken promises. It has made backing a game a far more complex and risky decision to make - a fact that Valve is incredibly unhappy about. That's why they're changing Early Access and making it far more strict for potential developers.
Despite it almost being time for Dragon Age and Kingdom Rush, there is still some cool indie news that I need to tell you about. Yes, there are other smaller games that are also getting people excited.
There is a Cape Town studio looking for some Greenlight loving. However, rather than just beg, they've also reached out specifically to you. Yes, you. Our Lazygamer community is getting special treatment, and a reward.
Remember that moron, Mike Maulbeck, who dared to threaten Gabe Newell because Steam listed his game as an early access title? It got his game removed from the mammoth online platform. He apologised and resigned following the outburst. Fast forward a few weeks and he is now back at the studio he left, Code Avarice, ready to work on a new title.
Why did I think that yesterday was Thursday? I'm not entirely sure, I think the days of the week are just running into each other. But that's okay, because I have an exclusive deal on an indie game just for our wonderful readers. That's right, just because you visit this site, you get some cool stuff for free, straight from the developers.
I was excited when I heard that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to Steam. It was one of my favorite gaming experiences on PS3, combining some unique story telling with excellent gameplay, strategy and design. I was glad that PC gamers would finally get their hands on this gem, and it seems they were glad, too.
Lightning never strikes the same place twice, right? Wrong, it strikes the same place thrice! You should know this because I told you way back in September that Square Enix were bringing their entire Final Fantasy XIII trilogy to Steam. The first of the series arrived just over a month ago, on the 9th of October. The second will be landing just in time for Christmas.
Steam proved an important point - there are tons of PC gamers and they like to buy their games digitally, preferably at a discount. There is an army of PC gamers, and with the launch of new generation consoles, it seems that even more gamers converted to the PC master race. But now Ubisoft is changing the game with Steam, just like EA did.
If there's one thing PC gamers hate, it Uplay. Console gamers also aren't too fond of Ubisoft's DRM distribution service, but it's far, far worse for PC gamers, resulting in broken games and horrible experiences. Now Ubisoft is pulling some new releases from the UK's Steam client - could this be a sign of things to come?
You could say I was extremely sceptical when a new Alone in the Dark entry was announced a few months ago. The fact that it came out of the blue, had Atari’s named attached and was set for launch this year immediately but a bad taste in my mouth. It goes to show that you often show rely on your instincts, because it doesn't look like Illumination is a game for Alone in the Dark fans.
The Evil Within was a pretty good game. It didn't blow me away, but it certainly offered some fun gameplay at times. If you're still curious but don't want to commit to spending the money, Bethesda has you covered... on PC.
All Hallows' Eve, or Halloween, is all about that time when those spirits from beyond return to haunt us. Remember the ghost of your paycheck, or how about the spirit of your backlog? Well prepare to light some candles, the Steam Halloween Sale has begun and it's after your money, and your soul.
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.