A new update has been released for Sir, You Are Being Hunted. For many, that'll be good news, although I suspect the game's own robot hunters wouldn't see it that way. Not because they've been weakened - in fact their ranks have been bolstered by the new Landowner NPC - but because the rest of this update is designed to improve the 'feel' of the game. There's nothing like talk of feelings to alienate AI constructs.
Valve have released a new CS:GO 'Operation' pack, bringing unlimited official server access to a selection of community made maps. For Operation Phoenix, the maps were chosen by popular vote - and as such, round up some of the best battlegrounds featured in previous operations. Although, if you're anything like me, the quality is less important than the variety. When you're inevitably killed in the first few seconds of the round, it's important to have some nice level design to enjoy through the death camera.
In October 2013, Warner Bros. Interactive released Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Today, the company announced it will bring a Deluxe Edition of the game to consoles and PC via Steam.
The first-person bullet hell game Drunken Robot Pornography hit Steam yesterday. Its regular price is $15, but it's discounted 20 percent to $12 until February 26. To the uninitiated, "bullet hell" refers to especially brutal 2D shoot 'em ups that fill the screen with an amount of projectiles that's nearly impossible to avoid. Ikaruga, which was recently added to Steam, is a good example of the genre. Drunken Robot Pornography takes that concept and reinterprets it in the first-person perspective.
Back in November 2013, Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft players who buy the Warlords of Draenor expansion will get to boost one character to level 90 for free. It said that it would sell the same boost after the first freebie, but didn't name a price. Following a recent update, several users reported they saw the service offered for $60.
With patch 2.0.1 now on the horizon, it should soon become easier to find and form parties in Diablo 3 with the addition of clans and communities. The features have been available for testing on the game's Public Test Realm, but Blizzard has now published a handy summary for anyone else curious about the upcoming changes.
There's a new batch of Greenlight approvals, and - confession time - I haven't heard of the majority of them. That's a pretty exciting position to be in - guaranteeing a nice trickle of new and unexpected games. In fact, I've just randomly clicked on one of these fifty games, and been presented with a first-person platformer about controlling and cheating physics. Cool.
Also exciting is the success of games I both know and am anticipating. Path of Shadows, BeamNG.drive and recent mod of the week Aperture Tag are some such titles, all of which have also been waved through the Greenlight gate.
I'd forgotten Thief was being released next week. In fact, you could say its launch really snuck up on me. At least, you could if you didn't want everyone within earshot to groan, sign and throw heavy objects of you. Instead, it's probably best to keep quiet and watch this launch trailer, which goes over some of the plot points that are motivating Garrett as he robs his way through a city in turmoil.
When I was first set loose in X: Rebirth’s vast universe, I was convinced it was going to be amazing. That ‘34’ on Metacritic couldn’t possibly be accurate. I’m in space! In a spaceship! But I quickly realised that this is, in fact, a colossal missed opportunity. A supernova of bugs and baffling game design that refuses to let you have any fun, no matter how hard you try – and I really tried.
We're over half way through Battlefield 4's "Player Appreciation Month" promotion. Personally, I've not been taking part, as - having not logged in for months - I'm not really a player anymore, and so worry that I'm not going to be properly appreciated. For those that are basking in the warmth of DICE's personal attention, a new set of Kit Shortcuts have been released, and are free for a limited time.
Thanks to the Titanfall beta, my week has been mostly defined by super-stompy death machines. Even though that's over, my appreciation for the colossal metal monsters isn't about to end. For anyone else pining for the powerful crush of hydraulic hands, here's a brief hit in the form of a TF2 Source Filmmaker short. Unlike the game's actual giant robots, this version is a dramatically difficult challenge to bring down.
The final stretch of any post-apocalyptic movie is a harrowing journey of loss, pain and pustulous mutants. Hopefully that's not also the case for the development of a post-apocalyptic game. InXile have announced that production of the Kickstarter funded RPG Wasteland 2 has entered its "final stretch", and I can't imagine they'd be helped any by irradiated fleshless beings oozing over their floors. If nothing else, it'd make their studio hazardously slippy.
"This isn't about death, this is about what you learn from death," says this trailer's narrator, which is a pretty apt summation of Dark Souls' appeal. Worryingly, the attempt at a rousing call to arms somehow manages to be less effective than Sean Bean's Train Simulator advert. Still, it's full of small details designed to whip lore hunters into an intrigued, soapy lather. And for the rest of us, there's a big ol' dragon getting chopped up.
There isn't a lot of Final Fantasy available on the PC. Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are the few games in the Japanese role-playing franchise currently available on Steam. Publisher Square Enix says they've been quite popular on the PC, however, and while it didn't share specific sales figures, it's interested in bringing more Final Fantasy games to the platform.
The Titanfall beta ends tonight, so we're saying goodbye for now to our space diving stomp machines with a two hour livestream starting at 4 p.m. PST (That's 7 p.m. EST and 12 a.m. GMT). Watch as Tyler wall-runs, shotguns, rodeos, and dies over and over until the beta ends or he gets hungry and wanders off to find pizza.
My favorite thing about Spelunky, our 2013 Game of the Year, is how endlessly replayable it is. Between randomly generated levels, Spelunky Death Roulette, and the daily challenge, there's always a reason to come back. If those modes aren't enough for you, an upcoming conversion mod will add character skins, music, levels, and enemies from Metroid.
We're big fans of The Dark Mod, a fan remake of the original Thief game that won our 2013 mod of the year award. Square Enix, which will soon publish the Thief reboot, is a fan as well. It just announced a partnership with Amazon for a Thief: Gold modding competition, and has directed participants to The Dark Mod if they're looking for helpful modding resources.
Free to Play, the Valve-made film exploring the highly competitive and demanding world of Dota 2 eSports, will appear on Steam March 19 following a premiere event at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. True to its name, Free to Play won't cost anything to stream or download, but a paid Dota 2 item and skin pack will also be available that will donate 25 percent of purchases toward the players featured in the movie.
The Creative Assembly has released the Beast of War DLC for Total War: Rome II. It costs $3 and adds seven new units to the game, like Celtic Warhounds and Camel Cataphracts, but some players are angry that the units are not as new as they may appear.